With a new, almost entirely vegan beauty range and a line by ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELEY arriving on shelves, the beauty hall at MARKS & SPENCER has become a must-shop destination
Pixi is one of those brands that might sound vaguely familiar but remains slightly off the mainstream radar. Launched in a small boutique in London’s Soho 17 years ago, Pixi became a word-of-mouth hit that has endured, and it’s now available on the high street via M&S, whose beauty offering continues to go from strength to strength. Standout skincare includes the Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner, which is alcohol-free and contains five per cent glycolic plus aloe vera and witch hazel to refresh and brighten skin. We also love the creamy and delicious Shea Butter Lip Balm (€11).
Nearly all the skincare and make-up formulations are vegan – containing no animal extracts – from the lip liners to Endless Silky Eye Pencils in vivid colours, to the kabuki brush. The collection of innovative yet affordable make-up is well worth discovering, if you haven’t yet: we’ve been trying out the bronzey-gold eyebrow gel, which sounds odd but works well if you’re after a natural-looking brow – it adds a bit of texture so they are boosted but don’t look fake or flat.
This fits with Pixi’s ethos, which is all about looking fresh-faced and glowing with barely there make-up. No wonder they have maintained such a loyal clientele (including Ellie Goulding, who’s a fan of the Glow Tonic). I’m also trying out the Rose Oil Blend, an appealingly natural blend of rose and pomegranate, sweet almond and jojoba seed oils. The range is also available at cloud10beauty.com.
Also recently arrived into Marks & Spencer is the first make-up collection by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, following on from the successful lingerie and perfume collaborations. The comprehensive 51-piece range covers everything from bronzer to liquid liner, with prices from €13.50 up to €38 for a set of four brushes – good value for the quality.
It looks like Rosie and M&S have been inspired by Charlotte Tilbury’s eye-catching rose-gold packaging, and the products look glam. The chunky Starstruck Highlighter crayon is a good bet (€20). We love the fact that you can find so many good brands at M&S, from Tangle Teezer to Burt’s Bees, Bourjois to James Read tan and Philip Kingsley for hair – and special mention to the Look Good Feel Better range, which supports women with cancer. Lots of good reasons to push past the tights and make a beeline for the beauty hall …
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