The New and Improved HMV (Pearl City)

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HMV is a very nostalgic place for me, having spent most of my childhood viewing the popular CDs/soundtracks or shopping for VCDs (or the more expensive DVD) was a fun little adventure. VCDs am I right? Its probably been a while since you have heard such terms. Nowadays Netflix and Spotify is probably the more primary sources for music and movies. But, I feel the shiny reflective circle that holds your favourite tunes is a great way to permanently own a movie or soundtrack. Some may argue that buying CDs are old fashioned, that”the web has every song you could possibly want”, that I am damaging the environment with my collection (of five) reflective plastic donuts(wow this is quite the tangent)… however, I would argue that sure they aren’t the symbol of recycling but I only purchase hardcopies of things that I truly love and will reply again and a again.

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The new HMV is truly massive and unique, with its industrial/Brooklynesque hipster vibe, it has a chilled atmosphere (a stark contrast to the buzzing Causeway bay crowds).

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It spans across 3 floors, the first floor contains Hong Kong’s largest vinyl record and near the back row upon rows of movies (classics, Japanese, Korean, Chinese etc.). If your not into vinyls or don’t have a snazzy record player, they also have an insane amount of music from a variety of bands/singers and soundtracks.

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The HMV has two stops where you can stop and have drinks or snacks while listening to the ongoing music or ponder on that “Beatles” vinyl you are considering buying.

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The second floor is unique in the way that it has a lot of bits and bobs from action figures, books, comic book illustrated merchandise and even Vespas etc. You will pretty much find it all here, plus it has a wide variety of headphones and speakers from a variety of brands including the ever popular “beats” headphones. If you are looking for a unique gifts this is the level for you.

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The third floor is where the HMV bar and restaurant is located alongside the DJ studio and magazine stands. The bar and restaurant overlooks the 2nd and 3rd floors. After briefly looking at the menu they serve western dishes such as mac and cheese, sandwiches, pizza etc. Bear in mind that the prices are definitely a little higher, at around $100-200 for a meal which could be a downside however, I have yet to try anything, I can only base it on the reviews on Open rice (which are mostly positive).

Although I have yet to try their food and drinks, it is definitely on my list of to go places. 20160618_142526.jpg

Overall, I love the cool vibe of the new HMV, the skylight at the top floor really opens the space up, I can just imagine what it might be like when it rains and could be a great place to catch up/ meet up with friends.

                                                                    Location:

 2/F & 3/F Pearl City 22-36 Paterson Street Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Opening Times:

Sunday – Thursday
10:00 – 23:00
Friday – Saturday
10:00 – 23:45

Tel: 

852 2504 3669

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Cafe Wishlist HK

This summer I want to do some exploring and after searching the internet I found 5 really cool cafes that I will definitely check out.

1. LAB MADE ICE CREAM CAFE

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The ice cream is made of liquid nitrogen, which is pretty cool. Plus, they have some interesting flavours. So, I can’t wait to try it!

This place can be found in Tai Hang (G/F, 6 Brown Street)

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An incredible artsy cafe, with hundreds of hanging lights!

The cafe is located in HarbourCity shopping mall.

3. N1 COFFEE & CO

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A small rustic cafe, with mint green accents. Perfect to grab a bite or get something to drink.

This cafe can be found in Tsim Sha Tsui (34 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon)

4.LM Cafe

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A vibrant cafe with incredible desserts, meals and of course signature drinks.

This cafe can be found in Kwun Tong

5.Cafe Deadend

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The cool treats and drinks can be found in Sheung Wan.

So, here they are I hope that you find them exciting and interesting like I do. I hope that you find some new places in your city!

x.hipster

Korean Skincare Haul

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I’ve always been a fan of Korean skincare, the packaging, unique ingredients and products. It was a no brainer that once I was back in Hong Kong, me and my wallet was headed towards colourmix and SaSa. Although Korean skincare is gaining interest in the UK, Korean skincare is everywhere.

