{Tested} Beecology Buzz Balm and Honey Hand and Body Cream

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Beecology products are made with all-natural, renewable ingredients (no parabens or preservatives) including honey and wax from a Cleveland family’s own hives. In 2011, Beecology products were listed in Cleveland Magazine’s “Best of” issue and picked up by Whole Foods. We wanted to find out–is there truth behind the buzz?

So, we sent our FOF testers two products, Buzz Balm, a natural remedy for chapped lips, and Honey Hand and Body Cream, a “never-greasy,” moisturizer made from cupuacu (tropical fruit), shea butter and Beecology’s own honey. Were these products the bee’s knees? Read on.

Quick take: 5 out of 7 testers would recommend Beecology hand and body cream to other FOFs. 3 out of 7 testers would recommend Beecology lip balm to other FOFs.

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Nelli Douglas–Ontario, O.R.

Did these products effectively moisturize your hands and lips?
Yes.

What do you think about the fact that they are fragrance and preservative free?
I don’t have any allergies, so I would have preferred a light scent.

Did you notice any changes in your skin and lips? What changes did you notice?
A big difference in my hands–within two or three days the chapped appearance was gone and they felt much softer. I did not notice a big change in my lips–I didn’t feel the balm was penetrating my lips and had to use it quite often for them to continue feeling soft.

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Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
Yes. I suffer from dry, chapped hands with cracks near my fingernails. I have not seen any sign of these conditions [since I started using the products]. I will also continue to use the lip balm, because I like the peppermint tingle after applying it.

Would you recommend them to other FOFs?
I would recommend the hand and body cream especially for people who suffer from dry skin. The lip balm was great but didn’t give me any better results than other brands.

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Linda Paul–Catasauqua, P.A.

Did these products effectively moisturize your hands and lips?
Yes. The hand and body cream was especially effective.

What do you think about the fact that they are fragrance and preservative free?
I actually missed a fragrance. The lack of preservatives does not matter to me.

Did you notice any changes in your skin and lips? What changes did you notice?
I noticed a tingling when applying the lip moisturizer which I did not particularly care for. The hand and body cream left my hands soft and smooth.

Do you think these products are a good way to achieve smooth skin on your hands, body and lips?
I did not like the tingling from the lip balm.  The hand and body cream was not greasy and was quickly absorbed. It left my skin very soft and smooth.

Would you continue using these products?  Why or why not?
I would probably not use the lip balm. The hand and body cream was delightful and I would continue to use it, although it would be better with a light, floral scent.

Would you recommend them to other FOFs?
Definitely the hand and body cream, but not the lip balm.

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Sarah Baldwin–South Thomaston, M.E.

Did these products effectively moisturize your hands and lips?
Yes.

What do you think about the fact that they are fragrance and preservative free?
Preservative-free products are very important to me. I loved the natural, sweet, honey smell of the hand cream. I shared the cream with my staff and they all agreed.

Did you notice any changes in your skin and lips? What changes did you notice?
My skin and lips feel soft and moisturized while using these products. The lip balm soothed my chapped lips although the peppermint was too strong. I did not like the tingling, burning sensation.

Would you continue using these products?  Why or why not?
I would continue using the hand cream because it works, smells wonderful and best of all, is all-natural, free of petroleum and preservatives. I would not continue to use the lip balm because I did not like the strong sensation left by the peppermint.

Would you recommend them to other FOFs?
I would recommend the hand cream without hesitation. I’d recommend the lip balm, only if you like the tingling sensation of mint.

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Kim Sortet–Mooresville, I.N.

Did these products effectively moisturize your hands and lips?
The hand and body cream wasn’t very moisturizing. The lip balm was very moisturizing – love it!

What do you think about the fact that they are fragrance and preservative free?
I have extremely sensitive skin, eczema and am deathly allergic to fragrance and preservatives, so this is very important.

Did you notice any changes in your skin and lips?
The lip balm is the real winner. [It had a] pleasant peppermint smell and feel–very soothing!

