At the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (here), I just had to hit up the Beidoun booth! Aside from offering fragrances from all kinds of different brands (as you can see in the background of this photo), they also ran the Lancome booth. Usually, every time I shop at the Beidoun booth (I’m talkin’ decades here), my experience is always a rather pleasant and positive one. The sales assistants are always lovely (non-aggressive and quite helpful), knew what they were talking about (well-informed on the products they were selling) and also quite generous with samples! Unfortunately, this particular visit was quite… unpleasant.
At the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (here), I wasted time doing a quick lap around the other halls (only one of the halls offered Makeup, whereas the rest all sold traditional Arabic Incense and Oils and Fragrances and such). On my way back, I spotted the iconic bottle of Givenchy’s Ange ou Demon or Ange ou Etrange. It’s the exact same everything, except it has different names in different parts of the world.
At the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (here), I actively sought out the Gucci booth to purchase the infamous Gucci Guilty (obnoxious gold packaging). I thought it would be a nice substitute for my Carolina Herrera 212 VIP (reviewed here) which I’d finished up awhile ago and also happened to have equally obnoxious gold packaging. That said, Carolina Herrera 212 VIP smelled expensive in the sense that, to me, it brought images of vasts amount of money to mind (I don’t know how my brain works, ok?) and I wanted something similar, ergo, Gucci Guilty Eau de Parfum. Even though it wasn’t new at all (released in 2010) and I hadn’t given it a sniff before, I was sure it would be a perfect replacement!
At the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (here), despite the fact that I actually said “no, thanks”, a sales assistant near the entrance, had gone ahead and spritzed some of Elie Saab Girl of Now (blue petals) on me. I glared at him angrily before continuing on my way (to check out the other booths). After some time, I noticed an interesting yet not unpleasant scent (a distinctly creamy sweet mixture of almonds and possibly hazelnut) emanating from where he’d sprayed my bomber jacket. So, once I was ready to leave the place, on my way out, I went back to his booth and asked to purchase the perfume he’d rudely yet cunningly spritzed on me earlier, which was Elie Saab Girl of Now.
I was literally bouncing in place with excitement when I first spotted the water-based Aqua Réotier Collection! This collection (the one I hinted at, towards the very end of my previous L’Occitane Samplage post) was the whole reason I was practically stalking L’Occitane every other day! The Aqua Reotier Collection had finally arrived to Kuwait (and it only took about… a year since it was released worldwide lol)!
I had an entire post featuring everything found in the collection, including lots of photos of the absolutely stunning display (here)! During that same visit, I actually purchased the Aqua Reotier Discovery Set (yellow box) which came with a handful of deluxe sample size products and was given even more samples (everything else surrounding the yellow box) by the accommodating sales assistant! You won’t believe how much the Aqua Reotier Discovery Set (travel size) cost!
I’d like to say I was fast asleep when I was woken up by the sound of thunder, but that would be a flat out lie. I was actually binge-watching Iron Fist (‘cuz I heard Netflix was going to be pulling it, along with a handful of other shows, which is why I decided to watch it, while I still had the chance). I have no problem going in to work and still being quite productive, despite having little to no sleep, because as I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I don’t sleep. Anyways, I’m not even sure why I hadn’t watched Iron First until now. Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure it’s because of how much I hated Jessica Jones, which turned me off Luke Cage and all the rest, including Iron Fist. In any case, I’m actually really liking Iron Fist… so far (in the interest of full disclosure, I liked the first season of Arrow too, when it first came out, but stopped watching once it got all weird).
Back to the song. Well, it relates to the weather, earlier, which was… terrifying! I’ve never in my entire life ever heard thunder that was this loud before! Heck, even the lightning seemed too close for comfort (it was doing the whole twisty tree-branch thing – aka lightning bolt/strike lol – over Kuwait City). For whatever reason, every time I hear super scary thunder, it makes me think of a scene from the movie Red Sonja that had booming thunder. I don’t remember the movie at all (‘cuz I saw it when I was a kid), but for whatever reason, the thunder in that movie really sticks out. I actually wanted to title this post Red Sonja but didn’t want to mislead anyone into thinking this was a review of that movie, hence the song (Pat Benatar, Red Sonja, same thing, right? ok, fine. I was tryin to be cute ‘cuz the lyrics reference thunder and also as an 80’s baby, I have an appreciation for a side of cheese with my breakfast, ok?)
Oh, seems like it’s back for Round 2 (I just heard a lone rumble). To be this old and still this terrified of what’s essentially just an extremely loud noise, is just embarrassing lol I’d totally ditch work today, except I’m ditching work on Wednesday for a lunch-date at the Chalet and then another gathering in the evening at the City, so I can’t ditch work twice in the same week (it’s not in good form). Anyways, Guten Morgen!
Like I said in my previous clothing haul post, I was actually at H&M first, with a pile of knit-wear in hand, which I unceremoniously dropped in a corner of the changing room area, to skip over to Zara and pick up a few things over there (haulage here), before returning to H&M to leisurely try on the tops that I’d stashed away in the corner.
I’m not really a “clothes” type of person (obviously I wear clothes, but I’m not as invested in getting the latest and greatest) as my interest lies more with makeup and skincare/shower stuff/everything that smells nice. As such, I didn’t really buy that much clothes throughout the year. This was my final clothing haul of 2018.