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.
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)
Also at Marina Mall, I popped by VaVaVoom.
I was actually looking for an Oscar De La Renta fragrance but couldn’t seem to find the brand (not at the Autumn Perfumes Exhibition and not at Harvey Nichols, not even at Sephora). I did however stumble upon the Juicy Couture counter which I didn’t even know existed there before now (I’ve been meaning to give Viva La Juicy Gold Couture a sniff since forever).
The lovely Filipina sales assistant was so helpful and accommodating that I ended up purchasing Viva La Juicy Gold Couture Eau de Parfum on the spot! She even tossed in a 3pc Holiday Candle Gift Set (red box) and filled up an 8mL Atomizer Spray for me (with a perfume of my choosing) and gave me several fragrance samples to boot!
The Autumn Perfumes Exhibition took place at Mishref Fair Grounds (Halls 5,6,7,8) during October 24 and was meant to end on November 6, but was extended to November 9 (because… weekend).
At this point, it’s practically tradition for me to check out the Lancome booth (run by Beidoun) during every Perfumes Exhibition and in all honesty, other than that one time (here), my experience with them, for the past few decades, has been nothing short of excellent (here)!
I hit up the Lancome booth because I was flirting with the idea of getting either the original La Nuit Trésor Eau de Parfum (2015) or La Nuit Trésor À La Folie Eau de Parfum (2018), but ended up walking away with this gem, the Maison Lancome Les Parfums Grands Crus Travel Set (foncy, foncy)!
Each fragrance was a work of art, therefore my “reviews” or rather first impressions of each fragrance, is going to be a bit on the longer side, in my attempt to do them justice.
Even though I’d already ordered from Nordstrom at the start of June (dis), I placed another order at the end of June, mainly because I wanted a second Hair Care Sample Pack (dis) which happened to still be available (at the time). After this order though, I think I’m gonna’ cool it with Nordstrom (for a bit). It’s just too hot to be ordering stuff online.
Anyways, I got something from Alterna and two more somethings from Bumble and Bumble. Other than the Hair Care Sample Pack there was an Alterna Gift With Purchase and Bumble and Bumble Gift With Purchase which included deluxe samples from each brand! Yaaay!
I also got some more Bar Soaps and Candles to qualify for the Fragrance Sample Pack (dis). I was actually interested in purchasing Mojave Ghost from Byredo and Philosykos from Diptyque as Perfumes, but it was way too hot to risk (the heat might alter the contents and therefore the scent). So, I got them as Bar Soaps instead. Plus, this way, I could “test” the scents first, rather than buying them as Perfumes and possibly ending up hating them.
The Makeup stuff was from Benefit and I only got them because I really, really had my heart set on the Benefit Gift With Purchase that came with a very, very cute Benefit Clear Tote Bag and some samples. Also, it helped bump up the total of my order so I could qualify for the latest Sample Pack (dis).
Get a Free Gift with Your $100 Beauty or Fragrance Purchase. Plus, when you spend $150 on beauty or fragrance, you’ll also receive a Bonus Gift.
I wasn’t planning on placing yet another online order with Nordstrom during Ramadan, especially since I was somewhat broke (those Ramadan Kaftans cost a pretty penny). However, there was a deal (more on that in the next post) and I got suckered into placing a “smaller” order lol Since my order was a little over $100, I qualified for the May Sample Pack.
The Makeup-y Samples included something from Fresh (lucky) while the Fragrance Samples included Alien by Mugler (super lucky) and the Hair Care Samples included stuff from Aveda and Living Proof (super super lucky)!
I’ll be going over all the samples that arrived in the May Sample Pack, below…
– Kilian Black Phantom (Memento Mori) Body Lotion
– Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium Eau de Parfum Intense (arrived already opened)
– Maison Lancome Oud Bouquet Eau de Parfum (x2 travel-size)
While I busy at work not working, I noticed that Nordstrom were now selling my beloved Black Phantom (Memento Mori) (haulage here) as both a Body Lotion and a Shower Gel! Also new to Nordstrom was the latest take on the infamous Black Opium, which was Black Opium Intense. I was still debating whether I should purchase yet another Body Lotion and Perfume, when I happened to notice that the travel-size version of the ever elusive Oud Bouquet was back in stock! That settled that!
