Sarah Dandh – The Roost Mug and Print

As regular readers will know I LOVE Animal Crossing, as well as supporting independent artists, and I’ll be talking about both in today’s blog post!

To every Animal Crossing fan I know, I have been banging on about the seller Sarah Dandh for almost 4 months now thanks to this tweet here where Sarah was showing off the gorgeous Animal Crossing design she had drawn of The Roost and stuck on a mug! ๐Ÿ˜€

I kept my eye on her Twitter account everyday for an update of when both the mug and the print of The Roost would be released in her store. In August the store was opened and the two Animal Crossing goodies I wanted were there and ready to buy. I made my ordered and waited for over a month for my goodies to be shipped out. I also decided to order a cute little Isabelle sticker too! I regret not ordering the charm to be honest with you, but meh… I’ll live. ๐Ÿ˜›

I was rather impatient about waiting, but I asked Sarah why and she was quick enough to let me know why, which was good. It was due to some stock issues and ordering, so I didn’t mind waiting. I understand it can be hard when you’re your boss and work on your own with sorting orders, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sarah was kind enough to ship my items out to me separately so that the mug didn’t damage the print. I didn’t have to pay separate shipping prices, which was good and I didn’t feel that the prices I paid for shipping with tracking were bad either. Sarah is based in Spain, which was good for me in the UK. Sometimes I find some gorgeous prints and designs out there from independent artists who are based in America and the shipping will cost more than the item you’re buying. It’s crazy and to be honest it sucks. So, I do love it when I find independent artists in Europe.

SarahDandh does also ship worldwide, so don’t worry if you aren’t from the UK that you won’t be able to buy any of her goods, because you WILL!

Before I talk about the mug and the print I ordered (as well as the sticker AND all the stickers Sarah gave to me!) I want to talk about The Roost design overall, because it really is something special… Well, at least to me.

The Roost design that SarahDandh has created is based off of The Roost in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. It’s a definite match and she’s done it in such a good way! Looking at the print brings back so many memories of when me and Dane bought the game at the same time and spent our weekends off work playing it together. Not just that, but it also bring back fond memories of when I was at uni and was gifted a Nintendo DS Lite and bought myselfย Animal Crossing: Wild World to play on it. I spent many days and evenings playing that game! ๐Ÿ˜€

So, let’s finally talk about the print! At the coffee bar you can see Brewster serving coffee to Blathers, with some tiny touches in the background, such as the gyroids, the coffee grinder, till and coffee pot.

You also have you, as the character with pink hair serving Isabelle a takeaway coffee. I love the flowers above her head, which in Animal Crossing are a sign of joy. In the game you would work in the coffee shop and serve villagers drinks. You’d need to remember their orders (which I always Googled :P) but if you did good, you would get special Brewster/The Roost furniture and even coins for helping.

Then we have K.K. Slider playing some music on his guitar (which is something I don’t recall him doing inย New Leaf but did inย Wild World). Like Isabelle he has emotions around him, but he has musical notes, which is obviously to show he’s playing his guitar and singing. Even still, I love that he’s in this design though! It wouldn’t be Animal Crossing without him.

Finally there’s Whitney and Fauna having a coffee and a giggle together, which is showing through the yellow lines around Whitney.

Anyhoo, now it’s time to talk about the goodies I ordered from SarahDandh with The Roost design on, as well as much more!

The Roost Mug – $15.00 – (link)

Now you can drink you daily Coffee in this mug like you did at Brewster’s cafรฉ in Animal Crossing New Leaf!

The mug comes inside a shipping resistant box and includes an Isabelle sticker.

The mug is a decent size to be perfectly honest with you, nothing too big and nothing too small. I really like it due to that as sometimes a big mug on a weekday morning can be a little bit too much for my morning coffee… Not due to the caffeine but because I’m a lazy cow and I like to stay in bed as long as possible before I need to get ready for work. However, due to this I like to quickly eat my breakfast and drink my coffee without worrying about time. However, on a weekend a big mug of coffee is a must for a lazy morning! ๐Ÿ˜›

I love a mug with a good character, photo and more on it that I love. I like that if I have guests or friends over, this can become a conversation starter too! For example I have a Pusheen mug that Dane’s brother and his girlfriend bought me for Christmas (hey both if you’re reading! ^_^) and loads of people say what a cute mug it is, which is really is! I own a couple of fox mugs and as everyone knows who knows me, I LOVE foxes. I do have an Animal Crossing mug, but it’s not a patch on this one. This is perfect. It has The Roost on it! You honestly cannot get any better than that.

Not only does this mug have The Roost design on it, but inside the mug is green, which at first I thought was a strange colour choice… But the more I thought about it, the more I wondered if this was green due to the colour of the leaf on the logo for Animal Crossing: New Leaf? Maybe not, maybe so?

I have to be honest, (because as my readers know, that’s what I’m all about!) I do have one issue with this mug… The design on the mug of The Roost doesn’t look like it is printed evenly around the mug when it you look at the mug from above… I’ll try and show this on the photos the best I can, but when you look at the handle of the mug you can see where the printing starts and finishes around the mug. You can see how wonky the print is. It doesn’t end in a similar place to where it started. Now, I don’t know if this is the case on all the mugs, or if I was unlucky. I didn’t bring it up with Sarah as I wasn’tย that fussed, but I wanted to mention it here, because if you would be bothered by it, then maybe you should message Sarah in regards to this before ordering? Just thought I’d mention it…

Either way I really love this mug. It definitely brings a smile to my face whenever I use it and it’s up there in my cupboard as one of my go to mugs now for my morning coffee. ๐Ÿ˜›

The Roost Print (A6-A4 size) – $4.00-$5.00 – (link)

Ah, that Pigeon cafeteria from the Animal Crossing series.

Available in three sizes:
A6 (105 x 148 mm)
A5 (148 x 210 mm)
A4 (210 x 297 mm)

I’ve spoken about this print above but honestly I love this design so damn much! I honestly cannot wait to pop it in a frame and pop it up somewhere in the house. Dane has suggested the print be put up in the kitchen due to the theme, but we already have a pretty cool print in there (my Pokemon one!) so yeah, I’d like to keep it as it is.

The print just makes me so damn happy! I haven’t yet decided where I want it to go, but I am feeling in mine and Dane’s bedroom by my side of the bed. We shall see though. ๐Ÿ˜›

I picked up the A4 size, as I knew I wanted the biggest one they sold. The card it’s printed on is really thick and amazing quality! I’m really pleased with it.

Isabelle Holo Sticker – $2.00 – (link)

Can’t wait for the new Animal Crossing? This cute Isabelle sticker can decorate your Switch, 3DS, phone or whatever you want until the game is coming!

7 cm aprox with holographic foil coating.

Stickers I received for free:

“Gacha Addict” Holo Sticker – (link)

Shiba Pup Holo Sticker – (link)

Cute Little Animals Holo Sticker – (link)

I also received an Animal Crossing Stitches holo sticker too! But this doesn’t seem to be for sale on the store, so sadly I cannot link.

Overall, that was everything I bought and received in my order from SarahDandh! As soon as I saw this collection was going to be for sale, I knew I had to pick up at one point or another. I’m so glad to have this mug in my kitchen cupboard to use most mornings throughout the week and especially glad to have the print. Again, it just makes me so damn happy to look at and it’s the kind of thing that will bring a smile to my face everyday when I look at it.

I’ll make sure to pop SarahDandH’s website and social media links below:

Website

Twitter

Instagram

Do you like Animal Crossing? Are you excited for the new gameย New Horizons coming out on the Switch in March? I’m so bloody excited for it, so much so I’ll be writing a post in the future of how both me and you out there who are also Animal Crossing fans can get your fill of Animal Crossing for the time being.

Would you treat yourself to some Animal Crossing goods from SarahDandh? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely weekend so far. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Ohayou! Clothing – Animal Crossing Enamel Pins

If there are three things I love it’s Animal Crossing, enamel pins and of course the lovely Ohayou! Clothing. So when all three of these come together, you can only imagine how excited I am to get a piece of that in my life.

Recently Chrissy over at Ohayou! Clothing released a Kickstarter called Good Boys & Girls. At first I wasn’t all that interested, which isn’t a bad thing! There were Fruits Basket designs there (I LOVE FRUITS BASKET!) but again, I wasn’t all that fussed. Then when she announced there would be some Animal Crossing designs, I knew I had to pledge!

I pledged for both the Villager Day (Isabelle) and Night (K.K. Slider) designs. They’re so damn cute and although I love the K.K. Slider pin more, I don’t think I could have just chosen one of them.

These arrived recently and although it’s probably nothing special or major to my readers, I just had to show you all these gorgeous designs and why if you’re an Animal Crossing fan, you should get them too. ๐Ÿ˜›

First of all, I don’t know about you guys but I am SO EXCITED for Animal Crossing: New Horizons to come out in March!!! I’ve even booked the day off work so I can spend all day playing it. Sad, or what? ๐Ÿ˜›

I do already own an Isabelle pin by Ohayou! Clothing, but I honestly adore this design so much more. I think it’s because it goes with K.K. Slider really well and it means I can wear them together and they match, you know?

I’m not going to lie, until I went onto the website just now to find the link, prices etc for both of these pins, I didn’t realise the day and night theme behind them at all! I really like this aspect from playing the Animal Crossing games where Isabelle will be around in the day to help and K.K. Slider will be around at night to play his sweet music in Roost.

Both pins are on gold enamel, which I think works really well with both designs and on the back of each pin there is the Ohayou! Clothing logo. I love when pins have this touch, because sometimes you might buy a pin from a designer you don’t usually and you may forget what their company was called. Plus, it looks more designer… Move over Chanel and Dior! ๐Ÿ˜›

Both pins come with gummy backs, which I LOVE! I hate the old fashioned metal ones that you pinch.

Overall I love these two pin badges and have already worn my K.K. Slider one when I went out to town with Dane recently for a couples morning/afternoon. I wore it on my red tartan shirt. They’re both a great size and are instantly recognisable as being two of the famous Animal Crossing characters.

I would love if Chrissy designed some more of the Animal Crossing characters, such as Tom Nook. He would be cool to have as maybe a “dusk” character? I’d definitely snap him up. ๐Ÿ˜›

Thank you again to Ohayou! Clothing for once again causing me to spend my monies! ๐Ÿ˜› These pins have now joined my pin flag! Look at all the gorgeous pins I have… ๐Ÿ˜›

I will pop Ohayou! Clothing’s website, as well as social media down below:

Website

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Do you guys like the Animal Crossing cuties that I picked up from the Kickstarter? Do you have your eye on anything from Ohayou! Clothing? If so, what? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below! I’d love to hear which pins and other items you’re after.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you had a great weekend and start to the week so far!

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8 Games I’m Excited To Play

This evenings post is something I have wanted to write about for a while. I’ve been a gamer since the age of 5 and proud of that! My first console was a Super Nintendo Electronic System (SNES for short), which I still own to this day! Soon after that I was gifted a Game Boy, with a Tetris cartridge in. I loved that game so much, I never got bored of the games music either. ๐Ÿ˜›

There’s quite a lot of games coming out this year and even next year that I’m already excited about, so I thought I would share those here with you all! I talk a lot about gaming to be honest with you… In the “real world” if you will, but I feel like I never talk about gaming on my blog as much as I would like to. I want this to change and in the future I would even love to film myself playing some games to pop up on YouTube!

I know not a lot of people can afford games, or are interested enough in them to play them themselves and just want to see the story. I’m like that myself to be honest with you. I’m really interested in Cyberpunk 2077 BUT the reason it didn’t make it onto this list is because I doubt I will play it and instead I would watch my boyfriend Dane play it instead. I’ve done this time and time again with games and I have zero regrets.

Let’s start talking about the games! This post will be a long one. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Untitled Goose Game – Out 20th September 2019 Nintendo Switch (link)

This is a game that I’m gutted I never got to play at EGX… I’ve seen people playing it and watched videos of trailers etc but as of yet I have not had the chance to try. I’m not going to lie, I had forgotten all about this game to be honest with you! It’s only from looking at my EGX post last year that I discovered it again. This is a goose simulator game, where your task is to annoy humans as much as possible! You get tasks you have to do to complete the level. I cannot believe this is out next week! I hope it is in the UK anyway… If so I will be buying it and spending my weekend playing it with Dane. Apparently this is available on Steam too, but I’ll be getting it for the Switch.

  • I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickinโ€™ Good Dating Simulator – Out 24th September 2019 on Steam (link)

This game was announced this morning. I read about it on Twitter and I am already smitten with the idea of this game. I’m not like a massive KFC fan or anything, but the fact this is a dating sim game AND it is made by KFC makes me fucking laugh. It’s out in a couple of weeks (again, hopefully in the UK again as well) and not only do I plan on getting it, but I also plan on filming myself playing this game. I’m so damn excited for it, that I need to share the shits and giggles of playing it with others.

Luigi’s Mansion 3 – Out 31st October 2019 on Nintendo Switch (link to Smyths)

I’ve never played the Luigi’s Mansion games, but I’ve always wanted to! I never played the first game as it was around when I didn’t own a GameCube and I never played the second one because I didn’t play the first one! I’m pretty sure you don’t need to know the story to play this game. You’re Luigi (the better of the two plumber brothers, in my opinion!) with a Ghostbusters style kit and you’re in a haunted mansion. What more is there to explain, really? This isn’t a game I plan to rush out and buy the date it comes out, but if I found it at a decent price I’d definitely pick it up to play with Dane, as this is a two player game! I love that this is out over Halloween! Perfect timing to be honest with you. If a demo comes out I’ll definitely give that a go.

Pokemon Sword & Shield – Out 15th November 2019 on Nintendo Switch (link to Smyths here, here and here)

This game is already on pre-order and I’ve even bought both of the games, one for me and one for Dane! Of course for the time being I’ll be sharing Dane’s Switch (which we have been doing since he bought it in 2018) alongside him to play this game! I still don’t know which game I want to play yet, but for me it will entirely depend on which game has the best exclusives. I’m very much excited for these games though, as I have a feeling Pokemon have learnt from how lame Sun and Moon were and worked really hard to bring us better game play. Gyms are back and we also have some new features in Sword and Shield! I’m definitely swaying towards Sword though. ๐Ÿ™‚

Alchemic Cutie – Out 2019 on Steam (link to Steam)

At EGX last year I gave this game a go and I really enjoyed playing it! It reminds me of Animal Crossing with the game style and is a very relaxing game. You live on an island that is home of jellies, which you must go out and tame to make them your own. Then once you have these jellies you can participate in competitions with them and more! It was definitely a cool little game I played during EGX and one that stood out to me the most. There isn’t an official release date yet, but it just says 2019 at the moment. I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled on this, I really like relaxing games, especially after a long day at work.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Out 20th March 2020 on Nintendo Switch (link to Smyths)

I don’t think I need to say a whole lot about this game. Everyone knows how much I love Animal Crossing and just how damn excited I am for New Horizons to come out on the Switch. As of yet I haven’t actually pre-ordered the game, as I’m praying that Nintendo will release a Switch console (normal or the Lite) to coincide with the new game. Even if it doesn’t, I’ll still be happy, but either way I would still pick myself up a Switch of my own as I would like one for playing games like this. I know Dane is planning on picking up New Horizons too so that we can play this together. This looks like there’s so much more to do now than ever before and alongside the old school Animal Crossing, it also reminds me of Minecraft too, where you need to craft and build things. Honestly, I can’t stop thinking about this game and for the time being I am trying to keep my Animal Crossing cravings at bay with Pocket Camp! ๐Ÿ˜›

Calico: Magical Girls Running Cat Cafรฉs – Out April 2020 on Steam, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4 (link to Kickstarter)

Next we have Calico, a game that I backed over on Kickstarter quite a while ago now! I stumbled across this game and after keeping my eyes on it for a couple of days, I decided to back! Again, as the game’s name explains, Calico is a game about two magical girls who are running cat cafes. This game reminds me of Animal Crossing, where you need to look after your cafe, whilst gathering cats and other animals from the woods nearby to host in your cafe. You can also create massive animals too who you can ride, including a red panda! I am so excited for this to come out in April and I although it is available on all consoles, I decided to get it on the Switch, as this is a console I have really loved playing my games on of late. ๐Ÿ™‚

To The Rescue! A Dog Shelter Simulator – Out August 2020 on Steam (link to Kickstarterย and Steam)

Finally we have the last game on this post! I’ve actually backed this game on Kickstarter. It was one I wasn’t sure about and due to that ummed and ahhed for ages about it. I’m glad I backed it in the end however, as I think I would have regretted it. As the title of the game tells you, this is a dog shelter simulator game and as you would in a dog shelter, you look after any dogs that come in, try to get them adopted and more. There is even a point in the game where you may need to put a dog to sleep if it’s not adoptable, or been at the shelter too long. However, this is a an optional option for the game, so if you don’t want to do anything like this, you don’t have to. This game isn’t going to be out for just under a year now, which is crazy! It’ll be worth the wait though.

So those are all the games I am excited for for the remainder of 2019, as well as 2020! I didn’t quite realise how many games I’m hyped for until writing this post, as well as how many I have pre-ordered.

Which games are you excited for? Make sure to let me know in the comments.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’ve had a great week so far!

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July Wish List ’19

Where did June go? I felt like it was only yesterday that I was preparing for a nice week off with Dane and then BAM HELLO IT’S JULY! Honestly though, how shite was June weather wise? It was well and truly awful to be fair and I’m glad we’re getting some nice sunshine right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m currently sat at my dining table with a gorgeous cup of Ed’s Coffee House caramel coffee and I’m planning on writing as much as I can before I need to head out later for a D&D session! This months wish list was pretty hard to be honest with you as I’m trying to be good right now due to Japan coming up, (I know it’s 5/6 months away but it will be here before we know it!) which is boring but meh.

Anyhoo – I hope your enjoy this months haul! I feel like there’s so much Japanese inspired stuff there. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Vans x Lazy Oaf Old Skool Platform (No longer available)

I know these are limited edition and no longer available (unless you pay an absolute fucking fortune!) but I still want them. I regret not buying them so damn much when they came out last year. Like stupidly regret it. Recently I noticed someone was selling my size on eBay at a decent price. They looked legit and when the seller offered to knock ยฃ10 off – I bought them straight away. Over a week later I was chasing the seller for my shoes and ended up getting a refund. I was so pissed off… I really wanted the shoes, especially for such a bargain. I’m still on the hunt for these and if you happen to find any in a size 7 for a decent price (no more than ยฃ60 with postage!) please let me know! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Elfen Lied Omnibus Volume 1 (link)

I cannot tell you how happy I was when I recently discovered that this manga was coming out in English. Honestly my younger 16 year old self would have been over the moon with this coming out. Basically this manga has been running in Japan since 2002 – which is nearly 20 years ago now since it first came out. This was the first manga I read, as well as the first anime I watched. Elfen Lied is pretty much what got me into the things I am today, which is amazing to be honest with you so it really does mean the world to me to finally see the manga in English.

Now you’re probably wondering, “Okay hang on Nat! You said you’ve read the manga… But it’s only just come out in English? How did you read it then?” The magic of translation my friends! ๐Ÿ˜› Someone translated it years ago online so I remember when I bought my first laptop 10 years ago (FUCK I FEEL OLD!) I found the manga on a PDF reader and basically flicked back and forth over the pages, reading it. ๐Ÿ˜›

It looks like there will be four omnibus volumes overall, which the second one due out in October. I would love to see the anime redone – just like they’ve done withย Fruits Basket recently. I’d still love to see Elfen Lied Nendoroid’s released too. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Pokemon Holiday Night Collection Ichican Kuji (link)

This is a kuji I’ve decided to do! I’ve never done one before to be perfectly honest with you so this will be a first! It just looks too good to resist having a go on. I’ve regretted not taking part in some of the Animal Crossing kujis in the past and that in itself annoys me. I’ve got this through YY Kawaii on her Instagram merch page (link and link) and the prizes are adorable! There’s a couple of plushies, some holiday travelling essentials, pots and towels. It makes a change seeing some “useful” items in a kuji as opposed to the usual charms, towels and random figures. I really hope I get some good pulls from this!

  • Insert Coin Clothing Persona 4 Teddie Pocket Tee (link)

I’ve already pre-ordered this tee, but I just had to mention it here today as it’s too good not to! ๐Ÿ˜€ I LOVE Persona 5, as my readers all know and I have had a go at Persona 4 Golden (which I am currently stuck on!) which I also really love. I’m reading the Persona 4 manga too, which I actually enjoy more than the game… But this may be due to the fact I’m stuck on it… ๐Ÿ˜› Either way I saw the cute Teddie pocket tee and just knew I had to have it! I recently bought myself an amazing black pair of mom jeans from New Look and I intend to wear them together loads throughout the summer, as well as the rest of the year. ๐Ÿ˜› Of course I would be a fool not to wear this to Japan too.

When this tee arrives – I’ll definitely be doing a post on why I love Insert Coin Clothing’s tees so much! I have this one, as well as their Persona 5 Morgana tee too.

I noticed this mug was going around my Twitter feed about a week or so ago and honestly I have fallen in love with it and I really need it in my life. I really don’t need anymore mugs, but if I didn’t pick this up I would honestly be a fool and regret it until I did. I LOVE Animal Crossing and as an ex barista I also love the coffee theme of the mug. It was always one of my favourite parts of Animal Crossing: New Leaf to daily go and work my shift at The Roost Cafe, as well as sit and drink some pigeon coffee. It looks like the mugs will go on sale on Sarah Dandh’s store on 10th July – so I’ll be making sure to pick one up. ๐Ÿ˜›

Finally we have one of my favourite independent artists out there, who has done it again with her recently Kickstarter campaign! ๐Ÿ˜€ As soon as I saw she was going to be addingย Animal Crossingย designs to the campaign, I put myself down for two pins and it will be both KK Slider and Isabelle who I opt for. I actually already have an Isabelle pin by Ohayou! but it won’t hurt to have another one, will it? I don’t have a KK Slider as of yet and look how damn cute this boi is! I honestly can’t wait to get these already as I’ll wear them together on my jacket(s) as well as potential ita bag in the future. This campaign has now finished, BUT Ohayou! is a good egg and will probably have them for sale in her store anyway. ๐Ÿ˜›

So that’s my wish list for July! Again, I honestly cannot believe we are over halfway through 2019 now. It’s scaring me as not only does it mean I’m getting closer to being 30 but it also means it’s closer to us going to Japan and I am SO nervous for that!

Which items do you have on your wish lists this month? Do you have your eye on any of the items I have too? Make sure to let me know in the comments below! ๐Ÿ˜€

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a lovely week, almost the weekend now, eh?

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May Favourites ’19

I cannot believe we are officially over halfway through 2019! The year is flying by, but I feel the past two months really have flown since I’ve been at my new job. It’s been amazing so far and to be honest with you the end of May and start of June have been amazing for so many reasons!

After years of wishing to go, on Wednesday me and Dane FINALLY booked our trip to Japan! I still cannot believe it’s happening and the sooner it sinks in, the better. I’ll be writing all about this in June at some point. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m off work next week which I’m really excited for as I haven’t actually had any holiday since my birthday in January. Me and Dane have loads planned, including going to Manchester for a few days and even going to see The Book of Mormon there! ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyhoo, I’ll try and give a massive life update post soon on my blog instead of using my monthly post to give you guys TOOOO many updates.

On with the monthly favourites! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Colgate Naturals Charcoal Toothpaste.

If there’s something I love, it’s a toothpaste that tastes sweet, foams loads and leaves my teeth and mouth lovely and clean. This is a new charcoal toothpaste by Colgate so on a food shop at the start of May I saw it was on offer so decided to pick it up. Well, I picked a couple of these because I do love a charcoal toothpaste. Since buying it I really do love using it morning and evening. If anything, it’s a pleasure to use. It doesn’t go black when brushing with it, which is fab! I know some people don’t like that when it comes down to charcoal toothpaste – this is nothing like that!

  • Lime Crime Wet Cherry Gloss in Cherry Bomb.

In the Easter sales I ended up grabbing some bargains, including the Lime Crime best of red lips and this was one of the four products inside of the set. Out of the four this is definitely my favourite to be honest, which took me by surprise! I’m not going to lie – whilst I thought the wet cherry glosses looked amazing, for ยฃ16.00 I thought they were a rip off for something you could pick up on the high street for half of the price and less! I’ll admit it. I’ve now eaten my own words, these lip glosses are definitely a game changer. They’re so light, not sticky and so much more pigmented than I thought they were going to be. If I fancy a bit of colour, but don’t wish to wear anything heavy I’ve been reaching for this. The wet cherry glosses also smell AMAZING! They remind me of the Yankee Candle Cherries On Snow and I can only image this is what an American cherry pie must smell like.

  • Decleor Hydra Floral Everfresh Hydrating Wide-Open Eye Gel.

Since I started my new job, I’ve been seeing my mom more – which is so lovely. We tend to pop to the shops together after I finish work or relax. On one of our shopping trips I picked up a new eye gel for myself, that isn’t this one however. The one I bought was anti-aging and BURNT MY SKIN! It was horrible and I was beyond gutted in so many ways. My mom gave me this eye gel as she knew how I was after a new one. So far this one has been amazing and I haven’t had any issues. It’s a lovely cooling gel and even though I’m sure it isn’t anti-aging but I feel like it does help with brightening my eyes a tad.

  • Optex Intensive Eye Drops For Dry Eyes.

I really do love using eye drops, especially during he cold and hot months especially. Depending on the type of eye drops I buy, depends whether I repurchase them again or not. I don’t feel like I’ve ever really enjoyed eye drops as much as I have with the Optex ones. I find these work really well for me, especially as the hayfever season has officially started. These really help my eyes first thing in the morning to wake me up, as well as refreshing my eyes. I make sure to use these daily to keep my eyes from drying up whilst the weather is on and off of what it wants to be! ๐Ÿ˜›

  • L’Oreal Men Expert Pure Power Black Charcoal Face Wash.

IDGAF is this is a product for men, I’m still fucking using it! ๐Ÿ˜› It it works for blokes, it’ll definitely work for me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ If you know what I mean! This is actually Dane’s face wash, which he loves to bits! He’s had this since about March/April now and around the time he first got it he recommended I give it a go to see what I thought of it. I LOVE it! A little bit of it goes a long way and it goes REALLY creamy and with loads of lather. It gives a lovely cooling feeling on the face, which is great when the weather is really warm. I give this a go once a week to once a fortnight and it really does give my skin a bit of a boost.

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

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Favourite TV Show – Attack on Titan Season 3.

I was so happy forย Attack on Titanย to be back for the rest of season 3 at the end of April and weekly me and Dane have tuned into Crunchyroll or Funimation to make sure to watch the latest episode. We’re caught up so far at the moment and each episode has me on the edge of my seat and by the “to be continued” at the end of the episode, I am already craving more! Dane knows what’s happening throughout the series at the moment as he’s all caught up on the manga – so he’s always one step ahead of me in regards to what’s going to happen… Which sucks. ๐Ÿ˜› One of the episodes recently was really emotional for me and I really need this weeks episode soon!

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Favourite Movie – Detective Pikachu.

I have been so excited forย Detective Pikachu since it was announced months ago so as soon as tickets were released for this film at my local cinema I made sure to get our seats booked! It was an awesome date night out to be honest with you and I couldn’t have been any happier as I left the cinema after watching this. It was everything I wanted and more and I would love to go and spontaneously go and watch it again. I played the 3DS game of this and it was completely different with the story line in various ways. I honestly enjoyed the film more, because whilst the game had more information about Tim’s father and clue searching the film had more about what happened to Tim’s father. Recently Nintendo announced that there is going to be a sequel toย Detective Pikachuย on the Switch, which I am SO EXCITED FOR! ๐Ÿ˜€ Honestly if you haven’t been to watch this film yet, go and see it before it’s gone from cinemas.

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Favourite Book – A Polar Bear In Love Vol. 4.

I love this manga series so much and I was so scared that volume 4 was actually the last volume in the series! Thankfully this isn’t the case, but this volume was really emotional and it really tugged on my heart strings. I’ve mentioned this manga series on and off in the past on my blogs monthly favourites, but it’s about a polar bear who falls in love with a seal pup. Of course polar bears eat seals so the love is seen as strange, especially by the seal who at first is constantly scared that the polar bear is going to eat him. Along the way they start to travel together and even make some friends along the way. This manga has been turned into a mini series, which I really need to watch more of! ๐Ÿ˜›

Favourite Music – I Prevail – “Bow Down”, PVRIS – “Fire” and Grimes – “We Appreciate Power”.

If there are three songs I couldn’t stop listening to this past month, it was definitely the three shown above. I discovered all these thanks to listening to KERRANG! Radio during the week at work and I’ve fallen in love with them all! “Bow Down” has some screaming singing in there, as well as some normal singing. I love the combination between the two singers and it works really well! I love singing along to it on my way home from work, as well as in the evenings when I’m chilling out. PVRIS are a band that I feel I’ve discovered too late! I now really want to get their albums to listen to, as I really love their songs, especially this one. It’s so damn catchy and I always find myself singing along to it, especially if it comes on when driving. Finally we have Grimes “We Appreciate Power”. I’ve always listened to Grimes on and off over the past 7 years and I do rather like her music. Another artist whose music I need to download and listen to more!

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Favourite Game – Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

This is a game I have not been able to stop playing whenever I have a moment to pick up my phone to play it. I play it in the morning when I wake up, if I have a spare 10/15 minutes before work, during my work break and then in the evening on and off after work. I don’t know how I have suddenly grown so addicted to it, but I have and I’m loving it! ๐Ÿ˜› Even talking about it now, I’m going onto the app to see if there is anything I need to do! I am so excited for Animal Crossing to come out on the Switch and I’m keeping fingers crossed that Nintendo will announce information at E3.

So those are all my favourites from May! Again, I cannot believe it’s June already. The start of June is always a busy month for me and Dane, including celebrating when we bought our house as well as our anniversary. We’ll be 6 years together this time next week and it’s crazy how time flies when you’re having fun. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’d love to hear what your favourites were from May! Make sure to let me know in the comments down below. Do you have a busy month ahead of you? If so, let me know about that in the comments too.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you have an amazing weekend. ๐Ÿ˜€

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January Favourites ’19

It’s officially the first monthly favourites post of 2019! Woohoo! Of course with that comes me talking about all the things I loved throughout the previous month, which of course was January.

I usually talk about beauty and lifestyle and it’s something I really enjoy talking about overall. I wanted to think of more things to add to my monthly favourites, what with there being a New Year and all but honestly, I couldn’t think of anything else worth adding! I thought about maybe adding like a favourite fashion piece, but my fashion sense isn’t everyone’s cup of tea… So I think I’ll leave that for now. ๐Ÿ˜›

As always I’ll talk about beauty first and lifestyle after! I hope you enjoy the first favourites post of 2019!

  • Lush Christingle Naked Body Conditioner.

This was something I picked up in the sales just after Christmas. Lush in Birmingham had LOADS of these in stock still and for half of the price they retailed for originally. I’m not as big a fan of Lush as I used to be, but as I had some Christmas/birthday money I decided to treat myself to some of the Valentine’s Day Lush goodies! I use this twice a week at the moment and to be honest with you it’s such a fab little product. I do find it to be incredibly greasy and I have to actually wipe off the excess body conditioner with a flannel as it’s just far too greasy feeling for me. I won’t be repurchasing any of the body conditioners again due to this, but it’s nice to give a go for the money. It makes me feel soft and smell of gorgeous peppermint, so I can’t complain. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • MUA Luxe Inked Lip Stain in Sangria.

If there is a lip trend I have been loving lately it’s the bitten lip look that has come over from Korean Beauty over to us! It’s been around for ages to be honest and is something I have done on and off over the years, but more so lately than ever before. I love these MUA lip stains as they’re super cheap, come in a nice selection of shades and are long lasting! I love to apply it into the inside of my lips to give that bitten look. It’s flattering too if I don’t want to have a heavy lip colour on and as it wear away quiet naturally, I don’t feel like I need to constantly top up. If you guys would like me to show you how I get the “bitten” look, please let me know and I’ll do a post about it!

  • Cath Kidston Hand Cream.

I got so many of these hand creams in my advent calendar at Christmas and I LOVE them all so damn much! The Cath Kidston hand creams are really thick, which are a blessing for my eczema prone hands. I use them at work mostly to be fair and always keep a tube on my desk now to use on my hands as soon as they feel dry and sore. I do have some at home too, but I have other hand creams I tend to use here. I don’t know if you can buy the tubes that I have, but you can buy all sorts of versions from Cath Kidston in their permanent range, so if you’re after a luxurious hand cream but don’t want to spend a fortune, I definitely recommend giving theirs a go! The one thing I dislike the most about them is some of their scents. They remind me of scents that your gran would have on her vanity. They’re lovely, don’t get me wrong but they aren’t ALWAYS for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The Body Shop Drops of Youthโ„ข Youth Liquid Peel.

This is a product I LOVE so damn much and keep meaning to reveal since I bought it before Christmas. I’ll definitely get around to it sooner rather than later. This is a liquid you apply to the face and rub constantly all over your face to remove deal skin. It comes off in balls and chunks, which is gross to admit is your dead skin! ๐Ÿ˜› I love using this liquid peel before my tea tree skin wash on my face, as well as before face masks. I use it once maybe twice a week if I feel the need to and it really does help my skin out! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Rio Sonicleanse Glo Silicone Facial Cleansing Tool.

My final favourite beauty product of this month definitely has to be this facial cleansing brush that my mom bought me for Christmas (which you can see here alongside all the other goodies I was gifted in 2018! I use this facial cleansing brush everyday and I can tell it’s made a massive improvement to my skin. It makes me feel like I’m getting deep into my pores and giving my skin a good clean, alongside getting rid of old and dead skin cells to reveal fresh skin. I’ve been using this for well over a month now too and haven’t needed to recharge the batteries which is amazing! I probably will over this weekend. Again, if you would like me to review this facial cleansing brush please let me know!

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

Favourite TV Show – Inside No. 9.

This is a show I was told about back in the day when the first series came out. I watched some of the second episode and liked what I saw, but never watched anymore of it. During my Christmas holiday time from work I watched ALL ofย The League of Gentlemenย and fell in love. I always found it to be a “creepy” show but after watching it, it’s right up my street. When I wanted to watch more from Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton I stumbled acrossย Inside No. 9ย on BBC iPlayer and decided to give it a go. It has fast turned into one of my favourite TV series and I love it! It’s a dark comedy/horror series with episodes about what’s happening to people behind a door, house, room etc with the number 9 on it. It reminds me ofย Black Mirrorย but different. It’s not all technology based likeย Black Mirrorย is and I like that. Definitely give it a watch if you like this sort of thing though, you won’t be disappointed!

Favourite Film – Mary and the Witch’s Flower.

This is probably the only new film I’ve watched this month and in all honesty it’s the only film that I can think that I’ve watched at all this month! I picked it up on my birthday to watch as it was in the sale for ยฃ9.99 for the Blu-ray so I used some of my birthday money to treat myself (you can see what else I got for my birthday here). It’s about Mary, a girl who seems to have moved to live with her aunt and is due to start a new school soon. She doesn’t really seem to have any friends yet, is clumsy and doesn’t like her bushy red hair. One day she discovers a special flower and from there her life changes rather quickly! This is by Studio Ponoc, who are pretty much a sister company to Studio Ghibli. This is their first feature film and it did really well! I love it so much and really enjoyed watching it with Dane on one of our weekends off together.

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Favourite Book – I Am a Hero.

This is a manga Dane randomly discovered quite a while ago and every birthday, Christmas and anniversary I’ll buy him as many copies of the manga as I can! Not only doe she read this manga, but so do I. I read a couple of he volumes throughout last month and it’s just getting better and better! I’m up to volume 6 at the moment and the story line is getting really juicy now! It’s about a zombie apocalypse in Japan and we follow Hideo Suzuki as he tries to make his way through it, meeting people as he goes. The art style is amazing as it’s so realistic and gives the zombies something a little different. I definitely recommend you giving it a go if you like zombie related films, shows, books, etc.

Favourite Song – “Promises” Calvin Harris Feat. Sam Smith.

Oh man I love this song so much, so much so whenever I hear it on the radio at work it just cheers me up so damn much! I only recently popped it onto my YouTube to listen to whilst I get ready in the mornings, do blog work, as well as any other tasks throughout each day. Sam Smith has a lovely singing voice and Calvin Harris is an artist I’ve loved since back in the day when he made that song and sang about the 80’s and what was acceptable. ๐Ÿ˜› Yes Mr Harris I still dig the stuff you made back in the day! ๐Ÿ˜›

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Favourite Game – Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

I was going to talk about Style Boutique 3 this month and although I’ve played it loads, I feel like I’ve playedย Animal Crossing: Pocket Campย almost daily to be honest since I got my iPhone XR but over the Christmas period and the odd days off I played this game loooooads. I find I play it most before bedtime as I find it relaxes me. I mentioned it a post last month about games I find help anxiety (which you can read here). They’ve just added some new updates too, one which makes playing the game so much easier than it used to be! I also love playing this in the car at the moment as it deices, you know with how crap and cold the weather has been lately. ๐Ÿ˜›

So those are all of my favourites from January!

What do you have on your favourites list from last month? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below and even let me know what your favourite fashion pieces too. I know mine has for sure been my Lazy Oaf rainbow “boring” cardigan. ๐Ÿ˜›

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re ready for a relaxed weekend.

5 Games That Are Great for Anxiety

How are we less than 2 weeks away from February?! 2019 is already flying by and I don’t like it. ๐Ÿ˜›

It’s Sunday evening and I’m not going to lie, I have serious writers block. I haven’t had this for years now so I’m a bit miffed. I know you shouldn’t write when you can’t think of anything, but at the same time I want to get something in my blog. I’ve had a week of overtime, exercising in various different ways and spending the last half an hour of my night before I sleep playing games on my phone or watching a YouTube video.

This inspired me to write today’s blog post. I know a lot of people suffer from anxiety and in fact 1 in 4 people are diagnosed with anxiety, including myself. My anxiety has gotten better to be fair, but it still lingers and at the worst times is still a pain in the arse.

So I decided to combine one of loves with one of my hates. I love gaming and I hate my anxiety, of course. ๐Ÿ˜›

There are various games I like to play when I’ve had a rough day and I thought these may help you guys when you just need to chill out in your favourite space and try to forget stuff for a while as you relax.

I really hope this post can help some of you the way these games have helped me in the past. ๐Ÿ™‚

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1. Animal Crossing: Pocket Came – Free on App Store and Google Play.

The first game I want to talk about is the one I’m really loving the most recently. Since I got my iPhone XR (which you can read about here) I’ve re downloaded and rediscovered this amazing free game! Not only is it free but it’s Animal Crossing, what’s not to love?! I did play this when it first came out and I loved it so much, but I was in my old job and too miserable to play it. I’d just binge watch YouTube and scroll through Instagram instead. Then I didn’t have room on my phone anymore to continue to keep it, so it was deleted. Now I have loads of room, it’s back on my phone and played daily now! It’s staying this time around. ๐Ÿ˜› This is a bit more straight forward to play than the Animal Crossing we all know and love from various Nintendo consoles and handheld consoles. As the name suggests you have your own camp that you need to look after and make sure your animals are happy! There are always new things happening in the game due to constant updates to coincide with special events that are happening in the world. You do need a WiFi connection to play this game, but that’s fairly easy to get nowhere days. I just find this game really handy to play if I need to relax, especially before bed.

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2. House Flipper – ยฃ15.49 on Steam.

This is a game I really love and actually haven’t played for some time. It’s beyond relaxing and one of those games where you won’t realise where the time has gone until it’s pitch black outside and you can’t stand yawning anymore. As the title of the game suggests you’re a house flipper, and need to brings homes back to a good place! I love when you have a grotty house that needs some TLC. It is a very lengthy game and some homes can take agggges to put back right, but that being said it’s still so relaxing to play. You could put some of your own music on, a TV show or even the radio and you’d be super relaxed! I really want to play it now to be honest with you. ๐Ÿ˜›

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3. Sushi Cat – 99p on App Store and free to play online.

This is a game I’ve played on and off over the years. Not only is it cute, but it’s actually addictive to sit and play! It’s free online for all the games that have been made to date, but you can also download it for a small fee on the App Store. You play as Sushi Cat who has fallen in love with a female cat plushie. He needs to gain weight however to get into the store to get to her, so what does a sushi loving cat do? Eat all the sushi he can get! That’s the aim of the game, get him to eat all the sushi! I love it so damn much and it really does cheer me up to play with the cut scenes, as well as the game play. Just Google search and you’ll soon find this game and the others in this series.

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4. Viscera Cleanup Detail – ยฃ9.99 on Steam.

This is a game I love so damn much! I really enjoy playing it with Dane as it’s hilarious to play together, but I think playing this game solo is so much better and definitely more relaxing. You’re in charge of cleaning up a grim bloody scene, surrounded by bits of bodies and lots of blood and gore. It’s not graphic, just in case you’re wondering! ๐Ÿ˜› You just have to clean up the area as much as possible, mopping up blood, burning bits of bodies, etc. It’s hilarious to play and would definitely take your mind off of stuff!

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5. Pokemon Go – Free on App Store and Google Play.

The last game I’m going to talk about on this post is definitely my favourite out of the bunch! I love playing Pokemon GO! Not only does it get me out of the house to walk around and play games as and when I fancy it, but if I’ve had a hard day and need to get away from everyone for a while, you can have a walk and play this at the same time. I remember years ago as a teenager and in my early 20’s when I had stuff on my mind I’d go for a walk with my music to think things through, but I was always just endlessly walking and thinking. Now with games like Pokemon Go and the Jurassic Park one you can play games whilst you’re out walking, running, etc! I love how we have stuff like this now, it’s amazing. I find this can motivate people who are feeling anxious as well to get out of the house to try and not let any thoughts take over them too much, if that makes sense? ๐Ÿ™‚

Which of the games do you think will work best for when you’re feeling anxious or just want something to relax you? Are there any games suggestions you have that I didn’t name on this list? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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