In 2016, Into the Gloss published an article about sustainable makeup recommended by Emma Watson. In the article, Emma goes over what’s in her daily makeup bag, her favorite skincare products, and even her favorite shades of lipstick.
If you’re coming from my Emma Watson makeup YouTube video, you saw me trying on these exact products for a casual Belle cosplay. I even went out downtown just to see how the makeup would weather an entire day.
As the article mentions, it’s hard to be 100% sustainable… especially when it comes to makeup. It’s a bit expensive and a little hard to gauge since it’s popularity hasn’t become mainstream quite yet.
But if you want a full comprehensive look at what I think of Emma’s favorite sustainable makeup products, then keep on reading 😉
Sustainable Makeup Recommended by Emma Watson
Out of all the makeup products Emma recommended in that article, I decided to just go with the basics. As I said in the video, I don’t tend to glam it up much. I’m more of a fan of light and subtle makeup (unless it’s for cosplay!).
That’s why I only picked out a foundation, an eyebrow gel, mascara, eyeliner, eye shadows, and a lipstick (for a total of $107.89!).
I didn’t go for Emma’s favorite shade of lipstick, but I did buy it from the same company. Likewise, I picked out eyeshadow from The Body Shop because she recommended X from that store (and she applauded their environmental-friendly practices). I
Here are the exact makeup products I purchased:
FOUNDATION $38.34: RMS “un cover up” for light skin (she also uses their powder but I decided to skip that because I’m on a budget)
MASCARA $18.50: DHC Double Protection mascara in black
EYEBROW GEL $21: Jane Iredale Pure Brow Brow Gel in blonde
EYELINER $21: Jane Iredale Liquid Eyeliner in black/brown
LIPSTICK $18: Lilu Lolo Natural lipstick (in the color Rouge)
EYESHADOW $12.05: Various brown colors from The Body Shop
Sustainable Makeup Review
The reason I wanted to try sustainable makeup is two-fold.
One: I wanted to review it. And
Two: I am very self-conscious of waste. I cringe when food is thrown out and I hord as many of cosplay materials as possible in case I can recycle even the tiniest scraps of fabric or foam.
Because my videos tend to be off-the-cuff, I wanted to give you a comprehensive analysis of what I actually think of each of these sustainable makeup products recommended by Emma Watson:
As I said in the video, I don’t like wearing foundation. I have oily skin, and I tend to break out any time I use it. I was curious to see if this would happen with a sustainable foundation. Sadly, it did make me break out.
Considering the size of the foundation and the price, I don’t think this is a sustainable product I would buy again anytime soon.
This mascara is definitely all about giving your length over volume. I prefer the latter, however, I will say that this mascara is tough!
In a good way.
I also didn’t realize until way later that it’s a water-resistant mascara. Usually, I don’t like to wear water-proof mascara because it’s a pain to take off. The DHC mascara actually had me second-guessing that choice though. I loved not having to worry about the mascara smearing and for the size, it’s a pretty good deal!
This mascara is about $8 more than your standard drug store product. If you’re in need of some length, I definitely recommend this sustainable makeup product.
Let me just say, my eyebrows are the worst. They’re a dark blonde and super thin. But they are also really long.
I’m not a pro when it comes to makeup– but this is especially true for eyebrows. I’ve used cheap eyebrow gel before, but it always looked like I just smeared brown grease over my eyes.
This stuff is a little different. I could instantly tell the quality is higher than your standard eyebrow gel and the color was spot on. I still like using eyeshadow to fill in my brows better, but this is the only stuff I’ll use to securely lock in my eyebrow look.
As soon as I opened this eyeliner, I was disappointed– not gonna lie. The bottle is very tiny, albeit eloquent. I usually use black eyeliner, but Emma recommended brown as a natural way to play up your eye.
I have to say, despite everything, I still didn’t really like this sustainable product. It comes with a thin tip brush which I loved(I know a lot of people prefer pen eyeliner), but it didn’t stick. And I always put primer on my eyes.
