Good morning lovelies! TGIF for all of you at work or at school…and WTF (What the…it’s FRIDAY!?) for all of us on reading week. I know, I know, you, I, we just don’t want our mid-winter break to end! 🙁
On a happier note, today, as I’ve been on a bit of an eye kick lately, I want to share a really quick and simple trick to use to extend the life of your favourite mascaras. It’s super easy and, some of you might even already use it, but I didn’t discover it until last week and it’s AWESOME, so I thought I’d share it anyways. The recommended shelf life of mascara, or in other words, how long you should keep and/or use an already open mascara, is 3-6 months. Within that timeframe, you can use a mascara and both know that it’s not growing too much bacteria or germs and also enjoy its freshness, or get the most out of it without having to apply a dozen coats. I actually get asked often from friends and readers why the mascara they bought in November sucks in February, and the answer is simple, friends: it’s old! However, while the makeup “expert” (trust me, I use this term very loosely) in me wants to tell you to always replace your mascara within 3-6 months, I know that it’s not always that easy, realistic or applicable to, say, people who are unemployed or people who choose to spend their money on other things. This becomes even more ridiculous when you think of the cost of any high end mascara (my current fave high end, Too Faced Better Than Sex will set me back $30 CAD to replace, and that’s the lower end of the spectrum!), and even drugstore mascaras are higher in price than they used to be! Well, friends, for this, the trick comes in very, very handy.
It’s important to remember that if you are opposed to using a mascara after a certain amount of time due to possible germs, this trick might not be for you. However, for me, I realize that all makeup has germs and bacteria (whether you realize it or not), and that the possibility of them affecting my day-to-day life is slim to none. I also always (and I mean always) wash off my makeup at night so that none of the aforementioned bacteria or dirt can sit on my face overnight, because that’s just gross (and causes acne!). Alright, so now that I’ve shared the details and given a bit of a disclaimer, here it is: When your favourite or most used mascaras are getting a bit old and dry, add a few drops of saline (eye drops, contact solution, etc.) to the mascara. I swear, the first time I did this with my L’oreal Voluminous Million Lashes mascara, I nearly died at the result. The mascara was like brand new! It’s a good trick to use if you’re a mascara hoarder like me, or if you flip flop between two-three mascaras regularly. Of course, the saline will evaporate within a short time, much like the original moisture in it, so you’ll need to repeat this every few days, but it can really extend the best of the best by a full month or two! Again, if you are repulsed by the idea of germs, I wouldn’t recommend this because adding any kind of moisture to anything is going to increase the chance of things growing/multiplying. However, what I do is I expose the mascara tube to as little air as possible, given that bacteria likes moisture AND air. So, after I’ve added my drops, I close it up immediately, or if I plan on using it straight away, I apply the mascara with my right hand and hold my thumb tightly over the lip of the tube with my left. I’m not sure that actually works, as I have no way of actually testing it because I don’t, nor will I ever, own a telescope to examine my beauty stash. BUT, it does make me feel a bit better, and that’s all that really counts. 😉 Something else that makes me feel great? The money that is still sitting in my bank account when it might have gone to Shoppers Drug Mart or Sephora. Mhmmm! 😀
I hope this trick helps you out! It can really be a game changer, especially if you’ve been reduced to using a mascara you hate because your favourite is dry, so give it a shot! If you do, let me know how it worked for you!