Monday, 6 October 2008

Bangkok Shopping Haul…

I’m back!! Missed me?

It has been a rainy few days, I’ve been told…even as I’m writing this, it’s raining heavily outside! Let’s just say that my Bangkok trip was seriously WET. I kid you not – the whole time I was there, it was pretty much drizzling, or RAINING. The ironic part? The LAST day (which I couldn’t go anywhere because I had to get to the airport) was the day it decided to be HOT and SUNNY…*faint*…

Of course, that said I DID manage to pick up quite a few purchases along the way (nothing stops a determined girl from her shopping!) so this is just a taste of what’s to come…

First off is the Siam Square area – this place is fantastic to walk around as it’s fully enclosed with plenty of little back lanes to wander around. And imagine my surprise when I saw Etude House! This is new, since it wasn’t there when I was here last December. Everything in the store was on sale, but I didn’t buy anything since it’s a fair bit pricier than their local products (and last I heard, Malaysia now has Etude too!)

Thai cosmetic brands are not half bad, actually. Some of them include Tiffa and Missya, which are reasonably priced for the local market. However, one brand that caught my eye is Beauty Buffet, formerly known as Cosmeda which carries cosmetics and Scentio products.

These outlets are now popping up rapidly throughout Thailand, and getting good response – I loved the set up of the store and its displays, which probably explains the next photo…

Scentio Honey & Royal Jelly Face Pack and Milk Plus Skin Refining & Whitening Scrub. The Honey Face Pack seriously smells EXACTLY like honey, and looks good enough to eat, while the Milk Plus Scrub reminds me of Ginvera Marvel Gel (at a fraction of the cost!).

Paragon Siam was another must-go stop…and alas! I saw so many things there I wanted to get, but to no avail since they’re so overpriced. They have NARS!! And Smashbox too!! *sobs*

And pray tell, what trip to Bangkok would be complete without a trip to Boots?? Seriously, if ever go to Thailand, just stock up on Boots items. Most of the products in Boots UK are made in Thailand, and are seriously cheap here. I tell you, I was seriously going mad in the store, particularly since it was their birthday celebrations, and there were a lot of promotions going on. :)

Green Tea & Soybean Hand & Nail Cream (Buy 1 Get 1 Free for just THB100!), Healthy Skin Hand Gel (huge tube for just THB29), Inecto Pure Citrus Shine Boost Hair Serum.

Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Anti-Blemish Gel (THB138) and 17 Duo Eye Shadow Glamour (I just had to try this since it was THB99!) And that’s not the best part either…

Since I managed to spend more than THB2,000 on Boots products, they gave me a whole gift set, nicely packed in an Oriental Floral Toiletry Bag…very pink, but the contents were great! It came with a wooden massager, eye mask, Mimosa body wash (250ml), Mimosa body cream (50ml), Yuzu bath essence (100ml) and Yuzu hand cream (50ml). Score!!

Watsons is not as popular in Bangkok, but nevertheless, I picked up this Sweet Princess Lip Balm on a whim just because it was Buy 1 Get 1 Free, and it smelled and tasted just like Coca Cola….ooo…and at THB89, the tin was just too cute…haha…

I picked up these lovely leather shoes at a side lane for THB800…they’re just so soft and comfy!! (maybe I shouldn’t mention I bought two pairs of the same design in different colours…*cough*...LOL!)

The thing I love about flying to Bangkok is Suvarnabhumi airport. Since Bangkok does not have a low-cost terminal like our KLIA-LCCT, we have full access to their duty free shopping…I heart!! Being a bargain hunter, I had a whole price list of items to compare. A lot of the imported brands were pricier than even Malaysia, but amongst all the products, I managed to pick out two…

Dior Addict II (I’ve only been able to find the 100ml size in Bangkok, and it’s so much more cost-friendly!) and a Clinique Moisture Surge Travel set.

The Clinique set was a particularly fantastic discovery, since Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extra Thirsty Skin Relief (75ml) was already retailing at THB1870 (approx. RM190). For the exact same price, I got the Moisture Surge, PLUS the Moisture Surge Extra Refreshing Eye Gel (15ml) and Face Spray (30ml).

Last but not least, this is not related to the rest of the items above, but how come we don’t have these cute giveaway thingies here!? Then again, if they did…I’d probably be seriously broke all the time…


Hope you all had a brilliant weekend too! :)

17 Comments:

At 4:29 pm, October 06, 2008 , Anonymous parisb said...

Awesome hauls! I hear the Etude House in Thailand is more expensive than here so you did good not buying any ;) I wasn't as good - I bought Etude here! haha... Now, tell me how long the Boots sale is on for? I'll be in Bkk on the 18th! :D

 
At 7:44 pm, October 06, 2008 , Blogger Stephanie / Yukaeshi said...

Etude House IS in Malaysia- Sunway Pyramid old wing, top floor, opposite Extreme ;) Blogged about it when it just opened.

 
At 10:37 pm, October 06, 2008 , Anonymous rinnah said...

Am living vicariously thru your purchases. Heh. =)

 
At 10:55 pm, October 06, 2008 , Blogger Connie said...

I love the setups of the stores! so adorable! looks like a candy shop. keh keh. The coca cola lip balm looks awesome! now I'm itching to go to bangkok. lol. didn't think that it was such a great cosmetic shopping getaway.

 
At 3:19 am, October 07, 2008 , Anonymous fashionasia said...

aiyoo...so envy!! i wont be able to travel for perhaps another couple of yrs till my baby grow up i suppose...le sigh...
btw ADORE the shoe!!!!!looks so comfy.

 
At 6:30 am, October 07, 2008 , Anonymous MisSmall said...

Aww, how cute is that little makeup store! It looks like a small Japanese grocery store. And yes, those flats do look super comfy. :D

 
At 2:30 pm, October 07, 2008 , Blogger Askmewhats said...

welcome back! how'd you like Thailand??? That Etude House looks so cute!!!! I love all your hauls and I know what you mean about expensive branded cosmetics! But you still managed to haul!

 
At 2:56 pm, October 07, 2008 , Blogger beetrice said...

parisb: finally going eh? I'll have to check the date for you when I get back tonite - will let you know k?

stephanie/yukaeshi: thanks for the information! I'll have to check it out one of these days..

rinnah: hehe...feel free to - I'm living vicariously through you and your sales too! :)

connie: oh you simply have to go one of these days..the food's fantastic too!

fashionasia: aww...never fear, chatuchak market will always be there waiting for you. :)

missmall: yeah it does, doesn't it? btw, the shoes are actually 2.5" heels, but still super comfy!

askmewhats: no kidding manz...the US brands there are killer! but there's plenty to be gotten at the small lil shops along the side streets if you know where to look - shopping trip, anyone? ;)

 
At 6:39 pm, October 07, 2008 , Blogger daphne said...

oh my oh my oh myyy!!!! i'm so going to bkk this yr for a major shopping trip with my colleague then! i love shopping for makeup and cheap deals! heh!

 
At 6:17 pm, October 08, 2008 , Blogger beetrice said...

daphne: hehe...make sure to try all the yummy food as well k! :)

parisb: PB, sorry..can't remember when the sale ends - I don't think it'll last till the 18th, but don't worry...Boots always has some promotion going on! :)

 
At 3:31 pm, October 11, 2008 , Anonymous geekchic said...

Ahehehe, Dior Addict 2 is one of my favourite scents too. But I do remember one of the dudes at work used to say it's too sexy for work. Of course being me, I don't really give a shit :) I got a 100ml bottle too, from believe it or not, the teensy little Bayan Lepas airport! Came with a little bag and also a body lotion. LOVE!

Great job with the shopping! My next holiday will be ahem.. Tassie. I'd been warned by EVERYONE that there's no shopping to be done there. Boo hoo :P

 
At 2:41 pm, October 13, 2008 , Blogger beetrice said...

geekchic: hello!! "too sexy for work"?? nevermind, I don't give a damn either..hehe..Bayan Lepas has it?! How much?!?

Taz eh..hmm..better bring along a good book! :D

 
At 9:55 am, October 14, 2008 , Blogger Tine said...

Wahhhh reminds me of that haul we did back when we went to BKK together. Great job! :)

PS: I miss Boots :(

 
At 2:19 pm, June 09, 2009 , Anonymous Kim said...

hey. was nars and smashbox very overpriced in bangkok? i'm going there soon, thinking if i should make a trip down to paragon siam to take a look.

great haul btw! any other places to recommend for shopping at bangkok?

 
At 3:59 pm, June 09, 2009 , Blogger beetrice said...

kim: hey kim, NARS and Smashbox are quite overpriced, but sometimes if there are no other ways of getting your hands on it...LOL...

as for other shopping, the optiosn are endless - Pratunam area, Mahboonkrong (MBK), Chatuchak market (only open on weekends)..alternatively, let yourself wander...you never know what you can find! :) have fun!!

 
At 11:43 am, January 05, 2010 , Anonymous gina said...

Hi beetrice (Don't mond me calling you that?)

Can I know if you still remember how much Dior Addict II cost? (: I'm looking out for this perfume too, cos i really smells rather sexy :P

 
At 12:06 pm, January 05, 2010 , Blogger beetrice said...

hey gina, of course I don't mind.. :) Dior Addict II cost THB3150 for a 100ml bottle at BKK's dutyfree - up a bit from last year. I ended up getting two bottles during my recent trip! :p

 

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