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Test Drive: Fatgirlslim

A very slender and brazen friend of mine once told me that just about any woman—no matter how skinny she is—is likely to have what she called "cottage-cheese butt." Meaning, of course, is that even very skinny people get cellulite, since it's more of a cosmetic problem than a weight issue. That's why I'm intrigued by all of the new skin-firming lotions hitting the market lately, promising to tighten skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite through solely topical treatments.

For my first venture into skin-firming territory, I decided to test drive Bliss Spa's Poetic Cosmetics Fatgirlslim. I like Bliss products, and I liked the clever name, plus the lotion had several positive reviews on sites like Makeup Alley. The not-so-secret ingredient in this cream is caffeine—or, more specifically, "QuSome encapsulated caffeine molecules." I suppose the idea is to make your skin so jittery that it tightens up on contact, but I found the effect to be more disturbing than anything. I could actually feel my skin going taut when I applied the lotion, and the side effects lasted for hours—namely, it hurt to sit down. Plus, I didn't see any noticeable difference in the area where I'd applied the Fatgirlslim, but perhaps that's because the tingly feeling was so weird that I couldn't stand to use it for more than two weeks. But I'd be interested to hear what other people think, so pick up a jar for yourself here for $25 and let me know how it works for you.

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