Pixi Glow Tonic - Exfoliating Toner (review)

Pixi Glow Tonic
This exfoliating toner helps to brighten the complexion resulting in a healthy glow. Formulated with 5% glycolic acid, Glow Tonic exfoliates, brightens and smoothes the skintone and texture. Aloe vera, ginseng, and botanical extracts work together to nourish and treat your skin revealing an improved complexion. Alcohol-free and gentle on all skin types

This is one of those products that gives visible results and when I say visible results, I mean almost within 2-3 uses. The product delivers. 

Color: Pale Orange/Peach

Texture and Consistency: Thin, non sticky, watery

Scent: Floral and smells wonderful. I have no aversion to this pleasant smelling toner. It does not smell anywhere close to anything chemical.

Application: I apply it at night on clean face, before applying any moisturizer or serums. Earlier I used to drench a cotton pad with this and spread it all over my face, but I realized that wasted lot of the product. Now, I take it on palms of my hand and apply it directly. The product is just like water in consistency, so this method can be little messy, but I still find this uses less product.

Feel and Effect on Skin: This is a very gentle exfoliating toner. It dries completely in 20 seconds or so. It is not at all sticky or tacky. It sinks in completely and does not just sits on top of the skin. There is no dryness or stretching of skin. I find it pretty comfortable.

Packaging: The product comes in a plastic bottle with no dispenser.

Verdict: I just love how this stuff works. I wake up with much clear, glowing skin. The skin appears more even in texture as well as skin tone. I have noticed some lightening with my pigmentation after using it continuously for a month. The toner contains 5% Glycolic Acid helps in mild exfoliation thus revealing a clear skin but making the skin more sensitive to sun. So it is advisable to use at night and then wear sunscreen the next morning. The Aloe Vera helps to moisturize the skin and ginseng helps in lightening pigmentation. 

In the past I have tried Clinique Clarifying Lotion. It is a toner, but I don't know why is it called lotion. It was a nice product, but I found it too drying. Maybe I chose the wrong one. The Lancome Tonique Radiance Clarifying Exfoliating Toner was an amazing one, but I don't have the bottle and so I have no pictures to support a review post. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is my newest pick and I am super excited to try that one. 

This Pixi Glow Tonic is an excellent product and one of the best exfoliating toners I have used. 

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Dazzling Holiday Gifts - Skincare sets (Holiday Gift Guide)

This is that time of the year when we get to see amazing deals on basically every single gifting category. I personally love Skincare, Beauty, Home decors, Candles etc. So usually I stalk and stock from these categories.

There are many gift sets in multiple price range and every website makes it very easy to search for one. I consider this opportunity to buy some good stuff for myself. When I pick a gift set I look for few things. The product selection in the sets need to be good and there need to be at least one full size or close to full size product, especially if it is not marketed as Trial size set. Only time I consider buying some sets that have only deluxe size products is usually when the brand is insanely expensive or I don't have any counters of that particular brand around me to get some sample or try them in person. I rarely return a skincare product, so trial sizes are great.

Below are few sets and kits that caught my attention while browsing.

Kiehl's has amazing gift sets and though I would like to see some other treatment creams and serums in their sets, the current selection has great stuff to offer. I love their 'Creme de Corps' Soy Milk & Honey Whipped Body Butter, Super Multi-Corrective Cream (review), Ultra Facial CleanserHydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate and many more. Their packaging is phenomenal and the products are good in size as well as performance. 

Clinique is a brand that I have tried before and I love many of their products. 'Dramatically Different' Moisturizing Lotion, All About Eyes, 'Even Better' Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula are few of my absolute favorites. Most of the big stores have Clinique GWP all the time and these GWPs are really generous. 

Charlotte Tilbury is one brand that probably can sell any regular product by adorning their names with adjectives like 'Magical', 'Wonderglow', 'Miracle', 'Goddess' and what not. I personally have tried their two skincare products and I like it. The skincare gift set though too pricey is a good way to try other stuff as well. But then again the whole brand is a pricey one.

These are just few picks and I find them value for money paid. Again the selection is made to my personal liking and skin type. Pretty much every major department store has wonderful skincare gift sets and there is something for everyone.


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tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer (review)

tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer

A skin-perfecting mattifying base and pore refiner.

This primer not only helps keep your makeup in place for up to 12 hours of perfect wear time, but also refines the appearance of pores and diffuses fine lines and imperfections while delivering natural fruit- and plant-derived extracts to deliver anti aging and skin-restorative benefits to your skin. It refines the appearance of pores and diffuses fine lines and masks imperfections. Just one application leaves skin looking instantly smoother, softer, and refined.

Formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates

This is not a new product. This primer has been around for really long time. I have used it enough and here are my thoughts on the product.

Color: Colorless

Texture and Consistency: Thick, light weight, silky smooth, slippery and silicone'y' gel.

Scent: None detected.

Application: I apply this before applying makeup on moisturized skin. Very tiny amount is needed. I just use literally pea size amount and dot it all over the face and smooth it out with my fingers. I don't rub it in the skin. Sometimes, I don't apply it all over the face, but I limit its usage to area where I notice fine lines and pores. Luckily, I don't have too many large 'visible' pores, but areas around cheeks and forehead need some help.

Feel and Effect on Skin: The product does not balls or bunches up. It spreads easily and does not feel heavy or greasy. Initially it is slightly tacky but sets within 30 seconds. It does not sinks in the skin but just floats over creating a smooth silky even base. It evens out any dry patches but is not very effective in filling or evening out fine lines or pores. It does not makes my face look super matte. For mattifying, I love the CARGO HD Picture Perfect High Definition Mattifier. The stuff is good. I have seen it online as well as in Kohl's. 
The product is colorless, so I don;t see any white or ashy cast. The foundation applies smooth and as the day progresses, I don't see any patchiness. The face does not feels greasy. I have dry skin, so it really takes multiple layers of products to make my face greasy. The product didn't break me out.

Longevity: I didn't notice any extra staying power in my makeup. My makeup did not slide too. The primer did not oxidize my foundation. The face didn't become patchy by end of the day and didn't look weird in photographs.

Packaging: It comes in a soft squeeze tube. Pretty simple and sanitary. 

Verdict: The product contains antioxidant rich nutrients and vitamins that have been known to deliver refining, anti-aging, and skin-restorative benefits with each application. I don't know how helpful this is for the skin, but at least it sounds safe. It is a good product for dry skin in providing a silky smooth base for application of other products. It is not very effective in mattifying or filling in lines or pores. It is not my absolute favorite as a pore filler. I like the Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer. Overall tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer is a good base for sure. 

Currently, I am enjoying the Silicone free primers. Too Faced Hangover Face Primer is a good one (review). These are more like moisturizers. tarte Clean Slate Flawless 12-Hr Brightening Primer is something I have a sample of and I have yet to start using it. Any thoughts on that? In the past Urban decay Brightening primer was a disaster because it left a white cast on my face, So I have stayed away from these kinds for quite some time. 
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