Overseas Make-Up Adventures

I recently went overseas for five glorious weeks and in between all the holidaying in…










…and Hong Kong….


I of course managed to sneak in some make-up shopping and exploration.

In London I visited all my favourite places.

Charles Fox


Charles Fox- great for all things Kryolan and special effects. While here I topped up on some eyeliner brushes I’ve not been able to find here in Sydney.

And bumped into this gorgeous one!


Claire and I used to work together back in the day and started our careers at roughly the same time. I just happened to bump into her as she was on her way to Paris Fashion Week and also stopping by Charles Fox for kit supplies.

Guru Make Up Emporium


Guru Make Up Emporium- amazing for set bags, Make Up Forever and things you didn’t know your kit needed. I helped my friend pick out her wedding foundation from Make Up Forever and treated myself to some kit staples.


Guru Make Up Emporium- One of my all time favourite places to shop for my kit!



Space NK- for all things skin, hair, body, make up and wellness. I didn’t buy anything here but did enjoy seeing old favourites like Caudalie that you can’t get in Australia as well as discovering new brands that have launched since I was last there.


Space NK- This was the Kensington Church Street store but I also visited the boutiques in Covent Garden and my old stomping ground, Duke of York Square in Chelsea.

I didn’t quite make it to Screenface but I did get to Selfridges where many many hours were spent in my happy place, the holy land that is Selfridges Beauty Hall.

And then in Hong Kong my highlights included the vibe of this Nars boutique in Pacific Place.


How awesome are the latest visuals!?


Love the contemporary feel in this boutique.

And re-discovering Sasa, which is Hong Kong’s answer to Boots and Priceline.


Sasa- so many niche brands, so many levels and sooooo many products.

These were my standout Sasa brands.


Kate Tokyo and the Sasa home brand of tools.


Pupa Milano and Media

Near Times Square I also enjoyed visiting boutiques for Dior


Make Up Forever


And Shu Uemura


So there you have it. When you’re a make-up artist, you really can combine work with leisure and travels.  The key is to barely pack anything in the first place so there is never an excuse not to indulge while on holidays!

If you have any questions about the brands mentioned or stores visited, please leave them below and I will get back to you. Have you tried any of these brands or visited any of these places before?

Hope you enjoyed this post. It sure was fun looking back through all the travel photos. Might just be planning another trip for next year!


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