Sunday, February 28, 2016

FREE! Sugar Cake Taito Kuji Metal Pins

Hello, Hero(ine)/s!


How are you all~? Ah, I've been feeling a happy lately. In spite of the initial challenges I've been experiencing, I've been pushing through with my plans. (∞ ❛ั ⊝❛ั ) It's all a learning process at the end of the day. I love it when something new forces me to a new level or challenge. Heroine Complex, my shop, is still a baby but we're living life and doing the best we can to serve everyone.

Let's move on! 

I should have done this review a long time ago. Really, I should have. I remember stumbling upon these kujis at Mandarake last October but didn't quite bother with them (even though they were dirt cheap then!). What would I do with pins, right? I ended up dismissing them until I bought the entire Sugar Cake case!

I found them absolutely adorable! Don't you think so, too? If not, let me convince you!



No, Taito. NO!

Don't do this to me. 

*STOMACH GRUMBLES* 

Why am I typing this at 2AM. ( (ミ´ω`ミ)) Seriously. What a horrible mistake on my part! I. am. sorry. stomach. Whoops. I just got incredibly hungry but UGUUUU. Look. At. Them. How. Are. You. Not. Hungry. They look so delicious! I just want to pop these pastel coloured cuties and eat them all up! Cuteness overload! 

I would eat the box... if I didn't know any better.

Lower self be like: *salivates*


They also contain free voice codes in each box! Are you curious about them? 

*tries* (人´㉨`)♡

OH-HOH!


At the back of the box! It comes with 2 secret pins! I wonder who these are...?

On with the main items!

*magical swoosh sound*


Here's a photo of the regular metal pins!

⊂(^(工)^)⊃ I absolutely love the Rinrei and RinHaru pins. They're of good quality, and I don't want to get them out! 

MY PRECIOUS!

The thing about this set is that they are paired with a different character! So if you are feeling a very Rin-mood then you'll have to get the other set, too! Don't get me wrong~ If I wanted the other set and put Rin-chan on my collar then I will do so! NO ONE CAN STOP ME! 

*whispers to Haru* Let me borrow Rin-chan first, okay? 


TA-DAH! 


Photograph of the secret charms!


ReiGisa and MakoHaru overload! They're wearing card dealer outfits! ˁ̡̡̡∗⁎⃙ ̫⁎⃙ˀ̡̡̡ ̩˳♡⃝ How cute! I'm secretly hoping for a kuji themed like this. Wouldn't you want that for yourself? 

C'mon, guys! 



Seeing Rin sleep like that makes me feel... tired. *yawns* 

Time for bed, Mikacchi! ୧(๑•̀ᗝ•́)૭


Since most of my readers are from the west, it's probably still daylight wherever you are~ I hope you have a lovely day / night! ( ๑॔˃̶◡ ˂̶๑॓)

Love,
Mika

Saturday, February 27, 2016

FREE! Starting Days Taito Kuji Pouches

Hello, Hero(ine)/s!

Ahh---!


Forgive me on the inconsistencies of the photos!

The weather is acting weird today. It'll be really sunny the go cloudy and fade darker. Strange enough, December was hardly cold. When I was younger, it would begin to feel chilly around November. Now, it's that pre-December weather in January. How strange. Climate change is real, people.

Nevertheless...

LET'S PUSH THROUGH!!!

Today, what I have for you all is the new HIGH SPEED! FREE! Starting Days Taito Kuji pouches. It was one of the items that I was truly excited about in this set! (What a mouthful to say though!) Anything that has Taito's FREE! character designs make my heart go doki doki~



Overview!

Now, I don't like sugarcoating anything... but these are wonderfully vibrant! When I first saw them on Taito's website, I was a bit... meh. How sad are the colours? I loved the designs but they looked really pale on the product photos. 

What a nice surprise! 

I didn't expect the colours to be this bright. As I took them out of the box, I was like, "YAAAAAAS!" I can get down with these. I'm a convert! I also like how they're packaged. You can also see what you're getting unlike the pin charms where it's a gamble as to which character you're getting.


