Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Lens review: GEO Mimi Cafe Latte Brown

Hi! What's up? :'D

Two days ago I checked my cosplay stuff for contact lenses that I have had for a long time but haven't worn in ages, and I found them! I just wanted to try them on to see if they would fit for a future cosplay (mysteryyyyyy) but when I opened my lens case I saw with horror that both lenses were dry. I didn't think about taking a picture but they were really all dry - all the solution had leaked or dried or whatever.
It had already happened to me once and so I knew it is possible to revive dry lenses. I pretty much drowned them in lens solution and waited until the lenses looked normal. They didn't only look normal, they were perfectly normal as I put them on; not damaged, no longer dry and it didn't hurt at all to have them on. On the contrary they are quite comfortable to wear (even more than my contacts for Chizuru).
So here comes a little review!

- EDIT -  
Please don't be as stupid as I was and don't wear contacts that have expired. Don't wear contacts that have dried out even if it feels okay. I did something very reckless and I could have done very bad damage to my eyes. I was lucky because I didn't get any infection but now I know better. 
One pair of circle lenses costs about $20 but your eyes and sight have no price. 
Treasure your eyes.

The brand is GEO Mimi Cafe Latte Brown from Pinky Paradise.
The pictures were taken by Valkoinen Samurai with indoors light and the flash.





I had originally planned to use these lenses for an OC but they turned out to look more brown than I thought and my OC has golden eyes so I can't use these for her. But I just might find further use for these lenses anyway; this should be revealed soon if my cosplay intentions are confirmed!

18/08/2014: New pics! (yeah these contacts are still alive.)
Photographer is Shiro Samurai (aka Valkoinen Samurai, same guy! <3). 

Taken outdoors on a cloudy day.
Same same but slightly different light.
Outdoors. I'm looking right into the sun and it burns my eyes. ;(
Outdoors, during the evening. Taken with the flash!
Outdoors during the evening, without flash.
From a distance
In short:


Color: 6/10
They let a fair amount of my real eye color show. It's not bad though, but the contacts don't have a solid color. The brown shade is pretty though.
Design: 9/10
Pretty pattern! It looks artistic. <3
Opacity: 3/10
Very natural looking. Only the very edge of the lenses has slight opacity.
Enlargement: 8/10
Big eyes with these. :) They look very natural if you consider how big they are. ;)
Comfort: 10/10
Surprisingly comfy.
Naturalness: 6/10
Though the pattern looks fancy, they are actually rather natural when worn. But the size crashes the score.
Immortality: 10/10
This is only half a joke. They had completely dried out and there wasn't a drop of solution in the case. But after bathing soaking in solution for a while, they were back to normal! What's more, I've had them for more than two years now (currently writing in summer 2014, oops) and they are as comfortable as newly bought contacts. Dafuq.

Are you curious about other lenses from the Mimi Cafe series? Check these out! <3

That's all, bye! ~

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Oulun animeseminaari summary

I came back alive from Oulun animeseminaari two days ago and now that I have a moment and working Internet it's time for a con summary!
My journey to Oulu started already on Friday evening, when I took the train with Valkoinen Samurai and Jäätynyt Enkeli. We took the train at Kemi's station (we had been driven there by the guys' mother) and arrived about one hour later in Oulu after some train derp, namely language problems I can't speak Swedish very well but I have to learn so I was switching between English and Swedish but also Angry Birds candies and Moomin lemonade. I can say by tasting these that Finland is an awesome country. There isn't much more to say about the trip because it wasn't very long except maybe that the train was 10mn late because another train had to pass and when we arrived in Oulu we just walked to the guys' aunt because she lives very close to the train station. It turned out that said aunt speaks very little English and Swedish, and since I can't understand Finnish I had a few language problems but it was okay because she was very kind and welcoming to me.
We gamed pretty much all evening and I must say playing New Super Mario Bros was quite a lot of fun, though I kept on dying ALL THE TIME and turning into a bubble.

