Haul: Taipei + Pictures/Notes From My Trip

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I'm back!

Sorry about the lack of updates, but between a very spotty Internet connection and a jam-packed schedule, I decided to completely unplug for my stay in Taipei and enjoy the time with my family. I'll get to some of the things I did there in a bit, but first, I've got a haul and it's the very best kind--products I can't find (or would pay a lot more for) at home!

Despite our incredibly busy and long days, my cousins and I found a few hours to do a bit of shopping, so naturally I seized the opportunity to drag them all into Watsons. It's a popular beauty store in Asia, and while I don't know how many countries they have stores in, they're definitely in China, Singapore, Thailand and the Philippines, if that helps. It's the kind of place that stocks everything--makeup, skincare, pharmaceutical products, and haircare all at varying prices. Normally I wander around in bliss for ages, but my male cousins were being very typical men and I sadly was only allotted 10 minutes. (Though I made one of them hold my purse as punishment).

I was originally only planning on getting two things, but that's never the way it works out, is it? =)

  • Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash King: One of the girls I watch on YouTube, missglamorazzi, raved about the Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Framer Mascara (or something along those lines) a while back, so that was at the top of my list. The sales associate helping me, though, said that the line's best curling mascara was this one. Apparently it's new, and as the Lash King, it "fulfills as your wishes". We'll see!
  • Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Gorgeous Wing Neo: Who came up with these names? They were offering a goody bag if you bought two Majolica Majorca mascaras, so of course I picked up another one. (At roughly 9 USD, there was no reason not to!). Honestly, I completely forgot why she recommended this to me, but you'll see how these both work in a Mascara Experimentation post soon!
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Correcting Concealer: I nearly knocked over a display in glee when I saw the Bourjois section--I had no idea Watsons even carried the line! Sadly it's not nearly as extensive as it could be, but they did carry the Healthy Mix foundation and quite a lot of mascaras. I've heard good things about this product, and you know how I am about a drugstore concealer! This was actually the most expensive item I bought, and even then it was only around 12 USD. 
  • Canmake Cheek and Cheek Blush in 03: Another missglamorazzi product! I couldn't remember which shade she showed in her video, but this was the one I liked best. It's a great travel blush, obviously, as you technically get three options for cheek color, but I really don't care for the packaging. It's plastic and incredibly cheap, both in terms of how it looks and how it feels. 

And since I only bought a few things, I'll run through what I got in freebies:

Eeek! Sorry about that glare!
  • Shiseido Majolica Majorca Eyelash Curler: Can't wait to try this out, especially in conjunction with the mascaras. I wonder how it's different from the regular Shiseido one?
  • Shiseido Aqualabel Skincare Samples: Generous amounts, too! The little set comes with a cleanser, toner and moisturizer and since this is Asia we're talking about, the range is geared towards whitening/brightening. 
  • Tsubaki Deluxe Haircare Samples: I actually really like Tsubaki shampoo/conditioner, but at home I always have to go out of my way to buy it, like the Japanese supermarkets around St. Mark's. This kit also includes a weird cleansing oil (I think?) which should be interesting--I'll probably do some research on it before using, though.
  • Bioderma samples! I've tried most of them already, but it's the SPF 50 I'm really excited about. I'm always on the lookout for a good high factor sunscreen! (By the way, everything I got for free was from Shiseido, so are these the odd one out, or are the two brands connected? Leave a comment if you know!)

In terms of the actual trip, our familial responsibilities didn't allow for time to do the things we normally would--night markets, karaoke, day trips to neighboring towns and farms...etc. So here are some random pictures I took of the more interesting happenings--meaning, of course, what we ate!

  • My favorite lunch box! Very popular in Taiwan, especially for takeout.

  • Hot, fresh pastries with custard cream filling...what's not to love?
  • Seaweed sushi and roast chicken potato chips. Let's not even discuss how many boxes of these I brought home.
  • My favorite vegetable dish. Ever. 
  • The tofu that would convert the most anti-bean curd person. If you're ever in Taipei, try these babies at Kiki. 

In more makeup-related news, just when I thought I couldn't love ColorStay more, it holds up beautifully in intense humidity. I really can't say enough good things about that foundation. Holy Grail doesn't even begin to cover it. The Make Up For Ever pencil liners were (true to form) long-wearing as well, though all the moisture in the air made them slightly smudgy. Oh, and that Revlon eyelash curler I brought with me? Absolute garbage. It took me so many tries just to get my stick-straight lashes to bend that I finally gave up, and reverted to my one and only Shu Uemura. And as a general tip to anyone who lives in a hot, humid climate: when washing your face, really get in around the hairline to prevent acne in that oil-prone area. I'm breaking out even worse than usual, which is no doubt due to the change in climate and the very little sleep I've gotten over the past few days.

Sorry this post is so disorganized, but it felt like I had a lot to catch up on, and it's also five in the morning and my body has no idea what time zone it's in.

Next post will be a long Unfinished Business! Expect a lot of product reviews!

Feeling drunk with exhaustion and my bed has never looked better.

Good night!

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