Now that we are in the last month of 2013, it’s deemed acceptable to put up the Christmas decorations. This also means sorting out the dreaded task of shopping for presents. One place which has it covered is Harrods’ Urban Retreat Beautique.
The luxury online beauty destination has a fantastic offer on at the moment: spend £150 on gifts for loved ones and bag yourself 11 high-end beauty products worth over £110. These include some classic favourites as well as new cult additions. Imagine NARS, Laura Mercier, Delarom and Pureology (amongst others) in one bag. It’s a beauty pick’n mix and a great way to sample new products.
The travel sizes will cover you more than adequately for a trip away. In fact I will be packing mine for my two weekend breaks coming up.
You can only get this exclusive gift set when you purchase from Urban Retreat Beautique online but hurry as stocks are limited.
Five whole years have passed since I underwent professional laser hair removal. I chose to have my underarms zapped and remember whimpering at handing over one lump sum payment for a course of six treatments – the clinic was very pushy!
Thankfully the investment paid off. It has reduced the growth drastically (I would say it’s 90% gone). The regrowth is sparse and finer too, and to get rid of any stray (short) hairs, it’s a quick razor job.
Despite this, removing unwanted body hair is still a chore (as I am sure it is for plenty of women) so it was as if my prayers had been answered when this retro looking device was delivered to my house. Meet Tria. She is is the first and only cordless hair removal laser available for home use.
Tria’s portable device guarantees permanent results. It’s the only product on the market that uses the same diode laser technology preferred by dermatologists to deliver permanent results at home. This upgraded model comes with an exclusive new Pulse Counter so you can keep track of progress.
Until now, laser hair removal was only reserved for the salon or cosmetic clinic and it still remains to be very expensive. If you wanted something at home, the next best thing was IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), which has flooded the market for personal grooming.
I’ve tried an IPL machine that was the size of a Dyson vacuum cleaner and the design of that alone was a ball ache. Hey, while we are on the subject of IPL, I would like to straighten out one thing here. Laser is permanent and IPL reduces hair growth. So that IPL machine you bought last Christmas is not going to leave you fuzz-free. It will just be less hairiness to deal with. It also as a limited life-span. There are only so many flashes it comes loaded with before you have to get it recharged/refilled when it runs out. Honestly, it’s so much effort and it’s not permanent!
But back to Tria. The device looks like a retro hair dryer. It even comes in limited edition colours which bears no meaning other than it makes it look oh so purdy. (Mine is coral pink!) The regular model is in white. What I’m excited about is it’s A) cordless and B) you don’t wear protective glasses to use it as professional laser hair removal requires you to and some IPL devices too. It’s also extremely light-weight to hold but by no means is it inferior in power. In fact, if you whack it up to the top setting, it does hurt!
First you have to prep the skin by cleansing, shaving and towel-drying. This will allow the laser treatment to be most effective since the Tria laser works on the hair inside the follicle that’s under the surface of the skin.
Switching on and operating Tria is easy. It has a safety lock which will only be released when the skin sensor on the base is placed on the area you wish to treat. If skin is too dark, it won’t unlock. Instantly Tria bleeps a fanfare and is ready to use.
Then you set the level of power which ranges from 1 to 5. The higher you go, the faster and better the results will be and the fewer treatments you’ll need in the long run. Level 1 is virtually non-existent, level 3 feels like a sharp rubber band snapping against your skin and level 5? Well I admit I get my lady garden butchered with hot wax but surprisingly I am too scared to go that hardcore. Everyone’s pain threshold is different plus depending where on the body the device is used, the reaction will differ. There is a cooling gel available that will help prep the skin against the stronger settings although I may try a frozen packet of peas. (Ice is fantastic for numbing the pain – it’s what gets me through the bikini waxes!)
To use you just place the laser tip on the spot you want to zap and press the handle. If it beeps twice, you’ve made a successful zap. If it does a sort of Family Fortune type wrong answer buzzer sound, the laser tip wasn’t touching the skin at the correct angle.
It is advised you slightly overlap the areas you treat to ensure maximum coverage. Once lasered, you should avoid waxing or plucking or the hair follicle will be stimulated and grow again. The laser is actually killing the hair at its root and by removing the excess with shaving, it will target the area directly and thus be effective.
The folks behind Tria recommend you use it once a fortnight and after the first two weeks, apparently the results are noticeable. In between sessions, if or when hairs grow back, you’re meant to shave it off. Because Tria doesn’t have a battery life, you can carry on using it till you’ve killed every bastard hair follicle. And that’s how it works. It’s safe to use on legs, bikini area, back, stomach, face (not the eyebrows), arms and for both men and women.
Now that I’ve explained how Tria works and given you some background information, I should let you know I’ve started using Tria, notably on my underarms, which is super quick to cover. Although I had this area lasered previously, I would like to treat it further to eradicate the remaining stray fuzz. I’m also going to use it on my legs, which will take some time but at least I can watch the TV at the same time.
In the past, I tried IPL but the fact the results aren’t permanent put me off and I wondered if the effort of undergoing what is effectively quite a different kind of pain to waxing and epilating was worth the hassle. I have strong hopes for Tria so fingers crossed it doesn’t disappoint. I will report back with my findings in a couple of weeks so make sure that you check back to see how I got on after the first treatment. In the mean time, if you have any questions about using this hair removal laser device, do post them in the comments box below.
OK, it’s been ages since a blogger was given a grilling with our 20 Questions so who better to hit you between the eyes than Aysha from Truly Madly Beauty. I’ve been following Aysha’s blog for Lord knows how long. Not only is she a babe, she’s a hoot on Twitter and Instagram, with her moody kitty cat as her faithful support act. Aysha is big on nail art so do check out her efforts. So, let’s get cracking, Aysha…
Why did you start your blog?
I first discovered the wonderful world of blogs about 4 years ago, before then I had no idea they existed at all! Anyhoos after about a year of reading and commenting on many of my favourite ones I thought it was something I would like to give a go myself Also I think folks were getting tired of me going on about ‘this’ product or ‘that’ polish, I could just see their eyes glaze over, so Truly Madly Beauty was born and it’s definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made as I love it so!
How long have you been blogging for?
I’ve been blogging for about 3 years now. Gosh doesn’t seem that long, time really does fly!
What do you enjoy most about blogging?
For me it’s most definitely the wonderful people I’ve met through blogging. The blogging community is so lovely and I’ve actually made some really amazing friendships through it. It’s really great finding fellow bloggers as obsessed about all things make-up and beauty as you and realising, hey maybe I’m not so weird after all!
What frustrates you most about blogging?
The affect it has on my wallet! Bwaha! Seeing so many puuurdy things just makes me want to but it ALL! My current wish list is longer than my arm and growing lengthier by the day. I try to justify a lot of my purchases by stating that they are for “blogging purposes” of course…which is erm… 100% true *side eye*
What do your family and friends think of your blog?
Only a few of my closest friends and family actually know about my blog. To be honest I quite like it that way, I almost see blogging as my second life away from reality, call it my 007/superhero complex The folks who do know about it though have expressed positive thoughts which is lovely and my mum is of course my biggest fan! She carries a wad of my cards everywhere with her and pimps my blog whenever she can – bless her!
How frequently do you post?
Well I work full-time so I just blog whenever I can really. I like the fact that my blog is just my hobby and the perfect escapism for me. I think if it got too much or if I felt pressured to blog I’d lose my love for it, so I do like to try and do a few posts a week if my blogging mojo is there
What’s your day job?
I work in the pharmacy industry. For the past 6 years I’ve been working in community pharmacy, however I’ve recently been offered another job which will be more behind the scenes pharmacy which I’m very excited about!
How many bottles of nail varnish do you own?
