It's expensive being a girl y'all.
Between hair, makeup, nails, hair removal, fashion, and skincare, a girl could go BROKE.
Well, I'm not quite broke, but thanks to mint.com and it's constant reminders that I am over budget for fucking EVERYTHING, I realized I really need to cut down on the personal care items because I am bleeding money to be (kind of) pretty.
Not that I'm necessarily high maintenance. After all, I only wash my hair twice a week and hardly ever do any actual "styling," but I do do some things that I have come to realize are just unnecessary.
I have always done my own nails because I feel that I can do a much better job than anyone else ever could, basically because my middle fingers are crooked and have to be filed just so to make them appear less crooked. At least it's not as bad as having a crooked penis.
Crooked finger, not saying fuck you:
Plus a few years of doing my own acrylic nails in high school did a lot of damage to my nail beds and again, my nails have to be filed and painted just so to disguise that. However, do I really need to be paying $9 a bottle for nail polish? Especially when I have like 50 bottles already? No. That is going to stop.
For the last two years, I have been getting my hair highlighted every 8 weeks. Well, after two years of that, my hair is looking a little dull and fried lately from all the damage.
Very fried hair:
In addition to dropping a couple hundred bucks every two months to have this done, it's also frying the shit out of my hair. So this weekend, I am going to have my hair dyed back to my original color and give it (and my wallet) a little break.
Since going to the Dominican Republic a year and a half ago, I have also been getting my fur waxed. It's nice not to have to worry about shaving all the time, but honestly, I go every 5 weeks and drop $80. Is that really necessary? After all, it's not like I have a boyfriend who cares about that.
Facials will be purchased only as a groupon. No more expensive trips to Sephora unless to buy the key makeup brands I can't live without (i.e. Bare Minerals). I have enough lotions and creams to probably last me a lifetime anyway. With all the lotions I have, I could be pickled in retinol until I'm 80.
Basically I need to stop hemmoraging money for the sake of beauty, because let's be honest, I'm kind of fabulous anyway.
And I need to start focusing on paying off my bills and saving money for things that really matter, like my 30th birthday celebration coming up in a little less than 6 months. I'm thinking of going skydiving. And really, experiences are so much more important than looking flawless anyway (not that I have ever in my life looked flawless).
What beauty routines do you spend WAY too much money on?