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4.0 out of 5 stars Hot (Broke) Messes Provides Fab Advice for Young Women Navigating New Financial Waters, June 14, 2010
This review is from: Hot (broke) Messes: How to Have Your Latte and Drink It Too (Paperback)
I had the opportunity to read this book and I absolutely love it! It's written in a conversational manner, as though Trejos is one of your besties. She gives very practical advice that feels like it's real because every step of the way Trejos shares her own personal finance history and how she got into trouble. It's written for women, and I certainly felt it was relevant to women with a lifestyle similar to mine. For instance, women who may be wooed by things like designer skin care products. In the chapter titled "You're So Vain," Trejos describes how she once walked out of Neiman's with $445 in face creams because she had succumbed to a bit of peer pressure and felt it would make her look good. She then did some research to find a 2007 Consumer Report study that showed that oftentimes the best creams are not the most effective. 200 women tested various moisturizers and anti-wrinkle creams and the product that was the most effective was the Olay Regenerist collection and costs about $60 for three different products.

$60 still sounds a little pricey to me, so luckily Trejos provides many useful tips for cutting back on prices, such as scanning eBay for discounted products, requesting samples at cosmetics counters, or using the same products for multiple uses such as toner and make-up remover. There is one tip, however, that I think is particularly helpful:

Start early. There are four essentials: cleanser, sunscreen, night cream, and eye cream. If you get into a skin care routine in your twenties it'll spare you the cost of antiaging products later on in life.

Bottom Line: Start taking care of your skin now AND save money.
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