One of the unfortunate necessities of being a woman is the need/desire to have smooth underarms, legs and other areas. This can be achieved a number of ways via hair removal cream, waxing, epilating and shaving. My chosen method in the pursuit of smoothness is shaving. I choose this method as I am too wimpy for waxing and epilating and the chemical smell from hair removal creams is terrible. For many years I just nabbed my Husbands razor while in the shower/bath and set about the offending areas. Then one year a Gillette Venus Vibrance appeared in my birthday goody bag, I think my long suffering Husband had had enough of my blunting his blades.
The Venus Vibrance comes packaged in one of those annoying heat sealed plastic packages that can only be opened with the aid of sharp scissors, once into the packaging you are faced with a nice girly pink razor. I think the contrasting pinks would be described as Fuchsia and Baby Pink. The razor is rubberised in certain areas making it very easy to grip with wet soapy hands, the razor comes with a blade ready attached but when the blade does go blunt you can pop it off very easily and replace it with a new one, the replacement blades are sold at an extortionate price but I have found that mach 3 blades fit just as well, much to my poor Husbands dismay.
The Vibrance part of this razor comes into action when the little silver button is pressed at the end of the razor, this triggers a vibrating action through the razor, in theory this vibrating motion gently exfoliates the skin. Happily for me Gillette saw fit to provide an AAA Duracell battery with the razor, the battery is easy to fit, the end of the razor just twist off to reveal the battery slot. Pop the battery in the correct way around, fasten the razor back up and you're ready to vibrate. This is a feature I can honestly say I was not sold on, I did not enjoy the vibrating motion of the razor in my hand and it seemed to make no difference to the condition of my skin, the razor is very quiet when vibrating but at the time my children were of a inquisitive age and I was concerned that they might overhear mummy vibrating away in the bathroom. The Vibrance feature was not one I used much and I soon removed the battery and continued to use the razor as a standard razor.
The Venus Vibrance is a great shape for angling around awkward areas such as ankles and knees and I very rarely cut myself while shaving. The blades that go with this razor have moisture glide strips that provide a close, smooth shave. I have to admit that I use my Husbands Mach 3 blades on this razor now; they fit just as well as the Venus Vibrance ones. I don't store my razor on the storage thing that was included in the pack as I found it a bit pointless and it went in the bin ages ago.
I have had my Venus Vibrance for a very long time, it must be very nearly 10 years, during that time I have had the same handle but numerous replaceable blades (nearly got the Trigger broom joke in). The razor handle is still in fantastic condition, it has not deteriorated in any way and in all honesty I can not see any reason why it will not last me at least another ten years. I think the Vibrance feature is a bit pointless and the razor functions perfectly well without the battery. If for some reason the razor broke I would happily repurchase another. I give it 4 out of 5 stars, removing one for the completely useless vibrating part.
The Venus Vibrance is currently available on amazon.co.uk around £12, and due to its longevity I would say that it is well worth the price.
Thank you for reading.
As far as strange and pointless inventions go, this is one of the strangest. I bought one because at the time they were on offer and cheaper than getting just a normal (non vibrating) venus razor, but I have to admit - i just dont get it.
Its a razor, just like any other razor - except theres a little button on this one that made it gently vibrate. No as far as razors go its a good razor, just like all Gillette Venus razors are. The blades are nice and sharp and close together giving a nice smooth shave, and the little soapy strips nicely condition your skin and enable the blades to glide over your skin more easily. So as just a normal razor I cannot fault it.
As for the vibrating bit, I really dont see the point. It doesnt really make shaving any easier, any better or even any more fun. If anything it just costs you more money as you have to buy batteries for it. It does come in a nice attractive and girly pink colour however.
Recently this has been discontinued and its not hard to see why, this really was completely pointless and there was no reason to create a vibrating razor in the first place. What will they think of next? a musical razor? one that doubles up as a radio? or a telephone? who knows whats coming next!
Overall I wouldnt really recommend it, it usually is more expensive than a normal Venus razor but the vibrating function adds nothing to the shaving experience or results.
Gillette is part of the Procter and Gamble enterprise. They specialise in personal shaving products including razors, razor blades, gels and creams. They provide these products for men and women.
*~*Gillette For Women*~*
Whilst men can get away with just shaving their facial area, women have more pressing issues to deal with..this includes keeping the legs hair free, the bikini area under control and the underarms fuzz free and smooth. There are a few different brands available in terms of shaving and Gillette is one of the leading brands. Whilst much of the online advertising is aimed at men, they also have a womens range of shaving products. The razors available are part of the Venus range and each razor offers slightly different advantages. The current line up includes :
*Venus - the original
*Venus Spa Breeze
There are also 5 shaving gel/creams available aimed at different skin types and scent preferences.
The Vibrance razor is a battery operated razor. It promotes itself as having the ability to sweep dry skin off the skin due to the gentle vibrations it produces whilst you shave. The changable blades have 3 blades and are sealed in with 3 moisture glide strips. These strips stretch the skin slightly for a closer shave.
The razor will generally be packed in a hard, plastic packet with the battery seperate. The AAA battery will needed popped into the screw off compartment at the bottom of the razor. The razor comes complete with a white and pink, storage case. The razor sits on top of the case and there is room for 2 sealed razor blades inside. The razor itself is a strong, pink colour mainly but some white adorns it. The razor is quite long and curves around the edges offering indents for holding firmly. The base clicks off to reveal the battery compartment and the button to activate the vibrations is here. The top of the razor offers a large, silver sliding button which pops the razor cartridge off allowing it to be replaced.
The razor blades specifically designed for this razor, are curved around the edges and straight along the top and bottom. 3 thin, silver blades take position right in the middle. The rest of the space is occupied by 3 moisture strips. The moisture strips are positioned 2 at the top and a small, thin one at the bottom underneath the blades. They appear spongy in texture and are pink in colour. The blades can be clicked into place by pressing down gently with the razor.
*~*Using The Razor*~*
I'm sure most women know how to shave their legs and underarms so I won't go too far into the ins and outs of it. A few tips could come in handy though but feel free to bypass this section.
*Jump in a hot bath or shower for 5-10mins to allow the hair to soften and making it easier to remove.
*Ensure you have a good blade..a blunt blade is likely to cause more issue and never share a blade with anyone.
*Apply shaving cream to your legs or underarms. Whilst soap and water can be used, your skin is more likely to dry out.
*Use upwards, short strokes with the razor and check for any patches you may have missed. Try not to go over the same area more than once.
*Apply a non irritant baby lotion or oil to your skin to keep it soft and hydrated.
*~*Availability and Price*~*
Gillette razors are not cheap but are readily available in supermarkets and chemists. Special offers are regularly found so keep and eye out. Prices as follows :
Razor with 1 blade & battery - £9.99
Replacement blades - 4 for £9.69 or 8 for £17.86
Razor as above - £7.49
I find shaving a chore and will admit that right from the off! Whilst my fiance happily struts around the house with his footy shorts on..all hairs visible and dark, I couldn't bring myself to do such a thing! I have tried many razors over the past few years due to having dark, noticeable hairs on my legs, underarms etc etc. I have tried hair removal creams and they don't seem to shift very much so I opt for the challenging shaving technique. I was happy to pinch my fiances razors *with my own blade* but he was sick of it and for Christmas just past, he presented me with a new razor and a pack of 4 blades. My razor pack has 2 blades already with it and I know he must've got it on offer as he doesn't love me that much to spend full price on it!
I have tried Gillette razors before and am very fond of the mens fusion one as it always leaves my legs soft and smooth. During the Winter, I don't shave my legs a lot as no one really sees them but the Summer months brings shorts and 3/4 length trousers so I must make the effort. I do use my razor nearly every day for doing my underarms as I wear a lot of short tops for the gym and don't want some poor guy getting an eyeful of stubble as well as a whaft of sweat! Yucky I know but so so true! So when it does come to me having the willpower to do the legs, I need a decent razor that can trudge through the forest landed on my pins and leave them in better condition. I should also note than my sensitive skin is also present on my legs and raised bumps so cheap razors are no good to me!
*~*Shave Shave Shave Your Legs, Til They Are Perfectly Smooth*~*
The storage container for my razor has disappeared so I keep mine on the windowsill away from Ryan. The razor itself is bright and girly which I like. The battery compartment stays sealed well ensuring no water leaks in during its use. The razors are easy to click on and off and I can hear a loud click to confirm the blade is in place. Whilst I have used those razors with the build in soap, this one needs more preparation. I have tried dry shaving before and it leaves my skin red and sore so now use water and foam or soap. I am not brand loyal with my shaving foam and do sometimes just use some lathering and lightly scented shower gel as I find gels and foams overpriced. Either way, the razor works well.
I use the razor switched off for doing my underarms. The razor is easy to hold due to the grips along the underside and I can easily reach every part of my underarm without strain. I lather up my underarm and the razor glides smoothly and carefully over the area of my skin. No dragging is experienced and because I shave my underarms nearly every day, there is never usually much hair to remove. The reason I do this everyday is due to the fact that although the hair once removed, leaves my underarms soft and smooth, a black, subtle stubble starts to emerge the next day and this makes me self conscious. My underarms are sensitive but this razor doesn't irritate them and I have yet to experience any cuts or discomfort which is a plus.
My preference when using the razor on my legs, is to use the vibrating option. I always found this to be ideal with my fiances razor so carried on the trend. I do however use it switched off around my knees which are very dry and tender and also if I decide to go further up my legs and around my bikini line. Thankfully the moisture strips gently sooth the skin before the blade reaches it and this is a godsend for my bikini area. I don't think it matches up to more specialised razors for this area but it does the job for a quick touch up!
On the bottoms of my legs, I apply a reasonable amount of lather and turn the vibrating button on. Strong but not too loud pulsations are sent up the razor and this can take a while to get used too as I discovered when I dropped it the first time I used it. It whizzed around the bath making very loud and embarressing noises making me feel glad I was home alone! I find I need to grip the razor a little bit tighter on my legs as the pulsation combined with wet, lathered legs can mean things get a bit slippy! I worked my way from my ankles to my knees and as advised, use short strokes taking the razor upwards. I don't need to apply much pressure and the lather combined with the gentle but effectiveness of the blades makes the whole experience pain free.
Around my ankles is where I tend to cut myself but the blades on this razor feel so delicate that I haven't done so. I can easily reach around the back of my legs and around the front by putting my leg up on the bath. The vibrations feels gentle and certainly feel like they are removing the hairs better than when I don't switch it on. It is a pleasing experience that doesn't feel so much of a chore and now that I have a shower, it is all the more easy. After each stroke, I rinse my razor under the shower head and the lather and any removed hairs effortlessly run down the drain allowing me to proceed to do the rest of my legs.
Once I have covered all areas and rinsed off the excess lather, my legs appear hair free and smooth. I notice a big difference from using the vibrating as opposed to normal razors and it is certainly worth the extra hassle of applying a lather. The claim that the vibrations removed dry skin is quite a big claim and whilst I have noticed my legs appearing a bit healthier and less irritated, it isn't a massive result. I do tend to apply a bit of baby powder following shaving but have had no discomfort from using the Venus Vibrance. My legs feel smooth for a day or two and the stubbly feeling returns around day 3 but the hairs don't appear visible for a few days after that. Ok for short term use but nothing is likely to beat waxing or epilating!
Venus Vibrance is no cheap razor and the blades are expensive. One blade used for shaving my legs around once each week and my underarms 4-5times a week has last me 3weeks. It is an expensive option but it is much less painful that waxing or epilating and I find it gives me better results opposed to hair removal creams. When it comes to replacing my blades, I will look out for special offers as its an expensive personal care product. I do recommend Venus Vibrance if you can pick it up cheap enough. The battery I am using is the one that came with the razor and it is still going strong.
Thanks for reading x
I have had this razor for ages and it has never really let me down so I thought I would share my opinions with you! Considering I have had it for so long (years and years) the battery has never been changed so I think that that is pretty good.
The razor is pretty similar to all of the other venus ones that gillette make for women. It has the same shape moulded handle but this one is a brilliant pink colour (my favourite!) and as with the others, it has a clippy off thing to make detatching and attaching different head blades really easy.
