March 11, 2016

Remember how when you entered your first year of college you were so excited, but also scared, lost, and confused? And then when Year 2 rolled around you were a badass motherflounder with more friends, confidence, and worldly knowledge? Basically, turning 2 is always a big thing, because it marks a new milestone of having grown into a much more valuable entity who can play with the big boys now. Likewise, online shopping destination Lazada turns 2 this March, having come a long way from being just a homegrown e-commerce startup, to the massive mecca of online retail in Southeast Asia it’s become today. And how else does one celebrate such a momentous occasion? Why, with nothing less than a mega blowout Birthday Sale, of course! With just four days away, obviously our countdown has begun. Here’s a look at our top ten picks in The Lazada Birthday Sale, which – now that we think about it – actually could work as college essentials too (score! analogy full circle!) And don’t forget – everything listed here is pre-sale price.


#1: ELF Contouring Blush/Bronzing Powder, $7.80
#2: Clinique Eye Makeup Travel Set, $23.99

ELF Contouring Blush:Bronzing Powder    clinique-eye-makeup-travel-set-2064-8828862-1-zoom
Beauty products for your face, duh. College student or not, it’s always wise to have compact, conveniently-sized beauty essentials on hand, whether it’s a sick drugstore contouring kit, or your trusty high-end eyeliner-mascara duo.


#3: Banila Co Clean It Zero Makeup Remover Cream, $28
#4: Pobling Pore Sonic Cleanser White, $59

Banila Co Clean It Zero Make-Up Remover CreamPobling Pore Sonic Cleanser White
And how can we lust for makeup without thinking of the consequences of poor makeup removal? This time, ditch your usual oil/water-based removers and try some newfangled techniques instead – the sherbet-style remover cream is a wonderful organic invention from Korea that works its magic without a ton of cotton pads; or try a snazzy sonic cleanser for the latest in skincare technology.


#5: Fjallraven Kanken Mini Backpack (Frost Green-Peach Pink), $95
#6: Michael Michael Kors Selma Large Satchel (Pearl Grey), $295

Fjallraven Kanken Mini Backpack (664-319 Frost Green-Peach Pink) 

Nothing says ‘College Kid’ like a sturdy backpack, and fight it all you want, but Kankens are a chic but hardy style that’s here to stay. Fancy something a little fancier for your daily use? Definitely this classic Michael Kors satchel.


#7: Fossil Men’s FS4552 Machine Black Stainless Steel Chronograph Watch, $169
#8: Xiaomi Power Bank 10000mAh (Silver), $19.90

Fossil Men's FS4552 Machine Black Stainless Steel Chronograph Watch   Xiaomi Power Bank 10000mAh (Silver)
Who said essentials had to be ugly? Always be on top of your game (and your homework) with this beaut of a timepiece that goes with everything, we promise. And a trusty Xiaomi powerbank will ensure you’re never caught without a fully functional smartphone, no matter where your busy life takes you.


#9: Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Polaroid Camera (Grape), $89
#10: Harman Kardon Go+Play Wireless Portable iPod/iPhone Speaker Docking Station Black, $299

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And finally! The fun stuff! Personal entertainment never looked as good as a quirky grape-coloured Instax and a sexy, polished portable speaker.


The epic sale will take place from 15 to 18 March, and you can expect exciting Surprise Birthday Boxes ($22 each but filled with goodies worth over $80!) and a grand total of 48 flash sales. Wow. Thanks for a good first year, Lazada. Betcha 2’s gonna be even better.