Nov
04
2009

Clarisonic Brush

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About six months before my wedding, I decided I needed to sort my skin out. I don't have bad skin, per se, but my pores are a little larger than I'd like them to be and I occasionally break out on my chin. For my wedding, I wanted flawless skin, porcelain skin, the kind of skin you see on china dolls or Gap models or trust fund babies. Or, hell, just on babies.

I'd been wanting to try the Clarisonic skincare brush for, ooh, about a year, but the daunting price had always put me off. "How good could it really be?" I thought. And "what if I don't like it and then I've wasted all that money?" There is nothing that scares me more than regret, you see, particularly when it's regret about a purchase. I think whoever invented the term "buyer's remorse" was looking at a picture of me when they did it. And in the picture, I was crying over my credit card statement.

So after much to-ing and fro-ing and obsessive review reading, I finally splurged and bought the Clarisonic skincare brush on drugstore.com when they had one of their 20% Off Friends and Family events (psst, they're having one now! Ends on Friday!) I used an old AmEx gift card I'd been saving for something special, plus I bought the pink version so that a portion of the proceeds went to a breast cancer charity. 

Yeah, it was a lot of money for something a little superfluous, but I rationalized that a) I'd use it every day (twice a day, actually) and b) it was a whole lot more cost-effective than getting a bunch of facials. Isn't that what people in Hollywood to do get such amazing skin? Have a bunch of facials? That pretty much wasn't in the cards for me, and it definitely wasn't in the budget. So with a big important life event coming up featuring photos I'd want to cherish forever, I figured this was the next best thing.

And oh my god, Internet. The Clarisonic skincare brush changed my life.

I don't know how else to say this to you, other than it's totally worth it. My skin is clearer, softer, smoother, and generally just in better condition. It even looks kind of glowy. My night cream and moisturizer both sink in much more easily, which means I end up using less of each. The routine with the Clarisonic brush takes 60 seconds twice a day, the first one of which I do in the shower, since the brush is entirely waterproof. I use my regular old facewash with it---Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel----and once a week, I unswivel the brush head and rinse it in warm soapy water to keep it clean. (Gross alert: the few times I haven't done this, I've noticed that I start to break out.)

This isn't a paid product review; no-one's giving me a dime to talk about it. I bought this thing with my hard-earned money (well, my hard-earned gift card. And it was hard-earned too: remember when I had to patrol the Las Vegas airport from 5am to 5pm last year?) I just wanted to tell you---in case you're on the fence about buying a Clarisonic skincare brush yourself---that I totally, totally love mine. It was worth every penny. And, most importantly, I like the way my skin turned out in my wedding pictures.

Oh come now, like I'd miss an opportunity to show you one of my wedding pictures.

43 Comments

1
Melissa
Nov 05, 2009

I am such a sucker for face stuff! How do we get the friends and family code?

2
Kitty
Nov 05, 2009

I want one! How much was it? How can we get the same discount?

3
Chloe
Nov 05, 2009

Okay, you've convinced me. Your skin looked FABULOUS in your wedding photos. I always think your skin looks fabulous. I have a friend that has been nagging me to get the brush for awhile now, but the price always puts me off. But oh, my skin. I'm almost an old lady now (2...8, gasssp) and it's starting to show.

I didn't even get carded while out the other night! And if I'm now officially old enough to look like I could use a stiff drink, well then- SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE HERE.

And oh hooray- I totally forgot that Beauty.com is having their F&F now. I was all bummed because Sephora's ended Monday.

*runs*

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Chloe
Nov 05, 2009

Pssst Melissa- try clicking here:

http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?p=24318342

And clicking through one of the links for the discount. I'm dashing off to work right now so I can't check it myself, but hopefully that should give you the F&F discount!

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stacy bennett
Nov 05, 2009

Thanks for the glowing review of your Clarisonic. We love to hear stories about sonic skinprovement! We'd love to have you join us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/clarisonic
or twitter: http://twitter.com/clarisonic

Sonic Cheers!

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Erin @ Fierce Beagle
Nov 05, 2009

This is amazing! Just this very morning I was contemplating this purchase—no joke, my doc just prescribed me some facial cream for my skin yesterday—and now I'm feeling much more convinced.