It has lighter pink grippy bits on the handle which are good, and it also comes with a battery, as pictured, in the size AAA. Like I said, the battery that comes with the razor is still there so it lasts ages.
To put the battery in, you just twist the end of the handle once, and it can slip out, and a new one be put in its place. This seal is really good which means it is waterproof and you can use it in the shower/bath which is really good as it would be a bit rubbish if you electrocuted yourself in the shower!
The battery power makes the whole razor vibrate a little which i thought was a bit wierd at first because it makes my hand all tingly! Apparantly the vibrations help to let you get a closer shave, but I'm not really sure how to be honest, and I can't say I have noticed a difference between this one and the standard venus models. You do get a really close shave with it though and my legs feel really smooth after using it.
I think it is a good razor, and they are not very expensive any more, I think you can pick these up for about £5-£8 but it is the heads which are expensive for me but I guess this is the case with all head like this.
If you are in tha market, one of the lower (and probably cheaper) venus models would do but if you feel like trying a new buzz (see what I did there?) you should try the Vibrance!
Right ok so I liked the looks of this razor but have no idea why I actually brought it. I guess i'm a sucker for the colour pink.
I liked the idea of having a battery powered razor but I did not really see any difference in the way it shaved my legs other than a weird vibrating sensation. The razor blades where gentle on the skin but I was petrified of getting a cut or nick. So I was incredibly weary of this.
The razor has protective layers around the blade to stop and any cuts or nicks whilst the razor vibrates it is meant to give a close shave and reveal healthier looking legs and remove dead skin cells for a better shave but personally I never saw a difference.
The razor itself comes with a on off button which is perfect because you do not necessarily have to have it vibrating away so if like me you will feel a little happier.
The razor comes with a battery already which does last an incredibly long time which is good if you want to use it all the time which I doubt you will.
This razor costs about £7.99 but I personally recommend using older versions of gillette they are a lot better than this one. But if you like the looks of it do give it a go.
I have used razors from the Venus range for years and so when my husband came home from shopping one day with this funky new razor I thought hey, why not, I'll give it a go.
The razor comes in the usual sturdy plastic casing. Once you manage to get into it, you will find the razor itself, a holder, which encorporates a holder for new blades (of which you will find one included) and a battery. The battery compartment is on the end of the shocking pink razor and is pretty easy to work out how to open.
Once the battery is installed you're ready to go as the blade is already attached to the razor.
So, into the shower I went, turned the razor on and was sorely disappointed. Yes, the buzzing sensation made the shaving easier. But that was where the benefits of the vibration ended. It is meant to raise the hairs at the root so that shaving is closer and easier - not for me. I found I had to shave over the same areas several times whereas with the usual Venus I use I don't have to do this. It has the same lubrastrips which are supposed to soften the hairs before shaving - all they did on me was turn a bit jellyfied and left me feeling greasy.
After shaving, my legs usually feel silky smooth and it takes a day before I feel stubble again. With this razor I was feeling stubble within a few hours, telling me that it wasn't the closest shave like it advertises.
I wouldn't recommend this razor to anybody and feel I would rather stick to my cheaper Venus razor that doesn't need batteries - cheaper and a better shave.
I prefer to either wax or epilate my legs, but to do that the hair has to be a certain length - not to mention that epilating is quite time consuming, so sometimes, only a razor will do! I have been using Venus Vibrance razors for several years, but I do sometimes alternate with cheaper brands as the blades for this one can work out quite expensive.
The Venus Vibrance is a razor with a difference - the clue is in the name really - this razor vibrates! The idea behind this is that the gentle vibrations of the blade exfoliate the skin at the same time as shaving. I must admit at first it did sound a bit gimmicky, but it really does work which is why I have continued to buy it.
The razor has a pink handle and is the sort where you buy the blades separately for it. Initially when you buy the razor you will get a pack which includes a razor, one blade, a Duracell battery and a sort of plastic thing which the razor stands on. I must admit, I've never really seen the point of this, and it always ends up in the bin.
The bottom of the razor screws off and the AAA battery fits in easily. The blades are also really easy to change, and there is simply a button that you push which makes the blade pop off, and the next one simply clicks on.
