My first Sultan Center Haulage of the year! This was about 3 or 4 days before Valentine’s Day so I kinda’ went crazy over the Limited Edition stuff and also… I was hangry (which is appropriate, since I’m posting this during Ramadan, the time when people default to hangry)! Like I said in my previous Spotted at Sultan Center post (here), I hit up three different locations on my hunt for Herbal Tea. Even when I’d succeeded in averting my eyes and avoiding certain items at the first branch, by the time I hit up the final branch, my will power was non-existent (all tapped out) lol
For the sake of convenience (it’s just easier for me), I decided to split up my Sephora Haul into 2 posts. This one will feature all the stuff that came in the Holiday Gift Box and the next post will feature stuff I actually payed for at Sephora.
If you don’t feel like reading, you can just click the link and scroll all the way down to see the Black Card Gift and Gold Card Gift on display in-store (here) or the very bottom of this post to get a closer look at the Black Card Gift (12pc deluxe samples).
Sephora Black Card Festive Gift Box
Sephora Denim Tote Bag
Sephora Magical Gifts Brochure
Sephora Star Phone Ring
When I payed for my stuff at the check-out counter at Sephora, I was delightfully surprised when the woman behind the cash register pulled out a “Festive Gift Box” and placed it in my shopping bag, alongside the rest of my stuff!
So they had this little display set up at Sultan Center (Salmiya). People kept walking into my shot, realizing I was trying to take a pic and stopping halfway through with the deer-in-headlights look on their face. It wasn’t the prettiest display in the world, but it was enough to set off my cousin’s wife who had gone from being a happy-go-lucky Lebanese cutie pie who used to dye her hair regularly and wear jeans and fitted tops, and smoke sheesha in public, to now covering her hair (wearing a hijab) and wearing super loose clothing and being uptight and judgmental about literally everything (after she’d gotten married).
I tried explaining the concept of “live and let live”, but she jumped down my throat and said I was turning my back on my religion so I lost interest in the conversation and instead pointed out other stuff at Sultan Center that she’d find more interesting (to distract her so she’d back off). I really like her, but dang, this us vs them mentality bugs me so much! Moving on to something much lighter…
I really wish I’d gotten this post up sooner (like, December), but you know… life. In this post, I’ll be going over some New Items, Skincare, Hair Care, Perfume, cute stuff at the “Aisle of Doom“, the Brand Gift of the month, and most importantly, a few of the discounted items during “Beauty Friday” (Sephora’s version of Black Friday)! I’ll start by going over all the Sephora Holiday Sets.
Sephora had released a whole slew of Gift Sets for the Holidays! You could differentiate them by their lovely navy blue packaging (to mimic the night sky) with a golden moon and stars scattered all over them! Around every corner there was a different Holiday Display. At first, it was a bit overwhelming, but I quickly realized it was mostly the same stuff, except rearranged differently. I tried to take pictures of as many of them as I could. I believe I managed to get all of them (sorry in advance for the glare in some of the photos!)
This (shown above) was literally on the opposite side of the Too Faced Counter. All the other Holiday Displays scattered throughout Sephora featured several of the same products, which led me to believe that this was the main display.
I was only passing by (on my trek from Sephora to Bath & Body Works) when I spotted this delightful Forest of Delights display! Apparently, The Body Shop had released 3 Limited Edition Scents for Winter/Holidays 2018.
– Vanilla Marshmallow
– Peppermint Candy Cane
– Berry Bon Bon
I was at the Avenues finishing up some errands when the MAC Snow Ball Collection (Holiday 2017) display caught me eye (you can see the display from afar without having to actually go in, because the display is literally situated at the entrance). Usually, MAC Collections start trickling into local stores months and months after their world-wide release… if they even make it to Kuwait at all. That’s why I figured it was too soon to start stalking all the local MAC stores. I’d already left my name and phone number with the majority of the MAC stores in the country, earlier, in the hopes that they’d inform me (usually via mass text) when the MAC Snow Ball Collection would hit the local stores. I did not receive a single phone call nor text (not a one) when the collection was actually released (typical Kuwait). Since the collection had been released in Kuwait without my knowledge, a lot of the things that I had been planning on getting were already sold out! Outwardly, I might have seemed calm, but inside I was seething!
I’d really, really, really been looking forward to getting my hands on a few choice pieces from both the Core Collection (previewed here) and the Sets & Kits (previewed here) of the MAC Snow Ball Collection! I was heartbroken when the Sales Assistant told me that the both Face Bags (Sequined Rose-Gold Bag, 140 Fan Brush and Extra Dimension Skinfinish) were long gone, because I’d had my heart set on repurchasing my beloved Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish (previously hauled here). At least both Opalescent Highlighters were still available (surprisingly, I went for the peachier one instead) and most of the Extra Dimension Eyeshadows were still available as well so I snagged 2 of them. I even managed to find Rouge en Snow which was the only lipstick I actually really, really wanted from the Core Collection and the Candy Yum Yum Shadescents Kit (silver pouch) which besides the Face Bags was the only other Kit that I had to have from the Sets & Kits.
Honestly, it was only pure dumb luck that I happened upon the Snow Ball Collection when I did!
Origins came out with a nice little Gift Set for the Holidays called Go Ginger (that included one of the products I’d been dying to get my hands on for years, but never could, due to shipping restrictions and such). I’ve said this numerous times before on my blog but the best time to invest in Gift Sets is during the Holidays, because every brand releases all kinds of Gift Sets; some that include a few of their best-sellers (in a variety of sizes), some focused more on new releases and Limited Edition products, others with the aim of getting you more bang for your buck (Value Sets) and other still include a combination of all of the above. Plus, you get to try your hand at things you normally wouldn’t try because you would never purchase them on their own. As soon as I spotted the Go Ginger Holiday Gift Set, I added it to my online shopping cart. I also got a cute Facial Brush (yellow) that bumped up the total of my order, which qualified me for free shipping (to my U.S. mailbox, only) and a free Canvas Tote Bag and some samples (x4)! With that being said, Origins come out with new promotions and such pretty regularly (spend X amount and get this and that for free, or spend X amount and we knock off a percentage off your total, etc…) so it’s worth waiting for a deal that appeals to you, before placing your order.