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      29.05.2012 21:24

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      i like it so much

      Epilator Braun Silk-Epil 7681 Xpressive Wet & Dry reduces pain due to hair removal in the water (now I am able to perform hair removal not only for the legs but for all other parts of the body), it is safe to use even in a filled bathtub. Epilator Braun Silk-Epil 7681 Xpressive Wet & Dry has a few tips: shaving (it may be used as an electric shaver) with trimmer for sensitive areas, wet and dry epilation. Also wipes for cleaning the skin prior to epilation are included!
      Bits and epilator head can be easily removed with a washing brush, which is included. Also Epilator Braun Silk-Epil 7681 Xpressive Wet & Dry has a battery charge indicator: when it shows green light, the battery charge is sufficient, and when the light become red - you need to charge your battery. The advertisement stated that a full battery charge lasts for 40 minutes of hair removal. I do not use the epilator for a long time - a maximum of 10 minutes, so I use a battery for4-5 hair removal. Epilator Braun Silk-Epil 7681 Xpressive Wet & Dry really helps to significantly reduce the pain of hair removal, even Sensitive areas.
      So i advice it to everybody!

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      17.06.2011 22:01
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      A good investment but not all its worked up to be

      Before using the epilator I've used to shave my legs, underarms and bikini area pretty much every day, and I was forever searching for an option where I don't have to remove hair quite as often.

      As I am of Asian origin, laser treatment is out of the question, I don't like the idea of going to a salon
      to wax as I hate the thought of someone else staring at my hairy body (even though they all say "we've seen it all before") and lets face it, those home made ready wax strips suck, and I've never been able to use them properly.

      I discovered epilating a few years ago, and though its not been "a match made in heaven" moment,
      I have found that for my circumstance it is by far the best option out there for me.

      ****** ABOUT ******

      The Braun Silk-épil Xpressive 7781 wet and dry comes in a pretty pink box with

      1 Braun Silk-épil Xpressive 7781 Wet & Dry epilator
      1 "efficiency" cap
      1 "narrow epilating" cap
      1 Precision cap
      1 "massage system" cap
      1 Shaver head and trimmer
      1 pack of 16 Olay wipes
      1 pouch for travel and storage

      The epilator claims to fast epilation and efficient epilation to give you a hair free finish in one session.
      With Smartlight technology, 40 menancing tweezers and a tilting head it boasts that it can remove hairs as small as a grain of sand, and hairs in those "hard to reach" areas.
      This model offers a "wet and dry" system which means it can be used in the shower as well as outside. The various attachments also mean that it can be used on bikini lines, legs, body, underarms and the face. It also claims that with charging for 1 hour, it gives 40 minutes cordless usage.

      ****** DOES IT WORK? ******

      The epilator settings go from "0" (obviously off) to settings 1 and 2 (1 being slower rotations
      of the head). Id personally use setting 2 as 1 hardly picks up many hairs, but for first timers setting 1 might help reduce the pain.

      Unfortunately I don't end up looking like a hairless baby seal (I don't know if that's a bad thing).
      It doesnt make your legs completely smooth, I find shaving gives a smoother finish however the hair grows back A LOT thinner, I cannot stress this enough.

      I'm quite picky about smooth legs, but although you cant see the hairs i can usually feel them and feel my legs aren't completely smooth, so if my boyfriends over I find I have to go over my legs with a shaver and it feels as though im defeating the point of epilating! Its either that or spend hours with a light and magnifying glass to find all the minute ones that are preventing me from acheiving a "silky smooth finish".

      The epilator claims to reduce those "In between days" that shaving gives, and that the results last up to 4-6 weeks. The prickly in between days do vanish but it definitly does not last does not remove hair for up to 4-6 weeks. Hairs grow at different rates and I find myself epilating 2 times a week. Be warned, I am very picky about achieving a completely smooth finish, so if you can tolerate the few strands of stray hairs growing fine, you can probably leave it for about 1-2 weeks before you need to
      epilate again.

