Monday, 10 June 2013

100 Day Spending Ban | Week 10 Update

(From 86 Shop, Taiwan)

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 (all arrived!) 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 Tom Ford make up??).  :D
  • My 100 Day Spending Ban starts on 1st of April and shall end on 9th of July.

2.  Fun Fund (Week 10: 3 - 9 June)

$5,300 + $400
= $5,700

i) 5th June, Watson's:

As I have planned before the trip, I allow myself to buy skin care but not make up in this trip.  However I did 'break the rule' three times, buying minimal make up (I think).  First, I purchased some eye liners from the brand Bebe Poshe (brand link) - it is a brand developed by a group of Taiwan celebrities.  As they were on promotion, I picked up four shades that caught my eye.  Then I got myself back-up of one of my favourite mascaras of all time - the Integrate Separate; a mascara base slipped into my shopping basket, too!

ii) 6th June, 86 Shop:

86 Shop (shop link) is a very popular and well-stocked online beauty store, and they recently opened two real stores, one at ShiDa night market.  I did not know this before-hand, so it was an entire surprise to me.  Spent quite a bit of time inside (enjoying the air-conditioning) and a very conservative amount of money on products.  The only make up item I got was a Miss Hana Eyebrow Pencil.

iii) 8th June, Watson's:

Went into a Watson's again per cousin Honor's request.  She wanted a Sofina Primavista Ange (brand link) primer, and other things.  There was a 23% off all 'drugstore brands', so I got myself a bottle of the primer, too.  :O

My entire Taiwan beauty haul will hopefully be written up later this week.  Keep an eye out for that!  (If you're also interested in the non-beauty things, perhaps I can do it on my other blog too... do you want it?)

iv) Mail!

Came home to four lovely packages after my Taiwan trip.  A FeelUnique order mentioned last week, the June's Glamabox which came early (yay!), a bag of heavy UK "stationery" from Sam, and a precious box of Helenere "golden drops" (product link)!

Now I have so much to use and write about I have no excuse to break the ban in the remaining 30 days?


3. Lesson Learnt

Indeed I am stronger after these 70 days, I did not expect myself to come back from Taiwan hauling only a few make up items, especially with the 23% off at their Watson's!

Making shopping list in ink really helps.  I keep a tiny little notebook that I keep in my handbag throughout the journey.  I wrote down what I want after viewing leaflets, magazines, blogs, etc, before I walk into the shops.  Inside stores, I compare prices and learn more about the products, then I either purchase, or go back, re-think, and eventually delete them from my list.  Sometimes, "seeing" can replace "shopping"!

It is very helpful to have a good friend (Mr. A) as a companion who constantly reminds me of what I own.  He also allows me to visit every beauty store I like, making me embarrassed to re-visit the same chain more than twice!  Good job, Mr. A!

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?

My Beauty Diary Ginseng Mask (spotted in Manning stores!)
My Beauty Diary Imperial Bird's Nest Mask
MAC Eyeshadow "Patina", "Vanilla"

Chanel "Boy"
Tom Ford "Burnished Amber" (Yuan the enabler, again!)
Too Faced La Creme Lip Cream

5. Other updates:

a.  Shop my stash!  Blog Sale!

b.  Recap of last week's posts:  A short Finished Fortnight post - used up two full size facial serums!  (That's the only post I have managed to pre-write and post... :P)

Jacq's 100 Day Spending Ban
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Hurray!!  Failure or success, I have been 70 days through this spending ban.  Starting from next post I will be counting down the last days decade by decade, in three posts.

I am one month away from my dear Tom Ford palettesss, are you excited?

Beautiful wishes,
Lazy silly Jacq :")


  1. Well done!! Saving for holidays is important :)

  2. My sister had to write stationary because she told the post office man there was nail polish in the parcel! She had to go to another post office and lie and say it was stationary =D

    1. I see! Thanks for the mail - I have yet to find time to lay them out for pictures... I've been busy and your stuff are really plenty!

  3. You're so close to palettes...

    until I read the comments I thought, What will be the "stationery"

    1. haha - yes - Sam's sister's trick...
      I am less than 30 days from my palettesss!!!



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