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).
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.
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.
ELF were having a 50% off Sale, but only on select items (mostly Tools and Brushes and some of their less expensive products).
As usual, none of the newer items were included. So, I used up my Beauty Reward Points (every $1 spent at ELF = 1 Beauty Point) to activate the “Choose Your Own Sale Day” (15% – 25% off) option. That way, I could purchase the other items I wanted (that had not been included in the 50% off Sale) at a discounted price too! I also used up my Beauty Reward Points to redeem several items (got them for free).
I listed both the original price and the reduced price, next to each item and in parenthesis listed whether the item was part of the 50% off Sale or if I had used “Beauty Points” (ELF’s Loyalty Program). Instead of being $175 the total was $100.75 (well, $109.69 with tax) which was KD 30 (about KD 33 with tax).
Shortly after I placed this order, ELF released a whole slew of new products. So, it’s safe to assume that every time they had a 50% Sale, they were most probably going to be releasing new stuff, soon after.
– Kilian Black Phantom (Memento Mori) Body Lotion
– Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum Intense (arrived already opened)
– Maison Lancome Oud Bouquet Eau de Parfum (x2 travel-size)
While I busy at work not working, I noticed that Nordstrom were now selling my beloved Black Phantom (Memento Mori) (haulage here) as both a Body Lotion and a Shower Gel! Also new to Nordstrom was the latest take on the infamous Black Opium, which was Black Opium Intense. I was still debating whether I should purchase yet another Body Lotion and Perfume, when I happened to notice that the travel-size version of the ever elusive Oud Bouquet was back in stock! That settled that!
As soon as I got home, I hurriedly placed my order. As per usual, there were a ton of Gifts with Purchase and Samples that came along with the order, and everything arrived safely (not a thing was damaged)!
Unfortunately, other than the beautiful print with clouds amidst the star-speckled pastel-y background and all the gorgeous iridescent-y packaging, I wasn’t all that impressed by the ColourPop Holiday Collection this year. As per usual, towards the end of December, they came out with a Sale (I wanna’ say it was 40% off), in addition to a Free Eyeshadow Palette if you spent $50. Like I said, I wasn’t really all that interested in the Holiday Collection this year, but I placed an order anyway and snagged a few choice tidbits here and there, for a total of $100.80 which meant I got the Chasing Rainbows Palette (Holiday Collection) for free. Surprisingly, not one thing arrived damaged!
Every year my awesome friends and family will gift me a bunch of cool stuff for my birthday, which I’m super thankful and appreciative of (for? of? I dunno’), and this year (Dec. 2018) was no different. I don’t really feel the need to post about each and every single gift, for several reasons (some are sentimental and therefore private, while others I choose not to show because they’re unique and I would like to remain somewhat anonymous lol).
For my last birthday, I got the usual Flowers and Chocolates and a Perfume Gift Set (haulage here) as well as a Handbag and a bunch of random stuff including an actual Poke Ball Plus (meant to be used with the Pokemon Go app) lol while the rest was mostly Jewelry. The coolest birthday gift I received has to be hands down the AKRacing Pro Gaming Chair (photos here) which was gifted to me by my brother!
That said, my uncle’s darling of a wife, gifted me this Laura Mercier Master Class Colour Essentials Collection which I couldn’t not show (y’know on account of this being a makeup blog and all lol)! It’s not in pristine condition, because I couldn’t resist digging my claws into it and swatching everything as soon as I’d unwrapped it!
ELF (Eyes Lips Face) were having a 20% off $20 and 30% off $30 and 40% off $40 and 50% off $50 promo going on (the promo excluded the newest of new releases though), towards the end of November and start of December. I jumped on that deal and ordered a few things that based on my previous experience, probably wouldn’t survive shipping during the Summer (it can get up to 50 Celsius/131 Fahrenheit over here).
Despite being billed for them and also redeeming my “Beauty Points” (part of ELF’s loyalty program) several items were missing from my order. I didn’t bother contacting ELF though, because even if they did ship the missing items separately, the shipping itself would cost more than the actual items. It just wasn’t cost effective.
Regardless, I managed to get my hands on some things that I’ve been meaning to purchase for a good long while now, but was holding back because of the price. I got some Skincare and Foundation (in several shades), Brow Stuff (in several shades), a few Lip Things and even fewer Makeup Brushes and a ton of Blushes and Bronzers and Highlights all for half price! The total was $132 which is slightly more than I would’ve preferred to have spent, but I also feel like I saved more in the long run (logic)! I kinda’ went crazy (which is usually the case when ELF knocks their prices down to half off), but 50% off was just too good to pass up!