Review – Loreal Préference 10.21 Stockholm Blonde

Hi all!

With my hair being shorter, I feel like now is the time to experiment, because if something goes wrong, it’ll grow back quickly and if necessary I can dye it again. Since I always spend a lot of money on dying my hair blonde, I wanted to try doing it at home.

I googled some products before buying anything, and bumped into a lot of “my hair turned orange!!!” posts on blogs. I also read that when this happens, using an ash-blonde dye can solve the problem. So I chose to go for an ash-blonde dye, from L’oreal. Why L’oreal? Because a friend of mine has her hair done by her mother (who used to be a hair stylist) who says L’oreal products are good because they don’t contain something awful which other products do contain (no idea what though). So I decided to go for this one, it is from L’oreal and the color is number 10.21 called ‘Stockholm’.

Anyway, the box said you could use it on blonde hair, but not too dark blonde, and definitely not brown hair. Since my roots were becoming darker again, I was a little scared, but went for it anyway. The instructions said to do your roots first, and then do the rest, but since I had nobody there to assist me, that was not possible, so I just used it like a shampoo, all over my hair. Then I let it sink in for 30 minutes and tadaa it looks great. Not orange, not grey, not yellow, not green. Just a little lighter. I fell all refreshed now!

So for blondes I advise it =)

I don’t think products like these take the color out of your hair though, it’s just a blonde coloring that you place on top of your hair. So your hair might be a little lighter of fresher, but it won’t go as white as the box says it will. If you want your hair to become much lighter, go to a hairdresser instead. =) My natural color is dark blonde (almost brown really) and the roots of my hair are not blonde after using this product, but they are ‘warmer’ and a little lighter. So it doesn’t replace going to the salon, but it can postpone your visit a little, and thus, save you some money. =)

Oh and by the way, the box contains this ‘color holding conditioner’ which is heavenly good! It doesn’t make your hair greasy but makes it all shiny. Love it!

x Jade

ps: might try something like this soon, like it?

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Review – Tales of Monkey Island

Arrr ye scurvy dogs!!

I can’t believe I haven’t done this any sooner, because honestly, Monkey Island is not just one of my favorite games, it’s a part of me. My dad used to play it and I started playing it myself when I was still a  darn little kid. I grew up with the Monkey Island series (mostly watching my sister play it because it was too difficult for me at first) and have always loved the games.

For those who know Monkey Island, scroll down towards the picture, for those who don’t know Monkey Island: a quick introduction! Monkey Island is a series of Adventure Games, of which the first game was created in 1990 by Lucasarts. You play as a young man called Guybrush, who wants to become a pirate. You have to go through ‘the three trials’ in order to become one, which are: mastering swordplay (by defeating the swordmaster), thievery (by stealing an idol) and treasure huntery (by finding the legendary lost treasure of mêlée island). Guybrush falls in love with the local governor Elaine, who is kidnapped by the ghost pirate LeChuck! As a real pirate you have to go rescue her!

Now that all sounds very heroic and awesome, but the greatest thing about the series is: it isn’t. Guybrush is kind of an idiot from time to time. He is not muscular or strong, but has a particularly strong sense of wit. The game consists mostly of you picking up all kinds of random things you find (Guybrush IS indeed kind of a kleptomaniac), and using them very creatively to find your way out of nasty situations like being held captive by a group of cannibals! Never thought a rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle could be useful? Think again!

The other games from the Monkey Island series go along the same kind of story. LeChuck always comes back and Guybrush always has to defeat him. There is a lot of humor in the games, and when I say a lot I mean A LOT. You can’t play monkey island without a smile! For instance, when swordfighting, you don’t just have to fight, you have to throw insults at one another, and know the correct reply to each insult. For instance, when your opponent says “You fight like a dairy farmer” you say “How appropriate, you fight like a cow!” and so on.

Ooookaay so now let’s get to the review of ‘Tales of Monkey Island’ shall we! This game is made by Telltale games, you know, the same ones who made the Walking Dead game I just posted about? It’s the second Monkey Island game in 3D, but where the last one made Guybrush look like a balloon, this one makes him look rather handsome. I love the graphics, I love the story, and I love the new game interface! Some people miss the classical point-and-click system, but I like it this way too.

The story goes like this: Guybrush starts out by stabbing LeChuck with his cursed cutlass of Kaflu, but instead of killing LeChuck, he sucks all the voodoo out and makes LeChuck a normal man (who is suddenly all sweet and kind, especially to Elaine, yuck). Then where did all the voodoo go? Into the cutlass? No that would be too easy! It has spread all over the Caribbean as ‘The Pox of LeChuck’, is making pirates sick, and is making them behave like total badass pirates. Guybrush’s hand is infected, and he can’t restrain it (he even slaps random people in the face!). So Guybrush sets out to try and stop the Pox. If he can find La Esponja Grande (yes, the giant sponge), it could suck the Pox out of all the victims. But where is La Esponja Grande? And can he leave Elaine behind with the ‘oh so kind’ LeChuck while he goes off on his adventure? Anyway, I won’t give away anything else, but it’s a really good story. ^^ There are also some new characters, which are also very good, and the game still has Dominic Armato’s voice acting, and with that, you’re golden.

