NeoProMedical Ankle Support Review


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About a month ago I sprained my ankle  and it’s been a rather slow heal. While most of the time it’s okay, when I’m on my feet a lot the injury seems to flair up. So, I figured NeoProMedical Ankle Support would be a great product to wear on those busy days and when I’m exercising.

The support is made out of a neoprene material that is stretchable and should fit most sizes (up to an 11″ feet arch circumference). I’ve worn it several times all day and it’s been mostly very comfortable (more on that in a second). It’s much easier to use and offers better support than the ace bandages I’ve been wearing.

My only real complaint would be I wish the strap going around the ankle was just a tad bit longer. My ankles must be a bit on the bigger side because that strap is pretty tight and at times uncomfortable. I usually have to fiddle with it a couple of times to find a position that not digging into my skin. I’m hoping that the strap with stretch with use though and that soon it won’t be an issue.

Final verdict: Great support if you have a sprained ankle or need extra ankle support. At only $10 you’re getting a higher quality than most bandage wraps you can buy in store.

Ethereal Wellness Essential Oils Review


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This Ethereal Wellness Essential Oil Set  comes with 6 popular scents: tea tree, lavender, lemongrass, eucalyptus, peppermint, and orange. The oils are supposed to be 100% pure and they have been certified by the Good Manufacturing Practice of Cosmetics and they conform to the purity standards set by the International Fragrance Association.  Each bottle should contain approx. 154 drops and have a 2 year shelf life.

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The box they are shipped in is tightly packed to prevent spills and what not. However, I found it to be maybe a little too tight. I had significant trouble getting even just the lid off. And I had to break the box a bit to get the oils out.

I’ll also admit that the oils are a bit on the strong side for me. These are ones that without a doubt need to be diluted before using. I personally will have to decide if I want to keep them or give them away to a friend. Even just opening a few of the bottles and taking a small smell caused a headache for me. However, I am very sensitive to smells, so I doubt this is a typical reaction. It it hard for me to judge if I like the scents though because of this. I may try to make a few scrubs and try out the scents a bit more that way.

I also really like the e-book that you get with this set. It breaks down all the different oils, gives you a bit of background on each, and even gives you tips on how to use them. Many of the oils have multiple and can help with anything from allergy relief to household cleaning.

Final Verdict: Not my favorite of the oils that I own or try, but if you’re looking into essential oils this is a decent set to look at.

i2Gear Armband + Extender Review


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Today’s review is on i2Gear Armband + Extender Review. Here’s the 411 on some of the features

  • Comes with an armband extender that’ll fit an arm size of 20 inches
  • Elastic band to keep phone in place
  • Earphone holder/strap
  • Small pocket inside to hold key or other small object

I love, love LOVE that it comes with an arm extender. My arm size is in this weird place where the normal band almost fits but not quite. The extender made it so I could actually still use the armband on my arm and not somewhere weird like my forearm. I will say that depending on your arm size, there is a small spot that doesn’t have velcro were the bands connect that if you need it to sit in that spot it could be a problem. I thought I was going to be in that area, but I was able to get just past it and be fine. It does take me a bit to get it in a comfortable spot, but that’s the joys of any armband.

I have a S7 and not the edge so it’s a bit big for my phone (even with the case on), but the elastic strap holds it in place so it doesn’t really matter. It nestles nicely at the bottom and I’ve noticed no slipping/moving once it’s in place. There’s a bit of gap, but I don’t mind that at all.

There’s also a spot where you could slide a key & plenty of room for an id as well. The compartment zips up, which helps make everything feel more secure. I also love the earphone holder, I’ve found running my cord through that area helps it from catching on my arm when I’m running.

The plastic screen is thin enough that I can still use the touch screen with no issues. I have both a fingerprint and swipe pattern in place, so when it’s in the case I just use the swipe pattern to unlock the phone. Helpful since I listen to music and use a Couch to 5k app when I run.

Final Verdict: Best armband I’ve owned to date & at $13 isn’t much more expensive than other armbands.

Aleratec 4 Tablet Charging Rack Review


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I mainly was interested in Aleratec 4 Tablet Charging Rack for work. I have 4 iPads that we use for various programs and what not. I usually have them stacked on each other, but loved having them actually be in a rack. And I figured we can use it as a general holder as well.

Okay, okay, enough about why I got them and let’s get onto what I think. Generally, it’s works very well. I was able to get 4 iPads with cases into it with no problem. There was no tipping or moving or any other worry that the iPads may fall out. This is especially good since the rack is made of lightweight plastic. It feels flimsy, but so far it hasn’t shown any signs that it is. I do wish it was made of maybe a heavier metal though. I would like that heft feel even if it isn’t needed.

There is an order that you have to place the tablets in. When loading them in you need to go left to right and then reverse the order when taking them out. I did pull one out at random without issues, but since it’s what the manufacturer recommends, I’d stick with it. Also, the screens should be facing the left.

