On the last day of the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (Mishref Fair Grounds during October-November 2016) I came across the Bioderma booth. I hate Bioderma Micellar Water (story below) but I figure it’s been 5 years since my horrible experience, so why not let bygones be bygones? They had several good deals on a lot of their stuff. I’ve always loved a good facial mist (my first was from Evian back in 2000) so the Hydrabio Moisturizing anti-UV Water Mist caught my attention straight away. I mean… it hydrates your skin, protects your skin from UV rays, feels refreshing (a must in Kuwait) and sets your makeup! Basically, this stuff is perfect for summer! They were having some sort of deal where if you bought 2 cans you’d get a discount as opposed to buying just 1 can and paying full price for it. They kept trying to push products on me but I straight up told them that I absolutely hate Bioderma and was only willing to mend fences just recently (literally when I laied eyes on the Hydrabio Mist lawl). I figure since I was going to be stuck in line waiting to pay for my purchase anyway, might as well get something else from the brand. It was a spur of the moment thing, but I snagged a pack of Sensibio H2O Wipes because I like cleansing wipes, in general. It didn’t even occur to me (until I got back home) that these were red… and the Bioderma Micellar Water (that I’d used in the past) was red… so they were from the same line (red packaging)… and these wipes were soaked in that very same useless Micellar Water that I’d had a horrible experience with in the past. At the very least, they tossed in a whole bunch of samples (since it was the last day of Beautycon … or at least the Kuwaiti version of it), which is always fun! Here’s hoping it all works out… I’m going to be “cautiously optimistic”!
This was another impulse-buy during the Perfume & Makeup Exhibit at Mishref Fair Grounds back in October-November. I had attended a wedding earlier that month, and at the behest of all the females in my life, had employed the services of a Makeup Artist. Apparently, my makeup application is too “light” for formal events. The Makeup Artist caked and baked the life out of my face until I was virtually unrecognizable. It was a whole process and it took hours upon hours (and here I thought I took forever). The only fun part for me about the whole ordeal was looking over her kit; she had everything from Chanel to Lime Crime and Colourpop, lots of MAC, and so much more (I love snooping through people’s makeup collection)! With that being said, I was not impressed with the end result, seeing as how she made me look like your typical friendly neighborhood Drag Queen which led to me feeling awkward and uncomfortable throughout the entire wedding, but hey, at least all the females in my life approve (more is more… in Kuwait).
As a final step, she took out this huge can of Setting Spray (it was so huge, at first I legit thought it was Hair Spray) and drenched my face in it. After the wedding was over, I passed out face-down on my pillow around 3 in the morning (sue me) but when I woke up, my makeup was not only intact but virtually untouched (aside from the sides of my nose er, nostrils which I kept wiping with a tissue eventually removing all traces of foundation from it because it was so cold in the Wedding Hall).
Fast-forward to a month later, I spotted the iconic Blue Can of Fixing Spray at the Kryolan Booth and flirted with the idea of purchasing it but it cost a lot so I decided against it and was about to walk away when I saw something I’d been dying to get my hands on for years, a Color Switch from the brand Vera Mona, laying all nonchalant on the shelving unit. I figure since I was going to buy the Vera Mona Color Switch, might as well pick up the Kryolan Fixing Spray as well and that settled that.
Once I spotted the Al Mansour Booth at the Perfume and Makeup Exhibition, I cautiously approached the booth. Why cautiously? Because Al Mansour (mentioned previously – here) sold everything from L.A. Girl, LASplash, Milani, Deborah, etc… basically all the drugstore brands (read: inexpensive products). Now that every single girl in the world has joined the darkside (read: has turned into a makeup junkie of sorts) the ones in Kuwait have quickly sussed out that Al Mansour sells great products at a relatively inexpensive price. In case you missed it, basically it means their booth is now always swarmed by women and consequentially men who are trying to “pick up” said women, much to my dismay. I can understand the hand-holding couple who are so in love that they can’t bear the thought of being apart even for a second and I actually kinda’ think it’s cute! I can understand the grumpy older husband being dragged by his much younger and consequentially much hotter wife to these things. I can understand the gay guy whose brow game is so next level it hurts, browsing the same brow products shelf as I am and sizing me up (or my brows, more accurately) as I do the same to him, like two samurai warriors acknowledging each other as worthy adversaries before they do battle. I can understand the younger men sent by their significant others (who for whatever reason couldn’t make it) and shopping on their behalf. I understand the men who are there to purchase Oud and such from the neighboring booths. I cannot however understand the fully grown men who gather on the outskirts of these makeup booths just to leer at women. Aside from being creepy AF they also create an obstruction to the already narrow pathways and add unnecessary participants to an already large crowd!!!! *end rant*
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