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Testing Time – Boots Smooth Skin Intense Pulsed Light hair reduction system

It’s time for some testing…again.

This time it’s the Boots Smooth Skin Intense Pulsed Light hair reduction system. I’m quite excited about this one. The idea of achieving long term hair reduction at home sounds good to me!

I have taken a few photos of the product itself so you can have a closer look at what’s involved.



The system itself is expensive at £331.90 but I have seen the system reduced at times with special offers. If it works I would consider it money well spent. It’s also cheaper than the Philips version by about €100.

I read the information leaflet that accompanied the system this morning over a cup of tea and there are a few things that stood out to me…

  • Smooth Skin cannot be used on blond, grey or red hair
  • You have to cover moles with a white pencil to protect them. The system does not include a pencil. They also recommend using a pencil to mark where you have treated. This sounds a bit annoying but we’ll see.
  • You have to shave your legs before treatment and the pain is minimal if you use the conducting gel
  • You can’t expose the treated area to the sun for 24 hours

I will give full information on how the product works etc in the video review. In the meantime, click here to read all of the information you need about the product and reviews.

I will start testing on Monday and keep you updated on my progress every few weeks. When I have finished a course of treatment (12 weeks) I plan to record a video review.

Come on smoothness!!

Would you consider laser hair removal?

General, Giveaways / Competitions, Hair Removal, Salon Treatments

WIN! 2 €100 Vouchers for Thérapie! Some Yummy Treatments

I’m popping into Thérapie next week to have an Eve Lom facial. I brought home a brochure from my skin consultation the other day and perused the other treatments.There are two more extreme treatments that really appeal to me. But first, the treatment I have booked.

After my consultation the beauty therapist recommended an Eve Lom Ultimate Cleanse. My pores are very clogged up at the moment, thanks to a deadly combination of hormones and Winter. The treatment is basicly designed to remove all the gross stuff from my face. Amen to that!  The therapist said it will also stimulates and regenerate my skin and put life back into my lacklustre complexion, once again – thank you Winter.  Apparently I will leave looking radiant and revitalised.  What really appealed to me about this one was that extractions are done in small sections after a warm mask. The mask is peeled back bit by bit and the extractions are done in that area while the skin is warm. I hear it’s less painful. I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll keep you updated on the results.

Here are the other treatments I was thinking about trying in the future…


Jet Peel (€120)

The jet peel is a natural treatment  which uses water and oxygen, both of which are necessary for cell growth and repair. It works on 5  different levels at once; it deep cleanses, exfoliates, hydrates, oxegenates and micro-circulates the treated area. It also improves skins texture, reduces wrinkles and unwanted pigmentation. Apparently the improvements are visible from one treatment but a course of five is recommended for maximum results.

The jet peel appeals to me because it’s also useful for acne and blackheads. It removes comedones without pain or discomfort. I hear it’s quite gentle and that your skin returns to it’s normal colour within 15 to 30 minutes.



If it’s good enough for Kim Kardashian it’s good enough for us! VelaShape contours, shapes and reduces cellulite. It uses an infra red device that shrinks the fat cells. This is followed by a suction device that rids the body of waste and excess fluid. The treatment manipulates collagen fibres and connective tissue and increases metabolism to the trated area through increaced blood circulation. I hear that Velashape is good for Post-Pregnancy Body Reshaping for those of you who are expecting. It’s safe and is FDA cleared. It was also voted No.1 Cellullite Precedure at the American Health and Beauty Awards in 2009. It’s only available in Ireland at Thérapie.

If you have tried any of these treatments let me know your thoughts. If I get around to giving them a whirl I will post details about the results.



Thérapie have given me two vouchers worth €100 for Makeup & Beauty readers. (Clinics in Dublin Cork and Galway)

All you have to do is

  • Like M&B on Facebook – if you like it that is :)
  • Comment below this post to confirm


You might be wondering what you could spend your €100 voucher on at Thérape so I took the liberty of checking – I’m all about the thoroughness :)

  • Eve Lom Ultimate Cleanse (€95)
  • Full set of semi-permanent lash extentions (€99 – includes a lash tint)
  • One Microdermabrassion treatment (if you add €20)
  • Elemis Oxygen Skin Calm Facial (€95)
  • Murad Clarifying Enzyme Facial (€95)
  • Dermalogica Prescriptive Facial (€85) and an eyebrow wax €15
  • Elemis Well-Being Massage (€100)
  • One Jet Peel (if you add €20)

You can also visit their website and see what you fancy

    * Giveaway closes on Christmas Eve.

    Best of luck ladies!

    Amy x

    General, Hair Removal, Salon Treatments

    Musings about Hair Removal – What do you think?

    I find hair removal such a chore these days. I’m a bit of an obsessive hair remover and I used to enjoy the process but lately I dread it. With this in mind I though I would have a little rant about hair removal options and get your opinion.

    Bear in mind that this is just my experience with hair removal methods. I’m no expert and like everyone else have learned though trial and error… a lot of error!



    I can’t stand the long, hairy wait before a waxing. This is enough to put me off! The first time I had my legs waxed in a salon the beautician left bruises, not good. Needless to say I switched to another salon and had no such problems. It’s expensive if you rely on a salons services.

    As far as waxing at home goes, I tried it once and it ended in tears. I applied a wax strip  under my arm and then couldn’t get the right angle to rip it off. There was also no one else at home. I ended up peeling it back little by little. The result? Patches of smooth skin mixed with patches of tissue trauma… there was blood! Yes, I’m an idiot.


    Home Laser Hair Reduction Systems

    I have heard a few YouTube beauty guru’s and bloggers talking about the Boots Smooth Skin Intense Pulsed Light Hair Reduction System. It costs a bomb –  £325! (couldn’t find euro price). Apparently it reduces hair growth after a course of treatments. Boots say that it may not work on blonde hair so this would mean that my legs are out of the question but perhaps I could use it elsewhere. £325 is a bit of a risk though! Have you tried it or heard anything about it?

    I found a little google image..



    Laser Hair Removal

    The idea of being hair free permanently is what attracts me to laser hair removal. I know for many, it’s more a hair reduction than a removal but I would settle for that. It’s obviously an expensive option (although I’m seeing ads everywhere for clinics offering 80% reduced price). It also requires repeat visits but then again, any form of hair removal requires maintenance.

    The cost is what has put me off laser hair removal in the past. I also have blonde hair  on my legs and I was told a few years ago that laser would not work on me. I did consider under arm and bikini though. As far as I know there is more advanced technology now.

    Bottom line – I’m seriously considering it.



    I just hate shaving. My skin is sensitive, dry and prone to ingrown hairs so I have to exfoliate  like a crazy woman. Despite a decade plus experience with shaving I still manage to cut myself every time! I don’t mind using a razor for touch ups in the Summer – if I have waxed or epilated and have a few sneaky little guys growing back but I don’t like relying on them. I also hate ladies razors, they never work as well as mens. Mach 3 all the way :)


    Hair Removing Mitts:

    Yeah right! I bought some of these last year – they did a great job of exfoliating but did very little in the way of hair removing, for me anyway. I’d be interested to hear if these worked for anyone else.



    Any of you that read my blog regularly will have heard me rave about the Braun Silk Epil. Don’t get me wrong, it hurts like a mother but the results are fantastic. People told me it would become less painful –  so I waited, and waited, then waited some more. No such luck for me! It’s still torture.

    I would imagine that the experience is quite an individual thing – some people think it barely pinches, others run out of the bathroom crying. I’m the latter.  I just can’t bear it at the moment. At least in the Summer you have a goal in mind, right now I just couldn’t put myself through the pain!


    Depilatory Creams:

    How many of us spend a fortune on Veet and Nair?! I use it on my brows and in summer on the white fluff on my arms (hope no men ever read this post haha). This is my favourite for instant results – smooth, easy, no pain. It has a major downside for me! It only lasts 24 hours before I can feel regrowth. Ok so it might be days before I actually see anything but I hate the feel!

    It’s quite an expensive method of hair removal when you consider how much of it you use in one application. I have tried some cheaper brands and haven’t found them as good. If you have come across anything let me know.


    I’m a lost cause!

    What is your favourite method of hair removal?

    General, Hair Removal


    Just a little hair removal update…

    It’s that time of year again, skirts, shorts and dresses. Fantastic as that may be there is one downside, obsessive grooming. I’m quick finicky about grooming anyway and rely on my epilator (Click here to see my post on epilating ) but this time of year poses a little problem.

    I’m going on holiday soon and want to have smooth epilated legs for the trip. Unfortunately that means there has to be hair there to remove. That wouldn’t be a problem except for the fact that the sun in shining and I will have to wear jeans. Ah the plight of the modern woman. At least we don’t have to worry about whale bone corsets and plague!

    I could just cave and use the razor but on holiday my skin ends up irritated beyond belief. For me epilating is the best method of hair removal.

    Click here to see my post on epilating and my favourite epilator

    What method of hair removal are you relying on this summer?

    General, Hair Removal

    Epilator: Torture or Saviour?

    I recorded a video while back documenting my experience with my epilator (see below). I decided to do a little update on the whole epilating agony in case any of you are pondering this for Summer.

    I use the Silk Epil by Braun. It’s expensive but it hurts alot less than the cheaper ones I have tried. I once had a Philips version with an ice pack, it was absolute agony. I nearly fainted!I bought the Braun one in an electrical shop in London for £75 last August. It was one of my best buys of 2009.

    I only need to epilate every 2 months now. Towards the end of the second months I usually resort to Veet hair removal cream on some small patches while I wait for the rest to return (Yuck!)

    To be honest it’s still agony but it does get a little less painful each time. Every time I epilate there is a patch of hair that stays bald even when the rest grows.The hair growth is much lighter and very sparse. I’m all for epilating until I go down the laser hair removal route. As I mentioned in the video, I hate the ‘in-between’ waxes phase. It’s way too long for me. Silky legs are not a luxury for me, that are a necessity.


    Do you epilate? What methods of hair removal do you use?