how to remember to throw out makeup

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If there is one thing that I suck at, it’s throwing out makeup in a timely manner. There are all sorts of makeup expiration dates out there and I ignore them all.

But recently I found a way to be a bit better about makeup expiration dates. I simply write the month and year that I purchased the item on the makeup case itself. This way I can’t forget when it needs to go in the trash.

Simple. Easy. Free.

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  1. Jess

    Such a great idea (and so simple too—definitely a way of making life easier). I’ll have to try this out!

  2. Stephanie

    But how do you know how long it lasts?

  3. Jess

    Stephanie, I have found posts online (I think Real Simple is one of them) that have the expiration dates. I believe that mascara, for example, is a 3 or 6 months. So now I will have a firm date in mind to get rid of them.

    Another idea would be to write the expiration date on the makeup so you just look up the info once and don’t have to worry about it again!

  4. Sarah

    It might even make it easier to write the month and year you should throw it out–then you don’t have to count forward from the month you opened it. I think I’m going to start doing that–thanks for sharing the tip!

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