Leap into a magical land that’s a bit nutty, a little naughty, and bursting with whimsy. Lose yourself in an eccentric kingdom of oversized treats and rosy-cheeked nutcrackers. Twist, turn and tumble deeper into the Land of Dolls. Out story has only begun…
My older brother got married last year during Spring and took his wife to the United States for a year. When they got back, she surprised me with chocolate truffles, a baby pink faux fur vest, and a Sephora Tote Bag (as shown). In the Sephora Tote was a matching Sephora Gift Box and in the Sephora Gift Box there was…
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!
Like I said, Lancome and Dior are some of my first makeup brands so they’ll always hold a special place in my heart, no matter what. My love affair with Lancome began with their mascaras. My first “black” mascara ever was from Lancome, purchased for me by my mom. I talked more in-depth about my first experience with Lancome mascaras (here). Shortly after, that same love spread to their lipglosses (most of the Juicy Tubes) and a few random bits (Aqua Fusion Moisturizer, Peach-y Blush, literally everything in the Lancome “Calypso” Collection including an Eye Shadow Quad, Blue Nail Polish, and several Lip Products). I’ll still pick up a tube of Lancome Oscillation Mascara (reviewed here) every now and again, and use it as a topper (or even on it’s own because it’s just that good) or pick up random makeup-y bits on a whim. Even though I previewed the Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation (here) I didn’t end up purchasing it. My last Lancome purchase (prior to this haul) was Lancome Grandiose Mascara (previewed here) but I never got around to reviewing it (soz!)
More recently, at the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (Mishref Fair Grounds) I stopped by the Beidoun Booth to check out the sets available at Lancome. Just like Clinique (who are constantly churning out Value Sets and Gift Sets and all kinds of sets really) Lancome are also known to come out with a few desirable sets of their own. I was only interested in the new Energie de Vie Skincare Collection (green ombre packaging), the antioxidant liquid moisturizer specifically but other than that, I wasn’t really planning on getting anything. With that being said, the sales assistants were all so lovely and accommodating (as always, just like all Beidoun employees, as opposed to the horrible aggressively pushy Alshaya employees) that I obligingly picked up a Douceur Cleansing Trio which consisted of the cult classic Bi-Facil (Dual Phase) Eye Makeup Remover, a Cream Cleanser (my preferred way of removing makeup) and a Toner (to play around with), all full-sized. The sales assistants were all so very helpful that I couldn’t help pick up yet another set called Effortless Chic Eyes that consisted of a full-sized Lancome Hypnose Volume-a-porter Mascara (black), mini-size Lancome Crayon Khol (black), and full-size Lancome Lip Lover (Rose Attrape-Coeur). The Cleansing Trio normally retails for KD 22/750 but I got it for KD 14/790 and the Effortless Chic Eyes Set retails for KD 13/000 but I got it for only KD 8/000! Not only was their a significant discount on both Sets, but I also received a generous supply of samples including some from the Energie de Vie range! I walked away feeling great about my extremely pleasant experience at the Lancome counter! The sales assistants were lovely and actually helpful! They were also quite generous with the samples! Best of all, there were several great deals on already marked down Value Sets! Can you fault me for loving Lancome?
I was delighted when I came across Makeup Revolution and its sister brands I Heart Makeup (which are known for their Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette dupes among other things) and Freedom at the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition at Mishref Fair Grounds (October-November). I’ve heard of those brands before but I wasn’t aware that they’ve already made it to the shores of Kuwait. There wasn’t a huge selection but everything looked quite cute! I picked up an Eyeshadow Palette (one of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar dupes), a Contouring Palette, two single Highlighters, a metallic Eyeshadow single and a Contour Brush. They even threw in a free Lipstick as a gift with purchase (gwp). I mean everything was super cute and super budget-friendly!
My first order ever from Colourpop was in November 2016. I accidentally titled that haul Black Friday when it should’ve been titled Cyber Monday. I felt like I was getting a good deal that I just couldn’t pass up which is why I placed my first order with Colourpop during Cyber Monday. I put in a second order with Colourpop before the first one had even arrived, in December 2016. Once again, they were having some kind of deal going on. If you purchased $100 worth of products, you got $25 off your next purchase (coupon code to be received via e-mail a week or so after your order ships). My third order (this one) was placed in January 2017 using the coupon code I’d received from my previous order. At this point, I’d played around with some of the Colourpop stuff I’d already purchased so I had a better feel for what would work for me.