Resolution Solution #5, Part 2 – Spend Wisely



Today I am going to take a little departure from my fashion focus here on Something To Wear and toddle for a moment into the realm of beauty.  I am so jazzed about this product that I simply *must*. 

What is it?  The Clarisonic Skin Care Brush.  An electronic skin brush that uses sonic pulses to vibrate the fibers of a face brush improving its effectiveness while being extremely gentle to your skin – no pulling and no scratching.  It is to your face (and body) what your sonic toothbrush is to your mouth – the ultimate tool for cleaning!   Yes, I know, I am hearing all of you – “how silly!” “ANOTHER electronic gadget?!”  “are you serious?”  But hear me out on this one.

Usually I glance at the beauty articles and must-have lists in my beloved fashion glossies, but tend to stick to my tried and true tools and brands.  I kept seeing this product on EVERY must-have list and it intrigued me, so I had to do a little investigating.  I started by looking up its website and getting the low down.  There are several different models and price points – with a range of features to match.  The basic unit is a travel version, retailing at $149, which has a single program setting, is slightly smaller in size and has a removable charging cord – this is the “Mia” and it comes in a few cute colors and white.  At the top of the line is the larger “Plus” with four different timer/programs to give you different cleansing routines, has a special body brush and body mode, and has a charging cradle.  All units have a curvy design, can be used in the shower, and have replaceable brush heads in types to match skin needs – sensitive to normal.

I love my sonic toothbrush so I got the concept right away, but was still pretty skeptical.  So next I checked in with my favorite cosmetics consultant and asked what the deal was with this thing.  And he raved about it…in fact I quickly had about six consultants raving about it – how gentle it is, how insanely clean their skin got, how much better their skin products worked, etc etc…   This group spanned age and gender lines and their votes were unanimous, this gadget is a must have. 

So I plunked down a whopping amount money ($225 for the “Plus” version) for an electronic device that does what my washcloth is suppose to do, only better.   I splurged and got the one that includes a body brush and I use the sensitive brush head on my face.  Gotta say it –  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this thing!  Did I mention I love it?  Well, I do.  It really does get my face insanely clean – makeup, dirt, dead skin cells all gone without the tight, dry, irritated-feeling and redness I usually get.  And my face products definitely seem to be getting more effective.  I have been using it twice a day for the past six months and my face looks awesome.   

Using, and enjoying the results it produces feels wonderful, like getting a mini facial twice a day – which is where the spending wisely comes in.  I equated using the Clarisonic to getting a facial.  The purchase price for the Plus unit, with first round of facial heads and a body brush was the rough equivalent of getting three $65 facials (plus tips and parking).  The difference, I enjoy the results of facials for only a few weeks, whereas I use my nifty little gadget twice a day and enjoy facial-like results all the time.  AND I get to give my body mini facials too.  Added benefit – it makes me smile every time I use it.

Now THAT is spending wisely!     

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