Super Fast Makeup Routine and Products!

Hi all!

As you know I haven’t been very active on this site lately! It is because- as the title suggests- I’m a junior in high school.

Worst. year. to. be. in. school. ever. (So many tests!)

I wanted to give you all some tips on how to get ready for school and what products are best for girls on the go. I figured that this article would help busy moms and other girls who have to bolt out of the house ASAP (like me!)

I usually wake up at 6:35 because I have show choir before school (yep, we’re there about an hour before school even starts!) and only have time to get dressed, wash my face, eat, brush my teeth and some days put on bb cream… so I end up doing most of my makeup before show choir starts in my little corner of the room, or if I get there without enough time I do it right before my first class. (Don’t judge me!) I know certain people don’t like doing makeup in public, so this will be fast enough for those of you who only have two minutes at home.

Ready… start!

Face:

I always recommend a bb cream for those who have moved past their skin insecurities (like me) because it is light and has sunscreen. I mixed my own bb cream and I usually use that if I’m going for a lighter coverage, but a  cc cream I love and worship is the It Cosmetics CC Cream.

Okay, lbr for a minute here. It’s hella expensive. At $38, this is something I got for my birthday (a few months ago). I use it everyday because it has excellent coverage and 50 SPF and a serum. You can always try the travel size for $15 or find something you like as an alternative. I like the NYX Matte But Not Flat Foundation for those of you who want a heavier coverage and the Revlon BB Cream is also good as well. The It Cosmetics CC Cream is something you can just pump out and smear on!

Cheeks:

Another one of my favorite products is this Physician’s Formula Sexy Booster Blush. I don’t know why I like it so much… it just smells great, looks like a natural flush and stays for a while. It has a brush and mirror inside so you can just sweep it on and go.

Lips:

I just got the Berrisom Lip Tint Pack and I really like it so far. It is sorta like those cheap masks you get from Walgreens or CVS but for your lips. Just put it on, let it dry and pull it off for all day color. You can even put it on before your commute and peel it off after you arrive. I also enjoy using the Peripera Peri’s Milky Tint in pink. I find it lasts for a while as well, and sometimes I apply Posiebalm over it. Of course, you can always go with Cake Batter Chapstick. (My go to!)

Eyes:

I am in love with the Color Tattoo Eyeshadows. They are life. I am addicted to Barely Branded because it is a perfect highlight color for everyone. I just apply this lightly to my whole lid for some dimension to make me look awake.

I hope these beauty tips were helpful for you! What are some things you do to get ready fast in the morning?

xoxo,

I Am The Fashion Mentor

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Why Korean Skincare is Overrated as Hell

So why is Jessica so freaking perfect? The world may never know.

First of all, no hate here. I enjoyed traveling to Korea and love Korean makeup and skincare. However, the supposed statements saying that “They’re [Korean products] about 12 years ahead of the States in terms of technology,” (Mary Schook in Marie Claire) are false. Let’s examine why.

I’ve read quite a few articles like the one above where people attempt to say that Korean technology is twelve years ahead. Twelve years ahead? Really? Look at the labels of many skincare products from popular brands like Laneige, Innisfree or Nature Republic and the ingredients aren’t revolutionary or high tech. So why say that Korean technology is so far ahead? I think the reason people make this statement is not because of skincare in itself- its that Korean cosmetic procedures are cheap, easy and exceptionally common. Therefore it isn’t necessarily that Korean products are making Korean skin so good- its that cosmetic procedures make skin good, and products maintain them. I’d say the only thing “advanced” about Korean products is that they are different and innovative- like sheet masks, bb cushions (notice I didn’t say bb creams themselves because those can be credited to Germany) and lip tints like the Berrisom peel off mask. (My new fave, by the way.)

In reality, Korean products aren’t more amazing or innovative. It’s just marketing hype used to target consumers, the way that France was also used a few years back as an example of a country with “superior” beauty products. “This is truly a case of the grass being greener on the other side of the world. As we mentioned above, people in Korea are not walking around with gorgeous, flawless skin because they use only Korean brands. In an ironic twist, the clamor for Western (specifically, American) brands in Korea is actually quite a thing to behold! You have to wonder—if Korean beauty products are so miraculous, why are so many Western brands selling like hotcakes in Korea?” This is a great way to put it. Paula’s Choice explains perfectly why products of a certain origin aren’t necessarily superior to Western ones. She continues: “It started with the BB-Cream craze, moved on to snail secretions, and now it’s all about “sleeping masks”—which have given Korean skin-care lines the reputation of possessing the secret to having great skin. The questions  we get about these products are always the same: “Korean celebrities and models have great skin, and because they are Korean they must be using Korean skin-care products, so they must be great, right?” This is an example of how easily marketing hype can fool even the smartest of women (and men).” Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Always remember that no country’s people have exceptionally better skincare- there are environmental factors as well as diet and other contributors (such as plastic surgery) that makes people perceive certain places to be skincare heaven.

