iAm: Louisa Koh

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A 30-something from sunny Singapore who's tried her hand at lots of things, such as selling skin care & make-up, working in a (boring) corporate setting, trying to carve a singing career, giving private tuition, being a fitness instructor, writing/editing etc...

Besides exasperating her parents to no end, she loves experimenting with new make-up looks, uncovering the best make-up & skin care products, modelling for herself before the camera, singing at the top of her lungs (with preferably no one to hear it), and writing whatever, whenever (as you can already tell).

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Wax XXX’s Review & Waxing Promotions for You

Hallo my lovelies, how is everyone doing? πŸ™‚

I promised I’d be back with a waxing review after my IPL one, so here it is! Keep reading on to see how you can benefit from an underarm waxing at just S$5 and a chance to win S$200 vouchers when you “Like” Wax XXX’s FB page!

First things first, thank you Catherine (Herine) for this sponsored waxing experience @ Beauty Affairs, located at 27 Purvis Street:

Beauty Affairs is a beauty salon that offers services for men and ladies, including facials, body sculpturing, face and body radio frequency treatments, IPL, body wraps and treatments, waxing etc. It’s located beside Killiney Kopitiam or opposite the National Library, and just a 5-minute walk away from City Hall or Bugis MRT stations.

Originally, the sponsor was for Brazilian waxing, which for the uninitiated, is the removal of all pubic hair by waxing. The boyzilian would be the male equivalent of the Brazilian.

However, if you’ve read my previous post on IPL reviews, you would know that I’m currently doing IPL for Brazilian, underarms, lower legs and lower arms, so that pretty much only leaves the upper legs (and upper lip) available for waxing.

(As it turns out, I was told by the therapist, Jerlyn, that waxing is actually advised between IPL sessions, unlike what has been told to me by some of the salons doing IPL. Beauty Affairs encourages customers who do IPL with them to wax in between sessions, and offers packages for both if requested.)

Interior of Beauty Affairs

I opted for upper leg waxing. I’m not very hairy on my upper legs, but after doing IPL for other areas, the tiny hairs have become more obvious to me! πŸ˜›

Here’s my “before” photo:

Before the session, I was served ginger tea and given a standard form to fill in, to find out my medical history etc.

I was then led into the waxing room, to change into the green gown on the bed, to be worn as a “skirt”:

Some personal waxing history: I’ve been doing waxing a long time, whether at a salon, or using strip wax at home. I’ve done Brazilian & bikini waxing even way before underarm waxing, together with lower leg and once in a while, lower arm waxing. This brings to mind a funny but embarrassing incident way before I started waxing, when an internship schoolmate spied my fuzzy lower legs and blurted out: “EEEEeeeeeeeeeeee…. so hairy!”

Or something to that effect. I waxed religiously thereafter.

The reason why I prefer waxing over shaving or cream depilatories is that the hair is removed at the follicle, rather than from the surface, so it tends to grow back finer, and not coarse like after shaving or depilating. Not to mention hair regrowth happens more slowly than shaving.



Waxing Lyrical about Wax XXX

I am used to the very painful removal of waxing strip for Brazilian… so I guess you can say I’ve got a pretty high pain threshold. But at Beauty Affairs, I learnt that the wax they use—Wax XXX—is very different from the kind I was “subjected to” at other salons:

Wax XXX Philosophy

Xtra Strong—This strong wax made from rosin glides into the hairs and unto the skin, giving a firm grip and a clean lift to remove all hairs.

Xtra Smooth—The lanolin in the wax protects the skin after the lift-off, leaving the skin supple and smooth.

Xtra Soft—With Wax XXX, the regrowth is softer and lesser, usually between 4–6 weeks.



My experience at Beauty Affairs

Before waxing, Jerlyn applied jasmine oil on my skin to create a protective barrier, preparing it for waxing, and easy release of wax and hair. Read more about Wax XXX pre-wax care here.

Apparently, the kind of hot wax used on me in my previous waxing experiences would be applied with a wooden stick, then a strip of cloth would be laid atop the applied wax, before it’s forcibly removed in the direction opposite to that of hair growth. This is called “strip wax”, according to Jerlyn.

You must be thinking, Ouch! right?



Wax XXX, a premium type of wax which hails from France, is nothing like this, I’m amazed to say! The non-strip wax she used was called Wax XXX Perfect Scent, made from rice wax. It was not too hot, but quickly dried down to a solid consistency that allowed it to be removed (get this) without using a separate strip of cloth!

Yes! Jerlyn, my therapist, simply had to peel the solidified Wax XXX off my skin and that’s it! Amazeballs to the max ‘cos I have never seen or experienced anything like it (and I am not just saying this because I was sponsored the upper leg waxing)! πŸ˜€

No more painful ripping of strip cloth (especially if the hot wax doesn’t stick completely to the cloth)! And no more messy hot wax residue on the skin when the strip cloth is pulled off!

