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I love NYX. Cheap price, but nice creamy quality lipsticks. I still prefer Wet n Wild, but NYX (Which is the same price point as Ulta brand) releases wacky colors no other brand sells.

First, their Macaron collection. Last spring they released a collection of matte pastels (I bought colors Pistachio, Blue Velvet, and Coconut. Now, they have released a line called “Wicked Lippies” which is dedicated to sparkly metallic jewel tones, focusing much attention on the deep blue to purple range (The Macaron line was more of a rainbow, but Wicked offers copper and gold)

These lipsticks are super creamy, to the point that they crease easily on lips and can smudge on the edges (But what eye pencil would color match well enough to make a lip liner?) It’s pretty entertaining when I remove my blue lipstick and the residue looks like I’ve just consumed a messy ice cream cone. Needless to say, they are nourishing.

Pros:

Nourishing, creamy, bright, does not dry out lips, highly pigmented and bright. Only $6

Cons:

Smudges, messy, creases, not always easy to find in stores??? (They sold out quite a bit near me. And only Ulta stocked them. But they are available online)

Both lines contain a black lipstick. Being that I already own like 8 tubes of black, I felt the urge to investigate

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Chambord is Macaron, Cold Hearted is Wicked.

The stock image does not show this, but in person I noticed that Chambord actually has little glitter flecks among the black. I do not know it that is just a spray on the top layer or if the glitter is dispersed throughout the entire tube. Since it comes from the matte line, I’d hope that the glitter wouldn’t ruin that clean finish. (They really are matte irl just so you know. It’s intense)

Cold hearted, which I have yet to see irl, seems like a lighter shade of black because of the metallic finish. I wouldn’t jump to conclusions and assume it to be more of a dark grey, however, because the grey (Black Sesame- described as a light grey) is shown as nearly white in the stock images but is truly a light to mid level grey in real life. (Much darker!)

And, as a side note: I would rec the Macaron black for Homestuck cosplay. Risqué (Wicked) could work for Kanaya unless it’s as teal as one user submitted photo shows it as. Any blue or purple blood would also be covered by the Wicked line. I wouldn’t rec the Macaron line. Blue Velvet was too bright to be Vriska.

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For the very first time, the stars and planets aligned and I was able to attend on Sunday. Now, whether or not it was really worth the extra day is debatable, but I will treat it like a mini victory anyway.

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(Left to right: CPK with Shironuri, Karkat, Classic Lolita)

(RANT ALERT: VERY LITTLE INFORMATIVE CONTENT) These are the days when this really is a PERSONAL blog first and foremost.
I will say, however, that this post isn’t going to be as informative as I usually like to be. My con experience has evolved a lot with time: it used to be that I conquered alone, shopping and stopping to take lots of photos. Now, the biggest portion of time is spent chilling with friends (who quite often aren’t in cosplay and leave the con early) and following group plans. I have few pictures beyond of myself. And honestly, I’m getting burned out. This was my 17th convention (all in the span of 4ish years!) and I know what to expect. I’ve never been a panel person and I’m past the “must buy EVERYTHING” stage.

Thus, my weekend was dictated by when my friends were arriving (and my parking situation). I drove myself all three days, a first, and managed to get myself lost once or twice. I learned from my mistakes and found creative detours when crowds and accidents blocked my way.
My panel was on Friday. It was…disappointing. My friends said I did great, but I feel bad anyway. A random guy, identified only as “Steven,” crashed my panel to talk about sushi and boobs :/ I do believe that will be the end of my paneling days. (This is tied in with the gyaru thing) Saturday’s Lolita panel was huge, with 108 in attendance. It was disgusting. She is a terrible public speaker and they are so uppity and I have so few loli friends (gee, with my wonderful personality) and the way they hypocritically were falling over each other to praise Bodyline, when they turned up their nose at it last year…ugh UGH. (My underage friends all avoided Mr. Yan like the plague. I don’t care if he’s behaved thus far this weekend, he still gives us the creeps and I would like people to respect that his track record may be intimidating.)
Sunday wasn’t that great. It was crowded and annoyingly loud and I was done with the con scene but I wasn’t about to abandon the kismesis.

(END RANT)

There wasn’t any one fandom represented the most, cosplay-wise, like in previous years. There was barely any hetalia, what felt like minimal Homestuck (although the meetup was decently large. Where were you hiding?), and a handful of SNK. Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventure, that one basketball anime, Free!, and comic characters were common. I saw a surge in kids’ cartoons, such as Disney princess groups and that one fab Danny Phantom group.

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A big change was the con configuration. You can feel how much attendance has grown- there will even be a 4th day next year! The vendor room was moved into the larger ballroom upstairs, flip-flopping with special events/autograph track. (It was nice not having autograph lines near the vendors) There were a number of tables in the back of the room, which became out favorite meeting spot. What Pumpkin was in the vendor room, so I bought a Knight of Blood pin. I also bought sea salt ice cream lollipops, a Patlabor CD (dakeshimeta midNIGHT BLUUEEEE), and a necklace. There were two booths selling proper Lolita, but I abstained for the good of my wallet (the weekend’s parking fees probably could have bought a dress argh).

Overall, it was a good con. More organized than, say, Khaotic. Consistent, entertaining, the best hometown con.

 

 

 

 

 

Wow.

IMG_1397 Excalibur!!

This con always takes my breath away, and I’m leaving happier than I was last year. (Maybe it’s because the huge changes are more gradual this year?)

I woke up at 6 am to paint myself grey for homestuck cosplay. Now, considering I was up until midnight the night before desperately hovering over my horns with a hairdryer, begging it to dry quicker, that’s pretty impressive. (Protip: make horns days in advance.) Plus, I didn’t have any good, working blue lipstick on me, so I resorted to blue eyeshadow (Protip: DO NOT DO THIS!!!!!!!! NO MATTER HOW DESPERATE YOU ARE!!!!! I AM STUPID)

Somehow, I made it out the door and arrived at 9 am ish, after ticket sales began but before the actual con opened. For the first time, I actually forgot to pre-reg :O Surprisingly, there was barely a line for buying tickets. I had feared the worst, but maybe spend 15 minutes before I had my wristband.

I still hate how they organize the vendor room. The lines are disorderly and chaotic, and there’s so much wasted space. Lucky for me, I had a friend waiting in the front of the line, so I cut ahead and joined the first wave of people storming into the vendor room. My mom attended the Will Wheaton panel and said the same about crowd management.

I did not like the whore cage, mostly because my two guys friends wanted to go in it. Apparently there was an hour and a half wait to get into it. Whut.

There was a ton more steampunk this year, emphasised by the large Steam Powered Giraffe meetup I saw. They did such a good job imitating the band’s face paint!! They started to sing in the hallway. Also, in addition to the usual amount of Homestuck, there was a huge resurgance in Hetalia cosplay. Overall, much less Adventure Time than last year, with the remaining cosplayers focusing more on the genderbends. I saw a good deal of lolitas, compared to Metro (at least 10) and even one Manba! A ton of people were wandring around in Kigus, too….

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Nyan Sugar Neko Girls

I dressed as Vriska from Homestuck. Early in the morning there weren’t any other Vriskas, so I received a lot of attention and photo requests. Only afterwards did I realize my horns were on backwards T_T so embarrassing. Later in the day more arrived, however. I left before the HS meetup began.

I scored! The loot I brought home was a new skirt ($5!), a Rikkakuma phone charm, a September 2012 issue of Egg, 3 mangas (Othello, KKJ), 2 Neon Genesis Evangelion comic books (not mangas!), and some other Avengers comic books.

Overall, I left the con feeling much more positive than last year.

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My Vriska costume

 

I have mixed feelings about yesterday. I arrived at 9am, and from then until noon everything went fine. I went with a friend (he was dressed as Dave Strider), and we had a lot of fun just exploring. I stopped by and watched a few minutes of a Vocaloid panel, and the bjd social. I even ran into another friend who I don’t get to see very often!

My Karkat costume looked pretty good, imo.

By 1pm, however, I was a total mess. I quickly changed into my Matryoshka costume (bad idea! It was way too many layers, and I overheated quickly) and ran over to the Cantown meetup area.

Well, a Hetalia photo shoot had apparently shown up unannounced and taken the spot. Homestuck fans milled around, waiting for 2. The Cantown did not officially have a meetup, per say, but I did collect a bunch of cans. The HS photo shoot went from 2 to 4, and emptied out pretty much the second it ended, so nobody was left to build the Cantown with me. One awesome girl came around with a bag of cans, and I got a few shots before leaving the area. (I was giving my friend a ride home, so I had to leave)

The thing that got to me the most was the crowds. The area was way too small to contain the HS meetup. Security was getting annoyed at us for blocking a staircase (even though it was way out-of-the-way, and not actively used for anything except getting to the meetup. Bleh fire code), and the crowds were so large, I just didn’t see any use in trying to fight through them to join in photos. I knew I’d never get a good shot standing down there, and I was overheating at that point, so I just left. I was so overwhelmed and stressed out. I didn’t want to abandon the Cantown (nononono!) but I knew that if I hung around the meetup any longer, I’d become a complete mess. I changed out of my costume, and wandered the vendor room one last time. I came just in time to grab the cans, and left.

