I was offered the chance to try waxing at home with Parissa* just as I was about to embark on my redundancy period. I thought it was perfect timing, as I was keen to ensure I didn't fritter my money away and thought I could adopt a more thriftier approach and perhaps start tackling some beauty treatments at home.
When a selection of Parissa's Waxing Kits* arrived my initial enthusiasm had waned and I was reminded of my last at home home waxing experience and decided that I would instead look for cheaper alternative to the London salons and hid the kits in my testing pile.
Fast forward some months later and whilst you would imagine I have all the time in the world to visit beauty salons and embark on various treatments and should be primped to perfection the reality is quite different. Of course it has been a good thing as I work through my stash of false nails and catching sight of my eyebrows in the mirror the evening before I was due to meet a friend for lunch I decided to be brave and dig out the Parissa Brow Shaper Mini Wax Strips*.
It all seemed fairly simple, press on and zip off and the brow wax strips were very small that I was sure I could avoid removing my whole eyebrow! Each box contains 16 double sided wax strips and a small vial of Azulene Oil, Parissa's treatment which is also available in a full size, for use after any wax or shaving treatment to protect and repair the skin.
Inside your box is a longer strip of the wax which you will need to cut into individual strips which are small, if you're all fingers and thumbs you might find it a little fiddly but persevere. The clear strips are separated to reveal the wax and where I 'struggled' was touching the wax on the sticky side before adhering to my eyebrow.
The wax is a in a 'straight line' which requires some manoeuvring to work with the arch of the brow, but again the size of the wax makes it easy to work with. For my first attempt I was amazed with the results and found it easier than I expected and I imagine the initial errors I made would easily be avoided on future attempts as I became used to the process.
Thrilled with my efforts I reached for the Parissa Face & Bikini Wax Strips* and decided to tackle my upper lip. The strips contained in this kit are much larger in size and I cut to fit to my lips shape in thirds. My upper lip is always the more sensitive area to wax or thread and I was tackling a larger area than with the eyebrow strips but it was quick and relatively painless and I was pleased with the results. I'm also quite interested to see if I can shape the large wax strips for my eyebrows to treat in one go but I'll save that for when I'm a little more practised.
I usually spend between £20 and £50 on threading once a month, depending on the location I choose for treatment. That includes my brows, lip, chin and neck and it can often be in a matter of weeks that I could benefit from a further appointment but tackle with tweezers or my epilator until I can justify a further appointment. A box of Parissa Wax Strips costs under £9 and will last a couple of months at least depending on the areas you're tackling.
I half expected to wake up in the morning with the usual spotting familiar after waxing but there was none to speak to. I did use the Azulene Oil after waxing and was a bit over zealous with the spray and found it a little greasy in nature so I am now spraying onto cotton wool and rubbing the area which is much better for me and find it helps soothe the area.
Have you tried waxing your eyebrows at home, if not do give Parissa a try I'm converted?