Monday, March 30, 2015

Brillante Multi-Spectrum Pest Repeller Review


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 I've never heard about a multi-spectrum pest repeller before. A few months back, I called pest control because the roaches are getting a bit out of hand (at least for me). The pest control guy told me that the roach infestation is still mild and is likely treatable with the roach paste (looks like peanut butter to me) he applied in cracks and the sides of the cabinet. True to his word, I didn't see any roaches after a few days until just recently, I noticed the roaches are acting up again.

When I received the Brillante Multi-Spectrum Pest Repeller, I decided to give it a try since it's non-toxic. I've never tried anything similar to this before so I looked forward to seeing if it would work.
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The Brillante Multi-Spectrum Pest Repeller arrived in a brown box. The pest repeller unit is color white and is a bit heavy and bulky.

The left side of the pest repeller has the Ultrasonic and the Electromagnetic Switches. These work by:

-Ultrasonic sound wave creation (intended to disturb and drive away pests with sounds outside the spectrum audible to humans)
-Electromagnetic field alteration (to repel in-wall insects sensitive to electromagnetic variations)

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 The right side of the pest repeller has the O3 and the Negative Ion Switches. These work by:
 -Negative ion generator (to reduce airborne particles, microbes and odors that help attract pests)
-O3 / ozone unit (for reducing indoor bacteria and virus levels)

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I plugged the Brillante Multi-Spectrum Pest Repeller in our kitchen wall plug because that's where I regularly see roaches. It took up the whole socket because of its size so I placed it in the socket least used in our kitchen.

I turned all the switches on to see if it works and left it plug in 24 hours a day. Each switch has a corresponding LED light in front of the repeller to indicate that it's working. The LED light color is as follows:
Green: Ultrasonic
Red: Electromagnetic
Blue: O3
Yellow: Negative Ion

The green and the blue light flashes regularly which I think is due to the sound waves emitted by the Ultrasonic and Electromagnetic properties of the pest repeller. I didn't hear any audible sound coming from the Brillante Pest Repeller and we don't have any pets (except for turtles which are far away from the unit) so I don't have an idea if pets are disturbed by these inaudible sound waves.

A few days after installing this, I frequently see a roach on top of the repeller early in the morning when I switch on the lights. I tried to kill it but it just goes at the back of the repeller. It did indicate that the first few days of using the Brillante Pest Repeller, there will be an increase in pests in the home because they will be disturbed by the sound waves.

After about 2 weeks of continuously using the Brillante Multi-Spectrum Pest Repeller, I didn't see the roach on top of the Brillante Pest Repeller anymore. I also notice a decrease in instances when I see roaches in our kitchen counter top. I think this really works because the roach sightings aren't as frequent as before I plugged in the Brillante Multi-Spectrum Pest Repellent.

I couldn't say if this works on other pests such as mice, rodents, ants, etc. because thankfully, we don't have that problem in our home.

You can purchase the Brillante Multi-Spectrum Pest Repeller HERE.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I tried personally and believe will be good for my readers. No other form of compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." 

Scarinex Advanced Scar Gel Formula Review


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My 2 daughters were born via C-Section and when I was pregnant with my 1st daughter, I had a tube on my tummy because I had an impacted gallbladder. I have so many small scars on my stomach as well as a C-Section (vertical and horizontal) scar and a diagonal scar due to my gallbladder removal.

The scars have healed but there is one scar which has darker sides. The middle part of the scar has lightened already but the parts where the stitches are look darker..

When I received the Scarinex Advanced Scar Gel Formula, I knew where to apply it.

Here is a quick product description of the Scarinex:
Scarinex™ is the most comprehensive scar removal system available. Scarinex™ is a breakthrough solution that successfully combines two highly effective forms of scar management into one system that works in conjunction with each other. You will not find a more complete or effective solution for your scars anywhere.
Scarinex™ Skin Rejuvenator is a scar removal cream that contains an unique proprietary blend of ingredients formulated to help with cell and tissue regeneration while fading the scar. And Scarinex™ Scar Gel uses only 100% medical grade silicone - the same as those highly used by doctors and plastic surgeons. Backed by over 50 medical studies proving the efficacy of its ingredients, Scarinex™ is the gold standard for scar removal. 

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The Scarinex Advanced Scar Gel Formula arrived in a bottle with a blue label. It came with a built-in pump to dispense the gel from the bottle.

The Scarinex Advanced Scar Gel formula has a thick, oily consistency. It has a clear color and is unscented. It feels slightly oily and heavy and it absorbs a bit longer. It doesn't irritate my skin in any way and the oily feeling fades away after a few minutes.

I applied and massaged this to my stubborn scar 3 times a day. I only need a drop since my scar is just about an inch long. I apply it in a circular motion until the Scarinex spreads evenly on my scar.

After about 3 weeks of using the Scarinex, I saw an improvement on my scar. Since I got this scar almost 7 years ago, I didn't think it would lighten anymore. I was glad that the Scarinex worked even though it took about 3 weeks before I saw an improvement.

My scar didn't fade away permanently but I'm glad that it appears lighter. It's less noticeable so I'm really happy with using the Scarinex.

You can visit the Scarinex website HERE to learn more about their products.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I tried personally and believe will be good for my readers. No other form of compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." 

Abigail And The Tropical Island Adventure E-book Review


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ABOUT THE BOOK:

NEW book by international best selling children author Tali Carmi

Want your kids to be familiar with exotic locations?
Want them to meet cultures and widen their horizons?
This is a wonderful book about a girl named Abigail, that goes on adventures around the world using her magical bicycle.
Who will she meet there? What will she discover?
This beginner reader’s eBook will inspire your kids to be open to new cultures, and be more curious and enthusiastic about exploring various places.
Your kids will enjoy full-color illustrations of Abigail and the tropical island.
Your kids will be inspired to be:

  • Open to new people & cultures
    More curious
    Enthusiastic about exploring new things
Abigail and the Tropical Island Adventure is a sweet children's book written especially for you and your ages 2- 8 children.
With simple text and 16 colorful illustrations.
The story is suitable as a read aloud book for preschoolers or a self-read book for beginner readers


MY REVIEW:

My daughters enjoyed the ebook: Abigail and the Tropical Island Adventure Book by Tali Carmi. The illustration were nice, the words were simple enough for my 6 year old daughter to read and the story was simple for my 2 daughters, who are 6 and 4, to understand.

The story was simple and exciting because Abigail went to an adventure to a new and exotic land. The story also taught simple facts about several things like where pearls come from and what a starfish is. This is a nice read for young children because it's short, fun and simple.

You can purchase the Ebook: Abigail and the Tropical Island Adventure HERE.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I tried personally and believe will be good for my readers. No other form of compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

NEW Dial® Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap Review + Giveaway (3 WINNERS) 4/20 US

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A hand soap is one of the things I like to stock up on because we wash our hands regularly at home. he top criteria I like in a hand soap is its' scent. A few months back, I was able to try 2 Dial hand soaps and recently, they added a NEW scent to their collection. I was able to receive the Sugr Cane Husk Scrub scent and I was super excited to try it.
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The NEW Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap arrived in a box with an image of the hand soap on the box.

I received a full sized sample and 3 FREE product coupons which I'll give away for my readers. :) Read on and scroll below to see how you can win a coupon! :)
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As soon as I received it, I tried it because I wanted to see how it would smell. I was intrigued with how the Sugar Cane Husk Scrub would smell because I've never tried a similar scent before. I have no idea what to expect so I looked forward to trying it.
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The NEW Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap has a nice, luxurious, coconut-vanilla-like scent which is nice.

I like the micro-scrubbers every time I use the hand soap because my hand feels cleaner and softer afterwards. I like the feeling of gentle exfoliation on my hands without irritating my skin.

I also think that this is a nice family soap because even my daughters love using this soap. They said it smells nice and leaves their hands smelling nice too.

Even if I use the Dial Hand Soap multiple times a day, it doesn't dry my hands out. I like how refreshing it smells and I like how it moisturizes and cleans our hands at the same time.

Visit the Dial website as well as their social media pages on facebook and twitter.
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Would you like to win a coupon for you to try the NEW Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap Giveaway?! Well, I have 3 coupons to give away and 3 winners will each receive 1 FREE product coupon to try the Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub Hand Soap for free! Yay! Just head on over to the rafflecopter form below to enter. Good Luck!
DISCLAIMER: 3 Winners will each receive a coupon for a FREE Dial Sugar Cane Husk Hand Soap. Giveaway will start March 30, 2015 at 12:00 AM PST and will end April 20, 2015 at 12:00 AM PST. This will be open to US residents only. The prize cannot be shipped to a P.O. box address. Winners will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. I am not responsible for prize fulfillment. My role is to give the sponsor the information of the winner and they will directly ship the prize to the winner. I have received a product/s mentioned above to in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own and are not influenced in any way. No other form of compensation was received. I do not share or sell information and all information shared with me will solely be used for prize shipment. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255. 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Sweetsation Therapy Lumi*Essence Organic Advanced Skin Brightening Repair Treatment with Kojic Acid, Arbutin & Vitamin C Review


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Ever since I've hit puberty, I've had problems with acne. Recently, I've noticed that my acne scars takes a lot longer to lighten compared to when I was in my early 20's. I also noticed that my skin appears a bit dull at times so I use products to help my skin to appear brighter.

I've never tried a product from Sweetsation Therapy before so I looked forward to trying their product.

I received the Sweetsation Therapy's Lumi*Essence Organic Advanced Skin Brightening Repair Treatment. Here is a quick product description from the company:

Lumi*Essence Treatment is an Anti-Dark Spot Concentrate recommended for:
  • Dark spots / Sun spots / Age spots / Freckles
    Uneven skin, Melazma
    Skin discolorations related to excessive sun exposure
    General skin luminocity
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The Lumi*Essence Organic Advnced Skin Brightening Repair Treatment with Kojic Acid, Arbutin & Vitamin C from Sweetsation Therapy arrived in a white bottle with a cute label. The bottle came with a built-in pump to dispense the cream inside.

