Skincare Review: Bliss Pumpkin Powerhouse Mask, Drench and Quench, and Green Tea Wonder Mask

Some Bliss tubs I’ve been testing the past few months.

The Pumpkin Powerhouse Mask promises to exfoliate and resurface the skin using pumpkin puree, lemon and rice powders, and sodium hyaluronate, and shea butter. This is a creamy mask with tiny bits that feels soft and not at all scratchy. It almost feels likes tiny fibers. It just that lightly exfoliates the skin. The masks sting a bit but it does soften the skin. After every application, this helped with my skin’s texture a bit.

To moisturize, the Drench & Quench promises to hydrate and balance the skin with purified microalgae, hydrozome, vitamin c, milk thistle oil, passion fruit seed oil, and german chamomile. As expected, this gel moisturizer feels like a burst of water when you apply it to the skin. It also has a fresh floral scent that’s similar to body moisturizers my aunt used to use when I was a kid. It settles into this slightly creamy, silky texture as it dries. It feels hydrating, which didn’t really surprise me. It’s just not as hydrating as I would like.

I have never encountered a cuter overnight mask than the Green Tea Wonder Mask. It glistens on my hands on my face when applied. Aside from how it looks, this overnight mask also aims to balance and smooth the skin while absorbing excess oil using azelaic acid, fermented green tea oil, green tea extract, aloe leaf juice, and rosa canica extract. This feels so good on the skin. It feels soothing and rejuvenating so I use this after exfoliating or when my skin is feeling sensitive. Most of my overnight masks focus on hydration so this is a welcome addition in my stash.

The Bliss Pumpkin Powerhouse Mask, Drench and Quench, and Green Tea Wonder Mask were provided by @bliss. Available at blissworld.com

Cult Favorite: Apto Skincare Healing Mask with Turmeric

I have already experienced the benefits of turmeric but not in mask form. So, as a lover of masks, I can’t not try the Healing Mask with Turmeric from Apto Skincare.

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This face mask contains azelaic acid to remove dead skin cells, treat rosacea, and prevent breakouts of a variety of skin types. Aside from being vegan and cruelty-free, it also helps to lessen the possibility of irritation as it is made without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, SLS, fillers, fragrances, colors, and GMO.

The mask has a creamy texture and has a refreshing scent. It tingles a bit but that sensation subsides after a few seconds. After every use, this leaves my face soft and clean. It helps draw out impurities but with my easily clogged pores, I prefer using this I multi-mask every week. I like applying it on my t-zone to detoxify and prevent any blemishes I might have. It’s a good thing to have especially before I get my period. The tube packaging is also so convenient for travel and it helps me control how much I have to dispense for my masking session.

The Apto Skincare Healing Mask with Turmeric was provided by @aptoskincare. Available for $16 at aptoskincare.com

Skincare Review: Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius

Brands’ stories always intrigue me and how this brand came about is another interesting one. Founder Kendra Kolb Butler used to work at beauty companies in NYC before deciding to move to Wyoming with her family. It was there were she found wild forests of arnica and chamomile, and the fields of lavender and sage, which became the basis of Alpyn Beauty.

The brand created a sustainably sourced natural skin care line formulated with wildcrafted and hand-cultivated alpine botanicals (proprietary ingredient complex, PlantGenius) grown in the mountains of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Their products are cruelty-free, vegan, and are free from parabens, formaldehyde donors, sulfates, synthetic dyes, colors, fragrance, MEA, DEA, TEA, phthalates, palm ingredients, PEG’s, PPG’s, gluten, metallic, aluminum, triclosan, talc, mineral oil, petrolatum, and toluene.

The PlantGenius Creamy Bubbling Cleanser ($36) promises to leave the skin soft and silk using exfoliants (papaya and pomegranate extracts, glycolic and lactic acid), and natural hydrators (linoleic acid and ceramides.) It also contains vitamin c to protect the skin against free radical damage.

This face cleanser looks like a fairytale with its light shimmery pink color. You’re supposed to apply this on a dry face and with damp hands. It takes about 4-5 pumps to cover my skin and it forms into a light lather. It dries like a normal foaming cleanser would do – without any film or leftover residue. This is really surprising to me because it feels really creamy on my skin. What I really like about this cleanser is it’s so gentle to the touch but I can see its hard work once I rinse my face.

The newest addition in the Alpyn Beauty line-up is the Survival Serum ($68). It promises to be both a brightening serum and an illuminating primer. It contains mica to blur imperfections; bearberry leaf extract, licorice root extract, and vitamin C to reduce dark spots and hyperpigmentation, azelaic, glycolic, and lactic acid to exfoliate, promote cell turnover, and soothe; sunflower seed oil to protect against free radical damage; tripeptide-29 to plump and diminish the appearance of fine lines; and hyaluronic acid, olive fruit oil, linoleic acid, coconut, squalane to hydrate.

It has the same raw whipped texture that other Alpyn Beauty products have and it leaves a sort of tackiness to the skin once applied but sinks in after a few minutes. Due to its consistency, this is better suited for me at night. It also offers a tingling sensation due to the exfoliators in its ingredients but it subsides after a few minutes. Due to their weight, I have relegated this as one of the serums I use at night.

After a month and a half of using this, I have noticed how this helped brighten, hydrate, and plump my skin. I can’t say that using this alone would help clear up all hyperpigmentation or brighten the skin as fast as other products would. This is more of those all-in-one support products you need as it helps boost radiance while keeping your skin bouncy and hydrated. I like using this after physically or chemically exfoliating as I feel like it is a good support serum. Due to its hydrating and plumping benefits, it helps my skin not feel tight, dry, and dehydrated after exfoliating or after applying stronger actives.

The PlantGenius Melt Moisturizer ($60) contains ceramides and squalane to fortify the moisture barrier, vitamin C to brighten and protect against free radical damage, retinal (bakuchiol) and tripeptide-29 to kick-start collagen production and diminish the appearance of fine lines, glycolic acid to exfoliate and promote cell turnover, and aloe to soothe the skin.

This #moisturizer smells grassy and has a whipped texture. It feels thick once applied but it literally melts onto your face – from a whipped texture to a runny sort of oily feel on the skin. For my #oilyskin, I can only use this at night as it leaves a bit of tackiness on my skin, almost like a sleeping mask. However, I still like using this as it feels nourishing to the skin and I wake up with bright and dewy skin in the morning.

The Alpyn Beauty PlantGenius Creamy Bubbling Cleanser, Survival Serum, and Melt Moisturizer were provided by Alpyn Beauty and mba-partners. Available at alpynbeauty.com