Also during The Big Sale, I stocked up on some Shower Gels (top photo) and Body Scrubs (bottom left) and Moisturizers (bottom right) and even a single Fine Fragrance Mist.
Rush (Signature Collection) – Velvet Petals (Signature Collection) – Jasmine Noir (Midnight Blooms Collection) – Afterparty Angel (Fashion Show Collection) – Glitter Hustle (Disco Nights Collection) – Shot of Coconut (Juiced Collection)
Like I said in my previous post (here), they brought out all the Limited Edition Collections of the past year (Fashion Show Collection – Angel Collection – Disco Nights Collection, etc…) and knocked them down to half price, whereas the Signature Collection (permanent and can be purchased at any time from any branch) in the old-school packaging (Love Spell – Pure Seduction – Aqua Kiss, etc…) as well as all the newer collections (Cozy Collection – Midnight Blooms Collection – Star Struck Collection, etc…) retailed for KD 7 (full price) but were included in a “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” promo.
I ended up getting 2 from the Signature Collection (plain packaging) for KD 7 each, qualifying me for a third one, either from the Signature Collection or any of the newer collections (for free) so I chose Jasmine Noir (newer collection). The other 3 (Afterparty Angel – Glitter Hustle – Shot of Coconut) were not included in the “Buy 2, Get 1 Free” promo, since they were from older collections, but they had all been reduced to only KD 3/500 each. As you can see from the plain packaging, the first two (Rush + Velvet Petals) were from Signature Collection (permanent), whereas the rest were all Limited Edition.
I had a wonderful time sniffing and playing around with all those Fragrance Mists! I could’ve stayed there forever! Best of all, the sales assistants left me alone (to play in peace), for the most part, because they were so busy with other customers!
We bottled up deep-sea ingredients like Sea Kelp, Ocean Water and Sea Salt and infused them with ocean vibes so you can reef the benefits of super fresh, totally nourished skin.
I was at Soug Sharq picking up a few birthday gifts (Farsali Unicorn Essence and Bath & Body Works Gift Set) and only passing by, when I spotted the Limited Edition Ocean Extracts Collection over at Victoria’s Secret. They had a “Buy 2 Get 1 Free” deal going on and I was so tempted to pick up a few things for myself, but refrained from doing so (… for now). I just took a few photos instead.
The display is missing the Conditioning Lip Oil and Sea Mist. That said, it seems to me like this Ocean Extracts Collection is a perfect mash-up of both the Water Collection (here) and Sea-Tox Collection (here) from Bath & Body Works (here). The packaging is all lovely and blue! The feature ingredients are Sea Kelp, Ocean Water and Sea Salt. The moisturizer is legit called “Water Lotion“. It even says “Secretly a Mermaid” on the packaging of the Sea Salt Body Scrub! Proof that like I said, Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret are sister companies.
Here’s an in-depth look at all the products in the Mermaid Approved Sea-Tox Collection! As I mentioned earlier (here), they had a promo going on and despite the sticker price, all full-size items were on sale for only KD 2/750 which was a total steal! I’ll try to go over them in the same order shown.
First of all, the idea of a Mermaid-themed Collection from Bath & Body Works (of all places) is everything! None of the products look nor smell nor feel too young (read: juvenile). Unlike the usual rainbow vomit take on mermaid-inspired collections (like Tarte Cosmetics for example) which honestly is a total eyesore, Bath & Body Works did a really good job on the packaging! Everything is appropriately either seaweed-green or seafoam-green or peachy-pink. I especially adore the Japanese Wave Print (which seems to resemble the Japanese Print called The Great Wave of Kanagawa)! Also, the mermaid on the packaging is so stinkin’ cute (like something out of an old-school JRPG)!
