"Automatic feedings so that your pet is fed according to the schedules set. The Instant Feed function allows you to feed your pet immediately from anywhere in the world."


-- Manufacturer's Description --




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Let me start by saying that the Instachew 2 Smart Pet Feeder is a brilliant device for automated feedings, but it has some shortcomings that you need to take into account to decide if it’s right for you. Firstly, the app needs massive improvement and secondly, there could be a lot more guidance. Even though I’ve used it A LOT I have a ton of questions that weren’t answered by the manual, website or literally anywhere. I’ve done my best to find those answers and I’m relatively tech-savvy and a very experienced tester/reviewer. If Instachew could fix those issues this would be the best automatic feeder I’ve ever seen, but for now it’s simply ‘good’.



Instachew 2 Smart Pet Feeder box
Instachew 2 Smart Pet Feeder has a professional looking design

The best thing the Instachew 2 Automatic Feeder does is...well, automatically feed. You can set it up portions of 10 grams up to 100 grams. Now here’s the kicker, while I did like the feeder, I’ll have to speak about those limitations now. Ten gram adjustments sounded great to me, until I calculated my three cats food exactly and it wasn’t a ten gram ratio. So my option was to round it down by 8 grams or up by 2 grams, essentially choosing between over or underfeeding them their ideal. I think it’s worth it for the ease of feeding, but it did annoy me a little.


Of far more concern is the fact that it can only be set for 4 feed times per day. Given the price point of the Instachew 2, I don’t see any reason not to allow 6 feedings minimum. This is especially a concern for cats as vets often recommend small feeds of 4-6 meals per day. I have an Obese (Yes, he chonky) cat who is currently on a diet and he forces himself to throw up if he doesn’t get food. When feeding six times a day this is reduced and more comfortable for him. So I was really annoyed to find you can only feed up to four times a day.


It’s an incredibly effective feeder because once it’s setup, it does it’s thing. It also holds a really good amount of food (for cats) and dispenses it easily and without issues.

However, a lot of the features aren’t explained. Like the SD card addition. If I put an SD Card in, what does that do? Does it mean that it will take videos and pics everytime a cat eats. With the app you get a photo at each feeding time, but no videos. What does the SD card change? It’s frustrating that there’s little to no guidance for that.


I also believe you can’t set it up without using an app/smartphone, which makes me concerned about support over time.

It might sound like I’m complaining a lot and these are all very valid points, but it’s to ensure that you are aware of these issues before you buy. The reality is that the Instachew 2 Smart Pet Feeder dwarves my previous auto-feeder in terms of usefulness. It’s made my life a lot easier and with three cats to feed, being able to measure food more accurately and take the burden off me has helped a lot.

Since I’m no longer the ‘feeder’ they don’t annoy me for food and because of the camera, I can make sure each cat is eating. It’s also important not to downplay how useful the smart features would be for someone who is away a lot. You can communicate, view and check in on your pets. Of course, I have no idea how secure this is or if someone else could view through the device, which is always a concern in this day and age.


Instachew 2 Smart Pet Feeder shown with food in the bowl
The Instachew 2 Smart Pet Feeder can feed up to four servings a day in portions of ten to one hundred grams

The quality of the packaging and device is very high. Right out of the box, everything looks professional and well-packaged. The Instachew 2 itself is a simple yet effective pet feeder that has great quality. There’s nothing shoddy or cheap looking. I love how the bowl attaches via a simple ‘press and push’ mechanism. It doesn’t click in or become impossible to remove. It’s easy to attach and detach for cleaning.


The body of the Instachew 2 Smart Pet Feeder is simple, clean and well-made. A really well-thought out part is the lid for the food section. You have to press a relatively small button to open that top section, so clever cats won’t be able to knock it over or open to get at the food inside. It’s a smarter design than I’ve seen on other pet feeders.


Unfortunately the app and manual quality are so far below the quality of the rest of the feeder, it’s almost tragic. The manual is clearly explained, but lacking in a lot of detail, it only really explains how to connect the feeder to the app (something that’s relatively self-explanatory if you follow the app directions). If they could be brought up to the level of the device, quality would be top-notch. Keep reading to hear about the issues with the app itself.


Note: I use the Android app.


Considering how helpful the Instachew 2 is and how professional the device and packaging looks, the shoddiness of the app is upsetting. The QR codes in the manual lead to an older app which doesn’t exist and by searching I was able to find the updated app. It’s...pretty bad. One of the biggest issues is explanation, as detailed above. There’s a motion sensitivity setting that is never explained. Can you set it to feed when it detects motion, not as far as I can tell. What does the motion sensitivity do? I have no idea. I was left with so many questions.


The app is not super user friendly either. A lot of controls require holding down with your finger, but since there’s no help of explanation on the app, you’re on your own. The basics are relatively easy to do, but the app is also a little buggy. For no reason I can find, it stopped using my audio sample when feeding. I had it set to call Dinnertime twice a day (at reasonable hours) and it did it once and never again. Rechoosing it didn’t seem to work and I was forced to record a new audio sample.


