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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My Perfume Samples Haulage

So my obsession with Perfumes was at its peak. However, I didn’t want to purchase them locally because they’d be more expensive and I wouldn’t receive anything else with them (as a gift with purchase or loyalty points or whatever else) no matter how extortionate the price was, and and I wouldn’t know if I was getting an older batch (potentially expired) and worst of all, I wouldn’t know if they were fake or not, but mostly I was anxious about purchasing locally because of this (Perfume Fail). If I bought them online, they’d be new, less expensive and more often than not, I’d receive a gift with purchase or samples or something. However, I wouldn’t be able to give them a sniff beforehand, and based on previous experience, I’m not really the luckiest when it comes to blind-buys.

Even though I’d love to, I couldn’t sign up for those monthly subscription boxes (such as Scentbird and the like) because the cost of shipping to Kuwait via Aramex, would add up to something ridiculous. In comes MyPerfumeSamples.com which was exactly what it sounded like! You pick out the scents that you wanted and the sizes that you preferred (with the pricing varying from scent to scent) and they’d ship them over. Up on the website, each scent had the fragrance notes and the year it was released and so on, listed next to it. I purchased a handful, in varied sizes.

Sample Vials: smallest size and cheapest, comes with a dip-stick applicator (I only got 1)
Pocket Sprays: bit bigger, comes with a spray mechanism and a cap (I got 5)
Travel Sprays: substantially larger, comes with a spray mechanism and a cap, wider spread (I purchased 6 but only 5 arrived)

Each sample came in a plastic sachet of it’s own, with the name of the scent printed on the actual sample (so handy!) and they were all packed together in a bubble-wrapped package within a package. Since looking at plain samples can get boring, I decided to add photos of the actual perfume bottles as well. Now on to the Perfumes (samples) that I’d ordered…

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ChapStick Green Apple

Normally, I prefer my lipbalms to be scented, flavored, and have nice packaging. I’ve never really been into ChapStick because the only one readily available in Kuwait was the boring old regular one (Classic). It goes without saying that I never tried it because I was never even tempted to. Even when Katy Perry mentioned it in her song, all I thought was “ewww… cherry” (can’t stand the scent and taste of artificial cherry). When drugstore.com started selling ChapStick Green Apple, I was ecstatic! I quickly added it to the rest of the items in my shopping cart and placed my online order. I loved it so much that I’ve been repurchasing it (in bulk) every time I place an order on drugstore.com/beauty.com ever since, but unfortunately that’s no longer an option because drugstore.com and beauty.com closed down (read all about it – here).
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Apples

I’ve always loved apples! I enjoy the way they taste. I love the way they smell and honestly, there’s just something I find aesthetically appealing about a ripe, plump, juicy apple. Best of all, apples are incredibly healthy! They help prevent a long list of diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to Cancer. Literally, all Kuwaitis are diabetic and have high blood pressure (which is why it’s kind of an ongoing joke that the two conditions are proof that you’re a true local and is therefore a pre-requisite if you’d like to gain citizenship which is notoriously difficult in Kuwait). Incidentally, apples lower the risk of both diabetes and high blood pressure. Apples even boost immunity as well as detoxify the liver. Apples also help prevent skin cancer, hair loss, wrinkles, puffy eyes, and the list goes on. I’m not saying I’m some sickly old woman with a foot in the grave that relies on apples to heal me. I’m just trying to say that aside from tasting yummy, apples have all these great benefits. Obviously, apples are not magic and do not work instantly. To reap those benefits, you should have an apple or two pretty frequently. Even just munching on an apple can help whiten your teeth, over time! All the pictures in this post are courtesy of Google (read: not mine).

There are many, many different kinds of apples…

that vary in size and sometimes color…

and most importantly, taste.

As such, I favor Granny Smith Apples (green) because they taste the most crisp and tart out of all the other different kinds of apples. I do not enjoy the sweetness of red apples. I also don’t like how soft yellow apples are when I sink my teeth into them. There’s something to be said for that satisfying crunch when you first bite into a Granny Smith Apple. I love the way apples smell, in general, but I especially love the scent of Granny Smith Apples, artificial or otherwise! What I mean by that is I love the smell of products that are apple-scented such as soap, candles, lip gloss, etc… as well as the scent of the actual fruit itself. Also, that vivid green color is simply delightful! It’s just so pleasing to the eyes… or my eyes, at least. I just really really love Granny Smith Apples and except for Lebanese Plums aka Greengage (blogged about here) no other fruit can compare. Aside from both of them being green, greengage and green apples taste tart, crisp, and crunchy, which is why I love them!
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