We have decided to make this a 'beauty week' here on the blog and all focus will be on a different beauty products that we are trying out at the moment. We will of course also have our weekly pilates input by our lovely guest blogger James Shaw from Bloc Pilates. I (Sara) have gotten the pleasure of kicking off this beauty week and have decided to do so by sharing my thoughts on some hand but also some not so handy beauty tools. In the end of the post you will find a video review and live test of one of the products.
Have you noticed that Facebook is spamming your feed with adverts now a days? Apparently they have some clever way of knowing exactly what you have clicked on in your online browser and are therefor able to send you very specific ads that has been specially chosen to meet your interests and needs. At one point I must have clicked on some sort of beauty-tool ad or page, as for the last year or so all I'm getting is a bunch of ads for the weirdest things - all being little tools that you can use for your face or body. So as much as I hate to buy into Facebook's manipulative advertisement, I have to admit that I have ended up buying a few of these items lately. Over the last few months I have bought three of these type of things through Facebook ads and each item has cost less than £3 - so I haven't exactly gone crazy with my spending. One of the items is for removing blackheads, second one is for reducing cellulite, and the last thing I bough is a spring to remove facial hair (you will find a video review and life test of this product at the end of this post - but be aware that it's a pretty silly one, hehe).
I have given each item a proper try, and will give you a review of them here in this post - incase you too get these items constantly popping up on your feed and are wondering if you should buy them or not
1. BLACKHEAD TWEEZERS
The way I discovered these tweezers was through a video that appeared on my Facebook wall. The video was a close-up of someones face, where this tool was used to remove blackheads. It was a totally disgusting video, but it's also kind of satisfying seing those kind of things... Or am I just super weird to think that? Like, do you ever watch those videos of mega spots that are being popped, where so much yellow yuk is coming out? These type of videos always makes me feel super sick, but still I find them quite fascinating for some absurd reason. I guess I really shouldn't admit to this here for everone to read - ha! Anyway, these tweezer looked super efficient in this Facebook video, and I immediately felt like I wanted to try them out.
After about 6 weeks, they finally arrived in my postbox! I actually ordered another pair in the meantime as I thought the first pair must have gotten lost in the mail or something... But both deliveries arrived eventually, so now I have two pairs :P Unfortunately the tweezers did not in anyway live up to their expectations. It's not like I have a lot of blackheads, but I did expect the tweezers to give some sort of result at least. Sadly all it did was damaging my skin and doing noting to remove any blackheads. It is damaging enough using your nails to squeeze out these little imperfections, but the sharp edges on this tool is even worse!
It is safe to say that I do not recommend this product.
2. ANTI CELLULITE SUCTION CUP
This strange little silicone cup is meant to remove, or at least noticeably reduce the appearance of cellulites. All you need to do is cover yourself in lots of body lotion and then rub this little cup around the areas with cellulite - sounds pretty good to me! If only it worked.... I guess it was pretty naive of me to think that it would be such an easy fix.
I, like most other women have cellulite. In fact, as much as 90% of us have them according to girlsgonestrong.com. So cellulites are extremely normal, and simply just some dimples in your skin - what is so bad abut that? Not sure why but we all seem to dislike having them, which is quite unfortunate seing that there is not much we can do to get rid of it. Why we have them has a lot to do with our genes and hormones and these are things that we can't really change. This article I found from girlsgonestrong.com explains all of this way better then me, so click here if you fancy a proper insight on cellulites. Seems like the best thing we can do to reduce them is by living a healthy lifestyle and by exercising - there is simply no easy way out.
Ok, so back to this weird little suction cup. Again, I ended up buying this through a Facebook ad after seeing praises online about this product. However I never found a genuine review, only a lot of the typical payed articles. I also found several comments on Facebook from people who had just ordered the cup and was eager to try it out, in hope of it doing magic for their body dimples. As it was so cheap, I too decided to order one - and thought I could do a 'before and after' review here on the blog. Sadly my 'after' is exactly the same as my 'before' - so that would be a pretty pointless review to post :P
I used this cup on the back of my thighs every evening for 2 - 3 weeks. At first I did actually think that it was working and was excited to continue with the process. It's a pretty boring activity though, so after a couple of weeks with very little results (if any at all) - I could not be bothered anymore. So for me, this is not a product I was very impressed with. Maybe I didn't stick with it long enough... who knows!? But if any of you reads this and have actually had good results from this cup, then please let me know in the comment section and I will to make sure to persevere with this tedious thigh-rubbing exercise.
3. FACIAL HAIR REMOVAL SPRING
And last but not least - the facial hair removal spring. This is the very last thing I have bought from a Facebook add and the first thing I'm actually kind of happy with. I have very fair hair, and don't really need to remove any of it from my face. Again, a bit of facial hair is super normal and I never really notice it on others. Still I have tried threading a couple of times at my local salon. I usually go there and get my eyebrows threaded and one time they asked me if I would want to thread my upper lip at the same time... so I did and I was quite shocked by he pain :P I started getting both my eyebrows and upper lip threaded once every 3 months or so, but stopped about 6 months ago. Don't know why really, guess I just forgot about it. Like I said, the facial hair doesn't bother me too much. However, now I am actually using this spring every now and again at home - and it's proven to be rather handy.
Annabell actually filmed me whilst trying this spring out for the very first time and it has turned in to a rather comical video review, with a lot of giggling and a bit of bad language (sorry). You can watch the video here :)