We've all channel-surfed at 3 a.m., stumbling onto commercial claims of wrinkle-free skin, perfect hair, and silky, hair-free legs. These late night ads are entertaining and filled with cheesy testimonials and hackneyed phrases such as "one-time offer only!" or "but wait, there's more!" Let's face it—most of these nighttime inventions seldom ever perform up to their claims—but don't discount some beauty all-stars just because they're sold before dawn. We decided to test-drive eight popular TV beauty products to see if they live up to their sensational guarantees.
BUMPITS Hair Volumizing Leave-In Inserts
"From flat to fabulous in seconds!" claims Bumpits, the hair volumizing tool that's helped shape the ultimate Jersey Shore hairdo. The kit comes with three self-gripping plastic inserts that nestle underneath a layer of your hair, giving the illusion of an uplifted crown. But does this Snooki-inspired styling tool eliminate the need to tease? We tested all three sizes—small, medium, and large—and preferred the smaller sizes for a more natural poof. Save the large version for Halloween parties and cheesy costume contests.
SMOOOOTH LEGS All Natural Hair Removal and Exfoliator
An exfoliator that claims to buff away unwanted body hair? We had to try Smooooth Legs to see if this hair-removing pad performed. The set comes with hand- and finger-sized backing pads and attachable crystal exfoliating pads. We burnished our legs with the contraption, but the crystal pad felt more like a nail file than an exfoliator. Unfortunately, we were left with irritated stems that were still hairy. Avoid!
STRAP PERFECT The Ultimate Bra Strap Solution
Are you constantly pushing your bra strap up past your shoulders? So are we, which is why we were so excited to test Strap Perfect's solution. The product includes a thin plastic concealer clip which you attach to both straps of your brassiere. After eight hours, no undergarment adjustments, and a subtle boost to our bosom, we're happy to say Strap Perfect passed our chest test.
FINISHING TOUCH Personal Hair Remover
Shaving your face is considered a female faux-pas, but wax and tweezers can get annoying when you need to eliminate a substantial shadow in a short time frame. In comes Finishing Touch, the personal hair remover that works looks like a vibrating hand-held shaver. But unlike a regular razor, the rotating blade merely skims the surface of the skin so you don’t get a super close shave—or stubble! We’ve used this electric hair remover for successful last-minute touch-ups on the face and all over the body. It’s essential for bikini lines.
TWISTY TOWEL The Original Super-Absorbent Hair Towel
Flip, twist, flip—we’re all used to the post-shower hair turban technique, but the timeless towel trick has poor staying power atop your head. The inventor’s answer? Twisty Towel, the absorbent terry cloth that keeps your wet locks in place. While this hair headdress has been on the market for years, we finally got to test its drying capabilities, and were impressed! Luckily, our hair stayed put and dried twice as fast compared to regular towel drying time. The sleek design also fit snugly over our wet tresses and helped reduce frizz from air-drying.
PEDEGG The Ultimate Foot File
Let’s be frank—this metal contraption looks exactly like a cheese grater, but files away dead skin—not food—off your feet. You shave the bottom of your heels as you would—you guessed it—grate cheese, and the excess dry skin collects in the oval case you empty after every use. Yes, the food reference doesn’t conjure the prettiest image, but we’re actually kind of fascinated with the whole process. If you’re into feet, PedEgg makes foot exfoliation fun and pain-free!
SALON PERFECT Hair Coloring Brush
A hair brush that colors your hair as you comb it? Sounds both scary and fascinating. But how does the dye-depositing product work? The brush holds a cartridge which you pour your dye in. Then, the brush slowly filters the pigment to your strands as you comb it through your roots. Unfortunately, the potential hair horror stories are boundless, and we weren’t impressed with the splotchy results. This innovation needs a little more development, so stick with your existing hair coloring technique.
HEELTASTIC Intensive Heel Therapy
Dry feet are one of the greatest universal beauty blunders, and cold weather and constant heel abuse don’t help. Even after you’ve PedEgged to submission and slathered on heavy foot cream, your tootsies can still feel rough and cracked. Fortunately, we were pleasantly impressed with Heeltastic, the foot balm which contains nourishing neem and karanja oils. Calluses felt smoother after one application, and we noticed less dry skin buildup after a few days of constant use. If you suffer from dry winter feet, keep this beauty balm in your arsenal!