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Sure! I’ve definitely seen how much I’ve spent on a collection and thought about what else I could have done with it. Most of us have some sort of vice/hobby/distraction that we tend to “invest” in, and being happy and enjoying ourselves is part of living a good life. I regularly donate products to domestic violence victims, give to charity, and live within my means all while working hard to be able to do all those things.

— Christine

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Oh, I totally do. I feel guilty about spending so much money on it, although I’m not racking up credit card bills, and I feel guilty about having so much and not wearing that much sometimes, and I try to hide it from my husband because he just looks at me in confusion over it. But I live within my means and it makes me happy, and if I wasn’t buying makeup I’d be buying something else, probably bags and shoes and clothes.

But I still feel guilty when I look at my rapidly growing collection, and realize that once again I’m running out of storage space.

Yup, I feel guilty quite often about buying makeup. I’ll get over it temporarily, but when I look at the total amount of makeup I have then I feel guilty all over again. I definitely know I could put it to better use, but I feel like I should get to enjoy *something.*

Yes indeed. Because it is tested on animals and not so good for environment and useless too on the whole. I fell guilty when I ate meat, I don’t anymore. Maybe one day when I am strong enough ( mentally speaking ) I’ll go Vegan for makeup, clothes even though I’ll never go vegan for food because I do need eggs and milky products, organic most of the time.
So yes I feel guilty but I love makeup so much that I simply can’t get enough for the time being.

Yes, this is especially true when I know I have a box full of unopened makeup stored in the closet. Why is new makeup so tempting? Why do I have to get every shade of neutrals out there?

I’m just happy that somebody created pan projects.

I feel guilty 90% of the time when I find the product I use doesn’t work on me, especially when I was fooled by the BA to buy something not that good.

Also, I can stay sad for a few days when I have to change my foundation product when the old one wasn’t used up by half.

Hello, Gladys L.

Have you considered returning the products that don’t work for you? In my experience, most department store counters will accept a return if you are not pleased.

I do really appreciate your suggestion but I live in a country where return policy doesn’t apply for used products (sign….)

So I wish I can have a makeup haul trip in the future and try on them to enjoy this kind of return policy in my life time, haha

Oh, yes! Especially since I have rather expensive taste. I do have a tendancy to feel guilty quite easily though. I try to get over it simply by being very careful with how I spend my money, and by using absolutely all the products I buy, on a regular basis. So far, it works.
But I agree with Christine: next to everyone has that kind of “vice”; as long as it’s healthy, it is a positive thing.
I had not considered giving make up to charity, but it’s a fantastic idea! I already donate my clothes, but I’ll try to remember to do that too with products I don’t use.

YES, it would take me years to go through all the makeup I’ve got and I keep buying more! But I get over it rather quickly, especially when my boyfriend tells me I have a rather cheap hobby! (at least it’s not vintage cars, like his)

Hey Christine, which shelter do you donate to? Do you have any sort of resource that would direct me to be able to donate makeup in my area/nationally? Thanks!

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I donate to a legal organization that provides free legal aid to victims of domestic violence. They do accept donations via mail when I asked in December:

Pro Bono Project
480 N. 1st Street, ste. 219
P.O. Box 103
San Jose, CA. 95103-0103

Yes, because of that I don’t remember the last piece of color cosmetics other than every day products (like concealer, & foundation) I purchased. I really started to evaluate if it was really worth it. I’ve been just using what I have, which is wayyyyy more than enough (3 large drawers worth). But it’s fun to see what is out there and what everyone else is getting.

LOL that’s a little over the top. 😛 I don’t feel bad when I buy makeup because I worked hard for that money so I get to spend it on whatever I want. 🙂

All the time! I always feel like that money could have gone to a better use! But it usually never stops me from spending again…. habits.

Sometimes. Because I already have more than I could ever use in a lifetime. but then I have to remind myself to not feel guilty..that it’s good to have a hobby. Even though sometimes I think my hobby is a bit ridiculous.

No. Never.

My pholosophy on money and how I spend it is simple.
I work hard, so I get to spend my own money the way I like. And I feel great about it. On the other side, I don’t let my family and friends buy me anything because on this case, I feel guilty.

I make my own money, I spend it the way I want. Desteny’s Child-ish in a way haha. (or Samantha Jones)

I feel aso guilty it actually ruins the joy out of getting something new. That and the storage problems i already have.

I feel the exact same way. I always have mixed feelings when I buy something, and never truly enjoy getting new products because of the feeling of guilt.

And the storage issues. I’ve been thinking about buying a new storage unit, because the one I’m currently using is full. Problem is I live in a small apartment and I don’t even have room for another unit. I really don’t know what to do because I have makeup everywhere at this point. In boxes in my closet where my clothes should be (I don’t have room for more clothes either because of my makeup stealing storage space!), on top of my drawers, night stand, bathroom.. It’s EVERYWHERE. And I still buy more. Oh, the guilt, the guilt 🙁

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