Saturday, February 17, 2018

♡ Ank Rouge Fukubukuro 2018 Review ♡

Hello my lovely bunnies!
Once again it has been quite a while since I last wrote, and I apologize for that ;-;
However I've been recently reading Lace and Lucy, which is the blog written by Dollielulu, who you might know from Instagram! Her blog is just as sweet as she is, and it's inspired me to start writing again! Blogging was something I really loved to do, and I've missed the satisfaction that comes with taking the time to write a blogpost, on whatever sort of topic!
Although I don't have much in mind for what to write, I do have a post which I've been meaning to write for a while... the review of my Ank Rouge 2018 Fukubukuro!
I thought it might be a bit too late to write this post, since I did get the lucky pack in early January, however I asked on my Instagram whether people would be interested-- and the overwhelming majority said yes!
So, I hope this will be useful for those of you considering buying a Ank Rouge Fukubukuro (or any brand, really) in the future!
Let's begin ♡

Firstly, I'll give a bit of introduction to lucky packs/フクブクロ/fukubukuro, if you aren't familiar with the concept!
In Japan, many shops will sell what are called "lucky packs" on January 1st. You pay a set price (generally 10,000 yen, or approximately $100 USD), and receive a selection of items whose value exceeds the price you paid! Typically this is a way for shops to unload their stock from the old year, however a lot of shops have now begun making lucky packs with the contents revealed! Liz Lisa and Swankiss, for example, do this. Ank Rouge had a similar lucky pack, where you received six items-- five of them known, and one unknown.
Their lucky pack cost $10,800 yen including tax, or about $95 USD (now the Yen-USD exchange rate is a bit worse, unfortunately ;-; ) They claim that the contents of the lucky pack exceed 40,000 yen in value, which is quite impressive!
Here are the items from the lucky pack that they revealed-- you could get the item in one of two colour-ways!.
The tote bag (that all the items arrive in)

Faux Fur Coat

Sailor Collar One-Piece Dress

Turtleneck Sweater

Lace-up Skirt
A 'mystery' item is also included, and there were no hints as to what it was (given what I got though, I think it was just old stock!)
Another thing I should mention, is that in order to purchase a lucky pack from Ank Rouge (and the majority of other Japanese brands), you will need a shopping service, since the vast majority of Japanese brands don't ship outside of Japan. Luckily there are many shopping services out there, most of which are fairly easy to use!
I talk about them in my most recent YouTube video, if you would like a brief overview!

Now enough about my rambling-- let me show what I actually received!
(I actually did an unboxing on my YouTube, if you would prefer to watch that! However here I will speak more about the quality-- if you're just curious to see what I got though, feel free to stop reading here~ and sorry if it seems as though I'm over-promoting my YouTube ><)

The first item that I received was the tote bag in the black colour-way~

This tote bag held all items inside, and it's actually a fairly cute design! I wasn't terribly opinionated on which colour-way I wanted, so I was pretty pleased with what I got. The fabric is black with little pink hearts, as well as the brand name written on the front, with a small ruffle on the edge. It's made of a fairly sturdy synthetic material, and has a matte finish. It zips up the top, and is lined as well. Although I haven't found a use for it yet, it's nice to have good quality bags like this! Perhaps I will store fabric in it..?
The next item (which is one of the ones I was most excited about), was the coat!

I received the coat in the black colour-way, which admittedly I was a bit disappointed about because of how darling the pink one was (... it was really similar to one I tried on while on vacation with my family-- however that one was close to $100, which I couldn't justify spending on a coat given that I live in Florida!)
Back from that tangent however-- this coat is surprisingly light-weight! It's made of a very soft faux fabric-- I couldn't quite say that it feels like faux fur, but it's something similar? It's lined as well with a soft and silky material.
The coat closes on snaps, which is certainly more convenient than buttons~ 
It also comes with a pom-pom brooch, which you can pin on the collar if you would like. I think it's a very cute detail, and it's nice that it's detachable! I do believe this is real fur though... ^^"

My disappointment in receiving the black coat was short-lived, thankfully! I was able to find a sweet girl on the Facebook Larme Sales group who was looking to swap for the black coat, so within a few days I had the pink one instead!

I much prefer the pink version of this coat, it's such a darling shade of dusty pink, and it's much more my style!
It's the perfect sort of coat for Florida winters, I think! It certainly wouldn't keep you warm if you live further up north, however in 50-60 degree cold, I think it's ideal~
Here's a small coordinate I put together with it, I was quite pleased with how it turned out!
Sweet Cherry Girl
Blouse and Coat: Ank Rouge
Skirt: Liz Lisa
Tights: AliExpress
Shoes: DSW (brand is indigo. rd!)
I think this is most definitely my favorite item that I received!
The next item I received was the one-piece in the dusty pink colour-way!
Although my above photo doesn't quite accurately show the colour of the dress, it's much less pink than the coat. I would say it's more of a dusty-mauve colour? In certain light it looks taupe, in certain light it looks dusty purple, however it's rarely pink >< It features a sailor collar, which was one of my favorite details on it! It also has a pre-tied bow that you can pin onto the neckline.
I would say this photo most accurately portrays the colour of the dress!

To be completely honest, I was a bit disappointed with this dress... the main fabric of it was on the thin side, and was a bit like a thick t-shirt? The collar itself is quite well made, but on the whole this is definitely not similar to any other Ank Rouge item I received in the past, in terms of the quality. The bow is also a bit stiff, however I suppose that is just to help it keep its shape!
I do like this dress a lot, and I was happy to receive the pink (if it can be called that) colorway, however I don't know how much I'm going to wear it... I'm going to keep it in my wardrobe for a bit, however I might end up selling this.
The next item was the turtleneck, which I knew I would sell before I even received it because this sort of top is usually not very flattering on me. I received it in the black colour-way.

This top was made of a thin knitted fabric, which luckily wasn't scratchy! It had a ruffle mock-turtleneck, with a small black bow adorning it.
On the whole I think this was the least interesting item in the lucky pack... however I suppose it would be a good basic item to have if you just started building up your wardrobe! I'm afraid there isn't much else to say about it ^^"
The next item I received is another favourite of mine-- the skirt, in the black colour-way!
This skirt seemed very larme in its style, with its pencil fit, lace-up details, and ruffled straps. It's a bit different from my usual style, however I feel quite cute when I wear it!
One of my favorite points of this skirt is the lace up details on the waist- I think they're so cute! The ribbons stand out more on the pink version, however I don't mind that too much, as this makes it a more wearable piece, in my opinion!
This is made from a similar material to the one piece, however it does have a bit of stretch to it (and seems a bit thicker, too). In addition to that, it had a decent amount of shirring on the back, so it can fit a variety of sizes! Due to the cut, I imagine it would look nice on someone with larger hips, since it would accentuate the figure more!
I don't really have a proper outfit to show with this, but here's a quick try-on photo I took!
I think this is the item I will get the most wear out of-- I was quite surprised by it!
The last item I received was the mystery item, and it was quite... unexpected?
I recall Ank Rouge having this sort of odd grunge collection with teddy-bears and crosses, however I had completely forgotten about it until I received this

This is a black knit sweater, which is actually quite cute, when you disregard the applique!
It's made of a soft black knit, with sleeves that puff out a bit at the bottom. It has a fabric applique sewn onto the front, with the words "You don't have to do anything you don't want to do But you may miss out on future opportunities" written in front of a teddy bear. 
Honestly I was quite tempted to keep this piece because of how comfortable it was! However it wasn't my style in the slightest, so I decided to sell it ^^"
Here's a quick try-on I did with it~ I think if it didn't have the applique on the front, I likely would have kept it! It's a good cosy black sweater, perfect for chillier days!
Another quick thing to mention about this top is that it seemed to be of considerably better quality than the other, similar knitted top that I received, which was lucky pack specific. Often brands don't make their items in the LP as high as what they usually make- so please keep that in mind! If you're very familiar with the brand it might be a bit disappointing, and if you're new to the brand, it might set a low first-impression.
Not to say that lucky packs aren't worth it! For under $100 I was able to get five items of clothing (plus a bag!), which is much cheaper than the brand's items usually cost. I was able to sell the two sweaters for about $60 total, so I ended up paying only $40 for four things that I quite like! So, I think it's a bit silly to complain about the quality ^^"
On the whole, I think lucky packs are a great way to get items from brands you like or want to try, at a really cheap price! Although it might seem like a lot to pay (for me at least, paying $100 for things I wasn't sure I would like was a bit scary!), ultimately it ends up quite economical (and you can always sell the items you don't like, if you so choose!)
I think lucky packs are something I will purchase again in the future, especially so if the brand shows what they include! 
I hope this little review was helpful for you, and that it maybe helped to answer some questions you have about lucky packs! 
Please let me know if there's anything else you are wondering about, and I'll try my best to help!
Thank you for reading through this wordy review, and I'll see you in my next post! ♡

