Subscription Satelite: Allure Beauty Box April 2022

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe. I am back with the last subscription box for April!

Allure Beauty Box April 2022

My Allure box was the last box to arrive and it is a good start to the summer months since one item is perfect for the start. I wished I got the nail item but I realized I was not a nail strips fan, but anyways, this box is $23 a month and you get items based on Editors picks from Allure Magazine. Let’s see what I got this month since there were variations!

So, these were the items that there were in my Allure box. I was hoping to get the Scratch Nail Wraps, however I realized I was not a big fan of nail strips, I even remembered having the KISS type dye ones years ago except they came off too easily. I never got the strips again so I went with a press on nails years later. I did start using the essence though from Neogen and it doesn’t feel too bad on the skin. I am glad that it’s a deluxe size since it’s better to try something new in this size. I’m glad to get facial oil just in time since I would run out of the rose hemp oil I have been using from Good Molecules as of late. I am most excited about the sunscreen though since I am using the Sunday Riley sunscreen from last year’s boxes and I was meaning to get another sunscreen, which I am glad to get this in the box in time for summer around here. I know we have to wear it as the last step of our skin care and here in Florida it’s proof of that. I can’t wait to use this though. I’m also excited about the air sponges I received since I do enjoy using makeup sponges for my foundation. These are pretty small in the container but do expand when wet and have to be air dried afterwards. I will use these with my beloved Wet N Wild and Urban Decay! I am not too sure about the peel gel since when I think of peels I think of spreading the mask all over and have to peel it off once dry. THis one, apparently, can be washed off actually so it’s just a scrub? I guess I have to give it a chance, if I get any weird reaction then toss!

This month’s box was pretty good. I am glad they are doing variations since for a long while they give everyone the same box and that can get a bit boring and noticing the variety of products that can show up make this box better. I can’t wait what May will bring since here in Florida summer comes early. Trust me, during MegaCon 2017, I felt the heat while waiting for my dad and was glad I wore lighter clothing, especially my Link cosplay since I wore shorts with that costume. Anyways, that completes this month’s boxes! What’s next? Not sure because the next few weeks are going to be final projects for me at school before the next semester and well, RJ and I are moving to another apartment in the complex, more on that when June hits. So, see you all next month!

Subscription Satelite: Ipsy April 2022

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

Ipsy April 2022

It’s time for Ipsy for this month with both the Blam Bag and GB Plus. These two of the Glam Bags you can have with your subscription. The regular Glam Bag is $13 every month with deluxe to full size items with a makeup bag while the GB Plus is $28 each month with a drawstring bag containing more full-size items and you get to choose three out of the five items. Let’s see what I got in each bag shall we?

Glam Bag

I have to say that this month’s bag has another mix of makeup and skin care, even one hair care item. When I found out I was getting the Marc Anthony Leave-In Conditioner, I was excited since it was a brand I loved for so long and has given my hair some life ever since trying them out through Ipsy. WHen I got my Glam Bag in the mail, I put this item with the rest of my hair products because it has been a staple in my daily hair routine. It gives my shorter curls some life! I will definitely get a full-size product of this since I have enjoyed it! WHat I found weird is with the Symbiosis primer, it gave me a different name on the tube and the website, which you will see in the link. Even though it says Perfecting here but it says something different on their website. Not sure if it was due to Ipsy not wanting to put the actual name for the product, that seems a little weird to me when they always put the full name every month. I am looking forward to using it since it is a good size product. The item I picked was the V Cosmetics Blush since I saw this and saw it was rose gold, it got my click when the choice came up. I felt that some of the products in the selection were okay until this blush appeared. I do love blush and this was different. It’s a triple milled, shimmery pink blush that is soft on the skin. I can’t wait to use this and see how it goes! 

Update! I finished the Glow Recipe Watermelon Drops and with such a small sample, it did moisturize my face and didn’t have any weird effects like the avocado sleep mask I got from BoxyCharm a few years ago, but it was pretty good@! Wishing it was a full-size or a bigger sample size for easier distribution.

Glam Bag Plus

I don’t know why but the second and third groups for choice on GB Plus were boring again. Group 1 was the exciting one and hard for me to choose since it not only had the Ciate London bronzer but also had a nail polish duo, you all know how I love polish and keeping my nails pretty while typing, and some cream shadow from Girlactic. Why don’t they put those two products in  the other two groups since those were underwhelming and I wanted them as well. I did comment over at Ipsy about it and hoped it gets changed for June since next month is GBX. I did have a hard time with February’s GBX because the final group had some good items but the sunglasses called to me more.Anyways, I found the Dragon’s Blood Eye Gel most interesting in group 3 despite having other eye creams, it has an interesting name except has more of the skin loving ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Rose Water and other ingredients to help moisturize the eye area. I will definitely be using this once I’m done with few of the other eye creams. The Ciate bronzer caught my eye since I haven’t tried a browser from Ciate yet and thought it would be a new addition even though I use bronzers on certain occasions when I feel like contouring my outer cheeks. I will also use the brush set since this would be great for the Urban Decay Moisturizer Foundation I picked up during 21 Days of Beauty this time around. I will have to see these go. 

