Anyway, seeing as I was there to go beaching and exploring on a scooter, I wanted to keep my essentials down to the bare minimum. I mean, what else is new? Haha, it's almost like the same stuff I bring to Baler except I brought makeup this time.
From left to right:
VMV Grandma Minnie's Do It Oil - pure VCO spiked with antibacterial monolaurin, I use this as a skin moisturizer when travelling and a tan enhancer. Also works as a skin soother for jellyfish stings and an insect repellent. Check out my VCO epiphany here.
Kiele Anti-Mosquito Baby Cologne - I got the limited edition 50ml purse size from SeektheUniq (set of 3), I use this when travelling to hot places because there's nothing more refreshing than the gentle scent of baby cologne. The scent reminds me of Denenes, actually.
VMV Armada Sport 70 - I've professed my love for this one for almost a decade. The best sunscreen out there, hands down.
Sani Bear Sanitizer - a gift from Becca of Cutieverse! A sunny sanitizer (get it?) that eliminates germs and odors -- a must when deodorizing public toilets, when eating in bus stops, and for your every day commute, too. Smells like crushed grapefruit.
Aloe Derma 99% Aloe Vera Gel - My back is severely sunburned post-scooter so this really helped relieve the pain and itch. The gel formulation means it's light enough even for city use.
While wearing makeup at the beach is a no-no, it helps to look decent anyways. Here are my top picks from left to right:
VMV Skintangible - a mineral-based sunscreen of SPF 30 with a light tint. Non-greasy and non-comedogenic. I usually buy the full-sized ones and just refill my purse-sized bottle (in photo).
Hurraw! Mint Lip Balm - my favorite 100% vegan lip balm! The tingly and cooling sensation helps soothe lips, and the sleek shape fits well into the teeniest of summer shorts.
L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder - A finely milled and lightweight face powder that nixes shine and oil.
Maybelline Touch of Spice ColorSensational Creamy Matte - a lot of friends have been egging me to try this and I finally succumbed -- it's such a flattering and tan-enhancing warm nude that comes off (depending on your skin tone) a little pinkish or coral on lips. It's like the mature older sister of my Honeymoon Glow.
Tip: Don't forget to bring a dry bag to keep everything pristine while sunbathing. Thanks, Nivea!
So stay tuned for my post on Tablas Island, coming up in a few winks!