Sunday, October 23, 2016

New York Comic Con Wonder Women Two Face Cosplay.

Hello Nubians,

New York Comic Con Was So Much Fun! Here's One Of My Cosplay Stories...

” A new journey to be started. A new promise to be fulfilled. A new page to be written. Go forth unto this waiting world with pen in hand, all you young scribes, the open book awaits. Be creative. Be adventurous. Be original. And above all else, be young. For youth is your greatest weapon, your greatest tool. Use it wisely.”       
Wonder Woman 
You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.
Harvey Dent

I'd like to start off by saying congratulations to DC Comics Wonder Woman for being Designated as United Nations Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls. That is so HUGE

How Exactly did the Wonder Woman - Two Face Idea Come To Life? 

This is the second year in a row I partner up with my sister-in-law Kaori. Last year she did the wig for my Ghost Rider cosplay and I did the makeup. This year she asked me if we can come up with an idea and if she could put the whole look together. I thought it would be fun since she's a licensed stylist and is super creative. It also took a lot of stress off my back this year. I didn't have to worry about finding pieces and enhancing them or worry about doing my own makeup etc. She got to promote her work and I was still able to still cosplay and feel that joy of being in character = WIN/WIN

The idea was born while we were brainstorming one day. Kaori asked me if I knew who I wanted to cosplay for New York Comic Con. I still had no idea and she suggested I do Wonder Woman. At first I said "No, Wonder Woman is a bit overdone, I want to do something a bit more creative this year... What about Two Face?" Then she suggested why don't we do both and BOOM! The idea was born. Kaori had a small art series the year before were she mash ups of some Disney characters with DC Comics Two Face. She was no stranger to the concept. She the sketch she created for the cosplay below.

I've always loved Wonder Woman and always found the Harvey Dent story tragic but metaphoric to our own lives in a sense. I think we all have a bit of madness in us and all feel the need to flip a coin to make a hard decision sometimes. 

Anyway, the next thing we had to worry about was supplies for the costume. I was in Las Vegas while she was in New York so we couldn't work together as much as we wanted to in the beginning. Because of distance and me not being able to try anything on, we thought it best to rework a costume. We went online and I purchased a Wonder Woman inspired costume which you can see HERE. I told Kaori that I liked the Lynda Carter costume embroidery so that she should use that as inspiration. She then went out shopping for trim and for fabric for the Two Face side of the costume. We decided to make the Two Face side part a magenta type of color to keep it a bit feminine. TAH-DAH! With the power of fabric, a needle and thread, embellishments and  a glue gun, Kaori did a stellar job. I was super impressed. 

Kaori also asked me if I had an old pair of shoes I was ready to throw out that would match the height of my Wonder Woman heels for the Two Face side. See the before and after transformation she did below. There is so much detail that went into this New York Comic Con cosplay that I don't think this blog post even does it justice.

Below are a few of the items we used to make the costume look prettier and scarier. Crazy contacts for the Two Face side, eye lashes, the cracked wonder woman crown Kaori altered, bracelets, and nipple stickers to avoid tragic accidents (No Janet Jackson nip-slips here). I made the Two Face double headed coin (his lucky charm/decision maker he took from Maroni) that can be seen in almost all of the photos. We tried to look for a regular coin but it seemed too small. I printed 2 head sides of a coin on a sheet of paper and cut them out. I then proceeded to pasting it on a piece of cardboard I cut to be the same size to make it sturdy. After that I drew in the scratches on one side to represent the scarred side of the coin. It was cooler this way because I was able to exaggerate the side of the coin. 

Getting the blue body paint all over half of my body was a body was a mission. Kaori and I started painting away. We used both Mehron Liquid Face Paints which was good but I found to be a tad bit more watery and thin than I wanted... I think it worked as a good base. Over the Mehron Body Paint we used Ben Nye Creme Colors in Sky Blue. I really loved the Ben Nye products! They were pigmented and very thick. Over the makeup we used Ben Nye Classic Translucent Face Powder Super White to set. I became a big fan of Ben Nye products and will surely purchase them again. For my face makeup and colors like yellow or red we used regular Halloween makeup kits that you can find at your local Walgreens like this one HERE. We also used a few colors from our regular makeup bag such as red lipstick etc. I did the regular makeup side for Wonder Woman which was pretty much like an everyday makeup routine.


Kaori also molded the wig from regular straight hair into the final result you see in these photos. It took some cutting and styling to achieve the final look. 

I'm so very happy with the results of the Wonder Women - Two Face cosplay. Kaori and I had so much fun! I think we would definitely do it again! 

The blue color bled a little bit on my other thigh, I think that's the only thing we would try to improve next time.

Kaori and myself selfie time. 

My friend Dane along with Jamal Johns which I met that day. They're both awesome cosplayers.

