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Does anyone ever feel like getting rid of everything?

post #1 of 51
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Hello! I was not sure where to post this, but I really need some help.

It seems like my collection is growing (which I love) as my family's annoyance to my hobby is growing too.

I have 18 eyeshadows, 6 lipglasses, 2 lipsticks, one liner, one concealer and one blush from MAC.

I have about 15 other products from other companies. My mom suggests I sell a big portion of it....and just keep what I "need". I agree with her, but then I feel as if I am parting with a best friend.

So, if you have any words of wisdom,

And, if you ever felt as if you needed to get rid of your collection or have a story similar to mine, share!
post #2 of 51

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I don't think I can help you much. My mom also doesn't think I need all of the stuff I have but I enjoy having a wide assortment and being able to have so much to choose from depending on what strikes me that day. The only items I'd get rid of are ones that don't work for me (if there is a certain colour or finish you hate) then I'd sell those. But for me, I wouldn't sell just because I have too much. A lot of this stuff can last quite a while (ie powders) so I don't worry about having a few palettes.
post #3 of 51

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Aww no I've never felt like that, I live with my boyfriend and he's pretty happy with my erm, hobby!

I think you should keep your collection (it's not that large anyway imo), maybe just check through and anything old or that you know you won't use then get rid or it but do it for YOU. Not because others don't understand your love of cosmetics.
post #4 of 51

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The only time the thought of selling off occurs to me is when I see all the new stuff and think "if only I didn't already have so much, I could really go crazy with all this new stuff!". On the bright side, the amount of stuff in my train case does make me spend more cautiously as to not end up with too much duplication.

If you're using everything you've got, then I see no reason to sell anything.
post #5 of 51

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What I would do is like , go through the stuff you have and honestly, pick out some things you really dont use. I know recently I went through my cosmetics, and I forgot I had some stuff that I forgot I had even bought (still used and un opened ofcourse) , and sell it on EBAY!
post #6 of 51

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My family thinks I am sick. lol Sometimes it makes me sick too and I wish to sell it all but I have so much that I want to keep if I ever become a freelance artist. It all looks too pretty to give away. I do sit down at times and pick out what I don't need or even use and try to sell it or give it away.
If you think that is too much you should see what I have! I have about 20 lipglasses, 50 depotted shadows, 30 lipsticks, and a numerous of other products from other makeup brands all in a 4 drawer storage cart.
My bf just laughs at my newly founded hobby but lil does he know what his girl is up to these days. lol
post #7 of 51

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People collect the weirdest stuff. A lot of times it isn't even useful! My great grandma had a massive (I mean, took up every space on her walls) collection of salt and pepper shakers. What's so bad about collecting make-up? You're still using it right?
post #8 of 51

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Sometimes I feel like that because I feel as though I have an addiction and getting rid of it will help me break it...if that makes sense? Compared to mine, your collection is not really that bad! My collection annoys my father the most, and my sister somewhat, probably because I always wander/drag her with me to the makeup sections at ANY store, and I occasionally use her as a "bank" when I don't have the cash on me. My mother...can't comprehend it, but never actually says anything to me.

But then, I think how much I love it and how I like to experiment with color and just all the fun I have with it. It is not hurting anybody, so I see no reason to get rid of it. I try not to encrouch on other people's interests, so I try to do that whole "karma" thing.

For the most part, I've decided to go on a no-buy (with the exception of needs, like mascara) until Naughty Nauticals, just to see how much I really do use. Maybe try just using what you think you "need" for a while and see if you really want the rest. When I was going through that transitional phase of getting rid of my stuffed animals (never a Barbie girl, but these were my thing!), we put them in bags and then into storage, so I wasn't exactly getting rid of them. About a year later we took them out, and it made Good Will-ing a whole lot easier.

But really, I think you shouldn't get rid of anything! Maybe just try not to buy anything for a while, or do the "out of sight, out of mind" thing!

Good luck!
post #9 of 51

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I feel your pain, my boyfriend thinks I'm insane for my mac obsession.. but he's slowly learning to accept it.

I drive him crazy with it though, thank god he doesn't know how much I've spent on it in the last two months!

Don't sell anything just yet. If you think there are shadows or anything you're not using frequently, set them aside. If you find yourself reaching for them, keep them. If not, sell them.

...If it makes you feel any better I've spent over $600 on MAC since the middle of February. I have a 15 pan palette that's only got two empty spots, probably about 15 lipsticks/lipglasses [I should point out that lots are dupes haha I'm in love with Bonus Beat & Lollipop Loving, so I have 4 of BB and 3 of LL], 9 full sized pigments, 5 small samples, one half-jar in a massive sample jar, shadesticks, mascaras... honestly, it's sick. And I just keep buying more.

Yes, they may be annoyed but it's your money, your face, & you sound like you are enjoying your MAC!
post #10 of 51

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I think I get what you're saying...

For me, I like having a lot of makeup products and I like looking at my collection grow.. I don't just want to wear one lipstick or lipgloss and wear one eyeshadow combo everyday for the rest of my life. Whenever I see my collection, I feel like an artist and I like playing with the stuff that I have So maybe if you get that feeling of wanting to get rid of everything, you should experiment and do a new look with the stuff that you own already..

However, if you really don't like a certain product and you don't think you'll ever use it again, then I think that's when you should sell it.

Anyway, I hope that helps a little bit... I know what you mean, if I was asked to give up my makeup collection, I would feel like I'm losing a friend.. xD
post #11 of 51

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I have 101 eyeshadows, 10 paint pots, 18 lipsticks, 39 lipglasses, 18 Blushes (to name some) and a multitude of more numbers.
I have spent $6000+ on MAC since april 07 and I don't even do it for a living, it's merely a glamour thing, a pseudo-freelance thing, and a collecting thing.
My mother thinks I'm insane for owning that much (I think that she's just mad that her Corduroy and Shroom e/s, Love Nectar l/g, Margin Blush, and 168 and 239 Brushes started my collection)

I have so much stuff that isn't used on a reg basis and to sell some would make me a millionaire.. not to mention storing it all is damn near impossible.. but it's hard to just bite the bullet and sell things.

My advice: buy what you love, love what you buy, wear it like you invented it, and NEVER underestimate your skill, beauty, or your dream. Even the most beautiful flowers still grow from dirt.
post #12 of 51

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Yeah, I know how you feel too. I don't think you should get rid of your stuff though. It's not that much. However, be very choosy about what you buy from now one. Or at least put limits on your buying, say for example don't buy another blush until you've used up the one you have...etc. It's easier said than done, but can help keep your collection and feelings of being overwhelmed under control.

Good luck, whatever you decide!
post #13 of 51

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What? It kinda hurt me to read your post. I mean does it make you happy? How can your mom not understand and accept it if it makes you happy? I dunno my mom is a hair/makeup freak like I am too. My collection is a little bigger than yours and I recently threw some old stuff out from high school but it hurts because i had "memories" with them haha. Like you said: like parting with a friend.

Hopefully my mom doesn't think I'm spending too much. I mean have you cut back in other areas to supplement for how much you have? For example, I cut back in buying clothes (The whole A&F company is my downfall haha) to buy more makeup because I mean I have so much clothes that I can't wear all the time but I can wear makeup everyday!

So anyway maybe you guys can make a compromise? It's not really that much. I read in another thread you were thinking about the getting rid of your quads to get the 15? It's so worth it, omg I made so much space from depotting my eyeshadows. Tell your mom about that, about if you do get a little out of hand you will purchase the storage and maintain it. It's like taking on a responsibility, and parents love it when we take on responsibilities haha.
post #14 of 51
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Originally Posted by Tashona Heléna View Post
What? It kinda hurt me to read your post. I mean does it make you happy? How can your mom not understand and accept it if it makes you happy? I dunno my mom is a hair/makeup freak like I am too. My collection is a little bigger than yours and I recently threw some old stuff out from high school but it hurts because i had "memories" with them haha. Like you said: like parting with a friend.

