make up and cosmetics

It’s Time to Throw Away That Make-up

Do you know when it’s time to throw away that make-up?

Even if the container’s still half-full, it’s important to know when it’s time to buy a new mascara, foundation, face power or lipstick. Why? Because once the container has been unsealed, cosmetics can become breeding grounds for bacteria.

The makeup item with the shortest lifespan is the mascara. Each time you use the brush applicator and put it back inside the tube, it collects some bacteria along the way. Experts advise switching mascaras at least every two to three months. Using a contaminated mascara can cause conjunctivitis, sties and other eye infections.

What about other makeup items?

Eye shadows and eye liners must be replaced after 3 months.Water-based foundation and liquid concealers can last for 6 to 12 months. Blush and face powder can last for 12 months  up to 2 years, if they are used and stored properly. Lipstick and lip gloss have a lifespan of 12 months.

Brushes and applicators must be cleaned regularly and stored properly. If you use your fingers to dab on eye make-up, be sure to wash your hands first. To avoid bacteria build up, it is recommended to wash face powder sponge after each use. Here’s an article that discusses more about expiration dates and make-ups.

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Cosmetic Foundation by Dermablend


I came across this brand of cosmetic foundation called Vichy Dermablend. Is anyone familiar with it? Vichy Cosmetics offer a complete selection of products but their Foundation and Concealer seem to be raving great reviews.

The products are said to be formulated to provide expert coverage of mild to severe skin flaws such as age spots, bruises, birthmarks, eye-circles, freckles, even scars, stretch marks, tattoos, varicose veins, etc. I haven’t tried it and I’m not sure if it’s available locally.

Dermablend products are said to be dermatologist test, allergy tested, non-comedogenic , non-acnegenic, fragrance free, and provides long lasting coverage. However, I don’t think it’s equipped with a sun protection factor which is very important for day-to-day use. Have you used this product and would you recommend it?

How to Buy the Right Make Up

When buying make-up and cosmetics, there are four things you should remember. Always choose a make-up that:

1. matches your skin type

To avoid allergies or irritations, your make-up should match your skin type- whether you have dry, oily or combination skin. If you’re not sure about your skin type, it’s best to ask a dermatologist.2. complements your skin tone

To get the best results, you should only wear the right colors. For example, if you have a fair complexion, nudes and pastels would bring out that glow. If you’re tan or dark skinned, browns and bronzes would nicely complement your skin.

3. suited to your age

If you’re a teen or in your 20s, you should take advantage of this time where you can freely wear colors, explore different looks, and be more daring with your make-up. If you’re in your 30s or 40s, stay away from very dramatic colors that can make you look older. This is the time of your life, where Less means More. The natural look or nude make-up is best for your age.

4. of high quality

Don’t scrimp on your budget. Branded make-ups like Max Factor, Mac, Mary Kay, Shu Uemura, Clinique, Skin Food, Estee Lauder, Revlon, etc. may literally be expensive but their definitely worth the splurge. Although these brands are pricey, you can be assured that you’re using only high quality, dermatologically-tested make-up on your skin.

When it comes to beauty, taking care of your skin should be your top priority. Investing on a great brand of cosmetics means getting real value for your money. If you’re on a tight budget, try to invest on the basics (liquid foundation, concealer, bronzer, lipstick). Avon and Maybelline are great make-up brands that are fabulous, chic and affordable.

My 5 Favorite Beauty Picks This Summer


Oil Control Films are my best buddies because I have a combination skin. My face tends to get oily, especially on the T-zone particularly on hot days! The Blue Oil Absorbing Sheets from Clean & Clear instantly gets rid of excess oils from my face.

I like this Blistex Lip Balm with SPF 15 because it doesn’t only moisturize my lips, it also protects from the sun’s harmful rays.

My Cousin gave me this Estee Lauder Pure Color Crystal Gloss and I just love it! I’m not a big fan of lipsticks and I don’t wear lipstick everyday but this one is so fabulous you can wear it under a lipstick or on its own. It gives that frosted, glazed look that makes your lips shimmer under the sun.

For people who are often out in the sun, I recommend this moisturizer from Mary Kay. It has a Sun Protection Factor or SPF 20, and it gives your skin that extra glow. Great for everyday use!

I don’t really use foundations that much but I liked this AngelFit Flawless Affinity Foundation from Maybelline. It evens out your skin tone, does not break out or make your skin look oily. I use this on top of the Mary Kay Moisturizer with SPF whenever I need to spend long hours under the sun.