Always wonder how long those shadows *really* are good for? Bought a new mascara a few months ago, but have only used it twice? Check out my segment on CTV Morning Live today as I talk to Lianne Laing and Melissa Lamb about expiration dates and when to purge your endless supply of makeup (yes, you have to…). Watch the video: CTV Morning Live -Makeup Spring Cleaning
Here's a handy list of how long products are good for, once they've been opened.
I mention "up to" as there are certain circumstances in which products may last shorter or slightly longer periods of time. If you've noticed that your products smells "off", or that powder you've been using for a while has a weird film across it, it's time to pitch it - no matter what the timeframe. Cosmetics, especially liquid and emollient based, are an incredible breeding ground for bacteria - it can grow at an exponential rate and can lead to irritation, infections and even allergic reactions.
Most products are still not required to have an expiry date, but generally speaking, most products have a shelf stable life of 30-36 months (meaning, from production date, unopened). Here is a link to a super website called www.checkcosmetic.net - it allows you to check out the batch code from your products, and tells you when it was made. The slight nerd in me finds this super interesting! I have to admit, when I first stumbled across this site, I grabbed all of my makeup that was nearby and rung it through… aaaaaaaand then half of it hit the trash can! It's hard to keep track of what was purchased when, I hear that, says the makeup hoarder…
Another area that we don't tend to think about is the cleanliness of our makeup. We wash our clothes, our hair, our faces and bodies - but we never really think about how clean our makeup is. Imagine - it's the *only* thing we put on our bodies that we never wash ::shudder:: And really, I wouldn't use a dirty washcloth on my face, so why is makeup any different? There is a revolutionary product out on the market called Beauty So Clean, that was created by a top celebrity makeup artist in Toronto. Helps to keep your makeup & brushes sanitary and it's Canadian made? I like! They offer a few different products, including:
Conditioning Brush Cleanser - for cleaning your brushes,
keeping them fresh & conditioned
Cosmetic Sanitizer Wipes - for lipsticks, lipglosses & mascaras
Cosmetic Sanitizer Mists - for powders, without ruining their finish
This link here shows all about bacteria and your makeup. I feel like I should say sorry and you're welcome in the same sentence here :D If you'd like to try any Beauty So Clean products, use the promo code "beachparty" for an additional savings off of regular priced items at checkout.
So now that the spring finally seems to be trying to arrive, it's the perfect time to go through your makeup bags, add in some fresh new colours and products, clean up what you're keeping turf those older ones that have been kicking around for a little too long