Beauty Products: Reader Reviews!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

In a continuing effort to keep afloat very occasional columns such as Beauty Products I Use and Would Actually Recommend to Others, we've got two special correspondents' reports. So, I cannot actually vouch for these products myself, but feel confident enough to put them out there for discussion. (And clearly, I am not the only one with such fabulous ideas.)

First: About a month ago, I actually convinced Mike that it would be a very good idea for him to use some eye cream. "Removes undereye circles!" I said. "Fills in crows' feet!" I said these things even though I have four not unpricey eye creams in my bathroom and not one of them have done these things for me. However. I maintain hope.

So imagine my surprise when Mike – after two weeks of occasionally remembering to slather on a little Kiehl's Cryste Marine Firming Eye Treatment -- announces to me from the bathroom that his crows' feet are on the major decline. It was probably the only thing that could have gotten me to put down Heat and hustle out of bed lickety-split. And sure enough, while not doing much in the promising-to-remove-dark-circles category, the skin around his eyes is now remarkably wrinkle-free. It took all of my willpower not to snatch up the jar and yell, "MINE!" (We have since agreed to share.)

Moving on. Our D.C.-area reader Ro dropped a note about the new Avon Instant Manicure Strips that apparently everyone is buzzing about (news like that doesn't make it to us here – we only follow the CNN headlines and the gossip reports – so we were very intrigued by the concept). Reports Ro: "For $8.00 you get enough strips for just one application, which kinda sucks, but it still comes out cheaper than a manicure. When first applying, it's a bit tricky to get the strips on evenly without creases, especially if you're a bit uncoordinated like me, but there are a few extra strips provided to allow for mess ups. But once they're on, you're good to go! And it lasted roughly 10 days." (Beauty Dish had a similar experience.) Ro still recommends Revlon Colorstay nail enamel even more highly, though. (We don't know much about these things since we, um, still bite our nails, and when we don't, we find ourselves gravitating again and again to the cult of Essie Ballet Slippers.) But there you have it, kids. There is just no excuse for flaky nails anymore.


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