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Beauty Review: Beauty Blender Blotterazzi

Beauty Blender Blotterazzi

What it is: An oil blotting sponge

The claim: “Shaped to fit all contours of the face, the blotterazzi™ saves you from unused corners like traditional blotting papers. Made with the award-winning beautyblender material, these blotting sponges remain “thirsty” when they are dry, absorbing excess oil without disturbing makeup so that skin stays looking radiant. With the compact’s vented back and clear, hygienic separator, it ensures that the sponges keep their freshness” – Sephora

Available at: Beauty Blender, Sephora, Amazon

Average price: $20 USD

Review:

I received Beauty Blender’s Blotterazzi in Sephora’s July Play! box. This product normally consists of two Blotterazzi sponges and a storage case with a built in compact mirror, but since this was a Play! item, I received only one sponge.

I’ve had excellent experiences with Beauty Blender products in the past (as well as the present), so I was optimistic that this product would be able to successfully eliminate all that nasty, pore clogging oil from my skin.

That optimism, as I would find, was unfounded.

Those who have used a Beauty Blender before will be no stranger to this sponge, as it is made of the exact same material as the Original Blender. But unlike the Original Blender, this product is designed to be used only when dry. No duh, right? You can’t blot oil with a wet sponge, after all.

I decided to give the Blotterazzi its maiden test run after finishing my gym workout. I am cursed with combination/oily skin, so the summer heat + workout sweat = enough oil to saute a full pan of vegetables.

Basically, I chose the prime time to use this product.

I blotted the Blotterazzi gently all over my skin (as I would with a typical oil blotting sheet) and, to my utter surprise, nearly all of the oil and sweat remained. I went over my face one more time, but to no avail.

Frustrated, I reached for my Up & Up oil blotting sheets (Up & Up is a generic brand found exclusively at Target), and went over my face with that instead.

Those cheap, $2 one-time use oil blotting sheets ended up making the Blotterazzi its bitch, as only one sheet was able to remove all the surface oil and sweat from my face instantly.

In hindsight, it was pretty obvious that this product was not going to work.

The Blotterazzi’s intended use contradicts the nature of the material it was created with. Beauty Blenders do not absorb foundation and beauty products, but rather they keep those products at the surface of the sponge so the product can be applied evenly and smoothly. So instead of the Blotterazzi absorbing oil and sweat from the face, this product merely transplanted it somewhere else.

So to be blunt, this product is a gimmick and a complete waste of money. I recommend consumers avoid it like the plague.

I award the Blotterazzi no points, and may God have mercy on its soul.

Have a product you’d like me to review? Leave a comment or shoot me an email at meg@geekgirlworld.com

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‘Game of Thrones’: Will Jon Snow be Legitimized?

Jon Snow has been declared King in the North, but that doesn’t mean all the Northern houses will accept a so-called bastard’s claim to Winterfell and its surrounding lands.

For Jon Snow to truly rule the North and Winterfell without opposition, he must first be legitimized as a Stark. Unfortunately for Jon, this isn’t an easy feat to accomplish.

Only a king or queen has the power to legitimize a bastard, a notable past example of this being when King Tommen legitimized Ramsay Bolton at Roose Bolton’s request. Stannis Baratheon once offered to legitimize Jon in return for his aid, but because of that stubborn, stubborn Stark honor, Jon declined his offer. Both Tommen and Stannis are now dead, so as it currently stands, only two people in the realms have the power to legitimize Jon: Cersei and Daenerys.

But don’t hold your breath.

Based on the Lannister’s tumultuous and bloody history with the Starks, it is highly unlikely that Mad Queen Cersei will be legitimizing Jon Snow anytime soon. And as for Daenerys, the woman with a million titles believes that the entirety of Westeros is hers by birthright, so she has no reason to legitimize a man that she will surely view as a political rival.

So short of a full blown political revolution, is there any hope that Jon Snow will be legitimized as Jon Stark/Targaryen?

As it turns out, he may already be legitimized.

