ELF Summer Haulage (in-depth deets)

Order placed: August 22
Order shipped from ELF: August 29
Order forwarded from US Aramex Mailbox: August 30
Order arrived in Kuwait (undergoing clearance): September 2
Order received: September 9 (it’s a whole song and dance, I tell ya’)

Just like your average, run-of-the-mill, everday addict, I was craving my next hit of inexpensive makeup (hey, it could be worse). As I said in my previous post (here) ELF had come out with 4 new makeup brushes, in addition to a several very interesting new products. Plus, the Free Gift Set (with orders of $25+) actually seemed worthwhile. Plus, I’d racked up enough points from their loyalty program to spend. Plus, they were giving away a full-sized product as a Free Sample.

I had my eye on several of the creamier makeup products, as well as some skincare, but I was worried that they might go bad or melt in the heat. That’s why I decided to wait until the weather cools down in Kuwait before ordering them and also why this particular order consisted mostly of powder products, makeup brushes and tools (products that were relatively unaffected by heat).

That said, I wasn’t sure that Aramex would even deliver some of the skincare items, especially the sprays (due to shipping restrictions) so just to experiment (test the waters), I ordered a full sized 3.38 fl. oz. (100 mL) Cleanser and a full sized 2.70 fl. oz. (80 mL) Setting Mist, both of which actually made their way to me (yay)!

So now I know… and knowing is half the battle (Yo, Joe!)

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Sephora Haulage + Engraving Service

My latest trip to Sephora was quite eventful! For starters, I lost my White Sephora Card, again. So, I had to sign up for a new one, all over again. I used the same e-mail and phone number, so I’m hoping that the points got transferred (forgot to check). If not, that’s still okay, because I purchased no less than 3 perfumes as birthday gifts (2 girls, 1 guy) which will definitely help me rack up the points to get upgraded from a White Sephora Card to a Black Sephora Card (deets here) that much faster. The perfumes are not shown because I already gifted them to the recipients. I did ask for some fragrance samples (because buying perfumes for others kinda’ made me wanna’ play around with some of my own) and surprise surprise, they’d “just ran out of samples“. However, I was promised that my perfume picks would get decanted into tiny little vials in lieu of fragrance samples (which made me happy)! Plus, I got everything shown in the photo above as a gift with purchase (unprompted) which put a hole in my samples theory (mentioned here) where I mistakenly thought that if you purchased skincare and makeup-y bits, you could only get skincare samples and makeup-y samples, and if you purchased perfumes then you could only get perfume samples. Apparently, the Sales Assistants just hand out whatever to whomever, whenever.

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Sephora Haulage

Micro Mini BeautyBlenders (4 piece) retail for KD 8/500 (Limited Edition)

GlamGlow SuperCleanse mud to foam Daily Clearing Cleanser 150g retails for KD 14/000 (discontinued)

GlamGlow PoutMud Fizzy Lip Exfoliating Treatment 25g retails for KD 10/000

Benefit ka-BROW! Eyebrow Cream-Gel Color (with brush) retails for KD 9/500

Benefit Roller Lash Curling Mascara (mini) retails for KD 4/500

Sephora Outrageous Volume – Dramatic Volume Mascara retails for KD 3/250

Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in the shade 03 Strawberry Kissed retails for KD 6/000

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Berlin retails for KD 7/500

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade Perversion (not shown because I started using it immediately and consequentially forgot to include it in this post) retails for KD 7/000

I was at The Avenues with my younger brother’s wife when we (and by we, I mean me) decided to stop by a Sephora (I say a, as if we have more than one Sephora in Kuwait lawl). I was dumbfounded by my sister-in-law’s maturity (I’m pretty sure I’m at least 6-8 years older than her) because she exercised such restraint (masha’allah) and only purchased a few items, and even then, they were only things she would actually use, as opposed to myself randomly grabbing products left and right (just kidding, they were all “necessities”) and tossing them in my shopping basket (that they hand out at the entrance to Sephora). Even at the zigzag-y queue leading to the check-out counter, she showed little to no interest in all the ridiculously adorable minis! I was starting to suspect that she wasn’t really human (because how could anyone not be enticed by those cute minis at the zigzag-y queue?) and so as a final test I pointed out the GlamGlow PoutMud, mumbled something or other and tossed it in my shopping basket, to which she exclaimed that she was interested in trying it as well, and tossed one in her own shopping basket. Success! My adorable sister-in-law had succumbed to the cuteness of a Lip Scrub which meant she was a red-blooded human being (not an Alien life-form impervious to human wants like “makeup-y bits”) after all!

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Kryolan Haul

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.

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MAC Tartan Tale: Chapter Two

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Tartan Tale: Chapter Two included sets and kits that came in incredibly cool tin packaging with tartan stripes and even a gold crest that reads MAC, to go with the whole Scottish theme. I thought these looked fantastic and just had to pick up a few. Once you empty out the tins, you can use them for storage!

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Sephora Double-Ended Brush Collection

 

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On my latest trip to Sephora (The Avenues) these adorable duo-brushes in cheerful colors caught my eye. How cute are they?

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