What is it?
Pixi Glow Tonic 250ml
Why do I need it?
Well, firstly, it was TOTALLY worth trawling the interwebs for a stockist who would ship to AU! Even if at first I did not succeed (see below).
It contains 5% Glycolic Acid (our old friend AHA) which helps sweep away dead and dull surface skin to reveal plump brighter and smoother new skin underneath. People in the beauty world are obsessed with the word Glow. Hell, this is a GLOW tonic!
But what does that mean? When your skin is plumped up, smoothed out and free of surface debris (old makeup, dead skin, all the fun stuff) it reflects more light. It has a sheen. Not to be confused with shine. Hence why every beauty brand and their loyal bloggers are using the word Glow. Like a light shining from within. But in truth, shining off a smoother surface. Pixi Glow Tonic helps achieve all that.
For those familiar with Alpha H Liquid Gold (review in the works, love that stuff!) Pixi Glow Tonic is like its little sister. The Glycolic Acid is in a weaker concentration and buffered with a hefty dose of Aloe as well as Glycerin to help the skin retain moisture and add comfort. Its gentle enough to use twice a day (Liquid Gold is so potent its a twice a week treatment), but I will say there is an accumulative affect, so go slow and build up a tolerance. My skin was oblivious to the acid until the end of the first week when it started to go pink and get the tell tale acid toner prickly tingle. Which is perfectly fine, thats how you know its effective. But you don’t want things to go any further than that – like burning. After use, your serum and moisturiser will sink in a whole lot easier and be more effective as you’ve cleaned away any barriers to them penetrating.
Unruly congested combo/oily skin, the kind that likes to misbehave at the worst of times will be kept in check by this. Dry skins will find their moisturiser actually works better for them after using this. And my NUMBER 1 TIP:
If you suffer from dry chapped papery lips, include them in your Glow Tonic application (slight tingle), then your serum and moisturiser and follow with lip balm. My lips did a dramatic 180° in about 2 days.
Don’t be put off by it’s Vitamin C orange – thats the colour of the bottle, not the product. It does not smell citrusy, or even acid-y in any way. It has that nice clean cosmetic smell which is slightly fruity, in the way that Chanel Chance Eau Tendre is clean, cosmetic and fruity. Yes, the pink Chance is my gold standard in fruity florals, you will have seen it mentioned before.
What is in it?
Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Glycolic Acid, Ammonium Glycolate, Glycerin, Glucose, Fructose, Sucrose, Urea, Dextrin, Alanine, Glutamic Acid, Hexyl Nicotinate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Biotin, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance.
Whats the damage?
UPDATE 12 Sept 2016: Look Fantasic now also ship Pixi Glow Tonic to Australia. Its great to have that second option in case Beauty Bay is out of stock. (As at 12/9/16 Beauty Bay is out of stock). Happy toning! – CC xx
As I live in Australia, my only option for purchasing was online from Beauty Bay. At the time of posting Beauty Bay is the only store that will ship Pixi Glow Tonic to Australia for free. Hence the celebratory unboxing video. It is listed on the Australian ASOS store but my order was promptly returned to their warehouse citing ‘restrictions’ and never left the UK. I believe this is to do more with imposed restrictions from their courier not wanting the mess of liquid spills than international postage regulations, as the product is not pressurised and does not contain anything flammable, solvent or corrosive. ASOS was not forthcoming with a proper explanation, but I will forgive them (eventually) as this is the only iffy customer experience I’ve had in 8 years of consistent purchasing. The price on Beauty Bay is $35.10AUD (£18/$25.70US)
Other stockists include:
Pixi Beauty for those in the UK (little tip, make like you’re leaving the site and a little pop-up with a £3 off code will appear)
Target for those in the US – please appreciate how lucky you are to buy this for $15US!
Cult Beauty – their shipping is fast and free worldwide if you spend more than £50, so buy 3 or throw it in your cart if you need to make up the total when you’re buying something else.
Has anyone else tried this? What are you thoughts? And tell me, do you even use toner? What is your current favourite?