Underarm Laser Hair Removal Experience

Last week, I completed my second underarm laser hair removal session. For those who weren’t aware, I finally decided to get laser hair removal back in December.

I’ve always wanted to get laser hair removal because the idea of no longer shaving sounds wonderful to me… because seriously, who likes to shave constantly?

Since moving to Melbourne and arriving just in time for summer, I was getting annoyed with shaving everyday. I kid you not, it’s literally everyday. Plus, Dan bought a pack of 2-blade razors that are shite and I want to get through that 12 pack before buying a new razor so the shaving isn’t great either – it’ll leave like a shadow.

Ladies – be sure your man knows how to shop for razors before sending them out to the store.

However, I’m a wimp and put it off since forever. I stuck to shaving and plucking because I thought laser hair removal is going to hurt like a biotch… I mean, c’mon… it’s a laser beam! But that being said, I did get LASIK done, and been waxing soooo how painful can it really be????


For those in Melbourne, I booked a consultation at ClearSkinCare Clinic (South Yarra). It was meant to be a consultation but I also told myself that if it comes down to my first session as well, I’ll do it right then and there because I don’t want to come down again after a few days. Plus, what’s there to consultant about getting some armpit hairs removed?

Initial thoughts? It’s fast. It literally took less than 5 minutes to do both armpits (which sort of makes me annoyed that I gotta travel all the way to the clinic for a 5 minutes appointment). I don’t even think it’s 30 seconds per side!

I instantly was able to smell a faint scent of something burning – my hairs being burned? It’s a bit off putting but it goes away once she’s done lasering you.

The cool air sensation really helps. I actually can’t imagine doing it without that cool air blowing on your areas.

The actual lasering and pain? It sort of stung, not going to lie. I suppose all those who say it’s like having a rubber band snap at your skin consistently for 30 seconds is correct… At first, it didn’t hurt but after about 3 seconds, you start to feel the sting.

But, it’s not unbearable. I would have to say that I enjoy getting my Brazilian waxes more than getting lasered. I might pop a painkiller the next time I go… The pain is brief – really brief. It stings for a few seconds but once the whole ordeal is over, the discomfort fades. I would call it more of a discomfort than pain and would rate it a 4/10.

If you’ve gotten waxed, tattooed, or pierced, I think you can survive an underarm laser treatment. I’m not sure how well I would do for bigger areas but I’d give it a shot and keep you guys updated if I ever do a Brazilian or full leg.


The price? The clinic had a big sale and underarm treatments were only $9 per session which is how they caught my attention in the first place, lol.

But, it’s $9 per session if you buy in a package of 10. So, I ended up paying $90 but they make you prepay instead of like signing a contract or something. I’ve been told it’s a very common practice in this industry, and if not, I think all of them do it this way?

I think $90 is okay for ten sessions. I probably wouldn’t buy it if the clinic didn’t have a sale, to be honest. Laser can be pretty expensive.

They told me that if I don’t need all ten treatments, I can put the balance towards another laser treatment, but unfortunately, no refunds.


The results? Oh my gosh, am I ever glad to do it! After the first session, I barely had any armpit hairs left. I had a few strands that the laser didn’t get the first time so I’m excited to see how the second and third treatment plays out.

But seriously, after the first session, I shave only once a week. So, with the second session done, I’m thinking I don’t need to shave at all soon.

It’s incredible to see such a big difference after a few sessions. I’m starting to regret prepaying for ten because I honestly don’t believe I need all ten sessions to get results. My old waxing clinic started doing “pay as you go” for laser hair removal and she told me it’s actually cheaper and better in the end because every candidate is different, and clinics do not refund you if you don’t use it all.

For example, even if I paid more than $9 per pay as you go session, it still comes out cheaper than prepaying for everything if I only require 3-4 sessions for my underarms to see permanent results.

That being said, that’s why I opted out not to get my Brazilian until I get back home. I think I’m going to ask if I can use the remaining sessions on my happy trail instead since that’s something I’m self-conscious about too.

But boy do I love hopping out of the shower and not have to worry about shaving my armpits anymore. I would say, you’re pretty much paying for the convenience and you need to ask yourself “do I dislike shaving enough to drop $90?” Because I do.

So, for those who have done Brazilian or full leg laser hair removal, please let me know how it went for you!

Forget what you've heard about brazilian waxes – an honest bikini waxing experience

Do you cringe when people mention bikini waxes? The thought of all that pain as the esthetician rips the hair out of one of your most sensitive area?

That was me several years ago… hell, that was me up until a few months ago! I thought that any type of bikini waxing would hurt beyond belief… I remember one of my professors telling me she tried it once and never again because the pain she felt was bad as giving birth as she described it. Yup…

A few months ago, I thought – why not try it? I thought, if I could survive getting tattooed, maybe a wax isn’t too bad? I mean, it beats trimming it every few days so I guess you can say my laziness got the best of me.

Next thing I knew, I was on Yelp looking at all the highly rated waxing salons and decided to book my first one with Ann-Marie at Frilly Lilly.