As soon as I got home, I hurriedly placed my order. As per usual, there were a ton of Gifts with Purchase and Samples that came along with the order, and everything arrived safely (not a thing was damaged)!
OUD Satin Mood conveys the desire to bring a shimmering Orient to life. You’ll want to wrap it around you, lose yourself in the depth of the moment and suspend time.
– Violet Accord
– Cinnamon from Ceylon
– Damascena Rose Essence from Turkey
– Centifolia Rose Absolute from Tunisia
– Natural Oud from Laos
– Amber and Vanilla Accord
I was out with my bestie (her husband was traveling on a business trip, which meant carte blanche on his Porsche) and after we took her hubby’s Porsche out for a spin, ended up at 360 Mall, because I really wanted to watch the movie “Escape Room“. It was an enjoyable movie (and had that one vampire girl from True Blood in it), but on our way out, I spotted dis!
I’d spotted these Mustard Platform Trainers over at Bershka earlier at Marina Mall, but there was just too big of a crowd (they had a sale going on) and I wasn’t about to deal with all that. However, I just couldn’t stop thinking about them! So, while at The Avenues, I decided to pop by Bershka just to at least see how much they cost. I liked them so much, I ended up getting the exact same pair in both Mustard and Black!
I also picked up 2 Dresses and a pair of Jeans and Leggings and a whole bunch of Trousers! While at the cash register, I snatched up 2 Packs of Ankle Socks and a pair of Earrings and an Eau de Toilette, to round out the haul, all for KD 104/600 (some of this stuff was on sale and some of it wasn’t).
In the interest of full disclosure, the majority of the models were around the 5’8 (178cm) – 5’9 (180cm) mark, whereas I am 5’1 (156cm) so as you can imagine, most of this stuff was much, much longer on me (story of my life lol)!
Others can blame drugs or alcohol… In my case, I’m naturally high (on life) and clinically drunk (lack of sleep) so I can only blame myself for this mistake lol
I’d purchased MAC “Velvet Teddy” ShadeScent Eau de Parfum earlier (haulage here) and was constantly being complimented by everyone (guys, girls, randos) whenever I wore it! Other people’s opinions aside, I had fallen in love with the scent… hard! Since I couldn’t find it locally (even if it’s still in production abroad, they randomly just stop bringing stuff over), I had to start rationing what little I had left.
As luck would have it, I spotted it on Nordstrom so I figured I could keep repurchasing it in twos; one for myself (assuming I was going to run out of it pretty regularly) and one to gift to whomever had asked for it at the time (younger brother, favorite cousin, bestie, etc…). It’s touted as a dupe for Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille, but I love it because it’s different than anything I’ve ever owned up to this point. It just smells so good!
Nordstrom happened to have this promo where if you spent XYZ amount, you got a Skincare Sample Pack (some of them were one-time-use samples while others were deluxe samples), in addition to their usual Sample Pack (x5 pre-selected one-time-use samples, free with every order). Plus, if you spent XYZ amount on MAC stuff, you got a one-time use MAC Mascara (sample) and a MAC Lipstick (full size)!
More often than not, the Velvet Teddy Fragrance was usually out of stock, but once I noticed it was back in stock, even though I was on my way out (week-end), I hurriedly placed the order for what I thought was x2 Velvet Teddy Fragrances and moved a couple of random items from my wishlist (x2 Elizabeth and James Nirvana Dry Shampoo and a Voluspa Candle) to qualify for all the promos and such (I figured since I was going to be paying for shipping anyway, might as well pick up a handful of other stuff to make it worthwhile)… little did I know that they would ship the items separately lol