Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hong Kong Favourites: Coffee and Sweet Treats

I wanted to share some of my favourite Hong Kong coffee and dessert finds in case anyone might find them useful. Usually when I'm out and about I don't have my camera with me, so I've grabbed the pictures from my phone and Instagram so you can see if any take your fancy. Excuse the filters...

Urban Bakery

When I first tried their egg molten croissants, I felt like I had seen the light. This needs to be the next food craze and it needs to last forever. If croissants stuffed with egg custard doesn't sound like your thing, they offer many other croissant variations as well as good coffee, cakes, and sandwiches. They also have lots of magazines to read while you eat your delicious food.

Where to find it: Landmark in Central. There are also takeaways in Hysan Place, Causeway Bay and Langham Place, Mong Kok.

There's no better name for this place - Coffee Academics definitely know how to make an amazing cup of coffee! Also, their lemon and poppyseed muffins are great.

Where to find it: Causeway Bay, Wan Chai, Repulse Bay, and Tsim Sha Tsui. More info here.

Holly Brown is known for their coffee and Gelato. They don't make deciding what to get easy since there are just so many different flavours and combinations to try! However, I recommend anything with the chocolate gelato as it tastes amazing.

Where to find it: Tonnes of places! More info here.

If you like sour coffee then this is the place for you. I'm sadly not a huge fan but I went for the Garden Blend tea, the sandwiches, and the friendly service. It's less busy on weekdays and close enough to HKU to make it a good study spot, especially with the free wifi. 

Where to find it: 111 Caine Road, Central. More info here.

A local friend took me to this place and then I became addicted to the different flavoured egglettes. The dark chocolate gelato is also amazing (get the mix!).

Where to find it: 149 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai. Check out their Instagram or Facebook page for more info.

Another recommendation from a friend (well more of an instagram stalking). Here you can try patbingsu and other delicious desserts. They also do a few savoury dishes.

Where to find it: Harbour City, TST. More info here.

Maccha House

And now comes the onslaught of maccha places! If you like maccha on the more bitter side then this restaurant is for you. They offer tonnes of different drinks and desserts - even maccha fondue - as well as savoury Japanese dishes.

Where to find it: Causeway Bay, Diamond Hill, Mong Kok, Sha Tin, and Tuen Mun.

Sweets House Cha Cha

You can't go wrong with their maccha/Hokkaido milk ice creams or oobanyaki!

Where to find it: In City'supers in Causeway Bay, TST, and Sha Tin.

Via Tokyo

Another great place to get soft serve maccha ice cream. There are some seats but it's often very busy, so be prepared to wait a while or get your food to go.

Where to find it: 1A-1B, G/F., Leishun Court, 106-126 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Quick Japanese Liquid Eyeliner Reviews

I'm always looking for a good eyeliner that is easy to apply and stays put. In Hong Kong, I became quite the regular at SASA and I often left with something new to try. I also find a lot of Asian makeup products too cute to resist, which then leads me to leaving with more than I should. Anyway, I thought I'd give a quick run down on the liquid eyeliners I used there in case anyone's thinking of trying one out.

All three have a brush tip and are the same size, so the main difference between them is the formula. Also, I should probably mention that my eyelids do get oily towards the end of the day so finding a liner that stays can be a challenge!


★ if it isn't humid!)

I've been waiting to try this out for years after hearing great things about it. I hadn't used many eyeliner pens before using this one but because of the small tip, it was really simple to get the hang of. However, I started wearing it in August and it didn't stand up too well to Hong Kong's heat and humidity. We're talking noticeable fading towards the end of each day. It worked a lot better when the weather cooled down though so I'd recommend it if you aren't facing tropical weather.

Sailor Moon Miracle Romance

I'll admit that I bought this purely because it's Sailor Moon related. However, it turned out to be very impressive! It goes on easily and had I found the lasting power to be decent. Plus, you get adorable Sailor Moon packaging. Win-win!

K-Palette's Real Lasting Eyeliner 24h

This liner is highly recommended across the internet - and rightly so! On some days I've noticed it fading and transfering a little by the end of the day but generally it doesn't budge. It's waterproof which I appreciate greatly now that I'm back in the UK. The downside is that it's the most difficult to remove out of the three so you'll need a good eye makeup remover. The packaging for this is usually black but I think I got a special edition which is pretty adorable.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

City Tropics

Dress - Pull & Bear (old), Shoes - Aldo (old)

After being back in London for about a fortnight, I am slightly jealous of my two-weeks-ago self who was wandering about Hong Kong in this dress feeling the heat and humidity. Actually on second thoughts maybe I'm not that jealous. It would be nice for it to get to around 25 degrees C though, right?

These photos were taken in Harbour City just outside Hanbing. I bought this dress last Summer but didn't really have a chance to wear it until I got to Hong Kong. I fell in love with the tropical print and the little cut out detail. I'm not a huge fan of the long zip at the back and wish it stopped before it got to the skirt but that's only a minor detail. I paired it with sandals and a simple necklace because less is more when it's boiling hot.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

A Touch of Gold Nail Art

So what do you do with 3 hours to kill at the airport? Make use of the pretty marble tables and blog of course! I did feel slightly ridiculous getting my DSLR out to take these photos of my nails but at least I was being productive.

The gorgeous gold foil polish is Innisfree's Eco Nail Colour Pro in 131. When I saw it in the store I thought it would go really well over a black base. I love polishes like this with different effects since they make it look like I've made a huge effort when really these took about 10 minutes.
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