Monday, July 10, 2017

♥ BODYLINE Unidolized Marine Umi Cosplay Review

Heya!!
Another LoveLive! Cosplay Review!



Logistics first~

I did a group order with my cover LoveLive! group, Shining☆9 and purchased all 9 outfits. 
The shipping for BODYLINE starts at ~$19, and it doesn't increase until you have 10+ items in your cart, so group orders are your best friend!

The items were shipping very quickly, and arrived within a week's time with EMS!

Most of them came in plastic bags with a hanger like this:



It was the first time I received any cosplay item that came on a hanger!


Here are some pictures of it without the plastic covering!



The extending fabric you can tie into a bow!



The anchor and gem clip was not initially attached.


They're pins with a matching gold backing~


The buttons up the side aren't fake!


When I first received the costume, I was a bit confused by the skirt.


BODYLINE had used a simple stitch along the bottom of the skirt to retain the pleats in the skirt. It was quite time consuming to remove all of the stitches though.


Here's the full cosplay!


As many cosplays, this one did not have much ventilation, and wearing it in a warm environment for elongated periods of time, feels stuffy and uncomfortable.

Also, it was hard to lift my arms all the way due to the stiffness of the shoulders. My group's Eli had the same problem, maybe it's just the design of the outfit?

Overall: 
Quality: 9/10
Shipping: 7/10*
Comfort: 7/10
Size: 9/10

* Hanayo's marine outfit was ordered along with the original group order. but BODYLINE mistakenly left out her outfit. The cosplay was shipped in a different order, but the shipping for Hanayo was NOT refunded.

Shining☆9 brought unidolized Marine to PortConMaine!

Here are some pictures of Umi and others!



Photos are by my wonderful boyfriend!
Maki: @itslapis


Thank you so much for reading!



Sunday, June 25, 2017

♥ Aqours Uniform Review (ROLECOS) [Photo Heavy!]

Hello! 
This time, I will be reviewing ROLECOS's Aqours Spring uniform!

This cosplay was NOT sponsored. I purchased it here

First things first, I actually had to buy the cosplay twice. The first time, I bought a size M because the measurements were the right ones for me and had a bit of wiggle room. When the uniform arrived, the skirt was much too small. It was about 4 cm smaller than listed, so I sold the uniform and purchased a size L.

Kindly enough, ROLECOS's customer service was helpful, and gave me a small discount while purchasing my second cosplay.

So YES!! Size up when purchasing!

ROLECOS is also based in the US, so shipping for the uniform only took about four days!


The package came really early for an order off Aliexpress. In my past experience, ROLECOS is the only seller to ship from the USA. They are based in New York, and it only took 4 days to arrive!

The package came in a specialized mailer!


The cosplay was in another bag to preserve cleanliness!



I love Aqour's uniform, and I'm so happy at how pretty the uniform came out!

Here is this top!


The red "ribbon" part is removable!


Back


The zipper located on the side up to the armpit is a bit rough. It takes time and effort to open and close, which has become a problem for me. I had to ask my mother to help me pull down the zipper ;n;


There is a button near the chest area to make the seifuku easier to wear ouo



Honestly, I think the sleeves are a bit too puffy? I mean it is part of the character design but it makes the shoulder-armpit area feel less comfortable.

(comparison)

 

The shirt is also a bit short on me! If I were to raise my arms, my stomach would show. Then again, I am 168-170cm tall.

The ribbon + clip is one of my favorite parts of this uniform.
The clip is made of gold painted metal and it's adjustable, just like the ribbon.
I don't know, I found the two cute ;w;



On to the skirt!


I had a lot of trouble with the size M skirt. It was the entire reason I had to size up to L. It was too small around the waist and too short for size M, and I found myself having similar troubles with the size L. The waist size was fine, but ROLECOS designed the skirt to be a bit too short. I compared the skirt with my Muse uniform skirt, and my Mirai Kuriyama skirt, and it was 1-2cm shorter. 
Of course this isn't a problem to many people, but as a modest cosplayer, I wish the skirt was made to be a bit longer.

A button and zipper fastened the skirt!

The buttonhole needs a bit a of snipping to fit the button in easily and that's about it!
The zipper on the skirt was much smoother compared to the zipper on the the shirt,

Here is the entire cosplay!


As you can see, both the skirt and the shirt are a bit short on me. I'd mind if this was my first time purchasing the cosplay, but since it is my second time, I gave up and will be keeping it.

Overall: 
Quality: 9/10
Shipping: 10/10
Comfort: 7/10
Size: 7/10

I hope this review helped!

Happy Cosplaying!

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

♥ Gasai Yuno Cosplay Review [Photo Heavy!]



Hello!!

I will be reviewing a gift my boyfriend got for me :)))))
LOL THIS SOUNDS SO RUDE but I'd just like to be helpful for those looking for a Yuno Cosplay!

Gasai Yuno Cosplay

App for the filter is BeautyCam !

This item was purchased from Taobao, and rumor has spread that ordering from Taobao is extremely difficult, but that's not the case at all. To order from Taobao, a middleman is necessary since most sellers prefer not to sell outside of the country. The middleman will order your item (don't forget to specify EVERYTHING. It won't be the middleman's fault but yours), and the item(s) will be shipped to their factory. From there, they will ship the parcel to wherever you live (most likely via DHL). 
The only downside is that the middlemen can be kind of expensive, especially if you are ordering items that are heavy. Purchasing from Taobao will only be useful if you are buying a haul.

Anyhoo, let's get to the review!

My Gasai Yuno cosplay can be purchased here (click).

My cosplay came with a wig, the school uniform, a bow for the uniform, little bows for the wig, socks, fake cell phone, and fake blood. There were knives and axes available for purchase. You could just buy the uniform separately (which I recommend, you will find out later in the review).

Here are some pictures!

Cellphone, Uniform, Wig


Uniform (top, skirt, bows, and socks)


Cell phone and wig (free wig cap)

There was also a small container of fake blood!

The cell phone was purchased from a different seller. (click)

Let's start with the uniform!


Thank you for dealing with the wrinkles and yellow lighting! I lent someone my iron ;w;
The material is cotton polyester mix, and there is virtually no sheer-ness at all.


The details on the back are quite accurate.




More close up pictures.

The white and gold details are made of a more plasticky and shiny material.

This was size XL due to my height (170cm ;-;)


It's so difficult to take pictures of pleated skirts--



There's a little zipper and a clasp!



Adding elastic to cosplay skirts seem to have become more prevalent? There's also elastic in my Kuriyama Mirai cosplay.
Then again, both skirts are covered by the top.

Here is the entire set on me!


The XL was really big!!
This is not really a problem to me since I know how to sew and touch up clothes.

The shirt was loose and the waist part of the skirt was too wide.

The material also prevents the usual ventilation, so I don't suggest wearing this out in the Summer to a meet or something.

Although it took awhile for the item to arrive to me, the middle man received the item within a week. And from there, DHL took about 7-9 days (Sorry I forgot!! T T)

*drumrolls*

Overall:
Quality: 9/10
Shipping: 10/10
Comfort: 8/10
Size: 7/10

I really wish some cosplays accommodated for taller people, because I could wear a Medium, but the skirt would be too short on me due to my height.

Next is the Wig!

The wig was purchased with the uniform from the same seller.


As you can see, the wig was incredibly shiny, and the pink was a bit lighter? (Sorry, yellow lighting doesn't help)


Side by Side Comparison

Yuno's hair should be pinker and not neon-peachy like the wig I received.

I also looked up on how to reduce the shine in synthetic wigs, and so I soaked my wig in a baking soda - water solution. and left it alone for 6 hours.

Sadly, it did not change anything, and I was left with a shiny wig.

My head is on the larger side, so this wig was rather uncomfortable on me after 3-4 hrs wear.

Overall:
Quality: 4/10
Shipping: 10/10
Comfort: 6/10
Size: 6/10

Cellphone!



As you can see, the buttons were poorly painted. I will be going over the buttons with my own metallic acrylic paint.

There's paper glued to the phone that has Yuno's diary entries I'm assuming.


The back was pretty good.

Overall, the phone was quite heavy, which is good in my opinion. Lighter things are most usually flimsier than heavy things.
Sadly, the phone was not flippable, which was very disappointing :<
It was probably for the best, because I would've broke it by flipping it too much.

Overall:
Quality: 7/10
Shipping: 10/10
Comfort: 10/10
Size: 10/10


Thank you so much for reading my review!



Be sure to come back for my next one! 


My boyfriend and I at Anime Boston!






Monday, March 27, 2017

♥ Reviewing Nostosxalgos Sweater and D.Va facemask!

Hi hi!!
Long time no post!

It's been almost three years since I made my last post, but recently, I've gotten more serious about cosplaying as a hobby, and I figured I would expand it to reviews for fashion and cosplay items as well!
Recently I've gotten items from nostosxalgos, an Instagram store selling simplistic styled fashion items. Their store consists of sweaters in two colors (light blue and black) featuring the store's logo and a large shuriken.
Without further ado, here are the pictures!

NxA Crewneck in Light Blue (click)


Ft. My D.Va cosplay!!

Here's the back! (stock photo)


I received this pullover in the smallest size (S).

This crewneck is extremely soft and comfortable. I'd wear it as PJs, but they're too fashionable qwq

Through the harsh New England winters, this crewneck as kept me very warm!
This can be easily styled with a black collar and black shorts/skirt, but it's already a pretty item on it's own.

Sadly, the only downside is that the crewnecks are a bit too oversized. This isn't exactly a problem, but I really wanted this crewneck to be more on the fitted side. I am about 5'6", and the small was rather large on me.

Overall:
Quality: 10/10
Shipping: N/A *
Comfort: 11/10 
Size: 8/10 

D.Va Inspired Mouth Mask (click)


Of course I had to cosplay D.Va with this super cute mask :)

Stock image!


The D.Va markings are iron-on material, and the mask feels like it is made of really good quality. The mask is thicker than most face/mouth masks I own. The inside part of the mask also feels really soft so that's a plus :)
I'm not used to how thick this mask is, and that is my only down side.
A lot of masks I've seen are too big and fall off easily, but this mouth mask doesn't have that problem!

Overall :
Quality: 10/10
Shipping: N/A*
Comfort: 9/10
Size: 10/10

The package that was given to me also included a free sticker from their shop!
How nice of them ♥

Thank you for reading!
Be sure to pay NxA a visit as they were nice enough to give me free items!



* Items were given by hand

Cute Bow Tie Hearts Blinking Blue and Pink Pointer