Happy New Year!
Wow! 2016! What a year it will be, I feel it in my bones. How about you?
Our trip to Miami was AH-mazing, like I can’t even describe it. This trip came as a surprise (a work thing for my husband) and could not have come at a better time. Things have been crazy around our house. With two super active little kids and both of us working so much, we really needed this time away to connect with each other, reflect on our year and get excited about things to come. We are incredibly grateful for that experience.
My apologies for skipping a week, I am really trying to make sure to post at least weekly, sometimes a bit more. If you are signed up to get posts to your inbox, you will only get them on Tuesdays at 11am EST. Last week’s post should have been my 2015 recap but that one is kind of time consuming and I couldn’t pull it together trying to get ready for this trip.
Vacation Prep Priorities?!?!
What are yours? In the past, my prep would have been much more extensive and self indulgent.
I would have spent a lot of time shopping for new outfits, getting my hair and nails done and other personal care maintenance. Having two little ones and a demanding work schedule, I had to focus on the minimum and highest priority. I cut and colored my own hair, not ideal but it was the only way to get it done! I did my own nails, mani and pedi, and waxed my eyebrows (and upper lip, didn’t want to ring in the new year with a ‘stache!).
The one thing that I can not and will not do is wax other parts of my body. I treated myself to 2 super cute bikinis, as mentioned in the last post, since I was feeling pretty good about my body after completing the Richmond Half Marathon, I wanted to take all of the steps to make sure I looked tidy.
I was super excited to see that a European Wax Center was opening up just down the street from my house. When we lived in Dallas, I used to go there and haven’t found a great place to go since I’ve been in Richmond. I have tried a few places that have good technicians that do a decent job but their scheduling is always a problem for me. It is so great to have EWC because they are super professional and make the entire experience as easy as possible.
A few things I love about it….
- You can book online! Seriously, how much easier can they make it?
- The new location is minutes from my house!
- They use their own line of wax and it really is almost pain free, for real!
- All they do is wax so technicians are very efficient and focused. Yay for specialization!
- Your first wax is FREE!
- They have a wax pass system, which lets you pre-purchase your appointments and save time and $$$! Those might be the two things everyone wants more of!
- They have their own line of products to enhance the experience. They aren’t pushy about it and give you samples of things to try.
I used both of these today and I am totally buying the wash on my next visit. It has a gentle exfoliating texture to it that I feel like will work wonders on preventing the ingrown hairs (those the worst, am I right!). The Exfoliate was lovely and reminded me of this Boscia Peel gel, that reminds me I need to blog about it, so Im considering just using that.
Both the body wash and the lotion work on all body hair (just don’t use it on your face!). I am totally going to use it on my legs, even though that is a shaving area, not something I wax. I will report back in a few weeks when I have had some time to access. The lotion feels pretty amazing on my skin. I just need to get in the habit of using it daily, otherwise I doubt you would see results.
I did buy the Slow It Body Lotion, which I haven’t started using yet but will be reporting back on how it works after my next visit. Both the technician and the receptionist told me the wash and lotion were their personal favorites!
Will you be trying the new European Wax Center? Make sure to tell them that I sent you! They are super cool about giving you points for your referrals, so many opportunities to make being a regular and loyal customer a little less expensive.
Oh and that makes me think this is an excellent place that my brides should know about! Don’t forget to tell them I sent you. And if you haven’t booked yet, I am only taking 6 brides this year. I have 3 spots left! I am updating the blog post here with dates until they are all gone.
We are happy to be home, refreshed and excited to celebrate all things 2016! What are you most excited about for 2016?