G&G Shinny Violet (Puffy 3 Tone) Review

G&G Shinny Violet

Brand: G&G (DUEBA/BARBIE) 

Diameter: 14.5mm

Base Curve: 8.6mm

Water Content: 38%

Life Span: Yearly

Design: ★★★★★
I absolutely love these purple lenses! They give a nice subtle, but still noticeable, purple colour to my eyes which looks more vibrant depending on the lighting. I think if purple was a natural eye colour it would be like this.

The gradient of purple to a golden brown makes it blend well on my brown eyes. I think the black limbal ring with the slight darker purple give a dolly eyed effect.

The pupil hole is big on my eyes, so sometimes it can look I have a lazy eye :XD

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Enlargement: ★★★★★
These enlarge a lot! I think 14.5mm is the largest size I’ll go otherwise they’ll cover the whole of my eyes lol. Depending on the size of your eyes they can give you a halo effect.

Comfort: ★★★★★
They’re really comfy! I usually only use eyedrops right after I put them in, and I can wear them the whole day without them feeling dry. I like wearing them often for a daily look when I’m not in cosplay.

October Snaps

Sorry for the lack of posting last month! I got a pretty bad case of hay fever and sinus infection which last 2~3 weeks so I thought I’ld take a break from posting :3seal

Recently I started cycling again! I haven’t ridden a bike since high school so I was really rusty haha, it took a while to get used to the balance. It was nice to experience riding around a park again! I used exercise weekly by riding a bike or scooter when I was younger.

We rode around Bicentennial Park and it was only $15 for an hour so I hope I can go more often to add some variety in my exercise routine  :happy

     

After that we had Korean food! I love Korean food but I think it’s a bit expensive eating it in the city but this place was decent and they refilled the side dishes often :kaohuhu I really like eating dolsot bibimbap so if you follow me on instagram you’ll probably notice I always order it if I’m not eating fried chicken haha.

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Uniqlo had a deal where you could buy two UT tees for $19.90, so a friend I got matching tees :eheh I’m not really a big fan of Toy Story but I like the aliens and I haven’t gotten a navy tee in my wardrobe yet. I was surprised about the fitting of the size though, I thought I would be a XS since that’s what I got for the LINE tees, but XXS ended fitting me better. A note to myself to double check the sizing for future in purchases incase they’re too baggy!

     

Also managed to get another Cony item at Capitol thanks to certain people :hearteye2 My collection is slowly growing!

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I haven’t eaten frozen yoghurt in ages so I went to Noggi with Ayu. I think the hype of it has died down and also my taste has gone back to thicker yoghurt (This is my absolute favourite!). We decided to try their signature ranges – Ayu got the Apple Crumble and I got the Green tea one. I wouldn’t say it was anything amazing but it was interesting eating froyo with red beans and was refreshing as an afternoon snack :glee2

      

I went to Circa Espresso with friends for brunch. It’s a cozy cafe with not much seating space so I’m glad we went in early! I can’t remember the exact name of the dish but it had granola chunks, yoghurt and fruit. Unfortunately the granola was overcooked, and as much as I tried to soften it with the yoghurt it was pretty inedible :sobbb I probably like ended up eating 70% of it before I gave up lol. The person at the cashier was kind enough to not charge me for the meal and was apologetic about it. Nice customer service!

Despite my experience, I wouldn’t mind going back there to try their dishes with sourdough instead. What my friends ate look really nice, so I’m glad they enjoyed their dishes puuu

Fantasy Life

After around 2 years of waiting, Fantasy Life is finally available in English! It’s a JRPG by Level-5 where you can switch easily between 12 job classes – otherwise known as a “life” in the game – to help you fight monsters, gather materials and/or craft items!

I won’t be going over any of the plot to avoid spoilers so here are my initial thoughts about the game.

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The first life I chose was a Paladin – I love swordsman/knight type of classes and I usually pick it when playing rpgs. Fairly straight forward playing with this class, there’s the basic attacking skill and a few different ones with magic. There’s also cute/decent looking armour and all different type of outfits you can get as you visit each area (or can make if you’ve chosen the blacksmith life). You can choose to use single-handed sword and/or shield and a greatsword (two-handed), but I tried the latter yet. Playing without the shield gives you more option in using sp sword skills.

The next life I chose was to be a cook. I find this life super fun, and it’s really useful creating items which I can use to help me while I’m out exploring and battling monsters. There’s a range of things you can cook and there’s 4 categories – fruit & vegetables, egg, meat and fish dishes. As you level up, you can gain skills to make you cook faster, helping you whip up super meals, and add extra ingredients such wasabi to tuna sushi to make it better.



There’s an overall storyline in the game, but you can also complete other quests in-between chapters which helps you level up and earn dosh (the in-game currency). Completing chapters of the storyline helps you earn “bliss points” which you can use to unlock features such as getting a pet or increasing your bag storage. Doing the quests with stars help you achieve rank for your Life.

Another appeal to the game is the multiplayer capabilities, you can play with two other friends! I find this a good way to fight against the other monsters and explore other areas to complete quests. It’s a fast way to earn exp as you just need to last a hit on the monster so it cuts down on grinding.  It’s also easy connecting locally or via the internet if you have your friends already added in your friend’s list.

Exchanging a bounty at a bounty clerk is a good way to earn dosh and get items, which sometimes can vary. You can get them by killing area bosses, and there’s also bounties from mining, axing or fishing!

There’s also a dlc/expansion pack which costs around AU$10~ (from memory) where you have another area to explore, more pets, more customisation etc. I haven’t bought this yet as most of the features can only be accessed after level 50.

The only issue I have is that targeting and switching between monsters while battling can be annoying but otherwise playing the game so far has been an enjoyable experience! The graphics are cute and vibrant and the music is enjoyable to listen to. There’s a lot of things I haven’t covered since I haven’t played all the jobs yet so look around before you buy it but I think if you’re a fan of jrpgs it’ll be fun to play.

Venus Eye Bright Red Review + Coupon Code!

Update://

So I just found out someone posted my code onto a coupon site, so the code is now invalid :( Thanks to whoever made my coupon code void :argh I’m really sorry for those who wanted to buy lenses with the discount. Hopefully you can find another coupon code from another blogger.

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I’m excited to announce that I’ve got a coupon code for 50% off circle lenses at Pinky Paradise! The details will be posted at the end of this post so please keep reading to the end :chuuu

Venus Eye Bright Red

Diameter: 14.0mm

Base Curve: 8.6mm

Water Content: 38%

Life Span: Yearly


Design: ★★★★★
Wearing the lenses gives a bold, but not too vivid, shade of red to my eyes. I personally don’t like lenses which are too bright because they can give the O_O effect. They’re pretty noticeable, even indoors when they look a shade darker, so don’t get these it’s you’re looking for something subtle or looking for something like a wine red shade.

Even though the limbal ring is a dotted black, it’s still condense enough to give a dolly look. And I think the slight gaps in the red design allows it to blend in a bit with your natural eye colour.

Enlargement: ★★★★★
Even though these are only 14.0mm, they enlarged my eyes. I think it could also be due to the black limbal ring ring? I have pretty small eyes though :3seal

Comfort: ★★★★☆
They’re pretty comfortable and I wore them for around 8 hours with no problems. They are a bit drying so I found myself using eyedrops throughout the day.

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Now to the details of my Halloween Coupon Code Offer with Pinky Paradise:

  • My coupon code is halloween2014marchrabbits.
  • It’s valid from the 26th September til the 6th October 2014.
  • This code is only applicable to lenses (except Phantasee series, monthly lenses and Toric – Astigmatism lenses). Any other products such as cosmetics will not be included.
  • This code can only be used for one order per customer and cannot be used with any other coupon code.

Happy shopping! I hope you guys can get circle lenses you’ve been eyeing with this coupon code!

Uniqlo & LINE FRIENDS

Do you guys use any apps by LINE? I use their messenger and camera apps – perfect to express exactly how you feel through stickers and there’s so many to choose from! There’s also anime series of their mascots – they’ve got their web series Line Offline up on YouTube which shows more of their personalities. My favourite characters are Cony (the rabbit) and James (the guy with the blonde hair). It’s really funny to watch.

Earlier in the year they collaborated with Uniqlo releasing a range of tees in their UT range! Sydney only has a Uniqlo popup store at the moment so many thanks to B for helping me get the tees when she went to Hong Kong. I think this range has been stocked in most countries, I even saw some designs in the US site. I hope that when the Sydney store is completed, that they’ll stock the Japanese collaboration ranges such as this one.

