I'm not a fan of packing. I'm just too neat and symmetrical that things have to fit just so - which they never do! So I end up getting frustrated. But I DO love packing for makeup : D I just like examining my makeup collection in all its glory -with holiday purchases in mind - and then packing accordingly to the hols, where I might go, what I might wear etc.
Like most makeup fans - I tend to overpack in this dept. Though I have so many multi purpose products. So I took some photos of what I brought with me to HK and here it is:
I did edit it down only once - being honest - took out a few things such as highlighters, more brushes. I think I overdid it on the lipsticks and blushes for sure : ) The blushes for me weren't a surprise but the balance of lipsticks over glosses was a surprise as I think I've been neglecting a lot of my lipsticks so just brought loads! And I could have done with one less e/s quad and maybe a couple less of the MAC Greasepaints! I brought the whole Laura Mercier eye colour set (Mini Metallic Creme Eye Colour set) because I've been trying out the LM cake e/l - and it's part of the packaging. I could have cut it out - just didn't have the inclination!
I thought I did well with my skincare : D I didn't bring any of my masks because I'm going to repurchase the Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant in HK (tad cheaper) and which I had finished anyway. The Decleor Aromessence balm and La Mer sample were for the plane flight (I smear my face with the DEcleor balm to protect my skin and after using a wet wipe I apply a moisturiser - La Mer was one I found in the back of my bathroom cabinet). The Dermalogica sampless my mum gave me. I actually didn't need the Olay lotion because the weather in HK is quite warm (27 celsius) and more humid than London so the MAC Oil Control Lotion is doing a good job alone. Threw in my fave deo there too.
The shopping began at Heathrow Duty Free and I got the YSL Singulier mascara in 4 (purple) and the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel in Sunkissed. The Chanel highlighter I'd checked out before and was hooked by its beauty. I have enough highlighters as it is but this has the most beautiful gold, slight peach tan shimmer to it. And the packaging is classy torture : D The YSL mascara was an impulse buy as I've been looking for a good 2 years now for a replacement of my Dior Maximeyes purple mascara and the YSL ad for this mascara had me intrigued. I did like the Faux Cils, so we'll see how this compares as the DFS SA told me it has the same effect, but is meant to be clump free. Hmmm.
I've been here a couple of days and only been out to shop once for about an hour in total! So I had to check out the True Professional Shop in Prudential Centre (I mentioned it in my makeup tour of HK YT vid) and I got the Graftobian HD colour palette at a 20% discount. After watching all the YT vids and reading about the MUFE Concealer palette - I was really wanting to see what all the fuss was about these kind of palettes. I've never tried Graftobian before - and with my experience of Cinema Secrets and Kryolan - I'm all out for trying film and TV makeup brands. First thoughts are that the colour palette seems good in texture (creamy and easy to apply) and the range of colours are sensible - ie. not too extreme in being too light or too bright/dark. I also had to get my trusty Sofina Lucent SPF50 as I had run out of this in the UK (and got backups!).
I did take a pic of the brushes I brought with me (this I am proud of cos it's not as many as I usually bring!) but for some reason my folks' computer can't upload it!
Above everything else, it feels very very nice to be back with family and to be back with the smells, hustle and bustle, lights and heat that makeup HK! (see how I cunningly squeezed that word in there?) I'm off to Beijing tomorrow for a few days trip so wanted to get this post out to you all - if you want me to name anything you see just let me know! Am excited about Beijing because I haven't been since I was a young teenager and it has changed so much - of many of the higlights I'm looking forward to - the food, Tianamen Square, Forbidden City and the Great Wall.
This post has grown into some kind of history essay. My next post might be more of stuff that I am checking out - want to look at Shiseido, Bioderma, Neutrogena, MakeupForever. Hope you all had a good bank hols in the UK for my readers there - and for everyone else a fab weekend!