Beauty Alert: Know When Your Cosmetics Expire
I think Beauty Alert is a very clever idea. I am guilty of using my cosmetics past the recommended date, which is only a rule of thumb, since cosmetics aren’t required to have expiration dates on them. Bacteria is the main reason for tossing cosmetics sooner than you’re probably ready to. There’s a lot of data about bacteria in cosmetics and why you need to clean your makeup brushes frequently. As soon as you open the product, bacteria rushes in. Furthermore, every time you stick your finger into liquid concealer, for example, you’re spreading even more bacteria. Yuck. I’ve been meaning to find a way to keep track of when I need to throw out makeup.
Beauty Alert to the rescue! A pack of Beauty Alert stickers has 6 stickers representing each of the 4 categories of product life (3 months, 6 months, 12 months and 18 months) for a total of 24 stickers.
Step 1: Peel off sticker from sheet corresponding to the product’s life. Guidelines for product life are listed on each sticker sheet.
Step 2: Apply sticker directly to item. For best results, adhere to clean, dry surface on an area where product is not frequently handled.
Step 3: Use a permanent marker to write in the date of first use.
Step 4: Discard the item once it has expired.
Beauty Alert stickers cost $8.50 plus inexpensive shipping and can be ordered on their website, beautyalert.biz. It’s very easy to order online and pay via Paypal. Or, they now have an iPhone app.
Oddly enough, I was working on a post about expiring cosmetics so look for that soon. In the meantime, here’s an older one about How Often Should You Clean Makeup Brushes.