Raise your hand if you are guilty of holding onto old makeup! Do you have a special drawer that you keep all those old cosmetics in, like me? I’ve been reading up on makeup expiration dates lately and I am so guilty of hanging onto things too long; and I even USE these cosmetics years after they’ve been opened. Disgust-o!
I have always known that mascara is a cosmetic that should be replaced every few months because of the bacteria that could be growing in the tube, but I never put much thought into the other cosmetics I’ve been hoarding.
Below, I’ve compiled a list based on the research I have done with the expiration dates of some of the most commonly used cosmetics.
Skincare Products Expiration Dates
Have you ever noticed a little open jar label on the back of your skincare products with a number and a letter on it? I felt like an idiot when I finally realized what this meant. I’ve been seeing these for years and never paid attention to them. Using the example above, this symbol and number means that once that particular product is opened, it should be used within 12 months.
Cosmetics Expiration Dates
|Liquid Foundation||6-12 months|
|Powder/Stick Concealer||24 months|
|Liquid Concealer||12 months|
|Face Powder||24 months|
|Blush||12 – 24 months|
|Powder Eye Shadow||3 months|
|Eye Liner||3 months|
|Lipstick/Gloss||12 months (or immediately if you’ve been sick)|
|Fragrances||8 – 10 years|
To combat this problem of not using your makeup until it’s gone, or makeup waste, Stowaway has come out with really great quality cosmetics that are in perfectly proportioned sizes. They are designed with expiration dates in mind with the idea that makeup should fit into women’s lives. Their cosmetics are made in smaller sizes to ensure that you are able to use the entire product before it expires, and that also travel easier for women on-the-go. All items are paraben-, phthalate- and gluten-free. They are also EU compliant and cruelty-free and most of them include natural ingredients.
I was given the opportunity to test out a variety of Stowaway Cosmetics and I have to say – I am blown away with how much I love them. In my line of work, I try a lot of cosmetics and have become very picky over the years. I’m particularly picky with lipsticks, foundations and mascaras.
I have completely fallen in love with the DEFINED LASH MASCARA. My old mascara from Target usually costs between $6 and $10. The Stowaway Cosmetics mascara is just $12 and is way better than my old product. The brush and mascara formula are exactly what I was looking for. I like a bit of a dry feel to my mascara because I like to layer it on. I usually do about three layers of mascara and this product is perfect for layering.
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