Target Beauty Brings Great Holiday Makeup Kits

I think it is fabulous that Target brings quality makeup from touted makeup artists at such an affordable price. You can purchase beautiful gifts for as low as $9.99.

Here are the latest holiday offerings by Pixi, NP Set and JK Jemma Kidd:

INSTANTLY BRIGHTEN YOUR LOOK WITH PIXI:    
Get glowing in an instant with skin nourishing, shimmering shades from the guru of the flawless, dewy glow – Petra Strand.  Winter Wakeup Eyes sets deliver an eye-catching variety of shadow shades, while Pixi Essentials delivers all of the Pixi favorites in a party-ready clutch.  Winter Wakeup Eyes available in No 1 Bright and Light and No 2 Shade and Shape ($9.99 each) Pixi Essentials ($28).

ACHIEVE ON THE GO GLAM WITH JK JEMMA KIDD: Makeup maven Jemma Kidd knows how to look runway-ready without breaking the bank.  Kick off the party season in true JK style with pocket-sized versions of her makeup must-haves that are ideal for stuffing fashionable stockings. Kits include Air Kiss Duo ($9.99), Signature Shadows Palette ($9.99) and Signature Kit ($26).

DAZZLE AND SPARKLE WITH NP SET:
No matter the holiday look, Australian makeup maestro Napoleon Perdis has eyes covered, with two palettes packed with gorgeous shades to deliver looks from subtly sweet to dramatic and sultry. Palettes include Smoke Signal Palette ($9.99) and New Neutrals Palette ($9.99).

Visit Target stores and www.target.com to purchase. Enjoy!

Get A Flawless Complexion With Pixi, Sante America and Yves Rocher

When the weather gets colder, and skin gets dryer, a smooth flawless face becomes more difficult to obtain. So why not try a new a creamy new foundation or primer to make your skin look flawless and to lay a foundation for the rich-colored fall and winter cosmetics.   Try:

Pixi Flawless Beauty Stick ($26.00 USD) — This is a beautiful silky stick that works well as a concealer and a foundation. The benefits of the product are:

  • It provides a cream-to powder-finish, from sheer to full coverage in a few, fuss-free seconds
  • This SPF 28 product quickly evens out skin tone, makes skin look rested and flawless and perfects the complexion by counterbalancing redness
  • Prismatic pigments create a radiant, luminous look, while nourishing ingredients protect and comfort skin
  • Used For: Concealing
  • For Use On: Face
  • Cosmetic Palette: Light Tones
  • Features: Waterproof, Long Lasting
  • Health Facts: Contains Vitamin C, Hypoallergenic, Fragrance-Free
  • Purchase this fab foundation at Target and www.target.com

    Sante America is a new brand that I just discovered. The Soft Cream Foundation ($17.00 USD) is very easy to apply, plus it feels and looks extremely natural.  This foundation is light and hydrating to keep skin soft and supple. Cupuaçu butter, Pomegranate extract, and Organic Jojoba oils are richly emollient, without being heavy, which makes for even application. The 3 natural colors come courtesy of pure mineral pigments and our multi-ethnic line makes it easy to find your perfect shade.

    I love the silky feel of this foundation and the natural, but flawless coverage I get from the foundation. Also, it does not feel heavy on.

    Visit www.santeamerica.com  to learn more and to purchase these.

    Yves Rocher Perfect Primer ($12.50 USD) is perfect under either of these foundations. This primer, infused with rose, preps skin for makeup and helps it last longer, to ensure a flawless complexion all day long.

    Enriched with musk rose oil, Damask rose extract and Damask rosewater, it instantly fades fine lines and imperfections, such as enlarged pores and signs of fatigue. Skin texture is visibly smoother. I have found that my complexion looks radiant even without foundation and when I apply foundation, it seems to last longer.

    Check out www.yvesrocherusa.com to see these and other beautiful products from Yves Rocher. Enjoy!

    Have You Tried Pixi Yet?

    You should! Makeup artist Petra Strand has over 20 years experience and created the Pixi brand over 10 years ago.  Pixi’s fresh makeup was made to enhance a woman’s natural beauty.  

    Some of the most recent Pixi products I’ve tried are:

    Pixi Illuminating Tint and Conceal ($35.00 USD) This is a nice tube of tinted moisturizer with matching concealer in the cap. The tinted moisturizer also contains and SPF 20 to protect and luminates to give you a pretty glow. With the full coverage concealer this is the perfect product when you need to leave the house quickly. It will also be great for summer.

    This product is also good for your skin. The tinted moisturizer contains ginseng root extract, ginko biloba extract, Vitamin C, Lysine, titanium and zinc dioxide to revitalize and protect skin. The concealer contains  Vitamins E and A, Aloe Vera and Vitamin C for anti-aging. This is very impressive for cosmetics!

    Last Booster ($19.00 USD) is a lash defining, lengthening and thickening water-resistant mascara that coats lashes with carbon for long-lasting color. The cone-shaped brush is claimed to coat each lash evenly for the ultimate smudge free lashes.

    I like this mascara, because it thickens and makes my lashes darker, but it didn’t lengthen them. And since my lashes are so short, I do need some lengthening.

    Lip Booster ($18.00 USD) I love this maximizing lip gloss. It is touted to “provide maximum hydration and help restore collagen, adding volume to improve lip contour. Improves lip fullness 40%, decreases lines 30% and improves lip moisture 60%”.