This eyeliner seemed a bit too diluted for me. After application, I could tell it needed a bit to dry, but even then, it didn’t seem to want to stick.
Instead of going for Emma’s recommended fierce, bright red shade, I went with Rouge for a more natural tone. This is the color I would use if I were to do a Belle or Hermione cosplay. Actually, it’s just a color I prefer in everyday life!
The first time I wore this, it seemed very flaky. However, I am prone to chapped/dehydrated lips so I figured it was my fault.
This lipstick glides on flawlessly and it lasts way longer than any NYX lipstick I’ve used (sorry NYX). As a sustainable makeup product, I give this 5/5 steaming cups of coffee!
Even without primer, I found that The Body Shop’s eyeshadows didn’t crease! They stayed on all day without much fuss and I didn’t have to retouch at all. They’re very pigmented, which is a must for me, and I actually like the little glimmer they have.
The only thing I’m not a fan of is the fact that they come in individual packets. There’s no easy way to store them! That being said, I’m excited to try out even more products from this eco-friendly store.
Want more cosplay and makeup reviews? Let me know in the comments below!
For whatEVER reason, my Captain Marvel cosplay is the one you guys seem to enjoy the most. So naturally, the next step for me would be to get the Captain Marvel flight suit costume.
As I’ve said time and time again, I’m not a stickler when it comes to screen accurate cosplays. Hell, my Captain Marvel suit(from Ali Express) looks nothing like any version of Carol Danvers. But when Stitch’s Loft reached out to me about his product, I was instantly intrigued.
When Ryan (Stitch’s Loft) sent me this pilot suit, he also gave me some history on the suit and how he was able to make it as real as possible. This guy went above and beyond to make finite details for this costume. It’s truly remarkable.
That’s what I’m going to get into in this blog in case you wanted some more backstory about the making of this suit. I did a full review of the Captain Marvel flight suit on YouTube so that you can see this cosplay in action. Check it and out andsubscribe if you’re into that kind of thing!
Is This Captain Marvel Pilot Suit Costume Movie Accurate?
Yes. The suit itself is a bonafide fire-resistant military-grade suit. Ones that’s actual Air Force Pilots wear. You’ll know it’s real when you see the tag that says:
“Coveralls, Flyer’s Women’s Summer, Flame Resistant. Type 11 CLASS 1”
The newer suits come in Freedom Green, which is only slightly different from the 90’s vintage Sage Greens pilot suits. The Freedom suit (the one I have) is a brighter green, which is actually perfect because this is cosplay and it will show up better in photos.
Captain Marvel Flight Suit Patches
You can watch the full breakdown for the Captain Marvel flight suit patches on Stitch’s Loft’s YouTube channel. He really goes into detail about how much research and study it took to get these patches just right. And the chest patch on my Air Force suit, he says, is a real vintage USAF patch.
My suit comes with a total of 4 patches, with 3 of them being movie-accurate recreations by Stitch’s Loft (V2.0 Test Pilot patch is probably my fav because it’s so colorful).
Here’s what the suit comes with:
(1) CWU-27/p (Real Nomex US Military) Flight Suit with hook and loop
(1) Custom Carol Danvers nametag (Stitch’s Loft Design)
(1) Set of USAF Captain Bar Rank Insignias (Real USAF Rank Insignias)
(1) AF Systems Command Patch REAL Vintage 90’s
(1) Inexplorata Patch (Stitch’s Loft Design)
(1) Test Pilot School Patch *NEW V2.0 (Stitch’s Loft Design)
(1) SPARROW (Stitch’s Loft Design) or RETENTION METER Morale Patch Replica
The Sparrow Patch actually has a sad story behind it concerning a real U.S. Air force Pilot. The U.S. Thunderbirds pilot died at the age of 34 in a flight accident. Brie Larson spoke about it on her Instagram, noting that,
“There is no Carol without you. You helped create her and I am forever grateful.”
So if you are planning on getting this flight suit, I highly recommend getting the Sparrow patch to celebrate and honor Maj. Stephen Del Bagno.
While this might be great for taxes (if you earn money from cosplay), a cosplay content calendar template is really what we all need.I’m not going to get into what I accomplished last year in terms of my cos-goals and what I failed at. That’s all in the YouTube video (and if that’s where you’re coming from– hi!).
Instead, I’m going to explain to you how you can use my free cosplay content calendar template. If you want to see a brief glimpse of my 2020 plans, that will be included down below!
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How To Get the Cosplay Content Calendar Template
To get my free template, just type in your email right here:
It’s available in Google Sheets, which you should be able to have access to without a Gmail account. If not, please DM me on Instagram or send me an email for help! I personally use Google Sheets because I also use the Google Calendar so that it’s readily accessible on my phone and on my desktop!
How The Calendar Is Set Up
I was trying to decide if I wanted this calendar to be based on a weekly or monthly basis. I decided to go with weekly and to use Google Calendars for my big-picture/monthly ideas and due dates. This weekly cosplay content calendar allows you to plan out your content week by week and includes a checkmark box for that satisfying feeling of getting shit done!The Cosplay Content Calendar has room to layout your content on the following platforms:
Your website or blog
If you’re more into Twitter and Facebook, you can just retype in which platforms you prefer!
I have about 4 different platforms listed for where I plan on posting every week, including Instagram. I wouldn’t do any more than that because you’re going to overwhelm yourself. The first 4 rows are:
Done? Checkmark Box
These are pretty self-explanatory. Let me explain how I use the rest of the columns:
Content: This is either my blog or YouTube title, video for Tik Tok, or it says which character I’m featuring on Instagram (I left examples in there for you!). Simplicity is key.
CTA (Call to action): You want this in every post. This helps to keep your audience engaged in your content so that they don’t fly off to view someone else’s content. Make sure your CTA asks an open-ended question or leave a little air of mystery that will entice them to check out whatever it is you’re promoting.
Topic: I try to stick to certain topics or types of content. On YouTube, I do reviews, tutorials, and cosplay tips. Whereas on Instagram, I post selfies, videos, WIP pics, and professional cosplay shots. This section is just to lay out what type of content I’m posting so that I can make sure I’m being versatile.
Shares: This is marked with a checkbox, but you can take that out to type out the actual shares. This is just to remind me to reshare my video, blog, or cosplay photos on social platforms that I don’t want to spend too much time on. If you’re strictly on Instagram, you can use this section to note if another page shared your photo.
Engagement: How many comments, likes, shares, etc each piece of content gets. If it’s all in one place, you’ll get a better idea of which videos, blogs, and photos perform the best. This helps in really niche-ing down your content, too.
Instagram Cosplay Content
You’ll notice the bigger section at the top is strictly for Instagram. Even though you can use a service like Later to layout and schedule your cosplay photos, this helps me visualize future photo sessions. It also helps if you have a theme or a certain structure to your cosplay Instagram account. In 2020, I’m aiming to post every 3 days. Posting daily is a tactic of the past and it puts way too much pressure on creators. Instead, I’m using that extra effort to create unique content like blogs and videos.
Extra Features and Room For Ideas
To the very right-hand side, you’ll see that the Cosplay Content Calendar template becomes an area to list ideas. Of course, you can change or add columns to write down ideas for the platforms you’re most invested in (which reminds me, I should probably add a column for blog ideas).
As I said, I recommend using this template in Google Sheets. That way you can delete or add rows to the idea sections without messing up the format. You can also download the app so that you have your Cosplay Content Calendar template on you at all times.
As soon as you sign up for the template, it will give you an option to find the calendar on Google Sheets!
If you encounter ANY issues or technical problems with this calendar, please let me know and I’ll send you an updated version! Just message me on Instagram and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
My 2020 Cosplans and Goals
Finish Iron Spider, Buzz Lightyear, and Kida.
