Boots Collective Haul (mostly pink stuff)

Also at Soug Sharq, I stopped by Boots. I wasn’t planning on getting anything especially since I literally just bought some makeup-y bits at Debenhams (hauled here), but then I saw that they had so many cool new products and several new brands too.

For starters, they had the SpaWax (stripless wax warming kit) by the brand Veet which I’d been lusting after, ever since I saw one of my favorite YouTubers plugging it in one of her videos… years ago. Second, I noticed two new brands which were House of Lashes (which I’d been dying to try) and GOSH Cosmetics, and even though I don’t particularly enjoy Soap & Glory (reviews here), they had the cutest Gift Set that was shaped like an actual Christmas Cracker, which I just couldn’t resist. Also, they had a Buy Two Get One Free deal on all Hair Care, and my hair was in dire need of some serious TLC. I only got one makeup-y item which was a mascara, but the rest are all personal care, hair care and body care stuff. Plus, they even tossed in a free makeup bag.

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Bath & Body Works End of Summer Haul

After about a year of avoiding Bath & Body Works (my last visit was in April but it sure felt like a year since then) I finally caved and gave them another visit, around August. I’d tried (and failed) at finding a substitute for their Liquid Hand Soaps, but quickly realized that nothing else can come close to the real thing. As I mentioned earlier, I’m fully stocked up on B&BW Candles. Also, I tend to use Shower Gel and Body Lotion from other brands (not just B&BW) so that’s non-issue for me. The Liquid Hand Soaps however, is the one area where I felt the loss, most keenly. I guess I’m just addicted to Bath & Body Works Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps. The issues I mentioned earlier still remain (non-exciting releases, never up to date, questionable scents, faulty packaging, products that may or may not have gone bad while sitting out on the shelf, ratchet displays and just being over-priced in general despite the fact that the quality seems to have gone down over time) but I’m willing to overlook all that, when it comes to the Bath & Body Works Liquid Hand Soaps.

SoftSoap Whipped Cocoa Butter Foaming Hand Soap (hauled here) had a really nice scent… but that was pretty much it. The mechanics were definitely not the same. Unlike the B&BW Liquid Soaps that I was used to, I had to exert extra force with the SoftSoap Liquid Soap just to pump a little bit out. It wasn’t really a deal-breaker but it was annoying, especially when I was half-awake and planning to go back to bed right after (because the extra effort would sorta’ wake me up and consequentially stave off any sleep). What was a deal-breaker though, was the fact that SoftSoap left some sort of hydrating residue on my hands (pet peeve). I cannot stand any sort of residue on my skin. Bath & Body Works Soaps don’t do that. Once you rinse them off, they feel like they’re completely gone, and that’s just what I like.

As such, I went to Bath & Body Works to pick up a few Liquid Soaps and managed to grab a Body Scrub while I was there.

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Mr. Bean Coco-Berry Coffee Bean Scrub

I’m tough enough to remove your skin’s imperfections, yet leaving you feeling softer and smoother than ever.

Caffeine will stimulate blood flow and help reduce the appearance of cellulite, eczema, stretch marks, age spots, varicose veins and psoriasis.
Demerara Sugar and Himalayan Salt will exfoliate your skin, removing dead skin, acne, whiteheads, blackheads, breakouts and other skin blemishes
Coconut Oil will hydrate and moisturize your skin
Cocoa and Vitamin E are high in antioxidants which nourish and protect the skin, promoting cell repair and rejuvenation

Vegan Friendly / Cruelty Free / No Parabens / No GMO / Organic Ingredients

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Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Haulage

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Invigorating Sicilian cedar melds with the crisp vibrancy of apple and the guileless charm of the bluebell, to evoke the essence of a South Italian summer.
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The freshness of bamboo nestles amid a glorious feminine bouquet of decadent jasmine and delicate white rose.
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Redolent citron wood is entwined with voluptuous amber and a suggestive caress of musk.

Summer just isn’t summer without my beloved Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue! I’d run out of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Eau de Toilette (reviewed here) so I picked up a new one, at Harvey Nichols. As a gift with purchase (gwp) I was also given a rather large Messenger Bag that had 007 embossed on it and a deluxe sample of Hugo Boss Red Shower Gel (pretty sure it’s for men but that’s ok because as long as they’re either woods-y or oceanic, I tend to enjoy certain masculine scents). The Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Body Scrub Gel was purchased at Mishref Fair Grounds during the Perfume & Makeup Exhibition.

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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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Lush Let The Good Times Roll Face and Body Cleanser

For soft, sweet skin
With maize flour, polenta and a popcorn topping, the ingredients make this fresh facial cleanser sound more like food than skincare! We combine these ingredients with glycerin and corn oil to give you a very soft, moisturizing scrub, leaving your skin bright, clean and smooth. It is gentle enough to use on your entire body, and has a dash of cinnamon powder to warm up your skin.

Another popcorn-based (yes, that is actual popcorn you see!) product from Lush, this particular cleanser smelled absolutely dee-lish! As I’ve mentioned before, I have thing for themes so since I picked up the Popcorn Lip Scrub, I decided to pick up Let The Good Times Roll Face and Body Cleanser because they both included popcorn… I know, I know, I’m slightly insane.

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Soap and Glory

I promised that I’d be reviewing some Soap & Glory products a good while ago but ended up deciding to just lump everything together into one post, and so here we are.

I really don’t like this brand… I always get suckered into buying their products based on the adorable packaging (all pink and cutesy, with vintage glam pin-up models), funny product names, and tongue-in-cheek blurbs and excerpts, only to end up being disappointed by the performance of the actual product. To be fair, the products generally do what they’re supposed to do, just not in the way that I prefer. I also find most of their scents to be downright vile, particularly Original Pink fragrance which seems to be featured in most of their products. Although the Original Pink fragrance is loved by many, I find it too floral-y and perfume-y for my taste. Their prices aren’t exactly budget-friendly either, especially when you factor in the sub-par performance of most of their products.

I’ve mostly tried some Bath & Body Products, some Skincare Products, but aside from a single Lipgloss (purchased online via Drugstore.com) I haven’t really delved much into their Beauty Products. I’ve also got a handful of Minis (from the KD 1/000 “bargain bins” at Boots), and some products that came in a Holiday Set (that they come out with during every Holiday Season). So, I feel like I have a good selection of products here to form a valid opinion. You can purchase Soap & Glory products at Boots.

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