Oct 17

LORDEAR Shower System ★★★★★

LORDEAR BT14512 – Shower System with a Combo of Shower Head & Handheld Shower (5 Function each) – Chrome Plated Finish

I wasn’t sure if I would be able to install the LORDEAR Shower System. We have very hard water, and I thought some of the deposits might jam the head I want to remove. Not so. I took the old showerhead off with ease.  Replacing was not rocket science. The only tool I used was an adjustable wrench. Twist and turn was all that’s needed.

My husband had his doubts when I got this. Our old showerhead works just fine, he says. That is, until he experienced the ultimate shower. Now, he loves it. Everyone in the family loves it.

This thing is two showerheads in one. I can use either or both. I can make it a fine rain or a concentrated blast. The handheld showerhead comes off with ease. Just about the only con is it shoots so much water, I think our water conservation efforts have gone out the window.

This product was provided for review by LORDEAR.

Oct 17

Gled Full Color E27 3w LED Crystal Auto Rotating Stage Light ★★★★★

Gled Full Color E27 3w LED Crystal Auto Rotating Stage Light DJ Lamp Light Bulb

The Gled Crystal Auto Rotating Stage Light is great for parties. It fits into any standard light bulb socket and begins rotating as soon as I turn it on. The patterns it creates on my ceiling are fun and soothing. About the only thing wrong with it is there’s no way to stop it without turning off the lamp. No static pattern allowed, and the speed is constant.

This product was provided for review by Gled.

Oct 17

Jelly Comb Wireless NFC Bluetooth Headset ★★★☆☆

Jelly Comb Wireless NFC Bluetooth Headset Handsfree Phone Call & A2DP Music Streaming for Bluetooth Enabled Devices

The Jelly Comb Wireless NFC Bluetooth Headset comes with an ear hook to keep it on, but it also has a silicone wing attached. That’s plenty enough to keep it from falling off. I went without the hook.

The sound is good for music. I walk my dog listening to it. That way, one ear stays free. Phone calls are not great, according to my son. When he calls me, he says my voice is very soft. I hear him just fine, and our conversations are good enough that we don’t ask each other to repeat.

Bluetooth is easy to pair and it reconnects automatically. There’s only one problem: The ear piece speaks Chinese. I don’t understand Chinese. For something sold in the U.S., that would probably irritate a lot of people, hence the three stars.

This product was provided for review by Jelly Comb Corp.

Oct 17

Travel Towel ★★★★☆

Travel Towel – Microfiber

The Travel Towel really is absorbent. I use it right out of a shower and not a drop of water on my body remains. The generous size is enough for me to wrap around my body, though it is too short and revealing for me to answer any door in (no, I don’t normally answer a door looking like that anyway).

My husband used the towel yesterday and complained loudly. It sticks to his face. True. It has a suede-like texture, not conducive to sliding over skin. It’s blot-blot-blot, not rub-rub-rub.

I will subtract a star for the skin-grabbing texture. Absorption and size keep the rating floating at four stars.

This product was provided for review by Shandali.

Oct 17

Flux™ Bluetooth LED Light Bulb ★★★☆☆

Flux™ Bluetooth LED Light Bulb – Dimmable Multicolored Color Changing LED Lights – 7 Watt (40 Watt Replacement) – E26 Medium Base – Energy Efficient Personal Wireless Lighting – Smartphone Controlled – Works with Apple iPhone, iPad and Android Phone

The Flux™ Bluetooth LED Light Bulbimpressed me with its range of features. Change it to any color of the rainbow. Have it automatically change colors in any combination and speed. Play music and watch it pulse. Dim it, warm it, make it strobe.

Why three stars? Because the Bluetooth feature needs work. I have the necessary app installed on my HTC One M8. Sometimes, it pairs, sometimes it doesn’t. When it doesn’t, it just won’t. I turn the light on, of, on, off. Eventually, it might work. Sometimes, I won’t have any problems and I think an app update made my problem disappear . . . until it happens again.

My husband thought the light was broken, but that’s just how it works. There is a pause between flipping a switch and seeing light. If you need instant light, this is not the light for you.

It is a good light for setting the mood at a gathering. Too bad the Bluetooth part doesn’t work so well. If it did, I would give it five stars. The frustration with pairing is what brings it down to three.

This product was provided for review by Flux Smart Lights.

