In Style, What I bought

October 2012: What I bought

THERAPIK: MY NEW BEST FRIEND ON TRIPS

The best $12 I’ve ever spent.

therapik-works

I bought this device a while back but didn’t have the opportunity to use it until a huge insect bit my ankle in the hotel room.

I was itching it like mad until I realized I packed the Therapik.

I put it on as directed, for about a minute or longer, and felt a little pain from the heat like an insect sting but as my bite was so itchy, it kind of relieved it.

…and it worked.

IT WORKED.

I can’t believe it worked!!!!!! I do NOT need to worry about getting bitten any more and suffering the itch a thousand times worse than chickenpox.

This is also not a placebo situation as I have extreme eczema and when it itches, it itches. I never pretend that anything works when it doesn’t, especially for itches.

So remember how I wanted to spend $0?


My budget increased to $100, but then as I mentioned an enabler on Twitter made me realize there were some Asian brands I had to try!

Here’s what I bought:

ISEHAN SARASARA DAILY MILK SPF 50 = $15 EACH

I bought 2 bottles, and I wish I bought 6 (I didn’t have the space). I LOVE this SPF lotion.

It’s like a milk.

It is as loved as my Skinceuticals SPF 50 cream, but it is even better to wear in the summer (I think), under makeup.

It doesn’t leave a sticky, greasy film, it isn’t tinted (AT ALL! No white cast from the zinc oxide), and it has made my skin feel softer.

I’d definitely consider buying this in bulk once I run out.

KATE KANEBO BB CREAM = $15 EACH

I bought 2 bottles of this, in the darkest shade they had OC-D (which will be too light when summer comes around).

It blends nicely onto my skin, feels light, dries to a powder and has a sheer coverage, nothing too fake or makeup-y.

I have to learn how to use a light hand, however.

KATE KANEBO UV MINERAL BASE SPF 30 (CLEAR) = $15

Yes it does feel a bit like eyelash glue, and it DOES smell a little, but it’s a clear, SPF 30, UV mineral base, and it does the job in a pinch.

It is not as loved as the Isehan Sarasara Daily UV Milk, but it’s a makeup primer with SPF 30. SPF 30!

KOJI NO. 70 EYELASH CURLER = $6

 

$6!!!

I can’t say it is as well-made or as comfortable as the Shu Uemura eyelash curler, but it was $6 and great for in-a-pinch moments.

It curls my eyelashes better, if that helps. I notice that it grabs more of my lashes as well.

DOLLY WINK LIQUID EYELINER = $15 EACH

 


Amazing. I suck at liquid eyeliner application, and this is more like a felt tip pen. There’s not too much liquid, and it draws a fine, thin, precise line.

KEANA PATE SHOKUNIN PORE PUTTY POWDER = $15

Kind of hate this.

It is way too drying for my face. Even over an SPF lotion it is TOO DRY.

Not sure what to do with it.

KEANA PATE SHOKUNIN PORE PUTTY BB CREAM PACT = $15

It’s BB cream, in a pact. I was suckered in, what can I say?

It is a bit light, but enough for a quick cover.

TANK TOPS = $75 WORTH

Just like what the old men wear here in Asia!

No seriously. I bought lots of tank tops and long-sleeved basic tops in white, black and grey. They’re great to wear under clothes or just around the house.

I must have spent close to $75, and picked up about 15 tops at about $5 each.

2 JADE MARKET NECKLACES = $10 EACH

Faceted beads, the only colours I don’t have. 🙂

NEOGENCE HYALURONIC LOTION = $3

 

The Yu-Be cream was too moisturizing (made my skin very congested) for the humid heat here, so I was desperate to find another option.

Found this kind of watery-ish liquid that had hyaluronic lotion in it which helps grab moisture from the air onto your skin.

Can’t say I hate it, but I also don’t love it either. Doesn’t feel moisturizing, but it did help relieve my tight skin.

That’s it for October and the first half of November.


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I got out of $60,000 of debt in 18 months using TheBudgetingTool.com. Since then, 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 (savings rate = 85%). I could retire today if I wanted, but love my work-life balance as a freelancing consultant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I also post daily on Instagram @saverspender.

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6 Comments

  1. S
    Son

    Glad the Therapik is working for you! It’s an awesome tool! We can’t live without ours. 🙂

    Reply
    1. M
      Mochi & Macarons

      I told BF I won’t travel without it now. It works on bites before they turn into eczema

      Reply
  2. fabulously frugirl

    Ok, you’ve convinced me I need to get the Therpik. And how are you gonna stock up on the sunscreen? Maybe we can split shipping for your next order? 🙂

    And thanks, for thinking of me, AP. But I think after I get my face cleared up, I need to be VERY careful of what I put on my face.

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    1. M
      Mochi & Macarons

      You NEED this Therapik. Or as one tweeter said (Matthew) you can always just buy a lightbulb and use that as the Therapik.
      We can split for the next order. I love this sunscreen for under my makeup. Skinceuticals is great if I am not wearing any makeup or am lazy.

      Reply
  3. The Asian Pear

    oooh. nice haul.

    Give the face powder to FabFrugirl?

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    1. M
      Mochi & Macarons

      HAHAH! That’s your answer for everything 😛

      Yeah I think I might give it to her, but it might be too light for her skintone. This is for like.. super pale girls.

      Reply

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