The Blogger Tag

Wow, what is this gorgeous weather we’ve been experiencing the past week or so?! It’s gorgeous and I wish the UK could be like it ALL THE TIME.

Sadly, I’ve not really been able to enjoy it 100% due to being busy etc. If I had furniture in my garden, I totally would be sat outside right now, with a cocktail (made by moi!) and writing this. Instead I’m sat by my back door, on my swivel chair with a glass of milk.

I didn’t have a clue what to write today in all honesty with you. I just wanted to spend my evening binge watching Peter Kay’s Car Share and playing Detective Pikachu. Alas, a blog post needs to be done and I’ve opted for a tag!

I found The Blogger Tag a while ago through Clairelouiisexo who had a go at the tag a while ago. You can find her answers here.

I know you’re meant to be tagged to do this post, but meh I never give a shit about that stuff to be perfectly honest with you.

  • How long have you been blogging for and why did you start?

I’ve been blogging since I was 22, so 6 years now! I started writing my blog because I wanted somewhere to write about the things I love and enjoy talking about. I’d wanted to go to YouTube but I lacked the confidence and as I’d not long finished university (where I studied creative writing) my writing urges were strong. I’m so glad I decided to get into blogging, I’ve met and spoken to some amazing ladies over the years, as well as been offered some amazing experiences along the way!

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  • Is this current blog your first blog?

It’s actually my second but my first one only had a couple of blog posts on it before me moving over to WordPress. It was called something like Pashion For Fassion or something along those lines. I think I wrote a Lush Godmother Soap review on there, as well as a couple of designer wish lists. The name alone makes me cringe so bloody much! Before my blog was called There Might Be Coffee it was called Broken Prophet Blog. That was after my old Twitter handle. It was awful and it had to go!

  • What would you categorise your blog as?

I always say that I’m a beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger with a geeky flare. I talk about all sorts though really, but I mostly talk about lifestyle stuff.

  • Is it still the same kind of blog as when you started?

Oh hell no! Since meeting my boyfriend Dane in 2013 he’s helped me shape who I am now. I’m a MASSIVE nerd and love so many things, including anything Japanese related. I used to be heavily fashion related years ago when I first started and definitely more into my lipsticks than I currently am. I’ve just branched out I suppose and instead of writing about what I thought was the right thing to do, I now write about what I WANT to.

  • Top 3 things about being a blogger?

The amazing fellow bloggers out there I’ve met and befriended.

Reading lovely comments from people on my blog posts (they’re the best bit tbh).

The wonderful opportunities I’ve gained through being a blogger, as well as experience.

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  • What is your favourite kind of post to write?

All sorts really, it entirely depends on my mood. I love writing my monthly posts to share what products and general things I loved the previous month. I also love writing reviews about products I’ve both loved and hated. Most of all I love being able to write about anything I am passionate about and love to bits.

  • What is the hardest post you have ever written and published?

I don’t know to be honest with you… It’s such a tough question to answer! I guess some of the hardest posts I’ve ever had to write and publish have been when I’ve been honest about things, especially mental health issues. It’s hard enough writing the post, let alone publishing it for the world to see.

  • Tag 3 (or more) lovely bloggers!

Sarah – Raiin Monkey

Estelle – Estellosaurus

Vikki – Cuteek

SO that was The Blogger Tag! I’m so glad I’ve given this post a go as it was so much fun to do. I’m such a sucker for blog posts when it involves the whole questions and answers part. I put this down to passing hours of time after school and college on MySpace and doing the Q&A posts!

As I said on my last post, I do apologise for how quiet I’ve been of late on my blog, I’ve not been very well sadly and meh I’ve needed a break. I’m starting to feel better though now, which is good! I hope my readers are all well.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re ready for bank holiday!

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ESQIDO Lashes – Review

I want to first of all apologise for how quiet I’ve been the past week. I’ve not been very well sadly so as soon as I’ve been coming home from work, I’ve been sleeping. If it wasn’t that, it was due to being busy.

ANYWAY! As you can see, I have a very exciting review today and I’ve been excited to write it since exchanging the emails a couple of weeks ago.

I was recently approached by ESQIDO Lashes to write a review on a set of their eyelashes, as well as some eyelash glue. Although I wore fake eyelashes quite a bit when I was younger and in my university years, that’s very far behind me now. I forgot how much I did enjoy the fun of wearing fake eyelashes, so I thought, “Why the hell not!” and agreed to work with ESQIDO.

Of course, like I do with any sponsored posts, any items on this post that were gifted to me to review will have a * next to them.

Before I go into detail about both the fake eyelashes and glue, I’ll talk a little about the company.

When I first viewed the company online my first thought was, “Oh wow! It’s an American store!” I know this sounds silly to think this, but alas, I did. However, the eyelashes arrived super quickly in the post and via Royal Mail. I think they must have a warehouse in the UK seeing as these arrived from Northampton! My reason for the whole American lark is due to their prices being in dollars. When looking into this further, it turns out that ESQIDO has shops and stockists all over the world, which I think is so amazing and it honestly makes me feel so privileged to be working with them.

When looking around the website I stumbled upon ESQIDO’s about me page and decided I would copy and paste here what it says. They’d definitely word what they’re about better than I ever could! 😛

THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL FALSE LASHES.
Discover ESQIDO’s professional grade mink lashes. The softest, lightest, and most natural looking false eyelashes you’ll ever wear.

UNBELIEVABLY NATURAL LOOKING
Handcrafted from the softest and finest naturally shed mink hairs, our lashes are inexplicably natural looking. Combined with their beautiful curls, these ultra fine lashes give your eyes a natural lift.

LIGHTWEIGHT & COMFORTABLE
A light & soft handcrafted cotton band results in an easy to apply and comfortable pair of lashes you can wear all day long.

LASHES THAT STAND THE TEST OF TIME.
Quality is everlasting. That’s why our lashes were crafted to be reusable and lasts much longer than traditional synthetic lashes. So you can enjoy your lashes day in, day out.

A BESPOKE EXPERIENCE.
Premium materials are only the start. To achieve the most natural looking lashes, we custom designed a range of styles suited for different eye types. The result — lashes that complement your eyes so well, you’ll never want to take them off.

