Refresh Your Make Up – How Often Do You Look At Expiry Dates?

Refresh Your Make Up – How Often Do You Look At Expiry Dates?

I am going to hold my hands up now and admit I pretty much never look at expiry dates for make up no matter how often I’m told never to keep a product for more than X number of months’/ years’. Yes if something is starting to look a bit off or a mascara starts drying up a bit i’ll toss it out but this doesn’t happen very often. I definitely have some foundations’ over two years’ old, lipsticks more than four years old and don’t get me started on blushers’ and eye-shadow palettes’, it’s not feasible to use them that quickly is it?!

Recently I’ve had a few clear out’s of my make up, more from a space point of view, but it is scary to think how long I’ve had particular products. Just My Look challenged me to pick some new beauty products to refresh my collection so I decided to pick out some items I had been meaning to try and some bits which could replace some older items in my ever growing collection. As a brand they specialize in bringing well-known and popular brands at affordable prices think LA Girl USA, Sleek, OPI and more. Here’s my initial impressions of the items I received:

Milani liquid lipstick

Milani Amore Matte Lip Cream in Covet*

Now liquid lipsticks are not something I need so I wasn’t originally going to look but having a quick glance over the Milani Amore Matte Lip Creams I noticed a number of shades which were so different from what I already had in my collection I couldn’t not order one. This shade comes out with a slight metallic sheen but is ultimately a matte lipstick, although not so matte that it feels drying. For the price, it’s a great hydrating liquid lipstick and a great way to try out new colours etc, for example this coffee brown could I probably wouldn’t have gone out and dropped the standard £20 price mark on it. This particular one lasted around the 5-6 hour mark but I wouldn’t be surprised if the lighter/ more neutral colours lasted longer as you can notice the drop in colour much more with this one.

Milani Conceal and Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer in Light Beige*

I knew a foundation needed to be on my list as I had a clear out of my drugstore foundations which I knew had been laying around for a while and it was a toss up between this and the LA Girl Coverage HD Long-wear Foundation. My decision was made when the later didn’t have my shade in stock so I got the Milani Conceal and Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation and Concealer. I’d heard a lot of good things about the foundation from other bloggers’ so I did have some expectations going into using this. I’ll start by saying I’m pretty sure I got a shade a tiny touch too dark with this which is a shame but I’m hoping my foundation lightener can sort this out. I think there’s a lot of similarities with this foundation to the Estee Lauder double wear in that it has a good coverage, is easy to built and sits really well on my skin. There’s no way I’d believe someone if they gave me this to try and said it was only a tenner. If you can get the shade right this is a great budget foundation which is long lasting and feels great.

Milani and LA Girl

LA Girl USA Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Orange*

Another brand I have been meaning to check out for ages is LA Girl USA. I tried to hunt out the products while I was in New York last summer but the calling of Sephora was just too much and kept me away from some more of the typical drugstores. I’ve heard a lot about their mascara’s but in honesty even after a clear out I still had too many of these so again I decided to go for a product I hadn’t used before and that was their Pro Conceal HD Concealer in shade orange. I would never have thought about buying an orange concealer myself but when I saw that orange is meant to cover up under eye circles I knew I had to try it as I do suffer from them quite badly and normal concealer only covers them to an extent. Now this does a great job at concealing my under eye bags but you really don’t need to use a lot of this. The first time I used it I put on way too much and ended up looking like a wotsit after I blended it in.

Sleek I Divine Garden Of Eden Eyeshadow Palette*

Sleek is a brand that I have heard so much about and have been meaning to try for absolute ages but I’ve just not got around to it until now. Browsing through their products I thought an eyeshadow palette would be best as I’d recently given away one of my mine to my mum as I wasn’t wearing the shades and I’d thrown two out which I knew were super duper old. As I have green eyes I find neutrals and browns work well for me but I remember when I was a teenager I used to wear greens’ quite a lot so I chose the Garden of Eden palette because it mixed the tried and tested neutrals I love with some greens to experiment with. While the colours are so pretty in the palette they aren’t so pigmented when you put them on the eyelid which was a shame but they were quite easy to build up and blend. This is a really nice travel/ starter palette to try out some new shades/ designs.

Do you clear out your makeup regularly?


  1. Newcastle Family Life
    February 7, 2017 / 10:52 am

    I am really bad at clearing out my make-up box, I am sure some of my eyeshadows must be at least 2 years old now x

  2. Lyndsey O'Halloran
    February 7, 2017 / 10:54 pm

    Some of mine is years old and I don’t wear much make up anymore

  3. Jayne
    February 8, 2017 / 6:35 am

    I have started to clear mine out again, something I should definitely do more often xx

  4. February 8, 2017 / 7:47 am

    I try to do a makeup clear out every 6 months to make room for new stuff.

  5. Gareth Torrance
    February 8, 2017 / 9:17 am

    I’m not sure my wife has ever done a makeup clear out… We have cupboards full of makeup in the house…

  6. FussFreeJen
    February 8, 2017 / 11:05 am

    I tend to refresh my favourites regularly, but the ones I don’t use so much are probably hideously out of date!

    I had to look twice at the description of the Pro Conceal HD Concealer, “orange”! I laughed. But I’m reassured that it is not for the dreaded orange look, but for hiding the awful bits of too many late nights and early mornings.

  7. Hannah Latoya Bond
    February 8, 2017 / 11:11 am

    The expiry dates are just guidelines. I’ve used products well after the dates and they are fine. Obviously you cant use a product 20 years after it’s expiry date, but think some people take these things too seriously. Say if a product has a 6 month date on it, they think immediately after then you have to get rid of it. I don’t throw any makeup out. I have MAC lipsticks from 10 years ago. I don’t use them, just keep them in my collection

    • February 8, 2017 / 11:17 am

      I totally agree, I wouldn’t keep to it that strictly at all otherwise I’d be wasting so much money! x

  8. Evelina Vilke
    February 8, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    Not as often as I should! I believe once the product changes the smell it’s time to get rid of it.

  9. Clairejustineo
    February 8, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    I clear my make up out but should do it a little more often. I don’t go out much but I would love a whole new range 🙂

  10. February 8, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    I really should look at expiry dates more. I love Sleek although like you said the pigmentation is not great but it is cheap and easy to build up!

  11. One Yummy Mummy
    February 8, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    oh i never check the expiry dates on make up, i should really do a clear out of my make bag.

  12. February 9, 2017 / 9:56 am

    I hardly ever check the expiry dates! Must try and make the effort to more often!

  13. Donna
    February 9, 2017 / 9:56 am

    Oh gosh I never ever check! I have had a benefit tinted moisturiser for 6 years!!! It’s time for an overhaul, great advice on what I need to be looking at getting next! That palette is to die for

  14. February 9, 2017 / 10:48 am

    That palette oh my days, I so need it! Also love the lip gloss colour – perfect picks! xoxo

  15. Rachel Bee
    February 9, 2017 / 11:08 am

    Honestly I’m terrible at looking for expiration dates. I do clear out at least every six months, but probably not often enough!

  16. Beautyqueenuk
    February 9, 2017 / 11:43 am

    I am really good with checking the expiry dates and love having a good clear out of things x

  17. Mama Owl
    February 9, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    I’ve never had to worry because my daughter was my own personal MUA but she’s moved out now so I’m going to have to get working on my own collection!

  18. Emma
    February 9, 2017 / 8:02 pm

    Hoenstly I have never ever checked and I KNOW I have some relics of makeup from when I was younger..I guess they are sentimental now! X

  19. Zena's Suitcase
    February 10, 2017 / 8:33 am

    I have to admit I’m a big fan of greens, and I love that palette. I wouldn’t have thought of orange concealer either

  20. Esther Mukoro
    February 10, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    I love clearing out at the beginning of the year. It gives me the feeling of a fresh start. In the New Year.

  21. Laura
    February 11, 2017 / 2:44 am

    I don’t pay attention to the expiry dates on cosmetics. I know thats bad but if I’ve spent 30 quid on a lippy and it still looks like its ok, I’m keeping it lol. I have a clear out every now and again but last year I had a HUGE clear out and I’m now really ruthless so I dont add or keep anything in my collection that I dont love, I give it away straight away so I don’t think I’ll be needing any mega big clear outs again unless it gets out of hand! xxx

  22. Mellissa Williams
    February 11, 2017 / 10:28 am

    I do check the dates on my makeup, not everytime but I do. I also have a chuck out every few months. On cosmetics like mascara it is so important as it can give you eye infections

  23. Jenni Grainger
    February 13, 2017 / 12:55 pm

    I am awful for this, I went to put my black eyeliner on at Christmas and it has turned white!

  24. Emily Nellist
    February 15, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    I wont lie I am so bad for this. Recently I went through and chucked loads of things and I was shocked that some of my lipsticks etc with a 12m life I’d definitely had over three years!!

  25. Jennifer Hughes
    February 16, 2017 / 12:37 am

    I’m really bad at checking dates. I usually go by smell or change in the product

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