When in Doubt, Toss it Out: The Shelf Life of Cosmetics

beauty isn’t the eyeliner you wear, or the mascara you destroy your eyelashes with, or the blush you use to define your cheek bones.
beauty is the way your eye is has is own color, its the way your eyelashes flutter like one of a kind, its the way your face is like your finger print.

Keira Lennox


Few things in life make me happier than an organized makeup drawer. So it’s weird that 75% of the time, mine is a disaster.

Besides clutter, my biggest challenge is knowing when to throw things out.

My frustration with the state of my stash boiled over recently, when I used a past-its-prime tinted sunscreen that made my face itch all day and, frankly, smelled a little funky.

When I got home — and after I scrubbed my face — I dumped the entire contents of my makeup and skin care collection on the floor and picked through every piece. With the help of this handy cosmetic shelf life chart,  I filled two small grocery bags with expired (or questionable) products.

I’m not going to lie: it hurt a little. It’s hard to say goodbye to the NARS ‘orgasm’ blush you dropped 30 bucks on and haven’t made a dent in over…

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