Some places are made to be photographed and Honey mi Honey’s Pink is Heart Motel cafe in Harajuku is all you need for the gram. Sometimes you need to do it for the ‘gram.

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Warning: excessive amounts of pink to follow.

I ended up heading to the Honey Mi Honey shop because they were hosting a Kumatan pop-up shop. WC founder and designer Chinatsu Wakatsuki took her work and made her own brand Kumatan and now it appears as pop-ups. I have such a soft spot for old WC so I had to at least check out Kumatan.

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The outside is set-up like a small bustop.

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Inside the Honey mi Honey store. The cute instagram worthy Disney tea-cup is always there for photos.

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Some classic WC feelings.

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I ended up trying on these two and buying the I LOVE Work fuzzy sweater. The quality was really good. Clean fur that didn’t fuzz, the blocking for the text was glitter and there was a solid heavy metal zipper in back so you didn’t stretch out the neck. Also pockets! Kumatan quality was really good.

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After being in such a pink world I got sucked in the more I stayed.

Fun fact: Honey mi Honey receipts are even pink!

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But this post is about the Pink is Heart Motel Cafe inside the shop.

A fake motel key is what you get after you place your order.

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1,000 reblogs on tumblr the Pink is Heart Motel Cafe at Honey mi Honey Harajuku.

The saturation of colors reminds me of Kubrick’s the Shining movie…. in a good way. #aesthetic

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Well my heart is also pink so here we are. I love love love indoor neon as design.

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The light gold accents with the pink velvet interior was so perfect.

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And look at this gram life. Transforming my apple cinammon vegan muffin and latte into art.

When I went they had green smooothies and vegan muffins so eat healthy and pink power up!

If you need a tiny break in Harajuku and your eyes need a pink cleanse, head on over.

Honey Mi Honey is located across from the near the Meiji Jingumae subway stop entrance. Address: 〒150-0001 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingūmae, 6 Chome−2, 神宮前6丁目2-6 原宿あかねビル 2F Google maps.

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I’ve stayed loyal to my Avarice nail salon in Harajuku (previous posts) for several years now for Japanese gel nail art. Their work continues to amaze me and no matter what I come with they’re up to the task. NOW they have an English speaking nail artist who did a working holiday in Australia. She’s lovely and loves to chat in english. So I super recommend Avarice even more to my readers! Just remember if booking on hotpeper to mention English.

1950s Cinderella Gel Nails

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Disney’s Cinderella nails! I wanted these to be pretty simple but still have that great gel nail art. The art is based on the original 1950 animated feature. I’ve become a big Disney nerd and the classic styles of Disney are my favorite. Simple with a few details: Cinderella herself, her slipper and a hint of the pumpkin carriage.

Chanel Paris-Dallas collection Gel Nails

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My nails had gotten so short! But that’s no problem for Avarice Harajuku superb gel nail art everytime! This time I wanted the theme of the Chanel Paris-Dallas collection. Being a Texan I’ve always wanted a Texas flag or shape on my nails. Even though I’m anti-gun I’ve oddly also wanted gun nails. The Coco Chanel portrait was based on the flyers they handed out for the Paris-Dallas collection.

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Pretty close right?

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The gun was a 90s part of a belt. I liked it better than the Paris-Dallas gun jewelry so in it went.

Chanel Spring Vintage Nails

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 Mad Max: Fury Road Gel Nails

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I GOT MAD MAX NAILS!!! Mad Max: Fury Road is my favorite movie of the last few years. I knew when I had the chance I would try to make Mad Max nails happen.

My nailist hadn’t watched the movie, so showing her photos she gave me the look that said: why do you want this on your nails? It’s totally unkawaii. Then I played her the Japanese trailer and that did not win her over either. And then I tried to explain the movie in Japanese, which was a complete failure. Trying to explain it in English just ends up with me yelling WAR GUITAR!! or FURIOSA!! and then slipping into happy fangirl goo.

Then she got to it… and asked if it’s okay if I make them more “manga” and they won’t look exactly like them. I was like my expectations are low, I just need to fangirl more.

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BUT CHECK THEM OUT! OMG! War Boy! Furiosa! Mad Max!

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Furiosa was like my Mona Lisa nail. No matter the light she’s always staring at me.

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Mad Max and Furiosa! Avarice gel nail art wins all the awards.

My hands were super dry. I had just landed in Japan. My hands go horrible on the flight and stay bad in Japan. The air and public restroom soaps just kill my hands. Hand lotion is your friend in Japan. I actually discovered my favorite hand lotion for traveling is MUAC AHA Hand and Body lotion. I was given a sample and it just takes care of dry spots immediately because of its alpha hydroxy acids. It doesn’t provide the lovely scents of other hand lotions, but overnight total change in dryness!

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I haven’t posted Japanese shop staff snaps lately, but wanted to share these two ladies from Redy Azel and Oui Ayano Ruban. I have been slacking on the whole shop staff snap. I didn’t take any in Fall and I only mildly regret that. I’ve just fallen out of the snap phase.

I’m not sure I’ll get back into it in Spring, but Spring is all about new things so maybe! But I had to post these two girls from last Spring because looking at old Spring snaps gets me excited for the season.

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Oui Ayano Ruban actually closed last summer. Which is a bit crazy since they had just opened their shop in Harajuku that Spring. It was huge space and the rent must’ve been super expensive. The shop was cute and the shop staff even cuter. Although it felt like the clothes were a little more Sweet-kei/Otona-Kawaii and fit better in Ginza or Shinjuku than Harajuku. The brand had just opened in 2013, which means it only lasted 2 years. Fashion is fleeting.

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I loved her Spring look. What an excellent tweed jacket. Her simple long hair is goals. I want my hair to look that full. Although maybe Oui Ayano Ruban was too sweet looking for the Otona Kawaii crowd and too adult for the Larme crowd? Long tulle never really caught on with the Otona Kawaii crowd.

 

Redy Azel Shibuya 109 Shop Staff

Redy Azel (レディアゼル site) isn’t talked about much in English and I think that’s a shame. I keep wanting to talk about it more. Redy Azel is a clothing brand by the Samantha Thavasa/Samantha Tiara/Samantha Vega mega hand-bag conglomerate (I blogged about the Samantha Thavasa cafe here).

Redy Azel first opened up in Shibuya 109 Spring 2015 and its since grown to 10 stores. I started looking at Redy Azel because one of my faves former Dazzlin producer, Rumi Kon, left Dazzlin to work for Redy Azel. Now Rumi Kon is the fashion director for all Samantha Thavasa clothing brands: Redy Azel, Muller, Honey Bunch, Swingle, Will Selection and more. Since Rumi Kon left I’ve found Dazzlin’s clothing to be a bit lacking while the Samantha lines are doing quite cool.

Redy Azel is more of an Otona-Kawaii brand, but really it’s a mix of a bunch. Although its in Shibuya 109 I feel the age range is pretty 15-30+. It feels like good competition for Snidel.

I bought a set-up from Redy Azel and I really love it. I feel they do some simple pieces, but the fit is stellar. Pleats and cuts where things should be, which often doesn’t show up in Japanese fashion. :heartbreak:

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I’ve complained multiple times about the horrible lighting in Shibuya 109 and this shows it off. Such a cute girl so badly lit.

She’s mixing so many cute whites together with denim. White was so big last year, I’m not sure how big it will be this year.

Both the Oui Ayano Ruban and Redy Azel shop staff are in criss-cross white platform sandals. This year they will be in the thin-multiple strap rope-like sandals (like the ones on my wishlist).

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Posing with another of their Otona-kawaii for Spring offerings.

The chiffon floral skirt would still fit in with my Spring 2016 Otona Kawaii trend predictions.

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Such a doll in the perfect haircut for her face.

3 posts in a week? Craziness! Posting is only shortly ramped up. I’m going on a mini vacation this weekend and then next week is Japan. IRL busy = less posts but more content for posts :sweatbubble: . My twitter and snapchat will ramp up, however :)

Need more shop staff posts? I’ve got you covered 

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I’ve been using Les Merveilleuses Laduree make-up line for three years and in those years I keep meaning to do blog post after blog post about them, but I haven’t. But finally here we go! First all about the brand along with in-store photos, then I’ll break down their make-up line the good and the bad which will be a multipost.

 

Get to know Les Merveilleuses Laduree

What is Les Merveilleuses Laduree?

website: http://www.lm-laduree.com/

Laduree is a French luxury sweets maker that has been around since 1862. Yup 1862! It’s one of the most famous sweets brands in the world and I’ve been lucky enough to sample their wares in Versailles. They’re very popular in Japan with several shops.

Les Merveilleuses by Laduree launched in 2012. Les Merveilleuses meaning marvelous in French are according to the Laduree website post-revolution “goddesses of liberty”.

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You can read the full story on their English website here

It seems like an odd combination for a luxury sweets maker to do a make-up line. However, Make-up is one of the most profitable money making schemes by luxury houses. Its speculated that Chanel makes 80-90% of its revenue in makeup, skincare and fragrance! (Chanel is a private holding so they don’t have to release profit breakdowns) So if you’d like to make some paper, make-up is where it’s at!

Les Merveilleuses by Laduree is Asia only for now

Although Laduree is a French brand, Les Merveilleuses Laduree is a mostly Japanese brand. It was launched in Japan first and has expanded into other parts of Asia (Taiwan and Hong Kong). It is around Sephora Paris locations but only a few products unlike their stand alone stores, I’m not sure how much it is anymore.

They also have a soap and lotion small line that began around 2013. In 2014 they expanded into skincare with a small line based on the pearl whitening.

Les Merveilleuses has no e-commerce site and they do not sell to third parties. So the in-store experience is the only way to buy. imomoko.com sells the brand at a price-hike here Les Merveilleuses Laduree.

Behind the Brand

Laduree teamed up with the make-up manufacturers Albion the same people behind Paul and Joe Beaute, Anna Sui and Jill Stuart Beauty to create their line.

In Japanese it’s レ・メルヴェイユーズ ラデュレ
Yes Les Merveillesus by Laduree is expensive. It’s aimed at being a boutique luxury brand.

Brand vs. Les Merveilleuses Laduree Price comparison

I’ve decided to use Japanese yen and the Japanese prices on the cosmetics to directly compare. I chose to other brands of MAC and Chanel to show you the price difference on various items. MAC and other overseas brands are more expensive in Japan FYI.

Powder cheek blush

LM Laduree – 4,500 yen for compact and blush refill
MAC – 4,300 yen
Chanel – 5,500 yen

Lip Stick

LM Laduree – 2,500 yen
MAC – 3,132 yen
Chanel – 4,000 yen

Face Powder

LM Laduree – 4,500 yen for compact and powder refill
MAC – 4,100 yen
Chanel – 5,800 yen

 

The stores

Ahh it’s like being in Versailles but more homey. Lovely little jewel boxes of stores with comfy padded benches that you sit on waiting for your order to be rung up. Lots of light and mirrors. Just scroll down below to see how beautiful everything is, don’t just take my word for it.

 

The service

The service is definitely top level. I feel like Les Merviellueses are very conscientious about offering this experience. Their store is Versailles, you are a Princess because you’re there. After six months the staff remembers my name. Admittedly I’m a foreigner and I buy often there when I’m there, but still I appreciate the quality of service. The staff are all friendly and suggestive without being pushy. They also hold special in-store events for its clients to sample new releases or reserve seasonal items. I would say it’s very similar to a brand store in that respect.

Once you’re in their system they track your purchases which is terribly helpful when you want a blush refill and can’t remember the numbers. They’ll just look it up for you! You won’t expect to chat up about their personal lives like gyaru shop staff, but the staff are very lovely.

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Here is how my first purchase from Les Merveilleuses by Laduree looked. The lace bag held primer and foundation samples.

The more often you buy the more samples they’ll give you. My experience inside luxury stores and in luxury make-up counters is very similar to Les Merveilleuses.

Les Merveilleuses by Laduree makeup in store shots

I wish I could’ve taken higher quality shots of the inside, but photos aren’t usually allowed. I was allowed to take a few iPhone photos to showcase Frances. Because Frances is life, follow her on instagram at franceslovesyou!

All of the photos were taken at their La Foret Harajuku store which I mentioned in my Tokyo make-up and skincare post.

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Although I did not watermark these photos, please credit and link back to Universal-Doll if you share on tumblr, pinterest etc…

Next up about Les Merveilleuses Laduree is make-up reviews and recommendations on where to spend and not in their product line.

 

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