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Hong Kong Beauty Haul

21 February 2016

hong kong haul
As promised, I’ve taken on the mammoth task of writing up my Hong Kong beauty haul. If anyone is curious, Hong Kong is an amazing place to shop for makeup and skincare. You’ll find many of the standard Western brands but also plenty of Korean and Japanese brands too, which I was mostly frothing at the mouth with excitement over. I did the bulk of my shopping in the flagship Sasa store in Tsim Sha Tsui (it’s a bit like Sephora) and the Etude House store in Causeway Bay. I went a tad mad with the old credit card but I justified it by telling myself I can’t get most of this shizz in the UK. I’m yet to try any of these products out, but I’ll be sure to write about any stand-out products as and when I use them. So, make sure you’re sitting comfortably, here goes!
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MASKS
In case you didn’t realise, East Asians are OBSESSED with sheet masks. Go into any Hong Kong pharmacy and you will find a butt load of masks – literally hundreds. I picked up some black head ones, some brightening ones and some moisturising ones. I’m especially looking forward to trying this ridiculous-looking ‘pig nose’ mask, and the little honey packs too, which contain honey (obviously), ginseng, cactus and angelica. Most of these masks have very little English on them so it’s a case of trying them out and hoping for the best. This is what I picked up:

  • Combos Skin Brightening Dual Booster Masks
  • Etude House Skin Note Deep Moisturizing Mask
  • Etude House Skin Note Brightening Hydrogel Mask
  • Etude House Black Head Remover Dual Sheets
  • Etude House I Need You, Honey! Wash Off Packs
  • Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Black Head Kit
  • Hadatuko Eye Masks

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EYE MAKEUP
Hong Kong is the place to go if you’re looking for false eyelashes, especially natural looking ones. There were so many varieties that are harder to get hold of in the UK, like bottom lashes and outer corner lashes. I also bought some brush-on false eyelash glue which could be handy for on-the-go applications. I’ve no idea if this stuff is waterproof like my usual Duo adhesive but I’m sure it will go the inevitable Friday night post-happy hour sobbing test. Mascaras are pretty big business in HK too, it took me an age to settle on the two I ended up buying, one being a fibre mascara. This is what I bought:

  • Canmake Glitter Powder Frosty Clear
  • Canmake Lasting Multi Eye Base
  • Koji Charming Kiss Eyelash Glue
  • K-Palette 1 Day Magic Fiber Mascara Black
  • Sasatinnie Bling Bling Mega Eyes Mascara Black
  • Koji False Eyelashes No.5 Little Feminine

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NAILS
I didn’t go too wild in aisles of the nail section, but I did choose this fabulous looking cuticle pen. It pushes, it trims and it dispenses cuticle oil, so I’m curious to see how well it works. Usually I run a mile when I see any hint of rhinestone but these Swarovski nail art gems caught my eye. I think a couple of them would look beautiful with some nice nude nails. I picked up:

  • Sasatinnie Gel Topcoat
  • Jewelry Stones Art 3D Rubber Art Collection
  • GR Collection 3-in-1 Cuticle Pen

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SKIN
Does anyone know if this Maybelline makeup remover is available in the UK? This stuff is awesome! I was in desperate need of an oil based makeup remover and saw this. It’s a dual phase formula and it lifts off stubborn waterproof eye makeup SO EASILY. I’m kicking myself for not buying more of it. I’m also champing at the bit to slap on this ‘mermaid skin’ gel onto my ruddy winter skin. In all honesty, I’m not entirely sure what it does but it’s got a whopping SPF of 50, and anyway, who wouldn’t want the glow of fish scales on their face?! I bought/received as free samples:

  • Lepoze Heat Clear Cream
  • Maybelline Clean Express Total Clean Eye & Lip Makeup Remover
  • Canmake Mermaid Skin Gel
  • Etude House Collagen Moistfull Cream
  • Etude House Collagen Moistfull Emulsion
  • Etude House Collagen Moistfull Facial Freshener
  • Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Samples

