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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Ms. Ponnay, you seem to have some extra facial hair growing on your upper lip

“Secret Agent Josephine, you seem to have some hair growing on your upper lip.” What?!! Gasp! How did you know! How could you say such a thing?!! Shocking!

The truth is I do have mustache hair on my upper lip. Not a lot, just a little. But I am a brunette after all, and such things cannot be ignored. Or maybe they could, but a long time ago a friend in high school introduced me to facial bleach, and I have never let a little hair go unnoticed since then.

Part of me wonders how my life might have turned out if she had never shared her dark secret with me.

So what does one do when one is faced with unwanted facial hair? Well, I’ll tell you!

I bleached for years. It was a pain. I hated hiding out in the bathroom while I waited for the chemicals to work. The excuses I’d make when someone would knock wondering why I was taking so long…that was fun. Then there was the burning and skin irritation. It was such a pain.

Speaking of pain, I tried waxing. That was REAL pain. Ugh. I’ve tried it all. Over the years my vanity has taken a backseat to the rest of my life, and I’ve turned to using one of those tiny battery operated nose-hair shavers on my upper lip. It doesn’t do the best job, but it’s quick and efficient, and I don’t have to think about it that much. But no, it doesn’t make me feel very feminine. Honestly? I feel like a man using a razor and I hate it.


So you can imagine my interest when Olay came out with their New Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo. I was intrigued.

I’ve been a fan of Olay forever. My mom used Olay all her life, and so have I. I think I started using their face moisturizer when I was thirteen, and I still use it to this day. I’m not a huge multi-step-beauty-routine kinda girl, but this is one product I swear by. It’s gentle, it’s pretty, and it works. Believe me. I live in the desert; if I didn’t use it my face would crack off. I decided I would do this review in photos to show you how easy it really was.

here, let's fix that

First you apply a thin layer of Skin Guarding Balm. It feels like chapstick.

massage, massage, massage...

Then you massage it in for twenty seconds in a circular motion.

massage some more

Massage, massage, massage…

now it's time for the chemicals

Now it’s time for the chemicals. I’m skeptical. Will it burn?

small "grape sized" dollop

Apply a “small grape-sized dollop” of Hair Removal Cream, the directions say. Does this look like a small grape?

like so

Done. Bug stops by to admire…

ho ho ho

I set the timer for eight minutes. Eight minutes is kind of a long time. Time for some Groucho Marx impressions.

waiting is boring

Hmmm…hmmm…hmmm…so far no burning!

let's make up a rap while we wait

How about we make up a rap while we wait for this mustache-ridder to work?

Yo yo yo! Mustache you gotta go! Drop to the flo and give me fo! Uh…I think I’ll keep my day job.

captain honolulu?

I’m much better at making faces.

heh heh heeeh heeeh heeh

Heh heh heeh heeh heeh..

is that the timer I hear?

Finally! I hear a timer ringing!

all gone! but still ugly

Wipe it off with a tissue and tah dah! No hair! What? Still ugly you say?

why that's much better

There. Much better with lipstick.


Mwa! Totally kissable. I mean, if I had anyone to kiss that is.

ready for my close-up?

I’m ready for my close-up! Except I’m not very good at taking hand-held close-ups with my 50mm lens.


Here’s my shot. You can’t really tell because my freckles kinda make my face busy but my upper lip is as smooth as a baby’s butt. Trust me.


Or ask Bug. She’ll vouch for me.


And that’s all! I’m happy to report that this Olay product does not dissappoint. Just like my old favorite face moisturizer, I feel fresh and feminine, and it was easy. No mess, no fuss, and best of all, no irritation. I’ll probably use this from now on, and maybe I’ll even pass it on to Bug someday.

So who’s brave enough to admit they have a mustache too? Anyone? Anyone?

Don’t worry I’m not going to make you admit it in the comments, but if you would like to be entered for a chance to win an easy $50 gift card, courtesy of BlogHer and Olay, leave a comment below telling me who your favorite mustachioed character is OR maybe a beauty routine that your mom passed onto you like my mom passed on her love of Olay to me. I’d love to hear your story.

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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 There are some great tips and expert posts!