Wednesday, 16 July 2014

My Fashion Inspirations

Hi everyone! I just realised I haven't blogged in a long time, I apologise! It's Hyper Japan in just 9 days and I head off the day before so I've been making jewellery and accessories like crazy! I've just been making rosary inspired necklaces and leather chokers but I'll take some time out to talk about some fashion inspiration idols rather than just throw out a review!


Adora Batbrat has been a long time idol of mine! Her Goth style is amazinggggg *0* She's so blingy, glamorous and fun! Her attitude and personality are so nice too - some people might think she's big headed but she knows how to love herself and the others around her!

Chances are if you've searched for Rokku or Goshikku Gyaru photos on places like Tumblr, you've seen Amihamu! She's such an amazing Gyaru with an edgy style! Her makeup and hair are so perfect too *0* She is my biggest Gyaru inspiration by far!

Misako Aoki is the quintessential Lolita! She is a massive hair inspiration for me, it's soooooo perfect! She looks amazing in all styles of Lolita and has the chance to model for so many awesome brands.

Hitomi Nomura is the founder of Grimoire - she sources amazingly unique vintage clothing from all around the globe and makes her own Grimoire Verum items including iPhone cases, tights, socks and tote bags. I've had the pleasure to meet her and she was so cute and funny! Her style is so amazing and I'd love the chance to visit a brick-and-mortar Grimoire store!

I can't say I partake in Shironuri fashion much (at all haha) but Minori has revolutionised Shironuri fashion and is my inspiration for being a living, breathing work of art. Her outlook on life and fashion is so lovely too, she's so inspirational.



I have a few other inspirations including Etsuna Otsuka for her amazingly whimsical look, Marie Tuonetar for her gorgeous period-inspired look and Kinki Ryusaki for her perfect combination of cute and edgy (though personally I prefer her without cheek piercings) and strong personality.

I head to London next Thursday (eek!) and come back on Monday. I'll be staying on my own but I hope to see many friends at Hyper Japan and around London! Who are your fashion inspirations? Are you coming to Hyper Japan~? ^0^

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Goth Post Prompts: Interests that 'Clash' with My Gothic Style

*Listening to - Family Party by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu*

Today I will take one of the Gothic Post Prompts I found on The Everyday Goth's blog and talk about it - Interests that 'clash' with my Gothic style! Should be fun!

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I think the biggest 'clash' of interests with my Gothic style is my love of all things cute, especially when it comes to homewares. I feel most comfortable dressing in edgier, mostly black outfits but when it comes to my home, I want everything to be super cute and adorable! Most recently I bought a lot of cute stationery from Taobao including notebooks, pens, pencils, deco tape, etc. I have decoden phone cases, business card cases, compact hairbrushes, etc. At some point in the future I want to do a cute homewares order from Taobao, with things for the bathroom like a cute bath mat, towels, bin, perhaps even a toilet brush, etc. as well as slippers, maybe a onesie, new coasters, etc - all with a toothachingly sweet theme and probably with some sort of character. My favourite characters at the moment are Rilakkuma, Sentimental Circus, Little Twin Stars Kiki & Lala and Kuromi. Part of me wishes my house to be super cute and sweet, full of all the items mentioned before but another part of me wishes it to be dark, elegant, macabre...my favourite way to describe it is like a glamorous Silent Hill. There's a shop in Derby that sells weird high-end decorations but I don't think they intend to...items like this weird glittery torso sculpture:



I wanna buy weird, creepy decorations like that, and from charity shops, flea markets and fill my house with them. I wanna write with syringe and bone pens into elegant notebooks and have people unsure of whether some decoration moved or was there last time they visited. I guess part of the reason I like and buy cute things is because they are more available and cheaper than their darker counterparts. However, I haven't started buying cute homewares yet so I may try and reel it in and look for darker versions instead. As I use up stationary, I will switch to darker sets; I especially want bone pens at the moment! I wanna deco some bone pens up too and have blingy bone pens (see what I mean about glitzy Silent Hill?)! I need to focus and think of my Gothic image haha!


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Although I do love Gothic music like The Cure, Sisters of Mercy, Voltaire and darker styles like dark cabaret, neoclassical darkwave and heavy rock, like my love of cute homewares, there's another part of me that loves super cute and/or pop music like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Perfume, Kukui, Namie Amuro, Ayumi Hamasaki, Urban Guarde and Tommy February6. I feel no need, however, to change my music tastes as I completely enjoy listening to both 'sides'!

Colors, Makeup, Cosmetic, Fashion, Beauty, Feminine

The only other thing I can think of really is that I might be considered 'girlier' than most Goths, or at least stereotypes of Goths? I love beauty and fashion, have a complicated morning and night skincare routine in order to stave off wrinkles and I love experimenting with makeup, and enjoy hobbies like sewing. However, if you check out Adora Batbrat, Cajsa Kurayami, Victoria Ellen Eriksson and Mashyumaro, Goths are a dab hand at makeup - we have to be to look different and unique! So I guess the stereotype only applies to the more tomboyish Goths.

That's about all I can think of - other than the face that I write a journal; whilst a journal itself is quite common amongst Goths (or at least stereotypes of them), it's not filled with prose about how all life is pain and pain is life, it's covered in stamps and deco tape. XD Are there any hobbies or interests you love that don't quite 'fit' with people's expectations of you?

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

I'm in Hello Batty's Lolita Parody new video, Let Me Take a Selfie!

Hey all! Just a quick post to let you know that Kathryn Loo, AKA Hello Batty has made a super cute and funny video parodying 'Let Me Take a Selfie', put together with selfies fellow Lolitas submitted to her!


My entry is at 1.33 and here's the photo I submitted!

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I feel kinda odd because most of the other selfies aren't purikura-ed...but I guess I stand out? XD Hello Batty does some great Lolita parodies, including Frozen's 'Do You Want to Have a Meetup?' (instead of 'Do You Want to Build a Snowman?')! Check her videos out!

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Review: Balance Active Formula Snake Venom Eye Cream

*Listening to: Get Heavy by Lordi*

Yesterday I exhibited my store items at Moe Moe Con, a small anime & manga convention held at Chester university. If I'm being truly honest, I didn't make much money but I didn't expect to - I did it as a favour to a friend since I attended last year and mainly went to catch up with my friends Jayde, Carol and Joanne. I had fun but making money wasn't my top priority. Saying that, I don't think I'd go again if they held it again next year.

I've got a couple of weeks usage left of my current eye cream so I figured I'd do a review of it! Please read on!
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Brand: Balance
Name: Active Formula Snake Venom Eye Cream
Price: £1.99
Where to buy: Home Bargains, Savers, Bodycare, almost any discount drugstore in the UK or failing that, eBay UK or eBay worldwide.

I picked this eye cream up as I'd just ran out of Clinique's All About Eyes that I got in my Bonus Time gift. I hadn't used eye creams at all until then but I've been converted as I like the extra moisture it gives my undereye area and if it can stave off wrinkles for any amount of time, all the better. I had just ordered Secret Key's Snail & EGF Repair Eye Cream so whilst waiting for that to arrive from Korea, I just wanted a cheap eye cream that would keep me going for the time being. Who knew that would lead me to what I just might call my Holy Grail eye cream?
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Like I say, I only picked this up because it was the cheapest eye cream I could find. I figured that even if it just gave a bit extra moisture it'd do its job until my Secret Key one arrived. The packaging stands out a bit amongst other eye creams; it's interesting rather than cute or cool. It reminds me of bees though, which is strange as it's 'Snake Venom'. I guess it could be Mangrove Snakes though? Either way, I think it's supposed to look cool and advanced. I'd gone into Boots to check their cheaper eye creams and the cheapest I could find was Olay, I think, at £10 or £15. I was also interested in Holland & Barrett's Royal Jelly Eye Cream at £10 but I thought I'd try the cheapest first haha!

