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Summer Beauty: Dealing With Hair Removal and Cellulite
We test out a new epilator and ask experts how to deal with cellulite.
Comments () | Published June 25, 2009

Best Face Forward: Product Reviews
Dealing With Hair Removal and Cellulite
Pretty Feet
Taming Frizzy Hair

Hair Today? Gone Today: We Put the Bliss Epilator to the Test

My friend Elizabeth swears by her epilator. When she first mentioned it, I thought she was referring to a kitchen appliance.

“An ep-i-la-tor,” she said, as if by repeating the word slowly I would grasp its definition. “You know, the electric thing you use to remove hair from your bikini line?”

I’d never heard of an epilator—I’m a waxing girl from way back. I’ve used the Poetic Waxing Kit from Bliss ($45 at blissworld.com) for years and love it. So I was skeptical but curious. Turns out there are a thousand epilators on the market; Internet chat rooms are abuzz with debate about which is best. To simplify my life, I decided to go with the kind Elizabeth has.

Though you can buy the Bliss/Philips Bikini Perfect Deluxe Spa Edition at-home grooming system at the Bliss Spa in downtown DC that’s scheduled to open in mid-July, I ordered mine online ($59.99). The sleek, cordless, 4½-inch, rechargeable turquoise-and-white device comes with an adapter, a cleaning brush, tubes of Lemon + Sage Body Scrub and Lemon + Sage Body Butter, ingrown-hair-eliminating peeling pads, a turquoise woven cloth bag, and six attachments: trimmer, micro-trimmer (for single hairs), adjustable comb (with five length settings, like a vacuum cleaner’s settings for carpet heights), eyebrow comb, micro-shaver, and epilator head.

I had no idea this was all so complex. All I wanted was to touch up stray hairs since my last bikini wax. But the directions were easy to follow, and I was buzzing my way toward hairlessness in minutes.

Did it hurt? Not as much as seeing myself in a bikini in a three-way mirror. The epilator grabs hair and removes it by the root, so there were some pinches here and there. It was actually kind of fun once I got the hang of it. The rotating epilator head is round and smooth so you can’t hurt yourself. No redness, irritation, or ingrown hairs afterward, either.

If you’re used to that baby-soft and totally hair-free feel that only waxing can give, the Bliss/Philips may disappoint you. It did the job and left me smooth enough, but there was a tiny bit of stubble here and there. The Grooming System isn’t a perfect substitute for waxing. It is, however, perfect for a quick touchup.
—Gigi Anders

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