Favorites: March and April 2017!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ten Ungoth Confessions!

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

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

Music: Top 10 Songs of March!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I am back again and this time for the Top Ten Songs for March! I know I didn’t do it for February because my computer crapped out during the end of February and now it’s back so I decided to kind of loop in some of the songs in due to how short February is and didn’t listen to I Heart Radio as much as this month so let’s see what I got!

March’s List:
10. “Joy Ride” by There for Tomorrow: First is a band from my past and they are known as There For Tomorrow. They are a band from here in Orlando and they were very big in the mid-2000s and they got beally big when of their songs got used for the first Ben 10 Alien Force live-action movie which was known as “A Little Faster” but the song is on my list this month is called “The Joy Ride” which I didn’t know they made any newer music until I found them on I Heart Radio. They sound so different with how their music changed which it does kind of have their old sound from “Pages” but the singer sounds slightly higher than back then. I am not sure if they switched singers but he sounds very good. This is a really good traveling song and it also had me listen to this reminded me of the book Forsaken Skies because it deals with a lot of space travel if you read my review on that book a few posts ago. If not, you can still read it!
9. “Girl All the Bad Guys Want” by. Bowling for Soup: This didn’t quite shown up on I Heart Radio but I started listening to it again and that is “Girl all the Bad Guys Want” which is the song and only song I really like by Bowling for Soup! I always feel like this song describes me due to how some of the “bad” guys seem to magnetize towards me during high school especially the ones that picked on me and that creepy childhood friend that bores the crap out of me. (I ended that friendship) Especially that friend because I’m with a guy I really like but one thing I don’t match that lyric is the wrestling and drug bits but hey I do like singers that are mad at their cat in their songs.
8. “Miss Murder” by. AFI: I guess you were wondering where this might be but this appeared on my I Heart Radio lists with Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Panic! At the Disco and that is “Miss Murder” by AFI. I Heart Radio does have good taste and I can’t blame them! I do sing along with it time to time. I think I even sang along when I was hold on the phone with Hot Topic once. Anyways, this does take me back to my earlier days of being a slight punkish despite listening to pop but hey they are still an awesome band and would love to take a chance singing this onRock Band since Gondras has it on his.
7. “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World: Oh yes! We’re going back to 1999 with this one and that is Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle!” I can’t help it that one of the radio stations in town also plays this as a nice throw back to the 90’s and I always think back to one cover of this performed. Okay, there is an event called Red Hot & Boom that is the day before July 4th every year here in Orlando and one year they had We The Kings which is another alternative band that was pretty good and then they did this song. I knew what it was by the first few bars and went “WHOO!” Nobody in the entire park didn’t do it along with me and this was around the time The Game was existing and yelled in my area of sitting “You all lost the game!” No reaction either. The crowd didn’t start rocking until middle of the song which is kind of fail when everyone knows this song and even do it on Rock Band. I think I got most of the lyrics right before I do this on it again since I think I got a 75 trying to sing it but the last time I hung out with the girls and riding in the car with Tobi and Vivi, I sang along with this one when it came up. Rock Band you’re next!
6. “The Enemy: by Sevendust: Oh yes! The band that got me into metal is on this list and that is Sevendust! I wasn’t really into metal when I was in high school until I heard these guys on a just music channel that played one of their other songs and liked them. I got the Seasons album with this song and that is “Enemy.” I bet you’re wondering why Sevendust? I don’t know…it just happened out of nowhere and I thought they had really good music for someone from Orlando. I would susggest seeing them live since they tend to do music from their older albums over the newer ones which I don’t mind at all! I was happy they did this one during their Earth Day Birthday 2015 set when they replaced Bush. Now they are headliners for it this year in case if you’re going. Enjoy!
5. “Only Hope” by. Mandy Moore: Next is a pop song and that is by Mandy Moore. I kind of blame it on Mary E. McGlynn…well her interview since she is directing the new Tangled animated series and I mentioned Mandy Moore and this song came to mind. I Heart tend to play “When Will My Day Begin” from Tangled but I was glad to find this one because it came from the movie, A Walk to Remember. If you guys seen my Fifty Random Facts video over on our YouTUbe, I mentioned that this movie was the ONLY movie that made me cry more than the book! The music from that movie is great especially this song which is from the part with the play which is different from the book. This is one movie I did prefer it over the book and they used Mandy’s talent very well both in acting and singing since this was the first movie I saw her in. I still remember her as the pop singer starting out in 1999 and still can hold those notes!
4. “What Have You Done?” by. Within Temptation: Next is a song that has been popping tons on I Heart and that is by Within Temptation known as “What Have You Done.” I haven’t heard of these guys until I heard them on the Coheed and Cambria playlist when I heard the app a while back and glad that I found their actual playlist. I like these guys because of their epic orchestra sounding songs with metal. That is one part of metal I do like is more of the orchestraic songs and Within Temptation does it very well! This one does use their male singer and female lead as a duet kind of like Evanescence did with the guy from Seether or is it from some other band in “Bring Me to Life.”
3. “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars: Hey! Don’t blame it on me for this one since I have a feleing you’re thinking, “What the heck Mari? Why this one?” I kind of blame it on Gondras since he wanted me to find this on I Heart all thanks to him hearing it before me and wanted me to listen to it. I did find Bruno Mars and he accidentally hit “Favorite” as the playlist started playing. This song did appear a lot on my Faves List during February and man it’s catchy! It also did appear in Todd In the Shadows’ top list for last year despite it releasing this year in January. Anyways, as said it’s very catchy las”Uptown Funk.” I think anyone who is Catholic might use the #blessed if they hadn’t since you do hear it in the song. I can imagine this being in Rock Band if they hadn’t already put it in. Conventions, I think you will be hearing this playing in your game rooms!
2. “Smiling in Your Sleep” by Silverstein: Yes, back to metal and the screaming kind! I have been a fan of this one called Silverstein all thanks to a song called “My Heroine” if I got it right. I never thought I would hear these guys again but on I Heart Radio and this got me to liking them again. I like the right aamunt of screaming and how the chorus switches between lyrics and screams does have a nice rhythm. I think I heard someone trying to sing this song in the room next door to Panel Room 1 during Omni Day 1 abd had a hard time unless I am mistaken. Well, I do hit the screams in “Demons” when Soul Switch performs it everytime despite it killing my voice. Oh well, that is my number 2!
1. “Emperor’s New Clothes” by Panic! At the Disco: The final song on this list is by Panic! At the Disco and it’s called “Emperor’s New Clothes!” This was supposed to be number one on last month’s list but since this month would make up for that, I can’t help it but this song does get into your head! During that Anime in Western Literature panel from Matsuri, they shown an AMV that was put to the Count of Monte Cristo that used this song and it was perfect actually! When you listen to the cchorus it does talk about taking back a crown and the bridge does use that old “Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers” rhyme and it fits with the beat! Plus, this song is supposed to be asequel to the song “This Is Gospel” especially with the video due to how you do hear the end of “This is Gospel” at the start because of how is reborn as a demon in underworldwhich I saw the making of this video. I did remember Kat Sketch talking about this song in one of her old Favorites videos and how she wants to do a makeup look but will take a lot of prosthetic makeup. Well, enjoy the video!

