Sailor Moon Miracle Romance Eyeliners OMG!

Y’all know I don’t really do make-up posts, but a friend just came home from a few months in Japan and got me a couple of eyeliners from the Sailor Moon Miracle Romance Make-up Line as omiyage and I just *had* to squee over it.

These were part of the line that Bandai released, along with pressed powder and nail polish, in celebration of the Sailor Moon franchise’s 20th Anniversary. Because Bandai can read the minds of every woman who’s grown up with this show.

Star Power Prism Liquid Liner – Brown

Packaging
Inside flap
Inside flap

It wouldn’t be Sailor Moon without a super fancy ridiculous name and gorgeous packaging. Just look at it! ♥

From what I understand with my limited Japanese, the packaging says it’s waterproof but it also says you use warm water to remove it. I don’t really understand how that goes, but I spritzed the swatch on my hand with water then rubbed on it, and it didn’t smudge, but also didn’t take a lot of effort to remove it with a wet wipe. /kanye shurg

This liquid liner also comes in black.

Brush tip

The formula glides on smoothly, and it’s got a fine 0.1mm brush tip that’s really flexible. If you’re not super comfortable with liquid liner yet, this brush tip might be a little more difficult to work with.

Star Power Prism Lamé Liner – Blue

Sailor Mercury-themed glittery blue liner. Also removable with warm water, but not water proof.

Packaging
Inside Flap
Inside Flap

This formula is thicker, and creamier in consistency and also glides on smoothly. Colour’s really bright and shows up nicely on my tanned skin (which is rare) and it’s glittery without being gaudy.

Brush Tip

The bottom twists to squeeze formula out on the brush. I think you can tell by the state that tip is in that I squeezed a little too much for my swatch hahaha.

It has a red, Sailor Mars-themed variant too.

Swatches + extra product photo:

I actually did my face for more photos, but hooded eyes really  just aren’t the best at showcasing eyeliner in photos so yay, hand!

photo

I can now legit yell, “Moon Prism Power Make-up” when I put my face on everyday.

 

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Awesome Comics You Should Be Reading

Or not. Whatever. I aincho mommah.

I recently gave up on the New52. The titles I used to pull started out strong, but they’ve just gotten so bleh. I tried to stick with Wonder Woman, but  I could only justify buying it solely for Cliff Chiang’s art for so long.

On to awesome non-superhero comics I absolutely love and I think you should be reading so I have more people to talk to them about. I will try not to overuse the words, “love”, “awesome”, “amazing”, etc, because we’ve pretty much already established that.

saga_comic_book_cover_a_p1. Saga – Star-crossed lovers. IN SPACE.

If you didn’t read, “IN SPACE” the same way the narrator does in the Muppet Show’s Pigs in Space, then you’re no fun.

Alana and Marko, who come from two warring planets, and their daughter Hazel, who the whole universe wants to off, are trying to stay alive, travelling through the galaxy, hiding from bounty hunters and TV-headed royalty. (That was a really long sentence.) It’s written by Brian K. Vaughan, who also wrote one of my favourite titles of all time, “Y the Last Man.” It’s got magic and science, it’s witty, the characters multi-dimensional and well fleshed out and almost impossible to dislike. And the art! Fiona Staples rocks.

Latest issue: #14

thewake12. The Wake – Scott Snyder and Horror-SciFi Mermaids

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I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Lee Archer, a cetologist who specialises in the vocalisation of marine mammals, is approached by Homeland Security for help in understanding an underwater threat. She and a *merry band* of specialists are brought to a *super secret* base deep off the coast of Alaska to study and investigate.

AND CREEPY MERMAIDS! UNDERWATER SUPER SECRET LABS! COME ON!

It’s got that retro-horror vibe to it. Even the way it’s coloured is reminiscent of the way comics were coloured in the 90’s. The last two issues had me holding my breath in certain pages. (That last page in issue 3 omg)

Latest issue: #4 (of 10) 

1375911946_cvr3. Trillium – Love, Botany, and Time Travel. IN SPACE. Just kidding. Well, 50% of it so far is in space. IN SPAAAAACE!

Nika Temsmith is in search of the Trillium flower, which is needed for a vaccine to the epidemic that has all but wiped out the human race. William Pike is a World War 1 veteran who has found that going on expeditions to find lost Incan temples in Peru helps him cope with his PTSD. The first issue ends with two of them meeting. Of course, Nika’s a botanist on an outer rim space colony in the year 3797, and William is in 1921.

Part of what makes this so much fun to read are the parts where you need to flip the comic around. It adds to the storytelling, as well as adding a sense of distance between the two time periods and planets/space station/colonies.

