"From heaven to hell and back again, life is a funny thing. beauty can come from the most strangest of places even the most disgusting places." RIP Lee Alexander McQueen. This blog is dedicated to you, your art, your beauty, and your influence. Long live McQueen!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Cost of Beauty

By: Sophia Varga

Being a woman is fun. We get to dress up in beautiful clothes, wear sky high heels and gloss our lips with colors called fresh brew and peony pearl, but there’s a downside to this, and every girl can relate; it’s expensive! Being on the receiving end of a wedding invitation can incur expenses comparable to a weekend getaway. Take this dress and shoe combo, add a manicure/pedicure, blowout and the accessories below and you’ve just bought yourself the equivalent of a plane ticket to Europe.

The days of wearing tanning oil and baking yourself in the sun are long gone. Now pore purifying facials and SPF 50 sunblock are skincare essentials. A full body spray tan session at Sundara NYC will run you $78.00 and Clarins SPF 30 sunblock costs a pricey $30.00, almost three times the cost of a bottle of Hawaiian Tropic which retails for about $8.00. Book the “fabulous facial” at Bliss Spa and your wallet’s a $120.00 lighter.

Now let’s talk handbags. A quality one will last you years, and that may be the only logic for dropping serious bank on a leather receptacle for your lip balm and iPod. See below for the most coveted bags around.

Sometimes I think about how easy it would be to be a guy and throw on a polo and jeans or a simple suit for a wedding, but then I would have to let go of my lifelong dream for an Hermes Birkin and I shudder……It’s all worth it to be a girl!