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Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Match Made In Exfoliating Heaven???

Hi all.

Hope you're doing well :) I've had a crazy flu so been bunged up and stuck in bed for the last couple of days but I'm kind of feeling like myself again so I figured it's about time I tried you to a post! Wahey!

This is going to be a review and a product rave type affair all wrapped up into one so brace yourself for a whole lot of rambling and waffling while I try to cover all the bases with both of the products I'm going to yap about.

Since I started working in Central London, my skin has gone from worse. I was always prone to random breakouts during my "time of the month" but it seems like they're here to stay now. I'm blaming it on the commute to and from work. I mean, it's not like London tubes are air conditioned so you're not sweating like a pig in heat. Anyway, I've stopped wearing tinted moisturiser and gone back to my Nivea Soft face cream because it was a lot thinner in consistency as opposed to my Lancome Hydra Zen and I've seen a tiny difference. However, I'm still breaking out like a mofo and it's starting to get me down.

This was until I realised about pairing a couple of products together that I had sitting around. Ok, that's a lie. They weren't exactly sitting around but you know what I mean.

My match made in exfoliating heaven?

The Clarisonic Plus and St. Ives Blemish Fighting Apricot Scrub.

These two products together are a-mazing! Seriously. I very rarely do a song and dance about skincare products but they're a force to be reckoned with together.

I was sent the Clarisonic Plus to review after a chance meeting with the PR rep in Selfridges and I've always been a fan of the St. Ives Apricot Scrub but usually opting for the Invigorating one rather than the Blemish Fighting.

Firstly, the Clarisonic Plus is one pricey unit. It retails at £175.00 here in the UK and although I was tempted to buy it when I went to NY in April, I decided against it. I was definitely not in a position to 'invest' in the product especially since I hadn't a clue about how it worked.

OK, I know it's not rocket science but still!

However, after getting a run through of the product in Selfridges, I was convinced and was kindly sent one to play with. The first couple of times I used it, I liked it but didn't love it. I just couldn't understand why people were singing it's praises. Yet, after a whole trial and error process of which face scrubs/washes to pair it with... I finally fell in love.

I tried it with foaming face washes (Don't do it unless you want to look like you've got a bubblebeard) and I tried it with abrasive scrubs but just couldn't find the right combination. Then, it came to me. My trust ol' St. Ives Apricot Scrub!

Now, I really can't say enough about this scrub. It's definitely my go-to product for face scrubs but I do know that it isn't for everybody. It's got those tiny microbeads that scrub-a-dub-dub all over your face and I love that but I do know that some people don't so keep that in mind.
As soon as you've used the scrub and washed it all off, your skin feels so soft straight away. It doesn't feel tight or dry like some scrubs have a tendency to do but in fact it feels the opposite. My skin always feels hydrated and plump after I've used the scrub so it's got to be doing something right :)

Anyway... Pairing these two products together was a happy accident!

My skin hasn't gone back to it's smooth self but it's well on it's way so happy days!

The Clarisonic Plus is definitely an investment that I would recommend for anyone who might be in two minds about getting one or not. It comes with a handy body brush head so you can exfoliate the rest of your body with it and be buffed and polishes all over. Also, it comes with mini sizes of Clarisonic's own brand of skincare which I have yet to try. With my skin going through some dodgy phase I didn't think now would be the best time but I would like to try it and see if they work better with the product.

There are 3 speeds on the Clarisonic which are great because you get to control how fast you want the brush to oscillate. Also, the nifty beeping thingy is handy because it'll beep after you spend a certain amount of time on an area to remind you to change to another area. Good stuff, I tell you!

Have any of you purchased or used a Clarisonic before? What are your thoughts?
Also, what face scrubs are you using that are your HG skincare saviours? Let me know!!

Until next time...

Take care and remember to
Walk tall with a swivel in your hips whenever you're wearing your

SMALL FONT: The Clarisonic Plus was sent to me for review purposes only after gatecrashing the private press event with some champagne cocktails down me. Louise of GetLippie was with me and was also sent one and you can read her review HERE. I am not affiliated with the company nor am I being paid for this review. As always, my opinions are my own and brutally honest. Oh yeah, I bought the St. Ives Apricot Scrub from Tesco ;-)

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1 stiletto lovers had something to say::

  1. Sounds like you have found a match made in sonic heaven! We are so happy to hear that you are experiencing sonerific results. If you ever have product questions or concerns please let us know. You can find us on Twitter @Clarisonic or via email We'd love to connect with you. Happy Cleansing!


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