Review: Magnitone Lucid Cleansing Brush and 20% off Discount code!

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I wrote before about my very first twitter party, held by @bloggerslvehub, which was a great experience. Magnitone was one of the brands taking part and I was one of the lucky bloggers that they very kindly sent a Magnitone Lucid Cleansing Brush* to test out and review! (Plus a lovely discount if any of you want your very own colourpop Cleansing brush!!)

Read on if you want to be able to walk around all day doing this … because your face is sooo damn glowy!!

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First the blurb…

Magnitone

‘Magnitone offer daily skin cleansing and toning brushes for face & body to effectively cleanse, refresh and stimulate your skin…..They offer the latest in deep cleansing innovation, are easy to use and fit right in to your current skincare regime. They use gentle sonic vibrations to dislodge blackheads and whisk away dead skin cells, revealing a bright and glowing complexion.’

Magnitone offers three different types of cleansing brush – the more advanced and also for use on the body Magnitone Pulsar, the special limited edition bright pink Magnitone Lucid by Pixie Lott and the standard Magnitone Lucid, which is the one that I was gifted.

The Magnitone Lucid

The current range is the Fashion Series is inspired by the vibrant colours of the catwalk and the hottest looks of the year. The brush is available in four colours (see above – Aqua Green, Plush Pink, Dazzling Blue or Sunshine Yellow.) I asked to receive the Sunshine Yellow if possible and that is the one that I got!

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‘Magnitone Lucid is powered by Active Electromagnetic Technology™. Enhanced electromagnetic pulsations that send rapid vibrations into skin. They naturally unclog pores, and sweep away dry and dead skin cells, leaving a clearer complexion’

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My Review

Ok, first a disclaimer – I currently use a similar cleansing brush made by a different company. I have been using this since February so when I swapped over to the Magnitone, I did not follow the instructions for new users and those with sensitive skin, as my skin is already well used to this sort of cleansing and exfoliation and is also not at all sensitive. I will list the instructions for first timers in a bit though for anyone who is new to this sort of deep cleansing.

The Lucid comes in a compact box, with everything that you need inside to start you off:

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Inside the box, you will find the Lucid with an Active Clean Brush head already attached (you can buy a Sensitive and a Silk Bliss Luxury Head as well as replacement Active Clean heads separately), a travel charger (plus a two-pin adapter if you need it for travelling abroad), a 12 Month warranty card (remember to register online) and an instruction booklet.

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Unpacked!

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The part that looks like a pebble on the bottom of the brush handle is in fact the ingenious ‘Clink’ charger, which attaches magnetically – you just add the plug into the end of it.

Before using the Magnitone for the first time, it is advised that it should be charged for 24 hours. When the device is charging the red light will flash and will go solid when fully charged. When I charged this for the first time the light went solid within a couple of hours but being the law abiding citizen that I am I left it for the entire 24 hours……just in case! It does say that this is to maximise it’s battery life.

A full charge will normally take about 12-15 hours and will last for about 2 weeks of use (obviously dependent on time and frequency used).

The Magnitone Lucid has two different cleansing modes, deep clean and sensitive, so it can be used by peeps that have sensitive skin as well. The advice given for first timers and those with sensitive skin is to use the SENSITIVE mode for the first 5 days to allow your skin time to adjust and they also recommend only one minute of cleansing each day for the first 5.

Since I like to take risks (says the person who follows the instructions exactly re: charging!), I totally ignored that since I had previously been using a cleansing brush and I went straight into Deep Clean mode ………and as I felt like 1 minute was not enough I did it for 2 minutes from the start!

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I should explain, the Magnitone has an inbuilt facial cleansing timer like other cleansing brushes. This cheeps at you every 20 seconds to remind you to move onto the next section of your face, then automatically shuts off after 1 minute. I had no problems turning the device on again for a further minute as I do 2 minutes with my current brush but if you have sensitive or dry skin or are new to this method of cleansing please take heed.

