Aug 272014
 

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I have a photo heavy post for you today, and a giveaway to win a signed Black Diamond CD! Details at the end of this post.

Many weeks ago I had the chance to attend San Francisco’s J-Pop Summit in Japan town. The main reason I wanted to attend was so that I could see Black Diamond perform live! How amazing is that?

I got the chance to see them perform two shows on two different stages. In the first show, they were wearing all different coords. In the second show, which I will show you later on, they are wearing their bright pink jumpers.

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

The gyaru circle came all the way from Japan to be a part of this event and spread the gyaru culture. They performed a couple of their songs and also did a para para dance.

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

At the end of their performance, they stood together on stage and sort of talked a little bit about themselves and about the meaning of the backdrop art piece that they had created on stage.

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

Here’s a look at each of the gal’s outfit. Most of them were wearing D.I.A. branded clothing btw.

I think Pomi-tan’s one was my favorite coord out of all of them. She’s just so beautiful from her hair, to her accessories, and all white attire. Most of the gals didn’t have their nails done, which surprised me. I think it may be because they were traveling?

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

This look reminds me of Hawaii chocolate, haha. It’s not really my style, but Erimokkori actually quite beautiful.

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

Gotta love all of the colorful hair!! I wish I had cool hair too. I think it would be very inappropriate for me to have these types of hair styles at work, haha. Love Rise’s pink hair!!

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

Harutamu’s hair color is my favorite. Really, really diggin’ the blue.

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

Mayuchibi is one of my favorites because of her smile. She really had a lot of energy on stage in comparison to the rest of the gals.

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

All of the gals had very dark skin, which is basic part of the ganguro style. But wow, her skin was the darkest of all of theirs. I can’t imagine using a tanning bed daily. That’s what you gotta do to be and stay that dark!

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

After the first show was over, I got a chance to explore the rest of the festivities at J-Pop Summit.

Right next door was the Ramen Festival, which had a wait of over two hours and a line that went around the block.

j-pop summit ramen festival sf

On the streets in the other direction (not pictured), were lots of tents and booths selling various Japan related items. Nothing really too interesting to catch my attention, except for this one booth that was selling corgi shirts.

I did however find the pop up shops!! There were lots of lots of cute items and clothes everywhere!

j-pop summit pop up shop liz lisa

Here’s one of the shop workers, she was the most beautiful out of all of them.

j-pop summit pop up shop liz lisa

wp-monalisa icon Rilakkuma galore~ poke my eyes out already!!

j-pop summit pop up shop liz lisa

There was a huge Liz Lisa section for all of you sweet gyaru lovers.

j-pop summit pop up shop liz lisa

Table display accessories…

j-pop summit pop up shop liz lisa

Tons of hats and head accessories…

j-pop summit pop up shop liz lisa

Bags…

j-pop summit pop up shop liz lisa

So… much… cuteness…

j-pop summit pop up shop liz lisa

But at last, I didn’t buy anything because sometimes I can be a cheap-o, especially after I see the big sticker prices.

After exploring the festival, we headed over to another stage to wait for Black Diamond to perform again. Before their performance, I was able to snap a picture of Pomi-tan & Mayuchibi outside.

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

The show began with them creating their on-stage art piece again. It began with two gals walking across stage back and forth holding water guns.

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

They wore cute costume kimonos.

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

After walking the stage a few times, they began to squirt colored water onto the blank canvas to create an image!

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

Once the two gals were done, a third one came out and began writing brush kanji.

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

Haha, Mayuchibi is always so happy and cute.

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

Once the art piece was done, the three of them sorta side stepped and clapped for a while to the music.

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

After they were done, they went backstage to change, and everyone came out wearing their pink jumpers!

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

Everyone looks so cute wearing these jumpers! I really would have liked to buy one, but for $150, I think it’s a bit much for me. Although now that I think about it, maybe it’s not too bad…

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

Once again they performed a few songs for us, basically the same ones that they did earlier.

