Hair Update & Inspo!

Hello everyone! I’m so sorry for not blogging for a while, I recently got my monitor replaced so I can start posting and editing photos again :glee2 I’ve tried blogging from the WordPress app on the iPad but it’s just not the same as posting from a desktop and uni started again so I thought I should focus more on that as I’m finally in my final year haha.

Anyways the most exciting thing that happened to me recently was probably getting my hair done a few days ago! :raburabu I went to a lovely place called At The Garden Tokyo as they recently opened their second store so they had opening specials. I’ve had a few friends go there and say they had a fantastic experience so I thought I would take advantage of the offer and I’m glad I did! The staff are very friendly and the interior is very nice and comfy with a vintage like feel. I went with a friend but after we were seated we saw 2 of our friends come in to try them out as well, thanks to them for putting up with us :XD

     

I’m trying to grow out my hair layers and get it past my shoulders (I’ve finally finished with my short hair phase?haha) so I just got my hair trimmed and fringe restyled and to get rid of my horrible regrowth. This time I opted for an ashy brown colour. After experiencing bleaching my hair last year, I think I’m going to stick with darker colours for time being. I think the dye job turned out pretty well considering 80% of my hair is still bleached, I’m just wondering how the colour will fade in a few months time :sweat

     

I think they’re definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for a Japanese salon in the city where you’ll be satisfied with your results! They also have 30% off for students and if you refer a friend (you’ll both get the discount!) and 50% off when it’s your birthday :shinyred

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Currently my hair inspo is Rinko Murata! At the end of last year she cut her hair short, so I like looking at her currently hair styles since then to get inspired and grow my hair to a similar length. I also like her clothing style – she models for mer, whose concept is for those who “want to become cute”, “want to be fashionable” and “want to be happy”, so I find their coordinates simple but a cute and girly style. I like how it’s casual with more of a focus on coordinates and patterns, so it’s easy to find similar items locally and I don’t have to go through the trouble of buying Japanese brands.

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Hot Pepper Beauty is also another good place to see current hair trends in Japan and there’s a lot of styles! It’s a directly of hair salons in Japan, so they upload their styles through there. If you’re in Japan you can also use it to book appointments and there’s coupons you can use wakuwaku

Australis Glitter Nail Polish – Milky Way

Over the past few months I’ve become more interested in nail decoration and art so I was super excited to see this Australis polish on sale! It cost me less than $2. At the moment, I’m really liking simple nail designs or polishes with interesting glitter pieces wakuwaku

Milky Way is a jelly like white polish with colourful hex glitters of different sizes and mini blue glitter specks. The website describes using this as a topcoat but I put around 4 coats of polish in the photo below to created a layered look. I think the combination of colours and different glitter sizes adds a cute touch to your nails.

     

Each coat is quite sheer making it perfect for layering and I think there’s also a decent amount of glitter with each coat. It lasts pretty well without a top coat, I’ve worn it for a bit more than a week and I haven’t had any chipping.

     

It’s my first time buying from Australis but I will definitely keep my eye out on their products now!

And here’s a sneak peak of other glitter nail polishes I’ve gotten recently :chuuu

ASOS Order

It’s been a few years since I’ve bought from ASOS but I placed an order with them recently since they had a 20% code for Australia day and I absolutely loved one of the tee designs I saw! My plan this year was to stick with simple plain design items so they’re easy to mix and match but I guess that’s already fading away haha.

With the AUD dropping in value to the USD, I think ASOS is a good site to buy from since they constantly have sales and discount codes are readily available. They also usually have booths at Orientation events at universities at Sydney (I’ve seen them at USYD, UTS and UNSW) so drop by when you can coz they usually have freebies. Another option is to sign up to UNiDAYS, where you can always get 10% off full priced items and there’s load of other discounts available. I’m not sure whether it’s restricted to Australians only, all I remember is that you need a valid university email address.

