When to DIY vs. When to Not DIY

when to not diy

When to DIY, and when to not DIY. That’s the question.

I love the idea of making things from scratch. But there are times when it’s simply impractical to do the DIY beauty thing. I have an ever-growing Pinterest board of DIY beauty ideas that I’ve barely scratched the surface on. Between work, family, and life, sometimes I’m simply not up to it. I don’t have kids yet, but if I did I can’t imagine where I’d find time to try a homemade turmeric greek yogurt mask. And I’ll admit: being busy is the perfect excuse to go to the spa and splurge on a facial, mani-pedi, or body scrub.

Other times I get real and do a mask, rinse, or DIY mani-pedi my damn self. Beauty is not only how I look and feel, it’s also and investment. I’ve saved hundreds of dollars, maybe thousands of dollars per year by performing my own hair, nails, and skin treatments. That’s not to say I don’t splurge every once in awhile, but I’ve given myself a litmus test to gauge when I should take care of my own beauty needs, and when I should outsource the experience.


  • A little bit of extra time is available
  • Ingredients easily available
  • Want to be creative and save money

Or to Not DIY…

  • You don’t have the time or desire to do it yourself
  • Professional help is needed (esthetician, masseuse, etc)
  • No DIY ingredients on hand
  • Spoiled and need to be pampered <— this can be a legit reason!

The decision to do it yourself or outsource depends on circumstances, but I’m a big fan of DIY beauty when I have the time. I find it relaxing to do my nails and simple facial masks on Sundays so that I’m refreshed for the upcoming week. When I need my nails done for a special event, I go see my manicurist and when my skin needs more than avocado and honey, I see an esthetician.

How you decide when to DIY, and when to not?

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