It all started when I originally signed up for the "Sephora Beauty Insider" program. I started adding three, five, sometime even ten free samples with every order. Next came Birchbox, a monthly service that sends you a box of beauty samples for the price of ten dollars a month. A friend was nice enough to sign me up for my birthday. Pretty soon I had travel size samples of everything. Face wash, hair color protectors, face primer, eyeshadow, and enough mascara to sponsor a Beauty Pageant.
I started to get more strategic with my samples. I waited until my birthday month to stock up on the fun samples brands give members annually (glitter eyeshadow, lipstick, and birthday cake sented bath soaps). Around Christmas time was when I pulled in big hauls with the never-ending "free gift with purchase" items, and New Years was when I stocked up on acne creams, hair products, and other "self improving" make up samples. After about 8 months of strategic sample collection, I found myself only purchasing foundation and hair products in their full size options.
In only a year I noticed I was saving more money.
In two years I noticed a change that I wasn't expecting: My face looked clearer and much healthier.
Why was my skin looking better? Turns out I had been using OLD makeup without even realizing it! Before using sample size makeup, I was the girl who used her mascara until it had run out or dried out. I had face creams and nail polish that had already been replaced, but I refused to toss them out until I had used everything in the bottle. I thought I was saving money by holding onto everything. In truth I was only damaging my skin. After a certain amount of time our makeup becomes a breading ground for bacteria, especially products we use on/around our eyes and products kept in jars.
After reading several different makeup artists' opinions, I came up with the following "Toss Out list". Comment below if you've heard any different time limit!
Mascara should apparently be thrown out every 3-6 months (about how long a sample size lasts).
Lipstick should be thrown away after a year (Oh bloody hell... what have I been putting on my lips?!)
Eyeshadow should be thrown out every two years (I suggest getting a shadow box you know you can use for fall/winter and one for spring/summer).
Nail Polish should be tossed after a year (Adios nail polish collection).
Face Creams should be thrown away after a year.
Eyeliner, lipliner, and brow liner should be tossed out in a year.
Are you guilty of holding onto makeup for too long?? Check back soon for part two of Why Travel Makeup is King.