I took a look at the average beauty routine that most women have and noted some of the expenses that comes with "looking good". There are 2 categories I consider: basic is what you can get a drug stores or low end salons, premium is boutiques, dept. stores, or nicer salons.
Here are the basics that everyone will need, and let's say you replace these once every 2 months:
Soap/shower gel - $2-4 basic, $10-25 premium
shampoo - $2-6 basic, $10-25 premium
conditioner - $2-6 basic,, $10-25 premium
face lotion - $4-20 basic,, $15-50 premium
body lotion - $4-10 basic,, $15-30 premium
shaving needs - $5-10 basic, $20-30 premium
Total per year - $114- 336 basic, $480- 1110 premium
Here are some of the extra, but some might say necessary, and you get these once every 3 months, except for waxing:
face make up - $4-10 basic, $10-25 premium
eye make up - $4-10 basic, $10-25 premium
lipstick/gloss - $4-10 basic, $10-25 premium
hair styling products- $3-10 basic, $10-25 premium
hair dye/ treatments - $4-20 basic at home, $50 -150 premium/salon service
hair cuts $20-75
nail products/service - $4-10 basic, $15-50 premium
waxing $10-50, monthly
Total per year - $292- 480 basic, $1320- 2300 premium
So the cost of beauty can range from $300 a year if you are getting 2 hair cuts and not wearing a lot of make up, to close to $3000+ a year for premium brands and services. From what I have read over at thebeautybrains.com, the ingredients in the premium products are much like the basic stuff. So I get the basic stuff that works for me an forget the rest.
Shelling out 3k+ seems like a a lot of money every year for looking. Is it worth the price?