Anime Convention Tips for First Time Con-Goers and Cosplayers

Disclosure – This post was originally “sponsored” by Vegas.com. I was invited to write this post and I am not being paid for it.

Hey guys! Today I’m making a post about tips for your first anime convention, or if you’re cosplaying for the first time at a con!

I was originally contacted by Vegas.com to do this post. The Las Vegas Comic Con is June 23-25, so this post is a little late if you’re going, but I thought this would be a good post to do regardless! I’ll probably do another of this type of informative post after Otakon this year.

If you are planning to go to the Las Vegas Comic Con, here’s a website for Las Vegas travel deals that Vegas.com wanted me to share with you. Again, late, but it may help someone.

I’ve only been to Otakon twice (website here), with my third year coming up this August. Last year was my first year cosplaying. I’m no expert by any means, but I’d like to share what I’ve learned from the last two cons.

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Cosplay: Styling My Levy McGarden Wig Part 1

Cosplay is a hobby I’ve recently found to be very enjoyable. I’ve always wanted to do cosplay and after a long long time I finally debuted at Otakon 2016 as Levy McGarden.

One of the things I absolutely had to get right was the wig, hair is a very important part of a costume. I’m making these posts, along with some videos, about how I styled my wig.

I have a better opportunity to go in depth about the wig and the company than I have in the video so I will link this post to the video and vice versa 🙂

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Taiwan Bans Cosmetics Testing

Last week, Taiwan announced that they would be banning cosmetics testing on animals for both ingredients and finished products. The bill goes into effect in 2019 after a 3 year transitional period. It is the first country in SE Asia to propose a ban against animal testing.

People in Taiwan can still buy imported cosmetics that have been tested, but the #BeCrueltyFree Taiwan campaign is going to be working on ending this as well.

Read more about  it here and here

Estée Lauder Buys BECCA Cosmetics

Last week, Estée Lauder bought BECCA Cosmetics for a speculated $200 million (as compared to L’Oreal, who bought IT Cosmetics for $1.2 billion.)

You can read more about it here

As we know, Estée Lauder is not cruelty free but BECCA states that they will remain cruelty free on their FAQ. We will have to wait and see how they continue forward.

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Open Letter to Trendmood – External Link

http://www.popsugar.com/beauty/Open-Letter-Trendmood-42476109

An interesting read. I myself was a follower of Trendmood until I read this. I had no idea that they were breaking contract (their own or others) by posting sneak peeks to early. I don’t know how she’s not in any legal trouble. I also learned that she has been taking others’ photos and not only providing no credit, but blocking people who did ask for credit to be given to them. That is a HUGE no-no for me and should be for others as well, it’s a blatant copyright violation.

Burt’s Bees Has Begun Selling in Mainland China, May No Longer Be Cruelty Free

Rumors about Burt’s Bees selling in Mainland China have been confirmed by the company.  You can read a much more detailed report from Suzi at Cruelty Free Kitty here, but I will provide a short overview below.

Burt’s Bees has been selling specific products in Mainland China, which we know has laws for testing on animals on products from foreign countries. They state that they are only selling products that they can get away with using loopholes in the laws to avoid animal testing, specifically pre-marketing testing. However, China also employs post-market testing, and it is unclear whether Burt’s Bees could still be considered cruelty free for this reason.

Burt’s Bees isn’t a brand I really buy from, and I won’t be until further information is released. As always, I stand by my policy that this is a personal decision for individuals to make.

Hopefully we hear more from the company soon.