Do you think Korean products are hyped up? Do you have any favorites?

TTYL,

I Am The Fashion Mentor
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Best of the Best Roundup: Great Beauty and Fashion IG Profiles

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Hey there lovelies! I have a roundup of some of the best IG profiles to get your fashion and beauty fix! They will be categorized below to best suit your interests.

Fashion (General):

@myfashiongenie has mostly outfits and some accessories.

Alternative Fashion:

@thewickedlady is in love with Sailor Moon and has a cool soft grunge/ punk look!

@twistykei

Accessories:

@accessories_trend has a great grouping of different accessories of all tastes.

Shops (General):

@threadlust has the cutest women’s fashion!

@meltcosmetics has a great selection of colors and vivid looks.

@fibkourefashion has a more pop-culture take on decoden with custom phone and tablet cases.

Gyaru Shops:

@magicalgirlcafe of course! To see my case from Monique, click here.

@thelacekitten has adorable accessories like Totoro backpacks!

@lostsushi

@mimipetitdeco

Makeup (General):

@_claudiayvette

@fajorimakeup

@amrezy

@jaclynhill is an artist you probably know best from YouTube.

@korinsmakeup

@beautybucketeer

Nails:

@gabbysnailart this girl is hella talented!

@madamluck posts gorgeous manis cute frequently.

@nailsvideos has a ton of videos from a plethora of users and they always credit them properly.

@nailsofjessiek

@sparrownails

@miadillpicklenails is the owner of B Squared Lacquer!

@paintedpolishbylexi is the owner of the indie polish line Painted Polish.

@naildecor

More to come as I find more great people to follow!

Lots of kisses~

Lydia

 

 

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My Adorable Sailor Mars Phone Case!

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Hey my lovely gals! I wanted to dedicate a post to my newest love- decoden cases!

I had never heard of decoden until I saw the tag on Instagram and fell in love. I got this custom phone case from Magical Girl Cafe for twenty bucks woth shipping. Compared to many Etsy shops, this was much cheaper and Monique is super professional, prompt and sweet.

This post isn’t sponsored at all and Monique’s store isn’t officially up and running yet, but if you’re looking for a super cute custom case definitely hit her up on IG at @MagicalGirlCafe!

See ya later loves,

Lydia

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Lacy, Gyaru Inspired OOTD!

Hello lovelies! Sorry for my lack of posts, my performances have been killing me right now. I have been dressing very gyaru lately so I’ve been wanting to show you my latest inspiration.

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It is a lacy, gyaru inspired outfit! I was sick so I wanted something simple but cute enough to go  out in.

Hope you all love it babes~

Top//eBay
Leggings//Kohl’s
Necklace//Kitsch Bitch Jewelry

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Best Makeup Products for Gyaru! (Gyaru Series Part Two)

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Hi all and welcome back, or if you’re new here, nice to meet you! I’m so glad you stopped by~

As part two of my gyaru series I wanted to compile a list of some great makeup products that you can get easily online or in store that will have you looking gyaru quicker than you can say kawaii!

I’ll list my favorite products by type so if you’re looking for a specific item you’ll be able to find it super easily!

Face Makeup:

-BB or CC Creams

While I’d say that the Dream BB Cream by Maybelline is pretty accessible in store, I honestly wasn’t too impressed with it. Other good alternatives are the Lebalage BB Cream which can be bought from eBay for about $4.50 at most or a Missha or Etude House product. I’m currently using Lebalage and really like it but I’ve heard great things about Etude House and Missha’s BB creams as well. I also bought my mom the Rivecowe BB Cream from eBay and she loves it!

-Foundation

  • NYX’s Full Coverage Foundation has to be the best I’ve ever used, and I’ve tried a ton. For someone who wants a flawless gyaru face (like me) but has discoloration or scarring, this is perfect!
  • Avon’s Magix is also amazing! It has a light to medium coverage and comes in a great selection of shades. It’s almost like a BB Cream because it is so soft and light on your face. My mom and I swear by it!

-Primer

  • If you want a great, cheap primer than the ELF pump primer is for you! This is pretty much the only one I use, but I’d also recommend NYX’s HD Primer.

