Books: Come Winter by Clair Gutierrez

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I know it’s been a while but been busy the past few days and now I am back with a book review and this is going to be interesting. Disclaimer!

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinion and observation. Her thoughts are based on what she read and what she thought about this book so respect her review.

Title: Come Winter
Author: Claire Gutierrez

Synopsis: In this book we meet Katrina Taber who gets captured while she sailing back to England and brought to Scotland. She becomes a kitchen maid of Master Reese Dermouth and hopes to leave to head home. She tries running away hoping to head home and works to get back home but her plan fails and gets brought back to Dermouth’s place hoping that love would start between the two.

This tale is a journey of one woman falling in love, going beyond the oppressive role that women are seen during her time, and live among royals that capture the villagers’ hearts.

Thoughts: ::deeply sighs:: I felt this book took forever to finish! Sorry if I am sounding critical but when I read the description I was hoping to see a romantic story between Katty and Reese but I was wrong since it kept going. I noticed how it was a cycle after she lost her first two husbands as in she runs away and gets found by the guy and brought back and they fall in love. The final husband, I did find it cuter in how they got together in the end and how at first that the last husband almost went through an arranged marriage but the girl ended up not looking as pretty as she looked. I did find it interesting that the second husband had an affair with one other woman while being with Katty but wishing they had the affair more involved in the story, which would’ve been a more hilarious tale like with some stories. Nope! I feel like it was briefly mentioned and ended quickly.

Did I like it as much as the other love stories? Not as much because there were good points to end the story and I felt like one love tale with one husband repeats and it rinses and repeats with a newer man. I think this author would’ve made the story shorter and not so repetitive and it was already fine with just the first husband, Reese.

Rating: 3 Pawprints out of 5! I didn’t want to go way below since there are good parts where the first part was better than the rest of the book in my opinion. I wished they covered the second husband’s affair and not cut it short because it would’ve given an interesting spin on the story. I wished it was cut short but if you like stories that are almost the same way as Gone With the Wind but set in Europe, I am not the end all be all reviewer, you can find this on Amazon.

Well, that is it for this short book review. I am hoping with the next one it will be better because it is in the Sci-Fi genre and I do love me some sci-fi stories!

What is next? Well, my Top Ten Songs of February! Stay tuned!

Cartoons: RWBY Volume 4 Review

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinions and observations of the Lead Writer and Producer of this blog! Please respect her thoughts and feelings on what’s ahead and there may be spoilers!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Looks like I found something to write and that is the review on the latest season of RWBY! Yes, a season has come and gone and man it was quick for one too. Let’s see what I have to say!

Show: RWBY
Season: Volume 4

The Story So Far: So, it’s been months since the fall of Beacon and our heroes are now scattered. Weiss is at home in Atlas, Blake is heading home to get away from her friends, Yang is upset after losing her arm and Ruby is now traveling with the remaining team members of JNPR, Jean, Ren, and Nora to form the newer team RNGR in order to head for Mistral.

Things start to come together when the White Fang starts popping up again when Cinder returns with the Fall Maiden powers but has a hard time harnessing them due to what had Ruby done to her. Blake figures out that she wants to change the White Fang to a group that is not so sinister. Weiss ends up with family issues and feels that she doesn’t belong in the world of the rich and sets out on her own in hoping to reunite with the others. Yang gets a newer arm and heads out on her own after going through a life lessons with dad and Ruby encounters her uncle on the road and a new member of the White Fang who wants revenge on her for what she did to Cinder and even encounters a Grimm that shown up in Nora’s and Ren’s past that they still have nightmares about.

Thoughts: Oh man! Where to start? This season seems to have a lot of things since it did fill in the blanks after the end of Volume 3 and does show what had happened to the rest of Team RWBY. I found interesting, even though it did kind of annoyed Gondras with each episode, that they not only focus on one character for one episode but multiple characters as in it starts one person in one episode and then cuts to another which I can see it takes a George R. R. Marten idea when he wrote Song of Fire & Ice (in case if anyone is wondering, no I don’t catch up with the show, I just read the books and I do know what had happened with seasons 4 and 5 with how the story was taking a turn away from the books…soooo yeah!) What I mean by this is that in A Storm of Swords, Marten explained that time goes differently with hwhre the characters are as in it may be one week with one character and then a month later with another which I see it in this volume. As in, it is breakfast time with Weiss and her brother, Whitley one day and then it’s evening with Crow at a bar somewhere else. I did like that about this season and plus it gives us newer aspects of the adventure instead of doing one single character for every episode. I think the only character focused episodes wher where Blake went home to Minagery, when Crow tells them everything that is going on after Beacon fell, and when they told Ren’s and Nora’s back story since they were heading for their old village and how they came to be. I did like that back story episode the most since I did realize when I first watched the second episode Iad onward where I noticed Ren being a little off, I saw why he was after seeing what had happened in his past. Now I can see why he went to Beacon and same with Nora.

There was one part I wished they focused and that is a bit more on Cinder. When they cut back to her, Salem mentioned that she was scarred from what Ruby had done to her and that is causing her newer powers to cause her not to harness them. I wished that was shown a bit more and how she was suffering from the pain and finally getting to harness them. That would be an awesome episode or do one where the Fall powers inside of her are trying to fight her because they know they aren’t inside of Amber and should be in her or in Pira since she had one part of them in the end of Volume 3. That would’ve been a great character driven episode and would start incorporating the other maidens to see what had happen to Amber since at the beginning of the season that Spring is next. I am hoping by the next volume that they really start showing the other maidens. Another thing they should’ve shown was what was the deal with the visions of Pira we kept seeing in the first two episodes. I was wondering if that is a sign that she might not be dead or if she is telling them something about the powers? They didn’t really say much until Crow shown up to explain more things about the Fall maiden’s powers and how Pira chose to take the other part when Cinder had the first half. They should’ve done something more about those visions unless Rooster Teeth is waiting to put more ideas about that in Volume 5.

The Cast: The next thing I want to talk about is the cast! Of course they brought everyone back for the main cast but I kind of feel like Blake’s voice was a little off. I noticed how it went from low to high like someone has gone through a major voice change from kid to adult. I love Blake and her character design but I feel that the voice should’ve had a better recording and stick to what I loved back in the first three volumes.

