28 July 2015

..::Product Review::.. Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box - July


My Review of the July Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"Each month a fully designed project kit arrives in a delightful box filled with stamps, ink, and paper—everything cut and ready to go so you can skip to the fun. Just think of it as creativity in a box."


Review…

I was sent the July 2015 box from Stampin' Up to review.  

The price for a 1-month subscription is $19.95.  A neat quality about Paper Pumpkin is that you can increase the number of kits per month.  If you are having a crafting party, you can order one kit per attendee in the same master order.


Packaging & Presentation of the July Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box

This month was a little bit different-- instead of the Paper Pumpkin box being directly mailed, it arrived inside of a cardboard box.  The exterior box is red and baby blue.  It measures 10.0" x 6.5" x 1.75".The bottom of the box is labeled 'Stampin' Up'.


They also changed the quote on the side of the box now.  On the outside of the box says, "Creativity in a box" and when you open it up it says, "Skip to the fun".


Other than the way it was shipped and the quote, everything else appeared to stay the same.  When I opened the box, I was introduced to a tissue paper wrapped box of goodies (sealed with a cute Paper Pumpkin sticker!) with a subscription introduction pamphlet.



The first layer of unwrapping revealed this month's (July) stamp set, and (2) Classic Stampin' Spots in 'Early Espresso' and 'Cucumber Crush'.



The final layer housed the actual July kit, 'Thanks a Latte'.


The main title sheet provides a quick run-down of what you need to do, and it also opens up for a few more detailed instructions.  What I like about Paper Pumpkin, is that they also provide YouTube video demonstrations on how to create the months' craft.  It is a helpful assistant, one in which I used! You can view this month's video above.



My Personal Experience with the July Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box

After unpacking everything, I was certainly ready to start creating!  First, before anything, I unpacked the actual kit and sat down and watched the YouTube video so I got an idea of what I was supposed to do (I'm a visual learner).


After watching the YouTube video and had an idea of what I was supposed to do, I was really looking forward to getting started.  This month seemed like it was a little bit easier.  I love the style, and I have so many uses for a project like this.  This project makes (8) cards with matching envelopes.  You can choose your 'saying' between: 'Get Well', 'Thanks a Latte', and 'A Cup of Cheer'.

My 7-year old son really wanted to make a card, too.  So we both made it at the same time and took some pictures.  First, attach the decorated card stock onto the pre-folded card.


After you punch out one of the coffee mug cutouts, stamp it with the included stamp set.  There are choices, and you can do some really cute stuff with the stamps here.


After you are done stamping, punch out one of the 'notepad' shapes.  Stick the gray chevron sticker on first, followed by the orange on top (make sure you still see a little of the gray chevron).


Grab one of the ribbon paperclips, and attach it to the left side of the notepad shape.  Adjust as needed.  My son had a little bit of a hard time with this, so if you are creating this with your children they may need additional help here.  The paperclips are a little stiff, but once you get the paper in there, they slide on easier.


After you are done creating this, add the dimensionals on the back of the notepad cutout and the coffee mug cutout.


Attach the notepad on first followed by the coffee mug directly on top.  You can follow the instructions for proper placement.


Don't forget to fold the envelope!  I was happy to see that the double-sided tape strips were included this time.


After the envelope is done, you are all finished!  These are super cute!


Pros of the July Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box
  • Everything is included.  There is no need to run to the craft store for anything that you may have forgot.
  • Each month brings a new craft, right to your door.
  • The crafts have detailed instructions including video instructions.
  • I had a lot of fun with this kit, because you can do so much with it.  In fact, you can manipulate these crafts and do what works for you.  
  • These cards have a variety of uses.
  • They are colorful and occasion-neutral.
  • Fun for the entire family.


