Beauty: FIrst MakeUp AntiHaul!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I know I wasn’t going to do a post but I thought I would do something all thanks to Kimberly Clark along with other YouTubers who have been doing antihauls! I know it I have never done this but I decided to do this and before I get into…

Disclaiemr: This antihaul is based on feelings behind the products I am antihauling. I know some people love these items but I am basing it on my own thoughts and opinions. Please respect my feelings on them.

Morphe Brushes X Jacklyn Hill pallet: First off is a Morphe item and that is the collab they have done with Jacklyn Hill. Reason being is that I am not interested in any of the pallets by Morphe especially with Jacklyn’s pallet. I feel like I can get pallets from other brands that are pretty good or even better than Morphe. I don’t get the hype behind this brand and I know it’s social media based but I may try some of the brushes since Vivi did say they are pretty good but do shed on one wash from the brush belt she has while the pallets don’t appeal to me.
Too Faced Candee Johnson collab and Glitter Bomb collection: I tend to like Too Faced but lately they haven’t been that great in their products from reviews. I am thinking of just getting the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar pallet and that is about it since I do love those and do love the Grand Hotel Café and Merry Macarons sets from last Christmas. This year Too Faced had released a lot of items and some items that are coming up are the Candee Johnson collab and the Glitter Bomb Collection. I love Candee but the collab doesn’t seem to excite me as much as the Nicki Tutorials one did last year despite that was a major bomb. This collection is supposed to smell like candy but I am not up for it even though I love sweets. While Glitter Bomb, I do like some glitter shadows which NYX does make very well, but this collection especially the pallet doesn’t excite me ither. Somehow the quality with Too Faced is kind of not doing so well, especially when people are having trouble with pigmentation in the newer stuff. Heck, I am also admitting here that the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara is horrible on me as in it flakes like crazy on me and it does nothing to my lashes so I gave my remaining sample size to Vivi. To me the Perversion mascara by Urban Decay works better along with the Photo Finish mascara by Smashbox curl my lashes better than the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. I think it depends how well it works on every person.
Jeffree Star Cosmetics: I know I mentioned how I am on the fence about Jeffree but my reason is way different from everyone who has talked about why they aren’t buying anything from him. I did say in one post how I was kind of scared of buying from his company for being treated badly by him even blocked by him on social media, my reason is that I am afraid of a foreign object in anything I order. I have been hearing about how people have gotten hair in their highlighters and now ants appeared in the Manny MUA collab. I am somewhat of a germaphobe and I don’t want to find hair or bugs in my items. I wouldn’t want my items to smell like drugs either since that heapened once. Also, I did try one liquid lipstick from Black Moon Cosmetics and it is pretty good!
Sunday Riley Skin Care: Next is a skin care line and that is known as Sunday Riley. I heard about these guys all over the place on YouTube and then I heard they are hella expensive! Yes, I know they are supposed to be good for sensitive skin but I feel like there are some limits on spending for that skin care should be made and plus I feel happy with what I use especially for years and that includes my container of Celestial moisturizer from Lush, Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating face wash since my skin is mostly dry now, and Stridex to keep my skin from going nuts. Also my fave Garnier Mycellar water for makeup removal. Again, I am happy about what I use.
Glam Glow: I know, you guys are wondering “why!?” Well, I have tried two items by Glam Glow, one is a hydrating face wash and a mask, which I tried both and I get a weird tingle especially with the mask. I am sorry to say I am not a fan of Glam Glow. I know it is a popular brand with people but I think I would just stick to the skin care I am familiar with whenever I can get all my containers collected then I can get a free mask from Lush and include that container in my next cycle. Plus, my skin doesn’t get too tngly with any of the Lush masks, I mean with the Cup O’ Coffee one I hardly felt anything happen as in no burning, not an ithhy feel anywhere on my face, etc. The only one I am not trying from Lush is B. B. Seaweed because my skin can’t handle seaweed on it but I can eat it like a normal person. So, sorry about Glame Glow!
Storybook Cosmetics: I know I am a bookworm at heart but with this brand you have to pre-order for their products which seems annoying to me. I love pre-ordering my video games since that does get me the item especially Pokemon games but with makeup it seems like not the way to go. With the dragon themed lip products, I can actually get that from Surreal Makeup which I may get at the next convention they might be at.
Kiley Cosmetics: Okay, you know my reasons why I won’t get anything from Kiley Genner’s makeup line. As you know they don’t accept any returns or exchanges nor give any refunds. Plus, they are starting to really copy people even though I do like dupes but these guys take that and sell it for even higher prices. I have seen reviews on the highlighters, especially, and they weren’t good ones and I would kind of believe it. Plus, if I want something from the company that made Colour Pop then I would just stick to Colour Pop items and of course, forgot to mention, you have to be on a bit of a waiting list while ordering your products and if you can’t get to checkout then too bad so sad and I don’t want to go through that. As in, if I want to order my items I would order them and check out.
K. K. W. MakeUp: The final item is Kim Kardatian-West’s makeup line that is starting with contour kits this summer. Like with Kiley, I am wondering is it going to be another wait list? Will she copy other people? That is something to think about because I’d rather just get a contour from anywhere else if I decided to contour. Plus, will they start doing the cosmetics at the same lab? As in, will they be likeanother Kiley Cosmetics? Not only that, the over contour bit is something that shows there is too much and there is way way WAY too much like the pics Kim used to advertise her brand.And also, I did hear how Kardatian beauty is an okay brand in drugstores.

Well, that is it for this antihaul. I am a makeup lover but there are times when some things don’t rreally interest me and I can admit it. If you guys want to see more these posts, I will gladly do.

I will definitely bring you my Top Ten Songs next time!

Favorites: March and April 2017!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is that time again and that is my Favorites for March and April! Last time, I felt like I didn’t feel like I had that many favorites and I had to type that list into Word Press due to having no computer access until around the first two weeks of March. Well, mid-March actually! I learned my lesson, never go online for free versions of Windows products. What do I have? Let’s see!

Fave Cosplay Moment: People Recognizing Me as Link! As you know, we did press for our fourth year at Omni Expo and this year I finally got to have a new cosplay! Yay! I used some of my work experience money to gather parts and that was mostly to finish Pokemon Ranger Link from Legend of Zelda. This cosplay was in the planning stages back when I first did Pokemon Ranger Rusty, which you can see in my video interview with Eric Stuart, and after graduating I didn’t have the funds after 2015 and knew I had to put it off until I get the funds. I did get Silveon which we dubbed the name “Silvy” for this. I was glad to get the goggles from Black Flame Creations, the hat from Amazon, I found the gloves and did have a ong wig to tuck into my shirt, and finally my overshirt with the patches. What was most impressive about my cosplay besides wearing elf ears for my first time is the Eageslash that Gondras made into the Master Sword and Shield. Even the judges were impressed during pre-judging with all the Pokemon and Zelda elements and one of them did say, “I can see the spirit of Pokemon.” What was awesome was that during Saturday, we went into the food court since we were starving and didn’t eat on the way which is a bad idea and that will change for MegaCon ::does Side Show Bob groan:: (Don’t get me wrong, I am excited to go to MegaCon after not being there for five years but will explain some stuff in the review after the convention!) and on the way back to the convention, we had to pass by Auntie Ann’s since it was inside the Florida Mall. People noticed who I was and they followed with their gazes and I didn’t know until Gondras noticed and told me and I was happy. Yes, I hardly smile due to having a fixed chip in my front tooth but I was still happy. I think this has been my fave cosplay this year especially with the goggles which I should mention that down below!

Fave Interview: Josh Martin and Chris Rager! This year’s Omni had another double interview and that is with Chris Rager, Hercule Satan, and Josh Martin, Magen Boo. Before the convention, I tend to request who we want to interview and we wanted a double interview with these two and we got it! I had so much fun interviewing these two because not only we went a little close to time but off topic but we enjoyed it! It is like my interview with RJ Heady last year which I also had fun during, which you can also see on YouTube. And yes, I am Link in that video and the one with Paul St. Peter. It was fun!

Best Attempt At MakeUp: Doing Winged Liner for First Time! I did have to look up how to do winged liner since I NEVER did it before. I know I should’ve practiced but due to being busy with preparing for the convention and going through all the computer problems, I didn’t get to do it. I did it blindly as best as I could and even took the tip of do it subtle like since one video I saw as basing their Link was based on a older Link. I had a bit of eyeliner issues with the Wet N Wild liner I used which had the chiseled tip which was hard to work with and the girl who did Cosplay 101 was surprised that I did it for my first time for the cosplay when I commented on one point she made. I may have to practice this since I dibuy the NYX black pencil liner. I know people usually use a gel liner but the pencil linder I used did work out as well.

Fave Cosplay Accessory: Legend of Zelda themed Goggles! I had to mention these on here since it seems to be a liking for most people too. When I started getting into steam punk stuff, I fisited a stand by these guys known as Black Flame Creations over at Anime Festival Orlando. I got their Harley Quin themed goggles which you know me when it comes to Harley. I am talking about animated and comic book version not the movie version. Anyways, they did say they will do custom jobs on their goggles and mentioned Zelda elements they can do and I decided to go with them for my goggles for Link due to how awesome they are! If you haven’t checked these guys out, I highly highly highly recommend them for goggles. I really want to see other stuff and hoping I run into them again. They did tell me and recommend me to Aunt Matilda’s steam punk items too. Still, check out Black Flame at blackflamecreations.com and tell them I sent you! Anyways, I even wore these to Orlando Overdrive (sorry, footage coming soon from that) and people also liked them too. That is why it’s a fave item even with my compass earrings I got from Amazon and the necklace that I got from Etsy.

Fave Phone Case: Rarity phone case! My fave item I found in a convention is a phone case done by someone who made the Kakashi 3DS XL case I used to have but it broke all thanks to it being dropped. I need to get another from her but she did advertise on Omni’s group that she had phone cases and I asked about My Little Pony which you know that I love that series. She did have IPhone 5 cases that fit my SE ever since I got it and I found one of Rarity. At first I wanted Twilight Sparkle since she is my first fave pony along with Pinky Pie being my second while third I would give to Rarity and the girl sold out of Twilight but she did have some of four of the others which included Pinky and Rarity. I almost got Pinky but the Rarity one looked prettier in a way and shinier! I may have to ask for a Twilight in the future and hoping I can ask for another DS case of Twilight too if I can. I am not sure what my funds will be for Mega at the moment but hey I do have a nice phone case!

Fave Eye Shadow: Shooting Star by Surreal MakeUp! I had to keep myself from using this a lot since it so pretty and shiny and I don’t want to go overboard with it either and that is Shooting Star by a brand called Surreal MakeUp. I mentioned them the most in my review on Omni because they were the first makeup brand I have seen at a convention! I normally find cosplay makers, artists, the usual anime vendors, and so much more but not a makeup brand this brand is an indie one. They came from Clearwater and they are all natural and the owner and her husband are very nice. I was debating on either getting one of her lip items but when she mentioned Shooting Star that was when it became a winner of my wallet! It is a beautiful shimmery shade and it will look amazing! On that Sunday, I wore my Midnight Blue eye shadow all over my lid and Shooting Star in my crease. I have to warn you guys, this is a pigment and it is stupidly pigmented! As in, you may have to dip your brush once and tap a bit and then dab! She will be at DragCOn and other places if you pay attention to her website: http://www.surrealmakeup.com and I have been mentioning in some comments on YouTubers’ videos that are going to check her out. And also, what’s cool about her brand is that if you don’t know what to get but still want to try her stuff, she offers sample pods which you put the pods into your cart and then look through the site and when checking out you write down what you want to sample. It’s worth a try at least. You rarely get that from most brands. So, I will be giving Surreal MakeUp the Star Pawprint of Approval!

Favorite Primer: L’Oreal Magic Perfecting Face Base! ::hears record screech and people gasping:: What!? Can’t a girl try something new? Well, the story is that I can’t use the Nivea Post Shave Balm ever again. ::tosses it out the window:: Because my skin became irritated! I know I raved about it last year all thanks to Nikki Tutorials raving about it and makeup artists used it but what I didn’t know is that this thing sinks into pores and can clog them since the skin does absorb this product after you shave…well when you are a man shaving. I did feel it tingle after I shaved my chin. So, I had to stop using it and did learn the hard way too that the Nivea is not a sensitive skin friend either! I know, how ironic? All thanks to a video from Jeffree Starr, he did a video where he did a half and half test of two face primers and one is expensive as all high heavens and the other drugstore which is my fave place of all for makeup and he tested the L’Oreal Magic Perfecting Face Base and oh man! I love it! I have to thank Jeffree for this because when he mentioned that this is meant for all skin types I knew I had to find it and glad that it is still existing. It may be a tiny pot of primer but usually you don’t need that much to begin with and this did last me a month and a half! My skin did calm down and I did feel a slight tingle since my skin is not used to something new but it did calm down as I used it and it felt so good whenever I applied the primer and my concealer did go on smoothly along with my foundation and all my makeup stayed on pretty well. I will be getting this for now on! Goodbye Nivea!

Fave Mascara: Maybelline Angel Push Up! I never thought I would try a falsies mascara until I tried Maybelline’s Falsies Angel Push Up! I am glad that this mascara give me the same affect as a pair of false lashes when I don’t wear them. What is the point of false lashes when they can cause problems. Read my Cosmetic Controversy post on those. Anyways, I find the tube interesting looking since it almost reminds me of a pushup pop but with a mascara tube! I did like how my lashes felt with this one and willing to keep trying other mascaras to see how they feel.

Fave New YouTube Channel: Vivid Barnicle! So, lately I have been watching Wheeaboo story videos since Wheeaboos are a bane of our existence. I do admit I did have a bit of a Wheeaboo side in my earlier days of getting into anime but it did die down since I got into other things like Doctor Who and My Little Pony and much more. I stumbled upon this one girl known as Vivid Barnicle and she reads a lot of stories that are horror like where people had many experiences with Wheeaboos. For anyone who doesn’t know what a Wheeaboo is they are basically a person who is overly obsessed with anime and Japan and bases Japanese culture on what they see in anime such as believing that there are still samurais like Rurouni Kenshin walking around when they haven’t exist in many decades. Also, I did take Japanese courses and it is not as easy as many would think. Anyways, some of my fave stories include a girl who tried dying her skin in a bathtub with sharpies and alcohol for her Homestuck cosplay and one that was really recent where a girl got attacked by one Wheeaboo that attended her college and caught her stealing stuff including her Yuri On Ice costume she made. It is amazing how much people become very obsessed with anime stuff. So glad I grew up!

Best Series Come Back: Mystery Science Theater 3000! Yes! It’s back! For those of you who are nerds and haven’t grow up as much as I did with this series, MST3K has come back and in full force on NetFlix and so many people are happy including us, as in me, GOndras, and Nerdy Shirts! For those of you who are new to knowing about this, it is a show where a guy and his two robots riff on cheesy sci-fi and horror movies sent by their worst enemy! It is hilarious and some of the jokes are funny as each movie goes on. Even Movie Bob was happy to see it back that he was in tears at first and then laughing so much with the first episode. What made us happy was Patton Oswald is a character on this which fits with him and it feels like he takes his pony character from My Little Pony and turned it into Max on this. It was even awesome that Felicia Day being the new Forrester in this one. Yes, we have to drop by her table at Mega for a “hi!” Plus, the theme song is always catchy!

Well, that is about it for this bi-montly favorites! Make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates including when we put up the Orlando Overdrive footage! I really need to get that from Gondras. What is next? Maybe another book review or maybe last minute convention info for MegaCon and still waiting on news from anyone on email interviews. So sit tight!

Ten Ungoth Confessions!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I felt like doing something a little different and thought it would be fun and that is my Ten Ungoth Confessions! I am not that much of a goth but trying to explore it a bit more, heck even when I was in Daytona a few years back a girl did ask me if I was a goth due to my taking a class on vampires, zombies, and mummies as the subject and knowing my Halloween history when she was on team for trivia. I am somewhat goth and some people would have a little bit inside of them but here is my confession list!

1. I consider myself more into steam punk! What do I mean by this? Well, even though it is considered as an excuse for goths to wear brown but I do love the using the common objects as jewelry pieces the most. Mostly I do love gears, compasses, and watches on necklaces and earrings. I am not sure about scissors though but these three items are what I like in jewelry. Plus, I do love the goggles and do have my Harley Quin and Legend of Zelda themed goggles from Black Flame Creations, the fingerless gloves, heck I even have my own top hat. Even me, Vivi, and Stellarnan were talking about doing gender bend FFVII characters and I wanted to be Cid at first since his clothing is considered more steam punkish and I would have fun designing his clothes despite him cussing like a sailor. So yes, I consider myself more steam punk than full on goth!
2. I do not like cloves period! Yes, I can’t stand cloves as in eating them, which you can, the smell of them, and of course the most popular thing among goths is to smoke them as cigarettes. I remembered going to a friend’s concert in the downtown club area where you have to take stairs to get to the club since it was so small! No wonder it was more of a lounge but you were able to smoke and this one girl was sitting right next to me and I smelled something weird and noticed the cigarette she was smoking. I asked her about it and she said it was cloves and I did feel a headache coming on due to that and this was around the time my vision was fizzling out and my senses were enhancing to compensate for it and I told Gondras that I was getting a headache and need fresh air due to the clove smoke. It worked and when we got back she was no longer at our table. Heck, even Mama Gondras gave me a solid perfume from Lush a while back that had cloves as an ingredient and you could smell it prominently and it was horrible! I tossed it since I couldn’t stand it! In case if you are wondering, no I don’t smoke because I am asthmatic even if it’s mostly dormant but I find it gross!
3. I prefer my coffee sweet! I know a lot of goths do love their coffee and tea, I do drink tea on some occasions but mostly I am a coffee drinker especially when it comes to iced coffee which I do like to make on my own. I do like going to Dunkin Doughnuts and McDonald’s time to time but there are times when my order does go wrong or they don’t put enough flavoring. That is why I prefer my coffee to be sweet especially in the cream flavor! My favorite flavors in cream are hazelnut, salted caramel, and if I am in the mood, French vanilla! I did try the fudge brownie one and even had a double squirt because there are times where Dunkin doesn’t put enough.
4. My music taste varies! My music taste is very eclectic especially when I listen to some stuff on YouTube or I Heart Radio. I would listen to the Coheed and Cambria radio one day or listen to Mandy Moore the next. To me, you can’t always stick to one music genre, even if you have those goth elitists saying you’re not goth because of this. I will confess I did try listening to Sisters of Mercy (Vivi, don’t kill me for saying this!) but I found them kind of boring. I think I went to listen to THer For Tomorrow or something. Some of my all time fave bands in case you guys are wondering include New Found Glory, Sevendust, Soul Switch, and Traverser.
5. I love to watch talk shows! My next confession is that I do like watching talk shows on tv especially The Talk! I like how the women on that show put their thoughts on the news stories and I do like to talk about it on their Facebook page because I kind of feel like I can think about things that take place in my life or around me. I also admit I do watch Dr. Phil too because some of the stuff he has on there is interesting and I do watch Ellen time to time but on rare occasions if I feel like it.
6. I am a major lover of sweets! One of my major weaknesses is sweets! Even though my sweet tooth has been dubbing down due to a molar being chipped, I don’t know how that happened, also my teeth became extra sensitive due to some Artisan nuts that Mama Gondras sent me as a Valentine’s gift which was a really bad idea especially when I finished both cans within a week and a half of getting them, I think the pecans were the quickest since that took me two days. Anyways, I am mostly into chocolate and it is a major addiction. My fave kind of chocolate is Ghiradelli and now Cadbury has been carried in the U. S. and I enjoyed the English toffee squares that they made. Gondras did make it up to me since I asked him to get me a bag of Cadbury Royal Darks with mint for Valentine’s due to how that was more reasonable for a guy to get me. I also have been addicted to Hershey’s lately since I have the kisses and the nuggets in my big container lately.
7. When it comes to cats, I prefer rag dolls, calicos, and tabbies! Normally goths are expected to have black cats but when it comes to my love for cats, I do love black cats but I prefer the rag dolls, calicos, and tabbies because they have really pretty patterns and color variations such as the silver tabby or the rag dolls that have the looks of Siamese cats. The cat that me and Gondras consider as our cat is a tabby named Tony and he was a stray that ran around the apartment he used to live at with another little stray kitten. When Gondras and Mama Gondras moved out, they did take Tony and another tabby named Tiger but Tiger was uncomfortable with the new place and took him back to the old complex. Tony does have a major love for me the most because when I stayed after the Soul Switch concert last year and when he was in the media room to separate him from Tiger, he loved purring and nuzzling against me and when I visit or stay the night he does curl up against me, especially when I sleep over. He even gives me the look of “Why did you stop petting?” when I stop petting him. Too cute!
8. Speaking of cute, I do love cute things like a lot of girls! Yes, I got to mention this because like a lot of other girls, I do love my cute things! It doesn’t hurt admitting it even if you’re goth! I love Hello Kitty, Keroppi, Kuromi, heck I eve have a Harley Quin themed Kuromi plush I got made, I even have Happy the cat from Fiary Tail!
9. A good majority of my makeup is mostly neutral, smoky, and a few colorful items! Normally goths are expected to wear nothing but black lipstick but to tell you the truth, I only have one tube of black lipstick and trying to get around to getting more even getting another tube of the Hot Topic one at one point since that one broke on me. The rest of my makeup mostly contains neutral eye shadows, smoky pallets, and a few colorful ones like the NYX Primal collection, the Prismatic shadows by them as well, and of course the Coastal Sense Revealed 3 and the Unicorns Unite pallet by MakeUp Revolution. I do have some bold colors in my collection when it comes to lips like Ion by Kat Von D, Nightly Ritual and Royal by MAC, and a few others from KleanColor.
10. Even though my wardrobe contains a lot of black shirts, I do tend to wear a lot of nerd related shirts! Final confession is that my wardrobe does have a lot of black tees but a good majority of them are nerd related. A lot of companies print on black shirts since it does look better but I do have a few shirts in other colors from some of these companies except a good portion are on black. Some of my shirts include Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Who, and some band shirts which a majority happens to be from the band Traverser.
Well that is it for this list of confessions! It was kind of hard bu I did have fun doing it. If anyone says that you’re not goth if you are wearing a shirt with the Avengers logo and still enjoy a up of coffee, just ignore it! Even Toxic Tears did say there is no wrong way of being goth unless that was someone else. Anyways, next time I should have my Top Ten songs of April!

Cosmetic Controversy: Copying As a Form of Flattery?

Disclaimer: This post is based on opinion and observation by the lead writer of this blog. Any thoughts and or opinions this controversy should be respected by the readers that pass by this blog!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! This no April Fools joke because it is another Cosmetic Controversy and it is a big one! Let’s get into it!

Controversy: Kat Von D made some very heated comments towards UK brand MakeUp Revolution for their EYe Contour Light and Shade pallet which according to her that they copied the entire pallet from color all the way down to artwork. Some of the tags she used include “Cheap Ass,” “Boot Leg,” and a few more and this was on Instagram by the way. It was in response to an article that Cosmopolitan did on the MakeUp Revolution pallet and they are known for making items that look similar to other higherend products and sell them for less which their Light and Shade pallet is $15 which you can get on Ulta’s website.

She did make a video as a response since there were two sides which one side said “Good for her for dragging MakeUp Revolution” while the toothers said, “She was unprofessional for doing this.” Which her video was a way of telling the difference between ripoffs and dupes.

Truth: Actually, MakeUp Revolution is not the only one who has “copied” others. A lot of companies have been doing this for years which some companies get inspired by each other and make similar colors to what they carry.

For instance, I almost got Big Apple Red once by O. P. I. which is a very popular nail polish brand and they are known to have their stuff sold for $8+ in stores like Target and Ulta and then one of the Target workers told me that you’re better off just buying two bottles of Ruby Ruby by Sinful Colors for $2.99 each when I had one bottle in hand. I saw the logic in that and did get just two bottles of Ruby Ruby since they look similar in the ruby red color and I did save an extra $4 while picking them up.

An article I did find when researching this that there is that one company that is the innovator and wants to make the items first and there is that one company that tends to study the make of the product and then make it and sell it for a lower price point which they also pointed out that MakeUp Revolution did this by making their own version of the Real Techniques Bold Metals brushes that were released in 2015 and goes onto say that MakeUp Revolution does this so they can make their products more accessible to their customers and it is true since we as customers who want to save some money do want to go for the dupe over the higher priced item.

We do see the good in that but where is always the good there is the bad. According to Glossible, the reason why it is bad for all this existing is due to the lack of innovation behind creating the products and all thanks to social media labs are working at their hardest and not getting new customers.

