Monday, 18 February 2013

Toss it out !!!

Hello everyone, hope you all had a nice weekend? Today’s topic is quite an interesting one as I often get questions about how long makeup products are supposed to last.
Sometimes I hear people say: oh I’ve had that lipstick since…. “They can’t even remember”. Since expired cosmetics can cause skin irritation and eye infections, it's important to replace them before they go south. I hope as you read you would find this useful. Every beauty product has an expiration date and some are shorter-lived than others once you pop the top. Rather than wait for your products to crust, discolour or give off a strange odour, make it a point of duty to clean your cosmetic bag every month. This will keep you organized and serve as a reminder to weed out mascaras and liquid eyeliners that potentially contain harmful bacteria (this is especially critical if you’re a contact lens wearer) or worn-out lipsticks that have become dried out with the passage of time. Mascara and Liquid Liner: Lifespan 3 months A wand or wet brush can retain all sorts of bacteria. Although formulations typically contain preservatives that are gentle enough for use near the eyes, the fact that they are continually exposed to germs gives them the shortest shelf life of all. A word to the wise: Don’t ever add water or saliva to dried-out mascara or you will introduce even more bacteria to the equation. Foundation and Concealer: Lifespan 1 to 2 years Your foundation and concealer are only as clean as your fingers, which you are usually forced to dip into formulas that are packaged in pots or open bottles. Use a clean foundation brush or sponge to apply your makeup – after transferring to the back of your hand or a clean palette for optimum sterile use. Tubes, pumps and sprays are ideal too but remember that it’s the “double dipping” into your products that contaminate and spread germs. Powder, Blushes and Shadows: Lifespan 2 to 3 years These don’t harbor as many microorganisms as their liquid counterparts, but the applicators, brushes and sponges you use to apply them should be cleaned once a week with a mild shampoo. I like disposable eye shadow applicators and qtip eye shadow applicators you use once and toss. Lipstick, Gloss and Liner: Lifespan 2 to 3 years You’ll know when your most loyal lip products have gone sour—they’ll dry out, discolor and change smell or taste. You might wear out your liner before it goes bad, since sharpening it regularly stops germs from accumulating. To get the most mileage from your investments, store them away from heat—a cool, dry place far removed from the sun is your best bet. And, of course, always recycle the containers whenever possible. Till my next post…… Stay Beautiful CM

13 comments:

  1. This is quite interesting and revealing. Never knew makeup had a life spam. Thank you, Chole's makeover. You are the bestest.

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  2. Truth be told,. Cos one will spend more on treating infections than on new makeup.

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  3. This is very interesting bless ya

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  4. tnks alot dear very insightful.......

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  5. Can men do makeovers too?

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  6. Thanks everyone, glad I can help...

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  7. Wow, very insightful! Thanks Dee...

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  8. Yetty's Creations22 February 2013 at 08:25

    Woww very educating thanks Dee

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  9. I appreciate all your comments! Thanks... Do drop by as often for more tips and tricks...

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