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Thursday
May262011

The femstache dilemma

Do you have a femstache, that is, a fringe of hair on the upper lip? Removing most of the hair on a woman's face (except her eyebrows) is considered part of good grooming. Women with mustaches are objects of derision because of that cardinal rule, but if you ask me, that cruelty is unfair and underserved! I think women have the right to keep their hair if they so choose, as long as said hair is clean.

All things considered, I choose to keep my upper lip hairless. The face is simply brighter and clearer that way since even a faint fuzz of fine hair can cast a shadow, thus making skin look uneven. Before, I denied the existence of my femstache. I thought nobody can see it - but it's one of those things we just gloss over until someone calls it out. And someone did call it out.

Since then, I started either plucking or shaving my stache. However, plucking is painful and shaving gives that sensitive area chicken bumps. So I get lazy. That is, until I discovered the joys of DIY waxing. It made the process faster with less side effects so now I do it regularly.

I like using the Veet Ready to Use Hair Removal Wax Strips, the small ones for fine hair. It's easy to use and can remove most of the hair in two swipes. Smells good too! It comes with this oiled wipe to take off the residual wax, but I find that using my Muji Cleansing Oil does the job better.

You get 12 strips and two oil wipes in the box. It's good for 6 or 12 uses for the femstache, depending on your technique. I like folding the unused strips in half to keep the wax clean.

Muji

First time I used this, I gave myself a shallow wound. -_- I was completely clueless. I placed the wax strip too near my lips so the wax took off the thin skin. In fact I was so stupid, I did it thrice, not feeling the skin being ripped off. So for a few days the right side of my lips had scrapes, but thank goodness there were no scars and the scabs were gone quickly.

I learned my (painful) lesson, so now I just cleanly line the strip on the side, avoiding my lip line, and then rub the wax downwards to get a good grip on the fine hair. Then, peel with no remorse! Don't flinch. Repeat on the other side. Cleanse with Muji. Mission accomplished.

Don't forget to do a spot test 24 hours before using the product, just to be completely sure that you won't get any allergies. Read the directions on the box carefully to prevent stupid accidents like mine, okay? ;) 

I love Veet! It makes my life SO MUCH easier. Ay, the things we girls need to do to rule the world.

Reader Comments (25)

I use the Magic Hair Removal Wand :D

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKira

It doesn't hurt? Quick ba?

May 26, 2011 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

I use Magic Hair Removal Wand too! I used to wax my upper lip stache all the time but I break out and I now have dark, ugly marks on that area. :(

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDardar

I use the magic hair removal wand too. I got it online for really cheap. But now I can't seem to remember how much. I just remember remarking to myself, "wow, that's cheap!" Hehe. :) It also pulls hair from the roots like plucking. I prefer it over waxing because somehow, no matter how careful I am, I also seem to botch up DIY waxing. :)
Oh and I love your lipstick color here. Nice. :)

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteriris

Quick question. Hindi ba kumakapal yung hair during it's regrowth? I've always wanted to wax off my femstache but my mom and sister tells me that it's not a good idea since it would grow back looking like a man's mustache >_<;

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLor

I was using this since I decided not to use epilin on my upper lip, I found na waxing does not make your hair grow manly when it grows back @Lor..

In fact, mas manipis based on my experience. Pero it depends on the person anyway :)

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPearl

I've been ignoring mine since forever... until I can't take it anymore, hee hee! Last April I went to Lay Bare and availed of their upper lip threading and then again just yesterday... it's really quick & clean! I love it! :)

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterApril

I have femstache also and is afraid of removing or shaving them. I also have concerned of them growing back more thicker than the previous ones. And I also have fears of my upper lip being red and have those blotches. Does it hurt, I mean waxing them? And what other ways do you recommend besides waxing and shaving? Because I also have allergies.

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOSeƱorita

@Liz: Parang pins & needles lang, and I can do it anytime no need to wait for the hair to grow a certain length. I think it was around P150 online? Meron sa Beauty Bar Php 600 (!).

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKira

I've always been afraid of removing the hair on my face, except threading/plucking my eyebrows. In fact, I have a lot of fine hair on some parts of my cheek as well (although i've yet to meet a person who has pointed it out to me). Should those also be removed?

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

Hi Kira, would you mind sharing kung saang site mo nabili yung Magic Hair Removal Wand mo for only 150? I'm interested... thanks! :)

May 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterApril

Me, I just use thread to remove my femstache. Or the so called threading process.. My mom used to do that to me before but since my mom now was working abroad, I used to recall on how she does threading. I practice a lot and then I learned naman. Painful nga lang talaga, pero pag nasanay na sa sakit konting sakit na lang. :p And pala, hindi naman po kumapal yung femstache ko nung tumubo na uli. So naging loyal na ako sa threading.

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKhae

@April I also bought my Magic Wand for 150pesos in ebay. :) You can learn about it by googling Epicare. Marami ding videos sa youtube about it :)

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdardar

Thanks guys for the info about the Magic Wand! Ma-try nga!

Re the hair regrowth - in my experience, hair that's waxed, threaded, or plucked don't grow thicker since they're pulled from the roots. So no need to worry about that part. :D

@Camille I think hair on the cheeks is okay! As long as you're comfortable with it then it isn't an issue. ;)

May 27, 2011 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

This thread is very informative! How about bleaching? I was contemplating of getting Sally Hansen's hair bleach, has anyone tried? Thank you!! :)

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAe

Thanks dardar! :) Wala ako mahanap na 150 pesos in ebay, ha ha! Will keep looking... thanks again!

May 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterApril

hi everybody....newbie here...Liz i so so love your blogs about beauty products and fashion ;) so truthful and honest...i wish we could meet...

and to share na din po....ive been using DIY sugar waxing to remove all hairs (except sa ulo syempre hehehe....at kilay na din :-p ) Strip it! sugar wax yung name....yup tama po sila lahat...hindi na kumakapal yung hair kapag nagwax at 2 to 3wks bago tumubo ulet! skin becomes light and softer.. maybe dahil sa sugar and honey...sa una masakit pero yung sakit eh tolerable naman...kapag nagtagal eh masasanay ka din! P150 for small tub kit (comes w/ spatula and cloth) good for 2months. actually, depende kung ganu ka kadalas magwax at yung dami ng inaapply mo sa area that u want to remove the hair..when i started waxing, i swore ill never come back to shaving or plucking...(super endorse hehehe)

stay pretty!

May 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commentereve

@eve thanks for sharing your experience! :D also, welcome to Project Vanity!

May 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

Super sakit kaya ng threading and waxing! What I do is I take paracetamol about 20 mins before doing it. Uunahan ko na yung sakit. :)

Girls, I've seen other products that lighten the hair instead of taking it out. May naka-try na ng ganito?

Thanks!

May 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoie

I've been using the wand too. It has a different brand but it looks the same as the others. It's a lifesaver! I was okay with it too until the BF pointed it out. I thought he didn't mind but that was because he didn't see it pala. So when he saw it, he told me it would be nicer if i had it removed and that was the start of my relationship with the wand. It works like magic talga. The first time I tried it I was scared of the pain but I got used to it. I do it once every two weeks. It's quick, affordable and you can bring it anywhere because it's tiny.

You should try it Liz :)

May 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMia E

@April: I got it here almost 2 years ago - http://magichrwand.multiply.com/ - pero she closed her shop na :(
And let me correct myself, I got it for Php 190 + 50 shipping :)

http://www.kira-ramirez.com/2010/07/best-beauty-product-purchase-of-2009.html

May 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKira

Thanks Kira! :)

May 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterApril

hi liz! where did you buy this product? i was looking around for this but all i could find was the regular Veet hair removal kit. thanks!

June 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNix Gonzales

I've been waxing since forever. Hehehe! For me, waxing is not only cheap it also saves you time and avoids the stubbles.To avoid "tearing the skin", make sure to just clean your face using your fave products for facial cleansing and please please please do not use toner (especially the ones with alcohol) as this will dry up your skin. Take my word for it, I almost tore my face it half before lol. Also, do not use any creams or oils on your face prior to waxing. I suggest you try threading as well, it's best for sensitive skin. Enjoy!

June 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAura

Hi miss Liz... Where did you buy this? :) Please reply :)

November 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTIN

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