Cons of the July Paper Pumpkin Subscription Box
  • I haven't found any cons of the July box.
Summary

Each month, you never really know what to expect.  Some of the crafts take a long time, others can be completed fairly quickly.  This is one of the ones that don't take a super long time, but the results are outstanding.  This craft was well thought out and was fun to make.  What I really like is that you can use these in a variety of situations, and not just a specific one.  My son had a blast helping me make these, so it's very kid-friendly.

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DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

27 July 2015

..::Product Review::.. MazeTechno's GoPro Suction Cup Mount


My Review of the GoPro Suction Cup Mount

What is it exactly?

     From the website. . .
"This product is the most widely used and made with high-quality industrial materials. This suction cup mount holder is designed for fixing cameras on the surface of the motorcycle or car to ensure the GoPro action camera will not drop in high-speed motion. It's one of the best choices in your extreme sports. It is adjustable, offer you best viewing angle. 7 cm diameter base suction cup can stick tightly, even you are bumping along the mountain road.”

Review…

I was sent a single suction cup GoPro mount from MazeTechno to review.  

This packs costs $8.20, and ships free with Amazon Prime.

Packaging & Presentation of the GoPro Suction Cup Mount

This GoPro mount arrived in perfect condition.  There were not any defects nor issues during shipment.  It was shipped in a clear zipped bag.  The smaller pieces (the clip and screw) are packed inside another smaller bag.  There wasn't any further information (like branding, contents, or contact information).



My Personal Experience with the GoPro Suction Cup Mount

My husband and I have both the original GoPro as well as the GoPro Hero 4.  The cool thing about these cameras is that you can use different mounts to obtain different perspectives.  I have found plenty of uses for this mount.  My husband likes to use it in his truck, and I like perching it on the window in front of the hummingbird feeder.

First, you are going to need the little clip-- don't lose this.  It's essential to the mount.  It also comes with the screw, but I forgot to take a picture of it.  See below for a picture in use.



Screw this clip onto your GoPro camera.



Slip the clip into the top of the mount until you hear an audible click.  It's like one of those latches in a seat of a shopping card.



This mount has two adjustment knobs.  The first allows the actual camera to swivel right and left 90 degrees.  This knob is located just under the clip.  The other allows you to adjust the reach of the entire mount.  This knob is located nearest the suction cup.



Next, choose a place that you want to put it.  You don't have to choose too carefully, because you can easily remove this mount.  Make sure whatever surface that you put it on is clean, though.  When you find the place, push the suction button forward, and it'll stick really well.



Finally, your mount is ready!  I placed this on my back door directly in front of the hummingbird feeder.  Hopefully we'll see some action.



Pros of the GoPro Suction Cup Mount
  • Fully adjustable.
  • Very easy to stick.
  • Comes with all of the parts that you need to get your camera to mount.
    Cons of the GoPro Suction Cup Mount
    • I wish the packaging came with further information; even a little business card would have been nice.
    Summary

    We love bringing the GoPro with us as we drive around—you never know what you are gonna see!  This is a powerful mount and holds the camera up perfectly.  I love how easy it is to set everything up, and when you are done, it’s a super easy task to take it down and store it.  Out of all of my GoPro accessories, I use this one the most.  It’s pretty flexible, so you get a long of different angles (depending on how you set it up).  I definitely recommend this.

    Are you wanting to get your very own the GoPro Suction Cup Mount?


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    DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

    ..::Product Review::.. Rhamnia Bynata Eye Contour Cream with Sea Buckthorn


    My Review of Rhamnia Bynata Eye Contour Cream with Sea Buckthorn

    What is it exactly?

         From the website. . .
    "One of the main reasons we use eye contour cream is to reduce or eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, or to prevent the skin from their appearance.  The area around the eyes is the first place on which time leaves its traces, as the structure of the tissue there is specific and vulnerable. The skin is thinner and drier.  Our emotions that most often are expressed with mimic, leave their mark precisely on this delicate area.

