“ Brand: Shavata / Type: Tweezer „
It all started years ago when it was announced to me by a comrade at the time that I possessed long nostril hair. He then immediately proceeded to yank out the offending strays which dared to venture out from my nostril cavity without saying he was about to do so. The added twist to this analogy; pun intended - I was on the phone at the time. The words: 'ah, bastard' left me with egg on my face, plus fewer nostril hairs. Worse still, trying to explain it to an Indian call centre operative - "Your flend just plucked you, sire, is that correct sire? The word 'nostril' didn't format correctly with his call centre software package; - he came back with 'noose' and 'drill'. All I wanted were some extra texts!
I suppose the whole event left a mark on me, or shall I say made me aware of my straggly hirsute mass. Not only was it painful and provoked embarrassment, I promised myself to pluck my own nostrils before future meets, especially in the vicinity of this plucky chap. After telling the analogy to loved ones - everyone states, I've inherited my Father's ears and nose. Translation: 'Hairy as F***!' Although it is acceptable on seniors, naturally it is seen as uncouth by the wider society. Albeit, vanity goes way above the head of the likes of my Father, as he wades through life with a furry nose and clumps of hair sprouting from his lobs - he is completely unperturbed by the facial foliage.
Fortunately I've been lucky enough to have a girlfriend who enjoys preening, i.e (causing pain via plucking). She indeed takes great pride in polishing her own body. Hairs or any fluffy particles on herself are immediately terminated before detection. After she finishes herself, she starts on me; which is a more thankless task - She expertly cradles the Shavata tweezers between her thumb and index finger and as soon as I see the shiny glint of Shavata's metal craftsmanship, she expertly turns my one eyebrow into two. Quickly and swiftly plucking - maybe a couple plucks a second. Shavata has a slender, elongated, understated curve, deemed as systematically clinical. Shavata's pointed head targets the non aesthetic offenders; the rebel hairs that don't keep in line, or pop up in random areas, all wiry, coarse and ugly. Shavata tears them from their warm homes, as if a council terminating scabby swatters. The pincer styled mobility is designed for easy grip; even delicate feminine fingers have no problem in eradicating hairs of 2 millimeters long. Now when I get a perplex observation from my girlfriend who stares up at my nostrils, I know what's coming next. "Get me the tweezers love - you're in for a good pluck".
For additional pain, the edge of the tweezer's head can be used to scrape your hooters epidermis so that emerging black-heads are removed - always use a soft tissue to pinch the nose to stop infection and spots from occurring. Disinfect Shavata after use. The pointed end can carefully flush out embedded splinters, just below the epidermis. Again, after a twenty minute pluck from Shavata; wash the area to aid the pores from any bacterial infection - plus it'll help to stop ingrown hairs. Shavata's initial fee of 14.99 GBP for a pluck, may sound pricey - but in the long run, she is worth the investment. She isn't a 'Wham Bang Thank you Mam,' kind of product. She is a quality purchase, from bottom to top. Her manufacturers boast of her precision excellence on her beauty tipped website: www.shavata.co.uk
The Arc de Triomphe
Shavata's master-class in creating the arch 'magnique' - is aimed for the expert 'plucker'; who's graduated from beauty school. I'm not even classed as a 'novice plucker' - partly due to not being allowed at length to touch Shavata's class without girlfriend guidance, and if I was so plucky to pluck myself, her deft feminine hands would take over within 30 seconds, and she would exasperatedly gasp; "Come ere love, we haven't all day". I succumb to her pluck professionalism every-time. Head on her warm lap - lazily observing her polished, silky skin; concentration etched on her meticulously arched brows - glistening, resembling an Augustus Rodin bronze.
Shavata appears to be a real person on the website (above) - naturally I couldn't see any rebel hairs on her 'Photoshop profile' - her passion is eye brows, apparently - In fact she doesn't stoop as low as to mention the word 'pluck' on her welcome page, I assume it is to give the impression there is a creative science or even a bespoken technology to a good old fashion pluck. Whatever her vices, she is 'very passionate' about it all - also, Shavata announces the process as being irksomely called 'eyebrow taming'; her eye brow studio can be seen in Harrods; so any straggly lions who'd happen to be strutting by had better beware. I'm sure Shavata 'the brand' and the (person) will continue to be a roaring success, beyond the 'Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model' fad climaxing on 28 -30 October 2011.
Try not to endeavor in making silly lines in the eye brows, you may think it a great idea at the time - however, you'll have to live with the absurdity till growth hides your temporary inane idiocy. Refrain from overusing the tweezers when you are bored - short-haired pets you've been warned, especially during winter time. Yes, it is a sad time for the stubborn bohemian's amongst you; now that vanity at present disdains of cantankerous facial hair. Clean-cut, clean living, is all about whether you pluck or not; although the social groups in society who seems to rise above this plucky mayhem are the urban widows and the highly intelligent scholars who sneer at such ridiculous vanity pandering who screw their hirsute faces up at the rest of us and blurt out a word that sounds like - "Blah!!" - How I envy them, sometimes.
I have been struggling to find a decent pair of tweezers for ages and was starting to get sick of buying cheap tweezers and then them going blunt within a couple of days. These tweezers were an investment buy, and I did a bit of reading up about them before purchasing to ensure I would not regret paying £19.50 for a pair of tweezers. The tweezers have mixed reviews, but I personally really like them. They are not very widely available and I bought mine in store from John Lewis.
The tweezers are better than average in appearence and have an elegant and upper class appearence to them - they are made of silver metal with a satin steel finish and have they have the 'Shavanta' logo on the end of them which is engraved, making them look really elegant and professional. They are much more 'solid' feeling than cheaper tweezers and they aren't flimsy in the slightest. Despite how solid they are they are still nice and lightweight. The tweezers come in transparent plastic tube and they have a little plastic thing that you can put on the ends of them to avoid stabbing yourself by accident which is handy because I keep mine in my makeup bag and so because of the plastic top I don't worry about them stabbing me when i'm rummaging about. They are hand finished and are very pointed and precise, making it much quicker and easier to pluck even the shortest and the finest of hairs with ease.
The tips are perfectly aligned so these are ideal for plucking eyebrows because of the extremely accurate slanted tip. They can also be used to remove ingrown hairs, splinters and blackheads. I make sure that if I use mine to remove ingrown hairs that I wash them afterwards with water and disinfectant for hygiene reasons. They wash well and don't go rusty. I have had these for a few weeks now and I love them, they make tidying my eyebrows up so much quicker and because they are so sharp they remove the hair quicker so it is not as painful as they don't drag the hair - they whip it out within a millisecond. They are also lasting well and are still as sharp as the day I bought them. The only slight downside is that these tweezers do not have scoured grips but this doesn't personally bother me. Overall these are a very expensive pair of tweezers but are worth investing in, and save money in the long run. They're simple to use and effective at removing hair straight from the root with no effort at all.
When did it become so difficult to purchase a pair of tweezers? The choice is literally mind numbing, how do you chose, what shape? What colour? Slanted or not slanted?
Tweezers have long been a staple and in many ladies and gentlemen grooming kits but the choice is now huge
The purpose for many is just to keep a tidy brow in shape and for some to disguise a mono brow (I sported a rather fine one a school until I discovered my mum's tweezers!) Eyebrows are one thing that can really change or enhance your appearance and I think that it's true that a well groomed brow can really finish off a look.
Eyebrow fashions do tend to change all the time and while if you want to follow fashion that's great I do believe that you should groom and tidy your brows but keep the natural shape as you can often ruin them following fashion, I have had many a client rushing in to have me "fix" the eyebrows after they tried to achieve a particular shape.
Shavata Eyebrows -
Achieved beauty guru status for tending to the brows of celebs in her salon and wanted to bring the artistry of brow shaping to the masses and launched her range of accessories including eyebrows stencils, brow make up and of course tweezers which I will be reviewing.
What Are Precision Tweezers? -
These tweezers are stainless steel and hand finished in Switzerland. I got my tweezers in a set and they came in a clear plastic tube with a screw off lid, the tweezers inside also have a clear plastic covering over the tips off the tweezers and the reason for this is that they are incredibly sharp.
The precision tweezers are designed to enable you to remove even the shortest and finest hairs. They have an incredibly fine and extremely sharp point and in my opinion should come with a warning as I have sharp knives that are less pointy. If you were to put your finger on the top you would prick yourself and you are then going to use these next to your eye!
