The Favorites Quadrant: November and December 2019

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November & December Favorites 2019!

Okay guys, it is the final Favorites post of 2019! Let’s start with subscriptions!

Subscriptions: November and December has been wild. How so? Well, let me say this first off and the final time I just unsubscribed from Allure Beauty Box. I was going to give it a few more months but I felt so underwhelmed especially with what I got in November. I love skin care but I felt with the E. L. F. Putty Primer I can just go and get it myself at Target or have Shipt bring it to me without a box sending it to me. Plus the charcoal mask is mainly for oily skin and I have mainly dry skin and can’t use it. The Tarte lipstick was just meh and I feel as though that it was time to let it go finally. I didn’t have any regrets because this was one subscription that didn’t wow me except with two boxes and that’s it. I saw what they offered for December and they were Anastasia pallets which I can go into Ulta for but the brand doesn’t really catch my eye that much either because of how much they have been releasing. I just let it go. I am keeping my three other subscriptions, well four counting Dollar Shave Club because I get my razor cartridges that way alongside shave butter and some hair stuff if need be. I do have to say that GB Plus for November and December rally good due to the products that were sent. Some people did not like December’s and apparently someone got products different from what they are supposed to get and commented to contact Ipsy because they’re really good in replacing items, they replaced all my missing add-ons from one month. I doubt they read it. I liked the selection of products in November since there was a collab with Gigi Gorgeous and glad to get a contour item which made me happy. I did find it easy to blend like it said in the claims. I did enjoy the mascara and the lipstick from Doucce and Belle En Argent while the blush pallet I need to give it some time since I just tried it out and same with the Illumasqua Primer. Speaking of Illumasqua, I did get a pen eyeliner from them in December which does add more liners to use for work and glad for that. I did pick the Evalou Skin Serum which is not too bad but wishing it was not so drying on my skin but hey at least it’s just a onetime try. I have not tried the shadow quad yet since some people have been thinking it is not worth it for the $60 since you can get Z Pallets for a lower price. This is my thought about this product. Yes, it may be pricey but you are getting shadows with this and their shadows aren’t really that cheap either. Let me get one for example! For one eye shadow you’re paying $9.00 and since we got four shadow pans in this pallet we got $36 already. If you wanted a face item it would cost a dollar more as another example. And for a pallet alone you’re paying $24. In the end you have four shadows which would be $36 plus the pallet being $24 and that adds up to the $60 price for this item. That pays for this box even for the Ultimate if you got this in there. I am actually happy because I remembered getting one of the shadows in my regular Glam Bag and then got one of these Ittse pallets with six shadows in an Ipsy Offer so I am not mad about it and the nice thing about the pallets is that there is an insert you can pull out and put more items in so if you wanted to get a face product like a blush you can buy that separately from their website or get your own items like eye shadows from Makeup Geek or Coastal Scents and put them in here and create your own custom pallet. While the 111 Skin I have not touched that yet since I do still have a moisturizer I am using as my morning one before makeup. I did hear that people have not gotten a full container of this but hoping mine is not one of them.

BoxyCharm was pretty good as well for December while November I found the brushes to be a little disappointing because they’re really hard to use. They remind me of those oval brushes that everyone paid over a hundred dollars for except they are more rectangular. I had a hard time putting anything on with these so I went back to my original brushes because I had an easier time with those even the Gigi Gorgeous ones since I switched out for those. I have not used the shadow pallet yet nor does the eye mask since I am not sure where they are. I did use the liquid lipstick but it was disappointing that there was not enough product in it. I don’t know why but felt that BoxyCharm sent me a Dose of Colors lipstick that was about to run out but December I felt it did redeem itself because of the items that came in there. I was surprised that I got an entire brow pallet which did come in handy with giving my brows a bit of extra hold while the Storybook eye shadow pallet was so pigmented on my eyes. The lip scrub I got was pretty good and not too harsh on the scrub particles since some brands like to do that with their lip scrubs. And the blush did give me a glow on my skin that one of my friends noticed that my skin looked great. I did not try the Glacier Water Cream but will soon. I did not get to choose anything for January because I didn’t get an email about it which I did contact BoxyCharm about and they are looking into what is going on and they did take my app suggestion. People if there are issues you run into just contact these guys!

Ipsy for November and December really good with having new items from Pixie and getting to try another hand cream which is at work for extra hydration. I am not kidding with the hand soap. While December, oh man, the lip gloss! The applicator on that thing was so hard that I had a hard time putting that on and had to toss it because of that. I did like the Hey Honey eye mask since that was pretty good for a product. I haven’t used the eye pencil yet and did like the smell of the perfume. I haven’t used the blush as of yet but will do in the future. I am hoping with 2020’s subscription picks it will be even better in some areas while great as usual. I have enjoyed my BoxyCharm except for August while Ipsy and Glam Bag Plus have been really good with what I’ve gotten. Hoping that it will look bright!

Convention Moments: November was a convention month with RangerStop of course. We didn’t go to Holiday Matsuri since everyone knows my story with that one and of course we had more fun at RangerStop and it was Gondras’ first time being at this one because he always saved his time off for Holiday Matsuri. This year for RangerStop it had two memorials but we went to one and that was Robert Axelrod’s. He passed away this year and it was sad since I remembered him from anime and of course as Lord Zed like everyone else. I did dedicate the Convention Spotlight to him since he has been an important part of pop culture for the longest time. Getting to meet John Tui who played Daggeron in Mystic Force and Doggie Cruger in S. P. D. was an experience we will never forget especially me when I didn’t know that when meeting a woman for the first time you get a kiss which is New Zealand and Polynesian custom. I was a bit flustered at that but getting to ask him my question was even better which you will see in that panel video since we need to get those panel videos stitched together. I hope we get to do Press for next year because it was a blast being at this thing like last year and getting to meet more rangers from the Disney seasons was pretty cool and getting to see more panels on those seasons was also pretty cool too and not only that we did get voice actors mixed in with Samantha Newark and Wally Wingert. Our favorite moments happened to be how I got to finally interview Christopher Kayman Lee which his interview will be coming up soon here and how Wally recognized Gondras doing his Alfred from Batman voice during the voice acting panel he had with Samantha. By this time next year, not only will be doing press also possibly juggling a Master’s Degree which I will explain at the end of the Bests & Worsts post next.

Favorite Holiday Buy: Since we are passed the subscriptions and convention stuff it is time for the items that are my favorite holiday buy!

Too Faced Gingerbread Extra Spicy: Even though I got this and the Let It Snow Girl set but the Gingerbread Extra Spicy pallet is my favorite that Too Faced has released this year. It is as pigmented as it’s original and still has that same ginger snap smell. It did come with different shades with a pop of blue but I was able to create some neutral looks with this one. I hope they keep bringing this back alongside the original since it is my favorite scented pallet as of now.

Ulta Glamour On the Go: I did buy a few Ulta Sets but the Glamour On the Go Set is my favorite from the sets I bought because not only it was a Black Friday Buy for me but it did also come with a better carrying case for travel. I can just go and head for a convention with this and just bring my face items in a makeup bag and my brushes and I am good!

Favorite Gift from Family: New Rice Cooker! This year I asked my dad for a bigger rice cooker because Mama Gondras did give us one but I can only do rice in smaller batches which is nice if I am eating alone. Here with this one I can make a big batch to go with things like chili or my rice and beans and there goes my meal plan. I also find it awesome that not only I can make rice but other things too like yogurt, oatmeal and even do slow cooking which I am thinking of trying out since I have ingredients for cracked chicken again. I did thank my dad right after my first use.
Runner Up: Pajamas from Mama Gondras! I do have to mention this since they feel so good and that they are a pair of pajamas my future in law got me and they are in Asian style with cranes on them. They are really comfy and wishing the fasteners didn’t feel so loose so easily but hey they are nice for what they are.

Favorite Perfume: Lord of Misrule from Lush! Lush has released more perfumes and I was happy that this was one of them and that is the scent in Lord of Misrule. I fell in love with this scent ever since it was a Halloween scent a few years ago. It was even sold throughout Christmas and now they made it permanent. Let me describe how it smells to me! It smells like toasted marshmallows with a woodsy and pepper scent. I know it doesn’t make sense but that is how it smells like to me. I decided to have my dad get me this for my early Christmas gift since I was trying to find my perfumes I had lost and he had a hard time finding two of them and decided why not have him get this as a replacement for now due to needing new scents in my life. I am so happy to get this and glad that the scent is permanent!

New Fall Scent: Coconut Pumpkin Latte from Bath & Body Works! Everyone knows that my favorite fall scent is the Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte but this year I was introduced to something new and that is Coconut Pumpkin Latte at Bath & Body Works. I was at BBW in October and needed more hand sanitizers and more hand soaps and got the hand soap in this scent and fell in love with it. Coconut can be an interesting coffee flavor and I had tried it before but with the pumpkin it makes the scent earthier and it smells good. Even my co-workers find my office smelling good. I hope it does come back for another year because I want more of it and same with Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte!

Favorite Bag: My Ita Bag! For a little while now I have been getting into Ita Bags. For those of you who may not know it is a bag that has a clear plastic window in either a tote bag or a backpack and you put merch to display of your favorite anime, favorite couple in a series, or even character. Since I have been loving My Hero Academia I figured to make one with this anime. Vivi did help me put the cardboard insert by cutting out some cardboard from one of many boxes from Ulta and I got some cloth at Michaels and glued it on and added some keychains I got in blind boxes and same with pins. It is still in a work in progress since I did find more items on Etsy and waiting on patches of Deku and Bakugo, I did get some of the new pin blind boxes along with a Froppy pin but the backings aren’t working so had to go to EBay and picked up some plastic ones so waiting on those to arrive to help out. I can’t wait for next year’s conventions since I will probably find more Ita Bag items and I am planning on a Sailor Moon one.

Favorite Album: Jupiter Does Not Care About You by. Traverser! Well, the wait is over and I got my copy of Traverser’s new album. I am still listening to it since I am going to write a review so stay tuned for that. I do have to say ever since Gondras and I saw these guys in 2009 they have grown so much as a band and glad they have released more music as time went on. I will tell you my full thoughts on this album once I am done putting my Band Camp and this computer through the playing process.

Well guys that is it for this post! Glad that you have enjoyed this year’s favorites and now announcing this. I am changing up the Favorites posts! Why you may ask? Since I am going to be on a Low Buy during 2020 due to projects I have planned I will be splitting up the subscription favorites into its own post for every two months and the makeup favorites for every quarter because I don’t have many makeup favorites every time since I am trying new things in boxes and and since I am sticking to the subscriptions for makeup items and just treat myself once in a while and just re-stock when needed it is also due to how many brands are always releasing new things and it’s too much! I will talk about more in another post and why I feel like it’s time to do this but of course the favorites will be different this time. Let’s see what 2020 has in store for this and stay tuned for my Bests & Worsts of 2019!

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