Seoul Trip: Tony Moly

Tony Moly is definitely up there with Apieu when I comes to cute packaging and concepts, I mean look at the octopus scrub stick! However, upon entering the shop I wasn’t entirely impressed by the selection that they had, most of their products can be found in their Hong Kong stores or even in Bonjour for around the same prices… so we didn’t end up buying too much there. There also seems to be a trend in the capsule ampoules, when looking at some other brands, they also have similar ampoules which target skincare needs.

1)해요마요헤어영양퍽3 Haeyo Mayo Hair Nutrition Pack 9800 [HKD$ 67.9]

2)닥터로지블레미숴페어캡슐앰플 Dr.Logy Blemish Pair Capsule Ampoules 15000 [HKD$103.9]

3)타코포어블랙헤드스크럽스틔 Tako Pore Blackhead Scrub Stick 6240 [HKD$ 43.2]

4)메이크에이치디해어로션(소) Make HD Hair Lotion 3800 [HKD$ 26.3]

Free Sample: Green Tea Watery Mask Sheet

Full Review Coming Soon!

Seoul Trip: Etude House

Etude House is a brand that every Korean Skincare/makeup lover has in their makeup bags and we are no exception. Although we have an Etude House in Hong Kong, we wanted to see if there were any unique products and affordable products. Etude House in Korea in a good way has products that we Hong Kongers already have, so in a way if you are in Hong Kong you can get the full Etude house experience. However, when in Korea if there is a product you liked in Hong Kong, you might want to pick it up in Korea because it is cheaper in Korea! Here is what we picked up:

1) 글라스틴팅립스톡BR402보 (Lip Talk BR402) 8000 [HKD 55.5]

2)글라스립스톡케이스#7노 (Lip Talk Case) 4000 [HKD 27.7]

3)0.2 테라피에마스크_그린 (Green Tea Sheet Mask) 5000 [HKD 34.7]

4)0.2 테라피에어마스크_블루 (Blueberry Sheet Mask) 5000 [HKD 34.7]

5) 빅커버쿠션컨실러일루미 (Big Cover Cushion Concealer- Illuminate) 11000 [HKD 76.3]

6)스윗푸딩뽀얀크림촉촉수 (Sweet Pudding Tone Up Cream) 10000 [HKD 69.3]

7)(DIY트래블) 원더포어프레 (Mini Pore Freshner) 2000 [HKD 13.9]

 

Review coming soon…

 

Seoul trip: Nature Republic

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Nature Republic was the first beauty shop that we went into, literally the first day we arrived, we headed into Nature Republic and left with 2 bags full of new beauty products. The staff there was really accommodating and even spoke to us in clear English about each of the products.

A useful tip:

We quickly learnt that when shopping in Korea they have this service for tourists that is called global tax free for tourists… not entirely sure about how it works but the most important thing is retain your receipts because if you buy a certain amount then you can claim the tax either instantly at the shop. In case you don’t already carry your passport, then you would need to present your passport to the cashier to redeem your tax free amount. If you have any questions about tax free shopping in Korea then share your questions below and we’ll try to answer them as bet as we can!

1) 네이처오리진콜라겐비비크림02내추럴 (Collagen BB Cream Shade 02) 15900 [HKD$ 110.2]

2) 네이처오리진씨씨블러SPF30 PA++ ( Blur CC SPF30 PA++) 4000 [HKD$ 27.7]

3) 대나무숯코&T존팩 (Bamboo Charcoal Nose & T-Zone)15840 [HKD$ 15840]

4) 하와이안프레시클리어세럼 (Hawaiian Fresh Clear Serum) 20800 [HKD$ 144.2]

5) 프로방스카렌듈라아이스퍼프선 (Ice Sun Ice Puff) SPF50+ 19900 [HKD$ 138]

6) S.1 네이처오리진콜라겐비비크림01라이트  (Collagen BB Cream Shade 01) 15900 [HKD$. 110]

7) 네이처오리진씨씨볼러SPF30 PA++ ( Blur CC SPF30 PA++) 4000 [HKD$ 29.73]

8) 피토오리진마일드에멀젼 (Phyto Origin Emulsion) 12720 [HKD$ 88.2]

9) 퓨어샤인키버컨실러01라이트베이지 (Concealer Shade 01) 4400 [HKD$ 30.5]

Review coming soon…

Seoul Trip: A’PIEU

Apieu is a Korean brand that as a Hong Konger , I have only come across it a few times in some select drug stores such as bonjour and colourmix. However they don’t have a flagship store in Hong Kong yet.

