Microcurrent Devices: Science and Foreo Bear Review

This video is sponsored by Foreo. Microcurrent devices are handheld electronic gadgets that have two metal spheres on them. There are lots of claims about how they tone and contour your face, so here’s the science behind microcurrent, how to use a microcurrent device and the results I’ve gotten after using the Foreo Bear on the right side of my …

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I Hate These Skincare Products (with video)

I haven’t had a good Cranky Old Lady rant in a while, so here’s one today, ranting about products I hate. Honestly, it isn’t even the product most of the time – it’s just the marketing around it that I hate. Video is here on YouTube, keep scrolling for the written version. Coffee Scrubs I’ve ranted about coffee scrubs before …

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Detangling Brush Comparison: Tangle Teezer vs Lady Jayne

Lady Jayne Tangle Teezer comparison

I’ve been really enjoying the Tangle Teezer, a brush with soft bristles designed to minimise breakage. I’ve been using it to quickly but gently detangle my fragile bleached hair, with much less breakage than the wide-toothed comb I was using before. I did need a second portable hairbrush though, and since the Lady Jayne Tanglepro Detangling Brush (RRP $13.99 AUD) …

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Damaging Reducing Hair Dryer? Panasonic Nanoe EH-NA98 (video)

This post is sponsored by Panasonic. I’ve been using Panasonic hair dryers for more than a decade, so I’m super excited to share this review of the Panasonic Nanoe EH-NA98 Moisture Infusing Advanced Hair Dryer that’s just launched in Australia. I’ve been using it for the last 2 months and it’s the best hair dryer I’ve ever tried. As you …

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DIY Quick-Dry Scrunchable Shower Sponge on a Stick

DIY Quick-Dry Scrunchable Shower Sponge on a Stick

I’ve mentioned before that I love my netting-sponge-on-a-stick – it’s great for washing conditioner off your back, and for reaching your feet when you’re too sore to bend over (thanks, dance comp training). I’ve been using a sponge on a plastic handle from Daiso (which cost a whole $2.80) but recently it looks like they’ve decided to discontinue it, with no good replacement.

daiso-back-pouffe

So I grabbed one from Chemist Warehouse… but alas, the stick is made of wood, and the mesh sponge is super dense, which mean it’s not going to dry out properly, which is pretty much THE biggest issue for me.

DIY Quick-Dry Scrunchable Shower Sponge on a Stick

Why Do Shower Sponges Need to Dry?

We tend to think of soap as clean, but bacteria can still thrive even with regular soaping of your sponge!

The number one thing that makes bacteria grow is water. That’s why there’s a robust preservative system in every properly formulated water-based beauty product.

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Foreo Luna Play Plus Cleansing Tool Review

Foreo Luna Play Plus Cleansing Tool Review

I’ve been asked about Foreo’s sonic cleansing devices more times than I can count, so I’m glad to say I finally have the Foreo Luna Play Plus ($75 AUD) in my hot little hands!

I’ve been trying out the Foreo Luna Play Plus in my cleansing routine for the past few weeks. Unlike other vibration-based cleansing brushes, the Foreo tools use little silicone knobs. On the Luna Play Plus, the knobs come in two sizes: there are larger ones at the tip which are meant to be used on the T-zone, and smaller ones around the rest of the tool that are meant for the rest of the face. The Foreo Luna Play Plus comes in 7 colours, and I have the fuchsia model.

Foreo Luna Play Plus Cleansing Tool Review

It’s much smaller than I expected, smaller than the palm of my hand, so it’s super purse-friendly and travel-friendly (the exact dimensions are 64 x 60 x 28 mm, and it weighs 60 g). But don’t let the small size fool you – it’s very efficient at cleaning!

Related Post: All About Cleansing & How to Choose a Gentle Cleanser

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Clarisonic Smart Profile Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush Review

Clarisonic Smart Profile Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush Review

Clarisonic Smart Profile Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush Review

If you’re in the market for a new skin cleansing brush and you like your gadgets, Clarisonic’s Smart Profile may be just the device for you. I’ve tried both the Clarisonic Mia 2 ($219 AUD) and Mia Fit ($315 AUD) before, but the Smart Profile ($349 AUD) really takes the cake in terms of convenience and features. It still has all the features that Clarisonic fans are used to, with some added bonuses that will make your routine much easier.

Regular Clarisonic Features

“Sonic” cleaning

All the Clarisonic brushes feature the “sonic” oscillating back-and-forth brush movement instead of the one-way rotation on most brushes. This is great because it reduces torque on the skin so it jiggles instead of roughly twisting, giving you a thorough but still gentle clean.

Handy magnetic USB charger

The chargers that currently come with all three Clarisonic devices are USB-enabled, so you can charge them from the wall using a USB wall adapter (included with the brush) or through your computer or laptop. It’s very convenient for travelling, when you might not have the right adapter or enough adapters around. The chargers attach magnetically to the brushes, which avoids exposed metal surfaces so you don’t need to worry about rust or electrocuting yourself, or plugging it in the wrong way. (If your bought your brush a bit earlier, it may not have the USB feature.)

Smart Profile Features

Here are the extra features the Smart Profile has:

“Smart” RFID Facial and Body Brushes

Unlike the Mia 2 and Mia Fit, the Smart Profile is designed to be used for both the face and the body, and comes with both a Smart Dynamic Facial Brush head for normal and oily facial skin, and a larger Smart Turbo Massage Body Brush Head with stiffer bristles for exfoliating and massaging the body. Both brushes contain RFID chips that tell the handle which preprogrammed timer to use. Since brush heads get worn out over time, the Smart Profile also registers how long you’ve used the brush head for. A notification light comes on after 90 minutes (3 months) of use when it’s time to get a new brush head (don’t worry – the brush head won’t stop working if you decide not to change it!). The Smart Profile also works with regular brush heads, but these nifty features won’t function.

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