Happy Easter to those who celebrate this day! I’m writing this at a Costa in Bangkok, which didn’t exist three years ago before I left to Sweden. A lot of new foreign brands and shops had come to Thailand while I was gone, for instance Sephora, Bourjois, Illamasqua, and such. While that is exciting, I wish there were more cool Thai brands out there too, but that’s for another post.
After I arrived, I’ve been purchasing some necessities and also met up with my best friend to catch up. She is so kind and brought me some gifts from Australia where she is currently studying. So this post will be my first impressions on what I bought in Bangkok and what she gave me.
As I’ve just arrived, I’m not really fussy and just got my stuff from drugstores and supermarkets.
Hair conditioner: Essential Damage-Care Nuance Airy Conditioner
I might have bought this because of the pink packaging, but also because it promises to improve damaged and tangled hair. My hair was super long and always get tangled. This is a silicony conditioner that has a nice smell.
Shower gel: Original Source Lemon and Tea Tree Shower
I saw this at Boots and recognized some UK beauty bloggers mentioned they liked it. In a summer Bangkok weather, a shower gel with a citrus scent is a must. This one is just a standard shower gel but the scent really invigorates and makes me feel refreshed after a day under a hot sun.
Sunscreen: Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Mousse Water Base SPF 50+
Whilst waiting for my BFF at a mall, I realized I forgot to pack my sunscreen with me. I decided to drop by a supermarket and got the a new one that I can always keep in my bag. I decided to go for this one because it’s very portable and I used an older version of it couple of years ago. Now they have improved it to have SPF 50+ and PA++++ (that’s four pluses!). The texture is very light but not as moussey as the one I tried before.
Makeup remover: Nivea Make Up Clear Cleansing Water
The Biore sunscreen said to remove it with a make up remover, so I decided to go for a micellar water. Many UK beauty bloggers promoted the Nivea Sensitive 3In1 Micellar Cleansing Water, and I figure this might be a similar product. It is made in Germany and the ingredients are pretty much the same to the European version but they shuffled the orders a little bit. So far I think this could be as good as the Bioderma but I have yet to try with waterproof mascara so I can’t say too much about it.
Souvenirs from Australia
Here are the products my best friend got me from Australia. I’m very excited because it is difficult to get hold of them in Thailand.
Hand cream: Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
Every beauty blogger seems to own this and I’ve wanted one myself since I was in Sweden but just couldn’t justify the price. The 75 ml tube (which is the smallest size) is a big too big to fit some purse but it smells very nice and absorbs relatively quickly.
Multipurpose balm: Healthy Care All Natural Paw Paw Balm
It is a more natural version of the famous Lucas Papaw ointment as it doesn’t contain petrolatum. This is my first time trying a paw paw product and I like the papaya smell of it. I think this is a great alternative for those who like Vaseline texture but doesn’t like the idea of it being made from crude oil by products.
I hope this post will give you some ideas of what some of products you can find from drugstores and supermarkets in Bangkok. And also, what you can get for your friends from Australia. I will of course, report back on how the products work for me. Right now there’s a lot of construction noises going on, so I’ll stop this post and go explore Sephora instead 😉
Are there any products you want to try that aren’t available in your country?