Monday, May 13, 2013

Singapore Haul

My five days in Singapore were honestly some of the best of my life- reconnecting with family and eating great food always makes for a good time. We spent a couple of hours in the lounge of the Shangri-la hotel where I got to have my first Singapore Sling, ate the best homemade dumplings at my grandparents' house and took too many tourist photos walking around the Marina Bay area. But I know you want to see the makeup and skincare so I'll just get to it. I don't have thaaat much, but I'm pretty happy with the amount I bought because I didn't spend any of my own money- instead I was using the ang pow money that relatives generously gifted for my birthday, Chinese New Year and unjustified 'have fun in Singapore, you only have two days left to spend it!'. I miss Singapore so much!








I hit up Watsons first as they're located in every mall and I loved browsing their range. I confess to taking to Michelle's Malaysian haul post with a pen and paper (figuratively speaking, of course. I took to her blog post with my phone :P) and took her recommendations rather seriously. Inspired by dear Mich, Biore's UV Perfect Face Milk SPF50+ shine control sunscreen (should have bought a back-up like Michelle did! This is so good at mattifying!), the Kiss Me Heroine Make Long and Curl Mascara to compare to the Make Volume and Curl version I'm currently using, and a small pack of Nexcare Ladies' Acne Patches (for curiosity's sake more than anything) came home with me. Another trip produced finds like a silicone facial scrubby brush (like this one - not pictured as it's in the shower), the Hada Labo Hyaluronic Acid Moist Mist for the plane and the popular Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Lotion. 



I also picked up a couple of lip products, which I'm delighted with. They're a recent obsession, though like the state of my blush collection, I'm quite happy to be plateauing on that front, after collecting various shades that I've been wanting for ages. When I spotted NYX at a John Little/Smoochiez set-up in the middle of Marina Square, I can't deny I freaked out a little bit. After some excited perusing I took home a NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp, which is a saturated strawberry pink. There was a nice range of NYX products but nothing that I had been eyeing for as long as the Soft Matte Lip Creams (they smell like vanilla!). These get so much attention so I'm excited to try them but I've used mine twice and I'm not sure how I feel about them yet. I was happy to find MAC was cheaper there- helped out by lower prices and the strong Aussie dollar. I picked up a lipstick I've been wanting for a while, the MAC Sheen Supreme lipstick in Bare Again, for about $22 AUD. It's the perfect my-lips-but-better shade for me, slightly more nude-brown than my natural lip colour. I love everything about it, except that it gets a bit smooshy e.g the Revlon Lip Butters. A last minute duty-free airport purchase was the L'Oreal Rouge Caresse lipstick in 301 Dating Coral, a line of lipsticks which have been released exclusively in Europe (and now Changi Airport :D). They've been compared to the Revlon Lip Butters, similar to the CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine and Dior Addict lipsticks- a sheer, non-drying lipstick that's comfortable to wear and easy to apply. I was very tempted to get Mauve Cherie too, but went with Dating Coral because it was so pretty and very similar to my favourite Revlon lip butter in Peach Parfait, except without the shimmer and slightly lighter on the lips. I've had this on my eBay watch list for months and I was so happy to find it for around $13 AUD.



I went a little nuts on Orchard Road; I can't help practically running into Forever 21 and Sephora at Ion- we don't have them here! From Sephora, I bought the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette ($80 SGD) and the Laura Mercier Mineral Powder in Natural Beige ($58 SGD). I had never imagined getting the Naked 2 palette, simply because I'd always been drawn to the first one and the Naked Basics palette but the Sephora at Ion was out of Naked Basics palettes. I had a good look at both Naked palettes and went with Naked 2 because it had lighter shades overall, Tease was very comparable to MAC Quarry, and I liked the look of Bootycall and YDK. I don't think I'll get much use at all out of Pistol, Verve, Chopper or Blackout but I like the other shades so I think it's still worth it. I'm so happy to finally have the Mineral Powder in my shade- I originally bought one in the shade Real Sand from StrawberryNet but it turned out to be too fair, so finding the shade Natural Beige at Sephora for the same price that StrawberryNet charges warranted its place in my basket. They threw in a pair of Urban Decay false lashes but I steer clear of these and will probably give them away or throw them out.

One thing I absolutely love getting when I'm in the country is a copy of ELLE Singapore, so I picked up the May issue and to read on the plane home. If I could subscribe to it internationally, I would. That wraps up the beauty bits of my Singapore haul! I've got a collective haul amassed locally in the drafting process so keep an eye out for that one too!

15 comments:

  1. Lurvely haul! Sephora literally looks like makeup heaven! I really want to try out the Laura Mercier powder, it sounds great! I wonder how those acne patches are, they sound funky haha. I also wonder if that Loreal lipstick is similar/repackaged to the Nutri-shine ones we get here? They sound along the same lines.

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    1. I'm surprised you didn't go to a Sephora in HK! I always thought HK had Sephora too! The LM mineral powder is really nice to have as an alternative. The L'Oreal Rouge Caresse lipsticks are slightly more pigmented than the Nutri-shines I think, but they're a lot lighter in texture than the Revlon Lip Butters. There aren't many shades but the spectrum is quite diverse. We need these here!

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  2. Ahhh sounds like you had fun!!! Nice haul :D
    I definitely want to hit up Sephora! :D
    And I want to pay a visit to smoochieezz too if I can!

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    1. Thanks! Hope you make the most of your trip! My trip was very family-focused so shopping and eating were just bonuses. :) I'm not sure if John Little stocks NYX permanently- I spotted Milani too but there weren't many products available.

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  3. I love that you're posting again. :P I would if I was on top of my uni work... I hope you love the Kiss Me mascara as much as I do, you defs have to update me on how well you get on with it. It is HG status for me!! The Biore sunscreen mattifies my face so well, and so I reckon you'd need to combine it with a good moisturiser in the Winter if you get dry patches. The Nexcare patches are such a novelty item. :P I've used it a few times and found it okay, there are just so many rave reviews on the internet. Pity you're not too fond of the NYX soft matte lip cream, Antwerp is one of my go to's and something I wear so often! xx

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    1. Michelle, your discipline... D: I'm nowhere near on top of uni work but I'll keep trying. I really love the Make Volume mascara so hopefully yours doesn't disappoint! The Biore sunscreen is amazing- definitely one of my favourites. I prefer to blend Antwerp out over some lip balm but I'm liking it!

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  4. I'm pretty sure if I lived in the US, 30% of my income would go to Sephora. I'd live there. It's such a beautiful, magical haven :p

    You reminded me of my neglected LM mineral powder. I think Natural Beige might be too touch for me, but I'm not fully comfortable with the lightness of Real Sand. I could probably get away with it if I bronzed up my face a little, used it sparingly and maybe covered up my neck (or ensured my neck was the same colour as my face), but that's all too much work. It is such a nice formula though. Meep.

    $22 isn't too bad for a MAC lipstick, though still pricey. Still, a big discount from the $36 here. The price of makeup in Australia is so ludicrous. I think I prefer Naked2 over Naked1 marginally. It fluctuates all the time, but I love YDK as an individual shade so much. Though I do love Toasted from the original Naked palette almost just as much.

    Glad to hear you really enjoyed your trip! :)

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    1. This is nothing compared to your haul but I was still happy with the short time spent at Sephora. My next best bet is NARS Sheer Glow for the perfect foundation shade (that doesn't involve mixing two shades!) but it's just too much money to pay. I kindof still want Naked 1 but I don't wear eyeshadow on a daily basis and Naked 2 is beauuutiful. I may get the ChiChi Nudes palette as it's so cheap though. :P

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  5. I'd love to quote Lena's comment above ; "I'm pretty sure if I lived in the US, 30% of my income would go to Sephora. I'd live there. It's such a beautiful, magical haven :p " that will def apply to me as well. lol

    singapore is one of my fave city/country in the world. I love Watsons so much! they are heaven on earth!
    some of the products there are more expensive in comparison to where I live now in Germany, but I know make up prices in australia are ridiculously high, so Singapore must be cheaper :)
    have fun with your new purchases! ^^

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    1. I adore Singapore, even if things retail for a bit more than other countries, Australia's is a standard that's pretty difficult to beat. Glad to know you love my lil hometown Garden City too!

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  6. That's so exciting! And you got some great hauls.

    I"m going to hong kong for an exchange term starting in september and I'm definitely planning to visit singapore!!

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    1. That's such an amazing opportunity! I was thinking of doing a semester abroad in Canada (funnily enough), Singapore or the UK! Planning that is a 2014 job though, so I'll leave it for later. Hope everything goes smoothly- enjoy it while you can! Exchanges are some of the best memories you'll make!

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  7. wahhh, super nice hauls! ^_~

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