Books: Siege Line by. Mike Cole!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It’s time for a new book review from Net Galley!

Title: Siege Line
Author: Mike Cole

Disclaimer: This review is based on thoughts and opinions based on observation from the lead writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts on this book!

What Is It About? Jim Schweitzer had everything! He was a Navy Seal and even had a family until the Gemini Cell took those two things away alongside his life. Once brought back to life by a certain magic, Schweitzer must take out the Gemini Cell in order to get everything back unless the shadowy director tries to stop him first and go to the sub-arctic regions of Canada to find someone with the same magic powers to give him an actual body. Schweitzer must join forces with the American Forces and Canadian Forces in order to take out this shadowy figure in order to get what he lost after being brought back from death.

Thoughts: Holy crap! This book was a lot of action and I felt like I was with Schweitzer through the entire thing! Well, also Man Killer on top of it, who is a former Canadian Force Member since parts of the story told from her point of view. If you’re into stories where it not only contains military related things but also fantasy mixed in due to the Necromancy aspects, this book is actually for you! I never thought that this book would give a new twist on zombie stories while reading it. Yeah, they’re fast and some of them don’t have as much speech like with the George Romero zombies but they gave an interesting twist. As in, if your soul was brought back into your body you would have more strength to you but your body will start decomposing over time due to how broken it is in the first place and that is where using metal to re-construct someone came in. What I found it even more interesting, later on we meet Man Killer’s, Sgt. Plan by the way, grandfather to help save the town later on we find out that he said he could only put souls in animal bodies which you get to see with wolves and bears and another thing is that being brought back into a certain body your eyes either change gold or silver.

What I like the most about this book is how the fights were handled in the sub-arctic areas of Canada. Normally in a lot of zombie books, films, and games, it was normally done in the middle of nowhere in a small town, a city, or how Resident Evil: Afterlife did it, where the fight against zombies was on a ship in the middle of the ocean. This book had the fights mostly done in the frigid northwest of Canada! A lot of things can take place in an environment like that since you can use the snow to your advantage and the cold climate can also be used to the advantage since of course bodies need to be preserved in ice if they need to be examined. Way to go Cole for changing the environment for a zombie fight. I did like how the survival was even more real for everyone in Sgt. Plan’s little town which I liked her as a character the most because throughout the entire thing she was pretty much the one who didn’t want to take any chances even leading the enemy to her grandfather. Yeah, she lost some people but she didn’t let it affect her to the point of being all wishy washy, she was always moving to keep the town safe until help arrives.

Rating: 5 Out of 5 Star Paw Prints! I found this book to be a great change to a lot of the zombie/Necromancy stories since it gave a nice small town idea a change to make it more of a town in an arctic location. Heck, it even rose the stakes because if you’re familiar with the area then you have an advantage in how to get around. There is one thing that I think needed some improvement and that is wondering what happened to the Senator we get to meet in the beginning of the story because he kept things under wraps until things went wrong. There should be a sequel to see what happened to him since some books do one point of view and then shows what happens behind-the-scenes in another. I also wondered is there anything else to the Gemini Cell? I mean since they killed some of the specimens they used were there more that weren’t killed that weren’t seen in the book? That is what I like to know. Plus, would be interesting to see if anything escaped or a new guy with magic comes to the scene because this can be an interesting new version of the Umbrella Corps. Heck, would make an interesting new video game in my opinion.

Well, that’s it for this review! I will be also including a link to this book because I need to remember that! Don’t worry I will have another review Siege Line by. Mike Colesince I have so many books to go through! Until next time and stay tuned for more posts! Make sure you follow us on Twitter @ Nerdy Shique!

Hauls + Accessibility: Hot Cash April 2018 Haul and Microsoft Soundscape Review!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Well, here is a mash up I never thought I would do! You know I love shopping even at Hot Topic and tech and this is a mash of tech and a haul since I got my Hot Cash Haul for 2018 and tested out a new app while I’m at it! Let’s start with the haul shall we?

Hot Cash Haul April 2018!

So, Hot Cash has come and gone at Hot Topic and this time all thanks to some purchases in February I did get two of them and it was a hard thing to choose when knowing what to get in order to meet that amount you have to get a discount! I had #30 off this time around let’s see what I got!

Sailor Moon Sailor Guardian Symbols Earring Set! You all know that I have been a Sailor Moon fan for the longest time and and had a major nostalgia bomb when I watched the re-dub. When I saw these on the website, I knew I had to have them. They are earrings of the original five guardian symbols that you see in the series when they reveal themselves as Sailor Guardians. I was really happy about it due to the Jupiter symbol in there since Jupiter is my all-time fave scout or guardian! Sorry! I wished they made the earrings Sailor Moon and Mars wore, I always wanted those!
Spike Gem Earrings! I know it sounds crazy but these earrings are almost like icicles in a way but they’re plastic spikes. I kind of feel like Hot Topic is coming back with the spike items since I saw a choker with spikes with a ring in it like in the past which I almost got but decided not to. These earrings were interesting and never seen before. I have gotten the spiked hoops which were heavy but looked great and even worn them with my Digimon character but these are cool! I feel like I had my ears pierced with these but they are more of a stud style. Hot Topic! Make more earrings like these!
Loki Septor Necklace! You all know who know me, I love Tom Hiddleston’s Loki from the Marvel movies! I can’t help it because he does it so well! While looking for items for this haul, I was looking for items related to the Avengers due to Infinity War coming out today and found Loki’s septor as a necklace. I added it to my bag right away and was surprised that when I got it it was a horizontal charm necklace like my Panic! At the Disco one. I’m wearing this with my Fairy Tail emblem and Panic! Necklaces and it gives an interesting layer when you look at it. Oh yeah, next author pic, I’m wearing these three necklaces!
New Doctor Who Logo Shirt! I did get two t-shirts since there are times where my large tees don’t fit as well as they used to due to my shoulders and I’m pretty much plus sized at the moment. This shirt was something I’ve been wanting for a while and that is my new Doctor Who logo shirt. As we all know is that the new season is coming out this fall and with it there is a new logo and Hot Topic happened to have a shirt with it and released it around February but decided to wait a bit before I got it since I was getting Hot Cash. The wait was worth it since I got the $30 off my entire order. I’m happy that I finally got it and can’t wait for the newest season in the fall!
Avengers Infinity War Collage Tee! So, Infinity War is out and I thought it would be perfect to get a shirt for the newest movie and the good thing that Hot Topic had a ton of t-shirts to choose from based on Marvel. I got the one where all the characters are in a collage since in this movie we will be seeing a ton of characters appearing and can’t wait! In case anyone is wondering, yes I caught Sebastian Stand, Bucky Barnes, on The Talk yesterday and it was great watching him talk a little bit of the movie and the pics they took as one big cast. I can’t wait to see this movie and will be wearing my Thor Thunderbolts and Loki Septor!