Okay? Uhhhh that is interesting to read but isn’t social media the reason why we buy some of these items? I am now seeing a lot of videos where it says “YouTube Made Me Buy It!” in the title which they mention a lot of drugstore and some high end makeup that other YouTubers have been talking about whether it is the Essence Lash Princess Mascara or the Too Faced Chocolate BonBons pallet, people are looking towards those videos to get an idea of what they want to pick up whether it is drugstore or not.

What point I found interesting in this person’s article is that they quoted a blogger’s post that brands are starting to put a formula into a pan and decorate it with their signature look and put it out there so we can “ooh and ahh” over it and some of these companies don’t bother to tweak the formula to make it better. I can see where she is going with that because remember Too Faced’s Chocolate Shoppe set for Holiday 2016? If not, let me tell you!

Too Faced did three holiday sets last year and one of them was both for Sephora and Ulta while one of them was for Ulta and the other Sephora. The set that was carried by both is the Café New York Hotel set which is my fave by the way that features the coffee scented pallets in Gingerbread Coffee, Egg Nog Latte, and Peppermint Mocha alongside the sample size of their ever-famous Better Than Sex Mascara. While the Ulta exclusive set happened to be the Merry Macarons set which is in that same resort looking packaging with the same mascara sample and a pallet of twelve vanilla scented shades named after cookies and finally the Sephora exclusive set was the Chocolate Shoppe set that features eye shadows, blush, bronzer, highlighter, mascara, primer, and a lipstick and everything but the primer and mascara had the signature Chocolate Bar scent that Too Faced is known for! People had problems with the Chocolate Shoppe which some of the more matte shades weren’t showing up as much as the shimmer ones and one reviewer on YouTube said the bronzer in this is not as pigmented as the full-size verison as the Chocolate Solei bronzer while the other two sets were way more pigmented than this one and I can test to that since the Merry Macarons one was a big sell out in my town and did manage to get it for Christmas though and can see why the other two were popular. What I found interesting is that some of the shades in the Chocolate Shoppe were also featured in the White Chocolate Chip pallet that came out with the Matte Chocolate Chip Pallet that came out Black Friday last year and they were limited edition online only on Sephora for the White Choocolate and Too Faced only for the Matte Chocolate and I can see where not much creativity would be there since some of the shades did overlap in these two pallets. I did see a reviews where some of the shades didn’t show up or build up as well as the original counterparts and when they touched them there is a bit of a scratchy feel. I did find it interesting how Cookie Dough appeared better in the White Chocolate Chip better than the one in Chocolate Shoppe from what I’ve seen in reviews. Now I can see why the article talked about another point where companies are trying to get their stuff out the fastest and I can see how that can be a problem. One good example is the the Power of MakeUp pallet that Nikki Tutorials collabed with and the quality in that one was not as great and had inconsistencies in some of the shades and I did say in my reviews to be honest that the pallet should’ve been pushed back to test the pigmentation a bit more before being released. Now I can see why the Stardust pallet by Vegas Nay had a better quality.

Thoughts: I am agreeing with Karina Kaboom that brands do get inspired by others and of course we do see a lot of dupes out there in the drugstore, including the drugstore area of Ulta, for people to get an affordable product. What I find interesting is that a lot of videos on YouTube do mention dupes of some of the products that the creator does get either from an online indie brand or in the drugstore. One example is that some people like the Hot Pot shadows from Coastal Sense as an alternative to MAC and another company rising in popularity is known as Karity which their shadows are dupes for MAC shadows as well. So buying a dupe is not that bad especially when makeup users want to save money.

Another thing is that I don’t see higherend brands getting on some of the other brands for making similar things to what they have. Perfect example is Urban Decay and their Naked pallet line! Of course MakeUp Revolution did their own line which is called the Iconic line and I have the Iconic 2 which does look similar to the Naed 2 and I enjoy very much. They did do an Iconic Smoky as well and Urban Decay didn’t do what Kat did by pretty much cussing them out. Two other brands that did similar pallets to the Naked Pallet Line were of course Coastal Sense with their Revealed palets (1, 2, 3, and Smoky) and CoverGirl who started doing similar pallets at the beginning of this year which they had a sticker saying, “Similar to a $50 pallet!” I admit that I do want to get the other Naked pallets since I have both of the Basics and the Smoky pallet and I do have all four of the Revealed pallets and yes the third one wasn’t the greatest to most people but I do enjoy the Coastal Sense ones since not only I get ten more shadows than the Urban Decay ones, especially my Smoky pallet, but looking at the price you do get it for cheap and I don’t feel like I have to run out to get the Urban Decay ones. But as said before I don’t see Urban Decay acting like what Kat did since they know they have a big reputation to hold and of course people will still buy their items or others would just go for the dupe instead.

And finally, since I mentioned reputations, in case if you are wondering, I think Kat was unprofessional with what she did. Yes, I know about the backlash and knowing that she could have done better about this. Remembered how I did that one Cosmetic Controversy about brand owners acting badly? I kind of think this fits that category because we are the customer and there are times we like to look up to the owner of the brand as someone who is amazing and can be an idol. I should’ve mentioned this in that post but looking at it now I can put this here. I admit I do have my tube of Ion from her Studded Kiss line and my best buddy Vivi does have her products and she wants to keep buying but I can’t tell her or you guys you shouldn’t stop purchasing because of this backlash. Like with Jeffree, Kat should’ve taken this matter to a private message and tell MakeUp Revolution that she doesn’t like what they did instead of taking it to Instagram and YouTube. I admit I saw the video and I know how much hard work she puts into her stuff including the artwork but MakeUp Revolution didn’t copy the artwork from what Vivi saw and I would believe that if I seen it. Maybe the pallet looks like the Shade & Light but the only thing that MakeUp Revolution can’t take is the original artwork from Kat for their pallet. Iremembered how my dad described the artwork on the Girls on Film pallet at Ulta when I first got into MakeUp Revolution and it was a girl with a camera if I remembered and my Unicorns United pallet would have a unicorn on it. In the end, it felt like it got blown over and should have been handled a lot better instead of being public matter, especially with the hash tags which really is not that great.

If lessons were learned from this, from what I saw in videos, yes there will be a dupe version of some companies’ products, yes people will get the dupe over the highend, but a company’s owner shouldn’t bash on others since people will probably look up to them and even decide to keep buying from them or not. Look at Jeffree Starr, apparently now (update) from what I am hearing he is starting to shape up slightly. Hoping Kat doesn’t fall into the “Owners With Bad Attitude” category like the Z Pallet owner just did.

Well, that is about it! This was a hard one to do since looking at it from the side of how people deemed it unprofessional, Kat should’ve done it privately. I am saying not to bash on either Kat or MakeUp Revolution because they are both businesses and they are human. Who knows what else will happen but when you look at it, MakeUp Revolution does have some original items in their line that people do like and I am one of them. I will still get Echo by Kat at one point probably until I have extra cash for it or as a gift.

That is it for this post! I know it was a lot to throw out at you guys but hoping you pulled through! Next up is my Convention Spotlight on MegaCon 2017 which we will be doing our first year of press there! Yay! Stay tuned!

Convention Impossible: Omni Expo 2017!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Sorry for being away for so long. I have been having computer trouble and sorry for not getting any of the posts I was supposed to do such as favorites and my top fave songs for last month. I will try and get around to that but first I have my first Convention Impossible of the year and it is on Omni Expo!

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinion and observation of the writer of this blog. Please respect the thoughts and feelings in this review!

So, this past weekend was Omni Expo and man it went by fast and I bet you’re wondering how it went. Well, it went pretty well despite it moving to a new location due to the International Palms being renovated, which I will start with that.

Otel: This year’s location did have to change which it was originally supposed to be at International Palms but due to a new company buying it out and doing renovations on it, the con did move to a new location and that was the Florida Mall.If you haven’t been to this place then you are missing out. It is a huge tourist place even when it comes to its hotel that is built in. It was nice and the area was kind of small for the lobby but it did connect to the mall which you can find a pair of doors leading into it. I am not sure how the rooms are situated since most hotels here in Orlando are either in different buildings or just in one single building, which to me it was a single building. It was pretty convenient in my book. The convention was set up very neatly where you have Artist’s Alley and Con Registration in one room and then Vendor’s Room and Panel Room 1 next to each other and then Main Events around the corner in another hallway and then when you go to the left from the hotel entrance you will find more tables for costume contest sign ups, Panel Room 2, and both of the gaming rooms for card games and video games. It was pretty simple to navigate especially when you want to get to Vendor’s and the Artist’s Alley areas. I do like this layout but wishing Panel Room 2 was placed closer to the other stuff because it was pretty small and notice that not much traffic went there unless you were in the costume contest on Saturday due to pure-judging happened in that room. There were some panels in there too which included mine. I hope they hold Omni again at this one again because it was a lot more easier to get food. Unlike the other locations which were the Worldd Center, Rosen Center, and the Double Tree near Universal, we had to travel to get food even though the World Center did improve on their food court and can’t wait to go back to Matsuri if we get press again this year. With Florida Mall, you can either go to the cafe area in the hotel itself or walk into the food court and the mall for the food stands which makes it very convenient! Some places did give discounts like the sushi place which we didn’t get a chance to go since that was a place that gave a 10% off discount to people with a badge or wrist band. Most of my food money went to A&W unfortunately. Still, veery nice and also nicer that one of the businesses in the mall did promote themselves at the con which was called Pop Cult, which Gondar visited back in December. Hoping this convention is held at this place again because I do love the convience and easy navigation!

Vendor’s Room and Artist’s alley: I decided to combine the two since this year there were really talented artists and sone were even in thenVendor’s Room. One one happened that that included Angry Mask Man which he had masks that he had made. Some of the masks include Majora’s Mask from Legend of Zelda, Princess Monoke’s Mask, and many more. I asked him how long it took and he said it is a process for him to make them since he had to make molds for them. If you search for this guy on the net, I would recommend. Another vendor that I was happy to see was the woman who made the 3DS cases and she did post on the Omni Fandom Expo Group on Facebook about her stand and that she had phone cases and since I did get an SE I decided to see about My Little Pony ones. I almost got thee Pinky Pie one at first and she didn’t have Twilight Sparrkle one, neither in princess form nor regular form, but I did get one with Rarity because it was pretty and shiny! I will get a new 3DS XL case since thee one I got from her broke. Hoping I get online or at the next con we go to. Another vendor that caught my eye this year was something I never thought I would find and that is an indie makeup brand and they are known as Surreal Makeup. Her makeup is all natural and cruelty free, which is awesome for anyone looking for a new cruelty free brand, and she has brought a lot of her eye shadows and some of her lip items. I almost thought about getting a lip item but her eye shadows really got my attention since I tend to horde eye shadows left and right. The one I got is called Shooting Star which is a very sparkly one which I didn’t know she included a toothpick to poke with (which Gondras told me about after putting it on but did fix that when I got home by poking the hole in the middle) and according to Gondras I poked like I was gong to join Jem and the Holograms. You need to be careful but she suggests that you poke a hole in the middle of the sifter and tap out the shadow which will last longer even while cosplaying. You can find her site at http://www.surrealmakeup.com for all her stuff! I highly recommend and if you are going to Rupaul’s Drag Show this year, she will be selling there as well. Tell her that I said hi since I left my business card. Also, my thoughts about something like this is that some conventions should definitely have more makeup brands or at least indie ones to sell since we do love cosplay and finding awesome makeup for it, even on a budget, it would be nice to get something on the spot! We did find many other vendors in there such as the t-shirt guys who made shirts for such shoes like Biker Mice from Mars and Swat Cats, even one that sold a Power Rangers items that included the Dragon and Tiger daggers that Tommy used when he was the Green and White Rangers in Mighty Morphen. I was happy to find a better key ring for my Lucy cosplay and it was the actual key ring and just put the keys on it this morning. Can’t wait to go back to a con as her or the newer Pokémon crossover costume I want to do of her.

