Sunday, 29 May 2016

Bourjois Colour Boost "Peach on the Beach" Lip Crayon Review

bourjois colour boost peach on the beach review

I recently added Bourjois' Colour Boost "Peach on the Beach" Lip Crayon to my beauty collection to celebrate the coming of spring. I haven't really experimented with lip crayons before, but I do have a couple already and I must say that I hands-down prefer them to lip gloss and lipstick. They're just so much easier to apply and comes in so many colours!

I knew I had to get this one because of the colour. It was love at first sight when I saw it being displayed on the shelf so I instantly picked it up and bought it there and then. I've always wanted to try out peach tones after seeing some onee gyaru like Sayoko Ozaki pulling it off so well, and I was kind of getting bored of pink shades. I wear this as much as I wore my "nude" lip crayon! It also works really well with pink blusher which is a huge surprise as those two don't normally work well together. I have really dark lips so the fact that a little bit of colour shops up on my lips is a miracle!

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Himekaji in Oxford

himekaji gyaru kawaii shoes
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The other weekend I took a trip to the beautiful town of Oxford to meet up with my friend Lee, and we couldn't have picked a better day for it. It was the hottest day we've had all year and it was so sunny! I loved it. I felt like I could just close my eyes and enjoy the delicate sunshine on my shoulders and ended up having a really blissful day. We were two himekaji (casual princesses) strolling through the little lanes, spotting lots of pretty buildings, and relaxing in Christ Church meadow... But the sunshine didn't last (typical of British weather) and it started pouring it down with rain, so we sought shelter in a hotel restaurant to have some cream tea before heading to Lee's house for film-and-face-mask time. Ever After which is now my favourite Cinderella adaptation!

Sunday, 15 May 2016

How to Build Your Gyaru Wardrobe


Buy some clothes and wear it.
Just kidding - there's a bit more to it than that, and it all depends on what kind of style you're going for. Whenever someone new to the style asks me for advice on how to build up a gyaru wardrobe I always say to start working with what they already have, take inspiration from gyaru magazines like EGG where they wear "normal" clothes but use their makeup & hair to look gyaru. It's the easiest and cheapest route route to starting gyaru.

However here's a more detailed approach on how to achieve your dream gyaru wardrobe in a few simple steps:

01 | Do your research
Research is so important and it stops you from spending a lot of money on clothes that you won't end up wearing. Create a mood board of what inspires you and you'll start to see a connection. Pick out items from your board that repeat themselves, and write them down onto your shopping list. If you need more help on this I wrote a post on "How to Find Your Gyaru Style" which will in turn help you figure out what you want to buy.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

I'm a Barbie Girl, in a (Sealife) World...

hydrozoa jellyfish sealife

I love nature, but I have to admit that the sea really does freak me out. I just hate that feeling of not knowing what's beneath my feet in the depths below and to be honest my fear of sharks doesn't really help...
You can imagine how excited I was when my friends and I decided to go to the Sealife Centre - I can see pretty fish without having to swim thousands of leagues away (an exaggeration) and not crap myself if there's a shark (not an exaggeration). I could merrily skip past the shark tanks if needed!

I really wanted to wear something mermaid-themed but I only really have one blouse that was way too cold to wear at the time (it's super hot now in England which is lovely!). Instead I settled for my Barbie outfit I put together in a previous post, having been inspired by Nikki Lipstick. I missed wearing dark makeup and pink clothes!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Hard Truths about Gyaru

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When I first found out about gyaru I thought I was entering a magical realm; everything was just so different to what I usually saw and I couldn't wait to dive right in and become a part of this wonderful world. There were so many things that I didn't expect further down the line: that I would finally feel like I belong and make some of the most amazing friends in the world; that my confidence would boost; and that I would stick around for more than a couple of months.

There were some things that sucked throughout my years of being gyaru (*cough* hate sites *cough*) but if you put everything together, the positives do outweigh the negatives. This blog post highlights all of the "hard truths" about gyaru from my personal experiences that I wished someone else told me when I started out.

01 | Not everyone's going to like you just because you're gyaru
This is what hit me the most - I try really hard to get on well with people and not rub people the wrong way but it's inevitable that I'll come across some people who don't like me just because they don't like me. It was hard at first, but now I just do my own thing regardless of what people think of me. The community in general is a nice place (thank goodness) so just keep you head up and do your thing!

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