“Bird Box” review

18498558.jpg“Bird box” is a dystopian novel written by Josh Malerman. I wasn’t familiar with him, but he’s apparently in the rock band “The High Strung”. In the novel we follow the story of Malorie, and eventually her two children. In the present, it’s all three of them, in the past we follow the events leading up to their birth and how they got to the situation they’re in now.

In the past it is dark, it’s creepy and no one can ever open their eyes. It begins with people mysteriously dying or committing suicide from observing something unknown. People begin boarding up their windows, wearing blindfolds.. They eventually stop going outside, growing food in their yards, gathering water from a well while still blindfolded. It’s not a great situation to be in. Malorie loses her sister to suicide, and seeks out shelter with other people after finding an offer to help. The life in that house seems normal at first but then it just gets weird. They acquire dogs, guard birds, then Gary shows up. I definitely don’t like Gary.

Gary escalates things super quick. I don’t want to say anything about him because that’ll ruin the suspense, but he’s so creepy. The action builds up more and more until you’re about 3 quarters of the way through the book and then it kinda flatlines. I’ve noticed that with most of the dystopian novels I read that they kinda end “too well”. Things sort themselves out and it feels kinda lackluster. It’s not a terrible ending, but it was not as exciting as I expected it to be, with the way it built up. It is creepy, definitely, but just not what I expected.

Bird box is not a bad novel, I read it fairly quickly because it was so thrilling that I didn’t want to put it down. So if you enjoy dystopian novels, I’d recommend this one for sure. Just don’t expect too much from the ending. If you do, you would probably end up feeling slightly disappointed. I gave it 5/5 on Goodreads because it was really engaging 95% of the time.

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Face Mask Friday – June 15th 2018

So, this is a series that has been dead for a while, like a year and a half to be exact. The originals don’t exist on my blog anymore but I recently acquired quite a few face masks and I thought it could be fun to review them. The series might take a break now and then, as I don’t want to buy things purely for a review, I would rather just review things if I have them on hand. This will be posted bi-weekly for now, so I can spend some time truly testing these out and not have to rush it.. So without further ado, here’s the first mask of this revival.

Sencebeauty FACIAL SELFHEATING MASK DETOX GOLD 5-PACK

( Costs 19 NOK at Lyko.no, roughly equals to $2 )

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Here’s three things I need to say straight away:

  1. Its VERY golden. And very thick, it was really difficult to apply it to the face.
  2. It does not heat up so not sure why the website claimed it was self heating.
  3. it WILL hurt like a bitch, this is one of those painful peel off masks. It will rip out the hairs on your face.

DSC_0632I love the color of this mask, and from reading the package it does sound really good. It took some time to apply it, it’s very thick and rubbery, kind of reminds me of the texture of chewing gum.. Not that I have ever rubbed chewing gum on my face but you know what I mean. (I hope you do at least). On the packaging it said to apply it rather thin on the face, but thicker towards the edges to make it easier to peel. Then leave it on for 15-20 minutes, or until it dries completely. From experience, the longer you keep it on, the better because it’s barely possible to get it off if it’s still kinda wet.

I was not prepared for how it would feel to peel this one off once it had dried. You can see on my cheeks that it was applied in a very thin layer but it still hurt like heck. It did remove most of the blackheads on my nose but honestly, with how painful it was, it’s not even worth it, and I still have 4 single use packs left that I have no idea what to do with. Not only did this hurt, it left my face looking so incredibly red that it looked sunburned. I had to apply some cooling Aloe Vera to help my skin but it still took hours before it was back to “normal”. It was still red and hurt quite a bit the day after.

So.. Would I recommend this one? Not really. Unless you enjoy the pain that comes with these peel off masks.. If you do, then go for it, it does cleanse your skin and remove blackheads but for me it was not worth it.. at all.

Have you tried this mask before?

Real Neat Blog Award Tag

Thank you so much to Halsdoll for nominating me for this one! If you want to read rants about video games I’d recommend checking out her blog. Now, onto the questions.. I’ll leave a list of them at the bottom so that you can answer them too if you want to. I don’t really know who I would nominate for this so if you want to do it, feel free to do so.

  1. What is your earliest gaming memory?
    I remember playing on my brother’s Nintendo 64, playing Super Mario 64 and Beetle Adventure Racing. It was really fun, and I was the first of us to finish Super Mario too.
  2. When did you start blogging and why?
    I started blogging on this platform in May of 2016, I just wanted a place where I could share my thoughts and reviews on things. I never imagined my blog would grow to nearly 800 followers. It might not be much to most people but it is a lot to me.
  3. What feature did you wish any of your consoles had that they currently dont?
    Hmm, maybe like a holographic/hologram interface? Kinda like Jarvis in the Iron Man movies.
  4. Name a movie that you wish had a video game made after it and what  developer would you want to make it and why?
    I don’t watch a lot of movies so I’m not really sure. But there are a few games I would have loved to see as movies, like the dragon age games or elder scrolls, for example.
  5. Do you have a games room/corner? If so, let us see it and show your favorite thing in there?
    I don’t, sadly. I totally will have when I have my own place to live though.
  6. Do you have a child or a pet? Which character do you name it after?
    I have two cats but neither are named after video game characters. I used to have a betta fish that was named after Vincent Valentine.
  7. What keeps you going when gaming?
    My wish to escape reality for a while. And if I’m playing scary games it’s just the adrenaline fueling me, to be honest.

Here’s the questions so you can copy them too.

  1. What is your earliest gaming memory?
  2. When did you start blogging and why?
  3. What feature did you wish any of your consoles had that they currently dont?
  4. Name a movie that you wish had a video game made after it and what  developer would you want to make it and why?
  5. Do you have a games room/corner? If so, let us see it and show your favorite thing in there?
  6. Do you have a child or a pet? Which character do you name it after?
  7. What keeps you going when gaming?

Life update #3

I had my stitches removed on the 29th of May and it went well.. Although I sadly had gotten an infection in the surgery wound. I’ve been extra susceptible to staphylococcus infections because I had it transmitted to me when I was young and admitted to the hospital for a few months. Ever since, it just wont leave my body completely. Luckily I was able to do a 10 day treatment of antibiotics to keep it at bay for a while so the wound can heal. It’s a slow process though but it’s slowly closing up. It went from 3.7 cm long and 1.7 cm wide on 29th of May and by June 6th it had shrunk to 3.5 and 1.5 cm. At least it’s heading in the right direction!

I’m still not able to work out properly, so I have been spending a lot of time reading.. I guess you can notice that by the influx of book reviews that I have posted. I’ve also spent some time trying to play through my entire Steam library. But yeah, every time I lay down to read, one of my cats comes to lay down right by my head, making it quite difficult to focus.. Especially now that I’ve taken upon myself to read the MaddAddams trilogy that Lisa suggested. Or well, she suggested the second book but I found the trilogy as a pdf file so just reading through that. I like it so far. It’s just long.. Over a thousand pages, but I’ll get there!

 

What have you been up to lately?

Be still my heart

Sooo the Bethesda E3 panel happened while I was sleeping and I woke up to several trailers from game franchises I love, and I’m so excited! Although Fallout 76 will be multiplayer, you will still have the opportunity to play solo.. but I don’t know if he mention offline play, maybe just solo on a server.. Either way I’m looking forward to seeing what it will be like.

 

Then there was also a trailer for a new Elder Scrolls game. It’s my absolute favorite game franchise of all time and I’m so happy that they’re finally going to make a new game. The trailer is very vague and I’m not sure if I recognize the landscape in it but I was hoping for Valenwood. It’s quite clear now that it won’t happen. Looking forward to seeing what it will become either way.

 

And lastly, something I found to be so funny, a “Skyrim: Very special edition” trailer. People always poke fun at them, saying they’ll release Skyrim on anything that can play it and this reflects just that. I’m glad they have a sense of humor about it.

 

Have you been looking forward to anything special being announced at E3? What do you think about the panels/announcements so far? I’ve honestly just been waiting for Bethesda’s panel and I’m so happy with what they announced.