Space Punx + Sakura

We’re baaaack.

P1020842

lighthouse pose crop

宇宙人 | Space Punk

P1020832

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.

P1020966

Aliens + Cherry Blossoms.
Because we can.

makeup crop

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

DSC_4095

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

12909422_10205969675430722_6777493366099467213_o

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.

P1020917

P1020919

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~

P1020937

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

P1020975

She’s the sweet alien.

P1030009

…Or is she?

12898174_10207623115954963_7896671134611063419_o

P1020954

P1020982

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…

P1030030

We also found hella dandelions. Shit is gorgeous.

P1030029

P1030027

Homesick for the home planet.

P1030044

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

P1030040

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

P1030023

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

P1030024

space buns behind

Until next time, Space Punks.

XX

Advertisements

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.

panda ears tutorial

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 ;).

space buns behind

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.

9be285573095a69a8f7fbb4d8a16569e

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.

XX

Blog Signature

Trash Queendom

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.

P1020541

Slash I might just move there.

P1020544

I feel right at home.

DSC_2996

DSC_3004

宇宙人

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

P1020585

DSC_3008

P1020550

Trash throne.

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

P1020556

Plus she cute.

P1020617

P1020558

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?

P1020663

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.

P1020655

Smile if you’re garbage.

_SC_2995

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

A post shared by Jazmin Guerrero (@jazmanian_devil_) on

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

Until then, 宇宙人 ~

Blog Signature

“Bite” Inspired Makeup Look

P1020387.JPG

So you know how you get bored and have random makeovers/photoshoots?

Sure you do. Or if you really don’t, try living alone in rural Japan for over a year. You take up a shitload of hobbies.

This little endeavor exercised like three of my hobbies/interests – fashion, makeup, photography. Note that I’m still learning/experimenting with all of them.

In this case: baby plays with aperture for the first time. Gives a nice 90s, polaroid look to my despicably unaesthetic apartment.

Nothing can be done for that horrific couch, though.

P1020415.JPG

Shit, did I say three interests? I meant four: music plays a role in this as well.

I’d been meaning to do a look based on Troye Sivan’s “Bite” for a minute (is it not the sexiest fucking song ever?) and finally threw this together with additional inspiration from Glam&Gore‘s pointed lip look (video linked at the bottom).

The song has a sort of funhouse-y feel to it, so the look’s a little clownish and…well, the word “unsettling” comes to mind. Off-putting. Pierrette meets vamp.
Still, personally I would totally wear this kinda look out. Stranger things have happened.

Couldn’t resist including the “sex” industrial.

Also btw (bonus points for continuity) I used the Dutch Braid Pigtails from my last tutorial, this time binding the braids off at the nape.

bite makeup 1bite makeup 2

 

Makeup-wise, I used an Urban Decay Book of Shadows palette for the eyes, some crazy Japanese drugstore liquid liner, an Anastasia Brow Powder Duo, and…well, believe it or not Mac’s Matte Royale for the lips…

They’re blue, okay, just…purple in the pictures. (Hi aperture I still don’t really know what you do or if this is even your fault.) And for lack of black lipstick/paints I just made due with different eyeliners for the pointed lip. Not ideal, but it worked fine for a random weekday night photo-op.

The lashes were my first foray into Dolly Wink products…and holy shit they are incredible. The glue that came with them doesn’t dry totally clear though, so no bonus points there.

The dress (yes the same one from my first Halloween post ages ago) I got at a thrift store in Japan, and the jewelry is all random crap from the fabled 400 Yen store (RIP T_T) and shops in Shibuya. The gloves, laughably, I believe are from Claire’s from like…how old am I?…10 years ago Jesus.

P1020520

This is what happens when I try to stay in on a Friday and be responsible. I still end up caking myself in makeup and wasting time.

I’m an adult.

XX
Blog Signature

Hair (Tutorial) Challenge

ALRIGHT, enough is enough.

This is getting out of hand. If I’m honest it has been for a while now.

I don’t know how much more I can take.

It’s getting to be about that time…

Time to cut my fucking hair off.

 

IMG_1348

I mean srsly look at this mess.

I’ve been growing my hair out for like 4 years, striving to get it as long as possible, simply because I’d never had long hair before.

There’s a fucking reason for that.

When you've technically had your hair in Dutch braids since last year…

A post shared by Charlotte Delautre (@harlequinharlot) on

Exhibit A.

I HATE IT. It takes forever to wash and brush, it looks like shit down (in my case and my opinion at least), and as far as bad hair days go, they seem to rear their ugly heads (GET IT) more frequently the longer mine grows.

IMG_1852

And good hair days (see above) require a level of try-harding for which I lack the energy.

I miss having short hair. I loved it. (And I think we can all agree it suits me better, if you were to pretend to have an opinion on the matter.) But the reason I forsook it is not lost on me: I wanted long hair, for once in my life, so I could learn how to style it.

Arguably, I did learn how to style it…Mission accomplished?

I blame the advent of the fishtail braid. And just…Pinterest. This is your fault.

 

IMG_1872

Braids 4 days.

I got caught up in the torrent of hair tutorials granted me by stumbleupon during the many hours of Asian Studies lectures I spent web-surfing, and now here I stand, master of the long outdated fishtail braid and its brethren, purveyor of long straw-blonde hairs that trail in my wake wherever I go.

That said: I’m gonna cut this shit off. Soon.

IMG_1218

The doe-eyed stare stays tho. Obvs.

BUT: before that, I wanna take it on one last spin (and dye it one more color, maybe) and explore just how much I’ve learned to do in the way of styling long-ass hair. This blog’s about to get hit with a shitton of hair photos (and perhaps tutorials where I see fit).

Hair game leveled up #mohawkbraid ftw

A post shared by Charlotte Delautre (@harlequinharlot) on

Like my take on the mohawk braid. Yay original content.

Brace yourself, Pinterest.

And then I can finally be done with it. 4 years of preparation and experimentation over. Back to short, easy, flattering hair.

IMG_1672

Not just hair that pretends to be short…

Or who knows, maybe this little exercise will renew my fascination with long hair, motivate me to do more new, interesting things with it, and convince me to keep it a little longer.

#hangover is a good look for me

A post shared by Charlotte Delautre (@harlequinharlot) on

I could always add to my repertoire of hungover hairstyles.

FUCKING DOUBT IT THOUGH.

In any case, this project is officially underway. Or, as officially as holding my own word to myself goes. Ahem.

My NuMe and I have some serious work to do. I’ll be back with photos that aren’t just sarcastic snapchats.

Later, hookers.

Blog Signature

2015 Playlist

In the absence of hard drive space (and a functioning computer) I spent far too much of the past year listening to the same music I’ve had for ages. That’s not to say that it’s bad music of course – just that I’ve exhausted it all through years of excessive love and repetition. Not to mention that ever since I got drunk in Okinawa and lost my iPod a few years ago (oops) I’ve been stuck using my phone as my only portable audio device. Whatever I can fit into its 2 KB of memory is what I have to work with.

In the last few weeks of 2015 I grew thoroughly sick of everything I had on my iPhone. No one artist or album or playlist could work its usual magic and keep me sane or motivated. I had resorted to shuffling through the comprehensive song list, which served as both a refreshing reminder of how much I love this music, as well as a catalyst for a massive flashback.

The few thousand songs on my phone constitute old favorites I can never go without as well as some of my more recent acquisitions (not new songs necessarily, but new to my collection). Some of them are insanely nostalgic; others inextricably remind me of times or places – or people, for better or worse. For the sake of posterity, here is a rough playlist of my 2015.


January

2015 rolled around to some old tunes, mostly Hole and Bikini Kill. (If my first post on this blog is any indicator, the end of 2014 + beginning of the new year had a lot of Bikini Kill.) My magnificent friend Cat came to visit me in Japan and brought with her a dose of college nostalgia. I was blasting 90s grunge all month like I was in my dorm room again.

February

Sometimes I download music just because Noel Fielding tells me to. The Kills gratefully fell into that category, but despite owning all their music since college I never had the patience to fully explore them until this year. I hesitate to admit that it might have been “Gossip Girl” that steered me in their direction anew…Hey, the show had good music, okay?

March

By March I had been in Japan for about half a year and was beset with as much culture fatigue as could be expected. Grasping at straws for entertainment – and, it has to be said, redemption, after a bad breakup – I found myself a new, fun “romance” in which to entangle myself. Naturally it was all a huge mess, but before everything blew up it allowed me a degree of vindication, which paired magnificently with The Zolas’ music.

I’m not even ashamed to admit that I first heard them in season 2 of “Hemlock Grove.” Season 2 was good, okay – and the music even better. What an anti-breakup song.

Unfortunately, with the dissolution (which was not unfortunate) of my weird pseudo-courtship, I couldn’t listen to this band for quite a while. I think I’m most bitter about that over all the other drama. Ruin “Cultured Man” for me? Fuck off.

I’ve gotten it back though. Finally.

Continue reading “2015 Playlist”