I accidentally spent KD 75 (almost $250) at Saveco! lol
Like I said in my previous post (here), I was sick of paying top
dollar dinar and still having to deal with all the unpleasantness at the local stores. So, I turned to online shopping and one store that really stood out to me was Nordstrom. They had everything you could think of, including brands that have yet to reach Kuwait (give ’em a year… or ten lawl)! I purchased a ton of skincare and ended up getting a ton of deluxe samples as a “gift with purchase”, all for only KD 100 ($331.52 with tax)!
Everything was properly packaged (not one thing arrived damaged) and was shipped pretty much the next day! They also had great customer service with agents available on the 24-hour live chat pop-up to answer any of your questions! You could tell these guys were trained because they knew exactly what they were talking about and they got back to you instantly (unlike the 15 minute wait at Carriage for them to only tell you “I don’t know” lol so useless). Even on the off-chance that customer service reps at Nordstrom didn’t know something, they’d transfer you to the proper department in a matter of seconds! They were so professional! More importantly, they were all extremely polite and actually quite friendly!
Basically, from the products, to the price, to the attitude of the customer service reps, the whole experience was massively different to the experience of shopping at any given store in Kuwait! You don’t have to take my word for it either! Just compare this Nordstrom Haul to any given Sephora Haul and you can spot the different for yourself! Needless to say, I was extremely satisfied with the whole experience of shopping online from Nordstrom and will continue to do so in the future!
I got some stuff from Herbivore Botanicals and Sunday Riley, both of which are skincare brands that I have yet to see in Kuwait. You wouldn’t think it, but to me, Buxom Lip Creams are one of the most elusive beauty products I’ve ever tried to acquire. It was next to impossible to get my hands on this stuff… and I’ve seriously been trying… for years! +10 years later, I’ve finally gotten my hands on the shade White Russian! I can die happy now! I also got a small size of the infamous ExfoliKate which I’ve wanted to try for years now, but could never find. I picked up the COSRX Low pH BHA Overnight Mask because it seemed like a great starting point to ease my skin into this whole chemical exfoliating business. Also, COSRX is a Korean brand. Arguably the best thing out of this entire haul, was the discovery of my beloved Lancome Oscillation Mascara (full review here), which I was told was discontinued, but apparently is still being sold world-wide, just not in Kuwait.
Like I said in my previous Spotted at Sultan Center post (here), I was hangry, hence the snackage. You know what? Looking at the haulage, it just occurred to me that I kinda’ do shop a lot at Sultan Center, so at this point, I might as well sign up for a Sultan Center Card (to benefit from whatever benefits that come with the Card). Knowing myself, the moment I sign up for the Sultan Center Card, I’d probably move on to Lulu Hypermarket or Carrefour or something, for good lawl Anywho, I picked up some Chips and Dip, some Fruits, a thing of of Caramel Popcorn, a tiny jar of Caviar and some Personal Care stuff (to qualify for the Scratch & Win Promo which I’ll be going over in detail, below).
I got the Mount Fuji Strawberry Cheese Cake KitKat around the same time I got the Wasabit KitKat (both from Sultan Center) and thought for sure that I’d hauled them. After searching high and low on my blog, I still can’t find anything… so here we are. Mount Fuji Strawberry Cheese Cake KitKats are everything!!!! Not only did they taste heavenly but even the packaging was absolutely beautiful!
Also at Mishref Fair Grounds during the Perfume & Makeup Exhibit, I came across the Purederm booth which had a whole bunch of Asian Skincare on sale. In addition to being so inexpensive (KD1/500 each), they had a BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) deal going on.
This Hair Styler by the now defunct brand National is probably older than most of you, to the extent that the brand National no longer even exists and has since been replaced with Panasonic. That should be proof enough as to how old this thing is. I actually got (read: took) this from my momma’ who has had it since forever (read: for as long as I can remember).
Anna Sui’s signature purple cotton is an essential tool in your daily skincare regimen.
Not only does it look pretty, it is designed to function better than ordinary cotton. Each square is super soft yet non-pilling and gentle on even the most delicate skin. The large squares are also able to absorb a large amount of product and cover more surface area making your skincare products more effective.
Here’s a 90 second video featuring a bookstore cum hotel called Book and Bed. Thirty (30) capsule beds are actually built into the bookshelves where you are actually encouraged to fall asleep while reading. The charming Book and Bed is actually located in, where else, Japan!
Book And Bed is “an accommodation bookshop”
The perfect setting for a good nights sleep is something you will not find here. There are no comfortable mattresses, fluffy pillows nor lightweight and warm down duvets.
What we do offer is an experience while reading a book (or comic book).
An experience shared by everyone at least once : the blissful “instant of falling asleep”.
It is already 2 am but you think just a little more… with heavy drooping eye lids you continue reading only to realize you have fallen asleep.
Our concept is thus a readers haven – an accommodation bookshop.
(Books aren’t sold, though. It’s just an expression.)
Dozing off obliviously during your treasured pasttime is the finest “moment of sleep”, don’t you agree?
With books as our central theme, we decided to create a hostel offering the greatest “moment of sleep”.
Growing up with a sister who was 10 years older than me wasn’t easy because like any younger sibling, I wanted to copy her and do everything that she did which included (but not limited to) wearing colored contact lenses. The fact that she actually needed to wear them and just happened to choose colored ones, didn’t factor into my decision making process. The other fact that she switched between contacts and glasses all the time was irrelevant to me. I wanted to wear colored contacts. My mother forbid it so I waited for the right opportunity. We were traveling abroad, somewhere in Europe when my mother had to go back to Kuwait, leaving me with my father. I learned early on that if one parent said no, before they got a chance to communicate, if timed correctly I’d still get what I want from the other parent. Slick, no? Yeah, not really, eventually they caught on but it wasn’t during this incident.