{Tested} Murad’s Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles

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Retinol is widely accepted by dermatologists as one of the most effective anti-aging ingredients in beauty products, but, many with sensitive skin complain it has unpleasant side effects including dryness and irritation. Murad’s Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles contains a proprietary retinol that is released over a longer period of time, reducing skin sensitivity and increasing effectiveness, according to the company. The product is “clinically proven to  reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles by 45% in 6 weeks,” they say. Was this the solution to deep wrinkles–or a deep disappointment?

7 FOFs put this product to the test. Read on for their reviews.

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**Quick take: 4 out of 7 testers would recommend Murad Time Release Retinol Concentrate for Deep Wrinkles to other FOFs.**

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ALLISON SAMMARCO – West Long Branch, NJ

Was this product easy to use?
Yes, very easy–love the [applicator] tip. I used it morning and evening since I received it.

Do you think this product helped to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles? Did it soften and smooth your skin?
Yes it did. I have definitely noticed a difference. I was very surprised

Would you continue using this product? Why or why not?
Yes–I intend to continue using it and will order it once I run out.

{click here to read all the reviews!}

Would you recommend this product to other FOFs?
Yes, I have already recommended this to many of my family members, friends and coworkers. They noticed a difference in my skin and asked about it.

Please rate this product from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst) to 5 (Loved it!):
4.

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KATHLEEN MUSCOLINO – Redding, CT

Was this product easy to use?
Yes.

Do you think this product helped to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles? Did it soften and smooth your skin?
It softened my skin but I don’t believe it reduced deep wrinkles.

Would you continue using this product? Why or why not?
No–I don’t believe it was effective.

Would you recommend this product to other FOFs?
No.

Please rate this product from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst) to 5 (Loved it!):
4.

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KRISTINE MCCULLOCH – Westminster, CA

Was this product easy to use?
Yes, very easy. At first, I applied it to my wrinkle areas every single morning. My skin became a little dry and flaky in those areas, so I then applied it every other day with pretty good results.

Do you think this product helped to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles? Did it soften and smooth your skin?
It did appear to reduce the appearance of my deeper parenthesis wrinkles (on the sides of my mouth) and it appeared to smooth out the skin, too. When I used it on the wrinkles closest to my lips, it tended to make my lip edges chapped and very dry, so I eased up on the use there. I noticed less of a reduction on the deep set ridges between my eyebrows, however, the skin was softened, and I think with continued use it could be helpful.

Would you continue using this product? Why or why not?
Yes, I think I will continue to use it for a longer period of time to see if it will work more miracles on my wrinkle areas!

Would you recommend this product to other FOF members?
Yes–the price is pretty reasonable ($65), compared to other treatments.

Please rate this product from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst) to 5 (Loved it!):
4. But, it has potential to become a 5 if I continue using it and see more results.

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WENDY STINE – Fort Collins, CO

Was this product easy to use?
Yes, and directions were simple to follow.

Do you think this product helped to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles? Did it soften and smooth your skin?
It definitely helped improve the texture and clarity of my skin, and maybe a slight decrease in the size and appearance of my deep wrinkles and crow’s feet. My skin is softer and certainly smoother.

Would you continue using this product? Why or why not?
Yes, if it were less expensive. I have used better products that cost less.

Would you recommend this product to other FOF members?
No.

Please rate this product from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst) to 5 (Loved it!):
2.

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THERESA KINGSTON – San Clemente, CA

Was this product easy to use?
It was a bit tricky at first but I got the hang of it. You are supposed to use the applicator tip to get the product directly into the wrinkles. Since you have to squeeze the tube as you run it along a wrinkle or line, you have to be careful not to squeeze too much out at one time.

Do you think this product helped to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles? Did it soften and smooth your skin?
It softened the appearance of wrinkles around my mouth.

Would you continue using this product? Why or why not?
Probably not, it’s a bit too pricey for me.

Would you recommend this product to other FOF members?
Yes, if price isn’t an issue, this is a product worth trying.

Please rate this product from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst) to 5 (Loved it!):
4.

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NOREEN BRAMAN- Jamesburg, NJ

Was this product easy to use?
The instructions were very brief and not specific. It just said, ‘apply to wrinkle’ and didn’t say if it should be rubbed in, patted in, etc. It also instructed the use of other products that were not included.

Do you think this product helped to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles? Did it soften and smooth your skin?
I found this to be helpful on my horizontal forehead lines, but not my vertical ‘marionette lines.’

Would you continue using this product? Why or why not?
No, It made my skin peel, even after reducing use.

Would you recommend this product to other FOF members?
No.

Please rate this product from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst) to 5 (Loved it!):
2.

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LAURA ALEXOFF – Cincinnati, Ohio

Was this product easy to use?
Yes, but the ‘special’ applicator tip was actually nothing special. The product absorbed well, was smooth, and had no fragrance.

