Store Visit: LINE FRIENDS – New York City Times Square

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LINE FRIENDS opened their first USA store in New York City’s most popular tourist trap, Times Square! The massive store opened in July 2017 and sells gift items like stuffed dolls, phone cases, housewares, clothing and other useless (but cute) items printed with lovable LINE characters like Brown, Cony, Sally, Choco, Moon, James, Boss and newer characters like Jessica (a cat who’s Cony’s BFF), Leonard (Sally’s new frog buddy) and Pangyo (a panda who has the hots for Choco). LINE is the messaging app that originated in Japan and uses hilarious stickers featuring characters that depict my everyday emotions and behaviors like disgust, narcissism and gluttony (with some love sprinkled in). The LINE characters became so popular that they have their own offline animated series called LINE OFFLINE where they are in an office setting of “Line Corporation”  how meta. I took some 360 photos and an insane amount of regular photos with an unBEARable amount of original LINE stickers, click on to view!

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Event: Club Clio NYC Union Sq. Flagship Reopening

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If you’ve seen any of my Instagram Stories, you’ll know that I visited a lot of the Club Clio sample sales in the summer because they were in the middle of renovating the space and clearing out old merch that couldn’t sit on the shelf any longer. The moment is finally here to unveil the new look and there’re amazing incentives when you visit 11/17 – 11/30! Firstly, there will be 50% off ALL purchases! This discount will get you close to Korean retail prices so head over there for the best selection! Forget waiting for Black Friday when you can shop Club Clio, Goodal, Peripera, L.O.C.K. Color, Dr. G, Derma Dr. Lab, SooAE and a couple of new brands they’re stocking. Click through to see the other store specials during this two week period.

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Greece Vacation: Mykonos, Santorini and Athens

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I haven’t blogged anything “lifestyle-ly” so here’s a quick post about my vacation on the Greek Islands: Mykonos and Santorini with a pit stop in Athens! Of course, I also put together a quick traveler’s guide and things I learned while I was there so this isn’t just a brag post about my “wonderful” life. There was an Emirates companion fare deal for $799 flying out of Newark airport to Athens, Greece so I just had to jump when I was figuring out what to do with my remaining vacation days. The Fiancé and I are just going to call it our Engagement Moon. The flight going to Greece was cheap but the hotels, island transfers and dining was NOT. I have some pre-booking tips and some while-you’re-there tips so you don’t get a rude awakening.

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Tokyo, Japan Beauty Shopping Guide (With Google Maps and MEGA PHOTO TOURS)

This is a MEGA beauty shopping guide in Tokyo Japan complete with all my recommendations listed on a Google Map and linked to a shit ton of individual photo tour posts so you’ll be a prepped shopper. First, start with my post on general Tokyo Shopping Tips As A Tourist so you’ll understand how tax-free and duty-free shopping works. I was on a mission to visit as many beauty stores in Tokyo during my one week stay because your girl has a small hoarding problem. Although most of my google searches told me to go to a Japanese drugstore for all J-Beauty needs, I wasn’t satisfied with the results. I looked up beauty haul and shopping guide videos on YouTube where I was able to find better information and compiled a list as best as I could from various sources. I think it helps to know the type of shopper I am so you can gauge if this list fits your taste. I tend to buy low to mid range products because I believe there are very effective products out there without the luxury mark-up. I’ll occasionally buy a luxury branded item if the hype is real. You can see my Japan #beautyp0rn from Haul Post and below are most of the stores I raided in Tokyo. Be ready to bookmark this guide because you’ll want to reference this again!

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Photo Tour: Jill Stuart at Harujuku and Narita Airport

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You may have heard Jill Stuart the clothing brand but did you know she also designs a beauty line made of all my childhood dreams of lace and floral? The cosmetics line is my inner girly on steroids and what makes it even more covetable is that the line is not widely available in the United States – you can only order it online however there are many counters in Japan where you can test and swatch colors. Thoughtful touches like pavé crystals, gem-shaped lipstick bullets, built-in flip-top mirrors, and even a chain attaching your brush to your compact makes me drool over these products. It comes at a pretty penny though because a lip gloss will set you back about $42 USD if you get it shipped within America but it’s 2,500 Yen in Japan (about $22 USD). To own one of these pretties, you can buy these tax-free in the many Japanese locations and in the Narita Airport.

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