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Being born with dark hairs I've always wanted a quick and long lasting solution to remove them with long lasting results. So far I've tried shaving, hair removal creams, salon waxing, epilators and laser so I've experienced most of the options available to remove hair.
The pack contains 16 ready to use wax strips which aren't enough for the price which is £6.19 on amazon as the wax strips are miniature size so they aren't enough to do both the bikini and underarm area. They also contain 4 finishing wipes which is really poor considering how much sticky residue the wax strips leave on your skin so I use baby oil or any other oil based product to get rid of it.
I was nervous about using these wax strips because of all the stories I've heard about the pain of waxing the bikini and underarms since the hair is more coarse there. I tried it on my underarms first and it was quite painful but not as bad as I'd expected. I always put talcum powder down first and make sure I've washed the area first so its clean to work on. I followed the instructions by rubbing the wax strips between my hands for a few seconds to warm the wax which didn't work as the wax strip got cold as soon as it left my hands. I learnt a tip to keep the wax strips on the radiator so as soon as I'm ready to use them they're really warm as its annoying having to warm the wax strips between your hands. Then you have to slowly peel the wax strips apart which I did and this helps as if you do it too fast the wax dries up. Then it says to place the strip towards the direction of the hair growth and rub repeatedly which is really good since the wax warms up so the hair comes out easier. Lastly you pull the strip back really fast which really hurts every time no matter how many times you do it. Also
I've tried waxing my bikini area with them but they aren't effective at all on that area as hot wax would be better suited for that since they take the skin off that area too which hurts so much!
When I was doing my underarms for the first time I was desperate to get a hairless finish as I didn't want loads of strays left after I'd finished. As these wax strips weren't any good I was left red under my underarms because I kept over doing the area. I have to admit though it was my fault in a way since its advised not to go over an area more than once but this was the only way to actually get hairs out since they weren't effective in removing them.
Considering both the positive and negative points of my experience with these wax strips, I think they are handy on the go if you want to bring them with you somewhere. As I brought them to Spain when i didn't have time to get a hot wax done so they were handy to bring with me there but I think for the price and amount you get with this pack I'd rather spend a bit more on some hot wax to get better results.
I have to admit that normally I'm pretty lazy when it comes to hair removal, however I do feel compelled to make sure I have a tidy bikini line when it comes to holidays or going swimming. Recently however, I've felt the urge to de-fuzz again for a different reason as I am heavily pregnant and am aware that in a matter of weeks, all sorts of medical professionals will be seeing my bikini area! Of course, logically I know that a neatly topiaried bikini line will be the last thing they or I will be concerned about when the time comes, however I can't help but feel the need to sort this out before my baby bump grows to such a size as to make any hair removal below it physically impossible (It's already a chore trying to get my socks on.)
Although I tend to go for shaving when it comes to legs and underarms, I find it always leaves my bikini line uncomfortable and itchy and the regrowth is very quick. I'm also not keen on hair removal creams as they tend to smell unpleasant and I've never found them to work that well. For these reasons, I always use a home waxing kit on my bikini line as I can generally get good results that last for a good six weeks. I've had this little kit from Veet for quite a while so I struggle to remember how much I paid for it at the time, however Superdrug are currently selling it for £6.02.
The official name of this kit is 'Veet Ready to Use Underarm and Bikini Wax Strips 16 Pack' and comes in a small, light blue box with the Veet logo at the top. Veet appear to have modified this product a little since I bought mine, as I have the original style box shown in dooyoo's picture, which boasts the addition of mint extracts. However on Superdrug's and Veet's websites, the box has a slightly different design and states 'with Vitamin E and Almond Oil.' My guess is that this is essentially the same product, although the newer version may be kinder to more sensitive skins.
On the back of the box is some blurb about the various advantages and benefits of using these strips- Veet claim they are they are the perfect size and shape for the bikini and underarm areas, are quick and easy to use and that the results last for up to 4 weeks. They also claim that the wipes included get rid of any wax residue left on the skin and help to leave the skin soft and smooth. Underneath this is a box of text, highlighting the various precautions to be taken before using the strips. I was pleased to see that I can use this product whilst pregnant, but that it might cause some bruising. This didn't cause me any alarm as I've experienced some slight bruising after using these strips before and have found it to disappear relatively swiftly.
