Clarisonic Review

After many (many) years of lusting and wishing for one, I am the owner of a pretty blue Clarisonic Mia2

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I have honestly been wanting one of these for at least 6 years! They are so expensive though, I just didn’t think I would ever feel like it was worth the money since I don’t have really problematic skin. And then…I got a fantastic coupon code for a Clarisonic unit which actually made it pretty affordable.

Before you ask, the coupon code was a one-time use code that Klout sent, so I’m sorry I can’t hook anyone else up with one.

Anywho, back to the details. Mia entered my life two weeks ago and I’ve been using her everyday since. I’ve heard that at first you can get a lot of redness and even a breakout as your skin adjusts to the Clarisonic, but I haven’t experienced either  (which is amazing since I breakout into a rash whenever someone even mentions the word “serum”).

I decided on the Mia 2 over the Mia (though there are other models too, these were the only two I really looked into) largely because it has a built in 1 minute timer. It is made so that after 20 seconds it pauses telling you it’s time to move from your forehead down to your nose and chin, then after another 20 seconds it pauses again to tell you to go to one cheek and then one last time to indicate you should then move to the second cheek. I know prior to this I never spent a full minute washing my face (it was more of a 10-15 second ritual), but I don’t mind the extra time, in fact it’s quite enjoyable. But maybe I’m just weird. ;) The Mia 2 also comes with two speeds, but thus far I’ve stuck to the low speed.

A small bottle of Clarisonic face wash comes in the package, and I used it for the first week, but I’ve now gone back to using my usual Simple Skin cleanser with no issues.

Have I noticed a big difference in my skin since I started using it? Honestly, not really. But like I said above, I don’t typically have a lot of skin issues.

However, while I don’t feel like my skin looks different, it absolutely feels different. Because I workout so much, I tend to get a lot of dead skin buildup, especially on the sides of my nose and chin, and both have felt a million times cleaner since I started using the Clarisonic. And just in general my face feels so much cleaner. After I wash it at night I find myself touching my face (counter productive, I know…) because it just feels soooo clean and smooth.

I love it!

Do I love it so much that  I would have paid full price for one? I really don’t know. I have wanted one for many, many moons but I wasn’t able to justify the cost until I got that coupon code so I really can’t say for sure. I definitely think it’s worth the full price, I just don’t know if I would have taken the leap without the discount.

If you are like me and have been looking at them for a while wondering if you should get one, if you have some money saved up and can afford to get one, I would def. say to go for it!!

Peanut Butter Bar Cookies

Something very sad happened in the Fevens household recently. Due to his hiatal hernia, J can no longer eat chocolate. Anytime he does it causes him a lot of greif so it just isn’t worth it. He also can no longer have tomato sauce which is really even more sad as it means no spaghetti, lasagne, or classic pizza (luckily he’s married to a crafty lady who now makes him chicken alfredo pizza).

Anyway, this new development means I have to stray from some of the standard sweets I make in order to make them chocolate free. This past weekend I got it in my head that I wanted to make some bar cookies. I have a recipe that I love, but it has three different kinds of chips (chocolate. white chocolate and peanut butter) in it so I knew I’d have to make some changes. The peanut butter chips could have stayed, but since we didn’t have any I decided to switch that up too making them into a peanut butter bar cookie

10689796_10152524435448717_8537597550892268178_nYou never really know if these “tweaked” recipes will work, but in this case the result was pretty tasty. Since I can still have chocolate ;) I topped my cookies with chocolate chips

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These won’t fall into the “healthy” category, but I’m a firm believer in the 80/20 rule :D

Peanut Butter Bar Cookies

You can also make this without the peanut butter for a chocolate chip bar cookie which are also reallllllly good!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • optional: 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 350
  2. Combine sugar and butter in a large bowl.
  3. Beat in egg and vanilla
  4. Add peanut butter and mix to combine
  5. Add flour and salt and mix to combine
  6. If you are adding chocolate chips add them now & stir to incorporate into batter
  7. Spread batter into a greased or parchment lined pan. I used a small bar pan.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
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If you make them please let me know how they turn out!