Monday, January 31, 2011

Fake and Bake - The Mystified Version

Hi Everyone!
This is my first official product testing review blog, so let's get started!

I used to be a tanning feign. I'd go as much as possible and thought nothing of it. In the past year or so, my fake tanning has stopped as the constant emails from my dad filled with statistics finally filled my head with fear and I became another pale Canadian in the cold and snowy winters.

Enter Mystic tanning. I've always wanted to try mystic tanning, but I've been skeptical and feared turning orange. I decided to conquer my fear, and on Monday night my roommate Kylin and I went to a tanning salon in St. Catharines

The girl working had never done it, and her directions were terrible; I learned more from the list of directions on the wall than from her. In I went, and for 60 seconds, I inhaled a good amount of mist because I didn't hold my breath in time. Whoops. The inside of the booth looks exactly like this picture, so if you are claustrophobic I would not suggest it.

Once I got home, it looked like a pretty decent tan. The next morning, it was like I had fallen into a sea of Oompa Loompas. My hands were bright orange, and it seemed like the more I scrubbed, the more orange they became.

Flash forward 5 days: My hands are no longer orange and although I'm slightly darker than before my mystic tan, it will be completely gone in the next few days.

Shop it or Drop it:
Mystic tanning is a good solution if you need an immediate tan for a special occasion and you want an option other than tanning beds. The problem is that it only lasts 5-10 days and isn't all that cheap, costing around $30 each time. Overall, Drop it - do it on occasion rather than every week or two. You'll save a boatload of money in the end.

Here is a link to FAQs on the Arizona Tan website, one of the few places that does Mystic tanning in St. Catharines. Also, here is a great website filled with all kinds of facts and ideas about mystic tanning.

Friday, January 28, 2011


Welcome to Shop it or Drop it, my guide into the world of crazy products - what to buy and what to avoid.

Here's how this blog came about:

I'm one of those people who enjoys watching corny infomercials and I get excited about any new product that might make my life just a little easier. This blog gives me an excuse to actually try out certain wacky and tacky products that I otherwise would be too afraid to spend time and money on.

Each week I will try out a product that many are skeptical of or is brand new and looks too good to be true.

I'm very open to suggestions, so as you join me in my product testing, feel free to give me ideas of what to test out.