Additional Items:

Exchanged Sailor Moon Cat Cup for Pushin Cat Bottle! Well, after this order, I did notice Hot Topic was doing a discount code but couldn’t use it with Hot Cash so I went for the Sailor Moon cats travel cup. I didn’t know it was going to be one of those cups you tend to get for a kid when I saw it in person or felt it. I thought it was going to be a sealed tumbler because when you hear “travel cups” you think to that or the mug version and was wrong. I had to exchange it for something better and it’s a water bottle with pushin cats! It may not be a tumbler but it also has cats! I love this thing even if it has the straw inside. The reason why I prefer sealed bottles or tumblers is because I tend to knock over my drinks and with it being sealed tight there would be no spills. I am glad that this one is the same way where you have tightly sealed and the straw comes up easily.

Avengers Infinity War Makeup Pallet and Too Many Dead Pools Shirt! Gondras brought me a coupon that Hot Topic had sent him and he knew I would put it to good use and I did! What got me to use it is that they advertised an eye shadow pallet based on the Infinity Stones from the Marvel movies and other shades in it. I was hoping they would have it in store but they sold out and had to go online. What else I picked up was a Dad Pool shirt since the last Dead Pool shirt I got for I was many years ago and it was of him with the cake and the portal behind him as a Portal joke. I got the one with Too Many Dead Pools. I almost got the one with him and Domino but this one was funnier and I prefer the funnier shirts with him, I mean Gondras has the one of him punching a shark that Nerdy Shirts got him. Now my shopping spree is over.

Soundscape!

Besides picking up my order, I did have a bit of a mobility test with myself and it’s with an app I’ve been using lately and it’s called Soundscape which is made by Microsoft and only available in the App Store on IOS devices. What got me to get this app is because of one situation with paratransit during my customer service training at the local Lighthouse. There are times where I get home early and other times I get home so late it’s unacceptable and this time it was really unacceptable because I live nearby the Lighthouse which is around thirty minutes or less but nope! They didn’t get me home until close to 8 at night! Even Gondras was on the phone with me when it happened and that is why he picked me up during the last weeks of training because it made him mad and concerned that they are doing this time to time. I understand that too since there are times where some people need priority drop offs.

What is this app? Well, it’s basically a location app that uses your Location Tracking to tell you were you are with the “My Location” button which tells you the direction you’re heading or what place you’re at, what’s around you with the “Around Me” button which tells you the businesses and intersections and streets around you if you’re walking or on the bus, what’s ahead of you with “Ahead of Me” which tells you what road and intersection or business is ahead. This app tells me what’s in the park next to my neighborhood in miles! Good thing is that I use it to see if I am heading home or not on the paratransit to see where the driver drove to. Gives you a better perspective. So, I decided to test this app out at Altamonte Mall which is where I was picking up my package and wanted to test it out in a semi-crowded mall. When I went today, I decided to have the transit system drop me off at Barnes & Noble to make it easier than picking a random department store. I decided why not use the Beacon Setting which now it added a feature where I can mute and unmute the beacon noise in order to hear the announcements and if I’m ready to come back. I did use the Beacons on Tuesday when I went to Walgreens with the paratransit after an appointment with Blind Services to look at my new Braille device that’s being purchased and happy about and set the Beacon Setting with Walgreens and went to lunch at the nearby pizza place and enjoyed two slices of pizza and walked back to Walgreens to wait for my ride. This time I used it with Barnes & Noble since that was going to be my pick up point at the end of the day and muted the noise because it can be a little distracting. I turned on the announcements and when I walk by places, which I walked around the top floor first to get a better feel and for Soundscape to catch everything so if I were to come back to a place I would know where to get back to. I did use my sensory training from Daytona Beach as well to hear any key sounds, notice some lights that are particularly bright, and any unique music coming from a particular store.

Even Life after Sight Loss did talk about this on their YouTube, which I also thank them for this app in the first place, and using that sensory recognition to know where is what can tell you a lot. One thing that tells Hot Topic apart is the metal that is usually played on the speakers, Bath & Body Works and now White Barn Candle have their usual scents wafting outside in the corridor, which you can smell a mile away, there’s a popcorn stand where you smell the butter and at least it’s a lot lighter than it used to be. All-in-all this app is really good but I wish not only Soundscape give the unit of measurement, either in yards or meters depending on the setting, but tells you if it’s on the left or right of you because when I walk I tend to not know if a certain store or aisle is on my left or right and without that it can be a little confusing. Microsoft if you read this, which I will be tagging them on Twitter, add that to the settings or have it automatic because it can help some people that need that added information.

Rating On The App: 4.5 Star Paw prints Out of 5! This app is a really good app and so far Microsoft has been hitting it on the ball with helping in the Accessibility department. They have added more support with JAWS even with Edge which I still need a new license key in order to play around with Edge. Their mobile apps are really good which I love using Seeing A. I. for doing product identification, color help, and even short text reading. While Soundscape, it does give you the locations and it did that for me in Altamonte very well. I want to try this app at Florida Mall since that mall is huge and crowded due to how big of a tourist spot it is and of course I heard that there’s an Inglot store which I never knew and just seeing their cosmetics with just number labels don’t help me at all so I need to explore more with this app and I will give you another review in how much it works at the Florida Mall. If you think I should try it out at other malls or places Like Disney Springs for example, I would love to do that! If you’re visually impaired and need an app like this, I would say try it out since not all apps are for everyone, I did have my teacher in the training course download it and she did suggest it at the Lighthouse Reunion since it did give her the location updates. And a head’s up, any Android users, it’s not available for Android. Hoping there will be a version for those users along with Soundscape.

Well, that’s it for this post! I know it was pretty lengthy but it was something I wanted to share and add something to the Accessibility part of this blog. I will see how it works anywhere else and hoping more things get added. Stay tuned later on today for a new book review! Make sure you follow us on Twitter for the latest updates @ Nerdy Shique!

Favorites: March & April 2018

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time for favorites!

March & April 2018 Favorites!

Favorite Cosplay: Rarity from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic! First is my favorite moments of Omni Fandom Expo from this year! I always start off any favorites when there is a convention involved in the two months that they are based on! First is my five cosplay to do this one and that is Rarity from My Little Pony! I picked up a tulle dress from Hot Topic and one of them happened to be Flutter Shy while the other being Rarity! I was surprised that so many recognized my costume even though I did get mixed up as Twilight Sparkle, which I wanted her dress but that wasn’t in my size. I also thought I was getting Apple Jack except that order got cancelled which it said my size was in stock but then it wasn’t. Anyways, I did get the wig and the unicorn horn that was on clearance at Hot Topic’s website and it worked out! I did forget my bronzer except my makeup looked fine to people, I wore the Pur My Little Pony Movie pallet which is based on the newer ponies while Colour Pop did their stuff based on the classic ones. I used the shades in Rarity and Generosity alongside Mythical Dreams from Wet N Wild’s Unicorn Glow set, the Infinite Star eyeliner from NYX alongside Pure Society from NYX, Unicorn Heart from Makeup Revolution and Pearlescent Pink from Wet N Wild! I also wore my unicorn earrings from Etsy. I was happy that people loved my cosplay and I do have to fix one of the ears on the horn headband because I had to do that with the horn which it looks like its ripping. I am definitely going to do this costume again because of how many compliments I got as her!

Favorite Find in the Vendor’s Room: Pink Ranger Lunch Box! Something that I found in the vendor’s room that I never would think to find and that is my Pink Ranger lunch box from Mighty Morphen Power Rangers! I wished I had this when I was young since that is how I got into Power Rangers like any kid! Trust me I wanted to see the movie when I was a kid in the theaters. I would so take this with me with my food during Ranger Stop if we do press this year because I would be having fun if someone catches me with this. Plus, the price was hard to give it up for because it was only $5 when something like this would be around $14 at Hot Topic. Knowing Gondras would probably guilt trip if I didn’t buy it either because you can’t find this as much as you could back in the 1990s!

Best Interview: With Derek Steven Prince! Reason why is that not only we had an hour but I feel like this has been one of my best interviews I’ve done. I was able to learn a lot about a voice actor and even was surprised that his first role was on Power Rangers, hey Ranger Stop, get him! Get him! Even with the actor who played Divatox, you could have so much fun! Also, you get pretty good advice on top of it if you want to get into voice acting. I did mention in the Paul St. Peter panel post that every actor has different advice to get into the voice acting business and this will be a nice learning experience from our interview with him.

Most Favorite Moment: Being Brought Up Front by No Ordinary Balloon Man at His Panel! I had to mention this because it was the most touching moment of all time. I will never forget this and having my badge on my wall was one reason why I have it there and that was when I brought up by Bruce during his Twisting up the Odds panel. I did help him with re-creating a penguin he made for a kid that had the same disability as him and also blind and it shows that I was seen as an inspiration to him and everyone else in the room because I’ve overcame a lot of obstacles like he has in life except it was with blindness and that was even harder. All thanks to this moment, I did write an article for the Braille Monitor which is NFB’s newsletter that comes out every month. I’m a member and also a board member for the Central Florida Chapter and one thing is to be a self-advocate and my representation of the blindness community at these conventions doing press is one of those things. I can’t wait to see if my article about this moment ends up in May’s newsletter. In the meantime, this is still my favorite moment!

Favorite Event: This Year’s Script Reading! This year’s script reading was one of the most entertaining since there were a lot more guests to play with and more scripts to have. It was entertaining to see everyone read the two Guardians 2 scripts even with the part where Groot had to bring back Yandu’s fin and you had Derek doing his VImpmon voice for Yandu which kind of matches and Josh as Rocket Raccoon. Even though Josh as the typical Jewish mom for the Fifth Element was awesome too! I did almost yell out, “Think of your character from Mad Bull 34!” For doing Rocket or was it something else. Why? In that anime, he did have a New York accent and I would say watch Bennet the Sage’s Anime Abandoned episode for the clip.

Makeup!

Brush Set: The Unicorn Brushes from Black Beauty! First is a brush set and I loved the brushes that Hot Topic’s Black Heart Beauty brand came out with because they are nice and soft! You get four and they include a contour brush, a blush brush, an all-over eye shadow brush, and a liner brush! All of them perform beautifully but I think the eye shadow brush should’ve been made with more bristles because I felt like it was a bit flimsy when it applied eye shadow. To me the other brushes were very well made and performed awesome!

New Shadow Pallet: Urban Decay Petite Heat! I know I won’t shut up about the Naked Heat and now it’s the Petite Heat! I was on the fence of getting this since it included matte shades that weren’t in the Naked Heat and one shade that should’ve been in the original and that is the orange shade in this one. Yeah, there is the terra cotta shade in the original but would have a better balance with the orange and I can see why I can pair this one with the original and it worked out!

Favorite Re-Discovered Item: NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams! Well, I finally got these again since NYX did send me the email about items that will be gone once sold out and I got a set of the Soft Matte Lip Creams. It’s been forever since I had these in my lip drawer and never re-purchased over time. I always loved Milan and want to get that again since it looked so good on me and I noticed they released more shades even San Juan since I’m Puerto Rican I may need to get that one too and the color even sounds pretty. These are five re-discovery.

New Skin Care: Clearasil Acne Protection Face Wash and Stubborn Acne Pads! Recently, I switched my face wash and facial cleaning pads to the Clearasil brand because I was running low and was in Target with my dad and tried to find my Stridex ones since I was getting my five Hydro Touch primer and Target is the only other store besides CVS that carries NYX. So, since they didn’t have Stridex, I decided to check out Clearasil and remembered how this brand has been around since my middle school days and fell in love with the facial wash sample I got and tried to get my mom to buy me that specific one and she wouldn’t listen to me! She always pushed using soap as my face wash and it made my skin dry over time. Then I remembered it was either my brother or my nephew leaving a container of the facial pads and loved those, they were the ones that exfoliate only not the ones I got and used Stridex afterwards. I noticed my face was not recovering over time as much as I hoped and when my dad read out Acne Protection and Prevention on the face wash that got me interested because there are times where I do get my zits show up and then what got me sold to have Clearasil for real was the facial pads which read, “Gets rid of stubborn acne!” Yes, they were $8 each but they always say pay a little more for skin care because you have one skin so take care of it. I’m not talking about going Sunday Riley prices but these two things so far do work. Starting to at least because the little pads are exfoliating my face which you have a rough side and a smooth side and I first exfoliate and then use the smooth side to calm everything down and I feel like the little bumps that don’t want to leave are starting to come up and reduce a little, it will take time which all skin care does for most people and I will update in due time to see if it’s still working. I do love the clean smell that both give off! Oh right, the face wash, it’s not so harsh like the Clean & Clear, it’s just a creamy wash and it also smells nice! Let’s see how well it goes!

Book: The Ballad of Huck & Miguel! Next is five book and I give it to The Ballad of Huck & Miguel because it was a modern twist to the classic by Mark Twain and when I sent Tim DeRoche the review he was surprised I never read the classic but this gives you a newer idea of that tale. I loved it and didn’t want to close Kindle at all while reading this.

Songs: It’s that time again! Time for my favorite songs!

