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*Review: Lightning rabbit – Apple lightning connector

I know. I’m running a beauty blog so why the heck am I reviewing charging cables?! Well for one, I have many devices all requiring charging cables and for another how could I resist trying these cables when Aleksey (founder of Latitude 28 design) contacted me about them? These cables were (obviously) sent to me for consideration but it will not affect any opinions expressed on this blog!
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I was sent three different types of charging cables (microUSB cable, Apple 30 pin connector USB cable and an Apple lightning USB cable) but since the lightning cable is the newest product available I’ll focus my review around them.

Basically… They are USB to Apple lightning connector charging cables and because they use the Apple lightning connector, you shouldn’t get any weird “your charging device is not compatible… blah blah blah” errors. The cables are 5 feet long (for those of us not using the imperial system, it’s approximately 1.5 metres long) so you can move around freely with your device when it’s charging. The cables are USD$20 each and shipping is USD$3 for domestic US orders or USD$6.75 for international orders.
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The Good Stuff… Many people were complaining about problems with the Apple lightning cables, saying that the point of weakness where the pin and the cable met wasn’t reinforced enough and every so often they would need to repurchase the cable (and at USD$25 a pop they don’t come cheap!). Well I am happy to say that the pins are encased in a larger body (as you can see in the picture above when the cable is photographed next to an official Apple lightning cable) so the point of stress between the pin head and the cable is reduced in this cable. The cable is encased in a flexible fabric wound sheath and it actually more flexible than the original cable. To prove it, I did some knot art in the first picture (sliver lightning cable on the bottom right) and what do you know, the darn thing knots and unknots easily! I tested it on my iPad mini and no errors were encountered, it fit even with the case on (although the fit was a little tighter than I was expecting) and charged as per-normal. Length of the cable allowed me to use it freely even while it was charging (no weird holding angles) and darn it, these cables are colourful! The different colours are useful to determine which USB cable charges what device as well.
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Issues: Despite the long length of the cable being a favorable point, I have found that when you’re charging your device in a stationary position, the cable actually runs a little too long and creates a mess of cables under your desk/side table/chair.
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In a Nutshell:

Love: Point of weakness in the cable is addressed, length of cable is good, cable is really flexible, the colour options and the fact that it’s only $20USD per cable (plus shipping it goes up to $26.75USD for international orders or $23USD for domestic orders) makes it cheaper if not on par, with the price of an ‘official’ Apple lightning cable.
Do not love: The length of the cable could be a minus for this product but it is only an issue for me when I leave it in one spot to charge.
I rate it: 4.5/5
Interested? Find them here: Lightning Rabbit|Designer cables for iPhone, iPad and Android

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Review: The Face Shop – Cleansing oil balm

This was the most requested review from my last haul post so here it is! A little bit delayed but here nonetheless.
It has become part of my makeup removal routine and dare I say it? Holy-Grail material! BEWARE: The following review is very, very intensely descriptive – involving GRITS and Sebaceous filaments. If you’re not already disgusted, please by all means, read on to find out why this is HG.
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Haulin’ from RoseRose Shop

Whee! I normally don’t do haul posts but since I had just made a large haul I decided to share the love! Today I bring you a RoseRose Shop haul complete with mini-review/impressions of each product. This will be a long post, so for those who’re curious stick around or if you’re not so curious feel free to wait for the full review of the products!
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Review: Antipodes Divine face oil & Vanilla pod cream

A while ago Priceline had a 40% off all skincare sale on and based on a friend’s recommendation, I picked this Antipodes mini set to try out their products. Best thing was it had only cost me $12! It is a limited edition set but there seemed to be a lot of stock when I was there last (a week ago?) and they are still selling these minis at Priceline. Antipodes is a New Zealand brand but I believe they are available world wide at any good department store. Their main selling point seems to be that they use organic products and that their products have been scientifically tested. Even though they did get an independent test done with fibroblast cells, I honestly would take ‘scientifically tested’ with a grain of salt. I mean applying the product to live cells and applying it to your face is very different.
But anyway, this isn’t a scientific blog! It’s a beauty/lifestyle blog, so on to more interesting things!
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Review: Hada Labo tamagohada AHA+BHA daily face wash

Wow – so sorry about the radio silence, it’s been crazily busy at Uni recently so I’ve been neglecting the blog *Sobs*. I’ve actually been meaning to do this review for about a month now and just managed to finally get it done!
Many of you may (or may not) be familiar with the Hada Labo brand. It’s a Japanese brand that focuses on simplicity and affordability (big props to the affordability point!) I had actually purchased a bottle of this cleanser while on a short trip to Taiwan (I had run out of my cleanser and didn’t have enough time to pack so I traveled all the way to Taiwan with no face wash). I mainly wanted to try it out because I had heard nothing but good things about this brand while researching Asian skin care brands and plus it said “AHA+BHA” – what more could I ask for?!
Anyway, less rambling and more reviewing!
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*Review: Little Bird Organic Paw Paw

*These products were sent to me for my consideration but it does not affect
my opinions expressed on this blog.

Wow! An actual review post this time! Today I bring you a review of an organic Paw Paw from the brand Little Bird. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of Paw Paw but when I was contacted about these products I thought, why not? I’ve never really given Paw Paw products the time of day and this was a good opportunity to give it a shot.
Most Paw Paw balms contain some kind of petrochemical (ie: Petroleum jelly) but these ones are devoid of the use of petrochemicals. I can’t comment much about the “organic” claims of this product because 1) I don’t know enough and 2) even if I did know enough I’m still hesitant to spew out potentially wrong information!
On to more interesting things! The Review:

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Expedit/Kallax wardobe

We needed a wardrobe. That was basically the first thing we said (other than “we need a bed”) when my boyfriend signed the lease so we looked high and low – searched gumtree and browsed through every single available wardrobe at Ikea. Everything we saw was either too expensive, too ugly or did not have enough storage space.
Honestly, I first got the idea for this from IkeaHackers.net – a few people had submissions of making the Expedit range into wardrobes but since Expedit has been discontinued and sold off in the bargain bin, we couldn’t find the right size. For that I gumtreed the 4×4 unit ($50 only!) and we managed to snag the 1×5 unit ($65) in the bargain bin on one incredibly busy Saturday morning.
Irrelevant: my favourite time to go to Ikea is when they’re refreshing the displays – hello bargain bin furniture!
Again, if you do attempt this hack you are fully responsible and liable for any consequences that occur as a result of making this hack.
All instructions are in the pictures, click to enlarge.
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DIY Ikea wall light Hack

So from my previous Ikea Hack post you should know that as a condition of renting, we aren’t allowed to drill/stick/glue anything onto the walls or ceilings. The ceiling light in the bathroom was woefully inadequate so to get around that, I had decided to use the two remaining stugvik suction hooks from my previous hack to put in a wall light into the bathroom. This hack will require some electrical knowledge so please for the love of all that is good and holy, don’t attempt this hack unless you know what you’re doing! Also, you will assume all responsibility and liability if you do attempt this hack!
On to the DIY! Instructions will be in the pictures so click on them to enlarge!

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Attach a Grundal knife rack without drilling into the wall

*Picture heavy post ahead!*
Recently my boyfriend moved into a rented apartment and one condition was “No drilling, gluing or sticking anything to the walls and ceilings”. We thought, that’s ok – we won’t need to drill/attach anything to walls or ceilings. How every wrong we were. For one, kitchen bench space was very small and we had no where to put a knife holder that would traditionally sit on the counter top and second we didn’t really want to fork out $40-$60 for a knife holder.

Ikea stepped in at this point (pretty sure their demographic is young adults living in a rented shoe box) and we saw the Grundal magnetic knife rack. It was in short perfect – except for one tinnyyy detail. It has to be attached to a wall. Obviously we couldn’t drill into the wall but I remember seeing some bathroom suction hooks that Ikea was also selling. I decided to put the two together and Voila! knife holder without drilling into the walls and for less than $30.

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Instructions are included in the pictures below! Click to enlarge.
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