Chocolate Laced: Beauty Comes First! Clarisonic Mia Review

Last month, I was contacted by a representative of Clarisonic inquiring if I would like to review one of their products. I had not heard about Clarisonic before, and just in case you haven't either, here's a little background about the company and its brand.

Clarisonic was developed by the inventor of the Sonicare toothbrush, which people are more familiar with. The Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing System gently clears your pores and prepares your skin to better absorb skin care products. It is rechargeable and waterproof, which is amazing because you can use it in the shower and you never have to worry about replacing batteries! The Clarisonic is quick and effective; it only takes 60 seconds to cleanse your skin, making it as smooth and as healthy as ever!

I was sent a Clarisonic Mia to use and review. My initial thought when I researched the Clarisonic Mia was one of worry. It seemed like quite the investment! I realized that the only way for me to really know its value was to experience it for myself.

The Mia is so cute and compact, not only can you get it in your favorite color, you can easily bring it along with you on any trip! I commute to my college campus, but on the weekends that I decide to sleep over with my friends in their dorms, the Mia always comes with me!

Here's how my first experience was using the Clarisonic Mia :

My skin is a combination of normal, oily, and dry. It's quite frustrating. The oily parts of my face are my forehead, my nose, and, sometimes, my chin. The dry area is the space between my eyebrows and everywhere else is pretty normal. Before the Clarisonic Mia, I would simply wash my face with soap, paying the most attention to my problem areas.

My wake up in the morning face, complete with several breakouts on my forehead and cheeks. You can't see them very well in these pictures, but, trust me, they were there!

The first picture I posted is one of how the Mia is packaged and this is one of the contents of the box. I was sent the yellow Mia but it also comes in white, lavender, baby blue, pink, garnet, turquoise, poppy red, sapphire blue, tangerine and kelly green! What a great way to personalize something that you'll use every day!

The Mia is packaged with its magnetic charger. I think this is cool because it's easy to mess up a charger that plugs into a product. This charger simply clings on to the bottom on the Mia. Included are the instructions and a trial size tube of Clarisonic's Gentle Hydro Cleanser.

The instructions are very detailed and the Mia is very easy to use. It's recommended that you charge the Mia for 24 hours before your first use, but I was so excited, that I used it right out of the box! I did charge it for 24 hours before my next use though!

I began by wetting my face and the brush head with warm water and proceeded to apply a generous amount of the gentle cleanser to my face. (You can see how the magnetic charger clings on to the Mia in this picture!) The Mia automatically shuts off after 60 seconds, so, in circular motions, I scrubbed my forehead for 20 seconds, each cheek for 10 seconds, and my nose/chin area for 20 seconds.

Once the Mia turned off, I rinsed the cleanser from my face with a warm washcloth. There was an amazing tingly sensation all over my face which excited me because it seemed to be an instant display of the Mia working!

Along with a selection of colors, Clarisonic has a selection of brush heads. The Mia is prepackaged with the Sensitive Head Brush, which is what I've been using.

It has been a month since I began using the Mia and I could not be any happier! My face feels as smooth as a baby's bottom. I apologize for the cliché comparison, but it is so true! I barely break out--I've only had two minor pimples since using the Mia- but when I do they're gone in less than a week! My skin looks and feels better and it definitely absorbs my lotions a lot easier! I stopped using the gentle cleanser and replaced it with Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser for a deeper clean.

It's one thing for someone to compliment my outfit. It's something else for someone to compliment my skin! Ever since I've been using the Clarisonic Mia religiously, I've felt and looked a lot better. My skin has a glow that was hiding under all the filth that lurked in my pores! I've received so many compliments and my problem areas are no longer problems!

As frugal as I am, the Clarisonic Mia would not be something that I would put my eye on. But with an experience like this, I hope anyone who is adamant and determined to have clearer skin opts for the Clarisonic! This is one investment that you won't regret! I'm actually planning on buying my replacement heads very soon: a normal brush head and a deep pore brush head to combat my oily skin!

For more information, please visit the Clarisonic website to find which product may suit you best!

This Clarisonic Mia was provided to me by Clarisonic. My review and opinions are completely honest and all ideas I expressed are my own.

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Chocolate Laced: Color Blocking Celebration!

