On the last day of the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (Mishref Fair Grounds during October-November 2016) I came across the Bioderma booth. I hate Bioderma Micellar Water (story below) but I figure it’s been 5 years since my horrible experience, so why not let bygones be bygones? They had several good deals on a lot of their stuff. I’ve always loved a good facial mist (my first was from Evian back in 2000) so the Hydrabio Moisturizing anti-UV Water Mist caught my attention straight away. I mean… it hydrates your skin, protects your skin from UV rays, feels refreshing (a must in Kuwait) and sets your makeup! Basically, this stuff is perfect for summer! They were having some sort of deal where if you bought 2 cans you’d get a discount as opposed to buying just 1 can and paying full price for it. They kept trying to push products on me but I straight up told them that I absolutely hate Bioderma and was only willing to mend fences just recently (literally when I laied eyes on the Hydrabio Mist lawl). I figure since I was going to be stuck in line waiting to pay for my purchase anyway, might as well get something else from the brand. It was a spur of the moment thing, but I snagged a pack of Sensibio H2O Wipes because I like cleansing wipes, in general. It didn’t even occur to me (until I got back home) that these were red… and the Bioderma Micellar Water (that I’d used in the past) was red… so they were from the same line (red packaging)… and these wipes were soaked in that very same useless Micellar Water that I’d had a horrible experience with in the past. At the very least, they tossed in a whole bunch of samples (since it was the last day of Beautycon … or at least the Kuwaiti version of it), which is always fun! Here’s hoping it all works out… I’m going to be “cautiously optimistic”!
I’ve only ever heard horrible things about Charmel in Kuwait; things like they are shady, sell expired products, sell knock-offs as the real thing to unsuspecting buyers, etc… Supposedly, this one girl got a nasty eye infection after purchasing DUO Lash Adhesive from Charmel and that’s only one of the many, many horror stories circulating about the Kuwaiti Branches of Charmel. Personally, I try to stay as far away as possible from any brand that seems remotely Arabic, just to avoid any funny business. I might’ve been coerced into getting my makeup “professionally” done at Charmel Salon (way back when I was a kid, it was a disaster, more on that below) but I can’t confirm if the two are affiliated with each other or not. I was at the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (Mishref Fair Grounds, October-November) when I came across the Charmel booth. I’ve never ever purchased anything from the infamous Charmel before (neither the in-house brand products) or anything else they sold. As such, I decided to pick up a few things at their booth. I ended up getting a stunning pigment from the brand Make-Up Atelier International Maquillage Paris in the shade SL02 Blanc/Bleu, another adorable EOS Lipbalm in the flavor Pomegranate, the cult classic Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder and lastly a gorgeous Anastasia Glow Kit called That Glow.
Okay, so I’d actually gone in to Marks and Spencer looking for a pair of fishnet tights (because apparently they were having a “moment” in fashion) but once I noticed all the Easter-themed snacks, the tights were long forgotten. As always, I took photos of everything the very next day (in proper daylight and everything) but I guess I never got around to blogging about them and 5 months later, here we are. The reason I’m doing this (still) is because I was mostly disappointed with almost everything I’d purchased in my previous Marks and Spencer Snack Haualage (here) except for the Green Chilli, Lime & Coriander Pea Snaps. Everything else had tasted off including the Polar Bear Pals Gummi Sweet and Jelly Stars (how do you mess up Gummi Candy?). I faced the same issue again with this haul. It’s either the flavor is off, or the texture is strange, or the scent is vile. There’s always something weird about M&S snacks. I mean once is a fluke but twice? I wish there was somewhere I could find reviews or something about Marks & Spencer snackage so I’d know what to keep an eye out for, or at least what to avoid. That’s why I feel honor-bound (lawl dramatic much?) to go ahead with this post regardless of how much time has passed.
I’m not sure why I decided to give this stuff a sniff in-store (mayhaps it was the bright green?) but ermahgerd it smells divine! There were other scents available such as Zingy Ginger and Orange, Zingy Minty Fresh, and Zingy Zesty Lemon. I passed on the other two but decided to give Zingy Zesty Lemon a sniff because I thought for sure it would smell fantastic, if not better than Zingy Lime Fizz but I was mistaken. Nothing smelled more delicious than Zingy Lime Fizz! Such a ridiculously amazing scent! No joke, Boots Zingy Lime Fizz Shower Gel straight up smelled like the Need a Margarita scent from Bath & Body Works (True Blue Spa range)! Basically, Zingy Lime Fizz smells like Skittles!
I was worried I wouldn’t ever find this stuff again. Luckily, there was a Buy Two Get One Free deal on all the in-house brand (Boots) items, including Zingy Lime Fizz Shower Gel. So, I got three (to tide me over) for the price of two!
Even better was the fact that the Boots Zingy Lime Fizz Shower Gel were only KD 1/000 a pop! So there you go; a budget-friendly alternative for the Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash.
I love Garnier! I’ve loved their products for years and years. Their hair care products smell great, perform great, and my wavy/curly hair seems to love them. I always get excited when they come out with a new product or a new line of products or even just revamp their old packaging. Every once in awhile, they’ll come out with a dud (for example, the Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector which just did not work for me at all) but the performance of the rest of the products is usually stellar.
For reference, my hair in its natural state is both wavy and curly, extremely soft to the touch, with a decent amount of volume. If anything, my hair is on the dry side (doesn’t get oily) and can look quite dull (no shininess). It’s also very prone to frizz and tangles. If I brush my hair, my hair frizzes up and the curls lose their shape resulting in the dreaded triangle hair. If I don’t brush my hair, I get tangles (at the back of my neck, above my nape) which are extremely painful to detangle, especially while dry. Lastly, I’ve been regularly getting my hair dyed blonde ever since I was about 17.
OMG I can’t get enough of this song! It’s got a laid-back, feel-good, summer vibe! The music is playful and fun (kinda’ reminds of Super Mario on SNES)! The lyrics are simple enough to learn the first time around, so you can sing-a-long (and you will want to)! Best of all, the music video is chock-full of eye-candy (so much yes)! I wonder why hasn’t anyone thought of this before? Actually, I wonder how she got them all to agree to this. All those beautiful boys in a single music video is sheer genius! Try to see how many you can spot.
If you need help trying to identify a certain cutie, Buzzfeed has a comprehensive list (with accompanying photos) of Every Single Boy From Charli XCX’s “Boys” Music Video. However, if you don’t feel like clicking the link, I’ve made a copy of that same list (minus the photos) below.
It’s such a cute song!
Invigorating Sicilian cedar melds with the crisp vibrancy of apple and the guileless charm of the bluebell, to evoke the essence of a South Italian summer.
The freshness of bamboo nestles amid a glorious feminine bouquet of decadent jasmine and delicate white rose.
Redolent citron wood is entwined with voluptuous amber and a suggestive caress of musk.
Summer just isn’t summer without my beloved Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue! I’d run out of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau de Toilette (reviewed here) so I picked up a new one, at Harvey Nichols. As a gift with purchase (gwp) I was also given a rather large Messenger Bag that had 007 embossed on it and a deluxe sample of Hugo Boss Red Shower Gel (pretty sure it’s for men but that’s ok because as long as they’re either woods-y or oceanic, I tend to enjoy certain masculine scents). The Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Body Scrub Gel was purchased at Mishref Fair Grounds during the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition.