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:

Screen Shot 2015-11-22 at 8.51.17 PMWhat’s a product you keep around even though you know it’s expired?

Me & Makeup: 20 Beauty Questions Tag

I love beauty tags. It’s a great way to get to know other bloggers and writers. I have done a tag before when I was nominated for The Liebster Award. Here’s a more extensive tag – 20 beauty questions, answered.

Do you remember your first makeup item? 
Of course! I didn’t have a lot of makeup growing up because I was never really into it as a teenager. My first makeup item was a cheap $1 roll on lip gloss in Cherry. I remember being in love with that product all the way until my first year of high school. I discovered other (better) products then.

Describe your perfect mascara. Have you found one that fits your specifications?
Finding the ‘perfect’ mascara is so difficult. Right now I’m using MAKE’s mascara in Black which works well on my lashes, but I’m still hunting for the ‘perfect’ one.

What kind of coverage do you prefer from foundation? 
I like my foundation to be medium to light. I’m definitely not keen on heavy coverage foundations.

Favorite high end brand?
Growing up, I’ve never really seen my mom wear any makeup. If she did it was either from Estee Lauder or Shiseido, so those are still my favorite till this day.

What cosmetic brands have you always wanted to try but still haven’t? 
Too many! They are actually popular brands too – Make Up Forever, NARS and Too Faced just to name a few.

Favorite drugstore brand? 
NYX cosmetics and Maybelline! Their products have never let me down.

Do you wear fake eyelashes? 
I do, but mostly for special occasions. I enjoy spicing up any makeup look every once in a while.

Is there any kind of makeup you can’t leave the house without? 
Nope! I go out in public all the time without makeup. Love not having to do anything with my face some mornings. I actually go to work 75% of the time with nothing on. #BareFace

What is your most cherished beauty product? 
I absolutely love my Blush-n-Brighten blush from Laura Geller.

How often do you shop for makeup? Do you like to pick up an item here and there or get lots of goodies at once? 
On average, maybe once every two weeks. I consider that normal but my boyfriend complains all the time. I like to pick up an item here and there. I get too overwhelmed when I get too many goodies all at once. Beauty overload!

Do you have a “beauty budget” or you spend freely? 
I definitely spend way too freely.

What type of product do you buy the most of?
I’m obsessed with lipsticks and anything lips related.

Do you avoid certain ingredients in cosmetics like parabens or sulfates? 
Yes! I started using lots of all natural products in 2014, so I am always conscious about ingredients in products.

Do you have a favorite place to shop for makeup? 
The obvious suspects like Sephora and MAC. You can find me doing a lot of my shopping online too.

Do you like trying new skincare products or do you keep a certain routine? 
I think I’ve recently become a product junkie. I switch it up every two months or so but will change it depending on what my skin needs.

Favorite bath and body brand? 
Bath & Body Works and Lush. Their products smell so delicious.

Do you like multifunctional products like lip and cheek stains? 
As much as I love products that can help speed up my makeup routine, I usually find those multifunctional products over hyped and pretty much useless.

Are you clumsy in putting makeup? 
Would rather not admit it, but yes. Whatever, I still look good after a couple of trial and error battles with my mascara and eye shadow.

Do you ever consider taking makeup classes? 
I would love to. Up till now, I’m 100% self taught and I would love to learn more about makeup.

What do you love about makeup? 
I love how makeup makes me look polished. Makeup can transform your whole appearance. There are endless possibilities to look a bit different every single day!

“Whether I’m wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I’m always the same person inside ” – Lady Gaga