My dad asked me to order yet another Alexa Echo for him, once the new one with an 8″ HD screen came out.
Since UK electronics are more compatible with our electric system in Kuwait (?) as opposed to the army of adapters you would need for US appliances, I had to place my order with Amazon UK, as opposed to regular ol’ Amazon.
Since I was going to be placing an online order with Amazon UK anyway, I figured I might as well pick up one of the Babyliss Rotating Hot Air Stylers that I’ve had my eye on for a while now.
So on February 6 2020, I placed an order with Amazon UK for my dad’s stuff (he wanted some other gadgets as well) and for my stuff too.
I was on a full on Hair Care kick, around June of last year and purchased a ton of hair stuff online from Nordstrom (haulage here) including products from the brand DevaCurl which was “Curly Girl Method Approved”!
Shortly after, as if on cue, there was a scandal and a following lawsuit involving the brand. Apparently, DevaCurl products (allegedly) caused hair loss and hair damage and other hair-related issues.
Thankfully, I hadn’t gotten around to using any of the travel-sized products in the DevaCurl Super Curly Curls On The Go Kit.
Unfortunately though, I did get around to using the DevaCurl Wave Maker Touchable Texture Whip.
Mark Hill Perfect Blow Dry Rollers retail for KD 15/000 each
These detachable rollers are the quickest and easiest way to get that celeb blow dry look. It’s super-easy to nail this style, just blow dry your mane as you usually would before using the detachable radial brush rollers to get those big bouncy curls. Perfect before a big night out!
So I spotted these at Boots (Avenues). Initially, I was drawn to the Mark Hill Perfect Blow Dry Rollers because of the 80’s color scheme (like I said, I’m currently on an 80’s kick) which I thought was so cool! However, when I realized they were actually Hair Rollers, I was highly intrigued!
I’ve always wanted to create a salon-worthy blow-out/blow-dry at home. However, I’ve never quite mastered the art of of using a Round Brush in one hand and a Blow-Dryer in the other. Something about it just too complex for me lol That’s why I turned my eye to Hair Rollers, so sure that they’d give me the results I wanted, and that they’d be much easier to use. I’d fill up my Amazon (UK) wish-list with so many Heated Rollers and would frequently check back to read the reviews, but I would never actually purchase any of them. It’s been that way for years.
That’s why when I spotted these Mark Hill Perfect Blow Dry Rollers, I just had to get them. A sane person would’ve purchased just the one. However, Boots were having a Buy Two Get One Free deal going on, at the time. I figured I was actually saving money (when I got back home, my family were like, “that’s not how it works”) and also, down the line, I may wanna’ have more defined curls as opposed to big voluminous yet shapeless curls so more curlers were needed (it made sense in my mind, ok?)
I just happened to be in the vicinity (because I usually park my car in the underground parking lot) and figured I’d replenish my stock of Beef Jerky. One thing led to another and I ended up with… dis. To be fair, I can’t find Beef Jerky anywhere else, other than Carrefour, which is why I buy the stuff in bulk (Avenues isn’t exactly around the corner from my place). Also, our local co-op is always out of whichever coffee drink I happen to enjoy at the time, so that’s why I buy a pack or two at a time.
They were having a Buy 2 Get 2 Free over at Boots (the one facing Carrefour at the Avenues) so I decided to pop in and check it out.
(Photo nicked off the Mishref Fair Grounds Website).
I try to make it a point to visit the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition at least once a year. The Perfume & Cosmetics Exhibition takes place twice a year (March and then again in Oct-Nov) in Hall 5 and Hall 6 and Hall 8 at Mishref Fair Grounds. As you can see, the Halls are huge! They’ve always got something or other going on there (sometimes simultaneously), year-round! This year, I noticed that they had strung up pretty fairy lights and arranged a seating area somewhere outside, with a ton of trendy pop-ups in cute little shacks that were catering the event, on either side of the seating area! I actually took a handful of pics, but people’s faces were on full display so I can’t show ’em (privacy blah blah blah consent blah blah blah).
