Stocking Up On Old Favourites: My Sasa Picks

Catching a glimpse of Sasa’s pink logo always gets my heart racing and my lips inevitably curl up into a smile. It’s a reaction mirrored only by a Sephora sighting. Sasa (in case you didn’t already know) is an Asian beauty and health store based in Hong Kong and found in many major Asian cities—but not the Philippines. Boo.

Sasa carries a wide array of brands (from Caudalie to Elizabeth Arden to Fairydrops, Bourjois, Canmake and so much more) and is known for selling little sample sizes of products as well as offering things at great prices. Shopping in Sasa is a strange mix of the drugstore shopping experience combined with some higher end options and great deals. I love it.
P1180536There was only really one thing I knew I had to pick up from Sasa on my recent trip to Macau: the Fairydrops Quattro Mascara (120 MOP / approx. 680 Php), which you can see on the far right in the photo above. Fairydrops should be available in Manila (within Beauty Bar) but this mascara hasn’t been in stock for ages, possibly because of a recent reformulation and delayed shipments. Who knows. All I know is that I have been without the most amazing film type mascara in the world for much too long. So I picked up three. ♥ I also grabbed the Fairydrops Waterproof Platinum Mascara (110 MOP / approx. 620 Php) because everyone needs a good waterproof mascara and this Japanese brand can seriously do no wrong when it comes to mascaras.

I saw tons of new and interesting products in Sasa, but for some reason I wasn’t feeling too adventurous. The only “new” thing I picked up (i.e. that I hadn’t tried before) was a Canmake Powder Eyebrow duo (74 MOP / approx. 420 Php). I’ve used a Canmake eyebrow powder product before, but that one was all matte and this one has shimmery bits in there. Weird. We’ll see how I like it. What I do like in general about Canmake brow products is that for a drugstore brand, they have an amazing shade selection. I always go for the slightly greyish dark browns.

Other old favourites I picked up are the K Palette 1 Day Tattoo Eyeliner in Deep Brown (118 MOP / approx. 660 Php) and the Palgantong Theatrical Powder in Beige Ochre (75 MOP / approx. 420 Php). Looking back, I should have picked the lighter brown for the K Palette eyeliner… Deep Brown pretty much looks black. Still, it is more affordable to buy K Palette products in Sasa than locally and this eyeliner is an old fave that I’ll get to use loads. The Palgantong Theatrical Powder is another very old acquaintance of mine. It’s fine-milled and very nice for setting a liquid base and for touch-ups.

Not pictured above is the big 450mL bottle of Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil (430 MOP / approx. 2,400 Php) I bought. I chose the green one (Anti/Oxi variant) for a change. Even this comes out much cheaper when purchased from Sasa!
TippysThe very last thing I got are these Tippy Cosmetic Buds (15.50 MOP / approx. 80 Php). My mom actually picked these up for me from Sasa over in Hong Kong (she met up with me and my dad after attending the art fair over there) based on a recommendation. And LOOK GUYS these are some pretty cool cotton buds! The pointed tip is perfect for correcting minor mascara mishaps and the flat end is just, uhm, cool. Haha I’m not sure what I’d use the flat end for but I this morning I used it on its side to clean up around my lip line.

That’s it for this teeny-tiny haul full of essentials and old faves. Japanese skin care and beauty are the bomb, man. Sasa is also the bomb. I almost wish we had it over here, but then there would be little reason to go over to HK anymore. Haha

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8 responses to Stocking Up On Old Favourites: My Sasa Picks

  1. What exactly is film type mascara? I’ve read the word tossed around beauty blogs but am not really sure what constitutes a film type mascara.

    • Mariana – Author

      Sorry that wasn’t complete! Haha. So film types are great because even if they just come off in tubes when you apply lots of water, when you’re actually wearing the mascara it’s pretty much immune to flaking. It feels almost rubbery on the lashes! :) the only other film type mascara I can think of other than fairy drops is the VMV one. It’s also good but doesn’t hold curl as well. :) maybe I’ll do a full post on the fairy drops mascara to explain better!

  2. I keep hearing so much about the Fairydrops mascara but I can’t seem to justify paying almost 1k for a mascara :( But it’s so much cheaper in Hong Kong! Hehe, but my friend is visiting hong kong soon so I might ask her to pick it up for me, along with some other stuff you mentioned :p Great post! :)

    By the way I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award :) You can view my post here: http://glimmeringshadows.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-versatile-blogger-awad.html

  3. When Watson’s finally made its way here, I was hopeful that either Sephora or Sasa would follow suit. Apparently not. :(

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