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I picked up these Elgant Touch Miss Wax strips in a local pharmacy on a whim, and also partly due to the cute vintage-y packaging metaphorically yelling 'I look cute, buy me!' from the shelf. I was highly impressed with the results and my now fuzz-free upper lip! The pack came with a (very cute) instruction leaflet that explained how to wax properly. It included the different techniques to use for different body parts too - upper lip, chin, eyebrows and stomach hair. I won't lie, it did sting a fair bit, but the pain was over in seconds and the Aloe Vera after wax wipe soothed the skin and made the redness subside almost immediately.
The downside of waxing is that, ideally, the hairs should be 2mm long - however I found that even the shortest of hairs fell victim to my Miss Wax strips. Unlike some other hair removal methods, waxing pulls the hair out from the root, so I won't need to re-wax for weeks now. I only used two waxing strips, which means if you're just doing your upper lip area, you'll get ten uses out of one pack, which works out at around 39p per wax - way cheaper than a trip to the salon!
No women likes unwanted hair and honestly it can been a real pain to maintain a soft hair free body which is why I opt for waxing. I cannot afford to go to the beauticians every 6 weeks to have a full body wax which is why I wax myself at home.
I have always used Veet wax strips, however I decided to try some cheaper wax strips to see if they worked just as well.. every penny counts and all that!
Twenty mini wax strips come in this package for about £2.00 from asos.com - much cheaper than the Veet strips I buy from boots. I picked these cheaper ones as they are for sensitive skin and the packaging stood out and looked quite appealing to me. The small strips come with cold blue wax and are 'stuck together' like most other wax strips on the market.
You rub the strips between your hands to warm up the wax and peal the strips away. You then apply the strips to the area you want to wax and pull them off against the growth of your hair. I started with my bikini line - just around the edges. The strips worked ok on longer hairs but anything shorter did not wax off. The Veet strips worked much better on some of the shorter hairs on my body.
I also noticed that some of the wax remained on my body and I had to use the other side of the strip to get it off - which left my skin a little blotchy.
I wouldnt use these strips again as they are just not as effective and it seemed to take much longer to wax.
While I was watching the Apprentice a few months ago, I couldn't help noticing that one of the female candidates had visible dark hair on her upper lip. This feature alone spoiled her apperance and gave her a rough, unkempt look. Facial hair may be caused by genetics, hormonal unbalances or medication, and whatever the reason, an easy and cost-effective way to get rid of it is to wax it yourself. Results last from two to four weeks and with each treatment hair should grow back softer and finer because the hair is removed from the root, unlike with shaving or use of creams. On the other hand, waxing can irritate the skin, so it may not be a good idea if you have acne, eczema etc.
I have found the method of hot wax very fussy and messy and I never managed to do it properly in the past. In addition, hot wax can irritate the skin and it's best done by a professional. On the contrary, this product by Elegant Touch is so easy that it can be safely practised at home by anyone.
* The Promises*
Twenty mini wax strips come in a feminine pink box featuring a young lady sitting on her back. They are formulated for sensitive skin, with soothing lavender and sunflower seed oil, and claim to be salon quality. They should not be used however on skin that is broken, cut, sore, or irritated and they are not suitable for the diabetic, or on skin areas with acne, varicose veins, moles or warts. The box also writes that they are not suitable for the elderly, but I tend to disagree. My grandmother used to have her face waxed because she had some extensive and long-term cortison eye treatment which caused facial hair growth, but apart from some temporary redness she was absolutely fine. It is always worth to do a 'patch test' maybe near your ear or uder your chin and check how your skin reacts.
* My reality *
The company says that these mini strips can be used not only on your face, but also in small areas all over the body, such as on armpits, bikini line and tummy. Personally I have used them only on my face so far. I found them very easy to use and effective, but to be honest I don't have any dark thick facial hair, only some very fine blondish hair occasionally. I just like to get rid off it now and then so that my skin feels completely smooth and that make up has a better and more even finish.
The wax is cold and blue in colour and covers about 1" and a half of the strip. Two strips are 'glued' together in pairs, so before you start, you just rub them in your hands to warm them up for a few minutes. On the contrary, if the weather is too hot and the strips are soft and runny, you can put them in the fridge for a while and then they are ready to use. Ideally, the hair should be about 4mm long but from my experience the product works on shorter hair if you are persistent.
Before you begin, just clean your skin with some water and mild lotion and make sure it's completely dry and cream-free. The results will be even better if you apply a very thin layer of talcum powder. So, you just separate the two strips and keep both of them, as both will have wax on them and will be usable. You keep the skin taut with your fingers and you apply the strip against the direction of hair growth. You pat on it and then you pull it towards the opposite direction, so that it removes the hair from the root. It's that easy! You can use the same strip 3-4 times, until it doesn't stick on your skin anymore. Then you move on to the next area. A couple of strips usually cover my whole face, but you may need more or less, depending on the hair density. It usually just leaves my skin a bit pink, so I pour some cold water on it after I finish and some unperfumed moisturiser; aloe vera is the best. I don't really find the experience painful. It's more similar to having a facial with some rubbing. The whole process takes me less than 10'!
Make sure you read the intructions inside the box and especially the parts where they write that you should not sunbathe or use harsh chemicals (medical creams, tanning, exfoliation, deodorants) for at least 24 hours after waxing.
I bought these strips from poundland, but they are also available online from Asos.com (£2), ebay (£2.25), justbeautifully.co.uk (£2.95) and elsewhere.
Miss Wax / wax hair removal strips / pack of 20 /