Oh boy, oh boy! I really wish I had a way to celebrate this glorious moment! What glorious moment, you ask? Drum roll, please! *drrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr* I, Stephanie of Chocolate Laced, after approximately 4 months of style blogging, have finally reached 100 followers (on GFC)! *Confetti* Yay! Thank you all so much! I wore this outfit yesterday, but it's such a happy bright outfit, I think it fits the mood of the celebration!

I walked half a mile in these heels and wore them to the two classes I had on Friday. I knew I couldn't stand to wear them through a nine-hour shift, so I changed into black floral flats later in the day for work. It wasn't until I got off from work that I saw the growth in my follower number! I would love to do a giveaway to thank you all! (But first, I have to find a sponsor/something to give away!)

What I'm Wearing
Hot Pink Scarf: eBay ($3)
Necklace: ALDO ($7)
Hot Pink Linen Blazer: Chaps (old gift)
Striped Shirt: MinkPink (thrifted $7)
Gold Braided Belt: my sister's closet
Purple Pants: eBay ($7)
Purple Pumps: Rocket Dog ($30)
Friendship Bracelets: ALDO (5 for $12)
TOTAL: $66

A great man I know helped me design a new banner that I decided I'd put up when I reached 100 followers! It will be coming soon! Along with my first sponsored post!

Oh, what a wonderful day it is today! I posted this outfit on Chictopia before I left for work. When I returned, I found myself on the front page!!!!!

I feel so accomplished!

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Chocolate Laced: Miss Fashionista

"Miss Fashionista. I think that's what I'm going to call you now." One of my friends on the step team gave me this great compliment when she saw me today. I couldn't help but feel my cheeks flush a little bit. Me? A fashionista? I wish!

My followers on Tumblr actually helped me put this outfit together! I promised myself that I'd wear heels this whole week (with the exception of yesterday) in preparation for the fashion show! Yes, I made the cut! I believe it's the first of two cuts but I figured if I could make walking in heels second nature, then I'd have an advantage when it comes to walking. My heels of choice for today, my taupe wedge laced up booties. I needed help finding colors that complimented taupe. I got so many good ideas: turquoise, magenta, yellow, chambray, burgundy, and many others! I had so many ideas, but I needed something weather appropriate; unfortunately it rained today. I settled with this combination that my high school friend, Noor, came up with: Neutral based with a neon pop!

What I'm Wearing
Straw Hoop Earrings: ALDO (2 for $5; $2.50 each)
Oval Marble Pendant Necklace: H&M ($7.50)
Tan Linen Blazer: UK French Connection ($12)
Cream Top: Old Navy ($9)
Neon Green Belt: (gift)
Slate/Navy Crop Pants: CK Jeans from Macy's ($17)
Cream Socks: HUE ($2.50)
Taupe Lace-Up Wedge Booties: H&M ($30)
TOTAL: $81

I accessorized with gold and my earrings are hoops coincidentally made of tan, taupe, and navy intertwined straw! One of my friends pointed out the fact that my earring matched perfectly! It really does. I wish I could post a close-up of it!

So far, I'm two days without wearing black! I'm going to try to keep it up. I love outfits that are black-less!

I've had my blog for almost four months now and I'm starting to see my remix skills come in handy! I've worn this blazer, this top, and these pants all in previous outfits with very different looks! That's a lesson that you can always come up with different outfits with what you have!


Chocolate Laced: Inspiration - Shorts In The Fall

I used to be completely opposed to wearing shorts after summer, but once I started viewing several fashion and style bloggers, I realized that it could be done! I met an incredibly fashionable young lady thanks to blogging and she inspired me to be inspired! Jacque has a personal style blog where she did her own rendition of this outfit that she loved from 4acesdate, a blog we mutually follow.

I loved the fact that Jacque recreated the outfit to fit her style! And I decided to do the same! I loved that I was able to stick with the same color scheme as the original outfit! My closet works wonders sometimes!

The 21 day challenge I did last month definitely taught me a lot of lessons about how to make an outfit stand out. I love that I'm starting to step out of the previous boundaries I had set for myself and explore new heights of fashion and style. I don't know what it is about this outfit, but I feel incredible confident and comfortable in it!

What I'm Wearing
Earrings: H&M (4 for $3; <$1 ea.) Brown Sunglasses: (closet swap)
Red Cashmere Scarf: Grandoe (old & Mom's)
Blush Polka Dot Scarf: H&M (my sister's closet)
Cream Chiffon Tie-Neck Blouse: H&M ($7.50)
Leather Watch: Fossil (gift)
Soft Leather Bracelet: DIY
Tan Exposed Zipper Romper: H&M ($15)
Cream Skinny Belt: H&M (3 for $9; $3 ea.)
Cherry Red Tights: JCPenney ($3)
Oxford-Like Flats: Kimichi Blue (eBay $10)
TOTAL: $40

These tights that I'm wearing are amazingly warm. Combined with my two scarves, I felt warmer than ever in this 65 degree weather! Could this be considered color blocking? I love the combination of red and tan/camel. Stay tuned for future updates on my Colors page!

I love how omitting the color black can drastically change an outfit. I love wearing black but it's such a common neutral, I feel like people easily get lost in it. When I brought out this outfit last night, I came up with what I believe is a fantastic idea. I should give myself mini style challenges. Maybe once a week each month, I could frame my outfits around one concept. One week I could wear all dresses. Another week I could pick a certain color. If I'm feeling bold and creative, I can even choose one item to wear every day of the week! I really like that idea, but I'm going to need help from you all in creating that list of style prompts/rules/challenges! Can you help me?


Chocolate Laced: Night In Day

When I first saw this style of dress on the Zara website, I fell in love with it almost instantly. But I know I don't have Zara money, so when I was at work and I saw this dress, I knew I had to have it! It seems like more of a night time dress, but here's how I styled it for the daytime.

I tamed down my accessories because I honestly feel like the dress deserves to be the centerpiece of my outfit. I added my linen blazer, belted it and wore my strappy cork wedges to complete the look.

What I'm Wearing
Earrings: H&M (4 for $3)
Linen Blazer: UK Style French Connection ($12)
Little Black Dress: H&M ($26)
Leopard Bow Belt: ASOS ($5)
Black Strappy Cork Wedges: Paprika ($14)
Bracelet: Forever 21 ($4)
TOTAL: $57

I chose to wear this dress because today is the day that I audition for a fashion show at my university! I'm super nervous and crazy excited at the same time. I don't want to mess this up! I love the way the high waist on the dress give me the illusion of longer legs! And heels double the effect! I'm 5'8" and change but with these wedges, I'm easily 6'1"! I'm towering over just about everyone I walk by.

I love wearing wedges but I've been in these babies since 8 in the morning! But don't worry, I brought a pair of flats to ease the strain! Wish me luck on the fashion show tryouts! I had to choose between these two shoes but I decided that I'd wear the Steve Madden glitter pumps! (The others are Jessica Simpson Trixie sandals.)

They're the easiest heels to walk in!

Wish me luck!


Chocolate Laced: Everybody Everywear - Colored Pants!

It feels like it's been so long since the last EBEW challenge, but I've been anticipating this one like no other! You wouldn't believe it, but I used to dislike obnoxiously colored pants with a fiery passion! What changed? I stopped looking at the people that wore them wrong! Trust me... it IS, in fact, possible to wear colored pants wrong. The first time I was exposed to someone wearing colored pants, she paired her hot pink jeans with a white studded rainbow belt, an ill-fitting neon tee (tucked in), matching hair extensions, and Nike Air Max sneakers. Not the greatest inspiration. Here's how I wore my bright yellow pants!

Another interesting fact: Two weeks ago, I had only two pairs of colored pants and they were both purple. Now I have two red, two purple, and one yellow! I don't include cargo, khaki pants or any neutral colored pants in the "colored pants" category. To me, colored pants are unconventional colors: red, pink, electric blue, yellow, etc.

What I'm Wearing
Colorblock Hoop Earrings: Forever 21 ($5)(buy)
White Oversize Cardigan: Old Navy (thrifted $6)
Abstract Coral Tank: thrifted (free gift)
White Leather Braided Belt: (eBay 5 for $10; $2 ea)
Yellow Pants: Forever 21 (eBay $10)
Coral TOMS: my sister's closet
Friendship Bracelets: ALDO (5 for $12)
TOTAL: $35

I feel so bright today but it's within reason. We're expecting 82 degrees of loveliness and being so bright is the only way to stand out. Can't let the sun steal all my shine. :) I can't wait until I own hot pink or kelly green tailored pants! With the perfect pair of chunky heels, I think I could rule the world with that outfit! I'm excited to see how everyone else rocked this challenge!

Everybody, Everywear | Colored Pants

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