Sunday, January 30, 2011


ShareIt’s raining out, my one day off and all I want to do is sit around watch a movie and relax.  But at the same time I know I should be doing something; like that procrastinating job of cleaning out my cosmetic drawer?  So I’m still going to sit around and watch a movie and relax but I’m also going to pull that cosmetic drawer out and start tossing that old make-up away.  Procrastination….. me….. NEVER J  Get it organized and start with a clean slate.


Foundations and tinted moisturizers – Follow the standard example as you would any other beauty product, a year if they have been unsealed. If they cultivate an odor or change in consistency, form or color then these are the signs you must throw them away.

Powder – Whether it be loose powder or pressed powder, these can be used pretty much forever as long as you have not allowed them to become clammy in any way. With regard to pressed powders you may find they gather a film, but that can be eroded to expose clean powder below.

Pencils – As they are a creamy consistency they should not be kept for longer than a year-and-a-half. Nevertheless if you have a sufficient amount of the pencil remaining, sharpen away more or less an inch of it and then see what the quality is like. If it is still soft and does not cause a hindrance on the skin, and there isn't any odd smell, you can continue using it.

Lipsticks and lip glosses – On the whole these will start to smell after approximately a year. If you are using a brand where they add scent to the item, you may be able to prolong it a little longer, however if there is a peculiar smell or taste it is best to no longer use it. Any germs that are developing in these products will be consumed since they are being worn on your mouth. Those of you with weak bellies have been informed as you can make yourself feel constantly nauseous and never ascribe it to something as commonplace as the humble lipstick that has gone off.

Mascara – Three months. If you keep it in the fridge, you may be able to extend it another month at the very most. Indeed, your eyelashes are so important as they are designed to keep bacteria and flotsam and jetsam from falling into your eyes. You can give yourself an awfully unpleasant eye infection even if you are the only person who wears your mascara.

Above tips by Suite101

Check out 21 Ways To Store Your Makeup on some excellent ideas of storing your cosmetics.
Do a search on YouTube for makeup organization & storage.  There are a ton of them out there and you can find the one you like that will best suit your needs.
I especially liked these ideas:


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