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

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100 Responses to “Mustachio!”

  1. Mami2jcn Says:

    Favorite mustachioed character? Does Magnum P.I. count?

  2. Mami2jcn Says:


  3. Yara Says:

    I think it’s sort of weird that the person who told me about Olay isn’t family, friend, or even a female. It was, sort of, my obgyn back when I was pregnant with Lisa. Except, it was more in the form of them handing me a “new mom pack” and it had a big sample of the Olay moisturizer in it. I’ve switched to other stuff over the years, wasted time & money, but I always end up going back to Olay.

  4. Kelly D Says:

    My mom passed on her fondess of unscented, simple facial moisturizers to help maintain a youthful glow.

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  6. Sonya Morris Says:

    My mom passed to me the importance of sunscreen! I lived at the beach growing up and I am so thankful my mom always made me put on sunscreen!

  7. Sonya Morris Says:!/catholicfanatic/status/154315277742518272
    Thank you!!

  8. Annika Says:

    I wax mine, and would definitely try something that I can do at home.

    Wait, I wasn’t supposed to admit anything. Let’s pretend I just said Groucho.

  9. Michelle G. Says:

    Being a dark haired girl from a mixed Spanish/Irish heritage…let me just say I’ve been bleaching my whiskers for a LONG time. However, as I get older either the whiskers are getting more stubborn or the product I’ve used forever just doesn’t do the trick as well as it used to. I would definitely try Olay’s product. Also, my mom passed on the value of using moisturizer every single day. It’s been my secret to looking not my age. :) Just those pesky whiskers making me look like an old bearded woman. Okay, I’ll stop now. Thank you!

  10. Anne Says:

    Favorite mustachioed character would have to be my dad. One time (when I was very little…) he shaved off his mustache and beard, and I started crying! He’s kept them ever since. :)

  11. cw Says:

    My mom passed on the moisturizing routine to me….It was clinique….which I don’t use, but I do moisturize

  12. Melaine Says:

    I was raised by my dad, whom offered very little in the way of beauty regimen besides buying me a container of Oxy pads once. To his benefit, they did work rather well on my preteen eruptions.

  13. bethany Says:

    favorite character is without a doubt my husband … he started growing the handlebars since I was pregnant with my firstborn, who is going to be 10 in 3 months (eek!). See it here.

  14. bethany Says:

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  15. Tracy Says:

    My mom was a big one on making her own lipstick color by mixing colors. I loved that.

  16. Cori Says:

    Hmm, Hercule Poirot. ( ) It’s such a quirky unforgettable ‘stache!

    Also – when I was a kid, my mom was a Mary Kay consultant, so she passed on lots of tips that I still use today when putting on eyeshadow for example. Unfortunately, as a teen, I was only concerned with myself, so helping someone else with different shaped eyes is a mystery to me. But I can do my own!

  17. Jenny Greene Says:

    My favorite mustachioed character is my husband, whose goatee sports red, blonde, brown and white hairs. It’s sort of bushy and sometimes menacing-looking, and my youngest stepson actually named it “Deadly Murray.” I love his facial hair, but I hate mine — wild eyebrows, stupid upper lip hair and those pesky little things that like to pop out of my chin. Blargh.

  18. courtney b Says:

    my mom passed on always use moisturizer day and night. It’s so important when it comes to your skin aging.:) I always listen to my mom’s beauty routines since she’s so beautiful

  19. courtney b Says:


  20. amy pugmire Says:

    my mom passed on to keep hydrated. drink lots of water and wash your face!

  21. amy pugmire Says:


  22. Kate M. Says:

    Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind

  23. steph Says:

    my mom passed down the importance of lotion – especially with SPF for the face!

  24. steph Says:!/DesMoinesDealin/status/154400729338101760

  25. anna pry Says:

    POIROT has the coolest ‘stache (and they just added episodes on netflix which i watched just this evening)

  26. anna pry Says:


  27. Lisa Says:

    I am an old Olay fan, too. My mom always has bottle (made of pink glass!) of Oil of Olay “beauty fluid” on her dresser growing up…I kinda wish they still made that stuff. Glass bottle and all!

