Clarisonic Mia 2 Review

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Clarisonic and Her Campus Media. All words and opinions are my own. Clarisonic Mia 2 Deep Pore device.

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So I had the chance to try out the new Clarisonic Deep Pore Mia 2 device. I received the device about a month ago and wanted to wait a good length of time so I could give you guys a honest review. I have always seen the Clarisonic device in stores but was a little unsure if I should splurge on it or not. The Clarisonic Deep Pore Mia 2 set I received includes a Mia 2 device, Protective Travel Case, Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, Deep Pore Detoxifying Clay Mask and a Deep Pore Brush Head.

First, I must say this device is AMAZING! The Clarisonic Mia 2 is so gentle on my skin which I absolutely love. It’s also lightweight and easy to use. It gets my skin six-times cleaner than manual cleansing, and in turn, all my other skincare products work better. My face is really oily and acne prone so this deep pore set is perfect for my face. I have no issues using my device daily, but like with any beauty tool, starting out slowly is best.

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The Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Cleansing Device features two speeds suitable for all skin types, delicate and universal, that cleanse skin 6x better than hands alone. The Deep Pore Cleanser and Mask are perfect for removing impurities, controlling oil and refining enlarged pores. The first time you use your brush, I recommend you fill the entire inner circle with cleanser (about a quarter-sized amount). Then, you can adjust accordingly for your skin type. Just like your toothbrush, you need to thoroughly soak your Clarisonic in water to get the ultimate pore-cleaning action. Use it in the shower or bath (it’s waterproof) and enjoy cleaner, softer, smoother skin in just 60 seconds a day.

Overall, the Clarisonic Mia 2 is a great device for anyone and Clarisonic devices are the #1 most recommended skin cleansing devices by US dermatologists. Clarisonic’s award-winning products are distributed through dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, spas, prestige retailers and online at Clarisonic.com.

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Christmas is fast approaching so this would also make the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one. Visit this link www.clarisonic.com/hercampus and use code HERCAMPUS to receive 15% off your purchase.

 

Happy Cleansing!

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Healthy Hair Tips

Maintaining our natural hair is a hard and lengthy task at times, especially for us naturals. Some products work for our hair and some does not but these tips will help any hair type become more healthy. For this post, I have composed a few tips and steps to make your hair routine a little easier and your hair more manageable.

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Before L.O.C. Method

-Every 1-2 days you need to moisturize and seal to maintain hydration and softness. Natural hair needs moisture! Without it, our hair is dry, fragile, and subject to breakage. Using the L.O.C method is definitely a life-saver. If you are unfamiliar, the L.O.C method stands for Liquid, Oil, and Cream. Choose a leave-in that has the first ingredient listed as water. Next, choose and oil that will penetrate the hair and seal in the moisture for your leave in. Lastly, finish with a cream or butter based product to moisturize and seal in the liquid and the oil.

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Dark & Lovely Au Naturale

-Weekly, you should co-wash and deep condition to gently cleanse, rehydrate, soften, strengthen and retain elasticity.(Co-washing is short for “conditioner washing,” or cleansing your hair with your favorite conditioner instead of shampoo).  If co-washing is a regular part of your hair regimen, stay away from silicones. Many of these ingredients are easy to identify on product labels: look for ingredients ending in -cone. Many silicones are synthetic additives that are not water-soluble, making them a little bit harder to wash out without harsh detergents. The end result is yucky build-up on your hair and scalp.

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After L.O.C. Method

– I know we all love hot water but make sure to rinse hair with cold water to close the cuticle and ALWAYS use a leave-in. If your hair is naturally dry or becomes dry frequently then you definitely need a leave in that will thoroughly moisturize your hair and have the ability to keep it moisturized for at least several days.

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Cantu Leave-In Conditioner with Argan Oil

-Monthly, try special treatments with protein, henna or extra moisture to make hair stronger, more flexible, and stop or prevent breakage. Protein Treatments help to rebuild hair structure and strength. Your hair is about 88% protein. These proteins are of a hard fibrous type known as keratin. When hair is chemically straightened, these bonds are broken, causing the hair to lose strength. If this protein is not replaced, it will eventually cause the hair to break. Egg treatments are effective protein treatment for hair and usually stops breakage immediately.

After I finish washing my hair, I like to put it into bantu knots so that each section can equally get the same amount of product on it for maximum hydration.

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Bantu Knots

Some products I personally love to use are:

  • Shea Moisture (Jamaican Castor Oil Line & Superfruit Complex)
  • Cantu (Natural Hair Line)
  • Coconut Oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Not Your Mother’s (Way To Grow Conditioner)

If you want to take a more natural and cheaper approach by using foods from your kitchen, here are a list of a few and what value they can add to your hair health:

  • Avocado: For moisture & growth
  • Egg: Protein for strength, volume, texture, and shine.
  • Banana: The remedy for thinning, dry or frizzy hair.
  • Honey: Goes on thick for damage control.
  • Mayonnaise: Intense conditioner.
  • Oils: Olive, Jojoba, Coconut, Almond, and Castor oils strengthen and moisturize, while eliminating dandruff.
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Protective Style

Always remember to use minimal heat or avoid it all together if you can. Eat healthy. Take hair vitamins. Drink tons of water. Do protective styles. And Lastly, be patient.!

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NYC Expert Last Lip Color

I was browsing the makeup section in Walmart one day when I came across the New York Color cosmetics. I had been browsing the aisles for a new lipstick to try, when my eyes locked in on NYC’s Expert Last Lip Color lipsticks. I read the label and I grabbed three colors I wanted to try. Forever Fuchsia, Creamy Caramel, and Red Rapture.

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Once I had the chance to try these lipsticks, I was in love! The colors were very vibrant and went on smooth. My favorite is Forever Fuchsia! Shades of pink are always my first go to colors because I am a lover of all things pink.

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One night I went out with my hubby and decided to wear the Red Rapture lipstick and to my amazement, the color stayed on all night long! We were out for about 4-5 hours and I never had to reapply, which can be a hassle sometimes if you don’t have great lighting. My lips looked great the whole night! ( the picture below is when I returned home)

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I am very pleased with this product and will definitely be purchasing more. Speaking of purchasing… these New York Color Expert Last Lip Color lipsticks retail for only $1.99. A lot of great benefits for a low price. Also, make sure you exfoliate your lips and apply concealer before putting on your lipsticks for long lasting, beautiful results.

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Eyes.Lips.Face.

Eyes Lips Face, better known as E.L.F. cosmetics. I’m sure most of you have seen this brand around in grocery stores like Kroger, or other big retailers like Target, K-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. Anyway, I absolutely LOVE e.l.f.! Their cosmetics are very affordable with prices ranging from $1… yes I said $1 to about $90 (depending on if you are getting a collection set). E.L.F. launched in 2004 and is guided by celebrity and beauty professional Scott-Vincent Borba. E.L.F. is a revolutionary new beauty company, able to provide a line of cosmetics that moisturize, hydrate, and enliven your complexion without taxing your budget.

A product that I cannot live without is E.L.F.s’ Lip Exfoliator! It gently exfoliates my lips to remove dry, chapped skin. It treats and soothes my lips for a conditioned and revitalized feel. They feel oh so soft and kissable. Lol and the best part is, this lip exfoliator only cost $3.00!

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I also own their foundation, lip stain, studio matte lip color, smudge pot, essential lipsticks, lip liners, duo mascara, all over color stick, brightening eye color, contour set, eye liners, and jumbo lip gloss stick. That’s a lot right? Well, guess what…most of this came from their sale section online so all of this combined cost no more than$15. The least amount items are priced at are just $0.39 and you get free shipping when you make your first purchase. (prices may vary) Right now, for customer appreciation, E.L.F. is putting free gifts like a tube of lipstick, eye shadow, or nail polish in each order, who doesn’t love freebies?! If you prefer to shop in store, the prices are as low as $1 and you have the satisfaction of using them right way. Either way I encourage you to check them out, here’s the website www.elfcosmetics.com or you can follow them on instagram @elfcosmetics. Oh and E.L.F. doesn’t test on animals!

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Honey, Cinnamon, Nutmeg

Cinnamon, Honey & Nutmeg Face Mask. This face mask is amazing if you suffer from breakouts like me. It reduces redness, softens and tightens skin, and the cinnamon acts as a light exfoliant. It has honey which is a humectant, which is a natural moisturizing agent. Honey is also naturally antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment and prevention. Cinnamon is an antiseptic which will help reduce the bacteria on the surface of your skin to aid in the prevention of pimples and even help dry out existing pimples. It also stimulates and revitalizes the skin by drawing blood, oxygen and nutrients to the surface of your skin, leaving your skin healthy & glowing. Nutmeg exfoliates the skin which in turn reduces blemishes & the look of blemishes. The nutmeg also helps reduce those annoying blackheads.

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1 Tablespoon Honey

1 Teaspoon Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon Nutmeg

Mix together.

Let sit on your face for 20 mins.

Rinse off.

Enjoy!

xoxo.

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