Blade Runner 2049

I just finished watching Blade Runner 2049 and honestly did not enjoy watching it (or at least not as much as I thought I would). I know it’s been out for a minute but I was adamant that nobody (from my inner circles) should go watch it in theaters, since it’d most likely be chopped up beyond recognition (in the name of “censorship”, but really, it’s just so they could fit in even more showings and therefore get even more money from movie-goers) because… Kuwait. Instead, I insisted that we all watch it together at my home, in the Cinema Room (which might not be state of the art, but a lot of time, effort and money was spent to make it as comfy as possible). The reason I insisted we watch it uncensored (in the Cinema Room) was because I’ve heard a great deal about how visually striking Blade Runner 2049 was supposed to be, and in that aspect, it did not disappoint. Blade Runner 2049 was absolutely beautiful! I got seriously strong Anime vibes (namely Akira) while watching Blade Runner 2049, not unlike a recently released Netflix Series called Altered Carbon (which I binge-watched as soon as it came out). They all had that “CyberPunk City” (low life, high tech) aesthetic going for them, which I tend to enjoy.

With that being said, Blade Runner 2049 was also quite slow. Too slow for my taste. Everything was very drawn out (the long pauses were extra long and the meaningful glances took a beat too long as well). Heck, even the movie itself was almost 3 hours long! Stretching everything out in order for people to drink in every detail was unnecessary. People would either get it or they wouldn’t. Finally, the biggest disappointment was the plot, which I thought was quite simple (offensively simple). It seemed like they threw all their money on the visuals and completely disregarded the story (all style, no substance). Honestly, it felt like they just wanted the movie to appeal to a wider audience (be more mainstream) so they played it safe, story-wise. The fact that Blade Runner 2049 had a star-studded cast further cemented that notion (at least, to me). All in all, Blade runner 2049 was very pretty, but way too long, and quite frankly, boring (definitely not worth the wait). In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve never actually watched the original Blade Runner (it came out before I was even born).

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Sephora Mini Haulage

Sephora got a whole bunch of NEW MAKEUP BRANDS!!!! Well, new to Kuwait, at least. In fact, I could only get my hands on them (in the past) by ordering online, and even then not all the brands were easily accessible. During my visit to Sephora, I noticed that they had Anastasia (which I used to order from Beauty.com back in 2007 before all the hype) and Tarte (also ordered from Beauty.com only much later, around the time when they first introduced the Amazonian Clay Blush) and Becca (never owned anything from this brand before, but I’ve been dying to try the Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighters) and Kat Von D (never got a chance to order anything from this brand before either, but apparently everyone loves their Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks), just to name a few. They also sectioned off a whole area focused on skincare with the usual brands, some newer brands, and brands I’ve never even heard of before. Just before the cash register, they had an entire shelf dedicated to Face Masks and Scrubs (namely GlamGlow but there were some other brands including Peter Thomas Roth and Starskin). Best of all, when you queue in line at the check-out counter, instead of it being a straight line, it’s now more of a zigzag, with shelves on either side, chock-full of travel-sized minis of their most-loved and best-selling products!

I got a really cool Makeup Brush from Becca, and one of the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks from Kat Von D in an absolutely stunning shade, but while waiting my turn at the new zigzag-y queue, couldn’t resist snatching up yet another travel-sized GlamGlow product. As intended, the zigzag-y queue is meant to sucker us into buying even more products before we leave Sephora. Myself as well as others will probably fall victim to the adorable travel-sized minis at the zigzag-y queue, many times over. So… kudos, Sephora, for your ploy has succeeded!

