I remember my first post to the gal community on LJ. I was freeeeaking out. I was afraid people would tear me apart. Didn't want to end up on the pages of gal secrets, LOL. Now I don't care so much and I didn't let stupid creeps on the web prevent me from doing what I loved and wearing what I loved! So I just posted pics to my fbook, photobucket, blog...whatever! But I tried to keep it private for the most part because I knew I was still learning. And boy...did I have a LOT to learn! @___@; I still don't consider my current gal style and makeup techniques "perfect" by any means. It's all still a huge WIP.
But yeah. For your entertainment purposes here's my pics of gal through the past 3 or so years!
Click below. ;3
My first attempt at gyaru makeup:
Circa late 2009 ~ early 2010 ish
I know. I know. Painful. No fake eyelashes. Just circle lenses. Clumpy-ass mascara. I look back on this and while I do feel a little embarrassment, I am mostly just like "wow, I have come a long way!"
A little later on (a few weeks):
A few months later:
My outfits weren't that great either:
Cute but not really gal? IDK.
I finally buckled down and bought a Liz Lisa replica dress from DreamV on Rakuten:
Still not perfect but oh well! I love those cowgirl boots too btw. I still wear 'em daily!
Circa Summer 2009 (or maybe it was 10?) I forget...
I tried a boho look but decided it wasn't for me.
Circa Summer 2010: I decided I wanted to be more princess-y so I bought a REAL Liz Lisa dress (black, lol!) and paired it with my hime wig (which up until then I tried to wear only with lolita so I could learn how to style my hair as a gyaru.)
I gave up on curls for a while (damaged my hair) from all the styling and decided to go split! I asked my hair stylist to bleach half of my hair, leaving the other half darker! This was really on-trend a few years back. I still have a split wig but it isn't anywhere near as extreme as this look was for me. I think I will look back on this and be like "wtf was I thinking" but it really was on trend for gal at the time! ;)
Split hair with a coord:
I was actually spotted by a girl who started a vintage fashion business and she asked me to model for her because she loved my style! She said this reminded her of vintage from the 1990s and I've also heard people say it reminds them of Blossom which I've never seen (a TV show) but apparently she loved hats and denim! LOL.
October 2010, more split hair and Western trending:
A friend drew a cute pic of me:
Makeup was starting to improve a bit:
Here's another coordinate from ages ago. Really simple/casual:
Can't tell in the pic but my makeup still needed tons of work!
Bought some maxi dresses, decided I wanted to work those into coords:
Late 2010/Early 2011:
I attempted the "droopy" eyelashes and failed pretty hard.
LOL. My style during the winter and colder months ended up being more rock gyaru than Liz Lisa which I reserved for summertime. I also experimented with dolly kei in the winter and mori girl in the autumn!
I can't believe I had those jeans, haha. WTF. My friend Michael calls them the "ripped cat vomit jeans!" xD
Also thought of attempting kogal but realized I looked retarded in it:
Back to Liz Lisa again (circa Summer 2011):
My makeup was improving too:
Liz Lisa again.
Make up was getting a bit better:
I met some pro photographers who agreed to do some TFP shoots since they had never shot gyaru before. ;)
April 17th, 2011: Some of my gal friends and I decided to run a gyaru panel at Anime STL for 2011:
Sadly it was not well advertised so we had minimal turn out but I still had fun!! :D
Make up was getting better too! :)
November 2011: I wanted to try "Mode gyaru" but wasn't really sure how to do it. This was my attempt (with some of my gal friends at a circle meet.)
We got our nails done too:
Acrylic tips with gel coat. I wish I could keep up on my gal nails but it's really a difficult thing for me as my job involves a lot of typing and they just end up getting destroyed! D:
Late 2011/Early 2012:
I decided I wanted to try a MA*RS coordinate. A bunch of my gal friends from our circle here, Sugar Gyaru, decided to go on a gal shopping trip to a local mall. We stopped by DEB where I found looots of ultra cheap and cute stuff! I got a pink and black animal print top, some cheap jeans which I've worn to shreds, and super adorable leopard print chiffon skirt with pleats for like $4!!
I decided to try Diamond Lash bottom lashes and was really really pleased with the effect!
Present-day, March/April 2012:
Bought this dress from TaoBao from a shop that makes Liz Lisa inspired stuff. Quality was awesome but it was uber short. Decided I would wear this tonight to the Anime STL Fashion Show! (I will add pics to this post later.)
Sorry for crappy pics. Every time I go out in gal, my BF isn't home to take pics of me in good lighting and I always forget once I'm out! LOL!
Here's myself and my gal circle! One gal is missing though, she couldn't make this meet-up:
I was wearing rock gal that night and my gal sistaaah, Yu-chan helped style my hair that night, yay! :)
Finally I leave you with some purikura from Summer 2011:
Me and Yuka. She said I looked "the most gal I ever looked" in this outfit but sadly I didn't get a single good pic of me in it! D: Some random girl who saw us walking to my car said she "loved our costumes" and when we told her we dress like this normally and it wasn't a costume, she FREAKED OUT, omg, hahahahaha. Was like, the funniest thing ever! WTF! xD
But yeah, pretty crazy that I went from this:
In the span of ~3 yrs!! So if you're trying to improve your make-up technique, don't worry. Read lots of articles, watch youtube vids, and practice, practice, practice! Don't give up!! :D
My deco'd iPhone case!