Subscription Satelite: Allure Beauty Box March 2022

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

Allure Beauty Box March 2022

My Allure Beauty Box came in first this month and glad it did since sometimes it comes last. Apparently Glossy Box has not shipped yet. This box featured a lot of skin care this month and featured one product I am familiar with since it was named Best of Beauty. This features items that are picked as favorites by the Allure Editors and most of them are winners for Best of Beauty. This costs $23 every month. Let’s see what they featured! I will do what I did with Ipsy where I list the items and tell you what I am excited about.

  • Blink Ultralume Tubing Mascara Retail Price: $26
  • Toula Signe Refreshingly Brightening Facial Mist Retail Price: $34
  • Shan! Garden Retinol Reform 4 IA Retail Price: $88
  • AM Essentials Real Eye Cream for Face Retail Price: $25
  • Brioggio Hair Care Scalp Revival Charcoal and Coconut Scalp Exfoliating Shampoo Retail Price $42
  • Origins Gel Moisturizer Retail Price: $32
  • Setaphil SenGentle Cleanser Retail Price: $15

So, this month, there was more skin care than makeup, since we only got the Blink mascara. I remembered getting the Blink mascara in BoxyCharm many years ago and was surprised to see this again. Mind you, at the time Blink was pretty new and they are now a Allure Best of Beauty Winner. I didn’t like the idea of tubing mascaras since they can irritate if I am not too careful but wearing lash primers help with irritation so I will give it another try on top of the Cover Girl Lash Primer. I was surprised to see Cetaphil in here as well since I rarely saw them before when I was subscribed to Allure’s box years ago. I did use one of their cleansers because my skin is so sensitive but it smelled weird. I know fragrance is not good for sensitive skin but it smelled weird. I will see how this cleanser works on my skin since it is such a small sample alongside the Origins moisturizer I got in this box. What I’m interested in is the double duty eye cream and moisturizer since I’ve never seen it before and it’s a product from Korea as well, which K Beauty is big on the market. I will definitely use it since I have so many eye creams at the moment, and I have one full on eye serum in this box as well. I think Allure did this version of the box for March due to how Spring is right around the corner and most people are refreshing their skin care after wearing winter related makeup and skin care depending on their skin type and it’s a good idea since some people need to refresh from the dry, cold months. We were hit with really cold weather during January and February and now with March we are getting back to weather in the high seventies and low eighties. Gotta love Florida! Even with the Toula Spray, that will definitely be something for people to use, even when it gets hotter and humid where I live. I will start using it in the late spring or closer to summer. It’s a good idea for the box, glad Allure went with this theme. ANother item that I was surprised by is the Briogeo shampoo. I did remember getting something similar in Glam Bag X but it was more of a hair mask, except I hated that one and tossed it out. I will definitely give this product a chance since it is a sample and not a full-size.

That’s it for this box! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for April since Spring is already here and we’re needing a nice refresher! Next will be my Ipsy bags! Stay tuned!

The Beauty Quadrant: Items I Switched To!

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! Sorry for the wait for a new post! School and work kept me busy with things and glad to take some time to do this post I promised!

Beauty Items I Switched!

It sounds like a weird title but there are things we love to use in beauty and hygiene that we tend to switch from time to time. I understand that some brands and items people love and say they are their holy grails except they can change from time to time due to either the item gets discontinued, the brand goes out of business, which I’ve seen lately, and sometimes the skin or hair does not like it which causes it to freak out. I do have items I have swapped recently and wanted to talk about it!

From Regular Deodorant to Natural

This was a big switch for me because I always loved using regular deodorants for years. I bounced from Secret to Degree to Dove and got back to Secret since I do wear sleeveless tops sometimes for work or for cosplay back in the times before we rebranded. I’ve heard how regular deodorants are not that great for some people’s health, there have been claims about the aluminum causing breast cancer? I think Jen Luv talked about that in her Natural Deodorant review which I switched to all thanks to Ipsy at first. I had Refreshments for a little while because I switched my razors, which is next and I got their deodorant, which is more natural. I was a bit on the fence about natural deodorants at first but noticed how sometimes my pits do get a little crusty with the build-up of product and sometimes with some deodorants I buy and have it delivered it can be hard to find so I gave natural a chance and enjoyed what Ipsy had. Recently, all thanks to the Mile Higher podcast (if you’re into true crime stuff with a little supernatural, check them out) I got into Native. Native has not been new to me since I heard some of my favorite people on YouTube talk about them but Mile Higher got me to use their discount code during the Christmas scents that came and what I like about Native is that the scents are not too overwhelming. Not sure if you notice with some deodorants, the scent seems to punch you in the face, Native is not too bad, it’s just right! I did find the candy cane one to be too light but not to the point of the Twisted Peppermint Body Spray, that was a strong scent and turned fruity. Anyways, I also like the idea that it is made with shea butter which is good for my sensitive skin. I do have one drawback, it can be hard to use the stick since you do have to rub it a couple of times to make it warm up. I do enjoy Native and I have a lot of sticks all thanks to my love for this brand!

Jumping Ship from Dollar Shave Club!

WHat do I mean by this? For a little while since our first apartment, I was a member of Dollar Shave Club and loved their skin care items for the legs, however I noticed that with the seven blade razor it made my skin drier than ever and itchier than ever so I had to cancel. At first, I did enjoy the razor from Ipsy but the Refreshments items were taking too long for me to receive every month so I joined Athena Club all thanks to Blaire from Illuminati. I think this was a great choice because their razors are basically the VVenus Razors but with more moisture to them. I still use my shave gel with these but it adds more moisture as I shave since my skin can be irritated after a fresh shave even after washing off the shave gel. I still feel a tiny itch but not as bad with the Dollar Shave within a day or two of shaving. Again, this is a good razor and I recommend it. I do not like that the website is not accessible when it comes to entering items into carts, I do notice the profile is accessible. I did have to contact customer service to choose my razor kit. I like the idea of choosing a color, I did go with sky blue since I’m a sucker for blue. Also, you can choose to send it every three months, which I tend to not change my razors since I don’t shave as much unless I have tons of hair on my legs and pits. The razors do keep me for my next shipment and they do send you ten cartridges. I find it better than the Ipsy subscription since they only give you two. I’d rather spend the $20 plus on ten cartridges and that is basically what you get at CVS. I may go for their shave gel at some point.