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Vivian Blue Circle Lens Review {Klenspop Sponsored}~

Hello my cute winter bunnies~
Ahh sorry that I haven't written in a while! I was finishing up the school semester, and then I went to Boston for a few days, and then the holidays, so I haven't been able to write until now :x
Today I have a somewhat overdue circle lens review! As always, these were sent to me by Klenspop, (despite this, all opinions are my own). Klenspop is a fairly large online lens retailer, and I've only had good experiences with them, so I highly recommend them!

Today I'll be reviewing the Vivian Blue lenses. 
To be quite honest, I've never had the best experiences with blue lenses, but if you read on, you will find that these surprised me!
Anyways, let's begin~
As you can see, these lenses are a mix of a variety of shades of blue, along with some flecks of grey and lighter brown for a less unnatural look~ These have a 15 mm diameter, with a 14.8 mm graphic diameter, which is quite a bit larger than what I normally wear! As such these look quite enlarging, which you'll see in later on photos~ 
These lenses are currently $18 USD on the Klenspop site, and have a 6 month shelf life. They're from the brand Vassen, which is one of the larger circle lens brands out there. I've owned a few lenses from them, and they've all been very nice quality!

Since these lenses have a fairly large lens diameter (at least, in comparison to what I usually wear), they look quite enlarging!
window light

window light + flash

dim light
As you can see... these lenses are shockingly blue! I was so happy to see that they still appeared blue, even in dim lighting! I often have the problem that blue lenses look blue with flash or in intensely bright light, but that in dimmer light, they lose all color. These however, remain a lovely shade of sapphire blue. I think they're quite beautiful!
They're also really enlarging and eye emphasizing, so they're perfect for more intense eyemakeup/lashes for the perfect dolly eye look~

Here are some more sort of close up photos of the lenses. Looking back on these I should have worn falsies, to emphasize how beautiful and large these make my eyes look ^^"

Because of how large these lenses are, they actually go over onto the whites of my eyes, and create a light blue ring around my iris, which I think looks so pretty! And despite my natural eye color being hazel, I think these blend in quite well! The flecks of grey and light brown in the lens design keep these from looking too unnatural.

And as always, the obligatory selfies with these lenses~

Although these lenses aren't very strongly and unnaturally blue at a distance, you can still see the blue colour fairly well, especially when I'm not looking forward~

In regards to comfort, these are fairly comfortable! They're pretty much on-par with the rest of my lenses, and I felt no discomfort or dryness when wearing them. You might not want to wear these as long as you wear normal lenses though-- since the diameter is so large, it covers up more of your eye, thus depleting your eye of oxygen (and you don't want an eye infection!)

On the whole, I'm really happy with these lenses! They're not really an every-day-wear sort of lens for me (mostly because of how enlarging they are-- I feel a bit self conscious with big lenses when I go to school >< ), but they're really beautiful and I love getting the chance to wear them~
I really recommend these lenses  if you generally have the problem of lenses not being pigmented enough for you! I'm not sure how they would look on very dark eyes, but on my hazel eyes they looked quite pretty! I imagine they would be gorgeous on naturally blue or grey eyes as well, for an enlarging and colour enhancing effect~

I hope you found this review helpful! Once again I apologize for the long hiatus-- I'll try to post again more frequently, but I can't make any promises, since I'm going back to school next week ><
As always thank you so much for reading, and I'll see you in my next post!

