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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?

Good idea!!

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

I just change mine out the 1st day of each quarter along with my toothbrush. so January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1.

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

I once had a bad eye infection...I wasn't sure what the exact cause of it, but since then I'm religious about rotating out old eye makeup.  I write the date of  opening on the mascara bottle with a Sharpie and toss it after 3 months regardless of how much remains.  It does hurt, especially if it's an expensive mascara or one that I hardly used.  But that eye infection hurt far more.

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I think you might have a little wiggle room with the 3 month rule if...

*you don't use it every day

*you close it really tight

*you don't 'pump' the wand into and out of the tube, that's the worst thing you can do, you just add bacteria galore when you do that

*the smell doesn't change

I also write the date on it when I open it. Think **okaylady2013's** idea of simply doing it the 1st of every quarter is a great idea, especially if you use it daily.

So, I think there's a bit of flexibility there. Hope this helped make the 3 month rule a little less annoying.

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i always switch out every 3 mons, i think the longest ive gone is 4mons. usually for the bottom mascara i will sometimes stretch to 6mons as i don't always use it daily. But currently i am using 2 mascaras so i will switch it out after 6mons. 

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You're fine until the consistency starts to change. Then it won't work like it's supposed to. You'll know when it starts to dry out, get clumpy, not go on smoothly, etc. Using 5 month old mascara certainly won't kill you.

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I usually finish mascara in about three months (or less), so I never really have this issue. I use it daily (a few layers), so I go through it before it spoils. Like others have mentioned, though, you'll definitely want to toss it if it starts to dry out, clumps or changes smell (you'll know when it changes smell!). 

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all the mascaras ive gotten from Sephora say 6m, so i say 6 months should be ok 

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I'm more around 6 months.  I should probably do it sooner...

 

I do try to never open a sample or a back up mascara until I'm ready to use it. It's very tempting to open and check out the wand, the consistency...but I hold back. 

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

@1cros3nail4givn - Are we twins separated at birth? Cause you're living my life! Smiley Wink

Too funny.

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Hahaha maybe Smiley Wink 

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

The absolute max that you should hold on to a mascara is 6 months. I totally feel your pain I'm really not looking forward to tossing my Dior Blackout mascara this month Smiley Sad.

Whimsically yours,
Janine
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