Subscription Satelite: Ipsy Glam Bag Plus June 2020

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Ipsy Glam Bag Plus June 2020!

Finally my GB Plus arrived! I am not sure why it always gets delayed like this but glad I got this in time for Ipsy Choice! This bag is the second tier where you pay $25 a month and you get more full size items from more prestige and luxury brands also even more independent brands in skin care, lifestyle, and makeup. Plus you still get a bag in this which is slightly bigger or smaller than the Glam Bag. Anyways, I did get some pretty sweet items this month since it does balance with what I got in my Glam Bag. Let’s see what I got!

Huda Beauty Basic B Sponge
Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer
Araceli Beauty Ojos Perfectos Eyeliner

Huda Beauty Basic B Sponge: First up is an item from Huda Beauty and it’s something I didn’t know they had and that is a blending sponge! When I got it I thought it was from Juno & Co. since the sponge looks similar but the butt is rounder than flat like the Juno sponge. This sponge lets you have streak free application where the flat side can be used to tap foundation and CC Cream all over while the smaller side is used for concealer. This sponge retails for $17.
Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer: Next up is a product from Dr. Brandt and this time it’s the Pores No More Luminizer Primer. I remembered trying a mask from these guys and glad to try another item from these guys. This primer helps skin defuse pores and help them become minimized with tea tree oil and lentil seed extract to create a perfect canvas. Can’t wait to see how this works since I’m still using my E. L. F. Pore Putty and now using the sample of the First Aid Beauty primer I got in my Glam Bag. This item retails for $38.
Araceli Beauty Ojos Perfectos Eyeliner in Coffee: Finally an eyeliner that is not the color black! I love black eyeliners but getting them all the time was getting boring and glad to get this as a change. This is a pen liner that is supposed to be long lasting and can create major wings with. I hope to get more colored liners like this because that was a breath of fresh air. This retails for $16.
Purlisse Blue Lotus 4~in~1 Cleansing Milk: Next up is another item from Purlisse and that is their 4~in~1 Cleansing Milk. I think I remembered trying a similar one from these guys back in January 2015 and man that was really gentle! This is a sulfate and soap free multi-tasking cleanser that cleanses, tones skin, removes make up, and soothes the skin all at once. This uses soy milk, soy protein, and white tea in this formula to help people with dry and sensitive skin. I really want to use this! Screw what I’ve been doing to clean my makeup right now because this sounds really good right now. (Sponge Bob Voice) Five Minutes Later! I am back! Okay, I tried this and I felt I had to still use the cleansing water to help get any remnants off since I felt some of the mascara primer on my lashes and I did feel clean afterward. I have to keep using this to see how it goes since I still felt slightly dry but skin care does take time to work not just in one day. This product retails for $36.
Laura Gellar Urban Garden Pallet in Central Park: Final item is my choice item for June. The only thing I tried from this brand was their Whipped Gelato highlighters and this is a first to try more of their items. This product is inspired by the hidden gardens of New York and it features a blush, a bronze highlighter and four neutral shadows, three mattes and one shimmer. This pallet has their items made with Vitamin E and grape seed oil to nourish the skin. I can’t wait to use this pallet since it is a good all-in-one pallet and would be nice to travel with. This retails for $14.

Add-On: Hanalei Sheet Mask Duo: Now onto the add-ons or shall I say the only add-on I purchased this month. I saw these among the add-ons and decided why not try more items from Hanalei and it’s their Face Sheet Mask Duo. This set has masks that are made with Hawaiian Noni Fruit Extract that helps skin become its full and plump self and also uses pineapple extracts. It even helps with dark spots you may have. I tried one and man it felt so good! My skin did feel really hydrated afterwards since the serum was also cooling after spreading it. I do have one more and will save it since I have enjoyed one mask so far. I wished they put their value though.

Well that is it for this post guys! I am really happy for this month’s box! Yes, it sucked that it took a bit to get to me but what can you do since it is still the quarantine and some areas are not all the way opened yet and some mail services are still feeling it. I have to keep using the Cleansing Milk since I did have to use my cleansing water to get any residue off my lashes or my face and so on. I can’t wait to use the shadow pallet and the primer since those got me really excited about the box. I know I will be loving the sponge once I start using it. I did make my choice for July’s box and can’t wait to see what else they choose for me since there were really good items but the one I got is something I was meaning to try so stay tuned for July! Next will be my May & June Box Round Up since I have tried most of the items and will let you know what I think! Until next time!

Purlisse Blue Lotus 4~in~1 Cleansing Milk
Note: Can’t really find a link for the Laura Gellar pallet! I think it was discontinued on Laura Gellar’s site.

Subscription Satelite: Ipsy Glam Bag June 2020

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Ipsy Glam Bag June 2020

It’s time for Ipsy since it arrived today to my mailbox. It was supposed to be here Saturday but it got delayed. What else is new? Anyways, this month’s bag is interesting but it does balance out with my GB Plus which I am waiting for that to come in since I got really good products in that one but let’s see what I got here first. I did forget to mention in my Boxy post the price of that box but if you go back to my past posts on that you would find the price of the base box that way. This bag is $12 a month and you get sample to deluxe size and sometimes full size items from brands you may have not heard and want to try or may have heard and want to try new products by them. It’s a good way of experimenting especially with their bundles in Ipsy Offers.

