Saturday, 22 November 2014

Ordering from a Japanese Shopping Service [Noppin]

People often use shopping services to buy from sites like Taobao, a Chinese shopping site similar to Ebay. A shopping service is simply a company which will order what you want to buy from a website or shop oversees that doesn't ship internationally, and for a percentage fee will ship it to you. I wanted a limited edition Rikka Takanashi Azone doll which was only sold on TBS Shop, a Japanese site, so I needed to find a Japanese shopping service to order it. I could find lots of information on services which enable you to buy from China (mainly for Taobao) but I couldn't find much on Japanese ones. I'm hoping to share some useful information for anyone in my situation in the future ^^
She isn't available on the TBS shop any more, but you may be able to find one on Ebay

Monday, 3 November 2014

Cosplay Prop Progress - Nico Yazawa Microphone

I wanted to make a prop to go with my Nico cosplay, so the obvious choice was her cat microphone from the second season! It doesn't look exactly perfect, but it's a neat little prop that will be good for photos~

I didn't take as many photos of the beginning process as I would have liked, so I'll try and explain as I go along. I started with a toilet roll tube and a polystyrene ball, I cut the tube up the side and taped it back together making it tapered towards the bottom. I then taped the ball on top to keep it in place.
 I then made ears out of tin foil by making triangle-ball shapes and indenting the middle using my fingernails, it took a while to get the size and shape I wanted, but then I taped them onto the ball. I then covered the whole thing in masking tape. I also added arms and a tail with rolled up tin foil covered in masking tape and taped in place.
 Then it was time for paper mache! I mixed PVA glue and water and pasted torn up newspaper onto it. I did about 2-3 layers, until it felt hard and sturdy enough.
 You can see the tail from this angle.
 Once it was ready I began to paint. I painted areas that were going to be a light colour in white first so the paint would stand out. I also painted the black.
 First coat of pink for the base, I changed the colour a lot to get it to look right.
 Ear and arm colour, I then painted the black again to neaten it up.
 I then painted the face and the mic was complete! Not too neat, but it'll do for photos!

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Nico Yazawa Makeup Tutorial (ish) and Cosplay Update!

It's been a while hasn't it? Sorry I haven't been blogging much lately, I've been busy with work, as well as my Youtube and shop ;o; But I still find time for cosplay! I'll be at Anime Attacks in a couple of weeks, so I decided I would test my Nico cosplay and check everything is ready!
You may remember my last cosplay makeup tutorial, for Ryuko. I'll be doing the same sort of thing again for Nico, so let's go! :3
 I started with Super Pinky Wine Red lenses. I liked them for a more natural looking red as opposed to a bright scary colour xD
I then started with foundation and concealer, and a little white eyeliner under my eyes
 Simple eyeliner next, I tried to follow Nico's eye shape
 Little black lines on the eyelids gives an 'anime' effect
 I added blush and also coloured my eyebrows slightly black
 For the lashes I used Red Cherry which I bought from here. They're very light and very pretty!
 I used top lashes, and cut two single lashes from a set of bottom lashes, as Nico has two little lines under her eyes just like that. I also added a small line of eyeliner right under my iris.
I used some light pink lipstick and then I was ready to put on my cosplay!
 Here are two photos I edited for my World Cosplay account. Feel free to follow me!
And here are some slightly less edited photos :3

I hope you enjoyed this kind of tutorial and cosplay update!
Just a quick note, I applied to be a writer for Super Cute Kawaii and one of my posts has been submitted as a guest post, it would be great if you could check it out and leave some feedback, it's a clay cupcake tutorial! Check it out here!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Betoyo Bento Subscription Box Review

I have a different kind of subscription box review this time, the Betoyo Bento box features anime figures and toys and Japanese candy, and they kindly sent me August's box to review! I'll also be doing an unboxing video on Youtube soon, but here is my blog review~
 As you can see the box comes beautifully wrapped with a nice red ribbon (which I'll keep for crafts of course, or maybe even a cosplay) and it also has a sticker on top with the Betoyo logo on.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Hair Dye Routine - Red/pink hair!

I've been questing for a nice reddish pink hair for a number of months now, trying to get a similar colour to Kyary Pamyu Pamyu in her Candy Candy music video.
It's not the same shade, but I've definitely got a shade I love at the minute, and since it took a fair few attempts to get a dye that not only is red/pink, but covers my dark roots (as my hair is naturally dark brown)

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Kawaii Box Giveaway

You may remember I reviewed the Kawaii Box in my previous blog post and also in a Youtube video which you can check out if you want to see my opinions on the Kawaii Box. The company kindly allowed me to host a giveaway to give you the chance to win next month's kawaii box, so here it is!

Below is a Rafflecopter which will allow you to enter the giveaway. Simply put in your name and email so we can contact you if you win, then complete the tasks it asks you. You don't have to complete them all, but to be entered you will need a Facebook account, which is easy to set up if you don't have one and you can delete it once it's over if you want :) The giveaway will end on the 19th of July!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Kawaii Box Review and Giveaway

Subscription boxes have gotten popular lately, presumably following the success of boxes such as Lootcrate. Now there are a wide range of boxes including anything from makeup products to healthy snacks, kawaii goodies to Asian food. I have a review of the Kawaii Box, which is run by the company Blippo (not to be confused by other boxes of a similar name)
"Kawaii Box is the cutest monthly subscription service. Subscribe Now and receive a box filled with hand-picked kawaii items from Japan and Korea directly to your home every month. Your box will be shipped in the beginning of each month and the shipping is absolutely free, anywhere on the planet! Each box includes 10-12 cute, original and licensed kawaii items."

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