Friday, August 22, 2014

I recently received a gift from my cousin who is a Mary Kay representative. Be sure to check out Ingrid on instagram and let her know I sent you! With the gift she included a note from Mary Kay with tips on when to clean out your makeup, today, I am sharing those tips with you. 

Some of these "rules" I already knew, some I follow, others I don't- #rebel. 

Mascara: Your mascara should be replaced every 3 months. 
Once it is opened, oxygen affects the mascara and it starts to collect bacteria. 

Eyeliner: Liquid or pencil eyeliners should be replaced every 3 months. 
Pencils should be sharpened before each use to clean and preserve them. 

Foundation: Unopened, your foundation can last 2 years, 
but once opened you should replace it every 6-12 months. 

Lipstick: Replace your lipstick or lip gloss after 1 year. 
Don't share your lip products, and dispose of them if they become dry or change in color. 

Concealer: Liquid concealers should be replaced after 1 year, while powders and sticks can last for 2 years. Keep an eye out for color change which means it has expired. 

Blusher: Blushers have the same shelf life as other powders, 2 to 3 years. 
Cream blushes have a shorter shelf life and should be replaced after 1 year. 

Powder: Powders should be kept in a cool, dry place, not your bathroom! 
Pressed powder can last for 2 years, and lose powder can last up to 3 years. 

So what do you think? Do you follow any of these makeup shelf life rules? Which do you follow? Which do you break? Let me know in the comments section below! 

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  1. Haha ummm none of those :P I keep stuff until they smell funny or if application gets weird. I tend to hold on to things for a lot longer than I probably should lol. They're too pretty to throw out!!! Haha

    1. I secretly think that companies out expiration dates on their products for us to throw out purchase more haha

  2. These are great tips and general guidelines! I'm usually pretty good about throwing stuff out because i have such sensitive skin I never want to take any chances, but some of these I definitely don't follow!

    1. My skin is sort of really easy to work with, except that it is really dry. Nothing really makes it go crazy, so I guess I am a little lucky.. I don't throw out much but these are great to know... Thanks so much for stopping by Carly!

  3. If I followed these rules 3/4 of my makeup collection would be in the trash! I agree with Ashlynn that I just go by smell and if it looks funky.

    1. That's exactly what I thought.. I don't accumulate my makeup at once, and I dont go through it fast.. Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

  4. I don't follow most of these!! I pretty much get rid of things as they run out, unless it's lip gloss/mascara which can get weird and sticky. But this is good to know - the bacteria freaks me out!!

  5. I'm pretty good about keeping up with mascaras and throwing them out...but everything else...not so much! LOL! But then again...a foundation has never lasted me more than 6 months and same goes for concealer.


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