In hindsight, it wasn’t a bad year to be honest, well… at least not for me.
On September 22 2020, I wanted to go to Sultan Center. I figured since I was heading to Souq Sharq anyway, I might as well hit up the mall first.
Starting from all the way to the right of the mall, I took a quick lap around Debenhams (even though I’ve sworn against it, on account of the vultures) and ended up getting a few things.
Like I said in a previous post (Takis Destroyed My Teeth), on March 7, I hit up the Hawally branch of Sultan Center (Promenade Mall) on my way back home from the dentist.
Since it had been a while since I was last out in public (remember, I’d been self-isolating way before the official lock-down because… me), I couldn’t resist popping by Boots for a quickie!
They actually had a ton of new and interesting things since the last time I’d been there (around two years ago), but what with the ‘rona going around, I figured I’d keep the haulage to a minimum.
I just wanted to repurchase my favorite Black Eyeliner Pencil (the one I use was down to a nub), but while at the Bourjois Booth, I clocked a cute looking Mascara and grabbed it too (as a lil treat for going through the unpleasantness of the whole root canal thing).
Plus, Ramadan was coming up and like most local households, it was the time of the year when our entire household (parents, siblings, siblings’ children) would dress up and sit down together for a meal.
Everyone in our household usually put in a little extra effort in the way they dressed during Ramadan, meaning I’d probably be in the mood to play around with my Makeup at least a handful of days during that month. So, it was nice to know I had a fresh tube of Mascara and Eyeliner at the ready.
That said, I wasn’t going out (aside from the occasional visit to the Hospital and Sultan Center straight afterwards), which meant I definitely didn’t need to buy more Makeup, but this purchase was more… symbolic.
I popped by Boots at Souq Sharq to repurchase the Build-Up Removal Shampoo and my favorite Eyeliner.
(Photo nicked off the Mishref Fair Grounds Website).
I try to make it a point to visit the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition at least once a year. The Perfume & Cosmetics Exhibition takes place twice a year (March and then again in Oct-Nov) in Hall 5 and Hall 6 and Hall 8 at Mishref Fair Grounds. As you can see, the Halls are huge! They’ve always got something or other going on there (sometimes simultaneously), year-round! This year, I noticed that they had strung up pretty fairy lights and arranged a seating area somewhere outside, with a ton of trendy pop-ups in cute little shacks that were catering the event, on either side of the seating area! I actually took a handful of pics, but people’s faces were on full display so I can’t show ’em (privacy blah blah blah consent blah blah blah).
Unfortunately, the majority of the halls participating in the Perfume & Cosmetics Exhibition mainly feature Oud and Teeb (Arab Fragrances), with only a smaller portion of booths featuring “French Perfumes” and an even smaller portion featuring Makeup. Heck, one of the Halls (I wanna’ say Hall 7) was reserved solely and entirely for Boutiqaat (at one point, I saw a tumbleweed roll by).
I’ve been going to the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition for
years decades! In fact, even before I used to go there, my mom would get me a Lancome Mascara Gift Set when I was a teen (drugstore brands weren’t as readily available in Kuwait back then). Even just 8 years back, Victoria’s Secret used to participate (here) as did Sephora (here). It’s also where I first spotted China Glaze (here) and Lush (here). Now, it’s so very different (not in a good way) from what it once was…
My cousin was wearing the cutest slides ever and when I asked her where she’d gotten them from, she said it was from one of the stores on the top floor of Mishref Co-op. Not wanting to miss out, I made it a point to get to Mishref Co-op the first chance I got. I found the store (I believe it was called Justice) but unfortunately they no longer had the slides in my size. I did however decide to take a quick peek at all the other stores on the top floor (The Body Shop which was right across from Bath & Body Works, Next, Payless and all the way at the end of the hall… the Makeup & Perfume Section!)
They had all sorts of brands at the Makeup & Perfume Section (photos below) meaning I could’ve potentially spent a lot of cash there, but a Sales Assistant was being obnoxious and highly annoying, so I payed for what was already in hand and quickly left the place, to spend my money elsewhere. I picked up a Jean Jacket from Next and a whole bunch of stuff from Bath & Body Works (but more on those in the next post).
Serving you some far out 80’s shoulder-padded Powersuit realness!
Contacts: Desio Wild Green
Sunglasses: Louis Vuitton Aviators
Earrings: Call It Spring Gunmetal Triangle Studs
Vest: Marks&Spencer Reversible White Vest
Jacket: H&M Light Beige Fitted Jacket (haulage here)
Top: H&M White Sleeveless Blouse (haulage here)
Pants: H&M Light Beige Suit Pants (haulage here)
Shoes: Aldo Stellaa White Peep-Toe Pumps (haulage here)
I cut my hair!!!! Well… technically, I was at the salon and the hairstylist cut my hair. I was taking my nieces to get their herr did at the salon for Eid and it was taking forever, so I plopped down in one of the chairs, and on a whim, asked the hairstylist to chop all my hair off! Incidentally, the woman who cut my hair didn’t speak a lick of English nor Arabic, only Turkish, and literally the only word I know in Turkish is tuz which means salt, so we had to basically communicate using over-exaggerated gestures and a lot of pointing, but we got there, eventually.
I rarely stop by the Phase I or Avenues I branch of Boots (wedged in wall-to-wall with yet another Starbucks). Normally, I’d visit the Phase II or Avenues II branch of Boots (because it’s one store over from Bath & Body Works which is my usual haunting ground). However, I’ve been hitting up pretty much every single branch of Boots that I can think of, in search of Batiste Dry Shampoo – A Hint of Colour Medium & Brunette (featured here) because it seems to have vanished, country-wide (which makes me very, very sad). It had the nicest scent out of all of them, and the powder was tinted (matching my hair perfectly). That stuff was my favorite! So, if anyone happens to know where I can find it locally, please do share. I’d be much obliged to ya! Anyways, I was at Boots and opposed to just the Buy Two Get One Free deal that they’re usually promoting (which forces your hand into purchasing more stuff), they actually had a legitimate Sale going on (25% off most items), so I stocked up on a few “necessities”.
I stalk Boots regularly because they always seem to be out of my favorite nail polish remover (reviewed here) so I’m always on the look-out for when they restock it. At the moment, I’m fully stocked up (hauled here) but at an earlier visit to Boots I managed to spy a few things that seemed quite interesting!
At the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (that took place at Mishref Fair Grounds during the end of October, start of November) I picked up a few things at the Bourjois stall. They were having some sort of deal where if you bought two items you got the third free*. I was prepared to keep walking past the booth, when the sales lady mentioned something about the Contour Clubbing Pencil Eye Liners (my favorite black pencil liner) being released in all-new shades! I just had to get one of the newer shades! I figured since I was purchasing something anyway, I might as well take advantage of the deal and pick out another something to get the gift with purchase (gwp). So I went for the Le Duo Gel (La Lacque Gel + Le Top Coat Gel) since I’ve never used anything like that before, especially not on my pitiful nails. For the third item, I picked up a So Lacque Glossy in a cute pink shade because… pink ^_~
* The third item had to be from the bargain bin selection (not any of the newer items).