Eyes Lips Face (ELF) Haulage

So unbeknownst to me, the ban had been lifted, and apparently I could order from http://elfcosmetics.com/ again!

Back in the day, I used to order from ELF (Eyes Lips Face) pretty regularly. To the extent that I actually remember when they only had the Essentials line (everything from Makeup to Makeup Brushes and Tools, even an Eyelash Curler was only $1 and came in flimsy white packaging). Then, they branched out into the Studio line (slightly pricier trendy makeup with sleek black packaging). Then I believe they came out with a mineral range (around the $5 mark and above, with sturdy beige packaging) called Beautifully Bare. Looking at the photo (above) of the haulage, based on the packaging, you can sorta’ tell that a few items are from the Essentials line and a few are from the Beautifully Bare line, while the rest are mostly from the Studio line (black packaging). With that being said, it seems that ELF no longer categorizes them as such, because everything was merged together on their website. If not for the packaging and the price point, I wouldn’t be able to tell which was which.

My first ELF purchase was actually from drugstore.com (around 2007 or so) and it was a bunch of their lip balms in little square tins, lipgloss in littly click-y pens, small circular blush and bronzers, tiny eyeshadow quads, white makeup brushes and even a body lotion, to name a few. Once I figured out I could order directly from the the ELF website, I went ham and ordered every new product they came out with (and they came out with new product pretty regularly!) to the extent that I’m still working my way through all my ELF stuff!

More often than not, some of the products would arrive damaged or literally break apart in my hands, but because of their low price point, I just brushed it off. Also, because twice a year, ELF would have a 50% discount on all their products! If I’d been eyeing up anything from the Studio Line or expensive Beautifully Bare line, I’d wait for the 50% discount because that would be the time when I’d purchase them (way more affordable). Heck, even the $1 line would only cost $0.50 per product! That said, it seems that ELF have increased the price point of their Essentials range by a dollar, which means everything in the Essentials range goes for $2 now. So, it’s safe to assume that they increased the prices for all the other lines as well. Regardless, their products are still extremely budget-friendly! In fact, the total for my entire order was only $109.96 (technically $140 with a $39 discount plus $8.96 for tax).

For whatever reason, I couldn’t order from the ELF website anymore, so I stopped. I’d still try my luck every few months or so, on the off-chance that my order would go through. I was dying to try out some of their newer stuff! I really wanted to get my hands on those stunning Makeup Brushes from the Beautifully Precise line, in particular. Thankfully, after about 2-4 years, my order finally went through!

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Sephora Brand Gift (200 Points) + Mini Haul

I’d finally managed to rack up 200 points on my White Sephora Card, meaning I could finally get upgraded to a Sephora Black Card (full deets here). According to the rules, I’d receive my new Black Sephora Card in the mail. I waited for a full month but nothing was ever delivered to me, not even through e-mail. I waited until I actually had to go to the Avenues for something, and made a quick stop at Sephora to pick up my new Black Sephora Card and “Prestigious Brand Gift“. Along the way to the check-out counter, I was quite charmed by two Sephora Eyeshadow Singles (shown below) so I snagged those two for myself and picked up yet another Dior Addict Lip Glow (previously hauled here) as a gift for my younger sister-in-law.

Once my turn came up, the woman behind the cash register informed me that I was not going to get a Black Sephora Card and that I should just go ahead and download the Sephora Loyalty Program app, instead. I thought that was unprofessional of Sephora. I mean… what if I didn’t happen to physically walk in there and ask for a Black Sephora Card? Would they have somehow contacted me anyway and told me about the app or just left me wondering to myself about the non-existent Black Sephora Card? Also, what if I didn’t happen to bring my phone with me (maybe just left it in the car) or had my phone but didn’t have access to the internet on my phone? As it turns out, I did have my phone and I do have internet on it, but a heads-up would’ve been nice.

Out of the pitiful, ratchet-looking selection I chose the Clarins Beauty Treats Pouch (shown above) as my “Prestigious Brand Gift” (for reaching 200 points). It was either a travel-sized Armani Fragrance… for men, or the Clarins Pouch (stocked with deluxe skincare samples). Not quite sure why it says Feb 16 (16 as in the day or 16 as in the year?) on the receipt, but I actually picked up the Clarins Pouch on Nov 11 2017.

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Sephora Haul

Swear to God, my experiences at Sephora keep getting weirder and weirder. I was dressed in jeans, a basic white tee and flats. I had no makeup on (not even lipbalm) and my hair was tossed in a messy bun (freshly washed hair tends to be more pouffy, so a bun keeps it in check). I happened to be carrying my Black Box Backpack on my er, back (strapped around both shoulders as opposed to just one, so as to keep it out of the way). Nothing about me made me look like a Makeup Artist or Sales Assistant… and yet some girl approached me out of nowhere and started asking me questions about a certain product (I got paranoid for half a second and thought that she had somehow pieced together the fact that I run LuLu ♥’s Makeup). I explained to her that I didn’t work at Sephora… and then proceeded to help her anyway lol

As for myself, I picked up a few random tidbits such as the a Travel-Sized Waterproof Too Faced Better Than Love Mascara (which made me die laughing because it’s actually called Better Than Sex world-wide, but I guess they had to “clean it up” for us uptight Arabs) and Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara (which is overtly sexual – going by the description alone – lol) and 2 Urban Decay Liners (1 being specially formulated for the Waterline which I thought was pretty cool!) and a Sephora Honey Lip Scrub. I was only browsing around but also managed to find something I’d been lusting after for so long (Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in the shade Solstice)! Also, I was lucky enough to stumble upon the Limited Edition GlamGlow GravityMud Firming Treatment (Sonic Blue – Collectible Edition)!

