Skin Care Regimen: Peter Thomas Roth

 This year I've upped the ante on my skin care routine and the Peter Thomas Roth line has been in heavy rotation.  As a background I have combination skin prone to acne and hyperpigmentation.  I also am guilty of not always being consistent with my regimen. 

I decided to give the PTR line a try after reading all of the positive reviews online. I've included in the picture above all of the PTR products I currently use.

Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash $32/8.5oz

The first Peter Thomas Roth product I tried was the glycolic face wash. I liked the way it gave me that deep down clean feeling and left no type of residue or film on my face after rinsing. I only need a dime sized amount to wash my face so the bottle lasts for quite a while.  I have never experienced any type of tingling or irritation while using the wash, but I've had medical grade peels administered by a dermatologist so it's possible I've built up a tolerance to glycolic acid. When used consistently the wash really helps to minimize my breakouts. 

Peter Thomas Roth Therapeutic Sulfur Masque  $40/5oz

I have a hit and miss relationship with sulfur. I've tried it in some facial products and found it to be irritating.  I've tried it in others with no result whatsoever. The PTR sulfur masque works for me. The directions say to use it 2-3 times a week for 10 minutes. I find that I use it more as a spot treatment when my skin flares up so a jar lasts me forever. I dab a small amount on the affected area and leave it on overnight. I usually see a marked difference within a day or two. It's a sulfur mask but I don't find the smell off-putting. On a scale of 1-10 I'd put the sulfur smell at about a 3.5.

Peter Thomas Roth Acne Clearing Gel $54/3.40z

After the wash and the masque my next step would be either the PTR Acne Clearing Gel above or the Complexion Pads below. If I have several eruptions brewing I'll use them both with the pads first followed by a thin layer of the gel. The gel to me is unscented. It's clear and does not leave a film on my darker skin. I've used the gel in the mornings and evenings. The directions suggest using it 2-3 times a day as needed. I think 3 times a day would be a bit much with this product. 

Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Pads $36/60 pads
The complexion pads are scented. It's a mild clean scent that PTR describes as peach bellini. I can't tell you the last time I smelled a peach so I can't vouch for that, but I will say the scent does not bother me. The pads are double sided with a flat smooth side as pictured above and a more textured side when flipped. The Acne Clearing Gel and the Max Complexion pads have 10% glycolic acid and 2% salicylic acid so they clearly mean business. There is a Gentle Correction Pad with .5% salicylic if you want to start with something a little milder. The suggested usage for the pads is also 2-3 times a day. I only use them once a day and always at night. 

Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum $60/1oz

What's that you say? This isn't a Peter Thomas Roth product. You are right eagle eyes it is not. It is a product I've been using this year with the different facial regimens I've been trying so I decided to add it to the pics. I use it as a spot treatment on the areas where I have some hyperpigmentation and it seems to be helping. I need to try it for a couple more months before I can give it a full seal of approval.

Have you tried any Peter Thomas Roth products? Are you one of the lucky ones who just needs honey and water filtered during a full moon to keep your skin blemish free ?

Stardate :1412.08

41.2339° N, 1.8042° E: Sitges, Spain

Ahhh yes, the last of the summer vacation pictures.

During my stay in Spain I spent some time in Sitges which is about twenty miles southwest of Barcelona.  It's a nice seaside town with a hippie, laid back vibe. 
Beautiful beaches- check. 
Antique stores-check. 
Yoga stores-check.
Historic churches-check.
Designer boutiques-check.
Nude beaches-check. I kid you not. There was a nude volley ball match playing in one of the restaurants.
So basically there's a little something for everyone :)

This is my favorite picture of the entire trip.

Don't squint. This wasn't the nude section :)

I thought these flowers at the bus station were lovely.

Caught while trying to figure out how I was going to get this dude in Bow Pose into my carry on. I didn't get it. I should have. 

The balcony/terrace potted plant situation was too fabulous here. 

I really liked the design of the building with the clock.

After some sight seeing.

El Fin

Thank you for the lovely comments on my earlier vacation posts. I enjoyed sharing my pics. Have a great week!

Stardate :1403.08

Formula X For Sephora- Larger Than Life, Chanel Rouge Allure #145- Rayonnante & Chanel Glossimer #182-Tocade

Formula X For Sephora- Larger Than Life ( $10.50/ 0.40z)

I picked up this Formula X For Sephora color weeks ago but had yet to try it. After a week of a bright red mani I was in the mood for something more subdued, so I turned to Larger Than Life.  

This was my first time trying a Formula X For Sephora color and I must say I was quite pleased. The two coats I'm wearing in these pictures applied evenly and smoothly, and drying time was normal. There is a subtle pearlized finish to the color that is noticeable in person but difficult to capture in a photo. It's a sophisticated nude that I'm happy to add to my polish collection.

Next up we have a new to me lipstick- Chanel Rouge Allure #145-Rayonnante.  I'm a sucker for nice packaging, so check out what Chanel did here with that pop up gold top. Just tap and...

voila! Try and tell me that isn't cute.
Chanel Rouge Allure #145- Rayonnante( $35/.120z)
Rayonnante which I think loosely translated means radiant, is a creamy, pinkish plum. Once upon a time I told myself I would stop buying plum and red lipsticks. That time has passed and I realize now that if those colors work for me I should stick with them.