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If you are looking for a good deal, in most beauty stores in Hong Kong, skincare sets allow you to try a variety of products from the range without having to commit to a full size. This set was definitely a gem of a find, valued at $500 but was on sale for only $85!

BRTC Gold caviar bb cream set came with:

  • a gold caviar BB cream -> Whitening, SPF 50+, hydrating, UV and antiaging
  • ampoule essence -> provide nutrients, rich, moisturising, calming and soothing
  • ampoule cream -> Contains SPF37, whitening, concealer, brightening and nourishing.
  • edelweiss stem cell mask (x1) -> 100% natural and biodegradable. Moisturising and replenishes rough dry skin. Provides energy, softer and a more vibrant complexion.

 

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Cliv Anti-wrinkle & moisturising– Collagen resurgence gift set

Cliv has a great reputation within Korea for their professional/high quality and targeting skincare range. Here in HK they are now being introduced through colourmix and SaSa through their ampoules and the occasional gift set. However, these gift sets aren’t always in stock so when you see them in stock try to get your hands on them (psst: because gift set ampoules are full size and can cost $$$ if bought individually).

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LG Yungao Hair Cleansing treatment

LG is definitely isn’t a brand you would associate with haircare and beauty but it seems that they have launched a new hair care range infusing Korean herbal treatment into shampoo. The shampoo claims to hydrate, deep cleanse (reduce dandruff), prevent hair- loss and strengthen hair.

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My beauty diary strawberry Yogurt Mask from one of my favourite facial mask brands “my beauty diary”. My beauty diary’s masks are always super soothing on the skin, each mask is catered to a certain skincare issue and it the masks are richly coated in concentrated serum. Plus strawberry yogurt flavour? yum!

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Land Museum Tinted BB cream (동백섬사링도)

BB cream that brightens, nourishing and restores the ph balance with Camellia flower extract. When I tried it in store (Aland) it had creamy/velvety medium coverage, light fragrance, hydrating and corrected any pigmentation on my skin. Aland is a new clothing branch originating in Korea open in Causeway bay.

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Pomegranate Skin Care

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Recently, pomegranate has crawled into my skincare collection, and I am obsessed with it. It leaves my skin feeling plumped and refreshed. Plus, it seems fitting for the summer. So, I decided it would be perfect to talk about. From my collection I have narrowed it down to 3 of my favourite skincare products with it’s star ingredient being pomegranate. So, here they are…

The first product is the it’s real squeeze mask Pomegranate from innisfree. It is an incredible mask, personally I love all of the it’s real squeeze mask for numerous reasons, for one the mask somehow fits perfectly on my face unlike many mask which tend to be too big on me. Also the mask isn’t too watery on the skin that it drips or slips off, nor is it to dry. Also, my face feels incredibly soft after using the pomegranate mask, it also leaves my skin super vibrant. So, it is worth checking out. Plus, it is quite a good price for a sheet mask (currently HKD9.5).

The next product is an eye cream from The Face Shop from the pomegranate and collagen line. First things first, isn’t the tub so unique and cute! I haven’t seen eye cream packaged like this before. It comes with a little spatula, and the whole thing is glass, which makes it feel more luxurious. I really like this eye cream it’s rich, but not too rich that it feels too sticky to use in the summer. Also, a little goes a long way which means that this tub is gonna last you for a long time.

The last product is is also from The Face Shop’s pomegranate and collagen line, this is the emulsion, which I use as a moisturiser and this is perfect for summer, because it quite a light moisturiser, but leaves your skin super dewy. The product itself doesn’t have much of a scent and just like the eye cream a little goes a long way especially if you use a serum beforehand.

So, these were three pomegranate skincare products that are perfect for the summer, that leave your face dewy and soft. I hope you do check them out if your interested!

x.hipster

 

Empties- Things that worked and things that didn’t.

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L’oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay dry Shampoo 

 

Pros: 

  • Amazing refreshing scent that lingers
  • Would work better in the colder and drier months

Cons: 

  • I am relatively a newbie when it comes to dry shampoo but I found that although the dry shampoo states that it is a ‘transparent’ finish, being a brunette it did leave me with a few white streaks.
  • Isn’t as effective on extremely oily hair. If you have roots that become oily very quickly
  • Feels heavy and powdery on your hair.

