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Finally, a time to write an entry.

I am just buzzing with too many to-do’s I am not sure how I am still one piece atm.

I actually started my 25 Days Declutter Challenge a couple weeks back, but right now, one side of my mind is not even sure why I added it to my never ending to-do list. HOWEVER, on another side of my mind I know this HAS to be squeezed in now before Eid, cause by the time Eid has arrived, it will be mid year already, and I really need to achieve something I’ve put on hold for so long!

Hence, I put on my big girl pants on and amidst to and fro to work on a daily basis, whilst squeezing in wifey and mommy duties, I got to declutter some of my items progressively, little by little thanks to the breakdown I finally got some sense to do. It’s true, I’ve always waited (or told my self to wait) for the perfect moment or long weekend to spring clean, but as the YEARS go by and items kept adding and the pain to just start was the biggest challenge. Now that I need to really make some room for new beginnings, changes and lifestyle, I made the 25 Days Declutter Challenge cause I think that small and little progress is better than none at all.

Now I am at day 15 (Tarnished Jewelleries- refer list here), most of the items have been easy to clean out, however, I would like to dedicate a post to a topic which has been at the back of my mind for a while.

Day 4 of the Declutter Challenge finally got me to wanting to jot down more on the topic because it is extremely important. This was also one of the hardest I needed to detach from because they cost so much money and time and they were what some of my daydreams are made of -,-”

When it comes to Make Up, there are a lot of taboo topics. Whether it’s because of culture or religion or just plainly too much opinions, we avoid certain topics all together. One of the many unspoken topics is Make Up Products Expiry. I am always very cautious about this, though I am not cautious enough, or selectively cautious but for those who use Make Up a lot more often than not, I think we should bring more awareness to this topic of taboo.

Let’s dive in straight to the nitty gritty shall we, so that we can understand quicker and put into action faster. I promise I’m breaking this down for easier digestion, in relation to the breakdown of my Decluttering experience.

 

Why you shouldn’t use expired products?

Using old makeup may not kill you, it’s still not worth potentially getting an infection. Overtime, Make Up Products get exposed to air and bacteria from applicators and hands, hence contaminating the entire product.
Molecules that made up the product also break down over time and you can have a reaction from these breakdowns. This may cause either an inflammation, infections, irritation and cause swelling, or in a best case scenario, your Make Up will look patchy, clumpy and dry on your face.
Unexplained infections in eyes, inflammation, irritation and swelling are the scary cases. Think of the danger to your eyes for applying expired Make Up on your eyelashes and eyelid which are closest to your eyes. Your eyelashes are meant to protect your eyes and contaminant and particles from the environment from entering your eyes, but when you apply compromising products, you are the culprit harming your own self.

 

What factors affect shelf life, and how?

Over time, cosmetics start to degrade or break down for a number of reasons. Here are some common ones:
• Dipping fingers into a product adds microorganisms, such as bacteria and fungi (mold and yeast), which need to be controlled, for example, by preservatives.
• Over time, however, preservatives can break down, allowing bacteria and fungi to grow.
• Applicators, especially mascara wands, are exposed to bacteria and fungi each time you use them.
• Emulsions, which are mixtures of water and oil, can separate.
• Exposure to moisture, such as in a bathroom, may make it easier for bacteria and fungi to grow.
• Products can dry out, causing them to harden and crack.
• Temperature changes and exposure to sunlight and air can cause changes in color and texture and may cause the products to smell.

 

Product Logos to familiarize with:

Adapted from Refinery29

Decoding Products Abbreviations:

MFE, MFG, M : The date that it was manufactured
EXP, E : The expiration date
BB, BBE, BE : The period of time suggested to use within
6M, 12M, 3M, 24M : The product life span after you open it. 6M is within 6 months and 12M is within 12 months

Expiry Dates and Life Spans:

Adapted from wishtrendglam

Every expiration date differs from before opening your product and after.

Expiration Date

The period from the manufactured date to the last day the product can be distributed

Period After Opening (PAO)

The period you can use the product after opening it (12M/6M) *M=months*

No Expiry Date Indicated?