I did like how they were starting to bring more anime actors as the season progressed. Vic Mignogna did return as Crow and Jessica Nigery arturned as Cinder but they brought in more for this season like J. Micaael Tatum as Weiss’ butler Clyne, Tara Platt as Blake’s mom, and the ones that surprised me the most were Kent Williams as Blake’s dad and Josh Grelle as Tierion. With Kent, I was hearing his voice and thinking, “I know that voice from somewhere!” That was when I searched on Google and was like “No way!” when it was frevealed. I almost thought it was John Burgmeier but I remember his Shigure Sohma voice is usually used, especially for Freed in Fairy Tail. Nope, it was Kent Willians since he was using more of his Akisami voice from Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple. I think what gave a subtle clue was how he told Sun, “I really hate you.” In one episode of the show. While Josh, on the other hand, I did not know it was him until Gondras saw his name in the very ending credits. This voice was new to hear for me since I am used to Josh doing more of the gentler characters like Kennichi and Arman but here he is a psycho. As in, a dude that ends being found out as a fawnness with a scorpion tail looking for blood.All I have to say is that Josh did an excellent job with the script he was handed and the character he had to portray. It normally takes a lot of skill to do something like that but with his voice acting background, he knows what he is doing even in screams.

Music: Now it’s time for the music in the series. Normally, we get a mix of metal and orchestraic music but this volume had more orchestra tracks to it. I hear more of the softer tones to this volume because this season had more of a dramatic tone to it even with all the dots being connected in each episode. We even hear music that is sinister to go with more of the parts that deal with the White Fang and enemies revealed which means the music was made to fit with the different tones and moods in every episode. The opening theme song for this volume, “Let’s Just Live,” fits with the season because it just says in its title and goes with the idea of how each character is going through their own conflicts in every episode. I find it funny how the other themes went from rockin’ in “This Will Be the Day” to alternative in “Time to Say Goodbye” and then to pure metal in “When It Falls.” This one seems to be more uplifting despite how deep and dark this volume became to be. I am wondering what they will be doing for the next volume’s soundtrack including the theme song.

Rating: 4.5 Pawprints Out of 5! I bet you are wondering why I took a half of a point off, I would say it’s due to some of the unanswered questions of why the visions of Pira and not focusing an episode on Cinder since I would love to know how she copes with things. Yes, they did kind of address but it felt a bit short in that during episode 11. I did like some of the other points taking place and I am hoping that Volume 5 would add the missing blanks such as in what is Whitley doing with this when he is acting so strange, then of course the kid with Ozpen in his head since Crow mentioned there were two parts to him and it was answered slightly. I hope that part gets addressed in the next volume. Plus, I kind of felt like the ending was a bit abrupt and that that there should’ve been more added to the season. Who knows how the next volume would be done, we have to wait until around September to find out.

That is about it! I know it was long but hey there is a lot to cover when it comes to RWBY. What is next? I think another book review may happen, so stay tuned!

Music: Orlando Overdrive and an Intro to Nerd Music!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! I am back and have something from the Music Universe that needs to be mentioned and it’s all thanks to Manime Man!

Event: Orlando Overdrive
Put On By: Ongaku Overdrive
Music Genre: Nerd Music
Date: April 22, 2017
Location: Backbooth 37 W. Pine Street in Orlando, FL

So, I have a new event to mention on Nerdy Shique Universe and thought it would be great to mention another genre to the Music Category on here. You all know that we at NSU support the local music scene in Orlando and the rest of Florida which includes Mr. Bella, Mechanism, Soul Switch, Traverser, Filth, A Brilliant Lie and many more! We even have attended many House of Blues shows, even went to Earth Day Birthday in 2015 that is always put on by WJRR but there is one event that not many people haven’t heard of nor seen much of this genre unless you go to a convention and that is Orlando Overdrive.

What is Nerd Music? First, I have to address the genre known as “Nerd” Music. We all have played video games and watched anime over the many years they have existed and know the songs and have hummed them time to time or even blasted them at school on a speaker. For instance, I remembered one day in my UCF days that someone placed a boombox underneath the walkway between Classroom 1 and the Student Union with “Saria’s Song” from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time which made sense for the environment but it is a major earworm. Heck, I even “nyu” it time to time even when Gondras plays Hyrule Warriors. Anyways, the genre pretty much has people put their own spin on these many songs to make them sound interesting whether in chiptune form, rocking out on a guitar, or even doing their own rap to it!

Some of these artists that are known include Arm Cannon, which also includes Danimal Cannon, Random Encounter, Benjamin Briggs, and our own IQ who has been growing lately. I will be putting some videos in this post so you can hear some of these things. I even went to some parties with some artists performing and they are pretty good and also listened to Manime Man aka Kent Ward’s podcast on Nerd Music on Propeller Anime Radio. Now onto the event!

Event: This event will be held at the Backbooth in Downtown Orlando on 37 W. Pine Street. A little It takes place April 22nd 2017! It is the same day as Earth Day Birthday and if you can’t go to that then I would suggest this since you would be in air conditioning. The good thing is that it starts at $10 in advanced and $15 at the door!

Who is playing if you’re wondering? That’s the great thing is that fans can vote who they want to see and voting ends next Monday! I would say vote by going here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YW89WPG

If you want to know how to get tickets in advanced and want to follow Ongaku Overdrive, you can go here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YW89WPG

Kent said in press release that he is hoping that this event would boost the Orlando Nerd Music scene and also open up more doors for the acts that will be performing. I agree with him right there because like with our rock acts, Orlando has very talented nerd music acts even all over the state!

So, go and vote and also if you are interested in subscribing to it, I suggest check out the Propeller Anime Radio Podcast! Not only Kent and his buddies talk about anime that we see on Krunchy Roll, NetFlix, and Toonami but also talks about Nerd Music on top of it! He even gets the artists in for an interview! You can also check out everything Propeller related at: http://www.propelleranime.com/

That is about it for this post! I know it seemed rush but when I saw the date for voting I had to get this up! So support the Nerd Music community and hope you will rock out with what I have in this post! What is next for Nerdy Shique Universe as well? Definitely some last minute info on Omni Expo, my January and February faves, and even my top ten songs of February! Stay tuned!

Books: Ten Club Book 7 by Mimi Jaen Pamiloff

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinion and observation by the lead writer and producer of this blog! Please respect her thoughts and opinions and please support the author of this book by purchasing the official release along with any other works!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Time to take a break from my schedule of what I have next in store for a book review. Okay Book Nerds in the Nerd Universe that are my age, you may want to read this one and the books before it!

Book: Ten Club Book 7
Author: Mimi Jaen Pamiloff

Yes, another by the talented Mimi Jaen Pamiloff and this time it is a dark one! Let’s get to it!

Synopsis: This book is book seven, what looks like the final one, of a series she has worked on known as the Ten Club. We meet Maya who lost her husband, King, but finds out that her husband came back from the dead! ::inserts scream:: What else is that he is not the same guy she fell in love with and she has to go and get him back by risking her and his brother’s lives and her time to rescue him from what had happened.

Thoughts: Even though I got a special invite to read this book and didn’t read the ones before it, I did like it! Dark fantasy is usually one of my fave parts of fantasy and wishing I did read the ones before it. I never thought I would read a supernatural story from someone I read a romantic comedy from. Well, I did download one of other books that deal with supernatural romance from Bookshare on my Victor Reader Stream. Anyways, I did like how it did explain the back story of how Maya got to where she is in the series since it did read in the description that I didn’t need to read the previous books to know what happened. You all know me with series, I have to do it in order but unfortunately it is not available on NLS nor Bookshare, but hoping very soon!

I would say Pamiloff is pretty good with doing fantasy style writing from what I’ve seen. She does weave the romance when it needs to be especially at the points where she gets close to “King,” since it makes sense for quotes due to how he was different from what I got in the reading. I felt like I was on the edge of my seat with each twist and turn and I can see why this was a good adventure as JAWS read on for me. I can’t wait what Leather Pants will hold for me because I did enjoy her writing after two books.

Now, I am hoping I get to read the other books in this and come back so I can have the complete book series to understand and feel how it was like before this one.

Rating: 5 PawPrints Out of 5 Plus A Reading PawPrint of Approval!

If you guys want to find any of Pamiloff’s work, I would say look on Amazon, especially for the next Happy Pants book when it releases!

That is it for this review! Next will be a post on Nerd Music! Til next time!

Cosmetic Controversy: To Have a Return Policy or Not to Have One? That is the Question!

Disclaimer: This post is based on opinion and observation of the lead writer and producer. Please respect the opinion and thoughts for this post.

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time for a new Cosmetic Controversy and it deals with makeup brands having a return policy or not. Let’s get to it.

Idea: So, as you all know that this is a big thing but mostly dealing with Kylie Cosmetics. I know I am hearing groaning in the Makeup Nerd Universe but hear me out. I know everyone has purchased from the famous Kardatian Half-Sister’s brand Kylie Cosmetics once or twice or even lately with the Royal Peach pallet, which is giving them a lot of backlash. How so? Well, the thing is despite having some inspiration from the viral Sweet Peach Pallet that Too Faced has been known for even with its peachy scent, the pallet is anything but peachy. It doesn’t smell like the fruit that Presidents of the United States sings, it smells like something that you would in a spray paint can. As in, it has a very strong chemical smell that people can’t stand and also some of the shadows according to people who have bought it aren’t as pigmented that many gurus had said. Can people return this pallet? No they can’t! How come? Well, Kylie Cosmetics doesn’t take returns, do refunds nor exchanges.

Wait What? You saw what I typed and I even sent them an email myself about it and they said, “Sorry but we don’t accept returns, do exchanges nor refunds.” Sorry guys, that means you’re stuck with it even if the product smells.

Normally, if there are times where something is damaged, the wrong item, or anything else like smelling badly, companies do tend to replace the item and/or refund the person that bought the product in the first place. I admit that there was a few times when I bought the wrong item or didn’t like it that I was able to return or exchange it. For instance, Sephora accidentally sold me the wrong Smashbox primer when I wanted the Photo Finish primer when they sold me the one meant for under eyes and I had to go and exchange it. I was originally going to exchange with the right primer but ended up exchanging for the Gwen Stefani pallet from Urban Decay that was discounted which I wanted to pay but then had to pay for the primer I wanted originally. Still, I did get the primer I wanted and the good thing is that Sephora does do returns and exchanges within thirty days whether it’s used or not. My primer was not used yet so I was happy that I noticed it was the wrong one when I looked at my account the same day it took place. Which that brings up another thing if no receipt is brought with it that they can look in their system for that purchase. They even do the exchange or a credit after the thirty days is up. Ulta, on the other hand, takes sixty days for their return policy where the full refund happens with receipt and card used to purchase the item. After those days, the customer gets a store credit instead.

I do admit I did have a situation where I didn’t like the product or products myself and returned them and that was of course Physician’s Formula. I did try out their foundation and returned it to CVS when I felt an itch on my cheek. I can see why my skin reacted badly was due to the SPF in their product and returned it for a full refund and used the refund to get my favorite Almay powder.

What about independent companies since Kylie has her own independent company? Well, their policies do work but they do make different acceptions to how they want to get their products back or refund their customers. Let’s see some of these!

Kat Von D: Return item for free within sixty days of purchase. It will take five business days once the item is received to process the return and refund will be posted once the sixty business days has passed.
Jeffree Starr: Return item within 14 days after purchase since there are no exchanges at this time, item will be refunded.
MakeUp Geek: Only replaces damaged items returning the damaged items fourteen days after receiving them. Don’t accept returns due to hygenic purposes.
Colour Pop: Exchange damaged products for the original product. Doesn’t accept returns.

Well, it looks like these four companies have pretty good policies. Yes, I can see where MakeUp Geek says no returns but they do replace damaged items like with Colour Pop and of course with makeup being in use you are pretty much putting germs into the product. That is a pretty reasonable idea. Jeffree’s and Kat’s policies do offer refunds for things that do get returned. I did read for Jeffree’s items that you have to put the order number in order to match with the system which when the item is returned that the order number should be on the envelope. Reasonable and fair policies but why not Kylie’s brand not doing the same?

