♥ Review: Pixi Skincare ♥

Let's overlook the fact that I took these photos at Christmas, shall we? ;)
During the Black Friday sales, I spotted an amazing gift set from the brand Pixi in Marks&Spencer - best part is, it was reduced from £70 to an incredible £30. I literally jumped on the occasion and got the kit straight away. I've wanted to try out Pixi products for months, and I interpreted that as a sign of the blogging gods begging me to do so!
The kit was composed of four products, and here are my thoughts on each of them.

This is a fancy way of calling their makeup remover wipes. As we all know, it is not advised to use makeup wipes very often, however these are super handy for travelling by plane. I've had the opportunity to take them with me on a couple of trips last year, and I haven't been disappointed. These wipes do a very good job at removing the makeup, even mascara and liquid lipstick - although I haven't tried them with waterproof makeup. They are really gentle and pleasant to use, and you don't have to rub the skin the remove the makeup. 
These are the only makeup wipes I've ever tried (apart from a cheap last-minute buy from Poundland) so I couldn't compare them to any other wipes on the market. However, I think it's safe to say that these are great if you're looking for wipes that won't dry out your skin.
They are £10 and you can find them here

The Glow Tonic is probably the most famous product from the brand - at least it's the product I'd heard about the most. The brand calls it an exfoliating toner, although of course it doesn't have any exfoliating beads as you can find in scrubs. I use it morning or evening, sometimes both, on clear skin. As the name suggests, it makes your skin brighter and clearer. I can definitely see a difference before and after using it: my skin seems clearer and totally clean, without being glowy or anything at all - there is no oil, so it works really well on combination to oily skins too. Even though I probably won't be purchasing it again as I want to try out other products from the brand, I highly recommend it, you'll see the difference!
The tonic is £18 and you can find it here.

So at first I thought this was the Mud Mask everybody keeps raving about, and I was so excited to try it out... Until I realised it was actually the cleanser, not the mask. Well done me! I wasn't disappointed though, as this cleanser is awesome and it is a firm favourite in my skincare routine at the moment. I use it morning and evening (sometimes switching with another cleanser so as to make it last longer!). It has to be used on damp skin, and massaged into the skin for thirty seconds. The texture is not too thick, and you don't need a lot of product each time you use it. Once you rinse it off, my skin is so soft and clear, I'm always impressed by the results even after using it for a couple months now. This has to be my favourite product of the bunch, and I might actually repurchase it one day.
The cleanser is £18 and you will find it here.

Although I never usually use oil to moisturise my face, I was quite curious about this oil. First of all, the smell is divine - some might find it granny-ish and be put off by it, but I find it lovely and somehow sophisticated. It comes in a dropper which is really handy, you can get the right amount of product drop by drop instead of ending up with oil everywhere. The Rose Oil Blend is not a product I use very often, I tend to keep it to twice or three times a week depending on how my skin feels. 
This oil doesn't make the skin greasy at all, and I have found that it helps a lot with dehydrated areas - which for me is around the nose and cheeks. It claims to make the skin luminous, and I do think this is true: combined with the Glow Mud Cleanser and the Glow Tonic, my skin has been looking brighter these past few weeks. Plus it's a product that will last you months and months, and I'd advise to use it only when you feel like your skin needs a little moisture pick-me-up.
The oil is £26 and you can find it here.

This kit has made me want to try out more Pixi products, so please do give me recommendations if you have any!

Have you ever tried Pixi skincare? Would you consider trying out one of these products?


♥ Review: Natural Eyes with Urban Decay & Benefit ♥

Most days, I don't have much time to do my makeup. In the mornings I have to wake up early and go to work, and being in a school means I'd better avoid heavy makeup looks - I'll leave the tons of highligther to my teenage girls students! So today I'm sharing with you the eye makeup duo that has become my favourite for low key makeup days.
At Christmas, my dad got me the Roller Lash mascara by Benefit and the 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Underground by Urban Decay - well, he came with me to Sephora and waited for me pick what I wanted basically. We all know that dads are not the best with makeup haha! I picked these two products with the idea of using them together, and this is what I've been doing recently. I use the Urban Decay pencil as eyeliner and under the eye. Brown liner looks much more natural than black, and the sparkles in this particular shade Underground make the eyes pop and catch the light nicely. 

