Throwback Thursday: Budget-friendly Handbags and Clutch Bags

Our live-in chauffeur was going back to India for a two-month vacation and aside from the usual cash bonus, asked me for some things that he could gift to his wife back home. His plane was leaving in less than a few hours (he hadn’t mentioned anything earlier) so I had nothing prepared, not to mention that I’ve never actually met the woman before and he did a really bad job at describing her to me (I still know next to nothing about her), but I feel that I gave him a pretty good selection of stuff, regardless. First, I let him take his pick from all my shoes and even tried coaxing him into selecting a few high-heels (because he was mostly choosing flats and sandals), but he explained to me that the ground was uneven (not flat) in the area that they lived in (back in India) and so his wife wouldn’t get any use out of high-heeled shoes. I felt quite ignorant when he told me that. So, I tried to make up for it by giving him a handful of my most prized possessions, my makeup! I felt that that was the epitome of generosity, because I don’t care about much in this world, but I’m extremely attached to my makeup (and also anything makeup adjacent), so for me personally, giving away even a single makeup item is akin to me giving away my own child. My sacrifice was lost on him because he didn’t seem all that impressed, but took them and graciously thanked me for them, just the same.

At this point, I was quite perplexed because I didn’t know what would make him happy. So, I just started grabbing my nearest perfumes and handing them to him. That seemed to placate him. In fact, he seemed particularly happy with J’Aime by La Perla (reviewed here). In my excitement, I got a bit overzealous and accidentally handed him my beloved Femme from Zara (reviewed here) which I’d grown quite fond of, but was too embarrassed to ask for it back, especially since he actually smiled after spritzing it on his wrist and giving it a sniff. I kept handing him perfumes, up until he stopped me, declaring that he didn’t want to get stuck paying extra for going over the weight limit, which is why I was surprised when he gestured towards my Handbags (asking for the blue one in particular). I hadn’t even thought of giving away any of my Handbags because most of them showed very obvious signs of wear and tear. I even pointed out the damages to him but he didn’t care. So, I asked him if he could just give me a few minutes so I could hurriedly snap a few photos of them for my blog before handing them over to him, to which he obviously agreed. That’s why the photos are a bit haphazard.

So these are some of the Handbags and Clutch Bags I mentioned in the My Story: Handbags post (here) and the ones that our chauffeur took to gift to his wife back home in India.

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Throwback Thursday: Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Pop

Pink Shock (Fushcia), Fierce n Tangy (Yellow), Berry Bomb (Purple), Oh! Orange! (Orange), Minty Sheer (Green), Strike a Rose (Coral)

As let down and disappointed as I was, with the original Maybelline Baby Lips (reviewed here), I couldn’t resist picking up every single Maybelline Baby Lips from the Electro Pop collection (purchased online at Drugstore.com). Except for the graffiti-esque font which was different on each lipbalm (to match the product inside) the packaging was all black (which made all the colors pop and appear more vivid against the darker background), so cool! They were several newer additions to the shades as well (with correlating scents, of course) that included a gorgeous Coral and a beautiful Orange. Slightly more unique, were the Yellow and Green shades that strongly reminded me of the Nivea A Kiss of Milk & Honey (Yellow) and Nivea A Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon (Green) which were also quite sheer upon application. Best of all, in my humble opinion, is that none of these had any shimmer to them (which is why I totally skipped Maybelline Baby Lips Crystal and Maybelline Baby Lips Dr Rescue which were the two collections that followed Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Pop). I’m not quite sure if it’s my imagination playing tricks on me, or if it’s just because I knew what to expect this time around, but I honestly felt that the lipbalms in the Maybelline Baby Lips Electro Pop range didn’t feel quite as thick on the lips as the original Maybelline Baby Lips. In fact, I could almost swear that the Electro Pop balms were more emollient, absorbed faster, and just felt all-around nicer upon application.

