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.

Rimmel’s Oh My Gloss!

Rimmel Oh My Gloss
I have been madly hoarding lipsticks since I started to wear them. I used to be a total gloss girl, but the punch and pigment of a lipstick has seen them be almost totally replaced in my makeup bag, that was until the launch of Rimmel’s Oh My Gloss!

Rimmel’s Oh My Gloss! delivers a good colour payoff, in a non-sticky lightweight gloss. This gloss also contains Argon Oil and Vitamin E to nourish the lips. The shades pictured above are Rebel Red, Ooh La La and Pin Up. Rebel Red is probably my favourite and is great on its own or to shine up a lipstick. I’ve also been trying Pin Up – I don’t often wear pink shades, but this isn’t too pigmented and a great way to ease myself into it.

Rimmel’s Oh My Gloss! is available at Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, Supermarkets and Pharmacies. Oh My Gloss! retails at $13.95.

Have you tried Rimmel’s Oh My Gloss! What is your favourite shade?

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!