Tuesday, April 28, 2015

K2R-803 Portable Power Bank

I received the K2R-803 Portable Power Bank through a promotion.

Product Info:
  • Portable charger
  • Bright flashlight
  • 7,800 mAh Battery
The first thing I notice when I received this product was the container or box the power bank came in. It was well protected and convenient. The package contained the power bank, as well as LED micro and lightning cables. Both cables are a good three feet if not longer. 

The cables were nice and durable. They're thicker, so they're not as easily bent or broken. There is a light on the end of each of the cables that light up when the device (a cellphone, tablet, etc.) is charging. 

The power bank is easy to charge. Using the micro cable with an outlet/plug-in, the power bank takes several hours to fully charge. I usually charge it during the night, so it's charged by morning when I can take it with me.

The power bank weighs about 8 ounces. It's lightweight compared to many other power banks I've tried.

The two lights that make up the flashlight are very bright. They're above the Out 2A port.

The 4 LED lights that indicate how much the device is charged can be a bit difficult to see how much charge is truly left. All four lights end up being lit or look lit, even if there's only one 25% left to the battery or charge. A few of the blue lights will be brighter appearing than the others, which the brighter lights are how much charge is left.

I was confused the first few times I used this device because I wondered why the charged never seemed to go down until it was completely dead. That's when I noticed the issue with the LED lights indicator. They all look lit, but there will be a few that are brighter to show the charge.

I've gotten 2-3 full charges to my cell phone with the power bank without having to recharge the power bank. I had used my phone during the time it was charging on the power bank. If I had not been using it, I would have gotten more full charges out of the power bank.

The power bank doesn't overheat my phone when it's charging. Out 1A port charges the fastest.

Overall, this has been a very good power bank that's light weight and holds several full charges. I'm impressed with how well it worked.

Check out this power bank on Amazon.

Friday, April 24, 2015

KUKPO Can Opener

I received the KUKPO Can Opener through a promotion.

Product Info:
  • Large turn handle
  • Stainless steel
When I first received this product, I was a bit nervous with how well it would work. I've ordered and bought different can openers that said they were high quality and they didn't work well. I had never tried a KUKPO can opener before this one. 

I was very pleased with how easy and well this can opener worked. 

The disk to cut open the can worked smoothly. I didn't have to back track any of the times I've used this can opener. It cut through the can with ease. The cutting disk lined up with the cans very well. The size and style of the can didn't really affect how it worked. 

The handle is large and easy to turn. It feels comfortable to hold and use. The size of the handle makes the can opener easy to turn without having the hand cramp from trying to use force to turn the handle.

The stainless steel handles are thick and easy to hold in a comfortable position. They're not to heavy either.

The can opener can be washed in water with mild detergents.

This KUKPO can opener is truly high quality.

Check out this can opener on Amazon.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Oral Stericlean Uv Portable Toothbrush Sanitizer

I received the Oral Stericlean Uv Portable Toothbrush Sanitizer through a promotion.

Product Info:
  • Kills harmful bacteria 
  • Helps clean and sanitize toothbrush
  • Takes 2 AAA batteries (not included)
When I first got this product, the first thing I noticed was that it needed batteries. The product description on Amazon never stated what type of batteries it needed. I figured it'd need some because how else would the light work? I just wish it would have been stated. 

The battery compartment can be located on the bottom side of the toothbrush sanitizer. The lid was easy to get on and off. 

 The lid of the case flips open easily. There's not much keeping the lid and bottom part together. Just two little hinges that could break easily. The lid does help make the light look dimmer, so it's not as bright on your eyes.

The bottom of the case has little tabs to keep your toothbrush in place. It works for smaller or thinner toothbrushes. Mine is a thicker toothbrush, so it was harder to get into the tabs to stay put.

The light is long enough for your toothbrush and not much more than the brush part. The light is bright and helps sanitize the toothbrush. The toothbrush santizer also works as a holder to keep it from getting dirty when not in use. It's portable, so it can be taken with you to go.

It is a bit annoying that the light turns on every time you open the case. It drains the batteries and also lessens the life of the uv light. It does have an automatic shut off for the light after a few minutes of it being on.

Check out this toothbrush sanitizer on Amazon.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Super Bright 11 LED Hat Clip Light

I received the Super Bright 11 LED Hat Clip Light through a promotion. 

Product Info: 
  • 11 LED lights
  • Attaches to cap, hands free
  • 3 AAA batteries (not included)
  • Size: 90 x 60 x 17 mm
When I first received this hat clip light, a clip was broken on the lid or closure part where the batteries go. It made it difficult to keep the batteries in the device because the closure wouldn't stay on. I messaged the company about the issue and they were very quick at responding and helping me solve the issue. Very great communication and customer service on their part. 

The device takes 3 AAA batteries to get to work. The hat clip light shows directions on which way the batteries go. The on button is to the side of where the batteries are kept. The button is small and round, yet easy to push. 

Beware of turning on the light with it facing you. It is very bright!! 

The clips go over the brim of one's hat with the light underneath to make a flashlight that's hands free. Similar to a head lamp.

The brim of the hat needs to be fairly straight to get the clip to fit. A hat with a brim that's rounded or curved a lot makes it difficult for the hat clip to stay on.

Check out this hat light on amazon.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mascara & Lip Plumper

I received the Mascara and Lip Plumper by EnvyDerm Cosmetics through a promotion.

Product Info:
  • Lip plumper can plump lips up to 37% fuller
  • Synthetic fragrances
  • Sheer to Semi-sheer color for lip plumper 
  • Peptides and Tripeptides to boost lip collagen
  • Dries quickly for Mascara 
The lip plumper I received was a bright red with glitter. It reminded me a lot of lip gloss by the appearance of it. On my lips, the lip plumper has a semi-sheer appearance. It left my lips slightly redder than normal. The fragrance reminded me of how a dentist office smells. 

EnvyDerm claims the lip plumper has no pain, burning, or stinging feeling to it. I am either allergic to it or the statement is false. At first, the lip plumper was a bit sticky. With that sticky feeling, it felt like a cool mint tingly feeling. As it dried, the lip plumper started to sting and burn for a bit. after about five minutes of that, it went back to the cool mint tingling feeling that has no pain with it. It's happened that way each time I've used the lip plumper. 

The mascara was in a long silver tube, which looked very neat. The mascara has a wonderful hourglass shaped brush that is flexible. It helps catch all of the lashes. The brush and mascara helps leave no clumps behind. Within a few strokes, I can tell my lashes had looked fuller and longer. 

The mascara feels light on my lashes and dried quickly. It didn't smudge or smear when I blinked for the first few times after I put it on, like most mascaras I use do. My lashes also feel nice to touch and don't feel stiff. They're still soft and flexible with this mascara on. 

I noticed the longer and more frequently I've used the mascara, the longer my eye lashes seem to appear even after I take the mascara off. 

Check on this contest that EnvyDerm is hosting for a chance to win a $300 giftcard to EnvyDerm.com. ENDS APRIL 31st, 2015.

Harry Potter Keyring & Bracelet Set

I received the Harry Potter Keyring and Bracelet Set through a promotion.

Product Info:
  • Metal: Alloy
  • Clasp: Easy hook
When I first got the bracelet and keyring set, they looked somewhat sturdy. The keyring looked like it would last longer than the bracelet. In a way, I was right when assuming that.

When I first tried to put the bracelet on, the clasp came off the bracelet. Thankfully, I could get it to look back in where it was suppose to go and close the little ring shut with a pliers. It hadn't been fully closed when I got it. The bracelet works fine now and looks great.

The keyring had lasted for about a month. The clasp made it easy to put onto a set of keys. 

Today, though, I accidentally dropped my keys when I was trying to unlock my front door. The keys fell to the porch and the harry pottery key ring fell off it's clasp. The clasp is still attached to my key set. 

This keyring and bracelet set isn't the best quality, but they are fun while they lasted.

Check out this set on amazon.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Insulated Cola Shaped Water Bottle

I received the MIRA 17oz. Insulated Cola Shaped Water Bottle through a promotion. 

Product Info:
  • 17 oz
  • Can be used for cold or hot drinks
  • Stainless Steel interior 
When I first received this water bottle, I could tell by the feel that the bottle was made of a nice stainless steel that would keep the drink cool or hot depending on what type of drink I had in it.

I took off the lid, which it made an awful sound for the first few turns of the cap. The lid has a nice seal on it to keep the drinks inside without having the bottle leak or spill if tipped over. The lid goes down into the bottle, so I noticed that the bottle can't be filled all the way to the top otherwise the liquid would be pushed out. Basically, where the bottle narrows at the top is where the cut off point for the liquid should be.

The small opening makes it a little difficult to clean the bottle thoroughly. This isn't a bottle to put coffee or hot chocolate in because of how difficult it can be to clean. Clear liquids would be fine.

I also put a paper towel in the bottle after I wash it to keep it from smelling and to help it get dry.

The first time I used the cola water bottle, I had put gatoraid and a few crushed ice cubes inside the bottle to get it cold. I didn't put it in the fridge or anything beyond that. I was surprised at how cold the bottle and my drink had got under a half hour. The coldness last a few hours that way.

A few of the other times I've used the water bottle, I had put my drink into the water bottle and stuck it in the fridge for awhile before I took it with me. The drink stayed cold for more than eight hours. It gradually got warmer, but it stayed colder than room temperature for those eight hours. I was surprised.

Check out this MIRA Insulated Cola Water Bottle on Amazon

Saturday, April 18, 2015

7pcs Makeup Brushes Set by Xtava

I received the 7pcs Makeup Brush Set with Stylish Case from Xtava through a promotion.

