When summer rolls around, there are so many thoughts that run through my mind. They range from and to; 

Omg the ice cream man is going to be out all the time, 
Yay Almond Magnums every day!!!, 
Can I get away with going to the beach everyday, 
I’m finally not going to look like Casper the Ghost… can I get a hell yeah?, 
Why did I not listen to all the health guru’s that said summer bodies start in winter?
Why am I complaining about looking like a whale whilst eating my third magnum ice cream of the day?
Oh god, I haven’t shaved in 30558734 years and am the hairiest Mary that’s ever walked the planet.

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Out of the many, many things that crosses my mind when the warmer months roll around, it is always hair removal that catches me out at last minute and it is always the thing that crosses my mind the most. For me, having silky smooth legs and fuzz free pits is the single one thing that instantly makes me feel ready for summer but omg ain’t nobody got time for shaving everyday. Today’s post is about a tool that’s made such a huge difference to my body hair, lack of time, confidence and general life. It’s the Philips Lumea Prestige and it basically means that I never have to worry about having 0.434 seconds to get ready before heading out of the door and not having time to shave.
So what is this gorgeous but strange ole rose gold device that makes me not a permanent hairy mary and what does it do? The Philips Lumea is the number 1 leader in IPL hair removal proven to reduce hair growth up to a whopping 92% in as little as 3 bi weekly treatments.

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The thing that is sometimes daunting about IPL in general I personally think is that you worry if it’s going to work for your skin tone/hair type/certain body parts etc. and that’s what makes the Lumea Prestige so amazing because it’s been designed to provide a tailored hair removal solution for all body parts, meaning you can keep those pins, pits, bikini line…wherever you wish hair free. It comes with 4 attachments, all suitable for different body parts and curved too which makes it easy to get into all the nooks and crannies – LOL at using potentially the least sexy word to describe a very sassy product – but basically it’s just super easy and effective.

I also love that you can use the device with the cord or cordless. Using it with actually speeds up the frequency of the flashes making the treatment 1.75 times faster (always a huge bonus for us busy bees). Going cordless however is also amazing for getting to all those tricky places with ease. See, I wasn’t joking when I said it’s all made super easy [insert thumbs up emoji here].
The Body attachment has a large window allowing you to cover bigger surface areas delivering faster treatments (approximately 8.5minutes for both lower legs, isn’t that insane?) whilst the Facial attachment features a flat design and has an integrated light filter for additional protection for more sensitive skin. The Bikini attachment – my personal fave because hello going on holiday and not having to worry about whacking on a bikini every day – is specifically designed for darker, stronger hair which delivers more energy per hair for a more effective treatment, whilst the Underarm attachment features a smaller, more curved window for more precise/consistent results. I just love that it not only makes IPL easy, but it means that every body part is getting the same, super effective treatment.

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As an olive skinned, dark haired – sexy TMI times – girlthis works super well for me but it’s actually effective across a wide range of hair colours and skin types. The SmartSkin sensor feature allows women to measure their skin tone by pressing a button to advise which setting would be best for their skin/specific area which I think is absolutely genius as sometimes it’s quite difficult to judge. Once you have the right setting and you’re good to go, the Philips Lumea Prestige works by applying gentle pulses of light to the hair root which gradually reduces the amount of hair that your body grows.

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OK, so here’s the part you’ve been waiting for. How long have I been using it, what are my results, am I no longer a hairy mary? I’ve now been using the IPL for 6 weeks (3 sessions) and already it’s made a huge difference to my hair. After my second treatment, most of the hair hasn’t grown back yet (it will do as 2 treatments isn’t enough but it’s incredible that already I can go much longer without hair removal in between). It’s finer, less coarse, much lighter too…and bearing in mind that I spent most of April in America in the sun, it has been an absolute godsend knowing that I can just whack on a bikini without worrying that things look wild everywhere [insert upside down smile emoji here].

So in case you couldn’t tell, I am completely in love with the Philips Lumea Prestige, not only is it so effective but it’s incredible quick and easy to use. 10 minutes once per fortnight (for legs, an additional 5 mins if you’re going to do underarms too) and in a few sessions you notice a huge difference in regrowth… it’s the one thing that I always make sure to prioritise time for.

I would love to know if you’ve ever tried IPL before? Is it something you’d consider investing in?

As always, thanks so much for reading!


This post was sponsored by Philips


  1. Jade says:

    Love this Ellie, I have used IPL before, years ago and I have to admit wasn't too impressed. I shall definitely buy this Philips one, I always worried that the one I used before wasn't too suitable for my skin type. Love that this gauges what skin colour you are and sets it accordingly. Also impressed that you noticed a difference after 3 applications. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Angie Silver says:

    What a neat device!! Perfect for getting summer ready 🙂

  3. I've had IPL treatments a few years back and have always wanted to try this device but have been super scared! But to be hairless in less than 10 minutes? That's insane. I'm now in two minds whether to go for it or not! Eep!

    Honey x The Girl Next Shore

  4. Beautylymin says:

    I was just saying to Hubby earlier that I want to get something like this to save the pain & expense of regular waxing! xx


  5. Um I want this, I hate being a hairy Mary in summer! It's like I shave, and a few hours later I can already feel little hairs growing back. Not cool.

  6. Call Me Amy says:

    I've literally just read about this on Hayley's blog and really want to try it! Would be a lifesaver for summer!
    Amy xx

  7. Immy May says:

    Oooh this sounds perfect! I have been thinkin' bout my options for the summer and this sounds like exactly what I need – I just need the pennies! Would be a worthwhile investment for sure. Immy x

  8. I reviewed this product too love and can honestly say it's an absolutely game changer! My best friend and step mum are already sold and will be starting their treatment soon! You look bloody beaut as always!

    Hayley xo

  9. Great product, after using it you could try gently exfoliating your skin several times a week to remove dead skin which should help to prevent ingrown hairs. Be sure to keep your skin hydrated and nourished by adding a moisturizer to your daily skin care routine. You can also keep your skin moisturized by using waxing products like Dermology hair removal cream with our Sensitive formula, which is enriched with Vitamin E and Aloe Vera to hydrate your skin.

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