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So remember that article that I wrote sometime way back when on the LUSH Herbalism face wash? Well, I stopped using it only because it was a pain in the ass to get out of the pot and not manage to get water INTO it when showering, and the weird off-putting smell was finally getting to me.

So the last year or so, I was back on the over-the-counter bullshit promise of Neutrogena. Clear skin! Be fresh! Be beautiful? You know what? No. Fuck you, Neutrogena. You did nothing but give me dry patches and clogged pores.

I had heard about DevonneByDemi because, well, Demi Lovato – songstress extraordinare – makes the product. I know, I know. Another celebrity hocking some bullshit product that promises whatever-the-hell. But let me tell you, this is different. This is actually GOOD!

Since the website was having a sale due to the holidays, I decided to buy this online. I don’t have terrible acne, but it’s annoying enough. I was fortunate enough in high school to not suffer from heavy acne. But as an adult, it’s been more than annoying to me. I break out mainly on my chin, sometimes on my forehead and every once in a while on my nose. Nothing too scary, thankfully. I did some research into other reviews, watched some YouTube videos and the like before finally deciding that this could possibly work for me. I get oily in my T-zone, but not to the point of being able to scrape it off and use it as fuel for my car. I’m dryer on my cheeks, I have uneven skin tone and can sometimes be blotchy.

It took about a week and a half before I finally got my package. Mine came with a a bonus gift. A purple heart-shaped facial sponge which I love and use every time I wash my face at night to get all my makeup off. I ended up purchasing just the basic package. Face wash, hydrating mist and the 2-in-1 moisturizing primer.

DevonneByDemi says that their product smells like lemon, but honestly? It smells like cake batter to me. Like Funfetti cake batter, and I am NOT complaining one bit. I like cake. If you don’t like cake, get the hell out of my life.

I have been using the product for almost a month and I have definitely seen a change. In fact, I could see the change (& feel it) almost immediately. On my first try, it removed every single bit of makeup lingering on my face. After using each product in its designed order, my face felt softer, slightly firmer yet bouncier at the same time. The rudeness in my cheeks wasn’t as prominent.

After the first two weeks, I had the inevitable “my skin is detoxifying by finally pushing out the last of the bad crap” breakout. This is bound to happen with any skincare routine you do. You’re skin is conforming and finally giving in to what you’re putting it through to make it good again. However, after a couple days, it finally died down and I am for sure seeing a breakthrough.

I can sincerely say that after using this product every morning and evening and just sticking with each step, my skin is clearing up and becoming the skin I’ve always dreamed it to be. I’ve noticed that I’ve been wearing my foundation less and less thick. In fact, I’ve been wearing concealer under my eyes (of course) and then just lightly dabbing my Too Faced Born This Way foundation on my face before buffing it all in with my foundation brush.

Am I going to take a No Makeup “Selfie” like Demi Lovato asks you to do to promote her product? Yes, BUT not yet. I feel like I am almost there, but not quite. I have faith I will be, especially since (as of late) I’ve been seeing the major changes for the better happening.

So, if you’re a male or female who are between the pimple years and wrinkle years, don’t have overtly oily skin or the most horrible acne, I would honestly recommend this product for you. I think Demi Lovato has done a wonderful job of actually being involved in the making of this product as well as using it herself. I also love her whole idea of self-love and wanting women of all ages to be more confident in themselves and in their skin. To me, that’s enough to get me to buy whatever you’re slinging, and Demi is serving an amazing product. I can’t wait to see how much better it gets from here.

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Hey kids! Wow, have I been MIA or what? My apologies! I need to update this thing. I’ve been watching Netflix and playing games, but it’s been a “dead time” for games recently. No, I have no interest in Metro Last Light, & especially no interest in Remember Me after the hellaciously bad reviews I’ve read and watched. But, ill bring a nugget of something. That is, if anyone is reading!

Since I beat Bioshock Infinite, I’ve been going through the stages one goes through when they finish an amazing, breathtaking, beautiful, organic and thought-provoking game. It’s much like what one goes through when they’re done reading a book that they’re very much into. First you have the joy of knowing the ending. Then complete and utter sadness. Depression, maybe? Then you just…are. 

I’m very much happy with the ending of Bioshock Infinite. I’m not going to give anything away if you haven’t finished, but all I’m going to say is is that it’s brilliant. Now, I’ve played games before that have really made me think (Assassin’s Creed, for example), but never as much as Bioshock Infinite has. Michael and I laid in bed the following morning talking about “doors”, parallel universes and String Theory for a good two hours last Saturday morning. 

Anyways, so I’m not all sure what to do now. Right now I feel like video games are at a lull. Nothing is really out that I want to play. I rented Final Fantasy XII-2 a few weeks ago, but I feel like doing a review on that is several months too late. Let’s just say it was fun. I paid actual attention this time on how to use Paradims which helped me on my quest to awesome. Also, thanks to my husband (Michael) for also teaching me. He’s quite the Final Fantasy fan…or was at one time. It was fun to pass the time. 

I’ve been putting off playing my Assassin’s Creed DLC for the Tyranny of Washington. Are all three even out now? I’m only 1/2 done with episode one. Ugh. I fail. I stopped playing the first DLC only because of some fucking glitch that would make my game freeze up, and all gamers know that that is one of the most annoying things on the planet. Right there next to lagging, no internet connection and annoying 12-year-olds screaming filthy things no 12-year-old should even be saying.

On the bright side, they’re releasing a new Batman game that will be coming out this October. It’s not being put out by Rocksteady, but people who’ve worked on the previous two Batman games are on the project. AND, Rocksteady has also given them full permission to use the same software. So far they’re going with the name Batman: Origins (the last I heard), but it’s not going to be an origin game per say. As a huge fan of Batman (and the last two Batman games – Arkham City in particular), I’m super psyched about hearing this. I hope our GameInformer magazine gets here soon! It’s supposed to have Batman on the cover with more details on the upcoming title.

In the meantime, I’ve been watching The Buried Life on Netflix. I loved the show the first time the seasons aired, so since it’s been a while since I’ve seen it, I wanted to watch it all over again. Duncan, Ben, Jonnie and Dave are the four most amazing dudes I think I’ve ever seen on tv (or read about). They’re always so kind to those they came in contact with on their show. They really do inspire you to be a better person, and the show is a reminder to just live your life. Don’t let things just be, you know? Even by that simple question, “What do you want to do before you die?”, it just…wakes you up. 

What’s something I want to do before I die? Meet the brother I never knew I had until December 2012. I’m adopted, and for a good 29 years of my life, I never knew that there was another sibling from my birth mother that was given up for adoption. I had even met my birth mother when I was 19, and she never told me. A year ago, I was just curious again to find her (we had lost touch), so I scoured the Internet to see what was up. I came across her obituary. She died three days before my husband and I got married. Of lung cancer. Thankfully, the obituary had the name of my biological half-sister. So, thanks to Facebook, I was able to find her and talk with her. She was able to answer a LOT of questions that I didn’t have a chance to ask my birth mother. Then she told me I had a brother. I was shocked. So, my birth mother had me first & gave me up for adoption. Had another girl and kept her, then the brother, then Holli (the sister I talk to). I’ve seen one picture of him…on Myspace. He has a Facebook, but I haven’t had the courage to write to him. 

 

…I don’t even know where to begin with that…

I’ve never been the biggest military-based video game fan, but after playing Battlefield 3 a long while back, I’ve started to like it more and more. I’ve played Call of Duty, but personally, I think the storylines sucked. I believe that CoD was more about multiplayer gameplay more than story.

Battlefield 4 looks realistically intense, immersing you into fighting situations that feel so real that it’s scary. But, fuck, it looks amazingly fun.

In the video posted, the makers of Battlefield 4 have given us, the players, a chance to watch 17 minutes of gameplay. Thanks, guys! It doesn’t give any of the story away, thankfully, but it gets you reeled in enough to make me want to pick up my controller and shoot at stuff. My palms were tingling watching the gameplay, especially the part where they’re in the elevator and an enemy helicopter comes in and shoots them down. INTENSE!!!

If you’re a fan of FPS’s (first person shooters), anything military, or just like to shoot at things, then this game looks like it’s going to be perfect. I’m very much looking forward to the main story, especially after watching this video. So, check it out. Tell me what you think. What game are you most excited about releasing soon?

ImageNow, I’ve heard of this movie here and there over the last several months, but since I live in Iowa and independent movies (or limited release) don’t really come out where I live, I had to wait until this came to DVD. Netflix read my mind, because today I found it in my Recommended For You section. Thanks, Netflix!

The movie follows three single girls played by Kirsten Dunst (Interview with A Vampire, Bring  It On), Lizzy Kaplan (Mean Girls, Hot Tub Time Machine) and Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers, Confessions of A Shopaholic) as they scurry about trying to fix their friends wedding dress the night before her wedding (played by Rebel Wilson). 

On the outside, it looked like a light-hearted comedy. Something to just watch, giggle a bit, and then whatever. No. It’s a dark, dark comedy. All three of the girls seem to have a love-hate relationship with Becky (the bride). Nice to her face, but total shits behind her back calling her fat, pig face, and not believing that someone “like her” could ever marry such a successful and handsome man. It was a reminder of how much I really do hate girls. 

At its core, however, the movie is really about relationships. Jenna (Lizzy Kaplan) is petrified knowing that her middle school/high school boyfriend is going to be at the wedding, as she still has feelings for him. Katie (Isla Fisher) is single, thinks of herself as dumb, but ends up finding a guy who likes her for her. And Reagan (Kirsten Dunst) plays the uber power bitch maid of honor who cheats on her boyfriend with the ever delicious James Marsden. These girls are so beyond messed up psychologically that I find it more depressing than funny. The Hangover was a thousand times better. Sorry, ladies!

However, the shining light was Lizzy Kaplan. She’s crude, says what’s on her mind, and is heavily neurotic, but it works. I found myself hating her at first, but then you slowly start to like her more and more. Especially when she and her ex expose the secret of why they broke up in the first place. 

In the end, I’m glad I didn’t pay movie ticket prices (and snacks) to see this in theaters. Seeing it for free makes me feel like I didn’t waste all my money on something that I felt luke warm about. So, if you do have Netflix, watch it if you can’t find anything else. Otherwise, stick to The Hangover to feed the need of watching a movie that is about 24hrs of wedding related partying. 

4/10

Starring: Lizzy Kaplan, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Scott, James Marsden, Isla Fisher, Rebel Wilson, and those two dudes from that canceled TV show “Perfect Couples”.

Not too long ago, Ubisoft released this video on the latest Assassin’s Creed game that is coming out this October. I’m a HUGE fan of the AC franchise! So much so that I have a tattoo that is related. It says, “Nothing is true, everything is permitted.”

Anyways, since this is the one saga that I get kind of crazed about, I hate watching game play, trailers, etc about it. Why? Because I don’t want to get all excited over it when there’s a large gap between now and the release date. However, I wanted to share this. I’m SO pumped for the latest installment. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag looks like it is going to be a great time!


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