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Hime Gyaru Makeup & Hair Tutorials

I present to you the Hime Gyaru Look 🙂



Here’s my take on this look and I hope you pardon the lack of BLONDE PUFFY HAIR and killer pink cheeks on my part 🙂 heehee


The Hime Gyaru look is similar to that of looking like a princess, big blonde wavy hair, big eyes, light brows, soft pink cheeks and pretty dresses…. I love the idea of dressing and acting like a Princess because we are only young once and we ladies deserve to be pampered. With all the stresses put on ladies in present times, it’s only right that we put ourselves first when the time calls for it.

During my short trip to Japan last year, I was captivated by all the Himegyarus on the streets. Their hair was amazing, their dressing unique, their makeup flawless.

The amount of time, money and effort that goes into such careful outward presentation spoke volumes to me. It made me feel guilty about being sloppy!

Lets get into this whole  HIME PRINCESS craze!

Gyaru is a fashion in japan for teenage girls that’s all about designer

clothes, para para(a structured dance done to eurobeat and trance music),

and having fun. The girls often tan or dye or bleach their hair but that’s not

necessary. There are many  types of gyaru but the one that is becoming

increasingly popular is himegyaru style.

This style is not to become confused with the Japanese lolita fashion who wear poofy skirts and try to be child-like. Hime gyaru is about looking like a young lady who is well off. They wear cocktail dresses in mainly pastel colors with lots of bows. They usually are fair

skinned or don’t have very dark tans. Their hair is often light brown or blonde and in a beehive style. The hair is VERY big.
The point of the style is too look fancy and

beautiful like a young woman not an innocent little girl like


Here are several links that have pictures or discuss hime:
(a list of gyaru styles)
a livejournal community for himegyaru
a forum to discuss gyaru fashion
a resource site for himegyaru


For any Himegyaru, wearing BIG PUFFY HAIR is one of the most basic and essential steps.

Below are some videos that have helped me immensely with curling techniques to achieve the HIME look.



Personally I really really liked this Long wave hair video. I applied the  same technique to my hair and found that my waves were extremely “ curly fries-ish.” This is a pretty useful and effective technique  for Japanese Looks!

In the past, I under estimated the usefulness of a hair curler to achieve volumious hair. If I could redo all my hair purchases, I would get myself a great curler ( Luv Jose Eber), a good hair straightener , hair pins,a backcomb and hair spray.


Other Hime Gyaru hair styles: 

1b)Hime Gyaru Hair Tutorial:

1c) Himegyaru [victorian princess] hair



1d)Tutoriel Coiffure Style Hime gyaru :

This video has got to be the strangest mix of the lot. She’s obviously an asian-ish girl who does tutorial videos in FRENCH on Hime gyaru Inspired hairstyles. The world is one big melting pot. Geez












€My Himegyaru Inspiration€ :




Sometimes I feel absolutely grossed out looking at my naked face. However, one look at these Korean stars with and without makeup brings me a little more comfort, knowing that everyone needs to put in some effort to look good.

Makeup is our friend 🙂








– Hime eyebrow look is not too thin or thick. Its got to be just right with a medium arch and brows should be a light orangey brown.

-Fill in eyebrows with pencil and apply small short strokes.


– Using an angled brush and taking a mixture of a light orange and brown color, fill in the brows. Brows should be kept a few shades lighter than your hair color.

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-Eyebrow Mascara ( Ettusias). A cheaper and equally effective alternative would be to use a light brown mascara and sweep over brows.



-A mixture of Pinks and Light Purple was used on my eyes. I touched up a few times at the end of the look, especially when I was trying to put on my falsies. Sometimes, the eye color isn’t as intense as you expected and its really okay to reapply.


-Blend NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow Pencil in Milk on top and bottom lid, to act as an eye shadow base



-Blend a mixture of pink and purple eyeshadow close to lash line and extend a little over the crease. Asian lids in general are very heavy and we usually have to “ create” our own Crease with a darker eyeshadow color.


-Blend the Pinkish E\S with ur fingers. This is the method I like to use when I am wearing a creamier base, like NYX Milk Jumbo pencil.


-Blend a dark blue from the 120 eyeshadow palette on the bottom eyelid. Its okay to be messy here.

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-Using my new favourite Liner brush from MAC * 266* and any random black gel liner, I once again line the top and bottom lash line.

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-Re- Line my eyes with SANA Extra Heavy Liquid Liner for more intense color ( makeup needs to be exaggerated somewhat for picture)


-White eyeliner on the bottom water line. An eye widening trick that is used by professionals all the time. I am using MAC Eyeliner in Fascinating.



-Apply an off white eye shadow color to the brow bone areaIMG_6780 IMG_6784

-At this point, I wouldn’t touch up on the eye shadow cause it tends to get a little messy  when I put on the falsies. I prefer to wait till the end to clean off any mistake than layer on more pinkish\purplish eye shadow.



-Apply Mascara. As much as you want.


-Luscious Lashes x2

Critical for looking like a Princess





-Tip* Do re-apply liquid eyeliner to the bottom lash line and smudge slightly for that wide eyed look.IMG_6752 


-Thick layer of gloss!





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Korean Eyebrows Tutorial & Korean Hair Tutorial

I had a request for more Korean centric tutorials and since then I’ve been hunting the web and magazines for Korean style makeup and tutorials.

One thing that strikes me as being the MAINSTAY for any Korean look is




Let’s start off with the eyebrows. The shape of  Korean eyebrows are never ever thin or sparse looking. They all have a gentle arch at the end and I really like how they make their eyebrows look so natural and full looking. They truly believe in the idea that “ Eyebrows aren’t suppose to look like twins but sisters” ( I  remember this from Michelle Phan’s videos). Also, its such a relief that their eyebrows aren’t perfectly shaped. I’ve never been able to draw a perfectly shaped eyebrow in my life, it looks very unnatural on me.


Korean styled eyebrows gives a youthful appearance because they tend to frame wide faces very nicely. I should know cause I have a wide face myself! If I have thin eyebrows, my face will look really  big. That is not cute at all!

Achieving Korean Styled Eyebrows:

First and foremost, its critical to understand the structure of an eyebrow.

The picture below was taken from a Japanese Magazine, which captures perfectly the essence of naturally shaped brows.IMG_5676
1) Use a pencil( 2 shades lighter than ur own brow) to draw your eyebrow shape and fill it in with small strokes.

Over here, I have zoomed in on the eyebrows to show the basic shape of a Korean eyebrow. It is extremely tapered and fine at the end while being much broader at the start. Also, the arc is very gradual and soft.

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2) Taking a similar colored eye shadow blend onto eyebrow with a brush.Color should be concentrated on the ends,with the least color concentration at the beginning. This pictorial diagram from MIna magazine describes how to use eye shadow to fill in the brows. It’s a pretty good guideline.


3) Use the brush below to blend the eye shadow and pencil. Pay attention to how well you blend because this is critical to making ur brows natural looking. If you don’t blend enough, it can look harsh.


4) Perfection is not the aim here. Take your eyebrow mascara ( light color) to gently sweep your eyebrows, to make it look neat and well groomed.




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My Hair & Mascara Update

First off, I’m really sad that I can’t go shopping that frequently because of work and life commitments. I’m trying to look for a home so Its been a little hectic running here and there and meanwhile, I leave u with my current makeshift home



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I was having dinner with the gals a few weeks ago when we got taking about JOSE EBER curling iron. I want to post these pictures for a dear friend of mine who is pretty keen on getting them….





+Curls are super natural and hold pretty well even without product

+It doesn’t get too hot so you won’t burn ur fingers if u touch the rod accidentally

+Very easy to use


-A deflated bank account for financially challenged beings like me

-When I bought this at VIVO city, they were being supported by metal rings, which allowed the curling iron to hang vertically without dropping… …. I don’t think any human has metal rings in their homes to specially hang their hot irons.

In my home, I’m lucky to have some amount of wooden flooring for me to place this curling iron on. Do not place this on laminate flooring cause it can spoil it, in the long run. They should make a metal standing thingy that comes with most curling irons so that we can place it safely on the table without the rod coming into contact with the surface. ya know wat I mean right? Pls shoot me if u don’t.


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In the afternoon, it got super super hot , I tied my hair up into 2 pig tails & my hubby called me








Yes, I think I see the semblance. Maybe I’m just PIPI LONG STOCKINGS EVIL TWIN ~!!

Looking at her really cracks me up all the time. Her pigtails and ridiculous orange freckles remind me not to take things so seriously & have a good laugh at myself every once in a while. Ya know ~

Also, I am a mascara addict. I switch Mascaras like a tick.

Lately, I have been going forth between the Colossal Mascara by Maybelline ( grabbed this from changi airport T3) and FASIO mascara ( a bitch to remove)










As far as curl goes, Fasio wins. As far as removal goes Colossal Wins. As far as volume goes, Colossal also wins but I was pretty disappointed in its performance cause of all the rave reviews I’ve been reading. It doesn’t do much for me, so I won’t buy it again. Fasio mascara have great curling and holding power but its like CEMENT on my lashes. My lashes fall out and they are pathetic because of this mascara. TOo bad. I like the curl.

In summary, I am not going to buy either of these mascaras again. Phew… … Now I can invest some cash into the circle lenses that bring me a step closer to huge eyes!!


I used my Acer Webcam to take these shots. Pretty Clear if you ask me. If I look oily, its because I was born this way.     😛



Picture0003 Also, I know this is super late, but there were fireworks on the 4th July outside my home.

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My favourite food of the moment : Pecan Bun from Swiss Bake @ Holland V


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Shopping Workout For Great Eyes

Who doesn’t get stressed out from work? A great stress suppressor to me stems from a great shopping workout. Strenuous exercise makes me fat cause I bulk up very fast, so I don’t have any other choice but to shop. Shopping allows me to walk alot and in that way my mind gets to wonder and my legs gets to stretch and do some light exercise and all in all I’m a happy girl!

My mini Haul for eye centric tools & cosmetics:


Shu Uemura MINI Eyelash Curler

I’ve been hearing rave reviews on this curler. It’s suppose to give your outer lashes a more curled appearance. Normal curlers don’t catch the outer lashes as well as this mini lash curler. I’ve used it and I like how comfortable it feels. It doesn’t bite my skin or tug at the outer lash. YEAH!



I’ve been eyeing Shu Uemura fake eyelashes for quite some time after being totally inspired by Lady Gaga Makeup.


I love how flamboyant her lashes are in this picture but I brought myself back to reality with a simple question of “ Will you ever wear these outrageous lashes anywhere besides home ?” Answer was fairly simple. Never.

There’s no way I can go out with those lashes she’s wearing above …. …. hahaha

So I settled for SMOKEY LAYERS. They look very natural and flirty and the SA told me it could be reused 10 times. This pair costs 40 bucks so I am going to use it till it falls apart.

I am hoping that Shu Uemura won’t let me dow  as they rarely ever deliver a bad product, so fingers crossed here!




Ettusais Eyebrow Mascara

According to their website , theWaterproof eyebrow mascara neatens eyebrows to give a natural finish. Resistant to sweat, water and sebum. Comes in 3 different shades.

I think my eyebrows need some taming and this could be the answer on days I am too tired( lazy) to draw the eyebrows.

Diverging abit, Ettusais Hypercurl Masacara is an amazing amazing mascara.I buy it when I feel a little more rich. Overall, I like Ettusais!




Another product I purchased from Ettusais is the Eye Zone Tinted Color Essence

From the website:

This lightweight Eye Zone Tinted Color Essence is an eye essence and concealer in one.

How it Works:
Apply Eye Zone Tinted Essence after your pre makeup base. Use it on its own for a natural finish or layer on foundation afterwards for enhanced coverage. To counter more stubborn dark circles, lightly pat Eye Zone Tinted Essence over the eye instead of blending it.

I like this product cause its light and it’s tinted to cover my dark circles. All this work stress, late nights are starting to show. Its only professional for me to not look like a PANDA bear at work 🙂 Plus I gotta take care of my eyes.


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As the work stress piles on, I am super grateful to have this beauty blog. I get to write about my haul, beauty, my interests and its really great to read other great blogs too…

I leave you with a nice video by Fuzkittie: *How to make your eyes bigger*

It helps that she’s wearing those cute ass contacts tat make ur eyes look big ….


Read more here:



The King Of Pop & Japanese Cosmetic & Skincare REVIEW

I cannot believe  that Michael Jackson just passed away.

The King of Pop is an absolute legend and its such a shock that he passed away at the young age of 50.

No human being can come close to dancing, singing or entertaining like him.

His was a life of fame, plagued by  endless legal suits, debts, family and image  issues.

When I watch his old videos, its like being transported to another time zone. Its like re-living my past and it makes me feel sad that this eccentric genius is gone….

I take comfort in one fact that despite everything, his music lives on.







Moving on, I’ve been super busy at work and my desk is looking very cluttered.

My Practice Drawing:

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On the MAKEUP & HAIR front :




After a serious hair frying incident and a rebonding session to salvage the over preocessed hair, I decided to chop off all the dead ends. I went to the shop and told the aunty to give me a straight hair cut and take off 3-4 inches of hair.

Now, when I leave my hair to air dry , its dead straight:


I had a fun time catching up with my pretty and wonderful friends last night and at the end of the day, my hair would look a little more wavy ….



When I curl this shorter  hair of mine, I find that it looks mighty short….I’ve always had long hair most of my life, so I guess I’m used to feeling hair on my back and framing my face. I would love to try a really short hair style but I know it will spell disaster for my fat face. Also, I am making a guess that my Hubby will be frowning, ALOT!

Men and their long hair obsession *tsk tsk*




I  so want my hair to look like these Japanese Girls that I see in

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Right now, my hair is just naturally pin straight. It takes alot of time and product to make it stay curled. I must wake up earlier for the sake of grooming my hair ( but I’m so lazy) ! hehehe



I bought EYE FLASHER  recently at Watsons.I am a true blue sucker for Japanese Products and this one was sitting pretty on the shelve with the most gorgeous wet SILVER Eyeshadow ( right most shade on palette). The Japs are so smart, they include simple instructions on the packaging to obtain 3 different looks.

My Favorite has to be the first one – Smokey Big Eye





IMG_5828I think the colors really compliment Asian yellow skin tones and they work together really well!

Many eye shadow palettes have certain colors that are crappy and certain colors that are gorgeous.This palette is that bit more special cause all the colors look great together and are so easy to blend, and they leave a gorgeous shine. I like the angled applicator tip that comes with the palette as it is suited for small areas, which then allows you to brighten the inner eye corners very nicely.

Also, the wet silver color on the right most is super super hot.

EYEFLASHER cost around $24 + and its worth every penny!


{I used all colors in the palette for my eyes in the picture above}












The Comparison:

**I won’t do a comparison in terms of color because one is dark brown( Sephora) and the other is black ( Extra Heavy Eyeliner).








+ Very easy to use

+ The firm tip allows for easy application even on the lower eye lash

+ Does not smudge when you sweat

– The Tip does not allow for a very fine application like Sephora

– Leaves a hint of color after removal





+ Very Fine Tip Applicator for exact and precise lines

+ Cheaper than Sana Heavy Eyeliner

+ Easy to remove

– Takes rather long to dry

– Smudges easily

-Occasionally leaves a reddish tint after removal ( this can look pretty scary)


Personally, I would go with SANA EXTRA HEAVY EYELINER. I find pen type liquid liners easier to grip and draw and I like the fact that my sister preferred the eye with SANA Heavy Eyeliner more than the eye with Sephora’s Line.

However, not to be too bias towards Japanese Products, I do find that brown eyeliner gives a softer appearance as compared to black liners and Sephora’s liner tips are thin yet firm, thus drawing a  precise line most of the time.

Everyone will have their own favorites, so do have fun experimenting!



(Bought this from WATSONS too, as they have a nice selection of  Japanese skincare and cosmetics…. THANK U WATSONS! )


Another Japanese Product that I am GAGA about. This makeup remover is so so effective yet gentle at the same time. I think Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil has a serious contender and I think this baby may emerge the winner. WHY?


+Removes makeup like a dream!

+No funny smell

+A small pump is enough for removing heavy duty mascara!


+No Irritation at all( unless u get it right in ur eye)




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Victoria Secret Berry Wash

* Changi Airport $18 +

+ Sweet smelling

+ Pretty Packaging

+Skin feels so creamy & moisturized after use

-If you have had smelly sweaty days, skip this. It won’t make you feel squeaky clean

Satsuma Body Polish
*Body Shop ( I’m not sure about the price cause my family has 4-5 bottles at home)

+ OMG, EXCEPTIONAL SMELL that diffuses all over the home

+Pretty Packaging

+Skin is left feeling very Clean & I am completed invigorated after a SATSUMA BATH!

-I skip this at night because it’s too zingy & invigorating for a good night’s rest


Hope u enjoy this review heavy post and have a well rested weekend !



Korean Style Eyeliner – Natural Look

Personally I think Korean actresses know how to enhance their natural beauty and accentuate the positive. Along with the fact that they probably have a pretty darn good plastic surgeon who can grant them instant double eyelids, western nose bridges and maybe throw in a jaw line reduction just for kicks. If I sounds bitter, its cause I am.

So, this entry is going be all about obtaining Korean Actresses – EYES, without the surgery.

The basis of the Korean actress look is really in a flawless face which translates to complete eye bags\ zits\reddness\darkness coverage, well defined eyebrows ( THROW your tweezers out the window) , glossy lips and subtly defined eyes.



I hate Korean dramas but there’s something undeniably beautiful about these Porcelain looking Korean actresses.



Now, now lets get talking about the FUN part :


1) Cream Eyeliner + THIN brush (MAC, Shu uemura, ECO Tools,Maybelline)

If you want a more defined look, easier application as compared to liquid liners, than to me cream liner is the way to go.

