subscription boxes

MerLady Box – Save The Mermaids

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I was confused when I received a notification from Aramex that I got a package from MerLady Box because I remember getting an email saying that my subscription got cancelled. Later on, I checked my emails and saw that I was charged for July’s box but I didn’t get an update and I forgot about it. I think they were trying to release the new subscription box Jewels of The Sea and it messed up the original box subscriptions. Anyway the contents of this box made me reactivate my subscription to MerLady Box, July’s theme is “Save the Mermaids” and apparently the majority of the materials used to create the products and packaging in this box are recycled. Also I should mention, the products came in a pouch packaging not the usual box.

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Aluminum Water Bottle #SaveTheMermaids

The info card that came in the pouch didn’t really specify by who or from where so I’m going to assume this bottle is by MerLady but not added to the shop yet. I’ve been thinking about going back to the gym recently so this bottle came in the perfect time, I can show off my love for mermaids.

Mermaid Popsocket

For a while now, I was considering getting a popsocket not because I like taking selfies, but because my phone slaps my face whenever I use it while laying down. I love the design on this popsocket and it fits comfortably with my fingers, it’ll take me a while to get used to it though.

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Mermaid Tail Earrings

Another item I’ll assume is from MerLady, these earrings are so pretty with the cute mermaid tail design. They are quite light and the colors on the tails are very vibrant and beautiful.

Rearview Mirror Charm

This is so gorgeous, I instantly fell in love with this charm. It has a dream catcher web and a pretty mermaid charm, along with ocean colored gems. Definitely my favorite item from this box.

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Mermaid Anklet

The last item is a lovely anklet but I want to say that I didn’t like the mermaid charm hanging on it because it’s a bit too big but I like the crystal though.

Overall, I LOVE MERLADY BOX… Isn’t it obvious? The items they sent out for July’s theme definitely fits the theme which raises recycling awareness and saving mermaids, they listed ocean conservation companies in the info card so you can visit their websites and support them if you are interested.

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subscription boxes

OwlCrate – Wanderlust

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I miss having many subscription boxes delivered to me, it felt like getting presents … That I pay for? Anyway I got OwlCrate recently and finally had the time to write this post, July’s theme was “Wanderlust”

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Art Print by Shailey Ann Designs

Lovely print, I love the map background and quote on it.

Owl Bag Tag by Mudpuppy

This is just too adorable, I love Owl designs. It’s too brightly colorful and well-stitched, I gave it to my sister since school is starting soon.

Newt Scamander Keychain from Funko Pop

I’m a Funko Pop collecter, not going to lie. I’m also a fan of Fantastic Beasts so I was really happy to see this in the box and I instantly used it for my car keys.

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SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE >.<

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Lord of The Rings Backbag

I assume this is an exclusive item because it’s not mentioned from whom or by who, it’s a really nice backbag as I’m a fan of Lord of The Rings. I love the quote written on it as well, it’s good enough to be a gym bag or going to the beach.

A Darker Shade of Magic inspired Mirror by Miss Phi

This is such a pretty mirror. It’s always good to keep such mirrors in your bag, I know I keep telling myself that so I would stop using Snapchat camera as my mirror when I need to.

Pocket Journal from Ooly

I love pocket journals, I feel they aren’t used as before since everyone depends on their phones more. This one is small enough to be kept in your bag, and has a nice design as it’s one of 8 designs sent out in the boxes so yours may vary.

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As usual the book comes with a letter from the author as well as the signed bookplate, the letter is more colorful than the previous ones.

And finally book of the month …

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age written by This Monstrous Thing author Mackenzi Lee—Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets the 1700s.

Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

It sounds like a fun summer read, I think this is the second time OwlCrate sends a book with a bisexual storyline. I can’t wait to read it since I’m always been interested in the 18th Century era, reading the roadtrip part in the summary gives it a little modern twist perhaps. I could be wrong but I’m reading it anyway.

Overall, I love how the items in this box give a summery vibe and more of a travelling related items. It makes me feel bad because I’m not exactly going anywhere this summer and I hate seeing my Snapchat nowadays since everyone is somewhere in Europe or Asia. Hopefully I’ll travel somewhere if I got the chance to do so.

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videogames

Games to Revisit in August

I didn’t think much about today’s post because I’ve been thinking about replaying this game for the longest time but didn’t have the time to. This game is my all time favorite, because of it I got into the Japanese culture and got introduced to the Japanese music.

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Fatal Frame II is set in the fictional Minakami (皆神) region of Japan. The region is home to Minakami Village (“All God’s Village”), an abandoned town where the majority of the game takes place. The player learns that Minakami Village was host to the “Crimson Sacrifice Ritual”, the failure of which caused the settlement to vanish—thus earning it the name “The Lost Village”. In the game’s present, there is an urban legend about the Lost Village, where people who become lost in the Minakami forest will become trapped forever in the village.

I absolutely love this game, it’s my forever favorite. I wrote a post about it last year, I had fun writing that. I was deeply invested in this game for months, I remember beating it over 20 times just to unlock the outfits. This game was the first one from the series I tried and from it I bought the first and third part.

I love the storyline, I’ve always been interested in Japanese folklore stories specially ghost related. What I like about this game is that it doesn’t rely on traditional jumpscares for the horror element which makes it unique in my opinion.

I highly recommend trying this game if you want a unique horror experience with a rich story.

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videogames

Games to Revisit in July

How’s summer treating you ? 

Let me just say that part of me is slowly turning green from jealousy because apparently everyone on my Snapchat is travelling somewhere that the map is becoming connect the dots game at the moment. I mean really, go and have fun but stop spamming us with pictures. I might just block everyone at this point, I need to go out more often. Anyway moving on from my unnecessary rant, let’s talk about games. Now I’ve been obsessed lately with Crash Bandicoot obviously but I didn’t realize that I made my in laws stay up all night gaming since I brought this game home. It’s funny that we finally bonded over games, I’ll probably leave few of my favorite games there so we can talk about how awesome Bioshock is.

Which games do I recommend trying for July?

SIM – Sara is Missing

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You found a phone belonging to a missing person. What would you do?

Sara has disappeared under mysterious circumstances, and your only lead is her mobile phone.

Search for clues by investigating Sara’s personal messages, notes, emails, pictures and videos while trying to piece together her final days. Unlock password protected files, uncover hidden messages and decrypt lost data and figure out where she went, what she did, and how someone can disappear without a trace so suddenly.

Now this game grabbed my attention because it looks so real, I mean in a sense how it’s represented. The game is released for Windows, Android and iOS for free, I tried the android version and it felt too realistic. The game basically gives you an interface of a phone and it looks so real, the characters are real people with pictures and videos. It made me feel uncomfortable reading the messages and checking the gallery because it felt like I’m snooping around in someone’s phone even though it’s not exactly real.

The story itself is very interesting, I like how the game is somewhat guided but also gives a slight freedom for the player so to speak. It’s quite short though and can be finished in 30 minutes but I highly recommend trying it out.

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subscription boxes

OwlCrate – Make It Out Alive

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My subscription boxes list is decreasing again, MerLady box has left the list. I got an email that it got cancelled for no reason really which made me confused, it included a link to resubscribe but I think I’ll hold it off for awhile. OwlCrate is the only box left that I’m subscribed to, don’t know if I’ll cancel it anytime soon. Anyway on to the unboxing of OwlCrate June’s box “Make It Out Alive” and let me just say … It’s definitely green.

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Bookmark inspired by A Court of Thornes and Roses from Hey Atlas Creative

I love collecting bookmarks specially ones that have book quotes. This bookmark is double sided and I’m sorry I didn’t take a picture of the other side but it’s written “You do not fear … You do not falter. You do not yeild.

Magnet inspired by An Ember in the Ashes created from Little Inklings Design

I’m so in love with this magnet because the quote written on it “‘Fear is only your enemy if you allow it to be” 

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Archie McPhee Zombie Sleep Mask 

This mask is both scary and funny at the same time. I don’t use sleeping masks nor do I know someone who does so … I’ll probably give it to my son to play with.

Divergent inspired Bathbomb from Fizzy Fairy Apothecary

If you know me, you’ll know how obsessed I am with bathbombs so I was excited to see this item. Love the colors, I didn’t use it yet but I saw from others that the bathbomb got a charm hidden within which sorts you in your faction. Wonder which one I’ll get.

Patch inspired by The Giver from Laserbrain Patch Co

It looks cool, I’d love to iron it somewhere but I don’t really have clothing or something that fits to have patches sadly.

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To my surprise, OwlCrate sent out two books this time which honestly made me happy.

New World Rising by Jennifer Wilson

Since witnessing her parents’ murders at the age of eleven, Phoenix’s only purpose in life has been to uphold her mother’s dying words- to be strong and survive. But surviving outside of The Walls- outside of The Sanctuary- is more like a drawn-out death sentence. A cruel and ruthless city, Tartarus is run by the Tribes whose motto is simple, “Join or die.”

Refusing to join and determined to live, Phoenix fights to survive in this savage world. But who can she trust, when no one can be trusted? Not even herself.

It’s the first book from a 3 book series and judging from the summary it seems pretty intense and I’m excited to start reading it.

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Finally the main book of this month, as usual came with a bookplate and also a letter from the author.

The SandCastle Empire by Kayla Olson

Before the war, Eden’s life was easy. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.

Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. And even though Eden has lost everything to them, she refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.

Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves. But the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected.

This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.

Like the previous book, it also sounds pretty intense and exciting. I like the dystopia theme going in this box, I definitely enjoyed the items and the whole green theme.

Hope you enjoyed this post and have a great day.

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hauls

The Beauty Shop Mini Haul

Hello everyone, I know it’s been awhile since I posted a haul post so I thought of doing it now during Eid days since I’m now less hectic I guess. The Beauty Shop is a store that sells Asian skincare products and also makeup, it’s been considered my favorite shop since I discovered it basically.

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Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask

I originally wanted to have a facial at the salon before eid but I had a rather weird encounter at that salon and I’m planning to post it as a storytime entry since I didn’t really do those for awhile. I couldn’t do facial at the salon so I thought of buying a good mask to make my face less zombie-ish looking and I chose this one because it’s not my first time trying it. I’m in love with this face mask, it leaves the skin really soft and moisturized instantly after washing it off. When you apply the paste using a plastic spatula which is provided in the box itself, the paste starts to bubble up for awhile and that was interesting. I highly recommend trying it out.

Bomb Cosmetics Starlight Express Blaster

I posted about Bomb Cosmetics before, I love their bath bombs because they look quite pretty and they shed less than Lush bath bombs in my opinion. I got this blaster because .. Stars ? Let me confess that I love star themed items basically so I didn’t focus on the scent till I used it recently. It’s lemon scented and it looks like a beautiful dessert honestly.

Bomb Cosmetics Starlight Blaster

The next bath bomb is also stars themed and also a bit fruity scented. I didn’t use it yet but I would love to see how the stars spreads out in the water and make the bath look like a starry night sky.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this haul post, have a great day.

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videogames

Games to Revisit in June

This month, I feel like playing something laid back with no exact end goal and just go on with it. You would say something like The Sims and to be honest I would go for it but I’ve had a love/hate relationship with this game, I love it because it makes me create and I can go with my imagination into it but I hate it because I just create and that’s it I end the game after creating a family or a house, I don’t really play after that. I need that sort of game but also has a gameplay and at least a story so I chose one game for this month ..

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The basic plot is similar to several previous Harvest Moon games: the main character, a young man, inherits a somewhat run-down farm after the death of his father, The game takes place in the small village of Forget-Me-Not Valley.

True to its name, the game progresses through the main character’s entire adult life, from young adulthood to old age, NPCs in the game, including the main character’s child and wife, also grow older as time passes,

However, numerous years are skipped as the game is progressed.

I love Harvest Moon games and this one was my first to try. It still holds a place in my heart and I still remember that I made my character marry Nami and she was goals to me. I loved her hair and she talked almost similar to me so I chose to marry her obviously and our child was freakin’ adorable. I would definitely return to this game today, I really miss playing it.

I would choose this one game for this month since it’s Ramadan and I don’t really have time to play as before. If you want to recommend games for me, be sure to mention them in the comments below I’d really love to read what you think. Hope you’re having a great day and have a nice day.

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