Guests: Since we covered the vendor;s we do have the Guests as well. The autograph area was slightly smaller and I can see why since thee room was a bit small. I do like the idea since there weren’t long lines to worry about Ike most conventions. We did interview Paul St. Peter which he remembered us from last year. He did do his usual voice acting panels which included Voice Maker and Voice Perofrmer, which we only went to Performer on Sunday. We did attend his famous Pirate Curses panel of course and did enjoy that like last year. Gondras did participate this year and got a compass as his prize. We also got to interview Josh Martin and Chris Rager together since they have been in Dragonball which was fun talking to them about vvoice acting. I was happy that Chris was in Fairy Tail and you know me that I love my Fairy Tail! I did get to meet Brian Muir on Sunday and was great talking to him about some of the movies he had worked on and glad to know that he is enjoying his time being retired from it and Rogue One as his final work. Hoping to meet him again in the future. We did reunite with Bruce, No Ordinary Balloon Guy, he did had a Hercule made for that weekend for Chris Rager and awesome that he still makes balloon stuff, he even made people something when asked. Gondras thought about interviewing him but we need a quiet area but seeing how busy the weekend became the time flew out the window! Always next time Gadget!

Panels and Events: Holyy moly! I think this year we went to more panels than last like with Matsuri. Most of the really good ones took place in Panel Room 1 which included Tokusatsu panel that I knew Richard would enjoy and he did and even helped with some of the info. Someone did say that he should’ve co-hosted with Crows which I agree. I did check out the Lolita 101 because Vivi attended one by the Central Florida Lolita Society back at Metro in 2014 but didn’t like it as much since the information was either “Yes, you can do this.” Or “You can but you must do this and this.” This one was done by Mesumi Sempai and she was very informative in her presentation especially with the history. I did ask about shopping from Angelic Pretty which the panel Vivi went to mentioned that Angelic Pretty is the only place everyone should shop from The answer I got was it is not necessary since people are on a budget including me and good thing is we can buy things pieces at a time which I do like and we do have a lot of resources out there to buy from which is also true, this bit was also mentioned during the Cosplay Tips and Tricks panel later that night and done by a cosplay guest which she gave a lot of good pointers too. If only some of these panels on this stuff were done more like this. If you are wondering, I had no audience at my panel since there were a lot of other panels going on and it was in Panel Room 2 but it will be on YouTube for you guys which is a good thin. I hope to take it to other conventions because there are people who may have heard or not heard of assistive tech and apps that help, heck when I demonstrated Be My Eyes, Nerdy Shirts was surprised that an app just like it exists. You will see how it works in the video!

The biggest event that is always the thing everyone loves is the costume contest. I did enter as Pokémon Ranger Link and man it was fun to do. It was also the first time I wore elf ears ever since he did have pointy ears. I had to get a new bottle of Spirit Gum and it was fun explaining what it was to my dad while at Party City looking for it. The costume construction was supposed to be for last year but couldn’t do it due to being broke but until my work experience that was when I got the parts for it and got it done in time for this year! The judges liked the Ageslash that Gondras made in the Master Sword colors and the patches and scarf bits my dad did the sewing work for. Too bad I didn’t win, even Nerdy Shirts thought there should’ve been a “Best Costume Donee With a Budget” award which I agree and the same time a “Best Crossover” award since I did crossover two of the best video game franchises together. The judges did mention that they had a hard time choosing since they saw awesome costumes even an Enchantress cosplayer from Suicide Squad! The most impressive was a kid doing a Attack On Titan scout with the weapons pack which hee made on his own which he got the Youth Category for.

There was one event that was a first for us was the Script Reading panel where the vice actors get to read scripts and it was entertaining. My favorite scripts that were done were for Guardiansof the Galaxy, which Paul St. Peter did an awesome Rocket Raccoon, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail which had the Holy Hand Grenade scene!

All in all, the panels and events. I think going to a lot of them this time does give a lot to do.

Verdict: CONVENTION COMPLETE: I know that this convention tends to get an ACCOMPLISHED but this year it felt more the second one and that is a COMPLETE! The hotel was awesome and the events were great but there were many other things that can take place during the time. It did feel like it had a slow start due to the new location and not a lot of people came due to the sudden change in location but it was still fun in the end.

Needs for Improvement: I feel like the real need for improvement is trying to get the word out there a bit more. When I talked to someone I knew from Metro that was going to be in town he didn’t know that Omni eye was taking place since it was March again. I know I did Convention Spotlight before my computer went out of order. (I am using my IPad and a Bluetooth keyboard I just received in the mail, that is why you are seeing this post!) but there should’ve been more word going around despite the change of location, as in finding more ways of getting the word out there. I did remember during year one there were fliers passed out and that should’ve been done even in the mall unless that was being done. If next year’s con happens at the same place, hoping a lot more people go to it since this is a great con and Paul St. Peter wants it to keep it going and said for the fans to make it the best con in Florida, That is why press is also here for too.

Another improvement would be having Panel Room 2 closer to the other main rooms because it felt like some of the panels, including mine, weren’t getting much attention especially when people were going to for any panel in there. Plus, that room should be bigger. I felt like I was in a workshop almost. And glad that my claustrophobia didn’t flare up. Still, this should be closer to the other rooms instead of far away.

Well, that is it guys for this review! I am glad we got to do another year at this convention. Hoping we keep on doing it since we have contributed a lot as press for them and want to keep doing it and we still enjoy doing it especially with interviews!

What is next on our Convention roster? MegaCon! We are doing it this year so stay tuned for Convention Spotlight! Until next time!

Cosmetic Controversy: To Have a Return Policy or Not to Have One? That is the Question!

Disclaimer: This post is based on opinion and observation of the lead writer and producer. Please respect the opinion and thoughts for this post.

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time for a new Cosmetic Controversy and it deals with makeup brands having a return policy or not. Let’s get to it.

Idea: So, as you all know that this is a big thing but mostly dealing with Kylie Cosmetics. I know I am hearing groaning in the Makeup Nerd Universe but hear me out. I know everyone has purchased from the famous Kardatian Half-Sister’s brand Kylie Cosmetics once or twice or even lately with the Royal Peach pallet, which is giving them a lot of backlash. How so? Well, the thing is despite having some inspiration from the viral Sweet Peach Pallet that Too Faced has been known for even with its peachy scent, the pallet is anything but peachy. It doesn’t smell like the fruit that Presidents of the United States sings, it smells like something that you would in a spray paint can. As in, it has a very strong chemical smell that people can’t stand and also some of the shadows according to people who have bought it aren’t as pigmented that many gurus had said. Can people return this pallet? No they can’t! How come? Well, Kylie Cosmetics doesn’t take returns, do refunds nor exchanges.

Wait What? You saw what I typed and I even sent them an email myself about it and they said, “Sorry but we don’t accept returns, do exchanges nor refunds.” Sorry guys, that means you’re stuck with it even if the product smells.

Normally, if there are times where something is damaged, the wrong item, or anything else like smelling badly, companies do tend to replace the item and/or refund the person that bought the product in the first place. I admit that there was a few times when I bought the wrong item or didn’t like it that I was able to return or exchange it. For instance, Sephora accidentally sold me the wrong Smashbox primer when I wanted the Photo Finish primer when they sold me the one meant for under eyes and I had to go and exchange it. I was originally going to exchange with the right primer but ended up exchanging for the Gwen Stefani pallet from Urban Decay that was discounted which I wanted to pay but then had to pay for the primer I wanted originally. Still, I did get the primer I wanted and the good thing is that Sephora does do returns and exchanges within thirty days whether it’s used or not. My primer was not used yet so I was happy that I noticed it was the wrong one when I looked at my account the same day it took place. Which that brings up another thing if no receipt is brought with it that they can look in their system for that purchase. They even do the exchange or a credit after the thirty days is up. Ulta, on the other hand, takes sixty days for their return policy where the full refund happens with receipt and card used to purchase the item. After those days, the customer gets a store credit instead.

I do admit I did have a situation where I didn’t like the product or products myself and returned them and that was of course Physician’s Formula. I did try out their foundation and returned it to CVS when I felt an itch on my cheek. I can see why my skin reacted badly was due to the SPF in their product and returned it for a full refund and used the refund to get my favorite Almay powder.

What about independent companies since Kylie has her own independent company? Well, their policies do work but they do make different acceptions to how they want to get their products back or refund their customers. Let’s see some of these!

Kat Von D: Return item for free within sixty days of purchase. It will take five business days once the item is received to process the return and refund will be posted once the sixty business days has passed.
Jeffree Starr: Return item within 14 days after purchase since there are no exchanges at this time, item will be refunded.
MakeUp Geek: Only replaces damaged items returning the damaged items fourteen days after receiving them. Don’t accept returns due to hygenic purposes.
Colour Pop: Exchange damaged products for the original product. Doesn’t accept returns.

Well, it looks like these four companies have pretty good policies. Yes, I can see where MakeUp Geek says no returns but they do replace damaged items like with Colour Pop and of course with makeup being in use you are pretty much putting germs into the product. That is a pretty reasonable idea. Jeffree’s and Kat’s policies do offer refunds for things that do get returned. I did read for Jeffree’s items that you have to put the order number in order to match with the system which when the item is returned that the order number should be on the envelope. Reasonable and fair policies but why not Kylie’s brand not doing the same?

That is a pretty question because when I tried asking myself there was no real reason why they don’t do the exchanges, returns, nor refunds. I understand that a lipstick or lip kit, excuse me, is around $29 since you get the pencil and the lipstick in one and that is hard earned money right there that so many people worked for or someone saved their allowance if they are in high school and getting into makeup. Except what if the person does like the product? It would be fair to exchange it or return, right? Unless if the money that is spent on her items get used to produce other products which is an interesting thought but again her family is one of the most popular celebrities on tv right now and normally doing a business,w whether it’s makeup or clothing, you have to save the money in order to make that business happen unless if you are a millionaire that can do it easily. I don’t know the reasons behind why she doesn’t want to refund the money even for her latest pallet that people wasted their money on for something that smells horrible. Apparently, she changed the factory that packaged the pallet and that may be the reason. I seen videos where people said to air out the shadow pallet, which does work since I have bought brushes that had the weird packaging smell and aired out over time and don’t have the smell from when I opened them. Still, Kylie should have a recall and refund this pallet in my opinion and I did say one more thing to the company even though they didn’t say anything back, “Please have a return, refun, and exchange policy.”

Again, with this company, you’re stuck.

Tips for Buying MakeUp: Well, I know you have seen me always buying new stuff even if YouTube made me buy it. I do have tips in case you may want to keep the item if you like it after trying it.

1. Watch reviews or read reviews: As in, watch honest reviews on the products or at least read them on the product pages on the retailer or the brand’s page because it will give you ideas of what the brand is about and/or what the product has ins tore and if anyone has tried it. There are times when not all products work out for everyone so if you stillw ant to try it despite the review, then you can make your own review.
2. Buy one of a product: As in, just buy at least one out of the product’s line because it can help with knowing if you want to try it and like it afterwards. I see a lot of gurus on YouTUbe splurge on a certain makeup line or pick up the entire range and sometimes they don’t like it afterwards and regret it later. Yes, doing regret videos are fun but at the same time doing one item does save your cash.
3. If there is a tester in store, test before buying: This would also help because there are times when some stores don’t have testers but many do and if you aren’t sure on the item you want, you can see how it works before buying.
4. Double check on return policies: Normally a store would have different return policies and sometimes the employees have to ask the manager time to time for help but doing your research can help in knowing if the policy requires you not to open an item or can return it since there are times when some stores don’t take used or unopened items.
5. Finally, pinpoint what you want: After watching reviews or hearing about it, know that you want that item. There are times when I do the impulse buy while other times I do know what I want and of course it is by a brand I really like. For instance, I always love Almay’s face makeup due to how it works for me and tend to get my concealer shade the way I want it to be. Another example, when I go to Mac after hearing many shades that people get or having options of what’s new, I tend to know what I want and go for that item or see if there is something similar if I didn’t want the exact item at first. Yes, I am decisive at times but knowing if you really want it then go ahead.
Well, that is about it! I know it seems a little awkward to see about makeup companies not having a good return policy nor none at all like Kylie Cosmetics. Trust me, do you really want to be stuck with something you don’t like or smell bad?

Anyways, what is next for Nerdy Shique Universe? Well, adding a new music genre to the Music Category! Stay tuned!

Cosmetic Controversy: MakeUp Company Etiquette

Disclaimer: This post is based on opinion and observation from the Lead Writer herself! Please don’t read if you don’t like what she has to say!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Welcome to a new year and it’s a new controversy! ::dun dun dun!:: It deals with independent companies and even one company in how they deal with customers. I know we tend to get really good customer service especially with how we review them as well when we have a good experience and have a bad review after a bad one. There are some brands that can’t handle the criticism when it comes to the bad reviews or what people find in their products or even if they break and let’s see what I noticed.

The Controversy Inspiration: Lately, I have been subscribed to Drama Channels on YouTube but the main ones I love to watch include Rich Lux, John John Cuckian, Karina Kaboom, and….please don’t kill me when I mention him…Sanders Kennedy! I know that we as consumers can make up our own conclusion when it comes to what we like to buy but when I heard about this scandal I was surprised and it dealt with a customer who has bought Jeffree Starr Cosmetics items and she found a hair in the Ice Cold skin frost once she hit pan. Apparently, she went to the Jeffree Starr Twitter and she did get a refund but it started getting ugly where she was seen as a bully and was blocked by Jeffree himself when he said that she was bashing on him, his products, and his followers when she didn’t say of those things. I read the article from Seventeen Magazine which shown the tweets and man it was messy! Here is the link so you can read it yourself:

http://www.seventeen.com/beauty/news/a44327/jeffree-star-customer-finds-hair-in-highlighter/

In my opinion after hearing all this and reading the article, Jeffree should’ve handled it better after handling it professionally in the beginning. As in, keep the professionalism to talk to the person or ask them to PM him directly rather than going into an ugly fight like this. Also, watching one video which had me asking on Facebook and Twitter that on Read It that people have said that they are scared to buy from Jeffree’s company with what kind of attitude he presents. I can see where a lot of people are coming from since I have heard what he had done such as racist comments, sending negative comments to a YouTuber due to a broken skin frost, and even some products smelling like drugs due to his man smoking in the lab once. Also, they would be afraid of his wrath or his followers wrath if they say anything bad about his items which you have to be positive about. Which brings me to my next point!

Constructive Criticism = Good Criticism: This is one thing when it comes to makeup and sometimes it can be our best friend and our weapon. As a fan fiction writer and have hosted a panel on it which one tip goes “Constructive Criticism = Good Criticism” which helps improve on writing but it also helps improve on product quality whether that review is bad or good. I have seen a lot of beauty videos where some of the items I have bought were reviewed and got me to try for myself. This even includes brands themselves and one brand that I got to buy over the past year was Colour Pop which I heard through Coffee Break With Dani, Kathleen Lights, and Young Wild and Polished on YouTube. All thanks to the good reviews, many people have bought from Colour Pop and even mentioned Dani’s name in some of the reviews at how they heard of their company which does help with their business.

Even though some companies do grow from the amount of business that they get from YouTube there are the kinds of brands that grow from what they see in their products and what they should work on and one good example is one brand I got a few products in BoxyCharm and that is MakeUp Geek. This is one brand where the creator, Marlena, gets a lot of criticism from her customers in how they like the products and if some items don’t sell well or if the item needs to be fixed then she starts working on improving some things. One example is her blush line that was re-done last year and released last spring where she re-formulated and re-packaged into compacts. When they were just pans before. Good thing is she does mention in her videos about the newer items why it takes all this time to produce is due to how she wants to make the product feel right for her customers.

What about brands that don’t like bad reviews? Well, there are those that can’t handle some criticism that not only gets deleted but the creator really doesn’t like the person making it. Besides Jeffree, another person that seems to have a lot of controversy under her belt is DoeDear of LimeCrime. Not only her brand had a lot of bad things happeneing such as a major hack in her brand’s website from October 2014 through early 2015, she did have a bit of a recent scandal and it dealt with her duo chrome shadows that were released last year. I seen a review of how these shadows were amazing and if you haven’t seen them they are two shadows in one that are very glittery and shiny and are activated by water on your brush and this brought up a problem where people commented that they found mold and/or rust in their shadows which the pan is tin. I did mention this product as a runner-up to my “Worst MakeUp Product According to YouTube” where I did ask how can it be okay when this appears? Which LimeCrime responded to the comments that “It’s okay to use these products and the mold is harmless.” Again, you are putting this near your eyes. Back to my point, in the past comments on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook have been deleted by LimeCrime due to how she didn’t like the negativity towards her products. Usually, comments that deal with quality not being that great does help the company improve their formula and release the re-formulated version. Plus, a lot of users do become honest with their reviews which another product that was released last year from LimeCream was their Diamond Crushers which is a clear coat for your lips that has glitter that you can put on top of lip glosses, lipsticks, or even wear it on their own. Someone who used to work for the company snapped about and even mentioned they swollen her lips and was told to take it down by LimeCrime. She may have swatched six of them and I have seen lip swatch videos where people didn’t have the same reaction as she had. I even swatched two lipsticks once when I bought Ion from Kat Von D and had worn my Hot Topic lipstick and my lips didn’t have a weird reaction when I switched between the two. LimeCrime was trying to cover this up when a review like this where a lip product causes swelling should be a signal to the company to take the product off the shelf and improve the formula even if not everyone’s lips had the same reaction. I would pull my own lipstick if that were to happen if I had a company myself or make sure the item’s formula was good to go before releasing. Still, reviews do help with improvements.

(Note: I meant Super Foils guys!)

Customer Service: Now onto the biggest part of this whole entire thing and of course pointing back to the latest scandal with Jeffree Starr. The thing that really makes brands survive, whether independent or in malls, is the customers and how they are treated. We do go for the bright and shiny things that do get sold and many do listen to the reviews and lead to them buying the item as well. What really brings the customer back is how they are treated too. I admit I had some customer problems with some companies and one experience really involved E. L. F. Cosmetics back in 2015 with two incidents at two different times of the year. First, during the summer I ordered some products that was during their Free Shipping Sale and had gotten the wrong products two times and that was in the original order where I got someone else’s items and contacted them about it through email which they responded right away and said they were going to send me my products and then when package number two came some of the items were missing which I found their phone number after emailing again and they picked up by saying, “Sorry! We will send you the items that you told us that were missing in an entire new package and a $5 gift card!” Which was some of the amazing customer service of all and did get my actual products on the third package. When winter came around E. L. F. decided to put a bundle on sale and ordered it and said it was shipped but nothing was updated and it was December when I kept checking and I tried contacting them through email and phone which was odd when during the summer their customer service was really great and they said that their phones are no longer being used just email them. I finally got my answer and got an apology and was told my items were on their way. They did arrive by mid-December rolled around and it was disappointing which got me thinking that I should just purchase items in stores instead of the website. This does seem similar to what had happened with Too Faced recently where people ordered the Sweet Peach collection when it launched online and nobody got their packages until recently when they were told that it would arrive before Christmas. People did try to call but phonelines were down and this caused major worry and even people wondered if they should buy from them anymore. I have ordered from Too Faced before but it was in September when the Power of MakeUp set was online still and did get pretty good customer service when I talked to them over the phone and that did hearing about this did make me wonder that customer service should be around in case things like this do come up. Delivery problems do happen and I have heard Too Faced did fix the problem and they still should have a way of getting in contact a lot more whether through phone or even email by answering right away. Not only that, Christmas time is also the hardest time for mail delivery services because of how people order tons of gifts online instead of going to the store. Heck, I had a brush set delivery problem and received the original and the replacement when it came overseas, which customs can also cause delivery problems too. Still, sustomer service should be handled accordingly.

Besides product problems when it comes to delivery, Companies should also consider their customers when it comes to problems that take place on the products when their websites crashed or hacked into. I did mention LimeCrime’s hacking scandal. I remembered years ago when I ordered from Lush’s UK website for their Smell of Weather Turning perfume and they were hacked a month later. I did get a call when people were trying to charge on my card and couldn’t due to lack of funds on there and it was handled pretty well and got a new card. LimeCrime, on the other hand, they were hacked due to not updating their security license which is important for a website when you purchase items. They didn’t notify customers until the beginning of 2015 when the website got hacked at the end of 2014. People noticed that they were being charged double and their account went to zero, even some YouTube videos mentioned some students couldn’t pay for college because of what happened. This was majorly scary for many and if LimeCrime noticed early enough then they would’ve notified customers. A lot of people were mad at them and DoeDear, heck it even caused their social media to be switched to private due to people posting negative comments. Even around the same time a petition was made to keep the company out of a New York makeup show coming up since customers were not too happy about the lipsticks with a running unicorn on them. I admit I did have Airborne Unicorn and got it on EBay and did toss it since it smelled weird recently, I did hear when people did buy some or the products that they don’t look like they are supposed to as well. I can see where LimeCrime got in trouble even after one scandal where the FDA even slapped a warning for using an unapproved product in one of their Velveteens. Still, I can see where customers are straying away even with a contest issue at the end of last year, where people had to buy products to refer a friend and win over a thousand bucks in product and people asked if there is any other way of entering and were told on Facebook “No, this is the only way.” To me that is not worth entering. Sorry for rambling but with how DoeDear and her crew treat customers it’s something that can cause wary customers to stay away. Plus, there are dupes out there and cost less when it comes to a bright pink lipstick and even blue ones. What should they do to keep their customers? Well, definitely treat them better and have free contests even with reviews because not everyone will be liking the product and of course people prefer an honest company with customer service that helps rather than blame someone for purchasing their product.

Now, finally, the recent scandal with Jeffree Starr. I did mention how people are starting to become afraid of buying from his brand. I bet you’re wondering am I afraid of buying too? Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll! I am stepping out of my box of my comfort colors of pinks, reds, and purples and some nudes in lipstick, I have heard that his liquid lipsticks are amazing and want to try them out along with his skin frosts, and did hear how he pushed back the release of his Androgeny pallet to make sure the formula is good to go but….but….I am iffie on buying his items because of seeing what went on with his customer service. I am subscribed to him on YouTUbe and enjoy his content with his makeup reviews and tutorials, heck I did my pastel goth look off of his but I am kind of thinking that what if my products do have the drug smell or if I find a hair in my skin frost if I were to buy it. If I were to find something like that, what if I was treated the same way as he treated some of the people who found issues with their products, heck I saw the video of Rocky Road Kill’s King Tut skin frost being broken and how he was treated, which yes Rocky should’ve contacted Jeffree first for the replacement but he didn’t talk anything else bad since he did mention that Jeffree is his idol, well was his idol and Jeffree should’ve worded his comment to: “Sorry that your skin frost was broken! I would gladly replace it, just email my company and we will arrange something.” As in, acted more professional rather than yell at him. I did see that he handled the recent problem professionally at first when I read the article but it could’ve been handled even more professionally by the end and understand that shipping from Ontario would’ve taken too long and just send a replacement anyways. I had replacements sent to me when it came to makeup brush sets from Amazon and and did have one of my Lucy keys replaced when one of them was missing from the package and I had a great time talking to the seller who sold me the keys and the key pouch that I bought later. I would ask when it comes to bad customer service treatment…Where’s the How to Treat Your Customers Right Class? Anyone? Anyone!? It should exist!

So, yeah, that does it! In my conclusion, some of these companies need to work on their customer service etiquette and even find other ways for them to communicate when ordering and product issues arise. Heck, even working on customer issue timing should also be something that can be worked on. I remembered having some problems with that with a few places. Anyways, whehther independent or not, the creators of the ones that can’t handle criticism well or customers well should at least know how to chill for once and realize that they are also people too and should treat them nicely. Remember that old adage of “Treat people the same way you want to be treated.” Yes, some of the followers can be bullies, they should also follow that adage as well. In the end, customers are what makes the company grow and succeed and that is how a lot of them still exist.

What is next for Nerdy Shique Universe? Well, I still have my Convention Spotlight on Omni Expo 2017 coming up! I am announcing that I will be getting my January Ipsy bag! YAY! It will be on YouTube when I get the bag.

Also…if any of you guys are Jeffree Starr Cosmetics followers, please respect this post and what I said in my disclaimer and what I wrote. It is my opinions and I know he tends to block people, which I don’t want to cause any drama with him. Also, anyone who doesn’t like him, don’t bash his followers please. I am already respecting them and plus I do feel sorry for the ones who got bullied by him or his followers. Thank you all and til next time see ya on the universe side!

Bests and Worsts of 2016

Disclaimer: This post is based on the opinion and observation of the Lead Writer herself! Please respect her thoughts and opinions! Also, we didn’t mean to go political for one thing but had to! Also, if you don’t like it then don’t read it!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Whew! We are finally on the last day of 2016. You know what that means? It is time for the annual Bests and Worsts list of the year on this blog. This past year was pretty much the worst year to many and there have been really good moments along the way but balanced with the bad too. Let’s start off with the Worsts because I think I have a bit more than the Bests!

Worsts

Celebrity Deaths: First is that this year had a lot of celebrities dying and that included David Bowie, Prince, Pete Burns, and the most recent Carrie Fisher. It felt as though this past year was the big year for us losing the most epic of celebrities even the ones that were overlooked such as the guy who was in the R2D2 suit, I am not kidding there was an actual three foot tall dude in that robot suit in the original Star Wars trilogy.

Worst Election Year EVER! Yes, I have to mention this when normally here we are not political but this year has been the worst election especially with the winner. As everyone knew and voted, it was pretty much Hilary Clinton vs. Donald Trump all year and man it was a heated battle which caused me to ask on Facebook towards America, “WHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!?” After knowing who won and that was Donald Trump. Heck, the world was even upset since there were countries watching who who will win and I know they wanted Hilary like the popular vote which she didn’t win and did find out as a fact that back in the past Presidents did win based on popular vote which would’ve been great but nope! The electoral college chose Trump to win over the popular vote this year. I keep on wondering why would they want someone who is going to embarrass us with the next four years? Let 2020 get here so we can have a better election because I don’t want him back in office.

Most B. S. Press Turndown: MegaCon Orlando! I had to mention this because we did have another turn down by a convention for press and that is our most popular and biggest convention in town and that is MegaCon. I did put Orlando due to how there is Tampa Bay MegaCon and not sure if that will happen again this year but we did get press for that but due to scheduling conflicts, we couldn’t make it but at least we know we can get it. Why Orlando turned us down? Apparently, even Nerdy Shirts mentioned this in his review and I added some notes, that it was due to how we didn’t cover them in the past. Here is the thing, if you know the story of us starting we didn’t start until a few months later from MegaCon 2012 on Blogger and didn’t start doing press until a year later but in Tampa over at MetroCon. We haven’t been back to Mega for three years due to branching out to other conventions like Omni, since they were the ones who reached out to us, Holiday Matsuri, and MythiCon. We did try AFO last year and you know the story with that. Will we go for Orlando again? Yes and hoping we get it this year because we have done so much for the convention community and since we are a small blog now getting slightly bigger, it does show that we can gain more experience and Nerdy Shirts did say that bigger conventions should give smaller blogs even some that are starting out press badges to help them get their name out there. Plus, unlike most blogs, we do interview the big stars, heck we just interviewed Steve Blum this past Holiday Matsuri and it would be great that we get more stars which we wanted if we done MegaCon like the Doctor Who companions, Kevin Smith and Jason Muse, even Adam West and the guy who played Robin in Batman who are now retired. Please let us cover Mega this coming year because just heard that Tim Curry is a guest this year.

Worst Movies: Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad! This goes to two movies since this year D. C. Comics and Warner Brothers tried to topple over Marvel Studios by bringing in Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad. WGondras and I didn’t see either but heard that they both sucked! I would believe because I’ve seen the reviews especially with Black Critic Guy and both Bennet and Gabe doing it. I did do a post on where D. C. and Warner Brothers are better on and that is on TV because when they do movies they try so hard to copy off the success of Marvel but when they do it their story in film falls flat on their face or faces. As in, when they did the BVS film, they had characters that just stood there and when Nostalgia Critic did his review he had his cast do that “Oh, this person is there!” and whoever played them they went, “Hello!” and just left. That was a really good example of that idea and that’s not what we want in a movie when it comes to comic movie adaptations. At least with Civil War, you have all the characters involved and interacting with each other throughout the film not just stand there! I did hear the best out of Suicide Squad was both Marg Robbie as Harley Quin and Will Smith as Dead Shot which I might see that on NetFlix. Still, D. C. and Warner Brothers are better off just doing shows since what I’ve seen of Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow they were all great and the casting was even greater and not just saying that when they got the guy who played Harry Dresden on the Dresden Files tv show was on Arrow. Still, Warner Brothers, just stick to TV!

Weakest Season for a TV Show: Season 3 of Agents of SHIELD! Yes, I had to mention this on here because it was the worst season of Agents of SHIELD! Even though I need to catch up on season four of this series, Season 3 took on the Hive storyline and just made it bad. I am really sorry that I felt like I crapped all over it but Seasons 1 and 2 were better than this and the start of this past season was better because they did take the time to write all these seasons. I never thought back to season 3 until now because I wanted to forget about it and how it felt a little rushed even I would’ve written a better Hive story by instead of having Ward come back and becoming the Hive, I would’ve had the guy that Simmons interacted with on that planet be it instead by acting all okay on Earth but then turn around and not okay! I did feel better that Simmons and Fitz finally made love! Sorry, spoler!
Runner Up: Agent Carter Season 2! I think most of us have to agree that the second season of Agent Carter was a bit weak. Gondras didn’t like how they changed up the story and made the twists and turns different from the original story. If we gotten press for MegaCon, we could’ve interviewed Haley Atwell and asked her about her thoughts on it but as you can tell, we didn’t like it as much. Even though the series will be on a hiatus at the moment due to Atwell doing a different series, hoping if it comes back

Worst MakeUp Product According to YouTube: Nikki Tutorials Pallet with Too Faced! I had to mention this since this year it was all about the YouTubers collaborating with popular makeup brands and Too Faced was one of them. They collabed with Nikki Tutorials wt creat the Power of MakeUp pallet. I did get my paws on this and some people did say that this pallet had inconsistencies and that dealt with the pigmentation in the shadows and the highlighter, Pink Truffle. I did admit in one of my Favorites post that I mentioned this pallet is that one of the shadows did have to be built up but I did notice the other shadows were pretty pigmented and stayed put all day. I even remember a YouTuber did do a tutorial with this when she got it in Canada and so many people got on her case about it when she said it was really pigmented to her. To me it deals with the type of primer you use whether it is the Shadow Assurance primer that came with this pallet or anything you use like how I used the Maybelline shadow primer I love a lot! Also, I do believe that Too Faced should’ve taken the time to formulate the shadows like their Chocolate Bar pallets since it could’ve helped fix the inconsistencies and made it better.
Rummer Up: LimeCrime Super Foil Shadows! I heard about these but never bought them myself since I heard bad things about them and that is the LimeCrime Super Foils. They are a duo chrome shadow that features two colors in one compact and they are activated with water to give the metallic effect that people love even with the Duo Chromes that MakeUp Geek makes. As I have heard, LimeCrime is known for their own crimes such as the website being hacked and the owner putting down her customers, and there was recent sacadal where a contest dealt with buying a gift card to be entered into a drawing for over a $1000 in their products as a prize which normally contests don’t require that. Anyways, what made this the worst product from what I’ve seen on YouTube? Apparently mold and rust grows in these shadows even with not using the shadow itself! What did LimeCrime say about it? They said it’s harmless! How can it beharmless when you are putting rust and mold near your eye? Even people are wondering that too! Apparently the pans in these shadows are made from tin which rusts eery easily and when you are making a shadow that is activated with water you need a stronger metal! I need to ask Doe Dar something…have you seen the Wizard of Oz? The Tin Man rusts when water hits him due tow tin rusts easily when water hits! Plus, the eye is the most sensitive thing on us and you can get injured in that area or even go blind, take it from me since I’ve been blind since 2008 from an eye condition and it’s not easy. That is why I took a look into the fake lashes thing but back to what I said before, I wouldn’t buy this if I were you if you found it somewhere since I heard this item got taken off of LimeCrime’s website. I would also say stick to using shadows from MakeUp Geek, Colour Pop, Urban Decay, and many more that we all trust and love!

Worst Tragedy: The Pulse Shooting in Orlando… I had to mention this here since not only we had so many deaths in the celebrity world but we also had a worst emount of deaths but at a night club all thanks to one guy shooting up a night club in Orlando and that is known as Pulse. This took place when I was in Daytona for a pre-employment program and I just froze when dorm staff told me about this. I had to look into it and can’t believe that something like this would happen especially on a night where so many people were trying to enjoy their nitht like everyone else both gay and straight. At least the guy was found and was killed, I know that sounds mean of me to say but if he did survive then the House of Blues would’ve been next. Near Pulse right now, there were flags installed on the light poles saying “Orlando Unites” and even Tom from Soul Switch wore the shirt with that on his final night performing with them back in July. Again, I don’t get why people should have guns and gun control should take place since tragedies like these can be prevented. My heart still goes out to the victims that lost loved ones during this shooting.

Worst Device: The Galaxy 7 Note! ::groans:: I had to mention this since this thing has been on the news everywhere all this fall! It is the Galaxy 7 Note! If you all haven’t heard or heard all over, it is a phone that looks like a tablet and it was the latest in the series this year along with the IPhone 7! This device was known for overheating and causing fires while being on the charger. Someone in Hong Kong lost their apartment to it and even a guy got bronchitis while sleeping as it caught on fire on the charger. TSA wouldn’t even allow this thing on board of any flights due to what happened! Even someone in Daytona had one and had it recalled when news of this started rising. All thanks to this, Samsung did lose a lot of business due to the recall or shall I say two recalls of this device. I am so glad I am with Apple and have an IPhone SE since I upgraded to it this year finally when my IPhone 4S’ power button had a spring broken. Good thing is that I went with bigger storage with it too. Speaking of which.

Worst Tech CNo Ear Phone Jack in Iphone 7! Reason why I had to mention this is that I know we are trying to go wireless but IPhone 7 having wireless ear buds due to not having no ear phone jack was a bad idea. Yes, I know there is a lightning jack to plug in regular earphones but people were mad about that as well. What even sucked more was that some guy made a video about drilling a hole to create a new earphone jack into your IPhone 7 which newsflash it doesn’t work that way! People tried it and pretty much bricked their phones! There goes the Apple Care repair thing! I am hoping with the next phone they have an earphone jack with hhow bad this went.
Bests!

Movie: Dead Pool! Oh yes! I have to start the bests list with movies and to me Dead Pool takes it this year! Wow, a Fox Entertainment movie takes the trophy? Well, when you look at it, Dead Pool is still a part of Marvel and Fox did a pretty good job on this film. As in, getting his attitude, the comedy down, and even the action! Heck, the audio description that I had with this film even described it to a T! When I heard that Regal got it for this film, I was like “Count me in!” And I did get a Dead Pool hoodie! Oh by the way, even Ryan Reynolds, still better as Dead Pool than Green Lantern! I did hear this a second one coming out and can’t wait!
Runner Up: Civil War! It was hard since I almost thought Dr. Strange should’ve gotten runner up for this but Civil War kind of gets it more because it was a very good comic adaptation even though the ending went differently from the comic and it worked out very well. As said in the Worst Films slot, this movie did a lot better than what Warner Brothers did with BVS because it had all the characters interacting and being ivolved like they’re supposed to and made the story as compelling as it is. Also., Spiderman is back and he was played very well and of course, if you guys want me to, do you want me to write my thoughts about Spiderman having a movie in Marvel?

Best Death Battle; Dead Pool Vs. Pinky Pie! Speaking of the Merk with the Mouth, at least he didn’t pop out of nowhere, he had another Death Battle and this time against one of my fave ponies from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Pinky Pie! I know, I tend to go for the action-packed anime and action packed movies but I do love the newer MLP series that they have done since the dubbing in it was better and the animation was done right. Anyways, enough of that! This was a pairing that I never thought I would hear and when I told Gondras he was even more surprised! I don’t want to spoil who won but I will put the video and a fair warning…y6eah Pinky Pie’s description and stats may be so cute and nerve racking and also torture to some of you but the rest is still entertaining and that is why it got this slot!
Runner Up: Jack and Daxter vs. Ratchet and Clank! I do have a runner up and that is the match between the biggest couples of Playstation history and that is Ratchet and Clank vs. Jak and Daxter! This was made in time for the Ratchet and Clank movie and it was an amazing Death Battle! Todd Habercorn also voiced one of the characters in this battle and he did a very good job and that is why I wanted to know how it was working with Wiz and Boomstick since last year. I will get to ask that question if he comes back for a convention. I would say watch this battle and see who won!

Best Book Series I Wished I Didn’t Judge Too Much On: The Hunger Games Trilogy! Yes, I did judge way too much on The Hunger Games Trilogy! I remembered taking Theory of Creative Writing back in college and my teacher was always doting on it like it was the best book trilogy. I did meet a woman at my work experience who was a major fan and told me how she liked it more than the movies and decided to sit down and actually read it and like her, I really like it! It is not to the point of that teacher who doted on it but it is more of “Ma“, these aren’t as bad as I thought!” I guess I was worried that it would’ve turned into Twilight but it’s not. It is pretty much what happens if people had to survive by being controlled and to keep from rebelling against the capital and in order to take out people a contest must be held to thin out numbers. This is supposed to be a young adult book but by the time I read Mocking Jay, my thought was “Is this for young adults? This feels more like a college age series!” Even the first two felt more college age than high school age reading. If I would, I would write a paper on the trilogy for college.