The razor has three blades and it also has three of those 'moisturising strip' things. I have never really seen the point of those to be honest - I don't understand what they so, but I've never had 'razor burn' when using the Venus Vibrance, so perhaps they are protecting from that?
When it comes to using the razor, I find that it gives an incredibly close shave. The vibrating action is quite gentle and although you can feel it vibrating in your hand it's not so strong that you will lose grip of it, or that it's uncomfortable to hold.
In terms of shaving, this gives an incredibly close shave, and in fact, is the best razor I've used. As well as getting rid of hair the vibrating action leaves the skin feeling incredibly silky and smooth - the results are amazing.
Like I said, I never get razor burn when using this, nor do I ever find myself with nicks or cuts as can often happen with cheaper razors. Another good thing is that the blades do not seem to get clogged up as easily with this one.
Cost wise, this is certainly not the cheapest on the market, costing £8.80 for the razor, battery and one blade, and replacement blades are £8.88 for four or £15.98 for eight. These prices are from Boots, but like most things, if you shop around you may find them for less.
So in conclusion, I think these are fantastic razors and the best ones I have found. They give a close shave and gently exfoliate the skin leaving it feeling smooth and looking healthy. The main downside is the price, and if I didn't wax or epilate I wouldn't be able to justify buying them on a regular basis, but still they're definitely worth the money.
ok, so I've messed up again and I find myself writing yet another review about something that should be strictly for the lady world. BUT WHAT A FIND!!!!!!!!!!
Gillette Venus Vibrance Unravelled........................
Venus: [vee-nuhs] The Roman godess of Love, the brightest light in the night sky. the second closest planet to the sun
Vibrance: [vahy-bruhnt] moving to and fro rapidly, pulsating with vigor and energy
so what is venus vibrance? The brightest light pulsating with vigor, or a godess of love moving to and fro rapidly (I'm hoping its that one the cheeky minx)
Well infact its neither but is instead the latest lady shave from Gilette. The one small problem being I am a man...........and very nearly a single man, but I tell my story to inspire others...............
So its a Friday night and my girlfriends friends are coming over for dinner (..........ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ), a delightful bunch of people who only ever talk about work, which gets a little awkward because they're all midwives and the delights of chilbirth over a chicken Biryani was not what I personally had in mind.
Anyway, they're arriving in about 10 minutes and my girlfriend having spent the last 2 hours getting ready, suggests I am not "scrubbing up" particulary well..........whats wrong? is it the tracksuit? or the beans around my mouth.......COME ON give me a clue.
"I do like you with stubble", (She's lying) is the forlorn comment she makes in trying to kickstart my beauty regime
"Its just you look better when you've had a shave"............(she's technically lying, because no number of shaves is going to improve the disasterous efforts god made when he created me.)
Anyway, to keep the peace (and to also look good for the slightly sexy Kate who is arriving in the next 6 minutes!), I decide to go upstairs and "work my magic" (I actually need a miricle and the help of someone slightly more powerful than Paul Daniels).
When Suddenly.......DING DONG (the witch is dead?) the door goes. I am now what is officially known as "In the SH@T" because I have failed in my efforts to get ready in time. but there's an even bigger problem....................I've run out of razors. Now I have an important decision to make.
1) Do I keep the "eye-poppingly" ugly fur on my face and incur the wrath of my girlfriend (as well as the unapproving glances of the beautiful Kate) or
2) Reach for the only other option..........the pink almost phallic looking, Gilette Venus Vibrance, but possibly run the risk chooping my face to pieces like a pis*ed version of Zorro.
knowing my girlfriends uncanny ability to make me look like a complete arse in front of her friends, I decide to risk the LADYSHAVE.
So I start slowley................warm water in sink, gel on face, play with my hair for a bit imagining how cool I'd look with a white beard, then begin..............whoa, wait a minute, grab some toilet paper this could get messy!!!!
