I missed my calling as a makeup YouTube star. Love the stuff! Over the years I have become more picky about what goes on my skin, and have learned the hard way that quality products are worth the cost.
How do you know when to throw what away? Bacteria can get in and live in the moist enviornments of your makeup. Just imagine potentially spreading ecoli on your face every day! Check out this horror story about an Australian woman who nearly lost her life from MRSA contaminated cosmetics!
My cosmetic bag purge happens about every six months. Many years months ago this was not so. The only time lipsticks would be discarded would be when they “smelled funny” when putting them on. Typically, it takes a lipstick one to two years to go bad, and time for other cosmetics varies.
Alrhough there are no FDA guidelines for when to throw out your beloved Dior Addict lipgloss, the National Center for Biotechnology Information did a study in 2013 of 44 subjects regarding the use of old cosmetics, wherein 97.9% of the subects reported using expired cosmetics. I feel your pain sistas. Sometimes that discontinued lipgloss is painful to stop using.
Here is a little guide for you to use to know when it is time to say goodbye. This chart was taken directly from elle.com and was not in any way made by me!
What is the trick to using up your makeup before it goes bad? Only buy what you need NOW, and only get colors you love! My cosmetic bag holds two lipsticks, both Chanel. A nude, #54 Boy, a red, Pirate. The cosmetic bag contents include Chanel foundation and mascara, Makeup Forever HD translucent loose powder, Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, Nars bronzer and blush, Clinique gel eyeliner, my Cereve body lotion, essential oil Lavender deodorant, and my newest addition, a mini Smashbox palette that was acquired yesterday when my daughter dragged me to Sephora.
Just a side note, that Cereve lotion delivers some serious moisture! My daughter and I both began using the Cereve facial cleanser for sensitive skin a couple weeks ago. Amazing stuff! The below link will take you to Amazon where you can buy this product.
Spend your hard earned dollars on only what you will use quickly, and your money will not be wasted on cosmetics that will go bad.
Side note, see my cosmetics bag? Lilly for Target! A woman was trying to scoop up ALL the makeup bags and I took this one out of her hand, looked her in the eye, and said, “Really?” Vultures. The Lilly for Target event was a bloodbath, and the little cosmetic carier was one of three treasures that came out in my bag.
What is in your cosmetic bag? I challenge you to purge your “expired” and old cosmetics today!