Brows 101

What up, dingles.

This blog has fallen (more) silent (than usual) lately, and that’s because I was preparing for the JLPT – and to leave the country. Forever. (Slash for now.)

BUSY TIMES.
But now that the JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) is over, I should have slightly more time to fux with my internet hobbies.

THAT SAID:
The next post of my self-inflicted Hair Challenge is underway – and in the meantime, I made a quick video! And it still technically pertains to hair, so. Hah.

Brow grooming 101, for those of us whose brows require multiple tools to tame. This is the technique I’ve used to subdue my brows for years, and it’s p good.

Let me know what you think!

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Space Punx + Sakura

We’re baaaack.

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宇宙人 | Space Punk

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And we come bearing photos.

Just landed…

These are from a shoot the fabulous Jazmin and I did back in March, during the short window of time when the sakura bloom in Japan. Rather than have a traditional hanami (flower viewing), we of course turned the opportunity into a photoshoot.

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Aliens + Cherry Blossoms.
Because we can.

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Makeup:
Foundation – MAC Studio Waterweight in NC 15
Bronzer – Anastasia Beverly Hills Illumin8 in ‘Sun Bronzed’
Blush – Hervana by Benefit
Highlight – Charlotte Bronson’s ‘Shoshanna’ trio
Brows – S7 from the Smashbox ‘Full Exposure’ palette
Eyeshadow – MAC
Lips – ‘Gel’ by MAC
Lashes – Dollywink
Septum ring – Crazy Factory

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Clothes:
‘Mum’ T-shirt – Zara
Apron dress – Zara
Shoes – Zara (shocker)
Tights – GL I have no idea

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And yes, these are the Space Buns of which I spoke, plus curls. (P.S.: I genuinely had no idea I didn’t come up with the term ‘space buns’. Baader-Meinhof? Idk lol.)

Also fun fact: somebody called the COPS on us ’cause they thought we were trying to break into this lighthouse. But when they showed up they were too timid to talk to us, so.

Guys. C’mon. Come. On. We’re just here to dress weird and take pictures. Find your chill.

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Jazmin, modeling an alternative to Space Buns – twist buns, or as we referred to them in college, Miley Buns. Whatever you wanna call ’em, they cute.

As for this bitch’s clothes and makeup, you’d have to ask her. I did her eyes from a MAC palette and her brows from the same Smashbox palette I used for mine, but the rest is a mystery~

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Thanks, as always, to this beauty for letting me draw on her face/dump glitter in her hair/take pictures of her. ❤

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She’s the sweet alien.

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…Or is she?

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Space Punks don’t care if you’re not supposed to climb sakura trees. Slash we didn’t know. Oops.

And yeah, sakura are gr8 and everything, but…

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We also found hella dandelions. Shit is gorgeous.

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Homesick for the home planet.

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And yes, I took one trash traffic-mirror selfie, give me a break.

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…And a derpy selfie of us because how else do you wrap a photoshoot?

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Stalk Jazmin on instaslam for more actual photography, if you’re into ridiculously beautiful pictures of Japan.

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Until next time, Space Punks.

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Daiso Haul!

Heyo – I made another video! (And a rhyme!)

In which I take my first trip to Daiso, a Japanese dollar store (108 yen technically, but), and walk away with a stupid amount of dumb purchases. Oops.

Take a look and appreciate how out of hand I let my roots get before finally dyeing my hair again. Lesson learned. Sigh.

P.S.: This video comes with a bonus drinking game – take a shot every time I say “origami” and risk a swift death. Play at your own risk.

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Space Buns

Let the Hair Challenge continue!

This look comes straight out of Japan’s kawaii culture – that is to say, it’s hella cutesy and feminine. Not usually my thing, but with the right outfit and runway snarl you can give it a bit of edge.

I’ve seen these called Kuma (bear) Ears – or shit, you could probs just call them buns, that’s p much what they are – but for the sake of promoting my Space Punk aesthetic, I’ve labeled them Space Buns. Nothing too advanced here technique-wise, but I have Photoshop ffs so hey here’s a tutorial. There are a few ways to obtain this or similar styles, but I went the teasing/pinning route.

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Steps:
1. Create pigtails where you want the buns to lay on your head. (That sounded weird ahem.)
2. Tease the crap outta them pigtails.
3. 
Wrap and pin the buns to the shape and size you want.
4. Spray the crap out of that shit.

Voila. Stupid easy. I also curled my hair into loose waves when I last wore this look – as you can see below, in a photo from our last artsy shoot ;).

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Look forward to the rest of that photodump soon.
(There were cherry blossoms. And dandelions. So kawaii.)

Also here’s another tutorial for the same basic style that I saw on Pinterest. This lady’s technique and positioning are a bit different than mine, so depending on your hair type/cut this might work better for you. I, having way too much thick-as-fuck hair, had plenty to wrap around into a full bun, but for shorter hair you might have better luck with the technique below.

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Adorbs.

Also super jelly of her hair color. ON THAT NOTE time to get back on the challenge/tutorial game before my roots grow back.

Stay kawaii, hookers.

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地震 | Earthquake

Where the hell have I been? Glad you asked.

Earthquakes.

…I’ve been in the middle of a bunch of earthquakes.

I don’t know how much it’s being discussed abroad, but my prefecture in Japan has been wracked with quakes lately – the biggest they’ve had since 3/11. I’M FINE, which is honestly just plain luck, but needless to say it’s delayed my posting/uploading for the past while.

BUT I’M BACK (God willing.)

The hair challenge continues – new material is on the way! But in the meantime here’s a “vlog” I finally finished editing.

…I just hit paste and a picture of a sheep came up. Wrong link.

THERE IT IS.

A “behind the scenes” look at filming a vlog….Or at least what happens when I try to film a vlog. This is what I get for trying to have a mind-expanding cultural experience.

Anyway, hopefully the earth is done shaking (knock on wood). Hair stuff soon.

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Nagasaki Lantern Festival

Little vlog from the amazing and gorgeous Nagasaki Lantern Festival back in February. It was actually oddly nostalgic throwing this video together…until I remembered how gross and cold it was the whole weekend. Still, 10/10 would go again. And eat more Chinese street food.

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So, you know the ghost town we’ve been trying to find? No?

Oh, that’s right, I didn’t mention it on this blog. It’s on the Japan blog that my friends and relatives actually know about. Anyway.

We kinda found one! Sort of. My friend/queen Jazmin found a decrepit industrial building/structure of some sort that’s been tagged all over the place and covered in trash, SO, naturally, we thought it was the perfect place for a photoshoot.

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Slash I might just move there.

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I feel right at home.

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Trash throne.

Shouts out as always to Jazmin, photographer extraordinaire and just overall stellar person-who-puts-up-with-my-shit.

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Plus she cute.

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We did some dumb shit to get these photos as well, like climbing up walls and through brambles and shit – needless to say, in heels.

Talk about living on the edge amirite?

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And yes, I have a Common Culture sweatshirt; I am YouTube trash, okay? But that aside, it also makes for a great skate punk piece.

Also support artists and creators etc. etc.

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Smile if you’re garbage.

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BTW the dress (only clothing article worth mentioning I suppose) is from Zara (duh). Leather is a necessity for the Space Punk.

More of Jazmin’s legitimate photography (and the occasional car window selfie) on instaslam:

Some real yanki lookin muffintop eatin asses

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And yes yes more hair stuff coming. LET ME FIX MY ROOTS OKAY.

Until then, 宇宙人 ~

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