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Beauty Product Expiration Dates

I'm not above sliding on an ancient Lip Smacker when sifting through the contents of my childhood bathroom. Ocassionally nostalgia for things that once called a Kaboodle home just gets the best of me.

Beyond that, though, I'm pretty diligent about replacing my lip glosses and nail polishes. It's a bit annoying that each beauty product lands somewhere dfferent on the expiration date spectrum, since I'd love to treat Sephora like Sam's Club and just replenish my stash of loyal favorites in one fell swoop.

But keeping track of those different shelf lives is worth it. Beauty products aren't only cleaner and safer to use when replaced regularly, they work better, too. And even if you're not afraid of a little bacteria, that's reason enough to restock them on schedule, right?

Mascara: 1 month

People often say to replace mascara most diligently, like every three months. But Katy Perry's makeup artist told me to replace my mascara every month instead, and it was one of the better tips I've ever gotten.

Now instead of buying a few $25 tubes a year I buy a $7 one every few weeks. It's just as cost-effective, and since it never even begins to get clumpy or dry out, that new drugstore mascara looks way more luxurious than a department store one on its last breath.

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