Sunday, April 14, 2013

When should you throw away your makeup?

Hey "BD beauties"!
If you go crazy with makeup and have a huge collection, it’s important that you read this. Collecting makeup is fun but it does get contaminated at one point making it harmful to use later on. All types of makeup don’t have same shelf lives but they somehow do have go into the bin
I have categorised it according to the types of makeup.

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It’s true that foundations these days are costly to purchase but it’s also true the most amount of bacteria habitat it liquid and moist substances. It’s recommended that you throw out your foundation after 12 months preferably. If you don’t use your foundation as much, opt for samples. Also avoid storing foundations in moist areas like your bathroom counters.
If your foundation starts smelling different than how it’s supposed to, even that’s a sign to throw it away.

Mascara’s in my opinion are the products with the shortest shelf lives. The reason being they are most vulnerable to bacteria concerning that mascara wands after use are put back into the formula collecting and depositing bacteria all the way. It’s recommended that they are replaced once in 3 months. Not replacing them could cause itchiness or even sties!

This is the product in my opinion will have the most amount of contamination especially if you have acne prone skin. Concealers are commonly used to cover acne spots etc so contamination is a high possibility. It’s suggested that powder and stick concealer’s be thrown after 2 years and liquid concealers after one.

Face powders
These are the type of products that never seem to finish. It may take 2 or 3 years to do so. You should be careful that if it has ingredients that are water based, their shelf life has to be about a year. However if they don’t have. It could stay for about 2 years.

If you own powder blushes, shelf lives are same ad face powders. However if its cream blushes, it’s preferably 6 to 12 months as creams are water based.

Eye shadows
Although eye shadows are powders, they tend to easily get contaminated as you use them on your eyes. Anything used on your eyes u should definitely e careful about!

These are non water based. Instead they have oil in them its suggested that you replace them every one year or if you had fallen sick recently. Lip-gloss’s have the same amount of shelf lives. However if they smell ad or are dried up, it’s definitely time to throw them away!

If your just confused with all these just keep track with the expire dates on your products.

Hope this helped


  1. interesting! would you like to follow each other in gfc and bloglovin? let me know!

  2. Hi there! thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. Glad it lead me to yours! Thanks for this post, I had no idea about this! Wow, my foundation is at least a couple years old because I don't use it much. Good to know when to throw it away!


    PS thanks for following! I'd be happy to follow back!

  3. Thanks for sharing these informations :) Great blog.
    I am now following you via GFC and bloglovin, hope you can follow me back.
    Have a nice day :o)


  4. followed back on GFC and Bloglovin <3

  5. Thanks, this helped :)

  6. Thank you for this I'm always weary about foundation and mascara but would never think to throw eyeshadow and face powder away.

    Carrieanne x

  7. Such a cute blog!!!
    Would you like to follow each other via Bloglovin and gfc?
    I can't wait to see your next post!

  8. Great post darling! Really informative and helpful! :) Need to go and throw away some of my mascaras now haha!


    1. i get so sad when i have to throw mascaras as i do not usually finish them by 3 months :P

  9. You just reminded me that I should be throwing away my foundation because it does smells abit different now. Thanks for sharing about it I love your article!

    Anyway thank you for following me dear, I'm also following you back on GFC and bloglovin now!

    Many kisses
    ♡ Jaslin from

  10. Very interesting Post. I use Mascara and blush every das

  11. This was really helpful.. thanks for sharing :)

  12. I get sick of beauty products and throw them well before their expiry - I'm always trying the next best thing ;-)
    But it is still a good idea to keep track of expiry dates - Styes = EUW!

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.


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