Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Gal Magic ♥

Ageha is, and always will be, one of my favorite magazines when it comes to fashion and styling!
It´s also kinda my Sakurina style bible, since she´s featured so often. xD"

Even though they're disappointing me fashion-wise recently (I just can't see any new trends, everything seems to be... spring wear 2011 with some extra fur. XD"), Ageha does never fail to entertain me. There's always at least 20 pages that I find absolutely amazing!

This time... I found something that I really love to share with you!
Some of the most famous Ageha models were showing off their transformation from normal girl to Gyaru!

I often have the feeling that the japanese meaning of "Gyaru" differs a lot with the western meaning of "Gyaru".
Japanese Gal seems to be more about lifestyle, having fun and making the best out of your body and facial features. The Gals also seem to respect and support each other more, and treat each other way less discriminating.
I won't lump all of western Gals together, since most of them are really nice and friendly persons! I got to know so many helpful and inspiring persons, that motivate me to try hard to be one of them one day! But as we all know, there's also a lot of drama.

An example: There was one secret that left me a bit stunned a while ago. It's about cute Suzu, which is one of the sweetest german Gals in my opinion! (Ich hoffe es ist okay für dich, das ich das Secret hier poste! Wenn nicht, dann gib mir bitte bescheid, ich nehms sofort raus! >///< Es geht mir mehr um den Inhalt als um das Secret an sich)
Check the secret here
It's put in nice words, but still some kind of critics that I could never agree with.

Everybody's born with her/his own body and facial features - that's what makes a person unique.
In my opinion, Gyaru is about making the best out of your body and face.
No matter if you're a bit chubby, your boobs are small, you've got bad skin, or you've got strawy looking hair. Everybody can do it well, as long as you put enough effort in it!

I have a lot of birthmarks on my face and body. My lips are very thin, especially my upper one. I have wonky, X shaped legs. I'm definately not skinny, I'm more like... average, tend to be on the chubby side.
Nobody's perfect, but all those flaws actually keep me aiming for the perfect appearance - which is for me, Gyaru. I'm trying hard to make the best out of me. And most important, I (me, myself! xD) am happy with it.

Wow, enough beating around the bush - haha, I got so far away from what I actually wanted to say. xD
Everybody can be Gyaru, I believe. Without plastic surgery and the like!

(NOTE: I'm definately NOT perfectly against plastic surgery. I agree that it's sometimes the best way to cure deep mental issues and body disabilitys! But for me, there's a huge difference between "I want to get my lips done because of my fashion ideal!" and "I want to get breast implants because my left breast is cup A while the right side is a C".)

Enough of my blabla, up onto the pictures. ;)
Plz note: I don't know if some of those Gals have gotten plastic surgery before - and they're obviously photoshopped, even in the "before" photos. BUT you still get a big impression of their natural look without any Gal make-up and hair! ^^

I was really surprised that she looks like my classmate without all of her Gal make-up! So cute! xD
Her eyes get a way stronger accent with make-up on and nude colored lips. I like her flat hair, but the curly one does flatter her face shape so much more!

She´s got such a dollface by nature, but her face is pretty long - I just realized it on this make-up less photo!
I think her porcelain face does benefit a lot from her colored make-up, especially lipstick and blush. The bold side swept bangs do cover her long face a bit, while the tiny curls are just too cute! x3

What a big difference! She´s got a pretty long nose, and some amazing gradient hair!
Carefully applied nose make-up does cover up the fact that her nose is pretty long. The biggest accent is her eye make-up. The gradient hair does look even more interesting when styled like this, don´t you think so? =D

What silky flat hair she does naturally have! *__* I wish mine was like that... but her face looks a bit tired, and her lips appear to be quite small.
Some fresh colors of the make-up (blush, lipcolor) do give her a more healthy look! The lips also seem enlarged, while the curly hair does give her the final touch of Gyaru look!

When not wearing make-up, Himena´s nose is very present. Her eyes seem to be a bit downsunk on her inner eyecorner, while the outer eyecorner does sit a tiny bit higher. (Which I think is really super beautiful! >///<) Her hair does have a kind of hime-cut, which is even more visible when worn flat. o///o
Himena does correct her eye-shape with dark make-up, this does also take the accent from her nose. Her hair looks amazing and princessy as always, the side-swept bangs make her face appear even softer and more feminine.

What a cutie! :´D But her thin lips almost disappear... and she´s looking extremely young, almost like a 12 year old!
Some lipstick does the magic making her lips appear, while the eye make-up makes her more womanly. I personally think her hair does look amazing and healthy in both styles, curly and straight! But well... curly does still imply more Gyaru-ness, don´t you think so? xD

Those photos have motivated and inspired me a lot. If they can be Gyaru, then one day I can be, too! I just have to work hard for it! >__<
To sum up this entry: Teppei Koike Motivational! xD

Haha, I was carving a pumkin with the kid´s of the neighbourhood yesterday! (Had to do some babysitting, since their parents were all invited to a wedding ceremony). We had so much fun, and the lantern turned out pretty simple but so cute in the end! x3
(My mom´s little ceramic pumkin lantern is on the right side)

It´s such a sweet, sweet life, isn´t it?

