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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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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Sephora Haul (Nov 2020)

Like I said in my post Chef LuLu Part 8 (here) an ex-friend (Mera) took me to Sephora on November 29 2020 to make up for ambushing me earlier.

I couldn’t even remember the last time I’d been to Sephora!

I was so happy to be back!

There were so much to look at, new brands, new products and new potential holy grails! There were all kinds of Gift Sets and Value Sets as well!

Not 5 minutes in, Mera started whining about being hungry.

I’d asked her if she’d picked up the Nars Blush that she’d wanted. Her reply was that she was so hungry and no longer interested in buying anything (which I suspected was her intent from the start).

She kept nagging and nagging, but I ignored her and eventually she just bounced lol

She said she’d go ahead of me to The Cheesecake Factory and I could just meet up with her afterwards.

Glad to be rid of her, I hurriedly agreed, but in hindsight, what she did was not cool.

She kept calling me and nagging me to come over but I ignored her. I wasn’t gonna’ cut my first visit to Sephora in such a long time short, for her.

However, I did pick up the Nars Blush (KD 13) that she’d wanted, to surprise her.

As for myself, I’d barely bought any Makeup in 2020, due to my health issues (heart palpitations), but by the end of the year I’d learned how to handle it and quite frankly, I had missed Makeup!

I walked outta’ there with two shopping bags (to make up for lost time lol)!

I got my first Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette which was reduced from KD 39 to KD 23/250

I also got the Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eye Shadow Palette (which I’d been lusting after, ever since my Spotted at Sephora post, here) which was reduced from KD 13/750 to KD 9/500

I couldn’t help but get the Kat Von D Walnut Brow Struck Dimension Powder which was meant for the brows, but I thought would make a beautiful eyeshadow! Plus, it was reduced from KD 8/500 to KD 3/250

Those were the only discounted items I got, whereas I payed full price for the rest.

It wasn’t just all Makeup though.

It was mostly Skincare, with a few Hair Care items, Body Care and even a Perfume Mist.

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Hair Care Collective Haulage (taw9eel.com + Sultan Center)

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.

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Nordstrom Hair Care and Fragrance Haul (February)

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.

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Boots Expert Build Up Removal Shampoo

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 Haul

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).

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Sultan Center Small Personal Care Haul

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.

Not Shown:
Takis Fuego (previously purchased here)
Hershey’s Gold (previously purchased here)
Cebu Dried Mango Pineapple Balls (just no)

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