Monday, July 14, 2014

Away for a while

Dear readers, I will be going on a holiday for about a month (actually I am away already now, but here I still have internet ;) ) During this month I am going to practice on my make and coords as much as possible to become a real gyaru ^o^ ! I wish you all a very nice time as well. 

Some summer gals for coord and make-up inspi:




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Much love!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Gyaru for beginners series: Glamaxon

Time for another typical beginners post, since that's actually what this blog is supposed to be all about (sorry if I get a bit of track sometimes :$). I'm not sure if you heard already or not, but Taylor from Glamaxon is making a series of posts about gyaru for beginners! It is so great, because she explains in detail what to pay attention to and how to choose f.e. lenses so us noobs will have it a lot easier ^^

The first was about choosing the right Circle Lenses, you can find it here. I thought it was great how she explains about the different designs and how they blend in with your eyes, when they are dark or light, and the different sizes of lenses.


For me it is very difficult to choose lenses, as my eyes are very light and usually CL are designed for people with dark brown eyes. But now I found that the firework kind of designs would suit me well ^o^ so much easier! 

After reading the post I decided to look for new lenses and found two great ones: EOS Ice Blue and EOS Ice Violet:

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Which colour do you like best? Oh, I can't decide!

The second post was about choosing and applying fake lashes, this is here. It as all about the different designs and how to apply, very nice for us babygals ^^ 


For this she didn't really have tips of what to choose, though since it comes down to personal fvorites.. I think I like the spiked lashes the best, they work very well with rokku in my opinion:


So what do you think of the Gyaru For Beginners series? I think it's really nice someone takes the time to lay this all out for us! When starting there is just so much to look into, it can really be too much @.@ Anyhow, there are more posts coming so keep an eye out for them.

Much Love!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Mini Gal meet

So I planned my first Gal meet ! Towards summer everybody is always really busy, but we did really want to have a meet-up for a new mamber of our Dutch Gyaru group.. So I decided to take this much wanted distraction to plan a lunch/ shopping session/ drinks day for her to meet some of us ^^ Here are some of the pictures of the first part of that day, the lunch!


Haha the lighting in the restaurant was really bad, so we didn't really take pictures in there only in the bathroom :P The new girl (even newer than me) is the girl on the left, Sharon. She was really sweet and enthousiastic! I hope she will want to be a real gal ^^




We also made some selfies in front of the restaurant. I am really bad at selfies, because I never make them myself and you really need practice for them XD As you can see, we only had lunch with the four of us, but after lunch Amber and Jojo joined us for a little shopping and some drinks. We tried to make a group pic, which nobody was really happy with, and forgot to try again and retake it :$ I am going to share it with you guys anyways, because now you can see everyone's full outfits:


I look really weird in it, because I was not supposed to wear my jacket and my belt had somehow shifted up without me noticing T^T I really loved Jojo's and Amber's outfits, they looked so cute! I am not going to show you the shopping we did, as we only really but stuff at Hunkemoller ;) But a little tip: They have awesome garters and stockings!

This meeting was somewhat smaler than the normal meets, but it was actually really nice to be able to talk to everyone one-on-one^^ As I am new as well, I dont know everybody yet either, though I had talked to Lenie and Zoe before I had never really had the oppurtunity to talk more to Amber and Jojo, but they were sooo nice \(^o^)/

I am Looking forward to the next meeting already! Let me know what you think about my meeting posts? I am never sure what you want to see or hear!
Much Love!


Monday, June 30, 2014

Holidaysss!

Wow it has been a looong time since I last posted O.o So sorry! and thank you for your patience <3 Last week was my deadline weekcfor finishing my bachelor's degree in uni, so I had sooo much to do and so little time T^T But now it's all done and I  have time for blogging again!

The next month, I'll be working hard on my make, hair and style and become a true gal \(^o^)/ (hopefully) For now I wanted to share with you a Gal who I really admire and who has distracted me majorly during studying: Federica D

 

  

   



Don't you just love her looks! ^^ She writes the blog called Vanilla Syndrome, you can find it here, which is full of lovely reviews, outfit posts and just daily life stuff. You should definitely check it out!

That's it for now. I have so much other stuff to tell you about, but honoustly I am a little tired still after last week, so more next time ;)

Much Love!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

My first REAL make attempt!

I finally got my first lower lashes \(^o^)/ ! As you all probably know the key to the perfect Gal make-up is great CL and awesome upper and lower lashes. Until nnow I had not been able to get my hands on lower lashes yet or really nice uppers. For last weekend's event, teaser for my next post ;), I really wanted to try the full Gyaru make-up so I ordered some from ebay (they had so many different designs O.o), here and here.

Don't be too hard on me, it was only my first attempt, but here it is!


It took me TWO HOURS to apply it XD I was so proud of myself afterwards, I really like it!
The tutorial I used is this one:


I decided to make it a bit heavier though, since it was going to be a bit dark at the event and I did want people to notice after the effort I put in it ^^ Well I hope you guys like it! I know I still have a long way to go though.. Next step contouring!

Much Love!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

D.I.A. - New belt

Remember when I explained how to use a Shopping Service (mbok)? I tried it out myself last week ^^ Ever since I found out about gyaru, I have been in love with the D.I.A. moonbelt!





I really like it soo much! <3 But it was so popular, it had sold out a long time ago. So I decided to try and find it on Mbok.. and found it \(^o^)/ It will be at my house in 1-3 weeks. As soon as it is Here, I'll make a review about the shopping service I used: Treasure Japan. 

Can't wait to show it off^^
Much Love!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Gal history

I thought it was time to find out where the gyaru style actually comes from! I may be a little bit of a nerd, but I thought I might understand it better and get better at being gal if I knew what it is all about exactly, as up until now I knew nothing more than the Egg slogan "Get wild and be sexy!"

I found really interesting (but verrry long) articles about the rise of galism: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. As they take quite a long time to read, but I wanted to read them anyways I'll give you a shorter summary version. You can look for more details in the liks ^^

Origins

Japan is known for having different street cultures that constantly success each other as being the new dominant one, while the old culture disappears. This way they kind of present the way of thinking in Japan of that period. The funny thing is that the Gyaru culture came just like the others, but stayed and evolved. It all started with the Kogyaru(1991): school girls with brown hair, short schoolgirl skirts, and slightly tanned skin clutching European luxury bags and wearing Burberry scarves and loose socks. They were from well to do families and most often attended private schools. The Kogyaru started out as being the girlfriends of the party organisers and bad boys. These gals were seen as party girls and lust objects (partly because of their shortened school uniform skirts). In this time it was even not uncommon for older men to come up to them on the streets to ask them to go on dates or have sex with them for money O.o The word for this was: enjo kōsai (compensated dating). What's most wrong about this, I think, is that the Kogals were mostly between 14 and 18 years old! There were probably actually very little gals who agreed on enjo kōsai, though the media tried to make it look like they were. Most of the girls who did do so were outsiders and loners. Not at all the gals who were supposed to need the money to buy their clothes, make-up and nails!


Gyaru becoming a fashion market

At about 1993 the Shibuya 109 complex was failing really bad, which is hard to believe now. The sales numbers were very low and it was almost going bankrupt. That's when the Kogyaru and their older sisters the Paragyaru (graduated party gals) discovered the brand MeJane, LoveBoat and ESPERANZA. These store all focussed on a summery, sexy style with f.e. shirts showing the bellybutton ^^ After this more kogal brand got in this building and it became the predecessor of today's gyaru shopping heaven! One of the reasons of success was the new shopping concept of the charisma shop staff, who paid a lot of personal attention to the customers and were extremely dedicated to their shops and styles. They have their own blogs and many gals look at them a lot to get inspiration. Meeting these gals is for some a dream come true <3 Also as these gals were the first kogals, they were the inspiring force behind the stores' clothes, letting them decide. After 1995 Kogyaru became mainstream, making way for the purikura machines as we now know them, special gal slang and gal magazines!



Gyaru Media

Gyaru had by now taken over Shibuya, with even middle schoolers dressing Kogyaru. This was when the first special gyaru magazines were started: Toky Street News, Cawaii! and everyone's favorite Egg \(^o^)/ Though Egg started as a magazine for men interested in the not-so-wholesome 20-something party girls at clubs and on the streets of Shibuya, the founders quickly realised the real Wild&Sexy girls were the Kogyaru. They featured them doing derpy stuff and being up to no good, in a very real and private manner not as if it were especially for the sake of the magazine.



The rise of Ganguro

By 1997 a split occurred in the Kogyaru style, which was a result of gals of lesser neighbourhoods joining the style. They tanned darker and dyed their hair in silvery streaks (messhu). They took over the Shibuya streets, while the original Kogyaru fanned out to f.e. Ikebukuro. These new gals had previously been part of the manly Yankii style for motorriders and felt attracted to the exaggerated female, cute and sexy style of the Kogyarus and ended up merging the two cultures. With their darker skin and streaked hair, they started wearing colour contacts in blue and green and enormous platform boots. With this the style started to move away from the sexy and uke (attractive to boys) and became anti-uke to impress the other gals instead of boyfriends. This many girls hanging out in Shibuya of course attracted teen guys as well: gyaru-o. They dressed like more manly versions of the girls in order to hit on them XD 



Now these gals started tanning to unhealthy unnatural shades of brown, making the normal gyaru make-up invisible and thus creating the need for a new make-up style: white or otherwise bright make-up, thus creating a “panda”-like reversal of skin tone and highlights. Girls also started attaching fake eyelashes to draw more attention to the eyes. This facial look was then added to lightly-colored orange or silver hair, thus suggesting an almost photographic negative of the normal face.

Yamamba

Out of the Ganguro later a new and even further out style was created called Yamamba (mountain witch) with pitch black faces, Halloween white make-up, face stickers, and rainbow-colored stringy hair and a white nose-stripe. Of course the entire Japanese media went completely insane over the ganguro and yamamba. The funny thing is that this was actually their goal, to make people scared or look extreme ^^ This was a big step in Japan finding pride in its own fashion and overcoming the inferiority complex towards style originators overseas. The ganguro gals were getting exactly what they wanted: their own society, values, and fashions in which they were celebrated and rewarded.


New Gyaru

As the streets of Shibuya were full of gyaru in the mid-1990s it became a meeting ground for the middle-school drop-outs and runaways. A new word developed o-gyaru (汚ギャル)— o is the on-yomi for “dirty” — to describe the ganguro types who partied all night, lived on the streets, used magic marker to paint on their eyebrows, and generally did not bathe, brush their teet, or change their underwear. They were not with many, but were very noticable ;) This new Shibuyastyle inspired less imitation and in just a few years, the gyaru style had become an extreme and non-aesthetically pleasing costume with which “normal” girls did not want to associate themselves with, which almost caused the end of the gyaru style! The next generation of gyaru work really hard though to get the subculture back in wider society. Gyaru style experienced an unexpected resurgence in the mid-2000s thanks to a pretty “white” style taking over pop culture. From this surge most of the styles we know now come! 

Unfortunately this is were the articles stop, as there were suppossed to be four, but the fourth article was never written T^T. I tried to look it up though and this is what I found:

The Hime gyaru style was originated by girls who really liked the Lolita fashion, but decided to make it a bit more sexy and more modern. The Ane gyaru came from the girls from the lower class neighbourhoods, who used to be in biker gangs and wanted to be more sexy and girly and also attract guys. The B-gals were inspired by the American hiphop culture and made it their own mixing it with gyaru. Onee-gyaru were the older gals who kind of went back to the Paragyaru look, but made it more grown up. Manba and Banba became the more toned down versions of the ganguro look. Agejo came from the original high-class Kogyaru, who were now older and created a very glamorous and sexy style. Most other styles were like B-gal Japanese interpretations of Americanor European substyles (f.e. goshikku- gothic).



I hope you liked reading this! I am sorry for the post being this long, but it is quite a lot of history and this is already a verry short version ^^

Much Love!