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They are billions is a steampunk RTS (real-time simulation) game. In the game you build a base, build units to fight against hordes of zombies and generally just try to gather resources to do all of these things. The game is a mix between actively attacking the hordes themselves and preparing for waves of zombies to attack you and your more or less prepared base. The first time I played it I thought it was eerily similar to the Starcraft series, but I quickly discovered it is different too. The strategies I remembered from Starcraft does not work because the AI is quite different, it’s just mindless zombies instead of an AI that tries to build a better base and army than you do.

When it comes to building and trying to form strategies, it’s even more different. It’s not about building the biggest base the fastest, it’s all about taking your time by pressing space to pause the game, seeing where the hordes are forming and strategically reinforce those areas. The maps usually have good choke points where you can place walls, gates and towers to prevent the zombies from entering your colony. If they do, you’re kinda fucked. For every building they attack and destroy, the zombies will multiply. If they hit your tents/houses, you suddenly go from four zombies to like 50 trying to take over in five seconds, it’s crazy. It also keeps you on your toes constantly.

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In the beginning, I only made it to day 7-ish because I had no idea what I was doing. Then I saw a strategy saying that you should see it like how the city in attack on titan is built up. You make the inner walls, when it’s safe you can expand and build new walls further out, move your rangers and soldiers there instead, and so on and so forth. You can see in the picture below how the layout is in that.

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That’s how you should be thinking, expand one bit at a time. It helped me so much to think that way instead of trying to just expand, expand, expand without thinking of my defenses! The furthest I have gotten is to day 70-ish but I’m always eager to start over and try again, to see if I have improved at all since last time.

It is a really fun game, although it has a very steep learning curve, it’s really easy to get lost in it. Once you get the hang of it, a full game can be just a couple of hours, but every time it will be different so it has very good replay-ability in my opinion. So, have you heard of this game before? Or have you tried it? What did you think of it?

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Camilla Pihl Sheet Masks Review

Lise —  January 21, 2018 — 20 Comments

The Panda Mask

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This is a sheet mask with a panda print on it. It is a very sturdy sheet, not fragile paper or anything like that so it is easy to unfold without ripping it. It does feel very heavy because of the quality material, and it is a little bit too large for my face. You can see it folding over below my nose and on my cheeks. It is slightly see through so I could see my eyebrows and they made me look super angry.

You’re supposed to leave the mask on for 10 minutes, then massage in the remains. Upon application, it felt a bit tingly and cool, I hadn’t stored it in any particularly cold places so it was a bit surprising. I didn’t feel any irritation while wearing it, and when I massaged in the remains, my skin absorbed almost all of it. The rest I just let dry on my skin before quickly cleansing it with some micellar water because it felt just a tiny bit tacky afterwards.  My skin loved it and I would be very inclined to buy it again when my skin needs a moisture boost.

 

The Tiger Mask

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Like the Panda mask, this is a thick, heavy sheet mask. It was not as wide as the other, but rather too long. Even if it folded on my cheeks, it still was hanging too low to fit my mouth properly. I can’t handle when wet products touch my lips so it kinda grossed me out for a while. I managed to adjust it fairly well after a few tries but it was quite the hassle to get it right.

As with the others, you leave it on your skin for ten minutes for your skin to absorb most of the serum. This mask is brightening and not as moisturizing. It felt as if the package had more serum in it because the mask was very gloopy and sticky and it took my skin a long time to even absorb any of the serum. I ended up wiping a lot of it off with a cotton pad because my skin could not handle it. After a cleanse my skin felt super warm and almost swollen so I think there was something in it that I reacted to.. I haven’t been able to figure out just what it was. I would not buy this one again.

In conclusion, the Panda mask worked well, the Tiger mask did not. I would recommend the Panda mask if you have dry or combination skin and need a quick moisture fix.

Have you tried these masks before? What did you think of them? 

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What is it?

Information from the UK website:

BENEFITS

Transform your look in one daring stroke. Its specially designed felt tip fulfils your every wish. The ‘Corseted’ tip with a flexor system helps you to follow the natural contours of your eyes, boldly extending to the ends of the lashes. It’s showtime!

Ink Tank Tip: Releases ink over your lash line for perfect line control.

Flexor system: Adapts to every movement to modulate the thickness of the line in one effortless sweep.

Divine Black formula: Deep black and shiny finish.

With the precision tip of your SUPER LINER SUPERSTAR, apply from the inner to the outer edges of your upper lash line.

As you can see from the description, this is a felt tip liquid eyeliner from L’Oreal that claims to be deep black and shiny. It is supposed to give you super precision and it will glide over your eyes super easily. As you can see in the picture below it is definitely shiny and not matte.

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How does it work?

It has a pretty good formula that dispenses well when I apply it and it gives a nice, crisp line. It was fairly easy to create a pointed wing like I use to do and it wasn’t messy to use at all. It did tickle my eye a little bit though because I’m used to using pencils and not any felt tip liners. The applicator isn’t too hard nor too flexible so you have very good control when applying it to your eyes. It is very pointy so it makes it easy to create a sharp wing on the outer corners of my eyes.

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I haven’t read anything about it claiming to be smudge proof or waterproof and I’m glad they haven’t claimed it, because it really isn’t at all. My eyes do not water very often but the lower part of the wings were super smudged and faded by the end of the day. I didn’t really touch my eyes at all either but the black had faded a bit. Granted, I had been wearing it for about thirteen hours at that point. It does last for a long time but it could use a touch up around the ten hour mark.

Apart from all that, I’m quite happy with the liner overall. It doesn’t feel like it’s sitting on top of the skin like how some liquid liners does and it was very comfortable to wear. After a good few wears I noticed it was irritating my eyes a little bit though so I have given it a break. My eyes were stinging and it was not a good feeling at all.

So to sum it up:

+ It’s really black
+ It’s easy to apply
+ It’s drugstore and fairly cheap

– It smudges and fades fairly easily
– It’s not cruelty free
– It eventually started irritating my eyes

I will continue using it now and then until it’s empty or I get tired of it, but I will not repurchase it since it is not cruelty free.

Have you tried this liner? 

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Let’s talk about canvas prints

Lise —  January 14, 2018 — 42 Comments

This post is in collaboration with Photowall
All opinions are my own and completely unbiased. I would never endorse a product that I was not happy with.

 

Recently I was contacted by a lovely company called Photowall to try out their products. They deal in wall murals and canvas prints and that is right up my alley. My walls are all textured wood panel so murals don’t work too well for me, but I love collecting canvas prints and other types of prints to decorate my walls with. I’ve shown you one of my favorites before, a print of the moon, that is hanging on the wall in my bedroom. You can see it in the background in the picture below. It has way more details than this, it has a lot of text with information about the moon and it’s phases.

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I have been looking for a print or picture for a long time to match that one, and I think I have finally found it through Photowall. On their website, you can choose between stock photos they have that has been designed by various people, or you can upload your own image. I didn’t have anything in particular of my own that I wanted to print, so I looked through their selection and found a print of a vintage world map that I thought looked pretty, and that would look good next to the print of the moon.

I put in my order for the print I wanted on Friday, received my parcel on Monday evening ( I know right? That was fast!) and I was eager to see what was inside. It comes in a sturdy cardboard packaging that has been sort of zip tied shut to avoid it from opening up.

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Inside I found the roll of canvas print, instructions, iron corners, the wooden DIY frame, 16 screws and something to hang the print up with.

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The instructions were quite simple. Idiotproof as I usually say because I can be pretty stupid when it comes to DIY stuff. First step was just to lay the print face down on a flat surface. The corners have been pre cut to fit properly with the frame pieces.

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Then you remove the tape protection thingies from the wooden pieces and carefully place them down on the canvas so it will stick to them. I’d recommend flipping them over after to make sure they’re put on properly. Once you’ve done all 4, flip them inwards so they’re all connected, fasten the iron corners with the screws and voila! One print has been put together. All that was needed after this was to hang it up and that was quite easy too.

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I chose for the image to be shown on the sides of the frame but you can also choose a black edge or a white one. I just like being able to see the ‘whole’ image from every angle so that’s why I chose that one.

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Below you can see it hanging next to my moon diagram. I chose a 50 x 70 cm large print to match the one I have hanging already.  The moon one is mainly black and gold, while the world map is beige, black and gold so they tie together. They also have similar shapes with the globes and moons being round. I think they compliment each other quite well and I’m so glad I went for this one.

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The print itself is a very sturdy canvas material and I was very happy with the quality. It is easy for images to look kind of pixelated when they are printed like that but luckily this wasn’t at all.

 

I would definitely recommend their services, because their prints have a very good quality, their shipping time was quite fast and the process of ordering was really easy. You just go on their website, find a print you want or upload your own, choose sizes and add it to your cart. From there you can add a coupon code. One I have been provided with for you is: LushtivityCampaign2018 . You can use this to get 20% off your purchase, which is a pretty good deal if you ask me. The code is valid for 30 days after this post is published. Just copy and paste the code, or write it out manually. If you end up purchasing a print or mural, I hope you will be as pleased with it as I have been.

Here’s where you can find the company:

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Have you purchased any canvas prints before? What did you think of them?

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What is it?

I received this palette as a Christmas gift from Karalee and I instantly fell in love with it. When you open it, it has a faint chocolate scent and it’s luckily not an overpowering one like how some other make up products have. The design on the outside is super cute too, a partially melted bar of chocolate. As this one is called Death by chocolate, it contains quite a few brown-ish shades. It contains a good variety of matte, satin and shimmer finishes. It does have a little bit of fallout but I honestly don’t mind that when the quality is generally really good. On the tambeauty website, this has almost exclusively only four and five star reviews.

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Swatches

These swatches are all done with a brush, I figured that would give them all a fair chance as some always look better with finger swatches.

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Don’t let go, Break me up, Consume me and All is lost. Not pictured is the large pan of White light because it was exactly the same as my skin color so it didn’t show up at all on my arm.

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Lick me, Fool’s gold, One more bar, Devour me, Tear the wrapper and Love you to death.

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Pray for me, Dipped, Tease me, Set me free and across the bottom is Bring down angels.

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I think they all have very good pigment and they are quite easy to blend. Below I used White light all over my lids as a base, Break me up in my crease, Love you to death on the outer 2/3 of my lids, a bit of All is lost on the absolute outer corner and under my lower lash line and the beautiful Fool’s gold shade on the inner third of my eyelids. I was really happy with how they blended and I will definitely try to create other similar looks with is.

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In addition of it having good shimmers, the mattes can also be used to create a more natural and daytime kind of look, with a bit light shimmer added on top to make it special.

To me this is a perfect palette because it has most of the colors I love and it’s possible to create so many different looks with it. Some of the browns could maybe be a bit more neutral but they do work either way.

Have you tried this palette before? What did you think of it? 

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