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Hello everyone!  I know that it's such a cliché to talk about spring cleaning, but it really is something I enjoy doing (#nerdalert).  So for todays beauty related post, I thought that I would share the chart I use for how I organize my makeup.  Obviously, makeup has expiration dates, after which it's not considered hygienic to continue using these items.  While there are differences between what websites say, I generally stick to the following guidelines:

Mascara: 2-3 months
Liquid Liner: 6 months
Pencil Liner: 1 year
Powders (eyeshadow, blush, bronzer, etc.): 2 years+
Foundation/Concealer: 6-12 months
Lipsticks: 2 years
Lipgloss: 1 year
Nail polishes: 2 years

Obviously, it's up to your discretion if you want to keep something longer, or throw it out earlier.  Certain things, like pencil eyeliners, are fine a bit longer, especially if you sharpen it down to eliminate the potential bacteria growth.  Others, especially powders like eyeshadows or blushes, I will continue to use until I find that the quality just isn't the same any more (for example, when you are having problems blending colours, it isn't lasting as long, you notice more breakouts on your cheeks).  I'm the most strict about mascara, finding that my sensitive eyes really get irritated when I use one mascara past it's date.  This is why I try to only have 1-3 mascaras open at any given time.

It's great to know these guidelines, but when it comes to actually clearing out makeup, who can remember when they bought it?  I try to be diligent about updating my list whenever I buy something new, but when in doubt, you can always check purchase histories online for stores that have loyalty cards, look through old receipts or bank statements to see when you shopped at a particular store.  When you are completely dubious, just try and estimate at least the month you bought it.  And when you really can't remember anything, that probably means it's time to throw it out.


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Until next time,

Happy cleaning,

xoxo K

quote by: Larry David