We are very excited to tread on one of the busiest city in Asia at our second stop - Hong Kong. The first impression it gave us is that people there walk really fast (even for a student!) , and this street is busy day and night. That made us a bit nervous, but this is also what makes HongKong so appealing to us.
As a diversified city where east meets west, Hong Kong embraces different cultures and ethnicities. Not only that we could find multiple imported beauty products of brands coming from all over the world, but also girls with different unique styles there. How do they look? What they think about make up and nail art? Here, we are going to show you where we went, what we found and who we saw. Let's go discovering Hong Kong together!
We have visited a view districts in HongKong, including Tsim Sha Tsui and Mongkok, where most of the chain drugstores are situated. Bonjour and Sasa are the largest amongst them that can be easily found on the street. You can find makeup, perfume and skin care of all well-known brands in their stores. The price overall is quite cheap, because they are all parallel imports.
There are also many mega shopping malls in Hong Kong, as we know, it is also renowed as a shopping paradise. Big malls like Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui and IFC Mall located in the tallest building of Hong Kong, have all the luxury brands' stores.
However, it is quite interesting to find that nail art shops cannot be easily found in Hong Kong. Unlike Japan where nail art shops are found in every mall, nail art shops can only be found in smaller shopping centre or private buildings in Hong Kong. That means doing nail art is not yet very common in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong girls are very shy. We tried a few times to invite girls on the street to let us take photos of them and their nails, but they only let us take photos of their nails not their faces. Perhaps that's because most of them do not wear make up (though they do have pretty faces).
As we can tell from the way they dress, they are rather conservative with nail art. We interviewed some girls, and most of them like simple styles with natural colours. Only some would love to make 3D white or pink flowers integrated in the UV Gel nails, or cute painting on the nails. However, it's hard to find nails with exaggerating designs and 3Ds like those in Japan.
In Hong Kong, night life is one of its features you shouldn't miss! Lan Kwai Fong in Central is the hot spot clustered with bars and clubs. We suppose this is the only place where girls are willing to take photos with strangers in Hong Kong . :P
Girls at clubbing feel so different from those at daytime. It's like as if they put off their mask (or maybe put on another mask) and completely enjoy the music and fine wine. And we can finally see the 'open' side of Hong Kong.
From our interviews with the girls, we got to know Korean style make-up is the hittest trend these days in Hong Kong. They would not go too much with their make up. Most of them would just wear light make up, because natural skin tone was the key. However, they do put strong emphasis on their eye make up with strong eyeliner and mascara. Besides, they also made use of false eyelashes, and even double false eyelashes at the end of the eyes to create cat-eye style.