Subscription Satelite: Allure Beauty Box June 2022

2 Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and their dads and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! I am back with the next subscription!

Allure Beauty Box June 2022

It’s time for the Allure Beauty Box and I do have to say that this made up for the disappointment from Glossy Box because the products are amazing this month. This box is curated by the Allure Editors with products they have loved throughout the months and placed them in the box with full and deluxe sizes for $23. Since I announced the slight price rise with Ipsy last post, I have not seen anything about Allure doing the same thing since they are a well-known magazine but they have been an online publication for a while since I do get articles sent to my inbox everyday. Hoping they keep it at this price every month since the value is pretty nice. Let’s see what they shipped to me!

  • Ciata London Everyday Vacay Pallet
  • CosRX Full Fit Light Ampule
  • Floss Beauty Lip Advocate Lip Tint
  • La Roche Posay Lipikar Balm Plus Intense Body Cream
  • Sephora Smooth + Blur Primer
  • Simbiosis Hyaluronic Acid + Shea Butter Ultra Rich Night Treatment

I know I didn’t include links but figured this would be easier to do since anyone can do a search for these items except for the Everyday Vacay Pallet, which I could only find a review of and can be found on Mercari and EBay. Not sure if this item is discontinued since Ciata didn’t have it on their site under Everyday Vacay. Did Allure have this in their offices for a year or so? Usually brands won’t keep products for a while after the collection is done. Now, I’m not saying Allure had expired products, I am just wondering if this was something in their vault or was given by Ciata a year back or just recently for the box if they had new packaging? I am just wondering why this is not linked anywhere on the net when it’s not on the official website and how did it get into Allure’s hands? I know BoxyCharm went through a scandal with some products being expired a while back especially with the Boxy Pop Up where I just watched someone’s video about a rose oil that’s expired. I am not sure as of now but will have to see how this product goes since I do like what I’ve tried from Ciata all thanks to these subscriptions. This box also gave me my first La Roche Posay product for me to try. I have seen their sunscreen being advertised but it’s way out of my budget when it comes to skin care. The highest I would spend on skin care would be in the $20 range and if it’s something like Sunday Riley or La Rosch then I just use it and find a dupe for it that would work as well, like this repair cream I got from them. I know it will be expensive on Ulta and glad to get a sample size since having samples is the best. I bet you guys may tell me that I should spend the most on skin care, not exactly. I do get Murad but only on sale especially during 21 Days of Beauty but a $12 moisturizer from the drugstore would probably do the same as $100 moisturizer, I am just saying. I will use this of course. I also did receive another Floss item which is a lip tint. I burned my lips and let them heal before I use anything besides lip balm, a Vaseline lip therapy, and burn ointment. Long story short, I just did a taste test with curry when it happened. It was straight out of my slow cooker if anyone is wondering. I put the Apule in my bathroom and started using it since this is my first Ampule I’ve ever had and so far it has not broken me out since I used it last night and this morning. I will have to see how this goes since CosRX is a good brand and heard of them through James Welsh, also I think I got some items from when I was with No Make No Life a year ago. The Sephora primer is something that was a bit of a surprise since I am more of an Ulta shopper and fan of their own brand, it’s good to try another store’s brand to see how they go. I will put this in my everyday makeup Caboodle. All I have to say this was a good box, but a little suspicious of the Ciata shadow pallet.

That completes this box! It did help with the disappointment I had towards Glossy Box since I did have that blush break on me and glad I went on Pixie’s website to pick up another one. I will definitely start using the lip tint once my lips heal from the burn. I am still using the Ampule from CosRX which so far has been good. I can’t wait to see what the editors picked for next month with Fourth of July looks about to happen. I am waiting for another Color Club order since I did pick up their Fourth themed polish and needed a white polish to match. Next will be my Ipsy bag and also have another post in line! Stay tuned!

Subscription Satelite: Glam Bag Plus June 2022

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! Time for another subscription!

Glam Bag Plus June 2022

I know I usually put the Glam Bags together but I think doing them separate would be fair. So, my Glam Bag Plus did get to me in one piece since nothing broke on the truck. That is a good thing and I have to announce something. Due to inflation, Ipsy is raising their shipping to meet the inflation situation by 1.50. So, we will be paying more starting next month, even Glam Bag X will also be affected by being $58 starting August. I did say I will give that one more chance unless they screw up but after realizing what had happened in Glossy, I will just buy the items they screwed up on if they don’t send the replacement. I haven’t bought the Nudestix blush due to getting some other makeup items but may do it next month or wait for my birthday coupon for Ulta.Let’s see what I got this month!

This was a better bag this time since I did get two skin care items. I got another serum but from this bag and I never heard of Dr. Zenobia before but glad to get a serum that has one of the ingredients I tend to enjoy and that is Hyaluronic Acid. I think of using this next since I don’t know if I can find my other Good Molecules one since I moved recently and the bottle is just there. I’m also happy that I received another Dr. Brandt items which I’ve enjoyed from them so far. I am still currently using one moisturizer that I just opened in my collection of moisturizers. I did use up my Expholikate moisturizer due to being so dry from my stomach bug. I did have a hard time finding a link for the Laura Gellar Illuminator Duo which I am happy to use since I have gotten into this brand through Ipsy and also BoxyCharm. I will definitely use this and combine the two to give off a nice glow on whatever blush I wear that day. I’m also happy to choose the Girlactick Shadow Stick since I have enjoyed shadow sticks so far and they are so easy to use when I want a quick look and I wished Ipsy did link them for Shop Brand, which I was glad to find their website and they do have other colors which I may explore. What is interesting is that this stick is more water based which will be interesting to see how well it stays on top of primer. And finally, a nail polish duo but from Mischo Beauty. I think I got a nail polish set from this brand or maybe another one since I do love nail polishes and what caught my interest was the teal, even though the website says it is a dusty blue, which still is interesting since I do love blue polish. I put on a blue black polish from Essie that I recently purchased on Nail Polish Day. I will definitely check more nail polishes out by Mischo since they are a little bit pricier than Color Club but will have to see how well their polishes feel before buying of course!

That completes this post, I’m happy for this month’s bag because I feel that the choices had more variety this time around since I did post asking about that and I feel that they listened. I can’t wait to see what July has in store since we do have the Fourth coming up and usually having something Star Spangled does make me happy since I do love stars! I did buy two of the star themed polishes from Color Club. Stay tuned for my Allure Beauty Box!

Subscription Satelite: Glossy Box June 2022

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! Sorry for not being around, it has been a bit chaotic over here in the Nerd Universe. Let’s see, I caught Rj’s stomach bug which he caught while being at work and we both had to go to the E. R. to get fluids because this one was a doozy on us. As in, we couldn’t keep anything down, especially when I had some pain added which happened to be a UTI. I got mine around the first few days of my summer semester of school on top of it and had to get my first week of assignments in and glad I did, week two of school met our move to a new apartment. Tobi moved in with us and we upgraded in our complex and did get to turn in stuff and now back at work to make money again. Hooray! It is back to normal and I hope I never get another stomach bug. It shows that with Covid that new things can come up that are pretty bad, I am looking at Monkey Pox which sounded new but weird. Anyways, tangent’s aside, I have the first subscription for June!

Glossy Box June 2022

So, Glossy Box arrived and I had to get it from my old mailbox because they told me I had to change my address before the 20th of the month and I did not see that anywhere. At least with Ipsy it’s before the first of the next month, but Glossy can you post that on your change of address form? Anyways, this box is $21 a month and contains full-size and some deluxe size items and can range from five to six and can also range from drugstore to luxury and even some indie brands I never heard of, let’s see what I got!