How to Use Them -
The best time to tweeze your eyebrows is to do it after a hot shower or bath as the heat warms the skin and opens the pores to make the hairs easier to pull out.
Sit in front of a mirror so that you can see both eyebrows and also have a hand mirror handy for close up work.
Gently pull up the eyebrow by placing your middle finger just above the eyebrow, this will make it easier to see where you are removing the hair from. With your other hand hold the tweezers near the tip as this allows greater control and hold them so that they are at a 30 degree angle from your eye and then start to remove the hairs from the start of your brow and move outwards.
It is best to do a few at a time from each eyebrow as this allows you get both brows the same and stops you removing to much from one side.
I have included some tips below for achieving the best shape for you.
Well, they tweezers did allow me to remove even the finest and shortest hairs so it wins on that claim however that is only part of the story.
Due to the extreme point on the tweezers is very hard to get the point on the hair and you can end up picking at the skin trying to grab hair. I have spent many years waxing and plucking people's eyebrows in the salon and even I ended up just plucking at my skin trying to aim for a hair. To get the best results with this tweezers you really do need a magnifying mirror or you will end up plucking at the skin. Due to the extreme point you cannot get that close to the skin and therefore close up work it hard.
Availability and Cost -
Shavata tweezers and all other products in the range can be purchased online at www.shavat.co.uk and also on QVC.
The tweezers are priced at £19.50
The tweezers are great in the respect that they are great for removing the hairs and allowing you to get even very short and fine hairs but I do believe that these are best left in the salon where a therapist is able to get really close and use the magnifying class for picking out the individual hairs.
I would recommend that you use a slanted tweezers for taming your brows as they can be placed close enough to the skin to pull out the hairs from the root which makes removal more effective and is less painful that just tugging at the hair which can happen with tweezers that are not slanted and definitely with these ones.
Hints and Tips -
- Warm the skin prior to plucking. Either have a warm bath or shower or place at cotton pad soaked in warm water over the area or even better a flannel as this will hold the warmth longer. This opens up the skin and makes removal less painful.
- Never pluck from the top of your brow. This is the natural line and you can end up making a mess of the brows. If they need taming on the top, apply a little Vaseline and smooth them or spray an unused tooth brush with a small amount of hair spray and brush them into shape.
- If you have eyebrows they go too close to your nose the best way to find where they should start is with the pencil test. (No not that test!) Hold a pencil straight up from your nose to your eyebrows and that's where they should start.
- If you want to create an arch to lift the eye grab your pencil and follow the pupil of your eye up and the arch should start just to the left of your pupil. Pluck the brows from there and taper them outwards from that point.
Thanks for reading x
Shavata is the name of the lady as well as the brand responsible for the needle pointed precise tweezers I'm reviewing. She has her own 'brow bar' at Harrods, (the fifth floor in Urban Retreat, if you're interested).
These tweezers retail at approximately £19.50. I say approximately as I'm sure you could find them cheaper if you made it your mission, but I have yet to find them anything more than a few pence cheaper. Although these tweezers are on the expensive side - I as a previously total eyebrow neanderthal think they are worth every penny. As far as cheaper brands go I quite like the slanted tweezers from Asda at a few pounds, but they are soft and lose their grip easily and quickly.
Shavata as a brand produces many eyebrow products, Amongst them are a range of 'stencils' for getting the perfect eyebrow shape, which are useful but can be damn fiddly'. An eyebrow powder and setting wax, the powder is crumbly and not easy to transport without it turning to dust. However the Shavata tweezers, slanted or pointed, are simply perfect. I haven't tried other high end brands so I can't compare them with Shavata, but I have tried Tweezerman and I have to say that Shavatas' products knock them into a cocked hat.
I have only bought the Shavata (precision) pointed tweezers from QVC but they are easily sourced on the internet from many retailers (for example SalonSkinCare.com or missbollywood.co.uk amongst others). I like using QVC as long as the product they supply is competitively priced because of the ease of ordering, and no quibble 30 day money back guarantee with everything, on top of your usual consumer rights. The only down side with ordering them from QVC is there is rarely a free shipping option and this can add a few pounds to the price.
These tweezers, so the blurb goes, are precision hand finished and made in Switzerland, which kind of gives them a mystical Lord of the Rings, one tweezer to find them all, one tweezer to pluck them feel. Seriously though, the Shavata pointed tweezers do have a weight about them, and do not feel at all flimsy like some of these tools do... kind of like the perfectly weighted samurai sword of tweezers (well they are perfect for my hand). They are simply formed and have a nice satin steel finish to them. The packaging they come in is ideal for the sort of tool they are, they have a little silicone tube which sheaths the tips, which I would highly recommend hanging on to and using religiously. Unfortunately I almost always lose this within weeks, more of the consequences to this later. The tweezers are further contained in a clear plastic tube, with a plastic ridged bung at one end. Although this tube does not feel weighty and 'high end' it is more than up to the job of protecting your tweezers when knocking about in a drawer, make up bag, handbag, or other random storage place such as the fridge (where I once found mine after a week long search). The stopper sits in place well, is easy to insert and remove, and doesn't fall out if you sneeze, which is more than I can say for most plastic bungs.
The points of the tweezers really are needle fine and quite sharp, you do have to be quite confident and steady handed to use these, so they are probably not the best tweezers to start with if you have never plucked anything before. The tips sit perfectly aligned and will grip the tiniest, finest hairs securely, even the 'stealth' hairs which only show up in certain light and at certain angles. They are also perfect for those of us with dark thick hair, as if you are anything like me, when an eyebrow hair starts to re-grow it can look like a blackhead before it is long enough to grip with most tweezers (including the lauded tweezerman, which I found not up to this particular job). The Shavata pointed tweezer easily deals with the tiny amount of hair reachable at the surface. I have to admit to sometimes 'teasing' the hair out of the follicle a little with the very fine tips and getting it almost before it sits proud of the surface, although I'm sure this isn't recommended, and if you are tempted to do this you should probably give the area and the tweezers a swipe with salt water or some other disinfecting agent, - although I've never done this, and had no problem, the tips are THAT fine they seem to get in at the hair (with a steady hand) without any noticeable irritation to the skin. The tweezers are not meant to be used with the tip gripping the hair (although this is how I initially tease those stubborn black dots out) but side on to the brow gripping the hair with the side of the tips and this is very effective indeed.
These tweezers I have heard are really just meant for precision tidying when you already have a shape you are happy with, for maintenance so to speak, not for removal of vast swathes of eyebrow. I personally find these just fine for any kind of use - they easily grip several hairs at a time should you need to. However I can see how the slanted or flat edged ones could work faster for shaping and could more easily create a straight line or arch initially, using the pointed ones to catch the stray out of line or fine short hairs.
Back to the reason for keeping a firm hold on that insignificant seeming silicone tube. This is not a criticism as due to the high precision nature of the tweezers the tips are quite fragile, the metal is strong but due to the very fine tip should you drop them, allow them to bang about in a make up bag, or say accidentally stab them into a cupboard door (blush) the tips WILL be damaged. I have one set with concertinaed tips, another where the very pointy bit has snapped off. To the credit of the product they are both still useable, but not for the very fine work they once were. Therefore I would highly recommend keeping, and using when the tweezers are not actively plucking, the silicone tube or a similar replacement should you lose it, - and they are highly loseable as they are clear and look like nothing significant, should a friend or partner (or yourself in a distracted moment - blush again) see it lying around they will probably throw it away without a second thought.
Another thing these tweezers are useful for is as a medical tweezer, for use removing splinters, they are so fine they hurt a lot less than the conventional pointed type you get with a first aid kit, or even as used for my youngest daughter easing out a fine sliver of glass from her foot.. Ouch. Obviously in these circumstances you would need to sterilise the tweezer tips and the site of the splinter before and after use. I wouldn't recommend them for alternative use for anything other than this as they are quite delicate.
One of the selling mantras that Shavata uses for these tweezers are that they are the last pair of tweezers you will every buy, so confident is she of their quality and durability. I have to say that if we were all perfect and never dropped or banged anything, and I know some of you out there are like that as my mother still has items from the 50s that look like new. However for those of you out there like me, that are plucking your eyebrows, whilst trying to cook scrambled eggs, change a litter tray, put their bag together for work or similar, or are simply (again like me) a little bit butter fingered then these probably won't be the last pair of tweezers you will buy. However when I can afford it, and at the moment I can't, I will always replace a pair of Shavata (precision) pointed tweezers.