Animation Quadrant: Oh Maidens In Your Savage Season

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Oh, Maidens in Your Savage Season

It’s been too long since I reviewed anime and glad to get around to it with this one. Richard and I got into this one all thanks to a favorite anime reviewer on the internet and it was a good change from the usual action-packed stuff we’ve been watching. First, I have to do this!

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts, opinions, and observations from the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts on this anime!

This anime follows a group of girls who are part of the Literature Club in their school and most of their reads are romance. Except when it comes to the romance outside of their novels, they enjoy it is anything but that.

Hongo is trying to write a lude romance novel and can’t seem to make it sound right, Kazusa has a crush on her long-time childhood friend except she doesn’t know if he would love her back, Momoko is trying to figure herself out whenever she helps Kazusa and Nina, Nina is trying to get over a creepy man in her past and Sanzaki is a sheltered nerd that is trying to break out when she falls for a guy that she is embarrassed about calling him her boyfriend. Will they get over their frustrations and find what they’re aiming for in love?

Thoughts: I did enjoy this anime! I find it it’s different from all of the other slice of life anime I have seen in the past like Lucky Star, Cromartie High, Genshinken, and more. This one felt a little more real because we’re seeing high school girls going through school and club activities and on top of that finding love. Even though it’s more than love they want which is of course the passionate hugging part. This feels like American Pie except what if it was told from a girl’s perspective even though these girls feel a bit more awkward even saying the word which they spell it out. In the Japanese version of this it would be S. E. Batsu which Batsu is the letter X while in the English dub they do spell it as S. E. X. Trust me, I sometimes become a little awkward talking about it and understandable so will be sticking to what is usually called as passionately hugging.

I would have to say that each girl encounters their love leading to it in different ways. Kazusa peeks in by accident on Izumi watching porn and in some kind of act, don’t want to go into detail, and later when they do get together, she thinks about getting some lingerie that would bring some interest. Sonazaki is the more interesting one because she was more of the sheltered nerd girl where wears glasses and has her hair up all the time and doesn’t know how pretty she is until she started dating a guy almost like her and lets it go to be like the other girls, even though she is afraid of their judgments. Momoko definitely gave off the lesbian vibe ever since me and Richard started watching the show from the first episode, heck she gets turned off by a guy that she went on one date with and wonders about her sexuality which is normal for most girls. Hongo and Nina…I am not sure how to talk about them. Like I mentioned before Hongo is a writer that seems to have a hard time writing the erotic stuff and was trying to get help from someone and that leads into a bit of a relationship out of jealousy in my mind since she is not like many other girls. Sometimes it’s also hard to get into a particular genre of writing which I can see where she would find ways of getting into someone’s pants to be inspired but it shows later on that she would write better in other genres than just the erotic stuff. While Nina, even though it shown in her past how she used to be in a big theater group when she was younger and had a crush on the troop teacher which he does become a little bit creepy down the road in the series. I kind of felt like Nina was a hard one throughout the series and that even though she was shooting for Izumi like Kazusa had except I felt like she was using him to get over the troop teacher, despite how much she wanted Izumi in the end. It was sweet of Kazusa that she wouldn’t mind but I don’t want to spoil too much and talk about how that ended but we did like how Nina ended it with troop teacher though and it was a nice blood spurt…in the face with a fist by the way!

I do have to give props to Brittney Karbowski with her performance as Kazusa because of how she was putting in so much for this role. She knows how to play awkward teens very well and we did get a lot of laughter with how much she was talking to herself when it came to thinking about Izumi. Trust me, I had those moments in high school myself when I crushed on a guy pretty hard.

Rating 5 Shooting Star Paws Out of 5! I found this was a really good slice of life series. It felt more real than just watching a cute series like Lucky Star where we’re seeing girls in a book club wondering when they will find their own romance leading into more things. I admit my least favorite characters are Hongo and Nina since I felt how they went through their so-called romances felt a bit slimy but I did find Momoko, Sanozaki, and Kazusa to be the better out of the group since they try to find their own love, even Momoko in the end which I don’t want to tell how her story played out in the end. I would say if you had VRV or ran into an anime shop or anime stand at a convention, once they start again by the way, I would say check this title out. Again, it was a nice change in between watching our favorite action anime and a nice buffer until the next season of My Hero Academia. Don’t worry, I am still working on getting the final season of Fairy Tale since I did buy a copy of Part 20 finally.

Well guys that is it for this review! I am really sorry for not getting any other reviews up. I have been really busy with work and school and of course with my injury from last year I was completely exhausted, of course we also did have to pack up for our move to a different part in town. So, I will bring more reviews including book reviews since I feel like I’m missing that as well. I say stay tuned since I am still reading some other books and trying to get around to them since I do have to read my textbooks and articles in between. Next up will be another empties post and the thing are it will not only be makeup related but also some food mixed in! So, stay tuned!

Subscription Satelite: Glam Bag February 2021

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Ipsy Glam Bag February 2021

Sorry for the bit of a wait on this but now it’s time for my Glam Bag for this month! This bag is $12 a month with deluxe to full-size items ranging from independent brands to luxury. You also get a makeup bag to go with it! Let’s see what I got!

Eyeko Galactic Lid Gloss in Zodiac: First up is an item from Eyeko. This is known as a lid gloss which is in a warm copper color with a shimmer finish. Perfect color since I do enjoy cooper colors. I will try this out since I enjoy the Eyeko mascara I purchased from Ipsy a while back.

F. A. H. R. A. Brushes Flat Foundation Brush: Next up is a brush from F. A. H. R. A. I have enjoyed this brush company so far and glad to get another brush to try from them. This brush is densely packed to be able to apply cream and liquid foundations smoothly without streaking. I’m using the Wet N Wild Dewy Foundation and will see how well this blends that whenever I apply it. Let’s see how it goes!

Kenzy So Beautiful Body Lotion: next up is a lotion from Kenzy. This lotion can be used as either a perfume or can be used on dry spots and all over the body. With sizes like I get in Ipsy I would use these as hand lotions. This contains apple, citrus, and florals. I will definitely use this for my hands.

Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Hair Mask: Next up is a product from Marc Anthony Hair Care. This is a hair mask that helps with curls by strengthening and moisturizing them with coconut cream, shea butter and marula oil. I have tried many hair masks in the past and Marc Anthony is one of them and glad to try another mask from these guys!

Pixie Beauty Endless Silky Eye Pen in Plum: Final item is from Pixie and it’s an eyeliner in plum. Glad it was plum. This is a silky eye pencil that goes on smooth and the plum color is striking. I will have to give this a try since I never tried an eyeliner from Pixie. I do enjoy purple liners and glad to try one from this brand.

That is, it for this bag! I didn’t get to choose this month but it’s okay that I didn’t. I will definitely enjoy what I got this month since it felt different from what I get in my bag each month. I can’t wait to use the brush the most since I do use a liquid foundation that I blend after placing it on my face. Next up is an anime review as a nice break from beauty products.

Subscription Satelite: Final No Make No Life Box!

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No Make No Life February 2021 And Now It is Cancelled!

