In hindsight, it wasn’t a bad year to be honest, well… at least not for me.
Also on Nov 27 while still at Saint Laurent, in addition to the Niki Shoulder Bag (hauled here) I couldn’t resist picking up the Baby Lou Shoulder Bag as well.
Apparently, the Baby Lou was the baby version of the Lou Camera Bag, which I thought was stupid cute!
While the Niki Medium Shoulder Bag cost KD 775 but with the 30% off had been reduced to KD 542/50 saving me KD 232/50 (or so it said on the receipt), the Baby Lou was not on sale and cost a whopping KD 225 (possibly because it was new).
Basically, the money I saved on the Niki Medium Shoulder Bag, was immediately spent on the Baby Lou Shoulder Bag lol
Initially, I thought it was too small (but sooo cute) to justify the price…
Like I said in my post Chef LuLu Part 8 (here) an ex-friend and I went to The Avenues on Nov 27 2020 for Black Friday.
The plan was to hit up Sephora but instead she parked by Prestige so we could grab dinner at Joe’s.
Afterwards, we popped into Chanel (I wanted to check out their Boots) and then Prada (also for Boots), but didn’t get anything from either of those places.
I didn’t see a line of people outside Saint Laurent so I went in with Mera following me and we both promptly fell in love with the Niki Shoulder Bag!
It was available in the Fog (gorgeous grey, as shown) and Peacock Green (more like a stunning teal).
I kinda’ wanted them both actually, but Mera had clearly fallen in love with the teal one, which is why I didn’t buy it for myself (so she could have it).
She also wouldn’t stop gushing over the Manhattan Shoulder Bag (in beige) yet ended up walking out of Saint Laurent without purchasing either Handbag… which I thought was pretty sus.
Also for whatever reason, certain items were 30% off, including the Niki Shoulder Bags which normally retail for KD 775 but had been reduced to KD 542/500 Score!
Mera made me promise not to have lunch, because she was bringing over “The best seafood you’ve ever tasted in your entire life!”
I however was already used to her exaggerations, so I knew to keep my expectations low.
After I’d ignored Mera’s phone calls one too many times, she’d called up another one of her friends and made plans to go walking in Shaheed Park. After the walk, her friend had taken Mera to Lobster Shack for the first time.
Since Mera had enjoyed the food so much, she had to have it everyday, until she got sick of it (her MO). That’s why she was bringing it over to my place that day, and would go there by herself to have lunch there, every single day (unless we had plans), up until she could no longer stand it.
Mera called me up over the phone and asked me if I prefer Mixed Seafood (Mussels + Crab + Shrimp) or just all Shrimp? I told her I was fine with whatever, but after much prodding from her, said that I prefered Mixed Seafood (I eat everything).
To which she responded, she doesn’t eat Mussels or Crabs and prefers Shrimp. So, I told her she could get whatever, again. I didn’t see the issue…
She came over with a Tub of Mixed Seafood from Lobster Shack… in the size Small (shown in the video) meant to be shared between the both of us.
YSL La Nuit de L’Homme Eau de Parfum (for my cousin)
YSL Black Opium Eau de Parfum (for his wife)
The Autumn Perfumes Exhibition took place at Mishref Fair Grounds (Halls 5,6,7,8) during October 24 and was meant to end on November 6, but was extended to November 9 (because… weekend).
At the Yves Saint Laurent booth, I picked up the new 2019 La Nuit de L’Homme Eau de Parfum for my cousin and the original Black Opium Eau de Parfum for his wife, as birthday gifts for them. Both full sizes were reduced to 50% off which I thought was a pretty good deal.
Get a Free Gift when you spend $85 on Women’s Fragrance. Discover your next favorite scent with samples from Diptyque and Tom Ford and Yves Saint Laurent and more.
Towards the end of June, Nordstrom came out with x2 more Sample Packs. One, was a mix of Makeup and Skincare (dis), which wasn’t particularly exciting. The other, was this Fragrance Sample Pack, which was very enticing!
For starters, it came with a sample of Mugler Angel Eau Croisière which I was dying to sniff! The pack also included several flankers of well-loved gourmands, Prada Candy and CH Good Girl and V&R Flowerbomb and YSL Black Opium and YSL Mon Paris! I was pretty excited about the samples from Atelier Cologne and Diptyque and Replica and my beloved Kilian as well! Also, most of these were new-new!
In hindsight though, I totally should’ve skipped the Fragrance Sample Pack (June) because it was mostly either floral-y florals (yuck) or overly sharp and citrus-y scents (namely Peach, ugh).
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Towards the end of June, Nordstrom came out with x2 more Sample Packs. One, was the Fragrance Sample Pack (dis) which was very enticing! The other was a mix of Makeup and Skincare which wasn’t particularly exciting.
Still, it came with a cool Makeup Bag and a Sheet Mask and deluxe sample of the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment (in the shade Rosé) and x3 Fragrance Samples, to name a few.
Get a Free Gift when you spend $75 on Men’s Grooming or Cologne. $86 Value.
I’d already filled up my online shopping cart at Nordstrom with Hair Care, but then, noticed that they’d added the Men’s Sample Pack (products purely for dudes, because of Father’s Day). The Men’s Sample Pack included a whole bunch of Men’s Fragrance Samples, which naturally I was very, very interested in sniffing since my latest obsession (well, since this past December) was Fragrances. So I added a Perfume/Cologne (Travel Spray) and a couple of Bar Soaps, from the Men’s Grooming and Cologne section, to qualify for the Men’s Sample Pack (for the month of June).
Buy any 3 mascaras from your favorite brands, and we’ll automatically deduct the cost of the lowest-priced mascara in Checkout; no promo code required.
Plus, get a deluxe sample of Lancôme Cils Booster with any mascara purchase (one sample per customer).
Ramadan this year happened to coincide with Nordstrom’s annual “Pick 3 Mascaras, Get 1 of them Free” deal. Apparently, most people take advantage of this opportunity, to go after some of the more expensive mascaras (I’m talkin’ crazy expensive).
However, since it was boiling hot in Kuwait, towards the end of May, I wasn’t as willing to risk spending a crazy amount on mascaras, that might possibly arrive all dried up, especially since, after purchasing a handful of Kaftans via Instagram for Ramadan, I was pretty much skint. In fact, I was so broke, I actually debated whether I should just skip ordering online, for the time being.
Then again, the deal on mascaras was too good to pass up! Also, after spending a certain amount, customers qualified for the “Sample Pack of the month” (haulage here), not to mention the Gift with Purchase which totally sweetened the deal!
Get a Free Gift with Your $100 Beauty or Fragrance Purchase. Plus, when you spend $150 on beauty or fragrance, you’ll also receive a Bonus Gift.
I wasn’t planning on placing yet another online order with Nordstrom during Ramadan, especially since I was somewhat broke (those Ramadan Kaftans cost a pretty penny). However, there was a deal (more on that in the next post) and I got suckered into placing a “smaller” order lol Since my order was a little over $100, I qualified for the May Sample Pack.
The Makeup-y Samples included something from Fresh (lucky) while the Fragrance Samples included Alien by Mugler (super lucky) and the Hair Care Samples included stuff from Aveda and Living Proof (super super lucky)!
I’ll be going over all the samples that arrived in the May Sample Pack, below…