Monday, 27 June 2016

Review: BHiner's Taobao Service!

Today’s review will be a bit different than my other reviews. I won’t actually review the product itself, but the service! So there are many ways to buy cosplays, wigs, and accessories: either from a shop, online store, second hand or from Taobao. For Taobao, you can’t order unless you’re a Chinese resident.

If you’ve been following me on some of my social media, you’ve probably seen me talk about Bhiner. For Taobao, you can’t order unless you’re a Chinese resident. This is where BHINER comes in. As a Taobao Agent, the items will ship to their warehouse, and then they’ll ship it to you! I like Taobao because some of the new series/outfits aren’t available on eBay, Aliexpress or other online stores. Though one issu I have is that Taobao is all in Chinese. There’s always Google Translations to help you out, but it’s really weird XD. Thankfully Bhiner offers a translation service! You can just search for your item on their website and it’ll link to the taobao postings (translated). They also offer a shopping service! For the Cosplay Customizer, all you have to do is fill in the form with all the information (character name/series, your budget, measurements, ref pics)!


If you have any questions you can send them to:

or contact them on their Facebook page!

Here's a link to their Cosplay Customizer:
https://www.bhiner.com/customCosplay


They were very nice to sponsor an outfit for my Otakuthon 2016 Video! I chose Kotori Minami (Cyber Version). So, I tried out their shopping service and sent them a picture of my character. They went out and searched for her wig, headphones, shoes, dress and LED accessories.


When they received the items, they send you pictures of the items (via BHiner messages which is linked to the email you sign up with) so you can check them and see if it’s okay or not! (for example, my dress was the wrong size so they replaced it).

Here are some of the pics they sent me so you guys can have an idea on what kind of pictures they will send you!



Everything arrived in about 5 weeks! And in PERFECT condition~ And you know I love the most?!? BUBBLE WRAP!!! Everything was protected by a nice layer of bubble wrap! <3 I was a bit worried for the state of the LEDS, but with BHiner’s careful packaging, everything arrived safe and undamaged!


(Birds are to hide my address)

Unpacking video!


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RATING:
Communication: ★★★★★ 

Replies quickly and in GOOD ENGLISH. Everything is clear and their team is very nice!



Website: ★★★★★ 

Website is pleasing to the eye and easy to navigate.


Shipping: ★★★★★ 

5 weeks! Very good for a Taobao service (some of my friend’s order from other agents took 2 months!)




Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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I’ll be taking this outfit out for a test at the Summer G-Anime (July 16-17), so I’ll have some preview pictures out shortly! For Otakuthon (August), I’ll be part of a full Muse team, so keep an eye out for the shiney light up idols!

Thanks again to BHINER! Go try their service, it's awesome!

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Edit (04/07/2016): I got a few questions about this, YES you can order Lolita dresses from BHiner (Taobao), just send them the link to the dress you want!

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Review: Wig-Supplier's Long Wine Wig

You do not know how excited I was when Wig-Supplier offered me to review one of their wigs. Their wigs are so soft and nice! My Mikazuki, Hungary and Miku wig come from their store X3

I choose their wine-red 100cm wig. It labeled for Katarina (a champion from League of Legends), but I plan to use it for Sakurauchi Riko from Love Live Sunshine!! AQOURS.

Their PV is too cute, just look at it!



It’s a very nice base wig that I think could also work for the following characters:
·         Erza Scarlet from Fairy Tail
·         Cordelia, Cherche or Tsubaki from Fire Emblem
·         Fem! Akashi Seijuurou from Kuroko no Basket

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Wig-Supplier is an online store that has a vast selection of wigs and cosplay items (costumes, maid outfits, Lolita dresses, yukatas, etc.) for a really low price! They ship out items in 24 hours and delivery time is really fast!

 ~*~WIG-SUPPLIER~*~

You can use the code AZURIMI or AZURIMI10 (for purchases over 30$) to get a discount! Also if you buy a lot in an order you can get some gifts (wigs or accessories)


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What's included in the wig: 1 base wig

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Here’s my YouTube unbagging/quick review!


