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Take the Sting Out of Your V-Day Bikini Wax

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

By Jennifer Latkiewicz

The rip-and-tear ritual of the bikini wax isn’t for the faint-of-heart, so if you plan to defuzz for Valentine’s Day, take the sting out of your wax job with these expert tips from Edna Ma, M.D., and creator of BareEase & Cream Painless Bikini Hair Removal Kit.

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You pop some over-the-counter painkillers and do a few deep breathing exercises, but even with the pre-game pain-reducing strategy, a bikini wax can still feel like a roundhouse kick to the pubic region.

But Dr. Edna Ma feels our pain… which is why she used her knowledge and experience in anesthesiology to develop BareEase & Cream ($25), a prep kit that helps ease the inevitable pain that comes with ‘nether region’ hair removal.

Though topical anesthetic creams are now widely available, BareEase’s lidocaine cream gets a boost, thanks to the unique latex panty. The cream, formulated with the maximum amount of lidocaine available without a prescription, numbs the bikini area prior to waxing, while the BareEase panty ‘locks in’ the cream’s anesthetic power and protects your clothing.

But whether you leave to a professional (spas and salons everywhere are offering their services at a discount this month) or prefer to go DIY, a perfect (and hopefully, pain-free) bikini wax is possible. A few tips:

- Pop a painkiller beforehand. “A topical numbing cream makes more sense than orally administered painkillers because the effect is isolated to the applied area,” writes Dr. Ma. But if you don’t have a BareEase & Cream kit yet, help minimize the pain by taking a dose of over-the-counter painkillers about an hour prior to your waxing.

- Banish painful, ugly ingrown hairs. Prior to your waxing, exfoliate the area with a loofah or scrub. Once the deed is done, disinfect the area with an alcohol-free astringent and avoid exercise, hot tubs and tight clothing for the next day or so, as sweat and friction can irritate your newly bare skin.

- Plan your wax for after your period, Dr. Ma advises. Your skin is actually more sensitive during your cycle!

- Trim the hair prior to waxing. If the hair is too long, it will be more painful, but if it’s too short, the wax will not stick, says Dr. Ma. The ideal length? About ¼- ½ inch, which means you’ll need a wax about every two to four weeks.

Want to give him a sexy V-Day surprise? Consider bikini sculpting — the landing strip is so last year! When Allure magazine interviewed the country’s top waxers, they found V-Zone trends for V-Day do vary: Chicago dares to go completely bare, while New York City and Los Angeles keep it classic with the Tiny Triangle. But Dallas and Miami get really creative — lightning bolts, hearts, Cupid’s arrow and a guy’s initial are top requests.

Ah, proof that romance isn’t dead.

Jennifer Latkiewicz is a Love/Sex blogger for LovingYou.com. She is a staunch opponent of vajazzling. You can follow her on Twitter at @JenniferLat.

Hot Valentine’s Day Hairstyles

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

by Kori Ellis

On Valentine’s Day, try something a little different with your hair. A sexy yet sweet style is ideal for this romantic holiday.  Experiment a few days ahead of time to find the perfect Valentine’s Day hairstyle for you.

Try a messy updo
Warm a little hair polish or serum in your hands, then finger-rake it through your hair to add some shine.

Rough-dry your hair with your hands. Add a little texurizing lotion or cream (like L’Oreal Studio Unkempt Out of Bed Weightless Texturizer) to get some messy volume and hold.

Pull your hair into a high ponytail and secure with a band. Twist and then loop it into loose sections and secure each one with a bobbypin.

If you have bangs, blow dry them smooth and swept to the side. Add a flower behind your ear to add a sweet touch to your messy updo.

Consider loose, romantic waves
Romantic hairstyles don’t have to be updos. For a glamorous look, you can leave your hair long and wavy. Check out this tutorial to find out how to get this look.

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Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and three children. Kori has been published in dozens of magazines, newspapers and websites worldwide, writing about everything from fashion to fantasy sports.

Valentine’s Day Makeup Looks

Monday, February 7th, 2011

by Kori Ellis

For Valentine’s Day, try a different makeup look than your everyday makeup. Experiment a few days ahead of time and find the perfect Valentine’s Day makeup for you.

Romantic and soft
For an ultra-romantic look, soften your makeup. Curl your lashes and just use one coat of mascara. Prep your skin/foundation like you normally do and add a soft pink blush on your cheekbones. Use a brown eyeshadow with pink undertones and finish off your looks with a pink lip gloss to add some shine.

Sultry and sexy
For a sultry, sexy look, decide if you want to choose between emphasizing your eyes or your lips. If you choose your eyes, go for a smoky eye look. For lips, you can’t go wrong with deep red, high-gloss lips.

Playful and flirty
For a flirty makeup look on Valentine’s Day, pick a playful look like pin-up girl style makeup. Amy B offers thes fabulous tutorials that will teach you how to get the pin-up makeup look.

Choose from pink pin-up girl makeup

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…or vintage pin-up girl makeup

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More makeup tips

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Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and three children. Kori has been published in dozens of magazines, newspapers and websites worldwide, writing about everything from fashion to fantasy sports.

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