Hair Removal Vol.5: My choices

I have to say, I do not like hair, unless it’s on my head, or on my eyebrows.  I know no one does, but since I am a Mediterranean girl, and not a blonde hairless Scandinavian, I’ve become pretty much the expert on hair removal!

–          Arms, armpits:  I always use my epilator for these.  I‘ve gotten used to it, so no pain for me. Leaves my skin nice and smooth for a good amount of time.

–          Belly:  I only do this sometimes in the summer.  I either wax or epilate.  Both are just as fast for me.

–          Bikini area:  I wax the area once a month.  I used to visit a salon for this, but after watching the procedure so many times, I decided to do it myself.  Is was time consuming at the beginning, now I’m a Brazilian wax pro!

–          Legs:  I usually shave, using a Gilette Mens Razor.  It’s a vibrating one, but the vibration serves for nothing but to scare the shit out of me when I accidentally push the “on” button on the handle.  If I have more time on my hands I will also epilate, but it does cause ingrown hair on my skin.

–          Face: I tweeze or shave my own eyebrows.  I find shaving very fast, easy, and precise.  I can also experiment with different shapes, knowing that it will grow back fast.  I thread my upper lip & I bleach the fine hair around the chin area and on the cheeks.

 

So ladies!  How do you deal with your hairy parts?  Any advice or tips?  Please share your hair removal experiences and stories!!!

Hair Removal Vol.4: Facial Hair

  1. Waxing: Nice, smooth, long lasting results. Damages the skin if done too often. Can aggravate acne! Best used only for eyebrows and upper lip. Not a good choice for beginners, you can burn yourself or rip off your eyebrows.
  2. Epilating: Same as above, but won’t damage skin. I would not let this anywhere near my eyebrows!
  3. Tweezing: A good choice for keeping up with the shape of your eyebrows. If doing your own shaping, be careful not to over-tweeze! Wouldn’t recommend it for any other kind of facial hair.
  4. Bleaching: Very good method for fine hair on the cheeks, chin, etc.  Use on your upper lip ONLY if you have extremely fine hair, otherwise you will still have a mustache, just a blond one.  Yikes!  Also, also do the allergy test beforehand!
  5. Shaving: Either with creams, small shapers, or electrical trimmers, it’s a fast choice.  Fast, but be careful not to shave off an eyebrow or something. If you have very dark hair, this will leave a grayish shadow under the skin. Hair grows back quickly, but easy to remove again!

YouTubers: I tube, YouTube, We all tube

Today, for the first post of the “YouTubers” series, allow me to introduce you to the Queen of YouTubers regarding the make up community.

Lisa Eldridge : classy, professional, gorgeous, a temple of makeup knowledge.

 

 

Incidentally, in her last vid, she talked about one of my favorite brands, Korres.

If (which I doubt) you have yet to meet this lovely lady, then rush over to her site www.lisaeldridge.com  or her YouTube channel!

Olay Review

Hello, ladies! How have you been?

Skincare review again here! Read on if you ‘re interested!

I’ve been using these two Olay products for the past two months. You all know Olay don’t you?  Used to be really high-end I think, now it’s really affordable. I think these two products were around 10 euros each!  They still have a pretty good reputation, but let’s see…

The one is a night cream called “Olay complete night – night enriched cream”.  It’s supposed to have all the nice and rich ingredients your skin needs to regenerate itself while you ‘re curled up in bed.  This product has a nice clean smell to it, nothing that bothers me, and I’m pretty particular about smells.  It doesn’t smell “old-lady-ish” even though Olay has that kind of tag following it around.  It has a rich, but not oily texture, which leaves my skin feeling quite sumptuous before bed.

What I don’t like about it is that it’s so rich, it sometimes breaks me out.  Not humongous zits, but small whiteheads that clear up until the next day. Now, my skin is pretty oily, so it’s probably not the product’s fault.  On the other hand, not many products have this effect on me, so I will probably not be getting this again.

The second product is an eye cream – “Olay Age Defying Eye Gel”.  It is a completely clear product, so much so that when I first opened the packaging I thought the jar was empty!  This feels very very refreshing around my eyes.  I do feel a sort of pulling sensation as it starts to dry, but not in a bad way.  As if this was doing a “mini-lift” around my eye area, does that make any sense?  I can’t detect any smell to this.

All in all, it’s not an absolute favorite, but I think it’s a good value for money product.  Especially when I compare it to the “Clinique All About Eyes” eye cream.  I usually get along nicely with Clinique products but this stuff made my eyes so freaking itchy, I wanted to scratch my skin off.  (Eww)  It created more wrinkles than it prevented, me thinks.  (I’m giving you the evil eye, Clinique).

 

 

 

Have you any good eye creams to recommend?  Please do.

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Vichy Normaderm

So, my first blog post is going to be a review on a skincare line I am currently using, that I am verrry pleased with!

See, I have normal to combination skin, like a lot of ladies do, with my problem areas being mostly my forehead, nose and chin.  My skin has never been problematic to be honest, except for the occasional zit, and the mandatory breakouts most of us have had during our teenage years (those times are long gone thank god, I am 24 now).

A few months ago, I noticed that I had started to get pimples and small nasty bumps on my forehead and skin.  Maybe you’re thinking ok, so it’s not a big problem, but ladies let me tell you.  Redness we can hide, discoloration we can hide, but those ugly little things that pop right out of your skin, nothing can hide.  It’s a matter of texture, and not the heaviest coverage foundation can cover that.

So in comes, Vichy Normablend.  This is a wonderful line, affordable, clean-smelling, and it works!  It had my face all cleared up in a couple of weeks.  For the first month or so I used two times daily (morning and night) these three products:

  • Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel
  • Vichy Normaderm 3 in 1 Unclogging Purifying Toner
  • Vichy Normaderm Pro Mat Ultra-Matyfying Oil-Free Lotion SPF15 (mine was in a white packaging though, I think, I run out now and haven’t bought a new one yet)

You can find more details, ingredients, etc at:

http://www.vichyusa.com/_us/_en/face-care/collection/normaderm.aspx

All of these products were under 15 euros each (I live in Greece at the moment, and got them at a pharmacy) which is quite affordable when it comes to good skincare products!

Now I have to say, I don’t use the Toner daily anymore, as it can feel a bit drying at times.  My skin has been pretty clear for the past weeks, and I only use it when I feel my face has been acting too greasy, when I see zits popping up, or when I’ve out all day and feel that I need that extra bit of squeaky cleanliness.

So I really do recommend this line, for ladies with oily skin that tends to get worse especially as summer is approaching.

As a last note, I have seen some bad reviews on these, which I think stem from the wrong people using it.  This is not for people with dry/normal skin!  Also, I would not recommend this to anyone with severe acne.  Many times, these sort of products will just aggravate severe acne instead of making it go away!  For people with a more serious problem, I would definitely suggest a visit to a dermatologist or sites such as http://www.acne.org !

P.S. This of course wasn’t sponsored, do I really need to mention that?  No idea!   I’m a bit of a rookie here, bear with me. 🙂

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