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Gyaru False Lashes + Where to Buy Them

Gyaru False Lashes + Where to Buy Them

Aah, false lashes. What on earth would us gyaru do without them? I remember when I first started this Japanese fashion and I was trawling through Boots to find the cheapest lashes… But back then they were hard to find. Nowadays it’s so easy to find ‘normal’ false lashes that we no longer have to fork out an extortionate amount on shipping etc for just a pack.

But quite a lot of good ol’ gyaru lash brands have died. The shops I used to buy them from no longer exist (RIP Ichibankao and Japan Gift Bay). But no fear! I had a perusal and bought from a few shops, and below are the ones I would recommend.

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Am I Too Old For Gyaru & Jfashion?

Am I Too Old For Gyaru & Jfashion?

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The other day it suddenly hit me that I was going to turn 30 in a few years. 30. To me, my thirties would mean settling down in my own home, having a stable job and scariest of all… Children. I am not emotionally nor financially stable for any of that yet, and can’t even look after myself properly let another a mini version of myself. It’s absolutely terrifying, especially when it means that I would probably be too old for gyaru.

Driving Down Memory Lane: My Favourite Gyaru Outfits of All Time

Driving Down Memory Lane: My Favourite Gyaru Outfits of All Time

I never thought I would feel it, but I feel old – I can’t keep up with the cool kids anymore and it’s like I’m going through my gyaru granny stage. I wrote in a previous post that I feel like I’m becoming super boring and that I didn’t know what my personal style is anymore. This feeling then pushed me to look back at my old posts and I spent a couple of hours just picking out my favourite outfits. It sparked so many memories – like the time I was on the Hyper Japan catwalk for the very first time, when I did an elegant but rocky look, and when I first started getting into agejo. I have so many good memories of gyaru that I can’t let it go.

So I picked out a few of my favourite outfits and have showcased them below to remind myself that even though I might feel boring, I had a pretty damn good evolution. I’ve grown so much and even though right now I don’t see it, I know that I am more comfortable than I ever was. I’m so much happier.

*post edited: 18th Aug 2021*

2020

Cute pink himekaji outfit for Autumn by hellolizziebee
Childlike Wonder and Adult Responsibilities

Childlike Wonder and Adult Responsibilities

Snowy himekaji outfit

One Sunday morning the UK woke up to a world of snow. It had been so long since I’ve seen snow that when I looked outside I was taken over by a childish wonder. No one had stepped out of their warm houses yet but I could sense the excitement building from the way that people were talking about it on social media that I couldn’t help but feel equally giddy to be out in the snow. It didn’t take much encouragement to decide that I wanted to be stereotypical and dress up so that we could take some outfit photos before it all melts away. About an hour later I was ready and feeling pretty, fully layered up in my Liz Lisa coat.

And for a moment, I forgot all of my troubles, and stepped out into the snow.

What Not to Say to Gyaru

What Not to Say to Gyaru

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I would like to say that I have never experienced stupid comments in my gyaru life but that would be a huge lie. We are surrounded by some really ignorant people and it can get frustrating, and sometimes I can’t help but let my polite facade slip and grimace. There are a few things that I get asked/commented about that really grinds my gears, so below I’ve highlighted on things not to say to gyaru when you see one for the first time…

Where to Buy Jfashion Outside of Japan

Where to Buy Jfashion Outside of Japan

Buying Jfashion items outside of Japan was such a nightmare for me when I first started getting into gyaru. I remember longing for a beautiful Liz Lisa dress only to learn that I couldn’t buy it directly from their website and that I needed some sort of shopping service, and at the time it went straight over my head.

Nowadays it’s all too easy for me to buy Jfashion items – hence why I’m forever broke – but I still get a lot of questions from those wanting to get into it on where I get my clothes/accessories/stationery from. Below I have compiled a list of my absolute favourite jfashion stores (focusing more on small businesses) who I’ve had really good experience with, or who my friends have recommended, just to give you a bit of a helping hand! I’ve split everything up into different fashion sectors as not all of them are just gyaru-focused.

(Post edited on June 2020)

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What I Miss About Gyaru

What I Miss About Gyaru

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Throwback to JEWEL’s first gyaru meet!

To say that gyaru has changed in the last few years is an understatement; nowadays it’s totally unrecognisable, but hints of the old scene still lurks within the makeup. I’ve been watching this all happen and I used to get so riled up about how it isn’t what it once was but now I’ve learnt that it’ll never be like that again, and what we’ve got to do is just adapt with the times and see how it goes.

There are still a few things that I miss, though, and at the last gyaru meet Wib and I were chatting about everything that we missed about it. Thus I’ve compiled a little list of the top five things that I miss!

A Day in the Life of a Gyaru

A Day in the Life of a Gyaru

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I might have said this a million times on my blog already, but gyaru makes up a huge part of my life. I don’t do the makeup everyday (because of allergies and eczema etc) and so I treasure gyaru meets. I realise that some of you are quite new to this blog and probably don’t know what I’m on about (“what the hell is gyaru, Lizzie?”) so in this post I’m going to show you what a day in the life of a gyaru is from the last meet I went to.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes! Introducing Hello Lizzie Bee

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes! Introducing Hello Lizzie Bee

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Lately I have been feeling like this blog came to a standstill; I have been blogging for so long but it feels as if I’m still new to the scene. It was only a year ago that I found out about blogging communities on Twitter and realised how crazy cool everyone was, and how competitive blogging is. Everyone wants to be noticed but why read a blog when you could simply “like” or “share” a photo? Social media has killed the blogging star.

Crazy Bat Lady

Crazy Bat Lady

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Halloween is here. As soon as the clock struck 12am on October 1st I was bringing out all of my Halloween decorations and the rest of my rokku gyaru wardrobe. Not that I had much of a chance to channel dark witchy vibes – it’s been so cold lately that I’ve been wearing chunky sweaters that had hidden any hint of witchy goodness.

The past couple of weeks have been heaven for me; all of the UK brands were bringing out their Halloween collections as well as the local supermarkets. A friend had asked if I was shopping for Halloween when they peeked at my screen but I secretly admitted that it was more for everyday wear. Another friend gave me these awesome pair of bat tights, and that together with my bat headband and vampire top I became the crazy bat lady.

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bat tights

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Top: H&M / Skirt: Forever21 / Tights: unknown / Heels: New Look / Bat headband: ASOS

I am so glad that I didn’t throw out any of my rokku clothes in the end because October definitely brings out my dark side. I blame it on Halloween. It’s my favourite season of the year (joint with Christmas) and I can’t wait to get dressed up for it! I have so many ideas… Have you got any plans on what you’re going to wear this year? I’m tempted to buy a lot of Halloween stuff when it all goes on sale for my rokku wardrobe… Sure, some of the stuff isn’t technically “rokku”, but whatever.

I’m starting to become more comfortable with myself after numerous Lush baths and walks through the countryside. I have been struggling to find balance a lot this past year – I have work, my art on the side as well as my blog, and trying to juggle all that whilst maintaining a social life is an absolute nightmare. The main cause of my stress? The yearning for perfection. I want to do better in all aspects of life and believed that my current state wasn’t good enough. I was racing against time to try and achieve everything and more and was becoming burnt out.

My other half always tells me that I’m way too hard on myself and he’s right, but I just can’t get out of this mindset. I am a lot better now though, which is amazing! I’ll do my best to do my best without being ill and stressed out. I know that I probably won’t be able to do everything at once, so I’m taking baby steps!

If you have any tips for me, then please let me know in the comments below! Now let’s go out and get spooky!

Until next Sunday ♡

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