Friday, September 16, 2011

Review - Brookstone Rechargeable iPod and iPhone Battery Backup

Brookstone Rechargeable iPhone Battery Backup

If there's one thing the iPhone lacks, it's a long battery life.  I charge my phone every night, but if I forget, I am in trouble the next day.  Or if I'm traveling and my main connection to the world is through my phone, it will drain down long before the day is done.

That's where Brookstone Rechargeable iPhone Battery Backup comes in.  It's small enough to carry in my handbag and in a pinch, it provides many more hours of charge depending on what I'm doing.  With the handy retractable USB cord, you can charge both the battery and the phone at the same time.  I've found that battery provides enough power to operate your iPod or iPhone, but doesn't really charge it.  Once my phone was completely dead, and it didn't turn on after several minutes on the battery alone.  But once I plugged the phone into an A/C outlet for a few seconds to revive it, I was able to unplug it from the wall operate on just the battery.

If you're like me and can't live without your iPhone or iPod working at all times, the Brookstone Rechargeable iPhone Battery Backup will definitely come to the rescue.

I'm reviewing the Brookstone Rechargeable iPod and iPhone Battery Backup as part of the Brookstone Review Crew, but I actually purchased it on my own.  Well worth it!!

Review - LELO Personal Massagers from Brookstone

LELO Alia Personal Massager from Brookstone

If you're looking for the regular family fare review, you can skip this post.  But if you're looking for a something a bit more spicy yet classy, look no further than this line of LELO personal massagers from Brookstone.  After all, Brookstone has all the gadgets to make every man in your life happy, why not reciprocate for the women?

The first question that I had was, "Why would I want to spend over $100 for a vibrator?"  First of all, Brookstone sells personal massagers, not vibrators.  And the fact that I can post these photos of the LELO line of personal massagers is a testament to their beautiful Swedish designs.  Simply holding a device that is beautiful rather than grotesque or vulgar one sets you up for classy experience instead of a embarrassing one.

The LELO Alia Personal Massager is rechargeable and waterproof.  It looks nothing like a personal massager, but works wonders with its six adjustable vibration modes (especially the random pulse one).  The lowest setting teases and purrs and the highest setting is plenty powerful yet amazingly quiet.  The hole in the middle is perfect for holding on to; it simply won't slip out of your hands.  Plus, it's fun for men and women alike.

The aptly named LELO Gigi Personal Massager is shaped to for those who prefer G-spot stimulation. The five adjustable modes (unfortunately it doesn't have Alia's random pulse) also range from a slow purr to a powerful yet quiet roar.  The rechargeable battery and body-safe, phthalate-free silicone are testament to LELO's thorough design process.

So do the LELO personal massagers deliver a $100 "experience"? Considering that of all the free products I've gotten from BlogHer have all been left in the dust, absolutely. It satisfies and is definitely worth the money.

LELO Gigi Personal Massager from Brookstone

Special thanks to Brookstone for providing the LELO Gigi personal massager for review as part of the Brookstone Review Crew.  I loved it so much that I purchased the LELO Alia personal massager myself.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Review - Vinturi Wine Aerator from Brookstone

Vinturi® Wine Aerator from Brookstone

I’ve always known that you need to let wine “breathe” before you pour and drink, but I never had to patience to wait before indulging.  Now with the Vinturi Wine Aerator from Brookstone, I can finally taste what I’ve been missing.

In a side-by-side taste tests, the Vinturi consistently makes red wine taste smoother and more flavorful.  From bottles of fine wine to less expensive “box” wines, it works with everything.  It does require two hands to pour and hold the aerator, which can be challenging with box wines (where you have to hold the glass as well).  Otherwise, it is well worth using and takes no extra time to produce better tasting wine.

One drawback is that you really wish to have it while dining out.  Thankfully, Vinturi now makes a travel wine aerator, so you can be a wine snob wherever you go.

Vinturi Travel Wine Aerator from Brookstone

For the geeks, the name Vinturi is a brilliant play on words between “vin” (wine in French) and venturi, the reduction in fluid pressure that results when a fluid flows through a constricted section of pipe.

Special thanks to Brookstone for providing the Vinturi Wine Aerator for review as part of the Brookstone Review Crew.