Product Info:
  • Pieces include: powder brush, foundation brush, kabuki brush, precision eyebrow definer brush, eye shadow base brush, eye shader brush, and lip brush. 
  • Natural and Synthetic bristle blend
  • Helps attract and deposit powdered products with natural fibers
  • Helps absorb and be streak-free with synthetic materials on the bristles 
  • Lightweight wood for brush handles
  • Soft & sturdy clutch case
First thing I noticed with this product is that the picture of what each brush is is on the outside of the box. I love this! I'm not familiar with some of the brushes, so having the picture on the box makes it easier for me to identify them and look up ways to use them. 
The clutch case the brushes came in is soft to the touch, but it feels like it could get oily or dirty easily. I'm afraid it might not be easy to clean. Although, it makes keeping the brushes together and organized a breeze.

The brushes are packaged very well and protected within the case. Many have a plastic wrap over them to keep them clean and together without having the bristles damaged.

Each of the brushes are very soft to the touch, which makes me feel confident that they will be gentle and feel wonderful on my skin. (Which they were each time I used some of them.) I haven't used all of the brushes yet because I don't always wear makeup or the kind of makeup that the brush is designed for.

I have used the eye shadow base, eye shader, foundation, powder, and lip brush so far. Each worked very well. They work as Xtava has described them to. Many of the brushes absorb and deposit makeup with the right amount for me. They don't leave too much or too little on my skin. They also work very nicely to blend the makeup (such as the powder and foundation brush). The lip brush doesn't leave any streaks and helps spread liquid lipstick or gloss evenly. The handles for each brush are lightweight and easy to hold.

The brushes are also very easy to clean and wash out. They dry quickly as well.

Check out this makeup brush set on amazon

Scarlet Detangler & Black Satin Paddle Brush

I received the Scarlet Detangler and Black Satin Paddle Brush through a promotion.

Product Info:
  • Comes in travel cosmetic bag
  • Works on dry or wet hair
  • Soft Grip
The design and appearance of the Black Satin Paddle Brush and Scarlet Detangler looks very professional and clean. The both feel nice in my hands when holding them due to the soft grip. They fit very comfortably in my grip. 

Compared to some of the other detangler brushes I've used, the Satin Detangler goes through my hair better and easier to get out tangles. It doesn't pull as much as others I have tried. It's also not as hollow as some of the others I've used. It feels like a better quality. 

On the down side, the Black Satin Paddle Brush seemed to be squished or flattened when I received it. I can pop it back up, but during use, it'll collapse back down. It's makes it harder to get through my long hair because it'll catch or make it difficult to get out tangles without pulling or tearing out my hair.

Check out this product on the Hair Symphony's website or Amazon.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ultra Flex Knee Brace & Ankle Support

I received the Ultra Flex Knee Brace and Ankle Support through a promotion.

Product Info:
  • Silicone strips on knee brace to prevent slipping 
  • Enforced trim to withstand high tension and last longer
  • 80% neoprene that helps waterproof the knee brace
  • Adjustable size
  • One patella design which helps reduce pressure on the knee 
The knee brace feels as if it was made with a heavy duty material that will be able to withstand a lot of tension, especially if one wears it while working out or running.

The non-slip silicone grips do help keep the brace from slipping, especially after they warm up.

The hole on the knee brace is a bit small. It covers part of the knee cap on me, so it feels funny at first until I get used to it. It still works with help reducing pressure on my knee.

The outside fabric of the knee brace isn't soft to the touch. It's a bit rough, but it doesn't really affect the performance of the product.

The ankle brace is made of similar material as the knee brace, except it doesn't have the silicone non-slip grips. At first, I was confused at which way the ankle brace went on. I looked at the picture on the box the ankle and knee brace came in to get the idea of how it was to go on.

Both braces are adjustable and help support the knee or ankle. The velcro on the braces are strong and sticks well, so it'd be able to hold together during a workout.

I used them when I went for walks and running. They have lasted and worked well each time I've used them.

Check out these braces on amazon or Ultra Flex Athletics's website.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Knife Sharpener

I received the Knife Sharpener from Priority Chef through a promotion.

Product Info:
  • Creates concave shaped finish 
  • Creates extra sharpness 
  • Ergonomic designed handle 
  • Non-slip base
When I pulled this knife sharpener out of it's box, I was impressed with how well it looked and felted. I really liked the design on it. The knife sharpener seems very durable. The handle was wide and high enough to be able to fit my hand on it comfortably. It allows for a comfortable grip. The non-slip base allows me to put pressure into sharpening the knife without having to worry about the sharpener moving on me and having the knife come back at me on accident. 

This knife sharpener from Priority Chef works in two steps. First, using the Tungsten carbide blades (closest to the handle) should be used for dull knives. 3-4 pulls through these blades helps sharpen the knife and prepare it's shape. Second, the 2 ceramic wheels will help sharpen the knife and create a razor like edge. 

The Tungsten carbide blades alone get the knives sharper than what they had been within a few pulls. The ceramic wheels get the knives very sharp. I was impressed with how well they worked. 

Do avoid sharpening the knives and using this around children or letting them play with it. It could allow them to get hurt if you or they are not careful. 

This knife sharpener is not suitable for serrated or ceramic knives. It could ruin the blades of those knives. 

Check out this knife sharpener on amazon