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Ok a few facts.<br><br>
I have not wron make-up since March 04, and that was the wedding. I have NEVER been one to wear it more than 3x a month --ever<br><br>
I am a fool for adversiting.<br><br>
I really really really WANT to be that perferctly put-to-gether woman you see -- great heair, makeup, outfit.........<br><br>
I am NOT her -- I wear my hair in a braid every day, i wear jeans, or yoga pants, and nurseing shirts.....always<br><br>
I worked at walgreens in make-up for a while -- free samples, and great discount<br><br>
I have MAKE UP in 3 baskets --- lip liners, lip sticks, foundation... you name it i have it in 3 brands and a number of colors.............<br><br>
I should get rid of all of it -- trash it all --<br><br>
but i CAN"T -- it is all expensive. most if it is new (though most of it opened, but maybe never won, or tried on once)............. I DID throw out 2 small bathroom trash cans full (lotions, purfumes, testers and OLD makeup)....<br><br>
HELP<br><br>
It is taking up space.<br><br>
It is SILLY to have since i NEVER wear it -- even out to dinner or to church --<br><br>
I just can't make myself throw out so much of anything that si GOOD (nothing wrong with it) and EXPENSIVE and NICE (high qulaity, most of it)<br><br>
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freecycle. I bet you have 10 emails in less than 2 hours. It doesn't seem to matter, there is always someone out there who will want it. And as for money or whatnot, think about how happy the person who you give it to will be. YOu may not wear makeup, I don't either, but for some people makeup makes a big difference in how they percieve themselves.
 

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I am the same way. I DO NOT wear makeup...but I sold Mary Kay for a while, and had <b>a whole lot</b> of it laying around.<br><br>
I do wear it very rarely, so I didn't want to throw it all away because of those special occassions. But I also didn't want to take up shelves in my bathroom. I decided to keep a <b>few</b> things from my gigantic makeup/skin care stash. I now have:<br><br>
- two eyeshadow thingies, each with a few different colors: one neutrals, one colors<br>
- ONE neutral lipstick that goes with everything<br>
- one black mascara<br>
- one dark brown or gray (I can't remember) eyeliner<br>
- one small bottle of foundation<br>
- one small neutral lipliner<br><br>
It is enough to fit into a gallon-sized Ziplock back, which can be stashed in my cabinet until I need it.<br><br>
Also, remember, some makeup expires (maybe all? I'm unsure). You should definitely trash things that are old, so they don't irritate your skin.
 

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I'd be glad glad glad to donate it -- to a woman't shelter or whatever -- GLAD to - I don't WANT it i jsut hate to waest it<br><br>
but -- very little, if any , i sealed.<br><br>
Just wiondering -- how to get your mind around throwing out things that are still GOOD and cost a lot of money to start with<br><br>
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Give it to a 11-13 year old girl for her next slumber party. (This is how my SIL declutters her nailpolish collection to my dd).<br><br>
Or, save it and have a dress up date night once a month, as a treat for yourself.
 

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I just recently freecycled mine. It was gone within an hour. I kept a few pieces since I do occasionaly wear make-up when the mood strikes me. All my stuff was Maybelline, which is the only one that doesn't bother my skin for some strange reason. I kept<br><br>
*1 mascara with lash enhancer(my eyelashes are invisible<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )<br>
*1 eyeshadow with 8 colors in it<br>
*2 eyeliners<br>
*2 bottles of liquid to powder foundation(I have to mix them to get my skin tone)<br>
*3 lipsticks: 1 dramatic (for my DH <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> ), 1 neutral and 1 girly and shiny<br>
*a package of make-up puffs for foundation<br>
*1 eyeliner sharpener<br>
*1 bottle of make-up remover<br><br>
I put all my make-up in a small nice looking hatbox since I am lacking storage space in my tiny bathroom. I am able to keep it on the counter.
 

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was it open?<br><br>
how does freecycle work? I don't know what it is.<br><br>
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When I need to rid myself of something I paid good money for, or is still in its package, or was a gift from someone special to me, I have to tell myself over and over that it is NOT glorifying my life in any way. It is suffocating my family by cluttering up our living space.<br><br>
Freecycle.org<br><br>
Find a group in your area and sign up for the Yahoo group. You can offer whatever you want, people email you, and you choose whoever you want to take your stuff. Then you can meet them in a neutral spot if you'd like, and fork over your stuff. You can also use it to find stuff (i.e. "WANTED: small student desk") or search through other offers.
 

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two things helped me to get rid of old makeup that I never wore. . .<br><br>
1. Things go bad faster than you think. I've read that eye stuff should be replaced every three months. I think the longest some things (lip pencils maybe) are expected to last is about 2 years. Using it just once / opening it introduces bacteria, which causes it to spoil. yucky!<br><br>
2. Read the ingredients on them. Drugstore/Department store stuff especially - what on earth is hydrogenated isobutene? It's got to be at least as bad as partially hydrogenated soybean oil. I got rid of all my old stuff and slowly replaced it with stuff I wear all the time (the simple things other posters listed) from the natural foods store. I figured, why put junk chemicals on my skin if I'm taking such care to eat organic vegetables? And I'm <b>definitely</b> not kissing my babies with chemical soup lipgloss on my lips.<br><br>
hope this helps.
 

