Jan 4

Living Clean in 2013

by Heidi

Cleaning Up Makeup Products in 2013I spent much of my New Year’s break cleaning like a crazy lady and catching up on chores around the house that I just don’t have time to do on a normal weekend. I organized my garage, bathrooms, closets, even my cosmetic bag and man did it feel good. New Year; New House! All this cleaning got me thinking: where else are those pesky germs lurking?

Old cosmetics and dirty makeup bags can harbor more germies than we’re all aware of and I’m on a constant mission to keep ‘em at bay. My weapons of mass destruction: rubbing alcohol, brush cleaner and antibacterial wipes.

Makeup brushes
Avoid makeup contamination by quick-cleaning your brushes after every use and deep cleaning at least once per month. Make Off Sheets are a great way to quick-clean your brushes on a daily basis and Deep Cleansing Oil is perfect for the once-a-month bath. I posted an extensive brush cleaning tutorial last year which can be found here.

Cosmetics
I like to clean my cosmetics regularly with rubbing alcohol to prevent excess bacteria. An easy way to do this is by wiping down lipsticks with a alcohol soaked Silky Cotton pad and spraying alcohol over powder products and wiping clean. Rubbing alcohol won’t damage your products, in fact, it’s a great way to repair broken powder products. See my post on that here.

Makeup bags
Sometimes makeup bags can be the black hole of funky products. I keep a tidy ship but find it interesting to examine other bags as if I were looking for forensic evidence. I’ve seen lipgloss that had UFO’s in it (Unidentified Floating Objects) probably dry skin or chunks of whatever lipstick they were wearing previously, mascaras that were way too old and dry to function properly and old broken powder products screaming for their lives to just end already. Don’t even get me started on the interior lining of the bags. Lay it out on the table, decide what can stay and what can go and wipe everything down with antibacterial wipes: containers and the lining of the bags. Pack it back up and check out how pretty everything looks in your purse.

Expired product
Speaking of pitching: you should do this regularly. Take inventory of what you have and write ‘born on’ dates on the bottom of everything. This will help you avoid the guessing game of how old a product really is. Anything liquid like lipgloss, eyeliners, mascaras and foundations should be used up quickly once open but powders have a longer shelf life. Need more information? Don’t worry, I’ve got your covered right here.

Sharing
Avoid sharing product at all costs. It might be your sister, mother, best friend but hey, who knows what bugs they’re carrying around. I think back to my high school days when friends asked to borrow things from my makeup bag and I begrudgingly handed it over. I thought it was gross then and even more now but I was known for traveling with an arsenal. Try your best to keep things to yourself!

Testers
I get the heebie-jeebies every time I think of the word. Man, those things are loaded with crap, literally. Good Morning America did an undercover story last year and revealed that 20% of all testers were contaminated with mold, yeast and even fecal matter and it didn’t matter how high-end the establishment was. I’ve seen some shady characters sticking their dirty fingers in testers many times and that was enough to make me run. Luckily, here at DHC you’ll never come face-to-face with an old funky tester because we offer most of our products in sanitary sample packets!

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