“ Brand: Boots / Laser / Sugar / Type: Wax Strips / Suitable for: Face / What it does: Smoothes, „
My other half suffers from a certain amount of facial hair. She also is, I suppose, quite hairy for a woman, though personally this has never bothered me in the slightest. In fact, it was part of the attraction when we first met. I have never been attracted to a woman who primps and preens herself. I much prefer the natural look and believe that if God made you hairy, live with it - I have to!
My dear other half has let her excessive hairiness get to her to the point whereby she has actually become quite depressed and our GP has prescribed a short course (minimum of six months we are told) anti-depressants. She has tried all sorts of so called 'remedies', including waxing, shaving, electrolysis, bleaching etc., and she has even resorted to some fairly dubious hair removal techniques she read about on the Internet. It would seem, however, that nothing works for her long term, and the hairiness is intent on reappearing.
One of the places it really seems to get her down is the dark hair she has above her top lip and the line of dark (rather coarse_ hair she has running down the sides of her ears to her mid-cheek. It has been so bad in the past that our GP actually thought she might be suffering from something from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, especially as she has a weight problem too. All tests have proven negative, however, and she has had to learn to accept the fact that it is hereditary and she does in fact, take after her birth mother, who I am told, also suffered from this condition whilst she was alive.
As a spring wedding was fast approaching, my dear other half needed a fast and simple remedy to remove her moustache for the big day, as understandably, she wanted to look decent for the photographs. As a thoughtful surprise, I bought for her a pack of Boots own brand facial waxing strips. They only cost me £3.69 and the box had 16 waxing strips inside. I reckon I got a bargain here as I even paid with my Advantage Card, so it cost me nothing at all!
My wife is a bit of worrier when it comes to removing her own hair though, and this means that the unpleasant task is left to me. She is so embarrassed that she rarely will attend a clinic appointment or go to a beauty salon as she feels so self-conscious, and she prefers me to do it for her. She says she feels sick and queasy if she has to remove her own hair. She has always been like this since we met, and I have had to just learn to accept it as the years have gone by.
These great little waxing strips looked easy enough o apply and use and each one was about 1.5cm by 6cm, I would say, at a rough guess. The pack suggested (in fact, strongly recommended) that we test a patch of skin first to ensure she had no allergic reaction, but as she has been shaved and clipped and waxed so many time before, neither of us thought it would be necessary.
Using the strips was so simple, easy and straightforward. Once I had encouraged her to lie down on the landing floor (as this is where we have most space and are least likely to be overlooked by neighbours) and I had adjusted my head torch to the correct brightness (it was dusk), I simply removed the backing off a strip and applied gently but firmly to the area of growth on her top lip. I smoothed the strip down as best as I could (and as we have done this procedure many times before) my wife knew she had to tighten the skin around the mouth area and she forced a grimace whilst I quickly pulled back the strip. I would say it removed about one third of the hair and it was necessary to apply a further two strips to the area at differing angles, as the hair growth climbs up into the nostril area, and I needed to be sure that all traces had been removed, otherwise she would have been upset.
In the past when I have used wax strips on my dear other half, we have had to mess about with heating the wax etc., I was pleasantly surprised at the fact that this was imply not necessary with these waxing strips. It was so simple and easy that a child could do it! We continued to process up the sides of her face where additional excess hair grows.
Afterwards, the area above my wife's upper lip and at the sides of her face did show slight signs of puffiness, redness and swelling, but this soon subsided and a glass of wine or two also helped with the after pains.
The smooth hair free look appeared to remain for approximately four weeks after this procedure. So, compared to the hair removal applications we have used together previously, we actually consider this quite a successful procedure.
I would recommend these great little waxing strips. They are so simple and easy to use and highly effective. They are inexpensive and there is no mess. I am thinking of trying them out on my toes as I will be wearing my Jesus sandals soon now the weather has improved!
I recently opted to buy these from my local Boots store, as they're cheaper than leading brands and other Boots own products I've used have been very good.
