torstai 20. lokakuuta 2016

Kitacon cosplay plans!

Yes - this year I will be attending Kitacon! I was supposed to do that a couple of years earlier but back then my financial situation wasn't that great... But now it's finally possible! 

At first I really wasn't sure about cosplaying there since the event itself isn't that big, but then I noticed that I have one costume I could actually take with me. The greatest thing is that I don't have to cosplay him alone again since Shiro Samurai promised to do a pair cosplay with me! Seriously, cosplaying this character alone has begun to taste like wood... 

Yes - it's Ayame Sohma from the series Fruits Basket once again. I noticed that his lenses haven't expired yet so this will be another chance to cosplay him.

After this convention I won't be able to use that blue jacket anymore, unluckily. The jacket is pretty old (made in 2013) and it's literally beginning to fall into pieces. I'm likely to re-make that jacket someday and make the red jacket too - I just love cosplaying Ayame! I've also considered making that damn wedding dress too, oops.

I will also begin to make another Fruits Basket themed costume soon - I already have a wig for it! Maybe you can guess who it is~? 

Ft. my lovely Krav Maga hoodie. 
That's all for now!

sunnuntai 9. lokakuuta 2016

Tracon 2016

Friday, 2nd of September

A few days before Frozen Angel had come to my place and we had decided to go to Tampere on Friday, a day before the con actually begun. The reason for this was that changing the e-tickets to wristbands was possible already on Friday and since Frozen Angel wanted to skip the long queue and I wanted to have my badge as soon as possible... Well, that's why we went to Tampere earlier.
We had talked with our now common friend Gure if we could sleep in her apartment and luckily she said yes. Unfortunately she wasn't able to come to the center of Tampere when we arrived but Rikari happened to be around at the time. She was also going to Tampere-talo to fetch her badge so we walked there together.
I had no idea which bus we should take to get to Gure's place (she has her own apartment now) but luckily Rikari knew the way and helped us. Thanks, I owe you one!
At Gure's we pretty much just derped around, listened to the songs linked below (don't even ask), did some make-up tests and Gure and I spammed silly stuff to people on Snapchat. At some point we decided to get some sleep because all of us knew that we should wake up quite early.

Saturday, 3rd of September

Gure and Frozen Angel were both up before I had even opened my eyes - mornings just aren't my thing at all. On Saturday I cosplayed North Italy, Gure cosplayed casual!South Italy and Frozen Angel cosplayed Germany - all of the characters are from Hetalia: Axis Powers, if you didn't already know that.
At some point (I think that it was past 11 a.m., oops) we left the apartment and went to Tulitikkutehdas. It used to be a factory back in the days but then it was destroyed in a fire. Nowadays the building just... Exists. We didn't have luck on our side though; when we arrived there we noticed that some sort of airsoft game was going on there so we gave up on one location and went to another building. I must say that the building is pretty spooky and if one moves around there (s)he has to be careful - the tiles might fall from the walls any minute and even though I'm a hard-headed person, I don't want any tile to crack my skull.
Anyway, Gure had promised to be our photographer. We took a few pictures there but since the light wasn't on our side we decided to change location. Other pictures are taken around Näsilinna.

Note; Frozen Angel and I are just friends. Very good friends indeed, but just friends. And if you definitely dislike GerIta pairing, scroll past these pics. I'm not forcing you to watch them. Thank you.

After the photoshoot we decided to go to the con place since the clock was already... Well past 12 o'clock in the morning and since I was hosting a Hetalia-themed lecture/panel this time, I wanted to find the room where I should host it. At first Frozen Angel and I (Gure had already left since she didn't have a ticket) decided to go to check the dealer's hall and the artists' valley - and I was so happy to see that Lumissa's Purple Octopus was there again selling the amazing hand-made jewellery (I bought a necklace from the collection on Sunday)!
In the dealers' hall we ran into Trixena and decided to hang out with her for a while. For my bad luck I wasn't able to spend time indoors almost at all since the uniform was so damn hot - really, the breakfast bacon effect happened again. We went outside and soon after Frozen Angel and Trixena decided to go to the local Subway restaurant to get some food. I didn't feel up to it and instead decided to stay at the convention area and meet people.
When I was drinking an ice coffee I heard someone say "Italy!" and saw a couple of other cosplayers coming to talk to me. They asked if I could hug them and of course I said yes - my ice coffee wasn't so important that I couldn't hug somebody and chat for a while.
I also spotted quite many Hetalia cosplayers and chatted with some of them. It's so nice to see people still cosplaying from Hetalia even though the highlight years for those series have long gone.

