While I was away visiting my lovely other *cough better cough* half, I took the opportunity to go skincare and makeup hunting, since there are brands available on the other side of the Atlantic, that just aren’t available in stores in the UK. This ranges from Western brands to Korean ones, and I’m going to section this up as neatly as I can. If you’re interested in seeing the skincare I used while I was overseas, then check out my most recent post here, which I posted listing what I actually put to use. What I’m going to list today are the things I bought and didn’t necessarily use, although some of these makeup pieces I did test out, and I will specify when that’s the case. But enough rambling, let’s jump in.
During a trip into Toronto, Sully took me to where I had researched to be some Korean makeup stores, and during out little adventure to find them, we found a Korean supermarket, which unfortunately I can’t remember the name of. While looking for spicy squid snacks for one of our friends we were going to road trip to see the following weekend, I took a look upstairs where a really kind young lady was managing the Tony Moly stall, and my little heart went into over drive. I picked up some sheet masks, which I’m looking forward to trying.
The first ones are from the Pureness 100 line. The three I picked up were the Pearl, Green Tea and Caviar mask sheets. I’m really curious how much of a difference these might make for my skin, and if I like them I will likely order these in bulk from Ebay.
The other three I got to complete the 6 for CAD$10 are from the “I’m Real” line. I picked the Aloe Vera, Avocado and Rice masks. I’m particularly curious about how the Rice Mask will work with my skin because it’s meant to help encourage clear skin, which I might incorporate for my time of the month if it works well with my skin.
On the same day, we stopped by Walmart where we had parked before going to get food. I picked up quite a few things here, and some of these things are in my previous post which I linked at the beginning of this post for you to check out.
Skincare-wise the only thing I bought that I didn’t immediately put to use was this face mask. This is the Freeman Banana-Oat Instant Smoothing Mask, and from what I understand it’s aimed at all skin types, and is an exfoliating mask. I’ve had little luck with exfoliating masks, but I’ve tested scrubs before using oats as a main ingredient so I was very intrigued to see what this was like. I will definitely write a review on this when this gets into my cycle of masks.
Makeup-wise I bought a lot of products from Hard Candy. Honestly, I had to claw myself back since I did get very very excited looking at the stand of makeup. I picked up the Felt Tip Liner in Little Black Dress and Oh Fudge, and tried both of these during my trip.
I tried the brown shade once and was really disappointed by the lack of pigmentation – switching to the black shade. I am however going to try the brown shade properly before I write this off, so don’t take my initial reaction too strongly. The black shade on the other hand was much more impressive. The selfie I’ve put above is an example of the black eyeliner in practice. I think it looks great, and in spite the snow melting on my face as it fluttered/faceplanted me, it didn’t budge. Like the brown shade though, I’ll put it to use properly and review them both properly together in a later blog post.
Back to the Hard Candy products, I picked up two of the Stay In Line 12 Hr Mechanical Gel Liners, in the shades 880 Eggplant and 874 Dark Chocolate. I picked them up with the intention of trying to test them on both my upper and lower lash-lines. My makeup is typically very simple, and I haven’t made a fuss with it in a long time, so I look forward to being experimental with them to really re-invent my look from time to time. I did open the dark brown shade, but I can’t really remember how I felt about it, so I’ll review these properly and give a substantial review at a later date.
Finally, I also picked up the Fiberized Brow Gel & Brow Highlighter in the shade 850 Medium/Dark. One end has a spoolie soaked in pigment which you brush through the brow hairs, and the other end an eyeshadow stick style of applicator which has the highlighter. I didn’t use this too much, although it did help make my brows look more groomed. The highlighter I made much more use of, highlighting not just my brow bone, but more for the inner corners of my eyes and my eye bags – because apparently Sully likes my eye bags when I smile.
My last purchase was a blusher because I completely forgot to bring one. The one I picked up is from Physician’s Formula and is the Mineral Wear Blush in the shade Natural. I think the name suits the shade, although I will quickly comment that the brush that comes with the product is terrible for keeping it naturally applied on the skin. It’s also very scratchy against the skin, which was even worse once my skin dried out and became mildly irritated from the cold. I will review this properly too, so keep an eye out for that too.
