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{Tested} Rene Furterer 4-Step Kit for Stronger and Healthier Hair

2012 April 17

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“One-hundred percent of women go through hair loss to some degree during menopause,” says Dr. Wilma Bergfeld, a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic. But what if there was a way to stop hair loss . . . or at least make your hair appear more youthful? The reps at French beauty company Rene Furterer promise that after 4 weeks of using their 4-Step Kit, you’ll have “stronger and healthier hair and scalp.” The kit includes a stimulating shampoo (retail value: $23), weekly scalp treatment (retail value: $45), concentrated serum (retail value: $67) and a dietary supplement (retail value: $39). We had five FOFs put these four products to the test to find out if they’re really the creme de la creme.

Read on to see what they thought.

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**Quick take: 4 out of 5 testers would recommend Rene Furterer to other FOFs.**

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POSEY THOMSON – Felton, CA

Were these products easy to use?
Yes–very easy.

Did you see a difference in your hair? Did your hair and/or scalp appear stronger and healthier?
Yes–a positive change. My hair is getting healthier every day.

Did your hair feel or look thicker?
When my hair is dry it definitely feels thicker.

{click here to read all the reviews!}

Did anyone comment on the appearance of your hair?
No.

Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
Yes. I can’t wait to continue using it. I really feel like it is healing my hair from the inside out. The shampoo is worth their cost because I only use a dime-size squirt of the shampoo [each time] and it is all organic. I used the scented oil mixture [Complexe5] for about five minutes, once a week before I shampoo. I only use enough on scalp to cover and no more. It has an aromatherapy-like scent. I used the RF80 vials once a week and they really made a difference in the way my hair felt–it is softer, fuller and just looks healthier.

Would you recommend these products to other FOFs?
Yes, definitely.

Please rate these products from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst.) to 5 (Loved it!).
5.

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EILEEN O’CONNOR – Ramsey, NJ

Were these products easy to use?
Yes.

Did you see a difference in your hair? Did your hair and/or scalp appear stronger and healthier?
No.

Did your hair feel or look thicker?
No.

Did anyone comment on the appearance of your hair?
No.

Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
No, I did not like the fragrance at all.

Would you recommend these products to other FOFs?
No.

Please rate these products from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst.) to 5 (Loved it!).
2.

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LORNA LOCKERT –  Fredericksburg, NY

Were these products easy to use?
Yes.

Did you see a difference in your hair? Did your hair and/or scalp appear stronger and healthier?
[Yes, my] hair is shinier and healthier looking.

Did your hair feel or look thicker?
[It’s] hard to tell–my hair is so thick already. I hope it doesn’t thicken any more.

Did anyone comment on the appearance of your hair?
My hairdresser said it looked shiny.

Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
No. I don’t want thicker hair.

Would you recommend these products to other FOFs?
Yes.

Please rate these products from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst.) to 5 (Loved it!).
4.

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ELIZABETH HERBERICK – New Milford, CT

Were these products easy to use?
Yes–very easy.

Did you see a difference in your hair? Did your hair and/or scalp appear stronger and healthier?
Yes, I did see a difference.  I actually got it cut and now it has a lot more body, too.

Did your hair feel or look thicker?
Yes.

Did anyone comment on the appearance of your hair?
My husband said it looked healthier.

Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
Yes–they are simple and do seem to help make my fine hair look and feel thicker

Would you recommend these products to other FOF members?
Yes.

Please rate these products from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst.) to 5 (Loved it!).
4.5. I am always looking and will continue to look [for the best products] but right now, these products do work!

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DONNA HART – Louisville, KY

Were these products easy to use?
Yes.

Did you see a difference in your hair? Did your hair and/or scalp appear stronger and healthier?
Yes, I didn’t lose as many hairs in the sink when I washed my hair.

Did your hair feel or look thicker?
A little bit.

Did anyone comment on the appearance of your hair?
My daughter said it looked really “full”

Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
Yes. They helped enough that for me to continue using [them].

Would you recommend these products to other FOFs?
Yes.

Please rate these products from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst.) to 5 (Loved it!).
4.

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{Test This} Molton Brown Anti-Aging Bodycare Collection

2012 April 17


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London-based beauty company Molton Brown is known for its fragrant hand and body washes; now its making a splash in the anti-aging market with a new body care collection (retail value $216) for FOFs. All the products in the collection are made from kopara, a rare ocean algae found exclusively on a coral island near Tahiti. Kopara produces exopolysaccharides to shield itself from UV rays. It can also do wonders for FOF skin, according to Molton Brown reps, who say that products formulated with this super-algae will “protect from age-accelerating pollutants, promote healthy-looking skin, and are clinically proven to reduce the signs of aging.” Sounds promising, but shall we sea for ourselves?

10 FOFs will test the entire Molton Brown anti-aging body collection formulated with kopara extract including a hand cream (retail value: $48), body cream (retail value: $89) and neck and decolletage cream (retail value: $79).

Click here to find out more about Molton Brown’s anti-aging body care collection, and then leave a comment below for a chance to test it.

P.S. Want to be guaranteed a product to test? Join the FOF Beauty Club now!
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(See all our past winners, here.) (See official rules, here.) Contest closes April 25, 2012 at midnight E.S.T.

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{Tested} LaRocca 24k Gold Anti-Aging Trio

2012 April 10

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All products from the LaRocca Skincare line are flecked with real 24K gold particles that “promote electron transfer,” with the metal ions found naturally in the skin, according to LaRocca. This causes “cell turnover,” and skin that is “smooth and rejuvenated with a youthful glow.”

Five FOFs tested a trio of skincare products from the LaRocca line (value: $195), including an Exfoliating Cream Cleanser, Daily Hydrating Moisturizer and Firming Eye Cream. Were these products the gold standard or…fools gold? Read on to see what the testers thought.

P.S. Want to be guaranteed a product to test? Join the FOF Beauty Club now!

**Quick take: 5 out of 5 testers would recommend LaRocca Skincare to other FOFs.**

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DELORES KENYON – Chattanooga, TN

Were the products easy to use?
Yes, same as my usual routine.

Did you feel a difference in your skin?
Yes, [it feels] very soft and dewy.

Did they reduce the appearance of wrinkles and puffiness around your eyes? Did they increase your skin’s moisture and elasticity?
Skin looks smoother. Elasticity is improved and there is more moisture. It also reduced puffiness–the eye cream is fantastic.

{Click here to read all the reviews!}

Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
Yes. [They were] easy to use, made my skin smoother, and I like the smell. The cleanser has small particles that made it feel like I was getting a mini facial treatment, but was not harsh. The eye cream is very rich and soothing. My favorite was the moisturizer. I didn’t want to put on makeup because my skin felt so good.

Would you recommend these products to other FOF members?
Yes.

Please rate these products from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst.) to 5 (Loved it!).
5. (Moisturizer: 5+)

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ANGIE RODRIGUEZ – Baltimore, MD

Were the products easy to use?
Yes. They were very smooth, extremely gentle and had no perfume-y smell.

Did you feel a difference in your skin?
[The products] made my skin very soft. No burning sensations after use.

Did they reduce the appearance of wrinkles and puffiness around your eyes? Did they increase your skin’s moisture and elasticity?
The wrinkles are [still] there, and I don’t believe that there is any cream in the world that can make them go away. It was more of a cleansing regime and the firming eye cream added extra moisture to the eye area and reduced puffiness.

Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
Yes, and I plan to get the toner too.

Would you recommend these products to other FOF members?
Yes, especially for those with extremely sensitive skin.

Please rate these products from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst.) to 5 (Loved it!).
5

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MARTHA GONZALES de PERATT – San Clemente, CA

Were the products easy to use?
Yes.

Did you feel a difference in your skin?
Yes.

Did they reduce the appearance of wrinkles and puffiness around your eyes? Did they increase your skin’s moisture and elasticity?
Yes.

Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
Yes, because they improved my skin’s elasticity and moisture.

Would you recommend these products to other FOF members?
Yes.

Please rate these products from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst.) to 5 (Loved it!).
4

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TINA TOW – Silver City, NM

Were the products easy to use?
Yes. They glided on.

Did you feel a difference in your skin?
Yes.

Did they reduce the appearance of wrinkles and puffiness around your eyes? Did they increase your skin’s moisture and elasticity?
Yes–[reduced wrinkles] around my eyes, mouth and forehead. It improved elasticity, increased moisture and reduced puffiness.

Did it improve your skin’s elasticity?
Yes.

Would you continue using these products?
I will continue to use this product until it is all gone.

Would you recommend these products to other FOF members?
Yes.

Please rate these products from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst.) to 5 (Loved it!).
5

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MARGO SURPRISE – Gary, IN

Were the products easy to use?
Yes. I look forward to the start of my day and end of my day with this trio of products.

Did you feel a difference in your skin?
The first time I washed my face, my skin felt relieved.

Did they reduce the appearance of wrinkles and puffiness around your eyes? Did they increase your skin’s moisture and elasticity?
The puffiness around my eyes has diminished and I have that youthful glow again.

Would you continue using these products?
Yes.

Would you recommend these products to other FOF members?
Yes, highly.

Please rate these products from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst.) to 5 (Loved it!).
5

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JOYCE MCLAUGHLIN – Norridge, IL

Were the products easy to use?
The products were extremely user friendly and had a compelling scent.

Did they reduce the appearance of wrinkles and puffiness around your eyes? Did they increase your skin’s moisture and elasticity?
Wrinkles softened and skin lines were not as profound. My skin looked and felt less irritated. It somewhat toned my face and made makeup [look] more attractive.

Would you continue using these products?
Absolutely. It’s gentle and effective.

Would you recommend these products to other FOF members?
Yes. I think everyone could benefit using these products.

Please rate these products from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst.) to 5 (Loved it!).
5–I was very pleased.

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{Test This} Mai Couture Papier Foundation

2012 April 10


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Mai Couture Makeup’s new Foundation Powder Papier (retail value: $24) comes in a pocket-sized booklet with 50 one-time-use sheets–ideal for makeup application and touch ups while you’re on the go. The powder paper comes in three shades: fair glow, golden glow and nude glow. You don’t need a makeup brush, which, according to Mai Couture, “often carries bacteria that can irritate sensitive skin.” Instead, tear off a sheet, sweep it over your face and buff and smooth out the powder to finish.

The mineral-based powder is also paraben and talc free. “It softens the appearance of imperfections, evens out skin tone and controls oil without the mess.” Sounds good on paper…but what do you think FOFs?

10 FOFs will test it. Click here to find out more about Mai Couture Foundation Powder Papier, and then leave a comment below for a chance to test it.

P.S. Want to be guaranteed a product to test? Join the FOF Beauty Club now!
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(See all our past winners, here.) (See official rules, here.) Contest closes April 18, 2012 at midnight E.S.T.

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{Tested} Cosmedix Cell ID

2012 April 3

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Cosmedix Cell ID Intensive Defense Serum is loaded with antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes and “the ultimate mitochondria extract,” which “energizes skin cells,” and in turn, helps to “reduces visible wrinkle depth…fine lines and…age spots,” according to the Cosmedix website.

But all those promises don’t come cheap–Cosmedix Cell ID retails for $100 per half ounce. We wanted to know: Is this product really worth the hefty price tag, or is it just a bottle of bull? We sent it out to 5 beauty testers who reported back, below.

**Quick take: 2 out of 5 testers would recommend Cosmedix Cell ID Intensive Defense Serum to other FOFs.**

P.S. Want to be guaranteed a product to test? Join the FOF Beauty Club now!

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Lynda Christian – Hazelwood, MO

Was this product easy to use?
Yes. The dispenser was a pump so you could measure it out more precisely.  However, toward the end [it became difficult to dispense so] I took the pump out and tried to shake out the remaining amount.

Did you notice any changes with your skin?
It reduced the appearance of the age and sun spots I have on my face. I started to see noticeable fading.

{click here to read all the reviews!}

Did you notice a difference in how your skin felt?
My face felt well hydrated and smooth, but [it could have been because] I exfoliated a few times a week as part of my normal routine.