The brand and shop in general was one of the most packed stores in Myeong Song but was the most fun to walk around. Their product selection packaging and concept is truly unique! Not only is it unique but all their products are super affordable (we have listed the prices below!)

Whilst at the store we picked up a variety of their products, ranging from sheet masks to a BB cream.

어퓨윽깬감자팩 (Potato Sleeping Mask) 3800 [HKD$ 26]

어퓨비은박지호잂팩 (Silver Foil Mask) 7000 [HKD$ 48]

어퓨비비메이커(절대밀착) (Longwear BB Cream) 5000 [HKD$ 34]

어퓨스컹푸미스트_프루티 (Skunk Poo Mist-Fruity ) 4500 [HKD$ 31]

어퓨스컹푸푸미슽_시트러스 (Skunk Poo Mist- Citrus) 4500 [HKD$ 31]

어퓨딸기우유한팩 (Strawberry Milk Mask) 800 [HKD$ 5.5]

어퓨리얼빅요구르트트한병(사파) (Yakult Mask) 1000 [HKD$7]

어퓨코코넛우유힌팩 (Coconut Milk Mask) 800 [HKD$ 5.5]

어퓨초콜릿우유한팩 (Chocolate Milk Mask) 800 [HKD$ 5.5]

어퓨프레시메이트토탄모공깨끗마스크 (Wash Off Peat Pore Clearing Fresh Mate Mask)   2500 [HKD$ 17.3]

어퓨프레시메이트생우유맑은마스크 (Sleeping Milk Brightening Fresh Mate Mask) 2500 [HKD$ 17.3]

어퓨슈퍼사잽어오일마스크 (Super Acai Hair Oil Mask) 7,000 [HKD$ 48]

어퓨나쁜쁜아이이크림포페이스 (Bad Eye Cream) 9000 [HKD$ 62]

Of course, I could go on forever about how much we bought… however, I will justify it with the fact that everything was really affordable however, I must admit that they didn’t give many samples, in comparison to the more pricier stores.

Location: Myeong Dong street, Jung-gu, shop 50-20.

Walk along the Myeong Dong street and you will see more than one Apieu store along the street.

Review coming soon…

Follow me around Greece: dinner & my first Greek sunset

Once we got to our rooms, we were exhausted and passed out for a couple of hours because we decided to look for a place to eat our first dinner and watch the sunset. We walked around the town centre to look for a place to eat, there are numerous restaurants that are dotted around the town centre with a street dedicated to greek street food. While pondering what we were in the mood for we managed to book a book tour the very next day! We booked it immediately at the counter for about 25 euros which would take us to 3 destinations!

We decided to settle on a restaurant called Elia’s taverna which specialised in Greek food.

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The one thing I love about Greece is the calm atmosphere, no one is in a rush and everyone eats at a leisurely pace. Elia was a super calm and delicious experience, the food was heavenly and fresh. They had so many options on their menu and the staff gave us plenty of time to choose. Feta was never one of my favourite cheeses but let me just say that I am a huge fan of it now! Feta with olive oil and greek herbs was probably one of the starters I ordered every chance I got.

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After dinner, we managed to catch the sunset that Greece is so famous for. It truly a beautiful sight as it seem to illuminate the white building and leave Santorini with a golden veil. It seemed as if everyone was holding their breath as it went down, people came out of their hotel rooms and sat and watched golden glow disappear behind the island.

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Day 1 ended so amazingly, once we headed back to our hotel rooms for the night I was super excited for what we planned for the next day!

Day 2… Coming Soon!

Check out the my follow me to Greece posts:

Part 1: Follow me to Greece: Travelling to Santorini

Part 2: Follow me to Greece: The hotel, the meal and the museum 

Part 3: Follow me to Greece: dinner and my first Greek sunset 

Part 4: Volcanos, Boat tour, Frozen Yogurt etc. {Coming Soon}

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Follow me around Greece: The Hotel, the meal and museum

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Sorry it has been a while since my last Greece blog post… but I’m going to be the last few posts about my trip to Greece with all the details and photos that I took while I was there.