Lastest issue: #3 (of 8)

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters

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Let’s get two things out of the way first: I am a huge fan of the books, and no, I don’t expect movie adaptations to be 100% faithful.

That being said, this movie was terrible.

I don’t understand how you can fuck this up. You’ve got great source material and a great cast (Nathan  Fillion, Stanley Tucci, that guy who played Giles in Buffy, and the voice of Ron Perlman), so how?

The CG was just okay, the script was crap and its delivery stiff, and whatever chemistry the cast had in the first movie seems to have disappeared.

There’s this attempt to be the next Harry Potter, which I never felt reading the books. The scene where they’re on the Grey Sisters’ cab was made too similarly to the Knight Bus scene in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Also, there were scenes that were supposed to take place on a cruise ship that took place on a yacht which I found hilarious. Did they run out of money? Underwhelming doesn’t even begin to describe it.

I really thought they couldn’t do any worse than the first film (which wasn’t completely terrible, just terribly shallow), OH, BUT WAIT THEY CAN.

There were four things I liked about it:

  1. Stanley Tucci’s quip on water and wine.
  2.  Nathan Fillion subtle reference to Firefly.
  3. The design of the Hippocampus and the Clothis Bull.
  4. Charybdis’s first appearance.
I have to admit, this scene was pretty cool.

Wait for Sea of Monsters to come out cable, don’t bother watching it in the cinemas. In the meantime, read the books if you haven’t, they’re a fun and fresh take on the Greek Mythology genre (Can I call it a genre? Sub-genre?). If you already have, then a re-read is in order to cleanse your palate and to keep you occupied until House of Hades comes out next month. If I’m too late, and you’ve actually spent money to watch this movie, here’s a recipe for blue chocolate chip cookies to cheer yourself up.

Batman: Year One

Year One, based on the comic by Frank Miller, recounts the beginnings of Bruce Wayne taking up the cowl and Jim Gordon’s career with the Gotham City Police Department. 

I’m kind of ambivilent about Year One. While it’s a really faithful adaptation of the comic (almost panel-for-panel, really) , I’m not digging the art direction. The original art was gritty, dark and has this really sketchy feel to it. The animated movie felt like a half-assed attempt to clean it up and make it more polished for animation. It would have been better if they just veered away from the style completely and did it like, I dunno, Under the Red Hood or something. The animation itself was problematic as well, which at times felt like a motion comic rather than a cartoon.

I also cannot stand Batman’s voice. Ben McKenzie does fine as Bruce Wayne, but his Batman voice gives Hayden Christiansen’s wooden acting on Star Wars a run for his money.

Really almost 100% panel-for-panel. Which is cool.

What I really enjoyed were Jim Gordon’s parts. He’s always been pretty likable, but Year One really shows the depth of his character.

source: forums.superherohype.com

Also really fangirled over Eliza Dushku as Selina Kyle and Grey DeLisle as Mrs. Barbara Gordon! Grey DeLisle has voiced almost every one of my favourite animated characters so it’s always a thrill for me to find her in other cartoons.

So is it perfect? No, but storywise it’s faithful to comic which should be a prerequisite for any Bat-fan. Worth it especially for Jim Gordon and a peek at Selina in her Tim Sale Catwoman costume!

My Fair Ladies, Mechanika and Sabre

With the brouhaha that’s happening to the DC universe, I’ve decided to ignore DC until their next reboot and focus on the non-DC titles I’ve been following. The newest of which, involve some very steampunky ladies:

1) Lady Mechanika
Written and illustrated by Joe Benitez, colors by Peter Steigerwald

Found in an abandoned laboratory with mechanical arms, Lady Mechanika was named by the tabloids for the city she was discovered in. Now working as a private detective, Mechanika is out to find her creator.

With only two issues out, this series is off to a promising start. I’m already such a sucker for Steampunk, but with the addition of a circus element in the second issue, Benitez has me hook, line and sinker.

The art is absolutely gorgeous although issue two is starting to look like the attack of the speech bubbles. I understand that’s a lot of dialogue to cover, but it completely takes over the panels at times.

You see?

I hope issue three doesn’t take another 6 months to come out. Waiting for #2 was torture.

2) Lady Sabre and the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether
By Greg Rucka and Rich Burchett

Steampunk with air pirates! ♥

Now that Freakangels is over (I’m still mourning), I’ve found another webcomic to ease the pain (haha!). With only 8 pages out, all I know so far is that Lady Sabre is on a ship in a sword fight with about half a dozen men. I do have faith that this will turn out to be great, as I absolutely loved Rucka’s work on the Batwoman arc in Detective Comics.

You can read Lady Sabre and the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether over at  www.ineffableaether.com. New comics every Monday and Thursday.

