Product Type: Veet Hair Removal
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Better Grip... Could-Be-Better Results
Veet Ready to Use Wax Strips
Member Name: strawberry123
Veet Ready to Use Wax Strips
Advantages: Cheaper than paying a professional, good grip, good for sensitive skin, lasting results, great scent
Disadvantages: May leave patches of hair, horrid finish wipes
I have NEVER shaved my legs... a fact that i'm quite proud of and a fact that others seem to find very strange! Since i was about 15 i have opted to wax my legs instead because it has been proven that the hair grows back slower and finer each time. The hair on my legs has never been dark because i have naturally quite fair hair anyway, so obviously i did not want black, course hair growing on me pins!! I have ALWAYS paid to have it done because usually i can go about eight to ten weeks without the hair growing back... but since i've been at university i have had to cut down on my spending! Also, i think i would feel like i was cheating on the beautician that normally waxes my legs back at home if i went anywhere else... So anyway, i bought some Veet Wax strips to try out in between visits!
I decided to buy the Debut edition strips because the box specified that they would be good for beginners - (and they were the cheapest on the shelf!!). The box is purple and decorated in flowers. Overall, the design is very feminine... i guess it is meant to distract you from the pain inside the box!! On the side there are a set of five instructions with simple diagrams to help you use the wax strips to their full potential. On the other side there is a list of ingredients and a contents list - which proved very useful because for a while i was convinced they had only given me half the amount of strips, until i realised each one splits into two! On the back there is a LOT of information regarding precautions, how to get the best results and why you should choose the brand. However, i did notice contradictory information on the packaging... on the front it says there are two Perfect Finish wipes and on the side it says there are four. I definitely only received two!
You can purchase this product in beauty retailers such as Superdrug and Boots... or large supermarkets. I paid £3 (normal cost £3.99) for 12 wax strips which i think is good value considering i would normally pay £16 for half a leg wax.
These are easygrip strips that are 'ready to use' and come enriched with vitamin E and almond for sensitive skin. The box states that they are effective on short hair and the effects last for up to four weeks. These strips are suitable for use on your legs, arms, underarms and bikini line ONLY. If this is your first time too, it suggests using it on your legs to begin with! When i first opened the box, the first thing that struck me was how beautiful they smelt! The almond oil really makes the product more appealing... it made a change from the scent of wax i get in my beauty salon! My friends also commented on it, so the scent is quite powerful, but not overbearing!
The wax strips are really easy to use! First you should do a patch test 24 hours before using the product. In all honesty, i was too lazy to do this and risked it! You should also make sure the hair is between 2 and 5mm in length. Any longer and you should trim it, to avoid discomfort later on. Next, you should rub the wax strip between your hands to warm the wax. It doesn't state how long... i tended to do this until my hands were warm (about 20 seconds) and concluded that was long enough. Next you should peel the strips apart using the easygrip tab. This was simple enough because the tabs are long enough to grip and it didn't require too much effort to separate the two. You should then apply the strip with the easygrip tab towards the ankle and rub repeatedly in the direction of the hair growth. Holding the tab, pull the strip back very quickly in one motion. OUCH!! Actually... the pain wasn't that bad!! I think either i'm so used to the pain or i told myself it was going to be worse than it was!! The box suggests you keep the strip close to the skin as possible and hold the skin taut to avoid discomfort, both of which i ignored and still got good results. Finally, after waxing you should remove excess wax with the perfect finish wipes. I expected these to be wet, but actually, its just felt like a napkin caked in grease!
So... the results. The easygrip system works well. I did not have problems pulling the strips apart, or off my legs, which was great. Only once did i lose the grip at the end of the 'swift motion' but the wax (and hair) came off when i 'reattached' the strip! Yes i noticed immediately after my first strip that the product worked. You can sometimes see your skin in paler in that area because the wax takes the dead skin cells with it! There was no hair left in its place and if i looked closely at the wax strip i could see the evidence. Veet say that you can use the same wax strip several times, until it loses the stickiness. I managed to get two go's out of one strip, until it became less waxy! I must admit, i expected a few more... but that was wishful thinking! You effectively get six strips for each leg, which i found doesn't cover your whole leg... luckily for me, i only wax the bottom half of my leg and the backs don't tend to have as much hair as the front, so this wasn't a problem... but for others, you may need to buy more strips! My friends who have used this product in the past have said it was much easier to wax the finer hairs than the thicker ones (which may seem obvious, but shouldn't the wax pick up any hair... regardless of its texture?!) I found that the strips left a few patches of hair in places, which i tried to get rid of by using the same strip several times, but to no success. In the end i opted to plucking the hairs the wax didn't pick up!
I do have sensitive skin, and found that my legs came out quite red very quickly, but this is something i am used to seeing in the salon, so i wasn't concerned. They did not become irritated during or after the process, so i would agree with the statement that these are suitable for sensitive skin! The wax strips may leave some stickiness in places which can be removed easily with the wipes. I found them to be really effective at this... but they feel horrid and make your legs (and hands!) look super greasy!! I had to shower my legs in the end because i hated the feeling!! This is definitely one area that this product could need improving!! Overall, i was very pleased with the initial results.
My legs were smooth for around six weeks... which is more than Veet suggested... but something i put down to having always opted to wax, not the quality of the product! I don't agree with Veet's slogan 'better grip, perfect results' because although i agree there was good grip, there was definitely still some hair clinging on. I would not be prepared to pay for this quality in a beauty salon... but for casual use, the results were very good. I will award this product 4 out of 5 and it is definitely something i would use again!
Summary: A good product if you can cope with the pain!!
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