Have you ever thought that make-up has an expiration date? Did you just answer no? Ok, I didn't know this either until I discovered an interesting article 2 years ago, that explained all about the expiration date of beauty products and make up and few tips on how to know when a product is good to use or not.
So, is it time to clean out your make-up bag???
A very important thing to consider is to make sure that your products are germ-free. In this case,
♥ Wash your face before applying make-up.
♥ Do not share your make-up with your friends.
♥ Keep your cosmetics in a dry area, away from direct sunlight.
A bad habit of mine was to keep all my make-up and creams in my bathroom. Big mistake!!! Humid steam and high heat from your shower can breed bacteria. So never leave your make-up stash or cosmetics in your bathroom. Store them in a dry area of your bedroom instead, away from the sun or any direct sunlight.
♥ The product has turned yellow.
♥ It smells really bad.
♥ The product separates (for example, if a foundation separates and the oil is sitting at the top of the bottle, it is time to say goodbye!)
♥ If the product is exposed to heat throw it out immediately.
♥ Foundation: Use clean brushes to apply your foundation to extend it's life. A liquid foundation in a pot is more likely to expire in 6 months whilst a pump formula can last up to 2 years. Check the colour and the consistency of your foundation, and if you suspect something going wrong, throw it away.
♥ BB Cream: you can use your favourite cream for up to a year. Make sure you apply it with clean hands or clean brushes.
♥ Liquid eyeliner: same as mascara, 6 months.
♥ Eyeshadows: 1-2 years depending on the formula of the eyeshadow. Powder eyeshadows last longer than cream ones, but you have to check them periodically to see if they have changed during these 2 years.
♥ Lip gloss: 1 year - if you notice that your lip gloss is extra sticky, it means that it has expired.
♥ Lip liner and lipstick: Up to 2 years. If you notice that your lipstick is dry, throw it away. For lip pencils, sharpen them before each use.
♥ Powder: 1-2 years depending on the formula, but again, check regularly any changes in the consistency or the smell or any change in the colour.
♥ Eyeliner: Like the lip liner, 2 years.
♥ Blush: Discard your cream blushes after a year and your powder blushes after 2 years.
♥ Bronzer: Same as blush and powder - 2 years.
So if you have any doubts, trust your senses. If you smell a product and you see that it smells funny, it is time to buy a new one. Or if you see any difference in the colour, texture, consistency, throw it away. I use to keep all my make-up products and I was feeling so sad when I had to throw them away, but now I see this as an opportunity to try a new product!
Thanks for joining me here today and I hope I will see you soon!!