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!