The first Essence item I bought was a Nude Pencil Eyeliner online from Ulta.com (back when they used to accept my online credit card, around 2008 or 2009).
Many years later, I spotted Essence locally at Carrefour (spotted here).
In 2017 I picked up a selection of products from the Essence counter at Carrefour (haulage here).
Then again in January 2019 where I fell in love with one of their Mascaras (here) and repurchased it again on July 2019 (here).
Rather than having to rely on local vendors (because who knew how old the stuff they were selling even was), on February 5th 2020, I placed my first online order directly with Essence.
The website was fairly simple to navigate. Unfortunately, they didn’t have a wide variety of products and shade colors to choose from.
That said, I was only interested in repurchasing my favorite Mascara. The rest was purchased just to test out the brand.
All their products were Cruelty Free and Vegan and Paraben Free and oddly enough, some were Gluten Free (not joking).
The total was $40.32 with tax (after I’d used a $10 off coupon code).
Like I said in a previous post (Takis Destroyed My Teeth), on March 7, I hit up the Hawally branch of Sultan Center (Promenade Mall) on my way back home from the dentist.
Since it had been a while since I was last out in public (remember, I’d been self-isolating way before the official lock-down because… me), I couldn’t resist popping by Boots for a quickie!
They actually had a ton of new and interesting things since the last time I’d been there (around two years ago), but what with the ‘rona going around, I figured I’d keep the haulage to a minimum.
I just wanted to repurchase my favorite Black Eyeliner Pencil (the one I use was down to a nub), but while at the Bourjois Booth, I clocked a cute looking Mascara and grabbed it too (as a lil treat for going through the unpleasantness of the whole root canal thing).
Plus, Ramadan was coming up and like most local households, it was the time of the year when our entire household (parents, siblings, siblings’ children) would dress up and sit down together for a meal.
Everyone in our household usually put in a little extra effort in the way they dressed during Ramadan, meaning I’d probably be in the mood to play around with my Makeup at least a handful of days during that month. So, it was nice to know I had a fresh tube of Mascara and Eyeliner at the ready.
That said, I wasn’t going out (aside from the occasional visit to the Hospital and Sultan Center straight afterwards), which meant I definitely didn’t need to buy more Makeup, but this purchase was more… symbolic.
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).
As per usual, I popped by the Al Mansour booth (pics here) for my makeup-fix.
– x8 Brow Products
– x5 False Lashes
– x1 Mascara
– x2 Eyeshadows
– x5 Blushes
ColourPop were having a 30% off Sale leading up to Labor Day so I placed an order with them, picking up a few things.
I’d been meaning to hit up Carrefour (Avenues) to repurchase the Essence Lash Princess Sculpted Volume Mascara. Plus, our driver couldn’t find my beloved Torabika Cappuccino Instant Coffee in any of the local cooperatives. Plus, my older brother wanted me to pick up some Beef Jerky for him. Plus, my younger brother wanted me to pick up some Americana Mini Croissants to take to work with him (for his coworkers). Plus, the last time I’d popped in to Carrefour was back in January (dis) so it’s been a minute.
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).
Buy any 3 mascaras from your favorite brands, and we’ll automatically deduct the cost of the lowest-priced mascara in Checkout; no promo code required.
Plus, get a deluxe sample of Lancôme Cils Booster with any mascara purchase (one sample per customer).
Ramadan this year happened to coincide with Nordstrom’s annual “Pick 3 Mascaras, Get 1 of them Free” deal. Apparently, most people take advantage of this opportunity, to go after some of the more expensive mascaras (I’m talkin’ crazy expensive).
However, since it was boiling hot in Kuwait, towards the end of May, I wasn’t as willing to risk spending a crazy amount on mascaras, that might possibly arrive all dried up, especially since, after purchasing a handful of Kaftans via Instagram for Ramadan, I was pretty much skint. In fact, I was so broke, I actually debated whether I should just skip ordering online, for the time being.
Then again, the deal on mascaras was too good to pass up! Also, after spending a certain amount, customers qualified for the “Sample Pack of the month” (haulage here), not to mention the Gift with Purchase which totally sweetened the deal!
While browsing through the New Arrivals section up on Nordstrom, I spotted an exciting new version of my beloved Light Blue called Light Blue Sun. It listed Coconut Water (which I adore in most forms) in the fragrance notes! I mean…c’mon, Light Blue + Coconut Water just sounded awesome! So, despite my luck (or lack-thereof) with purchasing perfumes before actually smelling them, this was yet another blind-buy lol Since I was going to have to pay extortionate shipping fees regardless, I figured I might as well purchase a few more items, to even out the shipping cost (I mathed).
I picked up something from the Too Faced collab with Erika Jayne and to qualify for the Too Faced Gift with Purchase also purchased a Too Faced Mascara (travel size). Lastly, since I’d actually sampled Mon Paris earlier (here) and over time, grew to enjoy the scent, I sprung for the YSL Mon Paris Eau de Parfum Set (3oz/90mL + 1oz/30mL).
Since the total for everything was more than $100 I ended up qualifying for both the April Skincare Sample Pack (here) and April Fragrance Sample Pack (here) and the April Bonus Gift (here) and got to pick out 3 samples for free.
– Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Sun Eau de Toilette (Limited Edition)
– Too Faced x Erika Jayne Pat The Pu$$ Kissable Body Shimmer (Limited Edition)
– Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (travel size)
– Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Eau de Parfum Set