Hong Kong Haul

by lyn on May 29, 2011 · 9 comments

in Drivel, Hauls, Travel

We just got back yesterday and I already miss the hustle and bustle of the busy city and the shops that are opened until late. We ate and shopped ’til our hearts content… or at least I did. The last time I visited Hong Kong was back in 1997. Things have changed quite a bit since. Most people spoke to me in Mandarin or English although I did try to communicate the best I could with my very hesitant Cantonese.
* Hong Kong’s city lights across the harbour *
I purchased a few things here and there. Shops such as Sasa, Bonjour, Watson’s and Mannings (similar to Guardian locally) operate until 11PM daily. I love the choices they offer, especially on Japanese products. They are cheaper in Hong Kong and the variety is simply better.
* skin and hair care haul *

* cosmetics haul *

There were several other items that were not photographed because I was too lazy to dig them out. My last purchase on the day I left was a Guerlain Meteorites Miniature Duo, just because I’ve heard and read so much about it. I also bought a few beauty products and gifts for the family.
If you’re planning to go Hong Kong and are a beauty product junkie, here are a few recommendations that I hope can help;
• Research the prices of products locally and make up a list.
• Most goods in Hong Kong Sasa, Bonjour and drugstores are cheaper but just do a quick currency conversion if uncertain. I would whip out my phone calculator at nearly every store and the sales assistants are generally quite patient with me.
• If you have something specific to purchase, try to find out the address and location of the shop beforehand. Google Maps is pretty handy. I wanted a Billingham camera bag that wasn’t available widely but found the shop easily thanks to Google Maps because I knew which road, MTR stop and exit to take.
• If you happen to be in Macau, try to visit the DFS Galleria at The Four Seasons, which is connected to The Venetian Hotel. There are loads of mid-end to high-end international brands available and the prices are quite good too.
• If you’re in Kowloon, do pop by Langham Place Mall in Mongkok. Lots of cosmetic brands available from NARS to Jill Stuart, under one roof. There is a Muji store on the 7th floor too.
• The beauty halls in Sogo can get very busy, especially when there’s a sale going on but it’s not necessarily cheaper than finding the same product at Sasa or Bonjour, unless that brand or product is not available at either shops.

• Most people in Hong Kong can speak Cantonese, Mandarin and English, so communication was not a problem. Sometimes I had to spell out the name for them but for the most part, it wasn’t an issue.

So there you have it. I’ll be posting about the products individually in the near future and will try to include a few more tips and bits about my trip. I hope you have had a good week so far because I most certainly have enjoyed mine :-)

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Reiko May 30, 2011 at 4:04 AM

Wow!! Nice! :D And you got some hello kitty stuffs :P

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Paris B / Pink Parisian May 30, 2011 at 4:33 AM

Love the stuff you got!! What's the brush set? And Is that Bourjois foundation the gel version? Also what's the T'LeClerc? Nosy nosy! :D

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l y n May 30, 2011 at 4:45 AM

Reiko: Hahaha, ya… you know me by now… cannot resist anything with Hello Kitty :-) I bought a few Rilakkuma phone accessories too. Too cute!Paris B: The brush set is from T.LeClerc, the quality of their brushes are really good. The other TLC item in a box is a travel-friendly loose powder container with one of the shades included. And yes, the Bourjois fdn is the new gel version. I have the original and plan to do a comparison soon :-)

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Paris B / Pink Parisian May 30, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Yay! Tine just posted the gel version too and I do like the regular one. Will wait to see what you have to say :)

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Jennifer May 31, 2011 at 2:33 PM

LOL at the pingpong ball = EOS lip balm! i found the balm sits on the lips but doesn't sink in :(

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BT June 3, 2011 at 1:29 AM

Nice haul. The photo shoot of the night harbour scene is really nice and clear. My shoot was totally vague and murky in my last HK trip, haha, I never a good photographer, may be I should just pay HKD20 for those professional part-timer (photographers) at the harbour. "b

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l y n June 3, 2011 at 2:32 AM

Hey BT, I didn't bring a tripod so all my shots were handheld and I thought they were rather blurry :-) I think the photogs charge HK$10 these days, prices have dropped!

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domncroxd September 21, 2011 at 11:52 AM

OOH i just saw this (quite late i know). Can you please please pretty please review the Ettusais pore product? I'm so tempted to get it here. Less than Rm50!

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l y n September 22, 2011 at 4:02 AM

Hey dom, I haven't used it yet but I plan to this weekend. Will test it out a few times first before writing. I think it was around the same price in HK too.

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