Boots BOGO Haul

I was at the Souq Sharq Boots branch when I noticed that they were having a Buy One Get One Free deal (aka BOGO) on certain brands. My favorite nail polish remover (reviewed here) was almost out so I was at Boots to replenish my supply but unfortunately they were out of stock. As I was leaving the store, this shampoo caught my eye. All I had to read was Build up Removal and I was sold so I quickly grabbed two. Boots Expert Build Up Removal Shampoo was only KD 1/000!

Since for some reason, I always run out of conditioner much faster than shampoo I decided to grab a huge thing of conditioner (500ml). I can’t remember how much Inecto Pure Coconut Conditioner cost but I usually like coconut-scented products, plus this was paraben-free.

Just to clarify, at Boots, its not like I got all 4 and the two lower priced items were free. I payed KD 1/000 for the shampoo and got the other shampoo for free. I payed the full price for one conditioner, and got the other conditioner for free. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that I’m obsessed with build up removal hair care so I’m super excited about the shampoo! As always, reviews to come.

Trevor Sorbie Beautiful Brunette

The Beautiful Brunette regime uses the latest technology to revive dull lifeless hair, with UV protection.
With heat protection, shine and colour-enhancing technology.

I picked up more Hair Care goodies at Boots, again. Surprisingly, the Trevor Sorbie Warm Rich Shampoo and Trevor Sorbie Warm Rich Conditioner were only KD 2/500 each so I decided to purchase both the shampoo and conditioner. I figure these two could help me with my lighter hair issue (mentioned here) by hopefully darkening the highlights in my hair.

Trevor Sorbie Warm Rich Brunette Shampoo & Conditioner enhances natural, coloured or low-lighted brunette hair from the first wash. By using semi-permanent dyes to revitalise lack-lustre brunettes, hair is left shiny and rejuvenated with a more radiant colour.

Phyto Collective Haul

I purchased these Phyto products from different Boots stores because I’m kinda’ on a Hair Care kick.

Initially, I just purchased the Phyto 9 (Nourishing Day Cream with 9 plants) for Ultra-Dry Hair from the Avenues branch. It cost KD 8/000.

This day cream suits the needs of ultra-dry hair. Phyto 9 is a unique blend of macadamia oil and plant extracts selected for their emollient and nourishing properties. Soybean, Calendula, Burdock, and mallow help maintain an optimal moisture level deep inside the hair fiber. Nourished and protected from the inside out, hair is soft, supple and illuminated with shine.

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Then I picked up the Phytojoba Shampoo (Intense Hydration Brilliance Shampoo) for dry hair from a different Boots branch. I believe this was KD 11/000.

Specifically formulated for dry hair Phytojoba is a rich and creamy shampoo that intensely hydrates and softens. Jojojoba Oil, extracted from Jojoba Plant Seeds, is used for its softening benefits as well as its incredible compatibility with the hair structure. Jojoba Oil is a unique plant-based liquid wax with emollient, regenerating and protecting properties that provides intense hydration and shine. Cornflower and mallow, combined with a gentle cleansing base formulated with coconut oil, deliver extreme softness. Hair instantly regains it’s optimal hydration levels, suppleness and luster.

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Lastly, I picked up this Phytogloss color-enhancing express treatment with botanical pigments (Chestnut Highlights – dark blonde to light chestnut hair) from the Jabriya branch. There’s one for blondes, and one for redheads, as well as the more daring hair colors. This retails for KD 12/000.

Reveal the radiance of your hair with Phytogloss express treatment!
The authentic light-capturing formula of repigmenting treatment instantly blends into your hair colour to reveal its full beauty by delivering ultra shine. Without oxidation and without bleaching, this formula is endowed with Canada Goldenrod Extract that revives the radiance of dark blonde to light chestnut colours by delivering deep chestnut highlights. Enriched with Mango Butter and hydrating Hazelnut Oil, Phytogloss protects your hair to deliver nourishment and restore the intensity of your color.

I just wanna’ say that these are priced higher than drugstore brand hair care items. That said, I feel like my hair needs this stuff so I’m pretty happy about Phyto 9 (even though the thought of applying this to freshly washed hair makes me sad) and Phytojoba because I enjoy jojoba-based products and the packaging looks ridiculously cool to me! Phytogloss was more of a spur of the moment purchase because at the time it seemed like a fun product but now the more I look at it, the more intimidated I am by it. Again, I think Boots is awesome because I can always find the coolest stuff (I wanna’ hidden gems but they can’t be “hidden” if they’re stacked on shelves just waiting to be purchased, no?) at every branch.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara

Go the Extra Mod! Bold, Wide-Eyed false lash look!
• Bold, wide-eyed false lash look.
• Exclusive hour-glass brush shaped to the lash line to plump lashes, fanning them up and out for bold, wide-eyed volume.
• Volume stretched to the extreme. No clumps!

You know, for all their bold claims, I can barely see the model’s lashes in the promo ad. Kinda’ makes it seem less twiggy-esque, just sayin’. Overall though, I like the theme (retro) because the packaging looks fun!

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Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara is an extension of Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara (orange tube). I didn’t like the original but I actually enjoyed this version. Sorry the packaging looks so gnarly but Boots are fond of using tape as a seal (hey, whatever works).

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I’ve said this before but when it comes to mascara, more is more. The huge, hourglass-shaped brush on this gave me some awesome volume! It curled my lashes too (without me having to use an eyelash curler beforehand). It even added length to my sad little lashes. The hourglass-shaped brush just fanned them out beautifully. Also, it didn’t smudge nor flake of throughout the day. I will say two things though. First, there’s a bit of a learning curve when it comes to using this mascara. You’re gonna need to experiment with this mascara for like a minute. Second, I cannot use this on my lower lashes. It just gets everywhere. Maybe it’s because my eyes are on the small to average size whereas if you had bigger/wider eyes, this might work. That said, I don’t mind using a different mascara on my lower lashes.

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Honestly, I mostly bought this because the hourglass-shaped brush looks like it could be a dupe for the brush on Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara (which I have never tried). I never purchased the Too Faced one because I was becoming more and more skeptical when it came to mascara. I mean, I’ve shelled out a lot of money over the years for duds. I figured the Rimmel mascara would be a cost-effective way to try out the hourglass-shaped brush that the Too Faced mascara has and honestly after enjoying the Rimmel mascara so much, I don’t think I’ll ever purchase the Too Faced one. I purchased Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara at Boots for about KD 4/500.

Lebanese Plums

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This is my favorite fruit of all time! I never actually knew what it was called until recently, when I straight up asked a Lebanese friend of mine, and after searching online for upwards of an hour, he just just asked his mom and she replied all nonchalant “Lebanese Plums“.

I first tried this when I was very young and instantly loved it! First of all, it looked appealing, like tiny green apples or large green grapes. Even the color was more of a bright vivid green. Second, it had a satisfying crunch to it, like biting into an apple. Best of all, was the taste. It was delightfully sour!

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I love Lebanese Plums but like I said I didn’t know what they were called, so I didn’t get to have them as often as I wanted. I had to resort to describing them to whomever was going grocery shopping that day. Once my mom knew how much I loved them (like I could legit polish off an entire box by myself), she’d always get some for me (whenever they were in season). Now that I go grocery shopping regularly, I’ve learned to keep an eye out for them as well and much to my delight, I found them at Sultan Center. Sorry for the blurry picture but people were looking so I tried to speed it up. It didn’t occur to me to take pics at home until later but by then I’d already tossed the box, washed the fruit, and polished off more than half of it.

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Just like how Chinese Food isn’t called that in China, these aren’t called Lebanese Plums in Lebanon. Over there, they are called Janarik (kinda’ like how you pronounce generic). It costs KD 4/150 for a little box of Lebanese Plums but they’re so crisp and tangy that I’d gladly pay more. When I was sharing the story with my uncle’s wife (who happens to be Lebanese), she recommended sprinkling a little salt on them. Apparently, that’s another way Lebanese people like to enjoy Lebanese Plums. Unfortunately, no one from my immediate family shares my love for Lebanese Plums because they find them too sour. Even my friends don’t like them. Whatevs. More for me.

Euphytos Silver Anti-Yellow Shampoo

Silver Shampoo is a treatment designed to reduce the yellow tones of keratin, typical in white and grey hair. The Azulene and Amino Acids derived from Wheat Protein reduce the yellow tones in white and grey hair, as well as copper tones in light blonde, bleached or highlighted hair. Its formula is enriched with olive oil lipoprotein to give your hair extra shine and body.

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As I was on my way home from my mani-pedi at a salon in Jabriya, I decided to stop by a Boots store. That’s when I found Silver Shampoo. My first instinct was to buy their entire stock (they only had three) so I grabbed all three at KD 9/000 a piece, pleased as punch with myself. Now keep in mind that I’m no longer a blonde and don’t plan on going blonde again anytime soon. So why oh why did I purchase not one, not two, but three of these 300ml bottles? Instinct.

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Ever since I was a blonde, I was on the search for a purple shampoo (to get rid of brassiness in blonde hair). I never found any, so I had to do it the hard way – go to a salon, sit in the chair for a decade or so, endure the smell (and the itchiness) and all that good stuff. Seeing how I’ve been searching for this stuff for years and years, I couldn’t help but snatch these up. Funny how now that I’m no longer looking for it because I no longer need it, I manage to randomly find it. I’m sure I’ll put it to good use, eventually.

I love that I find the most random things at Boots. I mean I’ve never even heard of the brand Euphytos but apparently it’s an Italian Hair Care brand and their tagline is “Made in Nature” so that’s pretty cool.

Mr Brown Iced Coffee

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Mr Brown Iced Coffee is awesome! First of all it complimented Lay’s Salt and Vinegar Wavy Chips beautifully (which was pretty much all I used to eat for a long time). Second, whenever I was drinking Mr Brown Iced Coffee, I felt like I was part of those Korean Dramas (I absolutely love those shows!). I’d never experienced the novelty of drinking coffee from a steel can until Mr Brown. It struck me as an “Asian thing” and I’ve always been obsessed with all things Asian. I’d never been much of a coffee drinker. Turkish coffee, Espresso, etc… they all made me gag. Mr Brown was the only thing I could stomach. I discovered that I liked my coffee cold and sweet (this was pre-Starbucks in Kuwait). Despite the fact that I didn’t like coffee, I adored the scent of it. Mr Brown Iced Coffee had that gorgeous coffee scent that I love. It also had that rich coffee flavor making it somewhat bitter but sufficiently sweet. I’ve since moved on to other forms of pseudo-coffee drinks but I’m always stoked when I find Mr Brown at Sultan Center or our local supermarket or a random baqala (because for the longest time, I could only find it in Europe) and usually pick up a couple cans of the stuff. If you ever come across this stuff, I suggest you pick up a can and try it out for yourself.