Tuesday, August 23, 2011


This weekend was D23 and while I was totally excited, it ended up being mostly a disappointment. 

Honestly, for a company as big as Disney, they really disappointed with the fact that they have no idea how to run a convention.  There wasn't nearly enough space in any of the panels, the lines were terribly done, and there really wasn't enough to do.  The best part was honestly meeting other cosplayers while I was there. 

On Friday we saw the Legends Ceremony, which was really good.  The voices of several of the Princesses were honored, including Paige O'Hara (Belle), Jodie Benson (Ariel), Linda Larkin (speaking voice of Jasmine), Lea Solonga (singing voice of Jasmine and Mulan) and Anika Noni Rose (voice of Tiana).  They each sang live, which was an amazing thing to see. 

We also met Margaret Kerry on Friday.  She was the model for Tinker Bell.
On Saturday I wasn't able to get into any panels, though I did see a presentation about Tangled, and got to meet the head animator on the film.
On Sunday I spent most of the day in line for the Star Tours panel.  I was the only person at the expo dressed as a Star Wars character, which surprised me since the ride just reopened.  The panel was really interesting, and I learned a lot about the ride.
This is the only shot I got of my costume... hopefully I can find some online since a lot of people took pictures. 

After the expo we went to Disneyland.  I changed into regular clothes but left my hair in.  So I had the take a picture in Star Tours.
You can totally see the hair nets haha!  I ended up being the Rebel Spy, which was exciting!

Then I went to Disneyland again yesterday.  I really wanted to see the Star Wars characters that were out last week, but they're gone :(  I did get a picture with a Stormtrooper but I really wanted Artoo!
I was trying to look serious since it was a Stormtrooper.

I also saw Rapunzel.  It wasn't my favorite, but this one was good too, very in character and talked to me for a while.

Thanks for looking~

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Random Update

Time for a random update!

This past weekend was pretty exciting, one of my friends from Japan came to visit!  We went shopping, ate lots of food (I didn't eat as much as everyone else because I'm a lightweight at eating) and visited Round 1.  And then on Sunday I had a birthday dinner with some of my friends from high school.  It was really nice.  My birthday isn't for a week, but it was nice to get together with all my friends.

This weekend is Disney's D23 Expo and I'm so excited!  If anyone is going, please come and say hello if you see me.  I'll be dressed as Briar Rose from Sleeping Beauty on Friday, Rapunzel on Saturday and Princess Leia on Sunday.  I know Leia is not really a Disney character, but there is a Star Tours panel that day, and they recently released an R2-D2 robot at Disneyland that you can meet, and I really hope that they bring him to the expo!  It would make for some awesome pictures! 

Then I have one week before school starts.   I already bought all my school supplies because I love them so much... all of them are Little Twin Stars and Disney haha! 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Goth Club and Obon Festival

On Saturday, I went to the Goth club with some friends. 

I had a hard time getting an outfit together, since none of my clothes are really gothic at all.  Even though I have a lot of black, it's not styled right at all.  I ended up wearing mostly items from my TRON outfit.
Cell phone mirror shot because I didn't get a real outfit shot.  It's a pretty boring outfit, and unfortunately the boots ended up really hurting my feet, so I didn't get to dance as much as I wanted.  Next time I'll wear different shoes!

On Sunday, I went to the Obon Festival in Gardena.  I like to go every year, since I love the dancing.  I don't really know them, but I just kind of follow along and I still enjoy it.  Since it's a festival, I wore one of my yukatas.  I tried to do hair and makeup in gal style, but the hair didn't turn out as I'd hoped. 
I decided to wear my blue yukata since I wore my pink one last month at AX. 

I'm excited because a friend is visiting from Japan this week, and next week is D23! 

Friday, July 29, 2011

Review: Royal and Langnickel Brushes

Hello again!

I haven't posted for quite a while because I was moving and now I've been working, so nothing exciting has really happened.  However, I figured I should update since I haven't for a while.  I'm going to review the Royal and Langnickel brushes that I got at IMATS.

I ended up buying this brush set because they were at the front of the hall, and after walking around a bit, I kind of wished that I had waited, since there were other really good deals.  I wont be so hasty next time. 

I purchased this set:
I chose it because of the color (I love pink) and and because the brushes were very soft when I felt them.  It was on sale at IMATS for $25 so it was a very good deal for a full set of brushes.

All my other brushes are MAC so that's what I'm comparing them against. 

I do really like the powder brush because it's very large and soft.  I liked that one better than the MAC powder brush.

But of course, everyone knows that eye brushes are some of the most important when doing makeup. 

Unfortunately, these brushes do not pick up as much product as the MAC brushes;  I think this may have to do with the fact that the MAC ones are stiffer, while these are fluffier and softer.  They did have less fallout when using them, but I'm pretty sure this is just because it's picking up less product.  I honestly prefer my MAC eye brushes over the Royal ones. 

All in all, I would say that these are good for travel or if you don't wear a lot of makeup.  I am using them with my MAC brushes, which is working alright.  If I were to recommend a brand to someone, I think I'd stick with MAC, even though it's much more expensive.  But the quality makes it worth the money. 

Monday, July 4, 2011

AM2 and AX

This weekend was 2 conventions, AX and AM2.  I was able to attend both, which was fun.

Unfortunately I didn't take too many pictures.  I had an Artist Alley table at AM2 and it was so crowded at AX that it made is difficult to take many.  Here's a few that I did take.

Kanon Wakeshima was one of the guests for AM2.  We weren't able to take pictures with her inside the convention, but as luck would have it, she was outside as we were leaving!  So I was able to get a picture with her, which was exciting!  I also attended her concert (no photography allowed though) and it was really good!  She's just as good live as on CD, and is really amazing at the Cello.
Top: DreamV
Skirt, Socks, Bag: Angelic Pretty
Boots: Secret Shop (Angelic Pretty replica)
Hairclip, Necklace: Handmade

I don't have any pictures from Saturday, because I ended up having to walk to the bank, and it was further than expected, and I got really hot, sweaty and looked a mess.  So I went from cosplaying Orihime to random schoolgirl. 

On Sunday, things were really slow, so we headed up to AX early. 
I was wearing one of my Yukatas because I wanted to be comfortable. 
As you may notice, I have a lightsaber.  It's pink!
For the longest time, I've wanted a pink lightsaber.  It's an unorthodox color, so it's not common to find.  There was a seller in the dealers hall, and I asked if they could make it pink... and they could!  I was so excited!  I finally have my pink lightsaber!  Even better, it's strong enough that I can actually duel with it.  I did stage combat in college, so it will be fun to get into it again possibly!

Today we just went to wander around and hang out.  I wanted to wear Rapunzel, but since it's so crowded, I didn't want to deal with the long wig.  So I got and styled the short brown wig from the end of the movie.  It seemed like a lot of people were confused, I guess they didn't watch the movie!
Myself with a Flynn who was selling in the Artist Alley.  Her costume was great!  Her art was really cute too, I got a Rapunzel cell strap!

Both cons were lots of fun, both to see and hang out with lots of friends and just to have the con experience!  I can't wait until the next one!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Los Angeles IMATS

Today myself, Mama Cass and Mie of No Beauty Limits attended IMATS Los Angeles.  For those who aren't familiar, IMATS stands for the International Makeup Artist's Trade Show.  There are shows in several countries every year, including in New York and Los Angeles.  This was my first time attending and I am so glad that I was able to go.

We got up at the crack of dawn so that we could arrive early to get in line.  The doors opened at 8:30 and we arrived at 7:30... there was already a line!
Outside the convention center
Outfit shot for the day.
Top: DreamV
Skirt, bracelet: Forever 21
Tights: Star Couture
Sweater: Tralala
Bag, Necklace, Ring: Angelic Pretty
Pom Pom, Bow: Handmade
Shoes: American Eagle

Makeup shot

At around 8:15 they let us in for registration, and then we waited to be let into the hall.
Rush to get in the hall!

Every year the most popular brands are MAC and Makeup Forever.  We had a plan, and hit those booths first to avoid lines.  Fortunately this worked out well as we had the rest of the day to browse. 

There were some models walking around in very elaborate makeup.  Here's an owl person, it was quite creepy in real life!

This model was getting her makeup done all day.  When we came around towards the end of the day, she looked like this:
It was pretty amazing!

While walking around, we went to Anastasia Beauty, where I got my eyebrows done:
While it looked nice, I felt like it was a bit too angular and long.  They did have nice products though.

After looking around the Exhibitors Hall for quite a while, we went to a few panels.  The first was for Beauty So Clean.
Since the founder's birthday was today, they gave out cupcakes!  They were really delicious!
Due to my talent for remembering random facts, I won a brush cleaner.  I will review once I use it!
The next panel was the PurseBuzz panel.  She taught about doing summer makeup looks.  Unfortunately due to my seat I couldn't get too great of a picture.  She was really cute though, I loved her dress!  And she had some great tips and answered a lot of questions.
After her panel we returned to the Exhibit Hall.  This guy covered in glitter was at the MAC booth.
Some more awesome Special Effects makeup at the Crown Brushes booth.
The Inglot booth.  This brand has been taking the beauty world by storm, and were pretty crowded the whole time.  Because it was so crowded, I didn't get to get a good look at the eyeshadows, which is what is most popular from them.  However, I did get a loose powder (I had originally planned to get one from MAC, but they didn't bring any).  I will review once I get a chance to use it!

And... the haul!

Items that I purchased:
Inglot loose powder, Smashbox Primer, Royal Brushes set, MAC eyeshadows, MAC brush cleaner, Makeup Forever HD Foundation, Model in a Bottle fix spray, DUO eyelash glue
Crown Brushes Brush Cleaner, Beauty So Clean Brush Cleaner, Bow from PurseBuzz, Stila Lipgloss (from PurseBuzz), Too Faced Primer, Napoleon Lipgloss, Crown Brushes eyeshadows, Model in a Bottle eye makeup remover, Crown Brushes powder brush, Crown Brushes lip liner

All in all, I am so glad that I went to this show!  It was amazing to see all the different products that are available, as well as the amazing makeup that people can do.  I do wish I had made time to see the Student Competition, since that would probably have been really interesting, but there was always something new to see in the Exhibit Hall! 

I will definitely be attending next year, and expect some reviews once I get to using the items I got!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Disneyland Report

Yesterday, I went to Disneyland yet again.  I ended up spending about half the day by myself because my friends came later than I did.  Oh well!

I was excited because there were several characters out and about that I don't usually see. 

First I went to see Rapunzel.  I was super excited because it was my favorite, who asked where I'd been since she hadn't seen me in so long haha! 
I was pretty much a muggle yesterday lol... this is how I used to dress in high school.  In fact, I think I've had the skirt since high school.  The skirt and top are both from Hot Topic.  The necklace (Star Wars Rebel Alliance symbol) is from Sudlow on etsy.

When I was going back to main street from seeing Rapunzel, I saw that some princesses were out, so I went to take pictures with them too.  I love it when they are out by the castle instead of being stuck in the Princess Fantasy Faire.
With Aurora.  She actually remembered me and commented on not seeing me for a while, which is funny since I hardly see any princesses besides Rapunzel haha!
With Ariel.  She asked from how far I had swam haha!  I love how detailed her necklace is!

With Snow White.  She's not a favorite, but I figured why not since she was out.

With Aladdin.  Unfortunately not one of the ones I know.

This is a shop that is new to New Orleans Square.  It's actually a re-open... it used to be there, and you could get a custom perfume mixed.  Now they just sell commercial perfume (mostly Dior and Givenchy).  I found one I liked but it was $90 ^^;  I'll have to save for that since I've bought too much Star Wars stuff lately!
These goats were so cute!  The black one walked up to the gray one and they put their heads together.  It was adorable!
Later I saw Fairy Godmother and took a picture with her. 

Super cute Jedi Duffy that we saw when we were going to Star Tours. 

I rode Star Tours 6 times yesterday.  And the third time I was the rebel spy!!! I was so excited and started screaming and cheering and then I bought the pin.  I wanted to get it before but I wanted to be legit and only get it once I had been picked. 

Paradise Pier at night.  We ate at the Cove Bar before going to elecTRONica. 

All in all it was an amazing day!!!