The box contains 16 thin wax strips suitable to use on your face, for your eyebrows and moustache (and any other area on your face that may need waxing).
The packaging is plain and simple, common with store-own branded products. It's got the Boots logo on, with the product name and a picture of a ladies face up close.
I followed the instructions on the back of the box, making sure my face was clean first and free of oil, make-up etc. I peeled the wax strips apart, (the wax strips come in pairs) and smoothed one below my eyebrow where I get excessive hair growth. You're meant to smooth it in the direction of hair growth then pull in the opposite direction. I did as it said, and despite a bit of pain and a few curse words, was very impressed as the hairs I was targeting were gone. I did the same with the other eyebrow and was impressed.
Because of the rectangular shape of these, I couldn't get up close to my eyebrow as my eyebrows are curved, so I did have to do a bit of plucking to get rid of a few stray hairs, but other than that I was really pleased with the results, except for the redness, but you experience this with all waxes.
The wax strips didn't come with a pack of wipes unfortunately like the more expensive brands do, so to remove the excess wax from my face, I put a bit of moisturiser on a cotton wool pad and rubbed gently. I find this works well and helps to moisturise the area you have waxed too.
Although they always say on wax adverts that the hair doesn't grow back for several weeks, I do find myself doing it again within about 10 days, but maybe that's just me, perhaps I was just born to have caterpilla brows. :)
These wax strips cost me about £3.50 and I would say they are definitely worth the money. They remove the hair quickly and efficiently and are cheaper than other brands. I think to improve them, it would be good if they were a bit more eyebrow shaped, possible curved so you don't have to pluck afterwards, but other than that, I think these are great and will continue to use these now.
Thanks for reading :)
Why all the bad reviews? Boots Expert Facial Wax Strips are awesome! I suspect some people have not been following the instructions. They are also cheap, so it's worth finding out if they work for you.
Here are some tips:
* get rid of all makeup and I'd suggest waiting a bit because removing makeup can irritate skin.
* The instructions say to 'warm' the strips with your hands for 30 seconds. I think this is never enough. I had my thin towel over the bathroom radiator, touchably warm- I rubbed the strip on that for at least half a minute to get it nice and warm.
* For waxing your upper lip, the difficulty is aligning the waxy part so that it's right at the edge of your lip, but not on your lip (I imagine that would be an ouchie). I did this by pursing my lips (ie, how you might rub your lips together after applying lipstick).
* for brow-shaping or general accuracy, try creasing the strip right at the edge of the wax, then tipping your head back a little bit so that you can see exactly where the strip is going in the mirror :)
* thoroughly rub the strip onto your skin in the direction of hair growth.
* Pull the skin taut in the direction of the hair, and pull the strip sharply in the opposite direction. I might be imagining it, but the angle makes a difference. Don't pull outward (90°), just pull right across towards the other side of your head. Easy and pretty painless if you do it quick.
If you're like me, you might've only really used half of the strip, so I actually got four uses out of one strip to get any remaining hair.
Then I just rinsed off with warm water and I had a PERFECTLY smooth, non-sticky, hairless upper lip. I did miss a few hairs right at the edge of my lip, but I got them with tweezers, and I think I'll be better next time. Two of the strips were more than enough to do my upper lip and centre brow. Almost no irritation, and much, MUCH less painful than tweezing.
So there you have it. I don't have particularly prominent facial hair.. They're really pretty fine and short, but I like getting rid of them anyways. Give the boots wax strips a fair chance. They worked great for me, maybe they will for you too, and it's not difficult or expensive to find out.
Recently I was going to a wedding and, the day before, as I looked into the mirror to check out my appearance, to my horror I noticed the subtle traces of a mustache.....which I swear hadn't been there the day before! Now, I'm sure as any woman would appreciate, facial hair is not something that we're willing to tolerate because, lets face it, beards and mustaches simply does not look attractive on women! So, off to Boots I went to look for some facial wax strips so that I could return my face to its previous unhairy glory.
