Monday, December 31, 2018

Cosplay Year 2018

2018 is soon done and out and while this year has been notably more silent than last year here at my blog, I actually managed to cram an anime convention in my otherwise busy schedule; something I haven't done since 2016, whoopsie! I think that my "one year convention break" was much needed as I ended up enjoying my time at Kummacon surprisingly much. I also sparked some interest to attend Närcon and Tracon again but we'll see what 2019 brings!

I hope to get more time for my hobbies in 2019 as this year has almost entirely went to focus on my career. It has been a great year all in all and now, if anything, I wish to find some rest as my jobs (yes, I got two) are pushing me to the brink of a burnout. I love my jobs but there is a limit and rest is ever so crucial, I've come to realize. But I know that there is some positive changes coming to my career in early 2019, so I'll get my needs met soon enough. Thanks life, in the nick of time <3

This year I have been to the following con:

Kummacon 2018 - Oulu, Finland

There won't be a fancy cosplays-throughout-the-year image this year either sorry not so sorry since I didn't cosplay at Kummacon. So what do I have up my sleeve this time? Well, it's new year within a few hours so I thought this would fit the mood! Enjoy!


I really don't have much more to add here except that I will be holding a give-away in early 2019 so make sure to not miss that! Before I end this post, I want to thank all of my buddies who have been with me throughout the year during both good and bad times. You know who you are, so thanks dudes and dudettes! <3

I also want to thank my bro, Shiro Samurai, for keeping my nerdy enthusiasm up throughout the year and for helping me with various hobby related stuff. Like helping me getting my hands on a PlayStation 4 and the game Monster Hunter: World now in December! Thanks bruh! I do appreciate it a bunch *w*

Happy New Year 2019!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Germany Photoshoot - Out In the Fields

Good evening people and welcome back.

Lately I've been itching to do something creative or cosplay related and during the past weeks, I've been trying to figure out what I wanted to do more exactly. The idea to have a cosplay photoshoot didn't dawn on me until I remembered, that I still had my Neo Sunflower Aqua lenses lying around the house. I opened them in March and waited for an opportunity to use them, instead of just reviewing and discarding. Now -almost half a year later- I'm happy that I kept the lenses, as I ended up getting more use of them and this meant better photos of my Germany cosplay from Hetalia - a cosplay that haven't had a proper photoshoot since the days of Tracon 2016.

So yeah, you peeps can never guess whose uniform I ended up cramming in my bag before heading towards Shiro Samurai's place, where the photoshoot took place on September the 16th :'D

For this photoshoot, I decided to use additional authentic/repro WW2 gear for the costume, as I wanted to aim for a more "complete" and historical look. Yes, history is one of my passions alongside cosplay and I love to unite the two whenever applicable, character-wise. The changes to the costume are my own and for me, keeping a good taste in my costumes is a must. So no kinky whips if someone was hoping for that, lol.

DISCLAIMER!

I'm aware that the character I cosplay in this post might wear details/symbols that can be offensive or emotionally unpleasant to others. I, as a guy with his heart and morals in the right place, just want to make it clear that I DO NOT support, agree with, believe in or have any other connections to the ideologies/beliefs that the character I'm cosplaying is representing. Readers, please keep in mind that what I'm wearing is JUST A COSTUME and shouldn't be taken as anything more than that. Thank you.

With that being said, I welcome you all to this photoshoot so enjoy! The gun is obviously a toy gun that I borrowed from Shiro Samurai for this photoshoot, as it's so much easier to pose when you have something to pose with. #photoshootproblems

Cosplayer & editor: Frozen Angel (Germany)
Photographer: Shiro Samurai










Nothing can tame my derpiness! These are both unintentional to boot :'D

Bonus Pictures!

#hotdamn
It was at this moment he knew... he fucked up.
These photos confirm it to me that I really need to do something about that wig, as it keeps bugging me in every single photoshoot of Germany that I've done so far. The wig is way too cartoon-y and fluffy and that just looks off on a character whose hair is slick af 24/7, lol. Oh well, I guess my options are either to find a way to style it, so that the wig stays in place or else I will have to dye my own hair blond for the next photoshoot. I'm cool with both options and I actually wouldn't mind dying my hair blond, as I happened to be blond as a kid and somehow, I kind of miss it O_o

Well, that's it for this photoshoot and thanks for reading as always. Have a nice evening!

For those who wonder: Yes, the title name is a shoutout to my favorite guitarist Gary Moore, who is no longer with us. Rest in peace :'(

Monday, July 9, 2018

Lens Review: Hana SPC Barbie Circle Black

Hello all.

July has entered and there is still time to enjoy the summer but since the weather is a bit chilly today up here, I thought it would be a good opportunity to relax at home and write the last lens review out of the May batch. The earlier lenses that I've reviewed can be found here and here but this time, I will review an entirely new color that I haven't reviewed before. Let's get this started so say hello to the Hana SPC Barbie Circle Black lenses. Oh and before I forget, these lenses seemingly also go under the name of Hyper Circle Black Lens No.1 at LensVillage but they are still manufactured by the same Hana SPC brand.

Up to this day I am still surprised that I ended up buying a pair of black lenses, a color I never thought I would end up putting in my online shopping cart. But I did and while I lost interest to cosplay the character I originally bought these blackies for, I still decided to review them instead of selling them away. Yes, I am currently selling some of my unopened lenses and if you're curious to see what's up for grabs, then scroll down to the end of this post to see how to contact me. Now back to the review, shall we? :')

Photographer: Shiro Samurai

Lenses in their vials.


The batch of photos below are taken during a warm, sunny day in May with clear skies while being at bro's apartment. I still can't recall at what hour of the day these photos were taken but I know it to be around either noon or afternoon. Anyway, this is what the lenses look like when worn by a person with naturally green-ish gray eyes.

One lens in. Notice enlargement.
Natural roomlight, indoors.
Facing window, sunny.
Yellow apartment light.
Bathroom light.
Flash photo.
Facing sun, outdoors.
Back against sun, outdoors.
Black is an interesting and unusual lens color so of course I planned my "outfit of the day" accordingly. I wanted to go for something that would be cute yet, in a way, scary so I reached out with my hand towards the dark corners of my wardrobe and this is what I grabbed and pulled out:

Distance photo feat. my dead sexy Khezu hoodie :'D
Lens review:

Color: 8/10
A black color that shows well but is also soft at the same time. A great choice for those who want a soft but not too creepy/intensively black lens for their costume-y needs.
Comfort: 9/10
This one is on par with the most comfortable lenses I've reviewed so far. Another one of those that I didn't feel at all in my eyes and I can't help but love these lenses whenever they show up. Superb is the word here.
Design: 7/10
A simple design with a soft shade of black blending towards the wearer's natural eye color. The more I look at these, the more I like them.
Enlargement: 6/10
It's noticeable, at least if you have small eyes. Thankfully these doesn't go all creepy pasta edition on my eyes. Phew.
Naturalness: 4/10
When it comes to natural eye colors, black is clearly off the charts along with other colors such as red and gold. Despite this, these get some "Hey I can look natural too!" points for having such a soft shade of black that, hopefully, won't make the stranger next to you turn his head too many times to face you.
Opacity: 8/10
The opacity and coverage in these are great and took me by surprise! They definitely get the job done if you want a black lens with a softer tone to it. But if are looking for something with a more intensive color, then you might want to keep on looking as these might be too light for you.

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Those of you who are interested to see what lenses I'm currently selling can reach out and contact me at JaatynytxEnkeli@gmail.com. Keep in mind that I will list prices only in Swedish crowns (SEK) and euros (€) but I do send items worldwide and accept payment through PayPal, as long as the buyer shoulders the PayPal fee. Thanks for your interest and please no spam or anything out of topic when contacting me.

Ah, right. Before I end this post I want to show you guys how much fun I had in my Khezu hoodie before heading to town with bro that day.

Bonus Picture!

Khezu is love, Khezu is life. Poor wyvern-thing needs more love! ;__;
Now with the last lens review of the May batch done, it's time for me to skedaddle my way before I have an army of triggered Monster Hunter fans chasing me with burning pitchforks for being a Khezu lover, lolololol xDD

Anyway, see you guys around and thanks for reading!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Lens Review: Neo Sunflower Aqua

Hello everyone.

Summer is here and with it came my first official holiday off my job, the Scandinavian Midsummer. With some precious time on my hands, I decided to do something useful with it (even here on my blog) so today, I will be sharing my next lens review with you guys! This time, the spotlight will shine on one of the more prettier lenses that I own, enter the Neo Sunflower Aqua lenses. Alrighty, let's get this review started and happy Midsummer/Solstice everyone!

Photographer: Shiro Samurai

Lenses in their vial bottles.


Just like before I jumped on my bike and biked my way to Shiro Samurai's place during a clear and warm day in May. A perfect weather for lens reviews. Hence the reason why I pulled 3 reviews in succession that day and this was to save plenty of time and planning with bro. Yes, this is the 2nd review out of 3 and the last one will show up soon enough. Now, let's see what these beauties look like when worn.

One lens in. Notice enlargement.
Natural roomlight, indoors.
Facing window, sunny.
Yellow apartment light.
Bathroom light.
Flash photo.
Facing sun, outdoors.
Back against sun, outdoors.
And here goes the distance photo for these eye babies, enjoy!


Lens review:

Color: 7/10
They color shows up clearly but it's not an intense one. I personally dig the turquose shade in these.
Comfort: 9/10
One of the most comfortable pairs I've reviewed. Period. I barely felt them in my eyes which is always a big plus and I bet I wouldn't have issues wearing these during a full con day either.
Design: 7/10
I like the subtle, flower inspired pattern in them. Simply and pretty is all I have to say.
Enlargement: 4/10
The enlargement in these is fairly small. My small eyes approves.
Naturalness: 6/10
They look both natural and not-so-natural at the same time. The lenses have an interesting, bright color that certainly won't pass for those who knows what to look after. But their more subtle design might fool some from a distance though. After all, there are people out there with naturally bright eye colors. I've run into a few myself and damn, those shades really catches your eye!
Opacity: 8/10
Great color coverage and it was much better than I expected it to be at first, that's for sure. These cover my natural eye color well but I think persons with darker eye colors might find their real color peeping through the pattern more than mine did. But yeah, I'm just making a wild guess here.

Alright. Now there is only one more lens review to go from the May batch and after that, I can start posting about other stuff again, whatever that will be. I frankly have no idea right now as my nerd plans got drastically changed recently. Until then, have a nice day and don't forget to bask yourself in the summer feeling while it's still around. Stay cool!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Lens Review: ICK Adora Blue

Hello all.

I finally managed to find a gap in my very busy working schedule! *le gasp*

Yes, I have finally landed a full-time job next to my other two smaller jobs (one of them I should be able to complete within this month) and this basically means that -with such a busy schedule- I simply just won't have the time to write here as often as I'd like to. Don't worry though, I will keep on writing and posting here whenever something nerdy is coming my way but -from now on, as to be expected- my posts are going to be a bit more delayed than usual since a big chunk of my time goes to work and resting, obviously. I will, however, do my best to get posts out within a reasonable timeframe since the event/photoshoot etc. took place. So with that said and done, welcome to this year's first lens review and that will be the ICK Adora Blue.

This pair of lenses have been waiting for a review since I wore them for my updated Original Casual!Germany photoshoot back in February. If you want to see how these lenses look on an actual cosplay then by all means check that photoshoot out.

Alright. Let's start this review.

Photographer: Shiro Samurai

Lenses in their vials.


The photos below are taken during a sunny day in May with clear skies and plenty of warmth for us vikings, lol. I can't remember the time of the day when these photos were taken but I want to recall that it was either noon or afternoon.

One lens in. Notice enlargement.
Natural roomlight, indoors.
Facing window, sunny.
Yellow apartment light.
Bathroom light.
Flash photo.
Facing sun, outdoors.
Back against sun, outdoors.
Here comes the distance photo.


Lens review:

Color: 9/10
Very clear and intense color. Great for cosplay.
Comfort: 5/10
I kept feeling them in my eyes constantly and not in a comfortable way. They were a bit stingy and even when I took them off, I felt like they were still in my eyes! UGH! But I could endure them for a few hours, if I had to. Maybe I just got an unlucky pair, who knows? But I'm not buying these again.
Design: 7/10
I like them. There is not too much going on and they're not boring either. I like that black outer ring and shade of color.
Enlargement: 5/10
There is an enlargement but it's not anything big. If you have small eyes, like me, it should look alright on you.
Naturalness: 4/10
Despite blue being a natural eye color these lenses just don't look natural to me, color-wise. Just look at that intense, deep shade of blue. I mean, how many humans out there has such an eye color? You tell me.
Opacity: 9/10
I don't need to repeat myself, do I? These are really opaque and it shows, even from a distance.

That's it for today and stay tuned for more lens reviews to come in the near future!