How To Know When Your Makeup Has Expired

It’s hard to let go of your favorite, used-once-a-year product in the back of a bathroom drawer. But makeup doesn’t last forever, and you don’t want it to.

Take a moment and dump that makeup bag or drawer onto the floor, and sort through the plethora of products you’ve accumulated over the years. Your skin will thank you for it.

Some products have an expiration date on them. If so, abide by them! It’s the same rule as food; you wouldn’t drink milk that was two years past its expiration date, would you? So don’t apply rancid makeup onto your skin.

Unfortunately, not all products let you know when it’s time to toss. A good general rule is if you’ve had it over a year, you should be tossing it. And let’s be honest, are you really going to wear that purple roll-on glitter from middle school again?

 

Signs That The End Is Here

If you are wondering whether or not it’s time to ditch your makeup, there are three things you can look out for. Look for changes in smell, color, and consistency. These changes are good indicators that the product has gone bad. Some products naturally have a smell so look for a smell that is pungent and lingers. When a product has gone bad there won’t be any doubt in your mind but in case you do have doubts you can always check your order history and see when it was purchased.

If your makeup is expired, the quality that you’ve come to love is gone. This is easiest to detect in nail polish. You’ll know it has gone bad because you’ll spend hours trying to un-crust the screw-on top. And if you do succeed, your once-adored red nail polish looks like goopy mounds of glue.

Using expired makeup is risky because infections can occur from the bacteria and germs that grow on the product. Pay extra attention to the makeup around your eyes. These products, such as mascara, eyeliner, etc. tend to accumulate bacteria faster.

While organic makeup is better for your skin, it tends to go bad quicker. This is because organic makeup doesn’t contain many of the harmful chemicals that are used to preserve. For this reason, it is vital to keep an eye out for these changes.

 

Expiration Labels 

As previously stated many makeup products have an expiration date printed somewhere on the packaging. Here is an example of what to look for…

 

As a general rule of thumb, the following are the average expiration dates for makeup products for once they’ve been opened and exposed to air:

Lipstick: 1 year 

Eyeshadow: 2 years 

Lipgloss: 1 year 

Blush & Bronzer: 2 years

Rallye Balm: 1 year 

Eyeshadow Primer: 1 year

Mascara: 3 to 6 months 

Exfoliate: 1 year 

Lip pencils and Eyeliners: 1 year

 

Tips To Make It Last

There are steps you can take to make sure your products make it to the end of the year without going bad.

  • Everyone hates to throw out good lipstick; one way to avoid being wasteful is to buy colors by season. You don’t have a need for coral lipstick during December, so resist the urge to buy it until April. When you buy winter shades in winter and summer shades in summer, you save your makeup from sitting in your makeup bag unused for months.
  • Another simple tip is to keep products out of the sun. Heat and humidity can ruin your makeup, so store them in a cool, dry, and dark place.
  • If you want to get the most out of your powder products, invest in a cosmetic sanitizing spray or mist 70% isopropyl alcohol onto the pan every month or so.
  • Applying your makeup with a brush, not your finger, keeps the germs from your hands out of your products. And while we’re on the theme of germs, don’t share makeup with other people.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. We hope you found it helpful. 

 

Ashley

The Importance Of Gluten-Free Makeup And Skincare

Ok at this point I HAVE to say something. I have seen so many comments lately on some posts from people who don’t seem to understand why there is a need for #glutenfree makeup. No, it’s not because there’s a group of lipstick munchers/makeup eaters out there…maybe there is I don’t know but that’s not really the point. It’s for people who have Celiac and other gluten-related health conditions/concerns. It’s not part of the fad diet thing. There are some studies that say that the gluten-molecule/protein is too large to be absorbed through the dermis BUT what about those that have topical reactions? What about those that lick their lips? (cough *everyone*) AND personally I believe that everything that we put on our skin is absorbed to a degree or at a certain percentage and what if that builds up over time? I’m not a Dr. or medical professional of any kind but I can say for a fact that I am a lip licker (not habitually but it happens..you know life.) and being sensitive to gluten and gliadin means that like SO many out there I need to be careful about what I put on and in my body.

 

My first instinct is to get annoyed and mad when I see these comments because I’ve come to know so many people (my bother included…but he doesn’t use makeup) who have VERY serious health conditions and when I see people making a joke out of it I just get mad and angry BUT I have to remind myself that it comes from a place of ignorance and not knowing/understanding. So bless their hearts.

 

I’ve gone back and forth on if I should even comment back to these people and I’ve decided to write this instead because honestly:

  1. I feel that trying to explain things would be a waste of time. Time that could be better spent with my family or helping out all of you lovely #redapplegirls 
  2. I don’t feel like getting into a heated argument or discussion on Facebook. There’s enough of that out there on internet land to make my head spin and I don’t want to contribute. It’s pointless and not a good or productive way to spend precious time.

 

So I wrote this instead and if you took the time to read it thank you for reading my little rant.

 

Questions for you: Would you or do you comment back to these type of people? Do you also feel like Facebook has enough back and forth arguing? and How does it make you feel when you see these type of comments?

