Why is it so hard to let go of old make-up?
…the make-up that you bought 7 years ago, that hasn’t been touched unless you finally brought yourself to take it out of your “old cosmetics” stash with the hopes that this time you might actually throw it away? But, then you don’t.
Maybe someone will want it.
Right- Someone might want your face or lip or eye fluid germs. Right.
It’s not like this stuff has a shelf life.
Wait a minute.
It DOES have a shelf life?
So, why don’t we all just toss this stuff?
Why do I still have that bright iridescent fuchsia lipstick?
Why did I buy it in the first place?
Why do I have glittery seafoam green cream eyeshadow?
There is just no excuse for that.
But, every time I steel myself to throw these things out, I feel a little guilty. It seems wasteful.
I convince myself that ugliness is not a reason to throw away usable cosmetics.
So what if I was supposed to throw that lipstick out when the youngest contestant on American Idol was born? Those expiration dates are just suggestions, really.
So, after looking at my cosmetics box the other day, I took out all of the things I hadn’t considered wearing within the last 2 to 10 years.
There were lipsticks and smoky opalescent eyeliners in there from 2002, People. No joke.
Our family sat around our breakfast table and broke out the drawing pads.
Our daughter swirled a pink blush that I’m pretty sure was named “Red Light District Pink”. It looked much better on the paper as the outline of a house than it did splotched on my freckled face.
The lip gloss applicators worked perfectly for fine detailing to make doors and windows!
To0-bright eyeliners and super-shimmery lipslicks made excellent sunshine….
And it really became a family event with dad, brother, sister and mom at the table….
This shimmer powder was supposed to be a soft, sultry body powder that would make one glisten. It made me look like I had been submerged in a highly unnatural fine glitter bath. I bought it when I was in COLLEGE.
That was a very long, long time ago. Longer than 10 years ago. Maybe even longer than 15 years ago, folks.
I won’t say the name of the manufacturer but I WILL tell you that it’s made by a company that rhymes with Nictoria’s Mecret.
Our son loved the huge body brush and the shimmery, light powder on the paper, though.
But, I ask you- if that powder makes matte paper sparkle like this, can you imagine what it does to your legs, belly and underarms?
Reflection is not always a good thing. It’s only good if you are Gwyneth Paltrow.
And, there’s a reason why interior designers put reflecting mirrors in small spaces. It’s because it makes things look BIGGER.
Post-baby, I need no help in the pixie-dust reflection department.
In the craft kit that ripple & dimple-highlighting shimmer body powder stays.
These are our finished works-
- the blush-body powder creation on top is our 3 year old-son’s,
- the lipstick and smokey eyeliner house is from the hands of our 4.5 year old daughter and,
- I made the unseasonable Christmas landscape in March.
What did Da Da make?
But, of course.
A smokey kohl and crusty mascara grim reaper.
At least he’s crafting with us. Even if he is scaring the kids.
When we finished our cosmetics craft session, something surprised me.
I realized it had taken as long as 10 or 15 years to finally use some of this stuff, but that it only took a few minutes for it to be completely GONE.
And we made something cool and we did it together.
Isn’t that awesome?
Now, Please Tell:
What do you do with your old make-up?