You've probably already noticed but this eye cream doesn't actually have snake venom in it. It has Syn-ake, a synthetic compound that mimics the paralysing effects of snake venom, effectively freezing wrinkles. I have no idea what 'Eyepro 3X' is though...a quick Google shows it's an active blend of ingredients meant to reduce puffiness, rejuvenate eyes, is anti aging and minimises dark circles. It contains an extract from a stressed yeast ferment, the adaptogen Rhodiola rosea and betaine isolated from sugar beets. To be honest, I never trust psuedo-scientific blends of ingredients with trademarks next to them but I appreciate they actually say what the blend consists of rather than just 'science and magic'.

This eye cream is dermatologically tested and even has clinical claims - it promises to reduce dark circles by 65% and reduce under-eye puffiness or bags by 60%. I'd just like to point out that a lot of mid to high end cosmetic brands like to reason that their items are expensive because they are dermatologically tested, fragrance free, clinically tested and include exclusive ingredients and active formulas that are top of the range and usually trademarked/patented...and this cream promises that all for the price of £1.99. Still, they're big claims to make for such a cheap item!
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The cream itself is white, relatively fragrance-free and lightweight. I wouldn't quite say it's a gel-cream but it's definitely light, spreads and absorbs easily.

When I first bought this cream, I was hesitant to buy such a cheap cream as I was afraid it'd irritate my skin. My skin isn't sensitive 99% of the time but I didn't know with such 'cheap' ingredients. When I first applied this cream, it felt kind of...warm? Not stinging, but I did worry it was the start of an irritation. Nothing else came of it though and after a couple of days of using the cream, the initial warmness subsided.
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In this case, 'Durability' will mean how well the cream actually works. This cream actually works pretty goddamn well. I expected barely anything from this cream and was amused to see how it worked compared to its clinical claims. In just 10 days (I wanna say between 1 or 2 weeks, I'm not quite sure), I could already tell my dark circles were significantly reduced! Like, I actually wish I had taken before and after photos as I'm 100% sure you would be able to see the difference.

I never considered that I get puffiness or undereye bags unless I don't get enough sleep so I can't comment on that claim. Again, I can't comment on how well it works against wrinkles or crows feet either. However, my undereye area looks significantly more fresh, bright and awake. When I wake up in the morning, my undereyes are almost the same colour as the rest of my facial skin.

I'd always considered my dark circles were pretty average but I can admit that they'd always show through concealer after a few hours due to the makeup fading and sometimes when I'd go to remove my makeup, they'd almost look like bruises in the shadows, with the amount of purple, yellow and green discolouration. I always chalked it up to having pale skin, since the blood raising to the surface, veins and fluid are seen more through paler skin. However, I can safely say I consider my undereye area improved at least 65%, if not more, so I am pleasantly surprised it holds up to its clinical claims. On the other hand, after using Clinique's All About Eyes (which I need to review), I didn't notice any difference to my eye area except maybe a bit more hydration, which is why I started to use eye creams.

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I didn't expect any difference in my dark circles so this cream is pretty amazing, even more so for the price. There's brands that would charge £20-£30 for this eye cream and similarly, people would expect to pay that for these results. I can safely say I didn't expect such a great eye cream when I picked this up for £1.99 in Bodycare. My Secret Key eye cream has arrived and I'm equally eager to try that out when this one runs out but I'm also worried that if the results aren't as good for the Secret Key one, my dark circles will return. Unless the Secret Key one is as good or better, along with the eye cream samples I got in my work leaving gift (which I shall review as I use them), I will definitely continue buying this Balance one. I'd recommend this to anyone because for £1.99, what do you have to lose? 5 stars for me!


It seems people outside of the UK have a hard time getting this eye cream without paying ridiculous prices (the above worldwide eBay link is £10.50 including postage) so if you'd like me to buy the cream and send it to you, I'd be more than happy! You'd just have to cover the cost of the cream and postage of course, which is £1.99 for the cream and £3.80 postage. I'd also have to accept Paypal GIFT payment only for safety, I hope you understand and trust me.

Disclaimer: I bought this cream with my own money so even though I rave about it, this isn't a sponsored post, just a lucky find!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Review: Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make Eye Makeup Remover

Hello everyone! Today I have a review of Isehan's Kiss Me Heroine Make Eye Makeup Remover, the 110ml bottle type. I have almost finished up this product so I thought I'd write a review on it.

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Brand: Isehan Kiss Me Heroine Make (just known as Kiss Me Heroine Make or just Heroine Make)
Name: Eye Makeup Remover
Price: £9-£10
Where to buy: eBay, Amazon (for a whopping £30), Rakuten, Sasa (Set with Long & Curl Macara and a mini bottle of Eye Makeup Remover)

Kiss Me Heroine Make has two eye makeup remover types - one in a mascara tube packaging that is specifically designed to only take off the Volume & Curl or Long & Curl Mascara-  it doesn't remove eyeshadow or eyeliner because it has a brush applicator to brush the remover onto your lashes only. The next type is the one I bought; a pink two-type remover in a pink bottle with 110ml of product in it.

I originally bought Kiss Me Heroine Make's Volume & Curl Mascara and read you should buy the remover with it. I was like 'Pffft, how long wearing can it be?!'. I was wrong...so wrong...I used my regular maekup remover, olive oil and baby wipes and the mascara would not come off. I tried to peel it off my lashes and only proceeded to pluck my eyelashes out. After about 5-6 tries of olive oil, baby wipes and foam cleanser, I finally got it off but I bought the remover online and put the mascara away until the remover arrived. Since then, I've found another remover that gets the mascara off; Etude House Real Art Cleansing Balm so if you have a cleansing balm like that already, like Clinique's Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm or Verikos Deep Cleansing Balm, then you probably don't need the remover. If you don't have a heavy-duty makeup remover like that though, I highly suggest you buy either Kiss Me Heroine Make eye makeup removers along with the mascara.
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The packaging is super cute and pretty! It comes in plastic blister-type packaging with a blue card backing but is very easy to take out of the packaging, unlike some Western blister packaging where you could literally kill someone with the sharp plastic. The bottle is pink and has a diamond shaped top with the gold logo on the body of the bottle. It looks really cute and princessy on your dresser, but also kind of like a secret princess potion? Like it's a magic serum or remover that takes care of your skin!

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The remover is one of those separated two-type ones where you have to shake it up before use. The oil sits on top of the other ingredients so you have to mix it thoroughly before use.

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This is the size of the bottle in comparison to my hand. Again, it's 110ml and looks like it would last quite a long time but looks can be deceiving.
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Here's a photo of me at the end of the day, about to remove my eye makeup. I'm wearing the Kiss Me Heroine Make Volume & Curl Mascara here too but I'll take better photos for that review.

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Sorry for the super bad lighting; I only remove my makeup at night obviously so today's review features super yellow artificial light.

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I saturate two cotton pads with the remover. You use quite a bit of the product with just one use unfortunately - in order to get an effective removal of the mascara, you need the cotton pad quite saturated, a little dab won't do. I think it's the same with any liquid type eye remover. I soak the pad until it is wet on the other side too, so I can use both sides. I hold the cotton pads onto my closed eyes for about a minute and then start to wipe downwards multiple times.

Originally I only held the pads on for a second then started to remove the mascara - I was kind of annoyed because it still took a lot of wiping and rubbing my lashes between the cotton pad to remove the mascara, something I was trying to avoid by using a better makeup remover. The more gentle you can remove your eye makeup, the less you pull on your skin and can cause wrinkles or irritation as well as loss of lashes.

However, by holding the remover on your eyes for about a minute or so makes a lot of different. It really only takes 5-6 strokes downwards and outwards to remove your entire eye makeup; primer, eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara, both upper and lower lashes. I then gently wrap the cotton pad around my lashes and pull off any remains but it's a lot gentler than my original method because the mascara is softer and easier to remove, so that you don't tug at your lashes.

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Here's the original side of the cotton pad. You can see my shimmer eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara all mixed into one...yummy...however, you can't see the mascara strokes individually so it really does melt all eye makeup off.

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This is the second side of the pad that I use for the remains. You can see there's not much extra makeup on there at all.

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Here's my makeup free eye after using the remover. This isn't after using a foam cleanser or anything afterwards, just the Heroine Make remover. You can see it gets all traces of makeup off!

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At first I thought this makeup remover was mediocre because I tried to remove the eye makeup and mascara immediately but you really need to let it sit on the eye for about a minute or so. After that, all traces of eye makeup are so easy to remove, it's a lot easier on your delicate eye skin and lashes. I've lost a lot less eyelashes using this remover than trying to struggle with my original one and the Volume & Curl Mascara.

However, something I forgot to mention is that the remover does not last long at all. I thought 110ml would last 2-3 months at least but it probably lasted about a month of using it 2-5 times a week. Like I touched on above, you need to saturate the cotton pad with the remover for it to be effective. This isn't the makeup remover's fault though, you have to do that with all liquid type eye makeup removers. However, because I have to order this online and it's £9, I feel it's inconvenient to use this all the time and cost ineffective. If I could pick it up in a local drugstore and pay less for it, I could understand but that's not the case. Therefore after getting halfway through this product in about two weeks, I set about finding a new makeup remover that would remove my Volume & Curl Mascara and last a lot longer. I did find that, with the first new product I tried actually but I'll save that for another review! Consequently I'll give the Heroine Make Eye Makeup Remover 4 stars out of 5. It does its job really well but it is used up too quickly for the price and I have to wait a long time for it to arrive to use all the time.

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Flower Question Tag

I saw this question tag post a few days on Tumblr and thought it would be cute to do! Copy, paste and fill with your own answers and we can get to know each other better! This is good for those times like Blogger Awards where they want you to write facts about yourself and you completely blank...or maybe that's just me...

Carnation: If I handed you a concert ticket right now, who would you want to be the performer?
At the moment I'd love it to be Voltaire or The Brilliant Green! I'm listening to both a lot at the moment and it seems neither of them will come to the UK any time soon so I'd love to see either of them.

Jasmine: What color looks best on you?
Black, obviously! If I had to pick another colour I'd say wine red?

Allium: What's the best thing you can cook?
Katsu curry with tonkatsu! That's Japanese curry with breaded pork cutlet. I learned the recipe from Cooking With Dog and my curry sauce is really nice and hearty, with vegetables and spices in. Pork with the curry is way better than the chicken you get in some Japanese restaurants though I'd never have thought to pair curry and pork together!

Calla Lily: If you died right now, what song would you want to play at your funeral?
Jesus, I haven't really thought about it haha. I don't want some cringey, sentimental nonsense but I don't want to be that person who has the stupid, quirky or comedic song. Right now I'm just thinking 'Hell in a Hand Basket' by Voltaire would be pretty funny but it'd still be embarrassing to play.

Poinsettia: Favorite holiday dish?
Hmm, probably Christmas pudding though we don't eat it very often! Or at all...my mum has a habit of buying one every year and we never eat it because everyone else is too full - does no one else save room for pudding anymore?! With brandy sauce is the nicest...maybe I'll buy one this year and eat it all by myself! Wow, that's depressing...

Oxlip: Would you ever get into a long distance relationship?
No, they're not for me. In my opinion, a lasting relationship needs contact; kisses, cuddles, holding hands, all the little touches you appreciate when you're not with your partner. A long distance relationship that is temporary, say if you study abroad or something similar, is fine because you know you will be able to see and touch them again at some point.

Primrose: Favorite kind of soup?
I don't like soup...maybe hot and sour soup from the Chinese? Or the broth left from ramen haha...

Rose: Are you currently in love with someone?
Yes, though I don't really like to talk about mushy stuff haha...although a few of my friends are talking about living in Japan to teach English and a few friends and I would love to go to Japan for longer than a holiday but not long term, I couldn't imagine leaving Rob behind for more than a few months. This kind of touches on the long distance thing too haha.

Amsonia: Would you ever become a vegan?
Noooooo! Though I respect vegans for their life choices and respect for animals, I love meat and animal produce too much. In fear of getting 'flamed', I also believe that we had to eat meat back when we were cavemen in order to survive but now, we are at a fortunate position that we can choose whether or not to eat animals and animal produce and I respect that.

Peony: What's your favorite hot beverage?
I drink tea an awful lot but if I could drink anything without any repercussions, it'd be hot chocolate. All the time. Made with milk, not water.

Tulip: For your birthday, what kind of cake do you ask for?
Lately I'd really love one of those classy looking cakes with the cream, fruit and chocolate, like below!
Gorgeous classy fruit & cream cakes
They're so cute and elegant!

Myrtle: Do you like going on airplanes?
Yeah! Though I haven't been on one since I was about 13. Now that I need my skincare and stuff, I haven't experienced the horrible drying out of your skin you get from the air re-circulating so I probably wouldn't like it as much nowadays. XD

Hibiscus: Did you ever play an instrument? If so what?
I played the guitar for a very short period, like 2 months? I played the cello for about 6 months to a year though and I'd love to play the violin now. I sang all the time when I was younger and wanted to be a cool singer haha.

Zinnia: Who was your best friend when you were six years old?
I had a childhood best friend called Charlotte. My mum and hers were best friends and they were even next to each other when they were giving birth to us! Charlotte was born on the 3rd February and I was born of the 4th! We had a really cool shared birthday party one year with a bouncy castle and face painting, and my mum and hers made us both a kickass fairytale castle cake with froggy guardsmen! But we grew apart as we entered secondary school and entered different 'scenes' as it were.

Poppy: What color was your childhood home?
Er, brown? Like most houses in the UK? It had brown, grey and white gravel down the outer walls that really fucking hurt when you scraped yourself on it.

Hydrangea: Starbucks order?
Normally just a plain tea or coffee. No repercussions or calories aside, a Strawberries and Cream Frappucino or some sort of caramel latte thing or a seasonal drink with a billion calories in it.

Violet: Do you like where you're from?
...No, not really. It's a small town full of stupid people with not much to do. Derby's not amazing but at least it's better than my home town.

Locust: What was your favorite book as a child?
I loved a book called 'The Two Princesses of Bamarre'. It was about a tough princess and a meek princess but the tough princesses falls ill with a disease and the meek princess has to venture out and find a cure. It has a wizard she ends up marrying, fairies, dragons and all that kind of stuff.

Rhododendron: What's the scariest dream you've ever had?
Oh, I remember it vividly! I thought it'd make a good horror film but it's not really coherent haha. Basically I'm in this hospital with my mum and in another room these teenagers get killed by this kind of fleshy, swirling vortex thing that sucks all matter up into it. It breaks into the waiting room and everyone starts running for the exit. The hospital staff closes the doors and says no one can leave but my mum punches them in the nose and pushes past. At the next set of doors though, they get blocked off again and my mum pushes me through them but I lose her and she gets trapped on the other side. There's an incinerator and an exit in the basement of the hospital so this woman and I start running down the stairs but I can feel something chasing me behind. It pushes this woman over and breaks her legs but I manage to keep running. I get down to the incinerator and the exit and come out into this fenced off enclosure with some big dumpster-style bins. There's zombies all around, pushing against the gates and some other people are trying to escape too. We push the bins to one of the sides of the fence and start to climb up them to climb over the fence but the zombies push through the gates. The other people push me over the fence but get attacked; I get over the fence and am safe but no one else makes it. I remember I was so upset when I lose my mum in the dream and even these random strangers help me and get eaten in the end, it was really sad.

Queen Anne's Lace: Would you rather carve pumpkins or wrap presents?
Wrap presents any day. Pumpkins are fun but I can't really do the awesome designs and it's messy. You can have fun wrapping presents with bows and ribbons and shit!

Magnolia: Favorite kind of candy?
It depends what kind of mood I'm in. I can have preference over many different candies depending on my mood but if I'm in the mood for chocolate, my favourites are Boost, Picnic, Double Decker or Yorkie - big, chunky chocolate bars haha!

Aster: Would you rather be cold or hot?
Definitely hot. I really hate being cold, I tense up and can't breathe properly, it's really weird haha.

Marigold: Do you listen to what's on the radio?
Nope. I don't wanna be an elitist hipster so if I'm being diplomatic, I'll say that today's music is not really my style. If I'm being honest though, I think it's all shallow, tasteless and not good inspiration or role models for the people growing up with it.

Heliconia: Do you like when it rains?
If I'm indoors and all warm and snuggly, sure. If not, I hate it with every fiber of my being.

Azalea: What's a movie you cried while watching?
I could name a few! I'm not really sentimental but ones that have made me cry are Leon: The Professional and The Lion King. I can't think of any others right now but I know there are a few more. The ending of Buffy season 5 made me cry too.

Dandelion: Do you think you're important?
No but I'd like to be. I hope that doesn't sound pretentious or overbearing, I just mean I want to work towards being respected and successful; not just in my business (though I'd say that is the main element I'd like to be successful and be considered a 'brand' in) but in my social life too. A group of friends that respects each other, brings out the good qualities in each other and can screw around together is something everyone should have.

I learned a lot of new flowers by doing this, it was fun! Do you enjoy posts like this? I don't normally do them because I figure people don't really care but I enjoy reading them from other blogs so I'd like to hear your input!

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Event: Japanese Fashion Meet @ Alton Towers

Yesterday I went to Alton Towers (a theme park in the UK - the best in my opinion!) with my friends! It was a Japanese fashion meet planned a few months ago so Jayde stayed at my house on Tuesday and we went to Alton Towers by train and bus yesterday! I went in a sort of Gothic Dolly Kei mish-mash since I wanted to wear my Grimoire tights I got at Enchanted. I didn't really get a good photo of my outfit though, sorry! Photos are taken by my friends, Jayde and Jasmine~

Jayde and I met Jasmine and Jenn at Hanley bus station and caught the bus to Alton Towers together. We got there at 9.40am, 20 minutes before the park opened. We ran to where they let us queue up and when they let us into the attractions, we ran to The Smiler! It's Alton Towers' latest rollercoaster with the world record of 14 inversions (where the track turns around/upside down, or loops)! The last time I went to Alton Towers, The Smiler was very new and the waiting time never went under 2 and a half hours! But this time we only queued for 25 minutes and most of that was just walking down the queue paths!


Group selfie in the queue for The Smiler!

The Smiler was sooooo amazing, especially for the first ride of the day! We got to go right at the front! It was so cool! We went on Enterprise next and then Oblivion!


We're on the back row, you can see Jasmine's green hair!

We got to go on all the rides we wanted to! Jayde and Jenn went on Hex after Oblivion, then Thirteen, Nemesis Sub Terra, Air and Nemesis. We went on Duel and it broke down twice haha! Duel is like a haunted house but you sit in a car and shoot at lights on the monsters/walls with a laser gun! The first time it stopped for a little while to wait for the car in front of us but the second time the music stopped and we were motionless for about 5 minutes. We used this to our advantage and carried on shooting the lights over and over again and surprisingly, I won! My score was something like 34000 or something ridiculous!



Our 'Wanted' poster from Duel! We look like a really bad album cover XD

We tried to meet up with our other group of friends who arrived to the meet/Alton Towers a little later than us but we kept moving around different areas of the park so in the end, me, Jayde, Jasmine and Jenn (am I the only name not beginning with 'J'?! Seems so...) got some food and went on some more rides.


Me and Sonic after going on Sonic Spinball! This is the only full outfit photo haha:

Bustier: Charity shop
Lace bolero: eBay
Skirt: Revolve (local fashion shop in Derby)
Tights: Grimoire Verum (L'Art de Letolle print)
Studded creepers: Gift from my mama

We went on all the rides we wanted to and decided to go on Thirteen and The Smiler again! Rita had too long a queue, it always does for some reason. It's always over 30-40 minutes at least.


Scared photos queuing for The Smiler again!


I wouldn't normally post a photo like this but I actually think it's really cute in a fun way! I didn't know how to pose and ended up clawing Jayde in the face with my nails!

I had so much fun at Alton Towers! The last time I went was with my brother and he kind of ruined it so I'm really glad this day went pretty much perfectly! Next I really wanna go to Alton Towers when they have Scarefest near Halloween, it sounds soooo cool! Thanks for reading! <3