How to clean up your make up area collection.
If you’re anything like me your bathroom tends to end up like this after a week or so of being lazy.
Ever mindful that this amount of messy-ness looks unclean and is probably unhygienic I set about to find a nice solution that was stylish and didn’t cost me anything. As usual I was aiming to follow Hime Gyaru/Lolita stylings.
Sorry for the lack of photos, I didn’t think I was going to make this into a tutorial while I was doing it! On to raiding my craft stash!
Materials: 1. Pretty paper 2. Old Boxes 3. Glue 4. Black lace 5. Ribbon bows
Instructions: I was fortunate enough to find some old boxes that looked like drawers so it was pretty easy. You can use whatever you have on hand or make them from scratch.
First I gathered my materials.
Then I used the pretty paper to cover the old boxes. I glued it on nice and securely and made sure the drawers still fit together.
Next I wrapped the lace around to decorate it and when I was happy with the finish I glued it in place.
I then added the bows.
Once everything was all dry I put all my make up into the pretty new boxes and TADAA!
So I guess that’s how to clean up your make up collection…
Welcome to my Hime Gyaru Hair Tutorial!
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS HIME GYARU HAIR TUTORIAL HAS BEEN UPDATED HERE. The version below is achieved by teasing your hair, if you don’t want to tease it click here for the other version. This is also only one way to do this style. I have done several others so please check the tutorial section for videos etc.
Please note that there are a LOT of photos so dial-up users beware!
This tutorial is just for the the way that I do my hair, there are several other ways to do this but this is one way that it works for me. I have done several other posts on hime gyaru hair tutorials.
Without further ado…
To start off you should have clean hair, brush all of the knots out of it and make sure it’s dry.
I’m so used to having my hair up, it looks weird to have it down!
Now get your materials together. You need a nice hair brush, a can of hair spray (I LOVE Sunsilk Super Hold)
You will also need LOTS of bobby pins
And some accessories to tie your whole look together. I like to have an alice band and a big bow to stick on the back to cover all the pins
Now let’s get started!
Brush your fringe forward and the rest of you hair backwards as if you were going to put it in a pony tail.
Now put your fingers at the tops of your ears and work them through your hair until they meet at the top. Basically what you should be doing is separating a section of hair that is about one inch thick. Pull it upwards and hold on to it for a moment.
This section will eventually become the smooth part of the quiff (top lump of hair) so you need to clip it out of the way for now. I usually twist it to the side and stick a clip in.
Pretty sexy huh?
It should look roughly like this:
Now is the fun part… Take a section of hair behind the bit you clipped off a couple of inches thick. This will be the part of hair the keeps the whole thing up!
Pull this section of hair up and keep hold of it.
At this point it might help you to tie the rest of y
our hair up. Once you get some more practice you might not bother but if it’s your first time then it makes it easier!
Now pull the section of hair up above your head.
At this point you probably look like an extra out of a Dr Suess movie!
Now is the fun part! Tease the section you’re holding until it’s massive! To tease the hair you brush it from the tips to the roots so it turns into a big knotty mess.
Now you look like a deranged Mana fan so strike your best pose!
Lol cool style in it’s own way but we’re here for Hime hair!
So grab the teased part and start squishing it into a big ball. Don’t squish it too much or it will loose it’s shape. if you want it to be bigger just tease it some more!
Now curl it backwards over on itself. It should look like a big fluffy tube from the side. If you want don’t get it right the first time just tease it up some more and try again. Remember the bigger the better!
Grab your bobby pins and pin that big old tube in place!
Once you are happy with the positioning you should use your hairspray! Don’t scrimp on the spay, if you want it to stay up all day then it needs to be sturdy. If you find that it shape isn’t roughly what you want then you can squish it into shape and add more spray, it doesn’t need to be perfect because we’re going to cover it with hair. Sexy huh?
Now is the time to take down all of the hair you’ve clipped up. See it’s starting to take shape!
This part takes a little practice so don’t worry if it doesn’t come out right the first time, just unpin it and try again!
From the inch of long hair at the front take a section at the top/middle of your head and brush it straight upwards. This section should be wide enough to cover a good part of the quiff.
Now carefully place the hair backwards over the teased bump. Make sure it’s fairly smooth.
Bring it down over the back and use a bobby pin to fix it in place. Again use your hair spray to seal it down.