  28. Tanya Says:

    I think my favorite mustache has to belong to Magnum, P.I.

    Although I agree with someone else, Poirot is pretty awesome.

  29. Donna G Says:

    James Qwilleran, of the “Cat Who…” series is my favorite mustachioed character.

    And my Aunt always had the “Oil of Ol’ Ladies” on her dressing table. It’s been on my counter for many years – not that I’m an ol’ lady!

  30. Karina Says:

    charlie chaplin!!

  31. Matilda Says:

    Magnum P.I., hands down. In fact, when I look at photos of Tom Selleck without his ‘stache, he just doesn’t look right at all!

  32. Susan Smith Says:

    My Mom passed on to me to use sunscreen daily to protect my skin.

  33. Susan Smith Says:!/susan1215/status/154673283793559552

  34. Abigail Says:

    These pictures are all so cute!! My mom wishes she passed on more beauty routines to me. She obsesses in the bathroom each more… I brush my teeth and gooooo!

  35. Robin M. Says:

    Rhett Butler… Gone With the Wind.

  36. Deb Anderson Says:

    Errol Flynn. That continental mustache made him look so dashing!

  37. TexasLea Says:

    My Mom passed on Olay to me as well. My brother also forever changed the name in my mind. When he was little he called it “Oil of Delay”. :)

  38. Eileen Says:

    My mom has used Olay’s beauty fluid ever since I could remember. When I started needing to use moisturizer, she gave me a bottle of Olay Beauty Fluid & I loved it. It smells so clean & fresh, & keeps my skin looking great!

  39. Rosa Says:!/rosorior/status/154739888737091584

  40. Rosa Says:

    I learned from my mother to always clean my face before going to bed. She was a fun of Oil of Olay, and I am too.

  41. Kelly Massman Says:

    I dont’ really have a favorite mustache character unless you count Tom Sellect in Magnum PI! thanks for a chance to win!
    And, have a GREAT day!

  42. Eileen Says:


  43. beyond Says:

    my mom says to drink the juice of one lemon in a tall glass of lukewarm water first thing in the morning!

  44. Amy Tong Says:

    A beauty routine that my mom passed onto me was to keep things simple and find products that works for me. As each person has different skin type and needs. I love keeping things simple and I’m not overwhelm by the process.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  45. Amy Tong Says:

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  46. Marianne Says:

    I’m an Oil of Olay moisturizer girl, too! Favorite mustachioed character would have to be Hercule Poirot (sp?) the detective. :)

  47. Stacy Says:

    My favorite mustachioed character is Jerry’s guitar playing Uncle Pecos from “Tom & Jerry.”

  48. Christina Says:

    A beauty routine that my Mom passed onto me and my older sister is the Oil of Olay Lotion, I remember she said that our Mom had nice skin, she started using this lotion and shared with me when I was about 12.


  49. Christina Says:

    I tweeted about this giveaway:!/ctong2/status/156196758848929792


  50. Jessie C. Says:

    Favorite mustachioed character- Super Mario!

  51. Jessie C. Says:!/tcarolinep/status/156274093732282368

  52. Leann Lindeman Says:

    I enjoyed your story and pictures!! My fav mustachioed person is my husband!!!

  53. tracey byram Says:

    Tom Selleck would be my favorite mustachiod character.

  54. Tina M Says:

    My mom passed on the moisturizing routine to me. I have a really dry skin

  55. Tina M Says:!/HappyTina0115/status/158398753496252416

  56. Debra F Says:

    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.

  57. sy Says:

    My favorite is mario. Thanks for the review and giveaway!
    songyueyu at gmail

  58. sy Says:

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  59. Melanie Says:

    My mom passed on a deep and abiding love for sunscreen at all times!

  60. Lee Says:

    Mom always told me to smile more; it made me more appealing.

  61. Lee Says:


  62. Amanda Sakovitz Says:

    my mom taught me to moisturize everyday

  63. Amanda Sakovitz Says:!/aes529/status/161552457036607488

  64. Kerry Says:

    Burt Reynold’s would have to be the best moustache!

