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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