 

Again, thank you for taking the time to read this. It had to be said.

 

Ashley

Introducing The Winter 2017 Lipsticks

The last naming contest of 2017 is now over and I’d like to introduce you to the gorgeous new lipsticks! Thier names are Berrycuda, Appley Ever After, and Rosemancing.

Thank you all for joining the naming contest. I said this last time but this one REALLY was the biggest turn out to date. It was so awesome seeing how excited you all were and I enjoyed going through all of your amazing name suggestions. These lipsticks will become available Black Friday so make sure to mark your calendars ?

Thank you again for all the love and support. You’re all AMAZING! ?

Ashley

 

*Closed* Winter Lipstick Naming Contest Day #3

Help give this new lipstick a name! To enter simply leave your name suggestions in the comments of this post. PLEASE only leave ONE name suggestion per comment. You are welcome to suggest as many names as you’d like but please post them in individual comments. Comments with more than one name suggestion won’t be counted. If we choose a name that has been suggested multiple times we will choose the one who said it first. We will close the contest at the end of the day and the chosen name will be announced Monday.  The chosen name will win $100 in Red Apple Lipstick store credit. 

UPDATE: Day #3 is now CLOSED. We will announce the names tomorrow 

*Closed* Winter Lipstick Naming Contest Day #2

Help give this new lipstick a name! To enter simply leave your name suggestions in the comments of this post. PLEASE only leave ONE name suggestion per comment. You are welcome to suggest as many names as you’d like but please post them in individual comments. Comments with more than one name suggestion won’t be counted. If we choose a name that has been suggested multiple times we will choose the one who said it first. We will close the contest at the end of the day and the chosen name will be announced Monday.  The chosen name will win $100 in Red Apple Lipstick store credit.

UPDATE: Day #2 is now closed but stick around for day #3 🙂 

*CLOSED* Winter Lipstick Naming Contest Day #1

Help give this new lipstick a name! To enter simply leave your name suggestions in the comments of this post. PLEASE only leave ONE name suggestion per comment. You are welcome to suggest as many names as you’d like but please post them in individual comments. Comments with more than one name suggestion won’t be counted. If we choose a name that has been suggested multiple times we will choose the one who said it first. We will close the contest at the end of the day and the chosen name will be announced Monday.  The chosen name will win $100 in Red Apple Lipstick store credit.

UPDATE: Day #1 is now CLOSED. Stick around for days 2 &3

Meet Our New Lipsticks

The naming contest is now over and now I’d like to announce the chosen names. For IC29 we’ve chosen Can’t Be Beet by Tami Summer, then for IC30 we chose Chai Love You by Morgan Miller and lastly for IC31 we’ve chosen Bella Rina by Daisy Blue. 

 

 

I’d like to take a moment to thank you all for joining our naming contest. This was our biggest turn out to date and I’m just overwhelmed and grateful to all of you for making this naming contest one for the books. Seeing all the names pouring in gave me so much joy and then getting to read them and seeing how much fun you all had just made me smile. So thank you ? These lipsticks will become available September 22nd so to make sure you don’t miss out go to https://redapplelipstick.lpages.co/fall-2017-sale/ and make sure you’re  registered.

 

Thank you again for all the love and support. It means the world to me.

 

PS. I just tried Can’t Be Beet today and it is GORGEOUS! ?

 

Ashley

*CLOSED* Fall Lipstick Naming Contest Day #3

Help us give our new lipstick a name! To enter simply leave your name suggestions in the comments of this post. PLEASE only leave ONE name suggestion per comment. You are welcome to suggest as many names as you’d like but please post them in individual comments. Comments with more than one name suggestion won’t be counted. If we choose a name that has been suggested multiple times we will choose the one who said it first. We will close the contest at the end of the day and the chosen name will be announced Saturday.  The chosen name will win $100 in Red Apple Lipstick store credit. ??

 

Day 3 is now closed. We’ll be announcing the names tomorrow so be on the lookout for that. Thank you all for being so awesome. If you haven’t already make sure to go and register so you don’t miss out on this gorgeous new lipstick. REGISTER HERE: https://redapplelipstick.lpages.co/fall-2017-sale/

*CLOSED* Fall Lipstick Naming Contest Day #2

Help us give our new lipstick a name! To enter simply leave your name suggestions in the comments of this post. PLEASE only leave ONE name suggestion per comment. You are welcome to suggest as many names as you’d like but please post them in individual comments. Comments with more than one name suggestion won’t be counted. If we choose a name that has been suggested multiple times we will choose the one who said it first. We will close the contest at the end of the day and the chosen name will be announced Saturday.  The chosen name will win $100 in Red Apple Lipstick store credit. ??

 

UPDATE: And that’s a wrap for day #2 and I have two words…HOLY MOLY. You all rock! Suggestions after this won’t be counted but stick around for day 3 AND if you haven’t already make sure to go and register so you don’t miss out on this gorgeous new lipstick. REGISTER HERE: https://redapplelipstick.lpages.co/fall-2017-sale/