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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Edgy Prep

Edgy Prep


Edgy Prep by lydia11-11 featuring black booties

Long sleeve blouse
sixkisses.com

Nina Ricci black pants
$1,865 - farfetch.com

River Island black booties
$63 - riverisland.com

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Girly Grunge

Girly Grunge


Girly Grunge by lydia11-11 featuring cotton pants

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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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Announcement: Things Have Changed!

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

For my lovely returning visitors and subscribers, you may have noticed that this blog has changed. The new theme is not the only thing that will be different here! Read below to see what is coming up.

Schedule: The new posting schedule will be each Friday and Sunday. If for some reason I cannot post one of those days I will post on the other, and if I cannot post on either day the next post will be moved to the next week. This is to give me some flexibility with school- junior year is the hardest for a lot of students and I really need to focus!

Content and Focus: As you can see, this site is dedicated to frugal, foreign and quirky fashion and beauty. I am not called the Fashion Mentor for nothing and I will be making more how to and DIY posts so I can live up to my name!

Here are some upcoming series and posts;

  • Everyday gyaru (we will go over where to buy clothing and cosmetics and how to keep the gyaru look casual)
  • Everyday ulzzang (similar to gyaru, we will talk about how to get ulzzang makeup and how to wear this style everyday)
  • Monthly beauty favorites
  • Recommended skincare videos
  • Face mask recipes
  • Skincare ingredients and what they’re used for
  • Makeup ingredient decoder
  • Wear it 10 ways!
  • My acne story (this will talk about how I treat my acne and give you helpful tips)
  • Gyaru resources (blogs, how-tos, etc)
  • Ulzzang resources
  • Best beauty products for teens and young adults
  • Best makeup brands
  • Best foreign makeup products
  • I also plan on using Polyvore so you guys can get some style inspiration!

I just wanted to let you all know what direction I was going in and what my plans were. If there’s anything you want to see, make sure you leave a comment! I am open to any suggestions and ideas you might have.

xoxo,

I Am The Fashion Mentor

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