Saturday, September 27, 2014

Recommendations: Wayward

For those of my readers who read manga and want to venture off into the world of comics, I've come across a series that I think is a wonderful transition: Wayward.
Issue #1 Standard Cover (the one I have)
Issue #1 Variant (love this cover)
Issue #2 Standard Cover
I loved the first issue and I loved the second just as much. This comic had a gathering of fans before the release but it was after the first issue release that I came across it. I love how it features certain aspects of manga I'm familiar with - school and Japanese mythology. Definitely not straying too far from manga but still distinct enough to call it a comic.

I would not recommend this to younger readers - it is rated M for Mature and this rating is actually on the back cover. Initially I had no clue why it was rated mature except for the amount of violence featured in the first issue but the second issue raises self-harm and mutilation. Because of the sensitive nature of this theme, I now understand why this comic has the rating. It definitely shocked me because from my first impression of the cover I saw (which was one of the variants in Issue #1, shown above), it was seemingly innocent and appeared to be more like a "fluffy" read but I didn't realise that in the background, there's some razor sharp teeth. Jeez, I should read into covers more. These darker aspects of the comic ring true to comics in general - a lot of them have darker themes which can put off prospective readers.

Nevertheless, I've always enjoyed Japanese mythology because of the darker side to it. Similar to how I feel about the Celtic 'Good People'. Reading the two issues so far, I can see that there has been a lot of research put in so that we have an accurate depiction of Japanese culture and mythology.

The main character, Rori, is half-Irish-half-Japanese and in some ways, I can identify with her and probably a lot of people can too. It's that feeling of being trapped in the middle where you feel like you don't have a sense of belonging to either culture. You've come to accept one but you will never truly be a part of it.

I think this is definitely one of the best comics I've come across so far and that is why I'd recommend it to anyone and everyone. Particularly the manga-readers who love Japanese mythology in their manga and don't mind the dark themes.

Random: Spring

Sydney's now in spring. The other day, I took a stroll around the neighbourhood with my sister and found some trees still blossoming. 
Pink blossoms!
White blossoms!
Honestly, I'm not spring-ready, even though a whole month has almost passed. Spring and summer are my least favourite seasons, even if they have the most holidays (Christmas and New Year's) and also my birthday's in Spring. The pastels, the bright colours, the hay fever and the stinking hot weather - I've never really enjoyed it. I just hope that these flowers can help inspire me. I'm feeling up for a bohemian vibe.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Event: IMATS Sydney 2014

Most people are familiar with IMATS if they follow beauty gurus from Youtube or other beauty bloggers because many of them attend this event. It's a trade show/ expo for makeup artists where vendors will offer their products, sometimes at a discount, and there's shows and competitions. I wouldn't consider myself a makeup enthusiast but I'm keen on picking up a few tips and I really wanted to get a few things.

I bought a general admission ticket for Saturday and it costed me AUD$40 (including the booking fee). I figured that most of the popular items would be sold out on the first day, so I chose to go on a Saturday (if you want to haggle prices, Sunday's probably better but I haven't mastered the art of negotiation). The plan was to go alone because I'd be able to get around faster and a lot of that time would be waiting in queues.

The venue was the Royal Hall of Industries in Moore Park, which isn't very far from the CBD but it makes going to the shops afterwards a little less convenient. Nevertheless, you have buses that get you fairly close to the venue.

Prior to attending the event, I did some research and planned my day. I anticipated very long waiting times but in the end, it wasn't too bad. Perhaps I was just patient. I set a list of things I needed to bring or keep in mind:
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cash
  • List of things I want to get
  • Reading material
I set a bigger budget than I normally would for a shopping trip only because my intentions were to grab a couple of quality makeup brushes/tools and some lashes and glue because I'm also going to be attending a ball and... I don't have falsies. I never really wear them anyways. Despite the fact that I had a whole list of things I wanted to get, it was out the window as soon as I got to the Hakuhodo stand - the brushes I wanted weren't there so I made do with what I felt were good brushes. Also because of the AUD drop, things were more expensive.

I intended to aim within the budget but I went a little over. That's never really good - I typically don't go over budget but I let loose a little this time. Most stalls didn't have great deals on but I have to say I got a pretty good deal with the Royal and Langnickel brushes comparing to the prices they charge on their website.

Here's a couple of pictures I took while I was at the trade show:

This was just next to the MACpro stall - gorgeous. Can I have a print of that pinned to my bulletin board?
Special effects makeup

A pop-up museum 

A demonstration at the Main Stage
Outside, near the bus stop, the wild flowers bloom
Here's what I got:

Everything in the bag
The cosmetics I bought: MAC lipsticks in Violetta and Morange, Besame Cake Mascara and Brightening Violet Powder and Lime Crime Velvetine in Red Velvet
The tools - obviously the most expensive ones are the Hakuhodo brushes. There's Royal and Langnickel, ModelRock lashes and Duo lash glue
Overall, I had an enjoyable time but I don't think I will be returning again (though if any of my friends wish to go with me, I probably will tag along). I don't think the deals they had on were that good because you'd only save a lot if you buy more (suitable for makeup artists for stocking up their kits). I feel like the demonstrations don't offer me useful advice for something day-to-day since these are probably intended to educate people within the industry or have an avid interest in the art of makeup. I prefer my makeup quick and easy most days of the week and there'll only be that one day in the year when I will have the chance to dress up and try the tips I learned.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Event: Anberlin 2014 Concert

I purchased a ticket back in July for the final Australian Anberlin tour. This was before the release of their final album. I have been a fan of Anberlin for a while (back in high school, just before Cities had been released) and with further encouragement from my sister, I decided to buy a ticket. After all, they're probably not going perform together again.

Along with Anberlin, The Getaway Plan and Breakaway were performing. While I've listened to The Getaway Plan before, I had never heard of Breakaway and they were actually pretty good. A lot of people were probably just there for Anberlin and for me, getting to see The Getaway Plan was a bonus (because I really like them too).

My ticket
It was held at the UNSW Roundhouse last week. Luckily I know my way around campus so I got in pretty early and left pretty quick. Before the performances, I managed to grab a T-shirt. It's probably the most expensive T-shirt I've ever bought but it's goddamn worth it for memorabilia.

T-shirt I bought
My "outfit" sans bag and coat.
Grey Cardigan - Forcast
T-Shirt - From Vietnam
Tank (underneath) - Wayne Cooper (bought from op shop)
Dark wash jeans - Neuw
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Coat - Forever Ebony (boutique)
Bag - Baby the Stars Shine Bright
My Makeup
(I was testing NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, NARS Gina and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Monte Carlo. The foundation still looked good after all that sweating and water being showered onto my face)
Now, I stood very close to the stage and that was pretty much where the mosh pit was to be. Not so much of a mosh pit for the supporting acts but as soon as Anberlin were up, it became a whole lot of pushing and shoving while everyone's jumping around. It wasn't that violent and I'd say it was pretty tame compared to NYE celebrations in New York. I enjoyed the enthusiasm of those around me and overall, I had a pretty good time in the mosh pit. I also didn't mind shoving people back when the crowd shoves me one way. It's the only time I can do that without having to apologise. Will I ever participate in the mosh pit again? Maybe...

The Getaway Plan (sorry I didn't get any decent pictures)
Anberlin (I really like the different coloured lights in this one)
So the night just ended up with this:

No alcohol... just water the entire night.