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This Amazon Best-Selling Gadget Destroys My Lady Mustache

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 Finishing Touch Flawless ($19.99)

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Let’s talk about being a lady and having facial hair. Some of us do! Mine is mostly light-colored, but over the past few years it’s progressed from mere peach fuzz to something a little more... intrusive, mostly above my lip and a little bit on my chin. Thanks, hormones.

This situation affects how makeup goes on and the general smoothness of my face, and it just makes me feel self-conscious. I’ve taken a regular old razor to it for a while now, which was working fine. (It’s a myth that hair grows back darker and thicker when you shave.) But when the Finishing Touch Flawless ($19.99) facial hair remover landed on my desk courtesy of a publicist, I could not rip the packaging open fast enough.

This little gadget, which is obviously rose gold-colored like all proper lady-marketed beauty tools, looks like either an elongated lipstick tube or a shortened vibrator, depending on where your sensibilities are. It removes hair via one vibrating circular blade head, like the type that you’d find on a Norelco razor. The device runs on one AA battery and also features a light, which has thus far been a pretty useless feature for me. But this thing is otherwise magical.

It zips right over your skin with a soft buzzing sound without any pulling or pain, and it does the job in less than a minute. After that, I’m left with perfectly smooth skin that lasts for several days before I need to use it again. You don’t need any sort of oil or cream with it — just whip the thing out and use it on dry skin.

After I started using it, I discovered that, as of this writing, it’s the No 1. best-selling product in the entire “Beauty and Personal Care” section on Amazon. People are clearly clued in to this. The only downside is you need to repurchase a replacement head every 60 days or so. There’s a special website to buy them, and they cost $12.99 for two or $19.99 for four, so there’s definitely an ongoing cost. But it’s worth it to me, and I’ve already ordered some so that there is absolutely no chance of an interruption in service.

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