With the recent lull in the Memesphere (which is quickly becoming active again), I set out to find other ways to get my K-beauty fix. Then about a month ago I found out pretty much the best bit K-beauty news ever: there's a Tonymoly store right here where I live! (You know, that brand with the really cute packaging?) And it's smack dab in the middle of metro Honolulu. Which would be a great thing for most, except I don't live or work in town. I do coach in town every other day, but by the time practice finishes the store is closed. And let's face it - I'm waaay too lazy to fight the weekend traffic that builds up in that area.
Well I finally got off my butt and headed there yesterday for two reasons: 1) I took the day off and it was in the middle of a weekday so traffic would most likely be kind to me, and 2) I had to go into town anyway for practice. (Jetsetter tip: In case you're ever on Oahu and would like to visit Tonymoly, it's on Keeaumoku St [near Ala Moana Center] right next to Likelike Drive Inn) It's a tiny store and super packed with all things Tonymoly, and everything is arranged by category. And lots of stuff was on SALE!!! Here is a snapshot of one of the walls:
I would've taken more pics but the store is so small that the lady behind the counter would've most likely noticed and thought I was a creeper or something.
The sales clerk was super friendly and immediately offered her assistance, which was great since everything was in Korean. She didn't try shoving anything in my face and I felt absolutely no pressure to buy anything, which ironically made me feel more inclined to buy something. Not because I had to, but because I wanted to. I spent about 20 minutes browsing the walls and ended up picking up a few things.
Anti Aging Peach Hand Cream (Cost: $7.98) - I never saw myself as much of a peach fan until I discovered Korean cosmetics. I have a Tonymoly peach-scented rub-on perfume from a past Memebox that smells pretty delicious. Then there's this hand cream. I first saw this in the Memeshop along with its apple and tangerine buddies. Honestly, I thought I'd be walking out with the apple one because I love apples. But when I took a whiff of the peach cream tester I instantly put the apple one back on the shelf. This one is a winner! Imagine the juiciest peach you've ever tasted. Remember how yummy it smelled? That's what this hand cream smells like. I think I like it even better than the It's Skin Strawberry Cookie & Hand Cream currently sitting on my desk. And that's saying a lot because I've never turned down or replaced anything strawberry-scented, ever. I CAN'T STOP SMELLING MY HANDS.
Latte Art Milk Cacao Pore Pack (Cost: $16.99) - Alright, so I bought this because I thought the packaging was adorable. I didn't even read what it was until I was back out in the parking lot. This is a pore tightening cacao pack with moisturizing milk cream. I've never come across a pore-tightening-anything that actually worked, but I guess I'm not too disappointed; at least it's not some weird feminine hygiene product. Oh, look! I just found an English description on the bottom:
This cacao-in-cream mask containing soft milk cream within sweet cacao powder tightens pores and moisturizes the skin. The cacao pack from Ghana contains theobroma cacao (cocoa) fruit powder, which has an excellent sebum-absorbing function, and it removes impurities from the pores. Althaea officinalis root extract provides excellent moisturizing effects to the skin, keeping the skin moisturized even after washing your face. In addition, mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf extract and salix alba (willow) bark extract remove dead skin cells and tighten pores, making the skin smooth and firm.This pack is applied after toner as a sebum-absorbing moisturizing mask. Admittedly, it doesn't look too appetizing once you remove the cover and other than having milk cream I'm not too sure what's latte about it, but it smells like chocolate heaven. And there's a tiny spatula disguised as a straw to help you scoop up the cream. This would've been an excellent addition to the Cacao Cosmetics or Chocolate Mania Memeboxes. Or any future chocolate-themed box *hint hint, Memebox* I wasn't able to find this item on the main Tonymoly website, but I think it might be discontinued because the Cappuccino Cream in Scrub counterpart, which I also saw in the store, is discontinued according to the website.
Pocket Dessert Mist - Peach (Cost:
Kiss Lover Swing Tint Gloss - Orange (Cost: