Convention Comet: RangerStop Orlando 2022

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! Time for a new convention post after a long time!

RangerStop Orlando 2022

Oh yeah! We are back with another year of RangerStop Orlando and this year it will be November 11th through the 13th at the DoubleTree near SeaWorld. I believe this is the same location as MythiCon since I saw the tower mentioned with our reservation and remembered walking around it during MythiCon. At first with conventions I was hoping to take a bit of a hiatus after Atlanta last year with RangerStop & Pop but with this year’s event being another anniversary for another season, we couldn’t miss it and need some fun while I’m already at my halfway point with school. Don’t worry, I will have my Pixel Book Go and my BrailleNote Touch Plus, which it’s time to give it a bit of a convention experience for the first time since I did take the Chameleon last year. I figured the Chameleon was easier due to it being smaller and lighter and easy to use with notes but I always hit that back button by mistake. I can use apps on the BNTP and could check things with the Wi-Fi more easily. If it gets too loud with my typing, which it has been one time, I can switch to Touch Braille. No further ado, let’s start with the location!

Hotel

Again, this convention will be held at the DoubleTree Orlando at SeaWorld which you can reserve for $109 a night.. This location is perfect due to the space having a good size for a convention. The Wyndham was nice but the main convention hall was a bit compact . The hotel does have the usual pool, work out room, onsite restaurant, and you can also have a digital key which you can access through the Hilton Honors app, which I suggest getting when making the reservation. I do like the app since it’s very accessible even when you need to edit things. I had to edit my payment info recently and was glad that it was easier than the Marriott app when we had to change our reservation to Weston. I had an issue and had to call in. Anyone who has an IPhone or Android, I would say check out the app with your screen reader. Orlando still has their usual sites and sounds such as Disney Springs and CityWalk nearby and a ton of restaurants to check out. I heard they opened up a White Castle and Fratellos which makes us more excited to visit Orlando again. I would say to check the RangerStop page to see if rooms are available and hurry since they may sell out soon. Anyone going to Holiday Matsuri, I would say check this hotel as a possible back up plan if they also have rooms for that weekend for Hol Mat in December.

Guests

This year will be an anniversary year and that is Wild Force which hits a twenty year point. Last year it was Time Force in Atlanta and this year at RangerStop in Orlando we will be seeing people from Wild Force. Of course we have Anne Marie Crouch who plays our princess in the series but we will also be getting Jessica Ray, Elia Volok, and others from this series. We will also be seeing people from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which has been a favorite of mine both cartoon and the movies since I was a kid in the early 1990s. We will be getting Kevin Nash and Judith Hoage who played April in the first live action movie. Anyone who has loved the HalloweenTown movies, did you know she also played Piper Cromwell! 

Besides the new faces showing up this year, we will also be seeing some people returning including Steve Cardennas, Karen Ashley, Katherine Sutherland, Walter Jones, and Christopher Kayman Lee. You can check out the guest list on the RangerStop Orlando page, also more to come as the convention draws closer. I am excited since I will be bringing stuff to sign again!

Well that is it for this post! We are excited for this year’s event and since we will be doing press again, we will be having videos of panels as usual, and maybe an interview as well? Make sure you’re keeping an eye on our Twitter and YouTube channel! Hoping this month the USPS won’t screw up my Glam Bag, that is why I haven’t posted anything subscription related in September due to my bag being lost in the mail. Stay tuned!

Also, if you all want to check out the RangerStop website for Orlando, RangerStop Orlando

Technology Quadrant: My Experience with the Orbit Reader 40

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My Experience with the Orbit Reader 40

I think it’s time to tell my story with this product because I feel that I need to spread the word that the Orbit Reader 40 is not my favorite device. I am still kicking myself for buying this product and man I would love to roast this thing. But first!

Disclaimer

This post is based on experiences with the device that is being talked about in this post. Please respect the lead writer’s thoughts and opinions on this particular device.

How Did I Know About Orbit and Their Products?

Well, first, I knew about the Orbit Reader 20 when I started working in 2018. It was a cute little device and I wanted to learn more about it. I even saw people use it, even with their phones and it works very well. I was interested in getting one of these but was steered away from it at first since I wanted to get a Braillenote Touch Plus of course and did have my Polaris. Then American Printing House for the Blind introduced the Chameleon and Mantis a year ago and Orbit did announce the new 20+ and the 40.

Purchasing the Orbit Reader 40

After getting my Spring refund from my time at UMass, I was on a purchasing quest and did pick up the Chameleon since that caught my eye more and the Orbit Reader 40 since I liked to go big with Braille displays. After purchasing, I didn’t know that Orbit had it as more of a pre-order and that I had to wait for it. My Chameleon did come on time though and I was having fun with it. I was mad that my Orbit was taking over a month though and seeing that it was a pre-order was a bit of a red flag. I am also noticing this with other devices they are releasing, like the Orbit B Speak if I remembered correctly  coming out soon. I did eventually receive the Orbit 40 and it didn’t turn on when I pressed the power button and that was another red flag. I did contact tech support and they told me I had to reset it. I did that and it was working. I was a little weary of it since it did refresh every time when it was in idle mode which did creep some of our buddies visiting, one time they thought they were hearing the zombie roaches from Resident Evil. Not kidding!

