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How honest are reviews supposed to be? I mean, really honest of course, at least in terms of ingredients, quality and effects on the skin.
But do you have to mention everything that comes to mind when talking about a product? I don´t think you do, but to let you be the judge, I will include one thought that might not entirely be selling the pixi Retinol Tonic. Even though I, spoiler alert, love it.
(P.S: If you want to read a review on the pixi Glow Tonic, click here)
It is the scent. It is pleasant, very light and doesn´t linger. Lavender with a bit of freshness (maybe the Jasmine? I am lost when it comes to fragrance).
But, paired with the light lavender color I can´t help but think of our all natural Frosch Lavendel Bathroom Cleaner.
A bathroom cleaner I love, but probably wouldn´t apply to my face.
Totally not selling it here, am I? Let´s see if I can still convince you that the pixi Retinol Tonic is all kinds of awesome after this introduction…
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Despite the fact that multi-tasking has quite a bad rep these days, mom life often forces me to rely on it. The secret to multitask effectively is in my opinion to combine a passive with an active act.
Like put on a face mask while you vacuum. Or, one of my favorite tips: Apply a thick layer of handcream underneath your rubber gloves when doing the dishes.
Trust me, that is as close to a manicure as I get these days.
But how about a product that claims to do it all? Like the pixi Rose Flash Balm*, proclaimed moisturizer, face mask and primer all in one?
It is makeup? Is it skincare? Let´s ask the ingredient list!
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There is a fable in Germany which, long story short, adresses the urge to know everything. A problem that I can relate to.
I encourage curiosity, but (fellow moms will agree), sometimes there are too many questions and we need to let go. Let go for times sake and for our own sanity.
“It is what it is”, said love.
This is the last sentence of the fable, and the one I focus on when there simply is no other answer.
Like: What is the pixi Rose Caviar Essence * in term of skincare category? Is it an essence, as the name would suggest? Or a serum, as stated in the claims? Or a facial oil, given that rich natural oils are a main component?
I, dear reader, can´t tell you which category the pixi Rose Caviar Essence * belongs to. But I can tell you many other things about it, if you are curious.
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I know I go on and on about how I am not into hearts and glitter and unicorns. I don´t even really like the color pink.
But sometimes something comes along that you technically shouldn´t enjoy based on experience, but still you do.
That happened to me when this gorgeous pixi box arrived at my door step. And no, I didn´t just enjoy it because I got send it for free! Not going to lie, that surely helps, but despite the pink and the pastel and the roses… It is so pretty!
Maybe it is the tiny (fully functional!) lock with the even tinier key, maybe it is the words written inside about skincare and inner beauty, I don´t know.
But I just can´t seem to throw it out. Enough about the box though, you are certainly here to hear about what was inside?
Did you know that less than a third of my readers are German? The majority comes from the UK and the US. That kind of puts me in a dilemma:
I have some brand new, sparkling things from pixi to share with you in todays video. But they are only new in Germany, the UK has had them for quite a while now.
So do I title this post: pixi new releases and risk people from the UK thinking it was a click bait? Or do I title it pixi new releases Germany, risking only a third of my readers will be remotely interested?
The difficulties of “having your target audience in mind”, always among the top three of those annoying “How to succeed in blogging” posts that never really seem to help. Wonder how I know? Because I click them every time. So much for “I only blog for the fun and don´t care about numbers” *cough*
Anyway, I decided to stick with New In from pixi as title. Should work well enough.
Do you know what “bias” means? If you have worked in a scientific setting before, chances are you do.
But did you know that as bloggers we are bound to fall for it? I for one am guilty as charged.
Wait. Let me quickly rephrase that: “Guilty” is too harsh a word, and opposed to medical research a blog post is not likely to have a lasting impact on people’s health and well-being.
But despite all our “neutral and independent” claims, we might be falling for one bias or the other.
The “publication bias” is the one that I feel is the most common: You only publish what excites you or gives positive results. Because no one wants to read about a product that was straight boring and we want our blogs to be a happy place. Is that dangerous? Not really. But it prevents us from sharing helpful experiences that could someone else stop from buying.
And then the one that I did struggle with when reviewing the pixi Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse: The social bias. You see, I have been reading Caroline Hirons blog for ages. And after watching her vlogs (that never fail to make me laugh), she grew on me as a person. I enjoyed spending virtual time with her. She became a (very unilateral) online friend. So when she released a cleanser, I knew I had to buy it. And I was prepared to love it.
What I was not prepared for, what I simply did not WANT to happen, was that the pixi Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse would just be okay for me.
I may have said it before on the blog: I don´t like horror movies. Not even the more fun than scary ones.
Watching Zombieland gave me nightmares. Zombieland!
The one with Woody Harrelson.
And Bill Murray.
Yes, I know.
So why do I repeat it? Because tonight is Halloween, and scary movies seem to be loved by anyone this time of year.
Another thing that many people love, but that rarely works for me are moisturizers. Every once in a while I will find one that I do like, but most of the time I prefer my serums and face oils and skip them completely.
Did the pixi H2O Skindrink Pure Hydration Gel (PR-Sample) change my mind? Read on to find out.
Now that our daughter is learning the colors, I realized (again), how different men and women are. When Mr. Loca tells her: “That is red.” I have to stop myself from stepping in and interrupting. Even though it is clearly burgundy. Or rust. Or brick. But there would be no point. To him, all that is just red.
So the question I kept asking myself throughout my skincare in the last weeks was not one that I could discuss with him. I knew I needed to turn to you, dear readers.
Do you think that pixi-green will be a thing, just like Tiffany-blue already is? Because when I line up my skincare on the sink, the uniformity of the bottles and the gold writing kind of makes me want to keep them out for display.
Even if I only use them occasionally, like the pixi Glow Mud Mask (PR-Sample).
Kitchen not cleaned? The kids were so demanding! Or maybe I chose to watch You Tube instead.
Looking tired? They kept me up all night. After I went to bed very late, finishing just that one quest in WoW.
Stains on my shirt? We have started solids. And I tried to do everything at once and spilled my tea.
Haven’t done a face mask in weeks? Well, I actually don’t blame that on the kids. I just sometimes can´t be bothered. Some weeks my cleanse, cleanse, exfoliate, serum, oil routine is all I seem to be able to do.
These are the weeks when pixi Glow Mud Cleanser (PR-Sample) is what I reach for most.