Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Since we’re waiting on posting the Joshua Seth interview from Holiday Matsuri, I thought that I should do my November and December Favorites! Damn! 2015 went out the window! I think when I turned 30 the year went faster than usual! Well, I do have a lot of beauty faves especially subscription related items! Let’s see what I liked!
ELF Illuminating Pallet: First up is the ELF Illuminating pallet which was released during late October early November since it was a re-release of the Ambient Pallet that they released this past summer. I didn’t know about the Ambient one until it sold out and it was limited edition, which is kind of sad to know that until I found out that ELF released this one, I had my chance and got it! It was $6 and it’s not that bad for a pallet and it is soft with the glitter, as in it is not powerful nor chunky, it gives a nice light to the cheeks. I used one when I done Lucy for Holiday Matsuri and felt like wearing it at times to add a nice illumination to the skin. I will re-purchase whenever I hit pan.
MAC Eye Shadow in Ascent to Glimmer: During October leading up to Halloween, MAC released a vampy line for lipsticks and eye shadows, I also think they released highlighters which people went crazy for one of them. I did get a shadow finally which I wanted to try MAC’s eye shadows for a while now and got it in Adcent to Glimmer! It is a very beautiful purple cobalt blue that has shimmer! I worn this during Ranger Stop with my blue cat ears and it matched! I am sad that this is limited edition but I will still wear it, doesn’t mean I can’t still find a dupe or ask MAC what is similar to it.
Maybelline Collosal Cat Eyes Mascara: Another eye product I love and that is my Maybelline Collosal Cat Eyes mascara! I love this thing! It makes my lashes spikey and feel like I have lashes like a cat or a cat girl at least. I will definitely purchase this mascara again!
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara: Oh yeah, something I’ve been reaching like crazy and that is the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara! I just tossed my deluxe sample which I will miss so much, but I did get it for free when Ulta sent me a free coupon for it and hoping I get another one of those coupons. I love how this mascara curls my lashes and feels like I put a roller on my lashes. Hoping I get this one again in the near future due to how I loved it and always reached for it when I am in my train case!
Lord of Missrule from Lush: Oh man, I went a bit Lush crazy lately and was sad to use up and that is the Lord of Missrule Shower Cream! I got this in the bat hibi jibi they did this past October and man it smells amazing! It is a citrusy smell with black pepper oil in it which I was afraid it might be spicy, no it wasn’t! It was like a sweet citrus smell and used it with the next favorite on here and it made my skin feel soft as well.
Night Wing Shower Jelly from Lush: My next fave, I also used up, is the Night Wing shower gel! This got me back into using shower jellies by Lush, which I don’t know why I stopped using them after loving the Sweetie Pie one that came in the Very Berry gift box Gondras got me for Valentine’s Day when we started going out. I know, aww! I love the smell, it has a dark citrus smell and it goes well with Lord of Missrule shower gel, also used it with Snow Fairy which made it a nice, earthy type smell. I hope this returns with the Lord shower cream next year, I would buy a bigger size of the shower cream and get the regular size of the shower jelly because this does last me a month. The girl at the airport location tried to suggest the bigger size but the regular one keeps me good for a month like the medium shower gels!
NYX Eyebrow Mascara: Forgot to mention this with mascaras but this is for the brows!I decided to start using clear eyebrow mascara since it is easier than matching your eyebrow color to a pencil or colored gel because there are times when it doesn’t match the brow exactly and there are times when they have different shades than your actual color. Using the clear one saves me the hassle and the NYX brand is really good! I have been using this whenever I do my make up and it keeps my brows in place, even more than the Chella one I tried through BoxyCharm. It also doesn’t cost a lot to get either, you can find it at Ulta and Target pretty easily too.
Fave Eye Look: Bronzed Taupe from L’Oreal, Carnival from Inspr, and Bone from Hikari! Decided to mention my fave eye look since I rarely talk about that and I worn this during Thanksgiving for a nice neutral look! It deals with using Bronzed Taupe from L’Oreal Infolluble Eye Shadow line, Carnival from Inspr, which I love from the November Ipsy bag, which is from Inspr Cosmetics btw, and Bone from Hikari as my highlight and then blend them altogether and gives a nice taupe eye look! I find it very simple and may use it more and more! The Carnival shadow I couldn’t exactly find it, Inspr’s website is weird, you have to choose the color you’re looking for and they don’t give you the shade name just color. It would be nice if they give you shade names but I did find a nice replacement and that is Hanky Panky from Colour Pop! Yes, I started buying Colour Pop slightly and was looking for a taupe and found this one while searching! Can’t wait to see how it works!
Delium Tools Blending Brush: Have to mention a brush and that is the blending brush by Delium Tools! I got this in Ipsy and love how it blends my eye shadows together! It even blends anything when I put it on top of a Color Tattoo on my eyes! I do have the Delium Tooks eye brush set which makes it even more fun when it comes to have a lot of eye brushes and can’t have enough!
Luxie Concealer Brush: This one came from Boxy and it’s the Luxie Under Eye Concealer brush! It is so simple to use and it helps blend my Cover Girl Invisble Lift concealer I use under my eyes all the time! Some people complained that the bristles are hard and they hurt but with me, it sort of hurts but it blends very well! This is my second Luxie item I’ve ever gotten and want one of their brush sets since I do go brush crazy!
