How Much Should You Really Be Spending on Beauty Products?
Four women hand over their salon statements and Sephora receipts to our expert analysts to find out whether their beauty spending fits their budgets
Annual Salary: $95,000
Monthly Take-Home Pay: $5,083
Monthly Beauty Expenses: $164
Beauty Budget Breakdown: Stephanie spends about $1,970 a year on beauty -- she gets her nails done twice a month, which accounts for $80 of her monthly budget, a $20 monthly brow wax and a $50 hair cut once every three months. She buys high-end skin care and department store makeup.
Why: Stephanie isn't really willing to alter her beauty routine; she deems it conservative. "I don't dye my hair like a lot of people, so I think bimonthly manicures are okay," she says. "I really can't do my nails myself. They'd look like a three-year-old painted them."
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