There was no discomfort, or itching from allergic reactions that I would get after waxing my lower legs at other salons, so more power to Wax XXX!

After waxing, Jerlyn applied a soothing gel containing mint called Refresh Mint, followed by a moisturizing lotion called Nourish Milk.
Read more about Wax XXX post-wax care here.



Types of Non-Strip Wax XXX

Wax XXX Perfect Scent—This soothing wax is formulated with the scent of the rose. Very suitable for all hairs, even the shortest hairs in all areas.

Wax XXX Perfect Pink—This beautiful pink wax is formulated with titanium dioxide, an anti-irritant and also known to enhance the skin’s natural protection from damaging UV rays. This wax is most suitable short coarse hairs, for use on face, underarms, bikini and Brazilian.

Wax XXX Perfect Blue—Very suitable for long hairs in all areas. Due to low the temperature, applications may be applied on the different areas to cut down waxing time significantly.



You may read more about Wax XXX non-strip waxes, pre- and post-wax care, retail products etc. here.



Results & Before/After

Here’s the before/after comparison:

You can see that the hairs are gone (despite the not-so-ideal resolution of the “After” pic, but it’s the only one I got πŸ™ ) and my legs look soft and smooth. β™₯

I saw some red dots on my upper legs when I went home, but they disappeared the next day, and there was no discomfort or itch, so it’s all good πŸ™‚



PROMOTION FOR MY READERS

And now for the goodies for you!

1. S$5 Underarm waxing—Quote “Louisa $5 waxing” to enjoy one-time underarm waxing at $5!

Call Beauty Affairs at 6337 9455 or SMS to 9876 2944 for booking.

*Valid till 30th Sept 2012. Appointments must be made prior to 30th Sept and no later than that.



2. Facebook Giveaway—Like Wax XXX on Facebook and help spread the word to achieve 2000 “Likes” by 30th Sept 2012!

Wax XXX will be giving away S$200 vouchers each to 5 lucky Facebook fans!

The $200 vouchers can be used on multiple visits for waxing services and/or waxing home-care products on regular prices.
(Not eligible for discounted services or with other promotions.)

Advanced booking of appointments is required.

You are advised to check Wax XXX Facebook page for details/updates or should you have any questions.

*Caveat: The giveaway will be invalid should Wax XXX Facebook page NOT reach 2000 likes, so hurry and share with your friends! They too stand a chance to win!



3. Referral— Be sure to quote “Louisa” if you go down to Beauty Affairs to get any Wax XXX services or buy their home care products, so that I can accumulate referrals as well!

Thank you lovelies! πŸ™‚



My After-Waxing Take-Home Kit

It’s strongly advised that post-waxing exfoliation and after-care cream be used to prevent ingrown hair. I was sent home with these four retail-size products worth more than $240:

4 Steps After Waxing: Rose Extract Body Scrub, UV Hydro White Body Milk with whitening, Hair Retard Mousse & Anti Ingrown Hair Lotion

I’ll spare you the details on each product till my review. But you may read more about each of them here.



Wax XXX’s Contact Details, Opening Hours & Prices

Beauty Affairs
27 Purvis Street, #01-02, Singapore 188604
Tel: 6337 9455

Opening Hours:
Mon–Fri: 10 am–9.30 pm
Sat: 9 am–6 pm
Closed on Sun & public holidays

Please download the salon waxing brochure here to check out the prices for waxing of various parts of the body.



Before I said goodbye, Jerlyn served me yet another cup of ginger tea πŸ™‚

Thank you Jerlyn for the warm, wonderful experience at Wax XXX! I’ll be sure to come back to Beauty Affairs when I wanna do more waxing!

With my therapist Jerlyn

(Parting shot: That’s my fave T-shirt with a very tongue-in-cheek picture of doughnuts and caption, spotted and bought in UK! Click to zoom in)


4 comments to Wax XXX’s Review & Waxing Promotions for You

  • Juls

    Hi Louisa,

    Just read your review on Beauty Affairs and would sure like to try their service. Hope there is no double-dipping

    J πŸ™‚

  • Louisa Koh

    Hi Juls,

    I’m sorry but what do you mean by double-dipping?

    Louisa

  • Juls

    Hi Louisa,

    That is when they dip the same spatula into the wax pot.

    J

  • Louisa Koh

    Hi Juls,

    Hmmm that’s a very good point… If they don’t double dip doesn’t that mean they have to change spatula for every application? Won’t that use up a lot of spatulas? Perhaps the hot wax temperature kills all the germs? I am not sure about this, you might want to check directly with the salon by calling them about your concerns?

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