CosplaySky.de Costume Review…. Incoming!

I was recently approached by the German company, CosplaySky.de, about doing a review on a Sword Art Online costume of my choosing. Admittedly, I went to my friends on Facebook and asked their opinions, as I haven’t seen any of SAO (don’t hate me). After a few days and throwing around options, I finally chose my design…

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I sent the company all my major measurements to allow them to make a one-of-a-kind tailored costume for me… So, now, the waiting game commences! As soon as it arrives, I’ll have a review up for everyone! 😀

Until then, feel free to check out their site! Their main one is in German, but they also have French, Spanish, and UK English versions with a large variety of costumes. 😀

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Coloured Contacts Review

Recently, I was contacted by Coloured Contacts to do a review for them on a couple of their products! I admittedly do not wear contact lenses, but my wonderful fiancé offered to be the guinea pig for this review! 😀

We received the Misty Green 30 Day lenses and the Sunburst 30 Day lenses. Now, to give some quick information, these are special effects contact lenses, not prescription. Coloured Contacts was very clear about their instructions on proper wear and care, which can be located here and I highly suggest following these before ordering and/or wearing!

Our lenses arrived very quickly and came in some neat packaging!

My fiancé quickly tried on the Sunburst lenses, which were a little freaky looking to say the least! He made it very clear that he could see through them and they weren’t uncomfortable. They were very easy to put in, and while his eyes felt a little dry, it wasn’t anything unusual compared to normally wearing contacts.

He then tried on the Misty Green 30 Day lenses and stated they were his favorite. Again, very comfortable and not obtrusive to his vision. They were also super easy to put in and nothing out of the normal with dryness. They were also a little freaky looking, kind of reminding me of eyes of a doll!

I can safely say Coloured Contacts has some neat lenses for a variety of looks. I know they also carry zombie lenses, bright blue ones similar to the Misty Green, and a ton of others! They also have nifty aftercare blog posts and YouTube guides on how to properly insert and wear your lenses. Plus, they sent us some awesome contacts cases. With a bunny. I LOVE IT.

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Coloured Contacts case

I definitely recommend checking out this company, but again, only if you have healthy eyes to do so as they are special effects lenses! You can check them out at not only their website linked above, but their Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram pages!

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Forest Fairy Make-Up Tutorial

This tutorial was created by NsomniaksDream and I decided to share more of an original look since Halloween is approaching! She demonstrates a really cool forest fairy look and links to where she gets her wigs and her “elf ears” for the look on her video page!

Hope this helps! 😀

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Interview with Dokudel

It’s time for another interview, this time with Dokudel! She’s a long-time cosplayer from Pennsylvania, who greatly enjoys building costumes from spandex!

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Dokudel as Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, photo by Simply Frank Productions

What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
Hello, my name is Dokudel. It was chosen in 2003 for the cosplay.com forums. At the time, I did three cosplays that weekend and they were Dota, Rikku and Videl. I combined those three names to make Dokudel. Later, I found out Dokudel means in to poison someone, or something along those lines, in Japanese. I went by a few names before I settled with my current one, such as Cyborg-Chick, Lemon, and Maetel Ashwa.

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I technically started in ‘97/’98 as Tifa Lockheart from Final Fantasy 7. I was unable to go to conventions yet due to finances and such, so I had to wait till 2001 for Big Apple Anime Fest to attend my first convention. For that year I cosplayed as Cammy White from Street Fighter.

My inspiration for cosplay was because of Kevin Lillard. He ran the website afansview.com which can now be scene on archives hosted by acparadise.com. When I was little, I used to read the magazine Animerica which was a great magazine that showcased anime, video games and more. In the sections of the magazine he used to post images of his convention reports and the like. I really thought those characters were the real things, until my parents told me “No, those are people who are dressed up”. I wanted to do that!

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Dokudel as Nozomi Tojo Love Live!, photo by John Simons Photography

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I love working with spandex! Any fabric that has stretch to it (and shine);give it to me! People have this fear that spandex is scary and hard to work with. I never had that problem and love working with it. I even have some friends who are better crafters than me insist I make them outfits out of spandex because they have said fear.

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
Not sure how this question is supposed to be answered but if it follows the material question, then worbla it is! I finally started working with that and working more with eva foam. Worbla reminds me a lot like wonderflex but softer and easier to work with. Luckily, my boyfriend Yuushi, is more of the prop builder and has shown me the ways of working with worbla.

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I think something I notice is putting in LEDs. It was so uncommon or not thought about to put into your cosplays. Now everyone started putting them into outfits and props. Every time I see someone do that, it has always been successful.

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
It has changed most certainly since the 90s! I will mention the cliché of trying to obtain wigs or wigs in funky colors. Even if you were able to find a wig then the price would be very expensive.

What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
I would like to see people cosplay for fun again! Too much competition that is really not needed is prominent. If you are a person who likes to enter cosplay contests, then that is the only place to have competition.

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Dokudel as Lum from Urusei Yatsura, photo by Bentpic5

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
If you are confused on what you want your first cosplay to be… think of it this way… if you enjoy the show enough you will always have more time to work on more costumes of your other favorite characters. Start off with one cosplay at a show and work your way towards more outfits. Learning to make them or buying online is totally fine.

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
My favorite conventions I like to hit up are The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational, NJIT Minicon, Liberty City Anime Con, Origins Game Fair, Animazement, and Monster Mania. I like to hit up all types of conventions, not just anime anymore. Animazement is my favorite anime convention since they like to get a lot of great Japanese guests ranging from directors, producers, voice actors and artists. TAKII is also another since its a local festival where I am in charge of the Cosplay Department. LCAC as well since they have had me as a Cosplay guest for 3 years now. NJITMC, since they also hire me as a cosplay guest and they give me the privilege of hosting the cosplay contest, is another. OGF is a table top convention that is more aimed at adults and MM is a horror convention where you get to meet lots of actors in US horror flicks.

Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
I have a huge love for the color blue! That started with my love for Sailor Mercury and I like to gravitate towards characters that have something with the color blue whether it being their eyes, hair, clothes or prop. When people look at images of me online, there is a misconception that I am much taller when I am only 5’3”!

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Dokudel as Asellus from SaGa Frontier, photo by TheBigTog Photography

Thanks for the interview, Dokudel! You can check out her Facebook page here!

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Denver Comic Con 2017 Review

As I’m only attending one convention for the year, I chose to attend Denver Comic Con. ❤ They announced a mini-Buffy reunion and Nathan Fillion, so it was a given from there, lol! We decided to not stay in a hotel however, to save some money, as later this year, my fiancé and I will be getting married and going on our honeymoon. ❤

Friday, we arrived later than planned as I had to go to court (as a witness, I’m not a bad kid, lol), so we missed any crazy lines outside. We got decent parking a few blocks away for $15 and I was dressed as Drusilla from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. They changed the entrance from the normal area to the other side of the convention hall and set it up for prop and bag checks. The latter two aspects were a joke; some items were checked thoroughly, while others were not. It would’ve been insanely easy to sneak items into the convention, which many people did do.

Once inside, the layout was backwards to the usual years. We went upstairs to the exhibit area and purchased our Fillion photo opportunity, which surprised us with a higher price than listed online. We then went and met Mercedes McNab (Harmony from Buffy) and Juliet Landau (Drusilla from Buffy), before heading off to hang out with friends. We briefly checked out the Cosplay Canyon, which was in a poorly lit back hallway, so the photoshoot area had everything turn out dark on camera. First Aid’s station was back there, and the only one, which would make any emergency a little hard to get to. They also were serving alcohol at this little area, but didn’t ID anyone and we easily could walk past the “No Alcohol Beyond This Point” signs everywhere without anyone saying 2 words.

We left early on Friday, as I was exhausted and my feet were killing me. They wouldn’t let people exit anywhere except at the entrance door area, so again, walking allllll the way around the building. Super awesome.

Saturday, we arrived later than planned again, but after reading stories online… I was quite okay with that. Apparently, the morning into afternoon had terrible lines, and people were cutting in them, which caused several fights to break out. I later confirmed these with several volunteers for DCC. We parked in the same area for $5 this time and I was in White Phoenix from X-Men. I was warm (understatement) and even on our arrival still had to go through a line, and another pathetic bag check. Once inside, we went upstairs and got Khary Payton’s autograph (Walking Dead/Teen Titans) and some prints from David Mack (Marvel Comics, Kabuki). From there, food and drinks with friends were had.

Now, at this point, they had opened up another area to allow drinks to be served and more food vendors to come in, but again, lack of ID checks and stopping people from leaving areas were happening again. Several food vendors also ran out of food halfway through Saturday because they had also helped serve 2 other conventions that were there Friday and now gone.

Needless to say, we wandered around some more and left to meet friends for dinner. We didn’t check out any after-parties, as again, super tired times happened. So, we headed home for the day.

On Sunday, we arrived to cheap parking again and no lines in our Inara Serra and Captain Malcolm Reynolds from Firefly. My fiancé and I finally walked around to check out the exhibit hall and realized that everything was so mish-mashed together that it was hard to navigate. The comic vendors were all stuffed into one area, the artists and guests were all over the place in the vendors, and the only actual organization was with the Kid’s area and Author Singing area. Otherwise, it was chaotic and hard to find specific tables. I made a purchase of a Loki Kotobukiya figurine (I was a good kid and it was exceptionally underpriced) and then we went to do our photo opportunity with Nathan Fillion. That ran pretty fast and we were done earlier than expected, which ended up with a hilarious story and us getting his autograph.

With nothing else extremely outstanding, we left right before the con closed and came home.

So, TL;DR version: The guests, while not as many as years past, were awesome and interactive, but pricing was changing left and right. The layout all over sucked for navigation and few things were labeled. The cosplay photo area should NEVER be in the same area it was again as it was cramped and the lighting sucked. The extra security measures DCC had to abide by due to Argus Events was an absolute joke. I could’ve snuck in booze, a knife, or a gun without them knowing. I know how bag checks should be done, as I work security on a daily basis. Prop checks were also a joke, as people snuck in items or rules changed to be an inconsistent mess. The cosplay rules? Also a joke. I personally broke them and no one said a word. I watched others do the same without repercussion. The food vendors were inconsistent with stock and pricing was way too high for what you got. The Dealer’s area was big with a lot to choose from, but the layout was a mess. The higher police presence was awesome, but the new line system and such was a clusterf*ck. I can’t say anything on the contest or panels, as we didn’t attend any this year.

I plan to attend again, but I may not go all three days. I need to see Argus make some more intelligent decisions and work with DCC to cater to the attendees a bit better. Guess we’ll see what 2018 entails.

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Cleavage Tutorial for Flat-Chested Girls

This tutorial was created by RuffleButtCosplay and is a simple way to make those of us not exceptionally well-endowed appear a bit bustier!

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Cleavage Tutorial for Flat-Chested Girls by RuffleButtCosplay

Hope this helps! 😀 I know I’ll be using this for this upcoming Denver Comic Con, lol! 😀

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PinkyParadise Lenses Review

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Hi hi!!! I’m finally back  and this time it’s with a double review! Why is it double? Because I got two different lenses from PinkyParadise * click it for zoom *  EOS Fairy Grey  * click…

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