There are plenty of products out there that get crazy amounts of hype. Today, I'm going to share with you 3 hot products that have been getting rave reviews. Do they really measure up to their impressive claims?
I first heard about Egyptian Magic Cream in a magazine. Some celebrity (I don't remember who now) touted this to be her cure-all must-have item. Her impressive claims combined with a name with "Magic" in it got me really curious.
After some quick Google research, I found out that a lot of celebrities and some bloggers were raving about this item. It also helped with some serious burns, scarring and other serious skin problems like rosacea. The cream can be applied to lips, skin, and even hair ends! And, with supposedly no advertising spend, they were the #1 all natural moisturizer in the US. So, of course, I purchased a jar to review at Lollipuff.
The packaging is very plain and looks like it was transported from the 1980's. The text on the jar is also funny. It either screams snake oil to you, or it can be charming and endearing. But, whatever... if it lives up to the rave celebrity reviews, then who cares?
The consistency of Egyptian Magic Cream is a balm. Heat it up by rubbing, and it turns into an oil. The cream does not really have a strong fragrance.
So, I applied this onto my face and arms for approximately one week. My skin routine was the same, except I replaced my regular moisturizer (Cerave Moisturizing Cream - the one in the tub container). After one week, I can say that it didn't really do anything for me. It was commensurate to a somewhat above average moisturizer. My regular moisturizer remains my favorite lotion.
I have combination skin on my face and normal skin on my body. My face has never reacted well to any oils, so perhaps what other people are witnessing with this product is different from my own experience. Either way, I wanted to share an un-biased review on some of the most current hyped about, somewhat secret beauty products.
***Egyptian Magic Cream is counterfeited. Do not purchase from an unreliable source.
You've probably heard of the Mason Pearson Boar Bristle and Nylon hairbrush. It's a $200 brush that is quite popular! Some people even claim that it helps with hair loss! The reason why it works is because of its bristles. The boar hair helps to redistribute natural oils. This not only smooths the hair, but also makes it shinier. The nylon bristles de-tangle long and/or medium to thick hair. The air-filled rubber cushion massages the scalp.
Because my hair is fairly straight and easy to manage, I have never been all that particular about my hair brush. So, I opted for the cheaper Denman brush. This MUCH more affordable boar's hair brush also has rave reviews all over the web. The Denman brush is very similar to the Mason Pearson. They both have a similar shape, a pneumatic cushion, and of course the boar bristles. However, the boar bristles seem to be more tightly packed and slightly different colored than the bristles on the Denman. Perhaps, this is why the prices are so different.
After one week of using the brush, I can safely say that it does help. Even with my very low maintenance hair, I can see a slight difference. The natural oils truly are evenly distributed (much more so than before), and it does smooth my hair better than my old brush. It has even got me brushing my hair more often! The first time you use a boar's hair / nylon brush, it will feel very different. I've come to really enjoy it!
***Denman and Mason Pearson brushes are counterfeited. Do not purchase from an unreliable source.
The konjac facial sponge is the latest novelty product in the world of beauty. The konjac sponge is a dried type of potato. When it dries out, it turns porous. When re-hydrated, it becomes soft, spongy and bouncy. Its claim to fame is its superior ability at cleaning faces. Supposedly, this beauty product stems from Japan. The word of konjac sponges has been spreading, and there are a plethora of blogs out there reporting about this item.
The konjac sponge is very affordable. I got one (green) from eBay shipped from China for under $2. And, I got an Ecotools (gray) from Walgreens for $6+shipping and tax.
Since this is just a dried up root, the cheap green one from eBay and the slightly more expensive one from Walgreens performed the exact same.
At first, I didn't like this thing. I used it according to the instructions. Though it felt nice, it just sucked up my cleanser. I figured out that the best way to use this thing was to
1. rinse your face,
2. lather up your cleanser on your face with your hands,
3. then re-hydrate the sponge and squeeze out all excess water, and then rub it all over your face.
4. Finally, follow up with thorough rinsing.
When I did this, I loved it! Oh, and don't forget to clean the sponge: rinse and squeeze several times with hot water!
I used to own the expensive Clarisonic. I ended up not liking the darn thing. The water seemed to stay on the brush too long, making it a thriving spot for bacteria. Plus, it was too harsh for the eye-area, the one place that is the hardest to wash! I honestly feel that this simple little sponge did just as good of a job washing my face as the Clarisonic, and it feels better too!
I'm really glad I got 2 sponges to review, because it takes a good 48 hours for them to dry completely. For hygienic and longevity reasons, I like that they dry completely between each use. Surprisingly, of the 3 hyped about beauty products, this tiny cheap sponge was my favorite!
Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed reviewing the products!