What I’ve Spent on “Beauty” This Year

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As a follow up to my previous post on what the average American woman will spend on beauty in her lifetime, I wanted to tally up my own “beauty” purchases to see what my spending has been like for the year and make sure future spending aligns with the budget.

Well I’ve tallied things up, ANDDDD I’ve probably went a little overboard. For skincare, hair care, and makeup I’ve spent close to $800. Gulp. It’s a little hard to digest but I don’t really have any regrets.

In my defense I haven’t purchased that much beauty products in the past 6 years and I’m basically building a base to replenish as needed in the future. Also I was testing out quite a bit of products, especially for my hair, and there are some items that I won’t be re-purchasing again. My husband also shares some of my skincare products so it’s all not for me.

Since I’m happy with the base that I’ve curated, my spending will not be as crazy in the near future. There are sheet masks and other makeup I still want to test out, but I’ll definitely be sure to keep my spending aligned with my budget. I’ll be honest and say that in the next month I’ll be dipping into savings (about $300) to pay for some excessive indulgences (new luxury handbag), testing fees, and study material. As I’ve previously mentioned, it’s expensive to be a professional. You just have to invest in yourself because if not you then who else right?

Anyway, anyone willing to share how much they’ve spent on beauty for the year? Below is my breakdown:

Sephora: $196.09

SokoGlam: $163.70

Peach & Lily: $28.35

Macy’s: $88.28

Amazon: $242.07

Faceshop: ~$33

Target / Japanese market: ~50

Bath & Body Works: $16

On a side note, this is how credit card debt happens. One too many over indulgences for people who really can’t afford buying these things. I probably should write a future post about this because if I wasn’t debt free with little savings, I would probably be digging myself a hole.


New Beauty Haul

Just a few things I’m trying out from Soko Glam this month. I picked up a primer from Missha, Madecassoside cream from A’pieu, essence lotion by Simple Therapy, and some cute hair rollers. Total with discount code was $40 plus a little sample size to try British M’ s hairmask. Yay to more skincare products! Let’s see which products make it into my upcoming monthly favorites post!

A Hair Product Review and Ranking

As I’ve previously mentioned, my hair in its natural state is dry and frizzy, although it  wasn’t like this until I had it permed 10 years ago.  Eventually all the perm was cut off.  I was washing my hair on the daily with drugstore brand products like Pantene and Garnier Fructis because I didn’t know any better, and then at some point my hair turned into a frizz ball.  I started using Wen products for about a year or so, and it did wonders for my hair.  However, it was an expensive subscription to keep at a time when I was focused on paying off debt so I did what anyone in debt would do and cut it out of my life.

I was back to using drug store brand shampoos again, but this time I skipped shampooing every other day and also started using baby powder as dry shampoo to help calm my frizz.  Well after reading that baby powder and dry shampoo increases hair loss, I immediately stopped using those products.  I do admit that at the front of my head, where I sprinkled baby powder the most is where I have some baldness.  The damage is done and it’s something I can’t undo, but c’est la vie.  So currently instead of reverting to dry shampoo I just pull my hair back and up into a bun on the second day.  My hair has acclimated to shampoo every other day, but it still looks like a grease ball.  Which leads me on this journey to finding the ultimate hair routine to not only preserve my thinning hair, but to also calm the frizz and keep the oils at bay.

Right now I’m currently loving Nature Republic’s Argan Essential Deep Care Hair Essence.  Not only does it smell great, it works so well.  I have medium to long hair and all I need is one pump, which I apply on damp hair and then blow dry out.  OMG. It makes my hair feel soft and healthy.  I can run my fingers through quite easily without hitting snags, and best of all, it helps with second day hair so it’s not so oily.  For me I would say this works better than the TSUBAKI Shiseido Hair Mist that I was previously raving about.  I still like the product, but I haven’t been reaching for it since I started using Nature Republic’s Argan Essential Deep Care Hair Essence.

Then there’s the hair oil by Mis En Scene.  I’m not really liking it at the moment because it gets my hair quite oily even on the first day of shampooing.  I’ll have to play around with it a little bit more because maybe my hair doesn’t need as much as I previously applied. But at the moment my hair has taken a liking to Nature Republic’s Argan Essential Deep Care Hair Essence probably because I also use Nature Republic’s Natural OLIVE Hydro Shampoo & Conditioner .

Last Beauty Haul of March 2018

Benton Honest Face Mist, Cosrx Low pH Cleanser, A’Pieu Milk Sheetmasks, A’Pieu Green Tea Sheetmasks, Skinfood Hair Essence


My sheetmasks just came in and the plan is to use them on my upcoming trip.  I also bought a face mist to carry around with me in case my skin freaks out from a shift in temperature and environment.

The other product is another hair essence for volumizing limp hair (eye roll, I know too many hair products).  I also bought another Cosrx Low pH cleanser since my husband likes to use it as well.

For April, I’m not planning to buy or tryout new stuff (maybe).  I’m quite happy with my current skincare that I’ll probably be re-purchasing the same things until summer rolls around.  Maybe…unless I find something that I’m curious about.

Received Replacement Sheetmasks

[TROIAREUKE] GPS MASK [Nature Republic] Argan Essential Deep Care Hair Essence
Thanks to the seller on Amazon who kindly gave me replacement sheetmasks.  It was unfortunate that my initial order got damaged along transit, but thankfully, the seller was nice enough to re-send new ones.  I’m very grateful because I was hoping to test these out on the plane, and I’m so happy that I still can do it!

The other product above is another hair product I ordered a few weeks ago and finally came in the other day.  Lots of hair products to test out!

Mini Haul and March Savings

Innisfree Green Tea Balancing CreamTSUBAKI Shiseido Hair MistMISE EN SCENE Perfect Serum Hair Treatment

My second Korean moisturizer that I ordered last month finally arrived the other day.  I also ordered some hair serum last week and that also just arrived.  I guess I’ve been into hair products recently.  Hopefully I find a hair routine suitable for dry and frizzy hair.

On a different note, my savings for March is going to be $400.  Didn’t get to save all that much because of taxes and other life surprises.