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The simplest way to tell when it's time to chuck the old stuff
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When to throw out makeup and skincare-BEAUTYGEEKS

Skincare and makeup expiry dates are on Lipstick League minds this week; they also want to know what item needs to be purged the most often.

There are a couple of ways to tell whether it's time to toss that jar of cream or eye shadow palette or tube of lipstick. By far the easiest is the sniff test. If something smells weird or really chemical (when you don't remember it having smelled that way when it was new), get rid of it.

General expiry guidelines exist – 3 months for mascara, a year for lipstick and foundations – but I'm not great at remembering how long I've had something. So, I use my nose to figure it out.

An expiry-after-opening date is usually somewhere on the packaging for skincare and makeup, on the box or label. But again, unless someone's written the first day of use on the container, I usually can't remember whether I opened that thing 12 months ago or more. *sniff*

And obviously when it comes to the most-often purged item, it's mascara.

Here's what the Lipstick League is talking about right now.

Here's what the Lipstick League is talking about right now

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EauMG is all about having her hair smell like one of her favourite perfumes.

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(Wondering what the Lipstick League is? Find out here.)

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Your turn: Are you diligent about cleaning out your stash? How do you figure out whether it's time to pitch or not?