Take a wild guess how much money we, that's women, spend per year on beauty products?
160 BILLION dollars annually
That would be billion with a capital 'B.'
Think about that for a sec…$160,000,000,000 to cover, correct, paste, stretch, and mold our horribly defective frames into acceptable shape.
Lauren Greenfield, the producer of THIN documented the habits of 6 New York women to find some spending $1700 per month to maintain their
imaginary beautified selves. Some admitted to sending more than rent (crap, that is more than my mortgage).
You know what struck me when I saw these images?
They all look tense.
Tense and self conscience.
Self conscience and unhappy.
Let's check out some of the beauty junkies the documentary followed (see full slide show here);
26 year-old, Ginger spends $650 a month on her physical appearance. At Manhattan’s store Sephora, Ginger shops alone for cosmetics because her friends know she will spend hours.
mV: I've always thought Sephora is a bit psycho. Not sure how you would spend hours there, but that is besides the point. Next time you are there pop in and look at the all the teeny, tiny potions in the back that will set you back about $100 each.
New York City actress Cameron (25) spends $620 a month on her personal grooming. Cameron reveals that her hair is the key to her personality, ‘I spend so much time with my hair-stylists, they’re like my family’.
mV: Really? They are like family? Will they be at your funeral?Do you call them when you are down in dumps or do they just listen when they are taking the money out of your wallet?
New York City hedge-fund exec Suzanne (36) spends $1720 a month on personal grooming. At ‘Skin & Spa’ cosmetic surgery center, Suzanne receives Botox from Dr. Howard Sobel, a treatment that she receives 3 times a year.
mV: Beyond my comprehension. And sad as hell.
Confession time…I'll tell you mine if you tell me yours! Here goes;
Every 8 weeks, highlight and cut. Kills me every time I write out the check for $115. That is insane, but I do it because i like the texture and life it gives my hair.
Wash, toner, lotion….all generic Neutrogena from Wally's (that's what the kids call Walmart). $25 bucks max, lasts a about 3 months.
Hands and feet I do myself. At least until my mom sees my feet in sandals and gets me a gift certificate for the salon.
Maybe $100 or less per year. I love Rimmel brand, affordable and great quality.
That's a whopping $1,000 a YEAR. That's what, about $90 or so a month (even that sounds like alot actually).
Am I total tight wad or are these women above completely out of their minds?