Royal Lannickle Moda Eye Brush: I got this in October through Ipsy but fell in love with it since I used it throughout November and December and that is the Royal Langnickle eye brush! I find it interesting that this company is also a paint brush company that now makes make up brushes and I can see why! This brush puts the lid color on flawlessly and it feels very good while using it! I did get a small set but lost one of the brushes somehow after Matsuri, I used it for highlighter but don’t know what happened to it! Asked Gondras but didn’t find it I believe. I will find it! I think I also bought their paint brushes back in the past when I done Drawing classes, but this is a good brand to buy from!
Not So Faves: ELF Face Primers: I do have a not-so-fave and that is the ELF Face Primers! I switched up my face primers due to the Ulta Matte Prime was starting to getting even more expensive to purchase more and more! I tried NYX’s Matte Face Primer, didn’t like that one as much due to how too much of a cream it was, the Rimmel Matte Primer that I love and still purchase and then did try out ELF’’s Poreless and Mineral Primers. The Poreless one was pretty good and it had my make up on smoothly and kept it on and then Gondras handed me the Mineral one to take a try and one thing I didn’t like the most is that the Mineral one made my skin itch after application, even later on in the day! It kind of done that with the Poreless but not as bad as the Mineral one. I am sorry ELF but I can’t use these and what I don’t like the most is that they are greasy like crazy! Mostly the Mineral one is the greasiest one and the Poreless one gave off a weird herbal scent. What did I do? I went back to the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer because I love how cool it is when putting it on, it feels like more of a paste and it holds my make up very well and it doesn’t make my skin itcy at all! ELF, please make one for sensitive skin, as in with ingredients that won’t make my skin react as badly as the Mineral one then I will come back!
Favorite Books: Bound to Darkness and Stroke of Midnight by Lara Adrian: You know I always been loving the Midnight Breed Series and finally I read book 13 and 13.5 which are Bound to Darkness and Stroke of Midnight. I was glad Bound shows the relationship between Caris and Rune and it does answer the question from Marked by Midnight about the family that Rune and Nova came from, so it tells you who they are really! I don’t want to reveal too much because of anyone who haven’t read it like I did. I am re-reading it for Net Gally to review because it hadn’t been promoted enough and Net Gally is pretty awesome for anyone who does reviews for blogs, newspapers, and so on. It is pretty much you request a book, they send it when it gets approved, and send you the book through Kindel and then you review it when you’re done! I know it sounds weird for me to re-read it but there are times when I love to re-read things and I have been doing that with Midnight Breed and this time it is good for reviewing. With Stroke, on the other hand, it pretty much deals with one of the Rome team vampires getting his breedmate through a ritual that is tradition between his family and hers and while starting that ritual they had to leave in order to help a refugee camp nearby. As they are there, something evil lurks! This will link to the next book which is Defy the Dawn and that deals with Tavia’s half-sister Brine. It is getting better as time goes on but the story does twist and turn with each book and now novella since you have to read those to get more of the story as it goes! If you’re around my age, I still recommend this and the vampires aren’t like the Twilight ones, think of it like Buffy the Vampire Slayer where the vampires have weapons and the females have special powers due to family background and they are as strong as Buffy, Willow, and Cordelia!
Favorite Make Up Caryring Case: Caboodles Ultimate Carrying Train Case! Man, that is a mouthful! Recently I had to get a new carrying case for my all-time make up and it was starting to take over the bag I used and I hated how things fell out and lost it. I went to WalMart’s website to see about getting a train case and unfortunately I didn’t get the one I ordered on time and then didn’t get when they sent a replacement, which sucked, and then got a refund but they only gave me $18 out of the $23 I spent. I am not ordering from their website ever again after this crap that was pulled! Heck, I was afraid my BoxyCharm this month would go through the same thing but it did get to me while I was away. I had to settle on the Caboodles Ultimate Train Case and they aren’t kidding when it is ultimate! It has six trays like the Stylus one I wanted first and I was able to fit all my brushes, blushes, foundation, concealers, and so much more! I even have some of my fave shadow palleets such as the Too Faced Chocolate Bar, the Stardust one, the three NYX Dream Catcher pallets, my ELF Everyday Smoky, and of course the two ELF blush and Illuminating apllets! I love this thing even when I left for Matsuri because it also locks up and I can find my make up very easily along with my brushes because I had a struggle finding each brush but now it’s just on top and there you go! I have to put some of my brushes in a diagonal position when putting them away because some of them are bigger than the tray but it helps to do that! If you find this train case or the Stylist one I wanted so badly, get this because not only it’s a tad bit pricey, I got the Stylist while on sale and now it’s sold out, I am like screw it! Anyways, it’s worth the $30 with a case like this!
Well, that is it! I know it’s a long post but hey, at least I got out there for you to read! What is next? Of course waiting on Gondras to finish editing the Joshua Seth interview, not sure if I want to put up Todd’s first which I am thinking about doing that instead and at the same time not! Not sure yet. I still have my Bests and Worsts of this year, which I want to put that out there as well. I know I tend to put my fave con moments if I went through conventions with both months but at the same time want to save it for Bests and Worsts with Ranger Stop and Matsuri due to mentioning Omni Expo and AFO along with the Best and Worst stuff. Don’t want to be repetitive with all that. Stay tuned for that! Also, follow us on Twitter!