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Monday, October 13, 2014

Public Apology to BlogBackUpR for my Last Post (They are legit & had nothing to do with my blog status)

Hey guys,

Yesterday, in the heat of the moment of learning that my blog had been "removed," and later learning my account had a "suspicious activity" warning on it, I jumped to conclusions, blaming a recent service I'd used -- BlogBackUpr -- for the damage. I'd been in touch with them, and panicked when they told me that my blog says "removed," and then I flipped, thinking my blog was about to be lost forever & I hurried to write a post. About them. I accused them of possibly compromising my blog somehow, in an attempt to get more customers. I have to admit -- I should not have posted that without certain knowledge of who was compromising my account. I also have to admit, I no longer believe it was anything to do with BlogBackUpR, & I owe them an enormous apology.

For those 7 readers who may have viewed that post, I hope you'll forgive me for being un-professional like I was yesterday when I accused BlogBackUpR right away. I also want to apologize to the folks at BlogBackUpR, Mikael, in particular for any damage I might have caused. It was not smart of me to jump to panic and conclusions without finding out 100% first & I have since removed the post.

I want you guys to know that I have used BlogBackUpR for, I don't know, over a year? And instead of being thankful that Mikael caught my blog mishap, I blamed them for the problem. I didn't see, in the moment of panic, that they were on my side. I have even written an honest testimonial about their service, voluntarily. I like the service. It's the only thing out there that keeps your blog backed up, and I certainly love that you get to speak directly to a person, who's a real person. It doesn't sound like you're speaking to a company, but a real person & I'm deeply sorry for hurting Mikael and his very great service with my carelessness.

I guess the only thing I can do is keep saying "I'm so sorry," but I want to ask that any of the 7 people who may have read that post won't let their opinion of BlogBackUpr be altered by what I've said.

Thank you, BlogBackUpr & Mikael for being in touch with me & I do not blame you for being upset with me, and in fact never speaking to me again. I just hope that you guys will leave my testimonial up so that other possible users can see my honest opinion of the service you provide (a great service.) My opinion about that won't be changed, even if I do get panicked and blame you guys for my own blog problem.

My most deepest, sincere apologies,

Saturday, October 4, 2014

NeoCell Biotin Bursts

Biotin Bursts are biotin and antioxidant-packed soft chews in the flavor of acai. These tiny, yet powerful and perfectly tart and delicious chews are the best way to consume biotin, in my opinion as they really do the trick on my candy cravin' sweet tooth. Not only that, but I'm pretty sure with each bite-sized chew, my hair, nails and skin will be improving. Talk about a tasty treat that really doesn't come with any guilt!

I was given the awesome opportunity to try the Biotin Bursts by Neocell earlier this week. Each small, individually wrapped "burst" contains a whopping 25 milligrams of acai fruit powder, which delivers a beautiful supply of antioxidants to the body, and a huge 10,000 micrograms of readily absorbable biotin. Note: Some online sources claim that we should "aim" for 30 micrograms of biotin in our daily diet, so consuming 10,000 micrograms in these chews tells me I'm going to be plenty sufficient in this beautifying vitamin.

What is Biotin?

Biotin is called "Vitamin H" by most, but is actually considered a B-Vitamin, strangely enough.

Why I Like The Biotin Bursts
Aside from getting to indulge daily in a tasty little chew, similar to a Starburst as my nephew put it (but way easier on the teeth, and even more flavorful) the biotin supplement is actually highly beneficial in the beauty department -- particularly skin, hair and nails.

The effect biotin has on hair is described as "luxurious hair and vibrant skin." It's also been touted for its ability to strengthen brittle nails, which is something I've had for years. 

Neocell's Biotin Bursts are "scientifically formulated to support metabolism of proteins in the body, promoting natural energy," too. It also has a positive effect on the nervous system.

I've even heard of biotin being helpful in weight loss, in some cases.

Consuming biotin can be useful in conditions such as eczema, thinning hair, seborrheic dermatitis, and it may help promote hair growth. Biotin is said to be useful even in cases of depression! This is another reason I was highly intrigued by this H-Vitamin once I learned about it from Neocell.

*Biotin for yeast infections?

I wanted to update this article as I just read something very interesting in a Live Strong article regarding another possible benefit of using biotin -- yeast infections!  An overgrowth of candida albicans is the cause of a yeast infection, and also the cause of candidiasis, sometimes IBS too (which was my case.) 

