What Gyaru Means to Me

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I was just flicking through my blog the other day to search for some inspiration when I found myself looking at my old livejournal blog. Yes, before blogger there was livejournal and wow I feel so old just thinking about it. Whilst scrolling my eyes I discovered my very first post where I mentioned gyaru and couldn’t help but noticed the date…

November 2010.

That’s 5 years ago.

I just sat there like holy mother of pandas, that long ago? I still remember my first days of gyaru very clearly and boy was I such a n00b. I didn’t even know how to wear makeup let alone do gyaru makeup. I spent some time after that just browsing YouTube and searching through “Kogal Panel” on livejournal before I bit the bullet and posted online. As expected, I wasn’t the greatest of newbies (n00b over here, remember?) so there were some comments that was a bit of a slap in the face but I just grit my teeth, took the criticism, and improved. Little did I know how much of an impact gyaru would have on my life and how much it would mean to me.

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One of my first tries… Well, this is embarrassing

I think that learning the basics all of those years ago is just so important and it’s something that some people might not realise could affect the overall look. As soon as I watched some tutorials on how to do the basic smokey eye and other eyeshadow techniques did I find myself improving. For the hair, well… Let’s just say that I’m still in the learning process of that, haha. At least I know how to straighten it now? I didn’t even know how it worked before I came across gyaru!

I can’t actually remember who wrote this back then but it was a major tuning-point for me! Thank you!

Without those little comments I wouldn’t have pushed myself to try harder, and I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am today. Five years on and I’m still learning so much about the style… It’s never-ending! I’ve learnt how to apply makeup, do my hair and just look and feel good in general, and here I am!

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Looking & feeling great!

Gyaru also gave me strength through difficult times. My confidence isn’t the best and I’m the world’s biggest worrier, so whenever I was feeling down I just looked online at gyaru blogs and instantly felt better. Is that weird? Idk. Well, it helped me pull through and I’ve neveer been happier!

I know that gyaru might just be a fashion but it has just changed my life in so many ways, and I think the biggest and most important one is that I met some of the most amazing people in the world. I finally found people who shared the same interests, and having felt like a loner for so long it was such a blessing. Finally I could actually talk to someone who knew what I was on about! It was amazing! And Germany? Gosh I never imagined that I would actually travel abroad to meet some people who were interested in the fashion.

Photo credit: David Kaiser

Wow I’m rambling so I’m going to stop and end this post by saying that I am forever grateful for all of the people I know and have met through gyaru, and for the people who actually came up with the concept of gyaru all of those years ago. I don’t know what my life would be without it!

One last thing; here are some things I have learnt over the years:

Never be afraid to post online, but always be wary that you may get some criticism. But the more advice you get, the more you can improve!

There will always be people who will support you 

Learn the basics and then the gyaru ways

Don’t stop experimenting

Wearing brand is not important, you just got to learn how to put things together in the “gyaru-style”

Keep on going! Never give up!

That’s all for today my cuties! Sorry for the rambling… Until next Sunday

Lizzie Bee xx /facebook / twitter / instagram / bloglovin’

P.S just realised that I actually did a vlog about this last year OTL but oh well here it is link

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Lizzie is a gyaru blogger based in the land of Harry Potter and afternoon tea. You can find her either snacking or napping.

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