Product Type: Philips Epilator & Lady Shaver
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Sick of shaving, waxing and manual plucking? Well its time for an epilator!
Philips Satinelle Soft Epilator
Member Name: doremifaso
Philips Satinelle Soft Epilator
Advantages: Small, lightweight, great design & colour, multiple attachments, easy to clean
Disadvantages: Noisy, not waterproof, not cordless
Yup, I was sick of shaving because my hair grows back so quickly that it became pointless to shave only to have stubble the next day. I didn't want to wax because its messy and inconvenient and plus, if you can handle the pain of waxing, then surely you can handle the pain of an epilator since its just pulling out your hairs too?
And so I decided to bite my tongue and try out an epilator!
First impressions of the little device:
Loved the design - small, lightweight, fit into the palm and contours of my hand well, colour very nice as well as the pattern on it, brush heads were very easy to attach (didn't even need to read manual), cord was long enough to plug into socket anywhere. Didn't seem too bad.
Next - turned it on and man was it loud and scary! Just watching the head move rapidly made me doubt whether I'd made the right decision.
I decided to be brave and start off with the low setting where it doesn't spin that fast. I tried it on my legs first and it wasn't too bad at all! In fact, I kind of enjoyed watching it magically pluck all the hairs out and leaving my skin smoother than it had ever been. Result!
Next I decided to try my arms as its slightly more sensitive than my legs. Yes, it hurts a bit more than on the legs, but thats expected and after a while I got used to it. It just feels a bit prickly to start off with. Not that I need to epilate my arms regularly but it gave me an idea of the pain I could tolerate before I moved onto DUN DUN DUN... armpits!
I was quite scared to do this and had to edge it in slowly from the top of my armpit so that it only caught a few hairs first. First sensation was OUCH, stings. But after the initial slight shock I felt a little braver and even turned the setting on high so I could quickly get it over and done with.
I moved it down watching it catch all the hairs. Yes its more painful than manually plucking each hair out with a tweezer but its so much more convenient.
The first time I epilated my armpits they bled a little afterwards. It was just a bit of spotting and stopped really quickly but I thought I'd add this in, in case there are those of you who don't want to deal with a gadget that makes you bleed! I only experienced this once. Whenever I epilate my armpits they no longer bleed and I can embrace the pain. My advice is if you are really that scared of the pain, then have some soothing wipes or cold wet cloth by your side so you can hold it there for a few seconds.
My ultimate advice is that if you are not one who can tolerate pain well - for instance you find waxing like torture - then don't bother with an epilator. For me, I think its a wonderful device to have. After I've used an epilator, my hair doesn't grow back until 2 or 3 weeks later! No more need to worry about unsightly stubble or forgetting to shave!
Oh and besides the epilator head, you also get:
A Shaver Head - useful for any hairs you've missed, which can happen if some hairs are shorter than others
2x Trim Guards - that attach onto the shaver head in case you want to trim somewhere...
A double sided brush - to help brush away the hairs after you've done
A handy drawstring travel pouch
Summary: My first epilator and loving it!
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