Beauty: CoverGirl Has Gone Cruelty Free!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back to this blog for a second time. I forgot to write something!

CoverGirl Is Now Cruelty Free, What about the Other Brands?

You read right! Huge cosmetics brand CoverGirl is now Cruelty Free and Leaping Bunny Certified! They have partnered with Coty in order to become Cruelty Free which for now on they will no longer test on animals and no longer using ingredients tested on animals and Coty is working on making their brands to be Cruelty Free by 2020! That makes a lot of people happy, even me since I am seeing that a good portion of my makeup is Cruelty Free and I did say a long time ago when I first touched this topic here that brands who aren’t on Leaping Bunny’s list should work to losing animal testing and guess what? CoverGirl is doing that just right! As you know animal testing doesn’t give accurate results when it comes to cosmetics, don’t worry I am not going to talk about animal brutality, I did see a documentary named Earthlings all thanks to someone who suggested it and won’t see it ever again. Anyways, like I said testing makeup on animals don’t give you the allergy nor skin irritation and other side effects that makeup can cause on human skin because you’re testing it on a different piece of skin that is not human. I did listen to a BBC podcast episode about how 3D printing is going to be used in order to help with testing cosmetics by printing out flesh samples which can be a really good alternative and not only that, California is starting to take a step in the right direction by getting rid of animal testing in their state and hoping to lead other states the same way but now back to CoverGirl!

What Should This Mean to Other Brands? Definitely taking the leap of course! Like I said above, animal testing with cosmetics is not a good way of testing to see if a lipstick is working right in plumping them and same with a certain ingredient if it’s safe to use. This should be a gateway for other brands to start thinking more especially with consumers nowadays. Like I said in my Pet Peeves Post when it came to beauty, we as consumers speak with our wallets and I’ve been noticing a change towards getting more Cruelty Free items. I admit it, I did say most of my stuff is that even though I do confess I still buy MAC and Maybelline but it doesn’t mean they can’t turn around either for one reason.

What is that reason you may ask? Well, a good portion of the market is in China! In order to have your makeup brand to sell in China it has to be tested on animals before it hits shelves due to safety reasons. This only includes the Republic of China not Hong Kong and also any airports in China as well. They also lifted testing any local products and now apparently, just reading an article on living kindly from this July, that China will start working on moving away from testing on animals with Leaping Bunny and the United Kingdom International Trade will be helping them on it. Yes, they are a huge market for a lot of brands and that is why they’re selling there and they do state in their policies that they will be helping the fight, for example the most recent one to go and sell was Nars. Famous for their Orgasm blush, still shaking my head at that, Nars started selling the beginning of this year and knew what they had to do but claimed they are doing it in order to help China fight to end the testing. Wouldn’t it be better to just not do it and sell in Hong Kong instead? That’s my question. At least now the Chinese Government is starting the fight but the question is will it show results? Who knows we will find out probably before 2025 which according to studies China and Japan are looking towards for better alternatives and more vegan products?

Which brings me back to what CoverGirl did, everyone is starting to say that brands should take notes and start doing what CoverGirl has done over time and finally kicking the testing out the door. I am glad they did work on it and it shows that starting now is not too late nor too hard. Yes the FDA says there is no laws on testing your products even finished products but there are the brands that keep their status to a “T.” And I did say before about consumers speaking with their wallets because if the brands notice that their fans are leaving their products on store shelves like Target, Sephora, Ulta, Walgreens, and even Walmart, then it kind of paints a big picture. Some brands that are indie and Cruelty Free are showing up more in stores like Colored Rain, MakeUp Geek, and even Colour Pop has bene showing up in Ulta and Sephora. Even Juvia’s Place and Beauty Bakerie is showing up in Ulta now. Heck, NYX Professional MakeUp has brick and mortar stores now, Orlando has two locations even as an example! If the consumers are starting to turn to them more then they have to start kicking out this testing and take CoverGirl as an inspiration for that.

What Will I do? Okay, I do admit I still have some animal tested brands which include Maybelline, Garnier, L’Oréal, MAC, and I did used to use Almay but their makeup has become a little pricey on my pocket for a while now, I am seeing that if these brands for example and many more that have been testing for many years can take a page out of CoverGirl’s book and ask them and Coty how to start? Where to start? How can we get onto Leaping Bunny? And so many other questions over a cup of coffee and a plate of scones. Heck, do the same thing in talking with Urban Decay, NYX Professional MakeUp, and some of the indie brands in how they keep it altogether when it comes to that status? The right conversation can lead to more conversation and be able to work with each other. This brings the dialogue and hopes for the future since I did say China is working on it and now the brands should still work on it and help more, who knows the future will be bright. Glad that CoverGirl has made those first steps and let’s see if Maybelline and other brands follow suit!

Well, that is it for this post! Yay for CoverGirl for leading the way and I am admitting I will be buying more stuff from them since I need another tube of Total Teaze mascara after all since that works on my lashes better! I understand it’s hard for me to leave some of these brands behind when a good portion of my makeup includes NYX and Wet N Wild after all, now hoping for the best for other brands even my fave hair care one, Garnier Fructis. Anyways, I hope this post will be my last one before Ranger Stop since I have bene on a roll with posting lately even in the Beauty Category. Except…it looks like I will have a beauty haul coming up, haven’t done those in a while! Stay tuned for that and any other posts to come from Ranger Stop 2018 by paying attention to our Twitter! Until next time! Stay beautiful while traveling the universe!

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Beauty: Beauty Pet Peeves!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back from traveling the vast universe! Today, I’m doing a new post and it’s all thanks to Amy Loves Makeup on YouTube!

Makeup Pet Peeves!

Yes, we may have some as makeup lovers either on YouTube or here in the Blog Sphere. I do have a few myself because since the Beauty Community on YouTube has been kind of in two sections, the bigger people and the smaller people which is where we are in with my beauty stuff and our convention stuff, and well there are things that tick us off whether it’s the product or something as a big deal on its own. Let’s see what I have to say, but first!

Disclaimer: This post is based on thoughts and opinions of the writer of this blog. Please respect her thoughts and opinions of certain topics and not only that products that she loves and doesn’t love. Thank you!

