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Hello ladies, about a couple of weeks ago I introduced you to Helen aka Casual Beauty UK who is trialling the SmoothSkin Gold IPL device. As promised, here is Helen’s next part of the 12 week trial she is undergoing.

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The advent of week three means that I am now a quarter of the way through the treatment to remove my unwanted facial hair with the SmoothSkin IPL. 

As I mentioned in my first post, using the device is simple and treatment of my problem areas takes less than 5 minutes, so I have absolutely no complaints there.

The only annoying thing about my treatment is having to remove any hair growth with a razor in between treatments.  The urge to get out the tweezers and start plucking those hairs out, is at times, too difficult to resist but I  have to tell myself over and over again ‘short term pain for long term gain’ and so far it’s working.

I can’t say that I’ve noticed any real difference in the amount of hairs in my problem areas but then I’ve only completed my third treatment so I am expecting a substantial difference as the weeks progress.

helen_casualbeautyukI will say one thing: my initial hesitation to use the  machine on areas of my face (other than my chin) has weakened and I did increase my treatment area last week to include my sideburns, upper lip and under arms. Hopefully, as well as a less hairy face, I  will also end up with the super smooth movie star armpits which have always eluded me!


Thanks, Helen! Looking forward to your next instalment in three weeks. SmoothSkin Gold IPL is available from Boots priced at £299. For more information on SmoothSkin Gold, visit www.smoothskin.co.uk.

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Do you remember my friend, Helen (aka YouTuber Casual Beauty) who graced the pages of Just Nice Things a few weeks ago? Well Helen is back tackling another grooming product. Let’s see how she got on…

helen_casualbeautyukFacial hair. We all have it. It’s just that some people are blessed with hair so fine and translucent  that it’s barely visible to the naked eye while others are cursed with thick dark dark hair which, if not removed, results in monobrows, moustaches and sideburns. Obviously I being to the latter group or I’d have no need for facial waxing strips.

I’d tried wax strips a teenager but didn’t get on with them. It seemed that my unwanted hair very much wanted to remain attached to my face and no cheap own brand waxing strips were going to change their mind.  So, I embarked on long and tumultuous menage a trois with a Lady Bic and a pair of tweezers, until I discovered the miracles that can be worked on facial hair by certain talented ladies with a magical piece of thread.

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However, parting with upwards of £20 to have someone rip the hairs from you face gets old very quickly and I was lured away by the bright pink candy striped packaging of a new brand of facial strips by SweetEase*. 

That said, I did find a problem. For the wax strips to work properly they need to have a decent length of hair to grip onto, and this means refraining from all other forms of hair removal for two weeks to give the hair a chance to grow!

Now I’m not saying I let it ALL grow out. There was some plucking of my eyebrows  but I let everything else grow out like a 1970s feminist. (Us modern feminists have no problem with beauty and grooming – your body, your choice). HELLO, SIDE BURNS, HEY, MOUSTACHE! Thanks  for visiting but now it’s time for you to leave…

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The SweetEase pack contains pairs of soft paper strips loaded with wax which you are instructed to hold between your palms to allow the wax to melt before pulling the strips apart.

You know how a watched pot never boils? Well it’s the same thing when you are trying to warm these wax strips. It took ages and once I managed to separate them it was obvious that I hadn’t warmed them enough. My first attempt to use them on my face was a complete failure and not a single hair was removed.

For the second set of strips I decided against hand-warming and tucked them into my bra where they warmed up very nicely indeed. The strips separated easily and I had good hair removal results. The short, sharp pain was nothing more than you’d feel from plucking or threading and soon subsided.

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There are after-wax wipes included too which help to clear up any remaining stickiness and there are easily enough strips to wax all of your problem areas with one kit. Thankfully also I did not suffer from any bad reaction to the strips but if generally if wax strips don’t agree with you then perhaps it’s wise to stay away from them.

For me SweetEase is no mess, no fuss and easy to use and definitely something I’d use again.  At £3.99 a pack, it is certainly a cost-effective product and I love the fact that it all comes in a nice and neat little package.  The strips are available for legs and the bikini area, and are exclusively available from Superdrug stores. For more information, visit http://sweeteasegirls.com.