Socrates in Love

Hi everyone. Today we’re reviewing a single manga adaptation of a novel called Socrates in Love. I didn’t think they that a regular length manga was enough to cram an entire story but the events went by pretty quickly. Rating: … Continue reading

Are You Alice? Volume 1

Hi everyone! Today I’m very excited to review a new manga series that just released volume 1, called Are You Alice? Some of you might know, and some of you might not, but I’m a huge fan of Alice in … Continue reading

The Earl & the Fairy Review

Hi everyone! Today we’re reviewing a shojo, fantasy and light comedy series called The Earl & the Fairy. Although the light novel is still ongoing, the manga consists of only 4 volumes. I was actually expecting more of the story … Continue reading

ANIME NORTH 2013!!!

Here are some photos that I took of the awesome cosplays I spotted at Anime North 2013! It was a pretty amazing three days and I don’t think I’m ready to return to the real world yet… there aren’t enough people with cat ears…

Can you name all the characters? 😉

– Cloudy

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Hidamari Sketch Volume 1 Review

Rating: 4/5 happy clouds Hi everyone! Today I’m finally back from Anime North and I have a super fun sunny summer read for you guys. Hidamari Sketch is a four-panel manga by Ume Aoki. I absolutely love four-panel comic strips … Continue reading

Cloudy Says…

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Hi everyone! I’m sorry I’ve disappeared for a while, it’s because I’ve been having so much fun at Anime North 2013! A recap & review of Karneval episodes 8 & 9 will be coming very soon! I also have a ton of new manga that I’m super stoked to review for you guys as well we a review of AN 2013 plus tons of super cool photos to share!

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Much love and many hugs for dropping by!

– Cloudy

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Homemade Strawberry Yogurt Mask

strawHey guys! I don’t usually treat myself to a beauty time because I’m so busy on a daily basis but now that the school year’s over and I’m at home, I have tons of time to experiment and try different do-it-yourself facial scrubs, beauty masks, hair masks, etc. This strawberry yogurt mask is TO DIE FOR! It is absolutely amazing. I’ve done quite a few different masks in the last two weeks and I think that this little recipe is the best so far.

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(This is a great mask to have one while you’re watching anime or your favourite TV series!)

If you’re just interested in reading about the recipe, feel free to skip down to the rating!

I spend a lot of time on Youtube and I subscribe to a variety of different channels from music to comedy to drama and of course, beauty gurus. Every Youtube-obsessed girl has her favourite beauty guru. My favourite beauty guru has to be Bubzbeauty. Her real name is Lindy Tsang and she is of Northern Irish-Chinese ethnicity. What I love about her channel is that she not only talks about outer beauty with makeup, hair and nail tutorials, but constantly posts Girl Talk videos about inner beauty, body image happiness and self-confidence.

g02She just launched her new line of Bubbi makeup brushes and I’m definitely going to be placing an order soon for my very own set. I started subscribing to her when she first started uploading videos. She’s open-minded, down to earth and so very inspiring. Have a look at her website! http://www.bubzbeauty.com/

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Some of my favourite videos are the DIY face masks or craft ideas. The strawberry yogurt mask is one of her older videos but the recipe is GOLDEN. My face looks brighter, clearer, smoother and feels great. I ended making an entire bowl of the mask so I turned it into a body scrub and it also felt AWESOME! (However, don’t try this mask if you’re allergic to any of the ingredients)

yogurtWhat you’ll need…

– 4-5 small strawberries

– 2 spoonfuls of Bio-Yogurt

-1 Teaspoon of Olive Oil (I used Grape seed oil because I didn’t have Olive Oil)

– 2 Teaspoons of Honey

– 2 Spoonfuls of Oatmeal

– A bowl and spoons

– A brush to apply the mask

“Willing to try. Willing to learn. Making life bubbi-ful.”

I hope you guys enjoyed this quick little rant. Try this out for yourself and marvel at the amazing results! Good luck!

– Cloudy

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2013 Canadian Tulips Festival

Hey guys, so recently, my dad and I took my mom to Ottawa for the Canadian Tulips Festival in honour of her birthday. It was a really great weekend and I got a lot of photography done because I don’t usually get to do a lot of free photography shoots  the school year what with work and extra-curricular activities. Here are some photos taken from my weekend excursion, I’m really pleased with how they turned out.

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Hope you guys enjoy these pictures!

