That’s right, only suckers buy their signature scents at department stores– while the cool kids are over at the black market, violating the law in the name of smelling sexy.
I tend to hoard expensive perfumes as visitors to my crapper might gasp at the awe-inducing state of the collection of fancy scented waters. Did I mention I’m not rich? So how does one who is not Oprah rich afford these crazy ass perfumes you ask?? Well, I will tell you now, kiddies, my dirtiest of all dirty secrets.
At $68 (~AED 250) an ounce (that’s friggin’ TEENY), I scored a 3-ounce of BVLGARI’s Jasmin Noir Parfum for only AED 150!! I know, I know, that’s crazy talk. Now put on your leather and get your broke ass over to the black market, a.k.a. Hamdan Center on Hamdan Street in Abu Dhabi.
Sorry, this pic was taken with my shitty iPhone camera because I spend too much money on cosmetics and can’t afford a grown-up picture taking device. Woe is me…
Once you’ve found this paradisaical, consumer-whore splendor, wonder through its doors to find shop after shop hawking tester versions of the most luxurious, sought after scents in the world like Chanel, Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and the above exhibited liquid gold. Don’t let the word “tester” deter you, I assure you its the real deal AND will last longer as the testers are more concentrated than the actual product (thanks, false advertising!).
No, you won’t get the fancy packaging or maybe not even the cap to the bottle, but you will save a fuck ton of money and still smell fabulous.
P.S. Don’t be a little bitch by being afraid to haggle! You can always knock a few bucks off that final total with a little social lubrication.
P.P.S. Calling all Lebanese!!! Let us know where you go for your black market goods and any tips on where to find the Lebanon version of Hamdan center in the comments section!!!!
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Next up is an adorable costume idea from Hannah at Xovain.com that also brings me back to childhood so much- a Betty Boop tutorial that is also super easy!