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Time To Toss?

As you peruse your stash of makeup, looking for the perfect eyeliner to compliment today’s look, do you ever wonder if some of the ‘older’ items are still okay to use or if it is (GOD FORBID) time to toss? 

As much as we may hate to admit it, beauty products do have a shelf life. UGH!!! Why can’t they just last forever? Is that too much to ask??? 😉 Expiration dates just ruin my life!

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So as I sit here and saulk, here is a handy-dandy list detailing how long you should keep certain items. Side note: this isn’t written in stone and may vary based on who you ask but it is a good estimate.

  • Concealer Up to 12 months.
  • Powder 2 years.
  • Cream & gel cleansers 1 year.
  • Pencil eye liner Should be sharpened regularly. Will last up to 3 years.
  • Eyeshadow Will also last up to 3 years.
  • Brushes Wash every 2-3 months in a mild detergent.
  • Sponges Wash weekly and discard monthly.
  • Foundation Check the ingredients: A water-based foundation will last up to 12 months, oil-based will last up to 18 months.
  • Lip liner Up to 3 years.
  • Lipstick Some experts say 1-2 years. Others say up to 4 years. What everyone agrees on is that if it smells rancid, throw it out, it’s spoiled.
  • Mascara Throw out after 4 months.
  • Nail Polish Up to 12 months.

Now that we have a general guideline, be sure to go through and toss those items that have fallen off the radar for far too long.  Don’t fret, there is a silver lining to cleaning up your makeup stash…this creates more space for new liners, shadows, concelers…woooo hooo 🙂

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Stay tuned for some Friday Funnies to launch us into this fantabulous weekend.

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CoverGirl Quad Review

The CoverGirl Drama Eyes quad is dramatic for sure but don’t be intimidated. The quad is a combination of a shimmery white, silver, soft black, and shimmery burgundy.

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The colours look so dark, I was a little worried I would end up with racoon eyes but after swatching you can see that they aren’t that pigmented at all.

 

These colours combine to make a beautiful smokey eye. I paired them with Wet n’ Wild Black liquid eyeliner, Sumptuous Extreme Black mascara from Estee Lauder, and fake lashes (they were fun!).

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And then of course, I decided to play with the camera a little and create more dramatic shots.

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I think this is a great quad and you can definitely go a lot darker with the colours if you wanted. Pair this with nude lip and you’ll definitely be turning heads.

What do you think? Is this a look you would try? What would you do different?

Stay tuned for Tone It Up Tuesdays and our first roll call to see how everyone is doing. 😀


DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner

I am all about saving money, but then who isn’t? Rather than go out and buy cleaner for my make-up brushes I decided to venture out onto Pinterest and search for a DIY recipe. There are a ton to choose from but I found a couple that looked similar so I decided to try it out.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Water
  • Alcohol (and I’m not talking about the tequilla kind of alcohol 😉 )
  • Shampoo
  • Leave-in Conditioner
  • And a jar or bottle to mix it in.

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Oh and your dirty brushes…of course. 😉

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Here is how you want to mix it all together:

  1. Pour one (1) cup of water into the mixing jar
  2. Add in a quarter of a (1/4) cup of alcohol (this serves as the disinfectant)
  3. Add a 1/2 tablespoon of dish soap
  4. Add a 1/2 tablespoon of shampoo
  5. Add one (1) tablespoon of leave-in conditioner, this helps condition the bristles
  6. Gently and slowly stir the mixture

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Once mixed, transfer the cleaner to the empty bottle

 

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Now for my review on this DIY concoction:

  • Unfortunately this mixture didn’t work as well as I would have hoped. I felt that I needed to add more soap to actually get that deep clean I was hoping for. 
  • On a positive note, this smelt really nice and my brushes smell wonderful long after cleaning them with this DIY brush cleaner.
  • I am considering pouring this into a spray bottle and using it as a daily brush cleaner. Just add a spritz on a paper towel and rub your brush back and forth to get any dark shadow off.

I am still on the search for a good, deep cleaning DIY brush cleaner. What will I try next? This one looks a little interesting.

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Do you guys buy or make your own brush cleaner? Any tips or tricks you would like to share?


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