I am the one
don’t weigh a ton
don’t need a gun
to get respect up on the street
Jokes, Jokes! I am is actually the name of my favorite accessories store! I am has a much nicer and way better selection than Claire’s! Their products are more durable (last longer) and they’re substantially less expensive (read: dirt cheap) too! For whatever reason, both accessories stores I am and Claire’s are wall-to-wall with each other (I wonder if it was by design, because if so, someone has a great sense of humor. I am Claire’s. Geddit?) I believe I am originated in Germany (hence the superior quality). In fact, my first time shopping at I am was actually while I was in Germany! They sold everything from Handbags and Scarves to Sunglasses and of course Jewelry. Here’s the thing though, everything they sold looked insanely awesome (granted they didn’t cater to tweens lawl)! That’s why I was super excited when they opened up shop in Kuwait and I’ve been shopping there quite frequently ever since! Sadly, for whatever reason, they don’t seem to get much traction over here (which is a shame). C’mon guys, go support I am by buying their stuff!
As we were leaving Bath & Body Works (haulage here) my niece spotted a Jojo Bow display at Claire’s and legit lost. her. mind. (sound familiar? like aunt, like niece, I guess) She started bouncing in place while excitedly shrieking JojoBowJojoBowJojoBow, repeatedly. She strung the name all-together that at first, I couldn’t even understand what she was trying to say. Honestly, I thought she was trying (and failing) to say jojoba (lawl). Eventually, I realized what she meant (no small thanks to her, for actually pointing out the display, stacked with rows and rows of Oversized Bows).
The little girl in the promo shot is called Jojo and she’s famous for a whole bunch of stuff. She sings, she dances (she was on 2 seasons of Dance Moms… with her mom), she acts (I believe she’s on Nickelodeon), she’s a “YouTube Persoality” and she has her own line of Hair Bows aptly called Jojo Bows, just to name a few. All that and she’s barely 15 years old! Apparently, little girls idolize Jojo and according to my niece a Jojo Bow is a must-have! So in we went to Claire’s (little girl’s accessories store) to pick up a Jojo Bow for my niece. While waiting for her to decide on a “Mystery Bag“, I picked up 2 Black Headbands and a pack of Basic Black Bobby Pins for myself (mostly out of boredom rather than anything else lawl).
I was at the Avenues finishing up some errands when the MAC Snow Ball Collection (Holiday 2017) display caught me eye (you can see the display from afar without having to actually go in, because the display is literally situated at the entrance). Usually, MAC Collections start trickling into local stores months and months after their world-wide release… if they even make it to Kuwait at all. That’s why I figured it was too soon to start stalking all the local MAC stores. I’d already left my name and phone number with the majority of the MAC stores in the country, earlier, in the hopes that they’d inform me (usually via mass text) when the MAC Snow Ball Collection would hit the local stores. I did not receive a single phone call nor text (not a one) when the collection was actually released (typical Kuwait). Since the collection had been released in Kuwait without my knowledge, a lot of the things that I had been planning on getting were already sold out! Outwardly, I might have seemed calm, but inside I was seething!
I’d really, really, really been looking forward to getting my hands on a few choice pieces from both the Core Collection (previewed here) and the Sets & Kits (previewed here) of the MAC Snow Ball Collection! I was heartbroken when the Sales Assistant told me that the both Face Bags (Sequined Rose-Gold Bag, 140 Fan Brush and Extra Dimension Skinfinish) were long gone, because I’d had my heart set on repurchasing my beloved Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish (previously hauled here). At least both Opalescent Highlighters were still available (surprisingly, I went for the peachier one instead) and most of the Extra Dimension Eyeshadows were still available as well so I snagged 2 of them. I even managed to find Rouge en Snow which was the only lipstick I actually really, really wanted from the Core Collection and the Candy Yum Yum Shadescents Kit (silver pouch) which besides the Face Bags was the only other Kit that I had to have from the Sets & Kits.
Honestly, it was only pure dumb luck that I happened upon the Snow Ball Collection when I did!
Now that all the shows I watch regularly are winding down for the season, the lack of Game of Thrones this year is really starting to hit me (I’m going through Game of Thrones withdrawal lawl).
Thankfully, I’ve got Fear The Walking Dead, and The Handmaid’s Tale, and for something a little lighter The 100, to tide me over. Also, I believe the new season of Big Brother (UK) is coming up, in about a week or so. Apparently, I’d completely erased the season 1 finale of Westworld from my mind, because I watched the first episode of season 2 when it first came out and literally had no clue what was going on (which has been a recurring theme for me while watching Westworld) so I’m gonna wait for a few episodes to pile up (if not the entire season) so I can just binge-watch the whole thing. For the record, I don’t do Arabic Dramas (not now, not ever). Now is the perfect time to switch over to binging on Korean Shows and some Anime!
In any case, a couple of months ago, I stumbled upon this music video that someone made by splicing Game of Thrones scenes (namely the Battle of Bastards episodes) and adding the song Je Te Pardonne (I forgive you) by Maitre Gims (french dude) featuring Sia to accompany the whole thing. Normally, I find it pretty cheezy when people do that (combine songs with scenes from their favorite anime or movie or tv show or whatever) but in this instance, I quite like it (odd choice of song however, especially if you speak french, but if you completely disregard the lyrics, or like myself, do not speak french, then it kinda’ works)! Obviously, it’s not the original music video, but I actually prefer it to the original. If you’re interested, I’ve included the original version below. As per usual, Sia‘s voice is amaze!
Have a lovely weekend!
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.