  65. Kerry Says:


  66. Mary M. Says:

    The only routine my mother had was to wash her face with soap and water everyday. She is 95 years old and still to this day has gorgeous skin.

  67. Mary M. Says:

    marybug2 @ yahoo . com

  68. Kathryn C. Says:

    My favorite moustached character is Super Mario. My mother simply has washed her face with Dove for years and then used Oil of Olay. This was something that my grandmother passed on to her.

    katbirdfl (at) gmail (dot) com

  69. Kathryn C. Says:


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  70. Janice Cooper Says:

    My mom passed on to me to wash my face daily with a good cleanser and wearing mascara.

  71. Janice Cooper Says:


  72. Nicole Larsen Says:

    My favorite is definitely yosemite sam

  73. Nicole Larsen Says:


  74. Erica Best Says:

    i just found out about Hercule Poirot from netflix i love him

  75. Erica Best Says:!/purplelover04/status/163407402153160704


    My mom passed a homemade banana mask onto me that has been in the family for years.


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  78. Jessica Says:

    My mom taught me to rub face lotion in in an upward motion so your face doesn’t sag later on in life!

  79. Jessica Says:


  80. Georgiana O. Says:

    I would have to agree with a lot of the ladies and say my favorite mustache man is my husband. I just wish he was the only one out of the two of us that got one. I usually use a cream to get rid of it and it burns like heck for days afterwards.

  81. Cori Westphal Says:

    Does it have to be a character? I am, and always have been, in love with Tom Selleck’s mustache! The man is somewhere near 70 years old and he’s still rocking that awesome stache!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  82. Georgiana O. Says:

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  83. Cori Westphal Says:


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  84. Debra Lee Says:

    Mama says to moisturize every night!

  85. Debra Lee Says:

    I tweeted here:!/DistractedDebra/status/164610073371488256

  86. Charlotte Says:

    Favorite character would be Mario from video games or Santa! haha

    I can definitely relate with the Olay & my mother always using it! She always had her Olay face moisturizer that she used on a daily basis since I can remember. That’s why I know it’s a product I can count on also! I will admit I’m a brunette & have a mustache that always grows back, & have always used those ouch products! I’ve literally ripped my skin off from using it over the minutes. Not fun! My hubby & daughter always tease me about mine, & it gets embarassing whenever we’re out and they do it! I can’t wait to try the new Olay hair removal! Thanks for sharing!

  87. MelissaO Says:

    So my husband is Mexican and can’t grow a moustache to save his life. Now that I’ve hit my 30s, I am apparently doing better in the moustache and goatee growing department. Now I find joy in teasing him about the fact that so many Mexican TV and movie personalities have luscious moustaches and he must not really be Mexican since he can’t grow one! But my two favorite moustached men are Pancho Villa and Vicente Fernandez.

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

  88. suburbancorrespondent Says:

    I don’t have a favorite mustachioed character, because I seem to be blind to facial hair on men. I could be talking to someone in person for half an hour; yet as soon as he leaves the room, I couldn’t tell you whether or not he had a mustache and/or a beard.

  89. Sarah L Says:

    hercule poirot
    Thanks for the contest.

  90. Sarah L Says:


  91. Becky Horn Says:

    If I smell good then I feel good

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  93. Carmen Says:

    My favorite mustache belongs to Rhett Butler

  94. Julie L Says:

    my favorite moustache belongs to my husband who has had one for over 28 years thbanks

  95. LAMusing Says:

    Tom in Magnum PI … and my dad – My two favorite mustachioed characters :)

  96. Norma Says:

    My mom taught me always to carry lipstick with me because it can give you a lift and perk up your appearance.

  97. Tabathia B Says:

    I would have to go with Tom Selleck in “Blue Bloods” he has aged very well
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  98. Tabathia B Says:

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  99. angie lilly Says:

    My favorite mustachioed character is Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation” TV show…he is hilarious!!!

  100. angie lilly Says:

    I tweeted here:!/FotoMacro/status/165479340891586560