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Sunday, 25 August 2013

Epilator Review: & How To Make Shaving Easy

Shaving/waxing and general hair removal, is something that most girls choose to do. It's up to you whether you remove it or not, but I like to leave my legs silky smooth. I usually just buy cheap razors and I don't think I've ever shaved my legs without cutting them, so much blood comes out as well from the tiniest cut. My Mum on the other hand, swears by hair removal cream, which is probably just as good, just without the cuts. I can never really get as much hair removed as I want to with the razor, so it was my lucky day when the lovely people at Remington sent me their brand new epilator and 'perfect shaving kit' to try. There are a lack of reviews of epilators on the internet, possibly because most people are petrified of using them after hearing horror stories of how much they hurt. My fearless Mum, has always dreamed of owning one, so between us, we tested this out for you. Is an epilator the new way to shave? And which products will make shaving that little bit sweeter? Read on to find out...


Firstly, get a nice candle. Within my 'perfect shaving kit' I was sent this beautiful Neal's Yard candle (which smells delicious). A top tip for using an epilator, light a nice scented candle to take away the pain. Focus on this instead, calm your mind. I'd actually recommend having a bath first to open up your pores (it makes taking hairs out less painful) and then use a candle to relax yourself. 

The ultimate shaving tip: obviously make sure you've scrubbed away and exfoliated all of that dead skin. This is the first Soap and Glory product that I've used and oh my gosh it smells incredible. It smells of maple syrup and I promise, you will want to eat yourself after washing with this. If this was edible, I'd have eaten it all by now. Basically, scrub away all those dead skin cells in order to keep the skin looking smooth, this also means your tan will last longer on holiday as the skin wont shed as quickly. 

I'd also recommend the Nivea water lily and oil shower gel, it soothes and softens the skin ready for urm, ripping those hairs out. That's the only way to explain what an epilator does.

Next it's time to get rid of the hairs. Yeah so this little machine may look scary. It's an epilator and I'm sure you've heard of them before. Many women and particularly a lot of my Mum's friends absolutely swear by using epilators, apparently if you remove your hairs with them, it takes longer for them to grow back, which is what most women want I suppose. It also pulls them right from the root, whilst that sounds extremely painful, again, I assume that's what a lot of women want.

I'm going to be completely honest with you and say that whilst I can see why people use them, they literally rip your hair out, I won't be getting rid of my razor just yet. This little barrel moves so fast and really does rip the hair out, from the root and you can really feel it, it hurts I'm not going to lie. It's like when you get your eye brows threaded, but sharper and worse. It kind of feels like someone is plucking each individual leg hair. I do think epilators are incredible if you can face up to the pain, due to them being able to remove all the hair from the root, but unfortunately, I found that it took far too long to remove all my leg hair (mainly because I was flinching after every tiny section, I didn't dare go down my leg like you would with a normal shaver) and it just wasn't worth the pain when I can just grab some hair removal cream or a razor. My Mum said it would take quite a bit of getting used to and it did make her itch a lot because of the pain. Whilst these little things are full of power, it was just too painful for me, I think it's much easier and quicker and less painful to just use a razor. Epilators start from around £19.00 though which makes them quite reasonable if you want to try them, I'd love to know what you think about them so do leave a comment below and let me know if you've ever used one before.


The last step is to moisturise. I personally wouldn't recommend moisturising straight away after, I must have pretty sensitive skin because usually, if I put anything on my legs after shaving, it makes me itch, feel irritated and just generally not so nice, it also makes my legs really sore and red. When you do end up moisturising (wait about an hour, I do it just before I go to sleep), I am loving Korres body butter at the moment. This is a freshly cut fig body butter and it's oozing with flavour and leaves your legs softer than they've ever been, I can't wait to get some more stuff from the collection. The final step would be to fake that glow. It feels weird saying that as I haven't worn fake tan for about 5 months now, but if you like looking tanned, pop some Rimmel instant tan on. Again, I'd either recommend to do this the day after shaving or the day before, otherwise, the tan will go into your open pores, which can cause irritation but as well as this, it won't look smooth or natural, it will just look quite dotty/spotty on your legs. If you just want a natural glow, I'd highly recommend Palmers cocoa butter gradual tan. 

I hope you liked these quick and easy shaving tips, will you be straying from your razor or hair removal cream just yet? I think I'll be sticking to my razor and shaving foam - quick and easy. Do you have any shaving tips or are there any shaving products that you can't live without? Have you ever used an epilator? What are your thoughts on epilators?
Lots of love, Em x

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43 comments:

  1. I love the Rimmel Gradual tan! great post!!!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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    1. Eek I love gradual tans in general, so good :) x

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  2. Didn't know epilators hurt so much otherwise I would have had a try! Thank you for the honest review!

    beautyandtheb1.blogspot.co.uk

    B xx

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    1. aw its fine, i dont even want to put people off, I just wanted to be honest xx

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    2. Ya epilator hurt so much but it seems to be perfect for hair removal.

