Friday, July 30, 2010

Make up with your money…

Yesterday I posted a free sample of mascara from Sephora and JC Penny and my friend Jen reminded me that you should always toss old mascara because it can have bacteria in it that can cause eye infections and other problems.

I don’t wear make up often and yet I am as susceptible as any woman to seeing pretty colors and new products on sale and usually end up purchasing things I will only use once. So that begs the question when I open up something for the second time, “is it still OK to use?” Well here is the rule of thumb on all things beautifying. The biggest advice here for penny pinching is don't over buy, knowing how long these things will last will keep you from buying the latest new item in every shade available.

For Mascara and eye liner go no longer than six months before you get rid of them. I will admit I have a black eye liner pencil in my make up that is about 5+ years old that I need to toss.

Any other eye cream based products including shadows and night creams should be considered old after a year, they may look fine but you just don’t want to take chances with your eyes.

Most liquid concealers, blushes and moisturizers will last over a year, a good rule of thumb for these products is the texture and smell, if they have started to break down and get watery or have an off smell to them then get rid of them.

Finally, powders can be fine for up to three years, just make sure they don’t get matted or clumpy and still go on evenly. Lipstick can go up to three years as well, but if it is waxy and hard to apply throw it away.

So now that we have emptied out your make up supply here are some great sale items to stock back up. Sephora almost always has a sale going that is worth checking out and they offer free shipping on orders over $50.00, free samples with your purchase and free returns if you don’t like something. Right now you get a free Juicy Couture parfum roller ball key chain when you enter coupon code JUICYCOUTURE at checkout. Be sure to check out their other beauty deals. is having their Summer sale of 20% off your purchase, use coupon code 51194 at check out. Hurry though this sale ends today (July 31st). They also are offering $3.50 off of a $10.00 purchase with coupon code 49499 and 3 free samples with every online order. If you miss the sale you can still get free shipping by using coupon code 59031, if your order is over $50.00 you won‘t need the coupon.

If you order direct from Estee Lauder they are offering free shipping on orders over $50.00 as well as 2 free samples of your choice.

Sally Beauty Supply has a large sale and clearance section and they offer free shipping on orders over $50.00, there is also a coupon offering $25.00 off a $100 purchase, just use coupon code 555165 at checkout.

Have a great weekend everyone!


1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the coupons! After everyone dumps their makeup they will need new stuff.


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