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Blushing, blushing, gone. 

The best thing for that mascara could be the bin. 

It’s time for a beauty drawer refresh! 

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We’ve all been there. One day your favourite powder makes your skin look ten years younger, and the next it has this weird crust slicked over the top that makes it impossible to even get any on your brush. Yep, it’s time to talk do’s and don’ts of beauty product storage. 

The first thing you need to know is that on every product you buy, there is a recommended expiry date, in the form of an open jar, that gives you a safe number of months to apply fresh product. It’s the timeframe you have to use that new eye cream without giving yourself one of the most painful things known to the beauty community - a stye. Try and stick to that expiry and you’ll always be good to go!

Speaking of skincare, you should try to use up any moisturisers, creams, or lotions within six months of opening. After all the times you’ve scooped product out during those six months, there can be some funky things growing in there. When it comes to storage, keep it cool and dark for optimum cream life.

We love our polish, but sometimes the heat does not agree with all those gorg shades! It sounds a little crazy, but nail polish should actually be stored in the fridge to keep the texture thin and easy to use. Just make sure to separate it from the condiments, you don't want any Chanel Le Vernis getting in the way of your tommy sauce needs.

Before you get too excited and start moving the marg, some beauty products are not meant to see the inside of your fridge. Keep your fragrances out of that cold air, and keep them in a dark place so none of that pesky sun alters the smell you bought it for. If you store them right and can resist a spritz a day, perfumes can last up to two years. #investment

There are some products that just shouldn’t be used more than a few months before giving them the flick. Liquid and pencil eyeliners can last up to four months if you aren’t using them everyday, but your fave mascara has got to go after two to three months max (or as soon as you notice it getting dry). 

This is a big one: make-up brushes. We’ve heard whispers of *some* people not washing their brushes at all, or washing only once a year. Brushes can be the dirtiest items in your collection, and if you don’t care for them, they’ll give you pimples because, bacteria. Don’t let that build up. 

Do yourself a favour and give them a quick wash in either your fav gentle hand wash or a specific brush cleaner from the local Sephora, then let them dry on your windowsill. Not only will they be bacteria free, but they’ll give you a smoother application. Last step - once they are dry, keep them off the bathroom counter and away from any nasties by keeping them in a mug or brush holder. 

Ready to clear out and clean up? Your replacement products are right here…

By: Gorgia Brewer

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