When a product is unponed, they can last up to two years after the Manufacturing Date (MFE, MFG, M). However, if the product doesn’t indicate Expiry Date (EXP, E) or Best use By (BB, BBE, BE), then below are the general and basic guidelines of the product’s lifetime once the product is opened (Period After Opening -PAO)

 

Best Practices for Cosmetics and Personal Care Products:

How long you can use a cosmetic safely also depends on you. Here are tips to help keep your cosmetics safe:

  • Read the instructions provided on the Make Up Product carefully and take note of any warnings for use
  • If mascara Becomes dry, throw it away. Do not add water or, even worse, saliva to moisten it, because that will introduce bacteria into the product.
  • Don’t share makeup. You may be sharing an infection. “Testers” at cosmetic counters in stores are even more likely to become contaminated than the same products in your home. If you feel you must test a cosmetic before you buy it, apply it with a new, unused applicator, such as a fresh cotton swab.
  • Apply products with clean hands or an applicator
  • Keep containers tightly closed and applicators clean
  • Store cosmetics properly; Close lids of product containers tightly after use, and avoid storing products near sources of heat (such as in car). Heat can make preservatives break down and cause bacteria and fungi to grow faster.
  • In reference to the above, avoid sharing cosmetics and personal care products with another person
  • Be wary of products offered for sale in flea markets or re-sold over the Internet. Some may be past their shelf life, already used, diluted, or tampered with in other ways. They may even be counterfeit, “fake” versions of the product you think you’re buying.

 

Reuse your Expired Make Up!

Adapted from wishtrendglam
Yes, it can be done, provided you know what and how. There are multiple ways you can still maximize your Make Up and Personal Care products even though expired, without risking your skins safety or condition.

Cleansing Oil as body exfoliator

Add some sugar to the cleansing oil and you can use it as a body scrub! Cleansing oil is also great to use to wipe wooden furniture so you can make it glossy.

Toner and Lotion as items cleanser/polish

For toners that have become expired, it‘s great to use them to wipe the floors. If you put lotion on dry cloth and wipe it, it‘s great for coating. If you wipe your sofa or other furniture with it, you can get the dirt off easily and also make it glossy.

Nourishment Cream and Moisturizing Cream as hair mask

Both creams have a lot of protein in it so it’s good to use it as a hair mask. Put it on the ends of your hair and wrap it in a towel or plastic wrap for about 20 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. You can use your moisturizing cream also as a leather cleaner. You can also put the cream on a dry cloth and then wipe the edge of handbags or wallets to get the dirt off of the leather.

Eyeshadow and Clear Manicure as a Pearl Manicure

Eye shadows break really easily and usually it’s hard to use up everything before the exiration date is over. So a great tip is to use eye shadow that has been broken or expired and mix it with clear nail polish. All you have to do is crush the eye shadow and put it in the nail polish and shake.

Lipstick as a cleanser/polish

Lipstick is a great cleanser. If you have any rusty silver or accessories, put lipstick on a cloth and then wipe the silver and you will be able to get rid of the rustiness and make it shine. If you have a matte lipstick, then use a brush to put a layer on your finger nails and then put another coating of clear manicure on and BAM! You have a easy manicure done.

Shampoo and Conditioner/Treatment as stain remover

It’s good to use shampoo to clean. Use shampoo to wash old stockings or under garments to get rid of the dirt easily. Treatment and conditioners can be used to get rid stickiness. Put treatment or conditioners on a cloth and then wipe electronics. Doing so will make it glossy and dust will not stick easily. It’s also great to wipe bathroom mirrors.

Perfume as shower mist/air freshener diffuser

If you put a few drops of perfume with toner then you can use it as a shower mist. If you add Ethanol and perfume to the ratio of 7:3 and then stick wooden chopsticks in it then you can make an air freshener diffuser!

Sunscreen as sticky/gum remover

Sunscreen is great to erase gum marks, sticker marks, tape marks and other sticky marks. Put sunscreen on a cloth and then wipe the marks and it will be removed easily. It will get rid of those marks that was hard to get rid of even with other tools.

 

Yay! Atleast there are some other uses of the expensive Make Up products I buy once they expire. That’s why we as ladies shouldn’t fall too quickly in the trap of all these fast fashion and fast trends. Unless you can use your entire make up box in half a year, it’s best to NOT stock up. I saw on a documentary once, it said that women are more inclined to impulse splurging (shopping without thinking) due to the amount of stress they deal with everyday. Not to brag, but women multitask more on a daily basis compared to men, that’s why women actually receive and deal with a lot more stress on a daily basis, hence shops more!

So, be careful of marketing tactics, after all, they just want you to take out your hard earned money , out of your pocket, and into theirs 😉 Well, well, that coming from me, who is a half-time shopaholic. But see how decluttering has got me thinking. It’s a therapy without you realising I tell ya. Try it out, and see for yourself. My decluttering list, should you be interested, here.

So, just as the Labour Day Holiday is coming to and end, next time do think wisely before you spend your blood, sweat and tears income! May we all achieve our goals in this life and the next! 🙂





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