Aug 03

Glowzone BB Cream ★★★★☆

Glowzone BB Cream – Anti Aging Moisturizing Foundation with SPF 25 Matrixyl 3000. One Step Skin Care for Daily Use – Beauty Balm for All Skin Types and Light to Medium Skin Tone; with Peptides & Argireline, Aloe to Soothe, Vitamins A and E

I’ve used a lot of different BB creams, which I like because they’re a one stop shop for all skin care needs. Glowzone BB Cream says it has SPF 25, and I find that it moisturizes very well. My skin feels so supple after I put it on every day. The only problem is even though the product title says it’s for light to medium tone, it doesn’t really have a noticeable tint. If it would tint my skin, I would give it five stars.

This product was provided for review by DC Homewares.

Aug 03

Paladineer Outdoor Sun Hat ★★★★★

Paladineer Outdoor Sun Hat for Hiking Fishing Safari with Sweatband Mesh Khaki H01

This style of hat is one of my favorites, and while the Paladineer Hat is a little on the lightweight side, it holds its form very well and does a great job at keeping the sun out of my face. This hat has an elastic cord to adjust the headband and it comes with an adjustable chin strap, which is a must because wind is always blowing my other hats away. Side vents let in so my head could breathe, but I’m not sure if I feel a difference. Just the shading is all I need, and it does that well. I’ve been wearing this hat on my daily walks, and I will keep using it because I really do like it.

This product was provided for review by Paladineer.

Aug 03

BELKA Cutlery ” The Explorer ” Series, Portable Integral Locking Shooting Knife ★★★★☆

BELKA Cutlery ” The Explorer ” Series, Portable Integral Locking Shooting Knife with Bronze Color Finish & Belt Clip & Vintage 2-3/8 in Razor Steel Blade

The BELKA Knife is a nice knife. It almost looks like something that could be antique. When we open it, there’s a design that goes all the way from the handle to the tip of the blade. I had to figure out how to get it closed the first time I opened it, because it locks open and there were no obvious latches or instructions. Well, there is a latch. We have to pull it out towards ourselves. Hard to explain in words.

The knife wasn’t very sharp when I received it. The maker warned us before we got it that we have to sharpen it when we get it, because they don’t want to hurt anyone in the shipping process with a sharp knife, which I think is silly. I’ve gotten sharp knives shipped to me. They just have to be packaged properly. Besides, this one comes folded up. Well, I happen to have a knife sharpener, which got the blade pretty darn sharp. It will cut open my packages now, and it feels solid in my hands while I’m doing it.

This product was provided for review by BELKA.

Aug 03

Fiskars 12 Inch Wooden Ruler ★★★★★

Fiskars 12 Inch Wooden Ruler (01-005359)

I bought Fiskars 12 Inch Wooden Rulers when they were on sale, some sort of back to school special. I didn’t realize they were Fiskars rulers until I looked on the tag in the back today. They are great rulers, much better than some of those plastic ones. For one thing, I can see the markings clearly. When the rulers are made of clear plastic, the material underneath it sometimes obscures what I really need to read. For another, this one has both inches and centimeters. I know metric is often on rulers, but it isn’t always. I can tell you there were times when I needed metric and it wasn’t there. Fiskars has metric.

There are holes on this ruler which fit a 3-ring binder. That doesn’t seem to keep them from sprouting feet and walking away. I keep losing them and replacing them, which is why I’m glad I bought so many.

Aug 01

Solove Titan Series High Capacity 20000mah Mobile Phone Portable Power Bank ★★★★★

Ultra Thin Power Bank, Solove Titan Series High Capacity 20000mah Mobile Phone Portable Power Bank Charger Pack for iPhone 6 Plus/6/5s/5/4s, iPad, iPod, Samsung Galaxy, Cell Phones, Tablets — Red

It’s hard to get me excited about power banks. I’ve seen so many of them, they really need something to stand out. The Solove Titan Power Bank wins for looks and performance. On one full charge, the Solove power bank can fully charge my HTC One M8, my Kindle Voyage, 5000 mAh power bank, and 70% of my Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ tablet. That’s incredible.