I’m really happy with this order- the fit and quality isn’t too bad, especially considering the price. I got 3 items for $41.10 which I think is a bargain!

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Will probably edit & take better photos later, sorry for the rush;;
Order Info
  • 25th Jan – Placed order
  • 26th Jan – Order dispatched
  • 30th Jan – Received package

Since my order was over $40, I got their standard shipping rate for free and it’s pretty fast.

Items

The items I got in this order were the:

This is the tee that led me to order from ASOS again! With my previous order everything was too big, even though I followed their size chart and I ended up disappointed, so this time I sized down. I think I’m usually a size AU6, I usually always buy tees in unisex sizes so I’m not too sure what I actually am haha. I actually ordered in this AU4 since they were sold out of size 6 and 8 so I thought I’ll just yolo and give it a try since it’s ment to be loose and boxy anyways. I was surprised to see that size 4 is still baggy on me, I thought it’ll be a bit tighter but I think it’s a pretty good fit for the way it’s meant to look. I think it also doesn’t look too cropped on me but then I have a short torso :3seal

I’m really pleased with the thickness of the tee as well, I tend to find that white tees are usually slightly sheer but this isn’t. Also it’s 100% cotton so it’s nice and comfy. Also really loving the graphic on the tee since I thought it’s cute and sweet :chuuu

The other tee I got is from a Swedish brand called Monki. It’s my first time hearing of them but browsing through their store it looks like they’ve got affordable basic and trendy items. It reminds me of American Apparel. I like the look and vibe of their outfits so I’ll be keeping an eye out on them :shinyred

I mainly just got this since I was looking for something cheap, simple yet interesting – and who can say no to unicorns? Their smallest size was XS (size 8), so it fits me loosely but not too baggy and I tucked it in the photo above of me wearing it. It’s more sheer and slightly thinner than ASOS tee I got and it’s made from 100% organic cotton. I think it’s a nice to wear tucked in or out.

And last up are these demin shorts! They’re made from a cotton blend (69% Cotton, 26% Polyester, 3% Viscose, 2% Nylon) and it’s pretty much true to colour (camera found it hard to pic up on the colours soon). I got them in size AU6 and they fit nearly perfectly – they’re looser around my hips and thighs compared to the model, but it’s just due to my body shape. They’re comfy and I love the colour and for less than $10 I can’t complain that much :XD

If you’re looking to update your wardrobe with quick buys I really suggest looking at ASOS! I think one of the hardest things with online shopping is figuring out what size best fits, especially if it’s your first time buying from the store and don’t want to hassle dealing with returns. A nice feature ASOS is that you can “view catwalk” on the page which gives you a look to see how it fits on the model and can maybe help you decide if you want to size up or down.

Summer Inspo – ChokiChoki Girls – Part 1

Last year’s and this year’s Summer inspo is from ChokiChoki Girls! Aimed at teens and girls in their early twenties, it’s a magazine which centres around boyish but cute casual street style with makeup and seasonal hairstyles. It’s still pretty new, it launched in 2009 as a side magazine to ChokiChoki (which is aimed at males), and only started getting released monthly a bit more than a year ago I think.

One of the main reasons why I chose ChokiChoki, besides wanting to browse through a new magazine besides Popteen, was that it’s super easy to buy digitally through Fujisan. It’s very easy to view the magazines via a computer their app if you prefer reading it via a tablet or iPad. I prefer reading the physical version, but I don’t think it’s stocked locally here and it’ll probably cost three times the price so it’s more economical reading the digital version.

At first I was going to combine the July and August into one post but then I realised it might be too image heavy haha. I found that this issue focuses more on oufit coordination and makeup compared to the other issue so part 2 should be as interesting!

So first up, the July 2014 cover features Yohdi and Karin in 50s inspired outfits, aren’t they cute? I also love the colour and outfit coordination, it really screams Summer to me. Here are some behind the scene photos. The theme of this issue is about how to dress/style in certain ways to hide certain parts of your face and body if you’re not too confident about them or want give an illusion of a more slimmer look.


If you think your legs look too short, wear platform shoes to make your legs look longer!

If you’re anxious about your thighs looking thick, you should wear something with a wedge, simple flats and slip-ons aren’t flattering. If you don’t like your calves, it’s advised against wearing pumps and wedges, high cut sneakers are fine and I think if they have like straps around the ankles (not too sure on this one).

Style up with silhouette magic! An oversized tee and short shorts create a Y line and a loose top with high wasted shorts creates an X line.

If you want to get an I silhouette, pair up a logo tee with a tight skirt which has suspenders and an A line can be created by wearing a short length tops and a flare skirt that goes to the knees.

Here are some makeup scans! I love the colour of the blush she uses and her hairstyle is cute and simple.

This makeup section is about matching makeup to your hair colour. For a natural feeling, use light makeup.

When you make the eyeliner more bold, you can give off a more casual edgy look.


For light brown hair, you can look super cute in pink colour wakuwaku


With sunburnt cheeks, you can look like a west coast (?) girl. I just assume it’s like a beach look? haha.


If you have brown hair, you can look exotic with grey eyes! I’m not sure if it sounds weird but circle lenses have been the craze for the last 5 years and it’s still going strong. I think it’s fun to make your eyes pop with different colours!


Use a flashy colour to make your eyes pop! She used a bright blue eyeliner and blue mascara. I noticed that coloured mascara and eyebrow mascara were being sold but I’m not sure how popular that is :XD

If you want to see larger scans, please view this album!

Sorry for posting this up so late, I couldn’t figure out the way I wanted to format the post haha, the next part should be posted next or in Feb!

2014 Favourites!

Happy New Year!! Hope you all had a nice Christmas or break celebrating and relaxing with friends and family. Here are some of my favourite from last year which I didn’t get to post about so I thought I would do a mini round up post.

 :shinystar Favourite Makeup Items :shinystar 

The DUP Wonder Eyelid Tape Extra is definitely one of my favourite and one of my most used items last year. I have single eyelids so I feel using them helps gives my eyes more definition and makes them look bigger, especially while wearing circle lenses. If you already have double eyelids you can use them to make the crease deeper or change your double eyelid position.

I would say this is my favourite item because it’s easy to use, lasts the whole day and it’s a subtle but makes a noticeable difference to your look. I’ve used double eyelid glue but this method is much easier and I don’t have to worry about the glue wearing off and messing up my makeup!

I find that placing the tape on my eyelid and then using the V stick to push the tape in so it sticks between the fold, is easier than inserting the tape like in the instruction depicted above. Another tip is to use a wet tissue or makeup wipe to remove the tape, they’re pretty painful to remove, especially if you’ve just stuck it on.

Here’a a video of a someone applying it and a makeup routine wakuwaku

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Another item I’ve loved using this year is the Etude House Mascara Lash Perm 3 Step Volumcara in Brown. I picked it up while I was in Hong Kong since it was on sale so I’m glad I bought it! I can’t seem to find much info about it online so I guess it was a product they released for a certain range sometime during 2013.

I would say the brown is like a medium brown colour? I’m not sure how noticeable it is far away since I have short lashes but I’ve had friend comment about it before so I guess it’s obvious up close :teehee I guess the only downside is that is can be clumpy, so I’ve only used step 1 (you twist the tube to get more product on the brush) so I can’t really comment on the build and how it volumises the lashes.

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 :shinystar Favourite Apps :shinystar 

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Cost: Free
iPhoneAndroid | Site

I think this is the perfect app for taking selfies! I love using the filters under the Portrait mode, particularly the Natural and Sapphire filters – it makes your skin look so nice! I find that they’re best used with good lighting though. The above photos was taken with the natural filter (sorry I only have pics of myself using the app while in cosplay haha :emb ). The app also has different features such as retouching photos and collaging and different filters for taking photos of food, scenery etc.

