June 23, 2016

Lens review: GEO Xtra Morning Glory Blue

Hello peeps!

Today is circle lens review day and I will be showing you a pair called GEO Xtra Morning Glory Blue (WFL-A32) and it's a really nice blue pair with a beautiful print and color!

Let's roll out the review!

Base curve: 8.7 mm
Diameter: 15 mm
Water content: 42%
Life span: 1 year (I recommend 6 months)

Okay, so these lenses have a gorgeous flower print with a thick black limbal ring to top it off. The color is a medium light blue and it's a very wonderful blue shade; it shows up well on my light eyes and I am pretty sure these would look look lovely on dark eyes too!

The enlargement effect is noticeable but it's not overwhelming, even though the vials say that the diameter is 15 mm. I can see these being used for many different looks and, despite their size, they don't look too weird without eye makeup.

One lens in.
The design is lovely and it's the main reason I bought these lenses. The blue color also fits really well with my natural eye color (light blue-gray) and it blends nicely in the center, without leaving an obvious "line" where the lens' color starts and my own eye color ends.

Oh and yeah, of course because it's GEO lenses be sure to check for the authenticity stickers! All GEO lenses should come with stickers that have a code you can use to check them up online, to prove that they are genuine.

Lens photos incoming!
All photos taken by me during a June afternoon with a clear sky.
There's no color filters or such on the close-up photos and that's so that the colors would be as true to real life as possible.

Facing window.
Bathroom light.
Flash photo.
White corridor light.
Yellow staircase light.
Indoors storage room. (natural light coming from the side)
Outdoors, back against sun.
Outdoors, facing sun.
The comfort is the only disappointing thing about these. I got them into my eyes super easily and they were comfy right from the start but after like 1 hour they started to feel dry already. Please keep in mind though that I have dry/sensitive eyes and yeah, had I not opened these lenses before August they would have expired in their vials – which also might explain the poor comfort. A little bit before 2 hours ticked in I went to take the lenses off since they felt really dry; once they were out my eyes felt all dry and I had to go several times afterwards to splash my face with cold water to get rid of the discomfort. 
I do hope that I just happened to get a Monday example and that the Morning Glory otherwise is comfortable because I really adore the design and I'd like to try these in more colors in the future...

Distance photo!

Want to see Morning Glory lenses reviewed in another color? 
Check this out: Brown
Short summary:

Color: 8/10
Beautiful true blue shade that shows up well.
Design: 9/10
Gorgeous flower design with black details!
Opacity: 8/10
Nicely opaque.
Enlargement: 7/10
Pretty big yeah.
Comfort: 4/10
Comfy but dry out really fast for me, in around 2 hours. My eyes feel really dry afterwards.
Naturalness: 3/10
The thick limbal ring, size and unnaturally bright blue color won't really fool anyone.

Thanks for reading! I hope you found this review helpful. ^^
Shiro Samurai out ~

June 18, 2016

Kummacon 2016 – Quick one day visit

Hello geeks ~

Kummacon was held in Oulu, Finland, on 17-18 June 2016 for the second time. The reason I posted no cosplay plans before the con is simply because I did not cosplay. I simply couldn't be bothered because we only had a couple hours of con time and the weather was sorta shit anyway, lol.

Originally I had been set on attending for both days since it's a "local con" (approx. 100 km away is considered local for me, lol) but yeah, I got a dog before the con and that made things more... difficult. I also had my school's end ceremony on the same Friday the con started and so I wasn't even out of school until early lunch time. But yeah, at first I had some real issues with getting someone to volunteer to watch over my dog for the time me and my company would be gone; we had no luck on such short notice and yeah, for a while it looked like we'd have to skip Kummacon – until me and Sacchan realized that, even if we left now, we'd only have 2 hours of con time before the convention would close for the day and Kumma (the name of my Japanese akita, funnily enough) is extremely calm and well-behaved indoors already and so we thought that he could stand being alone for approximately 4 hours. I was a bit worried but turned out Kumma had no problems and everything in my house was intact and free from pee and poo when I came back home. He's an angel. ♥ 

The clock was past 15:00 Finnish time before we even started driving to Oulu, whoops. Our con group consisted of me, Sacchan and Frozen Angel and we all just went in our casual clothes. #boringnormies

Honestly, the driving weather was shit. Perkele.
The drive took roughly one hour and, much to our surprise, the rain actually stopped just before we hit Oulu, waddafuck. As soon as you pass by Simo everything's okay. We instantly found a place to park the car at and headed towards Pohjankartano, the con building. It's actually the same building Chibicon was held in several years back and thus it felt a bit nostalgic to be back there, haha.

Pohjankartano's front entrance.
Honestly, because we arrived around 17:00 I was worried that all the shops had already closed for the day and that we'd basically arrive to a con where everybody had already started to leave – luckily that wasn't the case (although it wasn't far away) and the quick visit turned out not to be a waste of time, gasoline and feeling sorry for leaving my doge dog alone.

Kummacon poster indoors.
My first thought, once we got past the entrance, was that it seemed really quiet but, then again, I had not expected anything else since Kummacon is a small con to begin with. What struck me though was that the main hall area was left completely unused, which felt like a waste of potential because back at Chibicon that was where all the merchandise tables were and it was a really good spot for just that.
I heard afterwards though that Saturday would be the busier day but me and my friends had only planned to attend on Friday so I can't tell about that; Saturday wasn't possible for us anyway.

Main hall.
Main hall seen from above.
It felt weird to see the main hall so empty but oh well, I guess Kummacon just didn't have enough vendors to really make use of all the open space. Nevertheless, I want to say that even though we only spent 2 hours at the con I felt like that was enough to see what there was to offer and what the general atmosphere was like. I don't mean this in any bad way, it's just that once you had checked the Dealer's Hall and Artist's Alley (especially when you arrive as late as we did, aka most of the panels were already over etc) there really wasn't all that much more to do to kill time, except hang with your friends and keep track of your StreetPass hits if you were a Nintendo 3DS owner.

Entrance area, view towards the merchandise sellers.
I was hoping to see some familiar faces but I actually didn't see anyone at the con whom I recognized, which was a bit of a letdown. :( I wanted to meet especially two guys but neither of them were at the con (or maybe they had left for the day, idk) even though they both also live in the north. Oh well.

Second-hand manga table.
Bakeries à la Disney princesses and soda.
When it comes to the merchandise hall it was placed in that little corridor area between the info desk and the cafeteria. There weren't many sellers at all, just the usual well-known ones that you find in like every Finnish con ever, aka Fantasiapelit and Urumi. There were also some sellers I didn't recognize from other cons so they were probably just local ones.

Different anime figurines and a Toothless plush.
Notice the Mikazuki nendoroids!
You could preorder Weed plushies, omg! ;A;
Of course you could also buy the usual ramune and pocky in the snacks shop – expensive, of course. This is Finland. What surprised me though was that there were some DragonBall and One Piece ramune! I was curious about them because I had never seen them before but yeah, I didn't buy any because I was too derp to ask the seller if they were of any special flavor or just the normal ramune. It bothers me that the Piccolo ramune is not green though... xD

DragonBall & One Piece ramune!
I didn't buy anything from the vendors but there were a few things that caught my interest – I'm too poor at the moment. *sobs* I would kinda have wanted the Kenshin Himura cup.................

Fantasiapelit's manga booth.
The Artist's Alley was in a separate room next to the cafeteria. I might remember wrong but there were about 7 sellers and a majority were selling prints and stickers. I was hoping to find some cool keychain but no luck this time. :'( Our company had a nice long and funny chat with two of the sellers though and the topics ranged from crazy cat ladies to boobs. Yeaaaaaaah.

Artist's Alley cards...
... and stickers from the same seller.
Once we had checked the Artist's Alley we were pretty much done... or well, that's when you noticed that most of the visitors had left and the sellers started packing up for the day. 2 hours felt about right to see and experience the con, even though it was a one day quick trip. I can't speak about the Saturday so yeah, this short summary is only about Friday, the first day.

Before leaving the con I decided to try some hohot from the outdoor food stand at the entrance. I had never seen nor heard about the dish before so I was curious to try it out! The prices were expensive considering the cup sizes (amount of food you got) but it was an interesting taste experience so I don't regret it. I guess if I had to describe what hohot is like it's similar to ramen – noodles in a cup with broth (you could choose between spicy or normal) and different ingredients of your choice. I ended up picking seaweed, some Asian mushrooms and fish balls but I must admit that I was disappointed when the guy doing the portions only gave me one fuckin' fish ball... I mean, seriously? ._. More than two thirds of the cup were noodles –which are the cheapest ingredients– and so I felt mildly annoyed since the smallest cup cost 2,50 €. Hrrmph, cheapskates...

Advertisement for hohot food.
On the way back home we stopped by at Kärkkäinen along the way and there we munched on some hamburgers, fed the car and bought some candies and toys for le dog. Fun thing is that both me and Frozen Angel bough some candies because the kilo price was cheaper than average and, well, we didn't notice until we were sitting in the car when Frozen Angel suddenly burst out laughing; me and Sacchan wondered what the heck was so funny and then he just exclaimed between the laughs: "we bought dog biscuits!". I was like wut and he told me to check the label on my candy bag and that's what I did...

It says "koiran keksi", literally dog biscuits!
Fun part is that the poster at the store said to press number 1 on the machine for candy weighing and well, turned out that was actually the number for doggy biscuits... oops. It's not like we tried to cheat on purpose; it was an actual error of the store, lololol. Well, I don't complain because the kilo price was cheaper for the dog biscuits by more than 1 € and yeah, now I'm a dog I guess. I'm surprised though that the cashier didn't notice.


Okay so, Kummacon is still that comfy little con in Oulu with a relaxed atmosphere. There's not all that much to do so it's a good idea to go there with a bunch of friends, unless you love attending all kinds of panels and workshops. Even though I only spent a couple of hours at the con I had a pleasant experience (I didn't really feel like I missed out on anything) and no issues with anything – cons in the north have that cozy feeling that bigger and busier cons tend to lack. Kummacon falls into the hang-with-friends con category but there ain't nothing wrong with that! I'm curious to see how the con will evolve in the future and I hope they stay in Pohjankartano because it's a really roomy, well-lit and comfy building with good air circulation and it's easy to find too; Pohjankartano is also close to centrum and food places.

My purchases: two cute dog stickers from Artist's Alley!
That's all for this time. Thanks for reading!

June 6, 2016

[Sponsored] Lens review: GEO Xtra Forest Pink

Hello peeps!

Here I am, once again, with a circle lens review to share with you all. ^_^ I know that I've done a lot of lens reviews lately (sorry ;-;) but I have a lack of other content to post for the moment, so please bear with me. Don't get me wrong though, I do love reviewing circle lenses but yeah, normally I'd space them out more, for the sake of variety. I'm also recovering from a big surgery and thus my cosplay making is on a stand-still – I thought lens reviews are a lot better than the blog going into hibernation, right?

This time I'll be reviewing the GEO Xtra Forest Pink (aka WT-B67) circle lenses, sponsored by the amazing LensVillage! I really want to recommend you to go check them out now because they've done a complete overhaul of their store and now it's all new, fresh and inviting! They've also been running sales lately so you might find something you like for a cheaper price as well. ;)

This review, although sponsored, consists of 100% my honest opinion. Always.

You can use my discount code "SAMURAI15" to get 15% OFF on your purchase from LensVillage!

Base curve: 8.8 mm
Diameter: 14.8 mm
Water content: 40±2%
Life span: 1 year (I recommend 6 months)

As per usual I've never had any problems with LensVillage and I always get my lenses in a very timely manner, which is approximately two weeks! They've always been very kind and helpful and the lenses come securely packaged in some kind of foam, bubblewrap or such to protect the glass bottles from breaking during transit. With these GEO lenses I also received an information sheet with desciptions on how to insert lenses and care for them etc – really handy for beginners! With every LensVillage order you also get a business card and a free lens case. :) Oh and yeah, of course are all their circle lenses authentic and GEO lenses, like mine, come with the anti-fake stickers that you can check up online to prove that your received pair is genuine.

What came with my LensVillage order.
Okay so, the Forest Pink lenses appear to be a very light pink when you look at them in their vials; it's a pretty shade but the irregular black stripes help make the lens look a bit more natural but also gives it an alluring touch! Once worn the pink color darkens a bit but it's still on the lighter side, at least on my light blue-gray eyes.

I noticed as soon as I took the lenses out of their vials that they're really thin. I actually had problems inserting them because of that and it took several tries to get them on, especially the right lens. Once the lenses were in they were really comfortable from the get-go, except that they seem to blur my vision very slightly. These lenses don't sting or anything and I honestly don't feel that I even have lenses on!
I have sensitive eyes and normally I can't wear lenses for many hours before the first signs of dryness kicks in but these I could easily wear for 8 hours with no issues at all – I could have worn them even longer if I wanted or needed to. These lenses have amazing comfort, at least for me. ^^

One lens in.
Actually these lenses are quite big, not crazy big but they do give a notable enlargement boost. If you're looking for cute pink lenses with a moderate dolly effect then these could be for you! I do like the color and the design is really nice even though it's fairly simple; the simplistic design makes the lenses versatile and the black streaks provide a sort of deep and beautiful touch to your look.

Lens photos incoming!
All photos taken by me during a June afternoon with a mostly cloudy sky.
There's no color filters or such on the close-up photos and that's so that the colors would be as true to real life as possible.

Facing window in my apartment. (sun side, cloudy)
Bathroom light.
Flash photo.
White corridor light.
Yellow staircase light.
In the staircase, natural light coming from the side/back.
Indoors storage room. Natural light from the side.
Outdoors, facing sun indirectly. (aka sitting under the shadow/roof)
Outdoors, back against light.
Outdoors, facing sun.
The color coverage is surprisingly solid, even though at first glance one might expect the color to blend and thus "disappear" more, at least based on their light color when not worn. The naturalness is also not too shabby, especially for being a pink lens. :) These shouldn't give your neighboring grandma a heart attack, hehe. 
I also want to say that I can see these lenses being used for many different purposes, j-fashion being the first to come to my mind but these would lend themselves to cosplay and daily fashion looks as well, especially if you're looking for that little extra touch ~

Distance photo!

Want to see reviews of the GEO Xtra Forest series in other colors?
Check out these: Red

Psst, discount code "SAMURAI15" cuts 15% OFF on your purchase from LensVillage!

Short summary:

Color: 8/10
Beautiful lightish pink lenses that show up well!
Design: 7/10
Fairly simple design but it's versatile and eye-catching with all the black streaks.
Opacity: 8/10
The colored parts are a lot more covering than I initially thought they would be.
Enlargement: 6/10
Decently big. Gives a moderate dolly eye effect.
Comfort: 9/10
Really thin lenses that are super comfortable. I can wear them 8 hours or more with no issues, save for really minor and occasional vision blur.
Naturalness: 2/10
Despite being pink (with a lot of black streaks) these don't look too odd. Still not natural though.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this review.
Thank you to my ever-so-lovely sponsor, LensVillage! ♡
Shiro Samurai out ~