Bioderma Haulage

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”!

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Soap and Glory

I promised that I’d be reviewing some Soap & Glory products a good while ago but ended up deciding to just lump everything together into one post, and so here we are.

I really don’t like this brand… I always get suckered into buying their products based on the adorable packaging (all pink and cutesy, with vintage glam pin-up models), funny product names, and tongue-in-cheek blurbs and excerpts, only to end up being disappointed by the performance of the actual product. To be fair, the products generally do what they’re supposed to do, just not in the way that I prefer. I also find most of their scents to be downright vile, particularly Original Pink fragrance which seems to be featured in most of their products. Although the Original Pink fragrance is loved by many, I find it too floral-y and perfume-y for my taste. Their prices aren’t exactly budget-friendly either, especially when you factor in the sub-par performance of most of their products.

I’ve mostly tried some Bath & Body Products, some Skincare Products, but aside from a single Lipgloss (purchased online via Drugstore.com) I haven’t really delved much into their Beauty Products. I’ve also got a handful of Minis (from the KD 1/000 “bargain bins” at Boots), and some products that came in a Holiday Set (that they come out with during every Holiday Season). So, I feel like I have a good selection of products here to form a valid opinion. You can purchase Soap & Glory products at Boots.

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Avène Very High Protection Cream SPF50+

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Efficient, high quality and reliable suncare. Effective against both UVB and UVA rays. Paraben-free – Certified UVA-compliant – VERY water-resistant – 100% photostable Benefits from exclusive SunSitive Protection®, a product of Pierre Fabre Group Research: Pre-tocopheryl, a photostable Vitamin E precursor, gives additional cell protection. Avène Thermal Spring Water with natural soothing and anti-irritating properties. With an invisible, non-oily texture and a specially designed tube for particularly pleasant application.

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Bath and Body Works Collective Spring Haul

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I was all out of B&BW hand soaps so I decided to visit the Souq Sharq branch to replenish my supply when I saw them stocking the shelves and everything looked so bright and colorful that I couldn’t resist picking up a handful of minis. I’ve separated them by collection with the Hawaii collection on the far left and the Southern Collection on the far right. Also included in the Hawaii Collection were gorgeous frosted candles but I didn’t get any this time around.

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Pond’s Eye Cream

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As I’ve said before, since I’m getting older now, I feel like I should look into certain skincare which is why I purchased this Pond’s Age Miracle Dual Eye Therapy UV Eye Cream (phew, that was a mouthful) from our local supermarkert (ja3miya, co-op, drugstore, etc…) I will be the first person to admit that I can be quite lazy at times.

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