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Here’s a pic of Riko for those who don’t know she is! Isn’t the color perfect? *^*!




Here's a close up so you can see the fibers and their colors.




It comes unstlyed so you can cut the bangs to fit your face shape (next time I take pictures, I might trim the bangs a bit more) or to do a specific style to match the character's.



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RATING:

Look: ★★★★★ 
Looks exactly like the stock picture provided! The color in the stock picture is a teeny weensy bit lighter due to studio lighting.

Quality: ★★★★★
Doesn’t tangle easily, which is one of my main requirements for a long wig. I mean, who wants to wear a tangled mess right? The wig fibers are really soft and don’t smell like plastic. There is almost no shine (aka the plastic wig look we try to avoid getting) in real life and in pictures! I wonder if people will think it’s my real hair if I wear it? ;P

Shipping: ★★★★★ 
The shipping is super-fast! I received it in 2 weeks (as promised in the shipping description). Package arrived not damaged and the wig bag had a cardboard lining to protect the item.


Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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Time to try it on! :’)


Quick selfie!

Serious face!


AQUORS fighto!

Friday, 9 October 2015

Review: XCoser's Lightning (Claire Farron) Cosplay

 I was cleaning and organizing my games recently and stumbled upon my FF XIII and FF XXIII-2, so I decided to cosplay Lightning! So today I’ll be collaborating with XCoser to bring you this review. They were kind enough to send me the costume and the wig! :) I'll review the wig in another post!

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XCOSER is an online company that sells cosplay costume, wigs and accessories since 2008. Their prices are a bit on the higher end, but so is their quality! They pride in "what you see is exactly what you get" items!

~*~XCoser~*~ 




What's included: Cloak, Coat, Shirt, Pants, Belt, Gloves, Straps
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Unboxing video of the costume and wig to be added later!
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XCoser is a very well organized website with lots of pictures. They even include a model picture which I think is very important because stock pictures and actual pictures can vary. Now, why did I choose XCoser’s Lightning cosplay? Because of this:



The gold buttons at the bottom of the jacket. In game it is GOLD, but when I searched online all the other stores had BROWN buttons. This really shows how much they pay attention to detail and I love it!

Here’s a close up of the side pockets. Its real pockets, so you can keep all your coscards in here!

The sweater, shorts and skirt are really comfy and not itchy, they’re also a bit stretchy for extra comfort!

The zippers on the skirt are real and not just for decoration!

Accessories are adjustable to fit your arms perfectly! I really love this because putting double tape to make sure your accessories don’t fall can get really annoying!



Love the bag since it's big enough to put everything you need during a con: wallet, cell, DS, pocky and some goodies!

If you guys want more pictures, don't hesitate to tell me!

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RATING:
Look: ★★★★★ 
Almost like the costume came out of my game! Everything is like the picture! Colors are perfect and let me remind you again of the GOLD at the bottom of the jacket! 


Quality: ★★★★★.
The material used were of good quality and everything was lined so if you’re worried about sparkly satin, you won’t have to! There was ever new leather smell when I took out the belts! X3 100% legit stuff there!

Shipping: ★★★★ 
I'm so happy the tracking number actually worked! My only complaint was that they shipped it via FedEx, and I got slammed with some service fee for the shipping of the costume. The wig went through without any trouble, so I guess it was bad luck…

All belts and accessories had a plastic cover to prevent scratching which I think is really nice!

Special Note 1: 
A+ Customer Response! They answer really quickly their messages, so don’t hesitate to send any questions their way!
Special Note 2: 
A+ Super Friendly! They made a facebook profile so you can add them as a friend and a facebook group where cosplayers can post cosplay pictures, discuss and participate in giveaways!

Special Note 3: 
A+ Coscards + Gift! In my package they included a pack of coscards and a flag! I found it really nice since it gives me something to give out and easier for people to find XCoser! They’re all signed and I have a few left so I’ll bring them to my next event! ^^ 


Overall Rating: 
★★★★★Keep an eye out for the wig review! ;P

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Review: SkyCostume’s Yuichiro Hyakuya Cosplay



Hi everyone~ This is gonna be the first review post of this blog!  (•ᴗ•) And the honor goes to SkyCostume! Wheeee! Owari no Seraph (also known as Seraph of the End) is a new anime that came out this spring! Season 1 just finished and I can't wait for season 2!

Only a few episodes in and I KNEW I had to cosplay Yuu-chan! So I went searching on the internet to see where I could find a costume. This is a new anime, so not many stores have the costume in stock. I stumbled on SkyCostume during my search! They also have Mikaela, Shinoa, Guren and Ferid’s costume available!


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Skycostume.com specialize in tailor made costume making, having been in this field for more than 5 years, we have more than 30 expert tailors that will make you any costume you desire. All the costumes you see online are custom-made by our tailors which are made by the daily use standard. The costumes from Skycostume.com are all hand-made and can be worn on a daily basis. This is the main difference between our costumes and other fancy dress costumes and cheap mass products.



~*~SkyCostume~*~ 





What's included: Cloak, Coat, Shirt, Pants, Belt, Gloves, Straps

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Here is my unwrapping video! You can see how the costume arrived and each part of it!


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As you can see from my screenshot, they provide lots of stock pictures, so you can see every item you get! I’ll try to take some detailed pictures of stuff you don’t see on the website and what really stood out!

Here's an upclose look at the belt buckle; I just love the detail! X3

The button rows XD Three of them haha! It's actual legit buttons instead of cheap zipper or clip on buttons. Reiku had to do a check up to make sure I didn't forget any! Oopsies!

Quick view of the over should belt. Once again it's a legit belt! So if you pull it too tight, the back of your costume will go up with it since it's attached on the other side.


For those who are curious, here's a zoomed in view of the fabric of the uniform and the sewn in stripes (not painted, so I'll never have to worry about cracking)

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RATING:
Look: ★★★★★ 
I look good in a military uniform right? (/ε\*) While wearing, I noticed that there was a pair of shoulder pads which is why this costume scores 5/5! Shoulder pads give the illusion of having broader and less sloping shoulder, which I find key for any military themed cosplay!


Quality: ★★★★ 
They used what I call “uniform fabric”, it’s what I would buy myself as fabric when I sew my own uniforms. So it is very thick and not see-through at all. The colors are identical to the stock pictures provided and the character! The only problem I had was with the belt which was hard to open, and it was missing a button to hold the cape, but check below for my review on their customer service!


Shipping: ★★★★★ 
Shipped out on May 21 and received on May 29! That’s 8 days! *w* Loving it~ Cosplays I’ve bought from eBay or other stores took at least 3-4 weeks! The costume was nicely folded in a transparent bag with a slip of paper that had a list of all the components. Then, everything was in a sturdier green bag for shipping!

Special Note 1: 
A+ Customer Response! They always replied to my messages in less than 12 hours, and sometimes replied right after my message so it was almost like chatting to them, how cool is that?!? They also double checked my mailing address and sizing to make sure everything was oki~

Special Note 2: 

A+ Customer Service! Rember how I had a problem with the belt and a missing button? I contacted customer service right away, and the sent me a new belt and TWO new buttons to replace the missing one!

Overall Rating: ★★★★★


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I'm really happy with it so my cospartner who will be cosplaying as Yoichi will be ordering the same uniform!


Monday, 22 June 2015

Hi There!

Hi welcome to my blog!

I'm Azurimi, a sweet tooth, kawaii enthusiastic, cosplayer since 2009, gamer since I was old enough to hold a remote and now blogger with this first post!

This is a mostly a cosplay (event reports, costume construction, reviews) and fashion oriented blog. I'll probably also write about candies/sweets I get to taste, some game reviews, and maybe some anime commentaries when the feels hit too hard.

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For inquiries, contact me on any social medias listed above or shoot me an email at sweetenedsorrows@gmail.com~

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