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).
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!
Pure Active Fruit Energy Gel Wash is a foaming wash that helps target imperfections, leaving skin looking revitalised and reduces the appearance of visible pores.
Enriched with extracts of grapefruit, pomegranate and with vitamin C derivative selected for their purifying qualities. The invigorating fresh fragrance washes over your face with a fruity burst.
This foaming wash, with salicylic acid, purifies and tightens the feel of pores whilst helping to protect against the appearance of imperfections.
Cleansed and purified; your skin feels energised and more beautiful. Dermatologically tested on imperfection-prone skin.
Hauled it earlier (here) from Sultan Center but I’m pretty sure you can find this Garnier Pure Active Fruit Energy Gel Wash at most local cooperatives in the country. I couldn’t decided between this Gel Wash or the Gel Scrub Wash (that had little exfoliating beads suspended in the liquid). Normally, I’d opt for the latter but for some reason the packaging on the Gel Wash really appealed to me, which is why I got it.
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.