Having basically said you should always leave waxing to the professionals in yesterday’s post, I would like to share the one home waxing product that I know works (because I’ve just finished my second box) and and is genuinely easy to use (clearly, because even I’ve used it without cocking up).
Nobody likes to talk about hairy female faces, but if you’re dark then “omg do I actually have a tache?!” paranoia is something you’ve no doubt experienced in your lifetime. As if women don’t have enough nonsense to fret about already.
For me, it tends to be when I’m looking in a new mirror with different lighting that I suddenly realise I’ve been walking around looking like a teenage boy for god knows how long. Why is it never a mirror AT HOME that reveals such horrid truths?!
When I was younger I would bleach my upper lip, but the smell of that stuff is intoxicating (literally) and the relief it gave was only temporary as I then had a new fear: a blonde tache.
I’ve heard some masochists get their top lip threaded (why would you do that to yourself?!) but for me the only real option I could see was waxing.
Waxing your top lip in a salon doesn’t cost a fortune, it’s a tenner at Strip, but it’s still ten pounds that I really don’t want to pay. Why should I spend every last penny on bloody hair removal nonsense? It’s not as if dark haired girls get tax breaks.
Figuring it was an easy and tiny area to try and wax myself, I bought some Veet facial strips at the chemist one day and I have never looked back. They are easy to use, effective and at £6 a box it’s basically 60p per wax job. I can’t get so livid about 60p.
I wouldn’t normally want to shout about hairy face issues but it would seem selfish to not share just how easy these are to use when girls I know spend a lot in salons. And what I love about them is that I always know they’re in the bathroom, so if I ever do have one of those ‘good lighting days’ where a caterpillar reveals itself I can deal with it straight away rather than anxiously await a salon appointment.
In the box you get 20 strips (that’s ten applications basically, as you use one strip for each side of your face) and for me they are annoyingly longer than necessary but that doesn’t cause any problems when it comes to usage…it just seems like a waste of product.
You warm the paper-backed wax in your hands (for a few seconds, super easy), smooth onto your upper lip and then use their ‘easy grip’ tab to rip it off. Simple. There are full instructions on the box and on each strip’s backing paper….but it’s not exactly rocket science.
The waxing itself isn’t like a cuddle from a puppy but it’s hardly painful, it’s over and done in a second. The building up to the ripping is the longest part and I’ve managed to get that down to 10 seconds now. (I know it doesn’t really hurt, but there’s something about doing it to yourself which always makes me weird out for a moment).
The box comes with some fancy wipes (baby oil, basically) for smoothing on after or removing any leftover wax but I don’t really know what the point of them is other than it feels quite nice afterwards. You only get four of these, but they don’t dry out so I just shove them back in their packets and re-use them.
They do a sensitive version of the product which I’ve not bothered with before as I’m not particularly sensitive, but I presume they’re just as good.
So for £6 – or 60p a wax – you can’t really go too wrong. I like that they’re easily available too, I can get them at Sainsbury’s just as easily as Boots. The results don’t last four weeks as claimed on the box (for me at least) but I think it’s a great purchase and I’m happily about to buy my third pack.
So there you have it, my exception to the rule of “only get waxed by professionals”.
Tomorrow I’m talking brows. YES.