April Favourites

It’s been awhile since I did a “Favourites” post, and to be honest with you, the only reason I’m doing one now is to share this YouTube video (which is pretty much my all-time favourite, next to Charlie the Unicorn):

 

Also on my list of favourites this month is:

This “perfect mug” from David’s Tea. I purchased the same one for a friend in March, and had full intention of buying a different mug for myself, but when I got to the store, I cracked and bought an identical one. Sorry, Nikki. I hope you don’t mind that we’re cup twins.

I’d been using a tea ball up until this point, so this mug is like magic to me. Maaaagic. I’ve been drinking nothing but loose leaf since I bought it just so I can use it. I love that I’m not cramming my tea leaves into a teeny tiny metal ball and spilling them all over the place in the process. I love that the lid provides a cute little no-mess resting place for the infuser. I love how pretty it is and how pretentious I feel when I drink from it. It’s awesome.

By the way, not on my April Favourites List? The Bollywood Chai tea I purchased with the mug. It’s okay, but it’s my least favourite chai to date.

The Yahoo Weather App. It’s gorgeous. Love that it has info on wind speed, sunup and sunset, and the moon cycle. It’s so much nicer than the boring Weather widget that comes with the iPhone. Plus, it’s free.

My Chiropractor. Honestly, I would not be running (or walking, for that matter) without her. If you’re having back problems, I highly recommend getting a chiro. I hate going to the doctor (or any professional, for that matter), but the chiropractor is tolerable because the visits are quick and fairly painless, aaaand you don’t have to take off a single article of clothing. Not having to get naked is the best part. Well, that and the fact that I can stand now without wanting to die. I wish I’d gone 9 months ago.

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Epilator Update

Well, it’s been awhile now since I bought my epilator, and I’ve been avoiding making an update about it because I feel obligated to post pictures and video (because I totally got Chase to document the whole experience!). As easy as it is for me to tell the world that I am a hairy spaz monkey, it’s a lot harder to provide you with a visual. That being said, there’s been a lot of demand (erm, okay, two requests) for a follow-up entry so . . . here it is. Me in all of my squeal-y, weird-face-making, furry glory:


My First Time (Warning: I swear like a pirate!)


I’ve used the epilator a few times since I made that video, and even though you see me complaining a lot on film, I have grown to love it. If you are considering buying one yourself, the first thing you should know, if you couldn’t tell from the video, is that it does hurt. A LOT. It’s a weird, stinging, shocking feeling. I, personally, think that it feels like you’re being electrocuted, but Chase (who tried it on himself) didn’t think it was that bad. He has really light and thin hair, though, so I think the level of pain you experience depends on how thick your hair is. If you are considering ways to rip your uglies out at the root, but you’re afraid of the pain, I suggest waxing because even though it hurts, at least it’s over quickly. This thing takes FOREVER to get all of your hair. You have to pass over the same patch of skin for ages before you get it all. It took me about 3 hours to do one calf the first time (I think your time may vary depending on the thickness of your hair and how big of a wuss you are). I have never successfully completed a full leg in one sitting. I usually do my shins, and then a few days later I tackle everything else. Be prepared to spend a lot of time on this!!

I also suggest doing this in the bathtub or on a floor that is easily swept because the epilator doesn’t have anything to collect the hair, and you’ll be left with a small pile that looks like, in my case, a small furry animal. Eeewwwww.

Okay, so those are the cons. On with the pros, because there are a lot of them! In fact, mid-May, Chase and I made some last-minute plans to visit his parents (and their hot tub!), and I didn’t have time to epilate so I shaved instead. And then – I’m not embarrassed to admit it – I cried (and I may or may not have thrown a mini tantrum). It was like every other experience I’ve ever had with a razor – my skin broke out into a rash, I was stubble-y the minute I got out of the shower, and it grew back in less than a day (seriously, I’m a beast!). I was pretty amazed with how good my legs looked after epilating the first time, but that whole shaving experience sealed the deal. I will never ever use a razor again if I can help it!

I like the epilator because my hairlessness lasts almost two weeks (which, for me, is a freaking miracle), and I don’t get the razor burn I get with shaving. Even when I wax, I break out into a rash (not to mention all of the sticky gunk that gets left behind). Also, when you wax, you can’t really go over the same area twice without ripping skin off, but you can keep going over the same spot with the epilator and you don’t have to go back over your work with a tweezer. After epilating, I have maybe an hour of redness and then I’m good to go. It DOES hurt, but the side-effects are short-lived (aside from a few ingrown hairs, and I get them with shaving and waxing, too, so…), and it seems to get better each time I use it. My first time, I thought I was going to have to demand my money back. The second time, it was less painful and, while not pleasurable, at least I didn’t want to throw it out the window. In short, I like my epilator a lot and if you have a high pain tolerance and the time to spare, I highly recommend getting one.

Before And After
A Before and After Shot. Sadly, this photo does not accurately capture how hairy my legs really are.

Epilator

EpilatorI don’t know how to say this without sounding gross or crass or over-share-y, so I’m just going to say it. I am a hairy beast. This may be a whole slew of TMI for you, but I have to tell you – I have the thickest, darkest leg hair (actually, the thickest, darkest, EVERYWHERE hair) of any girl I have ever known. It’s really disgusting. Dudes get a 5 o’clock shadow on their faces. I get a 5 o’clock shadow ON MY ENTIRE BODY. Yeeeeeeeee!!

Anyway, for YEARS I’ve been trying to find the perfect hair removal system. I’ve shaved, sugared, Naired, plucked, waxed, used hair minimizing lotion… Nothing really helps. Actually, waxing does but it’s messy and expensive. Also, it takes too long and I refuse to let a professional do it so when I get bored half way through, I give up (which leaves me all weird and patchy). It’s easier to just shave and deal with my insta-stubble.

I had been toying with the idea of buying an epilator since my friend, Meghan, told me about hers a couple of months ago. I have no idea why I hadn’t heard of it before. Basically, it’s like an electric razor but instead of just trimming the hair, it has a bunch of tweezers inside that spin and rip it out by the root. I would have bought an epilator ages ago, but they are kind of expensive and I couldn’t justify spending that kind of money on something I wasn’t sure was going to work. BUT, I got some money from my mom for my birthday and tonight, after months of telling everyone who will listen about this potential miracle product, I got one!! For erm… $85. This bad boy had better be worth it!

I am so excited to try it out, but I have to settle for writing an embarrassing journal entry about it because the mothereffer has to charge for 16 hours before I can use it. I am super pumped (and slightly obsessive) about it, though, and I can barely wait. Like, right now, I am contemplating running it over my shin while it is in off-mode just to see what it MIGHT feel like (minus the pain of a zillion hairs being painfully plucked from my skin). I’d make a sound effect, too. Like “bzzzzzzzzzz” and then possibly, “ow ow ow!”. I’m not going to, though, because it would be borderline creepy and I’m trying to contain my weird tendencies a bit now that I am just days away from the big two-seven (and, in my head, true adulthood). But really. It’s tempting. Ahhhh. Okay, I’m stopping. For serious. Chase just brought me a cream soda float (at 11:30 pm – mmm perfect bedtime snack!), so maybe that will take my mind off of it. . . At any rate, I’ll let you know how the epilation goes tomorrow!!

Bzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Okay, really. That’s it. Night!