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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Russian Piping Tips Set

This product was provided to me at a reduced cost.  Whether positive or negative, my review is my own and may differ from others opinions.

Cake Decorating Supplies Kit

Photo from Amazon post
by Braviloni
Product: Piping Tips Set
Where to purchase: Amazon
Quantity:  23 tips, icing nozzles, 3 pastry bags and coupler
Size: height 1.67", 0.9" top diameter, 1.45" bottom diameter
Material: 304 stainless steel
Color: silver
Cost: was $19.99 with prime shipping
Warranty:  guaranteed to plaster a smile on any baking lover's face.





I was SUPER excited to get this kit in the mail just in time for my daughter's 14th birthday. Nothing seemed to be going right for her at the moment. Heaven invited 5 girls to stay the night, only 1 could. She invited 20 kids for her birthday party that she spent several weeks planning and only 2 said they could make it so she cancelled the whole thing for a lunch at local Mexican restaurant that sang Happy Birthday to her (but she didn't like her meal) and a trip to the movie theater with her sisters to watch Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Don't get me started on Aunt Flo's monthly visit as well. What more could go wrong? How about a novice cupcake decorating mother that insisted these tips would make the frosting turn out AMAZING. Come on, let me have some fun.

The Amazon description says: You'll have everything you need to start decorating your cakes, muffins, cupcakes and cookies with a professional touch. This cake decorating kit comes with 23 icing Russian tips, pastry bags, and a coupler, designed for the baking veteran or newbie. You'll now create beautifully grand decorations with ease; everything from enticing round, petal, leaf, flower and drop designs.
Want to know what the kit does not come with? Instructions. The box is larger than it needs to be since the contents were just thrown in. I opened the box, super excited, inspected the inventory. The box opens revealing a top with 24 holes that serve no other purpose than a sneak peak to the kit. Lifting the hole ridden top shows the contents dumped together. Each piping tip came individually wrapped in plastic, 3 thin plastic bags and a ring with 3 triangles screwed inside.


I honestly had no clue what this thing is, but its numbered for easier assembly? I tipped the box upside down spewing the kit onto my kitchen counter. NO INSTRUCTIONS. No book. No pictures. No directions on the outside of the box. Nothing. I figured if it didn't come with instructions than all I needed was some common sense. I've seen Young & Hungry so I have an idea that the metal part some how goes on the tip of the plastic bag.
photo from Betty Crocker.com

I opened the plastic bag and placed it inside a tall glass and pulled the sides down around the outside. Starting to feel like a professional. I got my jar of Betty Crocker Rainbow Chip Frosting and filled the bag with a Halloween spatula. Snipped off the end of the plastic bag using my awesome multi-purpose scissors and tried putting the plastic bag tip into the top of the piping tip. But it wouldn't stay on. I tried playing with the green coupler, removed the white plastic things and put it around the piping tip - but that didn't do anything because the piping tips don't have screw lines. I'll just HOLD it all together. And SQUEEZE the bag of frosting. Semi- success - frosting started coming out of the end. But not in a pretty design. Also if I didn't keep a balance of pressure everywhere holding it together then frosting would come out the top of the tip instead of the designed part. Still trying to frost my first mini cupcake there was an explosion.
The bag popped at the seam with frosting going all over both of my hands and a large dollop found on the kitchen floor the next morning when my kitten was going to town getting a sugar high. I found out at that moment that you cannot use frosting with chunks of chocolate in it bigger than the tip design. Maybe I lack common sense. Maybe my daughter's birthday was the next morning and I just wanted to be done with the day because this had been a last minute purchase to try to make some fun out of a crappy situation. Maybe I was too eager to see how this worked so I didn't even look up instructions before trying to use it. The frosting choice was definitely my daughters but I feel like I could have persuaded her had I thought about the logistics for even a second.

I frosted the rest of those mini and regular sized cupcake by hand with my spatula trying to salvage the mess I had just created. That's how I missed the dollop on the floor until my husband came out asking why our daughter was complaining after she saw the plain cupcakes. She just wanted a REGULAR square cake, I had insisted on the cupcake design with fancy piping tips. Just another thing to be unhappy about kiddo. Welcome to life. I'm sorry. Have a cupcake for breakfast.

Now, if you were really interested in the review instead of my initial experience I will update again later..


Disclosure: This product was provided to me at a reduced cost in exchange for review and inspection. Whether positive or negative, my blog review is my own and may differ from others opinions. This review is simply a compilation of my thoughts and opinions of this product.  If you have any questions, just post them and I'll be happy to answer as best as I can.