1. “I Want It That Way” by. Backstreet Boys! First song on my top five is from my pop roots and that is “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys. I was a fan when I was younger and since I had them in my head for the longest time it was time to give them another listen. It felt good to listen to their music again because it brought me back so many memories and I did go to see them when they toured with the Black & Blue album which was the last album before they went on hiatus. I did hear how Kevin left the band which I remembered hearing one of their latest songs on I Heart and it’s not bad but this song has brought so many memories and I’m able to sing along with to this day. Nineteen years I can still sing it!
2. “Crossing Fields” cover by. Jonathan Young! Next is another cover I love by Jonathan Young and that is the cover of the first theme song from Sword Art Online. I loved this song when I first saw SAO when it was just subbed and when I heard the English translated cover I was happy. At first I heard a girl do it, not sure who it was but it sounded good until I heard Jonathan Young’s version and loved it even more! I did get it on ITunes for my phone playlist.
3. “Re: Re:” by. Asian Kung Fu Generation! Yay! I’m back to my Japanese music roots since I rarely mention any artists from Japan on these lists. I think it’s because there haven’t been many new songs coming out and Gendou hasn’t been updating as much. There is one song I was happy about that was used for the anime Erased and that’s “Re: Re:” by Asian Kung Fu Generation. I remembered first hearing this song back in 2006 on their Solfa album and wondered what it was called for the longest time until we saw the anime Erased in the viewing rooms at Omni 2016. When Gondras told me the title, it did make sense that it got its title since it’s like a response to love in time since in the translated versions we tend to hear starts with “I’ve waited for you! I’ve waited for you!” And makes sense for the anime due to the time travel that takes place. This is an amazing song and glad that they did a re-recording for the 2016 version of the album and knowing that I will be getting it onto my phone at some point.
4. “History Maker” from Yuri!! On Ice! Knowing that Vivi is reading this and might get it in her head. So, I’ve been getting “History Maker” in my head ever since I started watching Yuri!!! On Ice with the girls on our Galantine’s Date and I do sing along with it time to time too when I ever listen to Nate Wants to Battle’s version and Pellock’s version, which I prefer his version more due to how pretty it sounds with the guitars and the rest of the instrumentation. The reason why I also love this song is that it does have a great message along with it because since I’ve been working on my Grad application I have been having this song in my head due to how I want to follow my dream of becoming an A. T. Specialist and I do agree with the lyric, “We are born to make history!” Because we are the only ones to make history happen not anyone else when it comes to what we want to do and that’s how I felt when I re-wrote my essay which I need to Spell Check it and the song was also in my head even at the point where I mentioned that I felt regret for not going and finishing the original Minor I wanted to do. If you have the time, I would suggest the full version of this song and give it a good listen to on repeat, it’s a really good song!
5. “A Rose for Epona” by. Iluvuti! Finally, I’m listening to this song because it’s always in my head as of late! I heard of this band while watching a Pastel Goth tutorial which had no voice over to it but let the music play. They’re pretty much Celtic Metal kind of like how I put seven dust under Southern Metal, Iluvuti is Celtic Metal and they do it so well too! This is the prettiest song for a metal song and sometimes makes me think of Fairy Tail since they do River Dance music mixed with metal in that series and same with Seven Deadly Sins. I did have another song from these guys in mind but this song seems to stick with me! Maybe that other one will be on the next list, you will never know!
Well, that is it for this list. I know it wasn’t much because I was really wearing the same kind of cosmetics to my customer service training courses and hardly any room to try new things. Hoping I will have new favorites in the next two months. What is next? Will be reviewing a new app I have been trying out by Microsoft! So, stay tuned!

Beauty: I Copied a ThatGirlSheaXO’s Look!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back Nerdy Shique Universe! Today, I bring you another video!

I Copied a ThatgirlsheaXO Tutorial!

Since they have been popular lately, people have been doing videos where they copied a YouTuber’s tutorial or makeup look. I did and that’s Jacob, an Australian YouTuber, where I used my Ulta Be Gorgeous set along with the Sweet Tea bronzer from the Swamp Queen Face & Eye Pallet by Tarte since I didn’t have the Balme’s Nude Beach pallet. This time I did a look by ThatgirlsheaXO since I’m subscribed to her like with Jacob and I had something that she has for this look.

The look I copied was a recent one where she used the Urban Decay Naked Heat Pallet. It’s a smoky look that was inspired by Chinese Food she ate recently and it was pretty interesting when you look at it. It was fun doing the eyes since I rarely do my bottom lash line and I used a purple liner like she had when I usually use Rust from NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil collection. I also found it interesting with the liquid and powder highlight in one use for the cheeks since she was worried at first since a lot of people say don’t use a liquid/cream on top of powder but I sometimes do use it on top of a powder blush anyways or use a blush stick anyways. There’s no real rules in makeup since once that setting spray goes on then it melts into the skin. It did turn out pretty well! What did I use?

Eyes: Naked Heat Shadow PalletthatgirlsheaXO’s Channel!

Ulta Gel Pencil in Plum (From the Be Gorgeous Set)

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

MAC Mineralized Blush in Gleeful

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer

NYX Liquid Illuminizer in Gleam

Wet N Wild Mega Glow Pallet with the silvery highlight

Well, that’s it for this post! Make sure you follow us on Twitter @ Nerdy Shique for all of the latest updates! Next post will be my favorites for March and April!

PS I also added Shea’s Channel Link for you all!

Conventions: Paul St. Peter Panel from Omni Fandom Expo 2018!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I’m back with another post and it’s a new Omni Fandom Expo video!

Paul St. Peter Voice Acting for Business & Pleasure Panel!

If you’ve been here since 2016, Paul St. Peter has been a staple guest at Omni Fandom Expo since then and has been a great guest ever since. You may have heard him in kingdom Hearts 2 as Xemnes, Naruto as the Nine Tailed Fox voice, and Wyrmon in Digimon Season 2 also Stingmon and the many evolutions after that. Paul always puts on his voice acting panels and they are very informative since Gondras and I do attend them every time he puts them on. If you’re wanting to be a voice actor and he’s a guest at your convention, I highly recommend his panels because he not only tells you what’s possible but also does demos in his Voice Maker panels. We got video from his Voice Acting for Business & Pleasure which tells you the difference in doing it for fun and doing it in the business world. All thanks to his panels, now I add the question, “What is your advice to people wanting to go into voice acting?” for my interviews because a lot of voice actors go into this business in different ways and it’s good to get different advice from different actors. I did ask J. Michael Tatum and Brandon McInnis this question too which you will hear that in our interview soon but in the meantime you get to see this video, which you should watch to the end, and our interview with Derek Steven Prince earlier in our Omni posts.

That’s it for this post! Stay tuned for the rest of our coverage from Omni, we do have more panel videos coming up. Of course our interview with Mr. Tatum and Mr. McInnis soon. So stay tuned and follow us on Twitter for our updates!

Books: Skinny Pants by. Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I am back with a new Mimi Jean Pamfiloff review!

Title: Skinny Pants-A Happy Pants Café Book #3
Author: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Disclaimer: Please respect the thoughts and opinions of the lead writer of this blog! This review is based on her thoughts about what Mimi had written to put this tale together! If you don’t respect it, an invisible, vampire unicorn will come after you! My kitty minions had to hide from it once already after the last review.