Saturday 

I didn't sleep very well but I was still the first out of bed on Saturday because Jäätynyt Enkeli had decided to wake up a little later (and he could afford it because Valkoinen Samurai and me took our time) and when Valkoinen Samurai woke up he was a zombie as usual
I then went first to change to cosplay but after a look at the sky, Valkoinen Samurai and me decided to change our cosplay plans to Bleach on Saturday and Hakuouki on Sunday due to a high risk of downpour rain and our Hakuouki costumes are more sensitive to rain and could take more water damage than our Bleach cosplays. So I went to change into my Shinigami uniform and came back as Kiyone, then let Valkoinen Samurai go change. I can tell it felt pretty weird to suddenly see Ukitake walk out of the bathroom; I might have stared with my mouth half-open because I had been dreaming to see him cosplay Ukitake - I mean, actually seeing him, not seeing only the pictures on the Internet. I felt like he was the real Ukitake and had a sudden urge for role-playing but I was too shy to do it. 
When Jäätynyt Enkeli had changed into his Ishida (Uryū) cosplay we left for Oulun animeseminaari - but it turned out that we would have to walk across half of the town in cosplay. Pretty much everyone was staring at us, but the best was still this biking guy who had a straight face until he saw us; an awesome wild smile appeared at our sight.
We reached the seminar without much trouble because we had a map; Uryū was guiding us. We first walked around to check the con merchandise and some things were quite cool but I didn't buy anything because:
- I really need a purse and a bag; and there were none.
- I have no income and no financial help from the State, I'm living on my savings for now.
- It was rather expensive.
- I will buy only what I need or what reaches an over-nine-thousand level of awesomeness because I have very little space to store stuff.
We then walked out to go photoshoot with Sairu-chan, who had joined us as Retsu Unohana.
Photographer: Jäätynyt Enkeli


Unohana was not the only one having her
Zanpakutō's spirit ^-^


 I must say... DEM feels.


But I also got my time to shine!
Photographer: Valkoinen Samurai








Bonus pictures:



It was windy.

 Very windy.

 I don't even.

 HAIR PLZ!

Hakama what are you doing? Hakama, stop moping the ground!

Oh well the pictures are eloquent enough, this photoshoot contained a lot of derp. 
When going back to the con we came across a strange guy who said that he didn't need a cosplay because he was epic himself. It was actually true and we went on a treasure hunt with this guy and one of his friends, they were really funny to be around! My only regret is that I understood very little of what he said because he was speaking Finnish most of the time but it still was funny.
We then went back to the building where the seminar was held and went to the "dancing room" where people were playing... dancing games. It was pretty funny to watch them play, but I wouldn't have tried myself because I so suck at dancing. It would have been utterly ridiculous and I would have stepped on my hakama for sure...
One other thing wasn't so funny but go ask Ukitake if you want to know.
When we were in the dancing room though we noticed that Unohana didn't seem okay and she said she wasn't feeling well so I gave her a hug and we went outside the room so that she could sit. I was pretty worried about her, I must say...
We didn't stay much longer because there wasn't so much to do at the "con" and as soon as Ukitake had called his aunt and we found Ishida, we left to cross half of the town in cosplay again. It then started raining and I guess it was an unusual sight to have three cosplayers walking across the town with umbrellas when the rain wasn't that strong and half the people didn't have umbrellas. The guys' aunt had lent me a Regenschirm  an umbrella, luckily.We made it back to their aunt safely, changed out of cosplay and gamed, yay!

Sunday

 I got up and was the first to change into cosplay again, to Chizuru this time. Later, Saitou joined me and I gamed a little more before going to the con, because there was nothing on TV except for Pokémon anime, but I don't know what shocked me more: that it was the 5th generation or that it was dubbed in Finnish.
So...

YES!

If anyone wonders, I was playing The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. I really like the Legend of Zelda series and I hadn't played Skyward Sword before, had only watched my bro playing. We had played it already on Saturday evening and it turned out I wasn't so bad at this game! except when I had to fight Skulltulas. 
Jäätynyt Enkeli then joined us as Yamato "Matt" Ishida from Digimon and we walked to the "con" to attend a panel which I think was called "Men and cosplay" or "Guys and cosplay". The three guys talking were cool and the atmosphere was good but otherwise I can't say I enjoyed this panel because I couldn't understand shit. Every time people laughed I smiled awkwardly because I couldn't understand. Well, Saitou translated two or three things for me but I still didn't have quite as much fun as everyone else.
We then went to the piano concert that took place right after the "Guys and cosplay" panel and almost missed it because Saitou had gone to take pictures of a cool cosplay and was late. We also met Sairu-chan as spoiler!Unohana on the way and hugged! I really enjoyed the concert even though I didn't always recognize the songs that guy was playing, but I almost cried when he played "Marble Garden" because it brought so many memories to me. I last heard this music years ago when I watched my bro play Marble Garden and in this moment I couldn't help but miss him. Of course I am happy I came to Scandinavia but I am far from my family and at times it makes me really sad... this was one of these times. But I felt better afterwards because this piano guy was really cool.

The epic piano guy.

We then went outside for a quick photoshoot of Sairu-chan's cosplay. After this we walked to town to hunt for food and ended up eating cheap pizzas. I didn't mind it but the pizzas were so MEGASIZE that Unohana and I could easily have ordered only one pizza for the both of us...
After having eaten we went to a small park to photoshoot our Hakuouki cosplays. For some reason, half of the pictures were derp, and we had a real lot of fun!
Photographer: Sairu-chan

Protect me, Saitou! T^T


Try holding a Japanese sword with only one hand. It doesn't go well, I can tell you.


