I normally shy away from dollar stores or stores like Japan Home, Miniso or Mumuso, because I get tempted to buy stuff that I might not need, or things that might break easily. However this doesn’t mean that these stores don’t have really cool things at super affordable prices. These stores usually have things that are Japanese or Korean in design, but are cheaply made in China, that’s why the prices are so temptingly low.
However if you have a list of things that you need, or have recommendations from friends about how good an item is compared to branded counter parts (for example my friend who is gluten intolerant is happy to find that she doesn’t get an allergic reaction to Mumuso’s mascara’s and it is as good as a much more expensive luxury brand mascara) then by all means, explore! Just don’t get tempted to buy something that you don’t need because it’s crazy low prices.
Recently I have been putting more thought and time to self love and self-care and after watching numerous videos, I decided to try applying make up with a beauty blender. I stumbled upon LÄTT LIV, a Scandinavian design-inspired version of the shops I mentioned earlier.
This store has everything: home, electronics, make up, baby feeding, toys, travel, organizers, fashion, and so much more.
LÄTT LIV is Swedish for “easy life” – a growing chain of variety stores born in Asia in 2014 that aims to deliver a Scandinavian inspired lifestyle.
I was so tempted by the design of these sunglasses, because it matched the earrings I was wearing perfectly. This is one way that someone ends up mindlessly purchasing, because the item matches what you are currently wearing.
However in reality, I already have 2 amazing sunglasses at home – one metal aviators and one oversized plastic ones – and they match everything I have.
DiploBaby didn’t want to leave without this tranforming helicopter toy worth more or less $2. It’s not really age appropriate yet, but TD made him promise to leave all the transforming to his Dada, so that the toy wont break. TD spent the whole dinner time after transforming it back and forth – not the easiest to do – but it gave my son endless joy. I’m happy to say that it’s still in one piece. Toddler boys can be very hard on their toys.
This is a great post on the useful home organizing finds you can get at Japan Home by a fellow expat mama blogger.
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