Clarisonic Is Coming to Belgium (& I Need Your Help)!

Clarisonic

Many beauty/skincare buffs might have tried Clarisonic already, but this buzz is just about to land in Belgium! I am both very excited and a little anxious, and that’s why I need your help!

Clarisonic Mia

Just in case you are not familiar with Clarisonic, it is an electric face-cleansing brush. Clarisonic boasts an oscillation movement that won’t tug on the skin, as well as deep-cleansing that hands cannot achieve. My favorite part has to be the magnetic charger. You can pop into the shower with the device without breaking it or getting electrocuted!

Proof (OK the brushes aren’t really on, but you get the idea):

Clarisonic Plus

The brush head has to be replaced every 3 months. There are several different types to choose from, including normal, sensitive, delicate, deep pore, and body. The body brush head can only be used with Clarisonic Plus, the bigger model you see in the picture above. There is also an acne cleansing brush head that won’t be available in Belgium till next year.

Clarisonic Belgium

The reason why I am a little anxious is because it seems to take some time and experiment to get the knack of using a Clarisonic. For example, some cleansers work better than others and so on. If you have tried Clarisonic, what is your experience like? If you have blogged about it, please feel free to leave a link to your post in the comment. I would love to read as much as I can about it before I start experimenting!

Needless to say, you guys will hear all about how it goes after some time!

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

Clarisonic will be available next month in Belgium. The Plus kit costs 225 euros, Mia 2 149. Brush heads/cleanser 25 euros.



  • Chris El

    Yes and yes! I have the Clarisonic Mia but I can honestly say that this changed my skin. My skin was pretty good to begin with, but it keeps the dry flakes away and helps make my face radiant. I don’t use it everyday, just 1-2x/ wk as an exfoliator. I use the sensitive skin brush head.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Chris, thanks so much for sharing! I’ll definitely stick to sensitive/delicate because I know my cheeks won’t be happy with anything else. Maybe I should stick to my T-zone because that’s where I need some deep-cleansing.

  • Deanna

    Hey Sunny, I have been using the Mia for roughly one week and only at night (with the sensitive brush head). I can’t say it has been a revelation, my skin doesn’t look any different. If anything the pores look worse but I figure that I need to give it more time. I’ve been using it with my regular Paula’s Choice cleanser (haven’t tested the Clarisonic cleanser). Not sure how long it took most people to notice a difference and I guess all the rave reviews made me assume improvements will be instantaneous (which is never the case!), so I’m looking forward to your review!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Deanna, thanks so much for sharing!!! I’ll definitely keep you posted. We’ve been having some REALLY warm weather and I can just about use a bit more cleansing now!

  • http://redhotjillypeppers.com/ Redhotjillypeppers

    Looking forward to your review ! I use a Philips brush and love it with an oil cleanser

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jill, interesting! I didn’t know an oil cleanser would work with a device like this! I’ll have to try!

  • beauties

    Sorry, can’t help you :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      It’s OK. If it’s good I’ll let you know so you can get one!

  • L@BeautyHobbyist

    Sunny!^^
    I love love love my clarisonic it’s so refreshing to use in the morning!I try to use it everyday at least once with whatever cleanser i have on hand and I can say its made a visible difference in my skin.It’s much clearer and radiant than it was pre-clarisonic and i no longer have any dry flakes around my nose!the results werent immediate however but id say after the first few months i started seeing a difference. Ive been using my clarisonic for at least 3 years and wouldnt be without it now :P

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girly, thanks so much for sharing! It’s nice to know your experience is so positive! I’ll definitely experiment with my regular cleansers just to see what texture works better :)

  • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.wordpress.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    Unfortunately I can’t give you any advice as I haven’t tried the Clarisonic myself, but I can’t wait to hear what you think of it! I’ve read so many great things about it, but my current financial status (a nice way of saying I am unemployed) doesn’t allow me to try it myself.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww I’ll definitely keep you posted! If it works well you should put it on your birthday/Christmas wish list!

      • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.wordpress.com/ Kiss & Make-up

        My birthday is in a week, so hurry up! ;-)

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          LOL sorry but I don’t think I’ll come up with anything too conclusive in a week! Just wait till Christmas :p

          • http://kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.wordpress.com/ Kiss & Make-up

            What?? I am deeply disappointed, Sunny.

            ;-)

  • AR

    I have the clarisonic Mia and the deep pore brush head. I have been using it for over a year and I love it! I use it once a day, at night with Purity Made Simple cleanser. After, I moisturize with Clinique Moisture Surge Intense. I only use once a day, twice a day caused irritation. My skin is very clear now, and no flakies around my mouth anymore (before I ALWAYS had flakies because of dry skin, but with impurities). I never use scrubs or other exfoliators anymore, since my skin cannot handle both the Mia and exfoliation.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey AR, thanks so much for sharing! I think twice a day is too much for almost everyone (unless you’re 16 and very oily I guess). I also think it’s a good idea not to scrub as often when you also use Clarisonic. Deep cleansing is good but too much of a good thing can hurt too!

