Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Day 205: Not So Smooth Away

I love infomercials. Love them.

I am a night owl and am not so embarrassed to admit that I’ve wasted many hours watching pitch men tell me what products I need to buy to help me get skinny, live longer, and stay happy.

No, really, I’m a sucker.

In fact, if I ever find myself in serious debt, we should all assume it was on stuff I bought from an infomercial as it was on clothes or traveling. For Christmas, 2008, I even themed one round of presents to my family, the Made for TV round, purchasing for each of them, something from infomericals. My dad got a Ped-Egg, my brother got Magic Putty, and my mom got a Snuggie (I’d like to point out, again, that this was in 2008. The Gallmans are way ahead of our time).

No surprise, then, when there is nothing else to do that I’ve never done before, testing these As Seen On TV products is an obvious go to. There are so many random products that I want to try—the Sham Wow, Kinoki Cleansing Detox Foot Pads, the E-Z Combs.

The beauty of the As Seen on TV products is they’re not just on TV anymore. They’re in stores, too! Right there at the checkout counter at Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Thanks to their new accessibility, Day 205’s thing I’ve never done before was to try Smooth Away, an As Seen on TV hair removal kit.

Don’t worry, for those of you concerned that I was about to delve into a blog entry about hair removal, please don’t stop reading. You’re safe. That’s because Smooth Away didn’t remove any hair at all.

The kit, as advertised, contained a large Smooth Away pad and a small one, in addition to a handy travel case. That’s about the only thing that the infomercial said that was true.

The rest of the product’s claims are false. Seriously, I rubbed my leg raw with what felt like an over sized emery board and did not remove any hair. My skin was not smooth and soft. It hurt. At the end of the day, I lost $14.95. But I gained an unsightly rash and more clutter to fill up my bathroom drawer.

Thanks for nothing, Smooth Away.

1 comment: