Spring Clean Your Makeup Bag

It doesn’t feel like it in the UK at the moment but, apparently, Spring is here.  I often think Spring is a better time to take stock and re-set.  The cold, dark days of January and February are gone and, as the days get lighter and longer, it feels easier to stick to working towards any goals I may set.  It’s also a time of Spring Cleaning so I’m going to work through the house, one room at a time, and sort through all of our stuff to see what we need, what we love, what we can donate for someone else to need/love it and what really needs to be thrown away.

One area which I am fairly good at anyway, having got into a routine of going through it on a regular basis and not buying more than I really need is my makeup and skincare products.  However, if you aren’t in the habit of clearing out your makeup bag and have products in there that you can’t remember when you bought them maybe it’s time to spring clean the makeup bag or box or cabinet or wherever you keep it.

So, how long should you keep your makeup and skincare products for anyway?  Well, as with food, each product has a different use by date.  For skincare products, you may be able to find out how long you can use a product for after opening by looking on the packaging to see if there is a little jar symbol like the ones I found on a couple of my makeup products:


Even if you do find the jar symbol it is worth thinking about whether or not you would be better off discarding some products within the 24 months as shown on these products due to the risk of bacteria build-up.  If you don’t have a symbol to show you how long you should keep a product for then how do you know?  Well, I have done a little bit of research and found the following.  It is worth noting, however, that there is a lot of conflicting information out there so I have stuck to website which I think should be more accurate and trustworthy such as WebMD, Elle, Good Housekeeping and NBC News.

Let’s get that makeup bag sorted!

When to throw it out:

  • 3 months
    • Mascara
    • Liquid eye liner
  • 6 months
    • Cream eye shadow
    • Liquid foundation and concealer (if it has a pump dispenser it can last up to 12 months)
    • Skincare products with anti-aging properties, eg moisturiser, after opening
  • 12 months
    • Liquid foundation with a pump dispenser
    • Sunscreen
    • Haircare products – shampoo, conditioner, styling products, hair brushes
  • 24 months
    • Powder eye shadow
    • Eye pencils
    • Powder foundation
    • Lipstick and lip gloss
    • Lip pencils
    • Nail polish
  • Fragrance – Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette can last over 2 years but you may want to check to see if it still smells the same as it once did if you don’t use it very often
  • Makeup brushes – check to make sure they aren’t losing bristles or getting discoloured.  If they are then they need changing.  Different sources say that makeup brushes need changing anywhere from 3 months to 5 years.

Looking at this list, I think I need to look at my hair brushes!  I can’t remember the last time I bought a new one.  Now, which page of this month’s brochure are hair brushes on?

Good Housekeeping – Have your beauty products gone bad?
NBC News – How often you should replace everything in your bathroom
Radiance by WebMD – How long should you  keep makeup?
Elle Australia – This is how often you should be replacing your beauty products

Skincare Tip #2 – Moisturise

Using a moisturiser as part of your skincare routine, whatever your skin type is, is a must.  A moisturiser will help to hydrate and smoothen the appearance of your skin as well as provide protection from damage.  The type of moisturiser you choose will depend on a number of things including your skin type and your age.

Skin care Tip 2 - moisturise

However, everyone should use a day cream with an SPF to help prevent the effects of sun exposure, even in winter, because as long as it is light there are UV rays coming through the atmosphere to your skin.  Personally, I’m lucky I have a normal skin type which, apart from that time of the month, doesn’t get oily or dry.  At the moment, I love the Anew Reversalist Complete Renewal Day Cream.  There are other Avon products which I am looking forward to trying, when my current pot of cream has finished, like the new Distillery Shade the Day Cream or the Avon True Nutra Effects Radiance Tinted Moisturiser.

For night time use, you should enhance your “beauty sleep” by using a moisturiser which is going to assist your body to restore and repair you skin while you sleep.  As with your day cream, there are lots of different night creams to choose from depending on your skin type, budget and basically what you like the feel of on your skin.  Again, I love the Anew products and am currently using Anew Reversalist Complete Renewal Night Cream.  I also have the new Distillery Sleep Potion Night Cream waiting to be tried when I finish my current pot of Anew Reversalist.

For 7 reasons why you should use a moisturiser, check out this article from Good Housekeeping.

Do you moisturise every morning and evening?  Do you use separate creams for morning and night or do you use the same for both?  Do you use a day cream with sun protection included?  I’m interested, let me know.

Do You Clean Your Face?

I’m sure you do.  I mean we are taught to clean our faces, and the rest of our bodies, from when we are born so you should clean your face, right?

OK, next question.  Do you clean your face with more than water every morning and evening?  Yes or no?  Is this something that you need to get better at doing?  I know that I am usually very good at washing my face with a cleanser every morning and if I don’t I’ll give it a quick clean with a cotton pad and micellar water.  I also clean my face before bed to make sure I take my makeup off.  I wasn’t always in the habit of cleaning my face though.  Especially if I was running late or hadn’t worn makeup on a particular day.

So, why is it important to clean your face?

If you don’t clean your face, it will start to look dull and lifeless.  It will also be more prone to spots and blackheads due to blocked pores.  Cleansers remove oil, dirt, pollution and makeup, lifting impurities from the pores to leave skin looking healthy and clear.

Skin care tip 1 - cleanse

What types of cleanser can you use?

There are a wide range of cleansers from lotions to gels to oils, washes and wipes.  Find what works best for you.  Personally, if I am short on time I love the Avon True Nutra Effects Micellar Cleansing Wipes or Avon True Nutra Effects Micellar Water which I use with a reusable cotton pad.  I often use a cleansing scrub or gel cleanser when I am in the shower to get a really refreshed, clean feel to my face, neck and decolletage (low neck line area of chest).

I am starting a 28 day skincare challenge on Saturday 4th January 2020 and Day 1 is going to start with:

28 Day Skincare Challenge

Another new year is just round the corner, along with a new decade, and thoughts are turning to goal setting and resolutions. One of my goals in 2020 is to actually clean my face and moisturise EVERY morning and evening. So, I decided to set up a 28 day challenge in an effort to get myself, and others, into good skincare habits.

The challenge will be starting on Saturday 4th January 2020 and run until Friday 31st January 2020. It will include cleaning my (your) face every morning and evening, moisturising morning and evening, taking make-up off every day and cleaning make-up brushes, amongst other things. So, why not join me on my Facebook page and let’s get a good skincare regime going together through January.