Buh-Bye Ramadan!

Serving you some 5’1 Ramadan Realness (because nothing quite says Ramadan like throwing up some Buddha Hand Signs, obvi)!

Hair Clip: Scünci
Aviators: Louis Vuitton
Earrings: Call It Spring
Bracelet: Call It Spring
Watch: Aldo
Vest: Marks & Spencer
Kaftan: Local Designer
Sandals: Kenneth Cole Reaction

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Over Jar – Chocolate Cake

After seeing the post about the Chocolate Cake from Over Jar on a well-known local blog (linkage here) I figured it would be the perfect way to end Ramadan this year! So I decided to pre-order it via Carriage for Futoor/Iftar (when Muslims break their fast). There were more than a few hiccups along the way. As I’ve stated before, I prefer to pay cash upon delivery (I always carry cash rather than plastic ‘cuz I’m “G” or at least in my mind I am). The cash upon delivery option was blanked out. I could only pay either using a Credit Card or Debit Card (K-net). That in and of itself was one of the many minor inconveniences.

After I filled out all my info and everything, my order still didn’t go through. So I refreshed the page (I was doing all this on my computer) and filled everything out again, only to receive an error message again. I had to call up customer support and although very sweet and kind, their advice was useless (refresh the page and try again). I did this again several times and even tried switching back and forth between paying using my Debit Card (K-net) and Credit Card but still kept getting the error message, so I called up Customer Support again. Their suggestion was to update the app, except I never downloaded the app in the first place and I was actually placing my order from my computer. I thanked the kind lady who kept taking my calls and trying to be helpful and ended the conversation.

In the end, I had my younger brother (who actually had the app on his phone) order the Chocolate Cake instead. The Chocolate Cake was supposed to arrive before 6:00pm. It arrived more than an hour later. It also somehow ended up in a completely different location, which made it take even longer to arrive. In the end, the Chocolate Cake from Over Jar finally found it’s way to me. It was a bit too rich for my taste, but the Chocolate Cake was a huge hit with the fam!

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Awesome Blossom (Blooming Onion) Recipe

So I’ve never actually prepared a proper dish before. Usually, everything I “make” is microwavable (popcorn, poptarts, etc…). The closest I’ve ever come to actual cooking is heating up some ready-made soup (haulage here). However, years and years ago a friend of mine mentioned having an “Awesome Blossom” at either Chili’s or Applebee’s or one of the other ee’s (can’t remember) and he wouldn’t shut up about how awesome it was! Every time I would visit one of the aforementioned ee’s and ask about the Awesome Blossom, I was told that it was currently unavailable. It’s been years now, so I don’t know why they still keep saying “currently”, because they’re making it sound like it might be available again in the future. Anyways, I finally gave up and decided to just go ahead and make my own.

We were having guests over for Ramadan Iftar/Futoor (breakin of the fast after dusk prayer) and my decision (like most of my decisions, really) was a spontaneous spur-of-the-moment decision. I found an easy how-to video on YouTube (clip below) but most of the ingredients were missing, so I had to dash to the nearest co-op, purchase the missing ingredients, make the Awesome Blossom, pop it in the freezer, go shower (‘cuz Arab spices… stink and the stench stays in your hair), dry my hair (hate this part the most!), style it, apply my make-up (no time to get creative so just some neutral shadow, liner, mascara, lipstick, topped off with some highlight on my cheekbones) take the onion out of the freezer, fry it, go back to my room, change out of my lounge-wear into something more Ramadan-esque (Kaftans usually do the job), light some incense around the house and prepare to welcome the guests as they arrive (all in around 2-3 hours). My life would be so much easier if I just planned things ahead of time lawl but I just can’t bring myself to commit… to anything. Nothing crushes my soul more than having a routine that’s set in stone (I thrive during chaos)!

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Origins Haulage

I don’t want no mediocre
I don’t want no mediocre
I don’t want no mediocre, no

From high-end to drugstore, all the mascaras I’ve been trying seem to be complete misses for me lately. I’m tired of all these mediocre mascaras, so I figured it was high time I just go ahead and repurchase one of my faves, Origins GinZing Mascara (previously reviewed here). At $20.50 a pop (used to be $19.50), it’s not exactly inexpensive, but I’ve spent double (if not triple) that amount already on mediocre mascaras, so I’m more than willing to shell out 20 bucks on a tube (or 2) of my tried and true favorite!

Origins also came out with a whole bunch of Flower Fusion Sheet Masks ($7 a pop) each targeting specific skincare concern and I chose just one for now (Orange Radiance-Boosting Sheet Mask) to try out. It’s not shown because they shipped it separately (and I got charged by Aramex for a whole shipment that only contained a single sheet mask -_-). Anyways, as an added bonus, I got to pick out a handful of samples, including a mini version of Origins GinZing Mascara! I placed this order on December 29 2017 and it arrived shortly after (minus the Sheet Mask which arrived much, much later). The total for this order was $52.26 (about KD 16). Lastly, I signed up for the Origins Rewards Program and apparently for every $1 spent you get 10 points!

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Sephora Birthday Gift

Since my birthday had just gone by (Sagittarius, baby!) and I was at the Avenues anyway (picking up a birthday gift for my sister-in-law), I figured I might as well stop by Sephora and pick up my free “Birthday Gift” (Sephora Loyalty Program).

If you skim through my blog, you’ll know that I’ve already spent thousands on makeup and makeup-related items (some people go crazy for shoes or clothes or handbags, others, on cars or electronics, others still on food, while others spend all their money on traveling during their spare time, and so on, but for me I skimp out on all the other stuff – including gas for my car lawl – to spend my money on makeup-y bits) so it’s not like I needed a “free gift”. In fact, for my birthday, I received a steady stream of birthday gifts that started trickling in weeks before my actual birthday (including a God-forsaken Alexa already connected to our at-home wifi, ready to listen in on me and report back to the Illuminati). Still, I was mighty curious and what with the allure of a possible Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment (a girl can hope) and the chance to blog about the whole thing to boot (as promised here), I made my way to Sephora. I honestly didn’t know what to expect, especially not after the whole 200-point-perk business (full deets here). The lady behind the cash register took my phone off me, pulled up the Sephora app, messed with it a little before handing me the Marc Jacobs Mini Kit (shown above). The Marc Jacobs Mini Kit contained a teeny-tiny lipstick and a mini eyeliner (or highliner as they call it, over at Marc Jacobs).

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L’Occitane Samplage

My younger brother’s wife found out that she was pregnant and so for her birthday I decided to pick up a Gift Set from L’Occitane that consisted of a few of their bestsellers including the cult-fave Almond Oil. I’m already an aunt (thrice over) to my sister’s kids, but the eldest (whom I took shopping in the previous posts here and here and here and here) just turned 11, and my nephew is 9 and their younger sister is 7, so it’s been a minute since we’ve had a baby in the family. That’s why I’m super excited for the new arrival! I’ve never been pregnant (and don’t plan on getting pregnant, ever, because some people are just not meant to be parents), but most of my friends have popped out several babies at this point, and the one thing they all complain about is stretch marks. As such, I figured this particular Gift Set might possibly help in that department. The Almond Gift Set came with the Almond Shower Oil (250ml) – Almond Supple Skin Oil (100ml) – Almond Hand Cream (30ml) – Almond Milk Concentrate (200ml) all beautifully packaged. I must admit, I gave the testers a sniff in-store and they all smelled lovely! Hopefully, they’ll help keep those pesky stretch marks at bay! The Sales Assistant even tossed in a few samples (as per usual, L’Occitane were very generous with their samples!) that included a Foaming CleanserFace CreamSerumEye Balm, and I can’t to play around with them!

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Samsung Galaxy S9+

I got a new phone!

My current phone is a Samsaung Galaxy Note 3 which I’ve had since 2013 (when I first purchased my current phone number). Previous to the the Galaxy Note 3 I used to own an iPhone 4 and before that was another iPhone (1st generation) and before that was a Samsung (gift from the bank) and before that it was mostly Nokia Phones (never owned a Blackberry, blech). I don’t feel the need to get rid of my phone every time a new one comes out. Instead, I’ll switch out my phone only when my current phone no longer starts working properly. For example, it’ll keep asking me to delete stuff because I’d be running low on memory space or it’ll constantly need to be recharged, etc… I’m well aware phone companies do that on purpose, but it is what it is. In any case, the Galaxy Note 3 had been with me forever, and it had been acting up for quite some time now, and I’d had enough, hence the upgrade

I’ve been meaning to switch over from Zain to Ooredoo for a minute now, and figured I might as well get a new phone out of it. I was gonna’ go for either the iPhone X or Galaxy S8+ but then my younger brother told me to wait for about a week, for the Galaxy S9+ to drop. Since I’ve waited this long, what was another week or so? On Tuesday May 8 2018 (around 10pm), I headed towards the airport, despite the fact that all hell seemed to breaking loose outside (it felt like something out of Silent Hill). There was zero visibility. Cars were parked on the side of the road with their blinking lights on. Trees were knocked over, blocking the way (which you could only see up close). Basically, your average Kuwaiti Dust Storm. I could’ve headed home, but apparently I felt that it was of the utmost importance and absolutely vital that I get my new phone before the day’s end. So, I turned up the volume on “Don’t Fear The Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult and trudged along at a slow and steady place. When I finally got to the airport, a lot of people had scarves (chmaaq) covering their nose and mouth (Mad Max Arab edition lawl) even though it wasn’t nearly as bad as it was outdoors.

I found the S9+ at the Ooredoo counter, but the dude kept trying to get me to pick the pink version even though I wanted the black version. He even insisted I walk across to the next counter (that sold phones and phone accessories) and check out the pink S9+, which I did. First of all, it wasn’t even pink. It was more of a metallic lavender or lilac. Second, it was too girly for me. It was nice and all, just not for me. I thought I conveyed this quite clearly (literally saying “too girly”) to the guy, but he kept insisted that I take it since I according to him I was “girly” (umm, rewd) and that it was the last one, and that I’d miss out, until finally I suggested that if he liked it so much, he should just go ahead keep it for himself. He wasn’t being that bad, but I was annoyed because I’d missed work that day (twice in one week) to run some errands including taking a photo for the driver’s license and applying for a driver’s license (extremely chaotic process) applying for a debit card (K-net) because apparently you need to transfer only KD1 to be legible for a contract with Ooredoo or probably any of the rest such as Zain and Viva (that’s some Illuminati ish right there), go to the Police Station (got into a fender-bender during the weekend hence the need for a non-expired driver’s license lawl), getting my car fixed up (KD170 for the side-mirror thanks to this dude in a truck who didn’t see me signaling left – for 5 minutes, at least – while we stopped at a red light, and rammed into my car as soon as the light turned green, completely destroying my side-view mirror. When we both got down from our cars to asses the damage – his monster truck was unscathed with nary a scratch mind you – his first response was “Get in my truck and tell me if you can even see your car from up there”, on account of his truck being really high and my car being really low -_- I think not, sir.) plus to top it all off, I had to make an appearance at the Weekly Family Gathering (which is mandatory, unless you’re on your death-bed, everyone is excepted to show) so I wasn’t exactly in the most patient nor pleasant of moods. Still, by the end of the day, I finally had my new phone (not pink) in hand so I was pleased as punch!

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