Do you think these products are a good way to achieve smooth skin on your hands, body and lips? Lips only.

Would you continue using these products?
Yes. It is so hard for me to find a fragrance-free product, let alone, preservative-free.

Would you recommend them to other FOFs
Absolutely!

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Patricia Marinace–Bayville, N.Y.

Did these products effectively moisturize your hands and lips?
The hand and body cream was an effective moisturizer, but felt greasy. I thought the lip balm was a good barrier for moisture loss (it prevented by lips from becoming chapped) but not a very good moisturizer–it felt waxy.

What do you think about the fact that they are fragrance and preservative free?
Frankly, I did not like the fragrance of either product, especially the lip balm. They both had a petroleum smell.

Did you notice any changes in your skin and lips?
Immediate changes–notably my hands and lips felt smoother, but the lasting effects were no better than any other product I’ve used.

Would you continue using these products?
I will finish using these products, but would not purchase them in the future.

Would you recommend them to other FOF members?
No. I feel there are other products on the market that are superior to these. I think that FOFs are looking for, and can afford a more effective, more pleasant smelling product. This product did not say luxury to me at all.

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Darcy Roederer–Cedar Rapids, I.A.

Did these products effectively moisturize your hands and lips?
Yes, but I enjoyed the lip balm more then the hand cream.

What do you think about the fact that they are fragrance and preservative free?
The hand and body cream smelled very olivey! I happen to love olives, so after awhile, I didn’t mind it. The lip balm didn’t seem to have any smell and I enjoyed it tremendously! The fact that both are preservative-free is great. With all the chemicals that we are exposed to, it is nice that Beecology products are more natural!

Did you notice any changes in your skin and lips?
I didn’t really notice any difference on my hands and forearms. I liked that the cream isn’t greasy at all. I noticed a difference on my lips when using the balm. They were much softer and smoother.

Would you continue using these products?  Why or why not?
Yes, [I’d continue to use] the lip balm but not the hand cream because of the smell and I didn’t see much improvement.

Would you recommend them to other FOFs?
Yes, the lip balm.

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Michele Marrucco–Stamford, C.T.

Did these products effectively moisturize your hands and lips?
I really loved the hand and body cream, it felt like it was moisturizing, without being sticky. I liked the lip balm, and felt it worked well. It also did not feel sticky, a huge plus.

What do you think about the fact that they are fragrance and preservative free?
I would have loved to have some fragrance. I liked that it had no preservatives, it made me feel that it was safe and clean.

Did you notice any changes in your skin and lips?
I looked forward to moisturizing with the cream. I used it on my elbows, hands and feet. It felt really good after the shower and on my legs after shaving. It was light enough to put clothes or hose on immediately.

Did you notice any changes in your skin and lips?
Yes–a smoother body and hands. I would use the lip balm when my lips are severely chapped.

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

Would you recommend them to other FOFs?
Yes–very nice products.

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{Tested} ResVitale Collagen Enhance

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We’ve all heard that there are health benefits to drinking red wine . . . in moderation. (Put that bottle down, FOF.) Resvitale created a line of supplements that provide high concentrations of resveratrol–red wine’s potent anti-oxidant–so you can harness its benefits without becoming a lush. Seven of our members tested Resvitale’s Collagen Enhance 1000 mg, a daily oral supplement that combines resveratrol, hyaluronic acid and collagen proteins. Resvitale claims it will “restore your skin’s elasticity . . .” and “diminish fine lines and wrinkles.” But what did our FOF testers think?

Quick take: 5 out of 7 testers would recommend this to other FOFs.

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SHIRLEY RAMIREZ – New York, NY

Was this product easy to use?
Yes–very. I started to take two pills a day but then increased it to four for more intense benefits

Did you notice any changes in your skin?
Yes, my skin felt firmer, and I received some compliments about my skin from people who didn’t know that I was using this. Two people at work commented that my skin looked nice and glowing.

