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Spice22 Fri 17-Feb-17 12:09:59

Hello all,

I was going to ask on Style&Beauty but figured the responses there would be quite skewed and so I came here where there would be unbiased responses and traffic.

At the train station yesterday I saw this young lady who looked very well put together. Her outfit was coordinated, nails done, eyebrows done, makeup done but not overly so. The thing that stood out the most though , was her hair. It looked lovely ; highlights and nice cut (ha can't explain well enough) and she just looked like someone who took pride of the way she looks. I've since spoken to my friend about this and the possible cost of such upkeep. That got me wondering how much others here spend on their grooming and upkeep.

Clothes; Makeup; Nails; Hair; Eyebrows; Eyelashes; you get the jist !

Dearlittleflo Fri 17-Feb-17 13:14:57

Hair- cut every couple of months, £120 a time
Facial- every couple of months, £100
Nails- maybe once a month at £30
Brows- once every couple of months, £25
Make up- maybe £100/year. Don't wear it often.
Clothes- I don't buy much at all but tend to buy quite expensive things- maybe £2k/year

I don't think I look well groomed at all- quite a scruff really.

livingthegoodlife Fri 17-Feb-17 13:18:24

Clothes - £150 a year
Hair - £100 a year
Nails - £150 a year (gel toes, occasionally gel fingers)
Eyebrows - nothing
Eyelashes - nothing
Make-up - £50

Basically hardly anything but I'm not a particularly well groomed looking person. I wouldn't fit the description of the lady you describe. But I look neat and tidy.

Want2bSupermum Fri 17-Feb-17 13:19:05

I'm just outside of NYC in a town where prices are on par with Manhattan. Averaged out I spend about $125 a month including hair (single process with cut every 10-12 weeks), waxing is $25 every 3 weeks. Then there are bunch of expenses like good razors, creams etc. I only use the Gillette razors with the gel strips.

Dawndonnaagain Fri 17-Feb-17 13:21:25

Haircut, £20 every couple of years.
Make-up maybe £50.00 per year.
Face wipes/cleanser/moisturiser etc. Maybe £10.00 per year.
I'm a elderly scruffy mare!

reallyanotherone Fri 17-Feb-17 13:21:55

Nothing smile

Haven't had a hair cut for 3 years. Don't get nails, eyebrows etc done. Don't wear make up.

Haven't bought new clothes in years either.

Don't have the money.

NoctisLucisCaelum Fri 17-Feb-17 13:25:31

£55 on my hair every 8 weeks. (cut and colour)
Um, occasional clothes purchases online or at the supermarket maybe averages at about £30 a month including shoes (mostly exercise clothes because I love them).
That's it. But I am a massive scruff. I don't really wear makeup because I'm at the gym most days or hanging out with the kids and I CBA. Mostly knock around in the aforementioned exercise clothes.

Crispsheets Fri 17-Feb-17 13:29:43

Hair cut, colour every 6 weeks £100.
Facial/brows/ Brazilian every 4-5 weeks £90
Pedicure every month £50
No idea what I spend on clothes or makeup. Maybe £2k a year.

Want2bSupermum Fri 17-Feb-17 13:31:29

Just to be clear I work in a professional role where it's expected that I'm turned out to a certain standard each day. If I was a SAHM the spend would be much less. Just on clothes I spend about £100 a month. Would love to be able to wear exercise clothes everyday!

Geist Fri 17-Feb-17 13:34:52

Hair £35 three times a year (used to get highlights but cba with the upkeep even though a colourist friend did it for 20 quid)

Makeup maybe £150 a year?

Eyebrows and nails nope.

Haven't a clue about clothes but I don't spend huge amounts except for dm boots and proper trainers for my awful biomechanics and dodgy feet.

Probably a bit of a scruff too but I scrub up well when I can be bothered to put in the effort smile

noeffingidea Fri 17-Feb-17 13:35:17

Virtually nothing, other than usual hygiene items such as shower gel, toothpaste, shampoo etc
Last haircut was about 3 years ago (will go again asap), cost £35.
Dye my hair about every 4 months - about £3.
Toiletries, body lotion, handcream,etc usually come from Aldi so very cheap.
I don't wear make up. I clean my face with baby wipes.
For hair removal I have a lady shaver. Nails I just cut short and buff with a buffer. I do usually varnish my toenails in the summer.

noeffingidea Fri 17-Feb-17 13:36:37

Sorry, should have mentioned clothes. Probably about £100/ year.

emsler Fri 17-Feb-17 13:42:59

Eesh. Too much, but it's a good thing for my job and a great thing for my mental health, so:

Hair - £120 a time for a cut and colour, usually once every 3 months or so plus I buy quality shampoo, conditioner and treatments so that's another £60 or so broken down, that's £60 a month.
Make-up - I reckon an average of £40 a month, I buy very good quality make-up because I'm precious about my skin.
Skincare - This is my downfall. I suspect I spend the best part of £60 a month - but it works!
Other cosmetics (razors, cotton pads, body wash etc) - £20 a month.
Clothes - I'm quite frugal with clothes and tend to shop for good quality stuff but in the sale plus top up with some supermarket bits (Sainsbury's clothes are great) so maybe £30 a month?

So it's about £210 a month which is the majority of my monthly "personal spending" budget.

On the bright side, I do my own eyebrows, don't get waxes or my nails done, and my skin is so well-looked after that I only ever have a facial as a treat, maybe once a year if that.

It will definitely have to change when DH and I have a family but I have to say, I'll do anything to avoid giving up my good skincare and make-up!

Chickiwick Fri 17-Feb-17 13:45:51

Hair - £70 every 8 week plus home hair dye £10 every couple of months

Nails - nothing - bite then!

Treatments - facials, pedis, massage etc a few times a year - maybe £250 across a year?

Clothes - average £50 a month

Make up - I have a massive prob with makeup - prob few hundred a year. I love it. Could live in the beauty department.

Skincare - I suffered from adult acne so spend a lot to keep skin clear. Face wash £50 every 3 months, moisturiser £50 every 2 or 3 months, exfoliator £35 every 2 months, eyecream £40 twice a year.

Christ. That seems a lot...

MelCookie Fri 17-Feb-17 13:52:14

I've never added it up before, but am pretty horrified now:

Haircut and colour £150 (every 8 weeks)

Blowdry £25 (every month or so)

Eyebrow Threading £7.50 (every 2-3 weeks)

Nails £50 (every month or so)

Dermatologist and skincare products works out at around £100 a month

Clothes - probably spend around £2k a year

The irony is I feel a bit of a mess most of the time confused. Definitely need to rethink some of this. I have to say that the dermatologist and specialist skincare is worth every single penny though - lifechanging.

TheHodgeoftheHedge Fri 17-Feb-17 13:52:34

I'm having my hair cut and coloured this weekend which will cost about £90 and i haven't had done in 6 months.
I don't get anything else done and wax my own legs with cheap strips from Boots.
I spend far more on grooming my dogs than myself ;)

ReadyPlayerOne Fri 17-Feb-17 13:54:25

My mum pays for me to get a haircut when she does; it works out well for her as she feels awkward calling the hairdresser out just for her and I wouldn't bother otherwise. I also pay for my kids to have their hair cut every other time so that its me or the kids and so mum isn't paying every 6-8 weeks for me.

Other than that I buy shampoo and deodorant and that's it. I don't tend to wear make up or do anything fancy with myself. MIL gave me a pair of ankle boots that she bought for her DD and that didn't fit so my work shoes are those.

Am always intrigued though by people who do spend a lot on themselves and are good at make up. I'm in awe of people who can apply make up so well; it's an art form!

witwootoodleoo Fri 17-Feb-17 13:54:36

£500 on hair every 12 weeks (this is my one big extravagance in life), about £350 a year on makeup, eyebrows £20 is every two or three months.

ReadyPlayerOne Fri 17-Feb-17 13:55:41

Forgot to add the prices: my hair cut is £25 and the kids are priced at their ages, so I pay £11 altogether which will go up to £13 after DDs birthday in the summer.

snowone Fri 17-Feb-17 14:01:00

Nails - £25 every other week
Hair - £60 every other month
Eyebrows - Semi permanent tattoo - £150 per year.
Makeup - (maybe) £500 per year
Clothes - I'm not a designer clothes kind of person; more next and other high street shops.

ChipmunkSundays Fri 17-Feb-17 14:01:12

Clothes: I find this really hard to estimate. I buy a lot of things on eBay and in sales, but good quality high-end high street (Reiss, Hobbs, LK Bennett, Jaeger and similar) and I spend a lot on good quality shoes and bras. Maybe £650 a year?
Makeup: wear quite an expensive BB cream daily but very little else, and the rest all quite cheap stuff. About £30 a year max.
Nails: get a basic file and polish once in a blue moon. Maybe on average £10 a year, probably less. Never buy nail polish.
Hair: £72 every 2-3 months, so about £360 p.a.? Expensive cut but no dye.
Eyebrows: nothing
Eyelashes: nothing
Other treatments: don't really get them these days, so nothing.
Toiletries: you didn't ask about them but maybe £150 a year? I don't buy anything particularly expensive bar a nice face cream, but I do find that it all adds up to a surprisingly large sum as you get through it so quickly (though I suppose I'm including very functional things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, sanitary stuff, razors in that alongside shampoo, conditioner, shower gel).

So I guess that works out at about £1200 a year, as a very rough estimate. I suspect that some years it's closer to £1500, though in other years it could be a bit less depending on how many clothes I've bought.

Lndnmummy Fri 17-Feb-17 14:03:14

I have had a few years where I have had v limited money to spend on me, we are just coming out the other side of mat leave, nursery fees etc. For the last 6 mnths it had been:
Hair 150 every three months
Nails 50
Makeup/skincare 100
Eyebrows 12 (threading)

Also having teeth whitening/botox and hair removal laser this year( all v subtle) so that will be expensive. I know it is extravagant but I have spent next to nothing for 5 yrs and am really looking forward to investing in myself. I dont smoke, dont really drink and have no expensive hobbies.

I only really buy clothes 2 a year winter and summer sale and buy what I need then which may be £300 or more the most I have spent is £1000 but that included a coat I have worn for 4 winters. I spend nothing in between apart frm underwear and tights.

Riderontheswarm Fri 17-Feb-17 14:05:44

Haircut - twice a year 2 x £25
Make up - about £20 a year
Toiletries - about £10 a month
Clothes & shoes - £30 - £40 a month
Don't do anything to my nails, brows, lashes, feet etc. No gym membership, facials or massages.
So roughly £600 a year which is way more than I thought I would have spent before I worked it out.

PussCatTheGoldfish Fri 17-Feb-17 14:06:22

Hair around £40 per year. (1 cut and dry)
Make up and nails £20 per year. Buy my own and do it myself
Eyebrows, waxing etc DIY

Clothes probably average £400 a year max.

My face and hair have got to the stage where lack of grooming makes me look a lot older. I'm starting to try to put more effort in!

AngelsWithSilverWings Fri 17-Feb-17 14:10:53

Hair cut every 7 weeks £45 , colour every 5 weeks £36. Eyelash and brow tint once or twice a year before a holiday. Nails once or twice a year ( Christmas or special occasions only) I'm quite low maintenance but I'm a SAHM.

When I worked I would have a manicure and pedicure once a month on top of my hair cut and colour. Must have spent an absolute fortune over the years.

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