Monday, 1 October 2012

Gyaru on a Budget


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Today’s post is going to be about going gyaru on a budget. Now this is quite a popular topic within gyaru as many people who are new to the scene always ask, “Can I be gyaru even though I don’t have a job/a lot of money?” Now my answer to this is: yes, you can!

This is mostly due to personal experiences; when I started out gyaru I didn’t really have a job nor much pocket money, so I had to do everything I could to be gyaru but spend as little as possible. Even now I still tend to only spend on the items I either need or really really like and couldn’t possibly live without!

Let’s get onto the list, shall we?

01. It’s All About the Lashes
Aah, the lashes. Probably the most important thing in the gyaru lifestyle, but how can one possibly buy brand items like Diamond Lash and Dollywink if they’re too expensive? No fear, because eBay is here to save the day. There are tons of magical pages on eBay where you could actually buy 10 pairs of lashes for less than £5. I know right? It’s amazing! 

Howveer, if you still want to buy brand lashes, then I would recommend buying them from Japan Gift Bay (who also sells on eBay) and go for Diamond Lash because they are £12 for 4 pairs whereas Dollywink are the same price but for 2 pairs.


02. eBay – the Magical World of Cheap Stuff
This leads on from my last “point” – you could buy almost anything from eBay. Stuff like nail art, hair accessories, necklaces… Anything, even clothes! My only piece of advice for buying from eBay is to stick to Top-Rated Sellers. I once bought something from a seller who wasn’t top rated, and it took over a month to arrive… So be careful!

03. Buy Two Pairs of Circle Lens (or Not at All)
Circle lens can be pretty expensive if you suffer from astigmatism (like me), so I only bought one pair at a time until I came to a point where I simply didn't wear them anymore. It's possible to do gyaru makeup with lens (as shown in my tutorial here) but if you do want them then I'd suggest getting one pair for dramatic makeup, and one for "natural" makeup. 

04. Adopt the Points System
Okay this is going to be pretty hard to describe, but basically I came across what is called the Points System about two years ago. I can’t remember where I saw it, but it helped me out so much. Weightwatchers use a method where each item of food (correct me if I’m wrong) “costs” a particular amount of points. This would be the same kind of thing in what I do, but instead of having each food product costing a particular amount of points, clothing/eyelashes/whatever do.

To make it easier I've included my points system in the below photo. So each item that you want to buy (let’s use eyelashes as an example) would cost a particular amount of points. I would then make a list of household chores or just general work things that I really need to do and then say, “well if I do an hour of homework than that’ll be worth 30 points”. I would then add up all of the points and then when I reach the amount I need – say 240 for lashes – I can buy the lashes!

Okay so let's go for a better example: Say that today I did the housework, dolled up, made a new blog post, and only went onto the internet for 3 hours, so that's 25+25+20+50 = 120 points. I want to buy a magazine which is worth 210 points. The next day I learnt some French vocab, did a digital drawing, 2 hours of uni work and exercised.

I then take the points I earned yesterday (120 points in total) and add it up with the points earned today: 120+5+40+(30x2)+10= 235 points.

Yay! I managed to go over the points needed to buy a magazine that is worth 210 points, so I then can buy the magazine. After that I then minus the magazine points from the points earned (235 - 210 = 25). And I now start again at 25!

This is a great way to both save and do work, I still use it!

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05. Mix & Match Clothing
Mix and Match is the best way to cut down spending on tons of clothes that won’t even fit into your wardrobe! Everytime I go and pick up an item I think "can I wear this in multiple ways?" and if it doesn't adapt in five different ways, I put it straight back on the hanger. I've done a whole blog series about this if you're looking for some inspiration.

Another method is to create a collage of different outfits you can create with your existing clothing. I used to have so much fun with this when I first started out in gyaru, and it's so handy! This actually helps in future as you start growing your own collection of collages; instead of emptying your whole wardrobe to find something to wear you could just select a collage! Sometimes I'm not able to complete my collage with things I have, so I add on something that I don't but make sure that this item is repeated across collages so that it doesn't just go with one outfit, but loads.

06. The World of Taobao
You could also buy clothes for cheap on websites such as taobao. However please take into account that you will most likely have to pay both shipping fees as well as a service fee, so I wouldn't buy from there too often. The picture below showcases some of the shops that Pat recommends:

For more links please visit her on wannabeempress 

07. Buy Secondhand Brand Items
Dying to buy brand items but aren’t willing to spend £1000000x on it? No worries, because there are sites such as gyaru_com_sales on livejournal where people who no longer want their brand items would sell them for cheaper, and more often than that these items would still be at their best. I’ve just recently started getting addicted to brand items, and also use Livejournal to search for my stuff. There is also Gyaru Sales on facebook where you could search for some stuff too! 


08. Read Magazine Scans
If you’re on a budget then I’d suggest sites such as VVshu and Zazhimi. You can view the magazine pages on there - like reading a book - but if you wish you purchase them then you would, obviously, have to pay for them. You can also find magazine scans on Tumblr, but if you want a physical copy you can get them really cheap off Gyaru Sales on Facebook.

09. Use the Internet
The internet is a world of endless gyaru inspiration. I used to place Tumblr at the top for gyaru inspiration but nowadays there aren't a lot of posts on there (apart from on himehimestar). Nowadays I actually look on Twitter and Instagram and follow gyaru models. There are a few pages on Facebook as well dedicated to gyaru, so social media is really the best place to look at for inspiration.

That's all for this guide I think. Please let me know what you think of it by either commenting here or on my other social media networks linked below. I shall do my best to help!

Thanks so much for reading... Please watch out for more posts of this Gyaru Guide Series!

Until next time, beautiful readers!

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23 comments:

  1. That's quite helpful even tho my way of being gyaru on budget is a bit different XD

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  2. I'm glad it helped!
    Ooh what's your way? :3

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  3. Oh I really liked that! I might have to start trying out the point system! Seems really motivating!! Thanks for sharing your tips!

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  4. Yay thank you! :D I'm glad you liked it ^^ And yes you should definitely try it out!

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  5. Great post (: I really liked it, I'm always hesitant to use ebay to buy things though =[ and I think making collages are a great idea! I should start doing it (: Thanks for sharing ~

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  6. Awh! It really is a great way to buy things cheaper~ I'd advise to use PayPal if you do start using it :3
    Or you could buy things from Poundland and thrift stores for accessories and things, to save up? ^^
    Yes I love doing collages :D

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  7. Just what I needed! I'm kind of poor when it comes to buying expensive brand items like Dolly Wink or Diamond Lash Q_Q Lucky there is Ebay! And Gyarucom! Thanks for sharing your point system, it's really helpful!

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  8. Aah I'm glad that you have found is useful! :D Yeah the same here. I am so bad... Need to stop spending, hence why I'm starting to go on a tight budget! :D

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  9. Heya :) thank you so much for this! I've been looking for something like this for ages...I'm german btw but I live in the UK so it's good that this is UK related :3 I'm desperately waiting for my bank account card so I can try out ebay...^^" Oh aand I lived in Canterbury for half a year in 2009. It's lovely and you got a brilliant uni I think ♥
    Good luck with your studies!!
    Keki

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  10. Hey! You're welcome, I'm really glad that it has helped you out ^^ This is not only a UK guide, but for gaijin gals all over the world :D (Apart from the eBay links, but I'm sure there are similar shops in other countries!)
    Thank you so much <3

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  11. With the points system can you explain in a bit more detail? that sounds like something interesting and I think it could really help me with my saving since i tend to be a shopoholic XD

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  12. Okay sure! :3 Would you prefer it in a separate post, or shall I just edit this one for you? ^^

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  13. Ohh nice post! I never heard of that site for the make up/lashes! Much cheaper on their for dolly wink! the gyaru sales has nice stuff on there!

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  14. That site looks like a reliable one! I'll buy lashes from there someday +_+
    That point system looks really cool and I am so doing that for everything now HAHA even though it might not be gyaru related it seems so reliable and cool to just like control yourself! LOL Thanks for the helpful post! it was a fun read as well ♥

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  15. They are really reliable! When I ordered them, they arrived in three days which is amaaaazing :D
    You should definitely do it! I've been using it a lot today, as I want to buy lashes but I'm forcing myself not to until I get the points needed ;D
    You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed reading it <3

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  16. Yeaah eBay sells loads of them, but these are my well-used sellers :D

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  17. What an amazing post!! ^-^
    Thank you so much for this Lizzie!! ♥


    PS: we are friends on facebook I'm Fabia Garcia there ^-^

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  18. Yay I'm glad you like it! :D
    OH HAI THUR! <3 How're you? :3

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  19. I shall start browsing ebay (: We don't really have much of those kinda stores here and I've never heard of Poundland XD. Thanks for your advice (:

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  20. Angelika Robinson21 October 2012 at 21:58

    wow. really great post. I like the idea of the points system. And thanks for the link to AKei shop. Their prices are really low.

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  21. princepareidolia30 October 2012 at 10:29

    I like the idea of the points system. It's useful post, thank you! ♥ I love your blog~!

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  22. I'm really glad you like it! The point system is great. I think it was actually Weightwatchers who did something similar!
    Yay thank you so much :D

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  23. You're welcome! Anything to help :D

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