Pet Peeve #1: Swatches Aren’t Everything! First pet peeve of mine is due to something and that is doing swatches on the arm with a finger or a brush. The thing is that lately Ms. Jacklyn Hill has been saying on social media that swatches don’t tell the whole opinion of the pallet due to the oils in our skin giving different appearances to an eye shadow or anything else that’s being swatched. This was posted after James Charles did a second swatch party type video of his Morphe pallet that is about to come out this month in time for the holidays since people thought he was faking them and he did quote what Jacklyn said. Yes, some of us are very oily and it can counteract with certain pigments but…BUT…the thing is that first swatch or few swatches of that shadow, that blush, even lipstick tells you how the product would perform patchy or not. A lot of companies are based on pigmentation and quality of that product and if something that doesn’t look right to someone who is looking at the swatch being done in a picture then it won’t be purchased. We are the consumers and we speak with our wallets as in our debit cards, credit cards, and cash. Even with Apple Pay and Google Pay we also speak! Not only that, I think it was Tati who mentioned years ago that a finger swatch and a brush swatch of a certain product is different from each other because yes some of us do like to put makeup on with our fingers and most of us prefer brushes, heck I am a brush person for my shadows due to sanitary reasons and ease of application, and the performance can be different like what happened to her with the shade Apartment in the Emily Edit Wants pallet where it came out patchy with her when she put it on with her finger. I did apply it with a brush with my pallet and it came out fine and built up to the pigmentation I wanted. Which brings me to my next peeve!
Pet Peeve #2: Pigmentation is Not Always There! Even though I can’t see whether there is pigment or not but I do trust reviews and swatches myself which does help me with purchasing of course but one thing to know is that there are times where pigmentation is not there, somewhat there, and “Holy crap! That’s pigmented!” The reason why pigmentation in a product is important when it comes to buying a certain product is that while swatching it should show up in order to see how well it will look on different skin tones and also the question is do we have to build it up to get it to where we want? One good example is the Emily Edit Wants pallet. Makeup Revolution is known for making eye shadows to be buildable like most other companies and I did remember how Emily did say these shadows are very buildable where you can have a light wash of color or just layer it on until you get to where you want it to be and a lot of people prefer their shadows or blushes or even highlights to be like that and having the right pigmentation to do that makes it more fun to blend into the skin. I know not everyone likes so light of a shadow that they have to pretty much blend and blend and blend until they’re not ready until midnight but pigmentation even in swatches is an important thing and sometimes it can be nerve racking when it’s not there or patchy.
Pet Peeve #3: How Companies Complain About Copying! I needed to put this on here because I did do a post and it’s still around. It feels like we’re seeing people still copying off of each other when it comes to creating makeup or a skin care product but it has been going on for many years and why are there complaints to this day? Not sure! I think people love to complain about it? Most recent offender was Jeffree Starr when people said his new Alien Pallet was a copy of Hot Topic’s Black Heart Beauty Galactic Pallet where there are twelve shades in the BHB pallet while Jeffree has eighteen shades, some of the colors are similar even with their names and so on. What really hits is the packaging! I did post on Dustin Daily’s video that this is still going on where drugstore brands are making their own version but they can’t copy all the way through as in all of the packaging and artwork and he did say it was a good observation because I pointed out how Kat Von D pretty much cussed out Makeup Revolution for copying…excuse me..”Copying” her Shade & Light pallet. Here is the thing, her artwork is unique to her since she does all the designs in a notebook and she is a tattoo artist after all and the only thing that would be hard for Makeup Revolution to do is copy her artwork so they probably did their own design for the pallet like they do with many of their other ones, like the Girls On Film Pallet when they first came to the United States. Latest is the creator of Fasally, sorry for the butchered name, who is known for the different essences even the Unicorn one and now many brands are doing essences themselves except the creator is complaining about how the Coke bottle inspired design is being copied by many brands. This is not new actually, I bet a lot of brands do similar packaging to other brands I mean even the Wet N Wild lip glosses kind of reminded me of the packaging of the L’Oréal Infolluble Lip Glosses from years ago. Seriously, stop complaining about the copying, it’s still going to happen and like I said above, we as consumers will judge with our wallets as in if we can afford the dupe then we buy the dupe or save up for the luxury version.
Pet Peeve #4: When Liquid Lipsticks Bleed Especially On Me With Colour Pop! This is one pet peeve I have faced especially with Colour Pop and that is the whole liquid lipsticks bleeding thing. I love Colour Pop especially their highlights and eye shadows but their liquid lipsticks they bleed like crazy on me even when I try using a lip primer. I remembered getting the Hello Kitty one in Ribbon a while back and that made me look like what if I was Harley Quin from Suicide Squad. I had to toss it and even though I love liquid lipsticks but why does Colour Pop ends up bleeding on me? The only one from Wet N Wild that bleeds is Goth Topic and I think I used it on top of a lip primer and it stayed put very well. I think the reason is that Color Pop just makes it way to liquid-like and it doesn’t want to stay, this is why I am just buying the other lip products I do like by them like the Lux Lipsticks and the Lip Glosses and also Lippie Sticks.
Pet Peeve #5: Saying One Brush Brand Is Better Than The Other, As In Better Than Sliced Bread! What I mean by this, going back to Jacklyn Hill right now, she kept on saying Morphe brushes are better than a lot of brands and it was overhyped for a while. I found it interesting since I saw here for the Tea and Tea Spill do a bit of a documentary thing and it shown her saying the same thing when it came to MAC and Sigma. I haven’t tried brushes from either brands but have from Morphe and they are just meh! Here is the thing in my own opinion when it comes to brushes and that not all brands are created equal. I have tons of brushes myself I have bought from Amazon, even from Ipsy through their deals page, and even from Real Techniques, Wet N Wild, and even got some from Ulta in those little makeup bag sets they used to give out and the brushes I have used from them are very good. I may try Sigma or/and MAC in the future when I do save up enough to get a brush or two or a set but in my opinion can’t knock brushes from other brands and say that one is the end all and be all. One good example, everyone said Artiste the best oval brushes except they cost $400 for a set. Yeah! Not kidding! I have tried Ulta’s oval brushes last year and they were $20.00 for a set and they perform very well, even though the style of the brush is not my favorite but it was good to try. I sometimes use the foundation brush for blush a lot. Anyways, you can find pretty good brushes for pretty good prices if you look around or get a holiday set for a good price even. I just got the Wet N Wild Holiday Set for half off on Sunday. If you want to try Morphe’s brushes for yourself, I’m not telling you to spend your money just try one or two brushes or even a set to get a picture of what they sell because worth the hype is not always worth it. You are the judge and it is your wallet.

I think that’s where I am going to end it! I know I will probably have more but I think that’s a good start. If you like this, just sound off in the comments!

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Favorites: September & October 2018

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds traveling the vast universe! I am back with a new post and it’s my favorites!

September & October 2018 Favorites!

So, now it’s time for September and October! This year is going fast as I know it and I will be moving next month. I do have some favorites but first I want to start with my Ipsy for these past two months and what I thought about the items.

September: My bag for September had me try more items from other brands that I have tried recently and in the past which was very fun!

IBY Beauty Eye Shadow in Fire & Ice: This shadow was fun to use and was much pigmented. I found it easy to apply and blend onto my eyes. I hope to get more eye shadows in the future since they did give two new ones from this brand in this month’s bag but didn’t get either of them. I am glad to try a second item from these guys and I may purchase from them in the future since they do have pretty good products.
Trestique Mini Lip Glaze in Mumbai Magenta: I was glad to try something again from these guys since I have gotten samples from them before in Ipsy. This was a very nice and lightweight lip glaze for its size and it did stay on pretty well. I definitely recommend this as a product due to how easy and creamy it is and you can make it lighter with each pat with a tissue. I may purchase this shade a few others in the future. Definitely a nice little thing for my job.
Lord & Berry Line & Shade Pencil in Flash Purple: I am also glad to get these guys again since I haven’t gotten anything else from them in a long time. Even though I am still using my Sugar Cosmetics Purple Rain pencil it doesn’t mean I don’t mind another purple liner to have as backups. I also remembered when I first tried this brand was my very first Ipsy bag and it was the Kohl liner in black and that was creamy and lasted me for many months before it couldn’t sharpen anymore and knowing this will last me longer.
Eva NYC Satin Dream Leave In Cream: Another product from Eva NYC I got to try is a Satin Dream Leave In Cream which this did help my hair slightly but wishing it was a bigger sample size and it didn’t last me too long before it gave me nothing but air! I did love the smell and it did help with my hair like with another leave in product I have tried from them except that was through Boxy Charm. I may buy this when I’m done with a coconut oil conditioner because that one has been weighing my hair down but this doesn’t and also I can get it at Ulta by the way since they do sell this brand and you do get good sales on it.
Luxie Wonder Woman Detailed Blender 140: Finally, every Ipsy subscriber got this brush or the Harley Quin brush and I got this Wonder Woman brush. I did use this to put on concealer for my spots after color correcting but to me this would be better to use it for setting my under eyes since it did feel hard to get at my NYX Light Concealer from its jar. I do like how soft it is and very durable so it will be used for setting powder when I would pick this brush up again.

October: This month’s bag was a nice switch up in items because I felt that my profile was matched pretty well with some of the products.

Beautiniq Beauty Blush Serum in Sunrise: First is a blush serum which I never thought of trying. Cream blushes can be tricky to use which you can either go nuts or not go nuts after putting it on. I was worried after someone getting this item in their bag they said it looked a bit clown pink and decided to put a little on my tea tray and put it on my finger and apply by blending it slightly with my fingers and then with my brush to get it from being over the top. I did ask if it looked okay on what’s up in Make Up and they said I did really well in blending and it was a relief that I did what I did with that. I suggest just putting a little down on a tray or something and then do what I did by using the fingers to blend a little and then use the brush to blend it out more.
Make up Forever HD Liquid Foundation in Y225: This was a nice change for me since I never tried Make up Forever before. I mainly used it as an eye primer due to its size but it felt like it didn’t help my shadows stay put much due to how creamy it was. It did sting my eyes which I will never do again. I do love foundations and this was a great match since it didn’t oxidize on my hand it just looked less noticeable. If I get another foundation sample I may use it for what’s it’s intended for.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream: Another brand I’ve never tried before and that’s First Aid Beauty. This cream was very moisturizing but it did tingle a lot after using my Clearasil facial pads since of course I was dealing with salicylic acid and this had shea butter as an ingredient. Not sure if I will get a full size but it did help some for my back while my face it did raise some hidden marks and did shrink one slight zit to a white head. I am still taking care of that. Also this sample did run out a week after using this which was kind of sad.
Sugar Cosmetics It’s Apout Time Lipstick in Better Call Salmon: I’m sad about this product because it broke the day after I got it! I did love this item for the shortest time I had it because it’s so pigmented, easy to build up, and the shade is just awesome! If Ipsy had this as a point item in their prizes shop I would so get this again! I hope to try more Sugar Cosmetics items because so far so good they are proving to be awesome with their stuff and I still love that eyeliner pencil from July!
Inc.redible You Glow Girl Jelly Highlighter in Cosmic Blur: The final item is something I have to keep my paws from grabbing it every single time I do my makeup and it’s this highlighter. This is the most pigmented and creamy highlighter I’ve ever tried since I started wearing highlighters myself. This is an easy to build up one and easy to blend into whatever blush you wear. This is very iridescent with purple and blue and it doesn’t feel like it’s changing to grey either. I’m stumped to why this is not in the Ipsy Shopper because I wanted to buy one of these and see what other shades were available in this line because I wouldn’t mind using a bronze gold or a pure gold, etc. I have to see if this brand has a website and hope to get more of it in Ipsy!

Verdict: October’s bag was better in my opinion because it was a nice change from the usual profile picks I’ve been getting. I got to try out First Aid Beauty and Make up Forever and a new item from Sugar Cosmetics on top of that. I also got to finally try out Beautiniq because of hearing how other people got their stuff in the past and the Inc.redible Highlighter is something I can’t get myself to not wear on a daily basis! Way to go October!

Returning Favorite: NYX Hydro Touch Face Primer! Okay, now into my favorites and starting with a returning one! I have gotten the NYX Hydro Touch Primer again because the Wet N Wild Dewey one runs out too quickly and the bad thing is that it has way too much air in the tube and not enough product that I can justify purchasing over and over again. I may have to get two of the Wet N Wild one if need be but getting the NYX one again is due to how much longer it lasts me than the Wet N Wild one and I love how it goes on smoothly and I would suggest buying it from the NYX official website or Ulta because they sell it cheaper at those places than Target. My dad noticed that it costs $17 to $18 at Target when it’s six to seven dollars cheaper at Ulta and I saw it go for $13 if I remembered on NYX which is kind of outrageous. I know NYX is kind of getting up there in price but it should not cost close to $20 at one store like Target when they are known for low prices on a lot of stuff. So, I will be getting it at either Ulta or NYX’s website or their store in town since we have two locations now!

