Last week, I went to Saveco, because I’d run out of the Hinda Pizza Rings and Banana Joe Banana Chips and Walker’s Banana Split Eclairs Toffee and Cocoaland LOT 100 Mango Gummy Candy (basically, all my new-found favorites) and had to replenish my stock. While there, I got a few more things that were new (to me), but unfortunately, they ended up being duds. Also, I didn’t get around to trying everything because I only got this stuff last week.
I was out with the kids again and the youngest was misbehaving. I was already dead tired, but I’ve kinda’ made it a point to dole out swift, if not immediate punishment, when it comes to the kids (so they remember). As such, I dropped her off at home and went right back outside, taking the other two along with me. The youngest was visibly upset at being left out, as intended.
Anywho, I’ve been meaning to get the older two started on wearing antiperspirant/deodorant regularly. They participate in all sorts of water-related activities at Summer Camp, from “Swimming Day” to “Foam Football” (Soccer for the Americans) to regular “Sports Day” all of which involved them showering afterwards over there, and then I get them to shower again back at home, before bed (well, except the eldest, who only washes her body regularly, but her hair every other day, because I don’t think her hair can handle daily washing). Despite the constant showers, the kids can smell a bit… ripe. Also, it’s shaping up to be an exceptionally hot Summer in Kuwait.
So I took them to Sultan Center (Salmiya) where they each got to pick out their own Deodorant. We also stocked up on some snackage (some healthy, but mostly not) and on our way back home, despite being way past their bedtime, decided to made a quick stop at the McDonald’s Drive-Thru on Gulf Road and treat each of them to an Oreo McFlurry (knowing full well that they were going to go back and gloat about it to their younger sister). It was around 2:30am at this point, and yet the beach was packed with families just hanging out! Even the McDonald’s Kiddie Playground (outside) was crowded with kids (of all ages) running around, as happy as you please.
Back home, the youngest was so upset at being left out (most definitely imagining that her brother and sister were out having all kinds of fun, while she was stuck at home) that she chose to stay up and wait for us. As soon as we walked in with bags of
groceries snackage, her eyes widened like saucers and she proceeded to grill her siblings about where they’d gone, what they’d done, etc… The eldest did not miss this opportunity to answer with great relish. It’s been weeks, but the youngest hasn’t misbehaved since!
Realizing that I’d forgotten to pick up Shampoo (which was one of the main reasons I’d gone to City Center, in the first place), I headed towards Sultan Center.
I needed some sort of “Deep Cleansing” Shampoo (I don’t feel that my hair is clean unless it squeaks, and all these “no poo” and “low sulfate” shampoos just don’t make mah herr squeak) and at this point, any would do! Since I was still in Salmiya, I made my way towards that branch (the one across from Al Bustan Mall and Fanar Mall and whatever else).
Basically, I was literally right next to Sultan Center Salmiya (during this nonsense) and then drove all the way to City Center Salmiya (dis) and then drove all the way back to Sultan Center Salmiya. Smart! The total for this entire haulage was KD 10/700.
One number to rule them all
I refuse to believe that this sad little building with all its janky-lookin’ stores is the one all those people have been referencing for all those years.
It’s a miracle the place is still standing upright! Inside, the entire complex smelled like some sort of extremely pungent ethnic dish, maybe curry (ironic really, for a place meant to be dedicated to Hair Care). Everything was dusty! Most of the stuff looked very suspicious including the products (a huge 35.2 fl oz tub of Banana Conditioning Hair Mask by the brand Kanechom for only 500 fils? No, thanks! Probably give you cancer or summat) and tools (over-priced Made in China Curling Wand knock-offs that’ll probably singe your hair). The products that looked “legit” (from already well established brands) looked they’d been “lightly used” already and were either sticky or gunky! The Hair Extensions (I saw these girls paying several hundies, in Kuwaiti Dinars, for them) looked pretty ratchet as well. I believe the top floor had one or two Hair Salons (facing each other). As opposed to stairs, to get to the top floor, there was a ramp… Basically, Al-Zaamil (formerly known as Al-Lathayna) was a mess of a building.
I could wrap my head around all that. What I struggled with, was why did they have no less than five (yes, 5) Al Nasaem stores, not only all in the same building, but actually wall-to-wall (one was on the top floor, but the rest were on the ground floor) with each other? After entering the millionth store and realizing the entire place was store after store… that sold the exact same products, I asked the sales assistant and she calmly explained “Oh, all of these stores are part of Al Nasaem“.
That’s just… so stupid.
Matrix Total Results Brass Off Conditioner and L’Oreal Hollywood Waves Siren Waves Cream
That said, that didn’t stop me from purchasing these two lol
They were having a Buy 2 Get 2 Free over at Boots (the one facing Carrefour at the Avenues) so I decided to pop in and check it out.
(Photo nicked off the Mishref Fair Grounds Website).
I try to make it a point to visit the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition at least once a year. The Perfume & Cosmetics Exhibition takes place twice a year (March and then again in Oct-Nov) in Hall 5 and Hall 6 and Hall 8 at Mishref Fair Grounds. As you can see, the Halls are huge! They’ve always got something or other going on there (sometimes simultaneously), year-round! This year, I noticed that they had strung up pretty fairy lights and arranged a seating area somewhere outside, with a ton of trendy pop-ups in cute little shacks that were catering the event, on either side of the seating area! I actually took a handful of pics, but people’s faces were on full display so I can’t show ’em (privacy blah blah blah consent blah blah blah).
Unfortunately, the majority of the halls participating in the Perfume & Cosmetics Exhibition mainly feature Oud and Teeb (Arab Fragrances), with only a smaller portion of booths featuring “French Perfumes” and an even smaller portion featuring Makeup. Heck, one of the Halls (I wanna’ say Hall 7) was reserved solely and entirely for Boutiqaat (at one point, I saw a tumbleweed roll by).
I’ve been going to the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition for
years decades! In fact, even before I used to go there, my mom would get me a Lancome Mascara Gift Set when I was a teen (drugstore brands weren’t as readily available in Kuwait back then). Even just 8 years back, Victoria’s Secret used to participate (here) as did Sephora (here). It’s also where I first spotted China Glaze (here) and Lush (here). Now, it’s so very different (not in a good way) from what it once was…
As you can see, it clearly states “Buy 2 Get 2 Free” and also “Mix & Match“. However, just to be 100% sure, I asked the nearest SA and she also confirmed that I could in fact mix & match (each item could be from a different brand and I’d still qualify for the Buy 2 Get 2 promo), store-wide. I knew Kuwait all too well, so I was skeptical (because it sounded too good to be true). However, I went along with it and filled up my shopping basket anyway. I wasn’t that interested in anything (bad mood) up until I spotted the St. Tropez display, which showcased all kinds of new products from the brand!
I mean… they had the Gradual Tan 1 Minute Everyday Pre-Shower Tanning Mousse (which you’re supposed to wash off after literally just 1 minute!) and the Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water Mousse (Bronzing Water! I die!) and the one in the gorgeous oil-slick packaging is the Self Tan Extra Dark Bronzing Mousse. They also had the rest of the St. Tropez range (about 3 rows of the stuff) including the Bronzing Lotions and Facial Oils and even the Tan Applicator Mitts!