Staff Picks: The most unusual things we've done for beauty
Finding your favorite new products or services may warrant a rave review, but it’s the crazy journey of trying out the latest releases that’s the unsung hero of the story. On the long and winding road to discovering those HGs (holy grails), it can definitely get a little weird and wacky. Here are some of the strangest beauty products and services we've tried so far!
Liz: What some people might not know about me is that I had really, really, REALLY bad teeth. I had to have five teeth removed, and my case was so severe that I had braces for seven years. They basically had to restructure my whole mouth! Was it worth it? Well, you can look at my teeth now.
Less intense but still unusual: I one tried a facial mask that literally became a hard mask molded to my face. It was pretty good and quite relaxing, but it felt a tiny bit strange having my face encased inside a solid object.
Stacie: I have tried two unusual beauty products: the Koji Eye Talk and the Berrisom Oops My Lip Tint Pack. The first one is an eyelid glue used to make double eyelids! I have monolids so I tried this to know what I would look like with double lids. I'd recommend it to people who are thinking of getting double lid surgery so you would know what kind of lid you want before going under the knife.
The Berrisom Oops My Lip Tint Pack is a peel-off lip tint: you apply it, wait for it to dry, then remove the plasticky film that forms. It will leave a beautiful stain but I noticed that staying power varies with each shade. If you wanna try this, avoid it when your lips are chapped because it will sting real BAAAAAD!
Den: It's not a product or a service, but a friend and I once put sesame oil in our hair as a DIY hot oil treatment. It didn't do anything to moisturize our tresses, and we smelled like a Chinese restaurant for two days! I've also tried using coffee grounds as an exfoliating scrub - it felt a bit greasy but it was kinda nice to have my bathroom smell like a coffee shop.
Kisty: Pink Beautiq sent me a pack of detox scrub made out of coffee. I didn't expect the feeling to be so good! A little messy in the shower, though.
Kimberly: Just for the experience while I was in Cebu, I've tried soaking my feet in a koi pond for a spa fish pedicure. They say that the fish eats all your dead skin cells (gross, I know) to give your feet a different kind of pamper treatment.
I've also got sucked into trying those home underarm peeling kits on FB ads. Buyer beware: I chemically burned mine and ended up doing my pits more harm than good!
Katsy: I don't know if it counts as a beauty service but I believe that the beauty inside matters even more than the beauty outside so taking care of our health is highly important. I went through a Colonics session at The Zen Institute. It's basically a treatment where the machine cleanses your colon via a machine that pumps water into your system... It may have felt uncomfortable during the treatment but I honestly felt lighter and refreshed after.
Rae: I don't think it's still considered unusual now that many clinics offer it, but back when ultrasonic cavitation was still new, I tried it as soon as it was offered in the country. Now that I think about it, I should've had reservations. In ultrasound cavitation fat is melted off from inside you by an ultrasound machine. It worked, but I might not try it again.
Jorj: I tried the Nu Skin Galvanic Spa once. You basically get a facial, and then they use a gadget that supposedly diminishes your wrinkles. The gadget, which has an iron-like tip, works with the help of your body's current. I'm not sure if it's really effective, though.
Got your own stories of trying out weird products and services? Share them below and let’s get the discussion going!