Monday, April 30, 2012

REVIEW -- Veet Ready-To-Use Wax Strips

Hey everyone! Today I have a review of Veet's Ready-To-Use Wax Strips. Now let me preface this post by saying that I have never had success with at home hair removals: Nair, waxes, etc. Besides shaving and occasionally waxing my eyebrows, I leave all hair removal to the professionals. With that being said.. let's see how the strips fared!

The Veet wax strips are for legs and body, including underarms and the bikini area. They have a sensitive formula, and are made with almond oil. In addition, they also contain new HairCoating Technology, which makes the wax act like a liquid during application and coats hairs of different lengths (even those as short as 2mm). When you remove the strip, the wax locks onto the hair for "perfect results that last." In fact, the packaging says that Veet can give you smoothness that lasts up to four weeks.

The strips come in a box containing 20 full size, dual use strips (40 total), 6 Perfect Finish Wipes, and an instructional leaflet. It retails for around $10.

There are just 5 steps to long lasting smoothness:
  1. Rub the wax strips between your hands to warm the wax.
  2. Slowly pull the strips apart.
  3. Apply the strips (toward the ankle, if using them on the legs) and rub repeatedly in the direction of the hair growth.
  4. Pull the strip back on itself very quickly and in 1 swift motion, keeping the strip as close to the skin as possible. Hold your skin taut to avoid discomfort.
  5. After waxing, remove any excess wax with a Perfect Finishing Wipes.
Even though I've had bad luck with at-home waxes, I didn't think twice about heading to the bathroom to try my hand at tidying up my bikini line. Hey, it's less commitment than trying to wax my legs, after all!

The pamphlet in the box suggests cutting the strips in half for use along the bikini line, and you're supposed to bend your leg outwards and pull the skin taut. I cut the strips in half width-wise, but they were still too big and cumbersome for the area. Then I rubbed the strip between my hands to warm it up and applied it in the direction of my hair growth and rubbed again. Using the classic "3, 2, 1.. RIP!" method, I ripped that sucker off with no fear.. but ended up with a lot of pain. Ahhhh, it was like fire near my crotch! No bueno!

It removed some hair, but definitely not all.. so I cut the remaining side of the strip in half (now 1/4 of the original size) and applied it to the area and tried again.. I had a few more hairs come off, but I also lost some skin along the way. Red, bloody, cursing, and covered in leftover wax.. I opened the Perfect Finishing Wipes expecting something nice and cooling. No, it's like a handiwipe that's been saturated with baby oil. And it doesn't do so well at removing the excess wax. I had to scrub my raw and bleeding skin to try to remove it and it took several minutes before I succeeded.

I think y'all know where this is heading.. I officially hate this product. I'm ashamed that I got my hopes up in thinking that it would actually work for me when (many) other equally painful past experiences told me it probably wouldn't. And there's no way in hell that I'm going to try it anywhere else on my body to see if it works any better.

If you have success with at home waxes, I say give this one a try. However, if you have very coarse and stubborn body hair, like me.. You might want to pass it by. I think it has potential, but anything that makes me lose skin near my lady parts gets a 0-star rating in my book.

Lesson learned.. I'm definitely leaving certain hair removal procedures to the experts from now on. >_<
RATING: 0 out of 5 STARS

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  1. I know the feeling, tried something like this last year, right before a Florida trip.  I am so sorry that you had to experience this as well. * hugs*

  2. That sucks.... I hate removing hair. WHY CAN'T WE JUST BE HAIRLESS?? OR even better.... WHY CAN'T WE JUST LEAVE OUR HAIR?? 

  3. Ugh! I'm so sorry you had a bad experience right before vacation! I'm sure that was miserable! What product did you use? :(

    And thanks for the support. It's always nice to know that you're not alone when other people make it look so easy! ♥

  4. I KNOW! I have dreams where all my body hair has permanently fallen out and they're the most magical dreams EVERRRRR. But then I wake up and I'm like super bummed. Why does laser hair removal have to be so damn expensive?! :(