Sacchan's Chamber of cosplays

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Breath of the Waifu - Finally getting started

Hey peeps!

Finally I'm back and even with some actual progress, which really is a lot from me. 

As you can probably guess from the title, this project will be a character from Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild. This waifu I am referring to is my waifu Paya. I was able to play the game for a while and absolutely fell in love with Paya, not only her design, but also her personality (she kinda reminds me of Hinata). I checked if would have the fabrics to make the cosplay, and as it turned out, I had most of the stuff. Since I wasn't blessed with a Summer job, I don't really have money (which is also a reason why I can't work on Brigitte from Overwatch), but there luckily wasn't much to get for her (basically just elf ears that I found cheap <3).

Protecc that smile <3

Bae <3

Where I started from was whatever is under that jacket :'D. Which I figured was a shirt (with a turtle neck) and a skirt and errr... some detail thingy? Don't judge me :( 

I'd say the most difficult thing about cosplay making is to get started. I spent many weeks to figure this cosplay piece by piece and checking out how other people made the cosplay. Well, yesterday I got myself to get started on making patterns and digging fabrics from various bags/boxes. 
Here's the progress:

Nevermind the messiness of my room~
Showing off the skirt and thicc thighs and some part of the shirt. Neither of these are finished, but at least it's getting there.

There's still a long way to go.

So yeah, this was a little update on what I'm working on. Hopefully there's more to come. Honestly I'm happy getting back to sewing. Especially now that I have time. There were some ups and downs already in the beginning, but that's what it is. See ya later! 



Sunday, April 22, 2018

Makeup for Dummies - Eyes and eyebrows

Eyes are basically the most important part of cosplay makeup and they need a lot of attention, but no need to worry. Even a soft eyeliner does a big difference. I remember this one convention I forgot my whole bag of makeup and there was this really nice girl with a sweet lolita gear, who borrowed me a mascara and an angled brush to do my lashes and eyeliner. She was a saint!

"For perfect eyemakeup you don't need to be a makeup artist, you just need time and a lot of practice"
- Mariela Sarkima



Lets begin with the basics, products and what they do:

Liner:
- Makes it look like you have more volume on your lashes
-Shapes your eye
- Makes your eyes look bigger (which is great when you wanna look like a moe anime character)

Eyeshadow:
- Gives your eyes that three-dimensional look with lighter and darker colors
- Highlights your eye color 
- Again, makes your eyes look bigger and gives depth to your look

Mascara:
- Highlights and darkens your lashes
- Opens up your eyes
- Finishes your eyemakeup

Next would be the brushes/tools you'll need! (I'm only listing the basic ones, these brushes has a lot of variety when it comes to sizes, shapes and hair. But these are the ones I use and honestly don't need much more)

Eyeshadow brush

This is a good tool to really get the color of your eyeshadow in. When I need to pack colors, this one is my go-to brush. This brush comes with many kinds of hairs, but mine is fairly soft, but it does it's job.

Blending brush

The name says it. This is used to blend your eyeshadow. Also you can apply colors with this one, but the result will be really soft. :) The hairs of this brush is a lot softer than eyeshadow brushes and also it's bigger. Ideal for blending <3

Angled brush

I use these babies for eyebrows mostly (especially the small black one), but it can also be used for eyeliner. For example if you're using a pencil liner, you need to usually seal it with eyeshadow so it will stay better. I prefer liquid eyeliners, but sometimes I have my soft moments and using these brushes gives soft  results :)

Ohh boi, we're still going! For this one I actually want to give you a demo of one of many ways to do your eyemakeup. This one is pretty classic one to go with, but it's my go-to look. :)

I used this nude palette by Maybelline New York. It's a bit worn, but it's my most used palette. I love the neutral colors, it's easy to give eyes depth and shape with this one.


1. So what I did, I started with a light color (close to my skintone) and added it to my whole lid with the eyeshadow brush 
2. I added a slightly darker color (light matte brown) to my crease, to create a bit depth and help making the end result as airbrushed as possible (I used blending brush for this). 
3. Took the eyeshadow brush again and packed dark brown to 1/3 part of my lid and blended it. (Putting dark colors to my inner corner makes my eyes a lot smaller)
4. Took a bit of black eyeshadow and added it to outer corner, not covering the whole dark brown, but creating depth with it.


Then I added liquid eyeliner, curled my lashes and put mascara. I could add false eyelashes to finish this look, but I don't have any atm. ^^'' Sure I could put color to lower lid too, but I wanted to make this demonstration as simple as possible (also I rarely add anything to lower lid). This is basically what I started with, but not this well :'D

Eyebrows

For eyebrows I only use an angled brush and eyeshadow. When I need to color them to match my wig, I take white pencil liner and go over my eyebrows and then take the color of eyeshadow that I need. Usually I go with a basic eyebrow shape (Unless the character I cosplay has some kind of iconic eyebrows which of course I try to follow).


Plugged and colored (I used the small angled brush, it's my go-to with eyebrows). If your eyebrows are long and out of control, you can use eyebrow gel to tame them and give them the shape you want. These gels also comes with colors, so you don't necessarily have to work with eye shadow and small brushes. 

Phew! I guess this is all. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I hope this was helpful. :)

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Starting over - I'm back!

Hello everyone!

Nope, this blog is not inactive, I just have not had time to work on anything else than school. I started a month later than everyone else in my class so I've had to do a lot of studying on my own to catch up with everyone. Now that I'm done with that and I can continue my life normally I can finally focus on my hobbies, including cosplay!

So yeah, I've been in a long (much needed) break, and my mind is cleared and I've been able to check a few new animes, play a few new games and get actually inspired to cosplay again! I'm basically starting over. I just don't care about the characters I've cosplayed in the past as much. I just threw a few away, kept the ones I still like etc. That means new projects! \o/

Brigitte Lindholm - Overwatch

As I posted on instagram, my next project will be Brigitte from Overwatch. I love her so much and her desings. I'm not comfortable to start on armor yet, so yeah, obviously going with this ^^ Brigitte is so precious!

There are more to come, I really want to make my characters from Dungeons & Dragons, also a few npc's from D&D Curse of Strahd. One of these npc's being..

Pidlwick - D&D Curse of Strahd

Pidlwick (aka. Dab Boi) is basically a killer robot, that my halfling -character adopted as her kid and taught him juggling and yes, dabbing. I really love this character, and he is basically one of my dream cosplays now. *sigh* Some day!

Anyway, this was an update post from me. Next post will probably be Makeup for dummies part 3 or Brigitte's shirt. Sacchan, out!



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Makeup for Dummies - The Base

Hey friends! It's me again throwing a part two from the Makeup for Dummies series! :D

In the last post I covered skincare and priming/prepping, this time we'll cover your face with foundation and concealers! o/ Now choosing foundation can be a bit difficult at times, I sure do remember my first ones being too dark for me and had the wrong base pigment to it... Oh the horror.. The beginners today are so spoiled! You have YouTube, Instagram and all other social medias filled with makeup gurus! Anyways, here's my guide to foundation, concealing and powdering.

Where to start?

  1. Define your skintone - You can get an idea about your skins base pigment by looking at your veins from your wrist. Veins come out as green if your pigment is yellow based, and purple if your base is pink. At store when you're looking at foundation that would fit you, take a couple of foundation testers and try them out on your jawline and you'll see which fits the best on your skin as a whole.
  2. Define your skin type - There are so many different types of foundations, liquids, powders, minerals... I've made a map listed different types of skins and foundations so you can check that out, hopefully it'll help. Original source to the map is from Makeup Bible by Mariela Sarkima 

Application


Foundation - When applying foundation, start from the center of your face and work it outwards. This will help you keep it faded so you don't have to worry about the obvious line of foundation on your jawline. As an applicator you can use makeup sponges, foundation brush or beauty blender. It's the matter of taste. You can also use your own hands, as long as you wash them first.
Personally I prefer beauty blender. I do use brush sometimes too, but when I have flakes on my face, with brush they tend to go up because I use swiping motions. With beauty blender however this won't be a problem since you want to use dabbing hehe motions, that pats the flakes down. I used to use sponges when I started using makeup, but they take so much product on them. Usually if I use sponges now, I use them to take excess makeup off if I used too much.

Concealer - You want to conceal under your eyes to cover dark circles and brighten everything up. As well as around your nose since that area tends have redness going on, above your eyebrows to make them pop more and your chin to reduce redness and shadowing. Also you can use it to cover zits. Liquid concealers come with an applicator, but if you use a pencil or a stick, just apply it directly from the stick/whatnot or take a small synthetic brush and add it with that. After you're done with that, blend it with your foundation brush/beauty blender/sponge/fingers.



Powder - Set and seal the whole thing with powder. You can use a brush or a powder puff or a beauty blender. Usually I start from the places I've concealed (starting under eyes) by using a beauty blender and really set the whole face with a brush. In my opinion it gives the softest results without it looking cakey. 


This was it for now, hopefully you found this helpful. Next time it would be eye makeup/eyebrows, so stay tooned!

Artwork of the day:

Star Guardian Ezreal from League of Legends! :D

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Makeup for dummies - Prepping your skin

Hi! I know I'm really antisocial, but now I'm finally dropping a post here!

I'm pretty sure that every cosplayer regardless of gender will use makeup at some point. Let's face it, it really does improve the cosplay as a whole. Well.. I've studied makeup and skincare for 2 years, so I guess I'm qualified to talk about this kind of stuff. I also have a few books and materials from a few makeup courses that I've kept. I will use them a lot making these posts. I will make this a series, where I'll go through different parts of makeup and skincare from cosplayers point of view.

LET'S BEGIN

First thing I wanna do pretty much every convention day, would be cleansing my face. Clean, treated skin => Skin on point => Makeup on point. Straight guys too, take care of your skin, it's not gay!
Find a cleanser that matches your skin type. For example, if your skin is dry, get cleanser and toner for dry skin, aka. moisturizing products. Here, I'll list the types here:
  • Dry skin: Dehydrated, has rough patches and flakes.
  • Combination skin: Oily in some parts (usually the T-zone), dry from the other parts. The most common skin type.
  • Oily skin: Noticeable shine, feeling over-all tacky and slick.
  • Normal skin: Ideal skin type. Skin feels smooth, with no extra shine or dry spots.
  • Surface dry skin: Close to normal skin, but with slight dryness in a few spots


If you still aren't too sure about your skin type, you can always go to your local beautician :))) Knowing your skin type helps a lot with choosing makeup foundation that works with your skin. I'll get to that in the next post! 

Now let's move on to the cleansing products.

  • Cleansing milk/oil: The name says it all, it cleanses and nourishes you face. Removes oil and dirt from your face.
  • Toner: Tightens pores and removes traces of the excess oil and dirt your cleansing milk/oil couldn't remove.
  • Moisturizer: Obviously, moisturizes your face. After toner your skin might feel tingly and probably a bit dry. Some people think that the "greasier" and heavier the moisturizer, the better, but that's not the case at all. Especially if you're under 50-years old, that heavy stuff pretty much weighs your face down. Try to find a light one that still does it's job. ^^ Trust me, you'll find it.
  • Primer: Creates a smooth base for foundation. Combats shine and helps your makeup last longer. You'll need that at conventions.
These are pretty much the products I use for prepping my skin before putting makeup. It's a nice base for any makeup pretty much. I could add exfoliating there too, but usually I do that the night before convention, and I don't even exfoliate more than about twice (2) a week.

Makeup removing
Using oils like extra virgin oil helps a lot when using cleansing wipes/veils. It breaks even the heaviest makeup, so you don't have to rub your face that roughly when removing the makeup with the wipes. :))) Just a tip I wanted to drop.. It saves a lot of time in the evening after a long day in a convention. 

Anyways, this is the first part of the dummy series! Next time we'll go through the base makeup! \o/

Instead of doing a "Tits out", I'll throw an artwork of the day :'3 Was it a simple sketch or more complex painting. I'm trying to keep doing at least one sketch per day. 
 Todays artwork is fanart of Shinku from Rozen Maiden. Because she's a doll and she doesn't have to think about skincare. Hope you'll have wonderful day!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lens review: TheDollyEye Sugar Candy Pink

Arvoisa lukijakunta: paskaa. :))

Not rly. Butt but seriously though, gonna show the TheDollyEye Sugar Candy Pink lenses today! Take it, take it real good.

Photographer: Shiro Samurai




Really big and moe lenses kinda like me, lolz. The limbal ring is huuuuuge! The color doesn't show up as much as on the blue pair (review below!), but maybe that is because the contrast between brown and pink is not as strong. It's still a pretty color, gives me candy eyes. :3

One lens in.
Bathroom light.
Facing window.
Flash photo.
White light.
Yellow light.
Indoors storage room, natural light.
Outside, facing sun while being in the shadow.
Outside, back against sun.
Outside, facing sun.
Important!! Please noot note that I got these lenses from a friend who lost interest in using big circle lenses and by the time I got most of the lenses many had already expired. This is the reason why I'm not grading comfort because it wouldn't be accurate. This pair is one of those that had expired and I threw them out as soon as I was done taking photos for the review. :3

Just like with the blue Sugar daddy Candy lenses these were really comfy even though they had expired...? I was like wut. :'D I'm sure these would be really comfortable for wear, it's just that I threw them away after the review cuz the date had passed. Not taking extrrra risks.


Check out my other review of the Sugar Candy lenses: Blue

Summary:

Color: 7/10
The color is there but it doesn't pop on my green-brown eyes. 
Design: 8/10
Adorable dolly lenses!
Enlargement: 9/10
Biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiig.
Opacity: 6/10
The color shows up as pink but it kinda fades a lil...?
Naturalness: 4/10
Surprisingly natural, if you ignore the black rim and size.
Comfort: -/-
Not applicable. See above for information.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Lens review: TheDollyEye Sugar Candy Blue

Hello pepes peoples!

My computard is still dead so I'm borrowing mah homie's laptop. Is your gurl Sacchan dropping another bomb lens review? Yes I am. Paskaa. :-DD 
These lenses are called TheDollyEye Sugar Candy Blue and yes, don't forget the THE in DollyEye. #triggered

Photographer: Shiro Samurai




If you want to be moe with colorful eyes then these are your go-to lenses! :3 Really cute and good color even though it's mostly limited to the edges. Edgy.
Big lenses and big black dick limbal ring. You might notice that my eyes are not basic bitch brown (oh shit :D) but also have some green stuff going on, idk...

One lens in.
Bathroom light.
Facing window.
Flash photo.
White light.
Yellow light in the corridor.
Yellow light in the staircase.
Indoors storage room. Natural light.
Outdoors, back against sun.
Outdoors, facing sun while being under the shadow.
Outdoors, facing sun.
Important!! Please noot note that I got these lenses from a friend who lost interest in using big circle lenses and by the time I got most of the lenses many had already expired. This is the reason why I'm not grading comfort because it wouldn't be accurate. This pair is one of those that had expired and I threw them out as soon as I was done taking photos for the review. :3

Even though they had expired I didn't actually feel them in my eyes, really comfy? I believe these are comfortable even if they wouldn't be past their optimus prime. :))


Check out my other review of the Sugar Candy lenses: Pink

Summary:

Color: 8/10
Color is really nice, especially in natural lights. :3
Design: 8/10
Super cute, kinda like me. #khyl
Enlargement: 9/10
Moe.
Opacity: 7/10
Colored parts are vivid and show up well. Slight blending.
Naturalness: 2/10
Color is too bright and totally realistic black ring, lol.
Comfort: -/-
Not applicable. See above for information.

Bye all memes necessary.