Gaming: Settlers of Catan

Yay! It’s day 7 of Blogmas and I’m still here! Considering I only decided to do Blogmas on November 30th I’d say I’m doing pretty well. For today’s post I thought it would be nice to talk about one of my new favourite tabletop games.

Many of you may have heard of Settlers of Catan before. It has become quite a popular game over the past few years. It’s a very fun game that seems complicated at first, but after getting through your first game it is actually quite easy. It’s basically a game of trading resources and building roads and settlements. The game is won by the person that gets 10 victory points first. These can be won in a number of ways. Some ways to get victory points include building settlements, having the largest army, or having the longest road.

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I really enjoyed this game because its so well rounded. You never really know how far ahead someone is until the end of the game. It is also easy for someone who is lagging behind to jump into first. It also is very family friendly and doesn’t result in everyone hating each other in the end (like Monopoly). If you’re looking for a new board game to play and don’t mind taking a bit of time to learn the rules, I’d definitely suggest checking out Settlers of Catan.

 

And just as an aside, I’ve been loving doing blogmas, however the posts may stop for a little bit (don’t worry they’re all planned out and will go out eventually). I’ve just been very sick lately so if a post doesn’t make it out on time it just means I haven’t been well enough to perfect it. Hopefully that doesn’t happen, but if it does I’m very sorry and the post will make its way up on the site in the near future.

Book Nook: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost)

This book nook is all about the wonderful memoir You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day. Now if you don’t know who Felicia Day is, she is a wonderful, quirky person who can be found mainly on the YouTube channel Geek and Sundry. I actually stumbled across her when I was going through the Tabletop game videos on the Geek and Sundry and saw her shows Co-Optitude (where she plays video games with her brother) and The Flog (where she steps out of her comfort zone to try new activities). When I heard about her new book coming out I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and give it a good flip through.

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This book is a memoir for Felicia Day’s earlier years. The stories she covers are very real and extremely relatable. She really delves deep into issues that many have probably experienced, but no one really talks about. Having different interests than your peers, not really fitting in, struggling as an adult to find your niche, even working in the internet age with people who don’t really understand what you do. This book was honestly so well written. It was everything I could ever hope for in a memoir (okay I might be getting a little theatrical here, but it was honestly that good). It really added dimension to the quirky awesome girl I’d watch on YouTube. To know that she had gone through so much in her life really made me think about my own life and my goals for the future.

I would honestly recommend this You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) to everyone. If you’re nerdy, geeky, odd, different, ever had issues fitting in, dealt with depression, or just love to read I suggest you pick up this book. I’m pretty sure you’ll love it (almost) as much as I do.

2015 Advent Calendars

Hello everyone and happy St. Nicholas Day! Since it is St. Nicholas Day I thought I’d talk about advent calendars. Now we all know about those chocolate advent calendars we used to get as kids, but those days of simple advent calendars are long gone. Now we live in the age where you can get an advent calendar filled with anything! Jewellery? They have one. Beauty/makeup/skincare? They have one with those too. I’ve even seen a beer advent calendar where you get a new craft beer to try every day. This year I decided to go the non-traditional route and get Lego advent calendars. Let me tell you, they have been nothing but fun. I picked up the Star Wars and the Lego City advent calendars because I wanted a little variety (though I was very tempted to get two Star Wars calendars). Every day you get a little Lego character or item that you get to build. Once they’re built you can place them on the little scene that comes attached to the calendar. It’s lots of fun and way better than chocolate in my opinion.

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Also, if you want your pet to get in on the advent action there are always advent calendars specifically for pets (I had no idea this even existed until I saw them at PetsMart). The one we have has a gluten free treat every day (our dog can’t have gluten so it’s awesome that they cater to specific diets).

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Review: GLAMGLOW Gift Set

For today’s blogmas I thought I would give my review on the GLAMGLOW GIFTSEXY Dazzling Hydration Set. Now, before I start I just want to let you know I am not yelling the product names at you. Their names are actually all capitalized.

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I had never tried any of the GLAMGLOW products before, but I had heard many good things about them and wanted to see what the hype was about. I got this set from Sephora and I picked this one because it comes with 2 masks, a cleanser, and an applicator brush. Since the gift set costs just slightly more than a full size mask, I thought I’d take the chance and try a few products. Since I have dry skin that sometimes breaks out I thought this set would be a good choice since it comes with a full size of the THIRSTYMUD mask and a deluxe size of the SUPERMUD cleansing mask.

THIRSTYMUD Treatment: This is probably my favourite product from the entire set. I initially thought this was a mask, but after reading the little instruction manual that came with the set I learned that it can be used as a mask but it is more like a treatment that doesn’t have to be washed off. The product itself has a really nice scent that is almost like almond or coconut, but I can’t quite put my finger on it. It was really easy to apply and it left my skin feeling really hydrated the next morning. It also didn’t react at all with my sensitive skin which is a huge bonus to me. I’m really looking forward to using this product in the upcoming winter months and I will possibly repurchase it in the future.

SUPERMUD Cleansing Mask: Now this product I was really excited to try. I sometimes have breakouts around my t-zone and I thought it would be nice to use this as a spot treatment to take care of those problem areas. The mask is kind of minty and leaves a tingling/cooling sensation as it dries. As for results, I haven’t noticed a large difference but my skin has been pretty good the past few weeks so I’ll probably get more noticeable results if I use it during a breakout time. A word of warning for people with sensitive skin, this mask is one of the more powerful cleansing masks that I’ve used. I found my skin went a little reddish for about 20 minutes after using the mask. Since I use this as a spot treatment it doesn’t bother me too much, but I wouldn’t suggest using this on your entire face if you have sensitive skin. I’m going to keep on using this product, but I’m going to keep an eye out to make sure I don’t have any more reactions to the product and I probably wouldn’t repurchase it.

Thirstycleanse Daily Hydrating Cleanser: So this was the one product I wasn’t exactly jumping to try. I find a lot of cleansers are just really harsh on my skin and leave it feeling dry and tight. However, this cleanser was a pleasant surprise. It’s a mud to foam cleanser which basically means it comes out of the pump looking and smelling exactly like the THIRSTYMUD treatment. You massage it over your dry skin and then add water to work it into a foam. The cleanser left my skin feeling soft and moisturized which is an unusual experience for me. I haven’t used it to remove makeup or anything so I can’t really say if it does an exceptional job cleansing, but it’s nice and I’ll definitely use it up.

Applicator: While the applicator looks nice and has soft bristles, I could have honestly done without it. I really never used it at all to apply the masks, and honestly it’s just another thing I’m going to have to clean if I use it with the masks. I also have yet to figure out what the little silicone triangle on the one side of it is for. It’s not really sturdy and I just don’t get it. Maybe some people really like this applicator, but it just wasn’t for me.

Overall Opinion: Overall I thought the set was a good purchase. I’ll definitely get use out of the products and it was nice to get to try a bunch of different products without having to pay the large price tag for each individual item. I can see why GLAMGLOW is so well known for their masks and I’m looking forward to using them for the next while.

 

*Disclaimer: All opinions are my own. I was not paid to do this blog post and all products were purchased by myself.