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      03.06.2013 23:26

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      No Good for me but has worked for others I know.

      Where do I begin with what I can only call a torture method! I hate shaving, I am 6 foot and have the longest legs in the world so takes about 15 minutes every day, my work colleague had recently bought an epilator and said she didn't have to re-use it and was hair free for about 8 weeks (Lucky her).

      I bought this Philips epilator and regardless of the INTENSE pain that I was in I continued to use it until I was as hair free as possible, it took me about 2 hours to do my whole legs as you have to continue over the same spot numerous times. I was so happy expecting them to last weeks but I got a whole 2 days out of it.

      I thought it may be because it was the first time so continued to use it, it never got any less painful and the hair continued to grow back but longer, quicker and a lot thicker than before. Its fair to say that I won't be using it again although as I know from others who have used it epilating can work wonders but me for me it was terrible, a waste of money and will not be using again.

      Back to the razor for me!

      Overall this Epilitor is cheap, compared to most others, it does get rid of the hairs (How long this lasts depends on you as an individual) and does have a guard at the top for slight ease of use. If the hair loss does last then this would be a perfect buy.

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      30.11.2007 10:53
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      Chubby Brown could say it better than I!

      Not for the first time in my life did my mum burst into my room to find me laid out on my bed screaming with a medium sized buzzing object between my legs. She looked embarrassed and turned to leave. I quickly ripped it off my leg to show her that indeed it was only a epilator!

      She'd heard the screams and come to complain she couldn't hear Jeremy Kyle!

      Why oh why?....

      Well I bought my epilator in Boots and in search for my quest for eternal beauty I bought it. Normally on sale for £40.00 was reduced to £20.00 , accidentally happened to have a £10.00 sticker on it and they let me have it for the tenner! I'd always wanted one cos I suffer with very very hairy legs and in grown hairs, cos I've shaved them from the age of 15 whether they needed it or not thus making me have to do them daily now.

      I'd heard all the stories of people buying them and using them once and chucking them in a cupboard till their ancient and eventually giving them in a bag to be collected from a charity, but that wouldn't happen to me I'm big, hard and brave! Well I'm not!

      I did use it once, it did go in a cupboard and it stayed there till yesterday afternoon when I read a review on them on this site and thought I shall give mine a go tomorrow it cant be so bad a second time round , I'll get used to it!

      At this point I'd forgotten that when I first bought it it near on killed me and I got brave and did under my armpits. Cos it was tricky I kept rubbing (and screaming) till all was removed. I was left with arms I couldn't put by my sides as they stung for days, I had cuts and dry skin. Weeks and weeks after I was very purply coloured like I'd been burnt and I thought it was going to scar me, for ages I wouldn't wear short sleeved tops and stuff and I couldn't use deodorant and at night weeks on I still covered my pits in Sudocream!

      My Phillips Epilator....

      It is a funky, red rechargeable one with green and red detachable buffers to help taught the skin as you go (mine have always dropped off!). It can be used plugged in or charged and has about half hour charge life. When plugged in its got a red light and the whole thing looks good! It has 2 speed settings. One for larger areas and the other is for the smaller, delicate areas like ankles and bikini line. It comes in a silver mesh pouch with a little brush and the whole thing is very nicely presented.

      My Experience....

      It was hell. Yes there's no denying it took the hairs out, my bed was covered and it's shocking how long a hair is when ripped out the root! However it hurts, and I mean it hurts. At one point I felt sick and the other I got cold and I couldn't stop shaking like i was in some short of shock.

      It doesn't take all the hairs out at once so you have to keep going over the same places pushing in different directions and it makes skin ever so sore. Before you have done a shaving rash appears and your all bumpy. To get all the hair out I'd have to continue on but I cant cos I have a tingling sensation in my skin and mum just said to me 'why have you got corned beef legs' and I 'snapped why do you think!' So I don't think I should continue. I wouldn't be happy to go out with legs I know that hairs are still popping out of! I need to put a razor over them later but i know I shouldn't.
      I cant have a bath yet cos your not supposed to use soapy stuff for a few hours after epilating. If I was going out later there is no way I could wear a skirt and no way i could get jiggy neither!

      Overall....

      The results are poor and no good to me. If its anything like the pain of labour i wont be having children!
      My legs may not be so hairy but I didn't bet on looking like a brillo pad the next few days sobbbbbbbbbb

      Small warning...

      If you are going to use one of these things don't do it when your tired or due on, apparently your skin is more sensitive, I was neither by the way. I'm not even going to think about doing it round the 15th lmfao.

      Good luck to all the brave gals!!!!!!!!!!

      P.S I know where there will be an epilator going cheap, but you gotta provide your own piece of wood to bite lmao

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        01.07.2007 18:14
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        Good all round epilator, no nonsense smoothness, grin and bare it!

        This epilator looks nice and gentle, a pretty colour, and even includes an exfoliator pad, and a little brush for helpful cleaning. However, if you ever think you are going to have painless hair removal by ripping the hairs out at the root then you will have to think again! Of course it is very painful and I still cannot epilate my legs without tears coming to my eyes. I suppose it depends on your skin type though, perhaps mine is sensitive. However, it is also suitable for more delicate areas like bikini line and for some reason I can cope with that better. Epilating is much better for bikini line than shaving as it lasts much longer and none of that awful itching that comes soon after shaving.

        Pulling the skin taught works as well becasue the hairs stand out more and so are easier for the whirling tweezers to grip. What is a nuisance is the loud sound when it is turned on, the whirring electric noise sounds like you could be doing something naughty!

        I did find that if you use the high speed setting, rather than the lower speed setting, it seems to be less painful. It seems to be more proficient at higher speeds. The tweezers whirl round more quickly and with a fast pull it seems to grip the hairs better, remove them more quickly, as so cause the least stress to the skin.

        My skin is red and sore afterwards but that subsides in a day and then next day it is back to normal. It does leave a lovely smooth finish, and lasts a good couple of weeks, you can just top up with manual tweezers now and then for little hairs that are just coming through.

        I do prefer it to waxing as you can control the removal process better (stop when you want, take it slow over some areas or faster etc). It also gives a more uniform result than waxing, and of course once you buy the epilator you have it for life.

        I have to sometimes remove stragglers with tweezers, but another interesting point and useful tip is that any hairs that are left are weakened by the epilating and they slide out easily with manual tweezers afterwards. Just moisturise afterwards, and exfoliate a few days later to keep the skin in tip top condition and avoid ingrown hairs.

        All in all a good epilator with nice extras. Just don't expect any of them to be painless

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          24.05.2005 01:02
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          • "the burning . . . . ."

          I think my husband must have been annoyed at me the day he bought me this epilator. I can't think of any other reason he would have bought this instrument of torture, let alone actually expected me to use it more than once in the proverbial blue moon.

          ~~~The looks~~~

          So let's have a look at this hair removing device that would have been quite at home in a torture chamber of days gone by. I actually have the original version and it's a very non-descript ice blue colour (the new version is a pretty pink colour, but otherwise identical), and is mains powered. The power lead is actually pretty long, so I don't actually need to sit on top of a plug socket, and has a standard three pin plug already fitted, so I didn't need to nick my husband's plug adapter. Along with the epilator and power cord, I received a nice little carry bag, cleaning brush and a mini loofah.

          ~~~How it works~~~

          An epilator is basically a motorised hair plucker, with lots of tweezers on discs that pull out your unwanted hair by the roots. Sounds painful? Well believe me it is, very, very painful, in fact eye wateringly painful but more about that later. My particular model has an extra little attachment on it which looks like a comb, is made of rubber and is supposed to help de-sensitise the skin and make epilating less painful. Well we'll see about that.

          ~~~Using the epilator~~~

          Right so I plugged the epilator in, and had nice dry skin on my legs, so I was ready to go. The epilator has two speeds, low for sensitive areas such as the knees and ankles and fast for the rest of the leg. As well as the two speeds, the comb can be be adjusted into three positions, which are, out of the way, all the way out and one that's sort of inbetween where the comb moves in and out depending on how much pressure you use.

          So, because I'm a wimp, I started it up on the slower setting, and whoa, what a noise, it sounded like someone just started a lawnmower. Note to self : Don't try using this when the children are in bed, I'll just wake them back up. Now trying to forget the noise, I pulled the skin on my leg taut and brought the instrument of pain in contact with the hair it was to remove. And all I could think is why? Why am I putting myself through this torture? I could feel every hair being ripped out, and within seconds my leg was beginning to burn. So I gritted my teeth and finished one stroke of my leg, before lifting that thing off of it.

          And what did I find? Well a lot hair had been pulled out, but that strip of my leg was left red, hot, bumpy and extremely sore, I wasn't prepared to put myself through any more pain without a break so I waited for a good ten minutes before continuing. This carried on for quite a long time, me managing one strip and then having to take a break, but eventually I finished the whole of one lower leg. By this stage my leg was not only sore and burning, but also itching like crazy, so I made myself an ice-pack which was bliss.

          ~~~The results~~~

          Immediately after using this my leg was (as I've already said) hot, red, bumpy and itchy, but even worse when I ran my hand over it I could feel that not all the hair had been removed, so I'd experienced all that pain for nothing. As you can imagine I wasn't very happy and nearly threw the blooming thing at my poor husband, but he told me well maybe the stubble that was left was not quite long enough and to give it another try the next day.

          You've got to be kidding right, I couldn't even face the pain of doing both legs and he wanted me to do it again!!! But after sleeping on it, and noticing the redness had gone down quite a lot by the next morning I did indeed have another go and my leg was finally hairfree, but at what price. Yes you've got it, once again my leg got very angry with me and turned bright red, in fact this time it was even worse and the only way I could control the pain was by sitting in a bath of cool water. It was then I decided that this wasn't for me.

          ~~~Worth the pain?~~~

          Now, using this is supposed to mean that my legs remained smooth and hair free for upto four weeks. Well my hair must grow at an extraordinary rate, because I had regrowth within a week, so I somehow don't think it was anywhere nearly worth the pain I put myself through.

          Now what really surprises me is that the packaging claimed that this could be used for the underarm and bikini line areas. Someone would have to have strapped me down for it to get anywhere even close to these areas.

          For those of you that use these regularly, I can only say “how do you manage it?” or perhaps you enjoy pain, because that is all I experienced, pain, pain and yet more pain. I even gave it another go tonight, just to be sure that I remembered the experience accurately, and yes it hurt just as much and I'm now sitting here with a leg that's on fire.

          ~~~Maintenance~~~

          It's very easy to keep this clean (even easier if you don't use it like me), simply unplug it, brush any hairs that have got caught in the rotating discs with the supplied brush, and put it in the supplied bag.

          ~~~Price and Availability~~~

          To be perfectly honest I don't know how much my one cost, as it was a gift. But the updated pink version, the Phillips Satinelle Super Sensitive costs £33.97 from Amazon.

          ~~~My final words~~~

          When my husband bought me this I was initially pleased, however after having tried to use it on more than one occasion, I was left wondering if he had been upset at me when he got it. I find it too painful to use and can only wonder why someone would invent such an instrument of torture.

          As you can probably guess I'm only recommending this (or any epilator) to those that enjoy pain. I suppose it would make quite a good prop at an S&M party, but if, like me, you're not into that sort of thing, I'd give it a miss and stick to other methods of hair removal.

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            04.01.2003 03:40
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            I gazed longingly at the shelves in boots, perhaps this would be the product that was going to change my life, that would transform me from the ugly duckling that I am into ………… well something a little more presentable. Now I am not adversed to maintaining a certain level of personal hygiene but when it comes to hair removal I just cant be bothered, do not get me wrong I find the concept of bodily hair pretty repulsive but I have yet to find a method of hair removal that suits me. I began with shaving, a nice simple method, that is both easy and cheap to do, the results are good, nice smooth, silky legs (a sensation that I seem to enjoy a little to much) great for the short term, but to maintain this “babies bottom” feeling you have to shave almost every day which takes its toll on the skin and I find gives me shaving rash and ingrown hairs. Not attractive. I then tried depilatory creams, again they do their job, but the results only last a couple of days, so I then went in pursuit of a longer lasting method…………. There is waxing, a method I have never been very comfortable with, the home wax is too painful, messy and not an easy thing to do, the salon wax is too expensive ( I am but a poor humble student) and I prefer not to involve 3rd parties in my bodily hair problem! So after a while of……. Well………. Just not really bothering, it being the new year and all I decided that this could not go on and this lead me to that shelf in boots. The epilator seemed like the answer. So I purchased the Phillips Satinelle supersensitive HP 6443, currently retailing at £30. The HP6443 is small aesthetically pleasing (in a nice girly shade of pink) and ergonomic and runs off the mains. It looks generally inoffensive, however I was in for a bit of shock when I turned it on, as the sound is quite loud and off putting (I am sure my housemates think that
            I have got my hands on an antique vibrator). It comes with a loofah to prevent ingown hairs, and a pouch to keep it in and a small brush for cleaning. The HP6443 claims: “Extra gentle epilation” through its “supersensitive double active pain softener, which massages the skin and therefore masks the pain of epilation.” Smooth skin for up to 4 weeks via the rows of rotating discs that quickly catch the hair and plucks them out from the root. To remove hairs 0.5mm long Results: Well I have had this for only a week now so I am unable at this point in time to comment on its long term effects, though I assume like waxing (which also removes the hair from the root) re-growth should not occur too quickly. I have so far managed to epilate only 1 and a ½ legs and this has been in small portions. The first time you use it, it really hurts. I knew it would hurt a bit but I guess I was under the illusion that the “double active pain softener” would actually doubly soften the pain. Well it didn’t. After a break and a nice cup of tea, and this time having properly read the instructions (would I would strongly suggest) I had another go this time with it the right way up, and going in the right direction (up the leg) the experience was less traumatic, though still a little painful. But for the promise of hair free legs for a couple of weeks I preserved. The pain does retreat and eventually become mild discomfort as you continue with the epilation, and I hope will become less with further usage. As to whether this will change my life, I will have to let you know in a couple of what I will hope will be “hair free” weeks!

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              31.12.2002 04:30
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              Hair removal is a very personal matter. Some women have lots of thick, dark hair, others have very little; some find waxing exruciating, others barely notice it. There is also the matter of how far you are bothered, depending mainly on what you wear and whether you're in a relationship. I have to confess that I'm a long skirts girl and don't bother all that often when I'm single, whereas some people want their legs to be completely smooth every day whatever they're up to. I have found that an epilator gives the best result for longest, though. The epilator is a small, handheld machine that plugs into the mains. It contains several rotating discs that operate rather like tweezers and get very close to the hairs. It also comes with a little case that is big enough to put a small bottle of lotion into as well, a loofah, and a wee cleaning brush. Do use the cleaning brush: my mother borrowed my epilator to try it out, and it came back clogged with black hairs! (Thankfully, she bought hr own after that.) You can also partially disassemble the machine and wash the head under the tap, but I find that a quick brush now and then does the trick. Pick somewhere to epilate where it will be easy to clean up afterwards, since you will end up with little hairs all over the place; I usually just hoover or sweep them up. Both the epilating discs and the "vibrating pain removing element" have two speeds for different areas and types of hair growth. Epilating has a lot in common with waxing, so if you've tried that, you'll have some idea of how painful it will be for you. It does seem to vary, I've found, and most people agree that waxing is more painful if you do it yourself than if you go to a salon (I'd compare epilating with the salon). I have joint and muscle pain as a result of having M.E., and I've found that when my joints are going through a bad patch, epilating is agony, while it's OK the re
              st of the time. Philips do a three-months money-back guarantee, which gives you long enough to try it a few times: if it's still too painful, they'll take it back. As with all methods that pull out the hairs, hair regrowth gradually becomes softer (you "train the hairs", as my ex-flatmate put it), and it is less painful after the first time or so. The epilator removes hairs by ripping them out from the roots, so the regrowth time is the same as it would be for waxing, between 3-6 weeks depending on your hair growth. One advantage is that you can remove hairs that are only 0.5mm long, instead of having to wait for 5mm to grow in, and if you realise the next day that you missed a bit, it's far less hassle to touch them up. I found with waxing that some bits invariably got missed and you either had to leave them or go over your legs with tweezers, but you don't get this problem with epilating. Instead of ripping out large patches of hair at a time, as with waxing, the rotating discs take just a little at a time. Whether or not you find this an advantage is probably up to personal taste: it takes longer overall, but the pain you feel at any one point is less. I found it a lot easier to cope with than waxing. How long it takes does vary: my mother can do a whole leg in about ten minutes, frequently chatting to me on the phone at the same time (although I keep objecting that I can't hear her clearly above the buzzing noise), while I tend to sit around wincing and take longer. It's worth experimenting with ways of using this nifty little machine to see what suits you best. I find it less painful after a bath, when everything's been softened and the pores are open, but my mother finds it's worse that way. You can also stretch the skin with your hand, and try different speeds on the epilator and the little vibrating "pain softener": the idea of the latter is that it massages your ski
              n bri efly before the epilator gets to it, thus relaxing it and making it less painful. It's a bit like the way injections hurt far more when you're tensed up than when you're relaxed. Start with the less painful areas, such as backs of calves, since your body adjusts and it becomes less painful after a few minutes, and then move on to the bony bits. As far as skin irritation is concerned, it rates very well compared with most other methods. As with waxing, there is the (slight) problem of ingrowing hairs, so you do need to use the nice little loofah they put in with the epilator and exfoliate regularly, or at least before you epilate. There is no hot wax to upset your skin, you can't cut yourself, no chemical reactions. Your skin can still feel slightly sore afterwards (I really don't recommend trying your underarms: I did and it hurt for a week), though not much (and I have very sensitive skin indeed), so it's a good idea to have a calming lotion at hand. Since legs tend to get dry anyway (although if you shave that's part of the reason), it's a good idea all round. I mixed one up myself using a plain lotion base from Honesty Cosmetics and added lavender, roman chamomile and sandalwood essential oils. One of the great things about epilating is that if you're concerned about cruelty-free products, you don't have to use them at all, since the wee beastie is purely mechanical and what lotions and potions you use is up to you. Don't moisturise your skin for 24 hours before you epilate, since it will make it difficult for the epilator to get a grip on the hairs. I've also heard it advised that you should dab a bit of alcohol on your legs if you've been waxing or epilating in order to prevent any infection. I've never had a problem apart from the odd follicle looking a bit red, but it's probably a good idea anyway. I have a tincture of calendula and other herbs that are good f
              or skin (N apiers Herbalist, Marigold Compound), so I dilute a bit of that and dab it on before I moisturise. Vodka or similar would do perfectly well, I imagine, and to be honest, everyone seems to cope without doing this anyway. Do shop around for prices: I bought mine for £32 at John Lewis (their price promise is very handy) and saw it in Boots the same week for £40. It may seem like a pricey initial outlay, but that's all you'll have to spend: think how few waxing sessions it would cover, and even razor blades are pricey these days. For about £10 more you can get a combi epilator that also includes an electric shaver. A quick note on shaving: when I first started as an adolescent, I kept on cutting my legs, partly because I'm blind as a bat without my glasses and can't actually see my lower legs too clearly. My mother pointed out one day that if I got one scar a year, imagine how my legs would look in twenty-five years time. Now, of course I thought I'd been making the utmost effort to avoid cutting my legs, but it must have sunk in at some deep level, because after that I miraculously ended up with fewer cuts. The power of suggestion, eh.

