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To Clarisonic or not?

Four years ago I bought my first Clarisonic at a conference. After enjoying the facial the reps gave me in the middle of the expo I drank the koolaid and bought one. That trusty device lasted three and a half years! This summer it finally gave up, and I didn’t replace it. I didn’t replace it because I wasn’t sure it was doing anything. At that same conference four years ago I also bought into the “cosmeceutical” world and started using retinols, hyaluronic acid, vitamin c and vitamin E. My skin did look better, but I wasn’t sure what was really making a difference. So I decided to ditch the Clarisonic and save two minutes in my nightly routine.

Fast forward to this January, I had noticed over the past month that my skin had been looking more dull.  I had not changed anything else in my routine, still using the same products and trying to squeeze a peel in every few months. I decided it was time time to try the Clarisonic again. Instead of the “Pro” that I got last time I picked up a Mia 2 (meaning two speeds) in last seasons color at Nordstrom Rack. It cost $99 for the device, one deep pore brush head (for my husband), a deep pore mask and cleanser (both given to my husband). I picked up a “radiance” brush at sephora for myself for $22. I usually use the acne or sensitive brush, but decided to give the “radiance” brush a try because my skin was feeling dull (again drinking the koolaid). Overall a pretty good deal.

After one week of use I can say that my skin feels smoother and looks brighter. I am hopeful things continue to improve.  I think the Clarisonic may provide some benefit, it certainly wasn’t the January weather in Seattle that made my skin brighter.

If you decide to buy the Clarisonic here are a few tips:

  1. Buy from an authorized dealer. While I love Amazon, they are not authorized to sell Clarisonic and the reviews suggest that many that are sold on Amazon are duds. If you want a good deal try Nordstrom Rack- they usually have the same model in older colors for $50-100 less.
  2. Use the brush that is right for your skin. If you have acne or rosacea use the acne or sensitive skin brush.
  3. Replace your brush ever three months minimum. The brushes can grow lots of bad stuff so keep them clean and replace them often.

This post was not sponsored by Clarisonic. I paid retail price for all products discussed in this post.

Clarisonic Mia 2

 

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Eye Candy

Eyelashes are all the rage these days. There are salons dedicated to giving us long, full and dark lashes that rival Kim Kardashian.  There is a prescription medication, Latisse, that also makes lashes darker, longer and more full- though not as quickly or to the dramatic degree as extensions.

Similar to many of my posts, this post was inspired by personal experience. As a long term (though I admit intermittent) user of Latisse I decided to try extensions over the holidays. Like most people, I don’t always use my products as directed and the Latisse only works when you use it. So I decided to see what the extension rage is all about.

After a month I would say that eyelash extensions belong in the same category as hair extensions and shellac nails. They provide a look that is unattainable through nature, but they damage your real lashes/hair/nails.

Here is my rundown on the pros and cons of both Latisse and extensions

Extensions

Pros: Big lashes immediately, skipping makeup entirely

Cons:  Expensive (at least $100-200) damaging to your lashes, allergies and irritation to the glue, painful amd irritating when they get wet, very high maintenance ( fills needed ever 2-4 weeks)

Latisse

Pros: Home application, simple and quick, doesn’t damage your lashes

Cons: Expensive ($120-200 for a 3-4 month supply), prescription only, irritation or allergy (less common than with extensions), works slowly, pigmentation of the lash lone or eye (this is rare)

Bottom line: Latisse hands down. I am back on Latisse and recommend this for eyelash plumping, or a tube of Maybelline.

 

 

 

 

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