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I don't wear makeup either. Very rarely. I haven't decluttered mine yet, but I don't have more than say a small ziplock bag half full. I personally don't vary shades / colors, etc. I have colors I like and that's that. So I would keep: one eyeliner, one eyeshadow, one blush, one foundation, one spot coverup, lash darkener/mascara, lipliner and lipstick. I will get around to weeding that out soon.<br><br>
I have also heard that makeup goes bad quickly, but if I had to throw it out every 3 months, I'd be buying new makeup every single time I wore it, so I just keep it and damn the bacteria. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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For me it is really all about how much stress I carry with that object. It just isn't worth it to me to have to deal with that object. Selling it takes time, if I have that time I might go back and say, oh I might actually want it later. I have to get it out as soon as I can. I actually don't even want to go to goodwill anymore because I am afraid to see something I got rid of and want it back. I have been pretty ruthless when it comes to getting rid of things, but, some of it might be pregnancy, I do feel some loss. So it is best to have to think less about what I am getting rid of, which means freecycle/goodwill/garbage. If you have looked at it more than 4 times and said to yourself, I don't need that/Why do I have that? Toss it and quickly
 

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If I were you I would chose 1 mascara, 2 eye shadows, 1 blush, 2 lip sticks and one powder all in neutral colors. Put them in a small make up bag and then look at the rest of the stuff. Think about the last time you wore make up. Did you use anything that is still in that pile? If so pull it out. The rest goes to freecycle. Then look at what you pulled out of the pile. Will you use it in the next year? If not add it to the freecycle pile.<br><br>
I have found that when my make up selection is minimal (colors that will go with everything) I wear it more often because it takes less thought. It is easy to pick up you make up bag and throw it on becasue there is no decisions to be made. You know what is in there will look natural and good and you don't have to decide what color to wear.<br><br>
I keep 1 of my lip sticks a bit brighter and 1 of my eye shadows a bit glittery for going out or dressing up a bit more but they are still fairly neutral.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">If I were you I would chose 1 mascara, 2 eye shadows, 1 blush, 2 lip sticks and one powder all in neutral colors. Put them in a small make up bag and then look at the rest of the stuff. Think about the last time you wore make up. Did you use anything that is still in that pile? If so pull it out. The rest goes to freecycle. Then look at what you pulled out of the pile. Will you use it in the next year? If not add it to the freecycle pile.<br><br>
I have found that when my make up selection is minimal (colors that will go with everything) I wear it more often because it takes less thought. It is easy to pick up you make up bag and throw it on becasue there is no decisions to be made. You know what is in there will look natural and good and you don't have to decide what color to wear.<br><br>
I keep 1 of my lip sticks a bit brighter and 1 of my eye shadows a bit glittery for going out or dressing up a bit more but they are still fairly neutral.</div>
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This is more or less what I did.<br><br>
I have one eye shadow "kit" that has two colors, one dark and one light.<br><br>
An eye-liner pencil<br><br>
Mascara<br><br>
2 lipsticks ( and one chapstick, cuz I do love that shine)<br><br>
Powder<br><br>
Blush<br><br>
It's all subtle, and natural looking. If I want a little drama, I just wear MORE...more eye-liner, more eyeshadow, more mascara. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I like having just what I like and use soooo much better.<br><br><br>
P.S. Anything already opened that you aren't keeping, I would just throw out. Bacteria.
 

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I went through all my bathroom stuff this weekend-so I know how you feel. I allowed myself five bins-<br><br>
Stacey's Personal Bathroom-Beauty (foundation, lipstick, eyeshadow, hairbrush, mascara, a couple hair bands, etc)<br>
Stacey's Personal Bathroom-Function (contant solution, glasses, tweezers, vitamins, etc)<br>
Stacey's Personal Bathroom-Weekly (Q-tips, nail polish and remover, face mask, etc)<br>
Extras/Refills (razors, shampoo, etc...this bin is bursting so I need to take one or two things out!)<br>
Medicine and medical supplies (a big twice the size for this)<br><br>
The two bins I have for daily, weekly, and for the refills are about the size of a shoebox each. I planned it so that the daily ones were only half full, and can not be more than half full without getting rid of something.<br><br>
This is all I am going to allow myself.<br><br>
I, too, hardly wear make-up, wash my hair twice a week, shove it up in a bun the rest of the time, and never even look at my ratty nails. I also want to be someone that is put together!
 

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<b><span style="font-size:large;">VERY important tip about makeup</span></b><br><br>
If it's old, toss it, don't keep it! Wet makeups can be breeding grounds for bacteria, ESPECIALLY eye makeup like mascara. If your wet eye makeup is more than three months old, toss it. Powders, eye shadows, and blush, are all good for about 9 to 12 months. Eye liners and brow pencils should go at about 6 months. Lipsticks are good for about 12 to 24 months, pot lip glosses should go at 6 because of bacterial transfer again, and always toss lip stuff if you've had the flu because you could easily catch it from yourself!<br><br>
Anyway, I just use mineral powder, concealor, eyeliner/brow and mascara. Brows and mascara are the two things I do or I won't leave the house <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I have been saving my make-up since the last time I wore it. It was June 2001 for my wedding. Now it is at least 5,5 years old so none of it can be used anymore. Maybe I will now be able to toss it.
 
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