      It says it can pick up hairs as small as a grain of sand ...I dont know how much truth there is, it certainly picks up small hairs (about 1-2mm) but it also missses quite a few. I find that you don't have to grow your hairs as long as you would with waxing, which is definitly a bonus.

      I think it is useful for underarms and the bikini line (be careful not to snag the skin accidentally - you will have to hold the skin taught before using this there) but I have not used this on my face. I don't think I'd like the idea of using it on such delicate skin as it seems to harsh and may not get the fine hairs.

      ****** HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE? ******

      If you are in a rush in the morning this probably isn't the best thing to use as it wont give quick smooth results like a razor. I find myself epilating for about 20 minutes the night before as I know there's no way I'll have time in the mornings.

      Also its not just as simple as going over an area once like with a shaver, you may need to go over the area a few times as it does not get all the hairs the first time round.

      ****** DOES IT HURT? ******

      Epilating has and will always inflict pain, I suppose no matter what brand you use. The first few times you epilate, it will undoubtedly hurt but I speak the truth in that you do eventually become immune to the pain, and what once brought tears to your eyes, eventually became like mowing a lawn.
      I would say waxing is less painful as with the epilator, you end up going over the same area quite a few times before it pulls out a satisfactory amount of hair.

      HOWEVER....

      ****** THE WET AND DRY TECHNOLOGY ******

      Epilating in the bath and shower does reduce the pain. But personally I find in the shower and when the skin is wet the epilator does not pick up as many hairs and it works ten times better when your legs are dry but perhaps use this in the shower for first time epilators as it does make it a less painful experience.

      Also this technology does make washing and cleaning the epilator a lot easier.

      ****** SMARTLIGHT ******

      Is actually amazing, the little light works quite well, you can see the areas you miss a little more
      than without this light. One of the features I really do appreciate from this epilator.

      ****** BATTERY LIFE ******

      I find that after charging for an hour (or even all night) the maximum usage of this gadget will be about 25-30 minutes, rather than 40 minutes. After about 20 minutes a red light comes on, and this signals it is running low on charge, the rotations slow down and will eventually come to a complete
      halt after about 5-10 minutes.

      Unfortunately you cannot use this product whilst it is charging, which is a real shame because I know some epilators that allow you to do so, which does speed up the process. So you have to be pretty prepared when using this product and make sure it's fully charged for when you want to use it.

      Also ensure you have a fitted shaving point somewhere in your hair, if not you'll need an additional shaver adaptor plug.

      ****** PRICE ******

      This gadget retails from £64 (from http://www.pharmacare-direct.co.uk) to £97.89 (Sainsburies)
      It's definitely worth it, I believe in the end it is better than spending out on salon trips, and does have lasting effects compared to shaving and delipatory creams.

      ****** OTHER COMMENTS ******

      The menancing sound of the epilator is a little off putting sometimes, but I suppose thats all part of the epilating system. After using this I don't think I will ever go back to just shaving, as I have found that it has made an enormous difference in that I don't have to remove hair everyday as I did with
      a razor and the hair doesn't come back as stubbly and thick as with shaving.

      There is of course the problem of pesky ingrown hairs, and as with waxing you will always get this as you are pulling the hairs out from the root. But this can be minimised with exfoilating and the use of a moisturiser every time you use the epilator.

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      30.03.2011 21:58

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      A good quality epilator with a minimum pain factor, especially if you're not an epilator virgin!

