The Autumn Perfumes Exhibition took place at Mishref Fair Grounds (Halls 5,6,7,8) during October 24 and was meant to end on November 6, but was extended to November 9 (because… weekend).
At this point, it’s practically tradition for me to check out the Lancome booth (run by Beidoun) during every Perfumes Exhibition and in all honesty, other than that one time (here), my experience with them, for the past few decades, has been nothing short of excellent (here)!
I hit up the Lancome booth because I was flirting with the idea of getting either the original La Nuit Trésor Eau de Parfum (2015) or La Nuit Trésor À La Folie Eau de Parfum (2018), but ended up walking away with this gem, the Maison Lancome Les Parfums Grands Crus Travel Set (foncy, foncy)!
Each fragrance was a work of art, therefore my “reviews” or rather first impressions of each fragrance, is going to be a bit on the longer side, in my attempt to do them justice.
At the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition, I did something I’ve never done before, which was check out the fragrances at the Beidoun booth (shown in the background in this photo). Even though it was also a part of the Beidoun booth, the fragrance section had different staff members and even had their own separate cash register. They had a ton of cheap-y fragrances, including The Voice Eau de Toilette (which was actually shaped like a microphone lol so ugly) and a bunch of celebrity fragrances (only the very old and cheap ones).
Typically, I tend to look past celebrity fragrances (I’ll look at them without actually seeing them). In fact, years ago when everyone else was wearing Jennifer Lopez something or other, or raving about the latest Britney Spears flanker or even Taylor Swift fragrance, I was never the least bit interested (even though I live for gourmands). I’d still purchase them as gifts for friends and family, but for myself, never. However, I did have a short love affair with the now defunct Dessert Beauty range by Jessica Simpson (which I purchased in bulk from VaVaVoom at Marina Mall), purely for the fact that other than smelling delicious was also edible!
Since then, I haven’t had much interest in celebrity fragrances and the few that I did purchase, ended up being fails. Harajuku Lovers Lil’ Angel although adorable and smelled great, barely lasted on my skin (haulage here), and the same goes for Nicki Minaj Pink Friday (haulage here), whereas Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluid (haulage here) was an unfortunate “blind buy”. That’s why I now automatically dismiss celebrity fragrances. However, unlike Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme (haulage here) and Givenchy Ange ou Demon (haulage here) and Elie Saab Girl of Now Shine (haulage here), which were total impulse purchases at the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition, I’d actually stepped out of the house with Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna in mind.
I’ve raved and raved about my beloved Tokyo Lotus & Apple Blossom Fine Fragrance Mist by none other than Bath & Body Works for years now (haulage here) and have been
rationing savoring it ever since! On a whim, I typed Tokyo Lotus & Apple Blossom in the search bar on the open tab on my pc and added the word “similar”, but wasn’t really expecting much. However, I was surprised to find that a kind soul had likened it to Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna in her review on Amazon.com! Curiosity piqued, I set out to give it a sniff at the Beidoun booth and was delighted to find that both fragrances did in fact smell quite similar to each other! All credit goes to NatashaB (person who left the review), whoever you are and wherever you are, know that I love you!
At the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (here), I just had to hit up the Beidoun booth! Aside from offering fragrances from all kinds of different brands (as you can see in the background of this photo), they also ran the Lancome booth. Usually, every time I shop at the Beidoun booth (I’m talkin’ decades here), my experience is always a rather pleasant and positive one. The sales assistants are always lovely (non-aggressive and quite helpful), knew what they were talking about (well-informed on the products they were selling) and also quite generous with samples! Unfortunately, this particular visit was quite… unpleasant.
(Photo nicked off the Mishref Fair Grounds Website).
I try to make it a point to visit the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition at least once a year. The Perfume & Cosmetics Exhibition takes place twice a year (March and then again in Oct-Nov) in Hall 5 and Hall 6 and Hall 8 at Mishref Fair Grounds. As you can see, the Halls are huge! They’ve always got something or other going on there (sometimes simultaneously), year-round! This year, I noticed that they had strung up pretty fairy lights and arranged a seating area somewhere outside, with a ton of trendy pop-ups in cute little shacks that were catering the event, on either side of the seating area! I actually took a handful of pics, but people’s faces were on full display so I can’t show ’em (privacy blah blah blah consent blah blah blah).
Unfortunately, the majority of the halls participating in the Perfume & Cosmetics Exhibition mainly feature Oud and Teeb (Arab Fragrances), with only a smaller portion of booths featuring “French Perfumes” and an even smaller portion featuring Makeup. Heck, one of the Halls (I wanna’ say Hall 7) was reserved solely and entirely for Boutiqaat (at one point, I saw a tumbleweed roll by).
I’ve been going to the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition for
years decades! In fact, even before I used to go there, my mom would get me a Lancome Mascara Gift Set when I was a teen (drugstore brands weren’t as readily available in Kuwait back then). Even just 8 years back, Victoria’s Secret used to participate (here) as did Sephora (here). It’s also where I first spotted China Glaze (here) and Lush (here). Now, it’s so very different (not in a good way) from what it once was…
Like I said, Lancome and Dior are some of my first makeup brands so they’ll always hold a special place in my heart, no matter what. My love affair with Lancome began with their mascaras. My first “black” mascara ever was from Lancome, purchased for me by my mom. I talked more in-depth about my first experience with Lancome mascaras (here). Shortly after, that same love spread to their lipglosses (most of the Juicy Tubes) and a few random bits (Aqua Fusion Moisturizer, Peach-y Blush, literally everything in the Lancome “Calypso” Collection including an Eye Shadow Quad, Blue Nail Polish, and several Lip Products). I’ll still pick up a tube of Lancome Oscillation Mascara (reviewed here) every now and again, and use it as a topper (or even on it’s own because it’s just that good) or pick up random makeup-y bits on a whim. Even though I previewed the Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation (here) I didn’t end up purchasing it. My last Lancome purchase (prior to this haul) was Lancome Grandiose Mascara (previewed here) but I never got around to reviewing it (soz!)
More recently, at the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (Mishref Fair Grounds) I stopped by the Beidoun Booth to check out the sets available at Lancome. Just like Clinique (who are constantly churning out Value Sets and Gift Sets and all kinds of sets really) Lancome are also known to come out with a few desirable sets of their own. I was only interested in the new Energie de Vie Skincare Collection (green ombre packaging), the antioxidant liquid moisturizer specifically but other than that, I wasn’t really planning on getting anything. With that being said, the sales assistants were all so lovely and accommodating (as always, just like all Beidoun employees, as opposed to the horrible aggressively pushy Alshaya employees) that I obligingly picked up a Douceur Cleansing Trio which consisted of the cult classic Bi-Facil (Dual Phase) Eye Makeup Remover, a Cream Cleanser (my preferred way of removing makeup) and a Toner (to play around with), all full-sized. The sales assistants were all so very helpful that I couldn’t help pick up yet another set called Effortless Chic Eyes that consisted of a full-sized Lancome Hypnose Volume-a-porter Mascara (black), mini-size Lancome Crayon Khol (black), and full-size Lancome Lip Lover (Rose Attrape-Coeur). The Cleansing Trio normally retails for KD 22/750 but I got it for KD 14/790 and the Effortless Chic Eyes Set retails for KD 13/000 but I got it for only KD 8/000! Not only was their a significant discount on both Sets, but I also received a generous supply of samples including some from the Energie de Vie range! I walked away feeling great about my extremely pleasant experience at the Lancome counter! The sales assistants were lovely and actually helpful! They were also quite generous with the samples! Best of all, there were several great deals on already marked down Value Sets! Can you fault me for loving Lancome?
I got this message when I checked out of talabat.com so I thought I’d share it with you guys. If you don’t know what talabat.com is, where have you been? Basically, it’s an online delivery service with a wide variety of restaurants including those that don’t normally deliver. It’s perfect for people like myself who might crave certain dishes from certain restaurant but don’t don’t feel like dressing up and going out just to satisfy those cravings. Honestly, I think the guy that came up with this is a genius. In arabic talab means order (singular) and talabat means orders (plural). I’ve been with talabat.com from the start (back when it was 6alabat.com) so I’ve seen them do all kinds of promotions. Once, I even won a phone (pre-smartphone-era).
Sorry for the quality of the photo but it’s still legible so it’ll have to do. If your order through talabat.com exceeds KD7 you get a 20% discount voucher to be used at beidounonline.com. I don’t really shop at Beidoun all that much but I will visit them from time to time especially when I can’t find a specific product I’m lusting after at Sephora, VaVaVoom, Faces, etc… Beidoun has the usual collection of makeup brands (Bourjois, Clarins, Clinique, Diego Del Palma, Elizabeth Arden, Estee Lauder, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, Kanebo, Lancaster, Lancome, Max Factor, Pupa, Serge Louis Alvarez, Stendhal, Shiseido, Sisley, and Yves Saint Laurent) but they also have perfumes, watches, and leather goods available for purchase.