Inside the box, there are 16 wax strips, roughly the size and shape of a penguin biscuit. The wax is opaque and blue and is sandwiched between two flexible, thin plastic-like strips, so on first impression you may think there are only 8 in the packet as they are doubled up. There is a good centimetre or so of plastic around the edge of the wax, which enables you to handle the strips without getting sticky wax on your fingers. There are also four 'perfect finish' wipes, which come in a little blue pouch and also included are the obligatory instructions.
The first step to using the strips is to warm one between your hands. At this point I have to take issue with the instructions, as there is no guide as to how long you should warm the strips for. In my experience, it's very important to get this just right as if they are too warm, the wax sticks to your skin like glue and the strips come away, leaving both wax and hair in a gungey mess on your skin. If they are not warm enough, the hair doesn't stick properly to the wax and you end up with patchy results. Personally, I find that around 15-20 seconds is about right, however this does depend on how warm your hands are. I find that if the wax stands up from the strips when they are peeled apart, it's too warm and then it's best to leave it to cool a little before using.
Once you've peeled the two layers apart, put one of the strips aside (wax side up, otherwise you'll end up with a sticky mess to get off the surface you've left it on!) and you then place the other strip on your bikini line (or underarm- however I've never used these here) and smooth the strip on to your skin in the direction of your hair growth. You then have to try and stretch the skin taught with one hand, which does take some practice, and straight away quickly yank the strip away from the bottom end against the direction of the hair, trying your best not to swear at the sting!
Afterwards, you can immediately see the hairs all stuck in the wax and you have a nice, hopefully hairless patch on your bikini line. I normally find that my skin goes quite pink straight after and sometimes I also get little bruises or tiny spots of blood where the hair has been ripped out, however my skin tends to calm down within half an hour and as well as using the wipes in the pack, I also find it helps to use a cream like E45 to help moisturise and cool the area. The wipes themselves are moistened with a pale blue, oily feeling solution which does get rid of any bits of wax left behind, although you may need to rub quite hard to get rid of any larger stubborn pieces. There are only 4 wipes included in the pack, so I try to make one last per waxing session, however the wax will also come off fairly easily with baby or massage oil (I haven't tried it but I guess olive or vegetable oil would also do if you're stuck!) I do find that my skin feels nice and soft after waxing, but this may be more down to the cream I use than the veet wipes.
Unfortunately I do sometimes find that the strips leave a few hairs behind, however veet does claim that each strip can be folded, warmed up and re-used several times, so if this happens I try and re-use the strips until any leftover hairs have gone. I have found that once used, the strips do lose a fair amount of stickiness and so are not so effective on a fresh area of skin and even fail sometimes to pick up stubborn stragglers, In which case I have to tweezer the odd one out. I also sometimes find that even though the strips are quite small, I might only have a very small area I want to remove hair from, in which case you can cut the strips in half to make them go further. You just need to make sure that the strips are cold before you snip, otherwise you end up with wax all over your scissors- and also be sure that the plastic waxless area of the strip is in the right place on your skin so you don't have to try and remove the strip by the waxy end.
I find that the results from using these strips lasts around six weeks for me- well beyond the four weeks suggested on the packet, which means that even if I were to wax religiously every six weeks, one pack would last a good few months (of course I'm far too lazy to bother with this palaver that often so this kit has lasted me well over a year.) For this reason, I do think this product is worth the money, however I also don't think the strips are as easy to use as veet claims, as it's taken me a fair amount of practice to get good results and even then I often have to resort to my trusty tweezers. I would therefore recommend this product if you are used to home waxing, and to beginners I would say practice a few times on your legs before going near more delicate areas!
***Losing my Dignity***
I used to live in Dubai until last year- and over there, it's very much a case of 'When in Rome' amongst the ladies (or when in Dubai). This includes many indulgencies ranging from beauty to drink to pastimes. The particular 'indulgence' which my sister in law persuaded me to share with her was bikini waxing in a grand hotel, which became a little tiresome to me after a short time. After the mint tea and fruit, you were guided into a lovely relaxing room with ambient music and and a smiling lady in a white coat. The lady who I used to see (we'll call her Violet as that was her name) persuaded me that one should remove all hair from the bikini area- and I mean ALL hair. As you can imagine, there is no easy way to do this without losing all remnants of dignity that you once owned, just five minutes before when you were prancing about in your fluffy hotel dressing gown and slippers and feeling all Bet Davis-esque. Violet- a pretty Oriental lady of less than 5 feet, made waxing into a martial art- and a brutal one at that. After braving two of these stripping, ripping, eye watering encounters, I decided that enough was enough and I wasn't going to return to lose yet more dignity/skin/will to live.
