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When to Throw out Make Up

Thursday, April 23, 2015
It is the day after Earth Day and while I believe Earth Day should be everyday , this post seems appropriate. We all wear some sort of Make-up whether it's a simple lip gloss or full coverage foundation they all have an expiration date.

Today,  I will be telling you when it's time to "Trash your Stash".

EXPIRY DATE ON MAKE-UP IS INDICATED ON THE PRODUCT WITH AN ICON THAT LOOKS LIKE A CANISTER WITH A NUMERAL AND THE LETTER "M"


Foundation:  If you look at the back of your foundation/s you will see most will last for 12- 24m ( 24 months ) This varies by Brand and Foundation types which includes : Liquid , Powder , Cream and so on.




Eye Pencils: These will last for 12m - 24m. Again by Brand  .. as you can see in the Picture , the NYX JUMBO PENCIL lasts for 12m while the ICON PENCIL lasts for 24m. Pay close attention to eye products and their expiry dates as bacteria seems to love this area due to moisture.


Eye Shadows: If your eye-shadow becomes flaky or dry , its time to get new ones. They will last you up to 2 years

Lip Products:  Ladies ! Do not share your lip products! In these times , one can never be too careful. Lip Sticks last for 2 years and Lip-gloss lasts for 1 year.




Bronzers & Blushes: These generally last up to 2 years and is similar in consistency to Eye Shadows.



Mascara: These only last 2-3 months. I know some of us like myself are quite resourceful and will add a few drops of water once we realize the product is all gone. If you must share Mascara use a disposable applicator.


For all other Products , check the original Packaging for the Icon or on the reverse side of the Product. It is not recommended to share make-up for hygienic purposes. Also clean your Make-up Brushes regularly.

Let me know if you throw out your Products when they expire or do stash them


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14 comments on "When to Throw out Make Up"
  1. I am the worse about throwing away makeup. I need to go up stairs right now and throw things away. Thanks for the motivation

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  2. I didn't realize lipstick lasted 2 years! I have always thrown mine out a lot sooner. And I agree- never share that stuff!

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  3. Oh my goodness, this is so very helpful. I had no idea about any of it. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  4. This is really good to know! I had no idea when different types of make up expired and was pretty willy-nilly in terms of changing out my make up!

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  5. I will admit I am bad about throwing out makeup. I agree about never sharing though EW!

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  6. I recently cleaned out my bathroom drawers and was shocked at how much old make-up was in there. I dumped a lot!

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  7. This is really good to know. I need to start recording when I buy/open things.

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  8. I must admit I don't wear much makeup but Ity to update as often as possible.

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  9. I am horrible at this. I keep it till it's gone. I graduated in 1991 and I still have make-up from them! LOL

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  10. I am pretty good at throwing out expired makeup with one exception-->mascara. One tube usually lasts me a good 6 months.

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  11. I didn't know there was disposable applicators for mascara. That's a cool fact!

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  12. That mascara is a classic. HAd no idea that there were disposable applicators!

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  13. I am fairly confident that I have makeup from 1998...I probably should dispose of this

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  14. I love buying new make up which means I always have old make up too. WAY OLD!

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