New ThunderCats Series – Episode 1

As you may or may not have already read, I am not particularly convinced that the world is need of a new ThunderCats series. But in the interest of Science (yes, Science!), I decided to check out the first episode that premiered last Friday anyway. (Also because my previous rant about the announcement of the new series got a lot of hits over the weekend.)

So let’s start with the bad:

  • I spent the first 10 minutes thinking I had accidentally downloaded a Furry version of Vision of Escaflowne or El Hazard. What is this world? This is not ThunderCats, by Thundera!
Welcome to Agrabah. City of mystery, of enchantment.
  • The citizens of Thundera are complety ignorant of all things, “technology”. Seriously, guys? The whole reason the original ThunderCats were alive when their SPACESHIP crash landed on a distant planet was because they were in SUSPENDED ANIMATION.
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  • Also, for some reason (and this is what irked me the most, honestly) Tigra is Lion-O’s older brother (their father is a Lion, in case you were wondering) but it’s Lion-O who is the crown prince. How does that even happen? Is Tigra a bastard? Was he adopted? Should he be renamed Ligra? Tigra’s also a lot less ghei in the new series, boo. I liked that he was kinda sexually ambiguous before. Oh, was that just me? 
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  • I also can’t get over just how anime everything looks. Haha.

On to the good:

  • It takes getting used to, but it’s actually very well done. The design of the castles, the buildings are gorgeous. The animation is fluid, although the incorporation of CGI with the 2D stuff isn’t as smooth as it could be.
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  • I am also a little relieved that nobody looks like wrestling rejects anymore. No one’s in speedo’s yay! The costumes don’t look as bad as I originally thought they did in the teasers, but Panthro still looks too much like Jet from Cowboy Bebop.

Overall, it’s a pretty solid production with a very promising story. I just don’t understand why it had to be a ThunderCat remake. You could replace all the ‘Cats with original characters and still have the beginnings of a great animated series.

I will admit, I got chills the first time Lion-O did the whole, “ThunderCats, HOOOOOOO!” bit.

Thunder, thunder, thunder, ThunderCats! Kamehameha!

So yeah, maybe I will tune in for next episode. For, you know, Science.

Varekai!

Grand Chapiteau

Circuses have always held a dear place in my heart. Probably the product of watching Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland and Dumbo just a little too often growing up. My parents took me to my first circus in Nepal in 1993, but my first encounter with Cirque du Soleil wasn’t until Popular Mechanics for Kids featured Dralion in one of their episodes. So when they announced that Cirque was going to stage Varekai in Manila, I didn’t need to hear anything else. I was going to watch it by any means necessary.

And Varekai was, in a word, breathtaking.

It’s a lot more thrilling to watch a Cirque show live. On DVD, obviously you know nothing wrong’s going to happen, but watching it live, wow. There were times when I would hold my breath when the performers were doing a particularly complicated routine. It’s funny how it took some otherworldy costumes to remind me of what great beauty there is in the human form. I’m inspired to re-do and finish my old circus-themed painting series.

The music is played live, which was awesome. And the costumes. Oh, the costumes.  ♥  It really is too bad that photography isn’t allowed inside the tent because some of the costumes that I really loved (one in particular had a very Alexander McQueen feel to it) were not in the souvenir program.

My favourite acts: The Flight of Icarus, the Aerial Straps and the Russian Swings. Photos from cirquedusoleil.com

The great thing about Cirque is there’s a wonderful and sophisticated theatricality in their shows –and in these three acts in particular — that set them apart from other productions. The Russian Swings made such a grand finale. You really leave the show on a high.

Future run-away-with-the-circus-ers: Pallon, myself, Myka and Noelle! ♥

If you haven’t watched or are still on the fence about seeing it, it was worth every single centavo. My only complaint is that 2 hours is not enough!

Varekai will run in Manila until July 24. You can book tickets at the Cirque du Soleil website.

Game of Thrones

“When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”

— Cersei Lannister

Game of Thrones” is a 10-episode mini-series based on the first book of the fantasy novel series, “A Song of Fire and Ice” by  George R. R. Martin. Set in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, GoT revolves around the politics and intrigue surrounding the Iron Throne.

Truly, the best way to adapt a book and give it justice is to turn it into a mini-series, rather than a movie. And with so much gore and sex, this is right up HBO’s alley.

One of the biggest changes here are the characters’ ages, who are all significantly older than their literary counterparts. I am all for it as Danaerys, for example, is 14 years old in the book. That would make all her nude and sex scenes (particularly the dubious consent ones haha) more than a little awkward for me.