In A Storm of Swords, the then King in the North, Robb Stark, makes it known to Catelyn Stark that he wants Jon Snow to succeed him as King in the North and Lord of Winterfell should he perish. Although Catelyn was very vocal against this plan, Robb remained adamant in his decision, declaring that he will legitimize Jon Snow and make him a proper Stark.  Robb was killed during the Red Wedding shortly after this conversation, so we don’t know if he went through with this plan and drafted a royal decree.

If he did, then there’s a good chance that a mysterious Stark ally may hold the key to legitimizing Jon Snow: Howland Reed.

As fans of the HBO series and book series will remember, Howland Reed is the Lord of Greywater Watch and a fierce Stark ally. It was Howland Reed who (in the HBO series) saved Ned Stark from Ser Arthur Dayne at the Tower of Joy. Howland kept the events of that day secret, therefore helping to protect Jon Snow from certain death at the hands of Robert Baratheon. If ever there was an ally the Starks could entrust sensitive intel to, it’s Howland Reed.

Howland is also the father of Meera Reed, and now that his daughter and Bran are heading back over the wall, the elusive Greywater Watch is sure to be a key stop before Bran heads to Winterfell to reunite with his remaining siblings.

Oh the copious amounts of information that mysterious man must know!

All will hopefully be revealed when Game of Thrones returns next summer, or when The Winds of Winter is finally released later this year. Let’s hope for the latter.

Do you think Robb Stark successfully legitimized Jon? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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Pokémon Go: How to Choose Your Eeveelution

Pokémon Go fans have discovered a way to choose which Pokémon your Eevee evolves into, and it’s outlandish, simple, and awesome.

As it turns out, all you need to do to guarantee your preferred Eeveelution form is nickname your Pokémon a specific name:

  • Jolteon: Nickname your Eevee Sparky
  • Flareon: Nickname your Eevee Pyro
  • Vaporeon: Nickname your Eevee Rainer

Recognize these names? They’re not random.

Sparky, Pyro, and Rainer were the names of three of the four Eevee Brothers from the first season of Pokémon (episode 37, to be exact). These trainers were in possession of their respective Eevee (Sparky trained Jolteon, Pyro trained Flareon, and Rainer trained Vaporeon), and a fourth brother, Mikey, was trainer to a normal, unevolved Eevee.

Many fans have reported that this trick works flawlessly (I personally vouch for it), but there are some steps you might need to take to ensure that Eeveelution goes off without a hitch.

My 412 CP Eevee evolved into a 1136 CP Vaporeon by naming it ‘Rainer’.

Step 1: Name your Eevee

Depending on which evolved form you are hoping and praying for, nickname your Eevee either Sparky, Pyro or Rainer. Capitalization does not seem to matter (at least in my experience), but it doesn’t hurt to make your proper nouns, well, proper.

Step 2: Reboot the app

Before you evolve your Eevee, make sure to reboot the app. This is a crucial step you might need to take to ensure that the nickname stuck, therefore stopping the game’s currently shaky servers from screwing you over during the evolution process.

Note: I was able to successfully evolve my Eevee into Vaporeon without rebooting the app, but I recommend doing this step nonetheless..

Step 3: Evolve!

The time is here! Now that you’ve nicknamed your Eevee and rebooted the app, it’s now time to hit the evolve button and watch the wondrous Eeveelution take place. If things go smoothly, then you should end up with your desired Eevee.

This Eeveelution trick may only work a limited number of times (according to some fans), so for now, only try it out on your most powerful Eevees.

Did this trick work for you? Let us know in the comments!

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Nintendo to Release a Mini NES with Built in Games

The NES is back, and it’s funner (and smaller) than ever!

Nintendo recently announced that a miniature, more technologically advanced version of their classic 1980’s console will be released this fall.

The revised console, named the NES Classic Edition, will not include a cartridge like its predecessor, but instead will be preloaded with 30 classic Nintendo games. The system will also include the original’s iconic game controller and will be compatible with Nintendo Wii and Wii U interactive controllers.

Players will be able to view the gameplay in high definition (well, as high definition as 80s and 90s games can get) by connecting the console to their TV via HDMI cable.

The fun-size NES retails for $59.99 and will include the following games:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Final Fantasy
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts’N Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man 2
  • Metroid
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Pac-Man
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Those looking to purchase the NES Classic Edition should mark their calendars now, as the system hits store shelves November 11th.

What do you think of this mini NES? Let us know in the comments!

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‘Pokémon Go’: Which Team is Right for You?

Instinct. Mystic. Valor.

The world is now divided between these three factions, straining relationships between families and once amicable friends.

Choosing the right team is perhaps the most important (and most stressful) decision one will ever have to make in their life time, so before you engulf yourself into the world of Pokémon Go, it’s important to know where your loyalties truly lie.

Learn about the different teams below, and remember, choose wisely.

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Members of Team Instinct survive the cut throat world of Pokémon by relying solely on their intuition.

They believe that their gut, rather than their reasoning, can be the difference between victory and defeat in the Gym. Neutral in the feud between Mystic and Valor, and Instincts pride themselves on their outsider status.

The mascot for Team Instinct is Zapdos, an electric/flying Pokémon, and as such, members tend to favor Pokémon with similar abilities.

Preferred starter Pokémon: Pikachu

 

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Team Mystic is home to the Advanced Placement students of the Pokémon world.

Members of this team take an analytical approach to battles, sizing their opponents up not by their CP, but by their traits and unique powers.

The mascot for Team Mystic is Articuno, an ice/flying Pokémon. Members of this team favor ice and water Pokemon above all other, but they will use Pokémon of all different attributes if their strategy calls for it.

Preferred starter Pokémon: Squirtle

 

 

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Braun is everything for Team Valor.

Members of this team have an extreme thirst for power, and their battle strategy is simple: pure domination. Low CP Pokémon are easy prey for Team Valor, whose members tend to hoard only high CP Pokémon.

The mascot for Team Valor is Moltres, a fire/flying Pokémon. Members of this team prefer to incinerate their enemy with Pokémon of the fire variety, but they don’t discriminate so long as the Pokémon has an extremely high CP.

Preferred starter Pokémon: Charmander

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Beauty Review: Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation

Sheer Transformation

What it is: a day and night moisturizer infused with Vitamin C, fruit acids, and Sandalwood, Geranium, Licorice and Chamomile Extracts.

The claim: So sheer in texture, this luxurious oil-free cream feels light and silky as it penetrates the skin and helps fade discolorations such as freckles, age spots and sun damage without the use of chemicals. Instantly nourishes and retexturizes the skin, smoothes facial lines and provides intense free radical protection to prevent further damage. – Ole Henriksen

Price: $38 (1.7 oz), $65 (3 oz)

Review:

Sheer Transformation may just be the holy grail of moisturizers.

The moisturizer is as light as Ole Henriksen boasts, and the (mostly) all natural ingredients are gentle on the skin. I found that it leaves a light sheen on the skin for a short time after application, but this doesn’t accompany a tight or oily feeling, nor does it prompt the skin to produce sebum (which is great for folks with combination and oily skin).

In addition to the product’s moisturizing power, Sheer Transformation also moonlights as an effective exfoliant. Fruit acids within the formula help strip away dead skin and promote cell turn over, and shockingly well. I routinely find little patches of dead skin all over my face after using this product, so I exclusively use it only at night before bed or on a day where I plan on wearing zero makeup. As one could probably imagine, skin peeling + makeup = not a good time.

But moisturizing and exfoliation is not all Sheer Transformation is capable of.

This moisturizer is formulated with Vitamin C and licorice root, which are known hyper-pigmentation combatants. Those who have been personally victimized by acne (like myself) may find that this product drastically reduces the appearance of acne scars and other post-acne damage –  but don’t expect it to happen overnight.

My cheeks were heavily damaged from hyper-pigmentation thanks to some nasty acne breakouts, but after about two months of continued use, I found that this product did indeed lighten and tone down the appearance of my scars when used nightly in conjunction with Ole Henriksen’s Invigorating Night Treatment. Sheer Transformation is by no means a miracle product for treating hyper-pigmentation, but compared to the cost of professional laser treatments (which can result in some nasty side effects if not done properly, such as discoloration and skin lesions), this product is a money saver.

Even so, the cost of this product may be a little intimidating for the average consumer.

A small 1.7 oz container costs a whopping $38 (on average) and lasts approximately only 2 months. A year’s worth of moisture, exfoliation, and blemish lightening will therefore will set consumers back $228 (again, on average).

But if you’re looking to see serious results, then this product is most definitely worth the investment.

Have you tried Sheer Transformation? Let us know your own thoughts in the comments!

 

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Dog Day Sunday: Fireworks + Dogs = Stress

The Fourth of July is upon us, and that means only one thing: celebrating our independence from Britain fireworks!

Those bright aerial explosions are a total delight for Earth’s only pyromaniac race, but for our pets, experiencing fireworks can be strange and downright terrifying.

Make sure that your lovable canine is safe and happy this Fourth of July by following these tips:

Leave your dog at home

If you know that your dog is afraid of Fireworks, don’t bring him with you to fireworks displays. Period.

More pets tend to run away on the Fourth of July than on any other day, so do not leave your dogs outside unattended – especially if you aren’t home. Keep your pet inside (preferably in a crate, if he is crate trained) and make sure that all the doors and windows are securely shut.

If your dog is a known escape artist, then make sure that his tags are securely fastened on his collar. Just in case.

Mind your body language

If you’re going to be with your dog when the fireworks start exploding in the sky, then it is important to keep your dog close to you and as calm as possible.

Dogs are experts at reading human body language, so your reaction to the fireworks will help them form their own reactions. It may be difficult, but try to be stoic and unexcitable during the fireworks, and divert your gaze from the sky from time to time to play with your dog and reward him for doing some fun tricks.

If you aren’t making a big deal of the fireworks, then your dog might not either.

Consider purchasing a Thundershirt

This veterinarian approved and recommended product gently pulsates and applies pressure on the dog’s body, which soothes the dog and helps keeps him calm through many stressful and high energy situations – including fireworks.

Please note: your dog will need to be conditioned to wear this shirt, so it’s important to let your dog relax in it and get used to it several times before the fireworks begin, otherwise it won’t be an effective tool.

The shirt retails for roughly $40 and can be purchased online and at most major pet chains (think Petco and PetSmart).

(photo credit: thundershirt.com)

Allow your dog plenty of exercise

Your dog may not stress out as much around fireworks if he has spent the day playing and moving, so take a break from the barbecues and pool excursions and spend some quality time with Fido!

Take your dog out to the dog park to play, go for a hike or jog, or just play for hours on end! Do whatever you can to tire your pup out so he (hopefully) can sleep through those scary sky explosions.

If you are going to be exercising your dog more than usual, it’s important to ensure that he is well fed and hydrated throughout the entire day.

This should go without saying, but you know folks these days…

Desensitize your dog to fireworks

If fireworks are a regular occurrence where you live, then you might want to consider desensitizing your dog to the sound.

This can be done by playing sound bytes of fireworks in front of your dog routinely over the span of a couple months. Start with low volume levels, and then gradually pump up the jams over time.

You want your dog to associate the sound with safety, not fear, so it’s extremely important to make sure that your dog is submissive, calm, and comfortable before exposing him to the sound.

This process will take time and patience, but after a while your dog will no longer be afraid of fireworks!

Do you have any more tips that may help dogs get through the Fourth of July peacefully? Let us know in the comments!

 

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‘Suicide Squad’ Character Posters are Here!

It appears that Warner Bros. has been throwing all their pennies into a wishing well for Suicide Squad. 

The company’s advertising strategy for their latest flick has been simple: keep Suicide Squad as tonally different from the widely panned Batman V Superman as humanly possible.

Now, in what appears to be an overachievement of this goal, the company has released not one, but two sets of character posters for the film.

And boy, these posters could not be any more different. Check them out below!

Edition #1: Standard and “Sweet”

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Edition #2: Comic Book Mayhem

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Someone clearly went a little too crazy with the Photoshop brushes in the second set, but whatever – we like them all the same.

Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5.

Which poster set was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 6 Episode 9: Top 5 Moments

[Warning: the following article contains Game of Thrones season 6 episode 9 spoilers]

The Battle of the Bastards has come and gone, and we have only one word in reaction:

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Game of Thrones has a long history of throwing the most action and suspense into episode 9, and season 6 was no exception.

Check out what we believe are the top 5 moments from the episode!

5. Yara and Dany meet… & get flirty

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Goodbye Daario, hello Yara!

The sexual tension between Yara and Daenerys was palpable and oh so delicious in episode 9, but before you guys get a little too excited, a hookup between the two is pretty far fetched.

…Or is it?

Anything goes in the world of Game of Thrones, and it wouldn’t be the first time Daenerys had a little fun with another lady (at least as far as the books are concerned).

We’ll have to wait until next season to see how their relationship – business and personal – progresses, but don’t worry, there’s at least 100 fanfics and fanart pieces out there of  Dany x Yara already to hold us all over until next year.

4. Game of Thrones pulls a Lord of the Rings

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Gandalf Sansa reappears in the third act of the Battle of Helms Deep the Bastards with a large army which effectively demolishes the Orc’s Ramsay Bolton’s remaining forces.

The appearance of the Knights of the Vale wasn’t a surprise to a majority of Game of Thrones fans (who else would Sansa have sent that letter to, after all?), but even so, the last minute rescue was immensely satisfying to watch.

3. The monster with questionable pedigree becomes Pedigree

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Ramsay Bolton was devoured by his own hounds in what can only be described as an act of poetic justice…. and it was amazing.

Sophie Turner (Sansa) and Iwan Rheon (Ramsay) absolutely shined in this powerful and haunting performance full of memorable lines, including this symbolic bit:

Ramsay: My hounds will never harm me.
Sansa: You haven’t fed them in seven days. You said it yourself.
Ramsay: They’re loyal beasts.
Sansa: They were. Now they’re starving.
After how Ramsay treated Sansa for two seasons, let’s just say that her mischievous smile at the end of this scene is something most Team Stark fans can relate to on a personal level.

2. Dany’s dragons reunite for an epic aerial fire display

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Rhaegal and Viserion have finally been freed from their dungeon!

Dany’s two smallest children joined very big brother Drogon for a fun little fire drill exercise in the bay, and at mommy’s command, the three brothers laid complete waste to at least one of the Master’s ships.

A great amount of care and effort was put into the CGI for this scene, and the end result proves it.

Scenes involving the dragons have in the past featured some crude CGI (remember the blatantly obvious green screening when Dany escaped the fighting pits on Drogon’s back towards the end of season 5?), but the CGI implemented in this scene was nearly flawless. Some scenes were a little iffy and cartoony (like when Rhaegal and Viserion burst out of their dungeon), but overall the dragon sequence was excellently done.

Special effects team: you done good.

1.  The Battle of the Bastards

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The Battle of the Bastards was the most glorious and incredible battle in the history of Game of Thrones and arguably the history of television.

From beginning to end, the battle featured heart pounding suspense and action that easily left fans clinging to the edge of their seats.

The battle was chaotic, messy, and gory, but excellent editing and filming made the whole bloody ordeal a visual splendor that was easy to follow.

Whether it was the choreography, cinematography, special effects or the acting itself, everything in the battle scene was perfectly done. And as we now know, the whole creation process was a true labor of love for the cast and crew:

Between the dragons, the battle, and all those horses, this episode must have been astronomically expensive.

But hey… it’s not our wallets, right? Thanks HBO!

What was your favorite moment from ‘Battle of the Bastards’? Let us know in the comments!

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‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ is Coming to Theaters!

Batman: The Killing Joke may be heading straight to DVD, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to check out the latest Batman flick on the big screen!

Fathom Events will be airing The Killing Joke for one night only in select theaters on Monday, July 25 between 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. (local time).

The special event will include an introduction from Mark Hamill and a never-before-seen documentary about how Hamill’s role in the film as an actor and fan. The event will also feature a behind-the-scenes look at how the Joker’s musical number from the comics was recreated for the film.

Batman: The Killing Joke is a brand new animated movie based on the comic book of the same name.

The story follows The Joker as he is transformed from a failed stand-up comedian into Batman’s greatest nemesis. The film includes the vocal talents of Mark Hamill (The Joker), Kevin Conroy (Batman), Tara Strong (Batgirl), and Ray Wise (Commissioner Gordon).

Tickets are available now, so check to see if your local theater is hosting the viewing event!

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