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Japanese department store, Sogo is celebrating their 28th birthday by having a Thankful Week to offer all their customers a mega sale! Stopped by last night with boyfriend LN to check out the swag.
I could’ve spent an entire day just shopping on the first and second floor. The cosmetics and skincare holy land. You can find international brands such as Estee Lauder, M.A.C, Benefit, YSL, Dior, Chanel, Bobbi Brown, NARS, and Japanese ones like Shisheido, Haba, Ipsa, Kanebo, and others.
Upon arrival, I dashed to my favourite counter, NARS! I love their products as it meets my two main criteria for makeup: easy to apply and lasting! So, for the Thankful Week sale, NARS offers package deals for a very reasonable price. I got a few (too many) new things. The packages are great because you get to choose the shades you want, unlike the normal sale sets you get where they’re fixed products in specific tones.
Duo Eyeshadow in Cordura
For my usual everyday look, I use the NARS eyeshadow duo in Silk Road. Cordura is slightly darker, and will be great for a brown smokey eye with a hint of shimmer!
Eyeliner Stylos in Koala
They ran out of the pencil eyeliner that usually comes with the package so I got a liquid eyeliner instead! Even better for me! I get built up oil over my eyelids when I’m out all day, so pencil eyeliners normally smudge and I can a raccoon eyes despite using eye primer. I only use pencil liners to blend with my shadow and never use it just to line my eyes. Liquid glides on so much better and makes it to the end of the day. Since I’m a firm believer of the liquid eyeliner by Dolly Wink in Deep Black, I chose an asphalt grey. Again, I really like the colour! My only fear is the felt tip that looks a bit hard. I tend to prefer bristle brushes when it comes to products like this.
Blush in Taos
The product itself looks a bit dark, but it blends well and is a bit more dramatic than their best seller Orgasm. I absolutely love this colour! Matches well with my new tanned complexion!
Gentle Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
Reminds me of the Bi-Facil by Lancome. I did not like that. Not too thrilled about this, but nonetheless, of course I will try it out!
Makeup Removing Water
Super duper excited about this! Since I got eyelash extensions I’ve been looking for something that cleans makeup off without rubbing my eyes sore. I use the Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Beauty Oil. It’s amazing! Takes off makeup instantly! The only downside is that it always tarnishes my lashes and they aren’t able to last as long as I’d like. I really hope NARS’ Makeup Removing Water is as miraculous as it says it is!
So after all this, it rang up to be around $900 something. Only $100 short from the free Sun Kissed Gift Set! The decision to makeup the difference was an absolute no brainer!
Sheer Lipstick in Dolce Vita
I have full lips and I don’t like to draw too much attention to them so I stay with relatively neutral and safer shades. Sheer lipstick gives just a trace of colour without completely staining them. I already tried this out and it’s ultra smooth! Slightly translucent with a little shine for that natural, kissable feel.
Meeting the purchase of $1000 criteria I got the Sun Kissed Gift Set free! Yay! The set includes the Pro Prime Pore Refining Primer, the Body Illuminator in Laguna and the Blush Duo in Hungry Heat and Desire! I’ve used the Blush in Desire before, and found that though it looks bright pink, it blends well onto the skin for a summer look. Everything else, I’m looking forward to trying out! Best thing is, it’s not those shitty little free sample stuff, they’re proper size!
Thanks to my wonderful boyfriend for all my new stuff! Product reviews will ensue!
The limited edition makeup essential from Giorgio Armani’s Summer 2013 collection is the Bronze All Over Palette.
It reads: Inspired by pleated lamé, this allover bronzer is this summer’s must-have. Use all over for a sun-illuminated complexion.
First thing’s first, holy smokes! This costs $700HKD. I debated with myself for a while before losing to my shopping urges. I am so glad I did, as this is a compact little case of all you need for a bronzed summer glow.The case comes with a top tier bronzer and a bottom tier eyeshadow trio.
Bronzer: I love this because there is so much shimmer with fine sparkles than big chunks of glittery bits that you sometimes get in bronzers. Not to mention, the ripple effect is just almost too pretty to ruin! The application is smooth and sheer, and blends in perfectly with Asian skin tone.
Eyeshadows: In Satin Beige, Rose Bloom and Mineral Bronze. What I like about light shade eyeshadows is that you can build it. It’s more forgiving if you mess up and is easily fixable. I try to limit the makeup I put on my eyes (especially in the day) as it’s so hot in Hong Kong that it tends to get a bit melty! Everyone knows that the less you have on, the less there is to run! So I quite like the combination of these eyeshadow tones. The lightest tone is my favourite as I like to use it to accent the inner corner of my eye and underneath the bottom lashes.
I’d give it a 8/10.
I’m looking and trying out more summer heat appropriate makeup and will share with you my experiences soon! If you have tips and advice, give me a shout!