Dewy Tree the Clean Lab AC Dew Foam: First up is from a brand I never heard of and that is the Dewy Tree. It’s a K Beauty brand that uses the innate healing to enhance the effects of the natural ingredients in their products which is interesting since the body does heal itself and good that we can use that with these products. Let’s see what this product claims to be. This item has a PH balance of 6.6 which is non-irritating and it will hydrate the skin and clean since it’s a cleanser that is very gentle on the skin for sensitive skin types to use. The addition of Japanese Umbrella Pine Extract and the its anti-microbial properties help get rid of any bacteria that may cause acne and the lather will happen on contact with skin without any harsh rubbing. I have to try this out since this is an interesting product to me. I never heard of Japanese Umbrella Pine before either. Apparently the Umbrella Pine is an expensive and rare conifer tree that grows slowly over time and apparently it’s small too. Also, it’s a sacred tree it is associated with Buddhism in Kyoto. My question is how did this brand get the extract though? Sounds interesting though but can’t wait to see how this works on my sensitive skin and I do feel my pores around my nose kind of clogged since it’s taking me a bit of time to get back into my skin care routine after being injured and now have my scar under my eye. Not kidding, you may see it in future videos and pictures of me.
Sur.Medic Azulene Soothing Cream: Another new brand I never heard of before is known as Sur.Medic. This brand is more of a First Aid type brand that uses solutions that are effective, easy, and accessible. This product has Sica that helps with itchiness and irritation in the skin. Also Azulene is used to help with the protective barrier of the skin to keep hydration in and bad things out. I will definitely try this out since I am getting back into my skin care routine again and it felt good starting it up again due to how bad it was clogging up near my nose. So, will have to see how this goes!
First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Pores Be Gone Matte Primer: Why does this brand have to have a mouthful with their products? Oh well! A new item from First Aid Beauty and it’s a face primer. This is a multi-tasking and oil free primer that helps with keeping makeup on even during sweat. This helps face products that are layered on the skin to be long-lasting and it also helps with skin concerns by smoothing them out. I don’t have oily skin but I am willing to try this out since First Aid Beauty is known for being sensitive skin friendly. I have been using the Facial Radiance Pads by them and it has been helping. I will have to try this out during my Facebook live stream then. Let’s see what happens!
Eddie Funkhouser Dome Blending Brush: I heard of this brand but never got any of the items in my bag until now and that is a domed blending brush. This brand was created by Eddie Funkhouser who is a veteran makeup artist, spokesperson, and an expert product developer which I can see why he created his brand. This is a brush that contains synthetic bristles that can be used with powder and cream products. When I got this I saw that it’s perfect for the creases in my eyes due to how small it is and it’s very lightweight too. I will definitely be enjoying this brush!
Sugar Cosmetics Matte as Hell Lip Crayon in Scarlet O Hara: Final item is my Choice Item for this month and it’s from Sugar Cosmetics! This was offered with other colors but I chose this one. This is a full coverage and highly pigmented lip crayon that doesn’t crease nor dehydrate the lips and stays fresh from morning coffee to evening. I have enjoyed products from this brand since I did get the Purple Rain eyeliner pencil when I got back to Ipsy and loved it and used it all up so now glad to try a lip product by this brand and can’t wait to wear it!

That is it for this bag! I found this bag pretty well balanced especially with what I will be getting in GB Plus. It is close to summer and a lot of people do tend to wear more skin care products since the harsh rays of the sun tends to cause some damage and we need to protect it. Especially here on the coast where we do have a lot of beach lovers and the sun can be really harsh! I’m glad to try two new skin care brands alongside a new item from First Aid Beauty and Sugar Cosmetics and finally getting to check out Eddie Funkhouser as well. Can’t wait to see what July brings for the bag since it is Independence Day and it gets ten times hotter here in Florida during July than June to tell you the truth. Stay tuned for my GB Plus because it’s supposed to be on its way but it hasn’t budged much and I did sign up for tracking updates to be emailed to me because I did order a Purlisse duo last month but never arrived and don’t know what had happened which I did contact DHL about it and nothing has come up yet which I will update you guys about that. Until next time!

Dewy Tree Lave Dewy Foam Cleanser
Sur.Medic Azulene Soothing Cream
First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Pores Be Gone Matte Primer
Eddie Funkhouser Domed Blending Brush
Sugar Cosmetics Matte As Hell Lip Crayon

Subscription Satelite: BoxyCharm June 2020

Hello to all of you beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe! It’s time for my first box subscription of the month!

BoxyCharm June 2020

Disclaimer: This post contains reviews and thoughts on the products of the writer. Please respect her thoughts on each item.

Well guys BoxyCharm arrived this morning. I bet you’re wondering how? Well, yesterday it was supposed to be delivered but around one in the afternoon there was a delivery exception in Sanford and they had to inspect my box at the FedEx facility it was at. Oh yeah, I even felt where it was slashed open by them which is on the right side of the box and saw one of my items opened too! What the heck? I know which one it was too and will get to that in a bit! This box was okay and I thought my card was last month’s card but I accidentally had it in the scanner, I sent Boxy an email before checking and had a major faux pas in my corner, whoops! At least I have the right card with the right items. Let’s see what I got!

