Beauty: Project Pan Update September!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I am back from the hurricane and have been at Gondras’ due to no power at home for an entire week. I am glad to be back with a new post and this one is an update on my Project Pan!

What Was Finished:

Versacci Woman Perfume: So, starting with a fragrance I have finished and that is by Versacci and it is the Woman scent. I got this at Nordstrom Rack one summer and it was on sale for the small bottle for $30 and I have two things to say. I love the scent but it was a bit overpowering! It was a natural smell but it was so strong that I even used it as an air refreshner to help with my room both here and in Daytona and it took me three years to finish because I have so many other perfumes and I was happy to finish this one and it was also my most worn perfume of all!
Nicole by Nicole Richey Travel Size Vial: Another perfume I have finished and that is a travel size of the Nicole scent from Nicole Richey! I have been using the travel size more than the full bottle because the full bottle has a strange design and it is hard to spray out of! I wish they put an old style nozzle with the puff from like around the 1930s or was it 1940s, you guys know what I am talking about with the old school spray poofs even at the end of a hose! That would’ve been a better design for the big bottle. I was able to use up the travel size version and it was very easy to use up. I love the scent since I can wear it year round and it has a very sweet pechulli scent which I love pechulli a lot! Even my fave perfume from Lush, Karma, had that in their scent and they discontinued it! This reminds me of that but sweeter and less the citrus. I did get one of those atomizer bottles to use on the big bottle because it is hard to spray out and the atomizers make it easier to use the perfume.
Lip product samples: I was glad to finish up some of the lip product samples I got from Ulta and Sephora because I felt like there was not much product to them and my Artemis makeup bag can’t hold way too much at one time so I have to use them up. I am so glad to use them up since I had the two Ulta butter lip glosses from when I started shopping from Ulta and tried their makeup and they were a part of set at the time and it was time to use those. I did use the Tarte sampler liquid lipstick from the birthday gift at Sephora and that was pretty fast. While my sample of the Bite lipstick I got from Sephora broke on me so it was gone. Hey, I am making progress after all.
Bath & Body Works Body Butter in Madgascar Vanilla: I got this two years ago and I had it for so long I needed to finish it up. My skin has been dry and drier still on my hands due to washing them, cleaning my brushes, etc. I was glad to finish this thing due to how many years I had it and there was a good bit left and I went through it pretty fast. I am using a Tree Hut lotion for my hands and seeing how good their products are since I have heard good things about them.

What Is Being Worked On:

Burberry Brit: I am adding another fragrance to finish and that is my bottle of Burberry Brit! I love love love this scent and it is the scent everyone asked me about in Daytona since it has such a unique vanilla spice scent! I had this one bottle for a long time, I do have a back up which was an accidental purchase from my dad but hey at least I have another bottle.
Double Ended Ulta Pencils: I decided to add these to the mix since I had them for a while and they also came in sets I purchased and even in free makeup bags. I am using a black and brown duo at the moment and might another to my liner mix. I have been doing this thing where I where one color on my topline and then the second on the bottom line to give an ombreyish effect.

Updates On The Items In my Pan Bag:

In case if you are wondering what is going on with the items in my Project Pan bag, well I haven’t touched them as much due to other items I have been using. I do use them sometimes, heck I even used my Romantic Rose blush from Milani one day and did the same with one of the L’Oreal pallets. I am going slowly but working on it!

Anything Else to Add?

Electric Slide by Colour Pop: Well, adding a Colour Pop product to the mix and that is Electric Slide from their Christmas 2015 collection or was it 2016, I forget! This one was the one that got me into the brand it and I need to try to finish it up since I had it for a while. I do love how golden it is and I don’t give it enough love and time to use it up!
LA Colour Warm Berry Blush: I have to include this blush on here since I had it for a long time too. I am not sure if the brand is LA Color or LA Girl? I know it is one of the two but it is the Warm Berry blush. I love this blush but need to be careful because it can be a bit much due to how pigmented it is!

I think that is about it for this Project Pan update! I know there is a lot to get through but hey I am making progress and will get there! Until next time everyone! I will update if I finished anything over on our Twitter which is @ Nerdy Shique!

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Books: Ekata: Fall of Darkness by. Dominique Law

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time for another book review and going to try and get this done before Irma hits! Yes, another hurricane after a year of being hit by Matthew. Hoping we still have power like Matthew and if not, I do have a power bank for charging my devices and I do have plenty of books to read on my IPhone and books and podcasts to listen to on my Victor Reader Stream so I am good in keeping myself entertained. Plus,I do have a new Galaxy Tablet to try out since I am expanding my tech learning to become an A. T. Specialist. So, what book did I read? Another sci-fi and fantasy which was interesting so let’s see what I thought!

Title: Ekata: Fall of Darkness
Author: Dominique Law

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions by the lead writer and producer of this blog! Please respect her opinions on this book and warning spoilers might be ahead!

Synopsis: This book is the first of three and in this one meet Asher, a person who has been plagued by visions of violence and death ever since his mother died as he lived in Ekata, a world that is filled with peace for many years. When he finds out that he is a part of a prophecy and must fetch a girl by the name of Alexis on Earth, he has to survive the coming threat of her father and any war he wants to start.

Alexis, a seventeen year-old birl, was transported to Earth as a baby in order to escape her violent father and thought she was living a normal life until Asher appears on her doorstep. She gets swept into Ekata in order to train and accept her gifts and not only that fall for Asher until darkness decides to take him away. Will she survive her father’s wrath and able to keep Asher alive? Time will tell!

Thoughts: This was a really good book! I felt like I was reading Avatar, the James Cameron one by the way, except the world is slightly modern on one side where there are hardly any vehicles and then you have modern day New Zealand in order to find Alexis on Earth. I liked how the characters interacted from beginning to end in not only in word but also in mind because of the psychic powers that get used in this book. With Alexis, I kind of feel like I’ve seen this as a movie before and I can’t get the title of it! I remembered Disney Channel did something similar where a girl gets sent from the future and has telepathic powers and wears some sort of crown and bad guys come after her. Here it deals with her violent father who lost his way and wants to rule the world with his daughter and enslaves people on top of it and of course we see training to be stronger.

Speaking of training, I do like the training sequences which is done on an island in Ekata and shows how the characters train with their minds besides fists and wweapons and even the struggles of getting stronger with the mind. I did like how Asher was mentioned that he was weak at being able to grab hold and transport items like rocks for example and when he had to train he fell over a cliff if he fails. I wished they shown Alexis’ training a bit more because since she didn’t know who she really was until Asher shown up and get to see how she trains in order to get from newbie empath to novice and advanced than just focusing on Asher despite him being more main character since she is main character status too. Maybe that will appear in the second book because at the very end it did give you the title right before acknowledgments and hoping I get to read that since I did read this one. Another thing I did notice about this book which was that the fight scenes were kind of rushed. I noticed in the beginning of the story it did tell all the key players we need to know and how to find Alexis, the journey to the portal to get her from Earth, and then to the island, the training, and then the rising conflict shows up but the conflicts, especially with Alexis’ father felt a little rushed and he ran off so soon. I wished it was a little drawn out unless the fighting will take a bigger role in the second and final book that Law is working on since I know the ending was opened to the next but it was a bit rushed in the ending. Another thing is, even though the two main characters and heroes fell in love but I do like Blake and Alexis better together. I know he is supposed to be a little gay but you do see him falling for her and wishing they did stay together. Who knows what will happen to them next. I would say take a read if you want.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Star Pawprints! I know it is a bit weird for a little bit taken off for the rating. I think the fighting scenes in the end needed a little work but who knows what will happen in the second book. I love the characters and how they interacted not only face-to-face but also in the mind and how everyone can feel everything from each other. I hope the relationships get built up a little more by the next book and see more fighting scenes. Also, another thing I didn’t get to point out is that how did the main bad guy decided to enslave people!? I felt like that came out of left field! It did get explained a little bit in the middle of the book but should’ve been explained a little more. Hoping we get a bit more explanation if there is more of that to come. Still, this book was a good start and hoping to read the next one and if that happens, yes there will be another review!

That is it for this review! And yay! I did get it done in time before Irma hits! I am hoping we get through this one and hoping soon I will hear back from Holiday Matsuri knowing that December will be upon us! A head’s up, I may be starting my first class in the A. T. Specialist Program at Cal State online so who knows when I will finish the next book which is going to be a bit of a thriller and I do like reading these kinds of books. Until next time! Any Florida nerds, please stay safe and evacuate when necessary if you are in a location proned for a lot flooding and wind!