Sunday, 23 June 2013

2013 台灣遊(三) 戰利品 | Taiwan: Beauty Shopping and Souvenirs


My Scheming Masks - Buy One Get One - Ella as spokesperson!

Warning: Picture-heavy and relatively little product.  You may be disappointed.

連續幾年差不多每年都去一趟台灣……
吃的/穿的我沒有太多心得,買化妝保養品倒是有一些經驗。
小寫一下,如果有遺漏敬請見諒。歡迎補充哦!

I'm requested to do a Taiwan Beauty Shopping guide and show my recent haul from Taiwan, hence this post is born.  To be frank, I could have done a lot more damage to Mr. A's wallet if I weren't on spending ban.  However, to be more frank, I guess I'm actually evolving to a better spender - not over-acquiring things I want that I do not need.  I hope you may find this true after comparing this post to that of last Summer.  

Beauty Shopping in Taiwan

Actually Taiwan beauty brands do a lot of online retailing.  The Taiwan e-market is pretty well-developed and require another full lengthy post to discuss.  Therefore, this post will solely be focusing on the real physical stores.

Let me address the one store that I wish I could visit but failed, then talk about all the other ones I visited.  ;) 

-1. PayEasy + Family Mart


Payeasy is an online store, while Family Mart is a chain convenient store.  While I was in Taiwan, they had this sale going on, where they place a brochure/catalogue of Payeasy merchandise at Family Mart stores.  You can place order on the value sets or discounted items in store (Family Mart), and get the products delivered to the convenient store by the next day.  I was tempted to try out some hair products by Beauty Hair, but as time was limited and I didn't stay at each location/hotel that long, at the end I didn't make any purchase.

其實台灣網購的手法已經很成熟了,
這篇主要是說實體商店的,網上的就不多講。

不過,要小小提及一下,
月頭有看到 Family Mart 跟 Payeasy 合作,
推出很多特惠組,今天下單,明天取貨那樣的。

對小曼老師的髮粧品蠻有興趣的,
可惜我沒有在一間酒店待很久,所以最後就沒買了。

0. Poya 寶雅 (link)



When I was at Taichung FungJia area in 2011, this one store was nearly the sole place I shopped.  (You don't want to see what I bought 2 years ago.)  This time, though, due to our crazy schedule driven by the photoshoot, I managed to miss its opening hour.   It is basically a beauty department store, where they have a lot of 'drugstore' skin care and make up brands, with some lifestyle/household items.  They have a big chart showing what brands are sold at which branch, interesting (link).  Poya, I find, is quite similar to Mirada (will be discussed below).  One thing I wish I had purchased from them this time is the My Scheming Black masks, they were on buy one get one!

前年在台中,寶雅(逢甲)是我大出血的地方之一。

今趟,由於時間關係,在逢甲沒有碰見它營業時間,
然後,在台北完全不知道哪裡有店;
就飲恨沒逛了。

超想買<我的心機黑面膜><買一送一>的說。

1. Cosmed 康是美

Basically Cosmed and Watson's are the two major chain drugstores that dominate Taiwan.  (In Hong Kong, the equivalent are Mannings and Watson's.) 

They stock major Japanese and Taiwan 'drugstore' brands of skin care and make up, and depending on the size of the branch, the brands and products they stock may differ slightly.  

Cosmed and Watson's have very keen competition, therefore they are always on sale.  When I was in Taiwan, Cosmed is doing a mask festival, where a lot of masks are buy one get one or buy two get one...

康是美和屈臣氏,就像香港的萬寧跟屈臣氏,
超多分店的連鎖藥房。
走到哪兒都碰得到。
當時康是美在做[面膜節],就買了一些面膜~

基本上,康/屈,誰打折打得兇就買誰!


Ella 的面膜。買一送一,買了蝸牛跟杏仁酸各一。

My Scheming Snail Essence Hydrating Mask, 10 pc
My Scheming Mandelic Acid Brightening Mask, 10 pc
(Buy one get one, NTD $299)

Mr. A's MacBookAir and mouse! :D


買不到<我的心機>,就買了 Sexylook 的黑面膜。
記得是買一送一的。(還沒有試)

Bought Sexylook black masks as I couldn't my hands on the My Scheming black ones.

Sexylook Calendula Moisturizing Cotton Black Mask, 5 pc (my own translation)
Sexylook Collagen Centella white cotton black mask, 5 pc (my own translation)
(Buy one get one, NTD $199?)



