Dazzlepro Advanced Sonic Toothbrush with UV Base Review!

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What Is It
Keeping your teeth clean can mean a lot for your health – you’ll spend less in dental bills, you’ll help save your immune system, and you’ll just be taking better care of your body in general. Regular, manual toothbrushes can do it okay – but lots of studies have shown that electric toothbrushes do a whole lot better job.

That’s why toothbrushes like the Dazzlepro Advanced Sonic Toothbrush can make a big difference in your dental health. An advanced sonic toothbrush that offers a UV sanitizing base, this toothbrush is an all-in-one-system that helps you take care of all of your toothbrushing needs with the best that science has to offer. Offering 31,000 brush strokes per minute during the brushing session to improve your brushing experience, the toothbrush offers the full package with a UV sanitizing base that cleans your brush heads after use to ensure you’re getting as clean as possible.

To best work with your mouth and your preferred brushing habits, the Dazzlepro Sonic Toothbrush offers a Pro, Soft, and Massage setting. Switch between the modes to take advantage of modes that feel comfortable and clean for your own habits.

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The unit requires 24 hours to fully charge the unit. However, once you’ve charged it, this single full-charge will last the toothbrush for two weeks without charging it. There is no risk of overcharging the Dazzlepro UV sanitizing toothbrush, however, so you can just keep it stored on the charging base without any worry about when the toothbrush needs to be recharged.

To ensure that you’re meeting the minimum recommended brushing time limits, this toothbrush also offers built-in timers. The built-in two minute timer ensures that you’ll brush your teeth for the full two minutes as the brush will stay on until those minutes are up. To ensure that you’ll hit every important spot in your teeth, the toothbrush pauses every 30 seconds as a gentle reminder to hit all four of the recommended areas: outer surfaces, inner surfaces, cleaning surfaces, and then tongue. The 30 second timer reminds you when it’s time to move onto the next area.

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My Opinion
I’ve always wanted to do the best possible for brushing my teeth. I’ll admit, I occasionally skimp out on the 2 minutes, and I occasionally don’t brush two or three times a day. However, I do make an effort! The Dazzlepro really helps me make that effort because of its timing system. It stays on for 2 straight minutes – so don’t put the toothbrush down until you’ve done your 2 minutes. Every 30 seconds, there’s a brief pause in the movement to “remind” you to move onto a different part of your mouth. Outer surfaces, inner surfaces, chewing surfaces, and then the tongue. This makes it really simple to remember – and to get into a pattern that doesn’t require a timer or the ability to forget.

I’m always so surprised by how much of a difference an electric toothbrush can really make. When I get lazy and stop using an electric toothbrush and go back to a manual one, I just assume that “clean is clean”. When I move back to using an electric system (like DazzlePro), I notice my teeth feel so much cleaner – especially the teeth closest to my tongue. I don’t want to say “squeaky clean”, but it feels pretty darn close to it.

I do appreciate the cord length on the DazzlePro electric toothbrush as well. Some of my other electric personal care items had shorter cords – less than two feet or so. It meant I had to plug it in on the bathroom counter – with plug-ins that usually get used for temporary items like hair dryers or flat irons. I prefer having the longer cord as it can drape the cord to the plug-in that is closer to the floor than on my vital counter space. For this reason, I just leave it plugged in all the time. As the toothbrush has a decent battery life, though, you could just plug it in to charge and unplug it the rest of the time.

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I’m always concerned about noise as well; it’s not a matter of not wanting to wake someone up, but sounds always sound so much louder when coming from inside your mouth. The Dazzlepro Sonic Toothbrush is relatively quiet. It has a gentle “hum” to it, but it’s nothing that can be heard outside of a closed bathroom door. You aren’t going to wake anyone up with this one.

My only complaint is that it can be a bit hard to pull off the brush head attachments from the toothbrush itself. There isn’t a “quick release” button or anything – you literally have to tug it from the top. As there aren’t a whole lot of places to “grip” the toothbrush head aside from the bristles, I usually end up touching the bristles when I do this. I’m not particularly fond of getting my hands on my toothbrush bristles. I really wish it had a different system to release the heads; with all of the advanced features the toothbrush offers, I’m surprised that’s not one of them.

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Pros
The Dazzlepro Advanced Sonic Toothbrush is filled with a lot of great features. Not only does it offer multiple modes of brushing and a built-in timer to ensure that you fully clean your teeth, but it also is extremely easy to care for: it can just be rested in the base and doesn’t overcharge. Most of the luxurious electronic toothbrush features have been included with this toothbrush.

Cons
I really wish there was a “quick release” feature that easily released the toothbrush heads from the toothbrush itself. As it stands, you have tug it with a decent amount of strength to make it get off the brush.

Recommended
If you want to take better care of your teeth without the expensive price point of some of the other electric toothbrushes, the Dazzlepro Advanced Sonic Toothbrush is going to be amazing for you. It offers a lot of the advanced electronic toothbrush features while also offers UV sanitization for even more cleanliness.

Buy It
You can purchase the DazzlePro toothbrush directly from the DazzlePro website. Don’t forget to check out some of their other offerings!

Better Nails in a Single Tool: Violife Slim UNO Manicure Kit Review

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What Is It
Taking care of my nails did just get a little bit more fun. The Slim Uno from Violife is designed as an all-in-one tool that takes care of all of the nail upkeep that you’ve been keeping multiple tools around for. The kit includes four popular nail kits in one: an emery board, shaping file, buffer, and cuticle pusher. It all comes packaged in a single, zip-up carrying case that makes it easy to keep the device, the batteries, and all of the attachment tools in one spot.

To be able to be a 4-in-1 tool, the Slim UNO manicure kit uses replaceable attachment heads that snap onto the tip of the battery-operated device. Slip off the last attachment head and put on a new one each time to utilize the different features of the Violife Slim UNO. The emery board also includes replaceable pads to ensure that you have a long time with your Violife UNO making small, filing changes to your tips.

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You don’t have to worry about recharging the toy or keeping around a charging cable or tons of batteries either. The Violife Slim Uno uses a single AA battery (first one is included) to easily power the manicure device. Slip a second AA battery into the storage pouch (and it will easily fit), and you’ll quickly have a back-up power option in case your AA battery is dead.

Designed by Violife, this set was designed to be portable and easy-to-use – much like their toothbrushes. Violife has made a name for itself with their sterilizable toothbrushes and bathroom supplies. In fact, I still have one of their Violife Zapi Luxe UV Sanitizers in the bathroom to help keep my toothbrush extremely clean for each use.

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My Opinion
I love my Violife healthy smile products, so I had high hopes for this kit. My toothbrush sanitizers have always been amazing, and they give me a nice peace of mind that I’m sticking things that are actually clean into my mouth to clean it further. And hey – who doesn’t want that peace of mind?

That being said, I’m not entirely sure how much help the battery-powered features provide in the Violife Slim UNO. All of the manicure features that it provides are things that I’ve never seen in a electrically-powered version. My old tools all were manual, and when I’ve gone in to multiple salons for manicures, I’ve never seen any salon use an electric version for any of these tools. I would have liked to have seen Violife go a different route with the Slim UNO manicure kit – maybe provide a sterilizable option like they do with their toothbrushes or just to make a compact, easy-to-switch attachment system that’s entirely manual.

The only attachment that I really enjoy turning on the Violife Slim UNO for is the buffer pad. The slight vibration of the Slim UNO during the buffering seems to be a bit easier than actually moving my own hands for buffering. It seems to make smaller buffering movements than I can, and it leaves my nails feeling much shinier without as much effort on my part. So for the buffering pad, I totally do enjoy the electric capabilities of this all-in-one manicure tool.

