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How long do you keep opened cosmetics for?

(16 Posts)
LetMeAtTheWine Tue 14-May-13 05:13:10

Just having a sort out of all of the lotions and potions I seem to have gathered and some of them I have had for ages, used a couple of times then started on something else.

I am loathe to throw out loads of slightly used product. How long do you keep stuff for before it goes the journey? Do you pay any attention to the 'use-by date' that they put on the bottle (the number of months after opening that it should be discarded)?

I don't know if I am just being tight and should just throw it all out and start again with stuff I want (such as gradual tanner, body scrub and intensive moisturiser) instead of going back to something I opened ages ago and haven't used since...

valiumredhead Tue 14-May-13 08:48:09

Years unless it's mascara.

ZacharyQuack Tue 14-May-13 10:01:11

I replace mascara every 3-6 months, but everything else is kept until it starts to smell, or separate or otherwise start to look weird. My skin is pretty stable though, if I was prone to spots or sensitivity I'd probably be more careful.

Yonihadtoask Tue 14-May-13 10:04:15

I darent think about it.

I have some Bare Escentuals mineral powder stuff which I bought from QVC when it first came out. Am guessing over 10/12 years ago ??

Mascara Hmmmm once a year or when it goes clumpy...

70isaLimitNotaTarget Tue 14-May-13 10:11:19

Mascara about 4-5 months (and I will only buy ones that are sealed when I buy them)

Powders- last forever (well maybe not, but it seems so)
Pencils -you just sharpen to reveal a nice edge.
Lipsticks- I'd throw out if they looked a bit odd.

Liquid things- I go by smell.

LetMeAtTheWine Tue 14-May-13 12:13:49

Thanks for the replies - glad it isn't just me then! Was debating throwing loads of stuff out but it seems such a waste.

I will hold on to it a bit longer (and blame you guys if I get any dodgy rashes when I do use it wink).

GingerLemonTea Tue 14-May-13 13:56:09

Years! Currently trying (and failing) to use all existing stuff before buying any more.

ggirl Tue 14-May-13 14:01:34

I have a clear out every decade or so.

ggirl Tue 14-May-13 14:02:04

If I haven't used it in 10yrs it's going in the bin.

LegArmpits Tue 14-May-13 14:19:19


OneLittleLady Tue 14-May-13 14:22:15

everything but mascara gets kept til it either smells funky or if it's liquid, it's started to separate. Powders and whatnot last for an age

kerstina Tue 14-May-13 15:25:52

I think I would only worry about lipsticks as am a bit neurotic about tummy bugs so I try and stick to a few ones that I use up quite quickly. Must be lots of bacteria on lipsticks!

BinksToEnlightenment Tue 14-May-13 18:14:27

I only throw things away when they go gacky.

JamieandtheMagicTorch Tue 14-May-13 18:16:21

I only chuck things if they smell odd or if the ingredients have separated out.

I still use a box of eyeshadows I bought when I was 12 - 32 years ago

LetMeAtTheWine Tue 14-May-13 22:19:51

Glad I am not the only one then. You lot have saved me a fortune - I am replacing nothing and sticking with what I have until I have worked my way through it all. smile

LeftyLucy Wed 15-May-13 02:24:15

I have a lovely eyeshadow I bought when I was 14. I'm 48. I don't use it often, obviously, but it's still perfect.

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