Maybelline Baby Lips Pop Art in Grapefruit Zing – Review

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Another review and another Baby Lips one at that! I haven’t done one of these for a very long time. I remember when Baby Lips first launched in the UK three years ago and I was mega obsessed with them, and especially with getting my hands on at least one shade! Three years on and I now own five different shades and have reviewed two of them, Mint Fresh, and Pink Punch.

Now it’s time to review my recently bought shade, and I have to say it is by far my favourite from the bunch!

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Grapefruit Zing is from Maybelline’s new limited edition Baby Lips, which is called Pop Art, very funky for summer which is very much upon us right now (she says as she wipes sweat from her brow)!

I picked it up on a whim when I popped into Boots recently for a few bits and pieces. I didn’t need it, but I hadn’t bought myself a new Baby Lips for a while and thought why the hell not! I’m so glad I did because I use this so much since buying it.

I’m not going to lie when I say to any Baby Lips virgins, don’t expect amazing moisturisation from one of these bad boys as they really don’t help your lips stay soft. This is from what I’ve found anyway. This being said, it does help them stay hydrated, especially on hot days, like today! They’re more for a younger audience, and how fun it can be to wear a tinted lip balm. I get that, I was young once and loved stuff like this. I forever had a tube of Nivea cherry lip balm in my pocket! I would have rocked these as a teenager, which is probably why I still gravitate towards them now. That and they’re great for work if you just want a bit of colour. Speaking of which…

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The pigmentation that you get from Grapefruit Zing is by far the best I have ever had from a Baby Lips! I wear this to work quite a lot and get so many compliments from staff, it’s crazy and I was kind of surprised. It’s a beautiful hot pink shade with a glossy look to it. A little bit of this goes a long way, and the more you apply, the darker the pink will become. Of course this applies to if you don’t apply a lot, you can get a more sheer pink shade. As all the Baby Lips shades have, this has a scent to coincide with the name of the shade. This smells of zesty grapefruit, which is really nice for the summer.

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From top to bottom: Grapefruit Zing (Pop Art), Pink Punch (regular), Cherry Me (regular), and Berry Bomb (Electro).

I’ve done some swatches to compare my other Baby Lips shades (which are all permanent editions) so you can get an idea of how pigmented the shade is in comparison to previous ones. The only one I haven’t swatched is Mint Fresh, reasons being that I have misplaced it. Sorry, but it’s only a clear lip balm anyway.

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Of course I have to show off me wearing the lip product! Do enjoy my sweaty, tired face after a shift at work. 😉

So overall I LOVE this Baby Lips shade, and I plan to buy the other two shades from the Pop Art collection, those being Blueberry Boom, and Bubblegum Pop. However, I cannot find either of them lately in stores! I guess they’re both just doing that well as everywhere seems to be sold out.

If you like the look of these, you can pick them up from Boots which is currently doing buy 1 get a 2nd half price, and Superdrug which is currently doing 3 for 2. They cost £2.99 each, which is a complete steal, and as there are three shades, you can grab them all on both the offers!

Will you be picking up any of the Pop Art Baby Lips? Which shade(s) you liking the look/sound of? Hey! Maybe you’ve already picked one, two, or all three up! What do you think of them? Make sure to let me know in the comments.

Until next time all, have a lovely day and I hope you’re all well.

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Hoe Hoe Hoe – Review

I’ve owned this shade for quite a while now, and I’m surprised that I haven’t reviewed it sooner! I knew from Jeffree Star’s first announcement on Instagram that I would need this gorgeous shade in my life, especially considering it was limited edition too. I am of course talking about one of his limited edition Christmas shades, Hoe Hoe Hoe.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics has been around over a year now and in that time he has brought out an impressive line of liquid lipsticks, and lip scrubs, as well as adding new pieces to the collection such as lipsticks, highlighters, and an eyeshadow palette.

Hoe Hoe Hoe is a dark pinky red shade with pink and purple shimmer running throughout. It’s described as, “This fierce red is gorgeous. Hoe Hoe Hoe, part of Jeffree Star’s Limited Edition Holiday Collection, is deep toned with hints of metallic red and purple throughout.” I love red shades and the fact this was the first (of I’m sure many!) of his liquid lipsticks to feature shimmer, I knew I had to have it!

This was definitely the perfect shade for Christmas, and I wore it loads just after I bought it when I went to Fuerteventura. I wore it in the evenings when going out for drinks, and I got so many compliments on it! It was just great for the time of year, with everyone wearing red and sparkles for Christmas.

I have of course worn it since Christmas, and like many dark shades like this one, it’s perfect for autumn and winter. I will of course rock this throughout the year, and I often wear it to work. I get really good comments on it, especially when the shimmer is showing. People are astonished by it sometimes.

Unlike Masochist Hoe Hoe Hoe doesn’t come in the signature pink box that the majority of the liquid lipsticks come in. It actually comes in the limited edition white box that was created for these limited edition Christmas shades. Again, the tube itself isn’t the usual hot pink and rose gold colours either, but instead of hot pink it’s white, to match the box it comes in. I love the white look myself, and it really helps show off that the product is different from the rest in my small collection.

The applicator is a doe foot and when I first bought Masochist I expected it to be like the usual soft and bog standard ones you get in most lip glosses, however this doe foot is really fluffy! Which means it picks up more product, and therefore leaves more product behind on the lips. The product itself doesn’t have a scent to it, which at first I was pretty bummed about, but now I actually prefer it!

Like Masochist, Hoe Hoe Hoe is super pigmented, which I knew it would be due to how amazing these liquid lipsticks are! I swatched this on the back of my hand and was actually a little surprised at how dark this shade was. I thought it was going to be a lighter red shade due to the Instagram pictures. I did worry for a while that I wouldn’t like it, but when I tried it on I fell in love. Again like all the liquid lipsticks this is really pigmented and therefore a little bit goes a long way. The doe foot applicator worked well to line my lips, but I find a lip liner is better as it means you gain a more precise line and edge. You don’t need a lot of this to achieve a gorgeous finish.

As Hoe Hoe Hoe has shimmer in it (which as you can see I attempted to get a picture of…), a lot of people spoke online of how they get the most from their tube. One technique that I heard the most about was after it has dried you rub your lips with your finger to sort of show off any shimmer, and basically rub away the colour a little. It works and I do this before I leave the house after applying.

Masochist on the left, and Hoe Hoe Hoe on the right.

Masochist on the top, and Hoe Hoe Hoe on the bottom.

I did wonder if the formula of this one would be different from Masochist (you can read my review of that here), and it is a little. I found the formula was a little more watery/liquidy than Masochist, but I actually liked this as it meant I didn’t need to use as much as I find I sometimes have to with Masochist due to it being a little thicker.

Another thing I worried would happen was staining, as Masochist stains. I like that it stains as it means it lasts longer but if you want to remove it at the end of the day it can be a total bitch to remove! Hoe Hoe Hoe doesn’t so this AT ALL which I’m really pleased about. Due to the stain that Masochist leaves behind I did worry that there was something wrong with my tube of Hoe Hoe Hoe, but I’ve heard from a lot of bloggers and people that Masochist stains. So it isn’t just me. 🙂

The first time I wore this out was to go do some Christmas shopping with Dane. I got a lot of compliments on it from people and it made me feel great. I also wore it in my old job at Costa, and all my regular customers complimented me on it, and said how I seemed in the Christmas spirit. Love it!

Like all liquid lipsticks this will get worn away if you are in contact with any food (or possibly drinks) that contain oil. This lasts throughout my shift at work too, only budging on my lunch break when I grab something to eat, which of course is perfect! Re-applying this is really easy as well. You can just apply it to the parts of your lips where needed, or even all over.

I of course used the “kiss” and “finger” test to show off that this product doesn’t come off when in contact with anything, and everyone I have shown it to has been impressed, especially my boyfriend who hates being covered in lip shapes kisses.

I have in the past found these hard to remove and have had to scrub away at my lips to remove the shade, only Masochist to be honest. I apply an oil based remover to a cotton pad and then apply it to the lips and wipe away when I feel the oil has soaked up the lipstick. Even for such a dark shade it comes off really easily, which I really do love.

Now it’s time for some silly faces of my mug wearing Hoe Hoe Hoe! 😛

Overall how do I feel about Hoe Hoe Hoe? I LOVE it! It’s something really unique due to the shimmer alone, and I know if I fancy wearing something really special on a night out, or for a meal, I know to wear this shade hands down. I’ve started to become more comfortable wearing darker shades at work, so I try and pop this on once every couple of weeks to show that it still exists. 😛

Unlike Masochist I paid £14.00 for this baby after Cocktail Cosmetics had to raise their prices. I remember how annoyed people were about it, but come on people. Over a pound? REALLY?!

As this is limited edition you can sadly no longer buy it anymore unless you find someone selling it second hand online. Try places like eBay, blog sales, sales on Reddit, and especially Depop!

I have decided that on every Jeffree Star product I review I will write about three shades I am lusting after. So my current 3 shades I am now lusting after (STILL!!!!!) Abused (This purpled toned navy blue is one of a kind. Matte. Bold. Sultry. We ALL abuse something. Whether it’s power, love, money or beauty… Just don’t let it control you.), Scorpio (This is what happens when grey and purple make love. Jeffree is a Scorpio, so it’s only fitting he made a color in it’s honor!), and Weirdo (The blackest black matte lipstick on earth! This product can also be used as liquid eyeliner (yes, its eye safe!)).

What shades are you after, or what shades do you own? Any you recommend? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re all having a lovely day.

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Leighton Denny I Am Goddess High Performance Nail Colour Collection – Review

Although these are from Leighton Denny’s autumn/winter 2015 collection I recently picked them up from the M&S sale, as they were super cheap! I managed to pick up three, even though I only really wanted one or two. I will already state that online none of these shades are left to buy, but you may be in luck in store, like I was with two of these shades. You can still pick these up as well on the official Leighton Denny website (link here) but they’re still at the full retail price of £11.00.

So, on with the review!

Thanks to my mom, I discovered Leighton Denny a couple of years ago, but I haven’t as of yet owned any of his polishes until now, and boy was it worth the wait!

These are some of the nicest nail polishes I own, due to the quality of the nail polish, it’s lasting time, and of course the price! But I’ll go into detail about all those in this review.

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L-R : Aphrodite’s Love, Queen Hera, Athena Love

I picked up three of six shades from the collection:

Aphrodite’s Love – An olive cream with a metallic duo-chrome finish.

Queen Hera – A metallic gold with chrome finish.

Athena Divine – A deep, midnight blue with metallic shimmer.

For £11.00 you’re paying for 12ml bottle, with a high performance nail colour. I found with all of these I only needed two coats max to get a really good pay off. All the shades are really pigmented, which I was pleased about.

Lasting time on these was amazing too! Aphrodite’s Love is currently on my toes, and has been the past week. It’s not chipped at all, not even during my pole fitness classes! Which is great to be honest. When I wore Queen Hera all weekend it lasted throughout, and didn’t chip once. Again, I was really pleased about it. I haven’t had the chance to wear Athena Divine yet, but I’m going to wear it next weekend and see how the lasting time is, but if it’s anything like the other two shads, it’ll last ages.

So here are some swatches of the polishes themselves!

Aphrodite’s Love:

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Queen Hera:

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One coat

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Two coats

Athena Divine:

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Two coats

I have shown all the polishes with both one, and two coats, just so you can see the pigmentation!

My personal favourite has to be Athena Divine. Like the name, it is a divine colour and I’ve never seen anything like it. I can’t wait to rock this when I next have my holiday from work (FYI in a months time!) as well as when it’s mine and Dane’s anniversary in June, which will soon be here!

It’s a shame these are limited edition nail polishes, as they are truly stunning!

Will you be trying to pick these up in the M&S sale? Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Lush Tag!

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I recently discovered this tag over at Lauren’s blog, Lozzlepop, and as many of my readers will know, I LOVE LUSH! So I couldn’t help but join in with the tag. I really loved doing this one too. ^_^

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What was your first…

1. Lush Bath Bomb?

Oh God I can’t actually remember! I think it was Waving Not Drowing. It was a tiny bath bomb like Butterball. Butterball was probably one of the first I tried as well.

2. Lush Bubble Bar?

Creamy Candy! I still love this bubble bar to this day. It’s so creamy smelling, and shares its scent with Rock Star soap. I haven’t yet tried the new formula.

3. Lush Massage Bar?

I’ve never tried any of the massage bars, I’m not a huge fan of how greasy they leave me feeling. Ick!

4. Lush Shower Gel/Cream?

Tramp! I loved it so damn much and then Lush went and discontinued it. 😦

5. Lush Shower Jelly?

Whoosh. I still love this shower jelly and I used to use this during my phase of university when my insomnia first started. Thank God I don’t have that anymore. 😛

6. Lush Fresh Face Mask?

Cupcake, I hated it. Broke me out terribly.

8. Lush Bar of Soap?

Godmother. I am so sad that it’s discontinued now. It shared its scent with Snow Fairy, so it gave me my fix during the year when the sparkly pink beauty wasn’t around.

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What is your favourite…

1. Lush store?

Mmm I don’t know to be honest. It used to be the Merry Hill store but it’s just way too small. I like the Coventry store to be honest, and Cheltenham too. I find the staff in there are really lovely and honest.

2. Lush Bath Bomb?

Limited Edition – So White.

Permanent – Intergalactic.

3. Lush Bubble Bar?

Limited Edition – Unicorn Horn.

Permanent – The Comforter.

4. Lush Massage Bar?

Don’t have one as never used before.

5. Lush Shower Gel?

Limited Edition – Snow Fairy

Permanent – The Comforter.

6. Lush Shower Jelly?

Sweetie Pie, but it’s gone. 😥

7. Lush Fresh Face Mask?

Cup O’ Coffee.

8. What Lush products would you like to see come back/haven’t had a chance to try yet?

There are so damn many I want to see coming back! Happy Blooming Bath Melt, Tramp Shower Gel, Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly, Sonic Death Monkey Shower Gel, and Snow Fairy Bath Melt.

Things I want to try – Twilight shower gel, Happy Blooming shower jelly, Lava Lamp bath bomb, Don’t Rain On My Parade shower gel, Key Lime Pie lip balm, and Prince Of Darkness face mask.

So those are my answers from the Lush tag! I tag everyone who reads this post to give it a go and link me in the comments so I can read your answers.

Until next time, take care all!

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Boy I’m Getting Old! Turning 26 and Presents I Received

On Wednesday it was my birthday, and I turned 26. I don’t feel old, but I feel like life is going by a little bit too quickly… But we’ll leave that for another post as I have a lot to say on that matter.

I had a really chilled out day for my birthday. I went to work in the morning, came home, and chilled out in bed with my boyfriend. I opened my cards and presents, and spent the rest of the day eating pizza, and playing on my PlayStation 4. It wasn’t anything spectacular, but just being with my boyfriend made me happy. We plan to go out for a meal when he gets back from holiday in a week, which will be lovely.

I went out with my family the day after my birthday for both mine and my mom’s birthday (hers is the day after mine! Weird, huh?) so that was lovely too.

I didn’t receive much for my birthday, but the thought was there, and some of the gifts I received were money or vouchers which I am still to spend and use. So when I do that, I can do a little haul then and there, but for now I shall show off what my boyfriend bought me for my birthday.

The first thing that my boyfriend gave me was a notebook, this cute Spirited Away related notebook, which is covered in Soot Balls from the movie. He remembered me showing him a post over on Buzzfeed that showed great present ideas for Studio Ghibli fans, and of course this notebook was on there. He got it from a seller on Red Bubble. I hate getting nice notebooks as I never wish to use them, but I’ll be using this one for blog related stuff. I can’t wait to be honest! I’m using up my other notebooks first, and then I shall start to use this one.

As I mentioned in my Boxing Day sales haul (you can read that here) that I knew my boyfriend had bought me a Yankee Candle for my birthday, and he bought me Snowflake Cookie, a Yankee Candle scent I have been after since it came out a couple of years ago. It reminds me of Christmas Cookie but a little stronger, and sweeter. I can’t wait to start burning it now!

I knew I was going to get Lush for my birthday as my boyfriend bought me a gift set whilst we were out and about shopping before Christmas. I had put the huge 1kg bottle of Snow Fairy Shower Gel on my Christmas wish list and alas my boyfriend bought me that for my birthday, as well as the Festive Friends Gift Set. I can’t wait to try out some of the goodies that came inside of the gift set, as well as the massive Snow Fairy.

I don’t know if this is classed as a present or not… But seeing as he bought it me not long before my birthday I imagine it kind of is. I was lusting after the Darth Vader PlayStation 4 controller, but it was sold out EVERYWHERE and if it wasn’t sold out, it was damn expensive. My boyfriend offered to buy me another one, that was just as cool and a little cheaper. One being the 20th Anniversary Edition which is to celebrate PlayStation being around for well… 20 years! It brings back a lot of nostalgia using this controller and I love it a lot! It also means me and my boyfriend can play together, we’ve been playing Little Big Planet 3, and Fat Princess together.

The final present my boyfriend gave me for my birthday was an adorable Eevee plushie from the Pokemon Center in Japan. He bought me a little Mew one, so the fact he got me Eevee too makes me so damn happy. He’s meant to be asleep, and these little plushies remind me of Beanie Babies… Remember them? I BET YOU DO! They’re just like those, and it really does take me back and bring all those nostalgic feelings back too. He was lovely to place on my chest whilst I played PS4 games, and I ended up cuddling both the Eevee and the Mew when I had a nap. Cute, much? Hell yeah!

So that’s the goodies I received for my birthday from my boyfriend. His parents bought me the amazing Lush Sweet Christmas gift set which was full of yummy goodies! My mom gave me some money, and my brother gave me some gift voucher for Debenhams… Think that will keep me supplied with lipstick for quite some time. 😛

My birthday was really nice this year, but it came and went in the blink of an eye!

What do you think of the gifts I received? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

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

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January/Birthday ’16 Wish List

Is it my birthday in three days… I’ll be turning 26 and this saddens me. I am getting older, and with the years not only do I gain another wrinkle, another grey hair, and a saggier body, but I also gain other things. But we will leave that for another post because I now feel inspired to write it!

Back to this post however… With a new year, and a new month, comes a new wish list! A birthday one with that. I don’t really feel like I want much after Christmas, but I will try my best to try and come up with some things that I would love to receive, or buy for myself with birthday money.

So, list time! I love making these. ^_^

  • Topshop Lady and the Tramp Pyjamas – £28.00 (link)

As soon as I heard about these pyjamas being available to buy I instantly though “NEED IN MY LIFE!”. I love Lady and the Tramp, it’s by far one of my favourite Disney movies, so I’m a complete sucker for these of course. They’re pretty expensive for what they are to be fair, and whilst I have enough pyjamas to last me a life time, I may just treat myself to some more new ones, or ask for them for my birthday. We shall see.

  • Amazon The Hobbit Trilogy – Extended Edition Blu-ray – £44.00 (link)

I LOVE The Hobbit… More so than Lord of The Rings, but I put this down to me going to see all The Hobbit films in the cinema, I was never allowed to do this with Lord of The Rings as a child/teenager. I own The Lord of The Rings Trilogy Extended Edition Blu-ray’s so I have been eagerly waiting for The Hobbit’s one to be released so I could buy them all. I intend to have a marathon of this as soon as I get them. If no one buys me this for my birthday, I’ll soon buy it for myself… Possibly whilst my boyfriend is on holiday so I can marathon them the weekend he’s due to leave.

  • Amazon Sword Art Online: Lost Song Playstation 4 game – £24.99 (link)

As I mentioned on a post recently, I now have a PS4 and I love it so much! I really would love to get some more games for it, and this is one I have my eye on, out of many! Me and my boyfriend got to demo this game whilst we were at Hyper Japan and I really liked it! There are many more games out there I would have asked for instead, like Life is Strange, but this isn’t released for another 20 days yet! I love the Sword Art Online anime, and I really want to read the manga, so the game is right up my street!

  • AnimUK Animal Crossing Isabelle Nendoroid – £32.99 (link)

I’ve spoken various times in the past about Nendoroid’s and how much both me and my boyfriend love, and collect them. I wanted the Animal Crossing Isabelle figures ages ago, but they sold out and go for a lot of money now. However, they’ve re-released one of the two, and I intend to get one before they go again! It isn’t expensive either, and AnimUK are a great place to go to for Nendoroid’s as they don’t charge you for the custom fees that the official Good Smile Company shop do.

  • Loungefly Star Wars Boba Fett Brown Wallet – $38.00 (link)

I don’t NEED a new wallet, but I would really like a new one… I love the fox one I have by Loungefly but I fancy a change for some reason, and this Boba Fett wallet is one I’ve had my eye on for a while. It isn’t cheap however, and is impossible to get hold of in the UK without paying through the teeth for it from America. I’ll have to see if I REALLY want it.

  • GAME Sony PlayStation DUALSHOCK®4 Wireless Controller Darth Vader Edition – £49.99 (link)

With my new Playstation 4 I’ll need another controller for it so that my boyfriend can play games with me! I really wanted the limited edition Darth Vader PS4, but 1. it was too much money, and 2. it was sold out anyway so… The controller is probably the nicest part of the console itself, so the fact you can buy the controller is pretty awesome! It isn’t cheap, no but it’ll be worth it! I’d use this one, and my boyfriend could have the normal controller… Because he isn’t special enough for the Darth Vader one, of course. 😉

So that’s my wish list for my birthday, and January! I can’t believe I’m going to be 26 in just three days. Damn I’m getting old. 😛

What’s on your wish list for January? Make sure to let me know in the comments down below!

Until next time, take care all and see you soon.

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Christmas Present Ideas – Geeky Guy

I said before I left for my holiday that from the start of December, until the last Wednesday before Christmas I would be posting Christmas present idea lists up on my blog. I’m not going to do your casual present guides, instead something a little different, and quirky. For my first list my boyfriend is here to give me a hand with a geeky guy present ideas! Him being a geek himself, this is pretty much his wish list for Christmas. So I hope you enjoy his choices, and they help you get any ideas for those geeky men in your life!

Howdy everybody! Natalee is still away on her holiday, so she has roped me in to do another post. It’s coming to that time of year where we openly let a fat bearded man into our homes and steal our milk and mince pies. I never understood why we do that but that thought is for another day!

With Christmas coming up I thought it would be a good idea to give people ideas on what presents to get a geeky guy like me. I know Nat has some difficulty getting me presents as I tend to buy stuff when and if I need it, and I am pretty sure it is the same for a lot of guys out there. My dad in particular is pretty hard to buy for as he isn’t really interested in much. So to give you ladies, and even guys a helping hand with what to get any of the neckbeard* men in your life.
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  • Xbox Elite Controller

I’m an Xbox loyalist; I will state that straight away so forgive me if your man has another console or belongs to the master race (PC). I don’t believe there is an equivalent for the PS4 and the master race will always praise using mouse and keyboard so this is not for them. This is one thing that I am really looking forward to getting. The customisation, the responsiveness… It just looks cool, and so on. Just watch this official video:

The only drawback is the price, at £120 it is pretty steep for an accessory that most people probably don’t need. That is why I have asked for assistance with getting mine for Christmas, I could get it but I can’t justify buying it myself for the full price.

  • Star Wars Battlefront Special Edition PS4

I suppose an alternative is the Star Wars Battlefront Special Edition PS4. It just looks tasty with the Darth Vader print on the front, funky looking limited edition controller, and general presentation. It also gives me an excuse to be a double agent in the console wars. It is more expensive than the controller so it isn’t really an alternative at all, plus it will never beat the limited edition R2D2 Xbox 360 with sounds and lights. However, for those that want to splash the cash, for those who may be into it, and for those without a PS4 it is a great present. I know Nat really wants one for herself!

  • Nendoroids (and I suppose Pop! Vinyl Figures)

I am a bit of a snob when it comes to figures, even though I am new to collecting them. Due to this I don’t know names of other brands other than these two and could never see myself buying the proper expensive ones no matter how cool they look. They really would be too unfair on my bank account.

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Personally, I dislike Pop! Vinyl figures. As the brand has grown in popularity the quality seems to have diminished. I don’t like the look of them, they are manufactured in greater quantity so the paintwork tends to be iffy at best, and there isn’t much to them other than they’re a potentially cute looking figure. They are very easy to buy, popular, and cheap brand of figures so yeah, go for it if you’re on a budget, or there is a particular figure that will appeal. Older figures like Nat’s Wall-E are really decent, whereas newer ones like the Colossal Titan seem badly made. If there was one I would get it would be the Brotherhood of Steel Pop! from the Fallout collection, as I have had my eye on it for a while. Otherwise I’ll tell you about Nendoroids, a figure that I think will give you a hell of a lot more for your buck.

For those that like a bit more quality to their figures, Nendoroids are the way to go. I already own a fair few of them; nearly all the Attack on Titan collection (just missing Cleaning Levi), both Kirito and Asuna from the Sword Art Online collection, Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid, and the Star Wars Stormtrooper.

They are manufactured by a Japanese company called Good Smile so a lot of their products are based around manga and anime, making them the perfect gift for someone who loves that sort of stuff. They are incredibly well made, pose-able, and all come with unique accessories that reflect the character. Some examples being Solid Snake has a cardboard box, the Stormtrooper has a blaster, and Mikasa has her red scarf.

The drawbacks with Nendoroids are availability, price, and variety. You can see them at conventions (but be careful they’re not fake!), and very rarely in places like Forbidden Planet but the best place to get them is online. Always use trusted partners (http://partner.goodsmile.info/support/eng/partnershops/) or shops other people recommend like Sushi Noms, Crunchy Roll and so on. Due to the way Good Smile release them affects how easy to acquire they are. You will find it difficult to find older figures outside of eBay and even then they have a chance of being fake or overpriced. Speaking of price, they can be on the expensive side. For example, I got Nat a Mawaru Penguindrum (Google it) Nendoroid which I would consider quite rare for just over £20. That is good, right? On the other hand the Pokemon Red is priced up at £160… Yes, that much! Then there is the trouble of bootlegs which there is a major issue with. Good Smile does bootleg warnings which are great and helpful, but you still have to be careful. I fell victim to it using eBay. It looked real on the pictures, but I could tell instantly it wasn’t when it arrived, and returned it straight away.

Even though these are some issues, I still recommend Nendoroids over anything.

  • Games (Fallout 4, SW: Battlefront, Just Cause 3)

Games are a simple easy present to get. They are released constantly and if it were me I would be happy to receive any game, hell even Viva Pinata! Just check out the hype for the upcoming games and maybe take a little look at their current collection and it should give you a good idea on what sort of games they’re into. At the moment I am playing Fallout 4 and Star Wars: Battlefront and anyone would have a blast playing either of those. The problem with these though is they are out already and said person who you’ll be buying for will have most likely bought them already (like I have), so what do you get? Well one idea is to buy something similar to what they have already, no harm in that is there? An older game I want is the Master Chief Collection, I’m glad I didn’t get it at launch because it was shrouded in problems but they have fixed them and it would be a great addition to any Halo fan boy. I already own the original Xbox and 360 copies of Halo 1,2 and 3 so I would love to be able to play them on my Xbox One.

You could even go retro, have they ever spoken about the good old days playing the Sega Mega Drive or the Super Nintendo? You can find them pretty cheap on eBay, I got hold of a Mega Drive for £30 and it included 10 games. Mega nostalgia for any gamer!

What if you want to get something new for them? Or your partner has everything already? Or you don’t know the difference between Battlefield and Battlefront? Or you can’t work out why you shouldn’t get Duke Nukem Forever?
Well the answer to that really is Just Cause 3. Why? You ask. Because explosions. Every man wants to be Antonio Banderas and not look at explosions and this game gives you all of that with no risk of being branded a terrorist or creepy for trying to be Antonio Banderas.

Antonio Banderas isn’t actually in this but I think the character is based on his [film career] life. It is a silly game that you shouldn’t take seriously, but that is what makes it fun. I have played the two original games and they are beautiful and amazingly fun to play another game that anyone would love to play. I am actually looking forward to it coming out in December. That is why I am suggesting it as whoever you may buy it for won’t have it just yet so it makes a perfect present to get. Just make sure they haven’t pre ordered it!

The best advice I can give for when buying games is to ask them straight up what, if any, games they would like. Then you have no trouble. It may ruin the surprise, but if they are anything like me I appreciate the thought that you want to get something I am actually interested in rather than having to feign happiness that you got me Ride to Hell: Retribution because you saw I liked Sons of Anarchy (FYI: It is a terribly bad, bad, bad, bad, baaaaaaad game).

If you really want to surprise the gamer, make the notes of what games they have and go into any gaming store. GAME staff in particular are incredibly helpful and although they want you to buy stuff regardless, I still feel like they want to help you.

  • GAME Gift Cards

When I say game store, I don’t specifically mean the chain of stores. You can buy vouchers for pretty much all the major game outlets. Xbox store, PlayStation Network, and Steam all have gift cards available, and depending on what system they use you can tailor it to them. If all else fails, get GAME gift cards. Anything that helps me buy more is always welcome.

  • Portal Board Game

I recently got this to play with Nat, but we haven’t got round to playing it yet. It took a while to understand the rules, we were tired and it was late so please forgive us for not being able to truly review it. Most gamers and geeks will know about the video game Portal, so this is a brilliant gift for any fan of the series. Valve, the creators of the series, are probably one of the biggest hitters in the gaming industry so you can’t miss what they have released. Not sure when it released but I had no idea about it until I randomly spotted it in a Games Workshop. It looks fun and I hope we get round to playing it soon. It would be a great gift to open on Christmas and play with the family.

  • Stormtrooper Costume

I don’t really know what to say to persuade anyone to buy this…

http://www.stormtrooper-costumes.com/24,stormtrooper_costumes.html

… But I am damn sure I want one.

A full PVC outfit of a Stormtrooper with holster and blaster would be fudging amazing! I have always wanted one, but that price is a bit painful on the soul, if I had one…

  • Stocking Fillers/Novelty Clothing

These are awesome little ideas that you could buy someone. I know that I have largely focused on gamers with a heavy dosing of Star Wars but this is really for any geek. There are tons of websites and shops out there to get little presents and random bits of clothing.

Here are but a few:

www.gamer-heaven.net

www.redbubble.com

www.forbiddenplanet.com

www.crunchyroll.com/store

www.tokyotoys.com

www.sushinoms.com

www.tofucute.com

www.animuk.co.uk

Just look on the websites for whatever they are into and you can easily find something. If it is clothing I would recommend sticking with T-shirts as not all nerds and geeks are confident enough to walk around wearing a Naruto jacket, a Survey Corps hoody, or even like having to explain what their clothing is from. Most people don’t understand how adults can be into these “childish cartoons”. Not even when Lucy from Elfen Lied tears people in half creating a bloody massacre whilst strolling naked through a military complex. T-shirts allow people to express their interests, yet be able to cover up when visiting grandparents. There is nothing more awkward than having to explain over a cup of tea why the cake is a lie. Just don’t put them in that position!

  • Shit-Bucket

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Shit+Bucket

Stay with me here and give me a chance to explain.

I don’t necessarily mean buying your partner a commode and letting them excrete into a bucket, unless you really want to. I mean giving them the gift of letting them zone out and enjoy their games. Book a day off work for them (and yourself), keep up their supply of Monster and Doritos (possibly with melted cheese), and take an interest in what their playing. I know it is hard to just watch someone play but having support from loved ones means a lot, it’s the thought that counts. Hell, you could even empty the bucket for them…

I joke.

So there you have it, my quick gift guide for that special geeky person in your life. I don’t want this to be limited to just guys as I’m sure some women out there would appreciate the intricacies of a poop bucket. So if you have a geeky guy or girl hopefully they would appreciate some of these things that I myself would love to receive from the bizarro burglar know as Santa.

Ciao for now!

Thanks again to Dane for writing this post for me! The last present idea really did make me giggle! What did my readers think of his ideas? Make sure to let me know in the comments, Dane will be reading them whilst I’m away on holiday.

I’m away for another week yet so I’ll see you all when I get back! Take care.

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