One of my favorite things about the Violife Slim UNO kit is the fact that it all comes packaged in this nice, zippered pouch. The pouch easily unzips, and it’s smaller than a pencil case. All of the items, including spare batteries, fit into this single case. It’s not small enough to throw into a pocket or anything, but it goes into my luggage really nicely – and then I don’t have to hunt down various nail care products when I’m traveling. It’s just all in this black case with absolutely no fuss.

I do have to admit that I wish they’d gone with a different case design, though. The case offers a decent amount of little “pockets” to slide the attachments into. But if you open the case upside down or it gets jumbled in your luggage, everything slides into new areas. Small, mesh pouches might have been a better choice.

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Pros
Easily carry around four manicure tools in one with the Violife Slim UNO device. The tips easily switch out to change between the popular attachment options. The designs available are super cute, and the case even has room to store back-up battery power.

Cons
I’m not sure how much the battery power benefits the other attachments aside from the buffering attachment. I also would love to see the zippered case redesigned to keep attachments better in their proper place.

Recommended
The Violife Slim UNO manicure kit makes it easy to enjoy all of your manicure tools in a simple, easy-to-use black zippered pouch. It includes the most-popular manicure attachments, and it’s pretty easy to switch out the different heads. The different Slim UNO designs means you’ll be able to pick one that matches your (or your gift recipient’s) personality.

Buy It
You can pick up the Violife Slim UNO manicure device straight from the Violife toothbrush sanitizers web store.

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Make Your Own Ice Cream: Zoku Ice Cream Maker Review!

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What Is It
If you want to make ice cream without the huge expensive of an entire electronic ice cream machine, the Zoku Ice Cream Maker is going to be your favorite summer appliance! BPA and phthalate-free for your health, the Zoku Ice Cream Maker allows you to make individual portions of ice cream, custard, frozen yogurt, gelato, sorbet, or sherbert in as little as 10 minutes. Perfect as a way to make healthier ice cream without additives or as a fun way to teach children about chemistry and making their own food, the Zoku Ice Cream Maker is available in multiple color options.

The Zoku Ice Cream Maker includes the stainless steel bowl, the protective sleeve, and a spoon for stirring and making the ice cream. This is everything you need to make a bowl of ice cream; you’ll just need to provide the ingredients to make the ice cream itself.

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If you’re worried about being lost about what to do, don’t be. This personal size ice cream maker also comes with instructions that include illustrations. The instructions also include multiple recipes for different types of ice cream you could make. The instruction manual is also available online if you happen to lose your paper copy.

The Zoku Ice Cream Maker was designed to be super easy to use as well. Requiring absolutely no electricity (but it does require freezing the interior bowl), it can be done wherever you want. First, freeze the inner bowl overnight. After that, you’re going to want to fill the inner bowl with 5 ounces of your ice cream mixture. Once you’ve poured it, start immediately scraping the bowl with the spoon to frequently stir and scrap the bowl to regularly remove the ice cream from the sides of the bowl. This keeps the ice cream soft and creamy. If you’re working with kids, not scraping the sides won’t ruin the ice cream, but it will thicken the ice cream and make it harder to scrape. As the ice cream starts to solidify, you’ll add any toppings you want mixed into the ice cream. Soft serve ice cream will be done in about 10 minutes while harder ice cream will require placing the bowl back into the freezer for another 10 to 20 minutes.

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My Opinion
I’m surprised by how simple making ice cream with the Zoku Ice Cream Maker is. It’s definitely not-at-all difficult, and assuming you plan ahead of time by sticking the bowl in the freezer overnight, you’ll have ice cream within 15 minutes of starting. Start-to-finish, it takes about 15 minutes for delicious, soft-serve ice cream. (Not sure what one of you weirdos love hard, frozen ice cream, but soft serve is totally where it’s at)

Throwing all the ingredients into a bowl was super easy. You need to get the sugar to dissolve in the mixture, but it only takes a minute or so of hand-mixing. You don’t need to get out any other supplies.

