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Makeup hoarders anonymous

Is it just me or do you have trouble getting rid of makeup too? I’m a bit of a packrat in general. No, not of hoarder-show proportions, but I definitely go a bit overboard with things I love. Makeup is one of those things. I have so many products, some of which I’ve never tried. You’d think I’d slow down for a while and use up some stuff before taking on more, but even with my abundance of cosmetics I’m still always on the lookout for new things to try. I have a problem! It may be time for an intervention.

In my defense, the makeup stockpiling is not entirely my fault. People are always giving me stuff. My mother in law loves to shop for department store cosmetics during the gift-with-purchase promotions and she passes on all of the trial products that she won’t use. How can I say no? Seriously, what self-respecting makeup junkie turns down free products? Fortunately, in recent years I’ve gotten better at going through these treasures and pulling out the ones that I won’t use either and passing them on to someone who might use them.

Then there are the samples. You can be walking through a store, minding your own business and suddenly you’re approached and offered a small trial of a new product. How can you turn them down? They’re so tiny and cute – each one holding the promise of a potentially more beautiful you. What’s not to love? Besides, I’ve found some of my favorite products from trying samples. Admittedly though, there are many more that just sit in my drawer unopened (probably forever). It would be a good idea to pass them on or send them off to unopened sample heaven, but I don’t.

As much as I’d like to blame my makeup hoarding entirely on other people, I can’t. I’m well aware that the biggest issue is me. I’m a sucker for a new beauty product. Gloss, cream, mascara, eye shadow, blush, foundation, serum – I love them all! Not to mention the new products that I’ve never heard of before. Oh… those are the worst! If a brand new type of product hits the shelves I’m compelled to try it out. It calls to me. I may be able to resist for a while, but eventually I cave.

Anyways, admitting the problem is the first step right? So I’m on my way healing. I can’t be alone in this. Is anyone else out there a makeup hoarder?

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing