US Bath and Body Works Holiday Haul (Dec 2020) – Part 3

Towards the end of the year, everything was significantly reduced in price at the US Bath & Body Works so I had to place an order with them.

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US Bath and Body Works Holiday Haul (Dec 2020) – Part 2

Towards the end of the year, everything was significantly reduced in price at the US Bath & Body Works so I had to place an order with them.

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Nordstrom Haul (Nov 2020)

My last order from Nordstrom, which consisted mostly of Hair Care and Perfume, was back in the beginning of the year (here).

Over the course of that same year, I’d accumulated quite a few things that I’d wanted to purchase from Nordstrom.

Now that the year was almost at an end, on Nov 30 2020 I placed yet another online order with Nordstrom.

There weren’t all that many good deals, this time around.

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Sephora Haul (Nov 2020)

Like I said in my post Chef LuLu Part 8 (here) an ex-friend (Mera) took me to Sephora on November 29 2020 to make up for ambushing me earlier.

I couldn’t even remember the last time I’d been to Sephora!

I was so happy to be back!

There were so much to look at, new brands, new products and new potential holy grails! There were all kinds of Gift Sets and Value Sets as well!

Not 5 minutes in, Mera started whining about being hungry.

I’d asked her if she’d picked up the Nars Blush that she’d wanted. Her reply was that she was so hungry and no longer interested in buying anything (which I suspected was her intent from the start).

She kept nagging and nagging, but I ignored her and eventually she just bounced lol

She said she’d go ahead of me to The Cheesecake Factory and I could just meet up with her afterwards.

Glad to be rid of her, I hurriedly agreed, but in hindsight, what she did was not cool.

She kept calling me and nagging me to come over but I ignored her. I wasn’t gonna’ cut my first visit to Sephora in such a long time short, for her.

However, I did pick up the Nars Blush (KD 13) that she’d wanted, to surprise her.

As for myself, I’d barely bought any Makeup in 2020, due to my health issues (heart palpitations), but by the end of the year I’d learned how to handle it and quite frankly, I had missed Makeup!

I walked outta’ there with two shopping bags (to make up for lost time lol)!

I got my first Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette which was reduced from KD 39 to KD 23/250

I also got the Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Palette (which I’d been lusting after, ever since my Spotted at Sephora post, here) which was reduced from KD 13/750 to KD 9/500

I couldn’t help but get the Kat Von D Walnut Brow Struck Dimension Powder which was meant for the brows, but I thought would make a beautiful eyeshadow! Plus, it was reduced from KD 8/500 to KD 3/250

Those were the only discounted items I got, whereas I payed full price for the rest.

It wasn’t just all Makeup though.

It was mostly Skincare, with a few Hair Care items, Body Care and even a Perfume Mist.

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1st US Bath and Body Works Lip Gloss Haul

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

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Zara Cashmere Rose Eau de Parfum

On April 6 I found myself at Zara (the Marina Mall branch). It was around closing time (literally no time to try anything on), but there was a long line of people at the cash register, so I figured I at least had enough time to give the perfume testers a sniff and possibly pick one or two up. In all honestly, I was hoping for something similar to the long-discontinued Zara Black Peony Eau de Toilette (reviewed here). Unfortunately, some of the perfume testers wouldn’t even spritz (the atomizer had been damaged after being manhandled, I presume) while other perfume testers were straight up empty! One of the Sales Assistants walked over to me and suggested I give Zara Cashmere Rose a try. He said that they’d knocked the price down because they were phasing it out (only in Kuwait, because as far as I know, Zara Cashmere Rose is still production abroad) and as such, he’d stocked up, for his wife. The tester was at the check-out counter so I followed him there. The scent was beautiful and I said so, to which he replied, “just like you” (which I thought was inappropriate). I didn’t know it at the time but apparently I’d snatched up the very last Zara Cashmere Rose and I’ve been showing it a lot of love ever since!

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Serge Lutens Un bois vanille Eau De Parfum FAIL

No, I did not use up an entire thing of Serge Lutens Perfume. As a matter of fact, aside from the one time I spritzed it on my wrist after tearing off the packaging (so I could blog about the perfume in time for Valentine’s Day but totally missed the deadline) and then again two spritzes on my neck the day of (bumping it up to THREE spritzes in total), I’ve barely used the thing! The other day, I tossed it carefully placed it in my New Look Black Backpack after spritzing it behind each ear, before heading out to go have dinner with my younger cousin who happens to appreciate a good vanilla fragrance (my handiwork of course). He was going through the final stages of the flu (I insisted he turn right around and drop me back home as soon as I found out, lest I catch it but he totally ignored me) and so, couldn’t even smell the perfume anyway. Regardless, I stuck my hand in my backpack to get the perfume out – on the off-chance that he might be able to smell it – when I noticed wetness (like, a lot it). It took a moment for it to register but the entire contents of the perfume bottle (KD 31/000 down the drain, just like that) had spilled all over the insides of my backpack! -_-

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Lux Sweet Embrace Soap

SWEET EMBRACE
Embrace the sweet scent of LUX® Sweet Embrace. Leave a trail of attractiveness wherever you go, just like Vanilla Oil.

Leave a trail of attractiveness? LOL This isn’t the 50’s. It’s almost insulting how dumbed down the ads are in this area of the world. My sole purpose in life isn’t to be “more attractive” hah That’s rich coming from a self-confessed make-up junkie but then again, I like makeup and anything makeup adjacent because it’s fun. Okay, I’ll take it down a notch. We are talking about soap here after all. So once again, I was browsing the aisles at Sultan Center when my not so sensitive nose detected a highly pleasant aroma. I traced it back to a bar of soap by the brand Lux in the scent Sweet Embrace with Fragrance Pearls of Passionflower & Vanilla Oil. Scent-wise this stuff was the good kind of vanilla (yes, there actually is a bad kind, believe it or not). Rather than buy a whole pack only to discover it left that horribly “hydrating” residue (pet peeve of mine), I decided to just pick up one to try out first.

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Originel & Essentiel Isla Vanilla Deodorant Roll-On

You guys know I’m always on the lookout for a new favorite deodorant because for some strange reason, the ones I love keep getting discontinued. I love browsing through the personal care aisles at different local co-operatives because you never know what you might find. Honestly, I feel like each co-op has its own hidden gems (stuff you can only find at a certain co-op). When I came across this Roll-On Deodorant in the scent Isla Vanilla from the French Brand Originel & Essential (also known as OE) for KD /780 at the Dahia Abdulla Al-Salem Co-Op, I decided to pick one up, hoping it would be my new fave.

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NESCAFÉ® VANILLA Instant Foaming Mix

Vanilla-infused frothy cappuccino creates a perfect café-inspired cup you can sip wherever you are.

I tried getting into drinking Tea (Gschwendner and Teavana) but it’s not just for me. I’ll drink regular ol’ Tea (with a disproportionate amount of sugar poured in there just because I like my Tea extra-sweet) when I get the occasional bout of the flu. Also, I’ll enjoy Lipton Iced Tea Lemon (never the Peach, ugh!) during the Summer, but for some reason it’s almost always out of stock in the entire country (even though the horrid Peach is always available). Aside from that that, I’ll be sticking with my Nescafe Vanilla pseudo-coffee drink, thank you very much.

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