Do you like my new signature? c: I figured it was time to change it, since I don't really go by 'Sakura' online anymore... ^^

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Vcastle Double-Layer Puff Sleeve OP Review + DevilInspired Review~

Hello my sweet fairies~
Today's review is quite overdue, but better late than never!
Several months ago I was contacted by the website DevilInspired, which is a taobao reseller for a lot of taobao lolita brands such as Infanta, Magic Tea Party, and some smaller brands too!
They had recently created a new "Kawaii Dailywear" section, and asked me if I wanted to review something from it! Naturally I said yes, who could resist such cute dresses?
So today's review will be partially a review of the dress I got, and partially of DevilInspired itself~
So, let's begin!

The dress I chose was the Double-Layer Puff Sleeve OP by the brand Vcastle, which is a brand I had never heard of before! They have a lot of really cute designs though, so I suggest you check them out! ^^
I fell in love with this literal sweet-lolita dress, because as you can see, it has sweets on it!
This dress costs $68 USD, and comes in sizes S, M, and L. It has detachable waist ties, as well as a bow that you can put on the collar, or wherever you'd like <3 
This dress got to me amazingly quickly (in like three days or so), which was fantastic! However, I'm not sure if shipping is always this fast, or if it was expedited for me because I was doing the review ^^ Regardless, I was very happy to receive my dress so soon! 

Just another small note:
DevilInspired carries a lot of different brands, which all have different processing times! Luckily, on the page of the item you want it will state how long the processing time is, so you know approximately when to expect your item ^^ Some brands have processing times of up to 60 days, so please look carefully if you need a dress quickly for some event!!

Anyways, on-to the dress!
My dress arrived looking exactly like the photo!
The pink is a really pretty sort of muted shade of light pink, which I think is so beautiful and fairy-like! The candy design is a dusty lilac color, so although it's a sweet lolita dress, the colors aren't too vibrant and overpowering. 
I thought the Vcastle tag was really cute as well~
(I love it when brands have cute tags!)

The dress is made of a really nice chiffon-like material, and I was surprised to find that it was lined with cotton! The lace on the dress is also super soft, and of very nice quality! I really don't like when laces are of poor quality, so in my opinion this dress is really nicely made <3
There's a zipper on the back and although there is no shirring, there are waist-ties if you would like to make the dress tighter.
As mentioned before (and as evident in the product name), there are two layers-- the upper chiffon layer, and the bottom layer, which has the cotton lining, a small strip of the chiffon candy fabric, and lace. Because of the nice quality fabrics and the layering, it feels like a very high quality dress! 
The dress is super comfortable, and I feel like it goes well with a variety of outfits! You can wear it more casually with just a cardigan over-top of it, or you can dress it up with lots of accessories and fluffy petticoats <3 

Here are two looks that I put together with it!
Cotton Candy Soul
Wig: Dreamholic
Dress: DevilInspired
Apron: Handmade by me
Tights: Walmart (modified by me)
Shoes: YRU
Accessories: AliExpress

Fluffy Pink Lolita
Wig: Dreamholic
Dress: DevilInspired
Apron: Handmade by me
Shoes: Liz Lisa
Accessories: Gift from Ukraine, Handmade
Overall, I think this is a beautiful dress! It's also very reasonably priced for a lolita dress, so I think it's fantastic for those of you who want to try lolita, but who are intimidated by the high prices! Just a quick warning though, I did find it to be on the shorter side of the lolita dress spectrum, and I'm 5'4, so I think that if you're on the tall side, this might be too short to wear as a 'proper' lolita dress ^^" (although it's not too short at all to just wear casually!)

In regards to DevilInspired itself, I had a great experience! The customer service is wonderful-- I talked with Mary through emails, and she always replied quickly and was very sweet ^^ 
DevilInspired has many cute dresses, and a variety of lolita styles! They also have a section for retro fashion, and kawaii dailywear~ If you find anything you love, you can use my coupon code "milk" for 11% off your order!
Thank you so much for reading, I hope you found this review! I really recommend DevilInspired, and this dress too! I hope you're able to find something you love from them <3
I'll see you in my next post!