Oct 17

Lavievert Decorative Ramie Cotton Square Throw Pillow Cover Cushion Case ★★★★★

Lavievert Decorative Ramie Cotton Square Throw Pillow Cover Cushion Case Handmade Taupe and Khaki Stripe Toss Pillowcase with Hidden Zipper Closure 18 X 18 Inches (For Living Room, Sofa, Etc)

The Lavievert Decorative Ramie Cotton Square Throw Pillow Cover Cushion Case fits my couch pillow like a glove. It is well-constructed: the zipper sewn so that it’s hidden, the material robust enough to withstand always being plumped and leaned against. The neutral pattern will blend in more than stand out. I like it.

This product was provided for review by Lavivert.

Oct 17

Instinct Grain-Free Limited Ingredient Diet Lamb Meal and Peas Dry Dog Food ★★★☆☆

Instinct Grain-Free Limited Ingredient Diet Lamb Meal and Peas Dry Dog Food

My kids are in charge of feeding the family dog. They insist she hates Instinct Grain-Free Limited Ingredient Diet Lamb Meal and Peas Dry Dog. Nevertheless, she finished the entire bag, and survived it all without tummy troubles or sign of illness. Okay, so she’s not crazy about it, but she’ll eat it.

This product was provided for review by the Amazon Vine program.

Oct 17

Tiparos Fish Sauce ★★★★★

Tiparos Fish Sauce

Oh my gosh. This is the fish sauce my mom used when I was growing up. Now, of course, it’s the one I have to buy. I use Tiparos Fish Sauce in every recipe where fish sauce is required and they always come out right — perfectly flavored. I don’t have to adjust much, if at all.

Yuuummy. Don’t ask my husband, though. He always asks me what died, and he’s serious. Don’t get it in the carpet because it’s hard to get the stink out. Okay, I won’t call it stink, because it smells good to me. For the uninitiated, it’s strong. In Chinese restaurants, they call it “pungent.”

Oct 17

Terk HDTVa Indoor Amplified High-Definition Antenna ★★★★★

This review was originally posted May 20, 2008.

Terk HDTVa Indoor Amplified High-Definition Antenna for Off-Air HDTV Reception

I couldn’t get any channels on my tv before using the Terk HDTVa Indoor Amplified High-Definition Antenna. Now, I have at least 50. It’s much bigger than I thought it would be, but it works. Actually, if I want to extend the rabbit ears, I’d need a whole corner of the room, about as much room as I’d give an indoor tree.

It came with wall mounting instructions and also a little note, like an afterthought, to not mount the product horizontally. I was confused, the web site says I can mount it on a wall. I thought that means horizontal, and why did I get mounting strips? But I don’t need to mount it on anything anyway.

The antenna is directional. Some channels come in better with it pointed one way and other channels come in better with it pointed the other. Once I can get the majority of the channels I want, I stop touching it. That can be frustrating for some people, but I don’t watch a lot of channels.

Oct 17

Snapware 401018 Mods 22-Piece Food-Storage Box Set ★★☆☆☆

This review was originally posted June 8, 2008.

Snapware 401018 Mods 22-Piece Food-Storage Box Set

I bought the Snapware-Piece Food-Storage Box Set as a replacement for a friend. I took home one treasured piece from a friend’s potluck. She repeated over and over how precious this brand new set was to her and how she wanted it back. Imagine my horror when I got home and found this brand new piece was ruined by a tomato stain. I know it wasn’t stained when the food was put in. I saw it in its virgin state. It was perfectly clear and then a stain. Most of the time, I’ve found that plastic storage containers stain when tomato based foods are heated in them, but this food was cold. Most containers nowadays seem to resist staining, so this left a huge negative impression.

STAINING

Of course, these storage containers stain more easily than other plastic storage containers. However, I have managed to keep all but two of these plastic containers stain-free, so it’s not as bad as I originally thought.

LEAKING

This product is not good for storing soup in my daughter’s lunch bag. When she gets home, her bag is a soaking mess. The box is closed, but soup is everywhere.

EASE OF USE

Snapping the lids on is not hard, but as the product ages, I am finding it harder and harder to do. It’s like they don’t fit as well now as they used to. This can happen with disposable containers, but it shouldn’t happen with reusable ones.

SUMMARY

There are more durable products out there that don’t stain as easily and don’t leak. I would personally not buy this set again.