At some point I ran into Frozen Angel and Trixena again (after a couple of hours or so). I decided to go to eat at this point and immediately ran into Hant and his friend. It was so nice to see him and meet new people! I ate at the canteen since, well, the workers/lecture hosts etc. get some privileges and that was one of them, eating in a canteen. The food was damn good though.
At some point we - Trixena, Frozen Angel and I - also went to check out the Harry Potter meet. I've been a Potterhead for over ten years now and it was so nice to see and meet other Potterheads! We also ran into Frozen Angel's friend and I also managed to greet Saga Cosplay whom I have followed on Instagram and Twitter for some time now. It's always nice to see people outside the Internet.

Then it was time for me to host my lecture.
I was expecting for max. 20 people to come to listen to my explanations but, to my surprise, over 40 people were there in the end. The AMV competition was being held at the same time so I could say that I was very happy to see that amount of people.
I'm also happy that the audience once again discussed about the topics of the lecture with me. Thanks guys, you were a great audience! <3
If somebody took a video etc., could you send it to me? My e-mail address can be found on my contact information.

Almost immediately after the lecture Frozen Angel and I decided to guy back to Gure's place, change out of cosplay and then come back to the center of Tampere, We also met Vivian, one of my and Gure's common friends. It was so nice to see her too!

Sunday, the 4th of September

I woke up at some point during the morning. Frozen Angel had woken up a bit earlier and I accidentally woke up Vivian who woke up Gure - yet only Frozen Angel and I went to the con. This time I had my Ebony cosplay with me, once again. I still hate the character pretty damn much, but well, at least I don't have to take everything so seriously in that costume.

Since it was Sunday there wasn't much to do. We just took some pictures, Jarkko and I decided to have a photoshoot of my costume and Frozen Angel, Joona and I also went to the Maid Café. Somehow I just like those places and our maid was very nice!

Just have a couple of pics and a photoshoot about my Ebony costume since we didn't do that much on Sunday, just enjoyed the con atmosphere overall.

Photographer: Jarkko
Character: Ebony Darkness Dementia Raven Way

(Quality © my mobile phone's camera since that camera is better than the camera I had with me...)

Other pictures

I might have fanboyed a bit when I saw this costume... Cosplayer: Awaek cosplay

My friend Asuka cosplayed Takahashi Minami.

A random picture from Maid Café.

I also know that I haven't been blogging pretty much lately. The reason is this: I haven't had anything to blog about. Yes, I have lenses I could review but my eyes still have the Sahara effect for some unknown reason and inserting the lenses into my eyes feels quite uncomfortable. I also haven't sewed that much - I have projects I've already started and I'm about to start a couple of more costumes quite soon. It's just that my blogging motivation has been quite low for some reason now, but I'll try to be more active when I finally get something done.
(And my sewing machine is still quite a bitch.)
A lot has happened during my silence. Please, forgive me.

Trying to become more active with blogging again,

torstai 1. syyskuuta 2016

Vee~! North Italy WIP & preview

A few months ago I decided to cosplay North Italy from Hetalia: Axis Powers at Tracon 2016. At some point I almost cancelled this plan since, well, I really thought that I couldn't make this costume - I've never made military outfits before and I thought that they would be too difficult for me to make, especially when I haven't made almost anything myself this year. In the end I decided that "fuck it, I can do it", called my godmother and she was kind enough to help me with the patterns etc.

So, let's begin~!

The collar shirt I used in my second Walter photoshoot is actually meant for Italy. I bought it from Tallinn in May since it cost something like ten euros and I wouldn't have had time to sew it myself anyway. Well, in that point I might have had time, but.. I know myself too well.