Magnitone states that:

“You may experience some adverse changes to your skin condition after the first few days of using Magnitone Lucid. This is completely normal as your skin adjusts to the new cleansing method. This happens because the Magnitone Lucid is slowly bringing up the deep-rooted oily impurities from your pores onto the surface of the skin. You should switch to the sensitive setting until any outbreaks clear and moisturise regularly after use”

So that is something to bear in mind if you do buy one of these. I did not have any reaction at all using the Magnitone Lucid BUT I did have some very annoying deep under the skin spots that took ages to go when I first started using my previous brush. I do have very oily skin which used to be very prone to spots even at my age but since I have been using an Asian / Korean skincare regime and a cleansing brush, I have had hardly any even around the time of the month. I will be doing an upcoming post / posts on my skincare steps so watch out for that.

Anyway, maybe don’t start using one of these just before a special occasion and give your skin a chance to get used to it first!

The Lucid is quite light and it fits really well into the palm of your hand, which makes it very easy to use. It is fully waterproof so it can be used in the bath or shower but they do advise that it should not be submerged in water for any period of time!

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In the instruction booklet they advise that you start the cycle with your forehead and brow – I personally would advise against this!! You may end up with cleanser suds streaming down into your eyes for the rest of the cycle ….I did warn you 😉

I start with my nose (as that is the area that generally needs more work) and then move to my cheek, then chin, then the other cheek – ending on the forehead before using whatever time is left to concentrate on any trouble areas.

I am a huge advocate of double cleansing aka the K-Beauty regime (and plan to write a post extolling it’s virtues soon) and I do this twice a day even when I haven’t worn makeup and this seems to suit my very oily skin well. At the moment I am using the Nude Cleansing oil (agh – a western product!! hehe), followed by the Borntree Vita Berry Cleansing foam with the Lucid (a very expensive cleanser that I got in a Memebox last year – it IS wonderfully creamy!).

The other items shown here sort of count as my cleansing routine – a new addition, the La Roche Posay Serozinc; Neogen Code 9 Glucose Skin (a toner – I alternate between these two) and my Elizavecca 100% Galactomyces Essence (another sort of toner and the final part of my Galactomyces Round one testing – see here).

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I would recommend that you use a creamy cleanser with a cleansing brush. I did try a very watery cleanser previously and they don’t froth up enough and do not feel as though they are doing much at all. It is not advised to use these with oil cleansers or anything with exfoliating grains as the brush is supposed to do the exfoliating for you and this would be too harsh and also may damage it.

I clean the brush head by swishing it under warm running water after each use to remove any residue and cleanser.  Magnitone recommend cleaning the brush head properly after each use but since I remove makeup prior to using the brush by double cleansing I feel that this is not necessary. I thoroughly clean it once a week instead.

So have I noticed a difference since swapping to the Magnitone Lucid from my previous brush?

Magnitone promises softer, brighter and clearer skin within 7 days. Although my skin was pretty bright and smooth due to already using a cleansing brush, I would say that it maybe feels a little softer and I am sure that the Magnitone would live up to it’s claims if I had not already been using something similar. It really does make a difference to skin that does not usually get exfoliated much and I would definitely recommend these sort of brushes for most skin types.

Some plus and minus points for the Magnitone Lucid:

Plus

+ the instructions for the Lucid are very straightforward and easier to get started

+ light and fits easily into the palm of your hand

+ feels softer on the skin

+ cleaned very well, skin is noticeably ‘squeaky’ afterwards

+ left skin glowing and (sorry if TMI – blackheads easily extractable)

+ no negative reaction or spots

+ better price than other brands on the market and therefore more accessible

Minus

– switches off after one minute, which I feel isn’t long enough for me

– bristles are long and I find that more difficult to operate evenly on the skin

– results in a lot of spray into the mirror (use in the shower would probably be easier)

– feels softer on the skin

– no stand or travel case so more difficult to charge and store

I definitely recommend the Magnitone Lucid if you are new to the world of cleansing brushes, have been thinking of getting one and don’t want to spend hundreds of pounds – it is such good value for money, especially with this offer!

The Offer

It retails for only £69.99, but if you click here and use the code Charlotte20 at checkout you’ll get an exclusive 20% OFF, making it only £55.99!! (Offer ends 1st June 2015).

