September 2012: What I Bought
Most of my money this month went to FEES. Australian visa fees, lawyer fees, cancelling smartphone fees and bank currency exchange fees.
Don’t get me wrong, I was tempted plenty of times (I window shopped $3000 worth of artwork at a local arts and crafts fair), but I’ve been exercising my willpower to NOT spend the way I am used to spending.
DR. DENNIS GROSS EXTRA STRENGTH ALPHA BETA PEEL TOWELETTES — $18 for 5 treatments (about 2.5 months)
Turns out, I love them. I was told on the package to use them daily, and I also heard that’s what I am supposed to do, but frankly, extra strength peels, daily, is not a great idea for your skin. Not to mention expensive.
So I use them ONCE bi-weekly, which means for under $100 a year, I can have an at-home mini facial in a pack every 2 weeks. In contrast, a facial at a fancy spa feels great for an hour and a half, but costs $200. Sold on the (cheaper) towelettes!
The day after I use them, my skin is glowing, incredibly soft, renewed and feels like new again. It also helps decongest and clear out my pores, and helps clear up any minor problems with my skin. I use the extra strength ones, which tend to tingle on my skin (read: sting) for about a minute or so because I don’t use them daily or even weekly, but you can start with the originals (I think they even give free samples at Sephora to try).
FOSSIL WATCH (REPLACEMENT) – $115
Replaced my dying watch (the band looked like it was torn apart by dogs), with something that has an 18mm face, which looks very solid and more masculine than my previous watches. What I really like, is the face is big enough for me to see the darn time. I created my own watch at the Watch Bar by picking the face and the band. I like this Watch Bar concept, at least I’m not stuck with the perfect face for the watch, but then the band choices are hideous.
ALDO FROANGI BOLD SILVER HEART RING — $4
On a super sale! Which means of course, that they’re making only a 10% profit off this sale price rather than a 300% one. (And that there are none left in stores) I hate to say it, but it reminded me of a cheaper knockoff of Wendy Brandes’ Diana Heart ring which I have been eying for years now. Wendy’s ring is obviously more beautiful and stylish, but I don’t have that kind of money ($500, especially now) to buy it.
I just liked it. Dark metal, rhinestones, simple, not too in-your-face for work. I was trying really really really hard this month to NOT spend money crazily. I’m slowly learning how to ramp down. Does it show?