Monday, December 19, 2016

REVIEW: Aulker ID101HR Heart Rate Pedometer Smart Band

Happy Holidays all! :)



I was very fortunate to be selected to receive this "smart watch" at a discounted price in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 


In terms of this review, I think I will give ratings on a scale of 5:
-5 best/good
-4 okay
-3 average
-2 poor
-1 really bad


PACKAGING: 3/5
Note the "OPEN HERE" text on the bottom right corner of this packaging.

Opens up so that you can see the watch.
Why the poor rating: Well off the bat, you can tell it isn't a really expensive watch to begin with. (Currently priced at $32.99 as I type this review). 
Packaging was really light as well. (Are smart watches supposed to be light? Because it felt like I was holding an empty box). 

Loved the idea of the "open here" flap so that you can get a good look at the watch, BUT the way they positioned it made it impossible to even see the watch. You can probably only see the watch straps at most. Kind of killed the appeal of the item. 

Functions and specifications are clearly stated on the back of the box. Also came with a strip of instructions (not pictured, forgot to take picture). 

INSTRUCTIONS: 2.5/5 
I must say, I was quite confused over how to use the watch at first. I couldn't get it to turn on and I couldn't figure out how to charge it. Turns out you have to take the watch out from the strap (as pictured below), and there's a USB drive hidden inside it. Pretty cool! 
Other issues with the instructions included lack in telling how to turn on the watch when I wanted to look at the time. It also seems to be stuck at a 24 hour format, and I'm not seeing how I can change it to 12 hour. (unless I didn't read the instructions carefully). 

There's also some app you can download, but you would have to keep your phone's bluetooth on in order to keep it paired, and I found it a hassle to do so. 
The app apparently seems to help increase productivity (i.e. more heart monitoring, step monitoring and stuff like that I guess.) I did download the app, and I wasn't liking it. Was a bit too simple in a sense I couldn't find the info I wanted (like how to change the time format!) Also have to note that the date is listed as day FIRST and then MONTH. No year apparently, I'm guessing we don't need that lol.... 


More image of the watch, as well as a bit of how the instructions look like. 

FUNCTIONS: 4/5
I gave this a higher rating because I believe that the watch pretty much had all the features a smart watch should have, if not better or worse. It does have a heart pulse feature, pedometer, calories burned, etc. Not sure on the accuracy of these features though. :x 


EASE OF USE 1.5-2/5.... ughhh: 
I seriously did not want to give this watch such a low rating, but it was such a torture to figure out how to use it. 

First off, there aren't ANY buttons on the watch at all. How the hell do you turn it on? Well, we eventually figured out that you had to tap the screen and it will light up. Maybe tap isn't the correct word, I had to smash my finger on the screen, sometimes it would turn on, sometimes I had to keep smashing until it turns on. This is the major turn off of the watch. 

Secondly, the band SUCKS. Yes, it SUCKS. In terms of security, you put it on like you would a watch, except the end is a snap on instead of a buckle. 
In my opinion, the snap area is designed to prevent from the watch from getting loose, or falling off your wrist, but it also means that it is created in a way that you will have a hard time putting it on. 

I had to keep pressing and pressing and PRESSING the snaps to try to get it into the holes. It took FOREVER. It felt like I was suffocating my wrist doing so. Probably needs some time to get used to. 

FUNKY GREEN LIGHT: every now and then there will be a green light emitting from the back of the watch (pictures below). I believe it's some sensor thing that tracks your pulse? Well, it gets annoying when you have it on the table and it suddenly lights up. 
It stays on for probably 30 seconds or so? Then it'll go back to rest until it decides to turn on again. Not sure what that is about... 




Funky green light. 


BATTERY LIFE: 5/5
By far the best of this product. Fully charged it and has been running for two days straight and only a quarter of the battery drained. 
Probably because this watch is still new, but I'm expecting the battery life will drain sooner or later. Keep in mind that this battery life is based on NO bluetooth, and not using any of the functions. Basically just used for watch purposes. 


