First World Problems- No Sephora in your City


‘Hong Kong World City’. The original ‘city that never sleeps’. We are non-stop. We don’t stop for anything, not even old people, pedestrians or pleasantries. We are busy moving. We only pause to slurp our soup noodles or when at a cashiers to pay for our shopping.

Eating and Shopping the two things that slow us down. We boast of amazing cuisine choices and some pretty shit shopping.

Top Shop only recently came to HK. Pitiful  Boot’s choices and no Soap and Glory. Some lines don’t even make it to HK. Like the Loreal Infallible lines or even Gilette Venus razors!

And still no Sephora. WHAT???!!! WHY ???!!!

Look I love Sasa, but as an expat I don’t want to buy pink-toned Japanese and Korean brands that don’t have English writing.

I want to buy brands I am familiar with. Brands with English packaging and no pictures of snail goo.

I visit Sasa, often. Just because. It’s my kind of porn. I look but don’t touch.

I want snail-free, English packaged brands like Stila, Tarte, Two Faced, Smashbox, Urban Decay, Lorac & NYX.

And to top it all, as a brown skinned expat, HK is simply racist. Beige, pink undertoned makeup  dominate the shelves in HK and Sasa.

The choices for yellow toned, dark makeup is your standard Bobbi Brown and MAC. Boring!

And then there is HK’s step-sister Singapore.  I love Singapore for many many many things and Sephora is one of them.

15 years ago I bought my one and only thing at Sephora, San Francisco. A Nars multiple. Possibly even before they called it a multiple. 15 years later, 26th May 2015 was my second Sephora purchase.


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Tonight’s purchase was more of an educated one. Gleaned from Caroline Hirons, Tati Glam Life Guru and general reviews.

The Smash Box Primer is my first ever primer  purchased. I have only ever used the Porefessional which I received as a sample.

My hygiene levels on my makeup brushes has just gone up with the Beauty Blender Solid brush cleaner disk. I read rave reviews on the internet. Its no different from washing my brushes in mild shampoo but way more convenient. Definitely going to re-purchase.

The Facial Radiance Pads were recommended by Caroline Hirons. I have used them a few times but not wowed. I prefer the Clarins Brightening Toner and Kate Sommerville’s exfoliKate. Those two give immediate glowing results.


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Top- Arm toning cream and Bottom- Orange peel skin eliminator cream only because Tati said it works 🙂

Soap and Glory crazy stuff. Anti Cellulite & Arm toning cream. And 2 Lip plumping glosses.

Also my first ever Stila. Stay All Day Vinyl lip gloss and the one-step Colour Correction serum (I love it!)

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And awesome free gifts, that Sasa doesnt give!

Marc Jacobs, Urban Decay and Fresh free samples? Come on! Also a Sephora Rouge Infusion. Dying to try it.

INITIAL THOUGHTS : Few weeks of use.

Smashbox Foundation Primer oil free – Applies well.  The Porefessional  needs a dab dab dab movement otherwise it balls up but the Smashbox was ok with a light, short sweep movement. I didnt see immediate mattifying, pore-invisibility effect like the Porefessional. But then different jobs to do I guess.

Sexy Motherpucker Lip Plumper: Gloss with subtle colour. Does it make your lips tingle ? It’s a fun vibrating,  zzzzz feeling in the lips. But I cant see a big difference with my pucker.  They feel like gloss and while I dont like that glossy feeling its fun because of the zzzzz feeling and because of that I reach for them more than my Dior Lip plumper

Stila CC: Feels nice on the skin like a serum. Suitable for all skin tones. On lighter skins the CC effect might be more obvious but on my NC 40 skin it’s subtle. But I LOVE IT

Arm Firming, Bottom Toning: Look anyone with half a brain knows they dont work, but Tati said it works (I know about sponsored videos and do not believe everything someone/internet/anyone tells me) but after 3 years of research I trust some and some I dont. So am going to give this a try – along with running 30 mins and avoiding carbs and sweeties 🙂

Stila  Stay All Day Vinyl gloss is thick and a bit difficult to apply. It  feels glossy but my hair keeps sticking on my lips. Dont you hate that ? The YSL Glossy stain rules the market in this category. That’s it.

Free Sample Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick: This is my first every Urban Decay anything ! It feels great on application and gives off that vibe that it will stay on like a mother-fucker. It feels like a matte but not dry. REVIEW TO FOLLOW

The Marc Jacobs free sample on the other hand was patchy and felt like any other cream lipstick. The patchy application I fucking hate especially on my pigmented lips.

The Sephora Rouge Infusion feels like a stain and seems to have good staying power. It feels dry and IS drying, but I need to review it properly.

Jury still out on the Fresh Lip Serum Advanced Therapy. I need to give it a proper run.