You may have noticed that I talk about my Clarisonic a lot. Like, really, a lot. I love that it helps my skin feel so fresh and clean, does a little light exfoliation and I can use it every day if I want. It's even waterproof so I can use it in the shower if I want. However, the Clarisonic can be a tad expensive, and in the past I've looked at other deep cleansing brushes, and today I have another affordable option to share with you.
The Spa Sonic is available at stores like Target.com, Costco.com and Drugstore.com, and to help get their name out there they very nicely sent me a unit to try out.
The Spa Sonic unit comes with a coule of different attachements.
• 2 soft facial brushes: They're small and have very soft bristles. Think of those manual facial brushes you can buy, but this one clicks on to a rotating base.
• Facial buffer: It has the consistency of a makeup sponge, but a little stiffer.
• Body Brush: Much larger and a little stiffer than the facial brush, as far as I can tell the colors are just there for decoration because I can't really tell a difference between the white and blue bristles.
• Pumice Stone: Yes, SUPER AMAZING for your feet!
The unit is pretty simple. It has an easy on/off button, a rubbery grip so you won't drop it, because yes, it is waterproof. That's definitely one advantage over other Clarisonic alternatives, some of them are only water resistant. Which means you can't take them in the shower with you.
I have a Clarisonic Plus, so I decided that they should be compared. You can see that the Spa Sonic is a bit thinner, and the facial brush is smaller for the Spa Sonic.
The movements of the two brushes are different. The Spa Sonic spins, while the Clarisonic does much smaller and faster movements. I took a video to show the difference, and somehow in the video things were moving so fast that they appeared slower? Strange. They both move quite a bit faster than shown in the video, but you'll get the idea of how they move.
After trying out the Spa Sonic, I'd say it isn't quite a Clarisonic, but it's really very nice. The handle is substantial, the rubber grip is really nice in the shower. I don't mind the loss of the beeps my Clarisonic gives me telling me to move areas of my face, because I ignore those anyways. The smaller facial brush of the Spa Sonic is easier to navigate around my nose, but I like the different strengths options of the Clarisonic brushes. I really loved the pumice stone option on the Spa Sonic, especially on my heels. You do have to be careful to not overdo it, but my feet were soft in no time!
The Spa Sonic is $69, but until May 5th it will be $44.99 at Drugstore.com!
I've recently published 2 posts on my favorite beauty items (here and more items here), but I thought Julie's question was the perfect opportunity to explain my craziness with facial cleansers. I know I'm not the only one with a couple of cleansers sitting around and using them for different things.
So, without further ado, here are the 4 (!!) cleansers that I keep around.
1. Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing and Makeup Remover: This is the cleanser that I've "officially" dubbed my favorite simply because it is the one I reach for the most often. It sits on my countertop and I use it most nights to wash everything off. On days that I can't quite get all of my eye makeup off (it seems to depend on the mascara, that new Maybelline Rocket is quite the hard one to remove), then I reach for the cotton rounds and #4. This one is a bit too thin to work well with my Clarisonic.
2. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser: This is a very gentle cleanser that removes pretty much everything (except eye makeup, hence the #1), without irritation or drying out my skin. I mostly use this one with my Clarisonic. It is a bit more viscous than the other cleansers, so it seems to stick around in the bristles a little bit more. It also does have a nice lather, but it doesn't go totally crazy with the Clarisonic. All around it's a winner.
3. Skin Authority Moisturizing Cream Cleanser: Another gentle cleanser, but this one is definitely more hydrating. I haven't totally figured out how they did this with something you rinse off. It feels more like a lotion than a cleanser, removes dirt, oil and makeup, leaves lots of moisture behind... I leave this one in the shower to use in the morning, though I'll also bring it over to the counter for times that I'm feeling dry and in need of a little extra pampering. This one works well with my Clarisonic, but it bubbles up a bit too much with the brush for my taste (I get bubbles up my nose!), so I tend not to use the 2 together.
4. Hard Candy Take It Off Eye Makeup Remover: Finally, this is the makeup remover that I use most of the time. It removes pretty much anything you throw at it, and somehow the fact that it is a thick lotion (instead of an oil like most other removers) works in its favor. I sometimes will wipe some on, and let the lotion sit for about 10-15 seconds before wiping it off. The extra time makes hard to remove liners and mascaras just melt off. Love that.
I'm sure you've noticed it in my Beauty Expert Series that Clarisonics have been mentioned many, many times. They're continually mentioned in magazines and on-line by both dermatologists and estheticians as a must have (and use) item. Why? While you might think that using just your hands, cleanser and a few splashes of water is enough to clean your face.... it really isn't. You need a bit more friction than that. Add in a little light exfoliation each time you use the Clarisonic and it is a skin's dream come true. You look more glowy, don't have a light residual layer of makeup when you go to bed, and since you've exfoliated off a little dead skin all of your expensive skin care works better.
