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I received this as a Christmas present a fair few years ago now, but it's still up and running and remained faithful to me.
The product came with the epilator, two attachments - one for epilating and one for shaving, a charger, a cleaning brush, an exfoliating hand glove and a zip case to keep them all in. I come from an Italian background, so naturally I have grown thick, black body hair and particularly under my armpits I find shaving to be less than effective. Waxing irritated my skin and hair removal creams were too messy and smelt foul to me so I decided epilating would be the next step. Once I started I couldn't stop.
The initial shock of electrically ripping your hair from the root is shocking, don't get me wrong but after a few uses I soon got used to it. With the appearance of my hair growing back finer and finer each time I didn't want to stop using it and though I find the process is too long to be used on my leg hair, I frequently use it on my armpits - believe me, it doesn't hurt half as much as it sounds!
The pain factor is hard to comment on as everybody's threshold is different but I believe it to be of minimal pain and for 10 minutes of pain for days straight of smooth underarms it's a small price to pay in my opinion.
When I use it on my arms or legs I do tend to come up in tiny red bumps, but this is completely normal and they fade in time. I suggest if you're using it before an event to use it the night before and allow the swelling to go down overnight.
I cannot compare this to any other epilators as it's the only one I have used, however the only downside I have found to this was the battery power. Perhaps I have abnormally hairy arms, but the device fully charged would only complete one and a bit arms before running out of juice. If I were to try and do my legs I can imagine only getting one calf done. The metal protecting grill on the shaver also regularly popped out of place but I only used this to pick up smaller patches I may have missed when in a hurry.
The device was easy to clean with the little brush that came with it and what I particularly liked was that I didn't find it to be too loud. It's about time I replace this product but I'm very tempted to buy the same one again as there's very little I can fault with it.
When I bought my epilator, I'd never used one before. I went for this one because it was the cheapest one on the market and I didn't want to spend loads of money on something before I knew it worked and I liked it.
The epilator is small and has two attachments, one for epilation and one for shaving. These can be totally removed and taken apart from cleaning. It has a rechargeable battery pack built into it, which I'll come back to.
I can't comment too much on how well the shaving attachment works because I hardly ever use it. But it seems as effective as anything else I've used.
The epilator attachment is reasonably effective, certainly much faster and easier than waxing. I personally don't think it hurts but maybe I'm just a bit strange. There are 'massaging' bumps along the edges of the tweezers to help numb the pain down, and I think they work really well. Because of it's small size you can easily use the epilator on legs, underarms and bikini lines. It sometimes takes a few times to go over but it gets all the hairs and because they're out at the root, they take a while to grow back.
The epilator attachment can be totally taken apart to clean. It's a bit fiddly at first but you'll soon get the hang of it.
The one thing that really annoys me about this product is it's really noisy. I'm always a bit self conscious using it, normally I wait till the house is empty!
Right, I said I'd g back to the battery pack. Mine doesn't hold a charge any more. I have to keep it plugged in to use it, which is a total pain. I've had it over a year now, so even if I could find the box and receipt and everything, I think it'd be out f warranty.
Remington EP5000 Epilator
This is the first and only epilator I have ever used so I cannot compare to overs on the market there are quite a lot of reviews about epilators and I did read a few before I took the plunge as they can be quite expense and I didn't want to waste my money on some thing I would never use.
So I opted to get the Remington about a 2 years or so ago I think it was about £40 but now retails at about £25- £30 there are much cheaper epilators on the market Argos have there own brand for £14.99 which might be a good starter one.
What you get...
With the epilator you get a storage bag with a zip really handy to keep every thing together also included is the plug-in charger a interchangeable shaving head with two protective caps that click on the heads and a small cleaning brush. I didn't release that it came with a shaving head so that was a pleasant surprise and the heads click on and off really easily. The charger cord is quite long as well so you can use the epilator while plugged in even though it is chargeable I usually use it plugged in as when unplugged it isn't as powerful but the charge is ment to last about 60 minutes which it does but the speed keeps up for probably about half and hour before it dulls but you can get all your epilating done in this time unless like me you need to pull yourself together and pluck up the courage each time you do a patch! There are also the options of two different speeds I tend to use the fastest and I feel this gets it over quicker!
A bit of (very rough) quick maths...
You can save money with an epilator over time, say you usually use razors I am going to use wilkionson sword ladies extra II beauty disposable razors pack of 10 at £3.35 per pack as an example so that 35p each time you use one (quite good value actually) and say you shave every other day and use a new one every time (I did this myself personally) so 16 razors a month comes to £5.60 that means if you by a epilator at £28 thats 5 months of razors so in the first year you will save £39.20 and the following year £67.20 assuming your epilator last that long and mine has lasted 2 years so far and still going strong!
Now what you really want to know...
Dose it hurt? Answer yes! But the good news is the more you use it the less it hurts remember when you first started plucking your eyebrows? Personally I remember it hurt so much my eyes would water and I hated doing them now I don't even feel it! And this is the same with the epilator the longer and more often you use it the less you feel the pain. Another reason I got the Remington EP5000 was because I was fooled by the 'massage gloves to ease the pain' now as I said I have only ever used this epilator so haven't used one with out the 'massage gloves' but to me these don't really do anything there like a row of little rubber bumps around the edge of the tweezers that dont seam to do anything at all.
I have used it on my under arms as well and this really did hurt (I am a bit of a wimp though) so I don't really use the epilator under my arms but I do use the shaving head what is just like a standard electric razor I find you get a nice smooth finish but it does sting a little bit and I wouldn't recommend put deodorant on straight after!