Myself and Diana chillen.

Bumped into this gorgeous Corpse Bride.

 Dane, Myself, Kaori.

Bumped into my beautiful friend Kosi dressed as Spider Gwen. She looked amazing!

I couldn't go to New York Comic Con without visiting my talented buddy Selina and her Jelly Empire. I became a fan of her work years ago. You should all check out her site HERE

Found me a light saber!

I had such a blast at New York Comic Con. It often reminds me of New York Fashion Week because I find it very stressful, I always say I'm never going to do it again, but then I always do. 

If you have any questions for me drop them on the comment box below. 
If you would like to get in touch with Kaori about hair,makeup, cosplay opportunities, or any questions/inquiries you can reach her at 917-600-4606 or email her at


Xo Nubia Xo
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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Fall Fashion & Movies.

Hey Nubians, 

Relax. Refresh. Renew.

Hey Nubians, 

Trick or Treat? I'm sure most of you ladies are getting comfortable with the Fall season. Looking through your clothing and pulling out all of your light jackets and sweaters, figuring out what trends you want to follow, denim? velour? So many options. I just flew back to Las Vegas from New York and it's already getting pretty chilly out there. Vegas is slowly getting nippy too. 

Also let's talk Halloween! I LOVE Halloween. Probably more than Christmas. One of my favorite things to do besides going out to enjoy the fun decorations is staying home and watching retro Halloween cartoons and films. I like watching the friendly films such as Hocus Pocus but then I also like watching the more brutal films like Halloween/Michael Myers & A Nightmare on Elm Street. 

I think my style... 
I think I've always had a tom-boy style with a bit of a girly flare. I like hoodies, hats, athletic wear, faux leather, and lots of denim. I always enjoy my orange and wine colors during fall too for makeup. Lately I suppose you can say there's been a bit of a 'chill' trend going around. Mixing oversized baggy hoodies with heels... that's pretty much been me forever. 

The collage above are a few pieces I found online and I styled them how I thought I would wear them. 

**What do you think your go-to trend is this season?** 

On to the second part of this post... Film! Here are a few of my favs I probably watch every year. If you haven't watched any of them you totally should.

Hocus Pocus 
Here's to my favorite Witches, the Sanderson sister's. 

In Salem, Max Dennison (Omri Katz) goes to an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend which he has a massive crush on, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches The Sanderson Sisters (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat AKA Thackery Binx, the kids must steal the witches' book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal. 

The movie is very family friendly and has a few catchy songs too. 

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
A Nightmare on Elm Street isn't as family friendly at all. The story is actually pretty twisted. Fred AKA Freddy Kruger was caught doing a few inappropriate things to local children in the neighborhood. Once a bunch of parents find out they burn him alive. After that, he comes back and attacks teenagers in their dreams which kills them in reality. Twisted. I always enjoyed these horror films because unlike your Jason and Michael Myers, Freddy has a more comedic approach to his killings. 

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror

If you're a Simpsons fan you definitely know about Treehouse of Horror. It's their yearly Halloween special and they often get inspired by classics like A Clockwork Orange or The Shining. They're always trippy and fun to watch. You can watch almost all of them on this site HERE (be careful, might be pop up heavy)


Michael Myers is obsessed with killing is sister Laurie Strode (Scream Queens Jamie Lee Curtis) He escapes the Sanitarium he was locked up in (for killing his other sister) to hunt Laurie down. This goes on for years. Enjoy the ride and all the films. 

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Another light hearted goodie for those who enjoy Halloween but not horror. Based on the comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, The Peanuts Gang + pumpkins and treats! With all the adorable, sarcastic humor... you're bound to enjoy this classic gem.

I can probably go on forever. I enjoy very gore-ish horror movies. One thing I miss a lot too is when Nickleodeon used to have all the cool Halloween episodes like Doug, Rocko's Modern Life, Rugrats, & more. I think of these as the good ol' days... they don't make cartoons like they used too.  

What do you enjoy doing during Halloween? What's your favorite movie or show to get you in the mood? 


Xo Nubia Xo

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Manicure Monday: Sally Hansen Halloween Nails.

Hey Nubians, 

By Halloween Nails, I Meant A Sweet Cameo By Michael Myers Himself! 

I wanted to give myself a 'Fall is approaching' manicure but didn't want to go straight for orange or hunter green which are usually my go-to colors. I decided to do a cool grey nail. I had the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color 'Show Steeler' nail polish which I had never used and it was just what I was looking for. Perfection. I love the color! It's a little something different. It dries very quickly which is a big perk for my clumsy butt and it has a pretty shine to it without needing a clear top coat. My nails feel so pretty. I'm very picky with nail polish but I highly recommend the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri line. I've had good experiences with it. I despise when the color on my nails chips quickly and that doesn't happen with Insta-Dri.