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      15.02.2011 12:41
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      Deals with a boring beauty task well.

      Hair removal is a serious business, with so many choices available to deal with the unwanted nuisance. I have taken the pursuit up from first going to secondary school aged 11, and have had 20 years experience of dealing with the menace in the name of beauty.

      My hair is very dark and thick, and i have always hated the appearance of my legs with hair on, particularly as my skin is pale and my hair is verging on afro style black. Shaving was my initial method of choice. A good old bic razor with plenty of lather. I was very accident prone though, so my mum was not keen on me doing it and leaving cuts on my leg, so she was persuaded after a couple of years to buy me an epilator.

      My first forray into epilation was with one of those machines with what looked like a vibrating spring which pulled the hairs out. Although i like the results of smooth legs that lasted a few weeks for me (not the months that we were expecting) I also suffered a lot with ingrown hairs. One ended up leaving a lump like a wart on my knee, which was basically scar tissue that had become infected.

      I gradually went back to razors for quickness especially when i went to university and couldn't take the epilator with me. However, i still liked the idea, so when a friend told me she had bought the philips satin ice epilator and how good it was, then i was very keen to get one myself. It was a lot of my budget - £60 from boots, but as this was nearly 10 years ago, and my machine is still going strong, then i think my money was well spent.

      The philips satin ice was immediately different to my other epilator in that it had a detachable head, so it could be an epilator or electric razor. I was only interested in the epilator part so i have never used the razor attachment. The epilator head consists of 6 sets of tweezers which as they rotate, pull out the unwanted hair. The kit also came with small brushes to remove hair from between the tweezers, and a cover, and the bonus feature was an ice pack. You can put this in the freezer and then if you attach it to the epilator, it numbs the skin which makes it less painful.

      I must be a bit of a hard nut as apart from once to try out the ice pack, i have never really used this feature either as i never thought about putting it in the freezer, so i would have had to wait a while to chill it before getting on with the hair removal. It always seems quicker to just get on.

      Over the years, i have had a lot of ingrown hairs as a result of this method. In the past i would then start picking and squeezing at these, which then can lead to infection and scarring. Now i am grown up and i have used the method for longer, i think i have perfected the technique a little, so it is rare now for it to happen, and i still really like the results.

      My method:
      Have a shower before hair removal so that your hair follicles are open and more receptive to parting with the hair. While you are in there give your legs a scrub with exfoliating mitts to make it less likely to get ingrown hairs. Your sking is also then free of moisturiser so the hairs will be easier to grab.

      The recommendation is to remove hair by following the direction of growth, ie down your legs, but i have always defied convention and gone up my legs as i find it removes the hair more quickly. Certain points on your leg are more difficult and painful like around the ankle and knee. Here, pull your skin taut between your thumb and pincer finger, and it makes it a bit less painful and also easier to pull in the hair.

      I have also used the epilator on my bikini line, and that area is very sensitive. Again, hold the skin very taut, and take your time. You don't want to rush and pull too much hair, or aggravate this sensitive area. There are 2 speed settings, i tend to stick to the slower one, as faster in this case is not better.

      Overall, i really like epilation as a hair removal method. I would need to shave my legs every day to keep them smooth and i just don't get time. I tend to set aside half an hour once every month or two, and this keeps me pretty smooth for a while, and i can then quickly shave to maintain. The only downside in summer is you have to have a good amount of growth (at least a weeks worth i find) in order for it to be most effective. You might not like doing this that much then.

      The disadvantages of using epilation is that you are left with red skin afterwards, which can last for a day or two, although i have done it so many times mine is more like a few hours. This is a series of red dots where each hair follicle is. Also, if you don't regularly exfoliate, you can end up with ingrown hairs which can look odd and also lead to infection and scarring if you are not careful. You also need to set aside a block of time at least every 1-2 months to top it up, compared to a few minutes per day shaving, and the in between bit is not pretty if you want to wear a skirt.

      The main advantage i find is that i have done it for so long now that my hair growth is now a lot finer, the hairs are not as dark as they used to be, and i actually have patches on my legs where no hair at all grows as it has decided to give up battling with me. I live in hope that all the follicles decide to follow suit. Until then, we will have a monthly battle.

      If you got this far, thanks for reading. This machine is now older but similar in design to the satinelle design. If this broke i would replace mine with that model.

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        15.05.2010 17:59
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        See above!

        My Philips Ice Epilator cost me around £50.00 and I bought it from Tesco Direct.

        I was first attracted by the idea of the ice pack: I had an epilator once before, when they were first unleashed on the unsuspecting public, and I used that one only once before chucking it back in its' box where it stayed until I could pass it on to someone else: The pain was like nothing I had ever experienced before, and just did not seem worth it.

        However, I have given birth since then, so I thought I would try again with an epilator: My reasoning is, mild discomfort is worth it if I am hair-free for weeks on end.

        This is a mains appliance, or you can use it with a battery, however I have only used it on mains. It comes in a nice ice-blue bag, complete with little cleaning brush and a detachable Ice-pack which lives in the freezer until you are going to use it.

        However, I find that I don't really need to use the ice-pack, as the device is only a bit uncomfortable, not painful. It removes the hairs (but leaves a lot of them behind too though), and a little red dot where each hair was. This only lasts a day or so, though.

        Unfortunately, the hair-free state does not last for 'weeks', it lasts for about one week before it needs doing again. Frankly, why bother? Shaving is easier, more comfortable and maybe cheaper.

        Maybe my expectations were wrong: I was thinking that epilating would be on a par with waxing, but it isn't.

        Saying that though, I will be keeping my epilator and using it until it gives out on me, but in addition to/combined with other hair-removal methods.

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        11.02.2010 13:30

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        Great epilator

        This epilator is a little larger then some of the other ones on offer. It was on offer when I brought it and it had a money back guarantee too. The epilator can be used whilst attached to the mains or it can be charged up. I mainly use it whilst attached to the mains because I always forget to charge it up. It has three epilator speed settings, I always use the first setting because the second and third settings are too fast and scare me. It comes with an ice pack that you leave in the freezer and take out when you need it. This does help to ease the pain so very useful. The best thing about it is that it comes with a shaving head so if I don't feel like epilating then I can use the shaving head instead (I don't need to buy two types of shavers). The little bag to store the epilator is really nice and useful, it fits everything inside including attachments. Overall, a good buy especially for beginners.

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        16.08.2009 14:25
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        OUCH!

        I was going on holiday and had not grown the hairs on my legs long enough to go to a salon for wax treatment. I did not want to use wax strips myself as they are rubbish and dont seem to work other than on my bikini line so i bought this epilator instead. I thought for £49.99 at least it would last me and i could use it all the time.

        Oh dear, the shock i had when i tried it on my legs. I nearly threw the damn thing out of the window. But i persevered. However, i know it did pull out hairs but it misses loads so you have to run it over the same spot over and over again to be sure that one spot is hair free. This epilator i chose because it had the most tweezers, heaven knows what the other epilators were like that have a smaller number of tweezers. Now i use this only now and again for the hair on my legs but use it mainly on my bikini line where it takes less time so less time of pain endurance.

        The epilator does come with an ice pack that you put in the freezer then attach to it before you start. This is to try and numb the area of skin and keep it cool while you are epilating. It did not do much of a good job when i used it and also you have to remember to put it in the freezer for an hour before you epilate.

        It comes with its own zip pack that you can put the epilator, ice pack and mains adapter in, to keep it all together.

        I must say if you can grin and bare the pain and also amount of time it takes to use this then it is worth it but i will just keep to using it on my bikini line only. I will also say that as this epilator is one with quite a few tweezers this should be one of the best.

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          11.10.2008 15:22
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          If all else has failed, it's definitely worth giving it a go

          I've struggled for ages trying to find a hair removal product that was effective but didn't butcher my skin. Shaving always leaves stuble and red bumpy rashes (not a sexy look), hair removal cream either doesn't work or burns my skin and home wax strips and hot wax seem to steal my skin and leave the hair. When thinking about it logically, pulling the hair out at the root seems like the most effective way to get smooth skin that lasts longer. The thought of painstakingly plucking each hair with tweezers doesn't appeal to me, even though I have hours of free time at the moment. Epilators are therefore designed to pluck your hair from the root extremely quickly by having lots of little tweezers.

          Philips are a very popular consumer brand so you know you're getting a quality product designed with knowledge and expertise. I've got the Satinelle Ice Premium version of this epilator, which costs around £54.99 (Boots). I had to deliberate for a long time before spending that much as it seemed quite expencive. But having tried all other methods of hair removal I could think of, this seemed like my last option. In the long run, this works out cheaper than buying shaving gel/razors/professional waxes/wax strips etc.

          For your money you get a well-packaged hair removal kit. This includes the epilator itself in a baby blue 'ice' colour, the 'ice pack', mains adapter, travel/protection case, instruction guide and head cleaner. I was quite impressed by the general quality of what you get, even the bag. It's strong with mesh out the outside and plastic on the inside so you can keep the epilator and adapter etc all together.

          The Satinelle Ice is designed to reduce the pain and discomfort caused by epilating with the unique ice pack that attaches to the back of the epilator. This is simply shaped plastic that goes in the freezer for a few hours and is then clipped to the back of the epilator so that when it's used, the ice cold plastic glides over your skin simultaneously to numb the area.

          The epilator is simple to use - once you've got your ice pack on, just plug the adapter in to the bottom of the epilator and plug the mains adapter into the wall. The instruction guide helps illustrate which direction to point the epilator, what speed should be used and how to achieve the best results. There's 2 speed settings on the epilator which varies the speed at which the tiny tweezers rotate to pluck out your hair. It's best to keep your skin taught when epilating to open up the hair folecules, making the hair easier to be caught by the tweezers and less painful to remove.

          For most people, the thought of epilating makes them cringe because it sounds painful. It does depend on your pain tolerance, but I wouldn't say mine is particularily high but I don't find this really hurts at all. I was expecting to be screaming, but the worst bit was getting nervous about trying it for the first time, thinking that it's going to hurt. Once you get the technique right (make sure you follow the instructions carefully), it's a very quick way of removing hair. I use this for underarms especially as that's where I have the most problems with shaving, and don't find that to be too uncomfortable. The bikini line however, is a bit ouchy I must be honest. The ice pack does help, however I prefer to grin and bear it because I always forget to freeze the ice pack beforehand. Hair is removed, and you can see it working (hence the little brush to clean the head so it doesn't get lose hair stuck and limit its effectiveness). It does claim to leave your skin silky smooth for up to 4 weeks, a claim that I would slightly disagree with. Most hairs were removed from the root and that area was soft for a while, but other hairs are sometimes just cut (I think) because there's some left afterwards and so you don't always get perfect smooth skin. I didn't think it lasted for 4 weeks, so it's quite difficult achieving smooth skin constantly because you do need to allow time for some regrowth (just a few mms should be sufficient).

          Overall, I'd recommend you give this a go if you've tried all else with no luck. I think a lot of it depends on your technique, so like I've said, make sure you follow the instructions. Perhaps getting tips from the internet on epilating would also help maximise the results. I wouldn't be too put off by the thought of pain because in all honest, it wasn't as bad as I had expected.

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          14.08.2008 17:55
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          I love my epilator and wouldn't be without it.

          I have had the Philips Satin Ice Epilator for a few years now and feel 100% qualified to review it.

          Epilating uses an oscillating head with lots of tweezers that work in harmony to pull hairs from the root as you roll it across your skin. The hair needs to be long enough to tweezer out. It is better than waxing because you do not need to grow your hair as long, but it does take a fair bit longer to epilate your legs than to wax them. Results last as long as waxing does. And it is cheaper because you do not have to buy replacements. You just keep using the epilator until it dies.

          It comes in a handy pouch to keep it neat and tidy. It has a mains adapter, and ice pack and an exfoliating head along with the epilator.

          The ice pack must be kept in the freezer and then clipped onto the back during epilation so that it cools the skin immediately prior to the hairs being removed. This reduces the pain. Although it does make it bulkier and less comfortable to hold.

          POSITIVES
          1. Ice pack really does make a difference (I particularly find it useful for the bikini line because without it I cry like a baby!)
          2. It is pretty quick to use.
          3. Excellent on underarm, bikini line, leg and tummy hair (oh and toes as well!)
          4. Hard-wearing. Mine is at least three years old and still going strong.
          5. The exfoliating head is useful for stopping ingrowing hairs (if you remember to use it, which I often don't!). This head is also good at buffing up dry skin, as it removes the top layer of dead skin cells. Really does make your legs smooth when you use this feature.
          6. Very long cord so you don't have to be right next to the plug socket.
          7. Easy to clean. The epilator head detaches from the main body for ease of cleaning.

          NEGATIVES
          1. Mains operated so you cannot epilate in the bathroom. Hairs go everywhere (I once epilated while sitting on the bed and the white sheets were COVERED in hairs! Though in a weird way it was quite satisfying to see the results of my handywork!)
          2. You need to go over the same piece of skin a few times (but I am sure this is the case with all epilators - it depends how fine your hair is)

          PRICE
          I've seen these priced at between £30 and £45 so do shop around for a bargain. It is well worth the money.

          OVERALL
          Excellent little epilator that fits comfortably in your hand. Does the job well. I would not use an epilator without an ice pack again.

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            08.08.2007 10:38
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            Buy it! Your legs will stay smooth for longer and it is great value for money!

            Philips Satinelle Ice epilator


            Comes with:

            Storage Pouch
            Cleaning brush
            Exfoliating Body puff
            Ice pack
            2 Speeds
            Massaging System


            This is the first epilator that I have used, having just shaved in the past. However, as my mum brought one I thought that I would give it a go to see what epilating is really like. So far I have epilated the hairs on my legs and my underarms.


            So, here goes...


            - - What does it look like? - -

            This epilator is a nice "cool blue" colour. It is smaller than I expected (fits nicely into your hand). You can attach an ice pack onto it (more on that later), which makes it a bit bulkier, but not by much.


            - - - How does it work? - - -

            You have to make sure that your hairs are quite long (well, longer than shaving but not as short as waxing) before you epilate your legs or underarms. The epilator is made up of rotating tweezers which grab your hairs and pull them out at the root. This means that your legs are much smoother for longer than with shaving, and about the same amount of time as waxing.

            There is also an ice pack which you can attach to the back of the epilator. This should soothe the pain as you epilate, along with the massaging system which also claims to sooth the pain.

            There are two speed settings which means you can use this on sensitive areas.


            - - - What was my experience? - - -

            Legs

            Would you believe it, this was not actually as painful as I expected. There is a bit of pain, but you would expect that as the hairs are being pulled directly out of the roots. I think that a major advantage with this epilator is the ice pack. As you slowly slide the epilator up your leg the ice pack numbs the skin that has just been epilated and really gets rid of the pain! I have not been using this epilator for long, but from reading other reviews I have gathered that the pain gets less the more you use it, which suggests that you will not even need to use the ice pack after a while. The massaging system is claimed to help soothe the pain, but I don’t think it really makes must difference as the ice pack does most of the work.

            One problem that I have found is that you need to go over the same patch of skin twice or maybe three times to get rid of the hairs. This means that it does sometimes take a while to epilate your legs - though I think I would have this problem with most epilators. Another thing you need to take into account is that this epilator is mains operated, meaning that you are limited to epilating near a plug (so you can’t do it in the bathroom.) I just put some newspaper on the floor and catch the hairs in that.

            You will also need to make sure that you are epilating in a well lit area. Several times I have finished epilating and then later discovered that there are a few stray hairs!

            I find that being new to epilating, I am epilating around once a week, but just to catch any stray hairs. Overall, the hairs take about three weeks to grow through. The box claims four weeks, but I think I have quite fast-growing hair.

            You should make sure that you do not epilate straight away before going out, as your legs will be left with red spots for a while! As long as you put moisturiser on straight away this should go away soon.

            I have also found that I have been left with ingrown hairs. You need to use the exfoliating body puff to make sure that this does not happen to you.

            One very good thing about this epilator is the two different speed settings. The fastest one can be used on the main part of your leg but I use the slightly slower setting on the more sensitive areas such as the ankles and the knees, which does make a difference.