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Did this product diminish fine lines and wrinkles?
Yes, I am noticing that lines are not as deep, and I have an overall glow to my skin.

Would you continue using this product? Why or why not?
Yes, I would continue to use it because of the compliments that I received after only a short time. I am hopeful that I will see even better results as I continue to use it.

Would you recommend it to other FOF members?
Yes, I would recommend this product as an additional supplement to whatever you are already using for your skin.

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FRAN SHERRELL – Niceville, FL

Was this product easy to use?
Yes, the capsules were very easy to use–two a day (after lunch and after dinner).

Did you notice any changes in your skin?
I suffer from occasional bouts of mild rosacea….but I don’t think my face was as red while taking the capsules. Maybe it was my imagination, but my symptoms were milder!

Did this product diminish fine lines and wrinkles?
My skin did seem to be “plumper”…. (I’m not sure that just 20 days use would bring any dramatic changes.)

Would you continue using this product? Why or why not?
Oh yes, I would continue. From all I read about the benefits of resveratrol and collagen supplements, I would love to take it on a regular basis. BUT—I checked the cost online, and thought it was probably more expensive than I could pay on a monthly basis!! Perhaps I would be forced to cut back to one capsule a day—because of the high cost.

Would you recommend it to other FOF members?
YES

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DIANE BILIS – Dudley, MA

Was this product easy to use?
Yes, took it in the a.m. with my breakfast

Did you notice any changes in your skin?
Yes, it had a glow.

Did this product diminish fine lines and wrinkles?
No, but I think over time it would. I will try it for longer on my own.

Would you continue using this product? Why or why not?
Yes. I will purchase this product at the GNC store.

Would you recommend it to other FOF members?
Yes, if you’re committed I think you will like the results.

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TINA JENSEN – Milwaukee, WI

Was this product easy to use?
Very easy to use …. I ingested the two capsules every morning after breakfast. I especially like the fact that this formula is a powerhouse of anti-oxidant ingredients, does not have any preservatives, is free of possible allergens and artificial colors and is also gluten free.

Did you notice any changes in your skin?

I am very pleased with the noticeable, positive changes in my skin after using the ResVitale Collagen Enhance supplement for 21 days. My skin has improved significantly; the texture, radiance, tone and color all reflecting the look of much younger skin. My fine lines and wrinkles are much softer –more blurred and less pronounced. Even the pores of my skin are finer, and I have naturally larger pores and combination sensitive aging skin. My hair also feels and looks markedly healthier, shinier and silkier. A friend who I haven’t seen in a few months just commented how great my skin looks and mentioned that it’s amazing that I have no wrinkles!

Would you continue using this product?
I definitely want to continue using this product, because I feel that my face, neck, and decollete all look better and my skin is so much smoother, clearer and youthful looking.

Would you recommend it to other FOF members?
I feel that it is a very worthwhile product for all Fab over Fifty members and anyone who wants to look younger and healthier naturally. A great addition to anyone’s anti-aging arsenal!

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SHARON MURNER – Clayton, OH

Was this product easy to use?
Since I had to take just 2 capsules a day it was extremely easy to use. I took all the capsules in the bottle – 30 days worth.

Did you notice any changes in your skin?
I didn’t notice very much of a change.

Did this product diminish fine lines and wrinkles?
The fine lines may have filled in some, but the wrinkles are still there.

Would you continue using this product? Why or why not?
No, I would not continue to take the product. After 30 days there was extremely little change and as it is $39.99 a bottle for a month’s supply, it is cost prohibitive for someone on a fixed income. I did like the fact that it was all organic and vegan.

Would you recommend it to other FOF members?
Since it only took some of the lines away I probably would not recommend it to other FOF members. Maybe if someone continued to use the product they might see more of a change.

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STEFANIE SIMMONS – Pensacola, FL

Was this product easy to use?
The product was easy to use (just pop 2 easy to swallow pills) each day.

