For those who prefer to remove their body hair, opting to wax leaves behind a smoother, longer-lasting result than shaving; and when done at home, it can be significantly more cost-efficient than visiting the spa. The best at-home wax warmers are essential to the process. They typically feature adjustable heat settings, can melt wax within minutes, are easy to clean, and have safety features like a vented cover and auto shut-off mode.
When shopping for an at-home wax warmer, you’re going to want to find one that melts wax quickly then holds it at a steady temperature. This ensures that your wax melts evenly so that it applies smoothly, and can also help prevent accidental burns.
You may also want to purchase one that offers an easy-to-read — perhaps even digital — temperature control display. This way, you can see at a glance when the wax is ready and personalize your at-home waxing experience. It may also be helpful to buy a unit with a clear lid so that you can see the wax as it melts inside. Finally, note whether or not the warmer is equipped to melt different types of wax, especially if you have a particular preference. Most units work best with hard wax beads, but others can work with both hard and soft wax.
Also consider whether you’re looking for an all-in-one waxing kit, which comes with everything you need for DIY hair removal, or a standalone wax warmer. You’ll find both types of options on this list. Either way, be sure to closely follow the directions included with your wax warmer for the best and safest results.
With those tips in mind, scroll on to shop four of the best at-home wax warmers on Amazon, plus an even easier (and portable!) all-in-one waxing tool.
The Overall Best At-Home Wax Warmer
If you’re in the market for a standalone wax warmer, this Bella Verde model is an amazing option. It features a digital touch-screen panel with an LED temperature display, and the adjustable temperature ranges between 86 and 257 degrees Fahrenheit — that way, you can modulate the temperature according to the type of wax you’re using, the body part you’re addressing, and your overall skin sensitivity to prevent accidental burns. The translucent lid allows you to see inside the melting wax inside the pot, and it’s outfitted with a vent to avoid overheating. Plus, the interior pot is removable and has a non-stick coating, so it’s easy to clean. Another standout feature? It can accommodate beads and canned wax; and though the instructions say that it heats up in 30 minutes, one reviewer noted that it fully melted their wax within 10 minutes. Heads up: The brand also makes an all-in-one waxing kit (it comes with five bags of hard wax beads, 20 wax sticks, and more, in addition to the wax warmer) that gets amazing reviews. It’s available on the same listing.
According to one reviewer: “I am a licensed cosmetologist, I wanted to be able to wax myself and control the temperature. I had never found a wax pot before this I could do that with. It heats up quickly and is easy to use.”
The Best Compact At-Home Wax Warmer
If you have limited counter or storage space, or if you’re looking for a simpler model than the Bella Verde, give the GiGi mini wax warmer a try. It measures 6-by-4 inches and feels lightweight and portable, so you can easily tuck it away when not in use. The interior is made of stainless steel that’s easy to wipe down. On the downside, the temperature isn’t adjustable — it only has an on/off switch and an indicator light — and it doesn’t come with a lid. That said, reviewers confirm that it’s able to evenly and efficiently melt all kinds of wax (one reviewer wrote that it melted their wax in just five minutes) and maintain its optimal temperature for at least half an hour. Since it’s so simple and easy to use, it’s also a great choice for at-home waxing beginners.
According to one reviewer: “The size and ability of this warmer is perfect. I love the honeycomb shape. It fits in an odd spot in my drawer, which I appreciate! It warms the wax to a comfortable temperature and is effective. No strange smells. Great price for the quality. Very happy I purchased it.”
The Best All-In-One At-Home Wax Warmer & Waxing Kit
With a 4.4-star overall rating out of over 15,000 ratings overall, the KoluaWax Waxing Kit is the most popular all-in-one waxing kit on Amazon. And it’s not hard to see why — it comes with everything you need for a successful at-home waxing session, and then some. The warmer has an LED display, an adjustable heat knob, and a clear, vented cover. In addition, the order includes four packages of the brand’s cult-favorite hard wax beads: one packet for bikini area, one for brows and face, and two for allover use. You’ll also get a silicone mixing bowl, 10 wax applicators, a handbook, and one bottle each of a hair-softening pre-wax oil and a soothing and hydrating post-wax oil. Everything rings up at about $50, so it’s a great value, to boot.
According to one reviewer: “The warmer and wax beads are very easy to use and provide great results! I would definitely recommend using the specific wax formulated for specific areas as they are well defined on the bags. […] The paid subsides within seconds of removing the wax strip. I have sensitive skin and did not get any red spots or after effects from using the wax. If you have sensitive skin and get razor burn or ingrown hairs easily, this alternative is seriously worth it!”
The Best Less Expensive At-Home Waxing Kit
Here’s another at-home waxing kit worth your consideration. The Bella Verde Hard Wax Kit is also very highly rated — it boasts a 4.3-star average out of close to 13,000 overall ratings — and at around $40 on Amazon, it’s slightly less expensive than the KoluaWax kit. The included warmer doesn’t have an LED temperature display, though the knob is adjustable and marked with temperatures ranging from 160 degrees to 240 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, the order comes with 20 applicator sticks, a bottle of pre-waxing spray, a bottle of post-waxing oil, and five packs of scented hard wax beads that can be used anywhere on your face and body.
According to one reviewer: “This waxing kit is a MUST HAVE! It is super easy to use and most important of all, super effective. Literally removes all hair with roots and leaves shiny and soft skin. Comes with everything shown in the picture for a super affordable price, I really think it is worth the investment, especially because of how much each visit to waxing salon costs. Give it a try, and I promise you that you will not regret!”
Also Great: A Personal Roll-On Waxer That’s So Easy To Use
A great alternative to traditional wax warmers, Clean + Easy’s personal roll-on waxer makes for an easy, fast, and fuss-free waxing process — just roll the wax on, smooth on a strip, and (gently) pull. Its compact size is perfect for traveling, stashing under your sink, or for targeting smaller body parts like the face and underarms. In addition to the handheld electric warmer, the full kit comes with a small roller head, a large roller head, and 15 non-woven strips. It also comes with two wax refills (one large and one small), but you can pick up extra refills here.
According to one reviewer: “This machine is truly thee best for at home/personal use. Love the rollers that came with the kit, along with the machine itself being so compact you could even travel with it. It arrived quickly & was packaged very well & even included a package of wax strips. I highly recommend this waxer, because you will not be disappointed.”
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Who Is Samuel Bottomley? ‘The Teacher’ Star Is a School-Based Drama Regular
Channel 5’s new thriller is going to be a challenging watch.In The Teacher, a Bradford high school teacher is accused of having a drunken encounter with a student. Starring Sheridan Smith as the troubled teacher Jenna Garvey, the four-part series will see the educator struggle to prove her innocence. But who is The Teacher star, Samuel Bottomley? The actor who plays 15-year-old Kyle, the student at the centre of the allegations.
The 20-year old actor may be someone you’re already pretty familiar with, appearing in a number of classic British school-based dramas. West Yorkshire-born, Bottomley notably starred as Jordan Wilson in Channel 4’s school drama Ackley Bridge from 2017, where he was challenged to portray his character’s abusive relationship with his father. He also played school bully, Dean Paxton, in the acclaimed musical comedy, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
The burgeoning talent made his screen debut aged nine years old, featuring in the BAFTA-winning film Tyrannosaur in 2011, alongside celebrated actor Olivia Colman. In the years since, Bottomley has continued making waves in movies, starring in Amazon Original’s “anarchic comedy” Get Duked! in 2019, which saw four teens embark to the Scottish Highlands for a weekend on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. Bottomley’s considerable acting CV also includes features in Ghost Stories (2017) and more recently, in the TV series Ladhood.
The Teacher is Bottomley’s latest acting pursuit alongside BAFTA-winner Sheridan Smith, and it seems despite the series’ difficult themes, the actor rather enjoyed his time on set.
“It’s the first time we’d worked together but as soon as I met her, she welcomed me into the cast with open arms,” the actor said, per The Sun. “We sat down and talked about the characters and the scripts and she never let me feel too nervous,” he added. “We were messing around all the time between takes. Everyone had a really good time filming the series and me and Sheridan were always laughing and joking.”
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16 Asian-Owned Beauty Brands That Will Become Your New Favorite
Lunar New Year — oftentimes called Chinese New Year — is one of the most widely-celebrated holidays across the Asian diaspora. Some of my favorite memories center around Lunar Near Year — eating sticky rice cake for breakfast, receiving a red envelope after kow-towing to my parents, and indulging in special Chinese dishes to usher in luck for the new year.
Historically, beauty brands have capitalized on Lunar New Year by offering special edition products (usually emblazoned in red and gold packaging). But Lunar New Year isn’t just a seasonal marketing opportunity. It’s a time for families to gather together, remember past generations’ sacrifices, celebrate how far we have come, and carry our traditions (both new and old) into a hopeful future.
This year, consider celebrating Lunar New Year by supporting these indie, Asian-owned brands and their founders who are paving the way for a more inclusive, equitable beauty space.
Inspired by nature, founder Jason Lau makes the dreamiest blushes and glitter shadows with the intent of capturing the essence of a moment or an emotion to connect with a wider audience. The product textures are ultra lightweight with major payoff and lasting power, and flattering across a wide spectrum of complexions.
Youthforia is all about making makeup more whimsical, skin-friendly, and, yes, euphoric. Fiona Chan was sick of coming back home late at night (or early in the morning) after staying out all night with her friends and falling asleep in her makeup, only to wake up with breakouts. She decided to make beauty products that she could sleep in — and thus, Youthforia was born. The BYO Blush and the new Pregame Primer were both personally sleep-tested by Chan — she swears they actually helped to improve her skin over time.
Loved for both its efficacy and affordable price point, Cocokind was created by Priscilla Tsai as a sustainable, transparent skincare brand that won’t break the bank. The brand is also dedicated working against anti-Asian hate, teaming up with Tower 28 to create an AAPI Advocacy bundle to celebrate the Lunar New Year and benefit The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF).
Known for its milky lip glosses (also included in the Cocokind x Tower28 Lunar New Year bundle) and eczema-friendly face products, Tower28 has gained major buzz since launch. Founder Amy Liu has worked for some of the biggest brands in the skincare game (ever heard of Kate Somerville or Smashbox Cosmetics?), but struggled with finding makeup products that wouldn’t irritate her eczema-prone skin. So, she made her own. Boss move!
As one of the earliest AAPI beauty brand trailblazers, Jennifer Yen of YenSa Beauty had an untraditional path to beauty. She started her career out as a villain on Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, and became frustrated at the limited roles being offered to her, as well as how stage makeup was wreaking havoc on her skin. She founded beauty brands Purlisse and YenSa Beauty, both of which are heavily inspired by her Chinese heritage and based on the benefits of traditional Chinese medicine.
If you’re sick of your vitamin C serums oxidizing, feeling sticky, and smelling pungent, you’re not alone. That’s how former K-pop star Paul Baek felt before founding skincare brand Matter of Fact. Baek wasoverwhelmed and confused upon entering the beauty space to address his own skin issues, and resolved that there must be a way for skincare to be straightforward and simple. His determination led to a vitamin c formulation that retains 94.25% of its initial 20% ascorbic acid concentration after 16 months, according to the brand’s clinical trials. The result is a clear, light serum that brightens the skin, with none of the downsides of other vitamin C serums.
In 2019, Melissa Medvedich launched her indie brand Supernal on the Lunar New Year. Her Chinese grandparents instilled in her the importance of taking care of her skin, and Medvedich spent two years researching how to perfect her now cult-acclaimed Cosmic Glow Oil and Illumine Restorative Oil Serum (every bottle is still handcrafted in small batches by Medvedich herself!). In honor of Lunar New Year and Supernal’s third birthday on February 8th, Supernal will be offering a mini Cosmic Glow Oil and Illumine Restorative Oil Serum with every purchase on the Supernal website.
After an incredible career as a reporter, writer, and editor-in-chief of website Very Good Light, David Yi felt that the beauty industry was still lacking something — and thus, his skin care brand Good Light was born. The highly-curated skin care line offers clean, high-performance products (its Moon Glow Milky Toning Lotion is an editor-favorite) with a mission to make the beauty space a more welcoming space for all.
Jina Kim started Circumference with the intention of combining her love of skincare with sustainable solutions. But Circumference has always veered away from greenwashing and vague claims of “clean beauty” — the brand is rooted in science, and has always been transparent about its sustainability efforts. Circumference lessens its carbon footprint while also optimizing its products efficacy by sourcing ingredients from plants raised happily in their native, bio-diverse environments.
As a Korean-American adopted by white Jewish and Christian parents, Emily Rudd struggled with finding her own identity, while also noticing how scarce the Asian representation was in advertisements and pop culture. Her search led her to brightly-colored comics, art, and beauty — and her nail polish brand, Emilie Heathe. The line is an amalgamation of all the places in her journey to self-acceptance, using Asian ingredients like bamboo, rice, and sea buckthorn to help strengthen the nails.
Strange Bird Beauty was born from Tina Chow Rudolph’s desire to prioritize her own emotional self-care, while contributing to a future with more Asian representation in the beauty space so her daughter could see herself. The ingredients of Strange Bird Beauty, like ginseng and licorice root, have been used for thousands of years in Asian culture, and all of the crystal-charged products come with an intention to say aloud as you apply.
Black Bean Grocery’s food-themed packaging transports you to Chinatown, modeled after the jars of traditional Chinese preserves lining the shelves of Asian grocers. Founded by Brandon Ly and James Bui, Black Bean Grocery’s product lineup seem to be mostly be volumizing and texturizing hair products, like a pomade, root powder (named after Chow Yun Fat), and a “Dai Lo” Styling Powder.
Sundays Nailcare takes the therapeutic process of getting your nails done to the next level. The NYC salon is a soothing space without any pressure to socialize or talk if you’re having a low-energy mental health day. Founder Amy Lin also spent a year working with a chemist to formulate the perfect non-toxic nail polish formula that won’t chip for days.
Superegg’s name and concept is based off of the centuries-old Asian skin practice of using raw egg face masks to boost skin elasticity and brightness. Founder Erica Choi, a licensed esthetician and fashion blogger, decided to start her own business after working 10 years in the luxury beauty, fashion, and hospitality industries and seeing a need for a sustainable, luxury skin care brand rooted in Asian practices. The brand’s packaging is a standout, too — the moisturizer comes in a curved, egg-like shape, and Choi has pledged to work towards refillable packaging options by 2025.
Strangers Parfumerie is an indie perfume brand based out in Thailand. The owner and founder, Prin Lomros, created the line to capture whatever inspires him (be that his own memories, his favorite movies, or the music he’s listening to) through experimental fragrances — his fragrance Oliver is actually inspired by Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name. His Parfums Prissana line draws directly from Asian mythology, food, and history, spanning from Russia, to Nepal, to Japan.
Glow Recipe, founded by Sarah Lee and Christine Chang, is one of the most well-known Asian-owned brands on the market — and for good reason. The brand has developed a cult following for its fruit-focused skin care products that feature innovative textures, high-tech delivery systems, and fun packaging.
Original Source: bustle.com
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