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I totally agree with you, Christine! I am still kicking myself for not purchasing some stuff while I was in Taiwan.

Even a more well-known Asian brand like Shu Uemura would be great to have back in the U.S. I wish they hadn’t pulled out because I would really like to try some of their items without getting stuck with them if I hate them, you know?

Boots is starting to make it’s way here slowly, but I wish it was faster. I love their Conditioning Nail Polish Remover so much that I’m having my fiance bring over 3 bottles when he comes from the UK. Crazy that a store brand can be so good, but it’s a miracle and smells fantastic!

I really want to try out Korean BB Cream but I’m scared of getting it online and having it not match my skin tone. I also found out about Estee Lauder’s Violet Underground eyeshadow palette after it was sold out everywhere and I’m so upset I missed out on that! 🙁

Try a tester pack! Pretty and Cute (prettyandcute.com) are my current BB go-to (for ogling, I haven’t ordered off them yet) and they offer a decent selection of brand samples and minis! And they offer free samples with every order, which I think you can choose?

I have always wanted to try the legit BB Creams from Asia. I won’t try any of the American BB Creams, lol. Other than that, I can’t really think of much. I’d love if I had easy access to Red Cherry lashes! There are other high end brands that I’d love to have in my city, too, so I could try them out in person.

The legit asian bb creams are awesome. I’m lucky there’s Korean stores in Southern California. The sample size they give are also very generous sizes. I’m in love with the Korean bb creams I’ve tried because they don’t break out my skin and help improve it. I’ve worn bb creams for years so when i have to wear foundation, I barely need foundation. But their serums and emulsions are also underrated and overlooked. Koreans and most asian are obsessed with skincare and their many steps skincare routine reflects that. They have some really great products. But there are also so many fakes out there too.

Can you recommend any particular stores, or at least approximate locations (ie, intersections, etc)? I’m in L.A., but it’s been so long since I’ve been to that area, I’d have no idea where to start. TIA

There aren’t many brands that are totally unavailable to me, because I’ve been willing to take chances ordering brands like Rouge Bunny Rouge and Le Metier de Beaute on line. Burberry is frustratingly difficult, since most US retailers won’t ship here and the shipping charges are exorbitant from those who do and Chantecaille, since they are available only from retailers who charge a huge markup to ship to Canada. If I can get brands from a reliable on line source, I’m fine with not seeing them in person.

I was going to suggest Harrods, because a Canadian friend of mine always jokes about how it’s cheaper for her to ship from the UK than the US, but delivery is £25 to NA. Dang.

I wish I had more access to Shu Uemura – I can buy online, but I want to be able to see the products in person and touch them, swatch them, etc. In general I’d like more access to some Asian brands for the same reason. I also wish LMdB was available in-person locally instead of just online (this may be changing though).

However, mostly I’m spoiled for choice; I live in a pretty wealthy area, and the shopping is usually excellent. So usually if it’s a brand sold in the US, I can find it.

Tarte, nyx, and cover girl are all brands that are difficult to get hold of in the uk, and of course in the uk you can’t return makeup after you’ve purchased

Many ! Tom Ford, Chantecaille, Clé de Peau, Inglot. Now i can order Le Métier de Beauté at BeautyBay ( great ! ) but there are still a lot of brand unavailable in France and ordering from Harrods is pricey. Inglot is really a brand that looks great too.

I have an Asian district in my area and I am lucky enough to see things like Lioele in one of the malls so I’m happy for that! BUT, I do how ever wish my sephora had a bigger selection of illamasqua, and I really wanna try Barry M and Ben Nye… But that’s not in my area at all to my knowledge!

MAX FACTOR
Used to use and love their 2000 calorie mascara and still haven’t found anything close. They had great liptick and foundation too.
Plus! Max Factor has a whole bunch of beautiful new products.
Too bad MF is not available in US or Canada anymore. It is an iconic American brand.

P&G made the decision to stop selling MF in North America so they could raise the prices on CoverGirl, and not have another of their own brands compete. MF is definitely an iconic brand, and to me, represents Hollywood, and should have remained in the US.

I was excited to see MF again when I was in the UK, then upon closer inspection, many of the products actually looked like my Cover Girl stuff with a MF label on it! So disappointing. Still clinging to some of my MF concealer that’s gotta be expired but I can’t bear to toss it.

I’d really love to have access to MUFE. I wouldn’t be averse to buying it online either (relying on swatches), but I haven’t found ANY webside that’ll it ship it to Norway. Lots of other brands are unavailable in Norway as well, but most of them are purchasable in someway online, so MUFE is the one I miss the most.

Tom Ford is unfortunately relatively unobtainable for me. A kind ebay seller who from time to time procured things for me upon request seems to have left ebay..

I’d love to be able to access Tarte – here in the U.K. it’s impossible to even buy online. I love the palettes they come out with – they have a kaleidoscope of amazing colours!! Must have the Carried Away Collection …… Santa, will you help me out here?

Ugh there’s so many brands I want to try, but are not sold locally. Burberry and Tom Ford come first to mind. Add Shu Uemura, Urban Decay, NARS to that list as well.

The main brand I’ve been reading & hearing about lately that sounds good is Suqqu. I’m looking forward to checking out a few of their products once the brand comes to the States.

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