Unfortunately, the majority of the halls participating in the Perfume & Cosmetics Exhibition mainly feature Oud and Teeb (Arab Fragrances), with only a smaller portion of booths featuring “French Perfumes” and an even smaller portion featuring Makeup. Heck, one of the Halls (I wanna’ say Hall 7) was reserved solely and entirely for Boutiqaat (at one point, I saw a tumbleweed roll by).
I’ve been going to the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition for
years decades! In fact, even before I used to go there, my mom would get me a Lancome Mascara Gift Set when I was a teen (drugstore brands weren’t as readily available in Kuwait back then). Even just 8 years back, Victoria’s Secret used to participate (here) as did Sephora (here). It’s also where I first spotted China Glaze (here) and Lush (here). Now, it’s so very different (not in a good way) from what it once was…
After begging Boots to bring back Batiste Dry Shampoo in the shade a Hint of Color – Medium & Brunette (because I couldn’t find it anywhere in the country) and then later on, any Dry Shampoo from any brand (it’s like all the Dry Shampoo in the country just disappeared), Boots finally brought back not only Batiste Dry Shampoo, but they even brought out their own (in-house brand) Boots Dry Shampoo! LOL
Once again, I found myself at the Avenues branch of H&M. Once again, they were having some sort of deal. Once again, I couldn’t resist picking up a few items to take advantage of said deal. I picked up a pack of pretty falsies (3x per pack), another one of those sleek hair brushes, and 2 aviators (I’ve always had a thing for aviators, they just look so cool!) and managed to get one of the aviators for free (as part of the deal). Overall, I’m pretty happy with what I got and haven’t experienced any buyer’s remorse since these are all quite practical (for a change)!
H&M were having a promotion awhile ago (a couple months ago actually) for H&M Fashion Week where if you bought any two items you got the third free and also for every 10KD spent you got an entry coupon for the raffle draw (I think it was either KD1,000 or KD 10,000). I only found out about the promo after I decided to pop in to H&M (1st Avenue – the one facing Shake Shack, MAC, River Island, etc… and wall-to-wall with Zara). Right off the bat, I noticed that they’d revamped the store (moving all the makeup, skincare, hair stuff, shoes, handbags and other accessories from one of the entrances, all the way to that little area, that used to be reserved for childrens’ clothes, whereas the kids’ clothes have now been moved one floor up). I wasn’t really in the mood to try on any clothes but I couldn’t resist picking up a few brushes (as you can see) and once I found out about the buy two get one free deal, I decided to pick up a few more random items.
I don’t normally shop at Carrefour at the Avenues, but I do tend to park my car in their designated underground parking area quite often. Quite frankly, the Avenues is huge, which makes it easy for people to get lost (just me? okay!) in the underground parking area. That’s why I prefer having someone else (anyone else, really) take me to the Avenues rather than driving myself there. Even after all these years, I still can’t remember which escalator leads up to which area of the mall. They all look pretty much the same to me. That’s why, when I’m not parking outside (Ikea parking or Forever 21 parking), I’ll go for the underground parking at Carrefour. I know what to look for (shopping carts on a flattened escalator), I know where it takes me (to Bath & Body Works and Boots facing Carrefour), and I know how to get back to my car (using the Carrefour escalators as a focal point lawl). In addition to all that, using my phone, I’ll snap a photo of the number on the column (just to be safe). You might think that’s overkill but I actually got lost down there once (whilst wearing uncomfortable shoes). It wasn’t pretty. It felt like I was in Mad Max and it was survival of the fittest! After going around in circles for what felt like hours (30 mins in reality), and when I couldn’t walk any longer (I was dying!) I gave up and plopped down on the nearest sidewalk and prepared my goodbyes. My mom told me to quit whining (no sympathy whatsoever) and get back home because it was getting late. Luckily, they’ve got a protocol in place for this sort of thing at the Avenues. The security guys roaming around the underground parking area have these little golf carts that they can drive you around in, until you find your car! So… anyways, I don’t normally shop at Carrefour but this time instead of zipping past it (on my way to Bath & Body Works and Boots and such), I had time to kill so I decided to browse around for a bit. There wasn’t anything particularly exciting but I did come across Essence in their makeup section, which I thought was pretty cool!