A Luxurious Deep Clean – Clarisonic Mia 2

There are some purchases in life that are impulse buys: see it, want it, buy it. Then there are others that, for whatever reason, require a little bit of research first.  For me, the Clarisonic Mia 2 falls into the latter category.  I spent approximately 98 years researching it before I went ahead and dropped a ridiculously large amount of money on my very own sonic cleansing brush. I did manage to use a discount code, so didn’t pay full price.  But still.


Clarisonic Mia 2

The Clarisonic brushes are designed  to deep clean the skin so well that fine lines and pores are less visible, and  all products will be absorbed even better.  There are a variety of brush heads, for all types of skin, from oily to sensitive, and even a ‘Cashmere Cleanse’ brush head for mature skin.

I have the sensitive head on mine, and it feels very soft and the bristles are flexible.  My main concern, other than the eye-watering price, was that it would be too severe for my (sometimes sensitive) skin.  I have never had any sort of negative reaction, although I wouldn’t recommend using the liquid cleanser that Clarisonic provides – it’s just nasty.

Although the Clarisonic brushes are not technically exfoliators, the Mia 2 leaves my skin clean, soft and glowing.  It isn’t a chore to use either – and this comes from someone who wishes that their skin was self-cleaning – I would actually describe it as pleasant to use.  It’s quite relaxing, like a mini facial massage.  To use, simply wet the brush and face, then put the cleanser on the brush (any sort of foaming/ creamy cleanser will do), or directly on to the face.  Turn it on (duh), and then using circular motions, gently rub the brush over the forehead for 20 seconds;  then chin and nose for another 20 seconds; then each cheek for 10 seconds at a time.  The Mia 2 has a timer, so will buzz when each time period is up, so no counting is involved. It is -apparently- gentle enough to use twice a day, and is -definitely- waterproof, so can be used in the shower.

I mainly use mine on the evenings when I have worn a full face of makeup (removing eye makeup first), because I feel confident that it will deeply clean.  The proof is in the pudding (err, I mean cotton wool pad); when I follow up with toner, the cotton wool comes away clean, without a trace of foundation on it.


How do you get a deep clean?  Do you think expensive gadgets are necessary, or just a waste of money?

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A Little Bit of Heaven for the Skin

Well, what a week.  My family and I were – very reluctant – hosts this week.  Not to Great Aunt Mabel, but to a particularly unpleasant stomach bug.  I won’t go into detail here, but suffice to say, it was not pretty (children under the age of seven find it hard to get to a bucket in time to throw up, or at all in some cases – who knew?!).  I therefore didn’t manage to work on any of the blog posts I had planned, but I did manage to get some sneaky online shopping done.

One of the items I bought was something I had been thinking about for a little while, but couldn’t decide if I actually needed (not that this usually stops me).  This little wonder:


Konjac French Pink Clay Facial Sponge


I have never really been one for using a muslin, or the like, for cleansing, but this little sponge seems to promise so much more (exfoliating, deep cleaning, PH balancing and refining of pores to name a few). I do own a Clarisonic, which I use periodically when I need a proper clear out, and I really love it but I am wary of using it too often for fear of irritation.  The sponge, though, seems gentle enough to use every day and can be used with just water, or with a cleanser which is what I have been doing.

I wasn’t sure what to expect initially, the sponge arrives a little wet and felt quite slimy (ick).  Using it on my skin though is heavenly; like being caressed by little tiny angels (ok, that’s a bit much, but it does feel very nice).  It really is like a mini facial every morning.  I went for the French Pink Clay, but The Konjac Sponge Company offer different options, depending on your skin type.  You can read further info here if you are interested in finding out more.


Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!



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