Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Keep It or Toss It? When to Toss Makeup Products

There’s nothing worse than purchasing a product and having to throw it away before you've gotten your money’s worth.  We’ve all been there, and, I’m sure if you’re anything like me you may have bent the rules a few times on how long to keep certain products.  The reason behind these rules are is that the bacteria from applying the makeup on your face builds up on the product causing it to no longer be good for your skin.  Additionally, with products such as lipstick or foundation the chemicals in them can break down and cause the product not to work as intended.  With lipstick and mascara it’s the easiest to tell when you’ve held onto it for too long.  Lipstick starts to get a crayon like smell and mascara will start to get clumpy and not apply as well as when you first purchased it.  I know there’s been lots of research done on this and it’s definitely important to follow these rules, but I think you can take some leeway at points and decide for yourself if you want to give it an extra few weeks or so.  I don’t know that’s just my past experience.  The general rules of thumb is:

Mascara- Replace after 3 months (this one annoys the heck out of me and I often allow it to go longer)
Foundation- 12-18 months
Concealer- 12-18 months
Powder- 18-24 months
Blush/Bronzer- 18-24 months
Cream Blush- 12-18 months
Eye shadow- 18-24 months
Eyeliner- 1 year
Liquid eyeliner- 6 months
Lipstick/Lip Gloss- 3 years
Lip Liner- 1-2 years
Nail Polish- 1 year (though I usually wait until the consistency has changed and it no longer works)
Makeup Sponges- These needs to be washed after each use and tossed after a month

Makeup Brushes- Wash after every use and deep clean at least once a week

What do you think?  Do you keep yours longer or throw it away sooner?



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