Beauty: What FIve Things I Would Save In A Fire?

Hello all my beautiful nerds traveling the vast universe! Today is going to be a new tag!

What Five Makeup Products I Would Save In Fire?

So, today, I watched a video by Just Call Me Jo on YouTube which I just subscribed to all thanks to Danielle Schmidt and now watching Danielle’s video and this tag deals with what five things I would save from a fire? Now I’m hearing “fire” by Arthur Brown in my head especially with one specific line that goes, “You lost all you saved and earned…” Anyways, so it’s interesting to see what a blind person has to say with a huge makeup collection but these are five items I would save.

. Ulta Be Gorgeous Set: This is the first product I would grab first because it is one of my shelves and this is a set I can’t stop touching and well it’s no longer available. It has all of the things I need which there is a ton of shadows, also has bronzer, blush, and highlight, even my gel liners and a few pencil liners and lip products! I better grab the flash drive with my pallet guides then!
L’Oréal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara: The mascara I would save is the L’Oréal Miss Manga Mascara! This is my ride or die because it is my top fave cosplay item and it makes my lashes look amazing and yes I can replace it but this is one that I would run out with! Can’t help it if it’s my all-time fave mascara either!
Black Moon Cosmetics Moonlighter in Shroom: I just got this recently and it looks stunning on me and that is my Shroom Moonlighter from Black Moon Cosmetics because of how beautiful it is! I was hoping to get Squid from this line but it sold out at Riley Rose which sucked but this one was my second choice if that happened. It does have a bit of glitter but not to the point of pooping it since I can put a brush easily into the compact and put it on my cheek bones!
Both Urban Decay Naked Heat and Petite Heat Pallets: I know this is slightly cheating but Jo did have six items but I would have these together and they are the Petite Heat and the Naked Heat pallets from Urban Decay. I’m trying to collect all of the naked pallets from Urban Decay at the moment and my birthday is coming up soon and have two left to get but these two have my faves out of all the ones that have been released, even more than the Naked 2 Basics. The mini pallets really got me to collecting since I use those for interview makeup and when I had my work experience, heck I hit pan pretty hard on the final shade of the Naked 2 Basics and bought another during Pre-Employment, so yeah on my second one on that and the first one may follow suit but later. These two in particular are very unique despite how warm toned they are but very versatile. Yes, people have complained about too many warm pallets but you can create a lot of looks plus the Petite Heat is a supplement where you have colors that did not appear in its original counterpart especially with the orange! I would grab these two since I can’t keep my paws off of them!
Wet N Wild Foundation in Buff Bisque: My final item is of course the Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation in Buff Bisque! I know over the years I raved about Almay’s foundation from the Clear Complexion line but this one beats it out of the water because the applicator is simple and you don’t have to pump out so much which you just spread all over the face and I buff it in with my beauty sponge! Plus, it’s very affordable and my skin just matches perfectly with this shade. Speaking of tools…
Coastal Scents Vanity Affair Brush Set: I’m going to pop in one more item before I end this post or shall I say before my runner ups! I would so grab this brush set first since I can’t go without brushes and my suitcase of loose brushes would be too heavy and that’s the Brush Vanity Affair Set from Coastal Scents! Reason being is that I had watched this set on Coastal Scents for years until it went on sale but found it on Amazon a few months back for $9.99 plus free shipping and grabbed it since it was the last one. And Coastal Scents put it on sale for half off. What the heck? Oh well, but this set does have all the brushes I need from powder to foundation and all the eye brushes I need. I can just get the Real Techniques sponge at Ulta real quick!

Runner Ups: Can’t go without a few runner ups!

Hot Topic Black Beauty Galaxy Shadow Pallet: First is something from my fave store Hot Topic and that is the Galaxy shadow pallet which is in the original huge packaging! This shadow pallet is unique and it has more out of this world colors and I admit I’m not afraid of playing with color time to time!
NYX Dream Catcher Pallets: My most favorite pallets from NYX are the Dream Catcher pallets which are Dusk to Dawn, Golden Horizon, and Stormy Skies which I love all three and they are so pigmented! Plus these are the cheaper pallets that NYX has released since. I saw the newest one and ten shadows for close to $30? Say what?
MAC’s Warm Soul Blush: I’m so addicted to this blush and it became a major staple in most looks!
L’Oréal Lumi Bronze It In Light: This has become a favorite bronzer and it’s hard to not wanting to use it but it always ends up in my hands like the next item!
Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer in Light: This is a bronzer I wear a lot since it is so natural and the smell is amazing!
Curve Chill perfume: Even though I’m running low at the moment but I would grab my bottle of Curve Chill! This perfume is the cleanest smell in the Curve line because I tend to love clean smelling perfumes and it’s not that heavy of a scent either. Plus Curve was one of my first perfumes but it was Curve Crush and I do have a bottle of that along with Kick, Appeal, and Wave.
Burberry Brit Perfume: Last runner up and another perfume and that is Burberry Brit which has been a big staple fragrance in my perfume collection! Everyone at the Blind Rehab Center always knows me by this scent due to it being a unique vanilla spice scent and I’m a unique person that everyone meets.

Well, that’s about it for this post! It was hard to narrow down some items since I do have a big collection of makeup and it does continue to grow! I am glad that Danielle Schmidt and so many other YouTubers have done this tag so I can do this post. If I were to tag anyone, definitely Vivi! Your turn! I want to see what you have to say! I will get the interview with Apl D Ap up as soon as she finishes looking at it in case if it needs editing and more things to come! I haven’t been posting as much since I’m going through a lot of books and I’m also still going through the JAWS Certification so I can pass that before I start my Grad Certificate Program so hang in there! In the meantime, make sure you follow us over on Twitter @ Nerdy Shique for any latest updates like if I finished anything in my Project Pan! Until next time! Stay beautiful my nerds!

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Beauty: Project Pan Update 2018 Number 2!

Hello all my beautiful nerds traveling the vast universe, I am back with a Project Pan Update! I decided to do this since I have added a few things and hitting dents on others and of course took out some things.

Project Pan 2018 Update 2

So, I haven’t been doing much progress since I have been using some of my other items in my collection and got a few new ones along the way but can say this…

Making Dents in Wet N Wild Stuff: Since I mentioned I’m trying to use up more of my older pallets from Wet N Wild the good news is that I’ve been making some dents in some of my items. I have made dents in my Shimmer the Night Away from the Where’s the Party collection which was a holiday collection from either 2011 or 2012 and I remembered I had a hard time finding this all over. None of the Walgreens…wait it was 2012 because I remembered the Be Jeweled collection never made it to Orlando stores and had to go on EBay along with this pallet. I hated at the time when they never brought Limited Edition to all the stores even in Orlando, you have to live in certain parts of the United States since I remembered Eleventh Gorgeous was able to get the Be Jeweled collection in their area while here they released other stuff not those including Where’s the Party collection. I was pissed but now they bring Limited Edition stuff to stores here which is great. Anyways, I made a good dent in the navy shade in this pallet and did use the I’m His Breezy Five Pan last week to match my blue shirt during the NFB Convention and that had some considerable dents I’ve made over time despite how pigmented it was and wasn’t since these five pans were kind of disastrous since I did toss out Floral Values since that had no pigment at all. This is why you should test to see if the pigmentation is amazing before releasing but I think Wet N Wild has been doing that since their new formulated shadows have been great even with the newer ones in the Flights of Fancy Collection have been great. Let’s see, I also used Blue Had Me at Hello which I am making a dent in the lid shade on the second side of that one so yeah making some progress there!

ELF Disney Villains: I have made a few dents in these three but not as much. I did hit slight pan in the maleficent one on the bottom row, making huge dents on the top row of Evil Queen while Cruella, which the first one I was got, not so much! I guess I loved Maleficent and Evil Queen’s eye shadows more than Cruella but I know I will get into Cruella at some point.

One Night in Morocco: I have made considerable dents on the bottom row of this shadow pallet. I will eventually finish this pallet in the near future.

What I’ve taken Out: I took out the Avon trio I had in this because I have a green skirt I can wear this trio with and it’s very matte.

What I’ve added:

Now I added a few things and they are…

Any Eye Shadows or Lip Glosses from Ipsy and Boxy Charm: I am going to announce here that I have re-subscribed to Ipsy because I am admitting it that I missed it way too much and after the whole Yes Oh Yas Box thing and seeing that Ipsy has sent me another invite email I decided to go back. I’m excited to get my August bag since that was the month I officially started with the bags and the bags are multi-purpose use which makes it even better. So, I decided with any old shadow samples I’ve gotten from them or Boxy Charm’s little points shop I will be using those up. I feel like they’ve been shut up for so long in a past bag that they need to be used up. Plus Vivi did give me two lip glosses she had gotten since she doesn’t like lip gloss so I took those and I only have two so those will be easy to finish up. Also, I will be posting my Ipsy unbaggings and thoughts here since this is where I had the most response on those and to tell you the truth guys, I have missed you all liking my posts even those since those posts got me the most traffic here. Be glad they will be back, I may wait until later to get back with Boxy Charm due to budgeting reasons. It will happen.

My Kat Von D Lip Items: Yes, you already know that I am one of the people who will be using up my Kat Von D Lippies and not buying stuff from her anymore due to the news about her Instagram post. Plus, still kind of ticked with how much she has treated Makeup Revolution due to them “copying every inch” of her Shade & Light pallet. Reason why for the quotes, they can’t copy her artwork, read my post about the whole dupes thing. Plus, in all honesty looking back on it her stuff is so drying for the lips. I remembered wearing Wolf most recently and it is so uncomfortable which means I know it’s there while other liquid lipsticks I have tried they don’t feel like they’re there as in the Soft Matte Lip Creams, Liquid Suedes, Cosmic Metals, even the Metallic Liquid Suedes from NYX, the Cat Suits from Wet N Wild, and even Black Moon Cosmetics don’t feel like they’re there either as in they are so comfy and prefer these over Kat Von D’s since I wore Eternal all last week up to the job fair. Yes, that was even with the lip primer with Wolf. And not only that, a lot of the brands in drugstores even Mac are starting to get the bold colors even Ofra has a black liquid lipstick in their Liquid Lipstick Line called Bronx and those are also comfortable. So, yeah I will be using up Echo, Wolf, and my Ion lipstick up and won’t buy from KVD again. And before anyone says anything, Kat was a great person and she stood up for a lot of things but she has gotten to the point to being way to controversial even with this Instagram post and here is the thing she didn’t look on the net about is that there is a vegan alternative to the flu vaccine and of course there are vegans out there that do get their kids vaccinated and them themselves so we won’t go through the dark days of really harmful diseases and the autism thing was debunked too. I am just saying this before anyone gets on my case since those are my own thoughts on the subject and will be finishing my products from her and I can find cheaper dupes at the drugstore of the bold colors now which is great on most companies parts.

Well, that’s it with that update, I know it was short but I have been using new products and playing around with new looks even have a few new ones in the works that are based on songs and can’t wait to test out. I know the last bit bot a bit deep but had to put my thoughts out there on one subject. So there you go. Just make sure you follow us on Twitter @ Nerdy Shique since a lot more is in store for this blog! In case if anyone is wondering since AFO is the first week of August, unfortunately we didn’t get press again. I know it sucks but it’s due to audience participation this time as in not enough subscribers on YouTube even though we still get comments on the Attack on Titan Cast Panel from 2015 to this day! Oh boy, I can imagine when the Apl D Ap interview goes up. Anyways, that is that announcement! So, til next time and stay beautiful!

Favorites: May & June 2018

Hello all of my beautiful nerds traveling the vast universe! I am back with my Favorites and this time it’s May and June! Let’s get started! I do have one non-beauty favorite and a Meh Favorite! Let’s see what I have.

Meh Fave: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Nude! I know everyone fell in love with this but I feel like it is not my fave except it’s a meh! It did work pretty well on my lids and worked better than the Wet N Wild Primer, which I will be talking about next in my Un-Favorites area, it did not glue my lashes shut but I felt like it was going into the lashes a bit. I know I am supposed to put not that much of this product and use the wand but I prefer squeezing it out into my fingers and apply it a lot more easily that way. I feel like this was not for me, I think I prefer my NYX Eye Base in the pot along with the MAC Paint Pots because I have an easier time applying those than primers in the tube and the lip gloss looking container.

Meh Eye Shadow Pallet: Marvel Avengers Infinity War Pallet from Hot Topic! I tend to love the eye shadow pallets from Hot Topic but this is in my Meh category. I did kind of put it under “Regrets’ at first because people on What’s Up In Makeup thought it looked muddy with the shadow look I tried first with the orange, the green, the brown, and others but when I re-did the look with Soul, which is the orange I put it all over my lid and just did more of a neutral eye that way. I thought the shadows were okay but too powdery after realizing it. I may keep on using it but I prefer the unicorn ones and the Galaxy Shadow pallet I got last year.

New Eye Shadow Pallet: Urban Decay Beached Pallet! I finally got this pallet after hearing so many things about it and that is the Beached pallet by Urban Decay. Yes, 2018 is all about the Urban Decay and not sponsored, sorry! I think they’re slaying it this year because of the new pallets they have been coming out with. Anyways, I got my Beached pallet after collecting my points at Ulta and used them on it and it was worth it! All thanks to doing a look with the teal, the deep blue, and the Blaze in this pallet I ended up attracting Hash Tag Sunglasses to it. I love Urban Decay and their shadows have been killing it and I can’t wait to complete the Naked collection since I have been collecting them, I have to keep my paws off my Naked Heat pallets, lol!

New Shadow Quads: Wet N Wild Flights of Fancy Eye Shadow Quads! Along with new releases by many brands, Wet N Wild released their summer collection last month and it’s called the Flights of Fancy Collection for the hummingbirds that are native to California. I got the full set and it was beautiful, I do have a not so favorite but these shadow quads are pretty much what Wet N Wild has done after discontinuing the trios. I think it was a good idea to do that because not only they re-formulated Walking on Eggshells but they added another color to it and it gives us more freedom to play with the quads. I realize I haven’t used the trios as much which I am trying to hit pan on so I can let them go. I used in my video the Hasta La Costa Quad and it is a green and blue quad which is gorgeous! I am thinking of using one of the others in the future since the Braille labels did pop off, which sucks but hey I can use them one day soon. Maybe I should use the rose gold one next week for the NFB Convention, who knows.

New Lip Gloss: Wet N Wild Lip Glosses! Along with those quads, Wet N Wild also released lip glosses! Those things are great except you have to kind of build them up due to the applicator. Usually with most lip glosses I do one swipe or two and I’m good but it feels like you kind of build up with two swipes on the bottom and top but still these aren’t sticky like most lip glosses. Not even sticky like MAC.

Lip Scrub: E. L. F. Lip Scrub in Mint! I finally got to try the Lip Scrubs from E. L. F. Normally I would use the ones from Lush but it’s been forever since I got any lip scrubs from them since now the drugstore is starting to create their own, even Wet N Wild made their own for the Flights of Fancy collection which seriously should be permanent! At first when I got the scrub in my package, this was when they did free shipping a little while ago, I thought it was weird due to how it looked as a lip stick tube. When I started using it, it felt weird at first because of how compact it is together and then realized I had to run it across a few times to make it work and then wipe it off with a cotton round. Easy enough and it is hard to be tempted to eat because I love mint! That is the reason why I went for mint. I definitely want to try the other ones that they came out with and they aren’t as expensive as Lush or the coffee one I have made with coffee from Ulta, this one is good!

