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Gacha World – Shopping & Games

So, I’m sure those of you that have been long-time readers have clearly noticed that I’ve been away for almost 2 years. I had a big life change that I took an unscheduled break from this blog. I didn’t know when I was going to stop or when I was going to return so I just left things hanging per se. With my life change and enough time to adjust to my new normal, life with a toddler is both rewarding and challenging as well as fun and magical. 🙂 But anyway, today’s post is on an app that I’ve been using for the past month that I felt was good enough to warrant an entire post.

I was actually introduced to this app through a Discord I’m part of. I was wary at first but after 2 orders I’m sold. For their website, go here but for my walkthrough, stick around as I explain how it works. Who does this app appeal to? Anyone that likes stuff from Japan whether it’s stationery or Ichiban Kuji items or character goods like from Sanrio or even household items or models. You can get these items for free (except for $5 shipping) but know all the details before you participate.

First, make sure that you go and grab Gacha World – Shopping & Games and not just plain Gacha World (disclaimer: I included my referral link there). There’s another app called Gacha World, which is totally different from this app.

Gacha World – Shopping & Games Loading Page

Once the app is loaded and let’s say you have an account already, this is the first screen you will be greeted with.

Gacha World – Shopping & Games Home Page

When on the home page you can swipe to the left or right for more options. On this screen you have access to both Games and the Shop as labeled on the screen itself and it is also accessible on the bottom menu. Let’s say we tap on Games in the screen or Play on the bottom menu.

Gacha World – Shopping & Games Play

You are brought to a new page where there are Gacha machines. The names and cost to play for each machine is visible. Click on any one of them to “play” and/or see more details about the machine you have selected. Take note of the “Log In” button on the top left side of this screen as this will be mentioned again later.

Gacha World – Shopping & Games Gacha

Click on Play to use the respective amount of diamonds needed to play a round on the machine selected. To see the odds of each machine, click on the “i” information button on the top right of each machine. When you play a machine, the payout is in coins to use for later at the Shop.

Gacha World – Shopping & Games Machine Odds

Now that the major part of the app is out of the way, let’s take it back from the main page but swipe left to go to the screen on the right.

Gacha World – Shopping & Games Right Page

Tapping on the little guy in the postal worker outfit brings up your notifications.

Gacha World – Shopping & Games Notifications

Tapping on the “Refer a Friend” area will bring up your referral link. Moving back to the home page and swiping right this time brings you to the left side screen.

Gacha World – Shopping & Games Left Page

Tapping on the little guy watching a bunch of screens brings up events and announcements. Tapping on the area where the timer is leads to a short ad.

Gacha World – Shopping & Games Events/Announcements

Now how do we get diamonds? For a limited time, when you sign up you get 1000 diamonds to start with. You can buy more if you want but I haven’t had the need to yet. You can also earn diamonds by watching short ads every now and then as mentioned earlier. The time in the earlier screenshot is the timer to when the next ad is available for me to view. You get 5 diamonds each time you watch an ad. Another way to get more diamonds without spending actual money is to click on the “Log In” button on the page where all the Gacha machines are at. Going here everyday after playing any machine at least once gets you a stamp that grants you a few diamonds. Every few days, you get extra bonus diamonds so there’s incentive to keep playing everyday. And also for a limited time, you can earn more diamonds (1000!) as people sign up to your referral link and end up placing their first order (which isn’t hard to do….I’ve already placed 2 to date). I haven’t posted out my link until now so I can’t share my experience on it but the person’s link I’ve used to sign up got their 1000 bonus referral diamonds after I placed my first order.

Gacha World – Shopping & Games Daily Stamp

Now that you have coins from playing the machines with diamonds, you can go pick out what you want from the Shop.

Gacha World – Shopping & Games Shop

This is the part I like the most. I browse through what they have in different categories at first to get a feel of what they carry that might appeal to me. They have A LOT of stuff. I’m not exaggerating. There’s things from plates to plushes to Christmas decorations to batteries and household items like cupboard liners. They carry various anime products like keychains, posters, file folders, memo pads and stickers….a few people I know even got a full body cushion! After I figured out what they carry and what items I like, I ended up just using the search bar to narrow down my search to things that interest me as some items can fall into different categories that they have. Each time you place an order, you pay $5 shipping. That’s it. So to date I’ve placed 2 orders, which is $10 out of pocket but the items I got well exceeded $10. It does help that at the time I placed my order, everything I got was 50% off or more so I was able to get more things for the coins I have.