Final Verdict: Overall, it’s a solid charging rack that does exactly as it says. For $10, it worth a shot even if the material isn’t metal. 

 

TriNova Pet Stain & Odor Remover Review

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Anyone who has pets knows you need a good cleaner on hand. Living with both a dog and a cat, I find this especially true as I’m cleaning up cat vomit or dog urine all the time. I’ll admit, I already have a cleaner I really, really like. The problem? It’s slightly expensive side. At $17 for a 32 oz bottle, TriNova Pet Stain & Odor Remover isn’t much cheaper, but would save me a good $10 or so each time.

The big question, though, does it work? I’m going to say sort of. I tried it on a puke stain that was was several hours old aka not fresh. It worked okay, but one application wasn’t enough. It left what I like to call “ghosting”. The stain isn’t truly there, but you can still kind of see where it was. It would have taken at least another application to get it fully up (if not more). I did leave it on longer than the 5 minutes the first round, so the cleaner should have gotten nice and soaked in.

I have also tried it with fresh urine spots. While it cleaned it up well, it did still leave a faint smell. However, this one could be more of a user error as I know I didn’t leave it on the full 3-5 minutes as directed. Many other reviewers rave about how it works on urine spots, so this could be a mileage may vary situation.

The spray does have a smell, but I find it refreshing. It’s not too strong though, so even if one didn’t like the smell it wouldn’t be bad.

Final Verdict: An okay cleaner. It’ll take multiple applications for older stains, but should take new/fresh stains up without too many problems.

Review: Liquid Savvy’s 32oz Insulated Bottle


Watching my water intake has something I’ve been trying to focus on more and more. I tend to drink a lot of water, but often lose count of refills and hope I had enough. My favorite things about my Liquid Savvy Bottle is that it’s 32 oz. That means that refilling it only once will get me my daily value of water. Easy peasy as far as tracking how much I drink.

2016-04-10 16.54.59The bottle is insulated and can hold both hot and cold liquids. The claim is that it will keep your cold liquids cold for 24 hours and your hot liquids hot for 12 hours. I’ll admit I didn’t test this out to the fullest. Mainly, because it’s become my favorite water bottle at the moment and I didn’t want to not use it for 24 hours hours! However, I will say that my water stays a nice temp through my work day, which is usually around 8 hours. There was a nice chill the entire time.

The bottle does come with 3 different lids: flip top, carabiner, & tethered lid. I’ve been using the flip top lid the most, especially since I work around books and technology. The carabiner would be great for hiking as I can hook it onto whatever bag I’m carrying and go. I do wish there had been maybe a straw option, but the flip top works well enough. However, I do wish there had been a loop or something on the flip top lid to make carrying it a bit easier. The bottle is on the bigger side and can be quite cumbersome to carry sometimes without a handle.

Final Verdict: Great overall bottle. It’s a bit steep in price at $25, but if you’re looking for a bigger water bottle that keeps your drinks cool/hot this is a good one to look at.

Note: I did receive this product at a discount for an honest review

Valentia Clear Lift Revitalizing Serum Review


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My experience with Valentia went so well last time that I was excited to try out more of their products. This time it’s their Lift Revitalizing Serum. The serum is supposed to renew texture & tone, deeply moisturize, minimize fine lines, increase elasticity & brighten & plumb fine lines.

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The key ingredients are

  • Wakame Bioferment (Seaweed): Increases skin oxygen consumption to detoxify and boost antioxidant defense.
  • Gotu Kola: Lessens the appearance of scars and increases skin firmness.
  • Lactic Acid: A natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that increases skin cell turnover, for healthier renewed skin.
  • Licorice: Lightens unwanted pigmentation and corrects skin discoloration.
  • Argan Oil: Naturally rich in Vitamin E, this oil reduced water loss and protects skin’s resiliency and elasticity.

So, what did I think of it?

First, I want to say that it does have a strong citrus smell.  I actually really like the smell, but I know that for some it could be a problem. As someone who is sensitive to scents/can get migraines I appreciate when this is pointed out.

Now that’s out of the way, the serum has a nice texture and goes on easily. I haven’t had any problems with greasiness either as the serum absorbs nicely into the skin. It says to use moisturizer after, but I haven’t been and my skin hasn’t felt dried out or anything (even in the midwest winter). In fact, I really feel like it moisturizes well on its own.

Does it work? Well, I’ve only been using it a little under 2 weeks, so I think that’s hard to say. Also, I’m in my mid-30’s and don’t have a lot of fine lines yet, so I assumed it would take longer for results to show up on me. I do plan to continue to use it though.

The only thing I don’t really like is the pump. If I try to pump it onto my finger, I always have a it that goes “flying”. I don’t know if that’s an issue with just my pump, but I’d suggest pumping the serum into your hand and not fingers. That way you won’t lose any product.

Final Verdict: Nice serum that moisturizes well.