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.
I was severely disappointed by the fact that they were selling the Holiday 2017 Holiday Collection instead of the Holiday 2018 Collection at Bath & Body Works on December 2018 (pics here). However, I didn’t realize they were doing that, up until I started looking up the fragrance notes for this post, which by then, was obviously too late. This right here, is the reason I stopped buying from Bath & Body Works for so long.
They had some promo or other going on at the time (Buy 3 Get 4 Free), so I grabbed a few things (which turned out to be total fails). I got x2 Dry Shampoo and x2 Body Stuff (Shower Gel + Body Scrub) and x2 Bathroom Stuff (Shower Steamer and Hand Soap) and x2 Scented Candles and x3 Room Sprays. As the icing on the cake, not all the items were included in the promo -_-
Pretty, right? I thought so too! I even bought a few things.
Back home, when I googled the notes for an upcoming post, I realized that instead of the Holiday 2018 Collection, they were selling the Holiday 2017 Collection and passing it off as the newer collection!
Everything that people were buying was already a year old! No wonder those Body Creams usually smell horrible in under a month! They were already old by the time we bought them! We’d been buying old products at retail price. I mean, is this even legal?
The joys of living in Kuwait…
They were having a Buy 2 Get 2 Free over at Boots (the one facing Carrefour at the Avenues) so I decided to pop in and check it out.
At the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition, I did something I’ve never done before, which was check out the fragrances at the Beidoun booth (shown in the background in this photo). Even though it was also a part of the Beidoun booth, the fragrance section had different staff members and even had their own separate cash register. They had a ton of cheap-y fragrances, including The Voice Eau de Toilette (which was actually shaped like a microphone lol so ugly) and a bunch of celebrity fragrances (only the very old and cheap ones).
Typically, I tend to look past celebrity fragrances (I’ll look at them without actually seeing them). In fact, years ago when everyone else was wearing Jennifer Lopez something or other, or raving about the latest Britney Spears flanker or even Taylor Swift fragrance, I was never the least bit interested (even though I live for gourmands). I’d still purchase them as gifts for friends and family, but for myself, never. However, I did have a short love affair with the now defunct Dessert Beauty range by Jessica Simpson (which I purchased in bulk from VaVaVoom at Marina Mall), purely for the fact that other than smelling delicious was also edible!
Since then, I haven’t had much interest in celebrity fragrances and the few that I did purchase, ended up being fails. Harajuku Lovers Lil’ Angel although adorable and smelled great, barely lasted on my skin (haulage here), and the same goes for Nicki Minaj Pink Friday (haulage here), whereas Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluid (haulage here) was an unfortunate “blind buy”. That’s why I now automatically dismiss celebrity fragrances. However, unlike Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme (haulage here) and Givenchy Ange ou Demon (haulage here) and Elie Saab Girl of Now Shine (haulage here), which were total impulse purchases at the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition, I’d actually stepped out of the house with Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna in mind.
I’ve raved and raved about my beloved Tokyo Lotus & Apple Blossom Fine Fragrance Mist by none other than Bath & Body Works for years now (haulage here) and have been
rationing savoring it ever since! On a whim, I typed Tokyo Lotus & Apple Blossom in the search bar on the open tab on my pc and added the word “similar”, but wasn’t really expecting much. However, I was surprised to find that a kind soul had likened it to Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna in her review on Amazon.com! Curiosity piqued, I set out to give it a sniff at the Beidoun booth and was delighted to find that both fragrances did in fact smell quite similar to each other! All credit goes to NatashaB (person who left the review), whoever you are and wherever you are, know that I love you!
I was at Bath & Body Works (here). I did some damage (KD 33 worth, to be exact). You know the drill.
There was a very cute Rose Collection display (as shown) and an equally cute Pumpkin Collection (shown below) and a ton of the newer Candle Collections (shown below). Best of all, there was either a Buy One Get One Free promo or a Buy 2 Get 2 Free promo on almost everything. Of course, my beloved Sea-Tox Collection and Water Collection were excluded from the promos, but you can’t win ’em all, I guess.
Another promo that I don’t recall them ever having before, was Buy 2 Get 3 Free on all the Hand Soaps! Naturally, I had to partake. Unfortunately, I had one of the sales assistant on my tail (kept trying to shake her off) and I totally would’ve walked out, except I was already invested (I was absolutely besotted with the Rose Fine Fragrance Mist and Paris Cafe Candle and needed them in my life). Honestly, at one point, I couldn’t help but start giggling to myself. I was a grown woman and yet here I was skittering from corner to corner, trying to avoid the sales assistant (who was another grown woman). The whole situation was a bit absurd.