Shake n Bake, Baby

A recent WHO report called tanning beds the equivalent to rise in skin cancer found with smokers and people who are around asbestos. Yeah, some bad news, but as usual gals and gyaruo are reacting with their normal, stay pretty now mentality.

Will you stop tanning? (I haven’t ^_^;;;…but maybe after I get back to Japan since it’s $$$)

Hime Obsessed

While in some ways I hate sharing this one because the reporter calls it a new trend and rehashes things that have been around for a while (thanks Western Media) and comments that it’s hime girls who get dressed to go shopping when it’s the whole Japanese way to do so, it’s still pretty. Why oh why is Jesus Diamante so expensive?

In other news a 6.8 earthquake hit Kanto region yesterday (Tokyo, Chiba, Yokohama), a friend of mine had some plates break but nothing major. Earthquakes you may stop now…

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A friend of mine recommended her friend’s new eyelash extension shop that just opened. I checked out the website and their hot pepper price was perfect, so I scheduled an appointment.

Eyecandy opened its place in Shibuya, but like some other businesses in Tokyo it’s actually in an apartment. A rather ritzy apartment complex though. The staff was friendly, the process was shorter than the previous time, and they had excellent pictures of which type to choose from. They only have 2 seats, so its rather intimate and the chairs are beyond comfortable.

In the end the price was only 40 USD!! Even cheaper than their hot pepper ad!

It may be perhaps because I chose a shorter length, but I am more pleased with how these came out than my last visit and my extensionist’s input on lash choice was perfect. Before we started the actual extension process she also pulled out a single lash and gave me a mirror to decide if I was satisfied.

For them they also had the choice of J-shaped lashes or C-shaped lashes.

Make on, but no masara on the top lashes. Top lashes only done in J-style.
J style seems to create more of a doe-eye and elongates the eye, good for those with narrow noses.

Once I was done they gave me an aftercare sheet, some lotion, some actual candy from Eyecandy, and a tiny aroma votive candle. I’m just shocked at their level of service.

Also, when I washed my face not a single lash came out. Last time I lost four in the first washing.

In 2 weeks, I’ve lost one lash!! …insanity!

Eyecandy is a definite recommendation! If you’re curious about getting some, for 40 USD this is a great place to start. Also the price to fix them all 3 weeks in was only 35 USD, so for exte that usually last a month it knocks 5.00 off the price.

Eyecandy location: 東京都渋谷区円山町5-4-7F
Times: 9-10:ooPM
Directions: Facing 109, go to the left of 109, keep walking until almost the highway/train crossing. You’ll see FeelA Shibuya apartment complex on your right. It’s apartment 716, call when you are there to let them buzz you in or head on up with someone else.

I know this is possibly a question many are curious about. Just like the song from Cake “How do you afford your Rock and Roll lifestyle?” the same question is asked about gals.

Before I start let me say it’s very possible to carry off the gal look without one or all of these items, but many consider them a necessity.


Nails:

Cost: Around 6000 yen upwards
Last: 1 month (touch-ups free within a certain time)

Cheap alternative: Self manicure (600 yen-ish) or Press-on nails (3000 yen-ish)

Importance: Middle, most everyone has them so its best to have cute ones.

Hair care:

Dying: Cost 6000 yen to 16000 yen plus
Last: 1 month(ish), roots aren’t sexy ladies

Cheap alternative: Home products and color conditioners

Importance: Extremely, barely anyone stays with their original black

Extensions: 8000 to 30000yen
Last: 1 month

Cheap alternative: finding specials on Hot Pepper Beauty (the 11000 price for 80), clip in extensions (3500 at Paris Kids to ?? for custom), wigs

Importance: Less girls are wearing these, but good extension work can be seen as instant-gal


Eyes:

Contacts: Cost 3500 for a pair lasting a year, cheaper for non prescription

Importance: Very, most girls love these. I’m a total convert.

Eyelash extensions (article)
Cost 7000 to 15000
Last: 1 month

Cheap alternative: Bulk lashes (1500 for 5) or good quality ones by Shu Uemura and MAC (1500 for one pair), Lash extending mascara

Importance: Getting higher with gals everyday. I keep seeing so many gals in eye exte.

Tanning:

Cost: 1500 – 3500 per visit for 20-30 minutes
Last: As long as you keep up with it

Cheap alternative: Paleness if you’re hime or agejo or self tanner (1500 for a bottle)

Importance: With the rise of Agejo it’s becoming less and less, but I loooove my brownness

So how do you do it?

When you consider a clothing budget is needed as well, this all starts adding up. Most girls don’t do one or two of these to save money. Many search through coupon magazine and website hot pepper to get discounts. Many aren’t as dedicated to one salon unless they’re always cheap and good. A few gals I know get their nails done in Yokohama for the cheaper large Swarovski stones. Another girl I know just jumps on anything hot pepper offers.

Others wait longer between hair and nail sessions and wear hats to cover their roots or allow themselves to have a missing nail if its cheaper to wait for the other 9 to be weak.

What are your necessities?

It was my birthday (aka Respect for the Aged Day) and I decided some este was much needed.

Rounge Princess Nails

I went to Rounge in Shibuya to get some Bday nails. As my nailist and I agreed, every0ne needs to feel like a princess on their birthday.

They are sculpt gel and have glitter tips and Swarovski Crystal AB mixed with pearls. The picture doesn’t do them justice. Sparkle sparkle baby!

Price:
First time set: 6400 yen
Swarovski and Pearl Extra: 3000 yen

all together – 9400 yen (around 94.00USD)

I have another appointment with them for a fill in 2 weeks, but while my experience was nice it didn’t feel awesome and super friendly like going to some este salons can feel. I will be withholding my recommendation for now. ^_^

Luxrous

I decided to head down a floor below Rounge and make an appointment with their eyelash extension salon. I’ve never done it, so I decided it was worth a try.

The process was LONG!!! Around 2 hours, but you got to pick your eyelashes. I went with the most popular length and the Paris style. My eyelashes are blonde naturally and I have no mascara on so the black you see is all exte.

The store was okay, nothing remarkable. Not wanting to flex your face to talk while the exte girl is working on you, you’re pretty much silent for 2 hours and nonmoving. Afterwards though they led you to a make-up room and brought you a selection of hot or iced tea while you remade yourself.

(Sans make-up. I do need to pluck my pale eyebrows and my eyes are that color, but I am in the Geo Nudy Grey rim lenses)

Price:

First time: 6300
Below lashes: +2100

In total: 8400 yen or around 84.00USD

I feel like the bottom lashes are ripoff for so little, but I love the top lashes. Next time, I’ll only do the top lashes, but probably at another store since all este places offer first time (初回 しょかい SHOKAI) discounts.