Harm-causing Makeup

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Did you do some Spring cleaning around your house? Possibly even cleaned out on your closet?Got rid of those big sweaters in preparation for summer?

Well your makeup also needs a clean out every now and there’s no time like the present!

I’m a bit late for Spring cleaning (I moved house and am only really settled into the new place now) But it’s time to clear out your makeup to make sure your grubby pots and jars aren’t out of date.

Yes, makeup does have a best before date. And using expired makeup can lead to serious skin irritation, breakouts and even infection. I’m not going to include images. Feel free to search them yourselves but be warned- it’s not pretty!

Generally if you haven’t used something in the last 6 months to a year, it’s time to get rid of it! Although you may love the fancy packaging of that Benefit mascara, if you’ve been scraping the very last out of it for a few months, you could be running the risk of causing yourself more harm than good….

Bacteria thrive in dark, moist warm places, like the inside of a mascara tube or at the bottom of a foundation bottle. So go through your products and sort the filthy from the still fabulous :)

Here’s a general guide on product shelf life once opened:

Foundation/Concealers: 12-18months

Powders: 2 years

Mascara: 4 months
Lipsticks: 1 -2 years
Eyeliner/Lipliners: Up to 3 years, when sharpened regularly
Eyeshadow: 3 years
Nail Polish: Up to 12 months
Brushes: Wash regularly in a mild shampoo, dry naturally
Sponges: Wash regularly as with brushes but discard monthly

Also a little common sense is needed. If something is within it’s normal shelf life but begins to smell funny or look gross (foundation/lipstick mostly), it’s spoiled and it’s time to part ways.



Cosmetic Calulator is a great site that has been awesome at helping me find out exactly when a product was manufactured. It has a running list of many popular cosmetic brands (Benefit, MAC, L’Oreal to name a few).

Ever notice the little numbers/letters on the bottom of a bottle and think what do they mean? Well they are actually the “batch code” and can tell you when a product was made. This site can do all the work for you just by selecting a brand and typing in the numbers. There is even a video and photo to show you how & where to find these!
It’s definitely worth a look!
I can’t lie and say it’s not difficult, because it is, but that great feeling when you have a clean and shiny make-up kit that isn’t causing you irritation or to breakout is totally worth it :)

I’m going to post an image of all the products I had to dump on the Facebook page.
Stay beautiful,

Unhealthy obsession with all things fashion & beauty.

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