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Re: How long are unopened cosmetics good for and....

Thanks, everyone!  Sounds like everyone is more organized than I am!  I should try to be more mindful of what I am buying.  I'm going to have to try and start making a note of what and when I buy stuff.  Some really good suggestions here.  I appreciate it! 

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Re: How long are unopened cosmetics good for and....

Most of my creams have production codes on the bottom of the jars, and I can tell from the series which is the oldest.   As far as make up,  I have eye shadows that go back DECADES and are perfectly fine and beautiful.  They are powder shadows and not cream.  Lipsticks can go years depending on the brand and product itself.  I've stocked up on certain things due to discontinuation fear, which has happened to me far too often.  

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Re: How long are unopened cosmetics good for and....

@Shanus 

 

I do the very same thing!!! (use Sharpie)

 

Have had to get creative with those products that don't take a sharpie and use a cut-to-size label indicating the first time I used the product.  Sometimes labels won't adhere, so I go to the old tried-and-true method of taping a piece of paper on the back of the container.  One way or the other, that sucker is going to get the info I need on it!

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Re: How long are unopened cosmetics good for and....

I keep them as long as the color, smell and consistency does not change.