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It goes without saying that being a lady with dark hair I do tend to get a line of fuzz above my upper lip. In the past I have used a tub of Veet warm wax to remove this hair however, being that my old tub ran out a month ago I went on the hunt for a similar product. There is nothing quite like completely removing the hair in my opinion and, although many of my friends are advocates of bleaching creams or hair removal creams I do personally prefer to completely get rid of the hair for as long as possible.
Browsing in my local Asda I was disappointed to see that they only had a couple of options for my hair "problem". One being a tube of hair removal cream and the other these Veet cold wax strips. As I wasn't prepared to walk to another store I did pop the cold strips option into my basket, after all I couldn't bear the thought of having a hairy lip for another day. These wax strips were actually on offer when I purchased them at £4.00 however they have since gone back up again to their standard price of £4.87.
The packaging for my facial wax strips actually differs slightly to that shown in the Dooyoo picture. My strips are presented in a very girly pink box which is illustrated with the face of a lady with very smooth and definitely hairless skin. On the front of the box we are told that these are cold wax strips with 'easy grip' which are designed for use on the facial area. Within the box we are informed are 20 wax strips and 4 perfect finish wipes and these are designed for 'normal' skin. Inside the box the strips are white in colour and are of a paper finish. The wax inside the strips is a lovely bright pink in colour and this is visible through the strips with each one housing two strips of wax (i.e. you pull the two apart to get two different areas of wax).
The beauty of these strips in my opinion is that they are incredibly easy to use and can be used on hair as short as 1.5mm in length. When I first used mine I took the precaution of reading the instruction leaflet that came inside the box to completely understand what to expect from these strips. We are told to ensure that skin is clean before waxing, and to my meaning this means that I wash my face free from any makeup and moisturiser. Then you are told to take a strip and warm it between your hands before applying it to the skin. I can't stress how much better these wax strips perform when they are warmed first and therefore I always massage them between the palms of my hands before applying. Once applied to the skin, the strips should be pulled away from the skin (holding the skin taught) opposite to the direction of hair growth and as horizontally to the skin as possible as you pull. Once you are satisfied that the hair has gone you should follow up with a wipe of a finishing wipe both to remove any excess traces of wax and to calm the skin.
In my experience, using these strips is quick and easy and as long as you pull them off quickly they are relatively painless and remove virtually every blade of hair. Personally, I prefer to use these strips monthly as I find that by the time a month has gone my upper lip hair is around 4mm in length and is pulled off in one try with the wax. The actual strips of pink wax on the paper are quite thin in my opinion and I had worried on first use that they wouldn't sufficiently cover each side of my upper lip but surprisingly they do which is great. In my opinion the wax on these strips is incredibly sticky, much more so than the hot wax tubs that you can buy, and this means that you can re-use one side of the strip a couple of times meaning that I can do my upper lip with only two sides of wax.
Perhaps my only criticisms of this product revolve around the amount of finishing strips you are supplied with and the marks left behind on my skin after waxing. There are only four finishing strips given in one box and you do question the logic of this, particularly when you only use two strips at a time. However I have found that by using one edge of the finishing wipe and then putting back in its packet and folding over, the wipe is useable the next time around and this is how I get around the problem. After waxing my skin is noticeably red and sore to the touch and even more noticeably so than using hot wax. Veet recommend that you don't apply anything to the waxed area for 24 hours although this isn't always easy, but I usually find the redness dies down overnight.
Overall these little strips are great at removing my unwanted hair and with the results usually lasting for a couple of weeks they really are a winner in my opinion. As a result I would recommend this product and it scores a good four stars from me.
I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x
I bought these wax strips for waxing those pesky areas on the face - eyebrows, mono-brows, 'the woman's mustache'. When you're partly foreign, you're gonna be of the hairy sort - Russian + Ukrainian + English = One hairy individual, so I do have to keep my facial hair under tab. I have very thick eyebrows so that was my main reason for buying, as plucking was taking too much time.
The box is a pink cardboard box with Veet written on it in big letters and some pictures of cherries to illustrate the smell the wax strips were going to be. In the box there are the 20 cold wax strips, an instruction leaflet and 4 perfect finish wipes. The instructions are easy to follow and also say that if you have baby wipes or baby oil in the house then you don't have to use the perfect finish wipes.
I started to wax my face, starting with my eyebrows - the wax strips were easy to use, but obviously not painless, and I had to apply cold pressure to my face after waxing as the area was quite sore. However, one problem I found was that the perfect finish wipes ran out WAY quicker than the wax strips, so you were left looking for baby oil and baby wipes. Neither or which I had in my house as the time, so I was left with the remains of a wax strip stuck to my face, desperately trying to remove it with warm soapy water.
The strips do remove hair efficiently and effectively, but they are also rather expensive, retailing at Boots for £5.39. In the past I have bought cheaper solutions, and tweezers are always free... Not something I will be buying again.
I wax my eyebrows myself as I find it easy enough to do and I refuse to pay salon prices now that I am more sensible with money.
I wax them once every couple of months or so, or whenever they look a bit overgrown as I like to keep them neat and in a nice shape. I have been using these wax strips ever since I first started waxing them, which was about three or four years ago now. They were recommended to me by a friend and I haven't used any other brand as these do the job just fine.