If you’re interested to see which other apps I use for editing photos, please take a look at this post I made earlier last year.

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Love Live! School Idol Festival
Cost: Free
Japanese: iPhone | AndroidSite
English: iTunes | Android | Site

One phrase I kept hearing last year everywhere was “Love Live”. I’m usually not a person who follows idols (3d or 2d lol) but so many of my friends were playing this so I decided to check it out. Just how big is it? At the end of last year, it hit 10,000,000 downloads! Amazing right? :sweat

It’s a music rhythm app which follows the group of 9 school students, μ’s (Muse),  and you play the rhythm games helping them during their live shows and also recruit new members. Songs get unlocked as you progress through the story or there’s songs which change daily, or are promotional when singles are released, which you can download.

The songs are catchy and there’s different cards with cute outfits so if it’s your kinda things I think you should try it out! There’s constantly different events running to get different cards so it’s not too boring (prepared to get the songs ingrained in your brain). It’s also available as a game on the psp and there’s an anime series if you’re interested in checking it out in different mediums.

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 :shinystar Twitter Accounts :shinystar 

Besides using Twitter to spam keep in touch with my friends, I like using it follow models! Yohdi Kondou is one of my favourite models at the moment, I think he has a cute style and he takes funny photos. I think he became popular through social media and modelling for Wego. He currently has 2 style books and a photobook out, and hosts on a tv show called “musicるTV“.

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Another model I follow is Asaka who is under the ASOBI SYSTEM agency. I like following her for short hair inspo! I think she has simple but cute hairstyles.

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And I think that sums up most of last year! I wanted to write up a bit more but I didn’t want it to turn into an essay :XD

Celebrating Another Year Gone By

Last Tuesday was my birthday so I went to Burger Project with friends. It opened recently and there were conflicting reviews such as “it was amazing” to “it was like eating a burger at McDonald’s”, so I was hesitant to eat there since I wanted to go somewhere enjoyable for my birthday. But in the end I thought I might as well go there since I would one day regardless of when.

We went in around 1pm and I was surprised to see it was so packed (since I thought the hype had died down lol), but we didn’t have to wait long and managed to find a table to sit at. I ordered the cheese burger (grass fed beef, cheese, onion, pickles, tomato, lettuce and secret sauce – $8.90) and house made chips ($4.90). The food was okay, the beef patty was a bit salty though and the chips weren’t anything special (I like them really crispy) but it was edible which I guess is the main thing :ugh2

For that price and being a gourmet burger place, I’ll rather eat at Grill’d. It’s slightly more expensive but the burgers are filling and I like how the buns are thicker. The chips are amazing there too!

    

For dessert we went to this cafe which has lovely desserts and a really nice interior design. It used to be called Princess Coco, but it shut down for a few months and it’s now called The Corner Cafe on Day. My friends treated me this fruity cheesecake? I can’t exactly remember what is it because I have a short memory haha, but it was really delicious! It’s wrapped around in dark chocolate and everything tasted really nice together.

Besides eating, we went to Capitol Square to play on the UFO catchers and E won a kaomoji alpaca! There’s also this huge snowglobe at Market City where it has fake snow (I think they’re soap suds?) falling and various snow and Christmas decorations inside. I thought it was an interesting Christmas attraction for a shopping centre lol.

     

Some gifts I got from friends :deer Barakamon is one of my favourite series from this year, the relationships and interactions between the characters are really cute and hilarious. I also got this cute bracelet and Instax Share SP-1 printer! It’s a smartphone printer so I can print out photos if I haven’t got instax printer with me.

     

I also want to use the opportunity to say thanks to those who read my blog for the support! Especially those who have followed me for a while. I’ve been a bit lax in posting regular updates since last year because I mainly post photos through instagram nowadays but I’m working on changing that.

I’ve been blogging via wordpress/my own domain for about 4~5 years now, initially I started out wanted to post about my casual interests being inspired by other bloggers but now I’ve developed other interests and hobbies which I’m still considering whether to post here or to still keep it rather general. One thing I’m trying to get into is beauty/skincare reviews – I’ve been really into cosmetics for the past two years but was unsure whether I’ll be able to write substantial previews on them but we’ll see how it goes lol. So far I’ve decided to have a posting schedule of posting something related to lifestyle/interests then reviewing and so on.

Every view, click and comment is appreciated so I hope to have your continuous support in the future puuu

What’s in my Bag?

It’s been a while since I’ve done a post like this so I thought I’ll do something like an update post!

I’ve been using this backpack for a few months now, I usually like roomy bags, especially backpacks, since I carry around a jacket/cardigan/sweater since I get cold easily.  It’s lightweight and has a few compartments so it’s perfect :teehee Also I tend to carry a lot of things with me, I’m the type of person who always overpacks haha.


I like carrying around my mini instax 90 to practice taking instant film photos. I haven’t been taking photos with it recently (besides cosplay shots) so I’ve been trying to take photos of other things such as scenery, flowers etc.


Recently I got a new wallet from kikki.K which I love! It’s a bit puffy and reminds me of a strawberry. I’ve had my old wallet for around 7 years, it was the first thing I bought off eBay, so I was was in need for an upgrade! First time having a long wallet – I like all the slots for all my cards which makes them easier to see and use.

My Rilakkuma coin/pass case is also something I’ve owned for a few years, I think it was the first thing I bought from Strapya-World while I was still in high school. I like using it to hold all my coins so they don’t dirty or weigh down my wallet. It’s also handy for the Opal pass (reloadable transport card) as I put in in my front bag pocket, so it’s easy to take out to take and scan when I need to use it.


I probably carry too many makeup items with me but I don’t know how to cut down! :=_=U I’m still looking for a small brown eyeshadow palette so I probably will have to cut down on what I carry out when I get it lol. I like carrying items just incase I need them, so I don’t need to buy them if I do need it while I’m out. Also I like carrying hair wax incase I’m rushing out of the house I can quickly style my hair while I’m on the bus or something.

Something I always have to have with me is my portable battery charger. I picked it up while I was in Hong Kong and it’s so handy since I can use it to charge my 3DS or iPhone while I’m on the go. I can use it to charge my phone fully around 3~4 times? So it’s more than enough atm, not sure if it’ll change when I get a new phone. I also really like it due to the size and texture of the casing. It’s made from some type of silicone? so it gets dirty easily but it’s nice to touch :eheh

I also usually carry my 3DS with me. I own two due to the region locking and because I want to play games in Japanese which I know will never get localised overseas (such as Taiko no Tatsujin). I currently carry around my Australian one atm since I’ve been playing Fantasy Life on it. It’s a good way to pass the time on public transport when I don’t want to browse on my phone.


I like having a spare bag with me incase I go shopping and bags are always useful aren’t they? This tote bag is one from my uni’s anime society and features a few of my favourite characters.

This plastic water bottle bag is really handy as it becomes really light as you drink water. I think it holds around 500mL so it’s handy whether I’m at uni or just out with friends.

        

Here are some other bags I use. I mainly use my Hershel bag for Uni, it’s so great for holding textbooks! I like really the padding of the straps and back. I got the largest size so it would have more room for my laptop, but then my laptop broke haha. It’s also a good bag for travelling, I use it as a carry on bag for when I’m on a plane.

And the other bags depend on my outfit or mood. I really like the dark blue shoulder bag because it has elephants on it and I got it when I was in Thailand. Also the American Apparel x WC (Chinatsu Wakatsuki) canvas bag is another favourite because WC used to be my favourite brand and I like how it’s shaped like a plastic bag :blood