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It is another day of my 16 hour-work-day life. Working for a start-up is hard, but you cannot understand how hard it is until you actually work for one. It is even harder when I am juggling a full time start up life, freelance gigs, and help running family businesses. That is what an independent girl needs to do to follow her dream and feed her family. The mortgage doesn’t pay itself at the end of the month. Sometimes, I miss having the beautiful life, drinking good wine, eating good food, and looking fabulous. Who doesn’t want to have fun all day?

“Nothing is impossible; the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”                      ― Audrey Hepburn [Tweet this]

I hate the word IMPOSSIBLE. People always tell me everything I do is impossible, and I always prove to them that they are wrong! There must be a way to live a fabulous life even when I am working a 16 hour day. If Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO can have baby and run a Fortune 500 company at the same time, I can have a fabulous life while working for a start-up.

Drinking good wine is not too difficult to solve. Now I have more reason to drink while working :D. Just with a bottle of good wine, a crystal glass, my laptop, and I can have a wine party with my friends over Skype. My office might not have the nice view like a patio in Yorkville, but Google Street View can give me any view I want.

Eating well deserves a few blog posts on their own. I will share my tricks with you another time.

The last one is looking fabulous. Dressing fabulous is easy. I can pick out a fabulous outfit without a problem in under 5 minutes. The last time I checked, my style is not too horrible. However looking fabulous is not that easy because it has to come from within. My mother always tells me that I only need to look at a person’s hair and skin to tell everything about her. A glowing skin tells the world that you are healthy and so does your bank account. If I am not rich yet, at least I want to look and feel rich.

I’m a big believer in that if you focus on good skin care, you really won’t need a lot of makeup. - Demi Moore  [Tweet this]

It is a little tricky because I don’t have time for makeup. I cannot spend 30 minutes a day putting on makeup and another 30 minutes styling my hair if I don’t even have time to sleep. High maintenance life is not very start-up friendly.  I need to have fabulous skin so I don’t have to worry about covering up all the imperfections. That is the only way to look fabulous without spending hours in front of the mirror. It makes the morning routine so much easier. I just need moisturizer, a little mascara and a red lipstick, and I am good to go.

My family has a beauty bar, which means I can have a facial, wax, manicure, and pedicure any time. Now you know why I always have awesome nail art, however sometimes it is hard to fit a beauty appointment in my 16-hour workday. One day I came home and got a Clarisonic Mia 2, a present from Clarisonic Canada. This might be the solution for my skin dilemma. I love it when a brand really cares about you. Not a lot of brands pay attention to details.

I have heard a lot about Clarisonic from my girlfriends and was excited to open my new present. This brush is one of the most beautiful beauty tools I have ever seen. If Steve Job’s invented a facial cleansing brush instead of the iPhone, Clarisonic would be it. If I can judge a device by its sleek design, Clarisonic would win with a perfect score. Sadly just like I cannot vote for Justin Trudeau for his beautiful hair and charm, I can’t review Clarisonic just based on its good design, oh and did I just tell the world my new political crush? Oh well, it will be good for SEO. “SEO digger” is the new gold digger, traffic brings money. That line will bring all the JT female fans who are searching for his beauty tips. The man doesn’t look a day over 30. Even I want to know Trudeau’s skin routine!

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. - Steve Jobs [Tweet this]

My good friend Christine has a Mia 2 too and her skin is soft as a baby’s bottom. I really wanted to know if the brush is as amazing as its sleek design. However just like any new electronic device, I had to charge my new shiny Mia 2 for 24 hours. God, why do you give us amazing products, and make us wait? Life is unfair!

On the bright side, the Clarisonic’s charger is amazing. I can’t believe my facial brush has a better charger than my phone. I wish my iPhone has an inductive charger too. Keep dreaming, the Apple god is not listening. To be honest I never thought I’d see the day a beauty product has a better charger than my iPhone.