The brush gives you more control and grip and as such, you can draw a nice fluid  line. Also, a smaller and firmer brush can produce a more precise looking line.

The down side  with cream liners is that some users still prefer liquid liner as they feel they can draw a thinner more exact line as compared to the cream liner. At the end of the day, it really boils down to personal preference.

Great Stuff: Stila Smudge Pot, MAC black track, Coastal Scents ( been using this alot lately but having issues with removal , I still love it cause of the color intensity though ), Japanese cream eyeliners are pretty good in general


2) Pencil Eyeliner

For a very natural and soft look,  pencil liners would be the best way to go. Tip: Don’t bother with cheap and dry pencils cause they will only hurt the skin.

However, be warned that pencils have the tendency to smudge as they are less permanent than liquid or cream liners. As a rule of thumb, creamier pencils smudge more. Also, make sure to keep the pencil sharp, otherwise the line will be thick and very Un- Korean looking

Great Stuff: MAC Pencil liners (Engraved), Make Up Store, inouvi

3) Liquid Eyeliner

Liquid Liners are great for photos. They come out really well in pictures but in person, liquid liners can look a tad bit harsh, when applied incorrectly. If you use liquid liners, be sure to keep the line really fine and as close to the lashes as possible!

The downside of liquid liners is that they are hard to apply. For me personally,I steer away from liquid liners. Cleaning up the mess is too much work for a lazy gal like me. It takes way too much concentration to keep a stable hand.

Great Stuff: Loreal, Tattoo Eyeliner , Shu uemura





STEP 1– Conceal


STEP 2- Tightlining the UPPER WATER LINE



A great tutorial to describe Tightlining: 

* Tightlining makes all the difference in getting a really nice dark lash line. It make the eyes look really big naturally. This step alone, can open up the eyes.

* Do not be too generous with liner application on the upper water line cause it can smudge really badly on your lower lids.

*Skip tightlining if u have very sensitive eyes.

STEP 3– Draw a THIN line on the lash line using a Black Eyeliner Pencil or Cream Liner

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Step 4– Take an eyeliner brush ( Small, thin, narrow shaped) and dip into some dark eyeshadow. The eyeshadow acts as a sealant and helps to smoke out the drawn line, making it more natural looking.



Step 5 – CURL & MASCARA ( thin coat).

For extra definition, you can go over with liquid liner. This step is truly optional.



I took the picture below from some forum. The pictorial description is pretty much the essence of making your eyeliner appear really natural and soft:







Sources to learn about

great eye lining tips:





First and Foremost, I must say that NYX glitter palette is super easy and super good to use. It’s not overly sticky, neither is it too dry such that it does not adhere to the skin. It’s got a good texture and a great shine.

As you can see from the swatches below, the glitter color intensity is strong and in a nutshell, it’s  an absolute breeze to use.










All the lovely glitter

on my hand…


For a lazy bum like me who hates to take extra steps to make the glitter stay put, I find this pallet handy cause I don’t have to put on a layer of gloss on my lids for the glitter to stick on.

There will be some fallout but nothing too drastic. Just remember to carry a tiny mirror with you when you are out, so you can check and double check for fallen glitter… … Or you can do it the Japanese way, bring a HUGE mirror to check … … either way, NYX gets a thumbs up for this fantastic product! 


Mini MAC HAUL & Bright Eyed Sizzling Red Lips


This is how I started off my yesterday.

Everyday Minerals on my eyes, Top Heavy Mascara focused especially on the tail ends of my lashes for a seductive cat eye look.

EEK!!! No Lipstick?!

Well, my brain usually functions after 2 in the afternoon  .












So, in need of a serious lift ::



B4 red lipstick ^& Gloss :


Acting Sweet!

After red lipstick ^& Gloss :







This is how I started off today.

*MAC Haul at 12pm. WOW. What a stress reliever. Especially when I got  a chance to hang out with my darling friend, Ms Estee .

1) MAC CremeSheen SHY GIRL –




This is such a beautiful lipstick. I read a lot of reviews regarding SHYGIRL & I just had to get my hands on it. WOW. I LOVE.

The lipstick glides on smoothly and the color is so sweet and youthful. Its an orangey color on my hand but on my lips, it totally rocks a nude sexy look. I LOVE THIS!





Isn’t this color lovely? I think the picture speaks for itself. I’m in LOVE.




This eyebrow pencil is so la la… I only like it cause its easy to draw my brows with this. The color is a tad bit too light … …

That’s all for today, CIAO BELLAS!