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FFXIII: Just Pretend by MangoSirene FFXIII: Just Pretend by MangoSirene
"When I couldn't see a future, I was afraid. When the future was clear and it hurt to see, I just close my eyes and lose myself in happier days."


1. I love Clinique mascara. Seriously. That's au naturale. I'm like a freaking giraffe when it comes to eyelashes.

2. Not sure how I feel about this shot, but I do like how it shows off the necklaces, which are probably the only part of this cosplay that I'm 100% satisfied with. And the tan belt, too, but that's not in this picture~.

3. We tried to recreate that infamous screen shot of Vanille. Kind of failed because we didn't have a reference to get the correct angle. But it was Saturday night at ACEN, and the day had been absolutely crazy, so you know, it's okay!

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:orange: C o s p l a y e r s
[ Final Fantasy XIII ]
Oerba Dia Vanille ................ :iconcatalystsirene:

:orange: P h o t o g r a p h y
[ Taken @ ACEN '10 (Rosemont, IL) ]
Courtney M. ....................... :iconcourtoonxiii:

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:orange: M a n g o | S o r b e t | C o s p l a y
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:icontherootofallevil:
TheRootOfAllEvil Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Wait, so those lashes aren't falsies? Holy crap, Imma have to get me some of that!
Gorgeous cosplay, btw. The wig is excellently styled and looks so natural!
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MangoSirene Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nope, I don't use false lashes~ xD If I did... Man, that'd be even MORE intense! But yeah, Clinique makes the best mascara ever!

Thank you so much! :tighthug: I'm actually in the process of redoing the wig from scratch, I wasn't really happy with how intense the color turned out on this one, and I wanted to try a better method of back-parting. :)
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TheRootOfAllEvil Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Holy crap, I totally didn't even realize you went to ACen. I'm going for the first time this year :D Will you be going again? Who will you cosplay this time?
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MangoSirene Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Absolutely, it's one of my favorite cons! :D What days will you be there?

Let's seeee~ for Friday, I'll be Stocking in her school uniform, Friday night I'll be Vaporeon (we have a huuuge 30+ member Pokemon group!), Saturday I'll be Vanille with my XIII group, Saturday night I'll be Rue from Princess Tutu in her rehearsal outfit, annnnd last but not least, on Sunday I'll be Nia Teppelin in an artbook outfit of hers. :faint: Phew! Do you have any cosplays planned for the con~?
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TheRootOfAllEvil Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Student General Artist
I'm thinking the whole thing. I'll be going with *QPUPcosplay. And I have a friend who will flip to see Stocking xD For sure I know I'll be doing Rinoa from FF8. My boyfriend (who's doing Squall) may or may not come (it depends on if he can get cash or man up and let me pay for him). QPUP's trying to get me to join their Sailor Moon cosplay, where I'd be doing Sailor Neptune. I'm a little skeptical, since I never liked Sailor Moon and the idea of a short skirt and bright teal wig kind of unnerves me. They've done a Pokemon cosplay, but I don't know if they'll do it again. As to after that, I have no idea. I was considering doing a gag cosplay of the O RLY? owl, like with a foam fursuit kind of mask. But I'm not sure how popular that would be, I've already been to a con dressed as a character no one recognized xD
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Luna-Rose21493 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
Aww...gorgeouss.
You make a fabulous Vanille. :heart:

How did you get the wig like that? Did you make it? ;;
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:iconmangosirene:
MangoSirene Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so, so much~! ;o;

And yes, I made the wig myself! It started off as a medium-length white wig from eBay. I dyed it using the FW ink method. For the back-parting, I bought a pack of white extensions from CosWorx and dyed those too, then used Katie Bair's wig parting tutorial. :) After that, I curled each pigtail using a blow dryer, plastic curlers, and probably a bottle of Freeze Spray! xD
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Luna-Rose21493 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
No problem~! :hug:

Wow! That must have been a lot of work! ;;
It paid off though, looks beautiful!
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MangoSirene Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Quite a lot of work, yeah. @_@; And many many burned fingers from melting plastic, ouch!

