As you can see, I buy from Arda Wigs quite often. Between Fé and myself, we own 13 wigs and quite a few accessories from them. A lot of people love Arda, myself included, otherwise I wouldn’t have purchased so many wigs from them. However, now that I’ve tried many of their wigs for several different projects, I don’t think their products are the best choice for every situation. As a company run by cosplayers for cosplayers, they are very often highly recommended by North Americans so I wanted to talk about some of the negative aspects of their wigs too. But don’t worry, I’m still going to talk about what I love about Arda as well!
As usual, there’s a lot of collaboration between Fé and I when we make costumes. For the elaborately ornamented belt buckle that the Elf wears in Dragon’s Crown, we ended up making the buckle from craft foam and Worbla. Fé drew the belt with simplified designs to scale and painted the finished product while I did the rest. It was a pretty easy technique that required no heavy duty tools and the end result was nice and sturdy!
These lenses come in 2 versions: monthly wear and weekly wear. The version that I tried is the weekly which is sold in a box containing 6 lenses (3 pairs) and costs $30. The monthly option costs $25 per single lens so getting a full pair would have a hefty $50 price tag. Since I was going to use these for cosplay and would wear them only once or twice during the same weekend I didn’t think it was necessary to pay more for the monthly lenses.
By and far, Sailor Scouts are some of the most cosplayed characters at conventions. Being an old favorite, it means there are tons of tutorials and accessories available online which makes it easy for anyone to make their own costume. When making my own Eternal Sailor outfit with my group, we used a lot of things available online such as patterns and accessories, so I wanted to share these resources with you!
If you have read a few of the makeup posts on this blog, you’ve probably noticed that we believe makeup for cosplay is very important and that we invest a bit of time and money in it. Truth is, I’m not the best one at makeup (it’s a work in progress) and for my Snow White cosplay I decided to go to my local MAC Cosmetics store to have one of the makeup artists there create a look for me. As long as you purchase $50 worth of products during your visit this service is free. If your budget allows it, I suggest you give it a try!