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?
- My way-to-large previous makeup collection 2011
- My original makeup collection (a little smaller then this one) 2010
Kindness is the best accessory,