Nordstrom Hair Care and Fragrance Haul (February)

On February 7th 2020, I placed an order with Nordstrom for some Hair Care and Perfumes.

It might look like a lot, but I actually purchased only x8 items (x3 full-size hair care items – x3 travel-size hair care items – x2 travel-size perfumes) and the rest were all gifts with purchase (deluxe samples).

The total was $336 (tack on an additional $30 for tax) which was around KD 111, not including Aramex shipping fees.

I didn’t know it at the time, but this was going to be my last online order for a good long while.

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US Bath & Body Works New Year Fine Fragrance Mist Haul

These are the Fragrance Mists I purchased in my B&BW New Year Haul (here).

Aside from Iced Pear Margarita (retired fragrance) which was a blind-buy, the rest were all scents that I’d previously enjoyed as Shower Gels. Also, it’s just a coincidence that most of them happen to be green lol

In the interest of full disclosure, Fragrance Mists from B&BW have notoriously bad lasting power on the skin (as with all other scents that are mostly alcohol). Aside from layering (Shower Gel -> Body Lotion -> Fragrance Mist), I like to spritz the Fragrance Mist on my clothes, to get more mileage outta’ the scent.

Fragrance Mists usually retail for $14.50 but these babies were on sale:

Toasted Praline & Pear (Fall Traditions 2019 Collection) was reduced to $3.62
Iced Pear Margarita (retired fragrance) was reduced to $3.62
Coconut Lime Breeze (retired fragrance) was reduced to $6.00
Sensual Amber (retired fragrance) was reduced to $6.00

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US Bath & Body Works New Year Shower Gel Haul

These are the Shower Gels I purchased on New Year’s (here).

I’d fallen in love with Little Black Party Dress (so sexy!) and Snowy Morning (so fresh!) and Coconut Lime Breeze (Skittles!) all purchased in My 2nd U.S. B&BW Haul (here) and definitely needed to repurchase them not only as Shower Gels, but also as Body Lotions and Fragrance Mists!

Sadly, once the prices got slashed, they went out of stock pretty quick. I’m sooo happy I managed to get a back-up of Little Black Party Dress and Coconut Lime Breeze as Shower Gels though ^_^

The rest were all new to me, granted I had seen Under Water Oasis in our local stores back in Summer.

Apple Blossom and Black Amethyst and Night Blooming Jasmine were clearly florals. Honestly, I thought they were all new because the U.S. B&BW tend to roll out the Spring/Summer Collections 2-4 months in advance, but apparently the latter two were “retired fragrances” that had been brought back for the semi-annual sale.

Rose Water Meringue and Pink Velvet Cupcake appeared to be gourmands from more recent collections, in addition to Christmas Cookies.

Mineral (Men’s Collection) and Under Water Oasis were some nice freshies, to round everything out.

They all arrived sealed ♥

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US Bath & Body Works New Year Body Lotion Haul

These are the Body Lotions I purchased in my B&BW New Year Haul (here).

4 were Shower Gels that I’d purchased earlier and enjoyed enough to repurchase as Body Lotions, while 2 were complete blind-buys, making a total of 6 Body Lotions (as shown). Truthfully, I would’ve loved to have gotten my hands on Little Black Party Dress but it was sold out.

Normally, I wouldn’t buy this many Body Lotions all in one go… except these babies had been reduced to around $3 a pop (with the exception of Wild Strawberry which cost $6.25). They were basically 1 Kuwaiti Dinar each! It was too good of a deal to pass up!

With that being said, I’m not crazy enough to have them all open at once. I’m only going to be using one at a time and completely finishing it up, before moving on to the next one.

Also, all of them arrived sealed, which is what I’ve come to expect from the U.S. B&BW (unlike our local B&BW lol).

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US Bath and Body Works Hand Soaps and Wallflowers

As I said, the U.S. Bath & Body Works Online Store had some pretty good deals all throughout December! They were releasing new products and new deals pretty much on the daily!

The deals at the time of this order:
Hand Soaps were reduced from $6.50 to $3
Wallflower Fragrances Duos (2pc) were 3 for $27 (normally $12.50 each)
Wallflower Fragrances (singles) were 5 for $23 (normally $7.50 each)
– Use code SANTA for 20% Off Entire Order

I decided to pick up a few Wallflower Fragrances and Hand Soaps.

Wallflower Fragrances make my home smell ah-mazing and they were on sale! Win, win.

