Where I Save and Splurge On Beauty Habits


We all have our priorities when it comes to budgeting for beauty expenses, and I find it interesting how one person’s ‘save’ is a ‘spend’ for another. Here are some of the ways I save and splurge on beauty habits.

Splurge: Skin care. I’ve come to realize that skin is probably the most important feature one can invest in, because unlike hair that grows out and gets cut off, your skin is with you for life. Cutting corners on skin care contributes to irreversible aging effects, so I don’t mind spending the extra cash on anti-aging favorites like Kate Somerville ExfoliKate or the Shiseido UV Protector SPF 42.

Save: Spray tanning. Professional spray tans are a high maintenance habit, and I find that the St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse gives me great results right at home. I get at least ten tans out of a full bottle, which makes my faux tanning costs roughly $4/tan.

Splurge: Makeup. There are few things I enjoy more than bringing a haul of goodies home from Sephora. Expensive makeup brands tempt me with their packaging and quality formulas, and I like that I can try the product in store before deciding to purchase (unlike drugstores here in the US).

Save: Nails. On average, I get 3-4 pedicures a year, one per season which I then try to maintain at home. For manicures, I get as little as two annually. I’m fairly good at maintaining and painting my own nails, so this is an area that I hate to spend the money unless I really need it or am looking to treat myself.

Splurge: Hair color. I get highlights touched up at the salon every 8-10 weeks, and I know if I tried to attempt the process at home it would be disastrous. This is one area I’m always going to leave to a pro.

Save: Brows. I’ve been waxing my brows with the Sally Hansen Wax Strip Kit for Face, Brows + Bikini for years now, and the results are just as good (if not better) than any professional session I’ve had. It takes about four months to go through a ~$5 box, and I never have to stress about somebody getting too ‘creative’ with the shape of my brows… we’ve all had that nightmare, right?

Splurge: Body waxing. What I save in skipping professional brow waxes, I spend on brazilian sugaring sessions. I tried sugaring for the first time last year and although it’s easily the worst 4 minutes of my entire month, I’m addicted to the results and am perpetually on the books with my favorite technician.

Save: Spa treatments. I rarely treat myself to massages and facials unless it’s a special occasion. I consider them luxury services and when a charge at the spa is easily the equivalent of my utilities, internet, AND car insurance expenses for the month, I have trouble justifying the trip.

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  • http://samanthasbeautyloves.blogspot.co.uk Samantha Dunk

    I agree with these so much! although, I’ve never tried waxing my own brows at home as I’m always scared it will go wrong! xo


  • http://littlefrenchblog.blogspot.fr Alexandra

    I love this kind of post ! I agree that spending a bit more in skincare and makeup is good ! Especially for foundation and concealer in my opinion !
    Alexandra xx

  • Philippa

    Enjoyed reading this, I only spend on products that I have researched a lot and save on things that I want to try / are more trends.
    Philippa x

  • rchiariello

    I am ridiculously frugal. I’m 27 years old and have gotten a mani and pedi ONCE, never gotten a facial, massage, waxing, or spray tan. I have waist length hair that I cut once/year and I just got it professionally colored for the first time in over 5 years. I feel like less is more when it comes to skincare. People still think I’m in my teens, because my skin looks so youthful! I guess I would rather put money towards traveling than salon services, but that’s just me!

  • http://www.youglowgal.com youglowgal

    Quality and affordable spa options are becoming more and more common in major cities, thankfully!!

  • http://foreverseptemberr.blogspot.co.uk/ Lucy

    Can’t agree more with most of these – especially skincare, such an important thing to take care of!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • http://alittledoseofmakeup.blogspot.com/ A Little Dose of Makeup

    I always splurge on makeup! You also get what you pay for!

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

  • http://morerebe.com/ Rebecca Morgan

    I’ve never had a professional mani or pedi, nor can I even be bothered with tanning, and I have never had my brows done either. But when it comes to skincare, more often than not, I splurge. Typically with makeup I try to save – and splurge every so often after I do my research!

    Rebecca | morerebe.com

  • http://www.modernbeautygirl.com Sisi

    I agree with most of these! With skincare I tend to splurge on the stuff that sinks in (like serums, moisturizer…), but I save on face wash because it’s not on my skin long enough to really penetrate and make a difference!

  • http://www.thechicette.com Brittany

    Totally agree with almost all of these! It all depends on what is important to you.

    Brittany | thechicette.com

  • http://www.beautyandtheboy.com/ Beauty & The Boy(Andrew James)

    Love this post i always think its really good to as you said splurge on skincare because often the more expensive skincare items work better


  • http://www.dianamechelle.com/ Diana Me’chelle

    totally agree with these! skincare should be good quality since it’s actually absorbing into your skin and I used to get manis and pedis on the regular but now I just do them at home myself. I also have figured out that my tweezing skills are pretty good because I tend to get compliments on my eyebrows so that’s always awesome :)


  • http://www.kissandmakeupsbeautyblog.com/ Kiss & Make-up

    It’s all about balance! Skincare is an investment for me, so I like to splurge on that. But I save money on professional manicures and pedicures.

  • http://kinkx.blogspot.com Elise

    I don’t really splurge on nails and fake tan, but then again, the ingredients in a lot of my work completely ruins both, so it disappears before I get a chance to enjoy it sadly! But I am guilty of splurging on hair, skincare and makeup.. !


  • http://heythurrsam.com/ Samantha @ heythurrsam.com

    The blush looks lovely! Things that I don’t really splurge on would be nails as I don’t really wear nail polish that often. Definitely splurge on skincare, as well as makeup products and hair tools/masks.

  • Helen Nichols

    Your habits are so reasonable! I agree – skin care is too important to save on. Though, there are a lot home remedies for skin health and beauty.