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May 5, 2011

Giveaway Purchase and Review!!!

In March, I won an Apothica.com gift card for $25 from I Love You More Than Carrots.
It was my first giveaway win and I was SUPER excited.

With my gift card to Apothica I got the product that I'd been eying for a couple months.
It took me a while to decide on an item to purchase because I wanted to make sure that I was OK with spending the extra money to get the right product. I listened and read a TON of reviews on the Clarisonic and other competitive products. In the end the I am VERY happy with my purchase. It was totally worth the extra $$!

When I took it out of it's packaging I was super excited to see the little extras that came with it. There were 3 different face washes and a body wash (they're tiny trial sized tubes) that were quickly put aside. I figure changing too much in my routine all at once was a bad idea... Plus what good is a bottle that small? It'll last me what, a week, maybe two if I'm lucky. It also came with two different brush heads. One larger one, for the body and one smaller one, for the face with an extra ring of bristles that serve as a 'splash guard'.

I put my Clarisonic on it's charger and impatiently waited the 24 hours to use it and read the ENTIRE packet that came with it.

Here is some information from the Clarisonic webiste about the Clarisonic Plus that.

The Clarisonic PLUS Sonic Skin Cleansing System features three speeds for the face and a body mode for cleansing areas of the body needing extra care and attention.

Benefits Beyond Clean Skin:
Sonic Skin Cleansing improves skin tone, reduces the appearance of pore size and helps skin care products work their best.

The Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System uses a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to clean, soften and smooth skin. In just 60 seconds, the micro-massage action removes 6X more makeup and 2X more dirt and oil than cleansing with your hands alone. Removing more dirt and oil from your pores also helps products work more effectively.

Benefits for the Body:
  • Fewer dry patches
  • Gentle exfoliation for softer, smoother skin
  • Firmer skin with improved texture
  • Great prep before applying self tanner
I was surprised by how soft the brush heads were.
I loved the oscillating movement of the brush head. It makes it feel as if it's working without having to push down on your skin. (I may or may not have used the oscillating motion and cleaning capabilities of my Oral-B toothbrush to choose between the Clarisonic and the Olay Pro-x that just spins)

Officially a month after receiving my Clarisonic, I can honestly say:

I adore it.
I had an initial break out moment once I started, due to mother nature's awesomeness, not the Clarisonic (they never made any claim about 'curing' acne, or anything like that). But once that time of the month was passed, I was amazed at how much faster my face/brakeouts healed. I am also currently using my Clarisonic on my shoulders and arms (a problem area for me lately) and I am really happy with how it's speeding things along. I know my skin will be beach worthy once summer gets here, even if we never go to the beach.

My Clarisonic has ended up being the improvement to just hand washing my face or even using a wash cloth. I've never felt as if my cleanser alone took off all of the days nastiness. I would often use my toner after I washed my face and see remaining makeup taken off. The Clarisonic works so well. It takes the dead skin off and makes my face feel, literally, squeaky clean. My moisturizer soaks up better and I'm rarely shiny half way through the day.  (big plus)

Now just so you're not confused. The clasrisonic isn't meant to be abrasive. It's just meant to clean deeper. I love using it, then looking at the brush head as I rinse it off to see the evidence of how much crap came off my skin.
If you can, save up and make the purchase. I will never regret spending the $$.
(Maybe one day I'll get Jake to try it... But then again, why share?)

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