Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Garden Eau de Parfum Haul

Dolce Garden is a delicious new flower blossoming in a Sicilian garden. A joyful, solar aura blending citrus and cream. With Dolce Garden, the frangipani blossom joins the delightful bouquet of the Dolce family.

Did they actually put any thought into the ad for Dolce Garden? The ad seems quite… cheesy, like something you would’ve seen on tv in the late 80’s or early 90’s lol Heck, even the name and packaging seem like a such mismatch for the undeniably tropical scent.

I actually got a sample of Dolce Garden Eau de Parfum earlier from Nordstrom with a previous order (here), and instantly fell in love, to the extent that I vowed to purchase the full size (first chance I got), which was exactly what I did! Plus, I got a very sweet discount to boot!

Note to local stores: This is how to properly utilize samples. People sample the samples, and end up actually purchasing the product! See how that works?

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Thierry Mugler Angel Muse Eau de Parfum Haul

TANTALIZING. DELICIOUS. SUPREMELY FEMININE.

A new revelation disrupts the Angel Galaxy!

Cosmic explosions collide with magnetic attraction, to create an irresistible Eau de Parfum never experienced before.

Surrender now to Angel Muse, the new addictive fragrance that you will #HateToLove…

What in the actual…

I don’t hate to love. I just hate the commercial for Angel Muse lol

Angel Muse is the first gourmand vetiver for women. A noble woody fragrance, an incisive and uniquely MUGLER gourmand.

I’ve actually been meaning to purchase this baby for a minute now. In fact, I stopped by Harvey Nichols where it was being sold for KD 40+ and was this close to buying it. However, when I asked the sales assistant if there was a Gift with Purchase he said no, and when I asked for Samples he said he didn’t have any (for that price, you better be giving me something), and yet somehow, he was still trying to get me to purchase even more things from the Mugler counter. So, I bounced.

Several months later, during the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition, I stopped by the Mugler booth to give Aura a sniff, when the sales assistant informed me that the 30mL of Angel Muse was now reduced to only KD 10! It was such a good deal, that I bought the last two! They didn’t have their own cash register (had to to go to a nearby counter) but the sales assistant was nice enough to stash several samples of Aura (which I’ve been meaning to try out) in my shopping bag and instructed the guy at the cash register to give me even more fragrance samples as well! Score!

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Guerlain Mon Guerlain Eau de Parfum Haul

My invisible tattoo, my fragrance, Mon Guerlain.

Mon Guerlain, the House’s new fragrance, is a tribute to today’s femininity – a strong, free and sensual femininity, as inspired by Angelina Jolie.

Honestly, I happened to watch several “Perfume Junkies” on YouTube rave and rave about Mon Guerlain and began lusting after it. I’ve only ever sniffed the Eau de Toilette when I’d received several samples of it from Sephora earlier (here), but had yet to sniff the Eau de Parfum. That said, surely all those people couldn’t be wrong…

So, during the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition at Mishref Fair Grounds, I hit up the Guerlain booth and purchased the Eau de Parfum. It was a total blind-buy because I didn’t even bother giving it a sniff beforehand. In addition to the nice little discount, I received a cute little Guerlain Pink Pouch as a Gift with Purchase and several other Guerlain Fragrance Samples from the Absolus d’Orient Collection which was pretty sweet (even more fragrances to play around with)!

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Al Mansour Small Haul (April)

It wouldn’t be a “proper” visit to the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition if I didn’t make a quick stop at the Al Mansour booth, now would it?

This time, I picked up a few Nail Polishes (mostly creme shades, with the exception of a single glittery shade) for KD 1/500 a pop and some Liners in neon shades for KD 2 each and lastly, a KD 5 repurchase of my beloved Riffi Exfoliating Loofah Massage Strap (in-depth review here)! Instead of paying KD 15 I ended up paying KD 12 because of the discount during the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition.

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Al Battash Luxury Al Jalila Eau de Parfum Haul

Also at Mishref Fair Grounds, while paying for Black Feather Eau de Parfum (haulage here) by the local brand Al Mudaires, the guy manning the cash register spritzed Al Jalila Eau de Parfum by the brand Al Battash Luxury on the fragrance-tester (strip of paper) and handed it to me in the hopes of enticing me into purchasing it. Spoiler Alert: it worked.

In case you were wondering, many of the booths at Mishref Fair Grounds didn’t have their own cash register (for whatever reason), which was why certain cash registers were designated for use with several booths (very chaotic ergo very Kuwaity).

While paying for my Al Mudaires purchase at one of those cash registers, I ended up actually liking the scent on the fragrance-tester that the guy had given me! The bottle was gaudy AF, but the scent was nice and fruity! The gentleman further enticed me, by saying it had been reduced from KD20+ to now only KD5! I’ve never heard of Al Battash Luxury before either, but since the Perfume was so inexpensive, I figured why not? He even tossed in a handful of perfume samples!

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Al Mudaires Black Feather Eau de Parfum

While waiting for my Nordstrom online order (here) to get shipped to me, it dawned on me that it was that time of the year! The semi-annual Perfume & Makeup Exhibition was taking place at Mishref Fair Grounds! Seeing as how my latest sickness obsession (since this past December) was now Fragrances, I figured there was no harm in checking out the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition. Worst case scenario, I get saddled with a few more duds (like these). Best case scenario, I discover a few gems… at a discounted price!

While there, on a whim, I stopped by the Al Mudaires booth. I’ve never heard of this “brand” before, but it seemed to be a local business… run by locals. They sold the Bukhoor and Oud (Incense Chips meant to be burned) and Teeb and Makhloot (Oil Blends in little vials, meant to be dabbed directly on to the skin) that most Arabs tend to gravitate towards, as well as all the accompanying accessories (Incense Burners, Incense Tongs, etc…). They even had “French Fragrances” (western perfumes, not the typical Arab ones) and Hair Mists and Air Freshners. Oddly enough, they also sold pre-packaged jars of Saffron (meant to be used for cooking and such).

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Perfume Fail

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Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna – Givenchy Ange ou Démon – Elie Saab Girl of Now ShineGucci 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…

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