New Translucent Powder: NYX Pressed Powder! So, I went to NYX last month and to get a new powder to get for my under eye because I felt the LA Girl one was running out faster and I felt that there was not much in the pan and realized I liked pressed more. So, I did find out that the NYX Setting Powder is also pressed and got it in Translucent. I love it! I can see why people recommend this powder to use as a setting powder and it feels as lightweight as you wear it.

New Mascara: NYX worth the Hype Mascara! So, I reached my first round of points at NYX and ended up getting a free tube of the Worth the Hype Mascara as a sample size and I heard good things about it from one person and when I got it, I was hoping it would not be flake city like Better than Sex and guess what? It wasn’t! I carry this in my makeup bag and whenever I spend the night at Gondras’ place and don’t hand don’t have any makeup I turn to this! It makes my lashes look so full! Way to go NYX, I want the full size now!

New Blush: The Baked Blushes by Wet N Wild! Speaking of WNW earlier, another item from their Flights of Fancy is the Baked Blushes. Sorry WNW, you need to make these permanent! Milani has had them for a long time! Anyways, these blushes are gorgeous! I think I use the nude one the most because it was a shade you rarely find as a baked one, you do have Apricot in The Middle, which I still need to get and try out, these definitely need to be permanent and they are very good in blending them on your cheeks.

New Setting Spray: Wet N Wild Matte Setting Spray! Yes, a lot of Wet N Wild but they have been getting my money for any of their face items because I used to use Almay and getting the foundation and powder was costing a bit much so I switched to Wet N Wild’s stuff since it’s cheaper and I like the wand part more than the pump. Anyways, I decided to try the setting spray from Wet N Wild and I prefer this more because the NYX one I’ve been using the Demi Matte formula was breaking me out in certain areas of my face but mostly around my cheeks the most. I think I’m a little too sensitive to their spray and I even felt itchy around the areas on my face after a few hours. The Wet N Wild doesn’t do that to me! I think it’s the ingredients that they use, I know one ingredient is Vitamin E if I remembered and it doesn’t cause me to itch nor break out. I think also that the NYX one was not reacting well to the Clearasil products I’ve been using. This spray has been working out beautifully and now on bottle number two! I am able to find this spray easily at Walmart and even on Ulta’s website and it doesn’t cost an arm and leg like most sprays. I also like how it smells, it smells sweet!

Not-So-Favorites:

Wet N Wild Eye Shadow Primer and Primer Water Spray: These two items are not my favorites at all when it comes to makeup! I am so sorry Wet N Wild here are my reasons. I mentioned above, the Wet N Wild Photo Focus Eye Shadow Primer was the thing I wanted to try for so long! SO LONG! But it sucks! It glued my lashes SHUT! I hated how it felt like glue and it was thick as paste as it came out of the tube, I had to go back in for more dollops of this stuff and it glued my lashes shut. I am sorry, that is not supposed to happen when you put on any eye shadow primer even from a pot. I had to toss it, shadow primer is not glue Wet N Wild! And the other item, I tried loving but couldn’t due to how the spray nozzle stopped working correctly and that is the Primer Water that came with the Flights of Fancy collection. I was hoping this would last me for a while and I loved how cooling it was while spraying it and it did set very well but as time went on the spray nozzle would not work! I tried shaking it and it would still not work. It was like it worked once and would not work again! I take back that I want it permanent, I think I will stick to the Hydro Touch I’ve been using and I am planning to try out the Dewey Primer from Wet N Wild and see how that compares but sorry the primer spray does not get my love. I did toss it too.

Non-Beauty Faves!

Book: Tiffany Blues by. M. J. Rose! This was a very enjoyable read by M. J. Rose and it is called Tiffany Blues. If you read my review, you could tell I loved every page of it and I didn’t want to stop reading it because of how beautiful it was. I did do a makeup look based on the Tiffany Glass colors you heard throughout the book and I felt like I was brought to the 1920s to when Jenny was there doing art. If you have not read this book, I highly recommend as an excellent read!

Another Book: The Dream Keeper’s Daughter by. Emily Colin! Another book is the Dream Keeper’s Daughter by. Emily Colin. I didn’t want to leave Kindle alone with this one either because of how it pulled you between past and present to see how the two main characters, Max and Isabel, go through the times they were in with Isabel trying to live her life while Max is getting her mom back. I would say read that one too if you’re interested.

Recipe Favorite: Pickle Dip! I know what you are thinking, “Say what!?” you can make a dip out of anything and pickles was an interesting dip to make because you had many things going into it besides dill pickles, you also had cream cheese, garlic paste, and other things and came out to have an interesting mild taste. I would say if you find the recipe from Publix, which is who I got it from, use pretzels because they go the best with it.

Movie: Avengers Infinity War! Next is movie and you already know! Avengers Infinity War was a great film except the ending. All I have to say is, “Damn it Quill and Thor! You had one job!” I won’t spoil the rest and I can’t wait to catch any other Marvel movies even if it means on Netflix.