Hopefully my mom doesn't think I'm spending too much. I mean have you cut back in other areas to supplement for how much you have? For example, I cut back in buying clothes (The whole A&F company is my downfall haha) to buy more makeup because I mean I have so much clothes that I can't wear all the time but I can wear makeup everyday!

So anyway maybe you guys can make a compromise? It's not really that much. I read in another thread you were thinking about the getting rid of your quads to get the 15? It's so worth it, omg I made so much space from depotting my eyeshadows. Tell your mom about that, about if you do get a little out of hand you will purchase the storage and maintain it. It's like taking on a responsibility, and parents love it when we take on responsibilities haha.
Well, my mom just kind of ignores my hobby, and yes I do love it. It really makes me happy.
A couple of minutes ago I wanted to show her this color.....but I do not think she wants to see makeup anymore.
Nope, I have not cut back in any area in order to get makeup.
Yes, I do now have one 15 palette, rather than quads.
I think I am keeping some things, but selling some too. I went through my collection to see what I have not touches (which was hard).

Thanks for your opinion!
post #15 of 51

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Oh Never, never, never! I so love all the makeup I have
post #16 of 51

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See about a year ago, I decided to pitch everything that I wasn't really using-it was pretty much all drugstore cosmetics-and I felt a lot better because then I was getting down to the bare essentials. Now I am building up my collection again, and it's not as much as I used to have but I'm trying to make sure that I don't get too many dupes. I also used to be a person who if I went a day without makeup, so what...not anymore. The makeup is motivation to have full eyes done every single day. Not to mention working in retail with a dress code of black or white tops and black or khaki bottoms means I need something to stand out! (the customers absolutely love, love, love it)

I guess I am lucky because my mum was the one who got me into expensive makeup, she'd get me a Lancome shadow or two on special occasions and I'd pillage her makeup baskets for little Defencils samples...so I can show her my new stuff. She did cosmetics way back in another generation.
post #17 of 51

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If your family thinks you have too much makeup, that's their opinion... everyone, everyone, has things in life that they love, what we love among other things is makeup! it's our art, its what makes us feel good, it's what we choose to spend our money on. Theres no reason why we all shouldnt be able to enjoy our interest and hobby to the fullest =) Im sure your parents have things they love, like books, cooking, sewing, drawing, writing, art etc... if you feel like you should get rid of some of it, then definitely do what feels right, but never give up something you love because someone else has a problem with it, thats their problem, not yours =) <3 good luck!
post #18 of 51

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and to add onto that last post, I have 59 eyeshadows... don't feel bad for indulging in what makes you happy =) it's creativity, its our art!
post #19 of 51

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I don't think you should 'cut back' as in bother to sell some of it. That money has already been spent and you obviously choose those items for a reason. If anything, just don't buy as much but I think ultimately the other girls are right - you need to be happy and embrace what you love to do. Makeup is art. It is a form of creativity. Just because your mother doesn't realize the full extent of it doesn't mean you shouldn't be happy doing it! Now, if we were talking shooting up heroine that'd be a different story... LOL
post #20 of 51

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My dad thinks I'm "sick" because I have so much stuff... but then again if I had 10 things he would think the same... My mom is annoyed if I leave it all over the house or alarm everyone that my eyelash curler is missing (lol, this happened once, I refused to go to work with my uncurled lashes) but they would never ask me to get rid of it... They know I love it and it makes me happy...
post #21 of 51

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Originally Posted by Danapotter View Post
Hello! I was not sure where to post this, but I really need some help.

It seems like my collection is growing (which I love) as my family's annoyance to my hobby is growing too.

