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I can’t tell you how happy I am right now to be writing this post; I have finally bitten the bullet and decided to open up an ad package for bloggers! I have been wanting to do this for years and the other day I just took the leap and did it. So I’d like to introduce you to four blogs to read this month and one small biz to check out.

Maybe You’re Just Not Good Enough (But That’s Okay)

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It was the late summer of 2016 when I discovered that there was a thriving blogging community on twitter. I had been blogging for around 6 years by then but yet I felt like such a newbie when I began to have a good look at other blogs outside the ones that were already on my reading list. I mean, these were really good blogs. Their content was great, their photos were top notch, and all around they seemed like they really knew what they were talking about. Then I discovered another blog, and then another, and before I knew it I was hooked.

Disneybound Mulan: If Mulan was Gyaru…

 

Vest: Boohoo / Distressed shorts: Boohoo / Jersey kimono: Boohoo / Over the knee boots: Boohoo / Khaki metal trim back pack: New Look / Dragon necklace: eBay / Bow & arrow scaffold bar earrings: New Look / Silver bangles: New Look

When my friend Amy from Scariel’s Grotto first asked me to do this Disneybound post I immediately thought of Mulan. It’s one of my favourite Disney films (together with Big Hero 6 and Zootropolis) so I was really excited to do this. I began to flick through some of the clothes Mulan wore before settling on her armour (I hated the colours in her dresses) and started gathering some ideas.

I then began to think… What would Mulan be like if she was gyaru? She definitely wouldn’t be the himekaji type (no way can I image her in cute floral dresses), nor something like agejo or tsuyome. It finally clicked when I was looking through some pictures of onee gyaru and came across some old pictures of Sayoko Ozaki. Mulan would look awesome with onee gyaru makeup, although her badass character would definitely make her more ane gyaru. I then had a look at clothes in Western stores to make an outfit that’s easy to buy, as well as some pictures of onee/ane gyaru outfits and makeup.

Before picking out her clothes I dug into my onee gyaru and ane gyaru archives to put together a little moodboard. I’m extremely excited for Autumn so it wasn’t a coincidence that I picked out more Autumn outfits, and I had to refrain from making it entirely Sayoko Ozaki based. If Mulan were gyaru, her makeup would definitely be more onee where she’d go for light makeup to spend more time outside kicking bad guy’s butt. Her hair would be lightly tousled – something she’d probably do the previous night – or in a messy bun.

I picked quite a lot of these items from Boohoo for my Disneybound moodboard – I can’t get enough of that place! I opted for the shorts and over-the-knee boots combination that you see a lot in gyaru outfits, especially in Autumn, and paired it with a kimono jacket for that more casual look. Of course her trust companion Mushu has to be with her wherever she goes, and what better than having dragon jewellery?

What do you think? What would your favourite Disney character be like if she/he was gyaru/gyaruo? I’d love to hear what you think!

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Going On a Mini Break! Be Back Soon!

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Hey cuties!

I’m so sorry for not being able to post yesterday… But I found myself way too exhausted to write up a blog post, and that made me realise that I haven’t taken a break from this blog for the last three years. Three. Years. That means I’ve been doing over 156 posts without taking a break. Can you believe it? I mean I had to give it a miss once when I was seriously ill but that was it.

So I’m going to take a mini holiday from my blog! I’ll also be taking half a break from social media, perhaps just limiting myself to posting something every other day, but I’ll be back on the 20th September

While I’m on my break it would be so amazing if you guys could leave your thoughts on what you want to see on this blog! I love blogging, and I love the fact that you guys read it, and your opinions mean a lot to me! You can talk to me either here or on my social networks that I’ve listed on the bottom of this post!

Until then… Have fun and take care of yourselves, okay? Love you all!

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

Oshare Con!

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Hey sweetie! How are you today?
I’ve been crazy busy this past week that I’m writing this at the last minute (again). I’m so sorry! I’ll try harder to make this a better blog for you all~ But I’ve been updating my Instagram & FB page a lot recently! I think I might use those as my main two platforms (aside from this one, of course!)

Today I want to talk to you about Oshare Con! It’s pretty much an event for fellow Japanese fashion & lifestyle lovers and it’s organised by my friends Charlotte, Rox & Dominique! I really want to go there so badly but my bank is not in the best condition at the moment ;_;

Another reason I really want to go is that it’s the first Dutch even based around Japanese fashion, ever! It would be so nice to witness this… I really hope that they do it again next year so that I could make it *3*

But what will be happening at Oshare Con? Here’s a video that gives a brief overview:

Pretty exciting right? In case you’re dying to know more, here’s a little breakdown:

Fashion Shows
I’m talking about this first because of my interest in fashion (obv.) but there will be fashion shows for different Japanese street styles! Amongst them are Gyaru, Lolita, Harajuku, V-kei & dansou. There will also be a fashion competition!

Stalls
To meet your everyday Japanese needs! Clothes, accessories, cute goodies…

Maid Cafe & Tea Party
Need I say more? Please note that you need to sign up in advance for the teaparty!

Gameroom
This event isn’t just for fashion lovers – they have a gameroom where you can join the Super Smash Bro’s Tournament. 

Fashion Lectures & Workshops
For the lectures it’s on Gyaru & Lolita, told by experts! However the following workshops include: Shironuri, deco workshop, deco nails workshop, Popin’ Cookin’, parapara and shoji (Japanese chess). If you want to attend the workshops you must sign up online in advance!

Performances
Because everyone loves some live music, right?

For more details about Oshare con, please click here! That site will tell you everything you need to know including buying tickets! Eek I’m excited at the thought of it… Japanese fashion is slowly spreading through the West! *3*

So all in all… I’m heartbroken that I’m missing out on this ;_; It’s
my ideal event! D’oh! ;_; Fingers crossed they will do another one next
year!

See you next week my cuties~

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

N.B The photos used aren’t of the actual event… They’re just examples of what they offer!

Oh Deer ~ Christmas Day Out with Pixie!

Hey everyone! How’s your week been?

I find myself writing this post really last minute (again). I’ve been so busy going to Christmas work-dos that I haven’t had time to do anything! Never in my life have I been out so much in one week, so I’m feeling a bit worn out ^^”

The Christmas spirit has finally caught up with me and I’m getting really excited! I started on my nails yesterday and I just can’t wait to get them finished. I’ll post a pic on my Instagram or FB page when I’m done ♡(.◜ω◝.)♡

I went to see my bby Pixie yesterday and I managed to put together a somewhat “Christmassy” outfit. I got these reindeer slippers as I secret santa present and oh my gosh I love them. If only they were shoes…

At that moment of me taking photos it got really bright in my room so sorry for the crap photos ꒰੭ ❛⃘⌢❜⃘⃘ಃ ꒱໊

christmas gyaru selfie
The lighting drained all of my blusher but #datnosecontour

christmas reindeer outfit

Sweater: Ralph Lauren / Skirt: Forever21 / Reindeer Slippers: unknown / Acc: Muse & Primark

We went to eat at a Jamaican restaurant and even though the service was crap, the food was lovely! I had the jerk chicken supreme.

The lights outside the restaurant were really pretty so we took some photos~

The lights were gorgeous!
lizzie bee and Pixie Late
Me & Pixie! <3
Such a Christmassy photo tehehehe~

Then we headed to Liberty’s~ it’s kind of like a department store, but for high brands so I was just walking around drooling at the fancy bags and clothes. Then we went to the Christmas store and it was just so… Christmassy! I couldn’t take many photos as it was packed but I managed to snap one of these hedgehogs. Although something was very strange about one of them… It only had one eye!

Liberty London

Hedgehog cyclops, tehe!
In the Christmas Shop in Liberty!

We then went to have hot chocolate/coffee in this cute little place that was just around the corner~

I had hot chocolate and chocolate cake! So yummy~

London is really pretty around Christmas, although their lights weren’t as extravagant as last
year… They were still pretty though! I had to go home soon afterwards as I was feeling a bit queasy from all of the chocolate I ate ^^” never again!

Taken earlier in the day~
There was definitely a peacock theme going on!

But yeah so I had a very Christmas-filled day; I went to wrap presents as soon as I got home so I’m nearly all prepped now!

Have you guys all done your Christmas shopping? Getting that Christmas fever? ଘː꒰⑅ᵕ ॢ꒳̮ᵕ ॢ⑅꒱ːଓ

Until next time! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! Love you all~ ( •ॢ◡-ॢ)-♡

Lizzie Bee xx 

My Successful Shopping Spree

 

With spring finally approaching I’ve been itching to buy some new clothes. I know, I know, I’m very naughty for even thinking about it but I’ve been drooling over the whole cream and white combination. I want to escape from the black and pink that I’ve been wearing so much over winter!

So I wore it for what might well be the last time on a shopping trip to London with my girl Pixie! It’s been ages since I last saw her and as I might not see her that much anymore I was dying to have at least one final shopping spree and catch up with her. We spent the whole day eating, chatting and shopping and it was amazing.

This was my original look & outfit for the day but I changed right at the last minute because I wasn’t really feeling very agejo-fabulous so instead I opted for a more casual version. I was dying to try on this bow that my friend Amy made me, and it went really well with my lovely MA*RS replica skirt (because replicas aren’t always that bad) with this white fluffy sweater that I, surprisingly, got from Primark! Oh the things you can find there… Even though it’s dirt cheap you’d think it’ll be a really crap quality but I was pleasantly surprised.

Sweater: Primark / Belt: GOLDS Infinity / Skirt: MA*RS Replica

Tights: Primark / Shoes: Dorothy Perkins / Acc: Muse

When we got there we noticed that there was a new Chinese dim sum so we just had to try it out! The food was delicious, and one of the waiters there was trying to flirt with us (how cute) but we were too concentrated on the gorgeous food. The dessert was even better! I’m drooling as I think about it.

Spot the Pixie tehe~
Gorgeous Dim Sum!
Chocolate Fondue

Then it was time to go shopping and oh my gosh it was the most successful shopping trip ever. I actually bought stuff. I never buy stuff on shopping trips! I got my cream colour palette that I had been dreaming of as well as a pretty cool cap that I think would go well with my oraora outfits.

After our few hours of shopping we then went to this Mexican restaurant where we ate more delicious food! I’m still not that great with Mexican it seems as I couldn’t finish my dish! It was yummy though, and I wouldn’t mind going there again.

As I was really enjoying myself I soon forgot that Game of Thrones was gonna’ show on TV! I’m a hardcore GoT fan so this is a new record for me. I didn’t mind though because I tried to make the most of my time with Pixie (eurgh that sounds so pathetic, doesn’t it?)

Anyway, that’s all I have to say about my shopping spree! I guess that it isn’t really a spree as that probably includes around 10 or more items but it’s a spree for me!

Me & Pixie!

Hope you have a lovely weekend! And enjoy the sun, woohoo!

Lizzie Bee xx

Damn, This Girl is Crazy!

Okay I have to be honest with you: this was going to be a serious post where I talked about deep issues concerning gal (the community, gaining confidence, haters etc) but then I stumbled across a photo that my boyfriend made of me… This sparked a pretty crazy idea ;D

So allow me to present the magical and beautiful creature, Lizzie Loo! (Because I’m loopy).

The surprise collage from my boyfriend (my inspiration for this post)

Isn’t she so stunning and amazing that your eyes burn from her beauty?!

I can’t believe I actually did this. Damn I look horrendous! Haven’t got makeup on in most of the pictures so please excuse my naked face.

Until next time~

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Hey guys! How’re you all doing?

Me? Well… I’ve not been so good ;_; I’ve been stressing so much at uni to the point that I got ill (and I’m still trying to recover) but it doesn’t really help being ill as I’ve got so much work to do! It’s a vicious cycle, really.

Because of all of this stress that I’m going through I’m going to take a break from blogging. I know I mentioned that I wouldn’t be on hiatus in my last post but… Things keep building up and I’m just in such a mess right now ;_; I’m so sorry, m’lovelies! <3

So I’d just like to leave you with a recent picture of myself and my boyfriend <3

… And that’s when my lower lashes fell off because of my stupid glue -_-

Also, I just wanted to say thank you so much for your incredible feedback on my last post! I received some comments on what other people wanted to improve on in gal on both my blog and on Facebook, and it’s so nice to see that I’m not the only one who’s not that great at hair! 

Thank you so much for your continuous support on my blog <3 I look forward to blogging again! I’ll keep you all updated on my Facebook page so please keep on a lookout on there as that’s where I’ll write when I’m back to blogging again.

Bisous ❤

Oh Happy Days: Updates & Gal VIP!

Apparently the older you get, the less you experience of the year.
Like you know how the year seems to go by really slowly when you’re 5 years old? And how it’s going past really quick now that you’re (x)? That’s because we’re only really “experiencing” 1/x amount of the year. So I’m “experiencing” only 1/20th of it right now.

How creepy is that?

