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Beauty Review: bliss Drench & Quench Cream-to-Water Moisturizer

Beauty Review: bliss Drench & Quench Cream-to-Water Moisturizer | Writing Between Pauses

Recently, I started watching the viral hit, 100% Hotter, on Netflix. Have you watched this? A team of 3 professionals (a stylist, a make up artist, and a hair dresser) makeover two people with the intent to make them 100% hotter. The premise of the show is one of those that makes me feel a bit mad: yes, some people dress outrageously bad, they don't dress to flatter themselves, and as a society we might deem it unattractive. But goodness gracious, is it anyone's business? And how cruel is it to have people rate their appearance, to their face!? 

I'm still watching it though. There are some bright spots, like the stylist pointing out that sometimes the clothes we wear are a mask to save ourselves from having to reveal our true selves, but overwhelmingly, it's a shallow little bit of television. 

However, on one episode, the make up artist tells a young man (who was absolutely gorgeous, by the way) that to help prevent oil he shouldn't moisturize in the morning. 

I nearly yelled! No, that's the wrong answer!

That used to be a commonly held belief: if you're oily, you shouldn't moisturize, especially before putting on makeup. Because that moisturizer is going to make you more oily through the day, right? 


If you're like me and have oily skin (and trust me, I could run a car on my oil some days). you're skin isn't oily because it feels like it; your skin is oily because it is dehydrated. I wrote about this a bit in my post on skin congestion; dehydration can be solved by drinking more water (internal hydration) and using good moisturizers (external hydration). Dehydrated (and therefore, oily) skin is different from dry skin. We don't get dry, flaky patches; dry skin is caused by a lack of oil. Oily skin goes oily because it is overcompensating for a lack of moisture (water), so we need to add that. 

Whew, that's quite the explanation, huh? 

I'm a bit obsessed with moisturizers. I have a few holy grail favorites (specifically Pacifica's Dreamy Youth and Crystal Youth), but I love trying new moisturizers because I'm always looking for something better. 

I recently decided to try bliss's drench & quench Cream-to-Water Hydrator; it's a little more expensive than your average moisturizer, but I was intrigued by the promise of a cream-to-water formula. 

Here's what bliss says about it: 

Feel this ultra-lightweight moisturizer transform into water on contact, surging skin with more than 10,000 marine micro-droplets for intense, yet weightless, all-day hydration. Perfectly balanced hydration disappears instantly into the skin – no greasy or heavy feeling. Skin immediately feels soft, healthy and refreshed; within 4 weeks skin’s moisture barrier is improved

Lofty promises! It contains purified micro algae, which improve skin hydration and reduces the loss of water (dehydration); it also has milk thistle oil, passion fruit seed oil, and German chamomile. That's a lot of lovely sounding ingredients. 

Adding It To My Routine

I have a very reduced skincare routine lately: I double cleanse my face with jojoba oil and the Body Shop's Tea Tree Facial Cleanser, then tone, then apply moisturizer. That's in, easy peasy! (If I use a mask, it goes after cleansing.) 

I started using this moisturizer when I used up my tube of Pacifica's Crystal Youth; I loved that moisturizer, it was nearly perfect! 

This moisturizer is quite an interesting texture. It comes in a tub, which isn't my favorite way to store beauty products, and is blue. It feels almost like a very light, whipped marshmallow. As I put it on, I could feel it take on a more watery texture and it absorbed into my skin really quickly. It didn't feel "wet" like a water product might. This moisturizer does promise not to feel greasy or heavy, but I did find it felt quite greasy for the first 10-15 minutes after putting it on. It's not enough for me not to like it, but it definitely still felt like a cream moisturizer on my skin. 

Do I Recommend It? 

Here's the thing: I love many bliss products. 

I'm just not sure this is one that stands up to its promise. 

It sounds so promising, doesn't it? But for $20, I expect a lot more from a moisturizer! It's quite nice and I feel like it does the job, but I am absolutely not blown away by it at all. It feels like a fairly standard moisturizer once it is on. It's disappointing because the concept (cream to water? Yes!) sounds amazing, but in execution, it leaves a little to be desired. 

That leaves me using up this tub and then trying to find another holy grail moisturizer! Any suggestions? 

My Top 5 Affordable Beauty & Skincare Items

My Top 5 Affordable Skincare & Beauty Items | Writing Between Pauses

You guys know I love saving money. I'm not typically a spender; buying anything more than $30 requires me to spend at least a week thinking about it. Whenever I feel like I own too much stuff, I end up going on a huge purge where I get rid of what feels like half of everything I own. 

I wanted to share, alongside my tips for saving money, my favorite affordable products. These are the products that give me the most bang for my buck--something that is very important to me. 

1. Wet'n'Wild MegaCushion Foundation, $8.99

I posted about this foundation in my May empties post--I said then that it lasted me about 8+ weeks. Well, as the weather has gotten warmer, I've stopped wearing my super high coverage foundations. Instead, I've been wearing this one every day and I'm definitely going to need a new one by July. It's that good. I love how it looks on my skin so much! And for $8.99 (and often on sale at Walgreens), it's not going to break the bank! I use the shade Light Ivory (#106A) and it feels like a really close match to my skin tone. 

2. ColourPop Lippie Stix, $5.50

I received my first Lippie Stix (Stick?) in my very first ipsy bag, in the shade Glam Bag. At the time, I said I didn't think it was a very seasonally appropriate color and I stand by that assessment. However, now that it is actually, officially summer... I've been wearing this a ton. I told Danny that I planned to order a bunch of Lippie Stix for fall; he asked me how much they were. I said, "$5.50." He said, "go nuts then." Very few lipsticks have the same staying power, with velvety smooth feel, like the Lippie Stix. 

3. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, $11 (for 2)

Listen, I love that sponge I got in my May Ipsy bag, but at $17.50, it's not... quite worth it. Real Techniques sponges are $11 for 2 on the official Real Techniques website--but if you cruise your local Marshall's or TJ Maxx, they almost always have them for $3.99. 

4. ColourPop Super Shock Blush, $8 

I'm kind of a sucker for blush, which can be an expensive habit. Especially because the amount of blush the average person uses day to day is so small... there is no way I will be able to use all the blushes I own in the next year. Or two years. Or three years. But let me say, my favorite blushes are the ColourPop Super Shock blushes, which are only $8 a pop. I've mentioned before that I prefer purple-toned blushes, as it's the color most of us are more likely to flush (instead of peachy or straight pink). My favorite blush from ColourPop is the color Rain, which is a cool-toned lavender. 

5. bliss lemon & sage refreshing body wipes, $8

You know those times where you find yourself kind of sweaty and gross? For me, it's always when I'm out with Forrest; I've had to carry him across the parking lot and it's 80 degrees, he's swinging his feet, sweat is dripping down my back. Once we're all loaded up and in the car, I feel like a mess. I recently bought a pack of these bliss lemon & sage body wipes, which include deodorant, to keep in my car for emergencies. And really, they are miracle workers for freshening up on hot or stressful days, after working out, or when you finish work and need to head to an appointment. Plus, they smell amazing.