Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna – Givenchy Ange ou Démon – Elie Saab Girl of Now Shine – Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme
Rihanna Reb’l Fleur Eau de Parfum retails for KD 22 but was reduced to KD 14/500 (haulage here)
Givenchy Ange ou Démon Eau de Parfum retails for KD 46/000 but was reduced to KD 20/000 (haulage here)
Elie Saab Girl of Now Shine Eau de Parfum retails for KD 43/250 but was reduced to KD 34/750 (haulage here)
Gucci Guilty Absolute pour Femme Eau de Parfum retails for KD 44/500 but was reduced to KD 38/000 (haulage here)
I guess I should be grateful that I spent KD 107/250 ($354) instead of KD 155/750 ($700) on these perfumes (perks of purchasing them during the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition), but I’m more bummed out by the fact that each and every one of them was not what I was expecting.
To be fair, the scent of Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna was everything I’d hoped for and more! It’s just that the other items in the Gift Set were suspect and the box itself smelled like a small animal had crawled in there to die.
I’d gotten tricked into purchasing the newer Elie Saab Perfume, which was Girl of Now Shine (gold petals on the bottle) instead of Girl of Now (which had blue petals on the bottle and was the the one I’d actually wanted).
As for Givenchy Ange ou Demon, I was expecting it to have somewhat similar DNA to the flanker I’d grown to love, called Ange ou Demon Le Secret Elixir (review here), but they had pretty much nothing in common.
Gucci Guilty Pour Femme was just an all around mess (it didn’t know whether it wanted to be floral or gourmand or woodsy and masculine).
Basically, all of them were a total fail (for different reasons). With that being said…
At the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition, I did something I’ve never done before, which was check out the fragrances at the Beidoun booth (shown in the background in this photo). Even though it was also a part of the Beidoun booth, the fragrance section had different staff members and even had their own separate cash register. They had a ton of cheap-y fragrances, including The Voice Eau de Toilette (which was actually shaped like a microphone lol so ugly) and a bunch of celebrity fragrances (only the very old and cheap ones).
Typically, I tend to look past celebrity fragrances (I’ll look at them without actually seeing them). In fact, years ago when everyone else was wearing Jennifer Lopez something or other, or raving about the latest Britney Spears flanker or even Taylor Swift fragrance, I was never the least bit interested (even though I live for gourmands). I’d still purchase them as gifts for friends and family, but for myself, never. However, I did have a short love affair with the now defunct Dessert Beauty range by Jessica Simpson (which I purchased in bulk from VaVaVoom at Marina Mall), purely for the fact that other than smelling delicious was also edible!
Since then, I haven’t had much interest in celebrity fragrances and the few that I did purchase, ended up being fails. Harajuku Lovers Lil’ Angel although adorable and smelled great, barely lasted on my skin (haulage here), and the same goes for Nicki Minaj Pink Friday (haulage here), whereas Lady Gaga Fame Black Fluid (haulage here) was an unfortunate “blind buy”. That’s why I now automatically dismiss celebrity fragrances. However, unlike Gucci Guilty Absolute Pour Femme (haulage here) and Givenchy Ange ou Demon (haulage here) and Elie Saab Girl of Now Shine (haulage here), which were total impulse purchases at the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition, I’d actually stepped out of the house with Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna in mind.
I’ve raved and raved about my beloved Tokyo Lotus & Apple Blossom Fine Fragrance Mist by none other than Bath & Body Works for years now (haulage here) and have been
rationing savoring it ever since! On a whim, I typed Tokyo Lotus & Apple Blossom in the search bar on the open tab on my pc and added the word “similar”, but wasn’t really expecting much. However, I was surprised to find that a kind soul had likened it to Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna in her review on Amazon.com! Curiosity piqued, I set out to give it a sniff at the Beidoun booth and was delighted to find that both fragrances did in fact smell quite similar to each other! All credit goes to NatashaB (person who left the review), whoever you are and wherever you are, know that I love you!
At the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (here), I wasted time doing a quick lap around the other halls (only one of the halls offered Makeup, whereas the rest all sold traditional Arabic Incense and Oils and Fragrances and such). On my way back, I spotted the iconic bottle of Givenchy’s Ange ou Demon or Ange ou Etrange. It’s the exact same everything, except it has different names in different parts of the world.
At the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (here), I actively sought out the Gucci booth to purchase the infamous Gucci Guilty (obnoxious gold packaging). I thought it would be a nice substitute for my Carolina Herrera 212 VIP (reviewed here) which I’d finished up awhile ago and also happened to have equally obnoxious gold packaging. That said, Carolina Herrera 212 VIP smelled expensive in the sense that, to me, it brought images of vasts amount of money to mind (I don’t know how my brain works, ok?) and I wanted something similar, ergo, Gucci Guilty Eau de Parfum. Even though it wasn’t new at all (released in 2010) and I hadn’t given it a sniff before, I was sure it would be a perfect replacement!
At the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (here), despite the fact that I actually said “no, thanks”, a sales assistant near the entrance, had gone ahead and spritzed some of Elie Saab Girl of Now (blue petals) on me. I glared at him angrily before continuing on my way (to check out the other booths). After some time, I noticed an interesting yet not unpleasant scent (a distinctly creamy sweet mixture of almonds and possibly hazelnut) emanating from where he’d sprayed my bomber jacket. So, once I was ready to leave the place, on my way out, I went back to his booth and asked to purchase the perfume he’d rudely yet cunningly spritzed on me earlier, which was Elie Saab Girl of Now.
At the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (photos here), I made a quick stop at the Al Mansour booth and picked up a few things. For the past few years, I’ve really been trying to cut back on buying more makeup (this is me “cutting back” lol), but since these were relatively inexpensive, I figured there was no harm in buying them (the justification never ends lol) and that’s how I ended up spending KD 30 ($100).
I spotted an entire display of Bling Pop (which is a brand that seemed to specialize in Sheet Masks made in Korea) at the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (here). All of them were quite cute! I was down to my very last dinar (I was carrying cash instead of plastic… like a “G” lol) and after asking the sales assistant manning the nearest booth, she said that the bottom row (of the display) had been reduced to KD 1/000, I figured it was “meant to be”. Out of the Aloe and Lemon and Pumpkin and Peach, I didn’t think twice before snatching up the one in Pumpkin.