The first self-made thing for this costume were the pants. I used the same patterns which I used also for my James and Levi pants, just modified them a bit. Nothing too difficult, only took me a few hours to make (I think it was something like four hours). Note that the fabric I bought isn't legit for the uniforms but North Italy's uniform in Hetalia isn't legit either so I decided not to be too strict about it.

The next part on my "must to do"-list was the jacket of the uniform. I know, it's missing some details but I ran out of time (probably my own fault this time AGAIN) and since the uniform isn't legit I was like "nah, fuck it, it's good enough". I'll probably make those details later.
Since I hadn't done anything like this before I quite quickly contacted my godmother again and asked for her advice. And today, a couple of days before the con, she had time to help me. It took us 8 hours to make everything ready, and I had already made the lining, half of the jacket and some things for the pockets! x__x
One can't see the buttons in the jacket since the buttonholes are hidden under the facing - we decided to be ninjas since the buttons can't be seen in the reference picture either.
The most difficult thing to make was probably the collar. I've tried to make a similar collar before but without good results. This time, however, I managed to make it quite well!
I didn't have time to take pictures during the making process but there really wasn't much to photograph (and at some point the whole costume got on my nerves and I was ready to go into the rubbish bin).
Anyway, here's the end result (some kind of preview at the same time)! Pictures © my brother.

I'll wear the same shoes which I wore when I cosplayed Levi in 2014. I had no time to search another shoes so those will do this time.

But here it is, the blog post about my North Italy! See you at Tracon, vee~!

(Oh, and I bought my Italy wig from Lucaille WIG. I had a huge headache while doing the preview so I decided not to wear it but you'll see it in the photoshoot pics - and probably in a bunch of stupid selfies I'll post on FB and Instagram.)


sunnuntai 14. elokuuta 2016

Walter McRavenhill - the photoshoot number two.

The ones who have been here with me from the very beginning might remember this post. It's only in Finnish but long story short: I had just begun cosplaying and I tested my OC cosplay Walter McRavenhill for Desucon Frostbite 2013. Back in the days I thought "okay, this is quite good costume!" but now when I read again my old blog posts I came across with that one and I cringed. My immediate thought was "I can do much better".

Let's talk about Walter's background tale first.
Like I've explained in Finnish earlier, Walter is a half-kelpie, half-human. His mother was Swedish and his father Scottish but he claims that he's a Brit, it's just easier that way. He also has a twin sister called Ginevra, who also has a darker side called Lillian McRavenhill.
Their mother, Ulrike, fell in love with a Scottish man when she was young. For a while they were happy together but then Ulrike got pregnant and the man just vanished from her life. When the years passed by and the children grew, the pain of losing a loved one drove her finally insane. One day, when the children were five years old, she took them with her "for a walk". They walked to the river and when the children were looking into the depths of it Ulrike decided to drown them. She just couldn't take it anymore; the children reminded her about the man and on top of everything the children were just too beautiful, gaining attention everywhere they went.

But they didn't die - there was a kelpie tribe nearby and they saved the children, making them only half-humans.
Walter decided to walk his own path in his life and not to stay with the tribe; after all, kelpies are killers. Ginevra stayed with them and that's one of the reasons why the siblings can't stand each other anymore.
Walter was born in 1864 but thanks to the kelpie genes he's almost immortal and looks young - most people think that he's 19 or something like that. He's been through a lot in his life (there would be even more to tell but perhaps I'll tell it all someday) but now everything seems to be alright... Seems.

(And I have to admit that Walter might be one of the gayest ones when I look at my character list, whoops.)

Anyway, I decided to have another photoshoot of Walter. Since I haven't done anything for my Sylvar cosplay (and not much for my Italy cosplay by far) there hasn't been anything to blog about - and on top of that my sewing machine decided to show me its middle finger again. Luckily it's not broken but I'm still annoyed because now I'm not on my schedule.

But yeah, those pictures. © Gure

Olli Herman much? :DD
And of course there's one selfie among the other pics!

Sometimes it's pretty funny to photoshoot own character cosplays - I could actually do this more often!
But pretty soon I'll begin to write WIP posts about Italy so stay tuned!


lauantai 23. heinäkuuta 2016

Circle lens review: Sweet Bliss Brown


I decided to write another circle lens review since I tested my lenses for my Italy cosplay and thought "why not?". So, this time I'll review the Sweet Bliss Brown lenses.
(And at first I'd like to apologize the quality of the few first pictures. I've thought about buying a better camera so this problem isn't likely to exist much longer.)