I really love the game, because I feel like the characters have grown. In the first game Guybrush is only 19 years old, and now he is about 28. His wit has become even sharper, his loyalty to Elaine is stronger than ever and his sense of humor is definitely still as good as before. He actually makes a lot of kinky jokes in this game, which in my opinion are all very very funny. Throughout the series you can see him grow from a young guy saying “I wanna be a flooring inspector (oops I meant Pirate)!” to an actual legendary pirate.

Out of all video game characters in the world, Guybrush is my No. 1 favorite. He is just so different than all the other characters out there, and he is amazing!

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If you are interested in playing Monkey Island for the first time, try the Special Edition version of the first game! It’s a remake from the original game for tablets, and it’s really fun. If you swipe over the screen, it changes into the original version, so you can switch between styles as you play.

And last but not least, if you want to practice your insult swordfighting in Chinese, go HERE!

Now go play!

Jade

ps:

Nah, just kidding


Review: The Walking Dead (game)

Grrr Aaarrgh!

The Walking Dead is a video game based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book series. It exists of five episodes, which you can buy separately, or all together for only €15. I think it’s an amazing game, that really sticks in your head after you’ve played it. It’s an adventure game, but unlike most puzzle solving adventure games, this one is more focused on the psychological aspect of the story, how you relate to the other characters and how your own character develops.

The game takes place in the same world as the comic, where there is a zombie apocalypse, hence the title: the walking dead. The zombies are called ‘walkers’ because of the slow way they walk, which is quite fortunate for the player, otherwise you’d be dead in an instant! ‘The Running Dead’ would’ve made for an awfully difficult game. You play the game as the main character: Lee Everett, about whom I won’t say any more, I’ll let you find out his story by yourself. Wat I can already say is that he is a very sympathizable character, who you really enjoy playing with. At the beginning of the game you find a little girl called Clementine, who you have to take of, which makes the game all the more emotional. You start feeling very responsible for her pretty quickly, and she is just super cute.

Throughout the game you encounter lots of other people who either join your group or become hostile. You have to make many decisions, which is basically the main aspect of the game: you decide and the game develops based upon what you do. That’s what makes you so personally involved, when someone dies, it’s often because of what you said or did. Often when I went to bed after playing, I kept thinking about everything I did, and doubting whether I had made the right choice.

It’s a great game to play together by the way. Mind you, it is a single player game. But one person can play and the other can watch. I played it with my boyfriend, and I know other people who did it just the same way. Because you have to decide fast sometimes, you can’t always talk every decision through, but as a ‘watcher’ you are also very involved in the game. I think the best thing about the game is turning it off and discussing (and comparing) all your decisions with friends!

I also really like the graphics, not super realistic, but artistic, and I admire that. Also, it’s made by Telltale games, which is such a great company, always offering great games at low prices. : )

So basically, get it get it! Play it! and tell me all about it ; )

xx

Jade

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Review – Lush Toothpaste + Extra photo update

Hello!

We have some pictures which we have been wanting to share with you for quite a while now, but we just haven’t had the time to do so. So here is an extra long post, filled with pictures from the last couple of weeks!

The first series of pictures was taken this week. Check out Elvi’s amazing updo. All those colors… Woooow….

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We went out together this tuesday, and on our way home we passed this sign. It says “Het fietsexamen” which stands for a test you can take, to prove you can ride a bicycle. No, you don’t need a driver’s license to be allowed to ride a bike here in Belgium, but if you doubt your bicycle skills, you can take this exam. And now comes the big shocker of the day: Jade is 21 years old and she doesn’t -repeat: doesn’t- know how to ride a bike. She just never learned it, and also she has no insight in traffic. It’s like walking with a monkey or a very small child, even as a pedestrian she hasn’t got a clue where she’s going. We’re all wondering how that’s gonna turn out when she starts driving a car…

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This picture was taken yesterday. It’s blurry because it was taken very quickly, as it was raining like hell. Some people are setting up a fake circus right outside our school, with statues of elephants, tigers and bears, but we have no idea why. Well, whatever they’re doing, it looked cool and we had to take a picture with the elephant!

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These pictures were taken more than a month ago, when the weather was actually nicer than it is now… Check out how the girl on Elvi’s shirt has the same hair as her, and check out Jade’s little clock!

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LUSH TOOTHPASTE

Ah, the next part of our post is rather interesting– and disgusting!! Lai-Yan had gotten some free samples from Lush. Now, don’t get us wrong, we love lush. Their products are without a doubt a-ma-zing as well as super animal friendly! However this product was… not their best… And that was a euphemism. It were three little tablets, which smelled awful, and we were supposed to put them in our mouths and then they would start foaming or something and it would be like a natural toothpaste. Didn’t happen. No foam, no toothpaste. Just a wet tablet that tasted like poo inside your mouth. It was disgusting, and we actually felt quite sick after using it… BLEH! Check out Jade’s face after using it, priceless.

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And last but not least, how ridiculously well do these roller skates match out outfits AND cupcakes? We would look so totally awesome…

colorful pastel roller skates TNTThere you go! All updated now! We hope you enjoyed our post!

Enjoy the weekend!

TNT


Review – Dove Summer Glow

Hi!

I was always the kind of girl who couldn’t help lying in the sun for hours, without sunscreen. I just don’t burn easily, and tan very nicely, so I always assumed my skin could handle the sun. However, a while ago, I saw a documentary about sun exposure, where they showed young girls a computer made picture of what they would look like 20 years later with- and without tanning in the sun. I was absolutely shocked! without sun exposure, they were beautiful women, and with sun exposure they were wrinkled to the bone!

Also, when I went to Athens with my boyfriend and his sister (and her husband, and her baby), his sister told me that everybody’s skin has a certain amount of times it can be burned. For instance, maybe somebody with very light skin can tolerate being burned for 50 times, and somebody with darker skin can stand to be burned 100 times. But once your ‘turns’ are up, you get skin cancer. So basically, every single time your skin gets burned by the sun, you get one step closer to cancer.

So, to sum up: tanning in the sun equals wrinkles and cancer. Not very pleasant, is it?

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But we all love to have that golden glow over ourselves which makes us look healthy and happy! Of course, there are other ways to achieve this without lying in the sun all day. But are they all equally good? I don’t really know that, because I haven’t tried it all. I don’t like tanning beds because they are known to be very unhealthy. And I’ve always feared tanning spray because they can make you look orange!

However, I’ve read a lot about it, and using a mild tanning spray or lotion is a lot healthier than lying in the sun, so I gave it a go. You should know, tanning is never good for you. Tanning sprays and lotions are the safest and healthiest way to go though. It contains Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) which will tan the upper layer of your skin (and won’t go any deeper than that, like the sun does). The only unhealthy thing about it, is that these chemicals can be harmful when you breathe them in, so be careful with that.

dove summer glow reviewThe product I used was Dove Summer Glow. I chose Dove because it’s the only brand I don’t associate with an overdose of Photoshop. Their models are beautiful, healthy looking women, instead of those super skinny models, who occasionally look orange. I also chose the mildest version of the product, just to be safe.

Apart from being a tanning lotion, it’s also just a good body lotion that takes care of your skin. I’ve read other reviews of this product, saying that it’s too greasy, but I don’t agree. You just need to let it sink in to your skin, and then your skin will feel super soft! You have to make sure you equally divide it over your entire body, and use circular movements. I didn’t use it on my face though, because of my blonde hair (don’t want to become Paris Hilton, I like my face to be white).

One day later, it looks very pretty. It’s just what it says it is: a summer glow. I’m not super tan, but I have a healthy glow, like I’ve been in the sun! And I don’t look orange at all. =) Also, no stripes!

 

I usually prefer doing things naturally, so I think I won’t use this lotion too often. But it is a good way to tan if you want to stay out of the sun. And if you do decide to go natural, check out these tips: http://www.wikihow.com/Tan-Safely.

So anyway, it’s a good product, it’s safe, it’s easy and it’s not too harmful! And also, it’s not that expensive, compared to other products!

But keep in mind, that no matter how you tan, try to do it safely. You’ll thank yourself when you’re older!

Last but not least, for those who love it naturally: melons, apricots, spinach, peppers and carrots contain carotenoids which give your skin that healthy glow you’re looking for. =) So go ahead and eat those!

Love, Jade


Review – Fable 2

Hi all!

My oh my, how embarrassing… Do you remember me saying “There will be lots of video game reviews on our blog from now on!” a long time ago in a galaxy far far away? Well, I haven’t really taken the time to write any of those planned reviews, but am about to now!

The game I’m reviewing is Fable 2. I had played Fable 1 on the computer before, but don’t really remember a lot of it. I remember you had to play as a guy though, whereas I prefer to play as a girl. So to me, it’s a big improvement that in Fable 2 you can choose whether you want to play as a guy or a girl. Obviously, the graphics are better than before, but not in a way that makes you go “OMG it’s like I’m actually there!”. That’s not a problem though, because that’s just not the kind of game Fable is. Fable is different from other games, because of the general atmosphere of the game. It can be scary and even sad, but also very funny and fairy-tale like. You’ll never find such green grass in Skyrim, that’s for sure. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is: the fact that the graphics aren’t super realistic is no problem at all, it suits the game.

As usual, you have the typical Fable traits: the importance of your morality, that annoying Theresa with her long non-skippable monologues, funny characters as well as references to other games and movies etc, entertaining side quests, a pretty open world and last but not least, your dog.

I’d like to take a moment to go back to the point where I praised them for their funny references to games and movies etc. In the game, I bumped into this guy called ‘Old Gregg’ and instantly looked him up on google. Turns out he is in fact highly likely based upon The Mighty Boosh’ character of Old Gregg, how great is that? It’s not just a good game, it also includes The Boosh, gotta love it.

Anyway, overall I’m very positive about the game. It’s got a good storyline, many side quests, many different area’s to explore, gameplay which can very much be personalized (based upon the way you play, for instance good or evil), good graphics and so on.

A little downside, for me, is the way your character looks. I guess it’s kind of a girly remark, but I like my character to look nice. And the thing is, it’s not about the hairstyles or the outfits, those are okay. It is however, about your character’s body. If you want to do more damage with melee weapons, you have to upgrade your physique ability. It makes you a lot stronger, but it also makes your appearance look stronger. I guess that’s good in a way, because I’ve always thought it’s kind of ridiculous when a thin princess-like girl waves around a big hammer like it’s nothing special, but still, there’s a difference between being strong and being a lump of wood. My character looked so huge, without any shape at all, just like… Well, a closet or something. So after finishing the game, I downgraded my physique to make my character look better again.

But now back to the positive! Another great thing about the game are the supporting characters. You are (or will become) the ultimate hero, but in order to destroy the evil Lucien, you will need the help of three other heroes: the hero of strength, the hero of will and the hero of skill. Each of them have their very own unique personality, and yes, I admit, sometimes they’re rather annoying (especially Hammer when she doesn’t stop talking to you and your dog), but still, I like the fact that you really get to know some people, and that you aren’t entirely alone in your quest against Lucien.

Anyway, I love the game, always have and always will. Elvi comes over to my place sometimes and then we play this. It’s funny though, because I always use guns, whereas Elvi prefers to use magic. Alas, the result of improving your gun skills includes getting very tall. Magic doesn’t get you that. : p Result: tiny being tall and tall being tiny!

I hope I convinced you to try this game out! I will be doing a Fable 3 review after the exams, but even though this isn’t the most recent game, it’s definitely worth playing Fable 2 before you play Fable 3, because it’s a real good game too. So, enjoy!

xx Jade (Tall tiny with gun)

ps: there is also a Fable for the Kinect (Fable: The Journey) but since you have to follow a certain path, and are not free to run wherever you want to, I don’t really like it. Also, I don’t have a Kinect, haha, silly me.. Also, The Journey should not be confused with Fable 4, which has not yet been officially announced!

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I tried to take a photo of my character on the TV, didn’t work too well…

Now go play!!


Review – Rimmel pro nailpolish – up to 10 days

hi there!

I’ve recently bought Rimmel Nailpolish. I have to say that I immediately fell in love with the beautiful colour (name: 352 posh spice).  It’s a kind of red, but with a hint of raspberry in it. I bought it because there was a promotion (I paid 4 instead of 7 euro).

* What does it say? 

Lycra Pro – Professional finish, up to 10 days

Maxi brush – anti-fade colour system

* Is it true? 

First of all I looove the colour, so I would have bought it anyway, despite all the good extra’s. When I first used the brush I felt immediately it was very easy to use and it really helps you put on your nailpolish very smoothly. I forgot to take a picture of the brush, so I found a photo on google, it’s a different colour, but exactly the same brush.

About the anti-fade colour system, I guess it works, because there wasn’t any fading of colour, but I’ve actually never had this problem with any of my nailpolishes..

The lycra pro definitely works, but it’s not true that the nailpolish will last for 10 days. For me it was okay till the 5th day, from that day it started to come off a bit. But most nailpolishes don’t last very well for 5 days, so it’s really better than most other brands, but I guess the 10 days are a bit too optimistic! I’ve made a photo at day 1 to show what it looked like. I added a bit of gold, because I wanted something special. And by the way, 1 layer is almost enough, but I choose to do 2 layers, to get a deeper colour. You can see  what happened with the nailpolish after day 5.

So overall, I’m not complaining, I think the brush is really perfect and the nailpolish will last longer than most other brands, it’s just not true about the 10 days, but I guess that’s why they say UP to 10 days 😉

Lots of love,

Tall