Kiley Skin Foaming Face Wash: First up is from Kiley Jenner’s skin care line and it’s her Foaming Face Wash. This product is a luxurious face wash that is gentle for the skin and contains kiwi seed and Vitamin C to help with moisture and helps clean out dirt and makeup. I remembered there was a bit of controversy about this line that she had released where she made advertisements showing her using the items but not really using them. I’m sorry but that’s false advertising and even other brands and their commercial people did the same thing even the kid that played Eleven on Stranger Things apologized for doing the same thing with her products which I was happy she did that. To me as someone who has tried so many products and if I were to advertise for Kiley Skin I would do a video of me using this to clean my makeup at night since that is when I do that even I use these face washes in the shower to keep my face clean to give my skin care time to get in when I finish brushing my teeth. Anyways now to the formulation. I am worried about my sensitive skin reacting because I remembered Shane Dawson and Jeffree Starr did a video trying Kiley Skin products and Shane got reactions from it due to his sensitive skin and I concluded it’s not sensitive skin friendly but if this says it’s gentle then I would give it a chance. I may try this in between my Tony Moley tubes since I did purchase another tube of their Peach Juice Foaming Face Wash and will come back to let you know in a future review since my face washes last me a long time. This item retails for $24.
Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream SPF 30: First Purlisse product to get in this box and that is their BB Cream with SPF 30 and I got the shade Medium Tan. I am happy to get this since I am already a fan of Purlisse and that it’s meant for all skin types even my own but the shade is Medium Tan and afraid it’s too dark. Let’s see what the card says about this! This is a multi-tasking product that glides on like a tinted moisturizer and has the same age-defying benefits of sunscreen. I remembered in an interview that Jennifer Yen uses this item due to how she can’t wear foundation since the reason for starting this brand was due to the stage makeup back in the late 90s wrecked her skin and broke her out like crazy. I already put makeup on and not going to see how the shade matches but if BoxyCharm is going to look at profiles and surveys they need to really match people with their shade since they did start putting foundations in their box. I remembered matching with Cashmere from Becca and wondering why not this? I will see if there is a similar shade to mine if I want to purchase this in the future so will see what happens. This item retails for $35.
Lily Lashes Triple X Mascara: Next is my choice item and that’s from Lily Lashes! I heard so many things about this brand for its lashes but you know me I don’t wear lashes! Keep those things away from me! I did see they gave out the mascara and now wearing it. This is a lengthening, voluminizing, and bold mascara that has a tapered dual fiber brush that coats lashes with an ultra black formula. I have been using mascara primers due to how badly mine flaked into my eyes last year even caused me to be allergic to the E. L. F. Lash and Brow Gel Duo I used to love and when I used the lash primer my mascara stays put and even makes my lashes look better. This mascara did curl my lashes very well without a curler and very volumizing. This product retails for $24.
Cab Cosmetics Lip Duo: Next up was something I hoped to get and that is from CAB Cosmetics. I never heard of this brand until this was sneak peeked on YouTube. This is a lip liner and gloss duo that can be either worn alone or together which makes me happy on that part since I do use lip liner more with liquid lipstick to help them stay put more on the lips. This duo retails for $40.
Smashbox Photo Finish Setting Spray: Final item is from Smashbox! I was hoping to get this also because I am collecting items for a video on Smashbox for my Beauty Forgotten series and glad to get this here so I don’t have to purchase it! This helps make makeup stay put for 16 hours and is supposed to a comfortable wear without being sticky and also its high performance with the spray. I will definitely put this to the test when I get to that video and glad that I got this in my box because I don’t have to pay the retail price of $32.

So, this box was okay. I kind of felt like my box was thrown together with random stuff besides my choice as in the ere like, “Let’s throw this in! And this item! And this thing!” I don’t feel that this is a reason to cancel though because there are really good items I do get and glad to try new brands I haven’t gotten to try yet like Hank & Henry, now CAB, and have enjoyed other items from existing brands I have tried that I can’t always splurge on. I have seen people cancelling due to the items they have gotten and not being able to use. I know that feeling since I’ve gotten lashes twice and had to email them about it due to not marking them. Here is the thing, Ipsy, since I am also subscribed to them, always or gets my profile sometimes correct with what I pick and then get the other four items. BoxyCharm, on the other hand, feels like they hardly look at the quiz in the first place like what had happen with the Cover FX pallet a year ago where some people who fit in the certain skin tone categories got the wrong one. I’m hoping that the Medium Tan BB Cream is not too dark, also that the face wash doesn’t break me out. July’s choices were nothing but serums so hoping the next box will be better since we are technically in summer and yes having a nice BB Cream does help but they need to match skin tones right. I am still happy about the other three items though.

I did forget to mention! The item that FedEx inspected was the Smashbox Setting Spray because when I opened my box when I brought it inside I saw the box was open and knowing with sprays they do inspect those and wishing they weren’t jerks about it and open my box like they did. It’s like they think it may cause an issue, I understand that we have to be wary about what’s going around and being sent but seriously not cool!

That is it for this post. I was also supposed to get my Glam Bag but it ran into delays again! Hoping I do get it tomorrow or Tuesday! Until next time!
Kiley Skin Foaming Face Wash
Purlisse Perfect Glow BB Cream SPF 30
Lily Lashes Triple X Mascara
CAB Cosmetics Charming Lip Bundle
Smashbox Photo Finish Setting Spray

The Book Quadrant: To Sleep In A Sea of Stars by. Christopher Paolini

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To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

Disclaimer: This partial ARC was given to the lead writer of this blog to review. Please respect her thoughts and opinions that are in this review. Thank you!

Kira Navarez has always hoped to explore new worlds but one world has given her a nightmare she thought she would live. While being on a planet in a system ripe for colonization by humans she ends up falling onto a relic that causes her to change into something that no one has seen before that may lead to the annihilation of the human race and she is the only one to keep it from happening.

Thoughts: When I saw that this was written by Christopher Paolini I was surprised. I have read the first three books in the Inheritance series and still on the fourth one on one of my Victor Reader Streams and when I read this I was amazed how much his writing has changed. I know he was a teenager when he wrote Eragon and I have a feeling he is in his twenties or early thirties by now writing this book and I was happy to read a partial ARC of it. This book kind or reminded me of Event Horizon with a mix of Alien or Prometheus depending on how you see it when this book comes out around September. I did like how he started the book with the voyage with Kira and her team since this was important to start painting the picture and how Kira started to change. As in the mission that changed her to how she loses herself and the teammates closest to her, then to her being alone in the universe. I did find it interesting how the parasite is more of a suit rather than just a virus like how Sam Neil was infected in Event Horizon since his consciousness was being controlled and manipulated when Kira is still conscious and being able to control herself. At first, when she first got infected with her first encounter, I had a feeling that something was going to happen to her and that it could kill her with how Paolini made it sound. I may have to buy the book to read the rest of this because when it dropped off I was hoping her travels on the Valkyrie to get to 61 Sydney, which is in the Wayland System, and how she would deal with things and the remaining crew from the military from the quarantine ship. I also hope this turns into a short series too because I can see this may require a sequel if Paolini hasn’t started on one yet.

Rating: 5 Star Paw Prints Out of 5! For a partial ARC this was a good one! I liked how the story was set up with the mission starting off good and then it went to crap once Kira fell into the relic where a crashed drone was located. I feel that this may be a series because we are going to be facing an alien race that may threaten the human race or maybe Kira is just going to be the next Eragon by being the hero and having to use the military at her side to take on what may be coming after her for the suit. It looks like I will be buying this book, heck I would even get it on Audible to see who gets to read this book since I’ve been enjoying that service on my new Kindle that I purchased this month. Let’s see how this one goes.

