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!

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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.



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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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