Personal Care Essentials.

Personal Care Essentials: Emjoi Micro-Pedi, Emjoi Epilator, Clarosonic Mia, Cleaning cloth, Dermaroller, Gigi Space Saver Wax, Warmer with Honee, Tweezerman Tweezers.

Personal Care Essentials:
Emjoi Micro-Pedi, Emjoi Epilator, Facial Razor, Clarisonic Mia, Textured Cleaning Cloth, Derma Roller, Gigi Space Saver Wax Warmer with Gigi Honee, Tweezerman Tweezers.

Makeup is one of most minimally invasive paths we can take to alter our appearance.  However, after a certain age, we mortals must face a devastating fact: we age and there is nothing we can do to stop the progression. Wrinkles creep up from who knows where, hair begins to grow thicker in all the wrong places, and skin becomes either overly dry or extremely oily. For this post, I will share with you some of my Personal Care Essentials (other than makeup) that I use to combat the daily reality–I will never be an ageless eternal vampire 🙂  I hope you find this helpful.

Personal Care Essentials: Emjoi Micro-Pedi.

Personal Care Essentials:
Emjoi Micro-Pedi.

  • Emjoi Micro-Pedi ($29-40 USD) is a fantastic alternative to the PedEgg or Microplain Pedicure Rasp used in salons.  Regardless, if you have a mild or an excessive case of dry skin around the heels of your feet (a recent occurrence), Micro-Pedi works wonders at removing dry skin gently and safely.  Remember to apply gentle pressure during use, otherwise the roll will not spin properly.  I acquired my unit from Costco with two extra refill rolls for $29.
Personal Care Essentials: Emjoi Epilator.

Personal Care Essentials:
Emjoi Epilator.

  • Emjoi Mini Corded Epilator ($30-70 USD) contains 30 tweezers that rotate simultaneously inwardly to remove unwanted hair from my arms and occasionally around the upper lip area.  First time users will feel a sting, but after a couple of months of use, the follicles become so weak the pain subsides (this will vary) and regrowth is greatly reduced, especially on the arms.  Personally, my hairless arms look more youthful and jewelry looks so much more appealing on a blank canvas.
Personal Care Essentials: Dermaroller 500 needles 1mm.

Personal Care Essentials:
Derma Roller 500 needles 1.0 mm.

  • I have been using Derma Rollers aka: collagen induction therapy ($20-60 USD) for almost four years.  I was always hesitant to discuss this device, because many people do not believe in its effectiveness.  Using this wondrous tool once a week, has reduce the appearance of wrinkles on my face and improved the overall texture of my skin, by stimulating the flow of collagen to the affected areas.  As an added bonus, facial moisturizers are able to penetrate the skin more effectively.  There are a slew of online retailers, however, be mindful to purchase from a reputable seller that sells sterilized sealed stainless steel rollers.  Remember, Derma Rollers will not yield overnight results; time and consistency are crucial for favorable results.  For more information about Derma Rollers and how to use this product read here.
Personal Care Essentials: Gigi Space Saver Wax Warmer and Gigi Honee.

Personal Care Essentials:
Gigi Space Saver Wax Warmer and Gigi Honee.

  • Gigi Space Saver Wax Warmer ($20-40 USD) and Gigi Honee ($15-25 USD) were purchased with the intent to wax whenever I wanted, in the convenience of my home.  Personally, waxing once a month is sufficient to thoroughly remove hair on the upper lip region and around the nostrils (essential especially if you have dark hair).  For in-between waxing sessions, I prefer to use a facial razor, tweezers and an epilator to reduce unnecessary stress and stretching of the skin.  This particular unit has been in my possession for eight years and the Honee wax has been going strong for the past four years.  Both items are stored in a decorative box in my closet for my convenience.
Personal Care Essentials: Facial Razor and Tweezerman Mini Tweezer Set.

Personal Care Essentials:
Facial Razor and Tweezerman Petite Tweezer Set.

  • Facial razors are essential in my everyday beauty routine, they are used to remove the “peach fuzz” surrounding the perimeter of my face.  I know many people believe shaving the delicate hairs around the face will result in increased hair growth, but that is simply not true.  On women, facial hair regrows as finely as ever.  Shaving once a week gives me a smooth and even canvas to apply makeup; you would be surprised how smooth and supple foundation appears after shaving.  My facial razor is also used on a daily basis to remove stray hairs above my eyebrows, along the upper lip region and around the nostrils.  I purchase my folded razor from my local Asian market, but you can acquire a variety of brands online or from your local Target.
  • Tweezerman Petite Tweezer Set ($25 USD) has been in my possession for eight years.  The slanted edge tweezer is used everyday to groom my eyebrows and any stray hair that should arise. The pointed edge tweezer is occasionally used to remove embedded hairs and splinters.
Personal Care Essentials: Clarosonic Mia and Cleansing Cloth.

Personal Care Essentials:
Clarisonic Mia and Cleansing Cloth.

  • Clarisonic Mia ($100 USD) needs no introduction, this device is fantastic for thoroughly cleansing and exfoliating the face.  I prefer to use this in the evening, as a final step to ensure all makeup has been removed.  No matter the hour or the exhaustion I may feel, I simply will not retire for the evening without properly washing my face.
  • Textured Cleansing Cloths ($2-6 USD) are just as effective as the Mia, for a fraction of the price. Just like the Mia, there are all grades of textures ranging from gentle to coarse.  Personally, the coarse cloths work best for my skin type.  I also have a cloth in my shower in lieu of a shower sponge; the length of these clothes are quite useful for exfoliating and cleansing hard-to-reach areas such as the back.

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you proper care of your skin is essential for a healthy and radiant complexion.  Hair removal can have an enormous impact on someone’s overall appearance.  Simple everyday maintenance is the key to looking and feeling younger.  Are all these devices and techniques the secret to eternal youth? No, however, I believe if you are mentally able to always hold on to your “youthful innocence” (Under the Tuscan Sun) then that feeling will manifest itself in your matter your age 🙂  After all, Lestat, Louie, Bill, Eric, Selene, Stephan, Elena and Damon can’t be the only pretty faces in the crowd.  What are some of your favorite personal care essentials you cannot live without?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.


PS:  Has anyone heard of the Vampire Facial?  No…well check out this link to see if you are game…IMHO, that’s a big bowl of crazy.

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About Maria Pia

A blog about beauty (what else), what makes me smile and life with two boys and a dog. This blog is about positivity and inspiration sewn in with a little humor. Makeup is not serious, but how we feel after we apply it, is no joking matter!!! I'm here to share my tips and tricks I have learned on my own for the past %&^$% years :) Enjoy my lovelies.


  1. Hi Maria,

    I was just reading an article about Glopro and reminded it about your derma roller post that I have read awhile ago. Glopro sounds like a derma roller but with a lot of marketing and its price tag. Interesting thing is that they also make a large one for the use on the body like thighs and abdomen.

    I’m curious what you think about it.


    • Hello Tatiana,

      There are a lot of Dermarollers on the market these days. I’m not sure a $249 system will do anything more than the Ora microneddle from Dermstore for $19.99. I guess the inflated price is due to the light (I’m not sure why anyone would need this feature) and the additonal skincare items in the bundle.

      Keep in mind this device should be replaced roughly every 3-6 months–so the yearly cost will be quite high.


  2. Hi there. I’m a new reader. Love your blog – it’s super informative! Would you do a post one day on dermarolling, please? I’d love to know the process you follow. i have one but I just don’t do it enough. Mine is only .25mm but I find it uncomfortable so I avoid doing it even though I know it would greatly benefit my skin 🙁 Did you find that, over time it was less painful? What size needles do you use? And a serum or cream with it? Sorry, lots of questions I know. But you skin is gorgeous and if you tell me dermarolling contributes to it, I’ll have to get into it 🙂 Best regards, Star.

    • Hello Star,

      Sorry for the inexcusable late response.

      The first month of use, I rolled five nights a week (as directed), utilizing the 1 mm roller. I literally have a small hole (scar from continuous picking in my college days) on my forehead that needed to be filled and heard this was a good sized needle to build up the tissue around the “hole.” Granted, over time this hole did not diminish or heal, but five years later, my skin has remained quite tight for my age (43).

      I have very thick Mediterranean skin, so the 1 mm does not bother me–NOW; in the beginning it was rather painful, but I have developed a tolerance to the system now. Presently, I derma-roll religiously once a week to maintain the collagen levels in my aging skin and it really makes a huge difference. I follow up by adding oils (Argan mixed with castor oil and coconut oil and occasionally Nuxe dry oil) rich in Vit. E. I never use expensive serums or lotion–in the winter time, I exclusively use Josie Maran Boby Butter.

      Of course, please note I do not drink alcohol or any sugary carbonated beverages, smoke or eat processed foods–which also contributes to a healthy epidermis.

      This is one of the most noninvasive procedures you can do, in the privacy of your own home, that will indeed benefit your skin over time. Whenever I need to replace a roller, I always opt for the 100% stainless steel version without the titanium coating. The titanium coating wears off over time and goodness knows were it goes–get my drift…

      I hope I was able to adequately answer your questions–if not, please let me know what else I can do to help.


      • Not at all. That was so helpful, thanks Maria. I’ll start off gentle and build up over time. Like you say, this is a treatment that works in the long term.
        PS I took your advice regarding the facial razor and it’s working a treat. The results were immediate – my skincare products absorb better and they’re more effective and the foundation sits better on my skin giving it a more refined appearance.
        I’ll have a look into your other recommendations too 🙂
        Best, Star.

  3. I like your emjoi epilator, well the looks of it. I have braun epilators, one for the face and one for the legs. I always see that emjoi pedi on qvc and want it but then I think I have my micro pedi. I might take the plunge and buy the emjoi one day.

    The derma roller, whatever works, I just can’t be faithful to it so I never bought one.

    I don’t own a clarisonic, I am probably the last person on earth who doesn’t own one. I don’t own one because like the derma roller, I can’t be faithful in using it.

    Vampire facial, please! Pretty soon if one Hollywood celeb does the crocodile dung facial, you know it will be a big deal!

    • Hello Olivia,

      Before my epilator, I was a hairy beast, which aged me terribly. If you do decide to take the plunge, these devices are quite durable; I have had the same Emjoi Epilator for six years.
      I first heard about the Derma Roller from my Japanese friend, who has skin like a porcelain doll. Since then, the Derma Roller is the one thing I do without fail on a weekly basis.
      As for the Clarisonic, no need to invest in it, textured towels are just as effective.
      I would love to see a Hollywood “celebrity” put crocodile dung on their face…I vote for Kim Kardashian.

  4. That derma roller really is interesting. Definitely requires some more research, especially if it helps with wrinkles 🙂

    • Hello Sheila,
      I love my Derma Roller. People always comment that I do not have any wrinkles, I partially accredit that to my Derma Roller. Do your own research and see if it is right for you.

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