Tuesday, January 04, 2011

New Year: Time to Take Stock

Now that we're into a new year, it's a really good time to take stock of what you have lurking in your cosmetics bag.  If you're like me, you probably got some new things this holiday season...and you most likely have old, crappy products in the depths of your stash.

It's time to shed some light on what you have: to dump the old stuff and to see what you're missing.  It shouldn't take too long.  Give yourself 15 minutes (set a timer, if that helps) and dump out everything from your cosmetics bag.  Take an honest assessment of each item and either throw stuff away or put it in your keep pile.  Be merciless. 

To help you with this task, here are the shelf life guidelines for your favorite products:
  • Mascara: 3 to 6 months. Mascara can easily get contaminated with bacteria, so it's best to buy this staple several times a year.
  • Moisturizer: 3 months to a year. Manufacturers often include an expiration date on moisturizer, so it's best to heed their recommendations.
  • Foundation: one year. If liquid foundation starts to change color or if it takes on an "off" smell (yuck!), throw it!
  • Powder: two years. It can last longer, but it tends to dry out.
  • Eyeshadow: powered shadow can last up to three years; cream shadows only last about a year.
  • Eyeliner and lipliner: up to two years. Sharpening these products helps to discourage bacterial growth.
  • Lipstick: two years. If it dries out, it's time for a new shade!
  • Lipgloss: 18 months to 2 years.
  • Perfume: up to 2 years. To keep them lasting longer, store them in the fridge or away from direct sunlight.


heavy hedonist said...

I put my comment in the wrong post, but still--

i love to go through makeup, tossing old stuff. i'm frugal, but we all know that if we use a product that has gone off, we're risking infection or at least zits/rash. and who likes the look of that?
when i shift out my seasonal colors each Spring and Autumn, i lay out every single item i own down to the last brush, each take-along maeup bag and every lip balm. the stuff gets categorized by item and color-- each is checked for usability, then wiped clean and decided upon... will that frosty white shadow get another season or not?

Cherry said...

I loved this! It was very informational! <33 Stay beautiful!