The Cost of Beauty



I've seen a few ladies, like the lovely Jennie and Alyse, do these "how much is your face worth?" posts lately and I found the idea really interesting. I often don't really pay close attention to how much my makeup costs as I view it as a kind of "necessity" that I have to buy. Obviously I buy cheaper brands if I'm short on pennies, and I will moan if I have to fork out £20+ for a single item, but I will still buy it without hesitation and without properly considering the fact that I don't actually need it. Anyway, here's how much my average daily makeup costs me...

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Resurfacing Primer: £14.29
Benefit Boi-ing: £16.50
Benefit Erase Paste: £19.50
Total = £50.29

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light Foundation: £25.50
Lily Lolo Flawless Matte Finishing Powder: £12.49
Total = £37.99

Rimmel Glam'Eyes Liquid Eyeliner: £5.29
Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil: £13
Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara: £10.99
No7 Stay Perfect Trio Eyeshadow: £10 (not pictured)
Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil: £2.99
Total = £42.27

Benefit Dallas: £23.50
Models Own Lip & Cheek Tint: £6
Chapstick: £1.29
Total = £30.79

Grand Total = £161.34

£161.34 does sound like a lot, but if you think about how many times you would use each product (most of these would last me for over 6 months) it probably works out at only a pound or two per day. Most of my makeup is middle-range in both price and quality but once I'm no longer a student I would like to invest in more high-end products as they are much better quality and usually last longer.

How much do you spend on makeup?

Gillian x


  1. Christ, posts like this scare me! It'd be interesting to find out but I might actually kill myself - I reckon I spend hunners and hunners mainly cos I tend to buy makeup randomnly without really realising what I'm doing then more often than not I find it's rubbish and it's relegated to the bottom of my makeup bag never to be used again! I use Double Wear but I've been finding it's a bit drying on my skin - is DW light more mouisturising? Does it still give as good a coverage?

    Kirsty xx

  2. i dread to think how much i've spent on make up. I'm not brave enough to tally it up, either! But this post just makes me want to buy more! x

  3. I'm trying to brave totalling it all up, but I don't know if I want to! xx

  4. Ohhh it's scary I'm just using money every time I put my face on! I suppose it's obvious but I just get a little bit intimidated by how much I spend on everything. Now I have to budget for £2 a day for make-up?!?!

    Brill post though.

  5. That primer is AMAZING, it literally makes my face feel like velvet :)

    Maria xxx

  6. This was a really interesting post! I haven't seen this type of post yet, so I really want to do one of my own some time soon - thank for the inspiration to do so, haha! You have some lovely things.

  7. Haha, seeing as i only usually wear lipstick i think i've saved a lot of money!

  8. I think this is so interesting!
    £1 - £2 a day doesn't sound bad at all, I usually just buy cheap products because I don't usually wear much makeup xoxo

  9. Ohhh... I'd love to do post like that! I think I'm gonna do it in near future. I see that you're very professional with make up! :)

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  10. Mmm.. never thought about the cost of my makeup:) Great idea, though, will try to calculate. I use the Double Wear too and absolutely loving it!
    Marusya V
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  11. That's quite a bit, but right about where mine is. I love these sorts of posts.

    I also see makeup as a necessity, but given how expensive it is and how it adds up, I've been really trying to think and wait before I drop my pennies on new things.

  12. Beauty/makeup is one of those things I don't feel guilty for splurging on. That being said, I dont think my face is "worth" that much!

  13. Though I've never been one to spend too much on make up, I have recently realised that more expensive products are AMAZINGLY better and make so much difference! I've heard so many good things about Double Wear x

  14. This is an amazing post. I spend a lot on foundation but try not to on everything else. x hivenn

  15. I do not spend much on make up, I'd only splurge on lipsticks and foundation and cleaning/toning/moisturising products. Although I try to look for cheaper prices. Currently I'm actually using Simple moisturiser and it's really good for such a cheap product, but I think I'll try Clinique next time, it's my favourite brand.
    And wow, that seems just to much for make up :S


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