I received this light from Spriak (on Amazon) in exchange for an unbiased review. The short video (where this screenshot is taken from) is on my Instagram. On to the review!
This light actually surprised me. I wasn't expecting different settings and for it to be as bright/strong as it was. To be honest, I was expecting it to be like one of those cheap lights you'd get from a school fundraiser or something. I was wrong! The lights are actually very bright and strong in color--it shows up super well even in bright, daylight.
The light also comes with different motor functions/speeds and different color patterns (you can have it rotating through a mix of all colors, just one or different combinations of two). It also has a flashing option which makes it work more like a strobe light or the lights you see at raves. There's a way to either play music through it or have a music source hooked up to it and it'll pulse along with the music (I have yet to try this function though--this is just according to the instructions). There's also a way to pause the motor so the lights stay put.
I'm excited to try this out for different and fun Cosplay Showcase videos and see if there's a way to work with it for lighting effects when shooting cosplay photos.
Thanks again Spriak!
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First off, I received this dress from Farktop on Amazon in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Now onto the review! I'm really happy with this dress. The fit is true to size (they have a sizing chart for reference, as well). It stretches quite a bit, so there's some room for anyone in between sizes. The material is comfortable, flowy and thick but not too thick. It's light weight but the material isn't so thin that it's see-through. It's a nice medium.
I'm so happy with the cut as well. I love that it's longer in the back and shorter in the front and that it's off the shoulders with short sleeves. It's such a nice feminine silhouette. It's the perfect dress for a date or a casual wedding or anything where you need to be dressed up but not like "ball gown" dressed up.
Thanks again Farktop!
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The video pretty much says it all but I'll do a quick recap anyways. All these shoes are from ZooShoo and I received them at a discounted price or for free in exchange for an unbiased review.
These were some pretty basic heels. I decided to get these because I felt they would make a good, go-to professional looking shoe.
I feel like these would be great for an interview outfit or something you can wear to the office. The heel is wide and isn't too tall, making them really easy and comfortable to walk it,
The shoe is made from nice quality materials and true to size! They have slight padding at the soles, but not too much (so if you're someone who needs heavily cushion-y shoes, you'll need to buy some inserts for these), The velcro strap gives some room to fit around different ankle sizes.
These have become one of my favorite shoes. They have this slight edgy look and an interesting design to them. I found them to be fitting for a couple cosplays I have planned as well. They also come in a lot of great colors (such as a nice olive green and burgundy-red).
These shoes are well made (like usual) and fit true to size. the wide heel makes them easy and comfortable to walk in--I've worn them walking around SF for an entire day on multiple occasions. The sole is the same as the last pair (has padding/cushion but not too much).
These shoes are super cute! And that's the sole reason I got these. They have this great Oxford or vintage style to them but with a twist! They're pink and have a slight heel! The shoe does come in the classic black and white, as well.
I'm really happy with these. These will go so great with pastel outfit or anything sweet lolita inspired.
The shoes are well made, as well, and are true to size! The padding in the sole is the same as the last two.
Thanks again to ZooShoo for the shoes!
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*I recieved this 3D printing pen from Morph Pen in exchange for a review.*
I was so excited about this offer. I've been wanting a 3D printing pen since they were first "announced" and finally got to try one out! For me, it lived up to it's hype. I plan to try to find ways to incorperate this into my cosplays but I definitely feel this is more for fun arts and craft projects, rather than just super serious builds. That doesn't take away any of the fun though!
The pen is very straight forward and easy to use. I do believe it can be kid friendly--parental guidance may be needed since there are hot and electrical components. The instruction manual explains everything clearly and after looking over that, I found it very easy to pick up and any questions I had answered.
Once you begin using it's basically like drawing normally. There may be a bit of trial and error when it comes to figuring out how to build certain things--but the template book it comes with offers an easy way to create a variety of things. For my first go with this, I decided to create a fantasy tree jewelry-hanger, sort-of-thing and pick-up how to use the pen within seconds--that's how user friendly it is (because, trust me, I'm really bad with most technology).
So overall, I'm really happy with the Morph Pen and definitely recommend it for anyone wanting to explore new arts and craft activites.
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I received these boots at a discount price in exchange for an honest review, so lets begin. These are platform boots that can be found here, on ZooShoo's amazon store. I only had one probably when ordering them and it wasn't that huge of a deal. I had originally ordered that pair in white and black but received it in all black. I originally was going to get it fixed and they were very willing to correct the mistake, but due to all the bad luck with shipping companies I had been having recently, I decided not to and just kept them as is.
These shoes are made from faux leather and are really sturdy and well made. They are extremely tall so they may not be good for someone who doesn't typically wear, nor enjoy wearing, heels or platforms. Although, because of the wide heel, they are easier to walk in than some others may be, so if you're wanting to wear platform heels more then this may be a good pair to start with.
The shoes are lace up but you'll probably never have to bother with the laces again after the first time because the zipper along the side makes it easy to take them on and off.
I will note some possible negatives. The shoes are extremely thin, so if you have wide feet, even if you sized up, they probably won't fit or feel comfortable. I have fairly small and narrow feet so this wasn't a problem for me. The other possible negative is that they do make your feet look a lot smaller than normal--this is probably due to how narrow they are. If you're someone who wants smaller feet then this may be a plus for you, but it was more on the negative side for me as I already have very small feet. As I mentioned in my video review, it reminded me of how some custom content heels work in the Sims 4.
Overall I'm really happy with the shoes. At first I was disappointed with receiving the wrong color as they looked too similar to a different pair of shoe I had but after some time I decided that these gave a much more "casual" vibe than my other pair and were more daily-wear friendly. I had a chance to wear them around quite a bit and found them to be fairly comfortable to wear for a few hours. So other than receiving the wrong color (which is an easy fix) I have had no bad experience with these shoes nor the seller.
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Received these sunglasses from Suasi on Amazon and I absolutely love them.
Right off I can say they're well made, fairly sturdy (as sturdy as glasses can get that is), and came packaged securely. It has a soft plastic wrapped around the lens so they don't risk getting scratched in shipment. The listing also includes a bag/case for them and a cloth for cleaning.
They're true to color! That's actually my favorite part. I love the style and I love the pink and gold color. It'll even appear a baby blue from certain angles (but is pink most of the time). The lens are mirrored as well! Which is another favorite aspect.
I'm usually not a sunglasses person, but I saw these and instantly fell in love. I've never wanted to own a pair so badly. I can't wait for sunny weather so I can wear these all the time!
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Received these shoes from ZooShoo off amazon for a discounted price, so here's my review on those!
I absolutely am in love with these shoes! They are my new everyday shoes.They're super cute and work for all season. The sandal-style these have to them make them great for spring and summer, but pairing these with a pair of tights makes them wearable in winter!
They're made from the jelly/plastic-y material. The soles have some slight give or padding to them but aren't incredibly soft. All though I have worn these for a full day and my feet felt fine! They're weren't uncomfortable. If you're someone who prefers super padded soles, I recommend grabbing some inserts for these! They're fairly easy to walk in. This may just be me, sicne I wear large platforms often, but they're definitely easier than tall heels! They are also lightweight so they don't feel heavy on your feet. The shoes also feel very well-made. I've had no problems with them so far and I've started wearing them quite often! I know in the video I'll be uploading shortly, I say that I have only worn them a little bit, you just have to keep in mind that was filmed a week or so ago? Since then I've worn them all the time!
I seriously love these shoes so much. They're so cute and bold. Perfect for my style~
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*I received this product for free or at a discounted price in exchange for my honest and unbiased review*
This is the Apalus Straightener Brush I received off amazon from the seller/store Apalus. It's price is $29.99 plus shipping (around the usual hair appliance price) and let me tell you, it's totally worth it! I am absolutely in love with this product!
First things first, when opening it I was already really happy with the pink shade of color it was. When warming it up the little screen showed the current temperature and when pressing the '+' or '-' buttons it would show what the temperature it was warming up to was. I thought it was a nice little touch I really appreciated. You could see how much longer was left before it was at the goal temperature. It can also switch between showing Fahrenheit and Celsius. It did heat up pretty quickly. You're suppose to comb through your hair before using the product, so I did that while it warmed up.
Now for my favorite part. It literally only took me no more than 10 minutes to straighten my hair! I believe it was about 6-7 minutes to be exact That's insane!! My hair is incredibly thick, on the longer side and curly so it usually takes me an hour or more to completely straighten my hair. I was so happy I could've cried.
My hair did get a bit frizzy (but it did that just from me brushing it) so I honestly couldn't tell you whether or not the brush would've caused any frizzy. My hair is extremely damaged from all the dying I do to it, so it just does that on a regular basis. Either way, it's easy to fix with an anti-frizz serum or straightening balm.
The brush is also on the heavier side. I was expecting it to weight about as much as a straightening/curling iron but it definitely weighs more. You quickly get use to the weight though and it doesn't affect how easy it is to use. That's another thing! It's incredibly easy to use and the directions are straight forward.
Overall, I'm super happy with this. It allows me to style my hair more often and cuts down on the time it takes by a huge amount!
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*I received this product for free or at a discounted cost in exchange for my honest and unbiased feedback. These shoes are from ZooShoo on Amazon.*
I found these shoes to be true to size. I ordered them in my usual size (5.5) and they fit perfectly! They're not to narrow and not too wide--I feel they're the usual width most shoes are (they are a stiffer material though so unlike something like tennis shoes, there's not too much give if you do need them wider). The stiffness of them, due to the leather-like material (if not real leather), helps them keep their shape really well though! I find this helpful when storing. And don't worry, it's not so stiff it's difficult to get on. I found them really easy to get in and out of.
These shoes are really tall! Which isn't a bad thing--for me at least. I love tall shoes so these are great. I will admit they are taking some getting used to though--while I wear platforms often, I don't really wear heels too often. I definitely don't think these are an ALL day kind of shoe. These are great for going out and spending a few hours in though!
I got them in the color "Wine" and found the color to be true to what the image on the listing shows. I absolutely love them in this color as well! They give a pop of color to a dark outfit and have this edgy/grungy vibe--which is fitting for my style. I also really like the look the texture/material of the shoes give.
The soles have a little bit of padding but not by much. This doesn't make them uncomfortable but I would invest in some sole inserts if you plan to wear them fairly often (I do this with most of my heels anyways). The thickness of the heels keeps them more stable when walking (I find I can be a bit wobbly at first with thinner heeled shoes--but these ones help me wobble much less because of the thick heels). The shoes are also light weight, surprisingly! They don't feel heavy and your feet don't feel weighed down by them.
So overall, after a bit of getting used to (if you're not used to heels) I find them fairly easy to walk in and wear. I absolutely love the color and love the style of them! The shoes are really nice quality and are well made. These are definitely one of my new favorite pairs of shoes.
I plan to wear these shoes with more of my darker outfits. I have a lot of outfits that are mostly just black or monochrome. I feel these shoes will add a subtle pop of color with a lot of my outfits that only contain shades of grey, black and/or white. I don't plan to wear these daily but am definitely going to wear these for any short events or when going out for a short time and a nice occasion.
These shoes I also received for free or at a discounted price (in exchange for an honest, unbiased review) from ZooShoo on Amazon.
I really love these shoes! They fit perfectly/are true to size. They're made from this rubber-y, silicone-like material which is actually pretty comfortable and not very slipper (which I was semi-expecting). The soles aren't too padded unfortunately, but I think the material it's made from makes it softer and comfortable to wear. The straps are adjustable and I was able to easily adjust them so they felt secure and my feet didn't risk slipping around. There is a bit of a rubber-y smell at first, but I found that goes away fairly quickly.
I got it in the "Nude" color and found it to be just slightly lighter than the photo listed (which some color difference is to be expected due to various things--such as monitor differences, lighting, etc). I still love the color though! It's not drastically off or anything, just a shade or two lighter and is still great for summer and spring. By the way, these are great for summer and spring (like I just mentioned), no matter what color you get them in!
The shoes are fairly light, for being so large platform wise. They're easy to walk in without your feet feeling weighed down in any way. I've been able to wear them all day and have had no problems. Keep in mind, I've worn nothing but platform shoes for a few years now so I'm very used to shoes like this--I know it can usually take some getting used to.
The shoes do appear to be a bit on the more narrow side. I don't have wide feet so that wasn't a problem for me, but I feel that is something for people to be aware of.
The shipping was fast! I selected just the basic shipping method and they arrive in around a week.
Overall, I'm incredibly happy with these shoes. I think they're super cute, they fit my style (especially for around the summer and spring season--which is what I wanted these for) and they're easy to wear throughout the day. I love the color and I love the texture/material.
I plan to wear these shoes mostly in the spring and summer. During those seasons I tend to wear more light neutral colors (such as various shades of whites and nudes), as well as pastels. My style very much leans more towards a boho or festival style, so I figured these shoes could compliment that. I'll probably mostly wear them when I want a pop of color in an all white (or mostly white) outfit or with some of my more pastel/holographic styled outfits. The nude-pink color definitely gives me a variety of style options. I even find myself throwing them on when I just need to make a quick store run or something!
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I received a Yang cosplay from Miccostumes. This is her Season 2/Alternate outfit--and personally my favorite outfit of hers! If you don't know Yang is a character from Roosterteeth's animated series, RWBY.
Overall, I'm very a happy with this cosplay. I ordered it in a size medium, following the sizing chart located on their website. I only had very minor issues with the fit, mostly with the two dress pieces around the waist area. While I believe it's meant to be more loose fitting around the waist design wise, I'd personally prefer it to be a little more snug. this was an easy fix though! It's easy to tailor or simply pin. Both dresses are lines so it makes it easy to hide any safety pins that may be needed. It's also a bit long for someone as short as me (I'm 5 foot), but after some adjusting I was able to make it sit how I wanted.
Quick note: please forgive the lighting/color in the close up/individual photos of the product. The lighting in the professional full cosplay photos (where I am wearing the cosplay) is true to color.
