Shopping: Holiday Gift Guide 2017!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is November and we are getting closer to Christmas and you know what that means! It is time for a gift guide here. I have done gift giving advice here and back on Myspace when it was a thing and now it is time for a gift guide in case if you need some ideas!

MakeUp Sets: First is makeup sets! We all know the beauty lovers in our lives and getting that perfect makeup gift would help. We do have the beginners and experts that we know when it comes to makeup and Holiday time is when the brands come out with their own makeup set. I have gotten some in the past and even purchased a few for myself this year and they are worth it. Some of the makeup sets that are big this year include Tarte’s Holiday sets which you can find at Ulta and Sephora depending on who has what, Kat Von D’s Saint & Sinner pallet which would be a big one to ask on any list, but if you want to go for drugstore E. L. F. has released a lot of sets from brushes to highlighters and even stocking stuffer gifts. If you want a better list of sets, I would suggest watching Kat and Hayleigh (sorry if I butchered the spelling) on Beauty News since they talk a lot about new releases even for holiday and Jen Luv’s Reviews for new holiday releases every week on What’s Up In MakeUp and I suggest joining the Facebook group since everyone helps in suggesting products so asking for what gift to ask for or get for someone special they are willing to help. Heck, they helped me with selfie advice.

When it comes to some sets I would suggest, I would suggest the Ulta sets in Be Gorgeous, Beauty Treasures, and Love MakeUp because not only you get a lot of makeup but it does come in nice cases that you can keep. If you have someone that loves jewelry boxes, I would suggest the Beauty Treasures because you can remove the face and eye pallets for convenience since they are not in the signature plastic casing like the Be Gorgeous one. Plus you can go through the drawers very easily for what you need for instance, one drawer is for the concealers and eye primers, another one is for the brow powders, gel liners, cream shadows, and eye topcoats, and the last drawer has the lip items, the brow mascara, and a blush brush and dual ended eye brush. You would pay a bit more for this and good thing is the eye pallet has a lot of warm and cool shades to play with. If you have someone that loves train cases more for convention travel or vacations, then the Be Gorgeous and Love MakeUp sets are for them. I just got the Love MakeUp on sale and these two sets do have your usual eye shadow pallet which the Be Gorgeous comes with 42 shades while Love Makeup comes with 36 and you can create a lot of looks with these and you do have your essentials like your bronzers, gel liners, brow powders, but interesting thing is that the Love MakeUp does not come with the primers. I would suggest using your usual eye primers with the Be Gorgeous and Beauty Treasures sets because I find the Ulta primers in these sets too drying. Also, with Love MakeUp you do get lip liners. I would say for either of these sets to see which one would be worth more to give and again to see if the person loves train cases or jewelry boxes. These sets do retail for $29 which is Beauty Treasures and $24 for the other two but they do have specials on the train case sets.

Nerd Memorabilia: Here at Nerdy Shique Universe, we do include nerds when it comes to giving gifts and many stores do carry a lot of merch based on Doctor Who, Harry Potter, even Dungeons & Dragons. Your best places to find these things are Barnes & Noble, especially the ones with music and movies being sold, Best Buy where they sell Marvel themed thumb drives and other pop culture related things mixed with tech, F. Y. E. for a lot of your merch and tees, Hot Topic being the biggest, and two more stores to mention that we do have here in Orlando and they are Pop Cult where there are way more pop culture items like Hello Kitty, Pokemon, and more, and Box Lunch which has more of the classic pop culture stuff like Miyazaki films and 90’s themed stuff. Gondras did get me a Gigi from Kiki’s Delivery Service as a coin bank last year for Christmas from Box Lunch by the way. Nice thing about that place, they do put your purchases in a lunchbox like carton since it does match the name. I know I will be hitting the Hot Topic website for Gondras this year! Lol

Bath & Body Sets: I know a lot of us love to pamper ourselves after a stressful week at work, heck even a stressful weekend at a convention, so having a a set of bath or skin care or body products to help soothe that aching foot or to calm the skin from stress is a way to go. Many brands have been coming out with sheet masks to help with the skin, even on a plane which I hear people use sheet masks to help with the dry air on a plane, and you know the holidays are HUGE for travel! You can get some of these sets from Sephora where they have skin care sets from Glam Glow, Tachia, Boshia, and much more. Emily Noelle even talked about some masks she got with holiday scents recently like pumpkin spice and sugar cookie and I think those are Ulta and you do have other brands at Ulta like Tony Moley, their in house brand of bath sets that you can get Buy One Get One 50% Off at the moment. I do hear the scents from Ulta do smell good. And of course, Bath & Body Works, my kryptonite with their Christmas scents! And of course, can’t forget Lush because they do have awesome gift sets with bath bombs, bubble bars, and they do come with mini shower gels in there too and good thing about getting these sets from Ulta, or Bath & Body Works, and Lush is that if the person never tried them before this is how you can try them. That is how I got into Lush by the way, Mommy Gondras did work for them seasonally back in 2007 and I got a gift box from their Christmas line and I was addicted, even to Snow Fairy. So, every year is Snow Fairy right after Christmas! So yes, sets are a good way to go!

Luxury Brand Sets: I can’t forget about this because there are times where we know someone that loves that luxury skin care brand or makeup brand and there are times where the singles are a bit pricey. A lot of the luxury brands do come out with their own holiday sets and if you have saved up a lot over time then getting a set like this would give the luxury lover a ton to try. One good set definitely to recommend are the mud mask sets from Glam Glow because you get to sample some of their more popular masks in one single set rather than trying to buy it for $50 (just guessing) and around this time there is the Sephora sale depending on your membership level you get 15% as a Bauty Insider and 20% for VIB and VIB Rouge which does help even when it comes to early gift shopping.

Train Cases: I feel like bringing these up as a possible gift item especially when I mentioned the Ulta sets before and that is train cases. If you don’t want to get the Ulta sets, there are the usual train cases that we love to travel with, heck I am going to be using my pink caboodle for Holiday Matsuri since that is what I use for my convention makeup stuff. These last you for a long time and they do come in many sizes and price ranges. I have a six tray one and it was $24 if I remembered and I got it from WalMart two years ago. Trust me, I have a lot of stuff to put in, lol! Anyways, besides WalMart selling these, you can find at Target, Ulta, and I believe Sephora too and of course Amazon and EBay does carry some of the older ones you may not be able to find in store anymore.

MakeUp Bags: Besides train cases, you can also get a loved one a makeup bag because a lot of us do travel and having that makeup bag is very handy! They come in all shapes and sizes and even in nerd memorabilia, heck I have a Pikachu and an Artemis one from Hot Topic since you know me, plus they do come as sets depending on the brand. For instance, Too Faced has a set where you get three mini shadow pallets, their Better Than Sex Mascara, and other items in a makeup bag. Even MAC has some such as their mini lip glass trio, which you can use the little makeup bag afterwards for lip stuff, bobby pins, and other things when you are on the go. Also, Sephora has really big ones every holiday and they come oujt with new designs for every holiday so you can get what you like. And in case if you are at a department store browsing makeup counters, some of the brands do include makeup bags as gifts with purchase, I do admit I take my mom’s Lancome ones due to how spatious they are. Lol! Speaking of gift sets…

Perfume and Cologne Sets: Besides beauty and clothing, there are the loved ones that love to smell good! I usually ask for perfume but due to how many bottles I have I have slowed down incredibly! Anyways, sets are a good thing to go with because there are times when a brand wants to treat the customer or their loved ones by selling the set together and they do come with pretty sweet stuff like a shower gel and lotion and sometimes even a bag to go with. For instance, my Nicole Richey perfume set came with a carrying bag. A good set that people suggest is the one from Sephora because they include a coupon to get the full-size perfume or cologne that is included in the set of minis of your choice.

Gift Cards: If you have a hard time choosing what you want to get someone, gift cards are a way to go! In my gift advice, I say pay attention to where your loved ones shop or ask where they like to go. If you can’t get an answer, you can get them a Visa gift card so they can spend it anywhere. Another good idea is if the person loves to play games on their devices or game systems, you can get them either a Google Play card, an ITunes card, or even the systems’ cards to use in their stores such as the PSN card in case if they want to get a classic game or pay for their membership at the end of the month.

Food Sets: Finally, there are times when we want to give a person a little something extra especially in their stocking and that is either something sweet like candy or a box of cocoa packets. Heck, my mom gave me a can of blueberry tea bags one year as her stocking stuffer gift because I love blueberries especially as a tea. Not only that, if you have a party to go to or your friend loves savory foods, Hickory Farms always, always, ALWAYS have stands every year! If you have not tried Hickory Farms, I suggest trying their turkey summer sausage. Anyways, this place is a good idea for any party platter or as a gift even the day after Christmas has a good sale with them which is buy one get one 50% off and that includes their food sets that come with pretty good mustard spreads to tell you the truth.

Etsy: Finally! Finally! If Didn’t mention this earlier, Etsy is also a good place for gifts! This has a lot of craft items made by people, think of it a craft version of EBay. Not only that, this is where most of the people I meet at Artists Alley sell here as well such as Black Flame Creations, Aunt Matilda’s, and a bunch more. You can find a lot of great jewelry, some people even sell kitchen items, even candles if you can’t walk into a Yankee Candle. Plus, a lot of stuff is really well priced and they do ship as soon as possible even in time for holiday time! For instance, I got Vivi a wolf necklace for her since I was her Secret Santa last year and I did remember how she loved wolves and found it when looking for steam punk jewelry and it did arrive on time. So, I would say look around Etsy and also sign up for their newsletters because they will give you some items as ideas and some of the stuff does get discounted depending on the seller.

That is it for this post! Hoping you got some inspiration from this post! Christmas is my fave time of year not only just for gifts and sales but also Holiday Matsuri and the Doctor Who special that comes around every year. So, good luck on your gift hunt! What is next? A new cosmetic controversy that may want you to think carefully of swatching a tester on yourself! Until next time!


April 2016 Haul

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Today I have a small haul for you since I haven’t done one in so long! This past month I have been at Hot Topic for a day and then did a girls’ day out with Stellar Nan and Vivi this past Thursday. I did get a few things at Target and WalMart but already mentioned those in my favorites! Let’s start with Hot Topic!

Hot Topic: I went to Hot Topic on a day off that Gondras had and we decided to see The Boss that day since I needed a comedy after being surrounded by my wallscroll, plushie, and Tardus poster covered walls for an entire week! The thing was that I was looking for blue lipstick. ::record screech:: I know, it sounds weird to hear that or read that here from me but I am thanking Jeffree Star and Vivi for it. Months ago I almost bought Kat Von D’s (finally got the right spelling) Poe at the Sephora in Altamonte but stepped away a bit since I rarely go bold when it comes to my makeup since I am used to neutral and smoky until Jeffree Star did a pastel goth look! He used a navy lipstick from his own line and I wanted to try out the pastel goth look and remembered Hot Topic had a blue lipstick in their Black Heart line and went to the Fashion Square location and they didn’t have one. I wasn’t the only one looking for it either because the guy working there that day said someone else was looking for it too. I decided why not go for black and they had it. That day we found out about their Buy One Get One % Off! I wanted to stick with the lipstick until Gondras had to point out a shirt! I have it in my hamper and it’s a new Doctor Who shirt of David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Peter Capaldi doing selfies and Peter is face palming thinking “I’m surrounded by idiots!” While David and Matt are doing their thing! They had others like the Van Gogh painting and a graffiti portrait of Peter in his 12th costume but the selfie one is the one I chosen due to how Gondras KNOWS I love the 10th and I do still have the Matt Smith quote on a poter in my room from his season about stories. I had to get the poster because of my writer side and that was during Ranger Stop. So, it didn’t end there either! I found out I was close to my having Hot Cash which I am not sure if it’s being redeemed or expired, not sure but I did get two other lipsticks and one of them is on Clearance by the looks of it and the two colors I got were a deep purple and a fushia pink. I felt good getting more Black Heart stuff since the last time I got anything was a smoky eyeliner pencil last year. I did call Florida Mall’s location but they didn’t have a blue lipstick either, I might call Altamonte’s since it is good to try and I do love their lip products but the packaging needs work in my opinion. Godifid Dotor Who earrings but I had to drag him away since I already spent the money and a lot of it! He knows I love earrings but don’t want to be tempted!