But, that Clarisonic is so expensive! I have one, I admit to being too lazy to use it every day (I'm more of an every 2-3 days Clarisonic girl, I go with an old fashioned wash cloth twice a day usually). I've been resolving to improve this to every night over the summer.
But, what if you don't have a Clarisonic? And can't imagine shelling out the big bucks to do it? There are alternatives, and I thought a review and comparison of the 4 deep facial cleansing machines I have here at home would be worthwhile. I do want to state that in the past I've reviewed the Sirius Beauty brush as well, but I've since given it away. So, here are the 4 I have at home!
Read on to see pics and info on each of the devices.
Recently, I was asked by B-Glowing to review the new Clarisonic Blue Plus Deep Pore Cleansing System. Obviously I was pretty excited about this, as I've loved using my Clarisonic so much that I keep naming it one of my favorite products. I use my Clarisonic a few times a week, though I had already been thinking about upgrading. My old Clarisonic had 1 speed and I had the sensitive brush heads. This new one has three speeds, a setting for the body, and a few other heads. Including the new Deep Pore Cleansing brush head.
So, yes, I was excited about this. Read on to learn a little bit more about Clarisonic.
I've had a lot of questions lately from readers regarding my favorite products. I was already thinking about updating my Everyday Favorites, but my cousin Ellery from Mom's Life Made Easy was the one whose email finally pushed me to do it. Anyways....
I've added a little button in the right column that will link to the latest Everyday Favorites post and I'm going to finally make an effort to update this list every few months. I feel compelled to create graphics for things. This one is a bit boring... Hmm....
Here are the products I've been reaching for in between product testings! If a product category isn't mentioned, that means I might not have a strong preference for one item over another. I've linked to my review or the product on-line whenever possible. Note that some of these products I may have received as a sample at some point, but these are things I've purchased myself when I've run out.
I get a lot of emails from readers asking me for personalized products recommendations or for my opinion on products I haven't reviewed yet. A pretty decent proportion of those e-mails are about Clarisonic. What is it? Have I tried it? Is it worth the cost? Have you reviewed it? Can you review it?
It is expensive, and while I wasn't exactly running to the store to buy one for myself, I did have one on my Christmas list. Well, I've finally tried it out now, in a lucky (for me) twist, Clarisonic sent me one to test out for an honest review here. I do really love the Clarisonic. I think it's up to you to decide if it is worth the cost.
So, it's basically a little hand held brush that works exactly like the Sonicare Toothbrush. Push a button, the brush turns on for 60 seconds (which is enough time for your whole face if you follow their little time chart, you can turn it on again for more time), run the brush over your face in little circles. The bristles move more than 300x a second to help you cleanse your face. It's very easy to use, it's waterproof (I take it in the shower with me each morning) and the bristles easy fit around all of the contours of your face (even around your nose).
Clarisonic has lots of info on their website about how it helps to clean off more makeup (go checkout those forehead pics, they're pretty amazing), ultimately helping create smoother, cleaner skin and allowing your expensive treatment products to absorb and actually work! You can check out that info on your own.
I think that much like going between a normal toothbrush and the Sonicare, starting to use the Clarisonic is definitely addicting. You can feel a big difference in your skin with just one use. I'm not sure that this is due to exfoliation, though I'm sure there is a mild exfoliation with use. My skin feels soft and very smooth with the Clarisonic. I simply don't feel like it's buffing my skin like crazy, like with other handheld devices (Neutrogena Wave or Healthy Skin Rejuvenator).
It comes with a trio of gentle cleansers to try out with the Clarisonic. You can use your own cleanser with it (the only caveat being that it must be thick enough to work with the bristles), but there is sure to be one for everyone included.
• Gentle Hydro Cleanser: This is a rich, moisturizing cleanser with a light foam
• Refreshing Gel Cleanser: The name says it all, definitely light and refreshing
• Nourishing Care Cleanser: This one doesn't have any foaming, but is probably the most moisturizing of the three
I just feel more clean with Clarisonic than when I use my hands or a washcloth. This little machine is incredibly addicting, I can't tell you how much I missed it last week when I was in Miami! I may not have bought it for myself, but I have already bought replacement heads for it. I intend to use it for a long time!
I haven't tried the Clarisonic yet (though I will be very soon, stay tuned for a review in the next few weeks), but it does seem to be a very popular gadget! It's likely to be on many Christmas lists this year, so I had to share this special deal with you!
Through the end of December you can now: • Personalize the Clarisonic (up to 18 characters), perfect if there are a few Clarisonics in the same bathroom • Break up the $195 price into 4 individual payments • Get a free ½ oz renewal serum and a travel bag ($55 value) if you pay in full