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    Hello Shelf Life of Makeup

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    I put this on bookmarks and gave it to all my customers once and just had someone ask me how long she should keep her mascara. I thought I would share the information here. I think it's very useful.

    It's Important to know the shelf life facts of your cosmetics.
    Keep track of how long you've had your beauty products, for two good reasons: To be sure they are still effective and to assess their possible contamination with bacteria that can cause rashes or infection. Save this handy guide.

    FOUNDATION: up to 2 years: Throw out sooner if the pigment has started to change or the consistency becomes clumpy.
    LIPSTICK: 1 1/2 to 2 years: When the waxes eventually dry out, you'll feel a loss of the slip that makes application easy.
    MASCARA: 3 months: Because the process of applying involves moving the wand from lashes to bottle and back, the risk of introducing bacteria is high. A new tube every three months is simply sensible eye hygiene.
    EYE SHADOW: 2 years: If either powder or cream varieties exhibit an odor, color or texture change, discard sooner.
    LIP AND EYE PENCILS: 2 years: If the pencil starts to stick and get more difficult to use, it's probably dried out. Time to toss it.
    BLUSH: 3 years: Despite a long shelf life, be alert to changes in color, smell or consistency.
    MOISTURIZERS: 3 months to 1 year: Discard them sooner if you start to smell an off odor or the overall texture seems to have changed.
    SUN PROTECTION: 1 season: When it's time to discard, you'll notice that the product starts to separate and may have an odor.
    SELF -TANNERS: 6 months to 1 year: Self-tanners take on a funny smell when they're past their prime. They become less effective and you may get a lighter or inconsistent "tan"
    FRAGRANCE: 1 to 4 years: Perfume fades in 1 to 2 years: Toilet water: 2 to 4 years. Store in a cool, dry place away from any sun light.
    DEODORANT: 3 years: The active ingredients don't last forever, and once they're inert, the deodorant isn't effective.
    Nail Polish: 6 months to 4 years: The less it's exposed to air and sunlight, the longer it will last. Store in the refrigerator.
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    Great tips! Thanks for sharing this
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    Good info thanks!
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    My grandma always kept her nail polish in the fridge.
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    Nail Polish in the fridge huh? The only one I knew was the mascara one.
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    thanks, i knew a few but the others we very helpful!
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    Wow, I never knew that I should toss out sunscreen after 1 season! Guess I should toss out my bottle of year-old sunscreen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by belovedreamery View Post
    Wow, I never knew that I should toss out sunscreen after 1 season! Guess I should toss out my bottle of year-old sunscreen.
    I didn't either until last year. I always bought a few bottles at a time, used and reused the next year.

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