    Eye cream RHAMNIA bynata supplies the area with precious moisture, successfully restores lipids, smoothes pleating and makes a great deal with wrinkles. It gently protects the eye contour, while combating dark circles and puffiness around eyes.  This happens due to the cream's active ingredients.  Sea buckthorn oil extract (which is an extremely good hydrating agent, a magical and powerful antioxidant and a skin protector) , alpha-bisabolol, vitamins A, E and D-panthenol, hyaluronic acid and caffeine."

    Review…


    I was sent a 15 ml jar of the Eye Contour Cream with Sea Buckthorn from Rhamnia Bynata to review. 

    This jar costs $26.00.  Shipping is free with Amazon Prime.


    Packaging & Presentation of Rhamnia Bynata Eye Contour Cream with Sea Buckthorn
      
    This jar of eye cream arrived in perfect condition, and it was packed oh-so-cutely!  The jar was packaged nicely in a box, and there wasn't any damage nor issues during shipment.  This package contains 15 ml of cream.  The box is heavily and happily decorated, and even tied with a little ribbon.  This is a flip-top box, so you have to undo the ribbon to open it.


    This is a really interesting product because it is natural skincare straight from Bulgaria, and they keep the Bulgarian culture throughout.  With that being said, the right side of the box is written in native Bulgarian, and the left side is in English.


    The top of the box labels the product and brand.  The bottom of the box contains a lot of information.  You can find the UPC, expiration date, ingredients, sizing information, and company contact information.  This product is recyclable, and has a 6-month PAO.


    The jar shared the common theme with the box, but there is seldom information on the jar so you may want to keep the box.  It has a wider lid than body, but the jar is easy to open.


    The top of the jar contains the only direction you will find, "Apply every day & nigh with confidence and a smile".  The bottom of the jar has the expiration date stamped again.


    My Personal Experience with Rhamnia Bynata Eye Contour Cream with Sea Buckthorn

    I always seem to go back and forth between eye creams and gels (not counting the one product I bought that was marketed as a cream, but was clearly a gel...). I go through eye creams/gels so fast because I use them not only on my eyes, but on that space between my eyes, and my smile lines.  Plus, this product just looks so cool and fancy, doesn't it!?


    The jar holds 15 ml, and that's about 0.5 oz.  The jar is pretty much packed and filled to the top.



    The cream itself is very soft and has a whipped-like consistency.  It smells like orange.



    It goes on really smooth.  I like that it doesn't leave any residue.  Sometimes skincare products leave a sticky residue and it's impossible to apply makeup, but this one isn't like that.  It's great to use every single day!



    Pros of Rhamnia Bynata Eye Contour Cream with Sea Buckthorn
    • Light cream.
    • Easily absorbed into your skin.
    • Great clean and refreshing fragrance.
    • Cute packaging.
            Cons of Rhamnia Bynata Eye Contour Cream with Sea Buckthorn
            • I haven't found any cons of this cream.
                    Summary

                    Let me first comment on the packaging, because…c’mon… it’s ADORABLE! I was hoping the eye cream was just as good!! When I opened the box, I found a cute little jar, and I was excited to try it. I have been using this day and night, and I have been extremely happy with it! It’s a very, very soft cream (almost to the gel point). Have you ever tried The Body Shop’s Bouncy Sleep Mask? It’s like that. A medium-viscosity cream, but it has a superb absorption rate and works perfectly with my sonic infuser. Basically, I do a thin coat around my eye area and infuse it for 15 seconds on each side. I feel ALIVE and AWAKE!! It’s very refreshing, and the fragrance is light, yet noticeable. It’s a sweet delicate scent of citrus-y goodness. I DEFINITELY recommend checking this out, you will NOT be disappointed!

                    Are you wanting to try Rhamnia Bynata Eye Contour Cream with Sea Buckthorn, too?  Click the link below, and order away!  


                    CLICK HERE TO ORDER!



                    For further information, please visit Rhamnia Bynata on:


                    DISCLAIMER:  I received the product mentioned above complimentary for review and testing purposes. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  All opinions stated above are solely mine, and have not been influenced in any way.  I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.