Technologic! My Clarisonic Review

Today I’m here with a very “hot topic”: the clarisonic! So I’ve been using this for about two weeks now and honestly, I’ve seen such amazing things I just have to blog about it immediately. I know that whenever I see a blog post that claims something brings “instant” results, I get very very skeptical but you know. I can’t help it if it’s true.

Now I think you should go and read these two posts first before reading this one just to get to know the situation around my skin:

– My Skin Story 
MY SKINCARE ROUTINE!

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So, let’s begin. When I first heard about the clarisonic, I was shocked at the price. I mean, that is a bit of a splurge for ONE skincare product device. I seriously did not think it was justifiable and plenty and plenty of you would think that too. But after just having so many problems with my skin, I realised that the amount of different products I buy and try out per year honestly amounts to MUCH MUCH more than the cost of a clarisonic. So I went and did some research. All the big gurus have gave it positive review so that was a definite bonus in my mind. 

So I finally decided to splurge and get it because I was just so sick and tired of my awful skin condition. Out I went. And out went the $ AUD 149 (I recommend picking it up at a sale time). And in came the Pink Clarisonic Mia (that was the only color they had but I wanted a purple one *cry* but not that big of a deal haha). Just a little background, I use dermobrasions/exfoliants for my skin quite a bit so my skin was used to that sort of treatment so unlike a few people that I’ve come across, I didn’t go through any skin purging period.

When I first started using it, I was in a really bad skin moment where I was just broken out EVERYWHERE so I was really scared of using the Clarisonic in case it was not as gentle as it claims it is. So I started using it with so so much skepticism but after 2 days (TWO days!!!) I started seeing really noticeable changes. My skin was so much smoother and just looked so much brighter and healthier. The blemishes cleared up so much faster than it usually does and honestly, I was just so shocked by how well it actually worked. I can honestly say that my skin hasn’t been as good as this in years, YEARS! So I’m currently loving this device. But all my new skin goodness is not the Clarisonic. My whole skincare system is working together right now to create amazing skin so that includes the Origins Checks and Balances, and the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying lotion that I mentioned and mini-reviewed in that skincare post I mentioned up the top.

More advantages of this thing is the fact that it’s completely waterproof so I can safely use it in the shower everyday like I do. It is also tiny (the size of my hand, and I have rather small hands) which makes it easy to use and good for travel. It comes with one speed (which may be seen as a weakness but honestly, I don’t want to think about which speed is best for my skin, because this speed has been tested and shown to be the best on the face) and this speed also has a set timer. Clarisonic recommends one minute and this thing has a one minute timer already embedded so it runs for a minute without me having to time it myself!

Honestly speaking, the only weakness that it has is the charger (and it’s a really… strange… changer). It takes 18 hours to charge up to full (urgh!!!!) and you can only use it for 20 minutes at full charge. That’s 20 days if you use it once a day but only 10 if you use it twice a day. Who can keep track of that? I hate it when I don’t charge it to full or something and I go to use it and it’s out of battery. Grrrr… Get onto it Clarisonic.

And I’m not 200% sure if it’s just the Clarisonic’s amazing magical powers because I also think that it’s honestly helped my skin absorb products so much better (the same products that I was using before the splurge just seem to work better so…). But seriously speaking, it’s really not that big of a detriment compared to all the amazing beneficial effects that it’s had on my skin. 

Their testimonials are honestly more than that, they’re seriously amazing and if you’re thinking of splurging on your skincare, than go for this, especially if you have problem skin. I would honestly recommend this. Oh and it comes in a range of colors (if you get it online).

For Australians: they’re stocking in David Jones, and Myer.

[Disclaimer: All skin is different so what may work or me, may not work for you. So keep that in mind. 🙂 AND This is NOT a sponsored review and this product/device was purchased by me, and as always, this IS my absolute honest opinion.]

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My Insta-Log and OOTD

So this is just a post to talk about what I’ve been up to lately and some little fashion things I guess. I exhausted my posting ability and energy a little with that SUPER long post yesterday and I’ve been so busy lately, which is weird because this should be “break-time”. So I hope you enjoy this slightly more “personalized” or me-blog (mlog?) and I probably will be doing some of these now and then.

So, here is my instagram log for saturday, sunday, monday and today.

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Let me break it down for you:

Photo #1: (Saturday) These are the mint nails I was talking about! They turned up on my iPhone camera slightly more pastel than they are in real life but meh. This photo makes it look so much prettier!

Photo #2: OOTD for Sunday! I was sporting a uber-long tank top from H&M with a tiger on it that I turned into a shortish dress (it was a lovely day) and over that I had on a sweater with a “net-y” or mesh type of feel in a really nice muted gold type of color. Because its autumn right now where I am, I decided to wear my burgundy/wine-red cardigan. (I adore that color combo!) This cardigan is so cute because it has a waterfall shape down the front and a cropped back with a “stitched-in waist”. I love it so much. On my feet (not in this picture), I have on a pair of brown leather boots with a furry-sheep skin type thing on the inside of the bootshaft that can be turned out or left like that. Accessories wise, I had on my really lovely faux-antique (its almost antique now lol. I got it 10 years ago for Christmas!!!) locket with mini mini pearls and rubies and it’s just so delicate and gorgeous, and I also wore my mom’s amber ring and my silver pentacle ring. I personally loved that outfit and quite a few people said I looked nice which made me really happy haha.

