Three weeks ago I had a major clear out of my makeup and skincare. "Why", I hear you ask? Well, makeup and skincare products have an expiration. Even if they aren't required to put this on the label, it might be something for you to be aware of. Our products build up bacteria or lose there usability after a certain time.
I am known as the hoarder in my family and I am notorious for keeping the pretty packaging of my products too, so I decided to part with them ALL! Hubby gave me the push I needed for the clear out when he bought me storage for my birthday recently. Instead of just piling everything in to make it look like a big collection of makeup I decided to start anew.
It may not seem like a lot to some, but to me it is. I came across one thing I definitely kept for nostalgia sake, which was my first eye-shadow from when I was 16! Out of all of this it really was the mascaras that needed to go. I'm like a magpie when it comes to their pretty shiny packaging, but I do go by the 3 month rule so I was only keeping them because I liked the look of them.
|Oh look pretty outer packaging! I seriously could have thrown them out so long ago.|
In general I do stop using products when the expiration date has gone as you would usually know by colour, smell or they don't work as well. I recently discovered that when I was randomly talking to someone that she didn't know that makeup went off and didn't know what this logo below meant. It is the expiration date from when first opened!
So if you see for example the above 12M that means it will last 12 months after you have opened it. I have some natural products which will actually have a stamp with the expiration date DD-MM-YY.
Here is a little guideline that I have learnt along the way to makeup expiration:
Mascara: 2-3 months
Eyeliner: 3 months
Foundation/BB Creams: 6-12 months
Lipgloss: 1 years
Lipstick: 1-2 years
Nail Varnish: 1-2 years
Powder/Blush/Eyes: 2-3 years
Do you keep your makeup just for the sake of it, or do you use it by the expiration date? Let me know what you do in the comments below.