Once again, ColourPop came out with a whole slew of new products (Pressed Powder Blushes, Pressed Powder Bronzers, Pressed Powder Highlighters, Crystal Liquid Highlighters, Crystal Setting Sprays, Crystal Priming Sprays, Crystal Lip Balms, Brow Products, Concealers, Makeup Brushes)!!!! What’s more, they even updated their website with more accurate photos (infinitely better than the previous ones, at least) of all their products! They also came out with some new shades in the Super Shock Shadows range. The Buy 2 Get 1 Free deal on all their Liquid Lipsticks was still ongoing, as was the Free Empty Eyeshadow Palette you got with every purchase of 4 Pressed Powder Shadows. I wasn’t planning on placing yet another order… up until ColourPop hit 5 million followers on Instagram and they decided to celebrate by coming out with 5 Limited Edition products that you got for free (well, technically as a gift with purchase)!
We are celebrating reaching 5 million on Instagram with limited edition items for a grab bag starting tomorrow at 10am PST!
Fab Five Lippie Stix, Nine to Five Ultra Glossy, Take Five Ultra Matte, High Five Super Shock Highlighter, Party of Five Super Shock Shadow
Spend $10 + Get 1
Spend $25 + Get 2
Spend $40 + Get 3
Spend $55 + Get 4
Spend $70 + Get all 5
My order was $100 exactly, so I qualified for all 5 but didn’t get the Fab Five Lippie Stix so I’m assuming that they ran out of stock by then (my order was placed on August 30th). Despite that, it’s a really cool deal and I appreciate the fact that ColourPop are constantly coming up with new shades, all-new products, interesting collaborations, and all kinds of promotions! Basically, I love that ColourPop are always trying to keep things exciting!
So ColourPop were having this deal on all the Liquid Lips (Buy Two get One Free) and I’d been eyeing up several of them for awhile so I decided to jump on it. They were also having another deal where if you bought 4 Pressed Powder Shadows, you got an empty Eyeshadow Palette for free. So I grabbed some Pressed Powder Shadows and a few Super Shock Shadows as well. I also got 2 palettes one called $aucey from the collab with Iluvsarahiii (which I actually suggested to ColourPop (because I seriously appreciate her makeup skills) and the other called She from the Karrueuche collab because it looked so pretty! I guess I inadvertently stocked up on Pressed Powder Shadows (palettes and singles) as well as Liquid Lips. Everything shown in this haul came up to a total $100 exactly. They even tossed in a free mini Ultra Satin Lip (in the shade Frick N’Frack) with an apology note, for my order being late! My previous order (hauled here) was placed on July 17 whereas this order was placed on July 20… meaning the first order hadn’t even arrived, before I got suckered into placing yet another order. In my defense, ColourPop is awesome!
Normally, I tend to avoid the perfume and makeup aisles at Debenhams (Soug Sharq) due to the overly aggressive sales assistants. The makeup people will literally yell out to me, from behind their designated booths, rattling off a list of things that I have no interest in, whatsoever. Even after politely declining, they’ll still keep going, completely disregarding my lack of interest. You might think, what’s the big deal? After declining the first few times, if they still continue, just ignore them. However, one of them (Filipina sales assistant) actually kept following me (from booth to booth), trying to convince me to go back to her counter. In the past, I’ve gotten so annoyed by this behavior that I’ve actually stormed out (without purchasing anything).
The perfume people aren’t any better. They keep shoving perfumes in my face, regardless of my preference. It’s more about them selling perfume from the brand that they’ve been assigned to, rather than what I’m actually interested in. They even interrupt and talk over each other in trying to get my attention. I just find this behavior so uncivilized and unsettling. Honestly, it makes me feel like I’m at some sort of street bazaar rather than a department store. As such, I tend to avoid the perfume and makeup counters at Debenhams.
So I was at Debenhams looking for a new swimsuit (but gave up after not being able to find anything cute enough) when I decided to check out the makeup department. It’s been forever and a day since my last visit and I was kinda’ curious to see what was new. I wasn’t planning on getting anything, really, but then I spotted some new Maybelline Baby Lips. I figured I could just get them later on from somewhere else, like Boots (they tend to have Buy Two Get One Free deals on Maybelline every now and then). However, once I spotted the Farsali Unicorn Essence, I knew I was going to end up doing some damage. There weren’t any deals going on at the time so I justified my purchase by only getting things I truly needed (lawl).
ColourPop came out with a bunch of new products (Pressed Powder Shadows and Ultra Blotted Lips). They also came out with several new collections and collaborations that included newer shades of their pre-existing products.
I really wanted to try out some of the newer items as well as some things that were new to just me (for example their Precision Brow Pencil). I mean, I’ve had my heart set on Baby Talk Super Shock Pressed Pigment (the red one) and Short and Sweet Mini Lip Kit since they were released on Valentine’s Day, whereas Animal Super Shock Pressed Pigment (the broken one) has been in and out of my online shopping cart from Day 1. For some reason, I couldn’t stop thinking about Luckfully Super Shock Shadow (the dark blue one) even though it’s clearly not the most easily wearable and I don’t do blue, in general. Also, I was worried I’d miss out on Mwah Ultra Matte Lip (the one with kisses all over the packaging) since it was a collab, and therefore probably limited edition (still not quite sure how ColourPop operates). Then there’s Bumble Ultra Matte Lip which everyone swears by and Tuesday Ultra Matte Lip (which has also been in and out of my online shopping cart more times than I can count) and was the only shade I was really interested in from the Moment of Weekness Liquid Lip Set. After playing around with the other ColourPop products that I’d purchased previously, I also wanted to pick up some neutrals (shadows, liquid lips, etc…) especially Firefly Pressed Powder Shadow (which I was so sure would look super complimentary).
Once the Short and Sweet Mini Lip Kit went on sale, I decided to go ahead and place my order, keeping it under $100. I mean I can afford to go crazy, but I always try to keep it at $100 or lower, for whatever reason, sorta’ like a personal challenge (my total this time was $99.40) Plus, it’s a good way to keep me in check, because it’s so easy to go overboard and not even be aware of it, since their price point is so low. It’s just something that I’ve been doing since my CherryCulture.com days and kept it going with Coastal Scents, BH Cosmetics, E.L.F. and all the other super inexpensive online stores.
I don’t normally shop at Carrefour at the Avenues, but I do tend to park my car in their designated underground parking area quite often. Quite frankly, the Avenues is huge, which makes it easy for people to get lost (just me? okay!) in the underground parking area. That’s why I prefer having someone else (anyone else, really) take me to the Avenues rather than driving myself there. Even after all these years, I still can’t remember which escalator leads up to which area of the mall. They all look pretty much the same to me. That’s why, when I’m not parking outside (Ikea parking or Forever 21 parking), I’ll go for the underground parking at Carrefour. I know what to look for (shopping carts on a flattened escalator), I know where it takes me (to Bath & Body Works and Boots facing Carrefour), and I know how to get back to my car (using the Carrefour escalators as a focal point lawl). In addition to all that, using my phone, I’ll snap a photo of the number on the column (just to be safe). You might think that’s overkill but I actually got lost down there once (whilst wearing uncomfortable shoes). It wasn’t pretty. It felt like I was in Mad Max and it was survival of the fittest! After going around in circles for what felt like hours (30 mins in reality), and when I couldn’t walk any longer (I was dying!) I gave up and plopped down on the nearest sidewalk and prepared my goodbyes. My mom told me to quit whining (no sympathy whatsoever) and get back home because it was getting late. Luckily, they’ve got a protocol in place for this sort of thing at the Avenues. The security guys roaming around the underground parking area have these little golf carts that they can drive you around in, until you find your car! So… anyways, I don’t normally shop at Carrefour but this time instead of zipping past it (on my way to Bath & Body Works and Boots and such), I had time to kill so I decided to browse around for a bit. There wasn’t anything particularly exciting but I did come across Essence in their makeup section, which I thought was pretty cool!
I had to check out the Dior counter when I was at the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (that takes place twice a year at Mishref Fair Grounds). Lancome as well as Dior were some of the first makeup brands that I cut my proverbial teeth on, so those two brands will always hold a special place in my heart. Dior specifically (I’m pretty sure it was Christian Dior back in the day), always held my interest (when I was much, much younger) with all their beautiful Eyeshadow Quints (5 Color Eyeshadow Palettes), fun lipgloss offerings (at one point, I even had a sheer green glittery DiorKiss gloss that had the flavor and scent of green apples!), absolutely fantastic mascaras (DiorShow), and their intoxicating perfumes (Dior Addict reviewed here)!
I’m not quite sure why, but I’m no longer as obsessed with Dior as I once was. I’ll stick pick up the occasional tube of DiorShow Mascara every now and again, or purchase a random item that might’ve caught my fancy for whatever reason, but that’s pretty much it. Maybe it’s because on the rare occasion that I do visit a Dior counter, the sales assistants are more interested in showing me what they would like me to buy, rather than showing me what I asked for? Maybe it’s because I’ve discovered other inexpensive alternatives? I mean quality-wise drugstore products nowadays are practically on par with most high-end products and they cost considerably less. Maybe it’s because now that I’ve grown older (and hopefully a smidge wiser) I no longer feel the need to purchase every single thing that is released by Dior? Maybe it’s an accumulation of all the above?
In any case, I found myself at the Dior counter and for old time’s sake, picked up a Mascara (yet another reincarnation of an old favorite, DiorShow) on my first visit and a Lipbalm (which was another product from Dior that I used to be quite fond of) on my second visit. DiorShow Iconic Overcurl Mascara cost KD 14/240 and Dior Addict Lip Glow cost KD 13/500 but because I purchased them at the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition I also got a little discount (about KD 1/000 off of each item), so that’s something, I guess.
Pink Shock (Fushcia), Fierce n Tangy (Yellow), Berry Bomb (Purple), Oh! Orange! (Orange), Minty Sheer (Green), Strike a Rose (Coral)
As let down and disappointed as I was, with the original Maybelline Baby Lips (reviewed here), I couldn’t resist picking up every single Maybelline Baby Lips from the Electro Pop collection (purchased online at Drugstore.com). Except for the graffiti-esque font which was different on each lipbalm (to match the product inside) the packaging was all black (which made all the colors pop and appear more vivid against the darker background), so cool! They were several newer additions to the shades as well (with correlating scents, of course) that included a gorgeous Coral and a beautiful Orange. Slightly more unique, were the Yellow and Green shades that strongly reminded me of the Nivea A Kiss of Milk & Honey (Yellow) and Nivea A Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon (Green) which were also quite sheer upon application. Best of all, in my humble opinion, is that none of these had any shimmer to them (which is why I totally skipped Maybelline Baby Lips Crystal and Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue which were the two collections that followed Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Pop). I’m not quite sure if it’s my imagination playing tricks on me, or if it’s just because I knew what to expect this time around, but I honestly felt that the lipbalms in the Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Pop range didn’t feel quite as thick on the lips as the original Maybelline Baby Lips. In fact, I could almost swear that the Electro Pop balms were more emollient, absorbed faster, and just felt all-around nicer upon application.