Review Quadrant: RWBY Volume 8

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RWBY Volume 8 Review

I know another detour but this time it’s a review again! I will get back to RangerStop & Pop’s final post which I did put up in the press room videos on our YouTube but with the announcement that I want to wait a little to come up with my words. So, I figured doing this review would be a bit of a buffer due to finally finishing the eight volumes in RWBY. Why did it take so long? Well, I was busy in between the episodes coming out and of course our trip to Atlanta took place and more things took place in between. We did meet Jason Leighbrecht from this series which was awesome and now get to review it. I was hoping to save it when the next volume ends but apparently it’s delayed until next year. Let’s start with the disclaimer shall we?

Disclaimer

This review is based on thoughts and opinions from the lead writer of this blog. Please respect what she thinks on this volume because it won’t be the same as yours. You’ve been warned.

WHat Is Happening?

Since the end of Volume 7, Ruby and the gang have been going through a lot and that includes what they have to deal with in Atlas. With Penny now being the Winter Maiden, Cinder is even more determined to claim the Winter Mantle even more even if it means killing her while Team RWBY along with Jean, Ren, Nora, and all of the people they have met in Atlas must help the people from facing even more drastic but James Ironwood has come under the craziness of Salem and wants abandon Atlas in order to open the vault. Will Ruby and crew be able to save Atlas before it falls?

Thoughts

Oh man, I think this has been the best volume from what I’ve seen or at least the better one of the past few I’ve seen. I think the staff at Rooster Teeth has done a better job since the final few episodes were great. I wish they had audio description though since it would help me watch these episodes even with Volume 9. ROoster Teeth, please do audio description! Anyways, I like the theme song more than the past volume’s theme song because it fits with the tragedy unfolding in the series. I also liked how Penny handled her newer powers as well since she is a cyborg with a soul after all. She did kick the powers in pretty well especially when she was protecting Ruby in one of the early episodes. They weren’t kidding when they say not to mess with a Maiden even when they have friends. I did find it interesting that this volume did show Cinder’s back story in how she became to be. I can see why she went evil since she was essentially an orphan that became broken and couldn’t take being pushed around. She did take on a leader role towards the end of the volume though in order to continue Salem’s work. I thought Salem would kill her for taking on things without orders but that wasn’t the case. I wonder how Salem would continue with the next volume because things went to major shit, pardon my french there.

I did like the reveal of the Spear of Creation’s spirit though. I can’t find who voiced him but I think I like this spirit more than Jin, who was the Relic of Knowledge’s spirit. Basically with Relic of Creation, Ambrosius has to be given a task in full detail with schematics to create what the user wants. It can be simple or complicated but he will do it except one at a time. Except he can’t bring anyone dead back to life. Creation does make sense for Winter since you can create things in the snow and of course with most holidays people do create things. I am not sure what has happened with Summer and Fall Relics since the Fall Relic is still hidden after Cinder gets the powers and Summer has not been revealed yet. WHich I will talk more about in what I want to see in the next volume.

Acting

I have to say the acting is on point this volume due to the situation the characters have gone through this time. I kind of am hearing the voice for Ruby cracking though since she may be getting older but I have noticed some instances where she’s yelling that her voice goes a bit higher but a forced higher pitch. I think it would be better if the actress doesn’t force it. I understand Ruby is supposed to be the youngest but she is growing as the series continues. I did see a comment on one video where someone said if they made a video game they want to voice Ruby. I do have to give major props to the rest of the cast, especially with Taylor McKnee who voices Penny. She played her conflicted self and nice self throughout this volume without a problem, especially the points where she got hit by a virus and passed on her powers towards the end. I know it’s sometimes hard keeping the character going even in a series like this but Taylor did it very well. Everyone else was still the same since they did keep everyone, even Jason Leighbrecht since he is now Qrow. Someone did say in one comment that Qrow sounded awful to them but gotta remember that VIc Mignogna did get fired from the series. You can watch Illuminati’s video on Funimation which talks about Vic in that and did point out how he was let go from Rooster Teeth. I think Jason did a good job and can’t wait to see what Volume 9 may have in store for Qrow and the rest of the characters.

What I want to See Next?

I am hoping that Volume 9 will finally reveal Summer because we are at the point that not only do we have the Winter Maiden pass onto another host but we already know Spring and Fall, where’s Summer? Is she hiding in Vakuyo or in a different town that they need to go to? I have a feeling that they are in Vakuyo and it would be interesting to see if they help Ruby and crew once they arrive since that is the next destination after all. I am also wanting to see what has happened to Ironwood since he had his butt kicked for abandoning Atlas and was going to have it fall. This is what happens when you let Salem in, dude. Come to think of it, it went the same way with Lionheart in volume 5. My question now, will the new Winter Maiden hide or will she be able to help more since everything is going nuts in Remnant? I hope so since Penny helped out a lot, why not the new one? 

Rating: 5 Shooting Paw Prints Out of 5

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

RWBY Volume 8 Review

I know another detour but this time it’s a review again! I will get back to RangerStop & Pop’s final post which I did put up in the press room videos on our YouTube but with the announcement that I want to wait a little to come up with my words. So, I figured doing this review would be a bit of a buffer due to finally finishing the eight volumes in RWBY. Why did it take so long? Well, I was busy in between the episodes coming out and of course our trip to Atlanta took place and more things took place in between. We did meet Jason Leighbrecht from this series which was awesome and now get to review it. I was hoping to save it when the next volume ends but apparently it’s delayed until next year. Let’s start with the disclaimer shall we?

Disclaimer

This review is based on thoughts and opinions from the lead writer of this blog. Please respect what she thinks on this volume because it won’t be the same as yours. You’ve been warned.

WHat Is Happening?

Since the end of Volume 7, Ruby and the gang have been going through a lot and that includes what they have to deal with in Atlas. With Penny now being the Winter Maiden, Cinder is even more determined to claim the Winter Mantle even more even if it means killing her while Team RWBY along with Jean, Ren, Nora, and all of the people they have met in Atlas must help the people from facing even more drastic but James Ironwood has come under the craziness of Salem and wants abandon Atlas in order to open the vault. Will Ruby and crew be able to save Atlas before it falls?

