The following article is a special contribution by a 7th Grade Girl Scout troop at Brookside.
We, Girl Scout Troop 1166, have just completed our media journey. We have learned about the benefits and drawbacks of all types of media and how sometimes it can be misleading. For our take-action project, we decided to review different products comparing what they say they will do and what they really do, and we put them together to share with you.
TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner (by Meghan C.)
This product is supposed to make your hair smoother and reduce frizz. When used in combination, they work very well. Hair becomes smoother, less curly, and easier to style. Many other products claim to do the same, but often they don’t change anything. In contrast, these products do what they are meant to do. I would recommend this product to anyone with curly or frizzy hair, as it also makes hair feel more nourished and healthy.
FRE Lifeproof iPhone case (by Genevieve)
I tested the Lifeproof case for iPhone 5C by Fre. The case is advertised on the box that it is waterproof, dirt proof, snow proof and shockproof. The box claims that the phone is fully submersible to 6.6 feet, and totally sealed from “dirt + dust”, completely closed to snow and ice, and finally survives drops up to 6.6 feet. I got the case from Best Buy last June for about $40.
I thought it worked very well, but I decided to test its waterproof ability. So I took my phone out of the case and filled a pot with cold water. I put dried beans as a weight in the case. We weighed the case with the beans to make that the bean-filled case was the same weight as with the iPhone. Then I sealed the case and put it in the water, and let it sit under water for five minutes. After five minutes, I took the case out of the water and dried it off very well. Then I opened the case and let the beans fall out on some paper towels. I moved the beans to see if the paper towel was wet, and it was not. Then I put some paper towel inside the two case halves to see if they were wet where the beans had been. The front half was tiny bit damp by the ports and the screen, but the back half was completely dry.
The case is pretty easy to put on and take off your phone, but you need a penny at all times to remove the case. I noticed that after a few weeks of my phone wearing it, I could remove the case with just my hands.
The Lifeproof case works but you shouldn’t just put it in your pool for fun. It protects your phone from different accidents, but not to swim around with. Overall, the case is durable and lives up to the claims on the box, and I recommend this product.
Fin Fun Mermaid Tails (by Maggie M. & Bella S.)
The brightly colored, fun mermaid tails are sold online only and appear realistic and fun to use in the water. They come in two parts and are sold separately with a choice of tail pattern and optional monofin. They can be used in pools or lakes and actually work like fins in the water. In order to make it work you need to buy the monofin. The cost of the two items are $114.85. The very first time I used it, I had a lot fun in the water, however, when I stood in the pool and jumped around like shown in the video online the monofin broke and then did not work when you swam. The company had a 30 day return policy, but they refused to refund or replace the monofin because they said that you could not jump in the water with it. I would recommend the product only if you use it for one time limited use, but not regular use because it will break. This product is too expensive for the amount of time you actually can use it.
Garnier Color Styler – Intense Wash-out Color (By Danielle C. & Sarah R.)
This product promises “intense Color” that lasts 2-3 shampoos. The picture shows very bright colored highlights in dark brown hair. The application of the product is very easy and not too messy. While we liked this product, the color was not even close to being as intense as promised, and it washes out in a day or two. It cost $6 and we think it is worth it for the money. You can use it more than once, and there is a lot of product in the bottle. Overall, we recommend Garnier Color Styler and think it is a good purchase.