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                05.06.2002 21:10
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                Just keep telling yourself that as you rip the hairs out of your poor leggies and it'll all be fine. I bought this epilator just before Christmas after trying my housemates version, and was very impressed with it. The epilator itself looks very stylish, and comes with a little brush to clean it, a mains lead (NOT a charger, it's not rechargable just runs off the mains), a case and a little loofah thing too. The idea is this....you have a nice shower or bath and scrub your legs with the loofah pad. Then you dry them and settle down (preferably with a glass of wine to help get rid of the pain, that's my excuse anyway), and switch it on. Don't be alarmed by the sound, it's rather noisy. If you want to, put the little rubber "massagy" bits up as it massages your legs just before you rip the hairs out and sort of helps to get rid of the pain. Then you rub it up your legs against the direction of the hair, yes, it hurts, but it leaves really nice smooth legs for ages. You can build up to doing your armpits, as they really really hurt, but again, it's worth it. 10 seconds of pain for fuzz-free life is really good. Also, don't worry about your bikini line, it's not painful at all for some reason. My housemate had the version of this epilator with the cool pack. We found it to be rather a waste of time and money as it's designed for the cold to get to your legs AFTER the hairs are yanked out. What use is that? I think this epilator is perfect. It's got two speeds so you can warm yourself up to it, but basically it's a "grin and bear it" type affair. I recomment moisturising too afterwards, and do your armpits before you go to sleep and don't need any deodorant as it's a bit stingy. All in all, really worth it for the £30 I paid for it. If you don't believe me, Philips do a 60 day satisfaction guarantee type thing so if you really don'
                t like it you can send for a full refund from them. What do you have to lose?!?

