A Clarisonic Beauty Review

A few months ago I finally broke down and purchased a Clarisonic Mia 2 and I am proud to say that I did not pay full price. I caught one on sale on a cool discount website for $99 and the regular price is $149. So needless to say, I wasted no time to get this deal before they sold out. I was totally winning!

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In case you are wondering what’s so special about Clarisonic, let me give you the answer to your beauty question. The Clarisonic Mia 2 is a cleansing brush for the face made with two speeds and a one-minute pulsing T-Timer to clarify the skin. It’s a machine that is supposed to make exfoliation faster and easier for a more even, thorough and effective cleaning. It’s made with high quality technology to help you get the best skin ever.

There are seven different types of Clarisonic tools, which vary from speed, how you use them and what’s included inside the kit.

So now that you have the beauty 411, let’s get to the Glam it, the Slam it and the final grade!

The Glam: The Clarisonic Mia 2 is said to offer a gentle massage to exfoliate the skin. It felt a little abrasive on my skin the first time I used it and the second time, it was just a little but not as much. It is supposed to gently clean the pores without harsh abrasion. While I did not see a difference in my pores, I did see a difference with the appearance of my blackheads on my nose; they appeared to be clearer and my skin felt softer.

The tool is waterproof and can be used in the shower or bath. The T-Timer prompts you to focus on the next area on the face so you do not over exfoliate the skin.

The Slam: The kit came with a gel cleanser, which irritated and dried out my skin. Several weeks later, I tried it a second time with my regular cleanser and my skin was not as irritated but it did leave dry patches. I tried it again a third time and had the same results. I was super disappointed as I am using the gentle Clarisonic :-(.

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The Clairisonic Mia 2 cleanser is meh, okay. I think that it is hyped up and it did not meet my expectations. I will use it again as I need to get my money’s worth but maybe I will try it on other areas or I will not use it as long as the T Timer suggests. My final grade for the Mia 2 is 3 out of 5 smooches!!! MUAH If you are interested in purchasing the Mia 2 Clarisonic, you can get it for $149 on clarisonic.com, specialty cosmetic companies or department stores. Happy Exfoliating…MUAH

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Clarisonic…My latest purchase

OMG! I am super excited about my new purchase! I have been wanting to try this for quite sometime but my purchases for other beauty products kept getting in the way…LOL.

I will let you know my thoughts with a product review so you will know if you should invest too!

In the meantime, I am going to enjoy my date with Clarisonic tonight!IMG_2440

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The Queen of Exfoliators

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A few months ago on one of my many trips to Sephora, I was introduced to a new product called FIRMx Peeling Gel by Peter Thomas Roth. Now, I was not in the market for a new exfoliator but one of the Cast Members who knows me (don’t judge me) raved about how much she loved this product and its multifunctional uses…needless to say, she had me at the word multifunctional…LOL.

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So there I was listening to one of my favorite Cast Members share her testimony on the FIRMx Peeling Gel but before we get down to the nitty gritty, let me give you a little background information on the brand. Peter Thomas Roth A.K.A. PTR has been a part of the beauty industry since birth sort to speak; his family owned and operated two spas in the early 1800’s and 1900’s in Hungary. And when he launched his company in 1993, he used the basic soothing and healing philosophies from the many muds found in the Hungarian thermal springs. PTR also wanted to find quality products with innovative technology for acne and anti-aging.  Today, the brand has 100’s of products with breakthrough formulas and astonishing results.

Okay, so now that you have been formally introduced, let’s get down to the nittty gritty of the likes and dislikes!!! I like  (no, let me change that) love how this product exfoliates. It removes the dead skin cells like none other and leaves the skin feeling like silk!!! I felt like my face was kind of like a snake that sheds its skin.  The gel was so amazing that I used it on my hands and feet as the Cast Member suggested. Yep…that’s right, this gel works on the feet too!!! Mmm, hmm…it left my heels feeling extra soft…better than the best pedi I ever had!!! LBVS. It is not drying and it works on my sensitive skin!!! FTW. And if that was not enough, it was easy to use and it did not smell. The dead skin rolls right off and reveals the newest of new skin…all I can do is scream, YES!!! Giggles

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So now that you know all the good stuff, let me share the bad… Oh wait, I could not find anything bad about this product because it gave my skin life and it is just amazeballs!!! Yes, this multifunctional exfoliator is just…EVERYTHING!!!

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My final grade for the FIRMx Peeling Gel by Peter Thomas Roth is 5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! Thank you Mr. PTR for your invention as I am now in love. You can purchase the FIRMx Peeling Gel at Sephora or peterthomasroth.com for $48. Yes, I know it is a little steep but you pay for what you get and this exfoliator is “Grade A” quality and worth every single penny!!! I can understand why it won the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval…Happy exfoliating…MUAH

 

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Does 1+1=2??? A Double Duty Cleanser Put to the Test

Hey Beauty Scholars!!! Here is my Report Card Review as a guest post on Rachel O. Beauty. Click the link to see the final grade on if the Clarins 2 in 1 cleanser is really worth it!!!

http://www.rachelobeauty.com/clarins-2-in-1-cleanser/

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Report Card Review on Facial Radiance Pads by First Aid Beauty (F.A.B)

Report Card Review on Facial Radiance Pads by First Aid Beauty (F.A.B)
Last month I introduced you to First Aid Beauty aka F.A.B. with a review for the Ultra Repair Concentrate, which received 5 out of 5 smooches!!! Today, I am reviewing the Facial Radiance Pads; let’s see if F.A.B. receives another perfect grade of smooches!!!
I have always used a liquid toner with a cotton ball to wipe away the last traces of cleanser, exfoliate and prep my skin for my moisturizer. I never thought to use a pre-moistened toner pad because I have always equated them to the old school back in the day Clearasil acne pads. I never really had acne as a kid or that much as an adult (knock on wood) so it never occurred to me that there are some for non-acnenic skin conditions such as myself…go figure!!! So when I stumbled across the Facial Radiance Pads, I thought…why not!!!
The pads contain lactic and glycolic acids to exfoliate, cucumber and Indian gooseberry to tone and lemon peel and licorice root to brighten the skin. When I first read the ingredients, I was a little nervous as I have very sensitive skin and sometimes my skin gets irritated and needless to say, I was not ready to have a reaction!!! So I sucked it up for the good of my Beauty Scholars (this is where we pause and you applaud and say aww) and tried the pads on my freshly washed face…LOL.
Here is what I liked: The pads have the right amount of toner on them; you will never waste the product like a liquid toner by pouring too fast on the cotton ball (please don’t act like I am the only one here; you are guilty too) LOL. The pads have lactic and glycolic acids, which are AHA’s used for exfoliation and if you remember from last weeks post, lactic acid is a gentler exfoliator. It also contains licorice root to brighten, which is also great for sensitive skin to soothe it. I love that the pads have a smooth side as well as a textured side to aid in the exfoliation process. They are also perfect for travel and as you don’t have to take them out of your carry on!!! What I loved the most is (drum roll please)…. I only had to use 1 pad for my face and neck (winning)!!!
Okay, so you are probably thinking that I loved these pads so much that they are going to get a perfect grade…right??? Well let me tell you what I did not like and I then I will share my final grade. The first day that I tried the pads, my skin was a tad irritated and itchy for about 30 seconds. It happens every now and then when I use the pads and I am not sure why but it doesn’t last longer than 30 seconds so, I figure I can deal with it. It is sometimes hard to grab 1 pad and when you are tired and trying to go to bed, that can be just a tad bit frustrating!!!
My final grade for the Facial Radiance Pads by First Aid Beauty is 4.5 out of 5 smooches…MUAH!!! Not quite a perfect grade but almost. You can purchase the pads at Sephora.com or firstaidbeauty.com for $28. Happy Exfoliating!!!
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Ingredients 101…The Exfoliating Edition (AHA’s)

Ingredients 101…The Exfoliating Edition (AHA’s)
Hey Beauty Scholars, welcome to Ingredients 101…The Exfoliating Edition (AHA’s)!!! Today is a day that will be filled with PSA’s (Private Scholar Announcements) and we will pick up from where we left off last month with Ingredients 101. Have you ever wondered what are the differences between all the different types of exfoliating acids??? There are so many to choose from as well as it can become difficult to understand the features and benefits of each one. So today, I will be sharing information on a few of the popular types to help you decide which one is best for you!!!
First, let’s talk about the purpose of exfoliation. Think of your skin as a mirror. What happens when water dries on a mirror??? It stains. What happens when dust accumulates on a mirror??? The dust builds up which makes it hard to see in the mirror and if you just wipe it off with a dry towel or wet towel with water, it smears the dust; the mirror is not totally clean and in order to get the mirror completely clean, you have to use a special cleaner. It is the same thing with exfoliation for the skin. Exfoliation removes the top layer of skin so that your moisturizer or makeup does not sit on top of the skin and give the dull look like a dusty mirror. Exfoliation helps to unclog pores, reduce breakouts, evens out the skin tone and gives a beautiful glow!!! Exfoliation is also good for men as it allows them to get a closer shave, prevents ingrown hairs and makes their skin oh so smooth!!!
There are 2 types of exfoliation: Mechanical, which, are the scrubs where you control the exfoliation and Chemical where the product does the exfoliation through the use of ingredients of AHA’s and BHA’s. AHA’s are Alpha Hydroxy Acids, which are usually derived from food like glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid and citric acid…just to name a few. These are the acids we will be covering today.
Glycolic Acid, one of the most popular acids is derived from sugar cane. Features and benefits: anti-aging, clear acne breakouts, even out the skin tone while making the skin brighter, softer and smoother.
Lactic Acid is derived from milk. Features and benefits: reduces fine lines and wrinkles, improves the skin tone and texture from dark spots as well as age spots. Lactic acid is gentler and less likely to irritate the skin than glycolic acid. It is great for people with sensitive skin and those with rosacea.
Malic Acid is derived from fruits such as apples. Features and benefits: used to balance the PH level in cosmetic products in a low dosage will help to condition the skin which makes it softer and smoother as well as firms to make it appear younger looking.
Citric Acid is derived from fruits like lemons, oranges and limes. Features and benefits: speeds up cell turnover and promotes smoother, softer skin with an even tone and texture. It is also an antioxidant (also known as Vitamin C) that protects from the earth’s environment such as smoke, smog and pollution.
Please remember that any type of exfoliation causes the skin to be more sensitive to the sun therefore; you will need to wear an SPF to prevent sunburn (and that means all nationalities)!!! If you are going to use a DIY at home peel, it is best to purchase something 10% or less; a licensed professional should handle anything over 10%. The higher the percentage, the more likely your skin will peel but that is normal and usually disappears in a few days.
Exfoliation is the key to happy, smooth and renewed skin. It lightens, tightens and brightens the complexion as well as allows your products to give you that natural healthy glow!!!
This concludes our session on Ingredients 101…The Exfoliating Edition (AHA’s). Thank you for your virtual attendance…LOL. If you have a suggestion on the next PSA (Private Scholar Announcements), leave a comment and let me know and I will try to cover it.

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