Review : Eyemi Blue Contact lenses

Review : Eyemi Blue Contact lenses

Happy New Year everyone! Slowly trying to get back into the hang of blogging here! 2016 has been meh and cruel to me, and I’ve been in a fairly long hiatus with the blog, even. I haven’t even finished the polymer clay tutorial series I was working on I’ve got some great things in store for everyone this year, and a lot of backlogs to post, including quick and helpful reviews like this one: my quick review of Eyemi Blue.

Looking for a pair of blue contact lenses for your cosplay that will show up on dark eyes? Eyemi has you covered! The brand is currently one of my favorites when it comes to vibrant colors that show up even on dark irises. I have black eye color naturally, and finding lenses that really show up on them is tough.

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Eyemi lenses come in a box packaging, with a really cute cat design! Mine was purchased from Megumii. Buying from them gives you a free contact lens case and kit as well, with tweezers and applicators for the contacts. ^^

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The lenses have 14.5mm diameter, with a limbal ring that isn’t too thick, and design hat isn’t too “out-there” with the focus really being on the color.

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When worn: First two photos in indoor light, taken with a point-and-shoot camera (digicam)
Last photo (with makeup) taken with the front/selfie camera of a tablet.

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In natural light, selfie taken with a tablet. The color shows up well enough even in selfies taken from arm’s length.
The lenses are also pretty comfortable, and I’m able to wear them for extended  hours. In fact I bought an entire set of the other colors just for my cosplays this entire 2017—*sweats* I’d really recommend these to cosplayers!

How’s your experience with Eyemi if you already have them? What’s your favorite contact lenses for cosplay? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo Xarin

*This post is not sponsored; lenses are purchased for my personal use with my own money.

Cosplay Photoshoot at VERA Studio!

Cosplay Photoshoot at VERA Studio!

A month back, I had my very first ever cosplay photoshoot! I have done my fair shares of costumes but the photos are always taken by my brother (my best bud in all things) and often impromptu in public places, using our digital camera. Sometime last year though I met Kevin, who expressed interest in photographing my Fire Emblem: Awakening Tharja costume. We spent a lot of discussion spanning months over where and when we could hold the shoot, looking up various locations and studios that could be suited. Eventually, I saw someone recommend/share VERA Studio to other cosplayers, and promoting they had a discount and loyalty program for cosplayers. It was within our price range, so I booked a slot as soon as Kevin and I saw our schedules freeing up. We also invited Argel, our FE cosplay group’s Inigo and another photographer, to tag with us since the more the merrier~!

The studio was located in Intramuros, which is convenient for me because I’m familiar with the area, and those commuting will find it very easy to locate since it’s right beside Manila Cathedral, which is a very popular landmark. I was charged P30 for a pedicab ride from near the Letran gate to the studio. (I found it better to take one rather than walking because I was carrying costumes and props by myself.)

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I waited for Kevin and Argel for a while so I took a few snaps of the place. It’s spacious and isn’t cluttered, with a shabby chic/vintage feel. We were given free drinks (in cute mason jars) and chips. The studio had interesting furniture and items you can borrow for your sets, a restroom/changing room, and a vanity for doing your makeup. There’s a lot of natural light from wide windows.

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There’s a cozy room set aside for the studio photography. I barely know a thing about photography equipment but I know the dudes were very satisfied by the equipment that the studio had. They had a white and black backdrop available, and some couches and things to borrow as props.

 photo IMG_3631_zps7tr4thnb.jpgSelfie! I also shot my FE4 Ayra costume here. Unfortunately it was rainy during the day, so we don’t have a lot of photos of this baby. Hnngg we will come back to reshoot you, dear Ayra!

Here are some photos Kevin and Argel took~
 photo received_10153371575693351_zpsedrtycur.jpegFire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu Ayra. Costume and props all made by me. Photo (c) Kevin Vincent.

 photo received_10153367458423351_zpsku4m6dpj.jpgFire Emblem: Awakening – Tharja. Costume and props all made by me. Photo (c) Kevin Vincent

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Photo (c) Weeaboo with a Camera

The rooftop area boasts a great view of the Manila Cathedral. It’s gorgeous at day, but if you want to be experimental, check it out at night too. The catherdral lights and the color of the skyline is really amazing as the day starts to turn darker. It also fits the colors of my costume perfectly huehuehue

You can also check out Argel’s Facebook Page, or Kevin’s Flickr stream for more photos, apart from my personal cosplay page.

I’ll be posting more photos of the photos we took in a separate blog post, but I hope these are enough to convince you to try out VERA Studio~ The people are accommodating and it’s really affordable too, especially if you’re splitting the bill around. Don’t forget about their Cosplayer Loyalty Card, which will entitle you to 20% off on their services for your next visit~!
– Xarin

Review: Crystal Marble Grey Contact Lenses

Review: Crystal Marble Grey Contact Lenses

Today’s blog post is a review on Crystal’s Marble Grey contact lenses! This is one of the very first lenses I ever bought, for my Fire Emblem: Tharja cosplay. As usual, I bought my lenses from GWYSHOP, which carries one of the cheapest prices for these lenses.

 photo IMG_0749_zpsmjlaw8mi.jpgThe swirlie patterns on them make them (to me) a good fit for a “mysterious” character, so I got these as I intended to use the for my Tharja costume.

I must say that the reason this review was so delayed was because it was not going to be favorable… this has been one of the most uncomfortable lenses I ever wore. It was softer than the other lenses that Crystal carried, making it harder to put in since it tends to flip over and lose its shape. It was unbearable for long hours and whenever I tried to go out wearing it (to take photos of it in proper daylight) I’d end up taking them off more or less so I wasn’t able to get those photos for the longest time.

 photo marble_grey3_zpsrk4swaby.jpgBUT FINALLY they were able to become comfortable!!!! Since I’m a cheapskate I used to buy the cheapest contact lens solution in the market *cough*EO*cough* and on a whim I decided to change brands and splurge a little more. Our eye doctor recommended what she claimed was the best brand for lenses, as they really preserve and embed moisture into the lenses. The solution was expensive tho since it only comes in a 300ml bottle and was P300+… BUT IT WORKED LIKE A MIRACLE and I must say I can barely feel the lenses now and put them on all day. You can really feel, even just to the touch, that they have more moisture. The previous brand I was using left them feeling rough after being stored in the solution.

The design itself (to me) really is good for characters with more mystery, and the thick limbal ring gives the eyes a doll-like effect. The color also shows up rather well in photos! These are good everyday or cosplay lenses.

 photo burgz_zpspjyygz5h.jpgBottom Line: These are good contacts–if you’re willing to shell out extra for good solution. Otherwise, don’t get them, and if you’re very sensitive, I wouldn’t recommend this series as they’re very soft and hard to put on. 

Hope that helps!

Cosplay: 3 Ways to Tell if a Costume is “high-quality”

Cosplay: 3 Ways to Tell if a Costume is “high-quality”

There’s a lot of demand for “HQ” costumes in the local cosplay market, with “hq” meaning “high quality”. But what is “high quality”? There are a lot of shops and costume-making services claiming to have “high quality” products, but by what standards can we measure costume quality by? Read on to find out.

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Review: Crystal Titanium Brown Contact Lenses

Review: Crystal Titanium Brown Contact Lenses

Hi everyone! Today I’ll be sharing my review of Crystal’s Titanium Brown circle lenses. As a quick overview, I find these to be very appropriate and good hazel-brown/golden brown circle lenses. My lenses were purchased from gwyshop.com

I wanted lenses that can pass for characters with brown/golden eyes, and usually these characters are strong and usually mysterious and maybe a little sinister. I found the pattern on the Titanium series to represent that very well so I purchased a set. They’re P250 for a pair at GWYSHOP, and you can get them as low as P200 with their current promo code.

The Titanium lenses have a lifespan of 1year and a diameter of 14.5mm.

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Titanium Brown contact lenses in the free lense case that they come with.

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No edits or filter; Crystal Titanium brown in indoor light. The color seems like a cold-toned gold.

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In outdoor, natural light/direct sunlight (which is always best light imho). The color is a warmer toned brown/gold.

 

Here’s my overall review for these circle lenses:

  • Cheap price. P250 for a pair of lenses that last for one year is always a good deal.
  • Easy to purchase. Most online sellers often have them on stock and you can get them in a matter of days or overnight in some cases!
  • Good pattern that has a limbal ring to give the illusion of bigger eyes.
  • The lenses have a bit of firmness to them, making them easier to put on a more comfortable for me (at least in my case; i always have trouble putting on lenses that are on the softer side).
  • I would still not recommend these for long-time wear; they get uncomfortable over time (unlike the Jewel series for me which I can wear for 8-10 hours no problem). I use these lenses for cosplay or j-fashion purposes which is probably one day out of one month, so my usage of them is not often. If you must wear lenses daily, especially for prescription ones, I still highly recommend going to your optical store. photo mih_zps12811535.jpg

Hope that helps you guys! Thanks and have a good one~!

xoxo

Xarin

 

Review: Crystal Jewel Blue Contact Lenses

Review: Crystal Jewel Blue Contact Lenses

Hey there everyone! Long time no blog for me! My computer died (again) and had to go back into servicing once more, so I only got it back just recently. It’s sad too as I had a line up of blog posts there that I meant to show everyone! T.T

But carrying on, today I’ll be reviewing Crystal’s Jewel Blue circle lenses. This was my first pair of lenses bought online (I got mine from GWYSHOP) and I was of course worried because I’ve often been warned by my family and told not to buy them outside of optical clinics. But I took a risk anyway because I was tired of my contact lenses expiring every three months when I didn’t use them that often anyway–I mostly only use them for cosplay purposes.

 photo jewel_blue_1_zps9fff931c.jpgI got the 15mm Crystal Jewel Blue, meant to use for lolita or j-fashion wear, and my upcoming Frozen: Anna cosplay. xD The design is VERY simple, and it comes with a very thick limbal ring.

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 photo jewel_blue_3_zpsd9af1ce5.jpg15mm circle lenses really give an eye-enlargening effect. I look totes different with and without them on. (But I’m just as gorgeous anyway haha) This photo is taken with an LED light directly facing me. The blue in the lenses are very natural and not very vivid. which is my preference for doll/lolita wear.

 photo jewel_blue_4_zps3f04931d.jpgOutdoors. You can wear the lenses outside with no problem and not getting weird stares from people. xD The color is only noticeable up-close. If you’re looking for lenses that are more vivid in color, this isn’t the series for you.

And now to break it down:

Comfort – these lenses are super comfy so I use them very often; If I have to dress up and go out. I’ve worn them for very extended hours. They are also very natural as I previously said so they’re good for fashion/daily wear.

Price – A pair goes for P250, and GWYSHOP sells them at probably the cheapest price in the market. They have an ongoing “Buy 2 circle lenses, Less 50 for each pair” so you can get these from them for as low as P200 a pair, which are ultra cheap! They also have an expiry of 1 year so no need to replace them often.

Color – the color is natural and is more suited to fashion wear, and probably not very good for cosplaying bright blue-eyed characters.

That’s it! Til next review!

*this review is entirely my own opinion, and is not sponsored in any way.

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