      This is my second Braun epilator. The first one was a mains operated one. I like the idea of the being able to use an epilator anywhere and inparticular, in the comfort and privacy of my bathroom. I find it fairly efficient at removing leg hair although I am cursed with quite coarse, dark hair and in quite an abundance so any epilator has it's work cut out to transform me into a smooth, silky goddess!
      It feels like a "quality" piece of kit and it has the tools - shaver/trimmer head, armpit/bikini line head and a facial attachment.
      I use the "regular" epilator head for legs and the facial attachment and find it gets the majority of the hairs although I have to still epilate twice a week to keep on top of the new hairs popping through. I blame my hairy genes of this rather than the epilator!
      The "smart light" is useful as it really does make the hairs easier to target and attack.
      I am not sure if this is a fault particular to my epilator but I find the red re-charge light comes on after about 10 minutes of use although the epilator does continue to work for the 40 minutes stated in the instuctions garb. It is a bit off-putting though as I keep thinking it's going to run out of charge any second.
      It does a satisfactory job overall but I do wish I'd held out and bought the model that claims to remove hair as short as 0.5mm. There's no way this one could do that. Not on my fur anyway!

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      21.03.2011 17:51
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      An effective method of hair removal

      ===Why I bought it===
      I finally decided to buy an epilator after being sick of shaving my legs so frequently but being unable to afford to get my legs waxed in a salon regularly. This model appealed to me because you can use it wet or dry, and it was on offer in Boots (1/3 off if I remember correctly).

      ===My opinion===
      Overall I have been pleased with this epilator, but it was a shock how much it actually hurts. I must be a big wimp! The pain is similar to waxing but the epilator is much easier to use and far less messy - with equal results.

      I have used the Braun Silk-epil on legs, bikini line and face. There are different heads for the different areas of the body, shaped for that area. For me this product has worked well on short hairs (1-2mm). It is also very good at pulling out fine hairs too.

      To epilate your full leg it can take a good half hour. But if you keep on top of it and epilate every week, i.e. to top up, it takes much less time.

      Regrowth is slower than shaving, but personally I haven't found much difference in coarseness.

      The handset charges fully in a couple of hours and lasts about as long as it takes me to do my legs plus bikini line (an hour or so).

      I think this is a good value option for hair removal as well - once you have bought the epilator there aren't any more costs.

      I have given it 4 stars because although it is an effective method of hair removal, it is quite time-consuming.

      ===Recommendation===
      This is a good option for hair removal. It is effective and long lasting. It does hurt but it is bearable.
      But remember: always trim your bikini line first! Don't learn the hard way like I did.

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        30.05.2010 23:33
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        Good product but not the best

        I had seen this in a shop but all I could do is dream of buying it since my bank account couldn't afford something like this, so I looked on amazon and there it was, with an enormous discount that prevented me from buying yet another cheap bad quality that would only last me a year at the most.

        I got it for more than half the price, I couldn't let an opportunity like this float away since I had heard so many greta comments on this, but I didn't look at the other point of view.

        This epilator is satisfactory but there are also great epilators for a fraction of the price it is sold for.

        It was great for the first week or two, but it is no pain, no gain. Being able to use it whilst in the shower or bath really is great and hurts considerably less.

        They say that you will have smooth skin for up to 4 weeks. For me it's probably half, so about 2 weeks to three maximum maybe my hair might grow a lot quicker than other people but I don't think this is tha case.

        Overall it is a very good epilator but for that price maybe not. I wouldn't say this is bad quality at all but not the best from a reliable brand like braun.

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        30.05.2010 16:48
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        Recommended, especially for first-time users

        A couple of months ago, having previously been a shaving kind of girl, I decided to splash out on an epilator. I saw that some were on special offer on the Boots website, but they were constantly out of stock, so I found the Braun Silk-epil Xpressive on Amazon for the same bargain price of £48.99. I had heard horror stories about the pain of epilating, but thought I would try it out as I was getting sick of shaving every day.


        ***Packaging***

        The epilator comes packaged in an attractive pink box with a picture of a smiling woman. If epilating makes me look this good I will be very happy, although I doubt it! On one side of the box there are pictures of the different epilator attachments and on the other a picture of the Olay wipes that come with the set. The back of the box shows directions for use in pictorial form as well as a picture of the pack contents.

        The epilator itself is white with blue glitter. It's actually quite an attractive little gadget, and rather resembles an oversized shaver. The attachment already on the epilator is the one with special massage rollers, designed to stimulate the skin in order to minimise pain.


        ***Attachments***

        The epilator comes with a variety of attachments depending on where you want to use it.

        Massage attachment - this one is designed for use on the legs, and stimulates the skin which is meant to reduce the pain. Ideal for first-time users.

        Speedy attachment - designed for those who are used to epilating and just want to get it done as quickly as possible.

        Underarm and bikini line attachment - this one covers most of the epilator head leaving a small strip suitable for these smaller areas. Designed for precision.

        Face attachment - as above, but the strip is even smaller.

        Shaver attachment - for when you can't/don't want to epilate, or for trimming hair to the appropriate length for epilating.

        The epilator must be charged up before use: charging time is approximately one hour. The epilator comes with a two-pin European plug so if you don't have a shaver adaptor in your bathroom you will need to buy a plug adaptor. I bought mine from Amazon for the grand price of 99p at the same time as purchasing the epilator. On the plus side, the plug means that you won't need to worry about an adaptor if you take the epilator abroad to Europe or anywhere else that uses the two-pin plug. Once charged, the epilator is ready for use! It lasts for around 45 minutes, which is usually long enough to do all the areas you need to, before the light flashes red and you need to recharge.

        Also included in the pack is a little brush used for cleaning the epilator, and a white bag to keep everything together.

        I've been using the epilator for a few months now on various areas, here's how I got on!


        ***Legs***

        Doing my legs was the main reason I bought this epilator. The hairs on my legs are fair, which means I could never get laser treatment done on them, but they are coarse so they do show up. The first time I used the epilator I used the massage head, had a bath beforehand and had quite a few shots of vodka to dull the pain!

        I did find epilating quite painful the first time. Imagine the pain you feel when you pluck a hair out of your eyebrows, and magnify it by 20 or 30 (because so many hairs are coming out at once!). The vodka definitely helped! It took me a long time to do my legs the first time as I obviously had quite a few hairs. I had to go over the area a couple of times as well. After finishing, my legs were a bit red but I put some lotion on and they calmed down.

        I've being doing my legs for a while and the pain has definitely got better. In fact, I've switched to the other attachment which does the job quicker and, in my opinion, gets more of the hairs. I've noticed that my legs aren't as smooth to the touch as they were when I shaved - the epilator gets all the coarse obvious hairs, but not so much of the very light down. This doesn't bother me too much as you can't actually see it on my legs.

        I normally epilate my legs about once a fortnight. I could do it less often, but I wear a lot of skirts and dresses, especially in the summer, and as the hair grows back at different times I'd rather catch a few as they come. In fact, I'd epilate after a week if I was going out. This is the beauty of epilating as opposed to waxing, though - you can do it when you like, you don't have to wait 6 weeks or whatever.

        I went on holiday to Hong Kong for a week, epilated my legs before I went and they were still almost hair-free when I returned, which was great!

        I'm definitely a convert to epilating my legs and it's unlikely I'll return to shaving them on any sort of permanent basis. My legs are also in much better condition since I'm not running a blade down them every day! They have also adapted to epilating quite well and are only red for about half an hour after doing it.


        ***Underarms***

        A week or so after first epilating my legs, buoyed up by that success, I focused my attention on my underarms. I hated having to shave them every day as it made the skin dry out and I would often get nicks, but as the hair here is dark and grows back really fast I didn't have much of a choice. I used the underarm attachment for this area and again had a few shots of vodka!

        The pain is definitely worse in this area, it's absolute agony! Unfortunately it doesn't seem to get much better with time. The first time I did it I bore with the pain and, although my underarms felt quite sore, the next morning I woke up to the softest, smoothest underarms I have ever had in my life!

        The effect lasted for about a week before the hair started to grow back. Now, I have to epilate every few days, as the hair grows back in different stages and because it's so dark and I like to wear sleeveless dresses, I don't want to leave it a while. When I was in Hong Kong I had to shave towards the end of my holiday (I chose to take a travel razor rather than my epilator as it was cheaper and lighter) as the hair grew back so fast. This isn't ideal, especially in the summer.

        Epilating has advantages over shaving in this area: less stubble and less dryness. However, I find it more problematic than epilating my legs and, though I will continue to do it for the moment, I'd like to look into laser treatment as a long-term solution.


        ***Bikini Line***

        It took me a long time to screw up the courage to epilate my bikini line, as I was terrified of the potential pain! I had to trim the hairs to the right length with my razor before I could do the job (the shaver head included with the epilator would do the job too).

        I had a bath beforehand to relax me, but I didn't dare have any vodka shots - I didn't want to be at all clumsy while epilating such a delicate area!

        I found epilating this area to be less painful than I expected. It WAS painful, but not quite as much as my underarms. The biggest problem here is the angles! It took me quite a while to do it just because of that.

        Epilating my bikini line does last a long time, I find, and I only have to top it up around once every couple of weeks. It's much better than shaving, which always led to stubble and ingrowing hairs. I'd like to get laser treatment down here too, but until then I'm happy to continue epilating.


        ***Face***

        Unfortunately, although the hair on my face is fine, there is too much of it above my upper lip and I usually wax it. I decided to try epilating as there is a special attachment included designed for use on the face.

        Unfortunately it didn't really work - it was far too painful and the epilator didn't pull the hairs out at the root, they are so fine that they just broke. So I went back to waxing. You will probably have better results if you have coarser, darker hair on your face.


        ***Other Info***

        I've heard of some people having problems with ingrowing hairs when epilating. I haven't really had a problem with this, as I am careful to exfoliate regularly (usually with Lush products!). I've had the odd one or two, but they go away in a few days.

        There are some Olay pre-epilation wipes included in the pack. They soothe and dampen your skin in readiness for epilating. When they run out I don't see why any cleansing or facial wipes wouldn't do the same job.


        ***The Verdict - do I recommend epilating?***

        The short answer is yes. The long answer is, it depends on many factors including your pain threshold, the kind of hair you have, the sort of convenience you want etc. In my opinion epilating is the best way to remove hair from the legs (laser treatment is possibly better but not suitable for the hair on my legs and is expensive!). It is cheaper than waxing and more convenient than shaving as you don't have to do it as often.

        On the bikini line, the epilator does a good job and the results last for a long time. However it can be hard manoeuvring the epilator around the curves, and there are some parts you just can't reach! I am pleased with the results here.

        I'm not so sure about my underarms. I get a much smoother finish with epilating rather than shaving, but the results only last a couple of days. As the summer gets warmer (hopefully), I might have to go back to shaving as I don't like having to wait a few days before the hair gets long enough to epilate - at least not when I'm wearing sleeveless dresses! It'll be fine in the winter though when I'm hiding my pits under cardigans and jumpers! Still, I'd like to look into laser treatment for this area. Overall though, I'm glad I decided to get an epilator, and the under £50 cost will over time become a bargain as I will no longer need to buy razor blades, shaving foam etc.


        **Do I recommend this epilator in particular?***

        It's hard to say particularly, seeing as it's the only epilator I've ever used. Having said that, I've heard stories about the pain of using other epilators that make me think that this one is less painful than others. I like that it comes with different heads so you can use it for various different areas. It's also worth mentioning that it is a 'wet and dry' epilator meaning that you can use it in the bath or shower. I tried it in the bath once and found it to be less effective, however the pain was certainly minimised and if you have a low pain threshold this might be an ideal way to accustom yourself to epilating. I can't really use it in the shower as the shower cubicle in my halls of residence is really small and there's little room to manoeuvre. However, this might be worth a try to minimise pain. I don't regret my choice of epilator, although now it's no longer on special offer you could be paying anything up to £100 for it.

        Overall, if you're new to epilating, or an old hand looking to replace an old model, I'd suggest giving this Braun epilator a try.

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          24.05.2010 23:00
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          A good alternative to waxing

          I got this free from a magazine to test it as part of a research panel - would never have otherwise considered getting one, especially when i heard the price! It looked pretty simple to use and the instructions and settings were all very clear and easy to understand. Nethertheless, when i turned it on my ears started bleeding at the sound of what could have been a chainsaw, and my lovely (male) housemate offered to try it first to try and prove it wouldn't hurt. 2 minutes later, he handed it back, a tiny patch of hair removed and tears in his eyes.
          When i eventually mustered up the courage to try it myself, the first few strokes were agony, but eventually you kind of get used to the pain. Its not the most pleasant thing but it is bearable, and it does last for a couple of weeks - although it does sometimes miss shorter hairs so you have to go over the same patch a few times. I have yet to use it wet but i think it will be a lot less painful! Very easy to clean after, and small to store away - a good 'My First Epilator'!

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            17.05.2010 21:40
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            If you can stand the pain, it's a good product!

            Overview
            To be quite honest, I can't really decide what I think of this epilator. Admittedly, it's the first one I've ever used so I don't really have anything to compare it with, but it seems to have some pretty big advantages and disadvantages. This epilator cost me about 60 - 70 quid (£30 off in boots, yay!) which seems like a lot but I suppose when you take into account what you'd spend otherwise on waxing, razors or depilatory creams per year, it seems much more reasonable. It is basically a lot of fast-spinning tweezers, and you glide it across your skin and it smoothly pulls out all the hairs. Supposedly. It also has a 'Smart light', which shows all the hairs, it is rechargable, and you can use it in water.

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            The Smart Light is a genius invention. It shows up hairs I didn't even know I had, and when you're in pain and can't be bothered to scrutinise your body for little hairs, the Smart light can do it all for you! I also like how there are lots of different heads; I haven't used the shaver but the precision head and the one with the massaging rollers are both really good. The two speeds are good (if I'm feeling like a wimp I go for the slower one) and it doesn't take long to charge. Oh, and it's a nice design, and very easy to hold.

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            It hurts, so so much! I know you're supposed to get used to it, and I've honestly tried. It was absolute agony using it on my bikini line and under my arms the first time, it brought tears to my eyes. 5 months on, it still hurts, although admittedly not as much as the first time. Also, it doesn't seem to work on really fine hairs, so it's been rendered useless on my legs. It just either completely misses them, or breaks them rather than pulling them out, which for £60 I'm sure it shouldn't do. But then again, I've never been able to wax my legs either, I suppose it's a similar thing.

            Other points/Tips for use
            Use it slooooowlyyyyyy. It absolutely kills, but it reduces the chance of breaking the hairs rather than pulling them out at the root.
            Also, do it in the shower or the bath. It hurts so much less!

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            Worth splurging on

            I'll start by being honest; epilators aren't meant to be pain free. It's basically mechanic tweezers, so you have to expect some pain...



            Now for the good news; the BRAUN SILK-EPIL XPRESSIVE 7781 is a lot less painful then other epilators I've tried. Yes, it still stings a bit, but you will become tolerant to it, and will hardly notice it after a full uses. The reason this hurts less is because the epilator has massaging rollers, to relax your skin. In fact, it's so much gentler then other epilators.

            As well as the massaging rollers, you'll also get 4 different heads for epilator, to ensure the best results.

            Another big point in BRAUN SILK-EPIL XPRESSIVE 7781 favour is the speed & ease of use. It'll pick shorter hairs, no matter which direction they're laying in. I don't have to keep running it over & over the same area.

            Another simple yet effective feature is the built in light, that's help you see any hair you've missed.


            One minus: It says is also suitable for underarms, the bikini line & the face. I've tried it on my bikini line and - well, I won't be trying that again. There was even some blood...




            I find epilating a lot preferable to waxing; you don't need to wait a few weeks for the hair to grow long enough for the wax to be able to pick it up & besides, I think the BRAUN SILK-EPIL XPRESSIVE 7781 hurts less.
            You won't cut yourself, like with razors. Isn't that annoying? Having to shave every other day, the nicking your leg so you have to cover up anyway?


            Finally; the BRAUN SILK-EPIL XPRESSIVE 7781 isn't the cheapest available, but this is much less painful & is so easy & quick.
            Also; consider how much waxing, razors & shaving foam costs over time. Not to mention the inconvenience.

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              07.03.2010 23:42
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              Very good epilator but the 'wet' feature may be over-rated

              Finally giving in and buying this expensive epilator was an act of desperation for me. After years of trying to slough ridiculously thick hair off my ridiculously sensitive legs I was ready for a hair-removal epiphany. It came when I saw the adverts for the Braun 'wet & dry', and realised that perhaps an epilator with this extra benefit was all I needed in order to keep my legs in relative hair-free condition for long periods of time. I already had a normal dry epilator, but found it too painful to use on large areas. I should also mention that I've tried the creams without success, and of course waxing, but found this to be a long, sticky, tedious affair, all just to gain a week tops of smooth skin before a subsequent month or longer of regrowth until another session is possible.

              So it was with high hopes of a happier life that I clicked on 'Go to Checkout'. Well, the upshot is that although this little gadget is no miracle cure for my relentless hairiness, it has improved my life, and I do now have relatively hair-free legs most of the time. Funnily enough, the much-shouted about 'wet' feature, that I'd put all my faith in, turned out to be not so important. Although it is very useful that the thing can get wet without any danger or damage occurring, and I'm sure there is a slight reduction in pain on more sensitive areas, my favourite part is a mere consequence of the main feature - cordlessness. The versatility of this means that, obviously, you can use it anywhere, and don't have to be crouched within 3 feet of a plug socket with the wire getting caught under your toes. Somehow it just makes hair-removal seem more accessible to a lazy, disorganised person like me!

              The first time I used it was in the bath. It was painful, but I could just about cope, and knew that I could not have managed such large areas with my dry epilator. I did find, however, that wet hairs were harder to grip, and I ended up finishing the job once out of the bath and dry, but my skin still quite soft. Now I tend to always use it straight after a bath or shower, as it is more effective dry and I've become more tolerant of the pain. I still can't manage armpits or bikini line though, but maybe this is because my hair is so thick. If I do decide to tackle these areas again, it will be underwater in the bath, even if it is slow.
              Another great feature of this device is the small spotlight which highlights hairs as you move around.

              Now for my gripes...the major complaint I have is with the short battery life. I know some people have praised the same feature, which is a little confusing, and I'm sure I don't have a dud. You only get about 20 minutes at full power, then a further 15 or so at half-power as it winds down. I'm sure for normal people this would be plenty, but for someone as hairy as me it's not really long enough, even if it's only been about a week since I last epilated. On the plus side, it only takes 1-2 hours to recharge.
              I should also say here that it's difficult to get your legs all smooth in one session and then have them stay like that for days and days. Since the hairs are all at different stages of growth there's always new stubble somewhere. So it's a continuous process of 'topping-up' several times a week if you want to look hairless, and you might still want to shave as well if you're aiming for silky smooth.

              The shape of the epilator is nice and comfortable to hold when dry, but a little slippery when wet. And contrary to some other reviews I actually think the thing is a little heavy for what it is...it weighs about 3 times as much as my dry epilator. Not really a problem unless you're travelling.
              One last point is that, in my case it has caused quite a lot of ingrowing hairs, which can be a real nuisance. I think this is a problem with any kind of epilation, though. Exfoliation is a must.

              Overall I would say that the pros of this epilator far outweigh the cons, and my newly smooth-ish legs mean I really can't regret making the purchase.

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                05.03.2010 11:38
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                Briliant product that actually delivers what it is meant to.