The packet contained 16 wax strips that were about 6 cm x 1.5 cm in diameter and, according to the product information, each strip could be used at least 3 times. My calculations show therefore, that each packet contains enough strips to do at least 48 waxing treatments, although of course, each hair removal session uses more than one "treatment". The packet cost me £3.69 from my local Boots high street store - and as removing my mustache took 3 waxings (just one strip), I calculate that the mustache removal cost me just 23p.
They do recommend that you do a test area before using the strips on a larger area of skin, but i have to admit that, because the wedding was the following day, I didn't have time to carry out a skin sensitivity test as it recommends observing the skin for any reaction for at least 24 hours. I had used wax products on my eyebrows previously with no Ill effects.
Using the strips was easy. Literally it involved peeling the backing off of one of the wax strips (two strips are stuck together) to reveal the sticky waxy coating. Then I simply placed the wax strip where I wanted some of the hair to be removed, smoothed the strip down against my skin, and then held my skin taut while I quickly pulled the strip off. Ouch! I repeated thins procedure three times as I needed to use three applications in order to remove the hair as I needed to place the stops at different angles in order to ensure adequate coverage. The strips were effective at removing the hair above my upper lip.
I liked these strips as using them did not involve any faffing around with heating wax or anything like this. When I have used other products like this in the past, I have found that they remove minimal amounts of hair at any one time and so the procedure needed to be repeated several times in order to achieve the desired end appearance. However, these strips did remove all of the hair with the minimum number of applications.
Like all waxing products, immediately after using it, I was left with an attractive red mark where the strips had been applied and subsequently removed. I have generally found previously that this redness disappears within 12 hours or so. Alas, this was not the case with these strips. The redness remained for about 3 days and, on top of that, after about 24 hours, I also came up in a raised red and blotchy rash all over my top lip area - which then became very dry and a little scabby. It did not look good! Several close friends commented and asked me about the rash and so I had to come clean and explain! The rash disappeared after a few days and I was left with a mustache free face for about 6 weeks.
So, would I recommend? Well, the product clearly does it's job well and it is very good value for money. However, I highly recommend that you do a skin test on a sensitive area of your body before using and leave it several days to check for any reaction. I do tend to have sensitive skin and therefore many other people may not experience the reaction I did, but it really is worth checking this out before using it on a highly visible area!
Boots Expert Facial wax strips for sensitive skin.
I bought these wax strips from my local Boots shop and was very happy to find a sensitive version of strips. It is a new product not yet available from Boots website - let's hope the void will soon be filled.
In one small pack there are 16 strips that can be used up to three times each. That gives you 48 treatments per pack! I forgot the price but remember it was in a region of £4, not huge amount for 48 treatments. Last time I used facial wax strips few years back I was left with chaffed upper lip for a long time and sworn never use similar product again. However with this one, promise of being a sensitive skin product brought me some initial faith in it, enough to give it a try. In fact I couldn't wait to try it.
I learnt from small leaflet included in the pack that product is dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic and fragrance free. The leaflet also included all necessary instructions and warnings that should be taken into account before starting the treatment. Wherever occur varicose veins, broken skin, spots or other damage, the product should not be used at all.
After reading all enclosed information I prepared my upper lip skin for the treatment: cleaned it thoroughly so that there were no remains of any skincare products, then pad-dried it and dusted slightly with talcum powder to avoid transferring wax to the skin.
Both sides of the skin have to be treated separately, as hair grow on them in opposite directions.
I smoothed one strip firmly onto the skin in the direction of growth making sure the strip was well adhered. Finally, holding the skin taut with one hand, I immediately pulled the strip in the opposite direction of hair growth. Repeated twice on the same side and then moved to the other side of my upper lip using new strip. Repeated the whole process in opposite directions throughout. I removed the remnants of wax from my skin using baby oil and cotton wool bud.
After inspection I discovered very few stubborn hair that had to be removed with tweezers.
Some redness occurred but disappeared quite soon and I think that oil did its healing there.
Of course, there was some pain involved, as usually with hair waxing, but it wasn't excessive.
