Try it before you buy it: Infomercial products

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by Linda Davis

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Posted on July 28, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 22 at 12:47 PM

I am a sucker for a new invention. I admit it! So, my "Linda tries it before you buy it" segments are a bit of an indulgence! It's the perfect excuse to try these sometimes wonderful, sometimes weird products out. At least it provides the perfect excuse when my hubby and I sit down to reconcile the checking account.

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Try it before you buy it: Infomercial products - I am a sucker for a new invention. I admit it! So, my "Linda tries it before you buy it" segments are a bit of an indulgence! It's the perfect excuse to try these sometimes wonderful, sometimes weird products out.

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This time, I was intrigued by the resent onslaught of personal care products that appear about 3am when I am having the first of my evening "personal summers" these days and click on the TV in the middle of the night. Then, sure enough, they show up as I enter my neighborhood drug store.

So, I tried them out and here's what I found. I did add in a new product that doesn't represent an - just a new configuration for laundry detergent available in any grocery store.

First, the truly odd!

Bumpits for your hair When Bill, my wonderful, kind husband saw this ad - he said, "why would any woman put plastic into her head to make her hair big?"

It did cause me to think, but then I was intrigued. I love that look of a teased crown - think the 70's - as Lisa Haffner said - the astronaut's wife! I loved this! It's sexy and feminine and funky. But plastic lifts???? Had to try it out.

Well, they worked BUT I had plastic lifts on my head. I think I would feel self-conscience about someone discovering my "secret."

The only thing that surprised me was the fact that to conceal them correctly it took lots of teasing, hairspray and fussing. And, I have really, really thick hair - so I can only imagine the same work it would take for those of you with thin hair to disguise these plastic risers on your head.

I say the payoff is too much work - that combined with the fear of "discovery" that the look was because of plastic risers on top of my head - you decide!

Strap Perfect bra adjusters OK! This is the product that makes you want to slap yourself and say, why didn't I think of this!!??? Because if you're like me, you know you've done this any number of ways on your own.

Why? Because the convertible bras are expensive. We all just want to fix our bra to work with what we're wearing. And, I have to say these work. I had friends all try them out. From larger busts to smaller they worked. They do give you a, well, "boost" so be prepared to adjust the straps, but why buy specialty bras when you can just pick these up for $10 and adjust any existing bra. A big thumbs up on these from a bunch of my friends!

Purex 3-In-One Detergent/Fabric Softener Ok, not the cheapest way to go if you're on a tight budget. But, if you have to lug your clothes to a washing room, this is a lifesaver. I couldn't help but think of my mother-in-law - 80 plus years old, going to the laundry room to wash her clothes. No big clunkers of detergent and softener. Lisa said she bought these for her vacation and worked well. My testers found them to be great at stain removal, softener and wrinkles. All said they would use them again. Go to Purex.com for a coupon too!

Shoes Under I love shoes! I have way too many shoes! So this was intriguing to me. A way to store my shoes easily, economically and neatly under my bed. Run away girls as fast as you can in your stilettos! This was a real disappointment. It was floppy and unstructured and would literally end up in a mess under my bed. The only feature was the cover that kept your shoes dust free. But to be honest, because of the unattached compartments and the floppy-ness of the construction, I'd give it an honest pass. Buy a good bin and tuck it under your bed for the same results.

As I said, I love testing products, so more to come. Hope you agree!

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