Chanel Glossimer #182-Tocade ($29.50/.19oz)
Tocade which from La Internet may mean whim or passing fancy is a deeper berry that is pigmented enough that I can wear it alone(see the pics below). However, I prefer it layered over Rayonnante.

Chanel Glossimer #182-Tocade
A close up shot of the applicator and the color indoors.

Chanel Rayonnante
On the lips I have Chanel Rayonnante.
Chanel Glossimer Tocade
Just the glossimer Tocade above.  
Chanel Rayonnante and Chanel Glossimer Tocade

And finally them layered. 

What's on your lips and tips(hey that rhymed) these days?

Stardate :1428.07

Barcelona: Summer 2014: Park Guell

Scarf: Target
Top: Target
Jeans: Lucky Brand
Shoes: Puma
Bag: Coach

Hello.  How was your weekend?  Too short you say. I agree.  And sadly, my summer vacation feels like it was ages ago. I think I need to put up some of my Barcelona pictures around my place to get me back into that vacation state of mind.

The pictures above were taken at Park Guell(pronounced "Gway"), a thirty acre garden designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. Here you'll find great views of Barcelona and beautiful trails perfect for aimless wandering and selfie taking with Gaudi's colorful, eclectic designs as a backdrop.

One of the things I wished  my city had was more parks. There is just something about a beautiful, shared open space that I love. My favorite cities, London and Paris have great parks and Barcelona has been added to my list.

Park Guell is on my list of places to see if you ever find yourself in Barcelona. Pack a picnic, a good camera, comfortable shoes and enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week !

Stardate :1421.07


Scarf: Zara in Barcelona
Top: Express
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: Nordstrom - Trouve Tilly Pointy Toe Bootie
Bag/Sunglasses: Burberry

Hello. I hope you guys are doing well. I have one of those weeks ahead of me where there's no way out but through one breath at a time. 

In the pictures I'm wearing a scarf I picked up at Zara in Spain during my trip. Even with the exchange rate the price could not be beat.  I've been on a scarf kick lately. The longer and the brighter the better. A friend told me the other day that scarves were my signature accessory.  I've never thought of myself as having a signature anything, but how you see yourself and what other people notice about you are usually not the same.  I'm trying to pare down my closet (more on that later) to just the basics so developing a signature look sounds appealing.  

What about you? What are some of your signature accessories, scents, looks?  

Stardate :1414.07

Barcelona, Spain: 41.3833° N, 2.1833° E

Top: Target
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: Puma
Bag: Coach

"I would gladly live out of a suitcase if it meant I could see the world. "

This was my first time in Barcelona but it definitely won't be my last. The city is a great mix of old and new. It's well laid out and easily accessible via metro, foot or cab. The people were friendly, the weather was perfect and the architecture was amazing. 

These pictures are from the Port Vell(Old Harbor) area on my first day exploring the city. It turned out to be one of my favorite spots.  In Port Vell you'll find a marina, cinema,  restaurants, cable cars offering magnificent views of the city and both tourists and locals sunbathing, cycling and people watching while enjoying the breeze. 

One visit does not qualify me as an expert but if you find yourself in that part of the world I have a few suggestions: 

1. Take the metro- It's efficient, clean and cheap(there's a 10 euro metro card that you can buy that gives two passengers 10 trips each. 

2. Leave room in your luggage for the things you are going to buy- Barcelona is a shopper's paradise. High  end, low end, in between, it's all there. Even if you are not a shopper you'll find yourself picking up a few things. Trust me on this. 

3. Don't worry if you don't speak Spanish- They don't either I kid, I kid. They do, but they also speak Catalan which most locals will tell you is the official language in their heart.  You'll find English spoken just about everywhere but I always suggest learning some key phrases and trying to communicate with the locals in their native tongue when travelling. I was there for one of Spain's world cup matches where they lost badly and let's just say that some phrases are universal :)

4. Do go to the Picasso Museum - I took music appreciation instead of art history in college because I'd played an instrument for years and I wanted an easy credit. I have difficulty writing in a straight line on unlined paper, and my ability to distinguish red from orange and sometimes pink is up for debate. Yet, even I was able to appreciate the brilliance of Spain's native son.  It took me about an hour and a half to get through the museum. The last 15 minutes were spent in the gift shop(See #2). For you art buffs the museum's focus is on his earlier works. If you time it right and you don't mind waiting in line it's free the first Sunday of every month. For the rest of the days you can buy your ticket online ahead of time and skip the line. 

More pics to come soon. As always thank you for stopping by and commenting. Have a great week! 

Stardate :1406.07

Fun In The Sun

This pic is only here because I realized that I didn't have a shot of my shoes.  It's not the best shot, but just know that they were snake print pumps and completely inappropriate for gallivanting in the park in a floor length maxi dress near salt water. 
Jacket: The Loft(old)Dress: H&M/  Similar here Really liking this one hereShoes: Tory Burch(old)Sunglasses(Kate Spade)

We are back from our summer vacation here at ofthecomely and we are feeling some kind of way about it. Everything went well and it was a great trip. I'll post about it soon. 

Thank you to all who participated in the giveaway, and a big welcome to all of those new to the blog.  The winner was Simply Chic. Congrats seƱora!  Wear it in good health. 

My plan this week is to catch up on all of your blogs, do laundry and finish book three in the Song of Fire and Ice series.  There's still about two months of summer left so I'm pacing myself  :) 

See you next week. 

Stardate :1429.06