That is it for this month’s list! April will be filled with a few more! Will it include some of the Orlando Overdrive artists since we will be doing press work for it? You will see next month!

What is next for Nerdy Shique Universe? Another Cosmetic Controversy which you guys should be thanking Kat Von D for the idea. Until next time!

Top Ten Songs: January 2017!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back fo Nerdy Shique Universe! I am back with a new post and it’s a new series or idea! My best buddy Stellarnana thought we should have our top ten songs of the month. I think it is a good idea and it can be anything! So, January is now on!

10. “Strike Back” by Back On: Starting this list off with a song I fell in love with ever since I knew the band Back On released a new one. Who is Back On? Think of them as a Japanese version of Linkin Park since they are mostly rock with a hip hop edge to their music. They have done music for anime such as Eyeshield 21 and Murder Princess but the one that I really loved was the one they did for one of my all time titles, Fairy Tail, and that is “Strike Back!” This song is opening sixteen for the anime and I have heard it both in english and Japanese and still sounds good! Plus, I did just finish watching part 17 of Fairy Tail where this opening starts playing.
9. “Karate” by BabyMetal: Next is another song by another Japanese band and that is BabyMetal. I heard about these girls all thanks to fans of them in Daytona Beach and decided why not listen to them? I am a fan but the song that really gets me pumpin’ is “Karate” from their album Metal Resistance. I would say give them a listen and if you find the video where they perform with the lead singer of Jusst Priest, watch it!
8. “Last Chance” by Cascade: Lately I have been getting into acts that were invited to Electric Daisy Carnival and to tell you the truth, I rather go to EDC than a convention rave. Why? Well, the music is not as great even if we went early. I do hear the MetroCon rave is pretty good. Anyways, the song that gets in my head is by Cascade and the song is known as “Last Chance.” It has a very soothing beat and I do like the chorus line of “This is my one last chance to breathe.” Which I can see why the DJ at EDC Las Vegas have everyone in the crowd to sing this line. Also, the beat is very catchy and good to dance to! Anime Sushi, why don’t you play this one at Cyberia during MegaCon? Or just get Cascade to do it.
7. “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande: Next is a popstar that I remembered since her Nickelodeon days and that is Ariana Grande. Don’t judge me, can’t help that I sometimes listen to pop despite my lovin’ rock and metal. So, “Dangerous Woman” seems to get stuck in my head and doesn’t help that Ariana appears in Brave Exvius which is the mobile Final Fantasy game, which people are wondering “Why?” Well, she is big in Japan. This song is a almost jazzy-like song and it it is the title track on her album. I can see how she grow up from the other songs she has done already including what she did on Victorious.
6. “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness: I know this was an early 2000’s song but it does get into my kitty ears time to time and I have been listening to it a lot in January. When I first heard this song I cracked up a lot because of how the lead singer goes into this operatic sound in his voice. I can imagine how painful it can be when playing this on Rock Band. I am not kidding! You an download it in the store for the game.
5. “Ohio Is For Lovers” by Hawthorne Heights: Okay, back to rock and lately on my I Heart Radio list this song has been coming up and it’s by Hawthorne Heights. I got into these guys around 2005ish and remembered hearing them throughout our walking Warped Tour 2007. I do like it since it has a nice balance of screaming and it is a good song to even have on the Hot Topic playlist.
4. “Circles” by Pierce the Veil: Another band that has been showing up on my I Heart Radio playlists is Pierce the Veil! I decided to kill my kitty curiosity by seeing other songs by them. I forgot the song that pops up the most on I Heart Radio but the one that I like that sometimes play is called “Circles.” I just like the chorus because it has a very awesome hook and rhythm. I would love to see these guys live at some point!
3. “Paper Moon” performed by Pellock: Well, we are in the top three and this one made me happy! So, there is this guy on YouTUbe known as Pellock and he does covers for a lot of songs in Spanish, English, and Japanese. The one that made me happy the most was when he did the cover of “Paper Moon” the second opening of one of my other most fave anime titles, Soul Eater. The guy did a pretty good cover and his band did make it sound like the original! Now I want to watch Soul Eater again!
2. “Heart Killer” by HIM: Another song that was played throughout January on I Heart Radio and that is HIM’s “Heart Killer.” They are usually known for slower songs but this one is a very good and upbeat song they have done. I think it was on the first Rock Band for the downloads store. No matter, it does get my second slot.
1. “You Are” by Paul Oakenfold: Remember when I mentioned EDC earlier? Well, another artist from that known as Paul Oakenfold and in his Las Vegas set from last year he opened with a song called “You Are” and that got me searching. You can hear this song in the video that will be included. I preferred the version that he opened his set but this one also sounds very good too.

That is it for this month’s list of top ten songs! Let’s see what February brings! Stay tuned for my next post!

Bests and Worsts of 2016

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

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

Worsts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Favorites: November and December 2016!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Favorites: September and October 2016!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is that time again and that’s time for my favorites and that is for September and October of this year! Damn! I remembered January started yesterday and now it’s October? What did I like these two months? Let’s see!

Moment: Releasing my Very First Book! Starting it off is that last month I had my first book released! I know I did mention it in my posts the past few times but it is a favorite! What is it called? It’s called The Blind Perspective: Convention Stories from the Dark. It is pretty much my stories that have been the most remembered from my convention going for the past twelve years. My very first convention was JACON back in 2004 which I was 18 at the time and just graduated from high school. This was when they still held at the university I went to and have seen so many cosplays, bought so much stuff, and so on. I didn’t really start cosplaying until the year after and was with THEE X at the time which yes you get to read one story with him and that is how the FullMetal Autograph first started. Some other stories I included are when Dan Southworth thinking my cane was a golf club, how Gondras and Tobi were getting Steve Blum to talk to me as Orochimaru over the phone, giving an extra Carla plushie to Brittney Karbowski, and many more! I also met so many people we friended with over the years that help shape these stories as time went on and still friends with to this day. You can get this book on Amazon for Kindle and at Barnes & Noble for the Nook and the app as well as Kindle and you can read it on the way to a convention, during a convention which you can share with your hotel roomies, or even when you have down time during class. I bet you’re wondering why I did a book like this first is due to how me and Gondras shared these stories with our friends and decided why not do it in a book? I do have many more stories but have thought about doing a sequel to it later. I am writing another book and it will be my first fiction book to release and will try and get it out next year in the middle of it. So, support my work and try to get me up to a hundred copies so you guys can get a paperback version.

News: Getting Press for Holiday Matsuri! So, I mentioned months ago that right after being turned down for Mega this year that I filled out the press form for Matsuri this year and got it for a second year! The funny thing is that at first I got a turn down email and replied asking about it and got a reply saying that we were on the wrong list and got accepted. It was a tiny mistake but glad to hear that we’re doing it a second year in a row. I love how Orlando has their own Christmas convention and it’s close to Christmas which makes it even more awesome for gift buying. I will be doing a Convention Spotlight soon, which I was planning to do it earlier this month but due to Hurricane Matthew, it may have to wait until next weekend or the beginning of November. Stay tuned for that!

Movie/Special: The Rocky Horror Picture Show! Not sure if anyone has watched anything this past week and caught Thursday’s programming on FOX, they had the Rocky Horror Picture Show Live! I never seen it since I heard the two most famous songs, “Sweet Transvestite” with Tim Curry singing it and “Time Warp,” I finally seen this and…I LOVED IT! I know I have to see the original and will get it on Amazon since I heard it’s also good. I am into musicals, which my most two fave ones are Rent and Repo: The Genetic Opera, this was very entertaining and glad to catch this while being in Daytona and glad to enjoy this!

Song: “Karate” by BabyMetal! Lately, I’ve been listening to a Japanese band that I got into all thanks to some of the guys being at the dorm here and they mentioned BabyMetal. I heard one of their songs blasting and checked them out on YouTube and fell in love with their song, “Karate!” I have listened to their other songs like “Headbanger” and “Gimme Chocolate” but “Karate” is my all time fave one and the one that stood out to me the most. What can I say, they are an amazing band with amazing music!

Books: My Fair Princess, Defy the Dawn, and Tailored for Trouble! I am giving you all a triple hit of books this month and first of all is My Fair Princess which I have reviewed on here for you all! This is based on My Fair Lady which also has hints of Princess Diaries in it where we meet Gillian, a daughter of an illitigimate prince, where she has to be taught to be a proper lady of society to find her a husband. This is supposed to be a trilogy and can’t wait to see the next book since this one is where I didn’t want to close Kindle! Another book was of course the latest by Lara Adrian, Defy the Dawn! This continues the story right after the last novel, Bound to Darkness, which we meet Tavia’s half-sister, Brine, who falls for the Atlantian, Zeal, who knew Jordana’s father for the longest time and helped him leave Atlantis. I kept reading through this entire book since the secret she has would scare Zeal but he accepts her for who she is. I was happy they revealed Selene in this and I can’t wait until she shows up again later in the next novel. I know the next novella, Midnight Untamed, came out and need to get the funds to get that since it deals one of the members of the Lazarro Archer’s group in Italy like the last one. The last book is of course Tailored for Trouble! This was the last review I gave you and it is a romantic comedy story that was really cute and wishing this was a Lifetime movie! If this was one then I wouldn’t mind seeing Rachael Leigh Cook or Courtney Cox to be Taylor in this and not sure to be Bennet. I did send the link to the writer and she thanked me for it. If you are into romantic comedies when the characters have a love/hate relationship that brought them together due to a cookie then this is for you!

Pallets: NYX Highlighter and Nicki Tutorials Collab! Yes, two pallets I loved this month and they are the NYX illuminator pallet and the Power of MakeUp pallet from Too Faced! Let me start with the Too Faced one since that one is the big elephant here! I know there is a scandal behind the Power of MakeUp pallet due to how people noticed that there is hardly any pigmentation unlike her swatches she has done off camera. I did get this pallet since I was so excited and did love the Tart collab with Bunny and the Too Faced pallet with Vegas Nay and those were really pigmented! I do notice that there was a build up on one shade and that was Irresistable which is the gold glitter shade. I don’t blame Nicki for this actually since she did know there were inconsistencies with the pallet and how some people who got ones that weren’t as pigmented. I did do a video where I used Darkest Hour, Wham Bam, and Wanted as a look and didn’t have a problem with those shades. Normally, Too Faced does have really good shadows and this pallet should’ve been kept for a bit longer to test out pigmentation before being released. People found some of the shades weren’t showing up and even the highlighter not being great but I did have luck with it. Nicki did say Champagne Truffle is supposed to be subtle and don’t mind it being subtle at all. Still, Too Faced should’ve tested out the pigmentation more. While the NYX iluujminator one was a major fave! I know it’s been out forever but couldn’t buy it when I found it at Ulta in Port Orange since my credit card was still ou and then the Orlando locations only had it for promotional purposes which I don’t get and decided to wait to get it on the net. I was happy to get it at the NYX store in Milennia! I was really happy that they opened a store here in Florida and best place was Milennia, which they should open other locations in town since they are a really popular drugstore brand! I love this thing and used it for an entire week! I can see why people liked this but haven’t talked about it as much since its release, only for two or three weeks it was talked about from watching reviews. If you can find this or get it online, I give it two thumbs up! I hope NYX makes another one with more colors because they are awesome with what they bring!

Lips: NYX Cosmic Lip Metals Lip Creams! Next is a lip color and that is from NYX and that is their newest item in the brand and that is their Cosmic Metal Lip Creams! This is their boldest line of lip creams and they are metallic since metallic lips are coming back into style. I have two of these in Out of This World, which is a metallic teal color, and Celestial, which is a royal blue! Been stepping out of my comfort zone of the usual pinks and reds to wear these! They are very comfortable san better than the Lquid Suede lipsticks since they don’t feel very tacky and don’t dry to very dry. I know it doesn’t make sense but it’s very comfortable that you don’t feel it. I want to get the gunmetal one since that’s available along with the other blue colors.

Hair Mask: Tresseme Coconut Hair Mask! Lately I have been into hair masks to help grow my hair. I tend to have it short for wigs but Gondras asked me to grow it out. I did read hair masks help and I tried out the Honey Essentials or was it Natural Honey or something like that by Garnier and it did help and tried to find them at Target here in Daytona but couldn’t find it. Did ask a worker and he shown me one by Tresseme and I used their Naturals shampoo and conditioner years back and saw that this had coconut oil. I decided to try it and love it so far! My hair feels stronger and moisturized all thanks to this one! It also smells like coconut milk!

Eye Primer: Essence Backstage Primer! Next is a new eye primer I’ve been using and it’s by Essence! I know I said I loved the Master Prime by Maybelline and do love the Smashbox one too and then heard the one from Essence is amazing from EVERYONE who has used it on YouTUbe! It is affordable and have tried two lip glosses, an eye liner, and eye shadows from them and decided to try their primer. How do I like it? It is amazing! It is around $2 or $3 for it at Ulta and it goes on very smoothly! It keeps my eye shadow on like glue and it has more product in the tube. How is that? Well, in some of the vials of the Master Prime I feel like there is not enough primer to use an entire month and I have been using this since the middle of end of last month and I still have product! I may have to pick this up again. Oh by the way, didn’t mention this with the Nicki pallet, the shadows from that stay put on that! Which depending with the primer you wear it does stick on better! I already have the small size of the Shadow Insurance from Too Faced and picked up another tube of the Smashbox primer when the 21 Days of Beauty event this year!

Face Wash: Clean & Clear Morning Burst moisturizing with Cucumber! Last thing is a face wash and that is the Clean & Clear Oil Free Moisturizing Face Wash in cucumber. I have been using the sensitive skin one and my skin went dry. I have sensitive skin and have to be careful and then my skin dries up all of a sudden so that means it is time for a new face wash. I decided to try the Morning Burst one and it has cucumber in it. It did moisturize my skin and it smells amazing! I still use my other things with it which happened to be the Stridex and the Clean & Clear toner for sensitive skin. Speaking of skin care…

Non-Fave: Dark Angels by Lush! Since I have been trying some expoliants lately, Vivi told me about Dark Angels by Lush which is an expoiliating charcoal scrub and I decided to try it. It felt good and decided to use it each night until I broke out! Oh no! My right side of my face was covered in zits! I tossed it and my skin healed. It did feel great and I can see why the price tag is so high, it’s $50, but at least it was a sample!

Face Mask: Cup ‘O Coffee by Lush! Don’t worry, this is a fave mask! It is the Cup O’ Coffee mask by Lush and man it is amazing! Normally I would use Oat Fix for my skin and when I heard of this one I knew I had to try! It’s made with coffee grounds and it doesn’t irritate my skin at all. I tend to have sensitive skin and it would hate something like this but it didn’t! It also did clear my sinuses when I was sick during the hurricane. I can’t wait until I get this myself since it was a gift from Vivi.

Well, that is it for this favorites! Damn, this year is going by fast and before I know it will be Holiday Matsuri! Which next is the Convention Spotlight on it! Stay tuned!

Favorites: July and August 2016!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It’s time for my bi-monthly favorites! Man, this year is still going by fast and before I know it it will be Holiday Matsuri! Speaking of which, I better do a Convention Spotlight on that late September or early October. Anyways, I have a few non-faves first!

Non-Faves:

The Jeffrey Star and Kat Von D Drama: Yes, I had to mention this because it seems to be dying down but at the same time some people do have problems with Mr. Star. Anyways, if anyone has not read the only other uncategorized post talking about my thoughts on this controversy between Kat and Jeffrey, well to make a long story short, Kat Von D announced in July that she was cutting all ties from Jeffrey because of his drug use, bullying, and the major elephant in all this was him stealing artwork. Jeffrey did respond that he only does medical marijuana for anxiety and has settled what had happened with the artist that was said who he stole from which was BJ Bets, sorry I haven’t mentioned the artist, and he didn’t steal the work but went with someone else due to how much Bets was charging him when his savings was used on his first three liquid lipsticks. I felt that this should’ve been dealt with privately instead of publicly since things have been a major firestorm. I seen a lot of videos of people taking Kat’s side while others like me are willing to support both instead of one over the other because it is just makeup! I did see the reviews that Jeffrey has put up about different brands and he is pretty honest in what he doesn’t like and what he does like and sometimes can be interpreted by other people in different ways, so I would say if you support either one go ahead but to me it is still just makeup and I am still subscribed to both of them on YouTube and have bought one item by Kat but nothing yet by Jeffrey, that will change in the future.

Cancelling Ipsy and BoxyCharm: I know I am sad about this and have been this past month and that is back in July I had to cancel Ipsy and BoxyCharm. It is not the same with mail delivery this month because it was something I looked forward to with all the sneak peeks, Glam Room openings, and videos that people got these things. Even with Ipsy in how people got different items than I did. I am still trying to go for the PR BoxyCharm box because at least I can still can get that and try to do more videos for the channel since I haven’t been to a convention since March of this year. And if you’re wondering, I haven’t watched any unboxxings because I don’t want to depress myself even more knowing that I had to let these two go for now. Hoping in the future I can get back to subscribing to these two boxes due to how they let me explore more brands especially in the higherend department.

Faves:

T-Shirt Find: Harley Quin Hello Kitty! I have tons of t-shirts and have been keeping myself under control with my shirt buying, heck I even kept myself from Hot Topic back in Daytona but the one I loved when I found it was the Harley Quin themed Hello Kitty shirt I found at Game Stop! I found it Wednesday when going there with Gondras and he sees it in the window and glad to find it in an XL for shrinkage problems or sizing problems since I have tried on a Harley shirt in the past at Hot Topic in my sizing and I couldn’t get past my elbows! I know that is horrible but one thing I don’t like about most girl shirts in Hot Topic is they don’t fit bigger women like me since it feels like you have to be tiny to fit those sizes. Which is impossible! That is why I went with the X-Large and it did fit very well the next day! Not only that, good thing was it was cheaper than a shirt at Hot Topic which this one was $15 and the ones at HT are going up in price which I remembered my last Doctor Who one was $22. If you find any good shirts you want, I suggest Game Stop if you’re big into video games as well as cartoons and anime!

New Brand of Lip Products: KleanColor Cosmetics! I know you are wondering, “What!?” Well, the thing is lately I have been liking this one brand of makeup that is said to be from Asia from what I heard and it’s known as KleanColor and heard of them through It’s Judy’s Life where she had a hard time getting the Kiley Genner lip kits and they were selling them very expensive on Amazon which I don’t get, even some products on EBay in the beauty department are the same way, and found KleanColor and decided to try them out and got a six pack of lipsticks in pinks, reds, and purples for around $7 and that wasn’t bad. Heck, I have gotten a set of twelve bold ones when I done my pastel goth look, which also included a yellow and will give that to Vivi in the future, and recently got the entire set of the Mark of Love lipsticks. People have made mixed reviews online saying that they aren’t as pigmented, they come off to easily and so on but at the end of the day you do take your makeup off and a lot of lip products do come off easily when you eat or drink something which I have no complaints. Plus, the pigmentation with me is not that bad even though I have to make a lot of swipes but it is okay, I tend to do that anyway with most lipsticks in stick and liquid form, lip glosses, and my lip balms to get that feel that they are there! And they also smell nice, the first set and the second set smelled fruity while the Mark of Love set smelled like vanilla! I wanted to get a pastel set but that went up in price, I may get that another time if the price goes lower. You can get KleanColor on Amazon and they do have a website.

