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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.

Pumpkin Enzyme maskCourtesy


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!

We Tried It: Omorovicza Pore Refining Facial

Oct/22/2015 at 05:00 PM ET

What is it: A celeb-loved detoxifying facial that features a mineral-rich Hungarian moor mud mask (Note: Moor mud is a buzzy skincare super-ingredient that leaves you extra glowy!)

Who tried it: Brittany Talarico, Style News Editor

Level of Difficulty: 1 (on a scale from 1 to 10 — It’s essentially pain-free and super-relaxing. You just need to show up, relax and put your phone down for 60 minutes — the hardest part!)

Omorovicza facial We Tried ItCourtesy Brittany Talarico

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We Tried It: Snap+Style, an App That Hooks You Up with a Pro Stylist

Oct/01/2015 at 05:35 PM ET

What is it: A free (!) app where you can get real-time, individual outfit recommendations from professional stylists — you know, what to wear and how to wear it. You can also build your own dream closet, online shop really easily and get suggestions for the perfect gift to buy someone (Basically, it’s your own personal shopper)

Who tried it: PeopleStyle editors Alex Apatoff and Brittany Talarico

Level of difficulty: 2. It’s super easy to navigate and user-friendly

Louise Roe Snap+StyleHannah Thomson

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We Tried It: Sarah Hyland's Favorite Aerial Fitness Class

Sep/17/2015 at 05:42 PM ET

What is it: A full-body workout that utilizes hanging silk hammocks in a combination of cardio, strengthening and toning moves – that happens to be loved by Sarah Hyland and Jamie Chung

Who tried it: Gabrielle Olya, PEOPLE writer and reporter

Level of Difficulty: 9 (on a scale from 1 to 10 — beginners beware!)

AIR Aerial Fitness LA Courtesy Riot Media Group

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We Tried It: Olympic Gymnast Dominique Moceanu's Custom Jewelry Line

Sep/03/2015 at 12:00 PM ET

Dominique Moceanu jewelry lineCourtesy Dominique Moceanu

Who Tried It: Rennie Dyball, Senior Editor

Why I Tried It: During a massive apartment cleanout, courtesy of the KonMari method (off-topic: read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up), I unearthed a photo of a charm necklace that I’d torn out of a magazine. I’ve wanted to replicate it for some time now, and noticed on one of my social media feeds that Moceanu had a new custom jewelry biz. I took this as a sign. Read More

We Tried It: Custom-Blending a Fragrance

Aug/27/2015 at 08:00 PM ET

Who Tried It: Alex Apatoff, Senior Style Editor
Why I Tried It: I’ve had this job for seven years and I still don’t know how to pick a perfume
What I Tried: A one-on-one meeting with Mark Crames, the CEO of Demeter Fragrance Library
Level of Difficulty: I found it harder than I thought to make decisions — luckily, Mark knew what he was talking about so could steer me in the right direction

custom perfume reviewCourtesy Alex Apatoff

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We Tried It: FitReserve (a Workout App - Of Course!)

Aug/13/2015 at 05:52 PM ET

Who Tried It: Andrea Lavinthal, Style and Beauty Director
Why I Tried It: As an attempt to find at least one type of workout class that I can tolerate
What I Tried: FitReserve, a site that allows you to book classes at tons of NYC’s top boutique fitness studios
Level of Difficulty: Zero for the process of signing up for the classes, but between a 7-9 for the actual classes (you want me to hold a plank for how long?!)

Fit Reserve reviewsCourtesy Andrea Lavinthal

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