When to Throw Out Makeup? “Never” Isn’t The Answer!

This is so embarrassing, but I feel like I need to just get it out there before I say anything else in this post – I have a really bad habit of hoarding makeup. Yeah, it’s as bad as you’d imagine. It’s bizarre considering that I’ve never been a hoarder in my life. During college, I moved around a lot so I was always keen on throwing away personal items, no matter how sentimental or precious. But when I started beauty blogging, I’ve kept products (regardless if they worked or not) stocked in my bedroom.Recently, I made the bold, but sad, decision to toss everything. Well, maybe not everything, but a lot of products. I know some of my fellow beauty bloggers out there are also guilty of this. While it may make you feel like a beauty queen with all those drawers filled with beauty products (like me) here are some reasons to start tossing it all out:

    1. You can ruin your own skin: No, I’m not exaggerating! It’s never happened to me (thankfully), but I’ve seen other people break out with rashes and inflamed areas of their skin. It’s  bad  to the point where they have to stop wearing makeup for some time and need to let their skin breathe and heal. Literally, bacteria=gross.
    2. It doesn’t even look good on you (#justsaying): I cringe whenever I find out that people use eyedroppers in their mascara just to keep it “alive” a little longer. Girlfriend, let it gooo! Clumpy mascara is such a big no-no. Also, you do know that you’re just letting the bacteria fester, right? Pro-tip: I get an Ipsy bag every month and so far, have received mascara in every bag. Even though they’re just samples, they last just as long as the regular size (3 months). You should be throwing out your makeup if it smells, looks, and feels different on your skin. And please, NEVER add anything to your products just to keep it lasting a bit longer. It’s not worth it!
    3. Would you eat old food?: A friend asked me this the other day and it didn’t make sense to me until I started throwing out my old products. Bottom line, you wouldn’t want to eat expired food, so why would you let your skin soak up expired  products that are probably crawling with bacteria?
    4. You think you are saving money, but you’re not: My biggest reason for not wanting to toss out the old products was because I didn’t want to “waste” money and I had this insane idea that if I tossed it out, I would somehow end up needing it later. Crazy, I know. That is such backwards logic, it’s not even funny. While my stockpile of expired makeup got bigger, I kept packing on new makeup to compensate for what I couldn’t use but didn’t want to throw out. It got bad because I was spending more money on makeup when I didn’t really need to. May not be the case for you, but a lot of it also has to do with my inability to give into beauty temptation! 🙂
    5. Your life and your boyfriend/girlfriend will thank you: Throwing out old makeup and skincare products did wonders for my living space. Little by little, my bedroom was clear of clutter and I felt good knowing that I didn’t have to worry about breaking out because I’m using my blush 3 months later than the expiration date. My boyfriend, if you know him from my past posts, was also relieved that I finally got rid of most of makeup…little does he know, I’ll be restocking pretty soon. 

Here’s a list from popsugar on when to throw out makeup products:

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A Face Mask A Day with Julep

Whenever my girlfriends ask me how they can repair their skin, I always suggest two things – drink more water, and try a face mask that targets your needs. I am a huge face mask advocate, especially because it’s an easy way to treat your skin without stepping out of the house, or involves too much work. My favorite face mask is a gift I received on my birthday last October. Julep’s Night Shift Sleeping Mask is my go-to mask every night… and morning. According to Julep,

this is a reparative moisture mask that does the heavy lifting while you’re fast asleep so you wake up to a brighter, smoother, firmer complexion.

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The Night Shift Sleeping Mask has been my savior this past winter. And if you have been a victim of dry or flaky skin, this is probably going to be something you want to try out. With the bitter cold and snow, this product has served as a face mask and a moisturizer, keeping my skin smooth and hydrated. The mask name suggests that this is something you wear at night while sleeping so that the product can work into your skin, but I absolutely love wearing this during the daytime as well. The product is a white, thick cream that applies effortlessly. It absorbs nicely into my skin and doesn’t sit on top of it like most thick moisturizers do. Although Spring is here and my skin won’t be as dry, this will be a product I use all year round.

EVENT ALERT: And if you’re already a Julep fan, here’s a link-up to meet Jane Park, founder of Julep. Come join the fun in New York on Wednesday 4/01 6-8pm. RSVP here.

Got a product you can’t live without? What’s your favorite face mask and moisturizer? Tell me in the comments section below!

Spring is Here. Time To Get My Glow On!

Yesterday was the first day of Spring, but it sure didn’t feel like it. Millions of Americans were hit with more snow and frigid temperatures. Here in New York, we got 5 inches! Today, the sun was shinning and pretty much melted all the snow from yesterday – let’s hope that’s the last time we see snow until next winter.

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March: Creativity Birchbox

Gosh, it’s already March. Time sure flies when you’re having fun, and so far, 2015 has been pretty damn good. I’m excelling professionally and personally, and creativity has a lot to do with my growth. One of the things I am doing more in 2015 is switching up my beauty routine. It sounds so simple, but a new lipstick, or a new mascara can do a lot for one’s self esteem. That’s why I love receiving a Birchbox every month. It fuels my creativity, and in many ways, boosts my perspective and self esteem. Every month, Birchbox has a theme, and this month’s theme is ‘Creativity’. I feel most creative when I open up I Sort of Beauty on my computer. I am able to write down anything I want and share it with you all. If you don’t already know, Birchbox is a monthly subscription box that is curated from your personal beauty profile. Each month, you receive 4-5 samples of deluxe size beauty products. Here are the products I received:

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A Note to Bloggers: Beware of Scammers

For me, blogging is just a hobby. I don’t get paid to do it. I do it on my own time, whenever I want. But for most of the people that I have come across, blogging is a job. It’s a full-time commitment that pays the bills and puts food on the table. Blogging can easily become a job through product review, advertising, and endorsements. This week, a “company” wanted to collaborate with me on I Sort of Beauty, and it didn’t take long for me to realize that it was a fake solicitor.

I’m naming the company because I would hope that this does not happen to anyone else. Two weeks ago, Tops Wedding reached out to me on email to ask me to collaborate with them. Here’s how it went:

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