Post # 1
The earlier thread about how much people spend on a pedicure made me realise how crazy expensive beauty treatments can be. I feel like I am coming clean. I love pampering myself. I would rather go to the spa for an afternoon than buy new clothes or go the bar. These are some of the ridiculous amounts I have spent (I feel guilty) on pampering that I probably should have saved and put in the bank instead.
Hair cut and color (every 8 weeks) = $100
Manicures = $50 (when I need a pick me up)
Pedicures = $65 (when I need a pick me up)
Massages = $65-90/hr (covered 100% by my benefits plan so fairly frequently)
Hair extensions = I once spent $300 on bead extensions that lasted 2 months- yikes!
The worst, most indulgent thing I have purchased – eyelash extensions for $200. And the worst part – I hated them. They made my eyes so itchy. I really wish I would have saved that money. I try not to be TOTALLY frivolous with my money but I have trouble saying no to ‘pampering’.
What absolutely ridiculous things do you waste/spend money on when it comes to self-indulgent pampering! Heres your chance to come clean!
Post # 3
My freakin hair. I love my hair and pay an exorbitant amount of money on it.
I get a partialhighlight every 6 weeks. With a deep condition and sometimes a trim we are around $80.
In addition to this, the products get me. I use Kerastase shampoo and conditioner @ $42 each.
I buy cheap clothes so I’m convinced it cancels out. l
Post # 4
My eyelashes look amazeballs. I don’t use it in the “recommended” way, I make the product stretch a little bit. I bought my first bottle in February and I am still using the same one, with awesome results.
I also spend mucho $$$ on my acne medication (+ my clarisonic). Sounds silly but with clear skin and good lashes I feel like I can conquer the world!
Post # 5
@MissWitty: Oh I love my clairsonic. Don’t get me started on sephora. That place is crack to me – and I dont even wear makeup mon-fri. Tell me about Latisse! I didnt like eyelash extensions and bought falsies for the wedding – but I have 4 months. Would Latisse give me that effect?
Post # 6
I was way worse in college, getting multiple sets of $1200 fusion extensions that ruined my hair every time.
I’ve started doing my own acrylic nails to cut back on that expense, which was over $100 a month and I also cancelled my $95 a month tanning package and started doing my spray tans myself. My hair I guess is my only regular vanity expense, and I’m even getting a deal on that: my colorist is my boyfriends good buddy of 15+ years and only charges me $75 where he should be charging me at least $125 for that salon. So, with tip, I’m spending less than $150 every six weeks.
…but I spend a small fortune on injections 😡
Post # 7
i get hair done at the beautyschool– 40 for highlights and 5 dollar cut and shampooevery6-8 weeks
brow waxes 20 at benefit counter at ulta( 2 a month.
mani pedi monthly
i did do a facial at a spa and it was 50.. i would love spa body wrap but right now thats not working with crazy schedules
our honeymoon gave a treat ment daily–massages,wraps,facials,scrubs so that was the most expensive beauty treatment i ever done lol
Post # 8
Mostly I splurge on stuff to treat my acne. I don’t consider it too much of a splurge though as I stopped going to my dermatologist and instead go to my estician. She’s much better with my skin & my dermatologist was more expensive anyway. I try to discount the big bucks I spend on my daily routine stuff by telling myself that I spent waay more in the past on multiple products that didn’t work ($10 each for 5 things that suck, instead of $50 for 1 thing that’s awesome). Otherwise it’s my monthly microderms & glycol peels… I want one so bad right now but it’s too close to the wedding for it….
Post # 9
@badabing88: what kind of injections? Botox or plumpers? Not that its any of my business but Ive always been intrigued by them. I know lots of young girls who get Botox but Ive never quite understood it. They have great skin and no wrinkles. Are there benefits I do not know about? I dont know much about injections at all.
Post # 10
@Honey-Bee: I get both and have since I was 20 if I remember correctly. The logic is that it’s alot easier to prevent the wrinkle than to correct a deep-set one at 60. My mother is a prime example: she has tanned, smoked and consumed a ton of alcohol in her life, and her face shows it. She doesnt want a facelift but is trying to use botox and filler to fix her wrinkles…and at this point it just, frankly, isnt working.
I get botox in my face as well as juvederm in my face and lips 🙂
Post # 11
@badabing88: that makes absolute sense! Preventative maintenance!
Post # 12
@Honey-Bee: I think your lashes would definitley have time to get the full effect in 4 months! Like I said, I’ve been using it since February and my lashes are practically in my eyebrows. I paid about $130 for the bottle at my derm. office. You have to get it from a physician because it was originally developed as treatment for glaucoma, but it was then marketed as a lash-grower when the patients noticed their lashes getting fabulous! So, if you have glaucoma (or it runs in your family) you might not be able to get it, but otherwise it is pretty straightforward to obtain. The box will contain the bottle of Latisse and tons of individually packed applicator brushes in sets of two. The instructions tell you to place a single drop of Latisse on the brush, and swipe arcross your lashline each night. Then use another brush/drop for the other eye. BUT, to save on product, I squeeze a single drop of the stuff in the bottle cap and dip a single brush into it, swipe on my first eye, dip it back in the top to get the rest of the product, and finish my second eye. There is more than enough liquid to do it this way and it makes the product last soooo much longer!
Post # 14
@Honey-Bee: There is an AMAZING spa just about 45 minutes out of town, you drive up Millionaire Mile just to get to it, so you’re looking at all these amazing houses, set on a creek, and then there’s this oasis of tranquility and beauty….every three months, I’ll head up there and help myself to:
A Salt Glow Body Scrub, where I’m literally buffed from head to toe with a combination of oil and salt…it’s like being power washed and you come out looking and feeling like a new penny, that’s $105.00
I have to have a Hot Stone Massage, I’ve been all around the world, this one is the BEST ever….Carol, an old biker chick knows how its done and after 80 minutes I’m a puddle of peace and more than happy to shell out $150.00 for it.
The final thing is their Ultimate Facial, in addition to their great products, they use heated river stones and cool jade to relieve tension from your stress areas…that runs you $135.00, but is totally worth it.
I’m also an admitted Brazilian Wax junkie…I don’t like getting them done in the least, but I love the results, so I put up with it every three weeks at $70 a pop….
Post # 15
@MissWitty: How long did it take for you to see results from Latisse? I’m thinking of popping by my eye doctor this week to get some, but with my wedding in 3 months, is it going to work in time?
Post # 16
@badabing88: If you don’t mind me asking, how much does juvederm run you? I’m 27 and was thinking of getting it before the wedding to give my cheekbones a bit of a lift. I don’t have any wrinkles since my skin is oily but I feel like since my face is on the round side my cheeks could use some help. Ive been scared to ask the derm because I feel like its thousands of dollars. Also, do you visit a plastic surgeon for the filler or just a derm?