Bunny Piggy Bank - Daiso - $1.50
So cute! It's like a marshmallow bunny. I love piggy banks so much.
Lucky Cat - Daiso - $3
Something I bought for my grandma. If placed right it's suppose to bring good luck and wealth. Not sure if it works though but I do think it made a cute gift.
Twinsider Mascara -Daiso - $1.50
Love this mascara. It's not clumpy and it goes on smoothly. It does add a little length or at least a lengthy look.
Foot Mask - Daiso - $1.50
It's a pack of 2. It's very similar in feel and effect wise to face masks, at least the other face masks I've bought from Daiso.
BB Face Mask - Daiso - $1.50
I always pick this up whenever I go to Daiso. It comes in a pack of two. It always makes my face feel smoother and softer after using it.
Macaroon Squishy - Ichiban - $1.88
I love these things so much. They had some bread bun ones at Daiso but these just drew my attention so much more. It may be because I love cutesy and pink and am obsessed with macaroons, though. It's also well made and I've had no problems with it so far.
Hello Kitty Waffle Squishy - Ichiban - $1.48
I'm a little more careful with these next two squishies because some of the sprinkles can flake off. It is overall well made though. It's super cute as well. I love cute foods! Plus it's Hello Kitty!
Hello Kitty Donut Squishy - Ichiban - $1.48
Another super cute "Hello Kitty meets cute foods" squishy! Once again the sprinkles are able to be flaked off if picked at or too rough. Over all it is well made though.
All the squishies, I feel, we're a great price for the size and details!
Donut Headphone Holder - Daiso - $1.50
They can be a little tricky to learn how to use, especially since it has no instructions or explanations. These are super cute though! And as always I love cute things like this.
Makeup Wipes - Daiso - $1.50
There are 35 wipes in this pack. Apparently they have collagen and olive oil, both are good for your skin. They also work well and one cloth can remove all every day makeup. But I will always recommend using eye makeup remover for your eye makeup (less scrubbing).
Rice Seasoning - Ichiban - $2.29
My favorite rice seasoning. I believe it's seaweed and egg. I always pick this up whenever I go to Japan Town.
Scrunchy - Daiso - $1.50
I haven't worn a scrunchy since I was young but I've been wanting to accessorize more so I figured this will go great with some pastel outfits I wear.
Scrunchy - Daiso - $1.50
I picked up this scrunchy to go with quite a few outfits I've been wearing lately. A lot of them have either been slightly edgy or just black and gold themed.
Pore Care Pack - Daiso - $1.50
It's a stiff sheet and I do have to trim the edges because it's too large for my nose and hits under my eyes, irritating it. I also don't care for the smell at all (I breath out of my mouth). But it does work! It takes out any blackheads (not sure if ALL of them but some--I didn't have many to start). It also leaves your skin feeling softer. Comes in a pack of 4 sheets.
Eyelashes - Daiso - $1.50
Love these eyelashes. The style is just so pretty and glam feeling. The packaging is also really pretty and what drew my eye in the first place.
Eyelashes - Daiso - $1.50
I always pick up these lashes whenever I go to Daiso. I love half lashes. They're super long looking but can look at least semi-natural at the same time. They're also more comfortable, for me personally, than full lashes (although, I've started trimming down my full lashes more).
Top Coat Nail Polish - Daiso - $1.50
It's quick drying. It's also a decent sized polish bottle. It's just a normal top coat other than that. I like it though.
Strawberry Cellphone Decor - Daiso - $1.50
Love this! I saw it and knew it was a must have. It's super cheap and sooo cute to have hanging from your phone. I love that it has the option to remove the cellphone strap and just be able to use the headphone jack attachment.
Eyebrow Pencil - Daiso - $1.50
I love this. The color is perfect. The pencil itself is really thin or flat (so it's long one way but thin the other --making it easier, for me at least, to fill in my brows). It also goes on smoothly.
Phone Stylus - Daiso - $1.50
I picked this up to make photo editing and game apps easier to use. It really does help with that too! Works just fine with my iPhone 4. I also really like how it was designed. It's not super cutesy but it is really pretty and semi-glam.
