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Make-up Expiries


This morning I opened a tube of concealer and noticed that it had seperated into a watery substance and a thickish base.  My concealer has expired! This is not ideal specially as I am away from home on a business trip and dont have any spare on me nor the time to go out an replace it.  The poor staff will have to endure a day of me looking like a zombie, all I have to do is try to avoid looking in the mirror and I wont feel too bad.

But then it got me do I know when its about to expire so this doenst happen again?  When I looked at most of cosmetic bottles I didnt see any best before or expiry dates so I thought I would do some research and this is what I found:

Some manufacturers have a batch code or a lot number that will have the month and year it was manufactured in so then you can work out.  But then when do most products expire....

MASCARA - This is the makeup item you should be most vigilant about as you are constantly removing and putting it back in the tube which causes bacteria to get in easily that has been collected along the way. These nasty bacteria can cause redness and itchiness or even pinkeye and sties. To avoid this, Switch mascara every two to three months to be safe.  Also if it smells a little funny or a  distinct petrol-like smell then it's gone bad.

FOUNDATION - (excluding powder formulas),  Foundations are water-based, which means bacteria love them and harbour some nasty characters. Unopened most foundation can last for a few years, but once the seal is broken you should replace it after 6 to 12 months. Keep foundations out of moist environments (such as your bathroom) and away from heat, as high temperatures encourage the growth of the bugs and can speed up the spoiling—well this is true for most beauty products. An off smell or a change in color tells you the formula is finished.

CONCEALER - Dont use a concealer that's too old as it can cause blemishes more than it covers them. When it goes bad  the color will start to shift. Concealers in powder and stick form can last for up to two years, while liquids should be tossed after one.

EYE SHADOW -  To stop your eyes from getting red or itchy, replace powder shadows after about three months. Even though they are similar in formulation to other powders, because they're constantly in contact with a mucous membrane, there's a higher risk of transferring bacteria to the product and then back to the eyes. Pay extra attention to cream-based shadows, which tend to grow bacteria more quickly than powders. If you use your fingers to apply, wash your hands before doing so, and be aware of any color switches or off-putting smells. I am really bad at replacing mine and I can honestly say I dont replace mine often enough.

EYELINER - Liquid or pencil ones should be replaced about every three months. Like eye shadows, they are applied near a sensitive area and can pick up bacteria and bring it back to the eye very easily. If you've used a dingy liner, you could experience redness, itchiness. Pencils will last a bit longer than liquid if you're steadfast about regular sharpening, but you'll know they're dead once a white film starts to develop on the tip that can't be sharpened off.

LIPSTICK AND LIP GLOSS - The chance of it expiriy or going 'off' is low since they don't contain any waterbut since they're repeatedly exposed to the mouth area you should replace them after a year, or if you've recently been sick. Lipsticks and glosses contain oily ingredients that start to smell like stale cooking oil over time as well as change texture. You'll know a lipstick has gone bad when it gets hard and you can't spread it on your lips; lip gloss will feel streaky and globby if you try to apply it.

So I'm going to be much more vigilant moving forward and as soon as I get home I'm going to clear out my old make-up.  Will you?


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