Beauty Find - Peter Thomas Roth Brightening Bubbling Mask

A few weeks ago I shared a Peter Thomas Roth mask that I've become obsessed with - and now I have another Peter Thomas Roth  option for summer when you need something with with a lighter texture, perfect for clearing and soothing sun, heat and sweat - exposed skin.  

Peter Thomas Roth Brightening Bubbling Mask  contains brighteners, hydrators and anti-oxidants to help revive and clear skin - in just a few minutes.

I love the feeling of bubbles on my face, and this mask definitely delivers that sensation. The mask has a cream/gel texture and is light blue in color from the tube.  Once I applied it to my skin, the mask foamed up to a white color, within a few seconds.  The sensation is little "popping" bubbles, which made me feel energized and relaxed at the same time. And the bubbles didn't hurt, burn or irritate my skin.  

After a few minutes the popping subsided, and my skin felt very soothed, with lots of additional hydration.  I generally left the mask on for 10 minutes, and by the end of that time, the bubbles had disappeared.

     Purchase Here: Peter Thomas Roth Brightening Bubbling Mask 3.4 oz

I removed by rinsing with a few splashes of water.  It was very easy to remove and I was very impressed with just how soft, toned, fresh and radiant my skin looked immediately after drying off! I used the mask at least 2 times a week, and sometimes 3, depending on what my skin felt like it needed.  Because of the slight toning effects, my skin did feel slightly "tight" in my drier areas like my cheeks, but it didn't dry out my skin.  Again, for me, this is perfect during warmer months when my skin goes from being combination to much more oily and outbreak prone.

The pump tube dispenser makes this mask perfect for travel and the gym, or after a sauna treatment.  

You just might get addicted to this one! - RLB

Purchase Here: Peter Thomas Roth Brightening Bubbling Mask 3.4 oz

Drugstore Buy of the Week - Sally Hansen Big Peel Off Base Coat

Love the big, chunky
glitter nail polishes - but HATE the effort and excessive amount of nail polish remover needed to remove them?

Sally Hansen Big Peel Off Base Coat could be the life saver your nails have been waiting for.  This base coat is not like your standard base coat - the texture and thickness are similar to, for example, Elmer's Glue (which many nail art aficionados have used for years as a base coat before chunky glitter nail polishes).  

However, There are a few different steps to use this base coat effectively.  First, you must apply 1 thick coat and then wait at least 10 minutes for it to completely dry (I know, I know, you don't want to wait, but believe me, it will be worth it when you see how well it will work in the end).  Also, they do have a warning against exposure to hot water for a few hours after applying, as this will lessen it's effectiveness.

3 Great Glitter Nail Polishes to Try:

Once I made sure it was dry (it dries to a nearly "clear" finish), I applied one of my favorite chunky, glitter nail polishes.  The polish applied smoothly and evenly over the base coat. About 4 days later, I removed by pushing down on the area near my cuticles and then easily pulled sections of polish off my nails.  I would say there were about four sections that I peeled off before it was completely removed (not in one pull, but still pretty fast!)

Once I peeled off the polish, my nail beds were still smooth and didn't feel dry, cracked or damaged. I think Sally Hansen Big Peel Off Base Coat  is a must have for those of you who are just starting out with nail art or those who just love glitter polishes (and like to change them often). - RLB

Purchase: Available at most drugstores, nationwide.

*This product was provided courtesy of Sally Hansen for reviewing purposes.

Nail Polish Find - Marc Jacobs Summer Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer Collection

If you're in the mood this summer for a shiny AND shimmery pastel color, look no further than Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer 112 Le Charm .

Le Charm (love that name!), is a beautiful pink-gold shade, which has amazing pigmentation, and a very smooth, soft finish.  The texture of the polish made is very easy to apply, since it's very creamy, slightly thick, but with no streaking or skipping.  The finish, is indeed, very shiny, but the shimmer is very fine, so my nail bed was smooth with no chunks or lumps.

The brush is very smooth, and slightly wider than the average nail polish brush, which allowed the perfect amount of polish to be applied on each nail. So, if you generally have problems doing your own nails, this brush will make it a bit easier for you.

What I also love about Marc Jacobs polishes is how quickly the dry!  Once I was on my first coat of my second hand, my first hand was almost completely dry.  With two coats, I got the color in the bottle.  I loved this on both hands and toes, and it's perfect for a wedding or summer outdoor event when you want a light colored nail, but with a little bit extra effect.

Another great shade for summer is Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer 140 Petra (shown, left) , which is a very unique color.  Petra is a shimmery bronze with just a touch of gold and mauve, and looks different in the sunlight and out, as well as from different angles.

Of course, there's also the Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored bottle itself to admire. For all you packaging fanatics (and Marc Jacobs fans) this is a modern, chic design that will stand out on your vanity! Note: The outer black cap pulls off to reveal the glass bottle twist off top which is the top of the brush. - RLB

Purchase Here: Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer 140 Petra 0.43 oz

Purchase Here: Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer 112 Le Charm 0.43 oz

*These products were provided courtesy of Marc Jacobs Beauty PR for reviewing purposes.