I admit it. I am one of those people who holds on to products waaaaay past their shelf life. Just because. Sometimes I keep them so I remember the shade of a certain product I like for future re-purchasing, sometimes when I find something new…the old just get pushed to the back of the drawer.
So here is a handy guide (that, yes, I will implement myself I swear!) to help you figure out when you need to just throw-it-out!
Mascara: These babies collect bacteria like I collect lotion. The rule is to replace your mascara every 3 months. No if’s, and’s or but’s! An eye infection is pretty on no one.
Foundation: The liquid and cream kind need to be replaced every 6 months while the powder foundations are good for one year.
Lipstick: You can hold onto your faves for 2 years! Then it’s time to toss them.
Cleansers, moisturizers and exfoliants: Specific things to look for is if the product separates, has a funky smell or changes color/texture. Most products are good for one year after opening, products with Vitamin C need to be thrown out after 6 months and if your products contain mostly natural ingredients, they will be good for about 6-7 months (but if they begin to smell sour before then–toss it!).
Blush, eye shadow, bronzer and powder: Your favorite staples are good for up to three years!
By following these simple rules, you’ll be taking less risks with your makeup! As for that purple lipstick? Well, you are risking that all on your own!
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Shannon began A Girl’s Gotta Spa! beauty blog in 2005 to morph her love of beauty and in educating women on what truly works and what does not. In 2013 she launched a bath and body line as an extention of the beauty blog. One thing she always has on her at all times? Lip balm.