Hey guys, you might be saying to yourself wow a second blog post? Sometimes Cake-pie makes 2 posts in a month, how crazy is it to see two in one DAY?? Well, ordinarily you won’t see this much posting, but there’s a DEAL you HAVE to know about if you’ve been interested in Pixi brand makeup but couldn’t afford their high prices.
 

Today on Hautelook you can get Pixi (and POP Beauty) products for huge discounts, some products are 70% off or more, and the majority are UNDER $10!! If you check it out and buy anything, use my link! It gives me a $10 credit if you do, and I will be very thankful to you for doing so.
 

I’ve been an Hautelook member for a while, but I’ve never purchased anything before (despite there being good sales before), timing wasn’t always right (their sales are limited time), or I didn’t have it in the budget (I’m on a fixed income).
 

The sale goes until THURSDAY AT 8AM PACIFIC, but I wouldn’t hesitate because shit is selling out already. It’s a popular brand and a lot of people are cheapskates like us and want the good prices, haha.
 

I hauled some stuff today, and I’ll share with you what I picked up!
 

image is a stock photo of the pixi nail polish in opal sheen, a pearly white color. It is in a clear glass bottle with a light green-grey cap.

image is a stock photo of the pixi nail polish in pink pirouette, a pearly neon pink color. It is in a clear glass bottle with a light green-grey cap, with a graphic of what looks like tinkerbell th fairy on the cover. She has blonde hair a white wings.

image is a stock photo of the pixi nail polish in fresh red, a pearly red color. It is in a clear glass bottle with a light green-grey cap.

image is a stock photo of pop beauty glitz blitz eyeliner in the color black blitz. Two pencils are shown, both are black with white lettering.

Image is a stock photo of a super pale green squeeze bottle of pixi brand fresh face healthy skin booster in peach. The cap is slightly goldish, and the lettering is a gold foil color.
Image is a stock photo swatch of the Pixi brand fresh face healthy skin booster in peach. It's a smooth peach colored silky liquid smudged across a white background.

Image is a stock photo of the Pixi brand brightening primer bottle. It is a very fair green, with a lighter green cap. The lettering is a sort of gold foil color.

Image is a stock photo of the pixi brand flawless beauty powder in shade #1, fair. Two packages are shown, one is closed the other is open. They are both light green with gold foil accent graphics and labels. The closed one features a silhouette of a fairy on the cove of  the package, the open one shows the contents and a small mirror inside. Both cases are square shaped.

 

Pretty nail polishes right? It’s like nail polish week with this and the Zoya Freebies I hauled a few days ago. I was interested in the powder because it looks fair enough to work on my stark white skin (my current powders are almost out, oh noes!). The eyeliner was pretty cheap, and I wanted to try at least one POP Beauty product from this sale. I’m not 100% sure what the Fresh Face skin booster does but I intend to see if it makes sense as a highlighter or maybe a totally natural blush look. I already have a few brightening primers, but they’re both a bit pinkish and I want to see what a pearly white one will do with my already white face (hopefully make it glow like the moon, not make it ghostly!).
 

That’s my selection, did you haul anything from this sale? If not, does anything look exciting or interesting to you? Tell me what you think of Hautelook.
 

This post is not sponsored, everything was purchased with my own money. See my Disclosure!
 

Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 8th January 2013
Filled Under: Beauty
Comments: 9 Comments
Image is a photo of the my beauty diary red vine mask. It's a small rectangular pale pink pouch with vertical stripes and tiny red wine bottle and grape graphics on the top and bottom of the mask. In the center of the mask it reads Red Vine Mask in english, and there are some words in Chinese characters as well, but I can't read them.

 

Hey guys, I’m still feeling a bit better, so I have another review for ya! I know you all still want the Coastal Scents review, and don’t worry IT WILL HAPPEN. I have to save that for a day when I don’t have a lot to do, thanks to Lyme disease I always have to ration my choices. A great story about how that works was written by Christine Miserandino called “The Spoon Theory” (read it here) and it’s worth reading if you or someone you know has a difficult illness or disability with a fatiguing aspect.
 

I picked up this particular My Beauty Diary (MBD) mask during my Imomoko haul in September (want to see what I got? click here). It came in the “Top Seven Sellers” mask pack, and I’ve reviewed almost all of them now (just the Black Pearl and Arbutin left!), so far the Bird’s Nest mask has been my favorite, and you can always read about my favorite products I’ve reviewed in my “Best of” tab on my top bar.
 

