The votes are in, and (big surprise), most of you wanted to see the beauty haul. Actually, only one person voted for the clothing & accessories haul, which I must admit was rather amusing. Guess this is a beauty blog after all!
Even though I’m putting my revised beauty ban…on hold during vacation, I tried not to go too crazy. So even though my friend gave me the head-shaking-of-judgement over dinner last night (more makeup? really now?), I think I did okay. You tell me.
Above is the solid perfume I picked up while perusing Working House, a home decor shop that makes the most adorable things. This little fragrance tin in Summer Aura was $6, but through some strange switcheroo, my friend ended up paying $2 and I paid $3. I know, it’s confusing. But thank you friend!
I haven’t worn this yet, but the tester in-store smelled of apples, peaches, white florals, and shampoo. Summery indeed.
Then there were the items I always repurchase while I’m in Taiwan. I was running low on my favorite eyedrops, so I bought another one of those ($5), plus a couple boxes of Nexcare acne patches (magical) for $2.64 each.
Sheet masks. Do I need more? Probably not. But My Beauty Diary has some new ones, and they were 2 boxes for $13. Plus I wanted a couple for the plane ride back. I picked up a box of Arbutin whitening masks, and then a box of their new Caviar slimming masks.
My mom grabbed the Arbutin box right out of my hands before I even opened it, so I can’t say anything about those just yet. But the Caviar masks are wonderfully firming, which I suppose does produce a slight slimming effect.
Although I made a silent vow to lay off on eyeshadows, I cracked like an egg when I walked past the Shu Uemura counter at SOGO. While the SA’s attitude (probably the worst customer service I have ever experienced at a makeup counter) almost made me pass over the products entirely, I simply couldn’t pull myself away. Ever since the brand pulled out of US stores, I’ve been weeping tears of sadness in my sleep and cradling my beloved Shu palette. Don’t judge.
For those of you who haven’t tried them before, Shu Uemura eyeshadows have the most lovely, finely milled, silky texture. I find their metallic ME colors to have the best color payoff and finish, and usually gravitate toward those. The individual refill pans worked out to $12.70 each, and I somehow ended up with two. Eek.
ME medium brown 885 is a rusty, burgundy-brown with an incredible sheen, while ME medium olive 471 features gunmetal olive tones with the same gorgeous finish. I don’t have swatches just yet, but as soon as I have some packaging for these, I’ll be sure to dedicate an entire post to them.
Tell me, are you disappointed in me for putting my ban on hold, or do you think I showed moderate restraint? Have you tried Shu Uemura eyeshadows before? How do you deal with scary sales assistants? What have you hauled recently?