No matter how carefully you try to choose new makeup, inevitably sometimes you make a bad decision or decide afterwards you don’t like that new look after all. Or sometimes you just don’t get on with a particular product.
For example, I have rosacea and I’d heard people saying how good mineral makeup is for sensitive skin, not only doing a great job of covering the redness, but also calming the skin. So when Debenhams opened in Bath and had a Bare Minerals counter, I went along and asked the consultant to try the powder foundation out on me. I never buy foundation unless I can match the colour and then give it a few hours to test wearability and I was pleased with the result. So I bought both primer and foundation.
When I tried it at home I ended up with a chalky clown’s face so I went back and asked the consultant to do it again. Again a good result, but can I repeat this myself? Last winter I gave up trying, thinking it might be the cold weather drying out my skin, but I fared no better during the hottest weather this summer.
It’s very annoying because I like to think I’m reasonably adept at makeup, but I had to go back to liquid foundation. I’ve tried the Bare Minerals primer underneath it, but quite frankly I can’t see any difference in appearance or staying power. It’s maddening to have an unwanted purchase sitting there reminding me I’ve wasted my money.
Makeup mistakes with eyeshadow or lipstick can be passed on to close friends and family who won’t mind that the boxes and tubes are open and have been used a few times. Luckily my cousin is a Bare Minerals fan and was happy to relieve me of my bad purchases.
But foundation can be a bit more difficult to dispose of because you have to find somebody who uses that brand and formula and needs the exact same shade. And if nobody wants your makeup mistakes I had always assumed you’d just have to ditch them, because you can’t give them to a charity shop.
So I was delighted to stumble on the Sali Hughes Beauty Forum on salihughesbeauty.com. Sali is the beauty columnist for The Guardian Weekend, works as a consultant to beauty brands and makes regular appearances on radio and TV.
Her website is packed with information, reviews and videos, and in the forum amongst the beauty chat and conversations about curent topics, there’s a marketplace where you can sell unwanted premium brands of makeup, perfume and skincare products and buy other people’s makeup mistakes.
You need to register to join the forum, where you can also buy and sell clothes, shoes and jewellery, and check out the ‘Deals we have spotted’, which is regularly updated by members.
What do you do with makeup mistakes and unwanted toiletries? Do you know of any charities that will accept them?
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