I’d run out of Chips and Dip from my previous Sultan Center Haul (here), so I figured I’d pop into Carrefour to replenish my stock, since I was at the Avenues anyway. Also, it was where I usually park my car. It’s been a minute since I was last at Carrefour, which is a shame because they have way better snacks than Sultan Center (just sayin’).
I received a text message on July 18 that said they were giving out a free gift to anyone who spent KD 24 on the Sephora Collection which was my main incentive for going back to Sephora. However, I also wanted to pick up my Brand Gift which was between either a Becca trio or GlamGlow trio (as shown on the left and also on display all the way at the bottom of this post, here) both of which were equally awesome! I’d actually qualified for the Brand Gift by accumulating the 200 points (exactly KD 0/800 per point) earlier, on June 5 (haulage here) but on June 6 (when I went back to exchange something, here) was told I had to wait for a certain e-mail. As you can tell from the photo (on the left), eventually I received the e-mail with the Gift Voucher on June 18 (only 2 days after I e-mailed them, which was very professional of Sephora UAE and so unlike Sephora Kuwait) which meant I should’ve been able to claim my Brand Gift. Unfortunately, that was not the case. On July 20, I went to Sephora again to pick up my Brand Gift and tried to discreetly take a few photos for my Spotted at Sephora post (here) and even purchased a few of the items, to qualify for the Sephora gift with purchase as mentioned in the text they sent out to everyone. However, at the cash register, I was told that both Brand Gifts were out of stock but they would contact me once they were back in stock… if I just gave them my name and phone number. The guy at the check-out counter proceeded to pull out a rather large book already full of pages and pages of names and numbers of other people on the “waiting list” for the Brand Gift . We’ve been through this before with MAC, guys. Doing it old-school just doesn’t work, at least not in Kuwait. C’mon now, y’all are Sephora. Surely you guys have a more efficient way of doing this LOL Like I said at the start of this post, I went back to Sephora on July 20, meaning they’ve had my name and number for a little over a month now and still haven’t contacted me. Heck, I’m not sure if they even added the points I accumulated from this haul. In any case, everything I purchased in this haul, was featured in my Spotted at Sephora (Summer) post (here).
I visited Sephora again (seriously, they need to move the store to a more accessible area of the Avenues already, like maybe switch out Sephora with Next so people can access Sephora both from inside and outside the mall for quick drive-bys. I mean their current location is so out of the way from everything else!) and also, because I still didn’t get my Brand Gift (for reaching 200 points) even though I’ve already received the e-mail from the Dubai branch of Sephora. While there, I spotted several new displays (as shown above), new products and new brands!!!!
For starters they had a Mini Mania display (sooo cute!) mostly of cult fave products available in mini-sizes separated into 4 categories (all of which we’ll be taking a much closer look at, below) ranging from Speedy Sport – Sunny Beach – Trendy Work – Funky Party.
I was at the Avenues when I noticed they had a Sale going on over at The Body Shop. It was around closing time, but I still managed to take some photos and grab a few things. I tried my best to put names and prices to everything. If there are any mistakes, I apologize (let me know in the comments and I’ll fix it). The NEW ITEMS (not included in the Sale) are all the way at the bottom of this post. To my understanding, the Sale usually lasts for an entire month which according to my calculations is August 20. So if anything catches your fancy, you’ve still got a few days to go pick it up. Hope you enjoy this post!
So unbeknownst to me, the ban had been lifted, and apparently I could order from http://elfcosmetics.com/ again!
Back in the day, I used to order from ELF (Eyes Lips Face) pretty regularly. To the extent that I actually remember when they only had the Essentials line (everything from Makeup to Makeup Brushes and Tools, even an Eyelash Curler was only $1 and came in flimsy white packaging). Then, they branched out into the Studio line (slightly pricier trendy makeup with sleek black packaging). Then I believe they came out with a mineral range (around the $5 mark and above, with sturdy beige packaging) called Beautifully Bare. Looking at the photo (above) of the haulage, based on the packaging, you can sorta’ tell that a few items are from the Essentials line and a few are from the Beautifully Bare line, while the rest are mostly from the Studio line (black packaging). With that being said, it seems that ELF no longer categorizes them as such, because everything was merged together on their website. If not for the packaging and the price point, I wouldn’t be able to tell which was which.
