Beauty: Anti-Haul 3!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I am back with another post and this time it’s another anti-haul!

Disclaimer: This post is based on my thoughts & opinions! Please respect my thoughts about the products and how I feel about them!

What Am I Not Buying This Time?

Well, it’s that time of year where things come out like crazy and pushing the new releases, let’s see what I got this time!

Wet N Wild Gothographic Collection: I know spring is almost over and summer is right around the corner, especially for us in Florida but this collection has not gotten my interest at all and that is the GothoGraphic collection by Wet N Wild. I know I bought all three season releases last year but this one…it feels like it repeated what you have gotten in the Midnight Mermaid collection. I know I wanted to see more of the metallic Cat Suits and the eyeliners but I feel like some of the items have been repeated in this collection and not only that it is mostly pastel. I know there is Pastel Goth especially with Kat Von D’s stuff except this collection didn’t really caught my eye or ears as much. I usually become really interested with new stuff that Wet N Wild comes out except this one wasn’t one of them.
Kat Von D Collab With Green Day: Another item is the Basket Case eyeliner from Kat Von D in collar with Billy Joel of Green Day. There is one thing I have to say that makes me want to get it: IT’S BLACK! It’s a normal black eyeliner! If I were to get this it is just for the packaging alone. Sorry Kat, I can’t get it despite my love for Green Day. If it was a different and unique color that I can’t find at Walgreens or Target then maybe, MAYBE! This one, no. I think she should collab with other bands or something because I have seen more unique items made with other band collabs, I mean even Avril Lavigne came out with perfumes. Again, no.
Too Faced Natural Collection: Another thing from Too Faced is on this list of things I don’t want to buy and that is the newest release from Too Faced and that is their Natural Collection. They not only re-released the Natural Eyes Pallet but with newer shades, formula, and packaging but to me it feels to repetitive. I know I heard people hated the original Natural Eyes pallet due to how the formula was not as good and yet again, Jared, need to slow down and check your formula! Maybe I should take a page from Jen Luv’s book and do “Message to the Makeup Companies” because I feel like they need my take. Anyways, great for them that they wanted to apologize for the screw up with the Natural Eyes pallet but here is the thing, we can get neutral pallets everywhere now! I mean we still have all of the naked pallets from Urban Decay, which I am still collecting, the Revealed pallets from Coastal Scents especially the new Revealed Matte, Kat Von D’s Shade & Light, Makeup Revolution’s Light & Shade, even E. L. F. with the Mad for Matte pallets. As in, we can go everywhere for these things! I did hear they did release new blushes and highlights with Emily Noel’s video but still I can go and get these things at drugstores and other prestige brands.
Fenty Glitter Puff: Here is something that gives me a “WTF?” Fenty is out of my price range when it comes to makeup related things but this announcement made me put it on the list and that is the Glitter Puff from Fenty. It’s basically a big powder puff with glitter and you cover your body with it. Okay, to me this concept sounded cute at first when Beauty News talked about it but at the same time if I want to glitz myself up, I would just get glitter powder and dunk a small loofa and pat it on my body and that’s it. I don’t need a fancy little poof ball to do it for me and who knows how long will that last for people. Or just get that regular body glitter or the NYX Roll on Glitter and your set!
Steela Glitter & Glow Shadow: When I heard about these I was thinking that I still have my Wet N Wild Metallic Shadows because they pretty work the same way except the best results with WNW is putting it on top of a powder shadow. To me liquid metallic shadows are a tricky thing to work with because they can come out patchy like crazy. I do hear good things about Pur’s Eye Polishes and Steela’s Magnificent Metals collections but to me I’d rather get the WNW ones or just do what most people do and that is use a glitter adhesive from NYX and stick on glitter that way.
Laura Lee & Morphe Favorite Brushes Collection: Okay, another YouTuber collab with Morphe and that is with their brushes. Laura Lee is releasing a brush collection called “My Fave Brushes” like with Jacklyn Hill. I think she has the same favorite brushes if I’m correct as Jacklyn and I feel like if that is so then you would probably get a repeat with special packaging. To me, if I want some of their favorite brushes, I would just get the singles or get dupes of them since you can get brushes for cheap on their own. Heck, I did do a post on here about better brush brands than Kiley’s brushes since we already remembered those. Plus, these are supposed to retail for $50 or so and again you can get cheaper brushes everywhere else, heck when I was watching Rich Lux’s video on this set he mentioned someone got a 15 brush set from BH Cosmetics for around $10. You can get brushes from Coastal Scents in that price range and they do a lot of sales every week!
Tarte Mermaid Collection: I know this brand has been in major hot water but the Mermaid Collection doesn’t appeal to me. I like Tarte’s blushes and the Swamp Queen pallet but some of their items don’t appeal to me as much. Their Lights Camera Lashes mascara is okay except I can get really good mascaras from the drugstore, I do love my Urban Decay Perversion the most out of the high end area of makeup. And of course people compared the Toasted pallet to the Naked Heat except some people did have some shadow pigmentation issues from some tutorials I’ve seen. I’m wishing they did release that April Fool’s pallet because that got a lot of attention and people wanted it because it was a break away from all of the neutral and warm toned shadows that Tarte has released already over and over. Is it me or do they wait until Christmas to break out of the neutral tones? Tarte, you need to really step it up. I did just look at the shadow shades and I feel like I’m looking at my Beauty Treasures Eye Shadow Pallet because that pallet has all the shades like the teals, one taupe for their ocean-like color shades except the rose gold one and Burgundy one. I still feel like it is too neutral even in the metallic, again Tarte step out of the box a little, you made Swamp Queen which had more oranges, a rose gold, and purples why not expand that? Now I want that April fool’s one.

Well, that is it for this anti-haul! I did have a bit of a hard time and realized these things were coming out or are out. I will do that Message to Makeup Brands so you guys can see what I have to say!

Beauty: Coastal Scents Revealed Palllet Look and Project Pan Update!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Another Coastal Scents look and an update on Project Pan!

Coastal Scents Revealed Pallet Look!

First is my newest look in the Coastal Scents Revealed Series! I think I did do the look on Revealed 2 last time since I did find my Revealed 2 still on my makeup drawer setup. I hope it was and if it wasn’t, I will be doing a look next incorporating shades from all five so stay tuned for that! Also, the good news is that I found my Soft Spoken Blush from NYX since I was looking for it for the longest time! It was with my printer paper for some reason, I don’t know how it got there but it was there. I did mean to use Pin Up by Hard Candy but that blush is now lost. At least I got to use Soft Spoken again since I loved it a lot and glad that it is back for good. Funny thing was I almost bought another since NYX was doing a special where a lot of their holiday items were put on sale with other items and I didn’t get another and glad to find it but I did get the Green Concealer from the Concealer Jar line which I loved and this is my second time buying it. I can see why it is a great pick for green correcting concealers and I do have two stubborn spots at the moment and had to switch my skin care. I also got another Matte Lipstick in Nude because mine was expired and I started loving the Matte Lipsticks again and I like them more than the Butter ones. And for the items from the sale I got the Intense Butter Gloss Set and the Soft Matte Lip Cream Set in the remaining ones left. I was noticing that a lot of items were sold out and glad to get these! What I put in as a note in the video description is that there was one Lip Cream called Swiss Manifest and I know they are usually after cities and thought it was a city and saw it wasn’t. I am not sure if it is supposed to be Stockholm or another Swiss city. It is a brown nude. Anyways, it has been forever that I got any of the Butter Glosses, when the Intense line came out and went to Ulta they were already sold out in most of the colors so best to wait a while for them. While the Soft Matte Lip Creams, I always loved Milan, heck my mom loved it on me and I got her one once in that shade, and I missed them so much. Glad to get it then. So, yes, I know I rambled but wanted to add that! Next will be the all of the pallet line look!

Project Pan Update!

I haven’t done an update at all lately but it’s time to do one! The good news is that I finished all three of my Revlon Primer + Shadow pallets in Bohemian, Metropolitan, and Advant Gard and man it was easy for me to finish them up! I know Ulta’s website only carried four or five at the moment but Revlon hasn’t been on YouTube or anywhere as much since some of their newer stuff I’ve been hearing hasn’t been as great. I do enjoy the Super Lusterous Lipsticks I have in Fuschia Shock and Iced Mocha, I should try to finish those up since they are old, I think you can still get them since Gwen Stefani promoted them a while back. Wait! They are still around! I may have to get more since it’s been forever and some colors caught my cat ears! I also have gotten one of their gel lippies and one of their liquid matte lips. Also their So Lengthy Mascara which I do enjoy! And I think one of their highlights too. Anyways, glad to pan those three since I did love them but you have to pack them on a lot to get any color pay off which I read people had a hard time with. I don’t get why with the lip products Revlon does they do amazing jobs but their shadows are either a hit or a major miss! Sorry Revlon, oh right, their nail polishes are also amazing!

I did finish some perfumes in the past and one included my bottle of Burberry Britt! I had a back up bottle of it and glad it’s done and now into my newest bottle! I love this perfume and everyone else does too because it is a vanilla spice scent and people in Daytona knew it was me when I wore it! Another perfume was Versacci Femme, not sure if I did mention this one but I did finally finish it and it took forever to do and knew I was finishing it up anyways! I think I will be adding my Lush perfumes to this if I can get them done because they are old and the ones I have are from their holiday sale they have done for years and stopped doing which makes me sad, I have Snow Showers, Ponche, and Cream Candy and also Black Pearl somewhere. I wish they kept doing the perfume sale because I wanted to get the Twilight perfume so badly! Oh well! Those are in my project pan and of course Nicole by Nicole Richey! This perfume was a major want years ago around 2012 and loved it but the bottle! The bottle is hard to spray anything with! I don’t get who designed the bottle it’s too hard to spray despite how pretty it looks. I need to put it in an atomizer to finish it up. I do love the smell though!

Speaking of add ons, I am adding to the project all of my Wet N Wild pallets I have purchased from 2012 until now because Wet N Wild has done a revamp on their eye shadow pallets by discontinuing the trios which I’m sad due to how much I love Steel My Thunder which is the silver trio, Petal Pusher which is my fave purple eight pan, and Blue Had Me At Hello! This will include those two, Shimmer the Night Away, Flirting At the Party, Walking the Red Carpet, Walking On Eggshells in the old packaging, and all of the five pans I have, and the Spring collection trios, and Retro and Cloud 9 from the trios. So, goodbye when they are done! It would be fair to get the newer ones since during Galentine’s Day this year we did a gift thing and I got the gift Vivi bought and it was one of the new ten pan pallets in the peachy one. I do like it so far and Walking On Eggshells is now a quad which that is now what they did with the trios, they are quads which is pretty cool! So must finish those old ones!

I did finish Electric Slide from Colour Pop which happened during my And That’s Jacob look and that took a long time but hey I got to hit pan! I still have ways to go on other products like my Disney Villains pallets from E. L. F., didn’t touch One Night in Morrocco lately. I decided not to add my only Maybelline quad since there are no dents in it. And I added my Avon green trio to my professional makeup items since that is very matte and I do have two things it goes with for any professional looks. Oh right! During this time, I also finished up my Naked 2 Basics because I bought a newer one two years ago and that thing had so much shadow that it was hard to finish even if one is completely dust. Don’t worry, I am using the newer one.

Well, that’s it for this post! I will update on the Project Pan when I get around to the next update of stuff! So, next time will be having a super special treat for you all so stay tuned!

Interviews: Derek Steven Prince at Omni Fandom Expo 2018!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I’m back with more Omni coverage!

Interview with Derek Steven Prince

It’s up on YouTube and that is our interview with Mr. Derek Steven Prince! You may have heard him in Digimon as DemiVeemon, Veemon, ExVeemon, Paildramon, and even Imperialmon! I bet you’re wondering, “Wait! What about Flamedramon and Raidramon?” Well, they’re done by Steve Blum. Anyways, other series he was in included love Hina, Naruto, Bleach, and his first role in Power Rangers Turbo as Divatox’s nephew! You will get to hear that story in this interview and even did the voice during Jeopardy that Friday, which we had a hard time figuring out the character’s name. He did show up in other Power Rangers seasons as villains and monsters.

What is next? Well, I’m having a bit of YouTube app trouble and hoping to get my Coastal Scents Revealed 1 look up on there soon. We also will be having a special treat coming up this week and excited to bring it to you all! So, stay tuned! We are trying to get the other videos up from Omni but need to make some edits so hoping we can get them up as soon as we can! Enjoy!

Blindness: Sight Loss Is Never Ending!

Hello shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Today I am doing something different and it is also thanks to one of my fave podcasts!

Blindness Is Never Ending!

So, I was listening to Life after Sight Loss and Mr. Derek Daniel was talking about how sight loss is never ending. I know there are treatments out there but it does not mean it will be ending that soon. Yes. We have AIRA, E-Sight, and other glasses with cameras and new gene therapy but new people are coming into the world of sight loss in many ways which includes being blind from birth, an accident, or even having a developing disease that grows over time like mine. Besides that, he did tell some of his sight loss stories and I want to share mine.

I wrote The Blind Perspective: Convention Stories from the Dark which told some of my experiences as a convention attendee turning press with my sighted days to blindness. I have done a lot of things besides being a convention goer too which included being a college student, a Hadley Institute student and here are some of those stories and some of the feelings that went with it and ay include mine.

Grateful: First, Derek mentioned gratitude and what I feel grateful for is being able to learn different topics and skills through Hadley Institute ore the years. Without Hadley, I would not have been able to learn Braille and now finishing up Self-Esteem & Adjusting to Blindness since I am trying to me an Assistive Tech Instructor and this is helping me improve. Another thing is being able to have a work experience in Daytona at their Rehab Center. It gave me the spring board to get into teaching even with is tech. And the last thing that I was grateful and still grateful to this day is doing press for Omni Fandom Expo. How so? Well, they were the first con to discover this blog and ask for press all thanks to a small typo I made. It gave us great opportunities to sit down with guests like Brian Beacock, Lauren Landa, Paul St. Peter and even now Derek Steven Prince to ask them about their work. Don’t worry, you will see that interview soon!
Anger: Yes, I may be happy-go-lucky but I had my moments of anger and that dealt with how people didn’t see my cane back in my university days. I was always mad when people ran into me, almost ran over my cane tip with their bikes, I was lucky that none of them ran me over, and even luckier to dodge two golf carts that Security drove! WTH guys! You should be keeping the campus safe not to run over someone who’s blind. That got me to have my cane sprayed neon green and that helped.
Surprise: Since things take place in my life, I did get surprised by one thing is finding descriptive audio at the movie theater and the movie I started with was Dead Pool! I was not expecting it because I did hear that some movie theaters were implementing it and was worried Regal Cinemas wasn’t and when the manager at the one near me asked about it, I was surprised and glad to have it! It was very detailed and it got me to using it from there on out, the only one I had a hard time hearing was the one for Guardians 2 due to how hard everyone, including me, were laughing and we were next to the speakers. I can’t wait for Infinite War!
Embarrassment: Another aspect is that we’re not always perfect since we do make mistakes and feel embarrassed by it. One moment would have to go to when I used the Men’s bathroom twice in one day! I was trying to take an exam at Student Disabilities on campus and the bathrooms next to it were in a dark alcove before they moved to an easier to get to location in the same plaza area and I thought I was using the Women’s room. This was before my Braille reading was good enough to read Grade 2 and well when a guy came in, I knew something was wrong and asked, “Is this a men’s room?” And heard, “Yeah!” I thought, S&*@! And finished and left. Another embarrassing moment which I was able to use my mobility skills was where I opened a bottle of Vanilla Coke and it exploded all over my arm and this happened during Omni 2016. I had to run to the bathroom and cleaned myself off and then had to find my way back to the Gaming Room where Gondras and Nerdy Shirts were. And of course, that same time, I accidentally had my cat tail in the toilet which I am glad to wear a shorter one now and double check that it won’t go in.
Happiness: There’s many things that make me happy and one big thing is…cats! I know it sounds obvious due to how our logo is a cat’s paw and I make my cat sounds and even have cartoon kitty minions running around. Cats have been my major thing since I was little actually. I remembered having a white cat when I was around five and was sad that my mom gave it back to the owner that gave it away with other cats. So, that is why I still love cats and cat characters to this day. Yes, Gondras and I will have our own kitty!
Sadness: Even though there are happy times but there are sad times too. I would have to say is that when I graduated from college? Yes, it was a relief but at the same time I felt sad that I left because it was a huge thing for me to accomplish and a part of my life. Yes, it took me ten years to finish college but it was worth it…
Regret: Which I have to add this to things I regret doing. What is that? Well, listening to my counselor at the time when I was placed into my writing minor. I wanted to be a blind services counselor myself since I understood what it’s like to be blind and able to help them and give them advice if I have someone going to college. I wished I did continue my Exceptional Education Minor in order to go to Grad School to do Counseling but that counselor thought I wouldn’t pass Grad School because it’s “too hard.” My Bachelor’s and Minor were hard because I almost failed Theory of Creative Writing when I started my writing minor. I wished I kept going!
Redemption: Since I felt regret for not continuing due to my interests, I feel like I am redeeming myself by becoming an Assistive Tech Specialist and the best start is by going back to school. I have started the application process to get my Grad Certificate and hoping to get into Norther Arizona’s online program for it. Yes, I do appreciate having my Bachelor’s and Minor now but I feel like with how hard it is to get a job as a blind person, try looking for the past three years without anything, it was time for a change. I feel like it’s time to forgive myself and prove that I can get that certificate!
Inspiring: If you have read my Omni Fandom Expo review from this year, I have become an inspiration to my sighted peers. Yes, it’s weird to be an inspiration to sighted people but I can see why. I did ask people about it to help write something for the Braille Monitor and what people love the most about me is my perseverance because I don’t give up anything and also I don’t want to give up on anyone which happen to be my friends, especially when I feel like one door closes I find a way of opening a new one to keep going with my dreams. As a blind person, it feels like we have to give up on things due to our blindness but there are times where we have to pick ourselves up and push aside the negativity to keep on going. You know how much I was ticked about not going forward in keep going with my original dream? Well, it gave me a new one. And another thing to feel inspiring is that I do things to represent the blind community and that is my freelance press stuff. Yes, I need help with visual things like video and photography but it doesn’t mean I can’t keep going with it. When I dawn that press badge, I feel great that I’m working for another con or another year at one!
WTF!? Yeah, I have to include this because I did remember going through one major moment and that is hearing someone that they were wishing to be blind like me. I know it sounds screwed up but blindness is not the best solution because there are hardships when it comes to being blind even when you’re going through times of re-learning the skills but through a different light so to speak. I had to learn how to make eggs again as a blind person to use as an example. When I heard that, I did confront the person and well they did deny what they said which I felt my friendship with them is something not worth keeping if they are going to feel that way, heck they were even ignorant when it came to my blindness years back. I am not sure what had happened to him but hoping things go for the best for him.

Well, those are my experiences when it comes to having vision loss and the adjectives to go with those experiences. Even though it is hard to be blind, I did say I have to learn many skills differently, I’m able to survive as a blind person. What I want you guys to take away from this is that don’t look down on us or feel sorry for us because that we can’t see. We have a new way of living life and still learning how to live it. Heck, I’m trying to expand my cooking skills as time goes on and about to finish up customer service training at the moment. All I have to say is just think of us as still human and help when we ask for it or just hang with us because you will learn something new.

That is it for this post! I’m glad to share some of what I went through with you all. If you want to check out Derek Daniel’s podcast, I highly recommend and will link to his website so you can check it out and how to get it on your own portable devices that play podcasts. I will also link you guys to The Blind Perspective because it does show my convention experiences. So, what’s next? I will do my next Coastal Scents look and get my The Blind Perspective: Convention Stories from the DarkLife After Sight Lossinterview with Derek Steven Prince up! Until next time!