How Old Is Your Makeup.....

Today I decided to have a clear out of my makeup, some of the things I found were unpleasant! Dried out mascaras and dried foundation that had been living unloved in the depths of my collection!!

It got me thinking, how long should you keep products for?

Most UK beaty products will have a symbol on like this.....

This means the product is good to use for 12 months.

I don't know about you but I never look at these symbols, I just chuck them when they go dry or I havn't used the for an age but after reading a few articles online, I will definitly be chucking things sooner, Bacteria-fest? Yes!

So here is a guidline to what products to keep or chuck!


This is the worst offender for bacteria, we should ALL throw our mascaras out after 3 months or before if they dry out or smeLl stronger than normal.

Eyeshadows, Powders and Blushers

These are good to keep for 2 years, if they are a cream eyeshadow guidlines say throw after 12 months.

Lipsticks and Lipgloss

Usually 12-18 months, but I am extremely bad for keeping these for longer, I think I need to get throwing some away!


This is a funny one because I presumed with it being applied near the eye (like mascara) it would have a short date but you can keep eyeliners for up to 2 years aslong as you sharpen regularly.

Foundations, Tinted Moisturisers and BB Creams.

These vary depending whether they are oil based or not as oil based foundations will last longer (and are ok to use for longer) than oil free, oil free dry up much quicker helping bacteria develop. 12-18 months.

Makeup Brushes

Always keep your brushes clean, especially ones that are used for cream based makeup. I would love to know what you use to clean your brushes? I have heard baby shampoo is very good?

How old is your makeup bag?




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