Tuesday, 7 May 2013

100 Day Spending Ban | Week 5 Update

Another week has gone, did I break any rules?  What have I learnt?

1.  A Recap

My rules:
  • No spending on ANY make up or skin care.  No exceptions.  I do welcome free gifts or samples though.  Note: during this span I shall have at least 3 Glamaboxes coming in, so that can keep me entertained!
  • Every single day I survive this ban, I will put HK $100 into my Fun Fund.  When the ban is over, I can treat myself well (perhaps some Burberry or Guerlain make up??).  :D
  • My 100 Day Spending Ban starts on 1st of April and shall end on 9th of July.

2.  Fun Fund (Week 5: 29 April - 5 May)

$2,600 + $700 - $100
= $3,200

On 30th April I received a lovely envelope of Korean skincare from my friend L (instagram).  We were schoolmates just about a century ago... When she posted about face masks laying around her place, I asked if there's any Snail or Snake variety for my trying - shameless Jacq.  There were some conversation back and forth on Whatsapp, and the next day, she threw in the mail all the bits I gathered in the first two pictures.  Brands include: Tony Moly, Skin Food, Etude House, It's Skin, and Nature Republic.  I will be continuing with my snail mask review (first episode), and be sure to let you know what I think of these!

On 1st of May, while I was spending time in the mall between lunch and tea, I stepped into a Sasa and accident happened.  Mr. A was with me.  He said redeeming gifts with points is not counted as spending, plus, he was going to pay.  So I went ahead and picked up a few May's VIP gifts, along with 3 for $10 masks which has a Snail amongst them.  (Can't you tell, I am really desperate to try out all affordable, reachable snail masks out there!?)  However, I'll be honest with my little spending ban, and count this a day of violation.  ;)

On 3rd of May, I received an email promoting the free nip+fab gift bag with £30 on LookFantastic.  I finally craved in and made an order.  It only consisted of two Macadamia Natural Oil hair products, i.e. not banned in my ban.  I blame Hakme for my order!  A separate haul/review post will be cooked and served when mail arrived!

$10 for 3 Masks.
  • Red Skin Aloe Vera Moisturising, Soothing and Hydrating Mask
  • Red Skin Caviar Repairing Essence Mask
  • Red Skin Snail Hydro-Gel Mask (actually just wanna try this!)
Below are all the VIP redemption:
$53 For Beloved One Extreme Hydration Bio-Cellulose Mask
$99 B-liv by Cellnique "Knock Off Age" Age Dismission Original Japan Silk Mask 
$95 Phytodess Paris Vitamin C Shampoo
$19 Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil (this is a repurchase, I got two little bottles!)
$59 Reskin Solution Mist Glacier Express

3. Lesson Learnt

Back to week one.
Quote: "Marketing, promotional emails are dangerous, especially when electronic payment is that easy to make.  Stay away from clicking into those links!"
4. Wants or Wishes

I will write these down weekly, and after the 100 day spending ban I will look back and see what I really will buy.  I suppose this is a good way to see how unnecessary some of my desires are...!  I am limiting myself to add one wish per day only, is that considered self-control, too?

- Evie Amazingly Soothing Makeup Remover (company homepage)
- MAC Face and Body Foundation - C1 (Because C2 is a hint too dark for my taste.  I'm also thinking of getting the white one for mixing, any idea?)
- Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation (If it's good enough for Elle, it is good enough for me)
- MAC Blush - Peaches
- Bobbi Brown Stick Foundation
- MAC Cremesheen Lipstick - Creme Cup
- Give and Give Aqua La Royal (A Japanese brand Yuan raves about.  This is the 'serum' lotion.  There's also a 'cleansing' lotion... need to put that in next week's wish list!)

Other updates:

1.  Blog Sale is up!  Please go and have a look.  Link in the tab on your top left, or this link.  I am really desperate in clearing out my stash.  If something catches your eye, pop me an email or comment, perhaps you can take them cheaper than they are.  ;)

2.  Recap of last week's posts:  Overview of my 8 month subscription of Glamabox.  An amazing spoil swap with Traci my instagram/twitter lover.  Second instalment in the snail mask review series.  Updated inventory of my cleansing oils and waters.  Finally, bilingual bi-weekly empties as-known-as Finished Fortnight.

3. All I want for when the ban's over, maybe some Tom Ford eyeshadow palettes.  I want the gorgeous copper Cognac Sable and Asia-exclusive Lavender Lust and Seductive Rose.  The best part is they're only sold at $550/US$70 each (cheaper than Singapore or USA or UK), and my friend A may have discount.  Yea, ignore the lengthy Wants or Wishes I have been making weekly...

Jacq's 100 Day Spending Ban
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Time flies!  Now that I'm entering the second month of the spending ban, I'm feeling pretty comfortable saving than splurging.  (not that I have the best start of the month)  How are you doing in the month of May? 

Beautiful wishes,
Lazy silly Jacq :")


  1. waiting for your review on the tony moly snail mask.

    I love products from give & give. They are non irritating and they do the job. I haven't tried the Aqua la Royal but I use both the venus and the Aqua le Beau since I have combination skin. Both absorbs to the skin very quickly. You'll love it.

    1. You make me yearning for some G&G!!! ><

  2. For a while I also wanted to buy the laura mercier foundation... maybe you've seen too many videos of Elle.. =)

    1. I can't have enough watching of Elle! :D



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