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Radical Exfoliation: Clarisonic Pedi Sonic

CLARISONIC PEDI SETMy Clarisonic Mia broke right on schedule at the three year mark.  I swear they equip those things with an internal destruction timer.  For awhile now, I’ve been thinking the Mia isn’t cutting it in terms of power and exfoliating intensity.  Recently, Clarisonic rolled out the Pedi Sonic which has a larger base, a stiff brush attachment, and a metal disc head.  I’m annoyed by the exorbitant $199 price point, but decided to splurge since the device is returnable.  I planned to use it on my face.  I know some of you think that is insane.  I get it.  Truthfully, the metal disc mimics mild microdermabrasion without the suction.  The abrasive brush doesn’t really work on the face because of the super stiff brustles.  Save the brush for your feet.  My skin’s chemically sensitive, but resistant to physical exfoliation, so the hardcore Pedi Sonic option suits me.  For most, it will be waaay too abrasive.  For those brave enough to try, expect exceptional exfoliation.  Deep level shit.  Be careful, because the Pedi Sonic is strong and you could sand your face right off.  Do I have to mention not to use the same disc on your face as you do your feet?  As intended, Pedi Sonic works wonders on feet too.  My main complaint: the little fucker doesn’t hold a charge for shit.   CLARISONIC PEDI SONIC

it Cosmetics

BYE BYE UNDEREYEI received a tiny sample tube of It Cosmetic’s Bye Bye Under Eye concealer.  I immediately loved it and rushed to purchase a full size.  While at the Ulta, I also acquired It Cosmetic’s CC cream.  Yeah, I know, there are about fifty trillion BB, CC, and FU creams on the market right now, so what makes It so special?IT COSMETICS CC CREAM It Bye Bye Under Eye ($24) concealer works wonders face-wide, not just under the eye, and offers sensational coverage on blemishes too.  It CC cream ($38) provides exceptional sun protection, redness neutralization, and rich moisture.  I prefer It CC to Stila, Benefit, TheBalm, and Miracle Skin Transformer.  The moral of this cosmetics story is that I urge you to try those random samples because you never know the product treasure you might discover!    IT COSMETICS BYE BYE

generic clarisonic replacement brush heads

GENERIC CLARISONICEven though I love my Clarisonic, the replacement heads border on prohibitively expensive.  After eying the generic replacement brush heads on Amazon, I ordered to see if they measure up to the Clarisonic standard.  Considering Clarisonic replacement heads are more than 10x as expensive as the generic, the potential bargain is alluring.  So far I haven’t been disappointed.  I can tell no discernible difference between the generic and the Clarisonic, save the price.  Moral of the story?  Pocket your money and buy the generic replacement heads.  Change the brush quarterly.  GENERIC CLARISONIC GREEN

earring hole blackheads

LOBE BLACKHEADSIf you have pierced ears with no earrings in the holes go to a mirror right now.  Put your thumb on the under side and stretch the lobe so the pierced hole turns inside out.  Did a blackhead plug pop out?  Are you horrified?  I know.  Now turn your lobe the other way and get the back side blackhead plug.  Then go to the other ear and take care of business.  You’re welcome you filthy bitch.  EARBLACKHEAD

facial cleansing oils

OILS GLASSAny bitch who has read a beauty mag in the last 24 months has heard of facial cleansing oils.  Facial cleansing oils have been around for eons, but lately they’ve experienced a renaissance; first within the prestige market and then trickling down to the discount demographic.  Proponents insist oils remove impurities without disrupting the lipid barrier, thereby cleansing without creating unnecessary vulnerability to the skin.  Since I struggle with the holy trifecta of breakouts, dryness, and sensitivity, I hoped oils could help calm the epidermal storm. CLEANSING OILSIn the last few months, I’ve worked a rotation of three different cleansing oils.  To clean the skin, rub facial cleansing oil into dry skin.  Then you could take it a number of different routes: emulsification and warm water rinse, washcloth, grains, etc.  Personally, I use a Clarisonic.  No suds.  No foam.  The makeup slides off in the slick, including difficult mascara.  Expect super soft, clean, nourished skin as a result.KISMET CLEANSING OIL1) First, DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, a cult favorite comprised of the following: olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sorbeth-30 tetraoleate, pentylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, tocopherol, stearyl glycyrrhetinate, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil.  Although, the principal ingredient is olive oil, the addition of rosemary adds an interesting dimension.  I enjoy DHC Deep Cleansing Oil because it’s luxurious and reasonably priced.  I bestow a letter grade of A-.DHC DEEP CLEANSING OIL2 ) Second, consider organic extra virgin coconut oil.  Like many of you, I buy the big tub at Costco and use it all over.  Among the three mentioned here, the most economical and simple choice is the organic extra virgin coconut oil.  With just one pure ingredient, there’s only a marginal likelihood of allergy or reaction.  For its simplicity and ready availability I give it an ACOSTCO COCONUT OIL

3) Third, let me present Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil which is a mix of argania spinosa kernal (argan) oil, polysorbate-20, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, prunus amygdalus dulcis oil, citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil, tocopherol.  Sweeter, I like the consistency and experience of Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil, but when I accidentally got some in my mouth it tasted yucky.  It’s also the most expensive of the three and for these reasons I grade it a respectable B.    JOSIE MARAN CLEANSING OIL


Jessner ain’t Joking.

JESSNER PEELI finally wrapped up my glycolic peel series at one spa and started patronizing a medically-supervised spa that offers a wider range of services.  My skin grew a tolerance and resistance to the glycolic peel after three to four sessions.  The upside to less peeling is less downtime.  The downside to less peeling = less drastic results.  To get the most of the treatments, I decided on the plane + peel combo.  Dermaplaning removes the old.  The peel uncovers the freshest of the fresh.  When it came time to choose a peel, my esthetician suggested a JessnerJessner blends salicylic acid, lactic acid, and resorcinol together at an intensity of 14%.  I decided to give it a try.  Holy Fucking Peel BatgirlJessner ain’t playing.  I didn’t expect the intensity of the burning hot redness upon application, the immediate tightness, and second day peeling in flakes ya’ll.  On the third day, I require total isolation.  This burn-victim shit ain’t cute and probably isn’t worth it, but I’ll let you know for sure when I finally get to see what is underneath this mess.  They warn you not to pull the skin off.  I don’t know how that is possible.  Are we supposed to walk around with huge sheets of flaking skin barely hanging on to our cheeks?  The expectation that a person would not peel it off just doesn’t comport with my fundamental understanding of human nature.  JESSNER PEEL RESULTS

Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick

BURT'S BEES BLEMISH STICKMy friend Anne-Marie absolutely swears by Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick.  Her complexion glows, so she’s worth a listen.  The potent and fragrant botanical blend soothes inflammation without aggravating peeling.  The rollerball application is downright fun too. BURT'S BEES BLEMISH STICK UNCAPPEDBurt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick is a powerful alternative to traditional acne treatments.  I warn that sensitive folks won’t enjoy the intense aroma or the tingly burny sensation.  Keep it away from your eyes.  For real.  Beauties who enjoy a natural product, this little wonder stick is worth keeping in the arsenal to address those rude little imperfections.INGREDIENTS BURTS BEES BLEMISH STICK

The Truth about Tickled Pink

TICKLED PINK AIRBRUSH KITLoyal readers may remember a recent post on the Tickled Pink Airbrush system.  I received Tickled Pink as a gift and even though it wasn’t exactly what I wanted, the giver probably meant well.  Because I was somewhat disappointed in not receiving exactly what I asked for, the device sat on my shelf unopened for months after the holidays.  When I finally broke it out and learned how to use it proficiently, I was impressed with the outcome, but not so much the process.  There are several aspects of the Tickled Pink airbrusher that are poorly designed and overall the gadget lacks durability.  After a few mere months of use the airbrusher went completely kaput.  I don’t mean the tip got clogged – which happens with any airbrusher – I mean the whole fucking compressor died.  The kit is covered by warranty, but I’m hardly about to hit up my ex-boyfriend for the necessary purchasing proof to make claims on said warranty.  The accompanying makeup is decent for its intended purposes, but the darker colors skew orange.  Let me be crystal clear: in no way is Tickled Pink a remotely extraordinary product.TICKLED PINK MAKEUP

