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


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!


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 :)


Champneys: £9.99
Clarisonic Plus: £179

Champneys: 2 years
Clarisonic: 2 years

Champneys: 1 speed
Clarisonic Plus: 3 speeds

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


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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  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...

  2. You're welcome, glad it helped xx

  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

  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

  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

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