Guess who’s on her way to South East Asia again? Yep, I’m off to live la vida digital nomad once more and yes, the term still makes me want to vom. D i g i t a l nomoooo-mad. Ugh! Still, I’m already sitting on a plane to Kuala Lumpur as I type.
Before I left, Clicks spoiled me with a gift card that I immediately blew on travel-related beauty goodies, the first being the most gorgeous pack of travel bottles for just TWENTY FIVE FREAKING RAND!
I LOVE that you get a sak within a sak. Also, it’s piiiink! And so cuuute! I’m going through a real ‘pink is life’ phase, right now. You might notice one of my little bottles is already full. I used it to decant some of the giaaaaant bottle of cleaning solution I was given after piercing my ears at Claire’s. You can read about that over here.
Speaking of minis – how adorable are Sorbet’s li’l bebbeh hair products? I picked up their volumizing sham and con (R45 each) plus a tiny dry shampoo (R45). I gave the latter a quick test drive and am pleased to report it’s very similar to my beloved Batiste.
Two more mooi minis? Oh So Heavenly Mum & Cherub Farm Fresh Happy Manes 2-in-1 conditioning bath wash & shampoo (R18,99) …
… and Cettua makeup cleansing wipes (R24,99) for the plane.
I also grabbed a bottle of Skinny Tan mousse, especially since finding self-tan is mission impossible in skin lightening-obsessed Asia. Same goes for anything related to blonde hair and tampons that won’t cost an arm and a leg. For real. We’re talking R80 for a box of 12! But, ja. I’m naturally corpse-coloured but like livin’ my best life in a bikini, so I’ve tried just about every single self-tan under the sun and Skinny Tan mousse is one of my ultimate, ULTIMATE faves. If you apply it with a mitt it absorbs lightning fast without a drop of sticky ick and doesn’t have even a hint of that gross, biscuity self-tan smell – even right at the end just before you wash it off! I’ve often slapped it on my arm in the morning then headed off to freelance office gigs and nobody’s been the wiser that I’m bronzing. I just “magically” start looking more tan-a-licious by lunch.
I also channelled my inner mermaid and bought some waterproof make-up! Ladies, if you go anywhere near South East Asia, you NEED a waterproof mascara. It’s not just a case of ‘oh, I’m going to be swimming a lot’. You WILL be caught in a tropical downpour. There WILL be times you sweat so freaking much that wearing ANY make-up, other than waterproof mascara, will be impossible. With a good one, at least your lashes will look fabulous while the rest of your face – SKIN INCLUDED – melts straight off when that cute Australian boy helps you drag your suitcase up the steps to the Bangkok sky train! (Okay, so maybe your skin won’t melt off. I was just being dramatic. But you get what I mean, right?)
As far as foundation goes, I don’t get a lot of opportunities to wear it over there, but on the odd not so humid night when you hit up da air-conditioned club via an Uber it’s a real nice to have. This and curiosity saw me pick up Essence’s new #InstaPerfect liquid make-up. I gave it a bash last week and really liked it. The coverage is sheer to medium yet feels very lightweight on your skin. It reminded me a lot of Garnier’s 24-hour BB cream for oily skin that I love, love, love. Let’s see how it holds up in the sweatbox that is the far east. Either way, I bought insurance in the form of Revolution Sport Fix Fixing Spray (R139,95).
Now, let’s get to the exciting bit! I’ve got a Clicks gift card worth R500 that could be yours if you get in it to win it. As always, entering is easy peasy. Just leave a comment below telling me what you’re going to blow your gift card on.
Later, I’ll open the comp up on Facebook and Instagram too, so keep an eye out, okay? It closes on 22 May 2019 at 5pm and is open to SA resident only.
Good luck meisies!