Sunday, 27 April 2014

Magnitone Pulsar vs Clarisonic

If you haven't read my first impressions about the Magnitone Pulsar, you can find it here .

Almost a month after my purchase, here are my final thoughts.

As you know, I decided to purchase it while it was at a 50% off discount + a 20% off discount coupon I had from Hqhair, total 70€ which was definitely a steal.

The 50% off was a promotion that lasted a while, at various online shops.

Unfortunately, I searched online and don't find it on promotion anymore.  The full price is 161€.

Would I pay 161€ for it? No.

So, I will put it this way: if you can still find it at 50% off, get it.

If you can't find it anymore, get it if you want to use it on the body as well as on the face. It comes with the respective brushes included in the box.
The Clarisonic Plus is at 225€ so in comparison the Magnitone Pulsar is the better deal.

Don't get me wrong, the Magnitone Pulsar is a good tool and has definitely made a change to my skin texture.

I just don't think that you should pay €161 for it when the Clarisonic Mia 2 is at last available here in Greece.

So, let's do a comparison (they both improve my skin texture so I skip this factor):

Magnitone Pulsar:


  • Has 4 different modes 
  • Has a brush head for the face and one for the body
  • It does feel a bit unbalanced, lightweight, plastic.
  • Longer handle that I find a bit awkward to use on the face, it does help on the body though.
  • It splatters tiny droplets of water everywhere, in my eyes as well and I find it quite annoying.
  • It hums in a annoying way as well
  • The bristles are a bit stiff, especially at first.  No irritation or anything though. 
  • In case anything happens I have to ship it to UK.
  • You have to buy an adapter
Clarisonic Mia:
I actually compare it to the Mia 1 because that's the one I used to have.


  • Feels lightweight yet solid and fits perfectly in my little hand.
  • Available here (Mia 2) so you don't have to worry if something happens, I presume there will also be service available here. 
  • Variety of face brushes
  • It hums quietly
  • Softer bristles
  • Minimum water splatter
  • At 149€ (Mia 2) it's actually cheaper than the Magnitone
  • It beeps (Mia 2) when you must move to another area,  so you can't overdo it (very useful feature)
  • It comes (Mia 2) with a carry pouch
  • You don't have to buy an adapter. 

Well, I can't find any, lol!

Bottom line: 

  • Get the Clarisonic Mia 2 if you want to use it only on the face
  • Get the Magnitone Pulsar if you want to use it on the body as well. 
A word of caution: 
  • don't get wrapped up in the hype, if your skin is fine and you don't have any specific issues, you probably don't need either. 
  • If you're not committed in cleansing your face at least every night, neither is for you. It doesn't do miracles and it must be used consistently in order for you to benefit from it.
If you want to improve your skin condition and you know you are going to use it everyday, get it. Your skin will thank you (just don't rub it off your face, lol!)

That's it for now,  I hope you are all well and thriving! 

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Spring & Summer Nail Polishes

Hello and happy Easter, here is a pretty picture (lol!)

These are my spring/summer nail polishes, most of them old with a couple new entries!


Mac Play Day (LE), Erre Due 215, L'Oreal 208


Erre Due 236, OPI Pink Friday, Erre Due 05, L'Oreal 210


Erre Due 69, OPI Can't Find my Czechbook, MAC Ocean Dip (LE), Korres 92, Erre Due 120.

Here's my recent mani (feeling playful obviously!)

That's it for now, I hope you are all well and thriving!

Χριστός Ανέστη, εύχομαι ό,τι καλύτερο για εσάς και τους αγαπημένους σας!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Zoeva brushes review.

I wanted for the longest time to try the Zoeva brushes and when they launched their new line, I decided to try a couple.

I chose the: 
  • 102 Silk Finish (10,50€)
  • 109 Face Paint (12,50€)
  • 224 Luxe Defined Crease (6,20€)
Shipping costs: 7,50€

First of all, I love them all. They're very soft, work beautifully and wash easily. 

Here are my thoughts on them:

102 Silk Finish: it is quite similar to another brush that I love, the Sephora Mineral Powder brush (that costs about 16€ if I'm not mistaken). It blends everything perfectly, liquid foundation, mineral foundation, blush, bronzer, creams and powders, you name it. It is beyond comparison to the Sigma F82 Round Kabuki that I also own because the Sigma one is too dense and moves the product around.

Here they are:

109 Face Paint: I 'be been looking for a contouring brush for quite some time but the available options (Mac, Illamasqua, Nars) are quite expensive. So, when Zoeva launced this one i decided to give it a try and i'm so happy i did! It has the perfect size, not too big not too small, and i can achieve a sharp contour if i desire so or a more diffused and natural result, for everyday use. It works perfectly with cream and powder products. I have also used it with highlight, blush, even foundation, works like a dream every time. It also washes easily and it doesn't get stained.

224 Luxe Defined Crease: i'm a Mac 217 fanatic (who isn't?) but i find that on my eyes it blends the crease color a little too widely, it reaches quite high and when i want to be more precise it can be a pain in the derrière. Well, this little brush is perfect for this purpose, it allows me to be as precise as I wish. It blends beautifully and it is probably my favorite of the bunch (although they are all my favorites, lol).

Here it is side by side to my Mac 217

I also would like to give Zoeva a great thumbs up for the packaging, because each brush came in its black zip lock plastic pouch and they come very handy if you're a bit OCD like me, I use them to organize all sorts of little things! 

I also got the trifold mirror (8,20€), it is very practical because it stands up on the table but I can also tuck it away when I don't need it.

Next on my wish list:
  • 105 Luxe Highlight
  • 106 Powder
  • 142 Concealer Buffer
  • 235 Contour Shader
Have you tried Zoeva brushes? Any recommendations?

That's it for now,  I hope you are all well and thriving! 
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