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Thursday, 15 March 2012

First Impressions: Clarisonic Mia.

Over the past few months a lot of my favourite bloggers have been mentioning and in many cases, absolutely raving about their Clarisonic Mia's and that made me, a total skincare geek, super jealous and it became the number one item I was lusting over. When I saw that an American seller had Mia's up on Amazon UK for around the £70 mark I just had to snap it up, especially when I had a £50 gift card! Shipping was super quick & within two weeks I had a shiny new, ice blue Clarisonic Mia. To say I was excited is a total understatement but part of me was a little aprehensive as I'm sure you've all heard about the 'purging phase' ie. your skin breaks out like mad when you first introduce the Clarisonic into your routine. Now, I've only been using mine for around 3 and a half weeks, so no where near as long as I would need to do a full & honest review on it, but these are just my first impressions.

My skin, especially because we're still in the colder months, is quite dry and a little on the sensitive side. When I purchased my Clarisonic it came with the Sensitive Brush Head which they recommend for normal to sensitive skin and I do quite like it however I think I'm going to try the Delicate Brush Head, which is made for more sensitive skin, next just to see how they compare. There is absolutely no way I would use the normal or the deep pore brush heads as I think they would be far too abrasive on my skin and over scrubbing is never a good thing.

At first I started using it twice a day, purely because it was shiny and new, you know how it is when you purchase something that you've wanted for a little while, you can't put it down. Three weeks later I have cut down to mostly just using it on days that I've been wearing make up or on days where I feel my skin needs a bit of exfoliation. It probably evens out to me using it once every other day or so. The cleanser I have been using with it is the Neal's Yard Chamomile Cleanser which is a cream and all I do is dampen my face slightly, dot the cleanser on my cheeks, forehead, nose and chin, then I slightly dampen the Clarisonic brush and gently go around my face in small circular buffing motions avoiding the eye area. I find that if I don't dampen both my face and the brush head it feels too scratchy on my face, especially on my cheeks which are the most sensitive.

Okay, so to answer the question I'm sure everyone wants to know, did I break out? The answer is no, I didn't which I'm over the moon about. I don't know why I haven't, the only thing I have noticed is a few tiny blemishes on my nose but that's nothing out of the ordinary for my skin at all. Overall my skin seems to look brighter already and I have been getting less dry patches partly due to the exfoliation and partly because my moisturiser seems to sink in much better now. Whether I'm imagining all this or not, I have no idea. I'm definitely not a skin expert but I love knowing that every last scrap of make up is being removed from my face before I go to bed. Introducing the Clarisonic into my skin care routine has made me realise that what I was doing before just wasn't removing all of my make up completely, which is horrible to think about!

The main reason I purchased the Mia was to see if it lived up to its claims of helping dry skin, brightening up & evening out the skin tone, reducing fine lines and just generally improving the texture of the skin. These are all things that will take time so if anyone is interested in a full review later in the year then I will be sure to do a follow up post to this one.

The £120 price tag is a hefty one and I honestly don't think that this is something you absolutely need to have in your skin care routine. If you have an uneven skin tone, issues with dry or particularly oily skin or specific skin issues like rosacea then I think this could be worth looking into. If you're happy with your current cleansing routine then I would say, stick with it if it works for you. If you are interested in purchasing a Clarisonic I would say keep an eye out on Amazon, Buyapowa and ASOS because eventually a discount code will pop up or a co-buy will go live on Buyapowa and you should be able to get quite a good discount!Another thing to note is that you will have to replace the brush heads once every three months or so & they retail for £21 but again, keep an eye out online and it shouldn't be too difficult to get a little discount on that price.

Do you have a Clarisonic? If so, which is your favourite cleanser to use with it and have you started to see any results from using it? If you don't have one, are you intrigued by them? I'd love to know your opinions!  

xoxo

33 comments:

  1. Sounds pretty great! I always worry about break outs from new skin care lines but it is great to hear you had no issues with that! 120 is pricey but worth it if you notice a big difference in your skins health.
    xx


    The Urban Umbrella
    xoxo


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    1. I was super scared to use it because every review I've read said they got breakouts! Definitely worth the money if it works well xo

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  2. I love my clarisonic! It has really made a difference in my skin. I really like using the philosophy purity cleanser with it, but I've heard that the clarisonic brand cleanser is good too!

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    1. I'm really interested in the purity cleanser, think I'll have to try soon! Xo

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  3. Sounds pretty good! I was mainly worried about it because like you I suffer from dry and sensitive skin so I thought it would be too harsh on my skin and irritate it further (that and I don't have a spare £120 to hand :(. This may be a silly question but how do you clean the brush heads? Or does the cleanser you're using clean them enough? That's the other thing I was concerned with I am so lazy and I'd forget to clean them!

    So glad you did a review and can't wait for the update!

    Love
    Madame Squirrel

    madamesquirrel.blogspot.com

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    1. I was worried about irritation but it really is quite gentle. I think I'm going to like the delicate brush head more so I'm excited to try it. I've been washing my brush head with antibacterial soap and hand hot water about twice a week and it seems to be working out well. I've seen some putting theirs in the dishwasher or using alcohol on it but I don't want to use anything super harsh because I'll be putting it on my face & I'll worry that some will be left on the brush even after rinsing! Xo

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    2. Let me know if the delicate brush head is any better, my skin literally flares up at anything; I hate it! Yeah antibacterial soap seems way better than using alcohol or dishwasher detergent!? Thanks for replying lovely...i really am considering investing in this now :) xx

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    3. I will do! The sensitive brush head is okay but for super sensitive skin I'm hoping the delicate will be much more gentle. Xxx

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  4. Thank you so much for this post. Great review! The colour is really speaking to me. Loving the ice blue. :)


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  5. You got an amazing bargain! I'm a bit apprehensive about the clarisonic because of the 'purging' phase - eek, I don't know if I can wait it out! You're so lucky you didn't experience much of a break out, hopefully it continues to be a positive part of your skincare routine. :) x

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    1. Hopefully you won't break out too much! Xxx

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  6. Great post, look forward on hearing how you get on with it long term :)
    xx

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  7. When I first starting reading about the Clarisonic it really didn't appeal to me but the more I hear everyone rave about it the more I want one! It's just so expensive... Think how much makeup I could buy for that price! Have just read a few reviews of the Sonicleanse which is similar but cheaper so I might try that instead! x

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    1. It's definitely an investment item! I think there will be a few different similar ones on the market soon! xo

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  8. I bought a clarisonic mia in january and have recently started using it with the la roche-posay effaclar gel cleanser, which is amazing. I have noticed a difference in my skin, I don't get as many spots and its just generally more even. I didn't go through the purging stage either, yay for us! haha :) If you have sensitive skin I would recommend looking into some la roche-posay products, it's an excellent brand, specially for sensitive skins :)

    -Dara :) xx
    http://musingsandreviews.blogspot.com/

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    1. Yay! Ooh I definitely will have a look into those. I really like Avene and Vichy so I'm sure I'll fall in love with some La Roche-Posay products too! xo

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  9. I've had my Clarisonic Mia for almost a year now and still love it, I only recently heard about the delicate brush heads though and will try that next. I've been using mine with a Biotherm cleanser and I'm really happy with it.

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    1. I'm excited to try the delicate brush head xo

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  10. I was looking at reviews for this the other night as I fancy buying one (if I had a spare £120!). I just have a feeling I would break out during the 'purging' phase...eek!!

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    1. I think one of the main causes of the purging phase is over use. Although it says you can use it twice a day, I think I'd only do that if I had extremely oily skin. xo

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  11. I was looking at reviews for this the other night as I was considering buying one at some stage. However, I'm scared of the 'purging' phase....

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  12. I'd love to try the Clarasonic Mia but just cannot justify that amount of money right now! Maybe once my summer holidays are all paid up and out the way I can think about it but until then I will carry on with my Liz earle as to be honest there's nothing wrong with it and I just want to try the new gadget on the scene :L
    Much Love
    Roisin Elizabeth
    xoxox

    lostmyheartinwonderland.blogspot.com

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    1. Exactly, if there's nothing wrong with your current routine then I would say to stick with it! xo

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  13. I really want to try the Clarisonic, but at the same time I'm terrified of the purging phase! xxx

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    1. I think if you don't go crazy with it, then you'll be fine. I wouldn't advise using it twice a day even if the instructions say you can. xo

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  14. I think if I eventually get one i would only use it every other day or so. I just think its too much for your skin to use it everyday, espcially twice a day. That is probably why you haven't broken out. Great post, would definitely like to see an update post in a few months. xx

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    1. I agree, I do think its too much to use twice a day! xo

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  15. Thanks for the blog, I'm really considering making the investment and wonder what buyer you bought it from on amazon?

    Thanks, xx

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    1. I think the seller is called The Makeup Stop xx

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