I mentioned last week that I spent hours shopping in Hong Kong for beauty products. It wasn’t hard to do, as every corner either has a Sasa or a Bonjour, offering up products in every price range. It was heaven!
While make-up, especially mascara and eye liner, is a hot item, I focused mainly on skin care products with a few fun things thrown in. All products are either from Japan or Korea, both known for their cutting edge beauty treatments. While I tried to buy a variety of items, I definitely stocked up on face sheet masks. With options ranging from collagen to snail secretion (seriously!), there were certainly a lot to choose from. The good news is that most of these products are available on-line, although I would rather go back in person to re-stock!
Beauty Product Haul:
Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing Oil (Japan): Did you know that Shu Uemura introduced cleansing oils in the 1960’s? Ahead of it’s time, this company has a cleansing oil for every skin type. Living in a humid environment, I was skeptical about using an oil on my face, but I was so wrong. This removes all of my make-up, even heavy eye makeup, and leaves my skin feeling clean, not oily.
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (Japan): Widely available in North America, I’ve been eyeing this pricey item for a while now. I was thrilled to see that it was on sale, and with no tax and the exchange rate, this bottle was $100 cheaper than in the US! I’ve been using it twice a day for a week now and I can honestly say that I love it. I definitely get what the hype is all about!
Goodall Waterest Vital Sleeping Pack (Korea): I use this every night over my regular night cream. It’s lightweight and soaks in beautifully overnight. My skin looks hydrated and never greasy.
Suisai Beauty Clear Powder (Japan): A dry powder that foams with water, this leaves my skin feeling extra clean. Plus the little pods are just plain fun!
Lúcido-L Hair Make Supplement Extra Treatment Water: (Japan) Hair treatment sprays seemed to be quite popular, with versions for dry, curly, and straight hair. Spray this onto dry hair to eliminate frizz and protect hair from heat and harmful UV rays.
Choosy Lip Pack in Honey (Korea): Similar to a face sheet mask, but for lips! Although the back of the packaging does seem to suggest that it can also be used on your nipples. Not too sure about that.
Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Edge Meister Mascara (Japan): A subsdiary of Shiseido, this is a very popular brand in Hong Kong. The unique wand is the main feature here. I prefer a natural looking mascara and this is a bit too thick for me. However, if you’re into dramatic lashes, this is definitely worth a try.
~ Majolica Majorca mascara in black, Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher ~
Muji Facial Mist in Japanese Peppermint (Japan): A refreshing facial mist that I use during the day or when I need a pick-me-up on the plane.
Tony Moly Banana Sleeping Pack (Korea): I bought this for the adorable packaging, and it smells banana-mazing! This company is starting to break through in North America with some items available at Sephora.
Rosy Rosa Konjac Charcoal Sponge (similar): (Japan) Konjac sponges are 100% natural, made from the fibres of the Konnyaku tuber (aka Elephant Yam). They can be clear or infused with different cleaning aids, such as charcoal. Simply wet the sponge and use with your regular cleanser for a deep clean and gentle exfoliation. They don’t last forever though. Toss after a few months to keep bacteria at bay.
Skinfood Rose Essence Soft Cream Blusher (Korea): A creamy blush that adds a sweet bit of color to your cheeks.
Face Sheet Masks (all from Korea):
- Skin Guardian 3 step cellulose sheet masks in wrinkle, soothing, collagen, and pore remedies
- Pure Smile art masks in various designs
- Soo Beauté abalone & gulfweed extracts
- Soo Beauté jellyfish & gelidium cartilagineum extracts
- Holika Holika “After Taking a Trip”
The unlimited selection of face masks left me giddy! Holika Holika has a great before and after series. I purchased the “After Taking a Trip” and used it immediately when I got back to the hotel. It left my face glowing and refreshed, and I truly regret not stocking up on this particular brand, even though it was tougher to find and a bit pricier.
The Skin Guardian masks are a 3-step process. You start with a bubble cleanser which is a liquid that foams when you add water. Step 2 is a booster serum, followed by the mask. I did find that the mask had too much liquid on it, which felt a bit sticky after I was done. It did a great job, and it was the cheapest of all the masks I purchased, but I wish the residue would soak in better.
Of course, my favorite are the art masks.
~ Pure Smile “Will You be a Cat?” face sheet mask. Meow! ~
While I’ve had the opportunity to try most of these products, there are a few that I’m still looking forward to testing out. The banana pack has me intrigued, as does the jellyfish face mask. I just couldn’t bring myself to buy the snail secretion mask. We have the same snails in our backyard, so if I get desperate, I know where to look, lol!
Do you buy unique beauty products when you travel?
Which of the above products would you want to try the most?
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