There are seven fundamental types of catastrophes. Beauty is not one of them.
If you’ve ever had your brows or facial hair threaded and wished you could duplicate the technique at home, this tool is something you want to consider. While the actual technique differs, the feeling is similar to threading, and the results vary per user.
So why’d I buy this?
Mainly to remove the vellus hair on my face (we all have it) & the occasional stubborns that pop-up on my chin, and of course the hair on the upper lip. Ah, lovely to be a women eh! Actually lip waxing is the most popular skin treatment performed by estheticians. I always assumed it was the brow wax.
Normally, I wax my brows, upper lip, chin and sides of face, but sometimes my skin reacts to the wax & tiny annoying whiteheads pop-up a few days later. I’ve yet to find a depilatory that doesn’t irritate, so when the buzz around this product & others like it started circulating back in 2011, I did my research & bought one online.
Watching this video prompted my decision to buy, hers was the most thorough and impressive of all the reviews/videos:
I purchased my Bellabe on eBay for less than $14.99, however, I don’t recall the exact price. As you can see from the photo, it’s slim and springy with blue plastic tips. The color of the tips come in a variety of colors. It arrived encased in a slim plastic tube which states:
So Easy To Use! Removes Hair From The Roots. Hair May Grow Back Finer & Softer. Great for Touch-Ups & Travel. Can Be Used As Often As You Like. SILKY SMOOTH SKIN IN JUST A FEW MINUTES!
It also lists the company website, which has a lot of information detailing the process, pricing, how it works, etc.
The disclaimer on the package states:
Use only on the upper lip, chin, cheek and neck areas. Do not use on eyebrows. Do not use on irritated, cut or broken skin.
The first time I used it, I hadn’t anticipated how difficult it would be to control. It’s a spring device after all & takes some time to get the technique right. The video (above) & website are best at explaining exactly how to do it. You must hold it with both hands, bend the spring down and place it against your face where facial hair is to be removed. You must be sure to keep it in an inverted U position and roll the handles inwards and outwards in a continuous motion. It took several minutes but once I got the hang of it, the process went a lot smoother.
It feels similar to threading, can’t say it’s pain-free, you definitely feel a plucking sensation as the hair is removed.
Okay, Pros and Cons time:
I decided to try it out using my lovely magnifying mirror with lighting. Such a steal for only $20. Gotta love Costco! By the way, a lit magnifying mirror makes a huge difference in hair removal and makeup application – HUGE, every woman should have one.
I used the Bellabe under the mirror & noticed the sensation was the same but it missed a lot of hair, and snipped quite a few without actually removing them from the root. Plus, your skin needs to be dry, dry, dry when using this. Slightest bit of oil or moisture prevents it from grabbing the hair, but that’s just something to note, my results were the same with super dry skin as well.
So in the end, it’s a personal choice (like everything else). If you don’t have much hair to remove & it’s of the super fine variety, this will probably work very well for you. As for me, I’m still waxing & tweezing – my old standby method. 🙂