Did you notice any changes in your skin?
I really did not notice any changes in my skin, either by sight, or touch.

Did this product diminish fine lines and wrinkles?
I also did not notice any change in lines/or wrinkles, although I have very minimal to start with.

Would you continue using this product? Why or why not?
I am actually going to continue using the product. I feel that 20 days is not enough of a chance to give this supplement adequate time. I will keep using it for another couple of months to see if there is improvement in my skin.

Would you recommend it to other FOF members?
I don’t think at this time, I could recommend this product. It is quite expensive at $40.00 a bottle for a one month supply.

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ALYSON WIDEN – Shaker Heights, OH

Was this product easy to use?
Easy to use as I took 2 in the morning with my multivitamin.

Did you notice any changes in your skin?
My skin was less dry.

Did this product diminish fine lines and wrinkles?
My across the forehead wrinkles are barely there. I figure with more time, it will work around the eyes and those deeper lines around the mouth and neck.

Would you continue using this product? Why or why not?
I would continue this product because I have plenty of lines that aren’t so funny on my face, neck and other parts. I feel less achy and more peppy, too.

Would you recommend it to other FOF members?
I recommend ResVitale Collagen Enhance and will get more from GNC since it’s a gradual change in the wrinkles over time.

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{Product Review} Instant Breast Lifts by Bring It Up

What goes up must come down…until now!? Bring It Up Instant Breast Lifts (retail price: $20 for a pack of 8 pairs, sizes A-D, or 3 pairs, sizes D and larger) are crescent-shaped, transparent, waterproof and hypoallergenic adhesives that work by lifting the breasts from the top. The manufacturer claims these lifters can raise breasts up to six inches. We sent the potentially gravity-defying devices to real FOFs to test. Were these “lifters” . . . downers? Or the most uplifting breast enhancement product around? Read on…

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What is your bra size and how would you categorize your breast shape? Do you have trouble with sagging breasts?
My bra size is 36D and I have very saggy, heavy breasts.

What were the Instant Breast Lifts like to apply and remove?
They were very easy to apply and remove.

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How long did you wear the Instant Breast Lifts? Did the Instant Breast Lifts hold up all day, or did they lose strength as the day went on?
I wore them all day and they held up the whole time.

Were the Breast Lifts comfortable? Would you use this product on a daily basis, or just for special occasions?
Extremely comfortable! I forgot I was wearing them. I think I would save them for special occasions and for clingy outfits.

What difference did you notice in your breasts after applying the Instant Breast Lifts? Were they lifted as much as you expected?
I was so surprised at how much my breasts could be lifted! When I first applied the product I just lifted them a little bit (what I expected this lightweight tape could handle) but I readjusted the lifts to be higher to see if they would hold–and they absolutely did! I haven’t had perky breasts in over 20 years–until now!

Do you think the Instant Breast Lift is worth $20?
I think it is a necessity for special occasions and would pay that for them.

If you were to describe this product to your friends, what would you say?
I’d let them see how I look wearing them, describe the ease of the application and how great I feel.

Are there any garments that you think the Instant Breast Lifts wouldn’t work under?
I think the only limitation would be if they were worn under a fabric such as heavy wool–a bra [would be better because it] creates a barrier between your skin and the fabric.

What was your overall experience with the product?
I really liked the lifts. I wore them under a tight jersey turtleneck that was fairly form-fitting. I was comfortable all day long and loved the way I felt.

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What is your bra size and how would you categorize your breast shape? Do you have trouble with sagging breasts?
I’m a 32B and my breasts are starting to slide–the tops are getting flatter and the bottoms are getting lower!

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What were the Instant Breast Lifts like to apply and remove?
At first I was worried that they wouldn’t hold well, and then I was worried about pulling my skin getting them off.

How long did you wear the Instant Breast Lifts? Did the Instant Breast Lifts hold up all day, or did they lose strength as the day went on?
They held all day.

