The 3 Most Popular Posts In 2014

It’s kind of interesting what my most popular posts were in 2014 … Some of them I expected but others, I had no idea they were going to be as popular as they were.

The #1 viewed post on my blog was, “My Dirty Little Secret: Depression

#2 was “15 Things You Should Never Say To A Female Gamer” – If I counted other platforms, this would be my most popular post, remember how it was on the front page of BuzzFeed and reblogged by Wil Weaton?!? ((I still fangirl about that.))

and #3 was “How To Compliment A Cosplayer

What were your favorite posts from 2014?? Let me know in comments!

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Wednesday Outfit: The Joker

Introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos, I’m an agent of chaos, and you know the thing about chaos? It’s fair.

The Joker

Beige top
$25 – intimissimi.com

Converse shoes
converse.com

White handbag
hottopic.com

Gold charm
etsy.com

Bank Novelty Sock 3-Pack
$23 – bankfashion.co.uk

Maybelline lips makeup
$11 – boots.com

Butter London gel nail polish
$19 – thehut.com

As always, let me know what you think in the comments below! ❤
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5 Tips For Beautiful Curls With KISS InstaWave

Pretty Curls!
This is my beautiful daughter, Chanel. She volunteered to be my model for this post. 

I received a KISS InstaWave to review and I’m absolutely loving it. While I have short hair, my hair has a bit of a natural wave to it so I haven’t ever had to really deal with curling my hair too much. Chanel, on the other hand, has straight hair. It dries perfectly straight without having to do anything to it.  Sometimes she likes having her hair done in something other than a braid or ponytail.

Chanel’s natural hair

The KISS InstaWave is a fully automatic, tangle-free curler that creates beautiful curls instantly. What does that mean? You know that annoying crease you get when you’re curling your hair from the clip? That’s a thing of the past. I was kind of skeptical at first but it’s REALLY easy to use and there is no creases! Chanel was even able to do a curl or two. She thought it was pretty fabulous that you didn’t have to do anything other than place the hair and push a button. The curl dial can rotate in either direction – which makes it easy to create a natural looking curl.

Here is the easy process of using the InstaWave:

1- Place the hair
2-Push the button to twirl the hair around the wand
It should look something like this


3- After letting the wand heat the hair for about 5-10 seconds pull the KISS InstaWave straight down and you’re left with a beautiful curl. You can hold it longer for tighter curls.

There are two heat settings on the wand – low/high switch with a max temperature of 420 degrees. It automatically shuts off after 90 minutes.  It has a ceramic ionic 1″ barrel and it even works on short hair. Obviously it’s not going to produce cute ringlet curls on short hair, but it does curl my short hair. I’ve been using it to curl my ends under and haven’t had any problem with it.

Some things that I have noticed about the KISS InstaWave are that the mechanism that curls the hair is pretty quiet. The curler itself makes a buzzing noise when it’s plugged in – Chanel kept commenting on the sound that it was making. I hardly noticed it. Overall, it curls your hair pretty quickly, which is nice when you have a 7 year old that doesn’t want to sit still! We both have been loving the curls. It took me a minute to figure it out but once I did, it was a breeze. The hardest part was figuring out how to properly place the hair. (see step 1).

Tips: 

  1. Switch between curling left and right to create a natural curl
  2. Section your hair off and curl the underneath section of hair first. These curls don’t have to be perfect or as tight as the rest of your hair – in fact if you curl it a loosely, it adds some volume to your hair. 
  3. Spray with hair spray after each section – use a flexible hold hairspray to avoid that crunchy look. 
  4. Curl the pieces of hair right by your face away from your face – What I mean is, on the left side curl the piece to the left and the right side to the right. 
  5. Finger comb through the curls to make them look more natural. 

Bonus Cosplay Tips:
***Obviously, only use this with real human hair wigs – synthetic hair will melt!***

    • Due to the fact that this doesn’t PULL your hair like a regular curling iron, makes it ideal for touching up curls on either your clip-ins or wigs! You can do this either while the wig is on your head or on your wig mannequin. It won’t tangle your wig and it won’t leave a crease. Just section the hair and curl, following the same steps as above!

 You can purchase this great product at http://www.kissinstawave.com/

**Full disclosure: I received this product in exchange for a review/product feedback. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

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Cosplay: Genderbending & Bodytypes


Q: Why do people cosplay different genders and/or “slutty” versions of the character? 