One Disney princess cosplay per quarter.
Regular content! Especially YouTube and blog content.
Relax, have fun with cosplay, and try not to take things too seriously.
Let people get to know me as the person, not the cosplayer.
Write eBooks and a comic!
Monetize Cosplay & Coffee
MERCH! I keep forgetting to mention this, but merch is my big TO-DO!
Whether you’re a cosplayer, makeup artist, or just a wig aficionado, most people tend to second guess ordering wigs from Amazon. Amazon is kind of like eBay… as in you never know what you’re going to get. That’s why I decided to get ahold of one of the more popular amazon wig retailers to give you this K’ryssma lace front wig review.
If you’ve read some of my other product reviews, you’ll know that I’m very enthusiastic about Amazon products. And actually, I had already purchased a K’ryssma lace front wig before, which is why I reached out to them for this collaboration (full disclaimer: I was given this wig in exchange for an honest review).
Price as of this blog: $45.99 (not including tax or shipping)
Even when I don’t order from Amazon, packing for me isn’t really a deal-breaker. I’ve said this before; we all just threw away the packages that our Amazon products come in, so I don’t really like to judge a retailer on this little detail.
I was blown away by K’ryssma’s packaging. They’ve certainly upgraded since the last time I purchased a lace front wig from them. To me, this says that:
They have repeat customers
They care about their customers and the experience they get.
K’ryssma takes their branding seriously.
As you can see, the wig came in this chic black bag. I really appreciate this because it means I have something nice to store my wig in (and it’s resealable!). The wig itself was carefully netted in another separate bag (that I can use for another wig!). And altogether, the package came with 2 reusable bags, the wig, and 2 wig caps.
Dramatic af. Also, look at how LONG it is!
Right out of the bag, I could tell this wig is good quality. It honestly feels like silk to the touch, so the description is accurate.
One problem that I’ve always had with my lace front wigs is that they don’t brush easily. I don’t know if that’s because 90% of my wigs are curly, but I can literally run my fingers through this straight wig.
The other thing that is incredible about this wig is that it looks exactly like my natural hair color. I’ve been wanting to dye my hair a rose pink for a year, but because I cosplay so many blonde characters, I’ve held off. But now that I have this wig, I can switch it back to blonde in an instant. I’m super excited about that!
This lace front wig also comes with adjustable straps, 4 comb clips for extra security, and has lace in the front and the back. Another detail that I haven’t noticed on other wigs is the sparsity of individual hairs along the hairline. This really makes it look more natural. Kudos to them for that extra-fine detailing. It has a line of where the hair “naturally” parts, but you can easily flip it to one side or the other so you can have a middle or a side part.
Final Thoughts on Blonde Ombre K’ryssma Lace Front Wig
When I’m searching for affordable wigs on Amazon or the best lace front wigs, K’ryssma always pops up. Their wigs instantly catch my eye which is why I have about 5 more in my Amazon cart. I truly think that they are one of the best Amazon wig sellers.
I do want to mention that because of the length (22″), this wig is harder to style. I’ve been trying to curl it, but the curls don’t seem to want to hold without a ton of hairspray. But considering this happens with my own long hair, I guess that means the quality is about as real as you can get.
Even with me using excessive amounts of hair spray and brushing through it, the wig is still soft! My orange Kr’yssma lace front wighas gotten a little frizzy over time with repeated brushing, so keep that in mind (it might be because it’s curly and harder to maintain. Maybe I should just get straight wigs from now on!).
In conclusion, Kr’yssma will continue to be my go-to for wigs. It comes in quickly (Amazon Prime, baby), it’s beautiful quality, and they have the most options.
Overall, I give this particular wig a 5/5 steaming cups of coffee
Comes with 2 bags and 2 wig caps
Lace in the font, nack, and underneath the full cap
There are a couple of places where you can get your wand.
