Mera made me promise not to have lunch, because she was bringing over “The best seafood you’ve ever tasted in your entire life!”
I however was already used to her exaggerations, so I knew to keep my expectations low.
After I’d ignored Mera’s phone calls one too many times, she’d called up another one of her friends and made plans to go walking in Shaheed Park. After the walk, her friend had taken Mera to Lobster Shack for the first time.
Since Mera had enjoyed the food so much, she had to have it everyday, until she got sick of it (her MO). That’s why she was bringing it over to my place that day, and would go there by herself to have lunch there, every single day (unless we had plans), up until she could no longer stand it.
Mera called me up over the phone and asked me if I prefer Mixed Seafood (Mussels + Crab + Shrimp) or just all Shrimp? I told her I was fine with whatever, but after much prodding from her, said that I prefered Mixed Seafood (I eat everything).
To which she responded, she doesn’t eat Mussels or Crabs and prefers Shrimp. So, I told her she could get whatever, again. I didn’t see the issue…
She came over with a Tub of Mixed Seafood from Lobster Shack… in the size Small (shown in the video) meant to be shared between the both of us.
How stinkin’ cuuuuuuute!
Excuse the boxes, ‘cuz I’m in the process of moving into the guest room, while I finally get furniture and curtains and other things normal humans have in their homes. Basically, the place is pretty much a mess. Dang reflective packaging…
Anyways, I popped by Sephora a few weeks ago, when they were frantically stashing everything away (to make room for “Black Friday”), just to take a quick peek and ended up falling for this lil cutie!
I really wish I’d gotten this post up sooner (like, December), but you know… life. In this post, I’ll be going over some New Items, Skincare, Hair Care, Perfume, cute stuff at the “Aisle of Doom“, the Brand Gift of the month, and most importantly, a few of the discounted items during “Beauty Friday” (Sephora’s version of Black Friday)! I’ll start by going over all the Sephora Holiday Sets.
Sephora had released a whole slew of Gift Sets for the Holidays! You could differentiate them by their lovely navy blue packaging (to mimic the night sky) with a golden moon and stars scattered all over them! Around every corner there was a different Holiday Display. At first, it was a bit overwhelming, but I quickly realized it was mostly the same stuff, except rearranged differently. I tried to take pictures of as many of them as I could. I believe I managed to get all of them (sorry in advance for the glare in some of the photos!)
This (shown above) was literally on the opposite side of the Too Faced Counter. All the other Holiday Displays scattered throughout Sephora featured several of the same products, which led me to believe that this was the main display.
I received a text message on July 18 that said they were giving out a free gift to anyone who spent KD 24 on the Sephora Collection which was my main incentive for going back to Sephora. However, I also wanted to pick up my Brand Gift which was between either a Becca trio or GlamGlow trio (as shown on the left and also on display all the way at the bottom of this post, here) both of which were equally awesome! I’d actually qualified for the Brand Gift by accumulating the 200 points (exactly KD 0/800 per point) earlier, on June 5 (haulage here) but on June 6 (when I went back to exchange something, here) was told I had to wait for a certain e-mail. As you can tell from the photo (on the left), eventually I received the e-mail with the Gift Voucher on June 18 (only 2 days after I e-mailed them, which was very professional of Sephora UAE and so unlike Sephora Kuwait) which meant I should’ve been able to claim my Brand Gift. Unfortunately, that was not the case. On July 20, I went to Sephora again to pick up my Brand Gift and tried to discreetly take a few photos for my Spotted at Sephora post (here) and even purchased a few of the items, to qualify for the Sephora gift with purchase as mentioned in the text they sent out to everyone. However, at the cash register, I was told that both Brand Gifts were out of stock but they would contact me once they were back in stock… if I just gave them my name and phone number. The guy at the check-out counter proceeded to pull out a rather large book already full of pages and pages of names and numbers of other people on the “waiting list” for the Brand Gift . We’ve been through this before with MAC, guys. Doing it old-school just doesn’t work, at least not in Kuwait. C’mon now, y’all are Sephora. Surely you guys have a more efficient way of doing this LOL Like I said at the start of this post, I went back to Sephora on July 20, meaning they’ve had my name and number for a little over a month now and still haven’t contacted me. Heck, I’m not sure if they even added the points I accumulated from this haul. In any case, everything I purchased in this haul, was featured in my Spotted at Sephora (Summer) post (here).
