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.
I was at Sultan Center and thiiiis close to buying either a L’Oreal or Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (just to see why people are still going crazy over Micellar Water) but changed my mind at the last second and picked up this Cleansing Milk instead. I know for a fact that Micellar Water does nothing for me, so why waste any more money on it? My Holy Grail will always be Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Makeup Remover (reviewed here). However, it’s good to have a few makeup removers that perform similarly, just in case for whatever reason the entire country runs out of stock (which is what happened here and here).
Gentle, effective cleansing lotion with soothing camomile.
I still couldn’t find my beloved Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Makeup Remover (reviewed here) so I went back to The Body Shop to pick up another Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser (reviewed here) and wouldn’t you know it, couldn’t find that one either! I’m cursed (lawl)! I don’t particularly care for other forms of makeup removal (cleansing balms, oils, micellar water, etc…) and generally prefer to use the cold cream method (or lotion or gel, basically anything that can be wiped off with a cloth or tissue, and doesn’t leave any annoying residue). I picked up the Camomile Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover because it had similar packaging (sorta’) to my beloved Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Makeup Remover, supposedly removes Waterproof Eye Make-Up, and lastly because Camomile (Chamomile) is meant to be skin-friendly (soothing to skin and whatnot).
On the last day of the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (Mishref Fair Grounds during October-November 2016) I came across the Bioderma booth. I hate Bioderma Micellar Water (story below) but I figure it’s been 5 years since my horrible experience, so why not let bygones be bygones? They had several good deals on a lot of their stuff. I’ve always loved a good facial mist (my first was from Evian back in 2000) so the Hydrabio Moisturizing anti-UV Water Mist caught my attention straight away. I mean… it hydrates your skin, protects your skin from UV rays, feels refreshing (a must in Kuwait) and sets your makeup! Basically, this stuff is perfect for summer! They were having some sort of deal where if you bought 2 cans you’d get a discount as opposed to buying just 1 can and paying full price for it. They kept trying to push products on me but I straight up told them that I absolutely hate Bioderma and was only willing to mend fences just recently (literally when I laied eyes on the Hydrabio Mist lawl). I figure since I was going to be stuck in line waiting to pay for my purchase anyway, might as well get something else from the brand. It was a spur of the moment thing, but I snagged a pack of Sensibio H2O Wipes because I like cleansing wipes, in general. It didn’t even occur to me (until I got back home) that these were red… and the Bioderma Micellar Water (that I’d used in the past) was red… so they were from the same line (red packaging)… and these wipes were soaked in that very same useless Micellar Water that I’d had a horrible experience with in the past. At the very least, they tossed in a whole bunch of samples (since it was the last day of Beautycon … or at least the Kuwaiti version of it), which is always fun! Here’s hoping it all works out… I’m going to be “cautiously optimistic”!
Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser
This cleansing lotion for combination skin rebalances oil. It will not over-dry skin or clog pores. Removes make-up, impurities and excess oil
Seaweed, Sea Salt, Sea Kelp, Sea Water, basically I’ll try any product that has the word “Sea” in it or originates from the Sea (as I mentioned in the previous post). That said, I wasn’t actively seeking this stuff out. I happened to be staying over at my sister’s house for a month-long “visit” when I ran out of my trusty Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning Makeup Remover (reviewed here). She was nice enough to share her makeup remover (Nivea) with me but it was the oily kind – that would give me foggy vision and leave some form of residue on my lids (pet peeve) making it next to impossible for me to apply any makeup on afterwards, because it would just go on all weird and patchy. That’s precisely why I prefer cream cleansers over oil cleansers when it comes to makeup removal. Cream cleansers are way less of a hassle (go on and tissue off easily, water isn’t even necessary as it’s more of a preference) work almost instantly (you don’t need to sit there for a year waiting for it to break down the makeup, as opposed to oil cleansers), no foggy vision (although some do sting if they get in your eye), and best of all, no residue (meaning you can apply makeup immediately after and it’ll go on like normal, or plant yourself face-down on your pillow without worrying about any black mascara streaks on your white pillowcase and go to sleep straight away).
As such, I headed out to find my beloved Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning Makeup Remover (reviewed here). I hit up all the places I could think of (personal care aisles at local cooperatives, Sultan Center, Boots, etc…) but just could not find it anywhere, for some reason. It occurred to me that I should really start looking into dupes for the Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning Makeup Remover, to avoid being in this horrible situation ever again. I mean sure I could use the oily Nivea one (blue packaging) for a day or two, but for the unforeseeable future? Nah! I was starting to get anxious, man! My hunt for Clean & Clear Deep Cleaning Makeup Remover led me to Mishref co-op (after being unsuccessful at other co-ops) where I discovered that they’ve actually got a branch of The Body Shop somewhere on the top floor. After a quick lap around the small store, The Body Shop Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser seemed like it would do in a pinch (which this was, very much so) so I purchased it.
Star anise and lime extracts make this crystalline and delicately foaming gel the favorite cleanser for normal to combination skin.
Holy Grail Status, right here! Funny thing is, I wasn’t expecting much when I purchased this Purifying Cleanser from Boots. I just wanted to try something (anything really) from the brand Lierac because I’ve never actually owned – let alone tried – anything from Lierac prior to this Purifying Cleanser. Initially, the vivid green packaging is what caught my eye and drew me in but the scent is what sold me (you’re not supposed to unscrew products in-store just to give them a sniff but what can I say? I’m a rebel)! I couldn’t believe how amazing it smelled! The scent was everything! It was fresh, zesty, and uplifting! I purchased the Lierac Purifying Cleanser, then and there, for KD 9/250 at Boots and I’ve been obsessed ever since!
Like I said, Lancome and Dior are some of my first makeup brands so they’ll always hold a special place in my heart, no matter what. My love affair with Lancome began with their mascaras. My first “black” mascara ever was from Lancome, purchased for me by my mom. I talked more in-depth about my first experience with Lancome mascaras (here). Shortly after, that same love spread to their lipglosses (most of the Juicy Tubes) and a few random bits (Aqua Fusion Moisturizer, Peach-y Blush, literally everything in the Lancome “Calypso” Collection including an Eye Shadow Quad, Blue Nail Polish, and several Lip Products). I’ll still pick up a tube of Lancome Oscillation Mascara (reviewed here) every now and again, and use it as a topper (or even on it’s own because it’s just that good) or pick up random makeup-y bits on a whim. Even though I previewed the Lancome Miracle Cushion Foundation (here) I didn’t end up purchasing it. My last Lancome purchase (prior to this haul) was Lancome Grandiose Mascara (previewed here) but I never got around to reviewing it (soz!)
More recently, at the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition (Mishref Fair Grounds) I stopped by the Beidoun Booth to check out the sets available at Lancome. Just like Clinique (who are constantly churning out Value Sets and Gift Sets and all kinds of sets really) Lancome are also known to come out with a few desirable sets of their own. I was only interested in the new Energie de Vie Skincare Collection (green ombre packaging), the antioxidant liquid moisturizer specifically but other than that, I wasn’t really planning on getting anything. With that being said, the sales assistants were all so lovely and accommodating (as always, just like all Beidoun employees, as opposed to the horrible aggressively pushy Alshaya employees) that I obligingly picked up a Douceur Cleansing Trio which consisted of the cult classic Bi-Facil (Dual Phase) Eye Makeup Remover, a Cream Cleanser (my preferred way of removing makeup) and a Toner (to play around with), all full-sized. The sales assistants were all so very helpful that I couldn’t help pick up yet another set called Effortless Chic Eyes that consisted of a full-sized Lancome Hypnose Volume-a-porter Mascara (black), mini-size Lancome Crayon Khol (black), and full-size Lancome Lip Lover (Rose Attrape-Coeur). The Cleansing Trio normally retails for KD 22/750 but I got it for KD 14/790 and the Effortless Chic Eyes Set retails for KD 13/000 but I got it for only KD 8/000! Not only was their a significant discount on both Sets, but I also received a generous supply of samples including some from the Energie de Vie range! I walked away feeling great about my extremely pleasant experience at the Lancome counter! The sales assistants were lovely and actually helpful! They were also quite generous with the samples! Best of all, there were several great deals on already marked down Value Sets! Can you fault me for loving Lancome?