Masquerade: moss skincare

Velvet Resin/Autumn Sovereign Fall 2017 by moss

This is a unique, limited-edition mask released in Fall 2017 by moss skincare. It’s formulated with ingredients such as maple syrup, molasses, and vanilla essential oil, providing a much welcome rebellion to the pumpkin-spice saturated holiday season. This face mask smells so delectable you want to eat it right out of the jar; once you pry it open immediately wafting out at you is a sweet and rich fragrance that lasts through the whole time you have the mask applied on your skin. Velvet Resin is pure indulgence and a perfect ode to the season. I really don’t think I can go back to craving pumpkin spice after this.

I particularly adore that this mask doesn’t utilize clay or imitate the ingredients of other masks out on the green market today- it’s an utterly unique yet masterful formulation of carefully selected butters and exotic additions such as Cat’s Claw and Night Blooming Cactus. I was originally very nervous to try it out (more than I was with trying honey) because it smelled so sweet and I’ve never experimented with maple syrup on my skin before; it just seemed like a perfect concoction to break me out. The fact that I don’t break out after use is yet another testament to Celestyna being so good at formulating acne-friendly products. Let’s not forget it contains honey (one of my favorite ingredients in masks) from Rock Rose and fir blossoms- can this even get better? Even it’s texture is unique, as it really is reminiscent of resin, and spreads very easily once warmed in your hand. You only need a thin layer- the thinnest out of all the mentioned masks- since it’s so thick and so rich, which also ensures it will last a good amount of uses. This mask also doesn’t dry out and is thus relatively easy to forget it is even applied (except for the delicious scent being present the whole time), so you have to be aware of the time it’s on your skin, for which I usually a lot half an hour for.

My skin is brighter, softer, and tighter after use; it surprisingly eliminates congestion as well (contrary to my original belief that it would be a catalyst for it). This is my personal favorite mask in inducing a glow to the face after I wash it off.

Although this isn’t on sale anymore (I’m on my second and last bottle), I wanted to share my experience with you in the case the same mask is released in Fall of 2018, or other seasonal masks are released. I am personally hoping Celestyna adds permanent masks to her moss and AMBAR collections so I don’t have to be so upset when I finish this mask haha. Considering they are as unique and effective like this one, I definitely recommend trying future masks out from this line, whether seasonal or permanent, as I will be.

Ingredients: Maple Syrup*, Molasses*, Cupuacu Butter*, Honey* (from Rock Rose and fir Blossoms), Lecithin (Sunflower)*, Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Royal Jelly*, Extracts of: Night Blooming Cactus*, Cat’s Claw*, Black Radish*; Lactobacillus, Coconut Extract, Polyacrylate 13, Polyisobutene, Polysorabte 20, Essential Oils of: Vanilla, Cacao, & Elemi {*Organic}


Beurre Céleste by moss ($27-$70 for 18-58 ML)

Beurre Céleste is a honey-based mask/cleansing balm with a wonderful, light but sweet smell and is another perfect representation of the “gentle yet effective” ideology. I have reviewed this product before (click here), but wanted to get into more detail of why I use it as a mask. This is the product you guys that started my full blown love affair with honey. Whereas before I avoided it because I was worried I would break out, now I get a lil’ too excited when I see it as an ingredient in a mask. After all, honey is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, moisturizing, and calming (check this article out for more info). You can cleanse/exfoliate your skin gently and give it a kiss of moisture thanks to this one wonderful ingredient. Aside from honey, the mask contains oils of sunflower and macadamia, kokum butter, and Rosewood Essential Oil. Yay for no beeswax!

This is an excellent cleansing balm, as it easily washes off makeup while simultaneously being so soothing to the skin. After using One Love Organics’ Vitamin B Cleansing Oil / Yuli’s Halcyon Cleanser as my am/pm routine in the past month, I’ve switched from using Céleste as a cleanser to using it exclusively as a mask. I actually prefer this method, as the product lasts longer this way and I feel I am putting its benefits to full use. Pricier products with quality ingredients should be taken full advantage of, so I like to take my time to massage this product into my skin and leave it on for 20-30 minutes. I often like to leave Cèleste on for about 30 minutes while I’m in the shower to protect my skin from being stripped. In other cases, I will use this either on it’s own, or as a follow up or an addition to my detoxifying/clay masks. My skin feels so calm and moisturized after every single use, absolutley saving me not only during those times when my skin is acting up but I want a more gentle way of dealing with it than clay-based masks, but also coming in handy as a daily treatment. Not to mention it also feels as soft as a baby’s butt! I am already on my third jar and almost done!

Take advantage of the newly released mini sizes on moss skincare and try out the product with the 28 ml baby of Céleste (click here). Hopefully you will love it as much as I do.

Ingredients: Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Garcinia Indica (Kokum) Butter*, Neem Flower Honey*, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Nut) Seed Oil*, Di-PPG-2 Myreth-10 Adipate, Hydroxystearyl Alcohol, Hydroxystearyl Glucoside, Lecithin*°, Xanthan Gum, Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Oil†, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Oil*, Aniba Rosaedora (Rosewood) Oil*‡, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract {* Organic/Wildcrafted (90%); ° Non-soy, non-GMO; † FCF (non-photosensitizing); ‡ Sustainably Harvested}