Were the Breast Lifts comfortable? Would you use this product on a daily basis, or just for special occasions?
I actually forgot I had them on, and I liked not having to worry about a bra line on my back! I probably wouldn’t wear them every day because I’m a bit self-conscious about my size and because I’d be concerned that the top skin would stretch with all of the weight put on that area. but I would definitely wear them for special occasions.

What difference did you notice in your breasts after applying the Instant Breast Lifts? Were they lifted as much as you expected?
They gave me back the beautiful shape my breasts used to have!

Do you think the Instant Breast Lift is worth $20?
Not if you were going to wear them every day. I wonder if you could use this same concept to design a lined half cup to help support and shape the bottom? You could have a bit of extra fill for ‘little girls’ like me, plus add a nipple cover to the top front. The combination would be great!

[Note from Bring it Up: “We do have reusable Breast Shapers too that can be worn up to 25 times and they do cover the nipple.  They provide lift by using the same patented “lift from the top” method as the Breast Lifts do.  For women cup size D and UNDER, these are wonderful.”]

If you were to describe this product to your friends, what would you say?
These are a way to go bra-less without sagging!

Are there any garments that you think the Instant Breast Lifts wouldn’t work under?
Anything low cut–I’d be too apprehensive that the lifts could be seen and wouldn’t feel comfortable.

What was your overall experience with the product?
I was pleased with the performance and look achieved (except that I wish I had more to lift!)
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What is your bra size and how would you categorize your breast shape? Do you have trouble with sagging breasts?
42DD–they have gone south, definitely!

What were the Instant Breast Lifts like to apply and remove?
Super easy.

How long did you wear the Instant Breast Lifts? Did the Instant Breast Lifts hold up all day, or did they lose strength as the day went on?
They worked great all day. I even tested mine without wearing a bra. I said to my spouse, ‘notice anything?’ He noticed!

Were the Breast Lifts comfortable? Would you use this product on a daily basis, or just for special occasions?
I would use daily but I am saving them for special use.

What difference did you notice in your breasts after applying the Instant Breast Lifts? Were they lifted as much as you expected?
I felt ‘perky’ and was amazed that they lifted so much.

Do you think the Instant Breast Lift is worth $20?
Yes.

If you were to describe this product to your friends, what would you say?
How would you like to feel 16 again?

Are there any garments that you think the Instant Breast Lifts wouldn’t work under?
You may notice them under something really clingy.

What was your overall experience with the product?
It was nice to test something before spending the money. I really enjoyed it.

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What is your bra size and how would you categorize your breast shape? Do you have trouble with sagging breasts?
40D–sagging breasts, but full in shape.

What were the Instant Breast Lifts like to apply and remove?
Easy to apply and remove.

How long did you wear the Instant Breast Lifts? Did the Instant Breast Lifts hold up all day, or did they lose strength as the day went on?
I wore them for 2 hours. They held up for the entire time.

Were the Breast Lifts comfortable? Would you use this product on a daily basis, or just for special occasions?
They were comfortable. I would only use these for special occasions or clothing that I could not wear with a bra.

What difference did you notice in your breasts after applying the Instant Breast Lifts? Were they lifted as much as you expected?
Since I had breast cancer and radiation on one breast, I wanted to lift up the other breast to match the irradiated one (radiation caused one of breasts to tighten and lift). The product did lift my other breast to the same level as the irradiated breast. However, it didn’t lift it as much as I had expected. It seemed the product was too small for the size of my breast. I believe if it had been larger, I might have gotten a more complete lift. I was disappointed because the product caused a crease in the top part of my breast – in order to get the lift.

Do you think the Instant Breast Lift is worth $20?
Not in my case, but perhaps for a woman with smaller breasts it might work better.

If you were to describe this product to your friends, what would you say?
It is an amazing, lightweight product with potential to provide lift for smaller breasts.

Are there any garments that you think the Instant Breast Lifts wouldn’t work under?
Because of the indentation, the breast lifts wouldn’t be appropriate under clothing that shows the outline of the breast, such as [garments made from] jersey, lightweight knits or slinky material.

What was your overall experience with the product?
I hoped this product would allow me to wear tops without a bra by giving me lift. Unfortunately, an indentation it caused in my breast looked abnormal and was unacceptable.

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What is your bra size and how would you categorize your breast shape? Do you have trouble with sagging breasts?
My bra size is 40DD and shaped like “watermelon-has beens” [according to this infographic from the Woman’s Elan Vital blog]. I have a fair amount of side boobage, too. And yes, there is sagging, but I can’t tuck them in my waistband yet.

What were the Instant Breast Lifts like to apply and remove?
They were hard to put on without messing up the tape, better when I used a tall bureau to steady my ‘watermelons’ on. They were not hard to take off.

How long did you wear the Instant Breast Lifts? Did the Instant Breast Lifts hold up all day, or did they lose strength as the day went on?
I wore them all day, but they lost their strength as the day went on. They were comfortable. Perhaps I wouldn’t use them for daily wear, but certainly for special occasions!

What difference did you notice in your breasts after applying the Instant Breast Lifts? Were they lifted as much as you expected?
They didn’t lift as much as I hoped. It is possible that with practice I could get them up better, but, I still need a bra.

If you were to describe this product to your friends, what would you say?
I would suggest they try them. I would say the lifts are like Saran Wrap, that can help with those annoying uneven points, or, for my friends with less boobage, they could bring them up, up and away.

Are there any garments that you think the Instant Breast Lifts wouldn’t work under?
Since the directions tell you how to handle low cut outfits and swimsuits and they have accessories for nipple coverage, I think you could wear them under anything, with or without a bra.

What was your overall experience with the product?
Overall, I enjoyed my experience. For larger, heavier breasts with side boobage, perhaps a thicker material might work better. I am attending two weddings in 2012 and I am hoping to perfect the use of these.

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What is your bra size and how would you categorize your breast shape? Do you have trouble with sagging breasts?
My bra size is 34DD and round, but, at age 61, gravity has pulled them down. Also, since I’ve had a lumpectomy on one side, that breast is a little smaller and firmer.
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What were the Instant Breast Lifts like to apply and remove?
Application was problematic. As soon as you take off the adhesive backing on the half that connects above the areola, the lift starts sticking to itself, kind of like packing tape. When you get that figured out, and apply the lift in position, then you have to reach in to remove the upper half of the tape, which loosens the bottom half a bit. As you pull up on the top half, the breast does lift, but if you are well endowed, there is a limit to how high you can pull them up. You only get one try–if you feel that you have not placed them properly, and want to move the top half for better positioning, it is no longer sticky. Removal was easy.

How long did you wear the Instant Breast Lifts? Did the Instant Breast hold up all day, or did they lose strength as the day went on?
I wore the breast lifts for a couple of hours, but, they did not make much of a difference. They stayed in place, until I removed them.

Were the Breast Lifts comfortable? Would you use this product on a daily basis, or just for special occasions?
The breast lifts were not uncomfortable, although I did feel that something was sticking to my skin and pulling at me. Even if they did the trick (which they did not), I would not use them on a daily basis, and highly doubt that I would use them for special occasions.

What difference did you notice in your breasts after applying the Instant Breast Lifts? Were they lifted as much as you expected?
I really wish I could give more hope to well endowed FOFs, but the lift they gave, if at all, was very minimum, and in fact, they actually flattened out the breasts on top.

Do you think the Instant Breast Lift is worth $20?
Maybe for smaller-breasted women. I’d rather invest my money in some very good bras.

If you were to describe this product to your friends, what would you say?
Sounds great in theory, but in practice, it didn’t work.

What was your overall experience with the product?
The idea of lifting from above is a good one, but in this case, it didn’t give me any lift.

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What is your bra size and how would you categorize your breast shape? Do you have trouble with sagging breasts?
My bra size is 38DD. Of course the girls are hanging low, I’m over 50!

What were the Instant Breast Lifts like to apply and remove?
Yes.

How long did you wear the Instant Breast Lifts? Did the Instant Breast hold up all day, or did they lose strength as the day went on?
I wore the lifts and my bra, to a company Christmas party. They certainly seemed in place at the end of the party but I don’t know if they would have been that way if I didn’t have a bra on too.

Were the Breast Lifts comfortable? Would you use this product on a daily basis, or just for special occasions?
The lifts were comfortable– I forgot I had them on and slept all night with them. I would use them for special occasions.

What difference did you notice in your breasts after applying the Instant Breast Lifts? Were they lifted as much as you expected?
Because my breasts are large, I didn’t really expect much from the lifts, especially after reading on the package that if you are a size D or larger you need to wear a bra along with the lifts. However, I got about a ½ an inch lift when I put them on.

Do you think the Instant Breast Lift is worth $20?
I think for $20 it’s worth the price for a little help on special occasions.

If you were to describe this product to your friends, what would you say?
They blend in with your skin and really do provide lift.

What was your overall experience with the product?
I was surprised that the lifts helped. I’m interested to try them with a sundress and no bra because it would be nice not to have straps showing.

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What is your bra size and how would you categorize your breast shape? Do you have trouble with sagging breasts?
I wear a 38D and my breasts have started sagging in the past year.

What were the Instant Breast Lifts like to apply and remove?
There was a learning curve figuring out how to apply the product to achieve a natural looking lift. Pulling up on the skin while situating the top half of the sticky side took about three attempts. [They were] easily removed.

How long did you wear the Instant Breast Lifts? Did the Instant Breast hold up all day, or did they lose strength as the day went on?
I wore them for approximately 7 hours and they held up like champs.

Were the Breast Lifts comfortable? Would you use this product on a daily basis, or just for special occasions?
They were comfortable once I got used to them but I would probably only use this product with an outfit that makes hiding a bra difficult.

What difference did you notice in your breasts after applying the Instant Breast Lifts? Were they lifted as much as you expected?
My breasts were indeed lifted, however, a section of my skin wrinkled when I achieved the amount of lift I wanted for the top I was wearing–not desirable.

If you were to describe this product to your friends, what would you say?
Nice product for the price. Give the girls a lift for that sexy dress without worrying about bra lines.

Are there any garments that you think the Instant Breast Lifts wouldn’t work under?
No.

What was your overall experience with the product?
I think the lifts would be more likely to produce a desired effect if my breast size was smaller than a 38D. I didn’t care for the wrinkly divot in my skin that appeared.

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What is your bra size and how would you categorize your breast shape? Do you have trouble with sagging breasts?
38DD full and round.

Do you have trouble with sagging breasts?
A little.

How long did you wear the Instant Breast Lifts?
For 2 days.

What were the Instant Breast Lifts like to apply and remove?
At first I had a little trouble getting them on, but the next time was much easier. Removing them was very easy.

Were the Breast Lifts comfortable? Would you use this product on a daily basis, or just for special occasions?
They were comfortable but I would probably only use them for special occasions.

What difference did you notice in your breasts after applying the Instant Breast Lifts? Were they lifted as much as you expected?
It made them look lifted, but not as much as I would have thought. It kind of changed the shape of the breasts.

Do you think the Instant Breast Lift is worth $20?
Yes, you get quite a few lifts in the package.

If you were to describe this product to your friends, what would you say?
Very interesting product…they might like to try it.

Are there any garments that you think the Instant Breast Lifts wouldn’t work under?
Can’t think of any.

What was your overall experience with the product?
Thought it would be a little more noticeable, but they did help.

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What is your bra size and how would you categorize your breast shape? Do you have trouble with sagging breasts?
38-C and round. I have trouble with sagging breasts after nursing 3 children and being 54 years young!

What were the Instant Breast Lifts like to apply and remove?
They took a bit of work to put on. Prepping the breasts making sure there was no oils or powder on them was a pain. They pulled on removal.

How long did you wear the Instant Breast Lifts?
Wore them for ½ a day. The breasts seemed to sag more the longer they were on.

Were the Breast Lifts comfortable? Would you use this product on a daily basis, or just for special occasions?
They were okay, but the breast tissue felt pulled at the top. I’d use them for special occasions only. They weren’t comfortable to wear all day, everyday.

What difference did you notice in your breasts after applying the Instant Breast Lifts? Were they lifted as much as you expected?
I expected more of a lift. My breasts seemed too heavy for the product.

Do you think the Instant Breast Lift is worth $20?
No.

If you were to describe this product to your friends, what would you say?
I wouldn’t want them to spend the money on the product and I would suggest they get a good support bra instead.

Are there any garments that you think the Instant Breast Lifts wouldn’t work under?
If you were going to a dance or move around a lot, the lifts wouldn’t be very comfortable.

What was your overall experience with the product?
It was a fun item to try. I would not pay for them again. It was nice seeing my breasts up where they used to be. They would be nice for backless clothing or short-term wear.

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{Beauty Testing} 12 Benefits Hair Products

Paulmaier, the manufacturer of 12 Benefits hair products, promises that their Rapid Blowout Spray and Instant Healthy Hair Treatment ($24.95 each at Soft Surroundings) will “dramatically reverse the aged and damaged look and feel” of your hair by restoring the natural lipids that you lose when you shampoo and style. The Rapid Blowout Spray is formulated with Argan oil and “reduces blow-dry time, volumizes fine locks, adds shine and helps reduce damage from heat styling tools,” according to their marketing materials. The Instant Healthy Hair Treatment, which should be sprayed on to hair “from mid-shaft to ends,” “seals your color, smooths frizz and strengthens fragile hair.” Can this hair care duo truly do away with bad hair days? FOF product testers untangle the truth . . .

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For how long did you use these products?
I am still using the products [after several months]– they are a very generous size.

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Did you notice a difference in your hair?
I have a dry scalp and frizzy hair, especially when it is humid. Using heat styling tools has only multiplied my frizz. I noticed a difference after about three weeks. My hair is glossier, silkier and smoother. It swings a bit more. My sister asked me what I had been using because she noticed the difference in luster.

Would you recommend these hair products to a friend?
Wholeheartedly. The oil in the second product is so light, it never weighed my hair down.

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How long did you use the product?
Approximately 8 weeks.

Did you notice a difference in your hair?
Definitely! [It made my hair] soft and extremely shiny–a much more controlled look!

Was your hair dry or damaged before you started using the product?
Yes, very!

Did you see an improvement in the look and feel of your hair?
Yes. I was complimented by my hairdresser — she said my hair was in great condition.

Do you think the blow dry spray and healthy hair treatment are a good value?
They are much less costly than products I have tried that didn’t work as well. I would easily spend that amount on these products.

Would you use these products again?
In a heartbeat!

Would you recommend these hair products to a friend?
I have recommended them to a few of my friends who noticed a difference in my hair.

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For how long did you use the hair products?
Three times a week for four weeks.

Did you notice a difference in your hair?
Yes.

How did the products make your hair look?
Slightly volumized.

Were the directions easy to follow?
Yes.

Do you think the blow dry spray and healthy hair treatment are worth the value?
Not on my retiree budget.

Would you use these products again?
Probably not, although I would recommend them to others.

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For how long did you use these products?
I took these wonderful products to France for a 3-week vacation.

Did you notice a difference in your hair?
After the sun, wind and dry air, [my hair] needed help. This is a terrific product and I will be more than happy to use it from now on.

Would you use these products again? Would you recommend these hair products to a friend?
Not only did I enjoy these products, but I loaned them to friends traveling with us on the Vantage riverboat. All of their reviews were totally positive too.

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