            Underarms

            This is more painful than the legs. As the ice pack makes the epilator bulkier, I have to take it off, which probably adds to the pain. It does not take very long to do the underarms but it is quite awkward to do. I find that it is less painful to do this on the slowest setting.

            Most of the other stuff is covered in the “legs” section.


            - - - Value for money - - -

            We brought this for half price in Argos (around £25 – can’t remember exactly) which I think is very good value for money. It is much cheaper than waxing or buying razors over a long period of time. It is good quality and well made so I think this epilator will last for years to come.


            This is my first review so I would appreciate any comments you have!

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              17.05.2007 12:42
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              If you can handle pain then try it :-)

              i purchased this a few months ago and it cost me around £50, so i thought well it must be good for that price. So let me tell you abit about it.

              ABOUT THE PRODUCT.

              The Philips Satinelle Ice, works just like a razor, except instead of cuttin the hair off at the tips this pulls it from the roots. It has several rotaing tweezers that pulls off ya hair and has 2 different speeds. I will not lie and say it does not hurt, cos it really hurts, but i find the faster u run it over your legs or arms the less it hurts. The satinelle comes with an ice pack, that attaches easily to the back of your epilator, that is supposed to help cool your skin, so that their is less pain, to me it dident stop it hurtin but it does help abit lol.

              The epliator is very easy to clean and the head detaches simply by the press of a button, and is easy to reattach. The epilator comes with a brush as it is not washable, and it cleans it well.

              They do say that the epilator removes hair for upto a couple of days but i did find after a couple of days they were growing back. The epilator is really good at removing hairs though and my legs were so smooth after wards, but you must not use this product just after you have had a bath or get into the bath straight after. I think this is due to some reaction your skin will have, but it never actually states the reason why.

              If you have sensitive skin, then this will not be the product for you, and you would need to purchase one for sensitive skin. I myself do not have sensitive skin, but i did find that when i used this i came out in red blotches where it had pulled the hair out, this took a couple of hours to go down. So i wouldent do this just before u are due to go out lol.

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              Mains plug
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              THIS ITEM CANNOT BE BATTERY OPERATED

              MY PERSONNAL VIEWS

              I do like the epliator and it does work better than a razor, just more painful to use. It is so easy to use. It is easy to take apart to clean also. The epilator is used just like you would use a razor, so it is not hard to use. It does take slightly longer though, as i find that it does not remove all the hair first time and i usually have to do it two or three times. As i have mentioned i do think it is a bit pricey as you can but a lady shave for a lot less, but it does give a great shave and my legs had never been so smooth, and i was really impressed with the results i got.

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                11.08.2006 14:52
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                Its not as painful as they say!

                After reading numerous reviews of different epilators and indeed this one, Its fair to say I was scared. I decided to go ahead and try one for myself and was delighted whn I bought this one. I have many extras including and exfoliating head and an electric shaving head. I was expecting so much pain but it didn't hurt at all even without using the ice pack it was still painless. This epilator cost around £50 but I bought mine on ebay brand new for £35 including the postage - I know it is quite expensive but trust me its worth it you will never need to wax/shave again and will save a fortune. It sounds strange but you can just sit and watch the TV while getting the same results as with waxing but with no pain, no mess and without shelling out for waxing! The results last for 3-4 weeks before you notice any hair growing back and your legs stay really smooth for over a week! After using this epilator another positive thing is that only 50% of the original hairs grow back. It created a very funny sensation but it definitely wasn't pain! It was quick and very easy to use, you just simply plug it in and turn it on and away you go. It left my legs very smooth and I even used it on my bikini line. It is the best purchase I have made in a long time especially seeing as my expectations of this product were so low. I think it is brilliant and my boyfriend does too... :-)

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                In my search for long lasting, smooth and non-hairy pins, I have tried probably every method known of hair removal, from shaving to waxing and sugaring. Still not 100% happy with any of the afore mentioned torturing procedures, I bought a Satin Ice Epilator from my Littlewoods catalogue. I choose this brand because it was on offer at the time! (costing me £35.99 instead of the usual £45.99) and also because the Satin Ice epilator claimed to have a pain relieving device to soothe the skin during epilation. Includes in the box, you get the epilator which is fitted with a lead and mains plug, cooling ?ice? pack with cover, cleaning brush and storage bag. You also get full, very informative instructions. The epilator is similar in appearance to an electric shaver, but instead of having cutting blades on the head part, it has a row of rotating ?tweezers?. It works by the rotating discs acting as tweezers which pull out the hairs as you pass the device over your skin. The cooling ?ice? section is a smaller pack coated in plastic ( I think it contains some sort of liquid, but not sure what as you can?t see inside), with a small smooth metal piece at the top. It needs to be stored in the freezer when not in use, which ensures it is nice and cold when needed. It clips on the to bottom of the main epilator body. The idea is, that you run the epilator (complete with cooling attachment) over your legs (or underarms, bikini line etc). The smooth cold metal of the cooling unit numbs the skin. The main epilator then follows in its path, pulling out the offending hairs. The numbing effect is supposed to limit the amount of pain caused by the yanking out of hairs. It is a slow process, as some areas need to be gone over a few times to make sure all hairs are cleared. The first time I used my Satin Ice, I found that it was quite painful, even when using the cooling attachment. I would probably compare it to someone pinching your skin quite hard re
                peatedly. Some areas are more painful than others, such as ankles and bikini line. However, the good news is that the more you use it, the less it hurts. The epilator itself is fairly easy to use, as its lightweight and has quite a long lead so you don?t get tangled up in the wire when doing hard to reach places. I found the cooling attachment more soothing when applied after epilation to cool down recently plucked skin, though this is not what its meant for. I have been using the epilator for a few months now and find that I don?t use the cooling attachment, as its more of an effort to go downstairs and retrieve it from the freezer than its worth. After epilation, the skin does look red and bumpy, but this fades away fairly quickly. I found the effects to be long lasting, as it can take upto three weeks for new growth to appear. With continuous use, the hairs grow back softer and more sparse. One thing to be careful of is ingrowing hairs, which may appear with regrowth, but these can be prevented by exfoliating regularly. It is not a quick fix (such as shaving), but with perseverance the effects are longer lasting, so all in all I would say that I prefer epilating to waxing or sugaring, its less messy and you don?t need to pay for further treatments, once you have bought you epilator, that?s all you need! (though I do occasionally shave when in a rush!)

