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To be honest, I just let most of it sit around in drawers. Every so often I will go through the stuff I don’t use much, and if it’s a good product, but just not for me then I will give it to my mom or a friend who may not be able to afford to splurge.

I have a few family friends that don’t have much,so every few months I’ll go through my makeup and things I don’t like/don’t use I go ahead and give to them.

Very cheap items I might not fret over, but in general I will either keep trying to see if I can make an item work or repurpose it.  Like if a highlighter I bought looks weird on, I might try it as an eyeshadow or use it on my body.  It’s fun to get creative.  Or if it’s not gross I’ll offer it to my mom.

I give it to my friend, who never has any extra money for makeup. She’s always super happy with anything I give her.

Sometimes, it will sit for a bit in drawers, but eventually I’ll either find a use for it or give it to friends and family since I don’t like letting things go to waste.  A friend recently commented that she’s pretty sure half of her lipstick collection is stuff I offloaded on her.  😛

I save them for my friends mostly! I don’t have SO MANY that I don’t see myself ever using again to be honest, but that’s probably because my stash isn’t as big! 

I just… I let them sit in draws forever and forget about them and then I’ll find them and they’ll be gone off, so ultimately, they end up binned!

I have two nieces who are now learning about makeup so I give them a few pieces to experiment with and one of my best friends is an up and coming makeup artist so she gets the rest. As a matter of fact she exchanges pieces with me that dont work for her too!

If it is high end makeup product, and my friends don’t mind to have the kindly used product, i will give away to my friend.  I remember couple years ago, i purchases a Japanese brand cream foundation during my visit in HK.  The sales associate select the color which is too fair for my skin, after two uses i decided to give away to my friend, she has much light skin tone than me.

I try really hard not to buy anything I haven’t researched and/or swatched.  Also, I try and buy from Sephora, Ulta and Nordstrom’s who all have very good return policies.  But on the off chance I end up with a dud, I will give it to my Mom who loves to try new makeup but is too frugal to buy it for herself.

Generally, I’ll give a product a try for a while, but when I stop reaching for it and it’s taking up space .. then it’s time for the round file ( trash bin ).

Not many of my friends wear makeup and the ones that do don’t live near me, so if I end up with a dud odds are it’ll just sit in my drawer until I finally throw it out 🙁 But I really try to watch what I buy so I don’t end up with duds. The only things I have right now that I’m not using are my BE foundation and all-over color.

what a great question!!! I have given a bunch to my little niece (8 years old) but I think she has enough now. I hate to throw things away, so I hope to find some good ideas here. I also have some skin care products with the same issue — still a bunch left but I don’t like/don’t use it.

I really wish I knew what to do with the makeup I don’t like, because I don’t actually have many female friends.  The ones I have would most likely not be interested in used makeup.  I can’t even really give stuff to my mother–I have never seen her wear eyeshadow, and she almost never wears lipstick.  I gave her a grand total of ONE lipstick once (because the one she had on was terrible with her outfit), and I have never seen her wear it apart from that one day.  In fact, she may have lost it.It feels really bad leaving them there unused, but I don’t really know what to do with them.

It really depends on why I hated the product in the first place. If it smelled off or if I had a bad reaction to it, I’ll throw it away. I won’t risk it being harmful to someone else. But if I just didn’t like the color or the texture or something like that, I’ll give it to someone. I have a system–skincare products, kohl pencils and mascaras that I don’t like, I give to my mom. Lipsticks/lipliners that I don’t like go to my aunt. And if I ever don’t like an eyeshadow (which is rare) or a more bold looking product like glitters and colored eyeliners, they go to my little cousin who is 18.

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