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Beauty Review: Venus Bikini Kit

The Budget Babe reviews new Venus Bikini Kit by Gillette

Recently I received a complimentary Gillette Venus Bikini Kit, which includes a Venus Embrace razor, Venus Bikini trimmer and Olay Bikini lotion ($10.79 at major food, drug, mass and specialty retailers). Did I get quote-unquote "bikini confident" with the Venus Bikini Kit, named one of Marie Claire's "25 Products That Will Change Your Life"? Keep reading to find out!

What they say: Venus Bikini offers a three step regimen designed to get any woman bikini-beautiful:
  1. Trim and maintain with Venus Bikini trimmer
  2. Comfortably shave all over with Venus Embrace
  3. Soothe and moisturize with Olay Bikini lotion

What I thought: Without giving TMI, I found the trimmer effective but less so than say, an electric shaver, my preferred method of trimming. Scissors can be scary and less convenient to carry when traveling, so I'll definitely hang on to the trimmer when I'm on the go.

The razor performed like any other disposable razor, excellent for arm pits, legs and cleaning/shaping, but totally insufficient for anything beyond that. I know girls who can do it, and I tried, I really did, but ultimately, I feel shaving can only get you so far, at which point you need to move on to waxing. Sorry if that's TMI, just trying to give you as much information as possible!

What I really liked was the lotion, it was very soothing, lightly scented and I didn't experience any irritation after applying the lotion immediately after shaving.

I probably wouldn't buy the kit again, but I would definitely purchase the lotion. That stuff is awesome. The kit might make a nice gift, say, if you had a beach cottage and you wanted to leave little gift baskets in each of your guest rooms…and your name was Martha Stewart. (Although she probably wouldn't leave bikini kits, more like lemon-verbena bath soaps and French terry slippers.)

How do you get "bikini beautiful"?

I actually went looking for that kit at Target and at Walgreens, and wasn't able to locate it. It didn't even appear that it had been given shelf space yet. Thank you for the review--I actually use the Noxzema Bikini shavers, there are hard to find but so far my favorite.
#1 Bryce on 2010-07-21 15:04 (Reply)
I use Parissa home wax strips. They are cheap, and effective. To prevent ingrown hairs, I use these pads called BikiniZone. They take away redness and soothe any irritation.
#2 AlysonIsNeat (Homepage) on 2010-07-21 15:19 (Reply)
I personaly use the Schick Quattro for Women, the one with an electric bikini razor on one end and regular razor on the other. It's really convenient and works great :-) I will have to look into the lotion from Olay because I usually get some irritation afterwards.

Thanks Budget Babe!
#3 Paolina on 2010-07-22 06:54 (Reply)
I've been looking high and low for that Olay Bikini lotion, but you can't find it anywhere by itself....what gives?! I'm also an electric shaver type of girl, so I'm not interested in the Gillette razors....and the idea of paying $11 for the kit just to get the lotion is one I'll have to pass on.
#4 Lovelee_79 on 2010-07-22 07:52 (Reply)
BikiniZone is a lifesaver!! Living in Florida, I have to shave more than most women (well that, and I was blessed with my Dad's great genes), so finding a aftershave lotion for the bikini area is essential. I must say even though it stings at first, but BikiniZone takes away any red bumps and is super cheap - like $4!
#5 RoxyRay on 2010-07-22 10:37 (Reply)
I just bought the kit today. I haven't had a chance to try it yet. I wanted to let the ladies who are searching for the Bikini Lotion know that the back of the bottle that came with my kit says "also sold as Olay Advanced Healing Body Lotion" probably much cheaper and in a much bigger bottle ;-)
#6 Annabell on 2011-05-31 19:40 (Reply)
such a great tip, thanks for sharing!! just in time for bikini season :-)
#6.1 The Budget Babe on 2011-06-01 08:36 (Reply)
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