Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Mascara shelf life when opened

vera bradley makeup bag
Recently, I had a client bring her makeup bag into the salon for a makeup application lesson. She liked the makeup colors she had, but didn't really know how to apply them correctly. As I sorted through her makeup, I noticed her mascara looked a bit old. I asked her how old it was. She guessed it was about a year old. We tossed it. She purchased a new one.

Take a look in your makeup bag. Do you know how old your mascara is? Toss it if it's more than 3 months old.   

Mascara has a short shelf life compared to other makeup items. You must replace it about every 3 months.  Bacteria can accumulate easily in the mascara tube and cause eye irritation, even infection, when the contaminated mascara is applied to your lashes. 

Don't try to revive dried out mascara by adding water either. That can also increase the chances of germ contamination.

It's worth spending your money on fresh, safe mascara. You don't have to spend a lot for a decent mascara. There are good inexpensive mascaras that won't break the bank. Wet n Wild Mega Lengths Mascara is a great lengthen mascara that you can find right in your local drug store for under $3. It's one of my favorites.


Read more on opened makeup shelf life

Another mascara tip, don't pump the wand into the mascara tube. This pushes air into the tube drying out the mascara faster.


The makeup bag you see in the picture above is a Vera Bradley large ruffle cosmetic bag. It's big and has a plastic lining in it. It makes a great Christmas gift if you are looking for something girly. Happy shopping!

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Have a Beautiful Day!
xo 
Jill
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