The latest razor from Gillette, Venus Embrace ($12.99), has a cute purple and turquoise handle with five blades surrounded by a Protective Ribbon of Moisture to deliver a whole new shaving experience.

The razor feels a lot lighter than my Venus Vibrance Razor and it makes shaving such a dream! Not only does the handle allow great control but the blades sit perfectly on the surface of my skin so it glides smoothly even in those hard to reach areas. I always get such a close shave with absolutely zero cuts. Plus it comes with a pod that you can stick onto the wall or glass surface for holding the razor and storing the blades. Talk about nice and easy! I definitely recommend this over the Vibrance!

I finally picked up my first vibrating razor after my beloved Gillette SensorExcel razor broke. The Venus Vibrance Razor ($10), which came out in 2005, is the first vibrating razor for women in the market. Its soothing vibrations claim to sweep away dull, dry skin and result in fewer nicks.

Although this is manufactured by the same company, it does shave a lot better than the SensorExcel. The shape also allows a better grip which makes shaving a lot easier. So far I have not gotten any nicks or cuts from it but then again, I hardly get any from other razors either. The vibrating feature is definitely a novelty but personally, I find it nothing but a gimmick and an excuse to charge customers more. I get the same results whether the vibrating feature is turned on or off. The cartridges also cost more than the regular ones (yet another way to rip customers off) so despite the fact that this comes in my *favorite* color, I will not be repurchasing when I run out of cartridges.

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For those are you who are considering getting a bikini wax for the summer, I say go all the way and get a Brazilian instead! I had my first Brazilian a few months ago and now I am totally hooked!

So how does a Brazilian wax differ from a regular bikini wax? Basically, a Brazilian wax involves removing all the hair down there or all except a landing strip. This form of hair removal was founded by a group of Brazilian women in New York in the 80s but did not gain its popularity until the 90s. Brazilian waxes normally run from $60 to over $100. The first time I got it done, I paid $90 for it. Expensive? Yes but totally worth it. The area was so smooth and the hair did grow back finer and a lot less. As for the pain, it did hurt but was totally bearable. I could walk perfectly fine afterwards and there was no swelling or breaking out either.

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For those of you who shaves or waxes, ingrowns are probably your biggest nightmare. The only way to prevent ingrowns is regular exfoliation. There are also treatments out there to help with ingrowns. Sephora sells a product called Tend Skin ($20-35) that claims to improve the appearance of razor bumps, ingrown hairs, and redness caused by hair removal.

Here is a recipe of a homemade version of Tend Skin I found online. The major ingredients are aspirin, alcohol and witch hazel. I have tried it on myself and trust me it works – my bumps were gone overnight!