The containers of the lenses. I won't post a pic of the lenses in these because, well, the quality of that pic is HIDEOUS. 

Base curve
: 8.6 mm
Diameter: 14.5 mm
Water content: 42 %
Life span: 1 year

I had no problems with getting these into my eyes but really, I was a bit freaked out at first when I saw myself from the mirror - these lenses look huge in my eyes. Note; my eyes aren't very big but one could really see the enlargement. 
The lenses hide my own eye color very well - the color is very warm brown, like chocolate, I could say. Another note; my eye color is a mixture of grey, blue and green so that might explain something, but really - almost none of my natural eye color could be seen through these lenses.
The design of these lenses is pretty basic; there is hardly any detail at all (save for the black, quite thick outer ring which I like very much) so these are, once again, one of those lenses that could be worn for many different characters.

One lens in.
At first they didn't feel uncomfortable at all but when I was driving to my friend's place to get the pictures of this post I noticed that my left eye's sight was blurring just a bit and I could really feel the lens in my eye. This happened with both eyes during the 4-5 hours I had these lenses in my eyes. They didn't feel too uncomfortable but sometimes I had to blink a few times to make the annoying feeling go away. Luckily they didn't hurt or anything, some of the lenses I've worn have done that too. The lenses didn't actually feel dry but on some level the feeling was comparable to a case like that. 

Now the other pictures. These were taken by my friend Xaoryuu, also known as Lawi. The pictures were taken on a semi cloudy day in July.

Indoors, bathroom light.

Indoors, flash photo.

Indoors, yellowish ligt (more on the right in the pic, we had some problems with getting this photo).

Indoors, natural light.

Outdoors, facing the sun.

Outdoors, back against the sun.

Distance photo.

  • I rate the colour of these lenses 9/10. The colour is pretty intensive brown yet it doesn't look freaky. The colour is perfect for Italy and I could use also these lenses during a normal day too without getting weird looks.
  • The design, I could say, is 8/10. Very basic design, one could use these for many different characters and styles. 
  • The comfort of these lenses is 7/10. I know that I'll be able to wear these longer than those 4-5 hours but sometimes I can really feel the lenses in my eyes, especially the left one. 
  • The naturalness is 8/10. The colour and the design make these look pretty basic but these lenses make my eyes look damn big. Really.
  • The enlargement is 9/10. These make my eyes look a bit bigger than my Ayame lenses do. The difference seen in the picture number two is... Noticeable at least. 
Got any questions? Ask in the comment box, contact me on social media or send me an e-mail! 


perjantai 10. kesäkuuta 2016

Cosplay plans for Tracon 2016!

Hello folks!

Since I'm not going to any summer conventions this year I decided to tell my final cosplay plans for Tracon. I just didn't feel like going to Desucon or Animecon so I just decided to skip them this year (which actually doesn't bother me that much since this summer I have A LOT of work to do so I'll probably be dead tired all the time).
But anyway, those plans for Tracon!


North Italy (Feliciano Vargas) from Axis Powers: Hetalia. 
Since I'll keep a lecture about Hetalia on Saturday I decided to cosplay someone from the said series. Usually I cosplay France - as you know pretty well - but this time I decided to cosplay somebody else. 
North Italy's personality is quite different from mine but that's exactly what makes cosplaying him so funny! Making that uniform might not be so funny though, I can already see myself banging my head to a wall... 
I won't be a "forever alone Feliciano" but I won't tell just yet who will belong to the group - I think that they might want to tell it themselves.


Ebony Darkness Dementia Raven Way from a fanfic My Immortal,written by Tara Gillesbie.
Oh yes.

I will cosplay this "omg I will love Draco Malfoy forever but Vampire Potter is the second best boy in the world!!1" lady once again, this time in a different outfit though - I read the fic through once again and despite my constant cringe I managed to find some information about her clothes. We've also been talking about a My Immortal cosplay group with my friends and I really hope that we will make it to Tracon! 
This time I'll sew some parts for Ebony's costume myself.
I still hate the character to nuts (and I hate her clothes ((not her style though)), those pieces of fabric will be so uncomfortable to wear) but since it's pretty funny to derp around as her I decided to cosplay her again.

