**This post is by no means for me to show off my recent purchases. I just want to share with you what I bought, and let you guys know why I bought them, and whether I like them.**
If any of you follow me on twitter, you’d know that I’ve recently travelled to London and Berlin. It’s not really a trip of leisure, but I managed to shop quite a bit. Almost all the beauty products I got from this trip are not available in Hong Kong, so even though they’re not all limited editions or rare finds, I’m so happy I got them! But since I just arrived back home only two days ago, I haven’t had time to try all these products yet, so these are not in-depth reviews!
When I was still back in New York, the Topshop there had not started carrying their beauty line. So after reading about them on the internet, I knew I had to get some from London. As you can see, I’ve gotten quite a few blues, since I find them the most attractive in their collection. (not that the others aren’t pretty, I just find these a bit more different than the other blues in my own collection.) So the polishes I got are AWOL, Marine Scene, Green Room, Celestial, Parma Violet and Gypsy Night. I haven’t tried them on yet, since I am more excited by the Dior polishes I purchased.
I also got 2 sets of two Nailart 3-in-1 pens, I really just got them out of curiosity since I don’t think I can do my own nail art. These pens allow you to draw with a nib, paint with a brush and decorate with gems. I’m most interested with the nib, since I’ve always had trouble with dotting tools.
I’m sure a lot of you have seen these Dior polishes all over the beauty blogosphere! So how could I resist when I finally saw them in Berlin! Surprisingly, they were no where to be seen in London… I got 537 Riviera, 659 Lucky and 257 Incognito from the collection, the reason why I didn’t get 579 Plaza was because I thought it looked a bit too much like Luscious Laura Mercier’s Tres Chic Collection, and I regret it, Plaza should be even brighter, so as soon as it becomes available in Hong Kong, I’ll be running to their counter! I tried on Riviera and Lucky, and they are amazing! I’ll do a more in-depth review later on.
I cannot describe how excited I was when I finally saw the Tom Ford counter at Harrods and Selfridges!! Finally I get to see the color products in real person, since stock photos from store websites or his official website don’t do the palettes justice, especially the glitters. I wanted to try all the other products, but of course the most eye-catching ones are the Eye Color Quads. So I decided to purchase another 2 of their eye color quads (I own Silvered Topaz and Cocoa Mirage). All 4 shades in 07 Cobalt Rush are satin finishes, and they’re gorgeous blues. 10 Titanium Smoke has one satin finish shadow, one matte finish shadow, and two glitters. This palette would be perfect for a night time smokey eye look. Even though they’re expensive, they are of high quality and you get quite a lot of product in each palette!
I’ve always wanted to try the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil, especially their new one called Perversion. It is described to be the deepest black and very long-wearing. I am perfectly satisfied with my YSL Long-wear Eye Pencils, but I can’t pass up this opportunity to get this liner! I’ve also decided to try their 24/7 Glide-on Shadow pencils, since swatches showed them with great quality. I will have to try them on before deciding if they’re indeed long-wearing though.
I’m a big fan of Hourglass products, their brushes are heaven, and their Film Noir mascara is definitely one of my favorites. I regret not discovering how amazing this brand is sooner before I left New York. I bought the Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara as a back-up since I love mine so much. It’s volumizing, lengthening, but at the same time leaves your lashes look natural. I also got the Film Noir Lash Lacquer to pair with the mascara, I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve heard amazing results with it, so I can’t wait!
As much as I love my Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation, the longevity of the foundation just doesn’t cut it. So after hearing about the new Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H (24 hours) foundation, I had it on my beauty shopping list for my trip to Europe. The reason why I have two isn’t because I’m in between colors, but because the department store from Berlin gave me the wrong one (02, which is more pink-based). By the time I noticed the mistake it was too late, I had already left Berlin… My face can work the 02, but it’s just not the perfect color for me, so when I was at the Heathrow Airport in London, I decided to get the right color (01, more yellow-based). I have only used it for about 2 days, but I can’t say that retouch is unnecessary (it claims to be a retouch-free foundation). However I did notice less shine which is very important for my combination skin, and the SPF 15 is a plus too.
The YSL Teint Resist Long Wear Endless Comfort Foundation, compared to the Lancome 24H one, is not a new product, but I know it’s the product that a lot of beauty bloggers with combination skin use. Unfortunately, YSL in Hong Kong does not carry this particular foundation, so of course this was also on my beauty shopping list! I’ve only tried it for a day, and I must say I’m liking it a lot so far. I can’t say too much about it yet since only one day of use don’t really make a good review. I did notice even less shine and a bit more long wearing than the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H foundation. This foundation also has SPF 10 sun protection.
I don’t know much about perfumes, but when I found the L’Artisan Perfumeur store at Covent Garden, I had to go in. This box set not only consists 2 of my favorites in the store, it’s also at a discounted price, so how could I not get it!
I’ve always wanted a lash comb, so after seeing this high quality lash comb from Tweezerman at Liberty London, I just had to get it. I find lash combs very useful when you find clumps on your lashes after applying mascara, it instantly takes them off, and separates your lashes for a more natural look. You can also scrap some mascara product from the mascara applicator onto the lash comb, and apply mascara with the comb instead, this way you can easily fully coat your lashes with mascara! You can fold this lash comb for easy storage and better hygiene. The slanted tweezer is really just a back up, since I keep losing my tweezerman tweezers. I’m sure a lot of you know how good these tweezers are! And doesn’t the zebra pattern just make it more fun!
Mason Pearson hairbrushes are expensive, but according to a lot of people, it’s totally worth it. So when I found one at Liberty London, and at a much cheaper price, I decided to invest in one. This brush is a combination of boar bristles and nylon, perfect for normal/thick hair). At the moment I won’t be able to use it, since I’ve only recently permed my hair, so brushing my hair would only ruin the perm. Mason Pearson brushes are meant to last a long time though (more than 20 years), so it won’t go to waste!
I also bought a few non-beauty-related items. : )
And just some pictures from Berlin:
Let me know if you want any in-depth review from the products mentioned above!