Back~


MAKOHARU FANS WHERE YOU AT

I don't necessarily have a favourite ship (*coughs SOUMAKO*), but I do know that a lot of you guys have a bias with these two! And quite frankly, I don't blame any of you! I love these two together as well. Actually, let me just ship everyone with everyone! Free! characters are so lovable... it doesn't matter who you pair with anyone!

*is clearly excited by the idea*

Go crazy, yo!


Back!!!

Asahi and Ikuya baby! 

This pouch is quite nice. They took the time to make both sides different. <3 I like this side better because Asahi-chan is here. ^ o ^ /


So much blue! These are the same illustrations used for the Taito Kuji figures~ They have the same design on both sides!


THE FAN FAVOURITE!



This one's pretty basic but rather really cute!

Which is your favourite? 

Love,
Mika

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Mika Travels: Pom Pom Purin Cafe Part 2

Hello, Hero(ine)/s!


(ノ^ヮ^)ノ*:・゚✧ Please read Part 01!

I won't talk about the Taco Rice here anymore as I already did in my previous Pom Pom Purin Cafe! Please check that one out if you're interest, alright! Okay? Okay! I hope you're as stoked as I am~ This is such a fun place to visit after all.


My Mom ordered the Pesto salad! 

It also came with the Pom Pom Purin cup! (/^▽^)/ Since I can't talk about it (I didn't try it... much to my regret) I asked my Mom, and she said it was so good! Please note that this review came from my Mom who is more often than not picky as someone can be! I remember her gobbling everything up so you can bet that it's good~

If all else fails, at least you get to go home with an exclusive Purin cup. *nudge, nudge*

I'm typing this right now in the middle of my cleanse.  ೕ(˃̵ᴗ˂̵ ๑)

AH. I'M SO HUNGRY. *STARES AT PLATE* 

SO. MUCH. NOM.


I got the Pudding Parfait!

I should have gotten the Fruit Parfait instead! ⊂(♡⌂♡)⊃

This February, I promise I will go get that! (๑♡3♡๑)


This was the most expensive dessert so I thought to myself that I should get this one. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed! I should go with my gut next time. Don't get me wrong. This was delicious. I loved their store made whipped cream. It tasted like milk and the sweetness was just right. However, I did see most of the cute girls purchasing the Fruit Parfait, and I felt a bit left out... 

The Purin custard and pound cake were both A+! It was just layer after layer of pure goodness~ 



TA-DAH! o(〃^▽^〃)o

I hope you enjoyed my photographs~ Have a beautiful day! I'll be in Tokyo on the 15th but will queue some posts!

Love,
Mika

Saturday, February 20, 2016

FREE! Eternal Summer Taito Kuji Badges

Hello, Hero(ine)/s!


More from the poorly titled Taito Kuji from FREE!

I mean, really, ~Eternal Summer~? Y'all couldn't be any more creative? Baaaaaah.

Well, doesn't make them any less adorable than they are! (♥ω♥*)

I truly do love these kujis! 


These were my first kujis when I was in Tokyo last October for my birthday! ヾ(^∇^) I remember getting Nagisa and just being hooked at the thrill! I've always wanted the Sugar Cake kuji, and while I was at Harajuku, I found a shop that was still selling these boys! I intend on featuring more kuji sets on my blog and shop from other series soon~ This is so much fun, and I do love seeing other people receive their kujis!

Everyone, let's be happy! 



The boxes!

FREE! boys wearing jammies carrying plush of their spirit animals? ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

ALWAYS A YES!


I love sleeping, too! *coughs*



Iwatobi sons!

Makoto's badge is my favourite, definitely! I'm assuming he's wearing a cow-themed jammy? Haruka's come in next for me. His expression looks like he just woke-up from a noise. WHO WOKE HARU-CHAN UP! HUH?! Happy Nagisa, as usual~ And Rei. Irritated. Like most of his kujis~ (What's wrong, boo?)

The badges are very nice in quality! Plus, the colours are vibrant nonetheless.


Samezuka sons!



Everything about my Samezuka boys are a win for me!

