(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…
Once I spotted the Al Mansour Booth at the Perfume and Makeup Exhibition, I cautiously approached the booth. Why cautiously? Because Al Mansour (mentioned previously – here) sold everything from L.A. Girl, LASplash, Milani, Deborah, etc… basically all the drugstore brands (read: inexpensive products). Now that every single girl in the world has joined the darkside (read: has turned into a makeup junkie of sorts) the ones in Kuwait have quickly sussed out that Al Mansour sells great products at a relatively inexpensive price. In case you missed it, basically it means their booth is now always swarmed by women and consequentially men who are trying to “pick up” said women, much to my dismay. I can understand the hand-holding couple who are so in love that they can’t bear the thought of being apart even for a second and I actually kinda’ think it’s cute! I can understand the grumpy older husband being dragged by his much younger and consequentially much hotter wife to these things. I can understand the gay guy whose brow game is so next level it hurts, browsing the same brow products shelf as I am and sizing me up (or my brows, more accurately) as I do the same to him, like two samurai warriors acknowledging each other as worthy adversaries before they do battle. I can understand the younger men sent by their significant others (who for whatever reason couldn’t make it) and shopping on their behalf. I understand the men who are there to purchase Oud and such from the neighboring booths. I cannot however understand the fully grown men who gather on the outskirts of these makeup booths just to leer at women. Aside from being creepy AF they also create an obstruction to the already narrow pathways and add unnecessary participants to an already large crowd!!!! *end rant*