Coffee Talk Beauty Faves

March 14, 2020

I haven't written a makeup review since October. Who am I?! To be fair between finishing my last semester of grad school and working full-time didn't leave much time for beauty reviews. Not to say my beauty routine wasn't on par, I just wasn't able to invest the time I normally put into beauty reviews since then. Now that grad school is over I'm back at it and wanted to chat about some beauty faves. Plus, I just need a reprieve from all this COVID-19 panic/talk. So here's my quick distraction  from the chaos!
Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen*
I always love a good eyeliner and this is a pretty budget friendly eye pencil ($12). It lives up to its claim of being silky and creamy. This eyeliner has about 12 hour wear without smudging but is pretty impressive for the price!

I've never been a huge lip gloss girl but tbh the packaging of this lip gloss was so hard to pass up and it was a great price at TJ Maxx. I really like this gloss because its actually pigmented and the color is super wearable/unique. I don't have a lot of orange lipsticks or glosses so this is great. Plus this lip gloss is hydrating (It has essence of peach, coconut oil, and vitamin E). I also like that this gloss isn't sticky at all. I can also eat/drink without it appearing fuzzy.
This cult classic toner is great and omg it says my name on it?! I love this toner. Its great to use after cleansing your face and helps clean pores and get rid of oil/makeup. I have been trying to use toner more these days and I reach for this one most often.

I'll be honest I've never really used mist/essence in my beauty routine before. I have been on the hunt for a new foundation and it seems like my skin has been changing lately. All my co-workers tell me this isn't something that happens in your twenties but I've tried 7 foundations and by the end of an 8 ish hour day they don't look great (another story for another day) but my friend Abbey suggested that I add mist into my morning routine. Luckily Pixi Beauty sent me this Glow Mist with Propolis & Argan Oil to try and I'm really enjoying it. The mist has 13 natural oils including rose flower oil, lavender oil, Propolis (an extract that has antioxidant properties), Aloe Vera, and Fruit extracts. It helps hydrate, prep, and prime my skin for the day. I have noticed a difference in my makeup application when using this stuff. Although I will say it was challenging to figure out when to apply this mist into my routine because I always do my eye makeup first! I've started using this after Vitamin C serum. While this product says its suitable for all skin types I would say its probably best suited for normal/dry skin.

Pixi Rose Ceramide Cream*
I love Pixi Beauty's creams! At $24 this cream is a higher-end drug store lotion. The formula is different from other  PB moisturizers I've tried. I can feel a difference in the formula and the application. It has antioxidant rose flower oil, ceramide which provides time-release moisture, and probiotics. While I'm not sure I'd repurchase this cream it's definitely a nice alternative when I want a lighter night cream or heavier cream in the morning.


I had been eyeing this palette for so long and bought it right after Father Christmas gave me a Sephora gift card. It's so beautiful and has such a versatile range of shadows. Foils, shimmers, mattes, and super-glitters I've bought 5 Kat Von D palettes and this one is my truthfully my favorite. My favorite color is Sonrisa. Its an apricot with turquoise shimmer and so lovely. I also love the burgundies they're so pretty.

I saw this palette at Ulta awhile ago but was hesitant about the green shadow and the glittering shadow since I had never tried any from Too Faced. Fortunately my Erika Jayne Pretty Mess palette has quite a few multi-sparkle/glittering shades that solidified my decision to get this palette! This palette is definitely different from what I normally would buy, but at the same time its because it has more shimmers than mattes but I like that about it! I also like that this palette has really pretty neutrals. I love the first three shades a lot. I also love that Too Faced makes their palettes scented. This palette smells like pineapples and I got it for $15 dollars at Marshalls which is amazing considering it still retails for $35 at Ulta?! So keep your eyes out! I've also seen the Razzle Dazzle Berry palette as well.

This palette is just so therapeutic for me! Its so pretty and surprisingly very versatile/wearable! I like that you can create super neutral or super glam/bold looks. I find myself somewhere in the middle most days, but these colors are all office appropriate if you ask me.


All in all these are a few products I'm loving right now. I'd also recommend Clinique Fresh Pressed Pure Vitamin C 7 Day System. Its a 7 day system that includes a vitamin c serum and 7 face washes. I noticed that my skin was noticeably more bright and dulled some acne scars/an inflamed blemish within a few days. Dulling the inflamed blemish was huge for me! I love this stuff. I'd definitely take it while travelling because my skin always gets weird when I'm not in KC.

