Friday, April 19, 2013

And That's When I Saw it...

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I am a hoarder sometimes. I feel the need to buy backups of products I like for fear I’ll run out one day and find myself with partial eyeliner (yikes!) and I tend to keep the empty packages around as well because I thought it was a clever design or something to that effect. It is inevitable I’ll find my drawers jammed with half used makeup long forgotten hiding in a dark corner.
A very good habit to get into is to do a routine cleaning of your makeup on a monthly basis. This ensures that:

  • You don’t spend money on a product you forgot you had
  • Bacteria does not accumulate and give you an eye infection upon discovery of that mascara you thought was okay and
  • Ease of access.
It can be a chore but once done properly the rest is easy. Take an afternoon to clear out all your makeup drawers and take stock of everything, if you can’t remember the last time you’ve used something chances are it’s probably better to chuck it.
 This is especially true for products such as mascaras and liquid eyeliners; a good rule to follow is to replace them every 2-3 months.
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Liquid foundations are water based which is a welcome mat for bacteria to breed, if the bottle is brand new it will last for a few years but once used it’s a good idea to change out your foundations after a year.

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Cream blushes should be replaced after a year and to prolong the life of any blush clean your brush on a regular basis and store your product in a dry dark place.

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Liquid concealers should also be tossed after a year whereas powder or stick concealers may last up to two. 
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Skin products containing sunscreen tend to expire so it’s best to be mindful of the dates given.

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Lipstick and lip gloss fanatics should note that its best to replace a lip product after a year as repeated contact with the mouth area leads to bacteria spread, pouty lips yes, sores not so much!

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