glow-tonic-review

Pixi Glow Tonic is another one of those products I’ve been through countless bottles of. I was ecstatic when the brand sent me a giant bottle with my name on the label last Christmas. Just last week it was running low so I bought a regular-size bottle and refilled.

This exfoliating toner contains glycolic acid to remove dead skin cells, witch hazel to smooth and aloe vera to soothe. I’ve found that daily chemical exfoliation, rather than physical, is much better for my sensitive skin, and this is the product that ticks that box. I use one pump on a cotton pad every morning after cleansing and before a serum.

The results are near immediate – serious glow and a smooth surface that better absorbs the serum that follows. I highly recommend it to anyone, no matter your skin type. Shop Glow Tonic and more of my Pixi favorites below.

back-to-school

No matter how many years out I get, the beginning of September never loses its start-of-the-school-year feeling. I can still conjure the excitement of getting my back-to-school shopping list, taking great care to choose the perfect new notebooks and pencils with which to begin. The energy to get organized and start with a clean slate inevitably hits and I spend a day cleaning, decluttering and making room for a few new supplies. Here is what’s on my shopping list this season, in line with fall’s best beauty trends.

REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream – I’ll be swapping my usual moisturizer for this calming cream that soothes redness and sensitivity plus protects from UV damage and premature aging.

Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Exfoliating Acid Potion – After listening to Moon Juice-founder Amanda Chantal Bacon discuss her new skincare products on Fat Mascara (episode 116), I was anxiously awaiting the launch of this potion she created to give the same results as the cult-favorite P50 but with a clean formula.

Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops – One pump of this serum mixed in with my BB cream creates a subtle glow, but what I love most is the antioxidants protecting my skin from pollution and environmental stressors.

Marc Jacobs Enamored Hydrating Lip Gloss Stick – This is the lip product I never knew I needed until now for a shiny, glossy finish with the convenience of a stick and hydration of a balm.

Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eye Shadow – For upcoming weddings and events, my go-to look will be natural makeup and metallic lids thanks to this eyeshadow infused with micro-glitter in beautiful warm-tone hues.

Slipsilk Scrunchies – Without getting too ’90s, I love these thin scrunchies covered with silk so as to not cause breakage or ridges.

Reverie Milk Anti-Frizz Leave-In Nourishing Treatment – Along with a keratin treatment, this cream is giving me the shiny, soft, smooth hair I want, plus it smells incredible.

best-dry-shampoo-review

Since my first spritz of Psssst many years ago, dry shampoo has been a staple in my beauty arsenal. At any time, I have at least 3 backup cans stashed around my apartment and never turn down the chance to try an innovative new formula. I’ve used countless iterations from the highest highs to the lowest lows and while this one is still my reigning favorite, there are two budget-friendly options that I always keep stocked: Batiste and Dove.

Ringing up at around $5, these drugstore dry shampoos do everything I ask of them — that is soak up excess oil, create volume and allow me to go that extra day or two (or three) before washing. Of the many versions of Batiste, I’m partial to the dark brown that sprays a tinted formula or the tropical that smells like a beach holiday.

My tried-and-true method for using any dry shampoo is to spray my roots, leave it for 2-3 minutes, massage with my fingers then brush my hair. Once brushed, my hair is back to that perfect second-day feeling where it’s not too squeaky clean and not yet an oily mess. The Dove dry shampoo has the same style-extending results plus adds serious volume. So much so that it works just as well as a styling product from day one. I use a couple of sprays to create body in the lengths if my hair is falling flat or create hold for a ponytail.