Monday, October 26, 2015

Lens Review: Kimchi Kiss Gold

Yo all!

Now when Halloween is slowly getting around the corner, I thought it be a nice surprise to throw up a lens review on the table for a change! This time I will review the Kimchi Kiss Gold! Ready? Let's go!

Photographer: Shiro Samurai

Lenses in their vials.

Man, I dig this pattern.
All the photos were taken during sunset on October. The sun sets early here in the north at this time of the year.

One lens in.
Standing on balcony, facing sun.
Standing on balcony, back against sun.
Bathroom light.
Flash photo.
My room, facing window (natural light).
Still in my room but close to the lamp.
Living room, lights on.
Distance picture. I was chewing on a candy so that's why my jaw looks weird.
Lens review:

Color: 7/10 
I was expecting the color to be more vibrant but it's still nice. Shows as yellow/gold.
Comfort: 9/10
They were way more comfortable than I thought at first! Thumbs up! No itching, crying eyes or other issues with them. I even had them on for over 7 hours!
Design: 10/10
These are easily my coolest lenses so far! I just love the fantasy/unnatural look they give!
Enlargement: 8/10
These are notably on the bigger side of my reviewed lenses so far. Usually I avoid big lenses like the plague because they just look downright creepy on me. I was happy to find out that these looked okay but I think the design played a big part here too, as it doesn't look as natural design-wise as, let's say, Super Pinky lenses for example.
Naturalness: 5/10 
The pattern is not even near realistic but these don't jump at you either; they blend smoothly into your eyes and remain discreet until you get fairly close to the wearer.
Opacity: 7/10 
These will change your eye color and it will look unnatural but it's not enough to make your granny next door faint.

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Bonus Picture!

Guess what guys? I have finally gone and made it... I became mainstream and took my first selfie! *le gasp*

Goodbye happy dreams!
See you later!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Future Cosplays - Game Characters!

Happy National Day Germany!

Today is another special day and this time it's Germany's National Day, also known as German Unity Day or Tag der Deutschen Einheit. The National Day is celebrated on 3rd October since 1990. Even though I don't have any blood ties to Germany it's still a very important country to me and I'm gonna celebrate this day - my way. But know what? I won't leave you guys out of the fun just like that! So go grab yourself a glass of beer and a tasty brezel, while I give you all a sneak-peek into 3 characters from the world of video, respectively online games, that I really want to cosplay!

Enjoy!

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Characters that was on the previous lists (here and here) won't be re-listed below. Also the characters on this list are in no specific order.

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Character: Nikolai
Series: Luminous Arc


Alright, this colorful guy has been on my cosplay list for years and is still hanging on. He's not the kind of character whose personality would normally fall in line with my usual character preferences. Honestly, some of his traits would instantly make me fire him out of my cosplay list, but he is forgiven for having a more fleshed out story and one with darker elements to boot, in my opinion. The first impression you get of him is that he is a mix between a comic relief and a womanizer; he's hard to take seriously at first but he's actually very cunning. Nikolai was one of the few characters in the game who I couldn't predict and I like characters that takes you by surprise, surprisingly much. Despite having a personality that is 50-50 to me the selling point in him was definitely the design, it clicked many of my boxes.

Character: Lloyd Irving
Series: Tales of Symphonia


Seriously, who saw this one coming? No one? Naah, just kidding ~

Lloyd Irving is the main character from my favorite game Tales of Symphonia and he is my second favorite character after Kratos Aurion. I simply love this guy for many of his traits and what he stands and fights for; even his occasional stupidity has its own charm. Even though he is of rather generic main character material, this young swordsman goes through a shitlot and grows along the way to become an ambitious hero with a heart of gold. Lloyd might seem cliché but he is easy to project yourself into.
His design is not really tickling my fancy but I don't dislike it either; the hair, his dual wielding and his flying flappy things lärpäkkeet <3 makes it up for me. Oh and I really love some of his lines, they made a big impact on me.

Character: Prinz Eugen
Series: Kantai Collection


DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUN ~

Alright, who fell off the chair now? Myself, definitely........ when I saw the design.
Anyone who remembers those days when I said that I'm never gonna crossplay again? Well, fuck that - said decision went to the wall the instant I saw this ship babe. I very recently got introduced to the world of SHIPS OF MASS DESTRUCTION Kantai Collection through random chance. My first impression of KanColle was something along the lines of "Okay, so girls got handsome boys in Touken Ranbu and boys got ship waifus in Kantai Collection. Alright, I guess it has to be fair, lol".
In case you didn't know, Kantai Collection is an online browser game with the characters being humanified versions of WWII battleships. I don't really plan to play the game but a couple characters were just too cool to pass up on. I have a big interest in history so it's always nice when I can mix my passions up.

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This was all for this time and please don't jump to any conclusions regarding the third candidate. I'm aware that probably a big chunk of KanColle's fanbase are into it because of fanservice/lewdness (no offense to those that are) but I'm honestly more fascinated by the historical aspects and how the different ships have been turned into human designs. I also know that the character design might stir up some unpleasant emotions (because of WWII era and the Iron Cross) and I sincerely apologize for it. I've done my research about the matter and I'm gonna be respectful when I wear this cosplay in public.

Regarding the previous Future Cosplay post I decided to drop the anime version of Kratos' Judgment outfit. I did this mainly because I don't feel like wasting time and money on a costume that is fairly similar to the game version, which is the one I prefer anyway. Yupp, I gave this decision some serious thought.