Thursday, October 30, 2014

4K HDMI Cable Ultra Premium Series by Solid Cordz Review


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I'll be honest. I'm not a professional when it comes to setting up cables, PCs, TVs and other electronic gadgets but I know the difference between an okay picture/video quality and a clear picture/video quality.

I reviewed a Solid Cordz (28 AWG) HDMI Cable before (read my review here) and that's when I realized how different the video quality are when using AV cables versus the HDMI cable.

Recently, Solid Cordz sent me their new 4K 2-pack HDMI Ultra Premium Series Cable. Here is the specification for this cable:

6ft High Speed HDMI® Cable with Ethernet 28 AWG

HDMI® provides an interface between any audio/video source, such as set-top boxes, Blue-ray Disc players, DVD players, video game consoles, AV receivers and an audio and/or video monitor, such as digital television or plasma monitor, over a single cable.
Our High Speed HDMI® cables with Ethernet have been designed to meet the performance standards set by HDMI 1.4 and have passed stringent Category 2 testing. They are backward compatible to all previous versions.

Below are the major enhancements introduced in the HDMI 1.4 specification

• HDMI® Ethernet Channel - The HDMI 1.4 specification adds a data channel to the HDMI® connection, enabling high-speed, bi-directional communication. Connected devices that include this feature can send and receive data via 100 Mb/sec Ethernet, making them instantly ready for any IP-based application.

• Audio Return Channel - The new specification adds an audio channel that will reduce the number of cables required to deliver audio "upstream" from a TV to an A/V receiver for processing and playback. In cases where a TV features an internal content source, such as a built-in tuner or DVD player, the Audio Return Channel allows the TV to send audio data upstream to the A/V receiver via the HDMI cable, eliminating the need for an extra cable.

• 3D Support - The 1.4 version of the specification defines common 3D formats and resolutions for HDMI-enabled devices, enabling 3D gaming and other 3D video applications.

• 4K Resolution Support - The new specification enables HDMI devices to support extremely high HD resolutions, effectively four times the resolution of a 1080p device. Support for 4K allows the HDMI interface to transmit digital content at the same resolution as the state-of-the-art Digital Cinema systems used in many movie theaters.
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The 4K HDMI Cable Ultra Premium Series by Solid Cordz comes in a 2-pack and I think that's nice because I can use 1 in our Roku and the other one for our laptop when we connect it to our TV. This would save me the hassle of transferring the HDMI cables back and forth. The cables are also very thick and looks durable. Instead of looking like a regular black cable (the one with a smooth feel), the 4K HDMI Ultra Premium Series has a rough and tough feel which prevents the cable from twisting and coiling. It is a bit heavier though but a lot more durable. The length, which is 6 feet, is nice because it's just the right length to connect our roku to the TV. It has a bit of an allowance but it's not a hassle at all.

The picture and video quality seems better than our previous HDMI cable. The video/picture quality looks crystal clear and brighter and I love it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample for free in the hopes 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."

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

InstaNatural's Stretch Mark & Scar Cream Review


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Stretch Marks. I've been open in my previous posts that I have stretch marks and it's in my genes. I'm not ashamed of them because I got them during my 2 pregnancies with my daughters. I kind of know stretch marks are permanent (I've heard about the expensive laser treatments and honestly, no budget for that!) so the solution? I try my best to keep my tummy (where most of my stretch marks are) hydrated and moisturized in hopes that in my next pregnancy, I would avoid getting new stretch marks.

InstaNatural has sent me a number of their products and almost all of the products they sent me worked great. Their products are gentle yet effective. I was glad to be able to try their Stretch Mark & Scar Cream and I wanted to share my experience with you.

Before we go into my full review and thoughts, let me share with you something about InstaNatural and their Stretch Mark & Scar Cream.

InstaNatural started as a small local business in Florida and stepped up into online distribution after they received positive feedback from their customers.They launched their first product in 2013 and after that, they've never looked back. They have over a dozen nature inspired beauty and cosmetic products and these are one of the top sellers on Amazon and can also be found in leading spas, salons and aesthetic center in UAE, UK, Asia and Canada.

InstaNatural’s Stretch Mark & Scar Cream is an effective treatment to minimize the appearance of current marks, while also preventing the formation of new ones. Stretch marks and scars are created when collagen is weakened and skin is stretched or torn beyond its limit. Our cream heavily moisturizes affected areas – such as hips, stomach and arms - delivering nourishment and hydration to enhance elasticity of your skin and help restore a youthful look and even appearance.

