Sunday, 12 May 2013

Spring clean your makeup bag

Ciao Bella!


So with spring upon us, its a great time to de-clutter and refresh your make up bag. Out with the old in with the new!

When you should you throw away makeup items?
THROW AWAY IF THERE IS ANY CHANGE IN SMELL, COLOR, OR TEXTURE, REGARDLESS OF AGE.

Most make up and beauty products have a symbol on the packing which tells you how long it’s safe to use it for once open. The symbol looks like this: 




This mean that this product can be use for 12 months once opened.

The month varies on each different product. Here’s a few  examples :




Left: Eyeshadow - 18 Months expiry once opened
Middle: Toner - 24 Months expiry once opened
Right: Nail Polish remover - 30 months expiry once expiry



Foundation. 
  • When used daily most foundations will run out before they expire. I normally go through bottle of my MAC Studio fix foundation once every 3 months. So it always runs out before it expires.
  • I keep the lid and clean of excess product with a makeup remover wipe , so that it doesn't harbor germs.
  • If you occasionally use your foundation, replace after 18 months.

Mascara.  
  • You should replace your mascara every 1-2 months if you use it daily . If you use  sporadically  use, throw out once it starts to dry up.  
  • The more mascara is exposed to air, the faster it will dry so secure top after every use. 
  • Most mascara have a guide line expiry date of 6-12 months.


Lipstick.
  • I hate messy lipsticks containers, so i keep the tube and applicator free of excess pigment with frequent wipe downs (using a cleansing wipe).
  • For a more throughout cleansing of my lipsticks spritz alcohol on the top of lipstick and then scrape top layer off on paper towel, removing bacteria while refreshing the pigment. 
  • The expiry date of lipsticks is usually 2-3 years.

Powders.

  •  Eye, face and cheek powders can be used for years, however the pigment begins to fade with age. 
  • Powders can also dry up due to exposure and become difficult to blend on skin. 
  • Throw out and replace after 12-18 months.


Pencils.
  • Frequent sharpening removes any bacteria from the pencil tip, but be sure that the sharpener is kept clean. 
  •  If the sharper is proving hard to clean soak it in hot water then remove products. 
  • Most eye and lip pencils have an expiry date of 3 months. 

Palettes.
  •  Clean the mirror (or top lid) of container and any borders between sections with cotton bud.  This removes bacteria.

Tools and Brushes. 
  •  Wipe away left over mascara from eyelash curler or soak in hot water to remove dried-on product – this stops the curler from pulling out your lashes when curling. 
  • I usually wash my brushes after every use as oil and bacteria get trapped in the brushes bristles , these can cause breakouts. 
  • I wash my brushes using a gentle shampoo such a Johnson baby shampoo, to remove the product from the brush and using a antiseptic to cleanse the brush such as MAC’s brush cleanser.
  • Makeup sponges are disposable tools, which also harbor bacteria and oil if not washed frequently. I wash after every use and throw out within 1 month, or when the sponge begins to tear. 

Also whilst your cleaning out your makeup bag consider your skincare products:
  • Facial Cleansers & Moisturizers expire after 6 months 
  • Facial Toners expire after 1 year 
  • Natural Cosmetics expire after 6 months


    I hope this was useful!



1 comments:

claire ashfield said...

Wow i need to get emptying my makeup bag! i have so much old make up gathered over time!! Great post! xx

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