This month’s crate was based on how the action of playing keeps the imagination primed, helps us feel younger, and inspires creativity.
Here’s what I received:
Kidrobot DIY Mini Munny vinyl figure – I’m already a fan of this brand, so it was cool to get this. It comes with 3 markers which you can use to customize the figure. My art skills aren’t the greatest, so I’m not sure if I’ll actually use this. I could possibly pass it along to one of my more creative friends if need be.
Ready Player One paperback by Ernest Cline – I can always use some new reading material. A friend had told me they read this a few times and highly recommended it. Looking forward to cracking this one open!
SUPERFIGHT Card Game – Players create their own versions of super heroes, then put them against each other to see who’s the most powerful. This exclusive deck contains cards made especially for Loot Crate.
Rock-Paper-Scissors Dice Game – Because using your hands is so last year. Instead, roll out these dice and settle things once and for all. Another exclusive item for this month’s crate.
Hexbug – I’m not the biggest fan of bugs, but was amused when I received their blue ant. These little guys are said to glow in the dark. I’ll test it out soon.
Waka-Waka Poster – This was made as a tribute to Pac-Man, one of the most popular arcade games out there.
Firefly Online Premium Ship Online Code – Made available only to Loot Crate subscribers, this code gives the user access to a special transport ship for Firefly’s online game. Sweet.
The box the items came in converts to a board game called Crate Packing Simulator 2015. The object of the game is to be the first person among up to 4 players to put together a complete Loot Crate. These crates just continue to get more interesting with each month. Already saw the sneak peek for March and it looks pretty awesome (Hello, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!).
I’ve mentioned Gogobot in a few posts and wanted to take a moment to explain what it is. After being a member for several years, I consider it one of my top resources to use for travel. You can access Gogobot via their website or mobile app, which is available for iOS or Android. When planning out a trip, especially if it’s some place I haven’t been to before, this takes away some of the guess work when finding out information. I can even ask questions about what places I should check out or good places to eat around the area, and other Gogobot members or friends of mine that are on there will leave me recommendations. I can then save these suggestions on a to-do list, and even create a customized guide of what I’ve seen during my trip that others can use as a reference. When using the app, you can document your trip by uploading photos (aka postcards) and putting in a sentence or two about where you’ve been.
Aside from being a personal travel planner, you can also discover new places a round where you live by checking out local events that are listed on both platforms weekly. If you’re interested in meeting other Gogobot members, check for any community events that are posted on the website. I’ve come across a few new faces each time I attended one, and always had a good time. There are also some perks you can receive for signing up to be a member. After submitting a certain amount of post cards with reviews (again no need for a novel, just a few sentences will do), you can earn Pro status. Additional small events are often held that are exclusive to Pros. They also have a system where you can accumulate points for rating and/or reviewing places. I’ve received some free swag once I reached a set amount of points.
So far, Gogobot has communities in various cities across the US and one in London and will more than likely continue to expand. Give it a whirl if you’re curious. Who knows, you just might like it.
Here are some screen shots from the app:
Sign In/Sign Up screen
Main screen with current location information, list of weekly events, and search panel.
Some highlights of the community events I’ve attended. They do have ones that don’t involve food, but really, who doesn’t love it?!
In my post about the most recent bag I received from ipsy, it was unfortunate to have a broken product among the mix of items I got. The blush from ModelCo, which was supposed to be a pressed powder, was far from it. Rather, it was a pulverized mess inside its compact. I had seen a way to fix this type of issue on several beauty websites and decided to use it in hopes of salvaging what leftover product I had.
All that’s needed is rubbing alcohol and a small plastic spatula (I tend to grab a couple at Ulta since they’re on display to test the cosmetics. Love ’em!).
If the product is only partially broken, you would break it up further using the spatula. Didn’t have to to much with it here since the blush was more than ready for the next step.
I then added roughly half a cap of the rubbing alcohol and mixed it thoroughly with the spatula until it looked somewhat pasty. You can add more if needed depending on the size of the product, but the mixture shouldn’t be too wet. Otherwise drying time will take longer.
Once the moistened powder reaches this consistency, begin to press it down into the pan using the spatula or back of a plastic spoon. Again, what you use would depend on how large or small the compact is. The finished result for my blush looked like this.
Of course it’s not going to look as nice as it does originally packaged, however, the purpose of using this method is to solidify the product. The alcohol won’t alter the color, and the scent of it will disappear as it evaporates while drying (I left the compact slightly open in a well ventilated area overnight). Once it dries completely, it’s ready to use! The same can also be done for eye shadow, but with slightly different steps. I’m interested to see if anyone else has used this method. Feel free to leave a comment if you’d like to share!
I attended another Gogobot South Bay event this past weekend at this newly opened steakhouse located in San Jose. Although the restaurant is known for their steaks being served atop a 700 degree volcanic rock (what is this sorcery?!), the happy hour event allowed for those in attendance to sample some of their appetizers and fondues. Fried Artichoke Hearts, Macadamia Baked Brie, Hawaiian Poke Salad, and Bruschetta were graciously noshed upon. This was immediately followed by the day’s selection of savory and sweet fondues. I enjoyed everything, however, my favorites were the Baked Brie, Pesto fondue, and Dark Chocolate Kahlua fondue. After seeing some customers order their steaks and cook them at their table, I’m beyond curious to return to try them out.
Finally finished off my January PL pages and am halfway done with this month. I’ve been keeping them simplified for now in case I have the sudden urge to add on more embellishment to them later. I’m already digging Studio Calico’s PL kit for March. I’m probably repeating things when I say I’m glad I decided to subscribe to them, but really I am. Now to keep better track of the photo taking/printing within the next week (yay, Disneyland!).
One thing I can take away from this weekend is to never underestimate strength in numbers. That’s what my friends and I had during Saturday’s Open Registration for SDCC. Although roughly a handful of us were on the morning conference call I set up (some were online outside of it too), we were able to get badges for those who weren’t able to get them during Pre Registration, add a few days for others that already had a badge for at least 1 day, and upgrade to Preview Night. I was lucky enough to be one of the latter. Despite getting an email about my credit card being declined later that day (wut), I was able to remedy the issue this morning and got my updated bar code right after. HELL YEAH. Only thing left to worry about is the hotel sale next month. I need a new mission for this year. As much as I didn’t mind waiting overnight until the buttcrack of dawn for Hall H, I might not see that as an option. That is, unless Star Wars decides to have a panel. I missed out on so many off site events last year because of that. Being that this will be my 7th year attending the convention, right now is as good a time as any to try to change things up. Some friends who are also going this year agree with me, so more than likely we’ll be doing this together. Less than 6 months left. Best believe I’m looking forward to it!
Ash Wednesday was earlier this week, which marked the start of Lent. For those of us who are Catholic like myself and wish to practice it, we abstain from meat during this day and every Friday leading up to Easter Sunday. For the past few years, I’ve given up something else in addition to this. I’ll be staying off soda again, and will also try to have meatless Mondays as well. I always see this time of the year as a good way to reset my health habits. Honestly, it’s been quite a while since I’ve really gotten in a good work out. I’m still a bit hesitant about jumping back into running after my ankle flared up after the Nike Women’s Marathon last year. My doctor did say it was OK to continue, but to start off slowly.
Something random that’s been going on with me lately is my participation in some pod casts for a segment called 80s Reboot Overdrive. So far I’ve contributed to the episodes for Loot Crate’s Rewind Crate from last month, and most recently one about robots that were popular during the decade. It’s been another way of exposing my geek side. The pod casts are also on iTunes, which I find crazy just thinking about it. I have yet to listen to them because I’m a bit hesitant to hear how my voice sounds like recorded. *shudders* I will eventually.
I was finally able to get more photos printed out so that I could finish off January and continue with this month for my Project Life pages. Those Studio Calico kits are just dying to be used! Hopefully that will culminate in another post by this weekend. Speaking of which, I’m glad it’s here. Tomorrow is badgeageddon aka SDCC Open Registration and I’m heading to another Gogobot event later in the afternoon. Also gotta start packing for Disneyland trip next week. Haven’t been back there since my first half marathon 2 years ago, so I’m definitely excited! As February nears its close, it’s been quite a month. Hoping it gets better from here.
Another month, another bag from ipsy. It had a Valentine’s Day feel to it since the bag was pink.
Here is what I received and my thoughts:
China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Marry A Millionaire – This polish contained lavender and iridescent glitter. Again, in tune with the February theme as it reminded me of the colors of Mardi Gras. Good to use layered over plain polish or by itself (2-3 coats will bring out the lavender color more).
City Color Cosmetics Lip Balm in Spice– As happy as I was to receive this neutral color, it looked better swatched on my arm than on my lips. In fact, after I applied it, it actually looked chalky and made my face look washed out. No thanks.
Demeter Fragrance Library First Love Roll On Perfume Oil – I was curious about this since I never used perfume oil. I liked how it was a roll on, but the scent was too floral for my taste. Also, I had assumed the staying power would be good since it was an oil, but it faded after only an hour. According to the ipsy site, this was exclusively released in South Korea to rave reviews. I beg to differ with that, unfortunately.
Hey Honey Take It Off! Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask– I always love me a good peel off mask. I have to agree with another ipsy user’s comment about the experience of using one being similar to peeling Elmer’s glue off of your skin during elementary school. What, you never did that?! I used this before taking a shower and my skin felt great after I removed it. I expected it to smell even just slightly of honey, but it was more like roses. No complaints here though.
ModelCo BLUSH Cheek Powder in Peach Bellini– According to the product’s description, this was supposed to be a pressed powder blush. I will emphasize that last part because what I received was definitely not pressed powder. If I didn’t open it up carefully, it would have either exploded in my face or get all over my counter. Long story short, this looked like loose powder without a sifter; very messy! I managed to pack some of it into the container, but wasted a good amount having to clean it up a bit. I swatched this and used it over the past weekend. Nice color for my skin tone. I’ll have to try to bring it back to its pressed form before using it again.
Overall, the nail polish, peel off mask, and blush get the yays. The nays go to the lip balm and perfume oil.
Taken or not, I’ve never been a big fan of Valentine’s Day. However, it still has significance because it’s also my mom’s birthday. I had a fun weekend despite the constant lovey dovey stuff that occurred around me. Saturday was spent sending a few friends greetings via media text (I got lazy to mail anything out this year =P) and with the best friend. She celebrated the occasion earlier in the week with her husband since he had to work on the actual day. We had afternoon tea at The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus. Despite our reservations being for the next day (whoops), we were still able to snag open seating within a few minutes. I have yet to experience an afternoon tea that I didn’t like, this being no exception. The bestie gave me a Valentine’s Day card like she usually does every year, but also threw in a box of macarons from a place I haven’t tried yet. Nice!
My family and I headed to Graton Casino on Sunday to celebrate my mom’s birthday. She and I did pretty well on the slot machines. Unfortunately, I couldn’t say the same for my brother and my dad (heheh!). I even tried out a slot tournament for the first time. I placed third in my group, but not too well overall since they averaged out the scores of all the tournaments at the end of the day. Who knew how tiring it was to hit that darn reel spin button as fast as possible?! Still fun nonetheless.
Whether it was Valentine’s Day weekend or just another weekend, hope you had a good one.
I attended my first SF Beer Week event ever at Ale Arsenal. Here, a friend and I got to try a few brews from a San Diego based brewery and tasting room called Modern Times. This was one of 4 events held in the Bay Area for SFBW to promote their brand, which will soon be released up here in May. I tried the Black House Stout, Fortunate Islands Wheat, Lomaland Saison, and Universal Friend Saison. The stout was my favorite, and I even bought a 4 pack of it to take home. The bar will host another event once the beers make their full launch. I’ll be back!