It was towards the end of summer…
I was starving and I was in a spend-y mood (deadly combination). Now, despite the huge haulage (as evident by the photo above), I was actually very, very, very disappointed with the Shuwaikh branch of The Sultan Center! There were bugs having a party on all the exposed fruits and veggies, fridge doors were left open (meaning the frozen food items like burger patties, seafood, and whatever else were just left to melt), every single tub of ice-cream I picked up was sticky (gross!), the seal was broken on a lot of food items, other food items (an entire row of Lay’s Forno Lemon & Black Pepper Baked Potato Chips in the smallest size) had expired months ago (yet still remained on the shelves), the whole place was a mess! Some areas (with the most traffic) were relatively alright but for the most part, the entire place looked like a scene from Mad Max… lol imagine how much larger this haul would’ve been if I hadn’t been grossed out.
Also at Soug Sharq and during that same visit, no less, (it’s slowly dawning on me that I might have a problem lawl) I stopped at Sultan Center for soaps, snacks and some more Hair Care stuff (I wasn’t joking about my hair being a mess).
I was only at Sultan Center (Salmiya Branch) to pick up yet another Cream Silk (my ride or die hair conditioner) but ended up getting everything else you see in the photo, as well.
I love Garnier! I’ve loved their products for years and years. Their hair care products smell great, perform great, and my wavy/curly hair seems to love them. I always get excited when they come out with a new product or a new line of products or even just revamp their old packaging. Every once in awhile, they’ll come out with a dud (for example, the Sleek & Shine Blow Dry Perfector which just did not work for me at all) but the performance of the rest of the products is usually stellar.
For reference, my hair in its natural state is both wavy and curly, extremely soft to the touch, with a decent amount of volume. If anything, my hair is on the dry side (doesn’t get oily) and can look quite dull (no shininess). It’s also very prone to frizz and tangles. If I brush my hair, my hair frizzes up and the curls lose their shape resulting in the dreaded triangle hair. If I don’t brush my hair, I get tangles (at the back of my neck, above my nape) which are extremely painful to detangle, especially while dry. Lastly, I’ve been regularly getting my hair dyed blonde ever since I was about 17.
5 Plants Vitalizing Shampoo
Real infusion of vitality and enjoyment for normal hair that is weak and tired. The new shampoo Garnier Ultra Doux draws the essence of 5 natural plants selected for their complimentary benefits:
- Green Tea known to be a source of vitality
- Lemon known to bring shine
- Eucalyptus for its refreshing nature
- Nettle known for its anti-sebum properties, and for making the hair lighter
- Vervain well known for its softening and soothing characteristics
Its melting gel, silicon-free texture, respects your hair needs for use on a daily basis without weighing it down. Its fragrance which is combined with green fresh notes provides a feeling of well-being.
I keep seeing these new(er) Ultra Doux Shampoo and Conditioners by Garnier, in stores all over the country. I’ve been meaning to try them out for quite some time now, but could never make up my mind on which ones to get. Off the top of my head, I remember seeing one featuring Honey that came in correlating yellow packaging, another featuring Olive Extracts in correlating green packaging, and another in brighter green packaging featuring 5 Plants (Lemon, Green Tea, Eucalyptus, Nettle and Verveine). For some reason, the 5 Plants line has several variations on its name (depending on the region, mayhaps?) for example, Vitalizing Shampoo (which is what I got) is also called Vitality Shampoo in some countries and Revitalizing Shampoo in others. Even Ultra Doux is called Ultra Blends in some regions and something completely different in others. Regardless of what it’s called, the Ultra Doux range is paraben-free and silicon-free (for those who worry about that kinda’ thing). I purchased Garnier Ultra Doux 5 Plants Vitilizing Shampoo (hauled here) from Sultan Center awhile ago and will definitely be repurchasing it again and again and again…
Pure Active Fruit Energy Gel Wash is a foaming wash that helps target imperfections, leaving skin looking revitalised and reduces the appearance of visible pores.
Enriched with extracts of grapefruit, pomegranate and with vitamin C derivative selected for their purifying qualities. The invigorating fresh fragrance washes over your face with a fruity burst.
This foaming wash, with salicylic acid, purifies and tightens the feel of pores whilst helping to protect against the appearance of imperfections.
Cleansed and purified; your skin feels energised and more beautiful. Dermatologically tested on imperfection-prone skin.
Hauled it earlier (here) from Sultan Center but I’m pretty sure you can find this Garnier Pure Active Fruit Energy Gel Wash at most local cooperatives in the country. I couldn’t decided between this Gel Wash or the Gel Scrub Wash (that had little exfoliating beads suspended in the liquid). Normally, I’d opt for the latter but for some reason the packaging on the Gel Wash really appealed to me, which is why I got it.