Cosmetic Controversy: False Lashes Used in Mascara Reviews

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! Guys! THis tea is hot, it’s hotter than a gas giant in space! I decided it’s time for a new Cosmetic Controversy!

Cosmetic Controversy: False Lashes in a Mascara Review and Why Is It Still Happening?

Yes, I know what’s going on with Micaela Noguera and L’OReal Cosmetics with their new Telescopic Lift Mascara. I did buy this one after hearing this along with two pallets from Nomad Cosmetics, which I will be doing a look with this on Instagram coming soon! But I do have thoughts as a makeup lover and I have been wearing mascara since 2014 and will give them! But first!

Disclaimer!

This post is based on thoughts and opinions from the writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts on the topic towards this controversy and how she feels about the product! You have been warned!

So, this past week I have seen stuff on YouTube about how Micaela Noguera reviewed the new Telescopic Lift Mascara from L’OReal Cosmetics. I have loved the original Telescopic and after hearing about the new one I was a curious little kitty towards it. What got me a little confused is that she not only applied the mascara with one coat, which has the regular brush and then a lash comb to separate the lashes, she goes off camera and comes back saying that it changed her life but other creators have noticed she had some Ardell Wispy Lashes on. I have heard of Ardel but you know my stance on false lashes, heck my first Cosmetic Controversy post was on them, you can find it in the archives and do hear my favorite people on YouTube use Ardel lashes in their looks. A lot of creators like Kathleen Lights, Raw Beauty Christie, and a few others noticed and spoke out about it because they felt duped about how they’re honest with their reviews of products. Even Jeffree Star came out of his reviewing retirement to Tic Toc to post his review and talked about how people are being paid to say that they love the product when people are really honest with items. I may have to touch upon that a bit later in this post but one person did say that everyone lies about everything which is not always true!

The False Lashes in Mascara Advertisements

This is not a new thing because in the early 2000s, especially going into the 2010s, we have seen commercials that showed models with the most beautiful looking lashes for mascara. Maybelline and Rimmel got hit with some whistle blowing for their advertisements. Maybelline advertised their famous Rocket Mascara which I had tried and my lashes did not look like the model’s at all. I didn’t like it much either and never bought it again due to it not doing much for my lashes. THe thing that got maybelline in trouble is for having the model having lash inserts on their eyes to make it look like their lashes are voluminized. Rimmel had their advertisement in 2017 banned in the United Kingdom for using false lashes as well. The UK is very strict on their advertisements and could see why they banned it. I only really saw articles going back to the 2010s before what happened recently but of course we can’t always trust the brand’s advertisements. Not all mascaras do what the claims say since everyone’s lashes are different. Like I said above, the Maybelline Rocket didn’t do anything to my lashes like some of their mascaras.  Rimmel, on the other hand, has better luck with their formula. All I have to say is that using false lashes or extensions in advertisements make it look like false advertising. Most of the time people that use the falsies have to use the mascara on their actual lashes and then apply them and blend them into the natural lash with another coat. Unfortunately, our natural lash does not do what a wispy really does so I can see why most people would wear them. Like I said, I think it is not necessary to have these when most people have nice and natural lashes and mascara is supposed to be used to enhance the volume and length, even some do the curl enhancement. Of course, we do have the lash curlers to help before and after the mascara on top of it. It would have been better if they just left these falsies and extensions at home.

My THoughts with Micaela and L’OReal

I think this was really shady as a freak because I have loved L’OReal voluminous line, especially the Miss Manga which I had used with cosplay and they have discontinued. Rest in Peace my friend! Micaela did a very dishonest review in my book because wearing false lashes makes the product not be real enough to justify the purchase. I did buy it so I can try it out myself after seeing the clips from James Charles in some videos. I like to try out items to see what I think about it for myself since I can’t see the end result due to being blind. If I feel it on my lashes and how well they look and feel with the mascara and if it does the  stuff as advertised, like with how the Miss Manga made my lashes look like an anime character, I will purchase it again. Hearing about how she wore the lashes made me feel that the review was cheap to say that this the best mascara. Even though Micaela is not speaking, L’OReal is also not speaking since they partnered with her and sent influencers PR packages with this mascara. I think they should have put in a contract if there is one to have a point without false lashes. Like I said before, it makes the review look cheap if the lashes were placed because we can’t tell if the formula did its thing. I understand Tic Toc is a new environment for brands to send over review items but Tic Toc personalities should be held up to the same standards of reviews on Instagram and YouTube, which brings me to the next point!

Thoughts on Jeffree Star

Jeffree Star came back to the beauty space but on Tic Toc this time to review the mascara and talked about how he hates people paid to say they love the product even if it’s not good. I’d rather rewind what he has said to the days of Morphe’s popularity where people said they love the item so much after one use. I saw it the most with Miss Jacklyn Hill and that caused me to unsubscribe from her. There are honest people on YouTube who have tried products over time and can say that it’s not good or that it’s awesome after their experiences. I love Jen Luv the most since she says in her motto about not buying crap but buying really good items. I have trusted her reviews on items I’ve seen in her Favorites & Fails video, such as her thoughts on the Wet N Wild Peanuts Collection for holiday last year. It’s been a long time since I bought anything from Wet N Wild since I love their foundation for a long time, I trusted her review on some of the items in the collection did not work out and was surprised that a face product was not pigmented when they were known for pigmentation in a lot of their items. Tangents aside, there are still some honest personalities out there. Which also brings me to how someone thought everyone lies about everything, yes and no! Not everyone lies about everything but some do and that can be a backlash on themselves. I still remember Jacklyn’s lipsticks being one of these examples where she kept on lying about the lab having white cotton gloves and how the fibers fell into the formulas when really there are animals walking around. It is a big deal for customers at the time because of how these contaminants caused injury to the customer. Raw Beauty Christie made a point about the review that made her and others look bad because she wore lashes and doing a review should be more honest. So yes, not everyone lies about everything!

Closing Thoughts

Micaela is not able to bounce back from this due to her silence. L’OReal is also guilty because they should have a clause about no lashes allowed in the review because it brings a bad taste to it. As said before, I did buy this mascara and I will try it for myself and how I li]k,8ke it and see how it feels. I do like Ulta’s snub by putting the Telescopic Lift next to the Ardel display which kind of shows that they don’t like the review either. I also feel that the audience may not trust her reviews after this if she is using false lashes in any more mascara reviews. I know doing this in mascara commercials is banned in the U. K. and the United States may have followed suit but should also do it in partnering with any Tic Toc personalities if they are going to continue work with them as time goes on.

That completes this post. It feels good to say something and man it hurts since I love L’OReal’s products over the years. I will have to see how this mascara works on my lashes to see what I think. Still reading books by the way. I am almost done re-reading The Bear & the Nightingale before I work on the second one in the Winter Witch trilogy, Until next time!

Beauty Quadrant: Beauty Favorites of 2022

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

Fave Beauty Items of 2022

I know I should have done this just after the Bests & Worsts but I felt that other posts had to come first in order to think about what I wanted to include. I don’t want to be like some beauty people who name everything they like but I do have some things that I have tried and enjoyed during the year and will mention them here. But first!

Disclaimer!

This post is based on thoughts about products that the lead writer of this blog has enjoyed during 2022. Please respect her picks and thoughts about each item! You have been warned!