I find these strips really easy to use, have never had a bad reaction to them despite having sensitive skin and they're not too pricy either. A pack of 20 strips usually sets me back by around £6 which is good value, I use two strips (one for each eyebrow) once every 6 weeks or so, sometimes not even that often so a pack lasts for a long time. Also included in the pack alongside the strips is four wipes which come in handy for getting any excess wax off of my skin without spending ages scrubbing at my skin trying to get it off, they're much better than water is as they are quite oily and they are very effective at removing wax pretty quickly and I like that these little 'freebies' are included!
The packaging for the wax strips is nice and simple, they just come I'm a thin cardboard packet with the strips and wipes inside. There is a little leaflet included which has information such as warnings, directions for use, etc and this advises doing a test patch before using the strips. These particular wax strips are for the face so can be used on upper lips, chins, eyebrows etc. Luckily I don't have a tash or mini-beard, though I do often get little stray hairs under my chin, I'm only talking about one or two now and again but they annoy me and I can't bear them on my chin.
I pluck these out rather than wax them as one wax strip for a couple of hairs would be a waste but the strips can be used for this area and any other area on the face, obviously avoid your eyes and lips though. Using these wax strips is very effortless and easy, basically all you need to do is place the wax strip inbetween the palms of your hands, it will warm up and the was will melt.
You then need to peel the strips apart and you are left with two strips, one of which will have more wax on than the other and this is the one you should use. You can use both if you want but I personally only use the one with the most wax. Call me wasteful but this is only because I once used one which didn't habe enough wax on it and it removed barely any hair but because the finish was patchy and uneven I had to spend ages plucking out the other hairs. The wax is coloured so it is easy to tell which strip has the most wax on. As I use the strips on my eyebrows I usually trim the strip to get the wax right near the edge as I like to be precise and I find the size a bit too big for my eyebrows as I always worry my eyelashes could get caught so I always have a pair of little scissors handy.
Once I've got the strip positioned and I've pressed it down on my skin I pull it off. It stings a lot and sometimes it doesn't come right off if I don't pull hard enough, it really sticks to the skin so it is important to pull as hard as you can, there's no point in being gentle and careful you really need to rip it off else it will not remove the hair properly, but at the same time obviously be careful not to pull too hard either.
Once I've used the wax strips I am able to see the hair removed on them easily so I can see if I've missed any areas, it is a bit strange because the hair is in the same shape it is when it is on my eyebrows (I only wax the top of them to get any bushy stray hairs off and to neaten the shape up). If I have missed a few hairs I will pluck them out as I find it too fiddly waxing just a small area of hairs. My skin is always left quite pink and a bit sore looking after using these but my skin is back to its normal colour after a few minutes. As for how painful it is I'd say the pain rating is around the 6 out of 10 mark, it just stings and I always find my self wincing when I know I'm about to pull the strip off because it does hurt, but it is just a burst of stinging pain then a slight stinging pain for a few minutes afterwards, nothing agonising or anything.
I've never had a bad reaction to the wax or wipes which is great as I have sensitive skin. Removing any excess wax is easy with the provided wipes and my brows are always left looking neatened up with no stubble or anything, the strips rip the hair out by the root. It only takes me about five minutes to do both eyebrows which isn't long at all, and it works out so much cheaper than a salon would charge. After waxing it takes my eyebrow hair around six weeks to grow back so as I said a box of 20 lasts a long time. The strips have a distinctive smell which is quite pleasant, it is sort of like a generic aftershave smell - nice enough but not great.
Waxing hair of your face isn't a pleasant thing to do, but with these strips I find it a whole lot easier than other methods (ie. dying hair or dissolving creams, which never work in my opinion - or last).
You have to make sure your hair is long enough for this product, but if your patient this product certainly works and the regrowth is softer than it would be if you were plucking or tweezing (mistake- do not do this!).
The version of Veets wax strips that are made for sensitive skin are particularly effective. Although it does leave skin red afterwards, this and the painness actually disappears very quickly for me. I have very sensitive skin, so If it works for me, then it should work for you (but of course everyones skin is different so don't take this as gospel).
The aftercare wipes remove all of the wax and it has a nice smell. However, they are inevitable a little greasy, and so I make sure to tap my skin with a flannel and cold water afterwards. This prevents any spots creeping up the next day.
The sensitive strips come in a blue box, small and easily storable. It comes with 20 strips, which isn't many, and with 4 wipes, the ratio isn't brilliant. Saying that, it isn't something which would stop me from buying the product. The wipes would simply benefit from being smaller and having more of them.
From Boots they are £4.39, which I think is good value for money, and with my valued Boots card it all adds up to more points (allowing me to buy more make-up and beauty goodies in the long run!).
All in all, does what it says and most importantly, it removes the hair very efficiently. One swipe and its gone. Just make sure to look after your skin afterwards and do this the night before. Early morning red face isn't pretty.
As much as I hate to admit it, like alot of girls do I suffer from a hairy top lip. I have quite dark hair so if I don't do something about it, it can be quite embrassing.
Veet is a trademark for products manufactured by Reckitt Benchiser. Veet is the brand name for various hair removal products, including creams, mousses, gels and waxes. Veet was previously known as Immac.
This review is for Veet wax strips for the face. These wax strips now also come in a new easy grip version.