**No monetary compensation was received for this review. Posts may contain affiliate or referral links. Thank you for your support!**




Sunday, October 9, 2016

Conbrov Dash Cam

I purchased this product at a discount that the seller provided to me.  Whether positive or negative, my review is my own and may differ from others opinions.

Conbrov® T50 1080p Full Hd Vehicle Dash Cam Auto Driving Recorder with Super Low Light Performance


photo from Amazon listing

Product: Dashboard Camera
Where to purchase: Amazon
Size:  7 x 5.9 x 3.4 inches
Video resolution: 1920x1080P30,1280x720P60
External Memory: Micro SD card up to 64G (not included)
Package:
1 x T50 Car Cam
1 x user manual
1 x vehicle charge adaptor
1 x vehicle mounted bracket
1 x USB cable

Cost: prices on Amazon can change without notice
Warranty: 12 month guarantee with a full replacement warranty


Even though the description clearly states to use a MICRO SD, I still purchased a new full sized SD card from the recommended together 'customers who bought this item also bought...' section. Thankfully I have several Micro SD cards lying around from old phones and misc. electronics

I noticed none of my videos last longer than 2 minutes, many of the videos are only 13 seconds long. Not sure if that is because of the type of SD card I used or if that is just how this camera works. Does not have continuous recording with the many videos. When I first tried to use the camera I tried to attach the recorder to the top of my windshield where there is a light texture, would not stay suctioned. As soon as I dropped it a little lower, closer to where my rear-view mirror is, the camera stayed put until I took it down.

The cord that attaches to camera and outlet is pretty long so I was able to play around with locations. There are features I have not tried to mess with, like the date stamped on the bottom of the video. I bought this camera in May but the video says February. Good things about the dash cam; picks up audio well (both outside and inside the car), clear pictures even at higher interstate speeds, and records in both daylight and night. When plugged into my car it automatically turned on when car started and turned off after a few seconds after car turned off. My husband was able to attach the dash cam to his motorcycle where it picked up the bug splatter but stayed attached and operated without being plugged in. Easy to use. I received this at a discount in exchange for my honest opinion



Disclosure: This product was provided to me at a discount or for free in exchange for review and inspection.  Whether positive or negative, my blog review is my own and may differ from others opinions. This review is simply a compilation of my thoughts and opinions of this product.  If you have any questions, just post them and I'll be happy to answer as best as I can.


**No monetary compensation was received for this review. Posts may contain affiliate or referral links. Thank you for your support!**


EleQueen Bridal Drop Earrings

This product was provided to me at no cost.  Whether positive or negative, my review is my own and may differ from others opinions.

EleQueen 2-in-1 Women's Bridal Drop Earrings

photo from Amazon listing

Product: earrings
Where to purchase: Amazon
Size:  Width: 0.5in, Length: 2.3in
Material: metal, Austrian Crystal and Simulated Pearl
Color: silver tone with clear or ivory stones
Cost: prices on Amazon can change without notice
BONUS: can be worn with floral part alone or with drop back
Warranty:  30-day Money Back Guarantee.




This jewelry set came in a giftable box topped with a fabric bow as opposed to what is currently listed on Amazon with brand label topping the box. Enclosed is a set of earrings and a pink drawstring bag the size of my palm. My camera really did not do this set justice to show off how beautiful they are. They look exactly as pictured.
photo from Amazon listing

The crystals shine even in low lighting. The front part of the earring is a crystal lined layered rose like flower shape with a small pearl center. The earring back has an attached small chain with dangling crystal studded teardrop shape. They can be worn two ways- with or without the dangling teardrop. The earrings are lightweight. I was able to wear them all day before I felt the tug on my earlobe signaling it was time to take them out. Amazon sent this product by mistake when I ordered another pair of earrings from this seller free in exchange for an honest review, not that I mind because these are beautiful.






Disclosure: This product was provided to me for free in exchange for review and inspection. Whether positive or negative, my blog review is my own and may differ from others opinions. This review is simply a compilation of my thoughts and opinions of this product.  If you have any questions, just post them and I'll be happy to answer as best as I can.


**No monetary compensation was received for this review. Posts may contain affiliate or referral links. Thank you for your support!**



EleQueen Square Bridal Earrings

This product was provided to me at no cost.  Whether positive or negative, my review is my own and may differ from others opinions.

EleQueen Women's Bridal Dangle Earrings

photo from Amazon listing

Product: earrings
Where to purchase: Amazon
Size:  Width: 0.5in, Length: 1.2in
Material: metal and Cubic Zirconias
Color: silver tone with clear stones
Cost: prices on Amazon can change without notice
Warranty:  30-day Money Back Guarantee.




