Beauty: The Best Brushes At the Cheaper Price!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I am back and this time with a beauty post! I think this would be appropriate to do this post before all the press coverage I will be doing in the next week or so and then will do the Accessibility in Gaming post too but now it is time for the Best Brushes for the Lowqest Price!

The Top Best Brushes for the Cheapest Price: The reason for this post is that in case if you all haven’t heard the newest news and drama lately in the beauty world is that Kiley Jenner is releasing new brushes in her makeup line and that will include a set for $360! Oh yeah, I am hearing everyone’s wallets exploding, even Gondras’ new wallet I got him for his early birthday gift, sorry! Anyways, people have been tweeting like crazy, including Jeffree Starr, about how this price is outrageous! Even people on What’s Up In Makeup’s Facebook Group talked about it the other day and I did get into the conversation since I do love brushes and have bought sets in the past and you can get way cheaper sets and even cheaper single brushes since Kiley is planning to charge between $25 to $50 for each single. I know that seems like MAC’s prices but you can get good deals on brushes. So, that iswhen my kitty on the hamster wheel started running and decided to do this post!

Disclaimer: This post is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer! She also uses ideas from other people’s posts and experiences to create this list! So please respect her thoughts! Thank you!

1. Amazon: First I am mentioning my most fave place to buy brushes of all time and that is Amazon! I started shopping for my brushes from Amazon a year and a half ago and you can get a lot of brushes for cheap! I have gotten 30 brushes for under $30 even and the cheapest I have spent on a set was around $7 and that is not bad for what you get. You do get your basic face brushes, your brow brushes, and even all the eye brushes too. I notice they do carry some of the usual brands such as Crown, Coastal Scents, and many others. I also notice there are even have oval brush sets! I would say is search around and pick out from a lot of sets and you can get them in two days on Prime.
2. EBay: I never bought on EBay, well yet, but you can get brush sets for cheap too. I have heard people get brush sets on EBay for around $15 or so and I even saw unicorn brush sets for $10 and up. I may have to look into Sailor Moon ones since Rich Lux has gotten some and you know me with Sailor Moon!
3. Morphe: I know I was not big on Morphe but a lot of people have bought brush sets from them for cheap, heck I even got the vegan set for $39, I know that doesn’t sound cheap but it is lower than what Kiley asks for. A lot of people do love this brand and the good thing is that it is carried in Ulta now which you don’t have to spend the amount of shipping that Morphe does for standard shipping prices. Instead of $10 on Morphe to ship, it is $5 plus the taxes on Ulta. If you don’t want to spring for a set, there are the single brushes too which are around $4 to $5 and at least $15 depending on what you want to get.
4. Real Techniques: Everyone even their mom probably have one or two brushes from this brand. I admit I have a brow brush and one set from Real Techniques. This brand is runned by two sisters and I have seen them do a live chat on Sirine Wau on YouTube and they make awesome brushes for affordable prices. The more expensive are the Bold Metals but you spend around the teen range prices depending on what you get. If you want to experience Real Techniques, I recommend the the Starter Set that comes with four brushes and they are the dome brush for foundation, the highlight brush, the concealer brush which I suggest for your under eye concealer, and the multi-[urpose brush and I tend to use this one for powder. I do hear good things about the eye brushes and the sponges but I do love the bace brushes that I have used so far. You can find them all over but Ulta does do good deals time to time even discounts on sets so I would keep an eye out for that.
5. Wet N Wild: This brand has been knocking it out of the park and growing still! I remembered starting with Wet N Wild when I was starting with lip gloss and over the years they have grown and expanding their products, then they started doing brushes! I do have a few brushes from them and I love them! The brushes are very well priced and very well made, also they do wash very well too! I suggest the foundation brush because it does keep its shape over washes and does spread the product very well. I do have the limited edition unicorn highlighting brush from the Unicorn Glow Collection and the Kabuki brush from the Spring Collection and they are soft as well. You may be able to find these two on EBay.
6. NYX: I hear some good things about these brushes and will have to try them out at some point. I know Ulta sells them and you can find a big range of them at their physical store too! I may have to get one or two to try and see how they are. I did see some of the prices and they are reasonably spiced from $5 to around $15 or so.
7. Coastal Scents: Another brand that I do love with brushes is Coastal Scents! I started getting into their brushes through Ipsy along with the next brand and I got one or two sets from Ipsy and man are they soft! I even used the one set in the leather case, the pearl set, and man I loved using it! I really want the Brush Vanity Affair set. Anyways, if you go to the Coastal Scents site, I also have an affiliate link you can use on the Affiliates Tab here, you have a lot of sets to choose from in many ranges. If you are an Ipsy member, they do have deals with sets to sell around $20. Coastal Scents also does a lot of sales even around this time of year. In for a new brush or set, head over there!
8. Crown: Another brand from my days of Ipsy and that is Crown Brush. I remembered getting their brushes in my Ipsy bag time to time and they are the softest brushes you will ever feel! I even have one set from them and it feels so amazing! You not only can get the sets but also single brushes for affordable prices! Great thing is they do offer the price listing for you on the website and to print it out if you need a point of reference and to see what you want to buy and its price.
9. E. L. F.: Next is another very affordable brand with a lot of brushes and that is E. L. F.! I didn’t really get into E. L. F. until I started using their brushes. I did get a few here and there and a few sets. This brand’s brushes was what I used to point out an example in Rich Lux’s video on the first announcement that Kiley was going to release brushes and talked about how you can get more affordable brushes. I did point out how the 19 brush set from this brand for holiday is $50 and that is way less than what Kiley is asking for and I did see Kathleen talk about this set. I did talk about the other full on Pro Brush set which is $30. Again, you get more affordable brushes with these guys!
10. Zoeva: I have seen this brand on the net and YouTube and people said they can get brushes at very affordable prices and same with the makeup. I tried to access the website but it is not as accessible but I will take a look again in the future.
11. MAC: I know it is weird to talk about mention MAC since their prices can be a bit up there but I do hear good things about their brushes and yes they might be from $20 to around in the mid $40s but you can get good deals when they do sales or even when Ulta has some of the products during their 21 Days of Beauty sale. I did hear there are times where TJ Max and even Marshalls do carry some of the sets for a good deal and the holiday sets are pretty good in the brush department since they are travel size. I may have to look at the brushes in the future.
12. Royal & Langnickle Moda: Finally is one brand that has been showing up in WalMart and that is Royal and Langnickle! These guys started as a paint brush brand and still are today and now they have makeup brushes which they are some of the softest brushes you will ever use. I got an eye brush in Ipsy as a start from them and then got a small brush set of six if I remembered and then Boxy had three brushes in one box for subscribers. If you are someone on a budget, they are very affordable for what they bring. I suggest checking them out and their sets are pretty affordable, the set I got on Ipsy was $15 and can’t beat that!
Well, that is it for this post! I know that it was a long one but it felt good to do this as Kiley’s brushes are about to come out. I did hear some of the big influencers did get the set in PR and not sure if they want to review them which I wonder why not in case people want to get the single brushes over the set. What got some of these influencers is that she compares herself to Kevin Aquan and Artieste but to me she is not up there when her audience are more of the higherend lovers as in the luxury loving makeup collectors. And she did say that she prefers starting this way because it is better than synthetic brushes when a lot of people do like synthetic brushes since there are times they can hold the product better than most luxury brushes. She will go to synthetic at some point but it will be a while if you want to spend that $360 on the sixteen brush set when I can get a similar set of the same amount on Amazon for $14!

Okay, enough of the brush drama because right around the corner is Holiday Matsuri 2017! Can’t believe it’s here and stay tuned for all of our coverage from this year’s convention! Until next time! Catch you on the universe side!

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Access Tech: Android Training for All Part 2

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe and today I will be doing a part 2 on the Android Training for All post from this week because something has come up!

Android Tech Used on Braille Devices!

So, I have been listening to one episode of the Tech Doctors Podcast hosted by Robert and Alison who look into blind tech on their show and what is out there and what they have experienced within their own tech bubble and this episode dealt with Braille Notetakers.

I know what you are wondering along with some people and that isn’t Braille a “dead language?” It may be “dead” to some since we do use technology and this system of dots was developed over 200 years ago but a lot of blind people still use it, even me! I use Braille on a daily basis to label the items I use and read textbooks, even take notes on my own note taker known as the HIMS Braille Sense U2 which I also use when I do press jobs at conventions to develop my reviews. What is great like with the phone and computer, Braille has been catching up in the tech department and a lot of people do use Braille devices in order to take notes, read books, and even use it in Pages on their phone like I had during the last NFB meeting. Since I have mentioned the Android training for All post, apparently with the new note takers being made they are being built to include Android tech to run with them and the most two recent devices are the Braille Note Touch by Human ware and the Braille Sense Polaris by HIMS which is the same company who developed my Braille Sense U2.

What Are They Exactly? Well, the Braille Note Touch is a tablet and a note taker put together where you use touch Braille to type and it shows up on the tablet underneath along with a Braille display like with a lot of note takers. The tablet runs on Android systems and you can use the many Google apps like with the Galaxy tablets and you can also separate the tablet to use on its own from what I remembered listening to the podcast. There are some difficulties such as having a hard time correcting what you have typed and pairing with other Bluetooth devices like the Apple ear pods for example but it is pretty interesting that Human ware has developed this kind of device since a lot of blind users do use tablets to get around when it comes to tech stuff. While the Braille Sense Polaris, on the other hand, it is more of a sleek version of the U2 and it has capabilities where people can use the Google Play store to get apps to use that you find on the Galaxy Tab and there is even a touch area that you can use finger gestures like on an Android platform based tablet or phone and you can still take notes with it too. What I did hear is that it is buggy despite the steps HIMS has taken to go the next tech mile but they are looking into fixing those which hearing about these features makes me want to get one but I have to figure out Android first and that brings me to the next idea…

Bringing the Android Training to All: Like in the last post, a lot of blind people are stepping up their tech game and I did mention what if someone I meet if I were teaching wants to learn Android instead of Apple and this is a perfect example of that Android training to anyone who is in V. R. too (Vocational Rehab.) Since Braille note takers have helped the blind for many years, especially with new developments in tech and how much companies are competing and keeping up, taking that extra step into the Android platform makes it even more of a demand to know how to use it.

For instance, I have gone through training in knowing how to use my Braille Sense QWERTY model which is basically if you take your computer’s keyboard and add a Braille display to it and type on it like if you were in Word and I also had training with my U2 to get used to the chords and shortcuts on the Perkins Brailler Style keyboard you see me use today. If I were to get the Polaris, I would still need that training in getting around the Android interface part of the tech to be able to transfer to my tablet since it would run the same software. So, I would say that would be a major win with that training, right? Plus, with the Human ware device, you would also go through that same kind of training due to the tablet portion. The good thing is that Perkins does offer the videos to learn the Human ware Braille Note Touch to get around the Android Touch and how to use the many apps as well. I did look for the Braille Sense Polaris but all I can find at the moment is the User Manual which does offer how to use the device but it is good to have someone there to train you and by the way the manual is offered by HIMS even as a PDF. And I did see if Perkins E-Learning offers any videos for what I am going through on my Galaxy Tab, only thing I have found so far is just a video about how to set it up for people with low vision and how to modify the colors on the screen’s wallpaper and the keyboard. Hey, what about navigation? Oh well, I did post a comment to see if they have something or may make something because that can be handy.

Still, I am also thinking that a lot of people do learn differently and having one on one training can help not only the user but also any new A. T. Specialists that may run into a device like this too and knowing Android beforehand would prepare them for it.

Not only that, I did hear in the podcast that the reason why the Polaris is going up in tech is that the U2 is going to be at its end in tech compatibility soon which will be sad since I had this thing for two years and looking at the Polaris I may switch at one point to keep my tech studies up and of course another thing is that with the Android tech being in these devices school work and any projects from work can be accessed through Drop Box which can be a very handy thing with how we use Google Drive, ICloud and even other outlets to save work on. I am thinking of upgrading but waiting when this device has gotten out of the bug stage since that can happen and I did hear that one bug that needs a major fix is editing documents where the document can be corrupted if you go back and do the usual and fancy editing work. I will have to wait and see but in the meantime will be using my u2.

New Conclusion: So, since we have talked about the various points with the Android training in that last post and now expanding it here, Braille Note takers are also becoming more advanced and using the Android platform to make Braille even more accessible and “alive” as you will since most people think it is “dead.” Looking at these two new devices shows that being trained in Android even if you are going to school and planning to get a job can be beneficial and shows that Android wants to step up its game to be part of Braille even more. I want to see Apple get in on this too since you can use Braille devices with Apple products, since I did say I use my U2 with Pages and navigating with shortcuts, it can be an interesting thought to put IOS tech into these devices too but having Android for now is a good start and gives Braille a new look. And of course with the training, it does expand the A. T. Specialist’s toolbox to learn these kinds of devices if they run into someone who has one and can give advice or training to help them navigate the product more. Depending on what kind of company user if it is Human ware or HIMS, I would say take a look into these devices and it may take a lot of saving because the prices are pretty steep but it is a good investment since I have used the Braille Sense QWWWETY and U2 for the longest time and does save you time and pain in the classroom, trust me it was not easy carrying and using a Perkins Brailler in class.

Well, that is it for this post. I know I was going to talk about the gaming bit but this came up and wanted to expand this point because hearing about how Braille tech expands is even more awesome! So, I would stay tuned for the gaming post because it is coming!

Access Tech: Is Discord Accessible?

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Today I will bringing you an app review!

Is Discord Accessible? Today I am going to be reviewing an app for chatting even when you are a gamer and that is Discord. This month AIM is going away forever and found out from someone I used to be buddies with on AIM about Discord and took a look into it and decide to test it out and both on my Galaxy Tab and my IPad. All I have to say is that this this was the most frustrating app ever which….

Disclaimer: This review is an honest one based on thoughts and opinions from the lead writer of this blog! Please respect her thoughts on what she says in this review. Thank you!

I noticed how the download speed is different for both tablets and that is it was very fast on the Google Play Store while it took a bit for the IPS App Store because of the 11 updates to the store and my Mini 2 is slightly old and had to wait a little after it loaded to be installed on my app. With my phone, on the other hand which I had to get it there, did download a lot faster due to the Re-Download button. I think with apps or anything my phone is faster due to it being more of the 5 series and knowing it will be faster when I do upgrade to the 8. With the PC, since I use Windows 10, it did take a bit to go through a security scan since we don’t know what can be out there and I think with apps on Windows it takes a bit to run and install because of the install prompts you have to go through like with most software and programs. At east with an app download it does not need the restart like JAWS and ITunes does.

