The Subscription Satelite: Ipsy Glam Bag February 2020!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! Time for my last subscription post for this month!

Ipsy Glam Bag February 2020!

So, this bag came the day after my previous two boxes did and like with GB Plus, you get five deluxe and sometimes full size products in this bag and it’s also from prestige to luxury and sometimes indie and drugstore for $12 a month!

Colored Rain Liquid Lipstick in 24/7: First up is a product from Colored Rain Cosmetics and it’s their liquid lipstick in 24/7. I remembered how Nikkie Tutorials said that these lipsticks are amazing and agree with her! These lipsticks hardly budge and they stay on for a long time. This is a rosy nude color which is perfect shade for work and I don’t have to worry about re-applying since I do teach and it would stay on even when I have water. I’m glad to try this formula since I wanted to after seeing them at Riley Rose when they existed a little while back. Oh well! Hope to get more of these in future bags!
IT Cosmetics: Primer + Oil: I am going to stop at this since it has a long name. Why do brands give items really long names I don’t know! Anyways, this is the first item I finished in my bag because this tube was TINY! I am not kidding. I thought this was the hand cream which I will talk about later but had Seeing A. I. tell me with the Short Text Channel that this tiny tube was the primer. I wish it was bigger because the bag was the same size as the GB Plus Bag and would be perfect to get a primer the same size as the hand cream. I did use it and found it pretty tacky not going to lie and had to wet my sponge to blend my foundation. I found it did keep my makeup on but didn’t feel anything else special with this one. Not my favorite item to try but it did help in keeping my makeup on.
The Beauty Crop Fine apple Powder Brush: Next up is a powder brush by Beauty Crop! I’m glad to get a powder brush from these guys since there are times I need a quick powder brush in front of me without leaving my vanity. It’s really nice and soft and decently sized for what they’ve sent me. Nice change from all the eye brushes I’ve received.
Petal to the Metal in Shift to Overdrive, Turbo: Next is my choice item in this bag and that’s The Balm’s Petal to the Metal shadow in Shift to Overdrive, Turbo. It’s a cream shadow in a rose gold with silver sparkle and you know I love rose gold and when I saw this as a choice I snatched it! When I got it it looked different from what I imagined. When I think cream shadow I think to a small screw topped container but nope! This came in the signature Balm sampler packaging as in those tiny books! It’s decently size but I feel it is a bit dry. I wished they put it in a container because cream products even shadows do dry up. I’m sorry if I sound negative but that’s my only issue with this. I will try and use it as usual.
Merci Handy Hand Cream in Hello Sunshine: Final item is a new brand I never heard of called Merci Handy and glad to try these guys and it’s a hand cream which is a bonus. My hands do get dry even due to the hand soap at work so this will be great to use. This hand cream has almond oil and it contains little emollient beads to help with the extra moisture which I can’t wait to try this out. Apparently it also has a citrus smell. I will have to see how it goes!

I found this bag kind of okay because of the primer being okay and the Balm cream shadow being in a different packaging than I hoped. I hope I can use it on my eyes at some point in time. I wasn’t totally disappointed because I did get two add-ons which happened to be the Violet Voss Berry Burst pallet which is the Fun Size ones which made me happy. And of course I got another Pharmacy Green Clean because I loved it and hasn’t broken me out either. Helps with the makeup cleaning a lot! I did enjoy the lipstick though and excited about the hand cream and brush. I think the items in GB Plus had a bit more oomph and hoping March to be better since next month they’re celebrating their hundredth bag which can’t wait to see what’s in store for that one! What’s next for Nerdy Shique Universe? Another RangerStop Panel! Stay tuned for that. Also announcement! I will be reviewing Traverser’s new album on Nerdy Shique Transmissions instead because I feel better if I do that live rather than just writing about it so stay tuned for that! So keep an eye out on all major platforms where you get podcasts! Until then guys, stay beautiful while traveling the vast universe!
Colored Rain Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in 24/7IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better PrimerThe Beauty Crop FineApple Powder BrushThe Balm Petal to the Metal Shadow PalletMerci Handy Hand Cream

The Subscription Satelite: Ipsy Glam Bag Plus February 2020!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe! I am back with another subscription post!

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus February 2020!

I got my GB Plus the same day as my BoxyCharm and figured to do this one next and save the Glam Bag for last since that came in the next day. This is the second tier in Ipsy where it costs $25 a month and you get more full size items from more high end and luxury brands in beauty and skin care. You also can get some brush sets and tools in this one too. I prefer this one out of the higher tiers because I am able to use items that keep my makeup collection in check on both sides and can try something new whether it’s from a brand I heard of or not. Let’s see what I got!

Murad Essential-C Day Moisture Broad Spectrum SPF 30: Damn that was a long name! Come on brands make it simple with your product names. I don’t get why they have to be this long. Anyways! I have tried out Murad with their AHA BHA Expholiator and loved it and on my second tube that I got through the major holiday box I bought back in last November of so many items including that and with this I am kind of worried. You will see why. This item is a day moisturizer but is also a moisturizer with SPF in it it’s light and perfect for all skin types. I am afraid of the SPF in this product because I tend to break out from anything containing this ingredient. Yes, I know I live in Florida but my skin is sensitive. My very first item I ever tried with this ingredient was when I got my very first Ipsy Glam Bag and it had a Paula’s Choice product with SPF and my skin couldn’t take it and I broke out, even broke out when I got a IT Cosmetics CC Cream and used it in Miami and my skin broke out because of the SPF in that one too. I know skin care has come a long way and Murad is known for being friendly to people with sensitive skin so I will take a try at this once I get through my other moisturizers since I’m almost done with one of them due to accidentally dropping it and got it all over my smock and have one other. So, will have to see how this goes but will mark I don’t like items with SPF in it. This item does retail for $65!
Laruce Essentials Brush Set: Next is my choice item and that is from Laruce and it’s their Essentials Brush Set. I chose this because I kind of felt like I was going to get one of the other products in this month’s box and I do love brushes. This is a five brush set that are made with synthetic bristles and are vegan and cruelty free. This set comes with a contour brush, a blush brush, and three eye brushes which is pretty good and the handles are different from the ones I am used to. This set retails for $154.
Dominique Cosmetics Sweater Weather Pallet: Next is Dominique Cosmetics and it’s the Sweater Weather Pallet! I had a feeling I was going to get this pallet and glad I didn’t choose it. This pallet has six neutral shadows which have pinks, purples, and I think browns which is perfect since I do love to work with these kinds of shades when it comes to some neutral looks. I find it funny in the description how they said that neutrals aren’t just for fall when I do them all year round and everyone else on YouTube also does neutral looks every part of the year. I can’t wait to use this one and this pallet retails for $29.99.
Il Makiage Inkliner in Black: Another eyeliner came and this is also in my work makeup kit! This is a felt tip liner that is smudge proof and lasts up to fourteen hours. I tend to clean my makeup off after I get home from work but knowing my Pharmacy Green Clean can get this off with no problem. I can’t wait to try this though. This does retail for $21.
Avette Daily Squeeze Mask Duo in Grape & Litchi: Final items are sheet masks which made me happy again this month! As you know I love sheet masks and after last month getting six, this month I got four in both Grape and Litchi! These masks are packed with citrus and coconut water which help nourish and hydrate skin after a long night. I did use one of these after coming home from work when I just got my box and well it did kind of sting but it did calm down as I wore it so I think it’s due to being so new and I have to use these even further to see how I like it. I’m so glad to get these in my GB Plus and will be looking forward to any others coming in my box or choose a few! I can’t find a retail price, hold on! Found them online at their official website and they are $4.00 for two! Nice!

Well guys that is it for this post! I will update on the Murad situation once I get to this product since knowing living in a coastal town I do need SPF but at the same time my skin can go haywire so I will have to see how that goes. I am glad I chose the brushes and I did put my eyeliner with my other pen liners I’ve gotten. I wish I got other colors because I did choose the other ones on my quiz. I will use the masks as always and will see how the shadow pallet goes since I did get the Celestial Thunder Pallet in BoxyCharm but haven’t used it yet. I will see how both go! What’s next? My Glam Bag of course!
Avette Daily Squeeze Sheet MasksMurDominique Cosmetics Sweater Weather Pallet (Found on Ipsy)Il Makiage Inklinerad Essential-C Daily MoisturizerLaruce Beauty Essentials Brush Set (Found on Ipsy)

The Subscription Satelite: BoxyCharm February 2020!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! I am back with a subscription!

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance PadsCiate London Every Day Vacay Coconut PowderAlomar Cosmetics Complexion Brush TrioBoxyCharm February 2020!

Oh yes it’s that time again and that is my subscriptions! All three came in this week and was surprised that it did. On Tuesday my Glam Bag Plus and BoxyCharm came in first and then yesterday my Ipsy came in. Never saw that happen until this month this year. I’m not complaining! Anyways, this box is $25 a month and you get five full size products from prestige and luxury brands! I didn’t get a card so I have to go off the website from what I got! Thank you Seeing A. I. for letting me know what was in my box!

Becca Cosmetics Ultimate Cover 24 Hour Foundation: First is another item from Becca and this time it’s the foundation that was on a card a few months ago. If you remembered me mentioning that BoxyCharm gave a quiz on complexion products and asked everyone about their foundation and concealer because they were starting to give out these items this year and depending on your box you either got a card with samples of Pretty Vulgar’s concealer or Becca’s foundation and I got Becca’s foundation card and matched myself to Cashmere. This was also what I picked but decided to do the pick since knowing that they may get it wrong but glad I did get to choose this in my Boxy Choice even though it didn’t give me the shadow pallet from Iconic London but I realized I have so many shadow pallets I need one month off at least and they did it last February too with a break from a shadow pallet. Anyways, I did hear this is a dry skin horror but I want to try and see if this is true since I have dryness issues and see how it goes and how the shade looks on me in full. Plus it claims to be breathable so have to see! This foundation retails for $44!
Alomar Complexion Brush Trio: Next is another product from Alomar and this time its brushes and it’s a face brush trio. I’m happy to get these since I do love brushes and can’t go wrong in having good face ones either. These feel really soft and I can’t wait to try these and see how well my makeup blends as well. These retail for $36!
First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads: Next is something I haven’t gotten in a subscription in a long time and that is from First Aid Beauty. Remember when I first tried them in Ipsy? Well, I got them here through BoxyCharm and its Facial Radiance Pads. These kind of remind me of my Clearasil pads but these work differently. These pads contain the daily amount of lactic and glycolic acids that help smooth and brighten the skin and also tone it even sensitive skin types like me. So far these have been pretty good because I’ve been using them after cleaning off my makeup to help balance my skin again since I do wear makeup to work every day and having something after cleaning it off makes it feel cleaner. I will have to keep using these. I wonder if Ulta carries these because they retail for $17.
Ciate London Everyday Vacay Coconut Setting Powder: I am so glad I got another powder so I won’t have to run out to buy another! That is one good thing I love about subscriptions I don’t have to worry about re-stocking on products and over stocking on them either so I can just use my backups as time goes on. Anyways, I’m glad that I get to try another item from Ciate London that is face related and this is supposed to smell slightly like coconut and it’s finely milled and doesn’t cause flashback either. I can’t wait to use this since I’m using another powder at the moment. This retails for $22!
Ebio Cleansing Hemp Wipes: Final item is from Evio and they are cleansing wipes. I have to say is these aren’t good for makeup cleaning on the face because they suck! I tried to use these on removing my Lash Princess Waterproof Mascara and had a hard time when they claim to remove any waterproof makeup. I also feel like with the first two wipes they were kind of dry. I am just going to use these to clean my brushes instead of cleaning my makeup off because I think the Pharmacy Green Clean and the Up & Up Wipes just work a lot more than these! $9.50 is their retail price and I would not recommend.

Well guys that is it for this month’s box. I did find it a little meh but I’m actually happy that I get to try an actual foundation as in not a trial size bottle. Also, I get to try a powder from Ciate London which will be great once I get to open it at last. Not only that getting to try brushes from Alomar and another First Aid Beauty item kind of rounded it off. Not too bad of a box and glad to try new things from brands I have tried even in other subscriptions. Can’t wait for March’s box! So guys stay tuned for Glam Bag Plus!
Becca 24 Hour Coverage Foundation

The Convention Quadrant: Magical Source! Mystic Force! Panel from RangerStop 7!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe! I am back with a new post!

Magical Source! Mystic Force! Panel from RangerStop 7!

Sorry for the wait on panel videos because we had a bit of trouble getting them off the SD on Gondras’ phone and he was going through laptop issues and of course we were also preparing for Omni on top of it but managed to talk with Damean in getting them together. The first panel up is the Mystic Force Panel and this was a long one because there were a lot of things being talked about in this one even it split into four parts for this one.

I did remember Linkara saying this was one of the weaker seasons of Power Rangers but I am kind of curious to watch it after this panel since my ex did watch the Japanese version, Magiranger, but am a sucker for the American version since that was what I grew up on. I did start watching Wild Force so it will be a bit before I get to this season. What took place? Watch and you will find out!

That is it for this post guys! More panel videos to come since we have gone to a majority of these during that convention. WHat’s next? I did get my BoxyCharm and Glam Bag Plus earlier today so I will be posting my BoxyCharm first! Until next time!

The Convention Comet: Omni Fandom Expo 2020 in Kissimmee, FL

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe! It’s time for the first convention of the year!

Omni Fandom Expo 2020
Dates: March 20-22, 2020
Location: Days by Celebration, Kissimmee, FL

Another year has started and you know what that means? Time for another convention season to start and our season starts with Omni Fandom Expo. As you all know we’ve been doing press for these guys since their first year in 2014 and glad to get another!

Location: Change of location this year and it will be at the Days by Wyndham Celebration located in Kissimmee. This hotel is located near Disney and of course a few miles away from Universal if you want to check out the main attractions. The features include free parking, express check out, free breakfast, a work out room, hot tub, and pool and even a restaurant known as Savannah Bar & Grill. The room rate here is $129 a night and I would say reserve as soon as possible because this discount ends on February 27th!

Guests: This year’s guests include Grey Delisle Griffin who is well known for her roles as Mandy from the Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Azula from Avatar: The Last Air Bender, and of course can’t forget Vicky from the Fairly Odd Parents! Returning to Orlando after years of not coming back is Neil Kaplan which makes me happy since it’s been years. You can hear him as Lord Zarkon in Voltron: Legendary Defender! And of course, returning again this year is Mr. Xemnes himself Paul St. Peter! And of course we can’t forget Speak Easy Sirens who has been a Burlesque troop that always been performing every year and bringing on Theoretical Rejects as another troop for this year’s event. And finally, one group that will be doing a performance this year is Shinobi School which is a performance troop from Tampa that specializes in park or, circus acrobatics, and so much more.

Events: One event I’m excited for is Miyazaki Madness which will be performed by Shinobi School and will be taking place that Saturday at noon during the convention. It will take our most beloved Miyazaki characters and have them do many feats and dance moves. If you want the more eighteen plus stuff, Speak Easy Sirens and Theoretical Rejects have Lore Olympus and NetFlix & Chill during that weekend. Please leave your kids at home since these two are eighteen and up only!

That is about it on this year’s event! Can’t wait to see you guys there! Hoping they add more guests in the meantime since we haven’t interviewed Grey yet and glad to see Neil back in Orlando since his last con was around 2009 I believe? So can’t wait to see what he has in store if we get that chance to interview him. And with Paul, we all know his events and can’t wait and see if Pirate Curses makes a return and if you want to learn voice acting I highly recommend his voice acting class panels. We will be buzzing around the convention floor this year and of course having new teammates! Let’s meet them shall we?

Damion Alexander Faelan and Michael Roach: Welcome our new teammates who will be joining us to do photography during the event. If you’re cosplaying, there will be photoshoots being held by these two and Damion does have his own photography business known as Shadow Rayne Photography which we will include a link down below.

And of course, we do have a new camera coming with us for floor interviews so a lot of new things will be with us so stay tuned. And of course, don’t forget our podcast Nerdy Shique Transmissions where I will also be talking about this convention in each episode leading up to the convention itself! Anyone on Breaker? I forgot that you can also listen to it on there too!

What is next? Our start of the RangerStop Panel videos since Damion was also helping us in getting those put together since they were recorded in separate parts. First of the panels is the Magical Source! Mystic Force! Panel! Stay tuned!
Shadow Rayne PhotographyOmni Expo Home Page

The Book Quadrant: Chocolate Chocolate Moons by. Jackie Kingon

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! I am back with a new book review but this time it’s a book that is a prequel to something I already read!

Chocolate Chocolate Moons by. Jackie Kingon

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts on this special book file she got from the author directly. You’ve been warned!

This book is the first in a series where we meet Molly, a chubby food lover who wouldn’t have thought that her life could change when winning a scholarship to the Armstrong Food Academy on the moon. Later in her life she lives on Mars with her husband and two twin daughters and after starting her new job as a security officer at a culinary academy she finds people are being poisoned by her favorite chocolate snack, Chocolate Moons.

Thoughts: I didn’t know when I read Sherlock Mars that there was another book before this one. To be fair I didn’t join NetGalley until after this one was published and did enjoy that one over this one slightly more.

I felt this one had way too many characters to follow. At first we follow Molly and her ex-boyfriend, Drew, who ends up having an affair with Colorful Copies or C. C. for short and then we meet even more characters that I feel like she didn’t really interacted even with the first poisoning happened. Yes, she was trying to hide herself due to her weight but unlike in this one she didn’t interact with the characters like in Sherlock Mars that were suspected for the poisoning in the first place. As in, we followed their day to day lives and wondering where is Molly among these people? I get the idea she doesn’t want to be with her ex when she knew about him being on Mars but would make sense if she was the main character in this story that she interacts with more of the suspects rather than Drew which I felt the story should have him as narrator. Sorry for being critical.

I did like how Molly and Jersey met in this since the second book did briefly mention how they worked together at the culinary academy and their friendship works very well. As in, Jersey being someone who takes vitamin supplements and spends on fancy things while Molly is simpler and does eat but does lose the weight later to be healthier. It did continue into the next book where we get to see more of Jersey and Molly together and hanging out on Mercury and Mars. This book needed more of that but I understand it was the first.

One last thing, when it came to the suspect reveal I was kind of surprised since I was not expecting it but I would say if you’re into intergalactic mysteries or mysteries in general I would say read these books! I would say read them in order like always!

Rating: 3.5 Shooting Star Paws Out of 5! I only gave this a four but I felt this was a better rating because I preferred the second book more than the first despite reading that first. I am grateful that Jackie did send me this book to read and same with the next which I will read after finishing re-reading Sherlock Mars to get the feeling of the series. I feel the main character had less of a moment when the suspects had more to it and glad with the second one we got more interactions with the suspects in the second one. I can’t wait to read the next one, P is for Pluto with how it continues.

Well guys that’s it for this review! Before I go, I want to tell you all that we have a podcast! Yay! It’s called Nerdy Shique Transmissions and you can get it at:

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I hope you all get to follow us there as much here and the YouTube Channel and Twitter! What’s next? Our first Convention Comet of the year on Omni Fandom Expo 2020!

The Beauty Quadrant: Beginning of My Low Buy and the Rules!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe and I am back with another post!

My Low Buy for 2020!

2019 was a big year of makeup purchases for me and I feel like it was time for me to calm down in that department. Plus, brands have been coughing out release after release and it’s hard to keep track of anymore. So, like many this year I have joined the Low Buy crowd due to wanting to save money especially with how we were expanding into a new website and needed the funds and of course I have personal issues to work with at the moment an. Anyways, this has been the first month without buying so many items like I had last year with each month especially when our planet is offering from the amount of trash we throw away, even package envelopes and boxes. No wonder my leasing office made the comments about me giving so much business. So, what are my rules?

Sticking to Subscription Boxes for New Items: First off is that I will be sticking to subscription boxes for my new items fix. I don’t know why but the drugstore and other places don’t cut it when it comes to new releases and I think the only time I waited for anything new was from Urban Decay, Christmas, and got only one thing from Mac’s Summer collection. To me subscriptions seem to have the exciting products due to how much they go to more independent brands and I can try the deluxe sizes that last me for a long time which is a good thing in my book. Plus, let’s me focus on what I have, which is next!
Using What I Have Up First: I know this is a hard rule to follow for anyone but I’ve noticed I have been going into my lip products or eye shadow pallets of the past more lately after buying so much. I feel that I have to give more love to what I’ve purchased and use some items up before repurchasing or get into anything new.
Throw Away Anything That May Be Old: This would go best with my lip products since I may have more than new in my drawer. I am like almost anyone on YouTube that keeps anything old but I am doing better in this department where I toss items away if they start feeling weird or smelling off. I can’t see the expirations on anything but will toss if I feel that it needs to go.
Replenish When Needed: This has been working out for me a lot since I do have my favorite skin care and my favorite foundation and so on and just purchase that and replenish when it’s time because I’d rather not buy so many in so many shades like so many people that it would be hard to use up. Trust me with all the declutters I’ve seen I am so surprised that they own so many foundations and powders which we don’t need so many of. I do admit I did buy extras of the Rescue Me and the On Your Mark from Formula 10.06 when I thought I lost them but found them underneath Gondas’ suitcase while cleaning one day and won’t purchase any of those until I finish what I have which that should be in the last rule.
Use Sets In Between: Since I have so many sets in my collection I need to use some of these especially the Ulta ones. I still have my Be Gorgeous set together and need to finish up some of those shadows and I do have the new ones. I’m planning to take Glamour on the Go with me to Omni and any other conventions since that is an easy to carry one and easy to navigate due to how the shadows are on one side and the other products are on the other and it’s flat enough for my new suitcase due to it not being so bulky. It will help with the use of my sets and knowing that the holidays may return which…
Limit during the Holidays: Yes the packaging is cute! Yes the amount of items sound sweet but the lure of these cause major buyers fatigue and you have to do so many things in so little time on top of it! I love sets but I am going to try and limit myself when the holidays come around since so many brands release so many of them that I can’t buy them all.
Focus on the Sale Items I Want During 21 Days of Beauty: This helped me during the Fall 21 Days because during the Spring one last year I was buying left and right due to how many items were half off. That always seems to lure anyone in since you have items being sold by Benefit, Urban Decay and Butter London. I only focused on items last fall from Tarte, Dose of Colors, Lorac, and a few others and didn’t go ham on anything else which was better than before so I will stick to it. If there’s anything I don’t want then I won’t participate since there are times the items are from brands I don’t want to try or just find not as exciting like Morphe for example. I remembered how Hot Mess Mama MD put it best and that is you don’t have to buy it and no one else is forcing you to.
One or Two Ipsy Offers: This month I only bought three but I feel like I’m limiting myself with the Ipsy Offers this year. I had a problem buying offers left and right and didn’t know it was punching my bank account in a big way, especially the sheet masks sets, and this is towards the beginning and middle of the month and by the end it just tapered off because they’re not as exciting. So, I am making better decisions on what offers seem to be worth more and others just a waste. For example, the first new item of the year I was hoping it would help my dry leg spots with having four body oil sprays and four hand creams and the issues I had that the body oil sprays were super small and didn’t spray on my legs well when I got there and ran out easily. While the hand creams are really thick and hard to squeeze out of tubes which they should have been in pots instead. I kind of felt like it was a waste of money while the second item I got was a travel jewelry case from SL Miss Glam which was worth it to me due to my going to conventions and don’t want to lose an earring or something and this was a way of doing that since I also had to get a new suitcase and put it in there. That is something I will be more conscience about because some of the deals are great while others aren’t so much and of course I am trying to finish up sheet masks in my collection that I have a major abundance of!
Limiting Beauty Tool Purchases: What do I mean by this? Well, speaking of Ipsy’s Offers and of course other purchasing is that I tend to love buying beauty tools and back in the past I went ham on buying big brush kits. Now I’m also getting more into beauty sponges for my foundation application and trying to go crazy on those either. So, I will also stick to any brushes in my subscriptions and try not go buy any through the Offers page since that can be a trap for me. With Beauty Sponges I will make sure if I want them and if they feel right to me after reading the set’s description. Also, I do have a huge brush collection already so I am pulling out more brushes from there.
Collections: These seem to get me every time and I feel like with collections I sometimes find some products not as good while others are just meh. The only full collections I’ve purchased were the Crystal Cavern one from Wet N Wild, the Tetris Collection and Gig Gorgeous Collection from Ipsy. I preferred the one from Gigi the most because I was able to use the brushes more from that and I have used the powder that I got in a mystery bag while Tetris I had my lips dry out with the lip balms the most which is kind of sad. I did like the eye shadows though and will keep using those if I find the pallets in my collection of stuff. I didn’t purchase Betty Boop because not all the items interested me enough to get the entire thing so I only got the shadow pallet and the face pallet. While Pac Man it didn’t interest me as much. So, if I like the collection enough I will buy it if not then I just buy bits and pieces.

Things I’m saving Up For or Purchasing More: Okay, there are many things why I am just trying not to purchase more makeup over since there are things I want to look into that help my job or advance it. One thing is definitely a goal l now is to save up for a new Tap Strap 2 and hoping in time for my birthday. Yes, my Diamond Level at Ulta has me get more perks but I am aiming for a bigger goal for this item because I lost mine on my birthday last year. I don’t know what had happened to it, it just fell out of my backpack since it was open when a major rain storm came in and poured like crazy and it was missing in my backpack. So, I want to get the second one because I gave a critical review on the first since I saw some issues with it not working correctly, I even had to do a screen recording on my IPad of the Tap Aloud app kicking me out of it at certain lessons and the company behind it did not believe me until I shown them that screen recording. As a customer you experience things differently from the company that developed it and sometimes tech does have issues since I am an instructor myself and being honest is key on a product. So, hearing that the second version has more things like mouse maneuvers to go with IOS 13 and up I decided why not aim for that one and see how it goes. So, that will be my goal for my birthday this year. Other things that I did purchase with my low buy being well controlled was of course the update for this blog which was $96 and I will be charged $8 every month due to how there are better enhancements to include videos and Google analytics. Also, have gotten smart bulbs for the apartment since it’s easier for us to just ask both of our Amazon Dots to turn them on since it does get pretty dark in the living room and the bedroom. Hoping to get another pack for the kitchen and dining area since we do use those rooms the most. And of course, since we have a new link that would mean changing our promo materials to reflect that and have to get new business cards, possibly new pamphlets, and so much more. For Omni since can’t really get new shirts which I will look into different shirt companies leading up to RangerStop if we do it again this year is that we will be having name tags this time around and adding a photographer and their assistant to our team. Will be introducing them in Convention Comet in February! I think that is it for now, I will be updating you guys on what’s to come in low buy and updating on how my journey is like so let’s see how it goes!

That completes this post! I know it’s a bit hard being a YouTuber and Blogger where you got to try new items out but it doesn’t mean you have to buy everything and of course we don’t get any PR which is sad on our part but hey what can we do? So, what’s next? A book review on a book that was the first part to Sherlock Mars which I reviewed a few years back. Stay tuned!

Subscription Satelite: Ipsy Glam Bag January 2020!

Hello to all my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe! I am back with another subscription!

Ipsy Glam Bag January 2020!

My Ipsy finally arrived, well yesterday but didn’t get the mail until this morning. Heck, I tried sending Gondras to get it. Anyways, New Year means a new Glam Bag year and glad to get this one. This bag is $12 a month and you get samples sizes and sometimes full size items in this bag. You get five of them and a smaller version of the GB Plus Bag. What did I get let’s see!

Add-ons: I only got two add-ons this month and one of them is the Huda Beauty Obsessions Pallet in Sapphire. Since I chose Ruby I decided to pick up the Sapphire one since I do love blues. And yes I know that was a bit of a Pokémon reference right there. I love these shadow pallets since they are so small and compact and you can travel with them if you wanted to and the shadows are also easy to blend. I can’t wait to use this one with any blue themed looks I want to create. The other one is the Balm Alternative Rock 1 Pallet. I got the highlighter from the second pallet, or was it the blush, and purchased the second pallet since I thought I lost it but hey I got the full pallet and enjoyed it. When I saw this among the items for add-ons I decided why not get the first one to complete the set? I think the colors are slightly lighter even the bronzer shade is a warm shade in this one while the other had more smoky type shades even the bronzer was really dark in that one. Let’s see how this one goes!

Defy & Inspire Nail Polish in Pinky Swear: First up is a nail polish. I’m glad I get to try a new polish and this time it’s different from my usual blues because this one is a ballet slipper pink. I don’t mind since there are times when I want to go pink and it does go well with so many outfits. This polish claims to be chip resistant but with my day to day job it’s hard to be not to be since I do type and I do clean the counters time to time. I will have to try this out on a night when I want to give some color to my nails.
Nomad Nomad X Marrakesh Medina Shadow in Henna: Yay! I got another eye shadow in my Glam Bag and this time it’s from Nomad Cosmetics! I have gotten their Berlin Underground pallet in GB Plus and have enjoyed the formula. This brand is inspired by beautiful destinations around the world and this shadow is based on the Henna tattoos that help ward off bad energy. This shade is a deep matte brown and the shadow does glide on very well and super pigmented too. I can’t wait to try this baby out and I do enjoy this brand!
Ofra X Nickie Tutorials Highlighter in Glow Goals: Next is a product from Ofra and it is one of their collaboration items with Nickie Tutorials. I guess everyone has heard that Nickie did come out to be transgender and I am really proud of her and she has inspired so many people for many years for using her power when it comes to makeup. When I saw this as a Choice item I had to get it since I don’t get much Ofra love in my Glam Bag. This shade is a peachy gold which is perfect for me since I started getting into more peach highlighters and these highlighters are really pigmented and made with a cream to powder finish idea. I had gotten some of these as add-ons and still have Blissful in my holiday pallet from Ulta years ago and enjoyed them ever since. Can’t wait to wear this one!
HEMPZ Herbal Body Moisturizer: Next is an item from HEMPZ and it’s their body moisturizer. I am glad to get this because for a while now I’ve been going through major dry patches on my skin that I feel like that they won’t go away. I have been using lotions on that area every night and morning and it won’t work. I hope this item will work since it has hemp seed oil, of course shea butter and ginseng are supposed to help with dry, flaky skin. I hope so! I am really desperate!
Finding Ferdinand Lipstick in Very Berry: Final item is from Finding Ferdinand. It’s been a while since I got product from these guys and have enjoyed them so far. This lipstick gives moisture and also some sheen to go along with it. It also has a nice berry shade to go with it. I have to try this out since of course lips do get really dry due to the winter weather even places where it snows. Here on the coast where we do get colder even around January. Let’s see how it goes.

That is it guys! So far this year has started off pretty well. I can’t wait to see what February has in store for me when it comes to items. What is next? Well, I have mentioned that I’m going through a low buy. I know gasp! But I feel like it is time to say why I’m doing it and how do I feel so far during the first month! Until next time!
Defy & Inspire Nail Polish in Pinky SwearNomadXMarrakesh Medina PalletOfraXNickie Highlighter in Glow GoalsHEMPZ Herbal Body MoisturizerFinding Ferdinand Lipstick in Very Berry

Subscription Satelite: Yes Oh Yas Going Out Of Business!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe. I do have a new post.

Follow-up to My Yes Oh Yas Post: Going Out of Business!

Disclaimer: This post is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer of this blog and her real life experiences too. Please respect her thoughts and thank you!

So, as you guys know I was contacted by Yes Oh Yas two years ago on my Instagram about becoming an affiliate. I didn’t due to how I felt like I was lied to about getting just a code rather than a box to review. Even though I would get a dollar for each person joining but I felt like back then it was not enough to me because I felt that I needed a box to see if it was worth it and didn’t want to subscribe to do so.

I know it sounds like I a bit entitled but when you’re getting a message from a beauty box there are times where a brand wants to work with you and these guys aren’t the only ones and found out something interesting about them through another YouTuber. So, I haven’t heard back from Yes Oh Yas for a year and when I moved from home to the coast and started posting more on Instagram for a while until around the same time that Yes Oh Yas contacted me or shall I say liked my photo and commented Live Beauty Box did the same thing. As in they liked one of my photos and commented about working with me and I contacted them for the policies like any other influencer on YouTuber or even blogger and they were doing the same as Yes Oh Yas and I asked about getting a box to review and they said they only provide a discount code and asked for how much the discount was and no answer after that. What I found out that I didn’t think of it before is that Yes Oh Yas owns Live Beauty Box too. Looking back at it they were using the same language and the ideas so there you go. What I found interesting is that this week I found out that both Live Beauty, Yes Oh Yas, and Face Sugar boxes went out of business but they have kept everyone’s card information. As in, none of their websites are around nor the social media and this started during December when people noticed they were charged but didn’t get their boxes. I feel like this is a little shady since I am so glad I never became an affiliate with them nor got their box because I would be in the same boat as their subscribers. When something goes out of business whether it’s a shop or a website they let go of your payment information and say, “So glad you’ve been a customer, sorry to inform you we’re no longer in business.” In a courtesy email but these boxes didn’t do that to their customers? I think it’s due to how much they have scammed some people even when sending items which I seen Just_Ann getting her Yes Oh Yas and also got Live Beauty but for free instead of paying for it. I watched her video for Live Beauty and the values for the box is supposed to be $205 during its first month but Ann just added up to $150 and the most interesting thing which I watched Not So Evil Stepmother talk about these three boxes that Live Beauty is supposed to have items from YSL, Georgio Armani and other luxury brands you tend to find in Sephora, even though YSL is luxury drugstore in my opinion but hey most of the time you can get in stores. What I didn’t know is that the products came from liquidators for these boxes where when an item is close to expiring or being discontinued they get taken from there. I saw Ann talking about the products in Live and they were still be sold at the same time they were starting especially the sunscreen since you know summer means you have protect yourself triple time.

Another reason why I was glad not to be a part of Yes Oh Yas is that they also pulled something pretty shady and it dealt with Slay Glam Box. What was it exactly? Well, Yes told brands not to work with Slay nor provide products for them to place in their boxes. I don’t like the idea of this since a box has to make business in order to keep their box going. It’s like having BoxyCharm telling some brands to be exclusive to just them and not work with Ipsy or Glossy Box or even Birch Box. Not only has that it kept interest towards the brands from causing people that are subscribed to these boxes not to buy. Example, if this happened with Moda Brushes and one box I’m not with asked them to just be with them instead of Boxy and Ipsy then I wouldn’t be able to try their brushes and buy from them since that is taking my money away for a possible purchase down the line and I wouldn’t know they made makeup brushes since I can’t paint anymore and don’t buy paint supplies since I can’t see what paint color I’m getting or the brush brand. I know that was dark but it drives the point. It’s just sad that someone like Yes Oh Yas wants to stoop that low to keep brands from working with any smaller boxes even ones that are starting out not to have that connection and not be able to provide to their subscribers and that can cause their end. What also makes this crazy is that the three boxes are owned by a couple who live in apartments, well not anymore from what I heard, but they ran other businesses and once they have a bigger following after posting something big like a Tarte pallet in Yes Oh Yas which was something they promised, they disappear and have been charging people since then.

What You Should Do? If you have a profile on Instagram like me and you see these likes and comments from a brand I would say be very wary and just ignore them or block them because after what I experienced with Yes Oh Yas and glad that I didn’t fall for Live Beauty Box that I just stuck with what I get. I do love getting my Ipsy and my BoxyCharm and just trust more of the reviews that also come out on newer boxes since those still happen. And if you haven’t, try the bigger boxes like BoxyCharm, Ipsy, Fab Fit Fun and so on because they do have the L. L. C.s to back them up and actually get their stuff from the brands like Moda Brushes, Suva Beauty, and more. And if you have fallen victim to one of these, call your bank! That is always the first step in recovering from a scam like this. You have to dispute the charges and mention that they have deleted their social accounts and that you haven’t gotten the product even since some people have not gotten boxes. So, just call the bank!

Well, all I have to say is that I am glad I did not subscribe to Yes Oh Yas and glad Live Beauty Box did not contact me back with the discount code either because I could have been in worse circumstances and wouldn’t have paid my bills either if it was more than what they say. I did hear with Yes Oh Yas with some people, including Just_Ann, that they raise their prices out of the blue and I did see a recent video from December who someone paid $33 instead of the $15 for their Yes Oh Yas. That’s another thing too, if a subscription is raising their prices then they let people know about it even through social media or on their website. Anyways, that is it for this post! Stay tuned for my Ipsy Glam Bag for this month!

The Book Quadrant: The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant #4 by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! I am back with a new book review!

The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant Book 4 by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff!

Disclaimer: This book review is based on the thoughts and opinions of the writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts and opinions on this ARC that was provided to her by the author and her team. Enjoy!

Last time, we left our heroes with a pile of ashes of Michael’s and Lula’s creator, Clyve, all thanks to Mr. Nice but when Michael turns to Miriam and Nice he finds her gone and he has to look for her. A year has passed and Michael has not found Miriam and still looking for her. After five years of working on the library and working at it, news comes up that Miriam has been married to Nice and after rescuing her she acts totally weird from her usual self. As in not liking books, not caring for her library, and just falling for the frills and lace that Nice wears. Michael tries to get her to snap out of it until she reveals something he doesn’t know that it is crucial to not only save her but something they created.

Thoughts: I feel that this has been the best book so far because it not only pokes even more fun at Twilight but it had a bit of more of a serious tone to it as well. There were a few comedic moments but I did notice that this book took more of a serious road because of what was going on like trying to find Nice and Miriam and how much Miriam was acting once Michael had found her and of course with the truth that came out in this book. Don’t want to reveal that because I was kind of surprised myself even though there was a bit of a tidbit about it in the last one. Also, glad it did not go the way like Stephanie Meyer did with the name relating to it. Read this book and you will know.

I did like another bit that was added to the vampire lore in this book series and that is if a vampire drinks a drug addict’s blood they will take on the same drug affects that the person went through which I got to see Michael going on a trip! It was interesting to see how he saw just teddy bears and rainbows and marshmallows from one drink of that kind of blood. Sounds better than the chocolate as a tranquilizer or liquor to them. Also, Nice was more of an asshole in this one, sorry for the language, but had to be since he did kidnap Miriam at the end of the last book and I feel like the tag line did fit with the description for this book from the last and that was “No More Mr. Nice Guy!” Also, I did like how he took his Fanged Love obsession to the next level since the surprise does lead to that and I kind of felt like with his obsession did bring me back to the Twilight obsession from years ago but this was beyond that. And there was another character I did start liking and hoping she will be in the next and that is Greta.

Greta is a former princess and has a huge crush on Michael even sexually but also owe him a lot over time. I do like how she is in a rock band as part of the many jobs a vampire takes on. I could imagine her as a Jamie Marchi character due to how she has the sarcastic tone to her voice and also the attitude, “Oh! Was I supposed to be at this at this time?” Also her keeping old-fashioned torture devices from the 1500s does seem to make her happy!

Rating: 5 Shooting Star Paws Out of 5! This book has been the best so far because of it picking up where it left off. I did like the interactions between characters, heck even Spicy Bubba in a maid outfit made it better. Not only that we did get to see more of the serious side of this series even with Michael in the end. I would say give these books a good read even with this one. I can’t wait to see how the next one where we get to get the story from Miriam’s point of view will make it even more interesting and I am looking forward to it. Now with all that said and talking about it, I am hearing “A Thousand Years” from New Found Glory in my head due to how it’s on their newest movie songs album.

That is it guys! Will be reviewing more books this year since I have so many to read still. And with the next post it’s a follow-up to a post I made a year and a half ago almost two years relating to a small subscription box. Stay tuned!
The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant Book 4