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soulfusion
Nov 05, 2009

I'll add my testimonial as well. About 3 or 4 years ago my skin started throwing a fit and I was having crazy break outs. I decided to try the facial route and my facialist pitched this to me. I had never heard of it at that point so I was a bit wary (due to the price) but she told me I would need fewer facials to correct my skin so I bought it. And it absolutely changed my skin!!

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Coco
Nov 05, 2009

I'm also a sucker for skin care products....Totally want to get one now....But I’m wondering did you regularly exfoliate (with AHA or BHA not those harsh beads) before you start using the brush?

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Kayla
Nov 05, 2009

I think I'm going to suck it up and buy one. I've been thinking about it for months and this is the push I need. I have been using this AHA treatment system that got rave reviews and have been really unimpressed. Time to move on to bigger and better (and more expensive!) things.

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Nothing But Bonfires
Nov 05, 2009

Melissa, Kitty -- if that link Chloe suggested above doesn't work, email me at nothingbutbonfires AT gmail and I'll forward you my friends and family email with the 20% discount code.

Coco, before using the brush -- and still now -- I used Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser to exfoliate once a week.

Ok, here's the thing. I had one, and although I loved it in the beginning because it made my skin very soft, very quickly I realized it wasn't actually changing the frequency or type of breakouts I was suffering from.

You said you have pretty good skin to start with so maybe that's the catch. I have battled horrible skin my entire life, and after a deathly dosage of Acutane in my teens I am finally able to live with large pores and less breakouts instead of bright red horrible acne. But believe me, clear skin I still DO NOT have.

I think the Clarisonic is great for anyone who already has pretty good skin. The occasional stray pimple, etc. If you have suffered with acne your entire life like I have, then I hate to break it to you ladies, a prescription is all that's going to save poor souls like us. :(

What I wouldn't give to no longer think about my skin each and every day...

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Michelle
Nov 05, 2009

Done and done! I have been searching for something more affordable than facials to get my skin in tip top shape for my wedding in May. Yahoo!

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Operation Pink Herring
Nov 05, 2009

I love reviews like this. I bought that crazy-expensive hairdryer Sundry recommended a year or two ago, and it also changed my life.

I sympathize with you, Ashley. Adult acne is the worst... I owe an eternal debt of gratitude to my dermatologist.

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Deidre
Nov 05, 2009

your skin is very glowy.

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Kate
Nov 05, 2009

I love my clarisonic. Love it. I use it with (also too expensive) Dermalogica cleanser and nothing has made (or, more importantly, kept) my skin look as good. Not one thing.

Word on cleaning the brushes though...100% necessary.

Operation Pink Herring, what did your dermatologist put you on to deal with adult acne? Did it work?

Accutane, RetinA, and prescription face washes got me through my teens and managed to rid me of the giant-red-swollen make-me-want-to-stay-inside-and-hide acne, but I am still left with large pores and small little break outs around my chin and mouth.

I haven't been back to the dermatologist as an adult because of shit health insurance. Does anyone have any recommendations for over the counter help? I'm currently washing and moisturizing with Aveno and use Bare Minerals for make up.

Ug taking about acne is making me feel 15 again.

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Zann
Nov 05, 2009

i want glowy skin like yours. one of the things on my list of things to do this year is to "achieve glowing skin" (in those exact words!), and the year is almost over and i have yet to achieve it.

this (and the 1,342,693 glowing reviews i read online) convinced me.

just two questions though: can my sis and i each get a brush head and just share the same device? also, do you think it will work on the voltage in singapore, which is where we are?

thanks so much in advance!

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Nothing But Bonfires
Nov 05, 2009

Zann, I think each getting a brush head and sharing the device is a brilliant idea! Wish I'd thought of that. As far as voltage is concerned, I think you'd just need a plug adaptor. Any electronics I bought in the States that I needed to use in Singapore, I just bought a cheapie adaptor for -- hairdryers, laptop chargers etc -- so I'm 99% sure this would work exactly the same way. You can find them in electronics stores or often at the airport.

