pixi Rose Cream Cleanser – A rose

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„A rose is a rose is a rose…“ I bet you have heard that before. The sentence was written by Gertrude Stein as part of her poems.

It is often interpreted as meaning „things are what they are“, a statement of the law of identity. In Stein’s view, the sentence expresses the fact that simply using the name of a thing already invokes the imagery and emotions associated with it.

 

pixi Rose Cream Cleanser
pixi Rose Cream Cleanser

 

But I bet you are not here for an excurse in poetry (though it is a fascinating topic!). You are here for beauty products, and I promise I am going to talk about one:

The pixi Rose Cream Cleanser *, which, as rightly observed by Mrs. Stein, instantly evokes a certain mental image by name. I for one expected it to be a rose scented cream cleanser.

Which it, spoiler here, isn´t.

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New In Beauty April 2018: pixi, Caudalie and more

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Back when I first started getting into makeup, I would often raid my mothers stash.

Apply her lipsticks, ruin her rouge, drench myself in her perfume – basically making a big mess. Now that I am grown up (and a blogger), things are usually the other way round.

 

New In Beauty April 2018
New In Beauty April 2018

 

She plays with my lipsticks, inherits my eye cream and enjoys the packages that arrive at my doorstep just as much as I do.

But when I opened her cabinet recently and saw that she had purchased quite a few Caudalie products, I figured it was time to go back to the old days and help myself to some new skincare!

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New In Beauty March 2018 – The Ordinary, pixi and more

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After I returned from Galtür (read more about it here), I had a lovely package waiting for me. Inside was makeup, sparkly and shiny and new.

Sounds good, I hear you say. No. Better: Sounds good, I imagine you think right now.

 

New In Beauty March 2018
New In Beauty March 2018

 

 

Technically I cannot hear you, and I am not sure if anyone except me is talking to the computer screen. Mental note: Go out more!

Back to topic: Sounds good, but I knew I was leaving the next morning. And I wanted to start using the makeup. But before I could start using it, I needed to take pictures.

So I left unpacking, packing and sleeping to the last minute to get the shots you are about to see, with Mr. Loca shaking his head in disbelief. He will never understand!

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pixi Rose Flash Balm – Multitasking

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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.

 

pixi Rose Flash Balm
pixi Rose Flash Balm

 

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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pixi Rose Caviar Essence – It is what it is

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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.

 

pixi Rose Caviar Essence
pixi Rose Caviar Essence

 

„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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Taking out the trash 16 – Empties February 2018

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When I was filming this video, I was pretty content with myself. Not only did I like the way my hair looked – call me vain, but these things can make or break a day -, but I was satisfied with having yet another batch of products finished to show you.

After starting to make a conscious effort to actually finish products and not let the last bit go to waste while saving it for a special day, I felt like I made really good progress.

 

February 2018 Empties
Taking out the trash 16 – My February 2018 Empties

 

Great progress!

Once I finished editing, I turned to reading my favorite blogs. And stumbled upon this blogpost („10 tips – How I finished 300 beauty products in one year„), written by the lovely Sal.

Yes, you read that right. 300 beauty products. THREEHUNDERT. Suddenly my empties list looked really sad in comparison.

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New In Beauty January 2018 – pixi skincare and makeup

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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.

 

New In Beauty January 2018 - pixi makeup and skincare
New In Beauty January 2018 – pixi makeup and skincare

 

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?

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pixi Glow Mist – Filling the gap

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You are not going to like this, my fellow blogger Siobhán from Beautylymin said.

And as she knows me and my preferences very well, I was inclined to believe her. I did however decide to still test the pixi Glow Mist. Being a blogger does come with certain responsibilities after all!

Imagine how happy I was when I learned that the pixi Glow Mist, famous for giving you a glowy complexion after doing your makeup, was actually supposed to be used in skincare.

 

pixi Glow Mist
pixi Glow Mist

 

Because, let´s face it, I apply a ton of powder every morning to avoid any kind of glow, so putting on some in form of a face mist after carefully blotting down every inch of skin would have annoyed me.

But once my day is done and I am ready to relax, I don´t care if I resemble a grease ball. I´ll oil up and shine in front of my computer screen all night.

I did share my initial thoughts on the pixi Glow Mist in my Winter Evening Skincare Routine here already, but this time I´ll give you the full details.

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Best of Beauty 2017 – My makeup and skincare favorites

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I am not one to dwell in the past.

Yes, the things that happen to us do shape and affect us, no denying that. But I do believe that it is my choice what defines me.

On some occasions though, I immerse myself in times (long) gone, relive sensual experiences in my mind, remember scents, textures, pleasure…

 

Best of beauty 2017 - makeup and skincare
Best of beauty 2017 – makeup and skincare

 

Wait, that sounds like I am referring to a kinky paperback with a castle and someone in a ripped dress on the front. I am not!

I am actually talking about the Best of Beauty 2017! I am here to share with you what I loved the most, be it makeup or skincare in the past year.

Questionable reading choices might be discussed elsewhere…

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Taking out the trash 15 – My December 2017 Empties

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Did you know that on public holidays as well as on every Sunday, stores are closed in Germany? No quickly popping into town to get some food, no aimlessly wandering around looking for cute things to buy.

A public holiday (or every Sunday) is a holiday for everyone. Even the people working in retail.That may change, no matter how you personally feel about it, but at the moment it is my reality.

 

December 2017 Empties
December 2017 Empties

 

And every year I watch clips of the Boxing Day madness going on in other parts of the world from the comfort of my own home. I pat my belly, shift my weight from one side to the other (yes, the Christmas indulgence does bring back memories of the late stages of pregnancy) and wonder: Is there still anything we need to buy?

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