Bests and Worsts of 2016

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

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

Worsts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holiday Matsuri 2016 Cosplay Gallery

Here’s our collection of cosplay photos, featuring entrants and winners from the Cosplay Runway.

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Holiday Matsuri 2016: Interview with Mary Elizabeth McGlynn

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Now it’s time for another interview!

Mary Elizabeth McGlynn!

I bet you’re wondering “Wait a minute! Didn’t you interview her a while back?” Yes I did! I did mention how we interviewed her at MetroCon 2014 and you have read that back then or when I posted the link in the Convention Spotlight for Holiday Matsuri. She hasn’t been to an Orlando con and glad that she got invited to this one since this one is the most wonderful con of the year and hoping that others would invite her and Steve to more of them.

Why another interview with her? Gondras figured since we haven’t seen her since that we should do another interview with her and it was a last minute decision when I went to meet Steve first to arrange his interview. It did give a nice update, especially when I asked her about the new live-action Ghost in the Shell movie along with Scarlet Johannson playing the Major in it. So, here it is and enjoy!

What is next? The Voice Actors Supershow!

Holiday Matsuri 2016: Interview with Steve Blum

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Time to bring in the interviews!
Steve Blum!

Our first interview was with Steve Blum! When I heard that he was coming to Holiday Matsuri I was really excited since I never got to meet him. I know he was in Orlando for a convention in 2011 but due to scheduling conflicts, which I had my annual eye doctor appointment when Florida Anime Experience was going on, I couldn’t go! I was honored to not only meet the guy and get my copy of Gurren Lagan signed by him but to interview him! What did I ask him? Just watch and see!

Also, a few tidbits to bring up and first is that they were supposed to give us a private room to interview but it didn’t happen so sorry if the location was in the vendor’s room this year. They really need to give us that private room like Omni did and should’ve mentioned that in the review that was a Need for Improvement! Also, Gondras goofed up and thought I was finished with the interview when I thanked him after he did his best fan experience story which I was thanking him on his work for all these years. Yes, I still remember when Toonami first started back in the 1990’s.

That is it for this post! Stay tuned for the next one!
Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Time to bring in the interviews!
Steve Blum!

Our first interview was with Steve Blum! When I heard that he was coming to Holiday Matsuri I was really excited since I never got to meet him. I know he was in Orlando for a convention in 2011 but due to scheduling conflicts, which I had my annual eye doctor appointment when Florida Anime Experience was going on, I couldn’t go! I was honored to not only meet the guy and get my copy of Gurren Lagan signed by him but to interview him! What did I ask him? Just watch and see!

Also, a few tidbits to bring up and first is that they were supposed to give us a private room to interview but it didn’t happen so sorry if the location was in the vendor’s room this year. They really need to give us that private room like Omni did and should’ve mentioned that in the review that was a Need for Improvement! Also, Gondras goofed up and thought I was finished with the interview when I thanked him after he did his best fan experience story which I was thanking him on his work for all these years. Yes, I still remember when Toonami first started back in the 1990’s.

That is it for this post! Stay tuned for the next one!

Review: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Sorry, still waiting on the stuff for the Convention Spotlight, I will see if I get the interview questions in the next day or so since I did send the head of press at Tampa Mega an email last night. Anyways, I do have a review!

Movie: Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

I know you’re thinking, “Mari, that movie has been out for many years since the 90s!” I know but I never seen it! Yes, “GASP!” Here was the thing, I went to FYE with Gondras on my birthday this past Tuesday and we were looking around and we stumbled upon the many Batman Blue Rays and found Mask of the Phantasm on DVD along with Return of the Joker from Batman Beyond. These two movies were $7 each and we couldn’t pass them up since we were surprised that these didn’t get a Blue Ray release like the many other movies such as Forever and Batman & Robin which were the two movies least liked by everyone. Even the “Bat Credit Card” joke from Nostalgia Critic still makes me laugh!

When we got back to my place, we did put Mask into Gondras’ laptop to watch to remedy myself from never seeing it. I did remember it being in theaters in the mid-90s or was it earlier, but this was around the time Warner Brothers still put animated features in theaters and that included Space Jam and the first three Pokemon movies. As you know, I have been a fan of Batman The Animated Series when I was younger and have enjoyed watching it and that is how I started loving Harley Quin, especially the episode where she was living with Poison Ivy. Anyways, if you remembered my last post about D. C. Comics belonging and this animated series was the perfect example of sticking to TV.

Movie Synopsis: This movie takes a look at more of the earlier days of Batman and how Bruce met his first love, Andrea Beaumont when he was a college kid from what I can get. This does show flashbacks mainly of how he started designing the suit and at the same time keeping time with Andrea. As time goes on, things have happened to Andrea’ home and causes her to return a ring that Bruce has propsed to her with and causes her to become someone else.

What I thought: I thought it was really good! I never seen this movie and after seeing it for my first time, I did get to see one story that shown something that led to present day Batman. Well, more like this movie was from the beginning of the series at least. I thought that Cat Woman was his only love until I found out that Andrea was his first and thought that would make sense if he met someone at an earlier part of his life after losing his parents early on.

What was surprising was seeing the Joker in this one too but the good thing is that they kept with the continuity of how he went through the chemicals and changing from being someone involved with the mob to a villain. Mark Hammel will always be Joker to me and Gondras of course! Also, the character of the Phantasm was interesting. At first, people on the police force thought it was Batman causing attacks on mob members but there was a special chemical that was left behind as the Phantasm’s mark not Batman’s since we know we tend to see one of his Batarangs stuck in the wall or anything else to say, “Yeah, I was here!”

