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Braun Silk Epil Bikini Styler (FG 1100) Review

When it comes to the hair “down there”, there are a couple of ways to maintain it: shave, wax, laser, cream or trim.
Of course, it’s all about personal choices whether you choose to maintain it or not. I don’t believe it doing against your preference because society deems we need to.

I’ve been bare “down there” many of times through many different methods. Shave? Yes, quickest buuut hello stubbles and itchiness; wax? ouch and $$$! laser? I can’t afford $500 sessions LOL; cream? waaaaay too time consuming… seriously, 15-20 mins?!

And, if it’s not the excuses made towards all the different methods, it’s just the fact that I really don’t like going bare down there. I feel uncomfortable (physically and mentally) but, I can’t keep it untamed. I feel extremely dirty when I don’t maintain it.

So, I resorted to trimming. It’s fast, easy and clean. It maintains everything down there to a level where I feel comfortable and clean… plus, it’s pretty much cheaper than waxing, buying cream and replacing razor blades.

If you’re opting to trim, invest in a trimmer. I use to do it with eyebrow scissors and while it does the job, everything was uneven which you can imagine, it gets pretty ugly. You have an area with more hair and then you have an empty bald spot. A trimmer not only creates an even trim, it also decreases any risks of injuries you might sustain with a pair of scissors around such a sensitive area.

I purchased the Braun Silk Bikini trimmer because it was one of the cheapest trimmers in market from a reputable brand. It’s a nice handheld electric trimmer that runs on one AA battery with two comb heads for trimming.

1. The trimmer itself. Light, easy to hold and waterproof.

2. 5mm comb to attach to the head to get a close trim.

3. 8mm comb.

4. Brush to clean out hair.

5. Little trimmer for facial hair/eyebrows.

I’ve been using it for sometime now and it does a great job of removing hair without any tugging. The comb acts as a shield for your skin so you won’t cut yourself, especially in areas where it’s hard to see/reach. I used it delicately when I had a lot of time and I used it when I had little time – it’s amazing how fast I can run the trimmer over the area and not have the fear of getting nicked or anything!

It gets down to a really close shave (5mm!) and yes, it does a great wonder on that thicker patch just above the… you know what. I’ve ran the trimmer through my inner thigh to get to the hard to reach area and while it does trim off some of the hair, that area is better off trimming it manually with eyebrow scissors. With the comb, it’s extremely tough to get a close shave in a small area.

For most part, the trimmer gets most of the hair. Sometimes, you would need to run the trimmer over the area once or twice again to catch a few hair that didn’t get trim.

However, I do not recommend using the electric trimmer (without any combs) as a substitution to your razor. I’ve tried it and it doe not remotely get a close shave as a razor. In fact, it tugs on the hair a bit and after one try on a little area, I had a feeling using the trimmer as a regular razor can easily lead to ingrown hairs around your pubic area.

So, if you want to have a clean shave, opt for your razor. Don’t use this to shave your leg hairs as well. It’s a great trimmer but not a great shaver!

This trimmer also comes with a mini facial razor. I haven’t tried it but after experiencing the poor shaving from the previous razor head, I don’t think I want that razor near my face. I’d stick to my regular facial shaver.

Unfortunately, the razor comes with some cringe-worthy “designs”.

Yup, these are stickers that Braun recommends sticking to your hair and trimming around the sticker for a fun design. I haven’t tried it because I threw away the stickers the moment I saw it… just no.

Overall, if you’re looking for an affordable bikini trimmer, opt for this Braun Bikini Trimmer. It gets the job done effectively without breaking the bank (or your skin). Like I said, I recommend you using it with either the 5mm or 8mm comb on your bikini area only. If you’re looking for an all-in-one trimmer that can be used as a regular razor, this isn’t for you.

Right now, this razor retails for $34.99CAD at London Drugs. I got mine off Amazon for $29.99CAD. If you live in the states or traveling down there, I’ve read it goes about $15-$20USD.

How I Got Rid of my Acne

 
I don’t want to brag but I’m lucky enough to have good skin. I rarely break out, never had any issues with long term acne or dryness, or anything along the lines of that. The only flaw on my skin is probably the blackheads on my nose which aren’t too bad.
However, this month, for some odd reason, half of my face started popping up with pimples. I thought maybe it’s time to wash my pillows and towels but still no clear improvements. I also thought about the food I could be eating but nothing that could cause a break out. I also cleaned my face very well so when all the things I normally try to get rid of pimples didn’t work, I decided to toughen my facial cleansing routine.

 
1. St. Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub for blemish and blackhead control.
I maintain my skin on a regular basis with this lovely scrub. I use it a few times a week depending on how I feel about my skin. It doesn’t dry out my skin (at least, I believe this product shouldn’t) but I cut back to exfoliating once per week, since starting this routine, which is usually on a Sunday. 
I use this product every morning to start my day. It has 2 added vitamins for your skin and cleans your face without drying out. Ever since using this facial wash, my acne started disappearing and my face feeling fresh and clean every morning!