Trying the Bluetooth

One thing I like about Braille displays is the ability to connect via bluetooth and use it with devices such as laptops and other mobile devices so I can read what my screen reader is saying. With the Orbit Reader 40 it was not working with the Bluetooth at all. I tried it with my laptop and nothing, I even tried it with USB and it was not working either and even tried it with my phone. So, another contact with tech support and they were even perplexed and had to send it back for a repair. Once it returned, it did work as a display with my phone and ChromeBook only. I already used the Chameleon and now my Mantis with my laptop and JAWS so I decided to save those for that and NVDA. The QBraille can be bluetoothed to my laptop beautifully as well with no problem. I don’t get how or why this one didn’t want to respond with JAWS or NVDA, even a co-worker was confused that it worked with his PC not mine.

The Repair That Was the Nail in the Coffin Plus One More Thing

I had to send it for another repair again recently and after this they did something that caused me to no longer be a customer anymore since you have to do something awful to make me no longer come around and it was this! So, I had to update the software since I noticed something weird where my Orbit Reader did not want to take a charge. I contacted tech support and told them the issue and they choked it up to a software update. Doing updates on this thing is not like what you get with the other displays where you get it via wi-fi and have to plug it to A/C power to re-charge it like the Braille Sense 6, QBraille, Chameleon, Mantis, and BrailleNote Touch Plus, this one you have to download the updates via their website, you also have to do it with the QBraille but that is a lot easier since it relies on a SD card to be loaded. Here you have to connect it and hope it detects it through your computer or on the SD doing a key combination. I notice my hands do tremble after a few seconds due to limitations on motor skills but this was something that caused me to lose faith in being a customer. My unit did update but it didn’t turn on again. I did send it again for a repair and I did have to pay for it and they did fix it and sent it back and it still didn’t turn on. I was glad for Tobi moving in because he took a look at it and concluded that the motherboard may be fried. I did contact Orbit and told them that it was still not turning on and explained we went through the Troubleshooting steps and had to send it again and they said it was fixed again and called me on my birthday to tell me what the problem was since they never stated in the email and that was the motherboard was fried! That was not the real nail though, the real nail was when I tried looking at the manual on my SD card since they needed that for any more software related issues and I found the manual for the Orbit 20+ instead! You read that right folks, my SD card was switched out without my knowledge and had to contact Orbit again to get it back. They tried telling me I can just download the manual and re-download the books I had on there but it was not just books I didn’t want to tell them, it also included stuff from my Braille Sense Polaris. At least the other companies would tell me to take out my SD card after backing up every file I may have saved if it was a repair needed but not here. I still need to send their SD card back since work and school has been keeping me busy, they haven’t contacted me back as of yet.

Will I Purchase Again?

After hearing that they were going to come out with multi-linear displays, I was going to give them another chance but after the crap I had to go through, I am no longer buying an Orbit display from these guys. I feel like it’s not worth the money to send it back for a repair if it’s not performing to standard and that is what I’m looking for in a Braille device, as in it’s supposed to do what the features are claimed to do when advertised on the website. If you guys want a display with forty cells, I Would say either the Mantis or QBraille are your better devices, especially if you still have a Mac with a touch bar like I have which I use my QBraille for physical function keys. I use my Mantis with my Surface Go since the Surface series keyboards are not the greatest. And so far it has done well with what I have to do for class during a week, heck I even brought my Mantis home during the hurricane this week. If you’re wanting something smaller, I would say wait for later this October to get it back, APH Chameleon is amazing for what it does, yes the Brailliant may have NLS Bard but you can still read Bookshare books in Braille on the Chameleon and I find the key response better, especially with the grade switch when I need to enter a password or two with computer braille. Sorry but in the end, Orbit is no longer getting any of my money after this device. Another thing too is that I don’t want to bother with their tech support since I felt as though I got a run around with the software updates when things inside the units can happen. Even Tobi can explain it in a video when it comes to tech since he has built computers for friends already. When I told him he was right about the motherboard after getting home from Jacksonville on my birthday he was like, “Told you it was the motherboard!” People thought H. I. M S. had poor tech support, at least they give you better solutions than just sending in for a repair because I had better calls with them and we got the thing fixed. Also, sending these devices is not cheap by any means, as sending the Orbit back is over $30 if you don’t have a box on hand, which I didn’t at first. When I had to send the Braille Sense back, I did have a box for that and it fit the thing which ironically was my box from APH when I got my Mantis.

In the end guys, I would say not to buy the Orbit Reader 40, yes it is cheaper than the Mantis but my experience is something that should not be overlooked. I like the idea of having a bigger display to read books on but I can still do that with my QBraille by extracting my books on my computer and transfer them to the SD like with this one and can just download from Bookshare on my Mantis, I would say save up or if you are working with your local Vocational Rehabilitation services and have not gotten a display or need a new one to be a replacement then you could look at the ones I mentioned above. I bet you’re wondering about the multi-linear displays, I’d rather go with the Canute since that has been improved in their tech over time. I think what Orbit needs to do is just modernize their units with bluetooth and WiFi capabilities that work and not have this weird download and have it be detected by the unit since a lot of the technology nowadays rely on those components in the first place. Also, have the tech support study the components and be able to be prepared for how to fix it without having the unit sent back all the time, as in pass on the knowledge better to the customers too. And, test the units before releasing out right because when mine came to me where it didn’t turn on out right of the box, that was not good from the start. I have to end this here because my next post will be the spotlight on RangerStop Orlando 2022!

Subscription Satelite: Ipsy Glam Bag August 2022

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Glam Bag August 2022

I did say I was going to post about my Glam Bag since it was the only one that I haven’t canceled due to how bad GBX was messed up. I don’t suggest that highest tier of Ipsy. ANyways, the Glam Bag is $13 a month with a makeup bag and five items that are either deluxe or full-size depending on the item. I’ve been noticing with my bags I’ve been getting more skin care but will share!.

  • Jasmine Beauty Lash Luxe Volumizing Mascara
  • Lasting Smiles Peach Blossom Lip Balm
  • Origins Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash
  • Pistache Skin Care Moisturizing Eye Cream
  • Yensa Beauty Super Serum Silk Foundation in Light Medium
  • Sophia + Mabell Cleopatra Eye Shadow Quad in Cleopatra

I did get an add-on this month and that is the eye shadow quad from Sophia + Mabell which I never heard of before. This caught my eye while I browsed the add-ons when I was choosing items for GBX before I canceled. I did manage to get the face wash and the sunscreen I was supposed to receive from my choices and the earrings from Baublebar I got as my add-on the other day, which I was happy about. Too bad the earrings would only go into my lobe piercings but I did browse the website and found three set earrings on the website. That is a bonus for me since I have three piercings in each ear now. Anyways, the shadow quad did arrive in my Glam Bag and it is pretty reasonable and I can fit my brushes in each shade, which is a plus. I will definitely try this out for a minimal look. I am wearing mascara and it feels good on my lashes. I don’t feel any irritation from the formula at all. I think I’m only irritated with the ELF brand of mascaras from the looks of the things. I did start using the Lasting Smiles lip balm and this brings me back to a memory from when I was in the hospital for asthma as a kid. One of my mom’s former coworkers got me a Bonne Bell LipSmackers body and lip set which had a peach lip balm since the set was all peach! This lip balm brought me back to having that LipSmackers and wishing they still made peach lip balm but glad to receive this and used it with some of my lip products. I’m wearing a new Mac Powder Kiss on top of my Ulta Lip Primer and this balm. The sample for the Pistache Eye Cream feels a bit disappointing because I have a feeling there is not much of a sample in the tube, so I may use that the next few days during my night routine. The Origins face wash, on the other hand, was a really good size since I needed to put another face wash into the shower since I ran out of the Sediphel face wash. By the way, I don’t recommend that face wash due to how it didn’t froth up at all, I thought it was the sample I got with Allure that may have had an issue but it wasn’t. It is just a wash, thanks a lot Seiphel. If you said your face wash is supposed to foam up with each use, then make it foam up! I will see how the Origins one works out. And finally, the Yensa foundation. I have to wait until my piercings heal up, which will be in three weeks after this coming Tuesday. All I have to say is that it has been a trial with these piercings but I got through it! I did choose this since I hadn’t gotten a chance to use one Yensa foundation since I gave it to a coworker thinking I would break out due to the SPF in it. I have used makeup items with SPF recently, my skin has calmed down with it and it was a miracle. I think it’s because my skin is so used to a particular formula that adding something new would cause it to go crazy. So, I was willing to give Yensa a chance for their foundation formula again. I am a fan of Jennifer Yenn’s other brand, Purlisse, I tried the serum blushes and loved what I tried so far, and I am also loving that Ipsy recognizes that she was on Power Rangers LightSpeed Rescue as Vipra. I still want to meet her in person since nerds do need skin care as well as anyone else!

That completes this post! I do love my skin care, however I am starting to miss makeup slightly in this bag which I may switch my survey answers to soon. I’m glad to get the face wash though and will be trying it out in the shower tonight! I will use the foundation once my piercings heal up but will enjoy the other products until September’s bag comes around! Next post will be about my experiences with my Orbit Reader 40. I just got it repaired again and I wanted to give my opinions about it and why I don’t recommend it. Stay tuned!

Book Quadrant: Dream Anime Cast for Midnight Breed Series

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Midnight Breed Series Cast

So, this is a what if post if the Midnight Breed Series were to be an anime. As I read the books, I have heard certain voices that fit each character in the main books of course! I will go by each couple in each book, especially with Edge of Dawn even though two of the characters, or shall I say three had appeared as kids, I will explain when that takes place. Let’s see who I picked! I have to put up with this first!

Disclaimer

This cast posting is based on thoughts of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her choices and opinions! You have been warned!

Lucaine and Gabrielle

First up is the first two we meet in Kiss of Midnight, Lucaine and Gabrielle. This was a good start to the series since we get some of the history behind the Breed and we got to see why Boston being the starting point of the setting. I do have a heart for this since I was born in Boston and would love to visit again, especially for Anime Boston. Who would I choose for the cast?

Lucaine: Patrick Sietz or Chris Sabat

Gabrielle: Kelly Manison

Why? With Lucaine, since he was the leader of the Breed, he needs a leader sounding voice and while reading the book, I heard Chris Sabat at first since he has done lead voices in the past, while other times I heard Patrick Sietz since he would be a great back up if Chris was not available. Patrick and Chris can be good at serious tones and the idea of being a badass leader toting titanium rounds with some swords seems pretty fun. Kelly Manison for Gabrielle kind of fits the idea since she would be the leader’s arm candy, especially after the time skip. Gabrielle becomes stronger as the time in the books goes on and her being more of a lead when she has Darien proves her character. I feel with Kelly since she would not be able to know what the Breed is at first since she thinks Lucaine is a regular cop after witnessing  a rogue attack at a nightclub..  She does become more motherly during the series and accepts new Breed Mates appearing. I think these two will be voiced by some of the greatest!

Dante and Tess

Next up is the couple in Kiss of Crimson! I did love this one since it started off as a Halloween night of fun but turned to horror, haha! I do love Halloween myself and getting to see how the tale starts with this holiday and how Dante and Tess get to meet on one night, which does get a bit messy even with the relationship as it goes!

Dante: Illich Guardiola

Tess: Lauren Landa

It was hard to think about who would fit for Dante since the book mentioned he had a slight accent due to how he came from Italy. I thought of Illich Guardiola because he has a slight accent in a lot of his roles, such as Krad in DNAngel for example. I could also imagine him doing one of the lines from Lethal Weapon towards the end would be entertaining. Not kidding, they do quote from that movie in this one! While Lauren Danda for Tess I think her voice for Sailor Neptune would fit since she can do a more mature voice, since she did make her sound as if she was in college than high school, and I see that voice for Tess. Tess is supposed to be nurturing due to being a bet herself and seeing that with Harvard, the puppy Dante brings to her,, with fixing what ailments it was going through and then taking care of it afterwards. These two have pretty interesting choices but would work off each other as the series goes.

Teagan and Elise

Next up is the couple from book three, which I have an interesting pairing for this one!

Teagan: Reuben Langdon

Elise: Christine Auten

I sometimes heard Reuben as Teagan since the image of Teagan was almost like Dante from Devil May Cry. He had white hair, blue eyes, and tanned skin due to his mother I guess, which I know Dante is pale but matches enough to the character. Teagan is a bit of a rogue-like character and has been there for Lucaine since they are around the same age and he has been when the Breed first started. Yes, Reuben has to be serious at most of the role but he can hit it pretty well. Christine as Elise, since she has played motherly characters like Kelly has, I feel she fits Elise since Elise has had experience with having a teenage son in the previous book.. Even in the start of the third book, she is a bit stubborn but shows her wisdom as the book continues and helps with the findings of the Ancient after infiltrating a package that had Breed symbols. I liked how well she worked out and the romance between her and Teagan fit with each other. I think the anime would show how the characters interact with these two actors.

Rio and Dylan

Next up is the couple of the fourth book, Rio and Dylan. I did enjoy this one since it started a mystery that did help the Breed and showed how one Breed Mate can be stronger and make one who has been scarred stronger. Who do I pick for these two?

Rio: Lex Lang

Dylan: Luci Christian

Lex has been an awesome voice actor for many years and I think he would be right for Rio. Not sure if he could do a slight Spanish accent, we get to see his past and how he became a part of the Breed.. While Luci as Dylan, on the other hand, she can use an older voice to be Dylan, I could see her Uraka voice to be Dylan since she is supposed to be out of college and having her first writing job. I do like her Breed Mate powers where she can talk to ghosts of the dead Breed Mates which helps with solving some of the mystery they have to face and knowing who Dragos would be and what he’s doing with Breed Mates in the first place. .

Nikolai and Rinata

Next up is Nikolai and Rinata from Veil of Midnight. These two are powerful within the Breed since Rinata knows how to defend herself and is a helpful back up for Niko and the rest. Who do I pick to play this powerful couple?

Niko: Neil Christie Newbonniel

Rinata: Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Ever since reading Veil of Midnight, I always thought Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as Rinata would be the best choice. Her voice always filled my mind whenever she went through the different parts with Niko, which made me think of Neil as this version but the good version of his character from Resident Evil 3. I know it sounds weird to have this guy be another Nikolai but he can do a really good Russian accent!

Rikon and Claire

Next up is the couple from the sixth book! Let’s see who I pick!

Rikon: John Burgmeier

Claire: Elizabeth Maxwell

I think this was an interesting pick for me since I did hear a slight German accent with John’s Shigure voice for Rikon since he is supposed to be a bit of a playboy in the series at first. He does get more serious when Dragos’ goons attack his Dark Haven at the end of Veil of Midnight and the sixth book is where he grows. Claire, on the other hand, was a little hard since she has been married since the 1970s and thinking about it Elizabeth Maxwell would be the right choice for her.

Caid and Elex

My most favorite in the entire series and here are my picks for both of them!

Caid: Johnny Yong Bosh

Alex: Laura Bailey

Caid does have a twin brother and I would also have Johnny do his voice but slightly deeper since he’s supposed to be slightly older than Caid. While with Laura as Alex, while reading the books again not too long ago, I did hear her as Alex this time around. She would fit as the character since she would be a bit more petite and with the Tohru voice.

Brock and Jenna

Next up is the couple that is different where one is Breed while the other is human turning slightly Breed.

Brock: Khary Payton

Jenna: Veronica Taylor

Oh yeah! I picked Cyborg to be Brock since he can play serious and playful at the same time and Brock does that, especially around Caid. I figured he would fit with the Breed member since he has to take care of Jenna and does feel a little bit injured after losing Corrine, who will be next. Jenna is someone that I see Veronica Taylor play due to how she can play a strong character like Sailor Pluto in Sailor Moon. She also changes into someone who is important to the Breed due to what the Ancient did to her and we get to see her maturity during the time skip, which I feel would be a good role for her.

Hunter and Corrine

Now onto the second to last book in the first part of the series where we see the first of the Hunters and someone who someone thought was dead but wasn’t.

Hunter: Robbie Daymond

Corrine: Michelle Ruff

I was going to save Robbie Daymond for one of the other vampires but Hunter would be a great choice since he is one of the fish out of water among the Breed due to being one of Dragos’ killer machines. He was saved all thanks to Mira in Veil of Midnight and figured he could use his Tuxedo Mask sounding voice for Hunter. While Michelle Ruff would fit Corrine the most since Corrine is someone who has been scarred due to being kept in a cell for giving birth to hunters herself. I thought with Michelle Ruff being a choice since she can be strong sounding for areas where Corrine would use her Breed Mate powers and then just go back to more of her softer side around Hunter and her son, Nathan within the story itself. 

Chase and Tavia

Now to the last couple in the first ten books!

Chase: Newt Pittman

Tavia: Monica Rial

It was hard with Chase since he may be a full grown Breed male but I am imagining Newt Pittman’s Gray voice coming out of his mouth, especially when he was starting to go down the road of Blood Lust towards the last two books. He does find love eventually in Tavia after losing Elise to Teagan earlier in the series. While Tavia, on the other hand, didn’t know who or what she was due to how the lies she was given hid her true identity as being a Breed female underneath. Monica Rial would be a good choice for her voice since she has played older women in anime such as Jo in Burst Angel and also was in Rahxephon. Would be interesting how her Breed sounds would sound like, may have to use a lioness sound?

Well, that is it for this dream cast. I will be splitting this into two because it would be too long if I added the time skip books for the rest of the series. I will get the rest up in the meantime. I am starting a new semester this coming week and will find a time to do the second part of this casting post. So, I would stay tuned if I were you, I am still waiting on my Ipsy Glam Bag at the moment. Until next time!

Subscription Satelite: Subscriptions I Left

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Leaving Some Subscriptions Behind

I normally don’t talk about my financial issues but due to moving into a new place with an extra room, plus a few other bills and how bad inflation has been happening, even though I heard on Nightly News that it is about to slow down, I have to unsubscribe from some of the beauty subscriptions. With my next refund from George Mason, I am going to pay off some of my cards, well half of them and pay the other half after passing this coming semester. I am halfway through the program guys and I’m really proud of myself since this school has given me another chance to follow my dream. I made a bit of a hard decision and decided to leave some subscriptions.

Glossy Box

I may have just joined this one all thanks to Theresa is Dead but this has been the weakest subscription I had and was hoping to let the August box be my last one but they took too long to ship it and unsubscribed once I made my decision. Even though I did like some of the items, they could have been better to have me keep this one. It was a great BoxyCharm replacement for a little while but had to let it go!

Allure Beauty Box

I love Allure but had to give this one up for a while as well. I love the box since it gives me an idea of what the editors enjoyed but some of the items have been a bit meh despite how much they’ve improved. I will come back to it  like I had before but when the time is right.

Glam Bag Plus

I am thinking of just keeping my Glam Bag because the idea of makeup bags every month is great and I feel like they know how to pair me with products. I do improve my profile as time goes on. Glam Bag Plus has become a bit meh with the choices but they have improved slightly. I did kick myself for the GBX this past month which is next. I will join back if I think the time is right, I wished they still had the makeup bags.

Glam Bag X

I have recently left this one and will be for good as well. I just got mine and they screwed it up again. This was a great bag at first but these past two bags shown had gotten bad. I loved the Halsi one the most and was glad to have what I got so far. What had happened if you’re wondering? This month they had Alicia Keys be the curator of the bag and I made my three choices which were the First Aid Beauty Oatmeal Toner, the Perricone MD Vitamin C cleanser, and the Super Goop Invisible Sunscreen, which I heard really good things about! I also bought an add-on which was a set of earrings from Baublebar, which I already made plans to get my ears pierced on my birthday and would use these once the holes healed up. When I got the box, I noticed only five items arrived and they were the items that Alicia chose for my bag. I was upset and RJ and Tobi understood my anger and I did unsubscribe from GBX. This was not the only time that this had happened when I didn’t get the Nudestix Blush Stick either. I did contact Ipsy through Messenger and had a screenshot of my bag and they told me that the toner was sold out like the blush stick. I did get a partial refund but will be getting the cleanser, sunscreen, and earrings replaced which they put the order in. I think I got the toner before and have to look to see if it was in one of my Ipsy bags when we moved.. I did tell them that they should have better oversight on the items when sending them out. I was thinking back to my Glam Bag Plus where they sent me the wrong items but the GBX costs $58 quarterly and if someone spends that much and notices missing or wrong items being sent, like I had, then what’s the point of keeping this when this is pretty expensive to begin with. I will keep a Glam Bag because it is cheaper but at least none of my items end up missing. I hope they also keep in contact with anyone about any items that may be sold out too and see if they want a partial refund or another item of the subscriber’s choosing. I did get 1.200 points which I have to see what they have up for points.

Which Ones Did I Keep?

I am keeping my Glam Bag since I have loved the original even though it is just samples and let me try new brands to try. I can’t use foundations, powders, and setting sprays for a bit though due to my piercings. I may rejoin Plus once things calm down in the money department but Glam Bag has still got my interest. I also have ScentBird now which I love perfumes and getting to try new thirty day supply of new scents and getting to buy some if I wanted to and have gotten some extras. I will be upgrading to two a month since I have a full queue. Way to go! I also have joined Quip all thanks to Emily D. Baker likes CC Suarez with ScentBird. I know other YouTubers also talked about ScentBird and Mile Higher did the same with Quip but can only use one code. I have been using electric toothbrushes ever since moving to the coast since manual ones were not cutting it and when my mom visited with my dad once she did notice my teeth looked way better. With the Quip one I got at the end of June, it’s been making my teeth feel smoother and also it’s hard for me to keep up with recharging my brush every month when I could get a new battery every three months! I also got a new brush head and am now getting toothpaste which I used to use a sensitive one but this one has been feeling great. I will be getting my refills next month. And finally, Athena Club which I joined after canceling my Dollar Shave Club and after hearing good things from Illuminati. I have sensitive skin and it was drying out so badly with the Dollar Shave razors and I feel a lot better with the ones from Athena Club and they cost around the same price as Dollar Shave since I get eight every renewal. I decided to switch it to six months for now since I have so many razor heads I packed up during the move. I am not kidding! Even the ones from Ipsy Refreshments fit my razor which I think I got mixed with the Athena ones due to being in the same kind of packaging. I will switch it to four months once I get through all of my back ups or close to it.

Well guys, that completes this post! I know it sounds sad of me talking about leaving some subscriptions but I have to do what I need to do. I also have so many items as back ups upon back ups! I also miss buying my own makeup at certain times even though it kept me from going overboard, but I have been better on focusing on what I need than my wants. Even though I could speak on my obsession with perfume, I have used up my Let’s Be Real and Electric Rhubarb supply. I will go back to Allure if things get better, I will update on Twitter. I will post my Glam Bag once I receive it! I will get to my Midnight Breed casting post soon.

Book Quadrant: Overall Thoughts on Midnight Breed Series

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Thoughts on Midnight Breed Series

So, Lara Adrian finished the midnight Breed Series this past summer and I felt it was a bit abrupt after how good the series was but I felt that there are some things I thought that were okay and I feel like talking about it as a whole. I remembered searching for the Vampire Academy books and found the ten book bundle on Bookshare and now that it has been years since reading these books, I do have some things I would like to talk about, but first!

Disclaimer!

This post is based on thoughts and observations made by the writer of this blog. Please respect what she has to say in the piece of media that is being talked about in this post. You have been warned!

Plot

The plot of the series is that we get to see stories based on a supernatural community of vampires who are called the Breed. They are sons of an alien race that crashed and landed on Earth thousands of years before the story really started. We meet not only the vamps but females that are special with a certain mark which is a moon with a teardrop placed on their body and have certain powers from their Atlantian ancestors. We follow the novellas and the novels of the many vamps and females we meet and the troubles they go through such as the son of one of the first ancients to more vampires and Atlantians!

Overall Thoughts

I have to say that I preferred the first half of the series and the novellas and a few of the second half of the series because I felt there were things that could have improved on during the second part. I felt the first ten books should have been the only series due to how the final book ended the story very well but of course we had to see what happened afterwards when the world knew that they had vampires living among them. 

With the first part of the series, we got to meet Lucaine Thorn and his other breeding partners, Teagan, Dante, Rio, Gideon and Nikolai, but also another one who ended up dying in the first book due to sabotage. Of course we got to meet some of the Breed Mates, Danika, Savannah, and Eva since Lucaine started to meet Gabrielle in the first book, Kiss of Midnight.. As the series went on, other vampires and breedmates appeared since of course they fell in love and brought them into the compound, which is where a lot of the Breed lived in while other vampires lived in places called Dark Havens which are mansions that kept families of vampires, which include children and Breed Mates belonging to them. We also get to meet some that are international since the first part dealt with finding out information about how some of them suffer from blood lust and how the first villain, Dragos, is doing things behind the scenes such as doing experiments on Breed Mates and crating new vampires with the ancient DNA called Hunters. Speaking of which!

Villains

I feel like touching upon the villains, well the main two in this series which happened to be Dragos and Opus Nostrum in part two. I preferred Dragos as the better villain because we got to see what he was up to throughout the first ten books, especially with the Breed more secretive. I even liked how he got to meet the Hunters since they were created due to an ancient vampire, which they were supposed to be wiped out by the earlier version of the Breed. While Opus Nostrum, on the other hand, I felt like at first they were something new and interesting for the Breed to contend with and was hoping to see what Dragos had done before but what sucked was that we didn’t get to see the behind-the-scenes stuff they were doing that Dragos did in the original ten. With Opus Nostrum, we not only had more corrupt Breed members but also Atlantean people being a part of it, which we saw in Edge of Dawn. I was hoping to see them in action, such as how they created Crimson Dragon, which the second book, Kiss of Crimson, showed how a human created Crimson which used to have blood lust come on easily, while Red  Dragon did the same thing but faster! Not sure if Adrian was trying to bring the idea of Crimson but with the same ingredients? If so, then how did Opus Nostrum get the ingredients? If it’s a new recipe, then what brought on the idea? It’s a mystery. Heck, I remembered how they pointed out the scarab tattoo that each person in the circle or related to the one who is in it is a sign of who they were. It would have been great that we would see them show this before meet-ups in the books. Not only that, Nova in Marked by Midnight which is one of the novellas had her’s covered. At least she revealed who she really was during book twelve alongside her family connections.

First Part vs. Second Part

This is going to be a hard one but I admit I liked from books one through thirteen and then, sixteen, and the novellas. I felt that books fifteen, seventeen, and eighteen were a bit rushed and the story had some empty holes.I also felt that fifteen could have had a meeting with Opus Nostrum and how the Red Dragon was explained since that got introduced in Defy the Dawn. I felt that in the first thirteen books that each character was developed well and how they interacted with each other while a few others weren’t as much. Heck, even in the Hunter Trilogy where we got to meet other hunter types with the same ancient DNA they had better development. I noticed some of the loose ends is where Eric Chase’s Breed Mate had a twin sister and while reading it I was thinking if she was also one? Since Eric and Charice were both given birth where Charice had the Breed Mate mark like Tavia had but with the extra vampire strength and power. The twin sister thing was never answered and it would have been nice to see if she would have a mate among the breed despite being pregnant.. I mean they did that with Corrine and Hunter in book nine. The bigger disappointment was the last book. Oh boy! How could I say this? It felt like I was reading an adult version of Sailor Moon! As a nerd, I was excited that Adrian named Gabrielle’s and Lucaine’s son Darien but was not expecting for him to fall for Celine, which I felt I was seeing Usagi and Momaru falling in love back in Silver Millennium except Celine turned out to be extra crazy. I understand she was trying to protect the remaining Atlantians but how she did it was way beyond nuts!! Even while dealing with Darien was even crazier. Even though Adrian said she had that extra time to work on the last book but wished it didn’t feel so rushed in some areas and the ending, I am wondering if Darien is with Celine and protected by Atlantean light due to her blood to keep him from turning to ash in the sun, then wouldn’t Micah and any other vampire besides Brine of course also protected from the sun? That should have been explained better.

Conclusion

Again, I felt the first half was better, books eleven through thirteen and sixteen were better alongside the novellas and Hunter series. I wished they had a better explanation on items and could have changed things. I also wished we could have seen scenes with Opus Nostrum. I may re-read this series and see how they sound when read all the way through and see how I liked it but this is the initial thought on this series.

Well, that completes this post. I am thinking of doing a post about what if this was an anime and who I would cast each character, let’s see how it goes! I am currently waiting on my subscriptions to arrive. Stay tuned!

Subscription Satelite: Items I Didn’t Like From My Subscriptions

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Items I Don’t Like From My Subscription Boxes!

With August coming up, you know what that means, it means my subscriptions will be paid again. Which includes Glam Bag, Glam Bag X, Glossy Box, Allure Beauty Box, ScentBird, and Athena Club, which I do subscribe to for my shaving needs. And Quip for toothbrushing. As beauty boxes, I tend to give products a try but not all of them turn out the greatest and I tend to toss them and I admit I have a few I would like to mention. I may turn this into a series but let’s see what I have to say!

Briogeo Charcoal Scalp Scrub

First up is an item from Brioggio and it’s their scalp scrub and ugh! It didn’t do anything for my scalp, I felt it was just making it dirtier. I understand that my hair products do build up over time and it’s important to use something clarifying but this product didn’t do anything of that nature. I’m glad I tossed this when I had it since it didn’t do anything after two uses. I think I also got this in a bundle deal as well, but it was also tossed out after another try.

Christof Robin Waterless Shampoo

This also didn’t do anything either! I got this in Glossy Box one month and thought it was interesting because it was a paste you have to run through water and put it in your hair. Let it suds up and wash it and never use shampoo again. Unfortunately, it didn’t do anything of that nature. It did not suds up while I used it and I still needed my shampoo. It felt like what if you took my Carol’s Daughter pomade and used it as shampoo instead. I did toss this after the second time and glad I won’t be buying this.

Ofra Banana Powder

I recently tossed this because it was due to comments about my concealer. I got this in a BoxyCharm a year and a half ago and was happy that I did at first. I didn’t expect it to not play with my concealer very well while setting it. I have used certain concealers from the Cover Girl one to the Candid Concealer from Revlon which was discontinued and it still gets the comment that I didn’t blend it enough. I finally decided to let it go. I love Ofra Cosmetics but this was one product I didn’t like anymore. I will be sticking with my translucent powder for now on.

Ofra Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Havana Nights

I think I got this in a BoxyCharm but it’s the Ofra Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Havana Nights. I love the many shades I’ve used from this line but this one ran all over my face! Every other shade I used in the past never ran all over like this one. Heck, if you saw my interview with Tia Ballard, it kind of moved in that video since I wear liquid lipsticks during conventions due to being on the run a lot and hard to reapply. So, I tossed this a long time ago and won’t buy it again, well this shade specifically.

Girlactik Glitter Lip Pencils

I got these in a Glam Bag Plus when they first started. I didn’t like these Girllactic lip pencils because they were chunky and they didn’t feel right on the lips either. I haven’t tried the shadow stick I got in my GB Plus two last month but these pencils did get tossed though.

Sponge Pad from Glossy Box

I am not sure what brand this thing came from but it is a sponge pad I got in one of my Glossy Boxes and it was supposed to be great to use on all skin types including sensitive skin. When I used this it was very rough on my skin. I didn’t like how it spread my body wash so I tossed it as well. I prefer loofa balls more than something like this because it spreads my wash better. I do admit the Spongelle sponges are better than this because it is a shower gel and sponge in one and I remembered getting one of those in BoxyCharm years ago and it felt good. I wished that was in the Glossy Box that month instead. 

Well, that’s it for those items so far. I may do more of these because I feel that not all items are the best that get placed into these subscriptions and it’s better to be honest than not. I forgot I was supposed to post my thoughts about the Midnight Breed Series after reading the final book. I will do that this weekend so stay tuned!

Subscription Satelite: Glam Bag July 2022

Subscription Satelite: Glam Bag Plus July 2022

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Glam Bag Plus July 2022

It is time for Glam Bag Plus! With this bag, you get five full-size items and you get to choose three of them every month. This bag costs $28 and you get a drawstring bag with it. Let’s see what I got this month!

  • Murad Acne Control and Pore Control Modifier Broad Spectrum
  • Roen Beauty Kiss My Liquid Lip Balm in Scout
  • Solei Mini Heat Brush
  • Item Beauty Boost Dual Lash Primer and Colored Mascara
  • Bahamas Rosa Mosqueta Infused Lip Oil Duo

This month’s bag was really interesting with the choices. I was glad to see Murad  in this bag again since I love their items and glad to try them before finding out if they went on sale at Ulta. The Oil and Pore Control Broad Spectrum is a moisturizer with SPF in it. I will definitely use this since I ran out of my Sugar Cosmetics sunscreen from last month’s Glam Bag. The item that caught my eye in choice which got me to pick is the Solei Beauty Mini Heat Brush due to it being a bit of a flat iron. There are times where I like to straighten my hair and when I saw this in the choices I grabbed it right away! When I received it, I went into the bathroom to try it out and well, due to my hair being so thick it was hard to use and straighten my hair with how curly it it is. I did try and then after one night’s sleep, it returned to somewhat curly in one part of my hair but stayed straightish the rest. I think I may have to do is use this for one part to start it and then run my small flat iron through which is from Eva NYC and bring the straight out. I think it would work better that way and improve with the brush if it decides to curl again. With the idea of having smaller flat irons, they don’t take too much room and hoping to see more hot tools like these in the Glam Bag, I have seen the curling irons but I don’t need those. I did hear yone stylist did straighten someone’s hair with a curling iron though. I’d rather stick with a flat one. Another item that caught my eye is the Item Beauty Boost Dual Primer and Colored Mascara and was happy about this one due to just sticking with one mascara with the primer on one side. Even though the mascara is blue but I can get some uses with a blue eye look, which I haven’t done in so long. I will have to see how this item goes. I did try out one of the lip oils that I chose and it felt nice on my lips. I know I will get some uses out of these. I haven’t tried the lip balm yet which I was meaning to but other things did get in the way. I will try it sometime soon!

This bag was really good this month! I have to keep trying the heat brush as time goes on and I feel this one was better than the one I got on EBay years ago to try straighten my hair better and I will try out the Murad moisturizer SPF and see how well that item goes too. Next month will be another Glam Bag X. Hoping it won’t be like the last one where I didn’t get the item I hoped to try out, also hoping they don’t sell out of it either. I did find out that the next curator is and happens to be Alicia Keys, which will be interesting. I can’t wait to see what will be the first items and what would be up for choice on August 2nd. Next up is Glam Bag!

Subscription Satelite: Allure Beauty Box July 2022

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Allure Beauty Box July 2022

I got my Allure Beauty Box and this month it has stuff to pamper oneself. I like the idea of these kinds of boxes since things have been stressing me out as of late. If you saw my updates about being a little delayed due to projects, you already know! This box is $23 a month and you get either six or seven items based on favorites by the editors of Allure. Let’s see what I got!

  • PCA Rebalance Daily Moisturizer
  • Ofra Liquid Lipstick in Canyon
  • Manime Mochi Peach Ombre Kit
  • Hero Mighty Patch micro Point for Dark Spots
  • Nativia Spa Starter Kit
  • Larosche Pose Lipicure Gentle  Hydrating Face Wash

I used up one of the items since it was easy to use and was so excited about this box! I used up the La Roche Posay face wash since I figured it would be something I could get into but may be a bit pricey. I do admit I liked this better than the Sediaphil face wash from a few months ago because that one did not foam up like this one. I thought it was an issue with the product and that some units didn’t foam up but it doesn’t foam up at all and want to know if it’s working by foaming up and washing my face! I am just using up my second bottle and not buying another one since it does not foam up and I am trying another face wash for the shower. The Larosche Pose one did foam up and do what I expected in a face wash and didn’t irritate my face due to how much it’s good for the sensitive skin types. It also didn’t have a scent. I was glad to use this item up. I did break into the lotion set that came in this box because I was not expecting something like this in my box before and hoping to get more things like this, even though I did get a mini set of hair items in my Glam Bag which is coming up soon. These lotions not only have a scent but also Kinwa oil as well. I still have some dry areas on my legs and am still using the Not Pot lotion from a month ago, I will definitely give these a try after just once. The Ofra lipstick will be something I will use since I do love these and hoping it doesn’t run all over my face like Havana Nights had done. I think they improved the formula on these to keep from going all over. This shade is a terra cotta and makes sense due to the canyons taking on the color of terracotta. I will see how this goes! The Anime manicure set is a gel nail polish sticker set and I am not normally into something like these due to how I tried nail strips before and they came off pretty quickly. I guess it may be due to the company making them. I haven’t worn any press ons as of late either. I may have RJ or Tobi assist me with these since you just apply and let dry and file off any excess like regular nail strips. I Hope they go well. And of course the moisturizer! I will be using this of course to keep my face moisturized over time. Glad to get another since I don’t have to worry about buying anything else from the store with my stash. Currently working on one moisturizer though.

This box was a great box! I will have to give the gel manicure stickers a try and see how those go. I did like the face wash since it didn’t irritate my face at all. The lotion is one thing we definitely need since it’s good to have a deluxe size of lotion from time to time. The Ofra lipstick is something I will definitely use with how much I loved these over time. We will see about the moisturizer. Can’t wait to see what Allure has for August. Since getting back with this box I’ve gotten some pretty good items and some items that were not my favorite, which I should do a post about items that were not my favorite from past subscription boxes. I may do it after these boxes. What’s next? I will do my Glam Bag Plus!