Do you think this product helped to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles? Did it soften and smooth your skin?
I don’t believe this changed the depth of my worst wrinkles, however, it definitely made my skin softer and smoother, so it may have reduced the appearance of wrinkles.

Would you continue using this product? Why or why not?
I would continue using the product because it made a difference in my skin for the better, without adverse effects such a flaking or dryness.

Would you recommend this product to other FOF members?
Yes, though seems there might be a less expensive product that works as well.

Please rate this product from 1 (Ugh. This was the worst) to 5 (Loved it!):
4.

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

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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.

{Test This} Molton Brown Anti-Aging Bodycare Collection


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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.

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(See all our past winners, here.) (See official rules, here.) Contest closes April 25, 2012 at midnight E.S.T.

{Tested} LaRocca 24k Gold Anti-Aging Trio

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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.

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**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.

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


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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.

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 13, 2012 at midnight E.S.T.

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{Test This} Gray Disappear

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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.

{Tested} Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Masque


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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


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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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{Tested} Revitalash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner

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RevítaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner was developed by Dr. Michael Brinkenhoff as a gift to his wife Gayle, whose eyelashes had become thin and fragile after she underwent intensive chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer. Using a proprietary blend of ingredients, including powerful peptides and soothing botanicals, Dr. Brinkenhoff and the chemists from Athena Cosmetics created a product they promise will “beautify and nourish the eyelashes” of any FOF. According to the RevítaLash website, a clinical study showed “over 97% of users saw an improved appearance of their eyelashes in only 3 weeks!”

Is it as lashtastic as its manufacturer claims? 5 FOFs put this lash-lengthener to the test. Read on.

Quick take: 3 out of 5 testers would continue using RevítaLash.
**P.S. Want to be guaranteed a product to test? Join the FOF Beauty Club now!**

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Catherine Moore – Blowing Rock, NC

Was this product easy to use?
Extremely easy. Apply nightly before bedtime as part of your normal routine.

Did you notice any changes in your lashes? What changes did you notice?
In just the first two weeks I noticed much fuller and longer lashes–a significant difference. I had previously used Latisse and this product produced comparable results, possibly more quickly.

{click here to read all the reviews!}

Do you think this product is a good way to achieve longer, thicker and fuller looking lashes?
Absolutely, with consistent use.

Would you continue using this product? Why or why not?
I plan to purchase it as soon as this one is gone!

Would you recommend it to other FOFs?
Yes.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I have been using this for four weeks and have not noticed any discoloring of eyelid or eye as is sometimes reported with use of other products like this.

On a scale of 1 (ugh, this was the worst) to 5 (loved it) what would you rate this product?
5.

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Esther Bradley-Detally – Pasadena, CA

Was this product easy to use?
Yes.

Did you notice any changes in your lashes? What changes did you notice?
I think they are growing, they look slightly darker and a few lashes may have come out.

Do you think this product is a good way to achieve longer, thicker and fuller looking lashes?
I’m not sure.

Would you continue using this product?
I want to continue using it a few more weeks before I decide.

Would you recommend it to other FOFs?
Not until I see more progress.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?
The directions say apply to the base of your eyelashes above the level of your skin. This was confusing. I didn’t use it on bottom lashes.

On a scale of 1 (ugh, this was the worst) to 5 (loved it) what would you rate this product?
2 or 3.

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Joanna Baker – Cleveland Heights, OH

Was this product easy to use?
Yes.

Did you notice any changes in your lashes? What changes did you notice?
There may be a small change in the thickness of my lashes; more on the left eye than the right.

Do you think this product is a good way to achieve longer, thicker and fuller looking lashes?
I think that using it for a longer time may indeed achieve these reults.

Would you continue using this product? Why or why not?
Yes, I will definitely continue using this product. I feel like the results will be greater with longer usage.

Would you recommend it to other FOFs?
Depending on price, I may or may not recommend it.

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Joan Carfango – Bronx, NY

Was this product easy to use?
Yes.

Did you notice any changes in your lashes? What changes did you notice?

Lashes that were already long, got longer.

Do you think this product is a good way to achieve longer, thicker and fuller looking lashes?
No.

Would you continue using this product? Why or why not?
No, because it didn’t do what I wanted it to–improve my broken lashes.

Would you recommend it to other FOFs?
Only if all your lashes are intact.

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Padma Narasimhan–Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Was this product easy to use?
Yes.

Did you notice any changes in your lashes? What changes did you notice?
My eyelashes did get thicker.

Do you think this product is a good way to achieve longer, thicker and fuller looking lashes?
Yes.

Would you continue using this product? Why or why not?
I don’t need it anymore because now that I’ve used this product for some time, I have good eyelashes! But, perhaps after some time passes, yes, I’d use it again.

Would you recommend it to other FOF members?
Yes, if you have sparse eyelashes, this helps.

On a scale of 1 (ugh, this was the worst) to 5 (loved it) what would you rate this product?
4.

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{Tested} Blinc Mascara


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Like something out of a sci-fi movie, Blinc Mascara forms tiny, water resistant “tubes” around your lashes to “add volume and legnth.”