That completes these Glam Bags. I think Glam Bag beat out GB Plus again due to how useful the products I got were. I will still use my items in GB Plus since I never heard of SandBar before and glad to have a blush pallet this time. I did go into Jen Luv’s chat this week about Cos Box going out of business and how subscriptions are great but some people cancel due to how much product. I think, this is how I feel, subscriptions give you the items so you can take months to use over time instead of that particular month. It took an entire eight months before I started using my Sunday Riley sunscreen I got in my Allure Beauty Box last year due to using the Coppertone one I took with me to Atlanta. I will be talking about Allure next so stay tuned!

The Tech Quadrant: Braille Sense 6 vs. Braille Note Touch Plus: WHich Notetaker is the Better One?

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! It’s time for a device battle!

Braille Sense 6 vs. the Braille Note Touch Plus: Which is the Better Notetaker?

So, it’s time to put the Braille Sense 6 and the BrailleNote Touch Plus up to each other and see how well they fare against each other. I have both of these devices and was able to use them over time, especially upgrading my Polaris to the 6 when I was offered it by the vendor I went through with a funding source I went through for my Braille Note Touch Plus. They are good note takers for the same price range, however there are features I would like to talk about between both devices that may work for some and may work for others if anyone wants to purchase one of these as their notetaker. Let me start with this!

Disclaimer

This post is based on thoughts, opinions, and experiences from the writer of this blog. She has used these devices and seen how they work and how fast they are, how well they type, and so much more. Please respect her thoughts!

Weight

First off, we’re starting with how much these devices weigh. One thing about these devices is well you can carry them place to place and weight can be a factor for what you choose.The Braille Sense 6 is 1.58 on its own while it’s 2.36 pounds with the case on.  The BrailleNote Touch Plus is 2 Pounds. Not by much when it comes to weight, the BrailleNote Touch Plus is three pounds lighter despite having the Android tablet underneath the Perkins keyboard, however I feel as though the BS6 kept the same weight from its Polaris and don’t feel much carrying it around to its Humanware counterpart despite not having the tablet built into it. If you would rather go without the tablet underneath, then the BS6 would be perfect since I had the Polaris before, going from one convention room to the next without the extra weight made it easier but if the tablet won’t hurt then go with the BNTP. I would say either one would be a great choice since both of them are almost the same weight and do have cases to protect them.

Keyboard

Both keyboards on both devices are in the Perkins Brailler style. H. I M. S. did have the QWERTY style with the QWERTY Plus and the U2 QWERTY which I admit I had the QWERTY Plus when I was at school and earlier press days with Nerd Shique Universe. The layouts are different from each other due to how they were built. The BNTP has the usual six keys for the Braille Cell, the Enter and Delete, and the Space Bar, then you have your cursor keys underneath. WHile the BS6 has your usual Brailler keys but have the F1, F2, F3, and F4 keys alongside an Alt key and a CTRL key to use on the Android platform. The learning curve for both is a little different if you have used devices from both companies like I’m doing now and have been doing for the past year due to how the shortcut structure is different. Yes, first letter navigation is available for both, except the chords are different when it comes to navigating to areas on both devices. One example is doing a copy on the BNTP is delete key with the letter Y. With the BS6 is the letter C with the Enter key. I would say if you’re familiar with a certain way of typing with one device then stick with the brand of devices you’re familiar with, unless you want to switch over for a newer experience depending on which layout seems to be easier. If you have any device demonstrated for you, ask for a demonstration of key commands on both devices.

Typing

With typing on either device, I found that each device can cause a bit of noise depending on your typing speed. I type fifty words per minute and can see how the noise on each device can be cumbersome. To me the BTNP’s keys are noisier than the BS6 since HIMS has been building their devices with keys that are softer while pressing them and have noticed it with the BS6 and the Q Braille as well. While the NNTP, on the other hand, the keys not only click pretty loudly but also have the clocks while inputting Braille. You can turn these clicks off pretty easily in the settings, except the keys themselves can be noisy no matter what you do. I think Humanware should have softer keys in the next notetaker if they decide to make another one in the next few years since HIMS has developed the BS6 but the BS6 has them beat in the typing department due to how quiet they are with input and having not too loud of a typing noise makes it easier, especially if listening to someone on a phone call. I give it to BS6.

Touch Features

One feature that made the Braille Sense Polaris and the BNTP comparable was being able to have the touch features. The BS Polaris had a touch strip in between the display and the cursor routing keys while the BNTP had a built-in touch screen underneath the keyboard. WHat made them unique was that you could touch Braille on the tablet under the BNTP as a quieter option while the BS Polaris only did touch gestures like if you used it as a tablet. Unfortunately, when the BS6 was created they took out the touch gesture ability due to lack of popularity, which there was no tutorial when Humanware does tutorials on how to do Touch Braille on their device. It would have been nice if the touch gestures were kept on the newer Braille Sense since the Android system is faster and the reaction time could have a better speed increase, which was an issue with the Polaris, which I will touch upon next. So, if you want the idea of doing the touch features then the BNTP would be the best device and it wins this category due to keeping the features or shall I say having them in the first place.

Speed

Both devices have pretty good speed when it comes to reaction time. When the Polaris was around, it had Lollipop as its system and it was very laggy and almost lethargic while using it, when the BS6 arrived I was happy that the reaction times were as fast as the BNTP when it comes to opening apps, being able to with saving files, and even downloading books from Bookshare. I have to say both get speed!

Android Systems

Both devices run on tw Both devices run on two different Android versions but they seem to work the same to me. The BNTP runs on Oreo or Android 8 while the BS6 runs on Android 10. Even though 10 is newer, Oreo still runs as smoothly despite how old it is. I did write to Humanware but not sure when will they update the Android version to a later version but hoping they could do it soon since we are already in Android 11 and if they want a leg up, they should either go to 11 or stay in competition may do 10 instead like HIMS has with the BS6. There is one drawback though is that there are times where either device can’t install certain apps due to the version they run, such as One Step Reader is the new version of KNFB Reader is not optimized for BNTP while the BS6 can due to how newer it is. I can’t fault the BNTP for this since I can still use KNFB Reader and it’s useful but would be nicer to have a newer Android version. Humanware, if you’re reading this, we need a newer Android version and now!

Apps

Speaking of apps, there are apps that each device does come with when you first receive them. The BNTP comes with KNFB Reader, which is normally $100 and Easy Reader + and of course your normal Google apps due to having the Android system. While the BS6 comes with Bookshare Download, a Podcasts app, Document Reader, Online DAISY, Google Search, Wiki Search, Assistant And your usual Google apps as well. Of course you can still download apps on Playstore but you have to see which ones are compatible with your device once you check them. One thing though is that not all apps can be available, one example is Kindle is not available for the BS6 but for the BNTP, which I find weird, while Audible is available for both. I do like the other apps you can read with on the BS6 but I do like the idea that I can still use Kindle on the BNTP but it’s not accessible there. It’s basically what you like to use on either device and how much you want to use the apps and install ones that can be used, either device is pretty powerful in this department and being able to stream anime, movies with audio description, and listening to music makes possibilities endless.

Bluetooth

Final category is bluetooth connectivity. One of the features of both is being able to use these devices as Braille Displays through bluetooth. You can connect to your computer with USB but what catches most users’ ears is the bluetooth capabilities. I admit I have trouble using the BNTP with devices besides my IPhone since it’s easier to connect with that. I even tried it with my ChromeBook and it couldn’t connect since laptops that run WIndows have an easier time with the Q Braille due to the bluetooth being easier to connect. The BS6, I have an easier time connecting with any device due to not having a code to pair with, which is the problem with the BNTP. It would be better if the BNTP didn’t require a code like the BS6 and other Braille displays because bluetooth has become more streamlined over the years and easy to pair with. I even had an easier time with my Apple devices since I can use my BNTP with those devices , even my Mac even though I have to unpair it due to using the Q Braille with it for the Function Keys. I have a Macbook with a Touch Bar, that’s why. I did try pairing the BS6 with the Chrome Book but it still has the BNTP with it, I have to try it out again at a later date. I do have to say the bluetooth on the BS6 is easier with other devices that have good bluetooth connections. I think the BS6 wins this category due to how much easier it is to connect even with a computer.

Winner: It’s a Tie!

It’s hard to say who wins what despite how they advance each other in some of the categories but both devices are still powerful for what they are. Not all devices are created equal and after using them both, they are equal in speed, the BS6 has a quieter keyboard over the BNTP, the BNTP still has touch features and I do love the idea of the tablet size for Touch Braille which you need a big screen for that, and of course you have a learning curb in using the keyboard shortcut structure which I’m still learning with the BNTP myself after using Braille Sense devices over the years. 

What Should I Get If IAm New to Note Takers?

My advice is to look at both! It doesn’t hurt to go to demonstrations or have someone come to you and demo both devices to show off their features. One thing I could also suggest is ask around before choosing, as in see who has gotten either device and prefer which one over the other since they do work differently. Also, look into Assistive Technology groups that may have members that use the devices as well since they may have different ideas of the both of them from what I brought here. And, of course, think about the features you think you would use more whether it’s at school or work since these devices could be used in either environment, if you can’t pick one, there are lower cost options to think about that work equally as well, especially in the bluetooth department.

That completes this post! If you have either device, drop a comment below or if you’re wanting either one, drop down a comment, I would like to hear what you all think on either side! Next will be my Ipsy bags!

Subscription Satelite: Glossy Box April 2022

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! I know I was going to do my Battle of the Notetakers post but my first beauty box arrived!

Glossy Box April 2022

So, my Glossy Box arrive today and I came home to it on my doorstep. Some cities do mail on Sundays so I sometimes get some of my packages on Sundays. Heck, my first Chrome Bokk arrived while being at Holiday Matsuri. Anyways, this box contains five items that can range from deluxe to full size items and they can be independent to luxury. This is $21 a month, but you can get a discount code for your first box if you see a few YouTube influencers. My first box had a code all thanks to Theresa is Dead. This box is okay but I did laugh at one item I got because of something I did this morning, let’s get to the items.

I was laughing when I saw the scrunchies because this morning I went to get my haircut to a soft pixie bob. My hair has been uneven for years and I tried to cut some uneven tips but didn’t work. I will wear them when I have longer hair but now my hair has short curls. I am excited about the lash primer though since it helps my lashes from giving my eyes an allergic reaction with every mascara I wear. I will see how it works since collagen is good for skin and hair. While with the serum from Suwasu, I placed it on my bathroom counter since I enjoy serums. I did like the toner from Suwasu I got in Ipsy not too long ago, which is to try another product. I will see how this works after knowing the toner was soothing. I did see an eyeliner pencil from Loretzy which is in black. I know I have a ton of black liners and have gotten them all thanks to other subscriptions over time. I never tried this brand but will give them a chance. And of course, the lotion from Thisworks. I never heard of this brand and it looks full size to me instead of travel. I think this will be great for my dry skin. It claims that the lavender is supposed to help with calming to sleep. I hope so since I did try one of those pillow sprays but it kept me awake.

That is it for this post. I think this month’s box was okay, not to the point of disappointing. I think the idea of having some refreshments for spring does make sense with how most people refresh their look or makeup with new items. I will see how these items go. I am waiting for Allure and my Ipsy bags, I will be doing my notetakers post, stay tuned!

Subscription Satelite: Glossy Box March 2022

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

Glossy Box March 2022

Final box is my Glossy Box and man, it was a wait. It shipped later than last month’s box but I was glad to receive it this past week and man I was happy for what’s in my box. This box is $21 a month and you get a mix of full and deluxe size items ranging from prestige to indie and it comes nicely wrapped in a box. Let’s see what I got!

Okay, I need to ask, why did they put an MLM product in this box? I tried searching but nothing appeared. I am against MLM products and how they take advantage of women, including blind women who join, I don’t think I want to use this product and support them again since my experience with their shadows and blush. I know it’s a moisturizer that can help but I am not sure if I want to use it on my face since the product can cause adverse effects if not made well or made with ingredients not meant for sensitive skin. It is supposed to be cooling. Should I or shouldn’t I? I am still using my Rich Bitch moisturizer from Glam Bag X. Moving onto the other items since I am excited about those the most since they are not from MLMs. I’m happy that a hand cream is in this box since my hands do get dry due to the hand washing I have been doing for a long time.I never heard of Merci Handy before so this will be a new brand for me to try out. The Luxie Brush was a great addition to the box due to the Estate shadow quad but when I felt it, it felt more like a blush brush over a shadow brush. I think this would be too big for my eyes so I will use it as a blush brush. I did get excited about the Estate shadow quad the most since I have this brand in Ipsy and I saw there were two different ones to get in this box, I don’t know which one I got but I can’t wait to use it. And of course, Model Co. is back in this box but with a highlighting shimmer whip. I remembered getting the ones from E. L. F. but haven’t used those as much since I prefer the powder ones years ago, except I started using them again and have used the stick ones and of course did enjoy the one from About Face in my Glam Bag Plus this month.  I will definitely try this out since I like to use a powder highlight on top to give more glow and keep it in place. I did link it to the champagne shade, not sure what color they really sent me so it’s a good link to see what item it is at least.

That’s it for this box, I will use the other four products since I’m afraid of the Avon moisturizer. I will probably tweet later to say if I do use the moisturizer or not. What’s next? I will finally do the post about the BrailleNote Touch Plus vs. the Braille Sense 6! Stay tuned!

Subscription Satelite: Ipsy March 2022

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

Ipsy March 2022

I got both my Glam Bag and Glam Bag Plus a few days after each other. I feel that this month’s bags had more makeup being centered since I felt I had a lot of skin care and picked makeup items for GB Plus. The regular Glam Bag is $13 and the Glam Bag Plus is $28 a month. In the Glam Bag you get more deluxe size items and sometimes full size ones while GB Plus contains more full size items and you choose three items each month. Let’s see what I got!

Glam Bag:

  • Context Skin Matte Lipstick in Robot Lover
  • Half Baked In Bloom Powder Blush in SoftServe_Queen
  • Pure Brazilian Daily Anti-Frizz Serum
  • Shana B Miami Be Extra Pigment Duo in Venetian Gray and Queen Of Diamonds
  • Winky Lux Super Perfect Under Eye Concealer in Light Beige

This month’s bag was about makeup and one hair item. The product I selected was the Winky Lux Under Eye concealer since it was different from what I’ve seen in past choices. Even though there were concealers in choices for past bags, some months didn’t have the right shade for me and I was glad to choose this one. It was very creamy when I applied it. I just put a dab on my mixing palette and then dabbed it on and blended it with a brush. I figured it was easier than putting a huge glob on my under eyes. It blended very well though. I did use the lipstick from Context Skin since it was my second lipstick from these guys due to getting it last month. It is a medium dark red color which is perfect to wear at work. Plus, it feels good on the lips! I am currently wearing the Shana B Duo and the Half Caked Blush which I was surprised at the size of the blush but I was able to fit my brush very well. I took a look and it is supposed to be a cotton candy shade and so it’s pink. It did go on pretty well. I did use the shadow duo on top of my Mac Paint Pot in Taylor Gray to enhance the gray in the duo. I did find it weird that the other shade felt like it was falling apart slightly. At least this is just a sample I don’t have to worry about. With the anti-frizz serum, I only used it once when I was using my other hair products, I did notice my hair was softer so I have to keep using it.

Glam Bag Plus:

  • About Face Light Lock Fluid in Fight or Flight
  • ViseArt Petit Pourquoi
  • Gerard Cosmetics Hydro Matte Liquid Lipstick in 1995
  • Alleyoop Multi-Tasker
  • MOTD Cosmetics Highlighting Powder in Lucid Moon

Now it’s time for Glam Bag Plus! I wish the final group for choices had better options since I feel like that it always feels meh. Even though the second grouping felt the same way. I did pick some pretty good items and they were the liquid lipstick from Gerard Cosmetics, a sponge and brush duo from Alley Oop and a highlighting powder from MOTD. I was most excited about the Gerard Cosmetics lipsticks because I heard so many good things about these over the years. I was glad to see this item as a choice and picked it. I felt that the applicator was interesting but it did apply a good amount of product. I do carry it with me in my makeup bag for work since it’s a rosey brown shade. I will have to check more things out by this brand since I heard good things about the eye primer. I am wearing both of the MOTD and About Face highlighters on my face at the moment. I did the same thing with the concealer by applying the About Face liquid on the pallet and applying it with my fingers and then used the MOTD highlighter with a brush to blend the two together. I like the idea that the About Face liquid is in dropper packaging and it helps with product distribution and won’t go all over the place. I do have another all thanks to an About Face duo I picked up from the Offers page. I haven’t used the Vise Art shadow quad as of yet. Wait! It is an eight pan! I will try it out and see how it goes!

That is it for this pair of bags. I’m happy with this month’s bags and what I chose. I’m thinking of linking each product again with each bullet point, and will do that whenever I get my Glossy Box. I did check on its status and nothing about shipment, I did ask them and they explained that it would ship within the month and it’s already the second to last week of the month. Still will be looking out for it. Hoping it does arrive and that is the next post! 

Subscription Satelite: Allure Beauty Box March 2022

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe. I am back with the first subscription post!

Allure Beauty Box March 2022

My Allure Beauty Box came in first this month and glad it did since sometimes it comes last. Apparently Glossy Box has not shipped yet. This box featured a lot of skin care this month and featured one product I am familiar with since it was named Best of Beauty. This features items that are picked as favorites by the Allure Editors and most of them are winners for Best of Beauty. This costs $23 every month. Let’s see what they featured! I will do what I did with Ipsy where I list the items and tell you what I am excited about.

  • Blink Ultralume Tubing Mascara Retail Price: $26
  • Toula Signe Refreshingly Brightening Facial Mist Retail Price: $34
  • Shan! Garden Retinol Reform 4 IA Retail Price: $88
  • AM Essentials Real Eye Cream for Face Retail Price: $25
  • Brioggio Hair Care Scalp Revival Charcoal and Coconut Scalp Exfoliating Shampoo Retail Price $42
  • Origins Gel Moisturizer Retail Price: $32
  • Setaphil SenGentle Cleanser Retail Price: $15

So, this month, there was more skin care than makeup, since we only got the Blink mascara. I remembered getting the Blink mascara in BoxyCharm many years ago and was surprised to see this again. Mind you, at the time Blink was pretty new and they are now a Allure Best of Beauty Winner. I didn’t like the idea of tubing mascaras since they can irritate if I am not too careful but wearing lash primers help with irritation so I will give it another try on top of the Cover Girl Lash Primer. I was surprised to see Cetaphil in here as well since I rarely saw them before when I was subscribed to Allure’s box years ago. I did use one of their cleansers because my skin is so sensitive but it smelled weird. I know fragrance is not good for sensitive skin but it smelled weird. I will see how this cleanser works on my skin since it is such a small sample alongside the Origins moisturizer I got in this box. What I’m interested in is the double duty eye cream and moisturizer since I’ve never seen it before and it’s a product from Korea as well, which K Beauty is big on the market. I will definitely use it since I have so many eye creams at the moment, and I have one full on eye serum in this box as well. I think Allure did this version of the box for March due to how Spring is right around the corner and most people are refreshing their skin care after wearing winter related makeup and skin care depending on their skin type and it’s a good idea since some people need to refresh from the dry, cold months. We were hit with really cold weather during January and February and now with March we are getting back to weather in the high seventies and low eighties. Gotta love Florida! Even with the Toula Spray, that will definitely be something for people to use, even when it gets hotter and humid where I live. I will start using it in the late spring or closer to summer. It’s a good idea for the box, glad Allure went with this theme. ANother item that I was surprised by is the Briogeo shampoo. I did remember getting something similar in Glam Bag X but it was more of a hair mask, except I hated that one and tossed it out. I will definitely give this product a chance since it is a sample and not a full-size.

That’s it for this box! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for April since Spring is already here and we’re needing a nice refresher! Next will be my Ipsy bags! Stay tuned!

The Beauty Quadrant: Items I Switched To!

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! Sorry for the wait for a new post! School and work kept me busy with things and glad to take some time to do this post I promised!

Beauty Items I Switched!

It sounds like a weird title but there are things we love to use in beauty and hygiene that we tend to switch from time to time. I understand that some brands and items people love and say they are their holy grails except they can change from time to time due to either the item gets discontinued, the brand goes out of business, which I’ve seen lately, and sometimes the skin or hair does not like it which causes it to freak out. I do have items I have swapped recently and wanted to talk about it!

From Regular Deodorant to Natural

This was a big switch for me because I always loved using regular deodorants for years. I bounced from Secret to Degree to Dove and got back to Secret since I do wear sleeveless tops sometimes for work or for cosplay back in the times before we rebranded. I’ve heard how regular deodorants are not that great for some people’s health, there have been claims about the aluminum causing breast cancer? I think Jen Luv talked about that in her Natural Deodorant review which I switched to all thanks to Ipsy at first. I had Refreshments for a little while because I switched my razors, which is next and I got their deodorant, which is more natural. I was a bit on the fence about natural deodorants at first but noticed how sometimes my pits do get a little crusty with the build-up of product and sometimes with some deodorants I buy and have it delivered it can be hard to find so I gave natural a chance and enjoyed what Ipsy had. Recently, all thanks to the Mile Higher podcast (if you’re into true crime stuff with a little supernatural, check them out) I got into Native. Native has not been new to me since I heard some of my favorite people on YouTube talk about them but Mile Higher got me to use their discount code during the Christmas scents that came and what I like about Native is that the scents are not too overwhelming. Not sure if you notice with some deodorants, the scent seems to punch you in the face, Native is not too bad, it’s just right! I did find the candy cane one to be too light but not to the point of the Twisted Peppermint Body Spray, that was a strong scent and turned fruity. Anyways, I also like the idea that it is made with shea butter which is good for my sensitive skin. I do have one drawback, it can be hard to use the stick since you do have to rub it a couple of times to make it warm up. I do enjoy Native and I have a lot of sticks all thanks to my love for this brand!

Jumping Ship from Dollar Shave Club!

WHat do I mean by this? For a little while since our first apartment, I was a member of Dollar Shave Club and loved their skin care items for the legs, however I noticed that with the seven blade razor it made my skin drier than ever and itchier than ever so I had to cancel. At first, I did enjoy the razor from Ipsy but the Refreshments items were taking too long for me to receive every month so I joined Athena Club all thanks to Blaire from Illuminati. I think this was a great choice because their razors are basically the VVenus Razors but with more moisture to them. I still use my shave gel with these but it adds more moisture as I shave since my skin can be irritated after a fresh shave even after washing off the shave gel. I still feel a tiny itch but not as bad with the Dollar Shave within a day or two of shaving. Again, this is a good razor and I recommend it. I do not like that the website is not accessible when it comes to entering items into carts, I do notice the profile is accessible. I did have to contact customer service to choose my razor kit. I like the idea of choosing a color, I did go with sky blue since I’m a sucker for blue. Also, you can choose to send it every three months, which I tend to not change my razors since I don’t shave as much unless I have tons of hair on my legs and pits. The razors do keep me for my next shipment and they do send you ten cartridges. I find it better than the Ipsy subscription since they only give you two. I’d rather spend the $20 plus on ten cartridges and that is basically what you get at CVS. I may go for their shave gel at some point.

Using Cleansing Tools for Face Cleansing in the Morning?!

I know we have heard so much about cleansing tools over the years, especially the big popular one, Clairsonic. With more companies releasing their own, I did get one in my Ipsy bag, well more like purchased a few through add-ons, even got one in Glam Bag X, and did get one through Ipsy Offers and that is the PMD Beauty Cleansing Brush in navy. I did get the Warm one twice, the first time as an add-on and in my November 2021 GB X where Huda Katan chose it for me. I do like the navy one more due to how it is better for sensitive skin except it does have the same vibration settings as the Warm one but less harsh. I do use this with my Tony Moley AM Gel Cleanser in the morning before work and on the weekends since it does help with spreading it and just lathers when I wash it off. I don’t use it for moisturizer since it doesn’t do much when I try that. At least I do use it for the cleansing part. At least it has lasted me this long!

From Tarte Stage One to CoverGirl Lash Primer

Just when I thought the Tarte Stage One Lash Primer was my holy grail, I noticed getting it after every single time it was drying out was getting a bit pricey so it was time to see about a drugstore alternative. I admitted I did try out the lash primer from L’Oreal Lash Paradise line but was not a fan and it dried out too quickly! I found the one from CoverGirl and OMG! Where was this? This is made with caffeine and it has helped with my mascara game every single time. Yes, it goes on white but it does keep my eyes from being allergic to mascara, even though allergies really hit me in January. Don’t worry, I have changed out tubes along the way. Also, it makes my lashes feel like lashes! You know how mascaras kind of make your lashes too stiff? Not with this primer! I’m wearing the Rare Beauty mascara and so far my legs are still fluttery. I will definitely continue buying. Sorry Tarte!

From Sinful to Color Club!

I’ve been enjoying a newer polish brand and that is Color Club. If you have been with Nerd Chique Universe since it started on BlogSpot without the Universe in its name, I have been a huge lover of Sinful Colors. I always went crazy for their midnight blue polish all the way to their holiday and limited polishes, however they chipped so quickly even if I used a top coat. I still have all of my bottles that I kept that are still fresh but Ipsy did bring me a new brand. Two years ago, I bought a huge bundle from Ipsy Offers that featured a lot of items and one item was a set of Color Club polishes and when I tried one polish, I noticed my nails didn’t chip so badly. It took a few days to start chirping even with all of the typing I do at work and now for school with assignments and reading Braille.. Even the polish Glow Baby Glow stayed on for two weeks. WHen I went to get a manicure in January, the salon tried to have me get a gel manicure when I wanted a regular one and told me that most polishes start chipping in a day and don’t stay on. ALso, said regular polish does dry out the nails. I did look at it but the real culprit is the acetone in a lot of polish removers and I was wearing a Five Free polish before my manicure because Color Club and the other polishes I’ve gotten in my Ipsy bags and did get one in Glossy are all non-toxic. I should do a post more on nail polish since it’s my favorite thing. Gel can be harmful due to the UV exposure you get from the lamps to help cure the polish. I may go to a different salon since they kept pushing gel and all I wanted is just a regular manicure. Anyways, wishing the salon did their research first. Again, I will return to this polish brand since they are amazing and a bottle is around $8 or $9 depending on what you get. I did get a set of twenty-eight during Christmas time since I love this brand so much.

Switching from Drugstore Tops and Bases to Orally Top to Bottom

One thing I didn’t like about drugstore top and base coats is that they dry too quickly in the bottle, such as the Sally Hnasen Top & Base coat I had when RJ’s mom suggested when she got me into nail stips. While browsing Ulta for a top and base coat, I found this one from Orally where it is a two in one and I love it! This stayed liquidy in the bottle over time, even more than a month, while using it! Plus, when it becomes a top coat it makes my nails really Glossy. I prefer my nails glossy due to the top coat when most of the ones I used, especially the Top Shine from Sinful, made them still felt through the top coat. If you’re making a top coat, it should give a nice glossy effect even with glitter polishes! I will keep on buying this and Orally please don’t discontinue!

I think this is about it! I’ve been enjoying the products I’ve been using. I may return to this kind ofa post in the future. Let’s see what happens! Next up is Allure Beauty Box!

Subscription Satelite: Ipsy February 2022

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

Ipsy GlamBag & GBX February 2022

I got both my Glam Bag and GBX a little bit later this month. I only got one add-on with my Glam Bag and that caused it to be late so I decided to combine them in a new way. I will list the products and then talk about any of the ones I have tried or am excited about.

Glam Bag

  • Context Skin Lipstick in Running Free
  • Go to Skin Care The Removalist
  • Hip Dot Contour Brush
  • M2uNYC DShadow Duo in Cobble Hill, Clean
  • Sowasu First Care Activating Serum

So, this month with Glam Bag, I felt it was a better balance between skin care and makeup and one tool. I am glad to get the Hip Dot brush since I have enjoyed the Clueless blush palette and the Witchy pallet from Halloween. I will be using this brush when I contour next time. I was glad to try out a new shadow duo from M2u NYC since I have enjoyed the shadow primer and when I saw this as a choice I had to get it. This duo has an espresso and a gold shade to go from day to night. I will definitely see how this goes even though I did use up the shadow primer. I am using the Sowasu serum at the moment to see how it feels from the Good Molecules one I’m using all the time. It does feel good when applying but I do get the tingle from using new items of course. I haven’t tried the lipstick as of yet which I will and the same with the Removalist. I did get the Ipsy Bundle in I’m Bold which included the new Morphe pallet for this month which I was skeptica at first due to how Morphe is a bit of a sketchy company but will give this pallet a try after enjoying the James Charles Artistry pallet. I did get other items too and will see how it goes!

GBX

  • Juvia’s Place Nubian Pallet
  • MZ Skin Soothe and Smooth Hyaluronic Eye Complex
  • Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Hydration Primer
  • Aceology Hydrating & Brightening Biodegradable Masks
  • First Aid Beauty Niacinamide Serum
  • Tarte 12 Hour Highlighter in Sparkler
  • Quay Sunglasses
  • 111Skin Cryofree Cleanser

The GBX for this month was curated by Adison Ray. I was excited to find the Juvia’s Place palette in my GBX this month and did get the second and third ones since they are in a series. They were also on sale on Ulta. I did choose a pair of sunglasses this time since they were different from the makeup I would choose. I have been using them and they fit pretty well on my face and don’t feel tight either. $75 sunglasses in your Glam Bag X? Yes please! Especially if you live somewhere extra sunny. I will definitely use the sheet masks since I do enjoy those when my skin needs some TLC and I’m happy to try something new from Benefit, which is the Professional Hydrating Primer. As you know, my skin can get really dry and it’s good to have a primer to hydrate the skin before makeup. I will use this whenever I run out of anything that is primer related. Let’s see how it goes!

That is it for this post, I think I prefer doing it this way since it is easier if I just write the product once in one list. I may link the product in future posts and plus it would make more sense to combine both the two bags for Ipsy instead of doing a separate post for both. I will still do it for Allure and Glossy Box but may do it this way since I think it makes it easier on myself, especially when I have to use Convenient OCR for the other two boxes with the small pamphlets they include.  What’s next? I am thinking of doing a post on products I switched to over time because I have changed some things in my makeup and skin care routine, until next time!

Subscription Satelite: Allure Beauty Box February 2022

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! Another box is up!

Allure Beauty Box February 2022

Just when my Glossy Box arrived, so did my Allure Beauty Box the next day. This box contains items based on favorites by the editors of Allure Magazine and you get five items picked by them and an item based on how long you’ve been a member. This costs $23 a month and you also get a small magazine with it! Let’s see what was included for this month’s box!

Heritage Store Rose Water Facial Mist

First item is from Heritage! I loved their Rose Water Toner and seeing this in my box makes me happy! This is a gentle mist that is made with water and rose oil and it is used to help set makeup, prep it for makeup and refresh the skin during the day. I may use this before makeup to help with moisture since I do use a moisturizing primer before applying my makeup. Rose oil does help with moisture since I have used their toner and now want to get another bottle from Ulta. This retails for $10.62.

Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair Conditioner

In this month’s box, I got an Allure Winner! I got a tube of the Brioggio Don’t Despair Repair Conditioning Hair Mask! This mask helps with bringing moisture back to the hair to help hair become softer and more shinier. I haven’t used this in the past few years and am glad to get another tube and this time in the Allure Beauty Box. I will definitely use this of course! This retails for $38!

Evelyn Rose Body Melt

Next up is a lotion that helps with a lot of the dry areas! Winter has been a beast here on the coast this past January and February and man I’m glad for the warm weather to return for a bit. This contains murumuru butter which helps with the moisture and I know I will be also using this. This retails for $35.

My Topicals Hydrating Mask

Next up is a hydrating face and body mask from My Topicals. I never heard of this brand before until this box. I love finding out about brands I never heard of before. This mask has squalene, ceramides, and shea butter to help with moisture on cold winter nights and it melts into the skin. It says to have it on for twenty minutes or overnight. I can’t wait to use this since the winter has been slightly harsh. AThis retails for $32.

Model  Co. Metallic Shadow Trio in St. Tropes

Next up is a product from Model Co. I remembered these guys to be in Ipsy too and now they are in Allure more. This is a pallet that features bronzey shades to create day to night looks and smoky ones. I can’t wait to use this! This retails for $18.

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Exfoliator

Last item is another Allure winner from Dr. Brandt and it’s their Micro Dermabrasion Scrub! This has a combination of physical and chemical exfoliators in this product that helps the skin with becoming radiant. I enjoy using these on a night before a sheet mask to help with the serum from the mask soak in. This retails around the $30 range.

Well, this month’s box was really good since it brought two products off their winners list. I can’t wait to use the eye shadow trio the most due to trying something from Model Co. after so long. I can’t wait for what March has in store for me!