The veet face wax strips come in a baby pink box, with the Veet logo clearly on the front of the box and face written underneath. They are easy to spot on the shelf, and because it says face on the front its easy to make sure you have picked up the right product. There is also a picture of berries, I am not really sure why.
The back of the box, features all the need to know information, including precautions. There is also an ingredients list on one side of the box, and a contents list and Reckitt Benckiser contact information on the other.
The box contains
20 wax strips, which come as 10x 2, 2 are stuck together
4 finishing wipes
The leafet has a 5 step how to guide to beautiful, touchably smooth skin. There are 3 different options of the 5 steps, one for face waxing, one for bikini line and one for underarms.
The leaflet also features tips for before waxing, during wax, and after waxing.
What they state they can do -
From the box these strips are said to be
Ideal for small areas, delicate areas like the upper lip. They are also handy for touch ups.
Designed to be effective on short hair, as short as 1.5mm, the previous strips said only from 2mm.
Produce long lasting results, the hair is removed from the root, so that you enjoy smooth skin for up to 4 weeks.
It also states that by using veet regularly your hair will regrower finer, softer and fewer.
Easy to use as with the specially developed grip tab helps you get the best waxing technique .
Care for your skin, as they contain Shea Butter, which is known for its skin protective properties.
The wax strips are ready to use, all you need to do is rub the wax strips together in your hands to warm the wax, apply to the area and wax away.
The strips are of a good size, and the wax part of the strip is about 2 inchs long and only about a half inch in width, which makes them perfect for delicate small areas. The actual strips are white, almost clear in colour and the pink coloured wax shows through the strip so you know where to apply.
It is suggested that before you wax to do a skin reaction test 24 hours before, however as I have used these strips before I gave this a miss.
Warming the wax up, is really easy and only takes afew seconds. The two strips come apart easily. They are then very straight forward to apply.
I tend to do one side of my lip at a time, then do the other. The strips are quite flexible which makes it easier to cover all the area needed.
I then rub down the wax strips a few times, as stated in the instructions in the direction the hair grows.
Then its time to rip them off. That sounded worse than it was. I found that they come of quite easily and as long as you do it quickly it doesn't hurt too much. It states to hold skin taut to avoid discomfort while pulling the strip off, I do this and it does help. The new easy grip strips make it even easier to pull them off than before.
My lip is usually a little tender and a bit red for about half hour to an hour after waxing. It usually fades quite quickly after that, however there has been the odd occassion when the redness has taken a bit longer to go down. Therefore if you are waxing for a night out or other special occassion its best to wax a day or so before hand. I tend to wax at night so my lip doesn't feel tender when applying make up in the morning, and it is suggested to leave 24 hours before using perfumed products on the waxed area, however I have never had any problems.
The strips are said to be for normal skin, I have fairly senstitive skin and haven't had a reaction.
After the wax is done, any excess wax on your skin can be removed with one of the finishing wipes included in the box.
The wax strips are siad to be re-useable until they lose their grip, however I tend to dispose of them after each wax. I find 1 x 2 wax strips is suitable usuage, so I get 10 waxes out a box.
Cost- I normally buy my wax strips in a buy one get one free offer, or a two for £5-£6 offer. They aren't the cheapest on the market, but they do last a while.
These wax strips are now my wax strips of choice. I have tried various other brands and have found none to be as good as these veet strips. Finding others not pulling out the hairs from as short a lenght, hurting more, and not as easy to use.
The wax strips have a faint yet sweet smell to them, and it is much better than the smell of hot wax.
One of the main faults I have with these wax strips is that they only come with 4 finishing wipes, what is that all about? It seems stupid to me, there are 20 wax strips in the box, 4 wipes is just not enough. On the leaflet it suggests that if you run out of wipes to use baby oil instead, so its clear that they know they aren't supplying enough. Baby oil doesn't work half as well. It doesn't seem like you can even buy the wipes on their own. I have tried to keep them and use again but I have found they dry out slightly and don't work as well.
How do they live up to what they said they can do?
Ideal for small areas-, I feel they are perfect for small areas, and have always done the job for me.
Long lasting results- In terms of long lasting results they fall a little short for me, my lip is normally hair free for around 2 weeks, and I feel I need to wax again by the end of weeek 3. It has never lasted me 4 weeks. If I left it for 4 weeks I think I would have mostache.
Remove short hairs- They are actually really good at this, which is great as with many other products you have to leave the hair to grow more, with these you can wax away as soon as hair is noticeable and bothering you.
Easy to use- yes, even more so now they have a easy grip
Care for skin- Yes, these are the best I have tried.
Overall a great box of wax strips, that live up to most of the promises that they make. Precautions are listed below for more information if you care to know.
Follow the directions for use. Designed for use on face, underarms, bikini line, but not suitable for use on the head, breast, perianal or genital areas or on any other body parts. Do not use on varicose veins, scars, moles, broken, irritated, sunburnt skin, or on skin that has reacted badly to waxes in the past. Hair should be between 1.5mm and 5mm long. If the hair is longer trim with scissors or clippers before you wax to avoid discomfort and damage to skin when waxing. Check with your doctor before using if you are on any medication which can affect the skin or if you suffer from any skin related disorder. Waxing is not suitable for the elderly and diabetics or people with oral retinoids. If you have not waxed before we recommend starting by removing hair from the legs. Only when you have experience, then progress to the sensitive areas of underarm, bikini line and face. We recommend not to wax the same area twice during a wax session. After waxing we recommend waiting 24 hours before using antiperspirant, any perfumed product, using artifcial tanning equipment, sunbathing or swimming. Before every use, TEST YOUR SKIN REACTION by applying and removing the wax and wipe to a small part of the area you wish to treat, following the directions for use. If after 24 hours there is no adverse reaction, begin waxing. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. In case of ingestion, consult a doctor immediately and show the outer pack. If you experience any stinging or tingling when waxing, remove the wax immediately with the wipes or with the back of a used strip and rinse thoroughly with water or apply a cold compress. If this sesation persists, seek medical advice. Waxing is suitable for pregnant women but may cause bruising.
