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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bzzagent - Schick® Hydro Sensitive Skin Care® razor

Schick® Hydro Sensitive Skin Care® razor

I received this item from Bzzagent about two weeks ago and was SO excited to use it!

As a woman, getting a close shave is hard enough... being disabled is worse yet! I've been using twin-bladed razors for MOST of my shaving life, and unless I grew my bodily hair to epic lengths, it was always so hard to get the close, smooth shave all women want.

I've even tried using Veet to achieve the smoothness, and while it did work decently, it was messy and took too long to work.

In the BzzAgent shipment box, I received

~A Schick HydroSilk Sensitive Care Razor, which had 1 razor handle, 2 disposable blade cartridges and a shower caddy/holder.
~4 coupons for $4.00 off the razor
~a coupon for a Free can of Skintimate shave gel
~a BzzAgent information card

Each cartridge has 5 blades, which are Curve Sensing™ blades. These are designed to 'hug' your curves and get the close shaves.

It is also infused with a hypoallergenic moisturizing serum strip. This strip has a number of different moisturizers, including shea butter. The strip is supposed to moisturize for up to 2 hours after shaving.

I tried this over the weekend of Jan 25th, and it does work. The area I shaved is pretty smooth and the hair growth seems to have slowed QUITE a bit. With twin blade razors, I seem to have stubble the next day, if not later that same day. It's been about 5 days now and the hair is just starting to poke through the skin.

The handle is comfortable to grip and does NOT slip, even when wet. I also had ZERO nicks, which is NOT normal for someone with CP. I usually walk away from a shaving session looking like I was an extra in a horror movie.

These Razors are available at walmart.com for $7.97, drugstore.com for $13.99 and amazon.com for $13.99.

Schick® Hydro Silk Sensitive Skin Care® razor is a great product. It works well for disabled women to get the close, smooth shave they've always wanted.


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Centura - Tracfone

Samsung Galaxy Centura - Tracfone

Prepaid/No Contract
Straight Talk, Tracfone, Net10,
Form Factor
Bar, Touchscreen
Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, so far upgradable to 4.0.4
Weight     4.4 oz.
Product Dimensions (inches)    4.44" x 2.40" x 0.45"
Rear facing 3.0 MP
No Front facing camera
Digital Optical Zoom     3X Digital
Features - Shot Modes, Auto, Night, Party, Sunset; Geo-tagging; Camcorder
Standby - Up to 10 days*
Talk Time - Up to 7 Hours*
Battery Type and Size
Lithium Ion, 1500 mAh
Internal Memory
External Memory/microSD™ Capacity
Up to 32GB
SAR value - Head 1.39 W/kg
SAR value - Body 0.92 W/kg
Features - Bluetooth®; Wi-Fi®; HTML Browser; GPS
Processor Speed - MSM7625A (800MHz)
Type - Qualcomm®
Main Display Resolution: 320 x 480 pixels
Main Display Size: 1.92" x 2.89"
Main Display Technology: 262K TFT
User Interface
Widgets; Accelerometer
GPS Navigation - Yes
Premium Camera - Yes
Compatible Music Files: AAC, AAC+, AMR, MP3, OGG, MIDI, SP-MIDI, WAV, WMA; Audio, Streaming; MP3/Music Tones
Video Player; Compatible Video Files: H.263, H.264, MPEG4, VP8; Video, Streaming
Fun and Entertainment
Downloadable Content; Wallpapers, Animated
Business & Office
Microsoft® Office-compatible
Messaging Options
Email; Corporate Email; Picture Messaging; Text Messaging; Instant Messaging; Video Messaging; Predictive Text (T9®/XT9®)
Calling Functions
Speakerphone; Voicemail; Speech-to-text; Picture Caller ID; Multitasking; Airline Mode

Mama Melissa got me this phone from HSN.com for Christmas last year. I got TIRED of trying to grab free wifi from spots on my Coby tablet when I went places and Tracfone FINALLY got Androids on their service, so Mama Melissa picked one up for me!
I've used Tracfone and their phones off and on for the past 15-16 years, and I LOVE their coverage and reception. I've never dropped a call with them.
This phone was part of a bundle, which included a blue hard plastic snap-on case (which I have since replaced with a 'smoked clear' gel case), a $25 credit to the Google Play Store, an USB charging wire, earbuds and a car cigarette charger.
This is pretty much an entry-level Android smartphone, running Stock/Vanilla Android 4.0. No Touchwhiz overlay and MINIMAL bloatware, if any. Only BLOATWARE that I see are the Google apps I don't use.
Being an Android smartphone, it is fully compatible with the Google Play store.

The phone, in sleep mode

Phone Screen, locked

Phone Screen, unlocked

Screen shot of the unlocked screen. Widgets shown are the Battery Solo Widget and the Tracfone My Account Widget.

The only downfalls of this phone are
~it drains the battery fairly quickly. I've NEVER gotten over 3 days standby time on this device. The battery is only 1500 mAH, so it's NOT much better than an iPod Touch 4th or 5th Gen models. I find myself charging every other night.
~Your data drains quickly as well. It's been approximately 5 weeks since those photos were taken and I've gone through 148 MBs of data, and that is with 5 minutes of usage a day to check weather and an email glance. I try to keep WiFi active at home, but the WiFi is off when the phone is in standby mode.

As far as how a disable person can use this phone, it will vary. Those with decent and better motor skills will not have much of an issue. Those who shake a lot will have a more difficult time operating the touch screen. There ARE accessibility controls under the Setting panel, but the customization options are very slim. Depending on your disability, some options will be useless to you. There is one option that I do like, but I don't use it myself, and that is the 'Show Touches' option under the Developer Options. This option puts a opaquish dot wherever you touch the screen. This could be useful to people with visual impairments.
The Samsung Galaxy Centura is available at Tracfone.com for $129.99, Dollar General for $100 or Walmart for $99.99 (on Straight Talk ONLY).

