Tossing Out The Old Mascara: Do you follow the 3-month rule?

Mascaras, once opened, have to be replaced after about 3 months - that's the makeup rule.  I don't use makeup that often, about 2 times a week at most, so I find it a little difficult to part with an almost brand new mascara just because it's 3 months old.

Old Mascara Discard 3 months makeup shelf life

I got my Covergirl Natureluxe mascara some time in August, and it's November now, so I guess I should be switching to a new tube now - but I was just wondering, does everyone follow the 3-month rule or do you think it's okay to stretch it a bit?

31 comments:

  1. I don't ...till the time it doesn't start clumping...I keep using it!! :D :D :D he he he....

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  2. Radhika, it depends how u have been using it. like i always rubb my mascara wand on the tissue before pushing it back in the mascara tube... :)
    & i discard my mascaras in 5-6 months time :)

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  3. Thank goodness...I was staring at the mascara..is hardly used..and I was thinking I must be the cheapest person in the whole world :|

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  4. Hey Nupurii..even I do the same...but not after every use..Its like my usual brush cleaning activity..once in every 3-4 days...I usually use a cleansing oil or almond oil to clean the mascara brush!! :)

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  5. Oh okay..I tho do that wiping thing..

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  6. i do it after each use kimi, even wid glosses n libbishtics too :)

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  7. Its difficult to finish a mascara within 3 months-however- I discard it immediately if I feel it to sting or irritate after 3 months are over-else I dip the closed tube in hot water-that makes the mascara free from clumps and dryness :)

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  8. Woww Nupur..Jaiho Jaiho Jaiho Jaiho Jaiho Jaiho Jaiho Jaiho !!

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  9. I haven't had problems with clumping, but I definitely agree on the stinging/irritation. Am super scared of an eye infection!

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  10. Cali - I wipe off excess mascara on a tissue...that way it won't clump on the lashes. You clean your mascara wand?? I never do that!

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  11. I do that always...whenever I am doing mascara brush cleaning!! he he!! :D :D

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  12. well as I hardly use my mascara once in 2 weeks.. there's no point changing it every 3 months.. This would make me go bankrupt !! I change it once is starts clumping :D

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  13. Hehehehe, Rads, I used my Maybelline Colossal volume one for full one year until it was finished.
    But yes, I do check if it smells funny or like that. moreover, I always put on makeup after CTM. So, I don;t think there would be too much of germs. :D

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  14. Nitika - Haaa...so true! I don't use it that frequently either, so I have same problem :D

    Nivedita - Ya..it shouldn't be a problem..though I think it tends to pick up the germs from the air :D

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  15. I don't until it starts clumping...

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  16. Haaa..now I know I am perfectly normal :D I know I am late with the tossing out when it starts flaking :D

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  17. I tend to replace my mascaras once every 6 months. I also use about two at a time. If the mascara gets an odd smell, however, I toss it sooner. Sometimes I keep it longer if it smells fine and hasn't given me any trouble.

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  18. Oh you use two mascaras at a time! I read that on a lot of blogs..using two different types of mascaras gives a better look, but I haven't tried it myself..

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  19. mostly i dont. but i use two at a time (as in two are open). I just canNOT stick with one (in any product except husband!) tend to almost finish or hit the 'extremely bored' button by abt 5-6 months...
    plus things like Maybelline Falsies go on and on...
    but wow to Nupur - for cleaning mascarra wands every single time! :o)

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  20. Heheee product except husband :D :D :D :D Oooh you liked Maybelline Falsies..me get that next then. I have another Covergirl mascara lying unopened...open that..finish that..then get Maybelline..hopefully will stick to that plan and not get distracted by anything else blingy shiny on the way :|

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  21. I know what you mean, feels so bad to throw it out when its hardly used :( I am currenly juggling b/w some 5-6 mascaras...I've lost track & I'm gonna feel so bad about throwing them out :( But I try to toss them out once in 3-4 months.

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  22. It's a little less painful with the drugstore brands, but I still haven't thrown away the YSL tube...I don't use it, but it's still sitting happily with rest of the makeup :P

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  23. I always figure if it doesn't smell bad, I'll keep it...but I guess I should be more diligent about it! Still, I rarely use mascara, but I like having one on hand...such a dilemma, haha!

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  24. I skip mascara quite often..especially if I am in a hurry :D :D

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  25. I don't throw away Rads....I don't use them as often.....so it does not reallly matter...I hoard them.......:|

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  26. We are all such hoarders...that tho nobody can deny :D

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  27. :D blingy shiny lol.
    distraction is my middle name!

    so let me see if this tempts u... Too Faced Lash Injection. (Period!)

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  28. Hahaaaaa you are a horrid horrid horrid evil person!! I have to train myself to never read your comments :D :D

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  29. Forgiveeeeeee meeee....but no I dont evaaaaahh throw a mascara I like within 3 months....I have this one awesome from lancome and its been a year now and still smells like new and frigging fullll I aint gonna throw it anytime soon...Haters gonna hate :P

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  30. Hahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...Debbb :* :*

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