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In search of the perfect beauty buddy

To lose 10 pounds, I'll need to partner up with a buddy and keep my commitment to working out. Or, so say fitness experts across the nation. The thing is, I pay my workout buddy; her official title is personal trainer, meaning she never begs off because she's not in the mood or has a hangover. I've got this exercise thing down.

So, this week, I turned my attention to another kind of partner in crime, a beauty buddy, if you will. I mean, isn't keeping a commitment to fabulous hair, shiny color, smooth skin and sparkling nails as important as a tight butt and toned abs? I say yes!

The truth is that, not unlike that morning workout, making the time to do all the grooming required to look great can be daunting. That's why I'm in search of a beauty buddy who will promise to "mentor" my beauty routine and make sure I'm always moving forward, not to mention act as my "spotter," alerting me when my choices in beauty begin to falter or when it's time to kick it up a notch. And, of course, showing up at regular beauty workout sessions, be they at the spa or at the corner nail salon, is essential.


Unlike your thighs, keeping your face in great shape does not require a daily dose of cardio. But heading to a trusty esthetician every four to six weeks is essential for glowing skin. That means my skin-saving beauty buddy has to be willing to meet me once a month at a favorite spa. If we're in a rush, we can get all the skin care we need in about 60 minutes. If time is on our side, we can add a massage or post-facial mocktail to the mix and make a morning of it. Any volunteers?

Manicures and pedicures

Nail care is where the women are separated from the girls. I believe that a weekly mani/pedi is essential. Even better, throw in an additional weekly polish change for variety. (Doing the same beauty exercises too often can get boring.) And for me, getting my nails done is fast and effective, not leisurely and lingering. All I need is a buddy to meet me once a week at a local salon for an express manicure and pedicure — we're talking 45 minutes in and out. And while it will undoubtedly be challenging to make that weekly commitment, think of how much better we'll feel the next time we slip into a pair of open-toed booties or slide on a sparkling cocktail ring. Are you in?

Cut and color

I need a trim every six to eight weeks as well as some kind of color (even if it's just a glaze) and a deep conditioning. Not only do I need my beauty buddy to meet me at the salon — we'll have tons of time to catch up while our color sets — but I also need her to make sure I don't overextend myself or jump into some new style that I'm not ready for. She'll also have to help keep me motivated because, on any given day, the urge to simply throw in the towel and wear a hat everywhere may overtake me. And while regular trips to our stylists may occasionally put a damper on our schedules, and even our wallets, it'll be well worth it when we walk out of the salon full of bounce and body.

Not to worry, I've placed a few calls and sent a few emails — it looks as if finding a beauty buddy who also wants to stay committed to looking great is much easier than convincing a girlfriend to meet up at 6 a.m. for a 3-mile run. Who knew?

— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of, a guide to the best in local beauty. Need beauty advice? Tweet up with Carolyn on Twitter @tampabaypretty.

In search of the perfect beauty buddy 08/25/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 5:02pm]
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