8.22.2011

Kew Gardens and the Clarisonic Mia



Hello everyone- I’m writing to you from England…

We’ve spent the week mainly adjusting to the new time zone (the flight was a bit of a cauchemar) and since I am staying in the countryside I have not made it to London yet but have spent a lot of afternoons eating roasts and sipping cups of tea (it’s been raining).

This weekend I went to Kew Gardens- the beautiful Royal botanical gardens in Richmond- unfortunately I was caught in a torrential downpour of rain the entire time I was there but did take refuge with my fellow companions in the beautiful Victorian greenhouse (pictured above) to see the lovely rare plants and the magnificent architecture of the century + old building. It's the biggest Victorian era greenhouse in the world (it took 38 years to build!)

Even though it was raining I couldn’t have been happier to be stranded in the greenhouse because along with loving the Art Deco period I have a dear love for the Victorian era as well. I love the architecture, the sentiments, the customs… so I was in heaven wandering around learning the Latin names of my favorite plants, gazing at the rotund fish in the Koi pond and pretending I was a Victorian lady strolling in my botanical haven. Sigh!


Up the spiral staircase:



A view from the top:



The Erica plant with its delicate pink blooms:


Caught in a downpour. Le no makeup look= all washed up!:


I hope to go back one day when the sun is out and explore the gardens further.

Meanwhile this week on The Daily Connoisseur will have a skin care theme to it. Josephine from the wonderful blog Tale Peddler requested that I do a video on my Clarisonic Mia- which I’ve been blogging about for some time. To see the video you can click here, look in the sidebar of this blog or visit my channel: www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur

Later this week I will post a blog and video on how I keep my skin clear and free of breakouts, including a review of an impressive new acne control product that has recently launched at Sephora.

And you’ll be interested to know that I am in the midst of trying out an all natural skincare line made from an ancient berry that could quite possibly become the Holy Grail of skincare for me (I’ve been using it for two weeks and have already seen incredible changes to the texture of my skin). I won’t post my review until I’ve tried the line for a whole month but when I do I can’t wait to share it with you.

I would love to know... do you have a Clarisonic? What are your thoughts on it?

Until later this week…

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9 comments:

LR @ Magnificent or Egregious? said...

Kew Gardens looks amazing! Hopefully you will be able to see it again on a sunny day. The Erica plant looks divine.

Speaking of flowers, I have been taking your advice about watering the orchids (did a blog post about this)...my Mom gave me some orchid food to mix with the watering every once in awhile, hopefully that helps to revive them too! :) Have a pleasant week!

the gardener's cottage said...

lovely, lovely gardens. sorry you were soaked but it looks like you made the best of it.

i've been wanting to tell you that i finally broke down and purchased my mia and i love it. i'm even using it in my esthetician practice. everything you've said about it is true and i recommend it to everyone i meet. literally.

xo
janet

Ms. M said...

I do have a Clarisonic and I love it. I'm currently using the pore-cleansing brush head and it really does help keep the pores clearer than the "sensitive" brush head I was using before.

The main difference I notice is the exfoliating/smoothing effect, but I'm hoping that it's also improving the overall health of my skin, as the Sonicare toothbrush did for my gums.

josephinetalepeddler said...

Jennifer, you are adorable. You look so cute caught in that downpour! Thanks so much for mentioning me in your video when you explained the Clarisonic. And for taking my request on board. Your skin looks so wonderful, I'm tempted to purchase one.I was delighted to be a part of your Blog and video posts. Kew Gardens looks wonderful. Happy Journeys in the UK. xx

Charlene said...

After reading about the Mia in your blog and several others, I decided to try it. I had breakouts only occasionally but my skin was dry and dull. Since I got my Mia, breakouts are almost non-existent and I think my skin is exfoliated and absorbs cremes better. My daughter also bought one and it's helped tremendously with her skin. We both love it. Hope you'll get some sunny weather for your stay in England. Have a great time!

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Ladies- thank you for all of your comments!

LR I love your new blog- congratulations I am your newest follower! Glad to hear you're working on your orchids xo

Janet- so glad you like the Clarisonic and that you're even using it in your practice! It's wonderful isn't it? xo

Ms. M- I will have to try the pore cleaning brushhead- that sounds marvelous thanks for the recommendation! xo

Josephine- my pleasure! Thanks for making the request! It's still raining here in England so I am ducking the rain constantly :) xo

Charlene- Thank you! I'm so glad you love the Clarisonic! I'm just happy to spread the word about it because it has done so much to my own skin xo

Vanny said...

Hi Jen--

I just order myself the Clarisonic Mia 2 and am so excited to get it, especially after watching your video.

I do have a question, though. I know that eye makeup should come off, but do you take off your face makeup (i.e. tinted moisturizer or foundation) before you use your clarisonic?

Thanks!

Lauren

Vanny said...

Hi Jen--

I just order myself the Clarisonic Mia 2 and am so excited to get it, especially after watching your video.

I do have a question, though. I know that eye makeup should come off, but do you take off your face makeup (i.e. tinted moisturizer or foundation) before you use your clarisonic?

Thanks,

Lauren

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Hi Lauren,

I only take my eye makeup off before using the Clarisonic. It takes care of the rest. I hope you enjoy it!

Jennifer

 
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