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Lexi
Nov 05, 2009

can it give me your cheekbones too?!

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Amy --- Just A Titch
Nov 05, 2009

Oooh, I really want one of these. Your skin is gorgeous. Um, can I just admit that seeing "Sonic Cheers!" above made me giggle. Pretty cute!

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Kristin
Nov 06, 2009

To Ashley and anyone else suffering from adult acne - try Tazorac gel (.1%, and get the gel, not the cream). Both my sister and I struggled for years with moderate acne (she continued to do so even after a run with Accutane), and using Tazorac made both of our skin about 95% better. It's so strong that you have to build up using it over a matter of weeks, but it's fantastic. It's also prescription-only and fairly expensive though, so if your insurance won't cover it and you can't get a sample, you might be out of luck. On the other hand, a 30 mg tube lasted me the better part of a year, so there's that.

And to Holly - thank you! I just placed my order. Your recommendations are always the best.

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Sarah
Nov 06, 2009

Holly - did it really make your pores looks smaller? Just recently, mine have gotten HUGE around my nose. Drives me nuts!

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Nothing But Bonfires
Nov 06, 2009

Sarah -- it really did. It took a while, and it can't work MIRACLES or anything, but it definitely did do something.

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lucy
Nov 06, 2009

your skin really does look amazing in that photo.

thanks for the rec!

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gretchen
Nov 06, 2009

ashley, this may be a really dumb question, but how often do you change your pillowcase?

i used to get breakouts around my chin and mouth and completely eliminated them by changing my pillowcase daily. just a thought, since it sounds like you have tried everything!

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mackenzie
Nov 07, 2009

I totally just bought one of these things today based on this post! (and because 99% of the reviews regarding it are extremely positive AND it seems to have good results for people with rosacea).
Charging it right now...

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Sarah
Nov 08, 2009

Eek! I just bought the Clarisonic Mia. My thinking is that it's the cost of one really nice facial. If my girls at Sephora, NBB, AND Oprah all rave about it, then it must be something good.

Eek! Sephora has a special edition one that comes with a cute little travel pouch. I'm a sucker for anything that comes with it's own pouch.

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sarah
Nov 12, 2009

Just got home with my Mia! So excited to try it! No joke, 3 of the girls working at Sephora told me it would change my life, and 2 others congratulated me. Porcelain skin, here I come!

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Beth
Nov 13, 2009

I've seen this thing before, but it wouldn't work with my current skin care routine (The Regimen from Acne.org--totally works!!) because I'm supposed to be very, extremely gentle with cleansing. I used to exfoliate quite regularly and still got breakouts, which is not cool at age 28. I'd recommend the Acne.org regimen to anyone with mild to severe acne (and get the jojoba oil if your skin is prone to dryness!).

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Daisy
Nov 14, 2009

My sister got one of these recently and really liked it, so when I saw your post AND I got my 20% Sephora VIB coupon in the mail AND I remembered that I had a $50 gift card that I keep forgetting to use (meaning I go to Sephora and then remember as I'm checking out that I have this gift card AT HOME), I decided that it was time to go buy one!

I've been relying on Lush masks (Mask of Magnaminty and Cupcake) and one of their exfoliating scrubs (Sea Salt) to make my skin pretty, and they work but now that the weather has turned cold, I know that the weird combination skin of oily spots combined with flaky skin will emerge so I hope that the Clarisonic will change that!

I just used it for the first time tonight and I can't wait to see how my skin looks in a few weeks!

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Sadie
Nov 15, 2009

A few weeks ago I purchased mine due to a sweet email from you! I AM TOTALLY OBSESSED. THANK YOU HOLLY BURNS!! you are a doll. and your skin was absolutely breathtaking the day of your wedding. one of the first thing I noticed from your pictures. aside from every single thing being perfect. Thank you!!

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emily
Feb 19, 2010

your skin looks great! did u tan or spray tan? im looking for a good tan-solution for my wedding in july.

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fandi
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I am 45 this year, I have acne scars, will this product helps me achieve better complexion? at least reduce the visibility of my ugly acne scars.. boo hoo!!!

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