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!