Did you notice a difference in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles? I wish I had seen a difference in the fine lines around my eyes and the deeper wrinkles in my forehead, but I did not.

Would you continue using this product?  Why or why not?
No. It costs $100 for a very small amount. I used a dime-size portion, twice a day (per the instructions) which only allows you about a month’s supply. Also, I thought the color was an ugly yellow–almost like phlegm when you have a cold.  I was also put off by the fragrance.  There were times when I felt almost nauseous to the point where I didn’t want to use it. I asked my husband to smell it and he said, ‘It’s not that bad.’

Would you recommend it to other FOF members?
I would not recommend it.

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Christine M. Quigley – Lakewood, CO

Was this product easy to use?
Yes.

Did you notice any changes with your skin?
Minimal changes. The texture improved slightly.

Did you notice a difference in how your skin felt?
It felt a little drier, but smooth. It really dried out my skin when I applied a heavier layer–in fact, it produced dry flaky patches. I still have one above my upper lip.

Did you notice a difference in the appearance of fine lines or age spots?
No–I did not notice a difference.

Would you continue using this product?  Why or why not?
No, I did not feel it was that effective, and the stem inside the bottle broke off after two weeks of use.

Would you recommend it to other FOF members?
No.

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Constance Simon — Winston Salem, NC

Was this product easy to use?
Yes, very easy.

Did you notice any changes with your skin?
Immediately! I noticed a slight tightening of my skin. [It was] not overbearing but certainly noticeable.

Did you notice a difference in how your skin felt?
YES! The appearance, not so much, but the feel–indeed. My skin is so incredibly soft. [When] my son kisses me on my cheek, [he] compliments me on how soft my skin is…like a baby’s! Even my fiance thinks so. I do appreciate that. My skin is a combination of oily and dry, but when I use Cell ID it is perfect–it’s not oily nor dry. I don’t even have to use a moisturizer with it.

Did you notice a difference in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or age spots?
A small difference in the fine lines under and around my eyes. Others seemed to notice the difference more than I did. I don’t have any age spots, so I can’t comment on that. I don’t have many wrinkles except on my brow and I did notice my skin was slightly smoother, there.

Would you continue using this product?  Why or why not?
I will continue to use this product and will actually buy it again from time to time when I can afford it. I like having soft supple skin. I also felt like I got good UV protection from it as well.

Would you recommend it to other FOFs?
Yes. It does have a slight medicine smell, which dissipates quickly. It’s slightly expensive, but worth the results.

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Sydney Barrows–New York, N.Y.

Was this product easy to use?
Yes, but if you push the pump down the whole way, it dispenses too much. Be careful to not push it down all the way! The texture was lovely, it spread nicely, and you could do your entire face and the top part of your neck with 2/3 of a pump. One more pump will take care of the rest of the neck and the chest–perfect!

Did you notice any changes with your skin?
After about ten days, I noticed that the texture of my skin was smoother. It also looked healthier–there really was a noticeable difference.

Did you notice a difference in the way your skin felt?
It was definitely smoother, and my makeup went on more smoothly too. It acted like a primer, but it also improved your skin at the same time.

Did you notice a difference in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or age spots?
Because the skin was smoother, the fine lines were a bit less noticeable, but it did nothing for wrinkles or age spots that I could discern.

Would you continue using this product?  Why or why not?
For $30 or under–definitely, yes.  If it was more than that and I was doing well–probably yes.

Would you recommend it to other FOF members?
Yes, if you have fairly nice skin and mild wrinkles, it will definitely enhance the overall appearance of your skin, make it look smoother and healthier, and make the fine lines less noticeable. I’m not sure how effective it would be for someone who had badly damaged skin and/or bad wrinkles.

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Rhonda Grant–Yorktown, Indiana

Was this product easy to use?
Extremely easy. It was slightly tacky when first applied, but the sticky feel rapidly dissipates to a pleasant smoothness. There was a mild medicinal odor, although it was not at all offensive and disappeared once application was complete.

