I hope you all had a great Easter!
Today, we’re diving right into my beauty haul from this year’s trip to Hong Kong. It’s a late post considering I’ve come back from Hong Kong about 7 weeks ago however as always, sharing is a must!
Let’s start shall we?
Featured in this post:
LuLuLun Face Mask (5pcs)
BCL Momo Puri Jelly Mask (4pcs)
Kose Clear Turn White Collagen Mask (5+1pcs)
Premium Puresa Golden Jelly Mask (Rose) (3pcs)
Premium Puresa Golden Jelly Mask (Hyaluronic Acid) (3pcs)
Hada Labo Kouji Treatment Cleansing Foam
Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lip Balm SPF 15
Hada Labo Hyaluronic Hydrating Milk
SANA Soy Milk 6 in 1 Moisturizing Gel Cream
Heroine Make KissMe Long and Curl Mascara (Advanced Film)
Biore UV Aqua Watery Essence Sunscreen
MINISO 2in1 Eyebrow Pencil Eyebrow Powder in 01 Black
MINISO 3in1 Flat Eyebrow Pencil in 07 Black
MINISO Natural Konjac Cleansing Sponge
MINISO Anti Sebum Mineral Pact in 01 White
I typically repurchase My Beauty Diary masks whenever I’m in Hong Kong because they’re inexpensive and you get a lot of bang out of your buck (10pcs per box). However, since last year, I wanted to branch out a bit further. I bought a whole load of face masks on my last Hong Kong Trip [read haul here]. Sad to say but it was mostly mediocre, consisting of the drippy mess that we all want to avoid.
This time, I wanted to go straight into Japanese face masks and rediscover J-beauty as a whole. With the K-beauty trends booming like no other in the last couple of years, J-beauty is barely seen or heard. I think that that’s just media manipulation though. For me, I knew about J-beauty way before K-beauty and practically grew up with it. It’s nostalgic to me.
I had heard bloggers mention about LuLuLun face masks for quite some time now but never got round to it due to lack of access. That’s why once I recognised it, I had to grab a pack! Unfortunately, I have no idea what the flavour is. Can anyone help?
Whilst I was in this store called Log-On, I also grabbed the BCL Momo Puri Jelly Mask (4pcs) since I was enticed by the packaging. This face mask contains peach ceramide water and lactobacillus blend which is what peaked my interest. Let’s hope it’s as good as it looks!
One of the things I love about J-beauty is that it’s not shy to advertise which are the best sellers. If you’re ever stuck, just look for the No.1 label in the corner. That determined my decision in getting the Kose Clear Turn White Collagen Mask (5+1pcs), Premium Puresa Golden Jelly Mask (Rose) (3pcs) and Premium Puresa Golden Jelly Mask (Hyaluronic Acid) (3pcs). The weather is getting warmer (although still very temperamental) so I will be trialing these masks soon for sure.
Continuing the J-beauty theme right the way through, we have the Hada Labo Kouji Treatment Cleansing Foam to start us off in this skincare category. I wasn’t looking to buy a cleanser at all in Hong Kong considering I had 3 in queue back home; however the cleanser that I did take with me ran out three days before the end of my vacation. I decided to venture out a bit and try an alternate line from Hada Labo. In fact, I’ve not heard of this line before since everyone just talks about their hyaluronic range. I would be more than happy to feedback on this later on. 🙂
Whilst we’re at it, I also picked up the Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lip Balm SPF 15 and the Hada Labo Hyaluronic Hydrating Milk. It’s safe to say that Hada Labo has become one of my favourite brands, probably on the same scale as Clinique (and you all know how much I love Clinique already). Their products just work for me and are completely no frills so I’m excited about the re-stock! The lip balm is new though so that’s definitely in the works of being in the trial list.
Last up to close this category, we have the SANA Soy Milk 6 in 1 Moisturizing Gel Cream. I’ve been wanting to try more of this brand for a long time as I adore their soy cleanser! It is seriously a cult-favourite of mine. I opened this whilst I was still in Hong Kong since I wasn’t really loving the Pai moisturiser I took with me. It’s unlike any other gel formulas I’ve seen/tried! I will have to conduct a review but for now, so far so good.
Makeup and a Konjac Sponge
One thing I don’t tend to get in Hong Kong is any makeup bases or foundations since the colour options tend to be too light for my skin tone. Instead, I opt for Japanese mascaras every single time because they’re heavy-duty: they don’t flake, they don’t melt, they hold the curl for hours on end. The Heroine Make KissMe Long and Curl Mascara (Advanced Film) is of course, a re-purchase.
Another must that I purchase from Hong Kong is sunscreen. I am convinced that this is the secret (but equally not-so-secret) pathway to anti-ageing. I feel that I get more compliments about my skin now (even though my skin is going through a plethora of breakouts these days) than I did when I was younger. So don’t always think that good skin can only be achieved via “good genes” – it’s equally about taking good care of your skin as well as giving it time to reach that stage.
I re-purchased the Biore UV Aqua Watery Essence Sunscreen as it’s truly been a while however I’m not sure I love it as much as I once did? I feel that they have added alcohol into the formula! Strangely enough, I must be using an old formula as the current 2019 formula apparently has no alcohol.
My last couple of items are all from MINISO. I’m actually quite jealous of all the Australians and Canadians who have access to one since I really like their store and concept! I re-purchased two brow products: MINISO 2in1 Eyebrow Pencil Eyebrow Powder in 01 Black and MINISO 3in1 Flat Eyebrow Pencil in 07 Black.
Unfortunately, I bought both in black (I bought one of them in black on purpose to try out). I now regret having taken that risk so I guess I have no choice but to suck it up and take the super-soft hand approach when it comes to it!
Now, if there’s something I need to use more, it’s the Clarisonic Mia 2. I’ve practically made it redundant which is so bad considering it was quite a pricey purchase! One reason for its redundancy is the discovery of konjac sponges. I picked up the MINISO Natural Konjac Cleansing Sponge as more of a random purchase. It is rather interesting to compare basics in fashion and beauty as more often than not, it proves to be a real challenge! I’ll let you know if it meets the mark or not.
Last product to show is the MINISO Anti Sebum Mineral Pact in 01 White – a more meaningful purchase to replace my Innisfree No Sebum Mineral Pact which is due to run out soon. In some ways, I don’t expect for this product to exceed the Innisfree compact but I’m hoping that it will be at least okay.
That’s everything for this haul! As we dive straight into May, I am looking to get kickstarted in a new blog series which I will be entitling Cultural Conversations. In this series, I look to explore (although not limited to): current affairs, topical subjects within fashion/beauty/culture and address the issues that often get stigmatised and/or misrepresented. I want this series to be quite personal, stemming from my own experiences in order to drive the blog to a new place.
Of course, if you have any ideas with some points of discussion, please do not hesitate to comment below!
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