Saturday, 24 January 2015

How Long Is Too Long?

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Today I thought i'd quickly address the age old debate that is, how long is acceptable to keep your products? When does a moisturiser, mascara, lipstick become 'too old'? I'm no genius and if you're looking for the Science behind ingredients and their sell by dates then this isn't the answer but I have discovered a handy little hint on how long is too long.

We all have hundreds of products whose ingredients we have read and how to applies have been scanned plenty of times but have you ever paid attention to the little picture of a jar with a number and a capital M on it? No? Well maybe now you should as that little number, that is sometimes so tiny only a magnifying glass can see, corresponds to the number of months (hence the M) that you should keep that specific product for.

This obviously changes with the product, a mascara has a smaller shelf life then a nail polish (FYI you can keep Barry M polishes for a whole 30 months). I'm pretty sure this is only a guide so ladies if that mascara wand is hairy, definitely don't keep using it because you have 2 months left on the sell by date!

Maybe this is clear to everyone and i'm just really stupid but hopefully this might clear up a few grey areas if you aren't aware of sell by dates etc.
xo
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  1. Ohh this is such a helpful post~ ^ ^
    I feel that there are not enough girls who are aware of expiry dates on Make Up! ^ - ^

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    1. Glad you found it helpful :) I totally agree, I always have a clear out of my beauty stash but I never actually realised that the product tells you when it's time to get rid xx

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  2. Great post ... Very useful.
    I have my make up and beauty products for what seems like forever. I buy more and more. I use the new product then go back to the old one (forgetting it has an expiry date) I never even look at how long they can stay open for.

    Gemma x

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    1. I know, I totally agree! I'm forever 'shopping my stash' so to speak. It's easy to forget products have sell by dates xx

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  3. This is something I do know about, but I never really pay attention to. I probably should though haha xx

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    1. Haha, i'm going to make it my mission to start paying attention xx

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  4. I always throw out mascara after a while as I know that it is bacteria heaven after a while but anything else, I ignore and still use. I will have to have a look at some older stuff and throw it away. :) Great post by the way. X

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