Thursday, 15 January 2015

Happy New Year! (+ updates)

Hey guys! I know it's a little late, but Happy New Year! I hope you all had a merry Christmas too :D Just a quick post today to update you guys on a few things, this year is going to be exciting I can feel it!

Tutorials on Super Cute Kawaii!

Some of you may be aware that I applied to be a writer for the cute blog Super Cute Kawaii recently. I wrote 3 guest posts for the blog to gauge response and one of which was a polymer clay cupcake tutorial, which was so well received that I was asked to write a monthly craft tutorial for the blog! My first proper tutorial went out earlier today, make sure you check it out here!

You can check out my other posts on SCK here (or check the new link at the right hand side!)

Anime Conventions and cosplays this year (so far)

Having gone to a few conventions last year, the urge to go to more is so strong! Maybe this year will be the year I have the funds to go to London for Hyper Japan, but for now the conventions I'll definitely be attending are:
  • Sunderland Comic Con (21st Feb)
  • Sunnycon (26-28th June) - I will also be selling here!
  • Anime Attacks (TBA)
I'm also thinking about going to Yorkshire Cosplay Con again this year, but that will depend on money and how to get to the venue. I might also go to King Con this year too!

You may remember my previous post on my cosplay wishlist, and I'm hoping to put most of those cosplays into action this year! I'm hoping to be cross dress Yu Narukami at Sunderland Comic Con (Nico if that doesn't happen in time), I'll be Nagisa and Nico at Sunnycon, and maybe Yu or Rise for Anime Attacks. If I go to any other small cons I'll be either Nico or my Persona cosplays.

Finally, Goals for 2015 and 20k Subscribers!

I recently reached 20,000 subscribers on my Youtube, and I just want to say a huge thank you for everyone! I also made a goals for 2015 video, which is something I've done for the past 3 years. It's really useful to look back on those videos each year and see how much I've achieved! Check out my goals video below:

I think that will be all for the updates, all I'm gonna say is that in terms of my shop, I have a super secret and awesome collaboration happening this year, and though I'll have to work super hard to keep everything going, I'm excited!

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Cosplay Wishlist

Making this post for two reasons, to track the amount of cosplays I wanna do, and also to share the characters I want to cosplay.

1. Nagisa Momoe from Madoka Magica Movie Rebellion
Me and a few friends are hoping to do a Madoka Magica cosplay group for Sunnycon next year, so this is the perfect chance for me to cosplay Nagisa :3 We're still looking for people to join so if by any chance you're going to Sunnycon in 2015 and wanna be a magical girl with us then please hmu!

2. Rikka Takanashi from Chuunibyou
Ever since I received my Rikka Azone doll from my last blog post I've been wanting to cosplay Rikka for real! Maybe not this coming year, I have so many cosplay plans Rikka can wait ;-;

3. Yu Narukami / Rise Kujikawa from Persona 4

My two favourite characters from Persona 4... though being a short female with boobs means the only version of Yu I can really cosplay (or feel comfortable cosplaying) is the cross dress version...
I wanna do it.

4. Nico Yazawa from Love Live

I've cosplayed Nico once before, but there's so many outfit choices for her, and tbh I feel as though I basically am Nico now, so I must cosplay her more! 

So for Sunnycon I will definitely be Nagisa Momoe, and for the other day of the convention I'll either be Nico or Yu (or maybe Rise idk)
Ahh I'm so indecisive! 

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)

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