What's the Most You've Spent on Beauty?
Four women spill about their beauty splurges.
Photo Credit: Greg Delves
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Marina, 29, a personal trainer, spent thousands.
$5000 on liposuction
I was overweight, then I lost the weight and everything was sagging, so I decided to have the surgery. I removed a bit from the sides and below the waist, then had it placed on the top portion of my butt! It was such a change in my life. I went from being an unhappy architecture student to a personal trainer. Now, I teach spinning classes, and I get around by biking and walking. My life is much better. I feel healthier and prettier. In my opinion, it was worth every penny I spent.
NEW YORK CITY, USA
Barbra, 31, a pastry chef, spent under $100.
$61 on Bliss soap and pedicures
I get weekly pedicures and always opt for the 10-minute leg massage! It feels so good after a day on my feet. And Ive used Bliss Mammoth Minty Scrub Soap for years. I dont wear makeup to work in a kitchen, so my beauty regimen is basic. My splurges are about pampering myself.
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
Gabriela, 31, a restaurateur, spent thousands.
$2300 on laser treatments
I had laser hair-removal on my legs and armpits. It took about a year to complete, but the good news is I never have to shave or wax again! And there is one out-there beauty secret that my friends and I use, and the only cost is one tortilla which you burn. Then you mix the tortilla ash with some toothpaste and use it to whiten your teeth. I have a thing about white teeth, and this works!
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Maria Beatriz, 32, a computer engineer, spent thousands.
$4000 on a boob job
I had it when I was 26, single, and working in Venezuela, where I come from. It was a big investment: I spent almost two months salary! Id wanted bigger breasts ever since I was a little girl. I just thought my body would look nicerit wasnt an obsession. Cosmetic surgery is not a taboo in Venezuela. People speak openly about it. Its the same in Dubai, where I live now. Appearances are very important in this region. People want to look great and theyre going to invest in it.
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
Kamila, 26, a model, spent hundreds.
$148 on Chanel and Body Shop products
I love Chanel makeup! My favorite is the Vitalumière Satin Smoothing Creme foundationits very light and makes my skin look fresh the whole day. I use their Ruban Perle Creme Illuminator on my eyes and cheeks and Les Quatre Ombres Eye Shadow because they stay on forever. I am also addicted to Body Butter from the Body Shop, which I use every morning and evening. And Im thinking about getting hair extensions in the future, but I havent yet!