Beauty addicts are always hunting down the latest sale or promotion at stores like Sephora and Ulta, but there are some lengths you just shouldn’t go to for a makeup palette. For instance, you should never go digging through an actual dumpster for beauty products — though apparently, dumpster diving is the latest trend for some beauty bloggers trying for an overwhelming haul for free.
This disturbing (and frankly, gross) trend came to light when Miss Skelliton, a YouTube blogger with more than 25,000 subscribers, posted a video back in January claiming to have found at least $6,700 worth of products from brands like Urban Decay and Too Faced in the trash outside of an Ulta store in one haul. In the video, you can see her with friends literally climbing into a dumpster wearing just sweatpants, a hoodie, and gloves and sorting through bags, boxes, and more to try and find products. She fills up an entire car and returns home to scrub the filthy eyeshadow palettes, even scraping the top layers, which are covered in dirt or other products, off with a knife.
But Miss Skelliton is hardly the only vlogger to go to such extremes. In fact, there’s an entire YouTube channel dedicated to these dumpster dives called Dumpster Haulics, and it has more than 40,000 subscribers. The account posts videos of “hauls” from more than just beauty stores; people have also raided dumpsters outside Office Max, Gamestop, and Party City for the sake of free goods. One of Dumpster Haulic’s videos even shows divers finding a live raccoon among the trash — just one of the many reasons dumpster diving for beauty products (or anything, really) is a bad idea.
As Revelist reports, dumpster diving can be illegal and dangerous. There’s no way to know for sure how long those products have been in the dumpster — not to mention what harmful substances the products has come into contact with while in said dumpster — and chances are, they were tossed for a good reason. Most products have a shelf life of between three months (mascara) and 12 months (foundation). According to Racked, some companies will even pour lotion and conditioner on top of product or gouge out the eyeshadows to try and deter dumpster divers. So just do yourself a favor and start paying attention to seasonal sales if you’re strapped for cash, and let’s all just agree to leave dumpster diving for good where it belongs: in the trash. (Of course, while it is not advisable to utilize thrown-away beauty products, it is important to note that it isn’t an uncommon practice for some folks who don’t have the disposable income to purchase products in a conventional retail environment.)
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