Video: Favourites/Empties July 2017

I’ve done another video! It’s becoming quite addictive, I’m liking the change of pace. This is my first review video. I talk about five products I’ve actually managed to finish, so they’re the cream of the crop when it comes to favourites. I try out a stupid amount of products for reviewing (way more than what actually turns up on …

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Hair Removal Finds: Braun Silk-Epil, Her Shave Club, Gillette Swirl

Hair Removal Finds: Braun Silk-Epil, Her Shave Club, Gillette Swirl

It’s been summer here in Sydney and since I’m running around bare-legged, hair removal has been on the forefront of my mind. Here are some cool new hair removal discoveries I’ve made, hope they help some of you out too!

Hair Removal Finds: Braun Silk-Epil, Her Shave Club, Gillette Swirl

Braun Silk-epil9 SkinSpa Epilator

Back in 2011 I bought a Braun Silk-epil epilator, used it for a bit… then misplaced the charging cable for a few years. When I finally found the cable again, unsurprisingly, the epilator refused to wake up. I hadn’t gotten around to buying a new one, so when I had the opportunity to try the new Braun Silk-epil9 SkinSpa (Amazon/Shaver Shop) I was pretty excited!

I originally turned to epilation because I really disliked shaving and waxing. The main advantage epilating has over shaving is that the epilator usually pulls out hair by the root, so overall it grows back slower and regrowth is less prickly (though some hairs will still snap in the middle and grow out prickly). It also doesn’t involve any disposable materials so it produces less trash (though it requires electricity), and it’s gentler on skin in terms of razor burn. However, epilation hurts more than shaving, takes a little longer, and the epilator requires you to remember to charge it. The risk of ingrown hair is also higher, since the hair can break off under the skin and remain trapped.

Epilation is a bit more similar to waxing. While both waxing and epilating both give you smooth stubble-free skin, waxing requires a bit more skill, you need to repurchase the wax, and it’s generally messier too. You also need longer stubble for effective waxing (2-3 mm for waxing vs 0.5 mm for epilating with the Silk-epil). I also find waxing more painful than epilation (other people disagree), but whereas waxing involves one quick big ouch, epilating requires you to bear a lesser amount of pain for a bit longer.

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Remington i-LIGHT Pro+ Face & Body IPL 5 month review

Remington i-LIGHT Pro+ Face & Body IPL 5 month review

Quite a few readers have asked me to update on how effective the Remington i-LIGHT Pro+ Face & Body IPL machine (model IPL6500AU) is, long(ish) term. So here’s a review of the results 5 months later! Check out my earlier posts for an overview of the Remington i-LIGHT IPL machine and how it to use it.

Remington i-LIGHT Pro+ Face & Body IPL 5 month review

Overview of the Remington i-LIGHT Pro+ Face & Body IPL Machine

The i-LIGHT Pro+ is a compact unit, featuring:

  • An infinity bulb which (theoretically) never needs replacing
  • Face and body attachments for treating different areas
  • A skin sensor to check if your skin is suitable for IPL
  • 5 energy settings, to ensure comfort

A full treatment regimen is 3 sets of treatments, 2 weeks apart – top up treatments may be necessary.

5 Month IPL Update

I originally did three areas (right armpit, right bikini line, left forearm). The area I wanted to reduce hair in most was my armpit. Unfortunately, I managed to get an ingrown hair in the armpit that I was treating, which then turned into a minor cyst (gross, I know – sorry!), so I couldn’t continue after the 3rd treatment, which was annoying because that’s where I was seeing the most improvement. I also stopped treating the other areas as well around this time (early November).

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Remington i-LIGHT Pro+ Face & Body IPL review Pt 1

Remington i-LIGHT Pro+ Face & Body IPL 5 month review

Remington have just released the i-LIGHT Pro+ Face & Body IPL6500AU, a new home IPL machine for permanent hair removal. I’m getting to the point where I’m sick of itchy shaving stubble and waxing takes too much effort, so IPL and lasers have been on my mind for a while! Remington kindly gave me a machine to trial.

How does IPL hair removal work?

There’s a full breakdown of the science behind IPL and laser hair removal in this post, but here’s a quick summary.

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Lasers! Science.

The basis of laser and IPL hair removal is that dark coloured objects absorb light more than light coloured objects. A strong pulse of light is shone on the hair. The melanin in the hair absorbs the light and turns it into heat, which kills the hair at the root, or makes it produce finer, lighter hair. The fancy term for this is selective thermolysis. Since skin also contains melanin, there’s a possibility that dark skin can also be damaged by light treatment, so IPL works best with dark coarse hair on light skin.

There’s a catch though – only hairs in a certain stage of the hair life cycle (the anagen phase – stage 1 below, when the hair is actively growing) will be affected. This means you’ll have to make a few visits to zap all the hair. Hair can also repair itself after a while, so maintenance treatments are needed too.

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Schick Intuition shaver review

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schick-intuition

This is a product for super lazy people – Schick Intuition razors lather and shave in one go, in case you’re finding it too hard to put soap on yourself. I know this sounds ridiculous, but it’s actually a bit tricky to lather with soap, then shave your legs before the soap gets washed away. Of course, you can turn off the water when you shave, but this winter has been bloody freezing in Sydney, so it’s not really an option.

Schick Intuition shavers are essentially a block of soap attached to the end of a 4 blade razor, with a nifty mechanism that ensures that the soap and the blades are level when you use it. I’ve found that the soap lasts about 2 months of daily/almost daily use, but I’m not particularly hairy, and I’ve read that some people do find that the soap runs out too quickly.

schick-intuition-mechanism

There are three varieties available: Sensitive Care (soapy scented), Renewing Moisture (fruity scented) and Pure Nourishment (my favourite, vanilla scented). Judging from the ingredients lists, all three varieties are essentially the same, except for the fragrances and the order of a few of the moisturising ingredients at the end (aloe vera juice, sweet almond oil). The ingredients in the block o’ soap:

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Easy Waxing? Waxaway Aquawax Roll On Kit review

I’ve been too lazy to deal with the whole hubbub of waxing – carrying hot wax from the microwave to the bathroom and trying to slather it on with a paddle pop stick is something I can only be bothered doing twice a year. I’d given up on waxing entirely and gave away all my remaining wax when I saw …

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Does Inhibitif hair reducing serum work? Science and a review

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the beauty blogosphere, you’ve probably heard of Inhibitif already. Inhibitif is a hair reducing product and has been a hit, based on its reputation of achieving similar results to laser without the pain or cost. But what exactly is it doing? The main active ingredients in Inhibitif are Tremella fuciformis sporocarp extract, dihydromyricetin …

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