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CLARISONIC MIA 2 VERSUS OLAY PRO X: THE 30-DAY CHALLENGE

Published October 28, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

Last night saw the entries for the Big October Beauty Giveaway come to a close. Thanks so much to all who participated and be sure to keep an eye on this blog when the winners will be announced on Halloween, October 31st. Yes, winners. We have decided as a token of our appreciation for all of the entries (over 700 at final count) that we would put together a small second place prize (pictures to follow tomorrow).

A few months ago, after being tempted to get a Clarisonic, I zipped on over to YouTube to see what various vloggers had to say about it. I’d heard all of the hype, but I really wanted to check out a few unbiased/unsponsored opinions as well. I was somewhat surprised to see a lot of comparison videos between the Clarisonic and the Olay Pro X cleansing devices. Not knowing what the outcome of any of these challenges would be, I pulled up a chair, grabbed a Coke Zero, and proceeded to watch a few.

I was somewhat surprised when a few vloggers indicated they really didn’t see much of a difference between the results of the two and that, for $100 less, they would stick with the Olay Pro X.

I went ahead and purchased the Olay Pro X system to see what all the fuss was about.

After using it for 3 months, I do admit my complexion looks much better and much healthier. I haven’t had a single breakout and no longer have little dry patches that would creep up by my chin or by my eyebrow areas.

Of course, all things being equal, I was so pleased with the results from the budget-friendly Olay Pro X that obviously I now must invest the big bucks to try to the Clarisonic Mia 2 so that I can compare the two for myself. If the more economical Olay Pro X works this well, the Clarisonic Mia 2 has to work even better, right? At least I always convince myself that more expensive is usually better.

Now, onto today’s business at hand. Lo and behold, the UPS deliveryman decided to come by earlier than usual today and bestowed into my outstretched hands something I had ordered from QVC. The Clarisonic Mia 2.

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I chose the pink one (of course) and it came with a full-sized tube of Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash, which retails on its own for $32. It also came with an interchangeable head and the pLink charger unit.

Now for the interesting part…a 30-day challenge between the results I’ll obtain with the Clarisonic Mia 2 as compared to the results I’ve obtained using the Olay Pro X.

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CURRENT ROUTINE: Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash + Olay Pro X.

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THE CHALLENGER: Clarisonic Mia 2 + Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash.

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PRODUCTS TO BE CONTINUED: Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Serum and Olay Total Effects

In order to get an accurate representation of whatever difference there may be between the two devices, the only item I’ll change up in the other elements of my routine are the face wash. I’ll keep using the same serum and moisturizer as I did with the Olay Pro X, to make sure any difference in the texture, clarity, or overall appearance of my skin is due strictly to the Clarisonic Mia 2 and not some phenomenal new skincare product I’ve incorporated into my routine.

START DATE: 10/28/2014.

Okay, Olay Pro X and Clarisonic Mia 2, let the challenge begin!!!

If you’d like to check out both of these systems further, here are a couple of links to get you started:
OLAY PRO X (through Target): http://www.target.com/p/olay-pro-x-advanced-cleansing-system/-/A-13109555?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=google_pla_df&LNM=13109555&CPNG=Health+Beauty&kpid=13109555&LID=17pgs&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=13109555&kpid=13109555&gclid=Cj0KEQjw_byiBRCu9qm5lc28ufgBEiQAWq-ta4s-szNErGbkygfg7bbHNQVqcDafGcVRbButt8VMtH4aAiln8P8HAQ

CLARISONIC MIA 2 (through QVC): http://www.qvc.com/Clarisonic-Mia-2-Sonic-Cleansing-System-with-Kate-Somerville.product.A254682.html?sc=A254682-Targeted&cm_sp=VIEWPOSITION-_-2-_-A254682&catentryImage=http://images.qvc.com/is/image/a/82/a254682.001?$uslarge$

I’m a huge fan of QVC and their payment-friendly purchases, as you can tell.

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Until next time, stay beautiful!!!

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I *HEART* FALL BLOGGER CHALLENGE

Published October 4, 2014 by thebeholdingeye

I was challenged by my “neighbor” and blogging heroine, Naomi Johnson of NaomiShops to complete the I *HEART* FALL challenge.

Here are my answers and at the end I’ll be tagging a fellow blogger whose answers I’d love to see.

Thanks for the shout out, Naomi, and I’ll be linking your YouTube channel here so other people can discover your informative and really fun videos like I did!