Next day I could easily apply my make-up and the result was smooth and nice without any adverse effect occurring at any time after treatment.
Considering my previous experience with similar products, I'd happily give this one 5*.
It was the first time in my life that I had not experienced any adverse effects of hair wax treatment and coming from someone with skin sensitivity, it means the business.
My verdict is: Give it a go even if you have had bad experience in the past, you might be in for a surprise.
PS. This review has also been published on www.remotesos.com onder the name: gina.
I was really wanting this to work and be easy to use, I would love to get IPL laser treatment done at a salon or purchase one of the new home equipment machines available from Boots but they are too expensive to justify, so I thought I would give the Boots expert facial wax strips.
After reading the instructions it seemed easy enough to use. You peel the wax strip from the backing and then smooth the wax strip onto the skin area you have chosen in the direction of the hair growth. Hold your skin taut then pull the wax strip off quickly. Easy! Except you have to keep going over the same area several times as it doesn't work hugely effectively on the first application and it leaves a tacky wax all over the skin which is difficult to remove, even after using several simple facial wipes for sensitive skin. I found that you had to use many of the strips (several of them for any kind of effective results) that i ended up taking off the top layer of my skin which left my face and chin in particular with a graze like result on my skin and not all of the hair removed either - very unsatisfactory.
I don't think I will be purchasing any of their wax strips again and definitely won't be buying the facial strips I value the skin on my face way too much for that! I think it is now time for me to start saving for IPL treatment!
The Expert Facial wax strips can be purchased from most Boots stores and costs approximately £3.50 for 16 strips.
Two years ago, I was spending about £50-£100 every month in the beauty salon which I couldn't afford. With my bank balance deeply in the red I made the decision that this was the first thing I had to change. No more manicure, facial, spray tan and worst of all no more waxing. Luckily for me body hair became my last priority. During this time I have had IVF treatment and had my gorgeous baby boy.
I was looking in the mirror around 2 months ago at 11pm when my baby was finally asleep and realised in horror that I had a faint moustache above my lip and my eyebrows looked like I had come from planet of the apes. The following day I went into boots and discovered Boots expert facial waxing strips.
They currently cost £3.42, and are on special offer, buy one get one half price. Inside the packet are 2 clear packs with 8 wax strips in each. The instructions recommended that you test a small area first before going on to use the product, I did follow this guidance because I have very sensitive skin which is prone to irritation. I just used one wax strip to test a small area above my lip, I had no reaction after 24 hours so went on to use the strips. They recommend that hair is at least 4mm long for waxing.
There are several warnings on the box, which are pretty standard for any waxing. They shouldn't be used on broken or damaged skin, varicose veins or skin that bruises easily. Pregnant women should not use them. You should also avoid sun bed use for 8 hours after waxing.
The strips themselves are quite fiddly. There are 4 strips per sheet, separated by a perforated line. The perforation was pretty useless so I had to use scissors to separate the strips.
Usual waxing recommendations apply with these strips, use on clean dry skin, and apply a small amount of talc prior to waxing.
First I waxed my upper lip, I was able to use each strip twice. They are 1.5 inches long so after one use I turned the strip round and used on the next patch. It is easy to get the skin taught above the lip, you just have to move your mouth to the positions you seen men pulling when they shave. I needed 3 strips in total to get rid of all the hairs above my lip, it was pretty painless and the redness had gone within half an hour. It took less than 5 minutes on my first attempt at home waxing. I did not need to repeat this for 6 weeks
Next came the eyebrows, or maybe not. I used the remaining 5 strips from the pack I had opened and not one hair came out. The wax was just not enough to remove the thick eyebrow hair, no matter what angle I tried to use them in. Back to the tweezers for my eyebrows I'm afraid.
I would recommend these wax strips for fine hairs but they do nothing for thicker hair. I have continued to use this product for the hairs above my lip.