Long story short, is this watch worth the full price? 
No, it is NOT in my opinion. Good gift for someone who perhaps only wants a temporary watch, or wants to test how a smart watch really works before getting a better one. 

It's definitely better to invest in a more well known brand of smart watches, you only pay a bit more, and get way better quality. (please note that I'm in no way endorsed to say good things about brand name smart watches, nor did I mention any brands). 



Thursday, December 1, 2016

REVIEW: Nonslip Bath Mat



Link to item can be found here: CLICK HERE

DESCRIPTION AS TAKEN FROM THE SELLER:

NEW LUXURY BATH MAT DESCRIPCION • STYLISH WHITE COLOR LOOKS GREAT AND LUXURY IN EVERY SHOWER Make every bath or shower you take safer and more sanitary, anti-bacterial BPA-free. Made of high-quality, allergen-free vinyl. Machine washable. Excellent Grip Top and Bottom The underside of the mat is covered with suction cups that, once pressed into place, adhere firmly to the floor of a tub or shower stall and will not shift or slide when you step on or off.



First two images taken from the Amazon images for a clearer look of what this product is. 
Yes, it comes with some loofah thing...which is kind of a weird combination. I forgot to take a picture of it, so I had to use the stock photo. 

Anti-slip rubber grips that apply firmly onto your bathtub. 


Design of the mat. Quite comfy but I could totally feel the empty areas on the bottom where there are no suction cups. I can feel the suction cups as well when I stand on it. 
It isn't uncomfortable, but it's okay. 


How it looks in my bathtub. 
Fits just right! 

Overall, I got this at a discounted price (which was quite affordable) in exchange for this review. 
Often times, I would go through slip scares in my bathtub because of soap residues, and I think this mat is great in helping prevent that. 

If there is water leftover on the mat, note that it doesn't really go away and just stays there... Something I don't really like. 

I threw away the packaging, but it basically arrived all rolled up with a piece of paper stating what it is, and covered in plastic wrap. 
Product itself is quite heavy, and I was not expecting that. I also forgot that it came with a weird loofah scrubber. I'm not too sure if I would use that, so I set it aside. 

One thing I didn't like when I opened it was that it left my hands feeling a bit slimey? Probably because of the silicone or something. It also smelled a bit. 
Definitely had to wash my hands after touching it. 

Overall, great product, and I will keep using it. 





Saturday, November 12, 2016

Easy to Read Digital Thermometer / Hygrometer review

Link to product can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M1LBH7F

Disclaimer: I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. 
Having two tortoises of my own (pictures below), I have always worried about the amount of warmth they are receiving when they are inside their enclosures. I have read up about probe thermometers, in which one can accurately test the temperature of the substrate. The issue is that the highly rated ones are super expensive, and I was worried that they would break easily. 
And thus, I stumbled upon this product. 

This product arrived in a super tiny box, and had a very vague set of instructions. It wasn't very detailed, and I skimmed through it before I dumped it away somewhere and lost it. 

There are only 3 buttons on this machine. Quite simple. 
Max/min seems to show a record of the highest and lowest temps it recorded. 
C/F: alternates between Celsius and Fahrenheit 
In/out measures the temps inside and outside of substrate?? 


Back of thermometer with a clip and compartment for an AAA battery. Battery not included. 

I don't even know what this is for.......

Other probe that I use to stick into the substrate 

Huge mess of wires......Total con of this product right here. 

So does it work? I think it does. I mean, I am getting different temps at different times, though sometimes the temperatures may be slow to change. 
There's a lot of ambiguity for me in terms of how some of the buttons are to be used, as well as that funky probe thing... 

Another con is that there is NO on/off button, meaning this thing will stay forever on until your battery dies. Not exactly battery friendly. I have used it for a week and it is still working though. 

Would I buy this again? Probably not? I mean I think it is useful but I found myself not even really looking at it.




Friday, November 11, 2016

Free Canvas Print from Photage

Super long time no post! 

As a part of promotional advertising, Photage is giving those who sign up a free canvas print. 

