Sunday, February 24, 2013


Here's a pretty short and sweet entry. Yesterday, I went out with Yasu and otto to our local H-MART. I wrote about my "haul" on my OHP's blog, but here's a review of one of the products. This is a face mask by PUREDERM. As you can see, it's the Kiwi Yogurt Pack. I bought it because (thepricewasnice) I love kiwis, and I'm always in the market to try new face products.

The package is relatively easy to open; it will require some effort to pull open. Unless you use scissors, then hey, snip snip. The first thing I wanted to know was how did it smell? Nothing like kiwis. Not a damn thing. It wasn't wholly unpleasant. It reminded me of the bubble solution that comes in the little containers with the bubble wands.

You have to be careful not to squeeze too much of the solution out into your hand. You don't need much. It goes on smooth, and once you massage it on your face, just sit and wait. It takes about five minutes for it to really set in. I waited about two Toby Turner Minecraft videos before washing it off.

To be honest, my face doesn't feel as smooth as when I use my e.l.f. cleansing powder, but it still feels nice. The major upside of this is that, my face still feels moisturized. So in contrast to my e.l.f. cleansing powder, I can see why I'm not as silky, silky smooth right after.

I really like this product, and I would definitely get this in a bottle, pump, or something of that accord. For now, I'm going to stock up on H-MART's supply of these and get my cleanse on. I'm pretty satisfied with the amount of products I have right now and the quality of them all.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Influenster VoxBox 2013

After coming home from a long day, I was greeted by my Influenster package. Look at at how sweet it is. Apparently, they're celebrating Valentine's Day all month long, and I was one of the people who qualified. On the other side of the Influenster flyer, there are listed prices and short descriptions for each item. See for yourself here. I've been a member since 2012 November 28th, and I've been having a relatively enjoyable time. I do a few reviews, since my interests are various enough to fill out some surveys, I guess. 

Within this box, I've gotten some pretty amazing things that I've made a few jokes about. None of which I'll share because they're funny to me, and my humour, though spot on, is questionable.

Friday, February 22, 2013

We Live!

I've been hard at work for a year or so dragging myself up by my britches to work on this. I'm pleased to say that my network is up on the go. Crow Based Network is a multifaceted hub that serves as a directory and personal home page. I'm excited to finally let this bad boy loose and put myself out in the world. My world, my rules.

Please join me on this journey as I'm ready to rip roar and let it go.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What I Use: OpenOffice

I've decided to share some of the basic equipment that I download on my computer. Between my Mac and Compaq, there are a few repeat offenders. One of the programmes I use is called OpenOffice. I was so glad that they were available for Mac; I'm not sure what I would have done.

I originally downloaded OpenOffice because I had lost the use of my Microsoft Office programmes. OpenOffice is the free to use alternative to the Microsoft Office suites.

This programme has been nothing but good to me, and if you don't want to use the Microsoft Office suite anymore or don't have a word processor at all, think of downloading this. Even though I have MOS on this computer, I always use OpenOffice in tandem.

Monday, February 18, 2013

App: Boat Browser

I wanted to give a little personality to my Android phone. So I decided, "Hey, why not a new browser?". I didn't want Opera or Chrome. I wanted to think outside my browser safe zone; I was in the mood to be risky. After a few suggestions on mobile browsers for Android, I came across Boat Browser. The icon, shamefully enough, was cute and aesthetically stylized enough for me to go for it. I have honestly yet to regret the decision.

I almost flipped when I found out I could take screenshots of my browser screen. Finally, no more wishing and waiting on my end. I'm sure there was an app I could have downloaded to make that option easily accessible to me, but lemme tell you: it was far from my mind; only a passing want.

I don't regularly surf the net on my phone anymore as I really only text and use my service provided GPS (bad idea), but I'm glad to have such a neat and versatile mobile browser. If you want Boat Browser, it's available for free at the Google Play Store.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Multiple Persona Disorder

I'm not just a review blogger; I'm an avid gamer as well. I have pretty big dreams surrounding games, but that's for another time (if ever, at all). I was going to participate in Four in February. It's a gamer community 'event' in which gamers play four games in February. I'm sure if I marathoned the one I'm playing, I might have been able to participate. But with the new internship and the fact that I don't game as much as I used to, I just wasn't able to do it this year.

The name of game I'm playing is Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES. I've been wanting to play this game on my own time, and I finally got it from somebody a couple of weeks ago. Somewhere around that time anyway. I'm still pretty much in the beginning of the game, but I'm still going to talk about my personal experiences thus far. I'll be sure to do a follow up once I get the others (Shinjiro, Konomaru, Ken, and Aigis—oh yeah, I know the jump already).

Friday, February 15, 2013

e.l.f. is for: [f]ace

Sorry, I was a little late on this entry because I started an internship as a blogger this week. Admittedly, I'm tired from cranking out ten posts a day, but I'm doing my best you know. To celebrate my first day off, I'm going to post the conclusion of my e.l.f. series.

Final products are the Mineral Face Cleanser and the Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloths. I'll review them right to left, saving my favourite product for last. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

e.l.f. is for [l]ips

Now that our eyes have a bit more eleganza to them, we can trail a little lower and give our lips some attention as well. I've picked up two different types of products: lip balm (oho) and lipstick. Here they are in their original packaging. Very nice, sleek, and uniform. The lipstick (far right) package is a little unassuming and plain (which necessarily isn't a bad thing).

I finally broke my chain of brightly coloured lip products, though it does feel funny to break the trend. This product review comes to you a little later in the day due to some fortunate series of events. However, I can't divulge exactly what that is yet, maybe in a few month's time. With that said, let's jump right into it.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

e.l.f. is for: [e]yes

As stated before in my e.l.f. preview, I am no stranger to this brand. I remember when I first when in search of cosmetics that would show nicely on my eyes (which are so heavily lidded) and also against my skin tone which is a nice mocha colour. And out of the other eye shadows I have purchased from e.l.f., this 100 palette is definitely in the winner's circle.

This 100 palette has a very nice and simple packaging with the eyes lips face faceplate on its front. The words printed across the faceplate get lost depending on angle. That doesn't subtract from the appeal in fact, to me, it only adds to it. Now let's cut to the inside, shall we?

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

All's Fair in Love and Summer Wars

We're blazin' a trail through these movie features, but here's something that took me a couple of months to complete. Moving around really put a stanch in my personal interests. I'm kinda glad that I got around to finishing this one. Summer Wars isn't dramatically action packed or suspenseful as other movies I've reviewed.

Their global society has escalated, and their main means of business, communication, and gaming comes through the world simply known as OZ. It's an interface that can be accessed via mobile phone and home computer, and every single user has an avatar they use within this impressive digital realm. All seems fine until the code to the supercomputer's mainframe is hacked. And how unlikely heroes have to fight to restore order, but their virtual lives aren't the only ones at stake. Well, they aren't unlikely heroes, but they are—for the most part—a bunch of kids!

For what I can say, this is a really peaceful movie. It keeps their technological progress on a realistic plane. Meaning, even though now we have touch screen, 72" TVs, we still don't have flying cars. Here in a rural area of Japan, there's a grandmother who lives in her large estate and the only major change that separates the world from what it is today is its usage of this place called OZ.

I would definitely give this movie a watch. It has (very) slight moments of suspense, surprising let downs (in a good way), and it's just overall good for what it is. It's pleasant, but not extravagant. A solid four out of five on this one in all cases.

Santa's All Season e.l.f.

A couple of weeks ago, I received my birthday package from e.l.f cosmetics. I'm a big fan of e.l.f, and I don't often buy their products online. I hardly find enough money to cover the $6 shipping, ahaha. Sad on my part, but the good thing is you can still buy a few of their items at a local K-mart. BUT! That all changed for a short while, and I'm glad for it, you know. 

I've never received a package this large from e.l.f before. I actually didn't know it was from them. The box isn't decorated in anyway; it's off-white all the way around aside from the shipping decal. Opening the box was much of the same, no decoration, just this sort of beige packaging paper on the inside. Thankfully, all of my items were packed in tight. Nothing was broken, altered, or anything like that. So I can easily forgive bland packaging. As long as my things are sent to me without a problem, then there's no reason for fuss.

You can easily see one (or maybe two) of the items I have so far, but I'm only going to unravel them slowly! Ahaha, I want to talk about these products the right way. I already have the first three set up for you. It's all about getting it written down now, so stay tuned and look forward to it.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

I'm Gretel and This is My Brother, Handsome.

I-I meant Hansel, of course. The movie is starred by Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton, who looks a lot like Cobie Smulders (who I keep referring to as Robin Scherbatsky). The duo play a striking part as Hansel and Gretel. What a wonderful film to see after an amazing birthday.

Hansel and Gretel—or as it's fully known "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters"—was a surprising film to watch. Note: it is rated R. I didn't know this beforehand. I managed to avoid everything that said the rating, but I haven't paid attention to the rating on things since I turned eighteen a few years ago. Ha! How liberating that feels. I just thought that it was going to have the standard amount of action I've been cruising the past few months with movies. I wasn't expecting anything above Avengers level on this one. Believe me when I was surprised by the gore. I wasn't horrified, just caught off guard. This is not your children's movie! Naturally (though there was a newborn in the showing I was at).

I expected it to be scary or creepy because the witches were really frightening or dramatic looking in the trailers. I would say that it's pretty safe on that end. The grotesque nature of the witches, however, is a lovely adaptation. This was a good movie. I'm still waiting to feel Fast Five pumped or Advent Children powerful, but I'm not disappointed what I saw on the 26th. If you have a chance go and see this movie with your friends. It's a definite four/four point five out of five.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

The Woman in Bla---AH! AAH! OH NO!

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Midnight is the best time to decide to watch a scary movie, and an even better time to watch The Woman in Black. This movie is scary because it plays deep in the psyche. When you expect a jump, it never happens, and when it does, it's not in the traditional way. I'm a long time Harry Potter fan, so I was a little sad (from nostalgia) when I found my childhood had finally ended, but each member of the cast had blossomed into their own.

This movie is chilling, unnerving, and actually very tragic, especially at the end, but I won't ruin it for you. If you waited to see this movie at your local drive-in or dollar cinema, you've made an interesting choice. Knowing how good it is, I wish I saw it in theaters, but I'm glad I waited until the hype was over so I could give this my preferred, clear review. Take the time to check it out. I believe this movie is actually very good in its merit. And for me, a lot of the thrill and want has been taken out of seeing scary movie, but this movie I would gladly see again.

So let's have a date! Or rally up your friends to go see The Woman in Black.

★★★★★! All across the board.