Sultan Center Haul (June)

I was out with the kids again and the youngest was misbehaving. I was already dead tired, but I’ve kinda’ made it a point to dole out swift, if not immediate punishment, when it comes to the kids (so they remember). As such, I dropped her off at home and went right back outside, taking the other two along with me. The youngest was visibly upset at being left out, as intended.

Anywho, I’ve been meaning to get the older two started on wearing antiperspirant/deodorant regularly. They participate in all sorts of water-related activities at Summer Camp, from “Swimming Day” to “Foam Football” (Soccer for the Americans) to regular “Sports Day” all of which involved them showering afterwards over there, and then I get them to shower again back at home, before bed (well, except the eldest, who only washes her body regularly, but her hair every other day, because I don’t think her hair can handle daily washing). Despite the constant showers, the kids can smell a bit… ripe. Also, it’s shaping up to be an exceptionally hot Summer in Kuwait.

So I took them to Sultan Center (Salmiya) where they each got to pick out their own Deodorant. We also stocked up on some snackage (some healthy, but mostly not) and on our way back home, despite being way past their bedtime, decided to made a quick stop at the McDonald’s Drive-Thru on Gulf Road and treat each of them to an Oreo McFlurry (knowing full well that they were going to go back and gloat about it to their younger sister). It was around 2:30am at this point, and yet the beach was packed with families just hanging out! Even the McDonald’s Kiddie Playground (outside) was crowded with kids (of all ages) running around, as happy as you please.

Back home, the youngest was so upset at being left out (most definitely imagining that her brother and sister were out having all kinds of fun, while she was stuck at home) that she chose to stay up and wait for us. As soon as we walked in with bags of groceries snackage, her eyes widened like saucers and she proceeded to grill her siblings about where they’d gone, what they’d done, etc… The eldest did not miss this opportunity to answer with great relish. It’s been weeks, but the youngest hasn’t misbehaved since!

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Nordstrom April Fragrance Haul

While browsing through the New Arrivals section up on Nordstrom, I spotted an exciting new version of my beloved Light Blue called Light Blue Sun. It listed Coconut Water (which I adore in most forms) in the fragrance notes! I mean…c’mon, Light Blue + Coconut Water just sounded awesome! So, despite my luck (or lack-thereof) with purchasing perfumes before actually smelling them, this was yet another blind-buy lol Since I was going to have to pay extortionate shipping fees regardless, I figured I might as well purchase a few more items, to even out the shipping cost (I mathed).

I picked up something from the Too Faced collab with Erika Jayne and to qualify for the Too Faced Gift with Purchase also purchased a Too Faced Mascara (travel size). Lastly, since I’d actually sampled Mon Paris earlier (here) and over time, grew to enjoy the scent, I sprung for the YSL Mon Paris Eau de Parfum Set (3oz/90mL + 1oz/30mL).

Since the total for everything was more than $100 I ended up qualifying for both the April Skincare Sample Pack (here) and April Fragrance Sample Pack (here) and the April Bonus Gift (here) and got to pick out 3 samples for free.

– Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Sun Eau de Toilette (Limited Edition)
– Too Faced x Erika Jayne Pat The Pu$$ Kissable Body Shimmer (Limited Edition)
– Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (travel size)
– Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris Eau de Parfum Set

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Victoria’s Secret Haulage

Rush (Signature Collection) – Velvet Petals (Signature Collection) – Jasmine Noir (Midnight Blooms Collection) – Afterparty Angel (Fashion Show Collection) – Glitter Hustle (Disco Nights Collection) – Shot of Coconut (Juiced Collection)

Like I said in my previous post (here), they brought out all the Limited Edition Collections of the past year (Fashion Show Collection – Angel Collection – Disco Nights Collection, etc…) and knocked them down to half price, whereas the Signature Collection (permanent and can be purchased at any time from any branch) in the old-school packaging (Love Spell – Pure Seduction – Aqua Kiss, etc…) as well as all the newer collections (Cozy Collection – Midnight Blooms Collection – Star Struck Collection, etc…) retailed for KD 7 (full price) but were included in a “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” promo.

I ended up getting 2 from the Signature Collection (plain packaging) for KD 7 each, qualifying me for a third one, either from the Signature Collection or any of the newer collections (for free) so I chose Jasmine Noir (newer collection). The other 3 (Afterparty Angel – Glitter Hustle – Shot of Coconut) were not included in the “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” promo, since they were from older collections, but they had all been reduced to only KD 3/500 each. As you can see from the plain packaging, the first two (Rush + Velvet Petals) were from Signature Collection (permanent), whereas the rest were all Limited Edition.

I had a wonderful time sniffing and playing around with all those Fragrance Mists! I could’ve stayed there forever! Best of all, the sales assistants left me alone (to play in peace), for the most part, because they were so busy with other customers!

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Zara Perfume Haul (19 Fragrances)

Seeing as how popular my previous Zara Perfume posts were (Cashmere Rose is almost always listed in the Top 10 Posts in the side-bar), I picked up a total of x19 Zara Fragrances for around KD 120 to review (but also because I’m kinda’ obsessed with fragrances now and also because I was hoping to find some “hidden gems”). For starters, just like their clothing, Zara regularly comes out with a lot of excellent duplicates or “dupes” of best-selling high-end and designer perfumes.

