Larks, it’s late – or, depending on your point of view, very early 🙂 Unusually for me, I’ve been playing a video game into the wee hours. Normally, it’s web pages, blogs, podcasts and maybe a view tunes of yesteryear via YouTube on a Friday night….
The challenge this week is to write about skincare: do you have a routine? Are there products you like to use?
When I’m lucky enough to have a fancy night out, I use Take The Day Off to get rid of my make-up. That, and some Garnier Soft Essentials facial wipes. The bottle needs a good shake to mix the fluids up and then it’s a case of letting it soak into the pad, and after resting against my skin, wiping slowly. Rubbing vigorously leads to red eyes and sore skin – I wish I’d known that when I first started! 🙂 Anyway, between them, they seem to do the trick fairly well. I don’t know if it’s the handful of hours under full make-up, or a combination of the shower, moisturiser and then post-night out cleansing, but my skin feels wonderful the next day! Going back to the early 90s, I’d use sun block and/or moisturiser. I guess I’ve always tried to look after my skin as best I can. I really don’t like the feeling of rough or dry skin.
Does beard-care fall under skincare? Well, I’m going to talk about it anyway. 🙂 I’ve not had much truck with electric razors; they just don’t seem close enough and they seem to take ages to get a reasonable finish. No, I much prefer a wet shave – when time permits, or the occasion demands. 🙂 I did use the Mach 3 blades or a bit, but of late, I’ve followed the advice on Lifehacker and moved to the old school safety razors. You know, the double sided single razor blade. You do have to take your time with that and it pays not to press on too firmly. Oh, there’s an anti-cut stick you can get for a few quid from Boots. Works a treat, but it doesn’t half sting when you put it on. 🙂
That’s my notes. Clearly there’s lots of other choices: what do you find works for you?
Midweek, I downloaded the Grant Theft Auto series, as I thought I’d see how the games play out. GTA III was really showing its age, although Vice City seemed to be okay. So far, I’m slogging my way through the drive and fetch and drive and fetch parts of the game. Maybe I need to give it more time…..
But in the meantime, Steam are allowing free play on the last Saints Row game. I’d heard that the latter was a bit of a poor imitation of GTA, but I don’t think there is. There’s a lot more humour and all round silliness compared to some of the ‘gangsta’ games out there. Even Saints Row 2 – which seemed true to the beat down the other gangs and own the town formula, had various darkly comic parts. It also lets you design and dress your character any way you want to. So, for a gamer like me – and a trans gamer at that – that’s an added bonus to mess about with outfits. Oh, should you decide to put your character in a hotdog suit, or a 50s bunny girl outfit, the video cut scenes are played out dead pan…. which amuses me.
Last month, I was chatting to two ladies at work and they were both talking about video games. This was following a talk I’d been giving to school kids on design (which was a fun morning). One of them was saying that she was looking forward to hooking up her old console and replying GTA. The conversation rolled on and I had meant to ask her, what she felt of the media comments about violence and alleged weak women characters. Maybe next time….
Do you play any games and if so what? Do you play them on-line with friends, or are they more a solo affair, filling the evening rather than television?