maandag 31 maart 2014

Sushi Meetup Utrecht and Look Rundown~

Hey guys :D
Wow it's been a while since I attended a big meetup, but last saturday we had one in Amsterdam :) Rox organized it after we had a HYPER get together after I came back :)

I had a loooot of fun and I talked to people I didn't know before :) I just felt really great.. That's just the thing I was really missing about gal style when I was in Japan by myself, that's the social aspect~  I might write more about this in a separate post if I feel like it:)

Anyway so the meet!

We went for lunch at sushi chain Sumo, it's an all-you-can-eat formula, the interior was cute and the food was nice too :)

They have false sakura all over the place, it's kitch but it's cute, especially in this season, I imagine in winter it kind of misses the point but in spring when we're all looking forward to the flowers blooming, this is just kind of nice :) like eating sushi under the sakura :D

Everyone was sitting at the table, waiting for the foooood :)
I'm surprised how great everyone looked!!! When I saw them on the station I was like wow~!!! Real Gyaru!!! It's not Always been like that in the Dutch gyaru community, we've all been pagyaru before right?

Then Rox put a gift on my plate :D she brought it back from Suriname for me back in fall :D 
It's super cute! I'm so happy with this one :) it's got the 2009 like, Delyle/Chanel inspired feel, but because it's short it goes well with this year's trends too :3 I look forward to coordinating it~

I don't usually eat sushi in Holland, unless it's homemade...because it's overpriced and not always that great~  But I was surpised...I thought Japan had funny sushi but actually there's super funny sushi here this thing called crunchy roll...which is a vegetarian piece of sushi with like crunchy tempura  crusts rolled in it :) it was goood! I enjoyed it, it was funny~

After eating lunch, we took group pictures in the top of the restaurant :) Rox was taking pictures with a proper camera so most people are facing her but I wanted my own picture too, so it came out kind of cute.

I love how the pink blossoms contrast to the lot of blue in the group, but corresponds with some of the floral pieces...Like early spring!

We walked for a while after this, to get cocktailllssss!

Yay! So I took pictures with a few people and I was happy to also meet Eva, who comments on my blog a lot too :D It's always fun to meet someone you know from online :) I hope you'll come again next time :D

Took pictures with Nadine, my classmate that also studied in Kyoto, just in a different university.

And my baby Rox :) I was happy to have drinks with Rox by my side~

I had a really great time with everyone and I can't wait for the next meetup!

So some pictures of what I'm wearing :)


Coat: Imugirls, from eBay
Sweater: Retro Girl
Skirt: Egoist
Boots: Cafe Moda
Necklace: Somewhere in Porta-mall, Kyoto
Bracelet: Spinns
Earrings: Mikazuki Momoko
Clutch: Furoshiki/shiki (A Dutch brand of these foldable sticky clutches, inspired by Japanese folding cloths Furoshiki :3 )
Of course I had an extra good time because I'm more confident and I feel really good about my body at this moment. I've lost some weight and dyed my hair, making it look more even and healthier :) I love my new color and I love being back to my favourite weight :3 It doesn't matter I gain weight when I enjoy eating for a while, I was just surprised like "Wow, I looked this good before too?!" Hehehehehe
...And "Wow, what those boots do for my legs~."  It's a great thing :3 so reeeally helps to just feel good about yourself and not to feel like you're compromising on your style. And to have lovely girls around you to have fun with~!!!! Of course :)

Can't wait til the next meetup, in May I think :)

donderdag 27 maart 2014

Cosmetic review: Missha Signature Real Complete BB cream and Tony Moly Cat's Wink clear pact.

Hey guys, so I was planning to make mini reviews but that never really works out so you could consider these full fledged reviews.
Today I'm reviewing 2 of the items I brought back from Seoul, a BB cream and a powder, I put them together because they're both base make-ups, obviously. In the pictures I'm not using any other products except daycream, so no concealer no illuminator, to show you the power of the product itself.

To start with the Signature Real Complete BB cream from Missha. This was a recommended item, according to the shop lady this was the most popular product among Japanese tourists. I don't know a lot about makeup, I know what I like and I tend to stick with the same products because of it, so the fact it was popular was reason enough for me to buy it. The staff also suggested a less covering, more cream like BB cream for me, but I turned it down because I like coverage and it was more pricey D: 
This BB cream was 20,000 won on Missha-day...which is supposed to be a discount day even though I don't know whether I got a discount~ so about 20 Euros, which isn't at all bad but a little over your regular drugstore brands, selling at 10 to 15 euros usually

Wow this is pretty confronting...This is a half/half of the product (BB cream/nude).
I chose this part of the face because I want to see how much it covers up my pores. 
I have to say, it doesn't really show on the picture but this is a really covering BB cream, and I had doubts whether maybe I would have been better off with the product the staff suggested me.. This is about as thick as Dior SkinSculpt foundation, which I was recommended to stay away from as it's heavy duty stuff for aged skin, though I just used it for a year and loved it anyway :P
It's thick and hard to spread over the face, but on the up-side it's extremely covering and long lasting, it stays flawless all day, and even though it's so thick, it doesn't feel too heavy, even though I can't say it feels like you have nothing on~  
It covers my pores well, even though nowadays my pores are less visible than they once were, it's matte, it covers a lot and illuminates, providing a very even skintone, so if you're using this product in it's pure form, I would recommend some contouring under, because if not you'll end up looking like a doll.

Right now I use this product daily, but I mix it with my daycream, using my face as a palette to mix the cream and BB cream. It's not so easy to mix as it's a thick cream on a thin daycream, but patting it in circly motions keeps away the streakyness. And you don't need to use so much, half a pump is enough for natural coverage and it lasts the whole day :) I love this product :D I hope it will last me long :)

Lasting effect:★★★★★

This is the cat's wink clear pact from Tony Moly. I got it because of it's cute appearance, look at it~
It goes very well with my hello kitty lashcase and Etude House handcream and lip-balm, which was a gift from my friend Josephine when she came back from Korea :)

This is color 01, the lightest color, they have 01 and 02. 
It's called clear pact but that doesn't mean it's a clear powder or "BB powder", it certainly has a color and it covers enough to be used as a foundation, even though I'm no big fan of powder foundation.

Here's a half/half of my face with and without the powder (powder/nude).
As you can see it's super matte, and super illuminating! Illiminating shadows in my face like the one under my lip, covering dark circles and little flaws, and it covers the pores pretty well too :)  it doesn't feel dry or heavy at this point.

Here's a half/ half where I'm using the Missha BB cream under the powder (powder & BB cream/just BB cream). This feels a little cakey, not sure I would recommend doing this... It does show how the powder mattifies and illuminates well, but it saturated a little on the cheek-bones...maybe I applied it too soon.. I think combiding these two heavy duty products..might be something I would only do for a red carpet appearance or something..which won't happen so yeah~ But if you're using the Missha BB cream with daycream, I think the Cat's wink can be used for mattifying or touching up during the day just fine~ I recommend Cat's Wink for lovers of powder foundation or those wearing only a very light base, because it could easily be too much~

Mattifying effect:★★★★★

Sooo, I hope you like my reviews, they're quite extensive but if you were interested in these products maybe they were helpfull...I had a lot of fun writing them while I'm supposed to be studying ;)

dinsdag 18 maart 2014

Edge Style: why this might be my new favourite magazine

This year I gave myself a limit to consider when buying magazines in Japan, because I spent too much money on them and they were heavy to take home, but if I did buy magazines, I felt very drawn to this magazine, Edge Style. I was more excited to see it come out than the next Ageha, even more than the next Ane Ageha! Which means a lot because Ageha was getting a little old but Ane Ageha was still really interesting to me.

This magazine has a webpage and there is a lot to see there so check it out: Edge Style webpage

I first bought this magazine because they had a little column, or well...a 2 page spread on Momoeri, but it turns out they have that every month! It's called "Perfect Afternoon" and it's built around Momoeri and her tips for fashion or beauty or travel :) it made me really happy to see her again! Edge Style has a lot of star models on their pages, Jun Komori (ex Popteen) (she was reason for controversy recently and also on maternity leave so not sure about her future in the magazine),  Nana Suzuki (ex Popteen), Natsumi Saito (ex Ranzuki), Rui Kotobuki (ex Katy) (Maybe she doesn't mean that much to you but I really like her style) and others.

The contents are on the more mature side, but in my opinion they have a cuter and a little more varied offer than Blenda and Jelly, and a less rigid image than Nuts (their models are a little hardcore). The models represent very different styles, like Natsumi is known for her little more crazy style, Narumi is very very sexy, Suzu is cute etc.

They have spreads on how to coordinate stuff from foreign brands (Zara, F21, H&M~), how to coordinate with stuff from GU (a Uniqlo daughter brand). They have western celeb snaps, Japanese street snaps, they show the new items from popular Japanese brands by the brand's own models or shopstaff, the magazine has super many different interesting spreads and caters to different styles.

I think out of the mature magazines (Nuts, Blenda, Jelly, sCawaii and maybe Vivi) I like this one the most now. I even skipped spring's Ane Ageha for March's Edge Style!

(Not sure whether this is an advertisement or what but it just looks cute!)

If you have a chance to read Edge Style, I really recommend you look into it once, especially if you feel your style is maturing and you don't know where to go with it~

woensdag 12 maart 2014

Trip to Seoul: Shopping and shopping haul :D

Its already the 12th of March and *WHAM* life happened, or rather study did... I've got a lot to catch up on before the end of the month so I'll slow my blogging pace a little but I intend to keep posting regularly, like once a week or so.. I've noticed a lot of people have updated this week, spring-fever much? ;)
As for me, well, here's another post about my Korea trip :)

So except for sightseeing, of course some shopping had to be done in Korea. Obviously I've also gone cosmetics-shopping, but I've put that in a separate post :) This is just a short post about the shopping I've done in Seoul~

First my friend took me to an area called Sinsa, it's got a relatively short shopping street with trees along the street.. This might not sound so special to you but in my opinion Japan has very little trees and Kyoto has really really little, unless it's in parks~ And as a European I'm used to having lots of trees in the city and this area gave me a lot more European feel~

This is no a very good picture but the point is there are trees~ 

This was earlier that day when I stepped out of the subway, this Uniqlo poster has Tom Odell on it! I was surprised because Japanese Uniqlo doesn't have Tom Odell and I like him so it was cool to see his picture~

This was a vintage store I think, I took a picture there because my leopard coat went well with the walls of the building ;)

The next day we went to an area called Insadong, famous for it's traditional craft stores but we're two 20-something girls so we manage to just walk into all the shops with cute stuff, I didn't buy a single traditional thing...feel a little barbaric but well~

This was a cute shopping mall in Insadong with lots of cute crafts-stores :)

They have this cute Jetoy store on the top floor :) I will write a little more about that below~

And a place where couples hung lovenotes on looks cute like blossom~

This was a day full of shopping! We took the subway to Myeongdong, and this cool advertisement was in the subway:

I don't have a lot of pictures from Myeongdong even though I did most of my shopping there. Stepped in every cosmetics store and bought my lovely new bag from A-land and Jacket from Mixxo~

But this is a picture my friend took of me in A-land in there~ I look funny~ 

Then we went to Dongdaemun Market, it's an area with lots of big malls what stay open until the early morning, and a materials-market that opens very early in the morning, meaning you can basicly shop 24 hours a day here. 

Though you can normally enter and shop as a consumer, my friend told me most of these stores are originally meant for wholesale and this is the center of fashion of whole Korea. Because I was wondering how these kind of places could economically survive..but she told me this is the only place in Korea like this and they make money on wholesale rather than shopping tourists or other individuals.
There really are a lot of big malls, some are more high class and others are cheap. When we went some of them weren't open, some don't open on Tuesday and Wednesday, they need a break too~ Instead a night-market appeared in front of the closed malls, selling cheap goods and false brand items~

I thought it would be so cool to shop at night, but inside the mall you don't notice it's night...and there's not a lot of people and you get lost in the gigantic buildings with lots of cute stuff but completely unknown brand names...I saw a lot of cute jackets but I bought nothing

I actually had a manicure on the last day of my stay! Originally my friend and I had planned to get gel-nails, but the salon had some appointments and we ended up only getting our hands taken care of and getting very cute nail polish! I picked this summery cute color to go with my new bag~

So now for the shopping haul :) 

The Jacket was from a Korean Zara-like shop called Mixxo. I was so charmed by all jackets in Korea, they have long jackets with a fabulous straight cut, and I love those kind of jackets~ I wanted to buy all of them but I went with a black blazer in the end...because, this migt be odd but, I didn't have one yet! I didn't have a black blazer yet, so I used the excuse it would be very practical :)

This cute cat is so cute! I had seen items from this cat before in Japan, in Korea town :) it's a cute character/ cute design called ChooChoo cat, from a brand called Jetoy I mentioned above~ I was thinking about writing another post about the brand because I like having cute things on my blog~ I bought a set of this stuff for about 10 euros, because it was from the previous season or something...they had many different combinations but I picked this set because the blue card-wallet would look cute with my new bag, and the blue sticky notes have a cat on them with traditional King's clothing and a palace on the I bought it as a souvenir of Korea I guess~

I got this bag from a select shop called A-land, it's a chain but I think the inventory differs a little per store. I saw these bags first in the A-land store in Sinsa, then I couldn't take my mind off it and found it again in another A-land store I think in Myeongdong :) 
This brand called 3.3 Field Trip has lots of gorgeous bags, I totally fell in love with another black bag as well...but I couldn't afford 2 especially considering I had to take all of that back home too. It wasn't too expensive though! The bag is well made and the price was..something between 40 and 50 euros I think~ I might consider buying more bags from this brand if it's possible online and if the bag offers reasonable quality on the long run~

And because I'm addicted to magazines I tried hard to find Korean was a little hard because like in Holland most of their magazines are local versions of the international names like Elle, Vogue, Teen Vogue, Elle Girl etc.. I kind of wanted magazines that displayed Korean fashion like Japanese magazines do Japanese fashion.. I didn't succeed, but I did buy a cool urban streetsnap magazine and fashion/gossip newspaper :)

So what I've got to say about shopping in Seoul, is that it's great! I love it! You can shop 24 hours a day if you like, and Korean fashion is very stylish, a little less distinct than Japanese fashion but the sizes are forgiving and I think if you don't have a specific look in mind and you're ready to be surprised, you'll love shopping in Korea :)