Photoshoot Review: Murder by Cosplay

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At Another Anime Con 2014, I scheduled three photoshoots with Murder by Cosplay. It was my first time working with them, and I am so glad I did! Each day, I had one photoshoot. On Friday night, I had my Aoba Seragaki (DRAMAtical Murder) photoshoot. On Saturday, it was Mikasa Ackerman time (Attack on Titan)~! On the last day, Sunday, Murder by Cosplay shot my Maki Nishikino (Love Live!) cosplay. Be sure to check out their Tumblr and their Facebook!

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The people behind Murder by Cosplay are not just photographers… They are cosplayers too! They understand how to conduct photoshoots for cosplayers since they have experience being cosplayers themselves, and they are also very friendly and understanding. The photoshoots feel relaxed and stress-free; they asked me what I wanted to shoot and what sort of poses I wanted to do, so I never felt uncomfortable or awkward.

First, I’ll share each of my Murder by Cosplay photoshoot experiences.

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1. Aoba

I felt so bad when I got to the photoshoot because I was running late. 😦 The photoshoot took place after dinner, and the restaurant I was eating dinner at had really slow service… It took a while to get the bill and then an even longer wait to get the change, so I had to call Murder by Cosplay and ask if we could move the photoshoot to a later time. They were very accommodating and said that it was fine, so I called them again when I finished with the dinner issue and quickly went to the lobby to meet them. My first time meeting them was fine; they were very friendly and introduced themselves and explained that they are open to trying to capture whatever photos I would like. I really wanted to get a photo in the elevator… And it took us several tries (pushing the elevator button a lot), but we finally got lucky and found an empty elevator! Before we found this elevator though, we took other photos while we waited. Here’s that precious elevator picture:

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This photoshoot was a lot of fun, and I’m glad that they were willing to listen to my ideas for poses and help me out. They even let me borrow their iPhone (since it was blue and matched Aoba perfectly)! They even caught a silly picture that I absolutely love…

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I present to you: Aobutt!

This Friday night photoshoot was a fun success! I am a very indecisive person, so I usually have trouble with thinking of poses; I am grateful for their patience with me. The photoshoot did not take long, but they captured lots of fantastic photos.

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Attack on Photoshoot!

2. Mikasa

At 10 am on Saturday, I met up with Murder by Cosplay for an Attack on Titan photoshoot! It was chilly outside, but my cosplay kept me warm (although the harness/straps were as annoying as ever). We found a nice area next to the convention center where there were lovely trees, so we took some photos there! We also found other locations outside the convention center, like a small wall in front of a grassy area, where we tried to capture some photos. I was happy that the photographers did not try to rush me. The Survey Corps straps are really annoying to deal with, and even though I modified them with velcro, they still slip around. I had to fix them in between photos, and I am glad that Murder by Cosplay did not mind.

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They also caught some cute candid photos! Here’s me fixing my straps:

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Ahh… those straps will be the death of me… (But at least I got some lovely photos! <3)

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Sunny days are the best days.

3. Maki

On Sunday, I started off my last day of the con with a photoshoot with Murder by Cosplay! They were not familiar with Love Live!, so I quickly explained it to them and then we started picking locations for the photoshoot. I felt nervous because it was my first time cosplaying Maki and I was feeling stressed out over a variety of things, but Murder by Cosplay had a great positive energy and I was able to relax and come up with poses. They helped brainstorm for photoshoot locations and also helped with positioning some of my poses. It was easy to find nearby locations, and we made the photoshoot a fast one because my outfit was not very cold-weather-friendly (miniskirt problems…).

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It was a lovely sunny day on Sunday despite the cold, so we caught lots of colorful pictures. The autumn leaves were a beautiful touch in many of the photos. ❤ I liked the variety of shots I got from Murder by Cosplay: some of them look more like portraits, while others are more artsy-looking.

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Finally, my iPod matches a cosplay!

They also caught some silly photos, like me holding my skirt down. (By the way, it was really windy this day, so the wind was blowing my skirt a lot. The wind was evil.)

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I hate you, wind. >_<

If you have any questions about the photoshoots, feel free to ask me or Murder by Cosplay. All of the photoshoots were really fun, and I hope you like the photos!

There are many things I love about Murder by Cosplay‘s photography policies. They have reasonable prices, they are open-minded, and they are honest and respectful. They allow you to repost their photos, as long as you credit them. Their watermarks are in convenient places; you can see the watermarks, but they are not obstructive or distracting. The watermarks look professional and do not detract from the photographs. They also allow you to edit their photos, which is really exciting! I enjoy photo-editing, so I’m always happy when photographers allow me to edit the photos after receiving them. When the lighting is too dark, I mess around with the brightness and contrast to give the illusion of better lighting. For example, the Aoba photoshoot was done at night, indoors, so the lighting was not very good. We had the indoor lighting to work with, so the lighting was a bit awkward. Below, you can see a comparison photo of before-and-after my editing:

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I also became addicted to filters last year… So I will usually apply filters to photos (they’re so easy to use!) as lazy editing.

musicHere is a little blurb from them:

“Murder by Cosplay is a two-man studio co-founded by cosplayers Emile and Alex of the New England area.  Emile has been doing photography for the majority of his life, having studied the art of portraiture and site capture in college.  Alex’s field of study specializes in composition and design.  Together, both work to get the best images possible during photoshoots.”

