Gadget review: Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush

Clinique Sonic Brush review

I’m super excited to share with you the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush! This new cleansing brush is powered by sonic movements and uses a dual-fibre brush for deep and gentle cleaning, depending on the area of your face. Designed to work with the Clinique 3-Step program and its facial soaps, it promises to deliver smoother and more radiant skin, with fewer clogged pore.

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush review

I’ve been using the Clinique system for a few weeks, in combination with the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap and other foaming cleansers, and I am very impressed with the results. The sonic pulsations help create a nice dense foam to cleanse with, and the brush glides against my skin really easily with the foam. The dual-fibre brush is a genius design, because I can use the gentler white bristles on my cheeks, and the green firmer bristles on my T-zone area and chin.

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush review

The main thing about the Clinique system is that it doesn’t promise to treat anything or cure anything miraculously. It is good for one thing, cleaning and removing dirt and makeup from the skin. It has definitely achieved that, because my skin feels super clean at the end, but it has never, not once, felt tight or stripped. When toning, I don’t see any left-over dirt or makeup on the cotton pad, which means that the brush has helped to remove everything. I don’t notice any tightening of pores or eradication of fine lines, but I didn’t expect that from something that is supposed to just clean the skin.

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush review

I do find that my skincare products are absorbing better and my skin feels softer from the gradual, gentle exfoliation. I do still deep exfoliate my skin 1-2 a week, either with a physical scrub or with a chemical exfoliating enzyme mask, and it has just helped to further the benefits of those products because the top layer of my skin is free from gunk, so the other products can penetrate the skin more easily.

After 2 weeks of using this every day, I can say that my skin is smoother, more radiant, softer, and looks overall better. Even my mom (who is usually my worst critic) says my skin looks super radiant, even with the change the weather normally wrecking havoc on my skin. Also since I got this and started using it, I haven’t had to charge it once – my first charge has lasted me this long!

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush review

Another bonus is that the gadget is extremely light, and very travel friendly – I plan on taking this with me to Mexico at the end of November! The charging base is also equally light. A single charge can last up to 3 hours of usage, which considering each usage is 30 seconds to a minute, it will last for a long time on a single charge.

The downside is that distribution is relatively limited, as you can only purchase this at Clinique counters or online at Sephora. The brush replacement heads are even harder to find, and are available only at Clinique counters.

The Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush is available now at Clinique counters, online at Clinique and Sephora for $95 for the brush, and $29 for the replacement brush head. It comes with a 2-year warranty, and Sephora also has an excellent return policy for those who want to try this out! I definitely highly recommend trying this, especially if the Clarisonic just isn’t doing it for you.

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush review

Comparison with the Clarisonic

I’m not a huge fan of the Clarisonic. I had the Clarisonic Mia, which is your basic, run-of-the-mill model for just cleansing and nothing else. Even while using the Delicate brush head, I felt it was just too abrasive for my skin to be used once a day, let alone twice a day like they recommend. I was using it for 2-3 times a week and still felt it was too abrasive so I gave it up after approximately 6 months of use. The main difference between this Clinique system and the Clarisonic is definitely in the softness of the brush fibres, and also how long and often they recommend you use this for.

Like I mentioned before, Clinique system’s dual-fibre brush is ultra soft (the white part), and the green part is more deep cleansing for use on the T-zone. The Clarisonic’s Delicate brush is composed of the same bristles and is a lot harsher compared to the Clinique brush.

Clinique recommends that you use the tool for 15 seconds on cheeks and another 15 seconds on T-zone, and this was to be done once a day. Clarisonic recommends that you use their product for 20 seconds on the forehead, 20 seconds on the nose and chin, and 10 seconds per cheek, but this was to be done twice a day. I found that the Clarisonic method was too much for me, especially combined with the harsher brush. My skin became really sensitive and turned red easily, whereas it hasn’t happened with the Clinique brush yet.

Overall, I prefer the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush to the Clarisonic, and I can see myself continuing to use the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush as my experience has been extremely positive so far.

Have you tried this, and what are your thoughts?

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush review

Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush review

Review + swatches of Anna Sui Fall 2014: Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301

Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches

For fall 2014, Anna Sui revamped some of their lip and cheek products, namely the lipsticks, lip glosses and blushes.

Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches3

For fall, Anna Sui introduced two new lip gloss formulas – the Protective Lip Gloss ($28) and the Glittering Lip Gloss ($28). The Protective Lip Gloss is a creamy, non-shimmery lip gloss that is ultra moisturizing and delivers brilliant colour and shine. The plush lip gloss formula is also touted to create a lip plumping effect, without the tingly peppermint feel. It is available in 9 shades and are housed in a beautiful white lacquer tube with a toe-foot applicator. The shade I have is 200, which is a sheer plum that just slightly darkens the natural colour of my lips.

Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches

The Glittering Lip Gloss, available in 12 shades, is a sheer lip gloss that is abundant in pearl shimmer. The shade I have is 300, which is baby pink shimmer suspended in a clear base. While I’m not a huge fan of the shimmer as an all-over wash of gloss, I love using this just as a dab of colour in the centre of my lips, either on top of another lip gloss or on top of a lipstick. It helps to create plumper, and more youthful looking lips.
Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches
Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches

The product I was most looking forward to was their new Lipsticks ($29), which are now made in the shape of stars and housed in a crystal cut-like tube. Along with the permanent range which has been repackaged, the Lipstick M (M for marble) is a new formula which is two different colours marbled together to create a different colour with each application. The shade I have is 371, which is a glossy mauve-pink shade. As with all Anna Sui lipsticks, these Lipstick Ms are also super moisturizing due to the inclusion of several moisturizing oils in the formula, such as olive fruit oil, grape seed oil, rose fruit oil, et cetera. The lipsticks also smell like roses still, which I absolutely love. At first I was a bit wary of how the star shaped bullet would affect application, but it’s actually not that bad since the tips of the star helps to create a more refined line around your lips; the rest is just fill in. If you’re a fan of moisturizing, rose-scented lipsticks, these are for you!

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The Rose Cheek Colour ($36), Anna Sui’s line of blushes, has also been repackaged to the same beautiful crystal cut-like casing as the Lipsticks. Anna’s Rose Cheek Colours are a blend of four distinct blush shades, swirled together to create a multidimensional blush shade that is perfect for every day wear. The shade I have is 301, which is made up of matte pinks, an orange, and a shimmery pink to create a coral shade with subtle shimmer. The texture of the blush is super smooth and adheres well to the skin. As with all of Anna’s products, the Rose Cheek Colour is also rose scented, and is available in 6 shades for fall, with two new shades – 303 and 602.

Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches
Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches

Swatches from left to right – Rose Cheek Colour in 301, Protective Lip Gloss in 200, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, and Lipstick M in 371.

Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches
Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches
Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches

Anna Sui’s new fall 2014 collection products are available now at select Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale, and at Hudson’s Bay Yorkdale, Sherway Gardens, Queen Street, and Downtown Vancouver.

Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches
Anna Sui Lipstick M in 371, Glittering Lip Gloss in 300, Protective Lip Gloss in 200 and Rose Cheek Colour in 301 reviews and swatches

Recap: Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2014 #DEBVan

Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2014

This is super long overdue but I thought better late than never! With my friend MizzJ, I attended Diner en Blanc in Vancouver on August 21. Diner en Blanc is basically an event that takes place in cities all over the world where people come together and picnic together, while dressed in white. Attendees purchase admissions to the event, and the day of the event, you’d bring everything with you, from your picnic table to cutlery, drinkware, and of course the food. You can also purchase the tickets with the inclusion of food, which means you get food made and packed for you courtesy of Chef David Hawksworth, of the Hawksworth Restaurant at the Hotel Georgia.

Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2014

Outfit: Dress from ASOS, blazer from Zara, shoes from Ferrgamo, bag from Coach

Taking place at David Lam Park in Yaletown, I dressed up in my best whites and went off to party with Vancouver’s social scene. It was really interesting to see the dynamic with everyone gathered in the park wearing white, as well as the people on the street who weren’t attending who were watching us from the side. It was also really fun to check out some of the more unique outfits that people had put together, some including full on costumes that seemed more Halloween-appropriate than anything else.

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All in all, the event was one of those once-in-my-life opportunity types. While I’m unsure I will want to attend again, it was definitely very eyeopening. If you’ve never been before, or if you’re looking for a fun activity to do with your friends or your significant other, you might want to check out Diner en Blanc!

Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2014
Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2014
Diner en Blanc Vancouver 2014

Review: Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Wash

Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Wash review

I love a rich foaming cleanser that deep cleanses. While most cleansers in this category are drying and fare better on combination or oily skin, Kiehl’s new Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Wash cleanses without stripping, and is ultra gentle on the skin.

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

What it claims (from Kiehl’s.ca): This rich, gel formula activates with water to create a creamy, dense foam that gently removes impurities without stripping skin of its essential moisture.Formulated with Calendula Flower Extract and Glycerin, this deep cleansing face wash helps to soothe and replenish skin without over drying. Skin looks and feels instantly refreshed and revitalized. Soap-free and Sulfate-free.

Price: $34 CAD for 235mL bottle

Texture/Scent: Light, translucent gel. Pretty much scent-free.

The good: This cleanser foams up quickly upon contact with water and some rubbing, and the type of foam it creates is the plush, rich kind. It cleanses really well, getting into all of the crevices of my skin and into my pores, but it never strips. It leaves my skin feeling really soft and balanced.

  • Foams up richly
  • Cleanses well
  • Never strips
  • Skin is left feeling soft and balanced

The bad: The Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Wash is not designed to remove makeup, so you do need to use a separate makeup remover. I find that if I wear a lot of makeup one day and remove it with an oil cleanser, if there is any leftover makeup after using the oil cleanser, this will not remove. Basically just need to remove your makeup really well before using this. This is priced at $34 CAD for 235mL, which isn’t too bad for me, but I can see some people not liking that price tag.

  • Does not remove makeup
  • Pricey

Overall: This is a simple, no-frills cleanser that will fulfill anyone’s need for a gentle foaming cleanser. While it is ideal for normal/combination skintypes, if you’re a dry skin person and love foaming cleansers, you can also give this one a try. At the end of the day, I really like this cleanser!

Product: 17/20
Packaging: 4/5
Value: 3.5/5
Overall: 24.5/30 | A
Repurchase? Likely yes.

Ingredients:

Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Wash review

Take an hour out of your busy schedule and play some board games with Mattel! #GameTime

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Life as an urban professional is always super hectic and busy, with every minute of your day highly utilized and productive. But when was the last time you took an hour out of your day to relax and play a spontaneous round of board games? Mattel, the producer of cult classic games such as UNO, Pictionary, and Mad Gab, is encouraging everyone to slow down, and bond with the people around you by spending some quality time with friends and family through interactive board games.

Mattel sent me four of their popular board games to play with my friends: Apples to Apples Big Picture, UNO, Mad Gab, and Bounce Off. Coincidentally my boyfriend was doing a games night with his friends so I brought along Apples to Apple Big Picture with me and it was a huge hit. Apples to Apples Big Picture is a variety of the classic Apples to Apples game, except with pictures matched to the theme word instead of words matched to words. It was fun to see what people had come up with as their matches to the theme word, and the night was filled with fun and laughter.

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In September, Mattel took over a Toronto shopping mall to surprise shoppers with a spontaneous and interactive game of Pictionary, which was disguised as a mall poster. Featuring surprises and prizes, this experience was caught on camera, which you can see in the video below.

When was the last time you took an hour out of your schedule to play a round of board games?