愛戀膜法是我最近用過,
感覺做得很不錯的一個[新]牌子。
看見有禮盒,就買了,想嘗鮮嘛。

[題外話:裡面有男星那塊薏仁牛奶,用又不是,留也不是,有粉絲想要收留/收藏嗎?]

LoveMore masks (reviewed some here) are really good quality, so I bought a set of 'new' flavours to try out.  

LoveMore Black Pearl True White Mask Sheet, 3 pc
LoveMore Herba Saussurea Involucrata Revival Mask Sheet, 3 pc
LoveMore Cubilose Extract Hydrating & Firming Mask Sheet, 3 pc
LoveMore Yurong Scattered Amazing White Mask Sheet, 3 pc ('scattered' [San] means 'medical blend' or prescription... weird translation!)
LoveMore Rhodiola Antioxidant & Brightening Mask Sheet, 3 pc

(Oriental Herbal Silk Mask Combo box set, NTD $399?)

2. Watson's 屈臣氏

Sighting: Kibio (got it in Glamabox before), 1028, Dr. Wu value set.
Similar to Cosmed discussed above.  :P

When I was in Taiwan, Watson's was doing 15% off all open-counter make up, and on the last day of my trip, they had 23% off.  Pretty crazy.

同康是美一樣,誰打折打得兇,就買誰。
(反正我兩店的會員也不是~)


On the last day of our trip, Watson's was having a 23% off almost everything.  Took opportunity of it and got me and my cousin some bits.

Sofina Primavista Ange Long Keep Base UV (NTD $350 each)
Dejavu Remover Pot - for nail polish (NTD $99 each)

Sofina samples - ask Honor (link) for review!
贈品:全送給表妹了。


Aquakey Super Mask Concentrating Mask Regenerating & Moisturizing, 6 pc
(Buy one get one, maybe NTD $360?)

Dr. Wu Acnecur Pore Refinig Toner with AC.Net, 30 ml
Dr. Wu Intensive Whitening Toner with Vitamin C+, 30 ml
(Dr. Wu Acnecur and Whitening Toner Set, NTD $149 each)

Hikar Anti Wrinkle Platinum Mask (NTD $19 each)


Almost every time I visit Taiwan I had to get a new tube of Integrate mascara.  It is the best.  I hate the fact that Integrate is not sold in HK!  Bebe Poshe is a brand (link - warning loud music) developed by several celebrity in Taiwan.  Aren't these pencils precious and cute-looking at the same time? (their brand image)

Integrate Mascara Base
Integrate Separate Mascara EX
(bag is gift with purchase, lost the receipt)

Bebe Poshe Eye Candi Shimmering CatEye Pencil "02 Stardust Copper" "04 Sexy Bronze" "03 Envy Green" "05 Peach Pie" 
(probably 15% off, lost the receipt, maybe NTD $200? each)


Naruko is pretty well-stocked at Watson's.  Depending on the store you go, you can find larger displays with value sets or trial/travel sizes.  I bought this 'new' Magnolia wash as I didn't bring enough (any) face wash to use along with my Clarisonic.  It is a great wash, not too far from the Rose/Narcissus/Raw Job's Tears foaming ones that I have, but this smells lovelier and feels a bit more moisturising.

Naruko Taiwan Magnolia Brightening and Firming Cream Wash EX
(lost the receipt, probably less than NTD $200)


應急買來用的,普普。
Bought it as we ran out of shower gel/scrub.  Very affordable and not bad.  Wrote about it here.

Pure Green Tea Body Scrub
(NTD $39)

3. Hands Tailung 台隆手創館 (shop link)

我對百貨公司專櫃的興趣有限,
(買來買去都是 Burberry/Tom Ford,犯不著到台灣買)。
碰巧是周年慶{或年中慶?}便跑去逛逛[手創館]。
其實基本上和香港的 Log On 很像,但美妝/保養品更多元化一點。

I'm not a massive department store beauty spender.  My favourite high end brands, e.g. Tom Ford, Burberry Beauty, can be purchased locally; Japanese brands that I fancy, e.g. Addiction, Three, Laduree, cannot be bought in Taiwan.  The only brand that they have but we don't (in HK), is Albion.  However, I do not yet have the vacancy to try out the whole Albion philosophy yet - so I'll leave it for later.

Anyway, I went into the Hands Tailung at Sogo, Zhongshan station, to check out new quirky Japanese pieces.  Hands is very similar to Log-On in HK, with a wider variety of beauty/body products.  I find Hands Tailung very well stocked with new, 'hit', cult beauty products that Japanese magazines mention.  Easy to find cute and not too pricey fun make up or skin care.


