Tired of Shaving?

Some of you may suggest waxing. I haven’t tried waxing so I won’t knock it ’til I try it. However, for someone like myself who has a lot of hair that grows back rather quickly, frequent upkeep of hair removal is important. I’m not sure I could be bothered with taking the time to wax every few days.

So this brings me to…the Epilator

What is an epilator? It is an electric hair removal device consisting of multiple spinning tweezers.

I spoke of my first experience using an epilator here:

It has been 2 months since and I mentioned I would do a follow up and a more in-depth review of the Emjoi Soft Caress Rechargeable Epilator so here we are!

This epilator has 36 tweezers and can be used corded or cordless. It also comes with a pouch and a few other items which are showcased in the video below.

One thing that could be improved is how there is no indication of when the epilator is fully charged. You plug it in and the red light comes on but never turns off or changes a different color.

On the Emjoi website it retails for $69.99. I bought mine off of Amazon.com for $55 and i’m sure you could even find a better deal if you just shop around. I haven’t seen this particular epilator in stores.

Here are answers to frequently asked questions according to my own personal experiences:

1. Where can you use the epilator?

You can use it on your legs, arms, bikini line, underarms, chin and upper lip. I only use mine on my underarms and upper lip. I find it too time consuming to use on the legs but that’s just me :)

2. Does it still hurt?

As far as the underarm goes it hurts nowhere near as much as the first time I used it. The longer I wait in between epilating and the more hair there is it will hurt a little more. It may still feel “pinchy” but my underarms don’t feel sore afterwards. It definitely hurts less now!

The pain level for my upper lip remains about the same. I use the lower setting, level 1 for finer hair, and it may hurt more simply because the hair is getting pulled out slower at this level.

3. Does it cause ingrown hair?

If anything it helped diminish the ingrown hair I had from shaving my underarms! It is recommended that you exfoliate to prevent ingrown hair. I exfoliate using my shower loofa.

4. How often do you epilate?

Some people go weeks without having to epilate again. Since not all hair grows out at once and since I have so much hair that grows back quickly, I like to epilate my underarms about twice a week and my upper lip about once a week.

5. Don’t you have to wait for the hair to grow out long enough before epilating again?

Yes and no. Hair does not all grow out at once. I can epilate my underarms one day and still find new hair growth that I can easily epilate the next day.

6. Does it make the hair grow back thicker and darker?

No because it is pulling hair out from the root.

7. Does it pinch the skin?

It CAN and HAS happened to me! It is very important that you pull the skin taut (tight) before epilating!

8. How come I can’t grab some hair no matter how many times I swipe over it?

Please watch the demo and review video below :)

What are the benefits of epilating?

You are plucking hair out from the root, similar to waxing, so the hair doesn’t grow back as quickly. You don’t have to deal with razor burns or wait to shower to shave. Since it is rechargeable, you can easily take it with you on the go and epilate whenever at your own convenience. You save from buying less to no shaving cream/wax 😀

Overall, I feel much MUCH less self-conscious about my underarms now. I love my epilator and will never go back to shaving my underarms! If you are sick of having that dark hair under the skin look even after you’ve shaved–consider epilating!

Happy 4th of July!

Hi all! How is everyone’s weekend going so far? Mine has been great! I wish I could share more pictures from this weekend with you guys but due to time I am going to only post some from a quick photo shoot I did with http://matthewmwong.com/photography today. The first and last picture in this post were taken by me. So here’s a FOTD (face of the day) and OOTD (outfit of the day) for you. :)

I decided to go for a softer pin-up type of look just to keep it more youthful and summery.

Few key products that i’m wearing: Missha BB Cream No. 23, MAC Dolly Mix blush on cheeks, Maybelline Ultra Liner winged out on upper lid, MAC lipstick in Viva Glam Cyndi with Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Carnation on top

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Outfit Challenge 1

Do you have clothing items and accessories in your wardrobe that go unworn? I sometimes pull these pieces out and challenge myself to incorporate them into an outfit. After all, something about those pieces compelled us to buy them in the first place right? My entire outfit in this post consists of items that haven’t been getting much love.

