How we use beauty products and services is so psychologically driven. Women are always looking for that magic bullet for whatever perceived imperfection they’re trying to “fix.” And there’s definitely an often unspoken assumption that if something is expensive, then it’s better or more efficacious.
Scott-Vincent Borba’s HD Diamond and Ruby Peel: Last week isn’t the first time Mila had this $7,000 treatment; she also did it before the Golden Globes in the beginning of the year. So what happens during a $7,000 facial, you ask? According to an interview with
Snakeskin Pedicure: We heard about this $300 pedicure a few months ago. A spa in Monterey, CA offers manis and pedis with real snakeskin. After the snake sheds its skin, it’s cut into nail-sized pieces and covered with gel to set it and protect it. Pedicures can last up to 12 weeks. Maybe the Olsens can figure out a way to do an even
The Iced Manicure: Just in case you weren’t sufficiently impressed with the price of the snakeskin pedi, this $50,000 manicure should do the trick. Offered by Cherish...Me (which is based in London), the company tells you up front on its website: “Only the affluent, royals, and privileged have access to this Cherish...Me treatment.” Well, la-di-da. This is nail art which uses 10 carats worth of real diamonds. After you’re done sporting them on your nails, the diamonds are removed and the company makes you a bespoke piece of jewelry. To help you remember that time you spent $50,000 on a manicure.
Diamond, Sapphire, and Ruby Encapsulation: OK, $50,000 is so ridiculous for a manicure! That’s why manicurist Leighton Denny at Urban Retreat (also in London), offers a much more affordable version...at $32,000. Called the Diamond, Sapphire, and Ruby Encapsulation, it looks like he sandwiches the gems in between some nail gel. No word on if you get to make a pretty necklace out of the gems when the nail polish starts to chip. Middle Eastern princesses are supposedly flocking to London for this service.
The Evian Experience: Back in 2005, aka “before the financial world fell apart”, the Victor Hotel’s V Spa in South Beach offered an Evian bath treament for penthouse guests. Serena Williams christened it back in 2005. The cost? $5,000, plus $6,000 to rent the suite. That got you a 350 gallon bath full of Evian water, floating gerber daisies, a fancy food plate, and a bottle of champagne. We called to see if they still offer this service. At first the woman in the spa said she had never heard of it. When we described it, she hesitated, then said, “Oh, yes. We used to offer it but not anymore.” There’s probably a special secret number you have to call now if you want it. And you thought the Evian spritzer bottle was a waste of money!
Gold Facial Gold is a hot (and safe) commodity right now, so why not put some on your face? Turns out 24 karat gold actually has some purported benefits. The technique was originally developed in Japan but Veronica Barton-Schwartz at
The $600+ Haircut: It’s going nowhere, it’s been around forever (though a few years ago it was the $400 haircut) and yet the price is still shocking. It’s like buying a car: the minute you drive it off the lot it decreases in value. Same with hair--it starts growing immediately. We appreciate the artistry of hair stylists, and would never dream of cutting our own locks, but seriously. John Barrett, Sally Hershberger, Frederic Fekkai, Orlando Pita--we salute you.