How long to keep your Beauty Products…

So I continue to come across these articles, that repeatedly say to throw out your beauty products, after a month, 6 months, a year, depending on the product and I find (some of) it INsanity!

Some of this stuff is a given… and I can totally see, but others, I just don’t agree… I cannot see spending 50 dollars on an eyeshadow palette to add to my collection, only to throw it away in 3-6 months, NUTS! and nail polish! some of my nail polishes are 10 years or better old as my mom went to nail school and we had a huge collection, guess what they still work just fine. Let me know what you think about the article below…

Many people do not realize that makeup and other beauty products have an expiration on them. Also, there are tons of women out there right now that are wearing expired makeup. Here are some basics on how long you should keep your makeup and beauty products.Foundation and Concealer
Foundation and concealer can be kept for approximately 6 months. Use sponges or brushed when you apply the product so that you do not contaminate the product with your fingers.Lipstick
Lipstick can be kept anywhere from 2-3 years. If your lipstick beads, it does not mean that is has gone bad but rather that the oils are escaping from the lipstick.Eye Pencils
Eye pencils can be kept for 3-6 months. If you develop any type of eye infection, throw away your eye pencil and purchase a new one.Lip Pencil
Lip pencils can be kept for 6-12 months. Sharpen the tip of the pencil before each use to clean away the tip.Mascara
Mascara can be kept for 3-6 months. To prevent contamination, don’t lay the mascara wand down on a counter or table.Powders
Face and blush powders can be kept for up to 6-12 months. Eye shadow powders can only be kept for 3-6 months. Wash any applicators monthly and dry them before storing away.

Brushes and Sponges
Depending on what kind of brush or sponge that you use, they can be kept for 3-6 months or longer. The more expensive brushes that are re-usable can be cleaned and kept for a lot longer if properly taken care of. To clean a brush use a mild dishwashing liquid with a little bit of water. Do not submerse the entire brush in the water. You do not want the metal part of the brush to come in contact with the water. If taken care of properly, brushes can last up to several years.

Lip Balm
Lip balm can be kept for approximately 1-2 years.

Nail polish
Nail polish can be kept for around a year. Do not add nail polish remover to thin out the nail polish.

Fragrances can be kept for up to 3 years. If possible, keep your perfumes and other fragrances in the refrigerator so they keep longer.

Eye Cream
Eye cream can be kept for 6-12 months. Look for eye cream in tubes rather than jars.

Moisturizers can be kept for 6-12 months.

Cleansers can be kept for 6-12 months. Again, try to buy cleansers in a tube or in pump bottles rather than jars to avoid contamination from your fingers.

Sunscreen can be kept for around 2 years. If it does not spread well or it appears to have separated, throw it away. When you are out with sunscreen, keep the bottle out of direct sunlight to make it last longer.

Article courtesy of Tiffany Bell at Yahoo-granted this is an older article, I still see tons of them saying the same stuff.

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8 thoughts on “How long to keep your Beauty Products…

  1. Oh no. What is up with wash your brushes monthly. No way, I wash them every week if not more. Its easier to blend with a clean brush. There are sprays too that will help keep the contamination down. Or spray (in a fine mist) your shadows with rubbing alcohol. Hmm interesting post!


  2. I agree, like I said some of this stuff I totally get, I absolutely wash my brushes and yes more often than this article suggests, I just dont agree to the nail polishes, the eye shadows. Thanks for checkin me out Mo!


  3. I just read a similar article and I thought that they must be on crack. Nail polish pretty much lasts forever and and if it does dry out, you can use something like Seche Restore to bring it back (I agree that adding nail polish remover is never a good idea). With 300 polishes, I’m not throwing anything out after 1 year!!!


  4. I agree that is crazy. I really wonder who wrote this sounds more the makeup companies to me. I ve kept eyeshadows for years and still use them with no problems and I do wear contacts I ve never gotten an infection from my makeup.


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