Basic Witch

onee gyaru, rokku gyaru, alternative fashion, nu goth
Dress from Tobi*

There’s a time in everyone’s life where they dabbled in a bit of magic. I was just starting out in secondary school (so around 13 years old) when a sparkly blue cover caught the corner of my eye, and upon pulling it out from where it was crammed on the library shelf I discovered that it was a beginner’s guide to white magic (aka Wicca). It didn’t take me long to check it out and for several months after I was obsessed with it when, like the typical teenager I was, I got bored and it was left to gather dust on my bookshelf.

The Secret’s Out… The Canal House

The Canal House, Birmingham, James Brindley, flaming cocktails

I’ve “levelled up” in my blogging career in the sense that I attended my first launch event with my DSLR in hand, like the true blogger that I am. I was so nervous; what if people didn’t like it that I took pictures with them in it? What if they thought I was a weirdo? These thoughts were swiftly brushed aside as I approached The Canal House.

And boy, it was huge.

Blippo Surprise Kawaii Bag and Giveaway

Blippo surprise kawaii bag

Isn’t life so much better when you receive cute things? That’s how I felt when ‘Blippo Surprise Kawaii Bag‘* turned up on my doorstep, and I just couldn’t wait to show you all what I got. Unlike their Kawaii Box, this bag doesn’t involve any subscribing which is great for people like me who don’t really want regular boxes, but who loves treating themselves to kawaii goodies every now and then. Blippo has also been very lovely and has given me another bag to give away, so please scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter!

In the meantime, let’s have a look at what was in my lucky pack (also known as fukubukuro in Japan)…

Creating Memories with Printiki

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You’d think that after two years of moving house that I would have some wall art, but noooope. I just never had the time to and instead just shared photos on Instagram. But I really miss printing out photos like my parents did back in the day, so when Printiki* sent over a message asking if I’d like to print out some photos with them I was like, “HELL YES”. It actually took me longer to pick my photos than it did to process my whole order, and within a few days my package arrived neatly on my doorstep.

Summertime Dreaming

summertime dreaming, kawaii gyaru shop review

I got this Liz Lisa dress from Kawaii Gyaru Shop* late last year as a little ‘welcome’ gift to when summer finally comes around. I waited for what seemed like ages, and the weather slowly began to pick up but it still wasn’t warm enough until finally we hit the end of May and it was time to wear it. It was Sod’s Law that I began to notice things that I would’ve changed in this outfit; like the fact I had a hair bobble on my wrist instead of pearl bracelets, and that this outfit would probably look super cute with a boat hat and with my hair in plaits instead of waves. I think it’s generally the life of a fashion blogger to notice these things, but at least I’ll be more prepared when I wear this again in future!

Good as Gold: Lush “Golden Wonder” Gift Box Review

Lush golden wonder gift box, bath bombs

Aah Lush, why can’t I get enough of you? In all fairness I had been good and have avoided buying Lush for a few months now, but then I received this beauty “Golden Wonder” as a Christmas present and it makes me want to buy more! Inside were two bath bombs, one called Golden Wonder and the other Star Dust. It made me feel heavenly just looking at the label.

There wasn’t really much of a description for the Golden Wonder bath bomb, but the Star Dust is a “soothing vanilla mixed with fragrant rosewood”. I had very high expectations for both of them – especially the Golden Wonder – and I accidentally managed to get some gold glitter on my camera, oops.

Caw, Caw, Ravenclaw

Ravenclaw, harry potter, gyaru, gaijin gyaru

I don’t care what anyone else says, they can make as many Harry Potter related films as they want and I’ll be happy. Who cares if it’s a money-making-machine? J.K Rowling is as magical as her books, I adore the world of witches and wizards, so any excuse to be absorbed into it is good for me. Reading Harry Potter is just perfect for winter – I can snuggle up in bed with a cup of hot chocolate and I’m satisfied. It’s a bonus if I can do that in front of a toasty fire, but seeing as I don’t have one… hot chocolate will do.

Kawaii Box Review and Giveaway!

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“Life is like a box of kawaii goodies… You never know what you gonna’ get” is what sprung to mind when Kawaii Box landed on my doorstep. A couple of weeks prior to this event, they had reached out to me to do a sponsored review for them, and how could I resist? Get cute stuff in the post? Why not! Fast forward to the time when it came to unravelling the goodies, I can happily say that I am completely satisfied. The service was amazing, the box was cute, the stuff in the box was also cute… Need I say more?

Beauty Reviews: NYX, Urban Decay & Too Faced

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I first learnt about contouring when I found out about gyaru nearly 5 (or perhaps 6) years ago. Little did I know that it would become a huge part of my makeup routine – now I wouldn’t dream about wearing makeup without it.

But I was getting bored. Truth is, I’ve been using the same type of contouring palette over the past few years because I got comfortable with Sleek. Now every brand has one, so there’s a lot to choose from! On my shopping trip with Fii & Han I found this NYX contouring palette, and what attracted me the most was that it was refillable, had so many shades and was cruelty-free! I’ve been tracking down cruelty-free brands (as mentioned in a previous blog post) and a few weeks prior I picked up some lipsticks from Urban Decay and received another from Too Faced for my birthday.

