“I’m a warrior and an assassin, I don’t dance.”

I made a liar out of Gamora last Saturday night at a Halloween Bash at a local bar because I danced the night away!

But guys…I’ll admit. My costume didn’t turn out as well as I wanted. I don’t think I was exactly the right shade of green; I think I was too dark. And I was so exhausted from painting my face, neck, and shoulders over and over again because it kept cracking and peeling off, I didn’t even bother doing her silver facial markings that I even bought a special kit specifically to do. I can’t speak for the marking stencils, but I will tell you the rest of the kit was absolutely a waste of money.

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I got it from Spirit of Halloween, the temporary store that comes to town only in September/October. But I’m not going to discredit them completely; I got plenty of actually useful things from them for this costume. For starters, the green “body paint” is extremely light both in color and on my skin; you would need several of these to layer the paint enough to cover my skin. And the lipstick you see in the packaging there??

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Looks like green lipstick, right?! WRONG!! It is literally just a clear lip balm. It is useless if you want to be Gamora.

So the kit failed me in two ways I needed to make up for. I started with the green make up by looking at cosplay tutorials on Pinterest but ultimately decided that those methods were too costly and too time-consuming just to go to a party at a bar for 3-4 hours. If I was going to a comic convention all day, I would probably use one of the products or methods these various people online suggested, like crushing a bunch of green eyeshadow palettes and mixing it with foundation. Alas, I was trying to do a fun Gamora look on a tight budget.

Which leads me to the products I actually did use to become the green-skinned badass warrior heroine I so adore:

First, I painted my nails green (actually my mom did because you always do your own nails terribly with your writing hand unless you’re a professional) with the Crayola Green Crayon shade by Sally Hansen. And I started with this green cream make-up found in the Halloween costume section at Meijer by Fun World for $2.

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However, I sensed it wouldn’t be enough, and I saw a similar green cream make-up also at the Halloween costume section but this time at Target by Rubies for only $1. I actually ended up going to buy another one the night of the party because I was already running out of the tubes I originally bought before I had to redo my face after it all came off after snacking on potato chips. And on my neck, it just kept cracking in random spots and on my shoulders, it just didn’t want to stay on. The second one by Rubies from Target was actually smoother cream and looked much prettier, which is weird because it came out of the tube looking the shade of army green, but it blended with my other green just fine.

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Then, of course, I needed to get actual green lipstick, which is hard to find for a decent price and physically at the store; I didn’t have time to order anything online because it was the week of the party when I finally tested the lipstick from the Gamora kit I had purchased weeks ago and realized it was indeed a huge liar in a tiny tube. I found an actually green lipstick online available at my nearest Target through much difficulty because it’s technically a “lip cream”. It’s “Out of This World” by Nyx. Online, it looked like the perfect slightly darker shade of green I needed, but in person, it was more in the blueish-green family. Alas, I had no other immediately available options. It even looks different in the pictures I took and I don’t know why; I didn’t use flash or anything different. In the first one, it looks like it looked online, pretty much perfect. In the second one, that reflects what it actually looked like in person. IMG_3484

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And I mentioned earlier I was so tired of greening myself for hours that I didn’t bother using the stencil kit for her silver facial markings…but I did at least put some dark purple eyeshadow on, because you can see that in some shots in the first movie.

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For her hair, I went with her look Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2:

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This is one of the few things I didn’t have to buy because I already had (along with the purple eyeshadow and the black boots I wore). I bought this temporary hair dye by Garnier at least several months ago if not longer for something under $10.

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I’ve actually wanted to do that to my hair for a long time now, but permanently. I think I only bought this to test it out, see if I like it, but luckily it has served me an actual purpose in becoming Gamora. It only lasted about 3 days, I miss it.

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Now, to the outfit…I originally wanted to go for her look in the first movie, but I ended up channeling her look in the second movie. Either way, her look is cool black pants, black boots, and some cool top. And something on her arms/wrists.

I bought super cool leggings from Old Navy that had (faux) leather panels on the sides.

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Then I got a black cold-shoulder top and fingerless gloves from Spirit of Halloween. I originally wanted this top so I only had to paint my shoulders and hands (though I also became too tired to paint my hands as well on the actual night of the party). I only wanted to actually have green arms because after considering a tutorial for armbands using colored tights on Pinterest, I was nervous that the shade of tights I could find wouldn’t match the paint, so I ultimately decided to just go for it. But with this top, I was going to create the illusion that I was just wearing long black armbands/gloves/gauntlets, but then I realized it looks like an outfit she wears in Vol. 2 anyway.

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I also decided I wanted to carry a sword like Gamora, but hers is very specific and nobody makes toy versions (or decently priced replicas) of it for whatever lame reason. So I just got a generic one from Meijer for $6.

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(Pssst…hers looks like this but oh well:)

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Now here’s the whole look put together, featuring my friend Hallie dressed as my Star-Lord:

We entered a costume contest that night and actually ended up being finalists!! We would have been in 3rd place but they only gave the winning title and prize to one person. It was down to us, a couple dressed up as Forest Gump and Jenny, and a man dressed as Wilson the neighbor from the show Home Improvement. Then we were out and it was ultimately between that couple and Wilson and the neighbor with his own little fence won. We were so close! So that was exciting. Pictured below are all of the finalists.

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Becoming Gamora was harder than I thought and ultimately didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to, but people still got it and it was still fun going out as a pair.

“We’re just like Kevin Bacon!”

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While Kevin Bacon is a pretty cool dude, I would say Gamora is way cooler. She’s my favorite Guardian, after all. And it’s not just because she has green skin and gorgeous ombre hair (although it doesn’t hurt…); it’s because she’s strong, could kick your ass, but still has compassion and wants the best for the galaxy.