I wear these ALL the time. Silver seems to match almost everything I wear and earrings dress up outfits. I work in an office so I have to dress 'business professional'. With the right accessories even a t-shirt can be acceptable attire. The pair of earrings comes in a giftable box with included pink velvet drawstring bag that makes keeping the set together and undamaged when I throw them in my jewelry box. Only about an inch long and comfortably light weight I often forget I'm wearing them until I get a compliment. The many tiny stones accenting the loop that attaches to earlobe and surrounding the main large stone sparkle with interior lighting. The back of the earrings are open square cage to protect the center stone and maximize light reflection. Looks just like the pictures.







Disclosure: This product was provided to me for free in exchange for review and inspection. Whether positive or negative, my blog review is my own and may differ from others opinions. This review is simply a compilation of my thoughts and opinions of this product.  If you have any questions, just post them and I'll be happy to answer as best as I can.


**No monetary compensation was received for this review. Posts may contain affiliate or referral links. Thank you for your support!**


Pearl Bridal Earrings Pendant Necklace Set

This product was provided to me at no cost.  Whether positive or negative, my review is my own and may differ from others opinions.

EleQueen Women's Crystal Cream Simulated Pearl Bridal Leverback Earrings Pendant Necklace Set

photo from Amazon listing

by EleQueen

Product: Necklace and Earring set
Where to purchase: Amazon
Size: Chain Length: 17.1in-19.6in
   Pendant Size: 0.6in by 0.9in
   Earring Size: 0.5in by 1.4in
Material: metal surface, Austrian Crystal, Simulated Pearl
Color: gold tone and ivory pearls
Cost: prices on Amazon can change without notice
Warranty: 30-day Money Back Guarantee.



This jewelry set comes in a giftable box with the brand name prettily written on the lid. Enclosed is a set of earrings, necklace, both wrapped separately in plastic, and a pink drawstring bag the size of my palm. My camera really did not do this set justice to show off how beautiful they are. It looks exactly like pictured. The crystals shine even in low lighting. I love the matching gold sparkling swirl that wraps around the pearl for the earrings and necklace pendant. The earrings are very dainty and thankfully lightweight. I was able to wear them all day comfortably! I also like that the earring top pulls apart to attach to ear so there is no risk of losing the backs. The necklace chain is nice and thin, hanging high on my neck. The pendant is only slightly bigger than the earrings. I wear this regularly to work as it seems to match almost everything!





Disclosure: This product was provided to me for free in exchange for review and inspection. Whether positive or negative, my blog review is my own and may differ from others opinions. This review is simply a compilation of my thoughts and opinions of this product.  If you have any questions, just post them and I'll be happy to answer as best as I can.


**No monetary compensation was received for this review. Posts may contain affiliate or referral links. Thank you for your support!**

EleQueen Hair Comb

This product was provided to me at no cost.  Whether positive or negative, my review is my own and may differ from others opinions.

Women's Silver-tone Crystal Simulated Pearl Flower Art Deco Bridal Hand-made Hair Comb Clear



photo from Amazon listing


by EleQueen
Product: Hair Comb
Where to purchase: Amazon
Size:  4.7 inches wide by 2 inches tall
Material: metal surface, Austrian Crystal, Simulated Pearl
Color: silver and white pearls
Cost: prices on Amazon can change without notice
Warranty: 30-day Money Back Guarantee.





This hair comb makes me feel like a princess. I don't have any fancy parties or weddings I plan on attending in the near future but still wear this regularly. I just put it on in the video with a pony tail and it looks great like that too, but it looks even better with an up 'do. The comb is easy to put in and rounded edges means my hair doesn't catch on anything when I take it out. Stayed in place all day when I wore it to work. Definitely dresses up any outfit.
Amazon listing photo

Inside the box the comb is delicately supported by a cotton layer and the large pink drawstring bag that is larger than my hand. I love that it comes packaged perfectly to give as a gift. I think this would be awesome for bride, bridesmaids, prom, holiday parties or any other special occasion. Also included in the box is extra stones, but I really hope I never need them. I love the combination of soft fabric flower petals set with clear stone centers and pearl accents. The different textures and layers adds a beautiful dimension. All the little stones set in the rest of the design catches light and draws attention to the accessory.





Disclosure: This product was provided to me for free in exchange for review and inspection. Whether positive or negative, my blog review is my own and may differ from others opinions. This review is simply a compilation of my thoughts and opinions of this product.  If you have any questions, just post them and I'll be happy to answer as best as I can.


**No monetary compensation was received for this review. Posts may contain affiliate or referral links. Thank you for your support!**