After begging Boots to bring back Batiste Dry Shampoo in the shade a Hint of Color – Medium & Brunette (because I couldn’t find it anywhere in the country) and then later on, any Dry Shampoo from any brand (it’s like all the Dry Shampoo in the country just disappeared), Boots finally brought back not only Batiste Dry Shampoo, but they even brought out their own (in-house brand) Boots Dry Shampoo! LOL
Raise your hand if you like Bath & Body Works! I do! I do! I do~oo!
Whenever I find myself at the Avenues Mall, I always make it a point, to hit up Bath & Body Works (facing Carrefour Supermarket). From the moment they opened up their first store in the country (here), I’ve been obsessed with Bath & Body Works (they actually retweeted my earliest hauls lol)! I believe I was around 24-25 years old back then and even now as a 33 year old, I’m still just as obsessed with the store! From the sublime beach-y scents (variations of coconut and mango and other exotic fruits that instantly transport you to a tropical island) during Summer, to the divine holiday scents (including the cult-fave Vanilla Bean Noel which was vanilla… on steroids) during Winter! From the delightfully delectable gourmand scents (encompassing macarons and gelato and lemon-y desserts and everything in-between) during Spring, to the intoxicating heady spicy scents (cinnamon and pumpkin everything) during Fall/Autumn! To me, nothing highlights the changing of seasons, quite like the seasonally appropriate Bath & Body Works Collections!
This is what my Sultan Center hauls look like when I’m not shopping on an empty stomach (lawl). I just picked up a few sachets of Nescafe (spotted here) to try to find a new favorite instant hot drink and some Tortilla Chips and Salsa (always craving the stuff).
The new H&M store at the Avenues was finally open for business! It was advertised as the largest H&M store in the world! On September 21, I decided to go take a quick peek. The place was huge! The top floor had the Men’s Clothing and Children’s Clothing and a Tailor. The ground floor was reserved for Women’s Clothing and as always, they had an area sectioned off for Lingerie and Sleepwear and another area just for Makeup, Hair Care and Skincare. The Shoes and Accessories had their own space in the area adjacent to the cash register. They had a relatively decent Changing Room Area. The actual Changing Rooms themselves? Not so much (no wiggle room). At first, I mistook the Click & Collect (online shopping, I suppose) for yet another Changing Room Area (it looked disproportionately upscale, especially in comparison to the rest of the store). They even had a rather large space reserved just for H&M Home (from Bed Linens to Serving Bowls and everything in between).
I wasn’t interested in buying anything, because I didn’t feel like going into the Changing Room and trying on clothes. However, all that changed when I spotted a pair of Red Plaid Flannel Pajama Bottoms (as shown). I’ve always wanted a pair of Red Plaid Flannel PJs! I’d squeezed my behind into my first, last and only pair (size XL) only to have them rip (like, a massive rip) in the back, as soon as I’d sat down on my little red ottoman (which is where I dry my hair after a shower). Since it was un-salvageable, I cut it up into small pieces, and reserved those pieces for mirror and window cleaning (I can’t stand fingerprints on surfaces). That all went down almost 4 years ago. That’s why I got all excited when I spotted these Red Plaid Flannel Pajama Bottoms.
I figured since it was inevitable that I was going to have to take my clothes off in the Changing Room, I might as well make the most of it and try on some other stuff too…
Order placed: August 12
Order shipped: August 24 (which is why ColourPop tossed in a free gift with my order)
Order arrived in US Aramex Mailbox: August 27
Order forwarded from US Aramex Mailbox: August 29
Order arrived in Kuwait (undergoing clearance): September 1
Order received: September 9 (almost an entire month later lol)
ColourPop were having a Buy One Get One Free (BOGO) promo on all their Super Shock Shadows during August. Seeing as how the last time I ordered from ColourPop was almost a year ago way back in December 27 2017 (haulage here), I figured it would be okay to treat myself to some new ColourPop goodies. The total for everything in this haul was $100.80 only! I was waiting until I could get a chance to play with everything before putting up this post, but what with Black Friday (which I missed, whoops) and Cyber Monday comin’ up, I figured some of you might find this post useful so here you go.
Deliciously appropriate, no?
I set one foot outside, got fully drenched, immediately thought, “Nope!” and hurried back inside.
Serving you some Draco Malfoy realness lawl
After spending forever trying to get into my personal Instagram account (I totally forgot my password, which just goes to show how often I actually use the app lawl) to frantically hunt down something appropriate to wear during Ramadan, I kept on receiving those annoying notifications from Instagram on my phone afterwards. I spent weeks ignoring them, but on July 12, I’d finally had enough and tried to disable the notifications through the app itself, which is when an ad for Belleza and more Salon & Spa popped up. I clicked the ad (which took me to their insta account) and immediately my eyes were drawn to the photo shown below.
Translation: Ammonia-free Dye and Bleach… Extra Strength Protection used with every Hair Coloring Session… so the hair does not get damaged and the color remains… vibrant and rich with a beautiful shine to make the hair appear healthy and fresh
As soon as I spotted that gorgeous ash-blonde color (in the After photo) I was obsessed! Seeing as how I’d just chopped off all my hair (pics, here), I was less hesitant about messing with it. Plus, they straight up advertised “ammonia-free dye” and “extra-strength protection”. It seemed legit. Being the impulsive creature that I am, I quickly called them up and made an appointment (30 mins from time of call) to dye my hair!