Until next time……which will be a very late MaskGenie review and then what will be a new, hopefully fun (!) regular Monday post … stay tuned and please follow me on twitter, Bloglovin and Facebook if you don’t already!

Cxx

(Almost forgot a bunny!)

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*Disclaimer: PR Sample very kindly gifted by Magnitone via The Bloggers Hub, for an honest review. No affiliate links.

Memebox Detox & Renew

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Just before the awful announcement that Memebox was ceasing shipping to the majority of the world (discussed here) I ordered this very last box and a selection of value sets (coming up next) which arrived in super quick time (almost as if they couldn’t wait to be rid of us .. but probably because the Christmas backlog of parcels worldwide had finally cleared!)

I don’t really drink much anymore but the theme of Detox and Renew seemed perfect for a New Year treat and appealed most to me of all the boxes that they were selling at the time (of course if I had known that this would be it, I probably would have bought some of the others as well, especially a couple that I am a bit sore on missing out on now that I can’t have them! Bloody typical isn’t it?!)

Detox & Renew cost $29 + $6.99 shipping (£24.50 approx altogether) and has a memevalue of $159 (approx £103.25) for a total of 5 products. I miss them already!

This box DID have an info card! Hallelujah!!

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Since Meme (in their infinite wisdom) has removed all traces of their life before their self-inflicted extreme isolation (seriously do they know something about the upcoming zombie apocalypse??) and this includes all information about previous boxes and products, the info card is even more welcome for future reference purposes.

Box Description

The cold weather months leaves us susceptible to get lazy on out skincare routine! But, did you know? The constant switching back and forth between central heating and frigid winds causes excessive dead skin build up and increases the rate at which pore-dwellers multiply and grow!

While “the more the merrier” applies to most things in life, the growing party of pore dwellers is never fun, and is definitely not a beautiful sight! To help you in your skincare predicament, we bring you our newest Detox & Renew box, perfectly curated to eliminate the deepest skin toxins, remove dead skin cells, clarify congested pores, and alleviate damage from internal and external aggressors. Each product in this box is a one-step solution on it’s own, addressing everything from large pores and clogging to brightening cloudy skin!

Take this box, your one and only solution for lustrous and healthy skin, use after use!

–  Honestly, I never usually read these as they don’t often seem to have much to do with the contents of the box – a lot of marketing bumpf basically!

Contents

1. GU:AAM METHOD Black Pearl Protein (Conchiolin) 35 Whitening Serum 60ml
Full size product: 60ml ($30)

This light-weight skin renewing serum is formulated with bifida, AHA, and black pearl protein to help support the natural cell renewal and toxin elimination. Powerful black pearl proteins eliminate toxins and dead skin cells in the skin and enhance the skin’s natural healing cycle to detox and renew the skin’s surface. The results? Skin is decongested, skin pollutants are removed, and skin is left looking brighter and firmer, more radiant and youthful-looking. Free from chemical preservatives, artificial fragrance, artificial colours, mineral oils, silicon oils, sulfates, parabens, and EDTA.

How to use:

Immediately after cleansing, Apply the serum on face avoiding eye area. For the areas often have rough skins such as T-zone, oil-zone, and around lips, apply twice at a time with sufficient amount of serum.

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Ingredients: Bifida Ferment Filtrate, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Pearl Extract, Lactobacilius / Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Niacinamide, Lactic Acid, Rosa Centifolia Flower Water, Arginine, Lactic Acid (yes, twice!), Sodium Hyaluronate, Sclerotium Gum, Adenosine, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Propanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Ceramide 3, Kyounin Yu, Aspergilus / Rice Ferment Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Carbonated Water, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Propolis Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate.

My Thoughts
This serum has a pretty great list of ingredients. On the box they specify content of 35% Pearl Conchiolin, 5% Bio-Pearl Extract, 3% AHA and 48% Bifida Fermentation. I will try and look further into what all that goodness means when I review this product separately.

