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Sunday, 1 September 2013

/ beauty / review / Veet EasyWax kit

If you've read my post about hair removal, my experiences have been varied. I would honestly like to see a man have to deal with all these issues we do. It's just so much fun!

The claims (Boots and Veet)
What we have here is an 'innovative self heating' wax system with a roll on applicator for salon results. 'Formulated with the same ingredients' Veet wax removes hair from the root at first application and is effective on hair as short as 2mm, leaving skin smooth for up to 4 weeks.

The self heating unit heats the wax to the right temperature in around 20 minutes, while the roll-on applicator ensures clean and even layers of wax for total coverage. It contains all the things you'd need along with a 2 year guarantee. 

Oh and...
You're only 7 steps away from salon wax results. 

So I read the box twice, and was astounded at such brave words. The list of 'do nots' was also equally as intimidating - even when I'm being sensible  I still wouldn't put it in the bath.

The reality
As always, first test was done exactly to the instructions. 

1. Insert the Veet wax refill into the device, ensuring it is fully inserted. 
Done. I did that one all right.

2.  Plug the electircal cable into the device and the socket. The red light confirms the device is heating. Leave it to heat for 20mins, after which the wax is ready. Apply the wax to a small area to check it's ready, if not allow it to heat for another 5mins. The wax is ready when it glides on easily and applies evenly. No contact with water.
Hang on. I sat attentively by my device for 20 minutes. I then attempted to apply it - absolutely no luck. The further five minutes did little, so I left it again. A further 25 minutes later (that's 45 in total) the wax was only just ready to use. Thankfully I was dedicated to watching an episode of The Great British Bake Off. So I won't begrudge them too much.

3. Apply the wax in the direction of hair growth. 
I ignored my rebellious voice and stuck with the vertical stripe. Ideas of waxing my name into my legs or drawing a face were ignored (this time). 

so many things in the box
4. Immediately place the strip over the layer of wax, ensuring that there is at least 1cm at the bottom which is wax free. rub the strip in the direction of hair growth. 
Yep. That's not the bit I was dreading.

5. Hold the skin taut to avoid discomfort. Holding the bottom of the strip, very quickly and in one swift motion, pull the strip back keeping it as close to the skin as possible. The faster you remove the strip, the more effective it will be.
So I gave myself a pep talk before this step. I'd chosen to wax my shin (believing that would be easier) and  then I did it. I grabbed the strip and yanked it back. Ouch.
That definitely hurt more than I was expecting. Okay it hurt a lot. Oh and also it hadn't removed much of the hair. Unfortunately the instructions specifically stated not to wax on area more than once

6. Remove any wax residues from your skin with a wipe.
The residues weren't really being removed. This took quite a while.

7. Unplug the device. Allow to cool before removing the refill. And some advice about storing the device...
So I removed it and waited for it to cool. I was waiting quite a long time, so then made a start on some of the recent Eastenders episodes. Golly this stuff is good?

Does anyone want this product?

I used it more than once, with different techniques and had little more success than my first attempt.

I wouldn't really class it as achieving 'salon results' nor did it remove the hair on the first application, but hey I got to watch a lot of T.V.

It really isn't for me. I think I'd rather epilate than self wax (it's kind of the same thing just less messy) because the whole process was too complicated. It's just not time efficient in my eyes and I was frustrated by the inefficiency of the wax.
Despite being more expensive I guess I'll be heading down to the beauticians to be berated for my skirt length. Those women behave like my mum.

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