I would definitely recommend Murder by Cosplay for anyone looking for affordable photoshoots. ^_^ Please check them out!

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Maki in her natural habitat.

If you’re a photographer and would like to meet with me for a photoshoot, don’t hesitate to ask! I love working with photographers. ^_^ Check out my Facebook page for cosplay photos by Murder by Cosplay and others!

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No Time for Creativity: Review

Despite the name of the shop, Kathryn (the shop-owner), has a lot of creativity! If she has no time for creativity, I have no idea how she does all this. She’s a talented crafter  who makes so many different things. Check out No Time for Creativity for animal ears, PeanutPalz, hats, headbands, bows, ornaments, and more! Feel free to use the coupon code LOLITASTYLES2015 for 10% off order of $10 or more. Keep in mind that this coupon expires on December 31, 2015. DSC_0071 Kathryn shipped out the lot of amazing products in a sturdy cardboard box to guarantee protection: DSC_0027_Fotor_Collage As you can see in the above collage, the inside of the box was filled with protective foam pieces. No items were damaged during the shipping process. DSC_0029 The hats were the only items unwrapped. All the other accessories were wrapped in cute tissue paper! I was very pleased with the packaging. Here is everything unwrapped: DSC_0036 Isn’t this an awesome batch of items? No Time for Creativity sent two mini tricorn hats, one jumbo hair bow (black and pink tartan), one heart-ear headband, one cat-ear headband, two sets of bows (green tartan and red tartan), one cute little PeanutPal, and one black gothic headdress with red rose accents. You can find more PeanutPalz on No Time for Creativity‘s shop; there are so many different characters available! They are also at affordable prices, so your wallet won’t hurt. All of the accessories are super cute and affordable as well! DSC_0065 Unfortunately, I did not have the time to model all of these items. I tried my best to show off a variety of the No Time for Creativity products though, and I hope you enjoy this review nevertheless. I plan to model all the products in the future, but I was short on time since I had to move abroad for the semester. During the summer or the fall, I will definitely try to post more photos, so I hope you will continue to follow my blog. peaceFirst, take a look at these adorable red cat ears! I love stylized accessories, and this cute headband looks like cat ears, but in a unique aesthetic. The ears are full of lace, and there’s a cute bow and dangling charm on one ear. In addition, beads decorate this headband. The headband is in red too… my all-time favorite color!

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I love how creative this headband is! I’ve never thought about using hearts as the ears of a headband. This headband would be so perfect for a Valentine’s Day coordinate! The hearts are filled with lace, just as the cat ears are. The blue and pink bow is a delightful touch~! I think this whimsical headband would work well for both OTT sweet lolita and fairy kei.

focal Cute jumbo bows are my life… Seriously, I developed a love for over-sized bows when I first got into lolita fashion. I think this bow is adorable and could be easily used for lolita coordinates or for gyaru coordinates (or even just for fun if you’re wearing anything cute and/or dressy)! As you can see in the above photo, the bow’s width is basically the same as my head! It’s huge, and stands out. DSC_0101 All eyes will be on you if you wear this gorgeous bow~! The bow has a French clip backing, which is one of my favorite types of clips! It is easy to clip into thick hair and wigs. The double strings of faux pearls are a lovely touch. BeautyPlus_20150217203544_saveAs some of you may know, one of my all-time favorite patterns is red tartan! I just love the way it looks. No Time for Creativity sent me a pair of adorable red tartan bows that I decided to use for a casual closet cosplay of Igiko (Nyotalia England from Hetalia). They were the perfect touch to the pigtails~! What do you think of this closet cosplay? bowWhen I received this package from No Time for Creativity, the first thing I tried on was this pair of blue/green plaid bows. These little bows were a surprising find, but it worked out well because I have a shirt that is blue/green plaid. (I actually picked up this shirt for free forever ago at a yard sale… xD) barrettes In any case, the bow and the shirt matched well and I am pleased with this casual-cute look. The dangling beads add to the whimsical cuteness of these bows! gothic My favorite piece of all is probably this beautiful headdress. Black x Red is my favorite color combination, and I love how the headdress looks with the elegant black veil and dramatic splash of red roses. The headdress has a clip on the back, so it attaches very easily. It stays put too; I never had a problem with this accessory shifting about. This gothic accessory is perfect for a gothic lolita coordinate (especially a black/red one)! You may recognize this headdress from my blog post about Penny Dreads’ Miss Tea wig and my blog post about the Amethyst Ways necklace. The coat I am wearing in this photo is from Putumayo, and it was a lucky find from Lacemarket.

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Here is a brief note from Kathryn: “I would also like to say that shipping is free to anyone in the US, and I absolutely love custom orders. Easily 1/3 of my items have come from custom orders. I have found that all of my customers have a fun, creative side, and I want to help them express it.”

Free shipping is awesome, so if you live in the USA, please take advantage of this great deal! Feel free to submit custom orders to No Time for Creativity.

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Make sure to use the coupon code LOLITASTYLES2015 for 10% off order of $10 or more! Check out my Facebook album for No Time for Creativity accessories, and my Facebook album for the red tartan bows used for my Igiko cosplay. More photos will be added to the albums over time, so please like both my Facebook pages so you can see future photos. ^_^ Thanks so much for reading!

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Captain Miaow: Animal Ears, Tails, and Paws

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Captain Miaow is a super cute shop that you should all check out! They sell hair accessories, animal ears and tails and paws, clothing, and more. If you want to buy something from them, use the code “Alice” to get 10% off! Here is what Captain Miaow sponsored me: DSC_0002 Isn’t that a huge loot? I was surprised by the amount of items! So many cute animal accessories to try on~! Captain Miaow shipped the package via USPS Priority Mail: DSC_0001

This bubble mailer kept everything well-protected! No complaints with the shipping method or packaging.

Now, let’s take a look at all the adorable items Captain Miaow sent:

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Captain Miaow gave me an adorable pair of offwhite cat ears! These fluffy ears have pink lining and can be attached to a black headband, or attached directly to your hair or wig since each ear has a barrette at the bottom. The paws and tail look like a set! They’re both white in color, and the paws have adorable peachy-pink pads. They slip on like gloves, and your fingers can fit into the different paw fingers. The tail can attach to your clothes with an included safety pin, and there’s also an adorable bow that you can pin to the tail. The tail has wiring, so it can be curled and posed.

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This set is too cute for me to handle! The black ears have pink lining, and these ears come permanently attached to an adorable lacy maid headband. The headband has black bows on the sides, but you can also attach additional bows to them for decoration. The bows included in this set are these adorable twin bows with rose and pearl ornaments. I love the polka-dot ribbon used in these bows!

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These fox ears are perfect! I love the vibrant orange color with the brown tips. The ears can be attached directly to your hair or wig, or to the black headband. Each set of detachable ears came with its own headband, by the way. All of the black headbands look and feel the same; they are flexible and wrapped, and they are comfortable to wear.

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These white ears with light gray tips are so cute! They would work for cat ears, wolf ears, dog ears, or even fox ears! Any animal that could have white pointy ears could have these ears. After checking all of these animal ear products, I can vouch for their quality. All of the ears have no loose threads, and everything is well-stitched. I’m truly impressed by the quality of these animal accessories from Captain Miaow. I’m sure these ears will look great even after wearing them many times!

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Here are some additional bows that Captain Miaow included in the sponsored package! The top two bows can be clipped onto the sides of the ears, your clothes, or the cat tail. Honestly, you can use these bows to decorate just about anything! The bow with the ribbon would be the perfect choker necklace, but you can also tie it in your hair or wig. These bows are definitely very versatile accessories!

For my first look, I pinned two of the bows to the black maid kitty ears (one on each side), I wore the choker, I pinned an additional bow to the black bow on the apron, and I pinned the white tail onto my petticoat. I also wore the white paws for some of the photos, but it was difficult for me to take photos (since I was using the self-timer on my camera), so I could not wear the paws for all the photos.

DSC_0050I love the adorable choker! It was easy to tie around my neck and felt comfortable. And check out the super cute tail:

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Seriously, I love this tail so much! It’s easily posable. The bow was easy to pin onto the tail, and the tail was also easy to wear. I pinned the tail to my petticoat~!

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And here’s a photo of me wearing the fluffy paws:

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I love red foxes, so I was excited to see that Captain Miaow included a pair of fox ears. I’m glad they have brown tips too; I think the ears look better this way! The style of the ears definitely looks fox-like and you’ll be able to use these ears to complete a fox girl or fox demon costume.

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I was also excited to find the pair of white ears with gray tips in the package… I used these ears for a casual Jade Harley cosplay:

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Aren’t these ears perfect? I think they suit Jade so well! They’re great ears for my favorite space doggie. I look forward to using these ears next time I cosplay Jade Harley too!

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Click here to check out more photos featuring these adorable products from Captain Miaow! I also made a special album for the Jade Harley photos. Check out both albums for lots of photos; I will add more photos as time goes on. I hope you enjoyed this review! Remember that you can use the coupon code “Alice” to get 10% off your purchase! Definitely check out Captain Miaow if you’re looking for accessories to complete a costume, or to wear just for fun!