So, this month there are four products! I think this is a better box because last month was kind of underwhelming, especially having a scrubbing item that was really rough on my skin. I did toss it out because my skin hated it. The only thing that was disappointing was my blush from Pixie shattering. WHen it came it was completely broken! I thought it was from Mica beauty but it was not, whoops, but it was Pixie and I was sad. I hope they send me a replacement, if not, I may have to purchase one from Pixie since I love what i’ve tried from them. I am wanting to know, who’s bright idea was to place this item on the top? This should have been at the bottom with a better cushion because delivery is not too kind, especially by UPS. I did start using the body cream though because my skin has been super dry and left a lotion back at the old place. I do find the Christof Robin item interesting this time which claims to be a shampoo replacement. I’m not going to totally replace my shampoo since I did switch to a Carotene shampoo since I am trying to grow my hair back out and glad it is now even due to a hair cut. And I’m glad to get a new face cream to use at night since my skin did have a major dry patch after the stomach bug and it looked like a desert patch. I know, stomach bugs can dehydrate and my skin is now back to normal. I am still going to keep it hydrated as usual due how dry my skin does guests year round. I will see how everything goes and hope for an update on the blush because that was a sad moment I never thought I would go through.

That is it for this box, I know it was short but glad I got this box and glad to be back on here. I hope to get back to the normal rotation since my Glam Bag Plus is supposed to be here soon if the post does nI also get a kabuki brush with this item when I got it from the website, so if yours came broken then buy it since you can get a better value with the brush and learning from what had happened with GBX last month, if anything came broken or if they ran out, I will just buy the item instead of facing what happened last month since who knows if Glossy Box got enough inventory and with things happening with inflation and supply not being up, I doubt they would have enough. Also, I did get an email from Ipsy which I will explain in the next subscription which is Glam Bag Plus!ot get things mixed up with our mail! Grrr! Until next time!

Update: Sorry for the wait, I ran out of time all week due to busy schedule! I decided to buy the Pixie Blush Duo from Pixie’s website this morning, which is Saturday! I decided to do this because Glssy Box wanted pics and I was way too busy t do anything about it and figured that it was not that bad of a price so why not? I wanted to buy anything Pixie for years and finally got that chance since I am working. 

Subscription Satelite: My Feelings About Ipsy

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! Sorry for not posting as of late. I’ve been busy with not only work but finished my first semester at George Mason and about to go into the summer semester. As you can tell, I did pass the first semester and will make sure I get to move on. Also, I ‘ve been packing for a move. I know, we moved back in 2020 to a new part of town and will be staying in our complex except this time Tobi will be moving in with us. He was going through a bad situation and we’re helping him get out of that. I don’t want to go into too much but if you have read stuff on Reddit about Slumlords, that’s all I can say. So, I do have a different post today so I will be talking about something that is making me on the fence.

On the Fence About Ipsy

So, this month I ran into something and now feel on the fence but must do my Disclaimer first!

Disclaimer

This post is based on thoughts and experiences by the writer of this blog, please respect her thoughts and her experiences, you’ve been warned.

Well, I’ve been back with Ipsy since 2018 because when I was subscribed before then, I had to have my dad pay for it and he had to get me to leave the subscription. I got back into it but this time with my own funds since I did get my own money into my own account that year and I was about to be hired here on the coast as well which I was glad to stay in. As time continued, Glam Bag Plus showed up and I joined that and enjoyed it. I didn’t join Lux after seeing someone’s experience not being so great with that tier. As time went on, they added the choose one item idea and one month during the summer I was not expecting this to happen. One month, I got to choose my item and chose a pretty nice product and the rest were also pretty amazing but when the box arrived it contained items that were the wrong items. They were not the ones that appeared on my profile page for GB Plus and I had to contact them about it and they apologized and sent me a new box with the right items. I don’t know what had happened but somehow someone didn’t read my items right and decided to send me someone else’s products or didn’t pay attention and packed the wrong ones, but that is not normal when I’m with Ipsy and this was the first mistake I’ve seen and took it pretty well. Unfortunately, this next instance not so much. At the end of last year, they decided to end GB Lux and added GB X and I liked it because you get items that someone famous in the beauty or beauty lover out there and you get to pick the other items while the person chooses based on your profile that they have enjoyed over time. I have enjoyed what I got every four months until now.

This month’s bag was with Madelaine Petch who was on Riverdale. I did like the items, even some of the ones I chose and one of them happened to be the Nudestix Nudies Bloom stick in Sweet Cheeks which is a blush stick. I heard good things about this brand and never got to try over time since I was not working and when I got a chance with 21 Days of Beauty I was not interested. When I saw this, I wanted to try it due to loving blushes and got into blush sticks more due to Trestique and Milani. When the bag arrived, I didn’t get it, I got a perfume instead that was in the same group. I was disappointed after getting this and tried contacting Ipsy and they sent the replacement which was not the item, they sent me a Keys Cheek Tint which was one of my other items in my bag this month and clearly upset. I sent them an email after not getting a response on Messenger and they explained that when sending the replacement they ran out of this item and sent me another Keys Cheek Tint instead since they didn’t realize they ran out of the Nudestix Nudies Bloom but they did give me a small refund and points to redeem except I feel like I am on the fence about them.

How Do I Feel?

Disappointed in them, mad, upset, wishing they would have told me the truth instead of sending something in its place. I felt that as a customer that I was not looked at as one due to how much it took for them to respond back. When I had that issue with GB Plus they got back to me right away when I explained what had happened, what items were sent instead, and they gave me a new box right away. Nowadays, since they are with BoxyCharm, I kind of feel like they are going down the same route as them. As in, not taking the time to respond in the time they usually had, as in an hour or two or even six within the same day. Not only that, they should have been honest in running out of the product, also wishing they had more than one shade if they could get it from the brand, which sometimes they get two shades of the item or three if lucky. I wouldn’t mind getting a different shade, except they only had one. I did like the perfume though and glad to have another for my collection except I am feeling a bit on the fence about Ipsy.

What Will I Do?

After this, I was thinking Ipsy was not known for sending wrong products like they had when I first joined. They were always on top, they always had really great items. I have noticed that for months they had the Roller Lash Mascara sample for Glam Bag as a choice for months and I had to avoid it. I am not a big fan of this mascara because it reminds me of the one from Rimmel I prefer more except stores don’t have it like they used to. THey were not known for repeats, which is odd. I guess they had extras? Maybe? But glad I didn’t get it again or choose it since I go for other items. I even chose sunscreen this month since we are about to hit summer. Anyways, not sure what is going on on their side but this never happened and this was the second time for the bags themselves but I did remember when I was missing something in one of my Refreshments when I was with that part of Ipsy. I am usually excited about the items but now knowing that this took place, not sure how I feel. It’s supposed to be Christmas and this feels like getting a boring gift. I am not sure if I want to just cancel GBX or do the entirety and find another box to go with Glossy and Allure since those boxes seem to have items they don’t repeat most of the time. Not sure, I will give it a few more months and think about it. The next GBX is in August and give that a chance, if they screw up with it again then I will cancel that tier entirely. I’m paying a lot and should not be screwed around with and with products like this. They should give what the customer picks and have extras if something does go wrong or have another shade and ask the customer if they want the other shade they have in their inventory. That’s my two cents on that.

That is it for this post. I will be busy for the next few weeks guys, so I won’t have time to post and I hope the internet won’t be screwed around like the last time we moved. I will update Twitter as time goes on so stay tuned!

Subscription Satelite: Allure Beauty Box April 2022

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

Allure Beauty Box April 2022

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

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

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

Subscription Satelite: Glossy Box April 2022

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

Glossy Box April 2022

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

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

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

Subscription Satelite: Glossy Box March 2022

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

Glossy Box March 2022

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

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

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

Subscription Satelite: Ipsy March 2022

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

Ipsy March 2022

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

Glam Bag:

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

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

Glam Bag Plus:

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

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

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

Subscription Satelite: Allure Beauty Box March 2022

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

Allure Beauty Box March 2022

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

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

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

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

The Beauty Quadrant: Items I Switched To!

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

Beauty Items I Switched!

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

From Regular Deodorant to Natural

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

Jumping Ship from Dollar Shave Club!

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

Using Cleansing Tools for Face Cleansing in the Morning?!

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

From Tarte Stage One to CoverGirl Lash Primer

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

From Sinful to Color Club!

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

Switching from Drugstore Tops and Bases to Orally Top to Bottom

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

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