Lhouraii’s Nails: Sailor Moon Gyaru Nails Review!

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I’ve finally been able to purchase some false nails and what better than a set of Sailor Moon ones? My outfit itself for Hyper Japan wasn’t particularly exciting so I wanted to jazz it up with accessories, and as soon as I saw it on Lhouraii’s instagram I knew I had to get it. I always feel more gyaru when wearing nails, especially if they’re long and pretty!

Unfortunately I am terrible with false nails so I only wear them for special occasions, and I haven’t had the time to design my own nails lately. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Lhouraii’s nails and a couple of my friend’s have purchased from her before so I thought I’d give it a try. Luckily she offers both long and short versions – all I had to do was send her a little message and she sorted it all out for me.

Round & Round like a Horse on a Carousel…

liz lisa carousel dress

It’s amazing how your clothes can affect your mental and physical state; as soon as I put on a cute dress I suddenly feel very positive and princess-y, and that’s exactly how I felt when I put on my new Liz Lisa dress from Kawaii Gyaru Shop*. Gosh I can’t tell you how in awe I am of it – I mean, look at that print! Let’s all just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful it is.

All of my Liz Lisa is beautiful but this one has by far topped it. Sorry, my other Liz Lisa clothes, but it looks like I’m going to try and wear this as many times as I can. Luckily it’s been getting so hot in the UK so hopefully that will happen!

One of my best friend’s, Amy, was having a birthday tea party and I just couldn’t resist wearing this dress. I mean come on, a tea party, you can’t get anymore princess-y than that. I kept my fingers crossed that it wouldn’t rain and luckily it didn’t, and I had such a great day. We drank tea, ate scones with jam and cream, and took lots of photos! I actually prefer these kind of gatherings to the partying type – I just get so exhausted with all that drinking that I’ll only last an hour at a nightclub. Oops.

alice in wonderland, tea party

adult colouring

kawaii polaroids, my melody

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Dress: Liz Lisa via Kawaii Gyaru Shop (discount code: LIZBEE) / Accessories: Claire’s Accessories & Primark / Heels: Sweet Soul Shop

It feels like ages since I had the chance to relax. Life has been hectic lately and I can feel myself running into exhaustion because I just can’t stop working. Even outside of work I find myself drawing for my 100 day project and I’m worried that I’ll get ill again from overworking. I’m stuck in that mindset that if I don’t do work than I’m wasting my time. It really sucks but I’m trying to relax by taking bubble baths and the like, but it’s not working…

Hopefully I can find a method soon! Does anyone have anything they could recommend?

Until next Sunday ♡

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

*Kawaii Gyaru Shop discount code: LIZBEE. All pics taken by either James or Amy.

Bourjois Colour Boost “Peach on the Beach” Lip Crayon Review

bourjois colour boost peach on the beach review

I recently added Bourjois’ Colour Boost “Peach on the Beach” Lip Crayon to my beauty collection to celebrate the coming of spring. I haven’t really experimented with lip crayons before, but I do have a couple already and I must say that I hands-down prefer them to lip gloss and lipstick. They’re just so much easier to apply and comes in so many colours!

I knew I had to get this one because of the colour. It was love at first sight when I saw it being displayed on the shelf so I instantly picked it up and bought it there and then. I’ve always wanted to try out peach tones after seeing some onee gyaru like Sayoko Ozaki pulling it off so well, and I was kind of getting bored of pink shades. I wear this as much as I wore my “nude” lip crayon! It also works really well with pink blusher which is a huge surprise as those two don’t normally work well together. I have really dark lips so the fact that a little bit of colour shops up on my lips is a miracle!

bourjois lip crayon peach on the beach

beauty review

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I love the fact that it’s a twisty one, so when the lippy runs out I could always twist it up. The twist is quite firm so I don’t accidentally twist it up when it’s in my handbag (something I had done with another one) so yay!

My heart sank when I noticed how sticky it was when applied, but it wasn’t too bad as my hair didn’t stick to my lips (elegant, I know) like it would when I wear lip gloss so it’s not too bad. I was hoping that it would be more buttery like some other lip crayons that I own, but nevertheless it was easy to apply so that’s okay. It provides that lovely glossy finish without it being too glossy, and it’s perfect for jazzing up an everyday look if you want to wear natural makeup.

However, it has a lovely smoothness to it that reminds me of lip balm. My lips get really dry and when I applied this is instantly moisturised my lips without me having to put on some vaseline beforehand.

Another problem… it tastes horrible when eating cereal. No lie – when I ate a spoonful of cheerios I nearly gagged. It tasted horrid! I hadn’t noticed the taste of it before but now I can’t stop noticing it. Luckily it isn’t too bad when eating other food that had a more powerful flavour to them, but I love to eat so this is highlighted as a potential problem for me.

I guess this review is overall leaning more on the positive side but there are a few negatives such as how sticky it is. Still, I would recommend getting it if you prefer lip glosses over lip sticks!

So, what is your favourite lippy? I’m dying to add more to my collection! Let me know in the comments below.

Until next Sunday! ♡

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

Kawaii Gyaru Shop Review: Lace & Ribbons

liz lisa, himekaji, winter

I can finally say that I’m now a himekaji gyaru. It sounds weird saying it like that – himekaji gyaru, it doesn’t really flow well but then again just saying “himekaji” sounds weird too. Like himekaji what, exactly? Oh well what I want to say is that I’ve finally accepted that himekaji might just be the style I’m looking for. It’s perfect for going out with friends and even for work which is all I seem to do these days!

But himekaji is still quite difficult for me in winter, so Stephanie suggested I try out this gorgeous red knit! I was going to go ahead with that when my eyes clapped on this equally gorgeous blouse. A couple of weeks later they arrived on my doorstep (you probably recognise these babies in my haul post). I swear it feels like Christmas every time I open a package – especially when I know there’s Liz Lisa inside. I couldn’t wait to wear everything!

Enter the code LIZBEE to get a special discount!

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lace floral blouse

blouse closeup

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red knitwear ribbons


First Impressions
Everything was packed neatly and she had even thrown in a pair of over-the-knee socks (pictured in my haul post) as well as a My Melody plushie which was really nice of her! The sweater was quite bulky but oh so soft, and the lace top that came with it was pretty. I was a bit worried as I’m not really into wearing lace without something underneath as my skin could get a bit irritated by it, so I made note of it for when I do wear it.
The blouse was beautiful but looked quite short – the lace part goes down to my waist where it is then just a layer of chiffon, so it might not be suitable to wear right now. It looks easy to wear though as it’s quite stretchy and very soft – I could probably bundle this up and it wouldn’t ruin it.

himekaji, winter, outfit

winter gyaru outfit

Sweater: Kawaii Gyaru Shop (coupon code: LIZBEE) / Skirt: Miss Selfridge / Boots: Liz Lisa Replica / Accessories: Muse & Claire’s Accessories


casual himekaji

casual himekaji outfit

Blouse: Kawaii Gyaru Shop / Jeans: Reveal / Boots: boohoo.com / Accessories: Primark & Claire’s Accessories

01 | The Red Knit

Oh my gosh it was SO WARM. It was perfect because it’s been quite cold over here in England and all I needed to wear was the lace vest that came with it underneath and I was fine. Normally my skin would get irritated if I don’t wear long sleeves but this one was okay – the knit was surprisingly soft. I just love the lace and ribbon details on the side and did I mention that it came with a lace vest? (We’re pretty much getting two items for one…) I’ve worn this a few times since Valentine’s day and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who’s battling those cold winter seasons. They also come in different colours which is amazing!

02 | The Floral Blouse
It took me a while to actually wear this blouse because it’s not really the right weather for it, so I waited until I went shopping with my friend Lee and I was right – it is still a bit too cold to wear it so I paired it with my white fluffy hoodie. My stomach kept getting cold because of the thinner material, so this blouse is definitely for those warm winter days. The sleeves also come up a bit short but not too short that I felt stupid which I think was helped by the fact that they were in the thinner material. Thank goodness for the elasticated cuffs! Nevertheless it is super cute. I just love the peter pan collar and the floral details on the blouse.

That’s all for now cuties! I hope you liked this post and that it fed your Liz Lisa-needs haha. Don’t forget to check out Kawaii Gyaru Shop for more awesome Liz Lisa (and many more brands!) and use my code LIZBEE if anything takes your fancy. Go on, treat yo’self.

Kawaii Gyaru Shop // LIZBEE

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

Recent Himekaji Purchases!

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I can’t get enough of himekaji now. It’s just the perfect style for me – it’s super cute, and totally wearable for the everyday life. If I had to choose a version of himekaji though it would be old school; I just love the big hair and dramatic makeup…

I’ve been desperately trying to expand my himekaji wardrobe and seeing as it’s still freezing in England I decided to have a look around for any winter items. I really needed some sweaters and things that I could layer underneath that would also look cute but lately all of the stores have been releasing their Spring collections so it’s really difficult to get any winter items. I always seem to be late in buying seasonal items! Luckily I managed to grab a few items before they sold out, and it felt like Christmas when everything arrived.

Review: Lush Snow Fairy’s Castle Gift Box

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Hello and welcome to my first beauty blog post of the year! One of my resolutions was to start beauty blogging {read here}, and I’ve been doing a bit of research on Twitter for inspirational bloggers and with each blog I found I started to get more and more excited about it! I’ve always loved beauty blogging, so I’m amazed why I hadn’t started doing it sooner…

Today’s beauty blog post is about this gorgeous Lush gift box that I got from my sister for Christmas! Yes, I know Christmas is a lifetime ago but life has been pretty hectic so I wanted to save unboxing this, and now’s the time to do it! The one she got for me was Snow Fairy’s Castle and oh my gosh it was amazing. I can’t get enough of it’s sugary sweet scent!

Inside was Snow Fairy Shower Gel, Fairy Dust Dusting Powder, Magic Wand Bubble Bar and Sowhite Bath Bomb!