Now grab a section of hair on the side and brush it up and back. Fiddle with it until it covers all the messy bits of the teased part.
Once you have it right you can pin it down and spray it in place. It should look something like this:
Now do that to the other side and you’re almost done! If you have a few stray bits like I do in the photo below just spray the area and smooth it down with your hand.
Now we’re ready to decorate! Pick out a nice big bow for the front and if you want to try out a side swept fringe then this is the time!
Side swept doesn’t look very good on me but I bet it looks awesome on you!
Now make sure you have a bow or some flowers handy to cover up all those ugly bobby pins in the back! Just pin it straight into the quiff, if you make sure to pin through the teased part it won’t go anywhere even on the windiest, rainiest, craziest day where you’re stuck on a train with your head in some guy’s sweaty armpit and you’ll be all ready for that photoshoot for Jesus Diamante!
Taadaa! All done 😀 Make sure to cam-whore it up, you just spend 923810 hours doing your hair, people should bloody well notice!
If you want, you can add hair extensions, I love them but I don’t wear them every day. Too cute!
Before you go and try it yourself you should probably see how horrible it is to take out at the end of the day *_*
Ow! Pins hurt!
Oh noes! My brush is stuck in my giant knotty tangle of hair *_*
Have fun brushing it all out! Let me suggest this, don’t just dry brush it… GET LEAVE IN CONDITIONER! This will help de-tangle it. Also you should make sure to wash and condition the hair afterward or give it a moisture treatment! If you wear your hair like this often it really needs it!
I would love to see photos of you wearing Hime Gyaru style hair! Let me know what you thought of this tutorial 🙂
Thank you for reading!
This is a very uninformative acrylic nail tutorial.
I apologize in advance for my crappy camera work on this, it’s hard to hold a cell phone camera in one hand while doing acrylic nails with the other *_*
I am really not very good at writing tutorials but people are always asking about how I do my nails so I thought I’d give it another go. Please note that this really is just a rough guide, it’s not comprehensive, it’s just what I do!
Onwards to the acrylic nail tutorial.
Firstly you should get all of your materials together. I get all of my things together on a tray table so I can do it on the couch and be nice and comfy.
In this picture you can see all my bits and pieces:
• Acrylic nail kit including nail tips, buffer, bush, nail glue, acrylic liquid, acrylic power, vitamin nail prep. • Moisturizer • Dapper dish (glass dish for holding the acrylic liquid) • Nail clippers • Assortment of nail polish • Cotton buds • Orange sticks • Nail polish remover • Nail buffer • Dish of water to wash hands in • Extra nail tips and old nails to get inspiration from
If you’re using a store bought acrylic kit you should always follow their instructions!
The first things that you need to do is prep your hands. Use the moisturizer and give yourself a massage, I used to have a little UFO hand massager from the Body Shop which was awesome but it’s been lost amongst my bathroom junk. If Nintento Ds taught us anything it’s that touch is good so rub away!
Now use the clippers and trim you nails so they are well shaped, you should also use an orange stick to clean under your nails and push back your cuticles if necessary. Take the buffer/sander and sand gently along the flat of the nails to get rid of ridges and roughen up the nail so the glues bond better.
Once your natural nails are all ready you should lay out all your nail tips and find one that fits each finger individually. It’s really important to get a good fit so if you can’t find one that actually fits then you should use the next biggest one and sand the edges until it does.
The edges should be able to matching up to your natural nails around 4mm from the top edge. Now following the instructions glue each nail in place. My natural nails are tiny so my tips cover most of the nail but if yours are longer then you should put them lower down.
RAWR! Witch nails!
Ok so once they’re dry then you need to trim and shape them to the length you want.
Now is the part where following your acrylic instructions is super important because sets tend to differ slightly. The general idea of what you’ll need to do is this:
– Put the nail prep liquid on the exposed nail, wait 30 seconds and apply a second coat, wait 2 minutes. Be sure not to put it on the fake nail!
– Pour some acrylic liquid into the dapper dish. Dip your brush in, wipe the excess on the side and the put the tip of it into the acrylic powder.
– Move it around in a circle so you create a little melted ball on the end of the brush. Apply that ball to your nail and wipe it into the nail in long strokes until smooth. Apply more balls until you have covered the whole nail. It should have a smooth finish but don’t worry too much about small bumps because you can sand them out afterward. If your trying it for the first time don’t give up! My first nail was terrible and lumpy! It takes a little practice but you’ll get it in the end!
– Now wait a few minutes for the acrylic to dry. To tell if they’re dry tap them together and if it sounds like nails then you’re done! You can now sand and shape any bumpy bits with your emery board. Here are my finished nails.
Ok so you’ve got the nice acrylic base to work on now, lets get decorating!
At this point I usually clear off the table of anything I won’t need such as the acrylic kit and I lay out everything I need for decorations such as specific nail polishes and jewels. I put paper towel down before I sort loose jewels so nothing gets lost.
For the design I’m showing you today you will need: • Light pink nail polish • Clear nail polish • 10 white pearls gems • 20 pink pearl gems • Light pink loose glitter • Lots of small pink diamantes depending on how big your nails are. • Nail polish dryer is optional but effective
First give your nails a coat of pink. Depending on the brand you have you may need up to 4 coats to get a nice smooth finish. If you want to apply a base coat or primer coat go ahead before the pink. Once the pink is completely dry take your clear polish and paint a diagonal triangle across each nail as shown my the red in the picture below.
While the clear is still wet dip the nail into the pot of glitter. It helps to do each nail one at a time so the polish doesn’t dry too quickly. Once you’ve dipped each nail and they’re dry, take the cotton bud and wipe away any wayward glitter. They should look like this:
Now do another coat of clear over each nail to seal in the glitter perfectly.
Once that is dry get together all of your jewels and pearls.
Violet’s tip 1. Picking up the jewels to place them can be hard especially if you have a round jewel and are using tweezers. My tip is to use a matchstick with some old blue tac that has lost most of it’s sticky. It’s strong enough to pick everything up but as long as you don’t press too hard it will leave the jewel behind on the tacky polish.
You should paint a line of clear along the diagonal line on the first nail and place a white pearl in the middle, then place a pink pearl on either side and fill in the gaps to the sides of the nail with small pink gems to complete the line. Make sure to press down the jewels into the nail polish with an orange stick so they stick nicely.
Wait for that to dry and then clear coat over the top of everything for a final seal.
Viola! Cute Hime style nails!
Violet’s tip 2. If you’re worried about things falling off you can do another clear coat the next day.
Awesome over the top shoes with lace flowers are a staple of Hime Gyaru fashion. Now I’m not saying that you should ditch those Jesus Diamante pumps in favor of my cheap lacy flowers but here is a slightly less expensive option.
For Christmas this year I was given some cute wedge shoes that I wanted to doll up a bit, with no money left over after the holiday season here is what I came up with.
Simple Lace Flowers Tutorial
Materials needed for lace flowers:
Violet’s special tip #1:
I would suggest that you buy nicer lace than I’ve used here, this is just what I had on hand at the time.
Ok so now that you’ve gathered all your materials together it’s time to get started!
Step 1. Thread your needle
Step 2: Starting at the scalloped edge on one end of the lace use a running stitch to stitch down the edge. Gather it so the end of the lace is dragged to a point as above in the photo.
Step 3: Now continuing your running stitch, turn the corner and stitch all the way along the straight edge side of the lace and up the other side again. When you’re finished the line of stitching you’ve made should look like a big long “U” shape and the only side that is left unstitched should be the scalloped edge.
Step 4: Pull the thread carefully so that you end up with nice ruffle as seen above.
Step 5: Tie your thread off but don’t cut it yet.
Step 6: Now hold the end of the gathered edge and start rolling. In the photo above, the white line represents how the edge should be curled around itself in a spiral.
Step 7: Now start stitching around the spiral to hold it all together. It should look something like the above picture with the white line representing the spiral and the green lines representing the stitches. When you’re sure that it’s secure tie off your thread.
Step 8: Keep a good hold of the rose and glue your badge back in place. Be careful not to burn yourself with the hot glue!
Step 9: Once the glue is secure open up the pins on the badges.
Step 10: Cut out 2 small circles of felt, the diameter should be slightly smaller than the width of your badge backs. Now glue them over the open badge back so they cover all the glue and leave a nice finished look.
Step 11: Turn it upside down and spread the “petals” out. here is a finished flower! Now if you want you could make a second and attach them to your shoes.
Here are the shoes I got for christmas, what do you think? Tadaa!
Violet’s special tip #2:
Obviously you could use the lace flowers on things rather than shoes such as a corsage or a hair piece.