Sunday, December 28, 2008

A few of my favorite things Part 1 (Skin Care)

I really don’t like "Best Of" [insert current year here] lists for makeup & skincare. They are usually full of crap items that got gimmick buzz more than anything else. And I for one never find Bare Essentuals the best of anything….except for the best of making my bathroom look like it’s covered in a beige dust storm. Bleh
So I thought I would share my favorites for any year. (mainly because I never remember what year I bought anything). So As I share my list, please feel free to share yours in the comments section. No need to say one is better over the next. We are all so different what works for me, may not work for you. It’s simple a “Favorite” list.
Enjoy!

Skin Care

Cleansers:

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil (the classic) It removes every last trace of my makeup, even water proof mascara! A little water emulsifies the oil and it rinses clean. I love this!

CeraVe cleanser. This non foaming cream cleanser is basic as basic can be. It rinses clean without stripping natural oils from my face and works perfectly with my Clarisonic brush and plain old baking soda as a sort of micro exfoliant for days when I’m too lazy to spend 2 minutes cleaning my face with the Clarisonic brush. lol

For the morning I want something to wash all the moisturizer, acne treatments, eye cream and sleep off of my face the best thing I have found is Purity Made Simple Foaming cleanser by Philosophy. I am not a fan of most Philosophy products, but this one has won me over. It would probably be perfect for the end of the day too, that is if I didn’t wear a ton of makeup that needed to be removed by a sand blaster each night.

Last but not least, my Clarisonic. The brush is my skin savior. 3 days without use and I’m a broken out mess. Each day of use my skin looks more & more radiant….now if I could cut out sugar and dairy and I would truly have clear skin.

Toners:
I’m not a fan of toners. I find them to be an unnecessary step in skin care but ever so often I want that extra clean sweep. For that I have found a toner that has no alcohol. Even with my oily skin, I hate to put more alcohol on it if I don’t have to. Boots Expert Sensitive Gentle Refreshing Toner has no alcohol and just leaves a nice clean feeling to my icky skin. Not much to say about this. It’s nice, it works for me, but It’s not really a must have.

Exfoliators:

I’m not really a fan of face scrubs. I feel like they tear up my skin and make it worse than before. But I thought I would put this category in here just in case one of you readers has a favorite. For the sake of consistency, I do like plain old baking soda (as mentioned above) mixed with CeraVe cleanser. My face feels baby soft after use. OK. Some of my more regular readers may wonder why I have not put MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator in this category. Yes it’s my favorite, but you can’t get it anywhere…unless you are willing to pay a silly amount of money for it. I adore my VAE so much that I wrote Haikus about it, but I’d rather have a list of things you all may be able to purchase if you are in need of a good item or two,

Moisturizers:

This is one of my least expensive skin care items. I found after 37 years that I don’t have to spend a fortune on skin cream to get what I need. For the day I use Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer for Combination Skin. This light moisturizer actually feels like it tightens my face leaving a nice matte base for my makeup application. It cost me a total of $9.99 at the grocery store and I believe it’s 4 oz. What a bargain. It has not broken my face out one bit. No lumps, bumps, nuthin. Perfect. And since a little goes a long way. It’s perfect for my oily combo skin.

For the evening I like to use Topix Solvere Fortified Moisturizer. I got it for $9.48 at skincare-etc.com and It’s a great very emollient moisturizer that has vitamins A, C, E, green tea extract and Co-Q10. Those are antioxidants. The Solvere also contains glycerin and squalane which softens and soothes my red skin. The only thing I don’t like is that it comes in a tub rather than a hygienic squeeze tube or pump. But since I use it after I have washed my face I assume my hands are fairly clean. (if you know otherwise and clean hands from recent face washing is a myth, don’t tell me. I like to live in denial). This 2 oz of moisturizer lasts a long time, since a little goes a long way.

Treatments:

I have acne, red marks, large pores and blackhead on my nose. Hence the lack of full face pictures. But a few products have been helping reverse some of that.
DDF Glycolic 10% Exfoliating Oil Control Gel costs $46 for 1.7 oz. It’s expensive and I keep thinking that I’ll find something better. I stop using it after I run out, try a new product and find that my skin looked better when I was using it instead of the AHA/BHA du jour that I’m using at the moment. I wouldn’t say that it controls oil. I never had that result, but it does keep flakies at bay, keeps my acne under moderate control and has managed to get the congested pores in my forehead to go away. So I guess I can’t complain, but I sure would love to find a better product. It’s not my favorite I guess, but it works sort of. :-(


Murad Acne Spot Treatment for $17. It has a nice good concentration of Sulfur which I have found to be the best at controlling my acne.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion. It’s a combination of Calamine, Salicylic Acid and Colloidal Sulfur that really knocks out pimples overnight. I love this stuff, and I love ordering from the Mario Badescu website because they always send a ton-o-samples with each order. Plus the customer service on the phone is super helpful too. That’s always a plus.

Eye Creams:


I have yet to find one that does what it says it does for fine lines. I don’t think one exists…but I have decided to put this category here in the hopes that one of you readers has a great product to recommend. The only one I really like is the Sisley - Botanical Eye & Lip Contour Balm which plumps up my eyelids, but the darn product is so expensive I just can’t afford it at the moment. ::sigh::

OK. I’m sure I forgot something, like facial masks, makeup primers, sunscreen etc. but I’m tired and you have already seen my gushing about the following so why repeat myself? So just click here to see my favorite
Sunscreen
Facial Mask
Makeup Primer

OK. So I’ll be back with my favorite makeup products soon. But in the meantime, please leave your comments for your favorites in any of the above categories!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas


Here is hoping you and yours have a very Happy Christmas and that Santa brought you a bunch of makeup goodies!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays!


Happy Holidays to all the PinkSith readers. Thank you for your support as this blog finds its feet and thank you for all the kind words of encouragement and praise. I am truly blessed to have so many great friends in "real life" and on the Internet.

In my home we celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas. So Darthypie has been getting his share of presents, however I don't think he really knows what's happening as we use the shamash to light the candles each night on the menorah and as we sing the Ma'oz Tzur, but he did try singing along on the first night. :-)

I took him to see Santa and the look on his face is priceless! I only had to wait 2 hours to get a picture. By the time we were next, Logan had taken my bottle of water and poured it all over himself....and the floor. Santa looked pissed. It was 5 min before Santa was supposed to go on break so he has this "come on. Let's get this over with" look on his face. And let's not even mention the piece of paper that Logan is holding. It became a sort of security blanket of sorts, and he FREAKED out when I tried to take it away from him. nice. Well I guess this is what I get taking him to see Santa on the Friday before Christmas.

At least the picture isn't as bad as some of the ones I found here. This is a great collection of photos of kids freaking out with Santa. So all in all it could be worse. :-)

Happy Holidays to you and yours. Keep an eye out here for great new posts in the new year and possibly a new look to the blog too!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thursday Poll


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I started this blog as a fun thing to do. I started to get stressed about it some time in November. I finally decided I wasn't having fun in December. It was all my doing. I was pushing myself too hard. I thought I could produce the same quantity of posts as some more established bloggers, but quickly realized I was sacrificing quality for quantity. I don't want to do that to myself, let alone you all. I also have had to deal with unforeseen issues such as lack of light to take decent pictures, my husband's crazy work schedule which mean less time away from little Darthypie to write articles for the blog and a host of other personal issues. All this time I feel guilty for even starting this blog and not taking the time to contribute to it as often as I want to, or think I should. I'm a very competitive person. I obsess over hits, number of comments, followers, etc. I want to be the best and it kills me when I look at the blog and see it has been 2 weeks with no post. I know I will never be number one. I know I will never have the following of Blogs like The Makeup Bag or Blogdorf Goodman or Temptalia or The Muse. In reality, I don't think I even want that kind of responsibility. I just want to be reliable. That is something that I have not been for several weeks. I apologize to anyone that reads this blog with some regularity, for my lack of being reliable. I promise that in the next few weeks I will endeavour to become more reliable, while at the same time not sacrificing quality. I know I am basically starting over again, trying to get new readers and hopefully winning back old ones. Forgive me in my slow efforts to regroup and I hope you all will benefit form future posts.
Thank you,
Elvira

OK.
ON TO THE POLL!!!

1) Eye Of The Day? - Shu Uemura ME Silver 945, BECCA Chantilly, Koji Linequeen liner(black), Guerlain Kohl in Oriental Metal, Shu Uemura The Basic Mascara (black) and Maybelline Colossal Mascara (black). An actual article of the Shu ME945 will follow in the coming weeks.

2) Blush Of The Day? - Shu Uemura Sakura and Chanel Narcisse

3) Blush(es) that has(have) the biggest dip or you have hit pan on in your collection? - Chanel Narcisse and Chanel Nude Huge dips. I think I might hit pan on Narcisse next year. There is a lot of product to those Chanel JCs. They are worth the price!

4) Last movie you saw in a theater? - Punisher-War Zone! Oh Ray Stevenson is so divine. I wouldn't throw him out of bed for leaving AK-47 bullet casings on the sheets! The movie was good too..but they didn't show him topless/naked so I only give it 3 stars.

5) Latest Makeup/Skincare Purchase? - Aside from a ton of Sheet Masks from Kathi at Lotuspalace blog I picked up Lancome's Erika F eyeshadow. It's a beautiful shimmery gray green. It may be my 2nd favorite khaki colored eyeshadow next to my coveted Laneige! (an article on the Lancome e/s to be published soon too)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Gift - VOV Aura Shimmer Blusher - A Glowy gift from Korea



I was fortunate enough to have my friend Pam offer up her dear husband, Andy’s, services to pick me up a few treasures on his next trip to Korea. How could I say no? I e-mailed Andy a long list WITH pictures and told him to get whatever he could find. I learned a few things. A) Lotree is a brand like AVON. You can only really buy it on line or through a rep…so say bye bye to that shimmer bling face powder I wanted. B) The exchange rate is good for the dollar. I got a BB cream, BB powder and 2 blushes for $40! And C) My Friend Pam has an awesome husband! I don’t know many men that would buy makeup for someone, let alone go to a foreign country and buy makeup. He ROCKS!

So I’ll tackle the BB cream review at a later date, but let me start with the eye candy.
VOV Aura Shimmer Blusher!
I asked for 2 different shades. 01-Highlight Shimmer Aura and 02-Pink Shimmer Aura. I was able to get both of them.
Let’s start with the packaging shall we?



Look at how pretty this is! The flowers are too cute for words and the container is a medium weight white plastic. The design is girly yet not immature. Does that make sense? Anyway…. I digress.




What is important is the product inside right? Yeah. Sure. If you are picky. Hello!! You all should know by now that I could sometimes care less about the inside. Might I remind you about the Lancome Lotus I procured? Yeah. I thought you had forgotten about that. Moving on.
The Blusher comes with a brush. But where is it? It neatly stored in the top of the container! A nice little half circle handles holds what looks to me a natural hair type blush brush. The brush is actually effective; however I wouldn’t choose to use it since I have a ton of other brushes that work just fine. But I applaud the design as I don’t have to handle the brush every time I open the product. I can even forget it’s there!



The 01-Highlight Shimmer Aura is a white based highlighter with a light pink stripe and a tiny speck of a beige spot. I’m not saying this to be cheeky. I just want you all to know that you are not going to pick up any color from the shade variations. What you get is a glowy white highlighter that is excellent applied to the upper cheek bone. It’s not sparkly or glittery. Just a nice glow. If over applied you will get a powdery almost chalky texture, so a little goes a long way.



The 02-Pink Shimmer Aura is a light pink based blush with a frosty punk section and 2 dark rose pink sections. This is also a glowy look. I really think that it’s too subtle for blush alone so I wear it over some of my other blushes. It looks amazing over my Chanel Narcisse and Rose Petal blushes. It gives a pretty pink glow. It is also not glittery or sparkly. Just a nice shimmer…but as with the white highlighter too much and you get an overly powdery chalky look.



So all in all. I am super pleased with my new acquisitions. The highlighters are beautiful and very subtle. It really gives a final polish to my every day look and I am so very grateful for Andy’s generosity and I give two cheers to Pam for volunteering him and a big hug to her for having to be without him when he travels.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Just a reminder.........


image from thethoughtfuldresser.blogspot.com

I loathe narcissism, but I approve of vanity.
Diana Vreeland (noted columnist and editor in the field of fashion)

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thursday Poll


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Burnt out.
That's how I feel right now.
Burnt out on makeup, burnt out at work, burnt out on the holidays. It's all too much. Christmas decorations went up after Halloween, Stores have been playing Holiday tunes since the beginning of November, the office Holiday Party has been scheduled for THIS weekend, December 6th. Really? Yes. It's so early! Ugh...and all the freakin Makeup sales, friends and family sales, free shipping, 20% off, code for this code for that Sephora, Sephora, Sephora....Calgon take me away. (apologies to those born after 1980...you just won't get that reference.) So, take my mind off of the mundane holiday crap. Participate in my Poll and share your innermost thoughts and blush of the day.


1) Blush of the day? - Chanel Mocha

2) Did you buy anything from the recent on-line Sephora Friends & Family, Shu Uemura, Bobbi Brown, or any other 20+% off incentive sale?
- Yes


2 a) If your answer is no. Please stop reading this poll a.s.a.p. You are a better woman (or man) than I.


3) If your answer is Yes, do you feel like you over spent, did just right or wish you had gotten more?
- I felt like did really well and bought just the right amount except for some perfume, which was definitely an impulse buy and I regret the purchase. mostly because I can't return it and because I really didn't NEED it. At least it was just one item. I guess.


4) Last Movie you Saw in the Theater and the next you want to see in the theater? - James Bond Quantum of Solace just saw and L-O-V-E-D it. Next movie I want to see is "Punisher- War Zone" Ray Stevenson is THE MAN. I loved him in HBO's Rome. (Still pissed it ended) and I'm so happy to see The Punisher FINALLY told the right way.

5) Favorite Celebrity gossip website? - Dlisted.com I'm so ashamed to admit it. But it's like a bad car wreck. you just can't look away even though you really are horrified.

6) Lipstick you are really loving right now? - Besame Dusty Rose. It really is a perfect rose color for me. I never would have bought it for myself. I'm so thankful to have received it as a gift from a very generous petagirl.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Gift - Pout Cherie Tarte blush - That Delusional Ex-Child Star Keeping Her Disabled Sister, Prisoner - Color Flush



For what it seems like moths I have been chasing red blushes. I have purchased a few and tested many. All in vain. Why would a light neutral toned gal like me wan with red blush? I wanted that "just in from the cold" look. That true blush of embarrassment, love, anger, you name it. I wanted that red flush. I seem to wear so much base makeup to cover redness in places I don’t want that I end up not having any natural “blush” in places I do want.... Oh that and I’m a blush hoor! I like buying blush. I like to have a lot of blush at my disposal…but sometimes I go a little crazy and get obsessed with finding the “right” color. Well I found it. Unfortunately it’s been discontinued.

Pout Cosmetics was a UK cosmetic company that seems to go out of business over a year and a half ago. I really don’t want to go into the details here. a) because it’s old news and b) I’m too lazy to look it up. Do your own google search

So what is this miracle blush? Pout - Cherie Tarte blush is that “in from the cold” natural flush I have been looking for. It’s not even red!


I am fortunate enough to be friendly with a wonderful woman who has an enormous makeup collection with sometimes multiple backups of items. This woman, let’s call her Cashmerewhore for this example, had this Pout blush. She was willing to swap it to me for another blush I had…which was from a swap from her in the past...and…well it gets convoluted and complicated. Let’s just say that we were able to broker a deal where she got what she wanted and I got what I wanted. Personally I think I got the better deal…but let’s not nit pick shall we? ANYWAY, Cashmerewhore sent me this blush with the promise that it would be love at first swipe. She was so right!

When first opening this blush I was in awe of the size. The diameter is larger than the diameter of a soda can. However thin, it’s still a decent amount(12g/0.42 ounces) The sleek pearlized green compact opened to reveal a bright pink sparkly blush. This blush is not for the weak at heart. It’s highly pigmented. A little goes a long way. And as much as I adore this color and wear it many days in a row I doubt I will ever hit the pan on this blush.


Now the glitter averse should be aware that the sparkle does not translate to the face when I apply using a small skunk brush. I use the Flirt (Kohls Brand) Dust-her brush that is similar to the MAC 188 brush, the anorexic twin to the MAC 187. I lightly swipe the brush over the blush and then gently sweep the brush over the apples of my cheeks. The blush is so pigmented that I fear that using a regular blush brush would result in some diabolical “What Ever Happened To Baby Jane” type of makeover. Yeah. I know the move was in black & white and I’m showing you a color promo picture, but work with me here, OK?

As I was saying, before I was so rudely interrupted by you nit pickers with your “details” and wanting “clarity” rather than hyperbole, I was trying to tell you that this blush is really freakin’ pigmented and use a light hand when applying.

So how can you find this blush? Well, you can try to swap for a used one on Makeupalley.com, or buy it used from livejournal.com or possible specktra.net or perhaps search for it on evilbay. You never know. You might luck out. If any of my UK readers can tell me about the availability of finding Pout blushes or other items across the pond, that would be great!


So do YOU need this blush? Probably not. Not everyone NEEDS that “just in from a day frolicking on the snowy hills, sledding and taking horse drawn sleigh rides with Daniel Craig” flush. But if you do, I suggest you start looking for this blush as soon as possible!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New Beauty Buying & Selling Community


Aly at Gloss Menagerie created a Yahoo Group for Buying & Selling makeup/beauty items called buyandsellbeauty!

As some of you may or may not know. Makeup isn't allowed to be sold on Makeupalley.com (just swapped) and Ebay.com only allows the sale of brand new cosmetics. Which is all fine and well, but a lot of items can be easily sanitized and re-sold as long as both parties know about the condition! Plus it's a shame that so much goes to waste.


There are a couple other places where you can sell used makeup, but in my opinion they are pretty confusing and sometimes hard to join the group.
Hopefully the idea of a mailing list like the one Aly created with yahoo groups is pretty simple for everyone and the community is easy to use.

The only requirement right now is that you have feedback/an identity somewhere else. (e.g. Makeualley.com, ebay, Livejournal, etc) However, once the community gets more established that might change.


So what are you waiting for? You could score some awesome deals on items from trusted sellers and you could sell some of YOUR makeup! I know that I am certainly compiling my list of items to sell.

The URL for Buy & Sell Beauty is
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/buyandsellbeauty/

Check it out and join!

Purchase - Lancome Piha Lip Set - Guest Review by Joeybunny!


Hello Pink Sith readers! I’ve returned once again with a review of a product that has been haunting my dreams (and my bank account) since the summer: Lancome’s limited edition Piha lip set.

Now for those of you who have no idea what the hell a Piha set is, please refer to Darth’s original post: http://pinksith.blogspot.com/2008/08/exclusive-lancme-color-fever-gloss.html
[edit from PinkSith - Please note Joey's comment about this set]

For those who’d prefer to not read the original entry (you’re missing out!), Lancome has a new artistic director named Aaron de Mey (replacing the incredible Gucci Westman). de May wanted to create a red similar to that of the Christian Louboutin shoe sole. Also, black lips are in for the fall/winter, so I guess he decided to combine these two into one hot, lemming-worthy lip set. Thus, Piha was born!

I preordered this like the junkie I am back in August, and finally picked it up this past Saturday. The set is $48 and comes with Aaron’s Red lipstick and Piha Black gloss. If you weren’t on the waitlist, you can stalk Evilbay for your own exorbitantly overpriced set!

Now, on to the review! Aaron’s Red is TO DIE FOR. This is the f*ck me red lip of my dreams. Excuse the vulgarity, but really – this lipstick is for the fearless only. It is an incredibly bright, neutral slightly glossy red. It IS the color of a Louboutin sole. Aaron, you did a great job here! The best part is that it has a better texture than the previous Pret-a-Porter lipsticks. This lipstick is, honestly, worth the $48 price tag itself. That really says a lot. I am going to start going back to church, because I need to pray that Lancome makes this color permanent. It truly is that amazing. The color is amazing, the feel is amazing, and the wear is amazing.

I wish I could rave over the Piha Black gloss. Now, most people haven’t embraced the black lip trend as much as I have. Admittedly, I don’t have the YSL Black gloss, because it is very streaky when applied (and thus, not worth my $30). However, I do own Fyrinnae’s black gloss and both Lipstick Queen’s Black Tie Optional lip gloss and lipstick. I like black lips! They’re quite sexy, and a sheer black gloss turns the lips a very sexy plum color.

Piha Black gloss was touted as being a wearable black. First off, it is quite sheer which should make it wearable – but it isn’t. First off, the gloss is gray, not black. Secondly, it is FULL of multi-colored micro glitter. Not shimmer, but glitter. Think about this, everyone: a sheer grey glittery gloss. It does NOT show up over Aaron’s Red. In the pictures below, I have COATS of the gloss on, and can you see it? No. It slightly deepens the lipstick, and makes it glittery.

But do I get that cool black lip look from the Lancome promo pictures?
Hell naw! I did try the gloss over bare lips and it was meh – it did turn my lips that nice plum color, but all the glitter just killed it. I need to find a way to make this gloss work – I think it may work over a nice pink lip color. I may just take Lancome’s recommendation and try it as an eye gloss. So was this gloss worth it? Not quite. But would I return it? Of course not! It’s limited edition! And I’m crazy!
gloss swatch

All in all, if you can, skip purchasing the set and stalk Evilbay for Aaron’s Red…or join me in church to pray for its continuing existence!

Aaron's Red with Piha Gloss over top - no flash

Aaron's Red with Piha Gloss over top - with flash

Aaron's Red with no gloss - with flash

Monday, December 1, 2008

Purchase - The Clarisonic Brush-My Skin Savior


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Stress
Stress and sugar are the two biggest foes for my skin.

I had been washing with regular cleansers for years and applying a host of acne treatments but I still was breaking out. I went on Accutane two times and my acne would clear up for 6 months to a year but my skin would return to it’s regular icky broken out self. It almost seemed worse than it was before I went on the drug. I would get these horrible cysts under my skin. I even tried the Zeno device but it says in the literature that the Zeno does not help with my type of acne. I was resigned to be 50 years old and still have acne. My awful reaction to Benzoyl Peroxide didn’t help matters either. I would turn bright red and my face would swell up and peel. So much for Clearasil and a host of other acne medications. I figured I had tried just about everything for my acne, I had nothing to lose by trying the Clarisonic brush. I can’t quite remember where I heard about it but since I was willing to try anything I went looking for a great deal. Clarisonic Brushes aren’t cheap. They cost about $195. When I bought mine almost 5 years ago it was about $150. I still couldn’t afford it at retail so I went on amazon and ebay to find a better deal. I found one for $115 from a reputable ebay seller and bought it right away. My brush arrived in a few days and as I let it charge for the 1st time I registered it with the Clarisonic Company (on-line). I read all the directions, studied all the manuals, and I was ready to Gee-Oh GO!


Just some background information. The Clarisonic is from the same makers of the Sonicare toothbrush. Since I LOVE that toothbrush, that was a good step towards convincing me. Second, according to the Clarisonic website, “The Clarisonic Skin Care Brush uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to clean, soften and smooth your skin. In just 60 seconds a day, the Clarisonic micro-massage action cleans more than twice as effectively as manual cleansing.” Since I am a huge fan of exfoliation and deep cleansing (due to the waterproof makeup and sunscreens I use) I was pretty much sold.


In order to use my Clarisonic I remove my eye makeup and use an oil cased cleanser to remove all my other makeup. However, the manufacturer claims that isn’t necessary, the Clarisonic can remove makeup for you. That’s all fine and well but if you have ever seen a brush after NOT removing your makeup prior to use, you would use an oil based cleanser too. I emulsify the oil cleanser with a little water and rinse clean. Then I use my cream cleanser. I currently use Bliss Labs Sleeping Peel Cleansing Cream, which has long been discontinued but I have 8 bottles of the stuff in my fridge keeping me set for cream cleanser until 2010. You can use any non abrasive cream cleanser. CeraVe makes a really nice one. Now the company will tell you that you should use their cleansers and other skincare items. 5 years ago when I first got this brush I had heard from Makeupalley.com that the Clarisonic cleanser they gave you with the brush was craptacular, so I tossed it. But 5 years is a long time in the beauty industry. They may have changed the cleanser so I can’t say if it’s any good right now.


I wet my face with warm water and apply the cleanser. Then I wet the Clarisonic brush head with warm water, and turn it on. I gently move the brush in small circular movements across my face. I use it for 40 seconds on my forehead, 40 seconds on my nose, mouth and chin, 20 seconds on each cheek. Two minutes. That’s all I need. Plus there are little beeps that tell you when it’s time to change the placement of the brush. It’s really fool proof. There are other settings (shorter cleansing – one minute, no timer, high/low power, etc.) but I like the 2 minute cycle. When I’m finished I just rinse the brush and place back in the charger.

There are 3 different brush heads to choose from, Normal, Sensitive and Delicate. I prefer the Delicate. I find the normal too abrasive and the delicate too soft. The sensitive is goldilocks. It’s juuuuuuuust right.


So what’s the big deal? Why spend a minute or two of your time with beeps and buzzes and whatnot. Is it worth it?

In a word.
YES!


My skin has cleared up significantly since use. I notice that the cystic type acne I one had has diminished and only appears on times when I eat too much sugar, or I neglect using the brush for a few days. My acne does not last as long when I do have the occasional break out, my scars have lightened a bit, my pores have shrunk, and the little bumps on my forehead have almost disappeared. I can’t attest to the ability to diminish fine lines I do feel like my facial lines have gotten a bit worse in the past 5 years, but my skin has also started to turn drier. Perhaps that’s the brush or perhaps that’s just age. I think it’s the latter.

If you have normal skin, slightly combo skin, small to medium pore size and/or no acne I’m not sure if this brush is entirely worth it. I wouldn’t recommend against it, but I’m not sure if spending $195 on a brush for skin that is “normal” with no real issues is a good investment. I have a friend with non acne prone skin that is smooth and on the oily side. She has been using the brush for 1 month with no “super” improvements. Thankfully hers was a gift, but had she purchased, it I can bet she would have returned it already. Personally I am completely jealous of her skin (oiliness aside) and would kill to have it. That’s another story entirely.

One last point before I go, because this review has gotten so long. I want to tell you how excellent that Clarisonic Customer Service is. I registered my brush as soon as I got it. 5 years later Clarisonic had a recall on some brushes made during the time I purchased mine. Clarisonic sent me an e-mail confirming that my brush had indeed been recalled and that if I would confirm the numbers on my brush they would send me a kit to send my brush back in order to be replaced. I received a kit in as little as 2 days from completing the on-line form, packed up my brush and sent it in. The day the company received my returned brush they sent me a brand spankin’ new brush, a free brush head and sent it 2nd day mail. All for free! I was only without my brush for 5 days. This was amazing! Not to mention the free brush heads I received when they came out with a new “delicate” brush and I get minimal e-mails from Clarisonic, maybe one every 3 moths, limited SPAM is even better!

All in all I’m truly delighted

And for what it's worth, had the pink one been available when I bought it, and if I wasn't such a cheapskate and paid the extra money when the company replaced my original I would have gotten the pink one!

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