Anime Quadrant: Review on Sailor Moon Super, Super S, and Stars

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Sailor Moon Seasons Super Through Stars

Disclaimer

This review is based on thoughts and opinions from the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts and feelings and to be warned this will be long!

Synopsis

After returning from the thirtieth century, Usagi and the rest of the Sailor Guardians were hoping to start on their entrance exams for high school until a nightmare hit Usagi of her silver crystal not being the same. After a new enemy appears and takes Rei’s heart crystal, she gains new powers and new Sailor Guardians appear and they come from the outer planets with Neptune and Uranus. Pluto also appears again. WHat’s this? Chibiusa is also back but as a Sailor Guardian too? Will this new enemy take them out before Pharaoh 90 does?

Sailor Moon Super S starts after Pharaoh 90 is defeated and Sailor Saturn is now asleep in baby form. A solar eclipse appears as Chibiusa hopes to return to home until the eclipse reveals a new circus and a possible new enemy that is chasing the Pegasus known as Helios. Nehelenia and her Dark Moon Circus are willing to gain the crystal Helios possess by finding the golden dream mirror from anyone in the Juban District. While battles surge, both Sailor Moon and Sailor Chibi Moon gain new powers to become Super Moon and Super Chibi Moon along with the rest of the Sailor Guardians to fight and protect whoever has this mysterious mirror and find out who Helios really is.

The final season, Stars, starts with the guardians finally reaching high school and that an old enemy Nehelenia, has been released from her mirror all thanks to a new threat in the galaxy. This also accelerates Sailor Saturn to return from her baby form to join the rest of the guardians to fight Nehelenia who has caused havoc with her mirrors. Once that obstacle is taken care of, Mamoru finds out his thesis was picked up at a university in America and was given a ride for a year and Usagi has to go alone without him. During his absence, another threat appears where Sailor Guardians are taking peoples star seeds for the bigger threat and Sailor Moon must use her new Eternal Moon form to take them on and with the help of three new guardians called the Sailor Starlights who take on the form of a popular boy group called the Three Lights. While taking on the new threat, Usagi and crew find out more of what took place among the guardians beyond their galaxy and who Galaxia is in order to save their own home and solar system.

Thoughts

I want to apologize for the crappy review of the first part of the re-dub a few years back. I was basing it off of how I was used to the old Dic dub we all knew and love but I still stand on Luna and Rei still sounding alike. I do have to say that Chibiusa did grow on me since she was better as she grew as a character in this version due to how it was the entire run of the series from Japan we know and love. Also, I didn’t like how RJ put his own two cents in after growing up with the Dic dub as well.

Like with everyone else, Pluto, Uranus, Nemptune, and Saturn also got recasts.. I already was excited Veronica Taylor plays Pluto and she does very well since Pluto is almost like a second mother to Chibiusa and of course Veronica was famous for being Ash’s mom back in the original dub for Pokemon. The ones who took up the newer voice mantles include Erica Mandez as Uranus, Lauren Landa as Neptune, and Cassandra Lee Morris Christine Marie Cabannos as Saturn. I feel that they made really good choices for these three like with Pluto. I think the casting strength was Nehelenia because she sounded like the actress they had before due to how she has all the hate towards everyone if anyone crosses her. I feel like they tried to encompass the original dub in how everyone sounded. Such as how they made Sailor Jupiter sound the closest to her original counterpart and I commented Amanda Miller on that at MegaCon years ago. I do give props to Lauren and Erica for their performances as Uranus and Neptune because Erica did a good job with the sound for Haruka in normal and guardian modes since she is very androgenous while Michiru is very elegant and can be teasing at times. I think I prefer Lauren more in this version since the original did have to follow what the directors have to tell her. Neptune does always keep elegance in her speech after her transformation.

With Stars, I was hoping to see it dubbed at some point. When Viz announced they were dubbing it for the first time, it made me really happy since Dic didn’t do it due to things that may not be best for the younger crowds and Toonami back in the day like with Uranus and Neptune being cousins. Here they introduced three new Sailor Guardians called the Sailor Starlights and well they do change from being guys to girls and since we live in different times people are more accepting. I can see where the creator came up with the idea since Seiya did explain in the season the reason they did this is due to looking for their princess and it would be easier to find her by being an idol group to attract women and that their music would reach her. One good example is that in one episode, Usagi went to one of their concerts and had the truth explained through one of their songs.. I did find the interactions between Seiya and Usagi cute and of course he did call her Bun Head like with Mamoru. I can’t wait to see how they will do the Cosmos movies since those are supposed to be slated for next year to show the Crystal version of Stars. Also, I got the story of Stars in english since I have watched some of it in Japanese and glad they did an english version.

Ratings:

5 out of 5 Shooting Star Paw Prints for Super, 4 out of 5 for Super S and 5 out of 5 for Stars. I always found Super S being a little weird and with the re-dub it did catch the wackiness of the Black Moon Circus but of course some of the monsters were weird in the end. I do have to give props for Nehelenia and the Amazoness Quartet since those are the redeeming qualities. I think Eternal did the better job with how they did Super S. Super did have a strong story since we were dealing with aliens who were looking for heart crystals and we did get the truth behind Hotaru being involved and that she was really Sailor Saturn underneath it all. I did like how she tried to fight off the evil version of Hotaru to help the guardians in the end. While Stars did have her more involved and get to see her fighting alongside everyone else. Wishing we got to see her transform in the original since she got to do that in Eternal. While Stars had the final villains being Sailor Guardians which makes sense since the first season we had Queen Beryl who was an ancient enemy from Silver Millenium’s past then in the next season we had enemies which the series did get popular. As in, we had filler aliens and then went into the Dark Moon family from the other side of the moon, then we had aliens with science in season 3 with witchcraft, a circus coming through an eclipse which that seems interesting, and end it with Sailor Guardians beyond the solar system that fought off chaos. Makes sense to end it with evil Sailor Guardians! Can;t wait to see what Cosmos has in store!

That ends this review and I’m glad I got to see the ending of Sailor Moon in english since being a teenager and enjoying the original. Now seeing that it got re-dubbed made it better. I am glad it got another chance to entertain not only old fans but introduce new fans to the series as well. What is next? I am still reading things on my Kindle but I do still have the Bests & Worsts for this year at the end of this month!

The Book Quadrant: The Fake by. Zoey Whitall

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The Fake by. Zoey Whitall

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions from the writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts! You have been warned!

Synopsis

From the writer of The Best Kind of People comes a new story where a scammer who can weave many stories ruin two people’s lives. Shelby lost her wife and is going through a major bout of grief and a family who tries to come in and help her out but then finds out about a grief support group where she meets Cami, who is also going through grief herself of losing her sister and coming over cancer. Once they start becoming friends, Shelby allows Cami to live with her and help her out with getting Cami back on her feet except red flags start to sprout about Cami.

Gibson is fresh from divorce and starts living on his own in a small apartment and goes out with friends one night when Cami spots him from across the room and they start dating. He also tries to help Cami by helping her with bills and other things to get her back on her feet as well until he meets Shelby and that they notice that her stories are not lining up such as the cancer and dead sister. 

Thoughts

Man, it feels good to get back into book reviews because it’s something I had enjoyed and haven’t gotten to reading for a while due to school and work. Now that I dusted my Kindle off I am back into it! Anyways, I did like this book due to how it took an interesting turn. It was a one character vs. two since Cami is the scammer and she is scamming two people with her lies throughout this book. At first it started with Gibson since he was just out of his divorce and was getting back into the dating game and when Cami and his eyes met that was when he got caught in the web and took her home with him. She does start off with the cancer story by saying that is her final treatment that day and then went into the sister story as well and as I read the book I kind of got sunken into what Cami may say next. I did like how one of Gibson’s friends caught one of her lies by noticing that she mentioned one of the favorite bands they listened to and tried to help Gibson out right then and there. Of course, he would shake the worries off like with most scams, heck I thought the same with Stratton at first. Then we have Shelby who lost her wife and is looking out for herself by keeping herself healthy and not going down the same route if things happen, for instance she was afraid of throat cancer since she had a hard time swallowing, it does show she is going through major anxiety while grieving most of the time and when she meets Cami it calmed her down throughout their interactions and while Cami lives with her. Shelby was being a big mother role model towards Cami with how she was taking care of her but when she was noticing things were not adding up that was when the relationship decided to take a turn. When she and Gibson meet each other over dinner, they were told about each other that were not right like how Shelby was mean and completely hated men due to being a lesbian and Gibson was a gambler but after how they saw each other being who they really are, such as Gibson not being a gambler when he had police after him with suspicions of theft, they decided to work with each other to help Cami. I felt that towards the end they wanted to end Cami’s lying by having an intervention after figuring things out. I did like the part when Shelby confronted Cami in front of the grief support group since everyone didn’t want to tell her that Cami was bad news at first and Shelby just really broke the truth and left the room afterwards and even told the head of the group that they were toxic for that.

Rating: 4 Shooting Star Pawprints out of 5

I did like the book and how Whitall started the story off by showing Gibson first and how he meets Cami at the bar with his friends and then Shelby with the grief group a little bit later. Getting both characters’ backgrounds at different intervals gave a great appeal to this book but I feel that Cami’s background in how or why she started lying and scamming was not being explained enough. I think that should be placed somewhere since towards the end Lauren tried to bring her and Cami;s mom to help with finding out why things went the way they went and Shelby wanted to see where it stemmed from. I wanted to know where it stemmed from as well. But the book was good in the end with what we got to see.

Well, that’s it for this book review! I am currently reading the last book I have in one of the series I have been reading for over two years now so I can finally do the review in one big review. So, until next time!

Another Writing Scam?

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

Almost Had Another Publisher Scam Me!

I know the title sounds weird but almost had it happen to me again where another publisher scammed me. If you haven’t been here long, I am an author and currently about to publish another book in the Backwards Fairy Tale series and well a year ago I almost got scammed by a company called Stratton Press. Their name is pretty well known for scamming authors out of a lot of money to publish a book and one even had a bad experience with their book being formatted terribly. Plus, I had the weirdest questions asked by them which caused me to look into them and almost got scammed a second time by them but scared them off. Now there is a new one that got in contact with me! Let’s get into it!

Who Is Writers Branding?

The new company today is called Writers’ Branding which sounds like a company that doesn’t not know what they are doing with their name. According to the website, they are a company that helps self-published authors publish and market their work. Gee, doesn’t that sound familiar? They are assigned a Publishing Services Associate to help with the publishing journey with the tools. This sounds exactly like Stratton since they were doing the same thing by assigning someone to me as well, who kept on calling me at night. I know, creepy, right? The same person did the same thing when I got called during the evening after I got home from work. I will get into that later. There are more people that get assigned to you as a team and one of them is an evaluator that evaluates the content which I felt is who called me since they found my book somehow.`

What Do People Have To Say?

After getting the call, I did get mad at them and glad I haven’t gotten the call back, but I have a feeling it may happen, I did look into them though. There were five reviews on them and I saw them on Better Business Bureau where people had a hard time finding their book and tried to see if I could find them. I did find two of them that were published recently and it looks like they haven’t had any reviews on the works. I have a feeling their writers are not really being marketed and then I decided to look further. I typed in if they were a scam on this Chromebook browser and I saw the Pissed Consumer page with four reviews where people said they got scammed out of money and lied to about their services which can be concerning. I know this was a small handful but why does a company lie to their writers in the first place? 

What Happened to Me?

So, I came home from work, which was a week before RangerStop and the whole thing that took place with the storm as well and I somehow got these scam calls happening if something terrible was about to happen. To be fair, we were not sure about Nicole’s strength and what would take place. Anyways, so the call was about them reading Love Found in Cinders and I smelled something off and decided to ask if they read my book? Reason I asked is back with Stratton, like I said above, they didn’t read it because of how they kept on asking questions about it like what it was about, the characters, and so on. When you read someone’s book, you already know the entirety and what it is about, who are the characters, and my book tells the story from different points of view. I had a feeling and asked the question and the answer I got was what I was expecting. Person told me they only read the synopsis and said it was good. I basically felt as though they judged my book from its back cover. That is how I felt with Stratton afterwards by the way, that they just read the back cover! I did cuss them out because I was mad at them because I knew it was a scam. I know that is wrong of me to do but I was tired of scam calls and wishing that this didn’t happen. I also wished I asked them how they got my number which I know my publisher and my profile are locked away from prying eyes. I did read how Stratt0on told their victims that they got their number from their publisher and if I asked about that, they would say the same thing and I know that was a lie after talking with my publisher that they keep all author profiles private and the author can only access it to submit a book to them. If anyone from Writers’ Branding reads this, so yeah I know you’re lying!

How to Avoid This Scam?

Like I said in the Stratton Press scam post, do your research into the company if you feel as though it doesn’t feel right. I didn’t feel right with them after how they made the statement about the synopsis. Yes, I know my book is good from the back because I wrote it but you need to read it to see if it is actually good for yourself. You can’t just judge it from the back, I am sorry. Also, see about any reviews that people may have encountered about this particular company, you may have to find more like I had and was surprised to find that they asked for a lot of money for publishing one book. I was even surprised that one person got told they would be taken to a writing festival if they pade close to a thousand dollars. Yikes! Another thing is that there is a scam alert for them in the Philppines which that is familiar, Stratton Press was believed to be somewhere in Asia as well that was out sourced to the United States. Also find it wrong how a publishing company can take advantage of people that are trying to get their writing on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, even on physical shelves. I would love to be in an actual store but I don’t want to sacrifice my internet, power, hell my new apartment that we had to move into due to what took place in November for the sake of being famous.

What Am I Going to Do?

Easy! Stay with my publisher of course! THey don’t charge much for publishing and with Rose Thorns of Love I am going the E Book and paperback route since my paperback version of Love Found in Cinders was a middle finger towards Stratton, you will get the same story in both ebook and paperback from book two onwards. Now hoping they don’t pull a Stratton and try contacting me again to trap me. Again, shouldn’t have to pay that much for publishing and not pay for going to a festival either. Normally, that is the company’s dime or if the author is going solo, their dime.

That ends this post and man it was fun doing it since it did get something off my chest. I am currently catching up with reading some books since I did finish another semester and finally can read again, it did help me dust off my Kindle this past semester due to one of my textbooks was already on there. So, what is next? Bests and Worsts of 2022! Stay tuned!

Our One Day At RangerStop 2022

One Day Experience At RangerStop

Our One Day Experience at RangerStop 2022

As you saw with the title, or at least seen on our Twitter, we only attended RangerStop for one day. Yes, we were excited for the entire weekend, as in me and RJ were supposed to spend Thursday through Monday in Orlando for a big weekend to not only refresh ourselves from work but also me from school except it got screwed up.

What Happened?

Well, if you know that June, well the end of May through the end of November is the Atlantic Hurricane Season and every year it is either bad where we have more storms coming to the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean or hardly anything at all if we’re not in the direct path. Lately, all thanks to Climate Change, it does exist people, the storms have become more monstrous in size and destruction. If you remembered how Florida got hit by Charley, Francis, and Jean back in 2004? This year was a bit more than that and living in Daytona Beach is not the best for a season like we had this year. We got hit by Ian towards the beginning of October and it was a direct one and we had hardly anything from it except no internet for a day in our area. We live in a flood zone near a bay and somehow the ground got super saturated which made Nicole more fierce. When we heard Nicole was heading our way, I was contacting the people at RangerStop if it was going to happen still since one of the direct areas was Orlando. We had reassurance it was still happening. We even had our press kit packet ready for the weekend to pick up, and our reservation was still on the Hilton Honors app. I was already packed, RJ had some stuff to pack and we were finishing that Thursday morning once the storm had subsided. 

Thursday morning started off like normal and I grabbed a few items for my suitcase since I bought a set this time due to how we lost our suitcases during our transfer when Tobi moved in. While Tobi was going to stay to take care of things, RJ grabbed his stuff for his suitcase and went to the bathroom while I headed for the kitchen for some coffee and I stepped in a puddle. I asked why there was water in the apartment and RJ saw it coming from our front door and then ran to the sliding door and saw it coming from there too, then our bedroom where it was coming in through the base boards and ran to Tobi and woke him up to tell him we were flooding. We acted quickly to get electronics from the floor, which were our surge protectors. Tobi did almost get electrocuted where one of his connections to his monitors was sizzling and about to spark. I remembered where people told us to leave a day early, if we had done that we would not have had a home and Tobi would have died from electric shock in the water and fire. So, yeah, we had to cancel the hotel reservation because we couldn’t make it due to what took place that morning. Even RJ’s cars along with other residents; cars got flooded. It was a mess! I was devastated because we were looking forward to this for months and then weeks and now we couldn’t do the entire weekend so we managed a day at least and that was Saturday.

Saturday at RangerStop

Friday was our way of looking up since we did get a shop vac aix rhoaw qwew selling at RJ’s job and we were glad to get a nine gallon one and get some of the moisture out in the apartment and his car. We did have to get a new battery due to it being affected by the flood since it ran out of juice during the day Friday.We did manage to make it to Orlando and purchase wristbands for the day. I was very thankful after going because I never thought we would experience so much kindness from the guests and staff, even one of the vendors. When we told some of the guests of our situation and why they didn’t see our Nerdy Shique Universe shirts nor press badges, they were surprised even when we mentioned the water came through the walls. We were told how some of the guests even had a hard time getting Ubers to Orlando because of the storm. Tracy Lynn Cruz was lucky on her third one because the driver was a trucker for a few years and drove through similar weather conditions. Kevin Nash had to cancel since he lives around our area, which I could imagine what may have happened to his home. Kevin, if you’re reading this, I hope you and your family fared better than we had.

We did get our copies of Wild Force, In Space, which there are two parts where we had one signed by Tracy and Roger while both by Christopher, and Lost Galaxy since one of the cast made it for the convention, we also had pics taken, which some of them did it for free but did pay for others with their bundles. We also had some of their photos they brought signed and will be framing those for our new place. And of course, we did manage to find a vendor I did purchase from.

A few days before the convention, a post was made about a jewelry shop called Raven Woodmanor was returning to the convention. This is a shop that not only had Christopher Kayman Lee sport some of their bracelets but some of the pieces also were featured on a few tv shows, one of which was Vampire Diaries. I did buy a necklace and hoped to pick it up during the convention since I talked to owner Anastasia, mentioning I was appearing at the convention doing press and when the flood took place, I thought I was not going to show up to get it. She did include a gift when she shipped it out after the convention but we did show up at her table and got my necklace I purchased on Etsy and the extra. We did talk about things, she was very nice and did give us pointers on what to do and asked about our apartment since she has had experience with storms while living in Maitland. I think she has noticed on my Facebook that we were able to get things done which is next!

The Aftermath

Being a major furball of stress was an understatement towards myself the week after the storm and RangerStop, even the Friday after it happened started my stress like crazy. I was glad Tobi told us to go for a day and he would handle some things at home because we needed it after all. It did help but the crap definitely made me not feel so good afterwards. I think Kleenex would send so many tissue packs after so much crying I done after all that! First, we were not the only ones who were flooded because everyone else on the first floor of our complex and the one down the road also faced flooding and residents were on a list to be relocated to sister properties, as in if you say you want to have a transfer to a second floor on property or others then they would try to find something but it was first come first serve. We were not lucky on that front. I will explain that in a moment. Not only that, the property knew that it came through the walls and the baseboards were not properly sealed either which made it worse. This was not the first time it happened either, our neighbor right above us told us how Erma basically did the same thing and caused cars to float. I did remember asking about flooding and was told about flood walls around the river that were built after Matthew except it didn’t help us during this one. Our neighbor across the hall not only faced flooding but also a ceiling leak on top of it. We both agreed that the base boards should have been sealed better even before the storms started to rev up even more for this season. 

We did face things like the mildew smell, which was terrible. We had to wash so many clothes, blankets, and other things that were caught in the flood. I had to toss some of my Ipsy bags even though they got caught in the water under our bed. I also had to toss an Ulta caboodle thing that had some of my makeup and some of that got ruined. I have to repurchase a new Eternals shadow pallet from EBay soon. So yes, we did lose things! I even lost the ORbit Reader 40 and my back up Victor Reader Stream.

Where Are We Now?

Last Wednesday, we received the vacate notice due to how they have to fix what was damaged. Yes, we got a Dehumidifier except it felt like it didn’t show up quick enough due to how much of a smell we were getting. Also, the doors were warped and our fridge also broke, which we ended up with a new one before we started looking for a new place. We did manage to find one in time and it happens to be at the first place we lived in here in Daytona Beach. I was glad they welcomed us back and of course people were moving to the complex due to how they didn’t have luck on the relocation list either. Even though we were given a list of the sister properties but were glad that we found our home again. We are still moving our stuff into the new unit, which is a two bed and two bath, on the first floor but when we had our one bed apartment we didn’t have flooding issues during Dorian during 2019. One of the people in the leasing office told me they only experienced window leaks during Nicole in most of the units, in which we saw tarps on windows showing they were being worked on. We were glad since Florida weather can change like crazy. I’m glad we found a place as quickly as possible and I felt more at home again since the stress was not good at the other place and seeing what we had to toss made it sadder to think that we lost our apartment but we survived in the end. 

Many Thanks

I want to give a major thanks to the RangerStop crew, guests, and vendors who were really kind to us on that day. We had gone through a major harrowing situation. I was worried about RJ since he was feeling it more and was afraid about not smiling in the pics, which he probably was in them that Saturday. Which will be going up on my Facebook once I unpack my camera from my Bakugou bag. Getting to meet the Wild Force cast made it even better, since that season did have an awesome crossover with the Time Force cast! Like I said, the pics that were signed are going up on the walls of our new place alongside our other autographs and posters. Again, thank you all! Even to Raven Woodmanor, definitely check them out on Etsy and they will be at Holiday Matsuri! 

Next Convention?

Not entirely sure when our next one will be. After this, I have to rebuild my savings again due to paying for some of the move-in fees, paying one of my cards off with some of the money we were going to use for hotel and food. Plus, next year is all about my graduation since I find it a bit miraculous with the flood, Nicole, and Ian that I’m still passing! Next semester will be my second to last semester and will do fine and I know it.I do want to go back to MetroCon though since that was our first press gig at a convention but someone asked about RangerStop in Atlanta, which that is a big question mark since we did have a blast there and enjoyed the food! Let’s see what 2023 has in store for us, it will be a big year and I hope no more storms come at us!

Jason David Frank

With everything taking place, earlier last week, I found out that Jason David Frank passed away at the age of 49. News has said that it was due to doing it himself which heard he was going through depression at the time. As someone who has faced depression, it’s hard to get out of and finding your way out by finding your own value helps. I have met Jason David Frank at conventions. I remembered when Anime Festival Orlando first announced him back in 2007 which I was really excited like most attendees. I always enjoyed watching him on Mighty Morphin and even watched Dino Thunder with my nephew years ago when Nicktoons Network showed seasons for an entire weekend. I did get him his autograph in 2012;To Jason David Frank, you were once a ranger in life, always a ranger in the next!

So, what is next? Not sure at the moment. Things have gone to crap, I will be giving myself a bit of time to heal from this and hoping to come back for another post or two in December. Until next time!

Beauty Quadrant: BReasons for Beauty Brands Going Bankrupt

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

Makeup Brands Going Bankrupt!

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

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

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

The Pandemic!

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

Relying On Influencers

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

Quality Does Not Match the Price

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

Being in the Times of Social Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thoughts on Podcast Episode

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

Should Beauty Have Boundaries?

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

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

The Movie Quadrant: Hocus Pocus 2

R Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe. I am here for a new review and it’s a movie!

Hocus Pocus 2

Ever since I heard that they were making a sequel to the original after how many years, I was surprised since they could have done it a year after the original but Disney had to wait. Let’s get to the chase!

Disclaimer

This review is based on thoughts and opinions from the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her opinions unless you want to be turned into a cat for the next couple of centuries!

What Is It About?

Becca is a teen that has been into witchcraft and has been collecting many objects related to the craft even has known of the legend of the Sanderson Sisters ever since she has been living in Salem. On her sixteenth birthday on the faithful holiday of Halloween, she is given what was supposed to be a replica of the black flame candle that brought the three back twenty-nine years ago by the magic shop owner who changed the old house into his shop. With her friend Izzy, they go into the woods to do their yearly ritual and light the candle to find that it was not a replica but a real one and the magical three, Winnie, Sarah, and Mary, are brought back and this time not only looking for the book that was given to them as children but to use a powerful spell that could cost Winie’s true treasure after promising that she won’t cast the spell. Now Becca, Izzie, and their estranged friend, Cassie, must stop the Sandersons from casting the spell.

Thoughts

With most Disney sequels, they don’t keep up with the original as in they tend to stray from it and become a different movie on their own. Some examples include the Lion King: Simba’s Pride, or not as great as the original like The Little Mermaid 2 as another example. This one did fit with the original for the most part since we did get to have some back story on the sisters since we hadn’t in the original. In the original we got to see how the Binks siblings got involved where Emily lost her life with the Light Spell and how Thaqary turned into a cat. In this one we got to see how they got the book in the first place, which I watched again to see if it was also audio described like this and then found it interesting how the sequel made it different. In the original, it said the devil gave Winnie the spell book you see but it was an elder witch that gave them the book when they ran into the forbidden woods outside of Salem. They also changed the bit about Billy Butcherson since they decided to point out historical inaccuracy, which does happen from time to time, and it was a running gag like with the virgin bits in the original.

I did find it interesting how they set this movie in more of the modern times where we have smartphones and other technology instead of keeping one in the mid-90s. Even though it would have worked back then, giving the story more of a modern twist where it passes the torch down to newer characters makes it easier to play around. Even though we didn’t get to see any kids from Max, Dani, and ALison which I would love to see if Max and Alison did stay together after the original or if Dani had kids of her own and try to look into the legend themselves but having new characters getting into in witchcraft themselves and having powers fits a bit more. It did play with the idea of the three witches being more powerful than just having one and having them as friends rather than blood. Yes, Winnie, Sarah, and Mary were great as who they were since Winnie did rely on them to help with extending her power and it went the same with Becca with Izzie and Cassieb when they helped Winnie in the end. I guess they are having the message of keep the ones close the closest that you may lose them one day, which was the message in the first one between Dani and Max since Binks did say the same thing to Max,

One thing I did have to mention that they did keep was the singing and oh man, I know Disney loves their musicals and they did call back to the original with the stage bit. First, they did have the three sing a song about them returning which was also in the trailer. You also hear it in the start of the credits as well and later you do hear them do “One Way or Another” by Blondie. RJ did make a point, he was watching this with me by the way, the song about them being back makes sense but how did they know the Blondie song? I did notice throughout this movie that they were blending in with the era than the first. With the fist movie they were out of touch due to being from the 1600s and don’t know about what had changed since then such as the roads, candy, and even Halloween costumes. In this one, they just blended in such as being in Walgreens with Becca and Izzie looking at the skin care items and meeting their fans and having a selfie with them. I guess Disney decided that “One Way Or Another ” would fit with the idea of this movie since I did have the Sabrina the Teenage Witch soundtrack for a little while before selling it in a garage sale and I did remember Melissa Joan Hart did sing that song there. I guess I am just overlooking that but Bett Midler did do well singing it after not being in this movie for many years. She was a singer a while back after all.

Rating: 4 Star Paw Prints Out of 5

Even though I did like this movie, I did have to knock it off by one point for the musical parts. I think this movie could have done just one and stick to it like the original when they did “I Put a Spell On You.” But they did keep a lot of the original bits that they called back to which included the candle of course, the salt which trapped them this time, and did better with the Halloween bits by having festivals instead of Trick or Treating. To me, which I have been noticing, that has been a bit of a dying tradition since we didn’t have anyone come by last Halloween but people around work did appreciate my candy donation. Anyways, they did do a bit of a sequel bait and I am hoping if they are going for a third movie then they should not wait too long because Bett Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Catherine Nujinny are getting up there in age and we already lost some awesome actors and actresses along the way during some projects. I mean, Kingdom Hearts 3 is a big example since Leonard Neemoy did die years after they started working on it after Nimura decided to go and work on Final Fantasy XV which was a bad idea to do so which caused them to get a replacement once they decided to finish the game. I would say is that they either do it next year which would be the thirtieth anniversary or in 2024 or just leave it as is.

That is it for this review! I will be doing more reviews since I don’t have many subscriptions to cover each month. I am currently waiting on my Glam Bag to arrive and hoping that the USPS doesn’t lose it.  Not sure what is next but will think of something!

Convention Comet: RangerStop Orlando 2022

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! Time for a new convention post after a long time!

RangerStop Orlando 2022

Oh yeah! We are back with another year of RangerStop Orlando and this year it will be November 11th through the 13th at the DoubleTree near SeaWorld. I believe this is the same location as MythiCon since I saw the tower mentioned with our reservation and remembered walking around it during MythiCon. At first with conventions I was hoping to take a bit of a hiatus after Atlanta last year with RangerStop & Pop but with this year’s event being another anniversary for another season, we couldn’t miss it and need some fun while I’m already at my halfway point with school. Don’t worry, I will have my Pixel Book Go and my BrailleNote Touch Plus, which it’s time to give it a bit of a convention experience for the first time since I did take the Chameleon last year. I figured the Chameleon was easier due to it being smaller and lighter and easy to use with notes but I always hit that back button by mistake. I can use apps on the BNTP and could check things with the Wi-Fi more easily. If it gets too loud with my typing, which it has been one time, I can switch to Touch Braille. No further ado, let’s start with the location!

Hotel

Again, this convention will be held at the DoubleTree Orlando at SeaWorld which you can reserve for $109 a night.. This location is perfect due to the space having a good size for a convention. The Wyndham was nice but the main convention hall was a bit compact . The hotel does have the usual pool, work out room, onsite restaurant, and you can also have a digital key which you can access through the Hilton Honors app, which I suggest getting when making the reservation. I do like the app since it’s very accessible even when you need to edit things. I had to edit my payment info recently and was glad that it was easier than the Marriott app when we had to change our reservation to Weston. I had an issue and had to call in. Anyone who has an IPhone or Android, I would say check out the app with your screen reader. Orlando still has their usual sites and sounds such as Disney Springs and CityWalk nearby and a ton of restaurants to check out. I heard they opened up a White Castle and Fratellos which makes us more excited to visit Orlando again. I would say to check the RangerStop page to see if rooms are available and hurry since they may sell out soon. Anyone going to Holiday Matsuri, I would say check this hotel as a possible back up plan if they also have rooms for that weekend for Hol Mat in December.

Guests

This year will be an anniversary year and that is Wild Force which hits a twenty year point. Last year it was Time Force in Atlanta and this year at RangerStop in Orlando we will be seeing people from Wild Force. Of course we have Anne Marie Crouch who plays our princess in the series but we will also be getting Jessica Ray, Elia Volok, and others from this series. We will also be seeing people from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which has been a favorite of mine both cartoon and the movies since I was a kid in the early 1990s. We will be getting Kevin Nash and Judith Hoage who played April in the first live action movie. Anyone who has loved the HalloweenTown movies, did you know she also played Piper Cromwell! 

Besides the new faces showing up this year, we will also be seeing some people returning including Steve Cardennas, Karen Ashley, Katherine Sutherland, Walter Jones, and Christopher Kayman Lee. You can check out the guest list on the RangerStop Orlando page, also more to come as the convention draws closer. I am excited since I will be bringing stuff to sign again!

Well that is it for this post! We are excited for this year’s event and since we will be doing press again, we will be having videos of panels as usual, and maybe an interview as well? Make sure you’re keeping an eye on our Twitter and YouTube channel! Hoping this month the USPS won’t screw up my Glam Bag, that is why I haven’t posted anything subscription related in September due to my bag being lost in the mail. Stay tuned!

Also, if you all want to check out the RangerStop website for Orlando, RangerStop Orlando

Technology Quadrant: My Experience with the Orbit Reader 40

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

My Experience with the Orbit Reader 40

I think it’s time to tell my story with this product because I feel that I need to spread the word that the Orbit Reader 40 is not my favorite device. I am still kicking myself for buying this product and man I would love to roast this thing. But first!

Disclaimer

This post is based on experiences with the device that is being talked about in this post. Please respect the lead writer’s thoughts and opinions on this particular device.

How Did I Know About Orbit and Their Products?

Well, first, I knew about the Orbit Reader 20 when I started working in 2018. It was a cute little device and I wanted to learn more about it. I even saw people use it, even with their phones and it works very well. I was interested in getting one of these but was steered away from it at first since I wanted to get a Braillenote Touch Plus of course and did have my Polaris. Then American Printing House for the Blind introduced the Chameleon and Mantis a year ago and Orbit did announce the new 20+ and the 40.

Purchasing the Orbit Reader 40

After getting my Spring refund from my time at UMass, I was on a purchasing quest and did pick up the Chameleon since that caught my eye more and the Orbit Reader 40 since I liked to go big with Braille displays. After purchasing, I didn’t know that Orbit had it as more of a pre-order and that I had to wait for it. My Chameleon did come on time though and I was having fun with it. I was mad that my Orbit was taking over a month though and seeing that it was a pre-order was a bit of a red flag. I am also noticing this with other devices they are releasing, like the Orbit B Speak if I remembered correctly  coming out soon. I did eventually receive the Orbit 40 and it didn’t turn on when I pressed the power button and that was another red flag. I did contact tech support and they told me I had to reset it. I did that and it was working. I was a little weary of it since it did refresh every time when it was in idle mode which did creep some of our buddies visiting, one time they thought they were hearing the zombie roaches from Resident Evil. Not kidding!

Trying the Bluetooth

One thing I like about Braille displays is the ability to connect via bluetooth and use it with devices such as laptops and other mobile devices so I can read what my screen reader is saying. With the Orbit Reader 40 it was not working with the Bluetooth at all. I tried it with my laptop and nothing, I even tried it with USB and it was not working either and even tried it with my phone. So, another contact with tech support and they were even perplexed and had to send it back for a repair. Once it returned, it did work as a display with my phone and ChromeBook only. I already used the Chameleon and now my Mantis with my laptop and JAWS so I decided to save those for that and NVDA. The QBraille can be bluetoothed to my laptop beautifully as well with no problem. I don’t get how or why this one didn’t want to respond with JAWS or NVDA, even a co-worker was confused that it worked with his PC not mine.

The Repair That Was the Nail in the Coffin Plus One More Thing

I had to send it for another repair again recently and after this they did something that caused me to no longer be a customer anymore since you have to do something awful to make me no longer come around and it was this! So, I had to update the software since I noticed something weird where my Orbit Reader did not want to take a charge. I contacted tech support and told them the issue and they choked it up to a software update. Doing updates on this thing is not like what you get with the other displays where you get it via wi-fi and have to plug it to A/C power to re-charge it like the Braille Sense 6, QBraille, Chameleon, Mantis, and BrailleNote Touch Plus, this one you have to download the updates via their website, you also have to do it with the QBraille but that is a lot easier since it relies on a SD card to be loaded. Here you have to connect it and hope it detects it through your computer or on the SD doing a key combination. I notice my hands do tremble after a few seconds due to limitations on motor skills but this was something that caused me to lose faith in being a customer. My unit did update but it didn’t turn on again. I did send it again for a repair and I did have to pay for it and they did fix it and sent it back and it still didn’t turn on. I was glad for Tobi moving in because he took a look at it and concluded that the motherboard may be fried. I did contact Orbit and told them that it was still not turning on and explained we went through the Troubleshooting steps and had to send it again and they said it was fixed again and called me on my birthday to tell me what the problem was since they never stated in the email and that was the motherboard was fried! That was not the real nail though, the real nail was when I tried looking at the manual on my SD card since they needed that for any more software related issues and I found the manual for the Orbit 20+ instead! You read that right folks, my SD card was switched out without my knowledge and had to contact Orbit again to get it back. They tried telling me I can just download the manual and re-download the books I had on there but it was not just books I didn’t want to tell them, it also included stuff from my Braille Sense Polaris. At least the other companies would tell me to take out my SD card after backing up every file I may have saved if it was a repair needed but not here. I still need to send their SD card back since work and school has been keeping me busy, they haven’t contacted me back as of yet.

Will I Purchase Again?

After hearing that they were going to come out with multi-linear displays, I was going to give them another chance but after the crap I had to go through, I am no longer buying an Orbit display from these guys. I feel like it’s not worth the money to send it back for a repair if it’s not performing to standard and that is what I’m looking for in a Braille device, as in it’s supposed to do what the features are claimed to do when advertised on the website. If you guys want a display with forty cells, I Would say either the Mantis or QBraille are your better devices, especially if you still have a Mac with a touch bar like I have which I use my QBraille for physical function keys. I use my Mantis with my Surface Go since the Surface series keyboards are not the greatest. And so far it has done well with what I have to do for class during a week, heck I even brought my Mantis home during the hurricane this week. If you’re wanting something smaller, I would say wait for later this October to get it back, APH Chameleon is amazing for what it does, yes the Brailliant may have NLS Bard but you can still read Bookshare books in Braille on the Chameleon and I find the key response better, especially with the grade switch when I need to enter a password or two with computer braille. Sorry but in the end, Orbit is no longer getting any of my money after this device. Another thing too is that I don’t want to bother with their tech support since I felt as though I got a run around with the software updates when things inside the units can happen. Even Tobi can explain it in a video when it comes to tech since he has built computers for friends already. When I told him he was right about the motherboard after getting home from Jacksonville on my birthday he was like, “Told you it was the motherboard!” People thought H. I. M S. had poor tech support, at least they give you better solutions than just sending in for a repair because I had better calls with them and we got the thing fixed. Also, sending these devices is not cheap by any means, as sending the Orbit back is over $30 if you don’t have a box on hand, which I didn’t at first. When I had to send the Braille Sense back, I did have a box for that and it fit the thing which ironically was my box from APH when I got my Mantis.

In the end guys, I would say not to buy the Orbit Reader 40, yes it is cheaper than the Mantis but my experience is something that should not be overlooked. I like the idea of having a bigger display to read books on but I can still do that with my QBraille by extracting my books on my computer and transfer them to the SD like with this one and can just download from Bookshare on my Mantis, I would say save up or if you are working with your local Vocational Rehabilitation services and have not gotten a display or need a new one to be a replacement then you could look at the ones I mentioned above. I bet you’re wondering about the multi-linear displays, I’d rather go with the Canute since that has been improved in their tech over time. I think what Orbit needs to do is just modernize their units with bluetooth and WiFi capabilities that work and not have this weird download and have it be detected by the unit since a lot of the technology nowadays rely on those components in the first place. Also, have the tech support study the components and be able to be prepared for how to fix it without having the unit sent back all the time, as in pass on the knowledge better to the customers too. And, test the units before releasing out right because when mine came to me where it didn’t turn on out right of the box, that was not good from the start. I have to end this here because my next post will be the spotlight on RangerStop Orlando 2022!

Subscription Satelite: Ipsy Glam Bag August 2022

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

Glam Bag August 2022

I did say I was going to post about my Glam Bag since it was the only one that I haven’t canceled due to how bad GBX was messed up. I don’t suggest that highest tier of Ipsy. ANyways, the Glam Bag is $13 a month with a makeup bag and five items that are either deluxe or full-size depending on the item. I’ve been noticing with my bags I’ve been getting more skin care but will share!.

  • Jasmine Beauty Lash Luxe Volumizing Mascara
  • Lasting Smiles Peach Blossom Lip Balm
  • Origins Checks & Balances Frothy Face Wash
  • Pistache Skin Care Moisturizing Eye Cream
  • Yensa Beauty Super Serum Silk Foundation in Light Medium
  • Sophia + Mabell Cleopatra Eye Shadow Quad in Cleopatra

I did get an add-on this month and that is the eye shadow quad from Sophia + Mabell which I never heard of before. This caught my eye while I browsed the add-ons when I was choosing items for GBX before I canceled. I did manage to get the face wash and the sunscreen I was supposed to receive from my choices and the earrings from Baublebar I got as my add-on the other day, which I was happy about. Too bad the earrings would only go into my lobe piercings but I did browse the website and found three set earrings on the website. That is a bonus for me since I have three piercings in each ear now. Anyways, the shadow quad did arrive in my Glam Bag and it is pretty reasonable and I can fit my brushes in each shade, which is a plus. I will definitely try this out for a minimal look. I am wearing mascara and it feels good on my lashes. I don’t feel any irritation from the formula at all. I think I’m only irritated with the ELF brand of mascaras from the looks of the things. I did start using the Lasting Smiles lip balm and this brings me back to a memory from when I was in the hospital for asthma as a kid. One of my mom’s former coworkers got me a Bonne Bell LipSmackers body and lip set which had a peach lip balm since the set was all peach! This lip balm brought me back to having that LipSmackers and wishing they still made peach lip balm but glad to receive this and used it with some of my lip products. I’m wearing a new Mac Powder Kiss on top of my Ulta Lip Primer and this balm. The sample for the Pistache Eye Cream feels a bit disappointing because I have a feeling there is not much of a sample in the tube, so I may use that the next few days during my night routine. The Origins face wash, on the other hand, was a really good size since I needed to put another face wash into the shower since I ran out of the Sediphel face wash. By the way, I don’t recommend that face wash due to how it didn’t froth up at all, I thought it was the sample I got with Allure that may have had an issue but it wasn’t. It is just a wash, thanks a lot Seiphel. If you said your face wash is supposed to foam up with each use, then make it foam up! I will see how the Origins one works out. And finally, the Yensa foundation. I have to wait until my piercings heal up, which will be in three weeks after this coming Tuesday. All I have to say is that it has been a trial with these piercings but I got through it! I did choose this since I hadn’t gotten a chance to use one Yensa foundation since I gave it to a coworker thinking I would break out due to the SPF in it. I have used makeup items with SPF recently, my skin has calmed down with it and it was a miracle. I think it’s because my skin is so used to a particular formula that adding something new would cause it to go crazy. So, I was willing to give Yensa a chance for their foundation formula again. I am a fan of Jennifer Yenn’s other brand, Purlisse, I tried the serum blushes and loved what I tried so far, and I am also loving that Ipsy recognizes that she was on Power Rangers LightSpeed Rescue as Vipra. I still want to meet her in person since nerds do need skin care as well as anyone else!

That completes this post! I do love my skin care, however I am starting to miss makeup slightly in this bag which I may switch my survey answers to soon. I’m glad to get the face wash though and will be trying it out in the shower tonight! I will use the foundation once my piercings heal up but will enjoy the other products until September’s bag comes around! Next post will be about my experiences with my Orbit Reader 40. I just got it repaired again and I wanted to give my opinions about it and why I don’t recommend it. Stay tuned!