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.

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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 🙂

Skincare Routine September 2012

September 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

As soon as I got pregnant, my skin started acting really bad. The unstable hormone was causing me to have bad break-outs and some freckles became darker. When I went into 2nd trimester, it started to be a little better but the break-outs had left me with tons of acne scars (hyper-pigmentation) and I still have 1-2 acne at all time, but I always had acne-prone skin so it is not a big concern right now. As far as skincare routine goes, I do like what I have now and I think it’s working well with my skin. So I decided to share it with you guys 🙂

Morning Skincare Routine

morning skincare rourine

Cleanse: Philosophy Purity Made Simple

This cleanser has been my HG cleanser for about 2 years now. It is highly talked about cleanser and I admit I was sceptical when I first tried it. It is also quite pricey for a cleanser. But as soon as I started using it, it became my all time favourite and I cannot live without it. It cleanses foundation, primer, and sunscreen off beautifully and leave my skin super soft and smooth. The cleansing power is amazing but it won’t dry my skin out. It won’t wash off water-proof eye make-up but I use make-up remover anyway so it does not concern me. I’ve purchased the medium size bottle once and big bottle twice already and will be buying this again. (Visit Official Website)

Tone: Kose Medicated Sekkisei Lotion (The blue bottle)

I purchased this in Japan last spring and started using it in April. I still have about 25-30% left. Considering I use 3-4 pumps every morning and night, I am amazed that it lasted me 6 month. It was a little expensive for a toner (about CA$125) but it is a extra large  bottle and it did last me very long so I think it was worth the money. It has always been one of my favourite toner. It has skin brightening effect and also hydrating properties. It leaves my skin fresh and supple, but it’s not sticky nor thick. It won’t make your skin dramatically whiter/brighter but it aids in preventing skin from developing hyper-pigmentation. (Visit Official Website – Japanese Only)

Replenish: Origins Dr. Weil Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum

I have purchased Origins products numerous times, and I have to admit, I was always somewhat disappointed. Origins has great variety of lines, uses natural ingredients, and has great irresistible scent (which is why I keep wanting to try them). But the products just never did anything to my skin. Unfortunately, this Mega-Bright Serum is no exception. It has great citrus scent that I really REALLY like. The texture of the serum is light and it absorbs quickly. Other than that, it didn’t do much. I’ve been using this for over a month now and my hyper-pigmentation hasn’t improved. I had less break-outs when I was using Clinique’s Turnaround Concentrate. Also, I don’t understand why this skin serum has iridescent shimmer in it. (Visit Official Website)

Moisturise: Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15

I got this product in one of my Glossybox and have been using it as my morning moisturizer for bout 3 month. It is a really light moisturizer that blends into your skin very easily and absorbs quickly. The finish is radiant (thus Positively Radiant) but not oily. It has a little bit of shimmer in it, which I’m not a huge fan of, but you can’t really see it once you put it on your face. Foundation applies nicely after this moisturizer and it’s nice that it has SPF 15. It’s working great for me so far but it’s not something I will rave about. I will be hunting for better morning moisturizer once this runs out. (Visit Official Website)

Lips: eos Lip Balm Smooth Sphere

This lip balm was talked about a lot online but I wasn’t interested in the beginning because the lip balm I was using at the time was fine (I was using Vaseline one). But when I had to buy a new lip balm, I found this in store and discovered that it’s 100% natural and 95% organic, I decided to give it a try. It is pretty expensive in Canada ($3.99), but it’s not the most expensive lip balm I’ve ever purchased. After using it for about 2month, I actually really like this lip balm. It is not too rich or sticky so it works pretty well under lipsticks. My lips are not too dry so it is moisturizing enough for daily use. it smells great and even tastes good 😀 I will definitely buy another one when it runs out. (Visit Official Website)

Evening Skincare Routine

night skincare routine

Remove Make-up: Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil

This Oil Cleanser is from Japan but I purchased this in Taiwan last spring and has been using this to remove more stubborn make-up. I usually use 1 pump for eye area only, and 2 pumps if I want to cleanse whole face. it removes all my make-up like magic; even the most stubborn mascaras from Fasio and Majorica Majorca. Together with Philosophy Purity Made Simple, I never had trace of make-up on my cotton pad when I use toner after cleansing. It is pretty affordable (I think it was about CA$7-8) in Taiwan, but it will be way more in Vancouver. So; even though I really like this, I will most likely be buying something else when it runs out. (Visit Official Website – Japanese Onlly)

Cleanse: Philosophy Purity Made Simple

See morning routine for review.

Tone: Kose Medicated Sekkisei Lotion

See morning routine for review.

Replenish: Origins Dr. Weil Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum

See morning routine for review.

Moisturise: Algenist Overnight Restorative Cream

I got this as part of Sephora’s VIB program gift. The full size product is 2 fl oz and this mini size contains 0.5 fl oz. I’ve been using this for about 3 weeks now and there is still about 20% left. I’ve been really enjoying this cream because it really makes my skin feel smooth and supple. I have to say this cream is aimed towards more of dry skin or mature skin, but it’s been working fantastic on my oily combination skin. When I wake up in the morning, my skin does seem a little oily, but it feels soft after I wash my face. it is bit pricey at CA$106 but I think it’s reasonable considering how long this jar is lasting me. (Visit Sephora Product Page) *Read the updated full review here.

Eyes: Clinique All About Eyes

I purchase this at Duty Free Store in Taipei Airport last spring. I’ve been using this for 6 month now and it has about 15% left in the jar. I really like this eye cream because it’s just the right consistency for me. It’s not too light nor too rich. I haven’t used any eye cream that made me feel like it’s magic to be honest, but this one sure does the job. My eye area is not dry when I use this and It is easily absorbed.The price is quite reasonable at CA$30 for 0.5 fl oz. I might buy this again when it runs out. (Visit Official Website)

Lips: eos Lip Balm Smooth Sphere

See morning routine for review.

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