by Anna Sugden
One of the problems (or joys, depending on your perspective!) of working at home is that you don't have to wear make-up. Personally, I'm very happy about this, as that means extra time in bed before my long commute to my office (approx a dozen steps *g*).
There is, of course, a down-side, in that you don't use up your make-up as fast as you used to, so it goes out of date. Some people may be surprised, but even make-up has a 'best before', even if it's not on the package. Logically, of course, you should be careful about anything that goes next to your eyes or on your lips.
A quick internet search came up with recommendations for various make-up products. Some of them will surprise you!
Mascara: no more than 4 months!
Nail polish: 12 months
Lipstick: 1-2 years
Liquid Foundation: 12 months
Powder foundation/concealer/blush: 2 years
Eye-shadow: liquid - 1 year, powder - 2 years
Eye-liner: pencil - 2 years, liquid - 1 year.
Perfume: As long as you keep it cool and out of the light, it can last several years. Otherwise, 1-2 years.
Looks like it's time to clear out my make-up bag!
The next eye-opener is just how many things there are in my make-up bag! Given that I don't use a lot of make-up when I wear it, I seem to have an awful lot of 'just in case' items, freebies and 'I'll give this a try' products.
Which brings me to my Quick 5 for today. Don't worry, I won't ask you to out yourself about how much of your make-up needs tossing ;). But, out of curiosity, and to prove that I'm not alone in my make-up hoarding, I'd like to know:
1. How many lipsticks, lip-liners, lip-glosses?
2. How many bottles of nail polish?
3. How many eye-shadows?
4. How many eye-liners and mascaras?
5. How many compacts of blush or other face powder?
And a bonus question, how many different perfumes do you have?
To play the game and start you all off, here are my answers ... *gulp*
1. 12 (but I only seem to wear the same two or three!)
3. 8 (again, I wear the same three or four)
Bonus: 2 - I've worn Chanel No. 19 ever since I was 16, but occasionally I also wear CK1 by Calvin Klein. I have also been tempted by Ralph Lauren's Romance and DKNY's Be Delicious.
Over to you ... share the secrets of you make-up bag (or, for you fellas, if you're brave enough, the secrets of your lady's make-up bag!)