Michaela Podolsky Tallies Up How Much Her Beauty Stash Costs | Video

Every beauty junkie faces a common dilemma: storing your makeup stash. (If you think you’ve got it bad, you should see the Allure beauty closet.) No one knows the struggle better than makeup and skin-care lover Michaela Podolsky, who guessed she has over $10,000 in beauty products. Naturally, we wanted to know what’s in her beauty haul (and how she organizes it).

Like a Marie Kondo devotee, she starts by breaking her beauty haul down into categories and subcategories. First up, face and body, which includes an enviable collection of skin-care products, makeup (not including lips and eyes), body products, and nail products. That first category includes an entire bin of masks. “I love coming home from work and just putting on a mask, and relaxing,” she says. Her favorite pick? Allure Best of Beauty Winner Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial ($80).


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It’s clear from her categories that Podolsky shows serious beauty favoritism. While she has just a handful of nail products and only one body product (Fresh’s Black Tea Age Delay Body Cream $68), her buckets for skin-care and makeup are literally overflowing.

Remember that $10,000 estimate? We wanted to know how much her haul was actually worth, so we totaled each and every product. Her stash of foundations, primers, highlighters, blushes, and bronzers alone is worth a cool $9,584. And her skin-care buys added up to $9,067. (Excuse me while I go check my bank account.)

That was just category one. Her next category — lips, hair, eyes, and tools — gets even more out of control. The total for the haul, including several shades of Stila All Day Liquid Lipstick ($22) and Urban Decay’s new Beached Eyeshadow Palette, was a paycheck-destroying $13,675.


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There’s no way one can conceivably wear tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of beauty products every day, so we asked Podolsky to narrow it down to the items she uses daily, and then to narrow it down even further to her three favorite products of all time. Drumroll please… The winners are Lierac Hydragenist Lip Balm ($19), a drugstore beauty buy sold at pharmacies in Europe; Skinceuticals C E Ferulic ($166), an “all-time favorite” vitamin C serum; and finally the classic Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair ($68).

Despite the fact that Podolsky has over 1,000 beauty products worth a grand total of $32,458, she’s still a fan of a less-is-more beauty approach. “It’s okay to wear less makeup and enhance your natural beauty and try something new,” she says. “You would be surprised at how little you actually need.”

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