Monday, March 18, 2013

Spring Cleaning: Tidy Up Your Stash

Spring is almost here! I'm so happy that here in the Seattle area, we've survived the winter with no snow. That almost never happens. My sympathies to all of you who aren't lucky enough to live in the Pacific NW and have had to suffer through one snow storm after the other.

Now that longer days are coming, we're all thinking about lightening up and cleaning up. It's a great time to clean out your makeup stash. Here's a handy-dandy overview of how long to keep products...and when you need to replace them.
  • 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. 

For all products, be sure you don't share with your friends, use on broken or infected skin, and make sure you take good care of your brushes. Now, go clean out your make-up kits!

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