30 May 2014

New Products... Eve Lom



(My skin: Fair colouring, Normal - though prone to both dry and oily areas, Hormonal break-outs usually around my chin/neck, Dark under-eye, in my thirties so some anti-aging concerns)

Update: my order from Sephora to Youshop arrived 22 May (order date 12 May). It was free shipping from Sephora to Youshop, and then NZ$26.75.

All up, the Eve Lom travel set + shipping cost me approx. NZ$140.

Worth it?... Yes!

I've used the Rescue Mask once so far, but I have used both cleansers and the TLC Radiance Cream daily since they arrived.

My skin is soft and smooth, and mostly clear. It takes off my makeup, though it's not easy to get rid of my mascara (They're Real by Benefit).

I previously used a face cloth when washing my face, but I am loving the Eve Lom muslin cloth.

I'm going to keep using these travel sizes before purchasing any of the larger sizes, however I have ordered the Eve Lom Eye Cream.

After a week I am super happy though :)

~

Recently I've changed from my skincare products from Decleor to Oasis Beauty... But I'm still looking for something new. The change sprung from a reaction I had around my eyes - a random dermatitis that has random causes, and an anti-malaria medication for treatment ugh!!

So I moved from Decleor to Oasis Beauty, which is a lovely New Zealand natural product - but I don't think it's right for me.

I'm also using an oil as my day/night/eye moisturiser. It's by Vede and Crede - a New Zealand product, made with organic argan oil. My wonderful beautician suggested the Replenishing Serum (which has Organic Virgin Opuntia Ficus Indica Seed Oil, Satalum Album Oil, and Jasminum Officinale Oil - and that's it! No artificial additives).

I keep coming back to Eve Lom though. I'm a sucker for a good review: I can't help but swoon over a product that is described by Vogue as ‘probably the best cleanser in the world.’

I decided to finally try Eve Lom by grabbing this travel set from Sephora. It contains:

- 1 oz Cleanser and Muslin Cloth
- 0.5 oz Rescue Mask 
- 0.85 oz TLC Radiance Cream 
- 1.7 oz Morning Time Cleanser

Of course, Sephora doesn't ship to New Zealand - thankfully there is YouShop (once again!). Free shipping from Sephora to YouShop in Oregon, and (I got the email today) NZ$26 to ship from there to here (I bought a couple of other things too hehe). 

I can't wait to try my new goodies, but in the meantime:

Eve Lom's Cleanser is an iconic, multiaward-winning cleanser that cleanses, decongests, tones, exfoliates, and removes even the most stubborn waterproof makeup. It has forever changed the face of cleansing as it is expertly balanced for all skin types, skin concerns, and environmental conditions. With its signature blend of four aromatic plant oils, specially woven 100 percent cotton Muslin Cloth, and quick routine, skin is left radiant with a smoother, more refined texture. The difference can be seen instantly and just keeps on improving with use. 

Additional benefits: Deep cleanses without drying or stripping the skin and removes even the most stubborn of waterproof makeup; Thorough cleansing and gentle exfoliation support natural skin cell regeneration and provides a vital receptive base for beauty products to work at their best ; Decongests and helps drain toxins with the signature massage technique; Exfoliates, tones, and improves circulation when combined with the specially woven Muslin Cloth; Softens and conditions the skin; Provides visible benefits for all skin types; it is formulated WITHOUT Sulfates, and Phthalates. 


Eve Lom's Rescue Mask is a regular weekly deep cleanse or an emergency mask for when your skin needs extra attention. Whether your skin is blotchy, suffers from irritable break-outs, jet-lag, or morning-after puffiness, this hard-working and versatile mask will get you back on track. Formulated to give a deep cleanse without drying, and to gently decongest pores and absorb excess oil, Rescue Mask smooths and conditions the skin’s surface calming redness and irritation and leaving you refreshed. Rescue Mask has won the InStyle’s award for “Best Mask for Congested Skin” for seven consecutive years. It is formulated WITHOUT Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates. 


Eve Lom's TLC Radiance Cream is a lightweight anti-ageing moisturiser that promotes a more radiant and youthful complexion. This complexion-boosting night treatment hydrates deep into the skin to maximise radiance and boost elasticity. It also protects against environment-induced signs of aging and smooths fine lines and wrinkles, leaving your skin looking lifted and youthful. It is formulated WITHOUT Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates. 


Eve Lom's Morning Time Cleanser is a lightweight, rinse-off cleansing balm, formulated to help your skin look and feel soft, youthful, and radiant every day. The perfect partner to the renowned original cleanser, Morning Time Cleanser revitalises and wakes up your skin. EVE LOM has created this ultra refreshing alternative for those who like to cleanse in a unique way at a different time of day. This quick, easy, two-minute wash-off balm uses the four EVE LOM signature, aromatic cleansing oils, together with papaya fruit enzyme and carrot oil to leave skin wonderfully radiant, fresh, and balanced.

This lightweight balm cleanses without drying the skin and removes even the most stubborn waterproof makeup. It decongests and helps support natural collagen production while exfoliating, toning, brightening, and minimising the appearance of pores. Recommended for all skin types, it softens and produces a beautiful, healthy look. It is formulated WITHOUT Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates. 


It's going to be interesting - not using a toner as part of my routine for the first time in forever, and ignoring any independent exfoliator products (as the cleanser and cloth gently do this). Again I have gone for a cleanser that doesn't require a separate eye-makeup remover - I can't wait to see if it will effectively remove my Benefit 'They're Real' mascara, as both Decleor's cleansing milk, and Oasis Beauty's cleanser had trouble with it!

It will seem utterly strange cutting my day and night routines to generally TWO steps: mornings I will try the Morning Time Cleanser + my Vede and Crede oil; night I will try the original Cleanser + TLC Radiance Cream. I like to use a mask around once a week, so I will try the same with the Rescue Mask.

I'll report back when my products arrive :) 



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More Pandamonium



I'm in love with my Pandamonium stamp and die-cut set from Mama Elephant. I can't stop putting cute little pandas on all my latest cards.

Next up was a birthday card for my cousin, Becci, and a Five Year Anniversary for my work's CEO. Yup, pandas everywhere (also here).

Shaker card, Happy Anniversary




Happy Birthday Becci




Supplies
stamps: Mama Elephant clear stamp and creative cuts Pandamonium, Lawn Fawn clear stamps Sophie's Sentiments, Lawn Fawn clear stamps and cuts A Birdie Told Me, Lawn Fawn clear stamps and cuts Quinn's Capital ABCs & abcs, 
ink: Ranger Archival Ink Pad Jet Black
paper: 300gsm white card (scored and cut to A6, and A5), Lawn Fawn 6x6 pad Hello Sunshine, American Crafts 6x6 pad Dear Lizzy Lucky Charms
accessories: foam tape/squares, sequins, Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine sequins, BIC Mark-It Fine Point Permanent Markers, black sharpie and ruler, Fiskars Border Punch Scallop Sentiment, Lawn Fawn stackables cuts Circle 

Hidden Object Games: House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets



A Hidden Object Game at a basic level involves finding hidden objects in a picture. The HO games I play do involve this task, but also navigating scenes searching for clues/objects, solving puzzles and mysteries etc. (I'm into more of the sub-genre called HOPA, or Hidden Object Puzzle Adventures)

Today's game is... 

... House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets 

Guide Kate Reed as she solves four mind-bending mysteries that take her to worlds she's never imagined in House of 1000 Doors: Family Secrets! When the dead cannot find release, the House of 1000 Doors serves as a portal that allows the living to help them. Communicate with spirits and meet the mysterious Lancasters family that resides within the spooky house in this incredible Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game! Communicate with the spirits. Travel to other worlds. Solve mind-bending mysteries! 
Developer: Alawar Games

(Played on a Mac)

I found this game because I was looking for more games like: True Fear: Forsaken Souls. I couldn't find any more by that developer, but I did stumble across this one by Alawar Games. So I was after a HOPA that was a little challenging and had a scary element to it... 

I started with the one hour trial as per usual, and I have to say, I was hooked right away. This isn't scary, or, I have to say, that challenging BUT it was enjoyable. 

It was longer than some other games - quite a few mysteries to solve, and objects to remember about gathering/where to use them. The mini-games are fairly easy (though I couldn't for the life of me get the Gondolier's arm in the right position, so I skipped that). The Hidden Object portions are okay - some of the objects are hide to find because of the background - they are unclear, which is frustrating (I only found this a few times though).

Overall, a fun play - and I've bought the Collector's Edition of House of 1000 Doors: The Palm of Zoroaster to play next! 


Download a free one hour trial here

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27 May 2014

I'd rather...



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21 May 2014

Hidden Object Games: Dark Parables: Rise of the Snow Queen



A Hidden Object Game at a basic level involves finding hidden objects in a picture. The HO games I play do involve this task, but also navigating scenes searching for clues/objects, solving puzzles and mysteries etc. (I'm into more of the sub-genre called HOPA, or Hidden Object Puzzle Adventures) 

Today's game is...

... Dark Parables: Rise of the Snow Queen

When looking for my next game, I ended up searching by studio: Blue Tea Games.

Blue Tea Games are behind: Dark Parables: Jack and the Sky Kingdom, Cursery: The Crooked Man and the Crooked Cat, Dark Parables: The Final Cinderella, Enchantia: Wrath of the Phoenix Queen, Dark Parables: The Red Riding Hood Sisters, Fabled Legends: The Dark Piper, Dark Parables: Rise of the Snow Queen, Dark Parables: The Exiled Prince, Macabre Mysteries: Curse of the Nightingale, Dark Parables: Curse of Briar Rose,

Journey into the mythical Snowfall Kingdom and investigate the disappearance of children in Dark Parables: Rise of the Snow Queen! From the ashes of the snow, the legendary Snow Queen rises and terrorizes nearby villages with her supernatural powers. Rescue the missing children and stop the fabled Snow Queen before her sorrow brings upon the destruction of the world in this incredible Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game!



I had forgotten about playing Dark Parables: Jack and the Sky Kingdom (might have to replay it!). However I know I liked it! The Snow Queen tale is one of my favourites - it enchanted me when I was little as a story on a cassette that I listened to. It's a dark tale, but one with a happy ending. This take on the tale merges in Snow White.

This game has some of the features I remember from Jack and the Sky Kingdom - the hidden object portions of the game aren't complete objects: there are always 3 different 'broken' items, and you must find all the pieces. Once the 3 items are complete, they then morph together to form 1 complete item to be used in game play.

The collecting of objects for this game is a bit simple for me - but they do add in elements e.g. as you go, you find extras that develop the story, and you can spot items that speed up your hint recharge time.

The graphics... no, perhaps that's the wrong word. It's the art of the scenes - they are just exquisite! In particular for me: the cavern behind the Snow Queen statue, and the garden/pond behind the gilded apple door.

I liked this game, but I am wondering if Blue Tea Games tend on the simple side -- does make it easier to multitask (play the game AND watch a show/movie hehe).



Download a free one hour trial here

Here is a list of all the Hidden Object Games I have played/reviewed, or, click the blogger tag below to load all the posts on Hidden Object Games! See my profile/reviews at Big Fish games here.

19 May 2014

Hidden Object Games: Grim Tales: Bloody Mary



A Hidden Object Game at a basic level involves finding hidden objects in a picture. The HO games I play do involve this task, but also navigating scenes searching for clues/objects, solving puzzles and mysteries etc. (I'm into more of the sub-genre called HOPA, or Hidden Object Puzzle Adventures) 

Today's game is...

... Grim Tales: Bloody Mary

You’re driving home from work when you get an urgent call from your favourite niece, begging you to pick her up from her boarding school. The teachers have gone missing, her classmates are becoming violent, and shadow creatures are haunting every corner. Search the school, but remember this one simple rule: Never look into a mirror after sunset. Bloody Mary is always watching.
Developer: Elephant Games


A nice hidden object game, and my first in the 'Grim Tales' games. Great graphics, and differing locations - including 'mirror worlds'. I didn't play this quick enough, so I lost the plot a few times over a couple of weeks (thank god for hints!). This is a pretty straight-forward game though, with most the games being simple - it would've been nice to have had a couple of more complex challenges.


Download a free one hour trial here

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Philosophy, Spiritualism, and a Taxi Driver



I've been meaning to finish this post for weeks now. It's been sitting in my drafts, taunting me. By leaving it longer, I feel I've lost some of the impact that initially made me WANT to blog this...

I caught a cab back from the hairdresser - maybe 15-20 mins ride. It was 7 or 8pm at night, and I just wanted to get home and have dinner after a day at work.

I'm not someone that sits in silence with a taxi driver, unless the driver isn't talkative (and, granted, sometimes you just want to get lost in your own thoughts and not 'make nice' with a stranger).

That night I hopped in the cab, and conversation started easily: what had brought me here (my haircut)... and I was in the mood to elaborate, so I explained that I followed my hairdresser whenever she changed salons (over the last few years I've had my hair done with her at three different places).

He laughed and said he did the same thing - in India he only let one guy cut his hair. We discussed habits and loyalty...

Then he absolutely surprised me by asking me, and I quote, "What had made me happiest in my life; what was I most grateful for".

With my ears still ringing from the blow dryer I was hit with this doozy of a question. Speechless...

Lots of things run through your mind... I commented on a few experiences and opportunities I was grateful for. But in the end, I thought of the thing that I didn't want taken from me... And that's my family.

I don't have children of my own... I said to him that I was grateful I had the parents I had - for the life they gave me (full of love).

He talked about his life, and his meditations, and what he had learnt; how he had reached a true state of meditation that few do, and how he had been given answers.

Sure, you could be a skeptic... Maybe he was lying. Shrugs.

For me, talking to him was incredibly interesting though, and I wanted to hear what he had to say. I was having a conversation with a stranger, not about the weather or the latest gossip, but about spirituality and what it meant for him.

As someone brought up without religion it can be interesting to understand another's beliefs. Not to judge them, or for them to judge you, but for insight and discussion.

Plus for me, someone without religion, I still feel I am spiritual... We want a connection with the world around us, and to feel there is 'more'.

And here was a man who was talking about his studies with his Master for decades, and about reaching a state he had been focusing on for years.

He told me his greatest achievement was his enlightenment... Oh, and that he knew the what love is.

What is love?

He gave me three words. Stripped of romanticism and emotive language.

Love is:

1. Sacrifice

2. Service

3. Duty

There are many words that can be used to describe love, but he said all of them could be attributed to either: sacrifice, service, or duty.

The combination of all three equals love. If one is missing, it's not love; there is an imbalance.

Such regimented words!

What about loyalty/commitment (service), caring (sacrifice or duty), honesty (duty)...

Anyway, I just wanted to share what a cab ride can mean (or what anything could lead to). I wasn't expecting to have my mind blown that night (just my hair!!).

Thank you 'Reddy'.


(I noted the book he was reading had a website: www.sriramchandra.org, which I meant to check out, but never got around to it - out of curiosity)

18 May 2014

My friend sneezes when he's aroused...



PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.

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(On the back: I think it's cute)










Pandamonium



I've had a pile of goodies adding up, and no crafting done! Today I caught up on some TV shows and finally made some new cards. These 3 are all about my new set by Mama Elephant, called Pandamonium.

I've not used this brand before, and I am impressed! They stamp and cut well - and the set is adorable!









Supplies
stamps: Mama Elephant clear stamp and creative cuts Pandamonium, Lawn Fawn clear stamps Sophie's Sentiments
ink: Memento Ink Pad in Tuxedo Black 
paper: Lawn Fawn 6x6 pad Hello Sunshine, 300gsm white card (scored and cut to A6) 
accessories: foam tape/squares, black sharpie, ruler, Lawn Fawn sequins, rhinestones

12 May 2014

My mother is my inspiration



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05 May 2014

I can't stop stealing things... like this postcard!



PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.

www.postsecret.com