Friday, October 14, 2011

Jenn Asks: Do you toss stuff out once its expired?




We all know that - mascaras by 3 months, cream products by a year and powders, three. But do we actually "abide" by that rule?



Personally I do stick to their use-by date (for skin care items and food anyway. My husband can testify to my constant nagging of him consuming expired bread and milk!! Eww! >.<). For items with the "good for after opened" icon, I'll try to use it up within that timeframe, but am I little lenient - one or two months after that is ok I guess.

I'm terrible with makeup though!! My trusty 6 year old Maybelline brow pencil (that has been discontinued for eons already) is still going strong although the cap has yellowed significantly! =X I usually trust my eyes and nose - if it has changed color / texture and has a funny smell to it, then it's time to officially toss it into the bin, otherwise it's still good to go - so far, so good! Yes, I'm horribly biased like that so sue me! :P


How about you? Do you discard your beauty items once time's up, or like me, do you hold on to some of them for *just* a little longer! lol! Answer away! :D

25 comments:

  1. i usually dont go by dates for makeup products. i mean who can use it all up unless that was one product they use daily? o.O mascara i usually toss by 3 months but the rest of it i usally go by color/smell also

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  2. I usually go by colour or smell too but I do go through my stuff every few months to see what's nearing expiry or already expired. I'm glad many manufacturer have started to print dates onto their packaging.

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  3. I only toss mascara really...usually after 4 or 6 months, depending if it smells or looks different, etc. The same for liquid stuff. For powders, i never tossed any away :S

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  4. Isabella: yes! For powders, even if you use it daily, it would take months before it hits the pan!

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  5. lyn: me too! Its nice to see manufacturers paying more attention to this! :D

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  6. Jasmim: hehehe me too! I never throw any powders out! :P

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  7. Hi Jenn! I have no problems with skincare, which is usually finished before the expiry date. ( Besides, it's too expensive to bin it ). However, it is totally the opposite for cosmetics. Mine last for years! I will only toss if there's a change in color and smell.

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  8. i usually toss stuff every now and then, especially skincare items.

    for makeup stuff, like you i trust my nose and eyes. if it smells funny or look funny, THROW!

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  9. i usually stick to adhering with expiration dates. don't want to end up battling with skin boo boos just because i refused to let it go! besides, new makeup is much more fun! (^_^)

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  10. i would never trash them. normally, i never bother with expiry date on beauty products. i always stick on one moisturiser until i finish it. but on make up, my only concern is lipstick. i can never finish 1 in a year! but i still wont toss them, just stop using it :)

    carol

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  11. I usually adhere to the expiration dates. It's only powder products that I keep for longer.

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  12. only if it's food then i will adhere. but for some skincare like only good for 6 months after opening, i will use it till it's empty or turns bad :P 6 months is just too short

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  13. I do! even if it smells and look ok, I do throw them away :)

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  14. 1-2 months after expiry is usually fine with me, but I also go by colour and smell. Some of the dates are just too short! (Especially if it's organic/natural) And considering I store them away from sunlight :P

    However, if the item is LE, I will keep it, but if it's really gone bad I will wash it and keep the box/container haha :D

    Food-wise... nuh uh, not taking any chances there haha!

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  15. I love to keep things. It runs in the family; all of us just love to keep things for 'memories', or 'just in case'. I still have my HG Anna Sui mascara that has expired since like, 9 months ago, but I still like to see it in my makeup drawer, just lying there being pretty. =)

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  16. Alexandra: ditto!! :D I can't bear to throw anything away, especially my makeup!

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  17. plue: I rarely throw stuff out... even if they've gone rancid! :P

    I just hide all of them in a cupboard... out of sight, out of mind. Until my husband complains, that is! :P

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  18. MereMakeupManiac: Good girl!! Yes, its always better to be safe than sorry!

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  19. Carol: yeah same here! I'll stop using them, but still keep them, especially those with pretty packaging!! :D

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  20. xin: yeah! my 15ml stuff lasts me for over a year, so 6 months is definitely too short!

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  21. Nikki: you're so good! Hehehe!! :D

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  22. Stephanie: Ahaha you and I both!! I'm not taking any chances with food too! :P

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  23. Bun Bun: me too!! I still have my first MAC lipglass with me - the 2N. It's super rancid by now, but i'm still keeping it for keepsake! :P

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  24. for cosmetics especially lipsticks, eyeshadows etc, usually I don't really pay attention to the expire date >.<. By the way I'm new follower, so happy to find your blog :)

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