Subscription Satelite: BoxyCharm December 2020

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

BoxyCharm December 2020

So, my BoxyCharm arrived on Monday and glad I got it since all the holiday deliveries are at a big high. I am still waiting on No Make No Life since it’s still on transit mode. Will do the post once I get it. Now to this! This is the base box for $25 and you get prestige and luxury brands that you sometimes find online and on Sephora. They even some indie brands as well. Let’s see what I got this month!

Artist Coutor Caliente Shadow Pallet: First up is an item from Artist Couture. I remembered getting a loose highlighter from this brand but didn’t work out for me since it looked like I had that white sunscreen look according to someone that found it weird. I did toss it afterwards. This pallet is an eight-shade pallet that features five mattes, two metallics and one multi-dimensional shade. These shades are picked and curated to make versatile looks. I will have to try this pallet out then since I do enjoy warm toned shades. This pallet retails for $30.

Ofra Cosmetics Pressed Banana Powder: Next is the item I chose for this month and that is the Ofra Pressed Banana Powder. It’s been a while since I got a banana powder and when I saw this, I decided on it. I think I preferred it over the other choices. This is a versatile powder with a light banana scent. You can use it to conceal dark circles and set concealer and foundation. I will be using this to set my under-eye concealer and I remembered I did that with a sample of a banana powder I got in Ipsy. This retails for $35.

Tarte Man Eater Mascara: Next up is another mascara and this time it’s from Tarte. Is it me or is this starting to feel like Ipsy since they are known more for getting Tarte items? Except when I got back to Boxy, I did get a Tarte Rainforest of the Sea pallet. Anyways, this has the claims of curling, volumizing and lengthening the lashes. It also has a very plush wand and lightweight black formula. I will have to see with this one since I did enjoy the Surfer Curl one. Let’s see how it goes! This retails for $23.

Mac Matte Lipstick: Okay, I am getting Ipsy vibes with this since they also get Mac Cosmetics. I’m happy to see them here too but I feel like this would be a GB Plus item or GB X since that’s starting. I did hear that Boxy and Ipsy did merge. Anyways, this is the iconic lipstick that Mac has released for many years and it’s known for high impact color, which I’m not going to lie, it is amazing in color. I had to re-purchase my tube of Dubonnet because it broke so be careful with some of these. I received mine in Russian Red, which I purchased one tube from Ipsy since they were doing a discount on Mac lipsticks at the time. It’s good to have a back up just in case. This retails for $19.

Eloise Beauty Metallic Liquid Shadow: Final item is a liquid shadow from Eloise. I never tried this brand before and glad to do it here. I thought it was a lip gloss due to the scent but glad to get this. So, I got a double shadow bit this box. This is supposed to be a long wearing formula and it has a metallic and glittery mix. I got the shade Pure Gold which is of course gold. I don’t mind since I do enjoy gold shadows. I will try this out and see how it goes. This retails for $26.

Okay, to be perfectly honest, I feel this month’s box felt more like an Ipsy to me but more full-size with a hint of luxury. Even though BoxyCharm has given out Ofra and Artist Couture but with the Tarte and Mac items, it felt like they were getting out of the Ipsy leftovers. I don’t know guys; I feel that with the merger they may be another ipsy. Will I unsubscribe? I am not sure at this moment, I will have to give it a few more months.

With that being said, stay tuned for No Make No Life when it arrives. In the meantime, I will be doing a post as an inspiration from 90s Love Child. Stay tuned!

Subscription Satelite: Glam Bag Plus December 2020

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

Glam Bag Plus December 2020

It’s that time again and it is for GB Plus this time. Glad I got this before the holiday mail rush took place, that is why my No Make No Life is taking a bit so don’t worry that is still coming. This bag, on the other hand, is $25 a month and it has full-size items ranging from indie to luxury. You also get to pick three out of the five items you will be getting. What came in this month’s bag? Let’s see!

Il Maki age Color Boss Multi-Dimension Eye Shadow in Alter Ego: First up is an eye shadow from Il Maki age. I did get this in another month but this time it’s a purple color! I’m glad to receive this one since purple does look good on my eyes after all and I do enjoy the formulation on this shadow. It’s kind of wet when it’s in the small compact but does dry down once on the eyes. I will be definitely using this one! I am surprised that Ipsy would give me another shadow from this range when there are new pallets, I haven’t tried yet that were offered but hey, what can I do?

Tula Skin Care So Polished Exfoliating Sugar Scrub: Next up is an item from Tula and this time it’s an exfoliating scrub. This is another face scrub but it’s a full-size item that I got in this bag. This has not only papaya and pineapple extracts but also has natural sugar to help with buffing dead skin off without stripping the skin. This one is supposed to be used twice a week which I will use it that much since I do use these scrubs before sheet masks so the stuff can sink in better into my skin. I will have to try this out.

QMS ACE Day Night Vitamin Cream: Now into the items I chose for this month. First up is this ACE Vitamin Cream from QMS. So, this is a two-in-one moisturizer that can be used during the day and night. This contains Vitamins C and E to help with protecting the skin from UV rays during the day and does help with refreshing at night. I decided to get this because I have less day moisturizers and have been getting used to using SPF due to my skin not liking it before. I do enjoy sitting outside for some fresh air and do check the mail so does help with keeping my skin protected. I’m using a moisturizer from HEMPZ during the day so I will be using this after finishing that.

Ofra Truffle Lip Gloss: Next up is a product from Ofra! I haven’t gotten anything from this brand in my bags for a while, I think last time I did was the Madison Miller collection that they did a year ago. I haven’t tried out the lip gloss formula yet since I do love the liquid lipstick formula, except for Havana Nights which bled on me like crazy that I had to get rid of it. This is a sheer, nude gloss that hydrates and conditions the lips with antioxidants and jojoba oil. I only wore this once and it was hard to apply, not sure if it’s due to the applicator or not wearing anything on my lips. I have to keep on trying it out to see if it will work out for me and also not bleed all over my lips.

Complex Culture Set Go Setting Powder in Clarity: Next is a product from Complex Culture. In the last group of items, I’ve been noticing that they aren’t as good as the last two groups. As in, Group 1 are really good and hard to choose from, Group 2, I feel I have to think about it, while Group 3, I am like why does this group suck? I felt this setting powder by them was the best out of the group since I don’t mind getting them and it does help keep my stash going in my face needs. Not only this powder does the blurring bit but it does help hydrate the skin with ceramides and botanicals to keep the skin from drying it out. I could wear this alone if I wanted but I do like putting it on top of makeup. I can’t wait to try this powder out!

Add-On: I only got one add-on this month and that is the Micro Derma Needle Roller Set from Grace & Stella. When I read about this, I had to get it because it is supposed to help with any acne scarring since I do have some marks around my face that don’t want to go away. When I got it, I tried it out and it was pretty prickly but the serum did feel good though. I am glad to pick this up since I need some extra skin help sometimes and glad to get this when I did.

Well guys that is it for this post! Next is BoxyCharm since I got that yesterday and it did take a bit to get here due to the holiday rush. I hope to get my No Make No Life so make sure you follow us on Twitter for that post! Stay tuned for the BoxyCharm post!

Cosmetic Controversy: Iris Implants

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe. It’s time for a Cosmetic Controversy!

Iris Color Implants

Disclaimer: This post is about eye anatomy and major grossness that involves surgery. And of course, may include videos about this procedure that may make someone squeamish, you have been warned!

I bet you’re wondering, Mari, what the heck? Well, I watched the Illuminati’s recent Company Casket episode on Bright Ocular, who is a company that specializes in giving colored implants to people by laying it on in the iris of the eye. I did watch this video while eating breakfast and hearing different parts of the eye being worked on and how it affects the eye going for a bit with this implant as well. You know that I’ve went blind due to a rare form of Retinitis Pigmentosa and have met and made friends with blind people but what they went through is natural depending on what they have except this is more extreme in my book.

I remembered years ago that this video brought back and that was Tyra Banks’ video on black market surgeries where a woman went to Panama to get this same surgery done and had major pain from it because of how the surgery was done. I will include the video on this so you can see what she went through because it felt that this was similar to what she went through. After watching Blair’s, Illuminati by the way, video on this I was just surprised and a little annoyed since I felt people are going blind unnecessarily from this procedure. Not only that, but a celebrity also even endorses this surgery because of her results.

How Does It Work and What Is It Meant For? According to Blair’s video, these implants are meant for someone who was born without an iris and is very light sensitive. But when some people found out about this procedure, that is when it was changed for cosmetic purposes, except it was not approved for that, it was only approved for medical situations. It’s one thing to get this done if you had a Coloboma or born without your iris, but having it done for cosmetic reasons is not the way to go, especially when you not only have to pay for the procedure but also to travel to have this done, which some people did so they can have something cool to look with.

What Is the Harm? Even though these are used medically but with cosmetic, people do go through bad effects of having these implants placed into the eyes. For one thing, they can cause the iris to chafe and have particles end up in the Trabecular Meshwork and cause Glaucoma since that part of the eye is known for help the eye with lubrication. Once those holes are filled the pressure builds up. Some people even lost a good portion of their vision due to these implants, especially at the 80% range. Plus, it can cause major light sensitivity due to how the iris is important with light refraction taking place. Plus, it can possibly damage the cornea which would cause a transplant to be needed. Remembered that person I talked about in the beginning? She had a hole in her cornea and not only that ended up with Cataracts and who knows by now she may be blind, since that episode of Tyra was from 2010 before articles about this dangerous procedure was made and what I find ironic is that people travel to Panama to get this done along with Mexico and Africa on top of it. Tiny Harris and her daughter did have to go to Africa for their implants except Zonnique had to get her implants removed when her mom turned out fine. Most people are different but who knows if Tiny’s implants might give her trouble down the road?

What Are My Thoughts? I understand the idea of it’s your own body and respect whatever you do is your thing but from being a visually impaired person myself, don’t do this procedure. I see it work better for someone who needs it more if they were born without an iris but for cosmetic purposes just go with colored contacts. Reason being is that you don’t have to get them surgically placed and just wear them for a certain amount of time without the harm that an implant can give. Contacts aren’t for anyone but this procedure is not either. I don’t want you guys to take the risk and go blind because once you lose your sight you have to relearn skills but with adaptive techniques. It’s pretty much starting your life over and it can be hard. Heck, when I found out I was going to go blind from Retinitis Pigmentosa and lost my vision at 23, I did find it hard at first because I couldn’t get my Driver’s permit at 15 and had to learn new techniques to live on my own. I don’t wish this on anyone not even my worst enemy, which I did run into a former friend who did say he wished he was blind like me. I would have told him that’s a bad thing to say since blindness is not easy. All tangents aside, just stick with contacts, cosplayers do it so just do the same.

Well guys that is it for this post. I will be putting the clip from Tyra’s show with that person with the implants and Blair’s video since you may want to see where I’m coming from and what I’ve seen. And sorry if some of the stuff Blair shows may be a bit squeamish but this is for educational purposes of course! Next up is Glam Bag Plus!(39) The Tyra Banks Show – Black Market Plastic Surgery (Part 1 of 4) – YouTube

(39) Bright Ocular: Corporate Casket (Would You go Blind for Blue Eyes?) – YouTube

Subscription Satelite: Ipsy Glam Bag December 2020

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe! It’s that time again and that is beauty subscription time! Which one are we starting with this time?

Ipsy Glam Bag December 2020

It’s the Ipsy Glam Bag first! This was shipped out earlier than usual but glad it did come before Christmas. This bag is $12 a month and you get four to five sample to deluxe size and even full-size items in this bag ranging from drugstore to indie and even luxury. What did I get this month? Let’s find out!

Beau Gachis Limited Edition Powder Brush: First is a brush from Beau Gachis. I think I got a brush from this brand before in past bags or not. Plus, this is my choice item for this month. This is a powder brush that can also be used for blush and highlighter. The bristles are loosely packed so it won’t cause any streaks after powder is applied. I didn’t read the description until now since this did catch my ear on the choice items more than the other items since I rarely get a powder brush. I know I got an under eye concealing brush but I used that to set me under eyes due to how big of a brush that was. I’m glad to choose this since I did get one product I wasn’t expecting.

Feel Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser: Next up is a product from Feel! I think I have gotten a product from these guys in the past but in Glam Bag Plus. This is an exfoliating cleanser that is made with extracts from pineapples and papayas alongside pumpkin seed oil. This helps with getting rid of any build up on the skin in order to clear it and even softens the skin, plus it’s gentle on the skin. I do love exfoliating scrubs since I do use these when I am about to put a sheet mask on to help the moisture sink into it. I can’t wait to use this item!

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder: Next up is a product I was not expecting but goes well with my new powder brush and it’s the Bye Bye Pores Powder from IT Cosmetics. This is a mattifying and translucent powder that has antioxidants, peptides, and collagen are in this powder to give a blurring effect. My skin’s dry but I will give this a try since I do wear a dewy foundation that doesn’t need much of an application due to how easy it blends and hoping this doesn’t irritate my skin since there are times some mattifying products can do that. I will see how this goes and glad to try it as a trial size instead of a full-size.

Laura Make Up Labs Glozzing Sparkle Lip Gloss: This is a brand I never heard of before but glad to try these guys here! This is a lightweight and non-sticky formula that also hydrates the lips. I got the shade Mystic which is a sheer peach with gold sparkle. Perfect for Christmas time since gold is a nice color anywhere. I have to try this baby on and see how it goes!

Use Me Hair Curl + Wave Cream: Final item is from another brand I never heard of and that is Use Me Hair. I love trying new hair products since my hair is dry and frizzy most of the time and it loves to tangle with the curls I have. This cream helps hair stay healthy and dreamy even if you chemically process it. You can even use it before heat styling. I have to try this product out and see how it goes!

That is, it for this bag. I find it interesting how Ipsy noticed that I picked the powder brush and threw a powder in as a way of having me try a new powder out. I’m glad to get another exfoliating cleanser since it does help with having my sheet masks sink into my skin. I will have to see how the lip gloss and hair cream goes since they are new to me. What is next? I will be writing a new Cosmetic Controversy post which has been a while since I done one. So stay tuned guys!

The Technology Quadrant: Battle of the Bluetooth Earphones

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe. I am back with a post in time for the holiday season!

Battle of the Bluetooth Earphones!

It’s that time again where we are shopping for that perfect gift for that perfect someone even with Chanukah coming up for all of my nerds who celebrate it and of course Christmas in two weeks for the other nerds who celebrate that. One thing I notice that is big and always on sale from Black Friday through Christmas Eve is technology. I admit I did buy the new Echo Dot Gen 4 and now waiting to do my trade in for the I Phone 12 Mini but one thing is big at the moment is Bluetooth headphones! One of the big ones is of course either the Beatz by Dre or of course the Apple Air Pods which have the ear bud style and now coming out with the over the head style which we have known and loved many ages ago. Unfortunately, with most people, the price tag is pretty up there. I was told the new Air Pods with the over the head feature will be in the $500 range which is around the same price for the I Phone 12 range and the new I Pad Air, which I will review soon since I have it myself. The question is that are their cheaper versions? Yes, I will be talking about three of them since I have used them and they are cheaper than the Apple counterparts. Let’s dive in!

Amazon Echo Buds

Price: $120

First up are the ear buds I have been using for over a year and they are the Echo Buds from Amazon. These will cost you around $120 unless you get them for a special price during Black Friday or Cyber Monday or even after both since you can get low prices on Amazon devices leading up to Christmas Eve and New Year’s. These work with the Amazon Alexa app and easy to set up as well. You can do a lot with Alexa with these and even play games on these if you wanted. One thing I can admit that is hard is keeping in my ears. They do slip out even with the wings that come with the ear buds. I don’t have those on there anymore since the wings even slip off the bud as well. You have to push down on them every so often to keep them in even while eating. I only use these if the next ones die on me as back ups since they do have the charging case that you can plug into any USB compatible chord especially a three-in-one chord. If you enjoy using Alexa, this will be handy for you.


Price: Price: $79.99

I have been using these lately since Richard gave me his old pair after buying a new set thinking he lost them but Raycons are a highly rated pair of ear buds. These are amazing and I tend to use these while riding the bus to and from work because I can just press the button on these to play my music without bringing out my phone all the time. These have amazing sound and very comfortable to wear. Like the Echo Buds, they do also come in a chargeable case and they are small alongside the case. They come in many colors and if you guys watch YouTube, a lot of YouTubers do get sponsored and have codes with them so you can get these for 30% off. Richard used Some Call Me Johnny’s link for his buds so I would say watch for anyone who has a special link.


Price: $79 to $100.

And finally, the Aftershoqz headphones. I got into these because of co-workers like these to listen to music and hear their surroundings. I admit I do like that as well and do like how they wrap around the back of my head instead of going over my head. These are bone conduction headphones where they go near your ears rather than inside and use the vibrations from your bones to emit sound. Good thing too is that you can use these to make and answer calls with the button on the side, play music, and even control the volume on the other side near the right ear. I haven’t mentioned this with the Raycons but these, like the Raycon ones, connect to Bluetooth without an app. You just go into the Bluetooth settings and pair through there and ready to go. I heard some of the newer models of these don’t have the vibrations but if you can get the Titaniums then you will feel a slight vibration in your ear. One thing to consider with these is that have your device near you because if you stray too far the connection will drop until you get back to your device.

Which Is Better? It’s hard to say since some people have different preferences. If you prefer the comfort, I will say Raycon is the best for that since you don’t have to keep pushing them in. If you want to keep using an assistant to do certain things then the Amazon Echo Buds would be the best since you can use your device’s assistant alongside Alexa to do different tasks on your device. Trust me, turning on my lights using these was awesome to use as an example. If you prefer something that you can not only hear the audio but your surroundings, the Aftershoqz would be your choice since traveling with these or jogging with them is safer than having music blasting without hearing your surroundings. Best example, I was using these with Soundscape while heading to my mailbox to know what’s around me in the area as I moved forward until I asked a neighbor for help. If I had to pick a favorite out of the three, I would say the Raycon ear buds due to how I can just push the play button without bringing out my phone.

That is, it for this post! We don’t have a link for the Raycon unfortunately but you can watch people on YouTube about getting a link. These three have been my go-to Bluetooth earphones and they work very well and they are cheaper than the Air Pods if you don’t want to splurge during the holidays. So, happy shopping!

Subscription Satelite: No Make No Life December 2020

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

No Make No Life December 2020

I know this was late but due to warehouse issues they had a bit of a delay in getting my box out to me. Now hoping my January box is not late, even though I heard people had issues with their boxes being late with this subscription. This subscription is $35 with $10 shipping and you get skin care and makeup from Japan and Korea. This month I get to try eye makeup even though I am still getting over my eye infections. Let’s see what they gave me this month!

Japanese Essence Lotion: First up is my very first essence since I never tried one out. This product is from Japan one. This helps with moisture and comes in five options, which not sure what I got. This contains hyaluronic acid, royal jelly, and cuten. This also helps with toning and prevents acne as well. I have to try this out and see how this goes.

Kunuhata Soymilk Cleanser: Next is a face cleanser from a brand called Kunuhata. This is a gentle foaming cleanser made with soy milk that helps with hydration. I have to try this out since I prefer gentle cleansers over harsh ones. I hope it doesn’t make my skin react weird but the sheet masks haven’t done that so far. Let’s see what happens.

Innisfree Face Mask: This is a sheet mask that has a cream containing eucalyptus cellulose. Over the past two years I’ve been using masks with honey, various fruit extracts and actual fruits, flowers, but not with eucalyptus yet. I have to try this out since there are three kinds I can get in Acai Berry, Ginseng, and Rice. I have to try this out and see how it goes.

Spins Multi-Stick: Now into the makeup parts. This is a shimmery and heart shaped stick from Spins that comes in pink gold. I will use this as a highlighter stick but can also use it on the eyes, lips, and decolletage. I can’t wait to use this!

Dolly Angel 33 Color Eye Shadow Pallet: Next up is my first eye shadow pallet from Asia! An actual shadow pallet from a brand I mean. This features thirty-three shadows and a double ended applicator. When I saw this, I thought it was smaller and had the usual twelve but when I saw this in the catalog that came with my box, I was surprised. The shades from soft peach to ruby. I will have to play with this when I get off my eye product break. It’s been a while since I used a peach to red tone shadow pallet.

Miloko Chocolate Brown Mascara: Next is a mascara and it’s in brown. I never use brown mascaras but willing to try this out. This mascara is a travel size which is right for the holiday traveling if anyone is doing it now or next year. This comes in four colors, cocoa brown, cranberry, cinnamon brown, milk tea, and chestnut, sorry, five!

Dolly Wink Long Lasting Eye Pencil: Next up is something that had me wanting my box sooner since it was advertised on Facebook and that is the Dolly Wink Everlasting Eye Pencil. This is a quick drying formula that stays put and doesn’t run. Plus, it is not too harsh when it’s on the eyes and doesn’t bother them either with Jojoba Oil. I have to try this since I did have issues with my eyes with a ink liner that was drying up due to not being used for months. I will see how this liner goes.

Etude Brow Pencil and Brush: Final item is from Etude. I have heard of these guys being in past boxes and glad to try a brow pencil from these guys. Except I am kind of scared because it’s a dark grey pencil with a triangular shape with a brush at the end. I hope this is like the universal taupe pencils that blend with how well it blends with the brows. I will have to see how this goes.

That is, it for this box. Very exciting with what I got this month! Definitely skin care products I will use and same with the eye products. The brow pencil is kind of scaring me due to the shade they gave me but will have to see how that works. I am excited for the shadow pallet, liner, and mascara. Can’t wait to see what the next box brings and hoping that doesn’t come late either. Next up is going back to the Technology Quadrant with talking about different Bluetooth earphones just in time for the holiday gifting season!

Subscription Satelite: Ipsy November 2020

Subscription Satelite: Ipsy November 2020

The Convention Quadrant: Virtual Conventions Vs. Face-to-Face Conventions

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe. Time for another post and it regards conventions.

Virtual vs. Face-To-Face Conventions

This year conventions had to be either pushed back or be held online and this year the National Federation of the Blind did their conventions, both state and national, over Zoom. It was a safer way than having people come under the sickness of Covid19 but there are things I do miss when it comes to having interaction. To tell you the truth, I used to be an extrovert where I loved going out and meeting new people and with this year being at home most of the time since I do have asthma and I have risked my life already this year with my injury in May by going to get my face dermabonded, staying in the hospital for two days and a half, and also going to the doctor again recently for my eyes and nose. Also, looking for apartments and moving. Now I am an introverted extrovert all thanks to this year. Where I don’t mind the company but do like to have some time to myself but I do miss having friends over. Let’s see how I felt with some of the Pros and Cons of this year’s events.


Not Getting Any Kind of Sickness: First up is the idea of having virtual conventions is that you don’t get any types of other sicknesses. I admit back in the past me and Richard did get colds after the convention or passed our germs onto other people. One prime example was back in 2007 I had a bad cold after the summer semester and it passed onto Richard and maybe other people as well since I shook hands without using hand sanitizer which I never knew about the small bottles that Bath & Body Works sold until around 2009 I think. Plus, I did have a bad case of Conjunctivitis back in 2016. Also, we did have other bad pandemics which included the Swine Flu, also known as H1N1 back in 2009 and looking at it, Holiday Matsuri 2013 did have people getting sick right after the convention. Where am I getting at? What I’m getting at is that with virtual conventions is that we don’t have to worry with post convention sickness even if it’s not due to the pandemic. We only have to worry is that we have to keep our phones and other devices sanitized after each convention since we do use Zoom on many platforms like Mac, IOS, Android, and even Windows. And of course, we do use hand sanitizer in our normal lives whenever we need to if we get that awesome sale at Bath & Body for the mini bottles. Hey, Christmas scents are back now!

No Convention Funk: As anime convention goers and now press pass holders ourselves we don’t have to smell the bad convention funk. As in, we don’t have to worry about someone not showering. I know, it’s gross from the sounds of it and it is  because I did have a creeper that never showered creep on me back at one anime convention. Not only that, it’s always a topic at Holiday Matsuri where people keep telling everyone to shower. Still finding it ridiculous one guy complained about the post due to being allergic to soap and so many other people and I talked about how there are alternatives to mainstream soaps. Not kidding! Even Lush has vegan soaps where they post their ingredients. Anyways, this is one pro most people can agree on since we don’t have to face the Con Funk!

Saving Money: This is one thing that has been a subject and that is saving the money being used for conventions for the convention for next year or other important things that can be saved for. This year we were able to focus on our move since our lease was up this coming week and we had to get everything set up. Also, with the saving for other conventions, we got our stimulus checks and we are saving up for our trip to RangerStop Pop next year which we wanted to do an out of state convention finally and it gives a chance to explore newer conventions out of the realm of where we go to every year. Plus, it also helps save money for more things that can be purchased at some of these things since there are times we don’t have the funds for a lot of things in the vendor room and sometimes for autographs if need be. I know I will be having funds for for a few next year, hopefully. Not only that saving up for other places to eat,. I remembered hearing some stories that Vivid Barnacle had read where one person had a friend always wanting to eat the pricey places during a convention instead of fast food places since that is the biggest locations for convention goers to go to when they’re hungry. I admit we gone to Checkers and Burger King during AFO years ago. I think the last time we splurged was during RangerStop last year at BJ’s Brew House across the street and man I felt bad for Richard spending on us since I saw the price for my parmesan chicken on Uber Eats and just backed away. I know I went on a tangent but being able to save the money for more items at a convention will be rewarding since I have heard some people, in the past few years, heck even my dad complained when I needed money for signatures at MegaCon, that things have gotten pricier and sometimes it can be hard to save. A good thing to do as my tip and I have done it and same with Richard is to open a savings account, even when you get your tax return. You can transfer the money easily between accounts through your bank when you need it, heck I have done it for Uber rides since it can be pricey depending where I go in town. Plus, you can make goals for yourself if you’re going to a city for a convention, one good example, our goal in Atlanta is to go to a place that was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Guy has been to places in Atlanta and we are curious about it.

Visiting States Online: This is what I enjoyed about the NFB Virtual Conventions is that I get to be at a state convention without flying to it. I did meet some people during the 2018 National Convention like people from Nebraska, Arizona, Hawaii, but this year I got to meet the people not only here in Florida again but got to meet everyone in California, since I want to visit that state, Ohio, where I did register and won a gift card, and Virginia and got to meet some of the nicest people and the students that are following their dreams in getting their degrees like I am. Plus, I got to meet some of the others from other states who were also visiting, like the president from Massachusetts’ affiliate since I am attending U. Mass at the moment and found out they are also doing their convention online in Fe bruary which I am looking forward to since I haven’t been back to Boston in ages. Which my plan is to go for graduation. Anyways, it’s good to meet other people since we can have fun and enjoy each other’s company while listening to what they’ve been doing during the year while going through the pandemic.


Missing the In Person Interaction: One thing I have noticed among the conventions I’ve heard is that everyone has missed seeing everyone in person. I agree with that whole heartedly. Recently on the RangerStop group, they have posted pictures from 2019 where there were awesome moments with the guests. One of them was some of the Mystic Force cast going to Popeye’s to try their sandwiches, which by the way they are delicious, and there was the photo. jI am missing that interaction and getting to sit in the panel rooms hear the guests talk about their work on certain shows and so on. Even with the NFB conventions, we show how independent we are and be able to walk around the hotels with cane in hand or hand on a dog harness to enjoy the city life. Heck, when I volunteered for the Braille Book Fair, I got to talk with parents of blind children who wanted pointers since I remembered how much my parents struggled when I first got diagnosed. Getting to talk with other people and sharing the stories in person is something that we do miss. Now hoping next year things will be better enough for all of us to get together again to enjoy a meal.

Technical Difficulties: I have seen this rise and it does happen. One drawback of being on Zoom, even with school, there are times where audio goes out, the mute button is not working, sharing the screen is not working, anything that is everything can happen with technical difficulties. Technoilogy is a blessing but sucks when it breaks.

I think that is about it. It’s hard to know what else in the Cons area that I could mention. As someone who is more extroverted I feel that I prefer the in person conventions since I feel a little more like myself and I do miss meeting new people. Who knows how 2021 looks but hoping that we get to be in person again even if there may be changes involved. Let’s see how it goes! Next post will be my Ipsy Glam Bag.

Subscription Satelite: Glam Bag Plus November 2020

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

Glam Bag Plus November 2020

My Glam Bag Plus came in and glad it did. I did change my address after the first day of the month so it ended up at the old place like my Glam Bag, which that arrived yesterday so that has to be picked up from the old place. This is the second tier in Ipsy and it costs $25 a month where you get five full-size items ranging from skin care to makeup. And you get to select three of your items while Ipsy picks the other two. Let’s see what I picked and what Ipsy picked for me.

Tretique Good Vibes Mascara and Lash Curler: First up is a product from Trestique. I have been enjoying this brand for its just one stick is all you need approach. This is a two-in-one mascara and lash curler that will give you dramatic lashes. One end is your lash curler which even helps with small lashes for its smaller size and the other end is the mascara. The directions ask for curling the lashes first and then use the mascara which I tend to do sometimes if my lashes need an extra curl even on workdays. I will be waiting a little bit before I use any eye makeup due to having a stay and blepharitis which was not great having it during midterms. This product retails for $25.

Violet Voss Coral Pop Eye Shadow Pallet: Next up is a product from Violet Voss. I have bought some of their mini pallets in the past from add-ons and happy to get one of them in my GB Plus. This is a peachy versatile pallet That allows mixing and matching. Claims to last all day without any fading. I have noticed some of the other Violet Voss pallets did stay pretty well and hoping that this does too. This pallet retails for $2-.

Honey Jarret Super Beauty Mask Set: Now going into my first-choice item, I chose a set of six sheet masks from Honey Jarret. I do love trying new brands even in skin care and that includes sheet masks since my sensitive skin prefers them more than wash off ones. These claim to have rich antioxidants and help calm the complexion. These contain kombucha tea leaves, manuka honey, and Maringa to help with stressed out skin. Trust me, this semester has me stressed even the move stressed me out so I will be using one of these this week to calm my skin. This retails for $18 so you get six masks for $3 which is an awesome value!

Complex Culture Lip Cream in Dusty Rose: My next choice was a lip product. This is a six-in-one lip cream that multitasks. It lines, primes, moisturizes, and other things to help the lips with antioxidants. Perfect for the colder days coming our way even though it is still in the lower 80s here in Florida.  I will have to try this out and see how it goes! This retails for $18 as well.

Seraphine Botanicals Fruit Butter Lip Mask: Final choice item and it’s from Seraphine.This is an overnight lip masks that helps moisturize the lips while you’re asleep. I should have used this last night. It’s free of talc and parabens to help with the moisture. I never tried an overnights lip mask, but I have heard so many good things, especially about the one from Bite Beauty. I will definitely start using this tonight. This retails for $25.

That completes my GB Plus and all I have to say it was good balance this month too. I am glad to get a lip treatment alongside more sheet masks to help with, my dry skin. My lips also need it since I sometimes feel that dry patch on my upper lip. I still need to wait in wearing eye shadow and mascara with feeling the sty and my eye infection. I will be trying out the liquid lipstick though. I can’t wait to see what December’s bag brings! Hoping we get six items again like two years ago which was really awesome. Next up is my post about the virtual conventions.

Subscription Satelite: BoxyCharm November 2020

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe. Before I start, I would like to apologize for my short absence. I have been busy with studying for a test and also became ill during last week so I couldn’t do the Review Round Up for the last two months. I also lost the panda bear USB drive with all my posts so far and might find it when the move takes place this week. I am sorry so I will be doing this post to make it up to you guys.

BoxyCharm November 2020

Today, I received my first box of the month and it happened to be my BoxyCharm. Usually this would come after my No Make No Life and GB Plus, but the order switched. I did find my email about this box being shipped but glad to get it while being at my current place. This costs $25 a month and you get five full-size items every month ranging from prestige through luxury. Also, you get to choose an item and this month for December’s choice they switched it up to make everyone choose on the same day and glad that happened because it was nerve racking to see everyone else getting to choose. I did choose something pretty nice for December but won’t spoil. Let’s see what I got this month since I was a able to use Convenient OCR on my post card this time and to tell you the truth it works better on this since no weird characters show up when JAWS reads it.

Natasha Denona Peek Pallet: First up is something from Natasha Denona. I heard of this brand so much from so many people on YouTube and What’s Up in MakeUp and how people debated in purchasing this brand because they are super pricey. Pricier than Mac even. I did remember trying a shadow from this brand through the Allure box a year ago when I was still subscribed and thought it was okay, nothing too earth shattering nor super nova about it. When I saw this on my list of items I was surprised and let’s see what it says. This is a five-pan pallet featuring some of the best formulated shadows within the neutral range. This features creamy and metallic shades from some of her iconic pallets and to tell you the truth I never purchased since I am more of an Urban Decay meets NYX type person when it comes to makeup with a mix of Mac. I will try this out though since single shadows may be different from the smaller pallets but who knows how it will go. I am taking a break from eye products because I ended up with a Sty and Blepharitis last week. Plus, I did have to pack my makeup brushes from my vanity. The MSRP though is $48. Let’s see if it’s worth it since I can get the Dose of Dollars pallets lower than that.

Peach & Lily Power Calm Gel Cleanser: Next up is a product from Peach & Lily. I have heard of these guys and they are sold at Ulta. This is a gentle and sulfate-free cleanser that helps keeping the skin intact. I have to see how this goes since I do enjoy gentle cleansers and since it does get colder here on the coast during the winter this would be perfect! Plus, it also helps with hydration which is a key for me! This retails for $28.

Milk Kush Waterproof Mascara: Next is the item I chose for November and have to wait to use because it’s a mascara and it is a favorite amongst many people on YouTube and that is the Koosh Mascara from Milk MakeUp. I heard of this mascara and was a little curious about it and when I saw it as a choice, I had to get it! This is an intense mascara that has heart shaped fibers, and it is infused with cannabis oil which is supposed to be good for you. I will have to see how well it works with my lashes since I have tried hemp seed oil lotion and that helped my skin so far.  This mascara retails for $24.

Yensa Beauty Pumpkin Turmeric Two in One Polishing Mask: Next is a product by my favorite former villainous from Light Speed Rescue, Jennifer Yen, and that is from her brand Yensa. This is a two-in-one polishing mask that is infused with orange ingredients that help with hydrating and soothes the skin and of course polishes it within five to ten minutes. I can’t wait to use this since I do love using masks while shaving my legs to give some time to work. I do love pumpkin and will see how it goes. This retails for $45.

Alamar Eye Primero Sticky Base Primer: Final item is from Alamar and it’s the eye primer. This is a water-based primer, and it helps shadows stand out. It is also water and wear resistance and it’s made with shea butter. I know I am on break from wearing shadows and other eye items, but I can’t wait to wear this. I think the eye base I was using lately was probably a factor for my Sty or my other eye irritation so who knows. Hoping this doesn’t cause any issues for my shadows. This retails for $15.

That completes this box! I like it this month because it has a nice balance between makeup and skin care, and I like that in a box. I will have to see how the mask works since I rarely use wash off masks and I enjoyed the green tea ones from Purlisse, which is Jen’s other brand. Trying out Peach & Lily will be a nice first and glad to get another eye primer, shadow pallet, and mascara but have to wait until my eyes calm down from going through what they had. I can’t wait for my other boxes. I think my Ipsy and GB Plus will be a little late since I didn’t get my new address until last week but I did add it to my No Make No Life so hoping that I will get in a reasonable time frame. Next, I will be talking about how I have been virtual convention hopping with the NFB State conventions this fall so stay tuned and follow us on Twitter for the latest!