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Dreamation Wig Review: Hinata Shouyo

Today I will be reviewing an awesome shop on Storenvy called DreamationDreamation sells a variety of items, including cosplay wigs, cosplay accessories, costumes, and anime merchandise. Dreamation was kind enough to sponsor me a Hinata (Haikyuu!!) wig from the Taobao company Ghostcos. They also gave me the following coupon code for you all to use: “xiaolili” for 7% off.

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I’ve heard about the company Ghostcos before, but I have never tried their wigs. Dreamation’s prices are great, and I think it is convenient to shop through Taobao resellers like Dreamation since buying from Taobao requires a shopping service, and shopping service fees as well as domestic and international shipping costs add up. Onto the review! Here is how the wig was packaged:

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It comes with a tag, a black hairnet, and a plastic bag for storage. The wig arrived inside-out, which is great, because I always store my wigs like this. The wig fibers are slightly rough, which makes it an easy-to-style wig.

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Look at how fluffy this wig looks, straight out from the bag! I haven’t even cut off the tag yet in these photos. The above photos were taken with a mix of indoor lighting and outdoor lighting (I had my indoor lights on, but the windows were also open). With flash, the color is a bright vibrant orange, and quite shiny. But without flash, the orange is still vibrant and pretty, but without the artificial-looking shine. The layers are already cut into the wig, so all I had to do was trim the bangs and trim some side parts to fit my face better. Overall, I think this wig came pre-styled!

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The above photos were taken with my indoor lights off, but my windows open. So the above photos are purely lit by sunlight. With flash, the wig is shiny (as most wigs are with flash, and sometimes, real hair looks shiny with flash as well, or at least my real hair is). Without flash, and with simple sunlight, the orange looks muted but still orange. I’m very pleased with this wig’s color! And the fluffiness and pre-cut layers were a pleasant surprise, since I usually have to cut layers into my wigs myself.

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The netting on the inside of the wig is well-constructed. The wig itself is fairly thin, but as you can see above, the wefts are placed close together. There are no gaping holes in the wig, so I don’t think there will be any problems with real hair showing through. In addition, the wig was comfortable to wear. This wig has an adjustable circumference!

Now… let’s see what this wig looks like on me! I trimmed the wig a bit and also styled it with my fingers and some hairspray.

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It was easy to cut and style, and the fit of the wig was very comfortable. I wore this wig to a cosplay dance, and yes, I danced around in this wig without a problem. In fact, I even ran laps, did sit-ups, and stretched in this wig. (Some Haikyuu!! cosplayers and I decided to be stupid jocks and exercise during the dance, so yes, we had a workout. While wearing wigs.)

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Even though this wig is not super thick, as you can see, it looks perfect when worn! My real hair doesn’t show through. That black thing you see on the right side is not my real hair… In case you were wondering, it is a black feather I clipped to the wig! I decided to wear black crow wings for Hinata. ^_^

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Please check out Dreamation! If you are interested in this wig for yourself, here is the link again: Hinata (Haikyuu!!) wig. Use the coupon code “xiaolili” for 7% off your purchase! If you have any questions, please let me know. ❤

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MapleLens: Princess Mimi Apple Green Circle Lenses

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MapleLens sponsored me this lovely pair of contact lenses. It came in my prescription, which is great, since I am very near-sighted. With these lenses, I could see clearly!

Here is how MapleLens packaged the circle lenses:

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They shipped it out in a FedEx bubble mailer. The package was not ripped or damaged from the shipping process. Inside the mailer, MapleLens packaged the lenses and free lens case inside an additional bubble wrap for added protection. The lenses were also nestled inside a white box. They took many precautions to ensure the safe delivery of their product. The lens case is super cute too!

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Checking the vials for the circle lenses, I confirmed that these are authentic circle lenses. They are not bootlegs! So these are definitely safe to use. MapleLens also included instructions for their circle lenses, which not many circle lens providers do. I think all circle lens providers should ship out instructions with their lenses to remind users of safety precautions!

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Remember that you should always see an eye doctor before deciding whether or not contact lenses are right for you! I used to only wear glasses until I saw an eye doctor for a contact lens fitting. Also, when you use circle lenses, you need to take good care of them to ensure safety for your eyes. Make sure you clean your lenses well and use an appropriate contact lens solution. And this is very important: make sure your hands are clean when you handle your contact lenses!

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For this sponsored review, I wore these lenses twice. Each time, I wore the lenses for a full day so I can accurately review the comfort of the lenses. The first time I wore these circle lenses was for my lolita coordinate. You may recognize this coord from my last review for TeaCupCastle. These green circle lenses give wonderful enlargement and vibrant color without it looking too fake. The green is not a neon green but a rich deep forest green. The lenses have different colored tones, such as a bit of yellow at the inner ring, which adds lovely depth to the eyes. In my opinion, the lenses’ design is very aesthetically pleasing! I love the solid black edge with the scalloped inner edge. The clear opening in the center of the lenses is large enough so I cannot see the lenses’ colored parts at all when I look around, even if I glance to my extreme right or extreme left. My vision always remains crisp and clear!

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The second time I wore these circle lenses was for a local Homestuck cosplay meetup. I cosplayed the genderbent version of Jake English, which I haven’t cosplayed in years! I am so happy to revamp this cosplay and bring it back.

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Last time I cosplayed Jake, I used my real hair… but since I chopped my hair short and dyed it over the summer, I can’t use my real hair for Jake (or for Jade either) anymore. I hastily trimmed and styled a plain black wig for this cosplay, and I like how it turned out! I might use this wig for Jade Harley in the future too. I know I’ll definitely use these lovely Apple Green circle lenses for Jade as well as for Jake!

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Overall: ☆☆☆☆☆

Style: ☆☆☆☆☆ Love the design of these lenses! They’re so pretty.

Enlargement: ☆☆☆☆☆ Fantastic enlargement! Perfect for a dolly look.

Color: ☆☆☆☆☆ Love the green color~!

Comfort: ☆☆☆☆☆ These are super comfy! I can wear them all day without using eyedrops. And I have sensitive eyes!

(☆ = Most negative/Not good at all, ☆☆ = Not that good, but okay ☆☆☆ = Neutral/No opinion/No answer, ☆☆☆☆ = Great, ☆☆☆☆☆ = Most positive/Fantastic!)

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I am very pleased with these lenses from MapleLens! You should definitely check them out. They respond to emails promptly as well, and I never had a problem communicating with them. Remember, you can use the coupon code “MapleLens” for 10% off your order! Feel free to ask me if you have any questions. If you want to ask a question anonymously, I have an Ask.FM account.tumblr_inline_nacqk49jsi1qcxhi7Use the coupon code “MapleLens” for 10% off your order!

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PinkyParadise: Halloween Teaser

It is October now! Do you know what that means…? Halloween is just around the corner!

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PinkyParadise has an epic Halloween sale!!! They gave me a coupon code for my followers to get for 50% off their lenses!

💗 If you use the code “Halloween2014PearlPeony” you will get 50% off. 💗

However, the coupon code expires on October 6, so make sure you use it before then! 50% off is truly a great deal. Half-price~! (。・ω・。)ノ♡

I have some lenses from PinkyParadise, and I will review them here. All of these lenses are very comfortable, give great enlargement, and are easy to care for. Also, this is not a sponsored review!

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First, I will review the Geo Princess Mimi Chocolate Brown (Bambi series) lenses. These circle lenses are super comfy. The brown color is rich and vibrant, and the enlargement is amazing. I use these lenses for both street fashion and for cosplay. You have probably seen me wear these lenses for some lolita coordinates. Here, you can see these lenses in my Magnet Meiko (Vocaloid) costest!

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Overall: ☆☆☆☆☆

Style: ☆☆☆☆ Cute design! I love the black limbal ring with the scalloped inner edge. However, it sometimes looks odd unclose, especially if I am staring to the far right or left.

Enlargement: ☆☆☆☆☆ Great enlargement for the perfect dolly look! Since the color is brown, it can still pass as natural from a distance. But your eyes definitely look much bigger!

Color: ☆☆☆☆☆ Love this rich brown! There are multiple tones of brown in the design as well, which adds depth to the eyes. These lenses definitely remind me of chocolate.

Comfort: ☆☆☆☆ Very comfortable! I can wear it for 8 hours without any irritation.

If you want to get the lenses I am wearing in these photos, click!

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Next, I am going to review the pink circle lenses that I currently use. I use these for my Hazuki Nagisa (Free!) cosplay, but I also use them for fashion coordinates. These are called the Vassen Sakura Candy Pink Brown lenses!

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In some lighting, it looks pink, but sometimes, it looks more like a beige-brown. These lenses are super pretty and give wonderful enlargement, but they do not consistently appear pink. As you can see in the selfie below, these lenses make my eyes look huge!

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Overall: ☆☆☆☆☆

Style: ☆☆☆☆ The style is simple but super cute. I think it gives me that anime look~! The limbal ring is dark brown, but it looks reddish in some lighting (which I love!).

Enlargement: ☆☆☆☆☆ Wonderful enlargement! These are way bigger than my natural eyes. The brown limbal ring also helps my eyes stand out.

Color: ☆☆☆☆ The color looks pink sometimes, but more like a muted brown at other times. I think it depends on the lighting.

Comfort: ☆☆☆☆☆ These are one of my most comfortable lenses! I have worn them for an entire day at a con (~12 hours), and they did not irritate my eyes. I sometimes forgot I was even wearing circle lenses.

(☆ = Most negative/Not good at all, ☆☆ = Not that good, but okay ☆☆☆ = Neutral/No opinion/No answer, ☆☆☆☆ = Great, ☆☆☆☆☆ = Most positive/Fantastic!)

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I have not decided what I will dress up as for Halloween this year… But I do have some ideas. I might want to try a creepy-cute demon look, or I might cosplay (because I really love cosplaying…). Maybe I will try to cosplay as one of my OCs! I have many creepy OCs from short stories and novels that I wrote back in middle school and high school. Unfortunately, since I began college, I have not had time to do much creative writing. I have written some poems and snippets of stories, but no novels. I definitely want to try something creepy this year if I have the time and materials!

Remember that you can use the coupon code “Halloween2014PearlPeony” for 50% off. Check out PinkyParadise for an amazing selection of circle lenses, false eyelashes, makeup products, and more!

Feel free to ask me any questions. ^_^

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UNIQSO: I.Fairy Hanabi Circle Lenses in Violet

I know this WordPress blog focuses on J-Fashion, but I would also like to use this blog for in-depth reviews! If you are interested in circle lenses, please read on!~

UNIQSO sponsored a pair of circle lenses to be used for cosplay, and even though I received these lenses for cosplay, I will definitely wear these circle lenses for non-cosplay purposes too! I can wear them for lolita fashion, or even casually if I do not feel like wearing glasses. If you just want to see the final review for the circle lenses, scroll down to the bottom of this post!

If you want to buy something from UNIQSO, be sure to use the coupon code “xiaorawr” for 10% off!

The Rundown: 

Here is the original package that I received in the mail:

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The package did not take too long to arrive at my doorstep, and I had no problems with customs. The shipping method that UNIQSO used was reliable! They even marked the package as a gift, which is great.

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Inside the package, the contact lens case and the box with the circle lens tubes were safely inside! I was pleased that the circle lens tubes were wrapped in bubble wrap to ensure extra protection.

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I soaked my new circle lenses in contact solution overnight, and then the next day, I wore them for the first time to costest Nishikino Maki, a character from the idol anime Love Live! School Idol Project. The name of these lenses are I.Fairy Hanabi Circle Lenses, and the color is Violet.

The Look:

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I took so many selfies when I costested Maki! I cut and styled the wig the day before the costest; I am happy with how the wig turned out, but I may need to re-trim the bottom lengths. Enough about my wig though; let’s talk about these amazing circle lenses! I love the I.Fairy Hanabi design. It’s subtle, but very pretty! The little swirls are cute up-close. The ring of violet color is thin, but vibrant. The thin ring also makes my pupils look very large, which I think gives my eyes a very cute dolly effect. There is also a black limbal ring which gives great definition!

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I put in these contacts before testing my cosplay or doing any makeup, and when I first put them into my eyes, there was no stinging or discomfort. They were not difficult to apply at all! I usually have some trouble with circle lenses, especially when they have large diameters, but these slipped onto my eyes without any problem. I did not need to use any eyedrops before or after! I wore the circle lenses for the whole day, and my eyes did not feel dry or irritated. The circle lenses did not slip around in my eyes either. I would highly recommend the I.Fairy Hanabi circle lenses!

Here are some up-close and cropped photos of just my eyes so you can check out the circle lenses in more detail:

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In certain types of lighting or angles, the difference between my real pupils and my real irises can be seen since the colored irises of the circle lenses are a thin ring that reveal some of my natural irises. As seen above, you can see my small black pupil and my brown irises. I think it looks a bit odd, but it could also give a very cool and pretty effect to your eyes!

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In other types of lighting or angles, my brown eyes and pupils blend together to look the same. This makes it look like the entire area inside the circle lenses’ irises are the pupils! I love this dolly eye effect.

Final Review:

Overall: ☆☆☆☆☆

Communication: ☆☆☆☆☆ Throughout the sponsorship process, UNIQSO was great with communication! Their representative was very polite and kind, and also responded to my questions in a timely manner. They explained the terms and conditions clearly, and also provided a tracking code for my package.

Packaging: ☆☆☆☆☆ As stated in the first section of this post, the packaging was amazing! I definitely trust UNIQSO to ensure that their products are undamaged. I have purchased from UNIQSO before, and never had any problems with their packaging or shipping.

Style: ☆☆☆☆ Very cute design, but I think it looks better from a distance rather than up-close in certain lighting. This is very minor though; the style is still amazing.

Color: ☆☆☆☆☆ Very vibrant violet!

Comfort: ☆☆☆☆☆ One of the most comfortable lenses I’ve ever worn.

(☆ = Most negative/Not good at all, ☆☆ = Not that good, but okay ☆☆☆ = Neutral/No opinion/No answer, ☆☆☆☆ = Great, ☆☆☆☆☆ = Most positive/Fantastic!)

You can find the violet circle lenses featured in this post here. I.Fairy Hanabi also has the following colors: Blue, Brown, Gold, Green, Grey, Pink, and Red!

If you want to purchase from UNIQSO, Be sure to use the coupon code “xiaorawr” to receive 10% off your order! UNIQSO carries many circle lenses, cosmetic products, wigs, and more!

All your queries regarding circle lenses are answered here in Circle Lens E Library!

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Review: Bodyline Order!

