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Sunday Confessional (Flouting Make Up Rules)


We all know make up expires, right? We know the risks, as outlined in the article that this infographic is from. Basically, I think it boils down to this; the longer your cosmetics hang around, the longer bacteria can move in, start a party, ruin it, and potentially make you sick/give you pinkeye/all that stuff.
I'll give you that, and, a lot of cosmetics will just change over time. They'll oxidise, changing color, or the consistency will change. I can't tell you how many gel eyeliners or paintpots have turned to stone on me.

So, here is my Sunday confessional. I'd love for this to become a regular post, but I don't know if I have a lot of beauty and fashion related confessionals that I want to let the world know about. But this one, I really feel like I cannot be the only perpetrator.

I have old make up.
Really, really old make up.

My Id knows this, but I have some concrete evidence as well. See exhibit A.

Expired lipstick in my collection
Left: Viva Glam II; Right: Cherish

Do you see that? Its currently 2014, and the expiry dates on those are 1998 and 1999. Them's old lipstick. But I still have them.

I mean, shit, they're VINTAGE!

To be honest, I don't really wear them. They don't make it back into circulation often, but I couldn't throw them out. The consistency is still pretty good for both, and if I wanted to, I could give 'em a swipe with alcohol. If that works at public makeup counters, where the great unwashed masses are testing lipsticks, it'll work for me! So, really, why should I throw them away? Those are some great neutral lipsticks there!

I'm going to say that circa 1995 is when I started buying make up. And I started with MAC, because I am fancy like that. And this eyeshadow (or is it a blush!) was probably purchased about then. Now, the lipsticks, you can still buy, but this blush/eyeshadow no longer exists. Not a chance I am throwing that out!!

MACs Auburn blush; super freakin' old

I have a ton of other eyeshadows that are least as old as this. I know this for a fact, because when I was doing some reorganising of my eyeshadows into my zpalette's, and creating a spreadsheet, I was trying to look up the official MAC descriptions of the colors, and some of them were no longer on the site. But a powdered eyeshadow? That cost me over 10$ (remember, these were 1997 prices) ain't no way I am throwing that out. And guess what? I've never gotten pink eye from my eyeshadows.

And, for even more unrepentance (not a word, I know... probably the only reason that I've thrown out old mascara's is because they get dry. So there.

Please tell me that I am not the only one who doesn't throw makeup away the moment it hits the "expiration date"? 


This is infographic perfectly illustrates part of my point, today. I could spend all kinds of time creating my own, but why not just use the original!  Full credit where credit is due, it was created by Erin Toland, and was published originally on Elle.com.



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