I feel guilty, you know? I’ve had two bad experiences with HS photo shoots now, and I really don’t want to put myself through that again. I love Homestuck, and I love cosplaying Homestuck characters, but I just don’t want to be at the meetups anymore. This is a hard realization for me because up to this point, my focus had always been “try to get attention for your cosplay.” I suffered through my Matryoshka costume, even when the weather was too hot to wear it, just because I knew people liked it and would take pictures. It was so self-centered and desperate. It worked, too. At Megacon, I received a lot of attention, since it was a less common cosplay. At Metro, the environment is very different, however. People are less likely to take pictures, and seem less into that whole experience. (I don’t understand it)

I don’t know if I’ll volunteer to host a Cantown again, if it means being present at a photo shoot. Maybe if I get a whole team of people to do it together, like a panel. I dunno. At the moment, I just feel awkward about the whole thing. I know the Hetalia photo shoot was way out of my control, but I still feel like I failed everyone.

 

I’m sorry this got so personal, but this is a serious thing for me. I’ve gone to eight conventions now, and in a few weeks I’ll be packing my bags for Connecticon, and I need to figure out whether or not I still want to be active in Homestuck events.

The one comment that made me feel like any part of it was worth it was when a Vriska cosplayer came up to me and told me that she recognized me from Shadocon (in the Matryoshka costume). I don’t care about being the best HS cosplayer anymore, but I’m glad that I at least got to know some local fans, and are recognized by them.

(today’s Homestuck meetup. Also posted on the metrocon cantown tumblr)

Today I attended Metrocon 2012! This is my third year going to Metrocon, and I really do recognize a lot of the usual congoers at this point. Today was no exception, but this year’s batch of popular cosplays surprised me.

In past years, Death Note has reigned as the main casual costume, but this year I saw many more Kingdom Hearts cosplays. Hetalia became more present than in past months, and ATLA and LOK jumped on the scene as well. Quite obviously, the costumes I saw the most of were Homestuck, but I ran into quite a few Shions as well! My personal favorite cosplays of the day included Lettuce from Tokyo Mew Mew (http://butts-isnt-an-emotion-asshat.tumblr.com/) and Rufio.

(Me in costume, right before driving to the convention center)

I went to a panel on Para Para dancing. We ended up learning how to dance to “Love and Joy.” (spoiler: it’s hard) I stayed at the con all day and raked in sweet loot like a KERA magazine, an f(x) coffee mug, an alpaca key chain, and a lolita skirt from Princess Pearl Designs! I fell in love with the skirt the minute I saw it on their etsy. The waistband was too big, however, so I’ll pick it up tomorrow after they custom alter it for me.

Overall, it was a great day. My highlight was buying more Sea salt icecream lollipops (what a mouthful). They sold out so quickly last year!

The vendors had a great selection, and I can’t wait to check out a Vocaloid cosplay performance at 10 tomorrow. I hope people like my Matryoshka costume, because I want to retire it after this weekend.

I  just wish everything regarding the meetup and the Cantown project run smoothly! Eeeks!

A friend suggested No. 6 and showed us the first episode during Anime Club on Monday. Now, on Thursday, I’ve already watched all 11 episodes. ;A; Wahh, I shed a tear or two. The only good thing is I get to relive these emotions reading the manga scanlations and novel translations.

Meanwhile, I’m still waiting on my package from Bodyline.

Also, tomorrow is Homestuck Day!!! I will do absolutely nothing to celebrate beyond read the update and listen to the new album. My schedule is so jam-packed orz.

Friday I have a ton of work to do, but then I get to dress up as Touko/Hilda, and go to a Pokemon party! (I spent all evening today reading Bulbapedia, and creating the perfet TCG deck. Someday I shall blog about my huge Pokemon collection). Saturday is Khaotic Kon, so I switch into my Gumi costume. Yessssss.

“Sea unicorns and happy candy corn shrimp, they all sing the song of the sea.” -“Squiddles”

To celebrate spring, I took a trip to the beach, and did what all normal people do there- sew! I came intending to sew a basic navy floral print skirt for myself, but I succumbed to the alluring cuteness of Squiddles. So far, I’ve made two green and started one blue. (I want to give them to all of my friends!)

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Also, I discovered a new vintage clothes shop on the beach, in a cute shopping area. The dresses I tried on were too boxy on me (welp, 80s shoulder pads) but I look forward to going there again. Although it’s a trendy little boutique (rather than a thrift store kind of thing), the pricing is very reasonable!


matryoshkaRose~ (the former lillymelody)
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