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Woman Who Owns $30,000 Worth of Makeup

Woman Owns $30,000 Worth of Makeup, Compares Collection to Her Children

A recent UK poll showed that the average woman will spend about $13,000 on makeup in a lifetime. Not so for 54-year-old nurse Hillary Kosofsky, who currently owns a whopping $30,000 in beauty products — including $6,000 in eye shadow palettes and $688 in nail polishes. Even though her habit once set her back $14,000 in debt (which her husband helped pay off), Kosofsky admits she gets a rush from her frequent purchases. "I love all this makeup," she explains. "These things are like my children."

While I like makeup and hair products (duh), it's quite sad to see anybody this obsessed with, well, anything. Kosofsky considers herself different from people who go on Hoarders because she's tidy and organized — and yet it's clear that Kosofsky knows she has a problem. "I'm looking at this pile thinking, 'This is not normal; this is not healthy,'" she said. See some other surprising facts about this woman's makeup collection when you read more.

  • Her must haves: Anything limited-edition, bedazzled, for the hair (she has over 140 hair products), new, or with color. Foundations and face creams aren't her thing.
  • Her "buy two" policy: Kosofsky adores makeup palettes so much, she'll frequently buy one to use and the other simply to admire and save. Similarly, she carries makeup around with her just to look at it when she pleases.
  • On her hair product obsession: "I usually get bored halfway through hair products. I either stash the bottles under the sink or just squeeze them down the drain," she said.

Most of us probably have more than we need, but what do you think of this extreme case?

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beautyaddict13 beautyaddict13 7 years
I have a lot of makeup but not even close to this much. I agree with everyone else
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Well, sschaiable, I would argue that this: Even though her habit once set her back $14,000 in debt (which her husband helped pay off means she DOES have issues. Going into that much debt for anything (except a car loan, mortgage, student loans, etc.) is a problem.
mariserin mariserin 7 years
LOL....this sounds like a typical member of :)
Ladyseven Ladyseven 7 years
I won't lie: this article made me feel a LOT better about the number of hair products I have. ;-)
taylvs3 taylvs3 7 years
i have a fair amt. of makeup, but i never understood people having really extensive collections of makeup. it goes bad!! maybe not in the 6 months retailers want you to think, but 5 yrs. worth of makeup is gross, and bacteria-ridden.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 7 years
Like it's already been said, therapy. Also it sounds very very wasteful. Dumping half of a product down the drain just because you're bored with it?
lommie lommie 7 years
I definitely don't spend nearly as much, and don't carry mine around "just to look at", but I spend more money that I probably need to on products I just never wear. I own a ton of eye makeup and face creams mostly, but there's just never enough time in a lifetime to use it all up. I probably only use eye makeup once or twice a week. I buy so much just to make sure I have what I need whenever the mood does strike for me to get gussied up.
Mars77 Mars77 7 years
she surely has an obsession but besides that she`s so irresponsible about the environment and the savings of her i might guess now poor family, to just leave bottles unfinished or flushing them i don´t know at first I was a little sympathetic with her, but now...I'm just kinda mad!!
runningesq runningesq 7 years
This: Kosofsky adores makeup palettes so much, she'll frequently buy one to use and the other simply to admire says to me: in need of therapy.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
She needs therapy, this is a big leap from just a fancy for cosmetics.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 7 years
I've read about her before,but I can't remember where... :? She seems to have quite the problem! I buy a ton of makeup, but no way am I THIS bad!
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