Mission: No More Moustache, Please.

My Teenage Self would be horrified to know I now have to concern myself with FACIAL HAIR, but it’s true. Getting older, hormones, having children-my body has changed, that’s a fact. I mean, I don’t have a full-on beard or anything, but I do have some unsightly hair on my upper lip from time to time. While it’s not particularly noticeable to most people, *I* notice it, and it makes me a bit self-conscious, especially in the sunlight. EEK!

Every couple of months, I’ll schedule an appointment to have it waxed. I tried waxing it once myself, and it was not very successful. I ended up with a still hairy, red upper lip, and I maybe cried a little bit because OUCH. So now I pay someone to rip my upper lip hair out by the roots with hot wax. Sounds fun, right? Being a lady is SO GLAMOROUS, you guys.

I had a chance this week to try a new product, thanks to Olay Skin Care and BlogHer.

New Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo is a uniquely formulated two-step system designed to gently, yet effectively remove unwanted facial hair, leaving skin smooth, conditioned, and visibly hair free. This gentle hair removal system contains a Skin Guarding Balm, applied before the removal cream, that hydrates the skin to minimize irritation, redness, and other tell-tale signs associated with hair removal creams.

I was very excited at the prospect of finding an alternative to waxing because, let’s face it, it hurts. And if I can do it at home in less than ten minutes? Even better; with two small children, a busy husband, and a business to run, it’s not always easy for me to find the time to hit the salon.

The verdict based on my experience? You guys, it’s LOVELY! The product is easy to use. Two simple steps: apply the balm, then apply the removal cream. Wait a bit (check Twitter, read Facebook!) then wipe it off. It doesn’t have a strong odor like a lot of other hair removal products, just a light, pleasant smell like hand lotion. And it worked!

I had quite a bit of hair on my upper lip, and when I wiped off the removal cream, the hair went with it. There were a few stray hairs left behind, but I think that’s because I erred on the side of caution and stopped after 6 minutes, when the recommended time is 6-8 minutes. I was worried that since I’d never tried it before, it might irritate my skin if I went too long. But I had absolutely no redness or sensitivity, so I’d be comfortable leaving it on a minute or so longer next time.

So! No more moustache! Hooray for that! I feel SO much better having the hair gone, and it didn’t cost me a trip to the salon and the pain of waxing. Fabulous.

To make things even more awesome, one of my readers will be receiving a $50 gift card from the folks at BlogHer and Olay!

To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me about what inspires you to express your inner beauty and how do you express it?

Rules:

This sweepstakes runs from 1/3/2012 – 2/3/2012

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

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d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older.

Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.

You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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Be sure to visit the Promotions & Prizes page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

Comments will be closed on 2/3/2012

While we’re on the subject of looking good, you might want to check out the “Looking Your Best” posts in the Life Well Lived section of BlogHer.com. There are some great tips and expert posts!

Disclaimer: I was compensated for my time in researching and preparing for this post. But my opinions are my own, and I would never recommend a product I wouldn’t purchase with my own money.



86 Comments

  1. Candace

    January 3, 2012 12:19 pm

    That’s a rough question for someone with low self esteem.. Haha. I think what inspires me to express my inner beauty is my children. I try to be positive and show self respect and respect of others around my girls so they can grow up respecting themselves and others around them, regardless of what someone looks like.

    P.s. my beard needs this stuff. Bad. Like, bearded lady bad.

  2. janet

    January 3, 2012 12:19 pm

    This does seem like a pretty handy product. Waxing is painful and expensive!

    How do I express my inner beauty? Hmmm. I try to do nice things for other people. Does that count?

  3. Melissa

    January 3, 2012 1:18 pm

    I’ve used a similar hair removal product for many years, even pre-kids (thanks to my Italian genes), so I’ll have to try this one!

    My mom inspires me to express my inner beauty. She is the definition of kindness, and I couldn’t be more proud or grateful for her example.

  4. Jesabes

    January 3, 2012 2:45 pm

    Seeing inner beauty in others reminds me that, oh yeah, I might want to show some myself!

