Toiletries, Hong Kong
Located here in the Pacific Place shopping center is this duty free store which carries a large range of health and beauty products. Its a great place to find those items that you've left behind like hair and body products, first aid items like bandages and first aid creams, candy, deodarant, drinks and an assortment of other items.
I found a few items I needed, like some bandages, hairspray and a hair styling brush.
They accept credit cards and of course cash.
What to buy: Cosmetics, health and beauty products.
Bonjour, copying the concept of SaSa, is a chain of beauty retail stores with very competitive prices. They carries many top international brands, including cosmetics, fragrances, hair and skin care products as well as private labels and products with exclusive distribution rights.
What to pay: Products, prices and shops address available at:
If your heading out into rural areas you better stock up on toilet paper if you're not used to cleaning up without it! If you are from the west you might not be satisfied with the "softness" of Chinese toilet paper! hhahaahahaha But it gets the job done.
There are Watson's stores, which are alot like Walgreens and 7-11's virtually all over Tsimshatsui so if you run out of something you need or for that matter don't even bring the toiletries with you, buy them there. The prices are the same as home.
It sells the big designer brands, all kinds of beauty gadgets/tools, and less expensive brands, all for very reasonable prices. There are often good discounts on items (especially Dior, Lancome, Clinique, Chanel, Elizabeth Arden etc).
They do not sell the very lastest products so they reduce the prices of the end-of-range items.
You can also find Asian products/brands that you may not find so easily in Europe.
They also sell those sample sized products that are "not for resale"...(A bit cheeky of them I think!)
I think it's quite a reputable shop and I don't think they sell fakes. I've heard it's the most reputable of the three main discount cosmetic stores in HK. (Sa Sa, Angel and Bonjour)...
What to buy: Buy whatever takes your fancy!
I've noticed that there are often good discounts on designer cosmetics/skincare/perfumes. They are genuine too. I saw Dior Addict perfume marked as 40% off in Sa Sa and I compared the price to Lane Crawford and it was really a discount of 40%.
The perfumes are almost ALWAYS on sale!!
Avoid buying the really really cheap brands you've never heard of, take care of your skin! Using cheap makeup tools is ok just not the makeup.
Some of my previous Sa Sa bargains:
Dior "Anti Age" body cream for $60 HK from $360,
Dior "Anti Cellulite" body spritz for $60 from $320, Dior "Model Lift" face cream 30ml, $150 (ish) from $360 (ish),
Dior "Cocoon" face mask tube, $100 (ish) from $250+ (ish)
Clinique face soap for oily skin $60 from $120,
Anna Sui perfume 60% off.
In the late 90s:
Dior eyeshadow compact, 5 colours for $30!!!
And another eyeshadow compact different colours for $40!
Unfortunately I never found Dior so cheap ever again.
What to pay: Depends what you buy and how much you buy, and whether you stick to sale items.
SaSa cosmetic stores are located all over Hong Kong and are easily recognisable by their bright pink logo.
Inside this incredibly popular chain you will find just about anything you are looking for with most cosmetic brands including designer lines available. There are many aisles devoted to skincare products and I have found that these are cheaper (though not considerably cheaper) than the same brands bought in my hometown Melbourne.
It is also worthwhile checking the prices of perfumes. I have purchased many fragrances at discounted prices. There are bins of perfume in mini sized bottles which are great for travelling.
What to buy: Perfume and skin care products.
This is a great chain shop located everywhere to buy all sorts of skin products, perfumes, makeup, hair products etc for men and women at discounted prices. I still can't figure out how they can sell it for so cheap but, I'm not complaining.
They have no name brands to high end brands from all around the world.
It's a great place to get all your toiletries and gifts for that lady in your life.
What to buy: Items that you can't buy in your own country.
I particularly love their small travelling containers-Asia makes the most wide variety for this and it's so cheap!
Take your time checking out their little unusual items such as double eye lid forming tape to achieve that "Western eye" or smaller than average eyelash curling contraptions! You can even buy all the sample sizes that normally makeup brands will give away with purchase except you're able to pick only the colours or items you want.
What to pay: Much cheaper than average!
If you are after toiletries, fragrances etc. these 2 stores are pretty good value, plus they are easy to find as they are everywhere in HK. I bought some general toiletries at both store and also bought some mens fragrances at Colourmix on Nathan Road for good prices. I bought some CK fragrances for the boys for about $35 each, which is marginally cheaper than Australian prices.
Sa Sa's legendary brand strength in Asia comes from innovative cosmetics retailing at competitive prices in more than 50 one-stop stores filled with top international labels. Headquartered in Hong Kong, where it listed publicly in 1997, Sa Sa sells more than 600 brands and 22,000 products including cosmetics, fragrances, hair and skin care products as well as private labels and products with exclusive distribution rights. Its market leadership reflects a dynamic global purchasing strategy and an innovative retailing formula based on choice and convenience. Founders Simon and Eleanor Kwok began in 1978 with just 40 square-feet of retail space in Hong Kong. Today, they preside over a pan-Asian retail chain stamped with success and a sure market sense. Sa Sa's vision for the future is to become the dominant provider in Asia of an extended range of "beauty + health" products and services, using new store concepts and e-commerce to create even fresher channels for an ever-popular brand.
What to buy: * The store is a good place to choose gifts for friends, like perfume!
* Send the website to your friend and let him/her list favorite products. While some nice shop assistants are packing all in the list, You can feel very comfortable in chair with a cup of tea.