Painless is one of my most favourite words, and everyone who went to Frilly Lilly basically called their waxing experience painless.

However painful you thought waxing was – it’s actually only half as bad.

Yes, it’s bad in some spots, but it’s true that the more you go, the quicker and painless it’ll get.

It’s honestly wasn’t too bad. If I had to give it a rating, it’ll be a 3 or 4 out of 10. When she put the first strip of wax on and took it off shortly, it didn’t hurt a bit. I honestly had to confirm with her if she started already or not.

Of course, as she worked her way in, it got a bit more sensitive and a bit more painful, especially the patch of hair above your lady bit and closer to the lips. But it’s not as bad as how society made it out to be. Comparing it to giving birth? I mean, I haven’t given birth yet but I wouldn’t go as far as comparing it to childbirth. Is it one of the most painful experiences you’ll ever experience? No. I cried when I got my ears pierced! That was the most painful memory I’ve had thus far.

I believe the stigma of painful waxing stems from those who used soft wax (?) – basically, the wax that needs to be taken off with a strip of cloth or something. Hard wax is when the wax hardens up shortly after placing it on your skin. I was told the hard wax hurts less because it’s actually tugging at the hairs rather than on your skin. It stung more when she waxed the peach fuzz on my inner thighs and my happy trail.

Oddly enough, the butt? Painless. Virtually painless. I promise.

The first time, it took about 30-35 minutes because she took her time explaining the procedures and giving me post-wax tips. My regular 5 weeks out sessions generally takes about 20-30 minutes, and of course, getting faster and faster each time.

If you’re like to me, scared of what society has been saying about bikini waxes – ignore them. It honestly wasn’t as bad as everyone makes it out to be, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how bearable the entire procedure was!

If you’re really considering booking an appointment, here are some tips that I found helpful during my first few times:

  • Do your research. I spent a lot of time on Yelp glancing at reviews before I felt comfortable booking an appointment with Frilly Lilly. It seems silly to read reviews about a salon, but given that you’re stripping half naked and letting someone see, view and cause you physical pain… I’ll like to choose a place that’s highly raved about.
  • Take two painkillers. They help manage my pain a bit and calmed me down… IΒ  guess I viewed painkillers as another layer of protection from the actual pain – if that makes sense.
  • It’s okay to fork out a few $$$. Frilly Lilly was expensive… after tips, my waxing came out to be about $70 or so. I decided to continue going to Filly Lilly for a few more sessions before switching to another salon that offered hard waxing for only $52.
  • Choose hard wax salons. Hard wax is the key to a painless bikini wax!
  • Wear a lightweight t-shirt or dry-fit. You’re going to sweat because of it’s a bit painful. So wear something that won’t show your sweat stains when you leave the salon.
  • Do it for yourself. Groom for yourself – not because some man told you to.

If you’re a local, check out Frilly Lilly at 1076 Hamilton Street in Yaletown!

Hydrating Your Skin (Throughout the Winter) | Winter Skincare Routine

One of the biggest things I hate about winter is the cold harsh environment. Canada is known to be brutally cold but luckily I’m located on the West Coast which proves to have warmer winters (what is snow that you talk about?). However, despite having a warmer winter than the rest of Canada, Vancouver sometimes still gives me dry skin from time to time.

 
 
Lately, I’ve incorporated the L’Oreal Hydra-Total 5 Ultra Fresh Ritual into my everyday life. Previously, my skincare routine was great but I must admit, it did leave me skin slightly drier in the winter time (because I often forget to moisturize).
 
 

I use the gel cleanser every night to get rid of dirt and my make up. This little thing takes off my waterproof mascara and eyeliner in one quick wash! I prefer to use it at night because I feel my face is much cleaner after a long day rather than using a cleanser in the morning.

Following the cleanser, I use the toner to tighten my pores up. I have an oily T-Zone and this is wonderful. The current toner I use has a very strong scent and burns my skin (if I have any cuts). It’s extremely power and makes me eyes water when I use the toner. The L’Oreal toner smells light and to my delight, doesn’t sting at all!

Lastly, I use a bit of moisturizer before going to bed and in the morning. It’s very light weight moisturize and smells great. Unfortunately, I don’t find the moisturizing to last all day – my other daily moisturize works much better.

Overall, the L’Oreal Hydra-Total 5 Ultra Fresh is a great way to keep skin hydrated and moisturized in the winter. Compared to my other cleanser and toner, L’Oreal works wonder. However, I might skin out on the moisturize and stick to my current one instead.

*All products reviewed in this post was provided from Influenster. Opinions stated on this review are 100% from my own observation and usage.

Product Review: Clarisonic Mia Cleansing System

Hellllo beauty lovers! I’m back with another review, this time for the iconic Clarisonic cleansing system!

For those who aren’t aware of this tool, it’s a facial cleanser than cleans deeply into your pores to remove make up, oil and build up. It’s highly raved about and consider the best tool in the market. It boasts that it can clean up your face in just one minute!

