February 23, 2008

Just Set It and Forget It!!!

Have you ever bought anything from an infomercial? Like a juicer or a meat roasting contraption or soap? Or have you ever bought anything BECAUSE of an infomercial? Like, you were too embarassed to actually order it form the 800 number, so you logged on to the website or Amazon or EBay to purchase it, or snatched it up when you saw it at Target or the As Seen On TV Store? Or, have you ever jumped in your car and driven directly to the As Seen On TV Store for a specific item immediately after seeing it on TV?

I ask this because A) it's Saturday morning and my TV is littered with "Paid Programming" and B) because I'm actually considering ordering something I've Seen On TV. Two things, actually.

First, I totally want to jump onto the "Bare Minerals" bandwagon. Really. I do. I've even figured out what shade I need to order (light to medium). My hope, as is the hope of any dope who's ever fallen for the claims of an infomercial, is that it actually IS AS AWESOME AS THEY CLAIM. Will I end up with flawless looking skin? Will it make my skin glow and radiate and shine and reflect light and make me look downright awesome? Will it? Will it? Will it? Can you tell me? Will it?

Second, I want, no, I NEED, the Pancake Puffs pan. Hello?! Pepperoni Pizza Puffs? Meatball Sandwich Puffs? Pigs In A Blanket Puffs? Sign me up! Right. Now. I know, I know, I astound you with my gourmet sensibilities. But really, I want it. That shit is right up my alley. I wonder if you could stick mozzarella (or better yet, smoked mozzarella) tomato & basil in there? Are the possibilities really endless? Could I spend hours coming up with Puffs recipes and then come back to you to report on them? Then, you too could order a Pancake Puffs pan and join in on the fun! OMG! It could be a whole blog carnival thing. Like, every Tuesday (what day doesn't have a gimmick attached to it yet? I can't keep up) we could all come together and make some sort of puff recipe. Just kidding. That totally wouldn't work, but that's JUST HOW EXCITED I am about my impending perfectly palatable Pancake Puff pan purchase.

And, in the interest of full disclosure, the two things I've purchased from informercials are:
1) ProActiv as a zitty, oily skinned teen ager. It worked. I used it until about two years ago when I crossed my fingers and hoped that age and pregnancy had changed my skin enough that I would be able to survive without it. It had. Although I still keep some on hand Just. In. Case. Like, for when I develop a zit on my chin, which happend yesterday. Sweet. I'm 15 again.
2) Winsor Pilates. 20 minutes a day, three days a week?! Even I could do that. And, I'll look like Daily Fuentes. Awesome. Sadly, the VHS tapes are stacked with all my other VHS tapes in the cabinet in my bedroom.

So, have you ever ordered something from an infomercial? Have you ever WANTED to order something from an Infomercial but didn't? And, I didn't even upon up the can of worms that is QVC, HSN or the best one EVER, Celebrity Shopping Network. And I had NO idea that ProActiv & Winsor Pilates would be the top two products on the CSN homepage until I just went there. Awesome. See how awesome I am?

Most importantly, though...Will Bare Minerals work for me? Will it?

16 comments:

jennifer h said...

I love (love) Bare Minerals. The infomercial prompted me to buy it, but I just went down to my local Ulta beauty store and bought it there. I love the stuff. It makes my skin look better than anything else I've used. So there's your (non) celebrity endorsement.

The pancake puff pan looks pretty exciting. If I bought that, I would probably forget to use it. But you, you go forth and experiment for the rest of us...and save me $19.99. Until, at least, you report how fantastic (or pan-tastic...heh) it is.

Angie said...

Never bought anything. Never even succombed to the magic bullet after it could be seen at any and every discount department store across the U.S. I have too many kitchen gadgets to clutter up my precious cabinet space with more. I have an immersion blender I have never used. I had(ve) high hopes of making supah-fab soups and chowders. Someday. When my kids would eat it...
Let me know about the pancake puff. As you know, my kids NEED IT!!
KEEP BELIEVING

Z said...

