Since the Big Sale was still on-going, and I was at Marina Mall anyway, I decided to check out their Bath & Body Works, hoping to find the place in a much better state than the Avenues branch (which as I said earlier, here, was a complete mess). No such luck. The place was just as messy and chaotic, if not more so, than the other branch. I couldn’t find anything I was interested in, other than 2 cutesy PocketBacs and 4 lemon-y Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps. I haven’t used any of the stuff yet, because I’m currently working my through the other stuff from my previous haul (here). Still, I’m pretty excited to try them out, when I finally do get around to it!
Like I said earlier, shortly after my previous visit (haulage here), I went back to the Avenues (for completely unrelated reasons) only to find the “Big Sale” taking place at Bath & Body Works. I was a bit miffed that the last time I was there (haulage here) none of the staff felt the need to share the fact that the Big Sale was coming up, but then it occurred to me that they themselves might not have known, until the very last minute (it’s a jungle out there). I was especially annoyed that the Henri Bendel Signature Candles (purchased here) had all gone on sale, but then I did the math and it turns out that even with the “discount” the total for all 6 Candles would’ve been exactly the same (sneaky little hobbitses!) as when I bought them during the Buy 3 Get 3 Free Deal that they had going on at the time. Thankfully, none of the CocoaShea Collection (hauled here) was on sale (typical, since it was relatively “new”) otherwise, I would’ve straight up lost it.
As per usual, none of the good stuff was part of the “Big Sale“. In fact, I strongly suspect that they brought out all the unwanted products out of storage, to foist on us during the Big Sale. Heck, had they offered them for free, I still wouldn’t have taken them. I was only thinking it, but this one girl actually said it (out loud, in Arabic), “Only the nasty smelling scents are on sale”. Even if by some miracle, you did manage to find a pleasant scent, the state of the products themselves was just… so sad. Most of the products were so badly damaged, they could have easily passed as factory blems! A lot of the Fine Fragrance Mists were a quarter empty and missing their caps. Most of the large 3-wick Candles not only had little nicks, but legit had burrows scraped across the top layer of wax, not to say anything of the missing lids. PocketBacs were left half opened. Shower Gels had gunk collected on their flip-top caps. Nothing was where it was supposed to be. The place was… a mess.
The Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps regularly cost KD 3/500, but during the Big Sale they only cost KD 1/000 each. Just like everything else on sale, most of the Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps scents were horrible. So, due to lack of options, I found the 3 most palatable scents; Island Margarita – Cactus Flower & Coconut – Cinnamon Spiced Vanilla and stocked up on those.
This is what happens when you try to resist the temptation.
I love things that smell nice! Anything that has a pleasant scent just brings me such joy! Perfume, Shower Gel, Wallflowers, Soaps, Body Lotion, Lip Balm, you name it! Scented Candles, obviously fall into that category. Unfortunately, as Cardi B so eloquently put it, “these expensive” (granted she meant Louboutins, not Candles, but same thing). I mean, even with their usual Buy Two Get One Free “deal”, at KD 7/500 (exactly $25 U.S. Dollars) a piece, it kinda’ adds up. It’s fine if you buy a (as in one, as in single) Scented Candle, every once in a blue moon (for special occasions, birthday gift, whatever) but when you buy several at a time (practically stockpiling them), during every single visit, as I tend to do, it becomes a problem. Especially when you consider the fact that not every scent I buy is a “win” (pitiful throw, burns all weird, smelled nicer in-store, etc…). Factor in my tendency to break them (they literally keep slipping out of my hands), the latest victim being a virtually untouched (as unburnt as Daenarys) Tiki Beach Candle (hauled here) and I’m practically hemorrhaging money (okay, maybe I’m exaggerating… slightly). As such, I decided to boycott Bath & Body Works (as mentioned here).
I stayed away from Bath & Body Works for about 7 or 8 months (since the start of March up until the end of September 2017), before finally caving and going back for some Handsoaps (hauled here). Like someone who’d quit smoking for years, but got sucked right back in, from a single drag on a cigarette, I was back with a vengeance! After forgoing Scented Candles for so long, I kinda’ went cray and overdid it, especially considering these Henri Bendel Signature Candles (why are Henri Bendel Signature Candles being sold at Bath & Body Works again?) were actually KD 10/500 (exactly $35 U.S. Dollars) each, which is pretty steep, but there was a Buy 3 Get 3 Free “deal”, so there’s that. Plus, these are Henri Bendel Candles after all, so there’s that too. Truthfully, if Scented Candles make me happy, in this cold and cruel yet beautiful world, then by God, Scented Candles I will buy!