Interestingly, I was checking more into biotin just now when I read the following excerpt:

"There are certain situations when very high dosages of biotin can aid in medical treatment. For example, biotin 5000 mg can aid in treating yeast infections such as Candida albicans, so that it does not develop from its yeast-like state into a fungal form, as discussed by FungusFocus and altMD's Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine."

Before I go on, let me just say, my understanding of the above statement is that biotin can keep the candida albicans from continuing to "grow" until they get out of control. When they say "so it doesn't develop from its yeast-like state into a fungal form," I am taking that to mean simply they remain under control and do not "over-grow" leaving the body with an "infection." 

So, it turns out, that my taking this high dose of biotin in the Biotin Bursts happens to possibly come with an incredible added benefit that I didn't even know about! Most of you know that I suffered severely with IBS-Candidiasis for the majority of my late-teen/early-adult years. I won't go into that story again, but I find it really awesome that there are more things we can do to keep this sometimes debilitating problem under control. I know some of my readers were told by their doctors the same things I was told -- that the pain was "in your head" and that you'd never again live without it. There's no cure, so all you can do is continue taking prescribed medications. This was my "fate" according to my own doctor after having surgery for part of my problem -- endometriosis. My fate included a prescription of drugs that further debilitated me really because at the recommended dosing, I would've only had 2 hours maximum out of my bed every single day of my life! Zombie drugs. I never did take the recommended amount as 2 alone kicked my butt for a full 24 hours.

Anyways, I promised I wouldn't get into that story again. Why do you guys let me do this?

So, I wanted to put this information about biotin at higher doses possibly being helpful for candida issues out there for my fellow sufferers. Whether it's your gut that's being tormented by candida albicans or your genitals or elsewhere, I think biotin could be something to keep in mind.

That also brings me to the fact that last month I was dealing with one of those pesky female yeast infections myself! It was one of the worst I've ever suffered from, and kind of came out of nowhere. I of course used the natural, home remedy to take care of it (the same ones I've published here and elsewhere), but how awesome it is to know that using this biotin supplement may provide some added help in that area.

Keep in mind, it's been said that people with kidney problems should not use biotin supplements. I have no idea why that is or if there's anything to it, but I thought I might should point that out since I know at least one of my heavy readers do suffer with kidney issues.

In the image above, you can see the individually wrapped chews.
Why I Adore Neocell:
"NeoCell has been developing and manufacturing all natural, premium anti-aging formulas for over 20 years and is the leading Collagen brand in the world. Our products are naturally based, not synthetic, and are designed to promote youthful health, beauty and total body wellness. We manufacture our own products using carefully sourced food-grade raw materials and our facility exceeds all GMP standards. We strive to continuously bring the best to our customers– products that we and our own families are proud to use, made with Nutrients You Can Trust®."

As you can see on the packaging of the Biotin Bursts, Neocell products do not contain Soy, GMO's Palm oil or gluten! Let's hear it for all healthy ingredients!

Results of taking Biotin Bursts:

Since I'm only about a week into taking the 30-day supply of these Biotin chews from NeoCell, I can't attest entirely to the results. I'd like to give the product enough time to really do its job (30 days), so I will update periodically as I see results, including after the 30 days. I almost waited to even do a review until 30 days had passed with me taking the supplement, but I was too excited to hurry and get the exciting word out about them, so I hope you'll check back for any results I end up seeing while using them!

At the moment, my nails are somewhat brittle, with vertical lines galore! They're easily bent, not thick. After 30 days of using the Biotin Bursts, I'll take a look and see if they have changed, which would be really exciting to see!

So far though, my hair very possibly could be showing signs of becoming shinier! Hopefully, I see a big change within my skin, too. I have had the best skin I've seen in years this week, which is overly exciting considering I've only been taking the Biotin Bursts this week! My skin literally looks great to me, and that's something I haven't felt in ages. In fact, before the past week, I hated what was going on with my skin. It looked awful with breakouts and dry flakes no matter what I done to fix them. I've actually had very little reason to even put on moisturizer the last few days! So, if this sudden clearing of my skin problems is in fact due to the Biotin Bursts, you can bet your sweet behind I will continue using them for the long term! 

Check back to see my progress!

Disclaimer: I am not a specialist, expert, professional or doctor of any kind. Content on this blog is not intended to be taken as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or advice of any sort. I'm simply sharing information about my own experiences and results from use of a product or activity in hopes of providing useful information to readers, not to be taken as a patient/medical adviser relationship. I am not responsible for what readers choose to do after viewing the content here. Furthermore, I do not hold an "exceptional" or other special relationship with any company mentioned on this site. I'm simply a consumer who worked with the company on a review that is in compliance with FTC's guidelines. That means, everything you read here is my own words, not anything of the company's. I was not provided with monetary compensation for my review. All information posted has been done so with complete honesty. No action should be taken based solely on the content of this publication ( I'm not responsible.) Readers who rely on the information in this blog to replace the advise of an appropriate health care provider assume all risks of such behavior.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Pineapple Lime Tropical Body Butter

                     - Pineapple Lime Tropical Body Butter -

  This one, of course I totally love, but I'm so fond of the scent. I've had the same love for all of the Hawaiian Body Products, but I'm a little extra happy with this one. I really am a fan of lime and pretty much anything tropical scented, but this one seems to be the one I tend to go for most often.

  It's amazingly hydrating and as the others do, it also leaves a lingering scent of  lime and pineapple all over the body that lasts all day. The scent reminds me a lot of a Pina Coloda. That is my favorite type of drink ever! I am obsessed with the stuff and apparently just as obsessed with the body butter as well.

  It's so thick, creamy and rich. By the time I used this Pineapple Lime Body Butter, I already expected it to be wonderful and it was even better than expected. Of course it didn't leave any greasy residue or sticky-ness. It did leave me extra smooth.

  Works wonders for softening and bringing a beautiful glow to skin. It was also very soothing for razor burn. I'm so silky!

 Here's the link (where my dreams come from) :


Bath Buzz Caffeinated Shower Gel

You guys remember Chemical Evolution and my posts on their butt-kickin' energy products that I've tried, right? If you haven't, I'll brief you. I've shown you my lovely energy stash, supplied by Chemical Evolution and shared everything about the products I've tried from there. But, there's still one more thing...

I even take a small piece of Chemical Evolution with me when I...

Bathe! That's right. These guys at Chemical Evolution didn't dare expect a girl to have all this tasty energy candy and gum, only to leave her empty handed while she bathes! 

So, I present to you, Bath Buzz, the Caffeinated Shower Gel! Just think of it as this:

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This is me while using  Bath Buzz (for get relaxation and bubble baths!):

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 Ha. Ha! Kidding. That's a cat, silly. It's caffeinated shower gel, not an LSD infused bubble bath! Although, I can't imagine a more entertaining bath experience... Back to topic!

So, Bath Buzz is an awesome shower gel that contains caffeine. And you thought you were Mr. Caffeine consumer of the year didn't you? Shame on you for ever giving yourself such a title, unless you happen to consume your cup of coffee while soaking up the bubbles in a caffeinated bath, then you, my friend, deserve the title Mr. Caffeine Consumer of the Year. Otherwise, step aside. 

Okay, crazyiness aside. Bath Buzz Caffeinated Shower Gel really is not only awesome for its novelty-ness and because it's so damn gift-worthy, but it actually does make a fantastic bubble bath. With serious bubble-action, too. I realize it's called "shower gel," and I enjoy using it in the shower, too, but I was even happier to see that it worked wonderfully as a bubble bath too. 

The Caffeinated Shower Gel contains as much caffeine as a whole cup of coffee! 

But isn't a waste of precious caffeine to put it in your bath water when you could be consuming it?

I wondered the same thing... when I was 5! Kidding. I'm sorry. I have a mean streak today. It's really unlike me, so please bear with me. I'm only joking, for Pete's sake. 

But I learned that caffeine actually can be absorbed through our biggest organ (no, not that organ!), the skin!

So it does still benefit you, even if you don't pour it down the shoot. It'll have basically, the same effect -- make you more alert and energized, just like it does when you drink it, although I'm unsure if having your cup of joe for breakfast vs. bathing in it would effect you more, less or the same. 

It feels to me, as if perhaps I drank a slightly weak cup of coffee. That's probably just because the coffee I drink, I fix myself and I fix it strong. So to someone who's used to McDonald's green bean juice coffee that's however strong it is, this will probably provide you with an even bigger energy boost. 

Who knows? You might even end up cleaning the shower walls before you ever even get out of the tub.