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                  04.03.2002 12:33
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                  Like most women I prefer to step out with nice smooth hair-free legs! I know that in some parts of the continent it is often considered attractive to have legs and armpits impersonating a forest, but this is really not for me! So, having decided that your legs and arm pits must be a fuzz free zone ( or other bits if you are that way inclined!)there are several options available to you. You might like those disgusting smelly creams that somehow "melt" the hair off, and seem to leave you with a rash even if you use the sensitive one! Alternatively there is waxing. You could try home waxing, but I have never got the hang of it and it hurts! It is perhaps easier if someone does it for you as they just rip it off without further ado. This is more difficult on yourself. It is a bit like taking off a sticking plaster. Do you remember as a child slowly peeling off your plaster when your Mother comes along and says "Give it to me" and it is ripped off as quick as you like! Home waxing reminds me a lot of that! I have never had the time, inclination or money to go regularly to a salon. I like some things to be kept personal! Having eliminated those two alternatives there is good old shaving.Shaving generally works perfectly well provided you manage not to cut yourself. These days the choice of razor is quite large, in both wet and electrical versions. They work well, but the disadvantage is the speed of re- growth. This brings us to our final option. The epilator. The epilator looks, on the face of it, like an electric razor. That is until you remove the cover. There you will find a row of metal discs. These discs are like giant tweezers, several in a row. They rotate and grab your hairs which are then pulled out by the roots. I have used one on and off for years. I remember the first time, when I was an epilator virgin. It was mains powered, they still are, and I had to sit on a chair near a
                  power point. It suggested liberally dusting your limbs with talc before starting. So it was, with pasty white powdery legs, that I took my first step into the unknown! I switched it on. The noise was extraordinary. It sounded like an old tractor coming down the road. Tentatively I put it to my poor unsuspecting leg. In those days, pre illness, I was very svelte. I had bony shins. The agony as it went along my shinbone was pretty unpleasant! Well, agony would be, wouldn't it! It seemed to vibrate against the bone whilst ripping out the hairs. Valiantly I soldiered on until the first leg was finished. Then I did the other one with a Bic. What a coward! Now I don't know about you, but I thought we had come along way since the middle ages when implements of torture were frequently used. Now here we are, in a supposedly civilised society, deliberately buying them for use on ourselves! Anyway, the following week I plucked up the courage to use it again as I had paid a lot of money for it and I can't bear to waste my hard earned cash! This time I managed to do both legs. The result was, I must say, extremely good. My legs were nice and smooth. I had remembered to exfoliate first as this helps to avoid in-growing hairs.The advantage of an epilator is that it removes the hairs from the root, a bit like waxing. This means that there is a considerably slower re-growth. You can go three to four weeks between epilations. This has got to be better than shaving every couple of days. When the hair does grow back it is much softer and there should be no stubble. You have to have about 0.5mm of hair for the discs to grab on to which isn't too bad. Now you can use the epilator on other areas of your body. I tried my underarms a few times. I did not enjoy the experience! I truly cannot recommend it to you.You get used to it on your legs and it gets less painful the more you do it. But armpits? No thank yo
                  u! My eyes streamed and I couldn't stop sneezing afterwards, a bit like when you pluck your eyebrows! Talking of eyebrows.... once in a rash moment I tidied them up with the epilator. It says not to, but hey, when was I ever obedient! Oh golly. How I wished I had listened. Don't try it, it is excruciating! So, I stick to using mine for my legs and use a Venus for anywhere else. The results are super and if you can get past the initial pain barrier it really isn't so bad as long as you do it regularly. I replaced my old one a little while ago with the Phillips Satinelle. It works off the mains and has 21 rotating discs. It comes with a little loofah pad to exfoliate before you "shave". Do remember to exfoliate as in-growing hairs are a nuisance and leave you with spotty looking scabs! Nice.It is also really important to thoroughly moisturise the area afterwards. I got mine from Boots and it cost £42.50. It has a smart carrying case and a cleaning brush. As with all Phillips products it has a two year guarantee. I really like the way it slows down the regrowth and I think the discomfort is worth it for that alone.There are things you can do to make it easier- have a warm bath first. It hurts less if the pores are open. You could also try stretching the skin with your hand, of the area you are working on! I hope this has been of some use! Why not give one a try? I would recommend it!

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                    19.02.2002 03:50
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                    Fed up of shaving and of the very same day regrowth? The row of rotating tweezers from Satinelle will definitely help you out in this hair removing fight. You are only few zzzzzzzzzzz away from the perfect grooming… Technical aspect: Easy to use Easy to grip Easy to clean 2 speeds Lightweight to fit in the palm of the hand Compact and ergonomic shape Comes with a protective cap, cleaning brush and usually with a soothing lotion Travel pouch Fast rotating discs Two speeds About £30 I have been using Philips epilator for years now and I am absolutely thrilled about it. Well we’ve been through hell together but slowly we accommodated to one another and today I don’t know what I would do without it. I was a national swimmer and shaving was part of the sport… Beauty saloons are brilliant but they tend to be expensive at the end and I couldn’t afford to spend too much time in the bathroom trying to get all the hairs away. I bought few times simple razors to do the job but heavy rash and burns quickly appeared and add to that lumpy skin because of the swimming pool water chemicals. I have also tried wax and hair removal creams but I had enough of sticky calves and thighs and I looked silly wandering in the house for 10 minutes with fluffy legs. They work for sure but I wasn’t satisfied with the results. I often wondered what it was really like to pass this epilator my mum had as a present but seeing her in great pain put me off. Funnily enough I just couldn’t resist and finally faced the terror machine; How it works: Just plug it in and the fitted tweezers simply remove gently but firmly and efficiently the undesirable hair at the root. You can alter the speed of the apparel on setting it either on high or low depending on the area you shave. The first time: Shockingly painful but still not as bad as I would ha
                    ve imagined because my mum told the pain will probably be more than I could bear. What a great comfort, isn’t it? Well I hear you from here. Pain? No thanks not for me but honestly after a few times the pain goes away significantly and you will even not notice any more you are actually shaving. Sensations: tingly. The apparel is actually pulling the hair and the skin at the same time and this gives an awkward feeling. Discomfort becomes less noticeable once you use it on a regular basis though. Tips: Hold the part of the skin you are shaving with your hand (try to stretch it) it would be less sore. Before using the Satinelle, make sure your skin is clean, dry, and free of lotion, antiperspirant, or any other kind of residue. Also, exfoliate the skin prior to epilating to encourage the hairs to stick out from your skin, which will ensure faster and easier hair removal. Positive view: The growth is slower and your hairs are smoother. You won’t have to shave as often. I reckon for myself every three weeks is enough to keep soft and perfectly bold legs. Of course the pattern of growth is different in each person and you might have to repeat the operation sooner or later. Promotes thinner AND slower regrowth. Some areas stay hairless and close shaving results. The motor is strong and the mechanisms flawless, even after heavy long-term use. Satinelle is a product that doesn't ever need replaced, I've saved an enormous amount of money in hair-removal products. Negative sides: Must be used with an electrical cord, and you have to manoeuvre into some pretty ridiculous positions to use it at times. A little loud Some ingrown hairs Overall thought: Very good invention and will save you lots of hassle. It takes a while to get used to it but it is really worth it. I even tried it on my bikini line and underarms. And I can tell you it is slightly more painful but very
                    efficient. And if you hold the skin as explained few lines above, it is even better. So get down to it.