I really like the packaging of this. It looks serious and that gives me hope that it will be effective. It has an effective sucky dropper (technical term!) for application purposes, that distributes a good amount of the product. I have been using a couple of items with a similar dropper (the Migabee Honey ampoule and the Pro You Oil) and I do enjoy this way of distribution but generally prefer a pump nozzle for convenience sake. The serum doesn’t smell of anything to me, which is great and has a lovely silky consistency that sinks in really well and does not leave a tacky sticky finish like some serums do. I will be including this in my routine as soon as I have finished my current serum.

I don’t know about you though but every time I read ‘Black Pearl’ (here and in the last post with the eye patches) I think of this:

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Any excuse for those lovely faces right?

I could not find this product for sale online in the usual places (I will keep looking) but they do have a website at http://www.guaam.com/
This product is listed as 24,600 Won on there (about £14.50) and could possibly be purchased through a shipping service like Avecko (for more information on Avecko and how to use their service please see the wonderful post by Fan B here).

2. YADAH Anti Trouble Bubble Cleanser 150ml
Full size product: 150ml ($27)

Anti Trouble Bubble Cleanser has a foaming formula that delivers gentle acne medication and improves skin’s appearance. It uses Salicylic Acid technology provides a long-acting acne treatment that continues to fight acne and blemishes while herbal extracts soothe and bind moisture to skin to optimise hydration and restore suppleness. The micro bubbles helps to detoxify the pores by clarifying ‘dir and’ oil build up (?? the translation is worse than usual on this one) in the pores. It also helps to control excess oil secretion to prevent breakouts. Approved by the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety administration, this cleanser is recommended as a step one cleanser in acne regimen.

How to use:
Massage a small amount over dampened face and neck. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

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Ingredients: Water, TEA-Cocoyl Glumate, Glycerin, Salicylic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Perfume, Disodium EDTA, Aleo Barbadenisis Leaf Juice, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract

My Thoughts
Again this product has some pretty impressive claims. As pH testing of skincare is all the rage at the moment (it can be especially useful for those with sensitive skin I understand – something that luckily I don’t suffer from) it is pleasing that this cleanser states that it has a ‘Low acid similar to skin pH’. I don’t have a testing kit myself but I’m sure someone will have a go with this and I will keep an eye out.

Yadah has a website in English (here). The graphics are amazingly cute and they have a whole page dedicated to the ingredients used in their products (here)

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There are no links to the clinical tests mentioned but I will see if I can find further information.

I have used quite a few products with ‘sally acid’ in the past and although I no longer have too many spots (only the occasional hormonal – the one advantage of advanced age), I still quite enjoy using products with it in as I am still extremely shiny and have blackheads and it is known as an effective exfoliant, anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory, as well as the anti-microbial spot properties. I have vastly too many cleansers in my stash at the moment but I may push this one forward in the line up so that I can use it during the summer when it’s properties will be best utilised.

I have not been able to find this to buy online but Tester Korea have added other Yadah products to their range on request so that may be worth a go.

3. MAYN Bio Mineraltox Mist 100ml
Full size product: 100ml ($44)

Skin looking dull, tired, lifeless? Makeup looking cakey and not setting in? Bio Mineraltox Mist refreshes, detoxifies, and rejuvenates the skin with detoxifying lemon balm, apple mint, royal jelly, and more and propriety “secret beads” made with ions and mineral water. The micro mist instantly purifies, brightens, clears, and invigorates the skin cells that have been damaged by external aggressors such as dust, alcohol consumption and more for clearer pores, and plumper skin cells, the perfect canvas for absorbing skincare products and makeup.

How to use:
After shaking the mist, hold 20cm away from the face, and gently mist. Reapply as necessary.

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Ingredients: all in Korean I’m afraid – will try to find a translation.

My Thoughts
This mist strangely reminds me of the maracas that I inevitably was given to play at junior school concerts (it was either that or the triangle) as I was a singularly unmusical child.

If you are not sure what I mean, when you shake the mist it sounds a bit like these (without the bells!):

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I may have played with this for a few too many minutes…..I will be musical yet!

A few months ago the only facial mists that I had used were the Evian style pure mineral water ones, which do absolutely nothing but be cooling momentarily. All that changed when I found Memebox and the various sprays and mists they have sent me. They do however vary according to the ‘strength’ of the spray that they bestow upon you. Some have a lovely fine misting effect, like being kissed gently in the face by gossamer butterfly wings ……………….

