We Tried It: A (Halloween-Appropriate) Pumpkin Enzyme Mask

Oct/30/2015 at 01:58 PM ET

What Is It: Peter Thomas Roth’s Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, a treatment that uses pumpkin enzyme, alpha hydroxy acid and aluminum oxide to exfoliate, peel and polish skin.

Who Tried It: Lydia Price, Features Editorial Assistant

Why We Did It: I’ve searched high and low for the perfect products to handle my breakout-prone skin, so even though I don’t think “beauty secret” when I hear “pumpkin,” I thought it was worth seeing what fall’s most festive fruit has to offer in the skincare department.

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Opening the jar for the first time, I was immediately hit with that classic pumpkin smell. The mask literally smells exactly like pumpkin pie, and it’s a strong scent to boot. It was a little weird to apply at first because of this. I thought maybe the beauty industry had finally tricked me into just rubbing food on my face. And obviously I got a mean craving for pie.

Ignoring my stomach’s pleas for dessert, I gently massaged the mask into my face to get the aluminum oxide powder working. I started feeling the burn right away. My cheeks and chin were especially getting that fiery sensation. Personally, I don’t mind when products have a little kick because it feels like they are actually doing something, and that certainly seems to be the case with the pumpkin mask.

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I loved the texture of this mask; it’s a bit jelly-like and feels much lighter than products I’ve traditionally used, making it quick and easy to apply and take off. I rinsed it off after about six minutes (the instructions suggest leaving it on for three to seven). The benefits of the mask were apparent instantly; I didn’t get that dried-up, stiff feeling on my face like I do with many masks, and my skin was distinctly brighter and healthier-looking after I rinsed it off.

Verdict: Believe in the power of pumpkin! Although it costs $58, unlike many masks you actually get a pretty hefty amount of the product, and because you only need to use a thin layer at a time, you’ll definitely get your fair share of uses from every jar. I used it three times in about a week and a half and had a noticeable reduction in breakouts. Plus, I love that you only have to leave it on for a few minutes, because I’ve tried masks that can take upwards of 20 (although that does leave you with more time to go eat pumpkin spice treats). And even though the mask burned a bit, my skin wasn’t at all irritated after rinsing, and my face looked and felt fresh and glowy!

Miranda Kerr Films Herself in the Shower

Oct/30/2015 at 10:38 AM ET

Supermodel Miranda Kerr is no stranger to baring it all on the red carpet and runway — but she just stripped down (completely!) in a sudsy shower scene on Instagram. We’ll give you a moment to tweet “TGIF,” then meet you back here.

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Kim Kardashian's 'Wear Makeup to Bed' Inspiration: Beauty Guru Charlotte Tilbury

Oct/29/2015 at 07:05 PM ET

There are very, very few times Kim Kardashian West goes makeup-free (and when she does, it’s usually because someone talked her into it for a high fashion editorial). So who better to honor celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury at the inaugural InStyle Awards on Monday? In addition to admiring her skill and business-savvy, they also happen to share a habit of falling asleep in makeup.

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Christie Brinkley Posts Makeup-Free Selfie at 61, Excuse Us While We Go Reapply Our Eye Cream

Oct/29/2015 at 12:36 PM ET

The barefaced selfie is a time-honored celebrity tradition — it seems you can’t get your “A-lister” card without Instagramming at least one intimate look at your makeup-free face. Christie Brinkley, 61, is not only joining the barefaced brigade, but, at 61, she’s putting everyone else to shame.

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Carrie Underwood Admits She Always Wears Makeup (Even When She's Hanging at Home)

Oct/28/2015 at 09:00 AM ET

Carrie Underwood just got very candid about all-things motherhood — from her post-baby body to changes she’s experiencing in her marriage. But we definitely haven’t hit Underwood overload here at PeopleStyle, and had to catch up with the star on all-things beauty. We found out she wears makeup everyday, why she loves playing up her eyes and discovered some major style secrets about the upcoming 2015 CMA Awards!

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Kendall Jenner Opens Up About Acne 'Completely Ruining' Her Self-Esteem: 'I Wouldn't Even Look at People When I Talked to Them'

Oct/27/2015 at 04:51 PM ET

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She’s regularly featured in the pages of Vogue, she walks the runway for the biggest fashion labels and she’s the face of Estée Lauder, so it’s hard to believe that Kendall Jenner ever had major problems with her skin.

But according to the 19-year-old supermodel, she seriously struggled with acne while growing up and she details the experience in a new blog post she posted on her website Tuesday.

“I had such bad acne when I was younger; I remember it SO well!” Jenner wrote, adding that her skin issues started “around the 8th or 9th grade.”

Jenner recalled a time when she was sitting by the pool at home and her older sisters gave her their best beauty tip, which was to keep her hands off her face and “to never pick.”

According to the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, she got acne “from being a teenager and simply growing up, which happens to SO many people,” but she readily admitted that it was a major confidence blow.

“Where it really impacted me was how self-conscious I became about it. It completely ruined my self-esteem. I wouldn’t even look at people when I talked to them,” Jenner revealed. “I felt like such an outcast; when I spoke, it was with my hand covering my face. Sure, I had crushes in high school, but I wouldn’t even think about looking at guys.”

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She went on to explain that she often talked about it with the rest of her famous family: “They would help me work on my feelings about it and how I would move past that stage of my life.”

“I remember on Christmas Eve one year, I was sitting in my bedroom upstairs crying and Kim [Kardashian West] walked in and we talked about it together — she felt so bad for me,” she added.

Jenner said within a few years, with the help of time and her “incredible dermatologist,” her skin began to clear up. She also started doing Laser Genesis, a form of skin therapy designed to improve skin texture, which helped her become “acne-free for about three years now.”

“What I want everyone to understand is that it’s been a process: It wasn’t anything that happened overnight,” she added. “Even after things started to clear up, it took a solid amount of time to be okay with my skin and gain back my confidence.”

Jenner admitted that even today she still feels “a little bit self-conscious” when the odd zit creeps in here and there, but that she’s doing her best to see past it.

“Slowly, I’m working towards not caring and I’m just in so much of a better place about it all now that I’m older,” she concluded. “I realized that it’s a part of life for some people and it doesn’t define who you are.”

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–Aurelie Corinthios

Everyone Should Be Using This Amazing Dragon's Blood Gel (Yes, You Read That Correctly)

Oct/23/2015 at 12:31 PM ET

We know, we know. When the words “dragon’s blood” are used in a beauty product it’s generally not something we would rush to smear on our faces. But hear us out on this one — it fights sagging skin by firming and plumping fine lines, and basically acts as an alternative to anti-aging injectables. Interested now? Catch the full details below!

The only thing scarier than the name is how scarily amazing this stuff will leave your skin. It tones, fights redness and and increases collagen production (which creates younger-looking skin). And no, it’s not actually made from remnants of the Game of Thrones set. Its name is derived from a tree called Dragon’s Blood (or as we’ll now refer to it — our skin savior).

Oh, and one more thing! We’re offering this at an incredible discount right now. For a limited time you can snag this normally $98 gel for just $59! Time to stock up your medicine cabinet — stat.

If you’re a first-time Joyus shopper, enter PEOPLE10 at checkout to get 10% off orders over $50 and free shipping. And for more great products (also eligible for that 10% discount), go here.

— Colleen Kratofil


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