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                      21.08.2001 19:20
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                      Calling all women. This is the product for you! Forget your razors, immac or waxing this is it. This product may make some women run for their lifes with the idea of ripping hair out of their bodies but it is a life saver for others. They cost about £50 and have all sorts of pain reliving gismo's attached that DO NOT work at all. This machine saves me so much money on razors and immac. The first time is very painful and takes a long time. It is nothing compared to child birth though. The second time that you use it, it does not hurt at all and that is no lie. It claims hair free legs for up to 3 weeks although I find it is only up to 5 days but it must vary from person to person. It looks like loads of metal and a sort of torture instrument but it is far from this. The sound of it in action put me off but after I got over that it was ok. I was also scared that it would cut me but it is honestly impossible to do so as the edges are blunt. It is very easy to use as you simply run it up your leg pressed against the skin and it pulls out more or less all of the hairs although you have to go over some areas. It is alot cheaper than waxing and alot less painful after the first time. This is truely the product of the future and should be awarded best invention for women. It has changed my days into hair free money saving days.

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                        18.08.2001 17:10
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                        My Philips Epilator finally gave up the ghost last night. I cannot remember when I bought it so that must mean I have had it for a good few years. I was extremely disappointed because I had set aside some time last night to de-hair myself ready for the weekend and my plans were interrupted by this unhappy event. I tried my best to fix it, but one of the cogs inside the head had wore right down, so I have convinced myself that it is time for a new one. It has been an extremely well used and trusted appliance. I discovered Epilators when I was about 18 years old. I had struggled to keep my thick black body hair under control with a razor since the dreaded puberty set in. Every time I shaved, the hair just grew straight back and within a few hours left me with a nasty rashy stubble. Unfortunately for me, my unsightly hair is not just on the bottom of my legs and bikini line, but is all the way up. You have no idea (or maybe you do) how uncomfortable stubble on the insides of the tops of your legs is. So the Epilator was a God send for me. To begin with I found it very painful. There is no getting around the fact that you are pulling hair, after hair, after hair out, all at the same time with lots of pairs of tweezers. Of course it is going to be painful. It is particularly painful if, like me, you cultivate your hairy legs during the winter (just laziness on my part) and then attempt to remove it all with the epilator in one fell swoop. I have found that shaving them first (or using a hair clipping gadget) and then removing the hair from short is much easier and less painful. I have also found that over the years the process has become less painful. I couldn't say whether this is because the hair has become weaker or whether I have just got used to removing it in this way. Another discovery is that the first few strokes with the epilator are always the worse, but if you persevere, your leg somehow becomes numb to the pain and it doesn't hurt
                        half as much. In spite of the pain, the relief of having virtually hair free legs for a few weeks at a time is definitely worth it. A word of warning though - do not believe the advertising hype that says these devices will leave your legs hair free for up to six weeks. This may be the case if you have grown your hair for about 6 months and then used the epilator to remove it all (although in my case, I still only get up to 3 weeks relief). I have been reliably informed that total hair re-growth takes about 6 months; so if you remove all the hair, some will grow back immediately while other hair follicles will remain dormant for some time and then re-grow. Consequently, I find that I need to use it at least once a week to keep my legs free of hair. It is also much easier and quicker if you do it regularly. Although this product was my most recent epilator, I have also tried the Braun Silk-epil and the Epilady Trio. They are all much of a muchness. I did not find the 'massager' part of this epilator any use and did not use it after the first attempt. It claims to lessen the pain by massaging your skin whilst you remove the hair. There is a version of this epilator with an icepack on the front of it to numb your skin - this is a novel idea and might be worth a try. Although I was happy with this product, I am going to try a different epilator this time. I have discovered one which is £20 cheaper than the Philips one and looks like it does the same thing (BaByliss Soft and Smooth) so I am going to give that a go. I may end up coming back to the Philips version but I will try anything to save a bit of money!

