Recently I had one of those times where several of my ‘essential’ beauty products all ran out at the same time. These essentials were: day face cream, face cleanser, face scrub, body wash, mascara. I need these items as a minimum, and needed to replace them, fast!
Whenever I have a few things run out at once, I see it as an opportunity to try new brands or products. Ooh, maybe I’ll buy something high-end for a change! I consider the idea of buying everything from the one retailer, to get the nice bag of sample-size freebies. I get all excited, thinking ok this is it…it’s time to splurge on ME…hell, I deserve it! This time, I am going back to my old Lancome (Clarins, SKII) BC days, just this once!
What follows is usually some quick research on my preferred beauty products. Am confused by the vast range of products to begin with – who has the time to understand which product does what? – but then recoil in horror at the cost of them ($80, facial cleanser…$150, day cream…$58, mascara).
My excitement continues to fade, as I start calculating what I should use that sort of money for: a term of kinder fees. Paying bills. New shoes and jackets for the kids.
Sigh. Nup, yet again, I can’t bring myself to spend that much on myself. But I’m not upset…frankly, I get a kick out buying a new Olay face cream from Coles. Sad perhaps, but it’s the truth!
So next time I was grocery shopping, I decide to pick up everything I need. This is what I spent: day cream, $32 (Olay Total Effects, on special). Face cleanser $10. Face scrub $9. Body wash $7. Mascara $17.
Welcome home (again), my trusty faithful
I still ended up spending $75, which was a hefty add to the shopping bill! (I could buy 4 packs of Aldi nappies for that. And some wipes. Oh for God’s sake.) Lucky my my husband’s pay came through that week…
Since having kids, all the beauty products I buy are now cheaper. Nothing I can think of is high-end. My make-up bag contains a lot of Maybelline and an old freebie Clinique lippy, which I use as a blush! I think twice in my life I’ve bought a Dior lipstick. They are divine, and ultra-glam, but I don’t need them; I think my Maybelline lippie with a bit of lip gloss over it looks just as good.
Beauty products are only half the equation, of course. Then there are beauty treatments. The ageing process isn’t kind, especially when you factor in years of sleep deprivation and relentless exhaustion.
But as my spending on products has gone down, my spend on beauty treatments has actually gone UP. My essential beauty treatments would be…
*Acrylic nails, $30 every 2-3 weeks. Have always had shocking nails, and these make me finally like my hands and nails. I love them. Happy Mummy, happy kids…you get the drift.
*Half head of foils, $105 (I have long hair) every 6-8 weeks (or longer, I push this out as far as possible). BC, didn’t spend a cent on my hair. It was brown, long, trimmed once a year at Just Cuts, or by me. Then I got some grey hairs – white hairs too – and one day had foils done for the first time around age 31. I didn’t look back. But yes, pricey.
*Waxing, in summer about $40; in winter only $10 for lip wax. Shave my legs and other bits in winter – this is how I justify the acrylics!!
And that’s it. Could probably do with a facial, and would kill for a regular remedial massage…but hang out for the odd gift voucher that occasionally comes my way!
So…how much do you spend on looking good, now that you are a Mum? Have you switched to cheaper products like me? What about treatments? Do you feel guilty when you do splurge?