  5. Alison

    January 3, 2012 3:37 pm

    I tried bleaching, waxing, tweezing and I even went as far as to have Very expensive laser removal (removal, ha!)…

    …and you know what? The method that works best and is the cheapest…shaving.

    It takes 15 seconds at the most, in the shower every morning. If you’re particularly hairy and get five o’clock stubble, just shave it again. You can do it dry, no big deal.

    I’m telling you ladies, shaving is LIBERATING!

  6. cw

    January 3, 2012 6:44 pm

    My daughter inspires me because she sees beauty in everything. I express this inner beauty by smiling (at everyone)

  7. steph

    January 3, 2012 10:39 pm

    nature inspires me – and i express it by using natural beauty products!

  8. Elizabeth

    January 3, 2012 11:47 pm

    Laser, laser, laser! Well, maybe. I had a great deal–my dermatologist was just beginning to offer it in office, so it was rock bottom pricing. It’s working really well on one body part and questionably well on the other. Hmmph.

    As for inner beauty? I don’t dance. I never dance, but damn if Hannah and I don’t dance like crazy to the Beatles. Those are beautiful moments to me, and I feel so very alive during them.

  9. red pen mama

    January 4, 2012 11:20 am

    My daughters inspire me to express my inner beauty. I want them to know that real beauty lies in in treating others well, expressing our emotions constructively, and never hiding our talents.

  10. Deb Anderson

    January 4, 2012 7:25 pm

    I love a fresh dewy complexion and try to achieve it using microdermabrasion and chemical peel.

  11. Susan Smith

    January 4, 2012 7:35 pm

    My family inspires me and I express it buy being kind and smiling,

  12. Sunshine

    January 5, 2012 9:37 am

    This product is fascinating! With my Italian heritage, I have been dealing with facial hair for a long time.
    My inner beauty? I try to be kind and teach my daughter to do the same.

  13. Kelly Massman

    January 5, 2012 11:42 am

    I use moisturizer and a smile!

    thanks for a chance to win!
    And, have a GREAT day!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

  14. Mel

    January 5, 2012 2:19 pm

    I just saw a commercial for this and wondered about it so the timing of your post was perfect.

    As to my inner beauty, I’m in the process of trying to figure that out. For now my mantra is “I choose to be happy” and it’s working a little.

  15. Karina Lee

    January 5, 2012 6:40 pm

    i accent my smile with lipgloss

  16. Amy Tong

    January 5, 2012 11:39 pm

    Great to know it works so well. I’m gonna have to try this product!

    Simplicity inspires my inner beauty. I try to keep my beauty routine to very basic steps and it works well. I don’t feel overwhelm and I’m able to keep them consistence. How do I express it? IT’s basically the thumb of rule in everything I do on a daily basis. :)

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  17. Shari

    January 6, 2012 2:01 pm

    I try to bathe everyday. Yup! It makes the people that are around me happier! ;)

  18. Loui?

    January 7, 2012 1:19 am

    My inner beauty comes from having a positive attitude..
    approaching life with the same..
    and expressing everything i say or do with the same approach. from my surroundings,the environment, and life itself , each was a heavenly creation.
    I try to use all five of my God given senses for the ability to appreciate his artistically created masterpieces.
    To be so blessed..this is what inspires my inner beauty to shine!
    Loui?

  19. WinterSundays

    January 8, 2012 3:52 am

    What inspires me to express my inner beauty is gratitude and generosity. I try to be actively grateful for my blessings and generous with others. Seems to produce good karma and that makes me happy!

  20. anna pry

    January 9, 2012 12:44 am

    my daughters inspire me to express my inner beauty which i do by eating healthy and exercising to stay strong
    thepryfamily@gmail.com

  21. Jessie C.

    January 9, 2012 2:00 am

    My beauty routine is quite simple. I avoid complicated process and am all for multi-purposed products. I like easy and simple. Less is more helps me express and ispire my inner beauty.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  22. Christina Tong

    January 9, 2012 2:07 am

    My inner beauty is inspired by being peaceful, I always feel happy and try not to worry even though we sometimes may face difficulties and I smile all the time that express it naturally.

    ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

  23. Christina Tong

    January 9, 2012 2:10 am

    I tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/ctong2/status/156271437945122817

    ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

  24. One Frugal Girl

    January 9, 2012 1:33 pm

    The amazing women in my life inspire me to show my inner beauty. I know so many truly beautiful women!

  25. Wehaf

    January 9, 2012 10:37 pm

    I try to focus on what I do, rather than how I look. So maybe my body isn’t perfect, but it is strong – that’s beautiful, and it makes me happy.

  26. Debra F

    January 15, 2012 2:39 pm

    I try to let my inner beauty shine by not covering myself with too much makeup, and also simplifying my accessories. When I look more natural, I feel more like my true self.

  27. Tina M

    January 15, 2012 10:47 pm

    My hubby inspires me . I express this inner beauty by nice to others

  28. Diane

    January 17, 2012 8:22 am

    My children inspire me to express my inner beauty (AWWWWW!) and I try to show it by being gentle with them and gracious with others. I’m … not always 100% successful.

  29. hello haha narf

    January 17, 2012 8:44 am

    my mom inspires my inner beauty. she isn’t here, but her example stuck with me.
    and a smile is the most beautiful thing a woman can wear!

  30. Deborah Heidl

    January 17, 2012 10:32 am

    I have been getting my upper lip area waxed for about 10 years now … doing that every 8 weeks. I would like to have a product that I can do from home myself and be able to do it more often if needed.

  31. Melanie

    January 18, 2012 5:08 pm

    My baby inspires me to express my inner beauty, so I try to keep my skin looking happy and fresh.

  32. sy

    January 21, 2012 12:15 am

    I want to look healthy, I start with my skin by putting on a lot of lotion. thanks for the review and giveaway!
    songyueyu at gmail

  33. Candace

    January 23, 2012 4:39 pm

    I re-tweeted! I’m @girlhaq and for some reason I am an idiot and can’t find the link to my RT??!? Doh

  34. Pris

    January 23, 2012 5:01 pm

    I try to teach my children that beauty is on the inside so they are my inspiration for expressing my inner beauty. Kindness, care, acceptance, love and positive attitudes are far more beautiful than what the eye can see.

  35. Mary M.

    January 24, 2012 11:28 am

    Helping other out at work and at home, it makes me smile.
    marybug2@yahoo.com

  36. eko

    January 24, 2012 4:53 pm

    I express my inner beauty by attempting to live for others and not just talk about it…

    That is one of the hardest things my aging self has dealt with – the hairs – ugh, and yeah – getting caught unwaxed/plucked finds me much more self-conscious than I care to be.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    elizabeth

  37. jill ed

    January 25, 2012 9:36 pm

    Trying to be authentic and happy is what inspires me to show my inner beauty. A smile can be far more attractive than a face full of makeup.

  38. Janice Cooper

    January 26, 2012 5:50 pm

    God, smiling, being nice to others and positivity is how I express my my inner beauty

  39. Kerry

    January 26, 2012 9:28 pm

    My family and mostly my daughters inspire me to express my inner beauty.

  40. Amanda Sakovitz

    January 28, 2012 12:11 pm

    my family inspires my inner beauty and i express it by being kind to others and having a positive attitude

  41. Sheryl

    January 28, 2012 4:04 pm

    Medicine and hormones team up to make facial hair an image issue…when those issues overwhelm my psyche I reflect on the wonderful medical team I have supporting me regardless of how much or little I deserve it, and how fortunate I am to be giving a second chance to see my child thrive as an adult and to show my husband my gratitude for his loving support through various life challenges.

  42. Leann Lindeman

    January 30, 2012 10:47 am

    Trying to be positive everyday and being grateful for what God has given me.

  43. ANGEL JACKLYN

    January 31, 2012 12:39 am

    The love of friends & family members inspires me through my kind hearted spirit & good will towards others!

  44. Cori Westphal

    January 31, 2012 1:47 pm

    I express my inner beauty with my hair! My hair style can usually tell you what kind of day I’m having or how I’m feeling inside. A big fun up-do is a fierce day. A low simple bun is a demure day. And my hair down and wild is a crazy-out-of-my-way day!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  45. Allison

    January 31, 2012 4:54 pm

    Inner beauty, eh? That’s always a tricky topic. I guess what makes me feel most beautiful is being with people who I know love and respect me. Because no matter what, they will always see me as beautiful, no matter what my outer may be expressing.

  46. Jen

    January 31, 2012 8:20 pm

    I agree with the comment that this is a tough question for someone with low self-esteem…do I have inner beauty?!?!
    I guess if I have it, I’m inspired to express it by my kids, and I like to think I express it by everyday actions and reactions…but then again that self esteem thing comes into play!
    The moustache doesn’t help the self esteem ;)

  47. Jessica

    January 31, 2012 9:39 pm

    Fresh-faced celebs inspire me. I express my inner beauty by being as natural as possible! Just a little lip gloss and mascara!

  48. Andrea

    February 1, 2012 5:53 am

    My kids, my siblings, my friends…. When I can feel love all around me, I feel like I express my inner beauty more.

  49. Kathryn C.

    February 1, 2012 10:15 am

    My grandmother always inspired me to show my inner beauty. She always said what matter the most is what is on the inside. I thank her for instilling that in me. She was a great woman.

    katbirdfl (at) gmail (dot) com

  50. suburbancorrespondent

    February 1, 2012 8:38 pm

    I express my inner beauty by acting and dressing as though I feel like a million bucks, even when I don’t. Amazing how I can fool myself into feeling good!

  51. Sarah L

    February 1, 2012 9:25 pm

    I express my inner beauty through swimming 3 times a week which energizes me and keeps me fit.
    Thanks for the contest.

  52. Charlotte

    February 2, 2012 4:19 am

    What inspires my inner beauty is my hubby & little girl. They let me know that I don’t have to wear makeup to be pretty. They love me for who I am even if I wake up with drool on my face & eyebrows growing out of my eyeballs lol jk! They do tease me about my mustache though, which gets embarassing when we’re out somewhere! I like using Olay moisturizer, sunscreen, Fake Bake tan spray (instead of tanning bed), eat lots of fruits/veggies, & drink lots of water. Leaves my skin with a natural glow that I like to add a little mascara & lip gloss too! I love wearing a cute belt with my shirts, makes any shirt look great! This gives me the confidence that I’m very comfortable with, especially being a busy mommy/wife! That’s why I’m glad I have great supporters behind me, afterall their opinions are the only ones that matter to me! This is my inner beauty inspired by my world!

  53. Carmen

    February 2, 2012 1:46 pm

    I just try and make sure I’m clean and good-smelling. I don’t do a lot of “beauty” stuff.

  54. Julie Laws

    February 2, 2012 5:57 pm

    I love to smile-this expresses my inner beauty thanks

  55. Lee

    February 3, 2012 11:38 am

    I show my inner beauty by an honest smile.

  56. eunice b

    February 3, 2012 12:14 pm

    I enjoy taking care of myself and looking my best…helps me to feel better about life, but God’s beauty is the most important thing that I want others to see through me! :-)

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

  57. angie lilly

    February 3, 2012 1:01 pm

    I express my inner beauty thru my poetry, photography, and how I treat others around me! Nature is my inspiration for everything!

  58. Eugenie

    February 3, 2012 2:58 pm

    I express my inner beauty by using lots of moisturizer.

  59. Donna B.

    February 3, 2012 4:48 pm

    Trying to be a better person inspires me, and I express it through being kind to others, as well as to myself and my body. A lesson that’s taken me a lifetime to learn.

  60. Tabathia B

    February 3, 2012 5:10 pm

    Seeing pictures of my grandmother looking beautiful and ageless at 75 and I use some of her old tips lip vaseline for hands and feet
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  61. Sand

    February 3, 2012 11:50 pm

    I have a much better view of self-worth than I did years ago, that’s helped me define beauty.