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Harvey Nichols Haulage

I was only passing through Harvey Nichols to get to the rest of the Avenues) (I still don’t know my way around the underground parking lot) but ended up getting a few bits along the way from Givenchy and Nars and Laura Mercier and Chanel (despite the Sales Assistants being snooty and quite frankly, unhelpful). I spent KD 92/250 (exactly $307.91 US Dollars) at Harvey Nichols and all I got as a gift with purchase (gwp) was a makeup bag (that I’ll probably never use). For that much money, you’d think I’d get a handful of samples (at least), but I didn’t get a single sample (not even one those ubiquitous single-use perfume samples). That would’ve been fine if the service was great, or at least decent, but all the Sales Assistants were pretty much… a nightmare (they acted as if they were doing me a favor). To add insult to injury, one of the items I got was a dried up mascara (from the Givenchy counter) but they gave me such a hard time about returning it (the very next day) even though I had the receipt with me and everything. Over all, I had such a horrible experience at Harvey Nichols (so very different from the wonderful experiences I’ve had at Jo Malone Boutiques here and here and here) that I don’t think I’ll be returning to Harvey Nichols any time soon, if ever.

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Tyga – Boss Up

You’ve got a mermaid swimming around in a roof-top pool, an obligatory Biker Gang, and finally someone wearing the stereotypical Oni Mask. If all that wasn’t enough, Tyga gets fed some sushi. Finally, the automatic weapon (I wanna’ say Uzi but I’m no expert so I could be wrong) hidden in the flower bouquet, as the game-changing twist. I think they were trying to go for something here. Maybe the music video was meant to be like an Anime? I’m not quite sure though. There weren’t enough cliches for me. I believe there’s room for a few more. That said, the music video is pretty fun (add a mermaid anywhere and I’m happy) and the lyrics are nice but the track (the melody?) is awesome!

Edit: At a first glance, I honestly thought that was Kylie! Holy smokes, the resemblance is is uncanny (obviously, intended but still).

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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Bath and Body Works Big Sale (Part 3)

Unhappy with my Big Sale haulage (Part 1) (Part 2), I went back to the Avenues branch of Bath & Body Works on the hunt for something other than Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps. It took some searching, but I managed to find every single one of the Shower Gels from the Tutti Dolci Collection! I was kinda’ sad that I’d missed out on the Tutti Dolci Collection when it was first released towards the beginning of 2017 (main reason for the post-sale haulage, here) so this was a very pleasant surprise! I kinda’ wanted to get the rest of the products in the Tutti Dolci Collection but I knew that the Creamy Body Wash was going to leave some sort of annoying “hydrating” residue, and that the Fine Fragrance Mist would last about all 5 minutes on my skin before completely disappearing, and that due to its packaging the Body Cream would turn (start smelling funky) in a little under a month. Plus, it was enough of a challenge to find undamaged Shower Gels from the collection, let alone any of the other stuff. I did manage to grab 2 more random PocketBacs (not from the the Tutti Dolci Collection) while I was there so I’m pleased about that too.

This was my final haul from the Bath & Body WorksBig Sale“.

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Bershka Haul

I actually didn’t do much shopping for clothes this Winter. However, when I went back to Promod to pick up my Maxi Jersey Skirt (hauled here) after some alterations (it had to be shortened lawl) at Marina Mall, I spotted the Sales Assistant hanging up (meaning they were super new) the coolest Biker Jackets of life, over at Bershka! I made a bee-line towards the gorgeous jacket, all the while making excited cooing and squealing noises. Once I reached the magnificent jacket I just sorta’ gazed up at it reverently, while still making cooing noises, up until the Sales Assistant deigned to assist me with a “May I help you?”

After that got sorted, he pawned me off (I suspect my craziness eccentricity made him feel a wee bit uncomfortable) on a female Sales Assistant, who was way more eager to help (she did her job with such gusto!) making my experience at Bershka… a much more enjoyable one! I walked away with a stunning Biker Jacket, an insanely cool Biker Waistcoat, and a ridiculously adorable Furry Hooded Jacket! Sure, I plunked down KD 53/800 but you can’t put a price on cool (actually… kinda’ just did, but whatever, just go with it). Also, like I said earlier, I haven’t done much shopping for Winter stuff (justification). Also, everything I got really was just so cool! I think… I’m kinda’ in love with Bershka now!

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