That is it for this book review! I know it’s short since it was a partial book after all and hoping I will get the book once it’s released in September since one of the other Dresden Files books is supposed to drop at the same time which I am happy for since it’s been five years since Skin Game! Anyways, what’s next? June is right around the corner so stay tuned for more posts!
To Sleep in A Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

Subscription Satelite: BoxyCharm May 2020

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BoxyCharm May 2020!

My last box for the month and that is BoxyCharm! Best saved for last and this box is $25 a month and you get five full-size products from prestige to luxury and they range from skin care to makeup to lifestyle. Let’s see what I got this month!

ELEMIS Dynamic Resurfacing Pads: First is my choice item for this month and it’s from ELEMIS! I have been enjoying this brand so far and when I saw these I had to get these to try out. These pads have the tri-enzyme formulation with lactic acids and probiotics to help smooth the skin to reveal a luminous complexion. This sounds like the First Aid Beauty ones and I like those since I got the travel size in this box which I bought and then when 21 Days of Beauty came I bought two of the full-size pack which this is what I got this product in which is around the same size of the First Aid ones. These are pricier than those which the retail price is $59. Okay, this box is paid!
Studio MakeUp Eyes Ease to Wear Pallet: Next is an eye shadow pallet from Studio MakeUp. I remembered when I was not subscribed for two years and this brand was in the box and wanted to try them and finally get to since I got back in last year. This shadow has shades that compliment every skin tone and has a creamy texture to them and gives day to night looks with one swipe and easy blendibility. I will have to see with this pallet since I’ve seen some shadow pallets where I have to dip in more than once so I will see what happens. Plus, this pallet smells really good, it reminds me of the scent of Tarte shadows. This pallet retails for $35.
Pretty Vulgar I Am Caged Shadow Primer: Next is an item from Pretty Vulgar and that is their eye shadow primer. I saw this tube and was wondering what it was and glad that it was this! This is a lightweight and blendable formula that helps smooth lids and make shadows pop. I can’t wait to try this product out because I have been switching out eye shadow primers and glad I get to try this one while I’m doing that. This retails for $22.
Appeal Ultra Crème Liquid Lipstick: Next is a liquid lipstick from Appeal Cosmetics. I thought this was a mascara so I have to fish it out of my giant Caboodle. I do love liquid lipsticks and glad to try this item out from Appeal. This is a luxurious and creamy lipstick with a satin sheen, also only one coat is needed. I will have to see how that goes because the Tarte Sugar Rush lipstick claimed the same thing but did have to dip in another time. I have to see how this works out since there are formulas that can be drying and uncomfortable while other ones are very comfortable, stay tuned for my Round up Review! This retails for $21!
Tarte Magic Micellar MakeUp Remover and Cleanser: Final product is from Tarte Cosmetics and it’s their Magic Micellar MakeUp Remover. I have been getting back into cleansing waters where I use them after using my makeup wipe to make sure everything gets off my face since there are times where I have mascara sticking behind on my lashes and that can be annoying. Let’s see what this says! This item removes the hardest to remove makeup, even waterproof, and excess oils without stripping the skin. Can’t wait to try this out! This retails for $18.

Okay, this month was a really good month for BoxyCharm! I got items I would use and get to try out since I have enjoyed some of these brands already. ELEMIS already had my choice with the facial pads since I wanted to try more items by them but their prices are a bit on the high side so glad to try this when I pay for the box. I have been enjoying the items from Tarte which I’m glad to get a Micellar water to try out and an eye primer from Pretty Vulgar on top of it. I get to try out more Appeal and finally try out Studio MakeUp! All in all a really good month! Can’t wait to see what June brings since there are possible products to come! Can’t wait! I do have a tag post coming up so stay tuned!

ELEMIS Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Pads
Studio MakeUp Ease to Wear Shadow Pallet
Pretty Vulgar I’m Caged Shadow Primer
Appeal Cosmetics Ultra Creme Liquid Lipstick
Note: Shades vary when they came in the box!
Tarte Cosmetics Magic Mycellar Cleanser

Subscription Satelite: Glam Bag Plus May 2020

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Ipsy Glam Bag Plus May 2020!

It is time for my Glam Bag Plus guys! I got this with my Glam Bag which is a first. As you know last month it traveled away from home but this month it came early even with an add-on. This tier is $25 and you get more full-size products to try out and it’s a good way of replenishing some of the items you’re running out and trust me I’m happy for this subscription since there are times when some of my skin care items are running low. You get from indie brands to luxury and it’s good to try those through this when you only pay the $25 versus the retail price. Let’s see what I got!

Beauty For Real High Def Mascara in Black: First is a product from Beauty For Real and that is their High Def Mascara in black. I love getting to try mascaras from brands I already have tried through subscriptions or from newer brands. I’ve tried a few items from Beauty For Real and I think they’re okay but when I saw this in my box I hope it’s good since mascaras can be hit or miss. It claims to be long-wearing and smear proof and also fast way of getting your lashes voluminized, long, and curled and the wand fits any lash length even really short ones. I can’t wait to see how those claims come true. This retails for $19!
MOTD I Got It Five Piece Brush Set: I almost chose this when it was Choice Day but glad I got it in the box anyways. This is a five piece brush set that is both matte black and rose gold, you know I am a sucker for rose gold since it’s my favorite metallic color, and it has the brush name engraved on each handle to tell you how to use it. I did my video on a brand yesterday and I admit I wished the brushes had a better way of telling what these are for since I can’t see them, I think I used one of them for my crease and another one for my brow due to how small they are. I think these are more of detailed brushes rather than full on brushes. I think I should contact this brand and ask about a Braille letter which would be kind of cool. Anyways, these are pretty soft brushes and not going to lie and the set is small enough to travel with so if you’re going for a business trip or a convention these would be a great companion! These retail for $34.
Colored Rain Cosmetics Vineyard Soiree Pallet: Next is a pallet from Colored Rain and this was almost my choice item but then chose the other item. I had a feeling this would be chosen for my bag this month if I hadn’t chosen it. I like how sometimes they put in items you haven’t chosen in the box since there are a few items in this box over the regular Glam Bag. This is a GB Plus exclusive and its limited edition which almost had me choose it but you will see why I chose the item when I did. This is a six shadow pallet with four mattes and two shimmers and it is a gray and berry pallet for that smoky look and you know you have me at hello with smoky! Even though I do the neutral looks but I do love my smoky looks and that has been a favorite since I started wearing makeup. Plus it is an easy to go to look for me. This brand will be on my MakeUp Meteor list which is my newest series over on the channel since some brands aren’t always on the radar and so far after trying out their liquid lipstick I am starting to like this brand! I know someone talked about the Chinese dupes thing but FYI a lot of brands do manufacture in China and I believe this is one of them. Anyways, this pallet retails for $22.
Sugar Rush Sugar Coated Velvet Liquid Lipstick in Sprinkle: Finally get to try a product from Tarte’s sister brand Sugar Rush with this liquid lipstick! I am even playing the song from Wreck It Ralph! Couldn’t help it because it popped in my head. This claims to be a matte drying liquid lipstick that doesn’t crack and it has sunflower seed and rose hemp oils to help with fine lines in the lips to help them be softer and only need one coat. Plus it’s a berry shade too. I smelled this and man it smells like cake frosting! I love cake and can’t help it. I have to try this out and see how I like it and I know they’re available through Ulta. This retails for $15.
Nomad Cosmetics Sidney Bathers Pallet: Finally my choice item is of course from Nomad Cosmetics! I just did a video on this brand and I have been loving them! When I saw this on the choice list for this box I had a hard time choosing between this, the brush set, and the shadow pallet but when I read the shades in this pallet it got my choice since it features two highlighters, one warm bronzer, and one cooler bronzer/contour shade. It also smells really good and it’s due to the macadamia oil used with the milled pigments for this pallet. If you’re vegan and want to find a new brand to try out Nomad is perfect because they are a vegan brand and use naturally sourced ingredients and oils for their shadows and face products. I want a lip product from these guys because trying out their items I want to see a liquid lipstick from them, I even said that in my video. That will come soon to the channel but in the mean time you can use highlighter30 for 30% off your highlighter pallet purchase from this brand and this pallet retails for $27.

Add-On: In Beauty Project Glaze #1 Lip Oil in Candy Apple: This is being replaced by Ipsy because it came moldy and I am not the only one who had it happen to either. Just_Ann talked about it in her Glam Bag Plus video where she got hers with mold and it got me worried since other people were commenting on her pinned comment that she got a response from Ipsy about it and they will be contacting the brand. I think it’s due to it not using any artificial ingredients since it uses all natural oils. This can happen with some ingredients where they can congeal which happened with mine along with the mold, thank you fiancée, and hoping with my replacement it doesn’t come moldy either. I want to try out more colored lip oils since my buddy Rayne has since our trip to Riley Rose two years ago. And of course during work my lips do feel parched when I talk or wear a lot of lip items. This retails for $15.

Well guys that is it for my GB Plus for May! Good bag with nothing but makeup! I do love my skin care but with this pandemic it has been what I’ve been buying the most especially my usual items. I can’t wait what is up for Choice for June since the choices for GB Plus are better than the regular bag in my opinion but there are times where it’s hard to choose if they’re really good! I will see how it goes when the 24th comes around! Next up will be my BoxyCharm!
In Beauty Project Lip Oil
Beauty For Real High Def Mascara
MOTD I Got It Brush Set
Colored Rain Cosmetics
Sugar Rush Glaze Liquid Lipstick
Nomad Cosmetics Sidney Bathers

The Book Quadrant: Wine Hard, Baby by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

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Wine Hard Baby by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions from the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts on this ARC that was sent to her for review!

The Oh Hell No series continues with Wine Hard, Baby. In this book we meet up with Camilla who has left Austin after turning down a hot cowboy guy with tattoos all over his arms and a devilish smile alongside great brown eyes named Jed now lives in Oregon and working at winery until he turns up there. With questions of why running through her head, she has her own reasons to stay away from the temptations of him and doesn’t want to say why but the more she fights the more she knows about him and one more thing is that she is engaged to a guy she doesn’t know.

Thoughts: I have to say is that I enjoyed this book more than the last one, My Pen Is Huge, because it was funnier and it had more personality to it. I felt the last one it was a little complicated after thinking back on it even though I still liked it but this book was better since I liked how Camilla and Jed worked together even if she cussed him out and also come up with different words for the manly bits. Even though we allow many ages on this website, I don’t want to have someone get on my case for saying a particular word if you know what I’m saying. I did like the switch between the both of them because not only we got to see what Camilla had to think at first but Jed’s thoughts as well and I hope Mimi keeps on writing these kinds of books because we get to see more into her characters’ heads and how they deal with what’s going on.

With this book, I was surprised that Camilla came from a religious family who only wants to have her marry within the congregation. I like how she is finding ways of trying to say that she doesn’t want that and prefers to be happy and love for love which is true, you should love the person rather than being forced into it from other factors. When we have the arranged fiancé he sounded like he was forced into it as he didn’t want to be there but have to make the Clarks happy since they were also there. Found it funny that he ended up to be the guy that Camilla’s parents were not expecting for her. In the end, I preferred Jed and Camilla being together because they made a cute couple even though they had to make it a partnership due to the vineyard but they did work better together than Camilla would with Milton, the guy she was supposed to marry. I guess breaking one’s heart at first does bring you together again.

Rating: 5 Shooting Star Paw Prints Out of 5! I felt this was a better book since it did show what had happened to Camilla and how she found love. First with Tass and her guy it was due to childhood teasing, then with her roomie finding love with Henry all thanks to a bet, Georgie with her secretive spy guy who was her boss, then her best friend being with the hot swimmer that had a hit on his head, then Gisela with Leland being a little off and on, and finally Camilla with Jed. I also found this book very funny and cute and does show how you can find love even if you’re either annoyed at the person who was trying to make things better but it does end up being figured out. I am not sure if this is the end but it did round off the series very well and who knows what else Mimi would do next since there are other books I’m waiting for, so let’s see what happens!