This necklace can look too loud or gaudy at times because the gold in it is quite bright. I decided to pair it with pale understated colors that needed something to warm it up and bring it to life. This way the necklace isn’t competing with anything, but rather bringing some balance to the outfit.

 

Maxi dresses used to not appeal to me much but they have really been growing on me, especially maxi skirts! The jersey material of this skirt gives it a more casual feel which I like.

I tucked the shirt into the skirt in the front and tied a knot in the back for a more flattering silhouette.

I am no fashionista by any means. If anything, I just appreciate the art of fashion and how expressive it is. Luckily now I can share with you all my experimental outfits in this blog! :)

Do you think this outfit works? Love it? Hate it? Let me know!

necklace from Hautelook.com, shirt from TJ Maxx, skirt from H&M, shoes from Marshalls

Pictures taken by my sister Tina and color corrected by yours truly, Christine :)

Glee!

I have officially become a Gleek and I know i’m late but now I get to look forward to the next season! I started watching season 2 first and fell in love. I am now finishing up season 1! Things are making more sense now that i’m catching up on the first season haha

I have been enjoying this show so much that I felt inspired to do some kind of Glee themed video. As far as makeup goes, I think we can all agree that Tina Cohen-Chang’s makeup look varies the most from episode to episode. I especially love it when she wears really bright bold colors on her lids! Who said those with monolids can’t rock the bright colors? I completely disagree.

In some episodes I saw her with a really bright pink eye shadow look that really caught my eye!  So I present to you..

a promo ad of my next tutorial! lol I decided to do this look on my younger sister for a couple different reasons that you will find out in the upcoming video :)

After the video shoot in which I did her makeup, we then had a mini photo shoot to create the promo ad above. I took the picture with the Canon T2i that i’ve been using to film some of my videos and the true photographer from http://matthewmwong.com/photography did all of the editing.

We were trying to recreate a similar image to this poster:

not too shabby huh? :)

Stay tuned for the upcoming tutorial!

Update: The video is up! Check it out :)

and p.s. also 2 upcoming giveaways that will most likely be hosted on this blog! (Here’s an early heads up for you) 😉

Don’t Have a Certain Lip Color?

Create it!

The coral/orange lip look has been such a hit this spring and summer of 2011 that I couldn’t help but have the urge to find the perfect shade for myself.

The few coral lippies that I have in my stash are either not orange enough or are too shimmery for my liking. I recalled that I had a yellow OCC (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) Lip Tar amongst other shades so a light bulb flashed above my head!

Why not just custom mix my own coral/orange lip shade! These OCC Lip Tars are serious business. While they appear to look and function as a gloss, I would better describe these as a gel-like paint for the lips. I find most lip glosses to be too sheer or too sticky but these however, have incredible color payoff and feel smooth on the lips. What you see is what you get and you literally only need a tiny amount. The glossy shine wears off after some time and leaves more of a matte finish on the lips.

These are so potent that they can slightly stain your skin. I would suggest using a lip brush and a mixing palette if you plan to mix your own shades. Don’t have a stainless steel makeup palette to do your artsy color mixing on? Use the back of a (spoiled or unused) CD as your mixing palette!

I’ve acquired several different shades from IMATS and The Makeup Show but they are available online at $13 USD each here: http://www.occmakeup.com/lips.html.

The three lip tar shades I used (top to bottom in image) are Traffic, Vintage, and Pageant.

It’s little experiments like this that caused me to love the art of makeup in the first place. When you play around with different textures and create your own colors, it’s as if you’ve become this mad scientist makeup artist of your own. :)

 

Thanks for reading! Kisses 😉

<3 Christine

(Yes that’s my actual lip print using the lip color I created!)

 

A Simple Beginning

Welcome everyone! I’ve decided to finally create a blog in which I can share my experiences and random ideas/thoughts, beauty related or not, with you. I believe that it may be easier to conduct certain giveaways and contests on here as well. We are going to start off simple with these posts but perhaps one day this casual blog can blossom into something more. Feel free to suggest and request what you would like to see on here. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my viewers and supporters after all =) Hope you enjoy!

Yours truly,
xteeener aka Christine