November 17, 2010

Beauty Shopping in Hong Kong

So many things to see and do in Hong Kong and shopping is definitely one of them.  In fact, shopping in Hong Kong (Tsim Sha Tsui, to be exact) is not for the faint of heart... or feet for that matter.

You can easily find make up and skincare products to suit your budget.  Stores like Sasa and Bonjour (which can be found on almost every street corner) carry affordable brands like Revlon, Maybelline, The Balm, as well as some mid-range stuff.  They also sell travel sized items of Clinique, Lancome, Shiseido, Dior and SK-II products.  These are actually the free samples you score when you purchase stuff in the US.  Why they sell it baffles me.  Anyway, this is great if you're not too sure about a product and just want to try.  In my case, since I throw away a tube of mascara after three months, I figured it would be better to just buy them in this size instead of having to throw away a full-sized tube with so much product left over.

FACES at Harbour City (Ocean Terminal) offers brands like Bobbi Brown, Shu Uemura, MAC, Clinique, Benefit, etc.  Lane Crawford, which is located right across, carries higher end stuff.  One thing you need to do before you splurge: scout the prices in your country before buying cosmetics in HK.  Sometimes, it's much more affordable to buy your make up there.  For example, NARS' The Multiple costs way less in HK compared to other Asian countries.  But there are times when it costs less elsewhere compared to HK.  In this case, Laura Mercier cosmetics are better priced in the US.

If you're pressed for time and want to score some cosmetics, here's a tip:  Make a list of what you want to buy and go from there.  There are just too many choices out there and it will be overwhelming if you're not sure what you want.  Be as specific as you can.

Aside from beauty stuff, there are so many places to shop for clothes, bags, jewelry... it's nuts I tell you!  :)
Enough about dreaming of the things I want to buy.  For now, it's back to reality.

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