That is it for this review guys! Next is my GB Plus for May!
Wine Hard, Baby by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Subscription Satelite: Ipsy Glam Bag May 2020

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Ipsy Glam Bag May 2020

It’s that time again and it’s time for Ipsy! I got my Glam Bag and GB Plus early this month and still waiting for my BoxyCharm to arrive. Anyways, Ipsy GB is $12 a month and you get sample to deluxe to full size items from skin care to beauty tools to makeup. You get a range from indie brands all the way to luxury brands! Let’s see what I got!

SL Miss Glam SS57 Brush: First up is a brush from SL Miss Glam. I am glad I finally got a product from this brand in my Glam Bag and I love these brushes! This is a gorgeous brush and this can be used for blending or in the crease. These brushes are made with synthetic bristles and a plastic handle. These handles are pretty weighted and the bristles are really soft. I’ve purchased sets from Ipsy from this brand and they are great face and eye brushes. This brush retails for $18.50.
Nails Incorporated Nail Polish in Camilia Drive: Next is another nail polish and from Nails incorporated this time! I’ve gotten polishes from this brand in this bag for months and it’s a pretty good company but my nails do get wrecked easily due to my typing and washing. This shade is a deep raspberry and glad to get this since I do like purple shades since this is a red violet. Right now I’m trying out press on for my first time, I know “GASP!” but I will try this polish after letting my nails breathe when I finish the week with these nails. I think this polish retails around $15.
Space Case Eye Shadow in Intense Stargasm: Next is an eye shadow from Space Case Cosmetics. Since I already love these guys I do enjoy their formula, especially the shadows which are very soft and do have a bit of a cream-like feel to them. This shade is a silvery shade and glad to try out this one since I almost bought this when I first got into them. This item retails for $9.
Way of Will Hand & Body Lotion in Sweet Orange & & EEleni: Next is a hand and body lotion from Way of Will. I never heard of these guys until this bag which I do love trying new brands I never heard of. This lotion contains shea butter, cacao seed butter, and avocado oil, and almond oil, also orange oil for the scent. Plus it is great for using after the gym because it gets rid of bacteria and the It does claim the Elemis Essential Oil helps to boost circulation and acts as an antiseptic. I did start using this and what I have an issue with is getting the product out. Plus it is best to use it on hands due to the small size you get. This retails for $28.
Tarte Sea Jelly Glaze Anytime Lip Mask in Strawberry: Final item is my choice this month and wishing it wasn’t due to the size of it. It’s from Tarte and it’s their Sea Day Anytime Lip Mask and which I wished it was in a pot after seeing how tiny it was. I don’t get why brands have to make their samples so tiny for Ipsy when they can just make a deluxe size in a pot than a tube. You can apply this as thin product during the day or thick at night for an all-night treatment. This retails for $14 which I should just get it from them for a bigger size.

That is it guys for this month’s bag which was meh! I wished the lotion was a squeeze bottle which is hard to do and the Tarte item was tiny. I did like the nail polish which I can’t wait to try and of course glad that I got the eye shadow from Space Case. I am also glad for the SL Miss Glam Brush which I am a fan of their brushes! I am not sure if I want to do Choice for June because the items in GB Plus are better for that but I will see what they offer before I choose Surprise Me! Speaking of GB Plus, I will have that up after I do the new book review on the next Oh Hell No Series from Mimi Jean Pamfiloff. So stay tuned!

Tarte Sea Anytime Lip Mask
Way of Will Lotion
Nails Inc. Website
Space Case Shadow in Intense Stargasm

SL Miss Glam Website

The Book Quadrant: Relating to Molly Berk’s Book

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Thoughts on It’s Not What It Looks Like by. Molly Berk

Disclaimer: This post is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts and how she relates to the material being presented. Thank you!

So, I am holding off the post on adaptive controllers since I had questions but am doing this one instead. Recently, at the beginning of May I bought myself a Kindle. I was asked by a co-worker if I knew about accessibility with the Kindle readers since the closest thing I had at the time was the Amazon Fire Tablet. Even though the accessibility is pretty good on that but after getting the Kindle it was slightly different. I am knowing you’re wondering how so? Well, you don’t get Voice View right away you need a Bluetooth device in order to have it to work whether through an earphone set or a speaker it will work with those. I would rather use headphones because some of the stuff I read is 21+ due to most of the material on NetGalley is not safe for the little ears or maybe family or spouse doesn’t want to know what stuff you’re reading so I like the privacy of doing it with headphones. Anyways, one thing I decided to try was of course Audible due to how everyone on my YouTube subscription feed raves about it and wanted to read one book in particular for a while now and that is It’s Not What It Looks Like by Molly Berk.

As you know that I have Retinitis Pigmentosa myself and I can relate to her minus the guide dog bit since I am not a dog person. I’m glad that at work it can be a choice if it’s something the person who has pretty good mobility like I do wants or doesn’t want. I will go into detail with that with why I didn’t want one since Molly touches upon that. As a YouTuber and makeup lover and I do love buying my nerd shirts and music tees from Hot Topic, conventions, House of Blues shows from my favorite bands and so on I am just me like her. I do have to say that this book was a good read and it’s something I recommend and I will touch on some points and have experienced some of these like she has. Let’s get to it shall we?