Hand Soaps tend to smell great too and they were on sale as well ergo good time to stock up!

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US Bath and Body Works Shower Gels (Buy 3 Get 3 Free)

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

Sugar Plum Swirl (retired fragrance)
Snowy Morning (retired fragrance)
Country Apple (retired fragrance)
Coconut Lime Breeze (retired fragrance)
Oahu Coconut Sunset (retired fragrance)
Cashmere Glow (retired fragrance)
Sensual Amber (retired fragrance)
Raspberry Sugar (holiday traditions)
Winterberry Wonder (fall into holiday)
Little Black Party Dress (all that glitters)
Fresh Sparkling Snow (all that glitters)
Twinkling Nights (all that glitters)

Shower Gels normally retail for $12.50 (KD 3/800) each

They had a Buy 3, Get 3 Free promo on Body Care. Also, 20% Off the entire order. So, I decided to get the rest of the Shower Gels that I had my heart set on (from the ones that were still in stock), especially since all the Shower Gels in my 1st U.S. B&BW Online Order (here) turned out to be great!

I feel like I got a nice mix of scents this time too, ranging from warm to fresh to fruity to gourmand and even floral (I was feeling adventurous)!

Again, at the time of my second order, my first order (haulage here) hadn’t even shipped.

Settle in with a nice mug of whatever you drink and a cozy shawl or whatever because this post is going to be… a novel lol

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1st US Bath and Body Works Shower Gel Haul

These are the Shower Gels that I purchased in my 1st US Bath & Body Works Online Order (dis)!

Fair warning, it’s gonna’ be a really long post!

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1st US Bath and Body Works Candle Haul

These are the 3-Wick Candles (forgot to take a group pic, whoops) that I purchased in my 1st US Bath & Body Works Online Order (dis)!

Normally, 3-Wick Candles retail for $24.50 each (around KD8) but they were reduced to $12.50 each (around KD4) during one of the promos.

Not quite sure what’s going on with all the different cardboard packaging, but I don’t really care. As long these suckas reached me intact (unlike our local Bath & Body Works *ahem*), I’m gucci.

Even cooler and unlike the 3-Wick Candles in Kuwait, these babies actually had the fragrance notes listed on the bottom of each Candle!

In the interest of full disclosure, the 3-Wick Candles seriously bumped up my Aramex shipping charges, but whatevs, I earns mah monies so I can does withs it what I wants and I wants Bath & Body Works 3-Wick Candles from the newest Holiday Collection shipped from the United States of America, straight to my doorstep.

Lastly, most of these were new-new so don’t expect to see them in Kuwait anytime soon. They’ll probably be available for purchase in Kuwait towards the end of 2020 (being passed off as “new”). So, once the Holiday 2020 Collection drops in the States, only then will the Holiday 2019 Collection be available for purchase in Kuwait.

Now, on to the pretty!

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Demeter Fragrances

I’ve been dying to purchase from Demeter since forever!

I posted about Demeter in my previous post (dis). I couldn’t decide on what to get… so I went crazy… and purchased x35 different scents (at $3.40 each) making my order total $119. To be fair, I got them in the sampler size, thinking they’d be the size of actual samples that you typically get as a freebie. I didn’t know they’d be this big lol

Some of these scents had very, very long descriptions. Instead of copy-pasting the entire thing, I decided to just add a “short” description from the site and link each scent to the description page (just click on the title of any scent) and add my first impressions directly underneath.

I tried to group the scents into drink scents, food-y scents, herbal-y scents and abstract scents, but gave up towards the end lol Also, I found a ton of dupes!

Siberian Pine Diffuser Oil (free gift with purchase)
Pomander Roll On Perfume Oil (free gift with purchase)

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Bath and Body Works 3-Wick Candle Haul (Buy 3 Get 3 Free)

Bath & Body Works had this Buy 3 Get 3 Free deal going on. So, I decided to pick up a few more things and “take advantage” of that deal.

Unfortunately, their online website was still very glitchy and not the most intuitive. As a result, I ended up having to place several separate online orders, as opposed to one single online order. I really wish they’d just fix their site already.

So, in my previous order, I picked up x12 Wallflower Fragrance Refills (here) and during this order, I picked up x6 3-wick Candles. There was an issue with both packages.

3-wick Candles normally retail for KD 8 each. The total for this order was KD 24/000 (with free shipping)

Well, that’s not true.

I placed my order on December 6 and everything arrived the next day…

Except I could hear something moving around inside the box…

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