BoxyCharm and Ipsy: April 2015!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! What time is it!? It’s Subscription Time! I finally received BoxyCharm in the mail today and already got Ipsy, so let’s get into it!

 

Ipsy: Well, my Ipsy arrived last Friday and it came early! It was supposed to arrive last Saturday but I’m happy that it came a day early. I didn’t want to try the products but used some with my make up today since one product apparently had a bit of a bad batch. Let’s see what I got!

 

The theme is Beautifully Bohemian and the bag is very nice and fitting! It looks like it was made out of a wicker material and then the cloth inside and it fits with the theme! The theme fits for this time of year as well since we’re tanning and our make up looks are changing to more of a summery look, why not start it off with a Bohemian look!?

 

Hikari Blush in Tango! First item in my bag is a blush by Hikari cosmetics! I tried this company before and this is my third item by them, I traded for the Caboret lipstick and got the retractable eyeliner by them and now the blush! I was really interested in this when I found out that this was coming in my bag. It’s a full size product and very easy to apply since it went on smoothly. It is also easy to blend even with a highlight on top, which I used my new NYX Mosaic highlighter on top. Way to go Ipsy with this! I hope to get more Hikari items in future bags since this is becoming a fave make up brand.

 

Lather Ultra Soft Face Lotion! Another sensitive skin friendly product and that is a moisturizer made by a company called Lather. I did mention in all my posts and in my Subscription Rant, I like to see items from products I never heard of and that includes for sensitive skin owners like me. With the grapeseed oils it contains, this is supposed to be gentle on my skin and glad to check it out after I finish a container of Celestial, as a break in between containers since I got a new container of it in the mail this week.

 

The Balm Nude Dude Eye Shadow Single in Flirt! Next item is something that everyone got and it’s by the Balm Cosmetics and that is the Nude Dude Eye Shadow Single! You already can guess by the name that it is a nude eye shadow and I’m okay with it! There were two colors that people get and that is either Flort or Fit and I got Flirt, which is a golden color. I tried it on today to get a feel for it since I heard good things about the Balm before through YouTubers who shop at Sephora a lot. I like how it went on over shadow primer pretty easily, but one thing was kind of hard was the size it came as, which is a tiny book with a tiny square and it was hard to fit my entire brush in. I was able to get it on pretty well and blend it easily. Not bad for a new item and glad to get this color.

 

Micah Beauty Eye Shadow Primer! I got a beauty staple this month instead of a scent and found it okay! I do love perfume but getting this was a greater bonus and that is the eye shadow primer by Micah Beauty. I did trade for an eye shadow and happy to try this out. Primers are a big must have especially when the weather gets hotter in certain areas and this is a nice staple to put in, which I wish more like these would appear. I did try this out with the Nude Dude Shadow and it was hard to apply because the pot was hard for me to dip my finger in. I had easier times with my City Color Cosmetics primer because the pot is not so deep but this sample is pretty deep. I think I may have to use a brush with this primer when I get to it. Also, if anyone has gotten this and got an e-mail, apparently some Ipstrs saw this product getting a weird greenish black tinge to it and asked Ipsy about it. The thing is it’s due to how the bubbles pop up after it cooled and of course it does get inspected very well according to Micah. I didn’t have this problem since I had my mom check it to see if it did, mine is fine!

 

Mullein and Sparrow Lip and Cheek Tint Mini! I am happy and sort of sad about this since Ipsy this month gave out a Too Faced Melted Lipstick in some bags, I was like I”What the heck?” At the same time when I saw my sneak peek I was happy that I was getting this afterwards since I did try a product by Mullein and Sparrow and that was their clay mask from February’s Boxy. I got the mini lip tint this time and it is pretty good size than a small one. To me it reminds me of the size of the Lush lip tints and the same packaging and it smells like Double Choc in my opinion with a hint of orange. I will have to use this at some point in time. I will get another clay mask, I know they have an Ipsy Me with three products, as in the mask, the steam, and moisturizer but I want the mask since I prefer that the most.

 

BoxyCharm: This month’s BoxyCharm had awesome stuff! They only revealed two items and then we get surprised later. I did trade in some Charms, which we should start with that.

 

Trina Tarantino Eyeliner in Black! I heard Trina Tarantino being given in this subscription before and was glad that this was a price for charms. I was going to save my charms for other things but then was a curious little kitty and decided to go for this. I have a lot of black liners but this is one thing I decided to trade it in for this. The lead does feel soft and can’t wait to try it out on my eyes.

 

Coastal Sense Revealed 2 Pallet! For the first part of the Boxy Bloom box, which is the theme, it’s something that they decided to give in for this month’s box! Back in December they gave out the Coastal Sense Revealed pallet and of course it was a nice pallet to get. This month they give out the second one! Like the first one being comparable to the Urban Decay Naked 1 pallet, this one is more of a mix between the Naked 2 and 3 which features more cooler tones and has rosy colors. I liked the first and after hearing about how well this one is to the first, I will like this one too. I have a feeling the third one will be given out later on this year since it is the newest one and it is more a multi-colored one. Let’s see what happens!

