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July 11, 2012

Donating Half of My Makeup & Updated Makeup Collection

I recently donated half of my makeup. It was a decision that was long in the making. With my Learning to Live Minimally resolution really showing me how much junk I buy and don’t use… It just made sense. I love makeup, it’s fun, but I don’t wear too much on a day to day basis. You know, I’m a natural face kind of girl. I rarely go “smokey” and almost never wear bright colors on my lids.

It took me awhile to find out what to do with the makeup I wasn’t using. This is used makeup, even if it is lightly used, charities don’t generally take makeup. Then I heard that Temptalia donates her used makeup to local woman’s shelters. When a woman has to leave an abusive home and join a shelter, she generally doesn’t have the time to pack non-essentials like makeup.

The problem with this plan though was that I didn’t know of any shelters in my area and shelters generally don’t have websites to promote themselves since then the safety of those in their care would be jeopardized. I even tried calling 411 for information on battered woman’s shelters but they don’t keep that information on file. They were concerned as to why I was asking, actually. That was an interesting conversation.

Googling for shelters didn’t help either. So, I just started searching for ways to donate makeup in general rather then trying to look up shelters.

I then came across this article on how to donate gently used items to the Renee Rouleau spa in Texas. They take in other people’s makeup and then donate them to shelters in Dallas, Texas.  I gave them a call and they said they wouldn’t mind if I shipped my stuff over. There you go. Now I have a much smaller and more manageable makeup collection and my other products are being used by woman who need them.

That article was written in 2011 so make sure to call ahead if you want to send your makeup to make sue they are still accepting used makeup donations. I sent mine out a few weeks ago, I hope it was helpful to someone!

The video above shows an overview of my now smaller collection. The lighting was a little harsh so I had to lighten it to be able to see some of the products. By the way, some of the products in my collection have been tested on animals and I’m trying to work through them so I can replace those products with cruelty-free brands.

To see what makeup I wore in the beginning of this video, read the part of my video description box that says “On Me”.

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Would you ever consider donating your makeup?

Previous collections:

Kindness is the best accessory,


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  • Audrey

    Hi Rebecca,

    I found your blog at bloglovin’. Followed you by the way. Seems you have a lot of good stuff here. So, your donating some of your makeup? I’ve seen a lot of girls in youtube with a lot of makeup, more than they actually need and use on a daily basis. They should be donating those as well, LOL!

    Indeed, kindness is the best accessory. I seriously hate a well-groomed, trendy girl who is also rude. It gets rid of all those nice things she has.

    Come by and see my blog site as well. I’m still tweaking it though. TC!

    July 12, 2012 at 12:34 am Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      I agree Audrey. The prettiest person in the world loses their shine if they have an ugly heart.

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      July 14, 2012 at 12:55 pm Reply
  • Tina

    I would certainly donate my makeup, currently I donate all the time to my sisters and friends! :) :)

    July 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      Haha, I donate to family as well! They generally get first dibs.

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      July 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm Reply
  • Heather Chester

    Your idea is really good. Donating half of your make up can really help a lot of individuals who look forward to have this stuff.

    July 19, 2012 at 8:37 am Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      I hope those who got it were happy!

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      July 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm Reply
  • Pamela Oakley

    I like your makeup collection. The winner is so lucky to receive this one.

    July 26, 2012 at 2:32 am Reply
    • rebeccakelsey

      Thanks Pamela!

      Kindness is the best accessory,

      July 27, 2012 at 9:23 am Reply
  • raquel j

    I just started a non profit organization name glam & lovely which collects gently used to new products,clothing and makeup please for more info

    May 1, 2014 at 5:38 pm Reply
  • Erika cortez

    How do you get makeup! I would love some so much I’m 24 years old single mom three kids! So I don’t have the money to buy :(

    December 1, 2015 at 5:08 pm Reply
    • Laura

      Hi Erika i found your message here while looking to donate some stuff, please write me an email if you are interested, i don’t have blog or YouTube. Hope you write me. Please tell me where you are from in the mail, and know that i wont ask you anything in return, not even shipping costs.

      December 15, 2015 at 9:45 pm Reply

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