Oh my good lord…well, if you’re familiar with my blog then you may know why this question has me breaking out in a sweat and palpitations…I like nail polish. A LOT. It’s my addiction. The last time I organised my polishes was about half a year ago and then it was just under 200…I think that figure may have doubled since then…but they were all for blogging purposes, blogging purposes I tells you!!!!
Do you set yourself a budget, or do you buy on an as-and-when basis?
Hmmm not really though perhaps I should where polish is concerned! Of course when you see so many pretty things on blogs it takes a lot of restraining to stop oneself from running out and buying ASAP, but I do try to be sensible. I also try to use up current foundations before trying out something new.
What is your favourite make-up brand, and why?
Well after having a sift though my make-up stash I’m seeing a lot of Bourjois and Benefit so I’d say those two! I think the quality of high street make-up is so great you honestly don’t need to spend a fortune. With regards to nail polish my favourite brands would be China Glaze & Models Own
Do you ever leave the house without wearing make-up?
You know if you’d asked me this a year ago I would’ve said absolutely not! However over time I’ve become more comfortable in my own skin and actually love wearing light make-up. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy going all out at times yet I do like just going for a bit of tinted moisturiser and eye liner. Oh yeah black eye liner, that’s my holy grail product I can’t do without, I can have a completely bare face but whether it be a cat eye flick or quick waterline job I can’t do without eye liner!
What’s your favourite beauty treatment to indulge in?
Ooooh I love me a good pamper sesh so it would have to be either a full body massage or a facial. Both are so wonderfully relaxing and I do try to indulge in one or the other at least once a month.
Tell us about the best holiday you’ve been on.
I’m not the most travelled person when it comes to far distance places though this is something I plan on changing in the near future! However my most recent holiday was a Med Cruise with my family which was pretty blooming amazing. Not only did we get to see many amazing places in one holiday including Sicily, Athens, Turkey, Crete before finishing off in Rome but my God all the amazing food on the cruise…I still fantasise about it. I definitely plan on doing another cruise again in the future!
What would be your ideal day off?
Ooooh my ideal day off would be a day spent in a lovely relaxing spa with a good book and indulging in lots of pampering treats!
What is your favourite TV show?
I know I may be in the minority here but I just cannot stand reality TV, I refuse to succumb to it. I’m more of a film lover and would most often choose a good film over TV but I do have a weakness for the historical dramas. Rome and The Tudors in particular were most enjoyable, completely for the gripping drama mind you and NOT the beautiful lead actors…*cough*
What music do you enjoy listening to?
Pretty much everything though I’m not the biggest R&B fan which seems to shock many but its just not my cup of tea. I love anything with a good beat to it that you can get up and dance to, sometimes I like to venture back to my hardcore rock days with a good dose of metal. (You’re my rock chick sister! – Sheenie)
What is your favourite food?
Seekh kebabs fresh off the BBQ wrapped in naan bread and covered with lashings of hot sauce and melted cheese… Heaven. On. Earth! *drools*
Where would you most like to go in the world? (money no object)
If money is no object then it would have to be an around-the-world trip! Haha! Is that cheating? Vegas, Miami and Dubai would be definite stops though, I’ve heard fab things about all three.
Which 3 guests would you invite to dine with you and why?
Well if there’s one thing I love more than make-up/beauty it’s to laugh! So my 3 guests would be…Brad Garrett as he is absolutely hilarious, Will Smith because…well he’s Will Smith and lastly a women to even things out…hmmm…Dawn French!
Tell us a secret…
Oh my! Okay…at one point of my life I wanted to be an air hostess and I actually possess a cabin crew qualification! So if pharmacy doesn’t work out you may see me on your next flight! Tea? Coffee? But that’s a wee bit boring isn’t it…? Trying to think up a juicier secret…Okay, we all have a secret weird crush right? Mine? Alan Rickman! Yes I know he’s old enough to be my great granddad but there’s just something about him! And yup I even liked him a lot as Snape. And on that note I shall creep away slowly…Adieu.