’Stache Stuff: Moustache Removal + Missy Peregrym Parissa Boxes?

Fake moustaches and Missy Peregrym Parissa boxes made me think about doing a post on upper-lip hair removal. So I did one.
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Fake moustaches and Missy Peregrym Parissa boxes made me think about doing a post on upper-lip hair removal. So I did one.
Elle Canada beauty editor Katherine Flemming and me in disguise.

Elle Canada beauty editor Katherine Flemming and me in disguise.

I've been thinking about moustache removal. The thought first occurred during an event-packed three days in NYC last week, specifically a presentation re: Kiehl's excellent skincare for men at the Bunker Club in the Meatpacking district. The theme was an underground men's club; we were given stick-on moustaches to wear. (Above: Elle Canada's beauty editor Katherine Flemming and I couldn't resist mugging with moustache toothpicks from a platter of sliders.)

Moustache removal: Yes, that's actress Missy Peregrym in black and white

Moustache removal: Yes, that's actress Missy Peregrym in black and white

Then, back in Toronto, I glanced at a Pharma-Plus shelf and did a double-take: the model on Parissa's packaging is a teenage Missy Peregrym. The actress plays plucky Andy McNally on the show I like to call "Sam Swarek" but is in reality named "Rookie Blue." (Season three begins tonight -- with guest star William Shatner -- on Global and ABC. And thank you Pharma Plus for letting me snap these Missy Peregrym Parissa boxes right there on the shelf!)

Moustache removal: Tweezerman Slant Tip Tweezers

Moustache removal: Tweezerman Slant Tip Tweezers

So, upper-lip hair removal. I've actually been pretty lucky. There was one home-wax-strip experience years ago that took a layer of skin off (ow-ow-ow-ouch! -- unfortunately before I discovered my go-to miracle healing salve, La Roche-Posay Cicaplast). Now I need only Tweezerman slant tweezers ($35, select retailers) to snag occasional strays. But if you need more than that, here are some available-now options.

Moustache removal: Tanda Me at-home laser device

Moustache removal: Tanda Me at-home laser device

At-Home Laser The Tanda me ($395, The Shopping Channel) has just been approved for use on the face. With ELOS technology -- a combination of intense pulsed light (IPL) and radio frequency (RF) -- plus trimmer and epilator attachments -- this investment device can permanently reduce face and body hair. Via the briefest of pulses -- not even a second --  IPL heats up the hair from root to tip while RF ups the heat a bit more to weaken the follicle further; the Tanda.Me epilator attachment can then remove the hair easily and apparently painlessly. Note: the approvals are so recent that you'll have to contact Tanda Me customer service for a free googgles-and-white-pencil kit. They aren't necessary, nevertheless, they'll be packaged with new shipments.

Moustache removal: Philips StainPerfect Total Body & Face Epilator

Moustache removal: Philips StainPerfect Total Body & Face Epilator

Epilator The cordless Philips StainPerfect Total Body & Face Epilator ($159.17, Sears.com) can be used, as indicated in its name, on the whole body as well as face and bikini areas. This one comes with tweezers that light up and a mirror, and includes attachments for shaving and trimming. I remember epilators as being quite painful to start; the more you do it, the less sensitive you'll be.

Moustache removal: Panasonic Precision Facial Hair Trimmer

Moustache removal: Panasonic Precision Facial Hair Trimmer

Trimmer I'm not sure how I feel about trimming upper-lip hair. Seems to me that more distinctive stubble will occur. But if you're into it, the Panasonic Precision Facial Hair Trimmer ($39, Future Shop) has an outer shield for skin-safety, and the detachable blades are washable.

Moustache removal: Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo

Moustache removal: Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo

Depilatory The two-step Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo ($29.99, drugstores) starts with a protective balm that protects sensitive skin without matting down the hair. The second step to layer over the balm is a removal cream, lightly fragranced so it won't upset your nose.

Moustache removal: Parissa Hot Wax

Moustache removal: Parissa Hot Wax

Waxing Big thing to remember about waxing, as I learned the ow-ow-ow-ouch! way, is that it's probably not your best option if you're using a glycolic-acid toner twice per day. And maybe exercise caution if you're hardcore about retinol or Retin-A. But if you're a-okay with normal skin, try Parissa Hot Wax ($9, drugstores), which you heat, spread on, then peel off when cooled, or Parissa Wax Strips Face & Bikini($9, drugstores).

Moustache removal: Elle Canada beauty editor Katherine Flemming and Fashion Magazine beauty director Lesa Hannah can just lift their stick-on 'staches off.

Moustache removal: Elle Canada beauty editor Katherine Flemming and Fashion Magazine beauty director Lesa Hannah can just lift their stick-on 'staches off.

Threading Okay, not really a DIY. But if you missed the threading post by Cranky Beauty Pants, here it is.

Moustache removal: BeautyEditor.ca's Michelle Villett and me. We're badass. Beauty badass.

Moustache removal: BeautyEditor.ca's Michelle Villett and me. We're badass. Beauty badass.

I do not recommend bleaching at all. First, you run the risk of developing brassy tones -- unpretty. Second, a bleached ’stache is rarely invisible. Third, foundation and face powder can be tricky applied over hair. A story to illustrate: Years ago, I had a makeup gig for a magazine. The reader model had rather a lush, slightly brassy bleached ’stache. I was too inexperienced at the time to know that rather than take so long discreetly attempting to camouflage, I should have quietly asked the photog to deal with it in Photoshop later. #liveandlearn

Here, larger images of Missy Peregrym Parissa box photos. Parissa, Peregrym and most of her co-stars, such as Enuka Okuma and Ben Bass, are Canadian, and "Rookie Blue" is set as well as filmed in Toronto.

Missy Peregrym

Missy Peregrym

Missy Peregrym

Missy Peregrym

Missy Peregrym

Missy Peregrym

Have you tried any of the above-mentioned methods of hair removal? What's your go-to solution? Who else watches "Rookie Blue?"