Clarisonic Mia2 (Rave) Review

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 16 0

I’m a beauty product junkie.  I’ve tried just about every skin cream, cleanser, pore minimizer, etc on the market.  Sadly, it’s only once every few years that I come across a product that lives up to its (marketing) hype and actually has a fast, noticeable, life changing effect on my (highly sensitive) skin.  The Clarisonic Mia2 Cleansing System not only does precisely what it claims to do, but it far exceeds my expectations.


In the words of Clarisonic, “The Clarisonic Cleansing System is much more than a simple brush; it is a tool that sublimates the skin. It removes 6 times more impurities than manual cleansing, it reduces the size of pores, after two weeks it improves radiance, it optimises the absorption of skincare products and significantly improves their effectiveness.


In the words of Jenny, “The Clarisonic Cleansing System is my skin savior.”



Clarisonic Mia2 Review and Giveaway


I’ve been using the Clarisonic Mia2 cleansing brush for 2 weeks now, and I can honestly say that I don’t remember my skin ever feeling this soft, smooth or healthy.  Even though Clarisonic claimed I would see results in two weeks, I was skeptical.  But, boy, how quickly my doubts were squashed!  Clarisonic also makes several other claims about their Cleansing Brush Systems, and I put each claim to the test.


Claim:  Smoother, softer, healthier-looking skin.

Verdict: Definitely TRUE!  After my very first use of the Mia2, my skin instantly felt softer and tighter (not that “painful” kind of tight when you’ve used a product that’s too harsh for your skin, but that “clean” kind of tight where you know your skin is as clean as it can get).  My skin has continued to look healthier each day.  I’m really excited to see further improvements as I continue to use the Clarisonic.


Claim: Minimizes appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles.

Verdict:  TRUE (I think)!  This one is hard to judge after only 2 weeks, but I do feel like the appearance of my pores has been reduced.  My skin feels softer and I have less breakouts, overall giving my skin a healthier appearance and making my flaws less noticeable.


Claim:  Cleanses so thoroughly, skin care products absorb better.

Verdict:  So TRUE!  Not only do my creams and moisturizers absorb better into my skin, but my make-up (concealer and powder) applies so much more evenly and smoothly too.  I’ve noticed that I’m actually using a smaller amount of creams and concealer at each application because my skin feels like it’s absorbing so much more of it.


Claim:  Gentle enough to use 2x daily on all skin types.

Verdict:  TRUE!  I was wary about this claim.  I have very sensitive skin, and most products or exfoliants I’ve tried in the past which claim to be gentle enough for all skin types usually disappoint.  To my surprise, the Clarisonic Mia2 is actually gentle enough to use twice daily on my sensitive skin.   My favorite part about the brush is that it’s fool proof – it’s on a one-minute timer so you don’t over-scrub your skin (20 seconds for forehead, 20 seconds for nose and chin, and 10 seconds for each cheek).  The brush actually pauses when it’s time to move onto the next section of your face.  So easy!


Claim: Noticeable results in 2 weeks.

Verdict: TRUE! My skin was dramatically smoother after only ONE use, and has been just as soft since.  I do not have nearly as many pimples on my forehead or cheeks, however I’m still getting some along my hairline, chin and sides of nose.  My skin feels much, much cleaner and tighter than before I began using the system.


Final Verdict:  HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!  I absolutely LOVE the Clarisonic Mia2, and if I were a betting lady (and I am), I would bet that you will love it too.


CLARISONIC MIA2 GIVEAWAY REMINDER:  Click here to enter to win your very own Clarisonic Mia2 (valued at $175)!  The contest closes on Friday, May 31, 2013 and is open to all Canadian residents.  Good luck!



Note: This post is sponsored, however opinions are absolutely 100% my own.



Loosey Goosey

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 98 0

Coach by Saint James Striped Top, Chanel Blue Jumbo

Coach by Saint James Striped Top, Chanel Blue Jumbo

Coach by Saint James Striped Top, Chanel Blue Jumbo

Top: Saint James for Coach. Jeans: H&M. Sunglasses: Gucci. Shoes: Joan & David (similar). Handbag: Chanel. Lipstick: MAC ‘Girl About Town’.


Sometimes a girl just wants to wear a loose shirt.  Sometimes a girl doesn’t want to walk around all day sucking in her stomach.  Sometimes a girl wants to eat a delicious, big dinner without looking like she’s pregnant afterwards in her fitted top.  But this girl has a hard time finding non-fitted clothing that doesn’t make her look huge because this girl is short and curvy.  Enter this girl’s hero shirt . . . the Saint James for Coach drawstring top.  This girl has finally found that perfect, cute-yet-casual, eat-all-you-want, wear-when-you’re-feeling-not-skinny, fitted-but-not-fitted shirt.


P.S. I’ve linked up with Jane from Toronto Shopoholic for her #waywewear series.  This month it’s all about print mixing!




Crazy Love for . . . Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke

Friday, May 24, 2013 30 0

Here’s a little musical treat to start your Friday off right!


I don’t usually share my musical preferences on the blog because it would only consist of songs from the best 3 decades of music, the 50’s, 60’s and 80’s. (I know this statement will cause some serious debate but I’m sticking to it!)  However, I have had the song Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke in my head for 3 weeks now.  The word “obsessed” is definitely over used by most now a days, but I’m actually obsessed with this song.  It literally haunts me in my dreams . . . I dreamt that Robin Thicke was following me around all day singing this song to me, while I was brushing my teeth, driving to work, eating lunch, doing the dishes, etc. (weird!)  I love this song!


But, for some reason, I always call Robin by his father’s name, Alan.  I even typed “Alan” in my post title and realized just before I hit publish.  Perhaps, it’s because I’m an 80’s baby, and grew up watching Growing Pains with Alan Thicke.  Musical talent runs in their family though.  Fun fact. . . Alan Thicke wrote the theme songs to 2 majorly popular t.v. shows, Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life.  Pull that little factoid out in a conversation, and people will be impressed, I assure you.


I hope you all have a lovely weekend!