If you’re new to sheet masks, you should read about how to use them here. There’s also info on the different MBD masks there as well so you’ll be all prepped forever.
 

Upon opening the package, the scent truly does smell quite a bit like red wine, but it’s not like red wine really smells good, so I don’t know if that’s the greatest idea. It doesn’t smell unpleasant or anything, thankfully, but it’s not exciting to me.
 

As always, the MBD masks are very thin so I had to be careful not to tear it. Successfully applied, I left it on for more than the recommended 20 minutes because I’m a rebel. Afterward I didn’t notice too much of a change. The Red Vine mask is supposed to have a toning, brightening, tightening effect, and I did feel like my skin was “tighter”, like an astringent had been applied. It was NOT overdry, and I think with regular use perhaps it would be good for my oily, acne-prone skin (overdrying oily skin can trigger your skin to produce MOAR OIL, which is not desireable).
 

MBD also advertises that the Red Vine Mask has a lot of antioxidants, and perusing the botanical ingredients it has the “tea” plant (camellia sinensis), grapefruit, licorice, chamomile (beware if you have ragweed allergies!), and watercress (nasturtium officionale). In just a quick lazy search I found some pubmed articles on some of their antioxidant activities. If this mask does have antioxidant effects the benefits to skin would not be obvious with one use.
 

Ingredients:
WATER, GLYCERIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFRUIT) FRUIT EXTRACT, GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT, TRIETHANOLAMINE, ARNICA MONTANA FLOWER EXTRACT, YEAST EXTRACT, STYRENE / ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, DIMETHYLSILANOL HYALURONATE, POLYSORBATE 20, METHYLPARABEN, HYDROLYZED LACTOBUMIN, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT, NASTURTIUM OFFICIONALE FLOWER/LEAF EXTRACT, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM HYALURONATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SQUALANE, DIMETHICONE, CARBOMER, XANTHAN GUM, SODIUM HYDROXIDE
 

The Good:

  • Doesn’t smell bad
  • Does what is promises (tightening effect)
  • MBD masks are very cheap!
  • May even have long-term effects due to antioxidant ingredients
  • Doesn’t dry out skin
  • Good for oily skin

 

The Bad:

  • Not a moisturizing mask (but it doesn’t say it is, though!)
  • Smell is not bad but it’s also not exciting.
  • No way to know the concentration of botanicals, there might not be enough to do anything
  • Ragweed allergy people avoid it or your skin may react.
  • Not as effective as retinols or other expensive ingredients (but it doesn’t claim to be!)

 

Bottom line: I’d include this in a once-weekly mask protocol to keep skin youthful over time. I imagine the effect wouldn’t be very noticeable, you’re far more likely to get results from retinols, but it may help the health of your skin, and at the very least the astringent qualities can help oily skin.
 
Have you tried this mask? What did you think? What are some of your favorite MBD masks or other mask brands you enjoy?
 

Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 8th January 2013
Filled Under: Beauty, Reviews
Comments: 7 Comments
Image is a photo of the full size tub of the body shop mango body butter. It's an orange tub with a large mango graphic covering almost the entire package, a small body shop logo is in the center.

 

Hey lovelies! I have to say it’s great to be able to post so often ^_^ I’ve been feeling a bit better so I’m using the extra energy to be productive.
 

We all know I bought mongo amounts of products from The Body Shop recently (if you don’t know, check out my haul here). Although I got something on the order of a $188USD discount I still hadn’t reviewed a SINGLE thing! I’ve had my products long enough to try them out well, and I’m going to begin by telling you about the Mango Body Butter!
 

Image is a photo of two mango body body butters from the body shop, each a different size. The full size on the left and the mini on the right. The image has text under each. Under the full size the text reads: Big Girl Size; under the mini it reads: mini. They are slightly different shades of orange, and the graphics are different, but both feature mango graphics.

 

The first purchase of the Mango Body Butter was actually a few months back when I picked up a mini to try out. It smelled so good but I didn’t want to blow $19 on a product if it didn’t work well, or if it broke me out (yep, body acne is the worst!). The mini product went FAST, so when I started my haul I decided it was time to grab the Big Girl size.
 