Kleancolor Neutral Zone Palette - Daiso - $1.50
I love all the colors in this palette. Perfect for smokey eyes. They're all super pigmented and really shiny/glittery. Unlike some eyeshadows it's glitter isn't just on the top layer, it's throughout the whole eyeshadow. It also comes off just as shimmer on your skin.
Panda Mug - Ichiban - $4
Bought this as a gift for my grandma and she loved it. It has a super cute print around the whole mug. The top of the mug is just as cute. The mug is glass though so it may not be the best idea to take it to go, especially if you're a bit clumsy.
Scented Nail Polish by Kleancolor - Daiso - $1.50 each
Always been in love with these. Note: these do not smell in the bottle themselves. If you open the bottle and smell it, it'll smell like any other nail polish. In order to smell the scents you have to apply it and let it dry. In other words, it only gains it's claimed scent when it's dry. When wet it smells like normal nail polish (not so good). It's insane how it really does smell like what it claims to (I bough vanilla and pudding scented polishes).
Pig Rice Bowl - Daiso - $1.50
Just had to pick up this cute little rice bowl. I love pigs after all and rice so this was just perfect. Good quality too.
1. YouTube Schedule
I have this schedule in my mind that I'd love to be able to stick to. The biggest thing stopping me at the moment is editing software. As most anyone who's worked with Windows Movie Maker knows, it sucks. It crashes constantly. For me it'll crash after splitting clips or scanning through them, after it's been used to much it'll crash my entire sound system when I click to play a clip, it'll delete all clips behind where I split a clip (meaning I have to restart the whole edit), and video files will randomly go corrupt. I'm constantly saving after every little change because I never know when these problems will start, I just know that when they do they won't disappear unless I just don't use it for a week (I usually make it through a video or a video and a half before it starts having issues). So I'm working to get new editing software (all the free ones never work for me ;n; ).
Anyways the schedule that I eventually want to create will look a little like this:
Makeup Mondays: I'll upload a makeup tutorial or makeup related videos every Monday! Maybe not every Monday but most Mondays--you have to give me time so I don't run out of ideas!
Whatever Wednesdays: This'll be the days that I upload random videos. This can be anything from tag videos, Q&As, to cosplay related topics or even skit videos. Anything that wouldn't fall into any of the other days' categories.
Fashion Friday: I'll upload outfit of the week videos, closet tags or other fashion tags and anything else related to fashion and clothing.
Vlog Sunday: That won't be the title. I'll just call it a weekly vlog. This will be one long vlog (shortened down as best as possible) from the entire week. So it'll be a compilation of any and all vlogging I did throughout the whole week in one video. It'll be posted on Sunday and the vlogs will, obviously, be from that prior week. I only plan to do this if I ever get a more exciting life --something other than just at the computer and running errands all day.
Monthly Haul: Of course there'll be a monthly haul every month like usual. I'll probably post these on a Monday in place of a makeup tutorial (this gives me a break from trying to come up with ideas constantly and running out).
I hope I can get around to sticking to this schedule. I think I'll start prepping now and start in the new year --let's see how well this goes.
2. Exercise Schedule
I keep meaning to do this. I just want to try and stick to some sort of routine instead of randomly exercising a different times of the day and different days and just falling behind and not exercising for weeks at a time! Wish me luck, it always feels like such a chore until I actually start exercising.
3. Cosplay Goals
I just want to get all my main goals done and completely! I have a bad habit with procrastination so I hope to finish most of my cosplay a month or two before the con I want to wear it too.
4. Licenses & School & Work
I want to finally get around to taking that test and get my license for cosmetology. I also want to figure out my transportation and attend this nearby school for fashion design. With my license I plan to look for free lance work all over California. I'd love to get a chance to work with amazing photographers and models and theaters and get to do some cool projects ~I want to learn and practice more on my theatrical makeup first. I'd also like to get a chance to work with and model for some of the photographers that contacted me. All in all, this means I have to work on socializing, getting out of my comfort zone and deal with my anxiety.
