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what do you do with old makeup?


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I have a lot of make up ( lipstick, foundation and a lot more. I haven't used it yet. the problem is I bought these products two years ago and i am not sure if I should keep them or not? I hate to throw all this out:(

Also, I have body lotions, body creams, all of these are unopened but it is two or three years old.

 

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I would just use the body creams and lotions. They've never been opened so what the heck. They couldn't be contaminated.

The only problem with old makeup is contamination and bacteria growth. Most old liquid foundations if opened will be thick. If it's never been opened, I don't see what the problem would be. Same with lipstick.

I have tons of old eyeshadow. I never throw it away and you can't hardly use it up. I will throw out old mascara, but I don't pitch it every 6 months like the experts suggest. I pitch it when it's dry and clumpy. Now if I were to open something and it didn't smell good or it was funny looking, I'd pitch it.

I think most of those recommendations are to get you to buy new product and spend money.

I agree with mooni.  It seems to me that the product recommendations are designed for those who are willing to spend $$$ constantly.  I do look at my make up to make sure it's usable, but since I'm the only one using it unless there's something off to it (never had that happen) then I just keep using it until I run out.  I've also gone towards powdered foundation so that just doesn't go bad.  If you use brushes to apply your make up you can use a make up brush cleaner on them although I've yet to feel a need to.

Professional makeup artists have to sterilize their brushes and make sure that their cosmetics don't have a chance for contamination but the home user who doesn't share their cosmetics shouldn't have a problem.  If you do share your cosmetics get some of the disposable applicators and make sure that they're used one time only.

When I have dated eye shadow; I use it as a base to change my lipstick colors up.  Mascara gets discarded after a year if it gets that strange odor; as does USED eyeliner that's been open for a long time.  If these products are sealed; they may be OK, but the scent of the lotions and spray may change to be a bit off.

As for lipsticks; i find that if I really like the shade I'll use it every day until it's gone.  But; if it takes me a while to use it up; I was never that crazy about it.

One new product I tried that I LOVE and is AFFORDABLE:  Maybelline Foundation Mousse....it is AWESOME.

Used - throw out after 6 months.   I just tried the Maybelline Mousse and like it.  I'm looking for a good liquid eyeliner - anyone have suggestion?

Do you actually date your makeup and throw it away after 6 months? Does anyone really do that?

All of the makeup I own is atleast 6 months old... I keep it on the rare chance I want to look dressed up for work.

If it's all unopened, and you're sure you won't have a need or use it again, you can donate it to a women's shelter.  I don't think that lotions, unless they're medicated, expire, and I think the most noticable thing that happens to liquid makeup after sitting for a while is some separation (but nothing that a good shake/stir shouldn't handle).

But, ultimately, (and I'm sure you know this), don't buy makeup you're not going to use.

Original Post by moonikins:

Do you actually date your makeup and throw it away after 6 months? Does anyone really do that?

 Haha, not me!! But this thread has me thinking about my sticks of mascara, though. I have like 2 year old eyeshadow and it seems to be okay so far but I wouldn't share it with a friend.

Original Post by moonikins:

Does anyone really do that?

 Oh.  Who's being naive, Kay?

I'm sure there are people that do.  Fastidiously.  People that should be removed from society altogether.

Personally, I find the whole idea of makeup to be silly.  Especially since it's made out of whale vomit.

I haven't bought any new eyeshadow for at least 3 years. I have a ton of it, but I haven't been wearing much of it for the last couple of years. I did pitch several mascaras because they were dry and clumpy. I don't see how lipstick would spoil.

Original Post by dnrothx:

Original Post by moonikins:

Does anyone really do that?

 Oh.  Who's being naive, Kay?

I'm sure there are people that do.  Fastidiously.  People that should be removed from society altogether.

Personally, I find the whole idea of makeup to be silly.  Especially since it's made out of whale vomit.

 you're made out of whale vomit!

Would you rather be made out of whale vomit or a poop stain?

Original Post by dnrothx:

Personally, I find the whole idea of makeup to be silly.  Especially since it's made out of whale vomit.

I thought ambergris was mainly used in perfume, not makeup.

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Original Post by dnrothx:

Personally, I find the whole idea of makeup to be silly.  Especially since it's made out of whale vomit.

I thought ambergris was mainly used in perfume, not makeup.

Even if ambergris isn't in there, the idea of smearing goop on one's face or charcoal-added wax into ones eyelashes just sounds disgusting. 

Original Post by dnrothx:

Even if ambergris isn't in there, the idea of smearing goop on one's face or charcoal-added wax into ones eyelashes just sounds disgusting. 

 *basks in irony of a man, using a baboon as an avatar, commenting about disgusting practices of the opposite sex....*

Original Post by santonacci:

Original Post by dnrothx:

Even if ambergris isn't in there, the idea of smearing goop on one's face or charcoal-added wax into ones eyelashes just sounds disgusting. 

 *basks in irony of a man, using a baboon as an avatar, complaining about disgusting practices of the opposite sex....*

 Baboons are fun; makeup is gross.

makeup can be fun...men who smell like baboons...not so much.

Toss it.

If you have unopened bottles of shampoo, liquid soap, lotion, etc, you could try donating them to a homeless shelter or women's shelter.

Tip: If you buy anything from Sephora and aren't satisfied, they will return your money or give you credit.

The Sephora tip reminded me, some makeup brands recycle their packaging. At least, I know MAC does. If you return 6 items, you get a free lipstick. I'm not sure on the policy if you have less than 6 items...

I think Walgreens will let you return makeup if you aren't satisfied, but probably only within so many days of purchase...

For me, pressed powder-type products (eyeshadow, blush) I'll keep until they're used up. Liquids or creams I haven't used in a while... toss out on a case-by-case basis. But if they are unopened, should be fine, for the most part.

I wonder why doc even looked at this thread.  Is he wondering what to do with his old makeup?

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