Q: FAVORITE FALL SCENT?
A: The scent of fireplaces burning and the aroma of a turkey cooking in the oven on Thanksgiving day can’t be beat for me. They bring back tons of memories and combined with the cooler weather give me the warm fuzzies (and it takes a lot for anything to give me the warm fuzzies…well, except summers in the central valley, but that’s more like the warm sweaties, LOL).

Q: FAVORITE FALL DRINK?
A: I guess a lot of people love egg nog, but I’ve never been a fan of that. I’m going to go with Pumpkin Spice Latte (with 2 shots of caramel syrup for good measure) from Starbucks. I did recently find a recipe for homemade pumpkin spice lattes, so I’ll be trying that soon. Oddly, I don’t care much for pumpkin pie but I do love things that taste like pumpkin (yeah, I’m a total freak and prefer fake pumpkin taste to real pumpkin taste, go figure).

Q: FOOTBALL: YAY OR NAY:
A: The only thing I know about football is I once won over $200 by picking random squares for a Super Bowl game. Imagine the delight of my football-loving co-workers when the girl who knew nothing about football and didn’t even know what my squares meant or which team won took home that envelope full of cash. I’ll go with nay on this one…unless it means that I win another football pool, then count me in as a Yay.

Q: FAVORITE ITEM OF CLOTHING THIS FALL?
A: BOOTS, BOOTS, AND BOOTS! Whether it’s my black Uggs or tall boots, I live for fall and winter when I can break out my boots (and buy new boots). In fact, I just bought a new pair of dark brown knee-high equestrienne-style boots to match a new Dooney & Bourke purse. I look for any reason to buy and wear boots. I also love scarves and cute little hats. I find fall and winter fashion to be the cutest of the year.

Q: HAUNTED HOUSE, HAY RIDE, OR HAUNTED CORN MAZE?
A: If I had to choose one, I would say Haunted House. Because it sounds like a very indoors activity. I avoid outside activities like hay rides or corn mazes only because of BUGS. BUGS that I can’t necessarily see and avoid in the dark. Scarecrows, chainsaw-wielding maniacs, and things like that won’t scare me, but throw an 8-legged creature into my path and watch me run screaming!

Q: SCARIEST MOVIE EVER SEEN?
A: Wow, that’s a tough one since I’m a total horror movie addict. Because it still terrifies me and gives me nightmares, I’m going to go for the remake of Dawn of the Dead. I’ve always been scared of zombie movies (probably because I was a sneaky kid and watched the original Night of the Living Dead when I was about 6 years old), but when James Gunn enabled those things to run in turbo speed, THAT put them at the top of my “Things That Terrify Me” list. So, yeah, I’m going with the DOTD remake (although the original Romero one is good, too…just those slow-walking zombies pale in comparison to Gunn’s updated Olympian-worthy creatures).

Q: FAVORITE CANDY TO EAT ON HALLOWEEN?
A: Caramel Apples, but hold the peanuts, please (that third taste throws me off, I’m more of an apple and caramel purist). I love candied apples, too, but my fillings object to their crunchy coating goodness. This Halloween I’m making a recipe I saw in my FB feed for inside-out caramel apples. I can’t wait to try those!

Q: WHAT WILL YOUR KIDS BE THIS HALLOWEEN?
A: Well, I’m doing my best to talk my daughter and son-in-law to be Chucky and Tiffany from the Child’s Play movies. They’re resisting, however. Now, look at their picture (that’s me totally photo-bombing in the background, BTW) and tell me, are they not perfect for those costumes??? I’m also trying to talk them into being elves and posing for pictures with little kids at Christmas, but I find I only get evil glares in return. So much for that idea!

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Q: FAVORITE THING ABOUT FALL?
A: Cooler weather. I live in the central valley of California, and temperatures as high as about 112 degrees in the summer are not unusual. I don’t do well in the heat. I like to consider myself a hot-house orchid that requires a controlled temperature in order to flourish. As a result, I go into reverse hibernation and hide indoors under the AC all summer and then reemerge in fall and winter. Good thing I’m not a bear, right? And fashion…See my “BOOTS” answer above. I love fall fashion.

Q: WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE COMPLETE THE I *HEART* FALL challenge?
A: I’m giving a shout out to Miss Ericka Lewis of Sassy Pants Reviews…I’d love to see Ericka do the “I *HEART* FALL” challenge!

And be sure to check out NaomiShops with Naomi Johnson on YouTube…Great videos, great reviews and unboxings, and lots of fun to watch!
NAOMISHOPS: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9I2lDPHkOOeZUwyuhs06Dw

Until next time, stay beautiful…and don’t forget to enter the October Beauty Giveaway while you’re here on the blog!!!

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