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                  Picture the scene...

                  ...You are preparing yourself for a quiet night in with some chocolate and your favourite movie, when there is an unexpected knock at your door. To your surprise, you find that its the man of your dreams (use your imagination here - it could be Brad Pitt, George Clooney or even that gorgeous bloke from the gym!). He has heard that you haven't got any plans for the evening and thought that you might like to share a bottle of wine (yes please!!).
                  As the night progresses, the mood changes and the lights are dimmed. Cheeks flushed and inhibitions diminished, you lean in for a kiss. He returns the kiss with amazing passion and the moment soon becomes very heated. Senses heightened, you feel his hands begin to roam...touching your neck, stroking your shoulder, caressing your body down onto your hip, sliding along your thigh and then...AAARGH....stubbly legs!

                  Dont you just wish you had bought a Phillips Satin Ice Optima epilator??

                  I have had a battery powered ladyshave for the past few years but have never been entirely satisfied. It never shaves close enough and the batteries always seem to be running out.
                  So, with a birthday and holiday fast approaching, I decided to ask for an epilator as a present.

                  An epilator is different to a normal ladyshave because it actually pulls the hairs out by the roots instead of just shaving them. OUCH! You can remove unwanted hairs quickly, easily and effectively and I thought it would be a great way of getting silky smooth legs.


                  *THE PHILLIPS SATIN ICE OPTIMA EPILATOR

                  There are quite a few different epilators on the market, most of which are Phillips or Braun products. I chose the Phillips Satin Ice optima (HP6453/00 - a slightly different model to the one of this category as it doesn't come with a shaver head) which comprises of the epilator itself which is quite small and easily fits in the palm of your hand. It has rapid rotating discs which catch the hairs and pull them out. There are two speed settings, one for areas with little hair growth and/or with bone directly underneath (such as knees and ankles), and the other for larger areas with stronger hair growth.

                  It also comes with a detachable skin cooler which you put inside a special freezer cassette and place in the freezer for 6 hours before you want to use it (I just keep mine in there permanently though - it doesn't do it any harm). On use, you put the skin cooler in its protective sleeve, which stops your hand from getting too cold, and attach it to the epilator. This claims to have a natural numbing effect on the skin, making epilation more comfortable and less painful...partly why I chose this particular model.

                  Included with this product is an exfoliating head which is only for use on legs. It works by vibrating quickly and peeling any dead skin cells off the surface. It is recommended that you use this a couple of times a week (although not immediately before or after epilation) to improve the appearance of the skin on your legs. It does help the epilation process and also helps prevent ingrowing hairs which can occur.

                  Also included in the package is a small brush for cleaning the appliance, an adaptor as it is mains operated, and a handy bag for storing all the bits and pieces. It is unfortunately a bit of a squeeze fitting everything in the bag - it could have done to have been a little bit bigger. If you keep the ice pack in the freezer all the time though, there is plenty of room.

                  To tie in with the name, all of the items are a pretty icy blue colour so it is actually quite attractive too.



                  I had had my epilator a couple of weeks before I finally 'plucked' up the courage to actually use it...


                  *ARMPITS

                  Self inflicted torture! The first time I used the Optima on my armpits was a nightmare. It was painful to say the least and it took me about an hour! This was partly due to the fact that I was being a scaredy cat - I had to stop every few seconds to let out a string of expletives. Its a good job my husband was out at the time or he would have ended up on the receiving end!

                  As you are epilating your pits, don't be alarmed if speckles of blood appear where the hairs have been yanked out. This is only very slight and doesn't even reappear when wiped clean. There is a bit of prickly soreness afterwards but only for a short period of time.

                  The skin cooler is definitely a big help for this sensitive area, although by the time I had finished, it was fully defrosted!

                  For the last few stray hairs, I would recommend removing the skin cooler and using the epilator on its own as it is a lot easier to get into fiddly areas.

                  If you cant stand a full armpits worth of pain a second time round, keep on top of the regrowth by epilating the odd few hairs as they start to sprout. I can honestly say though that the second time is no where near as painful as the first! This could be due to the fact that you know what to expect, or because the regrowth is quite a bit lighter and not as tough.


                  *LEGS

                  Ditto for the legs really although being a less sensitive area, there isn't quite as much pain involved. It is quite sore near the ankles and at the back of the calf muscle though (it made my eyes water!), and this was the only area that I noticed a tiny amount of bleeding and irritation.

                  Epilating the legs is quite a time consuming process because of the large area involved, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to rid yourself of all hair.

                  Again, I find that by the time I have finished, the skin cooler has just about defrosted but as with the armpits, I find it is better to remove the cooler to pluck out the last few hairs anyway.