Rating: 3/10 

UK (drugstores)

L’oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo 200ml

Pros:

  • Amazing scent
  • Leaves your hair hydrated
  • Lathers like crazy (awesome for doing in-shower hair styling ;))
  • A little goes a long way.

Cons:

  • As stated in their collection the products work best when using both the conditioner and shampoo
  • The formula was supposed to hydrate the ends without making the roots oily however, I didn’t find that there was much reduction in my oily roots.

Rating: 5/10

UK | HK

-417 Catharsis vitamin mineral Shampoo

Pros:

  • Very unique herbal scent
  • natural ingredients : dead sea minerals, vitamins etc.
  • Packaging was super luxurious, gold embossed lettering with gold tube.

Cons:

  • Doesn’t lather as much as other shampoos.
  • This shampoo has been hit and miss for me, although some people felt their hair got shinier and softer, I didn’t really feel that way. I found that my hair felt soft after the first two uses but gradually became slightly drier with continued use? A little bizarre but that is how I generally felt about this product.

Rating: 5/10

UK only

Pure Heals Caviar 90 Renewing ampoule 

Description: Contains 90% of caviar concentrate. Offers dual whitening, wrinkle improvement, repairs damaged skin, moisturises, increases elasticity, softness and gloss; while providing nutrition for the skin leaving you with flawless skin.

Pros: 

  • Super hydrating and leaves your skin super supple over night.
  • I like to use it at night under moisturizer or during the day as a moisturizer (in the summer months, when moisturizers are too sticky).
  • I found it very soothing on days where my skin is breaking out or is feeling extra sensitive.

Cons: 

  • The biggest con of this product would have to be the packaging, the dropper that it comes with doesn’t pick up much of the product. I can’t say that this has happened to all the ampoules but it was a struggle to get the product out.
  • This product is definitely a high end product, 15ml for $478/£43.

Rating: 8/10

HK only

Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating cleanser (age reform) 

Pros:

  • Amazing exfoliator, its exfoliating without being too harsh on the skin; great for everyday use.
  • I like how lightweight and hydrating the formula is some exfoliators can strip the skin from its moisture however, this cleanser doesn’t its really hydrating.
  • It has a very light scent almost oatmeal like which is perfect for those who don’t like scented products.
  • Very similar to my favourite Laura Mercier face polish.

Cons:

  • For those who want a ‘deeper clean’ this might not be exfoliating enough for you.
  • The price, it is relatively expensive to get a full size of the cleanser.

Rating: 8/10

UK |  HK

A.H.C Hyaluronic Cream 

Description: Suitable for all skin types. Contains Hyaluronic acid which leaves the skin hydrated, supple and smooth.

Pros:

  • The perfect size for travelling as it is only 50ml
  • Super hydrating
  • Doesn’t have any scent to it.
  • Soaks into the skin super quickly and your skin feels super supple.

Cons:

  • Although it is the perfect size for travel, I have found it difficult to find the full size of the moisturizer in stores.

Overall: I personally love this travel sized moisturizer although  I wouldn’t recommend using it on flights because it isn’t moisturizing enough, you need some serious thick masks to help hydrate your ‘ aeroplane’ skin.

Overall: 8/10

HK only

 

Yves Rocher Riche Creme Beauty Elixir 

Pros:

  • It is amazing for maintaining a tan, for those of you who use fake tan this keeps the tan lasting a few days longer.
  • Leaves your legs looking and feeling super soft and glowing. I loved using the product  immediately after a hot shower because it left my legs feeling super hydrated and amazing looking.

Cons: 

  • It definitely takes a while for the skin to soak up the oil, if you don’t like the feeling of being oiled up then I wouldn’t recommend this product.
  • Although the dropper was super practical and easy to use, the outer packaging i.e the label, after continuing use started to peel off.
  • If you are not careful the entire bottle can become very oily making the likelihood of dropping it more likely.
  • This is more of related to personal scent preference but, the elixir is made of rose oil and therefore it comes with the powdery/musky rose. If, like me, you don’t like the scent of roses, I wouldn’t recommend it.

Overall 6/10

HK | UK

 

Collagen by Watson’s body lotion

Pros:

  • Extremely effective in hydrating dry and flaky skin which comes with winter.
  • Has a super creamy-butterlike consistency which makes applying it to the skin super amazing.
  • It lasted me a looong time, about 4-5 months.
  • I’m not sure if it it just a gimmick but the lotion has a stringy consistency which is supposedly from the collagen. Whether the strands actually play any part in the absorption of the product we’ll never know.
  • It doesn’t have much of a scent much like the rest of the watson’s ‘collagen’ collection/line.

Cons:

  • Definitely not ideal for the summer months (unless you apply it in the air-conditioning) as it can leave you feeling super sticky.

Overall: 9/10

HK Only

Balance me revitalising hand and body wash 

Pros: 

  • It has an amazing citrusy scent making showering super refreshing.
  • The ingredients are super amazing and natural, great for those who have sensitive skin.

Cons: 

  • I must admit that it takes a lot of product in order to get a good lather happening. I must admit although balance me contains amazing ingredients however, I do sometimes miss the lather that comes with normal body wash.
  • the formula is quite watery making it quite slippery and hard to apply on your body without it being washed away from water. I found it is best to add it to a loofa and then use it.

Overall: 7/10

UK | HK 

Tresemme Oleo Radiance Shampoo 

Pros:

  • I must admit that Tresemme  has amazing shampoo scents, I have yet to smell one that doesn’t make my eyes roll to the back of my head (ok I might have exaggerated a little).

Cons:

  • For those with oily hair… you may want to avoid this one. The shampoo does help with making your hair glossy and hydrated at the ends however, with continued use it did leave my roots quite oily
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Shiseido Ma Cherie Air feel shampoo 

Pros:

  • I bought this as a set, conditioner + shampoo for my first day back at my uni dorm and when I don’t feel like going out after a 13hour flight. Super cute packaging with a cherry blossom scent that in both products.
  • Lathers amazingly.
  • If you get the full sized product, the design of the product is so luxurious looking.

Cons:

  • I can’t say that I was disappointed by this product but coming from Shiseido I was hoping for a little more.
  • It wasn’t extremely hydrating but did do the job of cleaning the airplane out of my hair.
  • The bottle doesn’t come with a pump, it has a wide opening at the top of the bottle.  I found that sometimes you can get more than you wished for as it was quite hard to control the amount of shampoo.

Overall: 5/10

UK | HK Instore- Mannings

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p.s. I apologise for the lack of photos, I took this on the day I left my uni room so I didn’t have much time to take individual photos!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe!

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So, recently I had a craving for cookies, specifically chocolate chip cookies. Even though, it is easy enough to pick up a bag of cookies. I’m lover of homemade cookies. So, I thought why don’t I share you my recipes for these chocolate chips cookies.

The cookie recipe is perfect for those who love chewy cookies, which is one of my favourites. So, if you do love chewy cookies here it is…

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Makes: 18 approximately

150 grams soft unsalted butter
100 grams caster sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking soda
125 grams light brown sugar
1 egg (cold, from the fridge)
1 egg yolk (cold, from the fridge)
300 grams flour
200 grams chocolate chips (depending on preference)

 

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1.Preheat the oven to 170°C or 325°F.

2. Melt the butter and let it cool a bit. Put the brown and white sugars into a bowl, pour the slightly cooled, melted butter over them and beat together.
3. Beat in the vanilla, the egg and egg yolk until your mixture is light and creamy.
4. Slowly mix in the flour and bicarb until just blended, then fold in the chocolate chips.
5. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Scoop the cookie dough  and place onto the prepared baking sheet, plopping the cookies down around 8cm approximately apart from each other.
6. Bake for 15–17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks.