Beauty Quadrant: Yes! Maybe? Blah! January 2021

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe. I am bringing something back to this blog!

Yes! Maybe? Blah!

I am bringing back the anti-hauls here because I do have some thoughts about makeup! I did say a while back I was no longer doing it because someone had a big stink about it but I wanted to say this! My money is my money and it’s my business in how I spend it. I am getting back into the routine of low buy when it comes to makeup despite the end of last year being a makeup purchase spree since there were mad sales for most companies I buy on occasion. I do get my bills paid on time even my rent and what is left over I would either buy food that I want to try that is healthy for me or do groceries that I may need or do some food delivery or clothing shopping and if I save up then tech related stuff since it is my career after all. Like most people on YouTube, which I got to get back into it and get my new lights set up, I do have my thoughts on makeup and if you don’t like it then in the words of my favorite band, Sleeping with Sirens, “If you can’t hang then there’s the door baby!”

What I call this is “Yes!” Which is for I do want to get it, “Maybe?” Would be a maybe for me if I think it’s good enough unless there are reviews that say otherwise and “Blah!” For no way! Let’s see what I have!

Maxims Collaboration: First up is the SIMS collaboration with MAC Cosmetics. As you know that MAC is one of my favorite makeup brands in the prestige world and they don’t really burn holes in my pockets with their pricing since their lipsticks are so good! When I heard about this on Jen Luv’s channel I was surprised since I rarely have seen anything game worthy with MAC and with EA being one of those companies, I figured they wouldn’t do it either. Apparently in the new SIMS game you can give your character a makeover and with MAC items and that inspired the collaboration and yet not so inspiring. Basically, EA is slapping the SIMS sticker on an old pallet that was released a while back and taken off display. Why? I guess EA was touring the MAC studio and see that pallet that is almost like the one in the game and said, “We want that!” And I have a feeling the creator of MAC tried to persuade them out of it but EA wouldn’t budge. If I was a gaming company, I would create something new and fitting for my game but nope! This is a hard blah for me!

Colour Pop Animal Crossing Collab: I have to talk about this one since it has been a thing for a good minute and wanted to bring it up. Colour Pop is collaborating with Animal Crossing to create a collection of pallets, blushes, and I guess lip products. It sounds cute but it’s a bit of maybe for me because never played the Animal Crossing games due to losing my sight and not having much interest since I do enjoy Smash Brothers and Pokémon. People do have some issues with this collaboration because Colour Pop’s collaborations have been okay. I wanted the Hocus Pocus pallet but it sold out fast and I heard it was disappointing because they were washed out pastels when they are supposed to be dark when it comes to the movie itself. Not only that people have noticed that that the colors in some of the pallets that are being used are the same tones. To tell you the truth, with the Hello Kitty winter collab I was surprised with the shade descriptions because not only you had a white and a brown but you had different versions of light purple and coral and that’s it! Even though I bought it, Sailor Moon had a bit of the same issue with just using different versions of red, gold, and pink. Not sure but as a Sailor Moon fan since middle school, I would have done pallets based on the guardians, as in all ten! Which would include Chibiusa! I remembered when this brand used to be fun and had every color of the rainbow and colors that suited everyone and now, they are just catering to one crowd and just nudes in general. I do enjoy Colour Pop but I do miss having more colors to choose from and there is more to shadows than pastels and nudes. So, this collaboration is a big maybe!

Auric Cosmetics: So, Samantha Ravndal is releasing her own cosmetics brand. So, that means another person from YouTube is starting their own brand and that is amazing and how Samantha decided to start it. It’s called Auric which means “Derived from Gold” and what Samantha is doing is basically highlighters and eye shadows at the moment when this first launches. The prices are pretty high for what you’re getting but at the same time it is very earth friendly and good for the skin, which the highlighters are made with ingredients that are good for one’s skin. The shades sound nice but I don’t know. I do like Samantha’s stance for this brand since I did watch What’s Up in MakeUp this past Sunday on it and that is, she’s sick of brands discontinuing her favorite products and I could relate a lot to that because I do love an item and sometimes when I go back for it it’s gone for good! Even Lush has done that so much for years and I still love them but wishing they didn’t do that. Again, this is a big maybe in my book since I do have my sensitive skin but it’s the price that’s getting me.

Kaleidos Club Nebula Pallet: Next up is another collaboration but by one of my favorite YouTube personalities, Angelica Nyquist. This is the Club Nebula pallet and it is in pre-order at the moment and did try ordering it but went through a hassle with one of my cards. I will get it be cause it’s a yes for me since I am interested in the colors. I don’t think I tried Kaleidos, I think through Ipsy I may have gotten something from them. What caught my attention is that their brand is space themed and I love that space theme! The shades are very different from what I’ve seen in other pallets and this is pretty versatile and I can work with. It’s $45 and I do like to support people so I am making the jump with this pallet over Samantha since I think I’m getting more for my buck. So, a yes!

Nomad Iceland Fire & Ice Pallet: Final entry in this list is from Nomad Cosmetics. This is a brand I’ve been loving for their destination inspired pallets and have been enjoying them through Ipsy, all thanks to the Berlin Underground pallet and the Sydney Bathers Face Pallets. They are the nicest people you’ll also ever meet! This is a fifteen-pan shadow pallet that includes fiery reds to fit with the volcanic landscape and the icy blues for the glaciers. Looking at this pallet it’s reminding me of the movie Magma since they were doing part of it in Iceland. Looking at the shades list, I give this a yes as well!

So that completes this anti-haul and wish list post. I had fun writing it actually because I enjoyed venting about makeup that doesn’t please me to the ones that do and it is starting to make me enjoy it again. I will keep on doing this series because it’s fun to do! I love fun like anyone else. What’s next? Glam Bag Plus!

Subscription Satelite: BoxyCharm January 2021

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! My first subscription of the month arrived!

BoxyCharm January 2021

So, new year and first box of that new year and this is BoxyCharm. This year I am giving this box a few more months after seeing leftovers from Ipsy with a few items and debating on cancelling. I saw my card and it’s not too bad, I would say it’s better. This box is the base box which will cost $25 a month and you tend to get more luxury and higher end brands. Let’s see what I got shall we?

Ciate London Velvet Shadow Pallet: First up is a product by Ciate London and not too mad about this. I have been into this brand all thanks to trying out lip products by them in Ipsy and then started getting a few things in this box from them. This pallet has a mix of metallics and mattes to create many looks. The formula of this pallet is a velvety feel that it gives a soft feel. I have to try this shadow pallet since it’s my first pallet from these guys. I have tried some of their face and lip products so it’s now time for eyes! This retails for $30.

Farmacy Daily Greens Oil Moisturizer: Next up is a product from Farmacy and it’s their Greens Oil Moisturizer. I have enjoyed their make up remover and glad to get this since it gives me a chance to try more things by these guys. This is an oil and silicon free daily moisturizer that brings lasting moisture to the skin. This contains Fida nutrients hyaluronic acid. That catches my ears since I have been enjoying skin care with hyaluronic acid. Even though I have so many moisturizers at the moment but don’t mind getting another for the day. Let’s see how this one goes! This retails for $38.

