City Center Shuwaikh Hypermarket (Jan 2021)

Back in the day, I used to work in a company located in Shuwaikh.

I spent many years there, enough to notice them emptying the lot, preparing for what was to be a new City Center Hypermarket.

They had already begun the construction work by the time I left.

I switched jobs and consequentially locations, and never got to check out the Shuwaikh branch of City Center… until now.

Truthfully, I was on the hunt for hangers.

My closet was finally finished and I needed a ton of hangers and was looking to buy them in bulk.

While I did not find any decent hangers, I did manage to grab a few “healthy” snacks.

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Carrefour Small Haul (Jan 2021)

Once again, while furniture-shopping, I found myself at The Avenues.

I’d parked underneath Carrefour, so as I was leaving The Avenues, on my way back to my car, I took a quick lap around Carrefour and snagged a few things.

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Sultan Center Haul (Jan 2021)

Out of all the grocery stores in Kuwait, my favorite was The Sultan Center!

The Soug Sharg/Souq Sharq branch, to be more exact.

I knew the layout by heart.

I’d walk in, wheeling my shopping cart through the fresh produce aisle at the entrance, making a mental note of all the things I’d circle back for (mainly those lil apples).

Usually, I’d place the frozen stuff and fresh produce stuff in my shopping cart last, so they wouldn’t melt or defrost or wilt or spoil or whatever.

I’d skip the organic stuff aisle (eww healthy stuff) up until I got to the personal care aisle and snag some makeup remover, cotton pads, face wash, etc… The other side would have shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, facing each other.

I’d skip the cleaning supplies aisle up until I got to the cooking stuff aisle (sauces and other condiments). I’d grab a few tins of baked beans or a box of pasta or whatever else I was craving. Then move on on to the next aisle and fill up my cart accordingly.

Eventually, I’d make it to the cookies and biscuits aisle which would be facing the chocolates aisle and on the other side, the candy aisle facing the potato chips aisle.

I’d check for my beloved Coco Mojo in the unrefrigerated drinks section before hitting up the refrigerated section (all the way towards the end) where I’d grab some bacon, smoked turkey, fruit yogurt, etc… and work my way back to the fresh produce aisle (walking freezer-side to keep an eye out for ice-cream or frozen pizza that looked particularly yummy).

Finally, I’d circle back to the fresh produce aisle, pick up some grapes or apples or whatever my latest recipe called for, and head towards the checkout counter.

Sadly, that’s all out the window because they renovated the place and the entire layout is completely different now!

The frozen section is right across the fresh produce section (which is convenient tbh) but I don’t like the rest of the layout :(

I noticed the renovations starting around April but before that, I hit up Sultan Center in January.

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Ikea Snackage Haul

You can’t very well decorate an apartment or go couch-hunting in Kuwait without hitting up Ikea!

I didn’t buy anything substantial (only a pack of those colorful Bevara Sealing Clips).

However, that meant I had to wait in a very long line, making the little snack store across from the checkout counter (where I previously got those delicious Apple Drinks) in my direct line of vision.

I was interested in trying out some snackage, especially in conjunction with my recently purchased Bevara Sealing Clips lol

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Small Collective Grocery Store Haul

Around January 2021, my apartment renovations were finally almost over and I was on the hunt for the most perfect couch.

I was still very much into cooking, as mentioned in my Chef LuLu – Part 10 – Final Post (here) and was pretty much making Chicken Machboos (among other things) on a weekly basis!

Since my hunt for a couch took me to places I’d never been to before (Al-Dhajeej, to name one), I’d pop in to the nearest LuLu Hypermart or Carrefour or City Center or whatever else afterwards, to check it out (for cooking stuff) while there.

Expect to see a lot of more posts like this, up next.

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Sephora Haul (Jan 2021)

The entire time that I was there, I kept thinking that Sephora just hits different, when you don’t have someone constantly nagging you to leave the place (like my previous visit, here).

I had an absolutely delightful time while there!

The stuff I got was a split between items from Sol de Janeiro and items from the Sephora Collection. Oh and a Beauty Blender (that changes color). The rest were all samples.

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MAC Haul (Jan 2021)

I used to be obsessed with MAC, even way before I started this blog.

I used to follow all their new releases religiously.

Once the latest collection reached the country, I’d hunt down the items I wanted, hitting up several MAC stores back to back.

I’d haul entire collections (almost every single item) at a time!

For the past 5 year or so, my interest in MAC slowly dissipated.

I no longer kept up with their new releases. In fact, there’s currently a countdown on their website to what might possibly be a Stranger Things Collection coming soon and I could not care less.

For the past few years, I’ve rarely even set foot in a MAC store, except on very, very few occasions.

However, my beloved Mineralize Skinfinish in the shade Give Me Sun! had completely run out.

I wanted a fresh one, so I decided to order it online, from the U.S. MAC website.

That came with its own slew of issues but more on those issues at the end of this post.

Now on to the good-good!

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Nordstrom Haul (Jan 2021)

Everyone and I mean everyone, won’t shut up about Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum.

With that being said, it’s pretty expensive.

So, after months of humming and hawwing, I decided to get the Travel Spray Trio.

I probably could’ve found it locally, but for that price, I wanted to make sure I wasn’t getting an expired or close to expired batch.

I found it on Nordstrom and since I was ordering it anyway, I picked up a few more things, to make it worth the shipping fee. It was not.

The latest reiteration of Angel Perfume shipped separately. Also, one of the perfume samples shipped separately.

I mean, imagine paying several Kuwaiti Dinars for a perfume sample (the one-time-use ones) lol

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