Tracfone gives you all the benefits of having a smartphone without the hefty price tag of a contract. The Samsung Galaxy Centura Tracfone is a great phone for kids, older folks, those new to the Android platform and high-functioning disabled people.
WOULD RECOMMEND: Possibly... (I think I'd recommend the ZTE Valet quicker)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

INFLUENSTER: Holly Jolly VoxBox

The Jolly VoxBox from Influenster

Photo credit to Influenster's Facebook Page

Okay, so... I'm like SUPER late on this, but whatever...

I signed up for Influenster about 2 months ago and the Jolly VoxBox was the first 'campaign' I participated in.

In the Jolly VoxBox, I recieved
​~Rimmel London Show Off Lip Lacquer
~NYC New York Color HD Color Trio Eye Shadow
~Ducklings Mini Rolls Duck Tape
~Puffs Tissues
~Skinny Cow Candy

Here's my CRAPTASTIC unboxing video.

Filmed with a Samsung Galaxy Centura camera -- Not too shabby of footage quality

So, No vocals... I'm not comfortable with my voice on camera to narrate. Trust me, I sound like I have a cold and I went on one HECK of a bender.

Anyway, here's what was in the Jolly VoxBox.


I'm not a huge fan of the Rimmel brand. Maybe it's the price that frightens me, but I don't see what the big deal about the fancy brands of cosmetics. Give me a Wet-n-Wild cosmetic and I'm just as happy.
That being said, I'm not entirely sold on Rimmel... The lip color had good coverage, but I didn't care for the color I received. Beige/tan colors don't blend with my skin color that well, at least when it comes to my lips. Maybe if I had received a pinkish/rosy shade, I'd be sold more.


Again, The 'Big Brand Name' cosmetics don't impress me. I have YET to actually try this item, so I can't actually give my opinion on it. However, The colors look nice and I'm SURE they'll enhance the brown in my eyes when I do use it!


I was actually HAPPY to get this! Being handicapped/disabled, I use mobility aids to get around, and on my walker, I use a tray to carry my plates and cups from the table to the coffee pot and/or sink. The one side of the tray started to crack and the Seal-All I used to try repairing it didn't hold for very long. I used the Ducklings Tape to tape the crack back in place. It hasn't moved since.
The adhesive on the tape, even for being a mini roll is AWESOME and it holds well.


Again, with the CP I have, I don't always have the best control of my saliva. And in the winter weather elements, this equals to a chapped and/or chafed chin. I'm ALWAYS looking for something to wipe my chin with. These are handy enough to throw into a purse or bag, or even a coat pocket.
The thing I like about these tissues in particular is that they have lotion on them, so even if my chin or lips DO become chafed or chapped, the lotion will soothe them.


You know, I am NOT a health nut by any means. I try to eat healthy, but I do love my sweets. So, I was REALLY excited to get these.
And I have to say I'm impressed. These did NOT taste like a 'diet' treat at all. These were VERY creamy and smooth. If I was on a diet, I wouldn't feel guilty about indulging my sweet tooth.

I'm very happy with the items received in the Jolly VoxBox, and am impressed with Influenster and the variety of items in their shipments.


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Swiftkey Keyboard

SwiftKey Keyboard

I was lucky enough to have downloaded the beta onto my tablet in October, but being it was a beta trial, I only got two weeks to use it.

However, Amazon ran a promotion last week, giving you a $5.00 credit to their AppStore if you downloaded certain apps. I downloaded the Piano Master Christmas Special, which was the FAOTD for Christmas Eve.

Having the $5.00 credit, I bought the SwiftKey keyboard from the AppStore for $1.99. Merry Christmas to me!

Typing on a touchscreen ban be TORTURE for a disabled person. Sometimes, it's downright IMPOSSIBLE. Sliding from key to keys seems to be easier, for me at least. I have tried out MANY different 'slideable' keyboards... Google Keyboard, SlideIT & Swype to name a few, and SwiftKey is my favorite by far.

There are three 'modes' of use in SwiftKey, Full, Thumb & Compact. Modes are switchable by tapping the SwiftKey logo on the keyboard. You can also change any other setting you want, including colors/themes by tapping the same key.

SwiftKey on the tablet - Landscape mode

This is what the keyboard layout looks like in Landscape mode. The punctuation keys are activated by either tapping the '123' key or holding the period key down and sliding to the desired punctuation. (I'm using Inkpad Notepad for the testing app)

SwiftKey on the tablet - Landscape mode & Thumb layout

Here we see the keyboard layout it 'Split' or 'Thumb' layout. The Thumb layout is designed more for tablets and larger phone screens using it in Landscape mode.

SwiftKey on the tablet - Portrait mode & Compact layout

This is how the 'Compact' mode looks. The arrow can be used to 'dock' the keyboard to either side of the screen.

The thing I like most about the SwiftKey Keyboard is the fact that it can complete words and it accurately predicts the words I want to 'say' next. It also keeps stats of my typing and shows how much I've improved my typing by using the app. According to my phone, (yes, I have the app on both) I've improved my efficiency by 36% since using Swiftkey.

The only DOWNFALL I see with the app is the lack of color themes I can use. With SlideIT and GO Keyboard, I can download other colorful themes for the keyboard. SwiftKey limits you to what the app itself offers.

SwiftKey is a PAID app, but they do offer a one month free trial from both the Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore. (Sorry, Apple users... This is a Android app only)
Google Play: SwiftKey Keyboard Free Trial
Amazon AppStore: SwiftKey Keyboard Free Trial

SwiftKey is an awesome app for those with disabilities to make texting/typing on a Android device MUCH easier.