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Soooo good to be back! ♥

FINALLY got the virus deleted from my notebook, feels like I didn´t post for ages... >///<
So good to be back now, and it feels even better since none of my followers left me... thank you so much! ;__; That´s really touching...

Many things happened meanwhile!
I started working at kid's ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and kid's (1 to 12 years) unit at our hospital, which is just amazing. I feel so... "home". xD I can't help it, I just love working with kid's (used to work at kid´s psychiatry and newborn ward before, best experiences of my life!) - it feels to wonderful to be able to help them getting well again! =)

Ahhhw, enough of that! ~ Talking about work is boring. =)

It got sooooo freezing cold in Germany the past weeks!
It even started snowing on the mountains around here, which makes it even more uncomfortable to stay outside. x___X
(freeeeezing cold wind!)

Random photo I've taken when I visited my hometowns annual flea market.Can you see the snowy mountain in the back? I want summer to return! Dx
The flea market itself was pretty disappointing, just bought a pair of overknee stockings and some sexy jewelry for my Honey ♥.

A week ago, I decided to loli-fy my life a bit more again, so I took one of the biggest challenges in my lolita lifetime - BAKING MACARONS! >////<

I heard horrible stories about how terribly complicated it is to bake nice macarons... so even if I had the idea of making them myself for years, I never took a heart and made some.

But then I found a really nice recipe recently, and I just had to finally give it a try!
I also went so freakin' nuts to adjust the recipe to my tastes a bit, oh what a crazy bitch I am! D:
(Haha, actually I just replaced the powdered food color with liquid one, since it's the only type available in stores here. xD" But that changes the whole recipe, macarons are so fragile! =/)

The dough carefully placed on the baking tray...
...of course they had to be pink. xD

After baking!
Well, they're not perfect since their "feet" are showing way too much, but still... for my first try with an adjusted recipe, I think they turned so well and tasty!
I was so happy about that! >////<

...so I spontaneously decided to bake some mint colored ones, too! xD
Macaron army, hr hr hr... >D

I filled the pink ones with peppermint cream, and the green ones with raspberry & lemon cream!
They were so tasty with a cup of lemon tea ♥
I shared them with my family and workmates, they really liked them, too! Ahhhw, it feels so good to cook and bake stuff for others! x3

I'll have to adjust the recipe a bit more, to make them become really perfect in shape and taste.
Once I've done that, I'll share it with you! =D

And for the end of this post, some recent gets!
(Actually there are a few more, but I didn't have the time to take decent photos of all of them... xD")

D.I.A skull belt
Bought it second hand from another german girl, thanks so much! =D
It's a little damaged on the leather band, but I just repaired that with some hot glue!
I wanted a rockish D.I.A belt for ages, and that one is just perfect! It's made of some snake-leather stamped material (no real snake leather for sure, since the material is just too thick), and has got some blingy gemstones all over! *__*

D.I.A Cardigan
It's a F size (Free size) cardigan by D.I.A, so I assumed it would be more of an XS or S size... I was aware that it might be too small on me, but surprisingly I can really fit in! :´D
Most loved item I recently got ♥

Yumetenbo leo blouse
*klick link above to see a way better stock photo of it!*
Instant LOVE. *__*
It's so sexy, I especially love the swallow-tail like back part of it!
Damn, I'm so into leo print right now! xD"

Yumetenbo heart heeled OVK boots
I was actually looking so forward on getting them, since their stock photo has taken my heart in an instant. But when I took them out of the box, I was really disappointed with the quality...
They're made of some very stiff and rough artificial leather. I guess it'll be easy for all kind of dirt to get stick on them. ~__~

The bow clip...
...came crooked and looking sad like this.
I'll try to fix it with sewing it in place, but seriously... I even got better quality bows from TaoBao for 20 cents...

Most annoying...
The shoes came stained with some white-greyish powder, might be dust or something like that!
(Yes, the stains were there before I was trying them on. xD)
Which probably proofs my verdict about the dust-sucking material. ^^"

Besides, that - the shoes are lovely and really cute. But those flaws are nothing I ever expected from Yumetenbo. I bought a lot of items from them already and will still do, but those boots leave a bittersweet memory in my mind. <.<

That's it for now, I better hurry back and study some more about "ketogenic diet" - uhw, a really boring topic of medical science for me. But last week I had to figure that I mostly forgot EVERYTHING about that topic, which is a big NO NO for my current work situation.
So let's waste Saturday night on it... *sigh* xD"

I´m getting old.
*self-pity off*

Have a gorgeous weekend and hopefully some warm sunshine for you! =D

It´s such a sweet, sweet life, isn´t it?