We change out our clothes, shoes & even our bags with each season, but how often do we change out our makeup?! I started thinking about my current beauty favorites and doing a mental timeline of just how long I've had them. Some of the time blended together and that can't be good for my skin!!
For me, makeup is an extension of my look and the tools (beauty products) are an investment in my face...so they should be in perfect condition right!? Some items (mascara) I know how long I should keep but others I had no clue - so I wanted to share my findings with you!
Mascara: This beauty product should be replaced the most often. If you're wondering what you can do to extend the life just a bit more - never pump the brush in and out - that lets the air in which also allows bacteria. Also worth mentioning, never share your mascara!
Eyeliner: It should be noted that there is a difference with the shelf life of a pencil compared to liquid liner! The liquid liner will develop bacteria faster than a pencil or retractable eyeliner. The pencil liner will have the longest product use because you're sharpener will remove the bacteria with each sharpening.
Liquid Foundation: Depending on the base of your foundation it can vary the life of your product by up to 6 months. Oil based foundations are good for up to 18 months, while water based foundations should be used before the year mark.
Lip Gloss: You know that lip gloss you just found at the bottom of your purse from two years ago - well odds are it's pretty sticky and not so good to use!! I am guilty of hoarding my glosses - but just managed to throw out about 5 that I no longer use and have had for far too long!
Lipstick: Lipstick has a bit longer shelf life - but it's time to throw out the tube when you apply it and it makes your lips super dry or flakes them!
Nail Polish: Although I have a rather large polish collection - I purge an old polish every time a new one is purchased. Once your see the color drying out or getting clumpy, its time to toss it!! A tip for extending the life of the polish is to buy a nail polish thinner from a beauty supply store to de-clump it!
Eye Shadows / Powders: The life of these can be extended merely by using clean brushes so that bacteria doesn't build up in the palette or compact. If using a powder foundation, make sure to clean or toss out the used blender after a month of use.
Brushes: This one is ultimately up to your care for the brushes. The better you are at taking care of them - the longer they'll last. Simple techniques work well - just make sure to clean a few times a month!
*Bonus*- Perfumes!! Although most of the time I end up using my favorite fragrances well before the 10 year mark - it was nice to know they are able to hold their smell for that amount of time!!
What beauty products are you using that should have been tossed a while ago? Were you surprised by the shelf life of any of the ones mentioned?