During the lockdown, I was pretty much swimming on the daily and consequentially sharing my Shampoo with friends and family. Naturally, I was starting to run low on Shampoo and it was starting to worry me.
I wasn’t certain how long the online stores would remain open during the lockdown (thinking they could all shut down at any moment).
So, I stocked up on not only Shampoo but Conditioner and Oil Replacement and even Hair Serums.
Did I overdo it? Possibly, but then again, we were in the midst of a pandemic.
On February 7th 2020, I placed an order with Nordstrom for some Hair Care and Perfumes.
It might look like a lot, but I actually purchased only x8 items (x3 full-size hair care items – x3 travel-size hair care items – x2 travel-size perfumes) and the rest were all gifts with purchase (deluxe samples).
The total was $336 (tack on an additional $30 for tax) which was around KD 111, not including Aramex shipping fees.
I didn’t know it at the time, but this was going to be my last online order for a good long while.
No, I did not finish a thing of shampoo in under a month. I actually purchased the newer revamped version earlier (here) and in the efforts of placing it somewhere I was sure I’d find it, to use during my next shower… I lost it.
I’ve looked all over, but I just can’t seem to find it. I’m sure it’ll turn up eventually. In the meantime, I figured I might as well pick another one up, because I’ve been dying to give the newer version a try!
Boots were having a Buy 1 Get 1 Free on select items. As luck would have it. The Boots Expert Build Up Removal Shampoo was included in the promo. So I picked one up and got the other for free.
Boots Expert Build Up Removal Shampoo retails for KD 1/250 a pop
Paco Rabanne Invictus Gift Set (b-day gift for my other cousin)
The Autumn Perfumes Exhibition took place at Mishref Fair Grounds (Halls 5,6,7,8) during October 24 and was meant to end on November 6, but was extended to November 9 (because… weekend).
Initially, I wanted to get the full size of Versace Eros Eau de Toilette (purchased for myself, here) as a birthday gift for my cousin, but after asking around, apparently Versace or rather the local distributors had opted out of the Autumn Perfumes Exhibition. So I hit up the Mugler booth to sniff all the A*Men offerings and find something suitable, but they were completely sold out of all the A*Men (thanks to someone that had posted on Instagram about the really good promo the Mugler booth were having)!
After walking around for a bit, I found a booth (forgot the name) that sold fragrances from several brands including Paco Rabanne and Calvin Klein and Jimmy Choo and Marc Jacobs and Carolina Herrera and Jean Paul Gaultier and more (can’t remember the rest).
Can’t very well go to Souq Sharq without making a quick stop at Sultan Center, now can I?
Since I inhaled the snackage, I’ve only got the Personal Care items to show ya’. I picked up some Shampoo (looked new) and my favorite Conditioner and my favorite Makeup Remover and some Toothpaste.
Takis Fuego (previously purchased here)
Hershey’s Gold (previously purchased here)
Cebu Dried Mango Pineapple Balls (just no)
I popped by Boots at Souq Sharq to repurchase the Build-Up Removal Shampoo and my favorite Eyeliner.
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.
– Umberto Giannini “Mermaid Hair” Volume Mousse
– Soap&Glory “Junk The Gunk” Deep Cleansing Shampoo
– Umberto Giannini “Beach Care” Coconut Oil Conditioner
– Umberto Giannini “Pool Proof” Leave-In Hair Protection Cream
– Soap&Glory “Control Sleek” Heat-Activated Smoothing Cream
– Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Express Blow Dry Primer
Boots (Avenues) had a “Buy 3, Get 3 Free” promo going on, around the beginning of August. Since my latest obsession seems to be Hair Care, I decided to take advantage of that opportunity and snag some things from the new “Beach Collection” from Umberto Giannini. I also got some stuff from the all new Hair Care Range from Soap&Glory and just the one thing from Charles Worthington.
I didn’t do any “research” beforehand and just grabbed stuff based on the cutesy packaging and fun names, and what they claimed to do. As such, I found some of them kinda’ disappointing. That said, I’m not about to open up all of them in one go (not that crazy) so I’ve only gotten around to using 3 out of the 6, for now.
Even though I’d already ordered from Nordstrom at the start of June (dis), I placed another order at the end of June, mainly because I wanted a second Hair Care Sample Pack (dis) which happened to still be available (at the time). After this order though, I think I’m gonna’ cool it with Nordstrom (for a bit). It’s just too hot to be ordering stuff online.
Anyways, I got something from Alterna and two more somethings from Bumble and Bumble. Other than the Hair Care Sample Pack there was an Alterna Gift With Purchase and Bumble and Bumble Gift With Purchase which included deluxe samples from each brand! Yaaay!
I also got some more Bar Soaps and Candles to qualify for the Fragrance Sample Pack (dis). I was actually interested in purchasing Mojave Ghost from Byredo and Philosykos from Diptyque as Perfumes, but it was way too hot to risk (the heat might alter the contents and therefore the scent). So, I got them as Bar Soaps instead. Plus, this way, I could “test” the scents first, rather than buying them as Perfumes and possibly ending up hating them.
The Makeup stuff was from Benefit and I only got them because I really, really had my heart set on the Benefit Gift With Purchase that came with a very, very cute Benefit Clear Tote Bag and some samples. Also, it helped bump up the total of my order so I could qualify for the latest Sample Pack (dis).