***But the Damage is Done***
A few weeks after I had bid my final farewell to Violet, I realised that in order to maintain an acceptable bikini wearing appearance, I must bite the bullet and remove the bikini area to the standard that had been set by my scary little wax wielding friend. What else was there to do but head for the pharmacy and purchase a box of Veet Wax Strips? That said, there was an alternative but I'd be damned if I was letting a product called 'Nads' anywhere near my unwanted hair. So clutching my purchase I headed home for a home waxing session which I was confident I could carry off like a pro- after all- how hard could it be to stick a bit of wax on and rip it off? I went up to my room and prepared to wax my bikini line by myself for the first time ever...
I opened the box to be greeted with 16 harmless looking wax strips and a couple of after wax wipes. The instructions seemed simple enough- it was just a case of rubbing each strip between your hands to warm the wax before opening them. Each strip was double sided- so in other words, each strip was actually two strips (bargain!). All that was apparently required after opening the strips- was a bit of pulling the skin taut, pressing down to fix the strip in place, and then swiftly pulling the strip off against the direction of the hair. Yes, I knew it would make me wince and yelp a little, but basically, this would be a ten minute job and then daily business could resume! So here it goes...
***The Waxing Process***
What followed was nothing less than a slapstick sideshow. I decided to partake in the waxing process sitting on the tiled floor of my room (which turned out to be the best idea as it happens!). So off I went with wax strip number one. Rub in hands, place it on, firmly press down, count to five, count to five again, then to ten then- tear! 'Ouch' is not a word that illustrates the moment deservedly, but that said, I guess you would probably rather not have a mental picture at this point. This is the point where I realised that this may not be a ten minute job after all. The hair was still 50% attached to my skin and slithers of sticky orange wax were accompanying it. The pack told me that I could reuse each strip- and this is what I did...and still the hair didn't come out entirely. I decided to revisit this particular patch of skin after moving on to a new patch. By now you get the idea of how the whole process panned out. Mid way through, I decided that cutting the strips down into smaller pieces would definitely be the way forward and I hopped off to find some scissors. Ten minutes later, I had ruined the scissors and the floor was covered in curled up wax strips, sunny side down. I had drawn blood which I tried to pat with tissue and I still had patches of hair which would not come out no matter how much I warmed the wax, how taut I pulled the skin, how rapidly I tore the strips off, what size I'd cut them to or how loudly I swore at them. I decided that possibly, I should not embark upon a stroll on the beach with bikini line as it now stood- patchy, red raw, bleeding, with bits of tissue fastened firmly to the skin with bright orange wax. In a bid to tidy up the situation, I decided to use the aftercare wipes provided. Unfortunately my fingers were so caked in wax that I had to use the first one to clean them up. On opening it, it felt just like the Clean up Wipes that you get in some fast food restaurants, but they smelt a bit better. These poultry little bits of paper could unfortunately not tackle the aftermath of my adventure. Happily, I had some baby oil in the bathroom which cleaned up the whole sorry situation as best as anything ever would as water will not shift it and you're not to use soap immediately after waxing. The end result, as you can imagine, was not outstandingly impressive and it's a good thing I wasn't off to audition for Baywatch that day. My skin was so sore that there was nothing more I could do to put things right.
I gave the beach a miss and booked an appointment to see Violet.
***After thoughts from the Aftermath***
I can't really criticise the product with massive venom- at the time I assumed the disaster was purely down to me and my bumbling idiocy, but in retrospect- the strips are not super easy to use, nor are they super efficient. They are messy (the hardened orange wax was still slithered across that floor when I moved out a year later-yes, I know- my fault!), not sized ideally (perhaps a selection of sizes in the box might be a good idea) and the aftercare wipes are pathetic and basically ineffective- and given that there was just four of them- this part of the package was quite honestly a joke. The price was reasonable enough- converting to around £5, but then given that it was a disaster, it was a fiver well wasted! I think that maybe this product might be better in the hands of a hardened, experienced waxer- certainly not for the novice. Whether or not they are capable of removing strips of hair in one fell swoop remains to be seen.