Girls’ Day Out: The reason why I called the Florida Mall location of Hot Topic is because we were going there this past Thursday! They didn’t have it so C’est la Vie! I did get my goal reached to get that blue lipstick and I found it at Mac! Reason why I had to go there is because it’s been a year since I shopped at Mac according to their website. I know I started doing it at the end of 2014 but the Daytona Beach location in their Dillard’s didn’t tell me about their little membership. I know it’s horrible but what can you do? Still, the good thing is that after a year I get a free eye shadow with a purchase and I had my eye on Satin Taupe! I wanted that shadow for a while due to how my eyes look good with taupe and I heard so many good things about this color due to the purple hints mixed in. I have Last Chance from NYX’s baked shadow line and love that one! Anyways, the one item I got for my purchase is Mac’s Royal! It is pretty much the same shade of blue that Jeffreee used in his video and so happy to pick it up there!

We did drop by Lush because Stellar never tried it before and wanted to see what we were talking about. We did bump into Tobi and Gondras while we were there and they were trying to find Ice Blue but it’s being discontinued which is sad. Why Lush? Why discontinue the faves of everybody and the popular products? I got a sample of the Ocean Salt scrub to try out. They have a lighter version which is without the most salt and then you have the heavy portion and I went with the lighter salt portion and it works better that way. I have sensitive skin as you know and don’t want to go heavy on the salt and was glad to hear they had the less salt portion and tried it out and so far so good my skin is not hating it. I am going to see how well it goes and if it does well then I will get an actual size of this version.

Next is Sephora and to announce…this is my very first purchase from Sephora! I normally go to Ulta since they tend to carry some of the higherend brands I love like Urban Decay and Too Faced but they do have drugstore on top of it so if you can’t go to any other places, Ulta is your one stop shop for it. I did try getting the Smashbox Photo Op Trio but had my card declined. I will get it some day. The thing I did get this time around is a Kat Von D lipstick! At first I was thinking of getting Echo from the liquid lipsticks days before since Gondras met someone who came into the deli while he was working and saw it on her lips and took a picture of it after asking her about it. Vivi did give me some black lipstick recommendations which were Slayer from the Studded Kiss line and Witches from the same one that Echo is in. The one I got and got my kitty ears going towards is Ion from the Studded Kiss line. It’s a gunmetal shade and it looks good on me! It was hard to choose because not only I did get the suggestion of Echo but Slayer did get sold out and Witches…Ion got me the most! Plus this lipstick smells amazing since it has the scent of Crème Broullie which is Kat’s fave dessert! I think Mac’s lipsticks also has the same scent. Vivi also shown me the green one that she got and thought it would look good as well, that is a possibility since I do have a CleanColor lipstick bundle in mind that has greens in it. I also got an eye shadow from Sephora’s line due to a $5 bin that was on display that Vivi found! That is not bad and it gives me a try at their stuff this way and I got a charcoal gray color! There was a taupe but somehow someone was like a ninja and bought it up! I think everyone was a ninja, heck the guy at Mac who helped me snuck behind us with my items to hand them over.

We did explore other places like one place that Hot Topic owns is Box Lunch and it is like Hot Topic but for more of the nerds and 90’s kids since they carry the classic Nicktoon shirts. Interesting fact about Nicktoons, especially Rugrats, it started on my sixth birthday! I know it is pretty cool and still made me happy that I got to have them start back then. Anyways, I did get a small button of a rainbow kitty and I do love kitties! I want to go back and get the Sonic Screwdriver pizza cutter, that would be fun cutting pizza with that and it has a battery compartment so it can do the sound effects. I needed more hand santizers so a stop at Bath and Body Works was a must! I always get the travel sizes for my makeup bags due to know not knowing when you need it, especially with convention time! I did smell the guy stuff since now they have stuff for men and man they smell amazing! Apparently Suave does commercials no saying that pople prefer Suave’s scents over Bath and Body’s scents, they do smell good but I would choose Bath and Body due to how much of a choice in scents and I prefer to have variety in my lotion scents so I wouldn’t be bored from just three of them. And of course I have to mention Vanilla Bean Noel every Christmas beats any vanilla scent and Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte is always my fave fall scent now! Sorry Suave, your oil infused line is my fave though. And finally, we goto check out Think Geek which is their only actual store open here in Orlando! We found where a friend of ours has a backpack that says “Bag of Holding” and we know where he got it from. This place is amazing! They have tons of stuff geeky from Doctor Who all the way to Pokemon! The thing that I like the most from them is of course the Spock oven mits and they are positioned in the “Live long and prosper” hand sign. What Gondras wants the most is the Sonic Screwdriver universal remote but need to be a best seller first to get that. If you’re in Orlando during the summer, should come to Think Geek!

Well, that is it for this haul! I feel accomplished now that I bought something at Sephora since I hear so many people loving it, including Vivi and able to step out of the comfort zone. I am even carrying my Black Heart black lipstick in my makeup bag if I’m feeling gothy around my buddies. Plus, nice alternative for concerts as well! Thank you Jeffree and thank you Vivi! Also, mission accomplished on the blue lipstick find and got my anniversary gift from Mac. I wonder if that free shadow thing happens every year because their shadows are amazing and very pigmented! I definitely want to shop more at Box Lunch since they have more nerdy things than Hot Topic and of course classic rock shirts.

That is about it for this post! Next will be the fake lashes post! Til next time!

What I Got for Christmas 2015!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Sorry for not keeping up with the Holiday Matsuri coverage but Christmas had us busy. I will try and get the Opening Ceremonies video up by tomorrow afternoon or Wednesday. Stay tuned for that! Since it is after Christmas, why not do a What I got for Christmas post!? Well, normally I do this after Christmas and since I am supposed to keep with the press stuff, why not take a break and do a pattern with this, my Best s and Worsts of 2015 and November and December Favorites! So, let’s see what’s my haul this year! A head’s up, I am not bragging at all, just a haul of items!

From Mommy Blue Cat: MONEY! Well, I got an early gift from my mom since I was going to Holiday Matsuri the weekend before Christmas, she was planning to give me a hundred bucks to use and decided why not give that in time for the convention to use for food and for whatever I have left before I get my newer debit card. A long story short, I went through a crisis where my bank dropped me due to a scam that was going on and didn’t notify me about it. A head’s up, watch out for anyone who is having a scam even with job related things. Anyways, I was sad, it did cheer me up and didn’t let it bother me because I was already happy with doing press and the cash I got did help out in getting me my breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the convention. I did have a tiny bit left to pick up my Amibo reader for my 3DS since I already have three of them and they are Pikachu, Gruninja, and Mewtwo! Mewtwo was something that we found at GameStop out of nowhere and it was the last one. Now I have the reader and will try and use it while playing Alpha Sapphire!

Daddy Blue Cat: With being dady’s little girl, I tend to go a bit crazy and this year, I did get an early gift which sometimes does happen when I tend to make my list early. I made my list super early, at the end of October due to how many things came out in the past few months and itching to make it! The item I got early was the Mega Mewtwo Y card and figure set from Pokemon! I have been getting into collecting Pokemon again well the cards anyway, you all know I love my plushies! The set comes with a special EX card of Mewtwo and then you have the figure of what version you got, I went with Y because I played the game and he looks similar to Mew. He is next to my Amibo of Mewtwo in my display case of figures! I did get a good haul of cards, even the Mega Mewtwo X EX card! I keep my shiny cards in a Pikachu tiny binder and pretty lucky with what I got in the packs lately!

When it comes to other nerd stuff, I did finally get Attack on Titan Part 2 but on Blue Ray. Apparently, it seems like DVDs are starting to phase out and only Blue Rays are being available even for anime. I did try seeing about getting the DVD version but FYE didn’t have it, but hey I will be using Gondras’ PS3 to watch it since knowing my mom wouldn’t want to hear titans eating people if I use her Blue Ray player. Also, had to get this after Christmas and that is a copy of Avengers: Age of Ultron. My dad said they sold out but he tried finding this movie in the anime section, which it is a Marvel movie. I find it weird, he found all the other Marvel movies I put on my list the past few years in the front of the store but not this one. I did get it on Blue Ray, hey at least I am building that collection when Gondras do live with each other. I also have Firefly on Blue Ray as well. Sooo yeah! I have to get Fairy Tail Part 16 on Amazon though since FYE sold out of it, they only had Part 18 and I am kind of OCD to watch things in order and collect in order after looking for all my FMA DVDs years ago out of order was a mess. So yeah, never did that again! At least, I can use EBates to get it!

Now for make up items! I started doing this after getting the ELF special edition pallets but went higher end since last year, which I got the Too Faced Chocolate Bar and Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 last year. This year I went a bit crazy with the list, well sort of. I was itching to get the Too Faced Stardust pallet and Urban Decay Naked Smoky! I heard so many good things about these pallets, even Vivi got the Stardust pallet when we went to Ulta with our buddy Kurious Keeper. So, on my list they went and glad to get them. That is also why I made my list super early because the videos really got me to doing so. I wore the Stardust pallet on Christmas since we were seeing Star Wars finally after knowing so many people went during Matsuri weekend and thought it would be fitting! My thoughts are that the pallet is easy to use, very easy to blend, I think I used the primer that came with it, I also used the Better Than Sex mascara and I can see why EVERYONE on YouTube loves it! It pretty much curls up my lashes like the Rimmel Glam Rock mascara I used on Christmas Eve with my golden eye look. I am not sure if I will get the actual size, I hope I do find the deluxe version since I do like the idea of smaller versions due to when they dry out you don’t feel so bad tossing out the smaller one. The Stardust pallet is in my train case with my Chocolate Bar pallet, knowing me I will reach for this along with my Dream Catcher pallets I have in there. While the Urban Decay Naked Smoky, I was so happy to get! I never gotten any of the regular Naked pallets, just the Naked Basics, the Smoked Pallet, and Ammo pallet as well, this one really got me to want it especially with how Graveyard Girl talked about it. I like the design on the pallet itself, it takes 3D to another level! To me the pallet has the same bar design as the Dream Catcher pallets but the shadows are in a line like the Basics pallets and get twelve instead of six! I hope I do get the Coastal Sense Revealed Smoky, since they made that, in BoxyCharm in the near future since the revealed pallets are supposed to be like the Naked pallets, at the same time I want to get the first two Naked pallets and see if Urban Decay makes a Naked 3 Basics so I can see if I like that to get the Naked 3! I wished that the Naked SMoky came with a mascara or the primer potion like how the Smoked and Ammo pallets did but it came with a nice double ended brush! Can’t wait to see how this pallet turns out!