The cream has a white color, a creamy texture and is not-greasy. It absorbs very quickly and it doesn't feel heavy on my skin. I apply this twice a day and only need a smaller than pea-size amount for my entire face. The cream has a natural, fresh scent which is subtle and not irritating.
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The Lumi*Essence Organic Advanced Skin Brightening Repair Treatment is gentle yet effective. I started to see some lightening on my acne scars about a month after I started using the Lumi*Essence. I like how it gently lightened my acne scars without the side effects like peeling, redness and irritation.

It also helped in brightening my skin complexion after about 2 weeks of using this diligently.

I like how this is gentle yet effective. The results aren't instant but I'm glad that in the long run, I saw some improvement on my dark acne scars.

You can purchase the Sweetsation Therapy Lumi*Essence Organic Advanced Skin Brightening Repair Treatment HERE.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I tried personally and believe will be good for my readers. No other form of compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." 

Dot & Dot 4-Piece Silicone Travel Bottles Review


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When we were younger, my mom used to pack full-sized personal products when we go on trips. One time, the toothpaste tube accidentally got opened inside our luggage and some of our clothes were soiled with toothpaste. Luckily, we brought extra clothes so we still had something to change into the next day.

When I received the Dot & Dot 4-pc. Silicone Travel Bottles, I immediately remembered that time when our clothes were soiled by the toothpaste because if we had these, maybe that accident could've been prevented. Why? Let me share with you why.
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The Dot & Dot 4-pc. Silicone Travel Bottles arrived in a multicolored pack of 4 - 1.25 fl.oz. (37 ml) bottles. The bottles are pastel colored and very cute. Each bottle has a flip-top cap, are refillable and reusable.

The squeezing mechanism of the bottles are similar to a ketchup bottle. If I don't squeeze the bottle, the contents inside the bottles wouldn't go out. They have a small suction pad at the back but this can only hold the bottle for a short time in the bathroom. It doesn't matter for me since the bottles can stand up on its cover. :)

The bottles are in different colors so that I wouldn't switch the contents inside. This is also money-saving because I can just refill it every time we go on a trip. Trial-sized products are more expensive than full-sized ones so I think it's nice that I also save money.

Because these bottles can only hold up to 1.25 fl.oz. of products, each filled bottle can only last up to 3 days at the most for my family (we are a family of 4).

I can refill this with shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, body wash, lotion or any other liquid which is thicker than water. These can be washed in the dishwasher after use so cleaning them is easy too.

The Dot & Dot Silicone Travel Bottles looks and feels durable and they're stylish. I love how they look and I love how they work.

You can purchase the Dot & Dot Travel Bottles HERE.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I tried personally and believe will be good for my readers. No other form of compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

SantaMedical Finger Pulse Oximeter Review


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I like monitoring my heart rate and SpO2 level when I workout to see how effective my workout is. I do this during the short breaks in between workouts so, aside from my fitness tracker watch, I also use a pulse oximeter to check that both measure my heart rate similarly.

The SanteMedical Finger Pulse Oximeter arrived in a small blue box. Here is a quick product description from the company:

1.    FDA Approved. Measures quickly and accurately pulse rate and SpO2 blood oxygen saturation of arterial hemoglobin levels.
2.    Bright LED display shows real time Pulse Rate, Pulse Rate Bar and SpO2 level.
3.    Long battery life of thousands of readings plus automatic power off.
4.    Light and compact. Accommodates wide range of finger sizes. Not a medical device.
5.    You Get: Fingertip Pulse Oximeter, Neck/Wrist Cord, Case, User Manual, 2-AAA Batteries, plus our no-hassle 1 year warranty and friendly customer service.

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The SantaMedical Pulse Oximeter has a white and blue color. It came with a carrying case and a lanyard to easily bring the pulse oximeter on the go. The 2xAAA batteries needed to power the pulse oximeter is already included in the box so that's a plus for me.

The pulse oximeter is small, light and portable. It works by inserting my finger in the middle of the pulse oximeter and within seconds, my SpO2 level and pulse rate is displayed on the screen.
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Now the thing I noticed is that the red LED display is readable but it turns a bit blurry and sometimes shaky.  It feels like I'm having a bit of a double vision when I look at the screen BUT it's accurate and readable so it's fine with me.

The SantaMedical Finger Pulse Oximeter has an automatic shut off function which is nice because it automatically shut offs after a few seconds when no finger is detected.

This is easy to use and great to use to monitor SpO2 and pulse rate.

You can purchase the SantaMedical Finger Pulse Oximeter HERE.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I tried personally and believe will be good for my readers. No other form of compensation was received. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."