June 15, 2017

Flower Kitty

I guess this is my Sio2 cat's first appearance in this blog! I got her last December already, but never posted a box opening or any introduction here... Haven't had the time and inspiration for taking proper photos of her either, until this week ^^; But now it's time to share Kitty's first photo shoot with you guys! (Yes, her name is just Kitty... XD)

Sarg brought some real flowers home, so I decided to use them in the photos :3 We threw them away right after I finished the shoot, since they had quite a strong smell X'D This Sio2 cat has pretty simple jointing and thus isn't the most versatile poser in the world, but her cuteness definitely makes up for it and she can do quite adorable poses! ♥







Below I also have two older photos of Kitty, to show off her blushing better! ♥

The faceup and blushing is all by Sarg! ♥ She used airbrush on the hair to get that smooth gradient from pink to purple, everything else is done with pastels and acrylics. I wanted quite simple body blushing to avoid it looking horrible if it gets chipped or something. And she will wear clothes most of the time anyway XD

The cutest cat butt ever! XD

Hope you liked the photos! Also, if you happen to have any questions about the Sio2 cat, I'd be happy to answer them :3 I feel like Bleater is a much more popular doll from Sio2 and there are not so many of these cats around.

***

I'll be going to an anime convention tomorrow (Friday) and won't be coming home until Sunday, so I guess I'll make the next post sometime next week and it'll be about the event >:3 I hope it'll be a fun weekend, fingers crossed for good weather!

June 12, 2017

Meow x Meow Lycee box opening

I haven't posted any Pureneemo box openings after February, even though I've received a few dolls after that... IRL stuff kept me so busy that I had to open the dolls in a hurry and didn't really have the time for taking any BO pictures :/ It's a shame, since I'd love to document all of my doll arrivals to have a nice memory for later. But at least now that I have more time during the summer, I can post box openings of the dolls that arrive before my summer break ends!

Anyway, this is the box opening of my Meow x Meow a la Mode Lycee ! She is the standard version :) Because I'm stupid and forgot to set up my alarm, I missed the pre-orders pretty much everywhere, but luckily managed to find her from CDJapan - they still had ONE available :'D I got so lucky there, I know many people missed on her and have been having a hard time trying to find her afterwards...

I really love this cat-themed series from Azone - the outfits are so adorable and most of them feature cute pastel colors! ♥ Each of the dolls comes with a set of cat ear hairband and tail too~ With this Lycee, I fell in love with the combination of pastel purple and black, the cute cat print on the dress and the adorable hoodie with cat ears! ♥ I also have Sahra and Maya from the Meow x Meow series, and I'd love to get my hands on the Direct Store version of Alisa as well (mainly for the clothes though) ;3; I have a feeling that Azone knows what's my (and many other people's) weak spot, lol...

Now let's move on to the photos!

The cutie in the box!

I love how her mouth can look like ":I" from far, but when you get a closer look you see that it's actually ":3"

Side of the box

And the other side

Back

Cover of the leaflet, featuring both standard and Direct Store version of Lycee

An overview of all the outfit pieces and accessories she comes with 

Instructions on how to put on the cat tail. I love the idea of a little "pocket" on back of the panties, it's really easy to slip the magnet inside and the tail stays on its place very well! This way you can also easily use the tail on some other doll, it just needs to wear the panties :3

The pictures on right show some alternative dress-up ideas, those outfits really show how different the same doll can look just by changing the outfit!

I must admit that I'm quite tempted to try to find the pink-haired Lycee as well... I don't need the doll itself though, but I'd really like to get the outfit and it's so hard to find the default outfits for sale separately :/ The only ones that I've been have cost pretty much the same as the whole doll, so...

Out of the box! Now we just need to take that plastic thing off...

