I went to Taiwan and Hong Kong (and finally met this awesome lady). This meant I happily paid (multi-)dollar bills to anyone that had anything to sell. Vacationing in a foreign country and accessing hard to find products is easily an excuse I used when handing over my money. Here are my conquests!
Daphne started me off right, by bringing me straight to the K-beauty stores in Taipei. We shopped the east district between Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall and Zhongxiao Fuxing Stations. I liked it so much, I returned there myself a few days later. I shouldn't be, but was, surprised by how Korea-crazy all the stores were. Korean brands, Korean clothing, Korean ads..everywhere! That little nation has done an amazing job in exporting its influence.
There I purchased:
Long Wear Cushion SPF 50+ PA+++
Mineral UV Whitening Pact SPF50+ PA+++
Snowy Dessert Pudding Tint in Apricot
Play 101 Pencil #19
Play 101 Stick Foundation #3
Kissful Tint Choux #2
Look at my Eyes Cafe RD302
Berry Delicious in GR701 (its green!)
In HongKong, SaSa was a major stop. There I bought (more) base products than I have face for:
Skin79 Face Fit Concealer Pact #23
Skin79 Cotton Powder Cushion #23
Moonshot Microfit Cushion #201 (because Sandra Park and G-Dragon were promoting it..it's sad that this was a contributing factor to the purchase)
There is also an interested tinted base thing from Majolica Majorca which is for "Active Girls", hilariously titled Nude Makes Gel for Active Girls in Natural Beige. I think it's for people who need sweatproof, oil free, natural coverage. I also had to buy two version of my favorite Fairydrops Mascara.
Of course stock up on skincare was neccessary:
Laneige Original Essence White Plus Renew
Divinia Refreshing Cleansing Oil
Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil (x2. This is my HG cleansing oil!)
SK-II Pitera Facial Treatment Essence (Thankfully Sasa has little trial bottles because a full sized is something like $200)
Dr. Wu Mandelic Acid 18% (x2. I got such a great deal for this at the Taipei Airport)
Sasatinnie Intensive Sparkling White Mask (just thrown into my cart on a whim)
I also bought Asian sunscreens like I was going to live in the tropics for a year (the formulas in Asia are so much more advance and thin!). I only tried these on my hand in stores and I was so impressed by how lightweight they were.
Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF50 PA++++
Sunplay Sarafit UV Smooth Watery Essence SPF50 PA++++
Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Super Moisture Gel SPF50 PA++++
Suncut Aqualy UV Protect Gel SPF50 PA++++
On top of all these were free samples from Innisfree and Etude House. There is also one more purchase which I'm pretty excited about. I'll just leave a photo here. It is the highest price I've ever paid for something in this category...hopefully a review soon.