Navigation and Logging In: I did make myself an account and was able to login easily on both platforms with a keyboard and did have to reset my password on my phone and computer due to forgetting it. The navigation…oh…man…it sucks with voiceover. On my Galaxy Tab, I have to swipe around to get to other parts of the app and some buttons don’t get read out by Text to Speech and goes the same with on my PC and IOS on both the phone and IPad. I wonder why some buttons are “Unlabeled” according to the screen readers? I am not sure if this app is not built to be able to be accessible with any voiceover software which can be handy, I am now wondering if anything with magnification can work with this app since it can be used on devices and with programs from Freedom Scientific too.

With searching for friends, it gets very tedious since it looks different on both platforms. With Android, the search field asks for the tag number, which is a four digit number you get with your username when you register and this field also asks for an email if you don’t have that number. While IOS, you type in both the username and the tag number because if you just put in the number it gives you the message, “We are more than just numbers.” So, I tried that with someone over and over again and had problems with it. I even tried telling this same friend to find me and he couldn’t either. It did take us a few days and well my best buddy Tobi was able to find me very easily while this one dude, Kilt Man, we came up with that I should create a server and I had to create it through the PC version because I couldn’t find the “Create Server” on the very left. I did research into it and I tried looking on the left and of course I hear the “Button Unlabeled” every time and even tried tapping on random buttons which gives me the “Add a Friend” area, “Start a Conversation,” etc. Speaking of that, there is a field where you can search for a conversation and I was able to access it easily on the Android version but won’t on the IOS version where I hear the plunk sound if I tried to do anything. Did the server thing work? Yes it did and he was added to my friends list when he sent me a request.

What about the chat features you may ask? Apparently, like with Skype, you can do a video chat or at least a regular chatting and I was able to test it with Tobi and it worked very well on my Android. I think it will also work with group chat if I do have some friends that want to do it since I remembered doing group chats back in the days of AIM.

Verdict: Is it accessible? It can be but it is not accessible to the point of screen readers. While I had the problems I did, I did reach out to the Discord Twitter page and talked about the issues with it and they responded that they are planning to make it accessible to people who are color blind and for screen readers. I am hoping soon because I went through a lot of frustrations and patience to get around these issues especially getting people to find me. What I would also like to see is an easier person search as in having one place for the tag number and another field for just the username like in the days of AIM where you can search through just username or just do it with tag number. Also, should explain the formatting of how to type both a lot better since I am a beginner with this I didn’t know I had to capitalize letters in the names nor include the number sign or not include it. It is like with explaining how to create a password by saying, “Hey, you need this and make sure you do this.” And finally, for screen reading purposes, make the labels to be seen for screen reading even on devices because I don’t know what “Button 67 Unlabeled” is just put the word for it to read so it would be easier to know what it is and know that it is there for the person who is using it that may be blind or not.

Rating: 2.5 Star Paw prints Out of 5because of some of the things that do need to be improved. It is a good app and it is a good substitute for AIM but it needs to be fixed for better accessibility and easier navigation too because if I am using a keyboard with my Galaxy and IPad I want to be able to go with the arrows to get to the field or swipe very easily to where I need to be.

That is it for this review on Discord. Is there any other apps you want me to take a look at and review, I am open to it because as a blind user and listening to all these podcasts that suggest different apps, I want to be able to put them to the test and see what people are talking about and say, “Hey! It is good! Check it out!” Next post in my Access Tech category is my take on accessibility in gaming, oh yes I am doing my thoughts! Until next time!

Access Tech: Android Training for All!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Today I am starting the new category here and it deals with Access Technology which is my career goal at the moment. I am planning on becoming an Assistive Tech Specialist since I have been using JAWS, IOS, and even cross platforming into Android at the moment but I am having issues with Android with my Galaxy Tab E and that wanted me to go into training for it but the problem is that there is no training for anyone in Vocational Rehab except if you have a job here in Orlando. I am not sure what is like everywhere else in the states especially where you guys live but this first post will be talking about why everyone should get the equal access and training with this platform.

Disclaimer: This post is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer of this blog so please respect her thoughts and opinions on this subject. Thank you!

Nowadays technology has been advancing a very fast rate and have been not only keeping up but also competing against each other with how consumers have been buying their products. We have Microsoft, Android, IOS, and now Google coming in with their tech with Google Home and now the new Pixel phone and not only that new IPhones with the 8, the 8+ and the X and of course the new Galaxy S 8 and 8 Note. And recently Microsoft now discontinuing their Surface Pro line at the moment which they are planning on bringing something known as the Andromeda. (Knowing we will hear more about that later on.)

Equally, we do see a lot of people picking up either an IPad or a Galaxy Tablet but the visually impaired like me do wonder which one they want to get. Most of the time we are told that IOS with their devices are the best and I agree since I have been using my IPhone 4S from 2013 until I upgraded to the SE last year and will be going to an 8 next year with my upgrade and I do have an IPad Mini 2. But there are people that do not always want the IOS devices and that is going to Android since they have been advancing in the Accessibility game for a while now with using the Text to Speech features that are available like Siri even with Google Talk Back. Like with JAWS and Siri, there is something we do have to use and that are gestures, Bluetooth keyboards for the tablets and phones, and well even training for the new platform.

What do I mean by “training?” Well, like any new program, not everyone is well equipped in using it once that item comes out of the box and learning how to use it does become a major help. For instance, I had to go through training with JAWS when I got into UCF and once knowing the basics of navigating the net, using email with JAWS, and Word and some Excel I was able to get around and later did get more training while in Daytona Beach to expand what I have learned during my college days. Even when I got my new IPhone 4S back in 2013, I had trouble using Siri for my first time and didn’t know how to answer calls either so I had to get training for it to learn the basics and that also got expanded in Daytona and now I am able to navigate it and pass my skills onto my IPad and using my Braille Sense on my phone and a keyboard on my IPad. With Android training on the other hand, that is what I need with my Galaxy Tab E which was given to me by my phone carrier as an oops with my bill. Yeah, I pay extra and do have a keyboard and stylus but I do need extra help and training needs to be one thing to help but unfortunately since I don’t work or not a student at the moment V. R. can’t support it which is a sad thing.

Why Should It Be Equal to Have Everyone Get the Training? Because not only a student who would get their first Android phone or tablet for studying or even work if they are going into the Work Force, having this training will help gain the skills and knowledge of a newer platform and also having this knowledge can help grow new A. T. Specialists, like me, be able to help anyone who has gone into the training itself. I mean what if someone says while at a Lighthouse or a Rehab Center and says, “I can’t handle Apple’s operating system, can I take on Android?” The person probably working there may say, “We only teach Apple.” Or “I don’t know how to use Android.” This would be a bit of a pickle and that is why having these kinds of classes can help everyone as a whole even if they don’t have a job and want to gain extra tech experience before they get that job. Plus, learning at this stage can prepare for any tech jobs that may require someone to know both Apple and Android for instance what if they worked for Best Buy or CompUSA and need to explain both platforms for the devices and having that knowledge can help what the person is looking for or help with tech support when issues do arise.

