It's all about the edging (and making your wife say ooo!)

G'day men.  Yep, it's Scott again, taking over the reigns at Bagful of Notions for another Adventures in Shaving post.  It's been a while, and I have a few updates that Nicole encouraged me to share.

Today's review is about the Remington WETech Power Series Shaver.  

In order to help you manage your expectations from this razor, you should know that the recommended retail price of the device is $99.95 AUD (but you should not expect to pay full price).

I say this because, as you may recall, I've been incredibly spoiled by the Nicole-Procured Panasonic LV-81 (you can read a bit more about this razor at this review), which is sold for rather a huge amount more than the WETech (like about four times as much).

I know what you're thinking - didn't I just review a Remington?  Yes, I suppose I did, but, there's a huge difference between these two models -- the WETech can be used (wait for it) WET!  Yes, that's right, they've made sure that this razor can be used in the shower, in the bath (but do not fully submerge the razor) and deliver a quality shave with the wet-shaving products of your choice.

And believe me, this is an incredibly important feature when it comes to certain beard types (like, say, mine) and rotary style razors.

The model I've been trying out is the PR1245AU, and it comes in a box a bit like this:

The accessories are pretty simple for this one:

 

You get the razor, a plastic cover for the rotary head, the electric charger, a plastic brush to help keep it clean, and the pouch to store it all in or use for travel.  No stand.

I've been using the WETech unit for just over a week now and feel pretty confident about understanding its strengths and weaknesses.  I will add that the instructions are very clear about using it for about a month to allow your face/beard to grow accustomed to a rotary razor.  

This is important, men, very important.  If you've not used a rotary before, or it's been a while, there is very much a facial-learning-curve that you need to go through.  Put simply, the first few days will not be particularly comfortable.  Stick with it though, it may well be worth it.

So, here are my notes on the WETech:

  • Better wet, much better
  • Okay dry, if you go slow
  • Takes a while for your face to get used to rotary razors
  • Shave in small, slow, circular motions
  • Takes a lot longer to shave than my Panasonic
  • Edging, such as around a moustache, goatee or sideburns is not easy
  • Needs face-pulling; one handed operation is not advised
  • Go slow.  Did I mention that?

So, who is this product perfect for?  Because of the rotary style head, I'm going to say that those who don't have any sort of a beard or facial hair (and don't want it) are best off.  If you want to keep a bit of growth, you'll find positioning and manoeuvring the circular cutting heads and the triangular shape to the razor's head to be somewhat awkward; it's an exercise facial geometry (lines, circles, and triangles, all intersecting).

In my case, I've had a goatee for nigh on 20 years and trying to edge around that has been tricky.  Not impossible, just very time consuming.  On the plus side, the rotary motion of the blades actually did a better job of some tricky areas on my face that my Panasonic often has trouble getting a close shave with.  The Remington WETech has a trimming tool built in, and that does an okay job with sideburns and longer hair, but it's not really meant for close-shaving.

Cleaning the WETech is pretty straightforward.  There's a button at the front of the rotary head, push it in, and the top of the head tips backwards, a bit like a Canadian on South Park.  Indeed, you can pull the entire plastic assembly off, and put it back on, quite easily.  This is also where you access the blades for replacement.

Do be warned, however, the three plastic rods which control the razor blades are attached to the base of the razor in what I'd call a "ball point pen" assembly.

If you've ever taken apart a ball point pen, the sort that you click to activate, then you'll know what I mean.  Basically, there's a bit of plastic which is held inside of a slight "cage" on the base of the razor, and underneath that bit of plastic there's a very small spring, keeping the plastic rod pushing upwards and helping to create the "floating head" that the Remington has.

In practice, this assembly works great.  However, one morning I opened the Canadian's Head a bit too quickly and the plastic rod popped out of its cage and the tiny spring did what springs are great at: it boinged energetically away.

Happy to report that the landing spot was NOT the toilet.

Putting it back together was easy enough, but my recommendation is to make sure you open the razor properly and possibly not over a bottomless pit, black hole, box of pit vipers, or similar.

The most important advice I have in using the WETech is to Know Your Beard and make a careful decision about whether a wet or dry shave is better for you.  In my case, my beard seems to grow at the rate of 0.15 Grizzly Adams per day, which is pretty significant, and can create quite the challenge to a razor.  Dry shaving with the Remington hasn't been the best for me.

Now, a wet shave, with the Aesop Neroli Shaving Serum, was an incredibly great combination.  I actually found that the Neroli serum didn't work brilliantly with my Panasonic, but, something about the rotary shave and the speed of the blades on the Remington made this duo work spectacularly.