  • Icaria

    Here’s what I wrote about it: http://icarias.blogspot.ca/search/label/Clarisonic#.UcGX6-ddC8A Just make sure you start slow to see how your skin reacts to it. :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girl, thanks for the review! I will definitely start slow. I’m saying not even once every day, at least not on my cheeks!

      • Icaria

        Good plan! xx

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    I use whatever cleanser I usually use with the Clarisonic, but not one with hard physical exfoliating particles, because I find that a bit too harsh. I only use mine once a week or so!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Larie! I wouldn’t use anything with scrubbly bits with this, either. I guess it would have been fine when I was 16, but not anymore :p

  • http://wade-ashore.blogspot.com/ Caise

    I’ve always wanted to try Clarisionic:)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Daria, I’ll keep you posted about how it works!

  • Susanne

    I have the Clarasonic since september 2011.I had big hopes and was very exited about it.
    But let me say, the dose makes the poison!
    At the first week i used it every day two times a day. The consequence, very inflamed skin.
    Now I am using it maybe 2 or 3 days a week. It does not wonders and when you are sensitiv to manuel peelings, be careful!
    Susanne from Germany

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sausanne, ouch, I’m so sorry to hear about the inflammation! I am a bit anxious about it because I haven’t used a scrub for quite a while. I have switched to chemical peels instead. Especially during the hot summer months, I think my T-zone will more than likely be OK with a higher frequency. Not too sure about my cheeks but we’ll see! Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

  • http://www.glambunctious.com/ Kristen / Glambunctious

    Exciting! Prepare for the craze! I have been using a Clarisonic for about 4 months. I was not into the idea AT ALL originally. I’ve used other brushes and didn’t see what the fuss was. One day I just decided to get one and honestly, it’s been awesome! I have skin the reacts as if I’ve offended it if I try to over cleanse it, and it didn’t react to me using this (with sensitive brush head) twice daily at all. My skin has definitely been more clear since I started using it and it realllly gets every drop of makeup and oil off your skin and out of your pores. I use the regular brush head now and have only had about 3 breakouts since. I hope you love it!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Kristen, good to know you’re experience has been majorly positive! I’ll definitely keep you posted!

  • ValleyDoll

    Oooh I would really like to have one of these ! I have no experience with these kinds of things, so I can’t help you :-)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Eva, I’ll keep you posted for sure! I’m approaching the device with caution and the willingness to experiment ;)

      • loriindc

        It’s changed my life! Key is to be consistent and not over do it. I use mine every night. Sales associates will tell you use it twice a day – that’s too much. I use the sensitive brush head and replace mine every 4 months. Honestly, my lines are less noticeable, poors appear smaller and I never need to use a regular face exfoliator.

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Hey girly, thanks so much for sharing! I do think twice a day is a bit over the top, so I’ll start with once a day and see how it goes. Here’s to hoping I’ll get great results as well!

  • Jacqueline Ma

    This is my favourite beauty tool, the best investment ever for me. If you re worried about reacting to the Clarisonic, you could try using their sensitive brush and use it maybe only once a day or every alternate day. Don’t press it down on your skin and use a lower speed. Here’s my review. I hope it is useful.

    http://mybeautyhoard.blogspot.sg/2012/07/clarisonic-mia-2-sonic-skin-cleansing.html

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jacqueline, thanks for the link! My Mia came with a sensitive brush head and I got a delicate one, so hopefully they’re gentle enough!

  • http://lifeandlensofbeauty.blogspot.hk/ Jenni @ lifeandlensofbeauty

    I have only used Mia for a while but I found that more liquidy cleanser (think philosophy purity) works easier than cream-to-foam!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenni, thanks for the heads-up! I don’t have a lot of foaming cleansers around, but I might have some sample sachets I can experiment with.

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Oh wow, didn’t realize the Clarisonic hadn’t been available over there until now! Tips…do NOT get overzealous/excited and use it for longer than the timed 1 minute–I did that the first 2 weeks or so of getting mine and completely dried out my skin. It’s very effective and 1 minute will do you just fine! Also, gentle non-foaming cleansers are the most gentle and effective, in my opinion. if you get the pack that comes with the gentle Clarisonic cleanser, use it. I actually really liked that stuff, surprisingly! Oh and don’t press too hard on the brush, just barely lay it on your skin and let it do the work (that way the bristles won’t splay either and it will last longer…as long as you keep it clean, which leads me to my next tip…)–and if you want the brush head to last a LOT longer, don’t use it to remove makeup (I just use it after cleansing once every week or every other week), wash with a good soap afterwards, and deep clean with alcohol every week! :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Becca, thanks for sharing your experience! I tried to remove makeup with it last night, and it did do a great job but I had to clean the brush head afterwards. I think I’ll stick to removing whatever I can with Bioderma first and do the second part of the cleansing with this! I’ll also abide by the timer and not get greedy ;)

  • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

    I’m ALL for the Clarisonic. Here’s how I roll with it:

    – at first, try using it no more than every other night (in case of sensitivity)
    – remove heavy makeup before Clarisonic-ing with oil cleanser or makeup remover
    – use the Clarisonic during the second cleanse with a regular cleanser
    – I prefer to lather my face with cleanser and then rotate a wetted Clarisonic over the face
    – I try not to exfoliate for longer than 1 or 2 minutes (timer is set to stop at 1 minute)
    – if you experience any negative reaction or experience, consider that the default normal brush they provide may not be right for your skin type (based on @TheBeautySample:disqus ‘s and my experience, we found that the Normal brush feels gentler than the Sensitive brush – I don’t know about Delicate)

    I think because you have pretty good skin to begin with, you needn’t be too religious about using this. Just in the place of a physcial exfoliant or a chemical peel once in a while – never all of them within a short span of time.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Liz, thanks so much for the pointers! I tried to wet the brush head first and pump my Pai cleanser on it last night, and I ended up with water and cleanser running down from my forehead! I wanted to see how well it removes makeup as well, so I didn’t use Bioderma first like I normally do. It did clean my skin really well, but I had to clean the brush head afterwards so I think I’ll do exactly what you said!

      • http://beautyreductionista.blogspot.ca/ Liz

        Yeah, I hate the dripping mess that ensues, so I shake off some of the water after wetting the Clarisonic and always lather the face and not the brush. :)

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Hey Liz, I tried that last night and it worked much better!

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of the Clarisonic. I actually find that my skin does better when I DON’T use it. I’d rather use chemical and even scrubby exfoliators than my Clarisonic. I know I’m in the minority here, but thought I’d throw my 2 cents into the mix just to confuse you haha. ;) Good luck with it!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Tracy, thanks for sharing! I know it’s not a hit with everyone, but nothing ever is (especially when it comes to skincare). I stopped using scrubs quite some time ago, so it’ll be interesting to see how Clarisonic fares!

  • http://MyLuciteDreams.com/ MyLuciteDreams

    Yay the Clarisonic! I adore it. I have trouble using creamy cleansers with it so I opt for the most gentle liquid cleansers. I really like to use Fresh Soy Face Cleanser with it. I only use it in the evenings or every other day. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts :-)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Taylor, thanks for the heads-up! I tried the Pai cleanser with it last night and it was a little weird. I think I still have a lot of experiment to do before I get the hang of it!

  • http://www.styleplayground.com/ Axelle Blanpain

    Finally, Clarisonic is coming to Belgium! I have one for a year and a half now and I love it! I recently wrote an article about it (http://www.styleplayground.com/2013/06/5-good-reasons-you-need-clarisonic-in.html ) so you might be interested in that! Personally, I love the use the Philosophy Purity cleanser with it :)

    xx

    Axelle
    Style playground

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Axelle, thanks for the link! Glad to hear you’re such a fan! Now you can get your brush heads more easily!

  • TinaBowling

    I think it is definitely a matter of finding the best cleanser for your skin AND the right brush head as well. I did a review over 4 weeks, here is my wrap up post: http://myhighestselfblog.com/after-four-weeks-with-my-clarisonic-plus/

    I look forward to more on what you think of it as you go along!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks so much for the link, Tina! My Mia 2 came with a sensitive brush head, and I got an extra delicate one. I’m hoping my skin will be fine with at least one of them!

  • MakeupWithdrawal

    I LOVE my Clarisonic. I never blogged about it, because I am an absolute slacker, but I’ve had it for over a year now. I use the delicate head as the sensitive head was really quite harsh for me. Most people like using their existing cleansers but I found that I actually really loved the Clarisonic Hydro Cleanser. If you’re using a foaming cleanser, I’ve heard that using a bubble net to create a really rich foam makes it more comfortable, like a bubbly cushion layer if you find the brush head to be too harsh!

    Basically my rule of thumb is that if it hurts, I’m doing it wrong! When I first got it, I think instinctively I wanted to move it around my face a lot but over time I learned to go really slowly, and to let it barely rest on my skin, minimal pressure. I can’t live without it now, if I go two or three days without it, my skin immediately starts to punish me! I usually use it in the evenings after taking my makeup off with cleansing oil. I REALLY hope that you like it too! Also that you forgive my essay of a comment! XD

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Mimi, thanks so much for sharing your experience! I seldom use a foaming cleanser nowadays, but just for experiment’s sake I will try one! So if you use a cleansing oil with it, do you put water on the brush head or not? I’ve been wondering if I can use an oil or cleaning balm with it, since both require that you start with a dry face and I’m not sure how that will work with Clarisonic!

      • MakeupWithdrawal

        Oh, I don’t use the cleansing oil with it, I use it after. I’ve tried using it with, but the amount of water needed to emulsify the oil just makes a big milky mess when used with the brush. I definitely always remove my makeup before using the Clarisonic because using it to remove foundation just leaves a really gross covered brush that takes forever to clean!

  • http://onestarrynight.com Sarah @ OneStarryNight

    I absolutely LOVE my Clarisonic!! I’ve had it for over two years now. I have insanely dry skin and it’s really helped even things out in tone and texture. I use the Philosophy – The Microdelivery -daily exfoliating wash with it.

    I used to use the sensitive head but now use the normal head. I didn’t really notice much of a learning curve but it DID feel like I was using my sonicare toothbrush (albeit larger) all over my face lol!

    You are going to LOVE IT!

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Sarah, wow I couldn’t have guessed the combination of Clarisonic and Philosophy daily exfoliating wash would work for dry skin, but I’m glad to hear it does! I have only tried it twice so far and I’m impressed just how well it cleans my face. I removed my makeup with it once and a quick toner swipe afterwards confirmed there was no trace of makeup left! I didn’t like how the brush head looked afterwards though, so I think I’ll continue to remove most of the makeup with Bioderma first. I also learnt it’s not a good idea to put too much water on the brush head. I did that the first time, and was a bit horrified about the water running down from my forehead throughout the process LOL

      • http://onestarrynight.com Sarah @ OneStarryNight

        I generally remove my makeup first THEN use the Clarisonic. Otherwise, like you said, I don’t feel clean and it makes the brush head just nasty.

        I run the brush under warm water, shake the excess out THEN use it. Even in the shower! Otherwise water is spraying everywhere LOL!

  • Man Yee Lau

    hmm, I see a lot of raves about Clarisonic online but I am not sure… I am actually quite lazy and I often forget to exfoliate or I am just too lazy to do it. I should do some research too. Maybe I will get me one in Hong Kong during my summertrip. :D

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Man Yee, I haven’t used a physical scrub for quite a while now, so Clarisonic is going to be an interesting experiment for sure! I’ve used it twice so far so I can’t say anything conclusive (except for the fact that it does clean REALLY well), but I’ll keep you posted!

  • peggy timmermans

    I don’t have any experience with it what so ever so I can’t help you with this one! Curious though :)

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Peggy, I’ll keep you posted for sure!

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/happytrails699‎ Marla Robinson

    Absolutely love my Clarisonic. I have had it for years. I also have the Mia 2 for travel. My favorite cleanser to use with it is Origins Checks and Balances because it is so thick and rich. Any cleanser that isn’t runny should work fine. I prefer the deep pore cleanser brush head. It really deep cleans my pores and buffs my face.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Marla, it’s nice to have you back!!!

      Thanks for sharing your experience! I found out that I can’t use it every day (minor breakout), so I have to figure out how often I can actually use it. So far the cleansers I’ve tried seem to work OK though!

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  • Poteet Douglas

    I have had a Mia for 4 years and the battery just died. It won’t hold a charge anymore. I’m SO heartbroken!!! This thing transformed my skin and now I have nothing! I have to figure out a way to come up with the 140 Euro for the Mia 2. I use Aveda Outer Peace foaming cleanser with mine and also the deep pore cleanser brush head. Never any dryness or tightness. Just a glow! It’s been 2 days and I can already see the difference. If you are doubting whether it works or not, put that out of your mind.

    • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww I’m so sorry to hear that! It’s good to know they last for 4 years though. I was thinking just a couple of years, but if it’s 4 it makes the price tag much less painful :)

      • Poteet Douglas

        I have to admit, dividing the price by 4 years is definitely worth it. Maybe put .25 cents in a potje for the next 4 years and you’ll be ready when yours lays itself to rest! ;) Out of curiosity, have you found one in a store in Belgium yet? I read it’s exclusively offered in Ici Paris, but I have not yet seen one.

        • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

          Hey girly, now that is a great idea! I don’t think I’ve seen one in store. I know it’s on IPXL’s webshop already, but it will only be available in selected stores so maybe check a couple more stores out?

          • Poteet Douglas

            I found it in Antwerp at the IPXL! And today it was korting of 21%! Score!!!!! It’s plugged in and I’m eager for tomorrow evening’s scrub!!!! :D THANKS!!!

          • http://mostlysunnyblog.com/ Sunny @Mostly Sunny

            I know! Isn’t that sweet? I got the coupons in the mail today! Can’t wait to plot my purchase :)