It feels so nice to be blogging again but I also feel like sharing my beauty favorites while there is so much going on right now is ill-suited. It's hard not to feel that way when any large event happens in the world though. COVID-19 has had a much larger impact on my life than I initially thought it would. A lot of projects I have been working on at work have been canceled or put on indefinite hold which sucks. At the same time I have shifted my perspective to try to social distance myself from others for the next couple of weeks. Like many individuals I will be working from home, reading, and resting (as usual). I've also found myself tidying lately. I organized the stuff under my sink which was a nightmare and deep cleaned my beauty carousel which I need to do every few months. Amidst so many things changing right now I'm trying to keep an open heart and stay grateful for everything.

What do you guys think of these beauty products? Are you doing any social distancing right now?

*I received these products courtesy of Pixi Beauty. All opinions are always my own.

How beautiful are these photos?! Photos by my amazing friend Mallory Taylor.

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28 comments

  1. I really like those palettes! :) I have heard so many great things about Pixi but not tried anything from the brand yet, I really should!

    We are staying in a lot more than usual with the kids but they still have school and daycare so we can't be completely isolated. I do have the ability to work from home, waiting to see if we need to use that next week as our government has said no more than 500 people should get together and we have a lot of employees.

    Hope that you are having a lovely weekend! We are having a quiet one here :)

    Away From Blue

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    1. Thanks, Mica! Pixi is a great mid-range brand if you ask me. Hope you and your family are well things are changing so quickly.

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  2. Beautiful favourites Sonia! I adore glow tonic and the shades in the Lolita palette are so me xx

    Violethollow.com

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  3. Those palettes look amazing! I'm loving all the glittery shades.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

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  4. Oh wow that Kat Von D Palette is just gorgeous, so many stunning shades xo

    Makeup Muddle

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    1. I love it! I think it was one of the last things KVD actually helped create before she sold the brand to Kendo.

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  5. Always love PIXI Beauty! that Kan Von D Palette is totally gorgeous!
    xoxo
    style frontier

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  6. pixi is such a great brand, love your picks !!!
    Stay Safe,
    Sonia
    www.soniaaicha.com

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  7. Thank you for such a lovely distraction here, Sonia! Both palettes looks really nice, I guess now that we are all spending so much time at home - we can also try out new eye looks xx

    Hope you're doing well!

    Naya
    www.nayatilly.com

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    1. Of course, Naya! I should be trying eye looks but I haven't worn any makeup in days haha.

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  8. Oooh so nice to see what beauty you've been enjoying, especially I feel like my own routine has been pretty boring as of late! The Tutti Frutti palette is gorgeous! Such a varied range of pretty shades.

    Musings & More

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    1. Thanks, Em! My routine has been super boring lately since I'm WFH. I love the Tutti Frutti shades, the other palette in the collection super pretty too.

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  9. Beautiful! I definitely want to try more pixi products. They look so worth the purchase.

    www.fashionradi.com

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    1. They're great! I'd suggest the caviar balm and some moisturizers too.

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  10. Love the products! I see so many of my faves! I recently got smaller Lolita palette :)

    Hugs from NYC

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    1. That palette is great! The packaging is so pretty.

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  11. I've been meaning to try Pixie products because I always come across so many amazing reviews of their products. Not sure where to begin because there are so many items I want to try hehehe! I have that Two Faced lipgloss and love it too. I didn't think I'd love it as much as I did (originally got a sample of it then brought the fullsize).

    Stay safe over there
    Sxx
    daringcoco.com

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    1. Thanks for reading, Sonia! So funny that lip gloss worked for you too. I blame Too Faced packaging but the product itself is great. The peach smell is so nice.

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  12. When I have time to read blogs it has been a comfort for me, and I loved reading about all your beauty picks Sonia! I hope you're doing well despite all this craziness. I love and use Pixi Glow Tonic but have never tried the mist, but it looks like a fun product to try!

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    1. Thanks, Mme! Hope you and the family are hanging in there and staying healthy as well. The mist is surprisingly nice and has upped my makeup game.

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  13. Oh my, the Kat Von D palette is to die for, all of the colors are so beautiful!
    Thank you so much for sharing, I love reading and observing beauty picks.

    Lots of love, stay safe ♥ January Girl

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