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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Two Months Later: Jerome Russell Punky Colour Update

So it has been 2 months since I dyed my hair with Punky Colour Midnight Blue and Atlantic Blue. I want to give a quick update.

I dyed my hair ~ Feb 15 and now 2 months later without any touch up and only 1 week of colour safe shampoo (lol I ran out so I had to use regular shampoo for 7 weeks lol).

I couldn't believe my hair is still soooooooo vibrant!! The below image is with flash but it really looks like this without flash. Actually people at my workplace said to me "Wow, Ashley, that green is really staying in eh?" ////////////

Since I dyed it with two different shades, I want to show you how differently the faded.

Monday, 6 April 2015

The Road So Far: Interview with Cosplayer Nico

What/who motivated you to start cosplaying? Who and what is motivating you now?
When I first started cosplaying I didn't even know it was cosplaying-I honestly just wanted to be Sasuke Uchiha for Halloween. I quickly found out that conventions were a thing and started going, and began to make friends. Right now it's definitely my friends that motivate me when it comes to cosplaying. Nothing is as important to me as them, and it's so rewarding to spend time with them doing something we all love so much and put so much effort into. It's had its ups and downs but its such a positive part of my life.

Looking back to when you started cosplaying, what have you achieved, gained, or learned? What do you want to achieve, gain or learn in the future?
I think the biggest thing I've learned is to not compare myself to other people. Each person is unique, and each person cosplays the character they cosplay in their own unique way. With most characters there's so much room for interpretation, and comparing yourself to someone who you think did a better job than you and putting yourself down because of that doesn't help you. I learned that its important to be the best YOU can be in your own way. You do you. Learn from people in a constructive way, but don't drag yourself because you think someone does a better job. I learned to appreciate people for what they do and how they portray the character they are dressed as instead of compare myself to them in a negative way. I'd like to keep pushing myself to be self confident in what I do, and keep trying new things so that I can be the best I can be. I'd really like to be able to improve my prop making and experiment with new materials.

Have you been to a con before? If no, what is stopping you? If yes, what do like most and least about cons? Which con is your favourite? What is your favourite memory at a con?
My favorite thing about cons is definitely that its an environment that brings people together. Everyone is there because they love the same things which makes meeting people fairly easy. Conventions are an environment where I feel like I really fit in and feel accepted for doing what I love to do the most. My least favorite thing is the occasional drama and the amount of sleep I lose, as well as the gross food I end up eating. Sundays also tend to be a really high stress environment- everyone trying to rush out of their rooms with their bags and check out as fast as they can. I'm usually pretty anxious on convention Sundays. My favorite convention so far is Katsucon. The convention space is really beautiful, and it feels like a very social convention. Even very late at night people are still on the convention floor sitting around and talking. Its really nice. I wish it was in the spring though! This year was especially cold.

What is your cosplay pet peeve?
Probably when people don't iron their costumes. It's such an easy thing to do, and something thats super wrinkly can ruin the look of the whole cosplay. Most hotels have irons in them as well, so if you forget to iron before the convention, you can always do it in the room! I tend to forget that the rooms have irons and go through a bit of panic, so maybe other people forget too. It's not something I see that often though.

For you, what are the biggest challenges in cosplaying?
Myself. 
I'm a very, VERY insecure person and sometimes it takes a lot of courage for me to step out of the hotel room or post a picture online. I am always very nervous of what people are going to think of me, and how I'm going to be perceived and it can sometimes be difficult to take the step back and tell myself that that doesn't really matter. What matters is that I'm doing this because its what I love to do. I'm cosplaying as this character because it's who I want to cosplay. So what if someone doesn't agree with that? I have people that accept me and care about me no matter what, and if there are people that want to put me down for doing something that I love they're not the people I want to associate with. It can be challenging for me to get past worrying about how I look and focus on what I'm doing, but surrounding myself with good, positive people makes it easier to focus less on my appearance and focus more on the fun I'm having.

Who/what are your ultimate dream cosplays?
I have a couple, but Shinji's plugsuit from Evangelion is definitely my #1 dream cosplay.

Who are some of your cosplay idols?
My friends! They're such a positive and inspirational group of people and they keep me going even when I get really down about something. I aspire to be as positive as them, and as good of a person as they are.