Key Ingredients:
+ Vitamin C (15%)
+ Cocoa Butter
+ Rosehip Oil
+ Mango Butter
+ Grapeseed Oil
+ Evening Primrose Oil

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The Stretch Mark & Scar Cream by InstaNatural arrived in a white bottle with a green label and a black cover. I honestly think the bottle looks nice and classy. The cream is dispensed using a pump. The cream has a white, creamy texture and it smells really nice. It has a light and fresh scent with a hint of a floral/fruity scent which I really liked. It absorbs quickly and doesn't feel greasy at all.

The InstaNatural's Stretch Mark & Scar Cream is effective to keep my tummy hydrated and moisturized. Because I liked the scent, I don't have a problem with applying this twice a day. I honestly don't think my stretchmarks would completely disappear with any stretch mark cream (maybe the expensive laser treatments will but as I've said, no budget for that!) BUT I think they're effective to prevent more future stretch marks.

I also tried the InstaNatural's Stretch Mark & Scar Cream on the surgical scars on my tummy for my cholecystectomy (due to having gallstones during my 1st pregnancy. Read all about it here.) The scars due to the tube hanging from my tummy (the tube is now gone don't worry) has some patches of dark-colored skin on the border of my scar. After using the InstaNatural's Stretch Mark & Scar Cream on my scars, I noticed a slight improvement on the dark patches. They've become lighter than before but still darker than my skin tone. I'm hoping with time, InstaNatural can make the dark patches the same color as my skin.

HAVE YOU TRIED STRETCH MARK AND SCAR CREAMS BEFORE?

You can visit the InstaNatural's WEBSITE to learn more about their other products. You can also visit Amazon to purchase the InstaNatural's Stretch Mark & Scar Cream.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample for free in the hopes 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."

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Kiva Organic Stevia All Natural Sweetener Review + Giveaway 11/8 US/CAN


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I've tried Kiva's Organic Cacao Powder before and I love it. Recently, I was given another chance to try their Organic Stevia All Natural Sweetener and since I like trying out healthier alternatives to products I usually use (like sugar), I was excited to try it.

Before we head on to my review, let me share with you something about Kiva and their Organic Stevia.


Kiva Organic Stevia is a multi-purpose tabletop sweetener made from Non-GMO stevia plants grown in the USA and is a perfect substitute for sugar and artificial sweeteners. Our organic stevia has zero-calories, no bitter aftertaste, and a low glycemic index, making it ideal for those managing calories and blood sugar. 
We blend our high purity stevia extract with erythritol (e-ryth-ri-tol), a naturally-occurring sugar alcohol found in fruits and vegetables to create a delicious blend that's easy to serve. Enjoy!

About Kiva: At Kiva, we strive to provide you with innovative food from around the world that is great tasting, healthy and of the highest quality. We are committed to using only ingredients that are sourced directly from local farmers that practice sustainable and eco-friendly methods.
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Conversion: Sugar to Kiva Organic Stevia
1 Tsp (sugar) = 1/8 Tsp (Kiva Organic Stevia)
1 Tbsp (sugar) = 1/3 Tsp (Kiva Organic Stevia)
1/4 cup (sugar) = 1/2 Tbsp (Kiva Organic Stevia)
1/2 cup (sugar) = 1 Tbsp (Kiva Organic Stevia)
1 cup (sugar) = 2 Tbsp (Kiva Organic Stevia)

I've tried several natural sweeteners before and I noticed they taste different than regular sugar. Yes, it's sweet, but there's a bitter after-taste which I can't seem to get used to.

The Kiva Organic Stevia All Natural Sweetener came in a white and green jar. It's sealed inside for added protection. The sweetener looks like finely grounded granulated sugar. Using the Kiva Organic Stevia, I only needed a small amount of the Stevia compared to what I need to use with a regular granulated sugar.

I tried the Kiva Organic Stevia on my oatmeal and it tasted nice. To be honest, I tasted a bit of an aftertaste but I'm sure that it's because I have sensitive taste buds. How do I know? I gave my daughters their oatmeal sweetened with Stevia and they didn't complain about the oatmeal's taste.

I also tried this as a sweetener for my coffee and it tasted fine to me. Just a little amount of the Stevia made my coffee really sweet so, it's true that a little goes a long way.

The jar contains 8 oz. of Stevia Sweetener and since I only need a little amount of the Stevia Sweetener, this jar would last me a long time.

I'll try to substitute our sugar with the Kiva Stevia little by little. Since my daughters didn't really notice the change, I'll start with our oatmeal. Once I've grown accustomed to the after-taste, I'll move on to use this as a baking ingredient too. :)

HAVE YOU TRIED ANY SUGAR SUBSTITUTE BEFORE?

Would you like to win a jar of Kiva Organic Stevia? :) Well, you're in luck because Kiva has offered a giveaway for jar of their Organic Stevia! Just head on over to the rafflecopter form below to enter. Good Luck! :)

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GIVEAWAY: 1 Winner will receive a Kiva Organic Stevia All Natural Sweetener (8 oz.). Giveaway will start October 30, 2014 at 12:00 AM PST and will end November 8, 2014 at 12:00 AM PST. This will be open to US and CAN 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. Mygreatfinds is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a sample for free in the hopes 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."

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

InstaNatural's Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum Review


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I've tried several products from InstaNatural and each of the products I've tried works great for me. This time, I've had the opportunity to try their Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum.

InstaNatural's Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum is unique from other serums I've tried and used before because it contains 4 key ingredients.

  • 20% Vitamin C and 2.5% Retinol - help skin fight against aging, helps treat acne and hyperpigmentation which includes age spots, discoloration, and acne scars.
  • 3.5% Niacinamide and 2% Salicylic Acid - soothes irritated skin and treats blemishes. These 2 ingredients unclog pores to remove redness and inflammation, resulting in a clearer, brighter complexion.
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The Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum by InstaNatural came in a dark blue bottle, a reddish brown label and a dropper. The serum has a yellowish color and a slightly thicker than water consistency. It also has a nice and subtle tangy/orange-y scent which is quite nice.
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I read the directions first and it was very easy to understand. I decided to apply this at night. Similar to other new beauty products I try, I always put a drop on my hand first to make sure that my skin wouldn't react to the serum. It's very light, absorbs quickly and doesn't feel greasy.

For each application on my face, I only need to put 3 drops of the serum on my palms. I would rub my palms and gently pat the serum on my face and neck. 3 drops of the serum is enough for my whole face.

The InstaNatural's Age-Defying Skin Clearing Serum is gentle on the skin. It's effective but doesn't cause any harsh changes on my skin like peeling or over-drying. Everytime I apply it, I feel a slight tightness on my skin. It's not painful and actually feels nice because it makes me feel like my skin is tightening. It didn't clog my pores so I didn't get any breakouts. I also noticed that the BIG pimple on my chin has started to subside and looks less inflamed.

What I love about InstaNatural is that they have a manufacturer's guarantee. Meaning, if you're not satisfied with any of their product, they have a Lifetime Money Back Guarantee. No matter where you buy their product, they'll issue you a full refund if you're not satisfied with their product. I think that's a big help for me because I know the company wouldn't sell their products and offer a full money back guarantee if they're not sure about their products. :)

WHAT KIND OF SERUMS DO YOU USE?

You can visit the InstaNatural's WEBSITE to learn more about their other 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."

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New Sugar-Free and Dye-Free Children's Advil + $1 Off Coupon #Smiley360

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When my daughters are sick, I almost always know when they have a fever even without getting their temperature. How? Because when they're sick and have a fever, they are not their usual selves. They would just sleep on the bed and wouldn't eat.

I am familiar with the Children's Advil because my mom used to give my brothers the Children's Advil suspension when they were younger. Now, they have a New Children’s Advil® Sugar-Free Dye-Free in Berry flavor.

I like to give my daughter the Children's Advil when they have a fever because Children's Advil acts fast and it keeps their fever down for up to 8 hours. It's also effective to relief toothache pain which my 6 year old daughter experiences because she has some cavities. My daughters like the taste so I don't have a hard time giving them Advil when they have a fever or a toothache.
 

*I am a member of Smiley360 and I've received a sample of the New Children's Advil (as shown on the picture above) for me to review. All opinions are honest and based on my own experience. No other form of compensation was received.

Ageless Derma Oil Free Purifying Facial Cleanser Gel Review


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A facial cleanser is one of the most important product I use for my face. I sometimes forget to put on a serum or a moisturizer but I CANNOT forget to start my day or sleep at night without washing my face. Maybe this is because I have an oily skin type and acne-prone skin that's why I want my face to be always clean.

I've tried a couple of Ageless Derma products already and they have a nice quality and were nice. Recently, they sent me their Oil Free Purifying Facial Cleanser Gel and I switched it with my current cleanser, so I can try it, as soon as I received it.

Before we head on to my review, here's a little product description for the Oil Free Purifying Facial Cleanser Gel from Ageless Derma.

Ageless Derma Oil Free Purifying Natural Facial Cleanser Gel is an energizing cleansing product that freshens and can be used every day to deeply cleanse skin and pores.  This advanced formula will remove impurities and toxins that make skin dull-looking and aged. Make-up, grime and surface oils will be wiped clean as skin is prepared for the application of advanced treatments with other Ageless Derma products. This oil free cleanser gives your complexion a clean slate without stripping skin of the precious moisture it needs to retain.

With Ageless Derma Oil Free Purifying Facial Cleanser Gel, you can be assured of a quality product that contains Certified Organic Aloe Vera and Chamomile Extracts.  Organic Aloe Vera is the pure derivative of the succulent aloe plant.  It has strong anti-inflammatory properties that soothe and calm irritated skin, especially skin that has been exposed to sun and exhibits photo-aging symptoms. This organic aloe vera ingredient also stimulates new cell growth and can repair damaged skin tissue.  The healthy glow and added moisturizing benefits only add to its amazing attributes.

The Chamomile Extract is another organic ingredient that comes from a daisy-like flower. This power-packed ingredient helps regenerate skin cells and aids in skin healing. It, too, contains anti-inflammatory powers in addition to being an antioxidant that aids in the reduction of free radical damage. Chamomile extract will reduce skin puffiness and aid in deep-cleansing the pores.
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The Oil Free Purifying Facial Cleanser by Ageless Derma came in a black box with green and silver details. I like the simple yet elegant design of the box. The bottle has a similar design to the box. The directions are both printed on the bottle and on the side of the box and were easy to follow.


The cleanser has a white, pearly color and doesn't actually have a gel-like consistency. It has a creamy texture and doesn't really create a lather/sud but I feel my face cleaner after washing my face with this. It's unscented and easy to rinse off.

The Ageless Derma's Oil Free Purifying Facial Cleanser Gel cleansed my face but didn't make the sides of my nose and skin flaky. I have an oily skin type but the sides of my nose and my chin are always flaky/dry. I'm not sure why but this cleanser made the dry parts of my skin hydrated. I also saw improvements on my acne breakouts. I use this cleanser twice a day and it didn't over-dry my skin.

The Ageless Derma's Oil Free Purifying Facial Cleanser Gel is gentle on the skin yet effectively removed dirt and make-up on my skin. It's effective to control my skin's oiliness and makes my skin less oily throughout the day.

You can visit the Ageless Derma WEBSITE 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."

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Salicylic Acid 2% Peel by [re]fresh Skin Therapy Review


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I'm open about having an acne-prone and combination leaning-to-a-more-oily skin type. I'm also open about having big pores specially on my nose and the area around my nose. I constantly look for products which will help me with my acne, oily skin and big pores.

I've never tried any peels before because I am scared of the term "peel". I imagine my skin peeling off in a bad, sunburned-looking way. [re]fresh Skin Therapy sent me their Salicylic Acid 2% Peel and it's meant for oily and acne-prone skin. I was kind of scared and at the same time excited to try it. I don't know why but I had a feeling it wouldn't make my skin peel in a sunburned-looking way.
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About the Product:

For acne-prone or photo-damaged skin
Our Salicylic Acid Peel is a powerful weapon against acne and signs of aging: shrinks pores, decreases excess oil production, improves skin’s texture and tone, decreases fine lines, and repairs photo-damaged skin.
Our professionally formulated peel penetrates skin’s surface to remove dead skin cells, oil, debris, and comedones. A natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, Salicylic acid kills acne-causing bacteria and reduces redness and irritation, speeds new skin turnover and collagen production for a brighter, more luminous, and clearer complexion

  • Reduces pore size
  • Treats problematic skin
  • Paraben free
  • Phthalate free
  • No artificial colors, fragrance, or preservatives.
  • Vegan Friendly – All botanically derived ingredients, never tested on animals
  • Made in the USA
My Review:

The [re]fresh Skin Therapy's Salicylic Acid 2% Peel came in a white and green box. The vial/bottle came with a dropper to make dispensing easier. The salicylic acid 2% peel has a clear, water-like consistency and is unscented.

I read the directions and ingredients before trying the product. The directions were very simple to understand. I incorporated the Salicylic Acid 2% Peel on my evening routine.

I start of with cleansing my face with my usual cleanser. I pat my face dry and put a half-full dropper filled salicylic acid on my facial cloth. I buff my face by doing circular upward motion with the facial cloth with salicylic acid for about a minute. I then rinse my face with cool water to neutralize the salicylic acid. I then follow with my serum and sometimes a moisturizer.

I've been using the [re]fresh Skin Therapy's Salicylic Acid 2% Peel for almost 2 weeks now every night. I'm glad that I don't see any peeling or unusual dryness in my skin. The salicylic acid 2% peel doesn't sting and feels like water. I noticed my skin has become less oilier. I also stopped using my acne spot treatment cream and my acne haven't been acting up at all. I've had less acne breakouts and my pores appear clearer too. My skin also looks brighter and radiant.

WHAT KIND OF SKIN PEELS HAVE YOU TRIED?

You can visit the [re]fresh Skin Therapy's WEBSITE 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."

 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.