Also, another thing I should add, a lot of companies have been making their apps to be accessible on both IOS and Android for the blind. For instance, I love using the app known as Be My Eyes where people around the world volunteer to help people see through their cameras on their devices what is in front of them whether it being a toy or pack of mints, heck I even used it to count out money once, this is a handy app and it was only available on IOS for a while until they developed an Android version and it’s out now. I even demonstrated this app in my Access Tech panel at Omni this past year to show how it worked on IOS and I can imagine being as good on Android.
What about Online Resources? Yes, online resources are out there to help but there are times where it doesn’t always work. My example is when I was learning the different types of gestures with my Galaxy Tablet. I am familiar with the ones for Apple but with Android it is not easy. There are the single finger gestures like for double tapping and swiping like on Apple and there are two finger ones which I have tried and don’t seem to work, I even tried out angular gestures and they don’t work except viewing notifications. I’d rather have someone explain it to me in person because that is how I usually learn the best and that is another thing and that is not everyone can learn from just reading a web page and with how much of a complex system Android can be it would be easier if someone does have a class.

Another thing is that the web pages with some of the items work for some and not work for others as in different keyboard commands for instance when I first got my keyboard for my Tablet some of them don’t work except causes the Tablet to move without making that command in the right sequence. I think some of the commands may work for other models but maybe not for this one so training may help there with someone who may be able to help with what might be happening. And another thing is having that person one on one with you can help bounce ideas to see about working on the problems that are in front of them with how complex Android can be.

Conclusion: Training in Android should be for anyone who is visually impaired that may want to explore a new platform that would probably fit their needs especially if they go into a job position that deals with using different kinds of technology and it would help any rising A. T. Specialists that may have students that want to learn it to have the skills and knowledge in teaching it to who wants to know this platform and its accessibility apps that are being developed for it. Like with the sighted world, we want to be able to be included in that world and competitiveness in the job world by showing that we can work in new tech fields and bring it to our professors and bosses when we get there.

So, that is it for this post! Next I am hoping to bring my Discord review since AIM is going bye bye next week and want to give someone an option that may be visually impaired a new app to try out. Among this category, I will also be doing a post on my take about accessibility in gaming since that is becoming a hot topic this year going on into 2018! So, until next time especially after Holiday Matsuri 2017 where we will have our coverage from that! Catch you on the universe side!

Beauty: Brands Not Getting Mentioned As Much On YouTube!

Hello SHiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I know it’s been a while since I posted and want to say is sorry about that. Life has coming and getting me and keeping me busy. I do have a post for you guys and that is something I was inspired by Jessica Braun on YouTube and that is makeup brands hardly mentioned on YouTube as much anymore. As in, I rarely her them as much as I used to when I started watching YouTube around 2009 or 2010 when I started wearing makeup. Here are the brands that I have noticed that rarely get mentioned as much.

Revlon: First is a drugstore brand that was well known but not as much anymore and that is Revlon. I remembered getting tons of stuff from this brand all thanks to videos and even commercials on tv and YouTub. I wonder what happened to Revlon!? I hardly have seen them on YouTube and the last thing I got from them was the So Lengthy mascara and loving it! I think someone did a haul video and forgot who did it and they said the newer items aren’t as great as they used to and I can see why. I remembered how people didn’t like the Primer +Shadew pallets that came around 2011 to 2012 and some people had pigmentation issues while me I was able to work with them but they are so powdery and you can hit pan easily. I do have one left in my Project Pan bag since there aren’t as many as they had when they first launched, I remembered Ulta’s site only had four of them and I guess those are the only popular ones? Still, this brand is hardly mentioned as much even in my subscription feed. I do still have my lip butters, one of the liquid lipsticks, and two of the Super Lustrous lipsticks which I want to get more of but keep forgetting to hit the section since my essentials are from other brands and the Revlon section is also not as big as I remembered in the Target near me. I may have to go in there again.
Sigma: Another brand I remembered being mentioned ALL OVER is Sigma! I don’t always have the cash to buy from Sigma but always heard great things about their brushes the most and well the problem is that Morphe pretty much stole that spotlight! I do have a Morphe set and I think…it’s…okay…not the best brushes but just okay. I think the last time I heard Sigma nowadays are some brushes in tutorials and in Beauty News since they do still make their makeup pallets.
E. L. F.: I know it is a bit of a surprise but around two people on subscriptions mention E. L. F. and I do admit it is a hit or miss with some of their items. I do use some of their products time to time even the Bronzer Pallet nowadays since I have started contouring myself. I know GASP! I also do love my brushes which are soft and amazing even when you travel. I need to get more E. L. F. products at some point since some of my essential items are from there.
Smashbox: I have been noticing that Smashbox is not getting much love except in news videos. I have the Full Exposure pallet which I do love and need to give more of it, the Full Exposure mascara, and one of the trios which got discontinued due to poor sales. I did hear they did make new ones and being released soon. Anyways, this is one brand that doesn’t get much love from what I have seen and hoping it does since they are coming out with new shadow trios at the moment. I did hear the liquid lipsticks are nice and they have a sapphire blue one. I may have to get my paws on it. Still, not mentioned as much as I have seen.
MakeUp Geek: Another brand I noticed that is not being mentioned as it had been when they were featured in BoxyCharm and so many people fell in love with is MakeUp Geek. It used to be YouTube famous but Oorphe did come around and a lot of people dropped them. I think Jen Luv’s Revies does reviews on their products nowadays but I have noticed they aren’t mentioned as much as last year.
Ulta’s Own Brand: I noticed this is another brand that doesn’t get mentioned as much and that is Ulta’s own brand. I do admit when they first had their shadow sets that they were very powdery especially a set that I got that was like a binder and I did de-clutter them. I saw Jessica oo a video recently and agree there are some hits and some misses and that goes very every brand too even high end. I have gotten three nof heir newest sets for this holiday season and man they have changed! Yes, there are times when someone’s stuff is bad at the start but do get better over time and these sets do it, heck I gave so and have been giving so much love to my Be Goregeous set which now the teal has a lot of dents to it.
J. Cat Beauty: Not sure if this brand still gets reviewed but J. Cat Beauty is another brand that is not getting a lot of love and they are pretty affordable for what you get. I do notice the ratings aren’t as great on Ulta since you can only find them now since they haven’t sold much in the stores themselves. I did get some of the lip products from Ipsy since I did try some of the items from my bag, I think I only got one product a long time ago but I know I got on the Ipsy deals. I know they are known for bold colors but I hardly hear about them on YouTube.
City Color Cosmetics: Final brand I have noticed that is not as mentioned as it had on YouTube is City Color Cosmetics. I have been introduced to these guys via Ipsy since I did get some items from them in my bags when I was subscribed to them in the past. I even have the huge pallet set that has around 50+ shadows and four blushes and do have some of the lip items and like them. I even still have the Magical Leaves trio I got from Ipsy and still like the brand even though I have many other pallets in my collection. I need to give their set a little more love.
Coastal Scents: Now final brand, I have noticed that Coastal Scents hasn’t been mentioned as much as it has especially when they have been coming out with new items even the newest Revealed pallet which I still need to get due to having the other four Revealed pallets all thanks to BoxyCharm but since I am no longer getting Boxy I will get this pallet at some point. Anyways, Coastal Scents is not getting mentioned as much but my best buddy Vivi did mention their Ultra pallet on her top five fave pallets which was awesome! Hoping that this brand does get brought up a little more since their brushes are even awesome as much as their makeup. I am not just saying it due to an affiliate link I have with them but their products are just awesome and willg et the Revealed Matte pallet in some point in time.

Well, that is about it for this post! So, Holiday Matsuri is almost here and same with the rest of the year about to end so I will be doing the press coverage from Holiday Matsuri 2017, my November and December Faves, and the Bests & Worsts of 2017 since that is always a tradition here! So, make sure you not only stay tuned here but also follow me on Instagram for snippets from the con and packing for it. Also follow us on Twitter @ Nerdy Shique where I will keep that up to date! Until next time! In case if anyone is wondering about book reviews, I am reading the series to lead up to the next book review because I couldn’t understand what was going on so best to read the previous books first. So, stay tuned for that too. Catch you on the universe side!

Conventions: Last Minute Holiday Matsuri 2017 Info!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Today is the last minute Holiday Matsuri information! I can’t believe it is two weeks til Holiday Matsuri and here are some updates for you guys!

Registration: You can pre-order your single day passes for Holiday Matsuri and sales end on the 15th of this month and if you want VIP, well…they sold out! And also three day passes are now at the door prices and they are $$60. For single day passes: Friday is $35, Saturday is $45, and Sunday is 35! Actually those sale prices are until the day of the con by the looks of it. So, if you want to go for a day then buy it. If you guys want to go as a group that ends on the 12th and that is $57. A head’s up, you will pay a fee so head to this page:

http://holidaymatsuri.com/2017registration/

For all the info!

Hotel: If you want a room, I would say book it now because last time the capacity of reservations being full was at 50% and we here at Nerdy Shique Universe are some of that percentage because we will be staying there ourselves. You can get the booking info here:

http://holidaymatsuri.com/2017hotel/

If you can’t get a room, there are other hotels in the area and one of them is the old convention location from 2015 down the road, the Caribe Royale which is also a nice place too. In case of any other disabled attendees that might stay at the Caribe and using paratransit, they do get the World Center and Caribe mixed up as a bit of a warning. Letting you know!

Panels: I tried signing up for a panel but the form was not accessible so I may have to wait until next year which now I have my first Need of Improvement at the moment. You can check the panel schedule though for panels you may want to attend on Event Bright! I would suggest the app which is pretty accessible on both Android and IOS!

Cosplays: There will be a lot this year since I have seen people posting their line ups on the Facebook Group, we will be taking pics for our Cosplay Gallery so I am making sure Gondras will be camera armed since there are times he does forget. Yes, I will make sure with more pics!

Well, that is all I can think of! I am planning on doing a video of making my Trail Mix for this year’s event because I did get a stink eye towards what I always carry…which I don’t know why…okay my future in law is weird! Anyways, until next time, I will be doing a new category on here and that deals with Access Tech which I am either doing a review first on an app or my take on gaming and accessibility before the con. I would say stay tuned here and on Twitter @ Nerdy Shique!

Cosmetic Controversy: The Safety of Using Cosmetic Testers in Stores!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Today, I am bringing you a new Cosmetic Controversy and it deals with what we never thought of and that is…Cosmetic Controversy: Using the MakeUp Testers In Store

Recently, there was a story where a woman got Herpes from using a makeup tester on her lips and the interesting thing is that it does take time to get the virus unless you had it already but it can also bespread, sorry to be gross but this disease is usually spread through kissing, sex, and skin to skin and I bet you are wondering how can a lip product can spread it? Well, spit from someone who has the HSV1 can end up in items that are used in everyday life such as cups, towels after wiping your face, and you guessed it, lipsticks, lip glosses, and even lipliners. Even though 67% of people are infected with this virus, it is invisible and can be spread in many ways and people don’t really show signs immediately, which it may take some time to show up. The question is did the person who contracted it try the lipstick a few days to a week before and it started showing days later? Or did it take a month? Well, according to one article, the woman went into a Sephora in Hollywood and tested the lipstick two years ago, 2015, and contracted the virus after using the tester. Yes, this virus can be common but when you look at it, anyone can touch the testers and use it on themselves and that can spread germs in those testers we see at Ulta, Target in their NYX section, and even at Sephora.

Yes, we do love to test a certain product such as a foundation, concealer, and even a lip product but applying directly on that spot can be a major health risk which you may not know what the person before you may have. Take my experience for example.

Here in Orlando we have a ton of makeup stores in the Millenia Mall which include Ulta in the plaza next door, MAC, Sephora, and NYX. So, since I was at the Apple Store for workshops in April, this was around the time I got my anniversary gift from MAC and have gone through many swatches on my hands and picked up a lipstick from the metallic line they released at the time and then went to NYX during the weekend and decided to look at the Matte Lipstick line since I haven’t gotten any in a very long time. I decided to try out Alabama and the girl asked, “Do you want to swatch it on your lips or hands?” I just froze knowing that the lips was a very bad idea and did the hand thing. I did have another recent experience since I started loving the Lip Lingeries and the girl asked if I wanted to try it on as well and said, “No thanks!”

I bet you are wondering, why didn’t I swatch on my lips? Well, I was smart enough not to. Like I said above we don’t know who swatched before us and plus with all the makeup testers on display they do build up a lot of germs and bacteria due to the periods of time being out. Good Morning America even tested the samples by taking swatches to a lab and they found that the samples they took found that nine out of the 25 samples that were tested at a lab had bacteria growing and three out of these were even growing yeast which is not a good thing. Even though these testers would have bacteria that might be normal but some people can be compromised with what might be found.

What can I get? I bet you are wondering besides the Herpes that was mentioned above, there are many things that you can get from some testers, you can also get things like rashes and pink eye since people not only touch their face but also rub their eyes. Trust me, I had an eye infection myself and it’s not fun. Some other things include strep, E-Coli, and Staff infections. Even though the person working there does use hygenic practices, the person walking in and trying the product out at the counter probably isn’t, just imagine going to the bathroom and see someone walk out without washing their hands and they go in and try that awesome Lush lotion by dipping their dirty finger that may have contained salsa from Chipotle! Or go into Sephora and take the Kat Von D liquid lipstick and put it on their lips and walk away! Trust me, my brother’s ex-wife always swatched the lip glosses from the pallets on her lips when I was with her back in the early 2000s. I know, yuck!

What should I do? Do your best in not using the testers! If you want to try out a tester like a lip product or a face product, go to an associate where they give you an applicator. Lush gives you a popsicle stick to try out their lip scrubs as an example. Or why not get a sample of that particular item since some stores do that especially Sephora and Lush, there are times when Ulta gives you the little sample packets if you’re lucky enough.

Another thing is that I saw this in one video where people go around to stores to use the applicators to put the makeup on themselves and they have sanitization stations next to their products which means sanitize before you try or ask if the person to sanitize it.

And my own tip is to buy a particular product that you really want! For instance, remember my NYX story earlier? I knew the shades I wanted in the lipsticks and did asked for a particular Prismatic shadow in Frostbite and went to the counter to check out without swatching because I went in and knew the product I was aiming for and got it. If you don’t like it, take it back for a refund because there are stores that are good with return policies.

One thing from the experts I didn’t mention, with eye products don’t test them on your eyes especially mascaras! Mascara is known for building bacteria over time and our eyes are the most sensitive and the lashes not only are supposed to protect your eyes from dust but can get infected from the tester mascara. Even with eye shadows would go the same way, so test the shadows on your hands to see if the shade will look great or ask the associate what shade would look best since our eye colors can match with certain shades and others not so much. And with mascaras, I would do the same thing like with the last tip and that is aim for that product, if you need to read or watch reviews on that product before buying. It is best to see the reviews rather than putting yourself at risk. Oh right…goes the same with eyeliner!

And one more thing, if you need to then carry your own applicators! I know the associates tend to have them out or in their aprons but you can get small applicators for cheap and carry them in your bag or makeup bag and toss them out as you go or use a snack Ziploc bag to toss out in case of no trash cans in the store. There is also taking mini Q-tips as well in case that doesn’t work, still B. Y. O. A. as in Bring Your Own Applicators!

And for the workers, please for the love of peace and doughnuts! Be as hygenic as possible especially new employees! We don’t know who walks into your stores even during fluseason where people sneeze without the elbow for protection. (Trust me, I had a kid cough on me once at the mall and got worse with the cold I already had! So glad for the flu shot!) This means keep your brushes clean, sanitize makeup and toss the items when they reach expiration date and hand out more applicators or use popsicle sticks. The cleaner the better.

Well, that is it! I know that was a bit gross but this has been a bit of a problem and did experience it myself. Yes, it is nice to try things but can’t do it on the eyes nor lips since we don’t know who touched it before. Plus, to the one who got Herpes hoping they do get some treatment because yeah she risked it but should’ve swatched on the hand instead.

Not sure what will happen next on Nerdy Shique Universe! I have some books to read and knowing that it will take me through to Holiday Matsuri which I am planning on doing the Last Minute HM Info like always! Until next time!

Shopping: Holiday Gift Guide 2017!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is November and we are getting closer to Christmas and you know what that means! It is time for a gift guide here. I have done gift giving advice here and back on Myspace when it was a thing and now it is time for a gift guide in case if you need some ideas!

MakeUp Sets: First is makeup sets! We all know the beauty lovers in our lives and getting that perfect makeup gift would help. We do have the beginners and experts that we know when it comes to makeup and Holiday time is when the brands come out with their own makeup set. I have gotten some in the past and even purchased a few for myself this year and they are worth it. Some of the makeup sets that are big this year include Tarte’s Holiday sets which you can find at Ulta and Sephora depending on who has what, Kat Von D’s Saint & Sinner pallet which would be a big one to ask on any list, but if you want to go for drugstore E. L. F. has released a lot of sets from brushes to highlighters and even stocking stuffer gifts. If you want a better list of sets, I would suggest watching Kat and Hayleigh (sorry if I butchered the spelling) on Beauty News since they talk a lot about new releases even for holiday and Jen Luv’s Reviews for new holiday releases every week on What’s Up In MakeUp and I suggest joining the Facebook group since everyone helps in suggesting products so asking for what gift to ask for or get for someone special they are willing to help. Heck, they helped me with selfie advice.

When it comes to some sets I would suggest, I would suggest the Ulta sets in Be Gorgeous, Beauty Treasures, and Love MakeUp because not only you get a lot of makeup but it does come in nice cases that you can keep. If you have someone that loves jewelry boxes, I would suggest the Beauty Treasures because you can remove the face and eye pallets for convenience since they are not in the signature plastic casing like the Be Gorgeous one. Plus you can go through the drawers very easily for what you need for instance, one drawer is for the concealers and eye primers, another one is for the brow powders, gel liners, cream shadows, and eye topcoats, and the last drawer has the lip items, the brow mascara, and a blush brush and dual ended eye brush. You would pay a bit more for this and good thing is the eye pallet has a lot of warm and cool shades to play with. If you have someone that loves train cases more for convention travel or vacations, then the Be Gorgeous and Love MakeUp sets are for them. I just got the Love MakeUp on sale and these two sets do have your usual eye shadow pallet which the Be Gorgeous comes with 42 shades while Love Makeup comes with 36 and you can create a lot of looks with these and you do have your essentials like your bronzers, gel liners, brow powders, but interesting thing is that the Love MakeUp does not come with the primers. I would suggest using your usual eye primers with the Be Gorgeous and Beauty Treasures sets because I find the Ulta primers in these sets too drying. Also, with Love MakeUp you do get lip liners. I would say for either of these sets to see which one would be worth more to give and again to see if the person loves train cases or jewelry boxes. These sets do retail for $29 which is Beauty Treasures and $24 for the other two but they do have specials on the train case sets.

Nerd Memorabilia: Here at Nerdy Shique Universe, we do include nerds when it comes to giving gifts and many stores do carry a lot of merch based on Doctor Who, Harry Potter, even Dungeons & Dragons. Your best places to find these things are Barnes & Noble, especially the ones with music and movies being sold, Best Buy where they sell Marvel themed thumb drives and other pop culture related things mixed with tech, F. Y. E. for a lot of your merch and tees, Hot Topic being the biggest, and two more stores to mention that we do have here in Orlando and they are Pop Cult where there are way more pop culture items like Hello Kitty, Pokemon, and more, and Box Lunch which has more of the classic pop culture stuff like Miyazaki films and 90’s themed stuff. Gondras did get me a Gigi from Kiki’s Delivery Service as a coin bank last year for Christmas from Box Lunch by the way. Nice thing about that place, they do put your purchases in a lunchbox like carton since it does match the name. I know I will be hitting the Hot Topic website for Gondras this year! Lol

Bath & Body Sets: I know a lot of us love to pamper ourselves after a stressful week at work, heck even a stressful weekend at a convention, so having a a set of bath or skin care or body products to help soothe that aching foot or to calm the skin from stress is a way to go. Many brands have been coming out with sheet masks to help with the skin, even on a plane which I hear people use sheet masks to help with the dry air on a plane, and you know the holidays are HUGE for travel! You can get some of these sets from Sephora where they have skin care sets from Glam Glow, Tachia, Boshia, and much more. Emily Noelle even talked about some masks she got with holiday scents recently like pumpkin spice and sugar cookie and I think those are Ulta and you do have other brands at Ulta like Tony Moley, their in house brand of bath sets that you can get Buy One Get One 50% Off at the moment. I do hear the scents from Ulta do smell good. And of course, Bath & Body Works, my kryptonite with their Christmas scents! And of course, can’t forget Lush because they do have awesome gift sets with bath bombs, bubble bars, and they do come with mini shower gels in there too and good thing about getting these sets from Ulta, or Bath & Body Works, and Lush is that if the person never tried them before this is how you can try them. That is how I got into Lush by the way, Mommy Gondras did work for them seasonally back in 2007 and I got a gift box from their Christmas line and I was addicted, even to Snow Fairy. So, every year is Snow Fairy right after Christmas! So yes, sets are a good way to go!

Luxury Brand Sets: I can’t forget about this because there are times where we know someone that loves that luxury skin care brand or makeup brand and there are times where the singles are a bit pricey. A lot of the luxury brands do come out with their own holiday sets and if you have saved up a lot over time then getting a set like this would give the luxury lover a ton to try. One good set definitely to recommend are the mud mask sets from Glam Glow because you get to sample some of their more popular masks in one single set rather than trying to buy it for $50 (just guessing) and around this time there is the Sephora sale depending on your membership level you get 15% as a Bauty Insider and 20% for VIB and VIB Rouge which does help even when it comes to early gift shopping.

Train Cases: I feel like bringing these up as a possible gift item especially when I mentioned the Ulta sets before and that is train cases. If you don’t want to get the Ulta sets, there are the usual train cases that we love to travel with, heck I am going to be using my pink caboodle for Holiday Matsuri since that is what I use for my convention makeup stuff. These last you for a long time and they do come in many sizes and price ranges. I have a six tray one and it was $24 if I remembered and I got it from WalMart two years ago. Trust me, I have a lot of stuff to put in, lol! Anyways, besides WalMart selling these, you can find at Target, Ulta, and I believe Sephora too and of course Amazon and EBay does carry some of the older ones you may not be able to find in store anymore.

MakeUp Bags: Besides train cases, you can also get a loved one a makeup bag because a lot of us do travel and having that makeup bag is very handy! They come in all shapes and sizes and even in nerd memorabilia, heck I have a Pikachu and an Artemis one from Hot Topic since you know me, plus they do come as sets depending on the brand. For instance, Too Faced has a set where you get three mini shadow pallets, their Better Than Sex Mascara, and other items in a makeup bag. Even MAC has some such as their mini lip glass trio, which you can use the little makeup bag afterwards for lip stuff, bobby pins, and other things when you are on the go. Also, Sephora has really big ones every holiday and they come oujt with new designs for every holiday so you can get what you like. And in case if you are at a department store browsing makeup counters, some of the brands do include makeup bags as gifts with purchase, I do admit I take my mom’s Lancome ones due to how spatious they are. Lol! Speaking of gift sets…

Perfume and Cologne Sets: Besides beauty and clothing, there are the loved ones that love to smell good! I usually ask for perfume but due to how many bottles I have I have slowed down incredibly! Anyways, sets are a good thing to go with because there are times when a brand wants to treat the customer or their loved ones by selling the set together and they do come with pretty sweet stuff like a shower gel and lotion and sometimes even a bag to go with. For instance, my Nicole Richey perfume set came with a carrying bag. A good set that people suggest is the one from Sephora because they include a coupon to get the full-size perfume or cologne that is included in the set of minis of your choice.

Gift Cards: If you have a hard time choosing what you want to get someone, gift cards are a way to go! In my gift advice, I say pay attention to where your loved ones shop or ask where they like to go. If you can’t get an answer, you can get them a Visa gift card so they can spend it anywhere. Another good idea is if the person loves to play games on their devices or game systems, you can get them either a Google Play card, an ITunes card, or even the systems’ cards to use in their stores such as the PSN card in case if they want to get a classic game or pay for their membership at the end of the month.

Food Sets: Finally, there are times when we want to give a person a little something extra especially in their stocking and that is either something sweet like candy or a box of cocoa packets. Heck, my mom gave me a can of blueberry tea bags one year as her stocking stuffer gift because I love blueberries especially as a tea. Not only that, if you have a party to go to or your friend loves savory foods, Hickory Farms always, always, ALWAYS have stands every year! If you have not tried Hickory Farms, I suggest trying their turkey summer sausage. Anyways, this place is a good idea for any party platter or as a gift even the day after Christmas has a good sale with them which is buy one get one 50% off and that includes their food sets that come with pretty good mustard spreads to tell you the truth.

Etsy: Finally! Finally! If Didn’t mention this earlier, Etsy is also a good place for gifts! This has a lot of craft items made by people, think of it a craft version of EBay. Not only that, this is where most of the people I meet at Artists Alley sell here as well such as Black Flame Creations, Aunt Matilda’s, and a bunch more. You can find a lot of great jewelry, some people even sell kitchen items, even candles if you can’t walk into a Yankee Candle. Plus, a lot of stuff is really well priced and they do ship as soon as possible even in time for holiday time! For instance, I got Vivi a wolf necklace for her since I was her Secret Santa last year and I did remember how she loved wolves and found it when looking for steam punk jewelry and it did arrive on time. So, I would say look around Etsy and also sign up for their newsletters because they will give you some items as ideas and some of the stuff does get discounted depending on the seller.

That is it for this post! Hoping you got some inspiration from this post! Christmas is my fave time of year not only just for gifts and sales but also Holiday Matsuri and the Doctor Who special that comes around every year. So, good luck on your gift hunt! What is next? A new cosmetic controversy that may want you to think carefully of swatching a tester on yourself! Until next time!

Books: Swimming With Fishes by. Rashida Ashanti Malcolm

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time for another book review!

Title: Swimming With Fishes
Author: Rasheda Ashanti Malcom

Disclaimer: This book review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer. Please respect her thoughts and feelings! Spoilers might be ahead!

Synopsis: This story is about love affair between two people and in this one we meet Kat, who is a sickle cell anemia sufferer, who was predicted to meet a man from overseas to bear his child and all thanks to this prediction from her teenage years she waited until her twenties when that man does arrive. Thornton Benjamin or Ben is an English businessman who has a wife and kids and meets Kat and they start hanging with each other everyday and even though his love starts sparking with her, he doesn’t know that she is sick and that does know that he is hers. Even though she doesn’t know he is married nor he with her sickness, this affair not only brings the prediction to life but trouble to the ones they love.

Thoughts: This book was almost like A Love Affair to Remember but more sweeter than that. My mom did catch me while being consumed by this book but didn’t tell her since there are those times when my mom does talk so much I can’t get a word in. I did tell her about the last book, if you have read the review for that, anyways, I could see how much the two loved each other despite what was going on. For instance, even though Ben has his family to take care of he didn’t give up Kat and despite having her kid and almost dying due to her sickness, she never forgot Ben either. Even though with how they live two different lives, as in Kat with her sickness, her religious mother, and being in a rural area of Jamaica and Ben with his wife and kids, they still loved each other even at the end of the book despite how hard it became when Ben’s wife knew about Kat. I did like the scene how Ben’s wife, Claire, visited Kat to confront her to see who she was. Did Ben end up with Kat? I would say get the book on Amazon if you can because this was an enjoyable read and if you are into romance books then this would be the one for you!

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints Out of 5! I enjoyed this book a lot since it was an enjoyable and romantic read. It did show both characters in how they lived their lives and able to not forget each other if they are cross ocean from each other. This book does show how love triumphs all and does show choose the ones you love rather than settling with the ones you didn’t want, which I have seen in one part of the book with an old friend and Kat. I do like how each of the characters interacted with each other and gives you a bit of an idea of between Jamaican life, which we saw with Kat, her family, and friends, to the British life with Ben and his wife and friends. All in all, this was a very positive read and I would definitely suggest it. Where can you find it?

Here: https://www.amazon.com/Swimming-Fishes-Rasheda-Ashanti-Malcolm/dp/1909762458/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510463319&sr=8-1&keywords=Swimming+With+Fishes&dpID=514UP8yKfDL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

Yeah, definitely will be including links for now on! Sorry if I hadn’t before!

Well, that is it for this short review! Next will be the Gift Guide! Stay tuned!

Reviews: E. L. F. Luxe 8 Piece Brush Set and Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I haven’t done this in forever and that is bring you a beauty review on here! I have been busy with stuff in my life and not only that have been posting more over on YouTube and with this week being a little packed, I decided to bring this over here and it is a review on…
8 Piece Brush Set and Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer!

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions of the lead writer! Please respect her thoughts on these products!

So recently I have been shopping on Ulta thanks to my card with them and now my Platinum status and since the Holidays are technically here according to the Business Universe a lot of makeup companies came out with holiday sets. I did get my paws on two of them from MAC’s Snowball collection which happen to be the Rose Gold pallet which features six new shades for the season and the Lip Glass Mini Trio in the Rose bag.

Well, E. L. F., who is known for makeup that is sold at affordable prices and has been in Target, CVS, and now at Ulta with some stuff only online and in store. They released their own holiday items and one happens a set of their brushes from the Luxe Brush Collection which ranges from $3 to $15 depending on the brush. This set you get eight of them for $20 and it is a $27 value! Man, that is a good deal for a set like this, I think it is better than the Morphe Vegan Brush Set since you get one more brush in that and it costs $39. I thought Morphe brushes were okay when I tried them out in a YouTube video and did keep my promise to just the brushes and they aren’t as special that people make them sound while E. L. F., on the other hand, I always love returning to time to time. I did use these brushes to apply my makeup but had to supplement with the color correcting concealer, the under eye concealer, powder for a moment since after wiping the big brush after foundation, and highlight since I used these for the brows, foundation, blush, bronzer, setting powder, shadow and concealer. What did I think?

Brushes:

• Ultimate Blending Brush: This brush is can be used in any formula of foundation and can also be used for bronzer and blush but I tried it with foundation since I use a liquid foundation from Almay and set it with powder later. It did blend the foundation in very nicely even with two pumps when other brushes would need more. One wxample is where I got the Ulta oval brushes and I tried the foundation one and took a lot of product to use so I think that one is best for blush since that would need less product to blend. This one in the E. L. F. one is great! I did try it with powder but it was a little bit wet from my baby wipe but it did a bit before I switched to my powder brush from the set I am using now. Still, this is a good brush to have and you can get it on its own for $6.
• Eye Shadow C Brush: This brush was a pretty soft brush and it does remind me of the regular eye brush E. L. F. has separately and any set too. I used my MAC Satin Taupe to try this brush out and it did blend very well even though my eye base from NYX was still tacky and laid two layers for good measure to blend on top of the base. I did see this can also be used with cream shadows so maybe I can use it with an eye base or blend the Wet N Wild Metallic shadows!
• Flawless Concealer Brush: This brush felt more like a crease brush with how it is shaped. It did blend in my concealer which I lay down on top of the color corrector. It was pretty soft as well and I even decided to see how well it blended the CoverGirl concealer and not bad! I would probably use this for my crease or my under eye.
• Contour Brush: I think I got this confused for the blush brush but it did work as a blush brush more than a contour one due to how the angle can help with applying on the cheekbones. I know technically it is the apples but I do the cheekbones due to how we blush naturally around that area. Well, there is always next time but most people think there is no exact rule to makeup and that includes brushes.
• Small Angle Brush: I used this for eyeliner since the description for the brush on its own said that it can also be used for brows but it did make sense for liner more. I decided why not try it with the eyeliner stencils I got for my Link cosplay? The Essence black gel liner was the one I used and man it worked well with the brush! I was able to do the wing parts on the stencil fairly easily. I may take this brush with me to Holiday Matsuri since I am planning on doing Link and Itachi and may be using gel liner for the wrinkle lines he has.
• Eyebrow Duo Brush: This brush was very good! This is not an angled duo brush I have from another company and it does have a spooly on the end and didn’t dig into my hairs as much. I did apply my Essence brow gel very well with the brush end and the bristles weren’t too stiff either! I think I will have an easier time putting a brush shaper when I wash these off.
• Small Stipple Brush: This one I used for under eye setting powder because I felt like the shape was best for that even when I have to go into a small container of powder. I think Emily Noelle uses this one for highlight time to time but this one feels good as a setting powder in my book and the double layer of bristles does it very well!
• Blush Brush: Finally, I think I did get this one mixed up as the contour brush even though this fits more as one due to how rounded it is. I did have an easy time blending the Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer with this one since it can do both cream and powder like the other one that is more angled. I do like how soft it is and shaping the outer parts of my cheek with the bronzer was done very well with this brush and I am thinking of doing that for now on with this one!
My final thoughts on the set is that this set was very good! Not too expensive for what you are paying and they are very good quality! They aren’t scratchy, they didn’t tickle me as much as two of the brushes from Morphe since on camera I found them very tickly against my skin due to how soft those were, these have enough softness that it doesn’t do that! I think this set is a perfect idea for any beginner who wants to try out E. L. F. brushes or a gift for a makeup lover who has not try out the Luxe brushes and I can see why these are good! You can also find these in the 19 Brush Set for holiday which is $30 more if you want to spend more on a set for someone but Ulta does have sales which I may get the bigger one if it does go on sale and is still in stock by then due to how a lot of holiday shoppers go nuts! Next item…

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer: I have to include this since I have been doing simple contouring lately. I know I never wore bronzer before but all thanks to Vivi I decided to start doing it and I am doing fairly well. I just do in the outer areas of my cheeks and under the lip and chin to give those areas more definition. I remembered doing that with my color pencils when I used to draw back in the day. I knew about this bronzer and everyone in the makeup community I have seen loves this bronzer and I can see why! This is like a cream but it does blend to a powder finish. I got the one in Light so it wouldn’t look so dark on me since people do have some bronzers that look muddy or too orange on them depending on what they get and so far so good this one has not done too much. I may take this with me to Holiday Matsuri since it is not so harsh. Also, another good part of this bronzer is the smell! OMG! This smells like regular butter and it was made with Miruru Butter or is it Miru Miru Butter? Still, it is an amazing scent! Plus, this thing doesn’t make me itch like the foundations because it doesn’t contain any SPF, I know I live in Florida and SPF is important but my skin is sensitive to products with it and the foundations from this company made me itch. This bronzer doesn’t and glad I can use something from this brand without any worry!

Rating: 5 Star Pawprints for Bronzer and Brush Set! These two items are amazing! The brushes are soft and very affordable for the price and great for any makeup lover or beginner that may want to try E. L. F. brushes and to me these are better than Morphe since they don’t tickle me as much with the face brushes. I think my favorite brushes out of this set would be the duo brow brush, the angular brush, and the blush one that I used for my contouring since they were great for those uses. The Butter Bronzer is also amazing for what it is. Yes, it is $15 but it is worth it! I did forget to mention that Physician’s Formula does have coupons time to time and some places do put them on sale. Also, the smell is great and you can smell it while applying and this product does not make my face itch like the foundations. Definitely a Pawprint of Approval on the Butter Bronzer!

Well, that is it for this review! It feels good to bring a review back on this blog since I feel like it is a little neglected despite doing book reviews and having a beauty review is a nice break. I am thinking of doing a gift guide for this year since I tend to do the advice stuff and I think it is good to do the gift guide. Until next time everyone!