Ah, Sephora, my happy place!
I noticed so many new and really cool things over at Sephora! They had several new brands (well… new to Kuwait at least) such as Ouai (Hair Care) and Origins (Skincare) and Cover FX and Black Up and even Zoeva! Heck, they even had an entire section featuring Korean Skincare (I die!) from brands such as Skinfood and Dr. Jart+ and Starskin and Erborian! They also had a bunch of new releases on display from the Sephora Collection and from other brands as well. I didn’t get a chance to take as many photos as I would’ve liked (because they caught me and straight up asked me to stop), but I managed to snap a few pics beforehand ^_~
Face Masks – Charcoal Collection – Hair Sleeping Masks (KD 2/250)
Eye Masks (KD 2/000) – Nose Strips & Lip Masks (KD 1/500) – Hand Balms & Scrubs (KD 2/750) – Micellar Cleansing Water & Milk – Dry Shampoo
Clay Masks (KD 3/250) – Hand & Foot Masks 2/000 – Lip Balms & Scrub (KD 2/750) – Cleansing & Exfoliating Wipes (KD 2/750)
Pearl (light pink packaging)
Lychee (peach packaging)
Rose (fuchsia packaging)
Lavender (violet packaging)
Orchid (purple packaging)
Pomegranate (red packaging)
Algae (blue packaging)
Aloe Vera (teal packaging)
Green Tea (bright green packaging)
Avocado (khaki green packaging)
Pineapple (yellow packaging)
Yuzu (bright yellow packaging)
Coconut (light grey packaging)
Charcoal (dark grey packaging)
Okay, so it seems that there have been some changes made to the Sephora Card Program (in-depth deets here). Apparently, you don’t need a physical card (be it White or Black or Gold) or even the App anymore. My understanding is that you only need your Phone Number or 13 digit Loyalty Number. As you are paying for your stuff at the cash register (instore), you just give them your Mobile Number, and they take care of the rest. Supposedly, the points you earned are automatically added to your account. All the technical issues are taken care of in Dubai. They upgrade the points over there. They do everything over there. Once everything is taken care of in Dubai, they pass it along to Kuwait.
I feel like they implemented this whole Sephora Beauty Pass thing in Dubai first and then Kuwait, which is why they did away with the actual physical cards (as mentioned here) when I went to get my 200 point perk (here), and are only now finally getting around to sending out e-mails – to those of us in Kuwait – about the change. I’m willing to bet that people in Dubai got those e-mails even before the new plan was implemented and as per usual, Kuwait came in last. Hey, I’m not complaining. I’m just glad I even got an e-mail (which consequentially shed some light on the whole “no card needed” thing). Other than that, everything else seems to be pretty much the same. I just thought I’d share these “new” developments on the Sephora Loyalty Program (as promised).
Since my birthday had just gone by (Sagittarius, baby!) and I was at the Avenues anyway (picking up a birthday gift for my sister-in-law), I figured I might as well stop by Sephora and pick up my free “Birthday Gift” (Sephora Loyalty Program).
If you skim through my blog, you’ll know that I’ve already spent thousands on makeup and makeup-related items (some people go crazy for shoes or clothes or handbags, others, on cars or electronics, others still on food, while others spend all their money on traveling during their spare time, and so on, but for me I skimp out on all the other stuff – including gas for my car lawl – to spend my money on makeup-y bits) so it’s not like I needed a “free gift”. In fact, for my birthday, I received a steady stream of birthday gifts that started trickling in weeks before my actual birthday (including a God-forsaken Alexa already connected to our at-home wifi, ready to listen in on me and report back to the Illuminati). Still, I was mighty curious and what with the allure of a possible Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment (a girl can hope) and the chance to blog about the whole thing to boot (as promised here), I made my way to Sephora. I honestly didn’t know what to expect, especially not after the whole 200-point-perk business (full deets here). The lady behind the cash register took my phone off me, pulled up the Sephora app, messed with it a little before handing me the Marc Jacobs Mini Kit (shown above). The Marc Jacobs Mini Kit contained a teeny-tiny lipstick and a mini eyeliner (or highliner as they call it, over at Marc Jacobs).
My latest trip to Sephora was quite eventful! For starters, I lost my White Sephora Card, again. So, I had to sign up for a new one, all over again. I used the same e-mail and phone number, so I’m hoping that the points got transferred (forgot to check). If not, that’s still okay, because I purchased no less than 3 perfumes as birthday gifts (2 girls, 1 guy) which will definitely help me rack up the points to get upgraded from a White Sephora Card to a Black Sephora Card (deets here) that much faster. The perfumes are not shown because I already gifted them to the recipients. I did ask for some fragrance samples (because buying perfumes for others kinda’ made me wanna’ play around with some of my own) and surprise surprise, they’d “just ran out of samples“. However, I was promised that my perfume picks would get decanted into tiny little vials in lieu of fragrance samples (which made me happy)! Plus, I got everything shown in the photo above as a gift with purchase (unprompted) which put a hole in my samples theory (mentioned here) where I mistakenly thought that if you purchased skincare and makeup-y bits, you could only get skincare samples and makeup-y samples, and if you purchased perfumes then you could only get perfume samples. Apparently, the Sales Assistants just hand out whatever to whomever, whenever.
My sister and I were at Sephora when I spotted this adorable little trio (Cucumber and Rose and Pumpkin) and decided to get one for her and one for myself. I’ve always wanted to try out some of the Peter Thomas Roth stuff but figured that Aramex would never ship them to me (based on the ingredients, consistency, and so on). I remember lusting after the Rose Stem Cell Mask in particular, and dying with envy every single time someone on YouTube would showcase it in one of their videos. That’s why I was super excited when I found the Mini Mask Magic at our local Sephora! That said, these babies are tiny (0.05 fl oz/15ml tiny)! In a way, it’s kind of a good thing because I get to try out each one of the 3 masks without committing to the full size just yet. Honestly, I’m so thankful that our local Sephora is bringing in more and more travel-sized products, particularly ones that come in sets.
Sephora got a whole bunch of NEW MAKEUP BRANDS!!!! Well, new to Kuwait, at least. In fact, I could only get my hands on them (in the past) by ordering online, and even then not all the brands were easily accessible. During my visit to Sephora, I noticed that they had Anastasia (which I used to order from Beauty.com back in 2007 before all the hype) and Tarte (also ordered from Beauty.com only much later, around the time when they first introduced the Amazonian Clay Blush) and Becca (never owned anything from this brand before, but I’ve been dying to try the Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighters) and Kat Von D (never got a chance to order anything from this brand before either, but apparently everyone loves their Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks), just to name a few. They also sectioned off a whole area focused on skincare with the usual brands, some newer brands, and brands I’ve never even heard of before. Just before the cash register, they had an entire shelf dedicated to Face Masks and Scrubs (namely GlamGlow but there were some other brands including Peter Thomas Roth and Starskin). Best of all, when you queue in line at the check-out counter, instead of it being a straight line, it’s now more of a zigzag, with shelves on either side, chock-full of travel-sized minis of their most-loved and best-selling products!
I got a really cool Makeup Brush from Becca, and one of the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks from Kat Von D in an absolutely stunning shade, but while waiting my turn at the new zigzag-y queue, couldn’t resist snatching up yet another travel-sized GlamGlow product. As intended, the zigzag-y queue is meant to sucker us into buying even more products before we leave Sephora. Myself as well as others will probably fall victim to the adorable travel-sized minis at the zigzag-y queue, many times over. So… kudos, Sephora, for your ploy has succeeded!