Game Review: Reigns Collector’s Edition

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Images all taken from actual gameplay and copyright Devolver Digital, I’m just using them for review purposes

 

Last week I bought a game on Steam, Reigns, which has become a bit like solitaire or those kinds of games where you dip in and out and play a bit every do often while other things are loading or you’re waiting for something on the computer and then you realise it’s been half an hour. It’s one of those ‘just one more try’ games. I found it because the Yogscast did a video on it, I’m sure there are others who have done them as well so YouTube is probably your friend when it comes to seeing actual gameplay, as well as the Steam page and the Devolver Digital page for it (they’re the game devs) but I’m doing a review of the game and the extras you get in the Collectors edition. I decided to get this one as it wasn’t much extra and I’m a sucker for art books and similar and this comes with a digital book and the soundtrack, but more about that later.

The game by itself is also available as a mobile game, I found it on the Apple App Store for £2.29, which is actually more than the original is on Steam which surprised me but I’m not sure how much it costs on android. As I don’t have this version I can’t do a comparison but I think it’s the same game, it seems the kind that doesn’t need changes to become a mobile game. On Steam the PC version is £1.99 and the bundle I bought is £4.36 and includes the game, the OST, an interactive OST and a companion book. These are all available separately for 79p each or a bundle of £2.37, there isn’t a discount for getting it all in one go for this game. If you’re a mac user, good news, this is a mac compatible game. It’s also compatible with controllers, though I’m not sure they’d be a big advantage on this one.

I don’t normally do this as I tend to keep spoonie things separate to the rest of my blog but I thought I’d tag it with that as I think this is a fairly spoonie friendly game that has a bit more to it than some and I’m always on the look out for good games that don’t need so much energy to enjoy.

I’m not sure it’s possible to have spoilers for this game but if you want to avoid any mention of events or possible ways to die then I’d not read on, not that the ones I’m saying about effect the gameplay and there’s not really a storyline as such.

Also, if you’re reading this because you’re looking for how to find the DLC when you’ve already downloaded it I have included that further down. It’s in bold so keep scrolling until you see it. Hope it’s helpful!

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Nails of the Week: Mermaid Nails

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I’m loving doing nail art at the moment and trying the different brands and tools to see which work best to do what with. I recently used the Zircon gel varnish from Red Carpet Manicure as it’s such a pretty, sparkly turquoise it just screamed summer to me so I wanted to use it while the sun is still out here in the UK, we’re having a s­urprisingly sunny summer where I live. After a few days of just this I decided to have a go at some mermaid themed nail art using two of the summer Models Own Soft Pop collection; Lilac Flush and Sugar Rush as I really like the purple and turquoise combination plus blue just goes with anything beach or water themed for me.

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Review: Sleek MakeUP Forces of Nature I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette

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I bought the Sleek Force of Nature eyeshadow palette a while ago, though it seems like it was released late last year and I somehow managed to miss it at the time. It does say it’s limited edition but I have found it still on the Superdrug website, here, so if you like the look of it I’d get it as soon as possible as you never know when they’ll disappear with it being Limited Edition and not exactly recently released.

Sleek i-Divine palettes are mineral eyeshadow palettes and have 12 eyeshadows in them, each is 1.1g (0.03 oz.) and they do a large range of colours and finishes. This Force of Nature palette has all twelve as mattes and in autumnal colours with quite a few neutrals, purples and a dark green and blue. As a brand Sleek are cruelty free but I’m not sure if this one is suitable for vegans so if you only buy vegan products I’d look at the ingredients (I’ve photographed it and it’s below the cut if you want to check). This palette costs £8.99 which makes it one of their more expensive palettes, I’m not sure why some are £7.99 and others this price but it’s still a good price for twelve eyeshadows.

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Review: Funko Pop Sherlock With Violin

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Having not bought any Funko Pops until last year because there weren’t many franchises I was interested that they did, or that were being made when I found them, suddenly they started to make figures for a lot of my favourite shows. One of them is Sherlock, or I guess more specifically it’s Sherlock Holmes in general but I do like the Benedict Cumberbatch version. I originally meant to buy Mycroft and Irene Adler but then I found this Sherlock with Violin and I loved the detail so bought it a while ago. He’s been sat on my bookshelf, along with my Sherlock Holmes books, he just kept falling down the list of my Tuesday posts.

Funko Pop are vinyl figures, they’re normally 10cm (4”) tall though this does vary slightly with hair and details. They do some larger figures, like Hagrid in the Harry Potter range, but this is one of the standard sized figures. The price seems to vary a lot, it ranges between £9 and £12 that I’ve found online but this particular figure, at the time I got him, wasn’t available on most sites so I got him from Amazon which seems to be the best price often for these Funko Pops figures.

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Review: Elf Studio Brush Shampoo

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Years ago I used to buy the Elf brush shampoo and then they stopped selling in the UK. Since they re-opened for sale in the UK I have bought a bottle and had been putting off washing by brushes for ages. As I actually finally did it, and they really needed it, I thought I would do a review of the Elf brush shampoo as well. It’s been a few weeks since I used it so they’re probably due another wash. It’s one of those jobs I hate the thought of but it’s never as bad as I expect it to be, does anyone else find that?

Anyway, on to the review. This bottle is 120 ml (4.1 fl. oz.) of product and costs £4.50 on the Elf online store. I don’t know anywhere else that stocks them consistently in the UK, I have seen some Elf products in TK Maxx fairly often but not on a regular basis and never the same products twice in a row so it might be worth looking in there. The brush shampoo isn’t meant as an everyday wash kind of thing but a big wash after a while to completely cleanse any product off them. They do a daily use spray that I’ve never tried but wanted to, maybe with the next order I’ll get it. Have any of you tried it?

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Review: Simple Kind to Skin Exfoliating Facial Wipes

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For years I’ve been using Simple face wipes s they’re great for removing makeup, especially on lower energy days, and they’re quite refreshing on hot days as a bit of a pick me up in the middle of the day. Recently I bought some different ones as I know I should exfoliate more and there are the Kind to Skin Exfoliating Facial Wipes. These look like standard facial wipes but have a more exfoliating side and a smoother side.

They cost £3.49 from Boots and have 25 wipes in the pack. At the moment they’re in the 3 for £5 offer in Boots so you actually get three for less than the price of two, it’s worth looking at other Simple products there at the moment as well.

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Book Review: The Noticeably Stouter QI Book of General Ignorance by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson

QIgeneralignorance1Title: The Noticeably Stouter QI Book of General Ignorance

Author: John Lloyd and John Mitchinson

Year written: 2009

Publisher and year: Faber and Faber, 2009

ISBN Number: 0-571-24692-2

I don’t know how popular QI is in other countries but in the UK it’s a popular TV show hosted by Stephen Fry (until the next series) with Alan Davies and other guests who answer questions about pretty much anything as long as it’s quite interesting. It’s pretty much a show full of questions that you think you know the answer to but normally the answer you think is right is wrong. The Book of General Ignorance (first published in 2006) is a book full of answers to these kinds of questions, quite a few of them taken straight from the show directly.

This Noticeably Stouter version of the Book of General Ignorance includes more of these questions, a different cover and a list of the episodes to the date of publication (the F series in the alphabet) but most of it is the same content. I bought it as part of a big lot of QI books on eBay so it probably cost be around £1 or less given the overall price and number of books and it’s one I’ve seen in second hand and charity shops a few times, both versions. It’s a sort of pick up and put down book or a coffee table book that’s a bit different and you can open any page at random and read something rather than having to read it in order.

As I have both of the versions of this book I’m going to review the newer one to start with and then do a bit of a comparison as there are definitely plusses for both versions over the other and then you can see them side by side.

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Do Crafts Goody Bag: Gorjuss

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A couple of weeks ago I went to The Range near me and found this Goody Bag from Do Crafts full of Gorjuss crafting goodies. I bought one of their bags before a month or so ago and did a post on it, it was great value and I’ve used quite a few bits from it but this one was so pretty I had to get it. I do love the style of Gorjuss products, the colours and the patterns are really nice and very few of these products have the girls on them that are the trademark style of the company so they’re good to use for anything and anyone.

This bag costs £15 and the Do Crafts website has a range of their Goody Bags as well as other products and ideas for designs to do with the products in the bags. I can’t see this one on there but I have found all of the products to see their RRP and the value of the bag does come out at about £32.50, give or take a few pence. The other Goody Bags available can be found here, I’m definitely considering getting a couple of them, the Christmas one looks good and I might actually get Christmas cards made in time to send them out this year.

This review is of the Gorjuss Goody Bag, there are seven different products in it, all of them art and crafty and great for card making but I’m considering using one of them for jewellery, I’ll see how it goes and maybe do a post on what I actually do with them some time.

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Fortune Cookie Soap: Fall 2016 As You Wish Soap Box

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Late last week, Thursday morning I think, my Autumn Fortune Cookie Soap Soap Box arrived. I’ve had a play around with everything in there so it’s all been used and I know how well they work so I thought I’d do a review post about the products themselves as well as the scents. If you don’t know what the Fortune Cookie Soap Box is it’s a box of miniatures and sample or travel sized versions of products from the Fortune Cookie Soap company from America. You always get two full sized products in there; a Fortune Cookie Soap and a hand sanitizer, but the rest are minis and can be from any of the other products that they sell on their site. The scent are all previews of the next collection to be released in this case the Fall (or Autumn if you’re I the UK) collection.

Every quarter they release a new themed collection, often there’s a second theme alongside the season and this time it’s As You Wish which is Princess Bride themed. I realised that, although it’s on my list of movies to watch as I’ve been told it’s great, I haven’t actually watched this movie so I will probably be missing all of the references. Sorry about that. This range isn’t available at the moment but is being released on August 26th at 6pm CST (I think that’s midnight in the UK).

Also at the moment you can get the Halloween soap box as a one off, either in this style with miniatures or in one with full sized products, here. It’s a one off so even if you are signed up to the Soap Box already you need to do this as a separate order and it might be a good way of trying some of their products to see if your skin gets on with them without going for the full subscription. This does close on 19th August 12 noon (CST) so you only have a few days to do this.

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Review: Models Own Soft Pop Summer Nail Varnish Collection

softpop2 I am loving the colours of this summer’s nail varnish collections, the neon pastels, which sounds an odd combination, just work so well for me. It seems like some of the colours are pretty much in every collection, there are greens, blues and purples in all of them I’ve seen so far but the other colours do vary a bit. Models Own have released a collection of five and, as I wanted to get a pale blue and a green anyway, I decided to get the complete Soft Pop collection.

The colours in this collection are Lemon Popsicle (yellow), Cosy Posy (green), Sugar Rush (blue), Lilac Flush (purple) and Candy Floss (pink). They are part of the Hyper Gel range which, I think, are their nail varnishes that have that gel finish appearance without being gel nail varnishes. These are 14ml (0.47 fl oz) bottles and cost £5 each. I bought these on the Models Own website but I expect Superdrug to have them some time, they seem to have a lot of the Models Own range on there, just a bit delayed.

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