Which is why I was incredibly surprised when I realised that it was time to write about blog post! I’ve been so caught up with my dissertation that it’s Thursday before I even knew it. Damn. Didn’t help that I was stressed because I was an idiot and tipped a pint of summer fruits squash over my laptop so had to wait for it to dry and pray that it worked okay. 

It turned out okay – it has been okay so far though – so now I’m able to write this blog post. Woop woop!

Quite a bit has happened since I last posted; I met up with my gorgeous girly Charli to go for one last bit of shopping before uni started, and I was extra careful not to splurge. Go me! I managed to find that meow crop sweater that I had been looking for for ages, and also got my hands on an Ageha issue <3

First day at uni was pretty good; I got to see my classmates again and managed to talk to one of my lecturers about my dissertation so that I’m now ready to start researching my ass off. It’s a good thing I like researching new things because I’d totally be having panic attacks right now…

I decided to doll up because I had aaaaages before I had to go into uni, and wanted to go for the more “gyaru-kei” look that Chie & Chika do.

Top: Primark  |  Skirt: Miss Selfridge  |  Shoe Boots: New Look  |  Jewellery: Muse

On the second day I was feeling a bit crap because of all of the fandango with my laptop, and dolling up actually made me feel a hell of a lot better. How strange!

Top: Forever21  |  Shorts: Missguided  |  Shoe Boots: Hidden

Last thing before I go; Gal VIP released a new issue! I know you have been waiting so long for this release, but the editors and staff (including moi) worked really hard for this one and we hope that you will thoroughly enjoy reading it! We’ve even covered an article about how to deal with haters, and with this comm… Well, you should definitely check it out.

Download link: 

http://issuu.com/galvipmagazine/docs/gal_vip_vol6

For those of you still loyal to mediafire (like me), we have also made it available there!

http://www.mediafire.com/view/hd5yb9h16852cm6/GalVIP_Vol6.pdf

Here’s one of my pages as a lil’ sneak peek:

It’s been designed so well! Kudos to whoever did it 😀 I absolutely love the layout. Think we’ve definitely upped our game! 

I guess that’s all for now… Wow, this post turned out to be a hell of a lot longer than I expected, whoops!

Bisous 

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I Live For The Applause

 

So I finally enrolled onto my final year at uni, and I’m kinda’ stressing out about it because I just know that a) my social life is pretty much going to end and b) I’m going to go back to my workaholic self.

But oh wells! I can do it this year! I won’t be a zombie, promise! I’ll be forever fabulous and can get through this stressful year (hopefully).

Because the enrolment wasn’t to start until later I actually managed to have the time to doll up. It’s funny because I wasn’t originally going to doll up, but while I was doing my makeup I thought, “Well I might as well add some contouring… Hmm maybe some eye shadow… But that means I have to put liner and some lashes on…” So I ended up with a made-up face instead of a bare one. Whoops!

I went for the more sophisticated look because I’m hoping to drift into the onee gal scene a bit more for uni and incorporate it into my agejo style. Plus I wanted to try out this new “blazer” I bought from Primark.

Top: Primark  |  Shorts: Miss Selfridge  |  Jewellery: Miss Selfridge
Blazer: Primark

The enrolment process was pretty easy, but for the first few hours we talked about our dissertation… And right now I’m stressing and panicking about it because I really don’t know what to write about and it’s due in in January ;_; Guess I won’t be having much of a Xmas then!

But it was lovely to see all of my friends again :3 Some can’t make it onto the final year and I’m going to miss them so much ❤ It’s going to be hectic but we can do it! >//<

Oh and and I finally have my MA*RS bags and purse! They arrived at my boyfriend’s house so he brought them over when he came round to see me after my enrolment. They’re so gorgeous *_* It’s a shame that they haven’t got zips but I still love them ❤ Can’t wait to use them! 

And now that’s it! No more buying brand (she says). Need to save up for uni supplies and getting my portfolio put together!

Eurgh sorry that this is an extremely small post… But I haven’t done an outfit post in ages so I guess you can let me off ;D

Until next time, beautiful readers ❤

 

(Oh and you might’ve realised.. I love using my current favourite songs as some of my blog titles because it makes me happy, tehe).

Sponsored Review: JOJO Eye Shadow No. J08-01

 


Please note that although this is a sponsored review, the thoughts and opinions stated are 100% my own.

Sorry for the late post guys! Had such a crazy morning; I woke up with a nice insect bite on my leg, had to doll up, do all of the food shopping, and then do some vacuuming. Such fun things to do on an extremely humid day…

But enough of the complaining, today I shall be reviewing an eyeshadow palette given to me by KKCenterHK. This is a bit overdue as I received the item two weeks ago, but haven’t been able to use it until today.

I’ll skip the postage and packaging because they are always amazing at it, plus I’ve reviewed some of their products which you can view here. So let’s get onto the actual product, shall we?

The product in question is JOJO Eye Shadow No. J08-01 (bit of a mouthful, isn’t it?).

Let’s see what each shade looks like on the skin:

Now it looks like a black/grey/white palette on the website, but as you can see in the photos there is a slight purple hue to one of the darker colours.  Having a base makes the eye shadow a lot easier to see so I would definitely recommend wearing either foundation, BB Cream or a primer before you put on this eyeshadow.
Yet with a base the two lightest colours still aren’t that visible against the skin, so I decided to wear it to investigate further!

I first put a layer of the silver eyeshadow, hoping it to blend nicely with my base colour – which will be the purple one – so that it’ll look like a glittery purple. Then I added the black to the corner of my eyes and onto my lower lash line, blending it with the other colours. Then I dotted some of the white on the inner corner or my eye and below my brows.

I was a bit disappointed that the white didn’t show up much on the skin, but the other colours worked perfectly. I decided to put on some lashes to see how well the eyeshadow would show with that and some eyeliner.

This eyeshadow is actually perfect for the dramatic look now that I have my lashes on! Therefore:

Appearance 

I am unfortunately going to give it only three stars because although the dark colours worked really well, I was quite disappointed that the white one didn’t seem to show up very well on my skin, and the silver… Well, only the glitter was left behind.

Usability (how easy it was to apply) 

It was really easy to apply but I had to use several layers of the lighter colours in order for it to show on the skin.

Overall 

This palette wasn’t as good as I expected, but then again the purple and the black eyeshadow worked extremely well together! I would love to try out the silver again but maybe without the purple, just to see how well it’ll work for a dark and dramatic look.

To purchase this product simply click here to be redirected to the KKCenterHK website. They also sell a variety of products – and I highly recommend their lashes – so take a look at them too!

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MCM Expo!

I’m finally able to write this post! I was so tired today that I nearly fell asleep at work… The warm weather didn’t really help things so I was basically a drowsy zombie for the whole day.

Speaking of zombies… I got to meet some! Not real ones obviously (I wouldn’t have written “meet” if they were real… More like running the crap away from them). Basically I went to MCM Expo with my boyfriend this year and in the queue I saw these zombies just walking past and staring blankly at everyone. It was so creepy because their makeup was amazing and they were just really good at acting as zombies.

Here’s me with the zombies:

Yes, I was a maid this year! I wasn’t actually going to cosplay/dress up until someone said that I seemed to be the maid type, and I’m so happy that I did because I really enjoyed being a maid aha. I got asked for a few photos which never happened to me before so yeah I was pretty happy.

My look and outfit shot:

 

I’m wearing my Fairy Lash Brught Eye lashes that Charli got me from Japan! I’m in love with them already; they are so dramatic and even though they have that plastic-feel to them, they seem to be pretty strong! 

Now onto the MCM Expo photos!

CHARLI BBY YOU HAVE AMAZING BEWBS ILU
Me & Tania (photo taken from her FB)
Me & Yamii
Me & Annie

For ages I was searching for Iron Man, and I finally found him when I was starting to lose hope. You can tell how pleased I was from that cheesy grin of mine -_-

I had to say that the villains were pretty badass (or the people cosplaying the villains were anyway). I was taking a photo with Darth Vader and the Emperor, and got pretty like what-the-hell-what when Darth Vader started talking to me with the voice and everything. Was so cool!

“I said kneel!” “sdkjkjdfbgkbfg *cry*”

A “pet” Alien!

I loved this cosplay so much! I’m a huge fan of “How To Train Your Dragon” and was so pleased when I saw Toothless walking around, so I just had to have a photo with him!

Honestly I had so much fun; I met loads of people that I hadn’t seen in ages, and saw Meg – my friend from Ireland – for the first time ever! We have known each other for around 5 years and yesterday was the first time I met her. She was so cute *_* Only wished I could’ve stayed with her for longer <3

And to end this post, a photo of myself and the boyfriend! He said that he might cosplay next time which would be so awesome! 😀

That’s all for now! Hope you enjoyed this post. I was going to add more photos but then that really would be a photo bomb 😛