Stop Hoarding: Beauty & Hair Products
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As a human that is influenced by social media, fashion, and anything beauty related, I have become a hoarder. A hoarder is "a person that feels the need to find, collect, keep, pack any and everything because they do not know how to throw things away." My Camden apartment is very spacious but can tend to appear messy and unorganized with my excess number of products. To prevent an episode of my life appearing on A&E Network, I have come up with a list of tips to prevent hoarding cosmetics, hair, and beauty products.
1.Use up your samples.
I love free samples. Most retail shops and websites that sell cosmetics will give 1-3 samples per purchase. There are also “gifts with purchase” that are bonus deluxe samples. Not using your samples can lead to a stockpile. There may be hidden treasures in your stack. Take time to sort through the things you will use and throw away the things that you will not. Consider giving samples to friends and coworkers that may be able to use them. I have very pale skin, so concealer samples in medium to deep tones I pass along to coworkers. I was able to go one full month without buying shampoo and conditioner because I have enough samples. Saving money is a side effect of using samples too.
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2. Check for expiration dates.
Did you know that on the back of cosmetic products, there are symbols with a number in them letting consumers know how long to keep a product? Rule of thumb: if you have not used it in a year, throw it away. Liquid and cream products can develop bacteria leading to infections. Powder products have a longer lifespan but can lose pigmentation over time. You are only born with one set of eyes, it is not worth keeping old mascara and eyeliner.
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Stores such as Mac and Lush have a great recycling program for used up items. By returning 5-6 empty containers (see specific stores for details), you can get a free lipstick, eyeshadow, face mask, etc. These containers are recycled and remade into new containers for future products. You have now helped the environment and gained a free item.
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Many local women’s shelters accept new or gently used cosmetic and hair products. Search for shelters in your area online, and each of them will have a list of items they need.
5. Project Pan
A movement on YouTube and Instagram started in the more recent years called Project Pan. This essentially is picking a few items from your “stash” and giving yourself a goal and timeline to “hit pan”, or fully use a product. There is an entire network of people that challenge each other to use their items. Having an accountability group is a fundamental success tool in any aspect of life, so why not try it with beauty products.
I hope that these 5 tips help you to start decluttering your hair and makeup stashes. Be sure to check out part 2 of this series as we tackle how to stop hoarding magazines and books.
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