Have you ever said the words “I still use the same eyeshadow from high school” and you’re getting ready for your 10 year reunion? How about “I know it’s old, but I LOVE this color!”?
Well, it’s a sad day for all of us beauty hoarders because girl, you need to declutter your makeup. I’m not talking about the life-affirming act of throwing away things that don’t immediately give you joy or creating a beauty routine with three simple products. In fact, I’m a firm believer in buying all the products! But we need to have a serious talk. It is time to let go of that mascara sample that came free with your prom lipstick; it’s gone bad.
Yes, beauty products go bad. This means that they don’t work as well, colors can change, and they can be full of infection causing bacteria. Gross. Grab the trash can; it’s time to clean out the bathroom drawers – and as a bonus, you get to shop for new goodies! [Editor’s note: if you don’t know where to find said goodies, Leah wrote a post about this. But you also could just go direct to her site. -Steph]
Here are the rules on when to toss your beauty products:
Cream/Liquid Face Products: Six Months
Powder Face Products: One Year
Mascara: Three Months
Liquid Eyeliner and Pens: Three Months
Cream Eye Shadow: Six Months
Powder Eye Shadow: Two Years
Eye Pencils: Two Years
Lipstick and Gloss: Two Years
Lip Liner: Two Years
Skin Care: Six Months
If you are unsure about a product’s shelf life, look for this symbol on the container. The number and letter there will tell you how long the product is good once it is open. For example, this would be good for 12 Months after opening.
So, ‘fess up? How much stuff did you have to toss? Tell us in the comments!