In Our Makeup Bag: Clarisonic Mia

[Disclaimer: This product was provided to me for review purposes.]

What it is: Clarisonic Mia Sonic Cleansing System

Why this should be in your bag
Clean skin is the base for a great looking face. If you’re broken out, you’re going to slather on the heavy foundation and no one likes a cake-face. It looks unnatural, to say the least.

I have fairly decent skin, except when I get stressed. I get these little bumps all over my chin and forehead. It’s just atrocious and being stressed about my skin does nothing to help these bumps go away! I’ve heard rave reviews about the Clarisonic Sonic Cleansing Systems, so I was pretty excited to test out the Mia. The Mia is a compact version of the original Clarisonic, with all the same benefits in a smaller form. It’s perfect for busy students and traveling.

How to use it
The Mia comes with pretty clear instructions, but here is the general idea. You wet your skin and brushhead and then apply cleanser to either one. Then, turn on the Mia and begin on your forehead, using a circulation motion while the machine vibrates. Pushing too hard inhibits the machine’s action, so be aware! The Mia also comes with a handy 1 minute timer and shuts off automatically once your time is up. The instructions also come with a breakdown for how long you should spend on each area of your face.

Right now, I’m using the Sensitive Brush, but you can buy a whole array of brushes from Clarisonic. They recommend replacing them every 3-4 months.

CC Rating: A-
Unfortunately, I think I’m going to need to test this little number out some more before I give a definitive answer. Using this around exam time didn’t really give me a clear picture of the benefits, as stress was causing my chin and forehead to go a bit bonkers. Despite this, I have had some promising results….

My cheeks look wonderful after using Mia! They are fresh and vibrant and the skin looks glowy! I haven’t had a single breakout on my face since beginning my journey with Clarisonic Mia and I feel like my skin just looks a whole lot healthier. I was one of those people who generally neglected skincare and sometimes opted for the old “bar soap in the shower” routine instead of taking care of my delicate facial skin properly.

So far, I’m really excited about the Mia. Since I’ve only been using it for a month (and my skin has been temperamental), I’m looking forward to seeing how my skin reacts when I’m relaxed and on Christmas holidays. I will try and provide an update in a future review.

I know that the $149 price tag is a bit much, especially for students, but if you’re super generous boyfriend/girlfriend/best friend/parents can spring for it, I would encourage it! It’s a great investment and, if you’re like me, you’ll have just as much fun using it as picking out the color you get. The new Garnet color that is such a nice change from the pastels (although those are pretty too)!

Bottom line: Clarisonic Mia will become a staple in your skincare routine for a long time to come!

[Looking to overhaul your makeup bag? Check out Alex’s other beauty reviews here.]

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