A: Gender Bending/ Genderswapping:  I can really only answer this from a female perspective. Binding (for those of you who don’t know what binding is: wrapping your chest up so it looks like you don’t have boobies) can be, and usually is, painful. Also, some (most?) females don’t have the bone structure to pull off a male character. With those reasons aside, the creative aspect of genderbending is great. You get to take a male character and make him into a female! There is so much creativity that goes into genderbent characters that it is kind of an art form. If you’re still asking, “Why, though??”, it boils down to the fact that they love the character. Sometimes, it is just easier to find a male character with a personality that you like. Simple as that.

First, let me say that I do not condone slut shaming in anyway. “Slutty” versions of characters. Honestly, I think if you’re comfortable enough in your own skin to do a “slutty” version of a character, then more power to you! I can’t tell you why people dress the way they do, I can only guess. It could be for more attention, it could be because they’re proud of their body and want to show it off, or just because they wanted to make a “slutty” costume. Whatever their personal reason is, my best advice is see the picture above that I found floating around Facebook.

What are your thoughts on genderbending and “slutty” cosplay?

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Cosplay Tips and Tricks

When I first started cosplaying, I didn’t really research anything. I just made a costume and wore it. It was stressful, hard, and I wanted to cry by the end of it. It was a blast, don’t get me wrong, I just wasn’t prepared. I wasn’t prepared for the pictures, I wasn’t prepared for my costume to break, I wasn’t prepared to be  hugged and touched by strangers, and above all, I wasn’t prepared to smell so bad. I’ve made a list of my cosplay survival kit for conventions to share with you… in hopes that you’re first experiences aren’t like mine!

  1. Deodorant. I keep two kinds with me – a stick and a spray. You’ll be sweaty. You can’t avoid that. You’ll be in front of cameras and in a room jam-packed full of sweaty people. You’ll want to spray deodorant on places that are super prone to sweat (lower back, thighs, etc) and of course, the stick for your armpits. I use this body deodorant spray. You need to be careful to find one that doesn’t leave a white residue on your skin as it can (and usually will) stain your costume.
  2. A sewing kit. These can be found just about anywhere but I recommend one like this. It’s small and has everything you could need to quickly fix your costume. 
  3. Makeup kit. Something small, like this, that has a variety of colors in case of smudges or when you’re in need of a retouch and that has a mirror! I
  4. A bag of wisps or a toothbrush and toothpaste. At some point, you’re probably going to eat and you’ll probably be eating convention food. Your breath will smell and you’ll wish you had something to brush with.
  5. A hair/wig kit. Again, something small, that has bobbypins, hairspray, and a brush in case your wig/hair needs a touchup.
  6. A bag to put all your junk in. Something you can spot easily, like this totoro bag, and that you don’t mind carrying around.

Remember, you’re going to be in a million pictures, so smile and have fun with your costume! 

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How To Compliment A Cosplayer

A reader asked, “What is the best way to compliment a cosplayer without coming off as a creeper?”

Honestly, it’s really simple. Just compliment, share you love of the character and they will do the same! It’s seriously that simple. The safest thing to say is, “Your costume looks amazing!” or something along those lines.
Here are a few tips on what not to do…

  • Do NOT touch any part of the costume. Costumes have been planned and worked on for extended periods of time. If something breaks it can be a pain to have to start over. Ask before you touch any part of a costume. 
  • Rather than asking where they bought a certain piece, always assume that the cosplayer handmade everything. They’ll correct you if you’re wrong. 

  • Cosplayers are always more than willing to talk to you about their costume. However, if they’re posing for pictures, be patient and let them pose for their photographers. Once they’re done they will gladly talk to you. 

  • If a cosplayer is wearing something revealing, do not just creep on his or her body. Compliment him or her on the character representation. Even if the cosplayer prides him/herself on their body, it still gets creepy

  •  I cannot stress this one enough – Do not, I repeat, DO NOT EVER grab a cosplayer. ASK FIRST. You can ruin their costume AND make them uncomfortable. They are not there for your amusement or to be manhandled. Do not assume that they want to hug you, touch you or anything like that. (Did I get my point across?)

  • Don’t assume that they’re single. Don’t ask for their number. Don’t blatantly hit on them. (Especially with their significant other is standing right there, holding their stuff so you can get a picture with them…) Just… don’t do this. 

  • Don’t compare costumes. You can say things like, “You’re on of the best ____ I’ve seen!” but never say something like, “You’re way better than mine/the other ____ I saw earlier.”or even worse, “The ___ I saw earlier was so much better than yours.”

  •  This last one might just be a pet peeve of mine but, don’t just randomly snap a picture of me. Ask and let me pose for a picture. It’s the polite thing to do.

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