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Throwback Thursday: Maybelline Baby Lips

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As a devoted lover and collector of lip balm, I was pretty stoked to try out Baby Lips by the brand Maybelline. I know I say this a lot but… I’d been dying to get my hands on Baby Lips, ever since they first started being featured all over YouTube and the blogsphere. What with Kuwait being Kuwait, I had serious doubts about seeing Baby Lips in stores here (locally) anytime soon, if ever. I did the next best thing and stalked Drugstore.com until I finally got my hands on these babies. Let me tell you, it was no easy feat. They kept running out of stock (almost as soon as they arrived) way before I could place my order. It was incredibly frustrating! Meanwhile the hype surrounding Baby Lips grew and grew! Eventually (around the summer of 2012) I finally managed to purchase Cherry Me (red), Grape Vine (purple), Peach Kiss (shimmery nude) and Pink Punch (pink) from Drugstore.com. I passed on getting Quenched because it was clear and Peppermint because yuck. I found even more shades at Watsons (their version of Boots) in Thailand, while I was there on my honeymoon. My friend got me Baby Lips (in a shade completely new to me) from India while she was there on her honeymoon. I guess each region has not only different variations on the packaging and the names, but also their own versions of shades (and accompanying scents) such as Lychee Addict, Watermelon Smooth, and Mango Pie. Years later (possibly 2014?), Baby Lips started appearing at Maybelline stands in Boots Stores all over Kuwait.

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Throwback Thursday: Blistex

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L-R Top Row: Tint & Shine, Lip Vibrance, Medicated Berry Balm
L-R Bottom Row: Daily Conditiong Treatment, Lip Medex, Moisture Melt

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L-R: Moisture Melt, Lip Vibrance, Medicated Berry Balm, Tint & Shine, Daily Conditioning Treatment, Lip Medex

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Throwback Thursday: Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick

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Black Honey made its debut in the US in 1971 and this deep, blackened rasin hue became an instant success. In 1989, when Black Honey was later launched as an Almost Lipstick, no one realized how quickly it would become an iconic lip colour. A precise blend of red, blue, orange and yellow pigments in a sheer base allows Black Honey to look beautiful and different on virtually every skin tone, making it a cult favourite.

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Throwback Thursday: Jergens All-Purpose Face Cream

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Jergens All-Purpose Face Cream deep cleanses to remove makeup and dirt. Softens and moisturizes to help smooth skin and fight dryness. Provides a radiant, dewy base for makeup. To Use: Smooth over face and throat. Tissue off or leave overnight.

I’ve used all kinds of makeup removers from high-end to low-end and everything in between. Most of the popular ones out on the market left an oily residue on my skin. As I’ve mentioned a million times before on this blog, any type of cleansing product that leave some sort of residue on my skin annoys me to no end. I could literally see the droplets of water sliding off my face because of the barrier formed by the makeup remover. If I applied makeup right after (switching from a daytime to an evening look), the residue would make my makeup go on all weird and patchy. Again, very annoying but no big. What I couldn’t deal with was the cloudy vision or foggy vision. I tried splashing cold water on, eye drops, you name it, nothing worked to speed up the process. It sucked up a lot of time that I just did not have. So I looked into other methods of makeup removal. I don’t remember when or how I came across the cold cream method. It could have been something I read in Allure magazine or on makeupalley.com (back then it was the place for makeup junkies). Basically, you just apply cold cream to your face, then wipe it off with a tissue. That’s it.
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Throwback Thursday: Jordana Easyshine Glossy Lip Color

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Throwback Thursday: Labello Lip Care Sticks

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It doesn’t get more old-school than Labello! Labello lip care sticks have been around for more than 100 years! The word “labello” comes from the Latin words “labium” (lip) and “bellus” (beautiful). The labello lip care sticks are also sold under the name Labello Nivea, Liposan and Nivea Lip Care. It is produced by Beiersdorf AG in Germany and Austria. It’s sold almost everywhere in the world but again, people buy it in bulk from Europe because supposedly the European version is superior.

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Throwback Thursday: Nivea Creme

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Nivea Creme, the original skin moisturizing creme, helps your skin stay soft and supple. Ideal for daily use for all intensive moisturizing needs. Touch and Be Touched.

Who doesn’t remember this stuff from way back when? It’s just one of those products that’s always been around. As a matter of fact, Nivea describes it as “the mother of all modern creams“. Abroad, a lot of women grew up watching their mothers and/or grandmothers use this stuff. My mom couldn’t use this stuff because as I’ve already mentioned before she has hyper sensitive skin (to the extent that she’d practically look sunburned, her face would become red, swollen, hot and painful to the touch) so she wasn’t very adventurous when it came to skincare opting instead to stick with her tried and true skin-friendly brands Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, Clarins, and more recently Korres to name a few. I do remember when I was a child, watching my nanny called Sara who hailed from Mauritius applying Nivea Creme on her face as part of her night-time skincare routine though. In Kuwait (and I’m tempted to say the Gulf region) Nivea Creme is pretty much synonymous with Indian nannies and/or housekeepers as they especially favor Nivea Creme specifically.

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