Spotted a Sephora (January)

KILIAN created MY KIND OF LOVE, an entire new fragrance collection for young lovers: five scents inspired by moments of seduction without inhibitions, audacious declarations of love and the will to love freely.

I was pretty much stalking Sephora ever since I discovered Black Phantom (Memento Mori) by Kilian, which was how I stumbled on them setting up the display for the new Kilian Perfumes! They had cute packaging and absurdly long names, but were considerably less expensive than Kilian Perfumes from previous collections. Sadly, as you can see, not all 5 made it to our little Kuwait, but hey, 3 is better than none, amirite or amirite?

I also spotted the “gender neutral” Fragrance brand called Commo̲dity (pics below) and last but certainly not least, they’ve finally started selling Farsáli at our local Sephora!

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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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These Cowboy Boots

Hair Accessories: Scünci Black Hair Clip
Jewelry: Call It Spring Silver Studded Jacket Earrings (2015)
Top: H&M Grey Knit Roll Neck Jumper (2017)
Bottom: Zara Snake Print High Waist Premium Jeans (haulage here)
Shoes: Bearpaw Black Suede and Leather Cowboy Boots (reviewed here)

I found a different spot to take pics for “Lookbooks” and “Outfits of the Day”. However, while the lighting in my bedroom may be dark and insufficient, over here it’s too yellow. Ugh. At least you can actually see the Snake Print on the Jeans lol Speaking of which, color-wise, nothing matched those Jeans! In the end, I settled on my favorite Grey Jumper from H&M (practically live in that thing every Winter)!

Thanks to the cropped hem of the Jeans, none of my Shoes/Boots looked right… so, I went with my Black Cowboy Boots (to keep the hem out of sight). For my lion’s mane, I took a few strands from each side and clipped them back (that’s about as “intricate” as my hairstyles get, lol) and finally for “jewelry”, I popped on some Silver “Jacket” Earrings. Just in case it got colder at night, I threw on my “Anime-esque” Green Double-Breasted Jacket from H&M (haulage here).

When we eventually met up, my favorite cousin ever so kindly pointed out that it looked like I had gotten dressed in the dark and that the only reason this worked was because “thin people could get away with wearing anything”… I stopped listening after she called me “thin”. I mean, clearly I’ve put on some weight – thanks to those ridiculously yummy Hershey’s/Snyder’s Chocolate Pretzels – and those Snake Print Jeans were doing me no favors, but still, it was nice to hear!

My outfit was a bit all over the place but at the time (Winter) I was really into this song (here) which featured dudes in Cowboy Boots, hence… dis! Also, I thought it was a bit too late (and hot) to post this, but my bestie is on vacay in Jordan and according to her snaps, it’s still Winter over there lol

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Nordstrom Sun Protection Haul

The only reason I placed this order, was because I noticed that Nordstrom was selling Maison Lancôme Ôud Bouquet Eau de Parfum… in a travel size version!!!! I’d been obsessed with Oud Bouquet for quite some time now (spotted here and later here) so finding a smaller and consequentially cheaper version, online, was kismet! Sadly, it kept going out of stock, almost as soon as it’d appeared online. So, I patiently bided my time and waited for it to come back in stock.

That said, my previous Skincare Haul from Nordstrom (haulage here) had included several chemical exfoliators and as such, meant I needed to invest in some decent Sun Protection (mainly the blue Shiseido one, which I’d been eyeing for a minute now). So, I figured I’d purchase some Sunscreen/Sun Block/Sun Protection (while the weather allowed and was still cool, enough not to damage or alter the contents being shipped) and snatch up the ever elusive travel-size Lancôme Ôud Bouquet Eau de Parfum while I was at it!

Again, several of the brands had really cool Gifts With Purchase! Not to mention the Winter Beauty Bundle (20pc deluxe samples) with every $125 spent on Skincare! Once Oud Bouquet popped back up, I placed my order immediately (literally 5 days after my previous order with Nordstrom), making sure that I qualified for most of the Gifts With Purchase (as you can see in the photo below).

Basically, Oud Bouquet was the main reason I’d placed this order, but sadly it went out of stock again and was canceled from my order. On the bright side, at least they still sent over the Lancome Gift With Purchase, which was nice! Plus, the fact that I only purchased 5 items (1 Mascara + 4 different types of Sunscreen) and managed to accumulate a whole bunch of other stuff, along with them, was pretty suh-weet! The subtotal was $169 (around KD 50) but with $15 (KD 4/500) for tax, ended up being $184 (around KD 55).

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

I previewed it earlier (here) but I’m glad I waited as long as I did to watch this show, because a few days after I was done with Season 1, Netflix released Season 2!

13 year old me would’ve been over the moon with happiness over the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and watched it as soon as it had dropped (on account of the witch-y stuff and all) but 33 year old me? Not so much. I knew it was going to be for a younger crowd and… I was not wrong. Regardless, it was pretty enjoyable!

Initially, I didn’t like any of them (save for Hilda Spellman because she was an adorable mess and later Mary Wardwell because something about her, let’s call it a certain je ne sais quoi, made me unable to focus on anyone else, whenever she was on-screen).

From Sabrina’s clothes to her hair and even her voice (she legit sounded like a young boy to me) was hard to swallow. None of the dudes were cute (Harvey the “main love interest” looked like my toe), but most of all, I couldn’t and still can’t stand Ambrose Spellman. The only person that legitimately looked beautiful (as one might an expect an actor/actress to be) in the entire show, was Prudence Night (girl was stun-ning)! Thankfully, Sabrina’s hair and clothes started looking much better in Season 2. She still can’t act, or rather makes it look so obvious that she’s acting (when the pests show up, she starts muttering “Oh no” over and over again…), but at least she looks better while doing it now.

The main thing that really bugged me (another thing that kept taking me out of the show, other than Sabrina’s bad acting) was how there were only a handful of extras. Why does either school only consist of a handful of students? Why does the coven consist of only a handful of people? Heck, why does the entire town only consist of a handful of people? It was very, very noticeable during the “big event” scenes (such as the coven gatherings and trial and so on).

They’d hype up a certain event and you’d expect to see a massive gathering, but it’s always the same 10 people (which again, detracts from the “gravitas” of the show… lol). Like, where are all the extras? Come on, Netflix. Throw some more money on the show.

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Spotted at Victoria’s Secret

I was actually checking out the other branch of Bath & Body Works for anything new or interesting (which I didn’t find) when Victoria’s Secret came into my direct line of vision (it was literally across from B&BW).

So, I decided to pop in and check it out. It was kismet, because they were totally having a random store-wide sale! No mention of it on the Al-Shaya Privileges App or anywhere else (as per usual). Not quite sure why they don’t advertise these seemingly random store-wide sales because I for one would love to know beforehand (so I can prep save up).

Fragrance Mists reduced from KD 7/500 to KD 3/500.
Fragrance Lotions were reduced from KD 7/000 to KD 3/500.
A bunch of other stuff had been reduced as well!

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