Being Diagnosed At A Young Age: The first thing I relate to this is that I was diagnosed at age fifteen which was the start of my high school years. Even though I was older than Molly when she was diagnosed but it was still a wall that I hit and just stopped me from getting my driving permit. Here in Florida you would get your permit at fifteen and get your license a year later which is sixteen and I was hoping to get myself a VW Beetle in a nice shade of blue. As you can tell blue is my favorite color due to how my nails was always was painted in every shade of it. Still my favorite shade is Midnight Blue from Sinful. Anyways, when Molly had her vision changes noticed was through her grandpa and how her eyes shook in her head and was taken to a lot of doctors and she found out that she also had Nystagmus which you probably have seen my interview with Apl DeAp since he has that same condition too alongside Steve Saylor the Blind Gamer. Unlike me, doctors thought I was fine when my mom kept on telling that I was always running into walls, tapping for things that fell and reaching around things that are in front of me. One good instance was when we were visiting family in Puerto Rico she tried handing me a glass of water while we were at a hotel and I reached around it not for it. She knew something’s up and doctors ignored her until one specialist at one office near us yelled at his assistant in front of everyone in the waiting area, “What do you mean there’s nothing wrong her!? There is something wrong with her!” After that visit, despite his attitude earlier that morning he did refer us to Miami and that was when I found out I had RP. It was like the floor collapsed underneath me at that second because it was devastating since like Molly I didn’t know anyone in my family that may have had it. My mom thinks it was from my dad’s side since some of my cousins are disabled from other types of disabilities. I didn’t know even when we had some genetic testing where we had blood taken and had to pay for results and it was way out of our usual budget. We will never know.
The Bullying: During the book, Molly talked about hose she was bullied during her time in school and knowing with having been bullied myself and looking back on it is that kids are mean! Even mean towards kids that are disabled. I was surprised that even adults were bribing kids to be with her by helping her out. I know it’s sad to hear that but I remembered how years before being diagnosed I was seen as someone who wasn’t smart, I was special yes and yes I did weird things like talk to my dolls by having conversations with them but most of the time the next door neighbor kids were either out with their families or don’t want to hang with me. They even chased me off by doing extremely mean things. The most I was bullied was middle school, especially in band class since this one guy always stole my music stand and I took his one day and he tried to get it since I knew it was in my space and held onto it with all my life. I think karma got back at him when one this one kid heavier than him punched him in the nose for taking his seat on the bus. I know ouch but it happened. My mom and I got back at him during my Freshmen year when he was still bullying me and calling me, pardon my French, a bitch, we went to his home and told his dad what he was doing and he left me alone after that. There were many more moments but I did like how Molly said when she mentioned that some kids tried to put a tray of ketchup in front of her to see if she steps in it and this was when her mother was picking her up, which by the way I love her mom, she told her mom after being asked if she knows what they are doing to her, “I know what they’re doing but it’s life! I am going somewhere where they are not.” Which I will be talking about that with my own life since looking back on that I did go somewhere else and it is great to hear that when she read it in her book.
Guide Dogs: As I said above is that I am a cane user not a guide dog user. Reason being is that I am not really a dog person. Yes, they are great and nice and dogs sometimes do gravitate towards me but I prefer cats. I do work with guide dog users but understand that it can be hard. Molly talked about how they are expensive, which is true since I knew a user from a blind support group that he mentioned that he has to get his dog groomed and give him an expensive pill and so on, which I think I would stick with a cane and it’s my choice. I do admit I did like Molly’s stories with Gypsy and Gallop and don’t mind meeting Gallop and I understand her frustrations too. I was surprised that so many people are making it harder for her and others to bring their service animals onto airlines and into other places and being asked for paperwork and certificates which there is no certificate, which the tell is the vest but now anyone can buy those things for their animals. I understand emotional support animals, heck a peacock, which also makes the allowances hard. If I had a guide dog myself and going anywhere I would go through the same thing. I even saw the NFB fight one of the airlines against paperwork requirements two years ago due to how people are bringing their pets onto these planes with these vests. Still makes me face palm.
Mental Health: One thing she did point out throughout this book and is a big one and that is mental health. She has gone through depression and anxiety due to her own disability and yes it is painful and glad she got through it in order to be her positive self. I admit here I have had depression and still have anxiety myself but live through it. My depression really came around when I graduated from college and knew that my routine of going to class and seeing my friends and reading my books while I was at it was coming to an end. Also, I was having a bit of a tear down in partying and that kind of made me lonely and that was also when I realized I was an extroverted person. I didn’t go to MegaCon during the last year of college and felt major burn out by the end of my studying. Also didn’t help having family and my counselor at the time judging me. I had to go through therapy to help me get over things, heck when I had one therapist over the phone I had to end it with her because I saw how negative she sounded and felt she wasn’t helping. This was my choice since I felt like I wasn’t having my career choice supported and my ways of getting to it was being supported. She was surprised I wanted to read in Braille to kids and thought it was bad. Imagine the record scratch right here! Even though that didn’t happen but I felt like I would have had some fun like my volunteering in my home school district since the middle school students were great when I worked with them. Now that is done, yes I do have some anxiety but it doesn’t rule my life due to how much I have changed it after I started working and have that routine again and get to do it with adaptive tech which I use every day in my life. Also, getting to live in an apartment and taking on my own responsibilities and being more creative with this website and the channel, so now I just keep myself in check.
Job Searching Being Tough: One last thing I do relate and that is job searching. She had a hard time with it as much as I had except I lived in Orlando where competition was stiff especially at the theme parks! It took me three years before I got the job I have now and here is the thing and knew from first glance is that my blind cane was the reason for being turned down. I know it sounds bad but I can tell since some people wonder how can I do the job being blind and I remembered the final job interview I had since I was told to look for jobs if the one I have now falls through and how I was in the interview I felt a bit of discomfort. It was not from the HR Manager, it was from her assistant. There were times when I tend to have conversations with both but this one she just wrote things down not communicating with me, she just let her boss talk and when I left I thought, I am not getting the call back aren’t I? So, I just waited until I got the call saying I was hired from my job. What I did find that was a bit jerkish was that Molly did have one company contact her and told her the reason she wasn’t hired and that was due to being blind and apparently that was against ADA which is pretty bad and rude. I guess I’m glad to get the job I have now since I wanted to do adaptive technology for the longest time and finding a writing job is not easy. Heck, I even felt I wasn’t good for customer service after doing a basics class on it. I’m happy for Molly being able to have her own business since she did start doing public speaking and being that advocate for us and that’s what we need and of course it shows that we’re not afraid speaking our minds. I was even happy to start the Nerdy SHique Universe YouTube to put our convention stuff on it and even interviews with people since it felt good to have that conversation with them.

Final Thoughts: I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. It felt as though I got to see another person with my eye condition go through their own story and seeing that we go through similar things and different experiences. I love her personality and love how she shows her own ways of doing makeup and getting her hair dyed at salons, since she doesn’t see her hair dyed purple it doesn’t mean she can’t have it. Heck, I admit I had blue hair twice and I sometimes wear wigs for costumes and colored extensions, I even use a straightening iron sometimes. I am also about to get press on nails for my first time. Anyways, listening to her read it gave it a really amazing personal touch since I got to hear her tell it rather than someone else reading it.

Do I recommend? Yes! Yes! Yes! Do I need to say more? This was a great first Audible read for me since it gave me a new book to read and getting to hear her read this was even greater. She did mention in the video while recording it that she had to accommodate to have it fed to her from someone else since it was taking too long to read it on her Braille Display. Yes, reading Braille can be a little slow but speed does improve even mine has improved. I would also say check out her YouTube Channel since it shows what she goes through while living in L. A. and glad I get to see it on YouTube and get to hear her story. And like she said, she has gone somewhere and I have done it too with living on the coast and having a life with my fiancé and of course getting to work a great career. Let’s see how things go from here!

That is it guys for this post! Check out It’s Not What It Looks Like through Kindle or Audible because it is a great read. Also, if you’re a parent going through a child with a visual impairment I would say is read this because it would give you some pointers since Molly’s mom had to go through it too and if you’re struggling with your condition it can give you some help in how to get through it in a way by hearing her own story dealing with the depression. I will be talking about some of this in my next podcast episode since I want to give an auditory account too which I say listen for that sometime this week! I am waiting on answers about the game controllers and the good news is that my Ipsy and GB Plus are on their way! I am just waiting on my tracking for my BoxyCharm to begin. So stay tuned!

By the way guys…forgot to mention is that if you get this book there are some trigger warnings which I didn’t touch upon in this post. I don’t want to give any triggers on here. Fair warning!
It’s Not What It Looks Like by Molly Berk

Subscription Satelite: BoxyCharm April 2020

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BoxyCharm April 2020

My BoxyCharm arrived the other day and sorry for not posting it right away due to suffering from an ear infection which has been also causing me migraines so I am trying to do the best I can during this time. So, this box is the Base Box which costs $25 and some places have this taxed which here in Florida it’s one of those places and you do get five full-size makeup, skin care, and beauty tools for the price of $175 or more. You get a lot of luxury, prestige, and even independent brands in this one. Let’s see what I got this month!

Benefit Porefessional Hydrating Primer: First up is from Benefit and everyone got this one or the original and that is the Benefit Porefessional Hydrating Primer. I heard so many good things about the original and was glad to find out that these guys are in this month’s box and glad to try this item out even in the formula for my skin. It claims that this primer hydrates and smooths out the face and keeps makeup on. Plus it does have the same oil-free formula as the original. I can’t wait to try this out since I still have another Putty Primer waiting to be opened. This retails for $32!
Zoeva Eye Shadow Pallet in Blank Fusion: Next is a pallet from a brand I’ve been interested in since I heard of them on YouTube and they are Zoeva! I was a curious little kitty when it came to them. When I heard they were going to be in this month’s box I was excited and was happier that they were in Choice! As in you got to choose between this and two Elemis products. I chose this and bought the Elemis Vegetable Hydrating Juice as my add-on. The shadow pallet they sent me was the one in Blank Fusion and it contains ten shades which are highly pigmented and blendable. Plus these are made with Vitamin E. I can’t wait to try this pallet out since this has more of darker browns and some white shades since they are supposed to be smoky colors in this one. I can’t wait to try this. This pallet retails for $28.
Iconic London Illuminator: Next is a product by Iconic London which everyone got and it’s their Illuminator. This is a super concentrated liquid highlighter that can be used in foundation, moisturizer, or primer for a Dewey glow or on its own on the cheeks as a highlighter. With every drop of this it is supposed to glide on smoothly. I have to try this out either on its own or with my primer because it sounds interesting. This thing retails for $41!
Lavish 15 Piece Neon Brush Collection: Next is a small bundle of brushes which this looks like it is a sample of their fifteen brush set? I tried finding it online but no findings except this small five piece set. This set is with the essential brushes for eyes and agree with it. This retails for $29.99.
Baddington Lashes Harlowe 3D Lashes: Finally…a pair of lashes…which I will be giving to Rayne! If you’re new here and don’t know that I’m not a fan of false lashes because over time due to the glue it will damage the follicles on your natural lashes. Jen from Jen Luv’s Reviews had to stop wearing them for a little while because she had to grow them back. Plus, according to Rayne they do hide your eye look! Okay, if I work so hard on doing my eye makeup why do I want to hide it? The last time I got lashes in my box I marked “No.” When I got the question, “Do you like lashes?” And of course on the quiz for my profile I didn’t mark them under Beauty Tools and hoped not to get them. Apparently when I contacted BoxyCharm about this they said they don’t send the same product twice if you didn’t mark it and they gave me extra charms to use in the store but it’s closed and did have to tell them about that. I was hoping they sent me the Dose of Colors Lipstick because I love that brand! Again these are going to someone else who would use these and hoping I never ever ever ever ever get lashes again!

Well that’s it for this box! I will definitely use the other products in this box because I love brushes, I get to try out Zoeva finally, and of course the Iconic London Illuminator which people rave about and finally get to see what the Benefit primer is all about. I am waiting on my GB Plus because it just got shipped today and hoping it gets here before Ipsy’s Choice Day since that will be around the 24th as always. Until next guys! Stay beautiful!

Benefit Porefessional Hydrate Primer
Iconic London Illuminator
Zoeva Blank Fusion Eye Shadow Pallet