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January 2015: What I bought, watched and read


OK so I bought 2 necklaces but I don’t have them yet so I can’t review them until Feb. Sorry.

That said, I also would like to tell everyone and scream from the rooftops that I AM A HUGE PAULA’S CHOICE FAN NOW.

I’ve been RE-converted back to the brand.

I had used PC quite a while ago and then wandered off to other sexier, cooler beauty brands to try them out because I couldn’t resist.

(e.g. Ayla beauty Medik8 Beta Gel. Total rip off. NOT WORTH THE MONEY.)

Tons of money later, my skin no better off and acne flaring up all over my cheeks and chin….

I am back to Paula’s Choice and … my hormonal acne has been cured.


I’m shocked.

It’s unbelievable.

I actually took photos of my face before and the days later to make sure I wasn’t just trying to fool myself.

My skin is now flat, clear, no more bumps, no more acne and my redness as well as dark marks are disappearing.

When I felt a HUGE, painful cystic bump coming on the other day, I put some of her benzoyl peroxide on there and it didn’t even come to a head, it disappeared the next day.

Like THAT.

OMG. Huge fan. And the prices are so reasonable too.

So these are the products I bought and here’s what I do to achieve super clear, perfect skin now:

  • ORG Skincare exfoliant (this is not Paula’s Choice but I use this every morning)
  • Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Combination Cleanser (morning & night cleaning)
  • Clear Extra Strength Acne Exfoliant (morning and night after cleansing)
  • Clear Regular Strength Acne Treatment with 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide for acne bumps and pimples that are appearing or about to appear
  • Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foam 4% BHA (once a week in place of Clear Extra Strength Acne Exfoliant)
  • Holistic Vanity moisturizer (because it’s silicone free as it makes me break out); I’d switch to Paula’s Choice but she doesn’t make one without silicones

Following that above regimen, my skin is now perfectly clear.

Note: My skin is able to take strong doses of medicine so what I buy above might be too strong for you if you have sensitive skin. Go for the lower dose or regular strength if that’s the case.

(That, and avoiding fried, fatty foods and crap. Ate a pizza the other day and saw a pimple appear the very next day.)

Now I need to fade the dark acne scar marks and I’m good to go.

If you use THIS referral link you will get $10 off your first order if you are a new first-time customer, and I get $10 as a credit too.

I’m a serious fan now. SERIOUS FAN.

I will never buy another brand again. Found my Holy Grails with her.


This was a good fluffy fashion book.

I wouldn’t say amazing but I love Rachel Zoe and her editor or ghostwriter did a good job of capturing who she is on the pages (I can imagine her saying the words written).

She gives tips (I LOVE THIS!) and talks about her life. A good fashion read to pass the time but not one I’d scream for you to run out and grab immediately.

Speaking of rushing out to get books, GET THIS ONE.

Even if you aren’t into fashion, but you are into business reading particularly marketing, this is an excellent book.

It goes into mini in-depth analyses of different companies and how they have marketed themselves, and even talks about how fashion has evolved from being one of a dictatorship (I tell you what to wear as the latest fashion from Paris) to a more democratized change (I now choose what to wear and I can avoid trends if I choose to).

Super, duper, highly recommended as a read. It’s not fluffy but also not too technical, a very good balance and very well written, particularly since it goes in a nice, logical, evolutionary manner.

Love love LOVE this book. I am not 40+ or a more “mature dresser” but all of the principles she laid out in this book are ones I follow instinctively and WANT to follow.

I guess I dress like I am timeless. That’s the takeaway here.

The styling and fashion advice is full, fantastic, helpful and applicable to all age groups for women like me, who want to be professional, chic, put together and current/modern but not too trendy.

I kept bookmarking the entire book. After reading it, I am going to re-read it again.

Some of the advice is age-specific, like wearing certain colours or getting fake tans to fake aging skin, but I just skipped over those parts.. for now.


This book was kind of funny but .. I wouldn’t read it again.

Or recommend that you read it at all. Some of the descriptions were a little distasteful.


I was expecting great shoe stories or anecdotes about working there and it ended up being CRAP. UTTER MARKETING SHILLING COMPANY CRAP.

Every page was something along the lines of: “DSW is all about the customer and finding the right shoe.”

I couldn’t finish it. I kept mentally screaming: STFU.

Couldn’t get past the first page. The writing is just not my style, but it got good reviews on Amazon?

I really wanted to follow the advice in this book but I have no idea how to see colours in my skin. I just know what colours I like to wear (jewel tones) and which ones I get compliments on (jewel tones!!).

I GUESS I see that in my skintone, my veins, eyes and so on but … I can’t tell if I’m just assuming that or if it’s true. *sigh*

He does make a good point that I shouldn’t wear colours that don’t flatter me 100%. I’m pondering eliminating some so-so items from my wardrobe as a result.

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Am my own Sugar Daddy. Am a millionaire at 36 after getting out of $60K of student debt in 18 months, a little over a decade earlier, using I have worked 50% of my career (taking 1-2 year breaks), and quadrupled my income within 2 years of graduating, going from $65K to $260K with an average lifetime savings rate of 50%. I have 11 side incomes that are on track in 2020 to make me $50K - $75K. I could retire today if I wanted, but love my work-life balance as a freelancing consultant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I am all about balance - between time and money, and also enjoying my money. I also post daily on Instagram @saverspender.

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  1. anon

    For the org skin wash, have you used both body or face? I’m concerned that it’s the product itself that’s causing the “skin peeling.” What do you think? Is it worth it? Will u be buying the product again? I’m seriously thinking of getting it…and trust your opinion. Thanks!

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I have only used the body one. It is NOT the product itself that causes the skin to peel. I will tell you why, it is because when I use it on the back of my hand where there aren’t any dead skin cells, I don’t see any skin peeling. I switch to my face and just in the T-Zone, I’ve noticed a LOT of peeling around my eyebrows and my chin, but not too much on my cheeks.

      Also, after I use it, I noticed how much smoother and softer my skin is, and my lotions absorb REALLY quickly.

      Trust me, it is the real thing. I was skeptical too until I actually experimented with it.

      I will buy it again once I run out. In fact, I will probably buy in bulk 5-6 bottles just to always have it on hand.

      1. anon

        @save. spend. splurge.: Great! Thank you for the detailed feedback! Looking forward to trying it out.

        1. save. spend. splurge.

          You’re welcome. You won’t be disappointed. It is one of the only 2 NON-Paula’s Choice items I use on my skin.

          PC is another brand I am in love with, in terms of fixing my skin problems. Wrote all about it here.

  2. Luzerne

    Hi, I can’t see the books you mention on the article, not even images, just plain text. Maybe it’s just me but I wanted to let you know 🙂

    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Yes I know, it is just plain text. I didn’t create images or anything I didn’t have time to spend 6-8 hours doing it this year.

      1. dunny

        @save. spend. splurge.:

        I can’t see the text titles on the books either. No links, nothing to click on. I use a MacBook Air.

        1. save. spend. splurge.

          Can you see the book itself? The cover? Click on that… I blog with a Mac so it shouldn’t make a difference it is all HTML anyway 🙂


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