Synopsis: This story is the third installment of the Happy Pants Café and this is where we meet Macy Franklin, a nurse at the Napa Valley Hospital who is also overweight. She always felt that despite eating a healthy diet her waist stays the same no matter what she does and then thinks about getting a Gastric Bypass. On top of these thoughts after drinking some sparkling wine, she creates a fake persona online named Katrina to see how guys would react since her dating life is not perfect as her friends’ dating lives have been. After waking up, she sees texts and emails from a Dr. JLove and sees the pics and doesn’t realize that it was the man of her dreams, Dr. Jack Reed, she sees at the hospital. Jack Reed moved to Napa Valley in order to get away from his ex-wife and the memories that were painful to him after how she left for a woman that was his patient before when he had to re-construct her face. When he meets Macy at work one morning as a patient at first, he doesn’t know that she has been keeping a secret identity and that she also met Lucy, the happy Pants Café owner who is known for her love cookies. Will Macy and Jack get together all thanks to the famous cookie that was sent to Macy?

Thoughts: First, why did this have to be the final story!? I will have to get to that later in my thoughts but first this was a very cute and funny story! I did have the giggles since this reminded me of Never Been Kissed but cuter since yes I know how Macy felt when it came to falling for the hot guy. I was overweight myself in high school and still trying to keep myself in shape for cosplaying, not easy when you’re curvy but my fiancé still finds me sexy! Try to have him play keep away with your scrunchie all the time after pulling it out of your hair. Anyways, I liked this one more than Leather Pants and Tailored For Trouble because I felt more connected with Macy and how she went through to fall for Jack was something that most of us go through time to time minus the online dating, okay maybe most of us would do online dating, but still I do admit that I felt that spark between them right away. I did find it heartbreaking where Jack had to face his ex-wife, Doris, because I did see how he had a hard time coming to grips that he had to let her go and I know that feeling too since I did have a hard time letting go of my ex during the first three years due to some mental scars and it does show towards the end how he was able to get over it and realize that Macy was the only one for him. Heck, it takes one super heroine thing that Macy did to have him realize that she is Mrs. Right. Does he propose? I would say is read the book! You will probably cry or just go, “Aww!”

Good! No invisible unicorns yet! Anyways, I have to say is that this series could’ve gone for more stories since I read the Author’s Note! I wanted to see how Taylor’s brothers might find love since I remembered they haven’t found anything or even have her dad find someone new after her mom passed away since a lot of stories do that, heck even in the Midnight Breed Series the vampires find new Breed mates when they lost their own. I would had loved to see that and it did say in the last book that Taylor was supposed to take the Happy Pants Café business when Lucy retired but it looks like this book kind of ended that. Plus Mimi did say she has other books to write and that includes The Librarian’s Vampire Assistant, Ah Hell No, Immortal Matchmakers, and more. I can’t wait to see what’s next in her line in books since she has a lot more writing to do like me.

Rating: 5 Out of 5 Star Paw Prints! Good no unicorn yet! I am sad that this was the last book in Happy Pants since this was the series that got me into Mimi’s other books and gave me a great author friend too. One thing about being a writer, talking to the writers do help in giving you writing advice and I’m glad I’m still going with my third book since I kept on starting over! Plus, her books do give me laughs since the characters are cute and quirky even in the supernatural realm. I would say to Mimi, create a sequel series to this one if you can because it could’ve kept going and would’ve loved how Taylor would try and keep the Happy Pants cookies going since that would be a fun idea to think about. So, that ends another Mimi review! And it looks like my kitty minions are…wait what happened to Tribble? Great, I guess the unicorn visited.

That’s it guys! I know I had a bit of fun writing this review since I do enjoy Mimi’s stuff and I guess you can tell I still enjoy unicorns, I do have a Rarity phone case after all and did cosplay her. Anyways, I need to finish up another book to review since I have so many to read! Until next time!

Beauty: Final Coastal Scents Revealed Look: Using All Of the Pallets!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Now time for another look!

Coastal Scents Revealed Series: Using All Five Pallets!

So, today marks the final video in my Revealed pallet series! I used shades from all five pallets which made an interesting look to say the least. I did also use the Ten Blush Pallet Number 1 which did add onto the use of my Coastal Scents items. I’m not sponsored by them but I am an affiliate which you can find that link on the Affiliates page here and in the Description if you watch the video on YouTube!

Well, that is it for this post! Stay tuned for our next Omni Fandom Expo video and on top of that the next book review from our fave author, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff! Until next time!

Beauty: Beauty Products I Would Replace If THey Were Gone After A Convention!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Time for a fun post!

Ten Makeup Products I Would Buy If Everything Vanishes!

So, today’s new beauty post is something I saw all thanks to Emily Noel and now Jessica Braun did a videos on and that is what if you were somewhere with a hotel, like a convention for example and the next day your makeup is stolen! Like the cleaning staff sees your beloved Urban Decay pallet and steals it or a roomie takes your makeup case by accident and you have to buy your top ten items over again! Here are my ten items I would purchase again and it would be based on what I use! Let’s see what I have to say!

1. NYX Hydro Touch Face Primer: I’ve been using this primer a lot because I love how it keeps my face moisturized while wearing my makeup and makes my foundation application a lot smoother than before. It doesn’t feel dry when I put it on like the L’Oréal Magic Face Base.
2. NYX White Eye Base: I love this stuff and has been my favorite so far and see why this is a great base for my eyes. I do have to set it after rubbing it and it’s also creamy and one thing is be careful not to go overboard because it can slide a little bit. I would suggest using a brush when putting it on!
3. Maybelline Monoid Eye Shadow in Vanilla: Next is my eye shadow set shade and that is Vanilla from Maybelline’s Monoid Shadow line. This is very matte and it holds my eye base in place! It’s not that expensive like most shadows and it is great and does last you for months with the amount of shadow in the pan.
4. Essence Lash and Brow Gel: A brow product if it was stolen and need to have it in a quick and can only spend $2 on my brow product and that is the Essence Brow and Lash Gel in clear! I love using this as a base for my brow pomade from NYX but other times I tend to just use its own and it makes my brows tamed.
5. Urban Decay Naked Heat! If I were to replace an eye shadow pallet if it was stolen it would be the Naked Heat by Urban Decay! I would travel with Petite Heat but I would have the actual pallet if I wanted to go out for a night with Gondras or if I were to be a guest it would be my number one pallet to wear. I have to keep my paws away from this pallet since I’m addicted to it especially with the Petite Heat now.
6. L’Oréal Voluminous Miss Manga! If I had a mascara stolen, I would replace the Miss Manga! This is my Holy Grail mascara and it has been my trustiest of them all because of how nice it makes my lashes look and I feel like an anime character wearing this one. I almost thought about Perversion from Urban Decay but this one has been my all-time favorite for the most part.
7. NYX Concealer in a Pot in Light & Green! I know it might be cheating but the concealers from NYX are now my newest faves! I know I have been using the one from Almay but these work a lot better and also a lot cheaper in my opinion, plus you get to see the product being used up more than the concealer wands since that can be a hassle and it doesn’t drip as much.
8. Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation in Buff Bisque! I just bought my second bottle of this foundation because I started loving it a lot! I know if this was taken by someone during a con I know a Walgreens would be nearby to get another bottle of this foundation. Plus, my shade was matched perfectly in this range because my skin is normally hard to match a foundation with because it’s so warm and Buff Bisque is the only one to match along with the Warm Beige powder.
9. Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer! If this was stolen from my makeup case I would probably cry because I love this thing so much! I know whoever will take this will also love it since it is kind of pricey in the drugstore but it’s worth the $15 for it due to how well it blends, how nice its pigmentation is, and it does smell good!
10. MAC Blush in Warm Soul! If I had to replace a blush I think I would have to replace my blush in Warm Soul by MAC the most! I do love my Dainty and Gleeful but this one has been one I reached for the past month and a half because of how pretty it is and it is the most natural blush you’ll ever get. I heard Wet N Wild’s Apricot in the Middle is also nice but if I end up running into the closest MAC after finding this gone in the morning it will be the first blush I will run to!
Runner Ups: I know there are times where runner ups can be mentioned!

