Nordstrom Haul (Jan 2021)

Everyone and I mean everyone, won’t shut up about Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum.

With that being said, it’s pretty expensive.

So, after months of humming and hawwing, I decided to get the Travel Spray Trio.

I probably could’ve found it locally, but for that price, I wanted to make sure I wasn’t getting an expired or close to expired batch.

I found it on Nordstrom and since I was ordering it anyway, I picked up a few more things, to make it worth the shipping fee. It was not.

The latest reiteration of Angel Perfume shipped separately. Also, one of the perfume samples shipped separately.

I mean, imagine paying several Kuwaiti Dinars for a perfume sample (the one-time-use ones) lol

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US Bath and Body Works Holiday Haul (Dec 2020) – Part 2

Towards the end of the year, everything was significantly reduced in price at the US Bath & Body Works so I had to place an order with them.

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Bath and Body Works Haulage (Nov 2020) Part 2

On November 22, 2020 a whole bunch of stuff popped up on sale, on the local Bath & Body Works site.

Aside from the travel-size fragrance mists and the aromatherapy range, the rest of the scents were repeats (scents that I’d enjoyed before and now loved)!

Can you believe I got all of this stuff for only KD 40 ?

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Bath and Body Works Third Quarantine Haul

On July 23 2020 I went to The Avenues to return/exchange some stuff that I’d purchased online from Centerpoint (here) and H&M (here).

Aside from that one time Mera and I went to the Starbucks Drive-Thru before swimming (June 19) and the day after, when we went to Five Guys to grab some food before the nationwide curfew (June 20), this was my first real outing since the lockdown!

It felt so strange being back at The Avenues after everything that had gone down.

For starters, everyone including myself, was wearing a mask. It felt so surreal!

There were long queues of people waiting their turn outside every store.

As an added bonus, it was an extra humid day and the ACs were not working, meaning every store at The Avenues was basically a sweat lodge lol

After I’d gotten my Centerpoint stuff sorted out (and I was no longer wheeling a huge shopping cart around the mall) I decided to take a quick peek inside Bath and Body Works (the branch facing Carrefour) and ended up getting a few things from there (on sale).

Full disclosure, my previous order (this) still hadn’t arrived when I picked these babies up.

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Bath and Body Works First Quarantine Haul

After months of isolation, on June 27, 2020 I finally caved and placed a small order with the local online store of Bath and Body Works.

They had
– Buy 2 Get 1 Free on Hand Soaps
– Buy 2 Get 1 Free on Travel Sizes
– Buy 1 Get 1 Free on Wallflowers and Wallflower Plugs

I wasn’t all that excited about anything in particular. I just needed to place an online order. Aside from Taw9eel.com I hadn’t gone shopping neither irl nor online in quite some time and I was going crazy because of it.

I was the teensy bit curious about the latest Summer Collection and figured I’d give the minis a try. If I liked anything, I could always go back and purchase the full size.

Everything arrived safely swathed in bubble wrap. It took forever to get here though (definitely because of the lockdown, I suppose everyone was ordering online).

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US Bath and Body Works Jar Candles

From my 2nd U.S. Bath & Body Works Haul (here)

Jar Candles were reduced from $14.50 (KD 4/400) to $8 (KD 2/400) each

According to the reviews, Jar Candles packed quite a punch and could scent up a spacious room within minutes! I was a bit skeptical, but decided to see for myself, especially since these babies were on sale.

You guys, the reviews were not wrong! For whatever reason, these little things were far superior to their much larger counterparts! I mean, I haven’t actually burned any of them yet, but even on cold throw, some of these were straight up beast-mode!

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Bath and Body Works Body Lotion Haul

They switched out the previous online promo on full size Showers Gels (dis) for a newer promo on full size Body Lotions. Plus, the 5 for KD 3 on PocketBacs was still ongoing.

I really didn’t want to risk any of them going out of stock and having to wait until next Winter to get my hands on Vanilla Bean Noel and Hot Cocoa & Cream and possibly never seeing Bali Black Coconut Sands or Bahamas Pink Passionfruit & Banana Flower again (who knew if they were going to re-release them again, next Summer).

So, 3 days after my previous online order (here), I placed another online order with Bath&Body Works. It was too good of a deal to pass up!

Online Promo:
Body Lotions were reduced from KD 5/500 to KD 2/500 each
PocketBacs were 5 for KD 3

The total for this online order was KD 13

I placed my order on November 19 and it arrived safely the next day (free shipping over KD 9)

As you can see, everything arrived well packaged (including the pages and pages of receipt/invoice).

Currently, for “Black Friday” they’ve got 40% Off Sitewide and free shipping, meaning Body Lotions were reduced from KD 5/500 to KD 3/300.

Once again, I was glad I didn’t wait until “Black Friday” and got the Body Lotions for 50% Off instead of 40% Off.

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Maison Lancome Les Parfums Grands Crus Travel Set Haul

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.

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Hugo Boss Boss The Scent Private Accord For Her Eau de Parfum

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).

After being smitten with a sample of Huge Boss Ma Vie pour Femme during the previous Perfumes Exhibition at the start of the year (here), I made it a point to hit up the Hugo Boss counter to purchase the full size, but instead, ended up falling in love and walking away with Boss The Scent Private Accord For Her Eau de Parfum (name needs to be longer). It was a delightful gourmand that put me in the mindset of sipping on hot cocoa!

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Paco Rabanne Invictus Haul

Paco Rabanne Invictus Gift Set (b-day gift for my other cousin)

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).

Initially, I wanted to get the full size of Versace Eros Eau de Toilette (purchased for myself, here) as a birthday gift for my cousin, but after asking around, apparently Versace or rather the local distributors had opted out of the Autumn Perfumes Exhibition. So I hit up the Mugler booth to sniff all the A*Men offerings and find something suitable, but they were completely sold out of all the A*Men (thanks to someone that had posted on Instagram about the really good promo the Mugler booth were having)!

After walking around for a bit, I found a booth (forgot the name) that sold fragrances from several brands including Paco Rabanne and Calvin Klein and Jimmy Choo and Marc Jacobs and Carolina Herrera and Jean Paul Gaultier and more (can’t remember the rest).

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