5. Healthier Eating
I'd love to start eating healthier. I want to try and cook more meals from scratch and from fresh food instead of T.V. dinners and junk food. So that means less sweets and I need to stop over salting everything I eat. I'd like to learn and try a lot more recipes and healthy ones!
EcoTools Hair Brush: $10.99
Adds volume to hair especially when blow drying. Round brushes are perfect for blow-dry styles. I tried it out when drying my hair a few times now and it definitely made my hair bigger (not a bad thing!). Plus this brand is eco-friendly. The packaging was also nice.
Celestial Seasoning Tea
The specific type is Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea. I'm not much of a tea person but I do like the holiday and peppermint seasonings. I haven't given it a try just yet but green tea is good for you so I plan to drink it either way xD.
Fruit Vines Bites: $1.28-1.79
They taste so good! They're a cute little snacks. There's not too much I have to say about this. They are low fat though!
Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover: $7.49
Love this. The bottle's huge and it takes very little product to remove all my eye makeup. This is so much better than just washing your face normally or using makeup whips. It doesn't take much effort to scrubbing--like it says, it's gentle eye makeup remove, so you're able to remove makeup gently.
McCormick Thyme: $4.79
I haven't cooked with it yet but some of the recipes look really good, so I'm excited to try it out. Apparently it adds a warm and light minty flavor.
NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum: $1.99
The colors super pretty! And it does last a fairly long time. It's a nice neutral color. Something subtle but nice.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner: $4.49
It goes on smoothly and doesn't scratch your eyelids. Once it's set/dry it is waterproof and has little to no smudge or smearing when rubbed. It is a bit difficult to sharpen and get to have a thin point, but that may be because I'm not using an eyeliner sharpener --just a normal pencil sharpener.
No6 Protect & Perfect Advanced Sachet: Full Size is $22.99
This is suppose to help with fine lines, wrinkles and aging. I really don't have any problems with these, at least not at the moment, but it's never a bad idea to take extra good care of your skin.
I thought this would be something fun and random to post. I believe these tests are irreverent and unused now a days, but it's still just fun to see all the different perceptions people have.
These are from the Rorschach Ink Blotch test (I believe).
Number Order: #1 top left, #2 top right, #3 second on left, #4 second on right and so on.
1. Moth/winged demon.
2. Two baby elephants playing.
4. I saw two things: a man with a long cloak thing wearing a skull (like a steer/bull--something with a long snout) on his head, or a pig/bat thing.
6. I don't really see anything--maybe a stingray mixed with some sort of fairy or butterfly, like a whimsical stingray.
7. Two old ladies sitting facing one another -also giving someone who's about to walk by a fist bump.
8. Two mole rats climbing/tunneling.
9. Two things seen: cow, or some sore of dog thing (like Jake the dog or courage the cowardly dog).
10. Aquatic life/ocean reef.
I see some pretty strange and normal things. What do you see? :D
~Positive outcomes only! :)
So there's been many articles and statements come out from and about Comic book authors/creators and their dislike of cosplayers.
One of the biggest thing that bugs me about some of the things were said is blaming cosplayers for profit loss and the comic book creators not getting recognized.
If your products aren't selling, that's your fault. You're obviously not marketing your products well enough, even if it feels like you are. Media is so huge, so many things are popular, so it's going to be a lot harder to bring attention to these things that used to be incredibly popular but have since died out a little (or have never been/are new). Revamp it, jump on different marketing strategy band wagons, make yourself relevant and important to mainstream media.
As for the recognition part. Really, you just need to sell yourself better. I am going to hate myself for this example, but look at Kim Kardashian. Whether you love her or hate her she keeps herself in the spotlight, maybe not always in the best light, but still in the spotlight. She keeps her self relevant and knows how to draw attention, making her a household name. If you're really that desperate for recognition learn how to sell yourself, use the media and social sites.
To be honest though, there are plenty of readers and fans who don't really care to learn much about or even who the author/creator is. There's a good portion who just read and enjoy the story and don't bother with all the "little" details. Example; there's a lot of people who are fans of the Marvel movies, but that's about it. They like the movies, the superheros but don't bother with the comics or the writers because they just want enjoy the "entertainment part".
I understand, you have to share the spotlight now with people who were once just fans. Yeah it's difficult to adapt to. But things change and either you learn to stay relevant, open-minded and change with it or you simply get left behind --life isn't meant to be fair or stagnant.
Another honesty thing here: there is a lot of people (both non-cosplayers and cosplayers) who just don't care to meet anyone at conventions. Guilty! Yes I don't really bother with meeting any of these guests at cons and if that was all cons were, I probably wouldn't care to go. But they're not, cons are so much more than they used to be and it's a good thing. It brings in a bigger crowd and allows for this community that was once shunned and frowned upon to grow and let people become more open-minded to it. Cosplay gives fans a chance to be apart of the action and enjoy the con (and character/comic) in a different way, instead of just being another guest (which some people are happy with that, and that's okay). Cosplay is an art form though, and it allows so many people to mix two things they're passionate about (a fandom and art form) into one.
Side note: Why do I (and possibly others) not care to meet guests? Because waiting in those lines just isn't as fun and would be much less fun, for me personally, in everyday clothes. Now, I will try to meet people who are my favorite voice actor, illustrator, animator, etc etc... But I don't try to meet everyone from anything and everything I'm a fan of. I'd rather meet other fans, look around the dealer room, interact with other cosplayers and go to different panels. Like, I really don't want to pay the couple hundred (ticket + hotel room prices) it takes to be there to just stand in a line for the whole weekend to get a picture and autograph with and meet a guest for about 30 seconds.
Here's a good tip for you (the authors); instead of fighting against cosplayers, how about working with them. Think of how YouTubers do collaboration videos to boost up their own fanbase/views. Work with cosplayers. Example: companies in the past have hired cosplayers for promotional gigs. Try befriending some and interacting more with the ones who cosplay characters from your comics. They're obviously a big fan.
And if they're not, well this is my next topic:
One said something about getting angry after a cosplayer mentioned that they wanted to cosplay a character they didn't know much about because they enjoyed the design and it was relevant.
First lets note: cosplayers cosplay certain characters for a lot of different reasons and it's not always because they're a fan. Sometimes they just love the outfit, sometimes it was something easy and affordable, other times it's something someone else suggest or requested and so many more. That's okay. Yes I said it, it is okay to cosplay a character for a reason other than you're a fan. Gasp, I know.
Alright, so what the author/artist decided to do after being told that by the cosplay was throw him out of his booth/panel.
That is the worst decision you could have made. You had the chance to educate him on the characters/comic, and gain a new fan and consumer but instead you risked turning him off to this entire community and made yourself look like an ass. Congratulations.
Now here's a better option you could have went with, especially since you're so worried about profit margins: Told him more about the character. Offered him merchandise, comics, draw him in and try to sell him products. Even if he didn't buy it right there and then you could have told him where your products could be found elsewhere --like online. How hard would that have been, you would've had a new fan/consumer and the guy would've probably became an even bigger/loyal fan with how much effort he felt you put into the conversation--even if it's a short one.
And this brings us to our next topic: Cosplayers don't buy anything. Or at least someone stated at their booths cosplayers are usually the ones to just look but never buy.
I'm going to let you in on a little secret: they buy things later, when not in cosplay. GASP! Yes, they actually dress like normal people at some point during the convention, shocking! Don't believe me? I'll explain why and how this works as simply as possible:
Cosplays are heavy. There's usually not a lot of room to put something as small as a cellphone and wallet, let alone figurines, books or swords. Why not carry a bag? Because unless you've customize it--and sometimes even then--it can take away from the cosplay, and you don't always (or even anytime) put down your bag in a crowded hall every time someone wants a picture --which can happen a lot, like every other second, or you're standing there for a few minutes at a time. People work hard on their cosplays, like it to be as accurate as possible, look good and don't want to lug around extra baggage. Also, some cosplayers have giant props taking up both hands, making the cosplay really heavy --they don't need the extra weight.
So here's what they do instead. They wear their cosplay happily around all day or a few days and either for a part of everyday or one or two days out of the convention they don't wear it. They put on their everyday clothes and those things they were looking at earlier when you got mad because "cosplayers don't buy anything", they go and buy them.
Alright, so what if they don't buy them. They spent all their money making the cosplays. Yeah, okay, that happens. But they also spent all their money in order to go to the convention --they aren't cheap, and only getting more expensive. It doesn't mean they won't buy any of your products ever. In fact, a lot of people (both cosplayers and non-cosplayers) don't buy anything at cons. They'll look around, find what they like and later look it up online. Why? Because some booths like to bump up their prices at conventions, it's much easier to find it at stores back home or online for a better price. Don't over price items just because you're at a convention (like those nearby food places, darn them) and try giving out business cards to those who are just looking so they know where to find you if they can't afford to buy anything right then.
At the end of this all, cosplayers aren't what is bringing down your business. It's your inability to adapt and bluntly put, asshole-like attitude that is. Things are changing. Things are always going to change, in every aspect of life, and there's nothing you or anyone can do to stop it. It's just how life works. So adapt to it and learn to use it as an advantage instead of letting it be your downfall. If you didn't look at it all in such a negative and bitter way, placing all the blame on everyone but yourself, maybe you wouldn't have this problem. So try and learn some better marketing skills (and communication skills), work with your fans instead of attacking them, and keep yourself ever-adapting and relevant, and maybe you'll end up doing just fine... And you'll have to hope that what's a big part of the community, can forgive your ever-so-salty comments.
~Positive outcomes only :)
Danbo - eBay - $3.59
It feels fairly fragile so I recommend handle it with care. It is super cute though and the packaging is just perfect. Everything came in one piece and fully functioning. When buying off eBay I recommend search around for listings since I've seen some price this particular Danbo size at $20+, pay attention to the seller's ratings as well.
Solar Powered Bobble Items - Dollar Store - $1
These make for cute little decorations and nic-nacs to have around the house or your room. So far so good, pretty sturdy. If you have noticed the flower ones can be found in those arcade games where you grab/win prizes.
Jordana Lipstick: Orange & Blackberry - Savemart - $1.59
Love these lipsticks. Super cheap, available is so many colors and very pigmented. The blackberry color is a color I've been dying to have and is perfect for autumn and winter.
Asian Doll Things - Grandma - Free
Not sure what these are. My grandma brought them home for me and they make for some cute decorations. They're wooden, by the way.
Fox Salt & Pepper Shaker & Plate - Walmart - $3-5 each
These fox dinner sets are so cute. I haven't used them yet because I feel they're just to pretty to use. They are made of porcelain or something similar so be careful not to drop them.
Fake Leaves - Dollar Store - $1
Something I picked up for some DIY autumn headbands. Not too much to say about these. They're like any other fake plant.
Patterns - Joann's Fabric - $1-2
Joann's been having so many sales. I suggest getting McCall patterns whenever they're on sale since a lot of them run around $20 -like the Elsa/Anna one. Simplicity is usually fairly cheap and has sales often.
Summoners Con Badge - Summoners Con - $90 for 2 tickets
Summoner's con was amazing. I've already written a blog post on my time there. Well worth the money and time.
Summoners Con Mouse Pad -Summoners Con - Free
Pretty nice mouse pad. It is a bit more smooth than some of my other mouse pads but hey, it was free -it's replacing my Hello Kitty one while I clean it (since it's had soda and such spill near/on it before).
Bracelets - Summoners Con - Free
Like any other similar bracelets. Good quality and I represent my fandoms...(fandoms work right?).
Corset - eBay - $12.59
Love this corset. It's supposedly steel-boned and from what I can tell it is or is very similar. Either way it's been doing the job -now if only I can stick to a schedule. The fabric is very thick, stiff and sturdy.
Wicked Fun Tee - Summoners Con - Free
Love the design on the tee, don't know too much about Wicked Fun but will look more into it. Tee is comfortable as well.
