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What Do You Do With Unwanted Beauty Products?

It can be hard to let go of a beauty product that's not completely used up without feeling like you're dumping dollars down the drain. Unfortunately, most products can't be used forever, and then there are some that are just duds. So what do you do with the products you no longer need or want?

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jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
I have a hard time getting rid of unused products. If the color isn't me and I know that I will never use it, I will give to a friend or toss it out.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 8 years
It's hard to just throw out expensive products when you've hardly used them. There are certain products(like mascara) that you should definitely toss no matter how much it cost and how much is left, but I think stuff like lip gloss shouldn't be thrown out until it just doesn't work anymore.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 8 years
cmachter1, that's so cute.i go through my makeup periodically and toss anything i haven't used in 3-6 months. i don't want cooties, and if i haven't needed it within that time frame, i probably don't need it at all.i also make returns to sephora, if it's something i've purchased there. they're great about taking products back.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 8 years
cmachter1, that's so cute. i go through my makeup periodically and toss anything i haven't used in 3-6 months. i don't want cooties, and if i haven't needed it within that time frame, i probably don't need it at all. i also make returns to sephora, if it's something i've purchased there. they're great about taking products back.
starbright14 starbright14 8 years
I have a hard time letting go of products, so I try to give them to friends who might be able to use them.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I give them away. My friends love it and it makes me happy that someone gets use out of them.
areidz areidz 8 years
If it's a color that just doesn't work for me I send it to my fair-skinned cousin. She just loves the stuff I give her! I'm happy that someone will accept my goodies. When I used to give it to my sister, it would go unused.
soleilbell soleilbell 8 years
If I end up not liking it, I still can't just "throw it away" if I haven't used it too many times. More often than not, it just sits there until mold starts growing. However, if the makeup has expired or is rotting, I don't mind throwing it away...
c12h22o11 c12h22o11 8 years
I've held onto things for a long time, and I'm really trying to break myself of the habit. This year, I've been on a no-buy for makeup, and am using up or throwing away what I already have, with the goal being that when I do start buying again, I'll buy less impulsively and use what I do buy instead of being enticed by the latest promise or look.
sarasonne sarasonne 8 years
Hate throwing slightly used products up. I agree mascara is very disposable. Otherwise, I try to use the rule, if I haven't used it in 12 months, it's time to part ways.
TFS TFS 8 years
ebay takes care of this for me. :)
Daisie Daisie 8 years
I swap on Makeup Alley! Unless it's old or mascara or lipgloss.
Skinny1 Skinny1 8 years
if it's something new, but the color isn't quite right I give my friends.
sjj158 sjj158 8 years
I swap on makeupalley.com and give away to cousins and friends. Mascara and other bacteria prone prodcuts go in the trash.
JulissaBaltazar JulissaBaltazar 8 years
alsoooo, in another make-up bag, under my bathroom sink. make up i dont use. i maybe go thru the bag once in a while.. might use it again... never knw if i might need it again..
rgrl rgrl 8 years
I have a hard time letting go... and I don't really have anyone to swap with. My mom is not that experimental with makeup either, so I don't give it to her. Last time I gave some things to a friend's teenage daughter, I think she had fun with it. I would never give stuff that's old and yucky to someone though. Just throw it out!
AllaWallaBalla AllaWallaBalla 8 years
I toss things that can't be be reused and/or are expired (i.e. mascara and foundation) and give away the items that friends and family members want.
Amelie074 Amelie074 8 years
I used to give things that were just a wrong color to a younger friend of mine who was in high school and just learning about makeup. It gave her a lot of fun things to experiment with and I didn't feel like they were just going in the trash. Most things though end up in the cabinet under the sink and then when I do a spring cleaning, they end up in the garbage. I can still hear my Mom yelling at me that I'm wasting money though! :-)
lindac lindac 8 years
I go through my bag periodically and just toss stuff. I have to check out makeupalley.com though. Thanks for the tip, laomy!
hollylyn hollylyn 8 years
I tend to keep things hanging around far too long.I work in theater, so I always rationalize that maybe I'll need something. Usually it doesn't pan out, but recently I got to use a really horrendous teal shadow and an overly frosted pinky-lilac lipstick.Sometimes too they help me out in a pinch. A lipstick that was freaky looking on the lips frequently doubles as emergency blush. Or a too brown bronzer ends up as eye shadow.But for the most part, they sit around gathering dust.
hollylyn hollylyn 8 years
I tend to keep things hanging around far too long. I work in theater, so I always rationalize that maybe I'll need something. Usually it doesn't pan out, but recently I got to use a really horrendous teal shadow and an overly frosted pinky-lilac lipstick. Sometimes too they help me out in a pinch. A lipstick that was freaky looking on the lips frequently doubles as emergency blush. Or a too brown bronzer ends up as eye shadow. But for the most part, they sit around gathering dust.
daysey10 daysey10 8 years
IF its a product thats in good condition i usually will give it to my friends or sister in law or mom or aunts LOL...but if its mascara or something thats old i will usually chuck it to make room for new cosmetics thats fun part is buying new makeup :)
Anabellatc Anabellatc 8 years
I have a hard time tossing it even if i haven't used it for a while! I dk why...maybe i should go home tonight and clean my makeup bag!
puddlesworth puddlesworth 8 years
I only buy cheap makeup so I have no problem throwing it away and replacing it with brand new cheap stuff! :)
gigill gigill 8 years
I should have clicked on "other" as I have no problem tossing out expired mascaras, but everything else I use until the bitter end!
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