So this review is rather belated, but better late than never~! Bodyline had a free shipping promotion, and I could not resist placing an order. I did not order any lolita clothing, but I did order two pairs of shoes (a pair of white shoes and a pair of pink wedge boots) and a pair of wrist cuffs. I also ordered a cosplay costume since it was so cheap from Bodyline. Shipping was COMPLETELY FREE! No hidden fees.

Here is what the checkout looks like on the Bodyline website (in English):

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They split my order into two packages, but they never notified me about this… so when I received the first package, I was concerned that they completely forgot about my boots. I emailed them, and they responded the same day, telling me that the boots were mailed separately.

Timeline:

March 29, 2014 – Placed order with Bodyline, paid via PayPal, and received receipt from PayPal.

March 31, 2014 – Received an email saying that my package has been shipped, and the email provided a tracking number.

April 19, 2014 – Received first package. Reviewed contents and emailed Bodyline asking why the pink boots were missing from the package. A few hours later, I received a response from Bodyline. Here is what they said: “In another bag” … not the most professional response (no greeting, no closing, no punctuation…) but at least it was a fast response.

April 22, 2014 – Received second package (the pink boots).

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The first package, pictured above, contained everything but the pink boots. I was worried when I saw that they mailed everything in a thin package; the package already had a few rips and tears! The white mary-jane shoes were packed in a box, within the overall package, but the box was damaged in the shipping process. The shoes were not damaged, but there was a small scuff. It isn’t too noticeable though. The cosplay came in a protective plastic wrap, and the wristcuffs were squished between the box and the cosplay, but everything was undamaged.

The second package contained the pink boots. The boots did not come with a shoebox.

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The boots were wrapped in bubble-wrap though, so there were no major damages. The packaging was dirty, and it also had a strange smell, but there were no major rips.

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I tried on the boots, and they are very true to size! I usually wear size 8.5 (American sizing), so I purchased these boots in size 24.5 (Japanese sizing). The length and width for my feet are fine, and the boots fit my calves as well. There are zippers on the boots too. There are some weird stains on the zippers, but these are not too big of a deal. You can see one of the stains in the bottom-center photo.

The construction for both pairs of shoes are sturdy, and I do not think these shoes will fall apart easily. The zippers on the boots are rather stiff, but this may be because they are brand new boots. The white mary-janes are also true to size.

This experience was not a completely positive one, but I would not hesitate to purchase from Bodyline again if there is another free shipping promotion. (I really love free shipping~!)

Here is my final review for my experience with Bodyline:

Overall: ☆☆☆☆ (Free shipping is one of my favorite things. International shipping is so pricey.)

Ordering Process and Shipping: ☆☆☆ (I am disappointed that Bodyline never told me the order would be split into two packages. )

Communication: ☆☆☆☆ (The response email was quick, even though it was an awkward 3-word email.)

Packaging: ☆☆ (The packaging was disappointing, but it was not terrible.)

Color: ☆☆☆☆☆ (The colors were true to the stock photos! No complaints here.)

Style: ☆☆☆☆ (I don’t have any complaints! The cosplay could have been better, but for the price, it was a good deal.)

Construction: ☆☆☆☆ (I do not see any problems with the construction right now, but I have not worn them much yet. The only item I have worn since this purchase are the white mary-janes. I only tried on the other items.)

(☆ = Most negative/Not good at all, ☆☆ = Not that good, but okay ☆☆☆ = Neutral/No opinion/No answer, ☆☆☆☆ = Great, ☆☆☆☆☆ = Most positive/Fantastic!)

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We will be Lolita Rappers…

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Yesterday, I had the chance to be part of a fun music video parody of “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore… Lolita style! You can watch the music video here. Harmonycloud ran the video-filming event, and she was nice enough to let me crash at her place since it was a long commute for me to get to Boston. I was really happy to see old Lolita friends again, as well as meet some new friends from the Boston community! Everyone was really friendly, and we had fun filming the video, taking photographs, talking about Lolita fashion (and other random topics: from feminism to our futures), and eating a delicious dinner together.

Here is a great photo (by Harmonycloud) of my coordinate:

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She even got a candid photo of me fixing my makeup! >w<

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I look so serious though… I had no idea she was taking a photo of me at the time! Then again, I took some candid behind-the-scenes photos myself… The Lolitas were wonderful actresses (and dancers)!

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We shot the music video in various places: a local park, in front of various churches, on a staircase up a hill… I was pleased with the locations we found. All the Lolitas present had gorgeous coordinates! From Angelic Pretty to Alice and the Pirates to Haenuli… many brands were represented! And of course, I wore my Bodyline waffle-themed OP (with my new red Bodyline shoes). For this music video, I played the part of the OTT Sweet Lolita.

