Contact Lens Review – Optykrozmus.co.uk + Hoozuki

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The lenses I am reviewing in this post were supplied by Optykrozmus but the views expressed in this post are my own. I am always amazed by the speed of shipping with this website also they stock a lot of … Continue reading 

Wig Review Post

Sorry I have been meaning to do other things and I have already slacked on my Sunday thing I am  a bad blogger lol anyway..I wanted to get a review in of all the wigs that arrived from Taobao recently! I have taken very bad pics of myself in all of them, sorry! But I just got so excited I had to try them on.

I use Taobaonow as shipping company from Taobao, recommended to me by Charlie, they seem to be the easiest company to use. They are really friendly too!

Also these were damn cheap.

The shops I have brought from are:

Lingyisun
FML Cosplay
xiaolaoshu1122 (which is Lucialle)

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Both of these are from Lingyisun. The quality is fantastic to be honest. The original image of the brown one showed it to be a little more orange though, sadly. But I would say that is the only fault from this shop. The blue wig, I CANNOT STRESS enough how GOOD the quality of this is. The gradient effect is done beautifully, and it is only going to need a bit of trimming. This has easily shot upto one of the best wigs I own.

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This one is from FML cosplay. It is thick but needs a bit of playing with to get both sides to flair out. (For the character I have in mind it’ll need trimming too, but which wigs don’t?). It also seems a bit blonde in certain light.

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The blue wig again is FML cosplay, the colour is gorgeous, but will need a fair bit of styling to sit right. The black one above is from lingyisun and whilst perhaps it isn’t the best wig in this bulk, it is really good value for money.

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The top bob is FML cosplay again, and doesn’t quite look the same as the image, but it is a really nice wig for dressing up sake. The top side parting is xiaolaoshu1122; Charlie had one of these for cosplay and it is such a gorgeous wig I had to get one for having sake. The quality and thickness is amazing. The last wig is at the bottom, and worn in the outfit I have posted. It can pretty much be styled by playing with it, as you can see, it is pretty cool. That one is xiaolaoshu1122 also.

Seriously all in all there are some amazing wigs now sitting in my wig box. I would love to order more…

Kiko Make-up Post (And a few other things…)

Firstly hello again! Sorry it has all been a bit quiet but with expo and starting a new job everything has been a little crazy! I will write about expo in another post, but whilst in London we took a trip to the Kiko store. It is an Italian brand of cosmetics and I have got to say I am sold. It is a little cheaper than Illamasqua and such, so it was worth picking up a few supplies.
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I got:

Vibrant eye pencil (603)
Mineral face powder
High pigmented eyeshadow Infinity (239, 217, 213, 280, 200)
Waterproof and curling mascara
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The browns I got mainly for contouring, the blue is for an upcoming cosplay. The face powder is amazing, I used to use MAC but this is just as good and a lot cheaper. It feels really light and smooth, and I would happily recommend it. I also got a box for their clicks system eye shadow; which means I now have something I can call a “pallet” lol! The mascara works well; they have a huge variety of different types. To be honest I would like to go back there, to pick a few more things up!
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Browns next to each other. (On my forearm, resting on my leg haha)

On the subject of new make up, I just wanted to say that I have started using Missha BB cream (matte) and I would again recommend this for anyone who wants to look a little more flawless but natural, and it may be good for male cosplayers who are a little shy on using make-up or who just want good coverage! I can’t say much cause I plaster myself in stuff for cosplays, but it is very useful for every day good looking skin! Excuse my cat scratches!
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Also, a shoutout to Sugarpill Cosmetics! As you can probably see from the banner I am advertising them on my blog, but for a good reason, because their pigment is too amazing not to work with. I believe their white to be more intense than Illamasqua, and I really like both brands. I also have some eyelashes from them and they look amazing.
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Their TAKO white is the best tbh. The other colour is BULLETPROOF.

I’m gonna apologise about lack of pics, and not much showing things as it getting late as my mind has been a bit all over the place recently, but I promise I will write about expo, and I will be getting a Taobao order come through soon so will be reviewing clothing and wig shops!

Review – HobbyFx.co.uk Fangs

I have had these fangs since 2009, and they have lasted me well. When I wear them I always get asked where I got them from as they do look realistic, so I will give all the information out here!
Now, I like dressing up as vampires. Or demons. Or things that may have fangs.
I have tried the Scarecrow style fangs before, with the putty you use, and I had honestly no joy. They fall out, they get lost, they didn’t fit my teeth in all honesty. I find they also don’t quite match the colour of natural teeth. I know for some people they work fine, but I was after something a little more realistic.