There is, of course, Ollivanders in both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. Then there is and Gregorivich’s (Ollivander’s wand competitor). You can also sometimes get Harry Potter wands at outside kiosk stands or in the official Universal Stores.
Universal has the Wand Experience, where one person gets to step up to Ollivander himself and have the wand choose them.
Now, if you aren’t the lucky person picked during this experience, you still can go into the shop to get your own. We all know that the wand chooses the wizard, so you’ll know when you’ve found the right one.
Two Types of Harry Potter Wands
There are two types of Harry Potter wands that you can get: Interactive Or Collectible
But let’s dive a little deeper.
When you FIRST ENTER the WWoHP and make your way into a wand shop in Diagon Alley you will see there are wands stacked to the ceiling. You will also notice that characters, like Ron, will have two different colored wand boxes.
This is to differentiate between the interactive and the collectible wands. You’ll know which wand is interactive because it will have a clear kind of glassy point at the end of the wand. Each interactive wand also comes with a map that marks all the locations where you can use your wand to cast spells.
There are 32 different interactive wands that run at about $55.
And there are 40 collectible wands that run at about $49.
So that means—yes—not every character is available in the interactive version.
On top of that, only 19 characters are actually available in the interactive option. The other 13 are specialty Ollivander wands, which I’ll get to in a minute.
I’m going to leave you the full list of options available in both the interactive and collectible options below because it will take me ten minutes to name them all.
Choosing a Wand
If you know who you’re favorite character is, or if you have a cosplay that you need a wand for, then all you have to do is choose whether you want it to be an interactive wand or a collectible.
On the other hand, you can choose a wand finish based on your birthday, a special date such as an anniversary, or a wand based on your personality.
According to Universal’s website, there are 13 interactive wands that come in different finishes such as Ash, Ivy, Oak, and so on. Each wand has its own set of personality traits (listed below) which can help you pick out which finish you want. Each type of wand also correlates to specific dates so you can choose a wand based on a birthday or special date, like an anniversary.
For example, my birthday is June 6th so I could choose a HAWTHORN wand or if I picked my wand based on my personality traits, I’d probably pick REED.
Now, the interactive wands are cool if you plan on spending a few days at the park or you go there often. You can go to various spots throughout the park and actually use your wand to make objects move, turn on fountains and lights, and a slew of other magical possibilities.
I have Ron’s interactive wand. Of course, the day I went to demonstrate this, I forgot my wand, so I just kind of basked in everyone else’s magical talents.
And if you’re wondering how long the interactive wands last, don’t worry— Universal will replace your wand if it stops working. However, most people say that their wands have been going strong for years.
Different Types of Collectible Wands
Your other option is to get a collectible wand.
If you are simply a muggle that wants a collectible Harry Potter wand to put on display, then you have 40 options to choose from. These are a little cheaper than the interactive wands. They run at about $49.
However, I have to point out that FIVE of those 40 are actually different variations of Death Eater wands. Which are all actually really cool. Also, you cannot get your special birthday or personality wands in anything other than interactive.
Fantastic Beasts Wands at Universal Studios
If you are wondering about character wands from the Fantastic Beasts films, then you may or may not be in luck, depending on when you are watching this. Right now, there are 8 wands available for Fantastic Beasts characters which are:
DUMBLEDORE’S ORIGINAL WAND
GRINDELWALD (WHICH IS THE ELDER WAND)
Young Dumbledore and Flamel’s are my favorite because they just have SO much detail in the handle. Leta and Queenies were really pretty, too.
I was told by the lovely sales Wizard that these are available for only a short amount of time and none of them come in the interactive option. They also are NOT available to purchase through the website.
Each wand is made with resin, which if you’re a cosplayer you might already be familiar with this product. They are also all handpainted and come in a variety of lengths, depending on your wand choice.
There are a couple of different stands for your Harry Potter wands that are readily available to purchase. There’s the:
DUMBLEDORE’S ARMY parchment rack that bears the respective names of six of the members of Dumbledore’s Army (Harry, Hermine, Ron, Ginny, Neville, Luna).
It costs $200 which I think includes all 6 wands?
Then there is the TRIWIZARD WAND COLLECTION. It comes with wands used by the Triwizard champions. The wands sit on an engraved wooden plate that is protected by a glass case. The retail price is about $160.
And finally, there is the WEASLEY WAND STAND that costs $100 if you want both Fred and George’s wands.
Well, that’s it, guys. At least for now. Who knows how many more wands will be added to Ollivander’s store.Also, I want to mention that all of this information is based on what I know is available at Universal Orlando. I checked the Universal Hollywood site to see if there were differences in the wands they sold, but they actually didn’t list the wands at all, so I am going to assume they are the same.
I hope seeing the different types of wands available at the WWoHP helps you out in narrowing down your choices. It will honestly be one of the most magical experiences of your life, and I highly recommend getting an interactive wand. Because it’s sad when you cant cast your own magical spells.
And that’s it! Cheers guys and I’ll see you next time.
FULL List of Harry Potter Wands at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
ASH Tools, magical and ordinary, made from Ash are especially productive as Ash trees are known to attract energy. Ash people are kind and generous with a gift for seeing what is beautiful in the world and in others. Ash people should be careful that their romantic hearts do not lead them into danger.
IVY Ivy wood is associated with tenacity, stamina and endless patience. Ivy people are strong and determined; they set goals and achieve them. Ivy people should take care that their ability to easily overcome obstacles does not lead them unwittingly into ever more challenging situations.
HOLLY Wood from Holly trees has magical healing properties and is thought to repel evil. Holly people make good leaders and thoughtful, loving and effective counselors. Holly people should use their understanding of the dark, hidden side of humanity to guide others in their time of need.
REED Reed wood is associated with scholarship and knowledge. Reed people are good with words, and steadfast in their beliefs. They are deeply rooted and extremely flexible. Reed people should trust in their ability to adapt to new situations without ever losing sense of who they are.
BIRCH This vigorous wood is associated with stored energy and renewal. Birch people are full of life, with seemingly endless reserves of energy to bestow on those around them. Birch people should always trust their ability to see straight through to the heart of any matter.
OAK Wood from these huge, steadfast trees is associated with truth and wisdom. Oak people are confident and optimistic, with great inner strength and a deep well of knowledge. Oak people should trust in their natural intuition and understanding, using it for the benefit of all.
VINE Vine wood is associated with persistence and renewal. Vine people have restless spirits and seemingly limitless energy. They are also prone to burn the candle at both ends. Vine people should learn to pace themselves and their achievements will know no bounds.
WILLOW Willow wood has powers of protection, especially against natural disasters. Willow people are strong and flexible; they recover quickly from the unexpected. Willow people should face new challenges confident that each encounter only makes them stronger.
ALDER Alder wood is well suited for making flutes and pipes, and for building bridges. Alder people are adventurous travelers and confident decision-makers who trust their inner voices. Alder people should work hard to maintain a balance between work and play.
HAZEL Hazel wood is associated with wisdom, protection and magical skills. Hazel people are often wise beyond their years. They make inspiring teachers, combining creative talent and practical knowledge. Hazel people should be sure they take the time to share their gifts with others. Wa
ELDER Elder wood is associated with death and renewal and protection from negative influence. Elder people are extremely perceptive and very sensitive; they are easily wounded, but quick to recover. Elder people should trust in their natural persistence and they will succeed where many others would give up.
ROWAN The wood is revered for its powers of protection. Rowan people are full of healing energy and they delight in helping others. Rowan people should use their powerful imagination and resourceful nature to make their dreams come true.
HAWTHORN The Hawthorn tree makes excellent barriers with its beautiful flowers and big thorns. This wood is strong, yet flexible. Hawthorn people have intense family ties and are highly protective of those for whom they care. Hawthorn people should remember that it is relationships that connect us to the future and the past.