Using Cleansing Tools for Face Cleansing in the Morning?!

I know we have heard so much about cleansing tools over the years, especially the big popular one, Clairsonic. With more companies releasing their own, I did get one in my Ipsy bag, well more like purchased a few through add-ons, even got one in Glam Bag X, and did get one through Ipsy Offers and that is the PMD Beauty Cleansing Brush in navy. I did get the Warm one twice, the first time as an add-on and in my November 2021 GB X where Huda Katan chose it for me. I do like the navy one more due to how it is better for sensitive skin except it does have the same vibration settings as the Warm one but less harsh. I do use this with my Tony Moley AM Gel Cleanser in the morning before work and on the weekends since it does help with spreading it and just lathers when I wash it off. I don’t use it for moisturizer since it doesn’t do much when I try that. At least I do use it for the cleansing part. At least it has lasted me this long!

From Tarte Stage One to CoverGirl Lash Primer

Just when I thought the Tarte Stage One Lash Primer was my holy grail, I noticed getting it after every single time it was drying out was getting a bit pricey so it was time to see about a drugstore alternative. I admitted I did try out the lash primer from L’Oreal Lash Paradise line but was not a fan and it dried out too quickly! I found the one from CoverGirl and OMG! Where was this? This is made with caffeine and it has helped with my mascara game every single time. Yes, it goes on white but it does keep my eyes from being allergic to mascara, even though allergies really hit me in January. Don’t worry, I have changed out tubes along the way. Also, it makes my lashes feel like lashes! You know how mascaras kind of make your lashes too stiff? Not with this primer! I’m wearing the Rare Beauty mascara and so far my legs are still fluttery. I will definitely continue buying. Sorry Tarte!

From Sinful to Color Club!

I’ve been enjoying a newer polish brand and that is Color Club. If you have been with Nerd Chique Universe since it started on BlogSpot without the Universe in its name, I have been a huge lover of Sinful Colors. I always went crazy for their midnight blue polish all the way to their holiday and limited polishes, however they chipped so quickly even if I used a top coat. I still have all of my bottles that I kept that are still fresh but Ipsy did bring me a new brand. Two years ago, I bought a huge bundle from Ipsy Offers that featured a lot of items and one item was a set of Color Club polishes and when I tried one polish, I noticed my nails didn’t chip so badly. It took a few days to start chirping even with all of the typing I do at work and now for school with assignments and reading Braille.. Even the polish Glow Baby Glow stayed on for two weeks. WHen I went to get a manicure in January, the salon tried to have me get a gel manicure when I wanted a regular one and told me that most polishes start chipping in a day and don’t stay on. ALso, said regular polish does dry out the nails. I did look at it but the real culprit is the acetone in a lot of polish removers and I was wearing a Five Free polish before my manicure because Color Club and the other polishes I’ve gotten in my Ipsy bags and did get one in Glossy are all non-toxic. I should do a post more on nail polish since it’s my favorite thing. Gel can be harmful due to the UV exposure you get from the lamps to help cure the polish. I may go to a different salon since they kept pushing gel and all I wanted is just a regular manicure. Anyways, wishing the salon did their research first. Again, I will return to this polish brand since they are amazing and a bottle is around $8 or $9 depending on what you get. I did get a set of twenty-eight during Christmas time since I love this brand so much.

Switching from Drugstore Tops and Bases to Orally Top to Bottom

One thing I didn’t like about drugstore top and base coats is that they dry too quickly in the bottle, such as the Sally Hnasen Top & Base coat I had when RJ’s mom suggested when she got me into nail stips. While browsing Ulta for a top and base coat, I found this one from Orally where it is a two in one and I love it! This stayed liquidy in the bottle over time, even more than a month, while using it! Plus, when it becomes a top coat it makes my nails really Glossy. I prefer my nails glossy due to the top coat when most of the ones I used, especially the Top Shine from Sinful, made them still felt through the top coat. If you’re making a top coat, it should give a nice glossy effect even with glitter polishes! I will keep on buying this and Orally please don’t discontinue!

I think this is about it! I’ve been enjoying the products I’ve been using. I may return to this kind ofa post in the future. Let’s see what happens! Next up is Allure Beauty Box!

Subscription Satelite: Ipsy February 2022

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

Ipsy GlamBag & GBX February 2022

I got both my Glam Bag and GBX a little bit later this month. I only got one add-on with my Glam Bag and that caused it to be late so I decided to combine them in a new way. I will list the products and then talk about any of the ones I have tried or am excited about.

Glam Bag

  • Context Skin Lipstick in Running Free
  • Go to Skin Care The Removalist
  • Hip Dot Contour Brush
  • M2uNYC DShadow Duo in Cobble Hill, Clean
  • Sowasu First Care Activating Serum

So, this month with Glam Bag, I felt it was a better balance between skin care and makeup and one tool. I am glad to get the Hip Dot brush since I have enjoyed the Clueless blush palette and the Witchy pallet from Halloween. I will be using this brush when I contour next time. I was glad to try out a new shadow duo from M2u NYC since I have enjoyed the shadow primer and when I saw this as a choice I had to get it. This duo has an espresso and a gold shade to go from day to night. I will definitely see how this goes even though I did use up the shadow primer. I am using the Sowasu serum at the moment to see how it feels from the Good Molecules one I’m using all the time. It does feel good when applying but I do get the tingle from using new items of course. I haven’t tried the lipstick as of yet which I will and the same with the Removalist. I did get the Ipsy Bundle in I’m Bold which included the new Morphe pallet for this month which I was skeptica at first due to how Morphe is a bit of a sketchy company but will give this pallet a try after enjoying the James Charles Artistry pallet. I did get other items too and will see how it goes!

GBX

  • Juvia’s Place Nubian Pallet
  • MZ Skin Soothe and Smooth Hyaluronic Eye Complex
  • Benefit Cosmetics The Porefessional Hydration Primer
  • Aceology Hydrating & Brightening Biodegradable Masks
  • First Aid Beauty Niacinamide Serum
  • Tarte 12 Hour Highlighter in Sparkler
  • Quay Sunglasses
  • 111Skin Cryofree Cleanser

The GBX for this month was curated by Adison Ray. I was excited to find the Juvia’s Place palette in my GBX this month and did get the second and third ones since they are in a series. They were also on sale on Ulta. I did choose a pair of sunglasses this time since they were different from the makeup I would choose. I have been using them and they fit pretty well on my face and don’t feel tight either. $75 sunglasses in your Glam Bag X? Yes please! Especially if you live somewhere extra sunny. I will definitely use the sheet masks since I do enjoy those when my skin needs some TLC and I’m happy to try something new from Benefit, which is the Professional Hydrating Primer. As you know, my skin can get really dry and it’s good to have a primer to hydrate the skin before makeup. I will use this whenever I run out of anything that is primer related. Let’s see how it goes!

That is it for this post, I think I prefer doing it this way since it is easier if I just write the product once in one list. I may link the product in future posts and plus it would make more sense to combine both the two bags for Ipsy instead of doing a separate post for both. I will still do it for Allure and Glossy Box but may do it this way since I think it makes it easier on myself, especially when I have to use Convenient OCR for the other two boxes with the small pamphlets they include.  What’s next? I am thinking of doing a post on products I switched to over time because I have changed some things in my makeup and skin care routine, until next time!

Subscription Satelite: Allure Beauty Box February 2022

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! Another box is up!

Allure Beauty Box February 2022

Just when my Glossy Box arrived, so did my Allure Beauty Box the next day. This box contains items based on favorites by the editors of Allure Magazine and you get five items picked by them and an item based on how long you’ve been a member. This costs $23 a month and you also get a small magazine with it! Let’s see what was included for this month’s box!

Heritage Store Rose Water Facial Mist

First item is from Heritage! I loved their Rose Water Toner and seeing this in my box makes me happy! This is a gentle mist that is made with water and rose oil and it is used to help set makeup, prep it for makeup and refresh the skin during the day. I may use this before makeup to help with moisture since I do use a moisturizing primer before applying my makeup. Rose oil does help with moisture since I have used their toner and now want to get another bottle from Ulta. This retails for $10.62.

Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair Conditioner

In this month’s box, I got an Allure Winner! I got a tube of the Brioggio Don’t Despair Repair Conditioning Hair Mask! This mask helps with bringing moisture back to the hair to help hair become softer and more shinier. I haven’t used this in the past few years and am glad to get another tube and this time in the Allure Beauty Box. I will definitely use this of course! This retails for $38!

Evelyn Rose Body Melt

Next up is a lotion that helps with a lot of the dry areas! Winter has been a beast here on the coast this past January and February and man I’m glad for the warm weather to return for a bit. This contains murumuru butter which helps with the moisture and I know I will be also using this. This retails for $35.

My Topicals Hydrating Mask

Next up is a hydrating face and body mask from My Topicals. I never heard of this brand before until this box. I love finding out about brands I never heard of before. This mask has squalene, ceramides, and shea butter to help with moisture on cold winter nights and it melts into the skin. It says to have it on for twenty minutes or overnight. I can’t wait to use this since the winter has been slightly harsh. AThis retails for $32.

Model  Co. Metallic Shadow Trio in St. Tropes

Next up is a product from Model Co. I remembered these guys to be in Ipsy too and now they are in Allure more. This is a pallet that features bronzey shades to create day to night looks and smoky ones. I can’t wait to use this! This retails for $18.

Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion Exfoliator

Last item is another Allure winner from Dr. Brandt and it’s their Micro Dermabrasion Scrub! This has a combination of physical and chemical exfoliators in this product that helps the skin with becoming radiant. I enjoy using these on a night before a sheet mask to help with the serum from the mask soak in. This retails around the $30 range.

Well, this month’s box was really good since it brought two products off their winners list. I can’t wait to use the eye shadow trio the most due to trying something from Model Co. after so long. I can’t wait for what March has in store for me!

Subscription Satelite: Glossy Box February 2022

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! Sorry for the wait on doing my subscription posts, some are a little late and I was doing homework and I did get diagnosed with Bronchitis last Sunday. I’m fine and I know last Sunday was a bit controversial with that post, so hoping this would be better.

Glossy Box February 2022

So, my Glossy Box was the first to arrive this month and didn’t know because RJ placed it on top of our air fryer without telling me. He was using it on our bar to make chicken tenders one night and didn’t point out that Glossy Box was also there. I need to ask him to tell me when that happens since it can come early or late. Anyways, this box is $21 a month and you get six items in this box that range between deluxe and full-size. They can be skin care, hair care, even tools  along with makeup. I think this is a good replacement for BoxyCharm in my opinion since I am enjoying what I received this far. WHat did I get for February? Let’s see!

Natura MuruMuru Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner

First up is a shampoo and conditioner duo from Natura and it’s their Muru Muru Replenishing Duo. These are deluxe size bottles which I prefer instead of tubes since I can wrap a rubber band around the conditioner. These contain Muru Muru Butter that helps with getting anything out and return hair to its shiny self. These two clean, moisturize and prevent breakage which I love. My hair does get damaged and I am trying to grow it out, I have been using castor oil and feel it’s not working, trying to get back into the Hair Vitamins. ANyways, I will try these two out and see how they work on my hair. I heard good things about Muru Muru Butter in a lot of different skin and hair products. Let’s see how this works. The deluxe set is $4.90 and the full-size duo is around $49.

Ersa Skin Care Nourishing Cream

Next up is a product from Erso Skin Care. This is a new brand to me and I’m glad to try something from them even in deluxe size. This is a moisturizer that helps skin with Niacinamide and Vitamin A and Seramides. This sounds like a good combination and I’m glad to get a new moisturizer to try. I can see it will help with making my skin plump and supple. I don’t see anything about sensitive skin since that is something I look for in skin care the most. I hope I don’t break out since with things such as Seramides and Niacinamide my skin has been doing good. You can get a deluxe size for $27 and a full-size for $90. I would stick with the deluxe size, thank you very much!

CAAB Cosmetics SweetHeart Lipstick

I haven’t seen these guys in so long since I left Ipsy back in 2016 and re-joined back in 2018 and have not seen them anywhere within the past four years. I guess they stopped working with them? Don’t know. I am glad to see them again and in a different box. This is a lipstick that gives a subtle look to the lips and it is supposed to be also moisturizing, however the tip before this product says to apply lip balm, which I do anyways with my lovely Lip Smackers! I know, they are mostly for kids but I do love them since they are the most moisturizing for my lips. I will see how this goes since I haven’t used this brand in so long and glad to see they are somewhere in the Box Universe! This retails for $18.

NCLA Nails Nail Polish in Fresh Linen and Back to Black

Next up is a nail polish from NCLA Nails. I remembered these guys also being in BoxyCharm and I rarely have seen a bottle of polish in there ever since I returned to them in 2019 and canceled last year, when there was a rumor floating around that they would bring nail polish back. I am glad to see this here though. You get either Fresh Linen which is a white or Back to Black which is black. Going a little gothic aren’t we? I think I may receive Fresh Linen which I could use with my red crackle polish and other dark crackle colors if I get anything more with those from EBay or OPI. I don’t see a retail box but can’t wait to use this on my nails!

Dita Litera Tanning Lotion

I am not going to use this! I don’t self-tan guys! I guess toss!

Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks

Final item is an eye mask at the bottom of my box and it just says Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks. Hold on! To the internet!Okay, they are from a brand called Rodiel and I found them on AMazon which are pretty cheap for a single eye mask. Okay, these contain Dragon’s BLood and Hyaluronic Acid to help with keeping moisture on the under eyes which makes sense. I will have to try these out since I do like the idea of having something to help hydrate the skin and Hyaluronic Acid does work well with my skin. These retail for $6.99 for a set!

So, this box, the only disappointment is the Self-Tanning Lotion since I do not self-tan at all. When you see me in our convention videos, that is my skin tone you see, the light-medium girl you see. I don’t think self-tanning is necessary and don’t know why it exists and tanning on the beach is already dangerous as is so I don’t suggest that either. Anyways, the other items I am happy about which makes me happy since I do love hair care items and I know I will give a good use to the shampoo and conditioner samples, while the lipstick I will definitely use after not getting CAAB in years. The nail polish is a definite yes when I use it since I love nail polish! Let’s see how it goes! Next is the Allure Beauty Box!

Controversy Quadrant: Why Blind People Should Not Be in MLMs!

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe. Man, I am kind of regretting this post but I feel like it’s time to do it since as a blind person myself, I need to give the info!

Why Blind People Should Not Be In MLMs!

Yes, the title says it right and that is why I’m doing it. Ever since being at a few state conventions last year, I have learned that people with visual impairments have joined MLMs to “sell” and “run a business.” I am using those terms very lightly because I watch anti-MLM videos myself and against it myself, especially after getting items that did not turn out great when it comes to beauty. Plus, hearing other people’s experiences, especially with Paparazzi, I am appalled at what I heard and I wanted to point out why it’s a bad idea to join one as a visually impaired person and before I start, here is my disclaimer.

Disclaimer

This post is based on observations, opinions, and facts from what the writer of this blog has come up with. Please don’t come after her and shove any of the principles that have been brought to you, if you are in a MLM, because she won’t hear it. If you don’t like what you are about to read, like what her favorite band Sleeping With Sirens sang in one song, if you can’t hang then there’s the door baby!

You Are the Customer!

I am starting with this bit because it feels like some people do not get it and I hear it in every video. You are basically buying the product you are supposed to sell into the public. Some people who are in this so-called industry say there is no product but they say you need a starter kit and inventory and that costs a lot of money! I know some will say it only costs $100 except I heard stories where people spend way more than that and closer to thousands. Here is the thing though, with Social Security alone, it won’t cover the cost all the time since you also have to keep buying every week to an entire month to replenish your inventory. Let’s see what the average someone can get each month with Social Security. When it comes to SSDI, you can get around $800 to $1008 a month and that is not much. This is talking about people who aren’t hired by the way by a job, which is hard to look for which is understandable. I went through that for three years and my check from work goes into bills straight away. Again, if you look at someone who would live on their own and some of the bills may include rent, food, if they have a guide dog or pets, vet bills, if they have a cane only, they would by the tips and the canes from either vendors or the places that make them, transportation tokens like I do, phone since some would either have an IPhone or an Android phone with a carrier, and heck electricity and sometimes cable, still it can’t be feasible to be in an MLM if you have to spend so much on your kit and inventory. Yes, credit cards are great except those would be considered as part of your expenses since those have to be paid off and same with loans if that is looked at too. Again, you are the customer in these things and it’s not good to buy something like this.

These ARE Pyramid Schemes!!!

You will hear this every time from every hon all over and that it is not a pyramid scheme which is a pyramid scheme. When you buy your starter kit, you basically report to an upline. As in, you are one of their members at the bottom of the pyramid. You are supposed to report to your upline in order to get so-called tips, advice, and so on which I will touch upon next and one of the things they expect you to do is of course recruit other people which makes you become the next upline and so on with other people in the levels below. As the pyramid grows, you’re not only making a small amount for yourself but also making money for your upline. Basically, you’re a brick in the pyramid and normally making money shouldn’t be like this. Some of these hons claim if you are buying stuff like a latte from Starbucks you are not being paid for it. You know why? You’re sponsored by them and you are giving Starbucks business that day or everyday buying your coffee so they can stay afloat and in order to stay afloat they have customers. They also compare it to a pyramid with this idea. Here is the thing though, if you are going to work for Starbucks, you are not paying to be an employee of the business in order to get a paycheck, as in you are not a brick in Starbucks’ “pyramid” because you are not making money for the upline, your manager basically gives you your entire check that you made not only for your time but also your tips as a barista. So, MLMs are a pyramid, stay away!

You Don’t Learn Anything While Being in MLMs!

I am all about learning and continuing learning as well. I do teach day to day as my job so I can pass the information along. While being in an MLM, they don’t really teach you anything in the Zoom calls, at the conventions, and other events that take place. When I watch the videos showing some of these calls by teams in one of these schemes, I feel like I want to leave if I was in there because I feel like I am not learning about how to sell something while getting my degree, I am learning a lot more than what they spew in these calls. In most sales jobs, they give training in how to sell the product or how a product works, such as Sephora for example. They put their employees through classes for the products and suggest that their crews be able to research the brands and the products coming into the store. Without the knowledge of these products then why work for Sephora? Heck, I have to study every year to get my certification for JAWS for the newest version that comes out every October. 

What You Learn Is a False Claim!

jBesides not learning anything, some of the claims being brought up are false, especially the wellness MLMs. One good example, which I saw with Savannah Marie, she snuck into a Dotera Zoom Call where doctors who are part of this MLM were giving health claims that felt very odd to me because yes, essential oils are nice and you are supposed to take your vitamins to keep yourself from Covid but it doesn’t cure it. Let that sink in for a moment because when I watched that, I was face palming for most of it because I’ve been sick in December and don’t use essential oils but I do take Vitamin D alongside NyQuil and lozenges. Basically, I take care of myself better with the over the counter stuff. One claim that still gets me is that you can ingest these oils which the net says not to because they can cause damage. I believe that part since aromatherapy does exist and if I was going to use essential oils, I would use it externally not internally and if I take something new that is prescribed, I follow the doctor advice since they of course studied for this stuff. If you think some of the claims are too good to be true, research it. The internet exists and it will give you the information out there!

The Products Are Not As Good in Quality!

You may have heard how the purchasing of products is important, especially for Personal Volume, some of the products are not all it’s cracked up to be. Remember how I mentioned in one post that I have tried items from Avon and Mary Kay. I wished I hadn’t since I felt that some of the items were not great. I felt the two pan shadow items were tiny and hard to put my brush into each half of the compact when most brands like Maybelline, NYX, Colour Pop, even E. L. F. make their shadow compacts big enough for a brush to fit, also a finger tip since some people like that. Heck, I can fit my entire finger into a Mac Paint Pot! Anyways, to me that the quality of these products  don’t match the pricing they think that should be and help the consultant to make a profit. Most people prefer to get a good quality product for the price, especially the size of it. Remember the Mary Kay lip gloss I got? THat was $18 and it was the size of a NYX Butter Gloss and it was really sticky. Mac sells their Lip Glasses for around the same price and you get more in the size. If I wanted to get a Butter Gloss then I could have gone into the Ulta app and purchased one or more for the same price as that Mary Kay Gloss and use a coupon to drop a discount on top. Another example when it comes to poor quality is of course Lula Roe! IF anyone has been in this one or has heard of it, they are a clothing MLM that was known for their leggings. The leggings were cute and great for what you purchased but as time went on and more consultants joined the quality went down where not only people had rips and holes in them but they were sent moldy and wet leggings, because they were stored outside in the climate and caused sun bleaching with some clothes too due to lack of space at the warehouse. This caused customers to leave and also consultants to leave the business of selling for this company and I can understand from a consumer outlook. If I was going to buy leggings, I expect good quality leggings that will last me for a while. One good place I suggest is Amazon. I buy a three pack of leggings for $20 and they are well made and I can wear a cute tunic top with them to work or wear them with a skirt on a cold day. So, I would say don’t buy an MLM product, better to go to Ulta for makeup and hair products. WHich brings me to my next point!

MLM Products Do More Harm Than Good!

Remember the medical claims that are brought up? Well, most products that get shelled out from MLMs do cause more harm than good. As in, the quality can cause adverse effects. Some good examples! Monat’s shampoo and conditioners caused people to have scalp sores, hair to fall out, and bald spots a few years ago. Another example is that Beach Body’s shakes cause people to have stomach problems over time. And now Paparazzi are causing consultants to become sick due to their jewelry now containing lead and nickel and causing their skin to turn green or black due to how much they wore it. Even Caroline, Tracy, and Geri got their leftover inventory tested and found not only those metals but also Cadmium and other harmful ingredients in their jewelry and I believe it since this is bad for a normal person to consume. Even Black Oxygen Organics was known for some bad effects and that caused them to end their company due to how Fvoic Acid caused health problems that they thought was normal. When Savannah Marie talked about some effects people had gone through and she was delivered a lawsuit. I feel that with some MLMs you can’t talk about the harmful effects and if you do they have to throw a lawsuit or say things, “Do not tell your doctor.” I remembered someone I watched on YouTube. She works as a nurse and she talked about how the shakes from Beach Body caused issues for her and she tried to ask her upline about asking her doctor about the shakes and was told not to.  Here is the thing though, people with visual impairments also have allergies to things and it’s hard to see what effects they would get on their skin or scalp. I did admit I felt a slight tingle on my skin all thanks to that charcoal mask from Mary Kay when I did a patch test because as someone who has  sensitive skin, it’s important to have a patch test on skin to see if the skin reacts and it did react. I did wipe it off even though she ignored me when I requested the wet wipe. If someone were to go through the Monat issues or have a skin reaction with the essential oils, they won’t be able to see any rashes unless they use Aira or Seeing A. I. to read labels or Be My Eyes which I am grateful for.

Toxic Positivity Does Not Equal Empowerment

Even though we look for positive outlooks in our lives, being in an MLM is not one of them.  I love the idea of being positive but seeing how they do it in some of the Zoom calls, even during that makeup panel that sucked during one of the State Conventions, I felt like the sugar and sweet was going to overpower me and I needed to leave. One thing is that this toxic positivity is a cult mentality which causes the person in the MLM believe they’re truly the only ones who can do this business and that you have time freedom and can be with your families except in reality you’re on your phone twenty-four hours a day, you are rarely with your family and recruiting people. Even though the uplines try to make it sound so positive in the calls, seeing most of them in the anti-MLM videos showed a different side of them making it seem like the consultants are not doing enough to make the money especially for their own pockets. To me that does not sound like empowerment. To me, empowerment comes from within and how you empower others in either teaching them or how much they smile towards what they take from you. Also, empowerment can also come from people who are really supportive as in people that you know and love that are willing to see you succeed than fail. I love how Roberta Blevvins put it best on her podcast about how MLMs want to see you fail rather than succeed and looking at the videos, I saw it too. The up lines are really relying on that quick buck they make from their downlines and if they get left in the dust then upline blames them for it and to me that is not really empowering someone. If that were me and I hear that, I am out the next day because it’s not my fault when people are able to see through the cold call or message about the product or recruitment. I would say just stay with your loved ones and ditch the cult mentality of MLMs.

Blind People Can’t Drive the Car!

I know this one sounds weird but if you rank high enough you get a bonus for a car that you have to stick the company logo on except blind people can’t drive! As in, we don’t have licenses so that means we can’t get that pink cadillac to co-sign on. Oh yeah, you don’t really sign for it due to the amount of credit being used as you guy the products, like I said way above, you are really the customer. I remembered one former anti-MLM person talked about in one video, she went to get a new car and asked if anyone from MLMs came for their cars and the salesmen said they don’t really buy it, they have to have someone with them to co-sign. And the scary thought is that the consultant has the responsibility to either keep their rank or have to pay the taxes later to keep the car. The car to me is a waste because it’s already chosen for you and if you can afford a chauffeur then good luck.

MLMs Are Not ADA Compliant

Final point is that these MLMs don’t accommodate people who are disabled or have disabled loved ones. Tracy from Blue Grass BLing told her story while being in Paparazzi where she and others went on a cruise where a man who was using a scooter was told he couldn’t go on land with his scooter. His wife and Tracy were willing to take the scooter apart and carry the parts until they got on land but the man was told no. This caused an uproar and I wouldn’t blame Tracy for sending letters with everyone else standing up for this man. A lady even told her story to Tracy how her walker was taken since she had MS and ended up falling during the Paparazzi convention last August and the staff took a while to find her walker when she wanted to go to the bathroom. I want to hear her experience on Tea Time because if you have a tool you need in order to get around it is important to us. I remembered at one State Convention that a woman was in Paparazzi and when I heard Tracy tell her story, I would be horrified if they tried to take her cane or guide dog away because the cane lets us navigate around while guide dogs are someone’s eyes. If they did the same to this lady and she had to go to the bathroom or gets knocked over without a support, or gets pushed aside for new inventory, then who would help her? I heard horror stories about the Paparazzi. one former consultant in a scooter was pushed away when they were opening up for people to buy inventory. Then another person who was in a wheelchair was supposed to go onstage and was told she is not allowed because of the wheelchair. Even a deaf person got blocked by the heads of Paparazzi, I believe it was Trent and his wife, I forget, because they were tagged for help. I am not sure how other MLMs really treat people who are blind or have other disabilities like being deaf, having Cerebral Palsy, and others but I feel that the Americans for Disabilities Act should not be ignored since they rely on things like canes, wheelchairs, and other assistance to get around. I am not sure how accessible the websites are either since some people need to use their screen reader and magnification software to purchase items on the phone and the internet.

How to Keep Myself Out of MLM?

I bet this is going through your mind when it comes to MLMs and of course someone can have the impulse to join without researching. The first thing is of course researching into the company even with a cold message from a hon. Facebook or Instagram would show where they would be if it’s not private and you can find horror stories and the income statements behind this by doing a Google Search pretty easily. If you encounter a hon and they try to recruit you, ask the questions as in what company are you in? Is the website accessible? How much do you really make? Keep on asking even if they dodge these questions since it is important to gain knowledge than lose it or not have it at all. If you are in an MLM and you feel that you don’t like it, leave of course! There are recovery groups out there, even Tracy, Geri, and Caroline from Cracked the Crown and Bluegrass Bling created a recovery group for former Paparazzi consultants where they give advice on getting back together or creating your own boutique. Plus, there are ways of getting jobs as a visually impaired person that is not an MLM and I am an example of that. Also, you can find ways of starting your own business without hearing MLMs let you do that, again Google will give you the resources to lead to that start up.

And that concludes my post. I know this was out of the ordinary but had to get it out since my subscriptions are coming in which the first this month will be Glossy Box! Stay tuned!

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

Glossy Box January 2022

At the end of December I subscribed to a new box called Glossy Box. I saw a video by Theresa is Dead about this box and she had a code and decided to use it since I liked what she got in it. I did like the box and decided to subscribe. When I subscribed, I got the December box with the discount but got the January one as well. This box contains six items and you get a combination of full and deluxe size and it ranges between well-known and independent brands! This box is also $21 a month. I know that was the price of BoxyCharm before but I feel like I get better items in this box and I hope I don’t get bored. Let’s see what January holds!

Bloom Day Dreamer Gentle Face Wash

First is a product by Bloom and it’s a face wash. I love getting face washes and this is a great start for a new box for me since we are still in winter. This face wash can be used in the morning and it doesn’t lather up as much so it won’t strip skin of its natural oils while using it. This has plant extracts to help with moisture. I can’t wait to try this out in the mornings since I am almost out of my Tony Moly AM Gel Cleanser and a new tube is on its way. I also use my cleanser with my Goldfaden cleansing machine. This product retails for $18.

Julep Love Your Skin Facial Wipes

Next up is a product from Julep Beauty. I enjoy using makeup wipes since they do help with easier cleansing on my face. I understand the issue that it can stretch skin but it doesn’t do that much with mysskin, I don’t feel it tug like most people would. Let’s see what these wipes are and what they contain. These contain olive oil and they help clean off makeup and impurities gently and also helps tone the skin. I hear gt5 fv4d olive oil is not the best for skin but it is good for the diet! I know, I am a nerd but I will give these a chance though. I still have the wipes I used at RangerStop Atlanta and still use them to this day since I did get a two pack of them. I will have to see how these go though, plus they look like they sold out on Julip’s website so right now I will say these do retail for $20. I think Ulta carries these so check there.

Codex Antucomplex Serum

Next up is a serum from Codex. I am glad to get a deluxe sample to try this time and I prefer deluxe samples of skin care items since it would give me a better idea of what the product is like.  This serum helps ease the complexion with brightening ingredients. I will definitely try this out since I enjoy using serums before my facial oil and helps with moisture. I will see how this goes. This retails for $75.

Aftrspa Black Marble Roller

Next up is a facial roller from Aftrspa. I had never heard of this brand before and was glad to receive them in this box. I do have a jade roller and find that it is great to spread my skin care into my skin, even use the smaller side for my under eyes as well. Rollers are also known for improved circulation, I also have heard some people put these in the fridge to help with puffiness under the eyes. This retails for $16.

Philip Kingsley Bond Builder

SNext item is an interesting sounding item. This is a split end treatment that can be used on any heart type. THis helps with sealing up any split ends. I was happy about this due to Lush discontinuing Shine So Bright which made me sad. I’m glad to try this product even though it is a deluxe size item. Unfortunately, it is sold on the website but it does retail for $35.Subscription Satelite: Glossy Box 2022

Invisibobble Bun Tool Ice Ice Baby

Sorry for no link but this is a tool that helps with creating hair buns. My hair is too short for these things and I do not like hair buns because of how much they hurt. Next!

Le Mini Macaron Foot Mask

Final item is a foot mask from Le Mini Macaron. If I read these steps correctly, they are socks that have the essence soaked within and you just wait ten to fifteen minutes and then rub it in. The mask contains lavender and other oils to moisturize the feet. I may use this after wearing one of my pairs of work shoes because they tend to hurt after wearing those, especially my Mary Jane style shoes which I got a year ago. I will have to see how this goes. This retails for $4.

That is the last of my items. I think I like this box so far. Yes, I can’t use the bun tool but I can use the other items. I’m excited about the split end treatment the most since Lush had to discontinue one of my favorite items again and that did help with split ends. I can’t wait to see what February holds since this has been a nice start to the new year. Next, I will be returning to the Controversy Quadrant with a post I feel that I need to talk about and that is about how visually impaired people should not join MLMs. 

Subscription Satelite: Allure Beauty Box January 2022

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

Allure Beauty Box January 2022

I’m glad to be back with the first Allure Beauty Box of the year. I’ve enjoyed what they’ve given me so far ever since I got back into them. This box is $23 a month and you get products chosen by editors of Allure Magazine. They range from drugstores to luxury and they are skin care to beauty. Let’s see what I got this month!

Solana MD Healthy Base Layer

First up is a face product I have never seen before and glad to discover it here. This is a moisturizer that can be worn at night and also applied before sunscreen. It contains Vitamin D alongside coconut oil and Hyaluronic Acid to make the skin even more dewey. I can see why this is in this month’s box because it’s cold and crying at the moment here in Florida even though there is rain in the forecast this week but this week. I know most of us are feeling dry due to the cold weather, especially the wind. I will definitely try this out once I get through some of my moisturizers since these boxes have been giving me a lot to try. I hope it doesn’t cause any reaction to my skin due to sensitivity. This retails for $54.

Bliss Bright Idea Holographic Eye Patches

Next up is a product by Bliss. I haven’t gotten under eye patches for a while after getting some through Ipsy Offers. I was surprised to get these since I’ve only used eye creams so far. These are eye patches you place under your eyes with licorice root extract and squalene to calm the eyes to look brighter. One editor claims they skip concealer when she uses these. I will have to use these during the weekend since I have to catch my ride for work during the week. THese retail $4 for a pair of these.

Christof Robin Daily Hair Cream

Next up is a product by Christof Robin and it’s the Daily Hair Cream. This month, people could also have gotten the Leave In Mist but got the Leave In Cream this month. This is a leave-in conditioner that can be used on both wet and dry hair that helps with frizz. This is perfect for my hair since it does tend to frizz over time. I will definitely give this everyday! This retails for $43.

Sunday Riley Five Stars Retinol + Niacinamide Eye Serum

Next is a product by Sunday Riley again and this time it’s an eye cream. This eye cream helps the delicate areas around the eyes with retinol and niacinamide. I have so many eye cream items and start to use them during the morning.but this is more of a night time item. One thing I found out with this item is that it can be irritating with the retinoid but one editor claims they can use it with their sensitive skin. I will see how it goes. This retails for $65.

Rare Beauty Perfect Strokes Mascara

Last item is from Rare Beauty and that is their Perfect Strokes Mascara. I have tried out the highlighter and it’s pretty awesome so far and now getting this mascara brings more to the table! This mascara leaves lashes plump and fluttery and it uses castor oil to condition lashes. ThThis product includes a thick brush to coat each lash. I will have to try this mascara out and see how it goes. This retails for $20.

This completes this box! So far, it has a nibgt5fv4rce start to the year. I will see how the Daily Hair Cream goes when it comes to my hair. I have to see how the Eye Serum goes at night too since retinoids are better at night time. I do have one more box and that is Glossy Box! Stay tuned!

Subscription Satelite: Glam Bag Plus January 2022

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast nerd universe! I am back with the first Glam Bag Plus of 2022!

Ipsy Glam Bag Plus January 2022

Well, I got my Glam Bag Plus this weekend alongside my Allure Beauty Box, which will be next. This bag is $28 a month with five items that are full-size and you get to choose three out of the five. Let’s see what I got!

Add-On Kimchi Chic Beauty Stage Proof Setting Spray

First up is a product that I picked up as an add-on which is the Stage Proof Setting Spray from Kimchi. I almost chose this as a product but chose something else in the group and found this in the add-ons. This is supposed to keep makeup on your face and you’re glad to get something like this in a bag to try out different ones. I will have to see how this goes since I’ve enjoyed the blush from this brand!

Milk MakeupK Kush  High Volume Mascara in Bloom

` The first item that Ipsy selected for my bag was the Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara. I remembered getting one similar in a BoxyCharm a while back. I’m glad to get another one since it did dry out pretty fast over time. I hope it doesn’t dry out as fast when I use this. I will have to see how this goes on top of my lash primer.

Lauren Conrad The Lipstick in Shell

Next up is the Lipstick in Shell by Lauren Conrad. I’m glad to get another lip product and get to try it from this brand since I’ve seen them in Ipsy Choice items. This is a neutral color and it is very moisturizing, and the packaging is made out of recyclable materials which I’ve noticed with some makeup brands nowadays. I will definitely carry this with my lip products I use for work since it’s a neutral color.

Formula Z Cosmic Glitz Pallet

First u[p in my choices is the Cosmic Glitz pallet from Formula Z. I think this was in the same group as the setting spray or maybe it was the next item but some of the other products did get my attention, especially this one. This pallet has six shadows including purples, blues, and neutrals.b I will definitely be using this, especially on top of my eye primer!

Belle & Argent 8 Free Dramatic Duo

Next up in my choices is the Dramatic Duo from Belle & Argent. This is a nail polish duo which caught my attention despite getting a holiday set with a lot of polishes from Color Club a month ago. This has a nude polish along with a plum one which caught my ear as well. I will definitely be trying these out when I get a chance.

High Expectations Cannabis Facial Oil Https://highbeauty.com/products/high-expectations-hemp seed-facial-oil

Final item I chose is the Cannabis Facial Oil from High Expectations. I needed another facial oil after accidentally knocking over the one I got during December’s bag. I did start using this right away and glad that it is a night time only item and it does absorb very well. My skin has not reacted badly due to the 32% cannabis oil in this product. I do like the stopper having a button rather than a medicine dropper style you tend to see with most serums and oils. I will update in an emptiness which I may have in a few months.

That completes this bag! I love the mix of makeup, skin care, and nail polish for this bag. I wonder what Glam Bag X holds next month with how November’s was really good. I do have Allure up next since I did get that the same day as Glam Bag Plus. So stay tuned!

Subscription Satelitef: Ipsy Glam Bag January 2022

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the bvast nerd universe. I am back with the first subscription box of the year!

Ipsy Glam Bag January 2022

It’s 2022 and with the new year is another year of Ipsy Glam Bags! This first bag is a good one and glad it’s more makeup except for one item which I will share in this post. This bag is $13 a month where you get products ranging from drugstore to luxury and they are either deluxe or full size. Let’s see what I got!

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream

First item is from First Aid Beauty.n I love this brand since it’s sensitive skin friendly. This is a whipped moisturizer that helps dry skin, even eczema prone skin to be moisturized with shea butter and white tea extracts and more. I’m glad to start this year with this product since it does get really cold here on the Florida coast and my skin gets really dry around winter time. I will be using this product whenever I get to it since I have so many moisturizers in my arsenal. I’m glad to get moisturizers in my subscriptions since I don’t have to worry about buying some but I do like getting some on sale through Ulta or Ipsy. I can’t wait to use this. I am currently using the one I got in Allure last month.

Even though this says it is a moisturizer but it is body butter according to the Product Review I just now. I just did a search on the Ulta app and it’s used for face and body. I am happy that they had the answer on the jumbo size product page of the jumbo size. I hope this works out since I have enjoyed what I used from First Aid so far.

Lottie London AM to PM Eyeliner in Velvet

Here we go! This is the product that irritated my eyes and it’s from Lottie London and I had to toss. I love eyeliners to add an accent to my eyeshadow look. When I go to work I tend to wear shadow and liner with mascara on top of a lash primer but Thursday was when this happened. I just wore eyeliner with mascara to go with what I was wearing and for the first part of the day while in my office I felt my eyes water and sting. I was rubbing to see if it helps and it didn’t so I had to fast walk to the bathroom to clean my eyes. I did have to put in medicated eye drops when I got home because of it. I did post about it in Makeup Awesomeness and someone commented saying that some people have received old products in some subscriptions. I remembered in some Birchbox videos where people had gotten things with mold on them and I was surprised since this was a new eyeliner, as in no mold from what I can notice if I did see it with my peripherals, not even feeling it on the outside packaging, it was new! So, I decided to try it again while writing this post except I found it did irritate my eyes since I felt my left eye sting all thanks to it. I tossed it. I thought the Beautinique Blush Serum was bad, this felt worse because it really stung my eyes. It felt like I was getting a sty again but without one. I was afraid of Blepharitis again since I got that as I was packing for my move at the end of 2020. I will be giving this a bad review. I’m sorry, I don’t like this product since no other eyeliner has done this from Ulta, Urban Decay, Ariceli, and more.

Love+Craft Beauty GlitterGloss in Cyber

Next up is Love+Craft Beauty. It’s been a while since I got an item from this brand. It’s a lip gloss from them this time. It’s a clear gloss with a little bit of shimmer that is not supposed to be sticky. You can wear this alone or put it on top of other lip items. I do like a good clear gloss if I want to give my lip item an extra bit of oomph! I will be definitely using this on top of my lipsticks and see how it goes.

Complex Culture Holiday Shadow Pallet

Next up is my choice for this month and it’s from Complex Culture and it’s their Holiday Shadow Quad. I find it weird that they had this in choice when it should have been in choice for December, as in being able to choose this in November for the December bag, unless this was a leftover item. It happens and I need to push the product out. I’m glad to choose this though since I can travel with this or just be lazy and pick it up to do a look. THis is a quad that contains berry shades which makes sense for a winter themed pallet but for anyone who wants a nice purple look. I will try this out since I did enjoy this brand’s brushes.

MOTD Tap and Dab MakeUp Sponge

Final item is a makeup sponge from MOTD. I haven’t gotten a makeup sponge for years in Ipsy and I admit back then I was not into sponges but when I started using them they changed my mind over time. I have tried brushes from MOTD and it’s good to have a change from getting brushes by getting a sponge. THis sponge is made from latex-free foam that can be used with powder, liquid, and cream products when dampened by water. I will definitely be using this in my makeup routine!

Well, that’s all I received this month. Even though the eyeliner sucked, the rest of the items were really good choices! I will definitely be using the sponge and moisturizer in my routines since it is a nice change with the sponge. I did just receive my Glam Bag Plus and will do that post next!