LINE tee crew :glee

They were only printed in the Mens sizes so I got the XS size, which I prefer anyways since I don’t like the fit of women’s tees. They’re the perfect type of loose fitting which I like – not too baggy and not too tight :teehee . I think the cute designs and bright colours make them perfect to wear in the warmer weather. These are the tees I got:

Being my first Uniqlo items to own so I was surprised at how comfy they are, and they’re so cheap! My favourite store to buy graphic tees from is Graniph, but they cost AU$45 from the Australian store, compared to 2500 Yen in Japan, so I don’t get their items often. I will definitely consider shopping at Uniqlo next when I update my wardrobe, they seem good to get basic and staple items design, quality and price wise.

AmiAmi Mid Year Order

I’ve been buying from AmiAmi for a bit over a year now so I thought I’ld finally write a proper post regarding my experiences. It’s an online retailer based in Tokyo, Japan which sells hobby and figure merchandise. I like ordering from them as they have discounts on their items and it’s easy to preorder their items – you don’t pay until the item is in stock.

Order Info
  • 12th April – Preordered Taiko no Tatsujin game and Haikyuu!! Bracelet
  • 7th May – Preordered Free! – Face Tote Bag: Rin and Free! Ouchi de Free Style!
  • 5th August – Received order invoice
  • 11th August – Paid for order
  • 12th AugustReceived shipping notice
  • 29th August – Package arrived

I paid via Paypal and chose unregistered SAL. Usually it only takes 11~14days for me to receive the package, so this time I got a bit worried since it took a few days longer lol. Sometimes it’s worth it to pay extra so you can keep tracking parcels.

Also usually you can’t combine items from preorders which get released in different months but I was able to this time I think because the Haikyuu!! bracelet’s release got delayed by 2 months.

Items

Free! Face tote bag Rin [Free!フェイストートバッグ りん]

  • Price: 2770JPY
  • Dimensions: Approx. 280 x 300 x 10mm (Handle Length: 230mm)
  • Materials: Cotton Jersey Cloth, Polyester Ox

I mainly own tote bags with simple designs and plan colours so thought this would a cute addition to brighten up my wardrobe in Spring or Summer. I wanted to get Rin and Haru but it was sort of expensive to splurge on, so I just got one. Ensky has really cute products it’s hard to resist!

The fabric and construction of the bag feels durable and is comfortable to wear. An interesting thing is that the fabric used for the hair is different from the face, it’s softer to touch.

I thought the back was going to be plain but there’s cute doodles which relates to the series :hearteye2

Inside there’s two pockets to place items you want to access easily. I think you can place a decent amount of items inside the bag, I’ve got an A4 folder, 3DS LL, cosmetic pouch and 2 comic books in the photo (sorry it isn’t clear to see all the items). I usually carry a lot of things when I go out (like an extra jumper since I get cold easily) so I’ll probably use it in warmer weather when I don’t have bulky items to carry around.

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Ochatomo Series – Free! Ouchi de Free Style! [ お茶友シリーズ Free! おうちでフリースタイル!]

  • Price: 3,840yen
  • Contains 8 figurines with coasters
  • Figure height: Approx. 45mm tall each

Have you heard of Cup no Fuchiko (Fuchiko on the edge of a cup) before? She’s a popular figurine which you can get from gachapon, in various funny poses which you can place on a cup or various things to brighten up your day. I always thought it was funny but I wasn’t into the character, so when I saw the Free! ones getting released I got really excited. Also the 25% discount AmiAmi had was another incentive to get them.

The paint job and quality seems pretty good, I haven’t seen any patches of no paint or derpy faces. I’ve sometimes found that smaller figurines don’t have constant quality control so it can be a hit or miss buying them. The cup figurines which sit at the edge aren’t as easy as the ones which you can slide onto the edge, so just before they don’t fall into your drink when you position them! They’re perfect edition to add some cuteness to your drink photos puuu
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Taiko no Tatsujin: Don to Katsu no Jikuu Daibouken (太鼓の達人 どんとかつの時空大冒険)

  • Price: 4290 yen
  • Unfortunately they’ve removed the product from the site so I can’t link it.

