(Photo nicked off the Mishref Fair Grounds Website).
I try to make it a point to visit the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition at least once a year. The Perfume & Cosmetics Exhibition takes place twice a year (March and then again in Oct-Nov) in Hall 5 and Hall 6 and Hall 8 at Mishref Fair Grounds. As you can see, the Halls are huge! They’ve always got something or other going on there (sometimes simultaneously), year-round! This year, I noticed that they had strung up pretty fairy lights and arranged a seating area somewhere outside, with a ton of trendy pop-ups in cute little shacks that were catering the event, on either side of the seating area! I actually took a handful of pics, but people’s faces were on full display so I can’t show ’em (privacy blah blah blah consent blah blah blah).
Unfortunately, the majority of the halls participating in the Perfume & Cosmetics Exhibition mainly feature Oud and Teeb (Arab Fragrances), with only a smaller portion of booths featuring “French Perfumes” and an even smaller portion featuring Makeup. Heck, one of the Halls (I wanna’ say Hall 7) was reserved solely and entirely for Boutiqaat (at one point, I saw a tumbleweed roll by).
I’ve been going to the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition for
years decades! In fact, even before I used to go there, my mom would get me a Lancome Mascara Gift Set when I was a teen (drugstore brands weren’t as readily available in Kuwait back then). Even just 8 years back, Victoria’s Secret used to participate (here) as did Sephora (here). It’s also where I first spotted China Glaze (here) and Lush (here). Now, it’s so very different (not in a good way) from what it once was…
I like how they went from asking me to flat-out stop taking pictures (here and here) to now offering to hold up the products for me while I take the picture LOL I spotted some of the New Collections (new to Kuwait, rather) and a new Hair Care Brand called Briogeo, some fun Asian Skincare and more than a few absolutely stunning Palettes! With that being said, now that I’m getting older, I find myself… dare I say it… kinda’ losing interest in makeup (I’m 33). Not a lot seems to wow me anymore. I’ve also noticed the same thing happening with my choice of fragrance (I’m starting to turn away from all things candy and find a lot of my once-beloved gourmands straight up annoying now). If I ever fall out of love with videogames though, I’d be completely devastated (might as well not live anymore, after that! lawl). Thankfully, that hasn’t happened… yet.
Order placed: August 12
Order shipped: August 24 (which is why ColourPop tossed in a free gift with my order)
Order arrived in US Aramex Mailbox: August 27
Order forwarded from US Aramex Mailbox: August 29
Order arrived in Kuwait (undergoing clearance): September 1
Order received: September 9 (almost an entire month later lol)
ColourPop were having a Buy One Get One Free (BOGO) promo on all their Super Shock Shadows during August. Seeing as how the last time I ordered from ColourPop was almost a year ago way back in December 27 2017 (haulage here), I figured it would be okay to treat myself to some new ColourPop goodies. The total for everything in this haul was $100.80 only! I was waiting until I could get a chance to play with everything before putting up this post, but what with Black Friday (which I missed, whoops) and Cyber Monday comin’ up, I figured some of you might find this post useful so here you go.
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!
So ColourPop came out out with a bunch of new stuff, including newer additions to their; Makeup Brush line (smaller brushes for more detailed work), Pressed Powder Shadows (new shades + compacts) and collaboration with iluvsarahii (Arriba! Ulta Matte Lip). They even restocked DGAF Super Shock Shadow which I’ve just been dying to try (everyone won’t stop raving about it)! I wanted to get the Brow Boss Pencils the first time around (when they were actually new), except I accidentally ordered the Precision Brow Pencils instead (haulage here). I figured since I was going to be placing an order with ColourPop anyway, now was my chance to rectify the situation and order the Brow Boss Pencils that I’d originally wanted.
Best of all, ColourPop came out with a My Little Pony Collection, arguably the most adorable collection of life (packaging-wise)! I was literally counting the days up until its release and even went home extra early from a dinner with my favorite cousin (time just flies when we’re together and hours feel like seconds) just to make sure I got home in time to place my order before everything was out of stock. Unfortunately, there was a mix-up with my credit card (darn autofill) and by the time that got sorted out, everything I’d wanted from the My Little Pony Collection was already out of stock. As soon as they restocked the My Little Pony Collection, I placed my order immediately (October 28) so I wouldn’t miss out again and here we are. The total for this order was $101.00
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!
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!