What was great about this movie was how touching the scenes between Bruce and Andrea being together throughout the film. I did mention in the last post that I liked how in the D. C. animated stuff was how there were lighthearted moments in the drama. This was a romance story since it did start off a bit awkward like some relationships due to how Bruce was starting off as Batman and she wonders where he was until she figured out what went on at his parents’ grave site. I did find it sad in the ending how Bruce thought he lost her again due to how the final fight was at the World of Tomorrow exhibit that was around which was also a theme park and the Joker rigged it with a bomb. She wanted it to end after what happened to her father and how he was connected to the mob and why she went after them as the Phantasm. Yes, it did show her alive but it did go the way of “He doesn’t know that.” I guess the creators wanted to show as the series went on that he did move on and found other women to fall for and of course Cat Woman was one of them.

IFinal Thoughts: My final thoughts on this is that this was a masterpiece to be placed on Blue Ray. It would suck if they waited until next month to do it when we got the DVD for a discounted price. I am wishing Warner Brothers and D. C. made their movies like this rather than how they are doing now because of how the TV shows are getting better and there is still more to do with them. Sub Zero did follow this film and it was an okay film after seeing it on Cartoon Network but the other animated movies that were released were really well done. Still, this movie should have been on Blue Ray, especially with putting the audio at a better volume since I did notice that it kind of dropped out in some scenes and not as loud as it Joker’s laughs.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Paw Prints

That was it for this review! I am hoping I hear back from Tampa Bay MegaCon for my Convention Spotlight! I know this will also lead into my July and August Favorites for this year! Stay tuned!

D. C.: What Screen Should It Be On?

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I am still waiting on answers from Tampa Bay MegaCon to my interview questions, but in the meantime I decided to do something special.

Disclaimer: This post is based on opinion and observation. If you don’t like it, get out!

Comic books have been showing up a lot in media ever since Marvel Studios has shown up and pretty much beaten the box office with their movies. Of course D. C. has shown up to be part of the competition but their movies have not been the best. How so? Well, Marvel has been showing really good interpretations of the comic stories, picking really good actors to fill in the roles like Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Christopher Evans, as Captain America, even the younger Olsen sibling to be Scarlet Witch and now Benedict Cumberbatch to be Dr. Strange for the movie this fall. Not only that, they did get SpiderMan back for a movie next year. Plus, can’t forget, they do know how to make the banter between characters sound real, especially with Civil War and Guardians of the Galaxy.

What about D. C. you may ask? Well…well…to me that the TV and cartoons translate the comic books better than the movies. Don’t get me wrong but I did enjoy the Christopher Nolen Batman movies despite how the third one had me bust out laughing when Batman was yelling, “Where is the trigger!?” in his best Jack Bower inpersonation. To me, the tv and cartoon shows do the D. C. comics a lot better because they are translated well. I haven’t seen Batman v. Superman, Superman (the newer btw), and now Suicide Squad, which worried me and Gondras the most because of what we heard from reviews that the movies weren’t that great. Heck, I seen Nostalgia Critic do his review on Superman and oh man… We did see Green Lantern and it wasn’t great with what we saw. Anyways, how I see it is that D. C. is trying too hard by making their films as dark as Marvel but too dark. I understand that most stories in D. C. are dark but there are times when you do see lighthearted parts in it. I seen that with Batman the Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Superman Animated, heck, even Teen Titans had a lot of jokes and banter within the dark bits. Also, the storytelling, especially with Suicide Squad from what I heard, is pretty choppy. I can believe it since the story in Green Lantern felt rushed and forced from remembering it.

What D. C. Should Do? Should stick to TV with their stuff! How so? Well, I admit I have seen some of Arrow and Flash and from what I’ve seen all thanks to Gondras watching them on Netflix and Hulu, they are both good! I even give props to the actor who originally played Harry Dresden in the Dresden Files tv show as a detective in it. The story they took in both shows pretty much fits with the cohesive storytelling you’d expect in the movies. Yes, they changed a few things, especially with Arrow but both shows had really good stories to work with. Even the cartoons when they were around even kept the storytelling as before like with Batman had. I know they all went dark but they did it without trying too hard and did mention earlier that there were pretty touching moments between characters. To me, with how tv shows and cartoons work they work better for D. C. and Warner Brothers since Warner Brothers is known for making cartoons for many years and that is pretty much their element. Now wishing they don’t cancel anymore good things when the action escalates like with Young Justice and Green Lantern Animated.

Well, that is it for this post! I know I am basing the D. C. movies on reviews but reviews do help us decide what we should see or what to stay away from. Gondras was worried about the Suicide Squad movie and I was mostly worried about Harley Quin not fitting with what I seen in the cartoons and video games, which in my opinion Hynden Walsh should’ve done the voice in Arcum City. Still, I am goi8ng to see the animated version on NetFlix if htye have it since I seen a review on that one and heard it’s pretty good! In the end, D. C., just stick to TV, that is what you do well!

Next time will be the Tampa Bay MegaCon Convention Spotlight.

Convention Impossible: MegaCon 2016

MegaCon 2016 Review: The Beginning of Something Truly Mega

Hello there Shiquers! My name is Kristen G. Rosario (AKA Mr. Nerdy Shirts himself) and I’m here to give you my take on what I thought of this year’s MegaCon. Of course you’re asking yourself, “Where’s Mari?”, “Why isn’t she doing this review?” and “Why do I have to care about what Nerdy Shirts says?”. Those are all valid points, but unfortunately Mari was unable to attend this year’s MegaCon due to other priorities.

She has entrusted me to do this review because I was able to go this year, and also for the fact that we’ve been good friends for quite a few years now, so she knows I’m going to be quite honest with my take on the convention. Now that we have that out of the way let’s get started with this review.

To begin with, this was my tenth year going to MegaCon as my family has made it a tradition to go to MegaCon on the Saturday when it’s in town. Over the years and with the addition of many friends during my time in MegaCon, I started to enjoy this convention more and more. MegaCon is the first big convention I’ve ever been to. This is only my second time doing this, but I decided to get a full weekend pass for this year’s event. I have been doing it with other conventions I’ve gone to (like Holiday Matsuri, CEO, and Omni) so I’ve been trying to make it a habit of doing it more often with Mega.

Why am I telling you all of this? Well I want you to know that this review is coming from the perspective of someone who knows how MegaCon should be. Over the course of the ten years I’ve been going to this convention, I can easily tell you that it’s not perfect and it hasn’t been for quite some time.

This year is different though, as Fan Expo (a company that makes money through conventions) bought out this family-run business early last year and decided big changes were in store. The first big change was the amount of days MegaCon was around, now moving it to a full four days instead of three. The second change moved the convention, which was typically a Spring convention (usually held between February and April) into a Summer one as now Mega was going to be held at the end of May.

There was even an event last November called MegaCon Fan Days that was only two days, but a sample at the kind of convention Fan Expo was offering. Overall though, I was curious to see where they would go with this as I was kind of 50/50 on this since bigger companies buying or even partnering with smaller companies has never really worked out that well. There are other smaller changes that occurred that I will get into throughout my full review.

Speaking of my review. I’ll be breaking my review up into a few categories, with overall thoughts at the end.

Getting a Ticket:
Within the last few years, MegaCon has seriously hiked up the prices for all the kinds of passes that they offer. When tickets went on sale for MegaCon 2015, nobody was happy by the amount they were asking for all of these passes and the company that ran MegaCon were forced to drop some of the prices due to fan backlash. They were still a bit high, but the prices on the passes were now a bit more reasonable.

The passes for this year’s convention were about the same, but offering more for those willing to pay. For instance, this year when you ordered your tickets in advance, you would now get the option for the actual pass to be sent to your home, thus eliminating the need to get in line to pick up your ticket. The VIP and new “Premium” passes even got a sweet bonus (besides the usual swag) that’ll let you use them to get into the next big MegaCon event (which I’ll get into that later). For the general admission passes though, the biggest problem was the limited kind of passes they had to offer.

They had a 4-Day Pass (Deluxe), Individual Day Passes, and a Child Pass. That’s it. They weren’t offering any three-day passes, Thursday & Friday, Saturday & Sunday or even a two-day combo pass. I paid $100 for my Deluxe Pass (because I bought it at the convention) since I wanted/knew I could go all four days. My brother though still had to pay full, Deluxe price despite him only being able to go three of the four days. What kind of crap is that?

They seriously couldn’t figure out a pricing system? Fan Expo couldn’t make it to where there were three-day and two-day combo passes that costed at least $15 – $25 less depending on what days you were going? That just reeks of stupidity. And then there were the press passes.

Now one of the other reasons Mari was unable to go to MegaCon this year was because her press pass application was denied. Why you ask? Because according to the response email she got from them, they were mainly focused on getting press who have been to MegaCon before.

This makes sense at first, since they want veteran MegaCon press attendees to get the word out on all of the new changes Fan Expo has made. What doesn’t make any sense is them not letting about the same amount for newer press attendees for press passes attend as well. You need positive feedback on both fronts if you want more people to attend your convention.

Getting In:
This year had an entire entrance section dedicated to picking up pre-ordered passes, or purchasing ones there. Those who had to purchase said passes there were required to fill out a small paper slip with their personal info and how many tickets they wanted to buy. This was really stupid as even during their busiest day (Saturday) they still made you fill this out before going to purchase your ticket.

Then there was this policy they had where you couldn’t pick up a pre-ordered individual pass a day or so before you could use it. My brother experienced this when he was only allowed to pick up his deluxe pass and not the other two day passes he bought for the next day.

This became a problem as now my brother had to wait in an enormous line just to pick up their pre-reserved tickets on Saturday. What didn’t help was that they only had about four ticket booths each to support the pre-ordered tickets section and purchase said tickets section. They should have seriously been more prepared for this, plus they had plenty of room to add more booths in the ticket section of Mega.

Vendor Hall:
Previous Vendor Halls at MegaCon have always been hit or miss. That’s not say what they offered was any good, but the way they were organized and prepared always seemed a little off to me. They always made the vendor halls feel like they were underestimating the amount people that were to attend. This year’s MegaCon promised the biggest vendor hall in the convention’s history. Well they definitely weren’t wrong about that.

This year’s vendor hall was definitely an upgrade compared to other years. The first thing you notice after getting out of ticket section is that all of the spaces in the alleyways between the booths are much wider. This made it easier to get around the place as previous years didn’t feel like they really did that (even Saturday didn’t feel that half bad). Plus the amount of booths now was amazing because there was so much more variety in what they had to offer (though I did count at least 2-3, 3-4 of the same kind of Pop Vinyl Figure booths).

The areas for themed sections of the hall (ie. Artist Alley, Tattoo Alley, etc.) were definitely more organized and properly handled. The attractions in the halls were great and definitely offered some great photo ops.

Though one of the better improvements of the vendor halls was the Celebrity Section. Like I said previously, one of the bigger improvements was the amount of space they got for the vendor hall. This definitely helped benefit the amount of people who were there to help with autographs.

This section was very big and even on Saturday it was still easy to get through. Every celebrity had a line section dedicated to them, which really worked out to give more space to the people moving around the area. The biggest celebrities of the convention (John Cusack and Stan Lee) were both put properly on one end of the Celebrity section as to reduce the clutter throughout the autograph area.

