Happy New Year! I know I’m really late but I hope that 2012 is treating you right. The start of the year is a great time to purge and start fresh. Inspired by one of my besties, Ruth, one of my beauty resolutions is get rid of all my old products. I’ve compiled a list to help me determine which of my beauty products I should toss and which I can hang on to for a while longer. Sharing is caring, so I’m posting it for you now.
Mascara – 3 to 4 months MAX. Mascara has the shortest life span because of the potential to transfer bacteria to your eyes. Also toss any mascara that is drying out.
Eye Pencils – 2 to 3 years if you sharpen them regularly
Eye Shadows – Powder shadows can be kept for 2-3 years, liquid only lasts one year
Lipstick & Lip Pencils – 1 to 2 years. If it starts to smell before this amount of time, toss it.
Blush - Both cream and powder blushes should be tossed after 2 years.
Foundation & Concealer – 1 year before these need to be thrown out
Face Powder – These will keep for 2 years if you keep them clean.
Nail Polish – 12 to 18 months or less if they get thick and clumpy
Facial Cleansers – Up to 1 year for most cleansers.
Moisturizers & Toners – 6 to 12 months
Shampoos & Conditioners – Usually 12 months but you can look on the bottle to confirm. You should see a small container icon with “12M” or “24M” on it.
Hair Products – Up to 3 years, especially for products that come in a spray or pump bottle. Products you need to dip your fingers into should be tossed sooner.
If you can’t remember when you bought a product, get rid of it. In the future, grab a sharpie and mark the date you open each product as an easy way to keep track. Please note that if you should suffer an eye infection, you will need to toss all eye makeup and applicators used from the time you developed the infection.
And ladies… don’t forget about your tools! Make up applicators and sponges need to be washed weekly and discarded monthly. You should wash your makeup brushes with a mild soap every 2 to 3 months and your hairbrushes and combs should get cleaned once a week, especially if you use a lot of products in your hair.