LootAnime – March 2017 Review

I received my March crate after last minute subscribing on 3/27. It is 4/3 and it was in my mailbox this morning which is pretty exciting. I am a bit of a secret otaku so I have been hyped up for this to come in the mail.

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Theme: FUTURE

Contents: 1 poster/info sheet, 1 T-Shirt, 1 Volume of Manga, Cellphone Charm, Mousepad, & 2.0GB Flash Drive

The box (I’ll update with a picture of the box) has an awesome futuristic laptop design inside. The poster has an info sheet on the back regarding each item in the box.

Item 1: Ghost In The Shell Arise T-Shirt featuring Motoko Kusanagi, Major, Field Commander. It is a dark red color and made of fantastically soft cotton. Its very light weight. I would say its quality is that of any novelty T-Shirt. I love Ghost in the Shell so I am so excited to wear this! Estimated Value: $25?

Item 2: Manga–Clockwork Planet Vol 1. This manga is created by the same person that wrote No Game No Life. I have never indulged into Clockwork Planet but I am looking forward to it. I can’t offer up much review of this manga because I am only a few pages into it. Estimated Value: $13?

Item 3: Yume Together Cellphone Charm–The mascot of LootAnime. She is also featured on the front of the poster. Estimated Value: $3?

Item 4: Kiznaiver Mouse Pad–I almost squealed like a little girl when I saw this. I seriously just finished watching Kiznaiver about two weeks ago and absolutely loved it plus I really do need a mouse pad for when I am gaming. WIN WIN! Overall quality is average for a mouse pad. You can see all of the main characters on it. It is approximately 9″x7″ give or take. Kiznaiver is perfect to incorporate into the FUTURE theme because it takes place in the future where certain students are chosen to partake in an experiment that is life changing for each of them. The art is fantastic and the story line is fantastic. Estimated Value: $10

Item 5: PsychoPass USB Flash Drive — PsychoPass takes place in a dark dystopian future where the mental state of a person can be determined via The Dominator. Essentially this will stop criminals before they are able to commit a crime. Its a very interesting and compelling series. This flash drive is shaped like The Dominator (awesome!), its made from what seems to be a durable plastic, and it has a 2GB capacity. Perfect for when you’re on the go. Estimated Value: $10?

Paid: $25 + Shipping

Estimated Actual Value: around $50

Shipping: Reasonable, ordered on 3/27, arrived 4/3.

Would I Buy It Again: Maybe

Would I Recommend It To A Friend? If they are really into anime and manga

Rating: 8.5/10

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Not Very Optimistic….

I ordered a manga bundle from the Loot Vault on 3/17 and it still hasn’t shipped. I subscribed on 3/27 to the LootAnime crate and it arrived today (see review)….I am rather frustrated since they took my money and I have yet to get anything other than an email confirmation of my order, that being said, I never get shipping notifications for my LootCrate and I didn’t get one for the LootAnime crate either. If I ever get the manga I’ll post a review, but as for now, I guess I have to wait to see if my manga bundle will ever arrive.

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

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This is a memoir, the final memoir, of Carrie Fisher. It is about her days on the set of Star Wars when she was first cast, her affair with Harrison Ford, and excerpts from the diaries she kept. This is NOT a love story.

Review:

I was so excited when this book was released, I was anticipating its release from the time it was announced. The minute I started reading it I felt immediately connected to Fisher, like we were face to face and she was talking to me.

Within the first chapter I felt her ominous pain, despite her upbeat writing and her jokes. As I went deeper, chapter by chapter, I understood what she felt and what she went through. A lot of people think of this book negatively, but I see it as a story about a young and naive girl making one big decision and losing her innocence and how that impacted her life then and how it impacted her life now.

Overall I loved the book even though there were parts that made me cry. It really gave you a look into the personal life of Fisher. I recommend this book to all of her fans and anyone who is looking for a tale of lost innocence. I knew going into the book that it wouldn’t be a happy love story, but that was okay with me. This is not my favorite book by Fisher, but it was one of the best that she wrote.

Book Rating:

Writing Style: 8/10

Story/Plot: 10/10

Overall Rating: 9/10

May the force always be with you Princess.

Zoie + Chloe Traditional Japanese Matcha Tea Gift Set

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  • Beautiful Japanese Matcha tea set contains everything you need to make a traditional cup of Matcha green tea.
  • Set includes bamboo Chasen whisk, spoon, tongs and beautiful ceramic bowl in an elegant box.
  • Whisk up a delicious cup of frothy smooth matcha.
  • Authentic Matcha tea experience with tools used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies.
  • Perfect for the tea loving friends and family. (cite Amazon.com)

“Zoie + Chloe Traditional Japanese Matcha Tea Gift Set contains everything you need to prepare the perfect cup of Matcha green tea. Whisk with the Chasen bamboo whisk in a zig zag motion until frothy, and it will give the Matcha tea a smooth and frothy consistency, and heighten the matcha tea experience.” (cite Amazon.com)

Impression & Use:

I bought this on Amazon on a whim because I love Matcha Green Tea. The thing that made me want to purchase this the most was that the cup came with the traditional bamboo tools. When it arrived at my house I was beyond excited after waiting in anticipation for the set to arrive. The cup is a sturdy ceramic with a detailed texture and the bamboo tools are not cheaply made and flimsy.

When using the set, I first heated up some milk to a warm temperature. While the milk was slowly warming up I put the matcha powder in the cup and gently whisked it as well as used the bamboo tweezers to break up any chunks in the powder. Once the milk was heated up to the right temperature (just below boiling), I carefully poured it into the cup and began to gently whisk it for 5 minutes. Once it was completely mixed with no clumps it was the perfect temperature to drink.

Overall:

I love this set, it is perfect for my daily cup of matcha. I am really happy that I purchased it on a whim, it was one of my better impulsive decisions. It is very reasonably priced and the quality is very good for the price.

Overall Rating: 9.75/10

Would I Buy It Again? Yes

Would I suggest it to a friend? Yes

Price: Approx. $25

Link to Purchase: Matcha Set on Amazon

CLEAN Lovegrass Fragrance

download (1)Product Description:

Lovegrass is a feminine perfume by Clean. The scent was launched in 2017 and the fragrance was created by perfumer Patricia Choux

Top Notes:  Lemon blossom, Clementine, Citron, Black pepper

Mid Notes: Iris, Orange blossom, Rose

Base notes: Woods, Amber, Skin musk, Patchouli, Labdanum

Impression/Use:

The scent is confusing and overwhelming, there is too much going on at once in this fragrance in my opinion. When I applied it to my skin with hopes of it being less overwhelming, it was still the same as it was in the bottle. I wouldn’t say it smells bad but it certainly is powerful and not for me. I am not sure if it is supposed to be floral, fruity, or woodsy. It actually smells similar to fabric softener in my opinion.

 

Overall Rating: 6.8/10

Would I Buy It Again? No

Would I suggest it to a friend? No

Price: Approx. $25-75

Link to Purchase: Still in production for 2017, available in certain eBay shops, and

CLEAN Air Fragrance

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Product Description:

“Spirited, buoyant, and blissful, CLEAN Air evokes the expansive airiness of a hot air balloon ride over the Himalayas. For the introduction, IFF’s unique mountain air accord conveys the invigorating rush and liberating feeling of a limitless horizon. In the heart, the sheer floral bouquet of sparking freesia and dewy peony unveils the fragrance’s luminous grace and ethereal femininity. In the background, whispers of powdered aldehydes and silken white amber are wrapped in enveloping cashmere woods and musk to create a blissful feeling and weightless sensuality.”—Ruhi Patel, Perfumer at IFF and Creator of CLEAN

CLEAN Air is a woody floral aldehydic fragrance that is sparkling and feminine when worn alone, but has the power to transform each CLEAN woman’s fragrance into a new floral experience when layered together.

Notes:
Mountain Air Accord, Bergamot Blossoms, Lush Green Accord, Sparkling Freesia, Powdered Aldehydes, Dewy Peony, Enveloping Musk, Cashmere Woods, White Amber.
Style:
Carefree. Feminine. Exhilarating.”

Impression/Use:

When initially opening the rollerball bottle and smelling it, the scent was so subtle I could hardly smell it to be frank. When using it on my skin, I was able to smell it significantly more but it was not overwhelming.

It has a soft, natural, and musky scent. Like many other CLEAN fragrances, this one has such a natural smell that it is like being in the woods or a grassy field. The Enveloping Musk and White Amber stand out and the Bergamot has just enough scent to add a tiny kick to the fragrance.

Overall:

I honestly believe that this fragrance could be used on both women and men because of the fresh and musky scent. I also love layering it with my other CLEAN fragrances. It is a soft fragrance that isn’t overpowering. The Top, Mid, and Base notes blend flawlessly together and make a fantastic fragrance.

Overall Rating: 7.8010

Would I Buy It Again? Maybe

Would I suggest it to a friend? Yes

Price: Approx. $25-75

Link to Purchase: CLEAN Air at Sephora

 

Maybelline New York Fit Me Stick Foundation

fit foundation“Go shine-free without layering! This lightweight foundation has an exclusive anti-shine powder core that instantly dissolves excess oil.

Shine-Free + Balance® Stick Foundation face makeup. Oil-absorbing powder foundation stick delivers a natural matte finish for smooth and even-looking skin.
This lightweight gel foundation has an exclusive anti-shine powder core that instantly dissolves excess oil. Pores look minimized and skin stays shine-free for ten hours. This oil-absorbing foundation stick goes on creamy and blends into a natural matte finish. Medium coverage. Dermatologist tested. Allergy tested. Non-comedogenic. Suitable for sensitive skin. Fragrance-free.”

Impression/Use:
I normally buy all of my make up at Sephora but I saw this in a local grocery store and decided to give it a try. It is unique with the powder center and wet foundation in the stick (which is a great concept. It has a semi small variety of shades but I did find one that matches my skin perfectly.
When using this product I applied a solid line around my forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin. I was absolutely amazed of how it sat on my skin and rubbed in for a natural look. It covered my dark circles and acne perfectly. You can’t even tell you’re wearing any foundation because it is so natural looking. Over the course of the day it did not run or sweat off, it stayed on my face with no problem. It was gentle and didn’t cause any allergies. My skin remained smooth and not oily all day. At the end of the day when I washed my face, it all came off and did not seem to clog my pores.

Overall:
It is definitely worth a try, especially if you have difficulty finding the right foundation or skin difficulties. The price is just right too. I absolutely love this foundation stick and will probably switch to this one specifically. I have extremely oily skin and this stick worked perfectly, there was no struggle between the foundation and my skin. It does only come in a small variety of shades but I think it blends so well that it isn’t a problem.

Shades: Porcelain, Ivory, Classic Ivory, Buff Beige, Natural Beige, Pure Beige, Toffee, Coconut

Overall Rating: 9.5/10

Would I Buy It Again? Yes

Would I suggest it to a friend? Yes

Price: Approx. $5+

Link to Purchase: Ulta Beauty, also available at drug stores, Target, Walmart, and Amazon

Indigo by NEST Fragrance

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Product Description (from Sephora):
“Moroccan tea, Kashmir wood, and black cardamom are enhanced with hints of wild fig and bergamot. These notes combine to create a captivating fragrance that transitions well from day to evening.

Inspired by the works of 18th Century British artist Mrs. Mary Delany, Laura Slatkin collaborated with master perfumers to translate these works of art into luxurious fragrances that capture the essence of each of the botanicals that adorn the products’ striking packaging.”

Notes:
Moroccan Tea, Kashmir Wood, Cardamom, Wild Fig.
Style:
Warm. Aromatic. Mysterious.

Impression & Use:
I purchased this fragrance in a Rollerball in Sephora on a whim after falling in love at first sniff! It is a warm, spicy, and musky scent with a hint of fruit. All of the notes described above are very noticeable. I found the Kashmir Wood and Wild Fig notes to be the ones I noticed the most. It is a very feminine scent.

When using this, I noticed that a little goes a long way–it can become overpowering if you put on too much. I rubbed my wrists with the rollerball and then rubbed my neck with my covered wrists and the scent lasted nearly all day. When used gently it is fantastic. I feel like this is a great fragrance for going out, a date night, or a get together. I think it makes you stand out in a crowd in a good way. I got several complements on the scent while I was wearing it.

Overall:
I would without a doubt buy a full bottle of Indigo as soon as my rollerball is empty. It is a unique scent, wild and flirty too. The price is just right when it comes to luxurious fragrances. It brings out the queen inside the woman with its warm scent. There is a body cream that is also Indigo scented that will pair nicely with the rollerball/spray.

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Would I Buy It Again? Yes

Would I suggest it to a friend? Yes

Price: Approx. $25-72

Link to Purchase: NEST Fragrance: Indigo at Sephora

CLEAN Blossom Eau de Parfum

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For Women

Description:
“CLEAN BLOSSOM embodies a strong, feminine and beautiful woman, who has nothing to hide. It’s inspired by La Fleur D’Oranger/Neroli flower (the Orange Blossom) and is reminiscent of a delicate flower petal falling from the sky into a natural spring…dancing on the water.”

 
Impression:
This fragrance smells floral, fresh, and clean. It is very pleasant when you open the bottle and smell it. This does smell very similar to Burberry Brit Sheer. I believe the Floral scents come out strong along with the citrus mid-notes, and the sandalwood dry-note is just fragrant enough to be noticed.

Use:
I purchased this in a Rollerball Travel Set, so I used the very small rollerball to apply the perfume. Just like when I smelled the bottle, the fragrance was soft and floral. It actually brought up my spirits and made my mood a little better, it was like laying down in a field of wildflowers in the middle of the forest.

This is not exactly my preferred fragrance profile but I love this scent! It is exactly what I expect from a floral fragrance. There is no artificial or alcoholic scent either. Its just so natural.

Overall:
I think this an excellent fragrance and it is spot on with the description. Though it is not my scent profile I really enjoyed this scent. The prices are higher but it is worth it. If you like floral scents, this one is perfect! I also think it is a great scent to welcome in spring!

Overall Rating: 8/10

Would I Buy It Again? Yes

Would I suggest it to a friend? Yes

Price: Approx. $40-75 or in a rollerball/travel set (prices vary)

Link to Purchase: Clean Perfume Website: BlossomSephora

 

CLEAN Reserve: Sueded Oud Fragrance

Product information:

Sueded Oud is a fresh and creamy approach to a traditional oud fragrance. It is a discovery of natural textures and an exploration of the fluid movement between the brighter and darker facets of fragrance.

Each CLEAN Reserve fragrance was created to be dynamic and evoke, not memories of the past, but possibilities and experiences yet to be discovered. Each is linear without much movement from top to bottom, making it ideal for layering and blending.

Notes:
Incense Oil, Blue Cypress, Birchwood, Red Pimento, Honeysuckle, Temple Oud, Night Blooming Jasmine, White Magnolia, Fir Balsam, Sarcocaulon, Soft Suede, Gold Patchouli, Black Amber, Praline, Skin Musk, Olibanum Tears.
Style:
Sophisticated. Mysterious. Sexy.

What else you need to know:
The nomadic Himbas tribe waits until the hard, spiny bushman candle completes its natural life cycle before harvesting the bark to sell for fragrance extraction. Continued use of this incredible shrub provides support that allows the tribe to preserve their traditional lifestyle and fosters sustainable plant growth.

Review:

This is another fragrance I received for my birthday. This makes my top 10 list of favorite fragrances.

This scent is technically unisex. It has a fresh, woodsy, and musky scent. When layered with the CLEAN Reserve Blonde Rose it smells feminine, fresh, and intoxicating. The ability to layer CLEAN fragrances is fantastic. It added to the  benefits of the fragrance.

Yet again with CLEAN Reserve, the price is cringe worthy but based on the quality it is worth it.

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

Would I Buy It Again? Yes

Would I suggest it to a friend? Yes

Price: Approx. $25.00-$95.00

Link to Purchase: CLEAN Reserve Sueded Oud at Sephora