I was wary about it but I downloaded it and decided to judge it after my first order did indeed show up, which it did. I haven’t spent anything else aside from the $5 shipping. I just kept earning my free diamonds everyday by watching the free short ads several times a day and playing at least once a day to get the free diamonds and stamp that way. If you want to give it a try, feel free to use my referral link here.

Zoya Luscious Collection

Some of you may have seen my posts on several different shades from the Zoya Luscious Collection used in a different way from how I typically feature on my Instagram. I took the liberty of using the different shades from this collection to make holiday ball ornaments! I did this in a group activity with my nieces a few years ago before I had my son. It was fun and challenging at the same time to attempt to create certain looks you desire and at the same time getting the unexpected. I did swatch these on nail wheels though just so I know and can share with you what they look like as is since the shades all come through as super shiny finish due to the holiday ball ornament material.

I have swatched all these in the order listed. Some shades appear more than once to account for the shade itself, striped with Zoya Soleil and Tasha or striped with Zoya Wanda and Patrice. All swatches shown by itself are 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Wanda, Patrice, Teresa, Andrea, Bentley and Sharon
Zoya Wanda, Patrice, Teresa, Andrea, Bentley and Sharon (close-up)
Zoya Wanda, Patrice, Teresa, Andrea, Bentley and Sharon (direct sunlight)
Zoya Wanda, Patrice, Teresa, Andrea, Bentley and Sharon (different angle)
Zoya Wanda, Patrice, Teresa, Andrea, Bentley and Sharon (another angle)
Zoya Wanda, Patrice, Teresa, Andrea, Bentley and Sharon (another close-up)

Here’s the other half of the collection and again, some shades appear more than once to account for the shade itself, striped with Zoya Soleil and Tasha or striped with Zoya Wanda and Patrice. All swatches shown by itself are 3 coats with no top coat.

Zoya Lisa, Soleil, Tasha, Mel, Lou and Tommy
Zoya Lisa, Soleil, Tasha, Mel, Lou and Tommy (direct sunlight)
Zoya Lisa, Soleil, Tasha, Mel, Lou and Tommy (close-up)
Zoya Lisa, Soleil, Tasha, Mel, Lou and Tommy (different angle)
Zoya Lisa, Soleil, Tasha, Mel, Lou and Tommy (another angle)
Zoya Lisa, Soleil, Tasha, Mel, Lou and Tommy (another shot)

And here are some of what I’ve posted on my Instagram where you can see it’s beauty shine. It would look just as shiny on your nails with a good top coat! Feel free to click on each as there are multiple photos on each of my Instagram post to show different sides and angles of each ball ornament.

I know the holiday ornaments are heavy on the purples but this entire collection was a bit heavy on that and I wanted to use them all equally more or less. They surprisingly worked well for holiday ornaments though. I was worried about that. There are enough shimmery shades to add the holiday sparkle effect. It helped that there is a red and green shade in the collection. What are your favorite shades? Mine is surprisingly Wanda. I love the silver and gold glass flecks in this shade and I actually like this shade of pink. Not too loud but not light at all. I liked Sharon too but that’s no surprise as I tend to like fuchsia type shades. The biggest surprise is Tommy. I didn’t think I’d like this shade at all but it surprisingly went very well with different shades in the holiday ball ornaments I did and the application is the bext among all of the shades when I used it. It applied so smooth like spreading butter onto toast.

*Products in this review have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Tuesday Morning Edition

Anyone still trying to cram in some last-minute shopping?! If you have a Tuesday Morning by you — fear not…..this gift guide is for you! This store carries a mix of everything from baby clothing to children’s toys to rugs and furniture to coffee and food items! Being that I am putting together a holiday basket for my in-laws, what I got are all food items. Here are my picks!

I don’t think these are tastier than the ones from Walkers but these are very good and this assorted package makes a nice addition to a holiday gift basket or even as a standalone gift!