HobbyFX I was really interested in due to the way they are made, and how they fit. Basically, you get a pack to make a mould of your teeth, send it back to the company, and they will create a unique set of teeth specifically designed to fit your mouth. They then just..”clip” in! It is a veneer which covers all the front teeth, which helps in looking natural.
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I remember doing the moulding was fairly easy, you had to heat it up into a sausage shape, press it against your teeth for a few moments, then remove, and let it dry.
The fangs themselves do take a bit of getting used to, but once you do, you can wear them for hours, drink in them, eat in them (to a certain extent), and most importantly, speak with hardly any difference.

The guy who owns the company is really helpful and lovely to deal with.
Now, the price has gone up since I got mine, but not really that bad still for what you are getting. I want to order from them again, and they also offer custom designs. They also offer a monthly payment plan, which is really useful I think.
They also do prosthetics and the like, but to me I think the fangs are the best thing about the shop.
Please check them out if you are after a good set of teeth!
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You can find them at the links below!
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Cosplay Progress + Review – SnK / Levi

Ok, so this cosplay is pretty much sourcing and buying rather than making, because it is so easy and cheap to find. Charlie scoured eBay and found the jackets we will be using.

The eBay seller is bigbigworld1991 and the items we have can be found here (NO. 1 on the colour choice).

We went for their “US M” size, and they are slightly on the bigger side, but it really adds to comfort. (Sizes are all available on the auction page).

The shop was pleasant to deal with. We were a bit concerned how long they were taking, but emailed the seller and they got back to me within the day, and told us the item was in the UK, and I believe the day after they turned up! I would happily recommend them.

The jacket itself is very well made. There are very few minor sewing hiccups but nothing really noticeable. The embroidered patches are lovely, and these jackets feature the blue details rather than black as some of the jackets you can buy do. The only thing it would of been nice to see was if the back patch was the same as the arm ones rather than just being stuck/printed on. We may buy the patches you can get to put on the back so they all match.

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And pictures of it worn: (Please excuse my face with no make-up! I had a swollen spot/bite on my forehead and didn’t wanna put stuff around it).
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Overall, I was very satisfied with the seller, and would happily use their eBay shop again!

Irvine Kinneas / Final Fantasy 8 test thing

So uh, yeah, in Birmingham up Cape Hill there lives possibly the best wig shop I have been to yet. It is just called “Cape Hill Hair & Cosmetics” but fuck me it is a big shop, and the AMOUNT of lace front wigs they have…ksjdbfahb

(Also apologies but I can’t get this fucker to post how I want it to grump)

On a recent trip there looking for Irvine wigs came across a really good one which has his red tones in it. So snapped it up! It is going to be styled bit by bit (by the master at life, Charlie), as it can take heat on it too. Anyway enough about a wig and the shop.

For this test I used:

Illamasqua 115
MAC NC15 (Which I am trying to find an alternative to, if anyone can recommend?)
Brown palette
Sugarpill Tako (amazing pigment btw)
Saffron Eyebrow Palette 02
(And when I had my eyebrows thickened a little, that was Illamasqua too)
Contacts lenses are circle: EOS Fairy Blue

I think when I do the next one/expo I will use my posher palette as there is a bigger selection of browns. Also I had trouble with brushes for some bizarre reason doing (one of those days things?) so I think I can do it neater. Also I will have the hat and a bit more costume by the time I do it again. Gonna be wearing at London MCM Expo.

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With c-schneider as Squall

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I feel like the gayest Irvine in the world :”’)
If you are going to London expo, hope to see you there! 😀

Ayacon Apocalypse 2013 (and London Expo plans)

So, finally doing a write up on the last ever Ayacon (for those that don’t know it is a Japanese culture/anime/cosplay convention).

Prelude:
The Thursday before the con was pretty much making sure everything was indeed completed. Shazz came up to travel to the con with us, and we watched many a silly thing. Listened to some Rammstein as far as I remember too haha. It was an enjoyable travel to Coventry, as the con crack had already started, and we were singing Attack on Titan theme tune really badly to each other. As we were staying at different hotels, us and Shazz parted ways for the time being. The hotel we stayed in was the De Vere Village, the room was the upper suite, and the bed was fantastic. We had free Sky tv and HD movies and Starbucks drinks in the room. It worked out cheaper staying here than on the campus the convention was held at, so all in all a bargain really. We had a walk to the Warwick Arts Centre (though someone told us to go a really long way round) and met up with Shazz again, and had one drink…bloody bar was closing. The Costcutter there I must say is fantastic for food from all different countries. We ended up with loads of Italian snack food.

Day 1:
Today was Weiss Kreuz day! First things first, though, breakfast. The room we had gave us a free breakfast every morning, and coffee and tea, not bad stuff. So, we got made up, and hit the con. We had Kat joining us in this group, and met up with a few familiar faces. It was quite chilled out, but then towards the end of the night I threw up and we went home. Whoops lol.