Thoughts

Oh man, I think this has been the best volume from what I’ve seen or at least the better one of the past few I’ve seen. I think the staff at Rooster Teeth has done a better job since the final few episodes were great. I wish they had audio description though since it would help me watch these episodes even with Volume 9. ROoster Teeth, please do audio description! Anyways, I like the theme song more than the past volume’s theme song because it fits with the tragedy unfolding in the series. I also liked how Penny handled her newer powers as well since she is a cyborg with a soul after all. She did kick the powers in pretty well especially when she was protecting Ruby in one of the early episodes. They weren’t kidding when they say not to mess with a Maiden even when they have friends. I did find it interesting that this volume did show Cinder’s back story in how she became to be. I can see why she went evil since she was essentially an orphan that became broken and couldn’t take being pushed around. She did take on a leader role towards the end of the volume though in order to continue Salem’s work. I thought Salem would kill her for taking on things without orders but that wasn’t the case. I wonder how Salem would continue with the next volume because things went to major shit, pardon my french there.

I did like the reveal of the Spear of Creation’s spirit though. I can’t find who voiced him but I think I like this spirit more than Jin, who was the Relic of Knowledge’s spirit. Basically with Relic of Creation, Ambrosius has to be given a task in full detail with schematics to create what the user wants. It can be simple or complicated but he will do it except one at a time. Except he can’t bring anyone dead back to life. Creation does make sense for Winter since you can create things in the snow and of course with most holidays people do create things. I am not sure what has happened with Summer and Fall Relics since the Fall Relic is still hidden after Cinder gets the powers and Summer has not been revealed yet. WHich I will talk more about in what I want to see in the next volume.

Acting

I have to say the acting is on point this volume due to the situation the characters have gone through this time. I kind of am hearing the voice for Ruby cracking though since she may be getting older but I have noticed some instances where she’s yelling that her voice goes a bit higher but a forced higher pitch. I think it would be better if the actress doesn’t force it. I understand Ruby is supposed to be the youngest but she is growing as the series continues. I did see a comment on one video where someone said if they made a video game they want to voice Ruby. I do have to give major props to the rest of the cast, especially with Taylor McKnee who voices Penny. She played her conflicted self and nice self throughout this volume without a problem, especially the points where she got hit by a virus and passed on her powers towards the end. I know it’s sometimes hard keeping the character going even in a series like this but Taylor did it very well. Everyone else was still the same since they did keep everyone, even Jason Leighbrecht since he is now Qrow. Someone did say in one comment that Qrow sounded awful to them but gotta remember that VIc Mignogna did get fired from the series. You can watch Illuminati’s video on Funimation which talks about Vic in that and did point out how he was let go from Rooster Teeth. I think Jason did a good job and can’t wait to see what Volume 9 may have in store for Qrow and the rest of the characters.

What I want to See Next?

I am hoping that Volume 9 will finally reveal Summer because we are at the point that not only do we have the Winter Maiden pass onto another host but we already know Spring and Fall, where’s Summer? Is she hiding in Vakuyo or in a different town that they need to go to? I have a feeling that they are in Vakuyo and it would be interesting to see if they help Ruby and crew once they arrive since that is the next destination after all. I am also wanting to see what has happened to Ironwood since he had his butt kicked for abandoning Atlas and was going to have it fall. This is what happens when you let Salem in, dude. Come to think of it, it went the same way with Lionheart in volume 5. My question now, will the new Winter Maiden hide or will she be able to help more since everything is going nuts in Remnant? I hope so since Penny helped out a lot, why not the new one? 

Rating: 5 Shooting Paw Prints Out of 5

I found this has been my favorite volume and hoping that they keep up like the first three volumes had. The acting was amazing and I hope that they keep up the acting as well. I am glad they are delaying the next one since it gives the crew more time to work on the next part of the story and I don’t like a rushed story, which is how I felt about Volume 4 and 5. Let’s see how that goes!

I will end this post on that and can’t wait what Volume 9 brings in 2022. As promised, I will wrap up the RangerStop & Pop posts since I’m still reading a few books that need to be read from NetGalley. Stay tuned!

I found this has been my favorite volume and hoping that they keep up like the first three volumes had. The acting was amazing and I hope that they keep up the acting as well. I am glad they are delaying the next one since it gives the crew more time to work on the next part of the story and I don’t like a rushed story, which is how I felt about Volume 4 and 5. Let’s see how that goes!

I will end this post on that and can’t wait what Volume 9 brings in 2022. As promised, I will wrap up the RangerStop & Pop posts since I’m still reading a few books that need to be read from NetGalley. Stay tuned!

Subscription Satellite: Ipsy Glam Bag X November 2021

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

Ipsy Glam Bag X November 2021

            So, the last bag is the Glam Bag X which is the last tier of Ipsy and it’s a quarterly version of Glam Bag Plus. This bag is $55 every third month and you get eight items and choose four of them! These are curated by special guests and this month we have Huda Katan from Huda Beauty. Let’s see what I got this month with what she chosen for me and what I chose for myself. But first, I did get an add-on.

Add-On: Nomad Cosmetics Venice-Simplon Eye Shadow Pallet

            This month if you had GB Plus you would have gotten the newest pallet from Nomad Cosmetics which is the Venice-Simplon Pallet. Since I didn’t get GB Plus this month, I did get this as an add-on which I was very excited about due to how I love this brand. This has nine shades, and they include sparkly shades in it as well. I can’t wait to use this once I get the shades and their descriptions from their website. This retails for $29.

PMD Beauty Clean Smart Facial Device in Warmth

            First up is product from PMD Beauty and it’s a facial tool. I remembered that I may have bought this as an add-on with my Glam Bag Plus a while back and surprised to get another one all thanks to Huda. It is a device that helps with pores and giving the face a nice massage. You can use the first two modes to apply your cleanser and the last two for moisturizer. Come of think of it, the cleanser I got from allure is not a tube so I may have to try this with that. Let’s see how it goes! This retails for a whopping $99.99! So glad I did not buy it because it’s pricey. Come to think of it, that one company that everyone got the cleansing brush from was around $100 and they did go out of business, don’t know why.

 

Goldfaden MD Needleless Line Smoothing Concentrate

            Next up is an item from Goldfaden MD. This is my second item from this brand. This is a serum that helps lift the skin and keep fine lines away. I would use this to moisturize within my skin care routine and glad to have one once I’m done with the Good Molecules one, I’ve been enjoying. This serum does contain Hyaluronic Acid and seaweed extract. Oh jeez, I hope my skin doesn’t wig out with the seaweed extract when it doesn’t like actual seaweed on my skin, but I do love eating it. This retails for $160.

Sunday Riley Clean Rinse Clarifying Scalp Serum

            Why does most skin care have the longest names? Anyways, so the next item is from Sunday Riley and it’s a scalp serum? Weird? Let’s see what this one is all about. It is basically a serum that helps refreshes the scalp from any product build up and pollution to help refresh hair with AHA and BHA. I do tend to use some products on my hair to keep my hair from frizzing up, also use dry shampoo and a pomade to keep my hair in shape during the week at work. I will have to use this and see how it goes. This retails for $48.

Huda Beauty Diamond Balm Lip Balm in Seductress

            Next up is a product from Huda Beauty. I love this brand and glad to get another lip product. This lip balm is infused with mango butter and coconut oil which packs in moisture and gives a sheer shimmer touch to the lips. I found it in my box, and it smells like coffee. I will keep on using it since I do love their lip products. This retails for $25.

Rare Beauty Positive Live Illuminator in Transcend

            I have heard good reviews about Selena Gomez’s brand, Rare Beauty. I was a fan of her show Wizards of Waverly Place and did love the movie Princess Protection Program where she and Demi Lovato took on an evil king or poser king in that one. This is a highlighter that is also a liquid that I am able to use the doe foot first and then blend it in with whatever tool I have. I am not sure what color it is, but I bet it looks nice. I will try it out and see what I think. This retails for $22.

Huda Beauty Haze Obsessions Pallet in Purple

            Next up is another Huda item and it’s a shadow pallet from her in the Haze Obsessions Collection in Purple. I’ve gotten many other Obsessions pallets and they are pretty good. This is a pallet that has a combination of pinks and purples and be able to blend with each other. I have to try this out and see how it goes since it’s been a while since I got a new Obsessions pallet. This retails for $29.

Freck Beauty Rich Bitch Cactus Vitamin C Moisturizer

            Next up is a moisturizer from Freck Beauty. It was hard for me to choose items from the second group but saw this one which came in time for my dry patch situation. Also, when I saw this, I had to have it. I never seen a moisturizer that contained anything cactus related even though I have enjoyed cactus water as a soda substitute. It’s really good, I highly recommend. Not only it has Vitamin C, but it also has A. D. and E as well and Hahoba. I will definitely try this out since winter does make anyone’s skin dryer, hell even dryer since it does get really cold at times here on the coast. This retails for $32.

Ipsy Royal Clutch

            Final item is the Ipsy Royal Clutch. One thing I find missing from this Glam Bag is an actual Glam Bag which I was hoping when I signed up for this tier. They did it with the Glam Bag Lux but why not this one when Bag is in its name. They should give clutches for this tier. Ipsy, I hope you’re reading this! It’s a really good size bag which you can carry anything in this when traveling. Also, you can use it as a clutch on a night out if you want which has a strap in the middle. I’m glad to choose this in this box because group number three had crappy products. I don’t get why the first two groups have really good items and then the last not so good? They need to ramp things up with this one and GB Plus since Group 3 with that tends to suffer as well.

            So, that completes this GBX. I do have to say that some of the items are pretty good, but they need to work on the final group for the choice products because I feel like they are the leftover. I mean I am getting an interesting moisturizer out of one of them and an awesome new addition to my collection of Huda Obsessions pallets. Also, I am getting to try Rare Beauty after hearing so much of it. What’s next? I am going to try and get the Press Room videos up this coming week or the next so I can wrap up the press coverage from RangerStop & Pop. Plus, I do have book reviews coming up since it’s been so long, and I have dug out my Kindle to start reading again. Stay tuned!

Subscription Satellite: Ipsy Glam Bag November 2021

https://www.pureambeauty.com/products/ph-balance-calming-tonerHello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! I am back with another box!

Ipsy Glam Bag November 2021

            It’s time for my Glam Bag for this month and it is an interesting one despite one item. This bag is $`3 a month with five samples of products either deluxe size or full size. It ranges from drugstore to luxury, and you get brands you may have heard of or may be new to you. It includes skin care, makeup, brushes, and tools alongside a cute makeup bag. Let’s see what I got shall we?

Cake Beauty Intensive Body Balm

            First up is a product from Cake Beauty! I have enjoyed the hand creams from this brand and glad to get a body balm but will also be using it as a hand cream. This balm melts into the skin with coconut oil, aloe vera, and shea butter missed into it. I can see how since I started using this it did melt easily into my hands. It felt like batter at first but melted as I rubbed it in. I will keep on using it as a hand cream since the deluxe size is better for that anyways.

IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil in Universal Taupe

            Next up is a product from IT Cosmetics and it’s one of their brow pencils and can’t get enough brow products. I heard these guys are big in the brow department alongside Benefit and Anastasia Beverly Hills and it’s good to try out a pencil from these guys since I have tried a few from other brands. This pencil has a spool and a pencil tip on the other and the pencil doesn’t cause any streaks due to how real hairs can be drawn. It’s also sweat proof, which if you live in Australia or taking a vacation there to feel their summer weather then this would be a perfect travel companion. I think once I get into this thing it will be summer https://www.pureambeauty.com/products/ph-balance-calming-tonerfor me since I still have one part of a brow kit left. I will try this out and see how it goes!