Kirari says hello! ♥ I previously had Kirari as Maya, but I didn't bond with her so well. I'm liking this doll a lot more already and think that she's a better fit for Kirari's character :3

Her hair looks black in most photos, but it's actually a very, very dark brown. It's so close to black that you wouldn't be able to tell, unless you compared it with a doll that has raven black hair :D

Here you can see the length of her hair a bit better :3

Put on the cat hairband, so adorable~ *w* ♥

Nyan nyan~ ♥♥

I didn't take any photos with the hoodie... As much as I love it, I think it would actually work better with some other outfit because of the puffy sleeves on this dress ^^;

I'm really happy with this doll, but it was a bit disappointing to see how poorly the bows on the socks had been sewed on... Basically one of them was already half loose when I took the doll out of the package >.< After these photos I ended up removing the bows completely and threw them to trash, lol XD The socks actually look even cuter without the bows, I think!

June 5, 2017

Ryx's faceup

Just a little update on my Soom York since he now has a faceup!
This guy's character has developed a lot in a couple of years and gone through some changes, both in appearance and personality. I previously had Ryx as Soom Photon, back then he looked like this! Looking at old faceups you've painted feels just horrible XDD

All the credit for this new gorgeous faceup goes to Sarg ♥ She's such a faceup wizard hahah XD





I also have two test photos with the eyes and wig:


I really love this eye style on Ryx, it fits his character perfectly! I just wish the iris was slightly smaller :/ These are 14mm, but 12mm eyes would gap too much from the corners... This sculpt seems to have one of those challenging eye shapes - small, yet wide =_= He'd need 14mm eyes with the iris size of 12mm eyes X'D Buuut, maybe I'll get used to this look, it doesn't look too bad!

As for the wig, it's perfect! ♥ Overall I'm really loving this boy now and feel like York works as his character much better than Photon did. I also feel like there's now more resemblance to his sister Melanthe, who is NS Soom Cuprit.


Next step would be designing Ryx's tattoos and painting them, the latter will fall on Sarg's shoulders again XD I like designing tattoos on paper, but my shaky hands and precise brush work on a doll are not a good combination... Really glad that I have Sarg to help me out with things! But yeah, Ryx is going to have something on his upper torso and arms. I have some ideas, but haven't completely made up my mind about them yet :) Sarg needs to work on some other faceups anyway, so I have time to think about the designs and sketch.

I've been working on a pair of leather pants for Ryx as well, hopefully I manage to finish them later this week :3 I'd love to make him a leather jacket as well, to go with those pants, but not sure if my sewing skills are good enough to be able to pull it off... Guess we'll see about that later X'D For starters, maybe I'll just make a simple tank top! (even found a nice fabric for it recently)

June 1, 2017

Cherry blossoms 2017

Me and Sarg visited the local cherry blossom park a few weeks ago and got to see the lovely flowers in full bloom \o/ I guess visiting there has become a yearly tradition for us, I've also made a post from our visits in 2016 and 2015.

The weather was very sunny, which made photographing quite a challenge... Half of the time I couldn't even see the camera screen properly, lol. It would've been nice if it was at least a little bit cloudy ^^; But still, while some of the photos failed miserably, some turned out quite nicely!

I had one of my DD girls with me~ It was hard to choose which one to bring, but I ended up picking Shira since I thought this yukata would look great on her :3 And I haven't taken any proper photos of her yet, so it was her time to get some attention!



All the pictures of Emi turned out quite crappy and overexposed :<  I'm a bit sad about it, especially since I had just gotten that cute Pureneemo sized parasol and you can't really see the pretty flowers that Sarg painted on it...

I made some Picconeemo sized yukatas recently and thought that these colors suit Rina-chan perfectly~ I'm also really happy that Azone released those zori sandals in Picconeemo size! ♥ Ended up ordering a bunch of them, they can easily be colored with acrylics too for more different colors *3*

I also took some photos of the flowers itself. Cherry blossoms are so beautiful, I wish we could have one (or two, hahah) of these trees on our own yard ;___; ♥