I recently returned from a family holiday in Phuket, Thailand. Between the 7 of us we managed to do a whole lot of shopping but today I thought I'd show you some of the beauty products I picked up over there. I'll split the haul into 2 parts (makeup first, and the skincare & nails later) otherwise this post will go on forever.
I found Thailand to be quite similar to Bali in that there were lots of markets selling knock-off perfumes as well as cosmetics like MAC & Urban Decay. I have no interest in buying fake cosmetics as it's the quality that attracts me to a product not a brand name. Because of that, all the cosmetics I purchased were at legitimate cosmetic counters or pharmacy's.
Let's get on with it....
|Beauty Haul - Boxed|
|Beauty Haul - Unboxed|
I was pretty damn excited when I stumbled upon the NARS counter in the Central Festival Shopping Mall. The girls/guys behind the counter didn't speak much English and were happy to give me some brushes and let me test out lots of different things. I picked up the Sheer Glow Foundation in Gobi and the Orgasm Blush which are probably their 2 most raved about products. The foundation cost around $55 and the Blush around $37 so a bit cheaper than Australian prices ($68 and $45 here).
Loreal, Maybelline & Revlon
Loreal, Maybelline and Revlon were all a lot cheaper than Australia so I picked up quite a few things from these brands. I really wanted to pick up my holy grail foundation Nutri-Gold but none of the stores stocked the range. I snapped up the True Match & Lucent Magique Foundations to try out as well as the Mat Magique Powder Foundation which I hadn't seen before (All around $10-$15 each). The Super Liner Waterproof Gel Eyeliner fell into my basket as well as a Glam Shine Balm Gloss in Pomegranate Punch... another one I hadn't seen in Australia.
The Maybelline Hyper Glossy Black Liquid Eyeliner was super cheap (around $3) and I got another two colours of the Revlon Matte Balms as they were only $7-$8 each.
Kate by Kanebo
I hadn't heard of this Japanese brand before but I swatched a few things and it seemed pretty good. I got a BB Cream Gel which I'm already really impressed with and a black felt tip eyeliner. The eyeliner was around $7 and the BB Cream about $15.
There was a MAC counter in the Central Festival Mall but the prices were exactly the same as Australia so I waited until we went through Kuala Lumpur Duty Free on the way home. I picked up the Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Light Plus ($39) as I had read some really good reviews on it. I also picked up my first Paint Pot in Vintage Selection ($24)
Soap & Glory
I picked up mostly body products from Soap & Glory as they were in most pharmacy's in Phuket but I thought I'd give this Under Eye Concealer a go.
Tips for anyone travelling to Phuket:
If you're looking for cosmetics Central Festival Mall (in Phuket Town) is miles better than Jungceylon Mall (at Patong).
Check your prices (I used the xe app on my phone constantly to convert prices) as some things I checked the price on (Estee Lauder Foundation I'm looking at you) were actually more expensive there than in Australia.
Never buy cosmetics from the markets - they will always always always be fakes and God only knows what they're made from or where they've been.
Because some brands were so much cheaper over there I found it really hard to contain my purchases but I really did try to limit the products I bought to good quality things that I knew I would really use. Please do let me know if you'd like to see any particular product reviewed.
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