I have dark hair that is visible on my upper lip, although the hairs are quite fine. I have previously used Jolen bleach but found the hairs were visible when I put foundation over them. I picked up the strips in Boots and have to say they are quite expensive at around £6 or £7 for a box, although you do get a lot of strips. I also use the strips to shape my eyebrows.
In the box are around 20 small wax strips, but disappointingly you only get 3 or 4 of the wax removal cloths. Presumably this is to get you to buy more. I use scissors to cut the strips in small and more manageable sizes, as I find the mouth area quite delicate, an this works well. The wax is quite sticky compared to the usual veet strips and I find that it slides around a bit when placed on the skin. I have, however, never had a problem with the strips being ineffective and all hairs are removed in one go, although the stickiness of the wax means the strips are tricky to put in place.
The wipes are great at cleaning up after but you do not get nearly enough; I usually use 1 or 2 strips in one 'session' but only 3 or 4 wipes are provided. I find that normal make up remover dissolves the wax but takes more effort than the wipes provided. The hair grows back finer and I do not need to wax any more than once a month.
After using my face does tend to come up red and blotchy afterwards. This usually lasts for the rest of the day and I normally use savlon or similar to help this redness. I would advise those with sensitive skin to test on a less obvious place first!
I really wish that it was perfectly acceptable for women to walk around with totally natural body and facial hair the same way men are able to. But alas, it is not, and this is the reason why us women have to subject ourselves to the pain of waxing such sensitive areas like our faces using products like this. If only someone had invented a pain free alternative to waxing that actually worked then maybe we wouldn't have to spend money to put us through this hell!
Anyway, I recently realised that I cant deny the hair that has set up camp on my upper lip for much longer, so I set about looking for a good at-home waxing kit as I haven't worked up the confidence to visit the beautician to get my problem sorted. I saw this waxing kit at my local pharmacy and as it seemed pretty cheap in comparison to the other products and I've heard good reviews from friends about other Veet products before, I purchased it. The packaging is pleasant enough but it's the claim in the corner of 'Very effective formula!' that irks me. In short, for a waxing product this is disappointing. This particular Veet product can be used on the underarm area and the bikini line as well, but I cannot comment on how effective it is on these areas as I only used it on my upper lip.
-What you get-
The box comes with 20 individual wax strips and 4 'Perfect Finish Wipes' as well as instructions. It is advisable to do a patch test on your skin to test for an allergic reaction before your big waxing day. The advise that Veet gives is to exfoliate 24 hours before waxing for best results (I did this, it didn't help at all), to make sure that the hair you will be waxing is between 2mm and 5mm in length and to not use the wax on any dry or irritated skin.
When you're ready to wax the procedure it simple. You just rub one wax strip between your hands until it feels warm and then peel the papery bits apart. This was a bit fiddly to do at first, especially as I was aware that the wax would cool down quickly. My advise would be to make a small break in one end of the paper before you get it warm so that it is quick and easy to rip apart. You then place it on the area you want to wax and rub in in the direction that the hair grows. Here's the painful part! Pulling the strip back on itself towards the nose should, in theory, rip the hairs out and leave your skin feeling like (in Veet's words) 'beautiful, touchably smooth skin'. Wrong!
I am not so bothered about the pain part as I've been plucking my hairs for years, but I can see how lots of people would hate the ripping part. The wax is pink and after you've pulled the strip off you're left with a pink goo along your upper lip that definitely doesn't want to come off! The instructions suggest that baby oil will get the goo off as water and soap is ineffective. I made the huge mistake of using a 'Perfect Finish Wipe' and whilst it removed the sticky goo from my face, it wasn't good for anything else. The wipe felt disgustingly greasy and when I was wiping it over my face I knew it wouldn't be doing it any good. I'm not sure whether it was the wax, the greasy wipe or a combination of both that left hideous red bumps along my upper lip but it made me hate this product even more.
-The side effects-
I have been self conscious about the hair on my upper lip for a while and I thought that waxing it off would leave me feeling more confident about my appearance. Unfortunately, the after effects of waxing left me even more self conscious about my face as I was left with angry, red, spot-like bumps along my upper lip which stayed for a week after the initial waxing. They were sore and hard to conceal with makeup so I felt very down about my appearance for a good while after and I wished that I hadn't bothered with the wax in the first place.
