So many times I have thought about how freaking expensive it is to be a girl. Basically, every time I have a major event, there’s so many beauty things I want/have to do.
And over time, those things really add up. Just for fun, I wanted to calculate and publish exactly how much it takes for me to be a girl. Hopefully, you and I both can learn how to either save $$ on this stuff or make the extra cash to cover it.
How Expensive it is to be a Girl / / How to Make the Extra Cash to Cover it
Hair – $220 every few months
When I get my balayage and toning and highlights, the full shebang…easy $200. How often I get my hair done depends on how quickly it turns brassy. My hair is arguably the most expensive thing I do but also one of the most important.
I get $60 haircuts about twice a year.
If you live in the Sarasota area, I go to Christie Clark at Yellow Strawberry Hair – Lakewood Ranch. She specializes in blondes.
One reason I spend so much on my hair is that it turns ORANGE so easily…look forward to a WHOLE post on how I remove brassiness and prevent it…such a first world problem.
♡ blonder is better
drybar BLONDE ALE brightening shampoo – for added bonus, leave on for 2-3 min before washing
Ritz Hazan Brightening Gloss for blondes – smells good but can be drying, so use maximum 1x/week
briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask – I use this intense mask daily instead of typical conditioner + it works wonders for fixing any dryness or brittleness that comes from dyeing my hair
Yearly Total: $1220
Eyebrows – $12 every few months
Admittedly, I do this pretty rarely.
I mostly rely on getting them shaped every few months and then keeping them up with tweezing.
Yearly Total: $60
Mani/Pedi – $60 twice a year
I almost completely stopped getting these because of how much money they are. I now maybe get a pedicure twice a year and a manicure or once a year. I just couldn’t justify spending $60 on literally fingers and toes.
Yearly Total: $120
Eyelash extensions (so extra) – $100 a year
So extra, but I love them. I get them maybe once a year for some huge occasion where I have a lot of events at one time, I’m getting filmed at work, I have to travel for work…some kind of big deal.
I always try to find a Groupon for this, because it cuts at least 50% off the price, and I still get some super pretty eyelashes. Just checked the reviews of the spa on Facebook to make sure it’s a legit place.
♡ too extra for you? try these fake eyelashes for much cheaper
Ardell wispies– YouTube have been raving about these for years + with good reason. Ardell wispies have never let me down when I needed falsies for a special occasion. Wispy, delicate, natural-looking but glam
House of Lashes iconic lashes – another one of the most popular lashes out there on Instagram
Yearly Total: $100
Skin Care – $250 every few months
I really try to minimize random skin care spending, because I do so much research beforehand, that I don’t do impulse buys. If I’m going to buy something, it’s because I researched it to no end, and now, I’m finally ready to purchase it.
However, I also really believe that you get what you pay for in terms of skin care. Where I’ve seen the most results in my skin is when I am purchasing medical grade products. And yes, that comes with a price.
Also, even though I love skin care, I don’t have a lot of miscellaneous products. In reality, I have maybe 10 products that I rotate through on a weekly basis.
♡ FAVES (eventually doing a whole post on my acne story)
Sanitas Brightening Peel Pads – if you have texture, TRY THIS
Origins Active Charcoal Mask – better than Glam Glow and $40 cheaper
Sanitas Glycolic Cleanser– again, texture/clogged pores? Try this out
Sanitas PeptiDerm Anti-Aging Serum– 100% serious – this is my all-time favorite skincare product
Peter Thomas Roth pumpkin enzyme mask – again, texture – scrub it off! lasts a long time, too
Origins Caffeine Eye Cream – when I die, bury me with this so my eyes don’t get puffy
Yearly Total: $1500
Spray tans – $20 every month
Zoom Tan Level 1 Clear is an amazing spray tan for the price. The “clear” part is important because you don’t get the orange tones that come in their regular spray tan. For someone who’s really fair and light, those orange tones just immediately made me look way too orange.
Yearly Total: $120
Clothes – $50 per month
Like I’ve said before, I’m not super into fashion, so most of my clothing isn’t that expensive. I go for more basics that I can wear and use forever, and I pretty much stay like within a color palette of pinks, grays, blues, whites.
Yearly Total: $600
Facials – $150 every four months
Depending on what type of facial I get, the cost can really vary. A basic, deep cleansing facial usually goes for about $60. But if you get into the micro dermabrasion or any facial peels, you’re at $150 easily.
However I’ve read so much about the benefits of facials, and I personally have seen such a huge difference in my skin when I get regular facials. Yes, they are expensive. But as you can see I don’t really spend money on clothes or nails, I choose to invest it in my skin. I know as I get older, skin care is only going to get more expensive, and anything preventative I can do in my early 20s, I’m going to do.
Look forward to a breakdown of all the places I’ve gotten, when I get them again, and what they were for.
Yearly Total: $500
Makeup – $250 a few times a year
I’m not a huge makeup tester, because I don’t really wear a lot of it. However, a few times a year, I run out of stuff, and I have to repurchase it. Plus, at the beginning of this year, I switched to being cruelty-free in my makeup, so I had to give away a lot of my MAC products and buy new stuff.
I’ll admit – I am a Sephora brat, and I don’t really buy anything from the drugstore. So all of my make up is fairly high-end.
♡ some faves (all brands are cruelty-free)
Becca Champagne Pop – the ultimat highlight
Benefit Hoola Bronzer – the perfect, cool tone bronzer for pale people
Kat Von D tattoo liner – the blackest liquid liner that literally does not move from your eyes
Benefit cream blush – newly obsessed with cream blush because it doesn’t make your skin look old or dull
BareMinerals lash domination mascara – use this one as your first coat to lengthen + separate
Benefit rollerlash mascara – finish off with this to thicken + darken –> then, go back to the BareMinerals one
Yearly Total: $1000
Adding in $500 of miscellaneous items
Full Year Beauty Cost: $5,720
Soo I think the next logical part of this is to share how I budget for and afford all these expenses…also the extra money-saving tricks I do to afford it. You can check it out COMING SOON, Tuesday March 28.
How much do you guys think you spend on this stuff every year? More, less??