facial tools

My Favorite Facial Tools

Facial cleansing brushes are essential to making sure your skin is thoroughly cleansed, and there are a variety of options to accommodate your skin type and your specific needs. I love facial tools because, to me, that means beautiful skin. Recently, I’ve been evaluating the difference between a manual facial brush, a Clarisonic Mia and the latest edition on the marketplace, a Foreo Luna. Here’s my quick thoughts on the tools below. I hope that this review helps you pick out the best facial tool for you whether your concerns are general face care, sensitive acne prone skin or cleansing aging skin.


Manual Facial Brush
Shiseido Shiseido Cleansing Massage Brush

I love this brush. This brush is not made to attack your skin but to gently help apply cleansers to the skin, while reaching into all the pores. It’s not supposed to make miracles, it’s supposed to get a specific job done. (Plus, it’s great for travel – it lightweight and fits right into my travel case). It foams up my cleanser, it doesn’t miss a spot. It does exactly what it’s supposed to do – give you a clean face, slightly massaged. Because it can foam up the cleansers better than a washcloth can, I use less product. When I use my professional machine, it uses more.

Clarisonic Mia

Clarisonic Mia1, 1 Speed Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush System, Electric Pink

Although I felt tempted to purchase Clarisonic’s Mia for a long time, I avoided it because I just couldn’t imagine that a rotating brush could be gentle on my skin. I was very impressed with the design of the charger. It has a magnet so that the Mia is waterproof. The brush head is very gentle on my skin. I love that the outer rim of bristles does not rotate and that it is there only to catch spatter from the inside spinning part. My face has felt much softer since I used the Mia, and the fine line across my forehead even looks less prominent. Also, I had a patch of dry skin that would not go away no matter what I did. After using the Mia a couple times, the dry patch disappeared. It helps to keep blemishes at bay, and evens out my skin tone. Also, I like that it has an automatic timer so that I do not over scrub my face. All my skincare and makeup apply so much better when I use the Mia brush. Having only one speed does not bother me at all. The size is just perfect to hold, and I would not want to handle the bigger Clarisonic. It allows my skincare to absorb into my skin beautifully, and it has not caused any adverse reactions on my skin.

Foreo Luna

The Foreo LUNA mini 2 does not tug or tear my face. I also did not find there was a “purging” stage with this product. There are 8 different settings on this device and I prefer to use one of the lowest settings. The deep vibrations definitely rid my face of makeup, dirt, and gunk. I use twice daily and it’s gentle, but highly effective. My skin is always so soft, glowing and clear. It’s very hygienic. After washing my face, I give the device a good rinse with antibacterial soap and it’s good to go for next use. Be sure to rinse it off after makeup or the foundation could stain it (I have the lightpearl pink color). I use the firmer bristles once weekly for a deep exfoliation. The battery lasts forever. I mean, forever. I charge mine monthly so it can work at maximum capacity. It gives off a pause at 15 second intervals, which alerts you to move to the next area of your face. I do cheek-cheek-nose/chin and then forehead. After the final pause I do a good sweeping motion across all of my face to make sure everything is clean. It automatically shuts off at 3 minutes so you don’t overdue it because it is very relaxing to use.
There you go, hope this information was helpful as you look at buying one for yourself.

Snack on Quinoa Puffs

This week I discovered Quinoa Puffs. Watch my video to see how it ranked on my Emoji Snack Score and the different ways that you can snack on this healthy puff.

Overall, I gave the snack a ‘smiley tongue’ and ‘knife & fork’ emoji. It’s tasty and healthy…but just not as convenient on the go.


Stay tuned next week to see what new snacks I’ve discovered!

What We Believe We Are

My affirmation this month: I am beautiful. I am intelligent. I am proud of who I am.

All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs. The moment we begin to honestly question our beliefs and the experiences we assign to them, we no longer feel absolutely certain about them. This opens the door to replacing your old, disempowering beliefs with new beliefs that support you in the direction you want to go.

If you develop the absolute sense of certainty that powerful beliefs provide, then you can get yourself to accomplish virtually anything, including those things other people are certain are impossible.

The challenge is, most of us do not consciously decide what we’re going to believe. Instead, often our beliefs are misinterpretations of past events. How do ideas turn into beliefs? Think of an idea like a tabletop with no legs. Without any legs, the tabletop won’t even stand up by itself. Belief, on the other hand, has legs. To believe something, you have references to support the idea—specific experiences that back up the belief. These are the legs that make your tabletop solid and that make you certain about your beliefs.

I challenge you, challenge you to redefine how you believe the world sees you, what you believe your worth to be. What’s your affirmation today?

Compassion Amongst All Things

Every day, we are faced with so many frustrations, all of which drive us to dislike or even hate others. For doing something ‘stupid’ or (frequently to my frustration) ‘not doing something’. When do we acknowledge the value of people at their current state rather then holding them up to the unattainable expectations we place on ourselves? If we ourselves are not happy with where, who and why we are, what gives us the right to hold these expectations on others?

When I moved here, I quickly realized that I was facing not only a major culture shock but also lost compassion, from and for others. I felt that people didn’t realize how wonderful my life had been where I was and how dearly I would miss it, instead all I heard was how brave I was or more often, how bizarre I was to have even liked that lifestyle. In response, I criticized them for not understanding or being open to listening with an open mind or heart.

Over time, I began to hold on to that feeling and it slowly manifested into a form of hate. A kind that eats you up on the inside. Over time, I swung from rebel to leader in life, at work and amongst friends. In time I learned that I was one person trying to fight an ocean, a pointless battle. What I learned was to accept people as they are no matter how difficult and that trying to change anyone is not only selfish, controlling and morally wrong, it’s impossible.

I now love people for their fallacies first and their successes second. Though the hardest is not accepting others, it is accepting oneself.

Tailored Purpose

It is so important to take a break, recharge and reset. In today’s world, we are always challenging ourselves to do more and more in shorter days and extending ourselves farther than the Internet can stretch us. I myself often fall victim to the very idea that I have to keep going and keep doing.

I’ve pushed myself, and those around me, to the point of utter frustration and lost hope and friends. Now I hold regrets and wonder why I let them/myself go. The important thing that I can take away from the experience though is the need to gain perspective about what is uniquely important to me and craft a life that supports that purpose around it.

Without this inward approach, aren’t we setting ourselves up for a quarter life crisis not knowing how we fit in to this world? Resenting other’s because of their expectations and ourselves for our submissive approach to appease. There is an old saying ‘you can’t be everything to everyone’ and I used to wholeheartedly believe I simply had to be just that. Everything to Everyone.

Only recently, realizing the reality of where my life was and now is, feeling deprived and angry at ‘what could have been,’ am I taking a moment to confront my inner overachiever. If only I could have had this very conversation with my younger self barely five years ago, I feel like I would have been in a very different place today.