For some reason, my eyebrows insist on growing faster than usual of late. I am not quite sure why this happens but it does from time to time. I cannot sit and spend fifteen minutes plucking my eyebrows every other day for the duration of this outbreak, so instead I decided to invest in some wax strips to take care of the larger part of the growth.
This product cost me just over £3 from Boots. I think it cost me around £3.50 but I am afraid I am not exactly certain. In the cardboard packet there is a sealed plastic packet containing sixteen small wax strips in perforated rows of four and a little instruction leaflet. I was a little disappointed when I first saw just how little I got for my money.
Using the product was a bit difficult. It was straightforward at first, clean the area the strips would be applied to, dust with a little talcum powder and then apply the wax strip. Things became difficult when it came to removing the strip unfortunately. I found that no matter how dry my skin was and no matter how tightly I held it before ripping the strip off, I was still left with a sticky residue and brows full of hair!
In fact the effectiveness of this product was probably akin to having attempted to wax my eyebrows with strips of paper with toothpaste on them.
I am very disappointed with this product and really do not recommend it to anyone else at all. I thought it was tacky, cheap and to be honest rather useless. It removed hardly any hairs and it left my skin feeling sticky and in need of a thorough going over with baby oil. Also note that the packet does not say anything about how to remove any residue, I luckily know from experience to use baby oil.
When your friends reveal that for a 'fun' night out they have booked and paid for the tickets for you to go speed dating at a top hotel what do you do apart from scream, have a tantrum and cry at the mere thought of it? Well me, as always I stand in front of a mirror and scrutinise myself...hard. This is why I hate blind dates and set ups rather than meeting guys the eau natural way! I don't want to go lets get that clear. There is no bit of me interested or excited or even intrigued and if I can come down with a legitimate sounding reason not to go tomorrow I won't be going! However I back out of loads of things and my ticket is paid so I'm kind of resigned to the fact I have to grin and bear this one and my friends all think they're going to meet the man of their dreams there!
So in preparation for this disaster of a night out I've made a bit of effort. Bought a new eyeshadow and some new tights and the such. I did contemplate buying a black bin bag to stick over me head but have so far refrained, there is still a few hours to change my mind about that though!
Anyway as I said I stood in front of the mirror and had a good hard look at my face. Yep, wrinkles, and laughter lines are there as usual. Normal splattering of zits though not too bad, I will say, blackheads, whiteheads and open pores are there to haunt me also but what is that???? Hair????? What the ....
Ok I'm only ever going to admit this once. My name is Melanie and I have a few hairs growing out my chin! Ok I'd never spotted it before. I can only blame new vitamins I'm taking for turning me into a man! Ok its not that bad (well I realised that when I had stopped screaming my head off!).
The hairs I'm complaining about are about 7/8 or them. They are black, coarse and bristly to the touch right on the bottom of my chin. I've obviously misdiagnosed what they were cos I thought they were black heads when I ran my hand over them!
The problem is with these hairs is a couple stick out but a few are ingrained into my skin and do actually look like blackheads! (ingrown) Now the problem I faced when I tackled them head on was that I was trying to poke them out with tweezers which wasn't just making me sore and my skin go purple, no the tweezers were kind of denting my skin and making it look worse with a possibility of scarring me. I couldn't get the hairs out so I contemplated getting the sharp point of a pair of scissors to poke a little and pull with tweezers but I knew this would be dangerous! So I decided cos I got some points on my Boot's reward card to go Boot's and see what they do in the face hair removal range.
Well I never! As someone (until now) not being a hairy monster I was astounded at what is out there on the market. Now I know from experience I don't suit depilatory creams as I have suffered at the hands of them many times when used on my legs and I'm not prepared to lose half my face! I know waxing kills and I have torn my leg skin before and almost lost half a leg on the back of a strip. So as you can imagine I'm gripped with fear at this point and I really was unsure whether to do this or just except that I'm a hairy Mary and just pluck them when they're down to my knees and the rest of the time just stay in!
However I come across these for £2.99 (free to me) so I popped them in my basket and what you know gorgeous male shop assistant! Life isn't fair!
So What Are They?....