……..others go splat!!

Luckily, this spray is a relatively fine one and I will not constantly feel as though I am taking part in the ALS ice bucket challenge (see here) whilst using it. At the moment I am only using a mist at night (the Priori Lavender one) mainly because I like the smell at bed time but I am saving the others for the summer, when my bedroom is not quite so Arctic.

Again, I can’t find this online, sorry. The best bets for getting hold of some are destashes on Facebook (I have already seen this pop up) and Tester Korea again.

4. ARAON Detox Skin Essence 100ml
Full size product:100ml ($34)

This detoxifying skin essence features a blend of naturally detoxifying ingredients to eliminate even the deepest skin toxins, giving the skin a brighter, more even toned complexion. Formulated with maple water, green tea extract, and other skin detoxifying and renewing ingredients, this essence smooths, plumps and detoxifies for luminous skin that appears visibly renewed.

How to use:
After cleansing, take 2 to 3 pumps of essence and gently massage into the skin. Use after serum.

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Ingredients: Acer Mono sap, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Water, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Water, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Water, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Centella Asiatica Extract, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Glyceryl Acrylate / Acrylic Acid CoPolymer, 1,2- Hexanediol.

My Thoughts
Now this is interesting! An essence that specifies usage AFTER a serum. Usually I do this the other way around as it is generally agreed that it should go on thickness of product akin to the rate of absorbency into the skin. You start with the thinnest products (toner, essence) and work up to the thicker (serum, ampoules, oils, creams). The wonderful blogger Pico Prince made an gorgeous diagram to illustrate this and that can be found here.

I don’t know how thick this is as I will not open it at the moment. I have a number of other essences to use up first but it will be interesting to see whether the placement of this product makes a difference. Watch this space. It is a very generous size for an essence at 100ml so should last a while.

This is another product that is nigh on impossible to find online – I have no idea what these companies were thinking when providing their products to Memebox when they aren’t even available to purchase. Sort of defeats the object! Of course they could have envisaged an arrangement where Meme would sell their products in their shop .. if so, that definitely didn’t work out!

5. ESTHETIC HOUSE Vitamin 3000 Vitamin B Vita-Capsule Cream 30ml
Full size product: 30ml ($24)

This skin-renewing vitamin B cream helps to soothe irritated and inflamed. The innovative encapsulation technology allows for an effective delivery of pure, potent vitamin B to soothe irritated skin, and calm red, inflamed skin. Layer individually or blend with daily moisturiser to provide optimal results and create a powerful, multi-purpose product – designed to treat your skin’s unique needs.

How to use:
On cleansed and toned skin, apply cream over dark spots and problem areas. Mix a small amount with favorite skincare daily for optimal results.

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Ingredients: Only in Korean

My Thoughts
This sounds extremely interesting. Although my skin is not sensitive and does not often get irritated I am thinking that this may come in very handy in the summer for if I catch a bit too much sun.
I tend to go a bit red before I go brown … yes, I know BAD CHARLOTTE!! If this cream does soothe irritated and inflamed skin that sounds absolutely ideal. It is also unscented which is great for that usage and since it can be mixed with your current skincare I can customise it to my needs at the time.

And here’s a first for this review – this cream is available online! This version (at £6.48 / $9.97 and free shipping….. bargain!) and what looks like the entire range of vita capsule creams by Esthetic House are available to buy from Elysia-shop79. I haven’t used this seller myself but they have a 99.8% approval rating at the time of posting. This is the link for the B cream and this is the link for the shop itself.

Conclusion

This was definitely one of the better Memeboxes. It is well curated and the products are interesting, albeit unfortunately not widely available outside Korea (which is sort of the point of being introduced to new products?!). This box seems very well suited to my skin type and needs, especially for the upcoming (probably brief but hopefully not) British summer.

This was the last actual ‘mystery’ box that I received but I will review the Winter Essential Masks box next, which was the one that I got just before the Night Care box. Then bring on the Value sets!!