 I'll get all energetic in my bath and spend forever in there when I'm using this Bath Buzz Shower Gel!

 By the time I get out, I'm all shiny and new, and wondering what the hell made me decide to shave all of my legs this time instead of just half of them.. Or actually both of them instead of just one. What can I say, I don't always finish what I start.

The Caffeinated Shower Gel was actually created to wake your ass up. It's been proven that scents such as rosemary and peppermint do stimulate your mind and give it a boost, and those are two ingredients in the Bath Buzz Caffeinated Shower Gel. It contains Peppermint and Rosemary essential oils, so it's not the old artificial scented crap that probably wouldn't work. It's the real deal.

Bath Buzz Caffeinated Shower Gel also contains one of my most favored ingredients in everything from food to every single skincare product I use -- aloe vera! Aloe Vera has a lot of benefits (even if you don't eat it). It's soothing and moisturizing. 

Plus, aloe is a natural antibacterial, anti-fungal and more! The Caffeinated Shower gel also contains Witch Hazel, so you aren't sacrificing cleanliness for a good Bath Buzz. 

The strong, minty aroma of the Caffeinated Shower Gel makes bathing a pleasant experience. It actually is a nice, clean and refreshing smell, although the smell of coffee all over my skin really would not bother me, either. Good news is, you don't walk around smelling like a big hefty peppermint after bathing. The scent fades.

I really don't want to bore you guys (some people say when I list ingredients and go into extremely deep detail about what each ingredient does, it's boring), but I think ingredients are important, so I'm going to list them. And please don't hunt me down and do awful things to me (like steal my caffeinated shit). Simply scroll the f#!$ down and read other parts of this fantastic post. I mean, I'm not gonna force nobody to know the ingredients in somethin' or anything.

Deionized water, Sodium laureth sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine,cocamide DEA, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) distillate, Chamomilla flower extract, citric acid, sodium chloride, phenoxyethanol, ethyhexylglycerin, hexylene glycol, carpylyl glycol, FD&C Blue #1, FD&C Yellow #5.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Review of Shopping Experience with Reptile Direct (Cheapest Turtle Supplies I've Found)

I realize this may seem a bit out of place for a review on reptile supplies since here at Ribbons and Pearls, there's never been a review category for such products. However, the goal of this site has always been to provide reviews, experiences and product information for virtually any and every product I've had a share-worthy experience with. So it's official -- we've probably covered virtually every product category possible. Lol. From herbal supplements to fitness products, clothing/fashion items, drink-ware, home related products, beauty & skincare and even survival product reviews have been featured here on the site. You've seen a few reviews for other pet products, but incorporating a review on reptile supplies just gives me a sense of completion here. Like I've finally managed to cover the whole spectrum of product categories.

Okay, enough talk about milestones. I wanted to share a recent experience I had while shopping with a company called Reptile Direct

I haven't told my readers this yet, but we've added a new pet to the household -- last winter, actually. It's a Red Ear Slider turtle, who I named Myrtle.  Myrtle the turtle. Myrtle was my niece's turtle since she was a baby (the turtle), and last winter, they were doing some moving and well, I ended up with a RES that I had no clue how to care for. 
Meet  Myrtle!

After a few weeks in her small tank in my bathroom floor, I came to love the turtle so much I needed a name for her. So, Myrtle it was. You'd be surprised at how attached you can get to a turtle!

I mean, you can't brush your teeth, use the toilet and shower in the same bathroom as someone else and not get attached. By the way, Myrtle was living in the bathroom because it was the warmest room in the house for her -- it was winter & all the other rooms were freezing.

But, as I heavily researched the needs of a Red Ear Slider so that I could provide for Myrtle to the best of my ability, I realized she didn't have much of what she really required, for a happy, healthy turtle anyways.

Darn image is distorted a bit thanks to Blogger, but I think this gives you an idea of Myrtle's set-up. You can spot her over in the left corner hanging out there. P.S. The odd red wands you see (lol, no that is not a whip & tickler! Haha) are for Myrtle's entertainment. Odd, but turtles -- well, Myrtle, anyways -- appear to crave some form of entertainment, even if it's just something to look at. Myrtle will stay well entertained for hours simply by looking at our fingers against the glass. Strange turtle! So I like to tape random objects to the aquarium for her to look at, that way she has newer things to see instead of the same old glass.

It's the end of summer now (August, 2014) and while Myrtle has moved into my bedroom (& into a huge tank that takes up the entire surface of a 6-drawer dresser), I realized she needed something to keep her warm, quick. Even now, as hot as it is (although I run an AC on about 65), Myrtle's water needed warmth. I found out that a Red Ear Slider actually needs around a 90 degree basking spot as well as the 75 degree water temperature, so a heating device was necessary.

I'd been using those purple bulbs to heat a basking spot in Myrtle's tank -- the $5 bulbs you get at Walmart, but they were blowing within weeks of purchasing them, and for such a large tank, they just don't suffice for warmth.

I spent hours searching for the perfect heating product for Myrtle. I originally planned to buy a simple submersible heater (like you find at Walmart). They were pretty cheap and seemed the perfect way to go until I read hundreds of Amazon reviews where people had said the heaters cooked their fish! Many people mentioned that for a super large tank, you could use one safely since it would only heat a corner of the tank. This meant if the heater did go crazy and get too hot, it wouldn't cook my turtle since it would only be sufficient to warm the one side of the tank...

But I was too worried about the risks. There were so many things negative I'd read about those heaters & I just didn't like the idea of having to worry about it hurting Myrtle, or at the very least, not providing enough warmth period.

So, I went with the only other option I could find -- a heat emitter, although they are a good deal more expensive than those unreliable heaters. I already had a Zoomed fixture and went on my hunt for the best deal I could find on a heat emitter.

There, I ran into some more issues. What wattage should I use? I don't know the exact size of Myrtle's tank. And the products say that they should only be used with certain fixtures. So I chose the safest route -- a low wattage emitter (100 watts), knowing that it couldn't ever totally warm the entire tank. But I couldn't figure out what model my fixture was and didn't want to risk getting a more appropriate wattage (about a 300 watt emitter), and ruin the fixture if it wasn't a match for the model I have -- like the emitter product's label claims can  happen.

So, the 100 watt heat emitter would suffice to at least keep the basking area of the aquarium warm. 

After searching every website that sold these supplies, and reading as many reviews on the companies as possible, I was determined that Reptile Direct would be the perfect source to obtain the supplies I needed. They had glowing reviews on their Facebook page, a fantastic supply of reptile products (which isn't that common), and even better -- their supplies were the cheapest I could find.

Even Petco and PetSmart didn't offer anywhere near the low price I found on Reptile Direct. I was ready, and happy to place my order for the emitter, feeling confident with my choice.

Unfortunately, I had trouble getting my order to go through (thanks to the internet browser I was using). I had an email later saying I had items in my cart, and to proceed with checkout easily by clicking the link, if I still wanted to complete my purchase. 

I clicked the link, and was happy to see my order placed until I realized the shipping option I'd chose (the lowest one which was like $6), didn't select. Instead, my internet browser kindly chose the shipping option for me -- the highest and quickest shipping option available, ($13.67).  Even with the highest shipping charge Reptile Direct offered, my total was still a bit less than any other company I'd checked with. 

However, I wasn't willing to pay the highest charge, even though it was a great price for such quick shipping (uncommon for online shopping where you easily pay $40 for a 1-2 day shipping.) But, I'd had a bill to pay (past due at that point), which was going to come out of my Paypal account and paying the highest shipping charge at Reptile Direct would've left me short. In other words, paying for the quicker shipping would've left me a bit too short to pay the bill that was past due, in full. Otherwise, I'd have been okay with the shipping price since it's really not a bad deal at all.

Anyways though, I contacted Reptile Direct letting them know I couldn't pay the fee and asked would they refund the $6 and send the product for the lowest shipping charge. 

Surprisingly, their response -- which made my day --came before 24 hours had even passed. 

 Reptile Direct -- who actually made an effort to not only get back to me via Facebook, but also e-mail just to let me know they had already taken care of it -- was shipping the order still, and had already refunded me for the accidental shipping option!

I was even more happy when the order arrived in less than 2 days, all perfectly wrapped in a huge sheet of bubble wrap, and packaged with care.

Myrtle was all set that very evening, and for the cheapest price available on the web. Reptile Direct made Myrtle and me very happy and they really warmed my heart (and Myrtle's shell) with their kindness and fantastic customer service.

