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bluemercury M-61 powerglow peel

bluemercury M-61 powerglow peel on Belle Belle Beauty

I am a big fan of in-office peels with your aesthetician. But sometimes that isn’t always possible. And bluemercury has a solution is just as good. With a new store here in Tulsa and their 18th anniversary, I figured I’d bring back an old favorite to the routine. The M-61 powerglow peel is a fan-favorite product at the store. The 1-minute 1-step peel works well as part of a a regular routine or for special occasions for a radiant glow.

I do want to note that this isn’t for the weak at heart. I call the effect “spicy” but this definitely stings. I don’t mind since I can be sensitive and I know it is working. But those who have temperamental skin might want to test out before buying a big box of peels.

The wipe is super easy to travel with. Packed with glycolic and salicylic acids, the peel exfoliates, resurfaces and clarifies skin. But the best effect is the radiant glow. The chamomile and lavender calm skin and I credit them with leaving only very slight redness on my skin.

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Omorovicza Blue Diamond Resurfacing Peel

Omorovicza Blue Diamond Resurfacing Peel on Belle Belle Beauty

Basically when I am over here on Belle Belle, it is my job to get excited about beauty. And I generally am a little bonkers over everything makeup and skin care. But something happened earlier this week and I jumped for joy so high, I hit the roof.

The Omorovicza Blue Diamond Resurfacing Peel was part of my weekly spa routine and I can’t believe I had waited to rotate this blue angel into the lineup until now. Wow – how do I explain? Let’s see here – use your words, Belle Belle.

This peel is like a cleanser hybrid that balances all that good exfoliation with an electric refinement. The blue gel is opalescent, making it decidedly luxurious. The feel is soothing and just a touch cooling. The Lactobionic and lactic acids work very gently with AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids). And probably one of my favorite ingredients, copper, works to control shine and turnover skin cells. I also love that copper controls redness.

Instead of leaving on like a traditional mask, this is applied and worked into skin with a massage over 2-3 minutes. Side note: massage works wonders for your skin and complexion, encouraging blood flow and release of fluid buildup. While I couldn’t detect any irritation, I did give eyes and lips a wide birth.

My skin was left clean, bright and nourished. This treatment was just too perfect for my skin type, enabling results without being too clinical. Just make sure to use a great SPF – these ingredients can make you sensitive to the sun.

To learn more about Omorovicza, check this out.

Samples generously provided by Neiman Marcus as part of the Beauty Ambassador Program. I consult for Neiman Marcus which is affiliated with the Neiman Marcus Group, but as always, opinions are my own.

Blue Mercury Facial Peel

radiant skin on belle belle beauty

Who doesn’t want glowing skin for the holidays? With all the revelry and cheer, it helps to put your best face forward. With that in mind, I’ve just executed project “radiance” over the past 10 days by using the M-61 Power Peel. While I’m no peel novice (see this post), I’ve never done one over the course of days. But because this package has both a peel AND post-peel with vitamin A & C treatment, I never had any irritation but still had great results.

This peel is an at home version of Blue Mercury’s Power Facial (more on that to come). The dual pack (one per day) has step 1 on one side and step 2 on the other. The first is a deep exfoliating glycolic peel with colloidal oatmeal to soothe and bilberry extract to even skin tone. After leaving this step on for two minutes (no rinsing required), apply step 2. This deactivates the peel while infusing skin with liquid vitamins A, C and E. This firms skin and locks in moisture while lavender and chamomile calm any irritation.

M-61 Power Pro-Peel on Belle Belle BeautyI felt 10 days was enough for significant results. But they also offer a 30-day peel, perhaps for those of you who have a big event or want to be a little more aggressive. The 10-day pack is $28 and the 30-day pack is $74.

Now, for you lucky ducks near a Blue Mercury location, you can pop in for the “You Glow Girl” facial. You can find locations here. This Bluemercury exclusive facial begins with cleansing, followed by the M-61 Fast Blast mask and M-61 Power Pro-Peel for complete exfoliation. The treatment includes serums with loads of vitamins for glowing skin. And the oxygen treatment (one of my favorite parts of a facial) helps with the glow factor as well. These facials are available until December 31st for $85.

