I did a spot of spring cleaning over the weekend, clearing out my cosmetics stash and destashing, basically. One of the areas I concentrated on was lipsticks or lip products in general.
When you mess around with different lipsticks all the time, its easy to forget lipsticks you once had or used. So, I spent a couple of hours checking to see if my lipsticks and lip products were still alright and in the process, sent some of them into the bin.
Here’s when you should toss out your lipstick or lipgloss:-
- When your lipstick smells funny – lipsticks have a lot of preservatives in them, but it all has to go some time and when your lipstick smells different from how it should, that’s when you know its going into the bin.
- When your lipstick smells waxy – Take a healthy sniff of your lipstick and if it smells of wax and not lovely scented wax at that, but just pure wax, toss it.
- When its too old - Sometimes, its hard to let go of that favourite colour but if you’ve opened it and used it and had that lipstick or gloss for a long time, its time to let it go. This is especially true of glosses.
- When the colour has changed - If you have some old lipsticks lying around, take a look at the colour. You might notice that the part that is used might have a different colour to the rest of the lipstick. Sometimes, its a sign its going bad. Toss it.
So if you have some time, run through what you have. Different brands of lipsticks and lip glosses deteriorate at different levels. Sometimes, something new might go off faster than something you might have had for a while so there’s no hard and fast rule about it. Also, look through your backup stash – I know some people keep backups of favourite colours. They can go off too even while sealed.
You may not have much or you may have a lot but either way, decluttering is good for the soul Any more tips on how to spot a lipstick or lipgloss that’s going off?