I know I've done a great job shaving when Nicole can run her hand over the shaved regions of my face and proclaim "OOO!" - this is easy to accomplish when doing a wet shave on my Panasonic, and the wet shave of the Remington with Neroli also had her impressed.

But the dry shave?  Not a chance.  Which isn't to say that the shave isn't very good, but without a doubt the best results are achieved when you're using a shaving cream or oil.

My final note on the Remington:  This is a two-handed operation, men.  My eyes are at that awkward stage where without my glasses the mirror on the wall is too far away for shaving (without leaning stupidly far over the basin in the bathroom), so I tend to use a shaving mirror, held in my left hand, whilst the razor is operated by my right.  Never a problem with the Panasonic, but, the Remington really needs you to provide ideal shaving plains and they encourage you to pull/stretch your skin accordingly.

I definitely noticed the difference between the shaves where I tried to take care of business with only one hand and those where I really went to town with two.  Ehem.

Anyway, the Remington WETech actually impressed.  Being able to use it as a wet-shave razor is where it shines for me, and at the budget price it's available for, I'd definitely encourage you to take a look.  Especially if you're not into the habit of edging, which, as we all know, takes a bit of practice.

If Nicole will allow me to borrow from Bagful and give this a rating, It'd look like so:

Pros:

  • Price
  • Wet/Dry shave option
  • Great introduction to rotary-style shaving

Cons:

  • Awkward for keeping any facial hair
  • Construction is basic; a bit plasticy
  • Takes a while to get used to

I'd award this a good 6.75 out of 10 bags on the Bagful of Notions rating scale.  Shaving is a personal experience, not all beards are the same, and what may be the perfect shave for me, may not be for you.

*PR sample provided - Opinions and impressions are entirely mine.

Where there's smoke, there's By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon

By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon

By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon

I had an 'ohhh, that's how' moment a few months back while watching vlogger, Anna, do her makeup, and thought 'I want try that.' In a flash I found myself in Mecca picking up yet another Ombre Blackstar, but this time I grabbed Bronze Moon. One of the many #goodexcuses to buy makeup.

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Bronze Moon swatched on the inside of my arm

Bronze Moon swatched on the inside of my arm

For a lazy, smoky brown eye I messily applied bronze moon (a shimmery, warm golden brown) all over the eye lid one eye at a time to prevent bronze moon from setting, and went in with Zoeva's 228 Luxe Crease Eyeshadow brush and blended the crap out of the rough edges for a softer, sultry look. I finished the rest of the look with Urban Decay's Sunburn (neon red/orange), Marc Jacob's Ro(Cocoa), my go-to brown eyeliner, and smudged a small amount of bronze moon along the outer corner of the lower lash line.

The thing I love the most about bronze moon is its ability to intensify the green in my hazel eyes.

Wearing Bronze Moon on my eyes

Wearing Bronze Moon on my eyes

The Bagful breakdown:

Total amount for By Terry Ombre Backstair in Bronze Moon:

Value for money spent (performance and quality):

  • 10 out of 10 bags — Tattoo like hold (the temporary kind), with amazing colour payoff.

Would another purchase be on the horizon?:

Sensory moment: Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Forever

Daisy Dream Forever

Daisy Dream Forever

There's something artificial about Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Forever, and I couldn't quite put my finger on what bothered me the most about it. Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad scent, but it's something I certainly wouldn't choose for myself.

Daisy Dream Forever as defined by Sephora:

Notes: Blackberry, Grapefruit, Pear, Jasmine, Lychee, Blue Wisteria, White Woods, Musks, Coconut Water. 

Style: Airy. Deep. Eternal.

My nose is horrible at deciphering scents, yet in the simplest of terms Daisy Dream Forever is a juicy fruit bomb, highlighted with icy berries that burn off to a whimper within two hours. Unfortunately for me, Marc Jacobs latest release is an upmarket Britney Spears' imposter, slapped with lucite flowers to ooze, no force, innocence. 

These sorts of perfumes I liken to moments, and believe me I've had many moments.

1999-2000

Candie's Fragrance, I convinced my mom to me buy me this fruity/smoky/amber perfume for Christmas. It smelled amazing on Megan during Señor Souza's first period Spanish class, so it'd work for me, right? 

Clinique Happy was a gift from my brother, Rich, in ninth grade. I was a happy little Starburst.

2001-2003

Bath and Body Works Imagine...Love another bottle dressed in daisies.  Swaddled in young love, fleeting, followed by the too slow fizzle.

Victoria's Secret Very Sexy, a gift from my ex. I never really wore it, yet I recall smelling it on my roommate, Jen, who happily pinched my stuff, but I was never allowed to go on her side of the room. It's funny that we never ended up becoming friends.

2004

Burberry Brit, another amber with notes of vanilla and even cinnamon -- I was exercising my inner Charlotte York in the midst of university.

2007-2008

Fruits & Passion Pink, this love affair lasted just as long as their brick and mortar shops did in the US. The same goes for Martin & Osa, remember them?

Each of these perfumes celebrated a time in my life, but now that I'm older I want something classic, memorable without being overpowering, and refined.

What are some of your sensory moments?

The Bagful breakdown:

Total amount for Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Forever:

Value for money spent (performance and quality):

  • 3 out of 10 bags — Daisy Dream Forever is as awwe-inducing as the 'best friend' charm split with your childhood neighbour that was eventually buried in a time capsule which will never see the light of day. Sorry, Marc.

Would another purchase be on the horizon?:

  • I'll just stick with his makeup. 

*PR sample provided –  Thoughts and ramblings written here are completely my own.

The beauty bits you need to know about before your wedding day

Well, your P.I.C. popped the question, now it's time to start planning one of the biggest days of your life. Truth be told I was the anti-bride which makes me the worst person in the entire world to ask about flowers, limos, and napkin holders or debate about mermaid-style versus ball gown. After all, I did wear black when we eloped, and if he asked me to marry him again we'd do it all the same way. But we're not here to talk about me today, today's all about Lori, who recently asked..

"I came across your blog whilst trying to find a one stop shop in Melbourne for all my beauty needs (getting married in nine months; waxing; rehabilitating brows and lashes). Your blog is really great, but I was wondering if you had any suggestions as to a place (ideally Melbourne CBD or eastern suburbs of Melbourne) that could take care of all of these?"

After a bit of back forth we pinned down Lori's budget (mid-range), Miss Fox is out of the question, unless of course you're looking to treat yo self. The atmosphere is great up there (they even have a bar with bubbles!), however, be prepared to drop some serious cash for this particular one stop shop. 

There's the elusive Made Beauty Space in Hawthorn, I've been itching to get into this place for ages, but they're always booked out. Scheduling issues aside, we're talking the whole enchilada here, facials, manis, pedis, waxing, the lot. Go ahead and book online in your onesie from the comfort of your own home.

If chains are your thing (not the gold kind), Endota Day Spa is another enticing option. I've only visited their location on Flinders Lane, and not once did it ever feel generic. Om-like, and a tad drool-inducing thanks to their massage options.

Before Romina (my brow saviour) relocated to the UK, I used to frequent Allure Skin and Body in Malvern. The ladies here will take care of you from head to toe, to boot they use two of my favourite skincare ranges, Dermaviduals and Aspect. 

I can't leave out Red Carpet Face Spa. Neelu kindly had me over for a facial back in April -- we took things slow with a facial cocktail and brow tint. Facials start at $65, not too shabby. Since writing my review, Neelu has since relocated to Edward Beale's Salon in Armadale.

If you don't mind doing a bit of trotting about, let's break things down a bit further..

Nails

Brows & Lash Lifting

  • Brow Theory in Armadale, Melbourne and Hawthorn - "Best Brows Ever." Would you believe me if I told you my brows looked like thin, horizontal question marks?
  • Allison Browning Therapies in Brunswick - a little exy, tho the before and after photos might lure you in
  • Lash and Brow Boudoir in Richmond - their salon menu is vast
  • Miss Brow Bar in Melbourne and South Melbourne - her website is too cute, that is all.

Waxing

I'm at a loss for waxing, I've only ever been to Miss Fox and surprisingly her price is fairly reasonable for this particular service.

Facials

The French Facialist in Prahran - my religion.

Makeup Artist

Cindy Siegemund is all peaches and cream with her glowing skin and flowing red mane. She makes makeup relatable, undaunting, and easy. Cindy is my makeup whisperer.

Finally, if you ever need help making your way around the beauty counters (a personal makeup shopper), there's me. I'll help you get in and out of Myer/David Jones/Mecca unscathed with things you'll actually use.

What about the bits, can't forget about those!

  • Always test out treatments well in advance, especially for those with sensitive skin. Say no-no to redness.
  • The same theory applies for waxing/brow threading, be sure to schedule your last session a week before the big day. 
  • Trial makeup at any of the beauty counters, oh, and ask for samples! The perk here is most of the counters will do your whole face for around $50, which can then be put toward purchasing makeup.

I think that covers it! Congratulations, Lori and best wishes. Let me know how you go.

 

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