I’m on an organizing mission these days. The back to school, end of summer, beginning of fall is propelling me to get done those things that have languished on my to do list far too long. On top of that list is cleaning out my makeup drawer. Makeup has a shelf life, especially mascara and eye liner. One guideline for mascara and liquid eye liner is three to six months once opened. Lip gloss has a similar time line. Lipstick is a bit longer at six months. The danger here is bacteria which may cause infection. Since I wear contact lens, I’m very careful about my eye health and don’t care to take chances with my makeup. So, about every four months, I do a thorough clean out of my makeup drawer. The best part of this exercise is that everything is organized for ease of use and I have a clean space. This cuts down on my searching for something when I’m getting ready for work in the morning. Since I’m a night owl and not a morning person, this is a direct benefit to me.
Not only do I throw away products near their expiration dates, I also clean out the clutter. This means that eyeshadow that I thought I’d love but really don’t gets thrown out as clutter. I also wash my brushes. In the end I make a list of the things I need to replace. I generally buy my products from Carmen at the Chanel counter at Bergdorf Goodman. She is absolutely wonderful. She lets me know when there is a gift card event and is wonderful to send samples for travel.