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Urban Waxx-ing

Life lately has been a little crazy. The beginning of July was particularly hairy. The unemployed part of my life was getting me down, I started pastry school, and Adam and I moved. I kind of needed a little pampering pick-me-up. It was such a lovely surprise when the fine folks over at Urban Waxx offered me a brow wax in return for a review.


There is nothing more relaxing than getting your eye brows waxed. When I hop up on that table I know that I’ve got a good 15 minutes to just close my eyes and breathe. And when I get up, I feel like a new person. It’s like getting a really great haircut, having a breakthrough in a therapy session, and losing that extra 10 pounds all rolled into one. Your face if the first thing people see when they meet you. You are a walking billboard for yourself. You deserve to have beautiful brows that perfectly frame your face.

I’ve been pouring hot wax on my face to tame my brows for over 10 years. With that said, I have had my fair share of bad waxes. I’ve been waxed in what was pretty much a closet with a table and a hot pot of wax. I’ve been burned. I’ve been over waxed and under waxed.


When I walked into Urban Waxx NW (Alphabet District in Portland), I knew I didn’t have to worry. I was greeted immediately and asked if I wanted anything to drink while I waited. Seriously, they have mimosas (If that isn’t the icing on the cake I don’t know what is). After a short wait (just long enough to have a sit and fill out a questionnaire), my waxing guru, Helen Reznicek, escorted me to one of the private waxing rooms. The urban/minimalist design flowed seamlessly from the waiting area through to the waxing room. It was thoughtfully designed; the room was comfortable, relaxing, and inviting. I am confident that even someone new to brow waxing would feel at ease in the space.

Urban Waxx believes in doing one thing and being the absolute best at it. Believe me, they nailed it. My pearly white, porcelain Portland skin wasn’t irritated in the least. I didn’t have to cover my newly waxed brows with my sunglasses this time. I walked out of there relaxed, confident, and beaming.


Whether you need to get party perfect or just want a small bit of time for yourself, give Urban Waxx a try. Find the one closest to you, or go to the one in North West Portland (I’m telling you, Helen is AMAZING). Tell them Ashley McClellan of This Valley Life sent you. You would be surprised at how refreshing a brow wax can be, especially one from Urban Waxx.

*So we’re all on the same page… Urban Waxx offered me a complimentary brow wax in exchange for a review. I wasn’t paid to say wonderful things about them. Everything I wrote is my opinion*