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Taiwan – Beauty Shopping in Taipei’s 小三美日 Little Three

小三美日 Little Three

Indulging in a girl’s must-do activity in Taiwan – beauty shopping! :)

Whenever I tell my girlfriends I am visiting Taiwan, the first comments I usually get are “Buy facial sheet masks! Very cheap and good, help me buy two boxes!” “Try the local cosmetic brands!” Beauty shopping in Taiwan seems to be on the topmost priority of most ladies, probably because the prices are very competitive and great for Asian skin. Most of us will likely end up at Watsons, Sasa or Cosmed, but for this trip I was happy I got all I wanted at Little Three 小三美日, a beauty shop introduced to me by my local friends.

小三美日 Little Three

In addition to a thriving online store, Little Three has 11 physical branches in Taiwan. The one I went to is conveniently located along the famous Yong Kang Street, just a stone’s throw away from the original location of Ding Tai Feng (xiao long bao). <Update: this Yong Kang branch has closed. Visit the other 4 branches in Taipei at Ximen, Dunhua, Gongguan and Nanxi)

小三美日 Little Three

Just turn into Lane 2 from the main street and you are there!

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Best time to shop for me? In the late afternoon when it’s less crowded and after gorging on all the yummy food at Yong Kang Street :D

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Prices at Little Three are really competitive as they import their products directly from the manufacturers, and if you spend over TWD3,000, you can get your GST refund on the spot.

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OMG so much variety! *Hyperventilating*
The store carries a wide range of beauty products ranging from popular Taiwanese, Japanese and Korean brands, to selected European brands.

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Dr.Douxi 朵璽 is a popular brand recommended by the local beauty bloggers. They are known for their crystal mineral mud mask and mandelic acid essence products.

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Another must-buy Taiwanese brand – 1028 Visual Therapy
This makeup label is created by Taiwanese celebrity makeup artist Xiao Kai 小凱老師. Specially designed for Asian skin, the products are infused with skincare essence so you take care of  your face while you doll up, how convenient :)

小三美日 Little Three

For those wanting to re-create a Korean fashion look, look no further than 3CE (3 Concept Eyes), a makeup line by Stylenanda, one of Korea’s most popular online stores (which I call somewhere-close-to-fashion-heaven).

小三美日 Little Three

Thank goodness for attentive and knowledgeable staff who helped to recommend suitable products for us. I’m a sucker for honest reviews, so when the sales staff goes “This one is not so good, try the other one which is more suitable for your skin type…more affordable too”, I am TOTALLY SOLD. Load up my baskets.

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Was super tempted to try this…wonder if I will become Miss Double-Cup :p

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Oooh, this is one of my favourite Korean brands. I love their BB cream foundation and egg mousse soap!

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This Japanese clay mask looks fun to use…you mix the amount you want with some water and apply the paste on your face. I wonder if my face will get much fairer if I mixed it with milk and honey instead…it’s the ultimate pampering.

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The store also carries some upmarket European brands such as Crabtree & Evelyn and L’Occitane.

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And even Burt’s Bees, a well-known American organic brand
(Btw, Bio-Oil and Merderma are really good for treating scars & stretchmarks)

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One of the oldest and most used beauty beauty products in Japan since 1,000 years ago, horse oil cream is the perfect moisturizer which leaves the skin soft like a baby.

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LoL, I was very surprised to see this series of kinky hair products from Japan. I first saw them on my trip to Japan, and always wanted to buy them – they make perfect gifts for naughty friends :D

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Know what are these pretty cans?
Dry shampoo! Best when you go camping or for the second day after you colour your hair.

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This is the haircare brand I am currently using. My friends love it, and there is a noticeable difference after I switched to this, with hair feeling softer.

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To tame flyaway hair (or morning bedhead), use a hair serum. Even better when it comes rose-scented :)

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This is another traditional Japanese beauty wonder product – Camellia oil
Japanese camellia oil is an effective emollient which you can use to soften your hair, face, body and even nails & cuticles!

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Why do I only have 10 fingers when there’s a gazillion nail colours I want?

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These would make perfect gifts :)

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Guess what is this?
Korean sanitary pads LOL :D

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Other than beauty products, Little Three also carries an assortment of snacks. I gotta get out of this corner quick!

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And the highlight of the shop – so many different kinds ad brands of facial sheet masks, I can try a different one everyday! The best part is – you can buy a box or just one piece if you want to try different ones.

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When shopping, always start with the store’s Best Buy section ;)
These look pretty cute!

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A Sexy Look in black
Sexy Look is the No.1 best-selling 3D-mask in Taiwan and their new black masks are apparently thicker and better than the normal white ones.

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After two weeks of roaming Taiwan, I definitely need to invest in some foot care.

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And yeah, I ate too much on my trip, so perhaps I should buy some of these tummy fat burner sheets back….like ten cartons.

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Time to relax my hardworking eyes with some steam eye masks

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Erm, I think I went overboard and bought an entire year’s supply, hee. But it’s good value for money!

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Here’s some of the items I came back with…
Am particularly excited to try the Diamond Snail Caviar Repair Cream :)

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I was pretty fascinated by the ingredients of these masks – Job’s Tear, Snail Essence, Cactus and even Natto!

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These facial foam capsules would be awesome for travel, and I am a total convert for the Vitamin B12 Cream. It’s oil free, non-comedogenic, fragrance-free and fuss-free. The texture is very light and my skin feels well-hydrated *doin doin*

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Time to shed a new self!

