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Bic Soleil Secret

Jul
2014
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I have to come clean about something. I have been cheating on my regular razor with this new one by Bic. It’s called Soleil Secret*. It gives such incredibly smooth results in one move that it has made me think I ought to break it off with my usual razor.

Up until now, the only Bic I used was the biro. I tend to glance quickly past Bic’s razor blades usually. They’re in a multi-pack, right? Just like the male version except in pastel colours just to make it obvious but now Bic has unleashed something super and there’s no other way to say this except I love it and you need this in your life!

I knew from the moment I gripped the curved handle with its grooves that this was not like other blades on the market but I never expected it to give such excellent results. It has three movable blades to deliver a close and smooth shave and the pivotal head moves easily around tricky areas like the back of your knees. Also, can I just add no nicks and cuts!

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There is also a trimmer that slides over the blades to deal with the bikini area, cutting hairs at 2mm but I can’t comment on this feature as I prefer to leave that business to the professionals.

Bic, I salute you! I’m so impressed with how good this shaver is. And to my usual razor, I’m sorry but you’re just not good enough for me any more.

Big Soleil Secret is available at Boots and Superdrug in packs of 2 disposable razors with a trimmer for just £3.99.  Actually you may want to sprint to Boots as it’s currently on offer for £1.99!

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Brows are a big deal. A very big deal. In fact they rank above make-up and skincare for me. There are days when I will go without some slap or skip some stages in keeping my skin primed (don’t look at me with such contempt – I never said I use wipes) but if my brows are overgrown, I will keel over and cry.

Brow maintenance IS high (brow) maintenance and you wonderful people can’t get enough of it. There are brow salons and brow stops all over this great nation of ours catering for everyone’s needs from a quickie in a barber’s chair in the middle of a shopping centre to the epitome of luxury with head massages and scented candles wafting in the atmosphere. This is why brows are a big deal.

Now I flirt between a few places for brow maintenance but it saddens me that I don’t have ‘the one’ to go to as I do for my hair cuts and colours and my bikini waxes.

*knock knock* Enter Browhaus, the “one-stop brow and lash grooming salon, built for the image-conscious urbanite who demands not just function, but function and style.” Ooh, that sounds like me. 

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Browhaus (I was surprised to learn) is an international chain of salons with eight dotted around the globe. In the UK, its home is in Covent Garden and last week I was invited to the salon to undergo a brow transformation.

Before I enlighten you of my experience, I must tell you what gives Browhaus that edge over its competitors – their advertising and marketing campaign is utter brilliance and terrifying. I would like to give their marketing guru a pat on the back, and ask if he/she got a generous pay rise as well. Would you just look at this? Genius! Scary!

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My brows were screaming for a reconstruction and shockingly, my previous treatment had been a fortnight ago – hair grows faster in the heat!

I was greeted at the desk by a couple of friendly faces, one of whom was Priya, my therapist, or Brow Architect. Priya led me down a flight of stairs to the basement and into a modestly sized treatment room which had a bed.

I then was asked to hop on it and lie down. This is not what you commonly expect for a brow-shaping treatment but Priya explains it’s a way to relax the client. Having your brows done horizontally works to both parties’ advantage. It gives the therapist room to manoeuvre and have the best possible angle to examine and ensure the client’s brows will be evenly shaped and not lop-sided (which has happened to me in the past from sitting up for brow-shaping.)

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Before Priya could work her magic, she presented me with a mirror and we chatted about how I like my brows to look, what she planned to do and also some helpful suggestions on growth from the pro.

According to Priya, these caterpillars are in good shape – they just need a tidy-up. I beg to differ and feel very conscious when they are overgrown. I won’t bother with eye make-up during this stage as that will only draw more attention and I make good use of my fringe to cover up.

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As my brows are naturally dark, tinting wasn’t an option but there are parts where growth is sparse so I have to resort to filling in those gaps. Priya threaded my brows with a little bit of tweezing for the really small hairs hard to pick up with the cotton thread. Threading is my preferred choice – ancient, yes but nothing else can compete with it. I’ve never quite understood why waxing is done as that only stretches the skin.

Half way through my treatment, Priya paused to let me see the progress and to ask if I was happy. I didn’t feel rushed and the entire treatment was complete in under 30 minutes so you can easily fit this in your lunch hour.

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I might or might not have let out a tiny squeal at the revelation of my perfectly shaped brows. I don’t think they’ve ever looked this good. Thank you, Priya.

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Prices for brow services start from £12 for men and women and stretch to other areas of the face for threading. Browhaus also offers lash perming (at £48, lasting 6-8 weeks), which is something I’ve been dying to have done for as long as I can remember but every brow salon I asked did not offer this treatment.

It looks like I’m a Browhaus girl and count myself as one of the millions who’s been rescued from bad brows (check out the brow counter on their website!). I will certainly be booking a follow-up appointment with Browhaus. The location is central and accessible, there is the utmost privacy, the service is friendly and professional and the Brow Architects fully live up to their qualified titles.

Just Nice Things special offer with Browhaus
The lovely folks at Browhaus are offering readers of Just Nice Things a generous 25% off any treatment if you book before 1st August 2014. First-time customers usually get 10% off! If you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge and getting your brows professionally shaped or are looking for a change, this is your chance. Just remember to quote ‘JNT25%’ at the time of booking.

Browhaus is situated on 19a Floral Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DS. The nearest tube station is Leicester Square.