So first you already know I love the smell, it’s the most amazing scent and MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE BODY SHOP SCENT. It doesn’t smell the same in all versions of the Mango products (the body scrub, the lotion, etc), and to me the body butter is the best smelling of the Mango line. As for other favorite Body Shop product smells, I like limited edition Cranberry, and many of the Strawberry line. Remember folks, I’m biased against flower scents so keep that in mind.
 

Image is a photo of a finger with a swatch of mango body butter on it to show texture and color of the product. It is truly like butter, though it is more orange in color. The texture is silky and  smooth.

 
To me this is a fantastic product, does a pretty good job of making my skin softer, and after putting it on my skin feels moist which is important in this dry Vermont wintertime. I’m not sure the formula is strong enough to justify buying it over cheaper body butters but for me it is because it doubles as a scent. I’ll literally put it on just to smell good for a few hours, to cheer myself up and enjoy having a lifted mood for a bit.
 

Ingredients:
Water, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lanolin Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Citral, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Citronellol, Annatto.

 

The Good

  • Smells the best out of any of The Body Shop’s current selection of body butters
  • Doubles as a body scent, especially if you can’t do perfumes. It’s mild but warms the heart just a bit.
  • Does NOT break me out! In fact, I think it helps my acne heal because of the moisture effect.
  • Works as a body butter too, for some reason.

 

The Bad

  • While pretty affordable, in this economy $19USD can be a lot to pay for a body butter. You could do what I did and wait for a sale before loading up.
  • It does work, but it’s not ZUPER FANTAZTIQUE enough to outperform cheaper body butters.
  • Comes in an unhygienic jar. I’m always worried about contaminating it with my gross human hands. Thankfully it uses safe and powerful preservatives otherwise it’d make me break out.

 

Bottom line: I love it. It’s one of my FAVORITE products from The Body Shop BAR NONE. Seriously you guys if you could all smell it you’d be in love with it and want to buy it flowers. Would I recommend it? YES, I’ve even bought it to give as gifts. If the price doesn’t scare you try it out!
 

Have you tried it? If so what do you think? Does it smell good to you?
 

Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 7th January 2013
Filled Under: Beauty, Reviews
Comments: 19 Comments

Hey guys how cool is this? I have items for sale now. My plan is to update every SUNDAY with new items ^_^ This week I put up 23 items for sale, wow!
 

In the future look forward to seeing:

  • nail polish
  • clothing
  • jewelry
  • games
  • cute things
  • home goods
  • bath and beauty
  • handmade things!
  • and possibly some random stuff (a sword?).

 
DEALS:
 

 

I will be sad if you follow and then disappear, so try to be kindly followers ^_^
 

image is a graphic blue button that reads GO! in white lettering.

 

Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 7th January 2013
Filled Under: Beauty
Comments: Post the 1st one!

Image is a promotional ad for Zoya nail polish. It reads: Let zoya color your world in 2012 get 3 free*, code zoya2013, 01/7/2013 (10 am EST) - 01/13/2013 (11:59 PM EST) ONLY, *Restrictions apply, continental US only, Limited time offer on zoya.com only, s/h charges apply, see zoya.com for complete details, The new color of fashion, zoya, zoya.com, copyright 2013 art of beauty inc, all rights reserved

 

NOTE: The poster says it starts on 1/7 but the code works now (I already ordered mine).
 

NOTE: This promotion seems to be US only >: Let me know if it works for you if you’re outside the US!
 

There’s a new promotion right now from Zoya, you can get 3 polishes for “free”, but you have to pay $10 for shipping… still, do the math here:
 

Zoya nail polish $8 each x 3 = $24
Then add $6.95 (Standard Shipping regular price)

Total: $30.95
 

OR
 

3 Zoya Nail polishes for $10.
 

It’s still a deal even though they’re hiking up the shipping price for this offer, might as well be “3 polishes for a dollar + shipping.” Who cares? That’s cheap!
 

I picked up:
 

image is a stock photo of the zoya nail polish named Ziv. It's an opaque gold with gold glitter in a clear bottle. No bottle lid is pictured.
Ziv
 
 

image is a stock photo of the zoya nail polish named Luna. It's an opaque silver with silver glitter in a clear bottle. No bottle lid is pictured.
Luna
 
 

image is a stock photo of the zoya nail polish named Gilda. It's an opaque hot pink with hot pink glitter in a clear bottle. No bottle lid is pictured.
Gilda
 

What polishes did you get? Let’s share what we got!
 

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Posted by Cake-Pie
Dated: 5th January 2013
Filled Under: Beauty
Comments: 5 Comments