People love to throw around the term "high-maintenance," but there is high-maintenance... and then there is Gwyneth Paltrow.
"I know it’s a cliché, but I really do subscribe to the ‘age gracefully’ thing. [...] I’m not the type to look in the mirror and study my looks. God no! I’d rather die than be studying my face like that! [...] I like my wrinkles and you know, I like what I see."
Right. Are those the words of someone who spends more than $20,000 a month on beauty treatments?
Here's what it takes to look like Gwyneth Paltrow:
- Reiki massage: $300 monthly for 90 minutes
- Intravenous vitamin therapy: $460 for a monthly session at the Be Hive of Healing centre in Los Angeles
- Lymphatic drainage massage: $200 for a monthly 90 minutes at Be Hive of Healing
- Thermage: $27,400 for twice-annual laser tightening treatments on her face, brows and neck
- Facials (NYC): $2,400 annually for microdermabrasion, electronic muscle stimulation and oxygen treatments at Tracie Martyn in New York City
- Facials (LA): $480 per week for apple stem cell facials at Sonya Dakar in Los Angeles
- Haircuts: $9,600 annually for hair salon treatments and trims
- Blow-dries: $160 per week (but this is before Gwyneth invested in Blo, so she probably gets them free now)
- Makeup and hairstyling: $193,000 annually for a hairstylist and makeup artist for personal appearances
I suppose this is all fairly standard in celeb-land, and if I had a spare $20,000 a month to throw around, I can't say I wouldn't do some of the same. (Though it would be nice for part of that money to go to an actually useful cause, like starving children.)
But then there is the matter of results. Do you think Gwyneth is getting a good return on that $20,000-a-month investment? I really don't....