Friday, 15 July 2011

A skincare saviour on a budget?

Morning petals!

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a blog post by Katie about her 'Katie-sonic' and I decided at a very budget friendly price, I couldn't not indulge and get myself a 'Kim-sonic' :D

Introducing...


The Champneys Total Micro-Dermabrasion System. Crikey. What a mouthful.


As you can see below, the kit comes with a 4 inter-changeable heads including a large body brush, a small face brush and two small foam discs. Annoyingly, and as per with all electrical items, batteries are not included. This takes 4 x AA batteries. At least there's no hefty charger pod with it unlike the big budget Clarisonic!


Thoughts

I use the small brush and foam discs for cleansing and exfoliating my face, and the large body brush for in-shower exfoliation. How cool is that: the Kim-sonic is waterproof so you can use it in the shower!

I use whichever cleansing and exfoliating products I have to hand, I don't have the Champneys ones but I will be indulging soon as they're now stocked in my local Boots.

After use, my skin is cleansed of all traces of make up - I only need to look at the brush for proof - yuck! My skin is left silky smooth and soft. It also does a great job of exfoliating lips too. 

I use the Kim-sonic once a day, before bed, after removing the majority of my make up. I cleanse the attachments after use with an anti-bacterial cleanser then leave them to dry. Overall, I really like this product and would recommend it :)

Comparisons

Price
Champneys: £9.99
Clarisonic Plus: £179

Warranty
Champneys: 2 years
Clarisonic: 2 years

Speed
Champneys: 1 speed
Clarisonic Plus: 3 speeds

Kit
Champneys: The Kim-sonic, 1 face brush, 1 body brush, 2 foam discs
Clarisonic: The Clarisonic, 1 face brush, 1 body brush, charging cradle, samples

Separate speed/power buttons
Champneys: No
Clarisonic: Yes

Length of use
Champneys: Can be used for up to 5 minutes
Clarisonic: Only needs to be used for 1 minute, once a day

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The Champneys Total Micro-Dermabrasion System Kim-sonic can be purchased from Amazon for a current RRP (at time of writing) for £9.99. 

I paid £14.50 for mine and I do believe Katie bought hers for around £5. I'd snap yours up at this price whilst they last :)


So there you have it. A purse friendly alternative to the Clarisonic. Same principle, different set up. Tempted?

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8 comments:

  1. Thank you SO much for doing this review! I saw this a few weeks ago but couldn't find any reviews online and it was driving me crazy! Off i trot to amazon now...

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  2. You're welcome, glad it helped xx

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  3. Oooo, once I get paid I think I'm going to have to get this! I was thinking of asking for the Clarisonic for christmas but if this does the job then there isn't any need for that then! xx

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  4. As amazing as the Clarisonic sounds, I can't justify spending that amount of money on cleaning my face. This will do nicely :) xx

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  5. Sounds like a great alternative to the Clarisonic! I love the idea of an electric face brush but can't bring myself to spent £200 so will definitely have to look into this. Did you find the brush harsh or scratchy at all? x

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  6. Not at all, it feels rather nice :) xx

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