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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Homall Ceramic Space Heater (PTC-903) Review

Homall Ceramic Space Heater (PTC-903) Review

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Takeaway: Fast heating with safety shutoff.

The unit comes with an instruction manual and the heater. The unit has a slightly larger footprint than my current space heater at 9 in tall with a 6 inch square base. The power cable is 6 ft long and the unit has a tip safety switch on the bottom which will automatically turn the unit off if the unit is knocked over.

There are 2 dials on the top of this space heater. The right one is the on/off control and you can put the unit in fan only 750 W or 1500 W for faster and higher heating temperatures. On the left is the analog temperature control which allows you to set the temperature from low to high. When on, the red indicator light here will illuminate. The instructions note that for quick heating and comfort to set the unit to high when you turn it on and once the desired temperature is reached, turn down the temperature dial until the unit shuts off. This will allow the unit to maintain the temperature at this level consistently by cycling on and off periodically. I set the unit to high at 1500 Watt for one hour and the temperature increased from about 65 degrees Fahrenheit to 75. The fan on the unit is moderately loud. When in fan mode, the heating element will be off and the temperature control adjuster just controls the amount of air flow from the fan.

Overall, the heating capabilities of the unit are fine and the unit's safety tip switch functions as advertised.

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Amir 100 ml Essential Oil Diffuser Cool Mist Humidifier Review

Amir 100 ml Essential Oil Diffuser Cool Mist Humidifier Review

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Takeaway: Pretty lights, good diffuser/mister, small tank capacity.

All components of this diffuser are made of a lightweight plastic and the style is reminiscent of something you'd find at IKEA. The diffuser has a top that locks into place and opens up with a simple twist. The water tank can hold 100-120 ml and will last 3.5 hours on a full tank. When just using water, you can use this as a humidifier. If you want the diffuse aroma into the room, use a few drops of 100% essential oils, but be careful not to use more than 4-5 drops per 100 ml to prevent clogging the transducer. The adapter plugs into the bottom and has a cutout notch for the wire so it sits flush with the table. The recessed port, however, does make it a bit tough to get the barrel plug out if you want to remove the adapter.

There are two mist modes, which is nice. An intermittent mode that runs in 30 second intervals of on/off and a continuous mode. The intermittent mode is great for diffusing scents to make the tank over a longer period of time and doesn't add as much humidity to the air. The continuous mode is better when you're in dry environments or using the machine at drier times of the year. Either way, there's an automatic shutoff for both modes when the water tank is empty to keep it from burning out.

The night light gives off a whimsical and relaxing glow. You can either have it in a flowing kaleidoscope mode, where it rotates through 14 different colors (not in ROYGBIV order) or select a single color for the light to remain on, which includes just plain white and a "dim" white. I'm not a fan of the loud beep that goes off when the buttons are pressed, but it can't be shutoff so you're kind of stuck with that. The unit is also easy to clean with just a bit of lemon juice and water to sanitize and clear up any hard water buildup.

All in all, this unit is a cute and effective diffuser that can help you add a bit of moisture and distribute your favorite essential oils and scents in any room.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

JinHao Large 159 Ballpoint Pen Review

JinHao Large 159 Ballpoint Pen Review

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Takeaway: A fine writing implement, nicely weighted and sized for larger hands.

The pen measures 6" long and has a circumference of 2 inches. It is hefty at almost 2 oz and has a screw on cap. The ink in the pen is very fluid and dark with a fine point. The ink doesn't run when you hold the tip down and it doesn't bleed through standard weight paper. It's overall a nice and heavy pen for folks with larger hands.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Kinga Nano Ionic Facial Steamer Review

Kinga Nano Ionic Facial Steamer Review

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Takeaway: Easy to use and clean, quick to heat up; plenty of steam on one tank.

This steamer comes with an instruction manual, and 4 ft power cable.Facial steamers offer both beauty and therapeutic benefits. Steaming the skin will open your pores and improves circulation. It can also assist those suffering from congestion and sinus problems. The steamer unit is made of plastic and sits 8.5" tall with a 6 x 4 inch base. It has a thin lightweight carrying handle and the steam dispenser is pink with a flower blossom design. The power cables plugs at the bottom near the back and the water chamber simply lifts out on the back here and you can fill it with about ¼ cup of distilled or filtered water. This steamer is not designed to accommodate additives like essential oils. After filling the chamber seat it back into the steamer and set the switch on the front to on. The steamer takes about 30-45 seconds to warm up and produce steam.

Wash your face thoroughly before steaming. Position your face 8-10 inches from the steamer and allow the steam to cover your entire face. While steaming, you'll want to periodically blot your face with a cool damp towel to wipe away excess oils and relax your pores. After 10 minutes of treatment you can rinse your face with cool water. Follow up with a toner like witch hazel or rose hip water. Then apply your desired treatment like a moisturizer with jojoba oil or a retinol treatment.

This steamer has an automatic low water and overheat shutoff. If the unit shuts off by itself, it may need more water in the tank and a few minutes to cool down before resuming operation. After the unit has cooled, you may need to drain excess water out of the fill chamber before putting the unit away for storage.

The steam treatment helps unclog my pores, leaving my skin feeling less oily, lighter and cleaner than exfoliating scrubs alone. After steaming, treatments are more readily absorbed by the skin increasing their effectiveness and reducing the amount of product you need to use. You don't have to do treatments often, but try once a week for a month and you may see benefits like tightened, younger looking skin, more even skin tone, and a reduction in blemishes.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Qstar Mesh Laundry and Dry Cleaning Bags Review

Qstar Mesh Laundry and Dry Cleaning Bags Review

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Takeaway: Great for organizing luggage and protecting delicates in the wash.

You'll receive three mesh polyester laundry bags. The smallest is 11"x15", medium15" x 19" and large 19" x 23". These bags are made in Japan and the material is a thick and durable mesh. All the seams are stitched on the interior and edges covered so there are no loose threads anywhere. The zipper on the unit is a smooth sliding YKK zipper pull on a reinforced pink teeth. The zipper pull can even be hidden under this elastic tab so it doesn't get caught on anything. These laundry bags are great for separating your belongings when packing a suitcase but can also be used in the washer and dryer to protecting delicate items like bras and certain kinds of materials that could otherwise get tangled and damaged in the wash. These bags are heavy duty and performed as expected both for travel and for washing.

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