I know I'm pretty biased with Samezuka, but I think their set is the best! Look at Nitori's kind smile. Sousuke's sleeping face. o(*^▽^*)o (Which I would give anything to see more often in merchandise!) A hyperactive Momo just like a kid who doesn't want to sleep yet. And, finally, a happy Rin who looks like he's saying, "Shall we sleep now, Mikacchi!" (๑♡⌓♡๑)

AHHHHHHH! *fuwaa fuwaa feeling*

Look at that happy otter being carried by Momo!

I'm jealous! (ꐦ°᷄д°᷅)


*(♯▼皿▼)PUSHES OTTER AWAY*


I have no regrets. Heh.

Love,
Mika

Sunday, February 14, 2016

FREE! -Eternal Summer- Toy Works Collection Niitengomu! Umbrella Charms

Hello, Hero(ine)/s!


Mikacchi's reaction when she first saw this: (๑♡⌓♡๑)

Okay, that was weird talking about myself in third person. 

Let's carry on! 

Ah, these are the latest Niitengomu Umbrella charms~ (There's an older version... and lemme be the first to say that the illustrations used on these are way better quality than the first one! *shifty eyes* I still want them though and will look for 'em in Tokyo!) I bought these online and at first thought, "I don't really need any umbrella charms seeing as I use pocket / foldable ones... *eyes gravitate towards Sousuke* HUWAA~ Sousuke-kun's smiling! *orders*"

But most importantly, it's FREE!!


The box is smaller than I initially expected...

They're to be used as umbrella holders so I thought they'd be bigger. In Tokyo, umbrellas will always be a high fashion item! No one's going to admit to that... but whenever it rains, people flood to the convenience stores (which are almost at every possible corner much like the vending machines) and purchase those 200 Yen white plastic umbrellas. Totally uncute! (which is why most of the time they just throw it away after using them!)

Better get a cute and sturdy umbrella instead, okay?


*GASPS*

Did they forget to put Sousuke in here somewhere...?

I know it would've been too much to add Sousuke but it doesn't feel right without him. (Is it because I'm so used to him being around as the other half to a pair...? Maybe so!) I like the boxes! They are so colourful and blue riddles the theme~ It's very soothing to the eyes!


OHOHOHOHO!!!


I like this very much! ヾ(@^∇^@)ノ

Mako-chan facing Sousuke and likewise~ I live for these little moments! (●♡∀♡))ヾ☆*。


This is basically how you can store the umbrella charm when you have it hung! Personally, I would never do this to any of them. I might buy an extra (of Sousuke or Rin) if they'll still be sold by the time I get back home in Tokyo next month but with this set I have? No way! They're just too precious!

You put the umbrella hook on the water splatter~ (´∀`)♡


How to use~

URK---! ヽ( °◇°)ノ It kills me to know that some people are doing this! I'm a bit of a preservationist! Now, they have a rubbery texture! The material's the type that won't get dirty easily but if you constantly use it, the design / illustrations will wear off! Please be careful!

Let's open them!


They compliment each other perfectly!

My favourite pairings! └(>ω<。)┐-=≡


I love how Makoto really looks as if he's winking at Sousuke-kun! UGUUUU. This makes me very happy indeed!

The colours are also very vibrant~ (〜 ̄△ ̄)〜


WHAT IS THIS...?


Okay, so you're all probably... well, at least they included Momo and Ai-chan! FINE! I'll cave into that but I think they deserved their own charms. Phooey. Samezuka's my favourite team so this makes me feel a little bit sad...

Rei-chan's gun looks like a HAIR DRYER?!?!

Am I the only one who sees this?

Can I have that when you're done, Rei-chan? I badly need a new one. I'm serious! ⊂((・▽・))⊃

Nagisa-chan makes up for his height disadvantage by having 2 water guns! Sneaky!


A SPECIAL!

Mermaid Haruka!

I wish they could've included Kisumi-chan instead but oh well! This one is also adorable! Haru-chan is one of my favourites so this is very pleasing! (‐^▽^‐)

Anyway, this is a really nice set! Get them if you can because they're wonderful to display! You can get them easily anywhere online.

Love,
Mika

Saturday, February 13, 2016

FREE! Samezuka Adores Cafe Place Mats Review

Hello, Hero(ine)/s!


Oh, boy! I just finished my first exam earlier for my Marine Science (MS1) class. o(≧∇≦o) I think I did quite well. I pushed myself out of bed and had a spring on my step! I think I I ended up doing quite well. Better than I expected, I should say! It's not my usual, "Finish early because it's easy" -mode. I would have done better if it purely involved animals... but we also had to tackle the components of water, currents, theories, etc. AHHHHHHHH. I have such a short attention span when it comes to non-living things! I wish my brain could process more! ⁽(◍˃̵͈̑ᴗ˂̵͈̑)⁽ My innate love for living things takes cover my brain space most of the time.

It's my brother's 20th birthday tomorrow, too! Please wish him well! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

What I have for you all today isn't so much of a review. It's more-of a show-off. (Well, isn't most of my blog posts...?) 

... I think it would be impossible to review... placemats. 



Samezuka Placemats from their Adores Cafe collaboration!

Personally, I've never been to a FREE! Cafe. 

I'll be going to the Namja Town collaboration cafe but to the Adores cafe collaborations? Never! Schedules have never coincided and usually they hold one weeks after I leave Tokyo! *sob, sob* Someday, I'll definitely make it a point to visit just for a FREE! cafe collaboration with Adores. Right now, there's a Diabolik Lovers one that I'll be visiting when I get there in a few days. (Just a few weeks after the Starting Days! cafe ended!) (⌒▽⌒)☆

Shall we check them out one by one?

Now, I wasn't sure why I would get place mats from my proxy. But I did so anyway because why not? I was intending to use them to decorate my table... when I saw them though, I changed my mind! I love them so much. I don't think I'll be able to use them!(⌒▽⌒)

(My Mom took inspiration and we're currently designing our own custom placemats for our resorts! Cool, huh? ≧(´▽`)≦ Maybe I can show them to you guys once they're done!)


The latest Cafe in Winter series had a cloth placemat with the characters' animal totems. I also purchased the masking tape because why not? It's limited edition and I may never find it somewhere else again! 」( ̄▽ ̄」)

Better be safe than sorry!


I like it a lot! Rin-chan's shark is ready to devour that steak! I don't understand why they had to deviate from their usual material though and do a cloth placemat. (≧∇≦*) This'll get dirty and it's not entirely made out of the best material...

Sorry!


Momo, you can serve me anytime! ;-)


I hope that's for me, Momo! :3
 


Ahhhhhhhh! Momo's summer outfit~ He really is just too precious! I love him so much! I love Samezuka so much!

≡(*′▽`)っ I will get to doing the Iwatobi ones... soon... I promise.

Which one's your favourite? Mine's the last one!

Love,
Mika

Sunday, February 7, 2016

FREE! Adores HIGH SPEED! Starting Days! Cafe Part 2 Collaboration Pins and Badges

Hello, Hero(ine)/s!


I've just purchased the Cafe in Winter charms (will update with a link) from the Adores Cafe when all of a sudden... they decided to do a Starting Days cafe! Imagine and feel my frustration as I couldn't leave to return to Tokyo at that time! ˭̡̞(◞⁎˃ᆺ˂)◞*✰ Nonetheless, on January 04, they released the Part 02 of the Starting Days! boys and this time they added my precious Samezuka boys: Rin and Sousuke! I do plan on returning for any future FREE! cafes. To be quite honest, I do know that God has his plans and He will definitely give me a chance to try the boys' meals in their next collaboration soon!

... also, I'll be at the Namja Town collaboration cafe in a few days! I'll definitely be posting up new items for my shop then!



Don't you just love how colourful the new collection is...!

HUWAAAAA! IT'S JUST MARVELLOUS! 

The previous collection has more muted colours but Part 02 has such vibrant and powerful colours that can make anyone happy! Personally, Kisumi's charm has won me over. ໒( ♥ ◡ ♥ )७  Sure, sure, sure. I know you're all thinking: 'Well, of course, Mika-chan! You love pink!' Okay, guys. You win. It's in my favourite shade of pink nonetheless. How can your heart not beat so hard after seeing this?! 

Next up in my top 2 and 3 spot is Rin and Sousuke! 

Baby Rin and Sou! 


IKUYA-CHAN LOVES MIKACCHI? (灬♥ω♥灬)

Me: *blushes*

(๑♡3♡๑) I love every FREE! character so any character I get makes my heart very happy! 


Asahi and the NagiRei secret badges are missing so I'll have to scout for them when I get to Tokyo! If you'd like, we can trade...? o((*^▽^*))o

Even still, I am very happy with the boys I got and hope you get some for yourself! ⌒°(❛ᴗ❛)°⌒ Just seeing them makes my day.

Love,
Mika

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Mika Travels: Sanrio Puroland Cafe Part 2 (Food)

Hello, Hero(ine)/s!


So, awkward post. 

Well, I'm guessing to you guys it isn't. But to me it (kinda) is. Why? Because I'm pretty much showing what I ate / ordered and to me that's quite personal. Basically, I'm revealing to the world how much of a glutton I am! (づ ̄ ³ ̄)づ I can't help it. It's not like I can go on any random day and say, "Hmm! I might as well go to Puro Land for lunch today!" At the moment, I can't do that. One day I'll be able to do so though! 

*whispers* I intend to study in Japan for further studies and travel the entire country! ─=≡Σ((( つ ◕o◕ )つ

The character rice plates are quite expensive. ლ(´ ❥ `ლ) They range from 1000-1500 yen which is around 400-700 pesos. Now, they look good and taste OK. It's not going to blow your mind but hey, the cuteness should more than make-up for it!

I don't mind paying extra for cute! ヽ(。・ω・。)ノ


The most popular item in the cafe! 

PURIN-CHAN'S RICE PLATE! ✧⁺⸜(●′▾‵●)⸝⁺✧

Are you guys excited with me?! It comprises of turmeric rice, broccoli, a cherry tomato, cheddar cheese and a salisbury steak. The curry tastes like you standard Japanese curry. A lot of people ask me about Purin's face and the details are drawn with a chocolate pen! (๑✧∀✧๑) Over-all, it has a good mesh of flavours. Nothing too out of this world but everything comes together nicely. 

I'd eat this again but there are other rice plates!


Cinnamonroll! 

OH HOH!


You know me, guys. Of course I wouldn't stop there at Purin. This is Mika Hulipas we're talking about. I will eat anything if someone tells me in that instant that this was shaped in the form of an animal and was edible. (ᗒᗨᗕ)

I was debating between Cinnamonroll, MyMelody and Kirrimi's plate. ≧ω≦

C'mon, guys! If you saw Kirrimi's plate, you'd agree with me that that omurice looked extremely delectable! (They call me Egg Princess where I come from... not only because we own a huge egg farm but... my huge appetite for eggs never stop. I eat about 5 a day. And that's on a good day. How I manage to remain 115 pounds is also a mystery to myself, dear friend.)

... and I wanted to try MyMelody's plate because it was Pink. PINK. PINK!!! *SCREAMS AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS*

Let me talk to you guys about Cinnamonroll's plate! The blue curry tastes like your typical curry but it tastes sweet! Can you guess what it is...?

1
2
3
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IT'S COTTON CANDY / FAIRY FLOSS! ₍₍ ◝(●˙꒳˙●)◜ ₎₎

It definitely made the curry sweeter! And honestly, I know people are going to make WTF faces here but I found it really good! I enjoyed it more than Purin's typical curry! If you're going to ask me which to get then by all means get this! It's interesting~ There are marshmallows and 2 pieces of fish cakes as the clouds. Cinnamonroll's ears were made from Pita bread! Really cute, don't you think!

A+!



My Mom bought the MyMelody mochi for the plate! (And it was such a wonderful plate!) 

Lastly, I tried this special Halloween Kobocha / sweet pumpkin treat! I only ate the toppings because my Mom said she wanted to eat the cone. There was pumpkin everywhere and it was interlaced with whipped cream and a chocolate mousse. Heavenly! ٩(♡ε♡ )۶

Over-all, if you're at Puro Land, going to this cafe is a must-try! And if you haven't, please consider doing so especially if you love cute things and good food!

꒳ᵃ꒳ᵃ꒳ᵃ~(๑°ᗨૢ°๑)♡ӵᵉ੨ᑋ✧

Part 03 will be my Sanrio Haul! Please stay tuned!

Love, 
Mika