2019 Skincare Routine: Pixi Beauty Skintreats

If you are 30, will turn 30 or almost 30 – you would probably understand the pain of ‘sudden’ skin changes as you move into a new decade of your life. For me, my skin just suddenly erupted in little bumps one day and became really dry – it looked like the cheaper drugstore brands I used to rely on were not working in my favor any longer.

THE PROBLEM & JOURNEY

At the time (early 2018), I splurged and purchased skincare from my favorite makeup brand, Bobbi Brown. Their skincare is expensive, but there is a certain luxe and enjoyment from using their products. They brought my skin back to its normal state, all was right in the world again. But it was expensive, so very expensive. I went through two cycles of product before putting my foot down and began looking for good and cheap alternatives. (On a side note, I’m still using Bobbi Brown’s Extra Face Oil which is an absolute must have for dry skin!)

I found KOSÉ, a brand that’s well known in the Asian Beauty circle for being a pretty good drugstore brand. I have had experience with their Sekkisei Herbal Gel in the past (got a full tub at a PR event), and so I decided to delve into the brand fully. The good thing about KOSÉ is that they are constantly having sales and promotions, so I got a sweet deal of a travel-sized set containing their Sekkisei range of cleansers, essence, toner and a full-sized herbal gel. I will say the great thing is their price point, and also the products are quite rich so, a little goes a long way.

Unfortunately after a few months in, the products seem to not work as well as I expected. No major breakouts happened, but my skin did not improve in any way, nor do I feel like I want to repurchase. Only the herbal gel remained impressive to me, but that alone is not enough to keep me loyal to the brand.

ENTER PIXI BEAUTY

This brand (est 1999) was all the rage 3 years ago in the west, but being from Asia, I have never heard of Pixi until now, when Sephora Malaysia has finally brought them in. Now, the name and the bottle design of the brand is a little ‘hipster’ and so I was a little doubtful of its efficacy – especially when compared to the beautifully designed skincare products from both Bobbi brown and KOSÉ. After some research and reading rave reviews from users, I had to try it out – especially the cult Glow Tonic.

Thankfully, they have a lot of trial sets available, so I purchased their Best of Bright which has 3 small bottles of Glow Mud Cleanser, Glow Tonic and Glow Mud Mask. I immediately loved the smell of the mud cleanser and its texture. It leaves the skin feeling velvety after cleansing, as compared to KOSÉ which gives you that squeaky clean, tight feeling. This velvety feeling is similar to Bobbi Brown’s cleansing milk which I have since associated with luxury, so I ❤️ it! Plus it smells like a spa.

The cult Glow Tonic felt a little normal – like how one would feel about a toner – when I first used it. I was like meh, but then when I woke up the next morning, WOW. Now I will not say I was ‘glowing’, but my skin definitely looked a little more perked than it used to be. About 5 days later I noticed how my skin texture and pores were refined and my face felt so smooth – I was SOLD! It’s an exfoliating toner and my first experience with glycolic acid (AHA) products, so it was perfect for me.

The Glow Mud Mask was the least impressive of the three, it works similarly like the Bobbi Brown Instant Detox Mask where the mud dries and draws out oils and impurities from your pores, but I find that the scent and consistency of the mask isn’t as thick or nicer than Bobbi Brown’s.

I got their Vitamin Wakeup Mist as well, which is my favorite out of their mists range of products. It smells wonderful and it absorbs really quickly into the skin – plus it can be used as both a toner and a face refresher spray throughout the day. I love multi-tasking products like this one and it’s definitely a staple product for me.

Another item I got was the 24K Eye Elixir which supposedly contains ‘gold’ in its ingredients. I don’t care so much for gold but it also has collagen and peptides in it, which is what matters more to me. It’s also cooling as is applied via a roller ball which feels pretty nice. I don’t really have any dark circles or heavy eye bags at the moment, but I have since started to take eye care seriously and am slowly incorporating it into my routine, starting with this. Most eye serums are way too expensive, but this is a good starter at a reasonable price for someone like me who does not need much SOS for the eye area yet.

However, I was sold to the efficacy of Pixi Beauty products and began looking more into reviews and researching a little more about glycolic acids. One week later, I purchased my full set of Pixi essentials for my new beauty routine (even before my trial sets are halfway through, that’s how impulsive I am), and I am having no regrets.

MY NEW SKINCARE ROUTINE

🌛NIGHT

  1. Wash/wipe off makeup using my Face Halo (my raving review here!)
  2. Cleanse with Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser
  3. **Twice a week: Use Pixi Glow Mud Mask or Bobbi Brown Instant Detox Mask**
  4. Apply Glow Tonic using bare hands (waste no cotton)
  5. Roll Pixi 24K Eye Elixir beneath eyes and over eyelids
  6. Apply Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil, 2-3 drops (warm oil between hands)
  7. Apply KOSÉ Sekkisei Herbal Gel as final step

🌞MORNING

  1. Wash face with warm water in shower, or use Face Halo
  2. Swipe NIVEA Micellar Water all over face (use reusable cotton)
  3. Spray Pixi Vitamin Wakeup Mist all over face, leave to dry
  4. Roll Pixi 24K Eye Elixir beneath eyes and over eyelids
  5. Apply KOSÉ Sekkisei Herbal Gel as final step

I have mentioned that face oil is a staple in my skincare routine. I’ve been using my big bottle of Bobbi Brown’s Extra Face Oil over the last 3 years (a little seriously goes a long way) consistently, so I can vouch for its efficacy. Here, on the right, is what’s left of my trusty face oil. I was in Bali recently and I found Mademoiselle Kelapa, a French beauty product based in Indonesia who carried this Elixir of Youth which smelled heavenly! It is a mix of coconut oil and sweet almond oil along with a host of other essential oils – it’s so light and lovely, gave me the same results as the extra face oil at a fraction of the price. I’m sold! I cannot believe how soft it made my skin feel, in conjunction with my new Pixi Beauty routine – so I can’t really say who takes the credit but I believe every product contributed it’s share.

I cannot wait to see how far this new skincare regime would take my skin. Hopefully I would be all aglow and perfect by the year end, just in time for my wedding!


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