I don't know about the rest of you, but being a girl ain't easy. I mean, I really do love being a girly girl and would never want to be a guy, but the other day it struck me just how much we ladies do in order to keep looking beautiful. All girls are different and obviously not ever girl goes through the same beauty regime as others. Some girls barely have a beauty regime at all whereas others may have a very strict and incredibly intense one that takes many hours a day. I guess if there was a scale to represent this with 1 being None and 10 being Crazy-Obsessed I'd be about a 7. Actually maybe an 8. Well pretty high up anyway.
When I take into account the expense I go through in order to maintain everything, my mind boggles (s0 I try not to think about it too much) so just for prosperity and to make you all cringe at how much of a friggen girl I really am, here's a list of what I do to look my best everyday:MakeupI LOVE makeup
and wear it a lot. I also have a very specific regime with makeup application and have spent a lot o time perfecting it. I am always open to suggestions about how to be more efficient/cost effective or whatever, such as my recent purchase o makeup primer. That shit be awesome, yo! I tend to stick to Clinique for most of my makeup products but do use cheaper stuff like Revlon or Rimmel for lipstick, blush and eyeshadow (plus Clinique is pretty crap for bright colours so I have to go elsewhere to get the colours I like). I am always buying new stuff, particularly lipstick, so I spend a fair bit each year on new makeup.Hair
I am actually quite cost-efficient with hair as I get my mum to dye it for me (I don't trust hairdressers with this since my regrowth is a very complicated matter). I do get my hair cut at Oscar Oscar
every few months, and my stylist is amazing so I a bit pay extra for her services than the standard stylist. I don't actually use a lot of hair products and have a non-GHD (therefore reasonably priced) straighter. I do however make sure to straighten and style my hair everyday. If I don't have time for makeup, the very least I do is my hair because I'll be damned if people are going to look at my pink/black hair and think "Ugh she should maintain her hair better if she wants to rock colours like that".Nails
I used to be pretty slack with nails, only getting back into painting them regularly early last year. Then I went to Tokyo and got nail bling done
and haven't looked back since. I have to get refills every 2-3 weeks (I usually push it out to a good 3 weeks) which is a pain in the arse, albeit a worthwhile one because acrylic nails are da bomb! Don't get me wrong, the nails you see are MY nails but the acrylic and gel stuff makes them super strong and lets them grow super long. I got them done on the weekend and had to shave a few mm off as they were getting insane. I relish in having anew set with a new colour and deciding which nail stickers to use. It's time consuming but I get a lot of comments on my nails so totally worth it!Tanning
I only got into this REALLY recently as I'd always vowed and declared tans were stupid and I liked being pale. But then I got a spray tan for my high school reunion and fell in love with brown skin. I don't believe in real tans - skin cancer is not something to flirt with so I am all over these sunless tans now. I can't afford to get spray tans every week or two so have Ella Bache tan cream to maintain a sun-kissed look. It makes my legs look so much better which is a very big thing for me as I have always had a bit of a thing against my legs. Plus a tan takes a few kg off you and god knows I love tricking nature in every way possible!Waxing & Shaving
Something no one enjoys but is a necessary evil. I tend to shave everywhere except my bikini zone
because I am pretty much hairless all over and so can go for a lot longer than the average girl between leg or underarm shaves. Shaving your bikini area is huge NO NO and if you don't already, start waxing IMMEDIATELY! Waxing is actually kind of expensive and because it has to be done every 4-6 weeks it's a pretty major commitment as far as time and money go.Clothes
All girls, even those who all at the lower end of the scale of girliness, love clothes. I defy any girl to say they hate clothes and shopping and never do it. I'm pretty sure it's inbuilt in all of us, even if some of us can ignore the urge more than others. Personally I am OBSESSED
! I have so many clothes it's alarming. I doubt I know anyone who has half the amount of dresses I have or have spent half as much money as I have on their wardrobes. A lot of what I own are all from impulse buys because I literally cannot resist a sale, but I do have some items, dresses in particular, which were investment pieces and I actually gave some thought to before buying (they're few and far between though, I gotta admit). I recently worked out my wardrobe is my most expensive "possession" and what I value the most of all my belongings. Sad but true!Exercise
I personally exercise to keep fit and healthy, but a large component of my wanting to go for a run instead of sitting at home watching TV and eating crap is to get my body looking good. I also swear by the gym as I've become obsessed with classes like Body Combat which is another large expense (something like $650 a year I think). Plus I go to boxing once a week which is another expense at $10 a class. It's probably the most beneficial of all my "looking good" expenses but still, totally not cheap and another expensive thing I do, along with so many other ladies out there, to keep looking good.
I'm not sure if I've missed out on anything, but that's a good summary of what I do to keep looking the way I do. Sometimes I think I live such a superficial existence but then realise it's who I am and I do it for myself more than anyone else anyway, so whether it's superficial or not, it's my business. I like looking nice and am not afraid to let people know it! I am very curious about the regime of others and how it differs to mine and the reasons why. So tell me, what do you do to keep looking the way you do and what would you change if you had the money/time/patience?