Roller Lash is my favourite mascara ever, and you must understand why! It makes the lashes quite long and separates them really well. I love the fact that it's not clumpy at all - thin plastic brushes are great if you don't want a lot of thickness. In these photos I am wearing only one coat, and this is all that's needed for natural lashes that still have some length and volume. 
To finish off the look I just added a light gold eyeshadow on the brow bone, which is a must-do if you want a bright, healthy-looking finish.

Slightly off-topic, but to complete the look I am wearing the NYX Lingerie liquid lipstick in the shade Teddy, mainly because it matches the jumper I was wearing. I wouldn't wear this shade on a school day! [Read a full review of the NYX Lingerie lipsticks here.]
If you want to go for an all natural look, a nude lipstick would be perfect. But with such a toned-down eye makeup, you could go with bright red lipstick and look fabulous!

Find more about the products here: Benefit Roller Lash mascara & UD 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil

What's your favourite natural eye look? Do you have a favourite mascara at the moment?


♥ Exploring Paris: Up the Hill of Montmartre ♥

Let's climb up and up the hill...
Montmartre is a place known by all the Paris lovers out there. Who has never seen the iconic Sacré Coeur Basilica and its white domes? The building overlooks the City of Lights, and can be seen from pretty much everywhere around, if you look hard enough. 
Today I will be taking you around Montmartre, along the cobbled streets and the narrow alleys of this very unique and peculiar part of Paris. We'll start at the bottom of the stairs leading to the Sacré Coeur, of course!

To reach the stairs of the Sacré Coeur, stop at the métro stop Anvers on line 2, and just follow the crowds of people climbing up the busy street perpendicular to the stop. On the way, avoid falling in the numerous tourist traps; keep your pennies to do an offering at the Basilica. Once you arrive at the top of that long street, probably breathless (or is it just me?), look up: the Sacré Coeur will be greeting you in its beautiful, fairytale-like glory. Oh, and don't be surprised: the place will be buzzing with people, selfie sticks and street sellers. The place is only ever empty in postcards or at five in the morning. 
Before you climb all these stairs, why not going for a spin in the Carousel? I can't resist a pretty, old-fashioned ride. Do I need to mention that my friends Julie, Céline and myself were the only adults in the Carousel that were not parents accompanying their children? Whatever. We were the children. 

After the ride, it's finally time to climb these stairs! As much as a photo there would look awesome, chances are you won't be able to get a decent shot as dozens of other people are trying to get their photos taken at the exact same spot. So forget that selfie mode for a bit and look at the view!

Unfortunately, I don't have any photos of the inside of the Sacré Coeur, but you should definitely go in and have a look around. Churches have that aura about them that I find entrancing, and if you're willing to make extra effort to climb to the tower, you'll be rewarded with a beautiful view of Paris.
Although the view from the outside of the Basilica isn't too bad either.

Once you've had a proper look at the Sacred Heart and wish to move away from the noisy, busy crowds, go around the left of the building. A few streets later, you'll arrive at the top of a big staircase. Look at the view, and you'll realise how high up above Paris you are standing! 

After that just turn in the street where the Maison Rose is - I am sure you've seen a thousand photos of it already - and just have a look around. Montmartre is all grey stones and green façades. With a little bit of colour thrown in!

Montmartre is also the haven of the many artists that find inspiration in Paris. You'll quickly notice that as you get lost in the meander of small streets full or Art galleries and restaurants. Look up at the façades and shop signs: it'll feel like you've stepped back in time. Art appears in the shops, on the walls (as this funny sculpture of Marcel Aymé shows well enough!), and in the streets are artists will ask you to draw your portrait, or sell their artworks in their little corner of Place du Tertre. 

The Place du Tertre is wonderful. My friends and I walked around, having a look at the paintings hanging on the easels, and glancing curiously at the artists at work. You can buy beautiful art and support the artists in a much more relaxed and friendly way than by just buying in art galleries. Some artists do portraits, others paint dreamy landscapes of Paris, and there was this one artist who did the cutest paintings of cats. Surprisingly (or not), they were my favourite!

This art nook was our last stop in Montmartre, and as the afternoon advanced we went back down the hill, spotting a few street art pieces on the way.

In life I have loved and I have been loved now I am tired I am taking some rest.

Montmartre really is a place in Paris that's like no other. It is inspiring, peaceful and buzzing at the same time, old and modern. This is the perfect place to visit on a sunny afternoon with friends. 

Did you know about Montmartre? What is a place in Paris that you'd like to see?