                  In general, you will be really surprised at how many hairs are actually removed....I couldnt believe that all the hairs (complete with roots) that I could see, had come from my body. Did I resemble a gorilla before I started??

                  As yet, I have not gone past my knees with the epilator so I cant comment on that part - I imagine it to be excrutiating though!!


                  *BIKINI LINE

                  No way Jose! Not ventured there yet and to be honest, I don't think I would dare!! I will report back if I give it a go.


                  *TIPS

                  For those who have never used an epilator before, here are a few pointers...

                  * You will find that epilation is easier and more comfortable just after taking a hot bath as the skin is softer. Make sure the skin is completely dry before starting though.

                  * When you epilate for the first time, try it out on an area with light hair growth to get accustomed to the feeling.

                  * There is no need to press too hard with the epilator. Run it slowly and quite lightly over the surface of the skin.

                  * Skin may become a little red and irritated so epilate in the evening as this will allow any skin irritation (like little red dots where the hairs have been yanked out) to calm down and disappear overnight.

                  * Don't let hairs get too long before you epilate as I find this a little bit more painful. This certain epilator claims to catch hairs as short as 0.5mm but I honestly dont think this is very effective. The best results are achieved when the hairs are between one and two millimetres in length.

                  * A word of warning regarding armpits...do not spray deodourant straight away after epilation as you will be in complete agony!!


                  *OVERALL

                  Quite a noisy little machine (but not so noisy that it is unpleasant to use) but comfortable and convenient to hold. It is even more tactile when the skin cooler is removed.

                  I was a tiny bit disappointed with how long the results lasted though. Epilators claim to keep you hair free for 'up to' four weeks. I was hoping that the four weeks would ring true with me but after about three weeks, I noticed regrowth of the armpit hair, and on my legs, maybe a little sooner than that. Don't get me wrong though, I still think it is a fab product and the 'baldness' is great while it lasts!

                  It is a good product to use and well worth the £48.50 that it costs to purchase...a great investment. It also comes with a money back guarantee so if you dislike it for any reason whatsoever, for example if you find the pain too unbearable, you can send it back and get a full refund. Brill!

                  So why not give it a go?....

                  ...no more reaching for the razor everytime you want to slip into a summer skirt or strappy top...and imagine the relief when the man of your dreams unexpectedly knocks on your door!!

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                    After years of shaving and waxing I decided to try Phillips Satin Ice Epilator. I thought 'who can be bothered shaving every few days when an epilator will take care of everything'. I would advise to shop around for this epilator or buy it in the sales. I bought mine from Currys for £26 in the sales but I have seen it as expensive as £65. INCLUDED IN PHILLIPS SATIN ICE PACKAGE 1) Satin Ice Epilator with mains plug 2) Satin Shaver Head 3) Skin Cooler and carry case 4) Protective Sleeve 5) Cleaning Brush 6) Travel Case 7) 1 year guarantee 8) Instruction Leaflet PREPARING THE SKIN How Silence of the Lambs does that sound? It?s best to use the epilator an hour or so after showering. I?d suggest using a gentle exfoliator on the skin as this prevents ingrown hairs. Also, do not use a highly moisturising shower gel or any other type of cream or moisturiser on the skin, as the epilator will not be able to gain purchase on those pesky hairs. The epilator says it can catch hair only 0.5mm in length but I find it?s better if your hair is about 2mm as the longer the hair is, the less it hurts. Give yourself at least 20 minutes to de-fuzz and wait at least 12 hours before showing your legs off. I usually do it early evening. PREPARING THE EPILATOR So after freezing my skin cooler for the required time (at least 2 hours, but I leave mine in the freezer whenever not in use, just in case I need an emergency de-fuzzing) I attached it to my epilator and put on the protective sleeve. Which promptly fell off. After several more attempts to use the epilator with the protective sleeve on I decided it was useless. It kept falling off, and then the few occasions I managed to use the epilator WITH the sleeve on the cooler, it was so bulky that my hand couldn?t quite fit around comfortably. Now, it?s true that I have very small hands (teeny tiny hands that gloves won?t fit?. Tssk!) b
                    ut even my boyfriend said that it was uncomfortable. I would like to stress here that he has never and will never use my epilator, just in case you were wondering. This minor setback did not deter me from my mission to get hairless legs. One thing missing from the instructions was whether to go against the hair or with the hair. I have since found that either works with a few differences. Going with the hair works more like a shaver, and only removes a few hairs. The results do last longer than with a shaver and it hurts considerably less. Going against the hair is my preferred method as this rips and electrocutes the hair. (Scary) This makes the hair grow back finer and means you only have to use it once a month. Using the epilator is very easy. So easy a child could do it (although I don?t recommend this for obvious reasons). I find it is best to start at the ankles, then the shin and calf, then the thighs and then the knees. The epilator has two speeds and it is better to use the slower on tricky areas such as the ankles and the knees. Now ? to switch on the device. STOP PANICKING! The noise is perfectly normal. I have to say the noise put me off several times. The high speed buzzsaw whirring could put faint-hearted people off but don?t. THE TORTURE BEGINS To use the epilator press both the epilator head and the skin cooler lightly against the skin and move slowly upwards. This hurts more than going quickly but catches more hairs. Work slowly around the ankles then stop and look at your good work. You should be able to see a small collection of hairs, roots and all. It?s best to stop now and again to brush off the excess hairs from your epilator. Or save them and send them to your enemies. You decide. Carry on with the epilator on high speed until the whole leg, except the knee is done. The knee is a very tricky place to do as the hairs can grow in all directions. Use the epilator on the slow speed. It may take s
                    everal attempts, moving the epilator in different directions. OOOOH THE PAIN! The first time I used the epilator I was tempted to give up on it, as the pain was quite sharp. I?m glad I didn?t though as using the epilator hurts less each time. The skin cooler does help, but you will still feel the hairs being mercilessly yanked out. AFTERCARE When you have finished using the epilator it is best to apply a soothing moisturiser (e.g. Aloe) as the skin can seem irritated, with red dots when the hair has been taken. As I mentioned before, don?t go out with bare legs for several hours, as it?s really not an attractive look. Cleaning the epilator is easy, just rinse the skin cooler and brush the excess hairs off of the epilator head. SHAVER ATTATCHMENT This is just a standard women?s electric shaver. It isn?t very good on the legs, but shaves very closely when using on bikini line and underarm. ADVANTAGES Legs remain smooth for up to 6 weeks. Hair growth is finer and less noticeable. Doesn?t scrape off skin, so tans stay longer. No shaving nicks. No vile smell as depilatory creams. Skin actually feels more toned, so may help those with cellulite. (This hasn?t been proven) Saves money on razors and shaving foam. The pain (if you are a masochist!) Looks attractive. DISADVANTAGES The pain (which does decrease, I promise) Takes longer than shaving. Epilator can?t be used to do underarm or bikini line (but shaver can.) High initial payment, but money is saved on razors. Too big to carry around (but as you only have to do it once a month that makes not a lot of difference) Needs an electric power point. Useless protective sleeve. You will find that over time your hair gets finer, the pain gets less and the amount of time between hair growth will be longer. Don't expect overnight results though. So there you have it. I have been usin
                    g the epilator for quite a while and it is now my preferred method of depilation. Try it? if you?re brave enough. (op previously seen on ciao)

