What Do You Do With Empty Cosmetics Boxes?


Okie, so I’ve got a problem here, a problem that many of you might share and also have no idea what to do about.

Empty boxes.

Not milk cartons, not gift boxes, nor the likes of precious and expensive ones that come with branded bags.

Cosmetics boxes. Makeup packaging. Plastic and paper cases.

You know, those little boxes that you probably take 10 seconds to look at because you are more excited with what is inside the box – so that you can start admiring, swatching, playing with, and creating makeup looks with the product itself.

What then becomes of the abandoned boxes?

I used to throw them out immediately after I open the product, then I thought it was such a pity because part of the $x I paid went into the packaging.

So I extended the period of retaining those boxes, but sent them for recycling after a few weeks. Then when I got more serious into blogging, I realized I didn’t have the boxes to take pictures of.

So I stopped throwing them away and now I don’t know what to do with them. (Sometimes I still forget and get so excited I throw them into the bin right after I open the boxes.)

Oh, I only keep boxes though, not those plastic bags that come with MAC brushes.

For a while, I used them as compartments in a box I previously used to house my makeup, but that box shrunk – okie – more like the number of makeup products increased by a lot and that box just wouldn’t fit anymore. I’ve since shifted them all into my Muji storage cabinet.

Nowadays, I just throw them in a huge Watsons plastic bag, and dig for them when I need to review something. Even when I don’t eventually get any extra information from the text on the box, just knowing that I have the complete packaging makes me feel safe. Haha!

Looking into the Watsons plastic bag

There are a hundred and one ways to make use of boxes, especially for Arts and Craft. I would have been delighted to use all these cute little colorful boxes to construct my city landscape or tribal village, instead of boring tissue boxes and ugly toilet rolls back in primary school.

So how do you deal with empty cosmetics boxes?

Do you throw them out? Recycle them? Use them to make treasure chests, piggy banks, jewellery boxes? Or any other interesting ways of using them?


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  • A.T.

    It depends on the box. Some things I actually keep in their boxes until I start using them, some boxes I keep empty until I “remember” them and chuck them, some boxes I still have. The cheaper the product, the less likely I am to save my box, but I always feel bad about chucking them into the recycle bin. They’re so pretty… (well, some are, lol)

    • Bun Bun

      HAHA! Me too! The cheaper the item, the less likely I will keep it, unless it is absolutely gorgeous or unique. I usually keep the MAC boxes even though they are just black boxes with white words, just becoz the product is so darn expensive!

  • Teigh

    Wow, glad to see I’m not the only one with the same ‘problem.’ ;-) I’m starting to build up a stash and can’t see throwing them away (yet). I’m thinking of possibly crafting them in some way to store upright my growing collection of brushes…but we’ll see.

    • Bun Bun

      Haha! I’m glad tooooo! Hmmmm but to store brushes, the box must be rather long yea? Let me know once you’ve figured it out. I wanna see! =D

  • Kelly.W

    I hope to have such a nice ‘problem’ as you one day. You have so many products!

    • Bun Bun

      Hahaha accumulated over a period of time…

  • TaniaAnggastini

    i also keep all of my cosmetics box – idk why, but they’re too cute to throw away!
    i keep the smaller box in bigger box, for saving space.. but someday they’d become too many to keep :(

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      @TaniaAnggastini High five! Like I’ll feel guilty throwing away something so cute or pretty or sexy… Packaging these days have made us hoarders!! Lol!