– Cloudy

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Surviving Your First Con

Hi everyone! I’m very excited to be back in Toronto especially because Anime North 2013 is in two days! A lot of my friends are driving in from out of town for this convention and many of them are first-timers (and I’m sure some of you are too). If you are a first-timer, both nervous and excited for your first con, here are some tips and little bits of experience that I’ve learned over my three years of con-going.

anime girl at computer 11) Scheduling- The program for the convention will no doubt be posted online one or two weeks before the actual con. Download the file, print it out and circle or highlight the events you want to visit. Chances are, you won’t be able to visit every single panel or screening if the con is huge and you only have a few hours every day. However, planning out your itinerary for the day will save you a lot of last minute indecision that wastes time during con hours. Planning beforehand will also give you better chance to scope out the con’s hottest events!

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2) Packing- I’ve learned that the best kind of bag to have around is a backpack, one where you can throw EVERYTHING inside. You’ll want to carry the bare necessities – wallet, phone, mp3 player and perhaps a reusable bag because if you end up with 30+ volumes of Naruto, that flimsy plastic bag isn’t gonna cut it. If you’re an art collector and Artist Alley is the highlight of your con experience, remembering to bring plastic folders of different sizes to safeguard your purchases in your messy bag. Ziploc baggies also come in handy especially if you’re like me and you spend fifty dollars on buttons and bookmarks every year.

3) Dressing- If your con takes place in the winter, bring a lot of layers on the first day because lining up outside in the snow isn’t fun. If your con takes place in the summer, make sure you’ve got sunglasses, a hat, perhaps an umbrella (or frilly parasol) and sunscreen. For those of you who are cosplaying, pack a change of clothes just in case… especially if you’re making your cosplay and it’s your first time sewing (LOL). Especially if you’ve decided to dress up as someone like Yuuko Ichihara from xxxHolic or a full-on Gundam, you’re going to have a little trouble navigating through the crowds of the con. The most important thing to remember is to wear comfortable shoes because you’ll either be standing in line, walking (or dancing) all day.

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Amu_with_Shugo_Charab4) Buddy System- If it’s your first time going to a con, perhaps ask around to see if you have any friends who are seasoned con-goers. They’ll know the best panels, the best stands and are probably the best price hagglers. Conventions can be overwhelming and having a buddy with you can make any experience a lot easier to handle.

5) The Noms- Pack granola bars and at least three water bottles either on your person or in your car. Mealtime will often shift every day according to your con-schedule and you will definitely lose track of time because of all the con-craziness. Bring some snackies, don’t pass out on your buddy! If you’re waiting in line with friends to grab your con-badge, send someone to scope out the restaurants or fast-food stops that are nearby.

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images6) Shopping- Don’t be an impulse buyer. The best deals are usually made on the last day of the con in the last hour or so. The first day of the con is for you to scope out all the things you want that you can possible bargain for later on in the con. However if you’re looking for artist’s work or fan art, those disappear in the blink of an eye so you’ll need to grab (and pay for) what you want from your favourite artists. Think of the set amount of money you might spend and double (or triple) it. Only tables hosted by big stores accepted credit and cash is a must.

glomp-137) Glomping- Some of you might not know what glomping is. To glomp is to run up and hug (or lovingly body-slam) an individual dressed up in your favourite character. Sometimes your inner fangirl just takes over, I know, I’ve been there… At strictly anime conventions, there is usually a no-glomping rule. However, if you ask nicely, I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to give you a hug and snap a picture with you… which brings me to my next point, bring a CAMERA, you’ll definitely want to photos of friends (and cosplayers) to look back on after the con is over. Cosplayers spend hours on their costumes because they want to be fangirled/or boyed by other fans who love the anime or manga as much as they do 🙂

Lomo-LC-A-seen-in-Japanese-anime-series-K-ON_01Bonus tip: If you’re bringing a digital camera, don’t forget to bring a spare battery and charger. If you’re going old school and using film, bring a wide variety of film and labeled canisters as well as proper cleaning equipment.

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HAVE FUN! At the end of the day, the convention is all about enjoying what you love with people who have the same interests as you. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned veteran, a light anime fan or a hardcore otaku, the con will have something for you. I hope you guys liked this little rant. Feel free to like or follow for new posts coming almost every day. I’m so excited for Anime North and new posts will be coming soon! Stay tuned!

– Cloudy

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