Here are several photos I took of the Zoo Med Ceramic Heat Emitter I ordered from Reptile Direct:

As you'll notice on the box it came in, this heat emitter is appropriate for 30-40 gallon aquariums. I'd hoped to get a photo of Myrtle's aquarium so ya'll could get an idea of how large the aquarium is. Like I said, this 100 watt emitter really doesn't provide much heat at all for such a large tank (don't know the gallons of my tank, but it takes up the entire surface of a 6-drawer dresser, if that helps.)

For now, this one provides just enough warmth usually that the corner of the tank stays warm, but I know I'll have to buy another one, that'll heat up more of the tank since summer is ending. I'll just have to find out what model of a fixture I have so I can be sure that a higher wattage will go in without ruining the fixture or something.

For 30-40 gallon tanks, like the package advises this heat emitter for (it's also listed on the product description on Reptile Direct), it's going to work splendidly for heat. Any aquarium smaller than a 30 gallon and you might even have to give it a break to be sure it doesn't warm the water too much.

Here's an image of the emitter in its fixture: 

Apologies for the blurry, low quality photos, but I was horrendously shaky as I took these. And the lighting there is horrible.

End notes:
If you're like me and shop online more than you do your local grocery store, then you know what a big deal it is to find a site offering your product for lower than anywhere else. Not only that, but you also know the importance of good customer service who gets back to you in a timely manner. And then there's the whole trust thing... Yea, online shopping can be amazing or it can be awful, so when you find a great company, you'll devote yourself to them.

And that is what I've done with Reptile Direct. From that day on, they were bookmarked on my computer and will be my go-to for all my reptile supplies. 

Their kindness, help with my order, and that I was able to obtain the heat emitter for as low of a price as possible made life 10x's easier.

I felt compelled to write a review for Reptile Direct, sharing my experience shopping with them. Just as I said in my review I left on Reptile Direct's Facebook page, I highly recommend them for all reptile supplies. And I was happy to see that another reviewer had mentioned on their Facebook page that they were able to get a discount of hundreds by using Reptile Direct. So, these folks are even more reputable than I could've imagined. 

As you can guess, Reptile Direct earns a 5 star rating from me.  Here's a re-cap for folks who didn't want to read the entire experience/review above:

- Lowest prices

- Low shipping
- Fast shipping

- Fabulous packaging, keeping items as protected as possible and well bubble-wrapped.

- Excellent customer service

- Large selection of products. (They carry absolutely everything my turtle could ever need (or want, for that matter) where as I wasn't able to find this kind of selection anywhere else, including PetCo.  

I imagine they carry a great selection for all reptiles, not just turtles from what I can see.

- User-friendly website setup and navigation.

I did not receive any monetary or other compensation in exchange for a review for the company Reptile Direct. The only thing I received from the company was what I explained in the review -- a refund, upon my request, of part of the shipping. I was not asked to write a review at all, but chose to do so myself since I felt that my experience and other information provided could be of use to other online shoppers. This review is in compliance with the FTC's guidelines for bloggers, and everything written, as always, is my opinion and 100% honest.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Waterproof High Speed Memory Card by Leef Pro

 16 GB Leef Pro Ultra High Speed Memory Card 

 16 gigabyte version of the Leef Pro Ultra High Speed Memory Card, which comes with an adapter (making me a very happy girl!) I love an everything-in-one type of package. 

Leef Memory Card also comes in a 32 or 64 GB.

"The technical advancements used in Leef Pro cards support recording of full HD video and real-time broadcasts from mobile phones or digital cameras. Leef Pro cards use an increased clock speed of 100MHz, four times faster than standard cards. This allows the cards to operate at up to 45MB per second in 4-bit transfer mode, which is found on many new devices."

What I love about Leef Pro Ultra High Speed Memory Card -- aside from the awesome fact that it's a water and shock-proof memory card --is that I can use it in my Canon Powershot SX500 IS. The memory card by Leef is optimized for HD videos and photos, which allows my camera (and phone, too) to produce high quality content. I can also remove the tiny memory card and use it alone in my phone either for extra storage (for even more music and photos) or transfer the stored data to my laptop, and all my devices. Very, very cool!

I literally noticed a difference in the images and image quality once I had the Ultra High Speed Memory Card by Leef inside my camera. The horrible lighting in my bedroom usually causes an image taken with flash to be way too washed out, and without flash, super dark and sometimes grainy. If you check out my review on the Leef Ice, you'll notice some grain-iness in a couple images. But the review of the Micro USB Connector & SD Reader will show much clearer images of the device held in my hand (I was using the Leef Memory Card to take the images where I'm holding the little device I put on that review.)  Note: I didn't use Leef's product to take the first images shown in the review because it stupidly didn't even occur to me to use it right away.

Here are some recent photos I took using the High Speed Memory Card, in case you're interested:
 The image here of my reptile product came out more clear and stable than the ones I'd taken minutes before using my old card. So it does appear that the Leef card has improved the quality of my images some.

The adapter that comes included with Leef Pro microSD card is also compatible with their microSD Reader for Androids, Leef Access. This means you can use this tiny memory card inside the Leef Access too.  

System requirements for the Leef Pro: Windows® 8, Windows® 7, Windows® XP (SP3), Windows Vista® (SP1, SP2), Windows 2000®, Apple® Mac OS X or later.

Here's a cool video about Leef's High Speed Memory Card:

 Like the other Leef products I've been ravin' about, this too has a 5-year warranty. 

Other specs include:  
Operating Temperature: -25°C ~ +85°C
Storage Temperature: -25°C ~ +85°C

 Disclaimer: I am not a specialist, expert, professional or doctor of any kind. Content on this blog is not intended to be taken as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or advice of any sort. I'm simply sharing information about my own experiences and results from use of a product or activity in hopes of providing useful information to readers, not to be taken as a patient/medical adviser relationship. I am not responsible for what readers choose to do after viewing the content here. Furthermore, I do not hold an "exceptional" or other special relationship with any company mentioned on this site. I'm simply a consumer who worked with the company on a review that is in compliance with FTC's guidelines. That means, everything you read here is my own words, not anything of the company's. I was not provided with monetary compensation for my review. All information posted has been done so with complete honesty. No action should be taken based solely on the content of this publication ( I'm not responsible.) Readers who rely on the information in this blog to replace the advise of an appropriate health care provider assume all risks of such behavior.

Leef's 3.0 USB Flash Drive "Ice" is Rave-Worthy

 You'd think a product as simple as an SD card wouldn't be excitement-worthy, but I've been totally impressed by Leef products. The features alone are quite amazing, and the durability -- like no other, which is the main reason I found myself enthralled by their products, especially the Copper Edition line. With a 5-year limited warranty on their products, and the water-proof and dust-proof products, Leef is a whole 'nother notch above the rest.

And here is the Ice USB 3.0 Flash Drive, from Leef's Copper line which I'll still be raving about well into next year.

                       Ice -- 16 GB, comes in a 32 GB as well. 

The description for Leef's USB 3.0 Ice Flash Drive is so eloquently put that I figured I'd let it do the talking first:

"For over 10,000 years, copper has added quality and prestige to everything it touches. Leef Ice 3.0 combines the beauty of copper  and a crystal-like methacrylic resin to add Leef's signature "Ice” feature.

Ice USB 3.0 Flash Drive is part of Leef's Copper Edition line, and built with their "PrimeGrade Memory."  I have to admit, it's extremely pleasing, aesthetically and for some odd reason that I could never explain, feels really awesome in my hand... or pocket... And it even looks cool sticking out of the side of my laptop all lit up with its crystal looking self. It's like decor for my plain charcoal colored Sony Vaio. 

That gorgeous clear end and the way that beautiful cap slides shut over the USB part, protecting it from my pocket lint. It's just so cute & I can't believe I am saying these things about an electronic. Never thought I'd find a flash drive attractive, or cool to the touch, but wow this baby sure is. Since I've already shamefully admitted that, I'll just say this  too: the packaging is even attractive. 

The shiny copper colored text and  the cool way Leef put its very own scientific box thingy in the lower corner is just too neat.

An awesome video about the product:

Ice's Cool Specs:
    - Waterproof, shockproof, and dust proof
   - Leef's signature soft-glow LED (which causes the gorgeous fella to light up when in use.)
   -  Copy and share data up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0
  -  Ice 3.0 also available in black with a charcoal band Capacities:   16 GB, 32 GB
USB Standard
   -  High-speed USB 3.0 Compliant, USB 2.0 Backwards Compatible

- Operating Temperature: 0°C - 70°C
Storage Temperature: -20°C - 85°C
  -  5-year limited warranty

System Requirements
    Windows® 8, Windows® 7, Windows® XP (SP3), Windows Vista® (SP1, SP2), Windows 2000®, Apple® Mac OS X or later

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