A recap of Hong Kong

I was in Hong Kong for 4 short days at the start of December only 4 short weeks ago but it feels like it’s been 3 months. It’s my 3rd time to the city and I still love it. I think it has the right balance of having ‘everything’ shopping wise without being too packed or crazy. If you’ve been to Orchard Road on a rainy day or Harajuku/Shibuya on any weekend, you would get what I mean about a city being too packed.

As I wasn’t that interested in shopping this time around I spent most of my time catching up with friends. I was a good girl this time, I used to come back with 2 luggages and it would usually be packed with new clothing. This time I had list of things I wanted to get and I mostly stuck to it.

Quick Summary:

  1. Blythe Foam Hair Dye. I usually use Liese but have read great reviews about this. As far as I know it is still unavailable in Malaysia.
  2. FANCL Face Puff. This is one puff I can’t leave out of my cleansing routine. I have not stopped buying this for at least 7 years. It helps exfoliate and remove grime a bit better. I was quite embarrassed walking into the store and only picking this up when the mainland chinese were buying things in the truckload.
  3. 3M Nexcare Facial Cleansing Cloth, this could replace the face puff. I bought a tub of Cleansing Cream from SK-II and this has been working very well in helping me wipe the residue off.
  4. LILYBELL Cotton Pads are unlike your normal cotton pads.They are thinner and look like soft bandages and gives a mild exfoliation effect. They remove cleansing milk/cream better and don’t absorb as much product when it comes to toners/lotions so you waste less. I bought 4 boxes, they aren’t easy to find and I had lots of luggage space.
  5. MyBeautyDiary Bird’s Nest Mask. Wasn’t on my list but was persuaded by a friend that it’s a cheap thrill. It was cheap for HKD58/10pcs. I’ve tried it once so far, not too bad and apparently bird’s nest one of their best masks.
  6. Diptyque L’ombre Dans L’eau. I spent the year regretting not picking this up when I was in New York and after learning that the cost was similar to the retail in the US, I just had to get it. It’s at least RM50-60 cheaper than the Malaysian retail price for the 50ml.
  7. Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia cologne. The list of things I want from Jo Malone gets shorter by the year. My lust for this was certainly not as strong as my lust was for item 6 above but I really like this scent and this was almost on of those ‘pat on your back’ for working so damn hard. It was between this and the Xmas Coffret by L’artisan Parfumeur which had 3 x 15ml fragrances but it cost USD60 more so budget wins this time.
  8. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, Skin Signature, Cellumination Deep Surge, Gentle Cleansing Cream, Facial Treatment C, Signs Eye Cream, Cellumination Mask-in Lotion, 3-D Defining Mask, Skin Signature Melting Rich Cream. I’m glad to be back on SK-II. I ran out about 2 months ago and was convinced to purchase Sothys by my beautician. MY SKIN NO LIKEY at all.
  9. Dove Purifying Cleasing Foam (not pictured). Some of you might’ve heard of Dove’s Cleansing Oil Foam makeup remover (gold bottle). Well I’ve tried a few bottles of those and yeah, pretty decent for the price and when I saw that this was a stronger version I thought I’d give it a go except the purifying version that I got isn’t an oil-foam cleanser. It’s just a purifying foam cleanser however, I kinda like it. It cleanses really well without the tight feeling on my skin.
  10. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Cleanser (not pictured). What was I thinking? I don’t like Japanese cleansers because they always leave some kind of weird residue on your face, as if it’s thoroughly clean but it’s not. This is what it feels like. I should’ve stuck to the non oil-free version which I used to use, it was a much more superior product. This just feels CHEAP. REGRET REGRET REGRET.

One brand that’s missing from this whole list is L’occitane, even my boyfriend was surprised. WHAT? NO L’OCCITANE? *scratches head*


Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Starter Kit – review

Source: Saks.com

I’m not sure why I would’ve thought 15g of moisturizer would’ve been enough for my month long trip to the US considering it was winter. 2 weeks in, I was running out of moisturiser (SK-II Skin Signature) and a light bulb came up – I should go to Kiehl’s. Although my experience with their products has been mostly positive, it wasn’t one of my obsessions hence, I’ve no idea why it was the first thing that came to mind.

I waltzed into the Costa Mesa store and came across this set that was perfect for me. Not only was I running out of moisturizers, I also needed a cleanser and they had to be small and light for me to travel with. It wasn’t entirely a blind buy as I previously tried a sample of the Ultra Facial Moisturizer.

For usd$24.50 which is the RRP price of the 50ml / 1.7oz cream, you get for free a deluxe sample cleanser (50ml / 1.7 oz) and deluxe sample of the toner (50ml /1.7oz)

The cream:

I prefer the cream over the moisturizer. It’s a no frills, light textured and hydrating cream. It actually stung (fades away quickly) when I started using it but I don’t seem to have that problem anymore.

This isn’t going to replace my staple because I need a bit more from my moisturizer but I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for something that’s hydrating, non drugstore and affordable.

What I like about it:

  • It sinks in quickly
  • It doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily
  • Suitable for use during winter and even hot humid weather
  • It glides on easily
  • It keeps my skin hydrated even after a long day
  • It hasn’t caused any breakouts

According to the website:

Our formula is made with Antarcticine–a Glycoprotein extracted from microorganisms sourced from sea glaciers and notable for an ability to protect skin from cold temperatures–as well as Imperata Cylindrica, a plant indigenous to the Australian desert which possesses superb water retention properties in dry conditions. Our unique combination of ingredients helps reduce moisture loss while drawing and absorbing moisture from the air.

The cleanser:

I would say like the cream, this is simple and effective.

It’s formulated with a lot of goodies like Squalane, Apricot Kernel Oil, Vitamin E, and Avocado Oil. The idea is that it will cleanse well without being harsh to your skin. This is exactly the kind of cleanser that I like.

I find cleansing milks, creams and oils to only be effective for removing makeup. Foaming cleansers are a must but they can be very harsh on your skin, something I need to becareful of seeing I’m in my mid-20s.

I was so happy with this that I’ve now purchased the full size version usd$18.50 (150ml / 5.0 oz). L’occitane’s Immortelle Brightening cleansing foam has always been my hero cleanser but I’ve always found it to be a bit too drying so this balances out the task of cleaning without your skin feeling too tight very well.

Over the 2 months cleansing my face twice daily, I’ve only managed to use up half of this.

For more information on this range click here.

Some props to Kiehl’s:

I’m so pleased with the service I receive at Kiehl’s every single time. They are never pushy, always happy to answer any questions and generous with samples. I wonder what the service is like at the Malaysian stores. Hopefully similar to how it is in the US and Australia as I hate it when people follow me around.

Speaking of samples, I wish I had a sample of Rosa Artica. I only just came across this and it sounds divine!

Source: Neimanmarcus.com