 I have tested this and got a 6 x 6 print for free. Shipping was free as well. :) 

 Keep in mind that this is a phone app, and you would have to download it onto your phone if you intend to get a free print. 

The app is quite simple, actually a bit too simple in my opinion, but they did note that a new version of the app would be coming out soon with cooler features. 

 As of now, you can choose the frame with the amount of pictures you want, choose pictures from your photo gallery, and make an order. It's as easy as that. It doesn't give the option for stickers, borders, or any of the sorts though. 

 The instructions given are a bit vague, and some reason I feel like I'm going to receive a photo paper with my image, but it does say canvas print, so we will see. 

 Will post images of how it looks like once I receive it. 


 Click on the link below to check it out! 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Novica Little Buddha Praying Statute REVIEW



Hello all, today will be a review on Novica's Little Buddha Praying Statute. It can be found on the Novica website as well as Amazon (link above). 


It is a blessing to be able to receive this item at a discounted price (regular pricing is $70.00). This is a gift for my mom, so I quickly opened it to take pics for my review. 

This item was hand carved by an artist in Indonesia, Nyoman Karsa. 

The details are stunning. And the Buddha himself is quite heavy too, so you know that it is not hollow inside. 




Signature of the artist on the bottom of the statute. 


It also smells great!! I love the scent; it smells like really soothing incense that isn't too overpowering. 

I received this item at a discounted price in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.  




Friday, March 11, 2016

Maxizest Organic Coconut Oil Review



I received this item at a discounted price in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Honestly speaking, with the time length they provide for me to do these reviews (~2 weeks, but by the time the item comes to me, that's like 12 days or less), it is truly not enough. Please take this as a biased review considering the fact that these pills are hard to review and I'm not even sure if any changes existed since I took it,

The good: 

-Bottle comes with 180 "softgels" I put softgels in quotes because I will be talking about it in the bad section later.
-According to the bottle, coconut oil is supposed to help with heart, brain and health support, digestion and weight loss, and gives energy boosts.

The bad: 
-Smells like coconut oil, but the smell is also blended in with fish oil smells. Upon looking at the ingredients, they use gelatin in it. Not suitable for vegetarian/vegan use.
- Pills are a bit too big for my liking. Somewhat hard to swallow.
-Dislike the white colored pills in contrast to a different coconut pill I've purchased in the past. That one is clear and you can see the color of the coconut oil.

Now, as to why I said I'm not sure whether or not the pills work, I take many other pills in addition to this. Those being:
-vitamin C
-vitamin D
-omega fish oil
-biotin

Yes, all those at once.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Valentia Men's Face Scrub Review

Here is yet another delayed review that I was supposed to post.

Item can be found here: Click
This is an exfoliating scrub that is said to; 
-remove dead skin 
-draws out excess dirt and oil 
-deep clean pores 
-rejuvenates skin texture 


Contains sunflower oil and witch hazel (apologies for the blurry pic) 

USE SMALL DOLLOP! 

Also contains coconut oil, MSM (some sort of organic compound??), and sweet almond oil. 

Pic of the jar 
Pic of the scrub 

***Images taken from my amazon acc** 

This review is written as directed from my BF. He is the one who used this. 
I just added some extra comments based on my opinion. 

Anyways, the packaging is great and could be ideal for a gift for a guy. The plastic jar inside? Probably not that great. It would look even more expensive if the jar was glass, which I think would make up for its expensive price tag. 

Smell: Smells like typical men's cologne, but isn't as strong. Bf mentions how he can smell the coconut in this product, which is a bit empowering for his nose. I can't smell it at all, only the cologne. 

Scrub: color reminds me of a mud mask. It feels like a mud mask too. Anyways, the beads in this product aren't as big, and painful. Using St. Ives as an example, their face scrub usually comes with pretty big beads and can be painful. This product does not hurt. 

Skin type: Sensitive to dry skin. So sensitive that some brands of face wash can give him acne. this product does not. 

Results: Love it! Leaves skin feeling great and super soft. 
It's a bit too pricey for a face scrub though, considering how it doesn't seem like too big of a brand name. 

I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.