On the drive back to Canada, I encouraged Sully to stop by a CVS so we could get snacks and let me look at some of the makeup and made some more makeup purchases. I felt so bad making him walk around with me while I shopped, but he insisted he didn’t mind because “any time I’m with you is fun”… I swear he’s the most adorable guy ever. So here are some of the things I bought:
Starting with the first product on the left, I heard some interesting reviews about the Wet n Wild eyeshadow palette in Petal Pusher, and it was Bubzbeauty when she mentioned it in a video on her channel that really intrigued me to get it. I’m looking forward to seeing how the shades look on my eyelids, and if I can create any looks I like, I’ll definitely share them with you.
Moving on to a brand we have back home, I picked up the L’OREAL True Match Super-Blendable Compact Makeup in the shade N1 Neutral – the palest of the neutral based shades. Or at least, the palest I could find. I was actually trying to find the Lumi Match Cushion Foundation because I wanted to try a Western brand to compare with the Laneige Cushion I ordered online, but because they didn’t stock it in the store I stopped in in PA, I decided to compromise. I haven’t tried this out yet, and in spite of having the seal on it, it was actually opened when I opened it up myself yesterday… There’s a little finger print inside to boot… Sigh…
One product that I’ve seen hundreds of times on YouTube but don’t have any access to are the EOS lip balms, and I picked up the flavour Vanilla Mint. We have similar products you can find in the drugstore, originally in the same spherical packaging and then changed to a cuboid one, but I wanted to try an EOS lip balm for myself.
Finally, I don’t really use scents often for my body, but for some reason I was drawn into picking up the Essence of Beauty fragrance in the scent Lilies & Freesia. I have no idea what to expect of the quality of this fragrance, but if you’d like me to review it once I start using it, feel free to leave a comment below to let me know.
Moving onto my final Korean beauty purchases, I stopped by Toronto once more after finding a massive mall that hosts Asian stores. Apparently it’s well known in Toronto for their counterfeit electronics and DVDs so I followed Sully’s suggestion and steered clear of them. However, I did find some of the well-known Korean brands and what I’m going to list below are what I bought:
Starting off with Holika Holika, I picked up two products from the Magic Pole line, including the Eyeliner X2 in the shade 02 Brown, and the Mascara X2 in 01 Volume and Curl. The eyeliner was a choice I made purely on curiosity, but the mascara I’ve seen talked about and praised a lot on YouTube and on some blogs that I looked into specifically about this mascara. I decided against the waterproof formula because I only normally use waterproof mascaras for when I went to work and during humid or rainy days. On days when I don’t think I’ll need it, I use a normal formula, so for that reason, I decided this formula was probably better for me so I can use it on a more regular basis.
Next to are two little samples the lady gave me, these are from the Prime Youth line, are the Black Snail Repair Toner and Emulsion. I’m looking forward to trying these out, and when I do I will either write up a First Impression post of them or write a full review.
The final store I bought from is from Missha and I bought The Style Fitting Wear Pore Cover Primer. I’m curious to see how this will work when my skin returns to its normal oily self, and how much of a difference it might make. Of course, I will write a review when I start using this, although no promises it will be any time soon.
The little sample you see there is the M Perfect Cover B.B. Cream, in the shade No.21. Honestly, I have no expectations of this matching me at all, but I will shade test it and see how it goes.
These were all of my purchases that I made while I was in Canada/America. On reflection I really held myself back from buying a lot more than I would have done. I’m both upset and happy about this. Selfishly, I wanted to buy more so I had more makeup and skincare to try out, but I’m also happy since packing to go home was getting very difficult. Although I didn’t have a lot to pack, Sully was using some of my luggage and hand luggage to fit his belongings in since he was taking EVERYTHING he was bringing to the UK with him on the flight. None of his belongings were boxed and shipped so in the end, I’m happy I could help him out the way I could.
Thank you for taking the time to read this really long post. Now that my Canada series of posts is complete, I will be getting back into the swing of things and writing my normal stuff and writing some new content too. So I hope you’ll keep an eye out for them. If you’re new to my blog and enjoyed reading this post, I would love it if you would consider liking it and then following my blog. Also as a general note, if there’s anything in particular from my haul that you want to be reviewed ASAP, then leave a comment so I know about it, and as soon as I replace something in my skincare or makeup routine, I can move it straight into circulation.