Circle Lens Review – Vassen Rainbow Eyes – Grayish Blue

Watch my video review of these lenses on YouTube:

I purchased these lenses from Pinkyparadise~
Vassen Rainbow Eyes – Grayish Blue:  http://www.pinkyparadise.com/Vassen-Rainbow-Eyes-Grayish-Blue-p/e14-grey.htm

Review:

Lens diameter: 14.5mm (for Plano)
Comfort: 8.5/10 – very easy to put in your eyes. Feels dry after a few hours of wear, however.
Enlargement: Pretty good for 14.5mm. Suggested for cosplay or Lolita wear.
Color/Design: Not completely opaque, but the color still shows up pretty well. The outer rim color is a nice gray/blue with golden brown flecks closer to the center. Fades to your natural eye color in the center.  Gives eyes a marbled/opalescent effect.

Costume Review – Babydoll – Costume SuperCenter

Hey everyone!

So, a while back, I was contacted by Costume SuperCenter to review one of their costumes!  They kindly sent me a costume on-the-house in exchange for my review, which unfortunately, has been long overdue due to minor health issues and getting a promotion at my 9-5.  But they have been super sweethearts and patient this entire time!

I’ve been wanting to cosplay as Babydoll since the movie first came out, but have been too busy/prioritizing other costumes to actually make her costume.  So, I decided to give Costume SuperCenter’s Babydoll costume a go.

Fit: 8/10.  I got a Medium, and both the top and skirt fit without any major issues.  The only part that didn’t work was the cuffs on the sleeves – they were too tight on my forearms due to the non-stretch ribbon embellishments, so I had to take a seam ripper to those areas.

Fabrics: 6.5/10.  The fabric is decent, but it’s the polyester to be expected of a mass-produced costume.  However, it’s got a nice matte finish that photographs all right even under flash.  It is not the screen accurate distressed denims and linens, though.

Craftsmanship: 7/10.  The seams are durably sewn, and the hems are finished.  There were a few loose threads here and there, along with a couple of seams that didn’t quite match up (sleeves).

Details: 6/10.  The ribbon on the middy collar and skirt are uneven and wobbly in some areas.  The neckline is also too low-cut for my liking.

However, the belt is pretty nice and includes an antiqued gold buckle.  Black thigh highs are also included, as is the headband.

I also received her sword that goes with this costume, and am pleased with it as a prop!  It’s light-weight plastic and has Babydoll’s illustration/design neatly printed on the blade.  I still need to photograph it, hur hur.

As for service, Costume SuperCenter was super professional the entire time.  They patiently waited for me to pick out what costume I wanted (they have a ton!), and when I picked Babydoll, they shipped it to me extremely quickly!  The costume got to me within a couple of days.

You can check out their website for a full listing of their costumes and accessories: http://www.costumesupercenter.com/
And they are on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CostumeSuperCenter

Lens Review – GBT Violet

PinkyParadise kindly sponsored me a pair of lenses!

I chose G&G GBT Violet for my upcoming Daenerys Targaryen costume.

I’ve tried GBT’s in Green before, and thought the effect would work well for Daenerys.  While these aren’t the best choice for Anime cosplay, they work wonderfully for Dany, whose eyes are a bit more realistic-looking (blue in the TV series, violet in the books).

Color: 8/10 – not opaque, and not super vibrant.  These will blend in with your natural eye color while giving a noticeable change.  Violet shows up better than Green, in my experience.

Enlargement: 6/10 – These enlarge maybe a tiiiiny bit (which is what I was going for).  Diameter is listed as 14.5 – seems more like 14 or 14.2, which is standard for non-circle lenses.  Not your lenses if you want Huge Ugguu Anime Eyes.

Comfort: 10/10 – VERY comfortable.  I couldn’t feel them after putting them in, and the smaller size makes them easy to put on/take out.

PinkyParadise is probably my favorite place to order lenses from due to their huge selection and good service!  Shipping took a few weeks, but that is about the same for any overseas lens sellers.

A-Kon 2014

A-Kon LogoHey!  So, last weekend (June 6-8) I went to A-Kon, held at The Hilton Anatole in Dallas, TX.  A-Kon is Texas’ largest anime convention, and one of the longest-running conventions in America – this was its 25th year!  That’s crazy to think about.

This was my third year (I believe) attending, and by far the best experience.  Even with last year’s move to the Anatole, the convention is still super crowded.  That was my biggest complaint last year, along with the 5 hour registration/pre-reg line – yes, they were both lumped into one god-awful line last year.  However, A-Kon was able to alleviate the long lines this year by better organizing the reg area, and opening reg all day Thursday.  Overall, crowd control felt a bit better this year.

But enough of the boring stuff.  I’m sure you’re more interested in hearing about cosplay and events, right?

Friday – I was Minori from Toradora! with my friends who came all the way from Canada to visit us, Matt and Alicia, who were Ryuuji and Taiga respectively.  Most of the day consisted of wandering the dealer’s room/artist’s alley, though we did make it to Yaya’s “Past, Present & Future of Cosplay” panel.

I changed into Rei Ayanami later for geeklurv’s Cosplay Madmatch panel, where I answered questions in-character as, big surprise, wondergirl herself. 😛

Rei Ayanami

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday – I cosplayed Persona 4’s Rise Kujikawa.  The Canadians pooped out on me (they were supposed to join me as Yuu/Protag and Chie). 😛 Even so, I got a surprising amount of recognition as Rise.

Rise KujikawaLater, Christy and I lined up to see the Cosplay Contest, which was impressive to say the least.  There were so many well-done costumes with intricate details and big props and armor pieces.  I didn’t envy the judges for a minute.

Not surprisingly, there were very few skit entries.  Texas, much like Florida, is more of a Walk-on kind of state, though I did enjoy seeing Utena represented, and my god those costumes were beautiful~  And Forever Alone never fails to deliver the lulz.

 

 

Sunday – I debuted Eli Ayase from Love Live! School Idol Project, with Benihime and Christy as Kotori and Maki respectively.

Next con for me is San Japan in San Antonio!

Love Live! - Maki and Eli

Art Giveaway – FREE STUFF-

Angel Panty & Stocking ChibisFun Fact: I used to fancy myself an artist from time to time. A friend talked me into selling my artwork in Artist’s Alley, and it kind of grew on me for a little while. HOWEVER, recently I found a packet of chibi stickers, post-card sized chibi cards, and 5×7 prints. I have no intention of doing Artist’s Alley ever again, so I thought I’d offer them to whoever wants ’em!

Here’s what I have.

Stickers:

Chibi Post-card prints:
All of the above characters EXCEPT Vocaloid.  I do also have some of Angel Stocking, Mio, and Ciel and Sebastian.

5×7″ prints:

You can pick 2 stickers or 1 print, and I will mail it to you (I will need you to message me your address on Facebook). Limited Quantities – First come, first serve!

All I ask in return is that you share any one of my cosplay photos from my Facebook Page. 🙂

Thanks everyone!!

Cosplay Guest at Anime North Texas

Just a quick update to say that I have been invited as a cosplay guest, along with the talented ladies of SEC-C Cosplay, at Anime North Texas in Fort Worth, November 15 – 17!  I will be judging for the costume contest and doing a couple of panels, and I’m very excited!

Check eet outttt: http://animenorthtexas.com/special-guests/

Stop by if you are in the area, I’d love to meet you all and talk about cosplay and anime and stuff! 😀