I recently went on a quick trip to Singapore with my Dad. He was there to do business and so was I (in a sense). My business mainly involved hunting down products inside Sephora and DFS. Not quite as important as my dad’s agenda, but it was definitely a serious matter (to me, at least). Sephora in Singapore doesn’t carry all Sephora brands and sometimes the prices can actually come out a bit higher than Sephora in the US, so I tread with caution in there. I made it a point to get things that were not available in Manila or at Duty Free shops. I didn’t have a specific list of items to pick up, but I knew I would be choosing between the Urban Decay NAKED 3 palette and the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette.
In the end I went with the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (S$ 65.55 — all prices in Singapore dollars) because it looked so much more interesting than the NAKED 3. I was (and still kind of am) turned off by the packaging, but the colours in it are absolutely gorgeous. Plus it smells like chocolate. Can’t complain about that.
Everything else I picked up is included in the photo above, save for the Origins GinsZing moisturiser (S$ 39.90) and a couple of OPI nail varnishes. They’re from Sephora, other random department stores, or the airport. You know how you sometimes feel like you’ve bough sooo much already, but when you lay it out it does’t look like much at all? Yeah, that’s the feeling I got when I laid these out. BUT so far I’m happy with what I picked up, which means that I didn’t just buy for the sake of it.
Will name the rest in list form because I’ve a tendency to write too much:
- bareMinerals READY 2.0 Eyeshadow in The Epiphany ( S$ 36.10)
- Tarte Lights Camera Flashes Statement Mascara (S$ 35.15) — saving this for Christmas! Crazy expensive.
- YSL Rouge Volupté Silky-Sensual Radiant Lipstick in #3 Ultimate Beige (S$ 37.40)
- Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal (S$ 31.35) — only because Honey was out of stock!
- Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop in 616 Smack (S$ 37.05)
- Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant in the unscented variant (S$ 30.00)
- Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sheer Tint in 01 Honey (S$ 15.00)
- L’Oreal Mythic Oil (S$ 18.90)
- Topshop Grunge Sticks in Go-Go and Unkempt (S$ 9.00 each)
Again, totally happy with this set of stuff, except I wish I got just one more thing…
A Hakuhodo makeup brush. I just about died when I saw this stand in Takashimaya because I had never actually seen a Hakuhodo brush in real life, let alone held one. If you’re not familiar with the brand, they are a Japanese company that produces some of the FINEST makeup brushes you will ever find. These are the Rolls-Royce of makeup brushes, guys. It doesn’t get much fancier than this. Hakuhodo uses only the best materials, from the natural and synthetic hairs that form the brush heads themselves, to the ferrule and wooden handles that are shaped and weighted perfectly, too. Hakuhodo brush tips are never cut — they are hand-sculpted and assembled by craftsmen who devote time and attention to each and every brush. Hakuhodo calls their brushes the ultimate brushes and after handling them myself, I can see why. Of course I didn’t get to actually apply makeup with them… that is still the ultimate dream.
Takashimaya had a huge range of the brushes (I think nearly every shape was represented), but not all lines were available yet. I have lusted over the S100 Series in the vermillion colour for the longest time and while it was on their poster in Takashimaya, they brushes themselves were nowhere in sight.
I only realised that my budget could have afforded me one of these brushes after I got home, but holding out for the vermillion S100 brushes seems like a better plan since I want to own several in the long-run. Hakuhodo brushes are quite pricey (if you haven’t guessed or figured that out yet), so I don’t see myself buying several at a time. There are sets, of course, but even the 8 piece set I have my eyes on is 499.00 USD (and is also always sold out).
Ah well, it was an absolute pleasure just to touch the brushes and I am quite pleased by the news that they will be permanently available in Takashimaya by 2015. One day I’ll treat myself to that splurge.