Fresh Glossier Gift

I got these cuties as a gift from my sister-in-law (younger brother’s wife) when she came back from a work trip to the U.K. back in November of last year.

She got me the Brown Sugar Eau de Parfum from the brand Fresh and she got me a Cream-Gel Blush and Lip Gloss Trio from the brand Glossier!

I’ve never actually purchased anything from either of those brands before, but I’ve lusted over Glossier for awhile now and Fresh for even longer than that.

Isn’t my younger brother’s wife the sweetest? There were no iffy scents or unwearable shades. Everything she got me was stuff I’d actually wear and enjoy!

I’ll go over the notes and everything else below.

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US Bath & Body Works New Year Fine Fragrance Mist Haul

These are the Fragrance Mists I purchased in my B&BW New Year Haul (here).

Aside from Iced Pear Margarita (retired fragrance) which was a blind-buy, the rest were all scents that I’d previously enjoyed as Shower Gels. Also, it’s just a coincidence that most of them happen to be green lol

In the interest of full disclosure, Fragrance Mists from B&BW have notoriously bad lasting power on the skin (as with all other scents that are mostly alcohol). Aside from layering (Shower Gel -> Body Lotion -> Fragrance Mist), I like to spritz the Fragrance Mist on my clothes, to get more mileage outta’ the scent.

Fragrance Mists usually retail for $14.50 but these babies were on sale:

Toasted Praline & Pear (Fall Traditions 2019 Collection) was reduced to $3.62
Iced Pear Margarita (retired fragrance) was reduced to $3.62
Coconut Lime Breeze (retired fragrance) was reduced to $6.00
Sensual Amber (retired fragrance) was reduced to $6.00

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US Bath & Body Works New Year Haul

Honestly I wasn’t planning on ordering more Bath & Body Works stuff online anymore, but the U.S. B&BW had some crazy good deals going on and I’m only human after all.

Unfortunately, some of the things I ordered were missing (such as the Exfoliating Lip Scrub in the scent/flavor Mint Drop which had been reduced to $4.25), but that’s my fault for waiting until literally the last day of the year to place my order lol

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US Bath and Body Works Shower Gels and Jar Candles

I love things that smell great! I love ’em! I just do!

Perfumes and Body Mists and Hair Mists and Dry Shampoo and other Hair Products and Room Scents and Car Fragrances and Candles and Shower Gels and Deodorants and Body Lotions and Hand Soaps and Bar Soaps and Antibacterial Hand Sanitizers and Skincare and Lipgloss and heck, even Fabric Softener! If it’s scented, I’m so down!

I’ve always enjoyed scented stuff (scratch’n’sniff stickers anyone?), but now, it’s grown into a full-blown obsession…

So, even though I’d just placed my first US Bath & Body Works Online Order only days before, on November 30 (haulage here), I went ahead and placed my second US Bath & Body Works Online Order on December 5.

Keep in mind that it takes anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 weeks for my online orders to ship from the country of origin (U.S.) to my country (Kuwait), queued up to get cleared by customs and then finally, delivered to my doorstep. So at the time of my second order, my first order hadn’t even been shipped.

I got mostly Shower Gels (x12) and Jar Candles (x17) and some travel size stuff (x3).

My justification was that I wouldn’t be able to order this stuff online anymore, once the weather got warmer. I mean I could, but they’d probably arrived damaged from the heat. Also, all through December, there were new deals on the daily! Not to mention 20% Off the entire order and another 20% Off Coupon Code that arrived with my order!

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Demeter Fragrances

I’ve been dying to purchase from Demeter since forever!

I posted about Demeter in my previous post (dis). I couldn’t decide on what to get… so I went crazy… and purchased x35 different scents (at $3.40 each) making my order total $119. To be fair, I got them in the sampler size, thinking they’d be the size of actual samples that you typically get as a freebie. I didn’t know they’d be this big lol

Some of these scents had very, very long descriptions. Instead of copy-pasting the entire thing, I decided to just add a “short” description from the site and link each scent to the description page (just click on the title of any scent) and add my first impressions directly underneath.

I tried to group the scents into drink scents, food-y scents, herbal-y scents and abstract scents, but gave up towards the end lol Also, I found a ton of dupes!

Siberian Pine Diffuser Oil (free gift with purchase)
Pomander Roll On Perfume Oil (free gift with purchase)

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Demeter Fragrance Library

https://demeterfragrance.com/

Demeter was conceived in 1996, with a unique and ever expanding perspective on fragrance. The original mission was to capture the beautiful smells of the garden and nature in wearable form.

The Demeter name itself was inspired by the Greek Goddess of Agriculture. The first three fragrances were Dirt, Grass and Tomato, and were sold in a few stores in NYC.

Today, with fragrances from Baby Powder and Pure Soap to Gin & Tonic, Play-Doh, Vanilla Cake Batter and even Pizza, we have radically expanded our olfactory goals and geographic reach. Not only can you now buy Demeter fragrances from Apple Blossom to Zombie, but you can buy them from New York to Beijing, and from Moscow to London.

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Bath and Body Works Flash Sale

As if the previous promos (KD 1/750 Showers Gels and KD 2/500 Body Lotions) weren’t enough, seemingly out of the blue, Bath & Body Works had a Flash Sale… only days before “Black Friday“!

Online Promo:
3-wick Candles were reduced from KD 8 to KD 3 each
Shower Gels were reduced from KD 5/500 for KD 2/750
Mini Perfume Sprays (travel size eau de parfums) were reduced from KD 4/500 to KD 1/750
Hand Soaps were reduced from KD 3/750 to KD 1/750

Fragrance Mists were reduced from KD 7 toKD 2/750
Travel Size Fragrance Mists were reduced from KD 3/250 to KD 1/750
Travel Size Body Lotions were reduced from KD 2/750 to KD 1/750

Room Sprays were reduced from KD 2/750 to KD 1/750
Wallflower Refills were reduced from KD 2/250 to KD 1
Scentportable Holders (car fragrance) were reduced to KD 1

The total for this online order was KD 50/500 (free shipping)

Once again, I was feeling pretty smug about placing my order when I did, because the 40% Off promo they had for “Black Friday” (or “Cyber Week” as they call it on the site), was pretty disappointing and not nearly as good as the one they had during the Flash Sale.

I even included the percentage saved next to each item (nicked from their site, I didn’t math this time lol) just to show you guys the difference. It adds up, you guys.

Needless to say, I did not purchase anything online or in-store from our local Bath&Body Works during “Black Friday” (hard pass).

I placed my order on November 21 and everything (including the wasteful pages and pages of the receipt/invoice) arrived safely and well-packaged the next day.

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Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Gold Couture Eau de Parfum

Also at Marina Mall, I popped by VaVaVoom.

I was actually looking for an Oscar De La Renta fragrance but couldn’t seem to find the brand (not at the Autumn Perfumes Exhibition and not at Harvey Nichols, not even at Sephora). I did however stumble upon the Juicy Couture counter which I didn’t even know existed there before now (I’ve been meaning to give Viva La Juicy Gold Couture a sniff since forever).

The lovely Filipina sales assistant was so helpful and accommodating that I ended up purchasing Viva La Juicy Gold Couture Eau de Parfum on the spot! She even tossed in a 3pc Holiday Candle Gift Set (red box) and filled up an 8mL Atomizer Spray for me (with a perfume of my choosing) and gave me several fragrance samples to boot!

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Kilian Apple Brandy Eau de Parfum Haul

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).

I managed to get a lot of gift shopping out of the way:
(Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de L’Homme EDP for my cousin)
(Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium EDP for my cousin’s wife)
(Guerlain Mon Guerlain EDP for my uncle’s wife)
(Paco Rabanne Invictus Gift Set for my other cousin)

I also managed to snag several goodies for myself:
(Carolina Herrera Good Girl Gift Set)
(Marc Jacobs Decadence EDP)
(Hugo Boss Boss The Scent Private Accord – For Her EDP)
(Maison Lancome Les Parfums Grands Crus Travel Set x4 travel sprays)

Thankfully, there were a lot of good deals on some of this stuff (hefty discounts) and I even got some fragrance samples to boot! Unlike last year’s visit where I ended up with some duds (Perfume Fails), I was extremely happy with everything I purchased during this year’s Autumn Perfumes Exhibition! All the haulage took place in one hall (dis) because I rarely ventured out to the other halls.

Satisfied with the haulage, I leisurely surveyed the hall (the only one I ever visit) one last time before leaving the place and was delighted to find several niche brands including Amouage and Memo and Kilian and more, all offering substantially discounted fragrances! Naturally, I had to hit up the Kilian booth!

I sniffed several scents at the Kilian booth, but none of them really appealed to me… until I smelled Apple Brandy! I’d never even seen, let alone heard of Apple Brandy at our local Sephora before (pics here), because apparently Apple Brandy was exclusive to the brand’s boutique in New York City. It was love at first sniff!!!!

The final fragrance I purchased during this year’s Autumn Perfumes Exhibition was Apple Brandy by Kilian!

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Maison Lancome Les Parfums Grands Crus Travel Set Haul

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 this point, it’s practically tradition for me to check out the Lancome booth (run by Beidoun) during every Perfumes Exhibition and in all honesty, other than that one time (here), my experience with them, for the past few decades, has been nothing short of excellent (here)!

I hit up the Lancome booth because I was flirting with the idea of getting either the original La Nuit Trésor Eau de Parfum (2015) or La Nuit Trésor À La Folie Eau de Parfum (2018), but ended up walking away with this gem, the Maison Lancome Les Parfums Grands Crus Travel Set (foncy, foncy)!

Each fragrance was a work of art, therefore my “reviews” or rather first impressions of each fragrance, is going to be a bit on the longer side, in my attempt to do them justice.

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