I originally purchased this product because I was looking for something to clear up my blackheads. The beauty adviser from Shoppers recommended this tool and claimed that it helped with his blackheads too. I originally thought it was too much (retails at about $145CAD) just to clean out my blackheads but the adviser told me all the benefits and promised that I’d get my money back guaranteed if I don’t like it.

Upon first impression (after getting over the high price tag), I was a bit turned off by the one minute timer. I mean, it’s not the end of the world but after one minute, the tool powers off and you gotta turn back on. It’s just a hassle because I want something that is powered on until I feel like my skin is clean enough. The brush head is soft and doesn’t damage your skin. It’s the default brush head so for those with more sensitive skin or a rougher cleaner, you’ll need to cough up additional $50+ for alternative brush heads. On top of that, Clarisonic also recommends you replace your brush head every 3 months.

The package comes with a sample size cleanser for the system. It’s recommended that you purchase their cleanser to use with the system but it actuality, it’s perfectly fine to use any other cleanser as you wish. The good ones to use are the ones that foams up!

I’ve been using it for nearly a month, and to be honest, I’m disappointed by the product.

After forking out almost $200 for this system, I wanted my face to feel fresh, or at least, my blackheads gone. I’ve been using their cleanser and using mine and NOTHING works. The annoying 1 minute time still gets to me but on top of that, I just feel like it’s not doing much. It’s uncomfortable when I put the system on my nose to clear my blackheads.

It doesn’t do anything. My blackheads aren’t disappearing and reappearing, they just sit there like they’ve never been touched.

(And, I ended up buying a cleanser that ACTUALLY cleared up my blackheads for a fraction of the price of a Clarisonic!)

After a month of no clear results on my face, I decided to claim my money back with their 90 days money-back guarantee.

Here’s another kicker. Their customer service sucks! I called their support line to start my return process and the line cuts me off. I sent them emails after weeks later, still no response. I can’t return it to Shoppers and I think Clairsonic (as a business) doesn’t want retailers taking them back. So, I believe if you ever decide to return Clarisonic, you need to contact the company themselves to start the process.

I wear minimal make up and my skin is generally in good health. This product is probably suited for those that wear a lot of heavy make up and/or have troubled skin such as oily skin or acne problems. Their customer service sucks SO be sure that you really want to invest a few hundred dollars on a system that might or might not work for you!

A lot of people rave about this product, but, unfortunately, I don’t think my skin needs this product and now I’m stuck trying to contact Clarisonic for a refund.

If you’re blessed with good skin and you’re trying to target a specific area, don’t invest in Clarisonic, regardless of all the positive reviews. It’s probably not meant for you and you (and your wallet) is better off buying special scrubs/lotions to target your areas.

Business Review: Blanche McDonald Hair Services (Q&A Hair Salon)

If you don’t know, I like to be thrifty without sacrificing a whole lot. Since growing out my pixie cut, I felt self conscious with my hair because it had no style and it was literally just a shapeless blob of hair. I also had a tail growing which made me the most self conscious.

I knew one thing: I’m not going back to the salon that gave me my pixie cut, and all the nearby salons were too expensive (we’re talking starting $30-$50 for a women’s cut)!I like student services because they’re affordable and they actually do a great job! My last experience with a student salon was with VCC but I didn’t feel like going back to VCC. I felt that Blanche McDonald would be a better choice since it’s specialized in make-up/hair.

I paid $16 for my hair cut… yes, only $16 for a good hair cut compared to all the salons!

Upon arrival at Q&A Hair Salon, I was surprised at how spacious and lovely the place was! The staff greeted me instantly and I had no problem finding the salon. I was paired up with Raina, a lovely stylist with a great humour. I normally don’t enjoy small talk but she was just sooo wonderful! I wish a successful career as a stylist when she heads back to Mexico!

Anyways, I explained to Raina what I wanted and showed her some photos. Unlike my experience with VCC, I was able to communicate with her effortlessly. There was no miscommunications whatsoever. Before the students start, they must complete their worksheets and have the instructor sign off and you also have to sign off acknowledging that they’re students.

The entire process was refreshing. The instructor checked up on us frequently and even made suggestions on how to cut may hair!

It took longer than I expected but that’s the thing about student salons – you pay a good price, good service but you need to allocate a few hours of your day. It’s not like those quick cut and go sort of thing.

(And we all know how much time I have when I choose to procrastinate!)

I think the process took about two hours or so. There’s a little bit of touch up here and there but nonetheless, it was a great experience with the Blanche McDonald hair services!

The prices are comparable to VCC but the quality isn’t! This is soooo much better (sorry!) For a list of their prices, click here, however, I think they updated their prices without updating their website and the new prices are about a dollar or so more.

Overall, I’m probably going to come back for my highlights! I recommending this place to all my friends now instead of VCC.

Location: 410 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC
(Inside CurliQue Beauty Boutique)
Price: 5/5
Quality: 5/5
Service: 5/5
Highly recommended you try at least one of their services!

* Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored by Blanche McDonald school. Everything here is my opinion and paid with my own money. This blog is not affiliated with Blanche McDonald in any way.