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Mascara shelf life when opened

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 inex

Milani Everyday Eyes Powder Eyeshadow Collection

Holiday time is upon us. That means it's time for looking your very best for all those parties and get togethers. You don't have to spend a lot of money to create a new holiday look. This nice little plum eye shadow palette from Milani caught my eye at my local CVS for $9.99. Luckily for me, it was on sale 40% off! I couldn't pass it up. The colors look great in the palette but you never know how they are going to go on.  Here they are on my medium beige skin. From the top- 1: base, 2: contour, 3: lid, 4: crease, 5: specialty, 6: liner. There is a handy little application guide on the palette that you can follow if you want to.  I always start my eye shadow application by priming my eyelids with Urban Decay Primer Potion. It's my secret for making any brand of eyeshadow wear well and look bolder and clearer in color.  Click here for how to use Urban Decay Primer Potion! The Review: The shadows go on a little sheer but most of them will build up for a m

Wet n Wild 10-Pan Studio Eyeshadow Palette

I am still preparing for my Jamaica trip. I decided I don't want to take my fancy, expensive eye shadow palettes with me. They are big and I worry about them cracking during the traveling. A small palette is what I need. This Wet n Wild Studio Palette in Coming in Latte looks perfect! It's inexpensive, small and the colors look great. There are 10 colors in a variety of finishes.  The light matte neutral color is good for highlighting the brow bone, there are 5 metallic shimmers, there is a soft matte taupe brown, a very pigmented matte brown, a matte brown with a hint of shimmer and a very pigmented black. The browns are perfect for filling in my brows so I don't have to worry about bringing brow color. Here is how the colors look on my medium beige skin. The review: The palette comes with a brush which isn't bad. I find the shadows go on smooth and the color is buildable. There is a bit of powdery fallout. They wear well on me but I always prime my eyelids w