On February 7th 2020, I placed an order with Nordstrom for some Hair Care and Perfumes.
It might look like a lot, but I actually purchased only x8 items (x3 full-size hair care items – x3 travel-size hair care items – x2 travel-size perfumes) and the rest were all gifts with purchase (deluxe samples).
The total was $336 (tack on an additional $30 for tax) which was around KD 111, not including Aramex shipping fees.
I didn’t know it at the time, but this was going to be my last online order for a good long while.
My dad asked me to order yet another Alexa Echo for him, once the new one with an 8″ HD screen came out.
Since UK electronics are more compatible with our electric system in Kuwait (?) as opposed to the army of adapters you would need for US appliances, I had to place my order with Amazon UK, as opposed to regular ol’ Amazon.
Since I was going to be placing an online order with Amazon UK anyway, I figured I might as well pick up one of the Babyliss Rotating Hot Air Stylers that I’ve had my eye on for a while now.
So on February 6 2020, I placed an order with Amazon UK for my dad’s stuff (he wanted some other gadgets as well) and for my stuff too.
The first Essence item I bought was a Nude Pencil Eyeliner online from Ulta.com (back when they used to accept my online credit card, around 2008 or 2009).
Many years later, I spotted Essence locally at Carrefour (spotted here).
In 2017 I picked up a selection of products from the Essence counter at Carrefour (haulage here).
Then again in January 2019 where I fell in love with one of their Mascaras (here) and repurchased it again on July 2019 (here).
Rather than having to rely on local vendors (because who knew how old the stuff they were selling even was), on February 5th 2020, I placed my first online order directly with Essence.
The website was fairly simple to navigate. Unfortunately, they didn’t have a wide variety of products and shade colors to choose from.
That said, I was only interested in repurchasing my favorite Mascara. The rest was purchased just to test out the brand.
All their products were Cruelty Free and Vegan and Paraben Free and oddly enough, some were Gluten Free (not joking).
The total was $40.32 with tax (after I’d used a $10 off coupon code).
These Shower Gels were from my U.S. B&BW Spring Haul (here).
Typically, Shower Gels retail for $13.50 but there was a Buy 3, Get 2 Free deal on them.
All of the ones I got were new-new (at the time) so they all retailed for full price with the exception of Champagne Rose which I got on clearance for $3.95 only.
Strawberry Pound Cake (Sweet On You Collection)
Margarita Cupcake (Sweet On You Collection)
Lavender Clouds – Dream In The Sky (Rainbow Collection)
Fresh Raindrops – Dance In The Rain (Rainbow Collection
Saltwater Breeze (New Signature Fragrance)
Champagne Rose (Coming Up Roses Collection)
Don’t they all sound lovely?
These Fragrance Mists were from my U.S. B&BW Spring Haul (here).
Typically, Fragrance Mists retail for $14.50 but these babies had been reduced to $3.62 each, except for Underwater Oasis which was reduced to $7.25 only.
I’ve actually seen each and every one of these Fragrance Mists in-stores locally during The Big Sale (here) but I barely payed them any attention because they looked gross (not sealed, lightly tested, residue on the sides of the atomizer, etc…).
However, based on the success I’ve found with my previous Fragrance Mist Haulage (such good scents), I figured I’d try my hand at more, especially once they went on sale.
Most of them were from the Mediterranean Market Collection aside from one, which was from the Crystal Cove Collection.
These Body Lotions were from my U.S. B&BW Spring Haul (here).
After purchasing x4 Body Lotions locally (here) and then another x6 Body Lotions from the U.S. B&BW Store (here) I was fully stocked up and definitely didn’t need more.
However, the deals and promos and prices up on the U.S. B&BW Online Store were just too good to pass up. So, I picked up these two. I could’ve gone for more, but I was pretty content with the ones I already had.
Aside from Iced Pear Margarita (here) which I’d given to my 10yo niece and Vanilla Bean Noel (2018 Version) which I’d given to a friend whom – you guessed it – had asked for it (after she’d sniffed it on me), I was very happy with the ones I had left!
Even Wild Strawberry (here) I’ve found a use for, by placing alongside the Champagne Toast Fragrance Mist (here) at the sink in my guest bathroom. All that peach hurt my nose, but my friends ooh and aah over the scents, whenever they come over and use them, which in turns makes me happy because I’d managed to find a use for them.
In fact, I’m so happy with the ones I have left, that I’ve already given Portofino Pink Prosecco to my 13yo niece and Whitewater Rush to my younger brother.
– Whitewater Rush (Men’s Collection) was reduced from $13.50 to $3.95
– Portofino Pink Prosecco (Mediterranean Market Collection) was reduced from $12.50 to $3.12
These Hand Soaps were from my U.S. B&BW Spring Haul (here).
Typically, Hand Soaps retail for $6.50 but these babies had been reduced to $3 each.
These 3-Wick Candles were from my U.S. B&BW Spring Haul (here).
Typically, 3-Wick Candles retail for $24.50 but these babies had been reduced to $10.50 each.
I picked up the Chocolate Lave Cake 3-Wick Candle during my 1st U.S. B&BW Order (here) and instantly flirted with the idea of getting a backup.
As soon as these babies went on sale, I wanted to get a backup, but something told me to go for two.
Once again, my sixth sense was correct because one of the 3-Wick Candles arrived shattered (with broken glass everywhere). Luckily, I had ordered two!
These Wallflower Fragrance Refills were from my U.S. B&BW Spring Haul (here).
Typically, Wallflower Fragrance Refills retail for $6.50 but these babies had been reduced to $2.50 (Hot Cocoa & Cream) each and $1.62 (Chocolate Lava Cake) each.
Both of these were scents I’d purchased and fallen in love with earlier so as soon as I saw those slashed prices, I had to pounce!
These travel-size cuties were from my U.S. B&BW Spring Haul (here).
They were reduced from $6.50 each to $4.16 each.
While I had seen A Thousand Wishes before in Kuwait (older packaging), it had never really appealed to me and I just sorta’ ignored it for all those years.
Even at the end of last year, when I was going to see the movie 1917 at Vox Cinema at the Avenues (seems like a lifetime ago) and “The Big Sale” was going on over at B&BW (across from the escalator), I took a quick peek before meeting up with everyone up top for the movie and noticed that the version being sold was still the red version (older packaging).
Meanwhile, on the U.S. B&BW site, they’d already rolled out the new rosier version (as shown) and I was utterly smitten! Apparently, they’d changed the packaging for the anniversary of the scent A Thousand Wishes.
Thankfully, the newer version of A Thousand Wishes was also available for purchase in the travel size and the same for Champagne Toast, which was a fan-favorite and touted as the scent of the season, yadda yadda yadda.
So I snagged 2 Travel Size Fine Fragrance Mists and a Travel Size Shower Gel in the aforementioned scents.