Batik Nose Strips

Batik Nose Strips

These are just nose strips (wet, stick, wait and peel to remove blackheads) but I bought them in Bali because they are decorated with 2 different Indonesian batik patterns. I love this – no-one looks their best whilst wandering around the house wearing one of these, so why not jazz them up with some regionally appropriate design?

No-one said souvenirs from Bali have to be touristy knickknacks…

Irresistible Burgers?

It was only a short hop flight – less than 3 hours from Denpasar to Singapore, otherwise I might have been seriously tempted. Airline food seems to be getting worse and worse these days, even on the nicer carriers. On budget airlines where it needs to be paid for, there are stern warnings not to bring your own snacks on board, which can leave you not just hungry but deeply annoyed.

So full marks to the airport branch of the Hard Rock Café in Bali, which has this hilarious signboard to tempt you in. Even if you don’t like burgers, you have to agree that this one looks way more appetising than anything you will be given on the plane. Not to mention the comfort of eating off proper plates at a roomy table rather than struggling with all those tubs and packets on the fold down tray in your economy class seat.

And it has to be working… the place was packed!


Breast Mud

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‘Discover the secrets of Balinese beauty’, claims the box, with delightful artwork including some very suggestively shaped hills. ‘The mud mask is made from mud which has a strong tightening, straining and shaping effect…’

Look more closely and you will discover that the mud is actually from the Dead Sea, and there is no suggestion that the coconut extract and various other herbal ingredients in there come from Bali itself or even anywhere else in Indonesia.

But I was on the loose in Jakarta looking for shopping entertainment, and this seemed like a good idea at the time.

Fast forward to the point when I decided to try this out. For a start, having experienced a DIY all-over mud mask at the Dead Sea for real, I can tell you that this bears no resemblance. It smells a lot better, but otherwise there is simply no comparison.

This could better be described as Dead Sea sand, because it is pinkish and gritty, not to mention impossible to mix into any useful consistency. I tried for ages, adding water as instructed, adding more product in the hope of producing ‘mud’ which could easily be applied. But all I got was either wet sand, or sand at the bottom of a bowl of water.

It really did not stick as expected, with grit ending up everywhere – I tried this in the bath and ended up showering several times afterwards then still finding bits the next day. On the other hand, it did function fairly well in the way of an exfoliating salt scrub, and my skin did end up feeling silky smooth.

There is enough in the pack for several applications, but there was so much mess in my bathroom I do not expect I will be using this product again.