Favorites: September and October 2016!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is that time again and that’s time for my favorites and that is for September and October of this year! Damn! I remembered January started yesterday and now it’s October? What did I like these two months? Let’s see!

Moment: Releasing my Very First Book! Starting it off is that last month I had my first book released! I know I did mention it in my posts the past few times but it is a favorite! What is it called? It’s called The Blind Perspective: Convention Stories from the Dark. It is pretty much my stories that have been the most remembered from my convention going for the past twelve years. My very first convention was JACON back in 2004 which I was 18 at the time and just graduated from high school. This was when they still held at the university I went to and have seen so many cosplays, bought so much stuff, and so on. I didn’t really start cosplaying until the year after and was with THEE X at the time which yes you get to read one story with him and that is how the FullMetal Autograph first started. Some other stories I included are when Dan Southworth thinking my cane was a golf club, how Gondras and Tobi were getting Steve Blum to talk to me as Orochimaru over the phone, giving an extra Carla plushie to Brittney Karbowski, and many more! I also met so many people we friended with over the years that help shape these stories as time went on and still friends with to this day. You can get this book on Amazon for Kindle and at Barnes & Noble for the Nook and the app as well as Kindle and you can read it on the way to a convention, during a convention which you can share with your hotel roomies, or even when you have down time during class. I bet you’re wondering why I did a book like this first is due to how me and Gondras shared these stories with our friends and decided why not do it in a book? I do have many more stories but have thought about doing a sequel to it later. I am writing another book and it will be my first fiction book to release and will try and get it out next year in the middle of it. So, support my work and try to get me up to a hundred copies so you guys can get a paperback version.

News: Getting Press for Holiday Matsuri! So, I mentioned months ago that right after being turned down for Mega this year that I filled out the press form for Matsuri this year and got it for a second year! The funny thing is that at first I got a turn down email and replied asking about it and got a reply saying that we were on the wrong list and got accepted. It was a tiny mistake but glad to hear that we’re doing it a second year in a row. I love how Orlando has their own Christmas convention and it’s close to Christmas which makes it even more awesome for gift buying. I will be doing a Convention Spotlight soon, which I was planning to do it earlier this month but due to Hurricane Matthew, it may have to wait until next weekend or the beginning of November. Stay tuned for that!

Movie/Special: The Rocky Horror Picture Show! Not sure if anyone has watched anything this past week and caught Thursday’s programming on FOX, they had the Rocky Horror Picture Show Live! I never seen it since I heard the two most famous songs, “Sweet Transvestite” with Tim Curry singing it and “Time Warp,” I finally seen this and…I LOVED IT! I know I have to see the original and will get it on Amazon since I heard it’s also good. I am into musicals, which my most two fave ones are Rent and Repo: The Genetic Opera, this was very entertaining and glad to catch this while being in Daytona and glad to enjoy this!

Song: “Karate” by BabyMetal! Lately, I’ve been listening to a Japanese band that I got into all thanks to some of the guys being at the dorm here and they mentioned BabyMetal. I heard one of their songs blasting and checked them out on YouTube and fell in love with their song, “Karate!” I have listened to their other songs like “Headbanger” and “Gimme Chocolate” but “Karate” is my all time fave one and the one that stood out to me the most. What can I say, they are an amazing band with amazing music!

Books: My Fair Princess, Defy the Dawn, and Tailored for Trouble! I am giving you all a triple hit of books this month and first of all is My Fair Princess which I have reviewed on here for you all! This is based on My Fair Lady which also has hints of Princess Diaries in it where we meet Gillian, a daughter of an illitigimate prince, where she has to be taught to be a proper lady of society to find her a husband. This is supposed to be a trilogy and can’t wait to see the next book since this one is where I didn’t want to close Kindle! Another book was of course the latest by Lara Adrian, Defy the Dawn! This continues the story right after the last novel, Bound to Darkness, which we meet Tavia’s half-sister, Brine, who falls for the Atlantian, Zeal, who knew Jordana’s father for the longest time and helped him leave Atlantis. I kept reading through this entire book since the secret she has would scare Zeal but he accepts her for who she is. I was happy they revealed Selene in this and I can’t wait until she shows up again later in the next novel. I know the next novella, Midnight Untamed, came out and need to get the funds to get that since it deals one of the members of the Lazarro Archer’s group in Italy like the last one. The last book is of course Tailored for Trouble! This was the last review I gave you and it is a romantic comedy story that was really cute and wishing this was a Lifetime movie! If this was one then I wouldn’t mind seeing Rachael Leigh Cook or Courtney Cox to be Taylor in this and not sure to be Bennet. I did send the link to the writer and she thanked me for it. If you are into romantic comedies when the characters have a love/hate relationship that brought them together due to a cookie then this is for you!

Pallets: NYX Highlighter and Nicki Tutorials Collab! Yes, two pallets I loved this month and they are the NYX illuminator pallet and the Power of MakeUp pallet from Too Faced! Let me start with the Too Faced one since that one is the big elephant here! I know there is a scandal behind the Power of MakeUp pallet due to how people noticed that there is hardly any pigmentation unlike her swatches she has done off camera. I did get this pallet since I was so excited and did love the Tart collab with Bunny and the Too Faced pallet with Vegas Nay and those were really pigmented! I do notice that there was a build up on one shade and that was Irresistable which is the gold glitter shade. I don’t blame Nicki for this actually since she did know there were inconsistencies with the pallet and how some people who got ones that weren’t as pigmented. I did do a video where I used Darkest Hour, Wham Bam, and Wanted as a look and didn’t have a problem with those shades. Normally, Too Faced does have really good shadows and this pallet should’ve been kept for a bit longer to test out pigmentation before being released. People found some of the shades weren’t showing up and even the highlighter not being great but I did have luck with it. Nicki did say Champagne Truffle is supposed to be subtle and don’t mind it being subtle at all. Still, Too Faced should’ve tested out the pigmentation more. While the NYX iluujminator one was a major fave! I know it’s been out forever but couldn’t buy it when I found it at Ulta in Port Orange since my credit card was still ou and then the Orlando locations only had it for promotional purposes which I don’t get and decided to wait to get it on the net. I was happy to get it at the NYX store in Milennia! I was really happy that they opened a store here in Florida and best place was Milennia, which they should open other locations in town since they are a really popular drugstore brand! I love this thing and used it for an entire week! I can see why people liked this but haven’t talked about it as much since its release, only for two or three weeks it was talked about from watching reviews. If you can find this or get it online, I give it two thumbs up! I hope NYX makes another one with more colors because they are awesome with what they bring!

Lips: NYX Cosmic Lip Metals Lip Creams! Next is a lip color and that is from NYX and that is their newest item in the brand and that is their Cosmic Metal Lip Creams! This is their boldest line of lip creams and they are metallic since metallic lips are coming back into style. I have two of these in Out of This World, which is a metallic teal color, and Celestial, which is a royal blue! Been stepping out of my comfort zone of the usual pinks and reds to wear these! They are very comfortable san better than the Lquid Suede lipsticks since they don’t feel very tacky and don’t dry to very dry. I know it doesn’t make sense but it’s very comfortable that you don’t feel it. I want to get the gunmetal one since that’s available along with the other blue colors.

Hair Mask: Tresseme Coconut Hair Mask! Lately I have been into hair masks to help grow my hair. I tend to have it short for wigs but Gondras asked me to grow it out. I did read hair masks help and I tried out the Honey Essentials or was it Natural Honey or something like that by Garnier and it did help and tried to find them at Target here in Daytona but couldn’t find it. Did ask a worker and he shown me one by Tresseme and I used their Naturals shampoo and conditioner years back and saw that this had coconut oil. I decided to try it and love it so far! My hair feels stronger and moisturized all thanks to this one! It also smells like coconut milk!

Eye Primer: Essence Backstage Primer! Next is a new eye primer I’ve been using and it’s by Essence! I know I said I loved the Master Prime by Maybelline and do love the Smashbox one too and then heard the one from Essence is amazing from EVERYONE who has used it on YouTUbe! It is affordable and have tried two lip glosses, an eye liner, and eye shadows from them and decided to try their primer. How do I like it? It is amazing! It is around $2 or $3 for it at Ulta and it goes on very smoothly! It keeps my eye shadow on like glue and it has more product in the tube. How is that? Well, in some of the vials of the Master Prime I feel like there is not enough primer to use an entire month and I have been using this since the middle of end of last month and I still have product! I may have to pick this up again. Oh by the way, didn’t mention this with the Nicki pallet, the shadows from that stay put on that! Which depending with the primer you wear it does stick on better! I already have the small size of the Shadow Insurance from Too Faced and picked up another tube of the Smashbox primer when the 21 Days of Beauty event this year!

