Even though I’d already ordered from Nordstrom at the start of June (dis), I placed another order at the end of June, mainly because I wanted a second Hair Care Sample Pack (dis) which happened to still be available (at the time). After this order though, I think I’m gonna’ cool it with Nordstrom (for a bit). It’s just too hot to be ordering stuff online.
Anyways, I got something from Alterna and two more somethings from Bumble and Bumble. Other than the Hair Care Sample Pack there was an Alterna Gift With Purchase and Bumble and Bumble Gift With Purchase which included deluxe samples from each brand! Yaaay!
I also got some more Bar Soaps and Candles to qualify for the Fragrance Sample Pack (dis). I was actually interested in purchasing Mojave Ghost from Byredo and Philosykos from Diptyque as Perfumes, but it was way too hot to risk (the heat might alter the contents and therefore the scent). So, I got them as Bar Soaps instead. Plus, this way, I could “test” the scents first, rather than buying them as Perfumes and possibly ending up hating them.
The Makeup stuff was from Benefit and I only got them because I really, really had my heart set on the Benefit Gift With Purchase that came with a very, very cute Benefit Clear Tote Bag and some samples. Also, it helped bump up the total of my order so I could qualify for the latest Sample Pack (dis).
With the kids still in tow, we popped by Bath & Body Works (Souq Sharq). I’d seen the new Summer Collection earlier (over at The Avenues branch), but hadn’t actually given anything a proper sniff.
As soon as we walked in, I could smell my beloved Pineapple Orchid Candle (haulage here). I traced the scent to Bahamas Pink Passionfruit & Banana Flower Mist (which was part of the new Summer Collection).
Since I was all stocked up on well, everything, I figured I’d just get the Travel-Size Mist (although small, they pack quite a wallop… depending on the scent you choose) and since they had a Buy 2 Get 3rd Free deal on Travel-Size Mists, I let the girls each pick out one of their own. Then, by the cash register, I picked up a PocketBac and let the elder two each pick out one of their own, because there happened to be a Buy 2 Get 3rd Free deal on PocketBacs too.
As per usual, everything was over-priced, but that’s Bath & Body Works for ya’!
In March, Bath & Body Works released a new collection called In The Stars. It was a surprisingly delightful scent! They also came out with a bunch of newer Candles! Lastly, I noticed some more Sheet Masks (hard pass, fool me once and all) and Bath Bombs. For those confused by the signs around the store focusing on Moms, Arabs celebrate Mother’s Day slightly earlier than the rest of the world.
In The Stars
Radiant, Warm, Captivating
Notes: Radiant Amber, Sandalwood Musk, Sweet & Spicy Agarwood
Just by looking at the notes, you can sorta’ tell that In The Stars is going to be all sweet and musky and woodsy! Personally, I really, really like it!
The semi-annual sale was on, like I said in my previous post. I went back to the branch where I’d hauled my most recent Fragrance Mists from (haulage here), but sadly they’d already switched out the wide variety of collections for a handful of uninteresting ones. However, at the Souq Sharq branch, I found and purchased these bebehs!
I got the mass text from Bath & Body Works (as well as Victoria’s Secret and several others), announcing their semi-annual sale. Obviously, I made it a point to check some of them out (discreetly coercing my friends – who have absolutely zero interest in any of this stuff – to make a
quick stop here and there). As you can see, it was mostly the unisex and blatantly masculine scents that captured my interest (this time), mainly because I was pretty much all set, in the rest of the other “scent categories” (i.e. gourmands, citrus-y, fruity-florals, etc…).
For the sale this year, they’d brought out several of the “classic” scents which I thought was both boring and disappointing. I was expecting new and different stuff! Luckily, they were also trying to get rid of the older collections (that they’d released throughout the previous year) so, I snagged a few from those.
As per usual, everything looked pretty ratchet! Most of the stuff was already opened and had residue on the side and smelled pretty funky to boot (like it had already expired)! It took some time, but I hunted down the least janky versions available. I ended up getting 4 Fragrance Sprays (1 full size, 3 travel size) and 3 Soaps (1 Liquid Hand Soap, 2 Body Bars) and 3 Shower Gels and a Cosmic Cream
in a pear tree~!
I was looking for a gift for a friend who’d just found out she was preggers and usually L’Occitane has what I’m looking for, but this time, the products I had in mind were only available in a travel-size set (and were consequentially much cheaper), so I ended up getting her something else, from somewhere else. However, I did end up hauling some more of that divine Verbena goodness for myself to use during the upcoming Summer!
Longtime readers of my blog, already know that I stan the L’Occitane Verbena range hard! And to think… it all started when I raided the bathroom amenities at a certain hotel abroad (reviewed here) lol Like I said, the scent was fresh, crisp, citrus-y, uplifting and most definitely unisex! As such, I’ve been a big, big fan of the line ever since! They had other Larger Gift Sets and Smaller Gift Sets and even Travel-Size Gift Sets and everything in-between, but the ones shown (pic, above) were the ones that appealed to me the most.
Rush (Signature Collection) – Velvet Petals (Signature Collection) – Jasmine Noir (Midnight Blooms Collection) – Afterparty Angel (Fashion Show Collection) – Glitter Hustle (Disco Nights Collection) – Shot of Coconut (Juiced Collection)
Like I said in my previous post (here), they brought out all the Limited Edition Collections of the past year (Fashion Show Collection – Angel Collection – Disco Nights Collection, etc…) and knocked them down to half price, whereas the Signature Collection (permanent and can be purchased at any time from any branch) in the old-school packaging (Love Spell – Pure Seduction – Aqua Kiss, etc…) as well as all the newer collections (Cozy Collection – Midnight Blooms Collection – Star Struck Collection, etc…) retailed for KD 7 (full price) but were included in a “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” promo.
I ended up getting 2 from the Signature Collection (plain packaging) for KD 7 each, qualifying me for a third one, either from the Signature Collection or any of the newer collections (for free) so I chose Jasmine Noir (newer collection). The other 3 (Afterparty Angel – Glitter Hustle – Shot of Coconut) were not included in the “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” promo, since they were from older collections, but they had all been reduced to only KD 3/500 each. As you can see from the plain packaging, the first two (Rush + Velvet Petals) were from Signature Collection (permanent), whereas the rest were all Limited Edition.
I had a wonderful time sniffing and playing around with all those Fragrance Mists! I could’ve stayed there forever! Best of all, the sales assistants left me alone (to play in peace), for the most part, because they were so busy with other customers!