Once you’ve thrown together all of your ingredients and dissolved the mix, it just pours into the frozen bowl (for optimal results, you’ll want to refridgerate your mixture up to 40 degrees F before using it, but it works fine as long as you mix your ingredients ASAP after taking them out of the fridge. You’ll end up with a soft, melty-er ice cream). As soon as you pour it, start scooping the ice cream. The included spoon has a firm, spatula-like feel to it, so it scoops the ice cream off of the edges of the metal bowl pretty well. Don’t be afraid to apply some force. You don’t need a ton of force, but you’ll need enough force to scoop off the sides that it might feel like you’ll scratch the bowl. As long as you’re using the included Zoku spoon, you shouldn’t have any issue.

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As you continue to mix the ice cream, make sure to mix around the visible areas as well. Scooping the ice off of the visible edges will help you understand how much force you need to use to get the ice cream off of the bottom and sides that you can’t see. It’s really a simple process. As an adult, it took less effort than making stir fry, and I can easily see this being something that kids can do without any issue – you just have to make sure they keep scooping the edges. The bowl is forgiving if you don’t scoop off of the edges regularly, but it will start to “build up” if you don’t do it semi-often.

I did this for about 8 minutes before I decided I was done. Do NOT try to eat the ice cream out of the bowl. You totally can try it, but the freezing will continue to freeze as you’re attempting to eat it, and you’ll find that you’ll start getting ice cream frozen to the sides of the bowl. It seems to work really well if you just pour your ice cream into a separate bowl – then it doesn’t continue to freeze.

The resulting ice cream is actually pretty good. It has a sweetness and creaminess to it that tastes a whole lot better than store-bought ice cream. It’s like a thicker and creamier version of most soft-serve ice creams you can get at places like Dairy Queen. It’s actually quite sweet and delicious – and that’s using the included recipe that only has about 5 ingredients you need to gather. Doing some digging online about good recipes should lead some tastier and healthier options for using your Zoku Ice Cream Maker.

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If you’re someone who is constantly concerned about what ingredients are in your ice cream or want to show your children how simple it can be to make “real” food on their own, the Zoku Ice Cream Maker can be a fantastic purchase. You can use any of the natural recipes you’d like to use, or any of the included Zoku recipes are made using standard, clean ingredients such as milk, sugar, vanilla extra, heavy cream, and Kosher salt. No premade mixes are required, and for the most part (I’m not sure most people keep Kosher salt in their homes), it only uses ingredients you already have in your home.

The recipes that the instruction manual offers work pretty well. They will make a tasty, sweet ice cream that’s smooth and creamy. At the same time, all of the recipes include enough of the mix to make multiple bowls of the ice cream. I halved one of their recipes, and it still made enough liquid to make 2.5 bowls of their ice cream. As you only have one bowl at a time, it seems like providing the base recipe – and instructions to multiply if you want to make multiple servings, would have been a better way to go about it. However, if you see yourself using the Zoku Ice Cream Maker multiple times in a short time period, it’s pretty easy to keep the liquid ice cream mixture good in the refridgerator until you’re ready for it.

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Pros
The Zoku Ice Cream Maker makes it so simple to make ice cream. There’s only a couple of pieces, it requires no electricity, and the included instructions are clear and offer great recipes. This is a fantastic, low space-footprint way to make single-servings of ice cream and enjoy some family time together.

Cons
The Zoku Ice Cream Maker only makes a single serving of ice cream. If you’re wanting to feed more than a couple people, it becomes unpractical to continue to use this little guy. However, if you just want something for your child or yourself, it’s absolutely perfect. My other complaint is that the Zoku Ice Cream Maker isn’t dishwasher-safe. I hate washing things by hand.

Recommended
If you want to enjoy a single serving of delicious ice cream that’s made up of only what you want to put into your body, the Zoku Ice Cream Maker is perfect. It’s very simple and relatively effortless to make the ice cream, and you can easily use only the ingredients you want to use.

Buy It
You can pick up the Zoku Ice Cream Maker right from the Zoku website. You also can find it at local retailers – I know I’ve seen them at Target!

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