 

 

Ofra Illuminating Blush Stripes! Another Ofra item for this month and was revealed in sneak peeks and that is by Ofra. There were some Charmers who would be getting what I got and that is the Illuminating Blush Stripes and other people got the highlighting powder. I didn’t care what I got since I am getting into highlighting powders and glad to get this one either way! It has four different tripes of glittery blush and can be used as a highlighter for the cheak bones or an eye shadow according to the card. I may just use it as a highlighter and see how it goes!

 

Vincent Longgo Dual End Eyeliner! Next is something I got over the Model Co. lip gloss and that is the Vincent Longo Dual Ended Eyelinber pencil. I have I heard some Charmers received this and I was hoping for the lip gloss but then found it in my box this morning. I like the idea of dual ended eyeliners since it gives you a choice of color and this pencil comes which Imy line ended up being Satin, a blue color on one end, and Plum, you already know a light purple, on the other! Two of my fave liner colors! I may have to put puffy paint on either end to tell which one is which. Nice way of trying a new item out with two of my fave colors on both ends!

 

Cool Way Smoothing Lotion! Yay! Another Cool Way item and it is good for frizzy hair! It is full size I believe. This is good to put on wet or dry hair and pretty much is used for smoothing out hair and keep it from being dry. I can’t wait to try. Speaking of Cool Way, Charmers did get a special coupon to Cool Way and comes with a brush. Not sure if I will use it.

 

Harvey Prince Signature! Finally, I got another Harvey Prince scent! Yay! I love the Hello scent and I am at the halfway point in that bottle and was happy to hear that they were doing random boxes with either Signature or Hello. I was happy to get Signature since it gave me a new one to smell. I didn’t mind another bottle of Hello since that is running low but happy either way! This scent reminds me of Jessica Simpson Signature but a little stronger and spicier in a sense. I can’t wait to try this out and hoping that more of Harvey Prince comes in Boxy and probably Ipsy since I like this company now.

 

Well, both sides were pretty good this month! I was kind of bummed that I didn’t receive the Too Faced lipstick but I did cheer up that it was a Mullein and Sparrow item instead. The perfume smells nice and will pop that into my bag and of course the Coastal Sense pallet and Nude Dude shadow were a plus. May will be a new month for new products and can’t wait what it holds!

 

What is next for Nerdy Shique Universe? Well, another bi-monthly faves, Pokemon transmedia, will also review Y since I am almost done with it. Let’s see…cosplay to come and more! Oh yeah if you’re wondering, we didn’t get media for Earth Day Birthday buuuuuuttt we got tickets to it and getting to see Rise Against, Soul Switch, Sevendust, and others! Yay! So, stay tuned!

What’s In My Ipsy Bag: September 2014

Hello everyone and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Even though MythiCon passed this past weekend, I will have the review up in a few days, I did get my Ipsy bag the day I left for the weekend! I was glad to get this in the mail and was able to trade one of the items, give one away, and even used one during the weekend. Let’s see what I got and what I thought!

 

The Bag: This month’s theme is “Street Style!” This theme is based on all the fashion related events that go on in New York and Boston and many more that might be happening all over the states and this theme fits with it! The bag is a pleather bag with studs at the top. I wished the studs were all over or in a row around the entire bag than just one side, which I agree with one YouTuber who is also a subscriber about that, but at least it’s bigger than last month’s bag which I’m using right now. Way to go Ipsy!

 

Item 1: Kailyn Art Touch Lip Gloss in Basic Instinct! First item is a lip gloss by a company I never heard before and they are known as Kailyn and it’s their Art Touch Lip Gloss. A lot of people got this as a full size in two different colors and the one I got is Basic Instinct, which is a nude pink color by what I seen in videos. I tried it out earlier when I got home after the weekend and I found it pretty lightweight and not sticky! It went on pretty smoothly and it is also came in full size. This was one of the full size lip products that people received in the bag along with a lipstick this month depending on what your profile says when you took the quiz. I am glad they matched me with this item and now it’s in my make up bag if I need to reach for it for a day.

 

Item 2: Briogio Don’t Despair Hair Care Mask! This is an item I gave to my mom because I don’t really and it’s the hair mask from Briogio. It’s a hair mask that helps with dry and damaged hair and also chemically treated hair. I know my hair slightly gets dry and damaged time to time but I use products that help with that already and I only wash my hair once a week and wear dry shampoo for days when I don’t wash, so I don’t need this. I think this is best for my mom since she does chemically treat her hair more and I think it will help her out more than me. I know a lot of YouTubers got this in their bags this month or the CC Hair Cream which I thought I was getting when they shown me the sample items that I might have gotten in this month’s bag but didn’t! Looks like my mom’s going to like this and I can give her my discount code if it works out.

 

Item 3: Harvey Prince Hello Frgrance! I had this with me when I was at MythiCon since I was doing my Lucy costume and my Female Dr. Who costume as well and didn’t want to use any of the cologne samples I got from Ulta due to only have one crossplay with me. I was glad my Ipsy bag arrived in time because I was really excited to try out the Harvey Prince Hello! Perfume! This scent is AMAZING! It is sweet and earthy since it has a nice citrus kick with a bit of sugar with some floral notes. It has the best note ever! I was really happy since sweet and earthy scents are my fave scents of all! I am jealous that Boxy Charmers got the full size of this but with my traveling this month, I didn’t care and it helps with the size I got to carry it in my make up bag and reapply when need be. I hope I get more scents like this and try and get the actual size at some point, even as a roller ball!

 

Item 4: Pacifica Naturals Eye Pencil in Gunmetal! The next item is another eye pencil and it’s by Pacifica. I heard or remembered Pacifica as a drugstore brand years ago since I used to have a nail polish by them and sold it because it didn’t work out for me and now they are back and the pencil came to me. This was one of the hot items in this bag along with the nail polish in Red Red Wine and I wanted that at first but finding out that I got the pencil in the silvery grey, I’m actually happy about this and don’t mind since I love using eye pencils as an easier way of putting on eyeliner for me, especially along the water line. I did do a swatch to see how the lead was and it goes on smoothly. I think it goes on smooth as the Lord and Berry one but more softer in the feel of application. I did see some people complain about the size and didn’t want this due to how the size is but I did compare the size to one of my pencils and this is half the size as my blue Wet N Wild pencil and bigger than my ELF pencils from my eye shadow books. I don’t get why people should be complaining when they get a bigger pencil than last month’s even though that one fit the theme last month. Even though I did want the nail polish and didn’t get it but glad to try out another pencil! I did retake the quiz so hoping nail polish is one of the items next month again!

 

Item 5 Swapped: Be A Bombshell Finishing Powder for Hikari Lipstick in Cabronet! I did say I was swapping an item for another and it is the Be A Bombshell Finishing Powder for the Hikari Lipstick! The powder and the lipstick were two of the bigger items that were in this month’s items and I got the powder and after last month’s Paula’s Choice moisturizer I have to be a lot more careful with skin related items. If you guys don’t know, the Paula’s Choice moisturizer with the SPF caused redness around my nose and I was wondering why until I went to Ulta to spend my 20% off coupon that the lady talked about how some people are sensitive to SPF products and glad to know about that and I hate how my skin gets irritated by these items. I know SPF is important especially here in Florida where the sun is extreme on everyone but it’s not the best for everyone! So, I swapped my powder and will be shipping it to someone who sent me the Hikari lipstick which this company is a new and upcoming and glad that it is an Ipsy optiom. I did want the lipstick and thought I would receive it but got the Kailyn gloss instead and I think I did mark lipstick on the quiz but it does say that it won’t guarantee what I marked is what I will get each month and that is why swapping is important which a lot of people on the board doesn’t get. Anyways, this is a red wine color and it’s called Cabronet and I seen people swatch it and describe the color as a very vampy red. I don’t wear reds normally except for Red Velvet by Revlon from their Lip Butters but I do like to step out of my comfort zone from the pinks, purples, browns, and sometimes coral but hey! I am trying out a new company through a swap! See what you get when you swap is amazing! I can’t wait to wear this some days and possibly with cosplays in the future?

 

One Item I Wished For: I am going to add this since there were other items including and one of them is the NYX Hot Singles shadow since the main reason I joined Ipsy is that NYX products tend to get picked to be in bags some months and I always wanted to try them and now I am hooked onto their items, especially the butter glosses! I did watch videos where they did get the shadow and some posts said that they wanted it and didn’t get it and even willing to trade but all thanks to my visit a week ago to Ulta due to the catalog coupon (Ulta you will be the death to my wallet but you do save me money!) I was able to find them in the NYX section! I didn’t find any of the colors they gave out because people picked like vultures at these things but I did find two colors in Epic, which is a purple color, and Electric Shock and I am so glad to get these and I do like how well they glide on, kind of like the baked shadows. I hope to find more if they ever stock up. If you guys didn’t get any in your Ipsy bag, Ulta does carry these shadows! If you didn’t find a color you wanted, there is always their website or swapping with Ipsters.

 

So, that is my Ipsy bag for September. It was a pretty good bag and this is my second bag within my subscription and impressed by it again. I know I will be using the lipstick I swapped for, the lip gloss, the eye liner most definitely and the perfume! I am also glad to give the hair mask to my mom to help her curls out. I can’t wait for October’s bag and hoping it is a Halloween themed one as well. Let’s see what happens!

 

What’s next? My coverage of MythiCon Year 2! Stay tuned everyone!