Technically, you are supposed to go through your make-up at least every year, depending on the product. Well I haven't gone through my make-up in years. I switched over to Bare Minerals make-up when my daughter was a toddler (which BTW has a much longer shelf life since it is all natural and made without any chemicals to bind it together). If my calculations are right, that would mean that all the other make-up brands in the drawers have to be 8+ years old. Yikes...think that's a problem?
Yep...that's lipstick that is half stuck in the cap.
Now I have gone through my make-up many times over the years, but for some reason I didn't get rid of all the old stuff. Not this time... in the garbage all the old products went.
So when should you get rid of make-up? Here are some guidelines to follow:
- Most powders, concealers and lip balms don't contain water, so they can last for a couple of years.
- Cleansers and moisturizers often contain fatty acids, which can turn rancid quickly. Toss after six months.
- Multiuse products such as 3-in-1 sticks and creams can spread germs from lips to eyes and cheeks. Wipe the surface before switching areas, and discard or replace after six months.
- Pencils can last several years unless you wet the tip with saliva or water. To be safe, sharpen before each use.
- Mascara should be tossed after three months without fail. The tube is a breeding ground for bacteria.
- Foundations can last up to a year if you keep your fingers away from the bottle. Instead, use a sponge to apply.
- My rule of thumb with lipstick is when it starts to smell funky...it's time for it to be thrown out.
There were only a few screws to remove in order to recover the seat.
Using fabric I had left over from another project, I simply stapled new fabric over the old fabric.
This fabric is perfect for the bathroom. It has all the right colors (it's actually the fabric I used for the window treatments in my home office).
You can see that I moved my brushes to the top of the vanity in a container I had in the mudroom (which wasn't really being used there). I love that my make-up area is all neat, clean and organized now.
Okay...now it's your turn. I hope you will be inspired to go through your make-up drawers and throw out all expired products. You'll be happy you did.