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.
Since the Bath and Body Works offerings at Marina Mall were pitiful, I decided to check out what they had in stock at The Avenues, and brought my adorable sister-in-law with me. We also stopped by a Sephora but that’s another haul for another day.
I was at Marina Mall when I stopped by Bath & Body Works because I noticed they were having their Big Sale. Nothing really stood out to me (I wasn’t blown away or instantly smitten with anything). In fact, it feels like they just brought out some of their products that didn’t do well (sales-wise) throughout the year and put them up on display. I was really disappointed with this year’s Big Sale offerings. With that being said, I decided to pick up a few “necessities” (read: Deep Cleansing Hand Soap) seeing as how they were on sale.
Once I spotted the Al Mansour Booth at the Perfume and Makeup Exhibition, I cautiously approached the booth. Why cautiously? Because Al Mansour (mentioned previously – here) sold everything from L.A. Girl, LASplash, Milani, Deborah, etc… basically all the drugstore brands (read: inexpensive products). Now that every single girl in the world has joined the darkside (read: has turned into a makeup junkie of sorts) the ones in Kuwait have quickly sussed out that Al Mansour sells great products at a relatively inexpensive price. In case you missed it, basically it means their booth is now always swarmed by women and consequentially men who are trying to “pick up” said women, much to my dismay. I can understand the hand-holding couple who are so in love that they can’t bear the thought of being apart even for a second and I actually kinda’ think it’s cute! I can understand the grumpy older husband being dragged by his much younger and consequentially much hotter wife to these things. I can understand the gay guy whose brow game is so next level it hurts, browsing the same brow products shelf as I am and sizing me up (or my brows, more accurately) as I do the same to him, like two samurai warriors acknowledging each other as worthy adversaries before they do battle. I can understand the younger men sent by their significant others (who for whatever reason couldn’t make it) and shopping on their behalf. I understand the men who are there to purchase Oud and such from the neighboring booths. I cannot however understand the fully grown men who gather on the outskirts of these makeup booths just to leer at women. Aside from being creepy AF they also create an obstruction to the already narrow pathways and add unnecessary participants to an already large crowd!!!! *end rant*
Now that for whatever reason I can no longer order online (from Sephora, Ulta, Cherry Culture, MAC, Nars, Beauty.com/Drugstore.com and more recently E.L.F.), I’ve been going through withdrawal symptoms which consequentially has put me in dire need of a quick fix… like any “normal” makeup junkie, obviously. Ever since the brand Colourpop first entered the scene, people have been singing them praises, nonstop. Based on my past experiences, I’ve learned (the hard way) that newer is not necessarily better and just because everyone loves Colourpop (like literally the world over) at this moment in time, might possibly have more to do with the brand being the “in” thing (read: trending) rather than the actual performance and quality of the products. I think of it like this, whenever a new iPhone is released, there’s always handful of bugs that need fixing and rather than get the first version, I wait for them to iron out the kinks and whatnot before actually purchasing a less faulty version. So I waited for the hype to die down… and waited… and waited… and waited. Finally, Black Friday rolled around and I figured I’d be getting a good deal on products that were already super inexpensive and insanely budget friendly and apparently still getting stellar reviews (worldwide) so I placed my first order ever with Colourpop. The package arrived to Kuwait pretty quick but got held up by the MOI for a good long while, as per usual (the thought of them puzzling over the unsual texture amused me immensely). This here is my attempt at an “unboxing”. I got out my trusty X-Acto Knife and made quick work of the packaging. Doesn’t the packaging look like it’s about to take flight (bottom left corner photo)? Kinda’ looks like a Transformer to me (lawl).
The great big box in the background with Christmassy frosted biscuits is a Face & Body Set called My Weekend Getaway Essentials. In the forefront we’ve got tiny Crayon Kohl Pencils in the shade 01 Intense Black (x3) which were free, a deluxe sample-sized Wonder Perfect Mascara which was part of the My Weekend Getaway Essentials Set, and finally an Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil and Mascara Supra Volume.
Merry Chrismukkah! Happy Holidays! Whichever you believe (or don’t believe) I wish you a happy, safe, and most importantly fun time! ^_^