Cosplay Tutorial: Kashima from Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

Hello everyone!
This post was originally posted on my Patreon account! I post a lot of cosplay progress on there (much of which is exclusive to Patrons.) 

I recently finished up a cosplay that I have been putting off for about a year... Kashima from Gekkan Shoujo! A quick spur of the moment costume inspired by all the cosplay progress my friends have been posting on social media. (Katsucon is coming up next week and I won't be attending, but that doesn't mean I can't join in on the cosplay fun!)
Kashima is a very fun, goofy character. She's very tall and tomboyish, and charms all of the female students. There'a fun little youtube video showing some clips of her here! Overall Gekkan Shoujo is a fantastic series :)
I'll be breaking down the elements of the costume for you. It's a simple and comfortable cosplay to wear. I've never done a tomboyish character before as I absolutely love cosplaying girly characters with long hair! 

The Makeup

Makeup can really transform your look, especially when you want to look like a 2D anime character! The first picture shows my regular makeup, and the second and third show how circle lenses, stronger  winged eyeliner, contouring on the cheekbones and nose, and highlighting, can really change the way your face photographs. You have to over emphasize your features a bit for the camera. I think if I was at a convention, I would have added some blue eyeshadow or paint to my eyebrows in order to match Kashima's dark blue hair.
I'm wearing the Puffy 3-tone circle lenses (15mm) in green. I did a review on my blog which you can read here - these are the same lenses I wore for Jupiter. I've got to throw them out soon so I thought they would be good for one last test run :)

The Selfies...

All I have to show you at the moment are mirror selfies as I don't have any shoots or conventions coming up until Anime North, but I tried to show a few different angles so you can see the costume properly. 

The Costume

This was a fairly easy outfit to put together. Most of the items were owned or thrifted! 
Her outfit is composed of a boxy V neck uniform sweater, a white dress shirt, and a red tie. I couldn't find a deep V neck sweater anywhere! I had to modify a rounded collar sweater to achieve this look. The school emblem is made from felt.
Moment of appreciation for the tie - IT WAS SO HARD FINDING A PLAIN DEEP RED TIE. I honestly didn't think it was going to be THIS hard, but all the red ties in thrift stores had some weird patterns on them. Finally found them and pretty much sank to my knees, THANK U GODS OF COSPLAY.
This wig is from lightinthebox! A short dark blue / navy coloured wig. It looks long in the stock photo but appeared shorter on me because I have a massive head, haha.
Kashima tends to lean more towards the male uniform, but still wears a long skirt. I made a basic pleated skirt, super quick and easy for me now because I've cosplayed so many school uniforms! This is the tutorial I used when I was first learning how to sew pleated skirts.
I've used these shoes for many of my school uniform cosplays. These ones are brown leather shoes from Naturalizer, picked up from the thrift store. They don't have a heel and are super comfortable to walk in! I have another pair of brown uniform shoes with heel that I use for photographs because heels just look better. :)
And finally, a few Kashima polaroids! I'll be doing a giveaway for them later, but that'll be a future post.
This post was originally posted on my Patreon account! I post a lot of cosplay progress on there (much of which is exclusive to Patrons.) I host monthly livestreams and polls deciding on my next video topic, cosplay, and tutorials! I an unable to monetize many of my videos due to copyright so I really appreciate all of your support. I'm very close to my next milestone, which includes a weekly anime review series! 
Once again, thank you for helping me complete another cosplay! 

2016 Lunar New Year Manicure

New Year, new nails, amirite? 

More like new week new nails, because I'm far too indecisive about my nail designs to keep them for more than 5 days. Point aside, I wanted to share a simple red and gold manicure that I wore during the Lunar New Year celebrations!

For the base coat, I used Sally Hansen Triple Strong Gel Nail Hardener. This product is great at strengthening nails that tend to chip, peel, or bend! Definitely a game-changing product for me, and help increase the longevity of my manicure.

For the dark red base colour, I used China Glaze Merry Berry,  topped with a single coat of The Face Shop's Trendy Nails polish in RD303. I prefer to wear darker reds, but the midtone tomato shade of RD303 helped bring the overall colour up a few shades lighter.

On the accent nail, I used Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish in Game of Chromes - a yellow tinted chrome colour. I have yet to find the perfect yellow gold polish, but until that day, this will have to do. I would more than appreciate it if you left your suggestions below - the closest I've seen in stores has been Essie's Good as Gold, but it's still not a true gold in my opinion!

I dotted the floral designs on with Essence's dotting tool! Super easy to achieve - five dots for flower petals, and an accent dot in the middle!

I topped everything off with Sally Hansen's Diamond Flash quick dry top coat. This topcoat is such a lifesaver as I'm way too impatient to wait for my nails to dry properly. My little heart ring was part of a set from Forever 21.

Hope you enjoyed the Lunar New Year celebrations if you celebrated them! My parents took my boyfriend and I out for dinner at Summit Garden, which I have previously blogged about here. If you're ever in Mississauga and in the mood for Chinese cuisine, I highly recommend it! Super tasty dinner as always - peking duck, sweet and sour pork, crab... The works.

Also tried on my  old green qi pao (I think thats what it's called?) As well as my mom's red and black dress... Which one do you like best? :)



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LUSH Florals: So White and Tisty Tosty Bath Bombs

Hello lovelies! I was clearing through some unedited blog photos and found a huge backlog of Lush reviews that I had planned on reviewing! As you already know, I'm a huge bath addict. Baths are just so relaxing! I'll be sharing two floral bath bombs from LUSH today.....

LUSH So White Bath Bomb

My obsession with colourful and glittery bath bombs is on the decline. Recently, I have found myself being drawn to bath bombs that smell nice and leave the water a cloudy, pastel colour - nothing too bright or streaky. During the Christmas gift-hunting season, I popped into Lush to grab some things for mle! So White was on display and I had never seen it before - it smelled like apples and roses and the sales lady said it did not contain glitter.

This bath bomb smells delicious - I think this is my favourite Lush scent of all time! Fresh apples and floral scents filled the room, and this was before it even hit the water! I went back to Lush and picked one up for myself, and what a treat it was.

A Lush Christmas favorite, So White is back again this year to bring the crisp, fresh aroma of a juicy apple to your tub. Pop it in the bath and watch it fizz, releasing softening baking soda and the uplifting oils of bergamot and neroli. The white exterior slowly gives way to a secret pink center that fizzes and foams, creating a snow-like froth that covers your tub in a glorious blanket of apple-scented snowy bubbles. If you’re feeling like a bit of fun, try making snow angels in the fragrant froth!

This one must have either been an old bath bomb, or had been stored in a place where there was moisture, because it didn't fizz up at all! A bit of a disappointment because it just foamed for a bit and I had to break it up with my hands.

It is white and foams to a soft purple colour. The scent!!! APPLES!! FLORAL NOTES!!! SO RELAXING!! 

It turns the water into a soft pink bath with some bubbles, definitely not as bubbly as the Rose Jam Bubbleroon (which you can read about here!)

Overall, I absolutely love this bath bomb! It definitely jumped to the top of my favourites list. The scent is crisp and refreshing, but not overpowering. The milky pink water is a lovely touch too - not something you would expect from a bath bomb called "so white"! The unfortunate part is that it's a Christmas release, meaning it's only available from November to December. Why must the good die so young? It retailed for $6.99 CAD.

Anyway, moving on to the next bath bomb...

Tisty Tosty Bath Bomb

I had high hopes for this bath bomb, I really did. Maybe it's because I've had such good experiences with white, floral scented bath bombs like So White and Stardust. This is a permanent Lush product, but was highly touted in their Valentines Day releases, so I figured it must be good!

If your love life is stalled, you need a touch of magic. Based on a spell used to stir the passions, Tisty Tosty is our love potion made with the scent of precious rose and orris root. The flower of love, rose perfume is said to ease tension and give people happy, positive feelings (just like falling in love). It’s also good for dry or rough skin so you can improve your skin as well as your love life in just one bath. Already in love? Invite them into your clutches and a warm bath.
This bath bomb smells so lovely! And it's got freakin' rosebuds in it! It's like this bath bomb was made for me! It's got a lovely rosy fragrance that is soft and relaxing.

This bath bomb was super fizzy, which was pretty exciting compared to the last dud of a bath bomb I used. It fizzed and bubbled and foamed and I was left with.......

.... Four weenie little rosebuds and clear water. Not exciting at all, and I felt like I had been jilted out of my money! I thought the rosebuds would open up at least, but they stayed like that and I eventually ended up tossing them in the toilet because they weren't really serving any purpose. The Tisty Tosty bath bomb hadn't changed the water consistency or colour or anything... Just 4 lil rosebuds floating in some water.

I really wanted to like this one because it had rose in it, but there are some other lovely LUSH floral bath products which pack more of a punch! Check out the Rose Jam Bubbleroon, Sex Bomb, or Sakura Bath BombThere are plenty of other great LUSH bath bombs to try out!

Tisty Tosty retails for $6.45 CAD. 

Have you tried LUSH bath bombs before? What are your favourite LUSH products?



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5 Beautiful Lipsticks for Valentine's Day ft. Charlotte Tilbury, Urban Decay, and more!

I don't think I've ever been so excited for Valentine's Day! I finally have someone to leave kiss marks on this year (heh heh heh). A lipstick post is in order, of course, to show off some of my current favourite lip products.

I have seen countless Valentine's day makeup tutorials and blog posts featuring a bright red or pink lip. I've never been a fan - I feel like bright, bold colours emphasize my small, round lips. This doesn't mean that I dislike my lip shape, but I would rather focus the attention on my eyes.

Here are five shades that I've been loving at the moment! I've been swapping these in and out for the past little while and I can't get enough.

From left to right:
Covergirl lipstick in 295 Succulent Cherry
Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Lovecraft
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Amazing Grace
Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Rusk
Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain in Strawberry Tint

Covergirl Succulent Cherry / Charlotte Tilbury Amazing Grace/ Kat Von D Lovecraft / Urban Decay Rusk


One of my first lip loves during my journey into makeup obsession was Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain. Despite the mediocre reviews on the Sephora website, it remains one of my favourite lip products! It's an inky lip stain in the shade Strawberry Tint - a muted berry red. The formula applies and dries smoothly, leaving a pretty stain that feels almost invisible on the lips.

On the odd day that I do decide to wear a red lip, I reach for my Covergirl Colorlicious lipstick in 295 Succulent Cherry. It's a warm tomato, brick red. It applies with a sheer to medium coverage with a glossy finish. The formula is like a mid point between a balm and a lipstick. Most of the time I use it as a stain. A great colour for girls with neutral and warm skin tones!

Sephora / Covergirl / Charlotte Tilbury / Kat Von D / Urban Decay

In previous posts, I mentioned that I had spent weeks tracking down the Kat Von D Studded Lipstick in Lovecraft... such is the struggle when you fall in love with a cult beauty fave! It's a cool toned mauve in a comfortable matte finish, which was surprising because prior to discovering this beauty, I didn't think I liked matte or cool toned lipsticks. Lasts for ages on the lips, and doesn't feel super drying as some mattes do. Also kiss proof!

I blame the British beauty vloggers for this one - Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Amazing Grace. I originally walked in the store for the shade Sexy Sienna, but decided that I owned too many orange shades and needed a berry hue in my life. This CT lipstick has the loveliest and softest matte finish on the lips - it doesn't feel as dry as the Kat Von D studded lipsticks, but has incredible staying power. A beautiful berry shade that leaves behind a lovely stain.

And finally, my current lipstick love... the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Rusk. I've been searching for the perfect everyday browny pink shade. The formula is creamy and long lasting, and feels oh so lovely on the lips. Plus, the packaging! The metal case feels weighty and luxurious, and the cap actually stays on. (I'm looking at you, KVD!)

I'm pretty sure I'll be kissing in Rusk this Valentine's Day, but that's still yet to be decided! ;)

What are some of your favourite lipstick shades? Have you tried any of the ones above?



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Review: Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask

Hello lovelies! I would love to share another one of my favourite products from Laneige. This korean brand has definitely swooped in over these past few weeks and completely taken over my current skincare regime!

Laneige Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask

This is such a wonderful mask. Laneige has such lovely packaging! I love the shape and colour, and the bottle itself is durable. It comes with a small spatula which is quite thoughtful, although I just use my fingers.

The Multiberry Yogurt Repair Pack is an ultra-nourishing treatment that soothes and supports firmness in skin. It claims to be made with antioxidants and nutrition from yogurt and various berry extracts. It aims to nourish and hydrate skin, as well as producing and supporting natural collagen production.

Texture: The texture feels like a thick moisturizer. When I first tried it, I thought it was a lotion rather than a mask. It almost looks a bit like yogurt! It applies with a thinner consistency than the usual thicker masks I'm used to. It glides smoothly onto the skin and doesn't feel thick or sticky.  
Scent: It smells like Strawberry Pocky! It took me a while to pinpoint the scent but it's absolutely delicious... 
Application: This mask is fabulous for dehydrated or dry skin. I definitely saw an improvement after using the mask a few times - it plumps up the skin. I used a chemical exfoliator (The Face Shop mango seed exfoliator) before applying the mask, and I didn't feel any burning or stinging as I sometimes do when I apply moisturizers or masks afterwards.  It does a great job and hydrating and moisturizing my dry/combination skin. When it rinses off, it doesn't wash off super squeaky clean - it leaves a film behind, much like a conditioner. It doesn't feel oily or greasy, so it's all good.
I really really like this mask. I'm a big fan of masks and creams that are fast drying and non greasy, while achieving immediate effects! My skin feels immediately plumped and hydrated. Plus the scent is to dieeee for! I mean, strawberry pocky yogurt FOR THE FACE!

The mask comes in a deluxe trial size, along with the Water Sleeping Mask. You can read my review on the sleeping mask (as well as other products in their Advance Hydration Trial kit) here!

The full size mask is listed on Sephora for $33CAD.

The good night kit is listed for just $8 CAD! I would highly recommend buying  the trial version before committing to the larger size - the little pot has about 10+ uses! Definitely enough time to check it out and see if you like it. Also great for travelling! You also get a Water Sleeping Mask sample, which is another fabulous Laneige product.

Check out my review of the Laneige Advance Hydration Trial kit!

Have you tried this mask? What are some of your favourite Laneige products?



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New Skincare Loves - Laneige Advanced Hydration Kit & Review!

Korean cosmetics. Korean skincare. Gimme gimme gimme!

I've been using Korean skincare products for years now. I used Skin79's BB creams religiously during my early days of makeup discovery. I later discovered brands such as Lioele, Etude House, and Missha, and subsequently fell in love with the world of Korean cosmetics.  I hardly ventured into Korean skincare products as I had already found a few holy grail products and hesitated at switching up my skincare regime. I had a brief fling with Luview cleansers, and some nice samples from the Missha Super Aqua line.

That all changed after Sephora introduced Laneige into their collection of brands! I first noticed Laneige whilst browsing Korean cosmetic websites, but the price point was much higher than what I would typically spend. It wasn't until I received a sample of the Laneige Sleeping Pact in a Sephora order that I decided to test out some of the products. My skin had gotten horribly dry and flaky and I was desperately searching for a solution.

Today, I'll be reviewing the trial hydration kit and the good night kit from Laneige that are currently offered at Sephora. (Spoiler: I loved everything)

Sephora has a fabulous deal at the moment - $15 for four trial size products! A mini cleanser, water sleeping mask, water bank moisture cream, and water bank serum. You can find the advanced hydration trial kit here! There is also the good night kit for $8, for a trial sleeping mask and multiberry yogurt repairing mask.

Laneige Water Sleeping Pack

This is the product that first drew me to the brand, yet I haven't purchased the full size yet! I'm getting around to it, I swear (hehe) I'm trying to use up my current moisturizer before moving on to a new one. 

The Water Sleeping Pack is the spotlight product on Laneige's brand page. Its a highly concentrated overnight, revitalizing gel mask that absorbs instantly and works while you sleep to deeply hydrate skin. It claims to deliver intense doses of moisture to stressed, parched skin. 

Texture: Thick and gel like. I absolutely love gel moisturizers, so this is a win in my books. It isn't sticky at all, which is very nice for an overnight mask. It takes a few seconds for the gel to set before sinking into the skin. 
Scent: The mask features an aromatic scent with notes of orange flower, rose, and sandalwood that relaxes and helps sleep. It's an incredibly relaxing smell, and definitely helps me calm down before bed. I like smelling it straight from the tub! 
Application: This is such a lovely mask, and I think I might like it more than my holy grail Korres Wild Rose Advanced Sleeping Facial! Although rose is my favourite scent, there's something about the texture and relaxing fragrance of the Laneige mask that just ties it together for me! It does a fabulous job of giving an instant boost of hydration. Upon waking up, my skin feels more hydrated and awake! After using the mini for about two weeks, the dry patches on my face have cleared up.

Laneige Multi Cleanser

I love love love a good cleanser! The trial size of Laneige's Multi Cleanser in the advanced hydration kit is actually decently sized - there's a lot of product! I'd say about a months worth with consistent use. (I've been using it for two weeks and I'm not even half way through, despite daily use!) It leaves my face feeling thoroughly cleaned and soothed. It claims to exfoliate while removing makeup, sunscreen, and impurities.

Texture: Thick and creamy. It reminds me a lot of The Face Shop's rice bright foaming cleanser. This cleanser does a great job of cleaning the skin, as well as removing makeup. 
Scent: Not sure how to explain it, but it's quite close to the scent of the Water Sleeping Pack. Light and unobtrusive, does not linger on the skin afterwards. 
Application: A little goes a long way! The cream lathers up into a thick foam on the skin, and feels quite luxurious. I'll admit it does make my skin very cleansed and squeaky clean, so I would highly recommend following up with a moisturizer or toner or your skin might feel a little dry.

Laneige Water Bank Serum & Moisture Cream

The trial size advance hydration kit includes samples of the serum and moisturizer. Compared to the other items in the kit, these tubes contain significantly less product. Here are my initial thoughts:

The serum is like a light oil-free gel, a bit thinner consistency than the sleeping mask, but has the same soft and comforting fragrance. Not as noticeably hydrating as the mask but works very well when applied before the cream. 
The moisture cream is a light oil-free moisturizer, more of a cream consistency. Applies smoothly and absorbs very quickly into the skin. Has a similar scent to the serum and sleeping mask, and skin looks visibly more hydrated after! 

You can find the Advance Hydration Kit on Sephora for $15 CAD! What a steal! I love how Laneige offers trial kits, it's a great way to test the brand before committing to a full size. I wish more brands offered this!

Stay tuned for my review of Laneige's Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask, later this week!

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