Unfortunately, occasionally we all encounter the “not so awesome.” I decided to ask a few friends to share some products / experiences that they would NOT recommend. Sometimes the most valuable lessons are knowing what to avoid.
Three epic fails coming your way… You’ve been warned.
Awesome…if you like your hair being pulled out:
INFINITI PRO by CONAIR – SPIN AIR ROTATING STYLER — Tessa’s pick
I rarely ever wear my hair straight because the process is faaaar too time consuming – so my routine typically entails washing and air drying my hair at night and then touching up with a large barreled curling iron in the morning…which allows me to sleep an extra 40+ minutes…priceless.
As I was perusing around Target a few weeks ago, I came across the Infiniti Pro Spin Air Rotating Styler. I was intrigued and thought, maybe this was the solution to my problem. So I watched a couple YouTube videos when I got home and it seemed simple enough. Naturally, I had envisioned the brush winding my hair up into a big tangled mess…but if the lady in the video could do it, so could I!I ended up shelling out the near $60 to try this puppy out but after the first painful tug…I knew…this was one of the most “not awesome” products that I had ever purchased.The rotation button was confusing, it grabbed onto my hair winding it up until the brush was tight against my head with no give (NOT like the video). I find it quite interesting that the item’s main selling point of making hair more smooth and shiny seemed to make my hair both frizzy and dull!
Long story kind of short…this was not the solution I was looking for and I’m sure hair type has a lot to do with whether this product is right for you…the thinner and shorter the better, in my opinion. I’m just glad I kept the receipt! (its on sale now btw – grr)
Awesome…if you like to waste your time:
PEELED CLEANSE and CORSET CLEANSE – CK’s pick
I admit it. All of the potential benefits that cleanses have to offer has sucked me not once, but twice. Both times either Groupon or Rue La La offered various promotions that convinced me it was worth a shot.
Last summer I tried out my first all juice cleanse that lasted for 3 days. A store in Chicago, Peeled, prepares all of your juices for the duration of the cleanse, which is a bonus from a preparation standpoint. Of the 6 juices to consume each day I found 3 of them horrendous and dreadful. At the end of the 3 days I felt pretty good but wondering how much of it is in your head that you should feel good.
Last week I decided to give a different cleanse a shot. This one was through the company Aster Elliot and lasted 6 days. The company ships the various supplements and shake ingredients to your house. This time I had to make majority of the very specific meals while taking the various supplements at directed times.By the end of day 3 I couldn’t stand not being active so I figured I would try a short run for some fresh air. Five minutes in I realized it was a huge mistake. My body and legs felt so weak and I was probably in more danger of injuring myself than I realized at the time. Once I made it home I came to the conclusion that the cleanse should stop immediately, this time certain that any benefits were most certainly in my head. At the end of it all the biggest benefit was probably the removal of caffeine and alcohol from my system.By this point I have learned my lesson and will not be going for round 3.
Awesome…if you like all of the moisture sucked out of your skin.
MARY KAY TIMEWISE EYE FIRMING CREAM – Kenya’s pick
Recently a friend of mine won a contest that allowed her and 3 friends to attend a Mary Kay pampering event! I obviously jumped at the chance to learn about Mary Kay’s products, since I really didn’t know much about them and haven’t used them before. Plus the contest included champagne, a facial and hand massage – no brainer!
Little to my surprise, the “facial” was really trying the products yourself while looking in a mirror and the “hand massage” was non existent. I was a little bummed, but still excited about learning about new makeup and skincare products.Our consultant was very knowledgeable and incredibly friendly, so when she brought out the Mary Kay Timewise Eye Firming cream, I immediately perked up. Being officially in my ‘late twenties’ (ugh) I had been debating whether or not I should be using some sort of eye cream yet. Our consultant assured me (politely) that I should. She went on and on about the benefits of the Timewise cream, how it can be worn either under or over makeup, and that applying it both in the morning and at night before bed would result decreased fine lines and wrinkles. I was sold!I purchased the eye cream and immediately began using it as the consultant recommended. She basically said this stuff was like crack to her and that it could be used rather liberally.
After about two days of use, I noticed the skin under my eyes was very dry, almost brittle. I immediately stopped using the eye cream and soon enough, my skin was back to normal. I have not had this sort of reaction with any other products, and while my skin is somewhat sensitive, this seemed to be an extreme reaction.I was very disappointed with the Timewise eye cream and consider this to be a not so awesome product. The hunt for eye cream (and slowing down the wrinkles) continues!