Saturday, April 30

blog; Square Enix

is pretty famous for the Final Fantasy series, a collection of role-playing games that some people use as the standard to which all other RPGs are compared. Personally, I'm a fan of Final Fantasy, but I wouldn't say they're the standard, since there are lots of other RPGs that are just as good -- and sometimes better. I'd have to say that one of my most cherished RPGs is actually Lunar 2: Eternal Blue Complete (for the PlayStation and not the original version made for Sega) from the Lunar series created by Game Arts. It's part of a videogame series that also ended up getting its own manga series. Fanatics may consider the FF series as the be-all, end-all of popular RPGs, but they're not the only games of their kind out there.

I was visiting a friend a couple of weeks ago and I looked through his vast videogame collection since I wanted to see if he had some games he could lend me. (His collection is so huge, I could take a few games and he won't miss them; as it is, he's more obsessed with Portal 2 nowadays.) I picked out two RPGs by Square Enix, but they're not from the FF franchise.

Square Enix is more than Final Fantasy.

They also made Mario RPG for the Super Nintendo, and if anyone else here played that game, they'll know how effing brilliant that game is. (I would still play it!!)

Square Enix's The Last Remnant and Infinite Undiscoveries.

Both the games are a few years old at least, and not exalted by critics and reviewers, but we'll see. I don't know which I should play first...maybe Last Remnant since the battle system for Infinite Undiscoveries seems to be a little too badass for me -- it's not turn-based and apparently I can be attacked even while accessing the menu in the midst of battle. Maybe Remnant will be the warmup.

Even if they're not totally enjoyable, I'm sure I'll be impressed by the stories. I love RPGs that have good stories, even if the gameplay is subpar/mediocre. We'll see!

Today's makeup was really simple. Because of the heat, heavy makeup just feels like it'd be a disaster waiting to happen. (I haven't used eye shadows in a looooong time. At this rate, I'll never finish my no-buy, lol.)

blog; Operation Raccoon City

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My excitement cannot be measured in mere words. It just can't. I've been stoked about this game ever since my friend informed me about it -- he follows the gaming scene much more closely than I, but loves to keep me updated -- and although it sounds like a run-and-gun game (similar to Halo, Call of Duty, CRYSIS and the like), I think I really want to try it.

Resident Evil is the stuff of my childhood. I jumped on the fan-wagon when RE:2 came out, making Claire Redfield and Leon Kennedy my zombie-killing heroes of all time (compared to everyone else who knew a good thing when they saw it and played the first Resident Evil with Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield). RE:2 is my favourite game; this might have something to do with the fact it's the first RE game I've actually finished on my own. It's not the most terrifying game -- although that first meeting with the licker was all kinds of "holy shit oh my god what is that please go away OH GOD I HAVE TO KILL IT" -- but I loved it, and it made me feel like a badass whenever I shot something undead and creepy in the face. Resident Evil: Nemesis introduced me to Jill Valentine, but she never appealed to me as Claire did; I don't know, Jill is a seasoned veteran thief who can kick ass with the best of them, but Claire was a college student who took down a city full of monsters and had no idea what was even going on. Badass? Very.

It must be because she's a Redfield. That entire family has "hardcore amazing" running in their blood, I swear.

Because I'm so obsessed with RE:2, hearing about this game just makes me all kinds of giddy. RE:4 and RE:5 were really great, but the reason I never really got into them was because they skipped a shitton of years and Leon was suddenly this GQ secret agent working for the President and Umbrella was suddenly dead. I was like, "What?" when I found out.

I don't do well with time jumps.

So when it was apparently announced that RE: Operation Raccoon City was not only returning to the original scene of the crime (since it occurs between RE:2 and RE: Nemesis), but possibly also explaining the happenings between RE: Code Veronica and RE:4, just makes me want it even more. I don't care if I don't do well with run-and-gun games. I will train for this game. I don't care. I need this in my gaming life. :(

RE: Operation Raccoon City is a multiplayer shooter-slash-survival-horror game in which the players seem to take on the roles of a four-member team from the UBCS: Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Squad. I'm playing for the bad guys in this one, and I don't care, because Raccoon City is my town, with its hordes of undead, the screaming Alphas, and the creepy Tyrant-grade hulks curbstomping all the lesser monsters that gets in their way. And there's apparently an assassination mission, in which the players all work together to take out a single threat:

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Leon Kennedy was probably my first-ever videogame crush. I mean, Vincent Valentine was great but he was really depressing, okay? It wasn't going to work out. Leon is a badass. I'll probably fail just because I can't shoot this GQ-status defender of justice, but at least my character will breathe his air.

...okay, turning the creeper off.

But cripes, look at those graphics. I'm so excited, I can't wait for winter 2011. And I don't even like winter.

Thursday, April 28

blog; Rite-Aid hair care sale

Aussie and Renpure hair care products are both on sale at Rite-Aid this week! Aussie hair care products are 2 for $6USD while Renpure hair care products are Buy One, Get One Free. \o/ I rejoiced when I found out, because both Aussie and Renpure carry deep conditioners, which are so relevant to my interests now that I have short hair I'm trying to grow out -- I want to ensure health and strength, which is difficult when I (occasionally) use heat styling and live in Los Angeles (an area quite famous for its pollution, last I heard on the news).

I really lucked out on the Aussie sale, especially since I follow Nouveau Cheap and had a coupon from the [ P&G brandSAVER coupon booklet ] she wrote about in that post. The coupon was good for $1USD off two Herbal Essences or Aussie hair care products, so combined with the Rite-Aid sale, I paid about $5USD for two bottles of Aussie 3 minute miracle deep conditioner; one bottle usually retails for $4.49USD in my Rite-Aid, so it was the same as a BOGO FREE.

Renpure's deep conditioner retails for $6.99USD per tube, so a BOGO FREE is really useful. But considering I haven't even opened the tube I bought before (it was on the clearance table at a CVS a month or so ago so I snatched it was like, $2!), I think that might be a little too overzealous. However, if Renpure is as good to me as Aussie -- 3 minute miracle makes my hair feel so silky! -- then I might default to it instead, considering it doesn't test on animals, and Aussie, being associated with P&G and Herbal Essences, does.

...sometimes I feel like I'm a slave to sales. Right then, no buying the Renpure until I've tried it out! I'm sure it'll go on sale again eventually...

Wednesday, April 27

blog; Secret's out.

I will sometimes judge YouTube makeup gurus if they misspell things on their tutorials. It might be because I'm an English major at heart, but I really can't help myself. This isn't to say I hate people who misspell a word or two in every few tutorials, but really, when I see constant spelling/grammar mistakes on otherwise nicely-edited videos, I really do judge.

Yeah, I'm just a little bit mean. Everyone has pet peeves, and this would be one of mine. If I'm gonna be putting makeup on how I'm told by a girl in my age range, I half-expect her to be eloquent about it.

(Of course, foreign YT gurus such as the incredible Jung Saem Mool and ManWomanFilm are exempt, considering neither of them have English in their language repertoire -- at least to my knowledge, and Asahi's already admitted she's not very good at it.)

And I'm not very keen about people who do makeup in vary unsanitary ways, too!

This was a complaint and a half, wasn't it...?

Monday, April 18

Friday, April 15

blog; Pixi, POP, and a Pro X review

It was precisely a week ago that Pixi/POP were having a "Spring Warehouse Sale" in which they were selling a bunch of their products at 90% the retail price. I went with ARES -- beauty blogger, real-life glamour girl, eternally stylish from head-to-toe, awesome friend and hairstylist -- and we basically had a fun day out, breaking our no-buys (this was a good reason, I swear!) and hanging out. I love spending time with my cutest family. ARES blogged about the day trip [ here ], so I won't go too into it.

I will, however, say that the pho we ate? So. Good. And my godson is like the most adorable creature in the universe. He may actually be cuter than bunnies. Or even turtles. I don't know. I think he is. He was so cute I gave up some shrimp for him. I don't give up food for just anyone!

Anyway, here's what I hauled on that day, not just from the warehouse sale, but also from H&M and Target:

The black and white belts are from H&M and were on sale (clearance?) for $3USD per belt, so I grabbed two -- black and white are the essentials and can go with just about anything I decide to wear with them, right? I'm not very fashion-forward, so I played it safe with that one. The ELF lip gloss and the NYC mascara were from Target. I've already tried the Sky Rise Lengthening Mascara, so I guess I might write up a review eventually...but I say that about a lot of things and I rarely do them. (I should actually start doing that, shouldn't I...?) All the rest are from the Pixi/POP Warehouse Sale. I got two coloured gel/cream eyeliners, a blusher palette called Rose Belle, a bright eye shadow palette, and a Magnetic Mosaic palette which has both eye shadows and bronzers/blushers. I couldn't resist that one. I haven't opened any of them yet since...I don't have room in my "currently using" makeup box for any of them, so they'll be put away until I can make a dent in that.

...that'll take a while.

Speaking of things that take a while, it's been about two months since I've been using the Olay Pro X Cleansing System! (Read my original post about it [ here ]!) Everyone keeps talking about how it's the inexpensive version of the Clarisonic, but as I've never used that, I can't make any comparisons. I can, however, write on behalf of the Pro X, which I've used regularly since I first bought it, with a couple of cleansers -- a brightening/lightening cream cleanser from Pond's (Asia-specific) and the Olay Total Effects Revitalizing Foaming Cleanser which came free with purchase.

The Olay Pro X Cleansing System is a cleansing brush that promises to clean up to "six times better than basic cleansing" and can go up to 350RPM (rotations per minute), which I am assuming helps with the cleansing. In addition to cleansing, it also exfoliates, but the softness of the brush makes it so that constant use of the tool doesn't aggravate my skin. That isn't to say it won't aggravate more sensitive users, but I don't feel any irritation unless I try to push the bristles right into my face.

The tool has two speeds -- normal and high. I'm sticking with normal, but on days I've been wearing base I kick the speed up a notch. The brush really works whatever cleanser I'm using into my skin without splattering it all over the place, and the rotations provide a kind of facial massage as I run the brush over my skin. For the 60 seconds I use the thing, it feels pretty darn good. The soft, pliable brush bristles also make it easy to clean along the sides of my nose, and I've accidentally gone over an eyelid once or twice without a problem or a single yelp.

When I finish and rinse off, my skin feels smooth, but not tight, or irritated. I tone and then apply eye serum and moisturizer -- the Pro X boasts that it "primes the skin for hydration" and my skin really does take to my moisturizer a lot better than it used to. Frankly, my skin just feels really good ever since I've started using the Pro X; the texture of my skin has improved and it feels healthier. I haven't gotten any compliments on my face, but I've always been blessed with decent skin since even before I started using the Pro X, so it's not like I experienced any huge changes.

The Pro X retails for about $30USD, and the brush heads -- which are recommended to be replaced every three months -- retail for about $10USD per replacement.

Would I recommend this? As a luxury -- yes, absolutely. It's basically a daily facial. (I don't recommend using it more than once at the risk of irritation.) As a necessity -- not really, as it hasn't done anything incredibly miraculous for me.

Getting up close and personal.

Yeah, sorry for the sudden "BAM! In your face!" action right there; that's basically how my skin looks now, with a bit of tinted moisturizer and pink blusher on. That's how I look while I'm experiencing my hell week, what with hormones flailing about trying to cause as much trouble as they can. Not bad, eh? Usually I've got a breakout or something going on, but not right now. I really like how the Pro X keeps my skin happy and cleansed. :)

Well, that was a novella and a half. I think I'll end it here with a final note:

My hair has decided to commit mutiny by flipping out its ends in weird directions while it's growing out. [ This ] was my hair just two months ago; fresh cut by ARES. I'm gonna have to go back in this Saturday to figure out what the heck to do with it. ARES might as well have me scheduled every other month for an appointment, because my hair is pretty much unstoppable. Right now, it looks fabulous when pulled back into a tiny ponytail, as I'm too much of a lazy bum to break out the flat iron. (I'm on spring holiday, I'm allowed to be a sloth.)

(This blog took way too long to write; this is what I get for holding off on blogging for days. The whole time, I was chomping on chips. Mmm, salt. I'm gonna have fun walking this off tomorrow. Ten thousand steps, chyeaaaah!)

Monday, April 11

blog; I don't agree with you,

but that doesn't mean you have to tell me to go die in a fire.

No, seriously, I don't get what is up with people on the internet nowadays. One would think that, considering the vastness of the world wide web, it would be a common understanding that not everyone will agree on something -- or even anything. Apparently, a lot of people think differently. Apparently, a lot of people think that if I don't agree with them on something, it gives them the right to tell me to go kill myself, hope that I die in some horrific accident, or just make fun of me in terrible, confidence-killing ways.

I'm assuming this has something to do with the anonymity the internet presents. I can't exactly call these people out on their bullshit if I don't know who they are, and this kind of thing gives a lot of people courage -- and by "courage" I mean "the idea that being a hateful person is something good." All I have to go by is a username or an internet alias, and let's face it; that's no good.

So people become internet badasses. It's like some magical switch: once they go on the internet and take on that fake name, anything goes, no-holds-barred. I see this a lot in (surprise!) fandom forums or communities in which someone doesn't like a band/group/person and everyone confronts them like some sort of creepy hive mind, taking them apart. Even worse? YouTube. Ever watched a YouTube tutorial and left a comment saying, "Mm, I don't like this much," only to check your YT inbox two minutes later and get a shitton of some other people telling you that you have no taste, you're clearly just a hater, and that you need to go and fucking kill yourself? Because I know people who have.

People need to calm down. Seriously. I'm not going to like everything you're going to like, so ease up off the CAPSLOCK ANGER and learn to discuss things in a calm and collected manner. I'm not writing this for me. I'm writing this for you, because every time you tell someone off for disagreeing with you, you look like an intolerable idiot and nobody will ever like you.

And can we please, please lay off the death comments? How did that become so common nowadays? Do people think they get internet street cred for that kind of bullshit? That's called cyberbullying, and that can actually kill people. I won't even go into how many times I've watched the news only to find out some poor person has decided to quit on life because some group of assholes on the internet thought it'd be great fun to tell them they're a waste of space and the person actually believed them. Who gets enjoyment out of that, seriously? Do people think that just because it's the internet -- and that it shouldn't be serious business -- it means they can just say what-all's on their minds? No. No. Telling people to go die or telling them to kill themselves isn't funny, or cool, or remotely anything in that arena. Telling them they don't deserve to live is cruel, hateful, intolerable, and pretty much just disgusting. I see this happen in a lot of websites and I'm disgusted each time. That shit is ridiculous; nobody's laughing, nobody's cheering, and it's not all fun and games because there's a chance someone will actually get hurt. Then everyone will try to wipe their hands clean of responsibility by saying, "I didn't think they'd actually do it..."

Fuck that excuse. Be responsible for your words, whether it's person-to-person or through the screen. Learn to deal with people who disagree with you without resorting to cyberbullying or being an e-jerk. Logging onto the internet doesn't give people permission to leave courtesy and common sense behind. People will give their opinions, and nobody deserves to be told to die for putting their thoughts out there. Arguments are cathartic; debates are cool. Being told that, "You're just a fucking hater, you virgin bitch, I bet you can't even find a boyfriend, go kill yourself"? Comments like that make me wonder just how pathetic the commenter is in their offline life that they have to say such hateful things to make themselves feel better.

I pity people like that.

And no, I refuse to "go die in a fire." You don't get to tell me how to die, I don't even know you.

Wednesday, April 6

blog; Pixi Spring Sale 2011

A little under a year ago -- May 20th, 2010 -- I posted up a blog called Good day today. which can be found [ here ]; it was about Pixi's annual warehouse sale in which they sold a bunch of Pixi & POP Beauty cosmetics for about 90% off the original price. Everything they sold at the time was between $2 to $5USD -- and most of their cosmetics sell for about $12USD and up! It's a very good sale, and just like last year, I found out about this sale a little late, but I still want to blog about it in case anyone reading this blog has a free day tomorrow.

Pixi is holding their Spring Warehouse Sale tomorrow, April 7th, and I'm planning to go as soon as I finish the midterm I'm taking planned that morning. The sale is only from 8am-2pm, which is a bummer, but it also means that not a lot of people will be there since it's a Thursday and, you know, most people would be busy. All the necessary information is on the flyer, and payment is cash only. I plan to withdraw some money at an ATM before I attack this thing, because the last time I went, I wasn't ready.

Just a note: there isn't a single mention of which products they're selling, so everything's a surprise. If you want to see an example of some of the things they sell, just check out last year's blog!

Yes, I'll be breaking my no-buy for this day only. I don't plan to break the bank, but a deal like this is...once every year, basically. Instead of my friend K, I'll be going with ARES, who writes the Salon ARES blog. :) I'm looking forward to it, even if I have to get through a class on my way there, lol!

Friday, April 1

blog; Recent hauls.

My hair's been growing very quickly. :) this usually happens when temperatures go up. Maybe it's due to my having been born and raised in the tropics?

Last weekend was one of the few weekends I go out. Usually I'm a real shut-in -- not a hikikomori, just introverted and lazy -- so when I went out with friends last weekend, I made it count. We watched "SuckerPunch" (great graphics, beautiful girls, amazing fights...and mediocre plot), had Korean jjigae (which is a delicious, flavorful stew), and stumbled upon a Borders that was going out of business.

I didn't hesitate. I got three novels and a five-books-in-one series by one of my favorite sci-fi/fantasy authors, and each book was at least 50% off, so instead of forking over $60+USD, I paid about $34USD for the lot. And the collection/anthology was a collector's edition oh my god! Best damn haul of 2011, let me tell you. I have half a mind to travel around for other Borders stores that are closing and just clean them out. (They were even selling furniture; I could've used a bookcase except I don't have much room in here!) I'll show the books in a later post, once I've read them all. :)

This really doesn't count as a haul, but still! Nouveau Cheap blogged about this offer from Target (see here), and as soon as I read about it, I signed up! I got mine in the mail just today, which I think is later than most others', but I got it! I love the Sonia Kashuk bag, and I'm a lip balm addict so I'm eager to try out the Neutrogena Naturals balm -- after I finish my Nivea one, anyway -- but I think the best thing in that bag was, of course, the book of bargains.

Simply perfect. I probably won't use all the coupons and give some to friends who would actually buy the products.

I also "hauled" a bit from my nearby Big Lots! and CVS (and 99-Cents Store, except I forgot to snap a photo of what I was a bottle of Vitamin E oil that I plan to use as my facial moisturizer once I finish my current moisturizer) -- the spray-on sunblock was from Big Lots! while the other two items are from CVS. The mud masks -- masques? -- retail for $1.99USD each, but it was 2-for-$3 at the time (Thursday, March 31) so I went ahead and bought two. It's chocolate, you can't blame me! I bought the nail buffer after a glowing review from -- you guessed it! -- Nouveau Cheap (see here); there was a tester near the stand selling the buffers and I saw firsthand that it really works!

...did you catch that accidental pun? Heh, thought so.

The nail buffer had a manufacturer's coupon stuck to the front, so I got a dollar off the original retail price ($3.99USD).

All in all, I'm pretty happy that not a single impulse haul included makeup in any way, shape or form. I'm still sticking to the no-buy!