Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Game Obsession: Disney's Hidden Worlds

I suppose you could say that I'm one of those girly gamers - I like the cuter ones that maybe don't take as much thought, like Tiny Tower, Bubble Spinner, the old school Mario, Pokemon, and the Harvest Moon games (don't get me started on Harvest Moon...that was a serious addiction for a while!).  But, I recently discovered a game that combines both my love of these fun, cute, little games, and Disney - who doesn't love Disney, right?

Basically, it's a Hidden Object game where this villain goes and tries to destroy different stories like Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, Aladdin, and others.  Your job is to go through the stories and find different objects to save each of the stories.  Pretty simple, right?  Personally, that's what I love about it - it's not too difficult, and if I have a little downtime, I can do a couple hidden object games, and not get sucked in to a complicated story line!

From what I can tell, it's available on the App Store, iTunes, and as a Facebook game, but there are pro's and con's as far as playing on each device.  Personally, I don't have an iPhone or anything, so I can't say a whole lot about that, but in the Android phone version, if you level up, nothing really seems to change other than you get an 'energy refill' (energy is needed to play the game).  However, if you go to the computer side of it, the energy meter reflects that of your current level, and the game play really isn't much different.  As for tablets, I have an iPad mini, and the game really doesn't load on that at all. I'm not sure why that would be, but I'm hoping it's just a newer game that has some kinks that still need to be worked out.

Other than some slight inconveniences, I still absolutely love the game, and would most certainly recommend trying it out!  Also, if you'd like to play with me, my ID is megpearls!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Palmer's Cocoa Butter

If you happened to see my recent video about my Top Ten Drugstore Products, then you may remember that toward the end of that video I mentioned that a friend of mine from work had introduced me to a new body lotion that I have fallen in love with, and today I wanted to tell you what it was!  As I'm sure you've deduced from both the title of this post and the picture in it, the lotion is called  Palmer's Cocoa Butter.  

It's an incredibly hydrating lotion that really softens your skin, and even helps pesky dry spots like the bottoms of your feet and your elbows - I know I can't be the only one with this issue, right?  It smells amazing, but not as much like cocoa butter as I thought it would.  I actually think it smells a lot more like hazelnut or Nutella.  Surprise!  I like something that smells like a bakery!  Oh, and I almost forgot to tell you guys the best part!  This little beauty is from the drugstore for about $5-$6.  So, not only is it effective and smells amazing, it's also cheap!  What could be better, right?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Tarte Brazilliance Self Tanner Review

 If you haven't figured it out by now, I live in Minnesota, where pale skin is rampant, and it's almost too much work to even bother with a self tanner.  But recently, a friend of mine mentioned that she loved the Tarte Brazilliance Self Tanner, and let me just quick say that I was really surprised that her tan wasn't real!  It looks positively flawless on her, so naturally, I had to try it out myself.

The result:  It's absolutely amazing!  First of all, the application is really very easy, because the product itself is rather dark, which not only gives you an instant tan, but it also shows you spots you may have missed, thereby preventing streaks.  It gives you a very nice, natural color, that develops quickly and also acts as a nice moisturizer, but that's not even my favorite part!  

It doesn't have that 'fake tan' scent like a lot of self tanners.  I'm not really sure how to describe the scent other than it's a very fruity sweet scent, that is very different from my typical bakery scents and florals, but it is definitely better than the alternative, and is still a scent I think most people would enjoy!  I've honestly not found a tanner that smells better than this one!

The one or two downsides that I do see from this tanner is that first, it does take quite a while to apply, at least for me.  The color is so dark at first, that I am extra careful that there aren't any streaks or anything, which ends up taking a little longer.  Also, the color doesn't last on your skin an incredibly long time.  Really, just a couple days after applying, you have to apply again.  This isn't a huge deal, though, as it is the same thing with most tanners.

That being said, I really do love this tanner, and I can't really see myself going to another one any time soon.  It just works so well, and the scent is so much better than others I've used.  If you haven't done it, yet, please check this tanner out!  It really is incredible!

Friday, January 3, 2014

L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Review

If you saw my What's in My Travel Makeup Bag video, you may have noticed that I recently switched foundations.  So, I decided I should finally review my previous foundation, the L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder.  It is a light coverage foundation that has quite possibly the coolest texture I've ever felt.  As the name implies, it is a liquid foundation that, once applied, transforms so that it has a powder consistency instead.  It is truly the weirdest thing, but in a good way.  Really, if I were to base my entire opinion of this foundation on texture and packaging alone, I would be absolutely in love and recommend it wholeheartedly!

However, I just wouldn't feel right if I were to leave out the fact that this can be a very messy foundation, too.  Even after shaking it up quite a bit, and applying only a little at a time with your fingers, it still has a tendency to get all over the place.  It's not a bad foundation by any means, and I would really tend toward saying that it is a good drugstore foundation.  But, if its liquid stage were just a little thicker, it would be an amazing foundation!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Norwegian-Inspired Bow Mittens

Needles: 2 size 8 circular needles Yarn: 2 balls Cleckheaton Country 8 ply (Color 2299 - Duck)

Mittens (Right)
Using 2 circular needles, cast on 36sts (18/18).  Join round.  Rounds 1-15: work k2, p2 ribbing around.  Rounds 16-40: k around.  Round 41: k1, slip 7sts to spare needle, cast on 7sts, k to end.  Rounds 42-60: k around.  Rounds 60-end: (ssk, k to last 2sts of needle, k2tog) twice.  Repeat until 4sts total remain.  Cut yarn, and thread through remaining sts.

Mittens (Left)
Work Rounds 1-40 as for Right Mitten.  Round 41: k10, slip 7sts to spare needle, cast on 7sts, k to end.  Work rest of mitten as for Right Mitten.

Thumb (Both)
Join yarn and k 7sts from spare needle.  With second circular needle, pick up and knit 7sts along mitten.  Join round.  Rounds 1-14: k around.  Rounds 15-end: work as top of mitten until 6sts total remain.  Cut yarn, and thread through remaining sts.

Bow Body (Make 2)
Cast on 10sts.  Work St st for 20 rows.  Cast off.

Bow Ties (Make 2)
Work I-cord for 50 rows.  Cast off, and weave in ends.

Weave in all ends on mittens.  With yarn needle, attach the sides of the bow body to the base of each mitten, just above ribbing.  Fold one tie in half, then slip tie under bow body, from bottom to top.  Slip ends of tie through the loop at the top of the bow body, and pull tight to create a bow.  Weave in any remaining loose ends.