My advice, if you've not home waxed before, would be to shop around for a product that's relatively drama free and build up to the wax strips gradually (and perhaps use a different brand.) Either that or give your home made waxing salon a swerve and go and see Violet.
I am someone who likes investment solutions over quick solutions, i.e using cucumbers underneath my eyes to hopefully prevent deep wrinkles when I'm older. I have never been a fan of shaving as it simply doesn't last long enough (I read an advert on the tube recently saying a woman will shave her legs on average 11,035 times). It is an awful lot! This is why I prefer hair removal creams as they are pain free, and the results usually last at least a week.
Not too long ago I decided to try waxing my underarms for longer results. I am not hugely experienced in waxing, infact I don't even wax my own eyebrows as I tend to get them done at the beauty salon above my hairdressers. Needless to say, when I was looking for the right brand and size to go for, it was a minefield. As I have used Veet hair removal cream before, I decided to go with the Veet wax strips, as it stated they were for sensitive skin and contained Vitamin E & Almond Oil, so nothing too harsh... perfect!
A box of this came in at around £6 which is the equivalent of buying 12 Nair sachets, so I was hoping this would be money well spent. I had a good read of the back of the box, which is full of precautions stating whether or not this product is suitable for certain medical conditions. It also advises that if this is your first time waxing, you stick to the legs however I ignored this advice as last time I tried to wax my legs, it felt like my skin had gone with it.
I took a wax strip out to use, noticing that each strip was stuck to another strip so you kind of have to use both strips per session. It says to rub them together in your hands to warm them up. I found this really difficult to do as after ages of rubbing them together they were still only lukewarm, so I placed them on the flat top of my radiator to actually get them too heat up. I would advise against putting them on too hot a surface for two reasons. Firstly, if the strips get too hot the wax becomes extremely sticky and won't be effective (and may also burn the skin). Secondly, when you go to pick the strip up again the heat can cause the strip to curl meaning you end up with very sticky hands and it can ruin surfaces too. To avoid this you could use a hairdryer to warm the strips.
Being a bit of a novice I placed the strip on my underarm and then quickly pulled back, following the directions and instructions on my packet. I would say it was effective at removing the hairs 1/4 times. When it did remove the hairs, it literally removed it from the root and was very effective, yet it just didn't happen everytime. It advises to keep using the same strip until it stops sticking, only I find that one use is all you are going to get. As some strips didn't stick well at all, I found there was alot of waste. I also cut some strips in half to be more precise and also cause myself less pain. The pain itself is not unbearable, and certainly gets easier the more you wax it.
In terms of overall results, waxing certainly keeps the hairs from re-growing for approximately 2 weeks, depending on the hair length to begin with and how well the wax worked. However I found it very difficult to get the wax to remove all the hairs so ended up tweezing the remaining strays as it says to not reapply wax where it has failed.
The box also contains 4 perfect finish wipes, which removes the excess wax from your skin, and will also remove it from surfaces if it accidentally comes into contact with them. What I would say is, there aren't nearly enough wipes per pack! If you only use 1/2 strips per session and there is 16 in total and just 4 wipes... well you get the picture, there simply isn't enough. I think 6-8 wipes included in each box would be more appropriate.
My overall thoughts of this product, is that it is good and certainly gives longer lasting results as opposed to shaving or hair removal creams. My only downside is, they could be much more effective and need to be made easier to warm up in the first place. It can also be frustrating when the strips fail to catch the hairs and you cannot re-wax it without fear of damaging your skin. These are an OK purchase for anyone wanting to wax the underarms/bikini area, but don't expect salon results.
I bought these, though my better judgement should have prevented me from doing so, and hoped that they would be a simple and quick hair removal solution. I've been using my epilator, which is good, but sometimes I think it causes too much trauma and thought that if all the hair came out at once it would cause less stress to more delicate skin e.g. underarms.
How wrong I was. I'll keep this short because that is exactly what my experience was like with this product, very very short. Basically the whole thing went in the bin. I simply can not tolerate a product that is this useless.
It's supposed to be simple. Use on clean, dry skin. Rub strips between palms to warm up. Rub strip onto skin. Pull quickly against hair growth.
I did all this and only 5 hairs...6 maybe, 7 tops, got pulled out, and not all by the root may I add. Frustrated I tried the area again but it didn't make things better, only worse. I just don't understand how they actually released this product for sale. It leaves so much sticky wax on your skin, the wax shouldn't be left on the skin, it should pull off with the strip right? That's why it doesn't work. Instead of sticking to the hairs and pulling them away from the skin along with the wax, it just deposits a lot of wax onto your skin and maybe grabs a few hairs, maybe. You'd do better with sellotape.
So in the bin it all went. I used the finishing wipes in the pack to clean off the mess and they did a good job of that thankfully. I will be sticking to my epilator in the future.
I really can't see how even a really proficient home waxer could get good results with this kit. I'm sure that professional waxers/beauty therapists must laugh at these types of instant waxing strips. Oh well, lesson learned.
For reference (if you are actually considering buying this kit) you get 16 wax strips inside which are specially sized for the bikini and underarm area and some finishing wipes to soothe skin and remove excess wax. I bought mine from Boots for just under £5.
That's all I'll say. Maybe instant wax strips take some time to master?
Ok so a few days ago I was shaving my legs as I usually do and I had cut my leg twice, which bled quite a bit and stung like hell, haven't had this happen in a very long time. I was also getting annoyed that practically every other day I am shaving my under arms and my legs, which is annoying and then the hair is prickly the very next day, so I decided I had enough, I had seen the adverts for waxing saying smooth legs for up to four weeks. I mean 4 weeks!!!! That's amazing compared to two days and then needing to shave again.
So I was in Tesco's doing a little shop and decided to buy some wax strips to try them out, which I obviously chose the brand I am reviewing now, these cost me £5.68. In this packet you receive 16 wax strips and 4 finishing wipes, if you run out of finishing wipes it says you can use baby oil to get rid of the remaining wax on your skin.
I went on for a few days without shaving my under arm to make sure the hair was long enough to be able to wax. So literally half an hour ago I thought id finally get rid of the ghastly hair as I would have got rid of it by now. So I gave them a whirl and to cut a long story short (I don't know if that's a good or a bad thing for a dooyoo review lol). Anyway I waxed and waxed, got quite sore armpits and from both underarms only two hairs were removed (at least from the root).
I am so disappointed, I honestly thought after growing the hair slightly that I would have totally smooth under arms by now; instead I had to waste a finishing wipe to get the wax off of my armpits with practically all the hair still remaining.
I mean ok I have only used these once so I am not going to write them off straight away even though right now I just feel like throwing them in the bin and grabbing the razor. But now I have a decision to make, do I let my hair grow a bit more and give the wax strips another try (cringe of the hair though, I hate armpit hair). Or I can have a good old shave which im feeling desperate for right now and let my armpits have a rest and then try the whole process another time.
Well as I am not writing this product off completely I will update this review as to when I have made a decision on what to do and let you all know if the next try is a success or not, I really hope this was just a little glitch, but hey we will see.......
Just a quick update, i grew my hair for what seemed like well forever! On sunday 26th i tried to wax again, first my unsightly armpit hair (im sorry but its just wrong to grow your hair that long to be able to wax) And it didnt even work!!! it got a few hairs at the roots and just ripped some off not at the roots, so i gave up with the waxing of armpit hair and had a much needed shave instead. On to the legs......Well this seemed to be working, it hurt like hell and you had to keep going over areas of unmissed hair, but afterwards i thought great legs are done so the waxing session went well, i had bright red spotty legs afterwards but that was fine and went done about an hour later. I was disappointed though when i felt my legs and i could feel prickly hair, what a disappointment, all that waiting and hair growing for not so hair free legs, i wont be waxing again especially not with this product, it did not work for me.
The idea of a month long breather from unwanted hair is every girlãs idea of paradise / Now, with new Veet Bikini and Underarm Wax Strips, the dream of smooth, velvety skin has become a quick, convenient reality / The strips are designed to reach the delicate, smaller areas of the bikini line and underarm to leave your skin smooth and desirable for up to four weeks / Validated by the British Skin Foundation, the new Veet Bikini and Underarm Wax Strips can give you salon smooth skin without having to splash out on expensive salon treatments / Now you can bid farewell to the daily chore of shaving your armpits and the embarrassing, stubbly re-growth you get with razors / Pack Contents: 16 wax strips, 4 Perfect Finish wipes /