Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Styes in their Eyes


I’ve noticed quite a few people holding ‘blog sales’ recently; that is, beauty bloggers selling the products they no longer need/want. While I’m all for recycling and thrift, isn’t there something undeniably iffy about paying for someone else’s castoffs?

If it were clothes, that would be different – you can wash them. If the products were unused I’d also have no issue. It’s the idea of buying used makeup from a stranger. I’m not up for that.

I’ve swapped makeup with friends plenty of times; that colour isn’t good on me but it’ll look great on you, that kind of thing. But these are people I know, not strangers poking their (potentially unwashed) fingers in my blusher pot.

It’s not just the idea of buying used products either – the thought of selling my own ‘pre-loved’ makeup is equally unappealing. I’d be too embarrassed to consider it; the way I wish people felt when they offered used spot sticks and similar at car boot sales. What a nerve!

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with bloggers wanting to sell off their excess products: when you love makeup it’s easy to find yourself drowning in lipsticks and eyeliners. It’s just not something I can see myself participating in unless, perhaps, it was something like a foundation, where the dispenser is fixed and doesn’t come off.

Maybe I’m a germaphobe, and I’m sure most people are perfectly clean, but used makeup doesn’t sound hygienic to me. Visions of styes and cold sores swim before my (blissfully uninfected) eyes, and I know that I’d rather pay full price for something new. 

6 comments:

  1. I so agree with you. Although, I could probabyly handle most things except eyeliner, mascaras and any lip stuff. Ewwwww. Second hand glosses gross me out the most for some reason. xx

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  2. I've got so much makeup from magazine beauty sales that I don't know what to do with it... having said that I find shopping for things like that on eBay seriously worrying, I'm always convinced that that Jo Malone bath oil is just going to turn out to be battery acid in a pretty pot... eek!

    xx

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  3. I don't really have an issue with using other people's cosmetics, most people are fairly happy to sterilise/sharpen the stuff that they sell. And you can always clean them yourself if you're that way inclined.

    What I find sad about these blog sales is that the products that are being sold are the ones that were being raved about just a couple of weeks/months before. If they're so good, why sell them?

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  4. Thanks for all of your comments ladies. I hope I haven't offended anyone with this post. I know lots of stuff is perfectly hygienic.

    I can't believe no-one has taken the piss out of the title! Only me laughing at that one then.

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  5. It's a terrible, terrible pun :)

    I don't think it's any worse hygienically than using makeup testers at a counter (which skeeves me out at most counters.)

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  6. I am more afraid of cosmetic counters. One time I was at a Stila counter and a fly was stuck in a lipgloss palette. I don't try much from any of the testers anymore. :-|

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