That said, keep in mind, as with most cheap-y fragrances with a high alcohol content, these do not last as long. As such, most of them were pretty inexpensive (the lowest ranging from KD 4/900 and the highest ranging to KD 10/900)! I’d also like to point out that although certain fragrances might still have the same name, Zara tends to reformulate them (completely switching up the scent) and change the packaging, from year to year. Lastly, these are just my “first impressions” and my opinion is subject to change (so please don’t be offended if you happen to love a certain scent and I don’t).

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Sephora Summer Haul (Exchange)

Like I said in my earlier post (here), I went back to Sephora the very next day, to exchange the unsealed Tony Moly Mini Green Apple Lip Balm for a sealed one. Plus, I thought I’d get to pick up the “Brand Gift” that I’d qualified for (accumulating a little over 200 points) only a day before. No such luck. Even the Sephora App didn’t reflect my progress (it still showed that I needed to accumulate 15 points to reach the 200 point mark).

The dude at the check-out counter (same guy from the day before) informed that I need to wait for at least 72 hours (why didn’t he just say that the day before?) for the Sephora App to get updated to reflect my current progress. He also said I needed to wait for either an SMS Message or an E-mail from Sephora (UAE), before being able to actually pick out the “Brand Gift“. He also threw in a few more samples of the Kat Von D Trooper Tattoo Liner (x3) and another Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (in yet another random shade), I suspect in his efforts to appease me (read: so I could hopefully go away and leave him alone lol) at least that’s what I believe.

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Sephora Summer Haul

Ouai Dry Shampoo retails for KD 9/250
Urban Decay Grindhouse Double Barrel Sharpener retails for KD 3/750
Urban Decay Sabbath 24/7 Glide-On Pencil retails for KD 7/750
Too Faced Melt Off Waterproof Mascara Remover retails for KD 7/250
Sephora High Speed Color Hit Nail Polish retails for KD 2/500
*Updated Packaging* Sephora Winter Spirit Color Hit Nail Polish retails for KD 2/500
*Updated Packaging* Sephora Sweet Summer Tan Color Hit Nail Polish retails for KD 2/500
*Updated Packaging* Sephora Winter Spirit Color Hit Nail Polish retails for KD 2/500
Tony Moly Mini Green Apple Lip Balm retails for KD 2/500

Urban Decay Distortion Stash Bag (gift with purchase) contains:
Vice Lipstick (sample card) – Perversion Mascara (sample) – Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid (sample card) – Eyeshadow Primer Potion (sample card) – All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray (sample)

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara (sample)
Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r #340 Soft Matte Longwear Foundation (sample)
Kat Von D Trooper Tattoo Liner (x3 samples)

According to my Sephora App, I only need 15 more points to reach 200 again, and qualify for the next “Brand Gift” (full deets here) or whatever it’s called. Also, I’d just received a text from Sephora that said, “Free Gift with every purchase for Eid“. Plus, the last time I’d been to Sephora was about 6 months ago (free Sephora Birthday Gift, here), so it has been a minute. I figured I might as well pop in to a Sephora, check out what’s new (photos here), grab a few things so I could reach 200 points and get some samples and a “Free Gift” out of it, in the process. All signs were pretty much pointing to… Sephora.

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Pick Apple & Peanut Dip

I love Pick! At one point, I believe it used to be called Pick Yo. In any case, I only turned to Pick (way back in the day) because I was craving some Frozen Yogurt… from Pinkberry (except Pinkberry don’t happen to deliver, at least not to my area). In comes Pick to the rescue! Not only do they serve Frozen Yogurt, but they’ve got all kinds of savory snacks as well (which is a must, for me)! At a very reasonable price point too! The owner is a really intelligent guy who is constantly researching new ways to make Pick even better than it already is (despite the fact that Pick is already pretty great)!

Now, I love Peanut Butter (smooth and creamy, never crunchy) and I love Green Apples (as I’ve stated numerous times on this blog). However, it never occurred to me to ever combine the two. So, I tried the Apple & Peanut Dip from Pick on a whim… and was pretty much floating on Cloud 9 after the first bite! At first, the Green Apple Slices tasted a bit strange. Then, I realized that they’d been doused with orange juice or lemon juice or whatever it is that stops Apples from turning brown. Personally, I’d take the odd taste (it’s not that noticeable, really) over a funky looking Apple, any day of the week! Regardless, the Apple & Peanut Dip combo is bomb! So I had some the next day and the next and the next and so on, until I got sick of the stuff and eventually forgot all about it.

With my more recent health issues (full deets here), I had to start putting healthier food in my mouth so I decided to revisit this old favorite. Green Apples are pretty healthy and I figure Peanut Butter is made from Peanuts so they’ve gotta’ be somewhat healthy as well. As you can see, the Green Apples arrive perfectly sliced, while the Peanut Butter (or Peanut Dip, as they call it) comes in a separate container. You just dip the Slice in the Peanut Butter and nosh away! So yummy!

Now, I’m constantly craving a PB Sandwich (minus the jelly, blech) because the Apple & Peanut Dip has actually rekindled my affection for Peanut Butter in general!