Skin Care and Makeup
One of my lovely, intelligent friends recently commented that she was saving the pricey skin care line she had purchased for special occasions—don’t do that! Skin care has a cumulative effect. It is important that you use it daily as directed by its maker. Use up what you have and buy your new product when you are down to a few days product. I occasionally have to make myself gather similar product and use up what I have before I buy new product. Use it or lose it, friends! If you will never use something—return it, pass it on to someone who will use it, or toss it.
I use a cleanser, sometimes a toner, moisturizer, an eye cream, and a neck cream. My favorite skin care line is Exuviance or Rodan and Fields—both pricey. Alternately, I use Olay’s Regenerist.
For daily makeup I use a BB or CC cream, cream blush, and mascara
For out and around I add an eyebrow cream in a tube similar to mascara, brush it on, and then use an eyebrow brush to blend it in.
I use a very thin line of eyeliner
I also use a bronzer on my temples, nose, and along my jaw line
For evenings out I use eye shadow, and shimmer
I use lip gloss or chapstick routinely. When I want more color I use lipstick and then go over it with lip gloss.
I try to have a manicure every few weeks and a pedicure every 4 to 6 weeks. I also like to have my eyebrows waxed about once a month and tweeze any brow hairs that appear in the wrong places in between waxings. I keep a small flash light in my drawer in the bathroom and check for rogue hairs on my chin, neck, and upper lip.
I have my hair cut and colored every 6 weeks. I do not use a solid color but hat highlights and lowlights to my natural color.
I spend minimum time and moderate money on my personal care but it makes me feel more pulled together and ready to get to work or to life each day.
Cosmetic Shelf List
Cosmetics have not been required to carry an expiration date but they do spoil and/or lose their effectiveness over time. At the really bad end of the spectrum they may cause infection or skin irritation. Creams, gels, lotions or other water-based cosmetics are more likely than powders to foster moisture-loving bacteria. Whenever any cosmetic product is opened and exposed to air and light it begins to degrade. To extend your cosmetic’s shelf life, keep tightly capped and store containers away from heat and sunlight. For safety sake, follow the “toss by” tips below.
- Mascara—Use within 3 months. Do not add water or pump the wand into the tube. That can introduce microbes that make mascara spoil faster and irritate eyes. I know it is no longer good when it becomes clumpy; brush does not evenly transfer mascara onto lashes
- Lipstick—Good for 1-2 years. I know it is no longer good when oils in formula turn rancid; color fades; oil droplets form; once-shiny lipstick looks dull or matte
- Foundation – Bottle. Use within 3-6 months. Wide-mouthed jars can expose more product to air, making it break down more rapidly. It is no longer good when ingredients begin to settle or separate; texture thins or thickens; odor seems off.
- Foundation – Pressed Powder—Good for 1+ years. It is no longer good when glaze forms on top; odor seems off.
- Foundation – Loose Powder—Good for 1+ years. It is no longer good when odor seems off.
- Powder, Eye Shadow, and Blush—Good for 1+ years. It is no longer good when glaze forms on top; powder cracks or crumbles.
- Eye & Lip Pencils—Good for 1+ years. Sharpen eye pencils weekly to prevent bacteria from being transferred to your eye area. It is no longer good when product dries or crumbles.
Your nose is a beautifully designed safety feature. If food or cosmetics or any product that you eat or touch smells off, it’s a good rule of thumb to not put it on your skin or in your mouth.