My first ELF purchase was actually from drugstore.com (around 2007 or so) and it was a bunch of their lip balms in little square tins, lipgloss in littly click-y pens, small circular blush and bronzers, tiny eyeshadow quads, white makeup brushes and even a body lotion, to name a few. Once I figured out I could order directly from the the ELF website, I went ham and ordered every new product they came out with (and they came out with new product pretty regularly!) to the extent that I’m still working my way through all my ELF stuff!
More often than not, some of the products would arrive damaged or literally break apart in my hands, but because of their low price point, I just brushed it off. Also, because twice a year, ELF would have a 50% discount on all their products! If I’d been eyeing up anything from the Studio Line or expensive Beautifully Bare line, I’d wait for the 50% discount because that would be the time when I’d purchase them (way more affordable). Heck, even the $1 line would only cost $0.50 per product! That said, it seems that ELF have increased the price point of their Essentials range by a dollar, which means everything in the Essentials range goes for $2 now. So, it’s safe to assume that they increased the prices for all the other lines as well. Regardless, their products are still extremely budget-friendly! In fact, the total for my entire order was only $109.96 (technically $140 with a $39 discount plus $8.96 for tax).
For whatever reason, I couldn’t order from the ELF website anymore, so I stopped. I’d still try my luck every few months or so, on the off-chance that my order would go through. I was dying to try out some of their newer stuff! I really wanted to get my hands on those stunning Makeup Brushes from the Beautifully Precise line, in particular. Thankfully, after about 2-4 years, my order finally went through!
Since the Sale was still ongoing over at ColourPop (slashed prices on most of their items) about a month after my last ColourPop order (here), I decided to pick up even more Super Shock Shadows (x9) and Creme Gel Liners (x6) and Lippie Stix (x6). I also picked up another of those Crystal Liquid Highlighters and a backup of my Brow Boss Pencil (previously hauled here). I really wanted to try out their Super Shock Blush so I just got 1 (for now). Lastly, if you spent X amount of money, you got a Golden State of Mind Pressed Powder Shadow Palette (Sephora Exclusive) for free! I placed my order on December 27 and it shipped 2 days later! Believe it or not, my entire order was only $101.60 (about KD 30/700) which is a total steal!
I was at the Avenues finishing up some errands when the MAC Snow Ball Collection (Holiday 2017) display caught me eye (you can see the display from afar without having to actually go in, because the display is literally situated at the entrance). Usually, MAC Collections start trickling into local stores months and months after their world-wide release… if they even make it to Kuwait at all. That’s why I figured it was too soon to start stalking all the local MAC stores. I’d already left my name and phone number with the majority of the MAC stores in the country, earlier, in the hopes that they’d inform me (usually via mass text) when the MAC Snow Ball Collection would hit the local stores. I did not receive a single phone call nor text (not a one) when the collection was actually released (typical Kuwait). Since the collection had been released in Kuwait without my knowledge, a lot of the things that I had been planning on getting were already sold out! Outwardly, I might have seemed calm, but inside I was seething!
I’d really, really, really been looking forward to getting my hands on a few choice pieces from both the Core Collection (previewed here) and the Sets & Kits (previewed here) of the MAC Snow Ball Collection! I was heartbroken when the Sales Assistant told me that the both Face Bags (Sequined Rose-Gold Bag, 140 Fan Brush and Extra Dimension Skinfinish) were long gone, because I’d had my heart set on repurchasing my beloved Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish (previously hauled here). At least both Opalescent Highlighters were still available (surprisingly, I went for the peachier one instead) and most of the Extra Dimension Eyeshadows were still available as well so I snagged 2 of them. I even managed to find Rouge en Snow which was the only lipstick I actually really, really wanted from the Core Collection and the Candy Yum Yum Shadescents Kit (silver pouch) which besides the Face Bags was the only other Kit that I had to have from the Sets & Kits.
Honestly, it was only pure dumb luck that I happened upon the Snow Ball Collection when I did!