-How good was it?-
The other big problem with this product is that it DOESN'T WORK! I was expecting to be hair free but it managed to miss a lot of hair along my upper lip. I did it multiple times with a lot of pressure and even pulled my skin taught in an effort to help. After I had rinsed my face to get rid of the horrible gooey, greasy mess, I found lots of hairs still there which was very disappointing after the debacle beforehand. I wouldn't hate the sticky, messy nature of waxing quite as much if it actually did what it was supposed to. The instructions also claim that the strips were reusable which they weren't, as only the first application really did anything for me. I ended up having to use tweezers to pluck the rest of the hairs out which defeats the purpose of waxing for me. Another issue I had with it was the fact that you only get 4 wipes in every packet. Surely it's clever to put in as many wipes as there are waxing strips? Also, it's more like 40 wax strips as when you separate the papers, wax is on both sides so you end up with 2 strips.
I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, especially people who have acne-prone skin as this may make you feel even worse about your appearance. For the problems it caused, its cheap price became irrelevant. I would much rather spend a bit more money on a product which worked well or even splash out and go to a salon where a professional could get rid of the hair for me. Overall, I am very disappointed with the quality of this waxing kit and I will never be using it again.
I wax my bikini line every couple of months and I like to try a mixture of different waxing strip products to see which is best. This is definitely the worst one I have tried yet!
I would generally view Veet as quite a trustworthy and reliable brand - I have used their products in the past and always found they had relatively good results. On seeing the product in the supermarket (Asda) I found the packaging appealing - a nice pink colour with berries which indicate the fresh, fruity smell of the wax. Reading the product description 'EasyGrip Ready-to-Use Wax Strips...Effective on short hair - up to four weeks of smoothness' I felt it was the right product for me. I often find with waxing that the strips do not have a great grip to the hair, especially short hair, and don't work very well - so easy grip sounded perfect. I also felt confident that the smoothness and hair removal would last as it said on the box up to four week (and generally my hair grows back quite slowly). The box does say for face - but in my experience (and according to the box) this just means 'small area' rather than exclusively your face. So they should have been ideal for bikini line waxing.
On opening the box I was surprised by the size of the strips. For a box that only contains twenty strips the amount of wax on easy strip is ridiculously small! I felt a little cheated to be honest - it seems like a cheap option rather than something that provides better quality. The smell of the wax was nice, a fruity berry smell which is a pleasant alternative to the often synthetic/chemical smelling waxes you can buy. I rubbed the strips between my hands as directed and applied to the hair. On removal of the strip I found that NO hair had been taken off - and that the wax had lifted off the strip and remained on the area of application. As you can imagine, this was both uncomfortable and most inconvenient. I had to use one of the wipes to remove the wax - which was not particularly effective and left the area oily and greasy which meant I could not wax that area. I decided to try using the strip without rubbing it as I felt that I may have been too overzealous in heating the strip hence the unfortunate results of my first try. I attempted again with a cold strip and found EXACTLY the same problem. Eventually I completely abandoned using the waxing strips altogether and decided to use some I already had (a wilkinsons own brand) which were far more effective. I have since tried to use the strips again, storing them in a cold place, and found exactly the same problem which is really disappointing.
The product retails at between £5-£7 depending on where you purchase it (£5.30 from boots, although I cannot remember what I paid in Asda I believe it was similar as I felt it was expensive at the time). The price led me to believe the product would be very good - but at practically 25p a waxing strip this is a complete rip off given that the strips don't work at all.
In conclusion, I would definitely NOT recommend this product to anyone - it was absolutely useless and the only redeeming features were the smell and the fact that they included wipes (which you clearly need because all the wax stay on the area rather than comes off with the strip). Bad buy!
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When I first (and last!) used these, I couldn't believe such a bad product comes from a big brand like Veet. I used to use wax strips from Boots before (I don't think they make them anymore, shame) and they worked quite well - I thought those leave some annoying wax behind, but boy was I unexperienced.
The Veet wax strips simply leave ALL their gooey wax on your face when you pull them. You might get lucky at times and find a wax strip that doesn't do that, but you'll be engulfed in wax by then. After using a few of them, I did manage to pull that hair off, but I wouldn't go through that disgusting experience ever again. Maybe I have a faulty pack, but I still wouldn't buy another one to compare!
When you do manage to pull hair out, it's really painful (worse than the strips I had before) and there's the normal redness. They have those oily wipes - probably trying to make up for the bad quality of their wax strips, I don't know - and they work nicely in taking away all that wax.
Overall, I'm just utterly disappointed and in need of different wax strips.
I have dark hair and fair skin so I've always felt self conscious about the hairs on my upper lip.. I've tried tweezing but it's incredibly time consuming and pretty painful. Finally decided to try waxing (though I thought it would hurt more) just to be rid of all of it. I ordered these online after reading lots of reviews- some good, some bad. Was slightly apprehensive when they arrived but I took them into the bathroom and gave it a go. I was pleasantly surprised - my first try pulled out almost all the hairs in the area I applied it to. One note of caution though - don't use the strip on the same area again, even if there are hairs left. I did this and ended up ripping off some skin and leaving an unpleasant residue of wax behind... It became red and scabbed over after a few days. Nonetheless, on the other half of my face, using the strip just once didn't leave any lasting effects. I'd definitely recommend you do this at night so that you have all night for the redness to fade.
=== Veet Ready to Use Wax Strips for Face ===
Veet formaly Immac are manufactures of hair removal products, ranging from creams, mousses, gels and waxes.
It was first advertised is the 1920's in the USA (and was also then called Neet) as a product that was faster than shaving!
I don't know if I entirely agree with that as the hair removal creams take about 10 minutes or so to do their stuff and thats after all the faffing around of spreading the cream where ever it is that you want the hair removed from!
I have used the hair removal cream from this brand and it was only recently I picked up the wax strips... I'm such a baby, hate the thought of pain!!
To be honest I have only ever had waxing done once and that was when I was doing a beautician course in college a while back, I didn't find it that painful on my legs but I did have my eye's firmly closed so I wouldn't know when the ripppp was coming!
I didn't realise that these were just a straight strip of wax, I assumed (wrongly) that they may have been shaped for use on eyebrows too! Doh!
So rather than waste them, I cut them into shape myself.
=== Why Wax ===
The obvious question! Why wax when it causes more pain than shaving?
Simple answer ~ It lasts longer!
When you use waxing as a hair removal method, the results can last for up to 6 weeks, some people may notice regrowth a lot sooner though.
Yes it is more painful but can be worth it, say for instance on holiday.
So I bought these for the sole purpose of using them on my eyebrows, I hate plucking, plucking out one painful hair after the other is excruitiating, I would much rather apply a strip and rip it off all intended hair to be removed in one quick swoop.
They come in a small cardboard carton, inside this you will find a little clear sealed bag and inside that you can see the approx 2-3 inch long wax strips.
To activate these you need to warm them slightly in your hands and then peel them apart, you will get 2 wax strips out of each length as they peel apart to two separate pieces.
I had already cut them into an arched shape for my eyebrows and I applied the tacky strip across the hair I wanted to remove.
Using my one hand to pull the skin taut I used my other hand to rip the strip off. I didn't hurt but neither did it completely remove all the hair I wanted removed, I had to repeat the process three times and then I was satisfied.
I also used them to remove little wispy hairs off my husbands chest and they did take these off woth ease.
I found these in Poundland and therefore obviously paid £1, I have seen them in other shops priced at around £4 -£5.
I use this product on my upper lip, although it is also suitable for use on underarm and bikini line, though I haven't tried this.
What I like about this product is the wax strips are easy to warm up,yet mess free, and provided you're quick and ruthless when pulling off the skin, leaves minimal amounts of wax behind, so you're not left trying to wipe it away.
One pack contains 20 wax strips, and 4 wipes to use after waxing. I use one strip per treatment. With the wipes, I open a pack and cut a bit off as the wipes are quite big, and you don't really need the whole thing to use for such a small area. Despite opening the wipes, I've found they don't dry out and become less effective. They help sooth the area after treatment, and wipe away any remaining wax. While it seems like quite a greasy product, I often washing it off pretty soon and have never had any problems with it clogging up my pores. After using this product, I have rarely had spots flare up because of the wax, which makes this product better than others I have tried.
This product, when used properly (which isn't hard) removes most hair, and the ones left are easy to tweeze off (there is never many). I don't find this product that painful to use, although the first few times were painful, so I guess it takes a few treatments to get used to it.
The product promises up to give your hair free skin for up to 4 weeks, though I'm sure it's less with me. The product smells great because of the berry, which is a bonus.
It costs about £4 a pack, though I stocked up recently when Asda had a promotion selling them at £2.50. I feel this is a reasonable and very cost effective price to pay for hair removal.
So I went to Asda yesterday and as always I was looking around for anything basically. I came across this, and lots of other hair removal products that were mega cheap. They were all on sale for £2.50. The box was little. And it says Face on it, but if you read the leaflet it says you can use it on face, bikini line and under arms.
I got it home and decided to use it, straight away while something was in the oven. I had read the instructions and it seemed easy. I've used Veet Wax strips before and they are pretty good. Apart from can be slightly messy but because it was for my face I though it wouldnt get very messy.
For £2.50 you get 20 wax strips and 4 Veet wipes, which are oily things that you use after, it gets rid of the excess wax. The wax strips are really thin and long. Suitable for certain places like your face.
The instructions are easy and say you should warm up the wax by rubbing it between your palms. Pull the strip apart then, put it in the same direction of the hair growth, pull the skin taught with your other hand and pull in the oppersite way of the hair growth. Also on the Veet instructions it has a few pictures to make it simple to understand.
So I did all the instructions (by the way I used it on my face, as we women have to keep the appearance up ;-P) It hurta quite a bit but you have to try not to think about it and just do it. The pain was bad but its much worst on your bikini line. The hair came straight off in one go which relly surprised me as I had used a different Veet for face before and that was pretty rubbish. I was really pleased with the results, not one hair left. And its not like the hair on my face was long or thick. Its fair hair so you would think it would be harder but it wasnt.
After two wax strips I had done, it took about 5 minutes, maybe even less. Then I used one of the wipes which wasnt very nice but got rid of what was left. I think you should get more of these wipes because 4 wipes to 20 strips doesnt seem right. I used water before after waxing and its not the same and leaves you sticky.
About half an hour later while I was watching Ugly Betty on E4 I felt my upper lip and it felt tingly and numb. It felt really strange also it had swollen which I was not expecting. Last time I used wax strips for my bikini line I was really bruised the next day, but Im sure it didnt swell. It felt numb all night but got better as time went on.
The next day (today) it doesnt feel numb or tingly anymore but it does feel slightly lumpy. Maybe I've had a bit of a reaction to it, but its nothing to noticable. Just a tiny bit. Ill have to see if it goes down. Im sure it will. Ill update thins when it has.
