I wish I knew the actual price for beauty. I can tell you the price of ATTEMPTING beauty and it ain't cheap.
Today I went to Ulta to use a reward gift certificate I got and to check out some hair accessories. Now that my hair is longer and I can pull it up, I thought I would look at some cute hair puller uppy things. I ended up buying none of those and actually wanted to go screaming from the aisle. Some of those hair puller uppy things look very S&M. I was too overwhelmed. So I went for two things - hair accessories and a free product. I was now down to one, and it would be free.
What did I end up with? A somewhat pricey hairdryer (not $300 pricey like one they had, but over $100 pricey). My hair stylist swears the "salon" dryers are truly better than my drugstore hair dryer, so I figure I would buy one like hers. We'll see what happens. They also have tons of fun makeup and I ended up with some new blush and eyeshadow. And the clincher, let me tell you, was the lipstick. I have searched my entire life for a wonderful red lipstick. Every time I buy one, even when it looks good on me in the store, it turns out to be too brown or too orange or too fuschia/purple/pink. Too something and not enough red. I have never been able to find a true red, at least not one that looked like a true red on me. Today, I noticed that their store brand lipstick had some new shades, so I checked them out. Their store brand makeup is decent, especially for every day wear. So I pulled out Moroccan Red with almost no hope it would be what I wanted. I put some on my hand and out of my mouth came a little yelp of joy. I kept looking at it. Could it be? Is this it? Have I found the red shade of lipstick I have been searching for since birth? My sweet lord, I have!
So I skipped out of the store with $165 less than I had when I went in. I was clutching a new hair dryer to make my hair shine and not frizz/curl/puff; red lipstick that will actually make my smile red (ok, so I am a little late for the Go Red campaign day from Feb. 6), cool eyeshadow and some new Bare Minerals blush. That is the price of my latest attempt at beauty.