Feb 15, 2012

The Devil's Tool

I'm in SF for the week - surprised?  So am I!  I got the call on Monday afternoon with the request to be up here ASAP, but was able to come up on Wednesday instead of Tuesday, whew.  Enough time to do laundry and pack.  Oh, and celebrate Valentine's Day.

With the insistence of some readers, I caved and bought myself an epilator.  Everyone's like, "I can't believe you still tweeze your armpits, that is so 2000-and-late!"  I'm like, mind yo business about my hairy pits!  So I recently bought a Braun 7681 Silk-Epil 7 Xpressive Pro Epilator (what a mouthful) from Amazon.  I got it a few days later and though the box looked like it was in the mouth of a rottweiler, the actual tool itself wasn't touched.

So I read the instructions.  Yup, I actually read the instructions for this one.  The main reason?  When I took one look at the epilator, I wanted to run it over with my car.  It was SO SCARY looking.  WTF...are those RAZORS?  How are those tweezers?  They're all sharp...and edgy.  And not the "cool high school girl who wears all black and smokes cigarettes behind the bleachers" edgy, it literally has SHARP EDGES.  The battery was already charged and so when I turned it on (low), all those RAZORS started spinning all sorts of crazy and I was expected to put that on my skin?!  Bitches be crazy.  This thing is literally made by the Devil.

amazon's stock photos. mine looked exactly the same.
The epilator had like, 10 different adapters.  It had interchangeable heads, a shaver, and some other things I had no idea if it even belonged with the product.  I read the instructions first so I knew which way to hold and move it.  (Btw, it doesn't even matter because hair grows in all sorts of directions)

I finally mustered up the nerve to try it - on my arm pits first.  Most people have really sensitive skin under their arms as it's pretty thin, but after years of plucking and/or waxing, I feel like I have a pretty high pain tolerance there.  After sucking in a deep breath and holding it, I tried it.  And you know what?  It was fine.

I know.  Anti-climatic.  This thing looked like a portable paper shredder, but when I actually used it, I could feel the vibration from the motor more than the plucking.  If you can get over how scary it looks and how loud it is, it's actually a very efficient hair removal process.  I can see why girls get addicted.  It takes as long as shaving, hurts less than waxing, and you don't have to wait as long between sessions.

I will say that for some reason, I did start to bleed, but I didn't feel it, I just saw it.  Gross.

A few days later, I decided to epilate my legs.  That wasn't as smooth (excuse the pun) going, I feel like my legs didn't feel as hairless as shaving and it was a little bumpy.  I'll give it another shot, but so far, I'm pretty happy with this purchase.

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  1. lol!! It does look scary when you turn it on. So many parts winding and grinding ("...up on that polllle, I know you see me lookin' at chu and you already knowWw")

  2. LOL this was the most entertaining review I've ever read about an epilator. It almost looks like Jaws and just looking at the up-close picture of it makes me want to X out my screen.

  3. hahaha you are so funny! It does sound kinda scary...shaving is a pain sometimes too though so it might be worth trying for me. Thanks for the review!

  4. Winter means longer periods in between epilating.. which is a huge no-no for your under arms. THE AGONY. THE BLOODY MESS. I've learned by lesson.



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