Even though I’d already ordered from Nordstrom at the start of June (dis), I placed another order at the end of June, mainly because I wanted a second Hair Care Sample Pack (dis) which happened to still be available (at the time). After this order though, I think I’m gonna’ cool it with Nordstrom (for a bit). It’s just too hot to be ordering stuff online.
Anyways, I got something from Alterna and two more somethings from Bumble and Bumble. Other than the Hair Care Sample Pack there was an Alterna Gift With Purchase and Bumble and Bumble Gift With Purchase which included deluxe samples from each brand! Yaaay!
I also got some more Bar Soaps and Candles to qualify for the Fragrance Sample Pack (dis). I was actually interested in purchasing Mojave Ghost from Byredo and Philosykos from Diptyque as Perfumes, but it was way too hot to risk (the heat might alter the contents and therefore the scent). So, I got them as Bar Soaps instead. Plus, this way, I could “test” the scents first, rather than buying them as Perfumes and possibly ending up hating them.
The Makeup stuff was from Benefit and I only got them because I really, really had my heart set on the Benefit Gift With Purchase that came with a very, very cute Benefit Clear Tote Bag and some samples. Also, it helped bump up the total of my order so I could qualify for the latest Sample Pack (dis).
I accidentally spent KD 75 (almost $250) at Saveco! lol
As I mentioned earlier (dis) I got a text that the “Big Sale” was on. It’d started ages ago, but I only got the text when it was halfway over (about a week or so left, from today).
As per usual, the newer (cooler) stuff was not included in the sale, and the stuff that was on sale was mostly unpleasant scents (eucalyptus candles, floral-y fragrance mists, rancid smelling shower gels and foaming hand soaps, etc…). Everything looked and felt, all gross and sticky (from being played around with by people). Nothing interested me, so I decided to bounce.
Honestly, I thought Bath&Body Works were totally done with those Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps (had phased them out and stopped making them, in favor of focusing solely on Foaming Hand Soaps… which saddened me), but on my way out, I clocked a few! I was pretty excited because those Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps were my favorites!
They had them in the scents Honolulu Sun and Sun-Washed Citrus and Rainforest Gardenia (all in the correlating watercolor-y packaging) and oddly enough, Endless Weekend (same packaging as the one I got 6 months ago). That said, the scents didn’t blow my mind. I searched high and low for any other scents, but apparently they had rows and rows of only those 4.
Since the scent of Endless Weekend was meh (dis) and I was quite wary of Rainforest Gardenia (because… floral), I made do with Sun-Washed Citrus and Honolulu Sun.
Dolce Garden is a delicious new flower blossoming in a Sicilian garden. A joyful, solar aura blending citrus and cream. With Dolce Garden, the frangipani blossom joins the delightful bouquet of the Dolce family.
Did they actually put any thought into the ad for Dolce Garden? The ad seems quite… cheesy, like something you would’ve seen on tv in the late 80’s or early 90’s lol Heck, even the name and packaging seem like a such mismatch for the undeniably tropical scent.
I actually got a sample of Dolce Garden Eau de Parfum earlier from Nordstrom with a previous order (here), and instantly fell in love, to the extent that I vowed to purchase the full size (first chance I got), which was exactly what I did! Plus, I got a very sweet discount to boot!
Note to local stores: This is how to properly utilize samples. People sample the samples, and end up actually purchasing the product! See how that works?
While waiting for my Nordstrom online order (here) to get shipped to me, it dawned on me that it was that time of the year! The semi-annual Perfume & Makeup Exhibition was taking place at Mishref Fair Grounds! Seeing as how my latest
sickness obsession (since this past December) was now Fragrances, I figured there was no harm in checking out the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition. Worst case scenario, I get saddled with a few more duds (like these). Best case scenario, I discover a few gems… at a discounted price!
While there, on a whim, I stopped by the Al Mudaires booth. I’ve never heard of this “brand” before, but it seemed to be a local business… run by locals. They sold the Bukhoor and Oud (Incense Chips meant to be burned) and Teeb and Makhloot (Oil Blends in little vials, meant to be dabbed directly on to the skin) that most Arabs tend to gravitate towards, as well as all the accompanying accessories (Incense Burners, Incense Tongs, etc…). They even had “French Fragrances” (western perfumes, not the typical Arab ones) and Hair Mists and Air Freshners. Oddly enough, they also sold pre-packaged jars of Saffron (meant to be used for cooking and such).
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
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!