Apivita Royal Honey Creamy Shower Gel (HK$180 at Apivita)
YUM. While I baulk at paying so much for shower gel - I mean, really - the honeycomb-y, vaguely vanilla scent of this is so delicious, I'm willing to save up and splash out. Its deep moisturising properties are a huge bonus, but mostly I'm prepared to pay to smell like the most amazing scented candle. I'll say it again: YUM.
Bisous Bisous Allure of Baccarat Trio Blusher in Arcade (HK$188 at SaSa)
These three sugary shades are very, very pigmented. Knowing this makes it easier to decide how to apply. The light shade works well as a highlighter, the middle shade suits most skin tones, and the deep shade is best for statement blush or on darker skin tones. Or buff your brush over all three for a pretty glow. Just be aware you'll probably have to spend more time than usual blending.
Benefit Roller Lash (HK$230 at Benefit)
It was love at first sight. The mascara does everything it promises to do: it curls, lifts, and lengthens my eyelashes. It's also easy to apply and doesn't clump. The only thing is that I need to check on it after seven or eight hours to make sure it hasn't smudged under my eyes. Other than that, it's a miracle mascara.
Beiwei 23.5 Rice Vitalizing Facial Cleanser (HK$149 at Watsons)
I like products with rice in them; the smell, though not strong, is comforting to me. This cleanser is not particularly foamy, but it leaves skin feeling very clean, although a little dry, so I always use moisturiser afterwards. I only use face wash at night, and this is effective enough that I don't wake up with an oily face the next morning.
Bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt Gel-to-Oil Cleanser (HK$275 at Bliss counters)
Massaging the gel into your skin turns the product into an oil and leaves a visible residue of the day's make-up on your fingers, so you know it works, even if it feels a bit disgusting. It's great for removing foundation, but be careful not to get it in your eyes because it really stings!
Skinfood Tomato Jelly Tint Lip in #03 Orange Tomato (HK$95 at Skinfood)
This has decent moisturising properties. It's not greasy at all and the refreshing tomato smell is particularly suitable in spring weather. One huge drawback is the colour. It's a purplish red that looks natural when you first apply it, but after the sheen wears off, your lips end up looking bruised. It doesn't help when you apply a new layer, because that only intensifies the colour. I do think this has something to do with my being tanned though; maybe it reacts differently on less naturally pigmented lips.
L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil (HK$298 at L'Oréal Professionnel salons)
Sometimes I wonder if using a hair oil is really that much better than using, say, olive oil. Well, I've tried both, and this is better. Not only does it smell really nice, like a blend of exotic flowers, it doesn't leave my strands feeling oily. My hair seems to absorb it well, and is left soft and shiny. I only apply from the mid-lengths to the ends of my hair, and that's enough to make it behave itself and not get too frizzy now the humidity is back.
Shiseido Adenovital Eyelash Serum (HK$200 at Shiseido)
My lashes are short, straight and mostly invisible, and I'm always doubtful when a product promises to lengthen or strengthen or do whatever to my lashes. So I wasn't expecting much from this serum, but I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed my lashes looking a bit longer and thicker, and holding mascara a lot better. Considering what I expected from this product (nothing), I'd have to say I'm pleasantly surprised!
Benefit Puff Off! (HK$280 at Benefit)
I've got pretty noticeable under-eye bags, and I've tried basically every roller, cream and treatment out there. I wish I could say that this product has cured me and I am now bag-free. But unfortunately, the bags still remain. It's okay as far as under-eye products go: it has a slight pink tint that helps disguise puffiness and bags a bit, but not enough to make the effort of applying worthwhile. And the packaging is annoying - it's hard to get the cap on and off, and the clothes-iron-shaped metal tip is awkward and messy.
DSQUARED2 Wild cologne (HK$553 at SaSa)
Contrary to its name, Wild is actually quite tame, which I like. It has a pleasant, light and earthy-woody smell that can definitely work as a daily scent, or for special gatherings. The girls on the YP team said it it would work as a women's fragrance too!