Apologies for the long delay in getting this final part of the Thailand series posted guys…life (aka my Masters and work!) got in the way, but finally managed to get it finished! I wanted to mention a bit about the kind of things I wore, and of course, our favourite topic – make-up, to give you some useful tips for your own sun holiday! Plus, give you a fantastic discount code for a stunning clothing brand I stumbled across, with amazing bits and pieces!
So, stating the obvious…Thailand is HOT! The temperature while we were there was around 32-34 degrees during the day and 27-30 degrees at night, so it took a few days to acclimatise. It’s a very laid back place in terms of fashion and beauty, so it wasn’t really the place for your sequin bodycon dress and a full face of slap! I’ll go through some of the clothes I brought and make-up looks I wore below…
Thailand is really casual, and also quite humid and sticky, so with me being a) pretty casual anyway and b) lazy, I embraced the vibe wholeheartedly! I pretty much lived in a bikini during the day, and brought 5 different styles with me (impressive considering how embarrassingly extensive my bikini collection is!). I personally prefer ones where the straps can be removed to avoid getting the inevitable marks, but that I still have the option of straps for watersports and the likes (where my top will be around my ankles in the blink of an eye otherwise)! I got mine from Penneys, River Island and New Look (sorry about the lousy picture), but over there, shops have loads of the colour block and Aztec styles that are on trend at the moment, so you’ll pick a few cheap ones up there if needs be.
Other than that, comfy shorts and dresses, crop tops and playsuits were the order of the day. For New Years, I went a bit dressier (bearing in mind that we were partying on the beach), and wore a white lace Missguided playsuit that I got months ago (I think it’s nearly sold out) with flip flops with a red lip.
Other than that, it was very casual most nights, to keep cool and comfy!
Before I went, I picked up a few bits from LJC Designs on Etsy (my Etsy obsession is almost as out of control as my eBay obsession), which I came across randomly one day while looking for tassel necklaces. I instantly fell in love with the brand – check it out and you’ll understand why! It’s a Bali-based label, whose signature designs are jam-packed with pompoms, tassels, tribal and exotic floral prints, and pops of neon, to create stunning, unique and bang-on-trend pieces that are surprisingly affordable! I love the idea behind the beachy brand – handmade pieces made with beautiful, bright and tropical prints and in fashionable and flattering styles. The idea of having something authentic, that not everyone would be picking up on the highstreet but was still really cool, appealed to me. Typically, I wanted everything (I defy you not to fall head over heels for this leopard clutch with a coloured tassel), but settled on the pompom shorts in the Aqua and Lime Paisley print and the playsuit in the Aqua Blossom print. They arrived quickly, and I have to say, the quality is amazing. I pretty much lived in them for the holiday, particularly with all the travelling we did between islands, they were so comfy, light and easy to wear.
Lucy of LJC designs was very kind when I contacted her for more information on the brand, and offered us a discount code for our lovely readers! Enter LJCDUPEDIARIES at checkout for 10% off (minimum order of $20 applies).
Hair and Make-up
The heat paired with the casual vibe and my inherent laziness meant that I took full advantage in the beauty department and went low maintenance!
My hair was either air-dried with some Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion (Boots, €14.50) into beachy waves with the fresh flowers they left in all hotel rooms pinned in to be fancy, or in a messy bun on top of my head. I think I blowdried my hair once the whole time we were there! Saying that, I did try to take good care of my hair while I was there, and used an Alfaparf spray during the day, as well as a hair mask that my hairdresser Kelley gave me (I usually lashed it in after a quick shower when we came home from a night out and left it in overnight, or put it in while we were chilling by the pool and left it in a few hours). I also brought my Bleach London Silver Shampoo (Boots, €8.49) as I find that the sun can make my hair go brassy, and I love using this at home anyway to keep my blonde looking clean. Besides from that, I wore a cap a lot (as you can see below…I’m uber fashionable…NOT) to keep the sun off my head which burns like a b***h!
When it comes to holiday make-up, I like to lay off anything too heavy and keep it to a minimum. During the day, in the heat, make-up was a no-go for me so it was just La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Anti-Shine Dry Touch SPF50+ (Boots, €20) on my skin, and I had THE BEST lash extensions applied before I went by Pamela in The Beauty Parlour in Terenure. Amazingly, they lasted pretty perfectly for 4 weeks, despite all the abuse with greasy suncream, sweat, chlorine, sea etc. – by far the best set I’ve ever had! They’re covered up by my ever-present sunnies below, but in the nighttime looks, you can see them!
By night, my fail-safe routine was:
Face: Forever Aloe BB Crème in Nude (€39.06, Forever Living), mixed with Seventeen Instant Glow Skin Wow Tan (Boots, €8.49) – for me, this is a liquid highlighter you MUST own! It gave my skin the most gorgeous bronzed glowy look, which I am obsessed with on holiday, and I’ve continued to mix it with my foundation at home too. A little Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (Debenhams, €22) under my eyes and my usual Make Up Forever HD Powder (Make Up Forever, €33.50) to set it all. MAC Margin (Brown Thomas, €24) was my blusher of choice, and I then patted the Seventeen Instant Glow over my cheekbones, down my nose, under brows and on my cupid’s bow, followed by Mary Lou Manizer or Betty Lou Manizer from The Manizer Sisters Palette (Cloud10, €28) to get my serious glow on.
Eyes: I don’t usually bother with eyeshadow in warm weather, so a slick of Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Liner (Boots, €7.49), which dries quickly and doesn’t budge in the heat like a gel can, was all it took! My lash extensions were super handy and made my make-up SO much easier.
Lips: I wore a lot of bright shades, like NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Prague (Boots, €7.75), Wet ‘n’ Wild in Coraline (Penneys and selected pharmacies, €2.99) and Kiko Velvet Matte Satin Lipstick in 605 (Orange Red) (Kiko, €6.90). I occasionally wore a nude lip, but I find you can get away with very pared back make-up and still look very polished and done with a bright lip, so I clung to that notion!