a canadian beauty, travel, and cosplay blog

27.1.13

ASMR

Hello lovelies! Long time no see!

I've been quite busy starting up the new year. I've been working harder at my video projects on my youtube lately - getting myself into the habit of filming regularly for my exchange, if get approved for it! If you guys are curious, please check out my channel here <3

Anyway, I've been getting into ASMR videos recently! For those of you who don't know, ASMR is:
Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is a term used to describe a sensory experience characterized by a tingling sensation in the head and scalp, which can be triggered by sounds like whispering or brushing, and visual stimulus like painting or drawing. On YouTube, the phenomenon inspired the creation of “whisperer” videos, in which people attempt to trigger the viewer’s ASMR by speaking in a soft voice and making various sounds with inanimate objects.
Here's a great article on VICE that explains it very well. My friend actually showed this to me when he was explaining what ASMR is.


6.1.13

music favourites 2

I get lots of questions and requests to post my playlist because people like the music I post to my twitter and use on my drawing livestreams. I think I'll make this a regular feature - where I list some of my favourite songs of the moment!

    
Found this indie band through Youtube Rewind for their 5 person, 1 guitar Goyte "Somebody that I Used to Know" cover. I love them! They're a Canadian band that was founded in a city not too far from me! Love finding great Canadian groups.


I don't follow Taylor Swift's drama, but I do like some of her songs. And this song is gorgeous - so mature and elegant compared to her other songs. The music video is beautiful.


Awesome live mashup of 39 great songs! I really love these types of remixes on these board things (I forget when they're called?)


Now, for a french song! This song has beautiful lyrics! If you can't understand the french, here is the english translation. I think my favourite lines are, I’m told that fate makes fun of us, /That it gives us nothing and promises everything, /When happiness seems to be within our reach, /We reach out and find ourselves like fools. It really speaks to me for some reason. It has love, fear, and uncertainty, a lot of emotions I'm sure a lot of us can relate to.


What are your favourite songs at the moment? :]


5.1.13

Shippuden

New cosplay project! I've been getting really into Naruto lately. I started reading the manga about 3 weeks ago because I was bored and wanted something new to read on my S2. I used to love Naruto back when I was 11/12, when it played on YTV's Bionix! The arc with Haku and Zabuza was my absolute favourite. I've wanted to cosplay Haku forever but I want a Zabuza.... this cosplay will happen sometime in the future!!
The anime has so many filler episodes though, which made me lose interest very quickly. After starting the manga, I've become addicted (again)! This time, I was drawn to Hinata. She's very shy and cute, and her little bursts of courage despite being pretty weak as a ninja make me love her even more. Despite being a character in an insanely huge anime franchise, not many people have cosplayed her! Her Shippuden outfit consists of a purple sweater, blue pants, and leaf village headband. She has white eyes with no pupil (from her Byakugan, which enhances her vision and lets her see very far distances, opponent chakra/energy, etc.)
 
  I'm really excited to cosplay her. I'm going to be using mesh screen contacts for her eyes. It's basically a white screen design that allows you to see through (the black square are the holes). This covers the iris and gives the 'white out' effect. Although circle lenses look nice, they expose the iris and don't look like Hinata's eyes. I know I can get grey lenses and photoshop my iris, but I really want to try out screen lenses! I'll make sure to review them! I bought them here.

I'm kind of sad because I won't be able to do many cosplay projects this year. I really need to save up for my exchange. Luckily, xfancy will be sponsoring my Hinata cosplay, so I'll be sure to review the costume and quality for those of you who buy your costumes. Later on, possibly later this month or next month, I'll be doing a shoot with Joe! Excited and scared for a winter shoot, hopefully I don't get sick! 

I'm sure the photos will be worth it. I think Hinata will be a cosplay that I can take over with me to the UK for cons there! I'll prob just bring Hilda, Emmy and Hinata? Ahhhh too exciting! :]

I'll keep updated when my costume, wig, contacts etc arrive! 


1.1.13

2013

Happy New Year! I figured that I would make this post an annual feature, reflecting on the past year and the things that have happened in my life.