Hair Product: PYT Argon Oil! In my last BoxyCharm I got the PYT argon oil and man it was very good! I did have some instances where I got more than the actual amount I supposed to use but it did still do the same thing by keeping my hair soft and not so damaged. Heck, it kept it damage free when I straightened it on my birthday. I did finish it and to me the price of $39 is not worth it to re-purchase it despite how good it was. I can get the Marc Anthony Argon Oil items and the Suave Oil Infused with Argon Oil for much less than that and they work as well!

Shapoo and Conditioner: Suave Oil Infused with Coconut Oil! Had to mentiuon these two since I’ve been using them lately and that is the Suave Professionals shmpoo and conditioner with the coconut oil in it. I have used the Marc Anthony Macadamia Oil and the Argon version of the Suave Professional line and love them! These oils ar very good for the hair and have heard coconut oil is best for hair growth which I am seeing a tiny bit of that because Gondras did ask me to grow my hair out and working on it.

Dry Shampoo: Got 2 B Rockin’ Dry Shampoo! I know it’s a surprise to hear this from me when there are so many on the market with the dry shampoo collection but the one I prefer the most is the one by Got 2 B! This one doesn’t cost an arm and a leg and does keep my hair clean until my next hair washing but the only problem is the pressure that it gives off in the spray which is very powerful. I prefer this one the most over Not Your Mother’s since I tried that one and it made my hair feel weird while Got 2 B feels like you have that clean without the weirdness!

Pomade: Got 2 B Hair Pomade! Yes, another Got 2 B product and have been using it for a while and that is their hair pomade! I haven’t thought about using hair pomades until last year for job interviews and I used the one by Crew and that was pricey and didn’t enjoy the smell it gave off which was like I was wearing one of my dad’s colognes in my hair and weighed my hair down. I know Crew’s pomade is claimed to be the best but to me Got 2 B is better because it is not as heavy and doesn’t weigh the hair down because it feels more like a cream than a hard salve. Plus, it smells amazing and doesn’t cost as much, it is around $5 at Walgreens! Which I may need to restock at some point since I am at the bottom.

Eye Shadow Pallets: Swamp Queen by Tart and Gwen Stefani by Urban Decay! I have two favorite eye shadow pallets or shall I say makeup pallets! First is the Tart collab with Grav3yard Girl pallet which is the Swamp Queen pallet! I am so proud of Bunny since she has been a major fave of mine on YouTube since I watched one of her haul videos when I started getting into makeup and this pallet is a face and eye pallet where you have nine shadows and a bronzer, highlighter, and blush all in one! This is very travel friendly since you have everything in this thing and my fave shade has to be Sippy Sippy since that is a shimmery brown shade. Some people say there is a lot of fall out with the glitter but I make it work! And the other pallet is the Gwen Stefani pallet with Urban Decay! I didn’t put this on Christmas list since I already had shadow pallets I was wanting, especially the Full Exposure pallet from Smashbox for the longest time! So, I found out that Urban Decay discounted the Gwen pallet this past summer and got it! This pallet is based on names from No Doubt and her like Pop, Baby, Steady, and so on. They are as pigmented as a lot of the shadows by Urban Decay and glad to have this! I do love how this came with two blue shades which is fun to use!

Powder: Ofra Oil Control! I never thought I would mention a powder and that is the Oil Control setting powder by Ofra Cosmetics! I know I am not oily but I do have some oily feeling around the t-zone but I do use this powder to set my under eye concealer when I start using my powder in the end. This is a translucent powder and it feels like most powders I have used and it does feel good when you apply it! I got this in BoxyCharm as well and unlike the banana powder from February this is a full size product! I have been using this for a while and loving it!

Rediscovery: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Progue! I had to put in a re-discovered product and that is my NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Progue! I used this in my Back to College Makeup video and started using it again but ran out of it! I think I used it three times and it got buried in my lip drawer! It is a very pretty berry color and it goes on very smoothly. People did have problems that this product accentuates their lip lines but with me it looks very natural! Even my mom likes these lip creams and I have gotten her this one and Milan. I need to re-stock on this and Transylvania since these two are my fave colors in the entire line!

Confession: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic! Yes, I admit it! I like My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic! I started watching it lately and loving it! I am taking a bit of break from it since some of the cuteness can be overwhelming especially the song! My fave two ponies of the main cast are Twilight Sparkle because I love reading as much as she does and I can be uptight with deadlines, which Gondras can see that a lot of me, and the other one is Pinky Pie because she is hilarious! She even becomes funnier when she snaps in some episodes but she is very entertaining in the series, especially when she had to babysit two baby ponies that were newborns from the bakery owners.

Show: Fuller House! This was something I finally got around to watching when I was sick and that is Fuller House! This pretty much Full House but it is the sequel where it takes place twenty plus years later and DJ Tanner or Fuller had three boys and she is living at the old Tanner home with Stephanie, Kimmie, and her daughter, Ramona. It is as entertaining as the original and you get to see the normal situations of divorce, ex-boyfriends, new love, and taking care of kids under one roof! I am hoping NetFlix makes another season because I want to see more of this and how DJ and crew keep going in the house! Also, can’t help with the appearances by Jesse, Danny, and Joey!

Well, that is it for these favorites! What is next? Still waiting on doing the Convention Spotlight but you can follow us on Twitter @ Nerdy Shique and check out the YouTube channel while you’re at it!

Favorites: May and June 2016

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Iam still in Daytona at the moment if you’re wondering but will be back next Friday since there will be a show at the House of Blues with Soul Switch, Mecahism, and Mr. Bella. So, won’t be missing that! Well, it is that time again and it’s favorites time!Let’s see what I have and will start with Not-So-Faves!

Not-so-Faves:

Shooting at Pulse and Plaza Theater: Yes, I have to start with this because as you know that two weekends ago Orlando was rocked by two shootings one night after the other. The first one was of a singer at the Plaza Theater who started her career and was also a YouTuber and was on the Voice. If you guys haven’t heard about this, the story is that a deranged fan shot her in the head and her brother tackled and the guy killed himself as he was tackled by the brother. The girl did die in the hospital later on. It does hurt to hear about this but the other shooting in Pulse was way worse! How so? Well, it is the worst shooting in decades and worst hate crime of all because Pulse is a club for LGBT to party. So, over 50 people were killed in this shooting including the guy who caused this. It is sad to hear about this going on and same with it happening within two nights and of course could have been prevented. How so? Well, for one thing Plaza Theater should’ve searched the guy since anyone can bring anything into a place like that and I even remembered not being searched when I went to a show there many years back. While the Pulse shooter could have been tackled to the ground instead of being let back in which according to the story the cop was going to search for him since he was acting a bit off. To end the somber subject, if anyone notices things are a bit off with people you care about or even a neighbor please tell someone about it because things can be prevented and lives would be still here today. I did send my heart out on Twitter but will do this again on here and that is my heart goes to all the families who lost loved ones at Pulse and Christina Grimmy’s (Sorry if I mess it up) family as well since she died so young and hoping things like this never happen again. I heard about hate crimes but this really shook up a major community especially the LGBTQ community since we are all human and we want to have a great time Saturday nights whether who or what you are.

BooBoo Cover Up: Another not-so-fave has to go to the BoobBoo Cover Up because it is way too light! I did try it out and one of the dorm parents noticed that it didn’t blend into my foundation and knew that it wasn’t going to work out. I have to say is that Ipsy, if you ask for skin tones then match the right color. I know I put Light on my skin tone but it was the only option close to “Light Medium” I can get and I do use the lighter shade in the CoverGirl Invisible Lift for under my eyes but this shouldn’t be too light or should ention “Light Medium.”

Faves!

Maybelline Master Prime Eye Primer: All thanks to the ELF eye primer being meeeehhhhhh I thought it would be good to try out something else. I have been trying to find the Wet N Wild one that Tati has been talking about and no one carries it in Casselberry unless no one is saying where they are getting it. Trust me, took a bit to figure out the Ombre blushes from WNW was carried in Target. Yeah, I know I can be silly but did get them in the end. I did try Maybelline’s version and love it! It has more to it and doesn’t run out in a week after getting it as the ELF one, which not sure if anyone notices that some products do run out too easily when you just get them and notice that the most in the ELF primer. Is everyone shortchanging their packaging with product? I noticed that with some samples in Ipsy and not sure if it is just me but I do notice the less product. Anyways, the primer to me feels easy to spread and apply. I tend to spread it on my lids with my fingers after dabbing it on with the brush applicator and my shadow tends to stay pretty well. Not bad Maybelline!

Glow 12 Brush Set: Next is a brush set that I ordered off of Amazon! I know you’re thinking that I tend to get brushes in my boxes and at Target with ELF but Amazon is an amazing amazing AMAZING places for brushes! You can get really good sets for cheap if you don’t want to spend so much on Artiste and Sigma. Trust me, I felt my jeans collection burn knowing about the Artiste brush sets were around $400 which I have to become a major best seller! Anyways, the set I got not too long ago was the one by Glow which I think is called Glow Cosemtics or just Glow and it is a twelve brush set that has your basics like liner, brow, blush, and so on and good thing is that they are in order! I do like the order of the eye brushes because they have the usual definer, crease, lid, and brow bone but the order goes from the bottom as crease, brow bone, definer, and lid. There are nose contour brushes but I do use them for concealing my face and under eye. If you want to check this set out, here is the link to that listing:

https://www.amazon.com/Glow-Make-Brushes-Purple-Case/dp/B00H0M9MKK/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1466906222&sr=8-1&keywords=Glow+12+Brush+Set

Heads up, this set does get sent by Royal Post which takes almost a month. But it does cost pretty low which is $4.99 for the set right now.

Brush Protectors from Bundle Monster: Next is dealing with brush washing again! As you know I love my brushes and do keep them clean and when I saw this one thing Ipsy was offering I decided to find a cheaper alternative that wouldn’t take up too much space and they are brush protecters! I didn’t know they existed until I saw that Ipsy offered a brush protecting stand that has you dry your brushes upside down and was going to cost $15. I decided to see if it worked well and noticed a lot of people didn’t buy it but bought brush protectors that are like mesh sleeves that you put on your brushes after washing them and they keep them in shape while drying. I got a deal for 90 protectors for a cheap price from Bundle Monster on Amazon! These work really awesome because they keep my brushes in tact very well! I do stay in shape while drying. I may have to get more of these but they look like they stay in shape with how well they are made! You guys should try these out and they do have a lot of deals on Amazon as well by other sellers, if you see the ones by Bundle Monster then get them if not, do look at the others!

Star Lux Pen liner: Next is a pen eyeliner which I got in BoxyCharm. One good thing about getting makeup subscriptions is getting eyeliners especially when they are by brands you have tried before. I have been into Star Lux since I got an eyeliner pencil with glitter in it. This pen is in black and very nice. Normally people love to do wings but I don’t do it, I just line and that’s good for me! It stays put all day and smooth to glide on! I did get another liner pen but by Girlactic which I can’t wait to use!

MakeUp Geek Blush in XoXO: Next is something by MakeUp Geek! When I found out that this brand was back in BoxyCharm, I reactivated my account and glad to get it since I did enjoy the eye shadows that I got back in March. They gave a lot of shades to Charmers and I got XOXO which seemed to be the one that most people got. This is described to be a watermelon pink and that makes sense for a color description. One thing is that these are pigmented and need to go in lightly since you can look clownish if you go heavy. I may have to get more shades since I saw Marlena’s video on these and they happen to be reformulated and she kept some of the original shades in. I may have to take a look at more of these!

Well, that is it for this post! I don’t have much this month since I had to wait to get some more business casual clothes and refill one of my interview makeup pallets which is the Naked Basics t. (I made some dents, major ones when I went to interviews!) Plus, had to dress business casual as well which was a good simulation if you have a job. Sorry about that! May have more next bi-monthly faves!

Faves: March and April 2016

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Itt’s time for March and April Favorites! I know I tend to do it at the last week of the second month but I have a not-so-fave that I need to get off my chest!

Not-So-Fave: Idesse New York Organic Gel Nail Polish: Oh yes, the thing that got me excited that I was hoping for sucks! What do I mean by that? Well, when I first tried it out it chipped within a day and it looked like my nails went through a wood chipper and got all my nail polish off. I re-did them Monday and woke up this morning with two of my fingernails on my left hand missing polish and my ring finger on the same hand lost all of it. Okay, I understand that this polish is supposed to be chemical free and organic but shouldn’t have the same staying power as a lot of gel nail polishes that are found at salons and in our local Ultas, Sephoras, and drugstores? Apparently this one doesn’t! I know some of you who got this polish in Ipsy might say use the stylist tip of not using a base coat which I seen a video yesterday of the person not using one and she went through the same thing as I did and didn’t use a base coat when I do along with a quick dry coat and a no-chip one but it seems like the polish ignores the top coat and hates me. I find it even sadder that the gel polishes I have from Wet N Wild and Sinful, I think some of my OPI ones are gel, and those STAY for DAYS beyond this one! Heck, when I wore Alfresco from Sinful’s gel polish line which is a Copenhagen blue color, it stayed for over a week on my nails! This was when I used the Sinful Top Shine Coat. I’m sorry Idesse and Ipsy, one need a better formula in doing that chemical free polish and Ipsy pick better polish brands. I hear Trust Fund is a good brand and why not have LVX and NCLA in your bags as well like Boxy because those polishes do stay on my nails! Oh yeah, this thing is getting a one out of five when Gondras helps me with the reviews because this is not a Paw Print of Approval status product, I give it a Negative Paw Print!

Faves Time!

Fave Convention Moment: Hearing That Omni Expo Gave Us a Good Word! So, going into faves and decided to start off with a fave from Omni Expo. This year it was in March due to, again, Mega being in May this year and crossing our fingers on getting press for it and yes there will be a convention spotlight at the beginning of May, so stay tuned for that and follow us on Twitter for that if you haven’t! So, you guys know my story with Omni with the whole finding us and reaching out to us to do press during their first year after a tiny typo I made and we have done press for them since then and glad that we done it for third year and as a full team. One thing is that this year we had a good word passed on about us to Brian Beacock because before our interview we had a bit of a schedule issue and got it fixed and he told us before the interview that they said “We’re awesome people and do a good job.” That is a major first for a convention to do that especially one we have done work in the past for. I am really thanking them for that because it makes us even more accepted as a blog. I am putting this as a fave because having two turn downs last year did make me ad but it is not effecting me as much since there are going to be those conventions that are going to turn you down but more to accept you since there are so many going on year round, especially here in Orlando! Thank you Omni Expo, hoping to do a fourth year with you guys and more interviews to come with!

Fave Panels: Paul St. Peter’s Pirate Curses and Voice Acting Panels! Another fave is during Omni Expo, Paul St. Peter had a lot of panels that dealt with voice acting and gave very good pointers. Heck, he even did one on pirates and tested people on their voice range for that! If you’re at any convention with this guy, go to to his panels! Take it from us because if you want to be a voice actor these will help you understand different ranges for both heroes and villains! Not only that, if you’re in a pirate movie, his Pirate Curses panel will also have pointers in saying the many different curses pirates have made when they were around in the 1700s or 1800s, forgot the time range, it would help know what to sound like. Still, these panels are a great thing to go to, even if Chris Sabat is at a convention, go to his voice recording panels because he gives good advice on how to record when you’re working in the booth.

A Major First: A Double Interview with Kyle Duhaney and Jeff Perazzo from Power Rangers! Well, had to mention this in my faves and hoping to do more like this and that is an interview with more than one cast member and we got to do it with the two Dino Thunder Rangers Kyle Duhaney and Jeff Perazzo. I wished they did that with us with the main cast from Attack On Titan last year, because that would’ve been more convenient but hey we understood. If you haven’t seen that video, it was hard coming up with questions before the convention to tell you the truth and we did ask some of them during their panel earlier that day. Still, it would be fun to do it again at future conventions and it shows that we can do other formats of interviews and I think we passed with flying colors with that!

Best Done Cosplay: Water Pokemon Trainer! Too bad I didn’t get to interview any of the guests with this costume and sorry for no pics but I finally wore that water trainer cosplay I meant to wear during AFO last year but glad to bring it to Omni! I will tell you what I wore though and it goes like this: Teal Blue Tank Top, dark blue patterned skirt, a pair of sandals, my glasses (yes I wore glasses and have started doing that again), Gondras’ old red wig he used for Spirit Albarn, a white barret, and a pair of Pokeball earrings that my buddy Nancy made and a booka shell necklace. And will plan to do a cosplay of her twin brother from my Pokemon fics in the future. Anyways, that is the idea of the cosplay and has been in my head like my character Avery, the ice trainer you have seen me wear the costume of in every video since last Omni! I hope to do an interview wearing this costume in the next few conventions.

Beauty Faves!

MakeUp Geek Eye Shadows: Yes, I have to combine these because since I got my BoxyCharm in March, still sad about it in April but hey what can I do? I got two of the ever-so-popular-on-YouTube brand, MakeUp Geek and I can see why people love these things like crazy! They are so pigmented especially Cocoa Bear, which most people got even Vivi got it. I used it with Mink from Hikari which I traded my other Jay Cat Beauty Lip Paint with Vivi for it and a light brown shadow I traded points for and man they go well together! While the other is Mai Thai which is an apricot shadow with gold flecks which I mixed with some gold and bronze shadows which also worked well. I may have to get more of these because they are amazing! If you never tried MakeUp Geek, I would say do it! You won’t regret it! Maybe the Sparklers because people didn’t like the no sifter idea.

CleanColor Madly Matte Lipsticks: I have to mention this brand and their lipsticks because they are awesome! So, I was watching It’s Judy’s Life and she mentioned how she was having a very hard time getting her paws on the Kyle Genner Lip Kits and she checked Amazon to see about getting them due to them selling out and people have been selling them for outrageous prices there, which is true with most makeup being outrageously priced by people, and she found liquid lipsticks by a brand called CleanColor that was being sold there and she got a set for around $7 which is not bad and went to see for myself. I got a set of six lipsticks for $7.50 with shipping that totaled around $13 and you can’t get better than that. The shipping was fast too and got it Sunday out of all days and oh man, they are amazing! They have a Fruity Pebbles smell but they go on smoothly and feel comfortable! I know everyone wants to go with the matte look and they tend to find drying lipsticks and these do need a few passes from what I hear and I believe it, they are so comfortable that you hardly feel anything! I am thinking of getting more if I can’t find a blue lipstick, I know why because of Jeffrey Starr’s and so many other people’s pastel goth look which I tried, and found more sets for affordable pries! I may see about the liquid counterparts if they are even better. CleanColor does have a website and they are very affordable there too which their stuff is in the drugstore price range.

Wet N Wild Ombre Blush in Mai Thai Buy You a Drink: Whoa, that was a mouthful! So, Wet N Wild came out with new blushes and they are in the ombre style! I heard so many things about ombre blushes since it seems to be the big thing this year and NYX came out with some and almost bought one but there are times when products can be disappointing and might go for those due to how people like them but the Wet N Wild ones seem to get the popular vote! I was glad to find them in Target which I iwish they were in WalMart and drugstores because they are pretty popular! Pretty much these blushes go from light to dark and your color options are The Princess Daquiries which is a pink range, In a Purple Haze is a purple range, and the one I got is a peach range called Mai Thai Buy You a Drink! Whoa, tongue twister! I have been open to trying peachy blushes and did get Peach Berlini from Ipsy last month from one of the many brands and sometimes wore the peach colors in my Coastal Sense blush pallet, plus did get Mac’s Warm Soul which is a neutral peach shade. When I heard about Mai Thai, not saying the entire thing again, I wanted it so badly! Princess did sound nice but Mai Thai won and I love the soft application! If you haven’t tried out anything in Wet N Wild’s blush range you must! Their blushes are amazing and these are too!

Wet N Wild What Dreams Are Made Of Highlighter: Another item from Wet N Wild is their limited edition highlighter from the spring collection known as What Dreams Are Made Of! I heard about these highlighters all thanks to Tati and couldn’t wait to find a way of getting these and found them at Walgreens! I only got one because this one appealed to me the most due to the having purple, blue, silver, and I think some gold in the highlight. It is also very subtle in the lighting! They are known as 3D Highlighters or something and I have tried highlighters from Wet N Wild and the Furgy collection and they are pretty spot on. Some people didn’t like the Cat Walk Pink pallet but I do like my highlights being a bit subtle and I tend to put them under blush so they won’t be so loud. I wish these were permanent because of how unique they are, I hope they do make permanent ones in the future.

Rimmel The Only One Lipstick in the Best of the Best: I almost put this in Not-So-Faves but at the same time I loved it as much as most of my lip stuff and that is the new The Only One Lipstick from Rimmel. I love Rimmel and when I heard about these through the commercials I knew I had to have it! I also saw swatch reviews and it got me to try at least one and I got it in The Best of the Best! It’s a blue toned red like Mac’s Ruby Wu and it’s supposed to be very moisturizing and stays all day but the problem with this is that it slips and slides all over! My mom thought this was my red Jay Cat lip paint I tried using in a container and I tried telling her it’s way different and decided to use a lip brush and it works out better because the control is way better with the lip brush opposed to just using the tube. I would say be careful with the slippery lipstick if you don’t want to do the brush and try to blot your lips as much as you can if it does slide, but the brush is better so go withthat! Will I get more if you’re wondering? I am on the fence, I might get It’s a Keeper but might not. As said, on the fence despite how well the brush works.

Favorite Book: The Rejected Wirter’s Club! Yes, another book to check out and that is The Rejected Writers Book Club by Susan Kelman! I did mention how I’m a member of Net Gally and have been expanding in my reading in other genres as a writer and hoping to read and review the next Midnight Breed book that way. Anyways, this book is the first of a s have some romance but a lot of adventure too! You can get it on Amazon in June and enjoy what this book has to offer from Paul Cruger. I hope to read more from this guy since it is a very clever read and plus you get some history, well historical fiction, behind some of the cocktails that get mentioned. And to anyone in their early twenties, drink responsibly after reading.

new series that Susan Kelman is doing and it is about a librarian who gets involved with a group of rejected writers and their leader ends up with an acceptance letter by mistake for a manscript she sent in hoping to get a rejection letter and ends up having a road trip to with them to visit her daughter in order to get the manuscript back. It’s very cute and funny, I also do relate to some of these people in the book because I do write and I have encountered people get on my case about my fan fiction, which I need to continue on one. I recommend this if you are into comedy!

Another Book: Last Call at the Night Shade Lounge! You know I am a major Dresden Files fan and this book ended up in a list to pick from for Net Gally and it’s called Last Call at the Night Shade Lounge and it’s by Paul Crueger! This book won’t be available until June but got to take a look! Is said before, when I read this book I vflt like I was reading a Dresden book but this is what if you take the magic and put in alcohol? Pretty much the story is about Bailey, a post grad, works at a long time friend’s family bar and gets attacked by a creature and knows that Chicago gets attacked by these creatures at night and must fight with magical cocktails or she’s dead meat! If you want a summer read, I suggest this book because it does have a lot of comedy, some romance, and a bit of historical fiction about the different cocktails used in this book. If you’re my age or in the twenties, do drink responsibly!

Fave App: I Heart Radio! I know this app has been around for a while but had to get it again due to how Apple is doing Apple Music where you get it for free for three months as a trial and then pay for it afterwards and that’s $10 a month. That made me sad since I was able to listen to Eyeshine that way! Hey, I can deal because I Heart Radio did add World Music to the mix and that makes me happy since I tend to enjoy listening to anime music and Japanese artists and that is a major way for me to do it! I was happy to listen to Asian Kung Fu Generation, L’Arc~en~Ciel, and even the RWBY soundtrack! If you’re not liking the idea to pay for radio, I Heart Radio is the best place to do it and also listening to the app does help get artists to the I Heart Music Awards and the event too in Las Vegas. It would be cool to see Asian Kung Fu Generation take the stage in Las Vegas.

Fave Food: Milk Tea Cookies! I have to mention these because I was glad to try them out due to the limited edition packaging and tthat they were in a Pokemon Cookie Tin. These cookies tasted so good I think I had more than one at a time since they aren’t too sweet to the point of “OMG, I think these are too powerful!” And I been there with some stuff! I may look for milk tea cookies in my local Asian market because the taste is good and knowing Donga may have other brands of these!

Another Fave Food: Cadbury Dairy Milk Squares! Lately, it seems that I am getting more into British food and candy, I bla,e and thank Doctor Who for that because I enjoy Jelly Babies and Jammy Dodgers and those do get carried in Publix here. I also like the Lion Bar which is like what if you combine Kit Kats, the Nestle’s Crunch Bar and mix caramel in it and oh man! Best combo ever! But my most fave is the Cadbury stuff since they are good British chocolates! What? You didn’t know they came from Great Britain? They did! They have amazing stuff you can’t find much here but due to how grocery stores have been carrying International foods especially from the UK, I am glad they had these Cadbury biscuits which are biscuit cookies covered in the dairy milk chocolate and for Easter there was a Cadbury egg version with the cream from the egg in it and those were delicious! What made me happiest of all is that I went to WalMart recently and we found bags of Cadbury chocolate squares with that same Dairy Milk chocolate and I found ones with Old English Toffee! It is like eating a Heath bar but the chocolate is made by Cadbury! What is cool is that they aren’t a single square but a double one so you get double the flavor or share with someone who hasn’t tried these things! I suggest trying them because they have different flavors! I want to check out the mint ones since I do love mint and do tend to get the Ghiradelli Squares in the dark chocolate mint instead of milk chocolate and mint. Good to try to see how those taste. And if anyone has seen the Ghiradelli Dark and Blueberry Chocolate Squares, an opinion from a blind person with heightened taste buds, they’re better off with white chocolate due to the tart in the berries and the bitterness of the chocolate. I did write to Ghiradelli and they will pass it along to their chocolate making department.

Well, that is it for this post! I do have new beauty controversy posts, one of them is about fake lashes due to a friend telling me that the glue is bad for the eyes! I am researching on this topic! I also want to do one on Highend vs. Dupes but with quality and formula all thanks to the Idesse nail polish because I have been watching videos of people having a lot of misses in the luxury department and drugstore since that tends to happen a lot! I will also research that!

I will also get yopu guys the Convention Spotlight on MegaCon in early May! So follow us on Twitter @ Nerdy Shique since that is where we update everyone on the convention front, what posts are up, and so on!