Let me tell you, these things have come a long way. In the early days, a 20,000 mAh power banks were much bulkier, and they could only be recharged with an AC adapter. Now, it recharges with a micro USC cable. Sure, that can take the better part of a day, but I consider it an improvement.

Solove is the size of my Kindle Voyage, just a bit thicker and heavier but very sleek. It has two USB ports (I used them at the same time), but no flashlight. Really, who ever uses the flashlight on a power bank for anything? If you simply need a charger for your cell phone to use every now and then, I’d say get something smaller, about 5000 mAh (in the world of power banks, capacity and size go hand in hand). For larger devices or extended stays in the woods, this is a great choice.

This product was provided for review by Kingstar.

Aug 01

Hershey’s S’mores Kit ★★★★★

Hershey’s S’mores Kit

I know what you’re thinking, why buy the kit when you can buy all the separate ingredients yourself? It’s not like there are a lot of items: graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallows – enough to make 36 S’mores. Yum.

But there’s something special about having it all in one box, even more special if you intend to give it as a gift. My first impression when I opened the Hershey’s S’mores Kit? The graham cracker packages were small, but that wasn’t going to discourage me from making S’mores. I did as the box says and toasted my S’mores in the toaster oven. If you’ve never done that, you ought to give it a go. Oh . . . my . . . gumdrops. They are the most perfect S’mores I’ve ever tasted in my life, even better than over a campfire, because the chocolate melted onto the crackers. Heaven couldn’t taste this good.

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

Aug 01

Little House on the Prairie (Pilot)★★★★☆

Little House on the Prairie (Pilot)

I bought the series because I loved it so much as a child. My daughter expressed interest in it, but what’s showing right now on satellite is the later years. She wanted to see the kids when they were little, so I went ahead and bought Little House on the Prairie. We just watched the pilot tonight as a family. It streams smoothly in SD, but the colors are dark. In some scenes, it’s a little hard to see through the shadows. I’m not sure if HD would have been better. I loved the episode, though. Some scenes were roughly edited, but the kids were so young, it made me nostalgic.

Jul 30

Gelindo Premium Pocket Multitool ★★★★★

Gelindo Premium Pocket Multitool With Sheath, Knife, Pliers, Saw & More (Blue)

I’ve been collecting multitools for my car. There are so many types, but each one I own has special tools not found in the others. In this case, it’s the pliers. I like it. The Gelindo Multitool well-built with a nice weight, and feels solid in my hands. I’ve been using it for every task I can think of around the house.

My only complaint is the Phillips screwdriver, which could benefit from a more pointed tip. I can’t get it to turn a lot of screws because it’s wide and blunted and doesn’t catch the screws, but I was able to use it to screw on my bike’s alarm horn.

This product was provided for review by GelindoDirect.

Jul 30

Armitron Women’s 75/5195SVTT Diamond Accented Dial Two-Tone Bracelet Watch ★★★★★

Armitron Women’s 75/5195SVTT Diamond Accented Dial Two-Tone Bracelet Watch

Here’s a watch that will go with anything – casual or dressy, it fits right in. The Armitron Women’s Two-Tone Bracelet Watch comes with an extender link, which means the band can be adjusted somewhat without the need for a jeweler. I, with my tiny wrist, had to remove an additional four links.

It fits me like a glove now. I wear it all day, every day. The lack of numbers on the watch face gives it a more sophisticated look, and the tiny crystal adds to it. A date function would be nice, but maybe that would mar the sleek look.

This product was provided for review by the E. Gluck Corporation.

Jul 30

Dove Deodorant, Advanced Care ★★★★☆

Dove Deodorant, Advanced Care Original Clean

I’m not one of those folks who expects a deodorant to last through a workout and then help them make it through the rest of the day. If I work out, I shower, so there’s no way I can tell you if Dove Advanced Care will do the trick. However, it does work for me on a relatively inactive day, which is a typical day for me.

The scent is okay. Original clean is a little too clinical. I like powder fresh better. I also prefer lotion, but they don’t sell the lotions in the store anymore. Sticks last longer (they don’t run out, I mean), so maybe sticks are more popular. I’m not sure about Nutrium Moisture. I’ve never felt the need to moisturize my armpits. That’s a dichotomy, right? It will keep them moist and dry.

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