It was my birthday just a bit earlier this month, and one of my best friends got me an awesome present: a subscription box (like Loot Crate or the Star Wars Funko box, Smugglers’ Bounty) titled Ladies of Legend that focuses on comic book heroines. July’s box happened to be Gamora themed, which is perfect for me!! Also, oddly fitting coming from this friend; she had just recently declared she wants to be Star-Lord for Halloween and I asked if I could be her Gamora.

Look what was inside the box:

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Also included was a magnet that I had already put up before I took this picture to show my friend what came in the box.

It’s all pretty awesome; I love reading and I love fancy bookmarks! A graphic novel! A beautiful art print! A cute little sticker and a badass little magnet! Naturally I was most excited about the Dorbz figure and the Lego mini-figure! I had actually been wanting the Dorbz figure for a while now so that was quite exciting. I love it!

This little Gamora has the honor of being the first Lego mini-fig I own as an adult! LOOK HOW ADORABLE YET FIERCE SHE IS:

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This Gamora is also my first Dorbz figure, and I do love their style; their smile, their closed eyes…they’re so darling and peaceful! And she looks super cute next to my Funko Pop! figure of Gamora (dressed in an outfit from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2):

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The Dorbz and Lego mini-fig make quite the lovely addition to my Gamora collection, as do the rest of the contents of the Ladies of Legend box! I’m quite excited to read some of the Guardians comics, because I actually haven’t ready any at all before. And as far as Gamora memorabilia in general, before I just had this Funko Pop! bobblehead you see above here, the Disney Infinity figure, and the Disney Tsum Tsum plush that stays in my car (for protection, obviously).

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Oh, and this lovely work of art as well:

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I can never get enough of my heroines. They inspire me and bring me so much joy.

Like, I don’t need the Funko Rock Candy figure of Gamora, but I still want it. Look at it, I can’t resist it:

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I only have one Rock Candy figure so far, and it’s of Diana in her Amazon training outfit from Wonder Woman:

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Isn’t she gorgeous?! I bought her one day on my lunch break during a particularly stressful work day to inspire me to have strength and courage.

But back to Gamora…I also recently happened to get her sister, Nebula, in a Funko Pint Size Heroes package; they are supposed to be a mystery but I felt the things on her head and had a feeling it was her…look how adorable tiny, angry Nebula is:

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I love my collection badass ladies in various Funko forms.

Speaking of badass ladies…and yes, I can talk about something without bringing up Star Wars, but…wait…can I, though? I don’t actually think I can….oh well. Look at this beautiful print of the main ladies of Star Wars by Mariana Avila:

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It includes another gorgeous and green badass, Hera Syndulla, Jyn Erso, Rey, Leia Organa, Padme, Sabine Wren, and of course my main bae, Ahsoka Tano. I have other artwork by the same artist that also celebrates the women and Latinos in Star Wars.

Also, I recently had this glorious moment of an all-ladies squad in Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes, where both the Dark Side and the Light came together to kick some men’s ass.

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“Now he’s up above my head, hanging by a little thread,”

I think I’ve just briefly discussed my Disney Tsum Tsums before, but I must update you on what I call my little Spider Squad + Gamora:

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Aren’t they precious?! I have Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man, Miles Morales, Spider-Woman, and Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy on side of my car, accompanying me on my everyday travels. Spider-Woman makes an appearance in the Spider-Gwen comics, but I haven’t read any of her own comics. Nor have I read of Miles Morales, I must admit…but I needed him. He is half Hispanic and half African American! I love seeing more diversity in comics and superhero movies lately, being a minority myself. I am a half-breed as well (as Cher would call me), and also half Hispanic like Miles Morales!! Also, his Spider-suit is black and red, which is my favorite color combination. I couldn’t resist him. You can get your own adorable little Marvel buddies at the Disney Store!

Also, Spider-Gwen and Spider-Woman aren’t my newest additions to my Tsum Tsum traveling buddies gang:

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I got Jango Fett and Aayla Secura from their latest Star Wars collection! While I think Boba Fett is overrated (but still makes for a cool car coaster, as you can see with my little Aayla), I love Jango. Perhaps it’s my love of the Clone Wars, and having been able to get to know his clones better through that show. Or maybe it’s just that I like his color scheme better…who knows!! (Okay, it’s the color scheme…)

And my little Aayla…I love Twi’leks. I love their lekku. That’s why I have her on the lower level of my car, so I can see her lekku more! So here’s a better shot of that, as well as a side shot so you can see her blue lightsaber:

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Obviously, they’re not my only Star Wars Tsum Tsums!

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I still want more. They’re barely fitting in these tiny spaces in my car now but I still want more! I want most of the other Star Wars characters they sell, more of the Marvel ones like Captain America, and of course the classic Disney ones, like Princess Aurora from an upcoming Sleeping Beauty collection. I have a plan if I decide to go crazy and buy all of the ones I want…first of all, don’t judge me. They’re reasonably priced/somewhat cheap, and after they have been at the Disney Store for a while, they go to stores like Wal-Mart and Target for a little bit cheaper! But anyway; if I end up getting all the little cuties I want, I plan on sticking them with double-sided velcro on my dashboard, like my Hula girl, Lolita. Well, not exactly on my dashboard; just right under the bottom of the front window? I don’t know car part terms, okay. I would just have them lined up against the window with the velcro on the bottom so they wouldn’t be rolling all over the place while I’m driving.

In other nerdy collectible news, Star Trek Beyond came out this week and I got the Best Buy exclusive Steelbook edition simply because I love the cover. It’s just like the poster they released when the movie was in theaters that was a throwback to the original poster of the first Star Trek motion picture. Also, I have a hook-up, so I also got a Starfleet pin this week:

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They both look so perfect with my little Jaylah Funko Pop! figure!