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Women spend a lot of time and energy on beauty. I've been thinking a lot about what beauty means and how to cover it on Momtrends. Each week we are bombarded with product pitches. The new products promise to make us look younger, fresher, prettier. As an editor, I know what side my bread is buttered on. I can't ignore the beauty companies and what they bring to our brand in the terms of monetary support. And I have a bathroom and vanity full of products I love. But as the mom of two girls, I also want them to know beauty doesn't come from a bottle. It comes from within.

As women we are spending a lot of time and money on beauty? Here are some numbers from Huffington post.

how much does beauty cost

This year I decided to dig deeper into beauty and what it means to me. To start off, I'm looking at my investment.

Here are the appointments I book that I consider essential:

Hair coloring (professional) 8x year
Dentist 2x a year
Dermatologist 1x a year

Here are the appointments I consider important:

Weekly blow out 24x a year
Manicures 24x a year
Pedicure 15x a year

Here is what I recently gave up because it took too long and was too expensive:

Laser hair removal 5x a year

In addition I spend 15 minutes at night and 30 minutes in the morning on cleaning and makeup application. I'm guessing I use about $5 worth of beauty products per day (since there are 20 items I use in the morning and 5 at night). Here's how it breaks down:

how much do you spend on beauty

I broke down everything on a graph. I'm spending more than 8 days a year on grooming! And well over $5000! How do you compare?

What's the point of all this? Well this year, the goal it to talk a about beauty in real terms. I want to help you spend your money and time wisely. That's why I'm teaming up with three other amazing women on Beauty Buzz.

Each week I team up with Lulu of SimplyLuluStyle.comJanise of MamainHeels.com and Alison of Get YourPrettyOn.com. We're going to start a conversation that we want you to join in. Every Tuesday we'll post about beauty. We'll share tips for living better and spending your money and time well.

Assorted bath products and objects, a background

For me, beauty is all about feeling strong, loved, healthy and connected. You can't get that in a bottle. According to a 2008 survey, American women spend $7 billion dollars on beauty products. So let's team up to remind each other of what beauty products should be about. A little pampering, a little empowerment and a lot of fun. We're taking back beauty on our own terms and we hope you'll join us!

To kick things off we're sharing a great giveaway from B-Knowing Beauty. Prize to be announced very soon!

This is not a sponsored post.

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