First, I want to take a look at the resolutions that I sent for myself last year!
  • Become healthier - I can say that I have improved my eating habits compared to my first year of university, although I need to cut down on the sugar in my diet. 
  • Improve my Youtube - My goal was to reach 10,000 subscribers on youtube! In April, my channel suddenly started receiving a huge jump in viewers. I am currently at 18,000 subscribers, it's insane! I can't believe it, and I'm so thankful for the support that I've gotten.
  • Find a summer job - First I got a job at a really crap dress store, quit after about two weeks because I was being treated poorly and the management was very disorganized. Found a great summer job at Levis where I met some great co-workers! They even invited me back for winter seasonal work, and the summer of 2013! 
  • Stop looking like a homeless person. - LOL yeah I can safely say I put more effort into my looks! I'm glad I don't look as much of a bum as last year. 
  • Work on photography skills - Have taken lots of lovely photos of cosplay, food blogging, and events in general. Hopefully I will continue to improve these skills in 2013! 
  • Travel - Had my first road trip without parents when Moetron and I attended Otakon 2012, which took place in Baltimore, Maryland. A few months later, we attended Youmacon 2012 in Detroit, Michigan! 
  • BE HAPPY~! I am definitely happier than last year. As I stated in my previous post, I went through a mini period of depression where I just felt really tired and sad all the time, and didn't want to socialize or go out and do things. I've made some great friends and had some great opportunities.

When rereading old blog entries in October, I had come to the realization that I have completed every one of my new year's resolutions! I'm so happy :D I normally don't track my resolutions (or at least, forget about them a few months into the year,) so it was great to be able to reflect on my accomplishments.

Now, a few notable points from 2012!

  • Finished my first year of university.
  • Sorted out rent and housing for the 2012-2013 school year without the help of my parents. Now living with 3 of my good friends! 
  • Uploaded a makeup tutorial that went viral, currently has over one million views. Youtube channel subscriber count grew from just under 4.5k subscribers to over 18k! Also slowly getting into the habit of uploading regularly. 
  • Got a steady summer job at a great store with such nice coworkers. Earned a good amount of money that is being put towards my academic exchange.
  • Attended my first and second American convention! Met so many nice cosplayers and photographers, and networked with so many other creative individuals! Made and wore my dream cosplay (Emmy Altava from Professor Layton series.)
    • In addition, cosplays were featured on Kotaku (Hilda from Pokemon) and twice on the front page of reddit (red/blu scouts from TF2 with Ringo!)
  • Turned 19! 
  • Started second year of university. Actually joined clubs and made friends instead of being a shut-in. Overloaded on courses first semester, taking six credits instead of five, and a managed to get pretty good marks.
I am quite proud of myself for my achievements! I feel like 2012 has been one of the best years for me so far. But I can safely say that I am more excited for this upcoming year than I have ever felt before. 

Resolutions for 2013: (Some of these are going to stay the same as last year.)
  • GO ON ACADEMIC EXCHANGE TO THE UNITED KINGDOM: I can't say that I've ever wanted anything more in my entire life. I am so tired of living in Canada, in this drab city where my university is. I don't feel alive here. I want to travel and explore, I want to feel culture shock, I want to get away and experience new things. If things work out, I'll be there from September 2013 - June 2014!
    • In addition, improve marks for exchange! You need a certain average in order to be eligible, and I would say that I'm currently borderlining on this required average... My school schedule for 2013 works out that I have one fifty-minute class on Wednesday morning, and nothing on Thursday. I should be planning my time out accordingly and using it to study and do my readings more thoroughly.
  • Upload content more regularly to my youtube account, and grow my subscriber base! After seeing the sudden jump in subscribers and people watching my content, I feel more motivated than ever to make videos that people want to watch. Right now, I'm going to try doing a video once a week. I think that is a realistic goal. Definitely more if I am able to go on exchange! I can do more videos relating to my experience abroad!
  • Have a healthier diet, exercise more regularly. - I think this is pretty self explanatory hahaha!
  • Cut back on unnecessary purchases, save money! - Exchange ain't going to be cheap, gotta save up! 
  • Draw and design more! I've been working on some drawings on photoshop and illustrator. I think working on some independent design projects will not only improve my skills, but help me build a little portfolio of works for my multimedia courses.
  • Be happy. - I know I know, so many people put this on their resolutions list. But it's true. I want to be happy, and enjoy life! :]
We'll see how I do with these resolutions in next year's post! :] What are some of your resolutions? 



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