1. Milani Baked Blush in Berry Amore: I’ve been using this blush for a few cosplays now and can see why I loved it so much! It’s a pretty berry color on the cheeks and it’s not so dark either. It just gives a pretty shade to the cheeks!
2. Makeup Revolution’s Unicorn Heart Highlight: I would be upset to find this is stolen if I were to be doing Rarity as one of my cosplays and someone snatches it due to its packaging.
3. NYX’s Dreamcatcher Pallet in Dusk to Dawn: I love this pallet a lot like the other two but this one is my most loved out of them since I can do a quick and easy neutral eye with it!
4. Too Faced Chocolate Bonbons Pallet: If this was stolen for its chocolate scent I would probably cry too!
5. Urban Decay Perversion: I love this mascara and I think it’s my number two favorite in my fave mascaras because this gives my lashes an amazing curl and goes with all of my Urban Decay pallets I own!
Well guys that is it for this post! I had fun doing this one since it gives you a perspective on what makeup products I would replace if they were taken! If that were to happen, I would have a Rarity overload reaction since makeup is my favorite thing to be creative with and would be super upset if some of my favorite things were taken, especially my Urban Decay Naked Heat if that were to be taken by someone. So, if you want to do this as a post or video, I would like to see what would you replace if someone stole your makeup during a convention or vacation or just broke into your place and did it? We all have different tastes!

What is next? Well be waiting on our Paul St. Peter video to be edited so stay tuned!

Beauty: Brands That Can Do Better!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Today, I feel like doing something different and it’s inspired by Jen Luv’s Reviews!

My Advice to Makeup Brands!

Disclaimer: I know I’m a blind blogger but I do have my own advice towards brands and please respect my advice and opinion.

So, I was watching one video where Jen talked about some brands should do some things better and she mentioned Too Faced, Kat Von D, Benefit, and NYX and found that her video was very informative and feel like I should do something similar since I have some things that I need to give on. If you’re a brand reading this or any of the ones I mentioned, this is something that will HELP you and how it can BENEFIT you in making better products or better formulas later on because we’re your customers and want to spend our money on your items and keep on doing so. Here is what I have to give.

Too Faced: Push Back Releases until They’re Ready! Jen says that she’s peached out by Too Faced and I don’t have any of the peach pallets but I do have the ever popular Chocolate Bars except for the Golden one, which is a MIGHT PURCHASE at the moment, the Merry Macarons set, the New York Café Set, and the Power of Makeup pallet that Nikki Tutorials has released with them. I know you’re wondering, “Why did I get the Power of Makeup?” Well, I am a Nikki fan and I understand that it wasn’t as pigmented and this leads into that. To me, Too Faced should push back any collabs or new releases until they’re ready! As in, make sure that the pigmentation of their products are ready to be released and improve products as time goes on due to the final product being the most important of them all especially in their eye shadow pallets. I’ve seen reviews of some of the pallets where some of the shades aren’t as pigmented and one example where people had some problems happened to be not only the Nikki pallet but the Too Faced side of the collab with Kat Von D. I understand that Too Faced wants to get their stuff out there but rushing the release can mess up with how things turn out. I did hear the Candee Johnson collab was successful which I want to see that continue with other items that Too Faced come out with.
Kat Von D: Keep Things Permanent and Make Unique collabs! We know her for her awesome tattoo work and unique package designs but there is some advice I want to give Kat Von D and that is making collabs unique. Yes, the Divine collab was pretty unique which contained eye shadow shades that were different but the latest collab with Green Day was something that made me not want to get. I love Green Day but as I mentioned in the last Anti-Haul is that it’s a regular black liner with different packaging. I would buy this if it was something different but Kat you can do better especially for the artwork you’re known for. I love the liquid lipsticks and the Studded Kiss lipsticks and those were unique, I wished the Green Day collab could’ve been better as a pallet and can name the shadows after songs where “Basket Case” came from or after her fave songs on their album or elements of Green Day like with Gwen Stefani did with her pallet that Urban Decay made. Another thing is that I have to agree with Jen is that the limited edition items should be kept as permanent. I am kicking myself for not getting the Metal Mattes and didn’t get a chance to get the Pastel Goth pallet either. I’ve heard great things about the Pastel Goth pallet and sad that it wasn’t around for longer than a month or so. These two should be brought back and stay permanent and not only that for any new releases should be kept permanent because it feels like anything that is new is always limited edition except for the collabs, we would understand those being limited but something like the Serpentina pallet or the Saint & Sinner pallet they should be on the permanent line and if keeping doing limited edition stuff would make you run out of ideas a little too quickly.
Tarte: Make Unique Shadow Colors! Remember how Tarte made that April fool’s Joke this year and it back fired on them? Well, it shows how much of a response people have given them because the pallet was featuring unique shades than neutral ones. It seems like ever since after the success of Bunny’s pallet they went back to the same old neutral pallets. I do love neutral pallets but there are times where I do like how pallets do add other shades to balance them out like with the Ulta sets last year where they not only had your usual neutral shades and smoky colors but also added color so you can create many looks with them. It goes the same with Urban Decay with Naked Smoky, Naked Heat, and of course the Naked Ultimate Basics and even the Gwen Stefani pallet from two years ago. Now that Tarte did Toasted for their Tartlet series it was a repeat of the Naked Heat and did remember seeing someone do which one is better or you should buy, in my gut I went with Naked Heat because the pallet was unique with the reds and wanted to play with red a little more after using the reds in Be Gorgeous. It feels like Tarte has been repeating shades for a while and it happened with their Mermaid pallet which you do have the metallic shades but it is pretty much the same shades like in the Beauty Treasures pallet from Ulta which came with the Beauty Treasures set last Christmas. Sorry Tarte but you need to make unique shades again like with the Swamp Queen pallet and I know you can do it! It’s not hard! It’s becoming too repetitive! Even release the April Fools pallet!
Colour Pop: Re-formulate the Liquid Lipsticks! I felt like including Colour Pop and I feel like this is a bit important as advice and that is formulate the liquid lipsticks. I love the lip products especially with the Lux Lipsticks but their liquid lipsticks need to be re-formulated! I want to love these but I have an issue where they run all over my face. I even tried using Ribbon from their Hello Kitty collection on top of the E. L. F. Lip Primer and it still ran all over my lips! I had to toss it despite the packaging! I think the formula is WAY too thin! It needs to be thicker in order to keep it from running. I know other people have some luck but not me since this is a complete mess and won’t buy another liquid lipstick until it’s fixed.

Finally…

Too Faced, NYX, and Colour Pop: Slow Down On New Releases! I know what you’re thinking, “What do you mean?” I feel like NYX, Too Faced, and Colour Pop are doing too many releases all at once! It’s like one month you have one collection coming out and then another comes out within two months. Not only has that, in NYX’s and Colour Pop’s part, too much come out all at once! As in, I feel like too many eye shadow items that Colour Pop has also made and released which makes it harder to choose what I want. I like the idea that these companies come out with items but it becomes harder to choose who to buy from! I noticed how NYX added new ranges to the Lip Lingerie and Colour Pop had doing new seasonal and limited edition items almost every month! Too Faced just does too much in one year and they might be slowing down but watch they may speed up.

Well, that’s it for my advice to brands. I didn’t want to say anything about Benefit like Jen but they will still release the same old stuff. At least I touched upon the brands that need it more. If you notice some brands doing some things that need advice, just comment it down below.

What’s next? We’re about to get the Paul St. Peter panel from Omni this year edited so stay tuned for that! Until next time!

Haul: First Oriental Super Market and Sun Pearl Bakery Plus Review On Food!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time for a haul and a review! It’s been a long time since I’ve done any haul especially from an Asian Market since I do still go to them time to time to try new foods and snacks and this time it is from a market that StellarNan took us to! Let’s see what I got and what I think about it!

First Oriental Super Market!

So the store we went to is called First Oriental Super Market and it’s located on West Colonial Drive near the Fairgrounds. This place is a very big place and even bigger than my and Gondras’ fave spot Donga Corps. On E. Colonial & Mills. Not only that they carry a lot more than just food and also have cheaper prices! Normally on Donga I spend around $30+ on snacks and tea alone but here I spent $10 on cookies, some candy items, a bowl, and a pack of chopsticks, not kidding there is stuff more than food here! There is even an aisle dedicated to cookware alone if you needed it! Besides that you also have your meat and seafood counters and a small bakery area on top of it but will get to a different bakery later. Let’s see what I got!

Hi-Chew in Acai Berry, Kiwi, and Cherry: To start is my favorite candy from Japan and that is Hi-Chew! I lost my Pokémon container that contained my orange flavor and triple berry flavored ones and not sure where I lost it and have not gotten any new ones since. I should’ve bought some from the Japanese Snacks Guy at Omni but completely didn’t realize it until after the con. I was glad that this place had more flavors than Donga and a bit less than Japanese Snacks Guy since he has a bigger display when he is at cons, I have to make sure at the next one I get more Hi-Chew. Anyways, I did remember enjoying the cherry flavor which is one of the flavors they had. I tend to not like cherry flavored things especially with cough syrup but these Hi-Chews make it taste like real cherries! They also had banana flavor, strawberry, green apple, and even had kiwi which I never tried before and decided to get it. What caught me by surprise was the Acai flavored Hi-Chew! I know there are accent marks with the berry name but it may be complicated to do. I didn’t notice this flavor before since there was the triple berry I got once and the strawberry ones being a common flavor, I have a feeling it’s new since Japan does make new flavors over time and decided why not try these out and how I feel. I’m glad to get these again because there are times when I need something to chew on and don’t chew gum and this is a good replacement because you can chew and swallow it. According to history of Japan, taking out gum from your mouth is gross and unpleasant so making these were to replace that and yes they do have gum in Japan. Another interesting fact, the creator of Fruits Basket in an interview talked about how she is a major gum chewer even while creating her manga panels. I would be too or I was when I was younger but then got off of it and decided these are my replacement when needed and I did start using my Easter Egg containers from Lip Smackers to contain a pack of these things.

Chocolate Mint Hard Candies: Sorry for the long tangent above, next item is these mint candies that contain chocolate chew bits in the middle. The funny thing was that while being in the snacks and candy aisle I gravitated towards something out of nowhere and it was a bag of these candies and StellarNan noticed and was surprised that I took a guess out of nowhere that they were mint candies since I love carrying mints in my bag and love other mint things. I did try these out this morning and besides being minty they also had chocolate and that made it even better! I love chocolate and mint together, especially dark chocolate and mint. The candies started out with the mint coating and then when you bite into it you have a chocolatey chew in the middle. It dissolves as you chew and if you bite into it if it still has a little bit of mint left over then you have both flavors. I guess I picked up a really good item based on assumption.

Lemon Cream Wafer Cookies: Next are some wafer cookies. I did love these when I got them at Donga and when me, Stellar, Tobi, and Vivi went to this place for our first time last year I found the same wafer cookies and they were cheaper but also more flavors to choose from. Last year I got the sesame cream and the taro cream which they tasted very light. As in, they weren’t a-punch-to-your-face taste like most things. Well, the cappuccino ones I tried first had that idea and had to dip it in hot cocoa to make them taste better and it worked better. I did try the strawberry ones but they were too light to me while sesame they had more of a roasted taste since sesame seeds tend to do that and the cream tasted interesting with the wafers while the taro you barely tasted it since it has such a light flavor. The lemon cream ones, which I got this time, tasted very light too but it was there. It does have the cream taste but the lemon had a bit more of a zest flavor rather than the overpowering flavor you tend to taste in cake. The wafers added the slight airiness to the taste and I think I love these the most because I had another one due to how good they are. I will be buying more of these whenever we return since they’re delicious!

White Chocolate & Strawberry Yogurt Wafer Cookies: These were interesting to say the least. I wanted to find regular cookies but these were one other wafer cookie the store carried. These had more of a yogurt base with either white chocolate or regular chocolate but what caught my ears were the ones with white chocolate and strawberry and decided to try them out to see how they were. OMG! I was glad I did! These were individually wrapped and they were more of a square cookie and the yogurt was covering the wafer with a creamy consistency and the cream was solid. When I bit into it, you barely notice the white chocolate but the strawberry flavor is so real! Even more real than a pop tart! I highly recommend these!

Jelly Drink Pouches: Remember in anime where you see characters drinking something from a pouch that kind of make you want to find it? Well, that is how I felt about those! Ever since I got into Fooly Cooly in my high school days, I noticed how Naota and this one other girl in episode three which was the Puss & Boots episode and Naota brought them the drink pouches to have after dinner. I wondered, “I wonder if I could find those in real life?” I tried finding them at a lot of the Asian markets and couldn’t find them and figured you can only get them in Japan while the closest you can find to those were little jelly cups which were good but not what I was looking for. I did eventually found these pouches at this Asian market and happy that I could get them in real life! They are just like they are in Fooly Cooly and many other anime that featured these! I tried one today and it is pretty good! Not only you have the jelly but you also have fruit bits in it which makes it even more awesome! I am not sure if it is supposed to be grape jelly or something but it does taste very good for a jelly pouch! I know if I go back I may get another pack or two of these again and they don’t cost much either, just around $4 and you get around six or eight from what I felt in the packaging.

Instant Miso Soup Packet: Besides the snacks and the jelly drink, I did manage to get something more savory. I was hoping to find mocha since it has been a long time having that but did have something I hadn’t had in a major long time and that is instant miso soup. I had the one from Publix that comes in the cups they sell next to the sushi display and it was not that great in my opinion because if how much it was diluted after making it. This one, on the other hand, is the real stuff! Yes, you can dilute it if you wanted, but it basically asks for 2/3 cups of boiling water and that’s it! While having this despite how strong it tasted due to the amount of water it asked for, I felt like I was back at any of the restaurants I’ve been to enjoying miso soup! I was glad to get this and at the same time I wish I had gotten more of because they were around $2 each a packet. You get the usual seasonings, the stock, and everything else and you just pour the water on top and there you have it! I know there are other soups you can get and knowing your basic ramen, I may have to get more of these if I were to come back.

Mini Cat Bowl: I know, “Mari! You love cats too much!” I can’t help it! The thing is like I said above that this place has an entire aisle, or an entire aisles dedicated to cookery and serving plates and even utensils for traditional Asian families. In the cookery aisle, you have your serving plates, your tea sets, and of course your soy sauce trays for when you have sushi. One thing that got me to buying something was that there were little items with cats on it! You know me, I do love my kitties and good example are my little cats in bananas plush from Hot Topic. I got the bowl only to keep myself in control and plus I can come back if they still sell any of the cat items. One thing that got me wanting to come back is the tea kettle and matching cups! That has to wait a little bit. The bowl does hold pretty well for its size since I did go with the smaller size. A head’s up if you were to buy anything from the cookery aisle, make sure there are no cracks or any other blemishes on the bowls or glasses because it can’t be returned. Nice little friendly tip.

Chopsticks: One other thing that got me excited about this place was of course getting more chopsticks! Last year, I wasn’t able to get a pack since this place sells them in pretty awesome packs of a nice amount of them. Most of the time you tend to get chopsticks by the pair rather than a pack unless if you look further in dealer rooms at conventions. These were really good for a really good price and also I tested a pair and they are pretty sturdy too. It’s been a while since I picked up any chopsticks and this is a good place to get them at since you get more than one pair and of course they do have smaller ones if need be if you have smaller hands or starting to learn how to use them. And they do come in a variety of colors.

Sun Pearl Bakery: After shopping for snacks and other things, we did drop by the Sun Pearl Bakery since StellarNan told us about it and we do enjoy this place. This place has many desserts and some savory things on top of it, last year I had a very delicious pork bun and almost got it again but got three other items instead. At first I was hoping to get another taro Boston cream pie slice but they didn’t have it. Figured that it was closer to closing time, yeah we decided to meet up later than usual to get some rest especially Tobi with his long night shifts and me with waking up super early to catch my rides for Customer Service Training. I did get to enjoy three other things that the bakery had to offer and they were the bag of cream puffs in chocolate, the Princess Custard Bun, and the Taro Bun! These were all delicious! The cream puffs were like Oreos where the outer parts were more cookie and they were soft baked, the cream was a small dollop but they still melt in your mouth in one smooth taste. I may have to get more bags of these in the future because they taste better than the cream puffs you get at Barnes & Noble in my opinion and these are smaller and the cream is not so heavy. The Princess Custard one was a pretty big bun that had a bit of décor on top to match the “princess” parts but the custard was really creamy! You have to be careful in the end of eating this thing because the custard can end up on your hand which can be a huge mess. Wishing they had huge napkins or something to help with clean up even with kids since they can be messier than a blind person eating these things. The taro buns, yes there were more than one, were easier to eat because they were more a bread rather than a cream filled bun. I did have the taro cream one last year and that was also good but this I think I prefer a little bit more because you don’t have a cream coming out, you do have bits of taro baked in throughout it and the bread is baked to perfection! One other thing I wished to have was the Boba tea which has been a major fave ever since I went to some of the Boba places in town. My fave places for this tea are Chewy Boba in Oviedo and Chibi Boba near where Gondras works. They did open a Chibi Boba in Florida Mall, which I want to test Soundscape in but will have to test it in a different mall for a review first. Anyways, they were out of Boba and I was sad about that, there is always next time though!

Well, that is it for this snacks review and the haul! I definitely want to try and find some mocha in the store, I almost got these Fig Newton looking cakes at first but the flavors were a little meh and now looking back on it I may have to try them out next time I go. I definitely want to get more of those jelly drink pouches because I was really happy to find them in real life! I highly recommend anything jelly related that comes from Japan because they don’t taste as artificial as most jellies here in the States. I also recommend trying out the Blueberry & Black Current Preserves and the Lemon Curd Preserves from England because they’re also very natural! I’m glad to find more flavors of Hi-Chew since I missed those things for many months since we did go to Star Wars and had to put my Hi-Chew in Gondras’ car, not sure if it got lost in there or something! Anyways, glad to get these again and try new flavors. I will also be getting more of the miso soup and the lemon wafers because they are so delicious! All-in-all it was a pretty good haul and day!

What is next? Hoping to get more of the Omni Fandom Expo stuff up since we are still behind on that, we also had an interview with J. Michael Tatum and Brandon McInnis over Skype and we need to get the audio edited into a video so stay tuned for that, yes that was the special treat for you all, long story short it was to make up for not interviewing them during Holiday Matsuri so will see how that goes in the editing. And yes I will be trying out Soundscape in a mall, which is an app developed by Microsoft for IPhone users to find out where they are heading on foot or on bus and can’t wait to do that review! So stay tuned for more posts on here! Until next time!