That is a pretty question because when I tried asking myself there was no real reason why they don’t do the exchanges, returns, nor refunds. I understand that a lipstick or lip kit, excuse me, is around $29 since you get the pencil and the lipstick in one and that is hard earned money right there that so many people worked for or someone saved their allowance if they are in high school and getting into makeup. Except what if the person does like the product? It would be fair to exchange it or return, right? Unless if the money that is spent on her items get used to produce other products which is an interesting thought but again her family is one of the most popular celebrities on tv right now and normally doing a business,w whether it’s makeup or clothing, you have to save the money in order to make that business happen unless if you are a millionaire that can do it easily. I don’t know the reasons behind why she doesn’t want to refund the money even for her latest pallet that people wasted their money on for something that smells horrible. Apparently, she changed the factory that packaged the pallet and that may be the reason. I seen videos where people said to air out the shadow pallet, which does work since I have bought brushes that had the weird packaging smell and aired out over time and don’t have the smell from when I opened them. Still, Kylie should have a recall and refund this pallet in my opinion and I did say one more thing to the company even though they didn’t say anything back, “Please have a return, refun, and exchange policy.”

Again, with this company, you’re stuck.

Tips for Buying MakeUp: Well, I know you have seen me always buying new stuff even if YouTube made me buy it. I do have tips in case you may want to keep the item if you like it after trying it.

1. Watch reviews or read reviews: As in, watch honest reviews on the products or at least read them on the product pages on the retailer or the brand’s page because it will give you ideas of what the brand is about and/or what the product has ins tore and if anyone has tried it. There are times when not all products work out for everyone so if you stillw ant to try it despite the review, then you can make your own review.
2. Buy one of a product: As in, just buy at least one out of the product’s line because it can help with knowing if you want to try it and like it afterwards. I see a lot of gurus on YouTUbe splurge on a certain makeup line or pick up the entire range and sometimes they don’t like it afterwards and regret it later. Yes, doing regret videos are fun but at the same time doing one item does save your cash.
3. If there is a tester in store, test before buying: This would also help because there are times when some stores don’t have testers but many do and if you aren’t sure on the item you want, you can see how it works before buying.
4. Double check on return policies: Normally a store would have different return policies and sometimes the employees have to ask the manager time to time for help but doing your research can help in knowing if the policy requires you not to open an item or can return it since there are times when some stores don’t take used or unopened items.
5. Finally, pinpoint what you want: After watching reviews or hearing about it, know that you want that item. There are times when I do the impulse buy while other times I do know what I want and of course it is by a brand I really like. For instance, I always love Almay’s face makeup due to how it works for me and tend to get my concealer shade the way I want it to be. Another example, when I go to Mac after hearing many shades that people get or having options of what’s new, I tend to know what I want and go for that item or see if there is something similar if I didn’t want the exact item at first. Yes, I am decisive at times but knowing if you really want it then go ahead.
Well, that is about it! I know it seems a little awkward to see about makeup companies not having a good return policy nor none at all like Kylie Cosmetics. Trust me, do you really want to be stuck with something you don’t like or smell bad?

Anyways, what is next for Nerdy Shique Universe? Well, adding a new music genre to the Music Category! Stay tuned!

Anime: Grand Magic Games Arc Review from Fairy Tail

Disclaimer: This review is based on opinion and observation of the lead writer. Please respect her opinion and beware that there may be spoilers hhead!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Finally I finished watching the Grand Magic Games arc of Fairy Tail. I know it’s been out for a long time on DVD but due to not having the funds and FYE tending to sell out of the parts I need to watch, I had a hard time. Heck, even some of the conventions don’t have anime DVD stands anymore unless you go to the really big conventions like MegaCon and AFO that is where you can get the DVD selections but we haven’t been back to Mega since 2012 and looking into press for them again this year and you already know our story towards AFO. Anyways, let’s get to the review!

Synopsis: After being gone for seven years over on Tenro Island, Natsu and the rest of the crew in Fairy Tail have found out that they are the last place guild due to how they keep on losing the Grand Magic Games while Natsu and his buddies along with Makarov being gone. The top guild title belongs to Saber Tooth and they have won every Grand Magic Games. Even though Makarov was a little hesitant, they do enter the games in order to get the first place title back!

The games have been tough and Fairy Tail has a lot of competition and even reunite with with guilds they have met before like Blue Pegasus and Lamia Scale. They even meet new ones like Mermaid Heel and Cuatro Cerberus. Did Fairy Tail get to the top again and what is this evil force that may take place during the games?

My Thoughts: Holy moly! This was the best arc and longest one I have ever seen! Yes, the last filler arc kind of took forever to finish but this one was the better arc due to it continuing the story after Tenro Island. I do like the voice acting because it it felt like the voice actors were in one room doing a huge conversation with each other with every episode. There was one DVD in one of the sets at the beginning of the arc where you see Cheramie Leigh recording the episode that Lucy goes up against Carona which was awesome! I think it was mentioned that Tyler Walker almost brought in someone to cover her mouth where Lucy had her mouth covered as well but Cheramie did it on her own which was amazing! I know there are times in recording sessions where ahe actors have actual food in their mouth to convey eating or swollen cheeks (lol, Vic Mignogna from the original FMA days) with powdered donuts.) They need to show more of these recording sessions because it not only gives you an idea of what happens in the booth but it shows what is expected if you want to go into voice acting. Well, that’s how I see it anyways.

Speaking of voice acting, there was an awesome fact with one of the voice actors I did not know after seeing the commentary and that is the voice of Chippoti Lola, the main announcer for the Grand Magic Games, is done by Larry Brantley. For anyone who watched PBS in the 90’s which I admit I did after school and remembered the show WishBone, he did the voice of the dog in that, WishBone! I did not know that until I watched old episodes on YouTube and I felt like when Tara Strong told me she was Timmy Turner. (You can read that in my book!) Because if you listen to him as WishBone and then as Chippoti, the pitch is kind of higher as WishB one due to him being younger back then and now he has gotten deeper but you can hear it! Larry Brantley, you must come to a convention in Orlando! That is why you get… ::takes out pawprint stamp and stamps:: the Voice Acting PawPrint of Approval from Nerdy Shique Universe!

