The Beauty Shop Haul

I recently went to visit The Beauty Shop to get ONE item which was a Body Scrub from Bomb Cosmetics but I ended up buying plenty of stuff and I thought of sharing it in this post.

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Vamp Stamp

I’ve seen this in multiple ads on Twitter and I really wanted to try it, Brooke Clarke did an amazing review on it last month and it encouraged me to get it. I got Large because the price tag was covering the part where it’s written so I had to return it and get Medium even though I wanted to get Kitten size since I don’t like that dramatic winged line. I’m very impressed with this product because it created the perfect shape when I stamped it, it took few tries to get it right but it’ll definitely make my life easier.

Brush Cleaning Egg

Cleaning my brushes is one of my dreaded chores, and this tool made it so much easier. It cleans the brushes pretty well and it rests perfectly on my fingers while I use it, and it’s small enough to take it while travelling.

Bomb Cosmetics Mango & Vanilla Hair Mask

I won a giveaway on Bomb Cosmetics account that is run by a girl who provides the products to The Beauty Shop, one of the gifts that I received is a Shampoo bar called Flower Girl and I absolutely loved it. I thought of getting more hair products by this brand and test them out so I got this hair mask and it smells amazing. Like the name implies, it mostly smells fruity and I love it.

Bomb Cosmetics Scrubology Body Scrub

Finally the item I actually went to the shop to get, a body scrub. The reason why I chose this one in particular is because when I smelled the tester, I fell in love. It smells very floral and I’m pretty sure it’s roses, it was an instant yes to me. It made my skin really soft and moisturized since it’s oil based, the scent stayed for days.

Have you ever used these products before, let me know what you guys think. Hope you enjoyed this small haul post and have a great day.

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Games to Revisit in October

I have to say, scheduling posts twice a week is much easier to do now. I don’t stress about finding a topic each time I want to start posting at least which feels more relaxing now anyway, on to the main point of this post. The game I chose for this month is one of my favorites and it’s been a huge part of my childhood.

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Point Blank portrays the story of two gun-slinging companeros and adventurers, Dr. Don and Dr. Dan, who look amazingly like Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie after a healthy dose of Rogaine and about 20 years hard time. You adopt their collective identity throughout the single-player and two-player head-to-head score-battle mode. Once you select your experience level, beginner, intermediate, or expert, get comfortable with and calibrate your GunCon, as this is the third US title to be compatible with the accurate-within-three-pixels light gun. From this point, a jumble of four distinct challenges from within a larger grouping will be presented to you. Select one of them, and the game starts.

This game started a war between me and my sister when we were younger, after school we would instantly start the PSOne and play it. The game is so much fun to play in groups, it’s also my favorite time waster. Of course it doesn’t have the best graphics and the controls aren’t the finest, there’s nothing much I can say about it since it doesn’t really have a storyline or an end goal. I would recommend it if you wanna play an old shooter game with friends or siblings, it honestly made me quite competitive against my sister.

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OwlCrate – Mythical Creatures

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I’ve been getting tons of messages and emails from aramex to pick up my OwlCrate box when I was away, I finally had time to get it and it has a very cool theme “Mythical Creatures

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Dragon Coin Purse by OwlCrate

It’s a lovely canvas bag with dragon design. I don’t normally keep coins in my wallet, I usually donate them to those charity boxes that are kept near the cashiers so I might give this to my younger sister.

Son of Poseidon Bath Salts by The Soap Librarian

I love bath bombs and salts so this was a nice find. The ingredients gave a beauty to the colors in the container, I’m excited to try it.

Hagrid Sticker by Susanne Draws

As a Harry Potter fan, I’m in love with this. I think this is third time OwlCrate sent an item by Susanne Draws, I remember seeing in Epic and Fast Time at YA High boxes.

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Mother of Dragons Bookmark by Ink and Wonder Designs

This bookmark is made out of thin wood and it’s gorgeous, it’s definitely my favorite item in this box. It looks so beautiful even though I’m not a Game of Thrones fan.

Book Sleeve from Book Beau

I’ve never had a book sleeve so this is something new to me. The fabric is quite thick so I can be sure that my book would be protected, it has such a beautiful design as well.

The box also included a small brochure that has few fun facts and an interview with the author.

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As usual the book came with a signed bookplate and also a handwritten letter from the author using golden ink that fits the book cover.

Now finally book of the month …

Mira has always been a symbol of hope for the Fallen Isles, perfect and beautiful—or at least that’s how she’s forced to appear. But when she uncovers a dangerous secret, Mira is betrayed by those closest to her and sentenced to the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles.

Except Mira is over being a pawn. Fighting to survive against outer threats and inner demons of mental illness, Mira must find her inner fire and the scorching truth about her own endangered magic—before her very world collapses.

And that’s all before she ignites.

The more I read about it in the reviews, the more I got excited to start reading it. Apparently the story includes new worlds, dragons and magic which are all my weakness in a fantasy book.

Overall, I love the theme and I was hoping for more but I would say it’s a decent box. Unfortunately I cancelled my subscription because I don’t have space for more books, I need to organize my shelves before I reactivate again so October box will be my last for now. I hope you enjoyed this post and have a nice day.

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2 Hours into Little Nightmares

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A hungry nine-year-old girl named Six is trapped in The Maw – a mysterious vessel catering to the whims of sick and powerful creatures. After waking up in the lower depths of the Maw, Six decides to escape the harsh confines, having regular moments of excruciating hunger.

I’ve been wanting to try this game for a while but didn’t have the time to so I was really excited to start it finally. The game is a puzzle platformer and I would say it’s almost similar to Inside and Limbo but has more space to walk around instead of left and right  direction only as those two games.

Now the hide and seek sort of mechanic was quite interesting and showed the horror element of it, for me it reminded me of Haunting Ground even though I really hate that game. The enemies are quite interesting to me, so far I managed to escape the first one which is the janitor and it was somewhat challenging.

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I’m really enjoying this game and I love the fact that the story is unfolding without any dialogue but more through the actions and how the camera is moving, I would say it’s doll house but more dark and sinister.

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OwlCrate – Something Wicked This Way Comes

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I’ve been scheduling posts in the past week as I’m writing this on last two days of August, I really missed blogging like this. I was busy in the past two months working on a project at my work place and because of that I didn’t have time to focus on my blog as before so my posting times were a bit inconsistent, I’m planning to get right back to a posting schedule and hopefully commit to it. Anyway to the main point of this post, OwlCrate my favorite subscription box. This month the theme was quite interesting and I was hoping it would be as good as Darkness box.

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Dark Arts Roast by Happenstance Coffee

I think this is the first time OwlCrate sends coffee in their boxes and let me just take my time to admire the packaging. I’m a Harry Potter fan so this definitely excited me, it’s a medium blend roast of orange, almond and dark chocolate. I posted on my Snapchat about it and a friend almost begged me for it so I gave it to him.

Ooly Fountain Pen

My handwriting is bad and according to my mother “Like a chicken passing on a paper” because it’s too tiny, well as long as I can understand my own handwriting I should be fine, right ? Anyway I can’t wait to start writing with this and hopefully don’t stain my hands with ink since I’m quite a clumsy person.

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Edgar Allen Poe Socks by Out of Print

Let me just say that I love Edgar Allen Poe because my first reading experience was his story The Tell-Tale Heart when I was in the third grade. These socks are hilariously creepy in my opinion and I love them.

Six of Crows inspired bookmark from Treehouse of Books

I love getting those bookmarks specially ones that include a quote from a great book, this bookmark is double sided and I really loved how detailed the feathers are.

This Savage Song inspired sticker from Evie Bookish

I really enjoyed This Savage Song, it’s one of my favorite books in fact so I was so happy seeing this sticker. It’s so pretty and I still don’t know where to put it, I was thinking somewhere at my office or my laptop. Also anything from Evie Bookish is amazing, period.

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Sleepy Hollow and other short stories by Washington Irving 

My eyes lit up when I saw this book, I love Sleepy Hollow. I’ve watched the movie and I was planning to start watching the series that recently ended, so this made me so happy to see this book in the box and I absolutely love the cover.

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As usual the book came with a signed bookplate which looks really cute, also a handwritten letter from the author.

Now finally book of the month …

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jone

When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a devil–her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life–she finds her trade may be more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she ever could have imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something like love grows between them amidst an otherworldly ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: can she give James her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

The Hearts We Sold is a Faustian tale for the modern age that will steal your heart and break it, and leave you begging for more.

This is a very interesting summary and somehow reminded me of Kingdom Hearts for some reason, probably from the Hearts mention. It sounds very interesting and I can’t wait to start reading it.

Overall, I loved this box. Everything in it fits perfectly with the theme and I love every item, obviously Sleepy Hollow book mostly. Hope you enjoyed this post and have a great day.

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Games to Revisit in September

I’ve been into narrative games lately, ever since I tried The Stanely Parable. From there I discovered The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and The Beginner’s Guide which are both great games, and that’s why I chose this game for September …

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What Remains of Edith Finch is a collection of short stories about a cursed family in Washington State.

Each story offers a chance to experience the life of a different family member with stories ranging from the early 1900s to the present day. The gameplay and tone of the stories are as varied as the family members themselves. The only constants are that each is played from a first-person perspective and that each story ends with that family member’s death. It’s a game about what it feels like to be humbled and astonished by the vast and unknowable world around us.

You’ll follow Edith Finch as she explores the history of her family and tries to figure out why she’s the last Finch left alive.

First let me say, this game blew my mind. The narrative of the every story the player goes through is very creative and imaginative, the voice actress who tells the stories makes the experience very immersive as it shows that she’s vulnerable which really grabbed my attention.

Every story is unique and the way its’ portrayed gives a personality to every family member each story about. To be honest I did get emotional at some stories because I felt very immersed, but you would definitely go through a rollercoaster of emotions. Beautiful graphics and it’s definitely not just a walking simulator as some would say. It’s released on Steam, PS4 and XBOX, so you have no excuse you HAVE to try it.

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Choosing a Gaming Laptop

I get asked a lot about my laptop, how does it run the sort of games I usually talk about. As you all know, I don’t play only PC games and I don’t follow the stereotyping of gamer races. I’m ‘Everything Gamer’ basically so I don’t only focus on specs that will run a game with smooth FPS, I also focus if the laptop or desktop can run emulators so I can play older games as well.

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My starter laptop was a Toshiba Satellite, don’t remember which one but I bought it with the money I got from working part-time at a company called ODC (Oman Drydock Company). I needed a laptop back then to working on my graduation project as well as gaming and I simply focused on getting an i5 Intel Core which is not exactly a good choice for a gaming laptop but it did run few games as it reached the minimum requirements. I currently have MSI Ghost GS60 and I absolutely love it, it’s a bit expensive but it was worth it.

What do I focus on when I want to buy a gaming laptop …

Has to Intel Core i7 or above. I think this is an obvious choice for any gamer, I mean you do want a laptop that can run a game flawlessly so you would focus first on the performance. Dual-core and always go for 8GB or more if you can.

Graphics. I think this is what most of my friends like to boast about, graphic cards. I would say it’s one of the important features you want to focus on because of course you would want that immersive visuals that makes you deeply invested in the game. Since I’m currently using it, I’ll say GeForce GTX 970M and go for better if you could.

Sound. I focus on the sounds a lot, it completes the whole gaming experience for me. We rely on headsets mostly but I feel we should trust the speakers as well.

I would recommend checking out these gaming laptops.

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