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Declutter Your Make-Up

If you’re like me, you buy the majority of stocking stuffers in your house.  My children are not the only ones at our house who get stockings stuffed with goodies. My husband and I usually get goodies, too. Christmas is when I replenish my make-up supply by putting in them in my stocking… it makes me feel justified.

When I replenish it’s also a good idea to get rid of old expired make-up!  Here’s a repost from a 2011 on how to know what make-up is expired and what make-up is still good.

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How do you know when make up has expired and which to keep?

  • Mascara Shelf Life: Three-six months
  • Moisturiser Shelf Life: Three-12 months
  • Foundation Shelf Life: Oil-Free Foundation (12 months); Moisturising, Cream or Compact Foundation (18 months)
  • Powder Shelf Life: Two years
  • Concealer Shelf Life: 12-18 months
  • Blusher Shelf Life: Powder Blush (two years); Cream Blush (12-18 months)
  • Eyeshadow Shelf Life: Powder Eyeshadow (two years); Cream Eyeshadow (12-18 months)
  • Eyeliner and lipliner Shelf Life: two years
  • Lipstick Shelf Life: two years
  • Lipgloss Shelf Life: 18 months-two years
  • Fragrance Shelf Life: 18 months-two years

How do you keep track of how old your make up really is?  I write the date on each product with sharpie marker.  The above list is merely a guideline.  Your make up can last longer if kept under the right conditions (see link at the bottom of the page for ways to extend your make up’s shelf life).  Here is a visual expiration guide taken from my make up that I weeded out today.  These pictures show what make up looks like when it goes bad.


If your makeup begins to separate like this Lip Gloss


Or this Nail Polish that I’ve had this one since my son was born.  He’s 9 years-old.  Yeah.  It’s time for it to go.



Cosmetics such as Lipsticks, Cream Blush, Cream Eye Shadow, Cream Foundation, and Balms cake up when they’ve expired like my Burt’s Bee’s Cuticle Creme.


Mascara is tricky.  If you have an eye infection and decide to use your mascara, it must be thrown out so you don’t end up getting the same infection again.  (The same goes for any make up that touches an infected area of the body.)  Mascara goes bad when you can visibly see chunky substance on the brush.



Here are all of the different kinds of expired make-up I got rid of today. I think I needed to pair down.  Wow.



The list of make-up expiration times came from iVillage. Be sure you check out the full iVillage article by clicking the link below. They share some great advice for making your cosmetics last longer.

Makeup: Cosmetics and their shelf life

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