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We all have our favorite tried and true lipstick that has been discontinued (and just what was that makeup company thinking!) But how long is to long to hold on to our cosmetics? Here are the guidelines that tell you when your product has gone bad.

First off, if it smells, stinks has a distinct odor that should not be, throw it away! If you can’t remember when you purchased it, trash it.  Makeup should not stir up memories from ten years ago.
Mascara: 4 months
Eyeliner: 2 years
Eyeshadow: 2-3 years
Cream eyeshadow: 12-18 months
Blush and bronzer: 12-18 months
Cream blush: 12-18 months
Lipstick and lipliner: 2 years
Lipstick: 18-24 months
Foundation: 1 year
Also remember to replace sponges monthly and to be washing your makeup brushes every 2-3 months.
Skin care products:
Face wash/cleanser: 1 year
Toner: 2 years
Eye cream: 1 year
Face moisturizer: 1 year
Hair products:
Can be kept unopened for up to 3 years (but who would want to?) However once you open them, the clock starts ticking on an 18 month shelf life.
 Remember to clean out your hair brushes. Remove excess hair out with a pick often. Four times a year soak in bathroom sink with a 1/2 cup of baking soda. This will help break down any gels or mouses on brush. Rinse and let air dry.
 Also don’t forget to clean out the filter on your hair dryer either. Simply remove the back grill and filter screen.  The filter feels like nylon netting; lots of holes for air circulation. Rinse the filter in cool water.  Don’t stretch it while cleaning it.  Let fully dry before using again.
Helpful tips:
Wash hands before use
Store products in cabinet and out of direct sun
Be sure to tighten and secure lid after use
Toss products if change in color, consistency or smell
Write the date of purchase in permanent ink on bottom of package.
PHEW! I know thats a lot of work to do! But you will surely get the most out of all of your products by following these guidelines. Good luck
Thanks for reading,
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