Folks, it’s that time again where I tell you about another amazing spa find for your waxing needs: European Wax Center. At this point, I’m just amazed at how many different types of wax and methods you can come across in one city. Note, previous places I’ve raved about: Strip: Ministry of Waxing and Uni.K.Wax where I’m a regular. The purple gourmet hard wax though that you find here though is something else.
Their trademark Comfort Wax is imported from Paris (fwancy), made of 100% natural beeswax. And their method ensures a practically painless experience. First they cleanse the area, then use a pre-wax oil to ensure the wax stick to the hair – not skin. When they’re applying the wax, there’s absolutely no double-dipping…they’ll literally use a brand new sanitary wooden spatula every time they apply the wax on you. They finish up with a dose of their Ingrown Hair Serum to prevent bumps and breakouts.
Columbus Ave location
The best part? There was no sting or even a trace of sticky wax afterwards. Oh, and more incentive to check it out: Women get a complimentary bikini line, underarm or eyebrow wax just for the first time. Men can get in on this too with a free eyebrow, ear or nose wax. Plus, they have 429 locations sprawled across the country, but if you happen to be in NYC and you happen to go to their salon in the UWS on Columbus Ave., ask for Meredith. She’s a dream.
European Wax Center
314 Columbus Ave
at 75th Street
New York, NY 10023
Upper West Side
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Happy lovely Friday! Thought I’d start this beautiful day with another giveaway. But first, wanted to give you a heads up that Schick Quattro for Women has been working on some cool projects lately. Most notably, they are partnering up with singer superstar Katy Perry for her California Dreams tour, and launching their Dare to be Spontaneous summer program!
Win a chance to meet Katy Perry from Schick Quattro!
For Katy Perry fans, this is HUGE: From now until July 8th, if you’re 18 or older, you can enter on their Facebook page. One lucky winner will receive a spontaneous getaway vacation with three friends to an undisclosed, secret location in the United States. The trip includes hotel, airfare, tickets to a Katy Perry concert, and a chance to meet Katy in person!
In the mean time though, you have to have to try their new TrimStyle razor with jojoba extract and acai berry. It’s waterproof, and battery operated, and super safe to use. I fell in love with this years ago, and I still always have one handy. SO to convert you, this week I’m giving away Schick Quattro’s newest TrimStyle razor, as well of one of their razor-only version in their limited edition purple handles.
Schick Quattro TrimStyle and Razor with jojoba extract and acai berry
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posted on: 05.27.11 | filed under: BATF Giveaways, Beauty - "The Lovely", Body, Hair, Hair Tools
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I began my laser hair removal series with this post about the first couple of sessions I had with Dr. Stephen Bracci at Verve MediSpa. I’ve gone one more time since then, and I’ve been really pleased with the results so far — I haven’t noticed any hair growth or irritations (**happy dance**). The lip area, which I got done for the first time, did pinch a little more than the other areas but it’s a very temporary and mild discomfort (for me at least, I’m sure it’s different for everyone).
You all did leave some questions for Dr. Bracci which I had a chance to ask him so here are his answers:
Dr. Stephen Bracci
Q: What are some things a customer should ask when searching for laser hair removal clinics? Are there certain lasers that are better than others? etc. 2. I had a friend who got it done and complained that her hair came back EVEN MORE COARSE. What would cause that to happen? Is there a risk of that? Is it typical?
[I have a feeling that this is the beginning of a TMI post, but someone's gotta do it]. They say as South Asians, most of us are blessed with luxurious hair. Well, I think there can be too much of a good thing. I know it’s not just “us” either. I’ve had countless conversations with my girl friends of all backgrounds on how to take care of pesky body, and yes, facial hair. I think I’ve personally tried everything — shaving my legs is convenient and fast, but I just can’t handle how itchy my skin gets afterwards with certain razors; depilatories contain irritants and chemicals I rather do without (and the hair grows fast anyway); I can take the pain of waxing and it does lead to thinner and less hair but waiting for it to grow out in between just sucks. And forget waxing or threading my face — I break out so easily. I literally have to resort to bleaching the hair because there’s no way to get rid of it and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that all those chemicals are probably not the best thing for your skin. SO the final option was laser. I harass my friends who have already had it done about the details, and to be honest, it kinda freaked me out a little. “They shave the area beforehand.” Doesn’t the hair grow back thicker? All I pictured was going in for a treatment and coming out a few weeks later looking like this:
not a cute look.
And then it came down to skin tone. Up until now, I’ve mostly heard that the best candidates for laser hair removal are people with the light skin/dark hair combo. Not to say that if you don’t fit that description, you can’t get laser done. But you run into the risks of burns because the laser won’t be able to pick up on the pigment on lighter hair, or confuse dark skin for pigment it’s supposed to zap. Great, so we’re screwed? It might have come at the perfect time, but I was invited to visit laser cosmetic doctor, Dr. Stephen Bracci at Verve MediSpa.
Dr. Stephen Bracci
They told me I could come in for a complimentary treatment, so I decided it was in my best interest to ask about their laser services. I told Dr. Bracci about all my concerns and what I had heard about darker skin tones. In fact, he’s treated numerous clients with my medium skin tone and it’s totally doable. He usually starts at a low frequency and decides what strength to use the laser at. Of course, any laser procedure has it’s risk of burns, but that’s when it’s important to go to someone with the right amount of experience. He also mentioned some other skin issues may even go away with the laser (sporadic break outs and blemishes). I talked at length with him about it, and after he made me feel comfortable about getting it done, I signed some forms and was ready to get my treatment right away.
Verve Medi Spa in Midtown East
Betsey Johnson Slant Tweezer Collection
WWD announced today that designer Betsey Johnson has partnered with Tweezerman to make three uniquely designed tweezers available exclusively at Sephora. Talk about adding Johnson’s signature funky flair to your makeup bag.
The tweezers feature neon designs with rosebuds, skulls, and…Marilyn Monroe. Might I just add that Tweezerman seriously makes the best tweezers, so if you’re in the market you can pick one of these up at sephora.com for $25 — or in the store starting Sept. 1st.
Not to totally freak you out, but I just read an article from Women’s Health about unsightly infections coming about from, ahem, Brazilian waxes. A girl landed in the hospital soon after getting waxed, though with the proper screening practices, you can avoid the same drama. They also provide tips to protect yourself, including:
Choose a facility carefully. See how clean the place is, or ask a friend to recommend a trustworthy source. Make sure the salon has the proper licensing.
Ask about the wax. “Hard wax is best. It’s gentler and adheres to the hair, not the skin,” Kinley says. “Speed wax, which is soft and sticky, is applied with a roller applicator, and while it’s fast and easy, it’s more painful and more likely to tear skin.” Sugaring, a natural method that’s kinder to the skin than waxing, is a good alternative. Look for products that are chemical-free; Shobha ($22, myshobha.com) contains nothing but sugar, water, lemon juice, and glycerin.