Best Book: The Aeronauts Windless Book 1 by Jim Butcher! I had to mention this one since I have to mention my most fave author, Jim Butcher! I have read the Codecs Alera and now waiting on book 16 of the Dresden Files and found out that he wrote this one known as the Aeronauts Windless and that was the first in a newer series he is doing. I couldn’t stop listening to this on my digital book player due to how many twists and turns it took in the book! I can’t wait to see what the next one will bring since Jim is starting on it after Peace Talks is released! I am hoping it gets released in 2017 because I’m waiting for it in audio and Gondras is waiting for it in print!

Best Reading Device: Victor Reader Stream! I have to metion this and that was during my work experience, I had this device purchased for me and it is the Victor Reader Stream! It is a digital reader device where I can download podcasts, read Talking Books, and even Bookshare books which I finally got back! Also, this thing can record things which came in handy for getting the brownie directions when I made them recently with the leftover chocolate chips and toffee bits when I made cheesecake for my birthday.

Best Voice Actor Encounter: Interview with Steve Blum! I finally got to meet the guy behind the voices of our childhoods and that was Steve Blum! iIf you read my Favorites post recently, I did get to interview the man since I wanted to do it for a while now! I can’t wait to interview many other guests in the new year!
Runner Up: Finding Out We Had a Good Word In for Brian Beacock! Well, I had to mention this because I never heard this until Omni. One of the guests this year was Brian Beacock, the voice of Takato in Digimon Tamers and we were trying to arrange an interview with him and when it was being arranged there was a good word put in about us. He even told us about that and that made us really happy and feeling good! We never had a convention do that when it comes to interviews because we have been turned down by other conventions and since we have done press for Omni since it started and done our job and enjoying it, this was a major first for us. Maybe I should mention that on the MegaCon form, eh?

Best Thing Released: MY FIRST BOOK! I know there were many things released but the best thing ever released was by me! I released my first book self-published under Light Switch Press and it is known as The Blind Perspective: Conventiom the Dark! I have been a convention attended since 2004 and have gotten many experiences and have told them to friends and it got me wondering why not put them into a book? Well the most memorable and wrote it since last year. Well, it was done last year and took a year to be edited. I was happy that this took place and that people could read what I went through as an attendee before going blind and then went blind later. I did have business cards with me to promote it at Holiday Matsuri and if you have seen the videos on YouTube, I have linked it to the Amazon and Barnes & Noble pages where you can buy it. Here are the links again! So, please buy it!
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M16V8IO
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-blind-perspective-marinela-ortiz/1124670077?ean=2940156810611

Best MakeUp Collaboration: Tarte with Grav3yard Girl! Well, final item of this year is the Best MakeUp Collab with a YouTuber and that is with Grav3yard Girl! I loved Bunny ever since I stumbled upon her on YouTube and started watching her many videos. She is different and quirky and I love that in many people! It is not that bad being weird. Anyways, this year Tarte Cosmetics has collabed with her to create two liquid lipsticks and a face pallet and I was able to get my paws on the face pallet which includes eye shadows and a bronzer, blush, and highlighter! I loved this thing and I had to keep myself from using it everytime I take out of my drawer! I even loved the smell of it which reminds me of the Coldstone waffle bowls cooking! I loved to use the eye shadows the most along with the blush since they are so pigmented and made with the Amazonian Clay blush formula which is amazing! She did bring it back for Christmas recently on the Tarte website or shall I say Tarte did it since there are people who didn’t get it the first time. I didn’t get the lipsticks at first since I only wanted the pallet the most and love it the most! I really want to meet her since she has been my most fave YouTuber of all! Even Gondras has watched some of her stuff after witnessing me watching her.

Well, that is it for this year’s Bests and Worsts! I know it took me all day to do this because of the amount of Worsts from this year! I am looking forward to the next year because a lot of us wanted this year to end so badly after so much has happened. Yes, I did enjoy having my book come out but 2017 will be the year that I want a better life as in I am going to look into living on my own for real, things aren’t go so well at home by the looks of it and I am not getting any younger guys! Also, I am working on getting my aareer as an Assistive Technology instructor started since that was my work experience tog et my toes wet and I have been missing it and I am looking into continuing to be certified in that. Also, I have been working on a new cosplay for 2017 with the funds I got from the work experience which is finally coming to life! What is it? I wanted to do it this past year but I did get another cosplay made instead since I had everything I needed for it but for next year it is Link from Legend of Zelda as a Pokemon Ranger! Basically it is my Pokemon Ranger costume but what if I changed the red to green and give it the Zelda touch. I did buy the Silveon last year at AFO and got the goggles, elf ears, and hat before and after Matsuri which was a process in the making. It will be done by Omni 2017! So, anyone going? Go there or stay tuned to Instagram, I will try to get a pic up for it! I am also working on another book at the moment which is my very first fiction piece to be self published and I will try to get it done by mid-summer so it will also be released by next fall or so or even earlier depending on the time I will be working on it. So 2017 will be a huge year! Happy New Year!

Favorites: November and December 2016!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time for a bit of break from the Holiday Matsuri coverage and to do the Favorites post for November and December! Damn, time has gone by fast and now it’s time to end the year with what I liked!

Favorite Holiday Matsuri Moment: Meeting Steve Blum FINALLY! Yes, starting it off with my favorite moment from Holiday Matsuri this year! As you know it was our second year doing press and second year attending the convention all three days. Nerdy Shirts told me and Gondras through Messenger about how Steve is coming to Matsuri and I was pretty much like “OMGOMGOMGOMG! I CAN’T WAIT!” I did get to meet him first day and got my copy of Gurren Lagan signed by him. I was prepared to pay for his signature this year since I did save some cash this year despite Pokemon Sun being reserved. Anyways, what else was part of the moment was when Gondras caught up with me as I was meeting Steve and reminded him of Florida Anime Experience 2011 where I couldn’t make it but he and Tobi went to get stuff signed in my place by him. If you haven’t bought and read my book, which you should, there was a story where they had Steve speak as Orochimaru over the phone when I had the ye old Razor phone from Samsung. He did talk to me as Orochimaru at first and I hid behind Gondras and then he talked as Leeron! You must watch my interview with him which was a great part of meeting him too. I can’t wait to see him again if any other con in Orlando or in Tampa would get him.

Fave Find of the Vendor’s Room: Hufflepuff Beer Glasses! If you watched my haul on YouTube which included stuff from Matsuri, I mentioned something that I did find in Artist’s Alley and that is a pair of Harry Potter glasses with the symbol for Hufflepuff. They were made by a person we have seen at the many conventions here that makes stuff out of wood and we have bought from them before. Years back I got Gondras a shirt that is related to Dead Pool and he got a mini Tardus from them a year ago as an early birthday present due to the convention leading up towards his birthday and Christmas. What was cool about these is that this was the first time they made from glass. They did make a pair of Nightmare Before Christmas glasses but they were made out of strong plastic at the time and they shown pics of Jack and Sally from the movie. As you know, I am not a bif fan of that movie even if I sing the song “What’s This?” towards anything technology! Heck, even Epcot used it many years ago for commercials. Anyways, these were the very first glass items they made and they do have glasses for the rest of the houses but you know me, I do support House Hufflepuff due to not enough love for the Badger house. What I realize though with the colors being yellow and purple that my favorite Diddy Kong Racing character was Bumper and he was a badger and his vehicles were the color yellow. Huh! Did this lead me to loving this house? Maybe! But still Hulflepuff all the way! I did ask the stand if they will do coffee mugs in the future since I do love collecting those the most and you know me being the coffee addict that I am, they said that they will in the future after seeing how these go! If they do any coffee mugs, you know I will be asking for Doctor Who, Fairy Tail, Pokemon a maybe, My Little Pony, even a Harley Quin since they made a clock but I can’t see the clock. Unless they do beer glasses for those, you know I will buy those! First, I have to either get a job and save up or be a best seller.

Favorite Convention Experience: Participating in a Live Podcast! During Matsuri, there was a Podcast known as Cappuccino Quinalinis and they are a nerdy Podcast that talks about everything! They did live recording panels during the weekend, well mostly on Friday and Saturday night which was also eighteen and up type event. Nerdy Shirts and I were at the Friday one while Gondras was working a night shift. Nerdy Shirts did it first and it dealt with gaming if I remembered while I went up for the story idea with the new Guardians of the Galaxy sequel which I am looking forward to next year! It does make sense that I did the story bit since I am a writer after all here, on Fan Fiction.Net, and have my own book published, so it was interesting to talk about writing and also happy that Spidey is back in Marvel. I subscribed just now and you guys should too. I did ask if he will be at Omni next year, the guy did say he applied for panels and waiting on that.

Funniest Moment: Stumping the Voice Actors! If you haven’t watched the videos from the Voice Actors Supershow, you should because I stumped the voice actors! Well, it was a question Gondras gave me and it was “What was the funniest Christmas story?” Which I got “Uhhhh!” Then Todd said, “Die Hard 3!” for comedic effect of course. They did come up with their own and you can see them in part two from that! It is a pretty good play off the “What was the funniest prank that was pulled on you or what was the prank you pulled on your castmates?” question.

Fave Performance: Break Dancing Kakashi Doing “Cotton Eye Joe!” I had to mention this as a favorite performance that Ambassadors did during the convention and during the Cosplay Runway, Break Dancing Kakashi was one of the performances and did “Cotton Eye Joe” which also brought up the contestants to do it with him. There is a video on YouTube, I found it right as I wrote Convention Impossible. Warning: The song is an earworm!

Returning Fave: Wet N Wild Eye Liner Pen! I have to mention a returning makeup favorite and that is the Wet N Wild eyeliner pen which I tend to use for the fine line markings whenever I cosplay as Itachi. I mentioned this product as one of the best items to use for cosplay makeup because not only it is very affordable but it is also very thin for making thin and thick lines. I do still have my Star Lux and Too Faced Sketch Marker, which was included with the Nikki Tutorials pallet, but I tend to use those whenever I feel like wearing felt tip liner and I did hear the Too Faced one smudges on some people a lot more and goes the same way with Star Lux. The Wet N Wild one stays put all day and it is good for convention makeup use, I think Gondras even used it when I had it two years ago for his .hack body and face markings which can be used to help with drawing any body art as well. I missed using this and to me Wet N Wild has shrunk it to a smaller pen when I bought it again at Walgreens.

Favorite Highlighter: MAC Niutcracker Suite Magic Dust in Sweet Vision! Have to mention this since I loved using it and that is the Magic Dust Highlighter from MAC’s Nutcracker Suite collection that is their holiday collection this year and I got it in the color Sweet Vision. It is a pinky peach highlighter and it is so pretty and pigmented! I heard so many good things about Mac’s highlighters and how well they are made and pigmented as well. The one they had last year known as Oh Darling sold out very quickly and it didn’t interest me but when I went to check out their holiday collection for this year this one did really catch my eye. I almost thought about the other one Yum Yum Yum which is a pinky gold one and gold highlighters look better on me but the name kind of pushed me away. I whish they gave it a better name but this one made sense it goes with the idea of a sweet vision of sugarplum fairies! I also have to keep my paws off this item too along with…

Fave Holiday Set: Too Faced New York Café Set! This set has been my all time fave this year from Too Faced! Somehow Too Faced made sets that really turned me into a curious kitty and I had to get them. I did put Merry Macarons on my Christmas list and that was a hard to find item but I did buy the New York Café one since that was also a very pooular set! I got this when I first got my Ulta credit card and picked up some hair ties too since I was running out and I was in Daytona and the nearest Ulta was in Port Orange which is a few minutes away. This set comes with three coffee scented pallets in Mint Mocha, Gingerbread Coffe, and Egg Nog Latte, and a deluxe sample of the Better than Sex mascara. I couldn’t keep my nose out of this set and I wore one of them on White Cane Day and the other I did a look over on Youtube and of course used them again during Christmas! I couldn’t stop smelling and glad they were in a set like this. I think I love the Mint Mocha pallet the most because I love drinking mint mochas during Christmas time and it not only comes with shadows but also a blush in that one. I would say use a brown eyeliner with these since it goes really well with all three of them! Too Faced you really did it this time for your sets and I am hoping they do it again next year. Wait, I did hear the Chocolate Shoppe set that was only available at Sephora was not as great. Oh well, but still hoping next year that the newer sets are as good as the Merry Macarons and New York Café.

Fave Blush: Tarte Cosmetics Chiseled Cheeks Blush Set! I know I mentioned the Too Faced Grand Hotll Café set as my fave set but had to mention this one as my fave blush set and that is by Tarte Cosmetics! I think 2016 has been the year for Tarte and Too Faced since they have been coming out pretty good sets for Christmas. I did hear a few of the eye sets were okay but when Ulta sent me an email about some of the sets being on sale and saw this set of four blushes and a brush by Tarte and had to get it! I like the brush and how soft it is which does help with some of the blending sapects and these blushes are very smooth and they are from the Amazonian Clay blush line. I did enjoy the blush that came in Bunny’s pallet and that really got me to buying this set. The blushes you get in it are Genious, Royal, Pop, and Virrant. I have to look these up if they have actual sizes and sorry but this set did sell out. I am so glad I jumped on the opportunity to get this.

Favorite Gift: Gigi Bank from Kiki’s Delivery Service! The favorite gift this year I ever received is a piggy bank of Gigi from Kiki’s Delivery Service. This was a gift from Gondras this year and he got it at a place called Box Lunch which is a store like Hot Topic but for more retro stuff from the 80’s and 90’s even the early 2000s too and have been in there with the girls and he went in when he got new shirts from Hot Topic and found this bank and he knew I would LOVE IT! He was right! I do still love my throw blanket with his face on it and this is pretty much him as a full on cat. I even have some change in it already. They have to make more Miyazaki/Ghibli film products!

I think that is about it! I need to save some stuff for the Best and Worsts post which will be going up by Saturday! So stay tuned for that the cosplay gallery!

Convention Impossible: Holiday Matsuri 2016

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Happy Holidays to all and I am back from Holiday Matsuri! Sorry for taking a few days, I had to get my rest after waking early during the weekend and unpack all the stuff I bought and the cosplay I took with me! So, it is my review!

Disclaimer: This Convention Impossible is based on Opinion and Observation! Please respect the thoughts of the Lead Writer of this blog and thoughts from her teammates. Thank you!
Convention: Holiday Matsuri 2016
Location: Orlando, FL

This year was our second time doing press and man it felt good! Hek, it felt good going back to a convention after not going to any for months. This year it was at the World Center Marriot in Orlando and it was the same until we had food. Normally hotel food would be expensive and not as tasty but this time around they changed the food court into more of a pantry style and made everything cheaper. Back in 2014, I spent $18 on a philly steak, fries, and a peach tea and the tea was a small bottle but this time you get a slice of pizza, a bag of chips, and a bottle of lipton peach tea for $6! That sas more srasonable than two years back and the food was still tasty as the food back then. Also, parking was very convenient because it was not only $11 for it but you can pre-pay for the entire weekend and have passes that are in and out which if you go off hotel grounds for an hour or two, you can get back in with the same pass without paying for another parking spot. I hope this happens again next year if ithis convention didn’t out grow this hotel. Plus, the space was even more amazing for the convention because of the amount of rooms that were used for panels and events also the space for the huge vendor’s room, which….

Vendors: Oh man! I think this year I pretty much found pretty good stuff since they had more vendors to work with! It was bigger than last year and it fit all the tables because last year the space had most of them in the vendor’s room and then more tables in the game room but this year it was all in one place which made it more easier to find and browse. On Friday, though, not all the vendors and artists were there but it did have a good amount until Saturday rolled around when everyone was there and selling items. I did do a video with a huge haul of the items I did buy but to make it quick, this is what I got:

Mint KitKats
Twilight Sparkle plush
Evee plush
Typhlosion plush
Gatomon keychain charms
Harry Potter Hufflepuff beer glasses
HiChew in orange and mixed berry (also got one for someone for Christmas but not revealing it!)
Red bean and chocolate flavored bread buns
Official Carla plush

Yeah, I did some damage to my account and money pouch, which of course I did get my DVD box set of Gurren Lagan signed by Steve Blum….

Guests: Next is guests! Oh man! It felt like a dream when I was meeting Steve Blum for the first time because Gondras got to meet him when I couldn’t at Florida Anime Experience five years ago and did include a story that dealt with that in my book (BUY MY BOOK!) and I got to finally meet him after hearing him for years as Tom the Robot, Spike Spiegel, Evil Snake Man, and Lee Ron! It was worth getting his signature by the way! Also, we did meet up with Mary Elizabeth McGlynn since we haven’t seen her for a while and by the looks of it this was her first convention in town from my memories of conventions in the past. She was surprised that we remembered interviewing her and we did a new one with her, which will be on YouTube in the next couple of days along with our interview with Steve! Stay tuned for that!

Besides doing interviews, we did cover events and one of them happened to be the Voice Actors Holiday Super Show on Sunday and it was very entertaining! This was a first to see Todd go out into the audience and asking attendees questions about their time at Holiday Matsuri and got to ask questions based on Christmas things and even anime things. I wanted to ask Todd about his work on Death Battle since I didn’t get that chance in our interview last year but Gondras gave me this to ask instead and that was what was their funniest Christmas story? I do tend to ask about their funniest booth stories and this was a bit of a play on that and their first reaction was being stumped. I felt like during the Ten Years of SPD panel last year when I asked the guy who played Bidge about the “Buttery” finger gesture out of habit. I guess interviewing voice actors for three years help with coming up with more fun questions. Anyways, what did they answer with? Mary talked about how she dropped a bag of roux for gravy and it exploded, Todd making a turkey in college for his first time where the oven dorr didn’t close all the way, and Steve had the best one which I would let you watch the video when it hits YouTube! I would stay tune to our Twitter for when that is up!

Panels & Events; This year was the year that we went to the most panels and events besides covering two of them! There were a good variety but there should’ve been more interesting ones according to Nerdy Shirts. Some of the panels we went to included World Literature in Anime, which looks at Western Lit being told in anime such as Secret World of Arietti, Nadia and the Deep Blue, Romeo x Juliet, and so much more. I may have to watch Romeo x Juliet since I haven’t seen it in so long and it rekindled my love for it after this panel. We also went to a makeup panel done by one of the members in the Black Butler Caboret and she did provide good info on makeup and what to use. She did mention that she works at MAC and that does help a lot due to providing recommendations even with shade matching which she said it is best to go to Sephora, Ulta, or even MAC to get a better idea of what will work for you.

One panel that did stick out to me is the Non-Visual panel which deals with disabilities. I won’t cover too much but I would say this one panel did make me tear up and usually I don’t tear up at panels. Hell, even was on theedge of tearing up during one of Steve’s stories during our interview. Anyways, after going to this panel and meeting up with one of the people in there on Sunday, the thing is that we are not alone when we are suffering from disorders like PTSD, anxiety, heck even a visual impairment like I have. Heck, I even told the story how I lost a friend who said that they wish they were blind like me and so many people had the same reaction like I did of “WTF@?” Still, it is not easy dealing with these things and that we can get through it with friends and family and even the significant other because we can support each other even times of trouble. Even the hostess thought it was amazing that me and Gondrass did use to host the Blind Experience back in the past after the panel and did give her and her buddies cards to this blog and the book.

So, back to lighter notes! The two other events we had to cover were the Peppermint Parlor and the Cosplay Runway.In our honest opinion about the Pepperment Parlor, even though it was in the game room (which was very amazing by the way and used the entire space during the day) it was okay, just okay! There were performers from Pleasure Pixels and a DJ going but there were only two performers onstage when we first got in. We did see the pole and a few rings but where are the rest of the performers? I understand it was supposed to be a Burlesque, there should’ve been ore to it. The Holiday Cosplay Runway, on the other hand, was very entertaining and even fun to see the many cosplays like Sailor Moon, even a Miss Piggy with a Hannakah flare, and of course taking on the new Pokemon games by having Team Skull. The best part was the performances which the Holiday Ambassadors perform by singing or dancing to songs. One Ambassador sang a Japanese song which you rarely heard being perform at an event like this and there were two other groups that did dance numbers but the one who did the most entertaining number was Break Dancing Kakashi! Not only he did his usual stuff but he danced “Cotton Eye Joe!” Even some of the cosplayers in the crowd including Team Skull danced along! I did manage to take down the winners and Gondras did get pics, which those will be in the Cosplay Gallery in a few days too, and they are:

Most Great: Miss Piggy
Most Fun: Team Skull
Most Festive: Batman Villains (Their Bain cosplayer joined in with the “Cotton Eye Joe” fun!)
Best Prop: Ghost Rider
Most Flashiest: Mad Hatter
Best Group: Sailor Moon
Second Rummer Up: Magi Group
First Rummer Up: Boshido Zelda
Best in Show: Christmas Fawns

Game Room: Since the Peppermint Parlor took place in the Game Room, maybe I should mention this briefly! This year the room was bigger than the last. It did have arcade cabinets and the usual fighting games, which Gondras did play one of the Marvel v. Capcom during the Parlor on Saturday. They did have the Rock Band 4 stage which Gondras did perform with a group on that. I was happy that more Fall Out Boy was in the game with “Century” and it did sound like some of the old tracks were in there from the other games!

Rating: Accomplete! This is why! Even though it felt like this year was accomplished but did feel on the eddge of complete and like the Completionist himself, this did combine Accomplished and Complete which makes it Accomplete! The next section will give the real reasons!

Needs for Improvement: Even though the convention was awesome in some areas but it needs some adjustments. Don’t get me wrong, we did enjoy it but like most things there need some room for improvement…

1. Panels: As in there should be more interesting panels. Yes, we did attend some interesting ones, even the makeup panel was something that did give good tips from someone who has been working at a store that deals with it, but I can see what Nerdy Shirts is talking about. There should be more variety to choose from with the entire weekend. I feel that there should be more guest panels since in the past years as a convention goer turned journalist that there were a lot of guest related panels and the only two we went to were the Q&A opanel with them on Saturday and the SuperShow Sunday and I did try asking Nerdy Shirts if there were any panels with the voice actors and not so much. I know Nate Wants to Battle did have a few but some of the panels we went to ran into his time slots too and that kind of made the choice a bit harder. I did hear that with some panels that the time slots were kind of weird in the scheduling portion where when we went to the Ultimate Gaming panel that our friend, Xeno, was a part of was at 12:45 in the morning on Friday and they wanted to make it great but due to their time slot it was a bit of a mess. Now I am thinking should Blind Experience return? Still, panels should’ve had a bit more variety by attendees and the voice actors as well.
2. Interviews: Okay, remembered how last year that with the Cosplay Runway’s pre-judging that there was mixed messages there? It happened here this year. How so? Well, apparently there was a confusion where I was told this year that we were supposed to talk to the guest to get it scheduled like last year and added on talk to the handler to get it arranged during their signing times depending on the line size. Then we got told that it had to be arranged before the convention itself which I remembered when filling out the form that I was supposed to get a schedule of the time slots to choose from with each guest when I checked the box for interviews and that didn’t happen and that didn’t happen last year either. Here is the thing…interviews should be arranged by the convention if press teams check that box on the form itself. I have done interviews at other cons like MetroCon, MythiCon, and Omni Expo where they gave us the schedule of the interviews which the convention staff confirm with the guest if it will work in the schedule that they were given before the convention. Heck, even doing back to back can happen which I had that happen at Omni two years in row where this year I had my RJ Heady and Dino Thunder interviews back to back and it worked out fine because they were scheduled that way. Still, hoping, did suggest it to them and hoping it gets taken, pleeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaassssee schedule interviews beforehand because these mixed signals make it complicated and like the convention want to be organized with everything.
Well, that brings us to the end of this review! I think we had less ideas for improvements than last year but this convention was great and it is still growing. Hoping next year things will be better in some areas and hoping that it will be at this hotel again because it did have the space for it. Also, in case anyone is wondering, yes my mobility worked out this time around due to the training I went through but there were times when my cane almost got knocked out of my hand due to how much of a crowd was drawn to this thing.

What is next? We will be posting more coverage including our videos from this year and our Holiday Matsuri Cosplay Gallery! Stay tuned for that! Also, within the next few weeks I will be doing the Bests and Worsts of 2016, November and December Favorites, and the Convention Spotlight on Omni Expo 2017! Oh yeah! Starting to talk about next year’s convention lineup! Til next time!