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.
There 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!
The 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