Giftsets

It's that time of year again-the holidays. People either get really excited or are hoping the next 2 months go by pretty fast.

I can already feel the buzz at the stores already and there is definitely some excitement in the air. This is just a quick note to say that there are some nice sets coming out this year from multiple brands. 

I have said before, and often say that if there are any brands you want to try, one of the best ways to do so is by trying out samplers. The samplers are the giftsets. These sets are for companies who want to put their best foot forward. For consumers, this is the way to give you the best of the best without having to spend a lot. 

If you are unsure of a full-sized product, try the giftset on for size to determine if a product is for you. The companies are putting their best on display for you and are practically giving away product. These deals that are going to be coming up will be worth you taking some time and checking them out. 

It seems that each year, the giftsets days get a little longer-meaning that sets come out earlier and earlier. If you just aren't quite up to shoppping to holiday sets just yet, no worries. There is plenty of time. The majority of them should be out by mid-November. Some are out now. So, check out the stores and online. You're sure to find something to 'wow' you! 

Threading vs. Waxing

So, if you read the last 2 posts in my threading and waxing series, it is my hope that they have been helpful in guarding you with information. 

Now, I want to briefly discuss some diference between the two. 

Threading is the removal of hair using thread. It is excellent for removing hair on the face. It does remove EACH hair hair by hair vs. in one fail swoop. While this can be painful, the result is that you have a clean look without removing the top layer of skin. 

Waxing is the removal of hair using wax. The wax is applied to the skin and then quickly removed resulting in unwanted hair being removed along with a layer of skin. Though the visual may be a little rough, it is a safe method. For me, however, I found it to be too much for my facial skin which resulted in me finding another method-which was threading. 

Waxing is great for quick hair removal of larger areas on the body. Threading is great for smaller areas and if you are allergic to wax. Most was, as discussed in a previous post, are beeswax. There are some soy products but most salons tend to use beeswax. Ask around before going to salons to see if they provide any type of alternative to beewax if you allergic. If you are allergic to beeswax, threading is definitely a great alternative.  

Waxing and threading usually takes anywhere from 10-15 minutes, depending on procedure and expertise of your salon. Depending on the growth and thickness of your hair, your appointments may be something like every 2-4 weeks. I fall right in the middle, going every 3 weeks. These aren't time consuming but so necessary. Brows shape the face and make a dramatic difference in your appearance. 

Whichever method you choose, it is my hope that these posts have enlightened you. Until next time, be beautiful!

Waxing

This week, I will be providing a brief overview of waxing and threading and some differences between the two. 

While this is in no way meant to be an end-all, it is meant to provide some background and arm you with the necessary information to make informed decisions. 

OK-so let's get to it! Waxing is a hair-removal method. In short, waxing in a salon using warm (or very warm) wax for human use. This is usually beeswax (though some people may also use soy).  The wax is heated in a warmer and then applied to the skin using a spatula and removed with muslin strips. Muslin is a type of material that is also worn on the body. 

Once the wax is applied, the strip is applied and then quickly removed producing a finished product. Cream is then applied to protect the skin against irriation. This sounds quick enough, right? Well, it is. It's a method that has been around for a long time. 

There is another another type of waxing which is 'cold.' This pretty much means that instead of the wax being warmed, the wax is on strips that don't require heat to use. These aren't typical in salons (in my experience) but they are used at home very often. It reminds me of Nad's hair removal strips that were very popular several years ago. This method of cold waxing hasn't been very effective for me. I like the warmer. 

Warm waxing isn't something I suggest for trying at home because it's harder to control. It's easy to make mistakes (if you're not seasoned with hair removal) and it could be disastrous for you if you somehow drop a hot ball of wax on your brow. You could end up bald in that area. Sometimes hair can take a long time to grow back. For some people, it never grows back. That's a REALLY good look. *sarcasm*

One drawback that I've found with the waxing method is the layer of skin that is removed along with the unwanted hair. Over time, this can cause the skin to crinkle. It's not the best look but it typically wouldn't be noticeable to anyone but you. I personally didn't like this becuase I thought to myself that is if looks like this now, what would this look like 10 years from now? And, I didn't like that over time, it started to thin my brows out. It was my body's way of saying that I needed to change up my method. As mentioned here, I'm speaking of waxing the brow. I have found that for other areas of the body, this method has worked fine for me. Brow skin needs some protection and care, so I went on a search for another method that would preserve this space on my face. 

Waxing is not a bad method. It's just good to know other alternatives. In my next post, I'll talk about threading.