I find it so difficult to throw away makeup. Even if its old, and I never use it, there's always an excuse: the packaging is beautiful, it's practically full, it was a birthday present, neon lipstick WILL make a come back. Eventually. Maybe.
But using old makeup is supposed to be bad for you isn't it? Hmmm I'm not convinced.
Apparently, many of us keep eye shadows for 6-7 years, foundation for 4 years, and lipstick for 3 years. Apparently, Old make-up can become a breeding ground for bacteria such as satphylococcus aureus, staphylococcus epidermis, bacterial conjunctivitis, and blepharitis (an inflammation of the eyelid).
I find this hard to believe - sometimes, I use old makeup. I mean, ANCIENT. But have I ever got a big inflamed eyelid, or a skin malfunction? NO! So, who commissioned this study, I wonder? Surprise, surprise, A MAKEUP COMPANY!
But to be on the safe side, in 2003, it became compulsory to have "use-by" dates on cosmetics (FYI, it's that little jar symbol with a number on it - for example, '6M' means the product can be used for six months after opening). But cosmetic manufacturers are taking advantage of this law -commissioning studies or sending out press releases that scare monger us into throwing away makeup and buying loads more.
So, f**k you, makeup companies. I'm not going to be part of your sneaky scheme to get me to buy more shit from you. I'll restock when I need to. When it all runs out. When I'm scraping the barrel of my lipgloss. Until my mascara smells funky.
But then again, maybe it's just another excuse to keep hoarding my makeup.
So, what about you: do you pay attention to expiry dates? Do you regularly throw everything away, and restock? Do you have ten-year-old makeup? Confess!