My Quick & Lazy Way to Keep Skin Clean

Surely I am not the only girl who feels tempted to skip washing her face after a long day. It would be so nice to just hop in bed, right?! Please tell me I’m not the only one who has these thoughts. Now, I won’t even going to try to convince you that I wash my face every single night. But, I will share with you the best way to wash your face if you feel lazy at night like I do. My quick and lazy secret to keep skin clean lies with Clarisonic’s Facial Cleansing Brushes. These devices are just as convenient as they are effective.

The Quick & Lazy Way to Keep Skin Clean - Clarisonic Mia Review - Sarah Camille's Scoop
The electronic, vibrating brush head is what makes Clarisonic’s skin cleansing products so effective. It brushes away dirt and dead skin, leaving your skin feeling smooth and looking clear.

My mom gave me Clarisonic’s Mia Facial Cleansing Brush last Christmas and I have been using it consistently ever since. The great thing about Clarisonic’s cleansing products is how fast they are. With one push of a button the brush vibrates for 60 seconds as you move it around your face. It is really the perfect low-maintenance method!

The kit I got came with a Clarisonic cleanser to apply on the brush head. However, I have found Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleanser works just as well. I used to use off-brand brush heads because the Clarisonic system ones are pretty expensive. But, it looks like those have disappeared from Amazon, at least for now. Anyway, two Clarisonic brush heads retail for $44, or one for $27. You should replace the brush heads every three to four months, based on how often you use them . I would say the recurring cost of the brush heads is the biggest con for this product.

When it comes to how often you use the Clarisonic brush, my advice is to use it a couple times each week. Because the product gives such a deep clean it can dry out your skin if you use it everday. I  prefer to use the cleansing brush  for those nights when your bed is calling you and you don’t want to spend more than one minute washing your face. It is such an easy way keep your skin clean when you’re feeling lazy!

Do you have any similar skin cleaning routines that are perfect for a lazy day? What is a quick way you keep skin clean each day? I would love to hear all about them. If you have tried or use the Clarisonic cleansing brush, let me know how you like it, too.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

 

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The Secret to a Good Life

Last week was one of those weeks when it felt like EVERY little thing was going wrong. Maddie (my dog) got sick and I had to go to four different pharmacies to get her prescription filled. I was pulled over by a cop for a registration mix-up.  I lost my mail key. Work was difficult for a few reasons, and in the moment, it really felt like the universe was not on my side.

I generally try not to focus on the negative parts of my life, especially if I cannot change the circumstances. When it seems way too easy to focus on the negative things, I find it most helpful to refocus my attention to the positive things in my life and the things that matter most to me.

As I went on a walk yesterday afternoon, I thought about my difficult week and I tried refocusing. Then, as I took in the beautiful fall weather, I stumbled across a TedTalk by Robert Waldinger, “What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness.”

In the TedTalk, Waldinger shares how this decades-long study has found strong relationships are the foundation for a happy life. He talks about how loneliness is correlated to poor health. Waldinger also shares that the relationships don’t have to be romantic. Quality friendships can be just as valuable as a romantic relationship.

It was fascinating, and made so much sense. I have found my relationships with friends and family are the most valuable thing. When I think about the big picture, I know my life would be so different and so lonely without their support and the smiles they put on my face. The important people in my life are a huge positive force, especially on a hard day or during a difficult week.

In fifty years, the details of my difficulties will not matter. What will matter is that my relationships with family and friends remain strong, if not stronger than they are today.

“The good life is built with good relationships.” – Robert Waldinger

Here’s to a happy week for everyone!

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Flashback to Mixed CDs

Here’s a little flashback for your Friday! Remember making mixed CDs on your computer, decorating them with sharpies and giving them to your friends?

Mixed CDs were the perfect way to compile your favorite songs, reflect on a specific time period and connect with friends or a loved one. But, newsflash — CDs are dying, and so are CD players (so sad). So, what is a girl to do when she wants to share a few specific songs with someone special?

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I’ve discovered by trial and error, that YouTube playlists are the way to go. Over the past year, I have made several private playlists on YouTube for differnt genres of music and for different activities like working out or a road trip. With one click of a button you can easily add a YouTube video to a new or existing playlist. You can also keep your playlists private or share them with the world. And there’s no memory limit like there is with CDs! One of my all-time favorite playlists is full of songs from John Mayer, who I’ve loved since I was thirteen.


As Will and I have dated, there have been several songs that represent our relationship or make me think of him. Creating a YouTube playlist gave me a way to compile these in one place and a way to listen to them wherever I am. One of my favorite things about YouTube playlists is also that you can give the people you share it with the permission to edit the playlist and add their own songs.

Sharing a playlist like this can be a fun way to feel connected to a friend or loved one when you are apart. And of course, music has that wonderful way of taking us right back to a special moment. I’d love to hear if you’ve found a similar way to share playlists online.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. I’ll be baking up a storm with the dozens of apples I got at the orchard last weekend. Please share any favorite recipes you have.

Cheers!

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