Veet Roll On Wax Kit*
As an almost 24-year old woman with fairly conventional views on excess body hair it makes sense that I have tried a variety of hair removal methods over the years, but strangely I have never tried leg waxing before. Cold wax strips never worked for me, and paying for waxing at a salon always seemed an excessive expense with epilators and razors at home. However I find epilating uncomfortable and shaving is quite high maintenance as it needs to be done more frequently, so this summer I wanted to try out waxing. The Veet roll on wax kit is an affordable option for at home waxing and, whilst I was a bit daunted by the idea of doing it myself, it turned out to be much easier than I expected. With this particular product you plug the device in to heat up, and after about 20 minutes when the wax is warm enough you can roll it onto the skin. You immediately apply a wax strip, smooth down, and quickly remove the strip, pulling back against the direction of hair growth. I quickly got the hang of the best way to do it: you need to be quite methodical so you don't miss patches as you shouldn't wax areas twice. When I finished my legs were really smooth and I was really pleased I'd taken the plunge. A downside of the kit is that it can be a bit messy, part of this is to do with the fact that you are recommended to reuse wax strips as the kit doesn't provide nearly enough, and handling the strips several times meant I got excess wax on my hands and legs which isn't ideal as it's a pain to try and wash away! However the product itself is really effective, and my legs stayed smooth for a couple of weeks after. This is a really handy product to own and I certainly plan to use this again as it means I won't have to worry shaving my legs on holiday or at festivals.
T&N Health Hairworx Vitamins*
These vitamins are a vegetarian diet supplement which is meant to help contribute to healthy, long, strong hair. I always find dietary supplements or changes are quite difficult to rate in effectiveness as there are so many external factors that can also effect change: for example, I'm continually trying to be kinder to my hair by limiting heat use and doing treatments such as coconut oil to aid my quest for mermaid hair. Additionally, dietary supplements tend to have a delayed effect and it can take a couple of months to notice positive change. I've been taking these tablets for over a month now so it's hard to pinpoint that any changes are purely caused by these tablets but my hair is feeling a bit thicker than usual, I've had comments that it's grown (even after having a trim in the middle of the month) and it feels nice and healthy. I'm certainly hoping to continue with these tablets and see where I'm at in three months' time but so far, so good.
Babyliss Ceramic Heated Rollers
The problem with wanting to grow out hair means that you really shouldn't use much heat or colour on it... so that rules out pretty much everything that's fun to create different looks with, basically. So I came to a compromise and bought myself some heated rollers to use on my hair: yes, they're still heat, but at least I can hold them comfortably in my hand whereas my curling tongs are another level of scalding, burning hot. I'm sure the damage levels must be relative! I've managed to get some pretty excellent curls and volume with these rollers and I've only used them at the lowest heat setting which means when I want to do something fancy with my hair I don't have to feel like I'm burning it to a crisp - result. Of course, they're the kind of thing you expect someone's nan to wear so yes I tend to feel like a bit of a douche for the 45 minutes or so that I'm walking around with 20 rollers on my head (it's also always when the postman decides to come to the door, how do they know?!) but you know, beauty is suffering and all that...
Eat Pretty by Jolene Hart
Nutrition is quite fascinating to me and something I'm trying to educate myself about more and more. But whilst I feel increasingly aware of what my body needs nutritionally to thrive, this is a more in depth look into how these nutrients affect us at a surface level as well as what they do for the body. I genuinely feel like this is not just a once-read, but a vault of information which I will continue to refer to. Lately my skin's been a bit rubbish, which I think is due to stress, but for the first time I'm not just looking at face washes or topical treatments to try and sort it out - I'm looking at the internal contributors too and trying to make smart choices* to relieve the problem from the inside out.
*Do take this statement with a pinch of salt, as over my birthday weekend I foresee large amounts of sugary, dairy-laden cake in my immediate future and I take full responsibility for the consequences!
So these are a few favourites from the past month: have you tried any of these, or will you be trying any? What are your favourite beauty tools, books and supplements? Educate me guys!