I know you want them...
Bonus pictures:

 Saitou!! D<

The secret of Ochimizu: it comes from Finland and tastes metsämansikka.

Try-not-to-laugh.

Also when we went back to the guys' aunt's place...
More Ochimizu derp!

I don't approve of stalker photos, Saitou... and no, I will NOT drink it! D:

 DRINK IT!

We were in a hurry to take the train back to Kemi and had to walk superfast to the train station... to find out that the train was late. Guess if I was happy about that... Oh well I wasn't pissed for long because I fell asleep in the train... like a derp. With my contact lenses on. Guess if I could see something when I woke up...
The guys' mum came to pick us up at the station and drove us back home and so our journey ended!
I want to thank Valkoinen Samurai and Jäätynyt Enkeli's aunt and mother again because they are awesome, thank you for all that you are doing for me! ^-^ I also hope to see Sairu-chan again soon, you're awesome my twin! <3

Oh well this post turned out much longer than it should have been, and I guess my super coffee  is cold by now... OTL
See you! ^-^ 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Lens review: GEO Xtra Bella Brown

Last week I went to pick a package at the post office and it was my order from Pinky Paradise! Since my brown contacts for Chizuru are no longer usable (at least not the right one, but do you know a character who only has one left brown eye?) I ordered the same.
The brand is GEO Xtra WBS 204 Bella Brown. Here are my pictures, all taken by Valkoinen Samurai (with the flash but it doesn't change real colors) because he has an awesome camera ~

Lenses in solution


 After my eyes finally stopped derping.

New pics! (added on 19th of September 2014)

Taken outdoors, facing the setting sun. ~
Outdoors, in the shadows. (on the "sun" side of the building)
Still in the shadows, but on the "shadow" side.
Sunset light! :)
In the shadows at sunset. (outdoors)
Flash pic. Still outdoors in the shadows.
Face pic. :'3 (taken in the shadows outdoors, before sun sets completely)
Same light, from a distance. Immah princess, höhöhö. :'D
Basically:

Color: 7/10
Pretty brown but sometimes appears very dark on photos, especially from a distance. They also let some of my real eye color show.
Design: 7/10
Not especially original but it looks cute. :3
Opacity: 5/10
Outer rim is opaque but inside brown color blends into my real eye color and "disappears" a bit. Seem to be made for brown-eyed people.
Enlargement: 8/10
Nice biiiiig eyes. Shoujo heroine anyone?
Comfort: 8/10
Most of the time very comfortable, but it happens every once in a blue moon that they decide to derp and hurt. Sometimes troublesome to pop in my eyes too... mega-pain.
Naturalness: 4/10
Too big and too dark for this. Basically.

I have to add something! When I wore these contacts on the day the new pics were taken, I had no comfort problems but... when I took them off, my eyes were all bloodshot. :'( I've had these for about one year so this is the sign, I guess. It's time to say good-bye to this pair! 
It's so sad to throw away contacts that expired...

See you for more reviews folks!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Oulun animeseminaari: cosplay plans!

Hello everyone! ~
It's with awesome memories from Animecon X that I plan my return to Finland with Valkoinen Samurai who has bought train tickets today to Oulu for Oulun animeseminaari. *double-checks that the name is written correctly* because I go to Finnish cons but I can't speak Finnish </3
Oh well here come my cosplay plans for this northern event! 

Saturday  


If anyone remembers the smiling Chizuru-who-spoke-English from Animecon, here I come again :'D And I still speak English. I know I need to learn Finnish...
Well, the reason behind this choice of being Chizuru again is that I have very few of my cosplays here (I have moved to Sweden recently and couldn't take a shitlot of luggage with me in the planes) but also and above all that I want to be with my Saitou! <3

Sunday


Let's take a few ghosts out of the (cosplay) closet, shall we? :'D I know this was the shittiest joke ever, considering that Bleach characters technically are ghosts.
Kiyone was one of my very first cosplays and I've always enjoyed cosplaying her. I still do, although I haven't cosplayed her in a long time. But for Oulu's anime seminary, my dreams will come true at last: I will have Ukitake with me!! :'D
Prepare for a real lot of fangirling kukukukukukukuku...
Also we will meet our awesome friend Sairu-chan as Unohana there! I am really happy to see my twin sister Chizuru again! ^-^

Oh well, now that I have spammed the Internet with pair cosplays and I am on a real sugar hype, see you people from the North in Oulu! :D