TOKAIDO Review..

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Game Description
Each player is a traveler crossing the “East sea road”, one of the most magnificent roads of Japan. While traveling, players will meet people, taste fine meals, collect beautiful items, discover great panoramas, and visit temples and wild places. At the end of the day, when everyone has arrived at the end of the road you’ll have to be the most initiated traveler – which means that you’ll have to be the one who discovered the most interesting and varied things.

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Game Setup
1) Place the board at the center
2) Shuffle all the game cards into separate piles
3) Each player must choose a character. Check the Rules of Play document to identify the skills of each character of this game.
4) Decide who is the first player to start

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Gameplay
1) Choose one place to visit and put your colored character figure on the spot provided for the selected place
2) Decide what action to perform based on the current location of your character
Here are the options:
a) Village – You can buy souvenirs. Each souvenir corresponds to certian victory points. Completing a set will give you higher points
b) Farm – You can earn 3 coins to add in your reserve
c) Panorama – You have 3 options to choose which one to collect
d) Hot Springs – You can take 1 card and gain points equal to the value displayed on the card
e) Temple – You may donate coins to the Temple (the highest donation will earn 10 points at the end of the game)
f) Encounters – You can take a card and apply its effect immediately
g) Inns – All players must stop at every inn. Each player must wait for everyone to arrive before leaving the inn. Upon arrival, the player who reached first will be the one drawing 4 or 5 cards (depending on the number of players). Each must choose one meal card to purchase.

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Game Strategies
1) When visiting the village, purchase and complete a set of souvenirs to gain more points
2) If you don’t have enough coins to donate to temple or purchase sourvenir and/or meal cards, go visit the farm before anyone else does (to avoid being blocked by other players)
3) Collect sets of panorama if other places have been taken by other players
4) Donate more coins in Temple to get the additional 10 points at the end
5) Focus on your strategy but take time to study how your opponents play so you can either use it to your advantage or sabotage them

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Game Summary
Title: Tokaido
Designer: Antoine Bauza
Publisher: Funforge Studio
Players: 2-5
Game Time: >=1 Hour
Set-up Time: 5-10 Minutes
Theme: Japan
Mechanic: Travel
How to win: Score the most points

For more information, go ask GOOGLE! Go try this one and have fun!

Note: The images included in this post are all my photographs. If you want to use them please give credit to me. Thanks!

“Give credit to whom credit is due.”

TAKENOKO Review..

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Game Description
A long time ago at the Japanese Imperial court, the Chinese Emperor offered a giant panda bear as a symbol of peace to the Japanese Emperor. Since then, the Japanese Emperor has entrusted his court members (the players) with the difficult task of caring for the animal by tending to his bamboo garden.

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Game Setup
1) Place the pond tile at the center and put the Panda and Gardener on it.
2) Shuffle all the game cards into separate piles
3) Each player must have a player board and 3 objective cards (1 card from each category)
4) When all players have done their first set of actions, the weather die is then added into the game where each player can roll it during their turn.

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Gameplay
1) Each player gets to roll the weather die before performing actions. It has 6 sides with 5 different possible effects.
a) Sun – You have an extra action (it must be different from those that you have taken this turn)
b) Rain – You can place a bamboo piece in any one irrigated plot
c) Wind – You may perform an action twice
d) Storm – You can move the panda on any plot to eat a section of bamboo
e) Clouds – You can take any one improvement chip which you can place on any plot or reserve it for later
f) ? – You will choose any one of the 5 weather options

2) The player performs chooses 2 different actions. Actions can be:
a) Move farmer to plant bamboos
b) Move panda to eat bamboos
c) Draw 3 plot tiles
d) Get 1 irrigation
e) Get a new objective card (a player must have a maximum of 5)

Game Strategies
1) Reserve a set of bamboo sections (pink, green, and yellow) just in case you get that objective card which will give you 6 points
2) Get farming or eating objective card if there are plenty of bamboos planted
3) Reserve irrigation for later use if your plot pattern is not yet complete (to avoid accidentally helping other players irrigate their plots)
4) Complete all your objectives to get the Emperor card which gives you an additional 2 points at the end of the game
5) Study how your opponents play so you can either use it to your advantage or sabotage them

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Game Summary
Title: Takenoko
Designer: Antoine Bauza
Publisher: Asmodee
Players: 2-4
Game Time: 45 Minutes to 1 Hour
Set-up Time: 5 Minutes
Theme: Japan
Mechanic: Action Selection
How to win: Score the most points

For more information, go ask GOOGLE! Go try this one and have fun!

Note: The images included in this post are all my photographs. If you want to use them please give credit to me. Thanks!

“Give credit to whom credit is due.”

My Dual Blending Shadow Review..

This post is about Dual Blending Cushion Shadow by MISSHA. This is one of the makeup items I’ve purchased in Qoo10.sg (as always!) I looooove this cute brush! I love everything about it. It might be a bit expensive because you get only two colors with a price where in some brands you can get a palette with various colors. But this one got its own advantages especially if you don’t like bringing your whole makeup kit wherever you go. So here’s my review.

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Who is it for:

  1. If you are always on the go and want to do your makeup quickly
  2. If you always lose your eyebrow brush so you end up using your fingers instead (like me)
  3. If you have an eyeshadow palette but often use only two tones
  4. If you don’t like carrying too much makeup on your bag

What it claims (content from its product details):

  1. Dual Cushion Shadow allows for quick and easy blending to create a finished eye look
  2. Applies without fallout
  3. Cream to powder shadow applies softly, without stickiness
  4. Soft cushion tip allows for natural blending
  5. Create a gorgeous, gradient eye look with minimal effort

How to use:

  1. Before application, remove any moisture from eyelids with a tissue or powder
  2. Dispense product by twisting, and apply to the eyelids, blending the two colors as desired

My verdict:

  1. The look – It is a one eyeshadow brush which is kinda longer than normal. There are two tones that you can apply by switching on both sides of the cushion brush.
  2. The effect – It is quick to apply and blend which makes it very convenient for me.
  3. There’s no fallout as it claims, unlike the other brands I’ve tried before.
  4. Will I recommend it? – YES! Absolutely! Actually, I’m planning to buy more!

 

My Coloring Multi-Stick Review..

This is described as “Multi-sticks with built-in brushes for blending help to shape, contour, and define facial features”, which is true! I was surprised when I discovered this beautiful gem. I didn’t know it even existed! Well, I’m not a sucker for makeups so stuff like this really amuses me. I was so happy and excited when I saw this. I’ve read good reviews from those who actually use this product so that made me click on “Add to Cart” and purchased this. Here’s more.

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Who is it for:

  1. If you are always on the go and want to do your makeup quickly
  2. If you don’t like carrying too much makeup on your bag

What it claims (content from its product details):

  1. Lively colors in a variety of shades for use as blush, highlight or contour
  2. Creamy texture adheres well to foundation without caking or clumping
  3. Built-in brush provides for easy, convenient blending

How to use:

  1. If you want to use it as a BLUSH: Apply on cheeks and cheekbones by tapping; blend out with the brush for a flushed, rosy cheek look
  2. If you want to use it as a CONTOUR:
  3. With a highlight shade, create dimension by applying color to the forehead, nose bridge, and collarbones
  4. With a contour shade, create the appearance of shadows by applying to the hairline, chin and décolleté
    Once you’re done applying, use the brush on the other side to blend it over your face

My verdict:

  1. The look – It is a one cute coloring multi-stick. I love its sweet smell. There are 10 colors you can choose from – Pure Milk Tea, Honey Peach, Peanut Brown, Sweet Mocha, Coral Dressing, Orange Cookie, Vanilla Sparkle, Sugar Powder, Bubble Dress, and Rosy Angel.
  2. The effect – It is like applying a lipstick with a brush to assist in blending it on your cheeks! My friends don’t really notice it. I think it’s because of too much blending.
  3. Will I recommend it? – YES! Absolutely! I want to buy more!

My Colourpop Lipstick Review..

I.LOVE.LIPSTICKS. That says it all. I can’t live without it. I can survive not putting any cosmetics on my face EXCEPT lipstick! At night I even apply lip balm to moisturize my lips. Hence this purchase!

My friend told me about this brand which sells a bunch of lippies, especially matte lipsticks. So we googled the website for Colourpop and then you know what happens next just by looking at the photo for this specific post. We’ve added 6 lippies to the cart and checked out! Days after a box of colourpop lippies are delivered to our doorstep.

Here’s a quick review about Colourpop’s Ultra Matte and Ultra Satin Lipsticks!

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Who is it for:

  1. If you love lipsticks like me
  2. If you love everything about MAKEUP
  3. If you’re looking for matte lippies

What it claims (content from its product details):

For ULTRA MATTE LIPSTICK: “The boldest formula of our liquid lipsticks – in one smooth swipe, you’ll get the intense color payoff that dries down to a super matte, transfer-proof finish.”

For ULTRA SATIN LIPSTICK: “High pigmentation and a satin-matte finish in liquid lipstick form to keep your lips soft and comfy all day long.”

How to use:

You use it just like any regular lipstick! You twist and voila, there’s your lippie brush. Now go and enjoy it.

My verdict:

  1. The look – Its packaging is similar to a lip gloss stick.
  2. For the matte lippies, as it dries, it feels very dry. Good thing that it doesn’t stain my mugs/glasses as I drink. It doesn’t leave a kiss mark!
  3. For the satin lippies, LOVE how it make my lips gorgeous than ever. I love it!
    Will I recommend it? – YES! Absolutely! I want to buy moooore!

My Frida Kahlo Review..

For this blog post, I’m going to share a short review of The Original Tension Pact Perfect Cover that I’ve recently purchased from Qoo10.sg. I’ve always had big pores on my face so I wanted to try something that I can use to hide them. It’s been so long since I put anything on my face during day time. So, I tried. Here’s what I had to tell.

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Who is it for:

  1. If you have big pores
  2. If you have uneven skin
  3. If you love Frida Kahlo’s makeup collection

What it claims (content from its product details):

  1. A perfect cover to help make a flawless skin with advanced covering benefit and light adherence.
  2. Double layer cover helps make a flawless skin by covering skin flaws such as wrinkle, big pores, and freckles.
  3. Lasting cover powder and moisturizing ingredient help last makeup for 24-hours.
  4. Containing natural moisturizing ingredient, it protects moisture on the skin and covers flaw without feathering.

How to use:

  1. Make sure that your skin is clean and dry before applying it.
  2. Get appropriate amount onto makeup puff and apply by gently patting the face following skin texture.
  3. Spread and blend evenly.

My verdict:

  1. The look – It is in floral and girly cover case with Frida Kahlo written at the center.
  2. It is like a liquid foundation in a pressed powder packaging.
  3. The effect – It’s good. It covers my big pores and blemishes. I just don’t like it when my face becomes oily. It makes it look even shinier.
  4. Will I recommend it? – For those who don’t have too oily skin, YES. But for those who do, you might want to consider trying matte pressed powder/foundation.

My Laneige Lip Mask Review..

Hello loves! For this blog post, I’m going to share about my lip care. In my previous posts I’ve blogged about some lip balms that I’ve tried to deal with my dry lips dilemma. Somehow I find it hard to get rid of it ASAP so I googled and browse products that I can test to quickly resolve my lip problem. Then I found this cute lip balm which is one of the famous beauty products of the brand Laneige. So, here it goes.

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Who is it for:

  1. If you have dry lips
  2. If you want to moisturize your lips as you sleep
  3. If you’re simply a fan of Laneige beauty products

What it claims:

  1. Moisturizes normal/dry lips
  2. Hydrate dry lips
  3. Provides glossy look on your lips

How to use:

  1. Apply ample amount and spread on both upper and lower lip
  2. For day time use, you can use it on top of your lipstick for that glossy finish
  3. For night time use, you can just apply it and leave it overnight

My verdict:

  1. I love the packaging of this product. It’s so pink! It’s so girly!
  2. I love that it comes with the lip stick (which you can use to apply lip balm onto your lips instead using your finger)
  3. My lips are moisturized. They’re not that dry anymore.

My AMOS Curling Essence Review..

AMOS. This is a new brand that I don’t know anything about. I discovered this product by browsing the best seller section of an online shopping app. I’ve read a lot of good feedback about it so I purchased one for me. I was captivated by its scent and most especially by how it smooths my frizzy curly hair. Continue reading below to know more about AMOS Curling Essence.

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Who is it for:

  1. If you have wavy or perm hair
  2. If you want to style your straight hair into waves or curls
  3. If your hair is frizzy and coarse
  4. If you want a cream that gives smooth curls

What it claims:

  1. Multi essence that nourishes with nutrients necessary for good health of your hair
  2. It provides soft styling of hair curls
  3. It is non-sticky and gives a smooth curly finish

How to use:

  1. Dry your hair with a towel or blow dry. I recommend drying it for a minute or two so your hair is still damp when you put the cream.
  2. Apply ample amount of essence on your palms
  3. Apply to your hair
  4. Style your hair

My verdict:

  1. The look – Its packaged in a white tube with a purple cap. Its smell is like floral scent.
  2. The effect – Its good in holding curly/wavy hairstyle. I make sure that my hair is damp as I put the cream and style my wavy hair. My curls does not look dry nor frizzy. It really gives you natural looking soft curls.
  3. Will I recommend it? – YES! Definitely! I love it!

 

My Strictly Curls Cream Review..

I love perming my straight hair. One of the advantage of having curly or wavy hair is that you don’t need to always comb it. You can just use your fingers to style it perhaps with the help of a curling cream. I discovered Marc Anthony The Professional’s Strictly Curls cream from a friend who bought it because she just got her hair permed. She said it’s a good one so I purchased one for me and tried it. Is is a good one? Will I recommend it to others? Read and find out.

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Who is it for:

  1. If you have wavy or perm hair
  2. If you want to style your straight hair into waves or curls
  3. If your hair is frizzy and coarse

What it claims:

  1. Moisturizes curly or wavy hair
  2. Softens and control strongwilled curls
  3. Controls most unruly and frizzy hair

How to use:

  1. After washing your hair, let it dry for a few minutes
  2. Apply curl styling cream from root to end scrunching hair
  3. Use your fingers to style on how you want it
  4. Allow to dry naturally

My verdict:

  1. The look – Its packaged in a cute yellow tube
  2. The effect – It holds the curls perfectly. I make sure that my hair is damp as I put the cream and style my wavy hair. I noticed that once dried, my hair’s texture is not as soft as I expected it to be. My curls feels and looks frizzy if I put too much of cream on my hair.
  3. Will I recommend it? – If you don’t mind the frizzy look and dry texture of your hair once this cream has been applied, then go ahead and buy one for yourself. But if you’re like me who wants a styling cream that gives natural looking and smooth curls, then this is a temporary cream that you can use while you haven’t found “the one”.

My Sephora Lip Scrub Review..

This post is about Sephora’s Honey Lip Scrub that was given to me by a sweet friend. I haven’t really notice the effect of this lippie so I can’t really tell if it’s a good product especially for those who are having the same dilemma that I have – dry lips. Anyway, read on my short review about it.

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Who is it for:

  1. If you have dry lips
  2. If you want to exfoliate and softens your lips

What it claims:

  1. It nourishes, heals, and sooth troubled lips
  2. It exfoliates and soften dry lips

How to use:

  1. Apply to your lips
  2. Use 1-2 times a week

My verdict:

  1. The effect – Its has sugar like crystals that helps in exfoliating lips. The scent is somewhat similar to a perfume. I can’t comment much about the effect because I’ve used it for 4 times and I don’t see much difference on my lips.
  2. Will I recommend it? – Yes. Why not? It’s an affordable lip scrub from Sephora. Just make sure you don’t overuse it. It’s not recommended to ALWAYS exfoliate. Isn’t it?