Monday, July 25, 2016

Captain's Log #3: Back from Vacation!

Yo there, guys!

As you may know, I just got back from a family vacation on Sunday. It was absolutely amazing and I got to meet our new family members. My aunt got married a few months ago and this is the first time some of us met her wife and the first time we met her wife's family. 

I don't have a ton of photos, since I had a broken phone the whole time. Luckily, I just got a new phone thanks to the loving, kind, and patient Jonathan. 

Check out our sunburns tans.

I got to try a bunch of new things this weekend like paddleboating and canoeing. I went canoeing with Jonathan and then, while he took a nap, I decided to go with my mom. Now, I know on the internet I look as put together as can be....


...but docking a canoe is hard work! My mother and I paddled it to the dock and she attempted to get off. All of a sudden, the boat just flips over, taking me and her to the water. It was hilarious and the highlight of my trip.
Our view from the cabin

 We stayed in a beautiful cabin and they had teepees surrounding the neighboring campsite.

The inside of our cabin!
 As you can tell, because of all the excitement, this Captain's Log is a little different than most. I haven't gotten to read or watch much but here's what I got planned for this week.

Rick and Morty, Season 2 (Hulu). I absolutely adore Rick and Morty, but since we don't have cable, we rewatched the first season about 30 times. Finally, on a whim, we decided to go on Hulu, and lo and behold, season two was finally available! We have about 3 more episodes left but I'm loving it. I still really enjoy the first season a little bit more because this season is a bit morbid. However, I'm eager to see where it leaves off.

Wolf Boy by Evan Kuhlman (re-read). I bought this book about a year ago at a convention. I'm pretty sure the guy who sold it to me was just trying to get rid of some junk but this book was an amazing find. It is about a family dealing with the loss of one of their kids. It mainly follows the younger brother of the deceased but it does show how each member and acquaintance deals with death. Plus, it has a comic intermixed with the text, written by one of the characters. It's a great read and will make you feel all the feels. 

Crush Crush (Steam). This free-to-play game is a very strange Japanese dating simulator. I love these games because they are over the top ridiculous but super cute and this game is no exception. While the examples are highly fan-servicey, it's still a silly game to play and a great way to pass the time. You play a character who accidentally ruins girls lives and then try to date them. It's ridiculous (you actually crush a homeless catgirl's cardboard house) but it's a crazy time-waster. If you are looking for something to pass the time with and for a laugh, check this game out.

I know this Captain's Log is a little different than usual, but hopefully, we'll be back to normal next week! Let me know what you're up to in the comments!

Always, Raineedayze

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Raineedayze Reviews: Espionage Cosmetics Nail Wraps

Hey guys! 

Today, I'm going to be reviewing Espionage Cosmetics' Nail Wraps. 

I bought these wraps about a week ago from their website. Each package was on sale for about 2 dollars and my grand total came to 8 dollars for three wraps plus the two dollar shipping fee. 

2 of the 3 I bought. I opened the circuit board wraps early.

When I opened the package, the wraps came in nice little boxes with a quote to match the design on the wraps. I chose the circuit board design, a d20 design, and a comic book inspired design. All the artwork on the wraps was really cute and a good quality. For 2 dollars, this looked like a great deal.

Each box contained a set of 12 nail wraps, contact information on this cool thin plastic card, instructions, and a coupon for 30% off my next purchase. Everything was nicely packaged and very unique. 

Instructions are super cute too!

I read through the instructions and the seemed pretty straightforward. Jonathan helped me place my wraps on. Here's the finished look.

Ignore the ring tan line.

As you can see, it's been a few days and I use my nails a ton (I'm still not used to having longer nails, as I used to be a huge nail biter). They've stayed on well, with slight chipping on the edge of the middle finger. Nothing crazy, they still look great.

Since this is a review, I wanted to see how a normal person would do applying a decal themselves. I applied the wrap on my thumb and as you can tell, I don't have the best skills but it still looks pretty great, especially since not a lot of people will be staring at my thumb.

My hands are so strange looking!
  As for the application, it was pretty easy to apply. We messed up on the first nail (my nail application was the second attempt) because we didn't notice the plastic film on the top. I also didn't know I was supposed to buff my nails beforehand (I have little nail experience) so it didn't stick very well at first. Luckily, after the tester, it was very easy to go through the rest of the hand without problems.

Price: 11/10 
  - For 2 dollars, these are amazing. I did get these on sale, but they are worth the full 12 dollar price tag. The website also has some amazing deals on all sorts of cosmetics.

Application: 8/10
 - They were pretty simple to apply. If you have more nail experience, you will probably be able to apply these quicker and better than I, but for a first timer, I was pretty pleased.

Instructions: 8/10
 - I wish it would have told me about the buffing beforehand, but they are very clear and concise otherwise. Plus they include a video tutorial if pictures aren't your thing.

Overall: 9/10

I would definitely buy these again and including a coupon gave me more incentive. I'm absolutely delighted with these and can't wait to wear my glittery comic book nail wraps on the first day of school this year.    

I really dig these wraps. If you are interested in purchasing them or checking out their other items (their Gamer Girl collection is to die for!), you can find them here.

What do you think? Let's chat in the comments!

Always, Raineedayze