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Do You Use Your Mascara Past the Expiration Date?

Did you know that mascara should be replaced every three months? I admit, in the past I've used mine when it's past its prime (but now I'm much better about it). Are you guilty of doing this, too?


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katie_c katie_c 9 years
i use my mascara 'til it starts to get dry and flaky.
MamaD MamaD 9 years
I'm generally into month 4 when the thought hits me...
lamombo lamombo 9 years
i'm switching between about six mascaras right now and toss them when they start drying out.
pumachick100 pumachick100 9 years
Sometimes I forget.
pumachick100 pumachick100 9 years
Sometimes I forget.
Chiquita-82 Chiquita-82 9 years
I'm using it until it gets dry
sumnboutme sumnboutme 9 years
I thought mascara expires in 6 months but I've had my Mac X for more than a year. I know, but I switch off between 3 other mascaras (Mac Pro Lash, Maybelline Lash Discovery, and Diorshow)...all of which is over 3 months old (except Diorshow, only about 1 month old) that bad?
dmblauren dmblauren 9 years
i get rid of it when it gets clumpy & gross. i use it everday, so it doesn't last past the 4-5 month mark anyway.
pattyxxcore pattyxxcore 9 years
i need to buy a new tube today so i've got some to wear to work.
Ashly Ashly 9 years
I NEVER check for exp. dates! I guess I should. The only time I get rid of old makeup is when it runs out. I used to keep pink eye in HS and had to get all new makeup every other month or so. That got annoying and expensive!
vmruby vmruby 9 years
Never....there's nasty bacteria that grows in an expired mascara that can sometimes cause really bad eye infections or blindness.That's the reason why they have expiration dates.
BeckyBoopie BeckyBoopie 9 years
i didnt know mascara had use-by dates!
JT13 JT13 9 years
I usually use all the mascara before it hits the expiration date...That's the one make up item I don't think I could ever live without!
daniemre daniemre 9 years
i usually forget it:S
daniemre daniemre 9 years
i usually forget it :S
Lill-McGill Lill-McGill 9 years
I *try* and keep track of expiration dates... I generally know becuse if starts to get all flaky and crappy :)
missro21 missro21 9 years
Keep track!!!! I am a tomboy by heart except when I go to the an occasional "super" party or ball. So I don't wear makeup nor mascara often. Which is why I got a HUGE eye infection after using mascara that was possibly old. Nasty! I'm PR and a big eye is not cute when you are in the public. No eye damage, but it took two weeks to heal! The best way is to literally clean your brush off everytime with a cleaner per each use (This is how makeup artist keep their products clean.) Sounds like a lot of trouble but well worth it!!!
warau warau 9 years
I finally gave in and bought a new mascara after using the same old one for two semesters. haha It was about time!
ShimmerBronze ShimmerBronze 9 years
yes more so every 4-5 months simply because i use it for brow gel instead and rarely for my lashes.
shini shini 9 years
I totally forget that cosmetics like mascara have deadlines :P hhaha I think I gotta check how old mine is...
iheartstarbucks iheartstarbucks 9 years
I never really think about it. I usually use the tube up in 3 months;)
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
3 months!!!:JAWDROP: I never knew this! I would never have a whole tube of mascara used in this length of time.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
3 months!!!:JAWDROP: I never knew this! I would never have a whole tube of mascara used in this length of time.
ktjones ktjones 9 years
Once in awhile...but it is usually all gone within 3 months so I do not really keep track!
Wicked Wicked 9 years
I stop using them after about 4 months. I guess I should have threw the one I'm currently using away.
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