The first time I tried my Clarisonic Mia 2, I was very impressed. The brush motion wasn’t harsh at all, just the right amount of pressure. The Clarisonic is set to a one-minute setting: 20 seconds on my forehead, 20 seconds on my nose/chin and 10 seconds on each cheek. I love the timer because I can never track on my own. This way I won’t under/over use it.  It is so much easier to follow a simple routine. After the first time using my new Clarisonic Mia 2, my skin was so smooth and I couldn’t stop touching it (bad girl, touching your skin is bad. Don’t do it.) After a month using Clarisonic, I am in love with this product. I got a lot of compliments from people including my little sister, Monster. Keep in mind, I am known for having the worst skin in my family, and Monster doesn’t give compliments.

I love my Mia 2 and it makes my start up life so much easier. Is Clarisonic right for you? I love my Mia 2 to death but I can’t answer the question for you because I am not you and I don’t know your needs.  To help you make the decision, here are the pros and cons.

Pros:

  • My skin feels smoother and softer. It helps reduce the appearance of visible pores. I see a big difference on my nose. I use natural face products, moisturizer and foundation. They have no toxic chemicals but don’t apply as smooth as regular cosmetics. The toxic chemicals are in cosmetics for a reason. With the skin improvements, my makeup goes on so much smoother. It saves me money and time because I use fewer products.

  • I can use Clarisonic Mia 2 with any non–abrasive cleanser including any natural cleanser. It is great for anyone who has sensitive skin.

  • Easy routine to follow. I work for a start-up. After a 12-16 hour work day, I usually don’t clean my face properly. All I want is sleep. I used to use facial cleansing tissues to remove and clean my face quickly. With a Clarisonic, I get in a routine cleaning my face twice a day. I love the T-timer. It makes face cleansing so much easier. I don’t need to think just follow the steps. It also saves me money because the facial tissues are not cheap at all.

  • Great for travelling.  A Clarisonic Mia 2 comes with a travel case. The size is just perfect to carry with you on the plane.  I like the idea of having a mini facial on a 24 hour flight. :D

  • Great battery life. This device has the best charger I have ever seen. One charge lasts me more than half a month. If I go on a vacation, I won’t have to worry about charging. The handle is waterproof for use in the shower or bathtub.

  • Lots of brush head options for different kinds of skin. I have normal skin, this doesn’t really matter but it can be useful for girlfriends with sensitive skin.

Cons

  • Over-exfoliation can cause dryness. This is true for any type of cleansing. Too much of anything is bad for you. If you don’t use your Clarisonic properly, you can over-exfoliate. Follow the instructions. Avoid combining with other exfoliating products because it can be too harsh for your skin.

  • Extra Speed. This is not really a con. The extra speed is a plus but it not necessary for everyday use. If you need deep-cleansing, it can be useful. But if you use your Clarisonic every day, you don’t really need the extra speed. Your skin is already amazing.

  • Expensive It is true that Clarisonic looks expensive if it is a short term investment. Some people save money by buying cheaper products. If you read my blogs and follow me on Twitter, I save money by spending money on expensive high quality products that will last me for years. Not long ago, I had a girls’ night out with the beautiful girl behind My Fash Avenue, Deanne told me that she has been using her Clarisonic for 5 years and how much she loves it. Clarisonic is like gold, it is a long term investment. It is a luxury product that I use every day and it will last me for years. If you compare the price of a Clarisonic and replacement brush heads to monthly facial treatment, it is a steal especially if you don’t have time  or can’t afford to visit the spa every month.  $175 for the price of good skin, it is a very good deal. Good skin is priceless.

To save money, sometimes you need to spend money. [Tweet this]

Overall I love my Clarisonic Mia 2. It goes very well with my start-up lifestyle and makes things simpler for me. It becomes an easy-to-follow routine. It is a treat for my skin after a hard-working day. The most important thing is I feel comfortable in my own skin. Even if I can only sleep a few hours a day or eat instant noodles between meetings, I know I don’t have to wear 5 pounds of cosmetics to look and feel good. Real beauty comes from within, and to archive that we need to invest in the right tools.

If you want get your hands on a Clarisonic, you can find one at Sephora, my second home Holt Renfrew, and some Shoppers Drug Mart stores (you can find the full list of stores near you here)

Note: I am not a licensed cosmetologist  physician or other healthcare professional. All recipes and tips should be used at your own discretion, taking into account all medical conditions you may have. I am not accountable for any actions you take in regard to the material you read here

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me free of charge by  Clarisonic Canada to review. However this review is my unbiased honest opinion of the product. 

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