Finally, I did have a back up pallet in case the first two sold out, which the Stardust one did do after Christmas shopping started. Well pretty much by Christmas Eve! Wasn’t able to find it on Ulta anywhere, so they did sell out. The back up was something I started getting into and that is Smashbox Cosmetics and the pallet I am talking about is the Full Exposure pallet! I am so happy to have the full version because I have the mini one that I got with my birthday coupon! I loved the shadows, even the ones in the try-it kit and still want to have the Photo Op trios but the Full Exposure shadow pallet really got me into loving Smashbox! It does come with fourteen shadows, which the top having shimmer shades and then the bottom with mattes! It is like the mini version but better! I like how the bigger version is leather bound like a book while the mini version is the same size as my digital camera! I will pop my mini version into my cosplay and professional make up case in case if I want to do a night time look or change up my make up for my cat persona! I do like that there is a brush in the pallet and put that into my train case since I do love double ended brushes the most! If you’re wondering, am I getting the Double Exposure at all? I am not that interested in it, I do like the idea of doing colorful looks but most of the time I do smoky or neutral type looks and do have some colorful shades in my make up stash, not sure if I will get the mini version to try out but it’s not as appealing as the Full Exposure was to me. Besides eye shadows, I did get my fave item of all during holiday time and Easter, LipSmackers! I love these lip balms, will keep on getting them more and more, which now they were picked up by the company that Wet N Wild is affiliated with, which I noticed the caps have more of a rounded edge versus the flat top! I love the flavors they come out with even if they are some classics and some new. Can’t wait what Easter brings this year if they bring the eggs back!

Gondras and Mommy Gondras: Of course Christmas cannot be complete with what I got from Gondras and his mom! His mom got me two items from Bat and Body Works and that is the Vanilla Bean Noel foaming hand soap and lotion! I love this scent! It smells like vanilla frosting and have been a fan of it for years. I still have the lip gloss tubes and man those are even more delicious! Not sure when I will use the hand soap, but knowing me I am going to be using the body lotion like crazy! I still have the body splash she got me a few years back and have been using that, even when I am about to hit sleepy time! She also got me a box of teeny tiny nail polishes that have 24 bottles of them! She knows I love doing my nails, even for cosplay purposes, these are from Expressions Girl or something like that, some company I never heard of but these babies will last me for a long time or if I reuse them enough they would be loved! I can’t wait to see what colors are in this box since the bottles are so small I can’t label them, it’s okay, it’s a nice surprise!

Gondras did get me a Pokemon item and that is the Legendary Pikachu set! We saw this in my local GameStop and he knew I wanted this because it comes with four or five packs I believe, a shiny Pikachu EX card, and a pin! I love collecting pins and I have been getting Pikachu stuff due to it does evolve into my fave Pokemon of all, Raichu! Yes, I got the deck with him in it! I did get a pretty good haul out of this like Primal Grodon and Giratina from Third Gen! I also got a holographic Magnazone which I swapped out for the non-holo one in the Raichu deck.I am pretty lucky with Pokemon packs and since they made it a lot more better with the shiny cards, even doing energy background holos with the Pokemon, it becomes even better! And of course, we did go to Lush as part of our Christmas tradition! Instead of medium bottles, Gondras did get me the Buy One Get One Free on a large bottles of Snow Fairy due to personal reasons, but hey, still have enough bottles of shower gel from years past of Snow Fairy,, some might be Twilight, Ponche, and knowing two left of So White from last year, plus there was something weird that he did see with the medium bottles and that is how one of them did seem to separate in the shower gel. Not sure if it was all, but normally that doesn’t happen with Snow Fairy by what I seen in what I have. They do use bananas for the sweet scent as an added ingredient, I guess this year the formula went weird in the medium bottles and at least now I have larger bottles to last me! If I run out, there is Bath and Body Works and the Lush in millennia since I am running low on my Celestial moisturizer and will turn in my containers for another face mask soon! Speaking of containers, I did pick up two containers of each of the Christmas shower jellies and they are Snowman and Santa’s Belly! I started getting into the jellies again after loving the Night Wing from Halloween and of course that container is with my new collection of them, that I decided why not get the Christmas onex afterwards? I did love both smells since Snowman smells like carrot juice but sweeter and Santa’s Belly has its sweetness as well. I like to break off pieces of these and then pour my shower gel on top to give me an added smell and it does make my skin soft! If you haven’t tried any of the shower jellies, do it! You will enjoy them!

Well, that is about it! A pretty good haul for Christmas and afterwards. Almost forgot, I did go to Hot Topic and got Pokemon earrings of the Kanto starters and Pikachu all thanks to PikaBelleChu mentioning them on Facebook and did get a new thumb drive at Best Buy with a gift certificate I had in my account. Yay! As said above, I will be posting the Opening Ceremonies video and any others we got, we also need to get the pictures up since we want to make a gallery of everything we’ve taken pics of during Holiday Matsuri! So stay tuned, even for November and December Faves and Bests and Worsts!

Major Collective Haul!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I decided to take a post break with convention stuff since I have a collective haul for you guys! It’s been a while since I had a haul on here and it deals with Lush, Ulta with a visit and an online order, Bath and Body Works, and of course Walgreens! This going to be a long one! Almost forgot, Spirit Halloween due to it being Halloween as well!

Lush: It’s been months since I been to Lush! I think the last time I was there was when I got a new container of R&B and Shine So Bright, since those two are my two all fave hair products, pretty much Holy Grail because they keep my hair smooth with the oils I use and my split ends out! Anyways, reason I had to go there was for a free face mask due to collecting five containers. If anyone’s wants to get into Lush, this is a great concept since the containers are made of recyclable materials, I mean the ones for the hair products like R&B, the lotions, now shower creams, and so many others and you collect five and get a free mask and great thing is that the container the mask comes in also counts, which if you get done with a mask you receive you save the little potted container. Anyways, I traded in for the OateFix face mask! You guys know my skin is very sensitive and need to be careful with what I use on it and decided it’s time to try the masks again due to how my skin is not too picky as it was in the past with Lush products. It is still buddy buddy with my Celestial and did mention how my skin was sensitive to the girl and she let me try out Oat Fix and one called BB Seaweed to see how it reacts. It did not like BB Seaweed since don’t know how it happens but my skin does not like seaweed on it, even when I tried the Aquamarine face wash from Lush, it hates seaweed but my stomach love it when I eat it. I was glad to get Oat Fix and the smell is still the same! What do I mean by that? The ingredients are oatmeal, banana, and other ingredients and it smells like banana bread but to me it takes on more of the smell of the waffle bowls that cook at Coldstone. I say try this mask out if you have sensitive skin!

Another item I got was finally something eyed and tried and that is the Dirty styling cream! I love the scent of Dirty and I was sad that they discontinued the perfume and the shower gel since I love mint and this scent is very clean, even as a shower gel! I don’t get why they had to discontinue those two items with how popular the Dirty line is and when I found out that the Styling Cream was made I decided to go into the Florida Mall location for a sample and loved it! It is not like a hair gel nor heavy like one, it is very light and it has a medium hold to it, which I don’t mind since years ago that is how I wore my hair gel, within the 6-7 range in the LA Looks line. They need to bring back the shower gel and perfume because I love this scent! I am glad that I can trade the container in when I’m done, which will probably take forever to do.

And finally, I got something I have loved forever and haven’t gotten in years and that is a piece of the Karma soap! I loved this scent for many years and will never let go! It is a citrusy pichulli scent with sandalwood and smells very mazing. I still have the perfume left and afraid to finish it since it was one of the first scents that got me into Lush and it’s my second all time fave next to Snow Fairy. Even when I picked up the chunk they had in the store while my dad was smelling all the other soaps, I was like “I miss this scent!” That was when he asked for the quarter of a pound because he knows I love it.

I am going back when they call me about this and that is since Halloween items come out every year at Lush they have gift sets now for it and they have a pumpkin and a bat and they didn’t start selling til recently and sold out of them. The pumpkin one contains bath items while the bat contains shower items and one newer shower jelly called Night Wing. I did call them to see if they have any in stock but sold out, I am hoping I get a call Monday when they get a new shipment! I notice how Halloween stuff sometimes sells slowly but this year it is selling out fast! I still have my Magic Pumpkin from last year since I haven’t done many baths but will have to use it! Crossing my fingers to see about the Bat Hibijibi and try out that new shower jelly.

Walgreens! Should’ve started off with this but going out of order! I have gone to Walgreens three times and two times for Wet N Wild and Cover Girl while the last one was to get Rimmel and Furgy. First, if you read my Fall Favorites I mentioned that I found the newer Fall Collection from Wet N Wild called Here’s to the Wild! I have to thank Vivi for making the video about this collection because I haven’t gotten anything WNW for many months because of getting stuff by NYX, Rimmel, especially the new Provocalips collection months ago, and other lines until now. I got two of the nail polishes, one of the lipsticks, and one of the shadow pallets! I got the lipstick in Coffee Buzz which is a berry brown color according to Vivi. I haven’t gotten a brown lipstick in forever, especially this one being so unique to me and had to get it. Vivi did mention that it is hard to find some of the colors but the location I went to had it and was glad to get it. It stays put like the Color Tattoos with the feel of it. I picked up two of the nail polishes and they are Pop Up Blue Teak and Thrift Shopaholic, which Pop-Up Blue Teak is a sapphire blue which I love blue polishes, if you see my collection of polishes it is pretty much the good portion even in Sinful Colors, and that got me wanting it after how Vivi described it. It is the hardest to find but I found it easily along with Thrift Shopaholic which is a purple shade and purple is the second most colors I own and glad that this one exists in the collection. I did almost thinka bout getting I Moss Have It but didn’t appeal to me much. I got one of the eye shadow pallets though and can’t get the name because I took off the sticker before knowing what it was. I am not sure if it’s Gallery Next Door or since I hear it has purple shades and blue ones and that is what I remembered from the one I got. I did get two items from the permanent vollrvyion dinvr iy was Biy One Get One Half Off on WNW and got a black glitter liner because my Hot Topic one was a bit old and getting dried iyt and glad that I found one by WNW. I also got another eye shadow pallet but it’s a trio and that is Walking On Egg Shells. I did forget to mention the newer pallets in the Here’s to the Wild Ones are five pan pallets and I heard good things about the Egg Shells trio and decided to finally get it. I did walk by the Sinful Halloween display and picked up a bottle of High Spirits, which is a dark polish I haven’t gotten before and I do love the Halloween display by Sinful due to how I can get my paws on polishes I can’t find on a regular basis.

Another trip to Walgreens got me due to how Vivi told me about Cover Girl releasing Star Wars Limited Edition items. The collection is supposed to have nail polishes but didn’t find them, I did find the mascaras and they are just tubes with quotes on them which I feel I can just buy the tube without the packaging. The lipsticks, on the other hand, really caught my interest and I got the ones in a shimmery pink and the other a shimmery plum. They don’t have names which is odd and kind of disappointing which they should’ve named them after several of the girl characters such as Lea and Asoka as examples. I did pick up two of the Fantasymakers stuff, which one I had to return because it turned out to be face paints and I tend not to use the Halloween paints but I did get a red lipstick from the line. And the last visit was to find the Rimmel Apocalips or Show Off Lip Lacquers here in the states in Star Gazer since it felt like the one I had was a bit low. I couldn’t find it but found one of the velvet ones in Atomic Rose and got it because I heard good things about the velvet line in this formula. I will see how that goes! I did find two highlighters from the Wet N Wild Furgy collection. I hseen how Kathleen Lights goes crazy for the one known as Hollywood Boulevard which is a very gold highlighter. She said it was limited edition but the girl who works at Walgreens told me they are permanent. I was also able to pick up Rose Gold Goodness from the same line to at least try out a rosy shade. I am glad to try these out since I have been into highlighters whenever I like to give myself a bit of shimmer.

Bath and Body Works! I did drop by Bath and Body Works for more of the fall hand sanitizers since I have been pumpkin crazy! I did get a few scents in my fave Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte scent, which when I smelled it it smelled stronger than I was used to from one of the ones I got back in September. Not sure if it’s the newer batch that got stocked at the Millennia location, I did pick one up anyways! I also picked up Pumpkin Cupcake and one in particular that made me curious to get and that is the Pumpkin Pecan Waffles because of how Young Wild and Polished talked about how this scent is her fave candle and in hand sanitizer form it smells amazing! It smells like what if you turned pumpkins into syrup! I did pick up another Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte item but it’s the shower gel this time! I almost thought about getting the body mist again and a guy that worked there said they sold out the day before but was happy they got the shower gel! It smells like lattes in the shower gel and I am going to be using it next to have a break from my Lush shower gels.

Ulta! Next is Ulta! I shopped in store and online because I was looking for the make up line known as Make Up Revolution. I heard about this brand from YouTube and decided to look on their website and found that there were a lot of things from this brand. This brand orginated from London and it feels like a lot of European companies are sending their stuff to our lands such as Make Up Academy being at CVS and Make Up Revolution being at Ulta. I decided to see if any of the locations near me has it in stores and well Altamonte didn’t have it, they even thought I said Make Up Forever, Winter Park had it, and then Milennia, which is where I got two of the items. I wanted to try out a highlighter and got the one in Golden Lights which is a golden toned glittery highlight. I tried it out and man gives you pretty good amounts with a brush stroke and does blend nicely into blush. That was not the only thing I got that visit, I also got the Iconic 2 pallet which is an eye shadow pallet that is very affordable when it looks like a higher end one. That is one thing about Make Up Revolution is that it’s drugstore prices for this brand and the highlighter was $6 and the Iconic 2 was $7. Not bad huh? This is a nice and smokey pallet that you can go smokey and dramatic and of course there are two other pallets in this range on top of it. The first has bronzey shades and the third one has a mix of rosey gold and neutrals. I think I will stick with the Iconic 2 pallet since smokey is what I like the most!

My second Ulta purchase was online and it was a last day thing for free shipping over $25 and other specials. I tried going for the buy 2 get one free for NYX and buy two and get two free on Ulta but realized I have too many eyeliners that I need to get through and the NYX sale kind of felt a little much. I think I prefer the buy one get one half off for NYX because when shopping with Ulta it does add up fast. I will say I did get one eyeliner and that is from Essence and it’s the automatic gel liner in Gunmetal. I normally don’t go for automatics but since I have gotten lipliners and eyeliners in the automatic pen, I got used to it! The reason why I went with this is not only helped with me getting to the free shipping and have been looking for another gunmetal color eyeliner because the Pacifica sample liner I got from Ipsy is getting shorter and it’s hard to find. I am not sure if Target sells it, I may have to check at some point but at least Essence makes one and I did start liking this brand due to buying the Bare to Be Nude set from Ipsy. Come to think of it, I do have the automatic liner in brown all thanks to that set! I did want some more of the gel liners from Ulta in colors that sound cool, I still have a Night Sky pencil which I almost got another of which I am going to finish first.The next item is another Make Up Revolution product and that is the Unicorns Unite pallet from the Salvation pallets. My dad did read out all the pallets due to how it is hard for me to know which one is which and he read the Unicorns one weirdly and that had me take a look at it and was happy about it because it has shimmer shimmer shades and matte ones and I did read great reviews about it. I tried to find out if Winter Park had it and they only had the Mermaid one and something else. This was $10 which is not bad and when I received it in the mail it looked amazing from what I could see in the light! What I like is that this has more jewel tones than the NYX Wicked Dreams pallet that I got a year ago while hunting the Dream Catcher pallets. I even like the layout which the first two rows are boxes and the final row is circular which makes crease brushes get in easily. There is a sponge tipped double ended brush which I don’t use since I prefer using my brushes. I also like how it’s bigger than the Wicked Dreams pallet and prettier. If you want to check this pallet out, I highly recommend it! I did try out the Iconic shadows and the feeling is buttery and knowing the Unicorns one will be too! Don’t know why I am on a unicorn craze, heck I got earrings from Claires. Anyways, the final item I got was the Real Techniques Core Collection! I have been brush crazy and what got me to the site besides the other two specials was the 25% off Real Techniques items such as the sets, the Metals collection, which no matter the discount was pretty expensive, and so much more. I decided to get the Core Collection since it was originally $17 and it was brought down by $4. I almost got the Dual Fiber Brush Set, which is a limited edition set, but didn’t appeal much since it has a contour brush and I don’t contour and I did watch a review and said the set was okay. The Core Collection on the other hand is a set of four of their brushes which comes with a detailer brush that is used for concealer and it says that it can be used for a lip brush for lipstick, which can’t get enough of! Then pointed foundation brush for liquid foundation which I tend to use and may use this at some point! Buffing brush is for powder and mineral foundation which of course I like the use of different brushes, I am using one of my kabuki brushes that I got from ELF and Bella Pierre. Finally, the contour brush which I can use for my powder highlights! I am not sure about the liquid ones I have from ELF and NYX, but will have to see!

Spirit Halloween! Since it’s Halloween month, I decided this year to do Blair again from Soul Eater because I liked doing it and last time I done it I just worn tights and an older pair of shoes since I was tight for time in college. This time I decided to go and get pumpkin socks which I was glad to find and they are knee ones as well. These are very comfy and not as bad as tights. I did find a pair of tights with pumpkins at the knees but then Gondras saw the ones I wanted. Then decided to go extra and look for pumpkin earrings. The guy that worked there is very sweet and helped by showing the different ones and a set he shown me was a three pair of witches on a broom, ghosts, and pumpkins with cats. I am a sucker for cats so that will be perfect due to Blair turning into a cat! I did have to go back for an exchange because I didn’t know until one of the witches were missing and was lucky to find out they still had the set. I did try and see if they had a set of the studs that included plain pumpkins but they sold out. I did ask about bats, I can’t help it they’re cute as well, and found a set with two dangling earrings with one pair of spider webs and bats with a moon, and then a pair of studs with spiders. I did wear the spider ones earlier to break them in and they feel comfy! I want to wear the bat ones next! I am kind of going earring crazy lately as well, I guess I like the idea of changing out and wear different pairs! I still love my Harley Quin ones of course! I did go to Claire’s earlier in the week and did find the unicorn ones I wanted that I couldn’t find at a different location and did get a mix and match of a star and moon and a pair jeweled star studs! Gotta love buy two get one free!

That is it for this haul! Man, it took all day to write! I will do the Best and Worst Places to Eat At During a Convention post next! Stay tuned!

ELF Haul: Ship For Free Special!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Finally I got my ELF order and an extra order due to the problem. What happened exactly?

Well, last month, ELF sent everyone who was surbscribed to their e-mail list a code to have anything shipped for free, it was also advertised on their site and decided to take advantage of it. This was the right time since they released new moisturizing lipsticks and decided to get some more and did have to get a re-purchase of an item and when things were shipped, I waited and then got someone else’s items. I had to contact ELF and they said that I can keep them and they will ship the person another order to them. I did get my order the next day but two items were missing and called them last Tuesday about it and then shipped me another order of my items and I did make a joke that they should send me a gift card. I checked my e-mail and earlier that morning they sent me an e-gift card for $5 and was glad to use it that same day. What did I get exactly?

Order Number 1:

Moisturizing Lipsticks in Bardeaux Beauty, Pink Minx, and Marsala Blush! This time around I decided to get two of the newer lipsticks and one of the older ones! I do have the one in Rosie-Go-Round and liked how it felt and decided why not get a few more with this deal. The two newer ones I picked up were Marsala Blush and Bardeaux Beauty. I was curious about these two and a few others and they seem to be complicated with how I was going to choose them and I decided on these two. Marsala Blush is a mauve color which I have been curious about trying out mauve colored lips. I think I have a mauve colored lip glosss somewhere in my major collection of lip colors and this is a nice one to try out as a little stepping stone. Next is Bardeaux Beauty which is a crimson-like red and since I am getting more into red lipsticks and glosses, I think it was time to try out a wine-ish color for a change. I did hear that some of these didn’t come out as pigmented as they hoped in videos but they did up their formula in some of them. I kind of see what they are talking about since Rosie is pretty moisturizing and one YouTuber said that when they first tried the color Cheeky, which is a bit of a rose gold, it was very drying. I do admit I use a lot of lip balm because my lips do dry out without applying it but the application goes on better with lip balm, that is just me. And the theird color, which is an oldie, is Pink Minx! I went back to my pink comfort zone when it comes to lips and it let me explore some of the older shades with the new. I do want to get Red Carpet, which I believe I got or not, there is always next time! The berry shades do catch my kitty ears and not sure if I will get those when they arrive at Target, I will try these out first before getting any more. If anyone loves black lipstick, you are in luck because the darkest shade in these new ones is a black one iknown as Black Out. Any cosplayers looking for a cheap lipstick, there you go!

Brush Cleanser! Yep, I got my daily brush cleanser spray and this was missing from my order when I got it in the mail. I am so glad to get it this time around because it is the best cleanser you can get for cheap! If you read my favorites post for July and August, this is the easiest cleaner you will ever buy! You just spray it on your bristles and rub all the residue off with a towel or rag and then let it air dry and you are good to go. Plus, it makes the bristles smell nice! If you can’t get your paws on the brush cleaning solid, which I hear so many people rave about, or the professional one from Michael’s, which people do clean their make up brushes with, or Sally Beauty Supply, I would suggest getting this one because it works as well!

Lip Liner in Mauve Lux! After getting the lipsticks and the brush cleanser, I decided to venture in the lip liner section. All thanks to my beauty subscriptions I have way too many eye liners and trying not to buy anymore and decided to get a few more lip liners because I wanted to get more into those. I found the Long Lasting Liners and they had three to choose from and went with Mauve Lux. I thought this would be a nice one to start with due to it being in the pinkish-purple range and it would give a darker edge to my lips. Great thing is that this liner does come with a sharpener, which I will carry in my make up bag for my lip liners I travel with. Not a bad thing to include, plus I do have my universal lead sharpener from Revlon. I do have an extra all thanks to the order mix up, since my package did come with this last Tuesday.

Shimmer Face Whip in Pink Lemonade! Oh man, how can I talk about this without laughing a little. When I got the other person’s order by mistake, I ended up with three of these Face Shimmering Whips, which I was curious in trying other illuminators. I picked out Pink Lemonade because it said in the description that it is the highest rated item by Allure and decided why not choose it? On top of that, did get two of the other ones and they are in Lilac Petal and Spotlight Fuschia I believe and when my actual envelope arrived I did receive my tube of Pink Lemonade. And then another in the order that was sent Thursday. I have three Pink Lemonades now and glad to try these out! Yeah, I do have two other of the colors that they made and it gives me a better idea of what they are like. I do like the smell though, they remind me of shervert and they do blend despite how sticky they are but they do stick well and I like that in a liquid type highlighter because I tend to have ones that were runny like crazy when you squeeze a small bit! I am so glad my NYX one is in control when I use it. Plus, you get a generous size, the tube is small because you only need one or two droplets for each cheek, which I wore one and it only need one droplet for both my cheeks and then blended into my skin. If you are in a need of a highlighter that is not runny and will give you too much in one squeeze, these are it and they are rated pretty high on the ELF site and plus you get it for $2 which is cheaper than a lot of highend stuff.

Shipment #2!

Essentials Brush Set! As you guys know I did get a gift card as an apology for my troubles and it was $5 and it was good to use since of course ELF is inexpensive! I did get two more items, I didn’t go back to the lipsticks since I have so many lip products as is! I did wanted to get a brush set and decided to go with the Essentials 12 Brush Set. I have been brush crazy and this kind of shows it. I love ELF’s brushes because of how soft they are and they aren’t expensive at all! In that order mix up, I did get the contour brush but gave it to my mom since she doesn’t have any and I don’t contour. I did tell her that these brushes are good and best to get these since she went to the department stores and were going to charge her $80 a brush, which is ridiculous mind you! The set includes your essentials in eyes, even a lip brush, and face, gotta love the signature name! It costs $12 and it gives me the nice range and of course can switch out whenever I need to. I would suggest getting this set for a loved one or yourself if you are looking for an inexpensive set, plus the kabuki brush is a must have since they are nice and soft!

Smudge Pot in Ocean Bound! I decided to go curious kitten on the eye shadow page and ran into the smudge pot section! I do love my Maybelline Color Tattoos, especially with cosplay looks, I decided why not check these out since they do have good reviews. It was hard to choose which color because I didn’t have an idea of which is which, even tried watching a few YouTube videos on them, but did decide on Ocean Bound which speaks for itself as a ocean colored shadow. These are pigmented according to people and willing to see if they are and they aren’t as expensive as MAC Paint Pots, which makes it better. I will see how this goes.

Amzaon: I did go on an Amazon shopping trip because of something I was looking for and that is the Z Pallet! Everyone on YouTube talk about these and since my Ulta Blockbuster set that is in the canvas casing kept on falling and it is a little warped, I decided why not deport it and get a Z Pallet for it. I did get a large one and a small one because the blushes wouldn’t fit in the bigger one due to how many shadows were in it but the problem is due to how powdery and chalky the shadows are they kept on breaking and spreading powder all over the place. That didn’t work out well, plus some of the pans do bend easily at times. I did get the blushes out pretty well and put them in the small one and it’s in my make up travel case since they are compact and willing to finish them with my other blushes. While the other pallet, I decided why not put the small Ulta quads that came in the set and the little make up bags since those contain shadows similar to the set I tried depotting the shadow pallet. It works since I can remove the plastic covering and also did notice one of them keeps on losing the covering. I am getting more metal plates to keep them down in the pallet since my failed attempts at getting the depotting to work caused me to use up a good majority of the metal stick ons that came with the pallets that I ordered. I am glad to do the quads and it will help me use up some of the shadows more. I will update you guys on how it goes!

Before I finish this post, I want to thank the ELF Team because they were amazing throughout my order situation and very patient. I appreciated that they did give me a gift card and was glad to put it to use on their lovely brushes! They are one of the nicest staff teams I ever met and very understanding too!I am still going to order from ELF and of course buy items from Target and WalMart from their sections, even Walgreens during Christmas. If you haven’t checked them out, is their website! Thank you ELF Team for everything!

That is it for this post! Stay tuned for my many other posts!

Target Haul: September 1st!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I know this was supposed to be an ELF haul but due to shipping problems I have to wait for my stuff. Be glad I went to Target today when I thought I had an appointment this morning. I needed a few things and did pick up a few make up items while I was at it and a few things I wanted to try while another was something that a fave YouTuber tends to rave about!

The Essentials: First I needed more of my Clean and Clear Sensitive Skin Toner because I tend to go through it pretty quickly and now at a half a bottle or less since I use this item twice a day as directed, well there are times when I do it once a day. I love this stuff since a lot of companies do make sensitive skin items when it comes to skin care. Next is the Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine for Frizzy Hair! I started using this when I had highlights at the beginning of the year and it kept my hair from going crispy like when they blow dry it and put hairspray in it, which was a big no-no and wished it didn’t happen due to my hair being a frizz ball. So glad I use the Marc Anthony Argon Oil Hairspray. Anyways, this Frizzy Hair oil was suggested by dorm staff in Daytona and it works wonders and it’s my third purchase of it! I use it when I wash my hair and on days where I use my dry shampoo and need to give it my hair treatment pick me up!

Make Up Items: Well, went down the make up area because I was looking to try newer items and one of them was a stop at ELF and since I wanted to try their face primer and glad to know that Target carries it. There were four different ones in this range which were the hydrating one, the porerless one, and two different versions for tone correcting. I went with poreless because I tend to have that run in with pores around my nose and I feel the gunk from my make up go into my nose ridges and have to use the strip time-to-time but they are stubborn like crazy! I am thinking to the radio commercial on ITunes for the Biore Charcoal Strips, which I am thinking of trying those next, talking about how gross they are and with me they are a pain! Hoping this doesn’t break me out since the Smashbox one did kind of do that and it may have been the batch I got in the Try It kit and ELF items for face tend to have salisilic acid, let’s see how this works!

Next, since it was the next section over, stopped by Maybelline to pick up the Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara! Since I have so many shadows, liners, and wanted to try out newer mascaras as a break, which I had a shadow purchase and that’s next, decided to check out another Colossal counterpart. I almost got the regular one since Vivi liked that one and I already like the Chaotic, but what caught my ears the most is the Cat Eyes one! Of course, mention “cat” you got my ears! It claims that the formula in this mascara spikes out lashes to give more of a cat eye look, especially at the corners. I have to try this out and see how it goes since it will be my first time trying it out and if it goes well like the Chaotic, which I did get my second tube of not too long ago, then I will wear it with my cat ears, collar, and now tail.

Next, I tried dropping by Rimmel to see if they had the East End Snob lip liner and they didn’t at the location I went to. I ended up going through it due to all the points breaking off and will have to remember that not to touch it too much and it will break everytime. I still love the liner and will probably look at Ulta on another girls’ day thing or at Walgreens or WalMart. I did pop by L’Oreal since I kept on hearing Kathleen Lights talking about the Telescopic mascara and was glad to find it. I like the packaging on this a lot because it is pretty much a telescope for what it says on the packaging! It also claims that it defines lashes to make them longer. I will give this a try since I do like the Miss Manga, the newer Miss Manga Rock Edition, and the Butterfly mascara, which I like to try out newer ones and get the ones I like over and over. Let’s see how this one works out and end up on re-purchase lists!

Finally, the Infoluble eye shadow in Eternal Black! I have been on a eye shadow no-buy or try to since I did get the Hikari Ready for Fall set from Ipsy and that contained three shadows and it’s hard not to get any more shadows since they are a staple to wear and new ones keep coming out and I do like the drugstore ones I own, especially the Infolluble Shadows by L’Oreal! The ones I have in case you’re wondering are Soltry Smokes, since I use that for my L cosplay to accent his sleeping eye look and it looks nice for everyday wear, Iced Latte, a golden nude, Amber Rush, which is a copper nude Bronzed Taupe, which is taupe with a bit of a bronzey edge, , Midnight Blue, which looks amazing with my hazel eyes or green when it’s the right transformation (my eyes tend to do that), and Golden Sage, which is a golden green color. The one I got this time is Eternal Black because I have been a curious kitty in trying out black shadows and not just as a smoky eye thing. I have to thank Vivi for it since she is kind of having me step outside of the box due to showing me the Primal shadows by NYX that she recently picked up and one of them was black. I decided why not go for broke and get Eternal Black since Jen from Head to Toe talked about this color in a haul a while back, she did get me into these shadows all thanks to that haul, and knew I would probably pick it up someday since it’s a nice, shimmery black shadow! I may have to wear this for Soul Switch because I am thinking of wearing my zombie ravaged shirt. Still, glad to step out of the box for a bit and this will go nice with my black liners on top of it since I wear my Smoky liner from Hot Topic with Soltry Smokes!

Well, that is it for this haul! I will have the ELF haul up once I have this shipping situation fixed. I did call them a few minutes ago and they will be re-shipping my items, which I am thinking due to the “Ship for Free” special it caused a major mix up. I will tell the entire story once I get the entire order in and hoping that I get all six items I purchased originally. Stay tuned for that! Once that is done, will try and do the whole too young for make up post and then start my new segment, “Doesn’t Sound the Same.”

Mini Hot Cash Haul and ELF Haul!

Hello everyone and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I know I was going to be doing the next TransMedia Retrospective but decided to bring my Hot Cash and a small ELF haul for you! It’s been a while for a haul since we expanded into music and have been busy looking for a job and of course Braille Reading Contest! And this month will be busy as hell since Omni Expo is this month and I have my annual eye appointment…booo! Anyuway, let’s get started!

Hot Topic Hot Cash for April! Well, I was glad to get money in my account which is down to little due to finding the Pikachu plushie I was looking for for a little while now and did get the alert texts from Hot Topic a week ago with the whole “It’s the last day! Use it!” So, did and man I had a hard time finding things that I wanted. Didn’t go for shirts since I have enough shirts as is right now and found three items and then later on went to the store while dropping an application.

Harley Quin Nylon Train Case! You guys know I love Harley Quin and jester characters, such as Kuromi from Sanrio the most! But of course Harley Quin is my most fave when it comes to DC, and of course she’s the answer to creating a Dead Pool. If you’re wondering what that means….well Gondras read me the new Harley comic and she is pretty much Dead Pool in DC and pretty much goes with the alternate voice but in a stuffed beaver doll named Bernie and she does break the fourth wall a lot! It’s funny and cute, of course Ivy shows up since they are always paired up! Back to the haul, I had a hard time choosing what I wanted and decided to look around the Harley stuff since it’s been a while since I got anything of her after the perfume and robe, I found this and it’s a train case that is pretty much a Caboodle with the Harley logo in the Batman logo style! It has the mirror and man it’s more roomier than my old Caboodle! I was surprised I was able to fit a lot of things! At first I thought it would be small to keep my professional kit but I can keep both that and my cosplay make up kit which these kits are both my Naked Basics pallets, the Almay Bold Nudes pallet in the Green Eyes version, my Maybelline Rose Petal blush, my ELF Essentials Clear Brow and Lash mascara, my Rob Sheppy pallet for my Pokemon costume for Omni this year, my color tattoo in Inked in Pink, which I am definitely going to get my Fairy Tail mark done when I do Lucy for AFO, my Cupcake Butter Gloss and Cupcake Lip Butter! I almost thought about putting the Miss Manga mascara in it buuuuttt I tend to wear it on some days when I feel like grabbing it. Forgot to mention, my blush I am using for my ice trainer as well. And of cour a brush to draw the Fairy Tail mark! I am so glad to find this on there because I almost got the make up bag but I have enough of them due to Ipsy that I don’t need anymore! Thought this was a good choice since the make up bag I used for the professional kit was getting fuller with the Naked Basic pallets. On top of that, the one I had from Caboodles was breaking a little. Way to go Hot Topic!

Polka Dot Brush Set! Lately I have been having a bit of a brush obsession! Didn’t help that I had to replace my eyebrow brush that came in my brush set from WalMart with a Real Techniques one. While going through Hot Topic’s site, I looked around in the make up area and found this and that is a set of five brushes and they have polka dot patterns on them! I did like the price since they were around 50 cents less than what WalMart sold and I did see they got a 5 out of 5 rating on the website. It looks like the set has a face brush, three eye brushes, one for the crease or liner, a precise chisel brush, and a regular eye brush, and of course an eyebrow brush, always good to have a spare just in case! They also feel pretty lightweight and can’t wait to use them!

LA Girl Eye Shadow Brick in Smokey! Well, another eye shadow pallet to add to the arsenal of pallets I own and that is the Eye Shadow Brick in Smokey by LA Girl! I heard of LA Girl before through YouTube and was surprised that Hot Topic sold them along with their Black Heart make up line! I thought it would be great to check them out since I found this on their site. They do have the Nudes pallet if I remembered but the Smokey pallet caught my interest and decided to order it. The pallet is pretty big and it has twelve shadows and pretty versatile. I can’t wait to try these out since I heard good things about it and saw one bad review on it but it didn’t stop me. On the LA Girl site these retail for $9 while Hot Topic sold these for fifty cents more, which doesn’t make sense but at the same time was a good grab, especially with Hot Cash!

In Store: So, while dropping off an application to work, I decided to see if they had the Harley style logo necklace I saw on the website at the store since I feel as though I should’ve bought during the Hot Cash use and went and was told about the choker and got that along with a set of six pairs of Harley themed earrings, which feature some as Aces, the black and red diamonds you see on her jester outfit, and even the ones I am currently wearing and they are jester hats, which are cute! Unfortunately, I had to go back right away because the choker didn’t fit! I thought it would with the adjustable chain but it is more for someone with a tiny neck which I think is impossible, it would be more of a bracelet. I did exchange it by using the money to put it for the necklace to be shipped to the store. I need to mention this, there is one thing I missed that gets carried regularly in Hot Topic in the past and they were the belt chokers! They do get carried in October for Halloween but I do miss them being carried because it’s easier to wear the belt chokers since they are adjustable and it would be better if the Harley Quin chokers were in that style instead of the velvet types or just extend the ribbon to fit the bigger sizes. Heck, here’s a nice design idea, the belt choker with the black and red diamonds and then do the Harley logo. Sounds pretty good huh? I can’t wait to get my paws on the necklace and wear it.

E. L. F. Haul Time! Lately I have been going a little bit E. L. F. crazy. As you know, they are a make up company that gets carried in Target and in some WalMarts and Walgreens, well during Christmas. I had my eye on a few things on the website and have been hearing about and decided to get them. First, the website! After shopping on the Hot Topic website, decided to hop over to the E. L. F. website and decided to grab the Highlight pallet, which is a pallet that contains four highlighters. I am getting more into highlighting and saw that a lot of people loved this and I am glad to see what this will hold when I start using it. Another item is another Essntials Clear Brow and Lash Mascara because I feel mine will be running out soon and not sure if it’s carried in the stores and loved this product! And then did want the blush pallet but didn’t want to go crazy despite how cheap this brand is, so I decided to see if any of the Targets had it and they did. I was glad to drop by after an interview and get it for the Light Skin I believe and it has four blushes, one pink, one peach, a tan, and I think a coral. It felt soft when I wore it when Gondras and I saw Avengers 2 and it felt light! I do have an ELF studio blush and loved how that felt and this pallet still has that feeling! I will have to try it with the highlighter to see how that goes.

Well, that is it for this haul! Next up will be the Transmedia Retrospective I promised! Stay tuned!

Haul: Ulta and Target!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Well, still working on the Ipsy and BoxyCharm post since my BoxyCharm hasn’t arrived yet due to timing making it look like my box will be here today but because of President’s Day it meant no mail, so it won’t be here til tomorrow! In the meantime, another haul and this time it’s from Ulta and Target!


Ulta: So, this time with Ulta I was on the prowl for new NYX items and they sent me another free deluxe coupon for the Perversion Mascara! I haven’t finished my sample from Ipsy but hey it’s free and I do like the Perversion mascara and it sure beats paying for the price for a full size, even though I may get it at one point. I tried going to the Winter Park location since they carry more items but they didn’t have any of the new Intense Butter Glosses and went to Altamonte and man they were picked off by vultures!


I was glad to get my paws on at least one of the Intense Butter Glosses and that is in Napoleon, which is a peachy nude color and thought it would look nice since I do love my Peaches N Cream and Peach Cobbler glosses from the original Butter Glosses. I wanted to get Berry Streudel, Toasted Marshmallow, and Spice Cake but all they had left were the testers and Ulta can’t sell them. Sucks! I guess doing the buy one get one half off on lip items during the weekend really wiped them out! I did have better luck with the High Voltage lipsticks which got me interested through Color Swept Beauty! I tried finding the one she loved, Dalia, but they sold out like crazy! A lot of them were out of colors but I did manage to get one called Privelege, which is a pink color, and Rock Star, which is a light red and a nice way of going into reds. I did try going for Hollywood, which is a darker red, but they sold out of that one, there is always next time when they restock on everything and after a while the new dies down. I also was happy to get my paws on two of the new Prismatic shadows which they had a lot left of and got two colors that Color Swept Beauty mentioned and they were Tin and Punk Heart! I also remembered Tati mentioned Punk Heart since she was given some of the newer NYX stuff by a friend and knew I had to get this one because it’s a purple shadow and I do go for them because of my cobalt-hazel eyes. Tin is a silvery one that is a bit darker and it would also bring the gem green in my eyes from what people say when it comes to silver shadows on me. I may have to use this if I ever do my Ice Pokemon Trainer cosplay. And the final item is a cream blush, which I was sad that the Altamonte location didn’t have the new blushes in when Mondays are when they get a lot of new things delivered but the blushes that were new didn’t come in but I did decide to see what the blushes were like and picked up Rose Petal, which is a nice pinky shade! Good to try something I never tried before and NYX blushes are one of the things that do get pretty good reviews time to time from what I seen on YouTube. I will have to see with the restock!


Target: With Target, tried jump on the Easter LipSmackers since apparently some places started stocking all the spring and Easter items on Valentine’s Day, which is odd especially my mom saying some places started doing that a week earlier. I was hoping to get my paws on the newer Easter LipSmackers but was a bit too early and they haven’t stocked them yet! I did go into the make up section to see if the NYX section had the Intense Butter Glosses but didn’t, they just had a small section with the normal items! I did go into ELF to see what they may have new and all I found was two lip items and I got two lipsticks! One is matte while the other is a regular one. One of them is Rich Red and that’s the matte and the other is Rosie Go Round and I do like the lip items by ELF since I had the lip gloss set from Christmas! And then I got the 32 shadow set by them and I heard this from another YouTuber who got this and she recommended that people should get this and glad I found it! It costs $6 which is amazing when you normally find pallets like this for more than that! I did get one more item that I forgot to get while I was at Ulta and I finally gave in and got the Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara! ::applause:: I heard so so so soooo many good things about this mascara that it kept perking my kitty ears like no other! Oh yeah, kitty became curious and had to get it! I may have to wear this sometime this week or the next to try it out! Also, I did get the package with the free retractable eyeliner and packed it with my make up to take back with me to Daytona so I would have a back up black liner! I may have to grab my other black pencils as well before then!


That is it for this haul! I know it was short but hey I got a lot of new items and glad to try them out! I will have the Ipsy and BoxyCharm post up and another announcement…looks like Nerdy Shique Universe will be heading for Anime Festival Orlando, so look out for any convention spotlights for this year’s convention! Stay tuned!

New Haul of 2015!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I am back for a bit since I’ve been busy in Daytona and now on break until I go back for more stuff. I know I was going to do something on a plushie maker but having a itty bit thing to be fixed before I do it, so in the mean time I am bringing a haul for you all!


Not only I have beauty stuff, I also have some stuff from Hot Topic to mention!


Hot Topic: So, Hot Cash ended last month, well the last week of January and well I didn’t use all my coupons this year. I ended up with four, which was pretty funny! December was when they gave them out and the first one was when I got my newer Rise Against shirt and Harley Quin robe, I know what you’re thinking, Hot Topic carries robes now? Sort of since of course it’s winter and this thing was a perfect release for the cold and man it’s been cold in Florida, especially this week with Valentine’s Day! Back to it, the With the total from that purchase got me two Hot Cash coupons and then the other two was the Monday after that when we all went as a group and got the Kiki’s Delivery Service throw blanket because the blankets in the dorm I was staying at were thin and not warm enough and this thing was the definition of warm! It was also the last one that day and snatched it before anyone gets it! It’s of the cat Geegee from the movie and a friend of mine found a little beanie with cats and snowflakes on it and it says “Meow!” It was so cute! Cute as my Hash Tag Meow one from WalMart. Then I mentioned to the guy that he forgot about my HT One points and made it up to me to give me a second Hot Cash coupon with the first and then had four! I gave one to Gondras since he needed more shirts to wear besides the ones I got him for Christmas and in the past because he loves them so much and he ended up getting three Doctor Who ones and one of Firefly, which was the first show Nathan Filian did before Castle! What I did get with the two I used were the coffee mugs of Attack On Titan and Deadpool!I haven’t gotten anything more in Deadpool for ages since I get Gondras shirts of Deadpool and of course we have the game and when I heard the Sanford location had this mug along with the AOT one, called Sanford because Daytona’s location sold out of them, I wanted it! If only the boxes that they came in didn’t have that easy to slide out thing because I wouldn’t mind having the cast of Attack On Titan sign it at Omni! With the second one, I did get the newer Avengers shirt for Age of Ultron, which the guy working that day let me buy it before anyone else did along with a Guardians of the Galaxy shirt of the members animated! Loving it! Besides Hot Cash, during the time you spend it you got coupons for “Get $10 off of a $40” purchase and that started the end of January and went through last Sunday and I used one of them, which I don’t know what happened to the other, oh well! Anyuway, I had a hard time deciding until I was glad to get what I got! The thing was when Gondras visited me last, he told me that there were jackets based on the AOT ranger jackets  minus the patches and I decided to see if they fit me in the XL but it didn’t! It was tight around the shoulders and I have linebacker shoulders! Made me sad! Anyone know anyone who can make me one in my measurements? Just saying! I was happy to find out that they had the messenger bag and you know me with these things, got it! I had to find something else to get to meet that amount on the coupon and almost got another item of AOT until I remembered Gondras mentioned that Hot Topic started making stuff based on Harley Quin and perfumes based on her and the Joker, which I picked up a bottle! I am obsessed with it! It is strong at first but when it goes through the day it gets sweeter and sweeter, it makes me smell it like crazy! I think I found my cat nip! What made me puzzled is that they were starting Hot Cash giveaway again! The girl told me they won’t start til April and now will get a call about it since they do courtesy calls now. Start racking up the Hot Cash if you can!


Other Things: Some other things I did get while in Daytona before I got back to Orlando include two things from Mac! I have started getting into it a bit more but getting it a little at a time since it is expensive. I started with the Cream Cup lipstick back in December all thanks to so many YouTubers talking about it and decided to try it out! I did pick up another YouTuber pick and was lucky to get it since it was the last one and it’s the lipstick in Cream In Your Coffee! It’s more of a brown nude versus Cream Cup being a pink one and these babies are very creamy! I think this has been a very popular one at the counter due to it being the last one when they just got a new shipment of it in when I went and glad I snatched it in time! I am also using it and loving it! Then the other thing is the blush in Gleeful! I started with Danty as my first blush by Mac after hearing Coffee Break with Dani talked about it on her channel and wanted to see how they were like and after getting it, I love it! When I was told that rose colored blushes are also perfect for my skin tone I decided to check and see if they sold a rosy tone and they did and that was Gleeful! I haven’t used it yet but will be! Other items I did pick up include some stuff for my professional wardrobe such as a pair of pearl earrings and a necklace from Claire’s because of their $5 sale on jewelry and did get a top from JCPenny as a nice start to it! Yes, Mari Blue Cat is growing up!


Ulta: Now onto the fun part! Yesterday I went to Ulta after a job fair because I not only get the favorite “$3.50 off of a purchase of $10 or more” but got a coupon for a deluxe size of the new Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash mascara and was like, “Yes please!” Not only I got my paws on that I did get the full size of the Marc Anthony Argon Shine hair spray (I know the name is different but too long!) from Ipsy. It was funny the girl thought I wanted the small size, which I shown her what kind it was, and told me that they didn’t have the small only the big one and I told her that’s what I wanted. This is one reason subscription boxes, especially Ipsy, come in handy when it comes to trying products and then buying them in stores if they get carried there. I will see if the Waterford location, which I where I went to due to the Florida Mall location closed down, carry Jay Cat stuff next since I do like the Wonder lip paints and did redeem my points for one and may have to try other products.


Besides the hairspray, I did get a few other items and they were drugstore items and one of them is something I kind of was not on the bandwagon until now and that is the Maybelline Rocket Mascara! I have tried mascaras from Rimmel, Jordana, L’Oreal of course with the Miss Manga, ELF, LA Color, but not Maybelline. When I kept on hearing so many YouTubers rave about it, I had to try it out for myself and got it in the black color, Blackest Black I believe. The packaging is interesting when you get it, which the brush is not in the tube. I was afraid that the mascara was dried out if there was nothing to seal it until I opened it when I got home and saw the cap that was used to keep it fresh and not dry, I was relieved and put its brush in and it looked like a rocket! I can kind of see why they did that due to how long it would be in the original packaging and Maybelline wanted to keep it simple, very clever guys! The next product was something I wanted to find in Maybelline but couldn’t find it until I went to L’Oreal and it’s a gel liner in black! Normally I use black liquid liner and lately I have been using the black liner that ELF placed in their Disney Villain books but slight problem with that is they run! When I put it on Monday, Gondras saw a streak run down to my cheek and he thought it was because I was laughing too hard to the latest thing he shown me and he had to help me out to get it off. Another problem is that it transfers if you aren’t careful when putting it on, so to not face this again I decided to toss this with the other two and just stick with liquid liner from someone else or gel liner and decided gel liner! I went with the Carbon Black one by L’OReal because Maybelline ran out and it was popular at Ulta, so dropped by L’Oreal because I love their blue one and may have to get the purple one since it is so easy to use with my liner brush! The last item is the new NYX color mascara in blue! I heard about these from a YouTuber while watching a new Ulta haul and decided to check it out! I never tried NYX’s mascara but I do love their many tons of products like the eye shadows, liners, lip stuff, but never tried the mascara and this is an interesting twist! So glad they decide to release these for a year round thing since colored mascaras are a Halloween thing and I believe they were around in the ‘90s. Welcome back to the scene!


WalMart: Last stop is WalMart because I had to get more printer paper! I print a lot of stuff and my resume took a good portion of the rest of my paper along with the coupons from Ulta. I did pick up three make up items and wasn’t expecting to, one was one I needed and that was the Rimmel Shine Top Coat! When I painted my nails Saturday, I didn’t know my Sinful Top Shine dried out on the brush and became goopy and was hard to brush on! I tossed that out along with the old Quick Dry after buying my new bottle and kind of kicked myself for not getting the Top Shine while at Walgreens that day. I was hoping to go back but then I heard Rimmel made a good one and it dries in 60 seconds and decided to see if I can find it and I did! Great thing about it, I reapplied the Ruby Ruby nail polish since it was chipping already by last night, I used the top coat and you can hardly feel the glitter! It pretty much seals it in and does dry pretty fast! This has become my newest, fave top coats! I will still get the base and the quick dry from Sinful because those still are my faves!


Another product I got from Rimmel is something I wasn’t expecting to get because I was trying to find the new Provocalips lip glosses that Eleventh Gorgeous talked about but I did get the newer mascara they made and that is the Rockin Curves from the Scandaleyes collection! I own the Glam Rock one and loved how great my lashes felt with it on and funny thing was I wanted to find this one until my dad read the “Broken Heart Brush” part on the packaging and went, “Wait a minute, you said Broken Heart Brush? Is “New” on the package?” He double checked and told me it did and grabbed it! I was glad to find it after hearing about it on YouTube! This will be interesting to try out with how well the Glam Rock mascara worked well. I think I got this one in Extreme Black since it only comes in this shade and just Black. I don’t know why I’m in a mascara craze! And the last item is another thing I didn’t get on the bandwagon until now and it’s the CoverGirl Lip Lava in Live Love Lava! I heard about these from Color Swept Beauty and then Eleventh Gorgeous talked about them and had to try them! I did almost get one for my professional make up bag for when I go to have an interview or working or other things like job fairs but the reds didn’t suit it according to someone who used to be a make up artist before she got her eye condition, I did get Rimmel’s Captivating for that. Anyways, I did still have an interest in these and like how they were described and apparently they were almost sold out due to popularity! I was happy to get this one to try it out and didn’t want to stick to just the pinks or purples this time around. The nude one and gold one did sound interesting but the kitty ears gravitated towards Lip Love Lava and it’s a nice red to start with! CoverGirl should make more of these and more for the Colorlicious collection later on!


Ipsy Me: Last item of this haul just arrived yesterday and that is an Ipsy Me offer I picked up last week and it’s from Pacifica and it’s their Solar Color Mineral Pallet! Another great thing about Ipsy is you get e-mails every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday now, it was every Tuesday and then switched to every Tuesday and Thursday and now it’s three days and that different make up companies that were featured in Ipsy over time give deals through Ipsy to have Ipsters get them at a lower price. If you remembered a few posts back, I got the Ofra Cosmetics shadow book through the Ipsy Me offer and man it was worth it since that thing is usually $80 on Ofra’s site and got that for $60 less and forgot to mention, like the Ipsy bags you do get free shipping with the order. I would suggest joining if you want to get make up discounted! This thing by Pacifica was $20 as well and it is a nice product for that price since it normally runs $35 on their website and you can’t beat that! This pallet features one of the products that was given to all Ipsters last month and that was the Coconut Mineral eye shadows, which I did use mine once and liked how it felt and did still like their Gunmetal liner pencil I got from them in my Ipsy bag and glad to get this to expand on my curiosity with Pacifica!


This pallet includes six of the Coconut Mineral eye shadows, which you can only get in pallets according to the Pacifica page that was on Ipsy last month for these things, and it does come with the shade I got in my bag, Treasure, along with Neptune, Sandalwood, Coral, Mermaid Aqua, and Glow. It also comes with a blush, a bronzer, and three highlighters. I  am slowly getting into highlighters, especially with using the Mana Kadar highlighter I got in last month’s bag and did like the one that came in my Beauty Treasures set from Ulta, I’m slowly getting into it. I may not use the bronzer, might use it as a blush instead to have a brownish  peach tone like my Pin Up blush by Hard Candy (it does look a bit deep peach almost by what my eyes can see) and the shadows are natural and pigmented! If you’re into going for more natural looks and don’t want to splurge on a Naked pallet and/or want something more natural less chemical-like, I would say get this, especially where you can smell the coconut oil in these because these are the coconut infused products they carry! It is also a nice start to your collection and great for that person you know who are looking for the more natural stuff and this really got me, especially with the blush and eye shadow! This is also pretty nice to travel with if need be since it’s in a nice book pallet. I did notice a nail polish deal yesterday but with all the nail polishes I own and glad to come home to, I don’t need any more for now! I still want to finish some of the products I do own and so far so good finishing what I was able to. Anyways, if you want to join Ipsy and want to see all the offers you can get, head over to! I did leave my referral link in my December Ipsy and BoxyCharm Time to help this little kitten out in replenishing her points!


Well, that’s it! I am going to try and do the plushie maker post soon and of course waiting on Ipsy and BoxyCharm to arrive, according to the Ipsy Twitter, they just started shipping! And an update on Omni Expo, just filled out the forms for press and me, Gondras, and Nerdy Shirts are waiting on updates about that! So, that’s it!

Christmas Haul of 2014

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Hope you guys had a great Christmas and after Christmas since some of us do go shop after the day Christmas and of course it’s time for my Christmas haul for 2014! A heads up, I’m not bragging or anything because there are things I have most of you might or not have and here goes!


Christmas Itself!


Money: So, the first thing was that I got money from my brother since he was visiting and glad I did since I used that and the $100 that my mom gave me as well for what I got the day after and today or yesterday…well depending on when you read this! So got $25 from my brother and the hundred from mom. Will tell you what I used that for on the days after Christmas section!


Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Pallet: First make up item this year and that is the Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics pallet! I know I may be a bit behind but I was kind of eyeing this ever since some of my fave YouTubers like Make Up by Tiffany D, Emily Noel, and even Grav3yard Girl, talked about this one during the end of summer since it came out back then and I was happy that there is a cheaper alternative to get the Naked 2 and I do like Urban Decay stuff all thanks to the Perversion mascara and the Smoked pallet and of course having the first Basics pallet! This is supposed to be a bit more cooler toned than the first since the first is supposed to be the mirror of its more expensive counterpart and this one is its cheaper version of Naked 2. I haven’t used this yet but I do like the color names which are Skimp, which is a nude satin, Stark, a pink nude, Frisk, a warm gray which I like, Cover, a mute reddish brown, Primal, muted brown, and Undone, a very smoky brown. According to the description, these colors are new to the naked collection and more exclusive to this pallet like with the shades in the Smoked palled. I am happy I got this for Christmas and can’t wait to use it! May have to use it on New Year’s or when I go back to Daytona since I had my first Naked Basics pallet and reached for it almost everyday! Knowing me, I will reach for this baby as well!


Too Faced Chocolate Bar Pallet: I FINALLY got this! I wanted this pallet ever since I heard people on YouTube raving about it and it is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar pallet! I always love chocolate and when I heard this pallet was made with actual cocoa I knew I had to have it and glad it was on my list for this year! I know I have tons of eye shadows and using them, even the new Ulta set I bought, this is one I will be using time to time since it was a little pricey and worth it! I even worn it on Christmas with a nice brown tone eye with Ganosh as one of the shades and I think I used two of the other lighter shades and then the middle one on the bottom row. I did enjoy the smell and the smoothness of these shadows while I put them on top of the City Color Cosmetics Primer and they stayed put very well! It even went well with the Tart mascara I got in Ipsy! Funny thing is that it also made me crave my Hershey’s candy canes at least I did have something chocolate during the last Hobbit movie. I can’t wait to use this pallet a little more. If anyone’s wondering, I did hear about the SemiSweet Pallet, not interested! I heard how the pallet is not that pigmented as this one including the Blueberry Swirl shade! What happened Too Faced? After seeing reviews, will just stick to this one!


Too Faced Under the Mistletoe Set: Another thing I saw in hauls and that is the Under the Mistletoe set by too Faced! I have been interested in Too Faced for a while and I heard about this set, knowing my little kitty side wants its paws on it! It is a cute little, glittery bag that comes with three sparkly versions of their Le Crème lipsticks! They are Marshmallow Bunny, Naked Dolly, Spice Spice Baby and they are pretty glittery and glad that I got this instead of one lipstick because normally the price of one is $22 and you’re getting three with the case for the price of one and great thing is that if you are new to Too Faced and don’t want to spend the money on one thing this will be your best bet! You can find this on EBay but warning you, it is pricier than Ulta, so glad I sent my dad to pick this up and he held it for me until then. I will be wearing one of these for the next week and I do like the packaging! I can kind of see why these lipsticks are the price as its own. And also, if you don’t like the sparkle, you can get these three in the original form instead of waiting til next year for this set to return if it does! Too Faced, you’re becoming a fave already!


LipSmackers Holiday Sets: Yes, like almost every Christmas and Easter, I can’t go without my fave lip balm and that is LipSmackers! I did get the candy cane versions and the little four sets that come with four of them in a box like with Easter, which I raided those every year! I find it nice that they changed up the flavoring to be more seasonal, I think one was more candy flavored while the other more cookie scented. I did see that there was a candy cane one in one set! While one of the cane packages had more cherry flavored ones, which made me happy! They reminded me of the Santa lip scrub Lush put out for Christmas!


Captain America: Winter Soldier: The movie that I was happy to see since the end of last year and it was the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger, The Winter Soldier! When I heard it was coming out on DVD and Blue Ray, it was immediately on my Christmas list! I did get the first for Christmas two or three years ago and glad to get this one this year! I can’t wait to rewatch it! Also, another bonus is that my dad put my presents in a Captain America tote bag! How cool is that!? Now I have a Marvel themed tote bag! I wonder if they will make Avengers ones for Age of Ultron next year! I guess I have to wait when the movie comes out.


Fairy Tail Part 11: You guys remembered how I said I had Fairy Tail part 12  on my Christmas list? Well, Part 11 was found and picked up and happy that I did get it for Christmas since I’ve been waiting to get this due to what happened at the end of Part 10 with Zarif showing up! Don’t want to spoil despite doing the Season 3 review when I finish with these two parts! I will get Part 13 but it has to wait! At least this was on my list and all thanks to not finding it at MythiCon. Yes more adventures with Happy and the gang!


Slammer and Vanillary by Lush: A gift from Mommy Gondras and that is a bottle of Slammer the shower gel and Vanillary the perfume! I know most of us Lushies know that slammer was a retro item and they took out their retro items. I think she went shopping early to get this since she and I do get the newsletter. I get both the North America and Canadian ones to make sure I get all the news! Anyways, I loved the Slammer despite it always fading when I get out of the shower, I like the nice orange and limey scent or was it orange and lemon, it still smells good! I am also glad that it is the larger bottle since those things last me close to four months! Even the Twilight large bottle when I first tried it out lasted me after 2013 started! I do use small drops at a time, now you know why medium bottles last me so long! Another thing that did make me happy was that she got me the classic bottle of Vanillary perfume since they are going to be repackaging every scent according to one guy in the Florida Mall location. I hope they do because I don’t want to be lost without Karma, Lust, Smell of Freedom and Weather Turning, and so many other scents! I always loved Vanillary and how it always has that nice toffee and vanilla scent! I still have the bottle that Gondras gave me a few years back and may have to use it up, because I do have a lot of perfume and do use them to keep it interesting and fun! I did wear Creamy Candy on Christmas since they did sell it as a limited edition Christmas perfume during a perfume sale, which sucked that it wasn’t around this year. Hey! At least I have a new bottle of Vanillary when I run out! I wish it was a shower gel like what they did with the Twilight bath bomb!


After Christmas!


Lush run for Shower Gels: Every year Gondras and I always go to Lush so he could get me his gift of shower gels since it starts the buy one get one free sale! Last year, we were lucky at the Florida Mall location in getting four big bottles of Ponche and four mediums of Snow Fairy but this year we didn’t go to that location nor the newest one in Milennia (it just opened last month) but we did go to the airport location which figuring not a lot of people would go to since you have to pay parking and it adss up after every twenty minutes now but we did get a lot of things. Well only eight bottles of medium ones! Instead of all Snow Fairy, which he got four of, he also got four of a new one that came out and it’s called So White! It is a apple spice shower gel and it smells very nice! It reminds me of the Phoenix Rising bath bomb when they released this one. So glad  he got me four of these! They did have another shower gel but didn’t smell it and after hearing Grav3yard Girl talk about it, didn’t make me want to go back and that is Hottie Tottie. It is supposed to be a spicey ginger smell, even though I like ginger in my food, don’t want to put this on my skin. If you like the smell of it or like the idea of it, I would say call your local Lush for it because you never know if they ran out. Gondras did get me the Santa lip scrub, which was out again for another year and I love it since it tastes like cherry coke when you lick it off! And I did get a sample of the Reindeer Rock, which smells like the Comforter but better. I did get something for myself and it is another Shine So Bright split end treatment since I have been using mine like crazy due to my hair being highlighted! Plus the smell is what I like about it!


Sanrio Cups: I was happy to find out that the airport had a Sanrio store and despite it not being as big I was still happy! Even though I did want the pillows, especially the one of Kuromi and Hello Kitty, since the one they had was softer than the one my Secret Santa got me which it came with a pad of paper and a pen since she knew I loved writing, I went with other things due to the pillows were high in price! I might go on EBay some day since I found out the hard way each time if you don’t get what you like at first, it won’t be there afterwards! I did get two things and I used some of the money from my brother on and it is a tumbler cup of the entire cast of Sanrio which makes me happy the most that Kerroppi and Kuromi are next to each other on the cup since they are two of my fave characters! I also did get a mug of Choco Cat which their mugs were on sale for half off and what got me to get it is that he was sitting on the handle! It sounded so adorable and I do love collecting mugs!


Guardians of the Galaxy: Another Marvel release happened in time for the holidays and wasn’t expecting it and that was Guardians of the Galaxy! I loved this movie and how great the jokes were because of how Star Lord was out of place and Vin Diesel was amazing as Groot in this one, I had to get it but on DVD. Apparently they didn’t do a DVD and Blue Ray bundle like with Winter Soldier I think because I had the DVD version of that one too instead of the bundle, don’t get why they didn’t do that for both movies when they did it with Thor, First Avenger, Incredible Hulk, and even with the Iron Man trilogy. Marvel, what is going on now? DVD and Blue Ray bundles are huge still! Even look at all the Funimation releases they’ve done! Anyways, I was still eyeing it even when Gondras almost bought it on the day he called me while I was sick in Daytona, he thought about the Blue Ray and 3D bundle with the HD digital version, I got the DVD version because I can watch it on my PC whenever I like and plus not only it was cheaper but I had a gift certificate for $10 at Best Buy and didn’t want it to go to waste! I know I could’ve gotten more points but I can’t see 3D due to my blindness and if I tried seeing it, like with Last Airbender and Toy Story 3, it would only show in one eye and my PC doesn’t play Blue Rays and have to wait til Gondras and I move in at some point in time. I want to see awesomeness on my own time, so DVD for me!


Ralph Lauren Midnight Romance and Estee Lauder Beautiful perfumes: The final thing that I had to get which had me use the $100 on are two perfumes I asked for Christmas and so glad I went the Saturday after Christmas since they had a deal at Dillard’s for one. For Christmas I thought I would ask for the cosmetics and movies/anime from my dad and perfume from my mom since I ran out of ideas for my mom to get me for Christmas due to having a lot of clothing, even getting a new pair of pants at Burlington back in Daytona, got wintery stuff like hats, scarves, and beanies to stay warm since the ocean makes it ten times colder than Orlando, and even buy my own shirts and purdy hats like Linkara’s, thought it would help save on money for my dad since the Chocolate Bar pallet and the Naked 2 Basics pallets would be more costly and remembered how years ago in my high school days my mom got me my first two bottles of perfume which were NOA and Tommy Girl since I loved those sample things in Teen People and YM. I asked originally asked for the new scent by Ralph Lauren, Midnight Romance, since I am a fan of the original Romance by him, and the new scent by Jessica Simpson, her self titled one, Jessica Simpson. Unfortunately my mom didn’t get them and that led her to give me the money to get them. Not to sound ungrateful…she tends to shop at Macy’s Dillard’s, and other retailers, and the perfume counters are right there! Anyways, I did get the Midnight Romance which I loved it since I smelled it in Ulta back in August I think or was it September and wanted it despite the priceyness of its newness on the market! If you haven’t smelled Midnight Romance, I recommend you should, think of it like Britney Spear’s Midnight Fantasy but darker! I can see why it is so romantic! I did get the small bottle due to the budget I have to work with and knowing it will be a while before Flea World gets it and the prices start dropping, but the small bottles do last me! I still have my bottle of Curve Chill and Taylor Swift’s Wonderstruck Enchanted and also my travel sample sizes of CK One and Nicole by Nicole Richey. The other scent I got was Estee Lauder Beautiful because Dillard’s wasn’t carrying Jessica Simpson’s new scent, which sucked! I tried seeing about the others but they didn’t have them either! I don’t get why though since it is new as well and I have been looking forward to getting my paws on this and Dessert, well Dessert have been looking for and can’t find! I did get Estee’s Beautiful since I smelled Modern Muse and this back to back. Modern Muse reminded me of Pleasures a bit and didn’t hit me as much as Beautiful did, which I liked Beautiful better and how the fruitiness made it smell more enchanting to me, plus they had a sale on their set for $40 and decided, since it is on sale why not get it? The set comes with the one ounce bottle and a travel size version, which I popped it into my messenger bag teeny pouch, and the lotion! I do like the perfumey lotions time to time, I even went crazy with the Nicole one by using that thing up after I got it! If you guys see any of these sets left, get them while you can! It’s worth it! If you guys know where Jessica Simpson’s new scent is sold, please comment! I would love to find it somewhere! I love perfumes!


Well, that is about it! I will reveal my fave present in the next post, which is my favorites of November and December! Stay tuned!