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My Great, Cheap, Animal Friendly Beauty List

NOTE: This list is a few years old. I'd love to update it because I'm sure some of these aren't available anymore. But keep in mind that Revlon, Jordana, Almay, Tresseme, E.L.F, and several other companies do not test on animals. I will soon add a makeup tutorial that may feature some different products, but I hope this list is helpful too.

A.k.a. The Poor Baby Bunny Loving Cosplayer's Guide to Eye Trickery

As a working girl cosplayer with a tight budget, I've put a considerable amount of time into hunting down high performance cosmetics with itty bitty price tags. As a bleeding heart animal hugging liberal, I've put a considerable amount of time into making sure these cosmetics were cruelty free. Here's a list of the cheapest, kindest, most face-tastic products out there! I apologize ahead of time for the bad puns.

1. Jordana Oil Free Liquid Foundation, $1-$2. Doubt me if you will, but that same dollar store staple you pass by every now and again serves up the (pores down) most beautiful foundation I've ever tried. This is one of the only products that doesn't exacerbate my skin's dryness, offers great coverage and comes in a super light and natural looking shade to match my ghostly skin. It's the perfect consistency and has good staying power. I switched to this foundation a few years ago and have never looked back! So hit up at that 99 Cent Thunder, if you don't already. Who am I kidding-- what would we do without dollar stores?

2. Wet 'n Wild MegaLength Mascara, $3. What's this? A good mascara for three dollars? Now that's a deal you can't bat an eye at. Rich black color, holds a decent curl, and doesn't clump too much. Admittedly I use the brush from the Boots No. 7 mascara to apply this, but the formula is a good go-to when money is tight. The only drawback: after a few months I find the mascara flakes more at the end of the day.  But it's three bucks, so who cares. Which brings us to…

3. Boots no. 7 Lengthening Mascara, $7. DAT BRUSH. I'm telling you, I've never found a better mascara wand in my life. IN MY LIFE. I CAN NEVER BE WITHOUT IT. AHHHHHH!

4. Ben Nye Neutral Set Colorless Face Powder, $5. I have a difficult time finding a face powder that doesn't darken my skin tone or make it look cakey, with those big, defined pores that all women crave (yuck). Ben Nye does what few others can-- takes away shine, while staying as invisible as the chances of the Green Lantern 2 being released. The bottle may not look glamorous, and you have to shake out the powder like parmesan cheese, but you get enough product to take you a year or more. The staying power could be better, but you can reapply without looking like a bag of flour.

5. Salon Perfect or Modlash Eyelashes, number 53, $3. Approximately 86% of my con day beauty can be attributed to these lashes, which are glam without being distractingly fake. They make a huge difference in pictures and most people assume they're my own. Which they totally are! Until I throw them away.

6. Jane Pure Mineral Blush in Rose Silk. This is the blush I wore for Jean Grey. So much staying power, so wonderfully skin brightening. However, I got it on clearance for $2 and haven't been able to find it since. What a shame…

7. Ben Nye Contour Powder #1, $7. Ahhh, my best kept secret. Dare I reveal it? This is my secret weapon to subtly make my face resemble a certain character's. For example, when cosplaying Laurie (Silk Spectre II) I used this to "shorten" my chin and "round" my face. Think of this a shadow you can move across your face to slightly shorten, narrow, widen, soften or sharpen it. The color looks natural and is surprisingly hard to spot in person. This should be in every cosplayer's makeup bag. Banish double chins back to the netherworld where they belong!  Unfortunately it's getting a bit hard to track down, but I bought one of these four years ago and it's still going strong!

8. Revlon or Fabulash Liquid Liner Pen, $3-$9. I LOVED the Fabulash version of this liquid liner marker. It made a dark, strong, perfect line above my lashes, lasted forever and was easy to use. It was one of the best eyeliners I had ever purchased, and for such a bargain. However, I think they've changed the formulation recently and the quality suffered… so I instead point you instead to the pricier, though high quality Revlon version. That last thing you want to worry about in a hot costume, in front of flashing cameras, is your eyeliner smearing!

9. Eyeshadows: Time and time again I find that Ulta brand eyeshadows are my favorite. It's hard to point to one specific shade since I usually use my giant Christmas kits for several years. If you're looking for a bargain and don't mind finding an Ulta, I'd suggest any of their shades.

10. Jordana Retractable Lipliner in Rose or Natural, $1-2. Gotta admire Jordana's commitment to making animal-friendly, affordable products that don't suck. I use this to anchor down my lip gloss and plump up my top lip. Doesn't budge easily no dry out my lips, and appears natural in photos. Shhh, don't tell anyone.

11. E.L.F. Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Baby Lips, $1. I was so excited when this product did what it promised: gave me baby lips. Before you get too creeped out, know that I mean the soft, hydrated, natural looking lips you see children sportin'. I can't stand an overdone mouth and hate that "lipstick" look. Really, while you're in the Elf section, why not just buy everything they make? Because their lip products are kickin' some ass for only one dollar!

Well, that's it for now. I've been wanting to write this for a while so I hope you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading, and enjoy the costumes.
Hello, internet friends!

A friend alerted me to a reddit post in which there is a booty-shakin' Rogue. I'm sorry to say that I am not that cosplayer. However, props to her, her booty, and her excellent shake!

I'm still glad you're here though. Please poke around! There are some booties, but no gifs of me shaking them.

That's all for now, sug'.
I'm excited to announce the launch of! If you have a moment, I'd really appreciate it if you could give it a look. I plan on making it the central hub for all things Joey, and I want you, my watchers, to be among the first to know about it. Your comments brighten my day and I hope you enjoy my new online home!

Special thanks to for making this beautiful site for me! <3

As always, may the costuming gods smile upon you.

Joey of!
I want to thank each one of my 400 hundred watchers for their interest in my work! It really means a lot to me, as do the comments on my photos. Though I don't always get to respond to everyone, it makes my day to log on and see your words!
Ah, my favorite convention doesn't disappoint!

Last year at Wizard World, I made a lot of great friends. I felt like it was the start of something new. I like Wizard World better than the bigger comic cons, despite its sometimes lackluster reputation. It's the perfect size to see costumes, celebrities and friends.

This year was certainly eventful. I wore two entirely new costumes and one revamped and mostly new costume. It's always stressful wearing a costume for the first time but things went smoothly. I cosplayed Rogue for Logan's Closet to show off their jacket and it ended up being a surprise hit for me. It got a great reaction and I can't wait to wear it again! Batgirl was intense, a bit uncomfortable, but definitely successful. I'll tweak a few things for my next con. Black Widow was a chance to show off my LC jacket in dark brown, and since I decided to do the comic version last second I slapped a belt together out of upholstery vinyl.

As we walked around the convention I happened to run into Stan Lee. In a surreal moment he called me over for photos, hugged me for several minutes, and we sat down and had a chat. He's a very friendly guy to say the least! This will always be one of my most treasured memories. I also met Norman Reedus at an afterparty, scored a free photo with the adorable Sam Trammell, and was given a Rogue print by the talented artist Jamie Tyndall. My boyfriend even forced me to overcome my nerves and talk to the gorgeous Shannon Elizabeth!

Speaking of Drew, this was his first time doing a "real" costume! His Robin was a huge hit, especially with the young ladies. At one point he got to skank to a ska song at the after party in full cosplay-- the girls flocked to him like, in the words of Lloyd Christmas, the salmon of Capistrano. He looked amazing, was better at posing than I was, and I'm really proud of him!

I had a full house with all my friends from Logan's Closet staying with us, and I wouldn't have had it any other way. They were a huge help and the most wonderful guests you could ask for.

My next convention will most likely be Baltimore Comic Con. I want to thank all of those people who made this con great and I hope to see you all again, or for the first time, at BCC.

Best of luck,
So after the excitement of the zombie crawl, the Avengers and free comic book day, I feel (almost) ready for con season. I plan on attending Wizard World Philly and can't wait to wear some new costumes! Here's the tentative list:

1. Rogue (at last)
2. Batgirl (Steph Brown)
3. Black Widow and/or Catwoman (movie versions)

As always, I just hope things go as planned. Wizard World is my favorite comic convention. It's big enough to be entertaining yet intimate enough to hang out with friends. I'm most looking forward to seeing all the great people I met last year. :) Be sure to look out for me if you go! And drop me a line if I can expect to see you there!

May the costuming gods smile upon you,
So it seems one of my photos has appeared on a site or two. Exciting! Thanks for posting, looking and sharing! I can't wait to tackle the coming con season.

My current costume dreams for this summer include: Rogue, Black Widow and Batgirl. I'll be wearing most or all of them to WW Philly, and we'll see which cons I can get to from there. Hopefully I can hit one of the Baltimore comic cons this year. I'll also be promoting at a comic shop for free comic book day!

It looks like I may have my own website soon! It will be a chill little place to hear my cosplay and dork related ramblings. I'll offer my experiences, mistakes and advice when it comes to making costumes, posing, buying materials and of course dieting.

I hope you and yours are well, have made it through the winter safely and are ready to rock some costumes this spring.

And let's not forget... soon the zombies crawl!
Hello there, deviants! Ever wanted to read my answers to a series of cosplay-related questions? Look no further!…

Thanks for looking!
Hey y'all!

Oh, wait... I didn't get the chance to do my southern accent this time! My Rogue costume is being delayed to (probably) WW Philly this summer. The jacket I was hired to model didn't ship in time for the con. Bummer, but not a big deal-- it just means I'll have a fun new costume to debut at WW Philly that's (gasp!) finished on time! I still had a wonderful time helping out my good friends at the Logan's Closet booth!

As you may have seen, Domino made her debut. I had fun looking like a badass, despite my usually smiley and silly personality. At least, I hope I looked like a badass; that's up for you to decide! It was a bit odd cosplaying a lesser known character. Some people called me "Catwoman," or "Black Widow," but others shrieked "DOMINO!" from across the very crowded convention and ran over to see me. When I found a person who knew who I was, I got a pretty big reaction. So, thank you, you cool, informed comic book fans! :)

Sadly, very sadly, I ran out of time to throw together an MJ Watson costume. It's a shame, but I realized that I would have to cut one costume if I was going to get any sleep at all for the con, and I just couldn't find the right sort of sleeveless shirt for MJ the week before. Sorry to my Spiderman friends, I didn't mean to let you down. :(

However! I did throw together a fake Black Widow costume for the last hour or so of the con. Domino suit + Jean hair - (dot + guns)/ 2 hours left of the con = Black Widow. Mostly I did it so I could use a Russian accent and be an Avenger with my hunky Captain America friend. :)

Lastly, I was so excited to meet two super nice and super gorgeous cosplayers: Linda Le and Yaya Han. When I say they were sweet, I really do mean that. I can't imagine meeting two more gracious and lovely people!

In the spirit of looking forward, here's a rough first draft of my WW Philly costumes:
--Steph Brown Batgirl
--Captain America USO Girl

Enjoy the cons and enjoy the pictures, dear friends and watchers! <3

Hello there, cats and kittens. While I hate to announce a cosplay because there's the chance it won't be completed, here is a tentative costume list for NYCC.

1. Jean Grey (Marvel girl costume.)
2. *New* Mary Jane Watson (Comic version. This will be very simple-- a shirt and pants, and perhaps not worthy of being called a cosplay.)
3. *New* Rogue. (Classic version, yellow and green catsuit with short jacket.)
4. *New* Domino. (Marvel character, of the X-Force.)

I'm really excited and hope to get everything finished in time. If anyone has any advice, questions, or comments, I would love to hear them! Also, if you're attending NYCC and want to meet up for a picture or just to say hi, please send me a note! :) You may be able to find me at the Logan's Closet booth sporting their new Rogue jacket, if all goes as planned. Can't wait to see everyone there!
Organized my cosplay photos into folders for easier viewing. :D As always, thanks for taking the time to check out my work!
I'd like to cosplay more than I have in the past. Have any feedback? Costume suggestions? Please message me, I'd love to hear from you!
I just want to thank you to everyone who has commented my work, added it to their favorites or put me on their watch list! <3 So, THANK YOU! :D
Currently partaking in shameless self-promotion!