I'm not sure why, but I was humming "first cut is the deepest" as I began the process of de-fluffing my face. The first signs were good..................................infact they were brilliant. Nice and smooth with its "triple blade" effortlessly gliding its way through my stubble........I was giving this razor one heck of a workout! It felt good too, the handle was rubbery so I could grip it easier than my usual razor. It was also about 6 times thicker than my razors, so my club fingers found it very easy to manouvre. The only problem I had detected thus far was the gigantic head that the razors sit in was difficult to shave my upper lip. I had to pull my face into positions it had only dreamed of to try and get the bits of hair just under my nose.
Then suddenly my world collapsed.............................
I'd touched something and it was even worse than the time I was caught looking up a manikins dress in BHS.
The razor had come alive!!!!!!. I fought with the wasp like creature for a couple of seconds, until I gradully overwhelmed it with brute force (and a large amount of wit). The razor was buzzing in my hand......but why? what form of devil worship had been occuring in this bathroom?
On closer inspection of the packet, it was not the demon razor I had anticipated. Infact this was part of the design to help "exfoliate" my face. (I say face, I mean legs)
Well being an openminded man, I decided to continue with my plight, with my little buzzing friend coming along for the journey.
"Are you alright up there" asked my anxious sounding girlfriend
"yeah I'm fine"............(I wasn't)
"Its just we heard screaming"
ok this was getting serious and I had to come up with an answer quick. How could I disguise my girly screams without embarrasing myself.........?
"oh sorry , its just I found a ball of your hair clogging up the sink and as I pulled it out it looked like a rat" Its the best I could do and her friends seemed to find it amusing......whoops.
a few more scrapes and I was almost there. The movable head of the razor was sliding around my face like the ice skating maestro Christopher Dean (unfortunately by the end of the shave I looked like Jane Torvill).
I can, therefore say, with the upmost respect that the Gillette Venus Vibrance is a top, top razor. As much as my technique tried to maim me, I was unable to put a dent in my face. It was also an incredibly close shave and definitely one of the best I've ever had. It was infact a closer shave than the time I got a tummy bug in Thailand and was seen sprinting my way down the Khao San road to find the nearest toilet.
So how much will this little beauty set you back?
In all honestly I didn't have a clue, but having done my homework, it would appear its about £6.95 to buy the razor then its about 4.95 for 2 blades or £8.69 for 2 blades. Just remember, you'll need to buy AAA batteries as well
Therefore, its not the cheapest but it works like a charm. In saying that, please read my girlfriend review of the razor as she seems to think the blades on the razor were blunt after 1 use............hmmmmmmmmm
I bought this razor when they first came out. I have had other Venus razors and have thought they were the best razors I had ever used, so when I went on holiday and forgot my razor it was a natural choice for me to get another one.
The Venus Vibrance razor is different to the normal Venus razors as you can put a battery in it so that will vibrate as you as shaving. This is meant to exfoliate your legs as you shave and give you a closer shave.
The razor comes in a pink colour (which I really like!) and has a white rubbery grip around it so that it is easier to hold so you won't drop it (it can get quite hard with a smooth plastic razor in the shower - I am quite clumsy!) The bottom of the razor twists off so that you can insert the battery. It takes one AAA battery. The seal at the bottom of the razor where the battery is stored is waterproof so that you can use it in the shower. It would be pretty pointless if it wasn't waterproof!
You have the option whether you want to use the vibrating function or not. There is a silver button at the bottom of the razor that you can press so that it turns it on. The vibrations aren't too over the top, and it won't make you any more likely to cut your legs! It is quite gentle and not unpleasant when you are shaving. It is also meant to give you a closer shave, and exfoliate away dead skin to make your legs look better.
The first time I used the vibrating function.. I wasn't sure about it. It felt very strange to be using a vibrating razor blade against my skin. It didn't really like how it felt holding it in my hand, but obviously that is just personal preference.
To be honest, I didn't really see the difference shaving with the vibration on, than with it off. I think it is a wonderful razor, but I am glad that you can turn the vibration off because in terms of comfort, as I find the same results with both, I prefer to just have a normal shave which I am used to.
