When I was in Malaysia over the holidays, shopping was a frequent activity, if not only to shield away from the deeply humid weather outside. And when you're in a country where mentally converting prices to Australian dollars involve dividing the price tag by three, you've got to seize the day! Carpe diem I say! ;) (And yet I'm supposed to be saving up for my European holiday...)
Well, what's been done can't be undone (and I can't say I regret much). Along with clothes (is it just me that is perpetually out of university wear?) I managed to procure a couple of skincare and makeup products too. I indulged on several occasions at Watson's (a pharmacy similar to Priceline here in Australia) where there are aisles of liquids, creams and powders in every direction (and don't get me started on the walls of face sheet masks...)
|Face masks galore...|
Face sheet masks are all of the rage in Asia so I took advantage of the massive variety available and bought a few to try out. Unfortunately, many brands don't have any English text on the packaging so I erred on the side of caution and bought ones that did. The 10 pack of My Beauty Diary Black Pearl facial masks cost me slightly over $10.00 AUD and upon the recommendation of one of my Malaysian friends, I grab hold of a few Naruko branded ones too (I've used two of these so far and they're great)! On one occasion at the mall, the sales assistant at the epitome-of-cute Etude House stall told me they were currently having an offer where if you bought three products or more, you could get all your purchases for half price. So with that, I couldn't go past picking up an Etude House Honey Wash-Off Pack - four individual tubs of a honey-like face mask. Adorable!
I was very restrained with my purchases from Sasa, a popular cosmetics and skincare chain located all over Asia. My picks were a konjac sponge and a Caudalie lip balm and hand cream set on sale for only $6.00 AUD. Other skincare essentials I acquired from Watson's were a Biore UV Perfect Face Milk SPF 50+ Sunscreen (love it so much I had to buy a back up), a Himalaya Herbals Neem Face Pack (can you tell I'm really into face masks at the moment?), the hyped-up Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Lotion and Nexcare 3M Acne Patches, a quirky purchase I haven't had to use yet thanks to my well-loved La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo.
In Malaysia, there are so many different brands of makeup at the drugstore. I've heard many good things about the Asian brand Za, so I purchased the Za Total Hydration BB Cream (Tina has a particularly convincing review here) and their Perfect Fit Concealer in Shade 02. When I came across the L'Oreal Paris Shine Caresse Lip Stains, it was before their release in Australia, so I decided to bring two home with me in the shades Lolita and Bella for rather cheap. I've also had my eye on MAC's Mineralise Blush in Warm Soul for the longest time, so I'm glad I can cross this one off the list - it's gorgeous! Oh, and I can't forget the other two Etude House products I picked up on offer - an ultra dark red Dear Darling Tint and their popular Proof 10 Eye Primer.
Such a lengthy post, but I hope some of y'all enjoyed seeing some of the products I bought my on travels. :) Also, in case you haven't heard the news yet, it's rumoured that Google Friend Connect will become obsolete in the coming months with the retirement of Google Reader. I'm sad to see it go because that's how I normally catch up on blogs, but recently I've switched over to Bloglovin' which handily enough has an import function! If you'd like to keep up to date with my posts, I reckon Bloglovin' is the way to go!