But, yeah, these are my cosplay plans for Tracon!
At the moment I'm waiting for a couple of wigs to arrive and I should also review Italy's lenses - that might not happen in a while though since my eyes have been so dry lately that they could become a part of Sahara without anybody questioning it.
The lecture I'll keep will be in Finnish. Like I've said before, I won't keep lectures in English yet. I write and speak it quite fluently but... Nope, not yet. 

Still alive,

torstai 5. toukokuuta 2016

Circle lens review: Vassen Dolly+ Brown


Today marks a bit special day in my blog since I've never done anything like this. I might have said something about lenses I've worn during these years but I've never really reviewed them. Now it's time for a change.
Here's the first pair of lenses I'll ever review; Vassen Dolly+ Brown lenses (optional spelling Vassen Dolly Plus Brown). They also go by the name I.Fairy Dolly+ Brown - same brand but a different name. 

(All pictures in this post are taken by Shiro Samurai if not mentioned otherwise.)

Base curve: 8.6 mm
Diameter: 14.5 mm
Water content: 42 %
Life span: 1 year

This pic was taken by me and I'm sorry about the shitty quality but my camera decided to be a son of a bitch once again. No make-up worn so you could see the enlargement better. Quite a difference, huh?

I have to say that I was a bit skeptical about putting these into my eyes; like I've said before the circle lenses usually don't want to co-operate with me (or my eyes don't want to co-operate with them but anyway). I was genuinely surprised when I put these lenses into my eyes on Cosvision's Sunday - these were ordered to my Ayame cosplay - and noticed that I had no difficulties with doing so. 
For the first two minutes or so I could truly feel that there was something in my eyes but after that no discomfort appeared during those five to six hours those were in my eyes. I could say that the lenses were a lot more comfortable than some other lenses I've worn (because of Ayame's first lenses my other eye still goes almost blind every once in a while). 
The pattern of this lenses isn't that much out of ordinary making them look quite natural at first sight.

Some pics!
These pictures were taken on a partly cloudy afternoon in April. No filters etc. used so you would get as good view of the lenses as possible.

Bathroom light.
Indoors, flash photo.
Indoors, natural light.
Indoors, yellowish light.
Outdoors, back against the light.
Outdoors, facing the light.

In my opinion the color is a bit too golden to be brown - perfect for Ayame but if you're looking for brown lenses, these ones might not fulfill your wishes. Especially if your eyes are a mixture of blue, green and grey like mine are. For darker eyes I could say that these might work just like they should and they would blend a bit more to the eye's natural color.
Despite the enlargement the lenses still look quite natural - I think that it's thanks to the lenses' quite basic design. There aren't any kind of extra details that would catch one's eye but if one's looking for natural golden/brown lenses I would recommend these.

Distance pic

I know that you've seen this selfie before but this shows pretty well how the lenses actually looked like.

Because the design is kind of natural I could even use these even on "normal days" and not only in conventions - I'm pretty gothic person myself but these would look great for example in lolita style. Since they aren't so detailed (doesn't mean that they wouldn't be damn beautiful) they would be suitable for every anime girl/boy whose eyes don't sparkle like Edward Cullen's ass on sunny beach diamonds, for example. 

  • I would rate the color of the lenses 7/10 - like I said, these are perfect for Ayame, but if you have light-colored eyes like I do these won't make them brown.
  • The design of the lenses... 8/10. Quite basic design so it works fine with many different styles and characters.
  • The comfort of these lenses is definitely 9,5/10. You'll feel them in your eyes a couple of minutes after putting them into them and after that you won't even notice that you have something in your eyes.
  • The naturalness in my case is 6/10. The design makes them look quite natural but the enlargement and the color make them look perhaps a bit unnatural. 
  • The enlargement is 8/10. These make my eyes look A LOT bigger than my eyes usually are. Great effect for example for moe characters btw.

*phew* Well, now it's been written - my first circle lens review ever! You still have something you want to ask? Ask in the comment section below or contact me somewhere else on social media!