Did you notice any changes with your skin?
Yes, some. My skin seemed to retain moisture better. It felt extremely soft, and the usual oiliness seemed to lessen.

Did you notice a difference in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or age spots?
I did not see a large difference in fine lines, wrinkles or age spots.  Actually, the pores on my between-the-eye area and on my nose were more noticeable while using the product.

Would you continue using this product?  Why or why not?
Probably not.  The [minimal] changes were not worth the price.

Would you recommend it to other FOF members?
I do not believe I could, with good conscience, recommend this product to others.

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{Test This} Dr. Dennis Gross Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel

2012 April 3


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Dr. Dennis Gross, MD, is a renowned New York dermatologist with a roster of celebrity patients. In the early 90s, he launched his first at-home product, the Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel, designed to bring his signature, skin perfecting formula to the rest of us. Since then, his skin empire has expanded to hundreds of products, but the Alpha Beta Peel is still his #1 best-seller. Now, he’s launched a new Extra Strength version (retail value: $88 for 30 applications), designed to help those women who haven’t responded to other peels.

The two-step peel comes in the form of two containers of pre-soaked towelettes (similar to makeup remover pads.) Step one contains a proprietary blend of five different acids, including Alpha and Beta Hydroxy that Dr. Dennis Gross promises will minimize the appearance of pores, wrinkles and fine lines, and leave you with firmer, brighter, more even skin. Step two contains retinol, natural antioxidants–such as Resveratrol and green tea extract–and Genistien, an ingredient in soy extract that boosts collagen production and also soothes the skin. Sounds apeeling but does it actually work?

6 FOFs will test it. Click here to find out more about Dr. Dennis Gross’ Extra Strength Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel, and then leave a comment below for a chance to test it.

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(See all our past winners, here.) (See official rules, here.) Contest closes April 13, 2012 at midnight E.S.T.

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{Tested} Glytone Anti-Aging Trio

2012 March 27


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Glytone’s new anti-aging set–a serum, daytime moisturizing cream and an eye cream–will “significantly reduce the visible signs of aging,” according to Glytone’s marketing materials. The products all contain a patented glycolic acid system, formulated to be as effective as the glycolic exfoliating treatments you’d find in a doctor’s office. The products are also packed with Vitamins C and E and boast some unconventional antioxidants like Red Tea Flavonoids and Licorice Extract, said to “offset everyday environmental damage from sun exposure, pollution and stress.”

Six FOFs put the $258-value set to the test. Was it three cheers for this trio?
**Quick take: 6 / 6 testers would recommend Glytone’s Anti-Aging Trio**

P.S. Want to be guaranteed a product to test? Join the FOF Beauty Club now!

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Eoan Russell – Jersey City, NJ

Was this product easy to use?
Extremely easy. After cleansing with the mild gel cleanser, the anti-aging serum, cream and eye cream were light and easy to apply.

Did you notice any changes in your skin?
My skin appeared softer and smoother. The fine lines on my nose appeared to decrease in size. I have very sensitive skin and most products make me break out, but not with these products.

{click here to read all the reviews!}

What changes did you notice?
I noticed that after application, my enlarged pores appeared smaller. My skin became smoother and the fine lines around my nose seemed less pronounced.

Did you think these products helped to eliminate fine lines wrinkles, and uneven skin tones and textures?
The product did not eliminate uneven skin tones or fine lines, but made the unevenness appear less uneven and my enlarged pores seem smaller.

Would you continue using these products – why or why not?
Yes.

Would you recommend them to other FOF members?
Yes. I saw so much change over the short period of time that I used this product, that I’ve stopped using my previous anti-aging products.

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Ruta Fox – Greenville, SC

Were these products easy to use?
Yes. The instructions were clear. Nothing unusual.

Did you notice any changes in your skin? (Tone, feel, quality, moisture, wrinkles, etc.)
Yes, I thought my skin improved a lot with visible changes.

What changes did you notice?
My skin was clearer, tighter, refreshed and more renewed. I seemed to get less pimples too.

Do you think these products helped to eliminate fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone and texture?
Yes, my skin looked smoother. It was more toned and had a better texture.

Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
Yes, they definitely work. My only concern was that for the price, it wasn’t really a “luxurious” experience. There was no fragrance in the products and the serum was a little “watery.” Additionally, the caps on the two bottles of serum and moisturizer were interchangeable. I put the wrong one on the serum and could not get it off, so the glass dropper on the serum broke.

Would you recommend them to other FOF members?
Yes, it’s a good line for people who don’t want any fragrance in their products.

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Lelani Rogers – Fayetteville, GA

Were these products easy to use?
Yes, very easy.

Did you notice any changes in your skin? (Tone, feel, quality, moisture, wrinkles, etc.)
Yes.

What changes did you notice?
After 3 weeks, my skin started to look different–more clear and clean.

Do you think these products helped to eliminate fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone and texture?
I can’t say that it eliminated any wrinkles, maybe fine baby wrinkles. It did not get rid of age spots, but overall it definitely improved the texture, tone, look and feel of my face.

Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
I will definitely finish what I have left. The cost is high. I probably would not spend that kind of money for 6-8 weeks of skincare, but maybe, because I definitely see improvement.

Would you recommend them to other FOF members?
Yes. You have to be disciplined–wash and apply 3 products in the morning. In the evening wash your face again and apply the eye cream.

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Cynthia Knisley – Sparta, MI

Were these products easy to use?
Yes.

Did you notice any changes in your skin? (Tone, feel, quality, moisture, wrinkles, etc.)
My skin felt smoother to the touch. I believe the glycolic acid removed the dead dry skin cells and helped my other products to penetrate better.

What changes did you notice?
Improved appearance of existing wrinkles and a brighter, clearer, younger appearance.

Do you think these products helped to eliminate fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone and texture?
I think it helped prevent further aging.

Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
Most certainly.

Would you recommend them to other FOF members?
Yes, as long as they don’t have sensitive skin. Glycolic acid can be harsh on sensitive skin.

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Sue Roberts – Polk City, FL

Were these products easy to use?
Yes, very easy.

Did you notice any changes in your skin? (Tone, feel, quality, moisture, wrinkles, etc.)
The overall quality of my skin has improved.

What changes did you notice?
Fine lines are less noticeable, deep wrinkles have improved and the area around my eyes appears to be brighter. The biggest difference is in the evenness of the tone. My acne scars, sun damage and age spots seem to have improved the most.

Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
I would love to continue to use these products, and have made an appointment with the dermatologist to try and do just that. Based on the improvement in my skin, I believe it would be worth the investment.

Would you recommend them to other FOF members?
I would highly recommend them to anyone willing to put in the time. You will not have drastic or immediate results, but you will get results. We took before and after pictures and there is a definite difference.

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Sharron Ledrick – Richland Hills, TX

Were these products easy to use?
Yes.

Did you notice any changes in your skin? (Tone, feel, quality, moisture, wrinkles, etc.)
Very few.

What changes did you notice?
None significant enough to point out.

Do you think these products helped to eliminate fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone and texture?
Not really. I liked the eye cream the best–it seemed to glide on. I noticed some slight peeling from the other two products.

Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
I would continue using the eye cream. The other two products, I am not so sure.

Would you recommend them to other FOF members?
Yes, I would. My skin is very dry, and this might be the reason I couldn’t see a big difference. One complaint–the red paint on the anti-aging serum bottle was peeling off and got on my face.

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{Test This} Gray Disappear

2012 March 27

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“There’s no reason for your grays to show with so many excellent touch-up products on the market,” says Lois Joy Johnson, a beauty and fashion director for over 30 years.

Enter Gray Disappear (retail value: $15.99)  from Generation Klean. This touch-up hair mascara comes in four shades (gold, blaze, espresso and onyx) and according to the company, it “will cover grays in seconds…no muss, no fuss.”

The product is also rich in antioxidants and vitamin E and it’s paraben-, sulfate- and propylene glycol-free. It’s not permanent and “rinses out with just shampoo.” Sounds like answer to our hairs…er…prayers. But, let’s get to the root of it:  Is Gray Disappear a wonder wand or a washout?

