Just how long should we be hording make up?

Just how long should we be hording make up?

There are a lot of people talking about the bargain make up and products they have found at Poundland and other similar stores recently, but is it always such a bargain?

In a recent post on the London Beauty Queen blog, Hayley explains just why these products aren’t always everything they appear to be. “Put simply, you don’t know where it’s come from or how old it is… When you buy products from somewhere such as Poundland, you’ve no idea where they’ve got the stock from (legitimate or otherwise) or how long it’s been sat in a cardboard box in a warehouse.”

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We all know that make up doesn’t last forever but are we really as cautious as we should be? I know damn well that I use things much longer than I should, except mascara I’m quite good there. If we had food that should have been eaten a month ago we would throw it out, so why do we keep hold of our make up so much? Old make up can cause a number of different reactions and illnesses from conjunctivitis to rashes to breakouts and beyond.

At the beginning of the year the Daily Mail covered details of a survey by Escentual.com into the make up hording habits of British women and it turns out we’re all make up squirrels!
We’re all guilty of clinging on to lip and eye colours in the hope they come back into fashion but make-up can easily become a breeding ground for bacteria like satphylococcus aureus and staphylococcus epidermis.” Emma Leslie, Beauty Editor at Escentual.com

So, how long should we keep hold of things? Well, it varies from product to product but here’s a rough guide for you. Remember these aren’t carved in stone and if your products are drying out or going ‘funny’ before this then toss them out!

Mascara This is the one thing that I’m actually quite good with chucking out. I’ve had the most horrendous eye infections in the past and so I’m a little paranoid about getting them again and so avoid anything that may set them off. Mascara you should throw out every 3 to 4 months, it’s one of the biggest causes of eye irritation and bacteria love it. You should never rewet any mascara that has tried out and always avoid pumping the brush into the tube as this dries it out faster and encourages nasties to grow.

Eyeshadow Liquid eyeshadows last about 12 months and powder shadows last up to two years. If you keep your brushes and applicators clean you shouldn’t have too much problem with them. Again if they’re looking funny or not applying as they once did it could be an idea to throw them out, these go near your eyes too and so can cause infections and irritation.

Concealer It’s recommended you turf this out after about eight months and if you think about it this makes sense. Most people use concealer to cover up spots and acne which are often caused by bacteria, so you might well be getting some of that bacteria on your concealer, nice! You may get a little longer out of your products by applying them with a brush or applicator that you can clean easily.

Liquid FoundationThere seems to be a little bit of disagreement here, but most places say you should keep your liquid foundation for 6-12 months. The liquid nature of these products means that bacteria can breed more easily in them than in a pressed powder, but I have to say I KNOW I have foundations older than this, eep!

Powder Foundation, blushers and bronzers etcThese you can keep in your make up bags for quite a while, two years in fact. This pleases me as a blusher can last forever so it’s nice to know they don’t need replacing quite so often.

Eye and Lip Pencils These can be kept for up to two years, just remember to sharpen them often. Sharpening removes the exposed layer of the pencil and helps keep bacteria levels down.

Lipstick Lipsticks can last quite a while too, between 18 months to two years. If you have a coldsore however you might want to get rid of any lipsticks or lipliners that you have used, you don’t want that coming back!

How guilty are you for cosmetics hording? Are you really good at parting with things or has reading this made cringe at the thoughts of your make up bag? Let me know in the comments below! :D

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