Clarisonic Mia Review @ 1 week

November 16, 2012 § 4 Comments

So it’s been a week since I got Clarisonic Mia and I’ve been using it every night. The sales representative at Sephora told me not to use it everyday in the beginning because my skin might react to it; however, my skin has been really good with the Clarisonic and hasn’t been sensitive or anything.

So here is how my skin looks as of now. You can enlarge the photo by clicking on it. (Warning! Won’t be a pleasant view!)

Clarisonic 1 week skin

I’ve been having majour break-outs for about 2-3 weeks now. You can see my chin has a lot of red spots, which are the acne scars that I recently acquired (Boooo). I don’t know what the cause of the break-outs but I think it’s hormonal and I haven’t been getting enough sleep due to constant baby movement.

When I bought the Clarisonic, I had a really big zit on my chin that was ready to pop. I know, it’s gross right? I also had many small acne developing on my chin that are red and sore. So I wan’t sure if using Clarisonic was a good idea, because I was afraid it will pop the acne and damage the skin more. Well, I was way too excited to hold myself back so I used it anyways. (NOT recommended for everyone! Do not try this if you have severe acne problem…) As result, my almost exploding zit did not break and it did not irritate my skin at all! I was really happy and I continued to use Clarisonic every night after that.

During past 1 week, I did have to squeeze some of my pimple clean (eww) because they were way too painful. Again, this is not recommended because you have much higher chance of getting acne scar and contaminate nearby skin to have even more acne if you squeeze them. It is a bad habit that I just have to live with… With the help of Clarisonic, which I’ve been using with Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, I think my acne is somewhat under control now. I haven’t been getting as much acne as 2 weeks ago and those that I get are much smaller now. I also changed my skin serum from a hydrating serum to a skin regenerating serum, which seems like helping in combination with Clarisonic.

So far, I’m really loving Clarisonic because it cleanse my face really clean without stripping my skin. I will keep using it and keep you guys posted.

Simple – Soothing Facial Toner Review

November 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

Simple Soothing Facial Toner

Official Canadian Website: Simpleskincare.ca
Product Page: Soothing Facial Toner

What they claim:
Our Soothing Facial Toner leaves your skin feeling clean and refreshed, plus it’s a perfect blend of our purest possible skin loving ingredients with an added vitamin.
1 ADDED VITAMIN PRO-VITAMIN B5 known to help restore, soften and smooth. 3 SKIN LOVING INGREDIENTS CHAMOMILE known to help gently soften and soothe, WITCH HAZEL known to help tone and tighten pores, ALLANTOIN known to help soften. NO DYES, NO ARTIFICIAL PERFUMES, NO HARSH IRRITANTS to upset skin.

I purchased this toner a while ago in the states. It had a coupon attached to it and the final price was only US$3.00. I think the price of this toner ranges somewhere from CA$7.00 – $10.00 depending on where you buy it and sometimes they are on sale for a little bit cheaper. (But I’ve never seen it under CA$5.00)

I’ve been using this toner for about 1 month now and I think I am ready to share my thoughts on it. Long story short, it’s an OK toner. It’s not something I love, but I don’t hate it either. The toner is clear and very waterly, like what you would expect a toner to be. It does not have much of scent and it does not irritate my skin. I use this toner twice a day with cotton pads swiping my entire face and neck. It feels pretty much like water on my skin, except it gives slightly refreshing feeling.

After using the toner, my skin does feel a little bit softer and I do think my pores are less visibl. However, I have pretty bad break-outs on my chin right now (which is NOT because of this toner) and this toner is not really helping to clear them out. I thought it might help because it contains witch hazel. I also don’t really like how fast it dries on my skin. I mean it does not dry my skin out, but as soon as I swipe it on my skin, it just kind of disappears. I hope it’s because my skin is absorbing it but I’m not so sure. On the official website, this toner is categorized under Cleansers, but I really can’t speak for it because I never rely on toners to remove make-up or anything. There is never any residue on the cotton pad when I swipe it on my face.

So over-all it’s a nice toner for the price, especially when I only paid US$3 for it, and I will finish using this bottle. However, it does not do anything special enough for me to repurchase it.

Pros:

  • Available at most of drug stores
  • Affordable
  • Not irritating

Cons:

  • Not moisturizing
  • Does not help with acne even though containing witch hazel

My Final Rating: 3/5

Clarisonic Mia is here!

November 8, 2012 § 6 Comments

Clarisonic Mia

Clarisonic Mia

I finally got Clarisonic Mia! Super excited because I heard a lot (and by a lot I mean A LOT) of good review on this sonic face cleansing system. That is why I didn’t even try it yet and I’m posting about this.

I wanted Clarisonic for a long time because I get blackheads and whiteheads quite often. I did not buy it till now because I just thought it is too expensive. (CA$139 for Mia, CA$175 for Mia 2 at Sephora) I finally decided to buy it when I received email from Sephora about the Holiday Shopping event: 20% off entire store! (The email says it is VIB only event, so some of you might not qualify.)

To make things better, when I told my husband that I’ve finally decided to purchase Clarisonic, he told me he’d buy it for me as early Christmas gift. Although I know he’s buying it only because it’s 20% off now, I’m still super happy because I know he has absolutely no interest in any beauty products.

I was contemplating between Mia and Mia 2 for loong time. Mia only has 1 speed setting and 1 year warranty while Mia 2 has 2 speed setting, 2 year warranty, and travel pouch. In the end I chose Mia because the sales representative told me that she never changes her speed setting on her Mia 2 and I am not gonna be travelling for a long while.

The kit comes with a 30ml sample size Clarisonic Refreshing Gel Cleanser. (see 2nd photo) The sales representative recommended me using Clarisonic with Fresh Soy Face Cleanser and gave me a 20ml sample. (see 1st photo) I’ve read really good reviews on both of these cleansers and I will enjoy using them, but ultimately I’m planning to use my Clarisonic with Philosophy Purity Made Simple. Ahhh can’t wait!

What is your experience with Clarisonic? Do you like them? Let me know in the comment section 🙂

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