New Favorite Eye Shadow Pallet: The Emily Edit Wants from Makeup Revolution: Yes, I got this one and that’s the Wants Pallet from Makeup Revolution! I’ve been a fan of Emily Noel for many years since I have seen her ads about her channel on YouTube. I love how honest she is with her trying on new things and reviewing items she picked up at Ulta, Target, WalMart and other places even online. When I heard that she was making pallets with Makeup Revolution I was really happy and that got me to getting The Wants. I did like the idea of the Needs but to me the Wants was more what got me to picking it up because it was all eye shadow and I could work better with that. And I was also happy to see they put a color guide on Ulta’s website that I did put into my pallet guide. This pallet is very versatile with shades ranging from your light mattes to deep mattes and some shimmers. This pallet is supposed to be buildable where when you place it on top of a primer it will be lighter than it is in the pan and you have to pack it on and blend it in order to get to the opacity you want it to be. Yes, I’ve seen two particular videos on this pallet that were controversial and from my observation I think it’s due to the eye primer someone was using and that the formulation was not working with it. Before I started using Soft Ocher, which is next on my list, I was still using my NYX White Base and had no issues applying the shadows after setting it. I did hear you don’t need to set your eye primer but I did it anyways due to how creamy the NYX Eye Base is and was able to create two looks which one had more of a maroon tone as my test and the other was a video look with the greens and the mocha brown called Capricorn and a bronze shade and those worked out great too and got so many comments on how well it matched with my eyes in the photos. I am using the shade today that was mentioned the most in the drama and that’s Apartment which is a very dark brown and it’s the second to last shade in the pallet. It didn’t feel patchy at all while putting it on because I did go in three times to get it to its pigment and all the reviews did say that you have to probably do that with some shades and that’s what I did with Apartment. Plus, I am using the last bit of a deluxe size of the Urban Decay Primer Potion I got when I picked up the Naked Basics pallet recently. I am agreeing with the other that Apartment is pretty pigmented in my book and you need to take the time to pack it on and blend and would say use a brush with this pallet because it does work out better with a brush than fingers. I know there is no right or wrong way with putting on shadows but usually it gives a different pay off between the two and depending on the pallet you use. To me brushes work better with application. I still love this pallet and I give props to Emily in creating it with a great brand, yes they have their hits and misses which a lot of brands do have those but this is a hit and I definitely recommend it.

New Favorite Eye Base: Soft Ocher from MAC! I finally got it and its Soft Ocher from the Paint Pot line at MAC. I was meaning to get this little thing for a while and finally got it and using it. This one lies a buildable paint pot because I tried it with a brush and it wasn’t working so I am using my fingers for it because this does need more than one coating while applying it to the eyes. One thing I do like about this product is that it does stay put once applied and doesn’t bother my eyes after application. I will be trying this out with the Emily Edit to see how well the shadows work on that since I did mention primer formulation earlier. Do I like it more than Painterly? I think I like this as much as Painterly because not only it does stay put but it is very good at keeping shadows on all day. I will switch between the two as time goes on.

Favorite Item That I Had to Say Goodbye: Ulta Just In Case Set! Recently I had to get rid of the makeup in the Ulta Just In Case set because it was too old and the shadows were bothering my eyes. I’m glad to get rid sof the stuff because I can’t keep using something if it’s going to be like that and I’m glad for it being in a train case because I’m using it to keep the brushes I’m using in it, the tea tray and fan, and even my headbands in the bottom compartment. I even keep my eye primer and setting spray in this thing. I do love the sets that Ulta puts out with the train case because you can multi-purpose it after finishing the items inside.

Not So Fave: Wet N Wild Photo Focus Powder in Neutral Beige! I know I love the Photo Focus powder from Wet N Wild but this shade is too light for me and glad my fiancé caught it too today. Okay, someone told me that this would match me perfectly and it was a customer by the way and I was looking for Warm Beige which is my shade despite it being slightly darker. I had Neutral Beige in my hand and random stranger shows up and says it was perfect match. Unfortunately it’s not because my skin is light to medium. So, I had to get a new one in Warm Beige which basically, according to Gondras, I’m in between both this one and Warm Beige, what should I do? Mix them? Maybe I should ask. At least now not to listen to other customers for foundation and powder advice.

New Favorite Accessory: Galaxy Kitty Backpack from Hot Topic! Next is a favorite accessory and that’s my new Galaxy Kitty backpack I picked up on my birthday from Hot Topic! This thing is so adorable and it’s very spacious too! Also I can not only use it for carrying all my tech stuff but also any food items and water bottles, even has a water bottle net on the side so I can carry the one I’m drinking in it. Plus, there is a sleeve where I can slide my IPad, my Galaxy tablet into and even a laptop but who knows! I do have two other backpacks but had to pack them for the move and they are a Panic! At the Disco one and a Kiki’s Delivery Service one of the cat. Of course, I went cat crazy again! I will be using this backpack during Ranger Stop and other conventions.

TV Show I’ve Been Watching: Riverdale! So, all thanks to getting the Amazon Fire Stick for my to watching, I have NetFlix to watch on there and I’ve been watching a lot of Riverdale lately. This is pretty much what if the Archie comics went darker in a live-action show. As in, instead of the happy-go-lucky 1950’s themes it pretty much is set in our modern days and we do have the usual cast of characters like Archie, Jughead, Veronica, and Betty and we do have Josie & the Pussycats, and I heard Sabrina the Teenage Witch makes an appearance but haven’t gotten there yet. The series starts when a murder of Jason Blossom takes place during the summer and everyone in Riverdale is shocked since the Blossoms are the most important family due to being in the maple syrup business for many generations. The mystery behind his death takes many twists and turns with having Betty’s sister, Polly, to Jughead’s dad who is part of the Southside Serpents. Right now I’m at the point when who has been committing murders under a hood and they’re trying to catch the guy behind these murders. Very interesting! I do have to say is that I do give props to one of the Sprouse twins as Jughead which he does a really good job as after their Zack & Cody days. I will keep on watching!

Favorite Book: Wormwood Forest and the Cupcake Bakery Mystery Series! Two books I have finished loved during these two months and they are Wormwood Forest: A Natural History of Chernobyl and the Cupcake Bakery Mysteries! First with Wormwood Forest. One thing I love to study is the Chernobyl disaster that took place in 1986 in Ukraine and it shows despite nuclear energy being so clean it is also harmful to someone and can be dangerous if it escapes due to a leak. One of the books I read recently was Wormwood Forest which looked into the more nature parts around the disaster and how radiation affected the environment for the past eighteen years at the point the book was written which it stated at the end of it. I found it interesting that the chemicals went all over like one giant mushroom in a diagram and how some of it still around in the ground but some of it is decaying as years go on. Interesting part was when they mentioned the new Arch that was built to cover the Sarcophagus and how it was planned and having countries on a chart to pay for the project and it did get built and was completed a year ago. There are videos now where people still tour the towns surrounding the area, especially one guy went to one of the newer towns that was built for the refugees from Pripyat. Would I go to Chernobyl? Not sure if it’s on my bucket list due to my thyroid having issues since there are still contaminated areas but it’s good to learn about how nature thrived in this book, heck even horse ranches are out there, wild boars are out there, apparently in the last chapter or two bees were mentioned. It’s fascinating to learn about this disaster itself. And now onto Cupcake Bakery Mysteries, remembered how I went through days without internet? Well, decided to read some of the back logs of books on my Victor Reader Stream and this series was one of them. I wanted to read the latest book dying for Devil’s Food but was turned down due to it being Berkeley Publishing why do you hate me so much? This series was cute and it’s a mystery series about two bakers named Angie and Mel who run a cupcake bakery called Fairy Tale Cupcakes. The start of the series in Sprinkled with Murder deals with their best guy friend, Tate Harper, is engaged and he asks Mel and Angie to bake the cupcakes for his wedding to a famous fashion designer by the name of Christy. Mel agrees to make some samples that the fiancé asks for and drops them off for her to try out. After being called in to talk about the samples, Mel stumbles upon Christy’s dead body with a cupcake in hand. This series was very entertaining and had a lot of laughs! Even the start of book two, Buttercream Bump Off, we get to see their rival, Olivia Pucket, in a giant cupcake costume and causes her to cause a car accident. I couldn’t help but laugh at imagining a middle-aged woman dressed as a cupcake passing out fliers. A lot of things take place and now waiting for the latest to be on Bookshare because I can’t review it. Dar Berkeley, I hope you’re reading this but please let me review more books!

So, that is about it, unfortunately I don’t have any top songs for this bi-monthly favorites so I will be waiting for a months to see about favorite music to do a top five. It has been getting harder and busier for me since I’m going to be moving in November to start a new job to help me save up and get awesome new stuff to help the blog during the down time between conventions which by the way besides Ranger Stop we’re also doing Holiday Matsuri this year! Yay! Will be doing the Convention Spotlight sometime in November if I can since my move is on the 16th so will try and squeeze it in before Ranger Stop. So make sure you follow us on Twitter @ Nerdy Shique! Stay beautiful while traveling the universe!