Further disproving my “Samples Theory”, they gave me some Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer Card Samples (because I purchased x3 items from Urban Decay) and several Clarins skincare samples (because… I don’t know). The total for all of the above was KD 48/000 which means Sephora Black Card, here I come!

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Origins Skincare Haulage

Origins came out with a nice little Gift Set for the Holidays called Go Ginger (that included one of the products I’d been dying to get my hands on for years, but never could, due to shipping restrictions and such). I’ve said this numerous times before on my blog but the best time to invest in Gift Sets is during the Holidays, because every brand releases all kinds of Gift Sets; some that include a few of their best-sellers (in a variety of sizes), some focused more on new releases and Limited Edition products, others with the aim of getting you more bang for your buck (Value Sets) and other still include a combination of all of the above. Plus, you get to try your hand at things you normally wouldn’t try because you would never purchase them on their own. As soon as I spotted the Go Ginger Holiday Gift Set, I added it to my online shopping cart. I also got a cute Facial Brush (yellow) that bumped up the total of my order, which qualified me for free shipping (to my U.S. mailbox, only) and a free Canvas Tote Bag and some samples (x4)! With that being said, Origins come out with new promotions and such pretty regularly (spend X amount and get this and that for free, or spend X amount and we knock off a percentage off your total, etc…) so it’s worth waiting for a deal that appeals to you, before placing your order.

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Bath and Body Works – CocoaShea Collection

CocoaShea Honey Ultra Conditioning Bath & Shower Jelly retails for KD 5/750

CocoaShea Cucumber Really Refreshing All-Over Mist retails for KD 5/750

CocoaShea Cucumber Seriously Soft Body Lotion retails for KD 5/750

CocoaShea Cucumber Really Refreshing Foaming Scrub retails for KD 6/500

Jasmine & Green Apple Clay Body Scrub retails for KD 6/750

White Barn Tea & Lemon Scented Candle retails for KD 7/500

Same day, different receipt. I picked up a bunch other stuff at Bath & Body Works, besides those Henri Bendel Signature Candles (hauled here). Like I said, I’ve pretty much been avoiding the place (Bath & Body Works), meaning I hadn’t been keeping up with all the new releases. Meanwhile, they (Bath & Body Works) had come out with a whole slew of new products! Ultra Conditioning Bath & Shower Jelly and Really Refreshing All-Over Mist and Seriously Soft Body Lotion and Really Refreshing Foaming Scrub and Clay Body Scrub, to name a few. Most of those were from the CocoaShea Collection (featuring Coco Butter and Shea Butter, obviously). Other products from the CocoaShea Collection included Richly Nourishing Lightweight Body Oil and Really Refreshing Aloe Gel Lotion and Richly Nourishing Whipped Body Butter and Incredibly Creamy Body Wash. The CocoaShea Collection was available in 3 delicious scents; Cucumber, and Honey, and Coconut. Each scent had it’s own packaging, depicting either Cucumber Slices for the Cucumber range, a Honeycomb for the Honey range, and Coconuts for the Coconut range. Naturally, I had to pick up a few things to try out from the CocoaShea Collection, especially with those names (over-saturated with adverbs). I mean, it’s pretty much how I describe most products (really refreshing, seriously soft, etc…). I also picked up a Clay Body Scrub (different collection) and yet another Scented Candle (because the previous 6 Scented Candles clearly weren’t enough). Luckily, there was a Buy 3 Get 3 Free Deal, going on at the time.

I’ve already tried everything out (back home), and can honestly say that I’m obsessed with every single item in this haul! They all performed pretty well (did what they claimed to do) and most of them smelled ridiculously good while doing it!

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The Body Shop Collective Haul

As I mentioned in my previous The Body Shop haulage posts (here) and (here), I wasn’t going to wait so long between visits (so that I wouldn’t go crazy when I finally did go). I was at the Marina Mall branch of The Body Shop (even though it’s not the largest in the country, it’s my fave branch, for some reason) and noticed that they were having a sale. So I made a quick stop and picked up a few things (mostly skincare). I haven’t gotten a chance to try everything out yet, but there’s a few items in here that have already seriously impressed me!

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Boots Collective Haul (mostly pink stuff)

Also at Soug Sharq, I stopped by Boots. I wasn’t planning on getting anything especially since I literally just bought some makeup-y bits at Debenhams (hauled here), but then I saw that they had so many cool new products and several new brands too.

For starters, they had the SpaWax (stripless wax warming kit) by the brand Veet which I’d been lusting after, ever since I saw one of my favorite YouTubers plugging it in one of her videos… years ago. Second, I noticed two new brands which were House of Lashes (which I’d been dying to try) and GOSH Cosmetics, and even though I don’t particularly enjoy Soap & Glory (reviews here), they had the cutest Gift Set that was shaped like an actual Christmas Cracker, which I just couldn’t resist. Also, they had a Buy Two Get One Free deal on all Hair Care, and my hair was in dire need of some serious TLC. I only got one makeup-y item which was a mascara, but the rest are all personal care, hair care and body care stuff. Plus, they even tossed in a free makeup bag.

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