For men, it's so easy. Just get a haircut, some decent dark pants, and some decent dark shoes. For women, it's not. A simple concept such as cutting nails isn't really that simple for many women. And I'm not even interested in nail polish!
Anyway, before I started cutting down my expenses, I'd spend thousands of pesos monthly on salon services such as waxing, pedicure (no polish), and facials (for cleaning up icky whiteheads and acne). Plus it frustrates me to no end that women's garments and shoes are made with planned obsolescence in mind, so they're not very durable and many of them are uncomfortable. Because maintenance was so expensive, these were the first things I reviewed on my budget list.
And then here's what I did:
1. Repair clothes instead of buying new ones.
2. Give yourself a facial.
The cleansing pads are worth about P400 (I bought the pads on sale, buy-one-take-one) and there are 30 of them. If you use them once or twice a week, that's about P13-P26 on a monthly facial already. How much do you spend on a salon facial? Yup, that's huge savings right there.
3. Do your own pedicure.
The rest, like cuticle remover and the cuticle oil that gives your nails a pinkish glow, won't even amount to P50. I have been doing this for months and I have yet to replace the cuticle remover and the cuticle oil.
Can you imagine how many times I'd visit a salon to have my toe nails cleaned in a month? I'd spend about P200-P400 per visit, so that's about P400-800 a month. And that doesn't even justify the stress of having someone forcefully remove an imaginary ingrown. Gad, I remember that girl telling me that she had to remove it because it would hurt. It only started hurting when she tampered with it!!!! GRRR.
4. Wax yourself.
When I got into the P100/Day challenge, I sought out cheaper options. I tried Epilin, which my sister swears by, saying it is the easiest for her to use. Hah! I'm so stupid at anything beauty-related that I couldn't even follow the instructions. Plus I thought I burned and tore off my legs when I removed the wax. That was one excruciating experience I dare not repeat.
When I saw these Veet wax strips at PCX in Greenbelt (around P200+) I bought them immediately.
I was also surprised at how quick and almost pain-free it felt, which is in stark contrast with my Epilin experience.
5. Coffee or sugar for foot scrub.
I have resorted to buying foot cushions (inexpensive but still...damn you shoemakers) and then using sugar or used ground coffee for scrubbing the scaly parts of my feet. I get the same result I'd get if I went to a salon. And it's still cheap, if you consider that you brewed coffee for drinking and then you get to recycle the used coffee beans.
Is there a service I can't let go of?
That would be a good massage at Mont Albo, which is directly located across my condo. Though I have this 3M's Nexcare First Aid compress that my room mate Aileen swears is effective for her stiff neck, I still like the old-fashioned hilot method. There's something about exerting pressure on my stiff muscles (and the warm stuff they put on my back) that relaxes me.
If I want to feel a deeper level of relaxation, and if I have the budget, I'd go for Wensha Spa (I find other spas too expensive). For almost P700, you can already avail of an eat-all-you-can buffet + body massage package.
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