Category: Store Visit

Photo Tour: Where you can find The History of Whoo, O HUI & ISA KNOX in New York City

I’m adding a new location to my NYC Chinatown K-Beauty Shopping Guide, a small store simply called The Beauty Shop. It’s been in business for the last 10 years on 57 Division St. Store #C, NYC and has been an official distributor of The History of Whoo, O HUI and ISA KNOX – yes all this time!

The shop has two mini billboards of O HUI and The History of Whoo outside and I remember watching these signs change as new products rolled out growing up. I’m not really in the right budget range (or age range for that matter?) for these brands so I’ve never been curious enough to actually go in but ever since my Asian Beauty obsession has grown as with the popularity with these brands in the United States, I thought I would do a service to the online community and share this hidden gem (it’s not even listed on Yelp)!

Click to read more and see the full tour. (more…)

NYC K-Beauty Shopping Guide (with Google Maps!)

If you’re making an effort to come to Manhattan Chinatown for K-Beauty/Asian Beauty shopping, I created a route for so you can visit these stores in one go. I’ve listed it in this particular order for best efficiency if you’re coming out of the Canal Street subway station 6, N, R, Q or Z trains. I plan to keep adding to this guide and I made a special Google Map with all these places listed! SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW THE MAP and see how you can print it out too. Bookmark/subscribe to my blog for updates!

Last updated August 29, 2017 to include Koreatown and Union Square/East Village/SoHo – Click to see the full list!  (more…)

Store Visit: New Tony Moly store in Chinatown, NYC!!!! (And it’s across the street from Nature Republic)

I was merely on my way to the subway station on Canal Street until I see Grand Opening store signage: TONY MOLY on Walker Street. WAHHHH?!?!?! When did THIS happen? I quickly popped in to interrogate the poor Sales Assistant. Why didn’t I know?! All these Korean mainstream beauty shops have been opening up like mad in the past year and none of them market their grand opening dates! Bloggers find out in some way or another and news slowly trickles down to the online community but by the time it gets to us, we miss their grand opening specials and no one’s happy! Argh!

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I did my due diligence and I’m posting another delicious photo dump tour of the shop and asked the SA which items have been madly popular, about to sell out, grand opening specials and if there are any new items coming in. This Tony Moly has been opened for 2 months already (sounds like mid-Feb?). Click to view the cosmetic/skincare porn.  (more…)

Over 100 Photos: New Kam Man NYC Chinatown Supermarket/Asian Beauty HEAVEN

Warning: Photo dump post/cosmetic porn ahead.

I’ve been living in Chinatown/LES Manhattan for almost 3 decades and I’ve seen my neighborhood transform from humble mom and pop shops to retail giants and new condo developments moving in. Before Asian beauty products ever came to the attention of Westerners, local Chinatown pharmacies and facial places would stock up on our home country’s beauty essentials.

I noticed that an old supermarket favorite, New Kam Man, has been getting a lot of attention because of it’s heavenly second floor of Asian beauty goods where I used to peruse in high school (more for the Hello Kitty products). They first opened in the early 1970’s as the largest Asian supermarket and operate 3 floors of beauty, food and home/kitchen goods. I went to Yelp to see if anyone has done this place any justice and while there were only a FEW photos of the beauty selection, it doesn’t give someone a good idea of all the offerings or price points. So, I went to do a visit and came back with drool-worthy EYECANDY. Check out my photo dump after the jump!  (more…)

Store Visit: Club Clio in Union Sq, NYC Manhattan

Club Clio had opened it’s first Manhattan store back in Jan 2015 and I didn’t start my blog until today so I thought I would share some things from my first visit and some things I’ve learned since opening day.

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Club Clio Union Sq location: 11 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011
More info: http://clubcliousa.com/ 

Value

I visited early Feb, a month after grand opening and they still had Grand Opening specials. The most enticing offer to me was the Buy One Get One Free offer on all Peripera lip products! The second promo I snagged was the Buy 10 Sheet Masks and get 5 Free (priced at $1 per sheet mask). So for $10, you get 15 masks in total – sure, I can try those out! They also had BOGO on their Goodal Want Sleeping Packs but priced at $40 each (while online prices were cheaper) I didn’t pull the trigger on those.  (more…)

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