Refresh: How To Spring Clean Your Stash

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Make up mess

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

Hopefully, this quick guide will help you out a little. Don’t forget to check out the last few days of Ulta 21 Days of beauty! 

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Aprill Coleman is an award-winning beauty, lifestyle and wellness blogger and freelance writer based in Jackson, Mississippi.

17 thoughts on “Refresh: How To Spring Clean Your Stash

  1. Sage & Simple

    I think I’ve violated every guideline in this post…oops! I do replace my mascara regularly, but the rest, I just use until the smell or texture change.


  2. Alli Smith

    I really need to clean out my stash! There’s so much that I don’t use or has seen it’s better days. I did wash all my brushes a couple of weeks ago. They were long overdue for a good cleaning. Yikes!


  3. Kita

    Since I am not a beauty person this is good to know. I have a fragrance that I have had for ages and I threw it on out because I wasn’t sure. Lipgloss doesn’t even last 4 months around here lol


  4. Jeanine @

    Great to know! I don’t wear much make up, but what I do have is probably time to replace! I’m going to have to go through it all and see what needs replacing!


  5. Cassie Tucker

    This is really great advice! I need to go through my makeup stash and see what needs to be cleaned out.


  6. Sharon Erickson

    Ooooh I may have needed read this. I didn’t know alot of the time frames on makeup but I guess it makes sense that they expire too.


  7. kim propp

    I like your “Fairy Glammother’ title. That is cute. I just discovered ULTA recently (at Christmas) and it is now one of my favorite stores. I like that I can order online or pick up just down the street. I didn’t realize about mascara causing a sty problem. Thanks for that tip.


  8. Ourfamilyworld

    eek I did not know that mascara lasted less than 6 months. I’d better clean my beauty stash or I am in trouble. Thank you


  9. Penny @ pennyspassion.blogspot

    Great list of expiration dates. I know I have some makeup that needs to be thrown out. Maybe this Spring I’ll make it to the bottom of my makeup drawer and clean it out.


  10. Nancy

    It’s a good reminder for us bloggers (well, I spose non-bloggers to) to remember to do this! I know there’s stuff that needs to be chucked. I just have to go through it all.


  11. Ricci

    I need to go through my makeup and throw out all the old stuff ASAP!! I am pretty good about tit but I feel like I have bought a lot of new stuff lately and so it’s time for a cleaning!!


  12. Crystal | The Poor Explorer

    I have been using the same pencil eye-liner for the last 5 years, mascara for over 2 years, I don’t throw them out, I finish them! And I’ve never had a stye or any kind of skin problem. Dancing with fate, I suppose…


  13. Rebecca Swenor

    These is awesome information indeed. I so have to clean my stash because I have make-up from years ago. Time for new stuff for sure. Thanks for sharing.


  14. Angie Kanellopoulos

    omg I was always wondering about this! I need to do this ASAP! I pinned it for future reference thanks!!


  15. Mia Myrabev

    omg i really had no idea I had to chuck my stuff away, I have literally had held on to my makeup stuck for almost 5 years now lol. Need to sit down and sort through it all


  16. esther julee

    We just moved today.. and we ended up throwing out a ton of expired bathroom and beauty stuff as a result. 🙂 I also need to clean my brushes right about now.



    I have a lot of makeups that are expired. I don’t use them as often like before. I used to be a career mom but then when I started working from home, I don’t use them that much anymore.


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