Ace Beaute Bronzed in Paradise Pallet: Next up is from Ace Beaute and it’s the item I chose. I remembered this was in a past box but I didn’t get it so I wanted to try out something from them that is face related and glad to choose this since I do tend to use bronzer to contour around my cheeks. This is a part of their Paradise Collection that came out last year and I guess they had some leftover pallets and couldn’t sell them in their shop so they gave it out as a choice item and glad I did select this one. This features four bronzers in this pallet and they help in giving a Sunkissed look. I will have to see how well these work on my skin. This retails for $30.

Dr. Brandt Do Not Age Eye Cream: Next is a product from Dr. Brandt and glad to get this since the price is so high that I gasped. This is a peptide enriched eye cream that helps with signs of aging around the eyes for refreshed younger looking eyes. I do use eye creams as a base for my concealer and it does help with any under eye circles I may have since I do wake up early for work and hoping this does keep my concealer on too. This retails for $85, yes, I know! That’s expensive!

Bali Balm Sweet Orange & Coconut Lip Balm: Final item is from Bali Balm which is a brand I never heard of. I have noticed that boxyCharm has been giving out lip balms which is very important in my routine when putting on lip products since my lips do dry underneath what I wear. This lip balm includes sweet orange and coconut oils to help moisturize the lips and I have just put it on and it feels very conditioning. I have to keep on using this since I have tried so many lip balms from my boxes and they have worked out very well. This retails for $33.

Well guys this box was a lot better than last month’s box! I feel like this had better items and a better start to 2021. I did choose another Ace Beaute item for next month but glad to try out a bronzing pallet and it will take a bit to get to the eye cream and moisturizer since this would help with concealer and my face with my moisturizer. Now hoping next month’s bag will not cause the unsubscribing. Let’s see how long it will take for the other subscriptions!

Culture Quadrant: Ita Bags

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

Ita Bags: What Are They and How Awesome Are They?

I have not done a Japanese Culture Focus post in a while since I have been focusing more on beauty and convention stuff but with the pandemic going around it’s time for one!

I bet you’re wondering, “What are you talking about Mari?” Well, during 2020 I had been a bit craftier and more creative than just doing my lanyard stuff and that is doing Ita Bag. I got into these because of Rayne since he had a Yuri!! On Ice bag he was making since after Holiday Matsuri 2018. Let’s get into what are these things.

What Are They Exactly? These bags are basically a backpack, a tote, or even a messenger bag, and now a suitcase with a clear window to be able to showcase your merch you have gathered based around an anime, a character, or even a couple if you went that route.

These started around the late 1990s and early 2000s when the Visual K movement came around. A lot of people were enjoying the music scene and were taking pictures of their favorite band members and attaching them to their backpacks and other bags to show off their love for said band or member. This moved into anime fandom where people started to stick their merch such as pins, buttons, and other small trinkets you can find at local shops or in those prize machines you can find around town. One bad side of this, I even fell victim of this in the past, is that some of that they fall off the bag it’s attached to. I had that happen before with keychains and pins in the past myself so you all are not the only ones. So, that is when everyone became creative and covered everything in plastic. That is where the plastic windows came to life.

The windows on these bags can either be one single window or can be two depending on the bag you get. I have a messenger bag with two windows, one side a heart and the other side a regular one. I do have two tote bags with one big window, same with a backpack, and two bell shaped bags that do have a part with a bow going across the bottom as a cute accent. You can also get these in a heart shaped bag, a cat shaped one, I saw one video that someone got a bat shaped bag and a coffin one. So, they come in various shapes and sizes, also colors too since some sellers have different colors or just basic three colors, pink, black, and almond with certain styles. There are a lot to choose from.

Oh right! There is no real answer on when they came to the United States. I know for one thing; I didn’t really get into Ita Bags until around late 2019 and my first one that I have been adding a bit to is based around My Hero Academia. I remembered at Holl Mat 2017 I was looking for messenger bags and found about Ita Bags that way and the vendor I was talking to at a booth told me that this is how fandom bags are going and I can see why since they are pretty customizable. Plus, with the merch you can find, it does hurt the wallet. Yes, “Ita” is a root for “Itai” which means “It hurts!” In this sense for this bag, it either hurts the wallet, or your arm or back depending on how much you decorate with, or it hurts to see! Heck, it sometimes gets used for Lolita, where someone wears a Lolita dress that is painful to see. Anyways, I admit I have bought a lot for my bags and trying to curb that spending even now with my finding all of my bags I’ve worked on before the move. I bet you’re wondering where can you get these?

Where Can I get These Bags? If you were in Japan, you can find these bags pretty easily at different stores but if you’re outside of Japan, like in the U. S., best bet is either online or at conventions. There are warnings that knock offs can be a huge thing in some areas on the net. My resource talked about how some people tend to take the pictures of the real thing and post it on their shop and deliver a disappointing product. I did see someone’s video that talked about a convention bag versus one from eBay, which the one from E Bay happened the same blue one I used for my MHA bag but to tell you the truth, it’s pretty sturdy from what I’ve done to it. Except I need to be careful with the safety pins opening.

There is one good brand online that does sell their bags and I highly recommend and that is Co-Kan Co. And the brand I don’t recommend is the one known as Ita Bag Palace and I will tell you why since both are related with my journey into these bags. So, this was around summer of last year and I was planning to do bags on Sailor Moon and Steven Universe. I know Steven Universe is not an anime but I love the cartoon a lot and their characters so why not do something a little more obscure. I do love obscurity; I can’t help it. Anyways, I got the bags and a few things and noticed most of my items are charm related and searched for a way of displaying them and found about chains. So, I remembered saving the info from Ita Bag Palace. I found about this brand after searching around for a bag a while back and they were a bit too pricey for my liking. I did see their changes and saw some that were pretty but the ones that caught my interest were the double chains with stars and moons. As August was about to start, I decided to purchase a chain in purple since my Sailor Moon bag was purple and a green one for my Steven Universe one since it’s green. I did not know after purchasing these chains that IBP was a bit shady. Even though they are known around the conventions in the States and the ones they tend to have a stand at in Florida include Metrocon, Anime Festival Orlando, and of course Hol Mat. I thought nothing would happen since these guys are popular! I was wrong and their Facebook explained it all since I didn’t get my items for a month. Around September, I decided to look into IBP and found their Facebook page and saw that customers did not get their items either. Even someone waited for an answer for an entire year after contacting them about their warranty, one person was trying to get in contact for their replacement bag because it broke, and some people were frustrated that they kept on getting orders throughout the pandemic and even had a code for the Black Lives Matter movement which I did use that code to get my chains but they were still expensive. They were $28 alone and felt like the discount didn’t do much. Some people did ask for refunds, I did ask for one since they weren’t answering my emails nor messages on Messenger. I’m glad I got refunded and will never purchase from IBP again not during a convention I would find them at since I got terrible service. Now their Facebook page is no longer up and their website is down to fulfill all of their orders. I saw someone’s post from Instagram about how they scalp people with high prices and that they are terrible shop owners. Not my words but their words so don’t come after me. So, that is when I went and found Co-Kan. I found about their Cutility backpack through a YouTube video and did save it to my Favorites so I could purchase it at a later date. My first item happened to be a chain. I only bought one to see if they ship out promptly and they do. They have been shipping on Saturday’s until now this year, which is a good thing, they put that on their website to let customers know about that. The chain came and I was impressed and I started to be more of a customer with them since I did buy their OTB Messenger Bag and their Cutility Bag. Good thing is that if you’re a beginner, these bags do come with a starter kit to help you start creating. One thing is that if you’re getting the bags with the insert backings, they are hard plastic so I would say if you want to have pins, I did find an Ita Make Up Bag on Etsy where you can do the pin thing that way and just use buttons when you cover it on cloth. You can find pre-made inserts on Etsy that are softer and pin friendly which I did for my Sailor Moon and Steven Universe ones. There are some that do come with the inserts already like the Co-Kan Cutility and there is a seller on Amazon that is known as Steamed Bun that has put inserts in their bags too. You can get bags from other people even on Etsy people have made bags too.

If you’re wondering, besides the three I’ve mentioned, what else am I making?

My Bags: As I mentioned above, I have made three with a bell style bag that I started with. I purchased them on E Bay for around $15 and up depending on the seller. The My Hero Academia one was the first one I made. Rayne did help me with the insert which was cardboard from one of my Ulta boxes. I did have a hard time sticking the pins so I went with something more creative with a lanyard and pinned that on with safety pins. I did get buttons from E Bay and some badge buttons from a website called Tokyo Otaku Mode. I did get some keychains from Hot Topic, which is where I did get my lanyard and the pins, which were from blind boxes and single pins they sold. Some of the keychains did also come from Etsy. I did end up finding a big button of Tenya Ida from E bay, which J. Michael Tatum not only plays him but he did get us into the series and thought it would be cool as a center piece on my bag. I did also get a pencil pouch to act as my make up bag whenever I used it. With Sailor Moon, I did go a bit crazy on looking for things but I did find some neat stuff through Hot Topic, E Bay, and Etsy. It’s still in the works since I did have pins of the Eevees from Pokémon as Sailor Guardians for this. I thought it would fit since I did do crossover things with two of the keychains where My Melody was Luna on one keychain and then had another of her as Sailor Venus. I need to find my Sailor Marseon which is Flareon as Sailor Mars since I have the others in their forms like Silveon as Moon, Leafeon as Jupiter and so on. Steven Universe doesn’t have much except a patch of Steven, Rose Quartz’s sword and shield which makes sense with her being his mom and Peridot as a Ditto which sounded cute. I do have some items on the way though like buttons and keychains. One thing about certain series, learning from Rayne’s hardship with his bag, there are times where merch can be limited and you may have to look harder for stuff. Ahem! Me with Steven Universe as a good example. With the Co-Kan bags, since I was told about the hard plastic backings, I am using the messenger bag for Shoto Todoroki where I’m playing with his fire and ice sides by having the heart window be fire and the regular one being ice. It’s coming together pretty well. I’m waiting on some fan made pics of him for the heart window and will be putting buttons in the ice side. While the Cutility, which has the insert best for pins is Sanrio themed. As you know I do love Sanrio and a few characters like Keroppi, Hello Kitty, and a few others. So far that one is coming together pretty well too since I found a few things so far. I did put my pins I got from Sanrio, such as my Friend of the Month ones for December when I got my Kuromie bag and when I got a set of pins. Working on getting more patches for the outside and charms for the inside. And the ones I got from Steamed Bun; one is going to be Tenya Ida since I like him as well. I was almost thinking of doing Bakugo since I have gotten items with him except, I liked Tenya more. I may come back to Bakugo since I did get a shirt of him from a friend and my long sleeve shirt. So, I got a tote bag which I thought was a cross body one at first but I figured since running all over the place I may need to grab something from my bag and would help to reach in easily for something. So, my light blue is Tenya and the other one, which is a yellow one, will be Pokémon. I have loved this series since I was in middle school and want to keep it going with a bag. I do have to look for items but have gotten patches for it so far.

(22) What the heck is an ITA BAG? History, styles, places to find them, and more! [The Bottle #91] – YouTubeSo, guys, that is my post on Ita Bags. Glad to have a bit of a break from beauty. I am thinking of doing another post on cultural things. Not sure what’s next but will see how and when my subscriptions will get to me this month. Stay tuned!

Favorites Quadrant: Third Quarter 2020

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Third Quarterly Favorites 2020

It’s that time again! Time for another Quarterly Favorites which covers from September through December. I may not have too many beauty ones because around September I did start a newer diet and may mention some of those as well as some beauty ones. Let’s get started, shall we?

Favorite Chocolate: Choc Zero and PHI Kind Organics! As you guys know, I do love chocolate and most of the time I tend to eat Ghirardelli or Hershey’s. When my doctor said I had to change my diet to a lower carb diet I started looking for a new chocolate to fall for. I tried one from Edge but it felt weird while eating it and doesn’t feel satisfying but then Choc Zero came into my life. I first tried their almond and sea salt bark and that tasted better to me since the dark chocolate was smoother going down. Then I started to try their other chocolates including their peanut butter ghosts and mil chocolate pumpkins from Halloween and of course their advent calendar for last month which I still have two truffles to eat since my calendar came during the first week of December. They are really good and they know how to make good, sugar-free chocolate. Another one is PHI Kind Organics which popped up on my Facebook feed, which is where I have been finding most of these companies. This brand is really good with the truffles, I even find them better than Godiva. I know it sounds bad but they go down a lot more smoothly, I actually taste the flavor they are rather than just the chocolate. One good example, their almond cookie butter is really good and buttery while the gingerbread ones you do taste the few notes until the ginger hits you. I am waiting for a shipment for their limited-edition cappuccino truffles which contain some kind of mushroom for immunity but you had me at hello at cappuccino. If you want to try these two brands out, I suggest the almond bark from Choc Zero, alongside their milk chocolate, while with PHI Kind, I suggest their four truffle sets.

Favorite Coffee Syrup: Jordan’s Skinny Syrups! As you guys know I love coffee too. I tend to hit my cup with brown sugar and then a syrup or cream. Now that I have to change my diet, I did try finding ways of having coffee. I did try putting butter in it and did not work at all and it made it taste weird. I even tried heavy cream when I had some left over from a recipe and that didn’t work either. So, that is when I searched for a sugar-free alternative and found Jordan’s Skinny Syrups. I like these a lot since they aren’t too heavy on flavor and you can just apply as you need. I just put in a few pumps since I do get pumps from Amazon and don’t do anything else with my coffee. If I were to pick a favorite flavor, I would have to say the peppermint bark flavor because it is not overwhelming on the scent and just tastes really good. I would say check these guys out!

Favorite Baked Goods: PBH Foods! I love baked goods like anyone else and there is one brand I’ve been buying from for a little while now and they are known as PBH Foods. These guys are known for having both paleo and keto sweets and bagels. I just got my package with my everything and sesame bagels because I had to find a lower carb alternative since Einstein Bagels are very high in carbs. In one medium plain bagel there is 55 grams of carbs. I did find PBH’s bagels and I tried one and man it tasted good. I found them better than the ones I got on Amazon because they’re fluffy due to the almond flour they use. I have tried their donuts as well because they had chocolate mint ones for Christmas, and they have good cookies and brownies as well. You can buy half a dozen if you prefer that which is a good thing since I do take a bit in finishing anything. Also, freeze or refrigerate their stuff if you were to buy anything because these things can go bad if you don’t. Highly recommend though!

Favorite Lip Product: Dubonnet From Mac and Dose of Colors Lipstick! Now getting into the beauty items! So, I have been wearing lipsticks still despite wearing a face mask. I do admit it’s sometimes hard for me to breathe with a mask due to how I tend to walk fast and it’s hard to keep myself breathing with one particular mask I have. When it’s off, I tend to wear Dubonnet by Mac or one lipstick from Dose of Colors. I got into the Mac shade Dubonnet all thanks to one of the MakeUp Awesomeness members since I do enjoy Mac and their lipsticks are really amazing. It’s a red with some brown flecks in its which kind of say brick in my mind even though I also picked up Paramount but my hand gravitated more to Dubonnet since it’s kind of fitting with me. I was sad that my lipstick did break before Christmas so I had to purchase a new tube of it and glad that I did and it’s in my cross-body bag for work. I do have a tube of Cosmo in my makeup bag since that also made it to my Ulta shopping bag. While the Dose of Colors lipstick, can’t remember what color it is but I do have to say is that I enjoy the formula as much as their liquid lipsticks. These stays put very well even underneath the mask and I like how smooth it goes on. Plus, it does have a nice tube when you use it where you do have some of it already for you to use and go from there. I will definitely get more of these lipsticks.

Favorite Bath Bomb Oldie but Goodie: Golden Wonder by Lush! This past Christmas, I went a little crazy for Christmas bath products because while living my parents I couldn’t use the bathtub with my older products. Then while my Richard and his mom moved into the house back in Orlando, mommy dearest had to rise a stink about me using their bathtub and I stopped completely and my products went old. I even noticed one item I used back at the old apartment didn’t give off the usual smell nor bubbles like it was supposed to. So, this past year it was time to buy new bath products and I not only got a few single bath bombs and bubble items but I did get some gift sets. I got one from my dad and used one and it was a favorite of mine and that was Golden Wonder. This is a bath bomb that looks like a Christmas gift but you drop it into the bath and it fizzes with glitter and smells like champagne! I even got the Snow Showers perfume with this scent a long time ago and it smells so good! It even lingered a lot better since I remembered this bath bomb coming out around 2012 and it didn’t linger as much but I think they improved on the formula as time went on. I may buy more of this whenever it comes back out next year. I do have some bath products to get through.

Favorite Shampoo and Conditioner: Herbal Essences! Not only I have enjoyed the Herbal Essences mango scented shampoo and conditioner but I do love the bottles. For a while, Herbal Essences has had markings placed on their bottles to help people who are visually impaired or people who can’t see while showering by feeling these raised markings to tell them apart. To tell you the truth, it has helped out so much for the past couple of months. I prefer having bottles with raised markings to tell which one is which and not think I am using one product over the other when I’m not. Plus, you can find these easily at your drugstore and don’t cost as much either. They are also even on the bottles with pumps too in case if you prefer that bottle as well.

I think that’s about it for now. I know it’s a bit short but I didn’t have many beauty favorites due to what had happened with my eyes at the start of November and of course we moved to a new part of town. In case if you’re wondering, it is partly because of my being injured and also our plumbing was awful that even our living room closet flooded due to the air conditioning. That was one good thing about not going to conventions last year was to focus on the move. I am starting to wear makeup again so I will probably have more favorites in April for you all! What is next for Nerdy Shique Universe? Ita bags!

Review Round Up: November & December 2020

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! I am back with another post and on the first day of the new year!

Review Round Up: November & December 2020

I would like to say first is that I am really sorry for not doing a Review Round Up for September and October. Things were really busy with school and of course the move was going on so didn’t really have much time to do one so I am making up for lost time.

November: The order did get switched alongside with December since my No Make No Life didn’t arrive until close to Thanksgiving. I did manage to get all of my boxes in even my Ipsy ended up at my old address due to it not being updated yet. I didn’t use any of the eye products due to recovering from my sty and blepharitis and didn’t want my eyes to get any more irritated and did not help with the dust flying either while packing and unpacking. I hadn’t used any of my November BoxyCharm items due to packing them in one of the many boxes but when I do find it, I will definitely start using them. I did use the sheet masks, the lip color, and lip mask from my Glam Bag Plus though. The Honey Jaret masks did feel good. I felt that the one I used to give me pretty good moisture for my skin and felt pretty light too while wearing it. The lip mask was pretty moisturizing as well and the lip color from Complex Culture was not too bad. It was interesting packaging though since most lip products I get are in square shaped tuibes while this is more of a flattened rectangle. Also, I didn’t k now that the post did not publish. I’m really sorry about that as well. I’ve been using the Commodity perfume time to time and man it smells so good! I did finish the Banana Souffle moisturizer by Glow Recipe and it did feel really good on my skin. It was not too heavy on the skin and the sample size was really good as well. I don’t think I will pay the price though since Glow Recipe is pretty pricey. I may have to wait and see if it will be on the Ipsy Offers or on the BoxyCharm shop. With No Make No Life, I did try out the mask with the Eucalyptus Cream and it felt pretty good. I did use the multi-tasking stick which was pretty greasy after trying it out. The Miloko mascara felt good on my lashes though and made them curl up like the claims said. I will keep on using this mascara. The Dolly Wink eye pencil did feel good on my eyes. I hardly felt it bothering my eyes since I was till recovering from my eye infections. I don’t know how I feel about the brow pencil from Etude though. I wished I got a chocolate brown instead since that’s my shade in the NYX Brow Pomade that I have enjoyed for a few years. I will have to keep on using it.

December: The only thing about December’s boxes was that I felt that I got Ipsy leftovers in my BoxyCharm. How so? Well, I got the Mac Matte lipstick in Russian Red which I did buy from Ipsy a while back. I also got the Tarte Man Eater Mascara which was really good since it did bring a curl to my lashes and the Ofra Banana Powder, I believe that was a sample size some people have gotten in the past but not hating it since I have been using it to set my under-eye concealer. The only things that didn’t feel like leftovers were the Artist Coutur pallet which people did love the look with and the Eloise Liquid Shadow which I used as an eye base. It worked well as an eye base and didn’t budge at all. I am not sure if I will keep BoxyCharm since this box seemed a bit meh, I will give it a few more months. My Glam Bag and Glam Bag Plus were really good though. The Feel Cleanser was really nice! It didn’t feel too harsh on my skin on nights that I was using a sheet mask and it did help with the mask absorption. I hope to get more stuff from this brand. I am not sure what had happened to the powder I got though, it may have fallen out of my Caboodle, I will search for it and find it as usual. The brush did get mixed into my brush pouch since I am using the makeup bag, I got from the Kuromie and My Melody collection. I haven’t touched the Laura MakeUp lip gloss either but I have been using the Use Me Hair Curling Cream. I have to say is that it has helped my hair and I am going to purchase a full size of this since it is so good! The only thing I used from my GB Plus happened to be the Ofra lip gloss. I find it just okay; I think the lip gloss was not sticky but just okay. I may use it over other lip products down the line. As said before, I am using another exfoliating scrub, which the Feel one was just a trial size to try it out and then go back to my Hempz one. I haven’t used the QMS cream yet nor the Complex Culture powder either. The Alter Ego shadow from Il Maki age, I am going to use it at some point too. When it comes to the No Make No Life box, so far, I used the hair mask, which was weird. I feel like it did not do much for my hair. It would make sense if it was in a pot since to me with a hair mask you need to use it more than once for effects to take place rather than a one item type thing. I did like the MediHeal sheet mask and it did moisturize my face very well. It did fit my face pretty well too. I also have been using the hand cream since my hands do get dry due to the use of hand sanitizer and soap every day. I like the scent since it’s not too heavy and the cream is very creamy and smooth. And I also have been using the UR Glam lip oil too since I do love using glosses that are an oil and gloss hybrid. I haven’t used the hair clips much because they’re a bit too big for my liking but do they do hold my hair pretty well. The eye shadow pallet will be used at some point. Verdict: Ipsy! Reason being is that for these two months, I have  been enjoying what I’ve gotten in my Glam Bag. Even though the BoxyCharm for November had a good balance, I packed it before moving and didn’t get to use anything. I feel that Ipsy is beating BoxyCharm out of the water and No Make No Life is a close second due to how I was able to use some of the things except the hair mask was kind of weird. Hoping BoxyCharm steps it up for January!

Well guys that is it for this Review Round Up! So, now it’s a new year and hoping that these boxes keeping going well. Like I said I am thinking of cancelling BoxyCharm because they aren’t going so well for me, I am willing to give them a few more months before letting them go since I have gotten some good products except I felt that I got leftovers for December. In February, Ipsy is going to start Glam Bag X which is like Boxy Lux where instead of getting the regular Glam Bag you get more of a luxury based bag with seven to eight full-size items which I’m excited about. I almost thought about doing either Boxy Lux or Premium except I feel that the items aren’t my cup of tea and I feel happier with the regular base box. No Make No Life, on the other hand, I was mad that they falsely advertised the DHL thing during December because they used a different service from them and I didn’t get my box until this past Monday. Some four to five day shipping. I will keep them for a few more months too. So, next up is my Third Quarter Favorites so stay tuned for that!

Bests & Worsts of 2020!

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! I am back with another post and it’s in time for the new year!

Bests & Worsts of 2020!

It’s that time where I talk about what is the best and the worst of this year. Man, 2020, pardon my French, it was shit! And you will see…

Worst Thing to Happen: COVID 19 Pandemic! I k now the last paragraph was short but wanted to dive into the first entry. This year was full of a pandemic and man we faced it. Since this past February going into March, the news reported that COVID 19 has started to spread throughout the world and was killing people, from the elderly going down to people who are most vulnerable. Now we have a stronger case that came out of Europe but we do have the vaccine already being distributed which is about time. I think this has been the longest year for everyone since events had to be pushed back, cancelled, or even held online through Zoom, YouTube, and other online platforms so people can be involved and live some normalcy. Heck, Christopher Tidis, one of our favorite comedians, did a stand up special online as an example. Even Electric Daisy Carnival had to do their stuff online, and finally National Federation of the Blind held National and State Conventions through Zoom but other events did get pushed back for safety reasons. This has been a very long year for us all and now hoping next year it will be better because of the vaccine is now being passed around, now hoping for some normalcy.

Best T. V. Series Finale: Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D. First category is best Series Finale and I’m giving it to Agents of S. H. I. E. L. D. I bet you’re wondering, “Where’s the reviews on Seasons Five through Seven?” Well, Richard and I had to catch up with those seasons and yes, they were amazing, except I would have to find the time to do it since I was recovering from my face injury and was signing up for my master’s degree on top of it. Plus, Season Six was really short and that would’ve been hard to do a review on too. So, that is why I’m talking about it here. These seasons were a lot better than Season Four, well the ending since that felt like a rip off. Season Six did take one element from Season Four but used it as Fitz’s dark side he does not want to unleash and did the same with Jemma as well. I did like how Season 7 did play with the idea of Doctor Who and ended the series very well in how everything was solved and kept it in a newer timeline. If you haven’t seen these final seasons, I would say find a way through Netflix.

Best Netflix Series: Mr. Iglesias: As you all probably know, me and Richard have been Gabriel Iglesias fans ever since we started dating. I still remembered watching one of the comedy specials on one of my birthdays and cracking up like crazy. I still remember not breathing during The Fluffy Movie. I even watched Aloha Fluffy again during my hospital stay. When Richard mentioned that Gabriel had a Netflix series that is a sitcom, I was all in! This series is as funny as his comedy series where he is a teacher at a high school and he has started with a class that had a hard time passing and now preparing them for college. The jokes and references are pretty funny and there are times where I could relate to some of the students, and well there are also times where food gets mentioned a lot. Trust me, when you see the taco truck episode you may crave tacos.

Best Streamed Event: Tidis Series Finale: I know this should have been with Series Finale but had to mention this here. Since the pandemic started, people have been finding creative ways of doing things including events. One of them happened to be Christopher Tidis did one streamed event and that is the series finale to his old show Tidis. This was a Pay Per Vue event online where you got to pay to watch the final two episodes that were filmed with the entire cast from the show. If you have enjoyed the show like we had, this brought a lot of memories watching the series on YouTube and laughing at the moments based on Christopher’s life. Glad it got its conclusion finally since the final episode shown him going into therapy and these two episodes shows what happens when he comes home. We did catch the stuff with the cast since they did bring everyone back except Stacy Keech was in by teleconferencing but it was fun.

Best Video Game Remake: Final Fantasy VII Part 1: With the pandemic, video games became a big entertainment part of 2020 and with that remakes took place. Even though Resident Evil 3: Nemesis was released but one has gotten this category and that is Final Fantasy VII Part 1! We have waited for this to be released ever since its announcement back at E3 from SquareEnix a few years ago. Now that we have its Part 1 was amazing! It brought back so many memories for people who have played the original and it made the story even more amazing by making the game look pretty with the animation, the fights, and much more. Plus, we get to hear the characters talk to bring the story more to life. I think most people’s concern was the Cloud crossdressing scene for Don Corneo but they have done that really well and even made it funnier for the sprite not looking at you in the camera because he doesn’t want anyone to see his face. Still a good one and can’t wait to see what Part 2 holds for everyone!

Best New Anime: Kaguya: Love Is War: Next is Best New Anime and I give it to Kaguya because not only you can catch it on Funimation and other streaming platforms but they have started dubbing it. They only have Season 2 dubbed which we are still waiting for the first season. This is basically an anime that is a slice of life that shows Kaguya falling for the class president and the class president likes her but they can’t admit it to each other. It’s cute and funny, it also has at the end of each segment on who won the battle. Hoping we get to hear Season 1 dubbed!

Best Anime Season: My Hero Academia Season 4: I know this was a given but Season 4 of Hero Aca was amazing! This storyline did follow where we get to meet this world’s mafia group and how messed it could be and then it goes into the school festival after that which brings a joke villain. Still impressive for what they brought to the table. I do have to say Brandon McInnis’ performance as Night Eye was amazing and yet tragic towards the end of the Overhaul portion of this season. We are waiting for the next season so that will take a bit until then.

I think that is it for this year’s list. I couldn’t come up with anything else except for these categories. I will save the makeup items for my Review Round Up and my Favorites which will be next up on here so stay tuned for those. I bet you’re wondering what am I looking forward to the new year? That we get to go back to normal and get some convention content again. One thing we have been missing the most this year is getting to do press at conventions. With what had happened with the pandemic conventions had to be pushed back to next year. Heck, RangerStop Pop just announced they will be in August as well as Omni since the hotel, the Weston Buckhead, won’t allow full access to the event rooms. If you have been listening to our podcast, I did talk about this and do have to say I am glad they are still looking out for everyone, as in guests, vendors, attendees, press, and even hotel employees and any tourists that may be around. Yes, not everyone will like but I’d rather be safe than sorry and one question, if you’re a celebrity guest or a convention holder, would you rather have people be safe or get sick? I’d rather stay healthy. Also, that let’s me concentrate more on my studies since I am looking forward to my second semester that starts in January. Even though we didn’t get to go anywhere, it did let us find a new place due to things not working out at the old place and of course I did get hurt on top of it which is not good. Trust me, the stay at the hospital was not even better. So, now hoping 2021 looks up since there are things that we’re hoping to get around to despite losing one of our team members. Not to the virus but something else if you have read one of our previous posts. So, here at Nerdy Shique Universe, we wish you all a safe and a Happy New Year. Let’s bring everything back in 2021.Until next time! Stay beautiful!

Beauty Quadrant: Best Pallets From Ten Brands

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

Best Pallets from Ten Brands!

So, I was inspired by 90s Love Child on YouTube to do this since I have so many pallets and have tried so many out, I think it’s time to do this post. So, she picks the best pallets, what she things is the best, from ten different brands out there. I do have a few and I will give you some runners-up as well. Let’s see what I picked! But first!

Disclaimer: This post is about pallets I think they are the best from ten different brands I pick. Please understand and respect why I enjoy them and why I think they are the best!

Ace Vintage Dawn: I decided to not put the second word because it’s really hard for me to spell but the first pallet is the Vintage Dawn pallet from Ace. This was the very first pallet I have ever received from these guys and glad to use it. I haven’t tried out anything else since I may be cheating with this but I find this to be a pretty versatile pallet with what you can use. I do like the formula and have used some of the blues and some green and browns to pull off a pretty cohesive look and glad to try this out.

Huda Beauty Smoke Obsessions Pallet: Next up is a nine-pan pallet from Huda Beauty. I have a few of these but the one I prefer the most is the Smoke Obsessions one. I love me a smokey eye and this does pull that natural smoky eye especially when I have to do a neutral eye for work. This pallet is very pigmented and easy to use and glad to have something like this for something simple.

Jeffree Star Blue Blood: I know not everyone likes Jeffree Star but I have to say is that I do love his Blue Blood pallet. I do have Blood Money and did get Cremated and Jaw Breaker but I have enjoyed this one more over Cremated and Jaw Breaker was nice so far but if I want to just do a blue eye with a few neutrals in between, like Celebrity Skin, I can just pull this one out. Plus, the shadows are not as soft as Cremated. I am still mad about hitting pan on Angel of Death! Still, I find this is his best pallet! I bet you’re wondering, how about Blood Lust? I looked at the color story and it’s Naked 3 and Ultraviolet combined! Don’t need it since I have those pallets. Speaking of which!

Urban Decay Naked Heat: It’s hard to choose between Honey and Heat but I lean more towards Heat because I have way too much fun with this pallet. I know this one needs an orange but I do enjoy having a red pallet with some browns to help tone down the intensity and give off a natural blend. I almost used this, alongside Blue Blood, for my Shoto Todoroki look but used a different pallet I will be mentioning here. I love this pallet and glad to get this and now have a back up of when I hit pan since some shades feel I am about to do that due to how much I have used it.

Coastal Scents Revealed Smoky: Even though I am a fan of the Naked Smoky from UD but the Revealed Smoky from Coastal Scents has my heart due to it being still available. Yes, Naked Smoky was discontinued due to it not being able to sale like its predecessors. Besides it still being available, it also has ten more shades. You not only get ten shades but twenty shades. You can make a lot of looks with this kind of pallet and it fits with the smoky theme I enjoy when it comes to most looks. Plus, it’s very affordable.

Morphe James Charles Artistry: I know I don’t like Morphe much but I am admitting that I only like one pallet from them and it’s the only one I think is the best. Even though people say the Jacklyn Hill one is the best but due to formula changes behind everyone’s backs I never bought it, even before the formula change. This brand is mostly over hyped and not my cup of tea even in the brush department. I do admit the only pallet I have liked is the James Charles one. This was on sale on Ulta and decided to pick it up. I wished I went for the mini because this one is huge for the thirty-five shades you get in this thing. Ulta has up to 52 shades in one set and their pallets don’t get this big unless it takes over a case. Richard was even surprised with its size when he tried helping me with looking for something. Anyways, this pallet has a variety of shades to play with that goes along with the color wheel. I can do many analogous looks with this thing and they are really pigmented. I haven’t brought it out due to my sty and blepharitis situation last month but may do it again soon.

Colour Pop Kathleen Lights Dream Street Pallet: I am including this one because I have enjoyed it a lot and find the blue shades fun to play with. I can do a lot of looks with the Dream Street pallet and can pair it with the Zodiac pallet that Kathleen has done with them too but this is one that I play with on its own the most.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar: I’m really sad that this one was discontinued but has been a favorite of mine ever since I got into Too Faced. The Chocolate Bar is always a classic and one that I always return to if I want to do a look. Yes, I do enjoy the Bon Bons pallet but this has been my number one choice out of the Chocolate Bar Collection. I don’t know why this, the Semi-Sweet, and the Bon Bons were discontinued but I hope they do return with newer packaging and probably more chocolate added, I am glad to get back ups of this alongside the sister pallets. Heck, I remembered doing a look with the Semi-Sweet for Valentine’s and a co-worker even liked it due to how much I can work with these pallets and they will still be a favorite, especially the original!

MakeUp Revolution Emily Noel the Wants: I decided to include this one because it is a very classy pallet and I love Emily Noel and how well this pallet was created with MakeUp Revolution. Even though the pallets from this brand can be hits and misses, I have two of the chocolate ones and a few others but this one always gets my heart. It shouts Emily and things from her life in school all the way down to her home life and the colors match her aesthetic on top of it. I also remembered how Kiki Chanel and Tati were a bit of a fight due to how Tati said this was a bad pallet due to how it wasn’t working for her but Kiki proved her wrong with doing the same look and it was pigmented. This is my thought and that is not all pallets are able to be applied with a finger. Brushes and fingers can apply shadows differently and of course when I use my beloved brushes, they do come out very well and yes Tati may have worked with makeup for most of her life but fingers aren’t always the best applicator. I do love this pallet and will use it again at some point.

Nomad Cosmetics Belgium Underground Pallet: Final entry in this list is from Nomad Cosmetics and it’s their Belgium Underground Pallet. Trust me, I had a hard time choosing my final pallet but then Nomad crossed my mind. I almost put Tuscany on this but I have to give it to their Belgium pallet because I used it a little bit more. It’s different from what I’ve gotten and this was a pallet I got through my Glam Bag Plus and have enjoyed it! The color story is different and it’s fun to go a bit more grunge with this pallet and you do have a few shades that are out there but it does fit the punk scene with a little history. If you have not checked out Nomad and curious about it, I would say watch our video on them on the YouTube Channel and then check them out. The shadows are really pigmented and worth the price.

Now that the list is done, here are some runner up pallets:

Urban Decay Naked Honey

Nomad Cosmetics Tuscany Pallet

Eleman Inferno

BH Cosmetics Aurora Lights

So, that completes this post! Stay tuned for my next one that is the Bests & Worsts of 2020!

Subscription Satelite: No Make No Life January 2021

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

No Make No Life January 2021

I know it’s weird to see January in this box’s title but got to remember this does magazine logic for its months and that is No Make No Life. This is a beauty box from Japan that contains beauty products from Japan and Korea ranging from make up to skin care and even a lifestyle item. This is $35 plus $10 shipping. Let me rant a little about shipping. Normally this is supposed to be shipped with DHL but this month it was not that. It was with a different company and it caused my box to be a bit late. If they advertise 2 to 5 DHL Express Shipping, keep it at DHL Express!!! No one else! Please! I hope for my February box it won’t happen again. Now, let’s see what I got this month since I got eight items this month which by the way you tend to get or if you’re lucky, you can get nine items.

MediHeal Essential 40: Mask: First up is a product from MediHeal. I heard of this brand through my first box but there was no mask from these guys in that but it’s well known in the K-pop scene since a lot of celebrities do use these masks, especially when you fly the air does dehydrate your skin a lot. This mask has been voted #1 by It Cosmi and is created by the help of dermatologists and is able to work with the skin not against it. You could either have gotten Collagen Impact, Placenta Revital, Tea Tree Healing Solution, V Life, Vital Light Beamed that’s it. I will be using this and coming back for the Review Round Up!

Mise en Scene Extreme Damage Repair Hair Mask: Next up is a product from Mise en Scene. It’s been a while since I’ve bottom any hair repair masks in my boxes and this is interesting to say the least since it requires a cap and good thing it gives you directions in the booklet. This is a #1 hair care brand in Korea that uses uses natural oils, heat and steam in this mask to help repair damage. This uses Hahoba Oil, Coconut Oil, and Shea Butter as some of the ingredients.

BT21 Bia Hair Clip: Next up is a pair of hair clips from BTS’ character line, BT21 and it’s a collabe with Bit Hit Line Friends. You can get one of the characters that each member has created in a set of two clips. I am wearing them, they’re pretty big which I do prefer when it comes to holding my hair back a bit. Will have to keep on wearing these then!

Innisfree Mineral Setting II Powder: Next up is a setting powder from Korean brand Innisfree. This is a soft setting powder that can be worn on top of makeup to lock it in or anywhere to keep shine away. I can’t wait to use this as well. I think I got a powder during last month’s box but it’s kind of awesome to try other brands from different parts of the world with the same products we tend to use. I will see how this goes.

UR Glam-Lip0011: This is a lip tint that is a hybrid between an oil and a balm. With this item you can pop on some color with some shine with any of the colors they have chosen and they are nude pink, coral, clear purple and a few others. I wonder what I got.

L Fascy Moisture In Balm Hand Cream: Next is a hand cream which is a popular one in Korea and contains shea butter and aloe vera extract which helps with dry skin. You know how cold it gets here on the coast and glad to get one of these in my box, since the cold snaps did start coming early this month, heck we even had a cold Christmas after so long! I got mine in strawberry which is amazing! So far it feels good on the skin but will update in the Review Round Up!

UR Glam Eye Shadow Pallet: This next item is also from UR Glam and it’s an eye shadow pallet. This is an everyday wear shadow pallet with nine shades and it features mattes and glitter with beige, brown, and red. Which is interesting to hear red in a shadow pallet like this. Also, this is a product that sold out after being rated for bestmulti-pallet. I do find this a nice compact pallet since we tend to have bigger pallets here in the U. S. but this is good enough size for travel. I will definitely try this out!

Micro Fiber Hair Drying Glove: And final item is a lifestyle item which surprised me. I never thought I would see a hair drying glove. To be fair, in Japan they have a head band to keep shampoo out of your eyes while washing your hair, why don’t we have that here in the U. S.? I did hear you can get that at Daisou! Anyways, this is a glove to help with reducing time with a hair dryer and keep hair healthy. It is very soft, I have to wash my hair this week so I will try this out and see how it goes.

That is it for this box. A lot of items for the hair this month which makes sense since hair does get affected by cold weather and of course for the hands since the hand cream is a handy item. I will have to see about the glove which is interesting to see. I am also excited about the eye shadow pallet since I am glad my eyes are better but dust from unpacking has been causing them to water slightly, I will have to see how this pallet goes. Next up is the best shadow pallets from ten brands! Stay tuned!

Subscription Satelite: BoxyCharm December 2020

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

BoxyCharm December 2020

So, my BoxyCharm arrived on Monday and glad I got it since all the holiday deliveries are at a big high. I am still waiting on No Make No Life since it’s still on transit mode. Will do the post once I get it. Now to this! This is the base box for $25 and you get prestige and luxury brands that you sometimes find online and on Sephora. They even some indie brands as well. Let’s see what I got this month!

Artist Coutor Caliente Shadow Pallet: First up is an item from Artist Couture. I remembered getting a loose highlighter from this brand but didn’t work out for me since it looked like I had that white sunscreen look according to someone that found it weird. I did toss it afterwards. This pallet is an eight-shade pallet that features five mattes, two metallics and one multi-dimensional shade. These shades are picked and curated to make versatile looks. I will have to try this pallet out then since I do enjoy warm toned shades. This pallet retails for $30.

Ofra Cosmetics Pressed Banana Powder: Next is the item I chose for this month and that is the Ofra Pressed Banana Powder. It’s been a while since I got a banana powder and when I saw this, I decided on it. I think I preferred it over the other choices. This is a versatile powder with a light banana scent. You can use it to conceal dark circles and set concealer and foundation. I will be using this to set my under-eye concealer and I remembered I did that with a sample of a banana powder I got in Ipsy. This retails for $35.

Tarte Man Eater Mascara: Next up is another mascara and this time it’s from Tarte. Is it me or is this starting to feel like Ipsy since they are known more for getting Tarte items? Except when I got back to Boxy, I did get a Tarte Rainforest of the Sea pallet. Anyways, this has the claims of curling, volumizing and lengthening the lashes. It also has a very plush wand and lightweight black formula. I will have to see with this one since I did enjoy the Surfer Curl one. Let’s see how it goes! This retails for $23.

Mac Matte Lipstick: Okay, I am getting Ipsy vibes with this since they also get Mac Cosmetics. I’m happy to see them here too but I feel like this would be a GB Plus item or GB X since that’s starting. I did hear that Boxy and Ipsy did merge. Anyways, this is the iconic lipstick that Mac has released for many years and it’s known for high impact color, which I’m not going to lie, it is amazing in color. I had to re-purchase my tube of Dubonnet because it broke so be careful with some of these. I received mine in Russian Red, which I purchased one tube from Ipsy since they were doing a discount on Mac lipsticks at the time. It’s good to have a back up just in case. This retails for $19.

Eloise Beauty Metallic Liquid Shadow: Final item is a liquid shadow from Eloise. I never tried this brand before and glad to do it here. I thought it was a lip gloss due to the scent but glad to get this. So, I got a double shadow bit this box. This is supposed to be a long wearing formula and it has a metallic and glittery mix. I got the shade Pure Gold which is of course gold. I don’t mind since I do enjoy gold shadows. I will try this out and see how it goes. This retails for $26.

Okay, to be perfectly honest, I feel this month’s box felt more like an Ipsy to me but more full-size with a hint of luxury. Even though BoxyCharm has given out Ofra and Artist Couture but with the Tarte and Mac items, it felt like they were getting out of the Ipsy leftovers. I don’t know guys; I feel that with the merger they may be another ipsy. Will I unsubscribe? I am not sure at this moment, I will have to give it a few more months.

With that being said, stay tuned for No Make No Life when it arrives. In the meantime, I will be doing a post as an inspiration from 90s Love Child. Stay tuned!

Subscription Satelite: Glam Bag Plus December 2020

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

Glam Bag Plus December 2020

It’s that time again and it is for GB Plus this time. Glad I got this before the holiday mail rush took place, that is why my No Make No Life is taking a bit so don’t worry that is still coming. This bag, on the other hand, is $25 a month and it has full-size items ranging from indie to luxury. You also get to pick three out of the five items you will be getting. What came in this month’s bag? Let’s see!

Il Maki age Color Boss Multi-Dimension Eye Shadow in Alter Ego: First up is an eye shadow from Il Maki age. I did get this in another month but this time it’s a purple color! I’m glad to receive this one since purple does look good on my eyes after all and I do enjoy the formulation on this shadow. It’s kind of wet when it’s in the small compact but does dry down once on the eyes. I will be definitely using this one! I am surprised that Ipsy would give me another shadow from this range when there are new pallets, I haven’t tried yet that were offered but hey, what can I do?

Tula Skin Care So Polished Exfoliating Sugar Scrub: Next up is an item from Tula and this time it’s an exfoliating scrub. This is another face scrub but it’s a full-size item that I got in this bag. This has not only papaya and pineapple extracts but also has natural sugar to help with buffing dead skin off without stripping the skin. This one is supposed to be used twice a week which I will use it that much since I do use these scrubs before sheet masks so the stuff can sink in better into my skin. I will have to try this out.

QMS ACE Day Night Vitamin Cream: Now into the items I chose for this month. First up is this ACE Vitamin Cream from QMS. So, this is a two-in-one moisturizer that can be used during the day and night. This contains Vitamins C and E to help with protecting the skin from UV rays during the day and does help with refreshing at night. I decided to get this because I have less day moisturizers and have been getting used to using SPF due to my skin not liking it before. I do enjoy sitting outside for some fresh air and do check the mail so does help with keeping my skin protected. I’m using a moisturizer from HEMPZ during the day so I will be using this after finishing that.

Ofra Truffle Lip Gloss: Next up is a product from Ofra! I haven’t gotten anything from this brand in my bags for a while, I think last time I did was the Madison Miller collection that they did a year ago. I haven’t tried out the lip gloss formula yet since I do love the liquid lipstick formula, except for Havana Nights which bled on me like crazy that I had to get rid of it. This is a sheer, nude gloss that hydrates and conditions the lips with antioxidants and jojoba oil. I only wore this once and it was hard to apply, not sure if it’s due to the applicator or not wearing anything on my lips. I have to keep on trying it out to see if it will work out for me and also not bleed all over my lips.

Complex Culture Set Go Setting Powder in Clarity: Next is a product from Complex Culture. In the last group of items, I’ve been noticing that they aren’t as good as the last two groups. As in, Group 1 are really good and hard to choose from, Group 2, I feel I have to think about it, while Group 3, I am like why does this group suck? I felt this setting powder by them was the best out of the group since I don’t mind getting them and it does help keep my stash going in my face needs. Not only this powder does the blurring bit but it does help hydrate the skin with ceramides and botanicals to keep the skin from drying it out. I could wear this alone if I wanted but I do like putting it on top of makeup. I can’t wait to try this powder out!

Add-On: I only got one add-on this month and that is the Micro Derma Needle Roller Set from Grace & Stella. When I read about this, I had to get it because it is supposed to help with any acne scarring since I do have some marks around my face that don’t want to go away. When I got it, I tried it out and it was pretty prickly but the serum did feel good though. I am glad to pick this up since I need some extra skin help sometimes and glad to get this when I did.

Well guys that is it for this post! Next is BoxyCharm since I got that yesterday and it did take a bit to get here due to the holiday rush. I hope to get my No Make No Life so make sure you follow us on Twitter for that post! Stay tuned for the BoxyCharm post!