Series: Series of Unfortunate Events! Okay, I wasn’t expecting to watch this because Nerdy Shirts and his brother asked GOndras to be in a video with them reacting to episode 9 of season 2. Gondras couldn’t get past a certain point in Season 2 but I kept watching. All I have to say is that I never read the books but this was a great too series since they had Neil Patrick Harris being Count Olaf in this one. You never thought he would play creepy very well until you see this and it helps with his Broadway musical background because he does sing the theme song and it’s catchy! I can’t wait to see what Season 3 holds for the Bodalairs since the final episode of Season 2 revealed a big thing and I can’t reveal it. If you want to see the reactions on this series, make sure you check out the Super Reaction Bros.!

Top Five Songs!

1. Ignite by. Alan Walker! First on my list is a song by Alan Walker who performed at this year’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas! This year it was in May rather than June to keep people cool at night. I never heard of Alan Walker until I saw a video of his set and it brings an awesome beat but this song called, “Ignite,” got me loving his music even more. I do like his first song, “Fade,” from his early days but this one fits the sci-fi theme we pull on here, I would so use this as a theme song if YouTUbe doesn’t get mad.
2. “Odd Future” English Cover by. Jonathan Young: Next is another cover by Jonathan Young and it’s the fourth My Hero Academia theme song called “Odd Future.” I I’ve been loving this anime a lot and thank you Gondras for showing it to me and need to watch more of but this is one of my fave songs from that series.
3. “Dirty” by. Sevendust! Oh yeah! My Southern Metal boys are back and this time with a newer song! Apparently they have released new music and this song is called “Dirty.” It kind of goes back to their more metal roots since the Seasons album had more of a softer sound and their song, “Unraveling” was also pretty soft but do like it but this one it calls back to what I knew Sevendust for and kept it up!
4. “History Maker” Cover by. Nate Wants to Battle: I know this is not new but I can’t stop listening to it because it always get in my head, plus May was all about meeting with my destiny of getting my job offer, getting to go to the NFB National Convention, and of course being accepted at Northern Arizona. I am following my dreams people!
5. “Lion Skin” by. Hands like Houses: Even though there have been other songs that have been appearing on my I Heart Radio but this one was unique out of all the music that has been on there lately. I’ve never heard of this band but if I had then I wouldn’t have looked at their info but this song is a really good one. Almost reminds me of “Arrow” by Gackt in the beginning but then goes into its own song.
Well, that’s it for this bi-montly favorites. I know a lot of Wet N Wild was on this list because they have been in my makeup collection even more after using their powder and foundation. I may be adding Clearasil next time since the face wash I got was not a face wash but it was a face mask but I have the actual face wash so I will be giving another two months before I add them to my favorites since so far my skin has been getting better and people noticing in my pictures. So next time will be my review on the NFB National Convention since I need to take time to read some books! Until next time! And follow us on Twitter @ Nerdy Shique!

Beauty: New Wet ‘N Wild Flights of Fancy Box!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I’m at home today which I’m a sad little universe kitty girl but I did do something while at home.

Wet ‘N Wild Flights of Fancy Collection!

Yes! I got the new Flights of Fancy Box Set from Wet ‘N Wild! This is their new summer collection and this year it doesn’t have unicorns but hummingbirds. I didn’t go for the spring collection because, if you read in my anti-haul, it didn’t interest me at all. Not only that, I should have mentioned this, I am not a big loose anything powder person and in this collection there were loose highlights. I was like, “Pass!” Plus some of the items did remind me of the Midnight Mermaid collection from last fall. Pass!

This one, on the other hand, did interest me because I think I like hummingbirds when most girls like butterflies. I find them cute and Flit from Pocahontas was sassy. Anyways, this collection includes baked blushes, new shadow quads, a lip scrub, a primer spray, and new lip glosses and eyeliners. When I heard about the box on what’s up in Makeup, I ran to the website to get it because I did not want to miss out like with the Midnight Mermaid box. Which now Ulta sells, what the heck!? What do I think of the collection? It’s good and wishing that the primer spray, lip scrub, and blushes in the baked formula were permanent which a lot of people like primer sprays and never thought they would be fun to use and you have a drugstore option now. Same with a lip scrub so you don’t have to go to Lush all the time and the scrubs around $2.99. I did say it’s a 4.5 out of 5 because I found that the lip gloss I was using was a bit hard to apply, I think the others will be better, I will have to see!

Enjoy the video guys and make sure you follow us on Twitter for all of the latest updates @ Nerdy Shique! Until next time!

Blindness: Making MakeUp Better for the Blind!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Today is another response and opinion post and this deals with blindness!

Putting On Make Up While Being Blind!

What got me to do this post is that recently in Sao Paolo, Brazil a salon taught blind women how to put on makeup and that included false lashes. They even placed Braille dots on makeup and brushes which I wish that could happen here because you all know I love doing my own makeup and it’s hard to know what’s what even in brushes when I first get them. I will talk about my makeup application process but wanted to touch upon the course itself.