What I like about this is its ready to use. You dont have to really do any preporation because they are ready to use cold wax strips. The last Veet thing I had for face you had to put in boiling water and it was reallly messy and didnt work very well.
PRECAUTIONS AND WARNINGS!
It says if you exfoliate 24 hours before then results will be better. My results were amazing. If the hair is longer than 5mm than you should cut it down first. But not shorter than 2mm. Its not suitable for Male beard area, eyebrows, centre brow, breast, perianal or genital areas. Do not use on varicose veins, moles, scars, broken, irritated, sunburnt skin or on skin that has reacted badly to waxes in the past. If you're on any medication which can affect the skin or if you suffer any skin-related disorder, check with your doctor first. If you are elderly or diabetic, waxing is not suitable. Before every use, TEST YOUR SKIN REACTION by applying the wax and a wipe to a small part of the area you wish to treat, following the directions for use. If after 24 HOURS there is no adverse reaction, begin waxing. If you have not waxed before we recommend to start by removing hair from the legs. Only when you have experience then progress to the sensitive areas of underarm, bikini line or face. On these we recommend not to wax the same area of skin twice during a waxing session. Veet® is fine to use if you're pregnant but your skin may be more likely to bruise a little.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. In case of ingestion, consult a doctor immediately. Make sure you have the outer pack to hand. If you experience any stinging or tingling when waxing, remove all of the wax immediately with the wipes and only once wax is removed, rinse thoroughly with water. If this sensation persists, seek medical advice.
Wax strips: Triethylene Glycol Rosinate, Glyceryl Rosinate, Silica, Polyethylene, Parfum, Paraffinum Liquidum, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Extract. Wipes: Paraffinum Liquidum, Hexyldecyl Stearate, Isopropylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Parfum.
All in all I would definitely recommend this to any women who wants to keep herself looking fresh and it being easy to do so.
***Update 23/06/11*** (Two days later) The feeling has no come back and is no longer numb. The bumps have gone down, it is slightly rough due to where the lummps were but still hairless and smooth!!
***Update 27/06/11*** Used this on my boyfriends few fine hairs between his eyebrows and it works really well. He said he felt it swelling but I couldnt tell by looking. Its now vey smooth.
***Update 05/07/11*** The hair is slightly growing back now. Still really happy with results
Veet is a brand which offers various hair removal products to be used at home. Creams, wax pots, wax strips and various other products to allow you to do it yourself and avoid salon prices and embarressment!
Veet offer different waxing options depending on your skin type and the area you plan to wax. Whilst it is common to wax your legs, other more sensitive areas may need to be taken care of. These ready to use wax strips are promoted as being for the face but they can actually be used on other small areas such as the bikini line.
These wax strips are designed for normal skin and shouldn't be used on broken or damaged/sunburnt skin. They contain shea butter to soothe and also berry which I assume is for the scent. Once waxed, they claim to offer soft, hair free skin for up to 4weeks. The hairs can be waxed from 2mm in length allowing these strips to be ideal on short hair which means less growth required.
You receive 20 wax strips in a pack which are in sets of 2 and can be used more than once across the are you want to wax. You also receive 4 indivdually sealed perfect finish wipes which you use post-wax. These will help to clean off any residue and soothe the area you have waxed.
*~*Packaging and Strips*~*
The normal skin variety is packaged in a pink and white box with the product name on the front. Some information about the strips and cautions are on the back. Inside there is a leaflet advising how to wax and it is recommended you do a test 24hrs prior to waxing the full area.
The strips are a transparent white colour with a gooey layer of pink wax in the middle. Two pieces of strip are joined together so you get two lots of wax from one set. The strips aren't huge but the wax is a small section in comparrison. The finish wipes come sealed in small, blue packs.
To prepare the strips for use, you need to rub the strips between your hands to heat them up then pull them apart so you have 2 seperate strips. You can reuse the strips til they lose their stickiness. Smooth the wax area over the hair in the direction it grows. Hold your skin taut and pull the strip immediately in the direction the hair grows.
This advice is generally given for all areas that can be waxed. Exfoliating 24hrs prior to waxing may help and it is advisable to avoid perfumes, deodorants etc for 24hrs post-wax.
*~*Availability and Price*~*
This 20pk is available from Boots for just over £5.00 but shop around for the best offers.
Unfortuantely I inherited something from my Mum and Gran..not good looks or healthy skin..no I inherited dark hair and not just on my head. I suffer from the embarresing problem of having facial hair which really shouldn't be there. To be honest, its getting to such a stage that its depressing me as I can't seem to get rid of it or hide it. I also consider it to be a hormonal problem for which I am going to seek medical advice for!
Whilst it is perfectly acceptable for men to shave and have regrowth, it simply doesn't look right and certainly isn't attractive. Whilst my 91yr old Granny is content to walk around with a tash..I am young and I just can't do it! I don't suffer too badly on my upper lip but its my chin thats the problem. I've tried various creams which have resulted in them going darker or me coming out in a rash..I've also tried trimming and plucking but can't rid of the blighters and they are pretty bad and noticeable..why couldn't I have blonde roots like my sister!
I'm not keen on waxing except when I go to a salon to get my eyebrows done..even that is a chore as I hate the pain! No way would you catch me waxing my legs cause I'd get the strip on and be too scared to rip it back off! In desperation I was recommended these Veet Wax Strips in Boots by the friendly..now considered evil assistant! I have sensitive skin but these were the only face strips on the shelves so I thought if they had shea butter they would be a bit kinder to my skin!
*~*Wax On/Wax Off*~*
To be honest, the first time I used these, I took some painkillers prior to waxing as this is what I do when I go to get my eyebrows done! I liked the fact that these strips came with finishing wipes and hoped they would clean up the area nicely and remove some of the discomfort. So, I needed a mirror and some decent lighting so the bathroom was my choice of hell room.
The wax strips themselves appear sturdy despite being fairly transparent. The wax on the strips is a transparent, baby pink colour and looked rather sticky as you would expect from wax. I made sure my chin area was clean and had quite a length of hair and alot of it..I let it grow over a weekend which tells you how fast it grows! Please have some sympathy for me please!
Warming the wax up was easy as I rubbed the strips between my hands. I could feel it getting warm and waxy and it took a little bit of tugging to seperate the strips. I sat one wax side up on the bathroom window ledge and started to apply the strip. The wax clung on to my hairs and a quick swipe upwards with my finger allowed my hairs to be seen through the strip. The wax area itself clings on to the hairs and there is plenty of gripping room around the strip.
Applying one strip at a time, I noticed there was a sweet but chemical type smell wafting from the strips. Convinced the strips were fully in place, I pulled my skin taut and gripped the bottom edge of the strip. At this moment, I was bricking it and could sense a tear coming to my eye! Anyway, lets get it over with. Pull..ouch and a choice of swear words were released into the air as the strip dragged itself away from my skin. I tried again on noticing that it hadn't done its job but only tried each area twice to avoid more pain!
Nope, nothing so I tried another area with a fresh strip. Pain but that was it! I expected at least some kind of result but it was not to be. The sticky mess of the wax was still stuck onto my skin in a pink mass..some of it was stuck on the strip refusing to budge. But one things for sure, there were no hairs on the strip as they will still on my chin! What a waste of time and money! My chin was really icky so the wipes were released from their packet. The wipes are white and have a transparency, oily appearance and texture. Smoothing one over my chin reduced the redness the wax had left around my skin and removed the pink wax. It left my skin slightly oily but soothed so at least one part of the kit done its job!
I tried these out again tonight giving them the benefit of the doubt but still not a single hair was removed. Its getting ridiculous now and I sometimes hate going out incase people notice I've got unwanted hairs! These have been relegated to the bathroom cabinet as they are rubbish and perhaps my sister will have better luck with them on her finer hairs.
They may be easy to apply but if they don't give me the results they claim to that I cannot recommend them. Thanks for reading x
I have a light complexion and black hair which means that hair above my upperlip is very noticeable. When I first started to get facial hair would go to salon to have it threaded. I would get my eyebrows and upperlip threaded for £5. Threading really, really hurts. It hurts much more than waxing. I had tears coming out of my eyes, that is how excruciating the pain was. I no longer get my upperlip threaded as I use the veet wax strips. I do however get my eyebrows done because that is and art and I really don't want to mess up by eyebrows.
The veet wax strips are perfectly sized for my upperlip area. The strip has a pink wax on both sides with 1 inch either side of it and 1 inch of wax. The strip needs to be warmed up using your hands. Just rub it for 5-10 seconds in the palm of your hands and then pull from the sides. There are 10 strips which gives 20 strips as each one splits to give two and cost about £5.50. I have often bought them on special offer but I think that the full price is resonable so would happily pay the full price. The wax smells really nice and contains shea butter (for moisture) and berries.
I use one strip for one half of my upperlip taking it to the centre where my nose is and I rub the max so that it gets into the roots. Then I swiftly remove the strip against the direction of hair growth (so upwards). It is important to relax and to hold the skin down because I when I fist did this not only did I cut my self but the next day I had a really disgusting scab on the side that looked so horrible. This was either because I didn't hold by skin and so the top layer came off or because I pulled the wax off in the wrong direction. I learnt my lesson which was that I couldn't wax properly. The other strip is used for the other side in the same way. I don't ever need to use more than 1 strip for one side. The strip can be used more than once if the hairs are not removed after the first use. I sometimes find that I have to use it more than once as the hairs don't all come out at once.
After all the hairs have been removed there is a veet finish wipe that is used to remove the wax. There are only 4 given with the packet. If like me you need 10 then you can use baby oil which works just as good to remove the wax residue. I wash my face with soap and water after because my skin looks rather oily. The result is smooth hair free skin. It really feels smooth, clean and bright. I sometimes apply baby lotion as it has soothing camomile but aloe vera lotions also do the trick.
The hairs need to be long enough for the wax to work. They have to be about at least 2mm for it to work. For me 2mm is quite visible and so this is a big disadvantage as with threading smaller hairs can be removed. I would however much rather wax than thread because the results are so much better with waxing than threading.
Although I used the wax strips for facial hair they can be used all over the body as a touch up. They are very versatile and really easy to use. For those that don't use it for the upperlip or if you only need one strip then this will create waste. The thing is that one strip is actually two strips as they are separated and so if only one is needed the other will be wasted as it cannot be kept for another time. This is a major flaw but it doesn't affect me at all.
This is an excellent wax for removing unwanted hair.
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