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Day 2:
This was the DOGS: Bullets and Carnage day. I think this was the most fun costume to wear in some ways. We skipped breakfast this day and got ready, and head on out. Immediately as we got out of the taxi though, the person whom we know who was cosplaying the “bad guy” from the series was walking towards us, completely unplanned…but a perfect meeting really. (You can find him here). We mooched round the dealers room, and we ended up acquiring this gem:

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We changed into the evening gear and I took a shit load of crap selfies haha. Ended up back at the bar, with our crew. We wanted to go to the J-rock party, but it was scheduled for 1am, and it seemed really late to wait for especially cause we didn’t know if it would be good or not. We ended up briefly at the K-pop party, but the DJ then changed to J-idol music and everyone fucked off. We just went home after.

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Day 3:
Vassalord and Gorillaz was the main aim for today.  Vassalord was so fun, and a couple of people recognised it. Charlie and Shazz ended up with Balamb Garden T-shirts from here (Really cool stuff! Check em out!). We were introduced to a free purikura machine and played around in that for a bit. Then toddled off home to change into Gorillaz. Unfortunately there was some bug going round at this con, a lot of our friends got ill. Charlie got hit with it on the Sunday so we went back to the hotel and he got some rest. A lot of people missed the final party due to this, but hey there will always be another con!

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After getting home I think even though I didn’t need to, I felt a bit low that it went so fast. We are hoping to re-wear some of the costumes for some pics, I have a cosplay shoot for a couple of them in September.

LONDON EXPO is next in October. I am highly excited for this, and we have groups which is exciting.

Final Fantasy 8/Attack on Titan/DOGS
c-schneider will be Squall/Jean/Haine
Shazz will be Zell/Eren/Naoto
Ballet Shoes will be Quistis/Armin
Georgi will be Sephie/Mikasa
Myself Irvine/Levi/Badou

Photos for this blog were all taken/edited by either myself, c-schneider or paper-plate

Day Out: Birmingham City Centre + Ayacon plans

So, this is the last weekend before Ayacon, and we nipped into town to get some last bits and pieces for our cosplays. We also met up with Lulu, whom we haven’t seen in a long time, which was really nice. (She also does wig commissions here)

My first stop off was to try this Amazon locker thing, which was really cool. They are situated in the Bull Ring shopping centre, and it saved me having to pay shipping this way, which if you can get to one easily I think is worth it. I got my simplicity pattern for a new Murdoc cape which I haven’t had since 2008, so it will be nice to have one again.

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Next was the markets, to pick up some poppers and elastic to finish off a couple of cosplay bits. I also went to get material for the cape, and ended up with 6 metres of each colour for £21 (though looks a bit funny on the computer), and damn there is a lot of material there. I think the guy at the market gave me more of the purple as it was end of roll. I really recommend the “rag market” if you are by Birmingham as there is tons of useful stuff for making things there, and it is pretty cheap.

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We went for a coffee at Cafe Nero, a welcome break from all the carrying of a load of material haha. It was really nice to catch up over a coffee with Lulu, and talk our weird “same wavelenth” nonsense.

We also stopped in at the now closing down Model Zone, which is a shame because it had some useful things. But everything is half price so picked up some paint for Pazuzu hohoho…

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We also stopped in at The Candystore, which sells some interesting street wear and it is nice to see different stuff from the normal high street shops. Worth a look  if you are in the area. I noticed a sale item I really want :x…

Couldn’t be a good day out without stopping in a Primark though, and battling through the crowds there haha. Saturdays are always…well, mental.

We came back for Charlie to do Lulu’s hair all pretty like (cause he is good at hair), and then walked her back as she only lived down the road, and got myself a tin of soup for dinner. Hahahahahah. (And whilst I was gone Charlie made me a lovely smoothie thank you :D)

I will now carry on with cosplay things, I have to finish the holsters, other eyepatch, spray painting, and lets try making a cape! I haven’t made anything like this before by myself so…uh, lets see what happens haha.

The plans for Ayacon are as follows;

Friday – Farfarello (Weiss Kreuz – anime version, white outfit)

Saturday – Badou (Dogs: Bullets & Carnage – Vol 0. version + formal)

Sunday – Rayflo (Vassalord – anime version) and Murdoc (Gorillaz – phase 2)

I have some updates on costume things here and here if you are interested!

If you are around at Ayacon, I guess I will see you there!

Cosplay Test – Badou Nails/DOGS:Bullets and Carnage

Just a quick post to show progress on Badou, I am really excited to do this in August at Ayacon! (Along with Farfarello, Rayflo, and possibly Murdoc).

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Wig is from Taobao, blind contact is from FunnyLens.de and Blue contact is from Pinky Paradise.