Baggage Handler deserves an accolade for its eminently clever name, but it’s clear more thought went into what to call the product than what to put in it. In short, Baggage Handler cannot keep under-eye bags (or dark circles or puffiness) in check. This fragrance-free, water-based gel contains a slip agent, several skin-identical ingredients, soothing plant extracts, film-forming agents, thickener, and preservatives. It’s not a bad combination, at least if your only goal is to lightly moisturize the under-eye area without causing irritation. However, that’s not how this product is sold, and if you were banking on the claims about reducing the appearance of drooping or baggy areas around the eyes, this won’t impress, and your money would be better spent elsewhere. Therefore, the smiling face rating pertains to this gel’s ability to hydrate and soften normal to slightly dry skin, not for performing as claimed.
Hands (and bags) down the best bet for fighting persistent puff (or temporary post-party peeper-fatigue). Cucumber and cornflower extracts and fine-line-whittling wheat proteins reduce incumbent wrinkles and help you look bright-eyed (when you feel bushed and paled.)
The story of Bliss starts in 1996, when personal trainer Marcia Kilgore opened a New York spa designed around no-fuss skin treatments and de-stressing regimens for busy lifestyles. Over time, clients asked for Bliss-branded skin care products, and so Bliss skin care was born.
Bliss enjoyed success for years, being sold in spas as well as online and at some brick-and-mortar retailers. Kilgore eventually sold Bliss, and after changing hands a couple more times, the brand began to lose some of its identity. Its most recent owners decided it was time for a back to our roots makeover, with lower prices across the board and a cleaner version of Blisss iconic white with splashes of color packaging.
Blisss biggest appeal is in providing people with a spa-like experience at home. The line features multiple masks, in addition to exfoliation treatments, moisturizers, and body care products for a variety of skin types and concerns. While there are some missteps in the line (including fragranced products and some instances of jar packaging), there are some gems to be found among Blisss offerings you just have to know where to look.
For more information on Bliss, visit www.blissworld.com.
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