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Do I reallllly need to throw out my mascara after 3 months?

So I buy minis of mascaras because even though I use my mascara almost every day I can't seem to use it up.....it's been 5 months now that I have had my mini benefit they're real and I still think it works just fine. I really want to try to use it up or at least wait till it dries out. Do I have to throw it away?? Smiley Sad

Re: Do I reallllly need to throw out my mascara after 3 months?

From my understanding, unless you use a disposable wand EVERY time you use it then yes, you should throw it out every three months. 

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This is an incredibly informative post, very scary and something I haven't thought about. I guess all of those mascara samples are a good idea after all.

 

Are there ways of sterilizing the wand if it hasn't been put back into the tube yet? (Clean the wand every time?)

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this is sad for me. they never make minis of waterproof mascaras and that's all i use Smiley Sad

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stila had a mini duo set of their waterproof mascara and eyeliner for 14 bucks. 

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lol stila has waterproof mascara??? I've never strayed away from tarte's lights camera splashes Smiley Happy

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yep. apparently they do. i think the mascara has been staying in the shadow of the success of their eyeliners. btw the mascara lasts and doesnt budge! (tried that with crying from yawning too hard)

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isn't there a point perk of that tarte one? i thought i saw a link on the perks thread Smiley Happy

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Yes, there is! I have it. I hate that brush though it's one of the mascaras I would like to buy disposable wands for. 

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Givenchy Penomen eyes is a smaller tube and comes in waterproof. I love it in the winter time! & MUFE Aqua eyes was a point perk for a while, might still be able to find it. 

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Well, not really. But the risk involved with continuing to use mascara after  months can be great, as a good example you could end up with a severe eye infection (like Annieheart's). 

Like others mentioned, mini mascaras are a great way to go, they cost less but will last you the whole 3 months anyways

Re: Do I reallllly need to throw out my mascara after 3 months?

Just like my toothbrush, I  toss mine after 3 months even though I use disposable mascara wands. You're still exposing your mascara to the germs in the air every time you open it to use. I just change them out the 1st day of every quarter. Of course if they change in smell, texture, color or you get an eye infection they should be tossed. 

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YES! With pumping and air exposure, Mascara goes bad the quickest then any other makeup. It was always told to me that the ABSOLUTE max to throw out is 3 but it ranged from 1-3 months. You can get eye infections! I have seen WAYY too many of these! I've also seen people share mascara wands with the same wand (germaphobe in me freaking out inside!) I get the disposable wands and use those. I know, I have a problem but please throw it out! You really do not want dust and bacteria around your eye!!!

 

Edit - also, if you want to use your own wand and keep clean - after use I would remove all of the product from your wand and spray with rubbing alcohol to disinfect. I find using a disposable wand easier but that is if you want to use your own wand. 

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Oh that's an idea you could clean off the brush each time, I wonder how long mascara would last then. However I'm not sure I'd have that much time and it would be a real pain cleaning it for each mascara every day.

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Reason why I use disposable. Also saves the awkward cringe if a friends needs to borrow it. Throw them a disposable wand and done. As long as you don't double dip!

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Ooo I think I'd be too worried about letting them do that because eventually you will get that one person who does double dip and then what do you do?

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I dip their wand for them and then give them the disposable wand. They never have the opportunity. 

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i dont use mascara everyday,, i use them for special events, which is like very other month so so i still have to throw it away?

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Yes!  It has nothing to do with how often you use it, it has to do with the risk of infection.

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I got this tip from one of the ladies at the MAC counter: Do not pump the wand into the tube numerous times. Just once for each application. This helps your mascara last longer.

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Actually, you can get the same amount on the wands by swirling once. It doesn't inject all that air into your mascaras, drying them out and stuff. Smiley Happy

Re: Do I reallllly need to throw out my mascara after 3 months?

Yeah I usually just stick my wand back into the tub and swirl it but I still end up doing that again for each layer I apply.

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