Highland Speciality Shortbread Cookies

I’ve seen this product in other specialty discount stores also. This brand carries the same product in other flavors as well but I like the original one as is. My in-laws love this so I made sure to include this in the gift basket I’m putting together. I actually bought an extra box for myself too and I’m down to a few pieces in the snack drawer!

Anastasia Coconut Patties

I’ve never tried this before but it looked like something that would fit in a nice holiday gift basket. I always thought that tasty fruity treats are more prevalent during the holiday season like fruitcakes. Crossing my fingers that it’s tasty!

Liberty Orchards Fruit Delights

Ah, cheese crispies. I always associate this with holiday gift baskets as that’s where I’ve encountered them in the past. I think they’re usually found in the savory kind of holiday gift baskets where you see smoked salmon packs and summer sausages.

Roka Cheese Crispies

I have tasted the lemon curd version this brand has so I didn’t hesitate to pick up the orange marmalade when I saw that the store has it! I think it makes a great addition to a holiday gift basket as I always see some jams or jellies in them.

Mackays Orange Marmalade with Champagne

With that said, why stop at the one with champagne when they also have the same thing but with whisky? 🙂

Mackays Orange Marmalade with Whisky

Next items are a little unconventional for a holiday gift basket I’ll admit. It would’ve fit better in a cooking themed gift basket but my holiday gift basket to my in-laws has a few cooking items as well so I picked these up. My mother-in-law likes to experiment in cooking and I’m hoping that this will be something new for her to try out.

Gia Green Pesto & Garlic Paste

Last item I picked up is a random one but I know that my mother-in-law was looking into making tiramisu at home. I don’t think she has tried yet but this would help her out by cutting out the step in making them since it is an ingredient in a tiramisu. So….I’ve included this in their holiday gift basket.

Matilde Vicenzi Vicenzovo Ladyfingers

This doesn’t even cover the beautiful decorative boxes I got that I used to hold gifts and other snack items I’ve purchased like tasty pizelles. All I can say is this store has a ton of options for holiday gifts if you’re running out of time or ideas and if one is in your neighborhood. You can browse their website here to get an idea of what they carry and have to offer.

ipsy December 2018 Glam Bag

Ho, ho, ho! How are y’all doing with your holiday shopping? I hope you all find what you’re looking for with ease. I got this in a few days ago but didn’t get around to posting until now. Here’s what I got in my ipsy December 2018 Glam Bag.

ipsy December 2018 Glam Bag

I actually like the bag for this month eve though I feel overall it’s a little flimsy. It’s perfect for the holiday season and I do love shiny things. First item that caught my eye is the Murad Renewing Eye Cream. I am familiar with this brand and I’ve been running low on eye creams so this is a good one for me to try soon. Next we have the Lottie London AM to PM Kohl Eyeliner Pencil. The shade I got this in is Black. Some other ipsters got Mocha. Then we have the F.A.R.A.H Brushes Tapered Blending Brush 35E. I have to retake the quiz again as I keep getting these makeup brushes when I have no use for them since I already have enough. The good news is my niece will benefit from this predicament as she’s really into makeup now, so I tossed this into a makeup bag filled with makeup extra goodies for her. Next up is the Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Primer. I don’t use makeup primers much but have been stashing some over the years to test with to compare quality and effectiveness. Then we have The Beauty Crop Lip Brulee. The shade everyone got is called Rhubarb Custard. I thought this has a matte velvet finish but I looked it up and saw that it actually has a shine to it. Still, it looks like more of a lip stain than a lip gloss to me. Last up is the Hey Honey Relax! Propolis & Honey Soothing Cream. It says it’s good for sensitive skin so I anticipate no problems when trying this out as soon as I run out of my current facial moisturizer.

Murad Renewing Eye Cream

Lottie London AM to PM Kohl Eyeliner Pencil

F.A.R.A.H Brushes Tapered Blending Brush 35E

Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Primer

The Beauty Crop Lip Brulee

Hey Honey Relax! Propolis & Honey Soothing Cream

I liked most of what I got so here’s to hoping the bags in 2019 will keep up this trend!

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: World Market Edition

Happy Thanksgiving to my readers in the US! I hope you all will have a great time spending time with family and friends. And to those that are volunteering, thank you for your gift of time in help spreading the love this holiday season. I know that a good number of you use this day as a marker to the start of your holiday shopping. Well, in case you have a Cost Plus World Market store by you or along the way until Christmas and New Year’s…..this gift guide is for you. I only managed to feature things that I have purchased in the past and will gladly purchase again but feel free to pop in the store or browse online since they carry everything from coffee to soap gift sets to furniture. The possibilities are endless with this store! Here are my picks!

I remember over 15 years ago trying out a cobbler mix and ended up loving it. I tried to find it with no luck. One day I randomly got a scone mix from a local coffee shop here as I had a gift certificate. I absolutely LOVED it. It was expensive but I didn’t think about it at the time since I had a gift certificate. When I lived in the East Coast, I was about 15 minutes away from World Market store. I loved it. I missed it and decided to see if they have an online store and OHMYGOSH they do! I looked up scones and was greeted with a wide variety. My first order consisted of the Lemon Poppyseed Scones and Wild Blueberry Scones. It arrived, I made it and was hooked. I’ve tried a lot of other flavors since then but here’s the top 3 I recommend: Lemon Poppyseed, Wild Blueberry and Salted Caramel. Salted Caramel is the most requested one by those that I have made them for. When buying online, it’s a case (box) of 6 packaged scone mixes for $29.94. I even purchased the gluten free varieties of the Lemon Poppyseed and Wild Blueberry ones so that my gluten-free friends can partake and they love them!

Sticky Fingers Scone Mixes

In that same order, I purchased the World Market Smoked Salmon set on a whim. I like smoked salmon that we get in the office from gift baskets during the holiday season from various clients. I thought it’d be perfect for an upcoming cabin stay and I’m so glad I purchased it. It’s perfect with crackers! While none of us were huge fans of the Lemon Dill (it was okay), the Classic one is so tasty! When looking at their website just now they have another flavor called Cracked Pepper! Um, it’s going into my cart for the next time I make a purchase. This retails for $8.99 each. I can’t find what the set of 2 costs but I think it comes to be the same as the individual price.

World Market Smoked Salmon

The next item is something I purchased for a very good friend and neighbor of ours. I remember he was looking for marzipan snacks but had a hard time finding it. The thing with World Market is it carries things from all over the world and you never really know what you may find….like this marzipan set! This Niederegger Assorted Mini Chocolate And Marzipan Bars set is made in Germany. It looks very nice and ready for gift-giving — I hope my friend likes it! But this is just a sample of what food items you may find there. They have all sorts of snacks and chocolates and fruit cakes. This goes for $6.99.

Niederegger Assorted Mini Chocolate And Marzipan Bars

This next item is from the first order I made online as well. I added it to my cart on a whim as my friends who just got back from New Orleans couldn’t stop raving about shortbread cookies. Now here’s the thing, before having this I have never eaten a shortbread cookie before in my life. There are lots of other cookies that just look more appealing to me. Oh my goodness, I’ve been missing out! From the moment I had my first bite of these Walkers shortbread cookies I was hooked! I went through half of that pack of 20 in a few days. I have since repurchased this in my last 2 orders. It’s the perfect size for snacking or just handing someone a small buttery treat! This value pack of 20 individually wrapped set of 2 shortbread fingers retails for $10.99.

Walkers Shortbread Fingers Value Pack

And here’s another random purchase of mine that I loved! Mackays Lemon Curd is slightly sweet and tart. I wasn’t sure what to use it for but there’s lots of ideas online. I got this in a set of 6 jars for $23.94. My favorite way of using it is in making lemon bars. I am including this in a gift basket I’m putting together from my mother-in-law.

Mackays Lemon Curd

I know that you can get this in stores now, but I wasn’t familiar with Biscoff Cookie Butter back then — only with Biscoff Cookies itself. So it was a random purchase and I got the set of 8 jars for $39.92. While I get this in stores around me now, if you’re making a gift basket or something like that….buying from World Market might be more convenient.

Biscoff Cookie Butter

I could go on and on about World Market but I’ll stop here for now. What I can say is if you happen to be close to one, go and stop by. There’s something for everyone in your Christmas list. And if you aren’t close to one, like me, there’s always online and the variety is pretty good there as well. I’m sure there will be some Black Friday deals and you bet that it’s one of the stores on my list for Black Friday shopping. 🙂

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