Earthquake shook Kuwait

My phone has been blowing up with texts from people about the earthquake that shook Kuwait a couple of minutes ago. Apparently, it was a 7.2 on the Richter Scale (which is pretty serious). Thankfully, it seems that everyone is safe (if only a bit… shook, sorry couldn’t resist). We rarely get earthquakes over here, if ever, which is why it’s kind of a big deal for some. I called up my younger brother (literally minutes after people started blowing up my phone) to ask if he felt it and he’s all “Yeah, I felt it. I’m also trying to watch Season 2 of Stranger Things so let’s talk later, bye”. Well okay then. As for myself, I didn’t feel a thing (I happened to be running, at the time) and now I kinda’ feel left out.

Partial Lunar Eclipse Tonight

There’s going to be a partial lunar eclipse tonight! I know it’s short notice (sorry!) but I literally just found out about it.

A partial lunar eclipse on August 7, 2017 begins at 5:22 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time and is expected until 7:18 p.m. Part of the moon will orbit through Earth’s shadow at a speed of 2,300 miles per hour.

So in Kuwait that would be +3 local time meaning it’ll start at 8:22pm and last until 10:18pm.

According to timeanddate.com, the lunar event will be visible to most of the world, except all of North America, much of South America and some areas in east and Northern Russia.

It’ll be visible from Kuwait (we’ll get to see something cool… for a change, as opposed to always missing out lawl). Unlike a Solar Eclipse you can view a Lunar Eclipse with the naked eye (no safety precautions needed because you will not go blind or whatever). Again, it’s not a full Lunar Eclipse. It’s only a partial Lunar Eclipse. So keep that in mind. Happy Spectating!

Supermoon (Biggest Moon Of The Century)

Mark your calendars, people! The biggest moon of the 21st century will be visible on November 14. A Supermoon occurs when a full moon takes place while it is closest to Earth. Supermoons generally appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than average full moons. Although not as large as the November 14 moon, another Supermoon will take place on December 14. The next time the moon will be this close to Earth again (Supermoon) will be in year 2034. Don’t miss the Supermoon, next Monday!

Goodbye maccosmetics.com

I decided to pre-order some stuff online from MAC‘s upcoming Holiday Collection when I was redirected to MAC Middle East and had to choose from the the drop-down list of countries (Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates). I tried to work my way back to the regular MAC website but that was a fail, since I’m obviously not computer-savvy. Why, MAC, why? I’ve been a loyal customer for years; I practically bleed MAC (okay, maybe not…), but I’ve always favored MAC (even over Sephora!) and this, this is the thanks I get? What exactly is the point of having a Middle East website if it’s just going to be a lesser copy (because as per usual, the Middle East version isn’t going to get updated regularly) of the original MAC website? Especially, since it’s kind of, you know, missing the whole SHOPPING ONLINE option. Imagine if you went to Amazon.com and were only able to see the products and read their descriptions but weren’t given the option to purchase anything. I say again, what’s the point?

This would be a non-issue if MAC stores in Kuwait were actually organized but they’re really not. The way they run things is a mess. As a self-proclaimed MAC-a-holic, I would know. Promising to contact you a day before a new collection is released in-store (because even they supposedly aren’t told until the last minute) they will ask for your name and number and write it down in a book, a book! I mean… in this day and age? What happens when the new collection is available for purchase in-store? The people at MAC will send a mass text, working their way through the book backwards (as in the last person who had their contact info written in that book will get texted first). Sometimes, your name will just get skipped over, randomly. No rhyme or reason behind it. No maliciousness, or ill-intent either. It just happens, randomly. Here’s the kicker, once the book gets filled, they just get a new book (contacts in the old book already forgotten) and you have to start the whole process all over again. I’ve left my name and number in the same book at least three times already and still they managed to leave me out. Surely, there must be a more efficient way. Best of all, sometimes they’ll forgo the mass forwards if the collection is really popular and is sure to be sold out on the first day. Last but not least, a lot of items ranging from the permanent to pro products and even the limited edition stuff, never make it to Kuwait (for whatever reason). This whole paragraph is basically the reason why I used to stalk MAC stores in Kuwait (I’d call and call and visit every other day for weeks, until one day I’d show up and they’d be all like “Sorry, sold out yesterday”), until I just decided to save myself a lot of time, effort, and in some cases money, by just purchasing from the online MAC store (based in the U.S.)… and now that option is gone too -_-

Not to read too much into this but first it was Ulta.com, then Cherryculture.com, then Beauty.com and Drugstore.com and now Maccosmetics.com has joined that list. All I can say is shame, shame, shame (and if I had a little bell, I’d be ringing it in the general vicinity of MAC as well).