One final thing to note is that they had an alleyway on the side of the vendor hall, near the exit to this area, dedicated to getting into any part of the hall. This helped immensely when just trying to get to one specific section of the vendor hall.

Photo Ops Section:
Now I didn’t put this section in the previous one because I kind of have a gripe with this area of the vendor hall and here’s why. About four years ago I purchased a VIP experience with Stan Lee for myself and my father. One of the perks of this package was getting to take a picture with The Man himself. Me and my father went in there, got to say hello to the legend, shake his hand, and then got to take the picture. I still consider this one the best moments of my entire life.

This year I got to do that with my brother, but it wasn’t the same experience at all. Organization wise, it was much better than previous years as they properly took care of the lines (most of the time). My biggest gripe however was how they handled the pictures. There was no chance to really say hi, no chance to shake The Man’s hand, just “click, NEXT, click, NEXT, click…” (that’s almost verbatim of what me and my brother heard inside the Photo Ops Section).

While it was nice to take a picture with Mr. Lee, it just didn’t feel the same as when I took it with my father. It felt less like taking a picture with someone, and more like taking a picture with a statue. My brother went through the same experience when getting a picture with Burt Ward and Adam West next to the ’66 Batmobile. Just click and go, click and go.

Now like I already said the lines were organized for the most part. The reason I’m saying “for the most part” is because they wouldn’t let you set up a line beforehand until around 30 minutes before the Photo Op with the celebrity began. Now anybody who’s been to enough conventions knows that even when officials say something like that, people still set up a line.

They’re saving a whole hour (or perhaps more) of their time at this convention to get in, meet the celebrity, take the photo, and go. Do not tell them they can’t wait because they will stand there like a statue and wait until there’s a makeshift line behind them.

Panels:
When it comes to any convention, the one thing I looks forward to the most is the panels. Running into friends, wandering around the vendor halls, and even seeing some amazing cosplays is great, but going to panels gives you that chance to get an exclusive experience when it comes to going to a convention. One of the big changes this year was that 98% of the panels were free to get into (unlike other years where you had to buy “exclusive access”). This meant that a huge majority of the celebrity Q&A sessions everyone had access to (though there’s still the issue of lines).

To deal with the issue of a majority of people having access to these panels now, they put some of the bigger celebrity ones in the Chapin Theater. This was a giant auditorium area that I had no idea the Convention Center had. To even deal with the line into this theater, they had an entire separate room across from the auditorium dedicated to handling the lines. There were only two panels I went into when it came to the Chapin Theater, but the experience was still great. A great move by Fan Expo as it gave a lot of people a chance to get into the bigger panels.

My biggest gripe though with this was that not all of the celebrities got a nicely sized panel room. While some celebrities like Billie Piper, Michelle Gomez, Jason Isaacs, Carlos Valdes (Cisco from The Flash), and John Barrowman got nicely sized rooms, others didn’t. Actors like Vivica A. Fox, Elden Hansen, and David Hayter got much smaller rooms.

The panels I did get into where fun and a real treat. I sadly didn’t go to the Barrowman panel (which I’ve heard is always a good time), but I did have a great time going to the ones I did. Conroy panel was great, Valdes panel was better than I expected, the Cosplay Contest was awesome as well (this year had more individual awards given out, along with honorary mentions from the judges).

I had a few problems with the panels that I did go to though. For one thing, most of the moderators for the Q&A panels talked for TOO LONG. Some of them wasted about half of the panel with their own questions. I heard from other people in line that it was worse though when it came to any of the Q&A panels held in the Chapin Theater. Then there were some of the lines.

While the most of the panels I went to you could easily tell where the end of the line was, the others you couldn’t. Anybody going into the second biggest panel room of the show had a tough time figuring out where the end of the line was since they would wrap a majority of the line around a small section next to the panel room. I know I’ve only seen this once, but there could’ve easily been somebody holding an “END OF LINE” sign to make things easier.

The most minor gripe I had was with the goddamn TMNT2 trailer they showed before some of the bigger panels. While they were a great indicator that the panel was about to start, it was the first trailer of the movie from last December that they showed. This bugged me because there was a trailer that they released earlier in May for this movie that they could’ve used! What made it worse was the tacked on Stephen Amell promotion before the trailer started because you can tell it was one of those half-assed, “insert convention here” promos.

Quick Minor Gripes:
-The booklet’s this year were in full-color, but limited as the first day I went, I actually had to ask a random volunteer booth for one.

-Returning general admission convention goers showing up in the first hall of the convention had to take a long, winding path just to get to the vendor hall area again. You weren’t allowed to cut through doors that led directly to that section. That was only meant for VIP, Premium, Celebrities, and Vendors. Easy fix though because you could easily go to the third floor and take the doors through there to get into the main con area.

-Sadly didn’t get to go to the Jay and Silent Bob panel as that was part of the 2% of panels that required an additional exclusive pass.

-I was unable to find one of my favorite sections of any convention, the video gaming area, though one of my friends said there was one.
-Be wary of the Box of Mystery booth’s if they’re at a convention you go to (the ones that have SMB coin boxes) because they are less 50/50 and more 75/25 when it comes to what they offer on the inside. The box that I got only had a couple of items that I generally liked. The rest was seriously meh. The only time you’re going to get something worthwhile from those boxes is if you purchase the $100 one.
-A schedule for the voice actor’s time for autographs would’ve been nice. Same goes for some of the celebrities.

Overall:
While there is stuff that this convention still needs to work on (their ticket system and their Photo Op area for instance) I still had one of the most amazing times at MegaCon in quite a while. The variety of vendor booths, all the panels I got to visit, the celebrities I got to see and even the cosplays were great. I didn’t bring this up in my section on the panels, but the official MegaCon app was even really useful this year for getting around to the panels and it kept me notified on any changes or cancellations throughout my time at the convention.

There is confirmation that there MegaCon will now be a bi-annual event as the next Mega will be held this October in Tampa. It’ll be interesting to see how that one plays out. In the end though, if they can fix some of the problems that they have (especially in time for MegaCon Tampa), then this convention has the potential to be truly Mega.

If you guys want to see more of my work, then be sure to check me out at the link’s below!

Zelda Informer:
http://www.zeldainformer.com/member/20055
Super Reaction Bros:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOEvKiZ9cgn_pN-QXPZQ8YQ

*Note from Mari: Thank you to Nerdy Shirts, aka Fox Warrior, for giving this review.

Another thing I want to add which he allow me to add to this: I think the press form would be greatly improved the most because it felt pretty vague in what MegaCon was looking for which could help out anyone who has been running a blog or a YouTube Channel like we have been running, which I seen some conventions mention “Are you a media outlet?” also put “Check all that applies” to the section to show what outlet they’re posting on because not all blogs, Instagrams, and everything is the same.

Another thing to improve the form is adding “Do you want to interview our many guests?” section because I had to send a separate email to show a list but this would be a lot easier because we wanted to interview a lot of people and that included the Star Trek crew and Companions from Dector Who as examples. It would give a nice variety of who would sign up for this convention since not every online media outlet does this and if you seen our videos, we do it and have fun!

Now, we are aiming for press for Tampa MegaCon which can help us branch out more and get us back to Tampa, so seeing how that will go! You can follow that brance on Facebook in case if you’re interested!

My Final Thoughts: It looks like Mega does need to improve with the new group running it from what Nerdy SHirts said and hoping it becomes better since people do have to get used to the craziness that goes on during these events. Let’s see what happens next year! Again, thank you Nerdy Shirts for this review!

Also, in case you’re wondering: He gives it a CONVENTION ACCOMPLISHED!

Movies: Captain America: Civil War

Disclaimer: This review may contain spoilers! Also, this based on observation and opinion of the writer!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Time for a movie review! Yay!

Gondras and I went to see Captain America: Civil War yesterday and oh man…IT WAS AWESOME!

What’s It About? Based on the comics with the same name, Civil War takes place after the events of Age of Ultron and Ant Man from last year where Steve and his crew find out that he and the rest of the Avengers have to register or they will be accused as criminals because of them being seen as “dangerous” with what had happened in Zekovia and Steve Rogers is against it while Tony Stark is for it. As the choice to register, Steve also finds out that his best buddy, Bucky Barnes, aka the Winter Soldier, has been accused for an attack on the United Nations during a conference that took the life father of one of the many represnntatives. This causes many conflicts even between Tony and Steve which the Avengers split to take sides in order to prove who really did the attack in the end.

My Thoughts: This movie brings in a lot of favorites and new people to make the teams unique. One of them happened to be Black Panther who lost his father at the UN meeting and man he is awesome! By what Gondras could see, since I had audio description for this movie which theaters are offering nowadays,, is that the suit is made with the same material as Cap’s shield and does have the retractable claws like Wolverine, and of course really good fighting skills with all that on. With all the sound effects from the fighting, it is awesome to hear the fight scenes and how it was being described. I do like how Techala, the Black Panther, did know he had to take up the mantal of the Black Panther and know he had to get his answers for who really caused the UN attack.

Another bring in was of course Spider Man! Don’t worry, it’s not the one from Amazing Spider Man since Marvel is now able to use him again and there will be new movies to come after Dr. Strange with what we heard. Anyways, yes this movie brought in our webslinging hero and great thing is that they had him nerdy like they’re supposed to. Well, more like comic book nerd and did make a few Star Wars jokes but still when they had him in this film they pretty much had him bit at the rookie stage where he got his powers. I kind of like that better than seeing the more advanced and in his later years of age, more of the awkward freshman or sophomore in high school. Gondras did say the costume was more of the Sam Remey SpiderMan over what we’ve seen lately. Hoping with Marvel now backing Sony in doing the movies for Spidey will be better.

I do have to say that this movie didn’t have a tie in with Agents since the show is pretty much going a little way off from what it used to be. I did like how Winter Soldier and Agents were linked together with Hydra taking over but unfortunately due to issues between the shows and movies, there won’t be any tie ins, which is kind of sad due to how much material there is to link. Another thought is the ending of the movie, which I don’t want to spoil it for anyone unless you guys didn’t see any of the reviews already out there especially from Movie Bob and Bennet the Sage, plus if you read the comics, all I have to say it took a nice turn from the comics which is a nice thing and of course, can’t wait what will happen next with the Avengers in the next few years since we are having some of the other Marvel characters taking their movie spots which I can’t wait for Dr. Strange this November and there was a trailer for it.

Speaking of trailers, there was one for Suicide Squad. I am not sure if we will be seeing that due to what had happened with Superman v. Batman and how much of a disaster it was, even someone wrote an article on DC for Cracked about how this movie was re-shot due to how the DC movies were trying to become more dark than lighthearted but look what happened, it didn’t work. Gondras is kind of scared since it is the same team who did Batman v. Superman and of course they want to do many other movies of characters, including ones that aren’t really established and ones that already have good shows like the Flash. Then of course we have the next Independence Day movie and well…not sure yet since the trailer is good and it does take place 20 years after what had happened in the first and Earth has improved by using the tech that was left behind after the attack on the aliens. JAWS is having a remake don’t know why since knowing people who have seen the original may not see that and of course another Ninja Turtles enough said. And of course a Star Wars Rogue Squadron movie from what we saw, well more like a prequel to how the Death Star became to be.

Overall Thoughts: Definitely a really awesome movie! They did do the stuff right in this one, of course we did get the usual jokes especially SpiderMan having a lot due to his nerdy side and good to see Ant Man back and taking the fight on, especially when you get to see more of his power set in this movie! We do get Falcon, Scarlet Witch, and Iron Man and War Machine doing their awesome tag team like with Cap and Winter Soldier with their respective sides. I will definitely get this when it hits stores because you know me, I have to complete the Captain America trilogy with this and may be on my Christmas list if I can’t get it before then. Yes, we will be seeing Dr. Strange and see how Benedict Cumberbatch takes on a Marvel role!

Rating: 5 Pawprints out of 5!

That is it for this review! Can’t wait to see what Marvel will bring to the table this November and of course, next will be Ipsy and BoxyCharm! Yes! I reactivated BoxyCharm after waiting for an entire month of not having it! Trust me, I woke at close to 7 AM this past Tuesday to get it back and running after hearing MakeUp Geek is back in their box! Stay tuned!

New Cosplay Documentary: #Cosplay Not Equal to Consent

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Sorry for not posting for a while since the Ipsy and BoxyCharm post since we still haven’t posted the interview videos. Don’t worry, those will be up soon since they need to be edited. Stay tuned for those and any updates on our Twitter page!

Anyways, I want to turn the convention area to something a little different. We all know that there are documentaries have been made on many subjects such as biographies, stuff on the end of the world such as the most recent one that was on Discovery on extinction, but there is one I want to talk about and it deals with cosplay.

One night I was on Facebook and noticed a post made on the Florida Cosplayers page by a person named Katarina Muyers and she was talking about a last call for stories for her a documentary she is making on harassment being done at conventions and it’s mostly on cosplayers. I contacted her and wanted to tell my story from AFO 2010 where a creeper creeped on me during the Yaoi PJ Party which I included a book I have been working on. (Still in the middle of editing by the way.) Then talked more about it which I found pretty interesting.

The documentary is about teaching people about harassment that is taking place in our convention and cosplay community and how its impact on people. People are getting taught better about it today but it seems to get swept under the rug still. It started off as a school project to show her classmates about cosplay nad conventions and Katarina found it interesting in how much time and money is spent in making the finished project with what people are making them.

As time went on, she did research more about it and wanted to focus on the harassment part of it since that there are people aren’t getting the message and there hasn’t been something like this done. I do agree with that point since there are people still doing it in many ways and don’t see it that way, such as the creeper that got on me did nuzzle me like a cat and then licked me and I did try telling him I was dating Gondras at the time, which this happened the year before he proposed to me, he said it didn’t matter. Hell, he followed a girl who was dating someone that I talked to at the same event we were at when it happened had him follow her halfway to her hotel room and she said the same “I’m dating someone” and got the same response. And even in the past there were photographers that did upskirt shots from stories I seen on the net.

I asked where this documentary can be seen when it’s done and she’s hoping to get it shown at conventions and at film festivals; once it’s all done it would be on YouTube and on a Facebook page dedicated to the project. With more works on the horizon, she wants to gear towards the entertainment industry and try to make a convention documentary.

I like the idea that someone like Katarina is doing something like this because it does spread the word that things like this do take place in our lovely convention scene. I would love to see what she pieces together with what she has with my story in tow. And a nice word to the wise, if you guys see anything off and might have someone creeping, security is always your friends both the convention center and volunteers.

You can catch her Facebook page at:

Her documentary is called #Cosplay Not Equal to Consent. She will hand me the YouTube link at a later time but you can check the Facebook out for now and keep up to date there and tell you friends who are convention attendees like we are and cosplayers as well since we do cosplay and keep on doing it for the fun of it it doesn’t mean we have to be harassed while doing it.

What is next on Nerdy Shique Universe? I will keep you up to date on the interviews since we did give Fox Warrior the flashdrive with the videos from Omni Expo, we will get those up and have them here for you guys to view. I suggest going to our Twitter for the updates as well because it helps following us and know what is going on and you can find us @ Nerdy Shique! Stay tuned!

Faves: January and February 2016

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It’s that time again and it’s my first bi-monthly faves of 2016! January and February was pretty much new products and old product discoveries on top of it. I also have a few non-favorites, which I will start with that!

Not-So-Faves

L’Oreal Pro Matte Foundation in Sun Beige: Not sure if it’s Stay Matte or Pro Matte but it’s the foundation that comes in the tube and oh man…BIG MISTAKE! As you guys know and know the hard time to find the right skin shade for yourself with drugstore foundations and with me having Light Medium skin tone it’s hard in other lines. I wanted to try something new since I notice a tiny bit of breaking out on my skin and heard that this foundation was good for sensitive skin types and the girl trying to match me had a hard time matching me and finalized Sun Beige as a match and well…tried it and it turned me yellow! Yes, my skin turned yellow and it sucked! I had to pretty much SPD Emergency to get my Almay Clear Complexion foundation in warm because it matches my skin perfectly and told L’Oreal never again! I love the eye shadows and eyeliners, also illuminator since I have the gold one from that line but a no on the foundation! I know Cat Vondi has an amazing foundation but have to see what happens for job related stuff.

Shray Moisture Mask: This came in my BoxyCharm and well here is the thing… I used it and it felt good first and did moisturize my skin but it felt like I had slime on my skin. It’s like Nickelodeon made the mask with the slime they dump on people. Even though that would be an interesting spa day. Anyways, it left my skin feeling slimey and not sure if it was due to using the Smashbox Primer Oiul but noticed a few dry flakes come off. Sorry to say but this was not a favorite even though having a moisture mask for all skin types was a nice change for Boxy this month and good to try out one for once. I am thinking of sticking withmy beloved Lush masks because they are drier and I love the feel of them more.

Jersey Shore Cosmetics Hand and Lip Polish: This was an item in my Ipsy bag and that is the Hand and Lip polish by Jersey Shore Cosmetics. I love their brand don’t get me wrong but this was an item I didn’t like at all. It was very watery and the bad thing is that when squeezing it out I had a lot of product come out and left a small bit. As in, okay if you had an experience like this, I think the tube didn’t have a lot of product as in didn’t have a full sample size. I heard things like this with lip glosses that Ipsy gave out in the past from Star Lux and I saw why because I felt those samples ran out quickly. This one was the same case! I squeezed it and got all of it in one go due to the pressure and it is disappointing that when you get a sample it should last you a lot longer than it looks. For instance, my Urban Decay Perversion mascara lasted me a very long time, my Lord and Berry eyeliner in black last me from August of 2014 all the way throughlast January and that was a tiny pencil mind you. This tube, on the other hand, looked a bit bigger than a sample toothpaste tube and should have a lot of product to last me a while like the body butter samples and it didn’t because of how much it came out and was out by the day after I got my Glam Bag. Maybe I should mention this on their board despite how many complaints they get about the products someone gets and now people are complaining about sizes which this is a sample company, this is pretty much due to product amount.
Favorites:

Wet N Wild Glow Pallet in Cat Walk Pink: Now onto the favorites and starting with a fave from Wet N Wild, which is their newest illuminating pallet in Cat Walk Pink! I heard What Would Lizzie Do and Casey Holmes talk about these pallets and it is pretty much highlighter pallets that just came out and ran to Walgreens and found it! It pretty much has beige and pinks in this one and do love how it is nice on the skin. It is a very subtle highlighter which is perfect enough because I do like the idea of have a nice sheen on my cheek bones with my blush but not to the point of strobing like a disco ball. You can mix them together to make an interesting color effect on top of it. I know there are two other ones that are a light gold and a darker gold and may pick those up!

Wet N Wild Brush Cleaning Wipes: Another reason why I ran to Walgreens for and that is the brush cleaning wipes from Wet N Wild since I do love cleaning my brushes but don’t have the time to wait for them to dry time to time. I was glad to hear about these and found them at the location right down the street from where I live and love how they clean! It gets the makeup off fast, even with foundation brushes because those tend to get gunky the most depending on what you use. Plus it is in a nice travel size package to carry with in case if you’re on vacation or at a convention and need to clean your brushes quickly and effortlessly. Plus, once you finish cleaning they do dry quickly! Best for convention times because we do have to get there on time for events or interviews, which I should take these when I stay at Gondras’ during Omni coming up in a week! Holy crap, February is already gone!

Wet N Wild Foundation Brush: I know what you’re thinking, Wet N Wild makes brushes now? I thought the same thing and heard mixed reviews especially with the eye brushes on Nouveau Cheap a while back due to how they made limited edition sets to come out. I decided why not try one out and picked up the foundation brush and I love it! It is like a paint brush but feels really good when putting it on the face. It is also not that expensive and would say get this instead of the Revlon ones which I heard those aren’t as good and a bit pricey when you get good quality for $3 like with ELF with this brush. You do have to clean it a lot but it’s worth the price.

Royal and Langnickle Flat Definer and Crease Brushes from BoxyCharm Trio: I have to mention these because I love these two brushes! If you subscribed to BOxyCharm and got January’s box then you got the brush trio set that was limited edition from Royal and Langnickle! I was really excited about these because I love brushes and these work amazing! Not sure if you know that Royal and Langnickle is also a paint brush brand which their quality transferred into their makeup brushes and can see how they are like. I use the flat definer brush and the crease brush from these three! The last brush is more of a blending brush in my opinion since I am already using my Delium tools one from Ipsy, these two brushes from the trio help put shadow on very effectively. One good example is the five pan pallet from Wet N Wild with all the blues in it, I used the flat definer for my lid color and that helped the shadow to blend very well with the base. Heck, I even used it with the crease brush when I used my Full Exposure pallet from Smashbox this morning. I highly recommend this brand and if you subscribe to Ipsy or Boxy, you would probably get brushes from this brand Ipsy does have their Offers page with sets sometimes including this brand. I would say subscribe to either subscription if you’re curious to this brush brand or check out their website and pick up brushes from them either from their makeup or paint brush lines, you will see what I’m talking about. Very good brushes from this trio!

Jelly Pong Pong Illuminator: Even though I was talking about brushes after a highlighter but decided to add this one on the list and it’s by Jelly Pong Pong and it is their liquid illuminator. I know Boxy has been giving out a lot of highlighters but it is good to try new ones out and Jelly Pong Pong was a nice surprise since I did like their shadow and liner pencil and now their Fairy Curl Mascara from last month’s Ipsy. It blends very nicely and it smells amazing! Plus, you don’t get too much if you squeeze too hard, which is a major upset if you get anything like that. I hope to try more illuminators from this brand if Ipsy or BoxyCharm gets them as products to give out.

Smashbox Primer Oil: You know I have to talk about this one at some point and that is the Smashbox Primer Oil from my Ipsy bag as well! This is an oil that can be used day and night to help prep the skin for makeup application and I like how it moisturizes my skin like it said. I know the next product as a fave got me on the bandwagon but this one helps supplement that and keeps my skin from being dry. Will I buy a full size? Maybe! It’s still a good product and glad to try it out before getting a full size, which people have complained on not getting full size items on Ipsy but to me it gives a better idea if I were to get the full size item and not waste the money if I don’t like it.

Nivea Post Shave Balm: Yes, I finally broke down and picked up the Nivea Men’s Post Shave Balm! As you all know, Nicki Tutorials always raved about this stuff being the best face primer of all time due to its glycerine content. I was a bit iffie at first because of how much my skin is picky due to sensitivity and well this is meant for sensitive skin when it comes to men and then my buddy Vivi tried it out and she said she loved it as well. So, the Curious Kitty in me had to do it and I see why it’s a big thing to have! My foundation and concealers go on better with this product which with the Rimmel primer it doesn’t glide when I put my foundation on which I put the foundation on and it stops at the chin midway when I go from forehead to the sides and then chin. This stuff does it easily and it doesn’t stop midway either when I do the forehead, sides, chin thing and when I add to the cheeks it glides smoothly and blends even more with less effort. I don’t know how Nivea made this product but they know how to do it and my makeup does stay well for the entire day like everyone says it does. Plus, you get a pretty good size for around $ to $ which is the price you pay for the Rimmel foundation primers and same with ELF’s. Way to go guys! Also, I do Nivea makes a makeup primer but I heard it’s not as good as this!

Mac’s Pet Me Please: Now mentioning a Mac lipstick I had for a long time and that is the Pet Me Please lipstick from their Alluring Aquatics line from 2014 if I remembered. This was a very hard to find color since it sold out everywhere and then I found it on EBay and picked it up despite it being ten bucks more than a regular Mac lipstick. I loved how it was shimmery fushia color and do like the wear on it. The good news is that I am done with it due to having it for a while and didn’t want to go to waste and will be doing the “Back to Mac” program thing and I did finish Honey Honey from the Lip Glass line. Not sure if I will pick up another Honey Honey, I am going to debate it.

Mac’s Warm Soul BlushK I finally got my paws on another Mac blush and that is Warm Soul! I heard good things about this one alongside Rosy Outlook on top of it and had a hard time choosing between the two. Rosy colors do look good on me and Rosy Outlook was a peachy rosy shade while Warm Soul was a warm peach blush with some shimmer. I decided on Warm Soul and go back for Rosy Outlook whenever I walk into Mac again even though I have other items on my mind to get from them. I do like how it feels and how I don’t have to go and wear a highlighter since it does have a nice shimmer to it. It even blends amazing on the cheeks. I still have Dainty and Gleeful in my big makeup case and do reach for them sometimes as well. You know these will be in my Back to Mac bag.

Milani Romantic Rose Blush: Another rediscovery in my collection is of course the Romantic Rose blush from Milani’s rose blush line. I loved this blush because of how it is the perfect rose color! It does have shimmer and it is slight shimmer and what is great about this one besides how well it blends is that it is good paired with the Rose Gold highlight from the Furgy line that Wet N Wild has for many years. I used those two on Valentine’s Day and a belated Valentine’s date with Gondras since he had to work that day. It worked out well!

Coastal Sense Revealed Smoky Pallet: Final makeup product is the Coastal Sense Revealed Smoky pallet. I know a lot of people had problems with this ppallet but I didn’t. I think it’s due to what primers that people use and the fall out but with me it’s not much of a problem. I also like the Naked Smoky pallet from Urban Decay and did a video on both of them but what I like most about the Revealed Smoky is that I get to have many choices of colors to play around with and blend in. The day before I did the video I used the pallet and knew how comfortable it is on my eyes. I do have the other three Revealed pallets and to me this one is the fave out of the four. If you haven’t seen that video, you should go back and do so or just go to our YouTube channel which is the same spelling here.

Fave Movie: Dead Pool! I had to mention this and that is the Dead Pool movie being my favorite this bi-monthly faves. All I have to say about it is that Fox did a very good job on this film! They kept the R-rating and even had descriptive audio for me which was handy! Because of course there is non-verbal communication in this movie even with his mask! Also, Ryan Reynolds did an amazing job playing Dead Pool and I liked him along with Nolen North being the voice. Too bad the movie didn’t have the inner voices like the game and comics had which would’ve been funnier. If you played the game, you would know what I’m talking about! He did break the fourth wall as it supposed to be. Whenever the next one comes out, I hope it will be even funnier!

Fave Book: Lilac Girls! If you guys know that I am part of Net Gally which lets me read books before they’re out and review them on their website which is very awesome to do. One book I read was called Lilac Girls and it tells stories from three different women’s point of views while living in World War II. This was based on the events that took place at a women’s camp in a city called Ravensbrook and the events that took place afterwards when the war ended, which some of the prisoners were operated on and got infections and came to America to get treatments. It was sad reading the book but at the same time it tells a story that I never heard of while learning about the second world war during high school and college. If you’re into historical fiction, I recommend reading this book when it comes out because it is touching and sad at the same time.

Well that is it for this post! I can’t believe February is about to end and that means Omni Expo is right around the corner! I am so excited and still waiting on confirmation about one of the interviews which is Brian Beacock, which I should’ve mentioned as a favorite Twitter moment on here but he did reply to our tweet about hoping to interview him and he wants to do it! That is a good sign that one of the convention guests wants to be interviewed by you and I was speechless and happy about it when I got the reply.

Well, fingers crossed and I was thinking for another post I would do something on re-purposing makeup bags. Another thing about Ipsy is having makeup bags from them or anyone that has a makeup counter and they do take up space but they can store things more than makeup and will be writing about that. Stay tuned!