Face Wash: Clean & Clear Morning Burst moisturizing with Cucumber! Last thing is a face wash and that is the Clean & Clear Oil Free Moisturizing Face Wash in cucumber. I have been using the sensitive skin one and my skin went dry. I have sensitive skin and have to be careful and then my skin dries up all of a sudden so that means it is time for a new face wash. I decided to try the Morning Burst one and it has cucumber in it. It did moisturize my skin and it smells amazing! I still use my other things with it which happened to be the Stridex and the Clean & Clear toner for sensitive skin. Speaking of skin care…

Non-Fave: Dark Angels by Lush! Since I have been trying some expoliants lately, Vivi told me about Dark Angels by Lush which is an expoiliating charcoal scrub and I decided to try it. It felt good and decided to use it each night until I broke out! Oh no! My right side of my face was covered in zits! I tossed it and my skin healed. It did feel great and I can see why the price tag is so high, it’s $50, but at least it was a sample!

Face Mask: Cup ‘O Coffee by Lush! Don’t worry, this is a fave mask! It is the Cup O’ Coffee mask by Lush and man it is amazing! Normally I would use Oat Fix for my skin and when I heard of this one I knew I had to try! It’s made with coffee grounds and it doesn’t irritate my skin at all. I tend to have sensitive skin and it would hate something like this but it didn’t! It also did clear my sinuses when I was sick during the hurricane. I can’t wait until I get this myself since it was a gift from Vivi.

Well, that is it for this favorites! Damn, this year is going by fast and before I know it will be Holiday Matsuri! Which next is the Convention Spotlight on it! Stay tuned!

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Convention Spotlight: Tampa Bay MegaCon

::out of nowhere a noise sounds and out of nowhere a blue police box appears and out comes a cat girl with blue ears and wearing a trenchcoat with the thunder wave symbols from .hack:: Looks like I’m in the right place! Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I was going to do my favorites post but I’m bringing you a quick Convention Spotlight that was supposed to be done a little while back but I finally got contact from Tampa Bay MegaCon!

Convention: Tampa Bay MegaCon
Location: Tampa, Florida

We return to Tampa after two years with another spotlight and this time it’s MegaCon taking over Tampa in a week! Yes, it is October 28-.0th and will be at the Tampa Bay Convention Center! You can find the information here:
http://megacontampabay.com/

I do have something as a nice treat for you all and that is an interview with the show director from this convention and here are the questions I asked Andrew and this is what he gave:

1. Since David Tennant is a guest for this one, how does it feel to have one of the iconic doctors from Doctor Who as a guest?
The opportunity for fans to meet and connect with David Tennant of Doctor Who is unchanged and continues to deliver some of the most special moments that we see on the show floor.

2. What will attendees expect from the guests at Tampa Bay MegaCon?
The appeal of pop culture events has broadened significantly over the years. The opportunity for fans to meet and connect with their heros is unchanged and continues to deliver some of the most special moments that we see on the show floor.

3. Will MegaCon branch out to other cities like Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and others?
Unable to comment on this question. However, in regards to MegaCon Tampa Bay, both Visit Tampa and The Tampa Bay Convention Centre have been very welcoming and supportive. It is our mandate to produce the Ultimate Fan Experience and we look forward to delivering that to the Tampa Community at the end of the month.

Oh yes! This convention made me a happy kitty when I found out that David Tennant will be a guest at this since he is my favorite Doctor from Doctor Who. We did get press and not sure if we wilf we will show up for a day. If we do, we will make sure to update you guys over at the Nerdy Shique Universe Twitter @ Nerdy Shique! If not, there is always next MegaCon! You can check out all the stuff from this convention, hotel info, and so much more on guests like William Shatner and many more at the link I provided!

Stay tuned for more posts to come and more convention spotlights! And also, if you haven’t bought a copy, make sure you buy a copy of The Blind Perspective: Convention Stories from the Dark on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

Books: Tailored for Trouble by Mimi Jean Pampiloff

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Time for another book review!

Title: Tailored for Trouble
Author: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Synopsis: This book is a romantic comedy where you meet Taylor Reed, a woman who started her own business after being fired to tame bossy CEOs to be more human, getting hired by Bennet Wade, a handsome but jerkish man who was the main reason that she got fired from her old job, in order to be changed by her program and she is willing to do it in any way she can in order to help him fulfill his business deal with a former client she dealt with. As time goes on, she does find out that Bennet is not that selfish jerk she thought and it turns into something all over one thing they share and that is a cookie.

Thoughgts? Apparently, this book had a prequel that I didn’t know until I read the very end, as in the acknowledgements from Pamfiloff. When I look at it, I didn’t join Net Galley until earlier this year. Anyways, this was a very good book and didn’t want to close it like the last one I read.

How so? Well, this was a romantic comedy since I did do nothing but watch romantic comedies and read a few when I was younger. Yes, I was a high school girl looking for a guy like any other girl! Anyways, I did enjoy this book and I do have to say is that it gives off a Lifetime Movie feel since they do sometimes show those kinds of movies. As in, this was heart warming, sweet, even loved how a baker can be a sassy woman that can bring love together! I did blush at certain parts between the two and Taylor and Bennet do have the typical romantic comedy couple idea since it goes with “I hate you!” “I hate you too!” And then they kiss! I am hoping that the next one is as sweet as this due to how in the acknowledgements that this is a part of a series. I am wondering about this whole cookie business is that it is a sugar cookie that gets mentioned and said to bring love to a couple in sevent days. Well, Gondras and I only had pocky so close enough!

Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars!

Why? Because the book did have its happy ending but it did take a lot to get there. I always thought they would get together but it got to it in a heartwrenching way! For instance, sorry for a spoiler, when Taylor tried to leave Tokyo to head back to the United States after a situation Bennet does the meeting her at the train station after trying failed attempts of riding the train. Is it me or does it sound like Not Another Teen Movie right there? (Haven’t seen all of She’s All That so don’t kill me!) I even found it sweeter with the real reason Taylor was hired for the huge business deal and how Bennet wanted to be trained in order to get the deal he wanted. Did he get it? I would say buy the book and read it for yourself which is available for Kindle and Nook. Oh, also if you want to know if they get together? Read it for that as well, you may enjoy it if you are into romantic comedies .

That is it for this short review! I will get my favorites post up by this weekend since I have so much to do! So, stay tuned!

Books: The Confectioner’s Tale by Laura Madeleine

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I am back with another book review! Let’s get to it!

Title: The Confectioner’s Tale
Author: Laura Madeleine

Synopsis: This story tells the tale of Guillerm, a yong man who came from Bardeaux in Paris and goes to Paris to make his life better. At first he works at the railways and then meets Madamoiselle Jean Clermonte at a patisserie by helping unloading a delivery. Not only seeing this woman leads him into a world of pastries, chocolate, powdered sugar and so much more, his heart starts beating for the lovely mademoiselle and things start to spiral out of control especially when he meets a journalist from London.

Eighty years later, Petra, granddaughter of this journalist, finds photos of her grandfather with the Madamoiselle and Guiellerm and starts to look into the photos and find out that he was involved with a romance scandal between the two. As she keeps on researching to find the truth, her academic life does get jeopardize in the meantime. Plus, she does get into a research rivalry with a biographer who started writing a biography on her grandfather to show what he did was not as bad as the biographer thought.

Thoughts: I found this story a very eautifully woven tale! Not only it tells the story from 1910 but it does switch to 1988 in how Petra goes through to find her research. It does connect the dots as the story goes on. I couldn’t close Kindle as I read like with the last book and same with the one I’m reading now, which you will see that review when I’m done.

I do love how the romance between Gui (since he went by that name during the story) and Jean since it shows how love can come out no matter what class you are even though it wasn’t acceptable back in the day. It also isn’t really a business, love I mean! Also, while I was reading it, I felt a little bit hungry while reading this and I am a major sucker for sweets, especially how they described the eclairs in how they made them! It makes me want to go to Paris and try them there since I tend to get ones from a Cuban bakery in Miami when I go to my eye doctor.I also did like Petra’s side of the story since it did show how she went out of her way in order to get her research to prove that her grandfather was still a good person. Good thing is that the dots do take a weird turn but at the same time she gets led to the final answer and it was something unexpected. If you’re into stories like these, I highly recommend! Speaking of that….

Rating: Five Pawprints Out of Five!

Why? Because I feel as though that this story takes not only very good twists and turns when it comes to love but it does tell it from two sides. As you know, there is always two sides to a story and this takes it to another level because it tells it from two different times, which it tells the tale of how two characters start falling in love in 1910 and then it tells the story in 1988 by a photo saying “Forgive Me” on the back which starts connecting the dots while the other side is filling in the blanks. I know it sounds confusing and thought it was at first but as I read, it pretty much answered, “What happened next in 1910?” I would also say is that this book may make you hungry so be careful of that even when you have a monstrous sweet tooth like I do. Trust me! I even have a big bag of gummy worms and gummy bears.

That is it for this book review! I would recommend it and I would say if you have the Kindle app or the Nook app on your phone or tablet then get this book if you are into Women’s Fiction and Historical Fiction as well!

Next time: Look out for my September and October Favorites of 2016!

Books: My Fair Princess by Vanessa Kelly

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It’s been a while since I posted on Word Press! I have been busy doing a work experience in Daytona also done a few more videos on the YouTube channel and so much more. Not sure if you have heard on the news that Hurricane Matthew is hitting FLorida and now back home in Orlando for a few days due to a precautionary evacuation. So, now to something I am bringing to you and that is another book review!

Title: My Fair Princess
Author: Vanessa Kelly

Synopsis: First, Vanessa Kelly brought many readers The Renegade Royals and now is bringing a new series with three women who are put into adventure and romance.

In this first book of three, we meet Gillian Dryden, a daughter of an illegitimate prince, who is a wild child that grew up in Italy but was ordered to England to get married and also be changed to fit for marriage. With the help of Charles Pennly, there is a lot of work that is not only cut out for her but him as well until something precious gets stolen from her and her mother that puts her in even more danger and a truth gets revealed what has been happening under Charles’ nose. With all her learning and the dangers that fallen onto them, Gillian does find Charles to be her true love.

Thoughts: I never read anything by Vanessa Kelly until I saw this book in one of my Net Galley emails and saw that it supposed to be like the musical My Fair Lady. I did remember during my senior year of high school that we did touch on the original story behind it and did read some of the play and took an entire week to watch the movie. I decided why not take a look into the book and see how it goes and man it was a major page turner! Or a major Kindle turner since I did have this on my Kindle reading list.

I found this book like My Fiar Lady with a hint of Princess Diaries since it does deal with bringing a tom boy princess to become more feminite and royal. My Fair Lady shows more since Gillian did have the rather rash tongue and Charles did have to change her cursing into proper English which was entertaining to see how she worked on that. I did like how she did the toe stepping with the dancing since she had to work on that for a ball and thought back to Princess Diaries when Joe had to show her the traditional waltzy tango that people in the country of Genovia did and referred to it as a “Wango” to combine the two. The twists and turns did surprise me since at first when Gillian was introduced it talked about how she used to go after bandits and that got her in trouble by being shot which led to having her come to England and with meeting a group of bandits while leaving London to head for Charles’ estate after many rumors being spread, there was even more trouble to take on since she wanted to go after them due to jewelry that was taken that was left as presents from her stepfather. This point kind of shows how love can come through when danger arises and despite all the costs to get something that precious that the love for someone is way more than just jewels.

Favorite Character: I know this is kind of like when I reviewed The Deadbringer last time but I think I should mention who’d I like and I would say Charles Pennly. Why? Well, I kind of see it with how I am going through my work experience to become a teacher. The thing is throughout the book I am seeing how patient he has to be when it came to being around Gillian and I can see his frustrations build but he kept a very tight compsure and seeing that makes me keep it too because being around students does take a lot of patience, especially when they have different visual impairments and learning levels. Heck, even the teacher in My Fair Lady was also seen in this but less torments towards the student because at least Charles let Gillian have a meal and have more social interactions. I did like how he took a different teaching approach when she and him got to his estate.

Rating: 5 Out of 5 Paw Prings!

Why? Because this book does take the My Fair Lady approach in a very nice and different direction by using princesses rather than a woman randomly out of her background in the poor society. I love the interactions between Gillian and Charles which I did love their relationship grow by each page whether it was in a dangerous encounter or social gathering. I am hoping with the next book that I get to see more of these types of interactions since it did give a bit of sequel bate in the Epilogue. I can imagine the next princess being changed from what she was into what she will be!

Announcements!

I do have a few announcments and they are we will be doing press for Holiday Matsuri 2016! Yes! We will be returning to the holiday themed convention for a second year and stay tuned for the Convention Spotlight because this year will be action packed!

My other announcement is that I did mention a project that I’ve been working on and that is I released my first book! I have been doing this for over a year and it deals with stories that I thought were memorable from my convention experiences the past twelve years. I have gone to many conventions all over Central Florida and have seen a lot of them grow, a lot of them change, and even two end. You get to read the book description at this blog post:

The Blind Perspective

So, please support! Also, while you’re on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, make sure you search for My Fair Princess by Vanessa Kelly which you can find it there as well!

That is it for this review! I will be back with another book review along with my faves of September and October and the Convention Spotlight on Holiday Matsuri 2016! Stay tuned!