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Tesco Ready To Use Wax Strips

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Brand: Tesco / Laser / Sugar / Type: Wax Strips / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types

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      08.05.2012 12:38
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      Let it grow first!

      I bought these when they were on offer for £2.66. I think it was 1/3 off the full price, which was around £4 or so.

      The strips are ready to use with the wax already on them. You have to warm the strips before use to soften the wax. I usually do this by placing the strips on a radiator before use but you can simply warm them up by rubbing them between your palms for around a minute. Once the strips have warmed up they are VERY sticky, sometimes they are so sticky that they don't separate properly. This can be a little frustrating to say the least. However, once the strips are ready you are ready to start waxing.

      I place a strip on my skin (on my leg for instance) and rub it to make sure that it has stuck completely. I then leave it for a few seconds and then pull it off. My advice would be to pull it off as fast as you can as it is quite painful and you want to get it over and done with as quickly as possible. Once you have pulled the strip off you can see the hair on the wax, so you can see for yourself that the strip has worked. You can continue to use the same strip until it doesn't stick anymore, this is usually around four or five times for me.

      You have to grow your hair for the strip to work, this means leaving the hair alone until it's around 4mm to 5mm long. However, once your skin has been waxed it stays smooth and hair free for around three to four weeks, which is a much better result compared to shaving.

      I would recommmend these, just let it grow first!

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      07.07.2011 13:28
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      Not a bad product. Easy to use and no mess.

      Whilst my husband was away with work I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to grow the hairs on my legs and have a go at home leg waxing. I had tried it once before with one of my friends when I was about 13 and I didn't remember it being that painful - it was! I've tried hair-removing creams but have never found them to be that effective.

      I browsed around the isles is Tesco and came across the Tesco brand of ready to use leg waxing strips. They were £3.50, which was about half the price of the other available brand at £6.60. For your £3.50 you get 20 ready to use waxing strips, 4 finishing wipes and an instruction leaflet. The hairs on your legs need to be about 4mm long for the product to be effective. It doesn't say this on the packaging, it is only mentioned in the instruction leaflet.

      I built up the courage and sat down to try the first strip. 2 strips are faced together (wax on wax) you rub the strips between your hands for about 30 seconds, to warm up the wax, then gently peel them apart. I warmed them between my hands for about 1 minutes. Place one of the strips on your leg, pressing downwards. Do not leave on your legs for more than a few seconds. Using your other hand taught your skin and in one quick movement rip the strip off as close to your leg as possible to avoid bruising.

      After the first strip, I decided that I would stop there and leave it for a day to make sure my skin didn't react badly - plus I couldn't face another strip! I had no reaction and continued the next, after also seeking some advice on how to make it less painful. Top tips are - shower or bath first to soften your skin, pores and hair. Then take a paracetamol or ibruprofen half an hour before you begin - it does help. Your legs must be dry and free from oils.

      Each strip can be used up to 4 times, which is a bonus. After you have used 2 strips, stick them back together wax facing wax, warm them in your hands again and then repeat.

      Overall I wasn't that impressed. My legs were not as smooth as I thought they would be and it hurt - A LOT! However I have been told that home waxing is never as effective as getting it done professionally. I am convinced that if I continue to do it, it will get better and easier. I wasn't really left with much wax residue but I did use a couple of the finishing strips to be sure there wasn't any. On my test run I just used some baby oil on cotton wool as I was told it has the same effect.

      Moisturise your legs well after completion and I was told to exfoliate you legs when bathing and showering to avoid any ingrown hairs.

      In the end I only used about 10 of the strips because I used each one more than once and only did up to my knees. Therefore I still have another 10 to use the next time I manage to build up the courage to do it. At £3.50 I think this is really good value for money.

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        10.09.2010 13:23
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        I'm not a huge fan of shaving - Sure, I do it when needed, but I find it a time consuming process. So, recently, I decided I was going to have a bash at waxing instead, and added a box of these Tesco Ready To Use Wax Strips to my online grocery order.

        I opted for these purely on the basis of price - they were £3.49 for 20 strips, whereas the branded Veet strips cost £5.84 for the same amount . With a difference of £2.35 between the brands, thats a significant saving - and certainly I imagine that could add up quite nicely if these became a regular purchase .

        Not being too familiar with waxing, I carefully read the instructions before use , noting that while these sensitive strips are perfectly suitable for legs, arms, underarms and bikini lines, they are not suitable for use on the breasts, genitals, or perianal areas . I imagine that wasxing down there is rather painful anyway, and I certainly wouldn't be tempted to try it myself, but I imagine there are people that do, so it's good that the warning is there .

        I also noted that these should not be used on varicose veins, moles, or broken or damaged skin , and that it was advised to do a patch test 24 hours in advance if you have not waxed before. Snipping off a small portion of a strip, I tested my leg (by simply using according to the instructions) and left it for a day to see if anything bad happened . Nothing did, so on with the main waxing .

        Before use, its important to note that your skin needs to be clean and dry and free from all lotions and oils . Also, hair needs to be at least 4mm long for this to work effectively. Then, to use, you simply warm one of the ten double sided strips between your hands for 30 seconds til the was softens, peel apart, and then lay down on your skin, following the direction of hair growth . You need to press down firmly so it attaches to the hairs, and then pull it back, keeping it close to the skin, in one swift motion against the direction of hair growth .

        I'm not going to lie and say this doesn't hurt - it bloody does! However, it also works, with all the hair on my bushy leg having been ripped out at the root in one quick tug . Well, actually not one quick tug - I had to steel myself to repeatthis multiple times on each leg , although the pain did seem to lessen the more strips I used. It took me around half the packet to do both legs, and the results were wonderful - baby smooth skin without the slightest trace of hairiness .

        My legs also smelled amazing . I'm not sure exactly what is in these strips, but they smell really fruity and nice, they remind me somewhat of those refresher bars I ate as a child , though I certainly wouldn't recommend chewing on one of these strips . They did leave a little sticky residue that was swiftly tackled using one of the four aftercare wipes included in the pack, which had a nice clean 'lotion' smell, and were really rather soothing .

        My legs suffered no irritation after using these at all . I found the results of the waxing lasted much longer than shaving , with nothing needing to be done to my legs for another 3 weeks afterwards . I think these are inexpensive, and, if you can stand the pain, are certainly an efficient method of hair removal .

        4 stars - one off because it DOES hurt .

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          03.06.2010 00:32
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          I think I might just end up paying someone to torture me instead of doing it at home...

          After giving up on shaving (too much hassle) and nair creams (too messy and time consuming) I decided to go for waxing. Okay it couldn't be that painful could it? While shopping in Tesco's I went to look at the wax strips available for home use because what was the point in paying someone so much if I wasn't even sure I would like it? The veet strips were also available and I was suprised to see tesco did their own. Veet cost around £6 and these were about £3.50 so for the first time, it would do.

          The packaging now looks different to these and I think the regular strips are in a pink box with white flowery patterns and I'm glad they changed it so it doesn't look too obvious.

          Inside came 20 ready to use wax strips, 4 finishing wipes and an instruction leaflet. After carefully reading it and laying it out in front of me, I began warming up the strips. All you have to do is rub the strips between your hands, smooth it onto your skin and pull. It seemed simple enough. although I did notice a funny smell once they were warm which I can only describe as oregano. Completely random I know. I made sure my skin was clean and free of lotions or anything, smoothed it on and pulled.

          First of all, OUCH! second it didn't take off all the hairs so I tried again (don't worry you can use them up to 4 times) and still there were some hairs left behind and now my skin felt a bit sore. With the same strip I tried another patch but found they were not sticky at all so by the time I had done half a leg about half of them were gone and it was still looking patchy.

          I called it a day and used the finishing wipe to sooth my skin and get rid of any wax left on but if you run out of wipes, baby oil on a tissue works the same. It said it contained shea butter as did veet but my legs didn't feel soft afterwards but quite dry. Make sure you moisturise afterwards.

          overall

          I was quite happy with the price and packaging although you would have to use quite a bit to cover both legs. I still had patches of hair left behind which had to be redone but I didn't have to bother with my legs for at least 2 weeks and it promised up to 4.

          tips:
          Baby oil removes wax left behind.
          To get rid of some of the redness place a cold towel on your legs.
          pull at a 45 degrees angle not straight up.
          always put the strip on in the same direction as growth of the hair and pull against.
          don't wax the same area over and over again. It will hurt!
          take some paracetomol before hand if you think it will be unbearable.

          I'm not sure if I will buy them again but I want to try veet as they seem a reasonable price if I will actually use them.

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          10.02.2010 00:31
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          A not so effective option.

          For my first experience with home waxing, I was looking for a cheap, convenient option which hopefully wouldn't be too painful. Having heard horror stories about the pain of Nair wax strips, I steered clear. Veet was a little out of my price range, and the Tesco strips came to a reasonable £4 or so. Wax strips are probably a less effective option than using real hot wax with proper cotton strips, but they are certainly much less time-consuming to use.

          The strips are quite unattractive in appearance as compared to Veet wax strips, but I can't imagine this would bother many people. The instructions advise rubbing the strips between the hands for a couple of seconds to warm them, but in my experience, a couple of seconds is insufficient. My friend has started warming her wax strips on the radiator before use, and has had a better experience with waxing since. The problem with warming the strips is that they become very sticky, and one is left with a fair amount of wax on the skin, which makes it difficult to continue waxing without cleaning the skin first.

          The strips only remove some of the hair, and really only work on hair that has been left to grow. Even a week's regrowth did not seem to be enough to get a decent amount of hair removal. I'm not sure if this is true of all wax strips, but it's certainly a drawback for those intending to use Tesco wax strips as their sole form of hair removal. Overall, I'd recommend these wax strips as a cheap option that gives some effectiveness, but would suggest that those with a bit more money to spend go professional.

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            01.12.2009 21:05
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            Not exactly a pleasurable experience but a pretty good wax strip!

            As a 22 year old male it may seem a little odd to some that I may want to review wax strips. For the record I do not like silky smooth legs that are velvety to touch and would put some women's legs to shame. This was all done in the name of Children In Need. When my colleague and I were nominated to wax our ridiculously hairy legs at work I actually jumped at the chance. It seemed an easy way to make a dime for charity. Then I started hearing horror stories from the mouths of many women around my office, of which I took as gospel because what do I know about waxing right? In-growing hairs, bleeding, blisters, severe pain that would require pain killing of an epidural level! I quashed these as affirmations from women who just wanted to scare me and make the experience a whole lot more horrific.

            The day of Children in Need my boss arrived with Tesco own brand wax strips and a massive smile on her face. My instant reaction was that she could have pushed the boat out and at least purchased a deluxe range. A queue was formed and women across the office turned up to have a pull. The trick is to rub them between your hands to warm the wax up, and then apply to the area in need of a good wax. Press down firmly and rip with conviction from the bottom upwards. I winced...I admit it, but the pain was far from unbearable. The hair was zipped straight off and the hair I had grown all my life, gone.

            This product is obviously quite effective. The horror stories I heard were false, and I am now the proud owner of some hairless legs. It does smell a little odd and is on the messy side but if I was to maintain my soft legs I would defiantly purchase this product. There is no point in paying over the odds, as long as you have enough will power to rip it off with force, you follow the instructions and you have a little hair growth. This is a good waxing product and the women in my office seemed to agree too. I collected a hundred pound in the end, maybe without that incentive my review would not have been as positive but in the whole I can safely say I am not fazed by the whole waxing pastime.

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              21.03.2009 14:55
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              just your average wax strips!

              I very rarely use wax strips, I find them messy and really difficult to use. I was going to get my legs waxed at a beauty salon before my holiday, but when the day came I missed my appointment, and so decided to just buy some and do it myself seen as I had left my legs unshaved for a few weeks preparing for it!

              You have to make sure your hairs are at least a few mm long for it to work. They are quite simple to use, but its best to make sure the wax is slightly warm, room temperature first or they dont work as well.

              You put them on, I find I like to leave for a few seconds and rub down to make sure it has got all the hairs. you then grab the end at the bottom and pull in one quick motion. If you do it too slowly though it doesnt work, or sometimes it pulls the hairs in two, leaving some very short stubble behind! You really have to get the technique right!

              Well these were no different from any others I have used - if you use them right they work, but its quite difficult first time trying! The first one i did didnt really work and I had to do it over a few times to get best results.

              All the hairs did come out in the end, and my legs felt quite smooth afterwards, and were only a little sore. Waxing always hurts a bit, anything that says its pain free isn't true, but obviously some wax hurts less than others, and as far as pain goes these were on the good side!

              You do need to moisturise after, this usually helps take away the red ness too.

              I wouldnt buy again, just because they are tricky and messy to use. But as far as wax strips go, they are cheaper than others and ok!

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