Test it Tuesday: Does this $5 mascara live up to all of the Tik-Tok hype?
Long, thick lashes are in and a lot of mascaras promise to add the appearance of more length and volume. Step into a Sephora or an Ulta, and you can easily drop $30 on mascara. Yikes! Two low-cost mascaras are getting rave reviews online.
Test it Tuesday: Do popular nail strips work better than polish?
The pandemic has done a number on our finances and our fingernails. Now some women are looking for cheaper alternatives to the nail salon and polish that chips and peels days after you apply it.Nail strips are growing in popularlity. They are essentially fingernail polish on a sticker that you apply to your nail. There is no mess and no dry time. We asked viewer Liz Deering to try 2 different brands to tell us which works best and lasts the longest.
Test it Tuesday: Can $11 product fix rock chips and cracks in windshields?
Rock chips in your car windshield are just part of driving Houston’s busy freeways, but if you don’t repair them quickly, the chips can crack and spread. Channelview viewer Maria Pena is testing the Rain-X Windshield Repair Kit. The product was $10.97 at Walmart. It claims to save you time and money by repairing the damage yourself. Drive Houston freeways long enough and it’ll happen.
Test it Tuesday: Will this bowl keep your food hot for 6 hours?
The 6 Hour Bowl that claims it can do both jobs. It says it keeps hot food hot and cold food cold with no electricity required. Claims: Keeps hot food hot and cold food coldSummary of testFood temperature is very important to food safety. The FDA says the safe holding temperature for hot food is 140 degrees or higher. We tested the 6 Hour Bowl three times:We poured piping hot soup into the bowl at 7:19 p.m.
Test it Tuesday: Will this $20 car cover protect your vehicle from ice and heat?
HOUSTON – Here in southeast Texas, we’re not always prepared for cold weather and what it leaves behind, like ice on our car windshield. Claims: It promises to protect your car from ice in the winter and heat in the summer. She attached the Weatherforce360 cover to the front windshield of one car and left the other unprotected. The next morning, Whitney found a thick layer of ice covering the windshield and back window of the unprotected car. The car with the Weatherforce360 cover had no ice on the windshield.
Test it Tuesday: Does this milk-frothing gadget for DIY fancy coffee drinks work?
HOUSTON – The best part of a cappuccino or latte is the foamy milk on top. On this Test it Tuesday, we tested the Zulay Kitchen Milk Boss that claims it can do the job for just $20. Does the Milk Boss frothing gadget work? So you’ll have to heat the milk before you froth it with the Milk Boss. The Milk Boss comes in more than two dozen colors and you can use it to make matcha or Bulletproof Coffee.
Thumbs up or down? KPRC 2’s Amy Davis gets Courtney and Derrick in on the ‘Test it Tuesday’ fun
HOUSTON – You know consumer expert, Amy Davis as the resource to help you save time and money. FUN FACT: She’s tested 175 products for this segment since 2015! Here’s what they’re testing:THE EGG SITTER SUPPORT CUSHIONThe makers of the Egg Sitter Seat Cushion claim it conforms to your shape and absorbs the pressure so well you can sit on an egg without breaking it. Consumer expert Amy Davis tested the product at home.🥚 Posted by KPRC2 / Click2Houston on Tuesday, August 4, 2020Got a product you would love for Amy to test? If you loved this segment and would like to see more like this one, keep up with Amy’s “Test it Tuesday” segments on Youtube, HERE.
Test it Tuesday: Here are the best and worst products we tested in 2020
HOUSTON – COVID-19 quarantined our Test it Tuesday segment for about four months of 2020, so we tested far fewer products than we traditionally do. From the standouts to the screw-ups, here are the products we tested that are worth your money and the ones you should avoid. Of the 16 products we tested, nine failed. The seven that passed may help make your life a little easier. The products that flopped
Test it Tuesday: Can Flashlight Multi-Tool charge your dead car battery?
If your car battery is going to die, it’s going to be when you’re in a hurry to get somewhere and no one is around to give you a jump. If you had a Jumpstart 10-in-1 Multi-Tool, the makers say you’d be just fine. The flashlight doubles as a portable car battery starter and can help you in eight other ways as well. What: Jumpstart 10-in-1 Multi-ToolPrice: $80.25Claims: The device has 10 tools/features:Jump Starter (gas/diesel)Power Bank (2 USB ports)4 mode flashlightRed Flashing LightSOS AlarmBuilt-in compassBuilt-in thermometerReflective StripWater + Dust ResistantMini FlashlightTest: We took the JumpStart to Redline Autosports and owner Junior Bekdeli to test the car battery starter on a dead battery. Verdict: We give the Jumpstart a thumbs down because it failed to keep a charge, which would make it useless if you needed to jump your battery.
Test it Tuesday: Can this mini lunch bag called a ‘Hot Logic Personal Oven’ also cook your food?
The Hot Logic Personal Oven claims it can heat up or even cook a meal from scratch while you’re busy working. Product: Hot Logic Personal OvenClaims: Just put food in. Cost: $39.99 on Amazon or Hot Logic’s websiteHow it WorksThe Hot Logic Mini is a lunch bag with a built-in power cord attached to a “smart shelf” cooking element inside. Then she closed up the container, zipping it inside the Hot Logic Personal Oven and plugged it in. Verdict: We give the Hot Logic Personal Oven a thumbs up.
Test it Tuesday: Can $20 Pasta Boat make your life easier in the kitchen?
HOUSTON – The prep work, the pot stirring and the clean-up. That is what the Pasta Boat claims to do. The risotto took about 24 minutes from start to finish. If she had made it on the stovetop, she would have had to babysit the pot. The Pasta Boat passed our tests.
Test it Tuesday: Can 'Slushy Magic’ make slushies in seconds?
And if you can make them in seconds from any drink in your fridge, that’s kind of cool too. That’s the sell for Slushy Magic. Product: Slushy MagicPrice: $13.98 from WalMart.comClaims: Make slushies in seconds, Slushify any drinkThe Slushy Magic box and the commercial both claim there are just three steps to making delicious slushies with the product: Add magic freezer cubes that come with the product to the cup, pour your favorite drink and then shake. In reality, you have to freeze the magic freezer cubes 2 to 3 hours before you want to make a slushy. Slushy Magic does work if you follow all of the steps, but it’s not great.
Test it Tuesday: Can Hydro Mousse give you a lush, green lawn?
HOUSTON – Getting and keeping a lush green lawn in Houston can be tough. Hydro Mousse Liquid Lawn Seeder claims it can make your lawn look like you hired a professional, without the price. What: Hydro Mousse Liquid Lawn SeederPrice: $19.99 plus tax & shippingClaims: The grass grows where you spray it. How it WorksSpring homeowner Jim Lentsch agreed to test Hydro Mousse on some bare patches in his yard. Hydro Mousse covers the bare areas with a green dye, so you can see exactly where you’ve seeded, but if you’re not careful, the green gets everywhere.
Amy Davis picks her favorite Test It Tuesday, As Seen On reviews
Amy Davis picks her favorite Test It Tuesday, As Seen On reviewsPublished: September 3, 2020, 10:34 amKPRC 2 Consumer Expert Amy Davis is looking back at her favorite moments from her “Test It Tuesday” and “As Seen On” segments from the past several years.
Test it Tuesday: Can EZ Eggs shake the shells right off hard boiled eggs?
EZ Eggs claims it can peel up to three eggs in under 10 seconds. Product: EZ EggsPrice: $9.88 at WalmartClaim: “Peels up to three eggs in under 10 seconds”"The Miracle egg stripper that shakes the shells right off of them." Once the eggs were room temperatures, Amy filled the EZ Eggs pod with water to the marked water line and dropped all of the eggs inside. When she removed the top, she noticed the eggs were cracked, but all of the shells were still on the eggs. EZ Eggs says it works best with freshly boiled eggs.
Test it Tuesday: Can No Stitch take the place of a needle and thread?
If you dont know how to sew, you may have to change until you can get your pants fixed. But if youve had No Stitch, the product claims you could fix your hem on the spot-- no needle and thread required. Put the wax paper over the fabric and use the heat wand pressing it for 30 seconds over each section of the fabric you are fixing. Test: Litchie tested No Stitch by using it to take up a pair of her blue jeans and to fix the hem on another pair of pants. She threw the jeans in the washer and then dried them to make sure No Stitch would hold.
Test it Tuesday: Jiffy Fries claims to make perfect french fries in minutes
HOUSTON From a raw potato to fresh french fries in a jiffy, thats how the maker of Jiffy Fries pitches the product in this commercial. Product: Jiffy FriesPrice: $20 + shipping and handlingSlow shipping & branding issuesWe ordered a product called Instant Perfect Fries in January from https://www.wasabisix.com/. There is nothing on the box about putting Jiffy Fries in the microwave or how long we should cook them. Instead, much of the potato was just mashed up and squished inside the Jiffy Fries device. They were nothing like the crisp french fries on the Jiffy Fries box or in the commercial.
Test it Tuesday: Should you put down the hammer and nails? Alien Tape claims you won’t need them again.
Alien Tape claims you won’t ever need screws or anchors again because it can lock anything in place on any surface without damaging it or leaving a sticky residue. Test: Viewer Caren Luckie used Alien Tape to hang three different objects: a dry erase board, a medium-sized picture frame and a plastic thermometer outside on a wooden pillar. To test that claim that it can hold 17.5 pounds, I used Alien Tape on a mirror that weighs 17 pounds. We covered the entire outside of the frame with Alien Tape, removed the backing and pressed it securely onto a wall. Verdict: Alien Tape’s claims that it can hold heavy items on a wall without damaging the wall are not true.
Test it Tuesday: Can this Belly Burner help you lose belly fat faster by wearing it?
We bought the Belly Burner at Frys Electronics for $20. In 2011, Consumer Reports researchers tested the Belly Burner using whats called a metabolic analyzer. VerdictGrace gives the Belly Burner two thumbs up for the results she attained. She noticed that her stomach appeared smaller and firmer after wearing the Belly Burner for a few hours. When she wore the Belly Burner, she said it was a reminder to make good decisions about what she ate.
Can this towel really leave your hair dried and styled?
HOUSTON – Blow drying your wet hair, depending on how long it is, can easily take up to half an hour. The Rapid Drying Hair Towel advertised on Facebook claims to give you that time back. Product:Rapid Drying Hair TowelClaims:The Facebook ad shows the towel completely drying AND styling a woman’s long locks in three hours. Test:Terri Hoppe completely wet her hair, squeezed out the excess water and then put the Rapid Drying Hair Towel on as shown in the commercial. Verdict:After three minutes, Hoppe’s hair was less dry than when she used the Rapid Drying Hair Towel.
Test it Tuesday: Can this portable switch really live up to its ‘Super’ name?
The Super Bright Switch claims it can help illuminate dim areas with bright LED lights on a switch. The Super Bright Switch sells for $12.94 for a pack of two online. The switch attaches with adhesive, magnets or it can hang on a nail. We attached the Super Bright Switch to a wooden bunk bed by adhesive and velcro. When we tried to pull the light off to use it as a flashlight, the battery compartment cover came off and stayed on the velcro attached to the bed.
Can this product really make Thanksgiving prep (and leftovers) easier?
HOUSTON – Thanksgiving is the one time all year when it seems like we’re using every bowl and container in the kitchen, then we need extra for the leftovers. KPRC 2 consumer expert Amy Davis tested a product that could help this Thursday and all year round. Test: Davis used the 3 size Unilids to cover various bowls in her kitchen. The smallest Unilid was too big for an orange and a can, but it did fit over a coffee mug. Davis poured chicken broth and chicken breasts in the 9-inch bowl and put the Unilid on top.