The Ugly of Makeup – Its Expiration

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I have been guilty of using makeup way past its expiration date.  I’ve used the same blush for 7 years and it was only last week that I decided to throw it out.  I haven’t been using it since I got a new blush from the Face Shop.  There was no point in holding onto something way past its shelf life.  Other items in my makeup drawer also made its way to the trash like old makeup brushes, old eye shadow palettes, and foundation.  It was hard de-cluttering because despite being debt free, my frugal habits are still in me.  Any frugal person will tell you the struggles of seeing unused expired items go in the trash.  But that’s just me.

And then I’m also kind of a germ-a-phobe.  Learning how makeup can grow bacteria freaks me out.  I mean who wants to be putting something on their face that can cause dermatitis or any type of skin irritation?  Now that I think about it, it’s no wonder I broke out quite a bit a few years ago.  Obviously, there were many factors, but one contributor was old makeup.  For those reading this, if there’s any take away to this post, it’s to replace your makeup for health purposes and to not hoard so much so you don’t waste money.  I’m still trying to figure out my sweet spot.  I’m still dabbling in which brands I like, which I will be re-purchasing in the future, and what items I’m okay buying from the drugstore.

I know for sure that I will be sticking with Clinique for lipstick, foundation, and sheer powder.  I think I’m okay with blushes, eyeshadows, and contour palettes from the drugstore.  I’ve also come to realize that mascara and eyeliner don’t work for me. I have a bad tendency to rub my eyes at the end of the day, and I easily get stys from lining my waterline.  So for the time being, I’m comfortable nixing these two items from my makeup routine until I figure out what brands work for me.

I’m curious about what works for any of you.  Feel free to leave a comment below!



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