Envie de Neuf Thalasso-Decompress Eye Mask - free sample handed out to me inside the Sogo department store, at a promotion booth.
BCL Nail Nail Color Gel Nail "Sakura Pink" (own translation) (NTD $308) - want to recreate the baby pink gel nails I had from my last manicure session.  I don't have polish as gel-like as this.

眼膜是某促銷櫃的櫃姐送我的。
指甲油,在手創館買的。想用來扮 gel 甲的,希望成功。

4. Momo 藥妝 (link)

應該本來是網上商店吧?(不肯定)
今趟在台北見到實體店好幾間。裡面的東西和[屈/康]差不多。
沒買什麼,就掃了幾套 Dr. Wu 化妝水和 寵愛精華霜 嘗鮮/做禮物[手信]。

Momo is a big online beauty department store (correct me if I'm wrong).  This time in Taiwan, I have passed by several of their real stores.  They stock brands similar to Watson's/Cosmed, and their branches are similar in size and location too.  I only got some trial/travel sizes to try and to give as gifts.


Dr. Wu Intensive Renewal Toner with Mandelic Acid, 30 ml - I'm obsessed with Mandelic Acid!
Dr. Wu Intensive Whitening Toner with Vitamin C+, 30 ml
(Dr. Wu Mandelic Acid and Whitening Toner Set, NTD $149 each)

Dr. Wu Intensive Hydrating Toner with AHyaluronic Acid, 30 ml
Dr. Wu Intensive Whitening Toner with Vitamin C+, 30 ml
(Dr. Wu HYdrating and Whitening Toner Set, NTD $149 each)

For Beloved One Hyaluronic Acid Tri-Molecules Moisturizing Active Serum, 5 ml
(NTD $158 each)

5. Mirada 美華泰 (shop link)

想是跟 Poya 等差不多吧。開架美妝的百貨公司。我去了西門附近那一間。超好逛。

A beauty department store.  Amazing.  Highly recommend.  (A big branch is near Ximen area and that store is a must-go every time I visit Taipei.)


蒙娜麗莎面膜是 Mr. A 先看見的,它旁邊還放著同牌子的[青春露]。
同行的先生看見青春露,就說是否 SK2 的代用品。
我倒了一點青春露在手上,感覺氣味和質感都跟 SK 家很類似。
由於我的 SKII 正品還沒有用完,所以就先買這款面膜。

這面膜是一桶有清酒香的高嶺土泥膜。
待我用過再跟大家分享哦~

蜂毒和蛇毒面膜 買來寫面膜評比的。

Mr. A saw a display of Monsa toner, which should be a copy of the SKII Facial Treatment Essence.  I tried that out on the back of my hand, liked it, but didn't buy.  The texture, scent and claims are pretty similar to the real stuff.  It costs around NTD $400-500, reasonable.  Glass bottle, too heavy.  I haven't finished my HKD $400-500 SKII yet.  So I opted for the mask next to it.  It is a Kaolin clay based mask with a remarkable scent of sake.  For some reason, I have really high hopes for this new find!

Then, I also picked up more Snake and Bee venom masks for my next review-a-thon.

Monsa Extract of Natural Sake Vinasse Fine Clay Mask (my own translation)
(set with two samples, NTD $250)

Dermal Bee Venom Collagen Essence Mask
Dermal Syn-ake Collagen Essence Mask
(NTD $19 each)


同樣的東西,光南都有賣(而且便宜一點點)。但右邊超薄那款新的,光南(還)沒有進貨。

Nexcare 3M Pimple Pads Value Pack - More varieties at Mirada than 光南 Wholesale, although maybe NTD $10-20 more pricier.  The ultra-thin blue boxes on the right are new releases. (NTD $149, NTD $169)



E Heart Sexy V-Line Beauty Bra - a must buy, so glad I purchased this.  As mentioned in my photo-shoot post, I managed to hurt myself in an accident and I wasn't in the condition to wear a proper bra.  These saved my life, and they look very good on.  Most importantly, they are comfortable.  86 Shop also sells these, at $499 each.
(NTD $420 each)

6. 86 Shop 86 小舖 (link)

new store, new flyer - and 10% off!
86 Shop is similar to Momo but younger and more fun.  :)  Recently they opened two shops in different cities, one in Taipei at ShiDa night market 師大夜市, another at KaoHsiung (GaoXiong 高雄).

I was a ecstatic when I saw the store at ShiDa.  First being I didn't know it was there, great surprise!  Secondly, because it is very well stocked. (Mr. A said, it is the cool air-conditioning that caused ecstasy.)  A lot of the newer, smaller Taiwan brands, whether make up or skin care, 'professional' or high street, were there.  I saw Bevy C and Bonanza among many other brands.  Miss Hana and Miss Bowbow were there, as well as 睫老闆 Lash-Boss (my own translation).


睫老闆 "clear nylon band #123" lashes (NTD $35)
Miss Hana Eyebrow Pencil "Light Brown" (NTD $169)
86 Shop x Miss Bowbow "cotton thread band #861" lashes, 5 pairs (NTD $250)
睫老闆 "clear nylon band #M2" lashes, 5 pairs (NTD $199)
Miss Bowbow Eye Tape (NTD $280) - to fake the double eyelid, the newest type with mesh net tape... gonna let my friend Wendy test this out.

7. 金興發 JSF Mall (link)

和光南差不多,是生活百貨/雜貨/文具兼賣的。
價錢比光南貴一點,但感覺貨類較多,而且很多分店。

A lifestyle/random department store.  Quite a lot of branches around Taipei.  I also bought a lot of Japanese candies for my friend per her request, from this store.  I'd say this is an in-between between Mirada (more beauty) and KuangNan (more stationery).


Pen refill (NTD $26 each)
Seven 7 "724" Lashes, 5 pairs (NTD $250) - these are brown with clear band
Cosmos "CN10" Lashes , 5 pairs (NTD $129) 

8. 光南大批發 KuangNan AV (link)

和上面的金興發相似,
進的貨有不同,通常價錢較低。
必買品:文具……
還有一包多件的日用品{批發裝},如菜瓜水,牙線棒等等。

As the name suggests, it used to be an Audio Visual store.  Now it is more like an AV, stationery, everything store, a lot at wholesale price.  Not particularly packed with beauty products, but if you're interested at the more low-end local finds, there are a lot of false lashes, tools, natural skin care or make up (e.g. Solone), too!


Belle Madame BM Charcoal Konjac Face Wash Sponge (my own translation) - NTD $59 for pack of four - mainly bought as souvenir for my friends.

天然竹炭蒟蒻洗面海綿 主要買來送朋友的小手信(伴手禮)。


Leopard-print notebooks - NTD $8 each
Pen refills - NTD $20 each - for Mr. A

9. Daiso 大創

基本上,就是香港 Aeon (以前Jusco)$12 店進的貨。

Same as the Aeon/Jusco Living Plaza in HK, they sell the 100 yen products from Japan.  Food items are priced at $49, while the rest are mainly $39, unless otherwise labelled higher.  A great place to find cutely designed stationery and essentials.


Banana Chips (NTD $49) - Mr. A's
B5 Bag - to organise my chargers, etc.
Hair Band - as I need one for my mask sessions
Mini Blades - to maintain my brows...
(NTD $39 each)

Others:



Olay Aquaction Long Lasting Hydration Gel - gift by our airline, only for ladies though... :P


Tribal postcards from Ketagalan Museum (website) at Beitou, Taipei.  The local Aboriginal (hey new word) Taiwanese culture/history is mesmerizing.  I really wish Mr. A would buy back some original music/songs, but none did he pick up.  Next time!


Magnetic postcards from Taiwan Spirit (website) store, at DanShui, Taipei.  The Ah Gei (top right corner) is a really popular tourist snack!


More souvenir from Danshui, these are vintage designed notebooks.


Went to MOCA Taipei, the Museum of Contemporary Art (website).  Had to support this choreographer Huang Yi (website), whom danced with a Kuka Robot.  His art reminds me of the good old days taking Robotics class at Uni.  :)


At CMP Block Museum of Arts, Taichung (link), I bought this cute little piggy bank, which has a screw mechanism where you attach this to a plastic water bottle, and let small coins drop down.  I tried, only HK $0.2 and $0.1 fit.  :P


More postcards (yes I'm obsessed with them), and moustache stickers from book store.


Stickers of 'national'/regional flags and Rilakkuma.  ;)

打到頭昏腦脹了。

有補充/更正,歡迎留言哦!

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Have you been to Taiwan?  What beauty products or souvenirs do you usually buy/collect when you travel?

Beautiful wishes,
Lazy silly Jacq :")

2 comments:

  1. There are so many brands of makeup and shops that I do not know, I hope you make reviews of your new product...

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    1. I will do so one by one, please bear with me (it takes me so long to write up reviews...) ;)

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