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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Winter Hair Care Tips Article



Winter is, historically, a terrible season for hair. Dry scalp, flyaway locks, frizz – there’s no end to winter hair complaints. So how can you have healthy, luxurious locks without spending a fortune at the salon? Lucie Barry, senior stylist at VAIN hair salon in Seattle, Wash., took a few minutes out of her holiday schedule to share her top 10 inexpensive tips for glossy, manageable hair.

1. Mister Clean
Don’t wash your hair so much. One of the biggest mistakes Barry sees people make is drying out their scalps with too much harsh shampoo.

2. Clear your head
Use a clarifying shampoo once a week. You know all that stuff you put in your hair every day to make it behave? Even if you wash your hair regularly, it leaves behind residue that can make hair dull and heavy.

3. Some like it hot
Baby your hair with a heat-activated deep-conditioning treatment. “Heat-activated conditioners are great to use after you wash with a clarifying shampoo,

4. End game
Speaking of conditioner, you know conditioner belongs on your hair and not on your scalp, right?

5. Chill out
Although you may hate the thought of cold water running through your hair on a cold winter’s day, finishing a shampoo with a cold water rinse is one of the quickest, easiest ways to add shine.

6. Too much of a good thing
While it’s true that heat can damage your hair, there are lots of ways to use blow dryers and flat irons without frying your locks. The most common mistake people make with heat styling, says Barry, is using tools that don’t have adjustable settings.

7. A time for every season
While it may seem silly to have different shampoos and conditioners for summer and winter, Barry says that’s not so. “The skin on your face gets drier in the winter, right? So you switch to a heavier moisturizer. Your scalp isn’t any different.

8. All that and a bag of chips
If you’ve ever been to a hair salon you know how many styling products hairdressers handle every day. But when asked for a product recommendation, Barry didn’t hesitate or waver. “Moroccan Oil. It’s amazing. It’s moisturizing without being greasy, so you can massage it into your scalp and put it into your hair without weighing your hair down or making it look dirty.

9. Take your vitamins
You know the old truism in computer programming, “garbage in, garbage out?” The same goes for your body. The first signs of a terrible diet are dull, dry skin and hair.

10. The brush-off
So what’s the single best thing you can do to have healthier, shinier, thicker hair? Brush it. According to Barry, an inexpensive paddle-brush, used properly, will do more for your hair than all the fancy salon treatments in the world.

So although some of us may have known some of these tips, or we may not have, it’s always good to get a reminder, or to learn it for the first time all together 🙂 Please click to see the article as each section had much more detail on each section. I thought this was a good article 🙂 Enjoy!

Article Courtesy of Amy Leigh Morgan @ MSN Living Read the full article here:


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