Flashback Friday with Pink: The Disruption of the Sibyl System in Psycho-Pass {OWLS BLOG TOUR}

Happy Flashback Friday Grimms!

If you’re new to the community this is a little segment I like to do on Fridays where I creep on other writer’s blogs and remind people of swell posts they have done in the past. 

These posts are just to good to miss out on!

Lately I’ve been on an OWLS kick and have been featuring writers from our first Disruptors Tour. It’s been pretty cool to go back to our first tour like this!

Originally when I saw the title of Pink’s post I was completely excited. I adore Psycho Pass and I was pumped to see how Pink would relate it to our blog tour topic, “Disruptors”. 

If you’re unfamiliar with Psych Pass it’s an anime show that takes place in a world controlled by a sophisticated computer system that monitors everybody’s mental state. If your mental state is compromised you’re arrested. 

So to put it plainly you don’t have to actually commita crime to be guilty you just have to have the capability to.

So how does one disrupt in a society where the very idea of rebellion is against the law? A very interesting show and I think you can see why I was so interested in Pink’s post in the beginning.

So if you missed it the firsttime around make sure to catch it now! I’m including the link below. I feel like if you’ve seen the show before you’re really going to enjoy Pink’s analysis and if you haven’t once yoiu read this post you’re going to want to watch it foir sure!

Pink’s Disruptor Post!
Catch you later Grimms ❤ I hope to have a Blogger in the Spotlight post out soon!

Say Yes To Grapefruit Facial Wipes… I Just Need So Much More

Hey Grimms!

Trying to keep to my goal of at least a post a week during this pregnancy. Last week I was feeling okay so I got a few out but this week I’m feeling wretched. So I might be able to roll one out this weekend as well but no promises.

Today’s review is on Say Yes To and their Grapefruit Facial Wipes. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a review so I’ll remind you all how I do them on here. 

First I give the description so we can see what the company says their product does. Then I give you my cons/pros. I always try to end on a good note if possible! Finally I throw down on my final thoughts. Basically would I buy it again/do I recommend it?

So with that in mind let’s get cracking!

“Yes to Grapefruit Brightening Facial Wipes are on-the-go facial cleansing wipes, packed with Grapefruit to cleanse, exfoliate, and leave skin feeling soft and bright…” -Yes To

Cons

There’s only 30 wipes in a package. 

I want about 100 in a package! I use these everyday so I really can’t have enough.  I end up buying at least three packages at a time to be honest. 

This product is currently only available in the U.S. I’m so sorry my overseas friends! There’s really (at this point) not a way for you to try this product, which is such a bummer. Hopefully as the company grows their shipping options will as well. 

To be honest this product is a little tricky to find in general. I’ve only see them in Walmart and there have been times they’ve even been absent there! I’ve seriously considered just buying them online in bulk. 

Pros

I love these wipes for my face! They really do it all (cleanse, exfoliate, shine) and honestly if I’m not wearing makeup this is all I use to wash my face. 

They’re so quick and easy to use! I just love them. The product is meant to be on your face so you don’t have to worry about washing it off. You can literally rub it in your face and toss it in the trash as you walk out and be good for the day. Quite frankly that’s exactly what I do most work days… I’m always running so behind.

I love the smell of grapefruit so this scent is heavenly. I could smell grapefruit all day and be just fine. The scent also not overpowering which I appreciate. Which is really saying something since I’m pregnant and basically all smells bother me.

This is basically what I use everyday unless I’m wearing makeup in which case I use this and a facial scrub and my skin is looking great. My hormones are all kinds of crazy right now and these wipes are still keeping breakouts at bay!

For $5.99 you really can’t go wrong.

Final Thoughts

I 100% recommend this product. Keep in mind we all have different skin types but I really feel like these are worth a shot. I have combination skin myself and tend to be more oily in my T-zone and these work great for me. So if that sounds like yoiur skin type then you might dig these. I would honestly be interested in how other skin types react to these.

If you’ve ever tried these you should really comment below!

If your interested in this product I’m including the link to the website below. Again I apologize to my overseas peeps for it’s unavailability for your area. 

Say Yes To Grapefruit Facial Wipes 
See you Grimms later!

Dragon Ball Season 1 Revisited: Well That Surprised Me

Hey Grimms,

I recently got my husband to watch Dragon Ball with me! It’s the first anime he’s ever watched all the way through. I was able to get him to watch a Dragonball movie and it sparked his interest so we decided to start watching the series together.

It has been so long since I have last seen  Dragon Ball! Honestly it’s kind of like watching it for the first time for me. I mean I remember most of the big stuff but I’ve kind of forgotten how things came about. There were also a few things that really through me off that I had completely forgotten about, but we’ll get to that later.

“Dragon Ball follows the adventures of an extrodinarily strong boy named Goku as he searches for the seven dragon balls. These balls, when combined, can grant the owner any one wish he desires. Along the way he makes new friends, and enemies, and he trains to become the strongest fighter in the world.” -IMDb 

First Reaction: Flow of Show

The above is a fairly good summary of the show but I would warn anyone starting this show not to be surprised that the dragon balls do take a bit of a back seat in this season. Don’t get me wrong they do look for dragon balls but I feel like that starts to become a secondary thing as we start to learn more about Goku. Not to mention as we watch Goku become more dedicated to training.

Reaction Two: Gotta Love the Potty Humor

Oh my goodness everyone I seriously forgot about all of the toilet jokes! You should’ve seen Adam’s (my husband’s) face the first time Goku whipped out his penis like it was nothing. First episode by the way! I have to say I was laughing myself. Seriously Goku is basically a nudist in season one.

On top of that there’s the pooping, peeing, stinky, and everything else type joke running rampant. You can’t get through an episode without hearing about diareah. One thing is clear in the Dragon Ball universe… everybody poops.

Reaction Three: WHOA RAPE CULTURE! I’m going to need you to tone it down.

Before watching this I told Adam that Master Roshi was a pervert but I had really forgotten the extent. I didn’t even remember Oolong! My young brain must of blocked it out because that character is the worst! Adam was incredibly disturbed by him right along with me.

Spoiler Alert!

At one point Oolong literally date rape drugs both Goku and Bulma so that he can grope and look at Bulma without interupption. Luckily his plan doesn’t quite work out but still, what the hell! That’s not okay. I hate when we as a society act like stuff like this is funny because it’s not. It’s so scary!

Oolong basically spends the entire series doing stuff like that and it is completely cringe worthy. To be honest if you have experienced any sort of trauma in your life you might want to proceed with caution if you decide to watch this season.

Master Roshi isn’t that much better. I remember him being this perverted man who liked to look at dirty magazines and got nosebleeds when girls looked at him. I feel like that’s what he becomes later on in the series but in this first season he’s pretty bad.

He’s not drugging anyone like Oolong but he’s certainly pressing his advantage. Which is horrifying. Bulma takes the brunt of his attacks and I just want to remind everyone that she’s still just a kid! I mean she’s only 15 or 16 so Master Roshi making passes at her is unacceptable.

He’s constantly asking to put his face in her boobs/touch them or trying to get her to trade things by her flashing her panties for him. Can we just take a moment to realize how unfunny this stuff is? She’s a young girl and he is a full grown man who is using his age to take advantage of her sexually.

This type of relationship happens a lot in real life. I remember when I was in high school going to the prom and we stopped at a bowling alley beforehand. When we went to leave this group of really old men stopped us and one of them was telling me how pretty I was. Then he basically pulled me on to his lap and said, “Now don’t you worry I’m just an old man but you’re so pretty I wish I was younger. Who’s your date? You better treat this pretty one right tonight. I know I would.” Then him and all of his old friends laughed.

I was so humiliated! I didn’t know what to do though and neither did my friends. I mean these were elderly men that we were all taught to respect. So I just giggled along and we all said we really needed to go and then left as quick as possible.

It wasn’t funny at all. Sadly this wasn’t the first time an elderly man had made me uncomfortable like that and it wouldn’t be the last. Talk to some of your friends around you. You’ll hear some stories. Not just from women either. This happens with men too. 

Needless to say those instances in Dragon Ball were really awful for me and I really hate seeing stuff like that!

Final Thoughts

It was fun rewatching this season (minus the rape culture) and I got a kick out of seeing all the young characters. I have to admit that I kind of forgot that there was a time Krillin wasn’t sooo far behind Goku! 

As immature as it is a still laugh at all of the toilet humor. It’s so silly that I can’t help myself! 

I do wish that first season had a more compelling bad guy though. There’s nobody that really gives the characters a good run for their money. Makes you really miss Freezer that’s for sure.

Enjoy the rest of your day Grimms! If you’ve seen the first season oif Dragon Ball comment below with your thoughts for other readers to consider. You all got my perspective but there are so many more 🙂 If you’ve never seen this season before what do you think after reading this? Do you think you’ll give it a try?

Let me know ❤

30 Day Lipstick Challenge: Day 18 Watermelon Soda

Hey Grimms 🙂

Thanks for all the love and support you all have shown me since announcing my pregnancy! You all made my day <

I guess my new goal should be to finish this lipstick challenge before the baby is born! Only 12 more days left on the challenge so I might actually make it. 

Today’s lipstick is brought to you by Jeffree Star  Cosmetics. It’s a beautiful matte liquid lipstick and it’s color (as the young kids say) is popping. This shade is called Watermelon Soda and I have to say the name fits it perfectly.

Watermelon Soda is vibrant! This shade comes from Jeffree’s summer collection (2016 edition) so it’s meant to be fun and summery. The first time I wore it I have to admit it was out of my comfort zone. In fact it was months after I first tried it that I tried it again! Initially I was just afraid it didn’t look good on me.

This is exactly why it takkes me so long to do a review though. First impressions can’t be taken as gospel. This lipstick is proof of that. After I got over the first shock and tried it again I fell in love! While at first I wasn’t sure now I absolutely adore how it looks on my skin tone. 

I wear this when I’m feeling bold. This shade really grabs your attention! I’ve never worn it to work although I think I could. Mostly I’ve worn it out and about for lunch dates and canoeing even!

I hope you all enjoyed this. I’m sorry to say that this was a limited time only shade for last year’s summer collection. If your heart is set on buying this shade may the makeup gods be with you because I don’t know how you’ll find this!

I hope you can though because I think it’s awesome ❤

GrimmGirl is…

Pregnant.

You heard right Grimms! My husband and I are super excited to say our family is growing. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram then you’re already up to date on the news but I wanted to make a formal announcement here as well.

A while back you guys might remember me complaining about being sick and my recovering taking some time well it turned out I was actually pregnant 😀 So I will actually be “recovering” for about nine months!

This does effect the blog a bit because while I’m so excited to be pregnant I’m also really sick. The nausea is no joke let me tell you that up front. I’m also incredible tired. Making a baby is hard! You’ll notice new talk about my super long naps in Twitter and Snapchat. I’m not exaggerating them! I really take about 3 hour long naps everyday. 

I’m almost done with my first trimester though (only 1 more month to go as of writing this) so hopefully the nausea will die down and I’ll hs be more energy during my second trimester. With that said you never know with babies… With muy first daughter I was sick until my 7th month. 

I will keep chugging along on GrimmGirl though as best I can. I hope to put out at least a post a week and as I fell better I will post more often. I also hope to livestream again soon but unfortunately my camera broke! I’ll let you all know when I get a new one. 

Finally I have been working with a graphic designer for a logo for GrimmGirl and it’s almost finished. I can’t wait unveil everything to you all soon! I really hope you like it as much as I do. 

That’s all for the upcoming stuff 🙂 Thanks for all of your support! 

Love you Grimms ❤ 

P.S.

I thought you all might enjoy this picture. It’s a picture of my first daughter and I after she was born ❤ I did a home water birth.  Which explains the pool a d the bookshelf!

OWLS Team Tour: When We Fetish Yaoi

Happy Friday Grimms!

I’m happy to say it is my turn to post something for our fabulous OWLS Blog Tour. I hope you are all familiar with this group by now but if not comment any questions below.

OWLS Team Tour:

 June is known as “Pride Month” within the LGBTQ communities in honor of the Stonewall Riots that occored at the end of June in 1969. At OWLS, we strongly support individuals who are part of the LGBTQ communites as well as individuales struggling with their sexual orientation or gender identity.

  • Allows individuals to show their support to the LGBTQ communtites
  • Allows LGBTQ communites to express their love to whoever they want.

So for the “Team” topic, we will be discussing our favorite LGBTQ characters in anime and other pop culture related media, the impact of the yaoi and yuri genre within LGBTQ communities, our personal stories involving gender/sexual orientation, and etc.

Usually I would choose a specific show for this topic but today I would like to talk about Yaoi as a whole. If you are unfamiliar with the term it basically breaks down to a gay couple. I want to say first and foremost that I am a HUGE fan of a good yaoi. With that said I have some issues with the genre that I’d like to shed light on. 

Now I could honestly go on and on about things that I would prefer to see fizzle out in the yaoi genre for example the reliance on rape culture and their insistence on portraying the two characters as the clearly defined “male/dominate” and “female/submissive” roles but alas I shall save that for a different post.

Today I would actually like to discuss about how sometimes as viewers of the yaoi genre we can start to look at these relationships as more of a fetish. This is a problem people! It’s a problem because we are influenced by the media and our experiences with it carry out into our real lives. By continually viewing homosexual relationships as a fetish for our benefit instead of a legitimate relationship we cannot be the allies we need to be for the LGBTQ community.

When we view homosexuality in this lens of, “Oh that’s hot. Their doing this to get my attention,” we start to overstep our bounds. Sadly in the yaoi genre there are many stories that perpetuate this line of thinking. Where the goal of the story is not to watch a strong relationship built on trust and understanding but instead the goal is to see how quickly the “dominate” one can take the submissive personalities pants off.

Now I’m not saying there is anything wrong with a sex scene. I’m saying that when in specifically the yaoi genre the storyline takes a backseat to the sex this can start to lead people who do not have experience within the Gay community fetishizing the validity of the relationship for their own turn on. To put it simple men are not attracted to men simply to excite the people around them. They are attracted to men because that is how they are born. Period.

As I mentioned above I love the yaoi genre and I really want more representation of the gay community in media and literature. In my opinion the yaoi genre still has a ways to go in creating diverse characters and storylines that truly represent the Gay community. I also think we as viewers have a long way to go when it comes to how we view yaoi.

For my finally statement to sum it all up I will leave you with this sentiment. The moment that we started looking at scenes between male characters and going, “Oh they just did that for fanservice” instead of saying, “Oh what a cute moment, I hope they get together” then we should have realized that we started viewing homosexual couples not as legitimate relationships but as tools for our own fetish.

That viewpoint carries into the real world when we see gay couples on the streets and say, “They’re just doing it for attention.” People are not in relationships straight or gay to get attention from random people on the street. Trust me.

I haven’t experienced a lot in the yuri scene but I feel like this might apply there as well. If you are familiar with yuri you’ll have to let me know in the comment section below. Also let me known if you agree or disagrgee with my statements, the best thing about doing these posts for OWLS is hearing varying viewpoints.

Finally I hope you checked out Remy’s post on the represenation of cross-dressing in anime and are looking forward to Arria’s OWLS post coming soon. 

Catch you all later ❤

Code Realize: First Impressions/Three Things to Know

Grimms…

I am so behind on otome posts it is not even funny! I’m even more behind because I haven’t been posting regularly on Mondays. Please forgive me! I swear it is because I have been working hard. My lovely husband got me a PSVita for Mother’s Day and it has opened up a whole new world of glorious otome for me!

Saying I’m obsessed with it wouldn’t be doing my love for it justice. Let me tell you that! I have been playing up a storm on it people.

I know I have been on a Liar! Uncover the Truth kick but I ended up taking a mini break to play some After School Affair and then I got this PSVita and I have been playing Code Realize nonstop. I’ve been going otome crazy Grimms!

It is about time I started writing some things down!

Thank you for being so patience and enjoy this post as I chip away at my every growing backlog of otome posts I desperately need to write!

Today I want to discuss some first impressions of Code Realize and most importantly three things I feel anyone about to play this game should understand.

 

First Impressions

“Aksys Games and Idea Factory (creators of the Hakuoki series) proudly present Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~, an adventure/visual novel game that sweeps you off to times long past. A visionary reimagining of Victorian era London melds with steampunk motifs to create a world unlike any seen before. Play as a lonesome youth whose poisonous touch renders swift death unto would be companions. Unravel the secrets of her past with the aid of five unlikely heroes!” –GameStop

The Lovely Characters Include the Following: 

Cardia: The MC cursed with poison flowing throughout her entire body making her incapable of touching anything without burning and in may cases killing them.

Arsene Lupin: Master Thief with a heart for JUSTICE. He may steal but trust me; it’s always for a good cause. 

Impey Barbicane: Brilliant engineer! He may see unreliable but there is nobody better at what he does! 

Victor Frankenstein: A scientist that use to work for the British Government. It appears that they have had a falling out though for reasons unknown. 

Saint-Germaine: A wealthy count from France who helps provide lodging for everyone. He seems wise beyond his years and a bit otherworldly. What is it he gains from helping everyone out?

Abraham Van Helsing: Referred to as the Human Weapon and responsible for bringing down the King Vampire during the Vampire Wars. He seems like a very serious guy, small price to pay for the ability to take out just about anyone in a room.

I’m really digging it! I find the story line to be unique, the artwork to be beautiful, and the voice acting to be enjoyable. What more can I ask for in a game? I’ll admit it’s a little slow going before it become interactive but the story is interesting so I really didn’t mind.

You can buy this game new for about $30 or pre-owned for about $20 on GameStop. Money well spent so far in my opinion.

Code Realize2

Number One: Choose Wisely

Your choices decide which character’s route you reveal. Unlike some otome games where you look at a character and say I want to play their route, click on them and go, with this one it’s your choices throughout the game that lead you to that character’s route and a different ending.

So for instance let’s say right away you find yourself interested in Impey Barbicane then from the get go you need to be choosing any answer that brings you closer to him specifically or you’ll end up in another character’s route!

Also if your hope is to play through Arsene Lupin’s route your first time through forget about it. His route only unlocks once you have completed the other four character’s routes.

Number Two: Save

This brings me to my other big point. SAVE, SAVE, SAVE. The biggest mistake I did was to start saving once I was in a character’s route but I should’ve saved at the beginning after all of the characters had been introduced. This is a really important point because it takes quite some time to introduce all of the characters.

This meant that after I finished my first route and wanted to play through my next route I had to go through all of the beginning story part until the characters where introduced again! There is a fast forward button but trust me it isn’t fast enough.

Make sure to save at points once you are in the character’s route where you make decisions. Remember there are good ends, great ends, but also really bad ends. You unlock different images with the different ending so I like to catch them all but I don’t necessarily want to play through everything all over again to get there!

So remember to save people!

Three: Enjoy the Voice Acting

The voice acting is in Japanese while subtitles are in English. It’s basically like watching an anime with subs on! I really have enjoyed all of the voice actors so three cheers to excellent casting.

This is also good to know if you don’t actually speak Japanese (which I don’t) have no fear picking up this game! You will be able to follow along just fine ❤

 

Well that’s it for this Otome Monday! I look forward to seeing you all next week where I shall discuss another route from After School Affairs. Get pumped people!

 

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