    This does make my lips look fuller, but does not sting, which is a big plus. It comes in many gorgeous shades. I have #5 Trixie, which is a pretty peach. I definitely recommend this non-sticky gloss!

    Visit www.pixibeauty.com or www.target.com to purchase these fab products and many more from Pixi.

    My Christmas Wish List Part 2 — Cosmetic Kits

    For my second beauty wish, I would love a make-up kit. ANY make-up kit. I love the variety that a case with many colors and products bring. And of course, I love trying new things (hence this blog).

    Sephora and Ulta top my list for great places to find fun holiday kits. Companies such as Too Faced, Smashbox, Nars, Urban Decay plus the Ulta and Sephora brands all have kits-a-plenty. Another great place is Target, which now has the Pixi, JK Jemma Kidd and NP Set lines as well as Sonia Kashuk and Boots No. 7.

    The fabulous Too Faced World Domination All Access Backstage Beauty Collection’s price has just dropped from $42.00 to 34.00. This is a cute jewelery box that plays The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy while a very stylish little doll twirls around. It contains eight eye shadows, Duo Bronzer, Face Illuminator,  six lip glosses, brow powder, eyeliner cake, and blush.

    For lovely lips, Stila’s Shine On Gift of Glaze includes six glosses. The colors are; Vanilla (pearly nude),  Brown Sugar (shimmering golden nude), Raisin (shimmering golden plum), Grapefruit (frosted pink), Apricot (melon nectarine), and Gumdrop (vibrant pink). These glosses are very conditioning and not too sticky, which is very nice!

    Finally, as I really love Petra Strand’s Pixi line, I love the Pixi Must Have Kit. This comes in a deluxe wallet and carries a compact of 2 lustrous eye shadows, 2 creamy lip colors, a brightening blush and 4 mini brushes. The colors I saw were cool pinks.

    So keep your eyes peeled at the stores you like to shop for cosmetics; I’m sure you will find a fun kit that you would love to give and receive!

    Pixi Revisited

    I was walking through the cosmetics aisle at Target yesterday, and I glanced at myself in a mirror. I realized that I had forgotten make-up; I was completely bare-faced. I. forgot. makeup. Oh my.

    So I quickly ran to the Pixi display because they have full testers out. I am naturally drawn to Pixi because of the colors and the packaging. It is very pretty.

    I first dipped my fingers in the Flawless Vitamin Veil in Fair. It is a creamy foundation that contains Vitamin E. I used it as both concealer and foundation. This foundation feels a bit greasy, so I would not recommend this to ladies with oily skin. It covers very well, though. It even camouflaged my dark under eye circles.

    I then applied the Energy Blush in Golden Energy. This little kit contains a highlighter and blush and comes in four color combinations; Golden Energy, Pretty Petal, Pick-Me-Up Pink and Naturally Sunny. I blended the colors together with the included brush and blended it on my cheekbones and forehead. This gave me a subtle glow.

    For a dramatic twist, I also tried Pixi’s Lid & Line in Smoky Olive. This cool little tube holds an inky powder with a sponge applicator in one end and a creamy liner in the other. This made a nice smoky eye and in the olive color it worked for daytime. The other colors are; Smoky Black, Smoky Blue, Smoky Mink, Smoky Bronze and Smoky Plum.         

    Almost everything I’ve tried from Petra Strand’s Pixi Line has worked for me. I would highly recommend that you try it out. And, I walked out of Target looking better than I did when I walked in, so that’s a pretty good endorsement!

    New Beauty Products at Target Part 1 – Pixi by Petra Strand

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    Watch out Ulta and Sephora (and major department stores), Target has added three professional makeup artist’s product lines to their cosmetic section. These lines are NP Set by Napoleon Perdis, JK Jemma Kidd, and the one I am reviewing today, Pixi by Petra Strand. These products claim to be comparable in quality as other professional brands, and at pricing from $12.00 – $39.00, these items cost a little less than what you may find at a high end department store or Sephora.

    I love the colors of packaging of the Pixi line. In pinks and greens, this line does evoke a fantasy of fairies and nature. The colors are very bright and spring-like, with a lot of corals and pinks. 

    One of my favorite items in the Pixi line is the Illuminating Tint and Conceal. This is actually two products, a tinted moisturizer with an SPF 20 in the tube and a solid concealer in the lid. The claim for this product is that “it acts as your moisturizer, sunscreen and tinted treatment to provide sheer coverage that makes skin appear flawless”. The formula has minerals and it features antioxidants A, C and E. I find the texture as thick as a regular foundation with great coverage. The concealer is wonderful as well, it did a great job of making my under eye circles almost disappear.

    A couple of other Pixi items that I really enjoyed was the Rose Lip Treat in LipNude and the Eye Beauty Kit. A vitamin E enriched balm, the Rose Lip Treat feels wonderful and looks very natural on. The Eye Beauty Kit contains eight eye shadows and a two ended brush, one end is a shadow brush, one end a liner brush. This product comes in thirteen different kits, so there are many color combinations to choose from.

    These are just a few of the beautiful items included in the Pixi by Petra Strand collection; there is much more to see. Take a trip to Target and try these wonderful items out for yourself!