Hair

Starting with hair since I have been growing my hair out I want to make sure that my hair is strong! I am starting off with the Tresemme Keratin Shampoo and Conditioner. I have been growing my hair and one thing that helps is carotene oil to make hair strong and I have been enjoying this shampoo and conditioner because of how strong and thick my hair has been getting. I notice not as much fall out as my hair gets but I do put a comb through it and some strands fall but not as bad. Another hair product I did love was the Honey and Mimosa Hair Pomade. For work, I try to keep my hair from sticking out and having a good pomade does help. I have used the Got2B Pomade for years but that has been hard to find for years and tried out one from Old Spice but that one weighed my hair so much I had to toss it until I found the one from Carol’s Daughter.This was the most reasonable priced at Ulta and it did keep my hair down with a light hold and it didn’t weigh it down until I need to either wash my hair or just use dry shampoo. I did like one sale where they had this product buy one get one discounted and did buy it at that time to keep a stock of it. I hope this doesn’t go away. And finally, the Eva NYC Satin Dream Leave-In Conditioner is another favorite this past year. This has been something I use to keep my hair from frizzing up and being so dry, especially after washing my hair. It smells so good and I love the pump idea since this stuff is thick! I’m glad to see that Ulta carries this and I can just go into my Favorites list and pick it up. I just recently got another one in case I run out soon.

Skin

Next category is skin and man. I’m glad I did cancel my subscriptions because all of the skin care items have piled up over the years and now I’m starting to use some items. I do have some items I did enjoy this past year and one of them happens to be the SaraVay Skin Tint SunScreen in 30 SPF. I love this one because it doesn’t give me the white cast like the SPF 50 one does. I tried so much to love that one but couldn’t due to how much of a white cast it gave me, even my supervisor helped me to clean my face every time and had to toss it. The Sheer Tint SunScreen just goes on sheer like it says. I am on my second tube since I did repurchase it when my dad visited last time this month. I am still buying this even on sale. Another skin care item I give props to is the Aveeno Oatmeal Face Wash! I think I have gone through so many face washes all thanks to the subscriptions but I think the one I have enjoyed so far is the one from Aveeno. This one is meant for sensitive skin and I like how it’s not overpowering with the oatmeal scent either and it has helped with moisture even before my skin care. I think I prefer this one over the Saravay one because that one is a bit too drying for my liking even though that was suggested by the person from Ulta who helped me find items for my canceled RangerStop trip. I think I will stick with this face wash for the shower instead. Another skin care item I have enjoyed has been the Good Molecules Hyaluronic Acid Serum which I prefer over the ones I have tried from subscriptions. THis brand is from Beautylish and they have been at Ulta for over a year and a half and have picked this up in the smaller bottle and now I have the bigger bottle. I am about to try one from Tony Moly that has caught my eye and see how that works, if that one turns out bad I know I will return to my Good Molecules one! And finally, I admit I love Native Deodorants! For the longest time I have bounced between so many deodorant brands until I finally broke down and purchased Native all thanks to Mile Higher talking about the Christmas scents at the end of 2021; It did take me a while to get used to them because I was going from brands that I was used to a new and natural formula with shea butter and it was the greatest choice. I have enjoyed the Tye Dye Vanilla Cupcake which was a limited edition scent along with the Mint Chip Cupcake that I got three of and used one of them I believe. I am currently using one from the Cabin Collection which is their autumn collection and it’s the Vanilla Marshmallow. I hope they bring this collection back, especially the shower gels because I got the bundle of body washes and man they smell so good! I love the bundle packs because they do save you some money in the end. I did pick up their Candy Shop Collection with the Strawberry Vanilla Taffy, Sour Berry Ropes, and Gummy Bears because of Jen Luv’s ad and like everyone else who commented, I wanted to smell like gummy bears too!

Face

Next up is what I loved in face makeup and to start this category I have been enjoying the Smashbox Hydrating Face Primer. Even though the NYX Marshmallow Primer, which is my go to replacement for the hydro one they made, has been my top choice, the one from Smashbox is my second favorite and I think I prefer it over the foundation. It has a better pump and it also feels good and cools on the skin when I put it on. It may cost a little bit more than the NYX Marshmallow Primer since they have raised their prices but Smashbox does have a good price for some of their stuff. At least it’s not as high as Urban Decay has gotten as of late! Speaking of which, I do enjoy the Urban Decay Stay Naked Skin Tint which I purchased through 21 Days of Beauty and of course got it in Light Medium Neutral! This is another feel good product but also blends very well into the skin when I get to foundation. I put it on my pallet and apply it with my beauty sponge and it feels refreshing once blended in! Finally, I give props to Milani with their blush sticks! I would have never enjoyed a blush stick until Milani released these last year. I have one in rose and one in peach and love how well they blend in once I apply them.

Eyes

Next up is eyes and man it’s hard to know what I loved! I admit the Ulta Matte Eye Shadow Primer has been something I’ve been enjoying when it comes to priming my lids before applying my shadows. I usually love the potted primers but this tube of primer has been lasting me for a long time and it keeps my shadows on very well. I also enjoyed the Araceli Eyeliner in Rose Gold to go with any of my rose themed shadow looks. I found how pigmented it is and I do enjoy the pencil sharpener that came with it as well. 

Lips

Final category is lips. I think I don’t have much since most of the lipsticks I have used are from Mac. I have purchased a lot of lipsticks from them last year and enjoyed them. I do admit I did like one liquid lipstick line but it got discontinued which made me sad. I do admit their Powdered Kiss line is pretty good from what I’ve tried so far. I do put it on top of a favorite which is the Ulta Collection Lip Primer. I have used the one from ELF but when I tried this one out I fell in love! This one is more like a chap stick and easy to use. I tend to use it with liquid lipsticks to keep them from running all over my face. I tend to carry one in my work makeup bag and one in my personal makeup bags! I did find one I have gotten a while back in one of my LoungeFly backpacks since I used up the one in my work makeup bag since they sold out recently. At least I found out they re-stocked and may purchase at a later date.

So, that is it for this post! I know it seems short but I feel as though it was easy in certain areas. I didn’t include an eye shadow pallet because I didn’t use shadow pallets as much. I may have some for 2023, let’s see what happens! I am still reading books so stay tuned!

Beauty Quadrant: My Thoughts on the Morphe Bankruptcy

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! It happened guys!

My Thoughts On Morphe Going Bankrupt!

It just happened in the news and man I have some thoughts!

Disclaimer

This post is based on thoughts and opinions of the topic at hand! Please respect the writer’s thoughts on it! You Have been warned!

If you have been living under a space rock, Forma Brands has gone bankrupt this past week and with everything going on some people across YouTube were waiting for it to happen. This past Christmas, we saw the closure of all the brick and mortar stores for Morphe and not only it includes the locations in the United States but Canada as well when they were supposed to keep the Canadian stores open along with the ones overseas. Apparently, Forma has owed people some money and can see where this is a part of the bankruptcy since earlier last year they had some issues paying rent on some of their physical stores. I can see where that can be an issue since retail space in a mall can be pretty high and hearing that as a part of the issue can cause problems. Another part of it is that lawsuits had been made and one of them happened to be Playa Hair Care which the owner has sued them for since they were supposed to build them up except they didn’t during the pandemic. 

