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Beauty: diy IPL hair removal at home review

This post has been sitting in my to-do folder for agesssss since I always get questions about at home ipl hair removal, so I figured many people are in fact looking for info, and I'm more than willing to help out!

Beauty: diy laser hair removal at home review

I've always struggled with hair removal. I have fair skin and dark (and plentiful) hair, and to top things off, I'm very prone to all things fun like razor burn and ingrown hairs. I had tried everything, really: hair removal creams (smells horrid and burns the skin if I leave it on long enough to actually remove all of my hair), shaving with the direction of the hairs (great if you want to have permanent stubble), epilation (extremely painful if your hair is thick and your skin is thin, up to three days of bruises and ingrown hairs), waxing (same deal as epilation). Only thing that did work was PFB vanish, a roll-on shaving lotion that disinfects your skin after hair removal and contains exfoliating agents that stimulate your skin renewal, keeping the skin thin and making it easier for new hair to break through rather than grow in. However, it was still a permanent hassle in the summer months,

Ipl hair removal seemed to be the best option for me, as it would radically reduce the hair growth and remove the roots of the hair as well, which was a pro for me since my skin is so thin that you could still "see" the dark roots underneath even if I had shaved. I had been looking at groupon type deals to get ipl hair removal done somewhere, but the prices were steep and research told me that the results would not be permanent. Since my pockets aren't that deep and I feel ridiculous spending that much money to get rid of hair, I kept putting it off. However, when one of my friends was putting up her Remington i-light Pro for sale, I pounced on that deal, and I'm so happy that I did!

Beauty: diy laser hair removal at home review

In short, this is how ipl (and laser) hair removal works: the machine emits pulses of light that heat up any type of dark pigment in your hair, basically burning the roots of your hair and damaging those roots to the extent that they won't produce new hairs for months and months. Yes, "dark pigment" includes possible moles or your own dark skin, so this procedure is not suitable for people with darker skin tone or lots of birthmarks! On my own pale skin with dark hair however, this worked perfectly.

Beauty: diy laser hair removal at home review
Beauty: diy laser hair removal at home review

The Remington i-Light pro is very simple to use; you just switch it on, then you hold your arm over the little window until it beeps to tell you if your skin tone is light enough to safely use the device, and the i-Light pro will suggest the best light intensity for you to use. 

Beauty: diy laser hair removal at home review
Beauty: diy laser hair removal at home review

The device has a small (about 3 x 1.5 cm) window that zaps your hairs with light, and it also comes with an even smaller window to use on your face for more precise use. You start out with shaved skin: if you use it on longer hair, you might get some minor burns. Once the device is powered on, you have offered up your arm for verification of skin tone and chosen your light intensity (I usually used the lowest one), you just press down the head of the device so that the window makes contact with your skin. Once you hear the "beep" that tells you the device is ready to blitz your hairs, you press the button and feel a small pang of heat. It's never nearly as painful as epilation or waxing. 

Slowly make your way over the area you want to make hair free, and repeat the treatment once a week/every two weeks. After about four weeks, you should notice your hair falling out naturally and not coming back. I think it took me about 2 months to get the end result I was dreaming of: 90% reduction of hair growth! I honestly didn't believe it would work as well as it did so I was over the moon.

Beauty: diy laser hair removal at home review

Is it permanent? No. After about half a year, I noticed that my hair was slowly coming back. However, it only took me about three treatments to get back to my previous end result, so the upkeep is absolutely minimal compared to the hassle of hair removal before I tried the i-Light pro. Cost-wise it is infinitely more cost-efficient than going to a salon to get ipl hair removal because you only pay once instead of going back again and again for hundreds of euros. 

Only extra cost you have to keep in mind is that after x flashes, the bulb in your device might burn out and need replacing, but I've seen replacement bulbs online for about €30 so that's nothing to worry about. In fact, I would suggest buying one of these to share with a friend! You could easily split the cost and use it for a month each to be free of hair for half a year, which would make this option so much more affordable. Since you only need to use it once in a while, sharing it is a possibility. 

Only negative I can come up with is that the window is so small that doing my legs would take me absolute ages, and since shaving works for my legs, I just don't find it worth the work. For my bikini area however, this has been a godsent.

If anyone has any questions, I'd be happy to help! It's been two years since I started using this and I'm still incredibly happy with it. I was not sponsored in any way for this review :-)

Beauty: diy laser hair removal at home review

Outfit: head to toe metallics in jumpsuit

silver loafers, gold culottes jumpsuit

Beauty: vitamin C Clinique Fresh Pressed review

Beauty: vitamin C Clinique Fresh Pressed review

While I used to think that a simple moisturizer was enough, skincare has become a passion of mine over the past few years. Of course, you shouldn't expect miracles from skincare (you're never going to get a result from a cream that you might get from fillers or botox, if that's what you're after), but as someone who spends quite some time staring at their face while playing with makeup and editing pictures, I've come to notice the small but significant changes made by particular types of skincare. 

Today, I'll be talking about Clinique's Fresh Pressed regime, which is basically a 7 day plan that uses vitamin C to clarify your skintone and increase your natural glow. I tried a vitamin C based skincare routine last year when I tested Auriga's Flavo C range, but I wasn't entirely convinced by the result. However, when I received this adorable mason jar filled with Clinique goodies, I was inspired to give the idea another go. Especially when reading the claims!

- cell renewal is boosted from the first use
- your complexion should look brighter after only one use, and after a week of daily application, your skin will be more even, smoother and firmer
- after four weeks, hyperpigmentation should be reduced by about 20% (no idea how they measure this though), and fine lines and wrinkles have reduced by 30%
- after 12 weeks of contnued use, hyperpigmentation has reduced by 30%, and wrinkles by 40%.

Sounds pretty impressive! I only used the product for 7 days, so let's see if we can see those claimed end results.

Giveaway and Beauty: Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 avant premiere

Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 inspired makeup look

Hey guys, fun post today! I mean my posts are always fun (I'd like to think) but today is a two-for-one. First, I'm giving away THREE sets of two tickets (so six tickets in total) to go see Guardians of the Galaxy in IMAX at the night of its exclusive premiere at Kinepolis Brussels, April 25th. Second, I'm sharing a makeup collab I did with my lovely sister, inspired by two of GotG's most kick-ass female characters. We were both pretty proud of the end result, so you're in for a treat!

Outfit: culottes and yellow platform clogs

Outfit: culottes and yellow platform clogs