If you had one wish relating to cosplay, what will it be?
Definitely to be able to change my face/body shape to fit each character.

What is (are) your proudest cosplay moment(s)?
This year I got to cross Anri Yoshiwara off of my list of dream cosplays. I was a bit nervous about it because it shows so much skin and I'm very insecure about my body, but I actually felt really good in the costume and loved wearing it. I think I overcame a lot of insecurities while cosplaying, and I'm really proud of myself that I stuck to it and didn't run back to the hotel room to change (which I have a tendency to do) I'm definitely going to bring him to more conventions!

What are your cosplans for this year? Which cons are you attending, if any?
My plans always seem to change last minute, but I'll definitely be doing Suzaku Kururugi, some more Love Live, and I'd really like to be able to do Snake from Kuroshitsuji as well.

I'll be at Anime Boston, (hopefully) Anime North, Otakon, AnimeNext, (probably) Connecticon, Anime USA and NYCC this year!

What do you want to tell your fans?
Don't give up. Do what you want to do because you want to do it, and don't let peoples words bring you down or stop you. I appreciate each and every single person that follows me and cheers me on, and I appreciate each and every comment and message I receive. I do my best to respond, but sometimes I get really shy or don't know what to say _(:3 」∠)_. I'm SO thankful that people like what I do and I hope that you'll stick with me and watch me improve. I want to see everyone grow and do their best as well.




Learn more about the project by hopping over to the intro post: The Road So Far: A Cosplay Feature Project. Want to be featured? Send a quick email via the contact form on the right sidebar of this blog with the subject line "The Road So Far". Suggestions and submissions welcome!

Monday, 30 March 2015

The Road So Far: Interview with Cosplayer Luka


Welcome to the first cosplay project on this tiny little blog: The Road So Far. Today, I have the wonderful cosplayer Luka to interview. Without further blah blah, let's start! <3

What/who motivated you to start cosplaying? Who and what is motivating you now?
Hmm I guess I was just looking at other cosplayers and got inspired by them! I don't really get inspired by anyone right now haha! 

Looking back to when you started cosplaying, what have you achieved, gained, or learned? What do you want to achieve, gain or learn in the future?
I guess I've learned more about makeup and how fun it is to hang out with other cosplayers! I'm not sure about the future yet!

What will you tell your old cosplayer self? What will you do differently if you had the chance to go back? (Or any tips for beginner cosplayers?)
I would tell my old cosplayer self that I looked terrible but anything is possible and now I'm pretty happy about my cosplays!

Hmm a tip for beginner cosplayers would be to start with a simple cosplay of a character that you love! Don't set up a deadline on yourself, take your time to finish it and look at other cosplayers makeup to get inspiration!

Have you been to a con before? If not, what is stopping you? If yes, what do like most and least about cons? Which con is your favourite? What is your favourite memory at a con?
I've been to a con called Närcon Vinter here in Sweden! I used to feel scared of meeting so many people so that's why I've only been to one con!

For you, what are the biggest challenges in cosplay?
The biggest challenges in cosplay for me is to get the right makeup for the character I'm cosplaying, I do different makeup for different characters so it can be hard sometimes! It's also really hard sometimes when I really want to cosplay a character but since I'm so short I feel like I can only do shotas haha!

Who/what are your ultimate dream cosplays?
My dream cosplays are Haku from Spirited Away, Sora from Yosuga no sora and Izumi from Love Stage!

What are your cosplans for this year? Which cons are you attending?
My cosplans for this year are Sora Kasugano, Haku, Maki from Orenchi no Furo Jijou, Dagger from Book of Circus, Levi and Undertaker! I'm 99% sure I'm going to Storcon, I don't know about the other cons. 

What do you want to tell your fans?
I would like to tell my fans/followers that they all mean so much to me and that I'm so grateful and ahh I just love you all<3


Instagram: LukaSutcliff 
Learn more about the project by hopping over to the intro post: The Road So Far: A Cosplay Feature Project. Want to be featured? Send a quick email via the contact form on the right sidebar of this blog with the subject line "The Road So Far". Suggestions and submissions welcome!
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