This is the top dress layer. It has a button that attached to one side, underneath of the top flap, and then zips up on the underside. The material is good quality, a perfect color and sturdy. The sturdiness/stiffness of the fabric gives it a good shape and helps hold the correct shape (especially around the collar). The bottom of the dress is cut at a slant, so it's true to Yang's design.
The fit for this dress was slightly off, as I mentioned early. While I think it's intended to be slightly loose, I would have preferred it to be more snug around the waist. But it was an easy fix. The only other problem that occurred is due to the fact I have a very short distance between my chest and my shoulders, so the neck area is slightly long but was fixed by pulling it a little more snug near the bottom of the arm hole.
The black dress also had some slight fit issues. Once again it was mostly around the waist and slightly around the bust. And again, this was easily fixed and nothing too drastic. Most of it is hidden under the top dress anyways, so it's easy to adjust as needed and not worry about anything (like pins) being seen.
The dress has a slight tendency to slip down but came with small tags where bra straps could easily be attached. I personally used safety pints and pinned it to my bra underneath. The dress is lined, so like the above dress, it's really easy to hide pins. The dress is made from silk-like materials, which I find fitting and appropriate for the design.
The dress has a invisible zipper on the side. The only thing odd about the zipper is is doesn't go all the way up (with how it's sewn in/placed)--it only opens at the waist, not the bust. Instead of pulling it up and over my hips, I had to maneuver it over my head--which was a bit tricky at first.
The jacket fit perfectly! I had no issues with the fit for the jacket. The jacket is cropped to the perfect length and true to character. I'm also incredible happy with the fabric choices! The color is great and the fabric is sturdy. They even made the collar thicker and stiffer so it stayed up, wasn't floppy and held it's shape when worn. The shoulders also have small shoulder pads inside them to keep it's military styled shape/design. I'm so incredibly happy with those little details. They really make a huge difference in costume quality!
The strap across the chest is attached by a strip of Velcro and holds well. I had no problems with it coming open no matter how I moved or posed. The sleeves are also a good length and end around my elbows just like in the character design. The jacket is lined as well!
This is the belt, pouch and fabric piece for her costume. It was made from a thick material that has a fake-leathery look to it. The belt is very adjustable and could easily fit various sizes!
The pouch is lined and latches by a strip of Velcro. It easily held my phone and a small wallet without feeling weighed down or causing the belt to slide or shift. I was very happy with that! It makes the cosplay very convention friendly--it's always nice to have a cosplay that has some sort of purse or pockets at a convention!
I was also very happy with the fabric piece that hangs from her belt! I loved the fabric choice and color. I thought it was perfect for the cosplay!
The lace piece sewn along the bottom is great, as well. It's thicker than the purple fabric and helps hold a nice shape. Instead of it possibly bunching up into an unrecognizable blob, the thick lace helps keeps it from doing that. It's also sewn looped around the belt so it's adjustable and you have the choice to bunch it tighter or looser, as well as preposition it to where you prefer.
The decal on the stockings is a separate sewn on piece. I'm so happy with that. If it wear painted on it would risk scratching, flaking or simply wearing off over time. But the fact that it's another piece of fabric, I don't have to worry about that. The studs on the stockings seem secure and are placed perfectly. Even the shape/cut along the top of the stockings is true to character!
The stockings had a bit of a fit issue. Because of my short height, they were fairly long and the gather straps/elastic bands were a bit loose in the front. Since she wears boots, my fit was to just scrunch the socks down a bit, to keep them from going up too high on my legs and have a bit of leg showing between the dress and the stockings. Doing this also got the elastic bands to fit tighter.
I found the elastic bands/garter straps to be a lot better than other's I've encountered in the past. I was able to move, pose and sit comfortable without having to adjust anything or worrying that they would break, rip or snap off.
The gloves are made from the same fabric as the stockings which I appreciate. I love consistency throughout costumes. They're also a great length and cut correctly so the design is true to character!
The cosplay came with fabric versions of her gauntlets (when not "activated"). I found these just adorable and actually pretty great. The fabric used created a plastic-y, metal look which I feel is fitting for the weapon design. It's also double layers so it keeps it's shape fairly easy and doesn't flop around. If you want the "activated" gauntlets, they do sell them on their site!
Miccostumes is a really great company to work with and order from. Their prices are extremely reasonable, even pretty cheap, for the high quality costumes you'd be receiving! They also offer bundle deals which allow you to get more for a lower cost than you would buying all the pieces individually. They sell the costumes, props and wigs for a majority of their cosplays! Their shipping takes about the time you'd expect a costume to take and even gives you an option to put in a preferred arrival date.
Thanks again to Miccostumes for sponsoring this cosplay! If you're looking for a costume I definitely recommend checking out their site!
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