60 DAY RETURNS & EXCHANGES
We’ve obsessed over every minute detail of our lashes, and we wish for you to experience them to their full potential. So give you 60 days to make sure you really love your lashes. If not, let us know and we’ll help you find the perfect pair!

We’re committed to delivering an unparalleled experience to all of our clients. Should you have any questions, simply contact us and we’ll make things right.

The one thing I really love about the company is the fact that they offer a 60 day returns and exchanges policy. 60 whole days and considering they’re eyelashes, I’m even more surprised. I think it’s such a great policy for people to be able to get the most out of their new set of lashes and if they aren’t happy with them, then they can send them back. I also agree with this policy because these lashes aren’t the cheapest in the world and if you aren’t happy with them, then damn right you should be offered your money back!

ESQIDO are known for their mink eyelashes, which due to the mink fur make them incredibly soft, light and beautiful. NOW I understand that a lot of people may have already stopped reading my post, or have done now due to what they’re made out of. I completely understand this and even I’m not 100% sure how I feel wearing eyelashes made out of mink hair. I’ll elaborate on this in a couple of paragraphs time.

I was told to pick out a set of fake eyelashes I liked the look of and that they would send some glue out for me to use too. It took me AGES to finally decide on a pair I liked though. I’m really funny when it comes to fake eyelashes. I don’t like natural looking ones as my eyelashes are pretty long anyway. I like to go all out, as it makes me feel glamorous.

Going back to the whole mink hair part, I wasn’t quite sure whether to choose mink eyelashes or the fake versions. I ended up looking at all the eyelashes that ESQIDO had on offer and this resulted in not only the pair I’ll be reviewing, but I also ended up picking a mink pair. In advance I apologise to anyone who is against this and also understand if you decide to stop reading this post.

A few days before writing this review I was doing some research on whether or not it’s cruel for minks to be used to create false eyelashes and in some cases people are saying it isn’t, due to the mink just being brushed (like you would a cat or a dog) and using any hairs that come out to make eyelashes. However, others are saying that it’s cruel and not natural to the animal. I can see both sides and I’m not going to lie, if I had the choice I don’t think I’d buy mink eyelashes. I’d opt for the fake ones. I guess it’s the same when it comes to wearing fake fur etc.

It took me ages to decide on the pair I wanted to review and thankfully ESQIDO have a handy little lash guide that you can use to help you pick. The lash guide is quite detailed in the sense you have to pick your eye type, placement of your eyes, eye size, length of your natural lashes, which look best describes you (which you choose from the images), your experience with applying fake eyelashes and finally how you’ll wear your lashes.

I was given three different styles of the ESQIDO lashes that would suit me, these being Night Bouquet, BFF and Radiance.

All of the recommend lashes were gorgeous, but none of them were quite shouting out at me!

I decided to have a look around the website myself for what I could get. You have two types of lashes you can choose when buying from the website, as I’ve mentioned already you have the mink false eyelashes but you also have the Unisyn lashes too. These are apparently the world’s first true premium synthetic false eyelashes, made with a blend of ultra-fine synthetic fibres for an ultra-natural look.

The prices vary on all of the eyelashes, but I found the Unisyn lashes were all priced at $22.00 each, which the mink false lashes are priced between $24.00-$32.00.

When viewing the lashes online on their individual parts of the website you can see the before and after, so the model with her natural lashes and then with the false eyelashes on. I loved this so much as it really helped when thinking about which eyelashes I wanted to review. I also found it worked better when looking for a pair of lashes that may suit your face. I don’t feel like you can ever really tell from looking at the eyelashes in the packaging what they’ll look like on yourself. So, being able to see them on the model helps so much!

The items I was planning to review arrived really quickly which I really liked. The packaging for the eyelashes really pretty and of high quality, Which I really liked. When taking your eyelashes are the packaging to look at and apply you measure them up to your eyes to see if they need to be trimmed. When I first tried the lashes I didn’t from them and of course they were too long for my natural lash line. No I never like to Cut fake eyelashes as I find it’s sort of a waste of money. However with these eyelashes you would need to cut them especially due to how voluminous they are.

As well as this, when you scroll through all the options, both mink and synthetic eyelashes it will tell you what sort of volume you’ll gain with the lashes in particular you’re looking at, the length, material, band and the wear period.

After a good half an hour of looking around and weighing up which pair I wanted to try I finally settled on the ones I’ll be reviewing. I’m pretty happy with the ones I chose and I cannot wait to show you how gorgeous they are!

First of all I want to just add how bloody quickly these arrived, I was shocked to come home from work to discover they’d arrived. I tried them on straight away and loved the results. I wore them around the house for ages and since then I’ve worn them out a few times.

So what lashes did I go for in the end?

Lash Named Desire Mink False Eyelashes* – $29.00 (link)

This pair of medium volume mink lash features a sultry combination of criss-crossed fur, with winged out ends. A good amount of drama but not too much, a versatile and seductive pair. The ultimate in luxury, our mink lashes meticulously handcrafted with premium mink hairs, and a soft cotton band. Discover our collection of beautiful styles you can wear again and again, suitable for any occasion.

Volume – Medium

Length – 4 – 12mm

Material – Premium Mink Hair

Band – Handcrafted cotton band

Wear Period – Multi-use

The box that the eyelashes arrive in is very luxurious and I felt like I’d bought something from Chanel or a high brand like that! It comes in a clear plastic protective sleeve, which you take off to reveal the soft, white box that your eyelashes are in. On the front of the box it has the brand name and on the back it has a picture of the eyelashes, as well as some information about what’s in the box, as well as about the lashes themselves.

The box is kept shut using a magnetic clasp, which is fairly easy to open and close. You are presented with a message inside the box as well as a little booklet on how to use and take care of your lashes, and of course you get your gorgeous new lashes!

You wouldn’t think that fake eyelashes needed a little care instruction booklet, but alas they do! The booklet of course tells you the bog standard of how to apply your new, but of course (as I’ve said) it also tells you how to remove your eyelashes and how to care for them.

This is bog standard really for high end eyelashes, as with cheaper ones who cares what you do with them, right?

You also get a 60 day guarantee from the day of purchase with your new eyelashes, which is course is where it ties in with the 60 day returns.

FINALLY onto the eyelashes!

I’ve popped above the information taken from the website about the eyelashes themselves, which is what drew me to them the most. They’re a medium volume and look somewhat natural in the box. I feel like they’re a high volume when you wear them however, but this may just be because I’ve not worn fake eyelashes for quite some time.

They gain more volume as they got to the outside of your eyes, which is normal for eyelashes really of this style. The eyelashes themselves are incredibly soft and feel somewhat delicate to hold, let’s put it this way! The quality of them is pretty amazing and not anything you’d be able to grab on the high street.

On the instructions it does state that you need to trim the lashes to make sure that they fit your natural lash line, but I don’t really like doing this with my eyelashes as I worry I could damage them. I would hate if I didn’t cut these right and just ended up ruining them!

I wore these a few times out and about with Dane and I got a lot of compliments on them! As I don’t wear make up I did worry that a lot of people may think that I hadn’t “finished” my make up… If that makes sense? I didn’t have anyone comment on this however, which was great!

The one thing I wanted to gain from these eyelashes was for them to be wearable with my glasses! Over the years I’ve had issues with wearing fake eyelashes with them as it’s bad enough with how long my own lashes are brushing up against the lenses. Imagine what it would be like if I wanted to wear some longer fake ones?! In the past I either had to resort to not wearing glasses and being blind for the evening, or wearing contact lenses and being uncomfortable (I hate contact lenses so much…).

Now, I didn’t have too much of an issue and they looked rather nice with my glasses, but at the same time, they just didn’t look right to me. I’d gladly wear a pair of eyelashes that aren’t as voluminous, but what’s the point in that?!

As well as sending me the eyelashes, ESQIDO also said they would send me a tube of glue as well!

Companion Eyelash Glue* – $10.00 (link)

Introducing ESQIDO Companion, our Best Selling clear eyelash glue with strong all day hold. Specially formulated for to be latex-free, it’s a gentle mixture that is perfect for sensitive eyes. With a fine tip wand, you’ll be able to brush on the right amount of non latex lash adhesive to your false lashes, every time. This is the best eyelash glue for any type of false eyelashes – long lasting professional lash adhesive trusted by many makeup artists.

Colour – Dries clear

Applicator – Brush On / Precision Bristle Tip

Ingredients – Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate copolymer, water. (Formaldehyde Free and Latex Free)

Volume – 5.5 ml / 0.18 fl oz

Expiration – 1 year after opening

Storage – Do not freeze. Store in room temperature.

When the company told me they would send me a tube of glue I expected a tiny tube like you would normally get with fake eyelashes. So when this lip gloss/liquid lipstick size tube of eyelash glue arrived I was shocked! I can understand why there are long tubes of eyelash glue invented and I understand that a lot of people do use eyelashes on a daily basis, however this probably won’t be used as much as I would like to think. It’s good to know that if I need some eyelash glue I have a lot of it to use. I’d happily use eyelash glue for cosplay style looks!

The eyelash glue is a milky colour when applied but dries clear. The wand inside the eyelash glue tube is really easy to use and apply to the lashes. A little bit of this goes a really long way, although I did feel like I needed to use more sometimes when applying the lashes. I don’t know if this is due to me being a little rusty with applying eyelashes, or if I just wanted more to make sure they were secure. Either way it works better than any eyelash glue I’ve ever used and due to how much you get, you don’t need to worry you’ll use all of it!

As I always do with lipstick reviews, I show off my mug wearing said product. I’ve done this with these eyelashes too! I had so much fun with it. 😛

Overall, what did I think of the ESQIDO Lashes?

I think they’re sometimes really fancy to add to your make up collection, whether you wear fake eyelashes all the time, or once in a blue moon like myself. They’re not hard to apply and with a little practice it’s fairly simple, and with the massive tube of glue you get you wouldn’t run out of any of it in a hurry!

The only thing I sort of don’t like with these eyelashes is the fact they’re mink… It puts me off a little, but I’ve worn them now and I’m pretty sure I will wear these time and time again.

The main things I love about ESQIDO is that not only do they have a range of eyelashes on their website, but their 60 day guarantee is amazing and honestly more companies out there need to do it, especially when it comes down to make up. There are so many people who buy a lipstick, or a bronzer online and it doesn’t suit them. Then they’re stuck trying to work out how to make it work for them, sell it or even give it away.

Would I buy a pair of ESQIDO Lashes for myself? I highly doubt it and that isn’t because I dislike them. It’s because I don’t wear make up. Now! If I was say, getting married, having some fancy pictures taken, or even going somewhere very special I would definitely invest in getting some of these lashes to wear.

I’d also buy them to gift to anyone I know who loves eyelashes… Sadly I can’t really say I know anyone who does. These are very special eyelashes, for very special occasions if you ask me.

Overall though, I do love them and I cannot wait to wear them throughout the summer for special events and parties me and Dane will be going to.

What do you think of ESQIDO Lashes? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you have an awesome weekend.

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Wish List Wednesday – Deadpool 2

This is a post I never thought I would make and HOLY SHIT am I excited for Deadpool 2! I loved when it came out and I still do love that film. Me and Dane discussed for ages if Ryan Reynolds would return to do another film and we weren’t shocked when it was announced. We booked to go and see it at the end of April and I cannot wait to go and see it next week with Dane. We’re going to make an evening of it, go watch the film and have a meal. I’m so excited!

If you’re an old reader of my blog you’ll know that my boyfriend Dane did a wish list Wednesday post for me 2 years ago when the first Deadpool came out. If you’d like to read that post, you can find it here.

Now we have another film out, I thought it would be fun to do a wish list post myself this time! I’ve wanted to do this since we finally booked the tickets to go and watch the film. I cannot explain how excited I am for it. ARGH!!!

Anyway, enough! On with the wish list!

  • Deadpool 5-Pack Ladies Socks – (link)

First of all for an officially licensed product, 5 pairs of socks for £6.99 to me is such a bargain! I’d love to get these as I’d wear them with my Vans at work for whenever I wear my short trousers (I don’t have a clue what they’re called!) at work. I recently started to wear my Eeveelutions socks like this for work and it’s cool thinking that I’m bringing a bit of my geeky self to work, without being out there about it, you know? Also as well as that these would be great to wear around the house, as well as out and about.

  • Deadpool Mystery Minis – (link)

My friend Sophie brought these to my attention quite some time ago and I’ve always had them at the back of my mind, but when doing some research for this post I stumbled across them and remembered how much I did want them a few months back. I’d still love one or two of these to have on my desk at work and in my car. You can buy a whole set of them from forbiddenplanet.co.uk but I don’t need to do that. I’ll just get myself (and maybe Dane for shits and giggles!) a couple to open for a laugh.

  • Loungefly Marvel Deadpool Tattoo Flash Print Mini Faux Leather Backpack – (link)

Oh man if anyone knows me, they’ll know I love Loungefly. Even recently I bought myself a new Loungefly bag (which you can see and read about here) and I love my Pokemon Loungefly bag to bits (which you can read here)! When I discovered Geek La Chic recently through Estellosaurus I had a nose on their website and discovered that they stock Loungefly bags! I’m not going to lie, they’re bloody expensive in comparison to some websites out there (GAME and EMP come to mind right now) but man, would I LOVE a Deadpool Loungefly bag. Deadpool is my favourite Marvel character, I have to show that love through Loungefly at some point in the future.

  • Deadpool Notebook – (link)

I don’t need a new notebook… But if this was being sold for cheaps I’d want to pick it up to keep on my desk at work. My 2017 journal was Deadpool and I loved it so much! I currently have a 101 Dalmatians Cath Kidston notebook as my 2018 journal right now and sadly I don’t use it half as much as I did with my Deadpool one. I really need to tbf.

  • Deadpool Wipe Your Feet Door Mat – (link)

Me and Dane already own a Deadpool door mat, it isn’t this one BUT I think we both need this one now. We want to get a door mat for our back door and this is just the best timing ever. I’m going to pick it up at some point in the future. Why not have Deadpool for both our front and back doors, eh?

  • Deadpool Katana Umbrella – (link)

I don’t need an umbrella, but how amazing is this one? The picture above isn’t really doing this justice. When you open it you have a picture of Deadpool, of course. The main thing I love about this umbrella is that you can carry it across your body! This would be handy to have when out and about, as the one thing I really hate doing is carrying an umbrella! It’s so tedious and it can’t be just me who feels like that?! It looks like a huge umbrella too, which is even better.

  • Deadpool Geeki Tiki – (link)

This is by far my favourite item on this wish list! I mean, do I really need to say fuck all about it? Look how awesome it is!!! I’m not a massive tiki glass person but only in the sense of I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy one, BUT these are awesome. I’ve already had a nose at what others you can buy, but my favourite just has to be the Deadpool one. I especially love that it’s red, which would match with my kitchen perfectly! I wouldn’t just keep this for alcoholic drinks, I’d use it for any drink imaginable.

  • Deadpool Ladies Eyes Tee – (link)

I’m really after a new Deadpool tee lately. I recently had a look at the ones that Primark have for sale and whilst they’re pretty good for the monies, they’re nothing special. I love both the colour and style of it and it’s one of the best I’ve seen for ages. They do this for men too, as well as women.

  • Deadpool Spatula With Removable Mask – (link)

I think I’ll end up buying this because 1. It’s cheap and 2. It’s absolutely amazing! I mean look at it! I’m never going to say no to adding a Deadpool spatula into my kitchen in all honesty. I might try and pick these up soon and actually gift them to Dane for a giggle for our fifth anniversary next month, which I can’t believe that in all honesty, it’s really flown! I love that you can change Deadpool’s faces on this though, I wouldn’t know which to use really. 😛

So that’s my wish list Wednesday this time and as I’ve already said, it just HAD to be Deadpool related! I’m so stoked to go and watch it next week. It’s officially out Friday 18th but I know it’ll be around from Tuesday 16th so if you haven’t booked tickets or made plans yet, get on it! Deadpool 2 will be here before we know it.

Will you be going to watch Deadpool 2? If so let me know after you’ve seen it what you think! Is there any Deadpool merch you’ve seen lately and think I need to know about? Let me know in the comments, as always.

Anyhoo, I hope you all had an amazing bank holiday Monday, as well as an awesome weekend. Until next time, take care all and see you soon!

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New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition – Review

I’ve wanted to write this review for the past month now but sadly I’ve been too busy to get around to it and in all honesty, I wasn’t sure if my readers would be interested. I put a poll on my Twitter account (@maybeecoffee) recently and out of all the items I mentioned I was interested in reviewing, my Pikachu 2DS XL was the one that everyone wanted!

I cannot wait to share this awesome handheld console with you all. I was so excited when I got it and I still love it 2 months down the line.

I got this in March as a massive treat to myself and I’d wanted a new 2DS for ages as I was getting fed up of my old one. I hadn’t played my old 2DS for ages due to the screen size and how uncomfortable it was to hold. I missed playing my games and it was around the time Dane wasn’t home due to work, so I wanted something to keep me occupied/busy whilst he was away for a month. FYI he was back during weekends. 😛

So I took the plunge and bought my Pikachu 2DS XL from Smyths Toys, which you can still buy here if you want it yourselves. Wow this sounds like a sponsored post, it isn’t. 😛 Smyths Toys is just one of the cheapest places around for gaming stuff, so I always recommend it to people!

I’ve never written a review for anything like this before, so please bear with me. I know it’ll be boring and such but I want to try and talk in detail as much as I can about the handheld.

First of all I just want to say, I’m a massive Nintendo fan and my first handheld and console were both by Nintendo. My one brother gave me his Nintendo Game Boy when I was 5 and then my other brother gave me his Nintendo SNES when I was 6. I was living the dream in all fairness.

I remember seeing the Pokeball 2DS XL and wanting that, as I didn’t think we would get the Pikachu version in the UK. I’m glad I waited though as I would have ended up regretting that purchase very fast if I’d have made it.

Enough about that now, I’ll talk a little about the handheld itself. I’m going to do comparisons between the original 2DS and the New 2DS XL.

As you can see the main colour of the 2DS is yellow, Pikachu’s signature colour. On the front of the 2DS you have Pikachu’s face, which is 3D itself. Pikachu’s snout sticks out, as well as it’s cheeks. The detailing of Pikachu’s nose and mouse are actually rubber, instead of plastic like everything else. I really like this touch. Around the edge of the front of the 2DS and on the L, R, ZL and ZR buttons are all brown, again one of Pikachu’s signature colours.

When you open the 2DS you’ll continue to see the yellow and brown colours, the brown being on the D pad, as well as on the X, Y, A and B buttons. The screen sizes are HUGE and I felt a little overwhelmed by them to be perfectly honest. I love it though! The screens on the 2DS XL are exactly the same size as the New Nintendo 3DS XL, which is pretty awesome.

You can see the difference in screen sizes above where I compare the original 2DS to the New 2DS XL.

Along the bottom of the 2DS you have the space to insert your game catridges, as well the micro SD (which you get with the console itself) which is then closed off to keep safe and I suppose “hidden” away. I really like this feature, although I’ve seen a lot of people complain about it. I think it looks better.

Next to that you have the headphone port, as well as where the stylus is kept. This is the only thing I dislike about the 2DS XL. I’m so used to a longer stylus with my old 2DS that this shorter, stubbier and in my opinion hard to old, as well as uncomfortable. Due to this I don’t use it as much as I could. In future I’ll definitely invest in getting something else for it.

Then finally you have the power button, which is brown too. Next to that you have the “on” light, the “battery” button and finally the “wifi” light.

On the top of the console you have the AC adapter port for your charger. I was used to this being on the bottom with my old 2DS and at first the port area felt a bit stiff on my Pikachu 2DS XL, but I think that was due to it being new.

On the left hand side of the console you have your volume controls, which are in brown. it’s really easy to adjust the volume and let me tell you, you don’t need the sound on high, as the quality of it is amazing!

Overall as a whole the Pikachu 2DS is gorgeous and definitely aesthetically pleasing to look at.

When turning this on, the screen is so vivid and bright, it’s amazing! Of course this isn’t 3D, hence the name and I love that. I remember when the 3DS first came out and I had a go on a demo in HMV. Me and my old friend were really sick after. Never again!

The original 2DS has a sleep button so you can pause a game for a while if you have to, whilst saving the battery life. However on the newer 2DS with the screen you flip up and down, you just well… Close the screen and it’ll sleep. It’s so amazing and I already love that feature to death!

The top screen can be put into three different positions, the last one making the 2DS flat, the middle one and the closest one to the gamer. I always opt for the middle one.

I have an Animal Crossing theme on mine that I bought AGES ago on my old 2DS, but I love it so much! My Isabelle icons for my page I won on the Nintendo Badge Arcade, WHICH YOU NEED TO GET! It’s a free game where you can win badges to customise your theme with.

Anyway back to overall…

I LOVE my Pikachu 2DS XL so much and if anything it’s just encouraged me to play my 3DS games even more, as well as get some new ones. I’ve recently ordered and started playing Detective Pikachu, which I am loving by the way!

If you’d like to watch a video to hear and see more comparrisons that I may have missed out on, please watch it! I did before buying my Pikachu 2DS XL!

So, what do you think of the New Nintendo 2DS XL Pikachu Edition? Would you buy it? If you love playing Nintendo 3DS games, which ones are your favourite? Make sure to let me know everything in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely bank holiday!

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May Wish List ’18

Oh man another month, another wish list! Has to be said, how rotten is the weather?! I’m currently in bed writing this post on a spontaneous day off work (can’t complain at that, eh? :P) and watching the rain out of the window. I’ve had to pop out this morning to have some bloods taken for tests, so now I’m home with a big cup of coffee and listening to a podcast whilst I do blog work!

I need to be good this month to be honest, if anything I’ll probably just buy myself some games and that is it! If I end up being naughty and buying things, then so help me. 😛

  • Eevee Dangling Tail Enamel Pin by ToasterKiwi – (link)

If there is a new “hobbie” I have taken up since leaving my old job, it’s collecting pin badges/enamel pins! I have a nice handful of them now and wear different ones weekly, sometimes daily at work, as well as weekends off work. I stumbled across this cute little Eevee pin on Etsy during April and I did go to order it, but left out and decided to be good. It would just be so adorable to wear to work in the summer months on my rainbow cardigan (which you can see here).

  • PS4 Detroit: Become Human – (link)

Oh man I have been anticipating this game since it was announced in 2013, 4 years has come and gone and I am SO READY for this game now! I’ve always loved David Cage’s/Quantic Dream games so this is just another one I’ll know I’ll adore. It’s set in Detroit (obviously) and is about 3 characters, all robots with different stories. It reminds me of Heavy Rain in that aspect that you play as multiple people. I’m not 100% sure if all their stories link, but I have a pretty good feeling they do. The games out late May so I’ll be pre ordering it closer to its release date. Smyths Toys are amazing with game pre orders and you save £5 if you order quickly enough, which of course I’ll be doing! I know there’s a demo for this at the moment but I don’t want to play it, I want a surprise when the game comes out. I’ve watched a little bit of people playing the demo and let’s just say, that was enough for me.

  • Vans X Lazy Oaf Old Skool Platform Shoes – (link)

BE STILL MY BEATING HEART! I want these SO MUCH right now but I have to be a good girl and save money. I love a good pair of Vans and I find they last so well. If it wasn’t for the fact one of my oldest pairs of Vans (I’ve owned them for 12 years!) are covered in mud and in a shed at my mom’s, I would still wear them. I’ve wanted a platform pair of Vans for a while now and these are pretty kawaii and adorable to wear with jeans, and even skirts and dresses. They’re Lazy Oaf so I knew they wouldn’t be cheap BUT they’re also not badly priced either, in my opinion. I would like to buy a pair before they sell out. I’d wear them at work every now and then too if the time was right. I’ll see how I feel when I’m paid and if I’ll have any spare cash. There’s only one place I can actually find them in my size right now, which is such a shame. They sold out within a few days Vans, Lazy Oaf and even ASOS.

  • EMP Star Wars Collar Jyn Dress – (link)

I remember featuring this on one of my wish lists last year (August to be exact and you can read it here if you do so wish) and I never did buy it. I still do, as I would love to wear it for work! It’s the perfect length, would be great to wear in all seasons, as during the colder months you could wear a long sleeved top underneath it, which is probably what I’d do all the time. It has a hood on it, which is something different too and would be really funky to wear on evenings out with friends. When the hood isn’t worn up it has a sort of cowl neck, which I really like. This does feel like more of a dress for winter, but I’d love it for work. 😛

  • Monki Rainbow Ribbed Top – (link)

Recently I discovered Katystraub on Instagram and I am in love with her feed! She’s so kawaii and adorable. I’d noticed her wearing some rainbow striped t-shirts and loved it, so when I found out they were from Monki I had a good nose on the website. Sadly the  ones she had were sold out but since then I’ve been keeping my eye on the website for anymore t-shirts like that to come out. I found this one the website a few days ago and I’m tempted to order it for work now to wear with skirts and trousers! When I’ve written this post I’m going to have a good nose on the website. 😛

  • Nails Inc Self-Made Mermaid Nail Polish Duo – (link)

I remember wanting this nail polish duo when it first came out, but obviously I never picked it up. I’ve been browsing eBay for second hand ones for a while and I’ve found quite a few for sale, BUT ALWAYS MISSED OUT ON BUYING THE DUO CHEAP! So annoying! I doubt I’ll buy it anytime soon, but I would love to pick it up in the future for sure. I forgot how much I love Nails Inc polishes and the duos are pretty good to be honest. The only thing that is putting me off buying the duo at full price is I don’t feel like the Nails Inc polishes last as long as they should for how much they cost.

So there you have it, my wish list post for May! I would love to buy everyone off of it, but I need to be good! It can be so hard though, you know? 😛

What items are you wishing for this month? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re ready for the long weekend. 😛

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April Favourites ’18

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Oh man I had to use that gif! I’ve never done this before so any time is better than no time! 😛

April went by so damn quick to be honest and I can’t believe that not only is May here, but that Avengers Infinity Wars is also here and breaking everyone’s hearts.

I’m off work tomorrow (YAYS!) so I’m going to have a blog and chill day. For now though I’m catching up on some housework whilst doing some blogging.

This months favourites are pretty good (in my opinion anyway!) and I’m loving everything on this list, which I hope you do too! 😀

  • Jo Malone Cologne in Earl Grey & Cucumber (review)

This is an old favourite of mine and one I tend to use on and off whenever the mood takes me. It’s one I got through my old job at Costa Coffee and since then I use it on special occasions. I think pretty much every weekend in April however, I’ve used this when going out! It’s a really strong perfume so you can use it once and it’ll last for ages! I love the scent so much and although I love it more during autumn and winter, it’s been so refreshing to use during the spring month of April!

  • Antipodes Deliverance Hand Cream.

I was bought this as a Christmas present back in 2015, which I know is forever ago and probably means that it’s out of date but I don’t care. 😛 When tidying stuff in our bedroom a few weeks back I found this hand cream again and have started to use it. I use it daily now, especially at work and it’s really helped my hands with their recent spell of dryness! It smells really nice, just like lemongrass and isn’t too heavy and thick on your hands. I just love it to use throughout my shifts at work, as well as on the go. I’d definitely buy it myself.

  • Nivea Peach Shine & Cherry Shine Caring Lip Balm.

I would just talk about one of these this month but I love both so much equally that they both need to be spoken about! I used to use the cherry and strawberry Nivea lip balms ALL THE TIME during my final years of school! I just feel like a kid again and it’s so weird. The cherry one is tinted so you get a slight pinky/red tint, which is lovely. The peach one you don’t really get much of a tint. They both smell amazing too, which I love the most! Towards the end of the month my lips have been splitting again at the sides, so sadly I haven’t been able to use the lip balms.

  • Newtons Labs T-Zone Spot Zapping Gel.

This is an oldie and goldie I have loved on and off over the years. I always have a supply of it in case I break out badly and need it. I don’t know why but a couple of weeks ago my cheeks broke out so badly that I worried it was the start of acne. Thankfully due to other beauty products it’s now passed, but I do feel this tea tree gel really has helped too!

  • The Body Shop Strawberry Shower Gel.

This is always a firm favourite of mine and Dane bought it for me for my birthday this year. I started using it FINALLY in April and I always forget how much I love it. It reminds me of when I was a child, my mom would always buy it for me and I fondly remember using it before school most mornings when I was in primary school. It’s definitely a great shower gel to start using with spring here!

So now my beauty favourites are done, time to talk about the miscellaneous favourites of the month!

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Favourite TV Show – Hitoshi Matsumoto Presents Documental Season 1.

Oh man if there is a show I have thoroughly loved and enjoyed it’s definitely Documental! Dane was watching it one morning and got me to watch the start of episode 3, I really got into it and continued to watch that episode, as well as 4 with him. I then went on to watch episode 1 and 2 on my own. Since then I’ve watched it again, as some of the moments in episode 3 and 4 are absolutely hilarious! It’s created and presented by a big Japanese comedian, Hitoshi Matsumoto. 10 Japanese comedians are locked in a room for either 6 or 9 hours and the one whose left in the room will win 10 million yen! Each comedian has taken in a million yen, which obviously makes up the prize money. The one who will win the 10 million yen needs to be the one who doesn’t laugh or smile. Some of the stuff the comedians will do to throw one another off is just amazing. I’ve seen online that there’s 3, maybe even 4 seasons now and I cannot wait for them all to come out!

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Favourite Film – Black Panther and Marvel Infinity War

I know I’m talking about two Marvel films, but I just have to! First of all just before Dane’s birthday we went to see Black Panther and it’s fast turned into one of my favourite Avengers movies! There was so much action going on throughout the movie and it was perfect. I especially loved Erik Killmonger (reason why the gif is of him! :P) and he stole the show, well… Movie. 😛

The second film on this list is Infinity War. I’m not going to talk too much about this film here, obviously due to spoilers and shit. Let’s just say both me and Dane were really excited but nervous to go and watch it. We went in excited and unsure what to expect, but left feeling confused and depressed. Honestly I felt low the whole of Sunday, as did Dane. I think I can speak for us both when we say we want to go again soon to see it.

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Favourite Book – K-ON!

I love K-ON! the anime so much! So this time last year I ended up buying all of the manga because I needed more. I’ve only just recently started reading them of late however! I’m currently on Vol. 3 and loving it! I just love getting to work early most mornings and reading them before I head in. It’s also funny reading them during my shifts at work during my breaks too. I can’t wait to finish reading them however though now.

Favourite Song/Album/Artist – James Arthur.

This is thanks to the radio at work to be honest. Both of these songs come on on a daily basis and I love them so much! James Arthur has such a lovely singing voice and I’ve found myself singing along to these songs most days throughout the month. There isn’t much more music I can talk about on here really as I haven’t listened to much more in all honesty.

Favourite Game – A Way Out.

During our depressive state after Marvel Infinity Wars me and Dane decided to buy this on the Xbox One. We’ve been playing it together and we’re having so much fun. It’s about two guys and you get to pick who you play as. Leo is already in prison, but you start the game either playing as or witnessing Vincent coming into the prison. From there you have to work together to escape prison and both take on the same person who caused you to be in jail in the first place. Or something like that anyway. 😛

So those were my favourites for this month! I still can’t believe it’s May! There’s loads of stuff coming up in June, I’ll have to write about it towards the end of this month.

I’m sorry my April favourites are up late today, I’ve just been so incredibly busy over the weekend and yesterday, but I’m sure it’s worth the wait!

What were your favourites throughout April? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a great week so far.

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Escapades Into Realities of a Virtual Nature: Part One of Who Knows

Wassup! The boy/man-child is here! Nat is allowing me to have free reign over a few posts… She doesn’t know that yet. As far as she knows it is only one, but I am planning to nerd out on you guys a lot so be warned. I will take you on a journey inside the mind of a late 20-something gamer going through what could only be called a mid-life crisis. Well soon-to-be-30 crisis.

As the title says this post will be about Virtual Reality, why I think it’s awesome and why you should care… Not about me, you don’t give a damn about me. Just bear with me whilst I ramble on… I’ll get there eventually.

Ever since I was a wee little ginge I have always had a major interest in gaming. I remember the days of asking papa-ginge to load up the original Worms via MS-Dos because my tiny little noggin couldn’t handle typing in the instructions to load it. We have come a long way from blowing up tiny worm shaped pixels; to grand sagas inside gigantic worlds put together with complex physics engines. Granted not many games encompass all three of those features but the sentiment stays the same: gaming technology is far away from what it was.

Some may say it has gone too far.

I have seen a shift in my own attitudes towards gaming in recent years, my enthusiasm and childlike wonder was beginning to wane. Every year I watch the different gaming exhibitions and the upcoming gaming releases and my reaction is, “meh, how are they going to fuck this awesome concept up?” I was putting it down to getting older and the onset of becoming my parents (apologies mum and dad, you’re awesome in your own way but… You know… Not).

Way back in younger and studiously drunk Dane days, I wouldn’t have thought twice about shelling out £500 on an Xbox One X, thank fuck for student loans, but now I’m not fussed. Yeah, I want one but I don’t want to do that when the original Xbox One achieves the same. When I consider the depressing state of the gaming industry *cough* EA *cough*, loot boxes, carbon copy games and the lack of innovation in the major developers, I realise I’m not the problem it’s the gaming world that is the problem. I am still a gamer and I still love games.

For quite some time now I have wanted to move away from console gaming and become one of the PC master race. It had been a while since I properly gamed on a PC and boy things have changed since then. No longer is 512mb enough for RAM and AMD (one of the big two processor producers) were once again in the shitter but it’s good to know that Counterstrike is still one of the most played games on PC.

Linus Sebastian is my messiah.

I then began researching into PC’s. It took me a while to catch up and start putting together parts lists for my dream PC. It was all coming together and I was thinking, “fuck it, I am getting this!” Unfortunately this was around the time, or just after the time that me and Nat were saving for and buying the house, so my dream was crushed by my responsibilities as an adult. For the past two years that dream has been on hold whilst we adult… I understand I just used a noun as a verb… DILLIGAF. I can’t believe I quoted Kevin bloody Wilson… Sigh.

Getting a gaming PC was all I could think about and it tore me apart knowing I could not get one just yet, I even annoyed Nat to the point where the slightest mention of a gaming PC would cause conflict. During those two years all sorts of stuff happened with gaming. The gaming industry continued its general downward spiral into battle royale hell (I actually like PUBG btw, one of the more well-known battle royale games for the uninitiated), except for one aspect that to me was a light at the end of a dark tunnel. I bought an outdated PC from a colleague to get myself a foot in the door. I could feel the fire inside burning once again, I needed MORE!

I’m not going to bore you with a history of VR as I don’t know it THAT well, but I will try my best at a general overview. I remember hearing about the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive in their development stages, at the time I brushed it off as a silly concept that I would never be close to owning. I thought the technology was at a point where it was only remotely useable, let alone fun and was way off from what they were promising. As development continued I started to see that VR was becoming a genuine thing that could become a reality…. Excuse the pun. Oculus was bought by Facebook and the developer Valve (creators of the Half-Life series and the Steam store) was heavily pushing and advertising the Vive, made by HTC. I also started seeing more and more people (YouTubers in particular) owning and showcasing the functionality and games on offer. The same colleague I bought the PC from bought the Rift and told me all about it. I could feel myself beginning to get excited again and the PC I bought was starting to look feeble. It does its job but the majority of games I want to play either struggle or won’t play, I needed more power. This fire inside me was becoming a barbeque, I could grill a steak with that fire.

I needed to satiate this burning desire in me to see for myself how good VR actually is. I had no idea how I could do that, so I did some research. The only reasonable computer shops I know that allow you to walk in are based up north around Manchester (Scan) or down London area. We seem to be very limited in The Midlands. That was until I found Box.co.uk, a small-ish shop based around Castle Vale in Birmingham. Prices there can be reasonable and the staff are pretty cool. In the shop you will find the normal computer bits that are a PC gamer’s wet dream, but over the far side of the shop they have a couple of computer rigs set up for different purposes, one of them a serious driving simulator, another for flying and then a few other not so impressive rigs. All pretty cool but the majority of the area is allocated for their HTC Vive set up and that was our main purpose for going there. You can literally just go and ask to have a go to try it out (unfortunately, I have been there recently and the VR set up is no longer around – sadface).

The moment I first put the headset on I was genuinely back to being a little kid being excited at this technology, it takes me back to when I first booted up the Original Xbox and seeing the green blob pulsating as the console loaded. As the screens of the Vive came into focus it felt like I was peering into another world. To me, using the Vive controllers really felt like an extension of your arms, something I think only the Rift’s touch controllers could improve that sensation. I was genuinely immersed.

The first game I played was the VR Lab and I just spent my whole time messing around inside the different mini-games, I don’t remember playing anything else. I was in heaven. Of course Nat had her go and she had fun exploring the mountains and lab with the robotic companion dog thing. I think the dogbot had sold her on the idea.

Unfortunately, shit does indeed happen. These things we call adult responsibilities creep up, get in the way and fuck up your plans so you have to spend the money you are saving. The PC had to be put on the shelf for the time being.

In early April I was wondering what I could do for my birthday. I had noticed in the Bullring/Grand Central in Birmingham that there was a VR arcade, so we popped in to ask for prices and, me being the geek I am, I started to geek out over their PCs. That gave me the idea to go have a VR experience at an arcade, so we looked around to see if there was anything that seemed reasonably priced and local to Brum. A few places looked dodgy and I even spoke to one guy that did not sound too legitimate, but we ended up at a place called The VR Hub.

This little outfit is based out of the Zellig building by the Custard Factory in Digbeth. I cannot recommend this place enough. As you walk through the building you can clearly see the location as there is a shit ton of bright green. That is actually used for green screening the player and using a camera with an attached controller to impose you into the game (here is an example). They have four set ups in total, two in the small room (also their “reception area”) and two in the bigger green screen room (a bit more private and leads to their workshop). The store itself has glass windows all around, so sadly you will be watched by passers-by, but that didn’t bother me all that much when I was caving someone’s head in on Gorn. The guys running the place were incredibly friendly, extremely knowledgeable which made the whole experience that much greater. They understood that VR is still a bit buggy and allowed you to stay on a little longer if there were any issues and let me tell you, they were super generous with that. I genuinely wish we had taken more photos to show you guys but we were too focused on having fun, which we definitely had our fill. We booked four rigs for one hour and two rigs for another hour straight after, I needed that extra hour to have my VR fill. We were actually there for 3 hours in total with the time added.

For the first hour, me and Nat were placed in the smaller room and got ourselves used to the environment with a quick introduction to the system. I was already familiar so I got started with Arizona Sunshine, a zombie survival game with really cool gun mechanics and linear story. It was so fun to shoot zombies and see them get dismembered. I actually really sucked at the game, not because of the game itself (I am a pretty good shot if I do say so myself) but I would be too busy staring at things up close, having fun with the mechanics and accidentally ignore the zombies that were trying to kill me. Nat started with… something. She doesn’t remember what the game was called but it was a horror game on a rail cart and she didn’t last long because she is a pansy. She wanted to play Job Simulator but it wasn’t available on the PC she was on at first so she played a few games including that horror game and the VR Lab whilst the guys downloaded it for her, which was also very nice of them. She also joined me on Arizona Sunshine which was so much fun to play together. I also tried a game called Bullets and More (BAM), I had wanted to try Hot Dogs, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades (H3VR) but that wasn’t available. BAM is very similar to H3VR in that it tries to accurately recreate guns. I am a simple man, it was incredibly satisfying to shoot guns, and many times I would accidentally drop a clip or forget to chamber a round. It was a cool experience for someone who had never shot a gun (outside of clay pigeon shooting) before, using scopes on the guns could do with bit of refinement but generally the game was awesome. The time flew by for us both, I thought I had sold Nat on VR before but once she got on Job simulator that strengthened our stance with getting our own VR ready PC.

After the first hour was up we were then given the opportunity to move into the big room and play a game I was really looking forward to, GORN.

Nat had never heard of this game until that day. The owner had limited access to this game to the bigger room due to how crazy people get when they play the game, someone broke one of their monitors. It’s a gory gladiator combat game that takes it to the next level, it’s silly, simple and yet incredibly in depth. You get to pick a weapon (or two) at the start of a match, which range from swords, a bow, hammers, maces, giant swords, a spear, a rock and more. Then all you have to do is kill all of your opponents who are these hench mofos that are pretty much just cannon fodder to begin with. You can chop them up, even slicing off the slightest section, eyes get popped out if you hit their head a certain way and they even limp around limbless. It’s gloriously gory fun. Once again I found myself sucking at this game because I was too busy picking up the dead bodies and looking at the deformation I was creating. Nat on the other hand was an absolute beast, tearing through her enemies like they were butter. Don’t fuck with Nat, she’ll smush your head with a mace.

All in all this made the gaming nerd inside me go crazy and since then I have not stopped looking at computer parts and VR pricing because it is always on my mind. I want it as soon as I possibly can. I cannot recommend VR enough and to those people who are dubious about it: just give it a go, it may change your mind and I guarantee, you won’t be let down.

Having said all this, I still don’t own VR or even a PC powerful enough to play it. That will change though, it has to for my mental well-being.

I am going to end this post here as you may have had enough already. I hope Nat will let me continue on with another post where I will talk about a games wish list for VR, or may be my recommendations for PCs, I may even write something up for those looking into getting VR and give them a few pointers and basic information. We will have to wait and see!

What do you guys think of VR? Have you tried it before, or want to give it a go? Let me know in the comments or over on Nat’s Twitter account @maybeecoffee

Well, until next time I write on There Might Be Coffee, have an awesome weekend and see you soon!

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