Even the travel-size versions of these products (all the way at the bottom) have cute (if a bit cliche) mermaid-related quips! I’ve actually picked up a purple top from New Look (I wanna’ say around 2-3 years ago) that says “Mermaid hair, don’t care” and my sister-in-law recently got me a baby blue top that says “Mermaid in Training” (as a gift from one of her trips abroad with my brother) which proves that I’m quite partial to mermaid-related paraphernalia to begin with.
The feature ingredient of the Sea-Tox Collection (sea-tox like detox, I see you, fam, I see you) is Seaweed and I am living for it! I’ve mentioned this before on my blog, but I’m obsessed with all things Seaweed, so a Mermaid Collection showcasing Seaweed as the feature ingredient is deliciously appropriate! Also, you can’t very well have a Mermaid Collection without including some Hair Care products (So. Much. Yes!) and the Sea-Tox Collection not only has one but two of those, one of them being a legit Sea Salt Hair Spray (I die)! Lastly, I love the fact that the directions include “Mermaid Tips” (which are effectively useless lol but such a cute touch, just the same)! Honestly, the entire Sea-Tox Collection was stupid cute!
The scent on all the products in the Sea-Tox Collection was a pleasant, zesty, unisex (leaning more towards masculine) scent (which was extremely light and subtle, by the way), that had underlying citrusy-green notes (I almost wanna’ say lemon leaf), kinda’ like a Mojito (non-alcoholic, of course)! I’m pretty sure that I’ve smelled this particular scent before (possibly from the For Men range), but I just can’t quite place it at the moment. In any case, it’s perfect for Summers in Kuwait! Even though Bath & Body Works love making stuff up for their descriptions, I’ll leave you with their official description.
A mermaid-approved blend of soft sea breeze, salty ocean waves & crisp aquatic florals
Micro Mini BeautyBlenders (4 piece) retail for KD 8/500 (Limited Edition)
GlamGlow SuperCleanse mud to foam Daily Clearing Cleanser 150g retails for KD 14/000 (discontinued)
GlamGlow PoutMud Fizzy Lip Exfoliating Treatment 25g retails for KD 10/000
Benefit ka-BROW! Eyebrow Cream-Gel Color (with brush) retails for KD 9/500
Benefit Roller Lash Curling Mascara (mini) retails for KD 4/500
Sephora Outrageous Volume – Dramatic Volume Mascara retails for KD 3/250
Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in the shade 03 Strawberry Kissed retails for KD 6/000
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Berlin retails for KD 7/500
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade Perversion (not shown because I started using it immediately and consequentially forgot to include it in this post) retails for KD 7/000
I was at The Avenues with my younger brother’s wife when we (and by we, I mean me) decided to stop by a Sephora (I say a, as if we have more than one Sephora in Kuwait lawl). I was dumbfounded by my sister-in-law’s maturity (I’m pretty sure I’m at least 6-8 years older than her) because she exercised such restraint (masha’allah) and only purchased a few items, and even then, they were only things she would actually use, as opposed to myself randomly grabbing products left and right (just kidding, they were all “necessities”) and tossing them in my shopping basket (that they hand out at the entrance to Sephora). Even at the zigzag-y queue leading to the check-out counter, she showed little to no interest in all the ridiculously adorable minis! I was starting to suspect that she wasn’t really human (because how could anyone not be enticed by those cute minis at the zigzag-y queue?) and so as a final test I pointed out the GlamGlow PoutMud, mumbled something or other and tossed it in my shopping basket, to which she exclaimed that she was interested in trying it as well, and tossed one in her own shopping basket. Success! My adorable sister-in-law had succumbed to the cuteness of a Lip Scrub which meant she was a red-blooded human being (not an Alien life-form impervious to human wants like “makeup-y bits”) after all!
Since the Big Sale was still on-going, and I was at Marina Mall anyway, I decided to check out their Bath & Body Works, hoping to find the place in a much better state than the Avenues branch (which as I said earlier, here, was a complete mess). No such luck. The place was just as messy and chaotic, if not more so, than the other branch. I couldn’t find anything I was interested in, other than 2 cutesy PocketBacs and 4 lemon-y Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps. I haven’t used any of the stuff yet, because I’m currently working my through the other stuff from my previous haul (here). Still, I’m pretty excited to try them out, when I finally do get around to it!