Favorite Moments: Besides the voice acting, I do have a few fave moments in this arc! Not only it is just one arc, which I forgot that there was a second part to the arc and that dealt with dragons of the past returning all thanks to a threat. Don’t want to spoil too much for anyone who is new to Fairy Tail but I may be having it as a fave moment:

1. The Maze Challenge: First is the very first challenge of the games where all the guilds competing had to go through a huge maze in the sky in order to thin out the competition in the games.
2. Lucy’s Fight Against Corona: Next is the fight Lucy had against one of the other guild members! She had a pretty good win at first when she used her Celestial Spirits like Scorpio and even used Cancer to cut Corona’s hair which did piss her off. Even when she tried to use her big spell, it was blocked before it was even casted.
3. 3. Erza vs. Minerva: Next moment is how Erza fought Minerva from Saber Tooth in the final round of the games. This was a very awesome fight because at first you were seeing Kagura go up against Erza and all thanks to Minerva appearing and taking out Kagura, Erza did take on Minerva. I can see why Minerva was a challenge to beat even for the past games. Too bad she was gone for the rest of it.
4. Natsu Uses His Uncle to Go Against Future Rogue: Finally, Natsu versus Future Rogue with his own dragon! Yes, the main threat had to do with Rogue coming back from the future due to Frosh dying and he went to the dark side. He ends up calling on the dragons of the past to Fiore through the Eclipse Gate and Natsu got to meet Atlas a dragon that was nothing but fire! Not only that, he knew Igniel due to the same magic Natsu used and now was referred to as uncle. The fight was dragon on dragon and slayer on slayer and man it was awesome to see and hear! I bet Todd Habercorn had fun recording and the writers had fun writing these episodes!
Music: I had to comment on the music because it took a change from what we heard during the first few seasons of the show. I think there is a second volume of the soundtrack already because I can tell that that the music came from that by the looks of it. The music still kept up with the River Dance sound mixed with metal and even some of the fighting tracks diud have more of a Celtic sound to it. I give major props to the composers for the anime yet again! One song that I did mention in my Top Ten Songs for this month and I will mention again is the song “Strike Back” by Back On! You can just read the reason why in that post but will also mention again. I was glad that Back On not only had a new song but it was made for this series! I heard of them back during Air Gear and even surprised David Walde when I brought that complete series for him to sign, of course Back On is still a favorite no matter what!

Rating: 5 PawPrints Out of 5! I gave this arc a five out of five because not only it was long and also compelling but it did continue the story just right! You get to see a lot of awesome fights including Erza vs. Minerva, even Natsu and Gajeel vs. Rogue and Sting for one of the competition battles. Plus the music was even fitting and did show a mature sound to it! I am hoping the next big arc is as good as this one because I heard that some really awesome stuff does happen all thanks to Gondras reading the manga. I can’t wait to see the rest of the story and how that gets animated. I also still give Funimation props in how they dub this series! They have been doing this for many years and they are still going at it and I know the volumes are up to 20 or 21 in the anime from what I have found in FYE. I am hoping to keep collecting the anime as time does go on. I have to see PsychoPass 2 since that is a new one and hoping NetFlix has it like the first.

Well, that is it for this review! I am hoping to get Part 18 and more soon because how much Funimation has been working on this. If I didn’t give the series a chance all thanks to Todd, which that story is in my book, then you wouldn’t be seeing my reviews. What is next though? A cosmetic controversy dealing with retrun policies as promised! Stay tuned!

Top Ten Songs: January 2017!

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

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

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

Convention Spotlight: Omni Expo 2017

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It is time for another Convention Spotlight and we are going back to a favorite that will be in March again!

Convention: Omni Fandom Expo
Dates: March 3-5 2017
Location: Florida Mall Resort at the Florida Mall in Orlando, FL

We are back for another year at Omni Expo and it is on its fourth year, which includes us doing a fourth year of press! Yes! Makes us happy since we have done press for them since year one! Things had to be changed around and etat includes location, let’s get started!

Location: Florida Mall Hotel! I bet you are wondering, wasn’t this supposed to be at the International Palms Resort over on International Drive? Yes, unfortunately the story is that they were supposed to be there but International Palms got bought out and is going through renovations and being changed. Awww, that would’ve been a nice wedding place, but oh well! So, due to months of no contact nor news from International Palms, the staff saw the news about what had happened to this hotel and they knew they had to pull out. Once they got out, they had to find a new location and they found the Florida Mall Resort that had a time slot open for the weekend they wanted which is March 3rd through the 5th this year! Which is a sweet relief then they would’ve skipped a year.

I bet you’re also wondering, “Wait! There is a hotel at the Florida Mal?” Yes there is! I never been there myself but I know they have had nerd events there and I did remember the MAC Cosmetics do hold their interview seesions there. I tried applying for MAC a while back. Also, this hotel is known as the Florida Hotel and Conference Center. Sorry guys, I don’t have the rates since the website is not working at the moment, I would say go to Omni’s website and try to reserve a room, which when I talked to them during Holiday Matsuri, they really want people to stay at this hotel! So, make your reservations!

Guests: This year not only brings new people but a return of two favorites!

Paul St. Peter: Returning for 2017, Paul St. Peter! If you remembered last year during the Convention Impossible that we have gone to his voice acting panels and his pirate panel and if you have missed them then you have another chance. I highly recommend going to these panels because the voice acting ones do have a lot of pointers in how to get into it and how to sound for many scripts that audience members get to try out. Gondras was one of them all three days so let’s see what happens this year. Also, he is one of the guests we want to interview after not getting the chance to do so last year. For anyone new to the name, for anyone who has played Kingdom Hearts 2 he’s Xemnes and the Kyuubi in Naruto.

Bruce aka No Ordinary Ballon Man: If anyone has been to the first two years of Omni you may have remembered the titans from Attack On Titan made out of balloons. I sure had and even was at the 18 Plus panel with Matthew Mercer and Jessica Calvello during 2015’s Omni where they signed one one of the titans and extra ballons to be donated. They were made by this guy and he known as the No Oridnary Ballon Man! It’s been two years since he has been back, let’s see what he has in store for this year’s Omni!

Chris Rager: Now onto new people! First up is Chris Rager who plays Hercule in all things Dragonball! Well, not the Abridged Series.

Josh Martin: Josh Martin is another new guest for this year and you may have remembered him as the voice of Magen Buu in Dragonball Z and games!

Lisle Wilkison: Another new guest for anyone who loves Tekken and that is Lisle Wilkison who the voice of Nina Williams. Any Sanrio fans, she is also the voice of Batz Maru!

Brian Muir: Next is a sculptor and that is Brian Muir! He has been working on many movies for forty plus years and some movies include Star Wars, Captain America, and of course, Guardians of the Galaxy. You can find his full list of movies he has sculpted on over at Omni’s guest page.

Tiffany Siper: Next is an artist and that is Tiffany Siper. She is the co-founder of Epicycle Studios two years ago and worked on the art for the web comic Alien Spike where a new threat of an alien and a robot comes to Earth when it has recovered from its past threat. Now I am curious!

Noflutter: Next is another artist and that is Noflutter. She is a native Floridian and studied at the Orlando International Academy of Design and Technology and you may have seen her work brought to life on the show Heroes of Cosplay.

Masumi Sempai: Next is a cosplay guest and that is Masumi Sempai. A hardcore cosplayer from the turn of the millennium and grad student from here in Orlando and a Lolita as well. I definitely have some questions on Lolita for her.

Besides these guests we also have the 500 First appearing again and a Michael J. Fox impersonator known as Rob Simms showing up this year. You can get full details on these guests at Omni’s webpage!

Events: Knowing that all conventions do have events and panels by guests and attendees! One event that is returning is of course the Suicide Karaoke event. Hoping to show up for that to see what it’s like! Then we have the costume contest and also have an announcement here!

We will be hosting an Assistive Technology panel known as Devices from the Dark! Since it is a technology convention as well, I thought why not do a panel on it since I am planning to teach it. I will be demonstrating apps I use, even the Braille Sense that I tend to surprise the guests we interview. Check the schedule as time gets closer to the event to see when this panel happens along with many other panels and events!

Well, that is about it for this Convention Spotlight! You can see the details on Omni at:

http://omniexpo.com/

We can’t wait to bring you coverage from this event and new interviews from it as well!

What is up next for Nerdy Shique Universe? A review on the Grand Magic Games arc from Fairy Tail since I finally finished watching that arc and of course another book review and Cosmetic Controversy! Stay tuned for all that! Catch ya on the universe side!

Books: Chasing Embersby James Bennet

Disclaimer: This Review is based on observation and opinion of the lead writer of this blog! Please respect her thoughts and feelings. Also, spoilers may be ahead!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! It’s been a while since I done a book review since I have been reading books on my Victor Reader Stream, now I bring you a new review!

Title: Chasing Embers
Author: James Bennet

Synopsis: We meet Ben Gaston in this tale who is known for a bad attitude with a leather jacket and always bar hopping. There is one thing that not everyone knows is that he is known as Red Ben and has a secret underneath his skin and that is he is a fire breathing dragon! When an old rivalry re-surfaces, he ginds out that not only he is endanger from an old legend that exists in a desert but his once girlfriend, Rose, also gets taken and he must save her and his own life before things become dicey in this rivalry.

Thoughts: I think I did a better job with this synopsis since the website had a confusing one in my opinion. I did say it took me a while to finish this book since I had new reading device during my work experience but managed to get back to it once the New Year arrived.

I think the book was good but at the same time some of the parts were skipped over due to how Kindle likes to skip when you do the double finger swipe down on the screen. I did get the idea that this story deals with how Ben signed a pact that keeps all magical beings in control and not to cause any trouble and this was made after his story back in the old days when he used to know a girl that ran off with him and died when her lover caused major damage to the region they lived in by trying to kill the dragon when the lover didn’t know it was Ben who whisked her away in the first place. The pact did get broken when a girl ends up taking on the spirit of a dragon from Egyptian times as part of a prophecy. It did feel a bit complicated with this part because I can see how witches appeared to cause trouble but the girl taking on the spirit of a queen dragons spirit was out of nowhere. I think the book would’ve been better off without that part and just focus on Ben due to how the rivalry started in order to preak the old pact that was signed many centuries ago. They did resolve it in the end which I felt like it was fitting. I know I am a bit of a rookie author myself, putting too much into one story can make it hard to finish reading and there were points where I did have a hard time to continue the book, which towards the end I did have to take a break and digest what was going on with the final fight. Bennet should’ve just stick with the Ben and his current lover story and why the bad guys wanted her instead of adding on the queen dragon bit since I did see the love story part more than the B-plot. TAlso, there was a lot of Ben’s back story being told more than the ideas behind the witches and one other character, I did think they talked about the guild a little bit if I remembered from reading it earlier. I did say I have to take a break at certain points due to how much story this carried.

To me, this book should’ve been better to just focus on the love story bit than making it so action packed and focus on the legend parts itself to keep the story going. It could’ve been better…

Favorite Character: Khadra! It was hard to pick a favorite character since there were so many involved but I would have to say Khadra herself, the one who takes on the Queen Dragon spirit wiuthin. I was confused with how her story got involved since this did deal with a prophecy too. I didn’t get it as much because it only went back to things with Ben more than Khadra herself. If this book was split and would have Khadra’s story separate then that would make a better book. I did like how she was unsure of what her duty was and she did become stronger in the end after she let go of the Queen herself because Ise didn’t want to get hurt anymore than she had before when she took on the spirit back in the beginning. That is why I liked her a bit more than the other characters since it seems like was going through a growing up phase from what I’ve seen at the end of her role.

Rating: 2.5 Cat Paws Out of 5! This was hard especially with how complicated the story felt. I needed the breaks to digest this story but it felt like there were too many things going on in this book. I wished it was split into two with focusing on Ben and Rose in this one and then Khadra and the trouble with the rivals in the sequel itself because Ben was mostly focused upon in this one. Still, I feel like it would’ve been a better story.

That is it for this review! Next book from my titles from Net Gally, Come Winter!

Cosmetic Controversy: MakeUp Company Etiquette

Disclaimer: This post is based on opinion and observation from the Lead Writer herself! Please don’t read if you don’t like what she has to say!

Hello Shiquers and welcome back to Nerdy Shique Universe! Welcome to a new year and it’s a new controversy! ::dun dun dun!:: It deals with independent companies and even one company in how they deal with customers. I know we tend to get really good customer service especially with how we review them as well when we have a good experience and have a bad review after a bad one. There are some brands that can’t handle the criticism when it comes to the bad reviews or what people find in their products or even if they break and let’s see what I noticed.

The Controversy Inspiration: Lately, I have been subscribed to Drama Channels on YouTube but the main ones I love to watch include Rich Lux, John John Cuckian, Karina Kaboom, and….please don’t kill me when I mention him…Sanders Kennedy! I know that we as consumers can make up our own conclusion when it comes to what we like to buy but when I heard about this scandal I was surprised and it dealt with a customer who has bought Jeffree Starr Cosmetics items and she found a hair in the Ice Cold skin frost once she hit pan. Apparently, she went to the Jeffree Starr Twitter and she did get a refund but it started getting ugly where she was seen as a bully and was blocked by Jeffree himself when he said that she was bashing on him, his products, and his followers when she didn’t say of those things. I read the article from Seventeen Magazine which shown the tweets and man it was messy! Here is the link so you can read it yourself:

http://www.seventeen.com/beauty/news/a44327/jeffree-star-customer-finds-hair-in-highlighter/

In my opinion after hearing all this and reading the article, Jeffree should’ve handled it better after handling it professionally in the beginning. As in, keep the professionalism to talk to the person or ask them to PM him directly rather than going into an ugly fight like this. Also, watching one video which had me asking on Facebook and Twitter that on Read It that people have said that they are scared to buy from Jeffree’s company with what kind of attitude he presents. I can see where a lot of people are coming from since I have heard what he had done such as racist comments, sending negative comments to a YouTuber due to a broken skin frost, and even some products smelling like drugs due to his man smoking in the lab once. Also, they would be afraid of his wrath or his followers wrath if they say anything bad about his items which you have to be positive about. Which brings me to my next point!

Constructive Criticism = Good Criticism: This is one thing when it comes to makeup and sometimes it can be our best friend and our weapon. As a fan fiction writer and have hosted a panel on it which one tip goes “Constructive Criticism = Good Criticism” which helps improve on writing but it also helps improve on product quality whether that review is bad or good. I have seen a lot of beauty videos where some of the items I have bought were reviewed and got me to try for myself. This even includes brands themselves and one brand that I got to buy over the past year was Colour Pop which I heard through Coffee Break With Dani, Kathleen Lights, and Young Wild and Polished on YouTube. All thanks to the good reviews, many people have bought from Colour Pop and even mentioned Dani’s name in some of the reviews at how they heard of their company which does help with their business.

Even though some companies do grow from the amount of business that they get from YouTube there are the kinds of brands that grow from what they see in their products and what they should work on and one good example is one brand I got a few products in BoxyCharm and that is MakeUp Geek. This is one brand where the creator, Marlena, gets a lot of criticism from her customers in how they like the products and if some items don’t sell well or if the item needs to be fixed then she starts working on improving some things. One example is her blush line that was re-done last year and released last spring where she re-formulated and re-packaged into compacts. When they were just pans before. Good thing is she does mention in her videos about the newer items why it takes all this time to produce is due to how she wants to make the product feel right for her customers.

What about brands that don’t like bad reviews? Well, there are those that can’t handle some criticism that not only gets deleted but the creator really doesn’t like the person making it. Besides Jeffree, another person that seems to have a lot of controversy under her belt is DoeDear of LimeCrime. Not only her brand had a lot of bad things happeneing such as a major hack in her brand’s website from October 2014 through early 2015, she did have a bit of a recent scandal and it dealt with her duo chrome shadows that were released last year. I seen a review of how these shadows were amazing and if you haven’t seen them they are two shadows in one that are very glittery and shiny and are activated by water on your brush and this brought up a problem where people commented that they found mold and/or rust in their shadows which the pan is tin. I did mention this product as a runner-up to my “Worst MakeUp Product According to YouTube” where I did ask how can it be okay when this appears? Which LimeCrime responded to the comments that “It’s okay to use these products and the mold is harmless.” Again, you are putting this near your eyes. Back to my point, in the past comments on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook have been deleted by LimeCrime due to how she didn’t like the negativity towards her products. Usually, comments that deal with quality not being that great does help the company improve their formula and release the re-formulated version. Plus, a lot of users do become honest with their reviews which another product that was released last year from LimeCream was their Diamond Crushers which is a clear coat for your lips that has glitter that you can put on top of lip glosses, lipsticks, or even wear it on their own. Someone who used to work for the company snapped about and even mentioned they swollen her lips and was told to take it down by LimeCrime. She may have swatched six of them and I have seen lip swatch videos where people didn’t have the same reaction as she had. I even swatched two lipsticks once when I bought Ion from Kat Von D and had worn my Hot Topic lipstick and my lips didn’t have a weird reaction when I switched between the two. LimeCrime was trying to cover this up when a review like this where a lip product causes swelling should be a signal to the company to take the product off the shelf and improve the formula even if not everyone’s lips had the same reaction. I would pull my own lipstick if that were to happen if I had a company myself or make sure the item’s formula was good to go before releasing. Still, reviews do help with improvements.

(Note: I meant Super Foils guys!)

Customer Service: Now onto the biggest part of this whole entire thing and of course pointing back to the latest scandal with Jeffree Starr. The thing that really makes brands survive, whether independent or in malls, is the customers and how they are treated. We do go for the bright and shiny things that do get sold and many do listen to the reviews and lead to them buying the item as well. What really brings the customer back is how they are treated too. I admit I had some customer problems with some companies and one experience really involved E. L. F. Cosmetics back in 2015 with two incidents at two different times of the year. First, during the summer I ordered some products that was during their Free Shipping Sale and had gotten the wrong products two times and that was in the original order where I got someone else’s items and contacted them about it through email which they responded right away and said they were going to send me my products and then when package number two came some of the items were missing which I found their phone number after emailing again and they picked up by saying, “Sorry! We will send you the items that you told us that were missing in an entire new package and a $5 gift card!” Which was some of the amazing customer service of all and did get my actual products on the third package. When winter came around E. L. F. decided to put a bundle on sale and ordered it and said it was shipped but nothing was updated and it was December when I kept checking and I tried contacting them through email and phone which was odd when during the summer their customer service was really great and they said that their phones are no longer being used just email them. I finally got my answer and got an apology and was told my items were on their way. They did arrive by mid-December rolled around and it was disappointing which got me thinking that I should just purchase items in stores instead of the website. This does seem similar to what had happened with Too Faced recently where people ordered the Sweet Peach collection when it launched online and nobody got their packages until recently when they were told that it would arrive before Christmas. People did try to call but phonelines were down and this caused major worry and even people wondered if they should buy from them anymore. I have ordered from Too Faced before but it was in September when the Power of MakeUp set was online still and did get pretty good customer service when I talked to them over the phone and that did hearing about this did make me wonder that customer service should be around in case things like this do come up. Delivery problems do happen and I have heard Too Faced did fix the problem and they still should have a way of getting in contact a lot more whether through phone or even email by answering right away. Not only that, Christmas time is also the hardest time for mail delivery services because of how people order tons of gifts online instead of going to the store. Heck, I had a brush set delivery problem and received the original and the replacement when it came overseas, which customs can also cause delivery problems too. Still, sustomer service should be handled accordingly.

Besides product problems when it comes to delivery, Companies should also consider their customers when it comes to problems that take place on the products when their websites crashed or hacked into. I did mention LimeCrime’s hacking scandal. I remembered years ago when I ordered from Lush’s UK website for their Smell of Weather Turning perfume and they were hacked a month later. I did get a call when people were trying to charge on my card and couldn’t due to lack of funds on there and it was handled pretty well and got a new card. LimeCrime, on the other hand, they were hacked due to not updating their security license which is important for a website when you purchase items. They didn’t notify customers until the beginning of 2015 when the website got hacked at the end of 2014. People noticed that they were being charged double and their account went to zero, even some YouTube videos mentioned some students couldn’t pay for college because of what happened. This was majorly scary for many and if LimeCrime noticed early enough then they would’ve notified customers. A lot of people were mad at them and DoeDear, heck it even caused their social media to be switched to private due to people posting negative comments. Even around the same time a petition was made to keep the company out of a New York makeup show coming up since customers were not too happy about the lipsticks with a running unicorn on them. I admit I did have Airborne Unicorn and got it on EBay and did toss it since it smelled weird recently, I did hear when people did buy some or the products that they don’t look like they are supposed to as well. I can see where LimeCrime got in trouble even after one scandal where the FDA even slapped a warning for using an unapproved product in one of their Velveteens. Still, I can see where customers are straying away even with a contest issue at the end of last year, where people had to buy products to refer a friend and win over a thousand bucks in product and people asked if there is any other way of entering and were told on Facebook “No, this is the only way.” To me that is not worth entering. Sorry for rambling but with how DoeDear and her crew treat customers it’s something that can cause wary customers to stay away. Plus, there are dupes out there and cost less when it comes to a bright pink lipstick and even blue ones. What should they do to keep their customers? Well, definitely treat them better and have free contests even with reviews because not everyone will be liking the product and of course people prefer an honest company with customer service that helps rather than blame someone for purchasing their product.

Now, finally, the recent scandal with Jeffree Starr. I did mention how people are starting to become afraid of buying from his brand. I bet you’re wondering am I afraid of buying too? Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll! I am stepping out of my box of my comfort colors of pinks, reds, and purples and some nudes in lipstick, I have heard that his liquid lipsticks are amazing and want to try them out along with his skin frosts, and did hear how he pushed back the release of his Androgeny pallet to make sure the formula is good to go but….but….I am iffie on buying his items because of seeing what went on with his customer service. I am subscribed to him on YouTUbe and enjoy his content with his makeup reviews and tutorials, heck I did my pastel goth look off of his but I am kind of thinking that what if my products do have the drug smell or if I find a hair in my skin frost if I were to buy it. If I were to find something like that, what if I was treated the same way as he treated some of the people who found issues with their products, heck I saw the video of Rocky Road Kill’s King Tut skin frost being broken and how he was treated, which yes Rocky should’ve contacted Jeffree first for the replacement but he didn’t talk anything else bad since he did mention that Jeffree is his idol, well was his idol and Jeffree should’ve worded his comment to: “Sorry that your skin frost was broken! I would gladly replace it, just email my company and we will arrange something.” As in, acted more professional rather than yell at him. I did see that he handled the recent problem professionally at first when I read the article but it could’ve been handled even more professionally by the end and understand that shipping from Ontario would’ve taken too long and just send a replacement anyways. I had replacements sent to me when it came to makeup brush sets from Amazon and and did have one of my Lucy keys replaced when one of them was missing from the package and I had a great time talking to the seller who sold me the keys and the key pouch that I bought later. I would ask when it comes to bad customer service treatment…Where’s the How to Treat Your Customers Right Class? Anyone? Anyone!? It should exist!

So, yeah, that does it! In my conclusion, some of these companies need to work on their customer service etiquette and even find other ways for them to communicate when ordering and product issues arise. Heck, even working on customer issue timing should also be something that can be worked on. I remembered having some problems with that with a few places. Anyways, whehther independent or not, the creators of the ones that can’t handle criticism well or customers well should at least know how to chill for once and realize that they are also people too and should treat them nicely. Remember that old adage of “Treat people the same way you want to be treated.” Yes, some of the followers can be bullies, they should also follow that adage as well. In the end, customers are what makes the company grow and succeed and that is how a lot of them still exist.

What is next for Nerdy Shique Universe? Well, I still have my Convention Spotlight on Omni Expo 2017 coming up! I am announcing that I will be getting my January Ipsy bag! YAY! It will be on YouTube when I get the bag.

Also…if any of you guys are Jeffree Starr Cosmetics followers, please respect this post and what I said in my disclaimer and what I wrote. It is my opinions and I know he tends to block people, which I don’t want to cause any drama with him. Also, anyone who doesn’t like him, don’t bash his followers please. I am already respecting them and plus I do feel sorry for the ones who got bullied by him or his followers. Thank you all and til next time see ya on the universe side!