Friday, September 19, 2014

My buying dilemma: Clarisonic Mia 2

The Clarisonic face brush has been on my mind for oh so long. For someone with acne prone skin that just doesn't seem to end, this brush sounds like a miracle weapon. I have been dealing with acne since high school, it went crazy during college, and has somewhat simmered down into my twenties. But I still get pimples. I have tried everything from Clearasil, Clean & Clear, Acne Free, ProActiv, Murad, Clinique, Elemis, Tea Tree Oil, and so on...

My current skincare products include:

  • AM:
    • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
    • Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion (Toner)
    • Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel Spot Treatment
    • Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 30

  • PM:
    • Makeup Towelette to remove make up
    • The Face Shop Acne Solution Foam Cleansing or Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel (Using Ulta's Dual Action Cleaning Brush - review to come) 
    • Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion (Toner) or Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Lotion
    • Philosophy Hope in a Tube Eye Cream
    • Olay Renegetist Night Cream or Manuka Doctor Apinourish Rejuvenating Face Mask
    • Kate Somerville Eradikate Spot Treatment or my Origins Out of Trouble Face Mask Spot Treatment
  • Origins: Out of Trouble Face Mask
  • Asian Mask 
If you have suggestions, please let me know! I honestly can't wait to finish some of these products so I can move on to Kores, Dermatologica, Clinique, Shisheido, and other Korean brands...okay now on to the point of this post!

My heart and mind has been set on Clarisonic Mia 2:

  • Travel friendly
  • Tells me when to move the brush. I'm the type that will move the brush all around as quickly as possible

Here is the comparison chart from Clarisonic's Website  (sorry for the horrible formatting!)

The Mia 2 comes with:

  • Mia 2
  • Universal Voltage Charger
  • Sensitive Brush Head
  • Protective Travel Case
  • Sample Size Facial Cleanser

Okay now to the price breakdowns:

As you know, the Mia 2 runs for $149 at all stores, but the following stores are where I am considering to purchase it from. *Please note in order to qualify for some of my deals you need to have certain cards/cash back memberships.


  • 20% off Coupon Code
  • Free 2 samples
  • Free Shipping
  • Member Points to use
  • Total: $119.20 (pre-tax) without points


  • 5x Cashback at ShopDiscover or Chase UR (see cards page for more information)
  • Special packaging $221 value (in addition to what the Mia 2 normally comes with)
    • Another sensitive Brush Head
    • Full-sized (vs. Sample size) 6oz Refreshing Gel Cleanser
    • Travel Bag
  • In addition, Clarisonic purchases over $99 comes with a colorful barrel bag and another full-size refreshing gel cleanser (6oz) $30 value
  • When you order online from Nordstrom you get 3 samples
  • For those with Nordstrom card it is currently 3x points until Sunday, September 21, 2014.
    • every 2,000 points is $20 Nordstrom note
  • Total $149 (pre-tax) - $7.45 CB = $141.51

BeautyBar (My code is CHRI951622)

  • 2x Cashback from FatWallet or 4x Cashback from TopCashBack
  • If you are new customer you get 20% off your purchase with code AFF20BEAUTYBAR since I am not I qualify for the current code FALLBB14 which is $20 off $100, and $40 off $200

  • In addition with an American Express card you get $20 Statement Credit for purchases over $100 (some have this as an available offer) if not tweet #AmexCasa with your synced twitter account (more information to come)
  • Let's say I am able to bring my bag total to $200 (big if) I would be paying $160 out of pocket - $20 statement credit - $6.40 CB = $133.60

Lowest price option: Birchbox 
Most bang for my buck: BeautyBar ($40 free products of my choosing)
Close second and very tempting: Nordstrom (with all the freebies for the Clarisonic)

I will most likely be making my purchase from Beauty Bar!

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