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LIPS
Surprisingly, I displayed a decent amount of restraint in the lip product department. I was intrigued by these L’Oreal lip tints that are in powder form (a similar version are making their way to the UK I hear). A nice idea but lips must be buffed smoother than a baby’s behind before you put these anywhere near your face. Etude House had some nice lip products too, the lip liner is especially creamy. All in all, I picked up:

  • L’Oreal Tint Caresse Tulip Blossom
  • L’Oreal Tint Caresse Peach Blossom
  • Etude House Rosy Tint Lips 07 Tea Rose
  • Etude House Soft Touch Auto Lip Liner 01 Soft Rose
  • Princess Majoca Lip Scrub

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TOOLS
By no means do I need another Shu Uemura eyelash curler but these cost half as much as they do in the UK so I thought I’d pick up a spare set. I also bought a metal lash comb to help sort out over-zealous mascara application, and a lip brush with a lid for my handbag. I bought:

  • Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
  • Shishida Seishindo Metallic Lash Comb
  • Lu.Face Lip Brush

And there we have it. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products out, or if there’s anything in particular you want a review on. Like I mentioned above, I’ll write up posts about anything that’s especially good (or, God forbid, shockingly bad).

Bye for now, gals and guys!

KIKO Haul

15 December 2013

kiko haulkiko haulA few weeks ago I scuttled down to the KIKO shop in Westfield Stratford in search for a metallic gold eyeshadow. The good news is I found exactly what I was looking for. The bad news is I ended up buying 6 surplus items. But it isn’t really bad news because I’m in pigment heaven. I’ve since had a quick try with the bits and bobs and will do reviews of the most interesting in the coming weeks. Here’s a run-down of what I bought.

KIKO Water Eyeshadow 208 Light Gold (£8.90): This is the eyeshadow I was hoping to find when I embarked on my KIKO trip. It can be used dry or wet for extra colour payoff, and really, I couldn’t resist the stunning swirl design.

KIKO Eyeshadow Matte 158 Dark Violet (£2.90): Great pigmentation for a matte eyeshadow, at an unbelievable price, this was a no-brainer.

KIKO Eyeshadow 134 Pearly Cocoa (£2.90): Again, I didn’t need this but at that price, how can you actually say no?

KIKO Colour Sphere Eye Shadow 16 Gold Special FX (£5.90): The whole range of the Colour Sphere eye shadows was mesmerising. I was in a goldy mood so bought this in this goddess-like gold glitter shade.

KIKO Glamorous Eye Pencil 400 Gold (£4.20): Surprise, surprise, gold again. This looks fabulous in the inner corners of the eyes for an ethereal kind of look.

KIKO Double Glam Eye Pencil 104 Misty Green and Blue Teal (£7.90): You know when you’re paying for your goods at the counter and the cashier asks you if you’d be interested in the special they’ve got on? (Incidentally, does anyone ever buy those massive Milky Bars at the WH Smith till?!) Well, for once, I said yes I’ll take one. I didn’t even realise it was almost double the price of the regular eye pencil. Anyway, this is a double ended pencil with a complementary shade either side. I’ve not worn these properly yet but when I swatched the two colours on my hand, they literally DID NOT BUDGE for the entire day. Impressive!

KIKO Full Coverage Concealer 04 Dark (£7.50): Finally, I idly picked up this little concealer pot from the sale section. I’ve no idea if it’s any good but I was seduced by the NARS-like packaging. It was £5.90 so there was a nice little saving to be had.

KIKO is available online at kikocosmetics.co.uk or instore in both Westfields and on Regent Street, all in London. If you do pop in the store, just a word of warning. From what I remember, the colours are only named by number. I had to go online to find the actual names so keep that in mind if you’ve chosen what you’ve wanted online before popping in – make sure you’re armed with the numbers!kiko haulkiko haulkiko hau

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