Review: The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker

This is the first time I’ve written a review of a video game on this blog. So why did I decide to write about an FMV game with an inconveniently lengthy title? The answer is honestly that I think the game deserves a whole lot of appreciation and that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

What is it?
The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker is a lovecraftian murder mystery. You assume the role of a therapist trying to figure out who murdered you predecessor whilst treating his patients. It consists fully of FMV sequences and on a very basic level, the core mechanic relies on you typing in responses and questions to the people you’re talking to.

How much would you have to pay for this thing?
8.99 USD on steam

Which platforms is this game available on?
I’ve played it on a MAC laptop. It’s also available for PC.

Is there any re-playability?
The murderer is randomly decided at the start of the game and thus the answer to the main question keeps changing every play through. Despite this, I’d say the re-playability is fairly limited since a majority of the content remains the same. Some pieces of evidence change along with the identity of the killer. I’d recommend doing one straightforward play through and one in which you attempt a completionist run and aim to get all possible responses.

FMV, really?
Yeah, the full motion video style of gaming is back. Thankfully, this time, most FMV developers decided to hire people who can actually act. Furthermore, the developers seem to have developed an understanding of the nature of the medium and it’s audience that allows for interesting twists and turns. The interview format used by this game works very well with an FMV type game and you don’t really feel like this game would have been better if it had skipped the FMV and instead relied on animated characters.

Is it fun?
I had a good time with this game and also watched a Let’s Play or two. It’s the type of game I’d recommend playing whilst enjoying a glass of wine or with a friend. It’s what you make of it. The game is fairly self-aware and does allow for a fair few tongue-in-cheek moments.

Is it difficult?
Yes and no.
Finding the right key words or questions is sometimes a struggle. Most of the time you’ll move along just fine only to get stuck. Thankfully, the hint system is quite good. You can set a cool-down period for the hints and thus control your own frustration levels.

Is this a new game?
Yes, it was released in May 2017 and has received regular updates since then.

Who would I recommend this game to?
Anyone who enjoys story-driven games, FMV, and/or lovecraftian horror.

Should you give it a go?
Hell yeah, it’s a truly unique game. Even if you don’t think it’s your thing, 8.99 USD isn’t much to pay for giving something a go.

Hidden Gems

This post is about brands and products that I think are underrated, underestimated, or just not as well known as they should be. They’re not necessarily small indie brands and this is not a hipster post. It’s just about things I think you should look into. Last thing to consider is that products and brands may be well known in one part of the world but not in another.

The first brand I’d like to draw some attention to is Palmer’s. It’s a brand you can find in most drugstores in Australia and they specialise in skin care. It’s not necessarily unknown, but I almost never hear people talk about it. The cocoa body butter included in the photo above is wonderful, smells nice, and is really moisturising. In terms of affordable skincare, look into Palmer’s the next time you’re considering a purchase. I use their exfoliator, body butter, and they used to make the best lightweight moisturiser I’ve ever tried.

Geek Chic Cosmetics is one of my all-time favourite indie brands. Their solid perfumes are some of the very few perfumes I actually like. They’re not overpowering and they don’t stink up the entire house. Furthermore, they make my favourite powder foundation. It’s in the shade Kahlan and I’ll have to re-purchase it soon. They’ve also got a great body lotion that references Silence of the Lambs, which is amazing. They’re mostly known for their eyeshadows, which come in geek themed collections. As a bonus, the brand is cruelty free and at least mostly vegan.

SkinFood is a great Korean brand that never seems to get much attention in the west. They make my favourite eyebrow powder, the gummibear shaped hand cremes I rave about, and some truly awesome skincare products. If you love cute packaging, high quality products, and like brands that try new things – then SkinFood is for you.

TonyMoly – this is a brand you’ve probably heard of. However, it seems to be underestimated by most people I’ve chatted to. This brand makes a mind-blowingly good liquid eyeliner for like 10 dollars. Their steam balm in their egg pore series is one of the best products I’ve tried when it comes to fighting blackheads. Furthermore, their Pokémon themed collaboration that you can still find in a lot of online k beauty retailers was really good. The Psyduck cheese firming cream contains gruyere (seriously) and can be used on your body and face. I typically use it on my legs after shaving and it has been really helpful.

Innisfree – Innisfree is my holy grail skincare brand. If I was only allowed to use one brand for all of my skincare, then it would be Innisfree. They are famous for combining natural ingredients with scientific innovation and the result is gorgeous. In addition to their skincare they also have innovative products in haircare and some really solid makeup products. Their no sebum compact powders are perfect in humid climates.

Guerlain – You’ve probably heard of this brand. However, very few people seem to actually purchase things from them. Out of all the luxury brands, Guerlain is the one given the least attention in comparison to how good the brand really is. I’ve been a fan of their Rogue G de Guerlain lipsticks for years and currently use a light-medium coverage foundation from them. I’ve never tried a Guerlain product that I found lacking in quality, the only time a product hasn’t worked for me was when it was made with a pink undertone in mind.

Paint – I’ve only ever seen this brand in one Terry White’s. It’s honestly on par with OPI in terms of quality even though their range is a bit smaller. I remember buying 5 bottles of nail polish for 10 dollars and not a single one of them disappointed me. The shade I’m showing in the photo above was simply called ‘red’. This means that it’s hard to search for the brand online since both the brand name and shade names are really generic. If you have a Terry White Chemist near you, see if they carry this brand.

BH Cosmetics Galaxy Palette – I don’t know enough about BH Cosmetics to be able to recommend the brand as a whole. However, their galaxy themed palette is heaps of fun. It’s great for creating unusual looks and the colours can be used both wet and dry. If you’re looking for a fun palette that’s really affordable, check this one out.

Review: Wine Lip Tint from Château Labiotte

Brand: Labiotte
Product: Wine Lip Tint
Shade: RD01 – Shiraz Red
Available: MIK Australia, W2Beauty
Price: 14-15 USD
Note: I actually won this product (and a few others) in a Facebook competition that was open for everyone on W2Beauty’s FB page.

Packaging: If Cersei Lannister had a makeup line, this would be her star product. From what I can tell, all products from Labiotte (also called Château Labiotte) are wine themed. Considering they’ve got mascaras, fragrances, eyeshadows, and lipsticks, that’s quite impressive. Seriously though, this is some of the most awesome packaging I’ve ever come across. It’s lightweight and yet sturdy. Practical and fun.

First Impressions: The applicator is good and easy to use, it has the right amount of precision and the unusual shape of the handle doesn’t have a negative impact on how it controls.  I’ve used this product a handful of times and the colour is gorgeous. It’s a very flattering deep red that could be worn by most people. I can’t help but think this item would be a great conversation starter in any scenario where you’re around people who wear makeup. Or like wine.

Cons: The first time I wore this lip tint it was one of the best tints I’ve ever come across. However, it doesn’t seem like it has the best staying power. It’s on par with some good lip tints, but you’d need to top it up if you wear it on your entire lip as opposed to in a gradient lip.

Pros: Given that the product is really small, it’s easy to carry around in your purse or keep on your desk. That somewhat mitigates the issue of it wearing off throughout the day. The two best aspects of this product are without a doubt the colour and the packaging.

Value for money: Good. It’s not the cheapest lip tint I’ve come across, but it’s really opaque and you only need one layer of product.

Would I recommend it? Yeah, if you’re into lip tints and like fun packaging – then this is the product for you.

 

Review: TonyMoly’s Jigglypuff Peach Pact

wp-1490621023746.jpgBrand: TonyMoly
Product: Jigglypuff Peach Compact
Shade: 01
SPF: SPF 42 PA+++
Scent: Mild Peach
Volume: 5g
Other: Pack includes mirror and an application sponge
Price: Approx 10 Aud
Available: MIK Australia

First impressions: This is terribly cute and perfectly geeky. Small compact that is perfect to keep in your bag or at your desk. The applicator sponge is pretty good and the mirror gets the job done. The powder itself has an outline of Jigglypuff in it which I absolutely love.

Packaging: Nothing revolutionary but solid. It doesn’t randomly open up and it’s rather sturdy. Bonus points for matching the Pokemon with the package and not just slapping a sticker on top of the a regular package.

Usage: works best when worn over a bb creme. Removes oiliness and has decent coverage.

Pros: Compact, cute, competent. SPF!

Cons: Only available in two shades that are both very light. You might need to reapply it once or twice during the day.

 

Would I recommend this? Yeah, if you’re a Pokemon fan or just a fan of cute packaging, then go for it. It’s not a mind-blowing product but it gets the job done and looks good while doing it. Plus, it’s rare to find compact powders for such a low price available to Australian consumers.

Collection: Hand Creams

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We all have those things we buy too many of and no matter that we actually use the products, we end up having about 10 of them in use at the same time. Hand creams are where I indulge. I use them almost daily, sometimes several times a day and yet I almost never run out of them. This isn’t my complete collection, these are just the ones I could find in my bedroom. To my credit, I haven’t opened the one from Soap and Glory yet. I think I’ve noticed why. I just keep buying them.

Hand creams are some of the cheapest beauty products that still offer excitement and variation. I particularly love the apple shaped hand cream that I have from TonyMoly and have tried other hand creams from their collections before. They’re just perfect to keep on your bedside table for both decoration and usage. I’ve raved about my SkinFood Gummy Bear ones before, so I won’t dive into too much detail here. Beyond those novelty items, my collection is fairly standardised. I’ve got one from Palmers that I use if my hands or elbows feel really rough and it’s super moisturising. It’s particularly good to use overnight as it’s a bit greasy. The one from Sephora is convenient, quite cheap, and smells nice. The Vintage & Co one is probably the one I use the least and I might get rid of it.

 

Chocolate Collection

wp-1490665818331.jpgI’m weak for chocolate scents and that has started to become noticeable when you look at my makeup and skincare collection. This photo is lacking three products that I still use on a regular basis. I’ve got the Dark Chocolate version of the Gummy Bear Hand Gel in addition to the Cherry Chocolate one seen here, I’ve also got a Sesame Street Cookie Monster version of the Chocolate Macaron lip balm, and lastly, I’ve got a chocolate scented body wash from Etude House.

The Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar palette probably doesn’t need an introduction. It’s a series of highly pigmented shadows (almost to the point where they’re pigmented enough to be annoying) in a chocolate bar style package and it all smells of chocolate.

As you may have noticed from the photo, a lot of the chocolate scented/themed products I have are from SkinFood. Sure, the All Over Muffin Cake Finish compacts are a bit of a stretch but they’re close enough to the whole chocolate theme to count. However, one thing SkinFood does really well is scents. Both the Gummy Bear Hand Gels really do smell like cherry chocolate and dark chocolate respectively. The Choco Eyebrow Powder Cake doesn’t have a scent, but it contains two chocolate brown colours. One of those colours has a hint of red that works quite well with my current hair colour, so I’ve been using it more and more.

Lip balms are great products for scents and flavours. These macaron lip balms from it’s Skin are amazing and really convenient to keep on your desk or bedside table.

Scents appeal to our most primal senses and we are hard-wired to respond to them. The scent of chocolate is comforting to many of us and we generally associate that specific scent with happy memories. Even the scent of chocolate is a bit of a pick-me-up on bad days and being able to get that benefit from makeup and skincare is amazing.wp-1490621034059.jpg

Review: SkinFood’s Gummy Bear Jelly Hand Gel

wp-1490621038790.jpgBrand: SkinFood
Product: Gummy Bear Jelly Hand Gel
Scent: Dark Chocolate
Price: 8 USD at Ulta (other scents)

Available from: StyleKorean, Ulta

First Impressions: It smells just like dark chocolate, your hands smell good enough to eat. It’s very moisturising and smooth. The bottle is adorable but on the small side. This product lives on my desk and I use it several times a week.

Packaging: It’s a big gummy bear, what’s not to love? One massive plus is that the head always ends up facing forward when you’re putting the cap back on. It’s soft enough for you to be able to squeeze product out quite easily. Again, it’s pretty small.

Usage: Products that moisturise your hands are seldom complicated to use. It’s quite easily absorbed, so you don’t need to worry about your hands being gooey afterwards.

Would I recommend this: Absolutely. The scent is awesome, the packaging is awesome, and it’s a good hand creme. Go for it.

Korean Haul

wp-1486510254163.jpgI was thrilled to discover that my order from MIK Australia this morning. MIK imports products from Korea and it’s a great way to access products not normally sold in Australia.

My haul includes a lot of SkinFood and limited edition TonyMoly, mainly because those are the two things I haven’t really been able to find in Australian stores. It’s pretty evident from the photo that I went kinda nuts for the Pokemon collection from TonyMoly and I’m so keen to finally try it out.

I’ve only tried a handful of the products so far, and I have to say, the gummy bear hand creme is amazing. I’ve only tried the golden one and it has an incredible scent of dark chocolate.

This haul cost me just over 200 dollars. Full list of products below

List;
TonyMoly x Pokemon Pikachu mini cushion blusher – 01 Pink Fantasy
TonyMoly x Pokemon Pikachu Pika Get It Tint – 02 Red Hot
TonyMoly x Pokemon Pikachu Pika Get It Tint – 03 Red Joy
TonyMoly x Pokemon Gorpaduck (Psyduck) Cheese Firming Cream
TonyMoly x Pokemon Foam Cleanser – Isanghessi (Bulbasaur): Green Tea
TonyMoly x Pokemon Purin Peach Pact (Jigglypuff) – Vanilla
TonyMoly Easy Touch Auto Lip Liner – 02 Rose Pink
TonyMoly Egg Pore Tightening Cooling Pack

Innisfree Camellia Essential Hair Mist
Innisfree Apple Seed Cleansing Tissues

Skin Food – All Over Muffin Cake Finish – No. 05 Cocoa Cream Quarter Muffin
Skin Food – Salmon Dark Circle Concealer Cream – 02 Salmon Beige
Skin Food – All Over Muffin Cake Finish – No. 03 Gold Banana Muffin
Skin Food – Gummy Bear Jelly Hand Butter – Dark Chocolate
Skin Food – Gummy Bear Jelly Hand Butter – Cherry Chocolate
Skin Food – Peach Sake Pore Pact

It’s Skin Macaron Lip Balm – Sesame Street Edition -05. Love Choco (Cookie Monster)
It’s Skin Babyface Mellow Stick Eye Shadow – No. 05 Marron Cocoa
It’s Skin Babyface Creamy Lipliner – 04. Rose Beige

The Face Shop – Face It Styling Mascara – 02 Edge Curling

Nature Republic – Botanical Apple Dome Blusher – 01 Pink Apple
Nature Republic – Soothing & Moisture Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel

Etude House – My Beauty Tool Strawberry Sponge Hair Curlers

 

Kat von D’s Serpentina – Swatches & Impressions

I bought this palette a few months ago to broaden my options when it comes to more colourful eyeshadows. I’ve been quite happy with my purchase despite not using the palette that much and was surprised to see that it has gotten mixed reviews. Here are my impressions of it.

Packaging: Bulky but nicely designed. Not a palette you’d travel with, but it comes with a mirror which is always a bonus.

Range: The palette has two matte shadows, six metallic shades, and one metallic pigment. I cannot understand why the pigment isn’t a pressed eyeshadow.

Pigmentation: The metallic shades and the pigment are all quite pigmented and easy to build up. The red matte is a bit meh but can be built up to look good, it’s also one of the few red shades that actually looks red on the skin. The purple shade, Venom, is a different story. Of all the swatches, that’s the one I spent the most time trying to build up and it’s still patchy. It might work well with a primer, but on it’s own it’s nothing to get excited about.

Wearability: I’ve used the bronze/copper toned shade a fair bit as a discrete metallic look just on its own. It’s worked really well and can be turned into more of a statement look if you use a primer. The antique golden shade makes for a really nice accent colour.

6 Makeup Products That Should Be A Thing

As the new year begins, I find myself searching for upcoming releases in the makeup world and come up with nothing. Apparently MAC are releasing 50 new products and there’s a collaboration between Kat von D and Too Faced, but that seems to be it really. So since reality doesn’t offer up much for the imagination, I thought I’d write about the things I’d like to see.

  1. Red Revival
    It’s no secret that I believe red creamy lipstick to be the best thing ever invented in terms of makeup. What I’d like to see in 2017 is for matte nudes to give way to a classic creamy and moisturising red. I’d love for brands to focus on developing the perfect shade of red and to truly nail the formula.
  2. The Truth is Out There
    So the 1990’s was a thing in 2016 and if we’re going to continue that trend in 2017, then for the love of everything holy can someone please release an X Files eyeshadow palette. I’d love to see what a brand like Kat von D or Urban Decay could come up with. Or heck, I’d love for brands from the indie scene to work with this theme.
  3. Cushion Blushes and Highlighters
    Now that the western brands have finally realised that cushion foundations are kinda good, it would be great to see them expand to blushes and foundations. They are easy to apply in a discrete way and a more controlled option than their contemporary liquid counterparts.
  4. Yooka-Laylee Nail Polish
    Yooka-Laylee is a video game scheduled for release in 2017 and it’s deemed to be the spiritual successor to many of the Rare games that were popular on the N64. With its bright colours and playful design, I think a nail polish collection based on Yooka-Laylee would be a lot of fun for summer.
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy Collection
    One of the most brilliant superhero movies is having its sequel in 2017 and I want an entire collaboration or collection based on it. It would be even better if they included a limited edition foundation in that unique shade of green (that then turned out to be liquid eyeshadow or liquid lipstick IRL), just because it would suit the movie so well.
  6. Perfumes inspired by Moana
    Out of all the Disney movies, I bet the scenery in Moana smells the best. I cannot think of a better inspiration for a series of perfumes to be worn in summer. Fresh ocean mist, coconut, sunshine, sand, and tropical flowers. Naturally it doesn’t have to be a collaboration, but the movie would be a good source of inspiration.