Besides Animal Crossing, Taiko no Tatsujin is another game series I follow religiously and try to play all versions of. I think so far I’ve played all the DS and PSP versions and tried an arcade version, and now own the two 3DS games they’ve released so far. I’m not too good at playing it – I can only play the easy or normal mode –  but I enjoy playing and listening to their songs and it’s a great game to play with friends or to kill time. My favourite song from the previous game is Growing Up.

The title can be translatedas “Taiko Drum Master: Don and Katsu’s Great Space-time Adventure” in English and is different from the previous game as it has a new rhythm-RPG story mode where you can customize a full party of monster helpers to fight. It also now has streepass so you can check out the profile of other players and has DLC song packs to purchase new songs to your library.

I was really happy to see that there’s a small vocaloid section and the moment I saw Guren no Yumiya (first opening song in Shingeki no Kyojin) listed in the song list, I preordered :shinyred I haven’t had much time to play it yet, but I’ve played a few songs and have enjoyed it so far.

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Haikyuu!! – PU Leather Bracelet (Emblem Ver.): Kozume [ハイキュー!! PUレザーブレス(エンブレムVer.) 孤爪]

  • Price: 240 yen
  • Approx. 20 x dia. 75mm

Just something small I ordered with the game since there was nothing else I wanted to order that month, but then the release date got pushed back fuuu I don’t usually order bracelets since I have thin wrists and don’t like wearing accessories too loose but I thought it’ld be nice to order it since I like the character and it was cheap. It’s pretty comfy and not too heavy.

SMASH! 2014 – Day 1

The second cosplay convention I attended this year was SMASH! which was held on the 9th and 10th of August at Rosehill Gardens. It was my first time staying overnight at a rental apartment with friends so that was fun to experience (besides not getting enough sleep haha). My eyes look even smaller when I have eyebags since I already have aegyo sal so my eyes look even smaller donn

The highlight of the convention this year was meeting Reika! :blood She’s a popular cosplayer from Japan, who has been a guest at many conventions around the world and this was her first time visiting Australia! She was interviewed by a local newspaper if you want to know more about her.

I really admire her, she looks amazing in her cosplays – she sews and does all the makeup herself, and I like the way she poses and looks in character in her photoshoots. I wish oneday I could reach that level but I don’t think it’ll ever go past a hobby stage for me. I think I already spend too much on it so I’m trying to limit myself next year, I miss spending on other things haha.

My friends and I cosplayed from Uta no Prince-sama.
Photo by Chris

I’m so glad we were able to get a group photo with her since people mainly got photos with her if you caught her wandering around or were in a group she likes and hung around after her autograph sessions :hearteye2 She’s really cute in person despite the type of characters she chooses to cosplay. Her voice sounds really nice!

I got my Ren postcard signed by her which was given to me a while back by a friend and she also gave me her coscard :deer The first thing I did when I entered the convention was to grab an autograph wristband and to buy a photobook from her stall haha. I currently have 3 photobooks of her.

     

B and I bought her some small treats from Happy Lab and our friends signed an board to give to her.

    

In addition to doing a group cosplay, we also performed a group skit! Basically there were 2 groups – the senpai/senior group – Quartet Night who danced Poison Kiss (warning: auto-play), and STARISH who did the ending song Maji Love 2000%  (warning: auto-play). I was in the latter group, as Syo Kurusu. We practised since April earlier year and as someone who doesn’t dance, it took me a while to get it all lol. I’m really uncoordinated despite doing gymnastics when I was younger. Thanks to my friends for being patient with me flopping around :chuuu

The only problem we experienced during the skit was that the stage was way smaller than we expected, so there were some mistakes during our skit. But everyone tried their best and had fun which is what matters the most! At least we know for next time :XD

We ended up getting Best Runner-Up skit but we missed the awards ceremony since we left earlier to line up for Reika’s autograph session and we were surprised that we even got anything since we just entered for fun. It was a nice surprise! :eheh

    

It was really nice being a part of a group cosplay, it’s my first time participating at one in a convention :hearteye2 I think it’s always cool to see a cast of characters being cosplayed because it’s like a completed set. I hope I have another chance next year to join my friends cosplaying again from the same series.

Photo by: Mukuroma

And that’s all for day 1! It was just mainly about Reika, posing for photos and practising the dance :happy2