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Sunday, November 20, 2016

CAMTOA Adjustable LED Headlamp Headlight Flashlight


The CAMTOA 5000LM Focusable Led Headlamp retails for $19.50 on Amazon

 This headlamp doesn't look or feel cheap at all, but is lightweight enough to maintain comfort. The headlight has four different settings and on their own are very bright, but together are fantastic. First setting is the middle light only, second is the two end lights, and third is all of them together. The fourth setting is a strobe light which is great when you get lost or want to get attention. To turn it off you have to click the button to cycle through the settings.
The headlamp isn't heavy at all but of course it has some weight to it. I believe anyone of all ages would have no problem using this. I have also included a picture of my forehead after about 10-15 minutes of use while walking. It did leave an indent and redness, which was surprising because it didn't feel like it would. I was happy that I didn't feel any discomfort while running either. I would recommend placing something like a handkerchief in between the headlamp and your head. The compartment to house the batteries are on the back and that is not uncomfortable at all and I hardly noticed it is there.
It comes with two batteries and a charger and I was happy to see that the batteries already had a charge to them and I was able to use it right out of the box. I was also happy to find that the direction of light is adjustable and you can aim the light from your feet to the sky without moving your head. The center light is zoomable.
I am very pleased with my purchase and I would recommend this to friends and family because of all the settings and adjustments.

Here is my Amazon review

Friday, September 16, 2016

Formula X The System XCEL™ -Customizable Gel-Like Nail Polish Set




 I was very excited to try the Formula X nail polish set.  Getting a gel manicure once every 4 to 6 weeks to pamper myself adds up quickly.  I spend $35-$40 plus tip each trip so $50 x 12 is....holy cow...I never did the math before and writing this review has given me a huge wake up call!  I spend about $600 a year JUST ON MY FREAKIN' NAILS!!! I used to think products or sets that costs up to $100 was just too expensive and always passed them up, but now that I realize how much I spend a year for someone else to do my nails, I will think twice about my purchases from now on.  Plus, doing them at home will not only be cheaper, but I won't have to inhale all the fumes from the salon, I won't have anyone but myself to blame when I get nicked and hurt, and I won't feel uncomfortable when people rudely speak in another language right in front of me. (I am not being mean, I just know we all think of this, LOL). Only downfall is that I can't just kick back and relax while feeling like a princess.  I will have to do the work myself. 

I want to say upfront that I have only painted my nails once with this set. So this is more a first impression than a full review. I'm sure through trial and error I will be able to use the product to it's full potential.  Like any product you use, you become more experienced the more you use it. I am also not a pro at doing my nails, so this review is geared more toward beginners like myself. I think reviews would be more beneficial for people like me.  It says that the polish will last up to 10 days.  I saw the tips of my nails start to chip by the third day.  It slowly started to chip more and more and the picture is after day 10. But I worked all week. I did housework, and I also did manual labor all week ( ripping apart and putting 100 or so chairs together, which is probably more than most women would do in a week, so keep that in mind)
On to the products.

First the cleanser. 
I've never heard, nor seen a nail cleanser before so I was excited to try it for the first time.   I was shocked to see that it lived up to the name. I could literally see my nails become matte, clean and free of oil. The only thing I didn't like was that the brush started to clump into pieces. At first it divided into two parts, and as the more I used it it divided more and more until it was into at least 6 different parts. I tried pressing it onto a towel, shaking it in the bottle, and pressing differently on my nail to no avail. I will keep working with it and see if I can find a solution. 

The primer, I believe, is like a normal base coat. It helps keep the polish adhere to your nails and help it stay on longer. I like that it is infused with keratin. It says that it helps prevent staining and I absolutely believe that.  I say that because I am a cigarette smoker, and whenever my nails are done, by the end of the week my index and middle finger is typically stained yellow (YUCK!!) from the smoke.  I examined my nails and you really can't tell that it is stained. If I look VERY closely I can tell it is a TAD more yellow, but not much. That speaks volumes of this primer because any and all polish stains on those fingers, even polish from the salon. I am in awe of this and has sold me on this set. 

When I got to the polish named "TGIF" which is a beautiful coral pink color. I didn't think it would look good on my light/pale skin, but I was pleasantly surprised that it looked wonderful on me.  
I at first used a thin layer as my first coat to test it out. It was streaky and because of the formula it is not ideal to go over the same spot, because your nails will just become a mess.   Just wait for the second coat to fix bald  spots.  For my second coat I added a more thicker coat.  My biggest suggestion, and even the booklet says to do this, is to use ONLY the three stroke method. Start with the middle, then each side, then finish with the tip of you nail. (The name should really be the 4 stroke method, shouldn't it?)  My nails looked amazingly thick, smooth, even and plump.  It really looked like I just left the salon! I was so surprised and happy! 

Finally I used the top coat. It made my polish a bit more glossy but not by much, and finished the look. 

Besides the cleanser, I really like the design of all the other brushes. 

I was surprised after all those layers that my nails dried faster than any polish products that I've ever used. I even left the house 15 min later and drove to get food and had no accidents or indents. That was also one of my favorite things about this set. 

My normal routine is that I use a base coat, then I use alternating coats of Gelous Nail Gel Base Coat and whatever polish I want to use.  I usually add 4 very thin coats of each product to build and make it look thick like a salon gel polish (8 total coats), and then a top coat. So I spend a really long time on my nails. Using my method really works and was the best thing in comparison to a salon manicure until I tried the Formula X set. This compares to my normal routine (yes, my routine takes a really long time and is a pain to do) but it works just as well as Formula X and I only need to do 4 steps instead of 10. I think most women will think 4 steps is going to be a pain, but like I said, this takes less time for me. 

I recommended Formula X The System XCEL™ -Customizable Gel-Like Nail Polish Set for beginners and pros alike.  My nails looked like I just came out of the salon when in actuality I did them myself while watching Netflix. Many MANY products promise this but yet I haven't found any other products that actually work the way they promise besides this new manicure set.  The best thing I like about it is that all the coats are fast drying and I can go about my day in about 15 minutes MAX.  They have tons of beautiful colors, it's only 4 steps,, it's for beginners and pros alike, and it's actually easier than my normal routine.  If you do the 3 (really 4) stroke method correctly, your nails will look amazing.

 The Delete All polish remover is like some sort of witchcraft. The tub has 5 holes so you can clean your whole hand at once. I put in all five fingers and moved them around for no more than five seconds and when I pulled them out, they were 98% clean. It was amazing. I am sold on this product and this is absolutely my new favorite polish cleaner.  



I received the Formula X products complimentary from Influenster, but all opinions are my own. and in no way influenced my review. 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

LG Google Nexus 5X Phone Case By CoverON




I'm surprised by how much I love this phone case. It makes my phone a bit bulky with it on but that's a good price to pay to have so much protection. The matte soft touch plastic, the patches of rigid rubber, and the different textures all around the phone make me feel confident that my phone will stay put in my hand and not wind up on the floor.

When I first opened the package I thought to myself that this wasn't anything like I imagined. Although, after I put together the back cover, the shock resistant lining, and the front border, I was pleasantly surprised at how protected my phone was. I love the bumpers on all four corners of the case that give it even more added protection.  I also love the buttons that line my power and volume buttons. The case now makes the buttons more pronounced and they have a very nice feel/click to them. The kickstand on the back is a really nice bonus and works very well. The kickstand has a very nice sturdy feel to it. It doesn't feel cheap or flimsy  at all and makes a nice solid click when extending as well as putting in back in place when you're done. Everything seems to fit perfectly and no pieces wobble or feel loose.





Other reviews for this case that I've seen have stated that they had a problem with getting their charger to connect while the case was on, but I didn't have that problem. The port is a perfect, snug fit and it connects and charges without problem. I attached a photo showing that my phone charges with the case on.



I have not dropped my phone since having the case on, neither accidental or on purpose. I will update if the case did not hold up when dropped  Understandably, I am not going to drop my phone on purpose to see what happens.


To buy this case for yourself, search Amazon for:
LG Google Nexus 5X Case, CoverON® [DuraShield Series] Drop Proof Phone Cover Grip + Bumper + Stand Hybrid Case For LG Google Nexus 5X - Black

Original List price is $14.99 but you can get it now for $9.97.


I received this phone case at a discount for my open and honest review. Receiving this at a discount in no way influenced my review.









Saturday, November 21, 2015

Grand Cru Black Ejuice Review- Now with UPDATE!


"Black" by Grand Cru is described as a flakey strudel pastry layered with a rich blackberry/apple filling and sweet cinnamon sugar. The VG/PG ratio for this is a max 100% VG ratio.

The first flavor that hits you is the strudel. Once you take a hit and exhale, you will taste a subtle cinnamon flavor. It is a nice addition to the ejuice. It isn't too harsh and is just enough and it really pairs well with the strudel. I think it's the perfect amount.

For me, I get the strong strudel, and a light cinnamon flavor on the exhale, but the blackberry/apple was lost in my ejuice.. I didn't taste either one of those flavors in my batch. I'm letting my ejuice steep for a while to see if it draws out the fruit flavor, as I was really excited to try that flavor combo. I will update if I find any changes.

UPDATE 12/3

Womp, there it is! After letting it steep for a week and a half, WOW what a difference. The strudel flavor has now subsided and has allowed that sweet blackberry/apple flavor to come out and play! What a world of difference.  The flavors pair so well together and you get a sweet/savory hit.

 Before, the strudel was so overpowering and it made the juice unpleasant. I threw it in my box and almost wrote it off. Decided to give it another shot today and I had to double check the bottle because it didn't even taste like the same juice.

 I now know the importance of steeping your juice. Maybe you have a juice or two in your box that you ended up not liking. I encourage you to give those another shot, you might be as intrigued as me!

You never know how long the ejuice has been sitting in a shop or factory. I know when most of us get juice, we want to use it right away, but try to plan out to where you can let your juice chill in a dark dry place for 3-14 days to be able to taste the juice the way it was intended.



I love the label, and I'm really proud of the picture I took. It's only from a cell phone, but I think the label really pops, especially in the daylight. This is one of the few ejuices that actually have the description on the bottle.

I sampled this juice using my Kangertech Subbox Mini at 25.0W

Grand Cru has four ejuices in their line, Black, Sapphire, Pearl, and Imperial. They sell for $19.99 for a 30ml bottle