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.
As a freelancer my income fluctuates and while I have quite a lot of staple items that I just can’t live without I am probably the most frugal beauty buyer on the planet. If a product is not under £40 then I am not interested. (The Chenot cream was one off, in case your wondering).
5.00 am: Alarm goes off and I don't hit snooze. Instead, I turn off my alarm, roll over and go back to sleep (it's too early).
5.32 am: Finally out of bed, I've launched myself into the show. I slather my body with Sanex shower cream (£3.99) and wash my face with Simple facial wash (£1.69).
5.45 am: Out of the shower and brush my teeth with Colgate Max White (£4.00).
5.55 am: I check my phone and it's nearly 6am. It is official. I am running late.
5.56 am: I now aim to complete my morning routine in less than ten minutes. So I cleanse my face with Simple micellar cleansing water (£6.59) and add some Simple moisturiser (£4.29). Then I quickly rub MAC Prep and Primer Transparent Finishing Powder (£21.50) to my face, then literally slap on my MAC foundation (£26). I then add a hint of Bourjois mascara (£7.99) to wake up my tired looking eyes and my staple item...Vaseline (£1.95) to my lips.
6.07 am: I moisturise my body with Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures body lotion (£5.99) which is perfect for my dry skin. I add Dove GoFresh deodorant (£2) to my underarms.
6.13am : I dry shampoo my hair with Batiste Instant Hair Refresh (£2.99) and spritz some Kukui oil (£6.99) all over my hair, which helps to maintain my curls.
7:00 am: In record time I'm at my desk (with most people in the office unaware of my hectic morning). I even managed to get a bacon roll on the way in.
3 pm: I have finished work for the day and head to the station.
4.30 pm: I'm home and plonk myself on the sofa with no intention of moving for a couple of hours.
7 pm: After dinner, I run myself a bath adding some Johnson's baby oil (£1.75). It really does wonders for the skin.
7.15 pm: I remove my make up with Simple micellar wipes (£4.19) and wash my face with Previse Marine cleanser (£32) and moisturise with Simple cream.
10 pm: Brush my teeth and then I'm off to bed.
9 am: I am off work for a couple of days so I stay in bed a little longer than usual.
10 am: Make myself some toast, eggs and avocado before my gym session.
10.30 am: Brush my teeth and wash my face with Previse cleanser. I don't put on any make-up as I plan to get very sweaty at the gym.
12:30 pm: After an intense workout and some relaxation time in the sauna, I have a quick shower using the gym soap (it's really not that bad) and moisturise with Nivea body cream (£3.75).
1.30 pm: I get home and head to the bathroom to wash my hair. I have a routine when it comes to hair care.
1.45 pm: Wash my hair Brazilian Keratin smooth shampoo (£6.99). I slather my hair in Macadamia Deep Hair Repair Masque (£20.90). I sit with this on my head for a while.
3 pm: I rinse out the hair mask and grab a towel to dry my hair. I blow dry my hair, I add some Ultimate Organic Therapy coconut oil (£3.16) and spritz my hair with Olive oil sheen (£2.75). Then I'm done.
10 pm: As I didn't wear any make-up today, I wash my face and add a hint of moisturiser, brush my teeth and I'm off to sleep.
10 am: I check my emails while still under the covers.
10.15 am: A reminder on my phone notifies me of my nail appointment at midday and my massage appointment at 2 pm.
10.30 am: I hop in the shower. I forgot to shave my legs yesterday, so complete the arduous process using my BIC Twin lady razors (£2.69).
10.50 am: I moisturise with my Garnier body cream and add a little bit MAC concealer (£18.50) for under my eyes.
4 pm: I'm back from a nail and spa session (£90) and check my emails.
4:30 pm: I wind down by reading my kindle.
8 pm: After my workout session the day before, I notice a face blemish. So I apply Chenot anti-spot illuminating booster (£71.50). I do my usual night routine of brushing my teeth and head to bed.
8 am: I wake up before my alarm. That's when I know I have had a good night's sleep.
8.20 am: I decide not to apply any make-up on this morning as I'm going out after work so will do it later. I hate having to re-apply if I have had make-up on all day.
8.45 am: I throw all of my make-up essentials into my backpack.
6 pm: I apply my MAC primer and foundation (the usual). I add my MAC bronzer (£23.50). I add Rihanna's Fenty Beauty Stunna lip paint (£19) which makes my lips look like I have had fillers! For my eyes, I apply Naked Urban Decay Eye shadow Palette (£39.50) to my eyelids, my Bourjois mascara and NYX Jet Black eyeliner (£6). I have gone all out for dinner and drinks.
12 am: I get home and feeling a little worse for wear. So I use a simple wipe to remove my make-up and snooze face first into a pillow.
8.25 am: Woke up suddenly. I'm running late again!
8.30 am: I repeat my usual morning routine but with haste. After hopping in and out of the shower and washing the residue of last night's make-up off my face with Simple facial wash, I quickly moisturise my body.
8.45 am: I add MAC concealer to my under eyes and a couple of dark spots.
9 am: I'm out of the door, relatively make-up free. There are no meetings or new people to meet today so my colleagues will see me in my casual attire today.
7 pm: I'm back home. After giving my face a bit of a breather today, it is the perfect evening for my weekly facial.
7.15 pm: I slap on Westlab Dead Sea mud mask (£6.95) all over my face and sit myself in front of the TV while it dries.
7.45 pm: Once my face is completely tight and I'm unable to move it, without it feeling like my skin is tearing, I rinse off the mask and have a ten-minute facial sauna.
8 pm: I complete my facial with the Garnier Pure Charcoal Black Tissue Mask (£2.99)...not sure if it is a good idea to use this many products on your face in one day, but my skin does feel a lot softer.
10 am: I wake up to no alarm, again. I don't need to be at work until the afternoon so I run a bath adding a few drops of baby oil.
10.12 am: I apply the Westlab Dead Sea Mask to my arms and legs and sit on the side of the bath as the mud dries.
10.30 am: I then sit in the bath as the water literally turns brown. I rinse off most of the residue mud with Dove soap (£2).
11 am: I then moisturise with Queen Helene cocoa butter (£4.99).
11 pm: Long day at the office, I just crash and go straight to sleep.
9.30 am:`Heading out early for a morning yoga session. So after washing my face and brushing my teeth, I pack my gym bag with my 'essentials.' This includes make-up (of course) deodorant and body lotion. I also arm myself with my Kukui oil for a little hair refresher.
11.30 am: After using the gym shower gel, I moisturise my body with my Garnier body lotion and spray my deodorant under my arms until I choke. I moisturise my face, apply The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur primer (£15) and apply my MAC foundation sparingly all over my face. I'm feeling good after my workout so want to pretty myself up a little before work, which I rarely, if ever do. I add my Bourjois mascara and add my Revlon nude lipstick (£5.49). (I don't want to overdo it).
11.45 pm: Back home. I'm feeling famished but can't be bothered to cook (plus it's nearly midnight and I have work in the morning). All I want to do is curl up in my bed and go to sleep. So I do just that.
Total cost of make-up: £165.93
Total cost of skincare: £152.04
Total cost of bodycare: £89.61
Total cost of haircare: £43.80