PuraSonic Facial Cleansing Brush Review

PuraSonic

As part of the Beauty Directory Expert Panel I get the opportunity to try out some fabulous new products, and this month I was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to trial the new PuraSonic – a new sonic facial cleansing brush.

Facial Cleansing brushes aren’t new to the market, but until recently consumers haven’t really had much of a selection to choose from – with a few major brands dominating the market. I was flipping through the weekend paper and saw one for $190! I was excited to try PuraSonic as I thought it is great that there are some more affordable options hitting shelves and I wanted to see how the PuraSonic stacked up.

I have been using the PuraSonic facial cleansing brush for just over a month – I began using it twice a day, however found I still got good results using it just at night. I have definitely noticed a change to my skin, not only does it feel beautiful and smooth but I have also suffered from random little breakouts much less than usual. My skin is also not as dry as It has been, and I attribute this is part to the actual cleansing done by the PuraSonic, but also my serums and moisturisers absorbing better into the skin. I have been using the PuraSonic mostly with the Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser, but any cleanser, or just water will also do the trick.

There are three speed options on PuraSonic, but I didn’t really find the need to use anything other than the slowest setting. I also tended to prefer the gentle brush head over the normal one included in the pack – even though I don’t consider my skin to be overly sensitive – but this is just a matter of preference.

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As I mentioned earlier, the PuraSonic is an affordable alternative to brands such as Clarisonic. The full PuraSonic kit retails at $99 and includes a charger, stand, two brush heads (one for sensitive, one for dry skin), instructions and a 1 year warranty. The current comparable offering from Clarisonic retails at $190, and their replacement brushes are $35 compared to PuraSonic’s which are $20. Now I have used a Clarisonic before, up until about a year ago when my original Clarisonic Mia died, and I really struggled to find a difference between these two, and it might be something that comes down to durability but other than that, I can hardly tell the difference between the quality and results of the two.

PuraSonic products are available to buy on the PuraSonic website, and online or instore at Target.

Lush Massage Bars Review

Lush Massage Bars

One of the latest releases from Lush is the new range of Lush Massage Bars. An alternative to traditional massage oils, these bars are made with a mixture of Essential Oils, Cocoa and Shea Butter.

Lush have an extensive range of these bars in different fragrances and ingredients to suit everybody’s taste. I tried out ‘Dirty’ and ‘Tender Is The Night’.

These two massage bars are very different to each other! Dirty is scented using the Gorilla perfume of the same name and smells good enough to eat – like Spearmint and Chocolate.

Tender is the Night has a beautiful scent with the strongest notes those of Jasmine and Vanilla. It also contains Shea and Murumuru Butters, giving a lovely hydrating feeling on the skin.

To use the massage bars, warm up the bar up between your hands and then rub over the skin. It feels similar to an oil on the skin and absorbs well, hydrating instantly and leaving just a slight residue. I’ve included a short video below from Lush with some tips on how to use the bars.

I will definitely pick up another bar when I am next near a Lush store – I have my eye on Pearl and Percup.

The Lush massage bars are available in store or online, and retail between $7.50 – $14.95.

Have you tried Lush’s Massage Bars – let me know your favourite in the comments below!

Obagi Review: Hydrate Luxe Moisture Rich Cream & Professional-C Serum

Obagi

Obagi is a leading American brand and has recently been gaining a bit of traction in Australia. Obagi’s medical grade products target a range of skin concerns using a range of potent formulas.

Coming into winter, one of my biggest skin concerns has been hydration. My skin isn’t sensitive, but always gets temperamental and dry when the seasons change. I was particularly excited to try the Hydrate Luxe Moisture-Rich Cream to help boost my skin’s moisture levels.

The texture of this product was one of the first things I noticed, it is incredibly creamy and thick – a little like butter! This product is formulated to be used overnight, as this thick texture wouldn’t be appropriate for daytime wear but leaves skin feeling beautiful in the morning. I suffer from dry, flaky skin on my nose which has decreased significantly since I began using this moisturiser. Alongside the hydrating benefits, ingredients in the Hydrate Luxe Moisture-Rich Cream go towards increasing skin firmness, strength and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

I was using this moisturiser in conjunction with another Obagi product, the Obagi Professional-C Serum 15%. This serum contains a concentrated dose of Vitamin C, an ingredient used to help brighten skin and retain moisture. The product comes with a dropper, and only a few drops are needed to cover the face, meaning this bottle will last for quite some time. While I was using the Hydrate Luxe Cream only at night, I was using this serum twice a day. It goes a long way to smooth the skin prior to the application of makeup and locks in moisture for the rest of the day. You can tell it’s got a strong dose of Vitamin C in there as there is definitely an orangey smell upon application. The 15% strength is appropriate for most skin types, however, there are also 20% and 10% varieties.

You can find your nearest Obagi stockist online. The Hydrate Luxe Moisture-Rich Cream and Professional-C Serum 15% both retail at $79.95.