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Body Admin Diary: A Bottle Blonde With A Non-Negotiable Hair Care Habit

© Josephine Clowez

The beauty industry is valued at £9.3 billion, but how much time, effort and money does the average woman spend on her body admin? On a mission to destroy the illusion that us ladies spend our precious free time fussing over facials and following fads, we’re asking a cross-section of people how much time they really dedicate to their beauty routine. Do they follow a nine-step Korean programme or are they actually applying their make-up on the bus to work? Let the veil of mystery be lifted once and for all.

I’ve always been quite high maintenance, and these tendencies have definitely been encouraged by the fact that I’ve dabbled on and off in beauty writing for the past four years or so, a major perk of which is that I often receive samples to try out. The only downside is that there’s a major disconnect between these beauty habits and my salary: I often get hooked on products or treatments that are way beyond my means. My main beauty expenditure is my hair, which I colour in the salon every three to four months, and treat as a non-negotiable. I’m also more partial than the average person to fake tan. This week is a particularly extravagant one, as I’m attending the wedding of one of my best friends and want to look half decent in photos….

Cost of make-up: £552.37

Cost of skincare: £456.09

Cost of bodycare: £174.69

Cost of haircare: £327.11

Total Cost of Body Admin: £1510.26