On September 28, Mera came over and brought lunch. Afterwards, I got dressed in my H&M Grey Mom Jeans (hauled here) and we went to The Avenues.
We were going to check out the new Hilton Garden Inn (which had just opened up at the time), because we were thinking of taking the kids and spending the night there. We wanted to pretend we were traveling abroad (because traveling for fun wasn’t a thing anymore, on account of the pandemic).
The rooms were pretty basic and the view was abysmal (you can see the room and what I was wearing, here) so we opted out. Instead, I suggested we make dinner reservation at Trapani, one of my favorite restaurants in Kuwait.
While we waited for them to call us for our reservation, we browsed around the mall. We hit up Boots (tiny store), but didn’t get anything from there. Then we went to Etude House, which I knew had opened up some time ago, but had never gotten a chance to visit.
The place looked like it had been ransacked! Shelves were half-empty. Everything had been picked over. Just what exactly had happened here? Undeterred, I managed to snag a few items.
The only reason I placed this order, was because I noticed that Nordstrom was selling Maison Lancôme Ôud Bouquet Eau de Parfum… in a travel size version!!!! I’d been obsessed with Oud Bouquet for quite some time now (spotted here and later here) so finding a smaller and consequentially cheaper version, online, was kismet! Sadly, it kept going out of stock, almost as soon as it’d appeared online. So, I patiently bided my time and waited for it to come back in stock.
That said, my previous Skincare Haul from Nordstrom (haulage here) had included several chemical exfoliators and as such, meant I needed to invest in some decent Sun Protection (mainly the blue Shiseido one, which I’d been eyeing for a minute now). So, I figured I’d purchase some Sunscreen/Sun Block/Sun Protection (while the weather allowed and was still cool, enough not to damage or alter the contents being shipped) and snatch up the ever elusive travel-size Lancôme Ôud Bouquet Eau de Parfum while I was at it!
Again, several of the brands had really cool Gifts With Purchase! Not to mention the Winter Beauty Bundle (20pc deluxe samples) with every $125 spent on Skincare! Once Oud Bouquet popped back up, I placed my order immediately (literally 5 days after my previous order with Nordstrom), making sure that I qualified for most of the Gifts With Purchase (as you can see in the photo below).
Basically, Oud Bouquet was the main reason I’d placed this order, but sadly it went out of stock again and was canceled from my order. On the bright side, at least they still sent over the Lancome Gift With Purchase, which was nice! Plus, the fact that I only purchased 5 items (1 Mascara + 4 different types of Sunscreen) and managed to accumulate a whole bunch of other stuff, along with them, was pretty suh-weet! The subtotal was $169 (around KD 50) but with $15 (KD 4/500) for tax, ended up being $184 (around KD 55).
On Halloween, I found myself at Sultan Center (Souq Sharq) with a few friends, because we needed stuff… for stuff, y’know?
I was at the Avenues when I noticed they had a Sale going on over at The Body Shop. It was around closing time, but I still managed to take some photos and grab a few things. I tried my best to put names and prices to everything. If there are any mistakes, I apologize (let me know in the comments and I’ll fix it). The NEW ITEMS (not included in the Sale) are all the way at the bottom of this post. To my understanding, the Sale usually lasts for an entire month which according to my calculations is August 20. So if anything catches your fancy, you’ve still got a few days to go pick it up. Hope you enjoy this post!