Using on the bikini line I plucked up the courage to try a few times but I just found the pain to much I wish I could do my bikini line and I am sure if you can do it a few times the pain will ease and you will hardly feel it as with your legs but I just cant do it.
How to get very smooth legs...
This is very possible and easy to first off its best to epilate after a hot bath as the heat opens your pores and lets the hairs come out easier and its also really good to exfoliate while in the bath to get rid of dead skin cells. With my epilator I start at my ankles (the most painful part) and use in circular motions you will feel when most of the hairs are gone its quite hard to get them all, and its best try it first after not shaving for a few days as there aren't as many hairs so it doesn't hurt as much. After epilating go back over with the shaver, again in circler motions then apply plenty of moisturizer as your legs can get very dry.
How long does it last?
Well everyone is different and your hair can grow at different rates I find after epilating after around 3-4 days you may have to go over again quickly to get all the hairs after that the results can last 4-6 weeks before you have to do it again also I have found my hairs have become thinner and take longer to grow back now... so really stick with it and there will be less pain and less hair.
First time tips...
Don't be intimated by the loud whirring sound try it some where with less or no hair first to put you mind at ease.
It helps to pull the hair taught on the sensitive areas like the ankles and under arms.
Be warned the first few times you use it you may have a little irritation and red bumps but this should go after a day or two.
Be careful of ingrown hairs as this can happen it has only happened a few times with me but this can hurt as well.
Its easy and simple to use not to heavy fits well in your hand. Stick with it and you have great results its just a bit annoying and can be a long process but when you only have do do it once a month its not really that bad.
Thanks for reading didn't know I could write so much about hair removal!
Dealing with unwanted hair seems to be a permanent battle in my life. I am lucky in that my hair isn't dark but I really dislike hairy underarms and legs so have to find ways of dealing with it. I always used to shave as salon wax treatments soon get expensive and then a work colleague suggested buying an epilator as she thought hers was great. I looked at the prices and thought they seemed a little dear so forgot about it. However about six months ago I spotted the Remington EP500 on a half price offer in boots so I used my Advantage Card points to buy it and went home to try it for free.
This epilator looks like the old-fashioned style lady shaves in size. It has an attractive pearlised pink front with a faint flower pattern. The other side has a white pearlised finish. It is quite a comfortable size to hold although it is actually quite heavy for its size. The on/off switch is a sliding switch in the middle of the epilator. It is very easy to move whilst using it. This switch also operates the two different speeds. I did not realised when I purchased this that it comes with both an epilating head and a shaving head which are easy to change with a quick flick of a button to release one and then swap for the other. The epilating head is like a row of tweezers that whizz round and grab the hairs as they run over the skins surface. This epilator is rechargeable and there is a good hours use after a charge of a couple of hours. I often find that the charge seems to last much longer than the expected hour. The epilator, the heads, the charger and a cleaning brush are all supplied in a bright pink purse that is a good size and accommodates all the pieces without a struggle.
After charging this the first time I read the instructions and settled down to use it. The mechanism is to pull the hairs out of the skin, bringing the root with it and this should allow up to 6 weeks before there is noticeable hair regrowth. The hairs should be about quarter of an inch long before you start. It is recommended that you use the machine in small circles over the area. It does warn that there may be stinging during the process. I started on my shins and I must say that it was remarkably easy. Most of the hairs came away first time and I felt it was quite pain-free (and I am not a brave sort of person!). Moving it around my legs I found it quite comfortable until I got near my ankles. Here the skin was definitely more sensitive and it did sting a little but certainly not enough to make me stop. The process is quite slow, it probably took me about 12 minutes to do the two lower legs but I was very pleased with the results, my skin was soft and smooth.
Feeling quite impressed with this gadget I decided to have a go at using it under my arms. This was much trickier as you need to hold the skin taught as you run the epilator over it. After mastering a degree in contortionism I eventually managed to get the skin fairly taut and started to attack the hairs. This was certainly an ordeal, I found it extremely painful and I seemed to catch my skin a little although it didn't draw blood! Once again though the results were excellent when I had finished.
Eventually I plucked up courage to go for the bikini-line, this was not as uncomfortable as the underarms in my opinion and gave a nice result.
Drawing the hairs out in this way can lead to an increase in ingrown hairs. It is suggested that you exfoliate regularly to prevent this. I use exfoliating mitts in the shower and I have not had any trouble at all on my legs, the underarms require more thorough exfoliation to prevent ingrown hairs there and I have had several unfortunately. My bikini-line also suffered ingrown hairs as well but probably no worse than when I have shaved or used creams.
Regrowth was really slow which was what pleased me most. It was probably about 4 weeks before I noticed very much and probably about 5 weeks before I had to do it again. With each subsequent use it has been less painful although I have given up using it under my arms. This was because although the results were good the ingrown hairs were uncomfortable and shaving the underarms in the shower is very quick so epilating was not really worth the bother.
The shaver attachment is useful if you have some very short hairs left that you want to be rid of. I am lucky that my hairs are pale so not easy to see but this would be particularly useful if you have dark hair.
Overall I have been very pleased with this little gadget, I love using it before I go on holiday knowing that I will have no hairy horrors for the duration of my time away. The shaver attachment is useful for short hairs or for speed if you are in a rush and the recharge battery seems to be working really well. I am glad that I took the plunge and I have heard that the more you use these things the finer the hair regrowth will be so I am definitely sticking with it!