Like I said earlier, shortly after my previous visit (haulage here), I went back to the Avenues (for completely unrelated reasons) only to find the “Big Sale” taking place at Bath & Body Works. I was a bit miffed that the last time I was there (haulage here) none of the staff felt the need to share the fact that the Big Sale was coming up, but then it occurred to me that they themselves might not have known, until the very last minute (it’s a jungle out there). I was especially annoyed that the Henri Bendel Signature Candles (purchased here) had all gone on sale, but then I did the math and it turns out that even with the “discount” the total for all 6 Candles would’ve been exactly the same (sneaky little hobbitses!) as when I bought them during the Buy 3 Get 3 Free Deal that they had going on at the time. Thankfully, none of the CocoaShea Collection (hauled here) was on sale (typical, since it was relatively “new”) otherwise, I would’ve straight up lost it.
As per usual, none of the good stuff was part of the “Big Sale“. In fact, I strongly suspect that they brought out all the unwanted products out of storage, to foist on us during the Big Sale. Heck, had they offered them for free, I still wouldn’t have taken them. I was only thinking it, but this one girl actually said it (out loud, in Arabic), “Only the nasty smelling scents are on sale”. Even if by some miracle, you did manage to find a pleasant scent, the state of the products themselves was just… so sad. Most of the products were so badly damaged, they could have easily passed as factory blems! A lot of the Fine Fragrance Mists were a quarter empty and missing their caps. Most of the large 3-wick Candles not only had little nicks, but legit had burrows scraped across the top layer of wax, not to say anything of the missing lids. PocketBacs were left half opened. Shower Gels had gunk collected on their flip-top caps. Nothing was where it was supposed to be. The place was… a mess.
The Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps regularly cost KD 3/500, but during the Big Sale they only cost KD 1/000 each. Just like everything else on sale, most of the Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps scents were horrible. So, due to lack of options, I found the 3 most palatable scents; Island Margarita – Cactus Flower & Coconut – Cinnamon Spiced Vanilla and stocked up on those.
Dead Sea Salt
Dead Sea Salt – Two thousand years ago Flavius wrote about the healing qualities of the Dead Sea Salts, and today we continue to rely on these rich salts to promote healing. Bathing in high quality sea salt can replenish the minerals which are critical to our skin metabolism. Calcium can help to prevent water retention, increase circulation and strengthen bones and nails. Potassium energizes the body, while helping to balance out skin moisture and replenish the body following exercise. Bromides ease muscle stiffness and relax muscles. Magnesium fights stress and fluid retention, while reducing the signs of aging and soothing the nervous system. Sodium supports the lymphatic fluid balance. By promoting cell regeneration, the salts can renew and rejuvenate your skin, while also reducing cellulite, slowing skin ageing and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dead Sea Salts can simultaneously moisturize, detoxify and soften the skin, while helping to treat conditions including acne, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema and scabies. The salts are also treasured for their ability to reduce stress, relax muscles and eliminate toxins.
St. Ives Sea Salt & Kelp Body Wash
A day at the beach, in a bottle. With natural sea salt and kelp extracts to exfoliate and revitalize for glowing skin.
Seaweed, sea salt, sea kelp, sea water, I’ll pretty much try anything that originated from the sea (or has the word “Sea” in it). More importantly, I love a good physical exfoliant (always and forever) and they claim that this stuff is not only hypo-allergenic, paraben-free, and cruelty free but also made with 100% natural exfoliants (Sea Salt and Kelp) so that’s cool. I also like that the word “Exofoliating” is highlighted (you know they mean bidniz when words start getting highlighted). I’m not sure when or where I picked up this huge thing of Sea Salt & Kelp Body Wash but I’m so glad I did! Why? Because this stuff is magic!