Kenzie Darling Daydream

            Next up is a fragrance from Kenzie! I love myself a good perfume and getting to try some deluxe sizes of different ones makes me happy. This one contains pink grapefruit, mixed berries, and vanilla bean and it smells divine! I mostly smell the fruit parts of this perfume over the vanilla because I feel that the berries and grapefruit have more of the better mix, and it gives a nicer smell in my opinion. I wish more perfumes had this combination, but I do still enjoy my earthy tones and some sweet here and there.

Pure AM PH Calming Toner

With this month’s choice I decided to go with skin care, and I think it was the right choice after having the weird dry patch areas. I went with this calming toner with a milky smoothness that contains Hyaluronic acid, sicca oil, and other ingredients to help with hydration. By the looks of it it is a morning routine which does work for me. I will use this after trying out the one from Allure and see how it goes!

Tanais Liquid Kajal in Starless Night

            Last item and it’s an eyeliner pen. Another black liner pen. Really Ipsy? Can’t I get a different color again? I don’t mind getting black liners, but I’ve got so many now and I prefer using a colored one time to time. Of course, this would have the usual smudge proof and gentle for eyes claims. This does have a nice brush tip though so it could help with an easy line. I hope with December being the more festive month I would get a festive color. 

            Well, that’s it for this box! I am already enjoying the Cake Beauty Body Balm and the Kenzie perfume so far and will be using the brow pencil and the toner when I get to them. I did have to put the liner pen with all my other liners unfortunately since I have so many now. I hope there is a new color if I get a liner. Next up is Glam Bag X!

Subscription Satelite: Allure Beauty Box November 2021

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! I am back with the first of the box subscriptions for November!

Allure Beauty Box November 2021        

This box is done by Allure Magazine. It contains products that editors have chosen for many articles in their magazine. It ranges from drugstore to luxury and it ranges from skin care to makeup to now tools. This box is $23 a month. Let’s see what I got shall we?

Tarte Quick Stick Waterproof Shadow and Liner in Rose Gold Luster and Black

         First item is from Tarte and that is their Quick Stick shadow and liner duo. I wanted to try this so much all thanks to Tati talking about it. When I saw this being an item I was very excited to try. This features a black liner on one side that glides on smooth and the other a rose gold shadow that brightens up the eyes. I’ve been enjoying shadow sticks for a quick eye look especially if I need to be on the run and glad to try this out and see how it goes. The taupe one is on my Favorites tab on the Ulta app so will see how this goes first since I am a sucker for rose gold! This retails for $25.

Wonder Beauty Upgraded Lashes Treatment Mascara

         Next up is a mascara from Wonder Beauty. I remembered when I first subscribed to Allure’s box I got a Wonder mascara as well. Now that it has been a few years since I got one and seeing that they’re back makes me happy! This mascara is a non-clumping nor smudging formula with an hour glass shape to the brush that has comb-like bristles to it. This helps with separating lashes for maximum volume and the formula includes peptides panthenol to help with nourishment when applying the mascara. I can’t wait to try this one out. I almost worn it to work thinking it was a primer but glad to find out this is a mascara. This retails for $26.

Eyeko Lash Curler

         I love using lash curlers to give a nice curl before my mascara is put onto my lashes. I even surprised my dad when I told him I know how to use one when I picked up a Revlon one for my travels to Atlanta. This has a nice curve that you don’t need a very steady hand but to me you need one just in case. Plus, it does rest against your cheek easily for that curl. I did try this out once the box got to me and man it looked flimsy but did its job. It also comes with an extra pad. This retails for $15.

Whamisa Organic Flowers Toner Rich

         Next up is a hydrating toner which I need right now. Recently, I have noticed my skin has had some dry patches on my cheeks and even gave me a major scab but working on healing it. This is a toner that is water-like with a subtle rose scent to it. This is a morning product which will definitely help and can layer everything else on top. This retails for $43.

Neogen Dermology Youth Repair Cream

         Next up is an interesting product! This is a moisturizer that contains eleven peptides, Hyaluronic Acid, and ceramides to give the skin a bouncy glow. Again, dry patches have emerged and this came in time for me! This is something I can use before sunscreen during the day apparently which is perfect@ This retails for $48.

Simply by Helena Simple Cleanser

         Another cleanser for my collection! This has a gentle formula that is milky with a soft lavender scent including chamomile, water and goat’s milk. This can be used morning and night and as a makeup remover. I am into gentle cleansers so I do prefer a nice washing at the end of my day while in the shower. This retails for $29.99 for four ounces. I guess this has multiple sizes.

Piliy Ani Self Care Night Recovery Oil

         This next item is a facial oil that helps with hydration and I definitely need this! This contains squalene alongside plant derivative extracts to hydrate the skin. This is a last part of the nightly routine which is perfect for me. This retails for $72.

         That is it for this box! Wow, what a haul! I would have to say that this box beats last month’s due to how I wanted to try the Tarte Quick Stick and was glad to get another lash curler to try. I will definitely use all of these products and see how my face feels afterwards. Winter is coming and we have gotten some cooler weather so far and I’m ready for Christmas! Next post is the Ipsy Glam Bag!

Convention Quadrant: NFB Virtual State Convention Tour

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! taking a bit of detour with this!

NFB Virtual State Convention Tour

            This past year and last year, the Zoom platform has been a big platform for virtual conferences and the National Federation of the Blind was one of the associations that used this platform to put on events. This gave me a chance to meet people across the United States, especially students. I’ve gone to some this year and I do have some thoughts as well.

Disclaimer

            This post is based on thoughts of the writer’s experience of this blog. Please respect her thoughts on what she experienced@ You have been warned!

            The conventions I attended included Massachusetts, South Dakota, National, Greater D. C., New York, Virginia, Texas, and Michigan. It was my second year at the Virginia Convention during the weekend of Halloween and it was fun this year. I did have to miss the banquet this year due to being with friends in Orlando for our scary movie night. I did attend their Camp Fire Stories which lets people share horror stuff and paranormal experiences. I did share Rayne’s experience living in Philadelphia where he lived in a home where the basement door was put in his room due to the renovations. The door had a padlock and chain but did see a girl wearing period clothing since Pennsylvania was one of the original thirteen colonies. One day his mom, if I remembered, did see the lock and chain were removed and the door was opened. I did bring up Mile Higher podcast since they did talk about the situation in Gary, Indiana when a family ended up going through a demonic event. I would recommend that by the way. It was fun hearing some creepy pasta stories on top of it. I did attend the Virginia Association of Blind Students meeting and enjoyed being in break out rooms with them. While I was attending the convention, I did find out I got accepted to George Mason since I did have to withdraw from U. Mass earlier this year. I was relieved that I didn’t get the National Scholarship after being withdrawn. I did take a bit of a break from conventions before National and decided to attend since it was online again due to Delta being rampant. It was fun since I got to learn about Maryland’s history since it was the host state and let New Orleans be the location next year. It was fun seeing Homer Simpson getting a workout with the Louisiana Center for the Blind. All thanks to the attendance, I joined the Writers Division since I was in the middle or writing my book.

            South Dakota, New York, Texas, and Michigan were new environments when it came to meeting people. South Dakota was a one day thing and I was glad to listen in on the person who got into WayAround tags for their seeds to grow in their garden. I did start getting into these and have enjoyed them and found them better than braille labelling tape due to how much the glue wears out due to the humidity here in Florida. I’ve been enjoying the WayLink more than my phone due to how I can just go handheld without wearing out my phone. It’s now easier labelling my eyeliner pencils and other stick makeup. I do like that I can put the purchase date when I got my mascara which helps with expiration. New York was my favorite along with Virginia because it was how I got back into art. I used to draw back in the day and I was sad when I had to give it up when I noticed my right eye was not focusing right. I came to this convention to attend the showing of Off the Canvas which is a documentary showing art teachers who are blind teaching others who are sighted or blind how to do art. One of them even paints and even had it on display. After that I knew it was possible to get back into it and felt good to get to it. Even though my art is a bit abstract but using watercolor again alongside pens, markers and now using watercolor pencils gave me a new hope. I will continue doing it even  when it comes to buying supplies. Heck, I felt alive going back into the art area of Michael’s picking up a brush, paper pads for watercolor and markers. I was so happy! I did get to meet the students as well which they were also welcoming like the other states too. It felt good to be around them again even if I didn’t have the news at the time about George Mason.

            There were some things I’ve did notice that I did not like as much. During Massachusetts, they had a makeup panel and they invited someone from Mary Kay who was a rep and same with a Color Street rep. I went in with an open mind but as the panel took place I wished it would have been different. As a makeup user, I am not a fan of MLM products and even done a post about this and prefer getting items from brands I know and love already that I tried over time or gotten through Ipsy or Allure’s subscriptions. I felt that the panel should have had better speakers that either can give tips on putting on makeup or get Molly Berk as a guest since she has done makeup for years as well. I even done makeup on my channel and could have done a better job. I felt this panel was just MLM hype and to tell you the truth I feel bad for anyone who is blind that has started selling for these companies because they have no idea that there is something dark behind the scenes. When I was at Greater D. C. I had to leave the Women of the NFB panel after one woman said she sells for Paparazzi and I watched Savanah Marie’s interview with a mom and daughter who used to be in there and witnessed messed up stuff. I don’t want to get into too much of it but want to point out that Paparazzi is not ADA compliant. The A. D. A. basically grants disabled people certain rights and that includes using equipment and this mom experienced being on a cruise where a woman’s husband was on a scooter and could not go onto one of the locations with it and he has to use it, not even walk when asked about that. This caused an uproar and that caused the mom and daughter to be dropped. I would feel horrible if this woman went on a cruise and was told she could not bring her guide dog or cane on an excursion. I remembered being on a Carnival cruise with my parents and nobody got on me for having my cane with me, they helped me everywhere even in Belize at the Mayan Ruins. Plus, I could imagine how much it costs for these women to buy the products and hearing about the income claims not being as great. I listened to Roberta Blevvin’s podcast and she had one where she read people’s horror stories while in MLMs and even had people as guests to tell their stories and one girl talked about how she spent so much and sold her stuff and didn’t make much in profit which was around $2500 when she spent way more than that. I understand you have to spend money to make it, not here when it costs a lot and the product is not great. I remember my lip gloss from Mary Kay which was the size as a Butter Gloss from NYX. I can get a Mac gloss for the same price and it’s bigger because of the amount of product being more than what I paid for than the Mary Kay. I get better advice at Mac and Ulta since I get more help in color matching, skin care, and where to find products. Again, I feel that these women are in something that would take advantage of them and would feel even worse if they get dropped for nothing like Tracy, the mom I talked about, and her daughter had from Paparazzi. I would suggest watching Savannah’s interview because it has a lot.  Also, Ilumninati did a video on Color Street not long after the Massachusetts convention and I saw that and like I said I paint my nails or put on press-on since strips don’t seem to stay for me. I could say the same about the other two. I’ve heard that Dashing Diva has better ones.

            Well, that was a long one but I did enjoy a good part of the aspects of this year. I hope to get to go to  an NFB convention in person again since it felt good to go to one back in Atlanta, RangerStop & Pop by the way, since it doesn’t feel the same doing it online except we have gone through a terrible pandemic and I think it’s long enough. I was glad to be vaccinated and got my booster recently even though it put me down for three days but got extra protection. Now knowing that kids can get vaccinated, it’s time to get in line and end this thing. I heard that people in Colorado during their convention got it, including President Riccabono. Again, it’s time for it to end. Sorry for the MLM rant but I felt it’s time to have that. If you want to be empowered, know that it’s really from within and you can empower yourself without toxic positivity. I’m already empowered with all the things I’ve been doing for years including Nerdy Shique Universe since I already represent a group in the convention and anime communities alike. I will definitely get my Allure Beauty Box up next!

Convention Quadrant: RangerStop & Pop Friday Panel Videos

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RangerStop & Pop Friday Panel Videos

            I am now bringing you Friday’s videos from RangerStop & Pop. We did a have a mini vlog but didn’t do much with it since we were always running, however you can go to our channel to see them. I figure to post the videos from the panels and will get the press room ones up soon. Let’s get to the first one!

Red Ranger Panel

            First one was the Red Ranger Panel. This has been a bi one at both Orlando and Georgia ones from what I’ve seen. I did record the one during the 2018 Red Range panel that was a last-minute add-on and that was amazing since they did have Space Red, Christopher Kayman Lee, Light Speed Red, Sean Johnson, and even the original Red Ranger from the Japanese Mighty Morphen team. With this one we had rangers from Dino Charge, Beast Morphers, and of course Mighty Morphin. Time Force Red didn’t show up until Saturday so no showing. Here is the video for you guys to see!

Red Ranger Panel

David Yaust Panel

            The other panel we attended was David Yaust’s panel. The reason why it is in two parts is because we had to leave our video camera on the charger in our room, so we took our new digital camera for photos. I think we did Rayne proud whenever I get those up onto Facebook but it was a great back up just in case. Trust me I have enough SD cards. Back to the panel, I did grow up with Mighty Morphin as a seven-year-old and remembered him being the blue ranger for the longest time before the newer series came in. I even met him during Anime Festival Orlando back in 2010. It was great to hear about what he has planned during this panel Hearing about his project made a lot of us excited and can’t wait to see it. To hear more, here are the links to check out!

David Yaust Panel Part 1

David Yaust Panel Part 2

            That is, it for this post! So, enjoy the videos and subscribe to our channel while you’re at it! Next will be my Allure Beauty Box for November!

Subscription Satellite: Allure Beauty Box October 2021

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Allure Beauty Box October 2021

            I understand that October is over, but I have not gotten a chance to post this. I was busy with work, attended virtual NFB conventions, and have applied to college again and got accepted. I will be announcing something at the end of the last RangerStop & Pop post, so stay tuned when that takes place! So, this box contains six items for $23 and it contains items that get featured by editors of Allure Magazine. It goes from drugstore to luxury, and you get deluxe sizes and full sizes for a nice mix of items. I was excited for one product which I will get into detail once I get to it, let’s see what October offered!

Nature Lab Perfect Leave In Repair Treatment

            First item is from Nature Lab and that is their Perfect Leave In Repair Treatment. I enjoy leave in treatments for my hair, especially with helping repairing frizz. I haven’t used this yet since I still have some products to get through but will start using it. I’m glad to get a full-size of this item in my box which makes it better. The claims that are helps with shine and repair any frizz or breakage with carotene which is good for the hair. I will see how this goes! This retails for $16.

First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser

            Yay! Another item from First Aid! This brand has been helping me out so far and I have been enjoying what I’ve been using so far. When I saw this arrive, I was happy! This is a fragrance-free cleanser with aloe that helps with removing dirt, oil and any makeup that may be left behind or can be used as makeup removal. I can see where double cleansing would be important since most makeup can be missed; I admit it with my lashes with any mascara. I will use this in the shower since I can get rid of any residue from the day while showering. This retails for $34 for 8 oz.

Wish Pink Champagne Lip Balm

            Next up is a lip balm type gloss from Wish. I never heard of these guys until now and glad to get this. This is a balm with a clear sheen to it, this keeps the moisture even when the sheen disappears. It has botanicals to help with the moisture. You can put this on top of any lip product to give off a sheen or use it at night. This retails for $20.

Kaja Bento Bouncy Shadow Trio

            Next up is a shadow trio from Kaja and I’m wearing it now! I heard of these guys through YouTube and wanted these since it’s neat with how they package their products. It is like a mini bento box where the shadows are stacked into it. This is a neutral trio which I use the third shade as definer, the middle as my crease, and the one on top for my brow which is easy to use. I did use a brown liner to bring it together. I will keep using this, plus it would be perfect for travel since it won’t take up too much room and it wouldn’t crease throughout the day. I will look in my local Sephora for another one of these! This retails for $21.

Boshia 0.6 Pro Retinal Waterless Treatment

            This is one new item that shown up in my box and it’s also full-size. I have not tried anything from Boshia but had heard good things from this brand through YouTube. I know Sephora carries them but also Ulta I think but I know they are a bit pricey. I have been using this at night since retinal is better to put on at night than the day because it doesn’t pair well with sunlight, which causes the skin to need sunscreen. I do use sunscreen all thanks to the Vogue video that people talked about with Gwyneth Paltrow who only puts sunscreen on her nose and other areas highlighter gets applied. I of course put sunscreen all over my face, I can’t do it on the rest of my body because it’s sensitive towards it. Anyways, tangent aside, so far, my skin has not reacted badly to this product, I will be keeping on using this, I did read I can use this with moisturizers, I am using one with snail mucus and will see how well it pairs with it tonight. This retails for $48.

            That completes it! I couldn’t find the Dr. Brandt moisturizer I am also using during the day but it’s going well with that one too, I did get a deluxe size of that. I will use the Kaja stack since I love the idea of having a shadow stack like this. I know one other brand does something similar but with magnets. I will drop by Sephora. So far, the Boshia product is going well. I will use the Nature Lab item to see how well it goes with my hair. Next up will be the Friday panels from RangerStop & Pop! Stay tuned!

Subscription Satelite: Ipsy Glam Bag October 2021

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Ipsy Glam Bag Oct. 2021

Another month, another subscription and that is my Glam Bag for this month. I have to say is that it was interesting since they added mostly skin care products but I did get one add-on.

Add-On: Hip Dot Witchy Warms Pallet

My add-on is from Hip Dot Cosmetics and that is their pallet for the Halloween Season! This year I’ve noticed brands have done some awesome items, I am looking at you Color Club since I’m wearing one of their glow in the dark polishes and it’s been so long since I got any and not sure if my Sinful one has stayed fresh right now. I am missing my nuclear reactor nails. Anyways, this pallet is a nine pan pallet with warm hues and I used it yesterday and loved it so far! I will use the other rows in this pallet to get more of a feel of the formula. THis retails for $16.

Chasin’ Rabbits Mindful Bubble Cleanse

First up is a product from a K Beauty Brand called Chasin’ Rabbits. I’m loving K Beauty and how much it has helped my skin so far since I have been using the Tony Moley AM Gel Cleanser every morning and this is one I decided to use to see how well it works with my skin. This is a gentle cleanser that has bamboo water that is supposed to moisturize the skin and made with charcoal to help with breaking down makeup as well if I did use this for that but I did wear makeup after a shower yesterday to try out the Hip Dot pallet and it did feel good on my skin this morning. It didn’t sting at all since with most charcoal items I feel a slight tingle due to how my skin is more dry versus oily and I did have had acne issues when I was younger but my skin was sensitive most of the time so I was glad this didn’t react with my skin badly. I will keep using this until it runs out. Not sure if I want to get a full size but time will tell!

F. A. R. A. H. Brushes Medium Shading Brush in Rose Gold

Next up is my choice item from F. A. R. A. H. Brushes and glad I chose this one. Plus, I do love rose gold next to marble. I did use this when I put on my defining shade yesterday and it applied very well. Plus, it opens me up to more of their brushes as I go. I hope to get a set of this collection since anything rose gold is what I love!

M2U NYC Eye Primer in Nude

Next up is an eye primer from a brand with an interesting name and spelling. I will have you guys take a look when I link this above with the heading. I did use this with my eye look to try this out and it’s one of those that has an applicator which makes it more sanitary than putting your finger in it. It claims to have the shadows stay put all day and it did with what I used on top of this primer. It did keep all my shadows on and that’s what I love about using eye primers. They also looked pigmented on my makeup wipe after I cleaned my face off. If you guys purchase this, I suggest putting on two coats and blend it with your finger afterwards since the applicator feels a little flimsy since it feels like a mascara wand to me but it works pretty well for an $8 item. Hope to try more from this brand!

Murad Youthful Retinol Renewal Night Cream

Next up is a Murad item and it’s a night cream. Even though I don’t have any wrinkles at my age but this product does help smooth these out and plump my skin with retinal. I will check this out since I do enjoy Murad products and it is a pretty good deluxe size with what they sent me in this bag. I know the full-size item will be close to the $100 mark since I have seen products like these around $85+. Again, I wait for Murad items I enjoy to go on sale during 21 Days of Beauty if they choose them.

Tony Moley Pumpkin Retinol Eye Cream

Final item is a product from Tony Moley. I have loved this brand since it has helped my skin out. This is an eye cream made with retinol and pumpkin extract to help with the eye area. I did try it out last night since I did have some help through Be My Eyes to find this product. I didn’t smell the pumpkin but it did cool my eye area and did go to sleep with it. I will see how it goes!

Well, that is it for this glam bag! It was an interesting one since I got two retinol items. I will see how they go with my skin. I did enjoy the brush so far and will definitely use the eye shadow pallet I purchased. I can’t wait to choose my item for November! What’s next? Allure Beauty Box!

Convention Quadrant: Saturday Panels at RangerStop & Pop 2021

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RangerStop & Pop Saturday Panels

Another RangerStop & Pop post and this time it’s the panels. This time RJ and I decided to split up where I done the panels and he done the press room which he was able to find after coming back from Kroger. I took notes and will be giving you what took place. First is my disclaimer!

Disclaimer

This post is based on the experience of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts on each panel! Thank you!

Beast Morphers

This year it was about the Beast Morphers crew alongside Time Force. We didn’t get to go to the mini events and the conventions where they had some Ranger cast members but glad to meet them at this one!

The Beast Morphers panel was the first one in the line of panels during Saturday’s event and it was interesting to hear from one of the latest teams since they are currently on Dino Fuery. Two of the cast members did watch some of the series, Rowry was a fan of the Disney era until S. P. D. Which we now have a copy of and Jazz did watch some to help him get into the feel for the series. What they’d brought up the most was about New Zealand itself since they were away from home they had to be in a house for several months filming the show and one thing was spending Thanksgiving out there and getting to try a pastry that you could find there. They also said don’t let visiting the sites there go to waste since the place is beautiful. I have heard that it is beautiful and can see why it’s perfect to film there, heck even Lord of the Rings was filmed out there and I wouldn’t mind visiting myself for the geology parts. They did wish they told the Dino Fuery cast when they were heading out there for filming to check out the island. Another thing was how they met Austin St. John since he was part of the crossover special for that season and they didn’t get to meet before until one night while having dinner. One of them didn’t realize it was him at the table, which they thought he was a crew member, which to be fair I could mistaken anyone as a cast member without voice recognition. They did like working with him since he’s one of the O. G. Members of the cast and one of the nicest you’ll ever meet.

Time Force

Next up is the Time Force panel. This year marks twenty years for the series and that got me excited for coming to RSP in the first place. Even though they were missing Erin and Dan, getting to meet Kevin, Deborah, Mike, and Jason was still an amazing time. Still surprised Jason recognized me through the mask. RJ did say I made an impression back in the day. Knowing meeting up with Dan would be the same thing. I did remember how we ended up on the same elevator as Mercury Ranger and he recognized RJ and he introduced me to him. Back to the panel! This did start out talking about how the series came a long way and that we kept it going as fans. They did do something different for this anniversary panel by having the cast play the Newly Wed Game which did fit with the idea. Mike and Jason did team up while Kevin and Deborah teamed up and not only they were getting questions from Steve but also themselves and the audience to guess about each other. Of course, the usual favorite episode one came up and Movie Madness is definitely a big favorite since they did end up in different movie scenarios. It did end with the being on a back lot tour that was led by Reuben Langdon in the episode. You didn’t know that? New thing! It was a fun time but more things to talk about!

My Hero Academia

Since this was also a pop culture themed convention, cast members from the anime My Hero Academia were among the guests this year and was glad to attend this panel since being a fan and can’t wait for Season 5 of the anime to be dubbed. The panel started off where Elizabeth Maxwell, Leah Clarke, and Jason Leighbrecht had to draw their characters. Wishing they had Chris Sabat at this since he would have fun drawing All Might while Elizabeth drew Midnight, Leah with Toga and Jason with Dobby. This was a first for voice actor panels to see a drawing contest amongst themselves. There were questions from the audience and I got in it as well. I did have to get sighted guide to the mike and did get to ask my favorite question which is what is the funniest thing that happened in the booth? I always ask this to voice actors and if I interviewed Jason then it would be asked but he did go first with that he placed his coat on a hanger over a radiator and it caused his cards to melt. I think it was either Elizabeth or Leah who said this but one of them had to record some awkward lines and she hoped others would laugh with her but no one did. And the last one was a prank with Kent Williams, who you may have seen My Hero Aca played Compress, pranked J. Michael Tatum which dealt with a sandwich? I was the last to ask the question since it ran out of time since so many things were talked about during the panel. I did like the person who asked about their favorite line and I gave it to Leah since she did play Toga, “You’re not my type.” Still can’t wait for the next season!

Mighty Morphen

Final panel is the Mighty Morphen panel and this was also a fun one since it involved the cast to play Family Feud. I did enjoy this one since we did have pretty challenging questions including name a state with the most sports teams, which never thought Pennsylvania being one of them, who knew? There was an animal one and what do you find in a candy bar. What I found interesting was that a candy bar is also named for a candy store in Australia so some of us were confused in the audience with Kat, so I kind of figured that out since we did have a candy store here in Orlando called The Candy Bar, which was an awesome one but closed down. At least we still have M&M World. The panel did finish with two questions from fans  which Paul answered favorite monster with JDF, which made sense with how he worked with Rita at first, and someone asked about the end of Samurai to Jason Narvy. Skull appears in the final episode to get Spike and Narvy gets asked who was the mom? Narvy tried to say he wasn’t sure but guessed Ms. Applebee from the first season. Which is true, we didn’t get to find out what had happened to Skull after leaving him behind during Lost Galaxy.

Well, that completes this panel post! It was enjoyable since it was a nice change with having cast members playing games at this one. Should bring it over to the Orlando side, especially Family Feud! Next up in RSP will be the Friday panels with videos, stay tuned! While the regular posts, Glam Bag Oct. 20

Subscription Satellite: Glam Bag Plus October 2021

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Glam Bag Plus October 2021

It is time for my Glam Bag Plus! They rose the price on both GB Plus and Glam Bag since they are adding more luxury brands to these bags which is a nice change. This is $28 a month and you get five full-size items from prestige to indie brands. You can get a range from hair care all the way to perfumes and even beauty tools. Plus, you get to choose three out of the five items in this bag every month. Let’s see what I got, as in what I chose and what are the items Ipsy chose.

Goldfaden MD RX Daily Nutrient Mist

First up is a mist from Goldfaden MD. I think I have tried these guys through this subscription before or maybe not? I know I have seen them floating around on the choices part for the original Glam Bag. This is a mist that is sup[posed to help dull, tired skin and protect it from pollution and blue light. Also, it can be used as a setting spray for foundation. There are times where my skin does get tired from a long day of work and tend to shower after a long day and may have to try this out even after showering. I will see how this works out with my sensitive skin since I have to be careful with some ingredients. This retails for $48.

Doucce Blush Powder Pallet

Next up is an item from Doucce. The first time I tried this brand was an eyeliner pencil a long time ago and using it in my many pencil liners to this day. Years later I’ve been enjoying them and this is a blush pallet. This comes with six shades where it’s three highlighters and three blushes in one pallet. I can’t wait to use this since I do love blush and powder seems to work a little bit better for myself. I will see how this goes and blends since I did mention in the makeup review when it came to my travel makeup that I have some trouble with some makeup products blending. Let’s see if these blend. This pallet retails for $55.

MOTD Gold Goddess Face Brush Set

Next up is one of the first items I picked and they are the Gold Goddess Face Brush Set from MOTD. These brushes are three face brushes that can be used with cream and powder products and can be used to contour, bronze, and highlight. I may use one for blush since it would be easiest for me that way. I did like the eye brushes I got from these guys and glad to try some face ones. These retail for $30.

Aricelli Eyeliner Duo in Black and Rose Gold with Sharpener

Next up is another item I picked and this time from Ariceli. These pencils have a gel formula that glides on like butter. The black one is matte while the rose gold is shimmery. What got me to choose this set is due to the rose gold since that is my favorite metal color. It also comes with a sharpener which makes it handier. I know I will use the rose gold one with a few looks I have coming up. These retail for $37.

Tokyo Milk French Kiss Perfume

Final item is the Tokyo Milk Perfume in French Kiss. When I saw this as a choice I had to get this one since I love perfumes, especially the ones that come in subscription boxes due to them being more unique. This is a blend of mandarin, a type of rose, and some earth to it which gives a blend of romance and felinity. I actually smell more of a sweet scent to this than the earthy notes when I sprayed it on my wrist when I got this bag today. Still, it is really a nice scent  even as it goes through the day. I may have to explore more of these scents since I do love newer perfumes. This retails for $38.

This completes my Glam Bag Plus! I am liking this more than my actual Glam Bag because that was confusing me with two of the choices and I will talk about it when that arrives. I will definitely enjoy the perfume the most since it’s unique and I I am enjoying it so far. I did try the spray briefly and it is powerful with the spray and have to be careful with that. I will see how the blush pallet goes since there are times where my blush seems to go nuts lately. Next up will be the Saturday panels from RangerStop & Pop this year.

Links to Items:

Goldfaden MD Mr. RX Daily Nutrient Mist

Doucce Posh Powder Pallet

MOTD Gold Goddess Face Brush Set

Araceli Eyeliner Duo and Sharpener in ROse Gold and Black Matte

Tokyo MilkFrench Kiss Perfume