Ulta 21 Days Of Beauty is coming to a close, and you probably picked up a sizeable chunk of beauty products. Now that you have a few new good beauty products, it is time to throw away (yes, throw away) old or expired products. Though this guide is all over the internet, let’s touch on it again shall we?
Expired products, when to trash
Foundation: Six months for liquids, two years for powders.
I actually keep my liquid foundations as long as I keep powders because I use a pump, so there is no contamination involved during use. Throw away sooner if your foundation is starting to separate or smells funny.
Mascara: Three to six months
Yes, please toss the mascara. It is a breeding ground for bacteria and germs. You don’t want a sty on your eye do you? Of course not! I also suggest tossing if the formula has dried out. Never refresh mascara with eye drops, water, spit (yes people do this), alcohol or any other substance. If the cosmetic industry thought refreshing mascara was a good idea, there would be one on the market.
Eyeliner: Two years for powders and pencils, six months for liquid and and creams
Eyeshadow: Two years for powders, six months for liquid and creams
Lipsticks: Two years
Lipgloss: One year
Lip Liners: Two years
Nail Polish: Two years
Fragrances: Several years
You can keep a fragrance forever if you store it in a cool, dry place away from the sun.
Natural products: Check the expiration date
Natural products are formulated without preservatives, so they are not going to last as long as other products. Abide by the expiration date on the package. If you need your natural products to last longer, consider investing in Lush’s line of self-preserving products.
Fall and winter products, time to stash
Yes, there are more than a few products that you may not use this spring season. If they are not expired, set these products aside:
- Dark lipsticks
- Heavy moisturizers
- Cream body wash