Besides Forma going bankrupt, that means the brands have also gone bankrupt which includes not only Morphe, Morphe 2, Playa which their lawsuit was brought up, but also Jacklyn Cosmetics since that is under Forma too. While REM, which is owned by Ariana Grande, is separating itself from Forma so it would be bought by another company. I can see that as a good thing because it helps the brand not only become more independent but also have better creativity and life. Some people had issues where Ariana didn’t have much life and thought she didn’t care about the brand as much. Another thing too is that when it first started the products, which I heard, were not made with great quality since that can happen to any brand that starts out but under Forma the formula is not as great. One example happened to Jacklyn Hill’s vault pallets where the formula in the shadows were not as pigmented as the first Jacklyn pallet. With REM separating from Forma then they would develop better products as the brand progresses over time. I did hear about the new limited edition collection called Thank You Next where there is a shadow pallet and a few other items. I may want to check out some products, heck the concealer did catch my ear but I have to finish up some products first. 

Another part of the bankruptcy is how Morphe owed some of the influencers they had collabs with on top of that is going on, which is mostly with James Charles, Jacklyn Hill, and Jeffree Star. Plus, now they owe all of the employees who lost their jobs at every store they worked for. I have to say as someone who works a job myself, not being paid for the time worked does suck. I have seen the Tic Tocs of people who worked for locations that they were given a day’s notice to over a week’s notice that they are no longer working at the store and that their last day is in a week or the next day and they have to help pack all of the leftover inventory to clear the shelves or sell all of it tbg5fv4ro customers/ I even feel bad that the customers who enjoyed this brand lost their favorite store that they can go to and try the products out. Trust me, when the Hot Topic at the mall down the road where I used to live back in Orlando closed down after wishing it to be near me, I was sad back then. Also, the NYX did close down the Millenia location, not sure if the Florida Mall location is still open? Who knows? Still, I think having that store for Morphe did bring people to the shop until of course the pandemic happened. Like with most makeup brands, sales didn’t go well during the pandemic where anyone hardly wore makeup due to masks being worn and online sales did do well but it was mostly in skin care since people were getting zits from masks. I understand that the pandemic can affect the brick and mortar store but online sales do well since no one was out as much. Morphe did start losing sales around the pandemic like with most brands. ELF did also close their stores but they flourished online and I think Morphe could flourish after this since that is their plan to do so! 

Since I mentioned the influencers earlier, another part of them losing their sales is how these top influencers were dropped due to some factors and they happened to be Jeffree and James Charles. As we remembered, Tati made some allegations about James Charles being a predator and he was targeting some straight guys and that sparked the second Armageddon. This caused Morphe to drop him and softly sell off his pallets which were the original big pallet and his smaller one. I remembered that sale and got myself one and still have it in my drawer tower. With Jeffree, they dropped him around 2020 or was it 2019? Still, Jeffree got dropped for his racist past and dropped his brand from their stores on top of it. Some people thought they had different energies when dropping both of them and I can see that it took a bit to drop James but immediately with Jeffree. Even though they had other influencers that were not so problematic in the past but became problematic later and I feel as though despite how popular an influencer is they do have some issues and still stay the same. Yes, I had bought Jeffree Star products thinking he had changed in the past but he has still stayed the same old jerk once Morphe got him. He has been silent as of late after moving to Wyoming from what I’ve seen. I think some of the other influencers have grown since Morphe and two of them happened to be Laura Leigh and Manny MUA who not only started their own makeup brands, Laura Leigh Cosmetics and Lunar Beauty, but also have their own podcast called Full Coverage. I listened to their podcast about the Morphe stores closing and they were nice about it and they were very chill in their podcast because they were just chatting. I may want to listen to more of their podcasts. Also KathleenLights having her own brand, Lights Lacquer, she has moved on and became a business woman and having her own creativity with her nail polishes. I love her polishes myself since I have a few of them. What about Jacklyn? I have noticed that she has not done much about saving her brand as of now from what people have said, she has to do something or she will go down with Forma because if she doesn’t fight for her brand that she worked hard for then it will be dead. Will have to see if she stays in Ulta since it looks like they are keeping it there.

Closing Thoughts

I know that was long but that’s how I felt. To me Morphe is not the end all be all when it comes to makeup. We have so many of them out there and to me we can choose our favorite brands easily. I still enjoy NYX, Mac, Urban Decay, and a few others but Morphe is not one of them. I feel as though with the change of the market online, whether it’s with YouTube, Tic Toc, and makeup as a whole, things have changed since how much the pandemic changed with how people spent their money on more skin care than cosmetics. Who knows how well Morphe will survive online in this environment since ELF has flourished with their new formulas, new products, and they have flourished still in Target and Ulta. Now they are carried in WalMart and have been doing well there, CVS and Walgreens. I think what Morphe should do is not only stay in Ulta but also try for other stores if they want people to buy their products by being in WalMart, CVS, or even Target since Ulta has their own space there. REM on the other hand, it looks like they are going into Sephora which is somewhere they could be more at home. I hope they get more creative and have Ariana have more creative power if possible.Jaclyn Hill should try to save her brand from going down with the ship by keeping up with the makeup environment because she only comes up with something new almost once a year or twice a year and most brands are creating new things months after months. Look at Colour Pop for example who creates new products two weeks after a new launch which they are coming out with a Winx Club collab. That’s another thing too, Morphe and Jacklyn need to survive by being more relatable with the customers and what is trendy in the makeup sphere. Not only making products with favorite series but seeing what is new in trends right now and keep it fresh as they do those releases. Who knows what will happen to both brands but we have to see the YouTube sphere spin it.

That’s it for this post! I feel like doing this post finally and that is makeup products I loved in 2022! I haven’t talked about my favorite products in so long! Until next time!

Cosmetic Controversy: The Truth About Nail Polish

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! It’s time for that long awaited post!

Cosmetic Controversy: The Truth About Nail Polish

Disclaimer

This post is based on facts and personal experiences. Please respect what the writer has to say because it’s good to agree to disagree but do it respectfully. You have been warned!

I was hoping to do this last year because it was something that hit a little bit home for me. As you know, after a long week of work, I love to pull out my nail care items alongside a bottle of nail polish I may have just purchased from Color Club or Lights Lacquer or may have received from Ipsy and give my nails a nice coat of base, color, quick dry, and top coat and it gives me that look for a few weeks and chips as it goes. Right? Well, after getting my first refund from school, I decided to have a day to myself by going to the mall for some needed relaxation after having a busy week and took the opportunity after getting blood drawn for one of my doctors and decided why not check out the nail salon in the mall?

I arrived at the salon and asked what the prices were for manicures and heard that a regular one was $17 and the gel was $30 and decided to see how well their regular polish was and went with a navy one for the regular price. I was helped to a table with a woman and I never thought I would be bombarded with suggestions of getting the gel manicure and why it was better than regular manicures. Even the guy at the counter came over and tried to get me out of the regular manicure by telling me the gel is better and lasts me longer, except my nail polish on my nails I used before this appointment lasted me three weeks by this point and will get to that later and was annoyed and told him I still want regular and will do the gel next time. I felt he was giving me the look of “Don’t come back to us if it chips easily.” Then the attendant told me that regular polish dries out your nails and then the reasons for gel as well. I felt as though they were trying to corner me for a deal rather than what I want which I understand from a business standpoint but a customer wants what they want and I was sticking by it! The manicure did come out nice and even though I promised to come back, I never went back after hearing some things from a co-worker about some of their experiences and told them about their push for gel. My manicure did last me all the rest of the month into February! This is with regular polish and a top coat mond you. After that experience, I went into research mode and decided why not talk about it?

The Differences Between The Polishes

Let’s break down the differences between each polish. Nowadays, we have regular polish that you can find on your favorite shelves at Ulta and Target, gel, non-toxic which you can sometimes find in stores but mostly online, and dip nails. 

Regular: Regular polish is more of a mixture of a polymer and a solvent that gets painted onto the nail plate and can be removed with an acetone remover but can cause non-permanent discoloration with most dark colors if not too careful.

Gel: This term is also known as “Five-Free Polish” because these polishes don’t contain five commonly used chemicals that can be harmful but not really proven as yet. Subscription boxes tend to carry these but you can look around in your favorite beauty retailer or online for some of these brands but one I tend to use is Color Club.

Even though they last longer, gel polishes are mainly photo reactive which have to be cured under a UV light. UV light can be damaging to the skin after prolonged exposure and can also cause aging when it comes to the hands. Also the polish can cause the nails to be a bit brittle, so best to use this for special occasions because the removal process is more harsh than acetone alone because you have to file it off, especially with electric files. I remembered the attendant did use one of those motorized files to remove my polish that day.

Dip: This is a manicure that has a polymer that is made to be like super glue to [painted on first, then the nail either dipped into an acrylic powder or the powder is painted on with a brush and then an activator is used to form a hard shell. There is an issue with sanitation since the best practice for a salon is to place the powder into small containers or use clean brushes to paint the powder on since fungus in salons can occur. It happened to my mom once even though it was not a dip powder job but it can happen.

Which Is Better?

Dermatologists do approve regular polish the most since you can easily spread your manicures out since nails can become brittle and dry over time. I am going through that at the moment with my own nails but it’s not due to nail polish exactly. Non-toxic is a good option if you have sensitive skin like I do to prevent contact dermatitis due to how the chemicals in most polishes like Formaldehyde don’t really have much proof when it comes to harm to health over time. I would say wear a mask since that strong smell in any polish can occur. I still use Color Club not only because of the Five Free idea but I do enjoy how long the colors stay on my nails longer than most polishes. I can go for almost a month with polish. Like I said above, I was wearing a Color Club before that fateful day which lasted me two to three weeks while wearing it. I think it depends on the company that makes the polish and what kind of top coat you use to keep them staying longer. Also, think about the activity you do, whether it’s typing like I am doing now or washing dishes, nails do chip based on what you do. Heck, I lose false nails based on what I do too.

But Where Does the Drying Come In?

Acetone helps remove the polish and get off easier because it causes the polish to turn to liquid easily once the polymers are broken down. Not only does it help remove nail polish but it also helps remove glue and paint. What does that mean for our nails? Easy, it dehydrates them if we use it regularly, heck it’s more dehydrating than other products we use on our nails, even more than regular nail polish. No wonder I just let my nail polish chip naturally, if I can;t then I would use the remover pot. If you already have dryness, it would advance as time goes on and cause even more peeling, breakage, and other effects. Ouch! There are acetone free nail polish removers everywhere next to the acetone ones. Anyone want to work at a salon? Acetone-free would help more.

I bet the last bit would be surprising and that is gel polish also causes nails to dry and not regular polish. That’s easy my dear Watson! Hand washing, repeated use of acetone removers, and repeated use of gel polishes! As you know, everytime we use the bathroom or do something very unsanitary, we’re always told to wash our hands or use hand sanitizer to keep our hands clean. The most active ingredient in a lot of soaps and sanitizer is alcohol! Alcohol is very drying for any part of the body, whether it’s prolonged use for acne like I had in the past or even for hand use, it can dry out your skin and that can be a common cause for your nails and cuticles to dry out. I have noticed as of late that my nails were breaking very easily and this was without polish on them mind you and looked it up to see it was due to washing my hands a lot. All thanks to the pandemic and even rewinding back to H1N1 back in 2009, we were told to kill the possible infection is to wash your hands with an antibacterial hand soap and of course I carry these all thanks to my trips to Bath & Body Works and sometimes bought them from stores, even when I had to clean my piercings during healing time I used antibacterial soap from Dial for those six to eight weeks and yes my right, index finger suffered so much where that nail broke first all the time! Best thing is to use hand lotion or your usual lotion after handwashing to get the moisture back.

Another suspect is the nail polish remover you use that may contain acetone. Yes, it is great to remove that pesky polish you had on, especially if it has the pretty glitter flecks that a lot of people love but it can do harm to your nails than good and that with repeated manicures it can cause peeling, cracking, and and brittleness from the roughness. Also, sometimes the removal can also cause more damage with the wrong tools when buffing it away, even electric files get used. I don’t get why the lady used one of these with my nail polish when it’s not gel. I guess I preferred regular polish to save my nails from suffering. Not only that, where I pulled the information about the peeling, there are tips such as seeing if the tools are cleaned at the salon since most places don’t keep their tools cleaned. Now you can see where the sanitization for dip comes into play. Another is not to peel off any gel polish due to moisture build-up since gel can start coming off. Also, acetone also gets used to remove gel from what I’ve seen with this resource but the place I went to used files.

What Should I Do?

I would say just use a traditional nail polish over gel. Like I said above, dermatologists do recommend them more, if you are worried about the chemicals in them then check out some of the non-toxic brands by researching them online. I do recommend Lights Lacquer and Color Club as two of these brands since they are made in the U. S. A.

I bet you’re wondering, I have not returned to this salon in the mall because I don’t want to be pushed by a product I want again. I have heard good things about other salons some people have gone to and may try those if I want to get another manicure and one place is even closer to where I am now. I also don’t recommend this place because I have a feeling if I were to send someone and they decided on a similar manicure I had then they would go through the same thing. Like I said before, I understand the business aspects and want the tip and so on but pushing something, especially having the cashier/manager push it onto you is a bad sign. One other thing I forgot to mention, they tried to tell me that gel polish dries quicker under the lamp and that the regular polish takes longer. That day I was not in a hurry because it was a day for myself. I think that would be a bad sign if they want to push their customers out, even loyal ones, due to one service being better then why return? Like I said, I didn’t return to this salon, I may try another one in town at some point but in the meantime, I have tons of polish in my Color Club collection and others I got from Ipsy to use. 

Here My Resources

Gel Manicures: Tips for Healthy Nails

A Look At Nail Polish and Its Effects On Health

Is Acetone Bad For Your Nails?

That completes this post! I know it was long but felt good to finally get this up after a year. Like I said, things got in the way since that manicure and will go to another salon. If you think there is another topic that fits Cosmetic Controversy, just comment below! Still reading some books so stay tuned!

Beauty Quadrant: Brands That Lost Their Creative Spark!

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! Happy new year! Time for the first post of 2023!

Makeup Brands That Lost Their Creativity!

I love makeup and with most brands I tend to notice how creative they are with their products and feel as though some of them have lost their way. What caught me was bold colors, cute packaging, and now it feels that with the demand for neutral products they have gone to the wayside or make products that are weird or shadow pallets with off color schemes. I have noticed with some they are releasing the same items over and over with different packaging! Let’s see what I think about which brands lost their creative spark over time.

Disclaimer

This post is based on the thoughts and opinions of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts and opinions on makeup. You have been warned!

Urban Decay

Starting with a brand I fell in love with ever since getting their mascara in Ipsy moons ago. Urban Decay caught my eye with their Naked pallets with how colorful they were and how well the color schemes fit with each one. Naked was very neutral, Naked 2 was smoky, Naked 3 was purple, Naked Smoky was even smokier, Heat with fiery shades, Honey with honey shades and you get the drift. They even were more colorful with their Game of Thrones pallet a few years ago and matched with the houses. Now with having brands that can make their own Naked pallets, they started to discontinue some of them but where they lost their creativity was around the Naked Cyber pallet. I finally used mine this morning and the shades were hard to put together a shadow look with the reds. When I think something cyber I think silver! Not red and peach!! THere was only one shade with silver and blue duo chrome which makes me sad. I think the other pallets I could come up with look more than with this one and I feel as though Urban Decay is losing their spark in making awesome products. I also noticed it in making new Basics pallets which should have been done a while ago when they were bringing new Basics pallets for Naked 2 not now since they have done it with 3. I may be with Jen Luvs Reviews where she is stopping purchasing from Urban Decay. I think I may have lost some of my naked pallets from them in the flood since I had backups for Naked 3, Heat, and Honey and found my Honey back up though. I may have to see. Next!

Too Faced

I used to love Too Faced with their Chocolate Bar pallets and with having Jared with them it felt as though they didn’t know where they were going. At first with the Chocolate Bar, they decided to bring new scented pallets with their Peach collection, they also did it with some of their Christmas pallets, and then later they decided to bring in the dog, Clover, into the mix? Okay! Where is this spiral going? I felt with having Jared and then him leaving, they have lost their way a bit since I agree with almost everyone that they were going in two major different directions as in creating products that are cute and creating products that were X-rated sounding! Too Faced, pick one1 You can go cute or go the other way. Yes, Urban Decay had weird names with their products but they didn’t go as far as “Pat Your Puss” for a highlighter. Still, it feels as though they still lost creativity, especially after the discontinuation of everyone’s favorite Chocolate Bar line.

Benefit

I bet you’re not expecting this one to be on the list. I feel with Benefit they have not really created many things that have been really new. With what I’ve seen with this brand, I see how they really have released mascaras, brow products, some face products, and a few lip items and that’s it.   I feel as though that they keep on releasing their Hula Bronzer and their Dandelion Blush in different packaging for different occasions and holidays but a brand should not just rely on their face products alone since they can do more with items such as eye shadows; Just saying!

Nars

I just got into this brand not too long ago because their blushes caught my eyes more than their items. I do like a good blush and Nars are pretty good since I have a rose one from them somewhere in my collection but I also have one in their most popular shade and that is Orgasm. I am not kidding on the name either. I seem to see different iterations of this particular product and I only purchased the jumbo version so I could just have it. Like with Benefit, I feel as though their only popular item is just one face product and nothing else. Why name a product after a sexual thing? I am not sure but I think with every version of this blush, I think they need something new!

MakeUp Revolution

Or shall I say Revolution, they have been doing a lot of releases but seemed to have been slowing down due to some issues in their company. They are known for copying and making their own versions of some popular items such as the Kat Von D pallet years ago as an example. They also have done it with the Too Faced Chocolate Bar pallets as another example. Yes, having a good dupe that is comparable to the original even in price point except it does have a drawback. Once you start making your own stuff, you kind of lose that creativity since you rely on doing your own dupes. I have seen their own collabs so far for Halloween and Christmas so far and they are doing okay and hoping they can keep up with that spark because the days of duping a product from someone else is kind of over.

I think that completes this post. I am glad to be in the new year and hoping things go well for us. Next up will be the Cosmetic Controversy post I’ve been waiting to write! Stay tuned! 

The Beauty quadrant: How I Feel After Cancelling My Beauty Subscriptions?

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

How Do I Feel After Canceling My Beauty Boxes?

I know every month for a while I write about my beauty boxes since I talk about beauty time to time except this past year I canceled all of them as in all of my Ipsy, Allure, and Glossy Box but had kept my Scent Bird which I do love perfume, my Athena Club since I do need razors time to time, and Quip which I got a new toothbrush from and wanted to see why so many people enjoy it and I can see why and oral health is important. I do love beauty but I wanted to say that I am not missing them much, I may miss the Allure one since they do send more sample sizes but I needed a break for a bit. I would love to talk about how I feel after canceling though. But first!

Disclaimer

This post is based on the opinions and feelings of the lead writer of this blog. Please understand that she is not bashing any of these companies, she is just talking about what it’s like to be without something.

I Save More Money

First of all, I am saving money every month. Yes, I get ScentBird each month and do get Athena Club every six months now and Quip every three but with the beauty boxes on top of it it does make it more expensive. If you look at it, I’m spending around close to $40 every month for both Ipsy Glam Bag and Glam Bag Plus which are around $13 and $28 each month, then every four is Glam Bag X which is $55. Then Allure is around $23 and Glossy Box is $21 and to add that up is $82 and every four months if we factor in GBX is around $100+.And that is already a lot out of my budget for the month due to how I have to pay more in rent due to living in a two bedroom space, power, internet,, and of course streaming services which includes CrunchyRoll, soon next year Paramount Plus, Audible, also keeping our Google Drive alive for this blog account! Yeah, it does get expensive very quickly and living in Florida, my paycheck stays the same on both work and Social Security. So, I have to budget wisely now.

I Get to Choose My Own Stuff!

Almost all of the subscription boxes I was with had them choose my items, even though with Ipsy and when I was with BoxyCharm I did choose one item. While not being subscribed, I get to pick my own makeup, shades, and my skin care while shopping on Ulta, Target, Bath & Body Works, Lush, and any perfume places I can afford!! I do like to try new things from different brands that have items that may match my profile but some of the choices are a bit off or the choice items are not that great. Remembered when I mentioned with the Glam Bag Plus that one or two groups seem to be a bit blah? At least I can choose the things I really like while shopping.

I Can Still Try New Things From Different Brands in Stores!

Some of the physical stores do carry some of the brands that are in the boxes such as E. L. F.Sunday Riley, Mac, and more. I can still try their newer products as they either come out or wait for a sale. Plus, some of the brands I see in these boxes that are more independent also sometimes end up in stores such as Sephora and Ulta and could just try them that way. I was glad I could still get Tony Moly, Hempz, and Formula 1006 at Ulta and if I can’t find the item I loved from them there is always their own website to purchase from. 

I Can Find The Skin Care That Works For Me!

While being in BoxyCharm and Allure, there are times where I got skin care that doesn’t really fit me. As you know, I have dry and sensitive skin and there were times where I got items for oily skin Heck, when I got Glossy Box, I felt that some of the skin care was a bit off from what I usually use. I am using some of the skin care items I got in boxes past so I can use them up, which I will mention next, so I can get my correct skin care items or toss the ones that may not be great for me. I understand they have questionnaires with some boxes like Ipsy and BoxyCharm, they are sometimes a bit off from what you originally thought at times. Let me go to the next point.

It’s Hard to finish Items While the Pile Grows!

I notice some of my favorite YouTube personalities mentioned and I see this as well where, especially with Boxy and Glam Bag Plus and GBX, it’s hard to finish your products as the pile grows. I have so much skin care I have collected from these boxes, even sample sizes of them, I had hard times trying to get into new products before finishing one. It takes a while for someone to finish one moisturizer each month, goes the same with a lotion, a serum, and more. It takes me three to four months to finish my beloved Bath & Body Works shower gel because I only take one shower a day and don’t use that much shower gel in my loofa. Heck, even with my toner, yes I use it twice a day but I am not dowsing myself in toner because I use a cotton round to apply it twice a day. What about samples?

Not Enough of a Sample Size!

In some of the samples you get from either Ipsy or even Allure, there are times where there is not enough to last that month. I remembered getting a tiny tube of moisturizer in my Glam Bag a while back and it gets used up for my entire face twice a day in one or two days after getting the bag for the month. I remembered how people had BirchBox that the little foil packets didn’t have enough of a sample either and remembered Eleventhgorgeous not liking those and the sizes in that box either. I think the only samples that last the longest are eye shadow samples, blush, highlighter, and eye creams. Oh right, lip sticks since they can take longer if they don’t break.

Being Able to Pick Your Eyeliner Colors Easily!

If you remembered my massive complaints about getting nothing but black eyeliner? I swear I should get a coat like the shop guy in Resident Evil 4 and have all of my black eyeliners and show up to a concert in town or in Orlando and open it and be like, “Welcome! See what you like!?” When someone calls out for eyeliner. With my eye looks I like to match my eyeliner with the color scheme like rose gold with any rose gold tones, copper with a copper and brown look, even a green one with a green eye look, but Ipsy, Allure, Boxy even, tend only get black most of the time and rarely has these colors! I understand black is classic but we live in a world where NYX, Urban Decay, Huda Beauty, and other brands carry so many colors even nude! I did mark “Rarely” under black after getting so many of them, I still got black liners. Ipsy, read your profiles and reviews!

Being Able to Be Contacted If a Product Sells Out at a Store’s Website!

One thing I love about shopping online is to see that button about being contacted if a product sells out. I had that happen to myself if my favorite Tony Moly face wash sells out or even if a shade of lipstick sells out and Ulta does come through! A lot of stores do this and I wish this happened with Ipsy. What really got me to leave Ipsy was that with certain choice items I made through GBP I end up selling out and they don’t contact me about it. It makes me lose trust in them if I am going to choose anything if they don’t offer a different option to choose from. I did bring this up to them and hoped they would take my idea but being able to have that option for a contact for a sold out item does make the shopping experience better.

I believe that is it! I feel better to get some of these off my chest when it comes to some of the issues with box subscriptions. Will I miss them? Yes and no! Like I said before, I feel that having stuff chosen for me can be a limited hing in the makeup that is offered when I have an Ulta or Target down the road from me in both directions that I can Uber to and pick up my favorite NYX item or look around in the app for the newest  blush shade or mascara and get a code to use in my bag if needed.I can still purchase brands like Purlisse and Huda online just as easily if I wanted to, which I can choose from my drugstore or independent brands. So, I am not missing it really, I am missing the happiness behind getting it in my mailbox though but not missing the pile on products which I was having a low buy all thanks to these boxes due to getting my usual items with but one thing I didn’t mention is that the products do change as you get older with Ipsy. I’m 37 now and I noticed how I got more skin care over makeup, even as I hit my mid-thirties the change started around then. I do enjoy skin care but I still want makeup more than that at times even if it is in deluxe size and I only get five to six products every month. I am glad I did cancel when I had. 

Beauty Quadrant: BReasons for Beauty Brands Going Bankrupt

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

Makeup Brands Going Bankrupt!

Again, I was watching What’s Up in Makeup and found out that Morphe is considering bankruptcy as well since months ago I heard that BH Cosmetics was going bankrupt but got bought out and then of course Revlon, one of the big ones in drugstores, also going bankrupt and there are some reasons why which I will be talking about!

Disclaimer: This post is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect his thoughts on this subject. You have been warned!

So far, I have heard that BH Cosmetics has been bought by Makeup Revolution but on the heels we do have Revlon and Morphe’s parent company, Ferma, also going down this hole due to certain factors. Becca Cosmetics did go out of business recently and who knows who else would go that route and it’s hard to tell who is doing good or who is doing bad in the makeup sphere. Let’s see some factors I think that may contribute!

The Pandemic!

2020 was a new year and new things on most makeup brands’ horizons but what they didn’t expect was that a pandemic would happen. As we know, the virus known as CoVid 19 came to our world and basically changed it in not only viruses affecting each other but also the market itself. Becca closed its doors due to how they lost sales during the Pandemic but it is weird to say that a lot of online sales took place for a lot of brands because no one hardly took a step into a makeup store. Also, a lot of people were wearing masks and it was hard wearing foundation, powder, and concealer due to how much it gets into pores and they can’t breathe, the pores I mean. So, everyone did their makeup above the mask instead of under. BH Cosmetics  felt this the most because people were not buying as much when it came to their makeup and I had a feeling most people preferred getting skin care due to how people got a lot of acne underneath. I even was a victim of that for a short time.

Relying On Influencers

Jen pointed out the history of Morphe and one part of the history with them is how big they relied on the influencer market on YouTube due to how audiences were buying what they used. As I remembered as someone who watched a lot of YouTube back then and of course did buy things I seen advertised there, I always heard the famous line of “Use my code ‘insert name here 20’ for 20% off at checkout!”” I didn’t use the codes due to not having a job nor my own money in my account. I did get an Ulta credit card when they were heading to Ulta, well to build credit of course. I did purchase the vegan brush set and was not impressed, which will be my next point. I did notice as time went on that Morthey started losing these influencers due to scandals and even one, Jackie Eina, decided to take her code off from Morphe which can happen. Relying on influencers as your main market can be good at first due to how how they advertise on their channels except it can backfire due to how the audience would step away from the influencer with what takes place and that audience can also step away from the brand they promote, which Morphe relied on and relying just on that alone can lose sales. 

Quality Does Not Match the Price

One of the issues of makeup brands is the quality can be either good or bad depending on how well the formula has been put together or the tool has been made. Morphe has been famous not only for their shadows but their brushes. I remembered how some of the influencers said that the brushes are the best ones you’ll ever use. As someone who has used brushes from many brands, these aren’t what I’ve expected, especially using the vegan set I purchased from Ulta. The brushes were not the best and I felt that one of them almost felt like it was about to shed. I heard in reviews on YouTube that they shedded while washing them and that can break a brush brand. Another example of quality being horrible, Revlon’s eye shadows. I have enjoyed some of Revlon’s shadows but have noticed some were not as pigmented such as one quad I got a while back. I had a hard time blending and flaking off my eyes. I preferred the products but I did have one instance when the lip tints had no product, which was odd! I mean one of the tints. Plus, these sponge tipped lip tints are mentioned through Allure and top notch. So, quality is a big thing when it comes to getting customers because they are putting their hard earned money, whether it’s being paid from their jobs or working through YouTube or Tic Toc, they want to spend their money on good quality and that is what most customers prefer.

Being in the Times of Social Media

This is important because social media is where you want to be. Back in the 1980s and 1990s there was no social media. We had advertisements on television and in magazines, especially teen magazines such as Teen People, J-14, and Tiger Beat. I remembered Cover Girl being advertised in Seventeen Magazine when I was twelve. Nowadays, you not only have YouTube with ads about different makeup brands but of course influencers talking about makeup brands as they do their makeup, even now Tic Toc with talking about brands such as Charlotte Tilbury and Tarte. I only have seen Revlon advertised once on YouTube and that was when Gwen Stefani talked about one of their lipsticks since she was well-known for her red lip. That was all and after that it was Maybelline, Cover Girl, and L’Ireal. I think Revlon has lost its touch in the current time and can see why they have lost sales. If you’re advertising in the current world and using social media then the sales would keep coming. I remembered getting into makeup that YouTube was where I found out about my products and went to WalMart and Walgreens and remembered the girls at WalMart asking me how I know about these products and I told them the internet. Without the internet showing these items then the brand would not get their money. Money basically helps the brand survive and without it they would go bye bye. I think that is why Revlon should try to get back into the game by being more open to the influencer market and also create more internet ads for people to recognize their products.

That completes this post. I felt better writing about makeup again that is not just subscription based. Which, I apologize for not posting about my Glam Bag like I usually would. Unfortunately, due to some events I am going to just get my November bag and unsubscribe afterwards and will explain next month after RangerStop, which is in three weeks and we are excited to be back at an Orlando convention after three years due to CoVid. We did get asked about Holiday Matsuri last year but no longer go to that one which I still have my reasons for. I will be doing a post about nail polish since I needed to do that a while ago. So, stay tuned!

Beauty Quadrant: Thoughts on Ulta’s Podcast Episode with Dylan Mulvaney

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and I am back with a post that should be thought about and I figured I should also share my thoughts.

Thoughts on Ulta’s BackLash Towards Their Podcast with Dylan Mulvaney

Disclaimer! This post is based on thoughts and opinions from the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts and what she thinks towards the hashtag against the company since she is human! You have been warned!

So, I was watching What’s Up in MakeUp this morning while having my lunch from Fresh Set since I slept in on a fine Sunday, I deserved after working and studying all week and this came across on the episode where people are boycotting Ulta because of their latest podcast episode with a trans woman and people thought it was “Woman Face” where it’s like “Black Face” where it’s bad to have a trans woman on to talk about her journey in becoming her own self and how beauty affected her. Even the host, David Perez who was gender fluid also talked about his journey as well. I felt like posting about this since it’s been a while talking about LGBTQ related issues such as this since we did lose a dear friend who has helped us and was about to go on their own journey.

As you know, I have been shopping at Ulta since around 2012 after finding their location at the Millenia Mall back then and fell in love with shopping in the NYX section every time I get that moment. I have bought from other brands such as Ulta’s own, Essence, Smashbox, and even Urban Decay. Makeup has been a creative outlet for me as a visually impaired person since I can’t draw on paper as much as I had in the past doesn’t mean I can’t find my new canvas. One thing that has been big ever since living with a conservative family is that I was drilled in my head that makeup is for girls only! However, makeup has not been really. The earliest time that men wore makeup was around 3000 BC in China where men wore nail polish as part of status, another example is Ancient Egypt with the eyeliner look we are familiar from seeing in ancient artwork along the tomb walls or even at the Mummy ride in Universal Studios. Even the Silla people of Ancient Korea believed that beautiful souls inhabited beautiful bodies that beauty belonged to both men and women, even their Hwarang army wore jewelry, powder, and rouge in battle. 

So, let’s fast forward to 2016 when we started seeing new trends in wearing makeup where James Charles came onto the scene by being CoverGirl’s first Beauty Guy and this shook up the beauty game. I am pushing aside his controversies for this post because he has given a new path to new faces on YouTube where we have men like Manny MUA, Gabriel Zimora, even Jeffree Starr showing up and making videos all about makeup and this gave a new idea in self-expression, which some people have forgotten. Heck, for years, my favorite bands have worn eyeliner such as Good Charlotte, Green Day, Simple Plan, and so many more and they haven’t given smack for it either so why a transwoman in the first place when men have taken the beauty space and made it more unique? And why does it have to have boundaries?

Thoughts on Podcast Episode

I had to watch this podcast episode for myself to see where the backlash laid and there was nothing with it. I also just read Jeff Johnston’s article up to the point where a woman talked about on Twitter where Mulvaney can’t be a mother and how most women saw these two people in the video wearing makeup “mansplaining” girlhood. I saw more of a talk about how the two got to their point as a way of how to tell stories. As someone who has done podcasting, sorry for not having new episodes due to my schedule, podcasting is a way of storytelling and I have been in the audience of so many, especially Annie Spano’s Becoming Fearless where she talked about how she got out of a toxic situation and being her own girl boss and I think Mulvaney was telling his story from transitioning and that is what we need more of is seeing people going through their transitions as in seeing when they realize they were born in the wrong body and go through their transformation and seeing who they really are and doing things they didn’t like to what they liked and that is what this episode was about and Ulta celebrating it. Their response to it was even great where they said beauty has no boundaries and they are right about that.I feel that with how we are here in 2022 that beauty is one size fits all, I can see where Patrick Star got it, since we should not put a cap and say this is meant for girls when it’s really not, even with how history explained it all. I mean Ulta even featured someone in a wheelchair on their window displays as a way of celebrating people with disabilities and they are doing the same with transexual women and men. I did enjoy the episode and I hope Mulvaney keeps doing what she does since she wants to get back into theater and I respect that. I did love her story about the canopy bed since she was exploring decorating as a woman for the first time in her first apartment. I can relate since I had moved out in 2018 and didn’t start working yet so I couldn’t buy anything for my apartment after doing so, I had to rely on my dad on the moving journey by going to thrift stores, WalMart, Target, and Ollie’s for my stuff for kitchen and bathroom. 

Should Beauty Have Boundaries?

Hell no! It should not, even with how Ulta showed it in this episode. Like I said, it was nothing vulgar or anything bad being portrayed, it was just two trans men  talking about their lives and how they came to be in the end and that is what we need to hear more about. People in the LGBTQ community get a lot of bad rep and they shouldn’t anymore since we are all human in this world. If I would, I could have turned the clock back to my college days and taken the courses on this topic since it is part of our culture and we shouldn’t push them aside either. I think this episode is a pivot point in our society where beauty can be anything, anyone, and any sex and gender since beauty and makeup has evolved and came a long way. I would say watch the episode for yourselves and see what you think. I see it as two people connecting and showing who they are and telling a story while others don’t see it that way but if they are boycotting Ulta, so be it. I am not boycotting the store since I have a convention coming up and I know I have to hit the NYX section for my favorite lipstick and eyeliner!

That is it for this post, you can catch the “Beauty of…Girlhood with Dylan Mulvaney” on YouTube.. If you want to comment, they did shut off comments there but you can comment on their Twitter.  What’s next? I will be talking about brands going bankrupt!

Subscription Satelite: Subscriptions I Left

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! It’s time to talk!

Leaving Some Subscriptions Behind

I normally don’t talk about my financial issues but due to moving into a new place with an extra room, plus a few other bills and how bad inflation has been happening, even though I heard on Nightly News that it is about to slow down, I have to unsubscribe from some of the beauty subscriptions. With my next refund from George Mason, I am going to pay off some of my cards, well half of them and pay the other half after passing this coming semester. I am halfway through the program guys and I’m really proud of myself since this school has given me another chance to follow my dream. I made a bit of a hard decision and decided to leave some subscriptions.

Glossy Box

I may have just joined this one all thanks to Theresa is Dead but this has been the weakest subscription I had and was hoping to let the August box be my last one but they took too long to ship it and unsubscribed once I made my decision. Even though I did like some of the items, they could have been better to have me keep this one. It was a great BoxyCharm replacement for a little while but had to let it go!

Allure Beauty Box

I love Allure but had to give this one up for a while as well. I love the box since it gives me an idea of what the editors enjoyed but some of the items have been a bit meh despite how much they’ve improved. I will come back to it  like I had before but when the time is right.

Glam Bag Plus

I am thinking of just keeping my Glam Bag because the idea of makeup bags every month is great and I feel like they know how to pair me with products. I do improve my profile as time goes on. Glam Bag Plus has become a bit meh with the choices but they have improved slightly. I did kick myself for the GBX this past month which is next. I will join back if I think the time is right, I wished they still had the makeup bags.

Glam Bag X

I have recently left this one and will be for good as well. I just got mine and they screwed it up again. This was a great bag at first but these past two bags shown had gotten bad. I loved the Halsi one the most and was glad to have what I got so far. What had happened if you’re wondering? This month they had Alicia Keys be the curator of the bag and I made my three choices which were the First Aid Beauty Oatmeal Toner, the Perricone MD Vitamin C cleanser, and the Super Goop Invisible Sunscreen, which I heard really good things about! I also bought an add-on which was a set of earrings from Baublebar, which I already made plans to get my ears pierced on my birthday and would use these once the holes healed up. When I got the box, I noticed only five items arrived and they were the items that Alicia chose for my bag. I was upset and RJ and Tobi understood my anger and I did unsubscribe from GBX. This was not the only time that this had happened when I didn’t get the Nudestix Blush Stick either. I did contact Ipsy through Messenger and had a screenshot of my bag and they told me that the toner was sold out like the blush stick. I did get a partial refund but will be getting the cleanser, sunscreen, and earrings replaced which they put the order in. I think I got the toner before and have to look to see if it was in one of my Ipsy bags when we moved.. I did tell them that they should have better oversight on the items when sending them out. I was thinking back to my Glam Bag Plus where they sent me the wrong items but the GBX costs $58 quarterly and if someone spends that much and notices missing or wrong items being sent, like I had, then what’s the point of keeping this when this is pretty expensive to begin with. I will keep a Glam Bag because it is cheaper but at least none of my items end up missing. I hope they also keep in contact with anyone about any items that may be sold out too and see if they want a partial refund or another item of the subscriber’s choosing. I did get 1.200 points which I have to see what they have up for points.

Which Ones Did I Keep?

I am keeping my Glam Bag since I have loved the original even though it is just samples and let me try new brands to try. I can’t use foundations, powders, and setting sprays for a bit though due to my piercings. I may rejoin Plus once things calm down in the money department but Glam Bag has still got my interest. I also have ScentBird now which I love perfumes and getting to try new thirty day supply of new scents and getting to buy some if I wanted to and have gotten some extras. I will be upgrading to two a month since I have a full queue. Way to go! I also have joined Quip all thanks to Emily D. Baker likes CC Suarez with ScentBird. I know other YouTubers also talked about ScentBird and Mile Higher did the same with Quip but can only use one code. I have been using electric toothbrushes ever since moving to the coast since manual ones were not cutting it and when my mom visited with my dad once she did notice my teeth looked way better. With the Quip one I got at the end of June, it’s been making my teeth feel smoother and also it’s hard for me to keep up with recharging my brush every month when I could get a new battery every three months! I also got a new brush head and am now getting toothpaste which I used to use a sensitive one but this one has been feeling great. I will be getting my refills next month. And finally, Athena Club which I joined after canceling my Dollar Shave Club and after hearing good things from Illuminati. I have sensitive skin and it was drying out so badly with the Dollar Shave razors and I feel a lot better with the ones from Athena Club and they cost around the same price as Dollar Shave since I get eight every renewal. I decided to switch it to six months for now since I have so many razor heads I packed up during the move. I am not kidding! Even the ones from Ipsy Refreshments fit my razor which I think I got mixed with the Athena ones due to being in the same kind of packaging. I will switch it to four months once I get through all of my back ups or close to it.

Well guys, that completes this post! I know it sounds sad of me talking about leaving some subscriptions but I have to do what I need to do. I also have so many items as back ups upon back ups! I also miss buying my own makeup at certain times even though it kept me from going overboard, but I have been better on focusing on what I need than my wants. Even though I could speak on my obsession with perfume, I have used up my Let’s Be Real and Electric Rhubarb supply. I will go back to Allure if things get better, I will update on Twitter. I will post my Glam Bag once I receive it! I will get to my Midnight Breed casting post soon.

Subscription Satelite: Items I Didn’t Like From My Subscriptions

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

Items I Don’t Like From My Subscription Boxes!

With August coming up, you know what that means, it means my subscriptions will be paid again. Which includes Glam Bag, Glam Bag X, Glossy Box, Allure Beauty Box, ScentBird, and Athena Club, which I do subscribe to for my shaving needs. And Quip for toothbrushing. As beauty boxes, I tend to give products a try but not all of them turn out the greatest and I tend to toss them and I admit I have a few I would like to mention. I may turn this into a series but let’s see what I have to say!

Briogeo Charcoal Scalp Scrub

First up is an item from Brioggio and it’s their scalp scrub and ugh! It didn’t do anything for my scalp, I felt it was just making it dirtier. I understand that my hair products do build up over time and it’s important to use something clarifying but this product didn’t do anything of that nature. I’m glad I tossed this when I had it since it didn’t do anything after two uses. I think I also got this in a bundle deal as well, but it was also tossed out after another try.

Christof Robin Waterless Shampoo

This also didn’t do anything either! I got this in Glossy Box one month and thought it was interesting because it was a paste you have to run through water and put it in your hair. Let it suds up and wash it and never use shampoo again. Unfortunately, it didn’t do anything of that nature. It did not suds up while I used it and I still needed my shampoo. It felt like what if you took my Carol’s Daughter pomade and used it as shampoo instead. I did toss this after the second time and glad I won’t be buying this.

Ofra Banana Powder

I recently tossed this because it was due to comments about my concealer. I got this in a BoxyCharm a year and a half ago and was happy that I did at first. I didn’t expect it to not play with my concealer very well while setting it. I have used certain concealers from the Cover Girl one to the Candid Concealer from Revlon which was discontinued and it still gets the comment that I didn’t blend it enough. I finally decided to let it go. I love Ofra Cosmetics but this was one product I didn’t like anymore. I will be sticking with my translucent powder for now on.

Ofra Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Havana Nights

I think I got this in a BoxyCharm but it’s the Ofra Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Havana Nights. I love the many shades I’ve used from this line but this one ran all over my face! Every other shade I used in the past never ran all over like this one. Heck, if you saw my interview with Tia Ballard, it kind of moved in that video since I wear liquid lipsticks during conventions due to being on the run a lot and hard to reapply. So, I tossed this a long time ago and won’t buy it again, well this shade specifically.

Girlactik Glitter Lip Pencils

I got these in a Glam Bag Plus when they first started. I didn’t like these Girllactic lip pencils because they were chunky and they didn’t feel right on the lips either. I haven’t tried the shadow stick I got in my GB Plus two last month but these pencils did get tossed though.

Sponge Pad from Glossy Box

I am not sure what brand this thing came from but it is a sponge pad I got in one of my Glossy Boxes and it was supposed to be great to use on all skin types including sensitive skin. When I used this it was very rough on my skin. I didn’t like how it spread my body wash so I tossed it as well. I prefer loofa balls more than something like this because it spreads my wash better. I do admit the Spongelle sponges are better than this because it is a shower gel and sponge in one and I remembered getting one of those in BoxyCharm years ago and it felt good. I wished that was in the Glossy Box that month instead. 

Well, that’s it for those items so far. I may do more of these because I feel that not all items are the best that get placed into these subscriptions and it’s better to be honest than not. I forgot I was supposed to post my thoughts about the Midnight Breed Series after reading the final book. I will do that this weekend so stay tuned!