Posts Tagged "review"

Video: Suz Gets A Webcam

Yes, it’s finally happened!

Previously, I was recording my YouTube videos using a Fujifilm Finepix S2100. It shoots HD video, but I wasn’t getting the results I wanted, so I made the decision to get a webcam.

I stayed up entirely too late Wednesday night researching and, after spotting a super sale at Staples, decided to narrow my list to the Logitech HD C310 or the Microsoft LifeCam HD 6000. The sales guy said they were pretty comparable, but the Logitech was on sale for half off retail (most places had it around $50ish, but also some prices as low as $30), so I jumped on it for the wonderful price of $24. The reviews were pretty good online from what I read.

Using this webcam was easy. Plugged into USB and my Windows 7 64-bit computer detected it and automatically installed drivers.

I didn’t install the accompanying software (yet), but instead used my Camtasia studio to produce my first video. Audio seemed a little off, and it recorded the initial file to wmv format. Not a fan, but will experiment with future vids.

For now, I couldn’t recommend this webcam any more. Knowing I got a killer deal always helps as well!

Find out more about this webcam here.

And watch my first-run below…

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First Run: My Shakeology Review

Being a Chalene Johnson disciple, I’ve been reading about Shakeology for months on end! I’ve never really had a protein shake regimen. Sometimes I’d have some Muscle Milk, and then I had a phase where I made my own fruit smoothies with flaxseed and/or whey powder. But after a while, that ended and I just started having a small cup of Yoplait yogurt before my daily workouts.

That is until I decided to become a Beachbody Independent coach last week. As part of my “orientation” my sponsor coach, the wonderful Jenelle Summers, sent me some sample packets of Shakeology. It comes in Chocolate and Greenberry, and thankfully Jenelle sent me Chocolate. I don’t think I could work much with the Greenberry flavor.

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Quick Review: Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor

Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor

I’ve been reading some reviews of Maybelline’s Color Sensational Lipcolor around the internet, so my interest was piqued a little. I hadn’t tried a new makeup product in a while, so I figured I’d give it a shot.

I’m not “all in” on this, and let me explain why.

First, the color selection leaves much to be desired for women of color. There’s a handy little Shade Finder, that includes shades for women with a darker skin tone as well as light and medium. And then it breaks it down further into Naturals, Pinks, Plums, and Reds. Sounds like a great setup, right? Not so much.

I took a look at the selections for Dark skin tones and picked out the ones I thought would compliment my skin tone. I’m not what I’d consider light-skinned. But I’m also not really dark. I’d say I’m a medium in the chocolate spectrum; think Gabrielle Union 😉 I picked out Plum Paradise (Plums) and Get Nutty (Naturals).

I tried Get Nutty because it was what looked like the darkest available Natural available. All it did was make my lips the exact same color as the rest of my face. It was really weird because it looked like it’d give me a little reddish tint. It did not. Disappointed.

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Knee Jerkin’: Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick

So far, so good!

So far, so good!

I’ve gotten away from posting makeup reviews lately. I’m now making an effort to bring that back!

Makeup companies are all a bunch of copycats. If L’Oreal does something, then you know it’s only a matter of time before Maybelline, Revlon, Cover Girl et al follow suit.

Now, all the rage is longwear lipsticks. (Try saying that 5 times fast!) I’ve purchased products before that makes the claims that you’ll have color for 12 hours without application. You can even eat and the color will stay put. That’s what she said, right?

I came away rather impressed by L’Oreal’s Infallible Lipstick and Lipcolor products as well as Cover Girl’s Outlast Lipcolor. After those tests, I liked Outlast better. Then CG came out with the lipstains, which I absolutely love. I’ve been wearing those more often than lipsticks or lipcolors. But that will probably come to an end because those pencil-like tubes dryout waaaaaay too fast! It’s just not cost effective to buy one of these and have it dry out in a couple of weeks when I have lipsticks that I also like that I can continue to use for months. Work on this, Cover Girl! Your lipstains are great otherwise!

I’ve seen the commercials for the new Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick. A quick Google search gave me a few reviews that were quite favorable! MakeupAlley reviews are mixed. Judging from the description, it looks right up my alley, in terms of lipstick needs. So, I decided to give it a shot!

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Review: LinkShare WordPress Plugin

The other day, I said that I was going to take a look at the LinkShare Link Lookup WordPress plugin. I feel like it’d come in handy on the blogs I run for musicians since I’m part of the iTunes partner program. It’s such a hassle to have to log-in, find the song/album I’m looking for, copy (edit) the code, and place it in its corresponding blog.

This plugin will allow the blogger to click an icon on the post page that will bring up a pop-up that allows you to insert a link or code directly to your post or page. Here is a description:

Just click on the red arrows on the top right of the write posts page. This opens a side bar that lets you search the LinkShare databases for commission paying links in two different ways. The first lets you convert a URL from the advertiser’s site into a commission paying link. The second lets you search for items by keywords.

I’m going to try it out right now. Let’s see… I’m currently diggin’ the resurgance of Kelly Clarkson, so I’m going to try to look her up.

I tried method two, opting to choose a keyword for my search. First of all, I think only allowing one search term is ridiculous, and secondly, the results returned weren’t exactly Kelly songs. I got a bunch of results that were from A Tribute to Kelly Clarkson, as well as some karaoke singles. So, the only “real” Kelly result I found was her collaboration of “Because of You” with Reba McEntire on Reba’s 50 Greatest Hits album. I clicked the “add image” link and nothing happened. Same with the “add text” link. Nothing was inserted into this post. So, a big FAIL for that method.

The first option was to take a URL from the iTunes store and paste it into the sidebar. From there, you click a button that encrypts the link with your affiliate code so you can use it on your site. I looked up Kelly’s new album “All I Ever Wanted” and copied the Pre-Order link from iTunes. LinkShake Link Lookup did generate a link for me and here it is: Pre-Order Kelly Clarkson’s new album, All I Ever Wanted! It’s the Limited Edition Deluxe version, yo.

So, I guess the plugin only half works for me. The method that I really wanted to use, search and automatic placement into my post/page sucked. That was really disappointing. Being able to stay within my WordPress admin area while searching and placing LinkShare products into my posts would have been awesome.

However, it still is easier to do it this way rather than log-in to the LinkShare portal, IMO. Combine that with the Amazon Reloaded for WordPress plugin, and I can still get the product’s image rather easily. So, I think I’ll keep this plugin and hope they fix whatever reason the keyword search option doesn’t not work properly.

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