I was actually at the Homeware section at Debenhams (top floor) to pick up a few Rose Gold Picture Frames for my adorable sister-in-law (my younger brother’s wife). They were going with a specific theme for their Living Room and I was planning on surprising them (well, her, mostly, ‘cuz guys kinda’ aren’t as interested in that kinda’ stuff) with the Photo Frames, later on. I was also starving because I didn’t get a chance to eat earlier. Plus, it was that time of the month, so I was craving some chocolate (which I normally can’t stand). So I grabbed a few snacks and some random items, from The Sultan Center (all the way at the opposite end of Soug Sharq Mall). Remember back in the day when they used to teach kids about Food Pyramids (grains, dairy, veggies, protein)? I managed to grab something from all the necessary food groups; Chocolate, Gummi Candy, Hard Candy, Potato Chips, and Savory Pastries.
Throwback Thursday! … except it’s not really thursday and it’s not really a throwback, because I’ve never actually had RC Q Lemonade before today. I did try… erm… I wanna’ say RC Cola also known as Royal Crown Cola, but that was ages ago (possibly when I was a tween). All I remember is that the RC Cola had the exact same packaging as this RC Q Lemonade (small stout glass bottle with twist off aluminum cap) and the packaging was a dark navy with RC Cola in red print. My favorite Lemonade is from Raising Cane’s but I was at the little convenience store next to our home (not quite a baqala but more of a fir3) when I came across this stuff and decided to pick it up (along with another drink, KDD Power Fruits) on a whim. It did not look like it was going to be fizzy. It was. It also tasted very mild (at least to me), like one of those really weird-tasting, gluten-free, caffeine-free, low-glycemic, organic and vegan bottled sodas from Burger Boutique that always taste “iffy” to me, if not slightly medicinal. It wasn’t instant love but I don’t want to write off, just yet. I might pick another one up again at some point, just to say I’ve given it a fair shot. I just hope this doesn’t become my gateway drug (I’ve sworn of soda/pop/fizzy drinks for the past few months so I can become skinny (like Negan!) and I’ve been so good about it too… rarely cheating, if ever, until now… and it wasn’t even WORTH IT.
Fun Fact: In 1954, Royal Crown was the first company to sell soft drinks in a can, and later the first company to sell a soft drink in an aluminum can!
5 Plants Vitalizing Shampoo
Real infusion of vitality and enjoyment for normal hair that is weak and tired. The new shampoo Garnier Ultra Doux draws the essence of 5 natural plants selected for their complimentary benefits:
- Green Tea known to be a source of vitality
- Lemon known to bring shine
- Eucalyptus for its refreshing nature
- Nettle known for its anti-sebum properties, and for making the hair lighter
- Vervain well known for its softening and soothing characteristics
Its melting gel, silicon-free texture, respects your hair needs for use on a daily basis without weighing it down. Its fragrance which is combined with green fresh notes provides a feeling of well-being.
I keep seeing these new(er) Ultra Doux Shampoo and Conditioners by Garnier, in stores all over the country. I’ve been meaning to try them out for quite some time now, but could never make up my mind on which ones to get. Off the top of my head, I remember seeing one featuring Honey that came in correlating yellow packaging, another featuring Olive Extracts in correlating green packaging, and another in brighter green packaging featuring 5 Plants (Lemon, Green Tea, Eucalyptus, Nettle and Verveine). For some reason, the 5 Plants line has several variations on its name (depending on the region, mayhaps?) for example, Vitalizing Shampoo (which is what I got) is also called Vitality Shampoo in some countries and Revitalizing Shampoo in others. Even Ultra Doux is called Ultra Blends in some regions and something completely different in others. Regardless of what it’s called, the Ultra Doux range is paraben-free and silicon-free (for those who worry about that kinda’ thing). I purchased Garnier Ultra Doux 5 Plants Vitilizing Shampoo (hauled here) from Sultan Center awhile ago and will definitely be repurchasing it again and again and again…