Post # 1
Hi ladies 🙂
I’m currently working on my budget, and am just curious about what other ladies spend on grooming, and what you find essential versus a splurge.
Would you mind sharing what you typically spend in a month, and what items you find essential to be well groomed?
Post # 3
I’ll start 🙂
I currently spend roughly $60 per month on grooming. This does go up and down slightly depending on what I do.
My essentials are:
– hair highlighted
– hair trimmed/cut (sometimes I do this myself if it’s a simple trim)
– fresh makeup (every 3-4 months or so)
– eyelash extensions every 2 months (I live in europe where this is cheap!)
– I do my own manicures & pedicures & occasionally buy new nail polish
– I use an epilator to keep myself hair-free (brazillian, legs & underarms)
Post # 4
Haven’t had my hair cut in 6+ months, I don’t color my hair, and I replace make-up when it runs out.
I’d say it’d average at less than $10/month.
Post # 5
I’m cheap too: though I like ogling pricey beauty products, most of the time they’re splurges for me. I probably get my hair cut 2-3 times a year for $25 each time, stopped dyeing my hair a year ago, and replace my makeup/hair products/lotion when it runs out (and usually those are drugstore products)…I usually spend maybe $100 on them a year? I did the math and it’s probably about $14 a month averaged out. 🙂
Post # 6
I’m also cheap. I probably cut my hair once a year, I color it myself from a box about 4x a year, and I probably TREAT myself to a mani/pedi once a year.
I look at those things are extras, not necessities.
Post # 7
@Miss Mochaccino: I wish there was a ” too much” option!
My typical monthly expenditures include:
1- Spray tan ( $40)
2- Pedi( $35).. I occasionally get a manicure, but it isn’t as often as I get my feet taken care of because I have really rough spots that need to be worked on!
3- Make-up– ($??) This is honestly have no idea. I am a make-up junkie and it varies on how much each month I spend on it.
4- Waxing– ($30)– I get my eyebrows and lip waxed every other week ( or as needed). The place I go uses a punchcard system, so I get free waxes pretty regularly. They also do BOGO 1/2 off or something so it actually isn’t too unreasonable
Other Upkeep not monthly:
1- Haircare– cut/highlight every 10-12 weeks at $135 a pop. Ouch.
2- Haircare products- this is where I slack off, I don’t spend a great deal on high end porducts. Right now I am using Victorias Secret and it was mayb $25 for shampoo, conditioner and frizz control stuff
For my wedding I did the usual except added a manicure on a more regular basis leading up to the wedding, did a few Crest White Strips ( I brush with baking soda daily to cut down on coffee stains) and did eyelash extensions<– THAT was a great investment and they turned out great in pictures. I will add an example–I ust thought they gave a little punch to my usual eye make up routine and they lasted through thr honeymoon:
Post # 8
I buy new makeup as I run out of something.
I get pedicures 1-2x a month in the summer, but just do them at-home during the winter. I never get manicures – I think the last one was 3.5 years ago when I was in a friend’s wedding.
I get my hair cut 2-3 times a year, but I’m thinking of getting it dyed soon, and that’ll require more visits to the salon.
I have my eyebrows threaded “as needed” – this could be every 3-6 months. I keep up the shape in between visits, and my brows are sparse so it takes forever for them to grow in.
The one thing I’m not including here, but I do include in my overall “personal/grooming” budget, is monthly massages. I’m a member of a chain that charges $49 a month for a 60 minute massage, and I tip $20. This isn’t really a beauty expense, I consider it a wellness expense.
Post # 9
I’m pretty easy. I only buy new makeup when it runs out (or if I see an Essie color I HAVE to have), I do my nails at home since my mom was a nail tech I learned how to do everything on my own. The only thing I’ve changed this year is the fact that I actually DO get my hair trimmed every six weeks because it’s finally getting long and I want to keep it healthy. My stylist is amazing and also colors my hair at the same time, so all in all I spend $50 once every two months.
I do need to start going and getting my eyebrows and upper lip waxed soon though. I think I’m going to start doing the leg waxing thing next Summer as well, so that’ll be another expense…but worth it I think.
Post # 10
@jd2012: Right, I agree with you on the wellness massage as a separate expense. I know my gym membership contributes to trying to look my best . . . but ultimately I see it as a health expense and a longterm investment in prevention of future/potential healthcare problems. I would put massage in the same category.
Post # 11
I’m cheap too. Hair trims only when my split ends drive me nuts, new makeup when it runs out, and I do my own manicures at home.
Post # 12
My ‘beauty’ expenditures are pretty limited.
I usually only get my hair professionally cut twice a year, I do my own nails (with the exception of usually twice a year), I buy creams and makeup from the drug store and replace them whenever they finish (every 3-4 months or so), and I shave. (Used to wax, but it’s too costly. I’ll sometimes do it myself.)
I’d say I’m in the $0-$25/month range.
I love that you’re including that in your budget – super thorough! We have to get on our budgeting soon, too!
Post # 13
I get a gel manicure, pedicure and eye brows waxed every two weeks – so I’d say about 100 a month. The few months leading up to the summer, I also do monthly tanning packages, which are about $40 a month.
Post # 14
i’m high maintenance. hair cut/highlight costs about $100 every 6-8 weeks. i get a pedicure every month, so about $30. brazilians are $65/6 weeks. my facial care products are about $30 for one product, and i spaced it out where i buy about one a month. i get the occasional manicure or massage.
total, i’d say about $150 a month. sometimes more, sometimes less. i have a very generous Mother-In-Law who loves pampering, so if we go together she’s always sneaky and pays before i get the chance.
Post # 15
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Maybe $25-50 averaged out across the year. It could be less. I get 2-4 haircuts a year at about $60 each (after tip). Most of the rest goes to skin care products to tame my adult acne, razer blades and shaving cream, shampoo, condition, and hair finishing products, and makeup replacement (mostly MAC). I rarely ever get mani/pedis and when I do, my mom usually pays. I tweeze my own eyebrows. I use Dove soap and Aveeno lotion, so it take s long time for that to add up. My deoderant is expensive though. I have to use the clinical stuff.
Post # 16
Maybe $10 – $20 a month and that includes me buying razors, makeup, hair products, doing my own hair color and replacing makeup as needed. I don’t do mani and pedis. I do not do tanning or spray tans because I embrace my paleness instead of fighting against it. I get my hair cut at a beauty school maybe twice a year and do the inbetween trims myself.