I bet you are wondering, “Mari, what happened?” I cancelled my No Make No Life after how crappy shipping has been. When I first subscribed to this box it was amazing and got to me fast due to how DHL got it to me three days after it got shipped. Even got updates in text messages that it arrived and it was always on my door or in the package locker leading up to the move. By November, I noticed something different and that was how shipping was slow despite it being with DHL Express. I was wondering what was going on, even December’s box arrived after Christmas and then this box got me angry. Normally, I get this box quick and I felt that it took an entire month or more to get to me and that they charge me $45 every month with a good shipping service. Why break something that was working? I did email No Make No Life and they told me due to customs and not charging extra for even more shipping that they added tracking. Pardon my French but BULLSHIT! I am sorry but here is the thing, DHL Express already has their own tracking and Ipsy uses it a lot with their Glam Bags. What tracking does NMNL use? 17 Tracking which I feel it takes longer to get to me and yet we are still in the pandemic, which I understand shipping can take longer but my boxes get to me quickly. Even BoxyCharm gets to me fast with FedEx Tracking. Still mad and I felt that even though the products are great and cute but I cannot invest in a box that gets to me in a month after being shipped when they can just use the tracking service with DHL along with shipping with them. I’m not giving them any more of my hard-earned money so I decided to cancel before the next charge date and glad I did. Will I resubscribe? I am not sure, I MIGHT but if I want to go for another makeup subscription I would do it with another one but I will stick with BoxyCharm if it still goes well and both GB Plus and my Glam Bag alongside GB X with Ipsy. So, what did I get in my final box? Let us take a look!

Hello Kitty MakeUp Bag: First up is a makeup bag and it is a Hello Kitty one. I love Hello Kitty as you all know, I even finished my Sanrio Ita-Bag recently, this bag is cute but it feels cheaply made. I felt it was made mainly from plastic without a cloth lining. But it is made of vinyl for easy cleaning and with a sturdy zipper it claims in the magazine. I must see how well this goes since I do switch to my Glam Bag of the month.

CW7 Face Pack: Next is a peel off face pack from CW7. I may not use this because peel off masks is hard for me to use since I can get some of my hair and my brows. I decided not to do anything peel off. Sorry!

Patch Holi Kostopia Love Heart Eye Mask: Now something I would not mind using and that is a heart eye mask. These are little masks that help with puffy eyes and the delicate skin around them. These are made with sportswear fabric to help with lifting the eye bags. I cannot wait to use these!

Mediheal Piggymom Soak Soak Nose Pack: Next up is a product from Mediheal and it’s a three-step nose pack. It helps with black heads. I am not really that oily but sometimes I feel weird around my nose so I sometimes get a pore strip to help it.

Pokémon X Lovisia Marble Lip Balm: When I found out that Pokémon items were going to be in this month’s box, I was excited since I love Pokémon. This first item is a lip balm which makes me even happier since I love lip balm. I may have to put this in my Pokémon Ita-Bag. This is a marble lip balm that has different patterns but goes on clear. You could either have gotten Pikachu that has purple and yellow designs, Eevee which has purple and blue, Snorlax which is red and yellow, or Jigglypuff which is pink and yellow. Glad to get this which I will be placing this with my Pokémon themed one. I may have to look for these online since I do have a Pokémon pin bag that I got from Pokémon Center that will be my convention bag due to how big it is.

Pokémon X Lovisia Stick Blush: This is a stick blush that features a 3-D Pokémon character and you could get different ones that can add to your vanity. Each one has a different blush color and they are Pikachu which is milky pink, Eevee which is rose pink, Slowpoke which is coral pink and Mew as a pearl white highlighter. These have a long-lasting effect that will give you that fresh kissed glow. I will have to see which one I got but hoping Eevee since rose blushes look best on me.

Pokémon X Lovisia Hard Pressed Powder Compact: Final item is another Pokémon item which is a powder. I saw this on the website and hoped to get this since I do enjoy Pokémon and glad to get this in my box anyways. This is a pressed powder that is a pressed one that helps set makeup and gives a moisturized look. This has a small powder puff and has a heart design, sorry I meant heart! I think I will keep the compact afterwards since I do love Pokémon and glad to get this! This also comes in different colors for different skin issues which they are Pikachu, which is pink to help with blemishes, Eevee is green for redness and Snorlax for eye bags.

Pokémon X Lovisia Heart Point Pack: Okay, this is the final item! These are heart shaped heart patches that are made with collagen and hyaluronic acid and shea butter. These can be used on the face and bodyto help with moisture. I will have to try these since I do have dry areas on my knees and elbows.

Well, that is it for my last box with these guys. I know it is sad for me to say that this is my final box after being with them for a few months. I might come back to this subscription; I may return after the pandemic dies down since shipping has been crazy with most places but seeing it with this and how they switched shipping companies did make me mad. Now waiting on my Glam Bag so that is my last subscription and then I have an anime review and an empties post! Until next time!

Subscription Satelite: Glam Bag X February 2021

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Glam Bag X February 2021

So, Ipsy has added a new bag to their line up and that is Glam Bag X. They did away with the GB Ultimate due to how people were not liking it. Even though you got twelve items in Ultimate but four out of the twelve were deluxe size and the rest were full-size. Not only that, but I also seen people not liking what they were getting in their Ultimate every month and said it was not worth the $49.99. I am glad I didn’t go for it but I went for this one since it called out more. So, every three months your GB Plus gets upgraded to this bag and you get seven to eight full-size items and they are luxury brands for the most part. You get to choose four of them which makes more sense. It costs $55 every three months. I think this is worth it even more than Boxy Lux since I felt like the brands from that are already in my Base Box anyways. This month’s items were amazing for a start so let us see what I got this month!

Patrick Ta Monochromatic Moment Blush in She’s So Adorable: First up is a product from a brand I have heard of and was happy to get. This first bag was curated by Patrick Ta who is a celebrity makeup artist. This is the Monochrome Moment Blush from his own line and it is a golden peach blush that is supposed to give you that lit from within glow. This blush is made with plant-based moisturizers to help with that glow and this can also be doubled as an eye shadow too. I will be trying this out since it’s my first time trying out this brand! This item retails for $32.

Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Shadow Pallet: Next up is a shadow pallet from Huda Beauty and it is her Rose Gold Remastered pallet! When I saw this in my bag this month, I was really excited! I heard so many people enjoy this and the original pallet and I cannot wait to try this out. This is an eighteen-shade pallet with four different finishes, which when I was getting the shade descriptions I only saw matte and metallic unless they talk about warm-toned and dark-toned as finishes. You can go neutral or bold with these shadows. I know I can make a various amount of looks with these shadows and I cannot wait to play with my brushes! This retails for $65.

Pat McGrath Fetisheyes Mascara in Carbon Black: Next up is a product from Pat McGrath. I always hear about this brand all over YouTube and the MakeUp Awesomeness group and how so many people were debating to buy from this brand due to its high price points. Reason why I do not buy is due to how I can get awesome products for more than half the price but getting it here is awesome so I don’t have to pay that price and glad they put a mascara in this bag. This mascara claims to be a bold and flexible product that lets you have long lasting looks from fluttery lashes to really dramatic ones without the clumps. I will have to see about that since sometimes I do have some clumping if I am not too careful. I will have to see how this goes on top of my Tarte Stage One primer. This retails for $30.

Complex Culture Sonic T-Bar Massager: Next up is a product from Complex Culture and it’s different from what I’m used to too. This is a tool that helps with the skin by making it relax and less puffy. Apparently in someone’s review Patrick recommends that it should be used for serums and creams when it comes to spreading them. I must try this out with that since I do use a thick moisturizing cream at night. This retails for $58.

About-Face Paint It Matte Lip Color in Cautionary Tale: Next is a product from a brand called About-Face. This is a liquid lipstick that has minty matte formula that is long lasting too. This is a plum shade for your lips even though a review said it made her lips look brown. I do have to say is that I do not knock brown lipsticks myself since I sometimes wear one myself. I do love liquid lipsticks and I do use a lip primer first so I will see how this goes. This retails for $22.

IGK Hair First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo: Sorry guys, I made a mistake. You choose three items not four but the choices were good and some of them were hard to choose over! This first choice is from IGK Hair which is a dry shampoo. When I saw this, I had to go for it since I may be running low on both of my dry shampoos and it’s good to try a new one once in a while and glad to see this as a choice. This is a dry shampoo made with charcoal powder to help refresh second, third, and even fourth day hair and gets rid of that greasy feeling that builds up over time. I will be using this and see how it goes! This retails for $27.

Item Beauty One Hit Triple Action Setting Mist: Another item from Item Beauty and this is where I had the most trouble in my choices. Group 2 had awesome items to pick from. I almost went for the press-on nails but realized I got them in a set from Ipsy so I went for this since I do use setting sprays and remembered running low on my Tarte one at the time, which is now done, which I need to do an empties post. You can use this spray as a primer, as a setting mist and a refresher for your makeup. It is made with aloe, tiger grass extracts and lavender oils to help calm skin. Interesting! It also uses sodium hydrolats to help lock in makeup. I will use this as a setting spray and see how well it goes. Right now, I am using one of my Ulta Beauty ones so this will be next! This retails for $18.

Kitch Scrunchies in Mauve & Blush: Final item is more of something I do enjoy and that is a set of scrunchies! I have been going crazy and buying scrunchie sets from Hot Topic but when I saw this set in a choice group, I decided to go for it. You get five scrunchies in this set and are made with a velvet plush material that will not snag nor pull on the hair which is nice! I will be using these! These retail for $12.

Wow! This was an amazing first start for this tier in Ipsy! I think this is a better replacement for Ultimate. I cannot wait to see what May’s bag will come with since that is the next upgrade for GB Plus. There is one thing I wished is that they should use the Glam Bags that came with Ultimate with this one! Come on Ipsy, include a makeup bag with this one like with GB Plus and Ultimate! Maybe they will later like they did with Plus. I am so excited for my products and will be trying out the Huda Beauty shadow pallet and the Pat McGrath mascara and probably switch up my scrunchies with one of the Kitch ones to see how they feel. Thanks, Ipsy! What is next? It says that the NMNL box should be here tonight and I am still waiting on my Glam Bag to arrive since it got to Orlando this past week. Whenever it is in Orlando that’s when shipping is delayed. Let us see on which post is next!

Subscription Satelite: BoxyCharm February 2021

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BoxyCharm February 2021

I bet you’re wondering, “Mari! Where’s the No Make No Life Box?” It is taking a long time to get here so hang tight on that, it did enter Florida finally but I will be announcing something with that, I even announced it on Twitter. I am going to move onto Boxy Charm though since that arrived first! This box is the base box where you get five full-size items ranging from prestige to luxury and it can be skin care and makeup and sometimes tools. This is a $25 a month box. You also get to choose an item every month. My box this month was a heavy one when it arrived and will be talking about that.

Ace Beauty Nostalgia Pallet: First up is my choice item and glad to get this since it was something from a brand I am starting to like and that’s ace beauty. I have enjoyed their bronzing pallet so far and enjoyed the Desert Dawn pallet as well. This one is a pallet known as the Nostalgia pallet. This pallet includes fifteen shades that inspire you to be creative and nostalgic of the fun times. It claims that each shade has been milled to give off great color pay off and after using Desert Dawn it was very pigmented and this pallet will be put to the test. I must see if Ace did provide shade descriptions on their website. This pallet retails for $38.

Livedo Age Away Hydrating Cream: Next up is something in skin care and glad that it is a moisturizer but from a brand I never heard of. This is a moisturizing cream that is supposed to help with fine lines and wrinkles and improves texture. It gives moisture with plant actives which include sea buckthorn and evening primrose oil. I hope that it would help with skin elasticity and I do love moisturizers. I hope it does not break me out with my sensitive skin though so I will have to see how this goes. This retails for $55.

Wonder Beauty Double Date Lip & Cheek: Next up is a product from Wonder Beauty and it is a double duty item and it is for both lips and cheeks. It’s a sheer tint and a universal balm  which can blend seamlessly on cheeks and helps heal lips. I must see how this goes as well since I do love using products that help the lips and not sure if I want to use it on my cheeks since my finger would touch the lips. This does retail for $22 though!

Hanskin Hyaluron Skin Essence: This is a skin product who developed the first K-Beauty BB Cream. This essence helps someone be able to achieve the glass skin look with sodium allurate. This was the heaviest product in my box so that it was so heavy when I was handed the box. It is a pretty big bottle and I know I will be using this for forever! This retails for $46.

Saint Luxe Beauty Limited Edition Liner Duo: Final item is a lip liner duo from Saint Luxe. I never heard of this brand either but claims to be moisturizing and long-lasting on the lips. Glad to get these too since I do not have that many lip liners anywhere in my collection so it’s good to have a lip liner duo on hand! This retails for $40 and man that is a bit pricey for two pencils.

Well, that is it for this box and I like it! It feels different from any of my other boxes and I did get a big bottle of essence. It is just in time for running out of the other bottle of essence I’ve received in No Make No life a few months back since that’s a smaller bottle. I will enjoy the shadow pallet and see how that goes. Glad to get more lip liners since that is a must even with liquid lipsticks. What is next in the box line up? If I do not get the NMNL box then it will be my first Glam Bag X! So, stay tuned!

Subscription Satelite: Glam Bag January 2021

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Glam Bag January 2021

It’s time for my Glam Bag for the first month of the new year! This is the original bag that Ipsy has been known for and put together. You get five samples or deluxe sized items in this bag ranging from indie to drugstore to luxury brands. I love the idea to try new items in sample sizes because it gives you an idea of what to expect when buying the full-size item. This bag is $12 plus tax a month and you also get a monthly makeup bag. Let’s see what I got!

Ahaba Sea Kissed Mineral Hand Cream: First item is a hand cream and glad to get it since it’s been cold in my area for a few weeks now. This hand cream from Ahaba is made with dead sea minerals, also it is made with witch hazel and other essential minerals. This will be perfect for having at the office for the size of the sample that I got in this month’s bag. Soap can cry out your hands even with a high alcohol content which most places have and that’s not good, even for people with sensitive skin. That was the reason for my skin on my hands looked awful when I was a student. I will be taking with this me.

Catherine Malandrino Special Moments Au De Parfum: Next up is a product from a brand I remembered being in BoxyCharm and that is Catherine Malandrino. I have gotten two perfumes from these guys and glad to see these guys again but in the Glam Bag. This perfume can be used for special occasions since it has a mix of peach, orange, and plum for top notes, rose water and jasmine for a middle ground note, and vanilla, musk and amber for the base to stay on the skin. I will definitely be using this since I do love perfumes!

Jules Smith Beauty Power Slick Gloss in Bling Berry: Next up is a lip gloss from Jules Smith This gloss is based on rubies but it is sheer and gives off the shine without the stickiness. The last gloss duo I got from these guys did deliver the non-sticky feel that most glosses gave but hoping I have more product since I felt there was less of it in one of them. I can’t wait to try this. Pretty Woman Nail Polish in Ice Queen: Next up is a nail polish from Prety Woman. This is a shimmery white color which makes sense for winter. Wishing it was in my December bag due to the idea of having Christmas nails but some people do enjoy white nails year round. I remembered having a polish from Sinful called Ice Touch so hoping this is like that.

Uoma Beauty Drama Bomb Mascara: Final item is from Uoma Beauty. I have heard of this brand all over YouTube and when I saw this available for choice I decided why not try it out and see what the brand is like. This mascara is supposed to make your lashes fuller and fluttery with good ingredients such as avocado and caster oils. I have to see how well my lashes would feel like with this mascara on then. Hoping it will help make my lashes grow.

Add-Ons This month’s add-on with my Glam Bag is from Purlisse and it’s their Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer. I was trying not to get any more moisturizers since this was a GB Plus choice and I had so many moisturizers but like with GB Plus, Ipsy won’t let me go from not purchasing any add-ons. This is a moisturizer that is smooth and lightweight and it is made with blue lotus, white tea, and French marine plants. It also deeply mouisturizes the skin and smooth out imperfections. Okay, I’m interested in using this since my skin does get dry and do use moisturizers before makeup and will have to use this before makeup. Let’s see how this goes!

That’s it for this month’s Glam Bag. Yet another great mixture of products since I didn’t get any eye shadows nor liners since I got the mascara as my only eye product. I will definitely be taking the hand cream with me to the office and can’t wait to use my moisturizer. I’m still waiting on my No Make No Life since that’s still in shipment so hoping to get that this week. Stay tuned!

Subscription Satelite: Glam Bag Plus January 2021

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Glam Bag Plus January 2021

Time for GB Plus and the first one of the new year’s. This bag has more full-size items and you get a draw string bag with your stuff to fit into and you get to choose three of the items in your bag for more customization. This bag is $25 a month plus tax. Let’s see what I got this month!

Cela Crème Violette: First up is a body cream! I thought it was a liquid lipstick but it’s a body cream. This is a cream that can be used both on hands and body with a velvety texture. This is made with antioxidants, Cukapusu Butter and Abyssinian Oil to bring intense moisture. I will definitely try this out since I do have some dry patches and do have the bad habit of not putting any body cream. I will make sure I do. Ofra Cosmetics Highlighter in Retro Grade: Next is a highlighter from Ofra Cosmetics. These highlighters are amazing and have enjoyed them so far. I was happy to get this since it’s a full-size one since I have tried the samples and I still have highlighter in those, oh yeah, they will last you a long time, this will last me even further. This one is a duo chrome highlighter with ivory and lavender in it and of course is used to highlight the high points of your face. I can’t wait to use this since they are amazing! Thank you Ipsy for choosing this for me!

Laruce Beauty Eye & Cheek Denim Set: First in my round of choices is a brush set from Laruce Beauty. I have enjoyed this brand’s brushes and when I saw this, I was like, “mine!” This brush set can be used with cream and powder products and comes with five brushes. This is a combination of face and eye brushes. It also easily fit in your hands with the textured handles. I do have to say is that with the $150 value for this set it was worth the choice!

Item Beauty Cheek Money Duo in Mood Bibez: Next up is an item from Item Beauty and it’s a bronzer and contour duo. What got me is that this is meant for light to medium skin tones which I do have and it’s used for warming up the skin for a glowing effect. You use the contour to define your features and the bronzer for warmth. I do use bronzer for contour which is my sort of thing and easiest to use but can’t wait to try this out and glad I chose it.

YC Collection Let Me First Primer: Final item I chose is from YC Collection and it’s their Let Me First Primer. This is a blurring primer that laches onto makeup. It is made with ingredients that help with imperfections and last all day. Can use a pea sized amount on the face after moisturizing which is a good thing. I did see some good reviews since this is a new brand I never heard of and can’t wait to try this.

Add-Ons: This month I felt that I couldn’t move on without purchasing add-on items. The item I chose is from Morphe. I know I am not a fan of this brand but saw this. Boom, Lit, and R36 Set. This is a highlighting and brush set. I will be probably be using the highlighters with a different brush because the brush feels more like a blending brush for the eyes. Not kidding, even though they say highlighting, I can use it for the eyes after applying my shadows. These highlighters are supposed to be zero gravity defying so I will have to see how it goes.

Well guys that’s it for this bag. I do have to say it was a nice change from getting eye shadows like every month. I did notice some shadow items but having different products make it different. A face primer is a must, having a body moisturizer during winter is also a plus and getting a brush set, a highlighter and contouring duo makes it even better. I think I prefer having some face items over eye items due to having so many shadow pallets and this was a nice change. I can’t wait to see what February brings. Next up is my Glam Bag!

Beauty Quadrant: Yes! Maybe? Blah! January 2021

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

Yes! Maybe? Blah!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Subscription Satelite: BoxyCharm January 2021

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

BoxyCharm January 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Culture Quadrant: Ita Bags

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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