NEO IWATA AIRBRUSHWhat I originally wanted (and should have just bought for myself) was a high-quality all-purpose airbrusher.  Iwata airbrushers are pretty much the gold standard.  The Neo is particularly well-suited for makeup application.  The compressor and airbrush are sold separately, but assembling the two is painless.  What does the Neo have that the Tickled Pink airbrush doesn’t?  For one, the cup that holds the product has a lid.  When airbrushing your own face with your eyes closed it is easy to spill fluidic makeup everywhere.  The makeup isn’t cheap and I go through it rather quickly, so waste just isn’t an option.  Overall, the Iwata Neo compressor is sexy, sleek, quiet, and well-made.  The airbrusher itself has a healthy-sized gravity-fed vessel, the aforementioned lid, and a nuanced and adjustable spray mechanism.  So far, I have been using my remaining Tickled Pink makeup, but when I exhaust that supply I will begin the quest of mixing my very own customized foundation.NEO AIR

The Iwata Neo isn’t cheap, so shop around.  Hobby Lobby has these yummy online coupons for 40% off any full-priced item.  Coupons can be used on consecutive days or on separate occasions at different stores, so theoretically you could buy the compressor for forty percent off and then do the same with airbrusher, but you didn’t hear it from me.HOBBY LOBBY COUPON

Arbonne RE9 Advanced


ARBONNE RANGEI promised you a comprehensive review of Arbonne’s RE9 range, and by now I’ve used the products consistently enough to fairly assess the situation.  Let us start at the beginning of the recommended regime with the Smoothing Facial CleanserARBONNE SMOOTHING FACIAL CLEANSERThe Smoothing Facial Cleanser is a creamy one-pump face wash that suds when agitated with water.  I’ve been using it with my Clarisonic and it works well enough for removing makeup.  It isn’t overly drying, but it does burn my eyes.  For a company that purports to be “natural,” there’s a lot of multi-syllabic mystery chemicals in the formula.  Final Letter Grade: C.  Profoundly mediocre with an unpleasant burning after sensation.  FACIAL CLEANSER INGREDIENTSARBONNE REGENERATING TONERThe Regenerating Toner is one of the most surprising and underrated products of the bunch.  The high-end spray bottle dispenses a gentle and refreshing citrus-infused mist.  Even though most people think toners are useless additions to an already bogged-down regime, they can be valuable opportunities for depositing another layer of active ingredients on the skin.  Final Letter Grade: B+.  A delightful 30 second trip to the orange groves. ARBONNE INTENSIVE RENEWAL SERUMWho doesn’t love a serum?  Serum is like pizza – it’s hard to fuck up.  Intensive Renewal Serum is light and penetrates quickly.  It doesn’t have the heavy silicone feel of many other serums.  My only complaint is that when used alone I need several pumps.  To extend its reach, I mix it with a moisturizer.  Final Letter Grade: A-ARBONNE EXTRA MOISTURE RESTORATIVE DAY CREMEBy far my least favorite product of the pack is the Extra Moisture Restorative Day Creme.  If this stuff gets in my eyes, they erupt in redness and a waterfall of tears.  Final Letter Grade: F. Harsh Sauce.ARBONNE NIGHT REPAIRI’d characterize Arbonne’s Night Repair as a decent mid-level night cream with a number of beneficial ingredients including peptides and Vitamin A.  It is decently rich and healing even for those with dry skin.  Final Letter Grade: B.   ARBONNE NIGHT REPAIR INGREDIENTS ARBONNE CORRECTIVE EYEOne of the few products that doesn’t set my eyes afire is the Corrective Eye Creme, and thank goodness for that.  This is an above average eye cream that provides temporary visible results overnight.  It softens, smooths, and pampers the tender, sensitive under-eye area.  I enjoy that it isn’t as heavy as many eye cream formulas.  Final Letter Grade: A-.  ARBONNE REArbonne offers some highs and lows with the RE9 Advanced collection, but my feelings can be summarized as follows.  First, I find their “green” and “pure” claims rather dubious.  For a “natural” product line, I have an unnatural sensitivity to the products.  Second, not one single product stands out as cult-worthy.  Which leads us to number three, none of these products are fantastic enough to put up with the relentless hounding of the Arbonnettes.  Ultimately, there isn’t a product in this spread that can be obtained elsewhere in a cheaper and more natural form.  Ordering from Arbonne with all their schemes just isn’t worth the trouble.  MERCEDES ARBONNE