I heard about this story through Jen Luv’s Reviews’ news show What’s Up In Make Up this past Sunday and I was excited because finally someplace in the world there is a course in helping blind women how to put on their favorite make up brands despite not being able to see themselves in the mirror. I know that struggle since it’s not easy to see yourself in the mirror when putting on mascara or even your favorite eye liner and it is a struggle to know what brush you’re using. I just find it awesome that this salon went far and beyond to give blind women a chance to do this to teach them. According to articles, it was a way of building their self-confidence and able to apply makeup and groom themselves without any extra effort. There is also Braille dots on the shades so they can choose from to use. I remembered how years ago in Personal Management at the Daytona Beach Blind Rehab Center I was taught different tips with samples that the teacher had from Mary Kay and Avon and not only that from a woman who used to work for a department store make up counter and she gave amazing tips from her days working there before she had Stargars Disease where this visual impairment causes you to lose sight and you’re mostly near sighted. I remembered how she had her magnifier at all times even in the cosmetics aisles we were in at Walmart and and gave good tips and pointers on what to get and even the mobility intern wanted to learn more about make up!

Yes, we can’t really see the mirror but the stereotype with most blind people is that even though we can’t see ourselves in the mirror we can’t groom ourselves and putting on that foundation or eye shadow can be a challenge. Want to know how I do my make up? Let’s see!

My Way of Doing Make Up!

I tend to start with my brows where I use a clear brow gel most of the time and if I wanted to depending on using my Ulta sets I would use the dark brown brow powder or my trusty NYX Brow Pomade in Chocolate. Then I prime my eye lids to put on shadow and then set it and then prime my face. I do moisturize my face before doing my makeup and a good tip is do your moisturizer after doing anything else in the bathroom like styling your hair and then have breakfast because it gives time for the moisturizer to soak in. Since I’m going back to Daytona for a week, I would have to do that before breakfast. After priming, I tend to feel my brushes to see what eye shadow brush I would use first depending on the pallet I’m using. If I’m going with a quad, I use four brushes which are my lid brush, my Definer brush, my Crease Brush, and my Brow Brush. If I want to go extra special with a multi-colored pallet with more shades I do have the transition where I use more of a flatter precise brush, or if I just want to do inner and outer corners, either or, I do have a smaller and pointed brush that I would sometimes use that on the lower lash line which I rarely do. I admit I do use double ended eye brushes if the pallet came with one or if the set has a few that I can mix in with my brushes because I do use an entire set sometimes that came pre-packaged in a case like one that I take with me to conventions or I tend to have loose brushes in a train case or pencil case to switch them out when they get dirty and place them in a cup bristles up.

I bet you’re wondering, “What do you do for eye liner?” There are times where I do use gel liners or liquid liners but tend to use them with the liner brushes that either come in a set or just buy one on its own. I do have a few of the ones that came with a few gel liner pots but those get used for my Fairy Tail mark when I cosplay as Lucy. The eye liner I tend to use the most happen to be pencil liners. Reason being is that when I first started wearing makeup I had a hard time controlling liquid liner and gel liner and it always ran all over the place without me even knowing and it’s embarrassing. I decided to just stick with pencil liners when I can because they are easier to control and best as a training liner because it gives you the idea of where the line starts on your eye and when it ends. I tend to guide the pencil to the area with my other hand to make sure it’s in the precise area I need it to be. I even do that with gel liners since I have gotten used to the pencil, which is a good tip to do. If you want to use liquid liners, I do suggest using a separate brush for that. I just tested out a new look and I used Sea Symmetry from Wet N Wild’s Midnight Mermaid Collection with an angled liner brush and it worked out so much better than making the thickest line that you would have a bit of a raccoon eye. It’s easier since the tip is more precise than the brush applicator in a liquid liner and of course having that baby wipe or make up remover pen would be a great way of having on hand if you go overboard.

Mascara was a hard thing for me to acquire the skill for because the wands can be tricky! I wondered how the salon stylists taught how to put it on but I will tell you that it does take a lot of practice. Mascara wands come in different shapes, lengths, and even spikiness! Trust me, the Urban Decay Trouble Maker was so spikey I had to toss it and glad it was a sample too! Which a good way of starting, usually, is getting the sample sizes because not only it gives you an idea of what the full-size does but the wands aren’t enormous. Molly Perk uses the minis all the time because it’s easier for her and it might be easier for you but if you want to go for full-size, especially drugstore mascaras since they work the best depending on who makes it, guide the wand with your other hand to the lashes in order to be careful around the eyes. I admit I poked myself in the eye more than once even when I was training myself and it’s not a good feeling! Especially when it’s with a really spikey wand like I mentioned with Urban Decay. And oh yes, if you watch any videos, please don’t do it with your eyes closed! I done it for years and well…I had conjunctivitis for a bit and realized it’s best to do it eyes open. If you saw my Omni 2016 videos, that is what was going on with my watery eyes.

Now onto the face! Usually the face is the easiest because you have a bigger space to work with. Unlike with the eyes, you have to figure out where your crease is the most since that is a great landmark for yourself when applying eye shadow, even Smash box mentioned in their videos is to find your crease to know where to put that crease shade either for transition or later on in the look or both! If you have hooded eyes, then that could be a little tricky and there are tons of videos with people who have hooded eyes give you tips and pointers on that. Now, back to the face which you tend to have concealer, foundation, and powder. I tend to conceal first because when I put on my foundation it will blend in more easily than doing it the other way around and since I do color correct due to my acne marks which are being taken care of, using a green concealer does help and blending your natural concealer on top makes it easier. For concealing, I tend to feel for what needs to be color corrected or at least concealed along with my under eyes. Before, I used two different concealers for my spots that matches my skin tone but now I just use the NYX Light Concealer for that since I would know where I would brush it on. With foundation, depending on how you like to use your foundation, today a lot of companies have made it easier with adding wands to their foundations. I admit I like this format more than the pump because when I used a pump I tend to have a hard time getting it into a bowl I used to use to put my foundation in or when I put it on a sponge it can be a little bit much. With the wand, I just apply it to my face and then blend it in with either a brush, whether it’s a foundation brush from a set or the Ulta oval brush which works best with these types of foundations or a sponge which I found out why people love so much, and make sure that it’s evenly spread out. I tend to go over with the brush or sponge a couple of times to make sure it’s fully blended because it can be a huge mess if it’s not blended correctly and a tip with foundation and concealer, make sure that both products are colors that would match your skin and blend beautifully together! Long time ago, I tried that Maybelline concealer pen in Light Medium and I was starting to use Almay’s foundation in Warm and they did not blend well together! One of my gal pals was taking the same writing class as me and she saw that my concealer was slightly darker and I think Maybelline’s idea of “Light-Medium” is different from Almay’s “Light-Medium” which is interesting to learn from that experience. I would say try to use a foundation and concealer either from the same brand or if you want to use a different brand of each, try to ask for a shade match with a friend or a salesperson who knows how to match. I know it sounds a bit confusing with that last part but there are times when a salesperson has a hard time matching you and you can get the wrong shade. My buddy Vivi’s tip, with a sighted friend have them take a tester and swatch a color if it’s close enough and see how it oxidizes or not over a ten minute time limit and if it gets darker than what it’s supposed to be then that’s not your shade, if it doesn’t then it’s a winner.

Now onto powder, I save these for last in the essential makeup since it does help put the look together. I use a translucent powder for my under eyes because I find it easier than having a banana powder not be right for myself. I’m currently using the one from L. A. Girl and it works pretty well for one. While for face, I am using Warm Beige from Wet N Wild because it matches, well close match, to Buff Beige in the foundations due to how warm my skin is. And finally, my bronzer, blush, and highlight. With my natural looks, I don’t need that much bronzer even though I used to contour my cheeks but seeing how Wayne Goss explained that you don’t need that much, I do agree. Yes, having a tan is nice and all even with self-tan but you can kind of go overboard even in the bronzing department. I just stick my contouring on the outer parts of my cheekbones near the ear lobe in the temple area because that is where the light hits the most on me and learning from my artistic days that is where shadow hits a lot more. I do use different bronzers but my paws always seem to land on the Butter Bronzer from Physician’s Formula because you can go in very lightly with this and it can be buildable if you need more. I even had this during Holiday Matsuri when I did Link and Itachi for my chin to make it slightly masculine and it’s perfect for that! Blush and highlight, I just stick with my cheek bones closer to my nose, which I apply blush by going with the curvature of the bone and go towards the ear. I was taught an interesting trick you can use and that is cross your arms where you have your left to have your thumb and index finger at the start of your cheekbone and then your index at your ear and place your brush in the middle to help gauge with your blush brush. I was told about this trick but it was hard for me to do and thought I had to be better with my left hand but this way it would be easier if you’re just right handed. With the finger gauging, you can also your index and middle finger for helping with the width due to how big or small the blush brush is made. I may have to try this technique again since it’s been years and blush can be easily messed up even with the wrong color or the amount of pigmentation. I mean, I had a huge pigmentation issue with Milani’s Baked Blushes once and I had a HUGE pink spot on my face. Got to be careful with those! And you can use the same technique with highlighting since it is supposed to be on top of the blush.

If you’re wondering, yes I do use setting spray and it can be a hit or a miss so I have to make sure it’s in the right area to spray!

There! That’s how I put on my makeup in order. Not everyone’s order is always the same because people do put on their makeup differently and I find eyes first to be the easiest in case of fallout from shadow. Not only that, even as a blind and visually impaired person, not all techniques are the same for everyone because with that blush technique, I was taught the finger thing and I was also taught that you can take your angled blush brush and pinch it close to the feral as possible and do upward sweeping motions. And there is my favorite blending technique, I tend to use those little brush applicators you get with your blushes or highlights and blend your bronzer, blush, and highlight together to get a nice watercolor look! After my setting spray, I do feel nice and refreshed and out the door! Unless someone I know spots my eyeliner somewhere on my face.

What Brands Should Do!