Photo #3: (Tuesday) I actually put this in a funny order when I made this, oops. This is a photo I took in Bar Coluzzi in Darlinghurst, Sydney. It was absolutely adorable. I really wanted to write a review on it because I just loved it so much. It’s a really well hidden cafe on Victoria St and once you go in, you can just feel the history. It’s 50 years old and founded by a former Australian middle weight champion (Luigi Coluzzi) and you can just see the wall covered in photos of him, signatures by famous people and it’s just amazing. The staff are extremely friendly and full of humour. I had a steak sandwich and Iced Chocolate which was just DELICIOUS but the downside was it was $18 which is erring of the expensive side. Overall, I think that if you get the chance, you must visit it! It’s so amazing and you might just spot some celebs who are always lurking there.

Photo #4: (Monday) Lemon, Lime and Bitters! Always a treat! Amazing dinner at Terrazza Cafe Restaurant Pizzeria. $45 for 2 people for dinner is quite okay I think. I was stuffed after the drink, the entree and the pizza (which is one of the best pizza’s I’ve had, not including the one I had in Naples, Italy because what can compare to that!). Really great atmosphere and the food is even better. The staff were really nice too so, pretty good experience. I would definitely go back!

Okay so it’s OOTD time!

Because, as I said in my previous post, my camera is currently taking a holiday from working and I’m lacking a mirror to take the photo in, I can just use Polyvore to give you a general idea.

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I was wearing a shockingly pink silk blouse today by Zimmermann (which I got on a very LARGE sale percent may I mention) and I honestly rarely wear pink but this blouse just drew my attention immediately. I mean the color is that gorgeous bright flamingo/coral pink. Oh! my god! I love it! But every time I looked down or caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror or a window or something, I would like get a startle, every time. I was like “woah, that’s so pink!” But I enjoyed every minute of wearing it. The fabric is so so comfortable and just amazing quality.

I tucked the front into my Levi’s dark wash skinnys (and left the back out like I seem to always do) to give a slightly less casual look and also because it’s a little long, if I leave it out on the front, it kinda makes me look shorter and isn’t as flattering.

On my feet, I had the Dr Martens that I got for Christmas last year. I’ve never been the biggest fan of “combat boots”. I don’t know, they just never look that great on me because I have tiny feet which I’m uber self conscious about because sometimes I get outrageously rude people who ask me how I “balance” and “manage to stand” on them because proportionally they’re too small for my height. Anyways, not the point! I always think they look strange on me but my mother says they look good on me so whatever, I trust her. I actually have the Triumph 1460 style that I love because of the “biker”-like heritage that seems to come with it.

On top, because it’s autumn here, I have my favourite and best investment of my life, my SABA black leather jacket. I bought this maybe 2 or 3 years ago, and I’ve just gotten SO SO SO much wear out of it. It’s one of the only jackets I wear in autumn and winter. I just adore it. It’s the softest thing in the entire world. (Oh yeah, it’s real leather btw. Yes I know, have a fit if you like. I do guilt trip over it but you know, I try not kill animals for my own benefit *guilty sad face*).  I adore the little epaulets on the shoulders and the across body type, diagonal zipper thing going on. The only annoying thing is that the collar flaps always flap closed when the zipper or buttons aren’t done up (so annoying! 😡 ) If you want an image, just type into Google images Bardot Leather Jacket and it looks basically like the first one even though its SABA.

In my hand, resides my most precious handbag. I love this bag to bits. It is absolutely amazing, beyond words. [Disclaimer] I dreamed about this bag (well, not this particular bag, but similar ones) for the longest time and my dad (who is just the most amazing and hard working man I’ve ever known) and I reached an “agreement” that he’d get me my birthday present a little early because he won’t be here to celebrate with me. And seriously, I appreciate him so much and I know how lucky I am to have him as my father. And I’d love him just as much with or without the stuff he gets me as treats. I never want people to think that I’m rottenly spoilt or ridiculously filthy rich because I’m not. With the money that my dad earns, we just have enough spending “allowance” for my mom and I to be treated to lovely things and I can’t help what some people think, and I’m sorry that they feel that way but you know, I can’t change that. Just please don’t judge me for it. So the actual bag is a Vitello Lux Gather Tote by Miu Miu and I know in this picture, it’s a light beige but in real life, mine is actually a lovely nude pink. It was so funny because I got so so upset when a little bit of rain got on it the other day. It was a moment of utter tragicness I’m not joking. And my friend was totally laughing me.

Anyways, so that brings me to the end of my Insta-log and OOTD. I know this was overly detailed and totally long, I just didn’t want you guys to feel as if I half-assed this post by slacking off and posting 2 pictures and 100 words.

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A Little Bit Obsessed: Nail Polish Tag

Anyone who knows me would know that far far before I got into makeup, I was into nail polish. I adore it!!! So hear is a Nail Polish Tag and I TAG ALL OF YOU TO DO IT 🙂

1. What’s your favourite nail polish company?

OPI. haha! maybe a little over popularised but i love it all the same! I can trust it to be good quality and a lovely color payoff.

2. Glitter or no glitter?


Even though there is a hassle to remove glitter nail polish, I still love it. But I love to lay glitter polishes over coloured ones a lot of the time to give it more substance and that way, it feels weighted enough to wear it in winter as well.

Check out this tutorial for Cotton Candy Nails.

3. OPI, China Glaze, or Essie?

Look at the first question. haha Definitely OPI.

4. When do you change your nail polish?


Usually once a week but when I’m feeling flashy, less than that. But sometimes i have a really nice colour, i keep it on for as long as possible before it starts chipping to a stage where it doesnt look good.

5. What’s your favourite colour on your nails?


Honestly speaking, i dont have a favorite. I love color so i really dont mind whichever on my nails. I do like to go for something out of the ordinary: like a strange orangey pink or a blue with purple reflects, or the “petrol” polishes… etc!

6. Darks or brights?


Both! ahah. Darks in autumn/winter, brights in spring/summer!

7. What are you wearing on your nails right this moment?


I have on Gargantuan Green Grape by OPI which is this really nice minty green color. I ADORE it!!!

8. Matte nails in or out?

Matte nails dont last! which just kills me but I LOVE the look of them on a really bright color because it makes it less loud.

9. French Manicure?

I’ve actually never had one. I’m not the biggest fan. I dont know, i just dont like them.

10.  Favourite summer colours? 

Are we there yet? and Fly by OPI. Really lovely orange and green colours. I also love pastels too but they’re better for spring! Summer is the perfect time to do brights so go for it.

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COTTON CANDY: Pink Ombre Glitter Nail Tutorial

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Hi Guys!!! So today I will be doing a tutorial on the nail look above. All of the nail polishes I’ll be using is from OPI, but you can use any nail polishes that you like 🙂 You can also do this with any colour in the same ombre glitter way, I just chose to do it in pink because I had the resources available. Along the way, I’ll also but a mini-review of the nail polishes that I used. Also, please request anything you’d like to see in the comments section below.

I’ve seen so many tutorials online, and all of them seem to use glitter powder or something which I think is quite unaccessible and I feel this way is a lot easier and better haha.

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Nail Polishes from Left to Right:

OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, Suze and the Lifeguard, Princess Rule, Teenage Dream, RapiDry Top Coat

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I ALWAYS ALWAYS apply a base coat to protect my nails from the chemicals in the coloured polishes more and this one is my favourite. So I apply one coat of it onto all of my nails and let that dry before moving on. (As you can see, I’ve used this Base Coat so so much and there’s only like 1/3 left. 😥 )

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Okay, so this is my plain pink, that doesn’t really have shimmer/glitter in it. It’s calles Suze and the Lifeguard and I remember when I bought it a year ago, it was absolutely amazing, the colour was just so natural and I absolutely loved it. But then, I kinda just didn’t wear it for a while and now I really dont like this colour but there’s so much left so I dont want to waste it becayse OPI is quite expensive.

So anyways, I apply one layer of this onto my nails and I know its uneven and streaky but that’s okay. (You can apply two layers if you want, but I don’t like my nails to be really thick so I don’t tend to). But this is the perfect pink base because it’s a very strong true pastel pink colour.

Tip: Let each layer dry completely before painting the next to avoid “gooeyness” after you’re done and to avoid smudging.

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This is Princess Rule and this colour is amazing, especially on top of the Suze and the Lifeguard one. It has tiny holographic/silvery glitter in it. It’s such a gorgeous colour and the colour payoff is amazing. Haha.

So I paint one layer of it over the top of Suze and the Lifeguard and it seems to fill in the steaks and gaps of the first layer really well.

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This is Teenage Dream from the Katy Perry Collection. And I absolutely love this polish. It’s really chunky and the glitter just looks really good on the nail because of its different glitter particle sizes.

This is the “hardest” part. You basically layer on on top of the first two layers so that more of the glitter is concentrated to the end. So in essence you do only half a nail and you just gradient the glitter to create the ombre effect.

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You have to wait for the Teenage Dream to completely dry before you progress to this step. This is the OPI RapiDry TopCoat and I love it because I previously am way too impatient and not-bothered to wait for the traditional Top Coat to dry which meant I always messed it up so this RapiDry is SO SO SO much better. However, a disadvantage is that it’s thinner and doesn’t give the shine.

Apply 2 coats of this Top Coat, but if you’re using the regular one, just apply one coat.

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THIS IS THE FINISHED PRODUCT.