Unsung Heroes: Sally Hansen Wax Strips

sally hansen wax strip review

Smoother then a baby’s butt.

What’s an unsung makeup hero? For me, it’s an oftentimes underrated makeup morsel, a permanent collection product that scoots under the radar screen of many makeup lovers but regularly rocks my world. The long-running Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorites.

Ways to procrastinate when you’re sitting at your desk:

  1. Pluck your eyebrows
  2. Paint your nails
  3. Fall into a YouTube rabbit hole of ’80s music videos
  4. Wax your mustache with Sally Hansen Wax Strips

I used to use Sally Hansen Wax Strips back when I was a waxing newbie, when the strips came in stiff plastic, and you had to warm them up between your hands to soften the wax…

They weren’t all that great, now that I think about it.

The plastic was uncomfortable, and the wax always left a handful of fuzz, so it wasn’t completely effective, but it was convenient, and I could easily find the kits at the drugstore (plus, I hadn’t yet discovered the wonder of the Bliss blue wax in a cup).

I figured, a low-key mustache was better than a bushy, full-on hipster mustache. *shrugs*

The wax in this newly revamped version of the kit is 10,000% better.

It comes in flexible paper (which molds to the curves of your body), and it tightly grips even the smallest bits of fur to lift everything off in a single pass.

Everything — I MEAN EVERYTHING — is smoooooove sailing when you’re done.

Along with 24 variously sized wax strips, the kit also comes with some fancy bells and whistles, like three pre-moistened numbing wipes and four pre-moistened oil wipes to soothe your skin and remove any leftover wax.

I don’t think I’ll use the numbing wipes very often, because I’ve done this a million times, and I actually find the brief sting kinda thrilling (like it makes me stronger as a human or something!), BUT DAYUM, GINA — this new version is pro-caliber serious! I’ve only tried it on my upper lip so far, but it’s so good at vanquishing hairs that I get the sense it would be strong enough to de-fuzz the lady parts.

The kits are $8.99, and you can find ’em at the drugstore.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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