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Definitely! There are so many brands Singapore doesn’t bring in, it’s ridiculous. When I was in the US, I knew I was going to buy OCC and Hourglass products. I also stumbled across this fantastic brand, Painted Earth Skincare, which has great customer service and even better products.

I agree with Natalie..I just wish that Singapore brings in more cosmetic brands ..I went to Aus recently and brought a few brands that I could not get in Sg like RT,etc..

I want to check out makeup the next time I travel. I found the best jewelry in the Dominican Republic. It was vintage/rustic looking & very beautiful. Unfortunately they didn’t sell makeup at the resort I was staying at

Oh yes! I travel to Australia very frequently and I try to sample as many beauty brands/products as I can that aren’t available in the States. I’ve been particularly fond of Australis lately.

Definitely! US trips are beauty heaven, not only are there brands we can’t get here in Australia but everything is roughly half price (depending on exchange rate). If I went to Europe I’d definitely be seeking out brands available there but not here.

I total do that! On my recent trip to Thailand – I categorically picked brands not available in India – NARS, Shu Uemura, Illamasqua, Bobbi Brown (BB is present only in 1 city in India). Even with some products slightly cheaper in Thailand than India (like Estee Lauder and Lancome) – I preferred to buy brands not easily accessible to me rather than go for the ones present but cheaper – If that statement makes sense…!

Actually it’s the opposite! When I go to Finland I’m fascinated by products they sell from Maybelline and L’oreal that we don’t get here haha, like this past summers LE Maybelline Colossal mascaras! But I love foreign brands too. I guess it’s just more fun seeing how something you know is different elsewhere, I have to stop at every cosmetic section we come across!

For sure! I went to Paris this past spring for 10 days. I wanted everything that wasn’t available in the US. (I discovered this awesome brand called Black Up, it doesn’t seem French because it’s in English but it is). There was also a lot drugstore stuff that wasn’t available to us, like other L’Oreal products. Their “drugstore” (Monoprix) was soo much better than any of our drugstores.

I always look for brands not available or difficult to find in the US. I am here in Tokyo and here’s what I bought:
– Hakuhodo brushes
– Ayura bath and body products
– Certain Shiseido brands not carried in the US such as Haku, Revital and Anessa (sunscreen)
– Coffret d’Or by Kanebo
– KAO Sofina skin care
– Suqqu
– Lunasol makeup (this is a Kanebo brand)

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Definitely. I live in the US so I have a lot available to me normally, but I took a trip through Scandinavia this summer and tried to pick up a few skincare products that were made in the countries I was visiting. Tried out Estelle & Thild (Sweden), Raunsborg (Denmark), and Soley (Iceland). I was on a budget, but generally liked what I purchased. The Raunsborg Skin Tonic was my favorite find.

i envy you! of all skincare and makeup stuff, i would really like to try scandinavian ones. they seem to be of very good quality to me.

The only brand I’d be interested in checking out is Illamasqua, although it is technically available in the US (although pretty much only online-the few Sephora’s in L.A. that carry the brand would rather have fully-stocked shelves of brands one could walk into any department store and find). Unless I’m getting something at an amazingly low price, I’m not comfortable buying a product unseen, especially from a brand I’m not familiar with.

Definitely! I’m not (too) ashamed to admit that a lot of the trips I made while living in Europe were motivated by shopping and food, haha! I always do research on brands specific to a particular country before I go there, but also double check the prices of brands I’m familiar with just in case they’re lower. For example, I bought Inglot products when I was in Poland, as they were about 1/3 of the UK prices, where I lived at the time. I’ve had a lot of fun and success looking at makeup in other countries – I found my first Kiko store in a grotty underground mall in Paris, contemplated waaay expensive indie makeup in Stockholm, stocked up on Essence and Catrice in Germany, found the Lierac eye cream I wanted in Portugal, etc etc!

When I went to Italy I shut KIKO Milano store DOWN!! Oh my goodness I bought so much stuff! They have the most AMAZING nail polishes that are so inexpensive!!! And every time I go to England (where I eventually will be moving), I hit up Superdrug and good ol’ Boots. I love trying out the UK brands for new things. I brought back with me some stuff from Sleek and Bourjois and a couple of Rimmel things we haven’t gotten here in the US.

Always!I love foreign supermarkets and drugstores! You can get most of the high end brands over the internet but I love shopping smaller or cheaper brands that are not so easily available! πŸ™‚

The last I travelled abroad it was not exciting … and I try to restrain myself … if m holidaying certainly not. I prefer to enjoy the trip rather then strolling in malls …

but yeah when hubby or mom dad r travelling I give my list ….
for brands like nars … bobbi brown n so many πŸ™‚

Yay, my question made it. I’m planning on going to London and Paris this winter and plan on purchasing Sleek, Gosh, Max Factor, and Barry M products. I also want to check out Suqqu brushes.

YES! I live in New Zealand, and makeup is a different story here. No Sephora, and even MAC just arrived in my city (4th largest in the country) yesterday – excited to finally find out my MAC shade! Not a shop though, just a little booth in a department store. A MAC lipstick is $44, and even a Revlon lip butter is $35. No NARS, UD, Benefit, etc. Traveling to Singapore this year, and while they don’t have everything, I’ll take what I can get!

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I live in Mexico, so I don’t have available nor the Asian beauty brands (and their incredible skin care and cute makeup packaging!) nor the ones available in USA (Illamasqua! OCC Cosmetics!). I’m kind of standing on a gray area. So, whenever I travel, I spend a great amount on time on looking for brands and items that are not available to me (for example, the OPI Ballet collection, which never reached my country).

You should check Beauty Corner OPI in Londres in Mexico City, they lots of shades and better prices than any other place !

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