                I had this for christmas last year and have sice then been been using the new Braun Silk-épil Xpressive Wet & Dry epilator in the quest for super-smooth legs this summer! It's the first premium epilator from Braun that can be used in water to provide the gentlest form of epilation and gives you the smoothest, softest skin for up to four weeks. I have used a few different types of epilators in the past and hated having to get out the bath/shower dry myself and then epilate as it was so time consuming. So the best bit about this epilator is you can use it in the shower AND the warm water soothes and relaxes your body, so hairs are removed as gently and pain-free as possible!!

                This epilator is perfect of like me you hate having your legs waxed!

                My husband bought this for me and I did give him an A+ in picking what I feel is the best epilator on the market that really does give you amazing results.

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                27.01.2010 18:29
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                Good product, does what it says on the box

                I was a first-time epilator user. Although I was told by friends not to use one because of the pain I wanted to try myself as I was going away for the summer and thought it would be less hassle than shaving every day, and I wouldn't have time to wax - And I was right!
                I tried it at first in the bath on my legs and bikini line, it worked well and was no worse than waxing. However, when using it out of water it is a bit more painful but really not that bad. Also, you don't have to grow your hairs very long before using it which is a plus!
                I find the shaver very useful too as you can shave the hairs to the right length before epilating which reduces pain.
                Some advice though, always use the epilator the day before your legs etc are going to be on show as it can sometimes leave red marks.
                I am glad I purchased this item as it has saved me money on waxing and I would never go back to wet shaving. Also, one of my parts broke so I returned it and was given a brand new one!

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                07.01.2010 16:28
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                Possibly one of the best epilators, if not the best.

                I currently have another epilator that is similar to this, but I wanted to get a new one, as I don't like sharing with my sisters or my mum.

                Something about this Braun epilator jumped out at me as I was searching the catalogue. I think the fact that it had the word 'silk' in it made me think to myself 'hmm this may not be bad', and until now, I'm really glad I decided to go with my instinct.

                I got this just before Christmas, and although my legs were already epilated, I decided to try out the epilator on my arms. I have to say the pain was minimal compared to the other epilator and it felt as if I had hit the bingo jackpot! I didn't like the fact that it was a shaver/epilator in one, I think that's the only thing that originally put me off as I had shaving, but the product itself produced some quality results. I just epilated my arms again recently, and they still feel so smooth to the touch and with minor pain, I think it was just a blessing in disguise.

                Usually, I'm scared to epilate, but not anymore. It was a bit like my other one, in that it came with different parts for different areas of the body, so that was a relief. Also loved the fact that it was rechargeable, as the leads are usually a pain in the backside.

                I must say my sisters are now a tiny bit jealous, so I think I have more to buy and wouldn't hesitate.

                Definitely a must buy.

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                  03.01.2010 15:17

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                  Must have essentail...

                  Had two braun epilators the second was a little better than the first (less painful) As mine is now very old I thought i'd try the latest model. Got it yesterday and did my legs as soon as i got back to see what it was like. Absolutely fantastic. Hardly any pain I couldn't believe how good it was. I just went straight in legs dry and no itorture. I am going to use it in the bath next to see if it is as good as it was the first time round. The other attachments are good too unlike the previous one i had, as i couldnt work out how to change them. No more waxing or shaving for me. I have very dark strong hair too and it coped brilliant. I was unable to do my legs with my other as it was soooo painful only used for my bikini line and that was after a couple of brandies. This is a must have essential in my eyes and I dont no what I did before i discovered it.

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                  02.01.2010 20:04

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                  Save the money for waxing instead

                  I bought this after reading such great reviews, and I can honestly say that I wish I had not bothered. I had tried epilators in the past, and always found epiliating to be painful. I've always gone for the more expensive option of waxing. However the option to epilate in water was extremely appealing, and I thought that this would be less painful.

                  When using this epilator, I found it to be extremely painful, and not worth the money at all. I could not see how it had won any awards. It left my skin painful and cracked. I have tried using it several times, and there is still no improvement. I know epilating takes time to get used to, but I'm making no progress with this. Although waxing is an expensive option, I feel it is worth it for the lack of pain. I will never make the mistake of buying another epilator again.

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