Sultan Center (Shuwaikh) Collective Haul

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.

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Sultan Center Haul (mostly hair stuff)

Also at Soug Sharq and during that same visit, no less, (it’s slowly dawning on me that I might have a problem lawl) I stopped at Sultan Center for soaps, snacks and some more Hair Care stuff (I wasn’t joking about my hair being a mess).

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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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Sultan Center Necessities Haul (Toothbrush, Soaps, Anti-Perspirant)

Nothing lifts my spirits faster than creature comforts (stuff that smells nice or looks cool or both!). You’d take a look at these things and think, “not the most exciting of hauls, girl” and I’m totally with you. They look pretty blah but… BUT, keep reading and find out why you’re wrong! That Black (so cool!) Toothbrush is a Colgate® 360°® Charcoal Toothbrush (360! Wuuut! Charcoal! Wut!) and right next to it is a very possible Bath & Body Works Foaming Hand Soap dupe and next to that is the single-best-smelling-hand-soap of life (y’hear me? Life!) and finally an anti-perspirant (okay, fine, this last one might be boring for you guys, I’ll give ya’ that, but I can’t help getting excited over scented anti-perspirants and a possible favorite at that, granted I have yet to sniff the thing and all this is just pure speculation but a girl can dream speculate).

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Sultan Center Personal Care Haul

I was only at Sultan Center (Salmiya Branch) to pick up yet another Cream Silk (my ride or die hair conditioner) but ended up getting everything else you see in the photo, as well.

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Carrefour Hypermarket Haulage

I don’t normally shop at Carrefour at the Avenues, but I do tend to park my car in their designated underground parking area quite often. Quite frankly, the Avenues is huge, which makes it easy for people to get lost (just me? okay!) in the underground parking area. That’s why I prefer having someone else (anyone else, really) take me to the Avenues rather than driving myself there. Even after all these years, I still can’t remember which escalator leads up to which area of the mall. They all look pretty much the same to me. That’s why, when I’m not parking outside (Ikea parking or Forever 21 parking), I’ll go for the underground parking at Carrefour. I know what to look for (shopping carts on a flattened escalator), I know where it takes me (to Bath & Body Works and Boots facing Carrefour), and I know how to get back to my car (using the Carrefour escalators as a focal point lawl). In addition to all that, using my phone, I’ll snap a photo of the number on the column (just to be safe). You might think that’s overkill but I actually got lost down there once (whilst wearing uncomfortable shoes). It wasn’t pretty. It felt like I was in Mad Max and it was survival of the fittest! After going around in circles for what felt like hours (30 mins in reality), and when I couldn’t walk any longer (I was dying!) I gave up and plopped down on the nearest sidewalk and prepared my goodbyes. My mom told me to quit whining (no sympathy whatsoever) and get back home because it was getting late. Luckily, they’ve got a protocol in place for this sort of thing at the Avenues. The security guys roaming around the underground parking area have these little golf carts that they can drive you around in, until you find your car! So… anyways, I don’t normally shop at Carrefour but this time instead of zipping past it (on my way to Bath & Body Works and Boots and such), I had time to kill so I decided to browse around for a bit. There wasn’t anything particularly exciting but I did come across Essence in their makeup section, which I thought was pretty cool!

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Lux Sweet Embrace Soap

SWEET EMBRACE
Embrace the sweet scent of LUX® Sweet Embrace. Leave a trail of attractiveness wherever you go, just like Vanilla Oil.

Leave a trail of attractiveness? LOL This isn’t the 50’s. It’s almost insulting how dumbed down the ads are in this area of the world. My sole purpose in life isn’t to be “more attractive” hah That’s rich coming from a self-confessed make-up junkie but then again, I like makeup and anything makeup adjacent because it’s fun. Okay, I’ll take it down a notch. We are talking about soap here after all. So once again, I was browsing the aisles at Sultan Center when my not so sensitive nose detected a highly pleasant aroma. I traced it back to a bar of soap by the brand Lux in the scent Sweet Embrace with Fragrance Pearls of Passionflower & Vanilla Oil. Scent-wise this stuff was the good kind of vanilla (yes, there actually is a bad kind, believe it or not). Rather than buy a whole pack only to discover it left that horribly “hydrating” residue (pet peeve of mine), I decided to just pick up one to try out first.

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