The costumes were just absolutely beautifully done. It distracts me sometimes, but that’s just the cosplayer in me talking. My favourites were the armor worn by Tywin Lannister and the gowns worn by the ladies at Eyrie court (despite my disgust for the Arryns).

A lot of fans complained about the casting when it was first announced, particularly about Mark Addy as Robert Baratheon as he had mostly been in comedies prior to this. But I was pleasantly surprised by Addy. Who knew he could pull off such a dramatic role, and do it so well?

And then there’s Jason Momoa.

Mmm, boy. Where do I even begin? To be fair, I was a big Dany x Drogo fan from the book before I discovered the gloriousness that is Jason Momoa.

My only qualms –and they are pretty minor– are one, the lack of emphasis on the more supernatural aspects of the GoT universe. With all the knights and lords and ladies, it’s easy to to think it’s just medieval England not in a land where there once were dragons. They introduce the supernatural elements in the first episode, then pretty much forget about it and suddenly pop up again around episode 8.

Two, I just felt there was too much sex. Granted, the book has a lot of sex too, but this felt more like the directors and producers trying to spice up a really long, rather unexciting bit of dialogue by having it done during a sex scene so people don’t get bored.

Now that the season has ended and they don’t start shooting season two til July, I have nothing to look forward to on Mondays to make them seem a little less blue. To fill the void, I’m going to finish reading the second half of, “A Feast of Crows”, which I hope to finish before, “A Dance with Dragons” comes out next week.

Game of Thrones will soon be aired on HBO Asia. The series will premier locally on Sunday, August 28, 2011 at 10pm (9pm Bangkok/Jakarta) with two consecutive episodes each week.

BECK (2010)

I had always thought I had gotten over my pretty Japanese boy phase and then comes the BECK live-action and has me in a fangirl frenzy.


Mizushima Hiro and Mukai Osamu. Mmmmm, boy. ♥
[photos from http://www.dailyotaku.com & tamfeels.blogspot.com]

BECK is about these five guys –Chiba (Vocals), Koyuki (Vocals, Guitars), Ryusuke (Lead Guitars), Taira (Bass) and Saku (Drums)– who form this band and are trying to make it big in the Japanese music scene.

Huh, there’s not a lot I can add to that to describe the plot. It’s mostly character driven, focusing on the band members’ relationships with one another.

This is the first anime live-action adaptation I’ve watched where the actors are just as, if not more attractive than their animated counterparts.

Case in point.

The movie was a pretty good adaptation of the series. Of course since it’s pressed for time, there wasn’t a lot of character growth and the relationships between the characters weren’t fleshed out as well in the animated series if fleshed out at all. The American characters look very cartoonish and border on stereotype, and I thought they mis-cast Maho. The actress (Kutsuna Shiori) was pretty, but she lacked the badass vibe animated/manga Maho had. The guy who played Chiba (Kiritani Kenta) was awesome though. He got all of Chiba’s quirks without looking forced.

BECK was a fun watch. I now feel like I have to rewatch the anime since it’s been years. I also feel the need to sing in a band again. I only wish they used some of the music in anime because it was so iconic of the show, so I leave you with the anime’s opening theme.

Thor

Because GP called me out for being a Chris Hemsworth fangirl, here’s my review of Thor.

I’m team DC so not only do I know close to nothing about the Marvel universe, I am also not particularly interested in it. Truthfully , the only reason I went out to see Thor was because I wanted to see what Natalie Portman’s been doing after her Oscar win. But surprise, surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I enjoyed it better than the first Iron Man movie, which up to now I consider one of the best superhero movies so far. (No, I do not like Christopher Nolan’s Batman. See, I’m not biased against Marvel. I did hate Iron Man 2though, so I guess they’re even.) It makes me sad the Marvel’s totally kicking DC’s ass when it comes to live-action movies. Come on, DC! Make your live-action movies as awesome as your animated ones!

My first and last encounter with Thor was in one of the Avengers animated movies which had him on a boat trying to stop some whalers. So, kudos to Chris Hemsworth for owning the role and making it totally badass.

Mmm, yeah. Badass was exactly the adjective I meant. Gif totally necessary.

I also really, really liked Tom Hiddleston as Loki. He was subtle and awesome and looked a little like Steve from Blue’s Clues. I read somewhere that he initially tried out for Thor. I’m glad he didn’t get that part. He was perfection as Loki.

We’ve come to a point in movies where talking about the special effects has started to become redundant, but I liked how they rendered Asgard, particularly the Bifrost. Still rainbow-y without being My Little Pony.

Thor didn’t feel as fleshed out as it could have been, but it did succeed in one critical aspect─I totally want to go watch The Avengers now. Forget the Captain America movie, bring on the Avengers!