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  1. LeGeeque
    April 11, 2014

    I stole Tine’s when it was first launched. I proceeded with a lot of caution and perhaps too much caution that I saw no difference :P I didn’t want to bother with another item plugged into my bathroom for one and I don’t even exfoliate my skin that often. Having dry and sensitive skin, I was extremely wary of any new gadgets. So no. To exfoliate I use a cleansing balm and face towel every other day. Or if I can’t be arsed, then I can’t be arsed to exfoliate. I’ve gotten my skin to behave just how I want it to. I’m not going to introduce another unknown into the equation. *shudders*

    • Paris B
      April 12, 2014

      Hahaha I loved the baby smooth effect the first time I used it but I think this is something that’s seriously love or hate. The thing is so many people love them and I’m told people are giving up going for facials because they use the Clarisonic. I personally will never give up going for facials because of the pampering factor (and we all need that in our lives!) plus my previous experience did cloud my thinking. That said again, considering the water issues we’re having, it has been useful having it on hand just to be sure I have a properly clean face, once a week :)

  2. xin
    April 11, 2014

    i always jump on the bandwagon of something then to find that i lose interest in them rather quickly and Mia is sort of one of them. i decided that my skin didn’t like regular scrub, and even now at best i scrub once a week, and less redness and sensitive now

    • Paris B
      April 12, 2014

      haha I remember how you exfoliated away a piece of your chin with the Mia! :P It definitely exfoliates which is why I get upset when people tell me it doesn’t. Like hello, a rotating brush WILL remove bits of skin!

  3. Melanie
    April 11, 2014

    I got the Mia last year when Clarisonic launched in Japan. I only use it every other day at best. I found the delicate head too harsh so I switched to the acne head which feels softer. It’s called the ultra plush head here. Recently the cashmere heads have been released here and they are so soft. They feel completely different than the original heads. The bristles are about 3 times longer and they tend to sling water around but they work well for my ultra sensitive skin. If you already have a Clarisonic and find it too harsh give the cashmere head a try if you can get your hands on it. It’s a bit more expensive than the normal heads and Sephora sells it.

    • Paris B
      April 12, 2014

      Thanks for the heads up about the Cashmere brush Melanie! I didn’t even know it existed! At least that way maybe I’d actually get more use out of it rather than letting it sit there and collect dust :P

  4. Audrey C.
    April 11, 2014

    I agree with you… I bought a Clarisonic Plus years ago, and used it faithfully for three months. I didn’t see a single bit of difference in my skin: nothing bad, but nothing good either. And $250 is just too much to pay for something that doesn’t even do anything. I have a cheaper manual scrubby brush, and a battery-powered one that I will break out a few times a month if my skin is flaking out on me, but otherwise I stick to chemical exfoliation.

    • Paris B
      April 12, 2014

      I’m all for chemical exfoliation too Audrey! :D I use the Alpha H Liquid Gold on alternate nights and an exfoliating toner on regular days and it has made such a difference to my skin! Well except for my stress related breakouts, that is :) Glad we’re sort of on the same page on this one ;)

  5. Victoria
    April 11, 2014

    I remember reading how Caroline Hirons dislikes Clarisonic brushes. LOL. I like you will stick to face cloth and cleansing balm as my method of cleansing. On days when I used my Olay Pro-X which is 2-3 times a week, I will use Bioderma Micellar water to remove my makeup. I find that cleansing with face cloth has made a difference to my skin so it is best to stick to what works best for me. I do think that over-cleansing especially with gadgets can cause skin to become more sensitive.

    • Paris B
      April 12, 2014

      Yes she does! She says it’ll make your face fall off LOL I tend to agree. In fact I realised that a lot of my bumbling around with skincare and my personal philosophies gel with hers which is a good thing of course since she is definitely doing something right :) I love the face cloth thing too. Seriously, so cheap, so efficient and so effective. What is there not to love eh?

  6. Angelina
    April 11, 2014

    It’s available at Biotherm Pavilion. I’m not into it because there’s the fear of over scrubbing my face. I have thin skin.. the idea of scrubbing with this gadget seems too much for my skin. Haha. I’ll just admire this gadget from afar ;)

    • Paris B
      April 12, 2014

      Ah yes thanks for the info Angelina! I did think I saw it at Biotherm but I couldn’t be sure. This is definitely not one for thin-skinned people! Just far too harsh >.<

      • Angelina
        April 15, 2014

        The BA told me that we can change the brush head. I’m still not into it. True that we can change the brush head according to our preference but I only have 1 face and the skin on my face. Waaa, I don’t want to risk damaging my already thin skin.

      • Paris B
        April 20, 2014

        Yep, there are some new very soft brushes but really, they should come with the soft ones not the hard ones :P

  7. Nicole
    April 11, 2014

    It’s so tempting to get one for myself everytime I read a good review about this Clarisonic device! Somehow I’m still skeptical of jumping onto this bandwagon, especially when there are also some bad reviews about it! So I’m stick with the tradition cleansing like using facecloth, even with the olay brush doesn’t seem too appalling to me compare with this Clarisonic :S

    • Paris B
      April 12, 2014

      Yep, people love them and then there’s me HAHA! :D Honestly, I think it is a bit overhyped but those who love it swear by it so it’s really hard to say. I haven’t tried the Olay brush yet, but I think I’m scared of it too LOL

  8. Ivo
    April 12, 2014

    Hi, I am a hitachi hadacrie user. Initially I was in dilemma either to buy Clarisonic or Hadacrie. I read up a lot of reviews regarding both products. In the end, I decided to buy Hadacrie because of it function which using ions to cleanse and hydrate skin. I really like my Hadacrie. Just want to ask you what is your take about these cleaning gadget tools available in our market? How do you decide to buy which is best to you?

    • Paris B
      April 12, 2014

      Hi Ivo I haven’t used the Hitachi Hada Crie although I’ve heard of it, so I can’t comment I”m afraid. The only thing I can say is that as the Hada Crie uses a cotton pad, it appears far less abrasive to the skin than the Clarisonic so that might be something positive in its favour. As for gadgets like these, I personally don’t put a lot of faith in them because in order to derive the most benefits, you have to be very diligent. So the key things to consider would be efficacy, cost and to think about how often you are willing to use it. I personally stick to simple routines using a face cloth and then using an exfoliating toner which basically does what a gadget does, cleanse my skin further, without exfoliating, tugging my skin. That suits me. But if using a gadget makes you happy and you think it works then by all means use it :)

  9. Philippe
    April 12, 2014

    The Clarisonic will ALWAYS be a 3 or 4 times a week thing but never daily.. I did that and it didn’t work out as planned :)

    • Paris B
      April 14, 2014

      Definitely too harsh for daily use although I know of many who swear by it! To each their own i guess ;)

  10. lyn
    April 13, 2014

    I went out and got the Aria after my poor lil’ Mia died. Completely dead… kaput. Anyway, I’ve been using the Aria regularly for the past month and have to say that lowest speed setting is very helpful. My skin can tolerate it on a more regular basis and have been using it almost every evening and interchanging with the Mary Kay Skinvigorate.

    • Paris B
      April 14, 2014

      Haha you must have been working the poor Mia to death :D I agree that the lowest setting on the Aria is best but with the brush supplied I even found that too harsh. There’s this spot on my cheek that seems to have been rubbed raw by the Clarisonic so it’s back in cold storage :P

  11. Juan
    April 18, 2014

    every time i step into the sephora store, the SA’s will always try to persuade me to buy it. thanks to your post before, i declined the offer (also because i think the price is way too steep for me). they kept saying no, the brush is soft, no it is gentle, and no, it is a detox way of repelling all your toxins under the skin. sigh…
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    • Paris B
      April 20, 2014

      The price of the previous less advanced versions have dropped actually :) That said though, I do think the regular brush is pricey and so many people claim it replaces facials or cleans their skin so much better or helps reduce spots, I don’t know what to believe haha! Then again I didn’t have a good experience with it which does color my thoughts somewhat

  12. Seraph
    May 24, 2014

    It seems there is a korean brand called PoBling which has a battery powered facial brush that works similarly to the Clarisonic but way more affordable… some even said that its brush is softer than Clarisonic… have u heard of it before, Paris? Would love to hear your take on it…

    • Paris B
      May 24, 2014

      Hi Seraph, afraid I have come across it, but I’m not a fan of these facial washing gadgets so I likely won’t try it even if I do, sorry! :)

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