Budget Buys: Dollar Stores

I recently asked my friends on Facebook what items will they not purchase from a dollar store? Their pick – food and toothbrush (?)

My pick? Microfiber hair towel.


I bought these in replacement of the shower cap when I recondition my hair. I gave it quite a thought before spending this dollar, and of course, I was wrong. Do not buy any sort of so called microfiber from dollar stores, especially these because they leave whatever it is on your hair. You’re better off with $3 three pieces of shower caps from Walmart per photo below.


My pick on what to buy at dollar stores? Toothbrush!


$3 worth of Assured toothbrush from the Dollar Tree


$17.97 worth of Colgate toothbrushes from Target

I don’t know about you, but a toothbrush is a toothbrush, it won’t leave gold flakes in your mouth if you use a $3 one versus a $0.50. Can I afford a $3 toothbrush? Yes, but doesn’t mean my $2.50 is not better off somewhere else.


Target: Mossimo Flats

My recent employment at JPMorgan Chase as a teller has made me kept an eye on flats – after all, I wasn’t going to wear heels for hours a day while keeping a smile on my face. Target has their lot of shoes on sale, and I bought my first comfortable pair of flats half-off at $9.98. They do snug to your feet, so buy 1/2 size larger than your usual size.



Even though Target has most of their items priced slightly above Walmart, it is definitely worth the drive to take a peek on their clearance items. Also, sign up for a Target RED card – they are available for debit and credit, and save 5% on all of your purchases. They may already match Walmart’s low price after the 5% discount on certain items.


Alphabet Challenge: Deep Conditioning

First attempt at the Alphabet Challenge.


This week’s alphabet is “D”, and I decided to go with deep conditioning, one of the products that I struggled with for the most part of my adolescence. I inherited my mother’s wavy hair that is both fine and dry. You would think that it would be any better now that I am here in the dry and now, blazing hot Texas, but no, they were just as bad as it was back home in Malaysia.

Dry hair

The drugstore products hasn’t helped me since I’ve been here. I’ve tried several deep conditioning / mask products from various brands, such as  TRESsemme Protein Renewal Creme, TRESsemme Rejuvenating Mud Mask  and Garnier Fructis Fortifying Deep Conditioner. I was on the verge of giving up drugstore brand until I found Aussie – a so called Australian brand.

Despite chopping my hair off, the back of my hair is constantly dehydrated. Ranked #4 on Total Beauty, the 3 minute miracle is supersedes Redken, Origins and Bed Head at $3. What more can you ask for?


Unfortunately for me, three minute is not sufficient to condition my hair. Instead, I would soak my hair for about 90 minutes before I rinse the product off. Personally, it doesn’t bother me as I have my shower cap on the entire time. I put about a handful of the product on my hair each time, and each bottle lasts me for a good ten washes.

90 minutes may seem time consuming for most, but a lot can be done while you have your shower cap on. I can usually do two loads of laundry, paint my nails, and do a facial all at the same time. Think of this self-pampering time you can get in less than $7 every week!

In order to keep my hair hydrated at all times, I will have to deep condition my hair about once every five days. That’s $3 for every two months. Where can you possibly find a deal like that?

Interested in The Alphabet Challenge? Check Beauty Nerd By Night (BNBN)

Other “D” posts on Alphabet Challenge
1) D for Date Night Make Up Looks by Beauty Nerd By Night
2) D for Denim by ExtraExtravagant


Announcement : Alphabet Challenge

Participating in JiaWun and Socks’ Alphabet Challenge starting this week.


Three rules to the challenge is:

1. To post to be upload within between Saturday through Tuesday.
2. The first alphabet of the post’s title is the alphabet of the week.
3. The post to be related to fashion or beauty.

Even though I have no intentions of moving the blog towards fashion or beauty, I will probably follow the girls’ rules, just because ..

Looking forward to updating the blog with a title that starts with “D”, probably one of my favorite alphabets by now (just kidding).

If you too are interested in participating in the Alphabet Challenge, e-mail itsmejiawun@hotmail.com, and she will respond with the details of the challenge.


PINK Nation: Freebies

Perhaps one of the best buys I have made in the States is the bra – the Wear Everyday Push Up Bra that is the softest and most amazing bra that I have ever worn. Mom made me wear half-cups wired bras since I was 13, and I have no clue when my breasts started growing or stopped (I have made it clear, that I have almost non-existent breasts in case you didn’t get the hint).

Which of course led to more purchases of PINK, a line for the younger crowd of Victoria Secret.

Today, I am going to share with you the perks of being a member of PINK Nation.


Every now and then, PINK would mail us some offers for free PINK panties, and what’s better than free panties? Best of all, there is no purchase required. Truth be told, I am not aware of how often these offers are being sent out to members, but I recalled picking up a pair in June.

Free PINK laced trim thong, originally $9.50. So you tell me why every girl should join PINK Nation.


Adventures: Lake Whitney, TX

Two weekends ago, Tung and I had out first cliff diving experience about an hour and a half drive from Arlington TX. Though we later reflected that bringing a grill and a large cooler was not the best idea for the hike that we had to go through in order to get to the ledge, we enjoyed ourselves.

I didn’t get a chance to jump as we were all afraid of my lack of swimming abilities. Hopefully the next time we do it, you’ll be able to see me jump or push off the ledge with a life jacket on.

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