Perfume Declutter

Our live-in chauffeur was traveling back to India and specifically asked for Perfume to gift to his wife. Apparently, the last handful of Perfumes I’d given him (for his previous visit) were such a huge hit with the wife! She not only liked the scents, but also their performances, as she went about her day in the village, according to him. He said, every time his wife’s sisters would visit her, they’d all ask for a spritz from her Perfume Collection! So, when he asked me to give him any other Perfumes that I didn’t want. Emboldened by the success of the previous scents, I gave him the following:

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Hair Care Empties and Declutter

After 4 years of moving in, I figure it’s finally time to start unpacking and making myself at home… at home lol I’ve got a pretty spacious apartment, but most of is being taken up by boxes. It’s high time I start unpacking those boxes, keeping what I wanna’ keep, donating what I don’t wanna’ keep and trashing whatever needs to be trashed. A lot of is just clothes that don’t fit me anymore (since I lost a bit of weight), while the rest is just random stuff that I no longer feel the need to own. As I unpack the boxes, you’ll see a lot of these “Empties” and “Decluttering” posts… maybe.

Starting with some Hair Care stuff, I’m going to be trashing all of these, because unfortunately at this point they’ve all pretty much expired. In fact, they’re so old that most of them have been discontinued.

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L’Oreal Hydra-Total 5 Pure Cleansing Milk

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).

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Serge Lutens Un bois vanille Eau De Parfum FAIL

No, I did not use up an entire thing of Serge Lutens Perfume. As a matter of fact, aside from the one time I spritzed it on my wrist after tearing off the packaging (so I could blog about the perfume in time for Valentine’s Day but totally missed the deadline) and then again two spritzes on my neck the day of (bumping it up to THREE spritzes in total), I’ve barely used the thing! The other day, I tossed it carefully placed it in my New Look Black Backpack after spritzing it behind each ear, before heading out to go have dinner with my younger cousin who happens to appreciate a good vanilla fragrance (my handiwork of course). He was going through the final stages of the flu (I insisted he turn right around and drop me back home as soon as I found out, lest I catch it but he totally ignored me) and so, couldn’t even smell the perfume anyway. Regardless, I stuck my hand in my backpack to get the perfume out – on the off-chance that he might be able to smell it – when I noticed wetness (like, a lot it). It took a moment for it to register but the entire contents of the perfume bottle (KD 31/000 down the drain, just like that) had spilled all over the insides of my backpack! -_-

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The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover

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).

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The Body Shop Seaweed Purifying Facial Cleanser

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

  • Refreshing
  • Mattifying

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.

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St. Ives Sea Salt & Kelp Purifying Body Wash

St. Ives Sea Salt & Kelp Body Wash
A day at the beach, in a bottle. With natural sea salt and kelp extracts to exfoliate and revitalize for glowing skin.

Seaweed, sea salt, sea kelp, sea water, I’ll pretty much try anything that originated from the sea (or has the word “Sea” in it). More importantly, I love a good physical exfoliant (always and forever) and they claim that this stuff is not only hypo-allergenic, paraben-free, and cruelty free but also made with 100% natural exfoliants (Sea Salt and Kelp) so that’s cool. I also like that the word “Exofoliating” is highlighted (you know they mean bidniz when words start getting highlighted). I’m not sure when or where I picked up this huge thing of Sea Salt & Kelp Body Wash but I’m so glad I did! Why? Because this stuff is magic!

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