Tuesday, March 26, 2013

try it out tuesday [clarisonic mia, a review]

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
[i love sharing products i've tried with others, so every once in a while, i'll bring you a "try it out" day! and here's the first one:]

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[image via. mine's green!]

i made a comment on see mo go's makeup routine the other day that i use my clarisonic mia as a part of my routine and sweet mo asked what i thought of the clarisonic brush, so after 2 weeks of consistent use [i've had it over a month, but, i uh, forget sometimes] here's my review:

firstly [is that a word?], i want to explain what the clarisonic brush is and what it's supposed to do. basically, the brush uses a sonic frequency to help cleanse the skin. this frequency moves the brush at more than 300x per second which helps thoroughly clean pores. 

  • removes makeup 6x better than traditional methods [like using your hands]
  • clears pores and reduces the appearance of pore size
  • cleanses so thoroughly that skincare products absorb better
  • creates noticeably healthier looking skin

[they had me at 'reduces pore size', where'd they have you?]

i went to sephora to get my clarisonic and they did a great job of demonstrating the different brushes [there are 3: aria, mia, and mia 2]. i walked out with the mia which, at $119, is the cheapest of the 3, with 1 speed [as opposed to the multiple speeds of the other two]. 

i have combination skin that's oily in the summer and dry in the winter. i'm prone to breakouts [that i have under control with proactiv] and already have a set skincare routine that really works for me, so it was important to me that i wasn't "stuck" to a particular cleanser that "works best" with this tool i was buying, and i happily found out that i could use any cleanser [as long as it was non-abrasive, so stay away from those scrubs], including my proactiv. [so far, so good].

here's how you're supposed to use the clarisonic:

Charge the handle in the charging cradle.Wet your skin and apply cleanser to the brush head.Use circular motion; 20 sec. on forehead, 20 sec. on nose/chin, 10 sec. on each cheek.
[images via]

  1. charge it
  2. wet your skin and apply the cleanser to the brush head 
  3. use a circular motion; 20 seconds on the forehead, 20 seconds on the nose/chin, and 10 seconds on each cheek
my verdict? 

i used my clarisonic mia mostly at night because that's when the bulk of my skincare routine happens and initially, i only noticed that my skin felt cleaner, but didn't notice any changes in pores [so annoying] or the overall promised healthiness

BUT [big but] after two solid weeks of consistent use once a day [you could do twice a day], i'm definitely starting to see some changes. for instance, [and sorry if this is gross] a stress zit that set up shop on my chin disappeared [i credit the mia with letting my proactiv get in deeper] and my foundation, when i wear it, lays better [if that makes sense], and my skin, on days when i don't use foundation, looks better

so, while it may take a couple of weeks of consistent use, the clarisonic brush [whether you get the mia, mia 2 or aria] is totally worth the splurge.

have any of you tried it? what was your experience?

[linking up with my thrifty chic & the sapphire bee!]


  1. I haven't tried it, but I have heard very good things about it. Maybe I will give it a try now! Thanks for the review. If you have a chance, I would love for you to stop by my blog and check out my latest post...and stay tuned for tomorrow's giveaway! Have a great day.

    xo Grace

  2. LOVE the review - thank you! I'm still totally eyeing this - I have pretty dry skin and feel like I could definitely use the extra exfoliation. :)

    See Mo Go.

  3. One of these days I'm going to start taking better care of my skin. I have the same type of skin as you, oily in summer and dry in winter, but I'm really not very prone to breakouts. Although I notice in the last year or so, I've been getting more breakouts. I just get lazy about it! If I can cover it up with makeup, I'm not concerned. In fact, I fall asleep with my makeup on more often than not. BAD BAD BAD! My skin would rejoice if I bought this little scrubby guy.

  4. I sadly had a bad experience with the Clairsonic :( My skin it too sensitive for it, but others rave about it!

    Thank you for linking up with the Anything & Everything Blog Hop!

    xo Tori

  5. The Mia is a great device and you have definitely had a similar experience to many others who have used it.

    Have you tried the Mia 2 yet?


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