Boot's Expert 'Single Use Facial Waxing Strips'
White box with a beautiful woman's face on it which appears she's hairless (lucky cow!) and on the front in blue and bright orange writing I'm told they are indeed Boots Expert Single Use Facial Waxing Strips. On the back I'm told why we use them and what to expect, directions for use, warnings, a bit about testing them first, what to do after waxing, ingredients, and contact details for Boots, all in orange writing. Inside I have two plastic see through packets each containing 8 strips each. In each of the two packets I'm given a small instruction leaflet which again tells me what they are for, warnings,how to test, after waxing information, directions for use this time with a diagram and more in depth information on how to use them on particular places your face.
Why Use Them?....
Hair may be a fact of life but you've got to draw the line somewhere. Waxing is a great solution as it removes hair right from the root with finer feeling re-growth. This system does exactly that. The easy-to-use pre-coated strips remove hair resulting in soft, smooth skin for up to 4 weeks. (If you haven't waxed before, perfect your technique on another part of your body before using on your face).
Directions For Use....
For most effective results hair should be a minimum of 4mm long.
Skin must be dry and free from make up preparations and perspiration.
Dust skin lightly with talc before use.
Peel off strip from backing sheet and smooth the wax directly onto the skin in direction of the growth.
Holding the skin taut with one hand, immedietely pull the strip back on itself very quickly. Do not peel back cautiously. Any residual wax may be removed with baby oil.
Do not use on varicose veins, spots, broken or damaged skin. Do not sunbathe or use a sunbed for at least 8 hours after use, or use within 2 hours of bathing.
Before Every Use....
Test a small patch of single use facial waxing strip on a small area, which you wish to treat, following the directions. Do not continue use if you find the treatment causes a reaction.
It is not recommended to use deoderants or lotions with high aerosol content for 24 hours after use.
Well firstly I couldn't test the product out as advised. The area I need to wax was so small that doing the test is the same as doing the actual procedure. I was very concerned about this but hey ho in for a penny in for a pound! So I rinsed my face with water and dried it and then slapped a little talc on to the area. Now the strips are about an inch long at a guess (I'm not good at guessing sizes!) and they peel off the backing strip easily and no mess is made. Around the edges of the strip it's completely dry so you don't get all stuck up and the centre of the strip looks a little shiny but clear and with barely any smell to it at all and isn't all gluey.
So I stuck the strip on as advised and I patted it down and breathed in thinking please let me have a face left after this! I pulled the strip opposite to the hair growth and prayed! Well it didn't hurt me. Not at all. There is so little glue stuff to it that it never took my hair out either.
Now I'm not sure at this point if my hair is the 4mm recommended length and apart from a slight tingle on the area I'm still hairy! So I grabbed another, and another (I'm sure I shouldn't do that!) and repeated the procedure a few times and still no, nothing happened but face was getting sorer and slightly pinky as time went on. So I grabbed the rest of my strips and thought I'd just see if they worked at all on my legs which were monumentaly hairy as hell! Nope didn't remove one single hair!
As hairy as when I started. Not only did it not pick up the thick hairs I have really fine 'bumfluff' and it never touched that either. These made no difference to me at all. The tingling did go and you couldn't tell I'd tried to remove hair after a few minutes when the colour had subsided. They didn't just not removethe hair they never dislodged the ingrown ones I had either.
It's a real shame cos the product is easy to use but only easy to use cos they don't work by the looks of things! I'm a Beauty Therapist by trade and I wax and I know if I wax myself or someone else you can't go over the same area twice but these you could do all day long in the same area and they are safe enough . I'm really gutted about them and I'm back to the drawing board on the whole hair removal idea!
I'm still stuck with my hairy chinny chin chin and £2.99 down! (ok from my points!)
I would definetely not advise you to buy these. If you want the same effects use a roll of cellotape! lol
I just hope the man of my dreams isn't at speed dating or if he is he's short sighted....
The easytouse precoated strips remove hair resulting in soft smooth skin for up to 4 weeks /