Sunday, 29 September 2013

Tashin Off

This year, I bit the awkward blogger moment bullet and talked about hair removal before moving onto facial hair bleaching.  Whilst the former post was enjoyed by many of you, the latter even more so as hair removal and bleaching is a little bit of a taboo subject on beauty blogs.  Today, I'm chomping at the bit again and this time, it is with a post all about facial hair removal.  Most specifically, taking off that tash.
Nair Facial Brush-On*
Facial hair removal has never been something I'd considered in the past for fear of it being very apparent to others and stubbly when growing back through.  Up until a few months ago, I'd been using the Jolen Facial Hair Bleaching Kit to lighten the hair on my upper lip and whilst it does lighten the hair in this area successfully, I found that I was still presented with the same problem when applying make up in that it would cling to my upper lip, making the hair either more apparent or I would need to avoid that area entirely when applying make up which would mean that the difference in skin tone and texture could potentially be seen, both of which made me feel very self conscious and a little silly.  Albeit, this was to a much lesser extent than without bleaching at all.  Since I had seen really positive results with the bleaching kit, in that my skin wasn't damaged or burnt and I felt lots more confident and happy after using the product, I felt much more confident in trying out the Nair Facial Brush-On when it landed on my doorstep.

I consulted a friend who doesn't seem to have an unwanted hair on her body and she said that she used a hair removal cream to take her upper lip hair off and coupled with the fact that the product was by Nair, a brand that have restored my faith in hair removal cream following a series of disastrous attempts with Veet, I knew that trying out this product on my face would be a pretty safe bet.

Nair Facial Brush-On*
The Nair Facial Brush-On is a hair removal cream that is designed to remove unwanted hair from the face, like the upper lip, eyebrows and those baby hairs many have around their cheeks and forehead.  Its gentle formula is also effective at removing hair from the underarms and bikini line too.  The removal is intended to be below the surface of the skin so it should leave the skin silky smooth, also thanks to the moisturising Ylang Ylang, and soft for up to 7 days.  I've used it three times since I got it so I've got plenty to tell you about it.

The hair removal cream comes in a little pot with a screw top lid to which a plastic brush is attached.  The bristles, whilst small, are hard and not flexible which doesn't make this quite so easy to apply very precisely as I found that the hair removal cream wasn't distributed quite so evenly.  This was very easily rectified by quickly applying it to the general area using the brush and then taking a cotton bud to further distribute the cream to areas that needed a little bit of a more precise touch, or that needed to have the cream evened out over the hair.  I'd suggest applying a fairly thick, even layer, free from any larger lumps as this does tend to fall off the upper lip if there is too much product on there, across the upper lip and down the sides of the mouth.  Nair also suggest soaking the hair with warm water and patting dry prior to application if the hair that you are choosing to remove is particularly stubborn.  I found that this wasn't necessary for my hair but it is definitely something to bare in mind, just in case.
Each time I have applied the hair removal cream, I have left it on for 5 minutes which is the maximum suggested time for application.  Half way through, I always take my cotton bud and remove a little of the cream, just to ensure that it is working effectively and then I smooth the cream back down onto my lip.  I found that the cream doesn't burn during the application and it doesn't feel uncomfortable at all.  It did feel ever so slightly tingly around the corners of my smile but it wasn't painful in the slightest, more like the feeling you get from a lip plumping lipgloss, only on a smaller scale.

Removal of the cream was easy- I took a cotton bud to remove the bulk of the cream and hair then used a face cloth that had been soaked under some warm water to remove the rest and to clean up the area.
The feeling of having a hairless lip is a strange one at first.  It feels a little exposed, a little cool and bare.  To the touch, it is silky smooth and soft and this is a feeling that lasts for a long time.  It looks fantastic- completely hair free without any redness, inflammation, spots, ingrown hairs or blotches.  I'd also totally disagree with Nair when they suggest that this keeps your skin smooth and hair free for up to 7 days as I actually found that it feels smooth and hair free for much longer, which is amazing.  I only need to use this once per month and my hair grows back feeling very soft and fine, without and stubbly hairs.  I genuinely couldn't believe it when I used it for the first time- amazed is not the word to describe how I was feeling and I felt very proud and confident of my hairless upper lip... Oh yes, I really have just said that but if you felt the way I did about facial hair prior to using this, then you would feel the same!

I liked facial hair bleaching when I tried it, yes, and I would recommend facial hair bleaching however the Nair Facial Brush-On hair removal cream I love and I would recommend it to anyone because it is so effective, much more so than bleaching.  The confidence it has given me is amazing and the way that it enables my make up to look is stunning because it provides a super smooth surface on which to apply my foundation and powder.  Another thing I've noticed is how even my false tan looks after I've used this- gone are the days where my tan would cling to my upper lip, giving me a muddy looking tash; now my tan applies super smoothly.  I've been telling all of my friends to get on board and give it a go as I cannot recommend it enough!

You can pick up a 50ml pot from Boots and Superdrug for £4.89.  Both shops often have special offers and deals on- at the time of writing, Boots is doing a great offer on Nair products where you can save one third off the cost of the products so I'd recommend checking out both sites prior to ordering to make sure you're getting the best deal.  The Nair website is also available to read up on some of their other hair removal products.


Incidentally, I'd like to raise a point with regards to the title of this post- 'tashin' off'.  This hasn't, isn't and will never be a phrase that we commonly use in Newcastle, no matter what you hear on Geordie Shore!  Not everything you hear on TV is true...

What is your experience with facial hair removal creams?  How do you remove unwanted hair?

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2 comments

  1. Love this post and really good to see this subject being talked about. I have blonde hair on my upper lip which at the moment I use tweezers on but it is time consuming! After reading your post I am going to invest in some Nair and try it, I have been reluctant before as the last time I used hair removal cream (Veet) on my legs I reacted badly. So here is to a bald upper lip! xx

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  2. haha!! I've just drafted a mustache post :P
    I don't get why it's a taboo subject amongst people though. O.o I've never found it embarrassing, I put it on my nose too haha. :P

    The Nair stuff completely burned my skin, it drew blood so I'm so glad it never did that to you. :)
    I use the Nads and I do it once a month too. I hated my 'tache and I thought of everything apart from hair removal cream lol! I waxed half my lip off once so that was a no no, plucking hurt like a b!tch.

    I talk far too much, but this is a great post! It'll be very helpful to a lot of people who think all these people were born lucky & hair free. :)

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