Manicare: Sonic Mini Facial Cleansing Brush & SensiScrub – March 2019

Say hello to the new Sonic facial cleansing brush device from Manicare, the USB chargeable Sonic Mini Facial Cleansing Brush requires only two minutes daily to exfoliate, cleanse & massage the face. Using a circular motion, you dampen the facial skin or the brush head & then work your way from the inner centre of the face outwards to the edges. There is two speeds in the settings that you can choose from. This device has been proven to cleanse to up to 5x better than your own hands or makeup wipes.

The Sonic Mini Brush & Features
In a sphere shape handle that consists of a frosted rubber, it’s extremely easy to grip with your hand. An on/off button is at the back of the handle and features two different speeds with choice of setting, one click brings on the first speed while a second tap of it begins the second speed setting. The other side has an easy interface you can connect and click-in the interchangeable brush heads; this is where you would use either the gentle cleansing brush, the exfoliating rubber bristled head or the massaging rubber nodule head. It comes with a USB charging cord that is easily connected to the USB plug-in port on the inside of the interface. The Sonic Mini Cleansing Brush has a battery life of up to 5hrs! The brush uses vibration cleansing to remove impurities from the skin and leaves skin feeling softer, renewed and plumper. It’s water resistant and can therefore be used in the shower too, the only part that cannot get wet is the charging port which is on the inside of the interface where the heads click onto. The range also comes with three separate packs of 2x SensiScrub silicone exfoliating heads, or 2x soft facial cleansing heads, or 2x massaging nodule heads that can be purchased separately and used to back up the original heads it came with.

My Thoughts & Findings
After my very first use of the gentle cleansing brush and going over my damp wet face with the soft gentle bristled cleanser brush, I found my skin instantly softer and smooth. I felt like my face was more radiant and plumped. I loved how each area of my face only took 10-20 seconds to complete and how compact the sonic mini is. I could easily travel with it & use it as part of my daily skin routine no matter where I am! I also enjoyed having two speeds to choose from for light or more intense cleansing. Regarding the interchangeable heads, I would just recommend thoroughly washing the soft cleansing brushes and rinsing them off after to dispel any residue soap/wash. The exfoliating SensiScrub head & the massaging nodule head awoukd be quite easier to clean after use.

Would I Re-Stock?
This is a definite YES!. The claims are true, this is a very gentle and soft but effective facial cleansing device and all the extra accessory replacement heads are perfect! It’s ideal for traveling with, it just takes as little as two minutes to give your face a great clean & it fits well into anybody’s daily skincare routine. I have trialed it out for a number of weeks now and time and time again it leaves my skin feeling much softer and renewed. I highly recommend it! I love the fact the battery life lasts 5 hrs in one single charge & I LOVE that there is a USB port to recharge it.


Pricing & Availability
In Australia; the Sonic Mini Facial Cleansing Brush is available for $42.49 AUD at the Chemist Warehouse and for $49.99 AUD at Manicare Australia and Priceline.

Replacement Heads; the separate twin pack of extra replacement heads for the soft brush cleansing are available for $9.99 AUD at Manicare Australia and Priceline. The twin pack of extra replacement SensiScrub exfoliating heads are available for $14.99 AUD at Manicare Australia and lastly, the triple pack that includes two soft brush cleaning heads and a massaging nodule head are available for $14.99 AUD at Manicare Australia.

Disclaimer
The Sonic Mini Facial Cleansing Brush and SensiScrub Replacement Heads Twin Pack were kindly sent in for trial review purposes and consideration. This does not alter my honest thoughts of the product in any way, shape or form.

Clinique Pep-Start Skincare Range – Full Review & Swatches

I have always been a huge fan of Clinique, I simply love their approach to skincare. Having been an avid user of their Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion for years (which is seriously terrific stuff!), you could imagine how excited and happy I was to receive a parcel in the mail of their new Pep-Start collection releases! Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been trying out a number of their Pep-Start products. Ahh! It was a glorious day for me when the postman had this parcel waiting for me, I can assure you! You couldn’t wipe the smile off my face! And I’m still smiling.. because this gorgeous collection of new Pep-Start releases are AMAZING! Let’s get introduced to the products via a bag-spill and a run-down on each item…

Clinique Pep-Start Skincare Range

Intro
The Clinique Pep-Start Skincare Collection features products in various treatments. All of them have been designed to enhance the quality of skin, let’s list them all; for the eyes, there is the Pep-Start Eye Cream – 15ml 0.05 Fl Oz, of course for skin moisturising (a big factor), there is the Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturiser – 50ml 1.7 Oz, which doesn’t just moisturise but also blurs imperfections. In terms of exfoliation, there is the Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser – 125ml 4.2 Fl Oz, aiming to provide a daily glow and flawlessly smooth finish to the skin. On the topic of purifying the body’s skin, Clinique offer the very popular Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask – 50ml 1.7 Fl Oz, to enhance skin’s radiance, unclog the pores and purify the cells. Moving onto our pouts.. you can’t go wrong with the Pep-Start Pout Perfecting Balm – 3.6g 0.12 Oz, they’re nourishing to the lips skin and so long-lasting for hydration, they also come in a variety of subtle tints of colour; Cherry, Guava, Tangerine and Clear. Of course, the collection wouldn’t be complete without a lip mask, Clinique have included the very highly-rated Pep-Start Pout Restoring Night Mask 10ml 0.34 Fl Oz, designed to intensely hydrate, plumpen and soothe the lips. Click through the gallery below to see swatches and take a closer look at each product in this famous Pep-Start collection..
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The Products and Formulas
The entire range is designed to hydrate your skin, smooth it out and enhance the elasticity. All products in this group have moisturising capabilities and Clinique have thought of every targeted area with these products. I have loved the way the Double Bubble Purifying Mask makes me skin feel after leaving it on for a little while and rinsing it off, it clears my skin and makes it feel so clean. I love to apply it on in the morning to set a nice base for my makeup later on and it really allows for a mattified look! Another favourite of mine from this range would have to be the Hydroblur Moisturiser, it isn’t your typical creamy moisturiser, instead it’s a lot thicker and absorbs quite well into the skin by being rubbed in circular motions over the targeted area. There is no strong scent to it either, which I know a lot of people enjoy skincare products not having. Let’s move onto the formulas of each product..

Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser; an orange clear gel with tiny clear granules.
Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturiser; a fluffy & silky light pink whipped cream.
Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask; a pinky clear gel cream that bubbles lightly.
Pep-Start Eye Cream; a white cooling, silky & smooth cream.
Pep-Start Pout Perfecting Balm; a hydrating & creamy bullet lip balm with tinted colour.
Pep-Start Pout Restoring Night Mask; a clear gel that is silky smooth.

Swatches
Clinique Pep-Start Skincare Range swatches, Top Row, L - R: Pep-Start Pout Restoring Night Mask & Pep-Start Pout Perfecting Lip Balm, Bottom Row, L - R: Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser, Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask, Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturiser & the Pep-Start Eye Cream.


Top Row, L – R: Pep-Start Pout Restoring Night Mask & Pep-Start Pout Perfecting Lip Balm in ‘Cherry’.
Bottom Row, L – R: Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser, Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask, Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturiser & the Pep-Start Eye Cream.

I have found this range of skincare products to be very pleasant and easy to apply. Each product is also suitable for all skin types and won’t dry you out after a few uses. I love that about Clinique products!

Pricing
Pep-Start 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser 125ml 4.2 Fl Oz. – $29 AUD | $19.50 USD | £16.50 GBP
Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturiser 50ml 1.7 Oz. – $42 AUD | $29.50 USD | £24.50 GBP
Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask 50ml 1.7 Fl Oz. – $52 AUD | $24.50 USD | £24 GBP
Pep-Start Eye Cream 15ml 0.05 Fl Oz. – $42 AUD | $26.50 USD | £22 GBP
Pep-Start Pout Perfecting Balm 3.6g 0.12 Oz. – $36 AUD | $17.50 USD | £16 GBP
Pep-Start Pout Restoring Night Mask 10ml 0.34 Fl Oz. – $36 AUD | $17.50 USD | £16 GBP

Where To Buy
The Pep-Start products from this Clinique collection are available at many places worldwide. As Clinique is a global brand, the products are stocked almost everywhere, yay!

In Australia, you can find all of the products from the Pep-Start collection online & in-store; at Clinique Australia, at Myer, at Sephora Australia, at David Jones, and of course at Mecca Maxima as well.

For the USA; it can be found online & in-store; at Clinique, at Sephora, at Nordstrom, at Macys, at JC Penney and at Bloomingdales.

For all shoppers in the UK; you can find these products in-store & online; at Clinique UK, Harvey Nichols, at Harrods, at Debenhams & Boots, at House of Fraser and John Lewis.

Availability
All of the products mentioned in this post (from the Pep-Start collection) are available at all of the stores mentioned directly above in ‘Where To Buy’, both in-store and online. Obviously at times in certain stores or online, there may be a low stock level but this will always be replenished as it’s an on-going permanent collection of products. How AMAZING is that?!?

The Clinique Pep-Start Pout Perfecting Balm range.

Restock?
Yes, yes, yes! I definitely will! Having been a fan of Clinique for over many years, I will continue to use their products for as long as I can. If you asked me what my favourite product was, I’m not sure I could pick one. But if you asked which is my fave product from this particular collection… I would say; there’s three! The first one being the incredible Pep-Start Double Bubble Purifying Mask, the second one is the Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturiser and he third one is the Pep-Start Eye Cream. I love the feeling of the Double Bubble Purifying mask as it develops into a thin layer of bubbles on the face.