Thai Haul!

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Sawasdee ka! That’s how you say hello in Thai, friends! And yes, that is because I am finally able to share with you Part 1 of my Thailand makeup goodies. I couldn’t was too lazy to use them all at one go so I decided to break them down into parts. These are just short descriptions and not comprehensive reviews YET. I will do that next time, complete with vis-a-vis comparisons to products I currently use.
1. Gino McCray Shading & Highlight Set — these were actually sold separately in Beauty Buffet (I just found out Beauty Buffet is made in Korea! It’s not a Thai brand). I wasn’t anticipating on getting either one but I remember that during this time, both my husband and I were so hungry already but I couldn’t decide which product to buy so he ended up getting both. 

The shading powder for contour is very sheer and not too pigmented, which is okay since it is buildable without looking too much. It has no orange undertones and its brown-ness does not have the dirty look. I still prefer my NARS Laguna for contouring, though. This was priced at around 350 baht so converting to pesos costs approximately Php 490. For this price, I think the product is a great buy. This will also last a good 6 months if you use everyday and even longer when used occasionally.  

The highlight cream is another story. I was keen on foregoing getting this because I’m not a fan of cream highlighters, although I have been using MAC’s Luna which is a cream colour base, ever since I could remember. I have been on the lookout for a new highlighting powder and for some reason, not one product has convinced me. Anyway, the highlight’s consistency is very creamy and works just as well as my Luna highlighter cream. I’ll do a comparison post next time. Highlighter creams are best used to accentuate the ridge of the nose, inner and outer corners of eyes (gives the illusion of wide set eyes), above the bow of lip, and brow and cheek bones.

2. Soap & Glory Trick & Treatment  — Don’t expect full coverage from this concealer. It works as an eye brightener more than a concealer. I find it has no coverage at all for my worst days but when topped with loose powder, works wonders in making me look like I had a full (and even with extra 2 hours!) 10-hour sleep and ready for a photo shoot! 

3. Benefit They’re Real Mascara – The HG mascara of most beauty bloggers and a multi-awarded mascara, at that! But do I agree with the verdict? Not so much. I find that Benefit’s They’re Real mascara does a great job in thickening and volumizing my lashes but for some reason, it can’t uphold the curl. Also, I find it too clumpy to apply – one coat contains so much product that two coats make me look like I’ll be performing in a full-scale production for the night.

4. Gino McCray Blush in Rosy Brown – Gino McCray is best known for their blushes! I truly regret not purchasing more. I should have foregone getting the highlight and shading set and got two more blushers instead. Oh well! Anyway, their blushes are very pigmented and match well with Asian skin. Rosy Brown is peach with brown undertones. The glitters on the pan looks very intense, but miraculously just gives off the right amount of shimmer when applied onto the cheeks. Best for medium-toned skin because for the fairer tones, it may look too orangey. Price: 350 baht or Php 490

5. Cathy Doll Eyebrow Tint in Hazelnut – I currently use MAC’s Brow Set in Beguile and have been wanting to get Boy Girl, their most saleable product but still have so much Beguile left, I didn’t want to splurge on another one. I found this eyebrow tint which is more or less similar to Boy Girl and for only 250 baht or Php 350. Available in two shades – hazelnut and dark chocolate. Sharing with you Hazelnut first and I must say, the color pay-off and consistency is as good as MAC’s. Cathy Doll is another Korean brand and I fell in love with their cute packaging, affordable products and very effective formulations! I’ll share other items I got from their line in the next post. 

Ta-da! The finished product using all the items mentioned above!

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  1. October 19, 2012 / 9:32 am

    I’m seriously considering looking for the blusher and the brow tint with same brand. Haha. I think online shop will be very helpful.

    First reason, I’m a morena. Because of your short review about it, I think it will fit my skin tone perfectly. Second, I have a thick eyebrows, I don’t usually have problems dealing with its shape but in filling the, you know, spaces in between. Maybe using eyebrow tint will make it seemed like i didn’t put at all, natural lang.

    I really love your new blog layout. I think I’ve checked your blog many times na to see if you have new posts and glad you already have. And indeed a helpful one!

    Happy blogging Ms. Shari! We, your blog readers, will be with you all through out preggy days. Can’t for your baby cutie daughter! Keep us updated always!

    ~ Sweetstrings

  2. October 19, 2012 / 10:08 am

    love the makeup haul!!:) and wow love the new layout of the blog too!:D

  3. October 19, 2012 / 10:22 am

    Argh! I’m jealous. I love all your purchased. It the eyebrow tint okay? I haven’t tried eyebrow tint in my life but im considering them now. Hope you will make reviews about eyebrow tint!

    Love your blog misty mom!


  4. October 19, 2012 / 11:14 am

    lovely haul you got there! I wish some of the products they have would be available locally. 🙂

  5. October 19, 2012 / 11:42 am

    The eyebrow tint looks super promising! And it’s cheap din! Nice find! xx

  6. October 19, 2012 / 11:45 am

    I’m going to thailand pretty darn soon.. I need your advice on where to shop for cosmetics from the high end ones to the affordable ones. ^_^ email me here

    I really enjoy reading your posts a lot! Stay pretty Mommah Shari!



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  7. October 19, 2012 / 11:52 am

    Great purchases! I’ve been eyeing this benefit mascara but mixed reviews like yours make me not want to fork out £18 pounds for something that might not be that good! Thanks for the reviews, I really enjoyed reading! xx

  8. October 19, 2012 / 3:38 pm

    i like the eyebrow tint! hope i can go to Bangkok too.. or KOREA, cause i think cosmetics from Korea are really good. Great finds you got there!:)

  9. October 19, 2012 / 3:43 pm

    Great haul! Follow you now and it would be great if you follow me too!

    Kisses from Hong Kong,

  10. October 20, 2012 / 4:07 am

    Hi, Shari. you’re such a beautiful mom 🙂
    I’m your new follower!

  11. October 20, 2012 / 9:48 am

    I recently picked up They’re Real and I agree the wand does get quite wet with lots of product on it. But I haven’t had any issues with it failing to hold curl. The blush colour looks really pretty!

  12. October 20, 2012 / 11:38 am

    loling at the trick and treatment package photo. ^^

    great buys.. I want that BENEFIT THEY’RE REAL MASCARA.

  13. October 20, 2012 / 1:27 pm

    Been looking for a good dupe for MAC brow sets whether Beguile or Girl Boy. Thank you for sharing this! Great haul! 🙂

  14. October 20, 2012 / 10:22 pm

    Wow amazing Thai Haul, all the packaging looks really awesome~ <3

  15. October 22, 2012 / 1:30 am

    interesting hauls!! i love them all ^_~

  16. October 22, 2012 / 11:25 am

    I much prefer the benefit BADgal mascara, I feel it gives a better coating because it has a bigger brush.
    Love you post 🙂

  17. October 29, 2012 / 12:36 pm

    Super awesome haul!The eyebrow tint packaging is just tooo cuteee! I’m a new follower on your blog as well now ^^

  18. November 7, 2012 / 11:35 pm

    The Gino McCray blush looks super pretty! I’ve never heard of that brand before. Going to do my research now! 🙂

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