SASA HONG KONG: BEST SHOP TO BUY MAKEUP, NAIL POLISH, JAPANESE SKINCARE PRODUCTS. ASIA BEAUTY, FASHION TRENDS.
You know you’re in Hong Kong…. when you see clothes dangling from every apartment balcony, feel queasy from the “interesting” scents in the streets, and get shoved by a five foot tall “louh poh” with linebacker strength.
I’m waiting for Sebastiano’s skinny butt to arrive at our Causeway Bay apartment, provided by the awesome team at Roomorama. Our room’s top quality, and has many clever ways to conserve space. We’ll take tons of photos from our Hong Kong stay. Til then, how about a teaser?
I made a bee-line to Sasa, a Hong Kong chain of cosmetic stores known for its quirky Asian beauty products.
Drool over the grab-bag of glittery, colorful nail polishes. The price? Three bottles for $1.50 US — and no tax!
Japanese makeup and trends are very popular in Hong Kong. Lots of colored and circle contact lenses, and Dolly Lash products.
A funny story: before the tsunami and earthquake, sushi restaurants advertised their fish as “imported from Japan.” Now, they’re reversing their claims: “we use radiation-free ingredients from Hong Kong!”
I took tons of photos at Causeway Bay shopping malls (including Laforet, Island Beverley, Sogo and World Trade Center). Cute, sparkle-heavy iPhone covers are popular right now. (Can you identify the characters above?)
Among the cute things I saw: smiley and glittered-out shoes, and a South Park dress.
Random thoughts and observations:
♥ It’s Buddha’s birthday today! There was a parade in the streets; happy drummers and dancers in yellow and red.
♥ Everyone still speaks English here (so you don’t have to worry about communicating, unlike in Japan). However, Mandarin is also widely used — much more so than a few years ago.
♥ I bought my cat Basil Farrow a blue rubber ducky. Miss him already.
♥ Soy lattes taste better here. And there’s a larger selection of healthy and vegetarian food now.
This is only day one… get ready for weeks of adventures, videos, stories and scandal from Hong Kong and Macau!
I know you pirates love Japan, but is Hong Kong a place you’ve considered visiting? What would you like to see? The pop culture and shopping here are through the roof.
Song of the Day: The GazettE – Filth in the Beauty (GazettE and X Japan will be playing Summer Sonic music festival, August 13-14 in Tokyo and Osaka.)