Poro Plush - etsy (Summoners Con) - $45
This poro plushie is just perfect. It's so well made and sewn together. It's super soft and is just too cute. A must have for anyone who's poro-obsessed like me.
Light Brown Wig - eBay - $13.99
It was a bit darker than the picture online but it is warned that colors may vary due to lighting and monitor settings. It still worked well enough for my Taiga cosplay. The quality of the wig is great though. It's fairly thick and doesn't tangle much, it's also really soft. It does have a shine to it that may want to be taken out to look more natural, though.
This will mostly serve as a mental note for me but I'm going to be working on adding new products to my Storenvy. At the moment, I only have prints, polymer clay charms, and one plushie.
Long ago I had opened a store for just plushies. I only sold cute pastel/kawaii food items --such as; poptarts, cookies, donuts-- with cute little faces on them (mostly just blushies and black highlighted eyes). They ranged in various sizes from key-chain sizes to small pillow sizes.
I love making plushies so that's the main focus of the products I'll be adding! So here's some ideas.
I'll be making poros! Of course I'll have the original poro and others featured in the LoL game itself, but I'll also be adding my own take on some --such as character-themed poros or skin-themed poros.
I also want to make them come in at least 3 sizes, a pretty normal/large size I see lots of poros made in, a palm-ish sized one, and a key chain.
League of Legends characters! I want to try to offer a variety of skins in different sizes. So for some I'll be able to do key chains and pillows that'll feature just the head of the champions. For most I could offer a full-sized plushies. I want to focus though on ones not already official offered because those are pretty darn perfect.
Now LoL champs won't be the only characters I make plushies. I'll venture out into other games, cartoons or something, maybe even custom characters for people? I'll also be making plushies of some items/weapons.
Coin purses! Mine will be zippered coin purse and be shaped like various characters. The ones I'll be staring off with will focus around Pokemon and LoL champs with trade-marked head pieces/faces. I'll eventually branch out to a variety of other things, once again with the possibility of custom characters.
Pillows! As I mentioned up there, I'll have some LoL champs as pillows, as well as other LoL items and characters (such as a kawaii Baron). I think I'll do Pokemon ones as well and other items or character faces from various animations, games, etc...
Blankets. So there are some items from League of Legends that'll work perfectly to make into a blanket. Won't say what just yet, but I'm hoping to make my first one very soon and share it with you all!
Ponchos. I know there's another name I've heard people call this article of clothing --or a few-- but I can't remember. There are some Ideas I have that would make for a cute poncho design --yes, some are LoL related.
Kigurumi! Most of my ideas are Pokemon focused but I'll eventually branch out to other things. I want to make a Gnar and Teemo one.
These won't be added till much later, since it's a much larger project.
I also mentioned this earlier, but I will be making plushie key chains and cell phone charms. Right now it's LoL focused but will eventually branch out like most things.
Hats. This includes different character/cosplay hats and character-themed fleece hats. Right now it's LoL and Pokemon focused but I have ideas for other characters from various things.
My ultimate goal is clothing. If you've followed me for a while you may have seen some sketches I've drawn up --some of those being casual LoL champ-themed outfits. I eventually want to be able to bring to life and sell original designs. I'd also like to eventually offer cosplay commissions for fabric, armor and prop pieces.
None of this will happen for a long time, though. I still have a lot to learn and new materials to gain experience with and the funds for.
And one of the last ideas --I think-- are replicas/objects/cosplay pieces. Small and simple ones though! Things that are easy to make and ship. Like accessories, simple clothing articles and/or small props. Maybe even some normal household items re-designed to be character-themed.
At the moment a lot of my products are LoL focused because let's face it ~I have a slight addiction (xD).
But if you are interested in any of these products and would like to help me get started/be the first to receive one, message me on my Storenvy, Facebook or in a comment here and I'll hopefully be able to get a custom and early order out to you. Otherwise you can just wait till I have the listings go up and made the example products --it'll be a while.
Most products will be made from fleece, felt or other various plushie materials.
I also plan and have been working on more clay charms. :)
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