Image: Kate Bosworth: In Style, November 2011 found here via here


La Prairie Cellular Resurfacing 3-Minute Peel

I have been lucky enough to try out La Prairie Cellular Resurfacing 3-Minute Peel during some spa treatments, but I never have had the cherished stuff at home for some regular use. Now that is has been on my vanity for a couple weeks, I can official declare it’s even better than I thought. The results after periodic peels is exfoliated, smooth, soft skin.

This once-a-week peel is “professional level” exfoliation that you most certainly feel working. Professional strength AHAs, BHA, Salicylic Acid and Mixed Fruit Acids clean the surface and exfoliate, pushing fresh, younger cells to the surface.

The peel itself has a pleasant fresh floral scent. The large jar comes with a brush (it sits in a small slot at the base of the jar). I like the ritual of using the ultra-soft brush to get an even, complete application. You can get into those nooks and crannies around your nose. Immediately, I feel tingling, almost itchiness, but not to the point of discomfort.

When you rinse it off – literally after three minutes – somehow a silky texture moisturizes and calms the skin. The peel emulsifies into a silky gel that requires a washcloth to remove. My skin is a little red immediately after use, but calms down to be even and soft in 20 minutes. Despite this, probably better for evening use.

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Le Metier de Beaute CHEM60 Pro-Peel and GLOW10ai Mask Set

Last week, I made a little field trip to Neiman Marcus Northpark to check out the newest skin care offering from Le Metier de Beaute. A friend and I were treated to the new Peel and Mask that will be available in the next couple of weeks at your local counter. This duo is unlike any other department store skin care product I have ever tried. And you get dermotologist effects in a snap – the words uttered were “Instant Cinderella Effect”. Who wouldn’t want that?

For now, these products will be sold together. At first I balked at this approach, but after trying the Peel and Mask back-to-back, I understand. The Peel is a massive exfoliant and the Mask is a super-charged nourishing hydrator. In the end, you have balanced, calm and clean skin. Note: down the road, they might sell these separately.

Okay… first up is the CHEM60 Pro-Peel. This step uses my beloved glycolic acids along with salicylic acids. I don’t use salicylic acids as frequently, so I was concerned about how my skin would react. While there was some tingling, I didn’t get any redness (nor did my friend). I learned that the addition of salicylic acids can allow for greater penetration and removal of dead skin cells. The process takes a short 60 seconds, although we waited a little longer. I was amazed how instantly the skin looked more even and youthful. It did tone and awakened tired looking spots. Here, my friend has a light layer of the Peel on and you can see her skin isn’t the least bit irritated. And bonus that the iridescent, mostly clear mask won’t scare children and small animals. I wouldn’t hesitate using this 3x a week, even on my irritable skin.

The CHEM60 Pro-Peel comes in handy, foundation like tube with a soft brush on one end. This allows for hygienic application to every nook and cranny on your face. Turn the nozzle to the “on” position and gentle squeeze the tube to dispense a small amount into brush applicator. Apply a thin layer over the entire face, avoiding the delicate eye area and hairline. And then turn the nozzle off to prevent leakage and drying out. Remove the peel with warm water or a washcloth.

Next up was the GLOW10ai Mask. This is a like a big hug for your skin. The mask infuses skin with a concentration of antioxidants, vitamins and hydrators to help skin renew and rebuild, while strengthening skin’s overall appearance. After the Peel, our skin was even and smooth, but the Mask actually gave us a glow. The slight bit of tingling I had during the Peel was instantly soothed by the cooling Mask. This step will come in extra handy for anyone recovering from a laser, microdermabrasion or in-office peel.

We tried both a thin layer of the mask on my friend and a ticker layer on me. Because this mask is a peel off, we decided the thicker layer worked slightly better, although we basically got the same amount of hydration so it boils down to preference. You can use a scoop or spatula, but I think a finger works best for application. Make sure you avoid your hair line… those peel off masks are a mess if you get it in those fine little hairs. If you decide on a thicker application, plan on waiting 10-15 minutes to let it dry. Then the fun begins – Peel Away! Suggested use is 2-3 times a week, but I can see myself reaching for this every single day if I had the time.

Bottom line: Our skin was uber-soft and hydrated. It was almost a shame to put makeup on over it but I could help taking advantage of the talented Dre and trying out the newest Kaleidoscope Eye Kit in Nouvel. Check out that black pigment!

Currently, the CHEM60 Pro-Peel & GLOW10ai Mask Set is sold exclusively at Neiman Marcus. Click below to purchase: