The Tag Quadrant: All About My Eye Shadow Pallets!

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

Eye Shadow Pallet Tag!

I’ve been seeing this tag around and have seen a few and wanted to do this one and that is the Eye Shadow Pallet Tag. I have a lot of shadow pallets and haven’t been buying any lately, last one I got was the Tuscany Intense Pallet and waiting for Cremated to be re-stocked so let’s see what I have to say! Also…

Disclaimer: This tag is based on thoughts on shadow pallets that the writer of this blog owns. Please don’t judge her tastes and purchase decisions that will be mentioned! Thank you!

Show Your Newest Pallet: My newest pallet is the Ease to Wear Pallet from Studio Makeup which came in my BoxyCharm this month. This is a neutral pallet that anyone can wear and it smells like Tarte shadows not going to lie. I haven’t been using it because I haven’t been wearing that much makeup during the quarantine and well this past Tuesday I got hurt all thanks to a dumpster door at our dumpster in my complex hitting me in the face and cutting my cheek open so I have to wait until the sutures fall off before I use my skin care or makeup. Glad I did get this even though there was another shadow pallet that could have been placed in my box but neutral is my way to go for everyday if I wanted and also for work looks. I will have to use this at some point.
Show Your Oldest Pallet: I would have to say my oldest pallet would be the Urban Decay Smoked Pallet that is the zipped up pallet that also came with the 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Perversion and I remembered getting this. I was still a student at the time at my workplace and when Ulta said that this is on sale for half-off I decided to get it since I have enjoyed the Naked Basics pallet since I already used up my old Naked Basics before I opened my newer one when it was on the discontinued list. I remembered one time I wore the Smoked and took a picture for What’s up in Makeup and people made fun of my look and I never knew people could be mean if you use something that can be a bit vintage in your collection and I have loved this pallet since I do love doing smoky eyes for years. I still have it but haven’t touched it after that photo. I have a feeling it was used in the makeup shaming group because this happened to me when I started working where I got a message on Messenger from the WUM Moderators and they told me what had happened and I was upset and did a video about it when I got home. Not sure if it was that picture but it is a feeling.
Show you’re Most Expensive Pallet: I give it to both the Jeffree Starr Blue Blood Pallet and the Urban Decay Game of Thrones Pallet! If I got Cremated that would be in this too but nope! Anyways, these two pallets were purchased last year. When I saw Bunny talking about the Blue Blood pallet I had to have it because she described the shades so well and I love blue so much! I was lucky to get the bundle with the liquid lipsticks and have enjoyed what I created so far. I still have shadows in there to try in that thing which I haven’t pulled out as of late but I may combine it with some looks with Cremated. While Game of Thrones, I am a fan of the books to tell you the truth, still reading A Feast for Crows which will take me forever to read due to how long these books are! Anyways, this was a collector’s item and the shades are beautiful but I heard some people were having issues with blending but I think I was able to have an easy time with it since I was using the House Starke quad from this and Urban Decay is really pigmented with their shadows and have no issues. Plus this had FOMO written all over it even though I was able to purchase it on the Urban Decay website and had to wait for the Mother of Dragons Highlighter Pallet to come to Ulta. I admit I haven’t touched it in a while since it is kind of heavy and still want to try more of the other quads and mix and match.
Show Your Most Affordable Shadow Pallets: I do have two of the E. L. F. Bite Size pallets but I haven’t used them yet like most people but I would give this to the Colour Pop Nude Mood Shadow Pallet! I have heard how awesome the monochromatic pallets that Color Pop has been releasing like crazy but the one that got me was Nude Mood due to the colors being pretty. I did use it once and they were really pigmented and easy to blend. If you haven’t tried the powder formula you must because it is a really good formula and you can get single shadows for $5 and customize your own pallet.
Show Your Every Day Pallet: This one’s hard but I would have to say the pallet I created with shadows from Coastal Scents! It is a Z Pallet with shadow pans I purchased through the Hot Pot sales that Coastal Scents tend to do off and on and I love these things because I can just customize to my heart’s content and be able to have an everyday look with whatever I wear. Plus I have a blush in there too that is every day wear and they are easy to blend. A little bit of warning make sure you don’t stick your finger and get it on your skin, I had that happen to me a couple of times and my supervisor had to help me clean that up. Anyways, they are really good and yes the price did go up to $3 but worth it even with the half off sale. I did have to get replacements for my blue shadow column since I sometimes wear blue outfits and want to match and glad to get new shades for that column.
Show Your Most Colorful Pallet: I give this to the Vintage Dawn pallet from Ace Bouteau! Reason being is that it is my most colorful free standing pallet and also my Ulta makeup sets I got last Christmas time. First to mention the Vintage Dawn pallet since I got it in BoxyCharm. This pallet features shadows that can be seen at dawn and it feels that they chose really interesting shades to play with such as yellow, yellow orange, a few reds, even two blues in this pallet and it’s fun to play around to give an interesting take on the color wheel because you can go all colorful or all neutral with the browns, the green, the golds and so on. I want to get the Scarlet Dusk and see if I can how the shadows can play with each other since that has more of a red and purple feel but in the meantime I do have this one. While the Ulta sets, on the other hand, you can play with so many things with these sets. They have so many colors in the big ones as well and you can do so many looks with the shadows. I have to give it to Glamour On the Go because it has really pretty green shades alongside blues and of course I will be taking this with me to conventions since it is a compact set I can just pull out and not have to worry about putting so many makeup pallets or compacts in my luggage. I still have the Be Gorgeous set in tact since that was a colorful dream right there from 2017 and still my favorite.
Show Your Smallest Pallet: My Urban Decay Naked Mini Pallet! I haven’t touched this either but felt like mentioning it since I got it in the Urban Decay Honey Set which came with the Amber eyeliner, the Honey Setting Spray, and the Honey Shadow Primer Potion and I love the Naked Honey Pallet and was wondering if like the Naked Heat if it was coming out with a mini as well and guess what? It did but in a set which kind of sucked but hey what can you do? This is in a different format from the mini versions of Naked and Naked 2 and Heat where this used more of a cardboard packaging over the plastic and it had the shadows three by three and side by side which I prefer! There are times where I see them in a row and not sure where they are positioned and grab the wrong one but here it is better to get what you need since they are side by side and do a three shadow look. I have to use this and see how it goes and use it with my Naked Honey pallet too since like with Heat it did come with shadows that didn’t appear in the Naked Honey.
Show Your Biggest Pallet: I have mentioned it but my Game of Thrones and of course giving it to the Emily Edit Wants Pallet from Makeup Revolution. The Game of Thrones pallet came in a box that you slide the pallet out and you have the throne pull out on top which made it pretty heavy in the first place but wishing it was in a pallet that just shows off scenes in pictures than just the wasteful throne. My opinion right there. While the Emily Edit Wants Pallet, it was really good! I know there was some controversy about the application of this pallet but I had no issue putting it on with my brushes since there are times where brushes do apply makeup well and other times a finger would do and I am not a finger in my application person. I would only do it with shadow primers if need be and guiding my pencils and brushes. This pallet was big for the amount of shadows you get and they are colors that fit with Emily’s life and did like how she put the pallet together. I did enjoy the green shades and of course the maroon type shades that came in this pallet yes Makeup Revolution can be hit or miss but glad this was a hit!
Show Your Pallet With the Best Memory: I would give it to the Too Faced Merry Macarons pallet! I remembered this one sold out all over the place during 2016 and it was on my Christmas List and when I found out it was back in stock at the Ulta my dad went to because he wanted to still get it for me since he felt bad about it selling out and when I heard it was in stock I begged the store associate over the phone to hold it for me. She tried being snippety about it like, “Not sure if we can do that.” And then I said, “Please!” A couple of times and she said, “Fine, I will hold it until noon for you.” And I rushed to my dad’s room and got him up and out of bed and told him what happened and he got me the pallet even though it did come with the Better Than Sex Mascara deluxe size but mainly cared about the shadow pallet. I still have it and it’s still pigmented. The smell slightly gone away since it was a subtle cookie smell to it.
Show A Pallet With A Lot of Hype: I give it to the Naked Honey pallet from Urban Decay and the Beached Pallet from them too. I remembered when the Beached Pallet coming out for summer 2018 and was still living with my parents and this caught my eye so much! I saw so many people talking about the shades even the teal shades really caught my interest due to how nice and deep they were and they did go well with the bronze shades in this pallet. Plus it’s easy to travel and you can just use a few here and there for a nice look and add either a blue liner or a bronze liner. While the Naked Honey, on the other hand, this was a really good pallet and people have enjoyed it, even me, plus so many compliments were made on what I wore with this pallet. I think this was the best release from Urban Decay in 2019 since they have done three or four releases last year and glad they stuck it to that since most brands are over saturating the market and this has been a brand I turned to for their Naked pallets if I wanted to pull one out for a particular look.
Show a Pallet that’s not worth the Hype: Sorry guys but anything Morphe is not worth the hype. I feel that so many people hype the brand up that I can’t go a few videos without hearing that this brand is amazing or use my code and so on. I have heard how the Jacklyn Hill Vault was not that great and how she re-released it within a month and as most companies do it and explain, like Marlena from Makeup Geek and Jeffree Starr, eye shadows take time to formulate and press and on top of that go through try on to see if the formula is just right before release and I feel that Moirphe just presses and releases with a lot of their shadow pallets. After trying the Vegan Brush set I felt like my money is better in going towards better brush sets from other brands and shadows I have loved over time.
Show A Favorite Pallet From a Favorite Brand: The Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics! I love this pallet because it is so versatile and I love it as a go to work pallet. It is so blendable and I love the color scheme in this pallet since it just have more of a softer look to it and love how it stays on. I did find out the hard way that they discontinued the Naked 2 which makes me sad about that and hoping they bring a Naked 2 Reloaded pallet like with the first and I did notice that the mirror always fell off in the Naked 2 which was pretty bad so I had to toss it. Hoping they do a relaunch of the Naked 2. Still the Naked 2 Basics is always a favorite from Urban Decay in my book and hoping they keep it!

Well guys that is it for this tag! Glad to do this since it does kind of made me think about what I’ve enjoyed in my collection and what I have missed since I haven’t touched some of my makeup throughout quarantine unless it was to try something new for Instagram or for a video. Glad that this tag was created and had fun talking about eye shadow pallets from the past and the present and my thoughts on them. What is next? Reading another book so you have to wait and see! Until next time! Stay beautiful!

Urban Decay Naked Smoky vs. Coastal Sense Revealed Smoky: Comparing the Two!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Finally got the video up and it deals with comparing the Urban Decay Naked Smoky pallet and Coastal Sense Revealed Smoky pallet.

Why? Well, we tend to have make up preferences in our shopping and since I got the Naked Smoky for Christmas and the Revealed Smoky in January’s BoxyCharm, why not do a video about them and see what I think, what I prefer. I think idid mention this or not, with the Coastal Sense is that you get more color selection while Naked Smoky you just have twelve as a reminder.

Enjoy! Hoping to get my BoxyCharm and Ipsy soon for this month and can’t wait for Omni Expo 2016! Which by the way, anyone going, we have updated our business cards so if you get one this year you will get the gmail address for Nerdy Shique Universe, our Twitter, and Channel name! If anyone wants to know where we got these printed, Staples and they do awesome same day printing and they have a promotion right now where you get 500 for $10.

That is about it! Til next time!

BoxyCharm and Ipsy May 2015

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I am working on the Pokemon Cosplay post but in the meantime, guess what? What time is it? It’s BoxyCharm and Ipsy Time! I just received these this past week! Well, Ipsy was supposed to arrive Wednesday but it came Thursday, which the shipping was weird like with my Juice Beauty lip gloss set I bought from them and had to wait til Tuesday. BoxyCharm, on the other hand, arrived today which I didn’t get the tracking e-mail til Thursday. I hate it when tracking goes crazy! So, to me both of these this month were…meh! Why? The items were okay and somewhat not my cup of tea, even gave one thing to my mom since she would use it more than I do, let’s see what I got!

Ipsy: This month’s theme was Jetsetter which deals with how everyone will be traveling and how fashion is going up and changing, especially with spring and summer. Plus, this month you got one item that a stylist really likes and mine came with something that Chris and Dominique liked, I think it was the Tart item, don’t know since I couldn’t see the image. And on top of that, you got one out of three designs this month for the bag. I remembered there was a mini clutch and I got a regular Ipsy bag. Which is okay, but would’ve loved the clutch! Now onto what I got!

Brioggio Spray In Conditioner: I was actually happy about this since I did get the hair mask by Brioggio but that was way before I got my highlights and gave it to my mom since she colors her hair more than I do. This on the other hand I can use on my hair since it is so frizzy, especially when summer comes around! I did start using it to try it out and like the feel and smell of it. I hope to get more hair items like this since I tend to love trying new items for hair!

Urban Decay Glide On Lip Pencil + Lip Gloss Sampler: Okay, a two in one with Urban Decay. Ipsters got this, well depending on who got it and that was the glide on lip pencil with tiny samples of the new Revolution Lip Gloss. There was an Ipsy Me offer for it but didn’t want to pay the $22 but did get a dupe for it from Mac, which is funnier since it was the same day as learning about the new Urban Decay gloss. Some of the Ipsters on the Ipsy Trades page did say this is a repeat but I never seen it anywhere even if I started joining last year, I do know they did do the liner last April. I am glad to get another Urban Decay product since I only buy their items if they are on sale or at least the Naked Basics pallets. And of course, do have the Perversion samples and love that mascara! This is interesting since it looks like the pencil is deluxe size or at least the same size as the City Colors lip pencil I got with the make up set last year. Wait, it’s full size since it’s longer than the City Colors one. I did hear that some people got this and it’s in the color Ozone and it’s clear. I don’t mind if it’s clear because it would go nice with anything without mismatching the lip colors. The lip glosses are little foil packets, I wish they were actual tubes instead because they would fit better in the little cardboard packet. Way to go Ipsy!

Clorane Eye Patches: Something I didn’t want but gave to my mom and that they are the Soothing Eye Patches for tired eyes. I don’t have any tired eyes or eye bags since I’m still young and do get enough sleep. Some YouTubers do start the anti-againg ritual in their 20’s but there are times that it’s too early and plus if you seen my pics in all my cosplays, I don’t look my age! I look more like a 15 year-old! I do wear under eye concealer to camoflague some dark circles but I won’t wear the patches until I get older! So glad my mom took them.

IT Cosmetics CC Cream: I wasn’t exp[ecting this and thought this was a fave by Chris and Dominique since I tend to hear how she sometimes use IT Cosmetics and know that it’s a great company but don’t buy their items for myself. I did get an under eye concealer months ago but gave it to my mom since my eyes don’t need it with the anti-aging properties it gives. This one…was on the fence! I hear good things about BB and CC creams and the only turn off is the SPF part. I live in Florida and know how the sun is damaging on the skin and unfortunately my skin is sensitive to SPF products, well when it comes in moisturizers at least. I did wear this when I went to Miami yesterday due to how bad the sun can get and I didn’t want to wear a lot of make up since they would put eye drops in my eyes and would mess up any liner or mascara or shadow! I only took this and my Mullein and Sparrow lip tint. It was pretty easy to apply despite not having a primer. I was worried that my skin would break out but didn’t so far, I will be using this more and if it does, well throw it out.

Scone Retractable Eye Liner: I was happy to find out that I was getting another eyeliner in my bag. This one is by a company called Scone and heard about them through Ipsy of course! I never got to try it since I never got it before and glad to receive it! Everyone who got it was getting it in Navy. I do have blue eyeliners and try to use the pencils up but at least got one in blue. Better than black since I still have a ton of!

That was Ipsy! As said, was a meh month! I am hoping that June brings something better and exciting.

BoxyCharm: Now to BoxyCharm! Like January and February, this box was okay! Not the biggest one in my opinion! I thought April and March were better and I did like some of the items, well three of them. This month’s theme is Bold and Beautiful which according to the card, should step out of the comfort zone except two items were items I won’t be using!

Bodyography Eye Brow Trio and Eye brow and Lash Brush: Putting these together since they go together this month due to being by the same company! I am only going to use the brush in my professional and cosplay make up kit due to how I love using brow brushes. One side of the brush is meant for lashes and look like a mascara wand, which is handy! The other, kind of looks like a regular brushg but it’s for brows. I take it this is meant for the brow powders but won’t use them, I may use it to brush the brow gel I use a lot more easily. While the brow trio,seeing if I can give it away since no one wants it on the Ipsy Trades page when I asked about swapping it. This features three powders for dark, medium, and light toned brows which pretty much, according to the card, best for any hair color.

Model Co. Bronzing Powder With Shimmer: The other product I won’t be using and that is the bronzing powder with shimmer by Model Co. I heard of Model Co. mostly through Ipsy and got the blushes they gave away, one that came in the bag and the other I wapped for. As you know, I am not into use bronzers just blushes. I don’t get the appeal of them like self-tanning! I am also giving this away to a friend and seeing if her sister uses the eye brow products.

Lauren B. Nail Polish in In Juicing: Yet another nail polish for this box and was glad to get it! Laren B. Beauty is line I heard through BoxyCharm and I think Birchbox also gives them out and this is a high end line which I am glad to get in BoxyCharm this month! I got it in the color InJuicing which is a light green color. Others got the peachy shade and glad to get this color even more since I do tend to wear green polishes! Can’t wait to see how it looks!

The Lip Bar Lipstick in Kiss Me: You remembered how I mentioned The Lip Bar in my LimeCrime Controversy post and well…here they are! It was the lip product being given to all Charmers this month and I was really happy, which made me reach out to them! As you know, these girls make the bold colors and the crazy colors like blue and green as examples, and of course the regular nudes! They were also featured on Shark Tank which is even bolder, but was kind of sad that they weren’t given the endorsement. I was glad to get a lipstick in my box and was very intrigued about the packaging which looks like a stencil almost! It is very unizue and I would say, for a blind person like me, this is a package I love! I mean, with the curvature and the stencil outlinings, this would be easy for me to find in my entire drawer if I were to use this, which I got the color Kiss Me, which is a hot pink color! I wish a lot of make up brands do packaging like this since it is pretty nice to feel, especially for a braille user like me and yeah it does come with a nice pouch, but feeling for the tube would be the better thing! I did try it on and oh man…it is sooooooo lightweight! It doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything on your lips! I know it costs a bit more than MAC but two dollars less than Urban Decay and these were made by hand! The Lip Bar, if you’re reading this! I am loving your product so far and start sending me products! I really want to support you guys if it means I have to save up for your stuff and join your Martini Bar Membership! And if you guys want to check them out:

Well, that is it! As said before, not that great of a month! I found the past few months better for both. I do like the Urban Decay lip pencil, loving the spray conditioner from Brioggio, definitely use the eyeliner, the eyebrow brush, the Lip Bar lipstick, and nail polish! I will say I am still trying out the CC cream by IT since so far not having any adverse effects, so far so good. I am hoping June brings something good since I am waiting to see if Boxy does get the Revealed 3 in the future.

I will be finishing my Pokemon Cosplay post before the weekend, if not, will try to get it up before I do all my Omni coverage which who am I interviewing this year?

Mike McFarland, which I will be asking about his work on Attack On Titan, Bryce Pappenbrook, Josh Grell, Trina Nishmura, and Lauren Landa about their voice roles in the anime and other roles they’ve done, and finally Ricki aka Riddle from Heroes of Cosplay about her cosplay experiences! Stay tuned for all of that!

Bests and Worsts of 2014!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Now that 2014 is winding down and 2015 is right around the corner, it’s time for my Bests and Worsts of this year! I will remember to put a lot this time since I had the forgot-to-mentions from last year but hey at least I can make it right this time around, especially mentioning the best Christmas gift, which I forgot to do that in the last post!


Before I start this year’s list need to make my disclaimer and that is all things mentioned under their categories are based on opinion! There were things I didn’t see and based it on critics approaches, which they are critics after all, and I make my judgments based off that or on my own. So, I would say please respect what my opinions are because I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t have any.


So, first category is…


Best Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy! First up is “Best Movie!” My choice is of course Guardians of the Galaxy! This movie has been one of those based on a small title within the Marvel Universe due to how it wasn’t that very popular in comic form until Marvel Studios brought it to the big screen and gave it a modern look! I liked the cast for the characters such as Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel as Groot, and many more! I even liked how the alien characters didn’t get Star Lord’s pop culture references at the points he brings them up! It did break my head in the after credits scene with Howard the Duck showing up and still funny with the Collector in his destroyed home drinking a martini in that scene! Can’t wait what the sequel will hold and how the Guardians will tie more into the movies since due to the success of the movie they did show up in the Marvel cartoons on Disney XD.

Runner Up: Captain America: Winter Soldier! Even though I was happy that one of my fave heroes got his sequel this year, Winter Soldier was a runner up to the fresh team from the galaxy! I did like this movie and the interaction between Chris Evans and Scarlet Johanson on screen, it did give a nice tie in with the Agents of Shield tv series with what happened to the rest of SHIELD during the movie’s events! If you haven’t seen both, I would say watch Winter Soldier first and then the episode showing the events in between of Agents so you can get the better field and it does recap what happened in the movie in that episode in a small montage. I can’t wait for Age of Ultron in 2015!


Worst Movie: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from this year! I know! I know! I know it beat out Guardians for two weeks but here’s the thing though, whoever saw this movie went back to see Guardians after realizing this movie wasn’t as great. I understand the movie was supposed to cater more to the kids but old fans preferred the old movies over this one, even the one they made back in 2009. While Michael Bay at the producer’s chair, it wasn’t as great as a lot of people have hoped and I didn’t go see it since I grew up with the turtles myself and always enjoyed the old series and did like some of the Nickelodeon series, but this newer movie didn’t give me the interest to go and Movie Bob did make good points in how bad it was. After people seeing Guardians again caused this movie be taken out of number one and Guardians regained it. Sorry guys, need to make a better movie with the turtles.


Best Come Back from a Writer: Jim Butcher with Dresden Files Book 15, Skin Game!  I have been a fan of the Dresden Files and wrote crossovers with it and Soul Eater and Fairy Tail, don’t worry not in one story! Seeing that Jim Butcher has finally released the fifteenth book, Skin Game, was a major relief to us since Cold Days ended pretty interesting and now that we got to see Harry leave Demon Reach for one book, now it’s time to work with Nikodimus Archleone and his friends to rob the treasures of Hades! Oh yeah, it did surprise me that Nikodimus is back and this time Harry had to team up with him for a job and was hired by Mab to do it of course! I did like the twists and turns and even the ending when they finally found a new Knight of the Cross, which I won’t reveal here! I am hoping after what had happened here in this book will also lead some unanswered questions into Book 16, such as the stuff he has been doing in between this one and Cold Days unless Jim does another Side Jobs collection, which he has written a story about Molly and how she became to be in Ghost Story. So, will 2015 get another Dresden adventure? Let’s hope!


Best New Season for a TV Series: Agents of Shield! Since Agent Colson and his friends had an interesting and awesome end to season 1, season 2 brought more awesomeness! This season brought on the start of Colson’s step up to Director of SHIELD and has to solve the mystery behind the carvings he has been doing, what is up with Skye’s dad, and a finding of an obelisk that can kill people or let them live! I am a little bit behind on episodes and will try to catch up once I’m off break due to how hectic the holidays can be, this series has gotten me on the edge of my seat each episode! Marvel knows how to bring on the action and with the new mini series, Agent Carter, starting in a week will bring more of Marvel’s amazing writing yet again! I’m hoping the Agents series keeps going because there is more to do with the movies by what I saw for Avengers 2 and knowing what will happen afterwards will probably give new story to add. Still, a great comeback for the show!

Runner Up: Sleepy Hollow! Even though I do like Sleepy Hollow, the actors are pretty much the ones who get a lot of credit in bringing the story of the 1700s into a modern era! I did like with season 1 in how Ichabob had a hard time fitting in since he was brought back to life in 2013 and he came from over two hundred years ago, with this season, on the other hand, it brought a different awkwardness since he still had to get used to the time he’s in now. I find it funny how he played video games and cursed out in his own words against the trolls.


Best Fan Fiction Come Back and Christmas Present: Fairy Tails: Fan Fiction of the Dresden Files Hitting A Lot of Hits! Yes, finally mentioned this here! If you remembered how I done a fan fiction rant here and talked about ending Fairy Tails due to how many people have been nitpicking? Well, all thanks to a reader, I started it up again and wanted to give it the ending it deserved. They also helped me to give something to progress the story with and right now I’m penning Chapter 27 by the looks of it! All the thanks to the come back, it hit over 5000 hits within that amount of time! If I hadn’t continued I wouldn’t have gotten that far! This has been my most enjoyable fic I’ve written and so far longest since a lot of things take place and I am writing it in the Jim Butcher first-person style with different character point of views, which if you haven’t read stories like “Back Up” or “Aftermath” where those tales took place from Murphy’s and Thomas’ point-of-views then you should because that is where I got the idea from the most. I am happy and considered the hitting the hit mark the best Christmas present since it happened this month!


Best Album: TIE! Hail to the King by Avenged Sevenfold and Black Market by Rise Against! It was hard to choose but I have two best albums of 2014 when it came to music! Hail to the King by Avenged Sevenfold and Black Market by Rise Against! Avenged Sevenfold has been a fave metal band and this album is a really good one. I think I prefer it more than the two albums I have by them overall! Even though they have a Metallica-like feel for some of their songs but at least they made it a tribute towards them in their own way and there are times when I want to hear “Hail to the King” or “This Means War.” While Black Market, on the other hand, was a fave like with the Sufferer and the Witness that Rise Against had put out. This newer album that hit stores a few days after Metro made me feel better hearing that they made a new album and one of my fave songs off this album has become a single!


Best Interview At a Convention: With Eric Stuart! I know I had great interviews this year but the one that made me happy the most was doing it with Eric Stuart. Why? Not only I tried out a new media platform in doing video but I always wanted to meet Eric since I was a fan of Pokemon during my middle school days and made it even better when I found out that I was interviewing him closer to the convention. It was an honor to interview him and ask him questions about Pokemon, reprising Gourry in the newer seasons of Slayers, and of course his music! I did get a comment on the video, well it was posted on part 1 since it was in two parts, that I did a good job at it and that Eric is a nice guy and he is! I am also happy to get my items signed by him and will cherish my interview with him forever!

Runner Up: Troy Baker! I know this should’ve been the best but interviewing Troy Baker was another honor for me since he has been popping up everywhere, including in the new Far Cry game! I did have fun talking to him and got to meet him in person finally! It even made me smile that I surprised him with my copy of Glass Fleet. And still won’t forget how Gondras and him sang “Just a Friend” by Biz Markie after his acoustic performance and still kind of kicking myself that I didn’t play “What I Got” by Sublime. Always next time!


Best Cosplay: .hack Variation Designed by Me! If you saw my pics of me with Dante Basco and Richard Epcar with those interviews, I was wearing my newest cosplay design and it was for a .hack vs Sword Art Online group that kind of got cancelled, well the photoshoot and turned into a debate. Still was mad about that but hey, at least people liked the costume, especially Mary Elizabeth McGlynn when I told her that I designed the thing myself. It took a lot of thought after having Helba’s costume described and then Leafa’s until all thanks to Vivi suggesting make my own, then got the kitten in the hamster wheel running! It took my spring break during my final semester of college to get the parts I needed from the Thrift Store and then from Michael’s and EBay and it turned out to be what you saw in my pics. I even got major props from Nolen North for the twin blades Gondras had made. Oh yeah! Go me! And yet the costume was heavy as hell, it was bitching! Oh by the way, did I mention the body markings? All done with my silver Maybelline color tattoo shadow! Still, go me!


Best Gift I Gave to a Guest: My Extra Carla Plushie to Brittney Karbowski! I bet you’re wondering, “Shouldn’t you have given that to the voice of Carla?” Nope! Reason being is that I thought it would be nice that the voice of Wendy would have her Exseed with her. The thing is that I ordered a Carla plushie for myself at the beginning of this year since I had Happy and then did the same with a Panther Lily to have the three main Exseeds. So, I got Panther Lily first and not Carla and found out that she was missing in tracking and had to contact the seller. The seller was glad to send me another one and I thought that one came since it was coming all the way from Hong Kong. I was happy that she came and then a month or two later came around and Carla Numero Dos came in the mail and was like “Crap!” I didn’t want to contact the seller about it and it was a hassle to send things back to Hong Kong, which I remembered years ago that a seller from there falsely advertised a short, pink wig to be long and when I saw it it was bob length and had a bit of an argument and asked for my money back and was sending it back. I remembered my dad telling me that the post office didn’t know HK meant Hong Kong either. Still ticked that I had negative feedback in the end. Anyways, I kept the extra plushie and remembered Brittney Karbowski was returning to MetroCon and had a lightbulb moment! I decided to give it to her as a gift if I ran into her at the dealer room or in an autograph session if I was lucky and at least this year the line wasn’t crappy, I was able to meet up with her at her table in the autograph line! I had her sign my copy of Fairy Tail Part 5 since that was the debut for Wendy and then I said, “I have something for you!” And presented the plushie! She thought I wanted it signed but told her it was a gift and then she went around her table and was a few meters away and Nerdy Shirts told me that I was going to be hugged but knowing from that distance it was more than a hug and gave him my cane and then held my arms out and was GLOMPED! Knowing her, I think I made her weekend! I am glad I gave her that plushie since now she has a Carla like her character!


Best Guest Rememberance: Grant George Remembering Me Because of the Wedding Theme! Yes, had to mention this as a best of this year! So, Grant George and his wife, Jessica, were guests at Omni Expo this past year and I thought he wouldn’t remember me from MythiCon the previous year and how I told him that mine and Gondras’ wedding will be Disgaea themed. I did remember how he asked if we will have a Prini ring bearer and when I told Gondras, he and I are going to make that happen by the looks of it. So I was hanging around his table to get Gondras’ copies of Disgaea 1.5 and 4 to get signed by him at Omni and then when he saw me he recognized me! I was surprised that he would despite being out of cosplay and just wearing a pair of blue kitty ears, a bell collar, and my Pacific Rim/Eva shirt. Grant still remembered how I told him about the wedding theme and then his wife told me how he told her about it! It was awesome talking to them and hoping they do come back to Orlando for a convention since they were really sweet and understood that it was hard for me to be blind. They also wanted to see Gondras but had to tell them that he was working all weekend. Grant did like the “Prini Rights” shirt the next day as well. So, a great thing for a guest to remember me by!


Best Panel: The Attack On Titan Q&A Panel and Bennet the Sage’s Meet Bennet Panel! Yes, another tie and it was for both the Attack On Titan Q&A panel during Omni and Bennet the Sage’s Q&A panel during MythiCon. Reasons are that they are both hilarious! Originally I was going to do the transcript of the AOT panel but due to some of the things mentioned during that were either gross or hard to hear on the recorder. It was fun hearing Matthew Mercer and Kyle Hebert going back and forth especially with their stories about recording their audition tapes at home. While Bennet the Sage’s, on the other hand, it was way too funny since he answered questions about his show and what anime he would review or not, he even was asked about Violence Jack review and I did enjoy his talk about Jessu Otaku from Channel Awesome as well and her love for Digimon. If you guys want to see his panel, you can find it on YouTube. I even asked a question about Attack On Titan and you do hear me and Gondras in the back and the first question is from Nerdy Shirts btw.


Best Karaoke Moment From a Convention: Matthew Mercer Doing “Tribute Song” by Tenacious D! I will be posting the video for this for you guys because I did post the link but didn’t do any justice, hey decided why not put it up? Anyways, I didn’t know this happened until I came for Omni Day 2 and that was Matthew Mercer sang karaoke the night before and wished I was there for that but due to my ride and my cold that needed the NyQuil shot couldn’t do that! So, when I got to the Marriot, I heard the entire thing that happened and how it happened. Karaoke took place that Friday and a girl dressed as Levi sang and he watched and applauded because she was really good. Then later he came up and chose Tenacious D’s “Tribute Song” and someone video taped it on their 3DS and we watched it in the Sands of Anime room until the vendor’s room opened and man it was good! I even tried texting Gondras to see it. Don’t worry, will be showing that vid here and sorry for any strong language that may happen!


Rarest Find in a Dealer Room: Disgaea 4 Wallscroll! Even though the runner up was a rare find but this was even rarer! How so? Well, it’s the Disgaea 4 wallscroll and why it got this category is because you rarely find Disgaea merch at conventions! Of course you have your Attack On Titan, Fairy Tail, Bleach still, but this! THIS! You can’t find anywhere else and couldn’t let go since the seller who had this was also doing a two wallscrolls for one thing and since Gondras told me about this scroll when he went to get the Lucy with Loke scroll, I told him get it! It did kind of made him sad that when there was merch for the game, we couldn’t find anything including the figurines that came with the special edition version of the game, which he got Fuka in his copy. Hey, at least we found a wallscroll and it’s up on my wall!

Runner Up: .hack G. U. Vol 1! The runner up is of course a video game or sequel to a series that I was looking for and it was the .hack G. U. games! UCF Games was out in Tampa at Metro and decided to ask if they have them and they had all three! Due to the high price points, I only got the first and was happy to get this finally! Even though I have to find other ways of getting the other two if I can’t get to a con that this vendor is at, I was glad to get volume 1 and get it signed by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn on top of it! So it was a double win!


Best Make Up Buy of the Year: Urban Decay Smoked Pallet! Why I have to mention this is because it deserves the best is how it was on sale! The thing is Urban Decay is a popular highend make up brand and they sell their items pretty high like the Naked pallets, which are ever-so-popular, in the $50 range for all three and other items in the $20 range. What made me happy to find as a little sale item is that while in Daytona is that I got an e-mail saying that the Smoked pallet was $20 off, so pretty much half off from its original price of $49. It was worth it bbecause you rarely see a price drop like this and was also lucky to get it since it sold out within that time it happened. Not sure if there’s any left since they re-stocked, at least I got it back then.


Best Ipsy Item: Hello! By Harvey Prince! So last or second to last category of the year, since I have a worst Ipsy item and first up is the Best! Harvey Prince’s Hello scent! I know there were a lot of great items that came in Ipsy from when I have been an official member since August but to me this was the best of the rest in my opinion! I love my sweet, earthy, and citrus scents but this one brings them all into one! It has a nice sweet scent mixed in with a slight earth and citrus kick to it! Even though it wasn’t the full size but I was glad it was a convenient travel size in case I couldn’t pack anything or didn’t spray anything on me and need that quick fix, it’s in my bag! I hope more Harvey Prince scents come in Ipsy or BoxyCharm because I want to smell the others!


Worst Ipsy Product: Pixie Dust by Pixie by Petra! Why does it get my worst? Well, this item SUUUUUUUCCCCKKKKSSS! It is promoted to be a dry glitter topcoat for your eyes, cheeks, and brows but the vial doesn’t contain anything! I did so many swatches with the first and nothing appeared and when the replacement appeared, nothing with that either! I gave it to my mom to see if she had better luck but this item is not my fave!

Runner Up: Paula’s Choice Moisturizer! When I first got my bag I ended up with the Paula’s Choice moisturizer with SPF 15 and tried  it out to see how it goes due to how hot it was and thought I needed the SPF. It did moisturize and did help make up go on smoothly but there were adverse effects and that was it made my skin red around my nose! My skin was sensitive and I mentioned what happened to a girl at Ulta and she told me that some people with sensitive skin can’t use SPF items. As in make up with it! Now I know not to use this if I ever get it again!


Well, that is it for this year’s list! 2015 will be interesting since I’m still looking for a job and also will be sticking to Orlando for this year when it comes to conventions due to finances and well Tampa does eat it up pretty big. Not sure if I will try and get my cosplay ideas out that I’m thinking on, I will have to wait and see! That is it for this post! Happy New Year guys!

Favorites: November and December 2014

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is that time again! It’s Favorites time and this time it’s November and December! Damn this year is flying and 2015 is right around the corner! What do I have this time? Well, I have been using a lot of stuff while I was off in Daytona since I had to buy things I needed and tried new stuff, even have a few fave stuff from Ipsy! Let’s see what I got!




Beauty Treasures Set! First fave of the month is the Beauty Treasures Blockbuster set that was purchased a month ago! I really love this set because it came in a nice caboodle travel case and it had three layers to it! The first layer contains an eye shadow pallet of 54 shadows I believe from cream shades to sparkles, which have a nice transition shade or wear on their own, and then smoky for that dawning for a night out! Then the second layer contains a highlighter, bronzer, powder, two shadow primers, which I use whenever I use this set, two double ended eye pencils, two lipsticks, and two lip glosses! And the final layer contains crystal eye shadows, gel liners, six of them to be exact, eyebrow powders, and an eye shadow quad! Yeah, that sounds a lot but worth it! I love Ulta’s blockbuster sets because they are affordable and contain a lot of stuff and very easy to travel with when on the go or staying someplace, or to be that make up artist you want to be! What sucks is that this set is no longer available, I think they sold out or not making it anymore but I would point you to EBay which a lot of people tend to sell the sets. I would also keep a look out if you want to scower the website! Plus, they do make more blockbusters in every few months! Which I did find this one better than the Glam and Go one that I almost bought and it was the newest, but this one had the better value and stuff and it did give me a nice golden and sparkly look for holiday gatherings! Which is another nice thing, you can use the crystal shadows and highlighter for holiday looks!


Cream blushes in Berry Glow and Pink Glow! One thing I like about Ulta’s make up line is that they tend to have good sales on their products even if people go nuts at the Altamonte location sometimes, like the buy one get one free that happened yesterday and might still go on, still they have good deals! Around the time I came home for Thanksgiving, Ulta had their items for $5 and I went a little crazy and two of the things I got and been liking are their cream blushes in Pink Glow and Berry Glow! These things are pigmented and they are lightweight! As in, you don’t have to use too much to apply and I tend to use a tapered brush from a set I got at WalMart and it goes on smoothly that way! It does add a nice glow and doesn’t feel cakey and this is one item I want to get more of. So hoping it doesn’t get discontinued like the cheek stains!


Star Looks


Crystal Eyeliner in Ultra Olive! An item from Ipsy that I loved and still using is the Crystal Eyeliner pencil by Star Looks in Ultra Olive! I was actually happy that I got this in my bag last month and couldn’t wait to try it while waiting my chance to head back home for Thanksgiving to play with my Ipsy goodies! This pencil glides on very smoothly and it looks great with earthy greens and the Esmeralda eye shadow I swapped for during October. I may have to find the Obsidian pencil that Star Looks made that did come in bags before since I did try swapping for that but was out of luck and one Ipster changed their mind on me at very last minute, but Star Looks makes good stuff and I love this liner! Not sure if I will purchase it when I run out, that is a big maybe, at least I got to try it out!


Be A Bombshell


Volumizing Mascara! Another Ipsy goody and it’s from the October bag and that is the volumizing mascara from October! I don’t get why some Ipsters complain about some of the items that show up in their bags and October had the biggest complaints by what I saw and this month’s, even though it was an okay bag I admit, this was one product I did love! I never tried Be a Bombshell before and glad that Ipsy and BoxyCharm (I am a subscriber of them as well) have products for members to try out. I was glad that I got the mascara and it makes my lashes feel soft and make them longer! Also this was a full size product and glad to get it. I am hoping I get more mascaras from this brand since they are good, I was even glad to try out a liquid lipstick by them through BoxyCharm.


Ofra Cosmetics


Eye Shadow Ipsy Me Offer! Another item I got through Ipsy but through their Ipsy Me offers. If you don’t know what that is, it is where Ipsy sells certain things from companies for cheaper prices like this past month they had a Noya lipstick holiday set and even a curling iron as an offer, and so many others. One offer that got my kittiness curious is the Ofra eye pallet that has 20 shadows and it normally would cost everyone $79.99 but that day it was $28 and decided to pick it up! I heard good things about Ofra and I can see why because these shadows are so pigmented and they glide on very smoothly! I did read using a primer will make them pop more and I’m so glad that I did pick up the City Color Primer pot and can’t wait to use that with this pallet! I did use the earth toned shadows with my Star Looks liner for Thanksgiving and did a smoky look with it as well. What was also neat is that these shadows are magnetic, so if you have one of those Z pallets, you can pop them in there or just move them around in this pallet.


Urban Decay


Smoked Pallet! Another great deal I picked up was of course the Urban Decay Smoked pallet! I talked about this in my “Best Ulta Buys” post because the price dropped on this pallet to $29 from its usual $49 price! Why do I like this pallet? Like my Naked Basics pallet, this pallet has easy to glide on shadows and it does come with a nice liner pencil from their 24/7 Glide On Pencil line and a small tube of their primer, which I use with this pallet and the Naked Basics and then my Naked 2 Basics pallet, the colors are amazing! I have fun coming up with nice smoked looks with this thing! Good news people, it is also restocked, so check Ulta and Urban Decay’s website to see if they still have any because this went and sold out quickly and knowing that they restocked since the day or two after Christmas, they will be gone like hotcakes! I would say hurry and get yours!




Blush in Pink! An ELF product has entered my favorites for this month and that is the pink blush that they make! It is the one that almost looks like an eye shadow compact and I like it! I always ghea good things about ELF’s blushes and knew I had to try them out and since I’m an ELF fan, these guys are amazing with what they make! Even their lip glosses are amazing which I picked up one of their holiday sets for this year. So, way to go ELF!


Band and Song


Born From Ashes! So, lately I’ve been into a new band that I caught at a show recently with my buddies of Traverser and Soul Switch and they are known as Born From Ashes! I never heard of them and didn’t get to see their set because Gondras had work the next morning but did get one of their CDs and listened to them and loved them! Orlando has great music to offer and these are one of those bands that do it! I did want to see Leaving Haven to try them out again but due to how bad traffic was and parking was bad we missed them. At least we got to catch Soul Switch and Traverser! Always next time guys! Born From Ashes, you do get the Paw Print of Approval because you are amazing!


“Strike Back” by Back On! Newest song in Fairy Tail I got addicted to is by a band called Back On and the song is called “Strike Back.” I was happy that these guys did a song for one of my all time fave series since I was a fan of the group from when Air Gear first came out around 2007 with the song “Chain” and they did songs for other anime like Eyeshield 21 and Murder Princess. This one was a surprise and it you guys won’t hear it until Part 14 or was it 15 comes out to America but if you want to hear, you can probably download it. Still support the official release of the anime like I do guys!




Cut and Run by Lara Adrian and Tina Folsom! I recently finished a double book bundle that Lara Adrian and Lisa Folsom wrote and they are the first two books in a new series known as the Phoenix Code and the first two books are known as Cut and Run! Lara wrote Cut while Tina wrote Run and I think that’s how they decided to do it with these books, as in bundling one with the other and Lara writes the odd numbered ones while Tina does the evens since the next two, Hide and Seek will be the same way! This series follows how the Phoenix Project, a group of guys with ESP powers and work for the CIA, are betrayed and get the message through a vision of “Phoenix Down!” and all members hide and try to not be in the open because assassins would go after them. While hiding they do have women that come into their lives and start romances or like Ethan, already started one. The first book, Cut, was the one I liked more than Run because it wasn’t as predictable in my opinion because it shows how old lovers reunite and since now they are both in danger they have to be on the run now! They do meet the two characters in the second book but I felt the story kind of went a bit low towards the middle despite Scott being a great character and how he and Phoebe came to be, I feel Cut had a better story in my opinion. I hope the next two books are as good and four is a bit better than Run because I read the premise of that one it makes me wait for it even more and hoping that has a suspenseful twist like Lara’s book and books. I did find out Lara is going to be releasing her next Midnight Breed novel and novella next year, which I can’t wait to keep reading! I did read Tempted by Midnight and it was okay, not as good as Marked but it did close an open story on one of the other vampires who lost their breedmate, but can’t wait for the next books!




Pixie Dust by Pixie! I had to mention this because not only I had to get a replacement, but it saddened me that there was no glitter in this thing! Apparently this was supposed to be a glittery top coat to cheeks, eyes, and also brows, but Ipsy sent me one without glitter! I had to have Gondras take a look at my swatch and there was nothing and then my dad took a look and nothing, even the vial was empty! I don’t know what happened but I think there are some Pixie vials that didn’t have any glitter. If you guys got this thing in your bags and had the same problem, I would like to know. I hope my replacement has glitter this time! So glad I didn’t fall for the Ipsy Me offer!


Well, that is it for my faves! What is next? Well, the Bests and Worsts of 2014! See ya guys!

Christmas Haul of 2014

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Hope you guys had a great Christmas and after Christmas since some of us do go shop after the day Christmas and of course it’s time for my Christmas haul for 2014! A heads up, I’m not bragging or anything because there are things I have most of you might or not have and here goes!


Christmas Itself!


Money: So, the first thing was that I got money from my brother since he was visiting and glad I did since I used that and the $100 that my mom gave me as well for what I got the day after and today or yesterday…well depending on when you read this! So got $25 from my brother and the hundred from mom. Will tell you what I used that for on the days after Christmas section!


Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Pallet: First make up item this year and that is the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics pallet! I know I may be a bit behind but I was kind of eyeing this ever since some of my fave YouTubers like Make Up by Tiffany D, Emily Noel, and even Grav3yard Girl, talked about this one during the end of summer since it came out back then and I was happy that there is a cheaper alternative to get the Naked 2 and I do like Urban Decay stuff all thanks to the Perversion mascara and the Smoked pallet and of course having the first Basics pallet! This is supposed to be a bit more cooler toned than the first since the first is supposed to be the mirror of its more expensive counterpart and this one is its cheaper version of Naked 2. I haven’t used this yet but I do like the color names which are Skimp, which is a nude satin, Stark, a pink nude, Frisk, a warm gray which I like, Cover, a mute reddish brown, Primal, muted brown, and Undone, a very smoky brown. According to the description, these colors are new to the naked collection and more exclusive to this pallet like with the shades in the Smoked palled. I am happy I got this for Christmas and can’t wait to use it! May have to use it on New Year’s or when I go back to Daytona since I had my first Naked Basics pallet and reached for it almost everyday! Knowing me, I will reach for this baby as well!


Too Faced Chocolate Bar Pallet: I FINALLY got this! I wanted this pallet ever since I heard people on YouTube raving about it and it is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar pallet! I always love chocolate and when I heard this pallet was made with actual cocoa I knew I had to have it and glad it was on my list for this year! I know I have tons of eye shadows and using them, even the new Ulta set I bought, this is one I will be using time to time since it was a little pricey and worth it! I even worn it on Christmas with a nice brown tone eye with Ganosh as one of the shades and I think I used two of the other lighter shades and then the middle one on the bottom row. I did enjoy the smell and the smoothness of these shadows while I put them on top of the City Color Cosmetics Primer and they stayed put very well! It even went well with the Tart mascara I got in Ipsy! Funny thing is that it also made me crave my Hershey’s candy canes at least I did have something chocolate during the last Hobbit movie. I can’t wait to use this pallet a little more. If anyone’s wondering, I did hear about the SemiSweet Pallet, not interested! I heard how the pallet is not that pigmented as this one including the Blueberry Swirl shade! What happened Too Faced? After seeing reviews, will just stick to this one!


Too Faced Under the Mistletoe Set: Another thing I saw in hauls and that is the Under the Mistletoe set by too Faced! I have been interested in Too Faced for a while and I heard about this set, knowing my little kitty side wants its paws on it! It is a cute little, glittery bag that comes with three sparkly versions of their Le Crème lipsticks! They are Marshmallow Bunny, Naked Dolly, Spice Spice Baby and they are pretty glittery and glad that I got this instead of one lipstick because normally the price of one is $22 and you’re getting three with the case for the price of one and great thing is that if you are new to Too Faced and don’t want to spend the money on one thing this will be your best bet! You can find this on EBay but warning you, it is pricier than Ulta, so glad I sent my dad to pick this up and he held it for me until then. I will be wearing one of these for the next week and I do like the packaging! I can kind of see why these lipsticks are the price as its own. And also, if you don’t like the sparkle, you can get these three in the original form instead of waiting til next year for this set to return if it does! Too Faced, you’re becoming a fave already!


LipSmackers Holiday Sets: Yes, like almost every Christmas and Easter, I can’t go without my fave lip balm and that is LipSmackers! I did get the candy cane versions and the little four sets that come with four of them in a box like with Easter, which I raided those every year! I find it nice that they changed up the flavoring to be more seasonal, I think one was more candy flavored while the other more cookie scented. I did see that there was a candy cane one in one set! While one of the cane packages had more cherry flavored ones, which made me happy! They reminded me of the Santa lip scrub Lush put out for Christmas!


Captain America: Winter Soldier: The movie that I was happy to see since the end of last year and it was the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger, The Winter Soldier! When I heard it was coming out on DVD and Blue Ray, it was immediately on my Christmas list! I did get the first for Christmas two or three years ago and glad to get this one this year! I can’t wait to rewatch it! Also, another bonus is that my dad put my presents in a Captain America tote bag! How cool is that!? Now I have a Marvel themed tote bag! I wonder if they will make Avengers ones for Age of Ultron next year! I guess I have to wait when the movie comes out.


Fairy Tail Part 11: You guys remembered how I said I had Fairy Tail part 12  on my Christmas list? Well, Part 11 was found and picked up and happy that I did get it for Christmas since I’ve been waiting to get this due to what happened at the end of Part 10 with Zarif showing up! Don’t want to spoil despite doing the Season 3 review when I finish with these two parts! I will get Part 13 but it has to wait! At least this was on my list and all thanks to not finding it at MythiCon. Yes more adventures with Happy and the gang!


Slammer and Vanillary by Lush: A gift from Mommy Gondras and that is a bottle of Slammer the shower gel and Vanillary the perfume! I know most of us Lushies know that slammer was a retro item and they took out their retro items. I think she went shopping early to get this since she and I do get the newsletter. I get both the North America and Canadian ones to make sure I get all the news! Anyways, I loved the Slammer despite it always fading when I get out of the shower, I like the nice orange and limey scent or was it orange and lemon, it still smells good! I am also glad that it is the larger bottle since those things last me close to four months! Even the Twilight large bottle when I first tried it out lasted me after 2013 started! I do use small drops at a time, now you know why medium bottles last me so long! Another thing that did make me happy was that she got me the classic bottle of Vanillary perfume since they are going to be repackaging every scent according to one guy in the Florida Mall location. I hope they do because I don’t want to be lost without Karma, Lust, Smell of Freedom and Weather Turning, and so many other scents! I always loved Vanillary and how it always has that nice toffee and vanilla scent! I still have the bottle that Gondras gave me a few years back and may have to use it up, because I do have a lot of perfume and do use them to keep it interesting and fun! I did wear Creamy Candy on Christmas since they did sell it as a limited edition Christmas perfume during a perfume sale, which sucked that it wasn’t around this year. Hey! At least I have a new bottle of Vanillary when I run out! I wish it was a shower gel like what they did with the Twilight bath bomb!


After Christmas!


Lush run for Shower Gels: Every year Gondras and I always go to Lush so he could get me his gift of shower gels since it starts the buy one get one free sale! Last year, we were lucky at the Florida Mall location in getting four big bottles of Ponche and four mediums of Snow Fairy but this year we didn’t go to that location nor the newest one in Milennia (it just opened last month) but we did go to the airport location which figuring not a lot of people would go to since you have to pay parking and it adss up after every twenty minutes now but we did get a lot of things. Well only eight bottles of medium ones! Instead of all Snow Fairy, which he got four of, he also got four of a new one that came out and it’s called So White! It is a apple spice shower gel and it smells very nice! It reminds me of the Phoenix Rising bath bomb when they released this one. So glad  he got me four of these! They did have another shower gel but didn’t smell it and after hearing Grav3yard Girl talk about it, didn’t make me want to go back and that is Hottie Tottie. It is supposed to be a spicey ginger smell, even though I like ginger in my food, don’t want to put this on my skin. If you like the smell of it or like the idea of it, I would say call your local Lush for it because you never know if they ran out. Gondras did get me the Santa lip scrub, which was out again for another year and I love it since it tastes like cherry coke when you lick it off! And I did get a sample of the Reindeer Rock, which smells like the Comforter but better. I did get something for myself and it is another Shine So Bright split end treatment since I have been using mine like crazy due to my hair being highlighted! Plus the smell is what I like about it!


Sanrio Cups: I was happy to find out that the airport had a Sanrio store and despite it not being as big I was still happy! Even though I did want the pillows, especially the one of Kuromi and Hello Kitty, since the one they had was softer than the one my Secret Santa got me which it came with a pad of paper and a pen since she knew I loved writing, I went with other things due to the pillows were high in price! I might go on EBay some day since I found out the hard way each time if you don’t get what you like at first, it won’t be there afterwards! I did get two things and I used some of the money from my brother on and it is a tumbler cup of the entire cast of Sanrio which makes me happy the most that Kerroppi and Kuromi are next to each other on the cup since they are two of my fave characters! I also did get a mug of Choco Cat which their mugs were on sale for half off and what got me to get it is that he was sitting on the handle! It sounded so adorable and I do love collecting mugs!


Guardians of the Galaxy: Another Marvel release happened in time for the holidays and wasn’t expecting it and that was Guardians of the Galaxy! I loved this movie and how great the jokes were because of how Star Lord was out of place and Vin Diesel was amazing as Groot in this one, I had to get it but on DVD. Apparently they didn’t do a DVD and Blue Ray bundle like with Winter Soldier I think because I had the DVD version of that one too instead of the bundle, don’t get why they didn’t do that for both movies when they did it with Thor, First Avenger, Incredible Hulk, and even with the Iron Man trilogy. Marvel, what is going on now? DVD and Blue Ray bundles are huge still! Even look at all the Funimation releases they’ve done! Anyways, I was still eyeing it even when Gondras almost bought it on the day he called me while I was sick in Daytona, he thought about the Blue Ray and 3D bundle with the HD digital version, I got the DVD version because I can watch it on my PC whenever I like and plus not only it was cheaper but I had a gift certificate for $10 at Best Buy and didn’t want it to go to waste! I know I could’ve gotten more points but I can’t see 3D due to my blindness and if I tried seeing it, like with Last Airbender and Toy Story 3, it would only show in one eye and my PC doesn’t play Blue Rays and have to wait til Gondras and I move in at some point in time. I want to see awesomeness on my own time, so DVD for me!


Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance and Estee Lauder Beautiful perfumes: The final thing that I had to get which had me use the $100 on are two perfumes I asked for Christmas and so glad I went the Saturday after Christmas since they had a deal at Dillard’s for one. For Christmas I thought I would ask for the cosmetics and movies/anime from my dad and perfume from my mom since I ran out of ideas for my mom to get me for Christmas due to having a lot of clothing, even getting a new pair of pants at Burlington back in Daytona, got wintery stuff like hats, scarves, and beanies to stay warm since the ocean makes it ten times colder than Orlando, and even buy my own shirts and purdy hats like Linkara’s, thought it would help save on money for my dad since the Chocolate Bar pallet and the Naked 2 Basics pallets would be more costly and remembered how years ago in my high school days my mom got me my first two bottles of perfume which were NOA and Tommy Girl since I loved those sample things in Teen People and YM. I asked originally asked for the new scent by Ralph Lauren, Midnight Romance, since I am a fan of the original Romance by him, and the new scent by Jessica Simpson, her self titled one, Jessica Simpson. Unfortunately my mom didn’t get them and that led her to give me the money to get them. Not to sound ungrateful…she tends to shop at Macy’s Dillard’s, and other retailers, and the perfume counters are right there! Anyways, I did get the Midnight Romance which I loved it since I smelled it in Ulta back in August I think or was it September and wanted it despite the priceyness of its newness on the market! If you haven’t smelled Midnight Romance, I recommend you should, think of it like Britney Spear’s Midnight Fantasy but darker! I can see why it is so romantic! I did get the small bottle due to the budget I have to work with and knowing it will be a while before Flea World gets it and the prices start dropping, but the small bottles do last me! I still have my bottle of Curve Chill and Taylor Swift’s Wonderstruck Enchanted and also my travel sample sizes of CK One and Nicole by Nicole Richey. The other scent I got was Estee Lauder Beautiful because Dillard’s wasn’t carrying Jessica Simpson’s new scent, which sucked! I tried seeing about the others but they didn’t have them either! I don’t get why though since it is new as well and I have been looking forward to getting my paws on this and Dessert, well Dessert have been looking for and can’t find! I did get Estee’s Beautiful since I smelled Modern Muse and this back to back. Modern Muse reminded me of Pleasures a bit and didn’t hit me as much as Beautiful did, which I liked Beautiful better and how the fruitiness made it smell more enchanting to me, plus they had a sale on their set for $40 and decided, since it is on sale why not get it? The set comes with the one ounce bottle and a travel size version, which I popped it into my messenger bag teeny pouch, and the lotion! I do like the perfumey lotions time to time, I even went crazy with the Nicole one by using that thing up after I got it! If you guys see any of these sets left, get them while you can! It’s worth it! If you guys know where Jessica Simpson’s new scent is sold, please comment! I would love to find it somewhere! I love perfumes!


Well, that is about it! I will reveal my fave present in the next post, which is my favorites of November and December! Stay tuned!

Beauty Review: Urban Decay Naked Basics and Ulta Matte Prime

Hello everyone and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I missed doing a post on here since my Favorites post for July and August and the Forgot to Mentions along with the post for new people to Ipsy. If you are new to Ipsy or want to subscribe to Ipsy, I suggest read that post known as “To the Ipsy Noobs!” or was it “For the Ipsy Noobs,” forgot the title for a moment. Anyways! This post is a review post on two products I started using recently and they are the Urban Decay Naked Basics Pallet and the Ulta Matte Prime. Let’s get started!


Naked Basics Pallet by Urban Decay: I know what most of you are thinking is that I am behind on this product and I am. I haven’t gotten any Urban Decay products due to high price on their Naked pallets and I wasn’t sure if I would like the shadows but when I found out there was a cheaper way of getting into Urban Decay products and that is by picking up the Naked Basics pallet, which yes, I brokedown and got it during my birthday month and did have points to spend, which I am happy that I could use that. It sucks that Ulta can’t allow coupons to be used on this line, even though the guy said it depends on what can it be used on. Anyways! This little pallet is a pallet that contains six shades that are matte and they are full size according to what Ulta said on their site and apparently they changed the packaging to match the newer Basics pallet that got released, the Naked 2 Basics pallet which I watched Grav3yard Girl review, which the one I have is a regular clutch look with the words raised but now it is more suede with a gold embossing. I can see why it’s $29 now. The shades in this pallet are Venus, which is an off white and it’s the first shade in the pallet and then you go to Foxy, which is a more of a bisque color. Then you have Walk of Shame, which is a very light nude color which kind of comes off a bit bronzy by what my dad saw when he guided me through the colors due to how I can’t see them, which is a nice crease color, of course next is Naked 2 which is a taupe color which in my pallet is bit of a grey. I think it is a greyish taupe if you get this pallet and I think it’s also in the Naked 2 Pallet and that gives a nice smoke to the crease. Then Faint is next which is a dusty brown and finally Crave which is supposed to be a black or a very deep brown but it is more black.


What do I think!? I love the pallet! I never gotten any shadows from Urban Decay until now and the sites don’t lie when it says that the application is very smooth and they are very smooth, even when I dip the brush into the pallet it felt like my brush was touching velvet rather than rough sand! It was also easy to put on and don’t need to put a lot since these shadows are very pigmented as well. I used all six, which Monday I had Foxy, Naked 2, and Crave to do a smoky eye, then today had Faint, Walk of Shame, and Fame to go with a nice outfit I was wearing to a luncheon that Lighthouse Central Florida held and thought a nice nude eye would be perfect. Now I can see why so many people rave about this pallet and one good thing is that it’s so compact and easy to carry and travel with if you need a on-the-run nude or smoky eye.


Is it worth it? I wish they kept it at the $28 even if they changed the packaging. I know Urban Decay wants to be hip in their looks but raising the price by a dollar is not right in my opinion when I knew in the past it was $28. I would say if you’re an Ulta member, you should use the points on this product since you can’t really use coupons on Urban Decay products depending what it’s excluded. Still, I can see why it’s worth getting is how the colors are pigmented and very smooth to put on the lids. I may have to pick up the second one since of course don’t want to go high end crazy and this is a good way to go and also gives newbies in Urban Decay a first taste of what the products are like if they want to dip their toe into the water when it comes to the company. I may have to try this with the Perversion mascara that I got with my Ipsy bag last month to see how well it looks.


Ulta Matte Prime: And now onto the other product! Now speaking of Ulta, now it’s time for one of their cosmetic line items! I never used primer on my face until I tried this because of my sensitive skin always wants to be a brat, especially when I used the Paula’s Choice moisturizer with SPF from last month’s Ipsy as a base, which was a bad idea! Yeah, around my nose it burned after application and left redness in the crevasses where the nostrils and cheek meets. I had to leave my skin alone with skin care items. Sorry Paula’s Choice you suck! So, I remembered that my little make up bag I got when I got that new make up set when it came out had a tube of Ulta’s Matte Primer and decided to try it out and crossed my fingers that my skin would hate it! Guess what? It didn’t! Why? It has ingredients that my skin can stand! I took a look at the product and found out that it has salisilic acid and that is best for sensitive skin which my Clean and Clear toner and facial wash contains and my Stridex acne wipes contain as well. All thanks to this item my skin is getting better little at a time and don’t feel like my make up bothers me as much with this underneath.


Is it worth it? Yes if you’re willing to get it for the price, which is $18! It is not bad considering that it has ingredients that doesn’t bother my skin and I have to go a bit high end for certain products that don’t bother my skin like my Celestial moisturizer as an example. Still, this stuff works and it is worth it, especially with coupons for online and in store when you get this. I wish the size was a bit bigger but since I don’t go out a lot now, it keeps me pretty well and I don’t have to use a lot to put on my face. Plus, when putting on all my other face make up, it doesn’t feel like it sticks in certain places as in very smooth application with the beauty blender and brushes. I would say for anyone with sensitive skin, get this item! I know there are pricier primers and of course we want to spend less at times and not all primers or moisturizers have ingredients that work well for us.


Well, that is it for this review! What is next for Nerdy Shique Universe!? Well, I am waiting on my September Ipsy bag, I saw what I’m getting, I’m going to be swapping an item but love the rest! You have to wait until I get the bag! I am supposed to be getting my tracking e-mail sometime soon and I seen videos of people getting their’s and I can’t wait! And of course since it’s September finally, you know what that means! MYTHICON IS AROUND THE CORNER! So stay tuned til next time!