I don’t tend to change up my skincare–it really has to be an INCREDIBLE product for me to incorporate it into my regular facial routine. There are a few reasons for this:
- For over a decade, my cystic-acne ridden face was subjected to trial-and-error with countless products (total product burnout with both prescription and non-prescription strength).
- I’ve finally found a combination of products that seem to work well together (So I’m hesitant to rock the boat).
- A little bit of laziness and frugality (there’s just SO many products, and researching/trying them all takes a lot of time and money).
Yes, even beauty bloggers can get into ruts.
While my skin is mostly pretty happy with the current arsenal of products that I use (a fairly simple routine of makeup wipes, cleanser, vitamin C serum and salicylic acid treatment), I’ve felt like there’s something missing.
While my 32 year-old skin still looks youthful and glowy (thanks to my mom for the good genes, and the blue hair and shimmery face powder help too), I’ve felt that there was more that I could do for my skin. For YEARS, I was trying to cover up the awful problems my skin was having, and desperately trying to get the right combination of products. Now I’m finally at a point where my skin is in pretty good shape–and I would love to PAMPER my skin, and just let it SHINE.
This is where Pixi Peel & Polish ($24, 1.5 oz) comes in. The makeup goddess Stef’s sparkle sense must have been tingling, because this arrived in my mailbox to review. As soon as I opened it, I thought, this could be The One, that elusive product that I had been longing for.
I didn’t want to get my hopes up, but Pixi is known for being reasonably priced, fuss-free products for women who want to let their natural beauty shine–and that’s exactly what I wanted. Bonus, it’s not tested on animals! I mostly knew Pixi for their color cosmetics, but they do have a good selection of skincare items too.
It was love from the very beginning. The simple packaging is fuss-free but cute, and the product itself has a slightly sweet/tart scent to it–there isn’t any pretentiousness to it. Peel & Polish is recommended for all skin types, too. A combination of lactic acid, sugar cane extract, papaya fruit extract work together to exfoliate away dead skin cells, revealing brighter, softer skin. It’s a combination exfoliation, with both chemical (good chemicals, tho) and physical (little grains).
I followed the instructions, applying a thin layer all over my face, avoiding the eye area. I left it on for two minutes (according to the instructions on the tube, although the instructions online say five minutes). While I was concerned that something at this price point wouldn’t really give me much in terms of results, I was wrong.
I LOVED how my skin looked and felt after just one application. Was it dramatic? No. But was it noticeable? Yes! My skin felt smoother, and seemed to be a better canvas for my foundation. I’ve used it a few times now (it’s recommended using it 2-3 times per week), and I am obsessed, and actually intend to try some other Pixi skincare products soon!
we heartsters, have you tried Pixi skincare? What’s your current skincare obsession?
(The book seen in the background of these photos is The Flower Workshop by Ariella Chezar; a beautifully photographed book that teaches you how to make beautiful flower arrangements! ~Stef)
Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. Marilyn blogs about makeup and fitness over at her blog, Lipgloss and Spandex.
skin tone: NC25
Skin type: oily, acne-prone
Favorite beauty product: eyeshadow