Blinc’s manufacturers claim the “tube technology,” works so well that you’ll never get raccoon eyes again. “It cannot run, smudge, clump, or flake…even if you rub your eyes, cry or sweat,” they say. It also doesn’t require makeup remover to take off–just use water, apply pressure and “the tubes will effortlessly slide off your lashes into your hand.”

Sounds tubular–but is it true? We sent Blinc to 5 FOFs to test. What’d they think? Read on.

Quick take: 4 out of 5 testers would recommend Blinc mascara to other FOFs.

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Cydya Smith – New York, N.Y.

Was this product easy to use?
Very easy and does not make a mess.

Did it run, smudge, clump or flake?
It does not run, clump or flake (even when I slept in it by accident).

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Did it add length and volume to your lashes?
It added length and volume especially when I applied 2 or 3 coats and it looks natural.

Was it easily removed?
Yes, I was pleasantly surprised.

Would you continue using this product? Why or why not?
Yes because it did not irritate my eyes and was not a mess.

Would you recommend this product to other FOF members?
Yes, without reservation.

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Jeanne Traxler — Brookline, MA

Was this product easy to use?
It goes on like a regular mascara, although they recommend you shake the wand as you put it on, but that was simple enough.

Did it run, smudge, clump or flake?
No, it stays put even when you rub your eyes or if your eyes water. I also thought it did a good job of separating and coating each lash.

Did it add length and volume to your lashes?
A little length, but not too much volume. As an FOF, I don’t want too much volume and thickness on a daily basis anyway. That might scream ‘I’m trying too hard.’ This mascara is great for daily wear.

Was it easily removed?
Yes, the removal is fabulous! As advertised, you just soak it with lots of warm water and poof!–the tubes slide off and wash away. It’s quick and you don’t have to rub the sensitive skin under your eyes or eyelids at all. If you wear this mascara to bed, some of it flakes a bit, but you don’t wake up with raccoon eyes.

Would you continue using this product? Why or why not?
Yes–this is fantastic! In a 40 degree whipping wind with tears running down my nose it stayed right on. It’s easy to remove but doesn’t come off every time you touch your eyes. The fact that you don’t have to rub to get it off is key–when you are older you try to protect the delicate skin around the eyes as it thins.

Would you recommend this product to other FOF members?
Yes, I would highly recommend it. It’s even worth indulging.

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Denise Morelli — Harrison City, P.A.

Was this product easy to use?
No. The brush was too long and I had to remove smudges from around my eye area during application.

Did it run, smudge, clump or flake?
No. As promised by the manufacturer, once applied this product stays on until you remove it.

Did it add length and volume to your lashes?
Length–no. It simply covered the length I already had. Volume–yes. It appeared as if I had more lashes but nothing extraordinary.

Was it easily removed?
Yes. Warm water combined with slight pressure does remove the ‘tubes’ from the lashes.

Would you continue using this product? Why or why not?
No. For me, it was too fussy. The application was difficult. You have to get the application right the first time or start over as the tubes set within 2 minutes. Also, the instructions say not to put moisturizer on your face before application. Instead, I put moisturizer after applying the mascara which was tricky.

Would you recommend this product to other FOF members?
Only if you have a problem with your mascara running or smudging. Once applied, it does stay on even when wet or if you rub your eyes. It is also easier to remove than regular waterproof mascara. If you don’t need this feature and are looking for long, full, lashes–you can use a different mascara and get the results for a lot less money.

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Gwen Reich – Coppell, TX

Was this product easy to use?
It was very easy to use. I got better at applying it after the first few times.

Did it run, smudge, clump or flake?
Not at all. It is AMAZING.

Did it add length and volume to your lashes?
Yes. Definitely length and because each lash looked fatter, it appeared I had more lashes.

Was it easily removed?
Yes, with a little warm water and gentle pressure.

Would you continue using this product?  Why or why not?
Definitely. I had not worn mascara in over two years because it was too frustrating to find an affordable brand that didn’t end up all under my eyes.

Would you recommend this product to other FOF members?
Definitely. I have already recommended it to others. Since I haven’t worn mascara in a couple of years, I can’t compare this one to the other new mascaras on the market, but I absolutely love it and will continue to use it.

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MAUREEN CARROLL – New Fairfield, CT

Was this product easy to use?
It went on more smoothly than my normal mascara on my top lashes. My bottom lashes tend to cross over, my normal mascara pulls them apart but this one didn’t. However it was easy to correct.

Did it run, smudge, clump or flake?
No.

Did it add length and volume to your lashes?
Yes.

Was it easily removed?
It came off easily in the shower.

Would you continue using this product?  Why or why not?
Definitely.  I trust it much more than my old mascara.  I’m a crier and because of this, I often won’t wear mascara on my bottom lashes. In this case–no telltale smudges.

Would you recommend this product to other FOF members?
Definitely.

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