Saturday, November 30, 2013

When To Toss Your Makeup

As you know I am not much of a cosmetics person. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love the variety of colors & what you can do to change up your own look, but the hassle of keeping track of what you already have & keeping it organized....who has the time? And another thing, how long to keep what...It sure would be nice if cosmetics had expiration dates just like our groceries? Yes, I believe that would make life so much easier.
I've come up with a list after a lot of researching & finally figured out those invisible expiration dates....Here you are. Be sure to share this with all your girlfriends! 
Tip: If you have a hard time keeping track of when you bought your cosmetics, just grab the nearest Sharpie & write down the purchase date on that item! Then you can just refer back to this list & go from there. 
Liquid Foundation:
If you use a pump foundation, it will last longer. But if you are dabbing your fingers in it every day, then you may want to get rid of it a little sooner. They say about 6-8 months, however keep in mind that your foundation color is bound to change at least twice a year, so I'd just count on tossing it about every 6 months. 
Liquid Concealer:
This amazing stuff can last up to a year, as long as you are using a clean sponge or applicator every time. If you are using your fingers though, it's best to toss it after about 3 months. 
Cream Blush:
Cream blush should be replaced after about a year. To keep your cream blush longer, keep your blush brush clean & store in a dark, dry place. If your blush gets wet you run the risk of bacterial growth. Moisture can come from residue from your foundation & face cream as well. To keep this from happening, wait a few minutes after you apply your foundation or face cream to apply your blush. 
Face Powder:
Powder face makeup can last over a year, if there is no shiny buildup on the surface & you have no had any skin irritations during use. 

Powder Blush/Bronzer:
These fall into a more extended category since most of us change our colors as often as the seasons change. With the proper care & clean brushes, these can last up to 2 years.

Mascara & Liquid Eyeliner:
They say you should throw away mascara & liquid eyeliner every 3 months, however I'm one of those that will use it until it starts getting dry or I just get tired of dealing with the fact that I don't like it anymore. The only exception is if you get an eye infection, then you should throw it away immediately. 

Eye Shadow:
Powdered eye shadow can usually last up to 2 years, as long as you wash your brushes regularly & don't reuse them after an eye infection. However, some will toss their eye shadow after just 4-6 months. Even though they are similar to other powders, since they are constantly used on the eye, they can pick up bacteria and bring it back to the eye very easily. 

Pencil Eyeliner:
Pencil eyeliner can last up to 2 years, if properly stored & sharpened regularly. If you sharpen your pencils before each use, it will help keep them clean, which will allow you to use them longer. 

Lipstick/Lip Gloss/Lip Liner:
These can all last up to 2 years. Since they don't contain any water, the risk of them growing bacteria is low. But since they are constantly exposed to the mouth area, replacing them after a year wouldn't be a bad idea, or if you've recently been sick. 

Nail Polish:
Nail polish won't go bad from bacteria, however it wil become thick & clumpy & the pigments will settle at the bottom of the bottle. If you shake it & it remains at the bottom, it's time to toss it. 
* While you're at it, toss anything you haven't used in the last year. 

Makeup Brushes:
If cleaned & stored properly, good brushes can last for years, but when the bristles start to fray & fall out, it's time to replace them.