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  3. I have used an epilator for a few years now and it makes my hair less thick and it doesn't grown back as quick. It is really painful the first few times you use them but now it really doesn't hurt. I do it about once a week because if you leave it for ages it starts to hurt again so regular is key! I prefer to use mine although if I want a closer shave then Ill use a razor. Im getting waxed in a few weeks...... eeek :S xx

    sheworechic.co.uk

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    1. Ahhh see, this makes me want to try it but i dont know if i dare get used to it! Thank you, I will take your advice:) Xxx

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  4. I've had two epilators now because i love the idea of them but i find them so incredibly painful! I like to think i have a really high pain tolerance but it stings so bad that i just stick with shaving, it takes so long to get every hair out as well, even when you do face up to the pain and go up and down like you would a razor. x

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    1. Yes the idea of them is amazing and im sure the result is too, I just need to get over how scary they are! x

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  5. Ouch ouch, I don't think I could ever do it. Pain is something I avoid as much as possible!
    the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. I couldnt agree more, apparently it gets better though! x

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  6. I literally cringe by even the thought of an epilator. Tried it once and NEVER AGAIN! Oh and I recommend using aloe Vera cream after a shave or wax as it soothes and cooled your skin down. Works like a dream.
    X

    http://www.rougesramblings.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Haha, it does look pretty scary. Apparently they get better! Ahhh thank you so much, will grab some of that:) X

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  7. My mom has that and loves it :)
    http://www.betzysmakeup.com/

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  8. Epilators really scare me but i really want to try it! Breakfast scrub is one of my favourites! I could eat it !

    Rosie xo
    rosiemickhaiel.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Haha, this scared me too :( I want to eat it allll up haha! sooo delicious! x

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  9. Thank you for sharing this with us, I have always wanted to know what it was like to use an epilator but never had the guts. Think I will continue with shaving for now.
    http://www.joannavictoria.co.uk/

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  10. I love the fact you have given a honest review - good on you! It's refreshing to know you'll always give your honest opinion! Thank you!

    That said, I'd love to try an epilator. I find shaving every other day and absolute chore and if it meant I got away with only doing my legs weekly I'd try and suffer the pain! ...although I still use Bonjela to numb my eyebrows before plucking, so perhaps I'm not that brave! lol

    Jen xx
    http://kitsch-n-sync.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw thank you. Haha, I swear by giving my honest opinion, I know that some people will LOVE this epilator, I'm just a bit of a pussy cat haha! You should try it though! xx

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  12. I absolutely swear by my epilator. I have the one by Phillips, and it is amazing. My legs feel silky smooth after, and it lasts for at least a month, and hair grows back a lot thinner and ligher. No pain, no gain!

    Anythingfloralx.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ahhh im going to try get used to it, thank you! x

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  13. aaaaaa, this hurts so much!

    Martyna | NEON MIZZLE

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  14. I've used an epilator for a few years now and I love it. You get used to the pain after a while. It's like waxing, it doesn't hurt much once you're used to it. The trick with an epilator is to keep moving it around in small circles. I'd choose this over a shaver any day. I know that some people have much lower pain thresholds though haha :)

    IAmLinderella.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ahhhh yay someone who likes them, this gives me hope. I just need to get over it and use it. Thank you for the advice Im gonna try that next time then! x thanks so much x

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  15. Found this very useful!

    Thanks for sharing!:)

    Hugs, Brittany, xx

    http://polkaanddots.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. Oh my goodness. I need that scrub in my life! lol

    www.hudasbeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. It smellls absolutely delicious! x

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  17. Such a helpful review, I've been tempted to try an Epilator but they seem to painful!

    Stevie | Stevie Hearts Makeup
    xxx

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    1. Thank you, glad you like it :) Yeah they are but apparently you get used to it! x

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  18. I love Soap and Glory and the candle looks cute !
    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  19. great post! gotta put some of these tips to the test!
    Emma x
    www.emandthem.co.uk

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  20. helpful post! soap and glory produts are amazing xx
    www.thefrillseekers.blogspot.com

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  21. I think it completely depends on the person. Once you use an epilator a few times the pain is definitely less. I use one for my legs and underarms but my sister can't bear to use hers on her underarms as she says it hurts too much but I honestly can't feel it anymore! x

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  22. I bought the Nivea water lily and oil shower gel today after remembering it from your blog post when I checked it out a couple of days ago! Looking forward to using it - I'm sticking to normal razors for now though haha.

    Fadeelah

    http://www.fadeelah.co.uk/

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  23. hmmmmmmm i've been thinking about investing in something more 'powerful' to get rid off my extra fuzz but i tried threading ages ago and that left me in tears (i am such a wuss!) but maybe it's worth giving epilators a go? or maybe IPL? i've been recommended http://londonpremierlaser.co.uk/ have you heard of them? im not sure on them, maybe you can help?

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  24. I love my Epilator hurts a bit but then you are literally hair free for about a month - totes worth it!

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