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                      I got two presents for my birthday from my BF this year. One was a Photomosaics jigsaw puzzle featuring Winnie the Pooh sat on the floor eating honey from a pot with his paw (I don't care what you think, it will look nice in the yet-to-come children's bedroom lol), the other one was the Philips Satin Ice 2 in 1. He was not desperately trying to tell me something, as I already had one of these 'electric pluckers' as he calls them, I have had 2 since I started needing to get rid of those unwanted hairs. And I had been using it regularly, once a week. He just heard me moan that my old (5 years old) epilator was overheating, and I was considering buying one of these 'new generation' epilators myself. I had heard about this particular epilator before, as its concept struck me as being quite original : it has got a cooling device that is supposed to help provide an 'extra gentle epilation' as it says on the tin er box. I did not quite know how it worked though. Mine is the 2 in 1, or HP6435/PB, which means that it comes with 2 heads : an epilating head and a shaving one for sensitive areas such as armpits and bikini lines. I think it is a bit of a shame that the only 2 most widely available models of this epilator are the 2 in 1 and the most basic one, as there are 3 or 4 other models that have more attractive options. One of these, according to the booklet included in the box, comes with a device that can be put on the epilating head in order to reduce the number of disks that come in contact with the skin. This is designed to be used on sensitive areas, those same areas you would use the shaving head on. The thing is, I do not need the shaving head anyway, as I use wax on sensitive areas, but I would have used that special device provided the much advertised cooling system worked (but more on that later). My point is, if that cooling system does work, then it might as well be put to use on sensitive ar
                      eas instead of a shaver that is going to leave my arm pits like a door mat or BF's stubble. For those who use a shaver on sensitive areas, the 2 in 1 package is the best option as it costs less than those disposable razors in the long run, the 2 in 1 costing just £8 more than the basic Satin Ice (but then you are missing out on exfoliating head and disk-reducing device, if indeed these models are available in Britain). Anyway, enough about the shaving business, this is an epilator. The box contains : the epilator with its cord and plug attached to it, one epilating head (one shaving head as well if 2 in 1 of course), the skin cooler device, its freezer cassette and protective sleeve, a small comb, an instruction manual, some information about guarantee, advertisement about other Philips Beauty products, and a pouch in which to store everything neatly. The instruction manual is full of useful tips and clear explanations (with drawings) as well as warnings. I read the said manual, and discovered that I would have to wait 6 hours before I could try my brand new toy, as the cooling system in its cassette has got to be left in the freezer for that amount of time before it can be used efficiently. The cassette is made of frosted white plastic, it is a nice round shape with a bit sticking out to allow you to open it. This 6 hours business may sound like a drawback but it isn't, as the cooling device in its cassette can be put back in the freezer, where it can stay until the next epilation. After exactly 6 hours and 12 minutes I dug for the device among lamb chops, fish cakes and green peas, and freed it from its cassette. I got worried just a wee bit for a second, because the metal bit at the end of the cooling stuff, the very bit that was going to be in contact with my skin and hopefully numb it, was so cold that my finger almost got stuck to it when I touched it. The cooling device looks like an epilat
                      or, o ne of those new generation ones, all in curves, more like a smooth pebble than like a packet of cigarettes or a match box. It has got a head that is smooth and made of some kind of dull grey metal. Inside the 'shell' there is some liquid, I don't know exactly what it is, but it works very well because the whole thing was very cold. I am not sure of its effect on the environment though?. Once the cooling device has been taken out of its cassette, it has got to be transferred to its protective sleeve, which I think is meant to keep your hand from freezing and the device from warming up. This step I found a little bit tricky the first time, as I was afraid of breaking something, you know how it is with new toys. The epilator itself is very curvy as well, but it is also very thin, as the cooling device is to be attached to it, on its belly as it were. I know, difficult to picture that, difficult to explain as well believe me, just imagine a kangaroo/epilator with a baby kangaroo/cooling device on in its pouch/on its belly. Better ? The head has got many more epilating disks than my old epilator. There is a button on the back of the epilator (now I don't know what that could be in term of a kangaroo, maybe a kangaroo with one of these small bags on its back ??), and there are 3 settings : 0 (stop), I (first speed, advised for knees, ankles and 'areas with little hair growth'), II (second speed, 'for larger areas and/or areas with stronger hair growth'). Speed II is so much faster than on my old epilator, I really felt the epilating process was sped up. It is reasonably loud, as loud as you would expect such a machine to be. The epilator works on the mains, and there is one significant flaw according to me. The cord cannot be unplugged from the epilator, it is permanently attached to it, meaning that you have to carry the whole thing (epilator + cord + plug) to the bathroom to clean it (if like