Accessibility & Beauty: Finding Ways of Making Beauty Accessible!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds traveling the vast universe! I am back with a new post and something we haven’t thought of.

Ways to Make Beauty Accessible to the Blind!

I know it’s weird to see something like this but hear me out! I watch what’s up in Makeup and they had a story where Herbal Essences is now having something new starting next year and that’s placing special markings on their shampoo and conditioner bottles to help people with visual impairments. It’s hard for me being blind not being able to see a certain item on display or know what shampoo or conditioner I’m using since I tend to use rubber bands but they do break over time and having some things easy to tell what’s what can help and this is how! Brands, I hope you’re reading because you need to take notes!

Putting Special Markings: Like with Herbal essences where they are doing lines for shampoo and dots for conditioner, having that special symbol on your product can help give an idea of what someone is reaching for or what new item would be. Yes, we do use apps to help us out to use UPC scanners but once it’s in the shower or the packaging with the writing on it gets removed then it’s hard to tell. Having some kind of marking system can help give an idea of what it can be like having a star for serums, a circle for leave-in conditioners to expand on the dots aspect, and even have a triangle for dry shampoo on the cap to tell apart from hair spray if those had squares on them. Having this kind of marking system can be beneficial to someone with a visual impairment. Another thing that can be helpful…
Having Braille Imprinted: Besides getting special markings, Braille can also help. When I posted about doing this post on what’s up in Makeup, someone on the group talked about how she ordered a skin product from Brazil and there was Braille imprinted on the packaging. It also calls back to how a salon helped blind women in Sao Paolo by putting Braille dots on the compacts and brushes which this can be something that can help in making beauty accessible. Having the imprinting not only helps but it’s better than having Braille tape to tell you the truth. It feels like nowadays Braille labeling tape is not holding its tackiness like it had been when I first learned, I even asked on my Facebook if anyone else faces this and they do. Having an imprint can help us with knowing what the product is in our hands, what color it is with foundations, lip colors especially where that packaging can be very slippery for a Braille label to stay on and having it on brushes can also help in knowing what kind of brush it is and what it’s used for if it has abbreviations like fnd for foundation or pow for powder for example. The possibilities with imprinting Braille is endless and or anyone who may think its dead it’s actually not. Braille has come a long way since the 1800s where we have Android tech in the note takers.
Having Raised Print On Brushes: What about the people who can’t read Braille? Here’s a nice tip. Some brands tend to have engravings on their products for holiday time and instead of engraving why not raise it? Having raised print on a brush either on the feral or close to the bottom or right on the flat bottoms of some brands’ brushes can give an easier way of identifying the brush. Another thing for brushes…
Creating Different Grooves in the Handles for the Series: Since I talked about Braille and raised print, there is one more thing I have noticed that some brush brands place on their hands and that is a grip like groove on the handle. As you know I am subscribed to Ipsy and there were two brushes in the past I have received that had grooves to act like pencil grips. I know there aren’t really any pencil grips for brushes because they tend to make brushes with a plastic part that is the grip and I got paint brushes with that bit and why not extend it to makeup brushes? I thought the grooves would be easier because they can be carved out as the brush is being made. Plus, it can be changed from big too small or even make it into different groove shapes by making them smaller or wider, etc. I figured this would help since brands love to have different series for their brushes from Pro Series down to the Metal Series and so on and some of these brands include Royal & Langnickle, Morphe, Real Techniques, Luxie, and so many more. Creating that groove can help to tell apart that brush or maybe do what I mentioned…
Creating Plastic Grips For Brushes: I did mention how paint brushes have them for one brand why not keep it going for makeup brushes? Adding on a swirly type grip for one series and a different form of a plastic grip for another can distinguish what that brush is and what series it is. Like with the grooves idea, make sure there is a key or a part of the description on the product page talking about which grip is for what series of that brush it’s from because it can help with difference and knowing the brush to get again too. Unless you make your brushes last by keeping them clean like I do. Still, it does help.
Increase Print Size: Okay, I talked about imprinting, markings, and even how to make brushes accessible, now onto people who need large print. Sorry brands, your print is too tiny even for someone who has pretty good sight. Enlarging the print for people who need it and some people who have a hard time reading it anyway can help out. I know the different cosmetics aren’t as big but just having a small enlarged print can be easily seen whether on the bottom or do it horizontal on the packaging like a lip gloss so it can be turned on its side to view the shade better even a lipstick too. With foundations and powders, it can be easily enlarged with the real estate that a lot of packaging has on the top. Yes people need to see the brand but that it’s usually enlarged anyways and the print for product is smaller and that can be a bit tedious to see so why not add a bit more size to the printing to make it easier on the eyes.

That’s it for this post! There may be more ideas to improve on beauty but these are some ideas I came up with even after watching the latest what’s up in Makeup! I hope more things come up in make beauty products more accessible for people with visual impairments. Not only books have been accessible, newspapers too, now beauty products are starting and hoping to continue here in the states!

What’s next on here? Will be doing a review on the latest book by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff and of course my September and October Favorites for this year and of course Ranger Stop is almost here! So, stay tuned to our Twitter @ Nerdy Shique for any new updates! So, until next time! Stay beautiful while traveling the universe!

Beauty: Ipsy October 2018

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds traveling all over the universe! Welcome back to another post! Guess what I got in the mail?

Ipsy October 2018!

I finally got it in the mail! Originally my tracking said October 13th that it was supposed to get here and normally I get it on the estimated date of arrival but it came today. I think it’s not only due to Hurricane Michael but Orlando’s main USPS office is not open weekends. I was excited for this month because they changed up some items from my usual lot and it made it interesting.

The bag for this month fits very well for it being Halloween which is an embossed domino mask with flowers! I feel like it reminds me of Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon.

Beautiniq Beauty Blush Serum in Sun Rise: First is something interesting me never thought I would get or even try and that is a blush serum from Beautiniq Beauty. I think I remembered this brand showing up in a lot of people’s Glam Bags in the past and never got it. I was curious about them and glad to try them and this is something new to me. I never heard of a blush serum until now and apparently it’s a water based serum that can built up. It contains Vitamin E and Apricot Seed Oil. Perfect for my dry skin but I did see someone test theirs and it was a clown type blush according to her. I understand with cream blushes you have to be careful, even in stick form for instance, you can put a bit much. I have to try this out and see how it goes. I may have to put a little bit on my tea tray or a small dip bowl to try and apply it that way rather than squeeze too much on my hand. So glad they do help in telling the shade on the website because the tube doesn’t have it printed. If you didn’t get Sunrise which is a pink, like I did, you can get Sunset which is a coral shade.
Makeup Forever Ultra HD Liquid Foundation in Y225: Now, if I hadn’t put on makeup then I would’ve worn this or used it as something else. Plus, this is the item I was super excited about and that is the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Liquid Foundation and the shade I was sent was Y225. I never tried Makeup Forever and it’s great to get higher end brands you never tried before in a subscription like this, how else did I try Ofra and other brands? Anyways, people either got R230, which is Ivory, Y225, Marble, or Y335, Dark. I know some people on YouTube got this foundation and I have a feeling this shade is a medium shade even though I’m light to medium in the foundation spectrum. Trust me, it was hard finding a bottle of Buff Bisque this time from Wet N Wild. Let’s see the claims for anyone new to this brand like I am. This foundation is supposed to be natural and evens out the skin without being cakey or heavy. This is medium to full coverage and easy to build up and keep it light. It also supposed to be dewy too. Just swatched on my hand so I would test oxidation since most foundations because some do do that and it happened to me with L’Oréal.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream: Yay for more skin care and it’s from a brand I heard of but never tried! I’ve heard of First Aid Beauty in so many videos on YouTube and haven’t heard much of them again. Apparently, this is a brand meant for people with sensitive skin which I’m all aboard for. I’m glad to finally try this brand with their Ultra Repair Cream which is you can use this product from head to toe and it’s easy to absorb without that greasy feeling. You can use it both day and night which I would try tonight and before makeup. This moisturizer contains soothing ingredients like shea butter, licorice root, and white tea which are great for sensitive skin which caught my ear when I found out this is in my bag. This cream also can be used on kids since their skin can be sensitive and can also be used on exima proned skin. I will see how this goes because I love skin care meant for my skin type and ever since I got into it I have to be careful with most items with certain ingredients.
Sugar Cosmetics its Apout Time in Better Call Salmon: Yay! Another Sugar Cosmetics product and it’s a lipstick and it’s tiny! As you know, I did like the first thing I got from these guys which was the gel liner pencil in Purple Rain. This is a lipstick which is creamy and moisturizing and matte, it’s also highly pigmented and very buildable which I do love to build up my lip colors, and supposed to be long lasting which will be put to the test. This shade, Better Call Salmon, is a rosy mauve shade that is a shade that is like your lips but better. I can’t wait to try this because I do love lip colors by brands I have tried before or never tried before and hoping to get more of. Maybe I should use this during my week long tech training since its matte.
Inc. Readible You Glow Girl Jelly Highlight in Cosmic Blur: Final item is is a jelly highlight from Inc. Readible which is an interesting looking way of a makeup brand. When I saw that I was getting this product I was like, “Finally! A highlighter!” Even though it’s not powder, I thought it would be interesting since it’s a jelly consistency. This is supposed to be a soft and buildable formula that you can pack on as much you want. This is a ultraviolet color with blue flecks and it can be used on your brows, eyes, cheeks, and lips to add more glow. This is very creamy and slippery for what it is. It does meet its claims with that. I can’t wait to try this on my look.

This month’s bag was a nice change from what I’ve been getting. I get to try Makeup Forever which is a first since I have good things about their products and hoping to not have any oxidation on my hand, if it happens then eye primer it goes! I also get to try Beautiniq, Ic. Readible, and First Aid Beauty, which I heard good things about these guys and will have to see how well their moisturizer works on me. And glad to try another item from Sugar Cosmetics which this will be fun to try out their lip stuff. A pretty good bag and a nice change! I can’t wait to see what November brings and well have to change my address next month due to moving out.

That is it for this Ipsy bag and will see how the products work. I know it came slightly later than usual but hey still enjoyed it! What’s next? Well, looks like September and October Favorites! Until next time!

Tags: MakeUp Memories

Hello to all my beautiful nerds traveling the vast universe! I’m back here on Word Press this time after working on YouTube which I will be taking a break from beauty videos. I was inspired to do another tag!

Makeup Memories Tag!

Today’s tag is another one from Angelica Nyquist but she was inspired by another YouTuber that said, “Everyone’s tagged!” Why not do it too since I do have some stories which I love to tell!

1. Oldest makeup in your collection: Oh man! I have a ton of items I do have that have been pretty old and most of it is in my Project Pan bag. I have like the old Wet N Wild three and eight pan pallets and my fave one of all of those is still Steel My Thunder which is a silver trio I got a long time ago for adding up for a huge Walgreens coupon and it was hard to get to that limit. I even have the ELF Night shadow book which looks like a hard back book and it has shadows ranging from the pinks to smoky greys and blacks. And of course the Disney Villains pallets from years ago, so yeah I have tons of older releases and I think some of the stuff got discontinued and trying to hit pan on.
2. The first makeup item you ever purchased: The very first makeup item I ever got was Wet N Wild’s lip glosses when they were in more standard lip gloss packaging. When I was twenty-three, I got my first lip gloss since I never wore makeup until that point. I figured it would be a nice start and it was and I always wanted to try anything from Wet N Wild when we still had Kmart in my part of town. Ever since then I always loved to get Wet N Wild and it takes up a good portion of my collection.
3. Favorite makeup era: This is a hard question because I did remember the different makeup looks back in the 1990s and how different it was but if I had to choose it would be around now because it feels like makeup has come a long way with color, formulation, and so on. I remembered how Chloe Morello mentioned before primers they used Milk of Magnesia as their face primer and now we have primers from Wet N Wild to Too Faced and many more.
4. The darkest of your makeup era: I would have to say when I started practicing putting on makeup without a mirror. As you know being visually impaired is a hard thing to get through and not being able to see myself in the mirror to apply something is not an easy feat. I always had so many makeup smudges around my eyes and liner running all over the place because I had to fix it. I remembered how bad my mom put me down for it and that is why I practiced for so many years. I hate how she calls me a vampire still when I go into more creative looks.
5. Best makeup related memory: I would say getting comments from the beauty YouTubers when I comment because I get to talk to them about this stuff and get to tell my experiences. I remembered one really good memory was when I was in one of the’s up in Makeup chats where Jen noticed my comment and she goes, “I hope I got this right!” And got my name right on the first try! I know it sounds silly but when you hear my real name it’s a hard name to pronounce in person and that is why I go by Mari so people can have an easier time but hearing it pronounced correctly by her was a huge accomplishment in my book. I need to go back to the chats some time since Jen’s back. I even love the replies I get from Danielle Schmidt and And That’s Jacob since I sometimes ask him for makeup advice due to how he was a makeup artist himself and I asked about the Mac Paint Pots and got Painterly for my first time and asked what brush he uses and he replied that he uses a dense one which I use brushes with any of my potted eye bases.
6. Worst makeup memory: I have two! I remembered used to wearing liquid liner and one day somehow it ran without me even knowing and I adjusted it too until someone from Paratransit asked if I was being a cat and I asked, “What?” He said my eyeliner was running really badly and that was when I decided I needed to get pencil eyeliners for now on because the brush applicators are messy! I am not kidding, even today I still have issues so that is why I dip in my own eyeliner brush if I have a liquid liner because I find it easier to apply with those than the applicators that come with the liner and it makes it thinner in my opinion. Second bad memory, this was a little after I joined the What’s Up In Makeup Group and this got Vivi to join after talking about it with her and Stellar nan. So, if anyone remembered the Urban Decay Smoked Pallet and how it was discontinued in 2014. I bought this as my second Urban Decay product and was happy to find out it was on sale and one day I decided to pull it out and do a look with it. I thought I didn’t do too bad of a job and took a pic for the group and some people apparently put “Ha-ha” as a reaction since people pointed out how funny I looked and someone bashed my picture and said, “It sucked! Why aren’t you guys helping her in this group?” I was torn! I even made a big comment saying, “Hey! I am doing my best despite not being able to see a mirror. That pallet was a discontinued one and I wanted to use it.” Something to that extent, I think I had a huge speech. I think I find it interesting with older pallets the formulation is not as great as it is today since so many brands work and make better products and try to improve their quality as time goes on and I can see where Naked Smoky picked up where Smoked left off. I still have it and I still love the shadows in it because I love my smoky looks and I always had when I started. I even remembered still getting some odd comments about using the older Wet N Wild pallets and still said, “I did say this was an older pallet.” Which is true I am trying to pan the older Wet N Wild stuff I have at the moment. So that is my bad memory or memories.
7. Old flame as in an old product you love to covet: I would say the Ulta Just In Case set! I still have this even if I have tried depotting some of the items which I wish it was easier if Ulta made some of their stuff easier to take out of the sets still this little train case makeup set was one of the first items I still have. I have used up a lip gloss and still have the other items in this thing and will still cherish even if I finish the makeup products. Trying Ulta’s makeup back in 2014 was how it got me into their makeup products in the first place and still love them to this day. I do have my Be Gorgeous set still and Love Makeup and did take out the pallets from my Beauty Treasures to take my jewelry in a better way. I still love this thing!
8. If you were to tell your younger self about makeup, what would you say? I would say try out lip gloss. I never got into makeup until I was 23 and I’m 33 now. I remembered so many girls in middle school always wore makeup like crazy even one I remembered being friends with got into it. I never got the idea. I did try wearing lipstick in sixth grade but that didn’t work so if I said to try out lip gloss first then I could’ve gotten into it a little at a time and even practiced from then but hey now at least I am into it and loving it!
That is it for this tag! Vivi! I tag you! Teehee! Well, next I should be doing my Convention Spotlight on Ranger Stop 2018 because we got press! Hoping we will actually be there because I will be starting my move since I got approved for the place I will be living in. Yay! I get to be a working person in the Assistive Tech Field! So until next time! Stay beautiful while traveling the universe!

Beauty: Ipsy September 2018!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I am back after a week since I had no internet due to it being shut off here, it wasn’t my fault, and I have been doing stuff on YouTube which I will get back to tomorrow and Friday. Right now I have something that came in the mail today!

Ipsy September 2018!

Today I got my Ipsy bag and so happy! It usually comes around the 15th but it came early due to the hurricane about to hit the Carolinas which I saw on my tracking talking about that. I could imagine getting mine late last year if I was subscribed with Irma hitting us but hey we’re safe for now. Hoping my move doesn’t get delayed since there are two other storms out there. Besides that, this month’s bag is pretty big for its clutch look and it’s pretty cute. Let’s see what I got!

IBY Beauty Eye Shadow in Fire & Ice: First is an eye shadow by IBY Beauty! When I returned to Ipsy I got an eye shadow brush by this brand and still loving it and got this one this month. I didn’t know they made eye shadows until I found this one in my items this month. It’s interesting even though you’re expecting it to be blue but it’s a green and brown shifting shade which makes it interesting. When you look at the Aurora Borealis there are shades of green in that so I can see why. This shadow is supposed to be good for your lids because it has Rose Hemp Oil which is pretty good in my book. With the shift since it talks about that, it shifts from a brick brown to an army green which sounds interesting when the light hits. And anyone who is wondering, this brand is cruelty free which I should tell Andrea Matalano about this brand if she hasn’t gotten them in her bag in the past. I did take a look at this shadow and it’s really soft and it comes in a tiny compact which is so cute!

Trestik Mini Lip Glaze in Mumbai Magenta: Next is a product by a brand I have had gotten in Ipsy before and that’s by Trestique and it’s their mini lip glaze which this bag you can get either English Rose or Mumbai Magenta which I got the magenta one. This is a little lip crayon which contains coconut and peach oils to help with hydrating the lips. It is also buildable which with one swipe it is very sheer and then you can swipe more to make the color more impacting. With the one I got in this bag, you not only can use it on your lips but also as a cream blush. Interesting. I am just using this on the lips because when I first got an eye shadow crayon from this brand it broke easily so I have to be careful with this product.

Lord & Berry Shade & Line Pencil in Flash Purple: Another purple eyeliner and it’s by Lord & Berry. I remembered being first subscribed to Ipsy where I got a tiny gel pencil from this brand and that lasted me for months! This one is in purple when that was black and this one is also bigger than the tiny pencil they gave me. This is supposed to be an easy glide on pencil and it can be smudged for smoky looks. I don’t get why they didn’t have this in green or brown which it would go well with the IBY Beauty shadow. I will definitely put this in my liner pencil bag.

Eva NYC Satin Dream Leave In Cream: Next is a leave-in conditioner from Eva NYC and it’s their Satin Dream Leave In Cream. This is perfect because I sometimes have some dry spots and have been trying to get rid of some dandruff scabs lately which won’t leave and it causes some areas to dry out. I remembered trying this brand through Boxy Charm and glad that they have them in this bag. This came in a pretty good size since the deluxe samples can last you pretty well, I mean the Formula 1006 did last me until last week. This item has vitamins that the hair needs like Argon Oil, Avocado oil, and Keravis Protein Complex which is pretty important. It also helps with fine hair and keeps it from tangling and frizzing up which I have frizz issues because my hair gets frizzy most of the time and I use products to help, trust me my mom asks me about what products I use one day after she came home from shopping and told her about them. Over the years she had me use so many other things even the stuff that was supposed to straighten my hair but that didn’t work. I can’t wait to see how this works

Luxie Beauty Wonder Woman Taper Blending Brush 140: The last product which got me really excited about this bag is the Luxie Wonder Woman Tapered Blending Brush! As you know, me and Gondras are comic book movie and tv fans and of course we saw Wonder Woman which was awesome. Luxie has teamed up with Warner Brothers to create brushes and it is a face brush set which this brush came from and there is also a Harley Quin brush that was also included this month which I wished I gotten too. You know me and Harley but this brush has to do. This brush is good for targeting small areas like your under eyes and your nose which I may have to use this for my light concealer since I do use that for my under eyes. Way to go Luxie. I would like to pick up the face set or Harley’s set but they are pricey at the moment. I am glad to get this brush though.

That is it for this bag! Very awesome Ipsy! This bag is $10 a month by the way and I did hear that they will be adding a luxury box soon with more highend and full size which is going to be $25 a month and I saw someone get that one and not sure if I want to step up to it. Let’s see in the future. I can’t wait to see what’s going to be in October since so far with my return it has been great but I am wishing that I get more blushes and I did mark down bronzers this time and hoping to get some of those as time goes on. I did post on Hot Mess Mama MD’s comments to her unbagging video with her daughter that she does check off sheet masks and I pointed out how sometimes you don’t get products that you mark down and wishing they do more of that. I understand they get a certain number of products to give out, hoping to see what is next in October!

That is it for this month’s bag! I will be doing more beauty videos on the YouTube channel so check that out! Until next time everyone! Stay beautiful in the nerd universe!

Favorites: July & August 2018!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds traveling the vast universe! Welcome back for another post on here and this time it’s my favorites for July and August! Damn, this year is going by fast and I can’t believe Halloween is right around the corner.

Also, if this is in a weird format, I am testing a different word processor known as Jarte since I am going to be teaching tech why not test it out? Anyway’s, let’s get move on!

July and Augusts Favorites 2018:

Favorite Moments from NFB Convention:

Favorite Moment: Interviewing Apl DeAp from the Black Eyed Peas! First I’m starting with the NFB National Convention! I know it’s different from my attending anime conventions in Orlando and as a blind person I do self advocate by attending the anime conventions since I do enjoy it despite having a blind condition. Even the Chapter President at the NFB for Orlando did ask me how am I able to watch anime and my answer is always watching the English version because it is true. I have to rely on the dubbed version even though I can use Seeing A. I. to watch the subtitled version. I want to test it at some point and will get back to you about it but in the meantime I do like to support the actors I’ve interviewed. Speaking of interviews, Gondras and I did get to interview Apl DeAp from the Black Eyed Peas who was performing at the National Convention this year. This was a great opportunity since we do have music lovers reading this blog and from different genres and when I heard that Apl did have an eye condition it was a great opportunity to learn more about it. So, I did put in the request and was fit into the interview line up since two podcasts were also interviewing him. It was great to learn more about him and what he does, if you haven’t seen our interview, you can find the post talking about it here or you can go straight to our YouTube! Also, we are now following the Black Eyed Peas, Furgy, and Apl on Twitter to keep up with them and you should as well.

Favorite Purchase: My Braille Watch! Like most conventions I attend there are vendors at these things and oh man it was huge at the National Convention because you have companies showing their new tech like Google and Microsoft, even new app’s like N Reach which I’m affiliated with, but also products to help with independence and well I did get and that’s my Braille watch. I used to have talking watches and they died over time, even my last one where the talking part just died on me for good. I went a few years without one and when I got my First Time Scholarship I bought a new watch for myself and went with a Braille one because being at loud events like a concert or even in a mall it’s hard to hear the talking parts of the watch while a Braille watch you feel the face and the hands. I have to get used to the hand points though. If you grow your nails like I do, get a men’s watch because it’s easier when reading them.

Favorite Speech: A Kid Who Had Blind Parents! I am not a parent myself but an interesting fact is that the NFB help blind parents and parents of blind children with services and even trying to keep them safe because there are times where blind parents are seen as irresponsible when it comes to them. They do get trained in how to raise them and even the National and State Conventions do have workshops in helping parents who are sighted and blind to raise kids. When this speaker talked about her parents it was an eye opening experience besides the President of course because it shows that parents can get over their struggles in raising a child, even the part how she did the swap of family experiences where someone from a different home gets to live in the home for a week somewhere else and get to see the person’s family and how they lived, the person who lived with her was surprised that she didn’t know her parents were blind and had a great time with them. If you want to be a parent and you’re blind or end up with a kid going blind then the NFB will help you guys out with that.

Ipsy Round Up: Now it’s onto the Ipsy review where I talk about my products and how they went!

July: July is my return to the Ipsy service and it feels good to be back after two years of not having one. Trust me it was sad for me to see many people having videos on it. I was even in tears sometimes. Now that I have it back, I was glad to get it back because I love makeup and I don’t hurt anyone if I love it so much. Let’s see what I enjoyed!

BKR Water Balm: I finished this sample last night and it’s the Water Balm from BKR. I loved the scent of this which is very clean and you hardly smell the rose scent. I had a bit of a dry patch on my lips from scrubbing my lips and it did help with that. Will I buy it though? Even though it costs up in the $20 range I might get it since it is a very nice lip balm for what it is. I can see why they are pretty good as a brand but I do still have my LipSmackers and might purchase this in the future.
Smash box Always On Liquid Lipstick: I was glad to finally try this product since Ipsy was really the place where I got into Smash box. I do like how smooth this liquid lipstick goes on and it is not as drying as most formulas. I do like how wide this wand is and it did go on smoothly on top of my water balm and my lip primer. I may have to purchase this shade or another shade since this definitely got a thumbs up from me!
Sugar Cosmetics Heavy Duty Eye Kohl in Purple Rain: This eyeliner is super creamy! I do love my eyeliner pencils and the funny thing was that when I first subscribed to Ipsy and got my first bag I did get a black one from Lord & Berry and that one lasted me FOREVER and now that I have a full size pencil and it’s a purple one I was glad since I was looking for a new purple eyeliner. This goes on so smooth that there is no tugging like it claims on the product profile. I think this is a popular product since it sold out on Sugar Cosmetics’ USA web site and hoping they restock since I would like to see about the green one since that was another color you could get. I hope to get more products by these guys because they seem really good and this pencil shows it!
Ittse Shadow Single in Switching to Flats: This shadow did go on my eyes very well even though it’s hard to swatch. There are times when that happens with shadows where you get one that doesn’t want to swatch on you and when it swatches better on your eyes. I do like how this is a pan for your Z Pallet or any other company that does magnetic pallets and it’s pretty good for the amount you get. It’s also not expensive either for the shadows for it being an indie brand. They are $7 each for a pan which is not bad at all. I may have to look around because I do have empty slots open for shadow pans.
IB Beauty Eye Shadow Flat Brush: The last item is a brush and I loved this brush! This did apply my shadows very well and I can see why this is a good brand since other people have gotten their products in the past. I hope to get more shadow brushes or other brushes by them since they are very fluffy and soft. I may buy from the brand or if Ipsy has a brush offer for a set. That is why Ipsy has awesome brush offers!

August 2018: My bag this time for August was really great because having such a huge jump from 2015 to 2018 since I never had a bag in 2016 and 2017 due to unsubscribing in 2016 which upsetted me a lot and now I’m back, they did do something different from just back to school related themes like I remembered.
Pixie by Petra Blush Duo in Beach Honey: I used this more as shimmery blush than a highlight and blush. I remembered getting the Rose Gold one a while back and glad to get another one this one but in a peachy tone and it was really great and not only that the same formulation like I remembered. I basically swirl my brush around to give it a good coat and apply it to my cheek bone areas to give it a nice blush.
Riveta by Star Lux Ink Pen and Star: I have used this twice and I am not sure if the star end is working at all when using it. I know the pen tip is working because it does flow very well from it. I am not sure about buying this since the star is not working or it is. Sorry Star Lux!
Bang Beauty Eye Quad in Smoky: This one is a great one! It’s pretty pigmented for me when someone said it wasn’t. I did say with the Ittse single that sometimes shadows don’t swatch on the hand as well as on the eyes. I did like how pigmented it is but the packaging is so small! At least the pans were big enough for a brush. I will be using this when I start working since this is a work appropriate makeup for it being so matte.
Formula 1006 Three Tines the Sublime: Oh man this product is amazing! It helped reduce marks I had from my last time of the month and it does tingle but in a good kind of way. I need to try more expoliants since my skin can be clogged from using makeup and mowing my skin will go through that when I start working. Will I get this one though? Not sure as of yet since a lot of skin care can be pricey and I know I have to work with a budget.
Huda Liquid Matte in Bombshell: ::sigh:: I love this! I love this! I know about how controversial this brand was due to copying Beauty Bakerie with the setting powder which is not okay. I am not sure if I can find a dupe but this was a really good formula and not only that it is very light and comfortable. Why Huda? Why do you have to make a great product?

So far my return to Ipsy has been great! I enjoyed both bags but the least favorite item is the Star Lux liner, the pen part is amazing while the stamp is not working out for me. I can’t wait to see what September brings!

Beauty Favorites:

Fave Bronzer: L’Oreal True Match Lumi Bronze It in Light! I was happy to try out a new bronzer from L’Oreal and it’s their True Match Lumi Bronze It in Light. This bronzer is very pigmented and was glad to try it out. I can’t seem to not use it since it’s not so overbearing and you just need a light hand. According to Gondras, he noticed I went a little heavy when I wore my “Burn In” look during Traverser’s concert and need to go in lightly. It does cost around $12 but it is L’Oreal after all.

New Highlight: Fire Highlight Bar from Wet N Wild! Wet N Wild released their Zodiac collection this month and I only got the Fire Highlight since I was only interested in the highlighting bars after enjoying the one that came with the Midnight Mermaid Collection last year. This one is a bronzy shift highlight and oh man it brings an amazing glow to any warm toned looks! I have used it in my “Burn In” look and my Naked Heat Look and I think I tried it out with something but couldn’t put my finger on it but still this is a great highlight to any collection! Wet N Wild, release more highlighting bars because they are amazing!

Fave Eye Shadow: Fireball from NYX Prismatic Collection! I’ve missed using the NYX Prismatic shadows and when I was doing my “Ignite” look I was looking for an eye shadow to give off the firey red look and found this one while browsing the NYX web site when they had a site wide sale during Fourth of July. This is a beautiful orange shade with a red glitter shift and it does look like a fireball on your eyes. I did use this with my “Burn In” look for the defining shade to give it a burn look. I wish they didn’t break so easily though.

Fave Pallet: Naked 2 and 3 from Urban Decay! I have to give it to those two shadow pallets because I finally got my paws on them! I got them for my birthday this year and glad to complete the collection finally. I wasn’t big into collecting them at first but decided to do it since I did like the shadow pallets from Urban Decay and they are a big staple for a lot of people and I can see why. I also can see why they are important for a lot of us makeup lovers. Not everyone likes these pallets but they have been a big part of so many beginners and lovers for so long. Now they’re discontinuing the Original and someone theorized it might be due to packaging purposes since it is in a velvet package when the others were so sleek and artistic while the Original was bland. hoping that is true because it is the original. I didn’t buy another due to not making dents in mine so I don’t have to really worry. But back to these, these two have colors I normally do wear and I wish there was a Basics pallet for Naked 3 since you can do so much with purple and berry tones in the matte department. Plus, you can make so many looks with these two and even mix them with the other pallets. I also love their pallet casing since they did step up in the packaging.

Project Pan Update: I have finished some stuff and added some things! First with what I finished! I have finished two of my Ipsy products and I stink it was a shadow pigment and the other was the Pearl Fizz eye shadow from Tini Beauty. I got this as a way of promoting the Tini Beauty pallet from a makeup artist which I forgot his name but I do have the pallet in my collection but it was amazing for what it was. I used the Pearl Fizz shadow as a setting shadow for my eye primer to finish it off. Another product I did finish were my two only liquid lipsticks from Kat Von D. These felt like they didn’t have much product left as I wore them and they used to be comfortable but not anymore. This is why I prefer Ofra, NYX, Wet N Wild, Black Moon, and now Huda Beauty’s liquid lipsticks because they’re so comfortable to wear even after they dry down. I heard Jeffree Star’s formula is also comfortable which…I will announce now…I am going to take a try! I know I hear cheering because I gave Jeffree another chance due to how he has changed over time. Anyway’s, sorry Kat but your liquid lipsticks need to be comfortable and they aren’t. I did test them with the BKR Water Balm and that didn’t help either! And I did say I will not be buying anymore KVD stuff due to what’s going on with her. Now onto adding items! I am adding my Vivid Baked Bronzer in Ready To Go from Makeup Revolution because the packaging broke, as in the top fell off. I don’t know how it happened but it did and I tried having my dad remove the pan but it was breaking the product so best to pan it which will take forever but I am patient.

Top Fave Songs: Now it’s time for my top favorite songs of July and August in no particular order!

1. “God Is a Woman” by Ariana Grande: First is Ariana Grande with her song “God is a Woman!” This song surprised me because it was something new when it came to Ariana. The first time I heard it was James Charles singing it and he didn’t sound that bad that most people were saying and then when I heard it always got stuck in my head! Which is now!
2. “Distortion” by BabyMetal: A new song from BabyMetal and man it knows how to be metal! At first I thought it was a Sevendust song since the first riffs remind me of one but when I checked my phone it was BabyMetal! Apparently they released new music and this was from three months ago! Way to go girls!
3. “Hate” by. High & Mighty Color: Now I got the name! The song I have been trying to get on here is “Hate” by High & Mighty Color! We know this band all thanks to one of their songs used for the anime BLEACH and some of their other songs are really good. I’m glad that I Heart Radio plays Japanese artists in their World music genre!
4. “Starfaux Eight Arms” by. Traverser: I have to give it to my boys on this list because they have released a new and awesome song from their new album, Jupiter Doesn’t Care About You. This song shows their Red Shift sound since it has that science fiction theme to it. It even sounds amazing live! Oh yeah, they performed it live this last show! If this was put into an AMV, I thought about the game War Frame because it kind of makes me think about that game especially with the “I am the only one” lyrics. If you haven’t played that game, I highly recommend! Also, check out our interview with Traverser on our YouTube and here!
5. “Hurts Like Hell” by Mr. Bella: My last song for this list is by another Florida band and that is Mr. Bella. I Heart Radio always plays their song, “Herts Like Hell” everytime I play my Favorites Station. Can’t wait when they bring new music, well more new music since they did perform a new one at the last show I went to!

Favorite TV Season: Voltron Legendary Defender Season 7! I have to give it to the creators of Voltron Legendary Defender because with every season that has been made so far it has been very awesome! This season brought on things that you weren’t expecting even a cliff hanger at the end. I am hoping there is a Season 8 because of what had happened at the end of this season and I love this series a lot even slightly more than the original. Not only they changed up the story to make it more of a space opera which makes sense for something like this but it did give the characters more personality and made them more useful. Plus we get to see Alura being more stronger in this one and they did change her character. Maybe I should do a post of Old Vs. New between this and the original because I feel like it needs one since I have known the original series and I should see this one from the very beginning and take some notes since I know it will be one huge post! What do you think? Still, hoping for another season!

Well guys, that’s it for this post! I know it was a long one but hey I had a lot of favorites to talk about! Now I will be adding my Ipsy Round Up and how well the products worked for me or not worked out. Let’s see what holds for me in September and October since I may be moving so I will keep you guys updated on Twitter! Until next time! Stay beautiful while traveling the vast universe!

Beauty: Ipsy August 2018!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds traveling the vast universe! Welcome back for my second post and guess what I got?

Ipsy August 2018!

My Ipsy bag for this month! I am happy to get another and they’re killing it again because this month is another good one! You also get it in a makeup bag you can use in your purse or as a clutch while out on the town.

The Bag: The bag this month is a bright orange cloth bag with a tassel on the zipper and the zipper is at the top this month rather than the inch from the top like last month’s bag. I think they changed it since when I was with Ipsy they did more Back-To-School themed bags like when I first started getting it the bag was more of a pencil case and then the year after it was like a hound’s tooth bag to go with backpacks when you’re really styling. This time it is more of a summer theme to go with anything even travel. I like it and I do love the zippers at the top more than the one inch from the top.Pixie by Petra Beauty Blush Duo in Peach Honey: First up is a blush duo from Pixie and the interesting part is that I remembered getting this before but in a different color and that is the Blush Duo in Peach Honey. I got the Rose Gold one years ago and remembered I had to get a replacement due to the plastic piece breaking off that is the window part and my replacement ended up breaking in my makeup drawer in the blush part. I’m actually happy to get this again but in a different color and wishing there was a metal separate to show which one is which but I can swirl the highlight and blush together like I did with the Rose Gold one which I still have today.Riberta by Star Lux Ink Star Eyeliner in Black: I can’t spell that word but this is an eyeliner pen from Star Lux. I remembered getting this brand in my bag in the past with an eyeliner pencil which is the glittery ones. I also got a lip gloss that way too. This one This basically has a felt tip on one side and a star stamp on the other and the stamp brings me back to when Crayola and Rose Art both did those stamp markers and I remembered Crayola did two collections while Rose Art had a ton in one box. I remembered getting Crayola’s because they were honestly better with markers and crayons but both equally good in colored pencils. Anyways, the claims behind this liner is that is finely shaped to make your fiercest wings and better flicks while it’s smudge proof to last a long time. I’m going to be seeing Traverser Saturday so this fits with their spacey theme and I should put it to the test for that. I will also put it to the test when I do my look for Instagram. And if you buy one of these, proceeds will go to a Lyme’s Disease Foundation.
Bang Beauty Eye Shadow Quad in Smoky: this item excited me for this month the most and it’s an eye shadow quad from Bang Beauty. I never heard of this brand but it’s good to be subscribed to Ipsy because of new brands you never heard of. This is the size of the quads I tend to get in my Ulta makeup bags but the shadow pans are bigger than those which is awesome! The claims is that this quad is very petite and great for travel, cruelty free, easily to blend and pigmented. Someone in one video said it was not pigmented as in it didn’t show so that’s why I will be trying this out afterwards.
Formula 1006 Three Times the Sublime: Next is a skin care product which I never thought of getting again in Ipsy but hey whatever and that is by Formula 1006 and it’s the Three Times the Sublime. This is a three in one item that acts like a cleanser, an expoliant, and a mask. This helps with keeping moisture in while exfoliating and fights any acne blemishes, scars, and black heads. This would be perfect since I have a bit of a mark on my left cheek so hoping this doesn’t break me out like most items, I will have to try once and see how it goes.
Huda Beauty Liquid Matte in Bombshell: Final item is a liquid lipstick by Huda Beauty. I was surprised to get a product by her since I know the scandal behind the Easy Bake Powder campaign. I won’t be buying the items but getting it in Ipsy to try is not bad since I wouldn’t be spending the money on the lipstick in the bag. There were three shades you could get in Trophy Wife, Bombshell, and Flirt and I got Bombshell which is a pinky nude color. This is supposed to be a lightweight formula since Huda herself couldn’t find one that suits her and made this to do so. I don’t like that uncomfortable, heavy feeling of any liquid lipstick especially drying ones since I did finish two which I will mention in my July and August Favorites later this month. I will have to see how this goes and they did give me a pretty color after all.

So, that is it for this bag. I liked the products this month and hoping the Three Times the Sublime doesn’t break me out so will cross my fingers with that. I will be definitely be using my bag this month! Way to go Ipsy! I can’t wait to see what September brings since I did a few things and change a few things on my profile. Let’s see what they have for me next time.

T

Beauty: Ipsy July 2018!

Hello to all of my beautiful nerds traveling the vast universe! I am back with a new post and guess what, my Ipsy is back!

Ipsy July 2018!

It’s back! It’s back! I am glad to be subscribed to Ipsy again and it’s been a long year and a half to two years because my story behind that I used to use my dad’s account to get Ipsy since I didn’t have my account with my funds I get every month and since that got transferred over I am glad to get it back. When I noticed that I had enough to start this subscription again after getting invites back to Ipsy I decided it was time after not getting it and being sad with YouTube videos about it. The funny thing was that I was originally supposed to get August’s bag first because when I got my very first bag it was August 2014’s bag and after getting finger printed for the job offer I was surprised by an email saying, “Congrats! Your Glam Bag is On Its Way!” In the subject area and I did ask them about it and guess what? They had extra slots for July and I was happy and surprised that I was getting my July bag first! Hey, it was better than waiting and they did say they didn’t want me to wait until next month so happy early birthday? Let’s see what they welcomed me back with shall we?

July Bag: It looks like they changed things up since the last time I got a bag and it looks like no theme and I think they stopped doing themes now and it is sometimes hard to catch up because there were times where I forgot it and just dive right in. I also noticed that with videos they have been paying attention to profiles a lot more because back in the past I remembered so many people complained on Facebook about their bag containing products that don’t match them at all, that they didn’t mark products but getting them anyways, etc. I remembered first signing up that it did mention in the fine print, “Not guaranteed to get what’s on your profile because this is a sampling service.” Which I did get items I didn’t like or want and just traded them or gave them away and now that my profile is marked better it seems like they matched me pretty well and wishing they didn’t get my age wrong since they thought I was 34 when I said I was born in 1985.

Another change that happened was they added something new and that’s Ipsy Shopper where with products that you get you get to click on a button the page for that product to buy it and you get cash back and it is kind of like Ebates where you get the check after getting $5 or more. I might consider this if I like the products and have some money left over let’s see how it goes!

The Bag: The bag is really cute! It’s like the bags I remembered getting where the zipper is an inch from the top instead of really on top and it feels like vinyl almost. It’s also very shiny and kind of reminds you of a mermaid. Also the zipper tag was protected by some kind of plastic which I took off! Very cute!

BKR Water Balm: First item which is in the envelope is by BKR and it’s a Water Balm. Never heard of this brand until I got this product. That’s what I like about Ipsy is that they get brands I hardly ever heard of and I get to try them out. This brand is known for a water bottle that the staff at Ipsy have and is considered as a beauty product due to the hydration that water gives and that is a huge key to have a healthy complexion which I do agree since I’ve been drinking a lot of water after being ill a few times. This is the Paris Water balm that includes sixteen healthy plant actives including Mediterranean Algae, French Rose, and bio lipids and the algae is supposed to keep your lips healthy and not only that can be used on your cuticles too which makes it better. Also great to use as a lip product base which can help with liquid lipsticks due to how drying a lot of them are. I did try it out and it does go on very smoothly.
Smash Box Cosmetics Always on Liquid Lipstick in Stepping Out: Next is a liquid lipstick by Smash Box and it’s from their Always on Line. I always wanted to try these and glad to get it even though it’s a sample size. I did notice a lot of people got their waterproof concealer which I didn’t mark that I wanted concealers since I use my NYX one in light and I did hear that it does oxidize and I am not a part of that life. I am glad to get this though since I do love lip products. I do thank Ipsy to get me into Smash Box but I haven’t been giving them much love as much as Urban Decay has been from me. I have heard their new shadow trios are pretty good though. This shade is a deep mauve nude and it lasts for eight hours which that will be a great test to do and apparently this does have primer oils so you don’t need a lip primer, which I have to try and see if that’s true.
Sugar Cosmetics Stroke Of Genious Heavy-Duty Kohl in Purple Rain: Next is an eyeliner pencil from Sugar Cosmetics. I think I never got anything from these guys and I was looking for a purple eyeliner months ago but hey not bad to have another one just in case. Some people thought this was a lip liner but actually Kohl is meant for the eyes and if you remembered from Egyptian times it’s the eyeliner they made in order to line their lines to help block out the sun from their eyes from what I heard and if you remembered from the artwork too it’s what you see in any portraits of the Pharaohs and servants. I did kind of felt the tip and oh man this is super creamy! This is also supposed to be a waterproof formula with eight hours of wear time without smudging and fading, which this will be a great test since I am thinking of trying some of these products and take a picture for Instagram. If you aren’t following me there, Mari Blue Cat is my display name. Also, this won’t tug on your eyes from what JAWS is telling me which is good to know since people are still saying that’s a bad thing. I do notice how sometimes eyeliners do skip which that is why I go back and forth to make sure it’s going on right. Let’s see how this goes!
Ittse Matte Eye Shadow in Changing to Flats: Next is an eye shadow single from a brand called Ittse. I remembered Coffee Break with Dani talked about these guys and they are almost like Colour Pop in a way due to pricing but their shadows are two bucks more minus the cash back which you do get with this. It’s an eye shadow pan which is great to add to my Z-Pallet and it’s almost the size as my Makeup Geeks and the smaller Ofra ones I got from Boxy Charm from my very last box. It’s a matte plum shade and I think this will go good with one of my Balm shadows and the Treasure shadow from Pacifica that I got in Ipsy Bags Past, let’s see how it will look. I remembered in someone’s video they swatched this and hardly any pigment, let me see in my peripheral vision if it does. It didn’t show but to be fair with some shadows if you’re swatching on the hand they sometimes don’t show up there but will show on the eyes, let’s see how it goes when I do put it on top of my primer and my Pearl Fizz shadow from Tini Beauty which I am trying to pan at the moment so that’s my setting shadow for my primer at the moment and did get it in Ipsy many years ago.
IBY Beauty Eye Shadow Fluff Brush: Final item is a brush from IBY Beauty! One thing besides most products I love getting are brushes! As you know I used to paint and well after going blind makeup has been my other creative outlet. I was happy to get this brush in my Ipsy bag this month and I don’t think I’ve gotten any of IBY’s brushes before. I have heard of these guys since many people have gotten their items in the past. I have to test this brush since this is good to put down defining shadows on my lid area and will see how it goes with the Ittse shadow.

Way to go Ipsy! This was an amazing bag especially with me coming back for a subscription again! I am glad that they are going with people’s profiles and this was a great match with me. The brush is nice and soft, I think I put adventurous in shadows or lip colors I forget but they did match me very well with both since hazel eyes go well with purple shadows and Jeffree Starr, haven’t mentioned his name in a while here, did say purples are hard to formulate and I agree with that since some of the shadows in the Revealed 3 were hard for some people. Hoping the shadow does translate well to my eyes. I’m also glad that I am trying out the Always on Liquid Lipstick and who knows I might get some in the future in how well it goes. And the eye pencil will definitely use and same with that water balm which does feel nice on the lips, let’s see how well it works as a lip base! Thank you Ipsy and can’t wait for August! I am going to wait a little while before I get back to Boxy Charm since now they are doing a pallet every month but my drawer is stuffed with pallets who knows when I can keep on doing my Project Pan. Let’s see what the future holds but definitely staying with Ipsy!

What’s next? I am going back to Assistive Tech with talking about Be My Eyes since I mentioned that I met the creators at the NFB National Convention! You may want to stick around for this so until next time! Make sure you follow us at Twittter @ Nerdy Shique for all of the latest updates!