Sometimes when I’m out and about, I’d come across a new display being set up or a really cool new product, etc… and I’d wanna’ share it with you guys. So, I’ll just start posting them under the “Spotted” category. Sound good? Hope you enjoy!
So unbeknownst to me, the ban had been lifted, and apparently I could order from http://elfcosmetics.com/ again!
Back in the day, I used to order from ELF (Eyes Lips Face) pretty regularly. To the extent that I actually remember when they only had the Essentials line (everything from Makeup to Makeup Brushes and Tools, even an Eyelash Curler was only $1 and came in flimsy white packaging). Then, they branched out into the Studio line (slightly pricier trendy makeup with sleek black packaging). Then I believe they came out with a mineral range (around the $5 mark and above, with sturdy beige packaging) called Beautifully Bare. Looking at the photo (above) of the haulage, based on the packaging, you can sorta’ tell that a few items are from the Essentials line and a few are from the Beautifully Bare line, while the rest are mostly from the Studio line (black packaging). With that being said, it seems that ELF no longer categorizes them as such, because everything was merged together on their website. If not for the packaging and the price point, I wouldn’t be able to tell which was which.
My first ELF purchase was actually from drugstore.com (around 2007 or so) and it was a bunch of their lip balms in little square tins, lipgloss in littly click-y pens, small circular blush and bronzers, tiny eyeshadow quads, white makeup brushes and even a body lotion, to name a few. Once I figured out I could order directly from the the ELF website, I went ham and ordered every new product they came out with (and they came out with new product pretty regularly!) to the extent that I’m still working my way through all my ELF stuff!
More often than not, some of the products would arrive damaged or literally break apart in my hands, but because of their low price point, I just brushed it off. Also, because twice a year, ELF would have a 50% discount on all their products! If I’d been eyeing up anything from the Studio Line or expensive Beautifully Bare line, I’d wait for the 50% discount because that would be the time when I’d purchase them (way more affordable). Heck, even the $1 line would only cost $0.50 per product! That said, it seems that ELF have increased the price point of their Essentials range by a dollar, which means everything in the Essentials range goes for $2 now. So, it’s safe to assume that they increased the prices for all the other lines as well. Regardless, their products are still extremely budget-friendly! In fact, the total for my entire order was only $109.96 (technically $140 with a $39 discount plus $8.96 for tax).
For whatever reason, I couldn’t order from the ELF website anymore, so I stopped. I’d still try my luck every few months or so, on the off-chance that my order would go through. I was dying to try out some of their newer stuff! I really wanted to get my hands on those stunning Makeup Brushes from the Beautifully Precise line, in particular. Thankfully, after about 2-4 years, my order finally went through!
Swear to God, my experiences at Sephora keep getting weirder and weirder. I was dressed in jeans, a basic white tee and flats. I had no makeup on (not even lipbalm) and my hair was tossed in a messy bun (freshly washed hair tends to be more pouffy, so a bun keeps it in check). I happened to be carrying my Black Box Backpack on my er, back (strapped around both shoulders as opposed to just one, so as to keep it out of the way). Nothing about me made me look like a Makeup Artist or Sales Assistant… and yet some girl approached me out of nowhere and started asking me questions about a certain product (I got paranoid for half a second and thought that she had somehow pieced together the fact that I run LuLu ♥’s Makeup). I explained to her that I didn’t work at Sephora… and then proceeded to help her anyway lol
As for myself, I picked up a few random tidbits such as the a Travel-Sized Waterproof Too Faced Better Than Love Mascara (which made me die laughing because it’s actually called Better Than Sex world-wide, but I guess they had to “clean it up” for us uptight Arabs) and Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara (which is overtly sexual – going by the description alone – lol) and 2 Urban Decay Liners (1 being specially formulated for the Waterline which I thought was pretty cool!) and a Sephora Honey Lip Scrub. I was only browsing around but also managed to find something I’d been lusting after for so long (Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in the shade Solstice)! Also, I was lucky enough to stumble upon the Limited Edition GlamGlow GravityMud Firming Treatment (Sonic Blue – Collectible Edition)!
Further disproving my “Samples Theory”, they gave me some Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer Card Samples (because I purchased x3 items from Urban Decay) and several Clarins skincare samples (because… I don’t know). The total for all of the above was KD 48/000 which means Sephora Black Card, here I come!
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!
Giovanni Cosmetics is an Eco-friendly, free of Sodium Sulfate (SLS) and free of Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Phthalates-free, Paraben-free, Vegan brand that does not test on animals. Their Eco Chic Hair Care has a range of lines targeting specific hair care needs. They’ve got Ultra-Sleek (Moroccan Argan Oil + Brazilian Phyto-Keratin), Ultra-Moist (Avocado + Olive Oil), Ultra-Volume (Tangerine Butter + Papaya), Ultra-Luxurious (Cherry Blossoms + Rose Petals), Ultra-Revive (Pineapple + Ginger), Repairing (Blackberry + Coconut Milk), and Frizz Be Gone (Shea Butter + Sweet Almond Oil). I’ve tried the Purifying & Exfoliating Facial Cleansing Towelettes (mostly because of the really cool all-black packaging) from their D:Tox Sytem (Facial Care) purchased from Drugstore.com ages ago but other than that, I’ve never really tried anything from this brand before. That said, I have seen their adorable Flight Attendant Travel Kits being sold at Sultan Center (Salmiya) but since this is a somewhat “natural” brand, I didn’t know how long they’d been sitting out there fore (probably expired). Initially, I only picked up the Giovanni 2chic Ultra-Sleek Blow Out Styling Mist but loved the scent of the Ultra-Sleek line so much that I went back and got the Giovanni 2chic Ultra-Sleek Flat Iron Styling Mist, Giovanni 2chic Ultra-Sleek Body Lotion, and Giovanni 2chic Ultra-Sleek Body Wash all purchased from Sultan Center (Soug Sharq). I believe I’ve also seen the Ultra-Volume (orange packaging) and Ultra-Moist (green packaging) available for purchase as well.
I was on a much-needed vacation abroad, traipsing through the cutesy souvenir shops nestled amongst darling little cafes on cobblestoned streets, when my nose detected a ridiculously yummy scent! I broke away from my friends and immediately followed my nose which led me to Beauty Bar. As soon as I set foot in-store, I was hit with an explosion of mouth-watering scents! They sold all kinds of beautifully-scented body and bath products including stuff from Bomb Cosmetics. It was the perfect place to buy gifts for my family and friends. I’ve never tried Bomb Cosmetics before but if I had to liken them to anything, I’d say Bomb Cosmetics was a mash-up of Lush products with Bath & Body Works scents. Bomb Cosmetics products are hand-made from natural ingredients, vegan-friendly, and they don’t test on animals. I wasn’t in the UK but apparently Bomb Cosmetics is a UK-based brand that supplies several European countries with their extremely affordable products. When my friends eventually caught up to me, we all ended up purchasing stuff from Bomb Cosmetics for our friends and family back home. Obviously, I’ve already given the gifts to the people they were intended for but I also picked up a handful of stuff for myself, as you can see.