Nordstrom January Haul

Others can blame drugs or alcohol… In my case, I’m naturally high (on life) and clinically drunk (lack of sleep) so I can only blame myself for this mistake lol

I’d purchased MAC “Velvet Teddy” ShadeScent Eau de Parfum earlier (haulage here) and was constantly being complimented by everyone (guys, girls, randos) whenever I wore it! Other people’s opinions aside, I had fallen in love with the scent… hard! Since I couldn’t find it locally (even if it’s still in production abroad, they randomly just stop bringing stuff over), I had to start rationing what little I had left.

As luck would have it, I spotted it on Nordstrom so I figured I could keep repurchasing it in twos; one for myself (assuming I was going to run out of it pretty regularly) and one to gift to whomever had asked for it at the time (younger brother, favorite cousin, bestie, etc…). It’s touted as a dupe for Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, but I love it because it’s different than anything I’ve ever owned up to this point. It just smells so good!

Nordstrom happened to have this promo where if you spent XYZ amount, you got a Skincare Sample Pack (some of them were one-time-use samples while others were deluxe samples), in addition to their usual Sample Pack (x5 pre-selected one-time-use samples, free with every order). Plus, if you spent XYZ amount on MAC stuff, you got a one-time use MAC Mascara (sample) and a MAC Lipstick (full size)!

More often than not, the Velvet Teddy Fragrance was usually out of stock, but once I noticed it was back in stock, even though I was on my way out (week-end), I hurriedly placed the order for what I thought was x2 Velvet Teddy Fragrances and moved a couple of random items from my wishlist (x2 Elizabeth and James Nirvana Dry Shampoo and a Voluspa Candle) to qualify for all the promos and such (I figured since I was going to be paying for shipping anyway, might as well pick up a handful of other stuff to make it worthwhile)… little did I know that they would ship the items separately lol

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Perfume Declutter

Our live-in chauffeur was traveling back to India and specifically asked for Perfume to gift to his wife. Apparently, the last handful of Perfumes I’d given him (for his previous visit) were such a huge hit with the wife! She not only liked the scents, but also their performances, as she went about her day in the village, according to him. He said, every time his wife’s sisters would visit her, they’d all ask for a spritz from her Perfume Collection! So, when he asked me to give him any other Perfumes that I didn’t want. Emboldened by the success of the previous scents, I gave him the following:

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Bath & Body Works (October)

Raise your hand if you like Bath & Body Works! I do! I do! I do~oo!

Whenever I find myself at the Avenues Mall, I always make it a point, to hit up Bath & Body Works (facing Carrefour Supermarket). From the moment they opened up their first store in the country (here), I’ve been obsessed with Bath & Body Works (they actually retweeted my earliest hauls lol)! I believe I was around 24-25 years old back then and even now as a 33 year old, I’m still just as obsessed with the store! From the sublime beach-y scents (variations of coconut and mango and other exotic fruits that instantly transport you to a tropical island) during Summer, to the divine holiday scents (including the cult-fave Vanilla Bean Noel which was vanilla… on steroids) during Winter! From the delightfully delectable gourmand scents (encompassing macarons and gelato and lemon-y desserts and everything in-between) during Spring, to the intoxicating heady spicy scents (cinnamon and pumpkin everything) during Fall/Autumn! To me, nothing highlights the changing of seasons, quite like the seasonally appropriate Bath & Body Works Collections!

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Sultan Center Haul #8

Of course I couldn’t leave Souq Sharq without making a quick stop at Sultan Center!

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Spotted at Sultan Center

I was stalking Zara at Souk Sharq for a particular item (the SA assured me it would be there by the 2nd day of Eid, as if I was supposed to just drop everything and go shopping lawl) and of course I made a quick stop at Sultan Center. Right off the bat, I spotted the Scratch & Win display. Basically, for every KD 4 purchase of Johnson’s products or Neutrogena products or Clean & Clear products, you qualified for a Scratch Card. The featured product seems to be the somewhat new Neutrogena Hydrogel Face Sheet Masks. I took a few photos of some random personal care items too, but I was haaangry so I didn’t take that many photos.

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Harvey Nichols Haulage

I was only passing through Harvey Nichols to get to the rest of the Avenues) (I still don’t know my way around the underground parking lot) but ended up getting a few bits along the way from Givenchy and Nars and Laura Mercier and Chanel (despite the Sales Assistants being snooty and quite frankly, unhelpful). I spent KD 92/250 (exactly $307.91 US Dollars) at Harvey Nichols and all I got as a gift with purchase (gwp) was a makeup bag (that I’ll probably never use). For that much money, you’d think I’d get a handful of samples (at least), but I didn’t get a single sample (not even one those ubiquitous single-use perfume samples). That would’ve been fine if the service was great, or at least decent, but all the Sales Assistants were pretty much… a nightmare (they acted as if they were doing me a favor). To add insult to injury, one of the items I got was a dried up mascara (from the Givenchy counter) but they gave me such a hard time about returning it (the very next day) even though I had the receipt with me and everything. Over all, I had such a horrible experience at Harvey Nichols (so very different from the wonderful experiences I’ve had at Jo Malone Boutiques here and here and here) that I don’t think I’ll be returning to Harvey Nichols any time soon, if ever.

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Victoria’s Secret Collective Haul

I so rarely shop at Victoria’s Secret, for varied reasons. Clothes-wise, I don’t believe they’d have anything that would fit me. That said, I’ve never actually tried anything on in their dressing room. In fact, I’ve never even so much as glanced at their clothes or lingerie, my logic being that the Victoria’s Secret Angels are all incredibly fit, long-limbed, size-zeros, whereas I am neither slim nor tall. Makeup-wise, I’ve had several bad experiences with them in the past (as a teenager). One in particular, stands out to me; when I purchased a Lip Plumper, and instead of being a clear gloss that tingles, it was a thick (yet creamy), straight up white lipstick, with a matte finish, regardless of the fact that you applied it with a doe-foot applicator, straight from the long mascara-like tube. Apparently, you were supposed to apply it as a base (underneath a lipstick or lip gloss), and it was supposed to smooth out the surface of your lips, which in turn would make them appear bigger. Victoria’s Secret were very careful with their wording on the packaging. In fact, back in the day, a lot of makeup companies used to pull all kinds of shady stunts like that, before beauty bloggers and vloggers exploded on the scene. I’ve also purchased several hair-care products from them and was always disappointed. For instance, when I purchased a scented mousse, it was so sticky it made my hair stick together as well as stick to my scalp. I wanted volume in my hair but instead the mousse gave me a bad hair day (sticky, stringy, and flat). What’s worse was it was a floral-scent (no testers)! Scent-wise, they had such a huge selection of perfumes, body mists, and whatnot, that I was always overwhelmed, and never knew where to even begin.
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