Teen Corner: Out with the old, in with the new

Teen Corner

Hi—it’s Bree!! I swear I didn’t forget about you.

I’ve been super busy these last few weeks trying to jam pack the last days of summer with every activity possible. I can’t believe school starts on Monday. Aaack!

I’ve been doing a lot of organizing in my bedroom to prepare for new school stuff (makeup, clothes, books, makeup, shoes, makeup, messenger bags… Oh, and makeup.) As I’ve been sifting through all my stuff, I’ve realized that I don’t like to throw out old makeup. Even eye shadows that are all cracked and crumbled to bits—the ones that I don’t even want to open because if I do, the shadow will fall all over, staining my carpet and giving my mother a heart attack. (Like that one time my younger sister spilled an entire bottle of MAC Subtle pigment on her bedroom floor. It wasn’t pretty.) (Especially because it was a limited edition color and is no longer available.)

Anyway—it’s fun to have every color eye shadow under the sun in my Makeup Bag, and you never know when banana yellow or neon pink will come in handy, but a girl has to draw the line somewhere. Even though my favorite lipgloss from 6th grade has a certain sentimental value, the fact that it was starting to turn a weird color made me re-think the whole I-can’t-part-with-my-makeup thing.

After consulting with my local beauty expert (aka: Mom), I found out that makeup doesn’t last forever. (Who knew?!) Time to clean out those makeup bags:

  • Eye shadow: Lasts up to 3 years. Watch for discoloration and, if you live in humid climates, mold. Eewwwww.
  • Eye Liner: Be sure to sharpen regularly. Can last up to three years. (Ha! My eyeliner lasts me, like, three weeks.)
  • Mascara: Only keep up to 4 months. Be careful not to pump the wand into the tube. This pushes air in and dries the product out. Try swirling it instead.
  • Lip gloss: 6-12 months. This can be iffy, especially if you have a 5 year old sister that likes to lick your lipgloss wand. (Don’t ask.)
  • Liquid foundation: 12-18 months. Be sure to check regularly for weird smell. And if the product starts to separate in the jar, it’s done for sure.
  • Powder foundation: 2 years. Yay!
  • Lipstick: 2-3 years. Again, check regularly for weird smell and/or mold in humid climates.

Washing brushes and applicators regularly (at least once a week) will help keep bacteria away and help makeup last longer.

And don’t forget to recycle your old MAC containers. Bring 6 empty containers to your local MAC counter and get a free lipstick, lipglass or eyeshadow!

Have a great week :)

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  • Great advice Bree!


    I try hard to prevent myself from licking my own lipgloss wands…I succeed on occasion hehe!

  • I love how you gave us an organized list. :)
    …I thought that 6 containers allowed us to choose a free lipstick, only. I never knew we could choose eyeshadow and lipglass!

    Thank you for the great advice!

    Minty (Reply)
  • Bree, I enjoy reading your blog and love the advice you give! One question, what type of eyeliners do you use and any tips you could give?

    Ginger (Reply)

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