I’m sure some of you have been waiting for this post for quite some time since Hong Kong’s shopping scenery is vast – from the affordable to the luxury, you are really spoilt for choice. I always want to buy the whole shop but one only has so much they can take back with them and not to mention, practicality was quite strongly taken into account.
To be honest, and I know this may sound ridiculous – but I was worried that I wouldn’t have a lot to show you since I didn’t officially shop until the last few days of my vacation. This shouldn’t be a problem surely, because I should buy items that I’m interested in trying for the benefit of me (i.e. shopping) and not so much for the blog. It is not a quantity contest after all so next time, I will remember to relax more. 😛
In the end, it turned out that I actually hauled more than I thought, when I finally laid all the products on my floor! (Basically, I worried for nothing. What an idiot.) 🙈😅
It’s a super long post so grab a drink.
So here goes!:
MINISO Eyelash Clip
MINISO 2in1 Liquid and Solid Eyebrow Pen
MINISO 3 Way Eyebrow Pencil
SANA Soy Milk Moisture Cleansing Wash
1000 Billion Jeju Snow Green Tea Mask (5pc)
1000 Billion Icy Snail Regeneration Moisturizing Mask (5pc)
Unknown brand – Deep Sea Water Glow Mask x2 (5pc ea.)
Watsons Whitening Facial Mask x2 (5pc ea.) (free with purchase)
Mediheal LINE FRIENDS N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Mask (10pc)
Rosy Rosa Slide Cheek Brush
Sasatinnie Eyebrow Tweezer x2
Shiseido Eyelash Curler (#213)
Hada Labo AHA+BHA Foaming Wash (Exfoliating)
Heroine Make Volume and Curler Mascara Super Waterproof in ’01 Black’
Heroine Make Long Stay Sharp Gel Liner in ’01 Black’
Cyber Colors Real Lasting Smudgeproof Gel Liner in ’03 Espresso’
Okamoto Smiling Face Heat Pad for Menstrual Cramp Relief (free with purchase)
Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer in ‘Sand’
Suyeonna Whitening Toner
Suyeonna Moisture Essence
Suyeonna Moisture Cream
Ddunmee Micro Mystic Pack (Horse Oil X Fucoidan)
Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream SPF 35 (No Sebum)
Clinique Cheek Pop in ’15 Pansy Pop’
Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10% (8-Pack)*
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel AND Moisturizing Lotion+ (Value Jumbo Duo Pack)
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief x2 (free with purchase)
*Linked is the 4-pack but what I purchased is an 8-pack. I can’t seem to find the 8-pack online.
Side note: Am so sorry for the lack of links! The websites for Watson’s and Sasa in particular, had rubbish search functions – absolutely useless!
Sales assistants in Hong Kong are persistent and are really at an arm’s reach for help. You are almost immediately greeted whenever you enter any store (I think this was not the case when I entered Zara and Uniqlo although to be honest, I don’t think these stores need it). Aside from the greetings, you will definitely be asked if you need any help, especially in a beauty store. Sometimes it does get a bit much though but I usually politely say I’m just looking and will ask for their help when I need it.
At one point, in a small Laneige store, I got greeted/asked by 3 different sales assistants – one of which greeting me with “Morning” (in English because I must not have looked native at all 😝) even though it was 6pm… Well, it’s the thought that counts, right?
I wanted to buy the whole shop! Unfortunately, I had limited cash on me at the time (the MINISO I went to was in China whilst I was visiting my mum’s side of the family however there are stores in Hong Kong) so my auntie paid and I didn’t want to come across as rude and privileged.
I have never seen this store before, but certainly, the logo reminds me a little of Muji and Uniqlo though of course, with its differences. It is actually a Chinese-Japanese low-cost retailer, selling fashionable but practical lifestyle goods. You will find perfume, make-up, skincare, accessories and some small homeware goods.
I am a sucker for stores like these but the difference being, these really are good-quality, practical items. Not the poor quality that you paid for understandably with a dollar. No, these items look more expensive than they’re priced!
I purchased two eyebrow products and an eyelash curler:
I rather enjoy Japanese products so I look forward to opening these!
Out of all the stores, I wish I took my time in this one a bit more! I think I am a person who is quite easy to sell to so I need to stand my ground and realise it’s okay to not buy what a sales assistant sells to me. However, who knows? Maybe there is a gem or two amongst these products from Watson’s. 😅
Really, I wanted to buy Hada Labo sheet masks but the SA recommended me some others (I guess I will just order from YesStyle then). Obviously they were more expensive but it was under quite a good offer – buy 4 for 3 and you get another free pack of sheet masks for free at the counter! (I ended up with another free pack because my brother bought some pharmaceutical items.)
The SANA Soy Milk Moisture Cleansing Wash is a super favourite of mine (I have previously finished 2 tubes) but all the other products are virtually unknown to me – both product and brand. I found very little information too when I googled after so they are either really new or just not established. It will be interesting to see if these were worth the purchase or not, especially as I have nothing to go by. However, looking at the ingredients list quickly, they look promising!
You cannot miss Sasa when you are in Hong Kong! There is always a store nearby. The currency is weak and will be for a long while but I still think a lot of items are worth buying in-store if you can, since it is cheaper than online.
To round off my purchase of masks, let’s start with the Mediheal LINE FRIENDS N.M.F Aquaring Ampoule Mask (10pc). I saw this in the queue so I took a look at the box and just put it in my basket last minute! 😝 I remember seeing this product on a YouTuber’s k-beauty masks video and believe she talked positively of it.
Next, let’s talk accessories shall we? I always like to update on this part whenever I’m in Hong Kong because I find that the UK market is really limited in this area (unless you shop online) and in general, I find Asian accessories suit me better, rightly so. I grabbed the Sasatinnie Eyebrow Tweezer twice, one for me and one for a friend since mine was getting quite old and tacky. Mind you, I never see these type of tweezers in the UK – only the ones that look like tongs.
I bought another eyelash curler. (As an extra question, how many do you own?) The Shiseido Eyelash Curler (#213) has been on my wishlist since forever on YesStyle but I never got round to buying it. It’s actually more cheaper in-store. I’ve used once so far and like it better than my Koji one.
The Rosy Rosa Slide Cheek Brush is a bit of a gamble buy but not without a reason! I have been looking for a retractable brush for over a year now and I like none of the ones I’ve seen in-store and online! I did buy the Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush but the plastic lid is rubbish – cracked in less than a week in my bag. The bristles are also a bit too dense and not the soft application that I want. This new purchase however, ticks a lot of boxes. For starters, I know the casing won’t break and the bristles themselves are so soft! Also – the product itself is super mini and cute.
Hada Labo is another brand I love. I have not been disappointed by their products so far but had yet to try their cleansers. I chose the Hada Labo AHA+BHA Foaming Wash (Exfoliating) since this was in someone’s Instagram post and they really raved about it. Have you tried it?
Perhaps I was not daring enough in this time’s haul since I decided to stick with a few brands I know and love. Heroine Make make some of the best mascaras! I know not everyone will agree with this because of how truly super waterproof and potent the formula is but I personally love it. I picked up the Heroine Make Volume and Curler Mascara Super Waterproof in ’01 Black’ (I’ve only tried the Long and Curl one) and Heroine Make Long Stay Sharp Gel Liner in ’01 Black’. Unfortunately, I picked up the wrong liner! I wanted to get the liquid liner that everyone raves about but somehow ended up with this… I’ve done a few swatch tests and sad to say, I don’t like it! 😭
If there was something to be learnt from this haul, it’s that I shouldn’t buy gel liners. I randomly picked up the Cyber Colors Real Lasting Smudgeproof Gel Liner in ’03 Espresso’. Yes, it is smudge-proof but the colour payoff is not strong at all and it’s possible to rub the pigment off even though it doesn’t smudge!
As a free gift, I got the Okamoto Smiling Face Heat Pad for Menstrual Cramp Relief. To be honest, this is quite useless for me since I don’t get bad cramps anymore like in my teens, but I guess I can always keep this for backup. 😛
I have two odd purchases that don’t fit into any of the other categories here. The first being a jade roller. I wanted to purchase one for a long while however I was skeptical of the quality if I randomly bought one online. Also, I thought it’s best that I waited for this trip to get one because I knew it’d be cheaper. This one cost roughly 25RMB (purchased in China in an authentic gift shop) which works out to be about £2.80. On Amazon, jade rollers are at least double that price. I’ve used it twice so far and it’s so cooling on the skin. 🙂
The other random purchase was the Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer in ‘Sand’. I had some time to kill before I went off to meet my cousin and her friends for dinner. If you didn’t know already, I LOVE Bobbi Brown products. I was especially spotty that week – it was one of my worst breakouts in a long time and I still have no idea what caused it. I think it was the stuffy climate. Anyways, I didn’t really have a concealer for blemishes, but I remembered this product recommendation so I went in to get colour-matched and came out with a new product!
My auntie was incredibly generous as she gave me 4 skincare products as gifts. I have very little information but essentially she and my cousin have set up a skincare shop/office based on mostly this one brand – Suyeonna. I tried doing a Google search and it’s mostly Ebay pages that pop up so I believe it is a legit brand – just one that is concentrated on online sales and distribution thus far but is looking to expand on the beauty map. (The beauty industry is so, so competitive like no joke.)
It’s super helpful too that I received a booklet, explaining the brand’s concept and product portfolio so perhaps I will make a post on all this? It could be refreshing.
The booklet even includes evidence of certification and some information on the key ingredients they use.
I received the Suyeonna Whitening Toner, Suyeonna Moisture Essence, Suyeonna Moisture Cream and Ddunmee Micro Mystic Pack (Horse Oil X Fucoidan).
For more info, visit:
(However, it’s all in Korean)
We are almost there!
If you didn’t know, Hong Kong International Airport is one of the best airports in the world. I think it has even won multiple awards for it. Shopping seriously doesn’t end until you fly off! 😛
I wouldn’t say I always shop at duty-free because I clearly didn’t when I went to Rome and Berlin last year – the prices were not that much different compared to here. However, in Hong Kong, I always grab the chance because you can generally save here and there. Some prices do however remain the same though so do your research!
I couldn’t pass up on a chance to stock up on Clinique goods. Everyone knows I live on that brand. There was one non-Clinique product I bought though so I’ll start with that first. It’s the Innisfree Daily UV Protection Cream SPF 35 (No Sebum). I’m currently running a bit low on my sun protection goods so I picked this one up. They have different versions but this one felt the nicest to me.
As a side note for those of you who are Innisfree fans, I saw that they sold packs of 5 for their cleansers, serums and some other goods, so this could be helpful if you want to gift skincare!
Now, I try to avoid the Clinique counter as much as I can because I’m guaranteed to step out with products. (Notice the plural s.) But I told myself it was okay this time since I had not entered their shop in months. I was especially delighted to see Clinique Cheek Pop in ’15 Pansy Pop’ on shelf. I love this blush formula but hell, this particular shade is non-existent in the UK I swear! I’d describe it as a lavender pink which is actually hard to come across hence why this was on my wishlist for so long. ✅
A product I haven’t yet tried is the Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10% (8-Pack). This stuff is expensive! I worked out that I saved about £30 buying it at duty-free. Realistically, I wouldn’t have bought this non-duty-free but being a Clinique fan, I’ve been curious, plus vitamin C is always a very sellable skincare ingredient. Despite saving, this is still a splurge so I hope it’s good!
Right. Down to my repurchases! I’ve been using drugstore moisturiser lately and honestly, it’s just not the same. Every other day, I am missing a Clinique moisturiser like no kidding. I stocked up on the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel AND Moisturizing Lotion+ which came together as a VALUE JUMBO PACK. They also had duo packs where you get the same of one version but since I love both versions, I got this instead. Super good deal – each product is 200ml compared to their standard 125ml size.
What I’ve not mentioned yet are the discounts and free gifts. When I purchased a second Clinique item, I automatically got 10% off on those purchases (on top of the savings that I’ve already worked out). The Clinique Vitamin C product in particular, got me eligible for 2 pots of the Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief! (FYI – 2 pots costs £72!) I was made aware of this eligibility hence the many Clinique products… What can I say? Clinique really know the way to my heart. ❤ I am entirely sure that these moisturisers will last me up until end of next year!
This post turned out so much longer than I originally thought. 😲 Still, I hope this was an enjoyable post, especially for those of you who were patiently waiting! Let me know what some of your Asian product recommendations are? I focused so much on sheet masks (which are actually heavy to carry…), that I think I didn’t allow myself to look at makeup so much. Well, next time! (or the odd online-shop…who knows. 😝)
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