During Jen’s video I did comment about the Sao Paolo thing that brands in the States should do the same thing as they do. I did contact my local Lighthouse about having a workshop on this which I will definitely link them to this and one of the recent articles and Jen’s video because with the Lighthouse and Rehab Centers alike, make up courses should be taught because when you’re in the work force they want to see if the employees are well groomed and their make up on and presentable. Having these tips and guides whether for work or just wearing it for fun can help with the adjustment process of being visually impaired or totally blind. Like with Sao Paolo, it will definitely help with the self-confidence issues because as blind people we tend to worry about not being able to do something despite not being able to see yourself in the mirror or even cooking for example and learning the skills in order to combat that helps heal those doubts. When I started with makeup, I was doubting myself in being able to do eye shadow, liner, and so much more but after learning it myself, getting those tips and pointers, I have improved greatly even with my selfie taking, Heck, even explaining my brush touching to know what’s what, I feel for the bristles to know how wide the brush is in order to see if it’s a face brush or an eye brush, for instance for my powder brush I tend to feel how fat the handle is and then move up and feel the feral and if some brushes have a similar one then I go to the bristles and feel for its shape. I have two different powder brushes in my Brush Vanity Affair set from Coastal Sense and admit I interchange if I need to get into the pan to finish my powder like I did this morning. While eye brushes, for lid I tend to feel for the first brush in the line of eye brushes and know that’s ’he one for my lid or to set my primer. I would love to have those Braille dots on the brushes though because it can help out even further because there are times where the brushes can look-alike and having that Braille system can help in knowing what brush is which by either using the first letter or have three letters which I admit I do on some of my makeup products. For example, “Pow” can be on a Powder compact and also on a powder brush and if there is more than one powder brush can use “L-Pow” for Large Powder. And for smaller brushes, do it on the ferrals at least to make it easier for the space. It can be easier than using labeling tape because there are times where the labels come off for some of us, I admit I have so many problems with it, I even had to leave my label off of my Naked Heat pallet because of the tape being so bad that it falls off every time. And not only that, one last thing, if a brand can’t do a class in person why not have a blind person who is experienced in makeup teach it or do videos for the website? There are so many hours of the day for a store to be opened, especially in a mall where MAC and Sephora lie alongside the makeup counters in department stores, not only that there are people that don’t have the experience of teaching a blind person and that can happen in the makeup industry so having that person that has the experience would help either do it in person for a certain event and even for new releases in how they would use that item. I mean so many brands have so many seasonal items especially when Spring and Festival Season comes around and having that person getting to practice with the item first and knowing the colors and come back to the store or to film for the website can show how they would use a yellow or a rose blush to give their looks a real festive look. I mean, I wished I taped it but when New Year’s Even rolled around I used my Gwen Stefani pallet to get an interesting look with the rosy pink tones and gold to give off a festive look. Even people asked how I do it, I answered with that I have a guide as a Word Document, which reminds me…

Another great thing is to have a big Word Document of the pallets with the colors and how they are placed. Some of the pallets you find on Ulta, which is the better place to get your info in my opinion, have all the colors in order. I tend to do this when I’m about to get a new pallet if they have a description with all the shades in order and I do it “Shade 1, Shade 2, etc.” And if they have the color description to their shade name, I include that for instance the Ulta Be Gorgeous Set I had Shade 1: Light Pink and so on! Interesting fact, they accidentally missed the silver shade in the shade list in case anybody got the set and noticed that when I did when I did my guide. If the website doesn’t tell you, just have someone tell you the color names if they have any such as the Hot Topic pallets I had to have my dad read the shade names that are printed in the shadow or on the cardboard and tell me the colors for that name. Once I use that set or pallet, I count until I get that shade after looking at my guide or have it open next to me. I should have it on my new Braille Sense. And since we are on this subject, brands should also give shade names and descriptions on their websites and do what Urban Decay does with their pallets everywhere online and that’s by bullet points because it will make it easier than having someone just guess when they get a Make Up Revolution pallet or a Wet N Wild quad, it can help with giving the color name and its description after clicking it because I remembered Smash box did it with their old trios to use as an example. And it does help with color selection while buying online because when I got my Ulta sets it did help knowing what colors come in the pallets.

Whew! That was a long one! I do have to say is Sao Paolo did an amazing thing for blind and visually impaired women. Make up is supposed to be a way of self-expression and it should be for all kinds of people whether sighted or blind, having a different skin tone, and so on. It just brings that creativity. I hope this would convince brands to try it out since we have a big population all over the world why not try it out too? You get to learn more about the person, their eye condition, how they can see if they can still use a mirror or not, and can learn more about the products. I will be having fun at Inglot then because they just stick to numbers on their site and that’s another thing, name your colors instead of numbers, Coastal Scents did it with their single shadow pans. Anyways, way to go!

That is it for this post! I know it was long but hey it does kind of help and hoping that brands get on this band wagon because they should know more of their customer base and who knows I may come out with something in the future. So, what’s next? Another book review on the horizon! Stay tuned! Also follow us on Twitter @ Nerdy Shique for the latest updates!

A side note from earlier with brands doing the Braille, it would be costly but it would be nice if they had a laser or 3D Printer to offer the service for free or at a low cost to add the Braille on a brush or an eye shadow pallet or blush. Just saying!

Favorites: March & April 2018

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

March & April 2018 Favorites!

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

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

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

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

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

Makeup!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beauty: I Copied a ThatGirlSheaXO’s Look!

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

I Copied a ThatgirlsheaXO Tutorial!

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

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

Eyes: Naked Heat Shadow PalletthatgirlsheaXO’s Channel!

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

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

MAC Mineralized Blush in Gleeful

Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer

NYX Liquid Illuminizer in Gleam

Wet N Wild Mega Glow Pallet with the silvery highlight

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

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

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

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

Coastal Scents Revealed Series: Using All Five Pallets!

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

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

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

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

Ten Makeup Products I Would Buy If Everything Vanishes!

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

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

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

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

Beauty: Brands That Can Do Better!

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

My Advice to Makeup Brands!

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

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

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

Finally…

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

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

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