I finally caved and decided to buy Kilian Black Phantom (Memento Mori) Eau de Parfum (purchased for a whopping KD 116) (mentioned here), rather than continuing to lust after it from afar (here). The fact that the sales assistant (stationed at the Lancome Fragrances) was such a sweetie was also a major factor! I mean… homeboy hooked it up!
He drowned me in Black Phantom (literally dousing me with the stuff!) and willingly filled up several of those little vials for me (with scents that I chose) and gave me several more fragrance samples that he thought I might enjoy and gave me a Dolce & Gabbana Duo Set (Perfumed Body Lotion + Lipstick) and gave me an Estee Lauder Cosmetics Bag (which was filled with a mish-mash of Travel-Size Estee Lauder products and an actual Travel-Size Armani Perfume that he’d stuffed in there for me)!
He did me right! Enough to where I felt obligated to purchase something from his station! So, I picked up another Perfume that I’d been lusting after, which was Lancome Tresor Midnight Rose Eau de Parfum (purchased at a more reasonable KD 43)!
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.
I rarely stop by the Phase I or Avenues I branch of Boots (wedged in wall-to-wall with yet another Starbucks). Normally, I’d visit the Phase II or Avenues II branch of Boots (because it’s one store over from Bath & Body Works which is my usual haunting ground). However, I’ve been hitting up pretty much every single branch of Boots that I can think of, in search of Batiste Dry Shampoo – A Hint of Colour Medium & Brunette (featured here) because it seems to have vanished, country-wide (which makes me very, very sad). It had the nicest scent out of all of them, and the powder was tinted (matching my hair perfectly). That stuff was my favorite! So, if anyone happens to know where I can find it locally, please do share. I’d be much obliged to ya! Anyways, I was at Boots and opposed to just the Buy Two Get One Free deal that they’re usually promoting (which forces your hand into purchasing more stuff), they actually had a legitimate Sale going on (25% off most items), so I stocked up on a few “necessities”.
As I said in my previous H&M post, they were having some sort of promo going on (Buy Two Get One Free… possibly) on all Beauty products and such, so I decided to check out the Salmiya branch and picked out a few clothing items (hauled here). This post is a haul of everything else (eligible for the promo) that wasn’t clothes. Annoyingly, aside from the Curl Cream, I can’t find the rest of my stuff. I seem to have misplaced the H&M plastic bag (with everything in it). Obviously, this was after I took the pictures for this post. I’m not too bothered though, because I’m sure it’ll turn up… eventually.
I’m not sure why I decided to give this stuff a sniff in-store (mayhaps it was the bright green?) but ermahgerd it smells divine! There were other scents available such as Zingy Ginger and Orange, Zingy Minty Fresh, and Zingy Zesty Lemon. I passed on the other two but decided to give Zingy Zesty Lemon a sniff because I thought for sure it would smell fantastic, if not better than Zingy Lime Fizz but I was mistaken. Nothing smelled more delicious than Zingy Lime Fizz! Such a ridiculously amazing scent! No joke, Boots Zingy Lime Fizz Shower Gel straight up smelled like the Need a Margarita scent from Bath & Body Works (True Blue Spa range)! Basically, Zingy Lime Fizz smells like Skittles!
I was worried I wouldn’t ever find this stuff again. Luckily, there was a Buy Two Get One Free deal on all the in-house brand (Boots) items, including Zingy Lime Fizz Shower Gel. So, I got three (to tide me over) for the price of two!
Even better was the fact that the Boots Zingy Lime Fizz Shower Gel were only KD 1/000 a pop! So there you go; a budget-friendly alternative for the Soap & Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash.
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!
I was on a much-needed vacation abroad, traipsing through the cutesy souvenir shops nestled amongst darling little cafes on cobblestoned streets, when my nose detected a ridiculously yummy scent! I broke away from my friends and immediately followed my nose which led me to Beauty Bar. As soon as I set foot in-store, I was hit with an explosion of mouth-watering scents! They sold all kinds of beautifully-scented body and bath products including stuff from Bomb Cosmetics. It was the perfect place to buy gifts for my family and friends. I’ve never tried Bomb Cosmetics before but if I had to liken them to anything, I’d say Bomb Cosmetics was a mash-up of Lush products with Bath & Body Works scents. Bomb Cosmetics products are hand-made from natural ingredients, vegan-friendly, and they don’t test on animals. I wasn’t in the UK but apparently Bomb Cosmetics is a UK-based brand that supplies several European countries with their extremely affordable products. When my friends eventually caught up to me, we all ended up purchasing stuff from Bomb Cosmetics for our friends and family back home. Obviously, I’ve already given the gifts to the people they were intended for but I also picked up a handful of stuff for myself, as you can see.