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                          12.06.2001 02:59
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                          I've had my epilator for over 2 years now. I've always been interested in alternatives to shaving and couldn't seem to manage waxing myself, I wouldn't mind someone doing it for me, but that's quite pricey. I bought the epilator because it had a 90-day money back guarantee if I found it too painful.... great a free trial! The first time I was in pain. It took hours and I had to reward myself with sweets every time I managed a patch. But the results made me persevere. My legs were completely smooth for over a week and only started to look bad after 3 weeks (and my leg hair does grow fast). I am now in a routine, I epilate every 4 weeks, loofah my legs every day and usually shave once after 3 weeks. Before epilation I used to shave about once a week and my legs were never completely smooth, I was too lazy to do them any more than that. Now I don't have to worry, it's great. And an epilator picks up really short hairs (from 2mm long) whereas if you go for waxing they have to be considerably longer. I would recommend epilation to anyone who is sick up shaving, doesn't mind a small amount of pain to begin with and likes value for money. (It cost me £35 and included a free electric razor for those 'harder to reach areas') Also I'd love to see a mans face if I epilated his legs!!!!! Forgot to mention, I recently bought to after waxing balm which is an excellent soother after epilation!

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                          07.01.2001 02:51
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                          I've had one of these instruments of torture since last Summer. I was thinking of getting one as a gift from work for long term service and there was one available in there gift catalogue. As luck would have it I went into Boots and they were doing demonstrations of these epilators. They lady did indeed give me a demo on the bottom of my arm and onto my hand where it didn't really hurt at all. So I bravely ordered my epilator and followed the instructions. Well I'm sorry Philips but it does hurt and I think I now know what a chicken feels like when it gets plicked (I'm happy to say I'm a veggie!). I didn't give up and persisted throughout the summer when hairless legs are more important but I never found that the pain got any less and I'm not really sure that the epilator lives up to expectations with the hair removal. Maybe with continual use it would live up to its claims and come this summer I will indeed suffer the pain again. At least its not as painful as having a baby!!!!!! Nearly though.

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                            20.11.2000 05:10
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                            Okay, it’s just not fair, the pressures to remove normal body hair on women is getting a bit pathetic. I believe that one day soon we will not be allowed any hair at all except that which is on the top of our heads! Anyway, for other reasons than those of vanity and social acceptance I bought myself a Philips epilator (and I got a free wet and dry razor with it, go figure). The pain is bad at first, and I mean BBBAAAAAADDDDD!, but I knew it would get better with time, and it did. I was having problems with the skin on my legs because of the hairs there, and the epilator has helped quite a lot. There is a lot less ingrowing hairs and although there is almost next-day regrowth (it may just be me though), when it does reappear it is sparse. Your legs feel nice and smooth afterwards, and as long as you put some soothing natural gel on like aloe vera, then the irritation should be minimal. How it works is – Blunt rotating disks spin at one of two selected speeds, and they pluck the hair out at the root level. The pain reducer thingy is like a little hand with rubber fingers (yikes) that you can push in front of the disks so that the skin nerve endings are confused, well a little bit anyway, by the slight vibration and the pain is less intense. I have found that I don’t bother with the pain reducer any more, it is more effective to simply make sure you pull the skin taught where your epilating and make sure you keep the unit at about 90 degrees to the skin surface and go against the direction of hair growth. It should help. Shaving is no good for some of us, and this is a great alternative, just don’t give up too soon, the pain will get to a stage where you can easily cope. Just give your skin a chance to acclimatise to this new thing. Any redness after use will fade quicker each time. The bonus is that you don’t need to soap up and you can’t cut yourself. The regrowth should not be blunt like afte
                            r shaving (unless the hair broke as you tried to pluck it out). This unit comes with a plug and quite a long cord. I also got a storage bag, instructions, little brush to clean it, and a small round exfoliating loofah pad. It is very easy to clean, as it remains dry. If shaving leaves you raw, give this a try.

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                            17.09.2000 16:52
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                            This is the first word which springs to mind when using this epilator! Us women must be crazy, the things we do to for vanity. The first time i used this, i could have screamed the house down, however, the second time i used it i'd made sure i'd had a few glasses of wine, and sure enough the pain factor was lessoned! You do get used to this little machine pulling your hairs out eventually, it is just a question of are you brave enough to persevere? It does actually work and you are basically hair free for a few weeks. Word of warning though, after you have used it, for several hours after your skin will resemble that of a christmas eve turkey, so best not go out in your favourite short skirt straight after!

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                          Pincette system with 21 rotating discs, designed to remove hairs as short as 0.5mm