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After we finished filming the music video, we began a new project: a mini Lolita documentary! Harmonycloud asked each of us a few questions and recorded our answers at her apartment. “What does Lolita signify for you?” was one of the questions. When we completed these brief interviews, we went out for a Japanese Barbeque dinner. It was my first time at a BBQ restaurant! The meats and sauces were delicious (and I loved the S’mores for dessert). However, I was not dolled up for dinner since I had partially changed into a cosplay… The story: I was recruited by Harmonycloud to join her My Little Pony photoshoot, but I will not be able to go to the photoshoot event next week. So, the solution was to take photos of me in my cosplay right after the Lolita rap video.

My Applejack (MLP) Cosplay!

I cannot wait to see the photos from this photoshoot, and I look forward to seeing the other girls’ My Little Pony cosplays. ❤ I am sure they will all be amazing!

Watch We will be Loli Rappers and check out our video of silly Bloopers!~

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(Photos are from Harmonycloud or from my personal camera)

In and Out of Lolita

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What do I wear in and out of Lolita? Well, let’s start with Lolita fashion!

The major Lolita styles I have stuck with have been Sweet Lolita and Classic Lolita. This is ironic though since when I first found an interest in Lolita fashion, my favorite substyle was Gothic Lolita.  I still really love Gothic Lolita, but it has been difficult for me to find pieces and coordinate outfits for it. It’s really interesting how one’s style develops: I used to dislike Sweet Lolita, but now, I adore it! In general though, I probably wear Casual Lolita the most often. I try to keep to the Lolita silhouette when I do so. You can see some of my full-out Lolita coordinates here.

Out of Lolita… Most of the time, I dress casually and comfortably. I wear a lot of jeans, t-shirts, and sweatshirts. I like to tie my hair back into a ponytail, but if my hair is left down, I like to add a headband. Or a hair clip or two. (I adore mini-bow barrettes!) When I want to dress up a bit, I like to wear vintage clothes that my mother handed down to me. (My mom gave me all of her old clothes… For once, I am grateful that I am an only child!)

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This is one of my favorite hand-me-downs from my mom! It’s a really cute blouse and shorts set, but the shorts are really billowy and resemble a skirt. There are also adorable detachable suspenders! The material is awesome; it never gets wrinkled!

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Featured here is my favorite blouse that my mom has handed down to me. It’s a pretty peach color, and the fabric feels lovely! It’s a great thing to wear in the summertime. I adore the little details on this blouse, and I want to use it in a Lolita coord someday. I am finding peach hard to coordinate though… So maybe I will wear it with a plain white skirt in the future? We’ll see.

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I don’t have many good photos of myself wearing clothes that my mom gave me, but above is an outfit that I really like! Sorry about the terrible photo. Everything I am wearing, even the belt, was from my mom. My mom used to wear things like this! I told my mom that she should still wear them, since they still fit her, but she thinks that she is “too old” to wear clothing like this. Sigh.

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Above is another favorite hand-me-down from my mom! I love qipaos… My mom gave me a few of them. ❤ This is the one that fits me the best though! I love the sequin detailing, and the matching hairpiece is so pretty! The hairpiece doesn’t like to stay in my hair though. xD;; I have only worn this once, but I would like to wear it again someday. It feels too formal to wear on a random occasion though, so maybe I will wear to a formal event or ball of some sort in the future.

I also enjoy cosplaying, so if I wear a wig outside of Lolita fashion, it is most likely for cosplay. I also use my real hair for some of my cosplays.

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Above is one of my cosplays from AnimeBoston this year: a maid variant of Hatsune Miku (Vocaloid). I love Vocaloid music, and I would love to cosplay as more Vocaloids in the future. So far, I have only cosplayed as variants of Hatsune Miku and Mikuo (the genderbent version of Miku).

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Here I am cosplaying Enma Ai the Hell Girl (Jigoku Shoujo)! Standing next to me is my awesome Lolita friend. (I adore her coordinate in this photo!) This was the first time I cosplayed Enma Ai again in a long while. Last time I cosplayed her, I used my real hair. But this time, I revamped the cosplay by styling a wig to fit her character. This worked great since I hated dealing with my real hair last time I cosplayed her.

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[EDIT] The photos from the Hell Girl photoshoot are finally up! Above is one of my favorite photos from the shoot.

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Sorry about the terrible photo. I can’t seem to find a better photo in my photo library of my Terezi Pyrope cosplay. Outside of anime, I also really love cosplaying Homestuck! (I really need to catch up on Homestuck this summer though…) Terezi Pyrope is my patron troll, and I love cosplaying as her. ❤

I also really love cosplaying as Karkat Vantas (another Homestuck troll)! The gray troll makeup is annoying at times, but it was fun figuring out the best methods for applying the makeup and sealing it. Another Homestuck troll I have cosplayed as is Feferi Peixes. I have cosplayed as a few Homestuck kid characters as well. The above photograph was from a fun casual wintertime photoshoot. Photo credit goes to Micaiah Reid.

If you want to see more of my cosplays, you can check them out on my Tumblr through this tag! The tag has a mix of Lolita and Cosplay though… I was too lazy to make two different tags for them. xD;;

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