At the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (photos here), I made a quick stop at the Al Mansour booth and picked up a few things. For the past few years, I’ve really been trying to cut back on buying more makeup (this is me “cutting back” lol), but since these were relatively inexpensive, I figured there was no harm in buying them (the justification never ends lol) and that’s how I ended up spending KD 30 ($100).
(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…
I like how they went from asking me to flat-out stop taking pictures (here and here) to now offering to hold up the products for me while I take the picture LOL I spotted some of the New Collections (new to Kuwait, rather) and a new Hair Care Brand called Briogeo, some fun Asian Skincare and more than a few absolutely stunning Palettes! With that being said, now that I’m getting older, I find myself… dare I say it… kinda’ losing interest in makeup (I’m 33). Not a lot seems to wow me anymore. I’ve also noticed the same thing happening with my choice of fragrance (I’m starting to turn away from all things candy and find a lot of my once-beloved gourmands straight up annoying now). If I ever fall out of love with videogames though, I’d be completely devastated (might as well not live anymore, after that! lawl). Thankfully, that hasn’t happened… yet.
Order placed: August 22
Order shipped from ELF: August 29
Order forwarded from US Aramex Mailbox: August 30
Order arrived in Kuwait (undergoing clearance): September 2
Order received: September 9 (it’s a whole song and dance, I tell ya’)
Just like your average, run-of-the-mill, everday addict, I was craving my next hit of inexpensive makeup (hey, it could be worse). As I said in my previous post (here) ELF had come out with 4 new makeup brushes, in addition to a several very interesting new products. Plus, the Free Gift Set (with orders of $25+) actually seemed worthwhile. Plus, I’d racked up enough points from their loyalty program to spend. Plus, they were giving away a full-sized product as a Free Sample.
I had my eye on several of the creamier makeup products, as well as some skincare, but I was worried that they might go bad or melt in the heat. That’s why I decided to wait until the weather cools down in Kuwait before ordering them and also why this particular order consisted mostly of powder products, makeup brushes and tools (products that were relatively unaffected by heat).
That said, I wasn’t sure that Aramex would even deliver some of the skincare items, especially the sprays (due to shipping restrictions) so just to experiment (test the waters), I ordered a full sized 3.38 fl. oz. (100 mL) Cleanser and a full sized 2.70 fl. oz. (80 mL) Setting Mist, both of which actually made their way to me (yay)!
So now I know… and knowing is half the battle (Yo, Joe!)
Since my previous order (haulage here), about 4 months ago, ELF had come out with a bunch of new products (including 4 new Makeup Brushes). At the time of this order, they had a promo which included a Free Plump It Up Gift (3pc) with any $25+ order, in addition to a Free Sample with every purchase. I’d accumulated enough points (you get 50 point just for signing up) to pick out a Free Gift of my choice (from select items). I figured it was worth placing an order right then and taking advantage of all the deals and promos and such. Mostly, I just wanted to give those Makeup Brushes a try!
Generally, I try to stick to a budget of around $100 (otherwise it’d be too easy to go overboard without even realizing it). The subtotal for this order was $100 (minus the $8.87 sales tax), which I felt was close enough to my personal target.
Makeup (Eye Stuff, Lip Stuff, Face Stuff, geddit? ELF lawl)
Tools (Makeup Brushes, Sharpener, Tweezers, Lash Curler, etc…)
ColourPop collabed with Disney to come up with the Disney Designer Collection. The collection featured 6 of the Disney Princesses decked out in “Designer” versions of their typical character outfits.
Tiana from The Princess and The Frog (Green Ruched Top and Yellow-Green Rockabilly Skirt, same colors she wears in the movie, except she has a Black Bolero with Marching Band detailing over-top. The ginormous green flower makes the outfit very “high fashion”. Chic!)
Ariel from The Little Mermaid (Purple Tie-Dye Asymmetrical Punk-y Dress complete with knee-high fishnet socks and fishnet gloves and iridescent fishtail detailing on the abdomen area and mismatched splotches of Aquamarine and Pink and White all over the skirt area, which seems to include some Black around the inner part of high-low hem, all possibly meant to mimic the iridescence of a Mermaid’s Tail. Trashy!)
Belle from Beauty and the Beast (Yellow Off-The-Shoulder Dress with ruffles, which is very off-the-times, with a longer pleated skirt draped and pin-tucked around the much shorter skirt with a single Yellow Rose on the abdomen area. The entire dress features a Red Rose print, which is deliciously apropros! Elegant!).
Jasmine from the movie Aladdin (Rainbow-Vomit Animal Print Aesthetic and Gold-on-Gold everything so…. spot on, for a stereotypical Arab. Also, the only one carrying a Designer Handbag lol The Sleeveless Fitted Jumpsuit with a Matching Skirt over top and Long Pink Waistcoat (Cardigan? Dress?) would be something I’d totally wear… only in a different color… minus the Animal Print, minus the Skirt, minus the gold-on-gold everything lol Also, I love her hair! Even though Ariel is generally my favorite (actually Mulan is my true fave, but she’s not featured), Jasmine looks very Tribal Warrior-esque and is by far the coolest out of all the “Designer” versions!)
Snow White from the movie of the same name (White Greco-Roman Dress… with a White Fur Stole. Boring. Also, her hair should’ve been in a bun, just sayin’).
Cinderella from the movie of the same name (Silver Ball Gown with Black Detailing complete with a matching Shawl and Black Gloves, all dripping in Jewelry. Her hair and the slant of her eyes, makes her look like a 1950’s Barbie. Blech.).
The Disney Designer Collection consisted of a 15-pan Pressed Powder Shadow Palette and 6 Super Shock Shadows and 2 Super Shock Highlighters and 6 Creme Lux Lipsticks and 3 Ultra Glossy Lips. The packaging is quite cute! As were the names and even some of the descriptions. The shades however, were an all together different story (with a not so happy ending).
No offense to ColourPop, but MAC totally did it better with their Venomous Villains Collection (haulage here)!