I have 18 eyeshadows, 6 lipglasses, 2 lipsticks, one liner, one concealer and one blush from MAC.

I have about 15 other products from other companies. My mom suggests I sell a big portion of it....and just keep what I "need". I agree with her, but then I feel as if I am parting with a best friend.

So, if you have any words of wisdom,

And, if you ever felt as if you needed to get rid of your collection or have a story similar to mine, share!
It's your stuff, and if you paid for it with your own money or allowance, it's no one's right to tell you to sell it off if you don't want to. It's a collection, just like other people collect vinyl, or books, or whatever...who cares what other people say.

I never have the urge to sell off all my stash, only swap things I don't use for other things I might like more.

I def don't think your collection is too much, but we're all addicts here, lol.
post #22 of 51

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I know what you mean. I went through 6 months of being in a funk and not buying any makeup. I was so depressed about it because I missed my love of makeup. I look at all my stuff and think I do have too much but I love it all. I recently started selling my backups but thank god nothing that I really, really love. You should only sell if it you want to and don't let anybody pressure you into it.

You don't have too much. If you feel you do, then be fussy with what you buy from now on. That is what I am doing and not getting caught up in the hype of the collections. I have over 70 e/s, 25 l/g, 25 l/s, 15 blushes, 12 MSFs, and over 40 full pigments w/ another 50 samples. I HAVE TOO MUCH but I love it all and would never get rid of it.
post #23 of 51

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I completely agree!
post #24 of 51

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I'm no help (LOL). I'm a MAC addict. I really don't think your collection is much at all.
I have over 40 pigments, over 100 eye shadows, 6 blushes, 3 bronzers, over 40 lipsticks & lip glosses, a couple of palletes, over 10 lip liners, over 10 eye liners, 1 fluidline (blacktrack of course) & this doesn't even include foundations, powders, primers,etc.

And you know what??? I would never part with anything except for a swap if there was a product I just out grew & didn't wear any longer.

Some people collect dolls, comic books, etc.
Make up is our art in here & if you bought your products with your hard earned money or allowance. No offense to your mom, but it's really non of her concern. It's not like your spending your money on drugs or alchol.
It's makeup!!!! so enjoy your art
post #25 of 51

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Time to start focusing on shoes, or purses maybe?
post #26 of 51

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it really doesnt hurt to have all those eye shadows because i mean you already bought them...i think whats important is that you dont buy anymore stuff unless you really need to, say you run out of mascara or eye liner...otherwise just stick with what you have...and if you still want to get rid of some of your stuff ill gladly take it off your hands lol =]
post #27 of 51

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I would never part with any of my collection unless it was my decision. For instance, when I become too overwhelmed with my stash, I'll weed out things I don't use anymore and swap it for things I will use or just give it away to a good home. Like the others have said, I also have way too much, but it makes me happy. Your collection is very small in comparison to mine, so I wouldn't worry about it to much.
post #28 of 51

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I want to do this sometimes. I sometimes regret depotting my eyeshadows. also I wish I didn't but so many LE things and stuck more to perm shades. I might just do this eventually. Ehh whatever.

However, everyone really supports me. My dad never comments and my mom asks me for help allllllllllll the time reguarding makeup, lol.
post #29 of 51
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Originally Posted by KellyBean View Post
I want to do this sometimes. I sometimes regret depotting my eyeshadows. also I wish I didn't but so many LE things and stuck more to perm shades. I might just do this eventually. Ehh whatever.

However, everyone really supports me. My dad never comments and my mom asks me for help allllllllllll the time reguarding makeup, lol.
Yeah. it was too hard for me to keep arguing about my collection. I actually no longer have any MAC products......I am trying to make my own cosmetics now.
post #30 of 51

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Originally Posted by Danapotter View Post
Yeah. it was too hard for me to keep arguing about my collection. I actually no longer have any MAC products......I am trying to make my own cosmetics now.

Oh thats so good that you're looking into making your own!

But you really got rid of everything?
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