I find that the razor (vibration on or off!) gives a great shave. It shaves so close to the skin. I don't usually nick myself at all with these blades. They have three blades on them and a moisturising strip at the top of the blade to moisturise you legs as you shave. I also find I can even be quite rough when I shave with them and I don't cut myself. The only niggle I have with the blades is that they are so expensive! To buy a pack of four will cost you around £7 or £8.. almost the same price as the actual razor!
When you purchase the razor, along with the actual razor you also get a razor blade, an AAA battery, and a shower holder/storage case for the razor. This is a plastic shaped box which can fit the razor on the top, it opens up and inside you can store up to four sealed razor blades. You can also but plastic 'suckers' on the back (which are provided) so that you can stick it to the wall of you shower so that you can easily get it when you need to.
I bought mine for about £8, but there always seems to be offers on with the Venus products in Boots and Superdrug, and I saw it in Superdrug for £5.99 a couple of days ago, which I think is good value.
I think the Venus razors are the best razors I have ever used, and this one is no different, I just prefer not to use the vibrating function on it. Also, it is quite easy to forget to switch it on if you are used to the normal razors. I don't think it is that expensive to buy the actual razor, the thing that makes them quite expensive is buying the replacement blades.
I used to shave my legs with Bic razors in the shower with no cream or anything until my husband told me off and told me to stop mutilating my legs so I figured it was time to find something else a little more grown up and that would make my already gorgeous legs (he he) look better than ever.
I had seen lots of television adverts for the Venus Vibrance for women from Gillette so decided to give it a go (it might have had something to do with the fact that I love the Bananarama song Venus which is featured in the ad's but, moving swiftly on!)
You can buy the razor in Boots for £8.99. This razor is Gillette's first powered razor for women. It is powered by an AA battery which is also sold with the razor. I have had my razor for over a year now and don't think I've ever had to replace the battery yet. There is a button at the bottom of the razor that you press to turn off and on. It's quite a sturdy button and out of the way of your grip and needs a good press so there is no worry about turning it off accidently mid use or turning it on when you don't need to for that matter. I believe the razor vibrates in order to make the hairs on your leg stand up so you get a closer shave. My legs are always very smooth after suing this so it seems to work.
The best thing I like about this razor though is that it has three blades with moisture glide strips on them which, when wet, add lubrication to your legs to ensure a gentle and smooth shave. This is great for a lazy person like me who doesn't use a shaving foam in the shower. In fact you don't really need one as the strips in my opinion work as well as any shaving foam and lather your leg up very well. The product is quite creamy as well so my legs do feel really moisturised afterwards as well. The great thing is that this moisture strip lasts a really long time, almost as long as the length of that particular blade. I find the blades last for a very long time too. I am not very careful with mine and leave them in the shower so you would think that they would go rusty but this has never happened wither.
You do not need to replace the main Venus Vibrance, you just replace the blades when needed. A four pack of replacement blades costs £8.89 from Boots so a little on the expensive side but as I said they last a long time, these four blades would probably last me about six months plus so if you work it out over time it is not that expensive. The blades are easy to replace. They come in individual plastic packs, you peel off the backing, insert the razor and then they click into place so no cutting or slicing your fingers attempting to take out the blades.
There are wires across the blades so I never seem to get nicks or cuts with this razor either. The close shave lasts for three or four days so you can enjoy your beautiful legs.
It's that time of year when we women need to shed the winter trousers and bare our legs to the world. Hairy legs are a no go unless of course you are Ms Helena Bonham Carter in Ape costume or you have a penchant for being mother earthy, displaying wild birds nests in your armpits and jungley legs to rival Tarzan.
For me, I have to admit that waxing is virgin territory. I can't bring myself to experience the torture; I suppose its a small price to pay for having such tactile skin. The thought of those epilators that pluck the hairs from your very legs brings tears to my eyes, so the only option left is the vile sulphuric mess that is hair removal cream or the simple, odourless and usually painless option, the humble shaver.
In the past I have used disposable razors and a Ladyshave but dry leg shaving is so last century. My eye was alerted to the Venus Vibrance adverts with their very pink allure, a strong selling point for girly girls like me. A single Venus Vibrance razor costs around £8 and is available in most supermarkets and large chemist shops. It comes in one of those hard moulded plastic wraps which you can only get inside with a sharp pair of scissors or a bread knife. Dont even try to open with your teeth or tear after a small snip with the scissors. You will cut your skin. I know.
Once you have got past the packaging, you will find a pink and white plastic object a bit like a soap dish, a pink handled razor and a Duracell battery size AAA. Firstly, unscrew the bottom of the handle of the razor and insert the battery. Twist the base of the handle back into place and make sure it sticks firmly into place. I had to try this several times; be firm and make sure it is tight otherwise you could get a shock later in the bath.
Press the button and feel the vibes
At the base of the handle is a little silver button. When you press this, the shaver begins to shake. You dont have to switch this on at all but it does somewhat increase the fun of an otherwise dull and boring task and it makes a nice little hum sound to boot.
Lets face it, shaving your legs is a bit of a chore, but a necessary evil unless you enjoy the pain of the wax. The Venus Vibrance does however make the shaving task a bit less of a pain in several ways.
~ You can do it in the bath or shower.
~ It feels good
~ You get silky legs as a result
~ It is painless and you are unlikely to nick yourself
~ You get better results if you use a gel as well.
~ It vibrates and hums.
Wet is Best
I am really rubbish at physics but I do know that water and electricity do not mix and I guess that goes for battery operated things too. When I first bought the razor I wasnt really sure that it could really be safely used in the shower, so I did something outrageous for me, I read the details that came with the packaging. Sure enough, it is safe to use the Venus in the shower of bath.
Get Wet and Cover Yourself in Gel
Even better, is the fact that it works better with gel. For those who have known me since I started reviewing, you may know that I love anything satiny or silky on my skin. Foamburst gel is the product I use with my Venus, you just squirt a little on your hand and it foams up. Then you rub it on your skin as soft or as hard as you like. Its perfect for use with this shaver. Then, simply stroke the razor from the bottom of your leg in an upward glide, smoothly does it, to remove unwanted hairiness. It is really quick and easy and the results are excellent, smooth pins every time. For best underarm shaving, a series of vertical and horizontal strokes gives the best results since hair there grows in more than one direction.
It is worth noting here that shaving is best done when the skin is warm and wet. Therefore it is a good idea to be thoroughly soaked in the shower or bath before you start shaving. A good excuse to rub that Foamburst all over for a while and get thoroughly scrubbed. After a few minutes of warmth and moisture on the skin, the hairs will be softer and easier to remove.
The razor head has three comfort-coated blades for a smooth shave. The blades last ages depending on how frequently you use the razor. You only know that they need changing when the blade feels a little dull. Sets of spare Venus blade heads cost around £8.50 for a set of four. You simply clip off the old one and replace with a new head.
The makers of the Venus Vibrance also claim that using this razor helps to exfoliate dry skin from the body leaving new and fresher hairless skin behind. I cant say that Ive noticed the exfoliating properties but Ill try and pay extra attention when my legs are a bit peely after too long in the sun.
Quick & Fun & Easy Peasy
If youve shaved your legs in the bath, youll notice a nasty scum layer on the surface which may stick to you when you get out. For this reason, shaving is best done in the shower. After use, the Venus Vibrance can be stored in the moulded box. It doesnt have a lid which I suspect is to prevent the wet blades going rusty. The base of the soap box also opens to reveal storage space for spare blade heads.
The vibration of the shaver in use does feel quite nice on the legs and underarms. If I forget to press the button, theres a certain something missing. Overall I think its great and am very happy to continue being a wax virgin in favour of being a Venus goddess with legs 11.
Venus do a range of shavers for all manner of goddesses. Choose from the pink Venus Vibrance which vibrates, the blue Venus Divine which doesnt and the blue Venus Divines which are disposable. You can find out more from their website at www.gillettevenus.com/uk/
For a smoother shave that gently exfoliates and instantly reveals more radiant skin / Venus Vibrance features multiple lubrastrips technology / There is a lubrastrip before the blades that provides comfortable lubrication preparing the hair and skin for an easy shave / Two lubrastrips after the blades provide a smooth glide and gentle shave / In addition to natural aloe and botanical oils, the primary strip features the new ingredient of TONE which releases more lubrication from the strip during shave /