a teeny-tiny what's new at Pixi haul + first impressions

Last Tuesday Target had a 20% off beauty promotion going on, and of course I took advantage. I ended up purchasing a few elf brushes I've been wanting to try out as well as two new Pixi products-- pretty tame, if I may say so myself. To my surprise, my order showed up on Thursday. Considering that I placed my order on Tuesday afternoon, it took my order less than 48 hours to arrive. That's pretty freaking fantastic.  So thank you, Target!

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Pixi glow tonic to-go available via pixi, target
60 pads for $18; for a full list of ingredients check here

When I saw that pixi came out with a to-go option for their glow tonic I was all ready to click the "add to cart" button. Thankfully I knew about the upcoming Target promo and waited a few days to get it for 20% off.

The formulation in these to-go pads is the exact same as the original glow tonic and work just as well. Even though buying the original glow tonic in the bottle is a better value, I already know I will be reaching for these instead for convenience. The pads are very generously doused in the glow tonic and there's plenty for me to use across my face and décolletage.

If you haven't used or heard of Pixi's glow tonic it's their best-selling 5% glycolic acid chemical exfoliant. If you're new to the world of chemical exfoliants, I suggest reading the first post in this reddit thread. It's a quick yet informative read.

I've got sensitive skin and started using Pixi's glow tonic at the end of last year. At first I was worried it was too harsh for my skin because it caused that unpleasant, stinging sensation when applied. But after using it every other day (I use FAB's facial radiance pads on the other days) for a few months the stinging has faded. Overall I've found that using these have helped fade my acne scars faster, reduced the number of whiteheads I get on my cheeks, and minimize those tricky sebaceous filaments on my nose. Of course my skin isn't perfect but the chemical exfoliants have improved my skin a lot.

If you're new to chemical exfoliants then these are a great starting point. If you're a seasoned user and are looking for something stronger, check out their 20% peel pads (I talked about them in my February favorites.)

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Pixi lash nourish makeup remover pads available via pixi, target
80 pads for $10; for a full list of ingredients check here

If you don't want to read this review, all you need to know is that these suck.

Personally I don't like using makeup removing wipes on an everyday basis because they can be harsh on my skin and just aren't as effective as my usual combination of micellar water + cleansing balm. But I like keeping them on hand for when I'm traveling or am too lazy tired to remove my makeup at night. On the pixi site they advertised these pads to "deeply condition lashes and nourish the gentle undereye area while effectively removing all makeup, even waterproof." Sounds pretty great, right?

Too bad they do a piss poor job at the makeup-removing part.

Saturday night I was wearing some liquid eyeliner, gel liner, falsies, and waterproof mascara and it took 3 pads per eye to remove my eye makeup. And even then, I gave up and removed the rest with my Bioderma micellar water. So basically I used almost 10% of this container to half-ass remove my eye makeup for one night.

Since I've only used these a few times I can't say if the "lash conditioning" benefits are true or not. Buuut if I had to take a guess I would say that I won't see any visible results due to the "deeply condition"-ing abilities of these pads and the claim is marketing hogwash. But tbh this doesn't bother me because all brands seem to peddle the same bs. The Chanel mascara that I am currently obsessed with and featured in my June favorites post is supposed to condition and hydrate your lashes thanks to pro vitamin-b5. Even though this is untrue, I still love the mascara because it actually delivers where it matters.

Although I disliked these overall, there were a few positives I should mention. First I appreciate that they're packaged in a jar with a screw on lid. That way I know for sure that the package is closed and the remaining pads won't dry out. Also, even though they didn't remove my eye makeup and didn't "soothe the sensitive eye area," they also did not burn or sting my eyes.

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Even with my negative experience with these makeup removers, I still want to try out more Pixi skincare products! I really love all the things I've tried from their glow line so far, and am kind of kicking myself at not buying the glow mist during the 20% off promo.

Are there any Pixi products you've tried and loved? Or on the other hand tried and disliked? Either way please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments :D

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