-Blush

  • I was in love with ELF’s pretty peachy blush until it fell and cracked… but I still use it! This blush is cheap but lasts throughout the day and ELF has such a great range of colors. You won’t regret this if you’re looking for a subtle powder blush!
  • ELF’s Essential All Over Cover Stick is also great. I was gifted one for my birthday in the color lemonade and although I don’t use it as frequently it’s still great. Not only does it give you a lit from within glow on your cheeks but it gives a nice tint to the lips.
  • I bought the Physician’s Formula Sexy Booster Blush on sale and love it. Although it doesn’t stay long it has vibrant color and a soft, vanilla scent.

Lips:

-Gloss

  • I swear by NYX’s Butter Gloss. They have great subtle nudes that are perfect for a natural look or a gyaru style!
  • I also have the Infallible Never Fail Gloss (I believe it is in Petal 105 and not only does it stay all day but it has a gorgeous pink shimmer. I like rocking this gloss with foundation underneath and this pretty pink all over for a subtly glam kogal look.

Eyes:

The eyes are so important in gyaru!

-Eyeshadow

  • Gyaru makeup is simple but cute, so I’d recommend just a basic nude palette. You don’t have to get something as expensive as the Naked, just something of your choice. I am personally loving my Faked (fake Naked, which WMM will not let me upload my review on!) and given my satisfaction with NYX products I’d also recommend their newer nude palettes.

-Eyelashes

  • If you’re not planning on wearing falsies too often, I would just pick up a few Eyelure sets at either Ulta or Walgreens, whichever is easier and cheaper. If you would like to wear lashes more often and would like bottom lashes as well, head straight to eBay! I got ten pairs of lashes handmade from Taiwan for about $2 and I have 120 individuals coming for $1.98.

-Mascara

  • Clump Crusher by Covergirl is by far the best mascara ever. Even socialites like Paris Hilton swear by it! The brush and formula are perfect for getting those giant gyaru lashes that are huge but never clumpy. To be honest, I’ve tried high-end mascaras like Bad Gal Lash and none have been as good as Clump Crusher.

 

Circle Lenses:

I already have prescription contacts so I don’t wear these, however I have heard that Honey Color is a great place to go for gyaru appropriate contacts.

 

So there you have it- these are products that I love and are perfect for gyaru! As I try more products and see what I like the list will be updated, so make sure to stay tuned if you found this helpful!

 

xoxo,

I Am The Fashion Mentor

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Outfit of the Day: 90s-esque Gyaru!

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Hello all of my lovely readers, I hope you’re having a great day! As part of my journey to become more gyaru, I have a gyaru inspired ensemble! I wore some Japanese sokkusu (long baggy socks) and a skater skirt to give it a schoolgirl feel and added a military jacket and crop top to give it a rebellious teenage vibe.

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By keeping the hair and makeup natural the cool schoolgirl style really packs a punch. I feel as if this relaxed style is almost 90s too!

Jacket/Lavender Boutique
Shirt/Burlington Coat Factory, $5
Skirt/Kohl’s
Socks/eBay, $5
Shoes/Thrifted from mom (thanks mommy!)

How do you like my kogal look? Should I do some more outfits with an even more gyaru look?

Stay tuned for more gyaru looks and tutorials! I hope you all have a great night! (Shout out to my BFF Rachel for helping me take these awesome pics! Love ya girl!)

xoxo,

I Am The Fashion Mentor
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PS: As many of us know, today is 9/11, a very sad day for our country. I hope that you will keep the importance of this day in mind and think about those whose lives have permanently changed because of this event.

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Gyaru Guide for Beginners: How to Start Being Gyaru! (Gyaru Series Part One)

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Hi there everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely day~!

I wanted to go over some gyaru basics for those of you who have been exposed to the style but wanted to know more in detail about gyaru. This is mainly for beginners- consider this a simple introduction or guide to gyaru!

What is gyaru?

There are a ton of ways to answer this question. Gyaru is a blanket term that encompasses many different types of styles. “Gyaru” itself is a romanization of the English world “gal” and usually describes a fashion-conscious Japanese teen who follows set trends of fashion and beauty.

Since the 1990s, there has been a huge decline in what is seen as the typical gyaru lifestyle. Gyaru have changed as generations grow older and trends fade. Even their ever-so-famous watering hole, Harajuku, has not been buzzing with gyaru activity compared to years past. It is hard to really know what the current standing of gyaru is unless you are in Japan.

So what are some gyaru subtypes?

Again, that’s a difficult question to answer! There are probably hundreds of them, but here I’ll just give some of the most popular and well-known styles and their definitions.

Kogal: Probably the image that comes to mind when thinking of Japanese fashion, kogals are typically high school girls who adapt their school uniform to their own kawaii needs. Their style is preppy, cute and innocent.

Rokku gyaru: Rock inspired gyaru who wear innocent looking makeup with a prominent eye and tougher clothing with a punk vibe. This style usually consists of edgy haircuts, jewelry and clothing, and things that are fashionably tattered and torn, like ripped jeans.

Hime: One of the most popular gyaru styles, “hime” is translated as “princess” in Japanese. This style is over the top and very regal. Styles include huge bouffant hair with excessive heat styling or wigs, ornate dresses and a lot of feminine details.

Lolita: Also very common, lolita is another hyper-feminine style. This is very Victorian-inspired and features a lot of floor length dresses and skirts with a very old-timey feeling. There are many subtypes of lolita as well, such as sweet and gothic lolita.

Mode: This is a more mature, high fashion look. This style usually has sharp, clean lines and is often monochromatic.

Onee-gyaru: Literally meaning “older-sister gal,” this is a more sophisticated style that many high school girls transition to after going into their adult years. Think of this as a refined but still playful style for young adults.

Like I said, there are many other types of gyaru. I think that this will help you as you explore more on your own!

How do gyaru do their makeup?

Although there are many different types of gyaru makeup, or “make,” there are numerous similarities between all of the subtypes.

Eyes: Gyaru love to make their eyes look HUGE. This is something pretty much all gyaru have in common. Many gyaru wear;

  • Circle lenses (these are colored contact lenses that can make your eyes look larger in size)
  • Mascara (tons and tons to make the lashes and eyes look giant!)
  • Eyeliner (use your eyeliner to extend your natural eye shape and create a downward wing)
  • Eyeshadow (highlight the inner corner of the eyes, but don’t use too make dark colors on the rest of the lid or crease because it may make your eyes look smaller!)

Circle lenses are definitely optional, but I highly recommend wearing the rest of these products if you want the full on gyaru look. I personally do not wear mascara because I have long, curly eyelashes and hate scrubbing it off at night, but if you don’t have these pet peeves I think wearing mascara would be a wise choice.

Lips: Lips are supposed to be soft and doll like. Many try to make their lips small as part of the look, but the most important part is to keep them looking cute and innocent. Wear a good lip balm each day and night to keep your lips healthy and apply a nude gloss or lipstick during the day.

Face: The gyaru look is very youthful and pretty. I’m guessing a bit with the sunscreen and primer, but as a general rule gyaru usually don’t wear more than;

  • Primer
  • BB/Cream or Foundation
  • Sunscreen
  • Blush

For blush I would recommend an innocent looking pink. A subtle glow looks very cute! Don’t go for bright colors because the look should be natural and have a lit from within glow.

When it comes to your base makeup, bb creams and cc creams not only blur imperfection but improve your skin. I would suggest using a cream for these reasons but if you have a favorite foundation that’s perfectly fine too! Make sure that whatever you choose has a dewy, soft finish.

Sunscreen should have a lightweight formula so it will not get too greasy or oily on the skin. Sun protection is important, so make sure to always have sunscreen with you!

Primers really help with the longevity of your makeup and all make a barrier so foundation is not sinking into your skin as much.

Nails: Not makeup, no, but still important! Many gyaru have;

  • Long, fake nails- these usually resist chipping better and are easier to do artwork with
  • Ornate nail designs
  • Lots of glitter and cute charms and decals
  • Very feminine colors

Of course, if you are rokku gyaru or mode your nail look may be a bit toned down in terms of girly-things, but this is just a general idea.

Where can I learn more?

Great question! There are tons of different websites that will give you some awesome information.

Universal Doll: Excellent amount of information and pictures. Shout out to Mitsu because she does such a great job in this blogging niche!

Tumblr: A great way to see some different pictures and get inspired just by tracking the #gyaru tag! Some blogs I would follow are;

Pinterest: A great way to collect everything that inspired you and organize it. Just search gyaru and pin away my friends! I also have a gyaru board on my Pinterest if you are looking for some initial inspiration.

YouTube: Is full of awesome how-tos and DIYs. Some great channels to follow would be Michelle Phan’s, BubzBeauty and VenusAngelic. If you’d like some tutorials check out these videos!

Livejournal: Is also great for finding others who share your love for gyaru, but there are many communities that are dead and not many active ones. It make take a bit of searching to find one!

I will soon be doing some recommended product and store lists and showing you how to dress gyaru everyday. I hope this helped you guys, make sure to ask me any questions you have and leave me a comment so I know what you want to see next in the gyaru series!

 

xoxo,

 

I Am The Fashion Mentor

 

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