Product Battles: Clarisonic Mia vs. Olay Pro X

For this product battle I will be reviewing the Olay Pro X and the Clarisonic Mia brush. These brushes are the top exfoliators on the market and the question what millions are asking is “which one is best?” Should you spend over $100 on the Clarisonic or about $30 on the Olay? That is what we shall find out today. Let’s begin!

The Olay Pro X is $29.99 and comes in either the regular brush or microdermabrasion. I chose the regular and it came with one brush, 2 batteries, and a cleanser. The cleanser is very nourishing, but I prefer to stick to my everyday cleanser because it has been matched with my exact skin type. It doesn’t have a charger and runs on batteries. When turned on, it has two speeds and the brush moves in a clockwise motion. I would use this 2-3 times a week since I already use a manual brush when washing my face. After using it, I didn’t notice any purging of my skin and my makeup went on a lot easier. I wouldn’t necessarily say my blemishes cleared completely up, but I did notice smaller pores and less blackheads.

Next is the Clarisonic Mia in Pink. This product costs about $125.00 and comes in many colors. It came with a gentle cleanser which was “eh” like the Olay Pro X cleanser. This brush has to be completely charged before usage and the charger is included. I was reluctant to try this because of the horrible purging I have heard of from other reviewers. After a week or so of usage, I wouldn’t recommend this to my worst enemy! Maybe it was my skin, but my skin purged terribly. The intense bristles and motion of the brush caused cystic purging and I noticed small broken capillaries on my face. Since I haven’t fake tanned for awhile my skin is very light and the broken capillaries were very noticeable. I stopped using the Mia and went back to my manual brush to clear it up.

Annnddd the winner is… Olay Pro X! Obviously! This brush, in my opinion, really did what it was supposed to do and made my skin very soft. I have heard that a lot of people adore the Mia and so perhaps it was my skin that caused the outbreak. The price also was a deciding factor because the brushes are so similar, but nearly had a $100 difference. The Olay Pro X is well worth the money.

Step By Step Eyebrow Tutorial

Eyebrows are the fur of the face that many people have yet to master. The key of eyebrows is that the hair color and thickness matches with your face shape and correlates with your hair color. Unfortunately, not everyone is graced with perfect natural eyebrows, thus we shade them in. This tutorial will show you how to prep, prime, and create the perfect brows. Let’s begin!

First, you must find out what your correct brow shape is. Your shape depends on the shape of your face and eyes. The peak of your brow should be vertical to the middle of your pupil. The brow should start where your tear ducts begin.

The products used in this are tweezers, a short angled brush, a razor, matching matte eye shadow, a highlight, possibly scissors or brow gel. A brow pencil was also used in this tutorial, but isn’t mandatory for every one. All of the maintenance products are from Sally’s Beauty Supply. You should go for a matte shadow or it wouldn’t be natural.

To begin, tweeze any stray hairs that don’t correlate with your natural shape or the shape that matches your face. Using a brow razor after will get those minuscule hairs that you can’t see. If your brows are really thick, brush the hairs upward with a spoolie and trim them with scissors.

Underlining the brow with pencil on the bottom will create an outline of where to shade and make it look more precise. Take the angled brush and start lightly shading in the brow.

If you make a mistake, then just take concealer after and blend it out. Go slowly at first so you don’t put too much on and keep checking if you need to make it longer.

I like to do my eyebrows before I apply eye shadow because it sets the construction of the face.

 

How To Clean and Moisturize Makeup Brushes

Dust-filled powder brushes, foundation caked stippling brushes, bacteria filled blush brushes, and color stained eye shadow brushes can really ruin a look and clog your pores with bacteria. Cleaning the brushes should be done depending on how much you use them. I only use my foundation brush for special occasions (I usually use a makeup sponge), but since that is brush to face contact I usually clean that brush once a week. For eye shadow brushes, I usually clean the whole set every month considering I use different brushes. Let’s begin!

To start, rinse your brushes in a downward motion. Rinsing it downward will make sure that water doesn’t loosen the glue from the stem and ruin the brush. If your brushes have bamboo, be careful not to damage it with the water.

For the cleaning product, mix 3/4 anti-bacterial soap and 1/4 olive oil on a plate. Mixing less olive oil won’t make your brushes greasy and thick, but will cleanse them and keep them soft. Just take one damp brush and swirl it through the olive oil and soap on the plate. If you don’t want to use this mixture, baby shampoo works just as well.

Now, take the soapy brush and massage it onto your hand under the water. You will start to see the makeup seeping out. Keep massaging until all of the soap is just water.  Afterwards, rub the brush on your hand and if you can hear or see soap coming off keep rinsing it. Powder and foundation brushes are the hardest to rinse because they are so dense.

If you have a lot of brushes to be cleaned, then I would invest in a makeup cleaning tool. This one is from Sigma and just slips on like a glove and doesn’t ruin your hand when massaging the makeup residue out.

Afterwards, just lay the brushes out on a flat surface on a paper towel or a rag and let them dry for 3-5 hours. Now your brushes are squeaky clean and moisturized!

Celebrity Inspired Makeup~ Selena Gomez

  

Selena Gomez’s song “Come and Get It” is at the top of the charts and Selena looks absolutely gorgeous in her video. This fast-beat song pairs well with the sultry eye and red lips that Selena wears throughout the video. Someone actually requested that I do a celebrity inspired makeup tutorial, so if you have any preferences be sure to comment your desire below. This will explain her eye, face, and lips. Let’s begin!

 To begin with the face, prime your whole face with Mac Prep + Prime. Using a foundation brush, blend Revlon Colorstay Foundation all over for an even tone. Apply concealer to under-eye areas and any red spots or blemishes. Brush a translucent Covergirl Loose Powder evenly across your face. This process will ensure that you will have the even and flawless look of Selena’s. Sweep Hot Mama by The Balm across the cheekbones with an angled blush brush. As you can see above, she doesn’t have a pinkish cheek, so apply Solar Riche by MAC into the blush and Gentle by MAC for the highlight. This will give a warm, earthy cheek tone. I filled in my brows to be thicker like Selena’s with the Brow Bar. 

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Now on to the eyes! Apply Urban Decay Eyeshadow Potion to my eyelids to prime them. Brush Copper Craze by Maybelline into the corners of the eyes and onto the middle of the lid. Now apply Half Baked from the Naked Palette into the inner corner of the eye. If you want to wet your brush while you apply this gold it will make it stand out more. With a smaller brush, sweep dark horse from the Naked Palette into the crease and blend it out. Taking an angled brush, slowly blend Black out into the deepest part of the crease. Use any light shadow and highlight the brow bone and clean up any stray eye shadow. Using a thick black pencil, line the water line and smudge it out onto the lower lash line. I prefer using Smolder by MAC, but any thick pencil will do. Apply a gel eye liner onto the upper lash line, and don’t wing it out. My false lashes are 105 by Ardel and I used Falsies mascara over them afterwards and onto my bottom lashes. 

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Finally, lips! I am using Ruby Woo by MAC. This lipstick is very matte, so I suggest exfoliating previously and wearing lip balm before applying. If you do make a mistake, then you can go over that with a concealer brush. And that’s it! I will try and do celebrity inspired looks in the future. 

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