Just before going to bed, I clean my face with this wonderful product. After a day in the city, my face feels fresh, smooth, and relaxed (surprisingly) by the end of the night. It deep cleans into your pores and gets rid of dirt without drying out your skin either. It also gets rid of make up but unfortunately not any eye make-ups.

With only those two cleansing products, my sudden prolonged break out was cleared up in a week! I started noticing the difference about two days into the routine but definitely cleared up my skin in about week, all while still using make up and without breaking the bank.

If you’re looking for something new to clean your face with, I’d recommend the Clean & Clear. I think that made the biggest difference in my break outs.

Pixie Cut Update

It’s about three weeks since I got my pixie cut.

And, being with someone that has a lot of hair with volume…

This pixie cut ain’t working out for me.

Literally, I wake up with hair standing up and I need to spend time fixing it before heading out, and I hate it.

I don’t regret cutting it short… but let’s just say that, I just wish my hair would grow out by now. I can’t stand waking up to see hair standing up.

I had to buy hairspray just to hold those hair in place!

And I haven’t purchased hairspray since Stuff by (Hilary) Duff product lines were on the shelves.

Manicures on the go!

I’m no beauty guru, or have a bank account with disposable income, and with a few months left until school is done, I don’t have the time to make an appointment for a 2 hours manicure session. 

Plus, most of the time, I’m not really down to make small talk with people.

Which is why I resorted to using imPress press on manicure nails for those times that I feel I need to spice up my nails.

I’m not going to lie, I’m never a fan of fake nails but when they said no glue and only takes a few minutes to apply, I was interested.

First off, I love a product with good packaging. Like the imPress nails. The plastic nail polish bottle to hold all the nails are super adorable and easily reusable for the next batch of nails.

Another reason I tend to stay away from fake nails is due to the fact that I have small nails and most of these pre-made nails are usually on the larger side. A part of be was set to accept the fact that most of these might be too big, but to my surprised, when I lined up the cuticles, I had an extremely easy time finding nails that fits mine!

As a small girl, can you say, jackpot?! 

The application process is literally less than 10 minutes, and 5 at the most. Once you sorted out all the appropriate sizes, tear off the plastic cover and line it up on your nails. Once satisfied, apply pressure!

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! 

Instructions on package.

As a broke college student with limited time on my hand, I would definitely recommend these fast and easy press on manicures. Another big bonus is once you’re tired of them, you can quickly take them off.

Not to mention that these nails are durable. After hours of putting them on, I took a shower and much to my surprise, the nails stayed on. They didn’t slip, they didn’t feel loose, they just stayed put.

*Disclaimer: This review is sponsored by Influenster and imPress nails. However, my opinions on the product(s) remains 100% honest and unbiased.

I got a pixie cut!

#nofilter

If you follow my Instagram account, you’ll know that last night I chopped off my hair and went brunette!

Based on my last post, I’ve been eying a pixie cut for a while day and since my professor let us out early yesterday, I decided to visit my local salon (Modern Beauty Studio) and get a new do.

So… yes, essentially this new do happened spontaneously! And I’m happy because I love change and “risk” taking (because apparently cutting off all your hair is risky business!). Speaking of change, it’s also my first time ever dying my hair brown (Ash Brown). Originally, I wanted to add highlights in but the stylist recommended me to go brunette.

Old pic

Old pic. #baseballcaplyfe

Hair colour in natural lighting – few hours before chopping it all off.

No longer spotting green/blue hair, even though I still loved it when they cut it off. No more long hair to dance in the wind when the breeze blows this summer.

Instead, everything is lightweight (and cold).

I love the results and lucky me, I guess short hair suits me too. Although many of my friends can’t see it, I thank them all for their wonderful comments ^__^ #blushin.

Have a happy Wednesday/Thursday!

#2014BloggerChallenge – Cut it all off?

I want a pixie cut.

I haven’t had a pixie cut since… the third grade or so? So, naturally, you can tell how nervous I am thinking of chomping it all off.

But, since I’m getting tired of long hair and tired of switching from my regular hairstyle A to B, I want to switch to hairstyle C – something that I’ve never done before.

The shortest I’ve gotten my hair cut was back in 2011 when I was vacationing in China and my relatives told me to get an “Asian hairstyle”.

Glorious, eh? It grazed just above my collarbones and I had a permanent Japanese straightening done to it.

So yes, that’s the shortest I’ve done since my pixie cut days.

However, now I want to switch it up. I mean, it’s summer, it’s a season of fun and chances. I’m also starting co-op/internship soon and need to present myself much more “professional”, so I’m planning to get rid of the green dye in my hair. And finally, worst case scenario, I don’t like my pixie cut, my hair grows pretty fast.

But, at the same time, I’m a bit hesitant to chop it all off. I think of the summer breeze and my hair flowing in the wind. I think playing with my hair when I’m bored. In a way, my hair gives me confidence and it’s something I’ve always got compliments on.

I talked to my friends and they all agree I should give it a go and I’ll probably look “really cute” with one.

Who knows? I might just be getting one sometime this week! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