                      me you do n't epilate in the bathroom of course), and the plug is incredibly heavy, in consequence of which you have to hold the cord so that the plug is not pulling on the epilator. I do feel that in the long run it might come as a problem, as the point where the cord connects to the epilator may become more fragile. The good side of it is, there are no problems of the epilator freeing itself from the cord during the epilation, which my old one used to do. The whole thing, epilator + cooling system (kangaroo + baby kangaroo) is quite bulky and heavy, probably quite a bit heavier than a 'normal' new epilator, but it holds well in the hand, like a computer mouse, it just fits in the hand perfectly. The main feature of this epilator does not lie in its disks or its speed, but in its 'revolutionary' cooling system. Does it work then ? I found it a bit tricky at first to have both the epilating head and the cooling head in contact with my skin, but it only took a little bit of getting used to. The cooling head is cold enough to numb the skin, but obviously not cold enough to let the skin stick to it as it can happen with very cold metal. Another thing that I noticed when first using it was that the epilating head being the first one to touch the skin when you apply the epilator to an area for the first time, it hurts because the first square inch of skin or so has not been numbed yet. I now apply the cooling head on its own first, and then both heads. The numbing was very effective on my calves and shins, so effective in fact that I did not know whether the disks were pulling air or hairs ! Its having been so effective below knee level, I then decided to put the Satin Ice to the true test : the Thigh Test. I normally would use wax on this area, as it is very very very sensitive. You see, I was considering buying the Satin Ice epilator myself because I thought I could use it on my thighs as well. It is not ha
                      lf as bad below the knees, as I have been using an epilator for about 12 years there, and I got used to its being reasonably painful. But enough suspense : it failed miserably. It hurt maybe just a little bit less than with my older epilator, but it was still too unbearable for me to go on using it on this area. I was really disappointed, as I thought the cooling system idea was great, but don't take me wrong, it does work very well on normally sensitive areas. Then it was time to clean the epilator and cooling system, which by that time was still as cold as it was when I took it out of the freezer. The epilating head slides off easily, a bit too easily actually, as it happened once while I was epilating. There was an unexpected blessing, I don't know whether the engineers meant it to happen though : in between the epilating head and the cooling head, there is a small space, and in that space lots of hairs were trapped, because/thanks to the condensation (I know, it is not exactly yummy is it ?), which I though was great, as it meant I did not have to hoover the whole bedroom. The small comb is there for you to clean the disks and the epilating head; as for the cooling device, it can be washed under the tap, then put back into its cassette and into the freezer, provided it is perfectly dry. I only just resisted the temptation to try putting it back in the freezer without it being completely dry, as I would have liked to know why it was not a good idea. Finally, a word of warning aimed at those who may be lured into buying this product because of what it says on the box, under the drawings which aim at showing how the disks remove unwanted hairs, roots and all, instead of just cutting them as a shaver would do. It says : ? Smooth up to 4 weeks? and ?Regrowth of hairs is soft and downy?. Now, several of my friends use epilators, and we all agree on something : smooth up to one week would be more accurate. I suppose it
                      depends on how peopl e define the word ?smooth?? Hairs are far from being soft and downy either, although I have been epilating for over 10 years now. They are certainly sparer, no stubble, but no baby?s hair either. In conclusion, this epilator is perfect as a first epilator (as women who start epilating are usually surprised by how painful it is), and it is a nice change (pain-free !) for those who have owned one before. It is very good when used on normal to sensitive areas, areas on which epilating was completely pain-free for me, but do not expect miracles from it, as it is not that good anymore on very sensitive areas. Message to Philips engineers : nice try, you are getting warmer, keep up the good work and you will crack it one day but let it be soon, please.

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                        I have been a user of of electronic epilators for over eight years and have gotten used to them or so I thought. I decided to shift brands and try out the very snazzy Philips Satin Ice. I wish I hadn't. I found that it was clumsy to use as you have to keep it at a right angle for it to work properly. This is not so easy behind your knees or at the ankles. It also felt big in my hand. The ice pack although sounding like a good idea does nothing but hinder quick hair removal. I found that the ice unit began to condense where it touches the skin and as a consequence your skin ends up damp - which when epilating is not a good idea because the hairs are then torn out rather than plucked out. I believe this was why my skin looked chickenified afterwards. Although it claims to pluck hairs as short as half a millimetre I found that it didn't and I still had a 'down' left behind. I took advantage of the 28 day satisfaction, or money back guarantee, and got my money back. Back to Braun for me.

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                          Really good but recommend you have a few vodkas before using it! - Advantages: Nice cooling ice pack, Pulls out really short hairs - Disadvantages: Painful!!!

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