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

I felt like they did a better job this second performance too.

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

There was a point during one of the songs where four of them sort of did a cat walk down the stage, posed, and walked away, but most of them didn’t really have a good pose. This one is the only one that came out pretty good.

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

Another song…

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Some para para…

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

And pose for the finale!

black diamond gyaru circle j-pop summit

At the completion of their show, they gathered at a nearby booth. I was able to get a photo with them too! Ugh, but I feel like I look so bad in the photos.

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I wish I could blend in with them more. Haha, I have a long way to go. When I met them, we had awkward conversations in broken English and Japanese. I was so shy and totally blanked out forget all my Japanese! They asked me about my thigh tattoo, and were shocked that I had a D.I.A. belt.

Here’s some photos of my outfit that day that I stole from my own Instagram @xlicious.

xlicious girl gyaru fashion

I’m wearing Boy London hat, F21 blue top, leopard print bra, jeans shorts from somewhere in Japan, D.I.A. belt, and lots of random accessories!

According to Black Diamond, the requirements to be a gyaru are the following (in order from most important to least):

  1. Colorful and bright colored hair
  2. Tanned skin
  3. Makeup
  4. Fashion

Oiii, I think I am failing~ LOL

xlicious girl gyaru fashion

Can’t forget a photo of my makeup!!

xlicious girl gyaru fashion

Hehe, ok that about does it for this post. Now onto the giveaway!!!

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Enter for your chance to win a
Signed Black Diamond Crazy Tribe CD!

black diamond crazy tribe gyaru signed cd giveaway

The CD comes with 4 tracks:

  1. CRAZY TRIBE feat. HAYATO
  2. PERSONA
  3. CRAZY TRIBE feat. HAYATO (off vocal)
  4. PERSONA (off vocal)

You can watch Black Diamond’s music video for Crazy Tribe in the video below.

wp-monalisa icon What You Can Win: One (1) signed Black Diamond Crazy Tribe CD

wp-monalisa icon Giveaway Rules:

  • Giveaway starts now and ends September 30, 2014 at 11:59PM PST
  • One (1) winner will be picked by me
  • Items will be shipped free of charge
  • Opened internationally
  • No cheating! Every entry will be checked and cheaters will be eliminated! I will be able to check multiple entries!!
  • Please do no unfollow/unlike once the giveaway ends, as it is unfair to those who faithfully follow and want to win the giveaway
  • Make sure you complete everything in the “How to Enter” section below
  • Winner will be chosen by me and emailed on October 1st

wp-monalisa icon How to Enter (All Mandatory):

  1. Leave a comment telling me why you want to win this signed Black Diamond CD
  2. Don’t forget to give me your name and email address
  3. “Like” Xlicious Girl’s Facebook page (facebook.com/xliciousgirl), and tell me your Facebook name

There are additional ways that you can grab my attention if you really want to win this CD. I’ll leave that up to you. You can share this post, tweet, post on instagram, or whatever you want. Since I’ll be picking the winner myself, and this is not random, I will be more drawn to someone who really wants to win.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/xliciousgirl
Twitter (@xlicious)https://twitter.com/xlicious
Instagram (@xlicious): http://instagram.com/xlicious
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Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/xlicious/

Good luck!
xoxo Sarah

 

Aug 012014
 
Anime Expo 2014: Fashion Show & Shops

Hello! This year I was fortunate enough to be able to get a press badge for my husband and myself to attend Anime Expo 2014. We went on Friday and Saturday. I’m actually quite behind on a lot of posts. Some things you can look forward to seeing are: J-Pop Summit ft. Black Diamond (+giveaway) Comic Con 2014 (+giveaway). With that said, let’s get on with today’s post! In this post we will focus on the AX Fashion Show & Shops. There were four brands that came over from Japan — Swankiss, KOKOkim, Ghost of Harlem, and Golds Infinity.  Swankiss  If you like Liz Lisa, you will like Swankiss’ clothes. Everything is very romantic and sweet. The designer is Saaya Hayashida, and this is their first overseas fashion show! Swankiss’ lovely shop staff. Bottom right is Sachiko, you can visit her blog here.  KOKOkim  You gotta f*cking love pink and pastels. Omg, I can’t do it, it’s too much for me. I was overwhelmed just looking at their booth, lol. I didn’t take a picture of any shop staff for KOKOkim since I didn’t see any cute dressed up ones at the time of my visit.  Ghost of Harlem  And here we have Ghost of Harlem. This brand has a very punk rock, bad

Jul 242014
 
Lens Story Eye-N: 2 Week Circle Lens (Sweety Brown) Review

Hello~ As I’m typing right now, I’m sitting on the airplane on my way to San Diego for Comic Con 2014! Can’t wait till I land since I have a minor headache, hehe. Today I’ll be reviewing the Lens Story Eye-N circle lens. These lens were sponsored by Klenspop.com. The Lens Story Eye-N circle lens are 2 week lens. Unlike your average circle lens that lasts for a year, these are only good for 2 weeks after it’s been opened. I personally like lens that have a shorter life span since I think it’s more sanitary and safer for your eyes to switch more frequently. You’re average non-colored contacts that are soft lens are usually disposed after 2 weeks, so I think this is very normal. If you have the money to buy daily lens, I highly recommend those as well! Check out my review for 1-Day Acuvue Define Natural Shine and FreshLook Illuminate One-Day circle lens. Each box comes with 8 lenses (4 pairs), all with the same power. Since each of my eyes have different prescription power, I had to get two separate boxes. The price for 1 box is $27.00. With one  2-week box (4 pairs), it

Jul 222014
 
Reddit Rilakkuma Gift Exchange

Recently I participated in a Reddit Gift Exchange. The theme for this gift exchange was all things Rilakkuma! … and how can I not participate? I LOVE RILAKKUMA!!  Here’s what I got from my Secret Santa. So much Rilakkuma goodness, huh?  I am having a mini-heart attack from the kawaii overload from looking at the photo above. It hurts my heart, lol. When I first opened up my package, I found this cute pink and blue Rilakkuma bag with a note and two pens taped onto it. Inside the bag were a ton of other goodies! Here’s a front view of the bag, since this is probably my favorite part out of the entire gift.  Most of the items that I got from this exchange are all stationary related. You can really never have enough stationary~ I’ll probably be using all of these things for the little notes that I write to the winners of my blog giveaways, hehe. This is a booklet that has lots of cute papers and sticky notes!  I also got two stickers and a roll of Rilakkuma print tape. Gotta figure out where I’m gonna stick these stickers!!  These are all of the writing utensils that

Jul 172014
 
Vassen Color's Cloud Nine Blue Circle Lens Review

Happy Thursday~ Just one more day until the weekend!  Today I am happy to share another circle lens review with you gals. I know many of the recent reviews that I’ve been doing have all been for brown lenses (since I’ve been going through a more natural looking circle lens phase due to my past wedding and current working life). But today’s is different — we are going to have a look at Vassen Color’s Cloud Nine BLUE circle lens. These lens were sponsored to me from LoveShoppingholics.com for a cosplay that I was supposed to do for AX 2014. Unfortunately, my cosplay wasn’t up to my standards and I didn’t want to wear it just yet. You’ll get a quick preview of my outfit if you scroll to the bottom of this post.  As always, Love Shoppingholics packaged my lens in a very cute secured parcel. It came with a blue circle lens case, thank you note, bubble wrapped gift box — all placed neatly inside of a kawaii clear plastic bag. Cloud Nine Blue circle lens can be bought here for $22 About the lens: Available Colors: pink, purple, brown/orange, blue, and grey Origin: Korea Brand: Vassen Color Diameter: 14.5mm Water Content: 38% Base Curve: 8.6mm Life Span: 1 year disposal**

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