I also had no idea it was saving pics of the feeding times until I found the randomly named ‘Event Management’. I still don’t know what prompts the snapshots found inside that section (I think feeding though). You can’t multi-delete, but must do it individually and when I tried to delete individually it didn’t work.


It also only allows programming for one pet in the profile section, but many households are multi-pet.


The app needs a ton of finessing and fixing and it makes me want to shake the Instachew makers and ask WHAT ARE YOU DOING. The Instachew is awesome and it deserves an awesome app, please pay some app developers.



Instachew Smart Pet Feeder app shows three cats eating
The Instachew app can take photos or videos of your pet and lets you communicate with them

At $199.99 (at time of review) the Instachew 2 Smart Automatic Pet Feeder is at the upper end for a pet feeder. Considering the sleek design and how it will make feeding so much easier, there’s a lot of value there.


However, it must be said that the restrictions and pitiful app reduce the value a ton. I’d recommend it, but not if you’re on a tight budget. If they fix the issues detailed above, it would easily be worth the cost.



The Instachew 2 Smart Pet Feeder is a brilliant high-end automatic feeder, but due to a poorly designed app and lack of communication about features it doesn’t take the title of Ultimate Pet Feeder. There’s more room for improvement than I’d like to see, especially considering it’s the second iteration of the Instachew.


Pros:

+ Works well.

+ Makes Feeding super easy and fully automated while still maintaining the ability to manually feed.

+ Quality design and parts.

+ Professional looking packaging and product.

+ Ability to add audio cue to each feeding.

+ Ability to take snapshots and videos, as well as listen and talk to your pet.

+ Instachew takes snapshots at feeding time (I think).

+ Holds a good amount of food (for cats).

+ Bowl is easy to remove and clean.

+ Secure, difficult for pets to break into.

+ Measures food from 10G - 100G.


Cons:

- App is not user friendly.

- Many features not explained (motion sensitivity, snapshots).

- Expensive.

- Audio Cue and other app features are buggy.

- Feels unfinished in terms of app and manual.

- Limited to four feed times per day.


Recommended: Yes, unless you are on a tight budget. It’s good, but not perfect.

You can buy Instachew 2 Smart Pet Feeder at Amazon.ca for CDN$199.99 (at time of review)


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"Nano ionic face steamer generates superfine hot steam in seconds, which can penetrate deep into the skin."


-- Manufacturer's Description --




While I do often use a facial steamer before a face mask, I use a steamer for a different purpose than most. I get awful congestion in certain weathers and that can lead to headaches, I find that steaming helps me to loosen up that congestion and breathe more clearly. So it’s a twofer, clearer sinuses and better skin! Whatever you use a steamer for, you’ll want to know that the GreenLife Nano Ionic Facial Steamer works very well. I’m comparing it directly to my name brand steamer.


Greenlife Nano Ionic Facial Steamer and box
The box and design are simple and white with just a pop of pink

I already had a Steamer, but wanted to try this one and at the end of my testing I actually decided the GreenLife Nano Ionic Facial Steamer will be the one I keep. While there’s nothing wrong with my usual steamer, the Greenlife Steamer pulls ahead in terms of ease of use. I like the design too. Since this steamer has a water fill area that you can lift out and take to the kitchen to fill, I found it so much easier to use.


Keep in mind that the manufacturer recommends using distilled water to avoid bacteria buildup, mineral deposits and damage to the machine over time depending on your water hardness. I’ve always used tap water and never had an issue, I just accept that if it breaks sooner, it’s my own fault. I find it cheaper to eventually buy a new device than pay for distilled water regularly. You can read more about using a steamer and steamer maintenance here.


I also prefer the steam output of the GreenLife Nano Ionic Facial Steamer. It feels more like a comfortable mist as opposed to a boiling hot wave, like my other steamer. I feel the spread is much wider and I don’t need to put a towel over my head like I do with my steamer. I feel my face gets steamed even without the addition of the towel.



Greenlife Nano Ionic Facial Steamer shown with dust cover on
I prefer the upright design of the Greenlife Facial Steamer

The quality is very nice, there were no flaws or issues that stood out. One minor thing I noticed is that on the first couple of uses, the mist smelled a bit. I think it’s just a ‘new machine’ smell, as it went away after a few uses.


The pink, floral style interior is really pretty and the plastic doesn’t have messy or unfinished edges, the whole machine is smooth and sleek.


The included extra tool kit is ok quality, but not as nice as the machine. Since it’s free I’m not concerned there.

At $42.89 (at time of review) the GreenLife Nano Ionic Facial Steamer is average price. Some steamers are a little lower (though a different style) and some are much higher. I feel the value is fair for what you’re getting, which is an extremely easy to use Facial Steamer that works well.


The added Blackhead Remover Tools Kit is not something that appealed to me, but it does add a bit of extra value if it’s something you'd be into. Don’t forget to sterilize your tools regularly!





The GreenLife Nano Ionic Facial Steamer is a cute, compact Facial Steamer that’s perfect for beginners or as a gift. Its ease of use and pleasant design make it much more preferable than my name-brand steamer and I’ve switched fully to using this one!


Pros:

+ Works well.

+ Nice pink, floral inspired design.

+ Mist spreads really evenly and feels comfortable on the face.

+ Easy to refill, since the water reservoir is removable.

+ Comes with a free Blackhead Remover Kit.

+ The dust cover keeps dust out of your Steamer.


Cons:

- Has a ‘new machine’ smell on first couple of uses.


Recommended: Yes! I’ll update if it doesn’t last, but I prefer this to my previous Facial Steamer.

You can buy Greenlife Nano Ionic Facial Steamer at Amazon.ca for CDN$26.99 (at time of review)


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"Elevate any hand care routine with an intensely moisturizing experience."


-- Manufacturer's Description --





I’ve used Spa Luxetique Soaps in the past and what always stands out is the beauty of their gift packaging. Spa Luxetique’s Hand Cream Gift Set, in the same vein, has lovely packaging. You can send this directly to someone or buy it and gift it as is. It looks nice enough to be a sweet and thoughtful gift.


If you want to get more bang for your buck, you can divide up the soaps and hand creams for a bunch of individual gifts to people who you normally wouldn’t get big gifts for. They are also great stocking stuffers or extra pressies. Put one with a pair of socks or gloves and you have an adorable gift!



Spa Luxetique’s Hand Cream Gift Set with a ribbon on it
It comes with a pretty ribbon on it, which enhances the gift packaging

When it comes to effectiveness, both the hand lotions and the bar soaps do a good job, but it depends on what you want in a lotion or soap. The Spa Luxetique hand creams come in six different scents, with two bottles of each. The bottles are 30ml each, they are not tiny, but not large-sized either; they're on the upper side of small.


The texture of the lotion really appealed to me. It’s a medium consistency, not too runny or thick, but it absorbs very quickly and easily and spreads well. It doesn’t feel sticky, but quite velvety. It’s good for regular skin, but might not be strong enough to tackle extremely dry skin. I have normal skin and found my hands were softer and more moisturised when using the Spa Luxetique hand creams.


The scent of these hand creams don’t wallop you about the face, they have a subtle yet pleasant scent. If you prefer a punchy, strong scent, you won’t love these. For fans of gentle scent, it’s a great lotion. I believe it is an artificial scent. Here’s what each one smells like:


Rose: Smells a lot like Turkish Delight (Rose flavoured sweets), with a more realistic Rose scent that isn’t overly perfumed.


Lavender: This has a nice Lavender scent. While Lavender is not my favourite, this smells more like real lavender (though I’m sure there’s added perfume, just like big brands) and isn’t overly sweet.


Almond: My least favourite in the pack. It wasn’t unpleasant, just quite faint and didn’t have an identifiable smell like the others.


Cherry Blossom: A lovely sweet, floral scent. Perfect for those who like a girly scent, but also very calming for some reason.


Green Tea: A little dull for my tastes. I expected zesty and zingy, but it’s a bit leafy and light.


Ocean: Always my favourite. Smells like ‘ocean’ scent usually does. Fresh and watery smelling, if that makes sense.


Vanilla: A subtle vanilla smell. Vanilla sometimes gives me a headache, but this one doesn’t.


The Spa Luxetique 3-in-1 Bar soaps can be used as a soap, shampoo bar or bubble bath. I find they are too drying on my hair to use them as a shampoo bar full time (a problem with shampoo bars that aren’t extremely hydrating), but I enjoy using them in the bath, so I don’t have to bring multiple bottles with me. The soaps come in nice little boxes and are always vacuum sealed.



Spa Luxetique Hand Cream Gift Set lotions and soaps are shown in a clock formation on a patterned background
The Spa Luxetique Gift set comes with twelve lotions and two soaps


The quality is great here. They have a mid-end feel, but they definitely feel pricier than they are. That’s another thing that makes them great gift options. The box and design of the bottles are all very cute, while still looking professional. There wasn’t any spillage or leaking.


The only part that feels a little low quality is the sticky stuff holding the bottles into the packaging. You can take those off if you desire, before gifting it, it’s not a big issue.

At $26.99 (at time of review) the Spa Luxetique Hand Cream Gift Set is an absolute bargain! Whether you plan to use it yourself, or give it to someone else you get a great looking set of effective hand creams with a range of scents and two soaps. The hand creams are perfect for travel and can even be used individually as small gifts.



The Hand Cream set is exactly the quality I expected from my past experiences with Spa Luxetique. It’s a great gift and there’s some fantastic smells in there.


Pros:

+ Range of scents.

+ Highly suitable for gifting.

+ Pretty Packaging.

+ Lovely scents.

+ Great consistency, spreadability and feel on the hand creams.

+ Great value.


Cons:

- Might not like all scents.

- Bar soap can be drying on hair or skin for some people.



Recommended: Absolutely! I would be thrilled to receive this as a present!

You can buy Spa Luxetique Hand Cream Gift Set at Amazon.ca for CDN$26.99 (at time of review)


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