Beauty.com and Drugstore.com Shut Down

Noooooooooo!!!! First, it was Sephora (via Amazon) but that was okay because a few years later, a Sephora store actually opened up in Kuwait. Then it was Ulta that no longer accepted my credit card (even though I was ordering to a US mailbox via Aramex). I’m still not okay with that because Ulta had the best deals, gifts with purchase, deluxe samples, and an extensive selection of brands from luxury to drugstore, including the home brand itself called Ulta (y’know like how Boots sells stuff but they also have their own home brand called Boots). Then Cherry Culture closed down (I didn’t even get to use my reward points and after years of shopping there I’m pretty sure I’d accumulated an insane amount) promising to open up two years later (2017). Cherry Culture had so many inexpensive brands like Milani, Nyx, Jordana, LA Girl and so much more. Also, they were very good at keeping up to date with newly released items from those brands. I mean NYX on it’s own was massive, and Cherry Culture literally had everything from NYX on their site. Sadly, now it’s Drugstore.com and Beauty.com and I’m absolutely devastated!
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Happy New Year!

2016

Happy New Year luvies! Did you have fun celebrating? How’s the first week of the New Year treating you? I had (and I’m still having) lots of fun which is a nice change from last year which was brutal for me in every which way but let’s leave all that bad juju in the past and instead enjoy the now! I hope this year will be a much more positive year for everyone!

There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.

Yeah I totally just quoted Kung Fu Panda (just roll with it hehe). I managed to get up to date with both my MAC stuff and Bath & Body Works stuff which gave me some breathing room to focus on Hair Care and Skincare posts. I was also planning on doing an Empties post and a Favorites post but I dropped the ball on my MAC stuff and have been playing catch up ever since. I have a Body Shop haul and possibly a Sephora haul coming up but I’m not sure if they are going to be before or after the MAC posts. I promise you that I still buy, use, and actually finish up products from other brands besides MAC and Bath & Body Works but my neurosis won’t let me move on to another brand until I’m all caught up which I’m fully aware is totally ridiculous (sometimes it feels like I’m on a hamster wheel running in place) but it’s just the way I’m wired.

I’m also thinking about branching out and doing a couple of lifestyle and entertainment blog posts focusing on books, tv shows, movies, music, videogames, fashion, home decor and such. As if I don’t have enough on my plate hehe The reasoning behind that is sometimes I might come across something that’s worth sharing but there’s no place for it on my beauty-focused blog, unless I make the space for it, which is exactly what I’m trying to do now. I do love playing with makeup but my interests are not solely limited to it. I also hope to be more active on social media but it can be tricky switching back and forth between two separate accounts (personal account vs blog account).

That said, don’t expect to see my face anytime soon because I value my privacy. At first, I was planning on eventually putting myself out there, even though I was strongly advised against it by my family (because Kuwait is still pretty much a conservative country). Now that I’ve seen the backlash against the more prominent “influencers” in Kuwait (for example The Real Fouz) and how these women are being treated (even the way they are spoken to) by the companies that manage/promote them, I’m quite relieved that I didn’t. I’ve seen some of the comments people leave on Huda’s (Huda Beauty) Facebook and Youtube and she’s based in Dubai (which is supposedly more evolved than our little Kuwait) and I don’t understand why people feel the need to be so cruel. They pick apart everything she says, does, and wears with such spiteful comments. It’s very disheartening. Their words weren’t even directed towards me but I feel indignant on her behalf (as I do for all the other women who are putting themselves out there, especially in our region). That is precisely why I choose to remain anonymous, indefinitely.

I’ve got enough problems of my own including but not limited to a certain little copycat (I see you little kitty). At first I was delighted when I came across her blog (because it meant our little community of Kuwaiti Beauty Bloggers was growing) but over time I noticed that with every little tweak I made on my blog, I’d see the exact same change on her blog. So I changed the entire layout on my blog. Lo and behold, a few days later the entire layout of her blog changed to match mine. I understand that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and believe me I’m very flattered because that means she thinks I actually have a clue about what I’m doing (I really don’t… it’s more of a trial and error process). To my little copycat, how about next time you say hello instead?