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04 October 2006 @ 12:25 pm
Girl things  
First, the embarrassing one. If you are a boy, DO NOT READ THIS.

Ladies. The mustache. What do you do about it? Wax, bleach, pluck? I started out bleaching, then went to plucking, and I just started waxing again. I like the smoothness of the waxing, but I end up with tiny pimples at the hair follicles on the ends. Ew. Is there a way to avoid this? What do you do?

Now, the fun one. I need new brown pumps. I have comfy black ones, but obviously they're no good with a brown suit. And the brown ones I have now cut my heels up like crazy, besides being too tight. (I have very broad feet. Little boxes I have, at the end of my legs.)

Here are my top candidates:

The Ainsley Sling Wedge Pump. Positives: Hush Puppies, so comfortable. Good price. Negatives: Unthrilled with wedge heel, plus slingbacks probably aren't the most corporate of shoes. I don't like this one enough for it to make the cut.

Santiago Tailored Pump. Positives: LOVE the style. Negatives: Twice as much as the above shoe. Also, good look for pants, not necessarily for skirts. Too expensive.

Karaoke Pant Pump. Positives: Cute cute. Good price. Negatives: Will this work for skirts? Heel is very thin, which makes me wobble. Heel too unstable.

Babs Adjustable Leather Pump. Positives: Kinda cute, and I'm a fan of round rather than pointy toes. Good heel structure and height. Negatives: Price. Too expensive.

Beverly Kiltie Oxford. Positives: Retro cute! Price is good too. Negatives: Suede. I prefer smooth.

Caress Pump With Faille. Positives: Not bad looking. Hush Puppies. Wearable with skirts and pants. Best price. Negatives: Heel is very high for me. kitarra says the heel will be bad for my back and knees, and she knows from knees, so I'm taking this one out.

Chris Leather Pump. Positives: I like the criss-cross strap, and heel is fine. Price is okay. Negatives: None, really, although this style doesn't jazz me as much as some of the others.

Kelly In Step Strap Pump. Positives: OMG CUTE!! Negatives: Heel is a bit oddly shaped and low, which may not be bad. Price is not bad, not stellar.

Looks like the choice is between a shoe I love but costs around $15 more than a shoe I merely like. Now it's between three shoes that I like, which are all approximately the same price. Who has more style than me and can tell me which one is best?
Murphy's Girlsnafu_07 on October 4th, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
I'm Italian. I've spent like 20 years of my life dealing with that horrid problem. As of recent, I swear by The VEET® products. VEET® Facial Cream Kit and the VEET® Facial Wax Strips to be exact. Their wax is great and works really well, and the little clothes they package with it actually removes the access wax when you are done, keeping your face from getting clogged. And the cream kit is the only one I have ever tried where I did not end up with a chemical burn. Works quick and the little scrapper makes for a nice close job. Probably more info then you wanted, but hey, gotta share the wealth :)

And I vote for the Beverly Kiltie Oxford or the Caress Pump With Faille.
Elletheletterelle on October 4th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC)
I use the VEET strips to wax my legs, and I love them. So that makes lots of sense. :) So when you use the face wax, you get no pimples? How does the Facial Cream kit work-- is it a bleach or a depilatory? And if it's a depilatory, does the hair grow out stubbly?

Man, if I had the money, I'd be getting the cool laser thing done. I can deal with the legs and underarms, but the lip and chin make me nuts.
Murphy's Girlsnafu_07 on October 4th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
The wax kit comes with these little wipes to clean up with afterward, they (along with a good soap and water scrubbing) seem to keep your skin from getting clogged and all break-outy.

The cream kit is a depilatory. And there's no stubble, it really seems to get in there to kill it all.
Kitarrakitarra on October 4th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
1. Personally I shave.

2. Ainsly - kinda matronly but very serviceable. And the sling back is OK so long as its not open toe. Comfort is king.

Santiago - OMG cute. This is my prefered style of work shoe. It works well with a corporate skirt but not a free flowing one.

Karaoke - Cute but...not looks weird with a skirt and the heel will be really uncomfortable for standing and repeat walking.

Babs - Bleah! Heel is good.

Beverly - Sooo cute! Suede takes some care expecially when it's wet outside. But so cute!

Caress - Love the toe but the coma style heel is the least stable of all heels and puts pressure on your knees and back.

Chris - very cute while still being corporate. Nice heel.

Kelly - Absolutely adorable. Stable and well shaped. Cutely marry-janesque!
Elle: Green Amirtheletterelle on October 4th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your input. I trust you on matters of back and knee, so the Faille pumps are right out. Hmm. I should go through and strike the ones I'm leaning against.
High-velocity pie of deathnixieq on October 4th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC)
i'd say spend the extra $15 on the shoe you love, especially if it's more comfortable. it'll be a better investment in the long run. (i mean, okay, if it was more like $30 or $40 more, i'd hesitate, but spending more on good-quality shoes that you KNOW you'll wear, well, that's worth it.)
Elletheletterelle on October 4th, 2006 05:50 pm (UTC)
It turns out that it's more like an extra $3, so I'm not counting it. :) I'm narrowing down to ones in the $50 range-- which is not a bad price for a work shoe. And I really, really do need it. (If I had actual money, I'd buy both, but I am being good and budgeting.)
High-velocity pie of deathnixieq on October 4th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
er, was that supposed to be $3 or $30?
Elletheletterelle on October 4th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
$3. As in the other two are $49.99, and that one is $52.99. So the price differential consideration is out, because I'm not worried about an extra $3.
Cheekycheekymice on October 4th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
I use cream myself. No stubble and smooth as a babies ass. :)
Elle: Pensivetheletterelle on October 4th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
What kind of cream is this, that gives no stubble? Depilatory cream or bleach cream? Elucidate!
Cheekycheekymice on October 4th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
Well being a Brit I don't know what products you have over there but I use Veet hair removal cream and I do it every week and that keeps everything in check. Being very dark haired a bit of a 'tash is a hazzard but that works fine for me. Bleach creams suck in my book...all you end up with there is a lip full of blond hairs that glisten in the sun. ; )
loracjloracj on October 4th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
Not really a good judge of shoes, since I hardly ever wear them. So no style expert here.
But my good friend swears by electrolysis - it takes a bit longer and may be more expensive, but after a time, the hair no longer grows back. She's unfortunately always had dark hair on her arms, face, etc., and it has made a tremendous difference.
vlynnvlynn on October 4th, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
I had my lip waxed once at a salon. I broke out in a mad red rash. Won't do that again! I have crazy sensitive skin. Tried a depilatory cream years ago and got raspberry lip. After that I gave up and now I just use nail scissors to trim the stache really short. I've been lucky that the hair color is really light. I'm sure as I get older that will stop being an option at some point.
BAMschmecky on October 4th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
I have the same issues with skin sensitivity. I bought a bikini touch, one of those little hair removal doohickeys at Target, and use it for all thise little areas where hair should not be... 'stache, toes, etc.
daroosdaroos on October 4th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
I've gotten electrolysis, which although TERRIBLY painful, is incredibly permanent.

But I'm writing to say rather something about the pimples, which also occur initially with electrolysis, and are diminished with a use of antibacterial cream over the affected area.
elzedelzed on October 4th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
Kelly - and it looks fab in red. But the shape is too cute.
Jer: Rough Trade - Steve Sandvosslugonn on October 5th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
I have no interest in shoes and I didn't even click the link, but you MUST get the Chris Leather Pump!!!!!

Chris + Leather + "Pump"! OMGHeadExplosion!
Galestormgalestorm on October 5th, 2006 08:20 am (UTC)
I like the last one, though I'm hardly a style maven.