7 FOFs will test it. Click here to find out more about Gray Disappear, and then leave a comment below for a chance to test it.

P.S. Want to be guaranteed a product to test? Join the FOF Beauty Club now!

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(See all our past winners, here.) (See official rules, here.) Contest closes April 4, 2012 at midnight E.S.T.

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{Tested} Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Masque

2012 March 20


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Eminence Organics skin products are about as “green” as you can get. Their average “ingredients” label reads more like a Whole Foods shopping list, with items such as blueberry oil, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate, cloves and rosemary–all sourced from organic, sustainable farms powered with wind and solar energy. Every Eminence product is free of common irritants such as parabens, animal by-products, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulphates, harmful colorants and fragrances and petroleum.

Eminence say that its Strawberry Rhubarb Masque (retail value: $52) will “hydrate, plump and replenish skin with juicy strawberries, calming rhubarb and restoring hyaluronic acid.” So what did our FOF testers think?

Quick take: 4/4 testers would recommend this product to other FOFs.

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WENDY VANHATTEN

Did this product work for you?
Yes, the product worked for me. My skin was softer, less dry, smoother, and in general better feeling. It appeared to look better as well, although it is hard to tell after only two uses. I would be better qualified to talk about this after a couple of weeks.

{click here to read all the reviews!}

What did you think of the fragrance?
Pleasant and not overwhelming.

Would you use it again?
Definitely. Since I like my skin to feel and look great, I believe this is a product that could help. I am in the sun quite a bit in the spring and summer and do use sunscreen. It will be interesting to see how it works then.

Would you recommend it to other FOF members?
Yes.

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ALEXIS MARNEL

Did this product work for you?
My skin was softer, and I LOVED the fragrance, but I did not see much of a difference in my skin. Usually after a masque my skin looks very revitalized and refreshed, and although it felt that way, it didn’t do much for the appearance.

Would you use it again?
I do not think I would use it again.

Would you recommend it to other FOF members?
I would recommend this to FOF members whose skin problem is dry skin as that seems to be the target of this product, but if one is looking for some exfoliation or a better cleaning, I would not recommend it.

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JOYE LABRUYERE

Did this product work for you?
Yes, I really liked the product, it smelled really nice, but I felt it was a little bit drying.

Would you use it again?
I would try it again in the summertime.

Would you recommend it to other FOF members?
Yes

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RUTH JAMES

Did this product work for you?
I left this sitting on my kitchen counter for way too long because I was a bit hesitant about an organic product. Would it smell? Yes. Like strawberry ice cream. I washed my face, and just slathered it on–including around my eyes and on my lips. I have extremely sensitive skin, but this was of lovely creamy texture and did NOT burn! I left it on for about a half an hour while doing chores, and after I rinsed it off, my skin (and lips) felt sooo soft and smooth. There was no blotchiness or irritation–just soft smooth skin.

Would you use it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes! Two thumbs up, five stars. Where can I buy it?

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{Test this} Super Booster Whitening Pen

2012 March 20


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“Teeth can discolor with age, turning yellow or brown,” says Dr. Pia Lieb, a leading authority in cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. An inconvenient tooth of aging, yes, but you don’t have to accept it. Whitening Lightning, the manufacturers of the Super Booster Whitening Pen (retail value: $79), claims its product can whiten teeth up to 7-10 shades in two weeks.

“Just paint it on your teeth and let it dry for a minute,” says the Whitening Lightning website. “It will whiten your teeth while you sleep.” The pen, formulated with 16% hydrogen peroxide, dissolves difficult to remove stains without any damage to the tooth enamel, freshens breath, kills bacteria and restores teeth to natural white, say the manufacturers. Are they telling white lies or is it all smiles for this “super” whitening pen? Tell us!

10 FOFs will test it. Click here to find out more about the Super Booster Whitening Pen, and then leave a comment below for a chance to test it.

P.S. Want to be guaranteed a product to test? Join the FOF Beauty Club now!

(See all our past winners, here.) (See official rules, here.) Contest closes March 28, 2012 at midnight E.S.T.

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