Summer / Travel Essentials: Beauty

Summer / Travel Essentials: Beauty
1. Forever Yummy and No Chips Ahead from Essie. | 2. All About Eyes from Clinique. | 3. Lip Balm #1 from Kiehls. | 4. Sunscreen and After Sun Lotion from Garnier. | 5. Pink Grapefruit Body Mist and Shower Gel from The Body Shop. | 6. Tiger Balm.
Here some info on why I picked these products:Essie Nail polishes have been much hyped and after careful consideration (should I really spend 10€ on a little bottle of nail polish?) I finally caved. I picked up Vanity Fairest and Forever Yummy and was quite positively surprised. Yes, these nail polishes are worth the hype. However, you should also think about investing in some Top Coat. As I wasn’t very happy with the one I had, I bought the “No Chips Ahead” Top Coat from Essie and that as well was worth every cent I spent on it. The manicure lasted longer than any other I had before!.
All About Eyes from Clinique is an eye cream that really soothes the lids. It makes the skin soft and smooth and I’m really considering buying the full sized version once I’m done with my sample.
Let’s talk a bit about this Lip Balm from Kiehls. This is another product that was hyped so much, and again I was asking myself: 8€ for a lipbalm? What is so special about this lip balm that it warrants a price like this? Again I was more than positively surprised by this product. It didn’t only feel good on my lips for a short time, no, it actually cared for my lips more than just on the surface. For the first time in months my lips were smooth and healthy looking. This will come in even more healthy next winter.
Sunscreen and After Sun are pretty self explanatory, though I picked Garnier as a brand because I really like the smell (especially of the sunscreen for kids!). The After Sun has a very cooling and calming affect on my skin and also moisturizes it pretty well.
Pink Grapefruit Body Mist and Shower Gel. Ladies and Gentleman, I’m so in love with this product, it’s insane. I just love the scent so much. The Body Mist has a very subtle and pleasant note, which is perfect for me. I tend to get headaches from perfumes really fast, but this has been a very good friend to me so far. The scent is the perfect mixture between fresh, fruity and sweet and I’m actually thinking about getting the actual perfume as wel.
Tiger Balm comes in super, super handy when you get bitten by mosquitoes. Just apply a small bit on the bite and it will start to heat up, making the itch all but disappear. I’m always carrying one jar with me in summers!


Thailand 2010.

The best five weeks of my life.

/Drive to the orphanage.
/Talking to the kids after a fun English lesson.
/Evenings at the bar across the street.
/More teaching.
/Kids at the orphanage LOVED recording with my camera.
/Painting a classroom.

/At the local pool.
/Playtime with the kids at the orphanage.
/What do you do when the taxi you ordered doesn’t show up and it’s 2am? Right, you pile onto the pick up truck of the owner of the nightclub- even if there’s no way 17 people can really fit. And then? Then you start singing silly children’s songs. It’s moments like this – stupid and utterly reckless, when you feel most alive.
/Saying goodbye to friends was always hard.
/New adventures: on the way to Koh Samet!
/The bar where we spent most nights.

I was 18 when I left and I was hesitant at first but those five weeks soon turned out to be the best of my life. I’ve met people from all over the world and we became fast friends. We spent weekends away traveling the country, hiking up to waterfalls or partying to the early morning hours in Bangkok. We taught at orphanages and schools, ate fish flavoured ice cream and cooked pad-thai. We all had the time of our lives.