I got nothing for you on either product, having never purchased anything off TV before (though I've been VERY tempted on occasion)... But if you do get either (or both!) I'd be very interested in a product review! And those potential puff recipes you just imagined? Are making me hungry... They sound SO.GOOD.

A Mom Two Boys said...

JH-Yay! A good real person review! Just what I was hoping for!

Angie- It was you! I totally couldn't remember who'd written that post. Duh. LOVE my immersion blender. I use it for ranch dressing (the real stuff) on a regular basis. I have the one that has all the attachments, so it's a whisk and mini chopper as well. It's awesome. It was a gift, so I'm not sure if it was an infomercial purchase. Although it was from Grandmaother, so I'm pretty sure it wasn't!

Z- I'll let you know! DJ would probably back me up on the puff pan purchase, he watched the commercial with me. But the make-up purchase might be harder to justify. As if he'd ever know!

Lisa said...

I heart Bare Minerals--I've used it now for three years. I would go to a nearby store and try out shades. You'll love how easy it is!
I always was tempted to get the 6 week thing--a perfect body in six weeks?!! Wow!

Quart said...

Will and I were watching Teletubbies at 615 this morning, (as we are every Saturday), and lo and behold, the pancake puffs commercial came on, (as it does every Saturday). He always gets as excited as I do, and then by 7am I am making actual pancakes and cursing the fact that I have to scrub the damn skillet clean. Why don't you get me one for my birthday and I'll let you know what I think?

Quart said...

Oh, and Travis ordered the Swivel Sweeper one morning immediately after seeing the commercial. It was the biggest waste of money EVER. I hope pancake puffs are better. The swivel sweeper would have been if it had been rolled in sugar.

HRH said...

The pancake puff 800# is posted on my site today (coincidentally, we are so in sync!) if you need it.

I have just recently been obsessing about Bare Minerals as well. I am reading all your non-celebrity endorsements now.

I can't wait until you set up Pancake Puff Tuesdays...

Tootsie Farklepants said...

No I haven't. But my sister in law gave me a Proactiv 3 step set once when my skin was acting like a jerk. I used it for a long time and now I've been using just the cleaner at night.

Feener said...

i drunk order proactive a while back, it didn't do anyting great for me. now i want in on this bare mineral shit. those pancake thingys look funny. sass always talks about syrup dipped ballies ??? i don't know where she got this idea from but then i saw the commericial - could it be ??

Slow Panic said...

i love love love Bare Minerals. it is as good as they say!

and the pancake thing? dude, it is just a matter of time before there is one at our house.....

laughingatchaos said...

I haven't seen the pancake puff ad; I'm afraid if I do, I'd end up buying it. We're huge pancake people here.
I just want to know if the Green Bags work; those are the bags that supposedly keep produce fresh longer. Now, those I could use!

EatPlayLove said...

Love Bare Minerals! I think I watched the infomercial a gazillion times before I actually bought them. I first tried them out at Nordstrom's and then purchased them from Sephora! Any store that carries it typically has the starter kits, which is the best deal.

I was hesitant to buy them from the company because they sign you up for auto refill, which I didn't like.

I have never heard of the pancake puff, time to watch some odd hour television!

Cathy said...

I've been wanting to buy this steam floor cleaner thingy. My mom and husband keep talking me out of it!
I want bare minerals. I don't know exactly what it is - but apparently everyone loves it!

Jennifer said...

Pancake Puffs = abelskiver (if you have Danish DNA...like I do...grew up with Abelskivers on Sunday mornings). Add wooden skewers, an extra pan, a recipe booklet and goopy filler thing and VOILA! An informercial product!

Totally worth it.

Happy Campers said...

Ohhhh...in college I bought 2 things from infomercials. Richard Simmon's Sweatin' To The Oldies (I was 19 and weighed about 115 lbs...WTF was I thinking??).

Also bought this octagon-shaped collapsable pie holder thing from QVC. It was actually a worthwhile product!

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