Spring Cleaning Time: In With The New, Out With The Old

It’s that time of year again:   Spring-cleaning time.   And, not just for your home; your beauty products need a good thorough cleanse to...


It’s that time of year again:  Spring-cleaning time.  And, not just for your home; your beauty products need a good thorough cleanse too. It’s time to ditch old + expired beauty products with a good old fashioned makeup bag clean-out!  Follow these super simple steps to help you start fresh for Spring!

IN WITH THE NEW, OUT WITH THE OLD
Are you still holding on to an eyeshadow from your high school prom? Well, chances are that eyeshadow (you bought years ago) has long expired. Here’s a quick guide to help you de-clutter and refresh your makeup bag!

STEP ONE: DUMP IT ALL OUT
Dump everything out from your makeup bag on a table so you can see what you’re working with.  If you haven’t used something in a year, you probably never will + if you didn’t love it the first time, you’re probably not going to fall in love with it now. Toss it!

STEP TWO: TOSS OLD & EXPIRED MAKEUP
It can be hard to let go of a favourite beauty product that you’ve had for years, but after awhile they stop performing as they should, not to mention spoiled + expired makeup can harbor all kinds of bacteria that can cause irritation, allergic reactions and even skin infection. Updating your beauty products on a regular basis will help you maintain healthy skin.
The expiration clocks starts ticking once the product is opened and exposed to air.  Products you touch with your fingers should be tossed sooner than items that are dispensed with a pump or applied with a brush.

GENERAL EXPIRATION GUIDE:
MASCARA
3 to 6 months
Because of the risk of potentially transferring bacteria to and from your eye, mascara has the shortest life span of any product and should be replaced often.
Same rule applies to liquid + gel eyeliner.
TOSS – if you’ve had an eye infection; if it has a bad smell or has dried up.
EXTRA TIP:
To prevent your mascara from drying out – avoid pumping your mascara wand into the tube (which pushes air into the product); instead insert the wand and twirl it clockwise, then remove and apply to lashes.
DON’T THROW AWAY THE WAND!
Ready to toss your mascara? Don’t throw away the mascara wand; re-use it as an eyebrow brush!  Simply wash it in warm soapy water; lay flat to dry.

LIQUID & CREAM PRODUCTS
FOUNDATION, CONCEALER, CREAM BLUSH, CREAM EYESHADOW
Approximately 6 to 12 months depending on use
Liquid + cream products should have a smooth, creamy texture for easy blending; toss if there is a change in colour, consistency, get’s clumpy or has separated.
To help prevent bacteria build-up, avoid picking up the product directly from it’s container with your fingers; instead use a Q-tip, clean sponge or brush.  Give your products (like concealer) a quick wipe down after each use.

POWDER BASED PRODUCTS
PRESSED POWDER, BRONZER, BLUSH, EYESHADOW, LOOSE POWDER
Approximately 1 to 2 years depending on use
Pressed + Loose Powders have a much longer shelf life then cream/liquid products.
To get the most out of your powder products, keep them dry.
Avoid oil + bacteria build-up by using a clean sponge/brush with every use.
EXTRA TIP:
Quality Test: Glide your finger across the powder; it should feel silky and smooth.  Look at the product on your finger; is the colour rich in intensity & does it spread easily? If it doesn’t – throw it out.

LIPSTICK/GLOSS
Approximately 12 months depending on use
You can usually tell if a lipstick or gloss has gone bad; it becomes dry + difficult to apply.  Toss immediately if it smells bad – Gross!
Lipsticks should be wiped down before/after each use with a paper towel.
Toss your lipstick & gloss if you’ve recently had a cold or cold sore.
EXTRA TIP:
Try storing your lipstick in the fridge; it will last longer.

PENCILS
Approximately 12 to 18 months depending on use
With proper care, lip + eye pencils can last you a long time.  Make sure to keep them clean and dry + always remember to sharpen them before each use; it’s like getting a fresh new pencil everytime!

IMPORTANT NOTE:
These are general approximate guidelines; products may last longer or less depending on use.  Always remember, regardless of how long you have had a product – if there is any change in the smell, colour or consistency – it likely means it’s time to toss!
KEEP TRACK:
Unfortunately, most beauty products don’t come with expiration dates + it can be hard to remember when you first opened a product.  To help you keep track, write the date on a label when your cosmetic was first opened  + when it needs to be replaced.

Have you been hanging on to a beauty product you haven’t used in years? Share in the comments below!
Xo,
Sandy

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