Sunday, 12 February 2012

The Shelf Life Of Your Makeup.. The Truth Behind Expiration Dates

 Did you know that makeup has an expiration date? You need to be very wary before touching that clearance rack at the drug store, makeup is on sale for a reason.. Because it’s going to expire soon! I have prepared for you a handy little chart of makeup and its expiration times.

Makeup Type
Additional Notes
Powder Blush
12-18 Months
If your blush is drying out, becoming hard, or loses pigmentation, its time to throw it away!
12-18 Months
Long shelf life, but honestly who wouldn’t use it up? It’s a makeup staple!
Cream Blush
12 Months
If it starts to get watery, or has a funny smell, throw it away or be punished with clogged pores!
Face Powder
2 Years
This is why powder is always worth the money! Long shelf life, and long lasting.
Pencil Eyeliner
Lip liner
3 Years
Be wary of bacteria; sharpen this on a regular basis if you’re going to keep it for that long.
3 Years
Like blush, it’ll become dry, cracked, and harvests bacteria from brush use.
Makeup Brushes
1-2 Years
They’ll last if you clean them at least once a week. See my previous blog post about brush upkeep for more info.
12 Months

18 Months
To preserve water-based longer, if it becomes dry add in a little alcohol-free toner and shake it up.

To preserve oil-based, just shake it up, the oil will naturally separate over time.

Anywhere between 1 to 4 years
If your lipstick smells or applies bad, throw it out. You can also preserve your lipstick in the fridge to maintain a longer shelf life!
Nail Polish
1-2 Years
To preserve the life of your nail polish longer, shake once or twice a month. And open and close the lid to maintain the colour!
3-4 Months
This spoils the quickest, because we are constantly dipping the brush in the product. This exposes the product to air, which in turn, will dry it out quicker.

I hope this helps! Let me know of any other requests that you would like to see on my page by sending me a tweet! 

Friday, 10 February 2012

DIY Honey Banana Yogurt Face Mask

DIY Honey Banana Yogurt Oat Face Mask

So I know what you’re thinking… putting yogurt on your face? A little weird at first, but once you try out this facemask you won’t believe how moisturizing this can be for your skin! And it doesn’t smell bad either! Once again it’s inexpensive, most of us have these items lying around the kitchen, nothing too fancy! If you have really dry skin, you may want to exfoliate prior to using this facemask to achieve the best results.

Why this mask is so good for your skin:

Yogurt is a natural exfoliator. It helps slough off dead skins cells, leaving yours radiant. Honey makes a perfect natural moisturizer. Banana is both a delicious fruit, and an excellent moisturizer for your face! Oats help calm your skin and soothe it of any excess redness.

You Will Need:

½ Cup Natural Yogurt
1 Tablespoon of Honey
½ Banana
Small Bowl


1.     Take your ½ banana and mash it into pieces in a small bowl.

2.     Add 1 tablespoon of honey and mix with the banana.

3.     Place ½ cup of Natural Yogurt and add to mixture.

4.     Add enough oats to the mix until it acts as a bind for the mask.

5.     Put the mixture in the microwave for 1 minute.

6.     Once warm apply the mask all over the face and neck area.

7.     After 30 minutes rinse the mask of with warm water.

The heat in this mask is going to open up those pores while the ingredients in the mask work to bring moisture deep into the skin. The skin is our largest organ, so we have to be sure that we take good care of it!

Until next time, I’ll be back in my kitchen experimenting with more DIY beauty projects… Please don’t forget to subscribe to our Twitter for all your beauty updates! @gr8northbeauty