Thanks again~! :glomp:
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Luna-Rose21493 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
I bet! >.<

Anytime! :hug:
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thelifeofabinder Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
CANDY! This picture is so pretty!!
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liger52852 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
cool spagetti-O's :D
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:iconmangosirene:
MangoSirene Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you~! :hug:
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Hornhell Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
Good lord, this is one awesome Vanille cosplay!
3 thumbs up :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
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MangoSirene Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh gosh, thank you so much~! :blush: That means so much to me!!

Thank you for the :+fav: and the Llama Badge as well! :hug:
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Hornhell Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
You're welcome!
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ZsiceblueZs Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010   Photographer
OMG what an amazing photo and costume, I tried to do her, never came out, wow, I'm like flabbersated, what a great job, great job, kudos and I hope to see more of these fantastic costumes u have
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MangoSirene Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
O-oh my gosh. :faint: Thank you so, so much! I'm seriously blushing like an idiot right now - thank you!! :hug:
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ZsiceblueZs Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010   Photographer
lol, well, I'm glad to show you such appreciation towards you, but you did a fantastic job, keep it up! Always love ur stuff lol
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Cosplayequinox Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gahhh you make such a wonderful vanille! I Think you just need to be her all the time! :3
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MangoSirene Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you dear~! :hug: I want to start revamping her like. Right now. xD
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TobieJade Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
This picture is so pretty! You look great. I love your Vanille cosplay. Fffff makes me want to work on Fang, but I have so many other things to do @__@

And LOL I love that wall.
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MangoSirene Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I know the feeling. @_@ I want to start revamping this cosplay like, right now. But I have my whole summer and Youmacon line-up to do first! (And ahaha, that wall is one of my favorite things at ACEN to abuse for pictures. xD)

Thanks so much, Tobie~! :heart:
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haniocha Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Student General Artist
It's still a very wonderful and nice picture, Nina D: /loves all your cosplays
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MangoSirene Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww, thank you~! :hug:
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haniocha Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Student General Artist
:hug: Welcome~!
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KoriStarfire Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
1. Thank you for coloring your eyebrows to match your wig. That's a huge pet peeve for me.
2. You're fabulous and this picture is beautiful!
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MangoSirene Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
1. You and me both. It's one of those little details that's so frustrating when people skip it. D:

2. Thank you so much! :blush:
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irishgal487 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
I was going to ask are you wearing fake eyelashes...but wow...You got some great eyelashes!

Very pretty picture!!
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MangoSirene Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha, finally my Russian/German heritage comes in good for something. xD Thank you very much~! :hug:
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StarsOfCASSiOPEiA Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Student General Artist
The colors are so vibrant and beautiful! :D Such a cool location as well. ^^
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MangoSirene Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It really is! The lighting was a little tricky to work with at this time of night because they hadn't turned the indoor lights on yet, but it was already pretty dark outside... But I'm glad it worked out!

Thank you so much for the comment! :glomp:
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StarsOfCASSiOPEiA Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Student General Artist
Oh yes, I can imagine it was! I wouldn't have even guessed, the lighting is beautiful. ^^

:glomp: You're always welcome! :D
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chinasaur Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
your eyelashes are soooo thick! O___O hehe the wall is so colorful and totally matches vanill's color scheme! :D
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chinasaur Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
vanille* herp derp i'm good at typing :P
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:iconmangosirene:
MangoSirene Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
These walls have been abused by like. Every cosplayer at ACEN. Ever. xD Thank you dear! :heart:
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Courtoon Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Student Filmographer
I wuv youu :)
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:iconmangosirene:
MangoSirene Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I wuv you toooo~! :hug:
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the-sushi-monster Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Professional Artist
I am so jealous of your natural eyelashes! Ans you look so pretty~ The necklaces are perfect!
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MangoSirene Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much~! xD My lashes usually clump like a mother, but I've finally found a mascara that works perfectly with them, haha!
/coolstorybro.
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the-sushi-monster Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Artist
Dude, finding the right mascara is so hard, so that's really awesome!!!
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