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Brushes for a drama Kpop look :)

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I can’t wait to try them all!

小三美日平價美
Various branches in Taiwan, including 4 in Taipei
Tel: +886 4 777 1186
Opening Hours: Various, usually from 12:00AM – 10:30PM daily
Website: http://www.s3.com.tw
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/s3beauty
Email: savager0215@yahoo.com.tw
Read more of my travels in Taiwan

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In case of emergency, you have my bra

The Haze in Singapore

At a Pollutants Standards Index (PSI) as high as 400 (hazarduous! The previous record was 226 in 1997), Singapore’s signature financial district skyline is a total blur, and I am turning into smoked duck soon. And no, if you see tears in my eyes I am not angry nor sad – it’s just the blardy haze.

For a country known for its greenery, clear blue skies and signature skyline, Singapore looks more like a cloud forest with its thick smog over the past week, courtesy of our friendly Indonesian neighbour’s forest fires started by plantation owners and farmers ‘slash and burn’ agricultural practice. The situation has become so bad the PSI level is breaking new records faster than Usain Bolt, and social media channels have become ‘live’ haze monitoring stations. It has been a while since the General Elections, that we see Singaporeans so united on a topic (other than McDonalds’ Hello Kitty collection).

Haze in Singapore

Singapore’s skyline as of 20 June 2013 at 4pm

Singapore Skyline

What Singapore’s skyline should look like normally at 4pm
With such freaky weather conditions, I am really not sure what is ‘normal’ anymore. Will I get to see clear skies again? I wonder.

Haze in Singapore

We look like we are living in the clouds and driving on a road to heaven

Haze in Singapore

This is better than Chris Angel – Swissotel, a 72-storey building, has disappeared amongst the thick smog blanket

As the smog thickens, Singaporeans are also frantically buying up face masks to the point a local pharmacy chain reported an increase of 37 times(!) on the sale of N95 masks, and people profiteering by selling the masks online.  So what to do if you can’t get your hands on the elusive N95 face mask? A Chicago professor may have the perfect solution.

THe Emergency Bra

The Emergency Bra!
Simply unsnap the bright red bra, separate the cups, and slip one cup over your head, and the other for your friend. When placed over the nose and mouth, it can filter out particles as harmful as radiation.
Photo: EBbra

Emergency Bra

This invention by Dr Elena Bodnar won the Ignoble Award in 2009, an annual tribute to scientific research that on the surface seems goofy but surprisingly practical
The bra – only available in fire-engine red – is not only capable of saving lives during haze, dust storms and terrorist attacks, it also incorporates a radiation sensor to warn the wearer of the presence of ionizing radiation in the event of a “dirty” bomb explosion or any other type of nuclear release involving high energy gamma rays.

Before you write the inventor off as a floozy, Dr Bodnar, a Ukraine native who now lives in Chicago, started her medical career studying the devastating effects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster. If people had cheap, readily-available gas masks in the first hours after the disaster, they may have avoided breathing in Iodine-131, which causes radiation sickness. Hence Dr Bodnar invented the EBbra with the intention of making gas masks affordable and readily available – you can now save your life (and another worthy person’s) for just US$29.95.

Emergency Bra

“It is important to mention that it takes only 25 seconds for average woman to use this personal protective device – 5 seconds to remove, convert and apply your own mask – and 20 seconds to wonder who the lucky man she is going to save.”
Image: Improbable Research

Emergency Bra

At the awards ceremony, she demonstrated how to use an EBbra on three lucky Nobel Laureates – to much joy of the audience
Image: Improbable Research

Emergency Bra

A cosplayer would be proud
Image: Improbable Research

Emergency Bra

His “Why did I ever agree to this?” look is priceless
Image: Improbable Research

Watch the video. It’s worth the 5.5 minutes :)

Emergency Bra

If you were wondering who I would share my bra with, I do not need 20 seconds to decide – it would be him in a split second :D
Oh yeah, this is what perfection looks like LOL Maybe I should get him his own – in a Size 42D ;)

Until we can find an ideal solution to Singapore’s annual haze problem, we have to learn to adapt to situations. Buy your masks, buy your bras, air filtration systems, turn on the air-con while the governments work (I hope) to find efficient agricultural alternatives to the primitive slash-and-burn method. It will be a thin line jeopardizing a farmer’s livelihood by telling him his farming method is jeopardizing the health of people 1,561km away. Lots need to be done on educating them on alternative farming methods, technology transfers and infrastructure funding before a sustainable solution can be achieved. From what we see of the attitude of the Indonesian government, I think it may take a while. A long while.

Meanwhile, for those in Singapore reading this, take care, drink lots of water and stay indoors! Just in case you need some music to entertain yourself, Bloomberg has come up with the perfect playlist ;)

The Haze Playlist:

  • “We Didn’t Start the Fire” – Billy Joel
  • “Leave me breathless” – The Corrs
  • “Harder to Breathe” – Maroon 5
  • “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke
  • “Purple Haze” – Jimi Hendrix
  • “Smoke on the Water” – Deep Purple
  • “Smoke gets in your eyes” – Jo Stafford
  • “The Fog” – Kate Bush
  • “A Foggy Day” – Fred Astaire
  • “Firestarter” – Prodigy
  • “Beds are Burning” – Midnight Oil
  • “Light my Fire” – The Doors