You've seen commercials for various beauty products that promise to plump your lips, increase your bust, etc. Some of these claims are believable but others make you wonder, "Does this really
Well, our team tested out 7 new, crave-worthy and unique beauty products to see if they truly live up to their claims. Read on to see our thoughts.
Advance Techniques Frizz Control Lotus Shield from $9.99
You can say good-bye to frizz with just one application.
The Real Deal:
I began using Advance Techniques Frizz Control Lotus Shield last week after receiving it as a gift. I have long, curly fine hair that tends to frizz and tangle especially in the humidity. LS has been a great addition to my morning regimen. I use a quarter's worth on my wet hair, then add my normal AnGel from Devachan, scrunch roots down and I'm good to go.
It helped keep my frizz at bay all day. I still had a few stragglers but I think that's just natural. I liked the size of the bottle too. It's big enough that I think it will get me through the rest of the summer, but small enough that I plan to bring it with me on vacation this weekend. I'd definitely recommend it.
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Goody Spin Pin from $5.99
The Spin Pin is designed to do the job of about 20 bobby pins, to create a neat bun.
The Real Deal:
When the weather is hot and the humidity is high, I usually pull my hair back into a french roll or another up-do. So naturally, I tend to have several bobby pins on-the-ready. I've recently learned that the Goody Spin Pin is the answer to using multiple bobby pins.
At first, I was a little skeptical about its results because my hair is shoulder-length and a little thin. But let me tell you ladies, it worked! I just pulled my hair back, twisted it into a bun and screwed the Spin Pin in. Presto! I had a sophisticated bun. Not only did the Spin Pin hold my hair in place but it stayed put all day long. It's definitely worth a try. Still on the fence? Check out my Among Us Friends video blog
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InStyler from $99.99
The InStyler's Motorized Rotating Cylinder will give you perfect hair in a few minutes!
The Real Deal:
I've been seeing the InStyler infomercial on early-morning and late-night television for years, now. It's even made its way to store shelves. Since the first time I saw the InStyler in action, I've wanted to give it a try on my own hair. I look at it and think, yeah, that makes sense!
I will say that overall, the product is probably not for me, but I might recommend it to a friend with curled hair. After I used the InStyler, I had to resist reaching for my regular flat iron and going over the InStyler's work – I didn't want to scorch my hair by exposing it to anymore heat, you see. So, I wore my hair poofy for the rest of the day. And there's the con. The bristles from the brush on my hair just made my hair frizz-out. An additional con would be the length of time it took for me to style my hair. You kind of have to move in a slower motion down the length of your hair in order for the brushing and polishing action to do its work. And, you can't try to speed things up by putting larger wefts of hair through the InStyler. When I tried, some strands went through quicker than others and added to my disheveled appearance. The other difficult part was getting close to the roots, since the tool is a bit bulkier.
On the plus side, the rotating hot barrel did rotate pretty quickly, so I suppose it could be an even slower process if that weren't the case. The barrel also doesn't start spinning until you've positioned your hair and already begun to clamp down on the strands – which may be a bit startling (because it's loud and frantic-sounding) but more convenient for ease of use. Imagine how hard it would be to try positioning your hair while a screaming-hot barrel is rotating and screeching at you! Another plus, it doesn't take too long to heat up (the indicator lights hold a steady glow, instead of blinking, when it's ready) and the highest heat level of 3 is very, very hot. In fact, my hair burned my face on that third setting, so I had to bring it down a level. I guess that setting is more for people with more stubborn or thick hair. Finally, it does add volume to my thinner hair, but not without frizz, unfortunately.
The tool says it can be used on dry or damp hair. Well, on damp hair, the heat and brushing does help my hair to dry faster and straighter, but I got more poofy results when I used the InStyler than when I used it on my dry hair. It's probably best used on dry hair.
I've tried it out four times, twice on damp hair and twice on dry hair. Results were the same each time. I would recommend this InStyler to certain friends – those with tight curls who can't use straighteners without first blow drying their hair straight. This eliminates the two-step process for them, I would think. That said, it'd be a great investment for those friends, but not so much for me. Nothing takes my wavy, odd-shaped hair (thanks to my contour pillow) to sleek and shiny like my hot flat iron!
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Conair Cord Keeper Ion Shine Hair Dryer from $21.99
The Claim: Conair's Cord Keeper Ion Shine Hair Dryer with a retractable cord will make your hair more manageable with less frizz.
The Real Deal: I was in the market for a new hair dryer and I wanted one that would travel easy too, so I went with this compact one from Conair. I loved it from the start. The handle folds over so it's very portable. It also has a retractable cord, which is so convenient. When it came time to try it out, I was very satisfied. This thing may look small, but it has a good amount of power, letting out strong heat. Another feature that I love about this is that it is not heavy to hold, which is important for someone like me who has thick hair. It takes a while to dry my hair, so it helps to have a dryer that is light and easy to manage. This gets two thumbs up in my book!
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Strap Perfect from $7.99
It's supposed to conceal your bra straps, while creating instant support.
The Real Deal:
I love wearing tank tops during the summertime, especially racerback tanks
. The only problem with wearing them is that it's often hard to conceal bra straps. A few weeks ago, I saw the Strap Perfect infomercial online and decided to give it try. I discovered that each package comes with 2 black, 2 nude, 2 clear plastic straps and 24 pieces of Invisible Style Tape. I'll admit that it took a few tries to actually get my bra straps into the Strap Perfect and adjust it to a comfortable position. But once it was securely in place, I was good to go. No more annoying bra straps showing for me! My only suggestion for the Strap Perfect creators would be to swap out the plastic for a softer material.
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The Real Deal:
A few months ago, I redeemed a gift certificate for a Microdermabrasion treatment valued at about $150. After my visit, my skin felt soft but overall, it wasn't a treatment that I'd like to periodically invest in. I then went on a hunt for a similar, at-home treatment and came across the Zeno Hot Spot. This revolutionary hand-held device comes in a small box with two AA batteries. It's very easy to use. Just push the on button, aim the metal tip on your pimple and the device will sounds when it's time to remove it -- which is about 15-20 seconds. I didn't see immediate results however, I did notice that my blemish was slightly smaller after about 4 hours. It's not a magic solution in the seemingly endless battle against acne, but it can help shorten the lifespan of your blemish. At just under $40, the Zeno will come in handy, especially if you have an upcoming date and you want to get rid of the third wheel -- your pimple that is!
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Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen from $7.29
The fine tip pen will allow you to be creative with your nails in record time.
The Real Deal:
I enjoy getting a mani/pedi every now and then but frequent visits to the nail salon can get pricey. There's got to be a better solution to sport manicured nails without
the extra cost of going to the nail salon. Enter the Nail Art Pen! This handy pen comes in various different colors like white, red and blue for about $7 each. All you have to do is shake the pen, press it on your nail, create a design (I opted for simple stripes), and then apply a clear coat to seal the design. Honestly, it'll probably take about two or three tries before you'll be comfortable enough to create fancier designs. If you want inexpensive manicured nails, the Nail Art Pen can't be beat. Who knows, you may become a pro and your friends will start asking where you got your nails done (but it'll be your little secret).
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You've heard our two cents. Now it's YOUR turn. Have you tried one of these or another new beauty product? Did it live up to your expectations? Let your voice be heard in the comment section below.