My Travel Essentials

It’s been a hectic 2019 and I cannot believe we are closing in on July. The team and I have been averaging 2 to 3 trips a month and sometimes we feel like we’re living out of suitcases (my home is now a place where I do laundry). With little time to do any physical shopping, I’ve been relying on newfound beauty products I’ve been trying during my beauty press trips. In this article, I am working with UOB Cards to take you through the newest in the beauty scene, and other travel essentials I’ve scored both online and in-stores. You can make use of some very useful UOB Cards GSS deals if any of these items catch your fancy.

BEAUTY

Fresh

The Rose series from American beauty brand Fresh has always been about hydration. Take a moment to relax and unwind as their rose-infused products take you through a sensorial experience: Indulge in the smell of actual rose petals in their Deep Hydration Facial Toner, or enjoy the smooth hydrating texture of their Rose Sleeping Mask. I was in Morocco recently for the launch of the sleeping mask, a 2-step mask that offers an overnight hydration recovery, good for when your skin gets dry from travelling around. My skin woke up hydrated and refreshed every morning!

Free 3-pc Fresh Favorites set (worth S$36) with min. S$160 spend at all Fresh stores (ION Orchard, JEM, Raffles City, Takashimaya), only with your UOB Card. Valid till 31 Jul 2019, or while stocks last.

 

Clarins

Another 2019 press trip favourite – the Clarins V Shaping Facial Lift serum. Formulated with Agropyron – a plant known for fighting soil erosion – the serum helps to reduce puffiness and water retention due to stress, travelling in the air, and a salty diet.

My other Clarins favourites, which are my also part of my daily skincare routine: the Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser (which I use during the night time), and the Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris (use day and night).

Checkout with your UOB Card and get 10% off with min. $100 spend online at www.clarins.com.sg. Promo code: UOB10CLARINS. Valid till 31 Jul 2019.

 

Sephora

We all know how essential Sephora is to our lives. If you’re looking for a new foundation, try Bobbi Brown’s Intensive Skin Serum foundation – it’s makeup and skincare (see: Cordyceps and artemia to help skin cells replenish their natural energy) all rolled into one product, which is why it is one of my top foundations to use. We also travelled to New York City for Bobbi Brown earlier in April to learn more about the brand, how it formulates their foundations, and meet their brand ambassador Elizabeth Olsen!

I had to pack the Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette for my Moroccan adventure – we visited a Rose Farm to learn how Fresh harvests rose petals for their products, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to wear pink-hued eyeshadow tones. Dress to match your location y’all.

Receive an $8 return voucher with a minimum spend of S$120 at all SEPHORA stores. Valid till 14 Jul 2019, or while stocks last.

Other beauty brands you can enjoy deals on with your UOB Cards:

  • Sulwhasoo: 10% off with min $500 spend. Valid till 31 Jul 2019.
  • belif: $20 off with min $100 spend. Valid till 31 Jul 2019.
  • Jurlique: 15% off with min $100 spend. Receive a Jurlique signature facial treatment voucher (worth $180) with every $150 spend. Valid till 31 Jul 2019.

 

LIFESTYLE

IUIGA

I first came to know of IUIGA because the 100Plus team and I were looking for stylish transparent luggage for our #100PlusxDreaChong tumbler press kits. We had little faith in finding one but turns out IUIGA saved the day – in fact, their luggage comes from the same manufacturers as Samsonite! Stephanie and I brought the IUIGA Aluminium Magnesium Luggage to Seoul recently (watch the video here) – we went to Seoul with only half the luggage filled and came up with no space to spare thanks to all the shopping we did. Point is, we could fit all our shopping in this luggage.

Earn 4X IUIGA points per S$1 spend site-wide www.iuiga.com/gss19 with your UOB Card. Valid till 29 Jul 2019.

 

Qoo10

Staying with me in a hotel room can be quite stressful. I expect all things to be neat and organised: all clothes to be hung up in the closet, all shoes to be displayed in a row either in the closet or by the door, bathmats to be straightened out after every shower, etc. I know, I’m a tyrant. This need for organisation also translates to my luggage inevitably. My intimates are packed in a bag, clothes are packed according to type (i.e. Tops, Bottoms, Dresses), and accessories will have a bag of their own too. So when Stephanie found this set of 7 laundry pouches for $14 on qoo10 for us to try out in Seoul, I was sold.

Receive S$10 off with min. S$80 spend on www.qoo10.sg. Promo code: UOB10. Valid from 1 to 30 Jun 2019, or while stocks last. Limited to the first 1,000 redemptions. Capped at 1 redemption per customer.

Other lifestyle brands you can enjoy deals on with your UOB Cards:

  • Muji: 10% off with min. S$100 spend. Valid till 30 Jun 2019.
  • BooksActually: 20% off site-wide, promo code: UOBGSS. Valid till 31 Jul 2019.
  • ToTT Store: 10% off regular-priced items. Valid till 28 Jul 2019.

 

FASHION

By Invite Only

Fun fact: I used to share an office space with By Invite Only. I know much care and attention they place on crafting their jewellery because I’ve seen it first hand. Their designs are also a regular in my accessories bag whenever I pack for travels.

Receive 15% off with no minimum spend. Promo code: UOB ‹first 6 digits of UOB cardnumber›. Or 20% off with minimum S$150 spend only at https://www.byinviteonly.info. Also for in-store purchases at Wisma Atria #01-43. Valid till 31 Jul 2019

 

Style Theory

Style Theory is the perfect place to go to if you 1) are trying to spend less on clothes 2) be eco-conscious when it comes to your fashion choices and 3) want to reduce spending on clothes which you will only wear on certain trips or occasions. Rent 3 items at any one time (unlimited times in a month) for just $129/ month and Style Theory covers delivery, pick up and dry cleaning. All you need to do is go to Style Theory’s UOB promotion page, select your favourite pieces and press “Deliver!”

Now take $30 off monthly when you pay with your UOB Card. S$99 per month (U.P. S$129) for the first 3 months of your subscription. Pause or cancel anytime. Valid till 31 Jul 2019.

Other fashion brands you can enjoy deals on with your UOB Cards:

  • ZALORA: 30% off site-wide <Promo code: UOBNEW30> (new users only) | 25% off with min. S$120 spend <Promo code: UOB25FESTIVAL>. Valid till 30 Jun 2019 | 20% off with min. S$120 spend. <Promo code: UOB20STYLE>. Valid till 31 Jul 2019
  • All Would Envy: 15% off site-wide. Promo code: AWEUOBGSS<first 6 digits of UOB cardnumber>. Valid till 31 Jul 2019.
  • SocietyA: Add. 5% off site-wide <Promo code: SOCIETYAUOB>  | 20% off with min. S$300 spend <Promo code: GSSUOB>. Valid till 30 Jun 2019.

 

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Now that you’re equipped with all the codes and special deals, it’s time to pack smart and stylishly for your next holiday!

Love,
Drea

Andrea Chong

I'm Andrea but you can call me Drea, I started this website with the intention of sharing my love for fashion, beauty and travel with all of you! There is more to this site, we have lifestyle-driven articles, some on wellness, fitness, tech, and decor, so go explore around! P.S. Some fun-facts about me: I can always be constantly seen cleaning, and I have too many scented candles for my own good.

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