Monthly Archives: October 2014

Garcinia Chews: Healthy Candy?

The word candy might be a bit of a stretch here but these chews are designed to be more of a replacement for candy and surprisingly a weight loss supplement.  Candy is probably the worst thing you can grab to snack on during the day. For most of us, it is just to fill a mindless need for something to do. For others, the hunger is what drives us to eat and eat and eat!  Whatever it is that drives people to eat bad foods, this is a great alternative. The Garcinia Chews by Top Secret Nutrition are designed to curb appetite, boosts metabolism, and even help turn carbohydrates into energy. The bottom line is that it aids in weight loss whether through prohibiting calorie intake with less food consumption or turning the foods we eat into energy instead of being stored as fat.  This happens because it inhibits an important enzyme called citrate lyase, which turns carbohydrates into fat. The component responsible for this is hydroxycitric acid which is the active ingredient in Garcinia Cambogia extract.  This extract comes from a fruit found in India and southeast asia. The chews themselves contain roughly 500mg of Garcinia Cambogia extract (60% HCA). At only 20 calories per serving it allows for those really counting calories to use them and not worry about going overboard. They do have 4g of carbs and 3g of sugar but the benefits should outweigh these numbers.  Chewing on one of these instead of basically anything else is going to be helpful. Not only will you be eating less calories than whatever else you would have grabbed but when it comes to eating your next meal you may eat less and also your body will use the food consumed more effectively. Plus as an added bonus it basically tastes like you’re eating a healthy starburst. They really do taste pretty good and from what I’ve experienced some of us enjoy them so much they have difficulty sticking to the recommended dosage of only 4 chews per day. So whether you’re looking to shed a few pounds or looking for a way to not keep putting on the pounds, these Garcinia Chews by Top Secret Nutrition are really a great choice!

Polaroid Cube-the poor man’s GoPro?

When I first saw this product it caught me off guard for two reasons, 1) Someone dare challenge the all amazing GoPro and 2) The price.

Let’s go over the first reason.  GoPro has all but established a dominance in this adventure camera arena.  Yes there have been other models to try and get a piece of the pie, but most have been but blips on the radar. Maybe its been poor marketing or subpar performing cameras that most people just skip only to be forced into the expensive GoPro.

Now I don’t want to take anything away from what GoPro has been able to accomplish.  They have a great product, its versatile, functional, high quality, and not  too insanely priced. However for the average person who doesn’t make a living filming their adventures the GoPro can be a bit excessive.

This leads me into the 2nd reason the Polaroid Cube made my neck snap and further inspect this unique looking piece of filming equipment.  The cost is $99. No typo there, no missing 2, 3, or even 4.  The price fits right in with the other products that attempted to fill the gap between normal and GoPro expensive, but this is different.

The reason why the Polaroid Cube is a game changer in my eyes is that it effectively does what the GoPro does but cheaper and if i may make a bold statement…better!  The durability of the cube over time has yet to be seen but it offers a standard housing that is already a magnet, with a durable shell before even adding the water proof housing.  It’s a lot smaller and already has the optional attachments that most GoPro users need.  It has the plug and play feel that comes with most Apple products which means its easier to use. Heck with some of these photo tips you’ll be making art from your adventures before you know it! Check out some of our pics with it in our review about Shark Valley in the everglades.

The cube should be an effective means to revive an age old name brand in the film industry.  The name recognition alone will drive sales of these mini cameras. Let’s not forget some of the specs because it may look cool but it has to do what we need right? Well it comes capable of recording up to 90 minutes with its battery, of course 1080p quality, a 6 MP still photo camera, 124 degree wide angle lens, up to 32GB micro SD card, and its weatherproof/splash proof.

It comes with the regular options for cases and mounts like GoPro but I have to say the Monkey Stand is our favorite.  So for the cost, we feel that this is really a great action mountable camera that every guy could use to capture his daily life. Stocking stuffer? Ohhh yeah?!

Get yours here and don’t forget to get the cases!

“Vertu for Bentley” a luxurious smartphone

Automaker Bentley collaborated with luxury smart phone maker Vertu to create a phone simply called Vertu for Bentley.  This was announced earlier this month and it’s sticker price still has some people’s jaws on the floor.  A Vertu for Bentley will only set you back an easy $16,000 well to be more exact it’s $15,896 but whose counting right?

The price does come with some “value” though.  The Vertu includes a 4.7 inch sapphire crystal display with 1080 x 1920 pixels, LTE, stereo speakers, quad-core snapdragon 801 processor with speeds of 2.3 GHz, 64 GB, and a 2275 mAh battery.  Now we all know smartphones these days are more like smart cameras, so of course this comes with a 13MP camera on the back and 2.1 MP on the front. Oh by the way the speakers come from electronic powerhouse, Bang & Olufsen.

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It will be operating Android 4.4 KitKat from the store and will come fully adorned with Bentley’s logo and a standard calf leather case of course. It will feature a custom Bentley app and a 3D animated start up sequence. There will only be 2,000 of these bad boys made so you better start cashing in on some stocks, children’s college funds, or selling family heirlooms to grab yours soon.

For many of us this is about as close as we will ever get to saying we own a “Bentley”. However I hope most of us realize the fact that this luxury phone still doesn’t have wheels and can’t get us to and from work to pay our bills makes it an unwise purchase.

We are still impressed by the Vertu for Bentley nonetheless as it screams elegance, sophistication, too-much-money, and technology built for those who can afford it.  So if you are faced with the question should I buy 16 iPhones…then maybe this would be a space saving option for your pockets! Still it pulls off the Bentley of smartphones looks if we’ve ever seen one. What do you think?

Dollar Shave Club: should you join?

With No Shave November coming around the corner and trending hashtags like #MoustacheMonday being used on social media Gear Guide for Men thought it should take a look at this Dollar Shave Club that has been marketed so well.  In the past year or two the manly beard has made a strong comeback but there are those who haven’t made the switch to the burly lumberjack look and choose to maintain that smooth look which some ladies still claim to prefer!  Most beards and facial hair still needs to be maintain and controlled to avoid the “Robin Williams fresh out of the Jungle in Jumanji look”.

This is where a good old fashioned razor comes in!  The art of shaving is making a strong comeback as more and more men are finding that they should try and take care of their face rather than let it feel like a steel wool brush that could clean bugs off a chrome bumper.  Razors have made huge leaps in innovation of technology and prices are rising on each and every new razor that comes out!  No one wants to be spending that kind of money to constantly keep buying fresh sharp blades, so that leads to dull blade usage, which leads to uncomfortable shaves, which no one likes and now we’re at No Shave November…or something like that.  The point is Dollar Shave Club is here to save money in a way like never before.

Their packages literally start at just $1 per month for a 2 blade razor but you have to add shipping and handling. Now I haven’t used a 2 blade razor since the 90’s so why don’t we see what I think a better option and value would be.  The 4 blade middle of the road option includes shipping and handling and only costs $6/month.  Now compared with how much one might spend on their own constantly replacing razors at a local drug store or grocery store, the Dollar Shave Club is going to save you a lot of money year over year!

Let’s not forget they offer Shave Butter, post shave care and wipes as well to offer the complete shave package all from one company.  They are based in California and allow cancellation at any time so there’s no fear of contract.  The best part of all is that if you are a guy like me who prefers to let a little stubble grow in over a few days and shave less often then you can get your fresh razors delivered over other month.

So guys do yourself a favor sign up, shave with fresh razors, keep your face maintained whether you go full beard, baby’s bottom smooth, or even fu-manchu style Dollar Shave Club is a smart option for your face and your wallet.


All opinions are my own and I was not paid for this product review