I believe I left my last post with us getting of the flight in Santorini. Because this was a budget/student friendly trip our means of transportation was the public bus. We arrived at about 5am in the morning, now it was April at the time and although Santorini is know for being very sunny and warm, it was very chilly. My friend and I waited about an hour and a half at the airport for the first public bus. OK I must admit at the time I was a little eager to leave the airport because of how cold it was and how exhausted I was from traveling.

The arrivals section of the airport is very small with one luggage conveyor belt, about six car rental stalls and a pay phone, definitely not as modern as Heathrow. There were random plugs on the walls where you could charge your phone, but bear in mind these plugs were about an inch from the floor… but if you were as desperate as I was you can definitely charge them there (however, remember to bring your euro plug adapter!)

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The bus finally came at about 6.30am and it wasn’t what I expected, you don’t pay whilst boarding the bus, you pay once they start moving… yes… I’m serious a man comes down the isle, you pay and then he gives you a ticket as a receipt for your payment. The trip to the city centre in Thira/Fira. Did I mention that we were staying in Thira/Fira?

When we arrived at the bus station at the city centre it took us a while to find the hotel “Santorini Reflexions Volcano” but because Santorini is a touristy location, it is quite easy to find someone who can speak english and point you in the right direction.

The view as breathtaking. Almost all of the hotels are located on the cliffs of the island the views are spectacular and this was when the sun was was starting to just peak out from between the clouds.

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The one thing we weren’t prepared for was the stairs, they might look innocent going down but the wide steps will leave you out of breath! The hotel was just what it looked like on the site and with all the large signs it is easy to differentiate them from each other.

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Once at the hotel, the receptionist was super welcoming she offered us cakes, cookies and orange juice and was more than helpful when giving us advice on places we should go. The hotel had such a homey feeling because it only had 6 rooms, as did most of the hotels in Fira/Thira.

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When we finished munching on the cookies and cakes the clouds had disappeared and all you could see was the contrasting blue skies and white hotels that dotted the cliffside… truly beautiful.

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Surrounding the hotel there were various other churches, hotels and unique succulent/cacti to look at.

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We had a few hours to kill before we could check in to our rooms so we decided to visit a museum just a few minutes away from the hotel. This was truly a budget find as it was absolutely free to EU students, all you need to get in is your student card. The museum had all sorts of artefacts found in Santorini with descriptions of the past. If you want to find out about the history of the island I would recommend visiting the prehistoric museum.

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After visiting the museum we decided to go to a popular crepe and waffle place called Corner, which was highly rated on trip advisor. It was really easy to find but a word of caution would be that there wasn’t a clear pavement to walk on so you definitely have to keep an eye out for bike and cars.

 

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We were definitely not disappointed with the selection of crepes and waffles available. The Cinnamon apple and caramel biscuit waffle was the highlight for me, the apples were lightly baked, dusted with cinnamon and drizzled with honey and the waffle was super fluffy.  The staff were also super friendly and offered us a map of the island as well which came to be super helpful.

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While heading back to check into our room the view was even better compared to the view in the morning. Blue water, blue skies, blue pools and white hotels it was like a screensaver!

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When we checked into our room I was super surprised by the sheer size of the room, this room could easily house 5 people! We got our own balcony and sitting area outside which was super relaxing. Another bonus was that our room was right next to the indoor pool! Screen Shot 2016-06-26 at 11.41.31 pm

We were given a tour of our room by the receptionist who was there to answer any questions we had. The only downside I would say that the shower was heated by a boiler next to the shower, it was a little complicated to use but if we ever had issues we were able to ask, plus if you got as sunburnt as I did… cold water is rather soothing on the skin 🙂

Stay tuned for Part 3 which will be out on Friday (15th)!

Check out the my follow me to Greece posts:

Part 1: Follow me to Greece: Travelling to Santorini

Part 2: Follow me to Greece: The hotel, the meal and the museum 

Part 3: Coming soon…

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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