Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Gyaru-able: Mustang Spring-Summer Collection 2019

Hello gals! I am starting off my new blogging era with a new series, Gyaru-able! Since gyaru is first and foremost about making the latest trends your own, I believe, as other veteran gal do, that with the correct makeup and styling skills you do not need a full wardrobe of Japanese brand to be able to be gyaru. In this series I will feature gyaru-able items from European or Western brands that you might have not known before, which are easier to get hold of for us outside of Japan <3

Today I want to show you the new Spring-Summer collection from Mustang, a Spanish footwear and accessories brand that is known for being super trendy. Their new collection features tropical, hibiscus, and other summery prints which I think are sooooo gyaruable! Mustang is also a Maid in Spain brand, so you will be supporting local business and craftspeople.
Lyra (13€), Manjud (30€) and Acuaria (30€)

There are three tropical prints featuring palm leaves and hibiscus, one perfect for an Alba Rosa, island paradise feel thanks to the rafia and weaved textures <3 The other two series are a sportier and modern take on the theme.
Lamyai (26€), Rosella (30€) and Longan (30€)

Pine (40€), Berry (30€), and Banana (36€)
I also recommend checking out their footwear, as there are a few platform sandal designs with a 90s Amuro feel, animal print sandals as well as some awesome cowgirl boots.
Sun (60€), Sun II (60€) and Unai (46€)

I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you so much for reading! <3

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Blog Revival! My Journey as a Gal

Hello gals, and welcome to a gyaru revival of my blog!

You might know of me from Instagram (@majisuka.shin) where I share my coords and looks. I thought it would be fun to revive this little blog and explain how I got into gyaru! <3

What is gyaru?

Gyaru is a Japanese street fashion that originated among school girls in the early 90s, dominating fashion trends during nearly two decades. A rebellion against traditional Japanese beauty standards and expectations regarding how women must behave, gyaru are easily recognisable due to their celebration of tanned skin, bleached hair and a loud, wild, confident attitude. Through the years, gyaru has evolved and branched out into very different substyles.


Neojaponisme has a three part, really interesting article on the birth and evolution of the gyaru.

Hime Hime Star describes the history and substyles of gyaru in a brilliant in-depth series on her YouTube channel, with the collaboration of other gaijing gyaru around the world. It is a must watch for any girl interested in the style.

My Gyaru Beginnings (2014-2015)

I have known of gyaru since around 2010 when I went on a trip to Tokyo, but I didn't actually fall in love with the style until 2014-2015 when I came across some amazing gals while I lived in London, Chewiee (Chewieepon) and Lizzie (Hellolizziebee). I was out for bubble tea with friends when Chewiee joined us and I was totally dazzled, I was like, who is this girl, look at her crazy nails, I love her confidence and wildness, damn, how have I never noticed this style before?

At the time I found the makeup a real challenge, especially because I couldn't seem to make it work with my features. Between this, the stress of studies, and moving to yet another different new country, I ended up stopping my (very noob) beginnings and was happy just being a lurker.

This is one of my first "gyaru" looks (ahem)... I had no clue how to contour, use eyeshadow, and I just used BB cream as a base. Stylewise I was mostly inspired by kurogal/rokku gyaru and was super proud of the only gyaru brand item I owned at the time, the Skinny Lip "sexy" belt!

My Gyaru Style Now (2018-)

Fast forward three years! During which Black Diamond was making videos for Kawaii Pateen, and I discovered Aochan, who has a modern and approachable style while still undoubtedly gyaru. Her "simpler" looking makeup gave me confidence to start experimenting again. During 2018 I got a lot more comfortable with my makeup skills (I finally figured out contouring!), and I started sharing my looks on Instagram and other social media.

(my best attempt at manba so far <3)

I own very few brand pieces and have a small budget but it is fun to look for offbrand that fits into the style and I am slowly expanding my collection thanks to secondhand sites such as Fril or Mercari. Stylewise I am mostly in love with old school and 90s gyaru at the moment, thanks to the its recent comeback. My main inspirations are Black Diamond 2000 and the Blackout and Akipoyo gyarusa!

I am still far from reaching my 100% so this year I hope to get closer to that goal. I also want to make gyaru friends online and be an active participant in the international community. Bring on 2019! <3

Saturday, January 30, 2016

LED Platform Sneakers

Best Christmas present I've received ever <3

Ever since I saw a friend share her new shoes on Instagram they have been on my wishlist. I nearly died when I received them as a present (⌒_⌒;)

Overall the quality is okay, the LED platforms are solid and I think with care they can last a long time. The shoes themselves are made of the typical synthetic material most taobao/eBay shoes are usually made of, they are fairly comfortable but I do use my special insoles to counteract how flat they are!




By pressing a button on the inside the LED switch to 7 different colors (red, green, blue, yellow, aqua, pink, white) and a 'rave' setting :D


The shoes come with a dual USB cable to charge them ^^When the battery starts to run out I noticed the colors start changing (the white turned yellowish for example) so its a good way of knowing when to charge them again.



I have already worn them twice and honestly its so funny to watch people's reactions. I think they are better during daylight cause they don't seem as bright, at night you are a walking disco haha. My friends were using me as a torch (〃 ̄ω ̄〃)ゞ

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Skinfood Good Afternoon - Honey Black Tea BB Cream (review) + I'M LATE makeup tutorial

I'm a bit lazy when it comes to beauty and skincare and I'm not that good at makeup anyway so when I first heard of BB creams (y'know, when everyone and their mum was writing about them some years ago) I was over the moon. I decided to see what the fuss was about and got a Korean BB cream.

I went for two different ones by Missha (Perfect Cover and Signature Real). I was happy with both for months until I realised that I was applying SPF40 plus whitener products on my skin which is no-no for me :( I want to keep my tan please! I do recommend Missha Perfect Cover if you are not bothered by this because they have a wider range of shades for darker skin and/or yellow undertones. Signature Real is only okay for lighter skin tones than mine.

Anywho, trying to look for a good BB cream without whitener was FRUSTRATING. But finally someone recommended the Skinfood Good Afternoon range! I found someone who sells it on eBay for just £5 which is very reasonable.

Now this is quite a nice BB cream if you aren't looking for crazy coverage, or if you have pretty good skin already and just need something to even out your skin tone. I really love that just using a tiny bit makes me instantly look more awake and 'fresh'. It is slightly too light for me, so I do have to set the BB cream with some loose powder. The powder tones down the 'dewy' effect and makes the BB cream match my skin a bit better.

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So this is my basic, basic makeup routine. I do this when I'm in a massive rush, or on the go if I have a secluded seat on the train (aka the I'M LATE makeup look, or the Basic of Basics for Makeup Noobies). It is pretty minimalistic, but it only takes about five minutes to apply!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

SHOW BY ROCK Criticrista cosplay - Holmy WIP

A friend asked me to cosplay a member of Criticrista (from the anime/game SHOW BY ROCK) for Hyper Japan with her. I had very limited time to make this, and its also just the second time I make a cosplay and wear it! I drew the patterns myself and most of the sewing was finished in a crazy all nighter just before the event, so there are a few things that could have been done better ^^; Also I apologies for the terrible picture quality I was in a hurry ;_;


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Purchased: Bodyline shoes258 (review)

I really love the chunky platforms and I don't really have any gothic shoes, so I decided to get this pair of platform heels from Bodyline.

After reading about a hundred different reviews about their designs I though that these ran small (like the RHS) and ordered them in 24.5cm thinking of fitting my medical insoles inside. Big mistake! They were ENORMOUS! I had to sell them and repurchase them in my actual size (23.5cm) and they are actually pretty roomy, so once I adjusted the straps they were beautifully comfy. They don't run big enough to size down, so if adjusting the straps isn't enough I think the issue is easily corrected with insoles. 

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I'm so amazing at capturing full body shots... -_-
 Bodyline may not have the most excellent quality shoes but for occasional-outrageous outfits these shoes are perfect. The thick heel + platform combo makes them a lot easier to walk in than they look!

As you can see, I have started a Youtube channel! I find making videos inspires me to try and get better with makeup and hair. I've never recorded myself before tough, so I hope I'm not too awkward... m(_ _)m

Monday, June 15, 2015

Makeup Monday: Everyday EGL inspired Makeup Tutorial + OOTD

I was pretty bored today and decided to make a little video ^^ I am hoping to challenge myself to get better with makeup + hair by uploading a tutorial every Monday! (๑•̀ㅂ•́)و

This is a pretty basic look for gothic/punk lolita. mostly using drugstore products (except my Dior eyeshadow palette which was a gift, but it can be easily replaced... Bourjois does good ones). I used BB cream as a base as it is intended as an everyday/basic/beginner tutorial. Anywho! Here is my face in all its derpy glory:


Circle lenses: Venus Eye Wine Red
BB cream: Skinfood Good Afternoon (Honey Black Tea)
Concealer: Revlon Photoready (medium)
Loose Powder: Natural Collection (translucent)
Contouring: Sleek Contour Kit (light)
Blush: Bourjois Little Round Pot (48)
Eyeshadow: Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow
Liquid eyeliner: Collection 2000 Fast Stroke (black)
Fake lashes: Eyemazing Amoyamo no.820 ('Rocabilly')

This is my first time recording and editing a video so I am happy to receive suggestions! I think I need a cuter and lighter background for instance... ^^ Also I'm in the process of fading the purple out of my hair, but I have to wait till next month to colour correct it 。゚(゚ノД`゚)゚。 It looks super ugly, eugh m(_ _)m