Micro Mini BeautyBlenders (4 piece) retail for KD 8/500 (Limited Edition)
GlamGlow SuperCleanse mud to foam Daily Clearing Cleanser 150g retails for KD 14/000 (discontinued)
GlamGlow PoutMud Fizzy Lip Exfoliating Treatment 25g retails for KD 10/000
Benefit ka-BROW! Eyebrow Cream-Gel Color (with brush) retails for KD 9/500
Benefit Roller Lash Curling Mascara (mini) retails for KD 4/500
Sephora Outrageous Volume – Dramatic Volume Mascara retails for KD 3/250
Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in the shade 03 Strawberry Kissed retails for KD 6/000
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Berlin retails for KD 7/500
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade Perversion (not shown because I started using it immediately and consequentially forgot to include it in this post) retails for KD 7/000
I was at The Avenues with my younger brother’s wife when we (and by we, I mean me) decided to stop by a Sephora (I say a, as if we have more than one Sephora in Kuwait lawl). I was dumbfounded by my sister-in-law’s maturity (I’m pretty sure I’m at least 6-8 years older than her) because she exercised such restraint (masha’allah) and only purchased a few items, and even then, they were only things she would actually use, as opposed to myself randomly grabbing products left and right (just kidding, they were all “necessities”) and tossing them in my shopping basket (that they hand out at the entrance to Sephora). Even at the zigzag-y queue leading to the check-out counter, she showed little to no interest in all the ridiculously adorable minis! I was starting to suspect that she wasn’t really human (because how could anyone not be enticed by those cute minis at the zigzag-y queue?) and so as a final test I pointed out the GlamGlow PoutMud, mumbled something or other and tossed it in my shopping basket, to which she exclaimed that she was interested in trying it as well, and tossed one in her own shopping basket. Success! My adorable sister-in-law had succumbed to the cuteness of a Lip Scrub which meant she was a red-blooded human being (not an Alien life-form impervious to human wants like “makeup-y bits”) after all!
Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser
This cleansing lotion for combination skin rebalances oil. It will not over-dry skin or clog pores. Removes make-up, impurities and excess oil
Seaweed, Sea Salt, Sea Kelp, Sea Water, basically I’ll try any product that has the word “Sea” in it or originates from the Sea (as I mentioned in the previous post). That said, I wasn’t actively seeking this stuff out. I happened to be staying over at my sister’s house for a month-long “visit” when I ran out of my trusty Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning Makeup Remover (reviewed here). She was nice enough to share her makeup remover (Nivea) with me but it was the oily kind – that would give me foggy vision and leave some form of residue on my lids (pet peeve) making it next to impossible for me to apply any makeup on afterwards, because it would just go on all weird and patchy. That’s precisely why I prefer cream cleansers over oil cleansers when it comes to makeup removal. Cream cleansers are way less of a hassle (go on and tissue off easily, water isn’t even necessary as it’s more of a preference) work almost instantly (you don’t need to sit there for a year waiting for it to break down the makeup, as opposed to oil cleansers), no foggy vision (although some do sting if they get in your eye), and best of all, no residue (meaning you can apply makeup immediately after and it’ll go on like normal, or plant yourself face-down on your pillow without worrying about any black mascara streaks on your white pillowcase and go to sleep straight away).
As such, I headed out to find my beloved Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning Makeup Remover (reviewed here). I hit up all the places I could think of (personal care aisles at local cooperatives, Sultan Center, Boots, etc…) but just could not find it anywhere, for some reason. It occurred to me that I should really start looking into dupes for the Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning Makeup Remover, to avoid being in this horrible situation ever again. I mean sure I could use the oily Nivea one (blue packaging) for a day or two, but for the unforeseeable future? Nah! I was starting to get anxious, man! My hunt for Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning Makeup Remover led me to Mishref co-op (after being unsuccessful at other co-ops) where I discovered that they’ve actually got a branch of The Body Shop somewhere on the top floor. After a quick lap around the small store, The Body Shop Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser seemed like it would do in a pinch (which this was, very much so) so I purchased it.
Star anise and lime extracts make this crystalline and delicately foaming gel the favorite cleanser for normal to combination skin.
Holy Grail Status, right here! Funny thing is, I wasn’t expecting much when I purchased this Purifying Cleanser from Boots. I just wanted to try something (anything really) from the brand Lierac because I’ve never actually owned – let alone tried – anything from Lierac prior to this Purifying Cleanser. Initially, the vivid green packaging is what caught my eye and drew me in but the scent is what sold me (you’re not supposed to unscrew products in-store just to give them a sniff but what can I say? I’m a rebel)! I couldn’t believe how amazing it smelled! The scent was everything! It was fresh, zesty, and uplifting! I purchased the Lierac Purifying Cleanser, then and there, for KD 9/250 at Boots and I’ve been obsessed ever since!
Also at Mishref Fair Grounds during the Perfume & Makeup Exhibit, I came across the Purederm booth which had a whole bunch of Asian Skincare on sale. In addition to being so inexpensive (KD1/500 each), they had a BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) deal going on.